About the Valley
Welcome to the May 2007 issue. This issue includes some great events for July 4 in Gatlinburg and the story of an East Tennessee museum that has just received a big award. Also, a new service has been added at Pine Cone Lodge.
Beginning June 8 and continuing through September 3, you can enjoy the second annual Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales in downtown Gatlinburg. There will be numerous entertainment mini-performances to enjoy each evening as you stroll along the Parkway. Fourteen nightly acts will perform each evening in simultaneous 10-minute performances. The entertainment features musical performers, storytellers, and artisans portraying various time periods from the 1800s to today. At 6:00 p.m. each evening a horse-drawn wagon will carry the performers down the Parkway to the designated locations for the evening.
For the 32nd consecutive year, Gatlinburg will begin the July 4 celebrations with the nation’s first parade, the Midnight Independence Day Parade presented by Red Baron Pizza. The all-star parade begins at midnight on July 3 with pre-parade entertainers followed by the one of the most patriotic and colorful parades ever produced in Gatlinburg. Come and enjoy the balloons, floats, and all the fun!
You won’t want to miss the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale scheduled to begin shortly after sunset on July 4. The 20-minute production will brighten the Gatlinburg skyline with brilliant colors and spectacular rocket bursts 500 feet overhead. The best place to watch this show will be the Gatlinburg downtown Parkway between traffic lights #3 and #7. You can enjoy all the Gatlinburg attractions prior to the event with no worry of finding a good viewing spot when the fireworks begin!
Gatlinburg will also host the popular River Raft Regatta on July 4. Admission to all these highlighted activities is free. For more information on these Independence Day events and more, visit www.eventsgatlinburg.com.
Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia, located in Norris, Tennessee, is an extensive village and farm complex with more than 35 historic log structures, several exhibition buildings, and over 250,000 artifacts that provide an authentic representation of early life in Appalachia. This colorful museum was just named an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
One of the special events held annually at the Museum is the July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot. Celebrate July 4 like the early Pioneers.
The museum also features a small restaurant on the grounds where you can enjoy old-fashioned country cooking. A gift shop features regional crafts, such as baskets and pottery. This attraction is only about a 1-1/2 hour drive from Wears Valley and you will feel like you have traveled back in time. For more information, visit www.museumofappalachia.com.
PINE CONE LODGE
We are pleased to announce the addition of free wireless high-speed internet service to Pine Cone Lodge. When you visit us, please remember to bring your laptop computer and stay connected. We have had wireless internet service for a couple of years at Laurel Glen and it is very popular with the guests.
A GREAT PUNCH RECIPE
Here is a great recipe for a cool refreshing punch:
1 tall can of pineapple juice
1 quart sherbet (pineapple or orange)
1 half-gallon vanilla ice cream
1 liter container chilled ginger ale
Mix pineapple juice, sherbet, and ice cream and stir until almost smooth. Add ginger ale. This is a very popular punch.
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