Editorial: Three Cheers June 29, 2013

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

Songwriters Festival

to showcase loads of talent

The musical talent in this area is extraordinary, and each summer an event is held to showcase that talent, as well as gifted performers from elsewhere. The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival Aug. 15-18 celebrates the area’s Appalachian musical roots. As a platform for songwriters to perform their original works, the mission of the festival is to promote songwriters and to help their songs to be discovered. The public is invited to four days of free live music in downtown Gatlinburg.

Audiences can expect to see a lineup that includes some well regarded songwriters, people who have written hit songs for artists from Randy Travis to Kenny Chesney to Diamond Rio to Billy Currington. There will be performances as well, including the songwriters competition and a band playoff. The finalists of the songwriters competition will perform their songs Aug. 17. All events are free and worth your time. It’s nice to have such an event in our community. For more information go to www.SMSWF.com.

Celebration of aprons

event that’ll wear on you

Here is a neat idea for a special event, one sure to draw interest and curiosity. There will be an apron party on Friday, July 19 at Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center. Aprons provoke find memories on many people, who remember their mothers or grandmothers wearing one around the kitchen. If you have “family aprons” treasured from the past, or wear aprons around the house, attend the apron party, sponsored by the Sevier County Family and Community Organization (FCE).

Participants are asked to bring their favorite aprons, and/or wear an apron to model for the apron fashion show. Virginia Borrelli with the King Family Public Library will give a brief program reflecting on aprons. At the end of the program, the audience will enjoy strolling in the Apron Finale.

Cost to attend this party is $1. To attend this event, register and pay at the front desk of Fort Sanders Senior Center by July 12. For questions, call 453-3695 or email to lhyder@utk.edu.

Doggone great activity:

Bark for Life a real hoot

It was, simply, a doggone nice event. Sevier County held its first annual Bark for Life at the fairgrounds last weekend. Organized by Walmart Heroes team leader Earl Gibson, Bark for Life began with walk for dogs and their owners and provided dog owners an opportunity to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A fun event for as good cause. Can’t beat that.

Pets Without Parents, a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Sevier County, was one of a number of organizations that hosted booths at the event. Shelter representatives brought several dogs that are up for adoption.

People came from all over, even other states, to be part of the fun. When it comes to showcasing one’s pet, there are no limits. Everybody has the best, cutest, smartest and friendliest dog in the world. An event like bark For Life allows those et owners to out their dogs in the spotlight while raising some money for a worthy cause. Nice going, sponsors.