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Giveaway: win 2 passes to the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun October 20 – 21

One of our favorite events we attend together as a family each year is the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun in Vonore. This year the Trade Faire will be October 20 & 21, which should make for perfect weather for this fun event! The hours for the faire will remain the same as past years, with the gates opening to the public at 10:00 a.m. for both days, and the grounds remaining open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Make sure you bring cash to the Trade Faire, as there are lots of booths with great merchandise! This is where I tend to get Christmas presents for my husband.

There are also lots of different performers and demonstrations, including many people in period costume. We especially enjoy catching the Amazing Budabi Brothers‘ show every year. The Trade Faire is a great event for kids and adults alike!

Admission costs for the event are as follows:

18th century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun
$10 – Adults (13 and up)
Children 12 and under admitted free

For more info on the 18th Century Trade Faire, you can visit the Fort Loudoun Facebook page here.

The generous folks at Fort Loudoun have a set of two free tickets to the Trade Faire to give away to one of you! That giveaway is taking place on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page here. Make sure you RSVP to the Facebook event here!

 

Add comment October 2, 2018

AMC Summer Movie Camp starts June 6

Our Foothills AMC Movie Theater is inviting the family out for its summer movie camp, starting June 6.

For just $4 per person, a family gets a movie and an AMC KidsPack with includes popcorn, a fountain drink and fruit snacks. The movie starts each Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1.

The lineup includes:

– June 6: The Boss Baby
– June 13: Paddington 2
– June 20: The Lego Batman Movie
– June 27: Ferdinand
– July 4: No movie deal due to Fourth of July
– July 11: Trolls
– July 18: Despicable Me 3
– July 25: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
– Aug. 1: The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature.

Here’s more info!

Add comment June 1, 2018

Free fishing day in Tennessee is Saturday, June 9!

Free Fishing Day in Tennessee is always the Saturday of the first full week in June. This year, it’s Saturday, June 9. Anyone (resident or non-resident) of any age can fish free without a license in Tennessee’s public waters, agency owned and operated lakes, and Tennessee State Parks.

Free Fishing Week always follows Free Fishing Day in June. Children, ages 15 and younger can fish for free all week in Tennessee’s public waters, agency owned and operated lakes, and Tennessee State Parks.

Go here for more info.

Add comment May 30, 2018

FREE performance of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at the library

Every year, around the time of my birthday, the Blount County Public Library hosts a FREE performance of one of the Tennessee Stage Company’s two summer Shakespeare plays. This year they’re performing Cymbeline, a lesser-known play that my daughters and I read this spring and really enjoyed! The performance will be Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the main rotunda. Mark your calendars!

Add comment May 28, 2018

Puccini’s Turandot: Penny for the Arts deal!

My children and I got to see the Knoxville Opera’s performance of Puccini’s Turandot this week, and it was AMAZING! I cannot recommend this opera enough. The costumes and sets are as gorgeous as the singing. I like to read a plot synopsis to my kids ahead of time, but some people prefer to just read the English supertitles as the opera goes along.

You can get children’s tickets for just a penny when you buy an adult ticket to this weekend’s performances!

Here are the details:

AN ICY, BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS SO DESIRABLE THAT MEN CAME BY THE HUNDREDS TO VIE FOR HER LOVE. Desired by all men but wanting none, China’s cold-blooded Princess Turandot has built a wall of riddles around her heart.  Despite the deadly consequences of failure, Prince Calàf takes on Turandot’s challenge to match her wit and melt her icy resistance. Certainly the finest opera never completed, Turandot was bereft of its final scene due to Puccini’s untimely death. While it took a mere mortal to finish what this genius composer had started, Turandot remains among the top of the operatic pantheon to this day. Its ravishing score bursts with brilliant choruses and fiendishly difficult arias, including “Nessun dorma,” which Luciano Pavarotti elevated to iconic status. The opera’s music and majesty will be crowned by four sensational artists. Performed in Italian with projected English translations.

Opera previews hosted by Maestro Salesky begin 45 minutes prior to opera performances.  Patrons get insight into the music, story, history and a chance for Q&A. All students are invited to take photos with the cast on the set after the final curtain for Turandot.

Performances: Friday, February 23 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 PM. Contact Knoxville Opera box office for Penny4Arts tickets to either performance. Tickets may also be available starting one hour prior to performance time at the Civic Auditorium. Please allow extra time for parking downtown and security lines. Please be aware of the security policy for the Knoxville Civic Auditorium.

Advance reservations required? NO
Contact: Marie Butler, 865-524-0795 x1, mbutler@knoxvilleopera.com

Add comment February 22, 2018

2017 Free Days at Creative Discovery Museum

Visit Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum for FREE tomorrow night (Thursday, December 14), or during their annual free days December 15 & 16. Here’s info from the CDM:

“The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and will close again at 8 p.m. for this evening of free family fun. Come make a splash in RiverPlay, dig the dinos in Excavation Station, create a masterpiece in Arts Alley and more! The evening ends with an incredible science demo in the Museum Auditorium.”

This month we’ve added two free days as well! As our way of celebrating the season with the community, Creative Discovery Museum will be offering free admission on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 during our regular operating hours. ”

Visit the CDM website for more info, here.

Add comment December 13, 2017

Giveaway: win tickets to Family Fall Jam presented by WIVK

Mark your calendars for the inaugural Fall Family Jam, presented by WIVK on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Hunter Valley Farm in Knoxville! It will be an awesome afternoon of music, food and fun to benefit Catholic Charities Children’s Services!

Event Highlights:
• Live music from local bands
• Face painting, cookie decorating, games and activities for children of all ages
• Lawn Games
• Food and drinks from local vendors
• Square dancing
• TVs broadcasting the afternoon’s football games
• Silent Auction featuring weekend getaways, gift baskets, gift cards and more!

Tickets are only $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. More information is available on the FB event here, and tickets can be purchased online here.

The folks at Catholic Charities have given me family sets of tickets to give away to three of my readers! To enter, simply visit the Thrifty Christy Facebook page here.

Hope to see you there!

Add comment October 27, 2017

Giveaway: win 2 passes to the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun October 21 – 22

One of our favorite events we attend together as a family each year is the 18th Century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun in Vonore. This year the Trade Faire will be October 21 & 22, which should make for perfect weather for this fun event! The hours for the faire will remain the same as past years, with the gates opening to the public at 10:00 a.m. for both days, and the grounds remaining open until 5:00 p.m.

Make sure you bring cash to the Trade Faire, as there are lots of booths with great merchandise!

There are also lots of different performers and demonstrations, including many people in period costume. This is a great event for kids and adults alike!

Admission costs for the event are as follows:

18th century Trade Faire at Fort Loudoun
$10 – Adults (13 and up)
Children 12 and under admitted free

For more info on the 18th Century Trade Faire, you can visit the Fort Loudoun Facebook page here.

The generous folks at Fort Loudoun have a set of two free tickets to the Trade Faire to give away to one of you! That giveaway is taking place on the Thrifty Christy Facebook page here. Make sure you RSVP to the Facebook event here!

This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Friday, October 6. I will choose a winner on Saturday, October 7 using random.org and will contact him or her via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

Add comment October 2, 2017

Get ticket deals NOW for “A Christmas Carol” at the Clarence Brown Theatre!

Last year my two daughters had the amazing experience of performing in “A Christmas Carol” at the Clarence Brown Theatre. They learned so much from the experience, and of course I wanted to see them perform as many times as possible. I sought out all the best ticket deals I could find so I could share with friends and family. Although it is a wonderful thing to be able to support live theater through the purchase of full-price tickets – and I greatly admire those patrons who do! – sometimes your budget will only allow you to experience theater if you can find a really great deal.  Part of the Clarence Brown’s mission is to educate the local community about theater, and they offer some great ways to allow families to experience shows even when budgets are tight. Here are some of my favorite deals at the CBT.


The Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) offers a special evening called “Family Feast”, where each ticket is $10 and includes dinner before the show! The stated purpose of this evening is “to promote the fading practice of family dinners and to celebrate community through theatre,” and you must make reservations as a family or group – however you define family! There are two Family Feasts each year, one for their spring show and one for A Christmas Carol. This year the Family Feast night for Christmas Carol is Wednesday, December 6. You have to call the Clarence Brown box office directly to get tickets. (865) 974-5161. They’re only open from noon to 5 weekdays. You can’t get this deal online, and it sells out very quickly! For more info about Family Feast, go here.


The CBT also participates in the Penny for the Arts program – absolutely one of my FAVORITE deals. When you buy one discounted adult ticket ($22 or so) you can get up to 3 kids’ tickets for a penny. (Additional tickets for your group will be regular price.) Yet again, you have to call the Clarence Brown box office directly to get these tickets, and make sure you ask for Penny for the Arts tickets. You can only get the Penny for the Arts deal for the following weeknight shows: Nov 29-Dec. 1, and Dec. 5-8.

 

For more on Penny for the Arts, go here.

The CBT offers a “Pay What You Wish Preview Wednesday” for most of its shows. Tickets may be purchased in person from 4:00pm until curtain the day of the below performances at the CBT Box Office kiosk in the lobby. Cash only, in full dollar amounts accepted and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Limited to 8 tickets per purchase.

In my experience, the Christmas Carol “Pay What You Wish” night sells out very quickly, mostly from University of Tennessee students who see the show for free on the same night with their student IDs (which is also a great deal!) I would go ahead and have tickets in hand from one of the other above deals. But, since it’s a great deal, I’m including it on this list. Here are this season’s Pay What You Wish dates:

And here’s where you can go for more info on Pay What You Wish Wednesday preview nights.

 

Finally, a REALLY great way to see free shows is by working as an usher! When you commit to usher before and after a show (and during intermission) you can see the show from a special usher’s seat for free! Go here to sign up for ushering spots.

Add comment September 30, 2017

Penny for the Arts: see Peter & The Starcatcher for $0.01/child at the Clarence Brown Theatre!

There are some amazing deals coming up for performances at the Clarence Brown Theatre! I highly recommend the Penny4Arts performances. For my family, one adult and two children attended the last show at the Clarence Brown Theatre for just $14 total! Here are details:

Peter and the Starcatcher

In this multiple Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable roles take to the high seas to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This magical evening of madcap fun is suitable for younger audiences but most enjoyable for ages 10 and up.

Tickets available for September 5-8 (entire show run is August 30 – September 17) at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

For more information, visit Penny for the Arts here or the Clarence Brown Theatre here.

Add comment August 23, 2017

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