Whether you want to hone your artistic techniques or explore the great outdoors, check out some of Kentucky and Tennessee’s clubs and social groups. Become a member and say goodbye to an empty calendar.
The Creative Camera Club, Inc., of Lexington, Kentucky offers both professional and amateur photographers countless opportunities to perfect their skills. With members from all over the central part of the state, the group can trace its roots back to the Lexington Camera Club of the 1930s. Attend the meetings (twice a month) to talk about techniques and share work. Members often display their collections at Six Friends Cafe in Lexington. Past outings include the Louisville Zoo and a scenic tour of covered bridges, old mills and railroad tracks on the Maysville Road Trip. Noted photographers like Adam Jones and Allen Dawson have given workshops and lectures for club members. Learn more about the Creative Camera Club, Inc. at www.creativecameraclub.org.
In the Hopkinsville, Kentucky area, the Little River Cycling Club (LRCC) offers weekly rides, as well as monthly events. Join in on Sundays for the afternoon social ride, or meet up Tuesdays and Thursdays for a more challenging route and higher speeds. Become a member now and you’ll have time to gear up for the Little River Bicycle Tour on May 19, 2012 – a 60-, 30- or 20-mile ride throughout beautiful Hopkinsville. There will be a Post-ride Grill and Chill, and proceeds from the ride benefit the Fort Campbell Fisher House. You can find membership forms and weekly ride schedules at www.littlerivercyclingclub.com.
If you’re looking for some literary engagement, check out the Poetry Society of Tennessee
. The group is dedicated to sponsoring contests, readings, workshops and other activities to help members improve their writing skills while enjoying great poetry and company. With chapters in Memphis and northeastern Tennessee, the society boasts a wide range of members from professional writers to poetry enthusiasts. Members receive a copy of the club’s annual book, Tennessee Voice Anthology
, and a subscription to Strophes
,a quarterly newsletter. Learn more at www.tpstn.org.
Knoxville, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains Hiking Club (SMHC) is always planning great outings for its 600-plus members. Weekly outings at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area provide plenty of time to explore while volunteer work offers members a rewarding chance to help preserve the Appalachian Trail. The group has already enjoyed some memorable trips in 2012, going to places like Brady Mountain and Hunt Knob Ridge. Members receive the club’s monthly newsletter and get discounts at local stores as well. Visit www.smhclub.org for details.
No matter what your interests, there’s a good chance that Kentucky and Tennessee have a group for you. The states’ clubs are always welcoming new members with open arms.