Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast on May 14 presented by Bush Brothers & Company

beans-cornbread-festival-heysmokiesIt’s a rootin’ tootin’ festival of good eats at the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast presented by Bush Brothers & Company on Thursday, May 14 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The festival will be held on the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway between traffic lights #6 and #8.

An authentic celebration of Appalachian culinary history complete with roots and bluegrass musical entertainment, antique engines,  and a Corn Hole Tournament from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A $10 entry fee for the tournament benefits the Sevier County Humane Society. Over a dozen vendors, each with their own special recipes, will be in competition and your vote helps pick the winners!

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Tickets are $10 per person for unlimited sampling while supplies last. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Gatlinburg Beans ‘n Cornbread Blast, email the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitor Bureau’s Special Events Division at info@gatlinburg.com or call 865-430-1817 or 800-588-1817.

Did you know that Bush Beans & Company has a fabulous Visitor Center, General Store and Cafe in the Great Smoky Mountains? Be sure to visit the Bush’s Visitor Center in beautiful Chestnut Hill. The short drive over to Dandridge is worth the trip to learn all about how they “roll that beautiful bean footage!”

Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge Hosts 3rd Annual Book Signing Fair

titanic-museum-pigeon-forge-book-signing-fair-heysmokiesTitanic Museum in Pigeon Forge hosts their 3rd Annual Book Signing Fair beginning March 13 through April 12.

Our fascination with all things Titanic have provided us with hundreds of books on the subject. Now is your opportunity to check out some of the latest books and meet the authors!

You’ll have the opportunity to meet the incredible Lowell Lytle, author of Diving into The Deep. Lytle holds the distinction of being the oldest and possibly the tallest person to dive 2.5 miles deep in the North Atlantic Sea to see the wreckage of the Titanic first-hand. His inspired character portrayal of Captain E. J. Smith has entertained generations and is not to be missed.

Here’s the rundown of the authors with whom you’ll have the chance to meet:

Friday, March 13 – Sunday, April 12 (times vary)
Lowell Lytle, Diving into the Deep

Tuesday, March 24 & Wednesday, March 25 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Cheryl Mure and Cassandra Jones,
Ahoy Titanic

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Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort to host 2nd Annual Recycling Games on March 1

Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Keep Sevier Beautiful are kicking off Keep America Beautiful’s flagship event, the Great American Cleanup, with their own 2nd Annual Recycling Games at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.

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As part of this exciting event, Wilderness at the Smokies is offering special one-day tickets to their WildDome Waterpark for only $15 per person. You can splash and play from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Ticket prices are for both adults and children ages 3 and over. Proceeds from the day will be donated to Keep Sevier Beautiful and the Sevier County Food Ministry.

The 2nd Annual Recycling Games will be from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will offer fun and games for the whole family. The first 500 kids to sign up to participate in the games receive a special goody bag. keep-sevier-beautiful-heysmokies

Our goal is to bring fun opportunties for environmental education and positive behavior changes to a local level,  and to engage our community to take greater responsibility for our beautiful area,” says Keep Sevier Beautiful’s executive director Laura Howard.

Other sponsors for the event are Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge, Food City, ALCOA, The Mountain Press, Pepsi, and the Sevier County Food Ministry Thrift Shop.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Recycling Games event visit www.facebook.com/events.

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Ober Gatlinburg's Yeti's Run

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort Opens New Slope “Yeti’s Run”

It’s been quite some time since Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort developed a new slope, so this season’s opening of the new Yeti’s Run has been quite welcome for skiers and snowboarders.

Yeti’s Run, an advanced rated slope, splits off to the east from the top of Black Lift. The new run is 635 feet long and 45 feet wide and allows for more options down the slope as it reconnects with Mogel Ridge, Grizzly or Upper Bear Run. Yeti’s Run, with 100% snowmaking capabilities,  is equipped with lights for skiing and snowboarding after dark and will allow more space for special events at the ski area.

This 2014-2015 season is Ober Gatlinburg’s 53rd year offering a variety of snow sports and other activities in the Great Smoky Mountains.

In addition to snow tubing in winter, you and your family can skate at Ober’s Indoor Ice Rink, experience the Wildlife Encounter, or have fun in the Arcade.

Summer offerings include an alpine slide, scenic chairlift, chair swing, water raft rides, mini-golf, and a maze. Opening this spring will be their new Mountain Coaster.

For more info on hours and rates, click here or call Ober Gatlinburg at 865-436-5423

Wilderness Wildlife Week Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing Great Smoky Mountains Heritage

January 24 – 31 at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge

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Sign up early for a guided winter hike in the Great Smoky Mountains! Photo credit: Imagine This Photography

It has been our commitment to create an enjoyable yet enriching series of walks, talks and workshops, as well as informative exhibits that entertain while encouraging the participant to know more of the abundant opportunities that await the visitor to this beautifully diverse area,” says Beneath the Smoke gallery’s Ken Jenkins who is also known as the Father of Wilderness Wildlife Week.

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