I wanted to provide a quick update on the operations of Wild Laurel in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you all may know Governor Lee will not be extending the stay-at-home order, but he has put in place the “Tennessee Pledge”. This pledge lays out new guidelines that will allow businesses to slowly return to normal. For restaurants and bars, though, this pledge still creates some obstacles.
With a date still to be determined, the Wild Laurel Tavern will not be re-opening any time this week. For consumer protection, the Tennessee Pledge still requires all bar areas to remain closed, and is not allowing live music. The pledge also wants businesses to take customer’s temperatures in order to be permitted onto the premises -- Wild Laurel is not equipped to screen customers in this regard -- therefore, we are waiting until these guidelines have expired to re-open the Tavern. We are hopeful to have everything back to normal by Memorial Day, however we understand this is a fluid situation that changes daily.
As for the fitness center, we will be permitted to open the fitness center this Friday, May 1st. In doing so we will be providing sanitizer for members to clean their machines after each use. We ask that if you are feeling unwell to please refrain from utilizing the facility.
Golf operations will continue as they have been – inverted cups, sanitized golf carts, no bunker rakes, no water coolers, etc. We will slowly return to normal over the next couple of weeks when we see that the severity and spread of COVID-19 has decreased.
As always, I am wishing you and your family good health during this time, and look forward to seeing you all again soon. We sincerely appreciate your support.
Knoxville and Knox County are chock full of parks, greenways, and blueways - an outdoor lover's paradise. Today’s photo is from Carl Cowan Park in west Knoxville. This park is named for a Knoxville man born in 1902 who received his law degree from Howard University in DC, returned to Knoxville and was appointed the first African American Assistant District Attorney in Knox County in 1953. He was also was the plaintiff’s attorney for the NAACP, where he challenged segregation in the greater Knoxville area school systems and the University of Tennessee. Mr. Cowan was a close associate of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and was instrumental in the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision that ended the legal racial segregation of the public schools in America. Carl Cowan often said, “Change is hard to come by, but change will come” and thanks to his efforts, it did. He will be remembered as a great man who helped change the face of Knoxville and the nation. Head to www.visitknoxville.com/things-to-do/outdoors/parks/ to learn more about this park and others in this area. 🗣️🗣️🗣️ #knoxrocks#blacklivesmatter#blackstoriesmatter... See MoreSee Less
Today’s photo (in blog post) is of artist Beauford Delaney and his friend, writer James Baldwin in Paris, 1960. Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville in 1901 to prominent members of the African American community. His father was a Methodist minister. His mother was born into slavery and raised her children to know the injustices of racism and valued education. Delaney’s young life was filled with everything from the excitement of the jazz age to the horror of the lynch-mob riot of 1919 (a drama called Red Summer depicting this event was performed by The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. at the Bijou Theatre last year). He soon outgrew his art education and relocated to Boston, and then New York. Delaney arrived in NYC at the time of the Harlem Renaissance and the Great Depression. He connected with a multitude of people (including James Baldwin) of all races, and he painted colorful canvases of urban landscape and people of this disenfranchised community. He lived a compartmentalized life; separating his gay bohemian circle of mostly white friends from his Harlem friends whom he feared would be uncomfortable with his homosexuality. In 1953 Delaney moved to Paris (Baldwin preceded his journey there) and his artwork continued to evolve. A few years after his passing, his friend James Baldwin acknowledged the impact Delaney had on his life by saying, “The first living proof, for me, that a black man could be an artist…He became, for me, an example of courage and integrity, humility and passion.” Learn more and experience the incredible “Through the Unusual Door” exhibit at Knoxville Museum of Art virtually by clicking the link below (excellent blog post by The Knoxville History Project and videos from Knoxville Museum of Art). 🗣️🗣️🗣️ #knoxrocks#blacklivesmatter#blackstoriesmatter#lgbthistory... See MoreSee Less
"Through the Unusual Door" is an exhibit mostly of the colorful artwork of Knoxville native Beauford Delaney (1901-1979) with special emphasis on his close intellectual relationship with major civil-r...
Visit Knoxville is proud to have a wide variety of attractions, restaurants, and individuals who make this city an amazing place to live and visit. This week we will be featuring photos and stories of African American people and culture in Knoxville. Today’s image is of Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Beck is a museum dedicated to local and regional African-American history exhibits and artifacts (including some of Beauford Delaney that you may have seen in our stories earlier this year when the exhibit opened at Knoxville Museum of Art). They are currently closed due to C19 but please consider visiting them on a future trip to Knoxville. Head to www.beckcenter.net/ to learn more about our friends at Beck and their work. 🗣️🗣️🗣️ #knoxrocks#blacklivesmatter#blackstoriesmatter... See MoreSee Less
The Senate cleared changes to the popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Wednesday that will allow small businesses more flexibility in using the rescue loan funds. Under the plan, businesses will have more time to spend virus relief money on payroll. Read more: bloom.bg/2UcwslE... See MoreSee Less
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