Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TN

 Whether you are shopping for the right gift for the musician on your list, you want to hear great Bluegrass music, or you need to accessorize your stringed instruments, the right place to go is Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Collins, Altman, Bishline & Merdith are just a few of the brands at Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TN

For the holidays Dan and the boys at Smoky Mountain Guitars can set you up with great gifts from picks, straps, strings and T-shirts, to the finest hand-made guitars, banjos and mandolins in the world.

The Bluegrass Opry Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TNBut before we go through a list of goodies, you need to call now to book your tickets for the Grascals, one of the finest bluegrass groups in the country. They will do one show on December 7th at 7:30pm, on the Bluegrass Opry Stage at Smoky Mountain Guitars. Call 865-429-1156 to buy tickets. They will not be available online or anywhere else. CALL NOW!

Okay, back to the good stuff for the musician on your Christmas list. Let’s start with accessories because musicians always need to replace or upgrade something.
Buy strings for your guitar in Pigeon Forge, TNThe coolest new accessory is a Cooperstand, a folding guitar stand that fits into your guitar case up under the guitar neck.
Don't forget your pick Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TN
 Every player needs strings and longevity strings last longer than regular strings – which makes them a better buy than cheaper strings. Smoky Mountain Guitars sells D-Addario and Cleartone, which are both phosphor bronze-wound strings.
Then get a Fossil Mammoth Ivory pick or a V-pick. Ivory picks pull the truest quality tones from the stringed instrument, and they have the Smoky Mountain Guitars logo on it which also makes a great souvenir!
 Cool straps make a great gift especially when they are handmade and Smoky Mountain Guitars offers two fantastic choices. The Longhollow cowhide strap is handmade in Franklin, Tennessee (another great souvenir opportunity), and Lakota Straps are handmade on the Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The guitar straps are made from Buffalo skin, and the banjo straps are made from Elk skin.

Banjo's for sale Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TNNow let’s talk about guitars, banjos and mandolins. Smoky Mountain Guitars carries only the finest hand-made acoustic stringed instruments. They are the exclusive worldwide dealer for Altman Guitars and Altman Mandolins; they are the only Tennessee dealer for Boucher handmade guitars; and their custom Nechville Banjos are built to Smoky Mountain Guitars specs, which means they are traditional style mahogany or maple model banjos.
Mandolin's for sale - Smoky Mountain Guitars in Pigeon Forge, TN
Additionally Smoky Mountain Guitars carries high-end, handmade, industry leaders like Collings and Bourgeois Guitars, Grundy Banjos and Copperhead Mandolins, plus Vintage Martin and Gibson Guitars and many used instruments as well.

If you are not a musician or you want to improve your skills, Smoky Mountain Guitars carries a complete stock of instructional DVD’s from beginner to advanced. And, no matter what you buy, make sure you get a Smoky Mountain T-shirt that will make you a lot happier and improve your playing. (You do not have to be a musician to wear and enjoy the benefits of these T-shirts.)

Smoky Mountain Guitars is located at 2520 Sand Pike Boulevard in Pigeon Forge. Turn at Stoplight # 3 – which is Wears Valley Road – and go to the second street and take a right onto Sand Pike Boulevard. They are on the right. Contact them at 865-429-1156 or online at

Friday, November 15, 2013


The Tennessee Smokies is a great place to spend the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. All of the cities decorate for the season and light up the streets and stores with Christmas lights and animated displays. There are Trolley Tours, Hayrides, Parades and special events, but one of the most delightful and enjoyable things to do are going to the live Christmas programs produced by the theaters in Pigeon Forge. Country Tonite, Smoky Mountain Opry, Hatfield & McCoy, Comedy Barn, Lumberjack Feud, The Blackwoods, Terry Evanswood, America's Hit Parade and Soul of Motown all do Christmas shows.

Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry
 Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry features the area’s largest living nativity, plus Jolly Ol' Saint Nick, flying sugar plum fairies, soaring angels, dancing elves and enchanted reindeer.
You can start your day at the Blackwoods Morning Christmas Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry. The  Blackwoods will perform the holiday’s best and most inspiring hymns and gospel music.

The magic of Christmas abounds at Country Tonite with Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and toys that come alive with the magical song, “Where are you Christmas”.

The Grand Majestic Theater Christmas  Show
The Grand Majestic Theater presents two shows - The America's Hit Parade ~Tis the Season Show, with Christmas hits through the Decades - and The Soul of Motown show with some of Motown's greatest holiday songs.

The area also offers some very non-traditional Christmas programs that are must-see entertainment.

Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Pigeon Forge ShowJingle Bells, Shotgun Shells and plenty of food, fun, singing and dancing and holiday mayhem is offered at the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner & Show.

The Comedy Barn® offers Christmas music, Christmas costumes, and Christmas acts - all in their own special comedic way.
Lumberjack Feud Christmas Story
The Lumberjack Feud presents A Smoky Mountain Christmas Story with Elfer, Santa, high flying Timberdogs and those highly skilled Lumberjacks competing to provide the Christmas tree for the North Pole. 
Terry Evanswood makes the magic of Christmas even more magical with comedy, music and grand scale illusions.

Whichever live shows you choose to see, you will enjoy yourself. If you can, take your family to several of these musical, funny and heartwarming live shows featuring talented singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and musicians, and leave with holiday memories that will remind you of the holiday fun that you had in Pigeon Forge.

For more information on these shows and other things to do in the Tennessee Smokies go to

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


The county-wide Winterfest celebration of the joy, the fun and the splendor of winter in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee has begun. The three cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville throw the switches that kick-off the season on November 12 and 13. Lighting ceremonies with celebrities like Rocky Bleier and Santa Claus help to start the fun that includes Parades, Chili Cook-offs and fireworks. The Christmas lights and displays make our Smoky Mountains shine even brighter as millions of holiday lights shine, dazzle, flicker, delight and brighten up the streets, stores, restaurants theaters and attractions of the entire area. Winterfest continues through the last week in February.

This is the 24th Annual Winterfest Kick-off for the City of Pigeon Forge, which will begin with the Annual Salute to Veterans Parade, followed by the key note speaker Rocky Bleier, former Pittsburgh Steeler and Vietnam Veteran. Pigeon Forge hosts the Trolley Tour of Lights through the end of January; the 14th Annual Saddle Up! event February 19-23, 2014; and the 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week, held from January 25 through February 1 2014. This year the event will be held in the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. And Dollywood boasts displays with over 5 million lights in displays around the park.

Gatlinburg is also packed with Winterfest events. Their Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights runs through January, the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show runs November 26 through December 1, 2013, and the characters from Winter Magic Tunes & Tales entertain from November 29 through December 21, 2013. Other events include the Nutcracker "Sweet", the Festival of Trees, the Fantasy of Lights Parade, Christmas on Ice at Ober Gatlinburg, and the New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show.

There is plenty to see and do in Sevierville whose lights are 100% LED and you can purchase a pair of 3D glasses at the Welcome Center to turn every point of light into a snowflake! You can enjoy Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium where thousands of light dance to music in a drive-through experience; you can watch Sevierville's 50th Annual Christmas Parade where Santa is the Grand Marshall, and you can run or walk in the Santa Hustle Half-Marathon and 5K Run at Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel & Waterpark Resort.

Winterfest gives visitors over 15 million reason to come to the Smokies in the winter. In addition to Winterfest lights you can snuggle-up in front of a fireplace in a mountainside cabin; see first-class live entertainment in the area theaters - many of which do special Christmas shows; do your holiday shopping at the outlet malls and unique shops and arts and crafts areas; enjoy great food and have fun in the dozens of attractions and museums; play outdoors on the ziplines, stables and rides, or spend time at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For more details visit the Local Events tab on the left side of Best Read Guide home page: .

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains were ablaze with the beautiful colors of all on the first weekend of November, 2013. Mother Nature painted her leaves with Crayola Crayon colors like cherry and burgundy reds, school bus yellows, pumpkin-colored oranges, rain forest greens and even rich, cordovan-colored browns.

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains
The Foothills Parkway between Highway 32 and Interstate 40 just outside of Cosby, Tennessee, was a perfect place to view the colors on Saturday. The day dawned bright and the temperature was cool and crisp, ideal for a long-sleeved shirt or light jacket. There are several pull-overs which not only offer great places to stop and admire and photograph the trees and leaves, but also to view the Smoky Mountains that surround peaceful looking valleys.

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains
Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

A solitary white house in the valley was barely visible as it was surrounded by a swirling mix of colors as if a giant artist had mixed together all of the colors on his palette and drawn his brush back and forth across the tops of the trees.

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains
But enough for the words. Enjoy the pictures and if you want more information on places to go and things to do in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains go to the Best Read Guide website:

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

Beautiful Autumn Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains