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About the Valley

Welcome to the May 2008 issue of About the Valley. This issue is devoted to having fun in Townsend. Known as the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies,” Townsend is a great place for family fun.




SMOKY MOUNTAIN POTTERY FESTIVAL

Plan to attend the first ever Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Townsend Visitor Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882. This festival will showcase the culture and heritage of the local community, including the handcrafts practiced by the mountain people.

Events will include a juried pottery show, children’s activities, and pottery demonstrations in wheel throwing, hand building, and Raku firing. Hugh Bailey, a well-known potter from Knoxville, will be featured along with other talented artists.

For more information, visit http://www.smokymountains.org/pottery-festival.html or call the Townsend Visitor Center at 865-448-6134.

CHRISTY FEST 2008

The book by Catherine Marshall, “Christy,” published more than 40 years ago, is still being celebrated. “Christy” fans have enjoyed a CBS series based on the book along with several made-for-TV movies. This year will make the 11th year of the annual celebration of the story, ChristyFest 2008.

The event is scheduled for June 18-22. In addition to fans of the story getting together to celebrate, other activities include mountain crafts, herbal medicines, the history and lifestyle of early mountain settlements, and music that would have been popular during the time in which “Christy” was set. For more information on events, visit http://www.christyfest.org/.


GO TUBING IN TOWNSEND

Tubing is a very popular family outing in Townsend. Float on colorful sturdy river tubes and enjoy the mountain atmosphere.

A very popular tubing location is River Rat Tubing & Kayak located at 205 Wears Valley Road, Townsend, Tennessee, (865) 448-8888.

They are open 7 days a week from May through September from 10:00 a.m. until the last trip on the river at 5:00 p.m. There are several group rates ranging from $7.00 per person to $10.00 per person depending on the size of your group. Individual rate is $13.00 per person. These rates include tube rental, tax, unlimited shuttle service, and a life jacket.

The Family Float is the most popular. Tubers enter the river at the main outpost at 205 Wears Valley Road and float 1.5 miles downstream to the swinging bridge. Shuttle buses are waiting to transport tubers back to the outpost. This trip takes approximately 1-1/2 hours from start to finish. Ages 2 and up are welcome.

Visit http://thesmokiemountains.com/Tubing_Townsend.html to read more about tubing in Townsend and a list of other tubing locations.



FROZEN PEANUT BUTTER PIE

1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese

1 cup sifted confectioners sugar

1/3 cup plus 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup milk

1 (8 oz.) pkg. frozen whipped topping, thawed

2 graham cracker pie shells

Chocolate syrup

In a large bowl, whip cream cheese at low speed on mixer until soft and fluffy; beat in sugar and peanut butter at medium speed until fully mixed. Add milk slowly while still beating. Fold in whipped topping by hand. Pour mixture into pie shells. If desired, drizzle chocolate syrup on top. Freeze until firm.




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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