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Volume 25, Number 4 — April 2018

Arts Calendar

Tusculum Old Oak Festival to celebrate arts and entertainment, April 20-22

Date(s):  April 20 - 22, 2018
Venue: Tusculum College
60 Shiloh Road
Greeneville, TN 37743

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — " The Old Oak Festival returns to the Tusculum campus April 20-22.

This year’s festival will feature a wide variety of music, food and fun and will span three days, providing something for everyone, including live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

“This festival is going to be wide ranging with opportunities that will allow visitors to experience the arts in a number of ways, as well as provide opportunities to eat, shop and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment,” said Nicole Rader, director of alumni engagement at Tusculum. “Music, theater, art showings and book signings are just a few of the arts we are featuring at this year’s festival.”

Throughout the weekend on stage, the music will present the sounds of the region, with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to jazz featuring local vocalists and instrumentalists. Sunday will feature gospel music on all stages.

This year’s special events will include an art show at Allison Gallery, theater performances by GLAWPIGT (Great Literature Alive, Well and Playing In Greeneville Tennessee) and a historical Lego building contest.

The Allison Gallery will feature recent work by local artist Clem Allison, with a focus on aspects of the Tusculum campus. Allison previously served as art department chairman and director of the Division of Arts and Humanities until his retirement as professor emeritus of art in 2000.

Local artist Nic Hankinsis on site Sunday at 1 p.m. to provide an interactive painting demonstration.

The 2018 Old Oak Festival will also provide an opportunity for one-on-one interaction with local authors. Authors’ Row gives the public an opportunity to explore the works of local authors and talk to them about their work. The authors will be located in the lobby of the Pioneer Arena during the festival and will be signing works.

The youth theater group, GLAWPIGT, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will showcase the young talent of the Greeneville and Greene County school systems with special performances each day during the festival.

The Third Annual LEGO Historical Building contest offers the opportunity for entrants to building their own historical structure. This year’s theme is American History.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories: Kindergarten- Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Adults. Within each category there will be three winners: 1st Place, Runner-up, and Crowd Favorite. The judging will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 1-3 p.m., and the Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at the Doak House Museum.

Tusculum’s President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library will feature a new exhibit, “Tusculum at 225,” which will open to the public on April 20 and run throughout the festival. The museum exhibit is part of the celebration of the 225 birthday of Tusculum.

Tusculum museum studies students, under the leadership of Dr. Peter Noll, associate professor of public history and museum studies, have been hard at work creating a new exhibit that explores the storied history of Tennessee's oldest institution of higher learning. "Tusculum at 225" will be open to the public beginning April 20.

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