Monday, March 31, 2014

SMOKY MOUNTAIN SPRINGFEST BLOOMS IN THE TENNESSEE SMOKIES


Smoky Mountain Spring Fest in the Smoky Mountain Area

It may be hard to believe, but the leaves are budding and the daffodils are in full bloom in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, and this means that Springfest in the Smokies has begun! This is a beautiful time to visit the Smokies. Traffic is not as heavy as it is in the summertime or the fall, the weather is normally pleasant, and most of the theaters, attractions, restaurants and accommodations are open and ready for business. And, in addition to all of the fun things you can normally do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, there are many special events to enjoy now through the first week in June.

Pigeon Forge Rod Runs during SpringfestPigeon Forge is noted for the many car shows and Rod Runs and the season kicks-off with the Pigeon Forge Rod Run on April 11, 12 13 & 14. There you will see classic Chevys, Fords, GMCs and Gold Wing motorcycles. Visitors can drive or walk the Parkway and view thousands of classic cars - most of them in mint condition. Many of the car owners are ready to sell or swap and there are car parts as well as Rod Run merchandise for sale. Pack your cooler, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the chrome display!

Dolly Parade during Spring Fest 2014
Another Parkway phenomenon is the annual Dolly Parade, with Grand Marshall Dolly Parton. This parade is in Pigeon Forge on May 2 and begins at 6:00 pm. There will be marching bands, horse patrols, clowns, Shriners and floats filled with performers from the area theaters, and personnel and equipment from the area attractions like go-kart tracks, ziplines and whitewater rafting.



Music of the Mountains held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If music is your thing you can combine great tunes with great views at Music of the Mountains held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on April 25, 26 and 27. You will hear mountain music, bluegrass music and modern music in three locations in the Park:  Friday at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, TN; Saturday at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, TN; and Sunday afternoon at the Smoky Mountain Visitor Center in Cosby, TN.

Gatlinburg Beans & Cornbread Blast

Now if you are ready for a rip-roaring good time, then you need to attend Gatlinburg's Beans & Cornbread Blast on May 8th. This is a street fair with art and crafts and also with local food vendors competing against each other with bean recipes. The City of Gatlinburg promises you a "Rootin', Tootin' Good Time!"
The City of Sevierville hosts Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass May 16-17 and the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Association hosts their Easter craft show April 15-19.

Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains - ElkmontThen, from the ridiculous to the sublime - so to speak - come to the National Park in early June to see a natural phenomenon that occurs in the Great Smoky Mountains. This naturally occurring event at Elkmont is called Synchronous Fireflies and is one of the mysteries of the Smokies. Every year during the first few days of June, the fireflies at Elkmont all light up together, and blink on-and-off in sync!

For more information on events in the area you can call the three major cities close to the Smokies: Gatlinburg at 800-568-4748, Pigeon Forge at 800-251-9100 and Sevierville at 888-738-4378. Or, go to www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com for coupons and information on the area.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

GO TO THE EXTREME WITH XTREME GO-KART RACING IN PIGEON FORGE

Xtreme Racing Pigeon Forge, TN


If you are looking for the fastest go-art action in the Smokies stop at Xtreme Racing Center in Pigeon Forge. They feature the professional Sodi high speed racing karts that can reach up to 40 miles per hour! The track is elevated at Xtreme Racing Center and you can choose between a single or double kart.

Sodi Professional Racing Go Carts in Pigeon Forge, TN
The Xtreme Track is 3,500 feet of thrilling racing with winding turns and narrow straightaways, and a 1,500 elevated and paved track for great side-by-side action.

Race Go-Carts in Pigeon Forge, TNBut if that thrills you as a potential driver but concerns you as a parent, don't worry because all karts have the highest quality safety features including seat belts, patented sliding side guards and LED front and brake lights. Also every driver gets a safety helmet.

In addition to the racing Xtreme features an Arcade with 30 different games including Extreme Drops, Temple Run, Wheel Deal and Skee Ball. Drivers can take a break in the Arcade and cool down from the hot action on the track, and friends and family members who are not racing can have fun and enjoy drinks and snacks and the arcade in an air conditioned environment. And remember, our tickets never expire so you can cash them in immediately or save them for an even bigger prize!

For coupons and more information on things to do and see in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, click http://www.smokymountainsbrochures.com/Outdoor/Pigeon%20Forge/TN/Xtreme%20Racing/20662.






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Monday, March 17, 2014

20th ANNUAL "A MOUNTAIN QUILTFEST" AT LECONTE CENTER IN PIGEON FORGE

A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN

Preservation. Quilting. The two go hand-in-hand and are brought together in the 20th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest from March 19-22, 2014, at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.
The Quiltfest provides experiences for the professional quilter as well as the novice, and gives our Smoky Mountain visitors an opportunity to see the area's finest quilt and meet the makers of those quilts. The event is open to the public 9am-6pm on March 19th & 20th, 9am-5pm on the 21st and 9am-4pm on the 22nd.
Visitors can browse dozens of booths where quilters show-off their work and vendors sell supplies from fabric and thread to patterns and equipment. Local quilters and guild members narrate special bed turnings of antique quilts giving the history behind the quilts and patterns. And Sandra Palmer, an AQS certified AQS appraiser, will be doing on-site quilt appraisals, so bring Granny's quilt for a professional opinion.
There area also Show-and-Tell events, lectures, over 60 quilting classes, and a Dinner Social. (Some events require registration and a fee.)
Quilters can compete in the show for over $20,000 cash and prizes, after reviewing the 10 categories filling out the quilt show entry form and paying a $10 per quilt fee for each submission to be critiqued by the NQS-certified judge.
A Mountain Quiltfest is one of the many events produced by the Special Events Department of the City of Pigeon Forge, and is hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds. For info on things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains click http://bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WHAT'S UP-OR DOWN-AT WONDERWORKS IN PIGEON FORGE?



WonderWorks Pigeon Forge, TN

Step inside the Inversion Tunnel at WonderWorks and begin your journey to a world of fun and adventure with 100 hands on exhibits, hurricane force winds, a 6.0 simulated earthquake, space exploration and the world's largest indoor ropes challenge course, all for you to experience and enjoy.

At WonderWorks you can play, learn and challenge yourself and your family and friends in ways you have not previously experienced. Can you imagine being at the controls of a real Army Training Simulator? Jump in the Humvee and lead your team through the war zone. Lie on a Bed of Nails, create giant Bubbles or try to land the Space Shuttle. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, male or female, WonderWorks has plenty to entertain you.


Astronaut Training Challenge at WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge
Gyroscope

New in 2014 is the Astronaut Training Challenge. Experience the feeling of weightlessness in a 4-person gyroscope that simulates the effects that outer space has on humans. Experience the feeling of weightlessness that the astronauts feel when they are on space missions.


 

 

Wonders of Flight in Pigeon Forge, TN You can also take to the air and experience Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from new heights with the Wonders of Flight balloon ride. Soar 500 feet into the air on a giant, tethered, helium-filled balloon and enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Smokey Mountains and gorgeous Tennessee landscapes.


Wonders of Flight flies day or night, weather permitting, and is located behind WonderWorks.

 

 

Wonders of Magic Pigeon Forge Magic ShowBack on the ground and inside WonderWorks you can see a fantastic magic show designed for audiences of all ages. Wonders of Magic features never before seen illusions, mind-boggling escapes and spellbinding magic from the internationally-recognized magician, Terry Evanswood.

There are combo packages available for WonderWorks, Wonders of Flight and Wonders of Magic, and a special rate for Wonders of Flight before 12:oo pm. This is affordable entertainment for all ages. For more information and coupons you can go to http://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/attractions.html


 



 

 

Wonders of Flight


Just behind WonderWorks, the 72 foot diameter balloon, manufactured by Aerophile and powerful enough to effortlessly lift 8,000 pounds, carries up to 30 guests at a time in the suspended gondola.  Silent and without any vibrations, the open air gondola provides an opportunity to experience the sensation of being on a floating balcony.

The ascents, by day or night, allow for breathtaking views of the surrounding Tennessee countryside and Smokey Mountains.  Absorb the tranquility and beauty of nature’s being from exceptional heights in stillness.

Balloon rides are daily with daytime and evening hours, and as weather permits.

The Wonders of Flight is an ideal location for groups, weddings and adventurers of all ages. Receive a special $12.00 rate before 12:00pm daily. 

Regular pricing is $17.00 Adults and $12.00 Kids.  36"and under fly free with an adult.  (pricing includes tax)

 

The Wonders of Magic

Headlined by internationally-recognized magician, Terry Evanswood, The Wonders of Magic will leave the whole family spellbound during this spectacular, all new magic show featuring world-famous illusions, thrills, suspense and more!

Featuring a death-defying escape that would make Harry Houdini proud, this show is designed to take audiences to the edge of reality and beyond.  Always interactive, Evanswood invites audience members to manacle him in locks and chains leaving him only 30-seconds to escape a 36-inch, whirling, solid steel, buzz saw descending to its final impact. Will he escape?

Celebrating 17 years of providing awe and wonderment to the millions of people he’s entertained, Evanswood is the longest-running headline performer in Pigeon Forge, a widely popular, must-see tourist destination in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and within a one-day drive of most major cities in the eastern United States.  Complimented by a talented cast, Evanswood is one of the most outstanding performers in the industry and is one of a very select group of artists to ever earn a “Merlin,” a highly sought-after award given only to the most elite magicians. Other notables to receive the Merlin include David Copperfield and Siegfried & Roy.

Designed for audiences of all ages, Wonders of Magic features never before seen illusions, from the intimacy of award winning sleight-of-hand illusions, to mind-boggling grand illusions and beyond. Audience members witness a tribute of Titanic proportions as a woman defies gravity as she floats off a water fountain ten feet above the stage and watch as Evanswood, highlighting the uniqueness of the Smoky Mountains, recreates on stage one of the area’s most famous events – the dance of the summer fireflies. Every summer only in the Smokies, thousands of fireflies light, in unison, and illuminate the darkened foothills of East Tennessee – a phenomenon unexplainable by science. Evanswood highlights this natural dance of light event in a way only he can create and an illusion only seen during Wonders of Magic.

During every performance, Terry shares a heartfelt message about hope, love and the reminder of the real “Wonders” of the magical world we all share together.


Affordable entertainment for all ages - Only $14.99 per person

Thursday, March 6, 2014

COUNTRY TONITE IN PIGEON FORGE HOSTS THE 40TH ANNUAL "WINTER CARNIVAL OF MAGIC".

Winter Carnival of Magic at Country Tonite Theater


The three day Winter Carnival of Magic convention features appears at the County Tonite Theater on March 6 and continues until Saturday, March 8. The show is open to the public for a show on Friday and Saturday nights. The convention consists of several lectures, a dealer's room, a close up competition, a stage competition and two evening shows.
Brian Gillis & Sisuepahn at Winter Carnival of Magiv
Brian Gillis & Sisuepahn
Jade at Winter Carnival of Magic
Jade
Internationally known magicians attending the convention in 2014 include Brian Gillis & Sisuepahn, Dana Daniels, Jade, Jason Michaels, Suzanne and Pop Haydn.









Pop Haydn at Winter Carnival of Magic
Pop Haydn
For those interested in magic trips and products there are dealers in the lobby of the Country Tonite Theatre including Stevens Magic Emporium, Elmwood Magic, Chattanooga Magic and Penguin Magic.
The Winter Carnival of Magic is hosted by Ring 58 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Tickets for the Friday or Saturday night show cost $20 for Adults and Children 10+, and $7 for Children Under 10. For more information on things to do in Pigeon Forge before and after the Winter Carnival of Magic go to www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com.