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 to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County Trunk Sale

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

The Gift Sale continues this week and next week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Habitat for Humanity at 105 Randolph Road in the Historic Grove Center.

The sale ends Saturday, December 20. It features exquisite jewelry, accessories, exotic beads, apparel, linen, handicrafts, and tribal art designed and crafted by banjaras (gypsies) and artisans in India. [Read more…]

Author Diane Fanning to sign ‘Scandal in the Secret City’ books at AMSE

Diane Fanning

Diane Fanning

Author Diane Fanning will sign copies of her latest novel “Scandal in the Secret City” on Saturday at the American Museum of Science and Energy.

Fanning will be the museum, located at 300 South Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, December 6.

Here is more information from an AMSE press release:

Eastern Tennessee is an area filled with the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, clear creeks, and vibrant cities like Knoxville and Chattanooga. In 1942, the U.S. government selected a rural area between the ridges to create the “Secret City” (what is now Oak Ridge). The location was quickly built to develop materials for the Manhattan Project and the purification of uranium for use in the bomb that eventually fell on Hiroshima. [Read more…]

State: Tennessee Mountain Writers workshops to meet in Morristown

Tennessee Mountain Writers has scheduled writing workshops at the “January Jumpstart XV” from January 9-11, 2015, at the Best Western Morristown Conference Center in Morristown, and a high school teacher who lives in Oak Ridge will lead the fiction workshop.

By popular demand, Jane Sasser, the teacher, will be leading the fiction workshop, and Bill Brown returns to lead the poetry workshop, a press release said. The event is sponsored by Tennessee Mountain Writers. It will open with an informal social hour on Friday evening; workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Sasser was born and raised in Fairview, North Carolina. Following in the footsteps of both parents and numerous other relatives and ancestors, she is a lifelong lover of stories and storytelling. Her poetry has appeared in The Atlanta Review, The North American Review, The Sun, The Lullwater Review, Appalachian Heritage, The National Forum, Sow’s Ear, and numerous other anthologies and publications. She has won first place in fiction contests with the Knoxville Writers’ Guild, The Alabama Writers Conclave, and the Green River Writers. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, “Recollecting the Snow” and “Itinerant,” and two novel manuscripts, “Where You Ought to Be” and “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” A high school teacher of English and creative writing, she currently lives in Oak Ridge. [Read more…]

Sound Co. has Sparkly Jolly Twinkle Holly holiday concert this weekend

Sound Company Children's Choir

Sound Company Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge

The much-anticipated Sparkly Jolly Twinkle Holly holiday concert by Sound Company is set for the first weekend in December. “Don’t miss the festive costumes and seasonal stylings of Sound Company Children’s Choir of Oak Ridge,” a press release said.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 6, and 6 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at the High Places Church at Grove Center, in Oak Ridge’s historic Grove Theater.

The press release said more than 100 talented young vocalists in grades one through 12 will present everything from classical holiday carols to Louis Armstrong jazz (“Zat You Santa Claus?”), an Elvis Christmas medley, and pop ballad “Peppermint Winter” by Owl City. Sound Company is polishing a range of holiday tunes, including “Hanukkah Shalom,” a traditional Spanish carol, and spirited “Mele Kalikimaka” from Hawaii.

“Of course, you won’t want to miss the new holiday classic popularized in the show ‘Elf,’ ‘Sparklejollytwinklejingley,’ complete with kick line,” the press release said. [Read more…]

Music of ‘Emperor,’ ‘ Cinderella,’ ‘Christmas Festival’ to be featured at Dec. 6 concert

Oak Ridge Community Orchestra September 2014 Concert

The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra is pictured above in a September 2014 Concert. (Photo by Ellen Greenwood)


By Dale Gedcke

A free concert by the Oak Ridge Community Orchestra at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6, will feature the “Emperor (Kaiser) Waltzes” by Johann Strauss Jr., the “Cinderella Suite No. 1″ by Prokofiev, the “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss Sr., and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson. This is an exciting program that you will not want to miss.

In 1950, Leroy Anderson wrote “A Christmas Festival” to be performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra. Ever since, it has been a popular favorite of audiences and orchestras. Somehow, Anderson was able to weave all the famous Christmas carols into a progressive collage of color. The startling opening begins with “Deck the Halls,” and continues with the quieter carols in the middle of the suite. In the finalé, Anderson shows his compositional ingenuity with a raucous variation on “Jingle Bells” that is briefly interrupted by the climax of “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” before rushing to an exciting conclusion with a confluence of “Joy to the World” and the “Jingle Bells” variation. [Read more…]

Sponsored: Music Arts enrolls in Amazon Smile program, which donates part of purchases

Music Arts Ad

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The link for Amazon Smile is: Thank you for your help with this, and happy shopping!

Camera Club of Oak Ridge: 66th Annual Salon—The Art of the Photograph

Carolyn Slay "Strike"

“Strike” by Carolyn Slay, winner of the digital landscape category of last year’s Salon.


The Camera Club of Oak Ridge is presenting its 66th Salon this month. It’s one of the most prestigious juried photography competitions in East Tennessee, and it’s on display at the Y-12 New Hope Center at 602 Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge from November 10 to 20.

The Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to a free Reception and Gallery Walk on Friday, November 14, from 7-9 p.m. [Read more…]

What’s happening in Oak Ridge from Nov. 13-19

Here is a summary of events happening in Oak Ridge from Thursday, November 13, and continuing through November 19.

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