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The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

The Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-719=3999
http://www.shaconagestoneartandjewelry.net/

“Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

Hills Creek Gallery
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-430-7778
https://www.hillscreek.com/

“Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

Elk River Gifts and Crafts
608 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1028
https://www.facebook.com/elkrivercraftsandgifts/

Ownby’s Woodcraft
704 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-5254
https://www.etsy.com/market/ownbys_woodcraft

“Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

Hand-n-Heart Creations
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1156
https://www.facebook.com/handnheartcreationsgatlinburg/

“We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

White Buffalo Native American Gifts
601 Glades Road Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-335-9762

Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-8911

Firefly Glass Studio
830 Moyers Dr,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 206-6083
https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/firefly-glass-studio/516/

“Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

JJ Signs and Gifts
170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(260) 705-1058
https://www.facebook.com/HancevilleAL/

“Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
575 Proffitt Rd.,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4280
https://www.lilbitofgatlinburg.com/

“Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

Smoky Mountain Gold 2
601 Glades Rd # 8,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6805

The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
734 Powdermill Rd,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 567-5217
http://www.therampantlionpub.com/

“A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”

Cabins Near Gatlinburg

There is a Cabin Near Gatlinburg to fit every taste and budget! Each of our vacation homes are near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you would like a cabin next to a creek or river, or a cabin that offers a fantastic mountain view, you will find it here. Our cabins vary from one-bedroom bungalows to grand lodges, with the ability to accommodate multiple families!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – The most visited national park in the United States! Many of our properties are less than a five-minute drive to the Cosby entrance of the National Park. You will find that the Cosby Entrance is one of the more private parts of the Park. Cosby Creek runs alongside the road. This is a great place for bear watching in the early mornings and near sunset.

Cabins include:

Mountain High
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Central Heat & Air
• Outdoor Built-In Spa
• Gas Log Fireplace
• Satellite TV with DVD Player
• Washer & Dryer (Laundry Soap is NOT provided!)
• Ceiling Fans Throughout
• Charcoal Grill (Charcoal is NOT provided!)
• Stocked Kitchen and Dishwasher
• 2 TVs (1 in Master; 1 in Den)
• Porch Swing and Picnic Table
• All Paved Roads to the Cabin
• All Bed and Bath Linens Provided
• Complimentary Wifi
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-high

Mountain Creek Retreat
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8

• Over 1400 Square Feet
• 2 Bedrooms on Main Level, Plus a Loft Bedroom
• 2 Full Baths
• 3 Queen Beds
• 1 Sleeper Sofa
• Microwave
• Coffee Maker
• Toaster
• Dinner and Cookware
• Rocking Chairs
• Porch Swing
• Waterfront
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Minutes Away from Rafting
• Wifi
• Four TVs – 1 in Living Room, 1 in Each Bedroom
• Cable TV
• Phone
• Bed and Bath Linens
• Gas Grill
• Washer and Dryer
• Hot Tub
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-creek-retreat

River Falls Bungalow
1 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Blender
• Ice Maker
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/river-falls-bungalow

Wild Berry Mountain
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• 2 Bedrooms – Each with Queen Size Bed
• 2 Bathrooms – 1 with Jetted Tub
• Walk-In Shower
• Sleeper Sofa
• Mountain Views
• Wooded Setting
• Full Kitchen
• Hot Tub
• Washer and Dryer
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Regular TV
• Charcoal Grill
• Fire Pit
• Secluded and Private
• Outdoor Rockers
• Telephone (Local Only)
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/wild-berry-mountain

Enchanted Forest
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Entertainment Center
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Pool
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/enchanted-forest

Starwood Cabin
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Keyless Entry
• Free Parking
• Satellite Television
• Telephone
• Deck / Patio
• Game Room
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Iron & Board
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/starwood-cabin

Special Events For Autumn (and Beyond!) For 2021

* Sevierville Harvest Festival
NOW – September 30th, 2021
https://www.visitSevierville.com/fall

* Autumn Adventures At Anakeesta
NOW – October 31, 2021
https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com/events/autumn-adventures

* Oktoberfest At Ober
NOW – October 31, 2021
https://obergatlinburg.com/oktoberfest/

* Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana
NOW – October 30, 2021
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

* Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood
NOW – October 30, 2021
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

* National Quartet Convention
September 26, 2021 – October 02, 2021
https://natqc.com/

* Rotary Club Fall Crafts Fair
October 01, 2021 – October 30, 2021
www.pigeonforgerotary.org

* Ripley’s Fright Nights
October 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021
https://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/haunted-adventure/

* Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
October 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021
http://www.visitSevierville.com/fall

* Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming
October 1, 2021 – October 3, 2021
http://www.smokymountainhomecoming.com

* Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
October 7, 2021 – October 24, 2021
https://craftsmenfair.com/

* Monsters on the Mountain
October 15, 2021 – October 17, 2021
https://www.monstersonthemountain.com/

* Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island
October 31, 2021 – October 31, 2021
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat

* Wears Valley Fall Festival
October 15, 2021 – October 17
https://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com

* Ripley’s Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival
October 31, 2021
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-trick-or-treat-kick-off-karnival/25/

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Nov 06, 2021 to Jan 02, 2022
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Smoky-Mountain-Christmas

* Smoky Mountain Gift Show
November 10, 2021 – November 13, 2021
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-gift-show/59/

* Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winterfest Kickoff Presented by Bush’s Chili Beans
November 11, 2021
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-chili-cookoff-and-winterfest-kickoff-presented-by-bushs-chili-beans/16/

* Pigeon Forge Winterfest
Nov 13, 2021 to Feb 14, 2022
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest

* Festival of Trees
November 24, 2021 – November 28, 2021
http://gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com/index.html

* Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
November 29, 2021 – December 4, 2021
https://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

Smoky Mountain Foliage Forecast Information For 2021

Get and stay up to date information on the Smoky Mountain foliage forecast with www.gatlinburgtnguide.com. Here is an excerpt from their post for this year:

“Each year, we post the very first Gatlinburg Fall Colors Forecast before anyone else, which we have historically posted in August…way before anyone else even attempts to “guess”. We put a lot of research and experience into providing the most accurate forecasts, which have been right on the money since we started posting our fall foliage forecasts years ago! Before you think we’re crazy, keep reading to see the science behind our prediction and see when we expect fall colors to start appearing throughout the Smoky Mountains.

Fall is a special season in Gatlinburg, TN and the Smoky Mountains as the temperatures drop, sweet aromas fill the air, and trees turn into an incredibly beautiful display of colors. The fall colors in Gatlinburg are one of the most beautiful sights that you will ever see. Each year, people always ask when the leaves will change color in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in hopes of planning a visit at just the right time to see the colors at their peak (when they are the brightest).

Foliage Forecast: September 17, 2021 – While the weather has been warm and enjoyable, the higher temps haven’t helped foliage get in the color-changing mood just yet. A quick look at the webcams around Gatlinburg show that pretty much everything is still green. There are some cooler temperatures in the forecast for the next two weeks, which look a bit more favorable for fall colors. However, the highs will still be in the 70’s and the rain in the forecast for the next week throws in a slight speedbump as well.”

Read the full article at https://www.gatlinburgtnguide.com/fall-colors-forecast/.

The Gatlinburg Skylift webcam has one of the best views of the Smoky Mountain foliage colors, so we present it here embedded from their Youtube video page:

What’s In Store At The Sevier County Fair 2021

Information on the upcoming Sevier County Fair for 2021 from the official Sevier County Fair website is as follows:

“The Sevier County Fair is back… better than ever!

August 31st-September 6th, 2021

Here’s just a taste of what you can look forward to at the Fair this year. We can’t wait to see you!

* Exhibit Hall
The Exhibit Hall: Showcasing exhibits from folks in our community like you. Whether photography, floral, produce, or arts & crafts there is something for everyone. See what one the Blue Ribbon or Best of Show.

* Livestock
No fair is complete without the Livestock! You will find different shows throughout the week which include cattle, poultry, sheep, & goats.

* Contests
FREE contests can be found during the week. From throwing a cast iron skillet to how quick you can eat your atomic hot wings. Win or lose, still loads of fun.

* Entertainment
All entertainment is included with your admission. Multiple choices each night. We have something for everyone. Back again for 2021 is our Bulls & Broncs Rodeo – 2 Nights!

* Live Music
Live Music every night – all genres
Rock – Oldies – Country
And Much More!”

There is also going to be a “Sevier County Pit Master Showdown” as a 3-day event from August 31st to September 2nd. 1st Place wins $1,000. Second Place wins $500 and Third Place wins $250. There is an entry fee of $125 and there are two-person teams and 20 spots being professionally judged.

See the official website for full information on the upcoming event at https://seviercountyfair.org/.

Tennessee Tax Free Holiday 2021

It’s that time again for our favorite late Summer, just-before-school-starts holiday and this year is going to be different than the years before it in the state of TN.

Tax Free Holiday is not a single weekend affair for 2021. This year there are three different categories of tax-free items; one of which has already started and continues on until… June 2022?? Only in Tennessee!

Let’s take a look:

Event 1: Clothes, School Supplies and Computers

Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

During this time clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free. Certain restrictions apply. Items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchase for personal use, not for business or trade.

Exempt:
* General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.

* School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes.

* Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less.

* Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers.

Not exempt:
* Apparel items priced at more than $100.

* Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

* Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.

* School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100.

* Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

* Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs.

* Individually purchased software.

* Printer supplies.

* Household appliances.

Event 2: Food, Ingredients and Prepared Food

During the period beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, July 30, 2021 and ending Thursday, August 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm, food, food ingredients, and prepared foods are exempt from sales tax. This includes qualified sales of prepared food by restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and grocery stores.

Sales of alcoholic beverages are not included in items exempt during this period.

Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. Food and food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements.

Prepared Food – A food item qualifies as prepared food if it:

* Is sold in a heated state or heated by the seller,
* Contains two or more food ingredients mixed together by the seller for sale as a single item; or
* Is sold with eating utensils, such as plates, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, napkins, or straws provided by the vendor.

Prepared food does not include food that is only cut, repackaged, or pasteurized by the seller, and eggs, fish, meat, poultry, and foods containing these raw animal foods requiring cooking by the consumer as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration to prevent food borne illnesses.

Event 3: Gun Safes and Safety Devices

Gun safes and safety devices sold at retail are exempt from sales and use tax during the holiday period beginning at 12:01 am on July 1, 2021 and ending at 11:59 pm on June 30, 2022.

A “gun safe” is defined as:

* A locking container or other enclosure equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or other locking device that is designed and intended for the secure storage of one or more firearms.

A “gun safety device” is defined as:

* Any integral device to be equipped or installed on a firearm that permits the user to program the firearm to operate only for specified persons designated by the user through computerized locking devices or other means integral to and permanently part of the firearm.

See https://www.tn.gov/revenue/taxes/sales-and-use-tax/sales-tax-holiday.html for full information.

Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2021 – Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

As the title states, in this article, the cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg announce their plans for their respective Smoky Mountain 4th of July 2021 celebrations. These reposted articles come from www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival
July 3rd

“Patriot Festival is back in 2021 headlined by country superstar Clint Black! This event is proudly presented by 107.7 WIVK and the City of Pigeon Forge.

Event Cost: FREE

4pm: Food Vendors Open

5:30pm – 8pm: Entertainment featuring Brad Hudson Band & Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band)

8pm: Clint Black

With a career spanning three decades and notching 22 No. 1 hits, Clint Black lays claim to one of the most storied careers in modern music. The singer/songwriter’s groundbreaking debut album, Killin’ Time, produced the hit singles “A Better Man,” “Nobody’s Home,” “Walkin’ Away” and the title track, cementing his status as one of country’s music’s most successful traditionalists. He recently released the self-produced album Out of Sane.
Fireworks Celebration

Pigeon Forge will mark Independence Day with the city’s annual fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. The 20-minute fireworks display will be simulcast by WIVK-FM 107.7 FM radio station in Knoxville.”

 

Gatlinburg First Independence Day Parade in the Nation
July 3rd

“The nation’s “first” celebration and Gatlinburg’s award-winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade, will step off at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, honoring First Responders, U.S. Veterans, military heroes, and frontline healthcare workers. Parade-goers can enjoy a celebration of red, white, and blue as patriotically decorated and lighted floats line downtown streets and the 100th Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky commemorates the holiday with a musical performance.

American Idol contestant, EmiSunshine will lead the festivities as the official Grand Marshal of Gatlinburg’s annual parade. An East Tennessee native, EmiSunshine’s unique musical talent has been featured everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry, a GRAMMY award-winning film, to several appearances on national television shows including NBC’s “The Today Show”. While acclaimed on the national stage, the artist’s beginnings started in the heart of Gatlinburg as a regular cast member of Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales and as a crowd favorite singer and songwriter at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.”

 

Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale
July 4th

“Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute firework show starting at 10:00 p.m. from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Spectators can view the fireworks from any vantage point in Gatlinburg. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.”

 

See these original articles at:
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/patriot-festival
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/first-independence-day-parade-in-the-nation/35/
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburgs-fireworks-finale/20/

Dolly Parton’s Tribute to the State of Tennessee

As reported by WATE.com:

“As part of the 225th celebration of statehood, the county music icon lent her voice and her 1973 single “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to a video released Tuesday called “Home.”

“I am Tennessee proud,” Parton said. “I’m proud of our wonderful state, proud to be a born and raised Tennessee girl, and I’m proud to be a part of all that we represent.’

The video features all corners of the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Gov. Bill Lee is seen pulling a music record off a shelf as the video takes a tour of main streets, landmarks and natural scenery highlighting Tennessee’s culture and beauty.

“Dolly is a Tennessee treasure, and I’m thankful she’s joined us to commemorate 225 years of statehood,” Lee said. “I invite Tennesseans to celebrate at events throughout the year … to share the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Tennessee.”

View this article in full at https://www.wate.com/news/watch-dolly-parton-celebrates-225-years-of-statehood-with-my-tennessee-mountain-home-video/.

Flowers, Blooms, Tunes and More! Spring Events in Gatlinburg For 2021

Some awesome events are coming up as Spring begins to blend into Summer here in the Smokies. Spring Events in Gatlinburg for 2021 include the following:

* Blooms and Tunes *
Now to May 23rd

From Gatlinburg.com:
“Anakeesta is in full bloom during the “Blooms and Tunes” spring event. Beginning April 2, Anakeesta will feature grand and colorful nature-themed art installations throughout the park including a 20’ long-blooming daisy, live music Thursday through Sunday and a spring-themed food and beverage menu at their four dining venues. Twinkling light displays and firepits warm up the cool spring nights. The event runs through May 23.”

See more information at
https://www.gatlinburg.com/articles/post/blooms-and-tunes/.

* Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage *
Now to May 16th

From Gatlinburg.com:
“As winter fades and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, Gatlinburg blossoms into the center of all things botanical during the Great Smoky Mountain Association’s Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage.

From May 8-16, everyone from the serious botanist to the weekend gardener can experience unprecedented access to some of the nation’s leading botanical experts as well as Appalachian wildlife authorities.”

See more information at
http://www.wildflowerpilgrimage.org/.

* MayFest *
May 21st to May 31st

From Gatlinburg.com:
“Ober Gatlinburg will host our 3rd MayFest, beginning Friday, May 21 running through Sunday, May 31, 2021. MayFest is a traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring with displays of history, culture and the traditional Maypole dance.

Visitors to Ober Gatlinburg will enjoy the Biergarten and demonstrations by artists from the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This year we are adding several competitions – stay tuned for more details coming soon.

For a challenge, participate in Ober’s grueling Uphill 5k on May 22, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

See this event at
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/mayfest/127/.

* Dollywood’s Summer Celebration *
June 25th to July 31st

From mypigeonforge.com:
“Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is just that—a time to celebrate making memories with family at a place everyone enjoys! This summertime event gives families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night!

Dollywood’s great shows, like Dreamland Drive-In and Live at the Back Porch, make dancing in the aisles acceptable and bring out the kid in everyone. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration is a great reminder that some of the best family memories are made after the sun goes down.”

See this event at
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-summer.

Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips & Sharks.

From the main Ripley’s website:

“Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!”

This event is scheduled for February 13th and September 25th, 2021, both Fridays, at 8:00PM and lasting overnight.

Edit: The February 13th date has sold out of tickets. Perhaps not surprising as it sounds like quite a lot of fun for adults. Only tickets for September 25th are currently available.

See this event and reserve tickets at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/event/sips-n-sharks-grownup-sleepover/2021-09-25/.