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A Summer Evening in James Agee Park 
Crowd in James Agee Park

More than 100 people turned out on a steamy first evening of summer to celebrate James Agee's famous essay "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." The ice cream social June 21 at James Agee Park in Fort Sanders was cosponsored by the Knox County Public Library and the City of Knoxville. It included music from Nancy Brennan Strange, a short talk on Agee and life in Knoxville in 1915 by local writer and historian Jack Neely, and a reading of the complete Agee piece by poet and musician R.B. Morris. (You can read the Agee text here. And you can watch a video montage of the event, with an excerpt from the reading, at the News Sentinel website.)

More events are being planned for later this summer. Keep an eye out for them!Nancy Brennan Strange at James Agee Park
Nancy Brennan Strange and friends played music of the early 20th century.

Ice Cream at James Agee Park
Nelda Hill, Manager of Lawson McGhee Library, scoops ice cream for Jack Neely.

R.B. Morris at James Agee Park
R.B. Morris reads "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," with musical accompaniment.

Finbarr Saunders, R.B. Morris, Mike Cohen
​City Councilman Finbarr Saunders was on hand, with R.B. Morris and Mike Cohen.

Posted by On 22 June, 2015 at 1:27 PM