What: Fourth Annual Wonder of The Hummingbirds Festival
When: Saturday, August 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.)
Cost: Admission $5, children under six admitted free
Who could resist calling this a hum-dinger of an event? The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society and Ijams Nature Center have teamed up for a fourth time to create an event that’s all about the wee hummingbird. Attendees can get up close and personal with a banding demonstration of ruby-throat and cardinal flower hummingbirds; other sessions include how to attract and feed hummers, and there’s a jeweled hummingbird walk.
There’s lots of other color, too—speakers on bluebirds, black bears, and backyard butterfly gardens, to name a few. David Unger, professor of biology at Maryville College, will address “Carnivores: the Big GOOD Wolf.” And don’t forget they’ll be selling food and drinks, native plants, crafts and art from local artisans, and of course, bird feeders and supplies. One favorite not to be missed: the Bargain Barn, a sale of new and gently used merchandise, all nature-themed.
For more info: ijams.org
Beat the Thursday Blues
What: Blues concert series
When: Every other Thursday on the even dates of the month
Where: Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House, 3725 Maryville Pike
Cost: No cover charge
Even South Knox gets the blues, and at Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House, it’s a sweet sensation. Their concert series features only regional and local blues artists, like the act for Aug. 28, the Reigns Band of Knoxville. Playing live “all over” since 2007, they put on (in their own words) “the kind of show where you feel musically enlightened or even part of a gang; not a violent, drug smuggling, gun toting gang, but more like a reverent fervent music listening gang.” All right then!
For complete listings: sweetpbbq.com
Tip: The shows start at 6:30 p.m., but come early. Sweet P’s Thursday special, the famous meatloaf that’s smoked for two hours and finished with a chipotle ketchup glaze, goes fast.
And along the way…
7117 Chapman Hwy., 573-7936
So appropriate for football season, Bayou Bay Seafood House has Cajun-style blackened Gator. It’s alligator, for sure, and also available fried or grilled. Not quite that adventurous? They do some really nice shrimp po’ boys, all sorts of seafood, and plate lunches worthy of arriving late back to work. And you can feel good knowing they’re family owned and operated, have been for 22 years. Yep, that’s a couple of the kids who used to run around now taking the orders and serving up the red beans ’n rice.