Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Preserve. Restore. Transform.

It can be difficult for me to describe how much something has an effect on me, especially when it's something moving or profound. For example: the Bijou. One of my most favorite things to do ever, is to watch live music there. It's something I can't explain in words very well but would rather have you experience while you're in the seat next to me.


With that being said, each time I'm inside the Bijou, I can't help but think about the handful of people who kept it from being torn down a few decades ago. To think, without them, I wouldn't have the experience of watching music at the Bijou at all. I feel like they should each be rewarded a medal of honor.

With the victory of the Bijou under their belt, the group, now known as Knox Heritage, became a force to be reckoned with. They've helped save so many extraordinarily attractive buildings in Knoxville, and today are even joining the battle to preserve green spaces and mountaintops.

I don't say this lightly. I consider it a blessing to be among their staff today, and I'm so excited to be among the first to see the newly restored S&W Grand this Friday on Gay Street. I'm especially excited to see the expressions of those Knoxvillians over twice my age who will take a step back in time for an evening.

You can be a part of this epic Knoxville event as well by becoming a Knox Heritage member on Friday night at the S&W. Yeah, this is sort of a sales pitch, but I wouldn't make it unless I was really passionate about it. The event is from 5-7 pm, and you can become a member at the door.

If you can't make it then, the S&W will be open next week to the public. Its opening is an event in which all of Knoxville should take pride.

7 comments:

Athomp said...

I've been a KH member for over now and love the folks I've met in it. I'll see you there Friday.

Wax S. said...

If the Brasserie is any indication, the food will be an event in which all of Knoxville should take pleasure.

em said...

I am so excited for the S&W!

Athomp said...

saw you there b, but looked like you were busy...it was nice in there. should be interesting to see how it pans out. I like the GM there, Brian.

cmmoxley said...

I was there last night. One of the best things I heard was a fellow saying that when he walked in last night, he could actually smell (in his mind) every kind of food that used to be in the old cafeteria line. He was very happy. Cool, huh?

max. said...

i'll be there today. i'm excited.

B said...

I was wondering if you made it there last night, Athomp. I had a lot of fun and am so impressed with transformation that has taken place there. I can't wait to go back and hang out at that bar on the mezzanine.