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Pigeon Forge Winterfest Welcomes Guests with Five Million Lights, New Attractions; Annual celebration slated for Nov. 8-Feb. 28, 2016

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2016)—Draped in more than five million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for guests to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration (Nov. 8-Feb. 28).

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, the family friendly destination brings new meaning to sparkle, twinkle and glow as colorful light displays depicting popular characters and playful scenes illuminate the city’s six-lane Parkway from one end to the other.

“Whether folks are visiting Pigeon Forge for the first time or making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share those moments that become memories,” said Leon Downey, executive director of tourism for the city of Pigeon Forge. “It’s a special time of year, and we’re proud to offer folks something new to experience alongside the many traditions they’ve come to expect in Pigeon Forge.”

This year, several new attractions expand the scope of Winterfest, giving families more reasons to visit:

  • The Island in Pigeon Forge unveils $1.5 million in new Christmas experiences for guests. All-new decorations are showcased throughout the 23-acre property, including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music. Paula Deen presides over The Island’s annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. There is no admission fee to enjoy the Christmas décor.
  • Dollywood recently announced the $2.5 million addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life. Both are part of Dollywood’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival (Nov. 5-Jan. 1, 2017).
  • Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show puts a new spin on the holidays with an all-new Christmas show. This year, it is Christmas in Timber Ridge and the competition is on to see which lumber camp family is the best at growing and supplying the best Christmas trees in all the land. A cast of lumberjacks, “lumberjills” and “lumberjacrobats” bring this fast-paced, high-energy Christmas spectacular to life. A show-stopping Nativity scene, set to the sounds of Dolly’s own recording of The Little Drummer Boy, celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

Other Winterfest highlights include:

  • The Titanic Attraction’s fourth annual Thanksgiving fireworks spectacular on Thursday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. Festivities also include a whimsical parade of costumed steampunk revelers. 
  • The Inn at Christmas Place welcomes Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens, on Nov. 6-8. In his seventh year at the property, Dickens performs his one-man enactment of A Christmas Carol. New for 2016, Inn at Christmas Place offers afternoon tea featuring A Child’s Journey with Dickens on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m.

Details about all aspects of Winterfest are available at www.mypigeonforge.com.

 

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What’s New in Pigeon Forge for 2016

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2016) – Baseballs, a violin and a speeding roller coaster top the list of what’s new in Pigeon Forge for 2016. The little city with only 6,000 residents is ready to show some Great Smoky Mountain hospitality to millions of guests.

Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge – Listen for the crack of the bat and the snap of horsehide hitting leather when the $22.5 million Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge opens on March 9.

Clubhouse at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

Clubhouse at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge

This six-stadium youth baseball complex will be a tournament destination for elite teams nine months of the year. Each field borrows its design from well-known professional ballparks, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

Former Major League Baseball players Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken are behind the company that will draw thousands of young players to a site that offers spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Lightning Rod at Dollywood – The Dollywood theme park will add another superlative attraction this spring. It’s Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster and the world’s first launching wooden roller coaster. The thrilling $22 million ride is the largest attraction investment in the park’s history.

Lightning Rod, the world's fastest wooden roller coaster

Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster

Themed after a tricked out 1950s-era hot rod, Lightning Rod launches riders from zero to 45 mph to a point 20 stories high. Lightning Rod races down a 165-foot drop and propels guests along its 3,800-foot-long track to a top speed of 73 mph, the fastest speed for a wooden coaster in the world.

Lighting Rod joins other Dollywood thrill rides such as Wild Eagle, the country’s first wing coaster; FireChaser Express, the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster; and Thunderhead, a wooden coaster consistently ranked one of the world’s top five wooden coasters. At the adjacent Dollywood’s Splash Country water park, RiverRush stands as Tennessee’s first and only water coaster.

Wallace Hartley Violin – When the RMS Titanic sank into the frigid North Atlantic, a legend was born about the ship’s bandleader, Wallace Hartley. His cherished violin was found strapped to his body after the sinking and was returned to his fiancée, only to be lost to the world for almost a century. It sold at auction in 2013 for $1.7 million.

Pigeon Forge visitors can see the Hartley violin in a special exhibition at the Titanic Museum Attraction from June 5-Aug. 14. Every day, there will be special early-morning admission for a limited number of Titanic enthusiasts to view the violin and shoot heirloom photos.

RetroRunning All Around Town – There’s a special running event April 29-31 exclusively for people age 40 and older. The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will host RetroRunning, a one-of-a-kind race because it’s the odd length of 5 miles, 916 yards. As race organizers note, everyone who runs will set a personal best for that distance.

The weekend will include programs from Jeff Galloway, the nation’s leading running coach and columnist for Runner’s World, and Rudy Maxa, travel journalist and the voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcast.

New Hotels – Pigeon Forge’s amazing inventory of more than 14,000 lodging units will grow in 2016 with the opening of a 137-room Courtyard by Marriott property, a 112-room Hilton Garden Inn and the 178-room Black Fox Lodge.

Information about all aspects of visiting Pigeon Forge is available online at MyPigeonForge.com or by calling 800-251-9100.

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615-341-8796

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Titanic Museum Attractions Awarded World Rights to Exhibit Wallace Hartley Violin, Most Prized RMS Titanic Artifact Ever Recovered

July 2015 – The Wallace Hartley Titanic violin commanded the highest price ever paid for an RMS Titanic artifact when it was sold at auction in October 2013 by the world’s leading Titanic auctioneers, Henry Aldridge & Son Auction House of  Devizes, Wiltshire, England. Now, under exclusive arrangements with Aldridge & Sons and the secret owner they represent, this cherished violin is coming to the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in 2016, announces Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, co-owner of the Titanic Attractions.

“RMS Titanic bandleader Wallace Hartley’s violin has become the iconic symbol of the Titanic saga. Found strapped to his body after the sinking, it was returned to his wife-to-be, only to be lost to the world until it resurfaced almost a century later. Now, for the first time since an unnamed owner took possession of the violin, visitors to the Titanic Museum Attractions will be able to experience for themselves, the overwhelming sense of emotion it evokes,” says Kellogg.

“In my 20 years as an auctioneer, I can honestly say I don’t think any other article has made people show as much emotion as this one,” said auction house director Andrew Aldridge.

Exhibition dates:

* Branson, Missouri — March 7 -May 29, 2016

* Pigeon Forge, Tennessee — June 5 – August 14, 2016

On June 17, 2015, the Wallace Hartley gravesite in Colne, Lancashire, was catalogued by Historic England as a newly listed historic site. The original gravesite ceremony was held on May 17, 1912, at which time more than 30,000 mourners attended the procession for the town’s national hero. It was the largest number of people known to have attended services for an RMS Titanic victim.

Hartley’s impressive memorial is located on the main road into Colne. A small bronze plaque reads: “Wallace Hartley Bandmaster of the RMS Titanic who perished in the foundering of that vessel April 15, 1912 Erected by voluntary contributions to commemorate the heroism of a native of this town.”

In anticipation of record crowds, Titanic Museum Attractions management will feature a special, daily, Early Morning violin viewing for a limited number of Titanic enthusiasts. These VIP guests will have close, uncrowded access to the violin, where they can shoot heirloom photos of their encounter with the violin that played on and on, as Titanic slipped away.

“The Titanic violin may never be played again,” admits Kellogg. “But one of the final songs Wallace Hartley was said to have been playing during the ship’s final moments can still be heard in our imaginations:”

                                                     Nearer, my God to thee,

                                                     Nearer, my God to thee,

                                                     Nearer to thee…

Reservations are suggested by calling 800-381-7672 or going online at   www.titanicattraction.com.

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Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, MO, the site of the first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 7 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 3.6 million visitors.

Henry Aldridge & Son: Henry Aldridge and Son are one of England’s premier auctioneers of antiques and collector’s items. It is a family-run business operated by father and son team Alan and Andrew Aldridge. They were described recently by the top collector of Ocean Liner Memorabilia worldwide as the “Leading source of high end ocean liner collectibles in the world” and are universally accepted as the premier auctioneers in the sale of Titanic and White Star Line material.

Contact:    Mary Kellogg

Phone:      800-381-7670

mail:        mkellogg10@aol.com

Website:  www.titanicattraction.com

Violin Auction House: www.henry-aldridge.com

(Devizes, Wiltshire, England)

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Titanic Pigeon Forge Lands Exhibition Rights to Privately Held ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Personal Artifact Collection

Important, New Gallery to Open Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 2013) – She inspired movies, books, an opera and a Broadway musical, and on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will add  a new dimension to the Margaret “Unsinkable Molly” Brown legacy with the opening of an exclusive new gallery dedicated to this amazing woman, according to John Joslyn, Titanic explorer and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction.

Molly Brown

Molly Brown

“For all that has been said, shown and written about this bigger-than-life personality, nothing can compare to what our guests will experience when they see her real story come to life through personal belongings, private papers and cherished possessions. It’s the only place in the world where you can see them,” Joslyn said.

“Today, Margaret Tobin Brown is just as unforgettable as she was unsinkable, 102 years ago. I think she would be pleased to know that new generations of visitors to the museum will be inspired by the adventures of that little girl from Hannibal, Mo., who overcame poverty, struck it rich with her husband in Colorado and became a legend in her own lifetime,” Joslyn continued

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is the appointed guardian and caretaker of this valuable collection, under the auspices and direction of the legend’s great-granddaughter, Helen Benziger .

Mrs. Benziger is scheduled to make a rare, two-day appearance at the museum attraction on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-15 (Friday-Saturday). All museum attraction visitors will have a chance to meet her and hear her separate fact from fiction in the life of her famed ancestor.

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Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, Missouri, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5.5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2.5 million visitors. Named Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, “The Titanic Museum is not to be missed” declares USA Today. For additional information about the museums visit www.titanicattraction.com  or call (800) 381-7670

Contact:  Mary Kellogg

Phone:     800-381-7670

Email:     mkellogg10@aol.com

Titanic Pigeon Forge website:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com

Media photos:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com/media

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic Jewelry Collection To Be Showcased in Jewelry Television’s First Remote Broadcast, Live from Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge

One-Day Jewelry Marathon Set for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 (12 to 2 a.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 2013) – The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge and Jewelry Television (JTV), one of the largest broadcast shopping networks, are taking the Titanic Jewelry Collection on the road for the first time with a live television show Friday, Oct. 4, at the Titanic Museum Attraction, according to Museum Attraction co-owner Mary Kellogg Joslyn.

“This is the very first time JTV has ever taken a show outside of its Knoxville studios, and we’re thrilled and honored to break new ground with them. We look forward to working on site with their great staff in presenting the Titanic Jewelry Collection in an authentic Titanic setting,” Joslyn said. “This exclusive line of Titanic jewelry was inspired by the women passengers on Titanic’s maiden voyage.”

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

“We’re excited to help share the stories of the iconic women of Titanic through jewelry,” said Kris Kulesza, vice president/general merchandising manager for JTV. “The timeless style of the jewelry worn 101 years ago continues to resonate with women today.”

From the initial launch of the Titanic Jewelry Collection in January 2012, JTV and Titanic Pigeon Forge have enjoyed one of the most successful partnerships in the broadcast shopping world. It began with when the entire collection sold out in less than a few hours during the first broadcast. Today, enthusiastic, loyal Titanic jewelry collectorsare keeping the momentum going, adding to their personal collection of high-quality pieces during each subsequent show.

“You can just imagine richly, bejeweled women making their evening appearances on Titanic’s Grand Staircase, fairly dripping in diamonds and pearls. Every woman watching on Friday, Oct. 4, will see Titanic jewels displayed against this backdrop of elegance and opulence and want to add to their collection. It’s a unique jewelry shopping spree with a mini-Titanic tour all in one,” Joslyn explained. “We value our relationship with JTV and can’t wait to give viewers the chance to experience the Titanic Museum Attraction while they shop.”

“Titanic Museum Attraction co-owner, John Joslyn’s, expedition to Titanic’s resting place at the bottom of the ocean afforded us the opportunity to collaborate on a historically accurate jewelry collection,” said Dan Chase, vice president of merchandising. “Women everywhere are now able to adorn themselves with a piece of history.”

Jamie Terrell, Titanic First Class Maid, will co-host each hour-long show and share fascinating true stories of the amazing women the Titanic Jewelry Collection honors.

Locate Jewelry Television in your area by visiting www.JTV.com/channelfinder.

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Jewelry Television (JTV) is the only broadcast shopping network that focuses exclusively on the sale of fine jewelry and gemstones. The privately held company was founded in 1993 and broadcasts high definition programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to over 80 million unique household in the U.S. Jewelry Television was recently ranked the 14th largest retailer of fine jewelry by National Jeweler. JTV.com is the fifth largest jewelry destination on the Internet, according to Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for 2012. For more information, visit JTV.com.

 

Titanic Museum Attraction:  Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2 million visitors. Recently named Winner of the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, “the Titanic Museum is not to be missed,” declares USA Today.  For additional information about the museums visit www.titanicattraction.com or call (800) 381-7670

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Media Contact:

Mary Kellogg
 Joslyn

417-334-9500

Mkellogg10@aol.com

Titanic Pigeon Forge website:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com

Media photos:  www.titanicpigeonforge.com/media

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Titanic Museum Attraction To Kick Off 2013 Holiday Season with Spectacular Fireworks Display Thanksgiving Evening

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 8, 2013) – The night sky will be ablaze in colorful bursts of light and fantasy on Thanksgiving evening (Nov. 28) during the Titanic Museum Attraction’s second annual fireworks extravaganza honoring the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers. The show is at 7:30 p.m.

“It will be the largest fireworks event of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway, and we look forward to celebrating a joyful evening with our community friends and neighbors,” announced John Joslyn, expedition leader of the first private exploration dive to Titanic and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction.

“Since the Titanic Museum Attraction’s grand opening in 2010, fireworks have been seen as glowing tributes to the 2,208 passengers and crew who sailed on Titanic,” said Joslyn, “Our Thanksgiving fireworks display also serves to usher in a new holiday Christmas season of  hope and promise for all of us.”

The annual tradition of a magical snowfall from the ship’s bow will be renewed on Thanksgiving weekend and will remain in the forecast for every Saturday in December.

To help make the season even brighter, Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard Titanic in 1912, will make special stops at Titanic on these magical snow days. Plus meet our Titanic ‘Fantasy’ Princess!

Visitors to the Titanic Museum Attraction will also be able to view thousands of holiday lights, Edwardian-period decorations, costumed merry-markers and a magical Gift Shoppe brimming with original, one-of-a-kind gifts.

“Every day, but especially during the holidays, we remember and honor the men, women and particularly the children who sailed on the Titanic. At this special time, our guests truly experience what it was like onboard the ship in 1912 and how it might have looked on a Christmas voyage 101 years ago,” says Joslyn.

Information about other winter events at Titanic Museum Attraction can be found online at www.titanicattraction.com. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested since many days sell out entirely. Passengers may purchase tickets online at www.titanicattraction.com or by phone at (800) 381-7670.

Titanic Museum Attraction: Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A privately owned and operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, the site of its first Titanic Museum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2 million visitors. For additional information about the museums, visit www.titanicattraction.com or call 800-381-7670.

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 Media Contact:
Mary Kellogg
417-334-9500
Mkellogg10@aol.com

 

 

World’s Leading Creator of Titanic Art To Appear at Titanic Pigeon Forge Event

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 23, 2013) – Ken Marschall’s haunting portraits of the celebrated RMS Titanic have become part of the ship’s rich history. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is proud to announce that the famed American artist will visit to sign his best-selling books and posters during an exclusive two-day event.

Scheduled Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon-2 p.m., this event’s window of opportunity is brief. Therefore, Titanic enthusiasts are urged to reserve space now for the chance to meet Marschall in person and hear his fascinating story – from his first commissioned painting of Titanic (at age 18) through four decades of creating internationally acclaimed art.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ken here with us for a couple of days. He is, without a doubt, the go-to guy filmmakers, documentarians, historians and publishers rely on to provide visual impact and drama for their Titanic projects,” says Titanic Museum Attraction co-owner Mary Kellogg-Joslyn. “His historical Titanic ‘portraits’ are so detailed and breathtaking that they are sometimes mistaken for photographs,” she adds.

Marschall’s impressive work is showcased in “Titanic: An Illustrated History,” the same book that inspired James Cameron, Oscar-winning “TITANIC” writer and director, to bring aboard the artist as visual historian for sets and miniatures.

In 2001 and 2005, Marschall accompanied Cameron on dives to explore Titanic as never before. He made a total of six dives to the wreck site. Their undersea research provided exciting new details, which Cameron incorporated into Disney’s 3D “Ghosts of the Abyss,” Discovery Channel’s “Last Mysteries of the Titanic” and the 3D release of National Geographic’s “Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron.”

In conjunction with Marschall’s appearance, the famed artist also is slated as a featured speaker at the Titanic Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Convention, Sept. 4-8 in Pigeon Forge. To attend this convention visit  www.TitanicHistoricalSociety.org

The Titanic Museum Attraction opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested for the Marschall event. To arrange your preferred date and time, please call 800-381-7670 or visit www.titanicattraction.com.

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 Media Contact:
Mary Kellogg
417-334-9500
Mkellogg10@aol.com

 

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.