Proud to receive the Annette Anderson award

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

Legacy Parks was honored to receive the Annette Anderson Directors’ Award from the East Tennessee Community Design Center at its annual event in August.

Annette Anderson

The award is granted annually to clients of the East Tennessee Community Design Center who have demonstrated a commitment to making East Tennessee a better place. Previous winners include The Change Center (2019), CareCuts Knoxville (2021) and Sunset Gap (2022).

This award is a tribute to the legacy of Annette Anderson and the contributions she made to this region through her leadership and passion for our community. Annette served as executive director of the Design Center for over 20 years, and was among a handful of people who crafted what became the essence of ETCDC.

Annette’s vision and commitment to quality design contributed to the Design Center’s legacy of excellence across East Tennessee.

Angora Frog Farm: One week remains on the double-up-to-$5,000 match from the late Dr. Catherine Gilreath. Any amount is needed and appreciated. 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 Chuck Leavell, whose piano and keyboard work has accompanied Eric Clapton, Montgomery-Gentry, Lee Ann Womack and many more.

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

Saturday, September 9

Butterfly Festival: 10 a.m., UT Arboretum Auditorium, Oak Ridge. Cost $5/car, cash only. Info: UT Arboretum at 865-483-3571. Events include children’s craft activities, UT Insect Zoo, presentations, local artisans and food trucks. Held rain or shine. Details online.

BCKC/LPP Float: 10 a.m., The Apple Barn in Sevierville. Info: Beaver Creek Kayak Club. Meet at the Apple Barn before 10 a.m. for kayak shuttle. Do not miss this beautiful float through the heart of Pigeon Forge. Lunch afterward. Details online.

Tuesday, September 12

Harvey Broome Group annual picnic: 5-8:30 p.m. Holston River Park. Info: Harvey Broom Sierra Club. A chance to get together with good food and good friends. All welcome. Bring a side dish, dessert or beverage (no alcohol) to share. RSVP to Mac Post at

Add your event to our calendar: Submit at

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


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