About the Valley
Welcome to the March 2007 issue. We are enjoying beautiful weather here in the East Tennessee Valley. This is a wonderful time to visit the mountains and enjoy the many events.
The 22nd Annual Dolly Parade is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2007. You will see Dolly Parton as the Grand Marshal plus festive floats, marching bands, and local celebrities along the streets of Pigeon Forge. The parade will begin on River Road near traffic light #7 and will travel north along the Parkway to the Belz Factory Outlet World at traffic light #3. It will start at 6:00 p.m. Come to the parade and get a taste of the entertainment that can be found in Pigeon Forge all year.
Also plan to attend the 2007 Grand Opening Day for Dollywood theme park on Saturday, April 14. For more information, visit www.dollywood.com.
The following events will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center:
April 7 Herb and Wildflower Program.
April 27-May 5 15th Annual Spring Festival & Old Timers Day.
Plan to visit downtown Sevierville for the first annual Bloomin’ Barbecue & Bluegrass event on May 18 and 19. This will be a family-friendly event with something to keep everyone entertained. There will be good food, good entertainment, and lots of family fun. If you love bluegrass music, there are going to be some great bands perform, such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Moon Rising, and many more great performers. For more information, visit www.bloominbbq.com.
The nearby city of Knoxville is also having some great events. Enjoy the annual Dogwood Arts Festival from April 9-29. There will be special events, including art shows, crafts fairs, delicious food, and live music. The Dogwood Trails open on April 11 with more than 60 miles of beautiful landscaping and dogwood trees to view. For more information, visit www.dogwoodarts.com.
If you will be visiting the area during the week, you might want to visit Sundown in the City, a 12-week concert series on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. This began in 1997 as a single music concert and has grown over the years to a weekly event. This year the series will begin on Thursday evening, April 12, and run for 12 weeks through June 28. The concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. For a list of performers and other information, visit www.sundowninthecity.com.
I Know it Seems a Little Early, but
It is never too early to talk about Volunteer football here in East Tennessee. I am including the dates of the home games for the upcoming season (times have not been set):
September 8 vs. Southern Mississippi
September 22 vs. Arkansas State
October 6 vs. Georgia
October 27 vs. South Carolina
November 3 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
November 10 vs. Arkansas
November 17 vs. Vanderbilt
Plan a mountain vacation and include a University of Tennessee game. For more information on times and tickets, visit http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/tenn-m-footbl-sched.html.
A GREAT DESSERT RECIPE
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 stick margarine
1 can fruit pie filling (any flavor)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt margarine and mix with flour, sugar, and milk. Pour mixture into baking dish and spread evenly. Spoon pie filling over top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is brown and almost crisp.
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