• Farragut residents are encouraged to nominate themselves and/or neighbors to be considered for the 2020 Town of Farragut Beautification Awards.
The awards ceremony, which also recognizes businesses, multi-family residences, subdivision entrances, hotels/motels and religious institutions, normally is held in late spring. Postponed due to COVID-19 and rescheduled for December, this year’s awards take advantage of holiday decorations.
One residence from each ward will receive an award. Nominated residences must be located within Town of Farragut limits. A map of all nominated homes, as well as locations of winners of other categories, will be available at farragutparksandrec.org Tuesday, Dec. 15.
Residences may be nominated by phone at 865-218-3375, by e-mailing Brittany Spencer at email@example.com or Arleen Higginbotham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7. The committee will judge entries Monday, Dec. 14.
Winners will receive a $25 gift card and have a Beautification Award sign placed in their yards.
• Light the Park is brighter than ever this holiday season, as it expands along North Campbell Station Road’s western side offering a slate of socially-distant activities and provides the community opportunities to participate. Lights will start at the commuter lot next to the Town of Farragut welcome sign on North Campbell Station and continue to Founders Park at Campbell Station, Farragut Community Center and Campbell Station Inn Plaza at the corner of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road.
Lights come on every evening at dusk from Tuesday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 3.
Even more lights means more space for everyone to distance and enjoy the fun. Parking will be available at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., Campbell Station Inn Plaza. Park restrooms will be open nightly until 10 p.m. except on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.
During Light the Park, a slate of socially-distant activities and giveaways will be offered, including storybook trails, caroling, grab-and-go craft kits, snacks, candy canes, etc. A calendar detailing all activities is available on visitfarragut.org.
There are several opportunities for businesses and organizations to participate in Light the Park this year. If you would like to participate as a caroler or vendor (grab-and-go items only), there are a few spaces left from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Elves can assist Santa with responses to letters on Tuesdays and Fridays from Dec. 1 through Dec. 18. Contact Brittany Spencer, Special Program and Event coordinator, at email@example.com or call 865-218-3376 to sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities. Please note, caroling groups must be families or small associated groups.
For more information and updates, visit the Light the Park event page on the Town of Farragut Facebook page.
The expansion of Light the Park was funded by federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act money granted to Visit Farragut, in partnership with Visit Knoxville, from the state of Tennessee. A portion of CARES funding is designated for tourism-related spending, including events that could be safely held during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Santa’s mailbox will continue to usher all wishes directly to the North Pole from Tuesday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Dec. 20, as letters can be placed in the mailbox at Founders Park for delivery by elves to the North Pole. Include a return address and you may receive a response from Santa. Though Sunday, Dec. 20, is the last day to send letters for a response from Santa, the mailbox will stay out through the remainder of the light display.
• “The Birth of a Town: The Incorporation of Farragut” — a documentary detailing the Town of Farragut’s 40-year history which included the trying times that took Farragut from a vision to a thriving independent municipality — is available for purchase at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., during regular business hours (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). DVDs are $10 and Blu-ray discs are $15.
• Due to the holidays, Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen only met one time in November (Nov. 12), and will only meet once in December (Thursday, Dec. 10).