Friday, March 28, 2014

Pigeon Forge Rod Run April 11-13 ~ Love It Or Hate It ?

Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run - April 11-13, 2014 ~ Love It Or Hate It ?

Ready or not, it's just 2 weeks away..  The sound of engines roaring, the distinct odor
of burning rubber and gas, bright shiny paint jobs, cars, cars and more cars on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge!

The rods, the muscle cars, the beaming show cars, the classic Chevy Super Sports and Ford Mustangs are just the start! Then there are the car lovers !!! There in all their glory with shirts matching their beloved machines! It's a hoot, really...

Do you love it or hate it?? We love it even though the traffic can be daunting! You can read more of my thoughts about Rod Run here.

The Spring Rod Run Event and Vendors will be in the new location -
Leconte Center - Pigeon Forge Teaster Lane just off the Parkway

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pigeon Forge – Are You Ready For Paula Deen ?

Pigeon Forge will soon boast a Paula Deen restaurant called Paula's Kitchen.. By late this summer, her company Paula Deen Ventures plans to open a 20,000 square foot eatery in the newest retail and entertainment center in Pigeon Forge – The Island

Paula's Sweet Shop and Coffee will also be part of the location as well as her signature retail shop.

The Island is located just off the Pigeon Forge Parkway and Teaster Lane near Stoplight #3 and boasts an arcade,  shops, restaurants and the Smoky Mountain Wheel, an incredible 200 foot – multi-color lighted ferris wheel that can be seen from one end of Pigeon Forge to the other !

I have not eaten at a Paula Deen Restaurant yet, hopefully I will this summer in Pigeon Forge.
Photo by cgilliam - The Island - Smoky Mtn Wheel


Saturday, September 08, 2012

Fall "Rod Run" Pigeon Forge TN - September 14-15, 2012

Grand Fall "Rod Run" coming up in Pigeon Forge TN -  Friday September 14 and Saturday September 15th, 2012.   Even though these are the dates for the Rod Run, there will be awesome cars and trucks all week long.  Lots of folks stay around from the weekend prior "Shades of the Past" show.. So get ready for smokin' tires and loud mufflers and MORE TRAFFIC than you can shake a stick at !!!

The actual "show" is held at the Grand Resort Hotel and Convention Center, however the hot rods are everywhere you look!!!  You can see the Rods from Thursday 9/13/12 till Sunday 9/16/12.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

Shades of the Past - Pigeon Forge TN - 9/7-8,2012

It's hard to believe that it's time again for the "Shades of the Past" Car Show in Pigeon Forge. It is Friday, September 7 and Saturday September 8, 2012.  Get ready to hear the engines roar and the tires squeal !!!  It's a blast..... unless you would rather not be stuck in traffic for hours !!

Try to enjoy the beautiful mountain views as well as the fantastic classic cars and trucks...

September 7 - 8, 2012  - The 30th - Shades of The Past is being held at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, TN.
This year's event features a collection of the most amazing rods, customs and classics made through 1972, all in one place.

Spectators can enjoy the sights as participants or enter for major prizes, including a 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Roadster along with thousands of dollars in cash prizes, too. Add to that a variety of vendor booths, and it's one of East Tennessee's best events at Shades of the Past at Dollywood's Splash Country Sept. 7-8, 2012.

Gates open at 8 a.m. both days, and selected attractions at Dollywood’s Splash Country will be open for participants to enjoy which is included in your Shades of the Past admission ticket. For details and ticket information, please visit

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Photos by C. Gilliam

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Wilderness Wildlife Week - Pigeon Forge - Jan 7-14,2012

Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wilderness Wildlife Week is the best way to get in touch with nature. This free event is offered every year in Pigeon Forge year and it features eight days of wilderness fun!  Jan 7-14, 2012 Music Road Hotel & Convention Center.

Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN opens up with a keynote address from Peggy Callahan, the executive director of the Wildlife Science Center. During the week you’ll learn from some of the area’s experts as well as participate in hands-on workshops, seminars, and lectures.

Get back to nature on more than 50 guided walks and hikes throughout the Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. These excursions are designed for all levels of experience. If you’re a music lover, you’ll enjoy some Smoky Mountain music performed during Appalachia Fest.

Every year, nature lovers flock to Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, TN for a week of fun, learning, and nature! The International Festivals & Events Association has recognized the event for its environmental and educational efforts.

New for 2012:

Photography Contest

Thanks in part to our wonderful friends at the Nantahala Outdoor Center,the Wilderness Wildlife Week Photography Contest has expanded. For the first time ever, the contest will feature seven divisions:





•Youth & Young Adults (ages 17 and under)

•Great Smoky Mountain Landmarks

•Nature’s Wonders in Black & White

Also new to the contest is the implementation of the Judges’ Choice Award.

Cades Cove Heritage Track

Listen and enjoy as Cades Cove experts bring the history of the people and area to life.

Echoes of the Smokies!

Be prepared to relive the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Wilma Durpo.

Smoky Mountain Heritage Track

Reminisce and experience life throughout the history of Pigeon Forge, Sevier County and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve Ball Drop Gatlinburg 2012

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2012 in unique style with its 24th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Saturday night, December 31.

At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2012, the Space Needle area will shine with a red glow from the surrounding rooftops at the beginning of a music program which includes selected songs followed by a choreographed fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee.

Leading up to midnight, popular musical entertainment will be headquartered on the balcony of the Gatlinburg Convention Center at the Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road entrance. Party favors provided by Mr. Tablecloth will be available near the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail.

“It has become a tradition for families and friends from across America to come back to celebrate the New Year here in Gatlinburg,” said George Hawkins, Special Events Manager. “We expect to have another big crowd to help us usher in 2012 with their loved ones and friends.”

The highlight of the evening is the ball drop from the Space Needle, signifying the old year is over and a new one has begun. Then music encouraging crowd participation and the fireworks show off the 342-foot structure will welcome the New Year in dazzling style.

The entire city of Gatlinburg celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way with many restaurants and attractions offering special celebrations. Popular hotspots are right in the middle of the fireworks area below the Space Needle and offer varying packages which may include music, buffets and a champagne toast.

For information on other New Year’s Eve parties and activities as well as lodging and dining options, please call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 800/568-4748, or visit

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Trolly Of Lights Till Jan 12, 2012

Enjoy the Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights.. Leave the driving to them !!

November 8, 2011 - January 13, 2012

See the Winterfest light displays and their five million shining lights on board the Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights. Your heated, enclosed trolley comes complete with its own personal tour guide who will share stories about Pigeon Forge’s history and our famous Winterfest light displays.

Park your car and leave the driving to us!

Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights begins and end at Patriot Park. For specific departure times, call 865-453-6444.