Cumberland Piano Trio plays at First United Methodist on Sunday, Jan. 18

Cumberland Piano Trio

Cumberland Piano Trio

The Cumberland Piano Trio will play at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 18.

“Oak Ridge Symphony’’s own piano trio (violinist Susan Eddlemon, cellist Dan Allcott, and pianist Emi Kagawa) join forces with New York composer Larry Spivack to present an exciting program, including a new work commemorating Oak Ridge’’s Spallation Neutron Source,” organizers said. “The program also includes Spivack’s ‘“Suite from ‘‘Puss in Boots’’ Ballet” and Schubert’’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major.”

The concert is presented by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association. See the ORCMA website for more information.

Symphony Presents Free Family Concert Jan. 25

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Spring” in a free family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.

Children are invited to come early for paper puppet making and instrument making beginning at 2 p.m. at the museum, 461 W. Outer Dr., which is offering free admission from 1-5 p.m. Sunday to support the concert. Puppets from the “Peter and the Wolf” story are in the Anna Cebrat Puppet Room at the museum, where children may act out the story in the puppet theater in the week leading up to the concert.

A small symphony orchestra will perform the musical story of “Peter and the Wolf,” by Sergei Prokofiev. The composer considered the music as a child’s introduction to the orchestra, with each character represented by a different instrument or group of instruments. The strings represent Peter and the horn section represents the wolf.

Dan Alcott will conduct the orchestra, and Matt Shafer Powell, of WUOT-FM, will be the narrator.

“The Oak Ridge Symphony presents an annual free family concert as a gift to the community,” said Oak Ridge Civic Music Association Executive Director Michelle Powell. “It’s a chance for children and the young-at-heart to come out and experience classical music.”

Special guest violinist Hannah Shipstad, 11-year-old winner of the Youth Aliyah competition in Oak Ridge, will perform with the orchestra in Vivaldi’s “Spring.”

Children may listen to the Vivaldi’s “Spring,” composed in the 1720s, to find signs of the season. The violin concerto is part of “The Four Seasons,” among Vivaldi’s best-known and most popular works.

Sponsors of the program are John and Lois McKeever, Pao-Min Loh Fund for Excellence in Education, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, Capital Mark Bank and Trust, the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, and WUOT-FM. The concert is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, see the symphony web site at, and the Children’s Museum web site at

ORICL to show three film classics on Tuesdays

The Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning will present three movie classics to the public on the three remaining Tuesdays of this month. The showings are free.

The movies will be shown at 1 p.m. in the City Room, or A-111, in the Coffey-McNally Building of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College at 701 Briarcliff Road.

The movies are “Maltese Falcon” on January 13, “Amadeus” on January 20, and “Doctor Zhivago” on January 27. [Read more…]

Midnight Hike at Norris Dam on New Year’s, Norris Dam 12K on Jan. 17

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

By Anderson County Tourism Council

New Year’s Midnight Hike at Norris Dam State Park—December 31

Never mind the New Year’s parties, start 2015 with us, on a hike along the Andrews Ridge Trail system.

Bring a flashlight or headlamp as it might just be dark! Hike starts at 12 a.m.

For more information, call (865) 426-7461. [Read more…]

Free guitar, banjo lessons for seniors 50 and older

Senior Guitar Lessons Class 2014

First Row: Jack Copeland, Rosevelt Gilliland, Lu Ann Christy, Ken Carter, Wendall Cook, Instructor, Don Snouffer. Second Row: Dee Williams, Don Bourgrand, George Davis, Bobby Neal, John Dorflinger, Roe Sutherland, Charlie Orr, Billie Joe Campbell. Third Row: Ernie Blair, Jim Sells, Joe Henderson, Unidentified Visitor, Ken Newton. (Submitted photo)


Free guitar lessons for senior citizens will resume on Friday, January 9, at 9 a.m. at the Oak Ridge Senior Citizen Center on Emory Valley Road.

All levels of guitar players are welcome, a press release said. Beginner’s lessons start at 9 a.m. and intermediate lessons at 10 a.m. Wendall Cook, who has many years of experience playing and teaching, conducts the lessons. [Read more…]

Camera Club to feature photo exhibition, competition on Jan. 13

Pat Postma Photo

Image by Pat Postma



If you would like to learn more about photography, one of the most cost- and time-efficient ways to do so is to join a camera club and Oak Ridge has a good one!

The Camera Club of Oak Ridge has monthly meetings that alternate between presentations by some of the area most accomplished professional photographers and intra-club competitions with expert judging who teach photography during the process of evaluating the images. The public is welcome to attend an initial meeting for free, and a yearly membership cost is nominal. [Read more…]

Christmastide Choral Festival at Grace Covenant on January 4

The Fifth Annual Community Christmastide Choral Festival will be at the Grace Covenant Church at the Trinity Center on Robertsville Road on Sunday evening, January 4.

It’s been organized by the Rev. Rodney Parrish of Grace Covenant Church of Oak Ridge. Everyone is invited, a press release said.

“The celebration of Christmastide begins at Christmas Eve and ends 12 days later on what is traditionally called Epiphany, hence the 12 days of Christmas,” the press release said. “Many churches during this season will present choral programs of excellence. However, it is difficult for the community to be able to attend them all no matter how much they may want to. The purpose of this festival is to give the community an opportunity to close out the Christmas season with one last service of music while being able to appreciate the offerings of multiple church choirs. [Read more…]

Tickets on sale now for first Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

The City of Rocky Top will present the inaugural Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in 2015. It’s scheduled for Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at the George Templin Memorial Athletic Field at 214 Main Street in Rocky Top (formerly Lake City).

On Friday, see Flat Lonesome, Blue Highway, and Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice.

Saturday’s lineup includes Flat Lonesome, Blue Moon Rising, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, The Box Cars, Lonesome River Band, and Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express.

Organizers said tickets are on sale now (just in time for Christmas), and they “will make great stocking stuffers for the bluegrass fan on your list.” Get your tickets at Rocky Top City Hall, Marks Pharmacy in Rocky Top, at WYSH Radio, or buy them online at

What’s happening in Oak Ridge from Dec. 12-17

Here is a summary of events happening in Oak Ridge from Friday, December 12, and continuing through December 17.

This weekly listing of events is compiled by the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau: [Read more…]

Christmas Sing-Along Concert in Oak Ridge on Sunday

The public is invited to attend the Oak Ridge Community Band’s Christmas Sing-Along Concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at the First Baptist Church. This is a free concert, dress is casual, and there will be refreshments at the conclusion of the program, a press release said.

It said the audience will be given Christmas song books and will have the opportunity to sing familiar Christmas carols accompanied by the band.

In addition, the Community Band will perform several holiday tunes including a medley of Christmas carols in “Celebrate Christmas,” “A Christmas Flourish,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and the traditional holiday favorite “Sleigh Ride.” [Read more…]

Sponsored: Secret City Train Ride with Santa on Saturday, Sunday

Santa on Secret City Excursion Train

Santa will be on the Secret City Excursion Train in west Oak Ridge this weekend. (File photo/November 2012)


This weekend, the jolly old gent parks his sleigh and joins us on the Secret City Scenic Train for a fun-filled, climate-controlled trip through beautiful Poplar Creek Valley!

Special Car Host: Santa

The ride includes:

  • Free favors for all the children
  • Take pictures with Santa
  • Train is all decked out for the holidays

The trains leave 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Saturday December 13.

They leave at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, December, 14.

The train departs from the Heritage Center at 2010 Highway 58 at the former K-25 site in west Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

Sponsored: Gift Sale extended to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County Gift Sale

A Gift Sale in Grove Center this month benefits Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County.

The Gift Sale has been extended through 3 p.m. Christmas Eve. The sale will also be open today (December 23) until 6 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity at 105 Randolph Road in the Historic Grove Center.

The sale features exquisite jewelry, accessories, exotic beads, apparel, linen, handicrafts, and tribal art designed and crafted by banjaras (gypsies) and artisans in India. [Read more…]