Tuesday, October 28, 2014


The Grand Majestic Theater on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, offers musical and magical entertainment for all ages and types of music lovers, plus great food too!

Jackie and Doug Miranda are the proud hosts of this diverse venue located near the Great Smoky Mountains. You can see Jackie as a lead dancer in "America's Hit parade" a musical tribute to the '50,'s, '60's, '70's and '80's. The costumes are great, the dancing superb and the music is fun and memorable.

If it's Motown you dig the catch "The Soul of Motown" show with a male and female cast that does justice to the greatest hits from Motown, and they do it in style and with graceful choreography.

Hits from the Temptations, Smoky Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Area favorites C.B. and Jill Linn Smith headline "The Smith Family Show" with country, oldies, gospel music, comedy,  and impersonations.
Is that C.B. or Kermit The Frog?

"Hazzard County Hoedown" features country fun, frolickin' and music with Bo, Luke and Daisy singin', funnin', dancin' and a-runnin' from the Boss and Roscoe!

And for a magical time go to "Magic Spectacular" with the award-wining husband and wife team of Steve and Cassandra Best doing illusions, magic and a World Record Quick Change Act. And all of these show can come with a Southern Feast that varies night to night with each night topped off with an unforgettable Strawberry shortcake. A big Yeee-Hawww to that!!!

You can win two tickets to any of these show at the Grand Majestic Theater during the week of October 28 through Monday, November 3rd by going to the Best Read Guide Facebook page and Liking the Grand Majestic picture. Go to https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains. Share and comment on it if you like, but stay tuned to the site where we will announce the winners.

Find out more things to do near Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge on the Best Read Guide website at www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ .

Friday, October 24, 2014


What do you get when you mix comedians, dogs. jugglers, country music, a Willie Nelson ventriloquist and a mind-reading pig? Well The Comedy Barn of course!

The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is one of the area's longest running and definitely funniest live shows in the Smokies. The show features clean comedians, musicians and barn yard animals - that combination has to make you smile but when you see it in person, you will howl - not necessarily like a barnyard animal but just maybe.


You could be part of the show because the comedian like nothing better than getting a good natured visitor on stage to good-natured torment, tickle and amuse the audience and the visitor with their routines, jokes and ad-libs.

They are open every day during the holidays - except for Christmas Eve - and they do add some special Christmasy silliness during November and December. They are also open most weekends during January, February and March  so you can enjoy them if you are here for Winterfest, Wilderness Wildlife Week,
                                                                              Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day or Spring Break.

You can even get a real deal to get into the show if you buy a combo ticket with the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, and you can win two tickets to the Comedy Barn - good for up to a year - by entering the Best Read Guide Facebook contest between October 21 to 27, 2014. Just go to www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and Like the Comedy Barn "Win Two Tickets" picture and you are entered. The folks at Comedy Barn would get a big kick out it if you would comment and share their picture also, but it is not required.

When you come to the Tennessee Smokies there are lots of things to see, places to see, activities to participate in and a huge selection of restaurants for you to choose from. For coupons and more information go to http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ and they will be your 'guide'.

Yuck it up at the Comedy Barn, try to win those tickets, and come visit us in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


If you think family holiday dinners are crazy with your family then you need to join the Hatfield and McCoy families for their "Christmas Disaster Dinner & Show". This group puts the "Fun" in dysFUNctional with their feudin, featin', family fun and holiday-spirit. Yeah, it all sounds innocent enough until you get either of the two families in the same room together and try to agree about decorations. music, dancing or food.

Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Theater

Speaking of food, Granny's Christmas Feast is a no-brainer when it comes to making eating fun. You get buckets of Fried Chick'n, Open Pit Barbecue, southern style creamy soup, smashed taters, corn on the cob, Ma's hot homemade bread, Daisy's Blue Ribbon Coleslaw and Granny's famous chocolate pudding with fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top for dessert. And it all gets washed down with endless glasses of Coca-Cola products or tea- Yum! Yum!

Comedy and music near Gatlinburg, TennesseeStunts, dancing, clogging and singing
Now let's talk about the entertainment. Imagine the country cuzins all decked out in their holiday-best  -  clean overalls, red long johns, elf caps, stovepipe hats - like Frosty's - candy canes and tinsel. That's right, some of the cuzins think of food and tree decorations as holiday fashion statements, and is that an orange jumpsuit?. 

Country music, bass, banjo and fiddle playing, Then you've got wonderful Christmas music performed by talented singers and musicians, but with a mountain twist. And, you guessed it, both families can't always agree on how a Christmas song should be sung or even played. Throw the stunts and dancing into the mix and you get the "Christmas Disaster". What you really get is an evening of great food, pure fun, great music and fiddlin' around, outrageous dancing, and a new twist to the most magical time of year.

Santa Claus visits Pigeon Forge for Christmas

 There's nothing like havin' family over for the holidays but after the show you can leave this crazy group of performers behind but you will take lots of laughs, a full belly and a headful of great memories from the "Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster".

You'all come ya hear!

If you want to win two ticket to the "Hatfield & McCoy" - good for up to a year - just go to the Best Read Guide Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains between October 14th and the 20th and Like the Hatfield & McCoy contest post.

While you are in the Smokies take advantage of all of the other things to see, eat and do. Find out about attractions, restaurants, shopping, lodging and other live shows go to the Best Read Guide website at http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/ where you will find loads of information, coupons and an area map. Enjoy your visit to the Smokies!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


The Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, next to the Great Smoky Mountains, is home to five great live shows with a whole bunch of familiar names and faces. The Smith Family Theater is one of them.

C.B.S,otj an Jill Linn SmithSMith Family Theater Pigeon Forge, TNThe Smith Family Show has been entertaining Smoky Mountain visitors for years and C.B. and Jill Linn Smith headline a show that is full of good music, fun, great food and a frog? Yes, Kermit the Frog, aka C.B. Smith, makes an appearance and is one of many impersonations that C.B. - The Man of a 1000 voices" -  does to entertain and delight the Smith Family audience.

I mentioned food because every show offers the option of a Southern Classic Buffet consisting of Meatloaf, Chicken & Dumplings, Pulled Pork Barbecue, Fried Chicken tenders, a table-full of sides, endless coffee, tea or Coke products, and a delicious Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.

Southern Classic Buffet

On different evenings you can whoop and holler to the another show called the "Hazzard County Hoedown", where you are entertained by Bo, Luke, Daisy, every one's favorite Sheriff, and the entire Hazzard County gang. There's foot stompin' music and down home family fun for all!

Live Hoedown near Gatlinburg, TN

You can win two tickets to the Smith Family Theater during the week of October 7 through the 13th by going to https://www.facebook.com/BRGSmokyMountains and Liking, Commenting and Sharing the  Smith Family Theater Facebook picture.

While you are in the Smokies take advantage of the many attractions, restaurants, shopping, outdoor activities and other live theaters by going to http://www.smokymountainscoupons.com/ for coupons and information for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend and Cherokee, NC. Enjoy your stay and give a big "Yee-Haw!" to the Smith Family and the Dukes when you see them.

Friday, October 3, 2014


Fall Festivals in the Smokies
Harvest Fest Business Display in the Smokies
Fall is a great time to visit the Tennessee Smokies and the accommodating cities of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Kodak, Townsend and Cherokee. There are festivals, hay rides, craft shows, plenty of Fall decorations and all of the great food, live shows, attractions and shopping that is offered all year - except with fewer people.

Flapjacks, Old Mill and other fall foodsFlapjacks Pancake Cabins in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have added Stuffed Pumpkin French Toast to their menu through the end of the year. This tasty treat and many other fall items are added to restaurants all over the area. Pumpkin and Pecan Pies at the Old Mill and Pottery House Cafe are not to be missed.

The cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg put on the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival throughout the month and they sponsor business decoration contests, hayrides, chili cook-offs and concerts. And here are just some of the area festivals happening during October:
Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville celebrate the fall

  •   Smoky Mountain Woodcarving Festival in Townsend on the 4th and 5th;
  •   Robert Tino's Smoky Mountain Homecoming offers fun, games and fine art the 4th and 5th;
  •   Oktoberfest is yodeling along at Ober Gatlinburg;
  •   The On Cosby Festival  chugs along from the 17th to the 19th;
  •   And the 38th Rotary International  Craft Festival runs through the 25th;
  •   Dollywood's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival harmonizes through November 1st.

There's a new Halloween Store called "Halloween Express" in Pigeon Forge next to Old Time Pottery. And Halloween is great fun in the Smokies with the Mysterious Mansion Haunted House and Ripley's "Fright Nights", both in Gatlinburg. And for more thrills take the Ghost & Haunt Tours to see "the real Gatlinburg".

The new 14-screen movie theater is set to close on property in Governor's Crossing.

Things are buzzing at The Island. Ole Smoky Distillery is due to open the first weekend of October; the first phase of the Margaritaville Hotel will follow soon thereafter; and Paula Deen's Family Kitchen should be cooking by the end of the year.

Don't forget that Mother Nature is starting to paint her magnificent Great Smokies Mountains with the colors of Autumn in all shades of golds, reds and oranges. This really gets the area buzzin'.
Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN
The Smokies ablaze in fall colors!
More from "The Buzz"later. For more info on things to see, do and eat, plus places to stay, check out http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.