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On the eve of St. Nicholas Day 2018…

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! Don’t forget to have your children leave their shoes out by the door so St. Nick can fill them with presents and goodies tonight!

If I could go back in time, we would solely do Santa gifts on December 6 and save the 25th for family gifts and celebrating Christ’s birth. But, my daughters absolutely won’t consider it now, as they are delighted about playing “the Santa game” on the 24th with their baby brother.

If you’re looking to introduce St. Nick into your family traditions, here are some past posts on books and resources I recommend:

We also purchased the cute St. Nicholas felt doll and Ostheimer figure from Bella Luna Toys, here!

 

Hope you have a wonderful Advent season!

 

 

 

Add comment December 5, 2018

Discounts for Fantasy of Trees 2018

Are you planning to take your family to Fantasy of Trees this year? If so, here are the discounts I’ve found, below. Also, you can get a family 4-pack of tickets online for $20 if you purchase ahead of time – and I think that’s generally the most frugal way to get tickets, depending on your adult-to-child ratio. Also, children 3 and under are still free.

Discount Tickets – All Coupons and Discounts

School Coupon Book All Days – School Coupon Book – $1 off adult ticket w/ coupon
News Sentinel Coupon All Days – News Sentinel Coupon – $1 off adult ticket w/ coupon
Worship Bulletin Sunday – Worship Bulletin Day – $1 off adult ticket w/ worship bulletin
First Responders All Days – Military and First Responders discount – $1 off adult ticket w/ valid ID

Add comment November 23, 2018

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

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