Festival News and Updates

- June 9, 2016 -

Concert Ticket Sales Update

Online ticket sales have closed.  Tickets can be purchased at the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike or at the Gate prior to the concern.


- June 4, 2016 - 

The Secret City Festival Is a Weekend Full of Fun and Entertainment!

Oak Ridge, TNFriday and Saturday, June 10th-11th, is the 14th annual Secret City Festival and the excitement is building!  Kick off your festival fun by bringing your chairs and the family and stake out a spot in front of the Pavilion Stage.  You won’t want to miss the great artists that will be performing all day on Friday and Saturday.

Arrive early to take in the opening ceremonies then get your Friday festival started with entertainment from ACRODUNK (www.acrodunk.com).  Showcasing their highflying, gravity defying acrobatics with ‘slam’ ACRODUNK performs three times on Friday and Saturday!  Jubal hits the Pavilion Stage twice Friday afternoon with their alternative folk music.  Combining two voices and a guitar these artists create an intricate and emotional sound (www.jubaltune.com).  Get your fill of Scottish bagpipes and drums from the Knoxville Pipes and Drums (www.knoxvillepipesanddrums.org) opening Saturday morning’s pavilion entertainment.

The Secret City Winds and the Oak Ridge Community Band (www.orcb.org) will be showcasing their talents with an array of music selections twice on Saturday. 

Rounding out a great festival of events Saturday afternoon will be the Cas Walker Ciderville Farm and Home Show featuring bluegrass and country music.  There will be juggling, square dancing, and more both days!

Many exciting events will be happening all over the festival grounds.  Various exhibitors and the TN Creates - Juried Crafts Fair are a ‘don’t miss’.  The crafts fair will feature one-of-a-kind items from many of the artists created just for the festival.  Don’t miss the Raku pottery firing and other demonstrations happening both days!  Returning again this year is the ORNL Traveling Science Fair.  This mobile exhibit gives school age kids the opportunity to experience hands-on learning through interactive displays and to learn about ORNL’s research capabilities.

The Secret City Cruise-In Car Show presented by the Clinton Region Antique Automobile Club of America will be in the AMSE (American Museum of Science and Energy) parking lot located next to the festival grounds.  AMSE will also have tours of the ORNL Graphite Reactor and a DOE Facilities Public Bus Tour.  Don’t miss the Y-12 National Security Complex tour. If you ever wanted to see and experience the history of Oak Ridge then come to the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association’s Manhattan Project History exhibit.  This historical exhibit features displays that bring Oak Ridge’s history to life and also honors the heroism of our U.S. military.  There will be events geared to children, toddlers, and youth both days including Dino Dig, Eurobungy, a petting zoo, inflatable games, Stunt-Jumpz, laser tag, water slides, puppets, magic, storytelling, and so much more!  As always, there will be plenty of food/hydration offered from the many food vendors on site from BBQ to ice cream and everything in between. 

The WWII Reenactment of the ‘Battle of Bloody Gulch’ sponsored by NSPS will be at 2pm Saturday so come out early to get a good view of the action!  Returning this year will be the only live firing German Flak 88 in the U.S. along with never-before-seen at the festival static display pieces.

Of course, the Secret City Festival would not be complete without fantastic bands performing in the evenings.  Friday night is the Charlie Daniels Band with opening act Southern Drawl.  Saturday night features Grand Funk Railroad with Atlanta Rhythm Section kicking off the evening.  Both nights, the gate opens at 5:30pm and bands start rocking at 7:00pm.  Tickets are still available for purchase for $25 at the Oak Ridge Civic Center (cash or check only) and at the gate for both nights.

The festival is presented by the City of Oak Ridge and CNS Y-12.  Please visit www.secretcityfestival.com for all things ‘festival’ including schedule of events, tour restrictions and departure points, concert info, and festival map.


- May 24, 2016 - 

2016 Secret City Festival Announces Saturday’s “Battle of Bloody Gulch” World War II Reenactment

presented by NSPS (National Strategic Protective Services)

Oak Ridge, TN – After D-Day, the Germans began to regroup by rushing their elite divisions into battle.  In June 1944, German forces tried to re-take Carentan, France, which was strategically important to both the Americans and Germans.  This attempted retaking is known as the ‘Battle of Bloody Gulch’.  The 101st Airborne came under attack and the German forces showed signs of breaking through American lines.  At a critical point in the battle, American tanks arrived and feigned off the German attack.  The battle was decisive, and from that moment on U.S. forces had a lodgment area from which they could launch future operations.  This action was immortalized in the HBO series Band Of Brothers.  

Step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of this important battle during World War II and learn about the men and women who helped ensure the Allied victory that shaped the world we live in today.  See the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that were part of the world’s largest conflict IN ACTION! Come and experience one of the largest groupings of authentic WWII vehicles and equipment in the south! Tour period military encampments, inspect authentic period vehicles and weaponry and learn more about what the life of a soldier was like during WWII.

Scheduled to attend:

Flak 88 

Flak 88 

   • Returning from the 2015 reenactment, the only fully live firing German Flak 88 in the United States, which will perform firing demonstrations!

   • Authentic Allied vehicles including jeeps, armored halftracks, scout cars, and anti-tank artillery.

   • Authentic Axis vehicles including a German Stug III Ausf G assault tank, Panzer III command tank, a Sd. Kfz 251 halftrack, and a M3 Antitank Gun just to name a few!

   • Static display pieces include a 1940 Ford 20mm Gun Truck w/ Gun, a Russian 1944 T34 Main Battle Tank, a 1943 British 25 lb Field Howitzer w/ Limber, and more!

   • Re-enactors representing American infantry, German Wehrmacht, assault troops, Fallschirmjagers....AND MUCH MORE!

BATTLE REENACTMENT AT 2:00 PM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH!

Whether you have family ties to World War II or if you just have a keen interest in history, this one-day celebration has something for everyone!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the museum come to life and learn more about the sacrifices and contributions of “America’s Greatest Generation”.

Allied Tank

Allied Tank

The 2016 Secret City Festival would like to recognize the generous support for the reenactment provided by NSPS (National Strategic Protective Services).

National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) was founded to protect strategic, critical national infrastructure. The leading security companies comprising the NSPS joint venture currently secure United States’ interests both at home and abroad. NSPS is proud to provide protective force services to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge, Tenn. facilities to include the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Federal Building Complex. Visit www.nspsllc.com.

For more information please visit www.SecretCityFestival.com.


- May 20, 2016 - 

TN Creates - Juried Crafts Fair at the Secret City Festival

Fiber artist, Andy Lyle of Andy’s Treasures, discusses her woven work with guests at last year’s TN Creates. Andy will have a variety of items to dress yourself or your home.

Fiber artist, Andy Lyle of Andy’s Treasures, discusses her woven work with guests at last year’s TN Creates. Andy will have a variety of items to dress yourself or your home.

TN Creates, the juried arts and crafts fair indoors at the Secret City Festival, showcases some of the fine art and craft forms being practiced in our region. The June 10 & 11 event will be the tenth juried craft fair within the Secret City Festival. Sponsored by the City and the Oak Ridge Art Center the fair will be held in the Shep Lauder gym at the Civic Center until 7 p.m. each day. The show promises to have more than 40 of the area's finest artists and craftsmen creating or selling their work. Since the show is inside the gym, guests to the fair will find it not only a great place to find some wonderful craft pieces, but a terrific place to cool off. During the show there will be continuous demonstrations in many media by members of the Art Center including oil and watercolor painting, block printing, pottery and several jewelry making techniques.   There will be seating around the demonstrators for those who are interested in watching and learning more about the processes artists use, many of which are taught at the Art Center. Raku pottery firings will be held both days from 11 AM to 4 PM at the show's entrance near the bus drop off.  Parking will be at the mall with continuous bus service during the festival.

Linda Mabry will be demonstrating raku firing in front of the bus and shuttle drop-off area during the festival until 4 pm each day. This ancient process, while seeming almost magical, is a study in the properties of physics as one pulls a white-hot piece from the flame and places it in combustible material to smoke. Come watch Linda “burn” with unbridled passion.

Linda Mabry will be demonstrating raku firing in front of the bus and shuttle drop-off area during the festival until 4 pm each day. This ancient process, while seeming almost magical, is a study in the properties of physics as one pulls a white-hot piece from the flame and places it in combustible material to smoke. Come watch Linda “burn” with unbridled passion.

Photographer Michael Naney will be showing beautiful imagery from around the country and beyond.   He produces both framed work for display as well as cards, bookmarks and other personal items with images that impart distinct emotive qualities. These are definitely images that “speak a thousand words.”

Photographer Michael Naney will be showing beautiful imagery from around the country and beyond.   He produces both framed work for display as well as cards, bookmarks and other personal items with images that impart distinct emotive qualities. These are definitely images that “speak a thousand words.”

All work in TN Creates will be original artwork. Most are one-of-a-kind items created for the event. Artists who will be exhibiting include potters, jewelry makers, painters, gemologists, weavers, glass artists, wood workers, paper artists, basket makers, pressed flower artists, photographers, doll makers, and soap makers. A wonderful variety of materials and techniques will be available. In fact, there will be work in silver, bronze, copper, clay, paper, glass, enamels, wood, and stone. Many of the artists will be working in their booths or will be demonstrating their craft in the Demonstration area at some point during the festival. For those who are always trying to find the perfect “something” that is unusual, creative and meaningful, there will be wealth of options from which you can select. New artist vendors this year will add extra dimension and flair to the fair. It will feature delightful collections of watercolors and acrylics to set a mood in your home or in your imagination as the illustrations of new books such as the work of Nandine Egnatios. A collection of handmade cards for a variety of occasions can be selected and placed in a delightful tin to create a welcome gift for almost anyone.   A tin of these handmade wonders is especially welcome for those who have trouble getting out and shopping through the year. It can be easily achieved in minutes in the booth by Mickie Loosli, who will return with a tremendous selection of paper work items including stationary sets, notebooks, cards and gift enclosures. Many of these are perfectly suited to personal use and as gifts for friends or family and offer the buyer a wide range in options. Wood artists Vern Bonhem and Larry Wentz will have beautiful boxes and helpful tools like pepper mills for your space. There will be several clay artists who will have a wonderful mix of beautiful pieces that can be used to serve from, hold keys on the night stand, or decorate a visually dull spot in the living room.   Some are very specific to our charming city and feature an “atomic” theme like some items created by Nikki Ferrara and Ryan Braby. “Mommas Gone to Pot,” mothers who throw things around in the Art Center’s studio (clay, that is), and several other regional potters will participate and show both functional and decorative pieces. Long time Oak Ridge resident, Joan Ellen Zucker, will offer beautiful casseroles and dishes for a variety of uses.  Linda Mabry will be demonstrating raku firings in front of the bus entrance and will also show many of her handsome and handy pieces for both decorative and utilitarian desires. Jewelry never goes out of style – ask any woman – and in TN Creates there will be many fabulous, inventive jewelry makers that are sure to have the perfect item for you.   Maybe you are looking for a new set of “Wow” earrings to make that little black dress go from “office ready” to ready for “dinner out.” There will be several jewelry makers to help you with that dilemma. Ruth Prince, known for her delightful mixes of color and texture in their work, will be among the jewelry makers you will want to peruse and consider. From enameling to dichroic glass to beaded elements, her jewelry has many characters so one is bound to fit the personality for which you might be shopping.   But there will be many types of jewelry. New to the exhibition will be work by Susan Armstrong featuring a strong Boho feel in leather metal and wonderful combinations of materials; Anne Page whose beautiful seed bead jewelry is both delicate and intricate; and by Natalie Stout who produces beautiful pieces with a vintage theme and feeling. Marianne Gansley will be joining us from Gallery of Holiday Shops with her work featuring antique buttons, watch parts and vintage spoons.  For those with a deep love of the Victorian graphic look, these will last two will have special appeal. Fiber artists at TN Creates will offer some wonderful ideas for now and later in the year - wardrobe or housewares. A handsome rug for in-front of your sink or a clever clutch purse might be just the ticket to create the look you desire. And a light poncho is almost perfect as a cover-up during warm weather - you can glide it on over virtually any outfit and fend off the cool from air conditioning when going inside.  How could you go wrong? For more sturdy applications Judy and Vernon Davis will offer baskets as will Scott Eatherly. Scott will also be showing beautiful caning and woven grass bottoms for chair seats. Randy McCurdy will return with his naturally inspired pressed wildflower designs that can bring a bit of spring or summer into any space and brighten up a dreary day. Michael Naney will be showing photographs both framed and unframed and in forms to share such as original greeting cards. Fragrant soaps and lotions do double time as both aids to get clean supple skin, but also to add a light scent to portions of your home that makes them more appealing and very welcoming.   Gabriella Solomon-Henry will offer ideas for the youngest and, perhaps, oldest person you know. She makes dolls for all ages, fragrant soaps, and personal care items. Some items are perfect for purchase now so they are available to your family to begin new traditions or revive others at the holidays. Case in point, Ms. Solomon-Henry has wonderful “wish” dolls that would be perfect to share with your family at gatherings in the fall leading up to Christmas. And speaking of the holiday season, “Santa” Joseph Moore will share his “Santa Claus Trilogy” from the North Pole Press as well as an abundance of “Yuletide cheer.” These are just a few of the fine artists and craftsmen and women that will be in TN Creates. All the artisans and crafters will have wonderful items, all do beautifully crafted work that is bound to please any shopper. Many of the participants are members of the Foothills Craft Guild which started over 40 years ago in Oak Ridge. 

The event will provide a hold/pick-up service so patrons will not have to worry about carrying purchases during the festival.  Items purchased from any TN Creates vendor can be bagged, labeled, and held at the Art Center main booth so purchasers may wander the festival unencumbered. Items may be picked up before seven o’clock as they travel to the shuttle stop outside the gym doors. The Art Center is providing the service for the convenience of patrons and to allow people to enjoy the festival while safe keeping their purchases.  

TN Creates is the perfect opportunity to see quality work to purchase for yourself or to start your holiday shopping early and it’s free – there is no entry fee.   For more information, call the Art Center at 482-1441 or visit our Facebook page.


- May 19, 2016 -

2016 Secret City Festival Announces Saturday’s “Battle of Bloody Gulch” World War II Reenactment presented by NSPS (National Strategic Protective Services)

 Oak Ridge, TN – After D-Day, the Germans began to regroup by rushing their elite divisions into battle.  In June 1944, German forces tried to re-take Carentan, France, which was strategically important to both the Americans and Germans.  This attempted retaking is known as the ‘Battle of Bloody Gulch’.  The 101st Airborne came under attack and the German forces showed signs of breaking through American lines.  At a critical point in the battle, American tanks arrived and feigned off the German attack.  The battle was decisive, and from that moment on U.S. forces had a lodgment area from which they could launch future operations.  This action was immortalized in the HBO series Band Of Brothers.  

Flak-88 firing.(Photo by Rob Welton)

Flak-88 firing.(Photo by Rob Welton)

 Step back in time and experience the sights and sounds of this important battle during World War II and learn about the men and women who helped ensure the Allied victory that shaped the world we live in today.  See the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that were part of the world’s largest conflict IN ACTION! Come and experience one of the largest groupings of authentic WWII vehicles and equipment in the south! Tour period military encampments, inspect authentic period vehicles and weaponry and learn more about what the life of a soldier was like during WWII.

Scheduled to attend:

   • Returning from the 2015 reenactment, the only fully live firing German Flak 88 in the United States, which will perform firing demonstrations!

   • Authentic Allied vehicles including jeeps, armored halftracks, scout cars, and anti-tank artillery.

   • Authentic Axis vehicles including a German Stug III Ausf G assault tank, Panzer III command tank, a Sd. Kfz 251 halftrack, and a M3 Antitank Gun just to name a few!

   • Static display pieces include a 1940 Ford 20mm Gun Truck w/ Gun, a Russian 1944 T34 Main Battle Tank, a 1943 British 25 lb Field Howitzer w/ Limber, and more!

   • Re-enactors representing American infantry, German Wehrmacht, assault troops, Fallschirmjagers....AND MUCH MORE!

BATTLE REENACTMENT AT 2:00 PM ON SATURDAY!

Whether you have family ties to World War II or if you just have a keen interest in history, this one-day celebration has something for everyone!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see the museum come to life and learn more about the sacrifices and contributions of “America’s Greatest Generation”.

The 2016 Secret City Festival would like to recognize the generous support for the reenactment provided by NSPS (National Strategic Protective Services).

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 National Strategic Protective Services (NSPS) was founded to protect strategic, critical national infrastructure. The leading security companies comprising the NSPS joint venture currently secure United States’ interests both at home and abroad. NSPS is proud to provide protective force services to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge, Tenn. facilities to include the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Federal Building Complex. Visit www.nspsllc.com.

For more information please visit www.SecretCityFestival.com.


- April 7, 2016 -

Southeast Festival and Events Association Honors Secret City Festival

2016 Kaleidoscope Award Winners Recognized

OAK RIDGE, TN The best and brightest were spotlighted at the Southeast Festivals and Events Association’s Kaleidoscope Awards, in Charleston, SC on January 26.  The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 13th Annual SFEA Conference. Top festivals and events throughout the southeast were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the events industry.  The Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge, Tennessee was recognized for two awards; Best Event within an Event and Best Event Volunteer.

Naomi Thompson, Festival Director (left), presenting award to Joye Montgomery.

Naomi Thompson, Festival Director (left), presenting award to Joye Montgomery.

The 2015 Secret City Festival World War II Reenactment of the Battle of Normandy was award a silver medal for best event within an event.  The Battle of Normandy featured a historic recreation history’s largest combined amphibious and aerial assault - the invasion of Fortress Europe.  In addition to performers outfitted in authentic Axis and Allied uniforms and gear, the reenactment featured the only live firing German Flak 88 in the United States.

Recognized for her outstanding contributions and dedication to the 2015 Secret City Festival, Joye Montgomery, of Oak Ridge, was awarded a bronze medal for Best Festival Volunteer.  As one of the Secret City Festival’s original committee members, Joye has contributed the growth and success of the festival in countless ways.   In past years Joye held the position of Citizen Representative on the Festival’s executive committee.  Recently she’s added the role of Sponsorship Chair-person.

Naomi Thompson, Festival Director and Marc DeRose, Executive Director of Explore Oak Ridge

Naomi Thompson, Festival Director and Marc DeRose, Executive Director of Explore Oak Ridge

Joye’s leadership and willingness to contribute to the festival as well as guide others, has been extremely valuable for everyone involved.  Joye has never limited the amount of time she has dedicated to the festival.  In 2015, Joye continued her festival work while recovering from back surgery.   

I am very honored that the Secret City Festival Executive Committee submitted my name for this award.” Joye Montgomery said of her award nomination.  “ It always feels good to be recognized for the work you do.  Any event of this size requires a team and as both a staff member and a volunteer, I realize how fortunate I was to work with people who cared and were enthusiastic about the festival.  Seeing Secret City Festival succeed as it has over the last 14 years, has been exhausting, exciting and very rewarding for me.”

The Secret City Festival is a two day festival showcasing this History, Science, Arts and Natural Beauty of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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- April 1, 2016 -

 Secret City Festival Announces Headliners for 2016 Concerts

Oak Ridge, TN – After a record-breaking concert turn out in 2015, the 14th annual Secret City Festival on June 10th-11th aims to keep the good times rolling.  Radio sponsors 96.7 MerleFM and 93.1 WNOX announced the concert headliners for the 2016 Secret City Festival earlier today and excitement has already started to build. 

The Secret City Festival along with festival sponsors CNS-Y12 and the City of Oak Ridge is proud to announce the 2016 festival entertainment.  Friday night, June 10th, concert headline performer will be the legendary CHARLIE DANIELS BAND.  Sponsored by LDA Engineering and 96.7 MerleFM, Charlie Daniels continues to bring down the house at age 78 with his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits.  Recently announced as a 2016 Inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Charlie Daniels is best known for such hits as “Uneasy Rider”, “The South’s Gonna Do It Again”, “Trudy”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Midnight Wind”, and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Opening for The Charlie Daniels Band will be one of the nation’s hottest emerging bands, the Southern Drawl Band.  Described as a “must see, swampy grit of modern country combined with a rockin’ your face off stage performance” (Dermott McCormack – Sony/Viacom) the native Nashville band promises an unforgettable show.

                  On Saturday, June 11th, the Secret City Festival welcomes the incomparable GRAND FUNK RAILROAD with Atlanta Rhythm Section.  Sponsored by UCOR and 93.1 WNOX, the quintessential 70’s rock band, Grand Funk Railroad, will certainly be “Comin’ to your town to help you party it down” on June 11.  Known as the ‘American Band’, the high-energy group will bring their chart topping hits “We’re An American Band”, “Time Machine”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Some Kind of Wonderful”, and “Shinin’ On” to the Saturday night stage.  Atlanta Rhythm Section has been part of the southern rock scene for more than 30 years.  Their biggest hits include “Doraville”, “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight”, “Champagne Jam”, “So Into You”, “Imaginary Lover”, “Spooky”, and fan favorite “Boogie Smoogie”.

                 

Tickets will go on sale May 2nd with the early-bird rate of $22 through May 30thThe rate will be $25 from May 31st through June 11th and at the gate.   

 

The festival will also feature a WWII reenactment, children’s areas, arts and crafts vendors, food, fun, and more!  Along with festival sponsors CNS-Y12 and the City of Oak Ridge, 15 sponsoring corporations have contributed to make this year’s festival a success and will be announced soon.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available!  

The Secret City Festival is presented by the City of Oak Ridge, the Arts Council of Oak Ridge, and Explore Oak Ridge (the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau).  Visit www.SecretCityFestival.com for more information about the festival, concert tickets, and becoming a sponsor.  Visit www.facebook.com/SecretCityFestival for announcements, contests, and more!