BOATING & WATERSPORTS
Sea Ray of Knoxville's On the Water Boat Sale: May 10, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; May 11, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; May 12, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Concord Marina 10915 S. Northshore Dr. • 865-691-6731 or searayofknoxville.com
Check out the latest and greatest Sea Ray and Bayliner models, plus pontoon boats from Cayman Cay in this on-the-water weekend extravaganza.
1st Knoxville Area Blessing of the Fleet: May 11, 12 p.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 S. Northshore Dr.) • myboatpro.com
BoatPro and West Marine host as area boaters congregate for a blessing from local clergy (via loudspeaker) before sailing into a smooth spring and summer. Visit BoatPro's website for more info.
Mother's Day brunch on the Volunteer Princess: May 12, 1 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 or volunteerprincess.com
You once made her pancakes for Mother's Day; today, you're taking her on a brunch cruise on the Volunteer Princess. We say your mother didn't raise any fool. Voyage includes a buffet menu and a rose for Mom. Cost is $42.95 per adult, with discounts for seniors and children. Reserve in advance by phone or visit the website for more info.
Mother's Day lunch on the Star: May 12, 1 p.m. • 300 Neyland Dr. • 865-525-7827 or tnriverboat.com
Mom can be a riverboat queen with a Mother's Day lunch cruise on the Star of Knoxville. Includes a lunch buffet, entertainment by Sunday Drive a picture-perfect view. Cost is $32.95 per adult, $19.95 children 5 through 12; call to reserve.
The Orangery's burger benefit special: May 13 • 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 website or find out more about the charity at fllake.org.
Murder Mystery Cruise on the Volunteer Princess: May 16, 6:30 p.m. • Volunteer Landing Marina (956 Volunteer Landing Lane) • 865-541-4556 or volunteerprincess.com
It's hijinks and mayhem on the Tennessee River with the Volunteer Princess' monthly Murder Mystery Cruise. The $59.95 ticket includes dinner and theatrical entertainment; reserve in advance.
Fort Loudoun Lock Cruise: May 18, 9 a.m. • Lenoir City Park • kps-site.org
Join the fleet of boats cruising through the Fort Loudoun Lock with the venerable Knoxville Power Squadron, with squad members on hand to help newbie boaters. Bring a side dish for a picnic at the park on return. RSVP by May 16 to Dave Roberts at 865-748-9738.
On the Water Boat Show: May 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Concord Marina 10915 S. Northshore Dr. • americanboatcenter.com or bluespringspontoons.com
With 25 years in business under each of their belts, the power boat gurus at American Boat Center and the pontoon experts at Blue Springs will both have the latest and greatest showroom models on the water at Concord Marina, with ABC featuring models from Chaparral and MasterCraft and Blue Springs showing off the latest for high-powered family fun.
SUP Social Paddle: May 11 & 18, 9 a.m.; May 14, 6 p.m. • Downtown Knoxville • firstname.lastname@example.org 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 website for more information.)
Social Paddle at the Cove: May 11 & 18, 9 a.m.; May 14, 6 p.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • email@example.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.)
Morning Canoe Cruise: May 11, 9 a.m. • Ijams Nature Center (2915 Island Home Ave.) • 865-577-4717, ext. 119, or ijams.org
Paddle around Mead's Quarry Lake in south Knoxville as naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales explains how this man-made lake, once one of the centers of Tennessee's marble industry, became a modern haven for local wildlife. $10 per person for members and $15 for non-members; you must call to register in advance.
Boat Demo Day at the Cove: May 11, 10 a.m. • The Cove at Concord Park (11808 South Northshore Dr.) • 865-523-0066 or riversportsoutfitters.com
River Sports Outfitters lets you try out the newest SUPs, kayaks, and canoes in its try-before-you-buy program. (The Demo Day happens the second and fourth Saturday of every month; call or visit the website for more information.)
Open Dragon Boat Practice: May 14, 6:20 p.m. • Melton Lake Greenway at the Oak Ridge Marina (697 Melton Lake Dr.) • firstname.lastname@example.org 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. First three practices are free for beginners and all equipment is provided.
Smoky Mountain Field School Introduction to Fly-Casting & Fly-fishing: May 11, 1 p.m. • 865-974-0150 or smfs.utk.edu
Tie one on with the expert guides of UT's Smoky Mountain Field School, in a three-hour introduction to the particulars of fly-fishing and casting. Cost is $49. Coming up May 18: A separate course on advanced casting tricks; $49 per person. Register for either or both online or by phone.
Orvis Fly Fishing School: May 11 through 12 • Gatlinburg • 865-774-4162 or orvis.com
Orvis' intensive short schools in fly-fishing instruction are an industry standard, and would-be masters of the sport take to the water this weekend at The Lodge at Buckberry Creek to learn hands-on from expert guides. Cost for the two-day school is $470 per person, including lodging; reserve online in advance or call the store for more information.
Tuesday Night Toad Tournament: May 14 • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. • Canal at Loudon • Facebook: Tuesday Night Toad Tournament
They're fishing for bass, not toads, and they're doing it every Tuesday night through high fishing season. Check out the group's Facebook page for videos from previous rounds and updates on meeting places and times.
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
Winter hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
KEY LARGO GRILLE AT FORT LOUDON MARINA: mile marker 602.5 • 5200 City Park Dr., Lenoir City. • 865-210-0869 • fortloudonmarina.com
Hours: Sun: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon-Thu: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
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 16: The Terraplane Drifters
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!