November 19, 2013
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Nov. 19, 2013) – Country singer Craig Campbell, who reached a radio airplay audience of more than a billion listeners in 2012, has booked an acoustic show for a much smaller number of people in Pigeon Forge – 500 maximum.
Campbell – whose hits include “Family Man,” “Fish” and “When I Get It” – will play Saturday (Nov. 23) at 10 p.m. in a special venue inside the Stages West retail store for its Backstage at Stages West concert series.
Admission is free, and access is on a first-come, first-in basis.
Campbell came onto the country charts in 2011 with “Family Man,” a Top 15 hit that got additional exposure on HBO’s “True Blood” series.
Stages West, a family-owned western apparel store, added its performance venue to expand its shopper experience to include live entertainment.Read more about this post
August 12, 2013
The only telethon in the U.S. for a national park is on the calendar for Aug. 19 (Thursday) to raise money for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It is the 19th Annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon, a project of Friends of the Smokies, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports America’s most visited national park.
The telethon will air from 7-8 p.m. on WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., and WLOS-TV in Asheville, N.C. The park, which covers a half-million acres of Appalachian wilderness, is split between Tennessee and North Carolina.
Friends of the Smokies is devoting more than $1.1 million this year to support education, conservation, recreation and historic preservation in the park.
Current projects include continued rehabilitation of the Chimney Tops Trail by the Trails Forever crew, ongoing suppression of the hemlock woolly adelgid and funding for Parks as Classrooms environmental education programs for more than 18,000 students.
Individuals and businesses have three ways to support the telethon – by donating online at FriendsOfTheSmokies.org, by calling 877-884-6867 during the telethon or by calling the offices of Friends of the Smokies to request a donation form (865-932-4794 and 800-845-5665 in Tennessee and 828-452-0720 in North Carolina.)Read more about this post
July 3, 2013
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (July 15, 2013) – A popular trail on the Tennessee side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open for weekend hikers after replacement of a 70-foot-long bridge over a mountain stream.
Chimney Tops Trail itself is undergoing a full rehabilitation from a Trails Forever crew every Monday through Thursday and is open to hikers Friday through Sunday. Oct. 17 is the target for work completion.
The trail was closed in January after high waters destroyed the bridge over Walker Camp Prong at the beginning of the trail.
Working in an environmentally sensitive area, the bridge crew primarily used hand-operated tools and pulleys to position the bridge’s steel I-beams.
Information about all aspects of the park is at nps.gov/grsm.Read more about this post
April 17, 2013
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (April 15, 2013) – Instead of marking April 15 as the deadline to file income tax returns, many people near America’s most visited national park celebrated the day because of the reopening of Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441).
The road – which links the Sugarlands Visitor Center in Tennessee with Cherokee, N.C., and is the only route that connects the two-state park – had been closed for three months. A landslide on Jan. 16 washed away approximately 200 feet of the road.
The reopening was 30 days ahead of schedule. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and the National Park Service had offered contractors an incentive of $18,000 a day (up to $504,000) for early completion.
It was not a simple task. The work involved stabilizing the slope above the work area and then rebuilding the roadway and filling the area washed away during the landslide with crushed stone.
A drainage system and pervious crushed stone material will protect the road and surrounding land from future damage due to both overflow and subsurface water flow.
For the most current road conditions in the park, call 865-436-1200 x 631 or follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.Read more about this post
April 12, 2013
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (April 2013) – At age 50, the Sugarlands Visitor Center at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has gotten a major facelift.
The Great Smoky Mountains Association and Friends of the Smokies, two private sector organizations, funded the project.
Approximately 850,000 visitors a year come through the visitor center, which is on the Tennessee side of the 800-square-mile park that is split between Tennessee and North Carolina.
The work included new flooring, paint, lighting and a new entrance into a natural history museum. Park crews did most of the work during evening hours, permitting the visitor center to remain open throughout the project.
One of the special touches is a masonry wall that mirrors the original architecture of the building and invites visitors into the redesigned visitor contact area.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. (9,685,829 visitors in 2012). Park information is at nps.gov/grsm.Read more about this post
March 11, 2013
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.Read more about this post
February 11, 2013
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.
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.
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.Read more about this post
January 18, 2013
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).
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.Read more about this post
January 10, 2013
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.
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.Read more about this post
December 21, 2012
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:
* 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/gb4wSRead more about this post
November 19, 2012
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.
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.Read more about this post
October 10, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2012) – A gigantic blue and green helium balloon has people all over Pigeon Forge pointing to the sky and admiring the city’s newest attraction.
It is Wonders of Flight, an addition to the science- and fun-filled WonderWorks attraction on the Parkway.
The Wonders of Flight balloon is 72 feet in diameter, and the gondola it lifts can carry up to 30 people for spectacular views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding counties. It is tethered to a 400-foot-long cable.
The captain says that on an especially clear day, the famous Cumberland Gap is visible on the horizon. That’s where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia come together.
Aerophile, the world leader in tethered gas balloons, is the manufacturer. Its only other similar balloon in the Southeast is at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Other locations include China, France, Germany and Turkey.
“The ascents, by day or night, provide guests with an unmatched, 360-degree panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains,” said Jerome Giacomoni, Aerophile’s president. “In one single gaze, the entire breathtaking view can be seen from exceptional heights, including a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the fall leaves.”
Giacomoni explains that the Wonders of Flight balloon is environmentally friendly and totally silent thanks to its permanently inflated helium envelope and a hydroelectric winch.
September 15, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2012) – Dollywood received five 2012 Golden Ticket Awards, the top honor in the theme park industry.
The awards were first-time recognitions in three categories and repeats in two categories :
- Best Food, beating out longtime winner Knoebels Amusement Resort
- Friendliest park, upsetting 13-time winner Holiday World
- Best New Ride for Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing-design coaster
- Best Shows, Dollywood’s fourth consecutive win in this category
- Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s fifth consecutive win in this category
The awards are organized by Amusement Today magazine, and Dollywood was the host park for the ceremony this year.
Dollywood namesake Dolly Parton attended the ceremony.
“I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed by the five Golden Ticket Awards that Dollywood won,” Parton said. “And to be there and accept all of the awards at Dollywood while we hosted the event just makes these wins even sweeter for me.”
Dollywood also ranked in five additional categories:
- Best Park, third place
- Best Waterpark for Dollywood’s Splash Country, fourth place;
- Cleanest Park, second place
- Best Water Ride for Dollywood’s Mountain Slidewinder; fourth place
- Best Landscaping, fourth place
Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions.
Two Dollywood rides also were recognized during the awards event. The Wild Eagle coaster is the highest-placing new-for-2012 coaster on Amusement Today’s annual Best Steel Coaster list, while the park’s Thunderhead wooden coaster placed fourth on the Top 50 Best Wooden Coaster rankings.Read more about this post
September 12, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2012) – Pigeon Forge is getting a lot of love from three major broadcast networks.
ABC and NBC have put Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in the spotlight in recent weeks, and CBS will keep the string alive during the upcoming television season.
ABC ‘s “Good Morning America” featured Dollywood’s new-design Wild Eagle roller coaster in a summer series of segments about thrill rides. Actor Cameron Mathison visited the popular theme park for a first-hand look and ride.
At $20 million, Wild Eagle is Dollywood’s biggest capital investment. It was the first winged coaster in the U.S., meaning that the passenger seats are on “wings” that stretch out from the coaster’s track rather than riding on top of it.
Over at NBC, a clogger from the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge is part of a dance team that emerged from 75,000 auditioning acts to make it into the final rounds of “America’s Got Talent.”
Drake Elkin, who dances as part of the McCoy family, is part of an all-male clogging team called All That.
At CBS, a Pigeon Forge couple is about to compete on “The Amazing Race,” an around-the-world adventure that has won the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” eight of the last nine years.
Rob Scheer, president of the company that owns the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, and his wife, Sheila, are one of 11 two-member teams. Scheer is a champion timber sports athlete. The series begins Sept. 30.
August 18, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 2012) – If you liked the July 4 fireworks during Pigeon Forge’s Patriot festival, hang on until Nov. 22.
That’s the date when the Titanic Museum Attraction will light up the night sky with a major fireworks show that marks the end of the centennial year of the Titanic’s sinking.
Attraction owners say the year has been a tribute to the 2,208 people aboard the ship in 1912 and that the fireworks show will celebrate the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers.
“We wanted to end the Titanic centennial year on a note of celebration and hope,” said John Joslyn, expedition leader of the first private exploration dive to the Titanic and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction.
“We knew a fireworks show such as the one that helped open the museum in 2010 was the perfect way to provide a celebration in honor of the passengers and crew rivaling anything they could have hoped for if they had arrived safely in New York a century ago.”
After the fireworks show, the museum/attraction will renew its tradition of a snowfall from the ship’s bow Thanksgiving weekend and continuing every Saturday in December. Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard the Titanic in 1912, will visit on snow days.Read more about this post
August 18, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 2012) – Actor Will Ferrell generates a lot of laughs, and the Hollywood Wax Museum is using a Ferrell photo to gin up some more.
Museum employee “Hollywood Joseph” shot a photo of Ferrell at the premiere of “The Campaign” that practically begs for a caption. From that came a contest on Facebook that the museum is promoting on its Hollywood Joe blog.
Contest entrants are encouraged to answer the question, “What the heck is Will Ferrell saying?”
The contest continues through Aug. 24, and the winner gets six tickets to any of the three Hollywood Wax Museum locations – Pigeon Forge, Branson, Mo., and Hollywood, Calif.
Ferrell is one of more than 100 personalities depicted at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, which opened earlier this year.Read more about this post
July 14, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 12, 2012) – Veteran stand-up comedian Bob Nelson, who has appeared on shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and Merv Griffin, has a new performance home at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.
Nelson performs at 5 and 8 p.m. nightly except Mondays.
“He is one of the best comedians performing today, has great fans and is a very funny guy,” said David Fee, president and co-owner of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.
Nelson was a theater major and did summer stock at Nassau Community College on Long Island, N.Y.
“I was always the class clown,” Nelson said. “I was always trying to make people laugh in different ways, and I did very physical Jerry Lewis-type of stuff. It was always in me – a gift from God.
“Right out of high school I was working as an amateur clown with circus acts doing juggling, trapeze and trampoline,” Nelson said. “I almost joined the circus but found I could make more money as an amateur clown.”
Red Skelton was Nelson’s mentor.
“I wanted to be a family comic and not do dirty material, and Red encouraged me at a time when the whole industry was tilted against conservatives. He told me, ‘You are a clown like me.’ He praised me for not cursing.”Read more about this post
July 10, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 2012) – An Army family facing a sixth deployment to a war zone got some special time together in Pigeon Forge, and their experience was captured as a half-hour show for the Great American Country (GAC) cable TV network.
“Operation Pigeon Forge: A Family Story” focuses on Staff Sgt. Gerald Britt, his wife Shasta and their children Gabe and Madison. It premiers July 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and has 11 more airings later in the month.
Gerald has orders to Afghanistan this fall. He has been to Iraq three times, as well as to Kosovo and Bosnia. Shasta, a veteran herself, is a civilian employee of the Family Readiness Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, assisting other military families with members overseas.
“Before this soldier deploys to Afghanistan, GAC deploys his family to Pigeon Forge,” said show host Nan Kelley, explaining the concept of the program.
The Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism partnered with GAC, which is available in 62 million households and online at GACTV.com, to salute the Britts.
GAC cameras tagged along with the Britts at Pigeon Forge attractions such as Dollywood, the Titanic Museum Attraction, Dixie Stampede, The Track and the Country Tonite show. The Lumberjack Feud dinner show plucked Gerald from the audience for an ax-throwing challenge. His marksmanship was solid.
The Britts’ vacation coincided with the annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade, and Pigeon Forge surprised them by building a float for them to ride on and receive the applause of thousands lining the parade route.
An even bigger surprise came when Dolly Parton greeted them before the parade and offered her personal thanks for their service.
“Families are hugely important to Pigeon Forge, and we are pleased that Pigeon Forge is hugely important to many families. We make memories that strengthen family bonds,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.
Information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling toll-free 1-800-251-9100.
July 10, 2012
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK (July 2012) – The National Park Service is offering ranger-led, family-friendly hikes every Wednesday through Aug. 11.
The Little River Family Adventure Hike starts in the Elkmont area of the park. It covers five miles and takes about three hours. It is ranked “moderate” in difficulty and is on an unpaved gravel and dirt trail.
Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots and bring plenty of water and a lunch. For more information, visit the “Hike the Smokies” website: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hike-the-smokies.htm
In addition to the weekly Wednesday hikes at Elkmont, there is a July 12 family hike at Schoolhouse Gap and a July 19 hike to Porters Flat.
The hikes are a part of a National Park Foundation grant funded through the Coca-Cola Foundation that expands the current “Hike the Smokies” and “Adopt a Trail” programs.Read more about this post
June 25, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2012) – Dollywood launched America’s first wing-design roller coaster, Wild Eagle, in March and now has announced another coaster addition. This one adds water.
It is RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water coaster, which will open in May 2013 at Dollywood’s Splash Country.
“You know me. I love making a big splash, and RiverRush is all that and a whole lot more!” Parton said, dressed as super hero “Splash Woman” at the coaster’s announcement.
RiverRush will be a hydromagnetic coaster with climbs, drops, twists and tight turns – just like a traditional land roller coaster – but you’ll need a swimming suit to ride it.
Four-passenger toboggan-style boats will zoom through a 1,175-foot-long track after making an initial climb of 237 feet. The first drop is at a 45-degree angle. It will be four stories tall and have a footprint of more than an acre.Read more about this post
June 25, 2012
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2012) – Pigeon Forge’s newest attraction lets you get closer to some of your favorite movie and television stars than you ever imagined.
The museum is on the Parkway at Showplace Boulevard and is impossible to miss. Its major architectural features include the Hollywood sign and the New York City skyline, a tribute to the movie-making capitals of the U.S.
Its crown gem is the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge with its VIP Observation Deck that allows guests to enjoy spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, the venue includes a 32-foot Hollywood version of Mt. Rushmore.
A team of artists took three months to complete each celebrity wax figure, from sculpting the head out of clay to costuming. This link offers details of the process. You’ll find everyone from Clint Eastwood and John Wayne to Marilyn Monroe, George Clooney and Bradley Cooper. There are more than a hundred to inspect.
The museum is a family-owned company now in its third generation. The family opened the original Hollywood Wax Museum in California in 1965 and also has a location in Branson, Mo. The Pigeon Forge museum is the largest of the three.
Two other attractions complement Pigeon Forge’s Hollywood Wax Museum – Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors and Castle of Chaos. A “Pick 3” tickets covers all attractions at a discounted rate. Details are at this link.Read more about this post
June 13, 2012
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.Read more about this post
May 28, 2012
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.Read more about this post