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K-Town South: Vestival & Circus Extravaganza

FINALKTownlogo_150.jpgWith our May 1 issue, we're relaunching our K-Town South section devoted to all things South Knoxville. Every other week, we'll be trumpeting the events that make K-Town South a must visit area. Some will be treasured traditions, from Civil War re-enactments to jam sessions at Candoro Marble. Others are new, or different, or both, inspired by the new businesses cropping up or by the reopened Henley Street Bridge. But rest assured: They're going to be fun, and you'll only find them here in good old K-Town South.


When: Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Candoro Arts & Heritage Center at the historic Candoro Marble Company site (4450 Candora Avenue, off Maryville Pike)

How much: Suggested $5 per person donation at the gate. All donations go to the Candoro Arts & Heritage Center.

Guests are invited to park and ride to Vestival on free shuttles provided by the South Knoxville Alliance. Shuttles will pick up festival attendees from the Disc Exchange parking lot on Chapman Highway and the site of the former Big Lots on Moody Avenue. Limited parking is still available within walking distance of the Vestival site.
Catchy name, Vestival. It was coined when South Knoxvillian Trudy Monaco used to drive through her community's Vestal area, contemplating a way to showcase it and the gorgeous (though defunct) Candoro Marble Company. Now in its 14th year, the festival known as Vestival has managed to skip any teenage angst and stay at the top of its simple, gracious, toe-tapping, tasty form.

Now, here's what to expect, in case you haven't been by in a couple of years or ever. There will be music, really good music, from well-known Knoxville acts like the Tim Lee 3, RB Morris, and Four Leaf Peat, some jazz acts, even opera and some material from the Carpetbag Theatre. Every year, acts seem to spill into each other on the stage and pick up backup bands and guest performers from here and there until it's more like a jam session than a formal thing, but that's really the tone Vestival strives for and delivers.

There's a "grassy stage" too, there at the elegant but cozy Candoro Marble Factory and grounds, and it will host Circle Modern Dance and Dragonfly Aerial Arts, all amid a confab of vendors with jewelry, art, truly tasty street food, plants and such on offer. This is one of those rare times when someone says, "and more," and really means it. There is no telling what might show up at Vestival--gourd drums? cupcakes? watermelon skewers? naturally dyed clothing--but it will surely be entertaining and appealing

Two more highlights:

• The special Mother's Day Brunch never gets old: free brunch for mom, beginning at 11 a.m., and afterwards you can sashay through the vendors to pick a present you both agree she'll like.

• An art exhibit featuring the quilts of 85-year-old Opal McCartney of Dandridge, Tenn. Mrs. McCartney has a gleam in her eye and a hum in her needle, and the quilts are both comforting and breathtaking. If you're so inspired, you can try your own hand at quilting or make a "quilt patch" with fabric paint. This happens inside the showroom, and if you're on your toes you'll remember the opening reception Friday, May 9, from 5-7 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and live music from Old City Buskers.

Plus, This Weekend:

The circus is coming! No need to run away and join a circus; here's the Third Annual Circus Extravaganza with three performances: Friday, May 2 at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Tennessee School for the Deaf "Old Gym" (2725 Island Home Boulevard).

The performances from Dragonfly Aerial Arts and One World Circus will include trapeze, clowning, unicycling, tight-wire walking, and, like the name says, aerial acts. Proceeds will benefit Breakthrough Corp., which serves adults with autism, UT FUTURE program, and the parent-teacher group of TSD. Tickets are $15, parking free. Seating is very limited; purchase tickets at

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