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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

Recycle your eclipse glasses at the library!

Don’t throw away your eclipse glasses! Astronomers Without Borders will be taking donations to give out to students in developing countries in Asia and South America. Bring your glasses to the Children’s Department at the Blount County Public Library and they will send them along to people in need.

More info here.

Add comment August 22, 2017

Tax Free Shopping in TN July 28-30

The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. This year’s tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 p.m.

What is tax free?

If you have additional questions about what qualifies, here’s the complete info from the state website.

Add comment July 24, 2017

Maryville City Movies in the Park is back for 2017!

Maryville City will be presenting Movies in the Park again this year! This is always one of our favorite summer events. The movie schedule begins this Friday, June 23 with The Secret Life of Pets. The rest of the lineup is below. Most movies start at 8:45, but that may be updated, so check before you go! You can get all the info on Maryville City’s website here.

Start time depends on sunset due to screen illumination. Located at Theater in the Park (Jack Green Park) near the Blount County Courthouse. The park does not have a physical address – it is near 325 Court Circle, Maryville Tennessee. The park is open seating and visitors can come in anytime.
Here are the first two movies:
Secret Life of Pets
Rated PG
June 23, 2017 8:45 p.m.
Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding, and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.
Sing
Rated PG
June 30, 2017 8:45 p.m.
A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.

2017 Line Up

June 23 – Secret Life of Pets
June 30 – Sing
July 7 –  The Lego Batman Movie
July 14 – Zootopia
July 21 – Jungle Book
​July 28 – People’s Choice (or Rainout if any previous movies get rained out!)

These free movies are shown at the Theater in the Park across from the courthouse. Get there early to reserve a good spot!

Here’s more info on this event, from the City’s website:

For all to enjoy the event:

  • Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. 
  • Wear insect repellent – mosquitoes don’t follow rules.
  • If you get chilly in the evenings, bring an extra blanket!
  • No concessions will be available, but feel free to bring your own coolers and picnic baskets.
Rules
• No smoking – including e-cigarettes or tobacco products
• No alcohol
• No glass containers
• No pop-up tents or other structures
• Please turn off cell phones
• No illuminated devices during the movie except
​  in the device zone (the pavilion)

Weather Delays/ Cancellations
Weather related delays or cancellations will be communicated through the following outlets:

www.maryvillegov.com/movies
865-273-3407 (a recorded message will be provided after hours)
Facebook: Maryville City Government

1 comment June 20, 2017

Local VBS schedule for Summer 2017

My children LOVE the week of Vacation Bible School at our church, and they love going to VBS at their friends’ churches too! VBS is a summertime tradition. Here are the local VBS programs I know about in Blount County this summer. Please feel free to add to my list!

June

First Baptist Church of Maryville

June 4-8, 6:00-8:00 pm

Age 3 and up

 

Grace Community Church

June 5-9, 6:45 – 9 p.m.

Age 5 (Kindergarten) – 6th grade

 

Hope Community Church

June 9-11, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Fairview United Methodist Church

June 11-16, 6-8 p.m. for preschoolers and 6-8:30 p.m. for elementary ages

Age 3 (must be potty-trained) up to rising 6th graders. Online registration should begin by mid next week. Free dinner before it begins for ALL participants and their families.

 

RIO East

June 12-16, 6-8:30

Ages 4 – 6th grade. Dinner is provided.

 

New Hope Baptist Church

June 11 – 16, 6-8:15 p.m.

Ages 2 (potty trained) and up for VBS; nursery for 2 & under.

 

Broadway Baptist Church

June 19-23

 

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

June 25-29, 6-8 p.m. Free dinner provided

Ages 3 – youth.

 

New Providence Presbyterian

June 25-28, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner and registration at 5 p.m.)

Ages 2 – rising 6th grade

July

River Oaks Community Church

VBS every Sunday in July

 

Faith Encounter

July 17-21, 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Add comment May 15, 2017

FREE Mother/daughter tea plus Investing 101 Seminar at Vienna Coffee

My sweet friend Ashley Morrell Anderson is hosting a mother/daughter tea and class on investments at Vienna on May 11. It’s free. Here are the details:

Investing 101 Tea Party on May 11

ATTENTION Women and Girls: You’re invited to a tea party on Thursday, May 11, at 5:00 PM. There will be tea, scones, and a brief learning session on investing (just the basics)! Bring a friend, mother, or daughter! Crayons will be available for younger girls.

Topic: Investing 101 from Morrell Investment Management, Inc.
Date/Time: May 11, 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Vienna Coffee House*
RSVP (optional): 865-981-1439

*Vienna Coffee House is located at 212 S. College Street in Maryville. We will meet in the conference room.

Add comment May 3, 2017

2017 Summer Movie Express: $1 movies at Regal theaters!

Regal Cinemas has announced its lineup for their 2017 Summer Movie Express, where admission to select movies is only $1. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, and all movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on both days. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

In Knoxville, there are three theaters that are participating: Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX, Regal Knoxville Center Stadium 10 and Regal West Town Mall Stadium 9.  To search for a different location, visit Regal’s site here. Movies will start June 6, 2017.

Week 1

Tue June 6 and Wed June 7

Kung Fu Panda 3
Ice Age: Collision Course
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 2

Tue June 13 & Wed June 14

Trolls
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 3

Tue June 20 & Wed June 21

Monster Trucks
Penguins of Madagascar
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 4

Tue June 27 & Wed June 28

Rio 2
The Boxtrolls
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 5

Tue July 4 & Wed July 5

The Secret Life of Pets
Sing

***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 6

Tue July 11 & Wed July 12

Kubo and the Two Strings
Ratchet and Clank
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 7

Tue July 18 & Wed  July 19

The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
The Adventures of Tin Tin
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 8

Tue July 25 & Wed July 26

Happy Feet 2
Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Week 9

Tue August 1 & Wed August 2

Storks
The Lego Batman Movie
***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***

Add comment May 1, 2017

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