LAKE LIFE CALENDAR: MAY 23 - JUNE 2

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS

Rockin’ the Docks: May 25, 4 p.m. • Lenoir City Park • rockinthedocks.com

Ready to get shook all night long? Lenoir City’s mega Rockin’ the Docks concert features music by Ergo We Play, RMS and the AC/DC tribute band Big Guns, with music onstage from 5 p.m. until the fireworks start at 10. There are also numerous local food vendors, who start serving at 4 p.m., a children’s play area and more. The concert is presented by Lenoir City Ford with the help of other sponsors, including Metro Pulse and Fort Loudon Marina. No alcoholic beverages or pets, please; visit the web site for more info.

BOATING & WATERSPORTS

Civil War Sightseeing Cruise with NavCal: May 24, 25, 26 and May 31, June 1, 2 • 300 Neyland Dr. • captfarmer@navcal.com or 865-765-3407 • navcal.com

NavCal Marine Services and Captain John give you the waterside scoop on some of Knoxville’s most venerable Civil War sights, with a cruise around the Tennessee River waters on the Trace. Sandwich-lunch cruises on the dates listed above are 90 minutes each; coming the second Sunday of each month will be a longer plated lunch cruise. Watch for details, and check out the web site for more info.

Starlight Escape Cruise on the Volunteer Princess: May 25, 6 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 or volunteerprincess.com

You can promise your love the stars – and deliver – with the 100-foot Princess’ Starlight Escape Cruise, featuring a four-course plated dinner, entertainment by local band Frequency and all of the romantic sights of downtown Knoxville from the water. Cost is $55.95 per adult. Reserve in advance, and visit the web site for additional info about this and sunset and lunch cruises.

Gospel Dinner Cruise: May 27, 6:30 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 or tnriverboat.com

The waters are heavenly and so is the entertainment, provided by the Star of Knoxville’s own cast of riverboat gospel singers. The cruise, which includes a dinner buffet, returns to the dock at 9 p.m. Cost is $32.95 per adult, $19.95 children 5 through 11; call to reserve at least 24 hours in advance.

The Orangery’s burger benefit special: May 27 • 865-588-2964 or orangeryknoxville.com

The Orangery may be landlocked, but its heart is in the right place, as, every Monday night in May, $5 of each of its $10 burger and fries specials will go to the Fort Loudoun Lake Association. Visit the restaurant web site or find out more about the charity at fllake.org.

KAYAKING/PADDLING

Discover Kayaking: May 25 & June 1, 10 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • emily@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Learn the basics of kayaking – from how to hold the paddle to how to share the water with bigger boats – in this beginner’s class presented by River Sports Outfitters. The class lasts about an hour-and-a-half and will be presented each Saturday through the summer. Cost is $35 per person, and space is limited; you must contact the store to reserve your spot in advance.

SUP Social Paddle: May 25 & June 1, 9 a.m.; May 28, 6 p.m. • Downtown Knoxville • emily@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Stand-up paddling enthusiasts get together each Saturday morning downtown and again on Tuesday nights to meet and mingle with other fans of this fast-growing sport. River Sports Outfitters will provide gear for a fee, or you may bring your own. Registration is limited; call or email to guarantee your spot. (There are also SUP Discovery programs at The Cove at Concord Park Sunday afternoons through season; call or visit the web site for more information.)

Social Paddle at the Cove: May 25 & June 1, 9 a.m.; May 28, 6 p.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • emily@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

River Sports Outfitters sponsors this paddling get-together, free if you bring your own gear. Otherwise, for $15, you’ll be equipped with a kayak or canoe, a paddle, and a PFD; call or e-mail to reserve your spot. (The two-hour social paddle takes place each Saturday morning and Tuesday night through season.)

Open Dragon Boat Practice: May 28, 6:20 p.m. • Melton Lake Greenway at the Oak Ridge Marina (697 Melton Lake Dr.) • scmadpaddlers@gmail.com or 865-300-8562

Sponsored by the Secret City Mad Paddlers, this regular Tuesday-evening get-together welcomes ages 15 and over and all fitness levels. Email or phone for more information.

Level 1 Kayaking: June 1 • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • emily@riversportsoutfitters.com or 865-523-0066 • riversportsoutfitters.com

Say you’ve been around the pond a time or two on your kayak but would still benefit from some advanced stroke techniques and safety/rescue information? Head for River Sports Outfitters’ monthly two-hour class, preferably if you have already completed the outfitter’s Discover class. You’ll need to bring your kayak and required safety gear and prepare to get wet. Cost is $75 per person, and space is limited; reserve your spot in advance.

FISHING

Orvis Fly Fishing 101: May 25, May 26 & June 1, 2 • Orvis Company Store (136 Apple Barn Road, Sevierville) • 865-774-4162 or orvis.com

Orvis wants nothing less than to see all of America discovering the joys of fly fishing, and the company is spreading this gospel the old-fashioned way, by offering free weekend in-store seminars on the basics of tying, rigging, casting and more. Call or visit the web site for more information.

Tuesday Night Toad Tournament: May 28 • Loudon • Facebook: Tuesday Night Toad Tournament

They’re fishing for bass, not toads, and they’re doing it every Tuesday night through season. Check out the group’s Facebook page for videos from previous rounds and updates on meeting places and times.

Cherokee Memorial Day Fishing Tournament: May 31 • Public waters, Cherokee, N.C. • fishcherokee.com

There will be $10,000 worth of tagged fish trying to elude yours and other anglers’ lines in the public fishing waters at the Cherokee reservation. An $11 registration fee makes you eligible to redeem the tags from fishes for prizes from $20 to $500. Redemption locales and times to be announced; for registration information, visit fishcherokee.com.

CLASSES AND CAMPS

TWRA Boating Safety Courses

You wouldn’t try to drive a car without a license and some training, would you? Ongoing and upcoming classes below; visit twra.org for additional information and locations.

• John Sevier Hunter Education Center (2327 Rifle Range Rd.)

Held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

FOOD, DRINK, AND MUSIC NEAR THE WATER

CALHOUN’S ON THE RIVER: 400 Neyland Drive • 865-673-3355 • calhouns.com

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Mon-Fri. Drink specials.

CALHOUN’S AT THE MARINA, FORT LOUDOUN, LENOIR CITY: 4550 City Park Dr. • 865-988-9838 • calhouns.com

Happy Hour: Mon & Tue, Thu & Fri 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Drink specials.

FOX ROAD MARINA - BAMBOO BAR: mile marker 617, themarinas.net

Specials and entertainment.

LAKESIDE TAVERN: mile marker 16 • 10911 Concord Park Dr. • 865-671-2980 • lakeside-tavern.com

1/2 Price Wine Night: Every Monday.

Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $3 off appetizers, 1/2 price draft beer, house wine at the bar.

RUTH’S CHRIS: 950 Volunteer Landing Lane • 865-546-4696 • ruthschris.com

Ruth’s Prime Hour: Mon-Fri before 6:30 p.m.. Food and drink specials.

SWEET P’S BARBECUE AND SOUL HOUSE: mile marker 635.5 • 3725 Maryville Pike • 865-247-7748 • sweetpbbq.com

Hours: Tue-Thu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m.

May 30: Slow Blind Hill

VOLUNTEER LANDING MARINA - PIRATE’S COVE TIKI BAR: mile marker 648 • 956 Volunteer Landing Lane • themarinas.net

Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

WILLY’S: mile marker 612.4 • 2600 Whitten Lane • 865-288-3480 • willysbandg.com

Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.25 import bottles, $1 off call and premium cocktails, food specials.

See our Lake Life events listings, photos, and stories in the Calendar throughout the summer!

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