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Craft Fair This Weekend In Townsend

The semiannual Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair takes place this weekend -June 26-27, 2010- at Nawger Nob in Townsend, Tennessee.

Townsend Arts and Crafts Fair -Over 80 vendors selling woodcarvings, baskets, paintings, pottery, chairs, bird houses and lots of other local and regional crafts plus food, drinks and music. Admission is $1.50 for adults, children under 12 get in free. Fair times are from 9:00am-6:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am-4:00pm on Sunday. For more information, call (865) 448-2259.

Nawger Nob is located at 7321 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy (321) in Townsend.

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Win A Getaway To The Smokies

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Hey all my Tennessee readers! How would you like to win a 2 day getaway to the Smoky Mountains?

WBIR: Ed Rupp’s Free Ticket Giveaway -Enter to win a a 2 night cabin stay from Bluff Mountain Cabin Rentals, 4 tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, 4 meals from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ plus 4 gift cards provided by The Marble Slab Creamery. Entries must be received by noon on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. One entry per person, open to Tennessee residents only, must be 18 years of age to enter.



Severe Weather Heading For The Smoky Mountains

Severe weather is in the forecast for East Tennessee, including the great Smoky Mountains.

Thunderstorms, along with extremely large hail, damaging winds, locally heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes are possible this weekend:

Smoky Mountains Hazardous Weather Outlook

Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee 7 Day Forecast

East Tennessee Radar

At least it’s not this:


Although you can never tell…my momma lives in New Mexico and she just called to tell me they got snow last night on their mountains!

Be careful if you’re headed up here to the Cove this weekend.



April Flowers In East Tennessee: Pawpaw Blooms

Our pawpaw trees have just about finished blooming…

Pawpaw Blooms

Pawpaw Bloom

Upsidedown Pawpaw Bloom

Aren’t they beautiful!



Free Junior Ranger Day Activities In The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating Junior Ranger Day with some free activities tomorrow -Saturday, April 24- from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Children and their families can join in on a variety of free, hands-on activities that will range from a Junior Naturalist Walk to making dinner bells at a blacksmith shop.  Making historic toys, beeswax candles, cornhusk dolls, and visiting touch tables with animal skins, skulls, and scat are a few of the other natural and cultural opportunities that will be available. Children can earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing three of the specially planned activities.

Activities are planned at the Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, N.C and the W. L. Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg, TN. Information on the specific programs is available at the visitor centers.

For more information:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 2010 National Junior Ranger Day Programs

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Free Things To Do Next Week In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park



Mayapples In The Mountains

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are up and starting to bloom…

Mayapple Patch

A nice little patch of Mayapples

-they look like little umbrellas

Mayapple Bud

Mayapple bud

Mayapple Bloom

Mayapple flower

-only Mayapples with two leaves will have a flower

Looking For Mayapples

“I don’t see any apples!”

Mayapple tidbits:

  • All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous
  • Mayapple fruit was traditionally used to make jelly
  • Supposedly, Morel mushrooms can be found near Mayapple patches (but I’ve never found any)



Used Book Sale At The Blount County Library

Need some books?

Blount County TN Library

The Blount County Library in Maryville is having a used book sale today, April 15, through Saturday, April 17, 2010. Today is for Friends of the Library members only and runs from 12:00pm-6:00pm. The general public may attend the sale on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm.

Book prices are $.50 and $1.00 for children’s books, $1.00 and $2.50 for adult books/textbooks and $5.00 for encyclopedia sets. Also included in the sale are CDs, video and audio tapes, DVDs, collectibles, mystery boxes (25 books for $2.00) plus a section of free books.

The Blount County Library is located at 508 N. Cusick St. in  Maryville, Tennessee, phone (865) 982-0981 for more information.



Free Music: Old Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Free Grand Ole Opry Recordings

Are you a fan of old country, bluegrass and gospel music? If so, you may want to check out some old recordings of the Grand Ole Opry:

Grand Ole Opry Recordings (MP3 format) -These recordings are from the 1940s and 50s and feature such artists as Red Foley, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, a very young Minnie Pearl and many, many more. There are over 50 shows that you can download individually -or get the entire collection in a zip file.

Would you like to watch an old Grand Ole Opry TV show?

FreeClassic TV: Grand Old Opry April 28, 1956 -Hosted by Carl Smith. Guests include Chet Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Flatt and Scruggs, June Carter and others. Show is almost an hour long and is available in MPEG4* and Ogg Video* formats. Files are very large**.

*The free VLC player will play MPEG4 and Ogg video formats
**I checked the MPEG4 file and it can be paused during downloading. If you’re using dial-up internet, try the free Orbit Downloader which allows you to pause and resume downloads.

More Free Old Time Country Music

The Carter Family: Wildwood Flower
(MP3 format) -A classic, recorded on May 10th, 1928.

Pie Plant Pete: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane -From 1929, Pie Plant Pete (Claude Moye) was an early country music performer. Download MP3 or listen online.

The Coon Creek Girls: Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood (MP3 format) -The Coon Creek Girls were an all-female Appalachian string band, song was recorded about 1936.

Obed Pickard: Sally Goodin -Recorded in 1929, Obed Pickard was one of the first Grand Ole Opry performers. Download MP3 or listen online.

Blessings and happy listening,


Free Old-Time Southern Recipes

Ever wondered how to cook leather breeches or collard greens? …or how to make red-eye gravy or apple dumplin’s?

Find recipes for all these and more at:

The Table of Our Ancestors –Old Time Southern Recipes, part of the free online Tennessee genealogy project “TNGenWeb

There’s even a whole section on possum …and you never know when that info might come in handy! ;)

Blessings and happy cooking,



Thanksgiving Buffet In Townsend, TN

View of TownsendTN

Will you be in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies for Thanksgiving this year?

Do you have plans for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

Don’t want to cook?

Thanksgiving Buffet At Smoky Junction Restaurant

Thanksgiving plate

If you are going to be in Townsend for Thanksgiving, head over to Smoky Junction Restaurant  for their “Thanksgiving Harvest Table Buffet”.

Buffet is all-you-can-eat and includes ham, roast beef and turkey with all the trimmings, vegetables, bread and choice of pumpkin pie or banana pudding for dessert. Drinks are extra.

Cost: $10.95 for adults, $4.99 for children

Time: 11:30 am to 7-8pm (?) 

Reservations/Groups: No reservations are required, large groups are welcome –more than 12-14, please call ahead: (865) 448-6881

Smoky Junction Restaurant is located at 7753 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend TN (beside the train).

 Smoky Junction, Townsend

* Breakfast will be served on Thanksgiving morning.