Events, Nature, Places, Uncategorized

Rollin’ on the Riverfront

If you’ve driven through Harriman, you’ve crossed over the bridge that runs over the river. Did you know that underneath that bridge and to it’s left and right, there’s a BEAUTIFUL park? David Webb Riverfront Park is a labor of love created by a team of volunteers led by David Webb, longtime owner of the beloved Rocky Top General Store. The park features a moving tribute to war veterans as well as monuments dedicated to the heroism of our police and fire departments.

The park features a brand-new playground and dock, walking trail, picnic pavilion and events gazebo. What more do you need? Perhaps our favorite part about David Webb Riverfront Park is that it’s home to some of Harriman’s most beloved events including the Farmers Market, Cruisin’ and the increasingly popular Cobbler Festival!

Farmers Market – Every year from June to September, local farmers, beekeepers, jam makers, crafters and baker gather together under the new pavilion to offer their wares to the public. Offering a great local alternative to grocery stores, the farmers market is a gathering place where shoppers form relationships with local growers. Be sure to get there early or you’ll miss out! Some of the best honey, strawberry freezer jam, bread and tomatoes I’ve ever bought came from my friends at the farmers market.

Harriman Cruisin’ – Coming up on June 9th, Riverfront Park will be the gathering place for many an antique auto owner! Cruisin’ will kick off at 3pm as classic and specialty cars cruise in to show off! Bring the family down to see some amazing cars, chat with the owners, stroll through the park and enjoy what Harriman has to offer! If you’re free, meet us afterward at the Princess Theatre for a screening of “Smoky and the Bandit!”

Cobbler Festival – Entering its 3rd year, the Cobbler Festival is growing into the role of Harriman’s signature event! Competitors will fill the gazebo on Saturday, July 28 as they go head-to-head for the title of Best Cobbler Baker! Last year, we saw creative entries like bourbon apple bacon cobbler, traditional peach cobblers and everything in between. From sweet to savory, you never know who will have the edge at this year’s competition. Tickets will be on sale to sample the cobblers and vote for your favorite. Don’t forget to check out the vendors set up in the park too! If you’re lucky, you may just find a little ice cream to go with your cobbler!

If you’ve never been or if it’s been a while, make your way down to David Webb Riverfront Park this summer. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what an amazing hidden gem it truly is!


Soak in Roane: It’s a-MAY-zing!

Tennessee Medieval Faire-Welcome-0078.jpgMay is here, and with it comes a million amazing ways to Soak in Roane! From live music to lakeside burgers, knights in armor to nights around a campfire – you’ll find your idea of a good time in one of our charming cities.

If you’re looking to get outside this month, you’re in luck! Whether you’re a golfer or a fisherman, there are several events happening to get your fix on the fairway or the waterway! The City of Harriman is hosting it’s first ever Swings & Wings golf tournament on Saturday, May 12 from 1-4p at Emory Golf Course. What other golf tournament offers FREE hot wings to golfers?!

If you’d rather drop a line than drive a ball, check out the Morristown Marine Team Trail fishing tournament on Saturday, May 12. This tournament blasts off from Tom Fuller Park in Rockwood and features more than 400 fishermen looking to claim the top prize! Interested in fishing for a good cause? Sign up for the Roane County Bass Tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This tournament takes place Saturday, May 19 blasting off from Kingston City Park. There are lots of prizes to be given and lots of fun to be had at this local favorite!

Looking for something a little more artistic this month? On May 11, living legend Delbert McClinton will be at the Princess Theatre for one night only! Tickets are going fast! Click the link to get yours before they’re gone!

The very next night, the Roane Choral Society will take the Princess stage to present “Traveling Through With Red Shoes & Rosin”. This delightful show is free to the public, but donations are suggested! You’ll be delighted to hear Red Shoes & Rosin, a talented string band from Knoxville, play their way into your heart with selections of bluegrass, folk, and Americana.

We’ve saved the largest event for last…the Tennessee Medieval Faire returns for its 4th season presenting, “The Age of Chivalry”! Join us May 19-20, 26-28 and/or June 2-3 to relive the rousing tales of Robin Hood!  Go back in time to merry olde England!  Live the Age of Chivalry in the High Middle Ages (circa 1194).  On the Field of Honour, don’t miss The Royal Joust (three times a day), where armoured knights and horses compete to win royal favors.

 Like Sword-fighting?  Like Chess?  Come see Warriors’ Chess!  Royals and rogues are the actual chess pieces and fight to take over the squares!  Who will win? On numerous stages, professional entertainers work to win your favor with tricks, comedy, and music.   Be merry.  Be brave.  Join in the fun!

 Enter the patron Costume Contest and win a prize.  Got talent?  Enter the Royal Gong Show.  Meet historical characters.  Play games.  Dance.  Get knighted! Looking for a special keepsake?  Shop the merchant village for original crafts (such as chain maille).  Buy delicious food (including turkey legs).  Drink cold beverages (including beer with valid ID).

With so much to do in Roane in March, why would you go anywhere else? Come soak in Roane and kick off summer right!