ONK Part of City’s Holiday Trails Starting November 30

With so many area festivities canceled this year (including our own Holiday Home Tour), the city is sponsoring a Knoxville Neighborhood Holiday Trails events beginning November 30, encouraging people to celebrate safely by driving and walking through neighborhoods to view lights and decorations.

The official ONK route follows East Scott from Central to Kenyon, then proceeds along Kenyon to Armstrong, West Glenwood, and back down Oklohama to Central. View a map of the route.

For more information and a list of all participating neighborhoods, see the City of Knoxville’s Holiday Trails page.

Home Tour Canceled

From the ONK Home Tour page:

We regret to announce that Old North Knoxville has canceled the Victorian Holiday Home Tour for 2020.

After 31 consecutive years hosting one of Knoxville’s favorite holiday traditions, we are certainly disappointed to reach this difficult decision. However, we know that the health and safety of our guests and homeowners must always be our most important consideration.

We plan to be back stronger and better than ever next year in 2021, so mark your calendars now for Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th in 2021!

Mobile Meals is one of the largest beneficiaries of the funds raised by our home tour event each year, and they could use our support now more than ever. If you wish to donate to Mobile Meals directly, you can do so online in any amount at secure.donationpay.org/knoxseniors.

Learn more about plans for the 2021 Home Tour at victorianholidayhometour.com.

ONK Board: Suspension of In-Person Meetings Extended

The ONK board met by teleconference on Saturday, May 23, and approved two measures:

The board will continue to meet by teleconference until we’re able to resume meeting in person. To ensure transparency, board actions will be posted here and copied to the ONK Facebook page. Neighbors with questions or concerns that they’d like to bring to the board—officially or unofficially—can post them to the Facebook page or email onkhomes@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Mutual Aid

To borrow Mr. Rogers’s well-known phrase, it’s easy to “look for the helpers” in Old North. Kelly Arsenault—chair of the Kindness Committee—and Cat Shteynberg have put together an assistance program for ONK folks to help one another with errands, grocery delivery, meal preparation, and other services through the difficulties of the pandemic. Signup and details are available through a Google spreadsheet available on the ONK Facebook page (not posted here because it contains private information). If you need help connecting or have questions, email Kelly, kellyarsenault24@gmail.com, or call 865-280-2172.

The program even made local news reports. Thanks, Kelly & Cat!

April and May events canceled

In keeping with public health recommendations, the board has voted to cancel or postpone all ONK events and activities in April and May. This includes the monthly potlucks, the park and greenway cleanups, the Easter egg hunt and brunch, and the ice cream social at Guy B. Love Towers. We’ll work to reschedule when possible and hope to put together some extra events for summer and fall. Meanwhile, watch this space for new ways to connect with neighbors and look out for one another.

March 9 potluck meeting with VMC guest speaker

For our March 9 potluck meeting, we’ll be welcoming Vanessa Hensley, director of resource center services with Volunteer Ministry Center. She’ll be talking with us about VMC’s services, including the low-barrier shelter that opened last year. We’ll also be electing new board members and looking ahead to spring and summer events. Join us beginning at 6:30pm at St. James Episcopal Church—use the back entrance off Folsom Avenue. See you there!

Register for the City of Knoxville Neighborhood Conference March 28

Learn more about living and working in Knoxville and connect with neighbors from around Knoxville at the city’s annual Neighborhood Conference. This year’s conference will feature a welcoming ceremony kicked off by Mayor Kincannon, four workshop options, a free buffet lunch, 80+ information booths, a keynote speaker, and much more! Come enjoy a day of community building and neighborhood networking, brought to you by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods. Registration is free! Sign up now at the Office of Neighborhoods website.

Update: February 10 Potluck Meeting

Our February 10 potluck meeting will include a presentation by Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen. With more than 30 years’ experience as a prosecutor, Allen works to address a variety of topics related to the justice system and public safety. Read more about her work here. We’ll also be electing a new slate of board members and hear the usual reports on neighborhood happenings. Join us beginning at 6:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church—use the back entrance off Folsom Avenue.

Neighborhood Challenge Night at Hexagon Brewery February 12

Enjoy a relaxed evening hanging out with neighbors and helping raise funds for the city’s 2020 Neighborhood Conference! This year’s Neighborhood Challenge is happening Wednesday, February 12, between 5 and 10 pm. The location for all North Knoxville neighborhoods is Hexagon Brewery, 1002 Dutch Valley Drive. A portion of all sales that night goes to support the conference. See you there!

 

Potluck meeting and annual elections February 10

Our February potluck meeting will include election of a new class of board members, whose terms will end in 2023. Every neighborhood resident—owner or renter, old or new, dues-paying or not—is welcome to attend and vote. Join us Monday, February 10, beginning at 6:30 at St. James Episcopal—enter at the back, off Folsom.