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About the Valley

Welcome to the December 2008 issue of About the Valley. We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. We are looking forward to a great 2009! We are all concerned with the current economic challenges facing our country; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding towns offer great economical family entertainment.



WILDERNESS WILDLIFE WEEK

The 19th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled for January 10-17, 2009 in Pigeon Forge. With a series of outdoor themed activities, this celebration is designed to connect visitors with the outdoor world of the Great Smoky Mountains. During the week, nearly 100 experts on nature and the great outdoors will be hosting walks, hikes, seminars, and lectures on a variety of topics, including the history of the Smoky Mountains and local plant and animal life. Many of the programs are designed for children. Wilderness Wildlife Week offers activities for all ages free of charge. Music Road Hotel & Convention Center serves as the headquarters for the event. For a brochure, call 1-800-WINTERFEST of the Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events at (865) 429-7350.

 

APPALACHIAFEST

The 3rd Annual AppalachiaFest is scheduled for January 13, 2009, at the Country Tonite Theatre. Enjoy performances of traditional mountain music by Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, and Boogertown Gap.

Tickets are available by calling 1-800-792-4308. The Lobby preshow begins at 7:00 p.m. and the concert is at 7:30 p.m.


MOUNTAIN FARM MUSEUM AT OCONALUFTEE

The Mountain Farm Museum located at Oconaluftee is an interesting and unique collection of historic log buildings gathered from throughout the Smoky Mountains and preserved on a single site. You and your family can explore a log farmhouse, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and a smokehouse. Most the structures were built in the late 19th century and moved here in the 1950s.

Oconaluftee is located 30 miles from Gatlinburg and 50 miles from Townsend. A Visitors Center is also available. Rangers are available to answer questions about the park and there is a bookstore with a large selection of maps, guides, and other products.

To learn more about Oconaluftee and the museum, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/mfm.htm. A virtual tour of the museum is available on the website.

 

PUMPKIN CRUNCH

1 box yellow cake mix

1 can (16-oz) solid pack pumpkin

1 can (12-oz) evaporated milk

3 eggs

1 ½ cups sugar

1 teaspoon each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup melted butter

Whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, spices, and salt in a large bowl. Pour mixture into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely. Serve with whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers (if there are any).

IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS, PLEASE CONSIDER STAYING AT PINE CONE LODGE. THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF A CHESTNUT RIDGE CABIN MAKE YOUR VACATION MORE FUN! CHECK AVAILABILITY AND RESERVE YOUR DATES EARLY -- MANY RESERVATIONS ARE MADE WEEKS AHEAD

If you are interested in owning a vacation home or rental home in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, we are offering Pine Cone Lodge for sale. For purchase information, contact Timbercreek Realty & Cabin Rentals, 3121 Wears Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862, 1-800-837-7022, or visit www.timbercreekcabins.com. For a brochure describing Pine Cone Lodge, e-mail us at chestnut_ridge_cabins@comcast.net for more information.

Thanks for subscribing to About the Valley. We look forward to bringing you more news next month. As always, if you have any questions or comments or want to share your favorite place to visit in the Smoky Mountains, e-mail us at chestnut_ridge_cabins@comcast.net.



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