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Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Festival

Easter marks the arrival of the annual arts and crafts festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community work hard all year to make unique country crafts reminiscent of life in this Smoky Mountain community. Some of the wares offered include hand woven baskets, quilts, dolls, and paintings. The event will be held April 4 through 7, 2012 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and best of all admission to this craft show is free.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

Visitors to the arts and crafts festival can enjoy this event even more by staying at Timber Tops cabins in Gatlinburg. These rentals are extremely luxurious and offer a private and breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Some of the amenities at these Gatlinburg cabins include both indoor and outdoor fireplaces, hot tubs, pool tables, fully-equipped kitchens, and flat-panel televisions. There are cabins for couples, families, and large group outings.
Staying at this Gatlinburg cabin rental will allow visitors to be very close to the Convention Center and other downtown attractions. Some of the nearby attractions include the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Gatlinburg aquarium, shopping and fine dining.
To make reservations, visitors should go to http://www.yourcabin.com/ to find out more about the cabins that are available. They can also call Timber Tops at 877-549-6775 24 hours a day or click the button titled “push2chat” for a live text messaging option.

Ober Gatlinburg Bear Exhibit

Visiting the Smoky Mountains always seems more enjoyable when staying in a rustic log cabin, located in the heart of these beautiful mountains. One of the most beautiful places to stay is probably Ober Gatlinburg, because of its picturesque location and numerous activities, including the bear exhibit. Staying at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals can give you the opportunity to experience it all while enjoying the luxury of a rustic log cabin.

Cabins in Pigeon Forge near Live Bear Habtiat

If you choose to stay in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins, you will be in the midst of the fun, and you can still check out the nearby live bear habitat. A trip to the Smoky Mountains is not complete without seeing black bears in their native environment. The bear exhibit in Ober Gatlinburg is a nice replica of the bears’ natural habitat and really adds to the mountain vacation experience. Along with the black bear encounter, you will also get to see other nocturnal animals native to the Smoky Mountains, including some very playful river otters.

While in Gatlinburg you will want to ride the aerial tramway, making sure to watch down below, because of the spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains. Also, you will get to see directly above the live bear habitat, giving a unique viewpoint of the black bears. When you stay at Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, you will be close to the Ober Gatlinburg Bear Exhibit. It is a great place to take the entire family, and can be a wonderful educational experience. Plus, the rates are very low, especially compared to other activities in the Gatlinburg area.

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So, when you bring your family to the Great Smoky Mountains, be sure to stay in a rustic log cabin and check out the live bear habitat. That way, you can have the complete Smoky Mountain experience. It will be a memorable and educational adventure for everyone.

Great Country Music in Pigeon Forge

Do you love Country Music? Will you be visiting the Pigeon Forge TN area soon?  If so, you should make time to go see Country Tonite, rated “The Best Show in the Smokies” by NACMAI, and the “Best Show in the Smokies” and “Best Live Country Show” by CMAA three years in a row!!  Country Tonite is a fast paced live show that includes singing, dancing, comedy, gospel and good old American patriotism!  This show is extremely unique, it includes youth performers as well so it is fun for the entire family!  It’s a feel good show that is so much more than just country music… Don’t hesitate take in a show at Country Tonite in your vacation to Pigeon Forge TN, you will love it!

Country Tonite is located on the parkway near traffic light #1 in Pigeon Forge.  It is a 1500 seat multi million dollar theatre with top of the line sound and lighting systems and two enormous video screens.  There are holiday shows in November and December every year as well.  This is their 15th year in production.  You can call and get tickets at 1-800-792-4308 or 865-453-2003. Ticket prices are $24.00 for adults, children are free under the age of 12 with a paid adult ticket, and teens (12-17 years old) are $15.00.  Discount Tickets Available Here

Every year they have a totally new show.  The show lasts about 2 hours and has an intermission of about 15 minutes midway through the show.  You can even meet the performers after the show in the lobby and get their autographs. Flash photography is allowed, but no video or audio recording.  There are also DVD’s available of the show that can be purchased.

 

Here is the 2011 lineup for performers in Country Tonite;

June 17, 2011 at 8:00pm        Ronnie Milsap                                     $35.00 a ticket

July 1,   2011 at 8:00pm          Loretta Morgan & Pam Tillis              $35.00 a ticket

July 22, 2011 at 8:00pm          George Jones                                       $44.50 a ticket

July 23, 2011 at 8:00pm          George Jones                                       $44.50 a ticket

August 19, 2011 at 8:00pm    Don Williams                                      $39.95 a ticket

Sept. 23, 2011 at 8:00pm        Gene Watson & Connie Smith           $35.00 a ticket

October 21, 2011 at 8:00pm   Ray Stevens                                        $44.50 a ticket

Nov. 11, 2011 at 8:00pm       The Nashville Legends Show             $35.00 a ticket

Featuring Jim Ed Brown,

Helen Cornelius, Jack Green

& Jeannie Seely

 

For more information, contact

Country Tonite

129 Showplace Boulevard
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 453-2003

1-800-792-4308

www.countrytonitepf.com

 

Pigeon Forge Entertainment

 

Did you know that the Smoky Mountains has a natural phenomenon that occurs only one other place in the world?

Did you know that the Smoky Mountains has a natural phenomenon that occurs only one other place in the world?  For a couple of weeks in early summer in mid June (4ththru the 12th), a rare species of fireflies come into the Smoky Mountains to do synchronized blinking.  This species has an internal sensor that lets them know when another firefly is lit.  The fireflies can be lit for up to 6 seconds, it creates a wave of blinking lights that is absolutely amazing to see.  The only other known location that this happens is in Southeast Asia.

Fireflies are beetles. They take from one to two years to mature from larvae, but will live as adults for only about 21 days. Their light patterns are part of the adulthood mating display. Each species of firefly has characteristic flash pattern that helps its male and female individuals recognize each other. Most species produce a greenish-yellow light; one species has a bluish light. The males fly and flash and the usually stationary females respond with a flash. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in mid-June.

The production of light by living organisms is called bioluminescence. Many species of insects and marine creatures are capable of it. Fireflies combine the chemical luciferin and oxygen with the enzyme luciferase in their lanterns (part of their abdomens) to make light. The chemical reaction is very efficient and produces little or no heat.

No one is sure why the fireflies flash synchronously. Competition between males may be one reason: they all want to be the first to flash. Or perhaps if the males all flash together they have a better chance of being noticed, and the females can make better comparisons. The fireflies do not always flash in unison. They may flash in waves across hillsides, and at other times will flash randomly. Synchronicity occurs in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.

How can you see them? There are Gatlinburg trolleys that go to Sugarlands VisitorCenter to pick up visitors every 20 minutes starting at 7:00pm. They run June 4th thru the 12th.  The fireflies usually start lighting up around 9:30pm.  It costs $1.00 per person to ride the trolley.  It takes you to the Little River Trailhead at Elkmont.  The last trolley back leaves at 11:00pm.  No private vehicles are allowed into the Little River Trailhead after 5:00pm, unless you are staying at the campground.

Here are the rules;

  • Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on, a flashlight that is covered in red or blue cellophane to minimize white lights, keep them pointed down and turn them off when you get to your destination.
  • Carry a backpack with any refreshments you may need.
  • The only amenities available are portapotty’s.
  •  No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • If you want to take pictures, don’t use a flash and set your aperture to f11 and take a long exposure on a tripod to get a nice glowing picture.
  • Park rangers and volunteers will be around for questions, guided walks and assistance.
  • Don’t forget the last trolley leaves at 11:00pm