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About the Valley

Welcome to the October 2007 issue. Fall is a great time to visit East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along with the towns adjacent to the park. The new season means that Smoky Mountain Winterfest is just around the corner.


You won't want to miss this favorite event of both area residents and visitors. The towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville become a winter wonderland with lights and fantastic displays and many special events. The event begins in November and runs through February 2008. Each town has its own kick-off event, all of which set the stage for the magnificent illumination of lights. Stay tuned for more Winterfest news in future issues of About the Valley.

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On November 7 at 5:00 p.m., Gatlinburg will kick off the annual Winterfest activities with its 18th Annual Winterfest Chili Cook-Off. Located in downtown Gatlinburg, over 20 chili vendors will serve up their favorite chili recipes. After you have sampled your favorites, you can cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Judges will also select winners for best taste, booth presentation, apron designs, and most unique chili name. Admission is $7 for a spoon and a voting ballot.


Winterfest in Pigeon Forge will kick-off on November 8 at 4:00 p.m. in Patriot Park. Come and enjoy music and entertainment and good clean fun for the whole family. For more information, call 865-429-7350.



On November 6, the city of Sevierville will present Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic at the Community Center. The festivities will include live music, dancing in the streets, hayrides with Santa, and hot cocoa by the mugful. For more information call, 1-888-738-4378.



Viewing the lights is easy and fun when you ride the trolley! You can tour Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge or enjoy both!

The City of Pigeon Forge Trolley Tours offers a temperature-controlled trolley with your host pointing out the highlights of the city. The Pigeon Forge Funtime Trolley Station is located at Patriot Park, just off the Parkway at traffic light #8. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 865-453-6444.

The Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights is a delightful 45-minute guided narrative tour of the city. The trolley departs from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Ripley's Aquarium, traffic light #5. The cost is $4 per person. For more information, call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 865-436-0535.



Laurel Glen cabin has an added feature. After adding a new widescreen LCD television last month, we increased the digital cable offerings by adding HBO.


1 medium potato

Dash of salt

1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

1 lb. box confectioner' sugar (more may be needed)

Peanut butter

Boil potato in its skin until done. Peel potato and mash until smooth, adding only salt and vanilla while mashing. Add confectioner's sugar until mixture is stiff enough to roll. On a surface sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, roll mixture until it's about 1/4 inch thick. You may have to divide the mixture in half to do this. Spread the surface with a thin layer of peanut butter. Roll up like a long jelly roll and chill for a few hours in refrigerator. Cut into slices.


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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 .

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