Archive | April, 2017

Alumni enjoy exploring Rhine River region as part of first Pioneer Travel trip

Alumni enjoy exploring Rhine River region as part of first Pioneer Travel trip

Posted on 28 April 2017 by

Tusculum had a presence on a recent Viking River cruise of the Rhine River. Posing under the Tusculum flag on deck were Viking Program Director J.P. Smith, Lynn Battle '62, Jane R. Battle '62 (with Pete the Pioneer Bear), Jane L. Morse '77, Dr. Nancy Moody, Angela White-Wilson '77, Heather Patchett, Karl Wilson.

A few weeks ago, “Pete the Pioneer Bear” was featured in photos on Facebook with a group of Tusculum alumni who were exploring the Rhine River valley as part of the first Pioneers to Europe cruise, the inaugural event of a new alumni travel program.

The alumni, who included Lynn and Jane (Rausch) Battle ’62 ’62, Jane (Lovvorn) Morse ’77  and Angela White-Wilson ’77. The Pioneer tour group also included Jane’s husband, True, Angela’s husband Karl, and Jeanne Ray as well as Heather Patchett, Tusculum’s vice preisdent of institutional advancement and Tusculum President Nancy B. Moody and her daughter, Mykel. And Pete the Pioneer Bear. Alumni are encouraged to take Pete along with them on their travels and post on the “Pete the Pioneer Bear Went Where” Facebook page.
The group took a river cruise on the Viking Cruise lines and were able to visit towns along the Rhine in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland to visit historic sites and soak up a bit of the local culture. The group were also able to visit Tusculum alumnus Jonas Winkelmann ’16 in his native Germany.
More trips are scheduled in the alumni travel program, including a cruise to Antartica and a trip to explore “Cicero’s Footsteps” in Italy. More details to come. To see more photos from the cruise, visit the Pete the Pioneer Bear Went Where Facebook page.

Jonas Winkelmann '16 (left, pictured with Tusculum President Nancy Moody, joined the Tusculum alumni group one of the cruise's stops in his native Germany.

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Old Oak Festival draws alumni

Old Oak Festival draws alumni

Posted on 28 April 2017 by

Tusculum alum David Nunez, center, performed with his band, This Perfect World, Friday afternoon.

Tusculum alumni were a strong presence throughout the weekend of the Old Oak Festival, April 21 – 23.

From the Alumni/Faculty Social Event on Friday evening to alumni presence on stage and as part of the vendors, Tusculum alumni were part of the festival this past year, the sixth since the festival was reintroduced as an event.
On Friday evening, the social event all0wed alumni to reminisce and faculty to reconnect with former students, including a number of recent alumni.
Recent alumni were also part of some of the performing groups on Friday. David Nunez ’15 was part of two of the bands, This Perfect World and South Mouth. The latter band featured recent alums Chris Weems , Jack Lampley  and Kayla Tipton. On Saturday, Jon Moore ’02 performed as part of Abel Brown and Mike Joy ’03, who is the head coach of the Pioneer women’s soccer team, shared his musical talents in a set that featured his thoughtful, clever and heartfelt original songs.

Alum Jon Moore was one of the people who took an opportunity to try out their conducting skills during the "Conduct Us" session with the Tusculum Concert Band

A thunderstorm resulted in the cancellation of performances on Saturday evening, that were to include Mark and Cyn (featuring alum Cynthia Andresen ’75) and Shiloh TN, a band that started at Tusculum in the 1970s and feature Kenneth “Shadoe” Winterbauer ;73, Herb  Rubert ’74 and Wayne Hensley ’70. Festival organizers are seeking to reschedule a concert to feature those performers who were not able to share their talents because of the inclement weather. More details to be announced.

One of the many popular food vendors was Creamy Cup, offering coffee, lemonade, ice cream and other treats to festival goers. The business, located across from Tusculum, is owned by Tusculum alumnus Eric Price and his wife, Lynette.
One of the outdoor vendors, Stephen Harrison ’77, traveled through several states to share his artworks created from iron reclaimed from old ships. In his booth, “Shipwreck Iron,” Harrison had a variety of sculptures, including some Tusculum-oriented pieces, including the Pioneer image used by athletics and the baseball team logo. Harrison recounted that he had attended the first two Old Oak Festivals as a student, and had a booth of his woodwork at one of them.

Stephen Harrison featured his metal sculptures made with repurposed iron from ships during the festival. Note the Tusculum baseball logo in the right corner.

Make plans to be a part of the Old Oak Festival 2018, scheduled for April 20-22.  To see more photos from the festival, visit the Old Oak Festival facebook page.

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Learn the latest about your fellow Tusculum alumni in this month’s Class Notes

Learn the latest about your fellow Tusculum alumni in this month’s Class Notes

Posted on 28 April 2017 by









Lee Whitaker ’69 of Haddon Heights, NJ, is performing this month and next month in London, England. Whitaker, who is a Christian music/country artist, had two songs that topped the National Airplay Gospel Charts in 2015, “Lord Of Every Thing” and “Lord I Need A Miracle.”



Scott Niswonger ’87 H’06 of Greeneville, TN, was recently presented prestigious Wright Brothers MasterPilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration in a ceremony. Named for the brothers  credited with creating the world’s first successful airplane, the award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years, while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots.”  Niswonger took his first flight lessons at the age of 12, soloed on his 16th birthday, received his private pilot license on his 17th birthday, and followed his passion in earning a degree in aviation at Purdue University.



Pablo Rodriguez ’94 of Fort Dodge, IA, has been named the men’s soccer head coach at Iowa Central Community College. He has spent the past six seasons serving as an assistant coach for the team.


Kelley Simpson ’97 of Morristown, TN, celebrated her entrepreneurial success with an open house in early March at her store, Kelley Marie’s Chic Boutique, as well as participating in a charity fashion show to benefit a local organization. Kelley served as director of enrollment and marketing at her Alma Mater until taking an early retirement in 2008. Working with students to help them find what they needed and her desire to always dress the part led to Kelley’s interest in opening a clothing boutique in her hometown, in addition to her frustration of having to go out of town to find the clothing brands she preferred. Once she decided to follow her dream, she put much time in prayer and planning for the right time to open her store.


Tammi Ford ’98 was one of the government, business and law enforcement leaders inducted into The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times Wall of Fame on April 24. Ford has served as vice president of the Blount Partnership since 2011. She began her career as the Blount County Chamber of Commerce’s communications director in 1990 and was executive vice president of communications from 1998 to 2011. In her current role, Ford works with membership retention and recruitment while overseeing the Chamber’s operating budget. She is a current board member for the United Way of Blount County and a past board member of the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center and Kingdom Design Ministries, as well as past president of the Knoxville Regional Celiac Support Group. Ford also serves as a Tennessee Achieves mentor and is a member of the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Class of 2017.



Kristi Strange Christopher ’05 is now working as a trainee for Edward Jones investments.



Joe Simpson ’13 has been named chief information officer at Securities Service Network, Inc., an independent broker-dealer and registered investment advising company. Simpson formerly served as vice president of technology for the company and will continue to head all of its technology efforts.


Chris Dillon ’15 has been named Promotions & Community Relations Assistant for the  Hickory Crawdads, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, located in Hickory, NC.


Zachary Freeman ’15 has been promoted to marketing analyst at Dispenser Beverages, Inc. in Orlando, FL. He has been with the company since September 2016, previously serving as social media and digital marketing coordinator.





John W. Goode ’04 and Mrs. Ericka Harville Goode ’10 are celebrating the birth of son, John Crosby, on March 20. He weighed 9 lbs. and 11 ozs.


Kendra Collins Norton ’08 and her husband, Bryan, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Brynleigh Gayle, on March 18.


Tara Hammond Moss ’08 ’10, husband Matt, brother Even, and sister Callie welcome the addition of Luke Robert.  Luke was born April 1, weighing 8 lbs. and 4 oz.


Tiffany S. Greer ’15, husband Ben, and brother TJ welcomed Amelia Marie on March 29.  She weighed in at 9 lbs. and 11 ozs.


Steven Hollingshead ’15 and Anna Rice welcomed new baby girl Addison Anne Marie on April 27. She weighed 8lbs. and 13oz.





Mary Frances George Brumley ’43 of Greeneville, TN, passed away March 24, 2017. As a young adult, Mrs. Brumley employed as an assistant manager of Sears and in the jewelry department of Brown’s Furniture Store. In 1943, she married Hershel Orval Hamblin, who served as a radio operator on a B-24 bomber and was killed during his service in World War II. She then married Billy Frank Brumley in 1949 and was a homemaker through their 49 years of marriage. She continued to live on the family farm after his death before moving to an assisted living facility in Knoxville in 2012. An avid reader, she supported the Greeneville-Greene County Public Library throughout her life. She developed a keen interest in family genealogy in the 1970s and spent countless hours corresponding and researching her family history, including the George, McAfee, Rambo, Brumley and Bowers lineages. Her greatest achievement in genealogy occurred after many years of dedicated work when she co-authored and published The George History 1752-1979. This book contains many stories taken from conversations Frances had with her father; the last taking place the day before his death. In 1986, she and her husband spent many days documenting inscriptions on all tombstones and grave markers in the Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Their work was recorded in the book “Timber Ridge Church, A Two Hundred Year Heritage of Presbyterian Faith, 1786-1986.” She was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church for 62 years.


Harris Cecil Porter ’54 of Lenoir City, TN, passed away April 6, 2017, following a long illness. Mr. Porter enjoyed a successful career at East Tennessee Natural Gas Company, where he was manager of Gas Control for almost 40 years. Mr. Porter was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Knoxville. His hobbies included reading, fishing, sports and growing azaleas. His survivors include his wife of 62 years and Tusculum alumna Betty Chandley Porter ’58.

Gerald Stanley “Jerry” Williams ’57 of Radford, VA, passed away March 25, 2017. Mr. Williams was a retired police officer with 30 years of service with the Radford City Police Department. He was a member of Fairlawn United Methodist Church.


Alexander Harold Hunter ’63 of Port Orchard, WA, passed away on March 13, 2017. Mr. Hunter was a Navy veteran, serving for 20 years in submarine service and earned the rank of chief petty officer. He was retired from Northrop Grumman.  After retirement he volunteered at Sunnyslope Elementary School of Port Orchard, as a tutor in the computer lab.  His survivors include sister and Tusculum alumna Mary Meier ’65.


James D. Williams ’65 of Dallas, GA, passed away on March 7, 2017. Mr. Williams had retired as assistant principal of Atlantic High School in Florida. He and his wife, Judy Vaughan Williams ’65, had been living in Dallas for about two-and-a-half years, where she continues to live.


Sidney Courtney ’72 of Dover, DE, passed away March 11, 2017. Mr. Courtney was a social worker for the State of Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. He was a history buff who enjoyed posting historical documents on facebook. Beyond his fascination with history was his love of sports, including football and baseball; he even umpired little league. Mr. Courtney also enjoyed photography, cruises with family and a good laugh. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 46 years and Tusculum alumna Claudia (Strohmaier) Courtney ’73.


Cleo Laws Broyles ’79 of Chuckey, TN, passed away March 21, 2017. Mrs. Broyles was a retired teacher after 30 years of service with the Washington County Department of Education. She was a member of Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where she was also involved with the Cumberland Presbyterian Women.


Bobby Boles ’82 of Greeneville and Bean Station, TN, passed March 30, 2017.  Mr. Boles sang with the Continental Singers, traveling to all the states, Poland and the Czech Republic. In his later career, he worked as a studio musician and an art director. His survivors include his mother and Tusculum alumna Marma Lee Boles ’58.

James B. “Joe” Gaston ’91 of Etowah, TN, passed away on April 24, 2017. Mr. Gaston was a long-time employee of the McMinn County School System, serving as a classroom teacher, the system’s federal projects coordinator and as assistant director of schools.,   He also served on the McMinn County Commission for 12 years, from 1982-86 and 1994-2002.

Tever Louise Parton ’15 of Sevierville, TN, passed away on March 26, 2017.


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Tusculum named Best Value School

Tusculum named Best Value School

Posted on 27 April 2017 by

Tusculum has been named to the 2017 Best Value School List. With more than 8,000 colleges, universities and career schools in the United States, Tusculum is honored to be one of the few to make the list.

The Best Value School award is not based on a ranking system. There is no certain order of schools on the list. The objective of this award program is to honor the often overlooked schools—those small- to medium-sized colleges, universities and career schools that are struggling to attract the attention of potential students, but are affordable and loved by the majority of their students.

Schools honored with the Best Value School Award belong to an elite “club” of high quality, affordable higher learning institutions. Each Best Value School has been selected because it meets criteria important to postsecondary students of all ages. While each individual’s criteria may vary, all have basic requirements which include: a place where they fit it; where they find appropriate, top-notch academic programs and where the costs to attend are reasonable and financial aid is available.

Each Best Value School Award recipient has been subjected to a difficult process conducted by the higher education experts at University Research & Review and has met many strict requirements.

“There are so many considerations when choosing a college home,’ said Dr. Paul Pinckley, vice president of enrollment management and marketing at Tusculum. “Considering value is a critical component. When you choose Tusculum College, it is an investment you make in the rest of your life.”

Dr. Pinckley added 75 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported obtaining a position in their field of study within nine months of graduation. Additionally, 95 percent of recently surveyed alumni reported that Tusculum prepared them well for their current job or graduate studies.

“From the very beginning students at Tusculum are supported by our robust Career Services Office,” said Dr. Pinckley. “Through the Pioneer Certified program students gain valuable experience related to job hunting, portfolio development, interviewing, networking, internships, meal etiquette, job shadowing, career fairs and professionalism.”

The full list can be found at


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Alumni events coming to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Albany

Alumni events coming to New Jersey, Philadelphia and Albany

Posted on 27 April 2017 by

June will be here before long. Make your plans to attend one of the upcoming alumni events in June if you are going to be in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York City and Albany areas.


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Dale Laney named director of veteran services at Tusculum

Posted on 26 April 2017 by

Dale Laney has been named director of veteran services for Tusculum.

Laney is a retired Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force where he spent 23 years in various positions of leadership. After military retirement, Laney worked for the State of Tennessee as a veteran benefits representative where he assisted veterans and their families understand and apply for federal, state and local benefits ranging from education to disability.

“Dale brings with him many years of mentoring and counseling active duty and veteran personnel. He will be an invaluable part of our team and will be a key part of our increased efforts to provide educational opportunities for our veterans,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, associate vice president for student success and assistant professor of education.

Dale Laney

According to Dr. Johnson, Laney has extensive training in veteran administration programs. He has also been previously accredited with various veteran service organization as a veteran service officer.

Laney holds a Master in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King University.

“It will be a great honor to be able to work with our military veterans as they pursue their education goals,” said Laney. “Although Tusculum already has a long history of supporting our veterans, establishing a veteran services office shows the long-term future commitment it has for our men and women in uniform. I am just proud to be a part of that.”

As director of veteran services, Laney will be responsible for the recruitment of veterans for enrollment at Tusculum and will coordinate the veteran services support program at all Tusculum campuses and sites.

He will be responsible for fostering and maintaining outreach relations between Tusculum and military institutions, veteran associations and the surrounding Northeast Tennessee community.

His office is located in the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Greeneville campus.

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Tusculum Band Program to present spring concert on Sunday, April 30

Tusculum Band Program to present spring concert on Sunday, April 30

Posted on 26 April 2017 by

The Pioneer Jazz Band will be featured, as well as the Tusculum Concert Band and Handbell Choir, in the spring concert by the Tusculum Band Program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. (Tusculum College photo)

The Tusculum Band Program invites audiences to enjoy a Sunday afternoon filled with music as it presents its spring concert on April 30.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. The local community is invited to the performance, which will feature the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir.

A sense of place is present in the repertoire to be performed by the Concert Band. That sense of place is readily evident in “An American Fanfare,” “God Bless America,” “March of the Belgian Paratroopers,” and “Mars,” a movement from Holst’s symphonic masterpiece, “The Planets.” Two places are brought to mind by the jazz standard “Tuba Tiger Rag,” first, New Orleans as the home of Dixieland Jazz and second, Canada, as the tune as become synonymous with the Canadian Brass. Jeff Bennington, who shares his talents in all three of the Tusculum groups to perform in the concert, will be the featured tuba soloist on the song.

Less familiar to the audience may be the beautiful “In Perfect Silence, I Often Gaze at the New Stars,” a musical tribute written by Richard L. Saucedo about those who lost their lives in the May 2011 tornado that devastated the city of Joplin, Missouri, and the heroes that sacrificed of themselves to help the victims.

Special guest string musicians under of the direction of Galina Timofeev will also join the Concert Band for performances of “God Bless America,” “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” and “Mars.” The string musicians will also be performing “The Star Spangled Banner,” “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “America the Beautiful.” A professional violinist, Timofeev performs as part of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin at the University School at East Tennessee State University, as well as in private lessons to students of all ages.

Those attending the performance of the Pioneer Jazz Band during the Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum campus got a preview of some of the tunes to be performed during the Spring Concert. Toe-tapping “Mack the Knife” will feature vocalist Amy Saxonmeyer, and vocalist Sandi Moore is featured on the soulful, “God Bless the Child,” a tribute to the late Al Jarreau. In another tribute to the late Chuck Barris, the Jazz Band will play “Jumpin’ at the Woodside/Two O’Clock Jump,” songs featured on Barris’ television classic, “The Gong Show.” The Jazz Band will also be performing “Copacabana,” Herb Albert’s “Tijuana Taxi,” Quincy Jones’ arrangement of “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Feeling Good.”

Spring is the subject of the first movement of one of the pieces to be performed by the Handbell Choir. In addition’s to a handbell arrangement of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” the Choir will be performing some popular music classics, “Eleanor Rigby,” Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date,” the 1960s pop hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and a Neil Sedaka-penned tune made famous by the Captain and Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles. The Band Program hosts three concerts each year, a Christmas performance and programs in the winter and the spring. In addition, each of the major groups as well as small ensembles have performed in community events such as the Greeneville Christmas Parade, the Old Oak Festival, Music on the Square in Jonesborough, the Laughlin Hospital Foundation’s Derby Days event.


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Old Oak Festival update: Outdoor music performances after 2p.m. today cancelled

Posted on 23 April 2017 by

Old Oak Festival update: All indoor activities, including 5×10 play performance and arts and crafts vendors, are continuing as scheduled.

However, all music performances after 2 p.m. on the main stage have been cancelled due to the inclement weather.
Thanks to all who braved the rain to attend the church service and enjoy the performances by Poplar Hill and Sigean unde the main stage today.
Arts and craft vendors will be open in the Pioneer Arena until 4 p.m. and shuttles are running from the campus parking lots to get visitors to the Commons building.
The announcement of the LEGO History Competition is also continuing at the Doak House Museum.

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Old Oak Festival Sunday activities continuing today as scheduled

Posted on 23 April 2017 by

A little rain doesn’t dampen our spirits! The Old Oak Festival will begin its Sunday activities at 10 a.m.

A shuttle service is already running to get festival visitors from the parking lots on campus to activities all day.

Indoor activities include a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors inside the Pioneer Arena, video games inside the Pioneer Perk sponsored by the Pioneer Gaming Club from 12 to 4 p.m., the Authors’ Row in one side of the Pioneer Arena Lobby and impromptu picking sessions in the other side of the Pioneer Arena Lobby.
The “5×10″ student-written plays will be performed at 2 p.m. in the Behan Arena Theatre.
The announcement of the winners of the LEGO History Competition will also be announced at 2 p.m. at the Doak House Museum.
Outdoor activities begin with a church service at 11 a.m. with music continuing throughout the afternoon under the cover of the main stage tent. The afternoon entertainment schedule includes Poplar Hill at noon, area Celtic favorites, Sigean, at 1 p.m., the Tusculum Handbell Choir at 2 p.m., the Praise Cloggers at 2:30 p.m., bluegrass favorites Matt Hurd and the Dread Scots at 3 p.m. and The Brother Boys, featuring Eugene Wolf and Ed Snoderly, at 4 p.m.

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Old Oak Festival Saturday evening performances cancelled due to inclement weather

Posted on 22 April 2017 by

All the remaining Saturday evening performances of the Old Oak Festival have been cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area. Food vendors have also closed for the evening. Events for Sunday are still as originally scheduled and any changes regarding tomorrow’s schedule will be announced if changes are merited due to weather conditions.

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Tusculum Community Chorus to present spring concert on Monday, April 24

Posted on 20 April 2017 by

The Tusculum Community Chorus will be bringing a variety of vocal stylings from early American hymns to Irish and Scot folk music during its spring concert on Monday, April 24.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum campus. There is no admission charge to the performance. Under the direction of Kathy May, the Tusculum Community Chorus includes both members of the campus community and the region coming together to share their love of vocal performance.

The chorus’ repertoire for the spring performance includes some early American hymns, “I Will Arise” and “Wondrous Love,” as well as the spirituals, “The Morning Trumpet” and “Soon-Ah Will Be Done.”

In honor of its upcoming trip to Scotland and Ireland, the chorus will be performing four songs from the Celtic part of the world, “My Gentle Harp,” “Loch Lomond,” “Tell My Ma” and “The Parting Glass.”

A bit of whimsy will be included in the concert, as the chorus will be singing two fun pieces, “Walk Him Up the Stairs” from the musical “Purlie,” and The Neighbor’s Chorus from the opera, “La jolie Parfumeuse” by Jacques Offenbach.

Matthew Brickey, the chorus’ accompanist, will be featured in two beautiful choral selections, “Blessed Are the Pure of Heart” and Faure’s lovely “Cantique.”

May is in her second year of directing the chorus and says she hopes to continue for many more. She has expressed her appreciation of the chorus members and their flexibility with rehearsal schedules this year as the director has also been preparing for Greeneville High School’s “South Pacific” performance and her retirement from public school education later this spring.

The Community Chorus was founded in the spring of 1996 with 35 singers as an avenue for people in the community and Tusculum to come together to enjoy a shared love of vocal performance.  Over the years, more than 300 different singers have participated in the group and there are currently 50 vocalists in the chorus. The concert is part of Tusculum Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2016-17 performance and lecture series.


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Old Oak Festival at Tusculum this weekend

Posted on 17 April 2017 by

Featuring a wide variety of music and food and fun, the Old Oak Festival will be held at Tusculum this weekend, April 21-23. The event will span across three days, featuring something for everyone, be it live music, theater, arts and crafts or fabulous festival food.

“The Old Oak Festival is a fun, family event,” said David Price, director of music and band programs at Tusculum and coordinator of the festival. “With all the performances, crafts and activities, it’s the kind of event to bring the family and stay all day.”

Several bands and musicians have announced plans to perform and include the Brother Boys, My New Favorites, Shiloh, Ashley Bean, Sigean, the Dread Scots, Poplar Hill Reunion, the Tusculum Jazz Band, the Tusculum Marching Band, the Tusculum Concert Band, the Tusculum Handbell Choir, Jimmie D, Abel Brown, the Color 7, Shimmy and the Burns and the Bluegrass Outlaws.

There will also be jam sessions during the festival and visitors are encouraged to bring their instrument and join for a weekend of fun with other musicians.

In addition to music, workshops for high school students will be held on Friday and include sessions on the Math and Science of Tree Identification, Contemporary Poetry, Instrumental Master Class (Band), Vocal Master Class, Introduction to Programming with Python, Drawing, the Brief Essay or Prose Poem, Medieval Siege Warfare, Songwriting, Playwriting, Political Jeopardy, Flash Fiction, SM-Art! Sensational Mathematical Art, as well as Animation.

Workshops are presented by faculty of Tusculum and other experts in the field.

There is no charge for students to participate in the workshop sessions and lunch will be provided. To reserve a spot, contact Kelsey Trom, assistant professor of English at or (423) 636-7420 ext. 5420.

The Museums of Tusculum will be hosting the Old Oak’s second annual LEGO contest, “LEGO® Historians!” Participants, using their own LEGO® or other compatible plastic bricks, design and build a unique creation (not from a designed kit) based on any historical topic. Registration is open now. Deliver completed projects to the Doak House Museum, 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville 37745. Projects may be dropped off through April 20, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The museums will also operate a Family Photo Preservation Station during the Old Oak Festival. The public is invited to bring up to 20 family photographs or 20 pages of family documents (letters, certificates, etc.) for digital scanning and preservation. Documents or photos will be scanned and saved to a writable CD which we will provide, or bring a personal thumb drive. Participants will also receive a handy guide to caring for their family heirlooms according to best archival & museum standards. RSVP to or 4123-636-8554 to sign up for an appointment time.

Authors participating in signing sessions at Authors’ Row include Beth Fine, Claudia Ware-O’Hara, David Brannock, Emory Rhea Raxter, Jim Hartsell, Joe Tennis, Keith Bartlett, Patricia Horton, Sheila Sowards, Shirley Butler, Sylvia Nickels, Tom Fugate, Tom Yancey and Clem Allison.

Theatre-at-Tusculum, in conjunction with the Tusculum English Department, will present the “5×10” plays beginning April 20 with an additional four performances during the annual Old Oak festival at Tusculum.

The “5x10s” are a collection of five, ten minute plays written by Tusculum students and produced as part of the Acts, Arts, Academia Performance and Lecture Series. The “5x10s” offer Tusculum student playwrights the opportunity to see their dramatic works brought to the stage as part of the festival’s offerings. Show times during festival will be 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

All the performances will take place in the Behan Arena Theatre in the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts building on the Tusculum campus. There is a $7 per person admission charge.

Other special events planned for this year’s festival include an art show at Allison Gallery, featuring Professor David Frazier’s photography. Saturday will also feature the Launch Party for The Tusculum Review, the literary magazine of Tusculum. The event is free and open to the public and will feature returning alumni reading original works beginning at 4 p.m. in the atrium of the Shulman Center.

New this year will be archery tag, sponsored by the Tusculum Office of Student Affairs. Archery tag is played similar to dodgeball with our bows and patented foam-tipped arrows. This exciting, action-packed game offers the ultimate family-friendly experience that engages everyone.

There is no fee to attend the festival. Art vendor hours will be Friday from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Entertainment and food continues into the evening, with the final performances ending at 10 p.m.

Service animals are welcome; however, no pets allowed. Coolers, firearms and alcohol are also prohibited on the Tusculum campus property during the festival. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

The event is being sponsored by the Old Oak Tap Room, Artistic Printers, The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville.

For updates and more information, visit the website at or on facebook. For more information on registering as a vendor or performer or volunteering at the festival, contact Price at 423-636-7303.


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