Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Titantic Pigeon Forge Coming in 2010


Ship-shaped museum/attraction targets spring 2010 launch

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 2008)-The keel is being laid for Titanic Pigeon Forge, a towering ship-shaped museum/attraction devoted to the world's best-known ocean liner.

Christening of the 30,000-square-foot structure that will resemble the romantic cruise ship will be in the spring of 2010. It is a $25 million project of Cedar Bay Entertainment, which also is the parent company of the first Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo.

Titanic Pigeon Forge will open a little more than a year after the opening of another major tourism investment in Pigeon Forge, the $114 million Belle Island Village mixed-used development that will begin serving guests this winter.

Home port for Titanic Pigeon Forge is a 5.69-acre site on the Parkway near the Black Bear Jamboree, the Miracle Theater and WonderWorks on the north end of Pigeon Forge. The city is a gateway community to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and attracts more than 11 million visitors a year.

Constant change and growth are Pigeon Forge¹s greatest assets, said John Joslyn, president of Cedar Bay Entertainment. Visitors have always enjoyed many reasons to return to the area, and Titanic Pigeon Forge will easily become yet another reason to stop, shop and be entertained and enlightened.

Joslyn's interest in the Titanic began as a producer of television specials, and he has been to the bottom of the North Atlantic to see the actual Titanic while working on specials about the unsinkable vessel.

The attraction will display hundreds of priceless Titanic artifacts in 20 galleries on two decks that will also contain exact replicas of the Grand Staircase, a first-class suite, a third-class cabin and a Marconi wireless room. The bridge will offer interactive features similar to those of its Branson sister ship.

Each visitor will receive a boarding pass bearing the name of a real Titanic passenger or crew member and will be able to touch an iceberg, experience the chill of 28-degree water, sit in an actual life boat, steer the ship and send an SOS message.

Titanic Pigeon Forge will be a welcome addition to our city's list of quality attractions, said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster, noting that it will complement Dollywood, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, WonderWorks, Belle Island Village, more than a dozen theaters, the Old Mill, Walden's Landing and several outlet shopping malls.

Citizens National Bank has taken a leadership role in financing with the support of USDA Rural Development. Bob Fleming, president of Idletime is the creative director of the project; Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Inc. is the architectural and engineering firm; and Turner Construction Co. is the contractor.

Cedar Bay Entertainment is a privately owned entertainment and development company headquartered in Branson. Its Titanic attraction there opened in
2006 and welcomed more than a million guests in its first two years.

Renderings of Titanic Pigeon Forge are at <> , and details of Titanic Branson are at <> . Information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge is available online at <> or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cycling in the Smokies

Cycling in the Smokies - by Bob Williams-Dillsboro NC

Fall is rolling along and soon winter will be here. This past week there were a couple of wonderful bicycles rides in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Out past Bryson City the Nantahala Outdoor Center put on the Nantahala Challenge and in Franklin, I rode in the Tour De Franklin metric century ride developed by Smoky Mountain Bicycles in Franklin.

Road Cycling is ever popular in the Smokies with folks taking on the area's quiet country back roads and the ever popular and challenging Blue Ridge Parkway. One of our new favorite events occurs in September, the Tour De Tuck put on by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Their web site is and follow the links to the Tour De Tuck. Mark your calendars for next year to take on a metric century or full century ride that lives up to its billing “ fierce beauty, fierce ride”.

Road biking becomes a bit of challenge here in the autumn and winter months. Cold weather is a challenge to ride in without being properly equipped. Many folks here, including myself, find mountain biking with its slower speeds is ideal in these months. I frequent Tsali Recreation area in the Nantahala National Forest on Lake Fontana ( this is just outside of Bryson City) and the many challenging trails in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard.

One of the perks of mountain biking in the colder seasons is as the leaves drop the canopy opens up and views can be enjoyed along the way during the ride. So pack up the bikes and head to the hills for rides that are challenging yet filled with beauty. To learn more about group rides and events on the NC side of the Smokies check out these web sites ( Sylva/Bryson City) and (Franklin)

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