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About the Valley

Welcome to the February 2007 issue. We are looking forward to Spring here in the East Tennessee Valley. Spring brings new and exciting events to the area.


Pigeon Forge

Springfest 2007 begins the second week of March and continues through the first two weeks of June. This event has many fun things to see and do that you will want to include in your vacation plans. Check out more information at www.pigeonforgespringfest.com.

A Mountain Quiltfest

Pigeon Forge hosts the 13th Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest” March 14-18, 2007. This event welcomes over 20,000 visitors from around the country each spring. It offers the unique opportunity to see creative quilts made by highly talented quilters and to attend classes and lectures taught by some of the nation’s most recognizable names. A Mountain Quiltfest 2007 plans 70+ instructional sessions with 8 master instructors. Enjoy viewing the 300 quilts that will be on display. For questions or concerns, please call the Pigeon Forge Special Events Office at 865-429-7350.

CAR SHOWS

Car shows are a favorite in Pigeon Forge. Beginning in April and continuing through September, Pigeon Forge will host several hot rod and classic auto “rod runs.” Here is list of 2007 car show events (dates and shows are subject to change without notice):

Spring Grand Rod Run--April 19-21, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

Tennessee Gold Wing Rally—April 21-??, 2007. 1-423-538-8827

Gold Wing Riders Association—April 26-29, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

1955, 1956, 1957 Chevy Classics Show—May 18-20, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

Smoky Mountain Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge—June 1-2, 2007. 1-865-982-0008

18th Annual Southern Nationals Association Nationals and Open Car Show—July 13-15, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

Shades of the Past Rod Run XXV—September 7-8, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

Grand Fall Rod Run—September 13-15, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

18th Annual Mustang and All Ford Show—September 29-30, 2007. 1-800-251-9100

When you stay at Laurel Glen cabin or Pine Cone Lodge, you will be convenient to Pigeon Forge and these car shows. Both cabins have ample parking facilities to accommodate your cars, trailers, and motorcycles.
In addition, there is a car show coming to Chilhowee Park in Knoxville (just about an hour drive):

Ford F100 Super Nationals—May 17-19, 2007. www.f100supernationals.com

COMING SOON

Zorb is coming to the USA and the first location will be Zorb Smoky Mountains, located at 203 Sugar Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge. This adventure sport originated in New Zealand. For more information and pictures, check out the website www.zorb.com/smoky/index.html.

There is also a new ride coming to Dollywood this year. It is called the Mystery Mine and it is scheduled to open on Friday, April 13. To follow the progress and read a full description of the ride, check out this website: http://www.dollywood.com/ride-q19-Mystery_Mine.aspx

Townsend

The following events will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center:
March 3 – Hand Sewn Pillow Making Class
March 6 – Corn Shuck Doll Making Class
March 17 – Rug Hooking Class
March 20 – Rug Hooking Class

For more information, call 865-448-6134.

A GREAT DESSERT RECIPE

Easy Banana Pudding

2 packages instant banana pudding
3 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1 medium carton Cool Whip
Bananas
Vanilla wafers

Mix the instant pudding and milk until stiff. Add the sour cream and Cool Whip. Layer vanilla wafers and bananas with the pudding. You can also use an additional carton of Cool Whip to “ice” the top of the pudding.

COMING NEXT MONTH: News about University of Tennessee football, the Knoxville Dogwood Arts Festival, the Sevierville Bloomin’ Barbecue & Bluegrass, and much more….

IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS, PLEASE CONSIDER STAYING AT ONE OF OUR CABINS. 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.

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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