This month, the Knoxville History Project (KHP) will be hosting a fundraising event like never before. Tales and Tamales at Gallows Hill is KHP’s fall gala with an off-beat twist, a seasonal variety show at the historic Carpenters Union Hall downtown on West Vine Avenue.
When: Thursday, October 26 at 6:00pm
Where: 516 West Vine Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 (two buildings west of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church)
Why: To support the work of the Knoxville History Project which researches and promotes the history of Knoxville.
Tickets: $100 each (tax-deductible contribution) can be purchased via KHP’s Facebook event page or visit knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events
- Knoxville Halloween Stories with renowned historian Jack Neely – tales of how Knoxvillians have celebrated October 31 throughout the city’s history.
- Music from Kukuly and the Gypsy Fuego, the Django-style string-jazz combo, the likes of which probably played in the Carpenters Union ballroom during the 1940s and featuring one of the spookiest songs in Knoxville’s history, Leola Manning’s 1930 cult classic, “Satan is Busy in Knoxville.”
- Special Shadow Side Ghost Tour of Gallows Hill – the area around the north end of downtown – with historian Laura Still from Knoxville Walking Tours. Every guest will leave with a signed copy of Laura’s in-depth book “A Haunted History of Knoxville.”
- Good old tamale dinner, provided by Good Golly Tamale, who in recent years have been reviving a Knoxville tradition that “Tamale King” Harry Royston started near the Old City in 1887.
This will be Knoxville History Project’s very first event in the historic ca. 1946 building where KHP calls home. The event will be held upstairs in the old meeting hall that once hosted both union meetings and community dances. It’s an especially interesting building, and even if you know downtown pretty well, you may be forgiven if you’ve never seen it, since it’s not very well known.