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About the Valley

Welcome to the July 2008 issue of About the Valley. This issue is about some great storytelling and musical events in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.



STRINGTIME IN THE SMOKIES

The 5th Annual Stringtime in the Smokies, a celebration of American music, is coming to Pigeon Forge August 8 and 9. The main event will be in a festival setting at Patriot Park each night from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Artists appearing at Stringtime in the Smokies include David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jack Lawrence, Boogertown Gap, Timberwinds, Hackensaw Boys, Shawn Camp, Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and the Lost Mill String Band. Other activities include Bluegrass at the Old Mill from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily and Jammin’ at the Old Mill from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. If you love music (especially Bluegrass) you won’t want to miss this event. ADMISSION IS FREE. For more information, call 865-429-7350 or visit www.mypigeonforge.com/stringtime.asp.

 

SMOKY MOUNTAIN TUNES AND TALES

The 3rd annual Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, which began in Gatlinburg in early June, will run through August 9. Each night at 5:00 p.m., a horse-drawn wagon carries a collection of personalities and performers down the Parkway to their designated locations for the evening. There is a magical transformation as the performers disperse along the Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling until 10:00 p.m. As many as 14 acts, including storytellers, musicians, and crafters, perform each evening. Visitors can enjoy The Back Porch Cloggers, meet Whittlin’ Joe as he demonstrates his craft and tells stories of living in the Smokies, and listen as Miss Nan the school marm shares her experiences and fun stories as a pioneer teacher. This is a great event you will not want to miss. ADMISSION IS FREE. For more information, contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at (800) 56-VISIT or visit www.gatlinburg.com.


NATIONAL STORYTELLING CONFERENCE CONCERTS

Storytelling will be highlighted in Gatlinburg, August 7 through 10, with performances by storytellers from all over the country.

On Friday, August 8, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the concert will feature Esther Culver, Meg Gilman, Linda Gorham, Elaine Muray, Priscilla Howe, LynnAnn Wojciechowicz, and Julie Pasqual. Yvonne Healy will serve as emcee. Tickets are $10.00.

On Saturday, August 9, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the conference showcases four of the most acclaimed storytellers in the nation, Diane Ferlatte, Doc McConnell, Motoko, and Connie Regan-Blake. Jim May will serve as emcee. Tickets are $15.00.

A $100 all-inclusive package is being offered that includes the two events above plus attendance at state showcases, fringe performances during the day and late in the evening, and story “swaps” where folks can sign up to tell their own stories.

Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=47 or http://www.storynet.org/Events/Conference

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MILLION DOLLAR POUND CAKE

This is a recipe my mother-in-law used to make and it is DELICIOUS!

1 pound butter (not margarine)

3 cups sugar

6 eggs, room temperature

4 cups plain flour

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

Bear sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time; mix well between each addition. Afternate adding flour and milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until light brown. Cool for 25 minutes before releasing from pan. (Works well in a 6-cup tube pan).



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.

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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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