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Easter 2017: egg hunts and other activities in Blount County

Here is a list of Easter egg hunts and other fun activities in Blount County this 2017 Easter season. Please comment below if you have one to add!

April 1

Faith Encounter will be hosting its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 1st. There will be free food, inflatables for the kids to play on, and of course, an Easter egg hunt!  The fun begins at 4pm. More info here.

April 8

First United Methodist Alcoa’s Family Fun Day begins with a 9 a.m. pancake breakfast followed by craft time and pictures with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera). There will be a very special telling of the Resurrection of Jesus, plus a huge Egg Hunt and prizes. More info here.

April 9

First Baptist Church of Maryville will have an Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 3rd grade in the Greenbelt Park (across the street from the church). There will be crafts, games, food trucks and more for all ages! Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, egg baskets, bicycles, and any other family games! More info here.

April 14

Fairview United Methodist will have its annual Easter egg hunt at 2:30 p.m. Event includes a cookout, music, egg hunt, inflatables, and fun! More info here.

RIO Revolution Church will host its 3rd Annual Light the Night from 6 – 8 p.m. This event will feature a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. More info here.

April 15

Blount Community Church will have an Easter celebration at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. They will have an egg hunt, snacks, crafts, games, and prizes. More info here.

The Jaycees’ Easter Festival will be on Saturday, April 15th at Springbrook Park. The free egg hunt begins at noon. “Age Groups are 3 and under, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. Easter Games from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (nominal charge – tickets are 50 cents each). Inflatable Playland 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Arm bands includes 6 tickets for $10). Pap Paw’s Blue Barrel Train Express around the park from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Arm band gets you one ride or you can use 4 tickets to ride it). Concessions: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips and Drinks (Maybe Italian Ice or Hawaiian Shaved Ice).” More info here.

Thanks to all of you who sent me events! I really appreciate it!

Add comment April 1, 2017

Opening day for the 2017 Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 22nd!

Opening day for our local Maryville Farmers’ Market is April 22nd! This is a fun, social farmers’ market with special events such as children’s activities and live music as well as beautiful vegetables, fruits, cheeses, plants, honey, herbs, coffee, and baked goods. For more info visit the Maryville Farmers’ Market FB page here.

Add comment April 1, 2017

Happy Pi Day! Get these $3.14 pie deals.

Happy Pi Day! (3/14). Today only, Kroger will have their 8 inch pies on sale for $3.14!

Also, you’re in Knoxville, both locations of Buttermilk Sly Pie Shop (Turkey Creek & Bearden) will have their mini pies on sale for $3.14, plus when you purchase 4 you’ll get the 5th pie free! We purchased the Groupon I posted about a few weeks ago, so we’ll be heading to Buttermilk Sky to use that.

Have a wonderful Pi Day!

Add comment March 14, 2017

Giveaway: win tickets to the Junior League’s 2017 Bag-A-Bargain rummage sale!

UPDATE: The winners are Margie Elizabeth Turner-Schnell, Stephanie Bowling, Michelle Brown, Kendall Rae Prager, Chris Mitzi Hendrich, and Ash Lee. Thanks to all who entered!
I am proud to be a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Knoxville. I joined the Junior League in 2002, and have thoroughly enjoyed my League experience. My favorite event every year is Bag-A-Bargain, the giant rummage sale for which the League is famous. This will be the 31st year of Bag-A-Bargain!
This year’s Bag-A-Bargain sale will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park (near the Knoxville Zoo).
If you’d like to see what I’ve written about the sale in past years, you can read all of those stories here, including highlights from setup shifts when I was serving as an active member. I’ve been a huge fan of Junior League sales ever since I furnished my first post-college apartment with items from the Junior League of Birmingham’s sale. Junior Leaguers know how to put together great rummage sales!
Here are some of my photos of previous sales:
Tickets to this amazing thrift sale are just $5, and you can get $1 off each ticket at the door by bringing a canned food item to donate, too. There’s also a coupon in the Knoxville Schools Coupon Book (but you can’t combine discounts). Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. the day of the sale, doors open at 8 a.m., and be aware that people WILL line up to get in. There were even lines one year when it snowed.
You can also purchase tickets to shop early at the Bag-A-Bargain preview party on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m., plus you’ll get to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, a band, and more! These tickets are $35 each, and can be purchased on the website here. (Please note that although you do get to shop early, prices that night are double the price listed on the tag. I’ve still found some amazing deals at the preview party, especially in the Treasure Chest section!)

Thanks to the League for allowing me to offer a giveaway for you! Go to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for this post to enter to win one of six tickets to shop at Bag-A-Bargain on March 4! You’ll want to RSVP to the official Facebook event here as part one of your giveaway entries. The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday and I’ll announce the winners Friday morning on Facebook. You’ll have 24 hours to claim your tickets. Happy shopping!

Disclosure: I received passes to this event plus additional passes from the Junior League of Knoxville to share with my readers. Tickets will be mailed out to winners at the addresses provided. I cannot be held responsible for any problems with postal delivery. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

1 comment February 21, 2017

Free student performance of La Boheme tonight at the Knoxville Opera (+$5 for accompanying adults)

The Knoxville Opera will be performing Puccini’s La Boheme on February 10 and 12. If you’d like to see it at a really deep discount, consider attending the student dress rehearsal TONIGHT (Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m.) This full dress rehearsal is exactly the same as the regular performance (the show runs without stopping with full costumes/set) and is FREE for students and just $5 for accompanying adults (cash only, MUST be accompanying a student). You’ll enter the Tennessee Theatre through the Gay Street entrance beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more info on the student dress rehearsal, go here.

Add comment February 8, 2017

Save the date for the Junior League’s 2017 Bag-A-Bargain!

The Junior League of Knoxville’s 31st Annual Bag-A-Bargain event will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, inside the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park. Admission to Bag-A-Bargain is $5.00 per person. Tickets to the event are $4.00 per person if you either bring a canned food item for Mission of Hope, or bring the coupon from the Knox County Schools coupon book that is good for $1 off Bag-A-Bargain admission. Tickets that are purchased online will be available at will-call on the day of the event. You can purchase tickets here.

Add comment February 7, 2017

McAlister’s Deli Alcoa Grand Reopening: free tea tumblers!

McAlister’s Deli in Alcoa is celebrating the grand re-opening of its restaurant today! (Friday, Jan. 20.)  The first 25 guests in line will receive a McAlister’s Tumbler and holiday Tea Glass Sweater. The restaurant will officially open at 10:15 a.m., I believe, although there will probably be a line out front. Here’s a photo of the tea sweater:

The nice thing about McAlister’s tumblers is that when you bring it with you to eat you can fill it with tea for just $0.99!

Here’s more info from the McAlister’s Alcoa Facebook page.

Add comment January 20, 2017

Clayton Center for the Arts: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! – child’s admission for $0.01!

Here’s a great local Penny for the Arts performance. Remember, you can get a child’s admission for $0.01 when you purchase an adult admission! You MUST make reservations in advance by contacting Sunny Tune at 865-981-8590 or via email at
Saturday, January 21, 7:00 PM
Clayton Center for the Arts: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!
Clayton Center for the Arts, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville
Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show.

Advance reservations ARE required.

Contact: Sunny Tune, 865-981-8590,

Add comment January 7, 2017

Free performance of Puccini’s opera “La Bohéme” on Jan 14

On Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m., the Blount County Public Library will present “La Bohéme,” an Opera by Puccini” in a free, shortened version by artists from the Knoxville Opera Company under the direction of Maestro Brian Salesky. Themes in this opera were modernized by the 1996 Broadway musical, Rent. The themes include the joy of falling in love, the Bohemian lifestyle, challenges of sustaining a loving relationship and dealing with the illness and death of a loved one. The performance will be at the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery of the library and will feature a simplified set, piano accompaniment and performances by three of the main characters (Mimi, Rodolfo and Musetta). At this YouTube link, you can watch at least six complete live performance videos if you’d like to check them out before the live program at the library. This opera preview will be sung in English, and there will be time for questions and answers after the program.

Add comment January 7, 2017

Friends of the Library Book Sale January 19-21

The Blount County Friends of the Library Book Sale is January 20-21, with a Member’s Only sale January 19 at noon. If you love to read, this is a book bargain event you cannot miss. The best selections go fast, so plan to attend as a BCFOL member to get the “preview” sale and grab the best books! You can join at the door. Proceeds from your membership and your purchases support the Library!

Also, note that FOL Book Sale dates are changing for 2017. They will be:

January 19-21
March 9-11
June 8-10
September 7-9
December 7-9

In 2018 the dates will be in March, June, September, and December.

Add comment January 3, 2017

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