With Farragut talent, Go! dance ‘20th’ kicks off with reGENERATION

KNOXVILLE — GO! Contemporary Dance Works will celebrate its 20th anniversary by opening its 2023-24 season with reGENERATION, an outdoor performance at Tennessee Amphitheater, in World Fair area, beginning at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29.

reGENERATION brings together inter-disciplinary choreographic works by some of the most experimental dance-makers in Knoxville. Premiering is Xocoyotzin, “by award winning international choreographer danah bella, the founding chair of Dance Department at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University who has presented choreographic works at the Cool New York Festival, the United States Asian American Festival and the Bates Dance Festival, as well as in Mexico and Italy,” A Go! press release stated.

“The evening’s versatile repertoire will bring Knoxville (metro’s) artistic community together,” “the release further stated. “‘Voicing,’ co-choreographed by director Lisa Hall McKee and Jill Frére, will interweave live musicians and dancers on the stage.

McKee describes Voicing as a true collaborative effort between musicians, dancers and choreographers.“The all female string quartet Inner Voices joins us on the Tennessee Amphitheater stage this year,” she said. “I saw these ladies performing the piece, Strum, and I was fascinated with their connection to their instruments, the score and to each other. I immediately wanted to work with them.”

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Building girls’ love of hockey as children

Cool Sports’ 10-U Girls SM Wilde team beginning to grow with encouragement

The relatively new girls youth hockey program in Farragut and Knox County, through Cool Sports Home of the Icearium, is beginning to get traction on the ice.

With most of the elementary school-aged girls from 7 to 10 forming the 10-U Smoky Mountain Lady Wilde, “This is technically our second year in existence,” starting in the summer of 2022 “with 11, 12 girls,” said Jeff Monckton, girls program coordinator, who works alongside coach Samantha Haase.

One year later, “We’ve absolutely exploded,” he said. “So we are now up to about 21 girls now.”

Although they had “barely just had enough for a team” last season, “we ended up taking them all to Nashville for a tournament, and it just really exploded from there,” Monckton said.

Playing in Nashville in January as the Junior Ice Bars, the team had to scramble for a similar look without official uniforms. That has changed.

“Now we have our own uniform; we just ordered them,” Monckton said. “We got help with sponsors … got team T-shirts. So we’re excited.”

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Lawnchair Series

Scores of families representing hundreds of adults, teens and children were on hand to enjoy Town of Farragut’s annual Lawnchair Series — featuring lots of music and refreshments — in Founders Park at Campbell Station Saturday evening, Aug. 19.

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Rotary hears all about airport’s 134th Air Refueling Wing

The 134th Air Refueling Wing of Tennessee Air National Guard at McGhee-Tyson Airport keeps the Air Force, Navy Marine Corps and allied national aircraft fueled and in the skies.

Lt. Col. Travers Hurst, the wing executive officer of the 134th Wing, shared the unit’s purpose to Rotary Club of Farragut members during their meeting in Farragut Community Center Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The unit uses its 10 KC-135 Stratotankers to do their job, and has been providing aerial refueling for the U.S. Air Force for more than 50 years.

Hurst said those planes were built between 1957 and 1962.

“Anybody drive their classic car today?” he asked, then added, “We drive (the planes) all the time. If you got on them, you would be amazed at how well they look and how good they perform.

“Obviously, they are continuously maintained, “ Hurst added. “Our maintenance does an outstanding job.”

But its current tanker variation is KC-135, which it got in the 1970s.

They work out of a new $31 million hanger, completed 18 months ago.

“It only took us 25 years to get it through Congress,” he added.

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