– Groups and Organizations

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Whether your cultural interest is visual or performance, artistic or historical, there is a Lakeway area organization for you. Get involved as a volunteer, a financial supporter, or an audience member of one or more of the groups listed alphabetically below.

Bradford-Rose Sons of Confederate Veterans

The Bradford-Rose Sons of Confederate Veterans are involved in educational activities concerning the Civil War. The Camp meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at 6:00 P.M. at Rose Center. Among other activities, the Camp is involved in re-enactments at the Mountain Makins Festival and throughout the Lakeway Area. The Camp provides speakers for schools and community groups and is involved in historical research.

Embroiderers’ Guild

The Embroiderers’ Guild is devoted to the craft of embroidery. The Guild meets the second (2nd) Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at Rose Center. The Guild’s efforts include workshops, speakers, and work sessions. The Guild is connected to the Embroiders’ Guild of America.


Encore Theatrical Company

Founded in 2006, Encore Theatrical Company believes in the power of the arts. Through live performances and educational programs, Encore provides quality entertainment by creating opportunities for the artistic minds in our region to exercise, nurture, and grow their talents. By cultivating and promoting the performing arts, Encore strives to improve the quality of life in the Lakeway Area.  From a mainstage season of exciting plays and musicals, to educational programs, touring shows to schools, community choirs, and other outreach and volunteer activities,  Encore has something for all ages in the performing arts.

Click here for the 2012 Season Dates

For more information:

Connect:  Encore Website

Call: (423) 318-8331


Garden Thyme Herb Society

The Garden Thyme Herb Society is for people who love working with herbs and would like to meet with others that share this interest. Meetings are held at 6:30 P.M. the 4th Monday of every month at the Rose Center. Not only do we share facts about herbs, but also recipes, garden ideas, and our plants. We also have speakers and demonstrators at our meetings.

The group is currently working on several community projects: Updating and maintaining the Herb Garden at the Davy Crockett Tavern Museum; planting a kitchen herb garden at the Glenmore Estate in Jefferson city; and redeveloping the herb garden at Rose Center. Newcomers are encouraged to attend meetings, as all are welcome. If you would like to present a program or demonstration please contact the Rose Center.


Hamblen County Historical Society

The Hamblen County Historical Society was organized in 1978. The first president of the society was Mr. George S. Hale. The general purpose of the society is to promote the understanding and appreciation of local history, especially as it relates to Hamblen County and the surrounding area of east Tennessee. Currently members of the Historical Society meet bimonthly. The meetings are held at the Center on the second Sunday of the even months at 2:30 P.M. If you would like more information about the society please call Bill Henderson at (423) 581-8386.


From Africa to Appalachia Foundation

From Africa To ApplachiaFrom Africa to Appalachia is a community-based organization dedicated to sharing the cultural, creative, and artistic spirit of African-Americans for whom Appalachia is home with the people of Upper East Tennessee.

Founded by Jovita Wells and Sammie Nicely, the Foundation sponsors the annual “From Africa to Appalachia” celebration in February at Rose Center. The Foundation also sponsors exhibits and shows during the year. Linnie Jackson and Jane Buis are co-directors.


Morristown Art Association

The Morristown Art Association promotes and encourages the appreciation, understanding, and practice of art.  MAA sponsored events include an annual juried art show, the annual High School Art Show held at Rose Center in March, workshops taught by area artists, local festivals and arts events and more.  Monthly meetings include programs of interest to the working artist, as well as those having an appreciation of art, are presented at each meeting.  Members are encouraged to paint an art challenge for each meeting.  Membership is open to artists and individuals having an interest in and an appreciation of art.

For more information:

Connect:  Morristown Art Website

Call:  (423) 581-0020


Photographic Society of East Tennessee (PSET)

The Photographic Society of East Tennessee has been created to present, promote, and perfect photography as an art. This goal will be pursued by fostering an environment of encouragement, sharing of knowledge and skills, and creating a climate of critical competitiveness to challenge each other to ever higher levels of accomplishment.

For more information:

Connect: PSET Website


Rose Center Quilt Guild

The Rose Center Quilt Guild is devoted to the art and craft of quilting. The Quilt Guild members meet at 10:00 A.M. on the third (3rd) Tuesday of each month at Rose Center. Recipients of our community service quilts are CEASE, Pregnancy Crisis Center, and Youth Emergency Shelter. Among the Guild’s projects are an annual quilt show in the Rose Center September through mid-October, workshops, and creation of a quilt to benefit the Mountain Makins Festival.

Rose Center Scrappers Quilters’ Guild

The Rose Center Scrappers Quilters’ Guild is devoted to the art and craft of quilting. The Quilters meet at 6:30 P.M. on the first Monday of each month at Rose Center.


Rose Service Guild

The Rose Service Guild was chartered in 1979. It continues to provide volunteer service and support necessary to the growth and development of Rose Center. Regular meetings are the 2nd Monday, September – November, January – May at 12 Noon in the Rose Center Community Room. If you are interested in joining our efforts, please contact the current president Sherrie Montgomery 587-0743 (home) or 318-1542 (work) .


Theatre Guild, Inc.

Founded in 1934, the Theatre Guild, Inc. is the longest, continuously-running community theatre in the state of Tennessee.  The mission of the Theatre Guild is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate, and empower artists and audiences in order to make the Lakeway area a more conscious and compassionate community.  The Theatre Guild stimulates, celebrates, and enhances the understanding of ourselves and others through the shared experience of live theatre by producing exciting plays and musicals marked by innovative interpretations and a reflection of our community and the world in which we live.

For more information:

Connect:  Theatre Guild Website

Call: (423) 586-9260

Tsoyaha Indian Dancers

The Tsoyaha Indian Dancers are a drum and dance group connected to the Boy Scouts. The Dancers meet every Wednesday evening at 7:00 P.M. at Rose Center. The group researches and studies Native American dances. They travel to workshops and drum sessions throughout the United States. They present educational programs for the community and perform each year at the Mountain Makins Festival.


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