Dogwood Arts Festival 2015 Hits Market Square

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

 

What a great weekend. The Dogwood Arts Festival on Market Square is one the entire urban family circles on our calendar months ahead of time. With a wide array of arts, from photographs and paintings to woodwork and pottery, jewelry and more, there’s something excellent to see in every art form. Recent years have introduced the welcome addition of experiencing the arts which, to me, is a great development.

Taylor Kress with Kelle Jolly, Union Avenue Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

Taylor Kress with Kelle Jolly, Union Avenue Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

Handsome and the Humbles, Market Square Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

Handsome and the Humbles, Market Square Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Our brood (including Urban Brother up for the weekend) had a great time starting Friday evening when we hit the food trucks. Urban Girl had been playing “food truck” and jonesing for a a shot of urban food truck goodness. Over the weekend we had food from the Savory and Sweet Truck, Gonzo Gormet, Cruze Farm and a couple of others who I think were from out of town. One truck operator said she was in from Asheville, so I guess Asheville is trying to get in on some of the Knoxville action.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Urban Tiger Girl, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

Urban Tiger Girl, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, April 2015

The Pinklets, Chldren's Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Pinklets, Chldren’s Stage, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Activities for the children traced the Clinch Avenue end of Krutch Park and included a massive board for finger (and full-hand!) painting, two spots for face-painting, a booth for building things (Urban Girl built a bug cage of which she was very proud) and more. A children’s stage included performances by One World Circus, a puppet show and a fine performance by the ever-cute Pinklets. The emphasis in the Children’s area was on active creativity and that was a good choice.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

For the adults, a number of opportunities were available for becoming involved in the arts. Glass-making was on exhibit in Krutch Park again this year and stayed busy throughout the weekend, with very patient professional glass-blowers helping the less-skilled among us give it a go. Painting and drinking continues to be a growing theme in our city and a booth was set up for that, with artists guiding painters through their strokes. I’d probably do better if I had a few drinks, actually. I certainly couldn’t do worse.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The highlight for us is often the culinary arts tent. We’ve loved it since it started and we plan our day around the schedule on Saturday. We started the day with Chef Brandon Cruze from Sunspot cooking Shirred Eggs Chilaquiles paired with Rosatello Sparkling Rose and K Brew Coffee. Even Urban Girl liked the presentation, if not the food (which was great). She did give the K Brew coffee a sip, but returned to her Orange Julius.

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Culinary Arts Tent, Dogwood Arts Market Square Art Market, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Sunday Night Dinner with Chef Karen Crumley's Recipe from Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Sunday Night Dinner with Chef Karen Crumley’s Recipe from Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Later Chef Karen Crumley of Avanti Savoia introduced Salt-seared Shrimp with Parsley Sesame Pesto and Smoked Israeli Couscous paired with SIMI Chardonnay. We liked it so much we made it for dinner on Sunday night. Chef Ron Watkins from the Grill at Highlands Row prepared Maple-glazed Pork Belly with Roast Peach Grits and Grain Mustard Demi-glace paired with SIMI Pinot Noir. The day ended with a Simi wine tasting featuring their  Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

The Harp Twins, Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

On Sunday we were able to hear the Harp Twins. I’m pretty oblivious to a lot of pop culture phenomenons, so they were new to me, though my wife assures me they are quite popular on You Tube. They were very entertaining, beautiful and talented, of course. We almost missed them because we’d been watching for them on Krutch Park, but finally saw them on the Market Square stage, so either we were confused or the schedule changed.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

It simply is one of the very best weekends of the year in the city and seems to continue evolving and improving. And there always little touches that make it all just a little better. One of those was the seating on the lawn (southern) end of Market Square. We need permanent seating there and hopefully the city noticed how heavily utilized those chairs were all weekend.

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Dogwood Arts on Market Square, Knoxville, Spring 2015

A great debt of thanks goes out to the various committees and the army of volunteers as well as to Janet Testerman and the board of directors. I’m delighted with everything that has been added in recent years and the crowds seem to like it, as well. This year skirted disaster with the weather and actually had nice conditions for most of the three days. Here’s hoping our continuing flood of festivals and events have the same good fortune.

Up next weekend: Outdoor Fest, The Rosinni Festival and the Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes. More on all of that coming up.

The Downtown Knoxville Ten Day Planner (4/19 – 4/28/2015)

Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

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Sunday, April 19

Monday, April 20

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Up the Chain / Old Man Kelly (Folk), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Movie Night, 4:20 Themed Movies :-), Scruffy City Hall, 5:00 PM
  • Ten Years CD Release Party, The Concourse at the International, 6:00 PM, Free
  • Aer, Bijou Theatre, 8:00 PM, $14/$17
  • Mutations/Terror Pigeon, Pilot Light, 10:00 PM
  • The Dawn Drapes, Barley’s, 10:00 PM

Tuesday, April 21

  • Knoxville Cannabis Hemp Rally, Market Square, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Turnstone Roadshow, Market and Union, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: New Country Rehab / Smith & Weeden (Americana/Rock), Visitor Center, Noon, Free
  • Singer/Songwriter Open Mic, Preservation Pub, 7:00 PM
  • Marble City Five, Emporium, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
  • Einstein Simplified (Comedy Improv), Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • New Country Rehab, Barley’s, 10:00 PM
Car on Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Car on Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Car on Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Car on Union Avenue, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Wednesday, April 22

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: Matt Prater (Singer-Songwriter) / Front Country (Bluegrass), Noon, Visitor Center, Free
  • TN Bike Summit, Scruffy City Hall, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Motionless in White, The Concourse at the International, 6:00 PM (Doors), $18/$20
  • Tennessee Shines presents Bill Mize and storyteller Jan Headrick, Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 7:00 PM, $10
  • Vine Street Rag, Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong Celebration w/ TN Sheiks/Jack Neely, Remedy Coffee, 7:00 PM, $20
  • “Three Penny Opera,” Clarence Brown Theatre, 7:30 PM, $15 – $26
  • K-Town Showdown Semi-Final Round, Pt. 2, Singer/Songwriter Play-off, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Mostly True Stories: A Story-telling Event followed by Headface and the Congenitals/Big Blaine Band/Criswell Collective/Persona LA Ave/Wife Pile, Pilot Light, 8:00 PM, $5
  • Barry Roseman (jazz), Bistro at the Bijou, 8:00 PM
  • Charlie and the Foxtrots/Radio Birds, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM

Thursday, April 23

Friday, April 24

TCA Regional Chess  Tournament, L&N Station, Knoxville, Spring 2015

TCA Regional Chess Tournament, L&N Station, Knoxville, Spring 2015

Saturday, April 25

Sunday, April 26

Monday, April 27

  • WDVX Blue Plate Special: My Graveyard Jaw / Jmac & Junior (Americana), Noon, Visitor Center, Free
  • CBID Board Meeting, Chamber of Commerce on Market Square, 5:30 PM
  • Dark Waters/Blue Velvet, Scruffy City Hall, 8:00 PM
  • Cure for the Common Cold, Preservation Pub, 10:00 PM
  • The Blueprint, Barley’s, 8:00 PM

Tuesday, April 28

A Bowling Alley on Gay Street? Yes! Maple Hall Coming Soon

Greg Cox and Kevin Wright, Maple Hall Bowling Lanes, 416 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, April 2015

You've heard the rumors about a bowling alley. I sat down with the owners of the business to get the facts about the new business. They aren't the most likely friends to open the first downtown bowling alley in Knoxville's history. Kevin Rice was … [Continue reading]

Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk 2015

Ariana Rector, Chalk Walk, Krutch Park, Knoxville, April 2015

One of the best events of the spring, the annual Chalk Walk turns Market Square into a colorful, vibrant center of artistic activity for a full spring day. It's fun to see the drawings early in the day and watch them as they progress and evolve. By … [Continue reading]

Rhythm n Blooms 2015: Day 3

3 Mile Smile, Rhythm n Blooms, Knoxville, April 2015

Coming to you a little late today with the final Rhythm n Blooms installment for 2015. The final day found more than a few of us dragging around the Old City. My concert buddies took breaks for naps and such, but the line-up was so good, that simply … [Continue reading]