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Book Signing With Authentic Hatfield at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud

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CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom, (865) 414-6887 or

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Book Signing With Authentic Hatfield at “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud”

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 21, 2016 — Have you ever wanted to eat with the Hatfield’s of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud? Now is your chance. Jack Hatfield will be visiting Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27 from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud Theater to sign his Hatfield Clan Cookbook, “Eat’n with the Hatfield’s.”  Books will be on sale at The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and the public is invited.

Jack Hatfield has put together treasured family recipes used from the Hatfield clan. Inside this cookbook is a collection of recipes passed down through generations of direct descendants of The Hatfield Family (of the famous Hatfield & McCoy family feud) and friends. These recipes are a mixture of old and new recipes, some with a modern twist.  There is also a collection of photos, facts, and stories about the family history throughout the cookbook.

Author, Jack Hatfield, Jr., received his inspiration for the cookbook while helping clean out his  “Mawmaw’s” house a few years ago. During his spring-cleaning he found a drawer full of recipes, which she had collected, from family and friends over the years.  In an effort to preserve the family history, he decided to share his family’s recipes and preserve the family history by publishing a cookbook.  Hatfield said, “Our recipes are mouth waterin’, finger lickin’, knee slappin,’ home cookin,’ GOOD!”

Show tickets are available for The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud by visiting www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or calling (865) 908-7469 (SHOW).  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Theater is located at 119 Music Road between traffic lights 0 and 1 on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge between WonderWorks and the Titanic.

The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is a hilarious hit production inspired by real-life events that will put an ‘All You Can Eat’ four-course mountain feast in people’s bellies and a smile on their faces as they watch a lively talent competition between Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy and their clans where the battlefield is the stage. This two-hour live show offers loads of laughs including a rowdy battle at a barn dance, extraordinary country, bluegrass, and gospel vocal and instrumental musical performances, and award winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, and fun barnyard animals.  The feud is kicked-off most every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. nightly with occasional 2 p.m. matinees, and guests of all ages in the audience are encouraged to support their own side of Hatfield or McCoy “kinfolks.”

This feudin’ show comes with a Granny’s ‘All You Can Eat’ mountain feast, served by a hillbilly waiter or waitress.  Granny’s menu includes: Feudin’ Fried Chicken, Open Pit Pulled-to-Pieces Pork Barbecue, Southern Style Creamy Soup, Smashed Mashed Taters, Buttery Corn on the Cob, Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread, Daisy’s Blue Ribbon Coleslaw and Granny’s Famous Specialty Desserts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountains including “The Comedy Barn®”, “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. The Company also owns Happy Days Diner and SeePigeonForge.com, a vacation package website company.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is currently running a combo deal for a show ticket to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” for $54.95 plus tax and for only $19.95 plus tax add on to purchase a ticket to “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Comedy Barn®”, or “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo.” With the purchase of a combo deal adult show ticket children 11 and under are free for the second show. The child’s rate for “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” is $19.95 plus tax.  Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.  For more information about the show, visit www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call (865) 908-7469 (SHOW). +++

Where a Quilt Is for More than Warmth

Not all quilts at A Mountain Quiltfest look like the ones on Grandma's bed.

Not all quilts at A Mountain Quiltfest look like the ones on Grandma’s bed.

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2013) – Handmade quilts can be many things in one – a source of warmth, works of art, family heirlooms and more.

Quilts in all their glory are the focus of A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge from March 12-16.

Quilters and crafters from across the U.S. gather to enjoy a quilt show and the opportunity to choose from dozens of classes and seminars.

Whether you are a quilter or not, the displays are worth the trip to this Great Smoky Mountains resort town. This is the 19th year of A Mountain Quiltfest.

There are free-admission quilt shows at the Music Road Convention Center and the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, plus a vendor area for a variety of quilt- and craft-related items. Other Quiltfest activities include brunch and dinner lectures, show-and-tell events and quilt appraisals.

Detailed information is available at www.mountainquiltfest.com.

A Mountain Quiltfest is produced by the city of Pigeon Forge and co-hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier ValleyQuilters Guilds.

For more information about all Pigeon Forge events, call 800 251-9100 or visit www.mypigeonforge.com.

‘Saddle Up’ Brings Cowboy Fun to Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2013) – Cowboy singers, cowboy poets and chuck wagon cooks are on the trail to Pigeon Forge for the 13th annual Saddle Up, Feb. 21-24, 2013.

The four-day event, a tip of the hat to the American West, features concerts, a chuck wagon cookoff and other activities designed to entertain the entire family.

Saddle Up helps wrap up Pigeon Forge Winterfest, a four-month season of activities that began last November.

Cobbler is part of every lunch at Saddle Up's chuck wagon cookoff.

Cobbler is part of every lunch at Saddle Up’s chuck wagon cookoff.

Performers for Saddle Up include cowboy poets Waddie Mitchell and Chris Isaacs, along with musicians Brenn Hill, the Quebe Sisters Band, Sourdough Slim, Dave Stamey, T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, and Wylie & the Wild West.

There are theater concerts on Feb. 22 and 23 ($15) and two Intimate Evening dinner shows ($50) on Feb. 21. Wylie & the Wild West will perform after a four-course meal at the Partridge & Pear Restaurant, and the Quebe Sisters Band will entertain at Mama’s Farmhouse Restaurant following a family-style meal prepared by the Red River Ranch chuck wagon team from Texas.

Stories & Strings ($15) is a special show on Feb. 22 at Smoky Mountain Guitars by a select group of Saddle Up musicians who will talk about personal musical influences and share favorite tunes and stories. Stories & Strings won a Pinnacle award from the International Festivals & Events Association.

A chuck wagon cookoff, sponsored by Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, is Feb. 23 at Clabough’s Campground. Chuck wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests and evaluation by a panel of judges. Lunch begins at noon, and tickets are $10.

Learning to lasso is one activity at the Buckeroo Roundup.

Learning to lasso is one activity at the Buckeroo Roundup.

Buckeroo Roundup starts at 9 a.m. at the same location, offering a variety of free musical entertainment and cowboy-themed activities for family fun.

A Cowboy Dance ($5) is Feb. 23 at Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge Ballroom. Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service at Stages West, is Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. It is preceded by a chuck wagon breakfast that begins at 8:30. Breakfast is $5; Cowboy Church is free.

Saddle Up details are online at MyPigeonForge.com/saddleup.

Artists Wield Chainsaws at Titanic Ice Event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2013) – It’s likely that the fanciest ice sculptures you ever created were the fish-shaped ice cubes that came out of that plastic ice tray you bought at IKEA.

To see what real ice artistry looks like, check out the third annual Titanic Pigeon Forge Professional Ice Carving Competition on Jan. 19 (Saturday).

A chainsaw becomes an artist's tool at the Titanic Pigeon Forge Professional Ice Carving Competition.

A chainsaw becomes an artist’s tool at the Titanic Pigeon Forge Professional Ice Carving Competition.

The parking lot in front of the Titanic Museum Attraction become an outdoor art studio as professional and amateur ice sculptors work their magic on 250-pound blocks of ice.

Chainsaws start roaring at 9 a.m. to make the first cuts, and hand tools come into play at the day progresses.

Winners celebrate at 3 p.m., and prizes – from $500 to $2,000 – are the awards. The cost to watch the ice artists at work is just right – it’s free.

2012 Was Very, Very Good for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park rose to 9,685,828 in 2012. That’s a 7.5 percent jump, making 2012 the biggest year since the 10.1 million visitors in 2000, which remains the record.

Park management credited mild weather last winter and spring as a big factor. Every month in 2012 had more visitors than the same month in 2011.

Clear, cool, tumbling water is a hallmark of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Clear, cool, tumbling water is a hallmark of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

December’s count was 480,527, up from 471,603. That was despite the closure of the Newfound Gap Road between the Sugarlands Visitors Center and Cherokee, N.C., for all or part of six days because of ice and snow. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays brought large numbers of visitors to the park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with 800 square miles of natural beauty, is the most visited national park in the United States.

The national park is the primary focus of Wilderness Wildlife Week, a project of the City of Pigeon Forge. It offers eight days of free programming and activities about the park and numerous other outdoor topics.

Wilderness Wildlife Week takes place at the Music Road Hotel and Convention Center.

Head South for Holiday Lights, Travel Writers Say

Half of the 10 destinations the Society of American Travel Writers recommends for holiday lights are in the Southeast.

SATW members compiled a list of 10 destinations with light-up-the-night displays that might be lesser known than destinations such as Times Square in New York but still very much worth the trip.

The five destinations in the Southeast:
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* Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville in Tennessee for Smoky Mountain Winterfest
* Charlotte for Speedway Christmas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway
* St. Augustine
* Louisville for Lights Under Louisville in Louisville Mega Cavern (yes, holiday lights in a cave)
* Pine Mountain, Ga., for Callaway Gardens

The other five scatterered around the country:

* Festival of Lights in Kauai, Hawaii
* Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.
* The Newport Beach Boat Parade in California
* Nela Park in Cleveland
* Old Town Luminaria Tour in Albuquerque, N.M.

Here’s a link to the list and event descriptions: ow.ly/gb4wS

Festive Times All Year in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Pick a month, any month, and you’ll find a festival or special event in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

This resort town next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park really knows how to show you a good time.

Every year starts with a mid-January salute to its neighbor with eight days of free activity called Wilderness Wildlife Week. There are classes, seminars, photography workshops, mini-concerts and hikes into the park’s 800 square miles of nature at its best.

July 4 Fireworks over Pigeon Forge’s Old Mill

February’s big event is most unusual – a salute to cowboy poetry, western music and chuck wagon cooking called Saddle Up. In March, a softer side comes out for A Mountain Quiltfest.

The city and various businesses organize the festivals and events, and a big organizer is Dollywood.

The popular theme park punctuates its almost yearlong season with an international festival in spring, a fall festival for bluegrass music and barbeque, a Southern gospel music festival and then a spectacular Christmas celebration called A Smoky Mountain Christmas.

A Smoky Mountain Christmas actually is part of a citywide celebration called Pigeon Forge Winterfest that captures all manner of events from early November through the following February

The Titanic Museum attraction gets in on the fun with a January ice-carving competition, winter snowfalls across the bow of the museum (the building looks like the famous ship) and other programs. All of 2013, for instance, is marked as “The Year of the Titanic Children” and focuses on the 133 children on the famous voyage.

Every May, thousands of people turn out for Dolly’s Homecoming Parade, which honors hometown superstar Dolly Parton. It’s all very Norman Rockwell – youthful twirling teams, high school bands, equestrian units – except that Dolly herself rides in the first float.

Mixed in during other months are car shows devoted to hot rods and nostalgic classics, a knockout 4th of July concert and fireworks event, a huge autumn crafts fair and the Salute to Veterans Parade in November.

Information about all events is online at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

‘Happy Days’ Star To Appear at Happy Days Diner

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 13, 2012) – A star from TV’s “Happy Days” will be at the Happy Days Diner in Pigeon Forge on Thursday (June 14) to meet fans, sign autographs and fix a little food.

Cathy Silvers, who played Jenny Piccolo in the long-running sit-com will be at the diner from 5-6 p.m. for an autograph/photograph session. She says playing Jenny was the most fun she ever had in her life.

Silvers, 51, is a professionally trained health food chef and will prepare a “Jenny Piccolo” Healthy Living shake and a “Jenny Piccolo” Saladmaster Salad for guests at the Happy Days Diner. This will be her first visit to the diner.

Silvers is the author of “Happy Days Healthy Living” that depicts her Hollywood childhood and acting career.

She also hosts “The Healthy Living Show” on the web-based Healthy Living Network. She is the daughter of television and movie comedy star Phil Silvers and will enjoy some comedy while in Pigeon Forge at The Comedy Barn Show.

The diner’s menu includes Fonzarreli’s Chicken Parmesan, Chachi’s Grilled Cheese, the Cunningham Club and Mrs. C’s Fried Chicken Salad.

Barbeque and Bluegrass at Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 26, 2012) — Barbeque and bluegrass music are two of the South’s biggest traditions, and they unite at Dollywood from May 26-June 10 during the Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival.

Three hundred free concerts are spread throughout the festival. Performers include Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder and Rhonda Vincent. There’s even a dose of western music, too, from Riders in the Sky, who have two shows each day on June 9 and 10.

The park’s Market Square area becomes Barbeque Headquarters, offering guests their choice of Tennessee pulled park, ribs and chicken. The Backstage Restaurant has a new barbeque menu, and if you gather up family and friends, you can challenge a three-pound slice of apple pie cut from a pie that  weighs 25 pounds to start.

All park details are at Dollywood.com.

‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Inspires Murder Mystery Production

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 2012) – Murder always is on the menu at the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show, but a new show has an unexpected twist — “Moonshine Murders” has a “Dukes of Hazzard” twist.

As always at the eight-year-old theater, “Moonshine Murders” is an interactive event in which the audience solves the crime.

“Moonshine Murders” tells the story of the fictitious Luke family that has been running moonshine in the Sevier County hills for years.

The unscrupulous Boss Boar and his henchwoman, local law officer Roscette P. Ketrain, have pursued the Lukes for years to no avail – but now that Sevier County has become a prime tourist destination, the increased traffic is making it harder for the Lukes to outrun the incompetent lawwoman.

It is for this reason that Uncle Bessie has decided to sell his highly sought-after Top Secret Shine Recipe to the local distillery at the Bi-Weekly Boss Boar Celebrity Speed Trap Concert featuring “Elvis”.

The only problem is that Uncle Bessie hasn’t discussed the sale of the family business with the rest of the family. The evening of the concert has the whole county vying for the Top Secret Moonshine Recipe and is full of murder, mayhem and, of course, moonshine.

“Moonshine Murders” is performed in rotation with two of the theater’s other show favorites, “Frankly Scarlett …You’re Dead” and “Who Dunnit Lucy”.

More information about the Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show is available by calling 865-908-1050 or (toll free) 866-908-1050.