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Fourth Of July Fireworks In Townsend TN

Townsend Fourth Of July 2010

Yes, Townsend will be having their free, annual fireworks show again this year! It will be held at the same place as in years past -in the field just past the Highland Manor Inn on 321.

Townsend Fireworks Sign

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Music from Tennessee State Line -a country, bluegrass and gospel band- will start at 8:30pm and Tiffany Webb will sing patriotic songs at 9:15pm. The fireworks will start around 9:45pm.

To find a good parking spot, get here at least an hour early -and bring your lawn chairs or you’ll be sitting on the ground!

These pictures were taken last year -about a half a mile away from the show site:

Parking At Fireworks Show in Townsend

Parking Up 321 For Townsend Fireworks

Blessings and Happy Fourth of July!


Big Three Family Yard Sale Friday And Saturday In Townsend

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Are you going to be in Townsend this weekend? Looking for some deals?
My dear friend, Monica, is having a yard sale tomorrow and Saturday -July1-2, 2010:

For all of you local yokels and garage sale go’ers, I am having a 3 family garage sale at my house Friday and Saturday, rain or shine. My address is:

GMC truck, 2 horse trailer, lawn mowers, weedeater, tools, tack, bicycle rack with hitch, school books, chalkboards, children’s stuff, clothing, frames, clay pots, linens, drum set, computer monitor, beautiful wedding dress, air conditioner, much, much more!!!!

Lots of great bargains!!



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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Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival

How about some free fun for the whole family?

The Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival is going on today and tomorrow -June 4-5, 2010- in Townsend, TN:

Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival -30 pottery booths with demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, prize drawings and music.

When: June 4-5, 2010 -from noon-5pm on Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday.

Where: Townsend Visitors Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Pwy, Townsend, TN 37882

Cost: FREE

For more information, please call 865-448-6134 or 800-525-6834.



It’s Firefly Time In The Smoky Mountains

This event is finished for this year but reoccurs around the same time each year in June.

It’s peak flashing season for the synchronous fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you can see this this natural phenomenon at Elkmont, from June 5th-13th. This year, there are two options for getting there:

Trolley service from Sugarlands Visitor Center
Trolleys from the City of Gatlinburg will pick up visitors at the Sugarlands Visitor Center RV/bus parking area starting at 7pm and will run continuously until the parking area is full -or until 9pm if the parking area doesn’t fill up. The cost for the trolley service is $1 per person.

Shuttle Service from Townsend, TN
Cades Cove Tours is offering a shuttle service from Townsend. The 3 hour tour starts at 8:30 and the cost is also $1 per person, but space is limited and the shuttles are filling up fast.

Please note: The Elkmont entrance road will be closed to all motor vehicles and pedestrians every night from 5:00 p.m. until midnight, June 5-13.

Happy viewing,


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Free Weekend Events In Townsend And The Great Smoky Mountains

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend in the Smoky Mountains and there are all kinds of free things to do!

Concert in Townsend Tonight (not free but very low-cost)

Friday,April 9, 2010

Music of the Mountains -An evening of Celtic Music with the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band.

  • Time: 7:00pm (gates open at 6:00pm)
  • Admission: $4/free for members

Free Events In Townsend

Saturday, April 10 -Sunday, April 11, 2010

Art Exhibit -by Cathy Coulter

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Launch -by author Lin Stepp

Free Events In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Enjoying Spring`s Beauty -Experience a guided hike observing the spring season through the beauty of wildflowers on the Chestnut Top Trail. Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile roundtrip -moderately difficult due to steep trail, wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots. Repeats on May 1.

  • Location: Chestnut Top Trail -Meet at the parking lot at the intersection of State Road 73 (Townsend entrance road) and Little River Road, also known as the Townsend Wye.
  • Time: 9:3am to 10:30am

Cataract Falls Walk -Take an easy stroll to a beautiful waterfall and learn more about the Great Smokies. Repeats every Saturday through May 1.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm

Bear with Us -Learn about some of the characteristics of the North American black bear and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a great activity for Junior Rangers. Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Saturday through May 15.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Music of the Mountains -Old time music of the southern mountains, featuring a variety of musical groups, including Matt Morelock, Tony Thomas, and Boogertown Gap.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center -Call (865)-436-1291 for details.
  • Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Also see: Music of the Mountains Schedule

Junior Ranger: Fishy Facts -Come join a Ranger for a short walk down to the river to learn about the Smokies fish species. Wheelchair accessible, repeats next week and the first three Saturdays in May.

  • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:00am

Down on the Farm -Walk down to the farm for a glimpse into the past. Demonstrations vary. Wheelchair accessible, repeats repeats next week and the first three Saturdays in May.

  • Location: Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center
  • Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sunday Morning in Sugarlands Valley -Reflect on how old-time religion satisfied both spiritual and social needs of the mountain people on this easy, one mile walk. Repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Bear with Us -Learn about some of the characteristics of the North American black bear and how to observe these wonderful animals. This is a great activity for Junior Rangers. Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Patio
  • Time: 2:00pm to 2:30pm

Junior Ranger: Charismatic Mega-fauna -”What is “charismatic mega-fauna”? Where can I see it? Find out from a ranger if there is something we`re not telling you!” Wheelchair accessible, repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Oconaluftee Visitor Center, South Porch
  • Time: 10:30am to 11:00am

Ranger Guided Hike: Where the Waters Sing! -Join a ranger and experience the melody of the mountains. Hike is 2 hours, 4 miles round-trip and moderate difficulty. Repeats every Sunday through May 9.

  • Location: Kephart Prong Trailhead
  • Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

More Information About The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains Directions -includes driving directions, traffic and travel tips, maps and trip planner

Great Smoky Mountains Schedule of Events -calendar of upcoming events, search by date

Blessings and have a lovely weekend,


Free Event Saturday In Townsend: Herb And Wildflower Day At The Visitors Center


Need something to do this weekend that’s fun, free and educational?

Come to Townsend, TN tomorrow, Saturday April 3rd, for “Herb and Wildflower Day”. You can learn about herbs, wildflowers and birds of the Smokies; take a wildflower hike or garden tour; plus purchase plants, herb teas, pottery or baked goods.

All programs for this free event meet at the Townsend Visitor Center on 321 and are from 9:00am to 5:00pm (“Bird Walk” at 7:30am). Hikes do require registration.

For more information; please visit the Townsend Visitor Center’s website, download the Herb and Wildflower Day brochure (PDF file), or call (865) 448-6134 –or– (800) 525 6834.




Townsend TN: Sweethearts Dinner Special This Weekend

In the Townsend area?

Treat your sweetheart to dinner this weekend at Smoky Junction Restaurant:

Smoky Junction Valentines Special




(Mostly) Free Event: Townsend Winter Heritage Festival

The Townsend Winter Heritage Festival takes place this week, Thursday through Sunday, February 4-7, 2010.

A celebration of the history, people, and traditions of Townsend TN, Cades Cove, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

All programs require pre-registration.  Most are free;  events with food will have a charge, so call the host businesses to make reservations.

Schedule is subject to change.

There will be presentations, exhibits, hikes, demonstrations and much more.

Download the full program booklet (PDF) here:

Winter Heritage Booklet 2010

Please call the Townsend Visitors Center at (865) 448-6134 or (800) 525-6834 for more information.




Free Open House/Craft Fair In Townsend Today

Need something to do today?

There will be an Open House/Craft Fair today, January 31st, 2010 from 2-4pm at the Highland Manor Inn Conference Center in Townsend, Tennessee.

Several vendors will be there including; Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Premier Designs and Southern Living. You’ll find homemade and gift items such as jewelry, hair bows, baby items, and many more.

Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments and door prizes.

Traveling north through Townsend on 321, Highland Manor Inn is located at 7766 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy -on the right, just past the Valley View Lodge.

In case of bad weather, you might want to call the motel to be sure the Open House hasn’t been cancelled –(865) 448-2211.