The Grove Theater

The Grove Theater in Oak Ridge holds a rich history of memories for many in the East Tennessee area. Constructed during the Manhattan Project & recently rennovated, the theater is home to numerous Arts & Sciences organizations. It is currently owned and operated by High Places Community Church.

If you are American, then Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother, even if, like myself, you have never composed a line of verse.
— Harold Bloom

Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday BASH, May 31st


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LIVE and in concert, 7:00 PM

East Tennessee favorite, Jubal combines rich harmonies, stellar song-writing, with a generous stage presence of Americana and folk blends that have made them one of the areas most sought after bookings.

Song lyrics are breath-taking, poetic, and completely human, making them the perfect fit for Walt’s 200th.

Tickets available on Eventbrite for $10. Early bird pricing of $8 available until May 10.

24-hour readings, starting at 12:00 AM

That’s right folks! The good gray poet turns 200 years old on May 31st. We will have readings going on in different rooms for 24-hours straight, some live and some recorded. Discussion groups are open at 7:00 AM with free coffee and treats, documentaries will play in the theaters honoring his life and connection to American culture, and a brown-bag lunch will be held in the lobby as we examine Walt Whitman’s legacy and influence on our democracy. All events are free to the public until showtime.

At 7:00 PM, Jubal takes the main stage. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Concessions will be available, with craft beer open to those 21 and up. Bring a friend and have a great night out with Walt Whitman and Jubal!

After the concert, we will close out the night with a discussion about the theology of Walt Whitman. Doors close at midnight and then we tuck the father of free verse in bed again until next year!

Jennifer Crandall’s “Whitman Alabama” work is some of the best, most poignant Walt Whitman reading I’ve ever seen. Above is one example, but we’ll look at a few others and discuss them over lunch.