New Species Of Bee Discovered In The National Park

It sure doesn’t have a catchy name, but the Epeolus inornatus is a big catch for Dr. Will Kuhn; the Director of Science and Research at Discover Life in America.

“It’s always really fun to find a new record and to take up our numbers of new records and new species for the park,” Kuhn said.

See the full article at https://www.wbir.com/article/news/local/scientists-discover-new-bee-species-in-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/51-fb5e5a6c-9c3a-44fa-8dd2-3b1cc4834d16.

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Green Eye Hemp Café

We’re a small café serving locally roasted organic coffee as well as specially blended teas and homemade baked goods including gluten free options. Our bakery items are baked fresh daily. From savory to sweet, you will find delightful items to treat your taste buds. We also offer a full hemp line with many of our products grown in our USDA Certified Organic grow room. Our aquaponics and hydroponics systems are in full view for anyone visiting the shop. We strive to provide a relaxing environment for locals and visitors alike.

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* Hemp Merchandise * USDA Certified Organic Grow Room *

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Golden Milk:
This traditional milk-based tea gets its gorgeous color from turmeric. We add just a
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Genmaicha:
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harvested green tea leaves with roasted brown rice creating a mild, toasty aroma and
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Winterfest Events 2020 Starting Today

It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to the Smokies ASAP!

Here are some Winterfest events we have coming up:

* Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
11/21/20 – Easter Day 2021

Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. https://obergatlinburg.com/winter/

* Sevierville Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
12/1/20 – 1/3/21

From Visitsevierville.com: “It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to know more about these facilities!”
https://visitsevierville.com/EventsCalendar.aspx#!/208477-shadracks-christmas-wonderland

* Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
12/4/20

From Gatlinburg.com: “On December 4, the 45th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

Floats will be decorated with one-of-a-kind displays of LED lights, marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and holiday characters.”
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/

* Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
12/9/20 – 12/12/20

Every year hundreds of fans pour into the Evergreen Smoky Mountain Lodge & Convention Center to come to the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival. While the bluegrass festival is enough fun for anyone, there is so much more to offer in Pigeon Forge! The festival is held in the heart of Pigeon Forge on Parkway. The whole city is decorated for Christmas and sparkles everywhere you go at night. There is lots of shopping, food, and fun in Pigeon Forge. Come join us this year at the festival! https://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/

Find more events at mypigeonforge.com, gatlinburg.com and visitsevierville.com.

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winterfest Kickoff Returns!

In less than a week, the city of Gatlinburg will be some of the most active it’s ever been concentrated in one spot with the highly anticipated return of the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff! The city of Gatlinburg writes this for this year’s Winterfest kickoff festival:

“For over 30 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated the kickoff of Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual foodie festival, Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. On November 12, 2020, the tradition continues with live entertainment and mouth-watering homemade chili sampling and some new adjustments to honor the Tennessee Pledge guidelines.

NEW in 2020, tickets will be required to enter. To accommodate for social distancing, event attendance will be limited. Due to the popularity of the event, an advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

The time-honored traditions of popular local restaurants offering unique, homemade chili samples and vying for the coveted People’s Choice Award will go on. Additionally, festival-goers will enjoy the free, live entertainment by the Eagles tribute band, On The Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute! On The Border provides an authentic Eagles concert experience while journeying through The Eagles songbook. They cover every big hit, from ballads like “Desperado” and “Lyin’ Eyes” to rocking hits such as “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight.”

City leaders will participate in an official lighting ceremony for Smoky Mountain Winterfest that features millions of twinkling lights adorning Gatlinburg Winter Magic light displays throughout the city.

The Chili Cookoff and Winterfest Kickoff will be held on Thursday, November 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. in a NEW location at the Anakeesta Plaza located at 576 Parkway.”

See more on Gatlinburg Winterfest and other activities at https://www.gatlinburg.com/events/winter/.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest 2020

For those wondering if the city of Pigeon Forge is going to be doing their traditional Winterfest celebration for 2020, the answer is an emphatic YES!

Here is what the city of Pigeon Forge is releasing for information on this year’s Winterfest season scheduled to begin on November 13th, 2020 and continue to February 21st, 2021:

“From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 5 million lights sparkling around you during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night skies. Make Dollywood your family’s Christmas tradition and enjoy award-winning holiday shows, scrumptious cuisine and seasonal shopping.

A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, where all the stops are pulled out when it comes to decorating for the holidays. The arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with a special appearance from Santa himself. Another highlight is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top.

Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

Old Mill Square’s Holiday Open House features holiday lights, displays and decorations. Explore the shops and catch up on your holiday shopping. You can also sample some of the delicious food items and get a few ideas for your own holiday celebrations. The Old Mill also features a holiday light display of a covered bridge made out of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge.

The best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the holiday light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. You can also download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map.

Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.”

Get to know more about Winterfest in Pigeon Forge by visiting https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest.

Wedding Specialist Spotlight: Chef Tony and First Fruits Catering

East Tennessee’s Premier catering co. and Wedding Specialist. Offering Gourmet Southern Comfort foods and Trendy buffets. First Fruits Catering is a full service catering company with the capability to offer plated meals, buffet stations, Hor d oeuvre receptions, custom lunches, gourmet brunch events, charity fundraising gala’s, and everything completely Customizable. First Fruits Catering is more than just catering, they own a retail Bakery and Wedding Cakes kitchen. Chef Tony personally prepares each wedding cake and “the secret to the perfect cake” is freshly baked cakes that are never frozen- using fresh ingredients and a special recipe Buttercream frosting.

Catering items include:

Herb Crusted Pork Loin
Herb dry rub Pork Loin cooked to perfect making a glaze as it cooks.

Chicken Marsala
Chicken breast covered with a homemade Mushroom Sauce with Marsala Wine.

Whipped Potato Casserole
Tasty potatoes blended with sour cream and butter.

Country Style Green Beans
Steamed Green Beans with seasoning Ham.

Parmesan Corn Casserole
Southern Favorite casserole with diced baby corn and Parmesan Cheese.

Rotini Chicken Alfredo
A very Hearty pasta dish using a fresh homemade creamy Alfredo Sauce.

Gourmet Cheeses Display
Assorted gourmet cheeses accompanied by a special recipe roasted pecan cheese ball served
Gourmet crackers.

Fresh Fruit Fondue
Watermelon basket filled with Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Pineapple, etc.. with Strawberry Chocolate
Fondue.

Pork Loin Diane
Medallions of tender pork seasoned and topped with a hint of Dijon cream sauce.

Pepper Chutney Beef Roast
Tender sirloin roast topped with a cognac peppercorn glaze.

Parisienne Potatoes
Marble size potatoes sautéed in garlic butter.

Steamed Asparagus
Fresh steamed Asparagus lightly buttered.

Parmesan Corn Casserole
Southern Favorite Corn Casserole with diced Baby Corn pieces and
Parmesan Cheese.

Consider Chef Tony/First Fruits Catering for your Smoky Mountain wedding, family reunion, military reunion or any occasion you would like to have a professional and high class catering option available. See more on Chef Tony at https://cheftonycatering.com.

Green Eye Hemp Cafe

Green Eye Hemp Cafe is a small café serving locally roasted organic coffee as well as specially blended teas and home made baked goods, including gluten free options. We also offer a full hemp line with many of our products grown in our USDA Certified Organic grow room.

Green Eye Hemp Cafe is proud to offer visitors and locals the following:

* Specialty Baked Goods
* Specially Blended Teas
* Locally Roasted Coffees
* Hemp Products
* Hemp Merchandise
* USDA Certified Organic Grow Room

Visit Green Eye Hemp Cafe and start your day the green way at 1359 E. Parkway Ste. D, Gatlinburg
865-325-1088 and https://www.greeneyehempcafe.com/.

Christmas And Holiday Shows In The Smokies 2020

More and more, the Smoky Mountains are returning to the sort of holiday traditions and normalcy we have been looking forward to twice over all year. Nowhere can this sentence and sentiment be better manifested than with the upcoming Winterfest season and the many theater shows that are already offering news for their 2020 Christmas shows and schedules.

Here is what Pigeon Forge is showing off for Christmas shows this Winterfest:

(Please be aware that times and availability may change as we remain keeping social distancing practices in order.)

Christmas Show at Country Tonite
November 1st – December 31st, 2020

From mypigeonforge.com:
“The wonder of the magical Christmas Show at Country Tonite Theatre will put the entire family in the holiday spirit! The stage is transformed into a winter wonderland with sets that are only rivaled by the vibrant costumes and choreography. The cast includes popular local performers as well as special guests we all know – Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Classic holiday songs will bring back fond memories of Christmas past as everyone sings along. At one point the toys on stage even come to life to join the fun. This is one Pigeon Forge holiday event the family won’t want to miss.”

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/christmas-show-country-tonite.

 

Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud
November 1st, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

From mypigeonforge.com:
“Come join Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy as they try to set aside their differences in the spirit of the Season. Watch as these two famous feudin’ families come together for a night of fun, food and entertainment. The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud is guaranteed to make you feel better about spending the holidays with your in-laws!

Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the holiday singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw-dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy. There’s something for everybody at the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud!

And Granny’s pulling out all the stops for the holiday dinner! She’s cookin’ up a heap of fried chicken and country pulled pork shoulder barbecue. Add smashed taters, creamy coleslaw, homemade rolls, corn on the cob, creamy vegetable soup and Granny’s special dessert. Afterward, you’ll need to loosen up your belt! It’s the best dinner in town–Granny guarantees it!”

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/hatfield-and-mccoy-disaster-dinner-feud.

 

Christmas At Dolly’s Stampede
November 3rd 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

From mypigeonforge.com:
“Your experience during Christmas at Dolly’s Stampede begins in our non-alcoholic saloon where you will enjoy special entertainment from our house band Mountain Ruckus. Hear some of your holiday favorites performed with a mixture of comedy added.

During the Christmas show, the cast, including 32 magnificent horses, takes you on a nostalgic holiday trip with a friendly North Pole – South Pole rivalry. Watch in delight as the Sugar Plum Fairy brings toys to life right before your eyes. Our live nativity scene, which includes three kings arriving atop real camels, brings the true meaning of Christmas to life. Santa himself will also make an appearance in a horse-drawn sleigh.”

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollys-stampede-christmas.

 

Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner Show
November 3rd, 2020 – January 2nd, 2021

From mypigeonforge.com:
“Celebrate all of the good things that make the holidays special as the Mystical Christmas Spirit takes Captain Scrooge on a journey through time and space to find the meaning of Christmas. Cheer along as giant Christmas toys come to life and perform amazing acrobatics high above the lagoon. Laugh at the hijinks of a comical castaway and her sea lion companion. Gaze in wonder at a live Nativity, complete with wise men and an angel with a special message for landlubbers and pirates alike.

Your family with also be thrilled by an epic battle between the Crimson and Emerald pirates as they compete for the coveted Christmas treasure on land, on deck, in water and high above two full-sized pirate ships! All the while, you will enjoy a four-course holiday feast including our Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Buccaneer Biscuit, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Matey’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Jolly Roger Sweet Potato Souffle, Walk the Plank Peach Turnover for dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola, tea or coffee.”

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/christmas-at-dolly-partons-pirates-voyage.