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Spring back into Social at Tellico Village!

Spring is just around the bend and surely as the sun comes out and the tulips begin to bloom – we find ourselves feeling a little more awake, alive and social. Tellico Village provides a certain lifestyle to all of those who live here, a lifestyle that encourages volunteering, fitness, the outdoors, education, but above all – community.

With all of the social butterflies coming out with the sun, here are a few social opportunities happening right here in Tellico Village!

Karaoke at Tellico Village Yacht Club: Are you interested in singing your favorite tune and enjoying a night out in an elegant venue? Join us at the Yacht Club on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm at the Blue Heron Restaurant! All singing levels are welcome!

Joints in Motion: Beginning this month, JIM will be led in the Warm Water Therapy Pool (yes, we have a fitness center with a wide variety of fitness amenities!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm. JIM is a warm water-based program that assists with balance, flexibility, posture and muscle strength. This social fitness option also decreases joint pain and weakness for those suffering from stiffness and chronic pain or in need of rehabilitation.

April Pickleball: Did you know the month of April is pickleball month? Well we here at Tellico Village are more than excited about it! In celebration, every Wednesday in April the Wellness Center will host drop-in pickleball from 2-4pm! New to the game? That’s okay! Our experienced club members will be there to teach you the rules of pickleball so you can get started on enjoying a fun new sport!

Yacht Club Events: Looking for some live music to liven up your weekends this April? We have just the solution! Stop by the Yacht Club Tiki Bar on Friday evenings to enjoy live music and dancing! Bands such as the Trent James Band, Barry Jolly, DJ Steve, and the Mighty Blue Band will be playing! Did we mention there’s a cash bar, no cover charge and it’s open to the public? Fridays never looked so good!

Tanasi Bar & Grill: We’ve taken care of your social schedule for Fridays (see Yacht Club Events above) and we can take care of your Mondays as well! Join us for Music Mondays at Tanasi Bar & Grill from 5:30-8:30pm for live music by the water! Bands such as JJ Tyson, Kenny Dykes, James Seaton, and 45 RPM will be there – how about you?

Fishing Club: Have you always been a fisherman but never had the community to enjoy it with? Join us at the Tellico Village Fishing Club! With educational gatherings featuring guest speakers and regular monthly meetings – this club is anything but fishy! Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Pete Young at 865-458-1527 or visit

Tellico Cruising (Boating) Club: Our Tellico Village lifestyle is often associated with lakeside living so it only makes sense that we would have a fun and active boating club! With monthly meetings, social hours and boat topics covering everything from pontoons, bow riders, wake boats, cruisers, and all motorized craft – anyone with any percentage of boat ownership is sure to want to be a part of this club! Find out more information at

Hiking Club: Are you an avid hiker but don’t want to go solo? Our Hiking Club has various hiking excursions featured every month! This month we are going to Ramsey Cascades, a difficult but beautiful 8-mile hike that boasts a multitude of waterfalls and rapids to view along the way. Not an advanced hiker? No problem! There’s an additional hike to Mouse Creek Falls on the schedule that’s only a little less than 5 miles and an easy hike with a moderate incline! No matter your skill level, we have hikes for everyone!

Feeling social yet? We sure are! Join us at Tellico Village as we create a community that’s more than just clubs and commonalities – but a lifestyle that supports your neighbors while building your social circle! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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Ho Ho Holiday Lights!

In December, the temperatures get colder and outdoor activities become harder to find. This holiday season, grab the family and enjoy all the holiday lights East Tennessee has to offer. Here a a few places you and your family can go to see all the beautiful holiday lights:


Sevier County’s Winterfest

Sevier County has over 15 million lights throughout the county, and you can view these either on your own or by riding the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. This is a fun experience for the whole family and is open through February 28, so you have plenty of time to see the magic.


Rock City’s Garden of Lights

Right on the Georgia-Tennessee line, not only will you “see Rock City” but you will also see all the lights Chattanooga has to offer! In Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights you will have the chance to see over 1 million lights. You can also visit Ruby Falls Christmas Underground. Both are only a short drive from Tellico Village.


Bristol Speedway

Travel a 5-mile route to see over 2 million lights throughout Bristol’s pinnacle speedway. The speedway also offers an ice skating rink and has several Christmas shops which will be fun for the whole family.


Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood features over 4 million lights throughout the park. Whether they’re on buildings, gardens, signs, or throughout the Parade of Many Colors, Dollywood is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit. The park is open through January 3, 2018.


Knox County’s Holiday Festival of Lights

December 15-30 at the Cove in Knoxville, you can see the annual Holiday Festival of Lights. This 3-mile trail has several different light displays synchronized to music for a twist from your typical light display.


Make sure to get outside this holiday season and see all that Tellico Village has to offer! Looking to make Tellico Village your home? Contact one of our Crye Leike realtors today at (865) 458-3000 to find the perfect home for you and your family. We have several homes with marvelous views of Tellico Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains. Want to schedule a tour? CLICK HERE!

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The children of Loudon County need your help!

This marks the twenty-second year for the Loudon County Sheriff’s Department and Tellico Village Woodworkers Club’s “Toys-for-Tots” program. The program helps put toys under Christmas trees for many disadvantaged children in our local communities.

In 2017, the Woodworkers Club had 14 teams and 70 individuals build over 500 wooden toys and collected an additional 600+ new toys generously donated by Tellico Village residents.

The Woodworkers Club and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office is asking Villagers and County residents to help the children of Loudon County by donating new, store-bought toys.

Drop-off boxes are available at:

  • Tellico Village Wellness Center Library
  • Chota Recreation Center Welcome Center
  • Mashburn Builders Office by Sloans

Pre-addressed envelopes are available at each drop-off location for residents who would like to help older children by mailing a check directly to the Loudon County’s Sheriff’s Office. Cash donations to “Toys-for-Tots” help the Sheriff’s office meet special gift needs, particularly for older children. Our residents came through generously last year with donations of over $2,000.

Toy distribution is managed by the Loudon County Sheriff’s office, led by Sheriff Tim Guider. Debbie Hines, his assistant, is the Toys-for-Tots Program Coordinator.

Since the programs’ inception, club members have delivered to the County Sheriff’s Office over 10,000 toys. These toys have ranged from wooden trucks, cars and airplanes, to elaborate jewelry boxes, wooden puzzles, doll cribs, music boxes, children’s furniture, and circus trains, toddler pull toys, rocking horses, artist boxes, easels and many more hand crafted wooden toys.

Woodworker Club members have transformed their basements and garages into Santa workshops, creating wooden toys to make this a special Christmas for disadvantaged children in our area. Please help by donating a new, store-bought toy, or making a cash donation.

Presentation of all the wooden and donated toys to the Sheriff’s Office will be made Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at the Tellico Village Community Church. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and see the wide variety of toys that the Tellico Village Woodworkers have made. Toys will be on display starting at 5:00 PM.

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September Village Update

New Beginner Tai Chi Class: Starting September 6

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA will o er a beginner Tai Chi class 10:30 a.m. – noon on Thursdays, starting September 6 in the Wellness Center. (You do not need to be a member of the Wellness Center to attend.) This four-month class covers a 108-move Tai Chi set. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art – widely known for its health benefits. These include increased flexibility, strength, improved balance, and a calmer mind. Tai Chi can be practice by people of all ages and physical abilities. The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA is a tax- exempt, charitable organization whose accredited volunteer instructors donate their time in order to share the health-giving benefits of Taoist Tai Chi arts. For more information, contact Gail Eades at 865-599-6785 or visit

Homecoming Sunday: September 9th

Homecoming Sunday is a day the Community Church at Tellico Village will celebrate their 30th anniversary of being a church family. They are encouraging everyone to invite past members and friends back to church or new friends that are looking for a church family to help celebrate this important milestone on September 9th. There will be one service that day at 10:15am along with a series of presentations and acknowledgements of the service and support the Community Church as provided to various local organizations as well as the local community. The church has arranged for a fully catered lunch to be served after the 10:15pm service, on September 9th. Tickets can be purchased at the church office during the week. Each lunch ticket is $10 and includes a pulled pork sandwich, three sides and your choice of banana pudding or peach cobbler. Deadline for purchasing tickets is August 17th. For additional information the church office phone number is: 865-458-1516 and for more details the web site is:

MS Support Group: 3rd Tuesdays of the Month

Tellico Village is starting a support group, “Standing Up to MS”, for those impacted by MS- individuals, support partners, and health care professionals. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Thai Bistro Restaurant in the Main Village at 11:30 AM. We would like to have this information posted in the Connection Calendar of Events. For further information, please contact Patricia Garrett, 423-884-3894 / patgarrett@tds. net or Vicky St. John, (513) 477-0453 /


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Tellico Village: Group Hiking meets East Lakeshore Trail!

Featured Hike: East Lakeshore Trail

What’s a good local hike? How about the 2.5 miles of the Sinking Creek Branch of East Lakeshore Trail! Not a solo hiker but rather looking for a group? Tellico Village has group hikes on the 3rd Tuesday of every month!

This past month, August, Tellico Village hikers gathered at the Poplar Springs Boat Ramp parking lot at 9:00 AM to carpool to the trail head. Hikers coming from Kahite met around 9:15 AM at the Sinking Creek Trailhead, which is at the intersection of Axley Chapel Road and National Campground Road. The East Lakeshore Trails are just across the lake from the Tellico Village community and is one of the most beautiful and accessible hiking trails in East Tennessee. This trail has even been designated as National Recreation Trails by the Department of the Interior!

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If you would like to become more familiar with these trails and/or would just like to take a short 2 1/2 to 3 mile hike, then come join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month! All of our monthly hikes should noon-ish (no later than 11:30 AM).

This past hike was lead by Larry Elder and Jon Foreman. For additional information feel free to contact: Larry: / 865-657-9722 or Jon: / 412-337-5500

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Village Update

New Villager’s Monthly Social

The New Villagers Club holds a Social 5-6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Yacht Club.

The next Social will be 5pm, Thursday August 2nd at the Yacht Club. New members should arrive at 4:30 p.m. Visit the New Villagers Club website for more information here.

T-Bart Presentation

The presentation is titled “Tellico Lake Orientation” and is free to all. It will take place on Monday, August 6th from 9 a.m. – Noon on the top floor of the Yacht Club. Subjects presented include lake characteristics and features, activities, and facilities available on the lake. Any questions, please call Frank Grote at 865-297-6486.

Tellico Village University: August Classes

DIY LAWN MAINTENANCE 2.0 Lawn Pests and Weeds – Identification and Eradication. August 13th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. UT Extension Agent John Goddard returns with more engaging and very helpful information for the lawn DIY-er. This class will take place in the Yacht Club Gallery.

WHEN STYLE MEETS TRUST: Why People are the Way They Are and What to do About it – Villager Cindy Rogers is doing a repeat of this fun and interactive two session class to help us understand how we are alike, how we are different, and how we can engage with others more e ectively. This class will take place on August 17 and 24 at Chota Rec Center from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – this course will be eight sessions and will occur on August 20 and 27; September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 15 in the Yacht Club Gallery. This course will be taught by an instructor from the Knoxville Center for the Deaf. It is limited to 20 persons.

SOCIALMEDIA4SENIORS AT TVU – all classes at the Welcome Center Conference Room. See complete descriptions in our TVU website.

• 8/9/18 – Windows 10 Basics, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/9/18 – Word Processing – Microsoft Word,12:00 -2:00, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook 101, 9:30-11:30, $15
• 8/10/18 – Facebook Advanced, 2:00 -2:00, $15

Visit our website at for complete class descriptions, requirements, tuition information for each class and links to the registration process. Registration is required, and in some cases, it is limited so we can manage our class experience. If you must cancel, please do so via the website.

Back to School Supplies Needed

Back-to-school supplies are needed for students at Loudon County and Steekee Elementary Schools. The Tellico Village Adopt-a-Class Program supports this effort with donations. We have placed boxes at 4 convenient locations – the Wellness Center, library, Chota Rec Center and the Welcome Center (storage – may drop-o at front desk).

Items requested include sharpened pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, notebook paper, 2-pocket folders, spiral notebooks, and construction paper. Classroom needs include dry erase markers and cleaner, tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and band aids. School begins on August 6, so please act now. Contact Bonnie Pierce (516-413-0177) or at or Karen Hamerslag (352-219-1046) or at with questions. Cash donations are also appreciated.

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Tellico Community Players

Upcoming comedy, The Dixie Swim Club, marks 100th Tellico Players production; tickets on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Tellico Community Players July production of The Dixie Swim Club, a hilarious and touching comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The play marks the 100th production by the Players since the group formed 28 years ago. In commemoration of the 100th milestone, the Players will award a pair of season tickets for the group’s 2019 productions to one of the playgoers.

Play dates are Thursday-Saturday, July 12-14 and Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22 at the Tellico Community Playhouse, 304 Lakeside Plaza, Tellico Village, Loudon. Tickets, at $21, are available online at

The Dixie Swim Club is all about five unforgettable southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a weekend each August to recharge their relationships at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. There, free from husbands, kids and jobs, they catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The play focuses on four of those special weekends, spanning a period of 33 years. James Fisher is directing; Betty Ann Sterner is the show’s producer.

Meet The Cast

Jo Beliles will play Sheree Hollinger, the spunky team captain who desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life and continues to be the group leader.

Judie Douglas appears as Dinah Grayson, a wisecracking overachiever. She’s a career dynamo, whose victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.

Cindy Archer is Lexie Richards, a pampered and outspoken woman determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married over and over again.

Barbara Kistler-Martin will play Vernadette Simms, a self-deprecating acerbic woman acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, who has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.

Geri Denny appears as Jeri Neal McFeeley. Sweet and eager to please, she experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

The Players first production was the melodrama Dirty Work Afoot, in September, 1990. They performed the play again in October, 1998. Early Players performances were staged in the lower level of the Tellico Village Yacht Club, and at various other venues. The current Playhouse opened in October 2014, with the comedy Red Velvet Cake Wars.

The Tellico Players upcoming comedy The Dixie Swim Club opening July 12 marks the 100th production by the Players, since the group began in 1990. The Dixie Swim Club is about ve unforgettable southern women and their antics over a 33-year period. The cast, from left: Geri Denny as Jeri Neal McFeeley, Jo Beliles as Sheree Hollinger, Cindy Archer as Lexie Richards, Barbara Kistler-Martin as Vernadette Simms and Judie Douglas as Dinah Grayson.

Looking for a place to retire or a new home? Contact one of our realtors today and join the Tellico Village community – not to mention all the events and groups!

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