I’m a big fan of the Farmer’s Market in Knoxville, and I usually try to go as often as possible when I’m home. The market goes from May – November, but during the winter season they host the Winter Market in a church near downtown. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I had never visited the winter market before, but I was pleasantly surprised!
Yesterday I convinced my best friend to tag along with me on a little jaunt to Atlanta. Atlanta is only about 3 hours from Knoxville, and it’s not a bad drive with enough music and someone to talk to.
The past few days have been a lot of fun – I’m home for the holidays, which means a lot of family time. My family has basically spent the past five or so days together nonstop. I bought a mandolin just before I came home; between practicing the mandolin, writing, knitting, annoying my brother, and baking – it has been a pretty full few days.
Thanksgiving breaks are strange. Last year, I came home early Thursday and left Sunday morning – this year, I came home late Wednesday and am leaving early Monday. Either way, it’s definitely not ideal.
Really, I just wore this as an excuse to use the word “dungarees.” I’ve had two pairs of overalls/overall shorts forever, but this summer is the first time I’ve really been able to wrap my head around wearing them. They’re absurdly comfortable, and look a little farmer-chic to me? Maybe? That’s what I’ll tell myself, anyway.
The first picture was taken outside a gas station I became all too comfortable in today – when my best friend’s car broke down in the parking lot. With the help of some icees, a bit of shade, and AAA, I’m happy to say we are no longer sitting in front of the gas station. Plus, I got this picture out of the ordeal, so I guess we’ll call it even.
It feels so good to be back in Tennessee. I love Madison and am incredibly glad I get the opportunity to go to school there, but Knoxville feels good.
In honor of my ongoing appreciation of the south after my return, I thought I should bring out as much of a southern vibe as I can muster.
On the first Wednesday of every month, a cafe downtown in Knoxville hosts a Jazz lunch – basically, you pay $15 and get a delicious lunch catered by the cafe, and an hour of fantastic live music. I’ve only gone to this a handful of times since it began, but it’s always interesting. They feature all different kinds of jazz, the people are always characters, and the food is always good. Admittedly, Knoxville is a pretty cool city, but it’s not a giant city and if you live in a decent sized or especially music-conscious town, I suggest looking into events like this one. It helps to support local musicians and a great local restaurant, and it’s a ton of fun for a family, for a date, or for any avid jazz/food enthusiast. Above- This weeks featured musicians: Frog and Toad’s Dixieland Quartet. Continue reading