All kinds of Christmas activities are happening in Blount County over the next few days, and there will be something to appeal to any taste you might have. Here’s a small sampling of some of the events I’ve discovered:
• Blount County Craft Guild’s annual Santa Mouse Christmas House will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29 and 30, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville. According to the Santa Mouse Christmas House Facebook page, this 14th annual craft show and sale will have more than 50 crafters with basketry, jewelry, gourd art, holiday crafts, painting, woodworking, glasswork, soaps and more. Admission and parking are free.
• You won’t want to miss the annual Festival of Trees hosted by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation Commission from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Blount County Courthouse. According to Festival of Trees Facebook page, “The Blount County Courthouse lawn will be illuminated by live Christmas trees of all sizes, colors and themes. This unique monthlong event allows the community to enjoy the festival by driving by or walking through for a closer look. The festival opening will take place on the Courthouse lawn and will include entertainment, refreshments and visits with Santa Claus.”
• The annual Holiday Magic Shopping Event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and continues until 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Lindsie Gribble, the coordinator, has been presenting Holiday Magic for several years so people can come out and shop for Christmas gifts and more while supporting local vendors, normally including more than 40 businesses all in one place. Boutiques, small business owners and craftspeople have a diverse collection of items for sale. Admission is free.
• The Blount County Historical Museum, 1006 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway near the Blount County Justice Center, will host “Christmas Through the Years” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. From the press release: “Very few things say ‘It’s Christmas’ like getting a brown paper bag filled with candy, fruit and gum, among other things, and the first 50 people through the door will receive an ole timey Christmas Brown Bag filled with goodies. Vintage Christmas ornaments will be on display and our guests will have the opportunity to tour the museum and make old-fashioned Christmas ornaments.” In addition, several vendors will be present to help with Christmas shopping. They include Lynda Rizzardi with handmade gift items, Bubba Wojio Blair with Native American items, Doreen Shackelford Littleton with handmade wreaths, Jackson and Sophia Walker with handmade Christmas ornaments, and Loren LeClair with baked goods from her business, Beyond the Barn. The museum also will have items for sale, including recently arrived museum T-shirts. Linda Hatcher will play Christmas music.
I won’t even pretend this is all that’s going on, but it’s a good start to the Christmas season, though.