Perennial Circle is new way to preserve

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

The Perennial Circle recognizes those who have provided for Legacy Parks Foundation in their wills or estate plans. Perennial Circle members truly create their own legacy through planned giving. They receive the gratification of knowing that they are helping ensure our area’s extraordinary natural assets and exceptional recreational opportunities will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Perennial Circle members also help protect the longevity of the Legacy Parks Foundation. Their gifts fund the important and ongoing work of conserving natural resources, creating public spaces and connecting communities long into the future.

Bequests may be in the form of cash, real estate, personal property, life insurance, IRAs and securities, and other options.

If you would like to join this dedicated group of supporters, please contact us at 865-525-2585. If you have already named Legacy Parks Foundation in your estate plans, please let us know so we may thank you!

Angora Frog Farm: Deadline is today (9/15/23) on the double-up-to-$5,000 match from the late Dr. Catherine Gilreath. If you can help, please call us at 865-525-2585.

Legacy Luncheon for the Parks: This annual fund-raiser is Friday, September 29, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Seven Islands State Birding Park. The guest speaker is musician Chuck Leavell, whose piano and keyboard work has accompanied Eric Clapton, Montgomery-Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many more.

Meanwhile, here are four interesting events to get us outdoors:

Tuesday, September 19

West Bikes Shop Ride: 6 p.m., West Bicycles. Free. Info: West Bicycles at 865-671-7591. Join us for our shop group rides. Weather dependent. We ride if it’s at least 50 degrees and dry. Details online.

Wednesday, September 20

Cycling Cades Cove Loop: Sunrise to Sunset. Info: Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 865-436-7318. Enjoy the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road on vehicle-free Wednesdays. Details and map online.

How to Pack a Backpack Workshop: 6 p.m., REI Knoxville. Cost: $20/members; $40/non-members. Info: REI Knoxville at 865-584-1938. Learn the best ways to distribute gear in your backpack, what fits best where, and the key elements to good backpack fit. Bring your own pack, packed with your gear, and we’ll show you how to make it carry as comfortably as possible. Register online.

Wednesday Cyclocross Worlds: 6 p.m., Sequoyah Hills Park. Info: Knox Bike Racing. This will not be a series, but rather 3 opportunities to have fun on your bike with friends. All levels from beginners to experts are welcome; come out and enjoy some friendly competition. Details online.

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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. Find dozens of outdoors events at


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