Dogwood

Sunday, 11 April 2010
To people who are not from Tennessee the term Dogwood must seem pretty peculiar.  The word is on signs, billboards, buildings and is often part of business and street names.  Is a Dogwood a wooden dog?  A dog with wood...dog with a wooden... nevermind... let's not go there. 

Dogwood is a species of tree so popular in East Tennessee, the city of Knoxville builds an entire month around it.  City leaders host ribbon cuttings, map out a trail where the best and brightest Dogwood trees can be found, invite singers to perform for a festival and artists also take up shop in the city hocking their wares near Market Square. 

When Dogwood trees begin to open their pink, red and white blooms, people in Tennessee exhale.  They believe Spring has sprung. 


The Dogwood Arts events began last week and I spent time Saturday evening strolling amongst artists' booths, listening to music from the main stage and just loving the 70s/sunny weather.  It is truly a treat to have an "evenings off" schedule for the first time in 10 years as a TV news journo. 

6 comments

~P~ said...
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~P~ said...

You deserve the sunshine -sunshine!! Enjoy the spring. The pictures look great.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but is there anyway to turn off the twitter login? A pop up login box comes up now every time I visit the site. You have to clear it before you can scroll.

Denae said...

I hope that helps - anon - thanks for the heads up on the Twitter login. Let me know if you still have trouble.

P - I need the address to your blog! I can't find it through your profile.

Anonymous said...

That worked!

- your twitterless friend CC

Denae said...

Yay! Thanks for letting me know about the prob, CC. xoxo