PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shiver Me Timbers! Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the Horizon!

GREATER KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (September 12, 2017): The second annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is on the horizon.  This regional daytime family-friendly costume-play event is being produced by Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, and will be held at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman--just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  Patrons will feel transported to the fictional town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800’s. 

Our first Pirate Fest was well-received.  So, this year we have added more fun activities and entertainment and expanded the site.  We are throwing a pirate party, and everyone is invited,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director. 
Patrons are encouraged to dress in costume and enter the Costume Contest to win a prize.  There will be two categories, ages 5-12 and 13+, and winners will be decided by audience applause.  New this year is the Pirate Gong Show where patrons are encouraged to share their talents onstage.  Also new is the Trail of Doom, a 7-10 minute walk in the woods with humorous pirate displays and interactive characters.  Other free activities include porthole (corn hole), volleyball, tetherball, stocks, and steel drum.  There will be other games to play for $1 each and a treasure hunt for $2. 
The Muckers
Professional entertainment will include Irish, Celtic, Pirate, and Caribbean music by The Muckers, Three of The Lost Boys, Henry Culpeper, Patrick Compton, and PanEZ Steelband.  Interactive comedy shows will include Einstein Simplified (performing as Blackbeard Simplified), 3 RRR’s, and Fools Gold Pyrates
Fools Gold Pyrate
There will also be Children’s Shows, the Governor’s Variety Show, and Kombat Kroquet performed by interactive street characters.  On Saturday patrons will be invited to participate in a maypole dance led by Lark in the Morn English Country Dancers.  An entertainment schedule will be available online as well as at the entrance.  
String Asheen and Pepper 2
Merchants will help create the village by selling custom crafts, festival food, and cold beverages (including beer--21+ years with valid ID).  Vendor applications are available on the festival website under the vendor tab.
The Pirate Fest will be held on October 7 & 8, from 11am-6pm ET--rain or shine.  Ticket prices are $16 for ages 13+, $8 for ages 5-12, and will be free for ages 4 and under.  Parking is free, and tickets may be purchased with cash or credit at the ticket house on show days.  Patrons are encouraged to bring cash for their convenience. 
The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN (about 1 mile Southeast of Hwy 27).  Festival rules exclude sharp weapons or loaded guns (stage weapons must be sheathed and zip-tied), pets (service animals only), outside food or drinks, visibly intoxicated persons, and onsite patron camping.  For a list of local accommodations, please visit www.roanetourism.com/stay/list/.  For more information, please visit www.TNPirateFest.com, call 865-248-8414, or “Like” them on Facebook. 
Get Your Pirate On!
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Friday, September 8, 2017

Charlie Brown's Coasters Tear It Up At The Princess!

"Charlie Brown’s COASTERS are probably one of the few show groups in the business who really need no promotion.  And while the original members are no longer performing, Charlie has been a Coaster for over 45 years and is loved by audiences world-wide."
The group certainly proved that Friday evening at the Princess Theatre, in downtown Harriman, TN.

By the second song, people were up dancing in the isles.  The Boomer Generation is known for it's love of old rock'n roll and they loved to dance at "sock hops" in school gyms across the nation.
The Boomer's recognized each song, it seemed, by the second note!  Smiles came across the band's faces at they realized they "had them" in every note they played.  The group was instantly loved and appreciated by the dancing, hand waving, head bobbing audience.









Charlie Brown even pulled some audience members up on stage, and they weren't afraid to "strut their stuff" for everyone!  They were actually did some good moves.  You could almost picture them at the sock hop back-in-the-day!

Thank you Princess Theatre Foundation for again getting a quality band to come and play our song/s!

Now, here's what you came for; photos of the event!



























Come again soon Charlie Brown!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ray Harris Explains The Eclipse

Ray Harris (right) spoke to a large audience today (Sunday) about Monday's solar eclipse.  He stressed the issues involved in watching the eclipse with the unprotected eye.  The eclipse can only be safely watched during the 2 plus minutes of the "total eclipse".  Any other times it's important to wear approved safety glasses!  Any camera or magnifying device (binoculars/telescope/telephoto lens), must also be covered with an approved ISO 12312-2 compliant lens cover or film.





Mr. Harris also emphasized that one should concentrate on witnessing the event, and not miss the once in a lifetime spectacle fiddling with cameras or other devices.  "It's something to see!  You will be amazed, particularly the sun's corona during totality!"

Mr. Harris is a veteran of two total solar eclipses and has been observing, photographing, and studying the sky for forty years. He collects antique celestial charts and atlases and lectures on the history of celestial cartography when ever he can find a willing audience.
Mr. Harris' lecture was introduced by Muse Watson, who is hosting a group of viewers at his Roane County farm.
Mr. Harris also became an instant celebrity, as witnessed by the noses pressed against the window!

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