Here's this week's look at things to do in South Knoxville, aka K-Town South:
Let's Hike the River Bluffs!
What: TREK South hike from the River Bluffs up to Armstrong Hill and around the ponds
When: Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Meet at the gravel lot across from the Blue Water Tower on Cherokee Trail
How much: Free of charge
Debbie Sharp lives in South Knoxville and loves it, and formed a hiking group in November 2011 with the hope that others could come and enjoy K-Town South's parks and wild areas as much as she does. Like all hikes the group undertakes, "we want all people of all abilities to come and enjoy," she says. "We try to cater to whoever is on the hike. If some are a little faster, we may send a group up ahead. If others enjoy seeing the sights, another group may proceed a little more slowly."
The Sunday strolls/hikes take place once a month; recent groups have taken a wildflower jaunt at William Hastie Natural Area and hiked around Meade's Quarry near Ijams Nature Center. Says Sharp: "We check around, and make sure everyone is well taken care of. We want anyone who'd like to spend a fine Sunday afternoon outside to join us!"
Starting the third Saturday in June, the hikers will shift from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning outings in an attempt to avoid the summer heat. Find out more about the schedule and TREK South's commitment to all areas of K-Town South--parks, businesses, historic sites, and wild areas--at the group's website, treksouth.org (it also leads directly to the group's Facebook page).
What: Marble Springs Statehood Days Living History weekend
When: Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday May 25 12 noon-5 p.m.
Where: 1220 West Gov. John Sevier Hwy
How much: Free, but food is available for purchase and donations appreciated
June 1, 2014 marks the 218th anniversary of Tennessee's admission as the 16th state in the year 1796. Celebrate this momentous event at Statehood Day Living History Weekend at Marble Springs, the home of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier.
All year long, the Marble Springs staff and volunteers do a lovely job on tours and workshops on such skills from the period as cooking over a fire, but Statehood Days is even more of a good thing. For two days, living history interpreters garbed in 18th century clothes portray life from several chapters of Sevier's career: on the frontier, in encampments, and at the governor's home.
This is a good time to introduce the kids to Marble Springs--they can play with toys from the period and "fall in" with a militia drill. Other goings on include blacksmithing, weaving, and open hearth cooking, with nominal charges for a few of the activities.
Information: 865-573-5508, marblesprings.net