It’s Strawberry Time in Morristown

16stawberry logo whiteSpring is finally here, and that means it’s time for the 12th Annual Morristown Strawberry Festival presented by WCRK/WMTN. The festival is a wonderful community celebration that enables the area’s non-profit groups and churches the ability to raise funds through various pre-festival events and booths on festival day, May 21. This FREE, family-oriented event features activities for the kids, great food, beautiful arts and crafts, a strawberry pie-eating contest, and outstanding entertainment.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s festival where you’ll have a BERRY good time!

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS

Saturday May 7: Strawberry Festival Shelter Yard Sale, Morristown Humane Society, 8AM – 2 PM, 300 Dice Street. Stop by the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society’s shelter and pick a new treasure for yourself. This yard sale has become a very popular fund-raiser for the Society, with all proceeds benefitting the Society’s mission to advocate for homeless animals. Donated items for the sale can be dropped off at the shelter Monday-Friday, 11AM-4PM or 11AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Call 423-581-1494 for more information.

Thursday May 12: Strawberries, Jazz, and Cocktails at the Rose, 442 W. Second North St., 5:30-7:30PM: The Rose Center is excited to help kick-off this year’s Strawberry Festival presented by WCRK & WMTN Radio. If you enjoyed last year’s Merlot & Matisse, you’ll love Strawberries, Jazz, and Cocktails at the Rose! Prater Hall will be transformed into a Pop Art party, complete with strawberry based hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and desserts, all paired with a selection of wines from Morristown’s Executive Sommelier, Jill Bruce of Cork & Keg. A live jazz trio will provide the jam, and members of the Morristown Art Association will be demonstrating their pop art techniques. Come by after work and enjoy the fun! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 423-581-4330 or at the Rose Center office.

Friday May 13: Strawberry Jam at Fred Miller Park, 441 W. Morris Blvd. 6-8PM
Put on your dancin’ shoes and enjoy the sounds of Broke –n-Busted. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and buy your supper from one of the food vendors and enjoy a fun end to the week.

Saturday May 14:
1st Ever Strawberry Festival Canine Carnival, 9 AM – 1 PM, Morristown Dog Park at Jaycee Field Park, 1726 Dalton Ford Rd.
Doggie parade, contests, food, activities, and fun for all at this inaugural canine festival.
Winners will be selected in the following categories: best costume, best Volunteer spirit, best strut, canine congeniality, owner look-a-like, naked dog award, ugliest dog, trick master, command obedience, Frisbee catcher, Mr. Prince and Mrs. Princess. There will be a $25 entry fee for first category; each additional category fee is $10. Registration forms available at Stepping Out, Morristown Parks and Recreation, Citizen Tribune, and WCRK/WMTN Radio. All proceeds will benefit Stepping Out and the Morristown Hamblen Humane Society. Come on out for a day of fun with your dog!

Saturday May 14: Friends of Hospice 2016 Strawberry Festival Disc Golf Tournament, Wayne Hansard Park, 5100 Dearing Rd. (off Rt. 160). Registration will be from 9-10 AM with a registration fee of $20 per player (2-man scramble/blind draw for teams). All participants will receive a T-shirt. $100 will be awarded to the first place team, $70 to the second place team. Registration forms are available online at www.hospicefrinds.org, or can be picked up at the Morristown Parks and Recreation office or WCRK/WMTN studios. Call Friends of Hospice at 423-586-5284 for more information.

Tuesday May 17: Strawberry Toss Corn Hole Tournament, Fred Miller Park, 441 W. Morris Blvd.
Come be a part of the newest craze around – – corn hole! The tournament will be held at 6 PM. The entry fee is $20 per two person team, with a double elimination with buy back in option of $10. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 6. Please contact Jennifer at 423-586-0206 to registration or for more information. First, second, and third place teams will receive a gift card and plaque.

Saturday May 21: Inaugural Strawberry Festival Golf Classic, Clinchview Golf Club, 970 Hwy 11W, Bean Station. Four-person scramble. Entry fee is $65 per person or $250 per team. A hole in one wins a 2016 Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom from Colbach Harley-Davidson. For more information, please contact Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition at 423-748-7494. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition.

FESTIVAL DAY

Saturday May 21: 12th Annual Morristown Strawberry Festival, 510 West Economy Rd., FREE ADMISSION Join the fun as we celebrate everyone’s favorite delicious, red berry! There will be lots of activities for the kids, great food, beautiful arts and crafts, a strawberry pie-eating contest, and outstanding entertainment.

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

10-10:10: Opening Ceremonies with Ed Arnold & Tim Crews
10:10-11:10: Hamblen County Line
11:15-12:15: Roger Porter and Saved Through Faith
12:30-12:45: Announcements and Strawberry Pie Eating Contest
12:45-1:45: Steppin’ Out Dance Crew
2:00-5:00: The Billy Crawford Band

Saturday May 21: Strawberry Festival Morristown’s Got Talent, 6 PM, Farmers Market Pavilion, Morris Blvd & Cumberland
Bring your lawn chair and end festival day at the Farmers Market pavilion in Historic Downtown Morristown. Cheer for those vying to win this talent showcase. There will be food vendors and several of the downtown shops will offer their wares for sale. The fun begins at 6 PM. Applications to participate in the show can be obtained at the WCRK/WMTN studios at 510 W. Economy Rd., Old Town Variety Mall at 181 W. Main, or on www.morristownstrawberryfestival.com.

September Events

Saturday, September 5
Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association (HOLA) Lakeway presents the Latino Food Festival
Location: Rose Center
This inaugural event will be held at the Rose Center’s Prater Hall from 11 AM – 5 PM. It features foods from various countries, games and music. For more information, call Betsy Hurst (865)582-5289 or Eliana Leal (954)816-6136 or email [email protected]

Saturdays, September 5-12-19-26
Jimmy Buffett-style Ukulele Class
Location: Rose Center, Morristown
Each Saturday in September, the Rose Center hosts a Ukulele class for the absolute beginner from 9 AM – 11 AM. The fee for the 4- week class is only $60 and includes a workbook and CD. For more information or to register, please call the Rose Center at (423) 581-4330 or email [email protected]

Monday, September 7
Pregnancy Crisis Center’s “Push Through the 5K on Labor Day”
Location: First Baptist Church, Morristown
Registration for this fundraiser race begins on site at 6:45 AM. Help a worthwhile cause and get healthy at the same time. Interested parties may call First Baptist Church at 586-0522 for more information.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13
Encore Theatrical Company presents “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Location: Walters State Community College, Morristown
This knockabout comedy is set in swinging 1963 London as one man tries to serve and hoodwink two employers at the same time. For more information or ticket pricing, call (423) 318-8331 or visit www.etcplays.org.

Saturday, September 12
16th Annual Hogskin History Day
Location: Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, Washburn
This family-friendly event includes a raffle, local historians and musicians tell stories through words and music, children’s activities, food, craft items, tours of the Center, and door prizes. Free admission and parking is available. For more information, visit the website, www.narrowridge.org or call Mitzi at (865) 497-3603.

Saturday, September 12
Feed the Pets Pet Food Drive
Location: Morristown Dog Park, Morristown
Please assist this non-profit group to feed Morristown area dogs and cats, whose owners are having financial difficulties. You may drop-off food from 1 PM – 4 PM at the Morristown Dog Park and then stay to learn more information about this worthwhile cause. Please call (423) 714-9468 for more information, to volunteer, or to donate.

Sunday, September 13
Dogwood Park Concert Series
Location: Dogwood Park, Greeneville
This local crowd-pleasing event will feature The Brother Boys. The music starts at 6 PM at the Kidwell Amphitheatre. For more information, please call John Brown at (423) 638-3143 or visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DogwoodPark.

Sunday, September 13
Quilt Guild Annual Exhibit Opening
Location: Rose Center, Morristown
Over 50 works of fabric art will be on display this month in the Davis Gallery at Rose Center. Join us for the opening reception on Sunday, September 13, from 2 PM – 4PM. Free Admission to the exhibit. The show will hang until October 15. For more information or hours, please call the Rose Center at (423) 581-4330.

Sunday, September 13
Crossroads Downtown Partnership presents “Farm to Table Dinner”
Location: Farmer’s Market Pavilion, downtown Morristown
Celebrate the new Morristown Farmer’s Market pavilion by enjoying a delicious, farm-fresh meal prepared by local chefs at favorite Morristown restaurants while listening to music from the Pea Pickin’ Hearts. The event lasts from 12:30 PM to 2 PM. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Additional information is available at www.crossroadspartnership.com or by calling (423) 312-1476.

Tuesday, September 15
Learn the Art of Weaving Class
Location: Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Limestone
Spend an afternoon learning the lost art of weaving. The class fee of only $30 covers all supplies as well. The class lasts from 2:30 PM – 5:50 PM. For more information, please call Dawn Elberbawy at (423) 257-2167 or email [email protected]

Thursday, September 17
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase and Job Fair
Location: First Baptist Church, Morristown
This annual event is free to the public and will be held from 10 AM – 5 PM at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church. In addition to local businesses showcasing their special goods and services, there will be door prize drawings, food and an opportunity to search for local jobs. For more information or to register as a vendor, please call Pat Seaver at the Chamber (423) 586-6382 or email [email protected]

Friday, September 18
JAVA JIVE music series featuring Robin Carpenter
Location: Rose Center
This popular event continues so, join the fun beginning at 7:15 PM (doors open) with an 8 PM event time. You can bring your favorite adult beverage and enjoy complimentary coffee and dessert. The event is free, but donations gratefully accepted to support the Rose Center’s commitment to the arts. Call the Rose Center at (423) 581-4330 or email [email protected] for more information.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20
Morristown Theatre Guild presents “Dearly Departed”
Location: Rose Center, Morristown
Award-winning authors David Bottrell and Jessie Jones bring audiences an inside look at a family’s unfortunate funeral where laughter and not sorrow rules the day. The fiercely independent and hilariously dysfunctional members of the Turpin family are honest to a fault, sometimes heart-warming, and are on a collision course for a funeral that no one will ever forget. Performances are held at 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 PM matinee performance on Sunday. For more information or tickets, please call Theatre Guild at (423) 586-9260.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20
Encore Theatrical Company presents “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Location: Walters State Community College, Morristown
This knockabout comedy is set in swinging 1963 London as one man tries to serve and hoodwink two employers at the same time. For more information or ticket pricing, call (423) 318-8331 or visit www.etcplays.org.

Saturday, September 19
KANSAS in concert
Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville
This band needs no introduction to music fans as they continue to thrill audiences with their unique sound that won them 8 Gold albums, 3 sextuple Platinum albums. They’ll be performing some of the songs that kept this group in the top of the Billboard charts for 200 weeks. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For reservations or additional details, please call 423/ 638-1679 or visit the website at www.npacgreeneville.com.

Saturday, September 19
ARTS IN THE PARK
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Morristown
This 9th annual event lasts from 10 AM – 4 PM, and showcases the amazing artistic talents in the Lakeway area. The day’s highlights include art show and sale, art demonstrations, theatre, music and dance performances, an art walk, children’s art area, door prizes and food. Please call Peggy Brewer at (423) 312-8325 or any Morristown Art Association member for details or visit the website, www.morristownart.org.

Saturday, September 19
Adventure Ranch Season Opening
Location: Adventure Ranch, 7464 W Andrew Johnson Hwy, Talbott
As if the family fun event wasn’t enough, opening weekend includes half-price admission. Enjoy the corn maze, pony rides, games and other activities. The park is open only on Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 5 PM through November 1, so “get your fall on”. More information is available by calling (865) 282-3516 or emailing [email protected]

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27
Encore Theatrical Company presents “One Man, Two Guvnors”
Location: Walters State Community College, Morristown
This knockabout comedy is set in swinging 1963 London as one man tries to serve and hoodwink two employers at the same time. For more information or ticket pricing, call (423) 318-8331 or visit www.etcplays.org.

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27
Morristown Theatre Guild presents “Dearly Departed”
Location: Rose Center, Morristown
Award-winning authors David Bottrell and Jessie Jones bring audiences an inside look at a family’s unfortunate funeral where laughter and not sorrow rules the day. The fiercely independent and hilariously dysfunctional members of the Turpin family are honest to a fault, sometimes heart-warming, and are on a collision course for a funeral that no one will ever forget. Performances are held at 8 PM on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 PM matinee performance on Sunday. For more information or tickets, please call Theatre Guild at (423) 586-9260.

Saturday, September 26
Crockett Tavern Museum celebrates National Museum Day
Location: Crockett Tavern Museum, Morristown
The Crockett Tavern Museum supports National Museum Day by providing free admission to the museum with a ticket from the Smithsonian Magazine website http://www.smithsonianmag.com. For more information about the Crockett Tavern Museum, visit the website, www.crocketttavernmuseum.org or call (423) 587-9900.

Saturday, September 26
3rd Annual Hillbilly Chili Cook-off
Location: Fred Miller Park, Morristown
This event tempts your tastebuds with delicious chili tastings and benefits the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition. Admission is $5; the event is held from 11 AM – 3 PM. For more details, visit the website www.morristownhillbillychilicookoff.com or call (423) 748-7494.

Saturday, September 26
Mike Super Magic and Illusion
Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Greeneville
As the winner of TV show “Phenomenon”, the only one to win a live magic competition on prime time, Mike creates an interactive magic experience through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality. The magical experience begins at 7:30 PM. For reservations or additional details, please call (423) 638-1679 or visit the website at www.npacgreeneville.com.

Saturday, September 26
9th Annual Scots-Irish Music Festival
Location: Historic downtown Dandridge
Celebrate East Tennessee history and the early settlers to this area with music, food, history, dancing, Battle of the Bands, and A Ceilidh by the Loch. There is free admission for general entertainment and parking. Event hours are 10 AM – 5 PM; for more information and event specific information, please call Tina Murrow at (865) 397-7420 x 17 or visit the website www.scots-irish.org.

Saturday, September 26
Werktherunway: Cycle 2
Location: Morristown Country Club, Morristown
Makeup artist Missy Young and photographer Eric McKinney are the co-hosts for this special fashion event. Doors open at 6 PM with the show beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are available at www.werktherunway.weebly.com or by calling (423) 258-5773. General admission tickets are $10 with VIP front row seats starting at $20.

Tuesday, September 29
2015 Jefferson County Sampler
Location: The Carriage House, Jefferson City
This special event showcases local restaurants, bakeries and caterers, so give your stomach a reward by attending this annual gathering from 5 PM – 7:30 PM. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, please call Kaci Anderson at (865) 397-9642.

ONGOING EVENTS

Summer Thursdays from 6 PM to dusk
PICKIN in the PARK (May to September)
Location: Fred Miller Park, Morristown
Come bring your favorite instrument and jam with the group. All levels of musicians are welcome. Call Jennifer at Parks and Recreation at (423) 586-0260 or email [email protected]

Thursday evenings in September (3-10-17-24)
Music on the Town (MOTT)
Location: Dandridge Town Hall, downtown Dandridge
The music begins at 7 PM and this popular local event features great talent including: The Grascals (September 3), C. Vaughn Leslie and Boys Night Out (September 10), Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle (September 17), and The Tams (September 24). For more information, please call (865) 397-9200 or visit the Facebook page MusicOnTheTown2015.

Saturday evenings from 5 PM – 8 PM (May – October)
Hamblen County Car Club Cruise-In car show
Location: College Square Mall, Morristown
This active group of car lovers meets weekly with cruise-ins every Saturday evening from May through October. All are welcome! For more information, please visit the website at http://www.hamblencountycarclub.org.

Friday evenings
Live music
Location: River Place on the Clinch, Kyles Ford, TN
For more information about this music series, please call 423-733-4400 or visit www.clinchriverecotourism.com.

Crockett Tavern Museum is located in Morristown, Tennessee. It was built on the site of the boyhood home of Davy Crockett. It is a reconstruction of the 1790’s John Crockett Tavern. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. The 56th season runs from April 29 to October 25, 2014. Admission fees and group discount rates are available by calling 423.587.9900 or on the website atwww.crocketttavernmuseum.org . Crockett and pioneer-related items are for sale in the Davy’s Trading Post gift shop.

General Longstreet Headquarters Museum is located in Russellville, Tennessee. This was the site of General Longstreet’s 1863 winter headquarters. Friends of the museum are renovating the historic home. It is now a Civil War museum and interpretive center. The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. To schedule a tour, please call 423.438.0968 or visit the website at www.longstreetmuseum.com.