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About the Valley

Welcome to the July/August 2009 issue of About the Valley. This issue talks about the Pigeon Forge HarvestFest celebration and the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.



PIGEON FORGE HARVEST FESTIVAL EVENTS

With fall just around the corner, Pigeon Forge is preparing for the 13th Annual Harvest Festival. The dates are September 18-31, 2009. For more information, call 865-453-8574.

September 4-27--Dollywood's Barbeque and Bluegrass. 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

September 18-20--Fall Grand Rod Run at the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center. 1-800-251-4444.

October 2-31--October ???--Depending on the weather in the area, leaves will begin to change sometime in October. For more information, call the Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-697-4200 for updated color information.

 

DUMPLIN VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Mark you calendars now for September 18-20 and the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Camping hook-ups are available. Call 1-888-377-9888 or 865-397-7942 for tickets and other information. Visit the festival web site at http://www.dumplinvalleybluegrass.com.

Here is a list of the bands that will be performing this year:

  • Cody Shular & Pine Mountain Railroad
  • Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
  • Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier
  • Larry Stephenon Band
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • Next Best Thing
  • Bluegrass Brothers
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Shadow Ridge
  • Big Country Bluegrass
  • Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
  • Lonesome River Band
  • Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers

 


OREO BALLS

1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 package white almond bark

1 package chocolate almond bark

Using a blender or hand mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together. Roll into walnut size balls. Chill for 1 hour.

Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark. Allow to harden on wax paper (about 15 minutes).

Melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark. When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark.

Makes about 25 walnut size candies.



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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