Daily Beacon: Knoxville Comedy showcase delivers laughs

When Knoxville native Douglas Parker informed me the Station Comedy Showcase “is one of the best in the city,” I couldn’t wait to take a seat and watch the festivities.

I was surprised to see a railroad station when I arrived at this secluded location, the Historic Southern Railway Station. I stepped into a low lit, small bar/gift shop crowded with eager people; the small talk featured discussion about the signature Blue Slip Wine provided by the company and excitement for events to come.

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Blue Slip Winery hosts events at Historic Southern Railway Station

There is more riding on the tracks at the Historic Southern Railway Station than boxcars.

Following months of renovation and the Blue Slip Winery getting settled into its new digs, the venue is starting to shake, rattle and roll with activity.

“So many wineries offer weddings and other events but we were limited to opportunities at our old site. Now we are so excited because we have the space to offer many possibilities,” said Linn Slocum, president of Blue Slip Winery and co-owner of the railway station. The Old Smoky Railroad Museum is also located at the site.

In addition to the retail area of the winery where wine samplings are held, the main dining room holds 180 to 200 people and the smaller Barrel Room has an occupancy of 50. There’s also an upstairs ballroom that can accommodate up to 300.

“We’ve already had a number of wedding receptions, a few weddings and corporate parties,” she said.

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Grand Opening a Success!!!

We had such a great night last night with the grand opening and ribbon cutting. Upwards of 100 people showed up to see the newly renovated event space, as well as taste and buy our local Tennessee made wine. Thank you to everyone involved who worked so hard to make it a success.

Check out some of the media coverage below.

Inside of Knoxville – Blue Slip Winery Holds its Grand Opening at Southern Railway Station

WBIR – Blue Slip Winery celebrates grand opening in downtown Knox

WVLT: Blue Slip Winery pouring new life into Southern Railway Station

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Southern Railway Station is now home to Blue Slip Winery.

The winery relocated production and the tasting room to the station, located on Depot Avenue, a few weeks ago.

“The response has been overwhelming. I have people who want to come see the building, or interested in railroad history,” said Linn Slocum, President of Blue Slip Winery. “This is a tourist attraction for not only the winery but history of the train station.”

Slocum said they are also excited to be part of a movement to revitalize the area around Depot Avenue.

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Josh Flory: Blue Slip Winery plans to buy railway building

Another old railway building is being converted to a new use, as one of Knoxville’s in-between neighborhoods continues to be reshaped.

The owners of Blue Slip Winery, currently located on Jackson Avenue in the Old City, are planning to buy the former Southern Railway Station, at 300 W. Depot Ave.

Linn Slocum, the winery’s co-owner, said they have the building under contract and will be moving over the next several months.

“We make wine for a number of farm wineries now,” she said. “And where we’re located, it’s hard for us to get deliveries. At the new station we have more space. We have parking on-site, and we have the opportunity to have events.”

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