Sunday, April 20, 2014

10th Annual 2014 Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass Festival

Friday May 16th from 5pm to 10pm Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 10pm

Sevierville's Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass is a family oriented event celebrating the beauty of spring, championship barbeque and world class bluegrass music. Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass takes place during Smoky Mountain Springfest in historic downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.
 Our Barbeque Cook-Off is an official barbeque championship of the state of Tennessee and is coordinated by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. 

Date and Time:
    May 16, 2014 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Friday
    May 17, 2014 - 9:00 am to 10:00 pm - Saturday

Bluegrass Bands 2014 Schedule

Friday, May 16, 2014
   5:00 pm. - Bill Mize
   6:00 pm. - Jeanette Williams Band
   7:00 pm. - Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier
   8:00 pm. - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Saturday, May 17, 2014
   1:00 pm. - Willow Osborne
   2:00 pm. – Dale Ann Bradley
   3:00 pm. – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
   4:00 pm. – Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress
   5:00 pm. – Dale Ann Bradley
   6:00 pm. – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
   7:00 pm. – Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress
   8:00 pm. – The SteelDrivers

Kid's Zone
    Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass Kids’ Zone offers fun for kids of all ages. From Days Gone By, old fashioned games sponsored by Wilderness at the Smokie, to the discovery area complete with bounce houses and opportunities to discover musical instruments, the festival is really fun for the kids. Activities like Days Gone By, the Bluegrass Music Tent and the Bounce Houses are free of charge. There are nominal charges for access to some of the other activities available. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Dolly's Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge, TN

The Annual Dolly’s Homecoming Parade where Dolly Parton serves as the grand marshal will take place on May 2 and begin around 6pm
 The Dollywood parade traditionally features numerous floats, marching bands, entertainers from area shows, baton twirlers, horses, etc. 

The annual Dolly parade  draws more that 50,000 visitors to the parkway of Pigeon Forge, TN. 

It’s been an annual event for almost three decades now! 

The parade begins on river road at traffic light #7 and travel north on the Parkway ends at traffic light #3 at the Belz Factory Outlet Mall.
This event kicks Springfest into full swing!

In 1986, Dolly Parton joined the Hershend brothers in owning Silver Dollar City. She also shared her name with the theme park and from the opening day in 1986, it became known as the now famous Dollywood.

Now Tennessee’s most-visited tourist attraction, Dollywood ranks in the top fifty most attended theme parks in the world and has now doubled in size. Covering over 100 acres, with several new areas and many more attractions, this theme park draws over two million visitors per year to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee! 

This is one event you do not want to miss! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Festival and Old Timers Day - Townsend, TN

Spring Festival and Old Timers Day - Townsend, TN  
 May 2 & 3

 Townsend, TN, is our neighboring town and every spring the town holds its annual Townsend Spring Festival and Old Timer’s Day. And if you’re looking for a literal melting pot of bluegrass, clogging, arts, crafts, BBQ, storytelling, and woodcarving, then you’ve come to the right place. All come together in a cornucopia of events and festivities at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether it’s a wildflower walk on Chestnut Top Trail, a book signing, or gardening tips and plant sales by the Trillium Cove Home and Garden, Townsend’s Old Timer’s day has something for everyone. On top of those typical, every day festival goings-on, visitors can hear bluegrass music on the festival stage till way past sun down. Guests can even bring their own instruments to the pickin’ porch. 

  Arts and crafts are being made and sold throughout the day and BBQ pork and chicken, ice cream, deli sandwiches, hot dogs, kettle corn, and other good food are always being prepared…. Just be sure to stick around for the cake raffle and bake sale if you know what’s good for you. One of the more unique aspects of the festival might just be the early-Appalachian demonstrations given around the Townsend Days grounds. Things like mountain berry basket making, bee keeping, cornmeal making, and oak shingle-making are just some of the well-attended demonstrations in years past. 

  It’s a celebration of the traditional bluegrass and mountain music, crafts, and heritage of Townsend, East Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
 Hope you can come out and enjoy this wonderful Springtime Celebration!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gatlinburg Beans 'N Cornbread Blast 2014

Beans 'N Cornbread Blast 

May 8th, 2014

 New for 2014! Gatlinburg celebrates its Appalachian culinary past with the Gatlinburg Beans 'n Cornbread Blast! presented by Bush Brothers Beans.

  Downtown Gatlinburg will be transformed into a festive, fun-filled scene with games, foot-stompin' mountain bluegrass music and, of course, lots of Beans and Cornbread. Vendors will compete against each other with their special recipes and you get to help decide the winner! Compete to win in our first annual Corn Hole Tournament and at the same time help support our local Humane Society.  Food and fun for the entire family! Hope you can bring the family out and have fun with us!

Bush Brothers Beans will be featured throughout the event. A small fee will allow participants to sample all the different recipes while supplies last. It will be a "Rootin, Tootin, Good Time!"

The cost of the event is $15.00 per person
for more information visit

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest 2014

The Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest will be held on the plaza at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies on Saturday April 12th from 1pm - 6pm.  

Wineries for the event will be coming from all over Tennessee! Visitors age 21 and older will purchase a ticket to the festival for $20 and receive a wristband for sampling and a branded wine glass.  The wineries will provide wine samples of 1 ounce at a time to everyone with a wristband.

 During the Wine Fest, there will be talks associated with wine making, wine pairing and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Gatlinburg Hospitality Association Scholarship Fund and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

 Participating wineries:
Amber Falls Winery
Beans Creek Winery
Blue Slip Winery
Century Farms Winery
Del Monaco Winery
Grinder’s Switch Winery
Keg Springs Winery
Reedy Creek Vineyards & Cellars
Sumner Crest Winery
Sugarland Cellars
Tennessee Valley Winery

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales Returns For an Ninth Season from April- August, 2014 Gatlinburg

Back by overwhelming demand and expanded for 2014, Gatlinburg's ninth annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins in April and May in downtown Gatlinburg on Fridays and Saturday nights. On June 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy Tunes & Tales every night of the week through August 9. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event throughout downtown Gatlinburg featuring musical performers, cloggers, storytellers and artisans giving you a taste of Appalachian culture.

This popular event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.
  The collection of personalities and entertainers perform in the center of town from 5:00-10:00 pm during the spring weekends and 6:00-11:00 pm during the summer nightly season. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and fun!
 Single acts, Duos, Trios and 4 piece groups will provide music spring weekends and seven nights a week for the duration of the summer. The mountain style of music is featured from the beginnings of the pure Appalachian sounds to traditional bluegrass, folk, country and Gospel music.
They will also enjoy the talents of the Back Porch Cloggers demonstrating old time clogging to the more modern versions of this dance of our heritage and even teaching folks some fun moves and steps.  Learn woodworking, spinning and quilting from area artists.  Kids ‘R’ Special in Gatlinburg and Tunes & Tales has special shows for our children (of all ages)!  Participate in a ‘Jug Band’, where you can learn how to make music with household items, such as spoons, a washboard, saw or wash tub!
  Tunes and Tales performers teach the young and old alike their old time mountain ways!
Only in Gatlinburg is there free entertainment and fun all along the Parkway spring weekends and nightly all summer long!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The 64th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Gatlinburg

Tuesday, April 15, 12:00 AM to Saturday, April 19, 12:00 AM 

 The 64th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an annual five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park consisting of a variety of wildflower, fauna, and natural history walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. 

On-site registration will begin Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM in the Mills Conference Center, Gatlinburg TN. For more information, go to