Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pigeon Forge Patriot Park Independence Day Celebration 2014

July 4, 2014

Independence Day Celebration

Country Music Group Lonestar to Perform in Pigeon Forge

Festivities will kick off at 1:00 p.m. on July 4. The Patriot Festival is FREE and open to the public. The Patriot Festival spans and afternoon and evening of great food, games, entertainment and a firework finale! Patriot Park is located on Old Mill Street at traffic light number 7 behind the historic Old Mill. Take advantage of the city parking lot on Teaster Lane with a trolley shuttle going to Patriot Park. At 1:00 in the afternoon, the Kids Carnival begins. Kids will love the free Kids’ Karnival zone with inflatables and games.


There’s also live musical entertainment, which starts early in the afternoon and lasts until 9:30 or 10 at night. This years lineup features the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar! 

Known for smash hits such as “No News”, “Amazed” and “Let’s Be Us Again”, Lonestar has a history of country music and pop chart success with nine number 1 singles and numerous others reaching the Top 10.
After the music it’s time for the evening’s finale - an extravagant fireworks display! 

Food vendors with ice cream, shaved ice, hot dogs, burgers and much more will be on hand and a portion of the proceeds go to local area charities. Patriot Festival event parking is free and a trolley shuttle service will run from the Municipal Parking Lot on Teaster Lane right into Patriot Park.

Hope you can come out and celebrate with us! 
It is an event you definitely want to attend!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Norton Show Gatlinburg Convention Center 2014

Cash-and-Carry when you need it most.
 June 7, 8 & 9 Also coming again in August & September

Celebrating 27 Years of Operation, Wholesale, Cash-and-Carry Markets, 4 Times Annually, 500 - 800 Booths, Beautiful, Convenient, Modern, State-of-the-art, Gatlinburg Convention  Center.

The Norton's Put Cash Back Into Cash-and-Carry!

Easily Accessible to Buyers and Exhibitors, Drive-In Loading and Unloading, 5 Truck Bays, 2 Day Set-Up, Low Booth Fees,  No Membership Dues, No Registration Fees, No Union, Relatively Low Crime and Traffic, Ample Discount    Motels, Hotels, Chalets, Rental Cabins, RV Parks, Delicious Restaurants, Country/Western Music Theaters, Golf Courses,  DollyWood, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Lodge and the most popular Aquarium in the United States.

 The Norton Show will draw attention of large number of exhibitors from all over the world. Some of the most frequent exhibitors will be producers, jewelers, and designers of various ornaments comprising rubies, sapphires, body jewelry, bracelets, rings, eardrops and necklaces; ladies, men's and children's apparel such as Shrugs, decorated jeans, swirling skirts, beaded blouses, leathers, hats, caps, shoes, swimsuits, lingerie, suits, dresses, evening gowns, formal wear and many more.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sue's Southern Praline Pecan Cake Recipe

 Sue's Southern Praline Pecan Cake

1 box (15oz) butter pecan cake mix
1 (16 oz) tub coconut pecan frosting
4 eggs
3/4 cups oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350*  Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish
Mix cake ingredients excepts pecans with mixer.
Yes the frosting goes in the cake mix, then stir in the pecans
Pour into the greased cake pan and bake at 350* for about 40 minutes.
Remove from oven.

While cake is cooling slightly pour sweetened condensed milk into a sauce pan and add
butter cook on medium heat until heated threw about 5 minutes, does not have to boil
just needs to warm then add pecans. Now pour over warm cake and let sit about 10 to15 minutes.  

Note: Cake can be eaten with or without the topping and is delicious either way! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on foot!  

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family? Why not go on a day hike in the Smokies? There are several short nature trails and family friendly trails in the park that are perfect for exploring with children or for those who need an easy hike.

 Abrams Falls This is a beautiful waterfall located off the Cades Cove Loop Road. The total hike length is 5 miles. 

Grotto Falls What's so neat about this waterfall is you can walk behind it. Grotto Falls is on Trillium Gap Trail, off Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It's near the Gatlinburg entrance and the hike is a total of 2.6 miles to the falls.

Clingmans Dome Even though it's steep, I rated this hike as easy because it's so short (a whopping 1 mile round-trip)and it's paved! You end up at an observation tower that gives 360ยบ views on clear days. 

Deep Creek Waterfalls Loop This 2.4-mile loop hike gives you the chance to see all 3 waterfalls in the Deep Creek area. It's an easy hike that also gives you the chance to enjoy hiking along Deep Creek. 

Oconoluftee River Trail This is a great family hike along the river on the Cherokee side of the Smokies. The kids will love having access to the water and it's a gravel trail, so don't worry about slippery rocks. You can jog this one too or bring your dog along! 

Kephart Prong What a pleasant river stroll! This wonderful family hike has wildflowers and a cascade. It's also only 2 miles one-way with a backcountry shelter at the end. 

 Metcalf Bottoms/Little Brier Gap There are lots of neat historical sites to see on these trails. You'll see a schoolhouse on Metcalf Bottoms and a cabin on Little Brier Gap. These easy hikes are great for bringing kids. These trails are between the Townsend entrance and Elkmont. The total hike length is 3.6 miles. 

 There are so many beautiful hiking trails that lead to water falls and along the way experience the gorgeous foliage and critters protected by our National Park. It is an experience you do not want to miss! Whether you are an experienced hiker or a beginner there is a trail to suit everyones needs!
For more information please visit the links below.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Dollywood's Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival 2014

May 24-June 8 

They’re both Southern traditions—the taste of perfectly smoked barbecue and the sound of traditional bluegrass music

This is a wonderful time to visit our area and go to Dollywood and enjoy 
the delicious food and fantastic entertainment!



The Time Jumpers 

May 24 - 25

Dugger Band
May 24 - 25
The Bankesters
May 24, 25, 26
Moore Brothers Band
May 24, 25, 26, 31
Breaking Grass 

May 24, 25, 26, 27
Matthew Weaver
May 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
June 1, 7, 8
Riders in the Sky 
May 26, 27
The Lackey Family May 26 - 27
The Boxcars May 27, 28, 29
The Willis Clan
May 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
June 1
Chilhowee Mountain Band May 27
June 2 - 3
Mountain Faith 
May 28 - 29
The Seldom Scene May 28 - 29
Ash Breeze 
May 28, 29, 30
Willow Osborne May 28, 29, 30
June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Gold Heart May 30 - 31
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper May 30 - 31
June 1
The Gibson Brothers 
May 30 - 31
June 1
Lonesome Meadow May 31
June 1
Jerry Butler & The Blu J's 
June 1 - 2
June 7 - 8
Brian Keith Wallen June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Della Mae June 2 - 3
Snyder Family Band 
June 2, 3, 4
Sierra Hull June 2, 3, 4
Vickie Vaughn Band June 3 - 4
The Tenos June 4 - 5
Balsam Range
June 4, 5, 6
The Grassabillies June 5 - 6
Paper Bird June 5 - 6
Flatt Lonesome June 5, 6, 7, 8
Most Wanted Bluegrass 
June 6, 7, 8
The Hot Club of Cowtown June 7 - 8
Mary Raybon June 7 - 8