Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gatlinburg's Fall Craftsman's Fair

Gatlinburg Craftsman's Fair

October 9-26

 Art, crafts and music lovers can find almost 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country & Bluegrass entertainment. 

The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events... the 39th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair. From October 9 through 26, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.
While your in town be sure and take a trip through the beautiful Smoky Mountains and take in the gorgeous colorful foliage!

Tentative hours of show are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays. 
We hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

Oktoberfest at Ober

Sept. 26 - Nov. 2 

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.
OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 26 through Nov. 2, 2014 as the resort commemorates the 204th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest.  Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

Show Times:
Monday - Thursday: 1pm & 5pm
Friday - Sunday: Noon, 2, 4 & 6pm

Beer Tent open Friday - Sunday from noon - 6pm with live entertainment and Oktoberfest biers on tap!

Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the 1980s.

So make plans now to visit during Oktoberfest and you will not be disappointed. 

Hope to see you here!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

Fall decorations, events, entertainment, and local craft exhibits.

Beginning in September 15-October 31, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival season finds the folks of Gatlinburg decorating and celebrating the beginning of fall with a variety of events and festivals in Tennessee. September’s warm, sunny days and cool, clear nights mix with just the right amount of rain to transform 800 square miles of lush green forest into a brilliant palette of vibrant Autumn colors.

The Great Smoky Mountains share center stage with the Gatlinburg Craftsman Fair during the month of October. From October 9 through 26, 2014, the award-winning Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair opens the doors of the Gatlinburg Convention Center to the public with the 39th Annual Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, one of the many amazing fall festivals in Tennessee. Numerous artisans and craftspeople are on-hand each day to demonstrate their skills, answer questions, and offer their unique art for sale. Third-generation artisans and storekeepers strive to match the beauty of the autumn mountains by carrying the same colors into often elaborate storefront decorations, thus turning their little mountain town into a promenade of Southern Appalachian sights.

Arts and crafts have long held a deep association with the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Nowhere else in the South will you find a richer heritage of fine craftsmanship than in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountain Arts & crafts Community, established in 1937, is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Located on an eight-mile loop at the northeast corner of Gatlinburg, the Community proudly preserves the craft heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains year-round. This area offers the best in a wide range of craft shops, including pottery, woodcarving, candle making, quilting, weaving, broom making, and painting, among many other fine art forms. 

 Hope to see your there!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

2014 Pigeon Forge Rod Run

September 11-13

Formerly the Fall Grand Rod Run, the 2014 Pigeon Forge Rod Run is the last of the three biggest car shows of the year. Along with the new name is a new location, the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Join the festivities, including live music, door prizes, awards and a huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars. For more information go to or call 865-687-3976.

 This Pigeon Forge rod run is one of the largest in the nation as it draws thousands of visitors and classic hot rods for miles…literally! If you love muscle cars, you’ll need to pack a bib to catch all of your drool at the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run. Just about every make, model, and color of every muscle car made can be found at this Pigeon Forge car show. Vendors are also setup selling hard-to-find parts and accessories for classic hot rods as well.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Death by Chocolate Cake Recipe

Death by Chocolate Cake
Ingredients Cake
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
8 ounces sour cream
1 (18 ounce) box chocolate cake mix (I use devils food)
1 (3 1/2 ounce) box instant chocolate pudding mix
6 ounces milk chocolate chips (set aside 1 ounce)
6 ounces white chocolate chips (set aside 1 ounce)

  Beat 4 eggs, water, oil,& sour cream until smooth.
Add the box of cake mix and pudding stirring until smooth.
Add chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips mixing just until blended.
Pour evenly into 4 8 inch round greased pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool until completely cool
Frost and top with additional chocolate chips and enjoy! 
Ingredients Frosting
 2 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar  
 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
 6 tablespoons butter 
  5 tablespoons evaporated milk 
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 In a medium bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa, and set aside. 
In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar mixture alternately with evaporated milk.
 Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. 
If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pigeon Forge Shades of the Past #32 Rod Run

The Shades of the Past #32 Rod Run is scheduled for September 5 & 6 at Dollywood's Splash Country in Pigeon Forge. This car show features hot rods, custom & classic cars through 1972. All events and awards will be at Splash Country on Friday & Saturday. Spectators, vendors & participants can go to for more information.

  There are countless rod runs across the country, with many occurring during the summer months. But there's one that is well known by all rodders and it occurs every Labor Day weekend, or at least for the past 31, hosted at Dollywood's Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The event's official name is the Hot Rod Roundup, hosted by the Shades of the Past Street Rod Association. While official names are nice, the better known event name and its nickname rings with all rodders—Shades.

 The event draws nearly 3,000 cars, ranging in vintage from Model Ts to muscle cars of the 1970s. There's plenty of scenery; a good chunk provided by Mother Nature as the site is nestled within the Great Smoky Mountains, further massaged by Dollywood's Splash Country, while the remainder is provided by plenty of polished and detailed rolling sheetmetal.

Amidst the event's feverish-pitched pace, as it is two days and not the customary three, a great deal is going on simultaneously and rodders always have plenty to do and see. There's the coveted Top 25 selected by a three-man panel from the club, the Top 5 selected by the Top 25 car owners, and then the overall winners in Best Street Rod... Best Street Machine... Best Street Cruiser... and Best of Show... 


Then there is the giveaway roadster, a long honored tradition at the event with the building chores falling to Alloway's Hot Rod Shop. (You are in the running to win this roadster by being an entrant, but you must be present at the award's drawing on Saturday afternoon.)...

Another winner-take-all is the check for $10,000 presented by Shades Car Club to another lucky entrant who has his name drawn from the hopper loaded with all the entrants' numbers....
Every year there's the 50/50 drawing and if this year was anything like the past few years it gets everyone's attention—and it did. The pot was $50,000... Now that's some kind of walkin' around cash.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gatlinburg's 3rd Annual Smoky Mountain Songwriter's Festival

 August 21-24
 Free Live Music Venues throughout Gatlinburg with songwriters performing and telling you the story behind your favorite hit songs. PUBLIC INVITED. Come "Celebrate our Appalachian Musical Roots". All genres welcome. Songwriter Opportunities include Song Competition, Band Playoff and a Workshop Series.

 “Celebrating Our Appalachian Musical Roots" 4-day festival downtown Gatlinburg featuring "Hit" songwriters. Public Invited. Free Live Entertainment. Songwriter Opportunities: song competition, workshops, band playoff and stage spots. Rain or Shine.

 The 3rd Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival will be "Celebrating our Appalachian Musical Roots" this year. The public is invited for free live music, workshops, band playoffs and a songwriter's competition. To find out how to enter  or reserve a stage spot, go to