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Gatlinburg Earth Week

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EARTH WEEK
In Gatlinburg, TN Earth Day is not a one day celebration. Instead, there is a multitude of activities for the family to enjoy all week long. This year's celebration is April 17-21! Check out this post for info on all the fun activities!

MONDAY: Gatlinburg Goes Green Seminar at Hilton Garden Inn from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm featuring Chief of Resource Education for the GSMNP, Nigel Fields. He will be hosting a seminar on wildfire ecology. Check out this event to learn how resilient our mountains are and the steps being taken towards recovery. 
TUESDAY:Spur Clean up through a partnership with Keep Sevier Beautiful from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. If interested meet at the Gatlinburg's Spur Welcome center with a pair of gloves and some zest for picking up trash. There will be a competition for the business team that picks up the most litter. The winning team will earn a pizza party. Ben & Jerry's will be on site with free ice cream for all participants. 
WEDNESDAY:E-Waste recycling …

Happy Easter

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Easter is a lovely time in the Smoky Mountains. Weather is warming, wildflowers are blooming, and activities are in abundance. 
Easter Trivia: The date Easter falls on every year changes, because Easter falls on the 1st Sunday after the vernal equinox. (The Sunday after the 1st Full Moon after March 21st!) 
Easter Happenings: River of Life Church of God: April 15th from 3-5Egg Hunting, Face Painting, Crafts, Snacks, and GamesBreakfast or Brunch with the Easter Bunny: April 15th Old Mill Pottery House Cafe' and GrilleEaster Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny: April 15 @10 amPatriot Park Pigeon ForgeEgg Hunt @ Greenbrier Campground: April 15 @ 2 pmEaster Bunny, Egg Hunt, Refreshments, and SnacksGumstand Baptist Church: April 15 @ NoonKodak United Methodist Church: April 7th from 7-8:30Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt, Illusionist, goody bags, and prizes!Easter Craft: Make this adorable bunny using a paper plate, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, fuzz ball, googly eyes, and construction paper!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is held every year on March 17th. It is to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It originally started as a religious feast, but is now a holiday full of celebration and tradition around the world. Check out this post for a traditional recipe, fun around our town, and fun facts. 
Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage may just be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick's Day. Fix this recipe, the family is sure to love. 



TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hoursYIELD:10 servings
Ingredients
1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 bay leaves
3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled
8 medium carrots, halved crosswise
1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges
HORSERADISH SAUCE:
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 cup horseradish
MUSTARD SAUCE (optional):
1 cup (8…

Historic Places: Elkmont

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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont is definitely a treasure to find. What appears to be a "Ghost Town" actually started as an Appalachian Club vacation community. 

The land was once owned by Little River Lumber Company and in 1910, they started selling off the land in order to create an elite private social club. Later the Wonderland Hotel was purchased and the Wonderland Club was created. This area quickly became a favorite vacation spot among wealthy East TN families. Elkmont became the home for the birth of the National Park. 

In 1926, Colonel Wilson B. Townesend, the owner of Little River Lumber Company, sold the 76,000 acres so that it could be turned into the national park. While most people in park boundaries were forced to sell their land and relocate, those in the Elkmont area were able to sell their cottages at half the price in exchange for lifetime leases. Most of the leases expired in 1992 and the final two expired in 2001. 

Much debate …

Valentine's Day

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Looking for the perfect thing to do with your loved one or even the whole family. Check out this post for some great ideas!

Local Goat New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway Pigeon Forge

Valentine's Day Four Course Meal Special for two only $50. You save $15 off the regular menu price. 

Shared Appetizer
• Cheese Fondue
Salad (choice of two)
• Small House Salad
• Small Strawberry Salad
Main selections (choice of two)
• 6oz Sirloin Special with Crab cake and Steamed Broccoli
• 10oz Prime Rib with baked potato
• Grilled Salmon with sautéed Broccolini
• Pecan Crusted Chicken with honey butter sauce and Whipped Sweet Potatoes
• Teriyaki Kabobs with Steamed Broccoli
• Seared Ahi Tuna Steak with Asian stir fry
Shared Dessert
• Chocolate Fondue

Special Drink offerings in addition to the food special:
Valentine's Champagne cocktail with real 24 carat gold flake and a Love Potion cocktail for two.


TGI Fridays


Nino's Pizzeria and Eatery 105 Long Spring Roads #8 Sevierville

Nino's Valentine's Day Spec…

Smoky Mountain Strong

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November 28, 2016...A date that will always be remembered by residents, visitors, and lovers of Sevier County. A devastating fire caused catastrophic damage, but what we have seen is our community rising from the ashes. Our community is continuing to overcome this destruction by pulling together and through the receiving of support from those near and far. Here’s some great upcoming events that will continue to fuel the support our community needs.


Smokies Strong: A Bluegrass Celebration

2-day celebration featuring a lineup of bluegrass music’s top artists. Tickets proceeds benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship fund. Artists include Volume 5, Flatt Lonesome, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar, Dave Adkins Band, Newton, Barry Bales & Friends, and the Lonesome Rive Band. Doors open at 4 pm each day...Concert starts at 5! Tickets are $30 for one day or $50 for both days. Check out  http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/smoky-mountai…

Sevier County Flashbacks

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Sevier County sure has changed a lot through the years, we have seen many businesses come and go. Roads have been built and life has formed where there was once just trees. Check out our latest post for some fun, flashback memories!

Twin Islands hotel was built in 1951 and located near the Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN. Sadly, it has been torn down and being replaced with Margaritaville Resort!


Who remembers riding the Waterboggan in the 80's? Slide off the mat and lose your hide!

Ogle's Waterpark was a top summer destination in Pigeon Forge...taking a ride on any of the 6 slides, splashing in the wave pool, or enjoying an ice cream cone was the best way to spend the day. Now, Walden's Landing sits where Ogle's Waterpark was. 
Porpoise Island located off Sugar Hollow Road took guests to Hawaii. You couldn't miss the Dolphin, Sea Lion, Bird, and Hula shows. The roller skating birds were a favorite of many. In the midst of the Hawaiian theme, there was even a deer ranch…