Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Townsend Tennessee calls itself "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies", because they are on the other side of the Great Smoky Mountains from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. But during the summertime there are a lot of activities for people to do in the area.

The Little River runs through Townsend and there are several tubing companies that provide long, scenic rides on high quality inner tubes. River Rage Tubing, Cowboy Tubin and River Rage all provide pick-up and delivery services to and from the river, restroom and changing rooms and life jackets. Some have gift shops and picnic and recreation areas, and restaurants are nearby to all. Cruisin' down the river on a hot summer day is a great way to relax, enjoy the views and let your cares float by.

Horseback riding is available with several stables in Townsend. Davy Crockett Riding Stables has the most trails available in the area and several longer-than-usual trail rides. Cades Cove Stables offers guided waterfall tours to the 110 foot Fall Branch Falls waterfall, and hayrides and carriage rides.

Townsend in also the home to Tuckaleechee Caverns, "the greatest site under the Smokies!" Going underground with a guided tour takes you back 25 million years and allows you and your group to cool-off in the approximately 50 degree temperature that the cave provides.

If you are looking for more adventure, visit Next To Heaven Ziplines, the "fastest and most scenic zipline in the Smokies!" They offer a 9 line canopy tour with guides and instruction.

When you have worked up an appetite you can visit any one of several good restaurants. Miss Lilly's Café offers "Southern Cuisine for the Discriminating Taste!" Little River BBQ has ribs, pork, beef and chicken served on a screened-in porch right on the river. And Elvira's Café serves-up fresh food made from quality ingredients for breakfast or lunch.

Townsend Tennessee is located close to Cades Cove, one of the most visited areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is a short drive from Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


The Big Rock Show Theater rolled into Pigeon Forge, TN and played two great show over the Fourth of July weekend. The Big Rock Show Theater is a concert style tribute to Classic Rock and 80's Arena Rock and they perform at the new Bob Nelson Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Derek Welsh, the group's leader and lead singer, moved to the Tennessee Smokies several years ago and felt the area was prime for a rock-n-roll show, especially a late night show, to add to the great arsenal of entertainment already in Pigeon Forge. Feedback from the first weekend was really good and people were fired-up to have a rock-n-roll show as an entertainment option.

Derek's group has played together for years and has played all over the country from small corporate meetings to 30,000 seat, college town arena's. Derek is very happy with the seating and acoustics of the 700-seat Bob Nelson Theater which recently underwent a complete interior overhaul. "It is very much like a concert experience but with an intimate feeling", said Derek. "Every seat feels like a front row seat. The moving lights, LED's and smoke add to the experience but the focus is on the band and the music. It is what you would expect from a live '80's concert."

The Big Rock Show Theater shows are planned for every Friday and Saturday night beginning at 11:00pm throughout the summer. For future schedules call the Bob Nelson Theater in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, at 865-622-9731.

Monday, July 8, 2013


 There is a lot to see and do in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, but traffic can be heavy at times and this could discourage people from coming to the Smokies or enjoying all that the area offers. But there is a convenient and inexpensive solution to getting around in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, and that is the area's Trolley System, The Fun Time Trolley Service. 

The Fun Time Trolley Service in Pigeon Forge started in 1986 and now serves the entire Parkway from the Sevierville Convention Center and Wilderness Hotel in Sevierville, through Pigeon Forge, and all the way to Stoplight #10 in Gatlinburg. There are convenient, covered Trolley Stops all along the Parkway, over 100 stops and seven major routes to serve the visitors and locals alike. Each route costs either fifty or seventy-five cents to ride, or you can get a All Day Pass for $2.50. You can save gas, eliminate the hassle of driving and finding a parking space, and see the sights when you ride the Trolley.

 The Trolley runs daily from 8:00am to Midnight from early March through October, and 10:00am to 10:00pm November and December. There is no service on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The Trolleys are lift-equipped for wheelchairs and/or other mobility aids, and a Para-transit van can be scheduled by making a reservation through the Trolley office at 865-453-6444. This is an origin to destination service for the mobility impaired resident or visitor staying anywhere within the city limits of Pigeon Forge or anywhere within 3/4 of a mile of any Fun Time Trolley route. The fare is $1.00 per person each way.

The slogan of the Trolley Service is "Park your cares and ride with the Bears!", so take their advice and enjoy the sights of the Smoky Mountains, Smoky Mountain Shopping and Smoky Mountain Attractions while the Trolley drivers do the driving. For more information on the Trolley Service call 865-453-6444.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


From the very first song - "Six Days On The Road And I'm Gonna Make It Home Tonight" - to the encore song - "Some Girls Do" - Sawyer Brown rocked the Country Tonite Theater. Lead singer Mark Miller said their plan was to play 33 years of music and they played their Star Search songs and songs from their latest album, their 23rd!

Lead guitarist Bobby Randall took over the mike and cranked-out a good rendition of the Steve Miller Band's "Keep On Rockin' Me Baby", then keyboardist Gregg Hubbard took the mike from Miller's mike stand and went nuts with his version of the Joe Walsh song "Life's Been Good To Me".

The evening included "The Boys and Me", "All These Years", and a song off their new album, "Travelin' Band". Miller paid tribute to his wife of 23 years with a song he wrote for her, "Smokin' Hot Wife".

The crowd was on their feet in appreciation for a great show even though most of the crowd was seeing Sawyer Brown live for the first time. Miller commented, "you 'all need to get out more". Bobby Bare and Connie Smith are up next on Friday, July 26the at the Country Tonite Celebrity Series in Pigeon Forge, TN in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Sawyer Brown at the Country Tonite Theater

Sawyer Brown Live at the Country Tonite Theater

Friday, July 5, 2013


Sawyer Brown is the headliner for the July 5th Celebrity Series Concert at the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN. Sawyer Brown is an American country music band founded in 1981 in Apopka, Florida, by five members of country pop singer Don King's Don King's road band: Bobby Randall and Jim Scholten, both from Midland, Michigan, Joe Smyth, Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, and Mark Miller. After King retired in 1981, the five members decided to form a band, first choosing the name Savanna before switching to Sawyer Brown, also the name of a road near where they practiced.

Their live shows - over 4,000 (and counting!) - are legendary for the excitement, energy and emotion they generate. Herein lies the secret of the band's youthful longevity. Some of Sawyer Brown's hits include "Step That Step", "Betty's Bein' Bad", "Some Girls Do", "Thank God for You", and "The Dirt Road". Country Tonite is a wonderful venue for live concerts with great acoustics, seating, lighting and sound.

Sawyer Brown headlines on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the Country Tonite Celebrity Series, Pigeon Forge, TN, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.