On the Tuesday night I visited Bradbury Community Club the place was packed. Musicians were tuning up their instruments in the hallways and groups were playing for anyone that would listen – even outside in the parking lot. It was a homecoming, complete with cakes and cookies, cloggers, and lots of coffee – since it will go as long as they are willing to play (though the time says 6-10pm on Tuesday nights). It is a very informal setting which allows for someone to walk around and check everything out. Many of the old classrooms were filled with bluegrass musicians tuning up to go on stage. The classrooms are large enough and have seating for fans to listen as they warm up – people moving around and coming in and out did not seem to bother these seasoned musicians. Fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjos, and basses were played by young and old – but please, no amplified instruments or electric guitars allowed in this place. The Bradbury Community Center has been a place for musicians to gather for nearly 30 years. Want to learn how to play yourself? On Tuesday nights newcomers can get a lesson or pointers from the old-timers.
The Bradbury Community Club comes alive with music every week. Jammin’ sessions are held every Tuesday night from 6-10pm – the cost for entry is $1 and includes concessions. On the 3rd Saturday of each month a stage show begins at 7pm, entry fee is $2. Everyone is welcome to listen – or if you are a musician you can even join in the pickin’ and grinnin’. The fees go toward the upkeep of the building.
If you love authentic Bluegrass music and want some foot-stompin’ fun then you definitely want to visit Bradbury Community Club. There is also a Museum complete with unusual & old instruments, photos of musicians who have passed through these doors, and anything bluegrass.
Bradbury Community Club is located at 3343 Buttermilk Road, Kingston, TN. For information call the Roane County Visitor’s Bureau at 865-376-4201.
During the summer you can catch a free movie on Watts Bar Lake. A movie screen is set up on the last Saturday night of the month on an island between Fort Southwest Point & Southwest Point Golf Course (south of Kingston and west of Hwy 58 where the Tennessee and Clinch Rivers meet). The movie will start just after sundown and to hear the audio you will need to tune your radio to 107.3 FM. If you are launching your boat the closest boat ramp will be the 58 Landing (located on Highway 58 south of the Hwy58/Hwy 70 intersection). Teddy Haywood of Blue Springs Boat Company sets up a temporary screen on the island shoreline and shows a free movie the last Saturday night of each month (through September). The May movie was The Great Outdoors, the June movie was Tommy Boy – the next movie? to find out more you can visit the Blue Springs Boat Co website or call Teddy or Stephanie Haywood at 865-376-1472.
I just watched a funny movie trailer. Imagine my delight when I learned that it was filmed right here in Roane County! Brooks Benjamin’s Boys of Summerville, a comedy about softball will be shown at 7pm at the Roane State Theatre on June 26. You won’t want to miss this special ‘hometown’ presentation – you will surely recognize many of the buildings and locations. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the Rocky Top General Store 865- 882-8867 and the Jewelry Exchange, both in Harriman. I plan on getting tickets for this one and cannot wait.
Brooks Benjamin, producer and director of Boys of Summerville, is an award winning independent filmmaker as well as an elementary school teacher in Harriman. This ‘hometown” showing of Boys of Summerville is presented by Princess Productions, in conjunction with Lycan Entertainment, and Roane State Community College. Brooks Benjamin will be on hand, along with Muse Watson, a hollywood actor, and Bill Landry, of local Heartland Series fame, to answer questions about the movie, movie production, upcoming shows, and about the progress being made on the Princess Theater restoration. This is the second of a planned entertainment series for Roane County and the surrounding area to benefit the Princess Theater restoration project.
The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival & Pageant is held annually the 2nd Saturday of May in Harriman. The festival is held on the banks of the Emory River at David Webb Riverfront Park & Memorial so the location is perfect for a southern down-home family festival. Hope to see you there next year!
Brian McCord, a photographer from Nashville, is in town shooting photos for the new Roane County magazine – Images of Roane County. According to his blog he “hustles across the US and Canada shooting editorial content for travel magazines” and we are so excited to have him in our county.
Want to see Roane County through his lens? Check out his blog – Brian McCord Photography. The photos taken so far are breathtaking, and it is still winter. I for one cannot wait to see more. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country.