Archive for May, 2018

Ijams River Landing- CLOSED

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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The Ijams River Landing will be CLOSED for barge traffic starting Friday, May 18 at 5 pm. The dock will remain closed until further notice. We’re so sorry for the inconvenience!


Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema Kick Off 2018 Movies Under the Stars June 2 with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

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Grab your blankets and lawn chairs – it’s time for the 2018 Movies Under the Stars presented by Ijams Nature Center and Central Cinema!

The five-month series features beloved fantasy films and horror flicks. This annual tradition brings thousands of people to the nature center to enjoy outdoor screenings of beloved movies, food trucks, a beer garden and more.

Events kick off Saturday, June 2, with E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG), Stephen Spielberg’s beloved science fiction blockbuster about a boy who helps his new alien friend find his way home.

Saturday, July 14, marks the return of Terror in the Woods, an evening of chills, thrills and a haunted trail from FrightWorks. Co-presented by the Knoxville Horror Film Fest, this event boasts a double feature of  Cabin Fever (R), the tale of a group of friends who develop a mysterious skin virus while out in the woods, and Severance (R), a comedy horror film about co-workers who fight for their lives in a remote mountain forest.

Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s high fantasy adventure film, The Dark Crystal (PG), shows on Saturday, Aug. 18. With groundbreaking animatronics, this 1982 classic holds a special place in the hearts of fans.

Another Spielberg classic, Hook (PG), screens on Saturday, Sept. 1. Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman lead this fantasy adventure film that finds Peter Pan living as a corporate lawyer in London with no memory of his amazing childhood. When Captain Hook kidnaps Peter’s children, he returns to Neverland to save them.

The series concludes on Friday, Oct. 5, with Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (R), the frightening tale of a burial ground with the power to revive the dead. This event is co-presented with the Knoxville Horror Film Fest.

Doors open at 6 p.m.; movies start at dark. Coolers and outside alcohol are prohibited.

Tickets are $8 per person for regular movies, $15 per person for Terror in the Woods and $25 for a family four-pack of tickets (regular movies only). Summer Movies Passes are $35 per person and include entrance to all five movie nights. The deadline to purchase Summer Movies Passes is June 2. More information is available at www.Ijams.org.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams offers hundreds of education programs annually and features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

Slated to open in June 2018, Central Cinema is a neighborhood moviehouse featuring a single screen at 1205 N. Central Ave. A DIY-startup from the creators of the Knoxville Horror Film Fest, Central Cinema will offer regular programming including classic audience favorites, weekly family matinees, cult cinema showcases and first-run bookings of under-the-radar indies and documentaries. Specialty screenings will reach out to niche audiences and underserved local communities. Central Cinema is open to any group, business, or lone film fanatic that has big ideas for a one-off film screening or event. For more information, visit www.centralcinemaknox.com.

Tickets and Details for Summer Movie Passes and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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Claussen Family Helps Ijams Nature Center Add New Land

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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Pete and Linda Claussen, long-time supporters of Ijams Nature Center, have funded the nonprofit nature center’s purchase of a one-acre inholding property on Dunn Street adjacent to Mead’s Quarry.

The land, which was privately owned and offered to Ijams as a first right of refusal, is an important addition because it connects Ijams Nature Center properties and protects the inholding from future commercial development.

“The gift of land is eternal,” Ijams Executive Director Amber Parker said. “We are so grateful that Linda and Pete recognized the importance of bringing this property under the stewardship of Ijams. Their immense generosity has created a lasting legacy for Ijams and this community, and we appreciate this and all of the other ways they have supported Ijams over the years.”

Parker said plans are to remove a derelict house that sits on the land and replace it with an outdoor education pavilion that will be used for programs as well as a rental space.

“This space allows Ijams to add a much-needed outdoor classroom without disturbing any of the natural areas within the Ijams 315-acre footprint,” she said. “The property is in a shady hollow between Tharp Trace Trail and Island Home Avenue. It’s a central but quiet location, and will be the perfect setting for an outdoor shelter for summer camps, classes and family picnics.”

The Claussens became members of Ijams Nature Center in 1999. Since that time, they have been continuous supporters of the nature center. Mrs. Claussen served two terms on the Ijams board of directors and the couple has supported to the Ijams Endowment Fund and several Ijams capital campaigns.

Nature and education are central themes of the Claussens’ philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Claussen established Gulf & Ohio Railways (G&O) in 1985 and serves as chairman. G&O owns and operates four railroads in the Southeastern United States. Mr. Claussen is the founder and chairman of the Seven Islands Foundation, which donated land to help create Seven Islands State Birding Park, Tennessee’s 56th state park. He also serves on the boards of the Legacy Parks Foundation and Zoo Knoxville.

Mrs. Claussen’s love of quilting led her to take leadership roles in her local quilt guild, the Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee. She was president of the American Quilt Study Group in 1999. She founded the American Quilt Defense Fund to address the 1991 Smithsonian Quilt controversy, when the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution licensed the reproduction rights of antique quilts housed in the museum, including the iconic Harriet Powers Bible Quilt, to China. In 1993, an agreement was reached that eventually ended the Smithsonian’s plan to reproduce quilts in its collection. Instead, it entered into a contract with Cabin Creek Quilters in West Virginia to design and make quilts that were sold temporarily through the Lands’ End catalog.

Through his involvement with Mrs. Claussen’s work with the American Quilt Defense Fund, Mr. Claussen later served as a member of the Smithsonian National Board, co-chairman of the Alumni Board and member and past chairman of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams offers hundreds of education programs annually and features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.

 


Ijams Sunday Summer Concert Series Kicks Off May 20

Friday, May 4th, 2018

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Looking for a way to end the weekend on a high note? Join Ijams Nature Center for the Sunday Summer Concert Series, which kicks off on the nonprofit nature center’s lawn Sunday, May 20, with the Appalachian cowboy music of Guy Marshall.

Presented by Blank Newspaper, the three-concert series is produced by Ijams and Grammy-nominated writer and journalist Wayne Bledsoe.

The lineup of Americana and rock artists also includes The Pinklets on June 17 and Mic Harrison and the High Score on July 15. The Pinklets, a trio of sisters, describe themselves as “a pop rock kinda thing.” Mic Harrison and the High Score will bring a rock/country/indie vibe to the series.

Doors open at 3 p.m.; concerts run from 4-6 p.m. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Each event will feature food trucks and a beer garden. No coolers are allowed.

In addition to Blank Newspaper, the series is sponsored by WDVX 89.9 FM. Alliance Brewing Company is the beer sponsor for the July 15 concert.

Tickets are $8; kids ages five and under get in free.

Tickets and details are available at http://ijams.org/sunday-summer-concert-series/.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 315-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities, and walks of life. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 12 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking, and more. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8:00 a.m. until dusk. The Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.