Christmas In Wears Valley

Christmas In Wears Valley Celebration of Christmas & the history & culture of the mountain valley area of Wears Valley, TN. Take a Tour of Trees and enjoy special events all month!
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Wears Valley is celebrating a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas this year and everyone visiting the area is invited to join in! The holidays are often spent looking forward to all that is new, but in Appalachian culture, we celebrate the simplicity of Christmas past along with a touch of the holiday spirit of modern times. With this year's Christmas In Wears Valley, you'll find wagon rides, storytelling, and Christmas Carols in addition to the wonderful things found here year-round. Wears Valley has many unique shops, incredible Southern food restaurants, our own entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and views of the mountains you must see to believe! Christmas in Wears Valley runs between November 29th and December 31st for 2013. Opening Weekend features a tree lighting ceremony November 29th. Visitors can take a tour of Wears Valley to visit Christmas trees decorated at many local businesses. Follow our Tour of Trees Map to all 19 trees and receive a free gift while supplies last. Free gifts are available at GSM Outfitters (3275 Wears Valley Road) with a filled Tour of Trees map initialed by each business. See trees at these locations: * Mountain Air Cabin Rentals * Moose Creek Crossing Cabin Rentals * Friendly Falls * GSM Outfitters * Wears Valley Realty Group * Aunt Debbie's Country Store * Bears Valley Antiques * Tennessee State Bank * Citizens National Bank * Mountain Girls Primitives * Wears Valley United Methodist Church * Cove Creek RV Resort - The Wears Valley Area Chamber Santa Welcome Center! * Groovy Tours * Brainstorm Cafe * The Wright Stuff * Imagine It Embroidery * The Church of Restoration * Quality Roofing and Remodels By making one stop at Cove Creek RV Resort, you can get 7 trees of the Official Tree Tour Map initialed! Download the Printable Tree Tour Map (pdf) Don't miss Bill Landry, December 7th, 4:00 pm at Cove Creek RV Resort. 3293 Wears Valley Road Sevierville, TN, 37862 This is a Free Event open to the public. We welcome you to visit. The Wears Valley Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the sponsors of Christmas in Wears Valley: * Quality Roofing and Remodels * Brainstorm Cafe * Fireside Chalets * Wyndham Resorts * William Knight Insurance * Cornerstone Insurance * Markowitz State Farm * Cabin Fever Vacations * Black Bear Ridge Resort * Tom Lolio Property Management * Imagine It Embroidery * Wears Valley Ranch * Frank Markowitz, State Farm Insurance We welcome you to Christmas in Wears Valley!

Mission: To promote the history, culture and uniqueness of Wears Valley, TN. Presented by the Wears Valley Area Chamber of Commerce

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Experience. Sponsored by GSM Outfitters
10/12/2020

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Experience. Sponsored by GSM Outfitters

This months theme is hiking in the Smokies. Send a hiking themed photo to [email protected] in a format that can be shared. After review, the photo will be shared to this site. On the 10th of November we will pick a winner. The winner of the contest will get a 20 oz Collapsable Que Bottle
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GSM Outfitters LLC
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GSM Outfitters LLC

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Beautiful days in Wears Valley!
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Beautiful days in Wears Valley!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
05/05/2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Beginning May 9, the park will reopen many roads and trails. Campgrounds, picnic pavilions, visitor centers, and many secondary roads will remain closed during the first reopening phase, which is expected to last for at least two weeks.

While some areas will soon be accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. The park typically has more than one million visitors each month, May through October, from across the country.

The health and safety of employees, partners, volunteers, visitors, and local residents remains the highest priority in park reopening decisions. Park managers will examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for all users.

Further information regarding the specifics of which roads and trails will reopen on May 9 will be shared next week. Please stay tuned and check nps.gov/grsm for updates.

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Michael Shepperd
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Michael Shepperd

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Beautiful Wears Valley Views
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Beautiful Wears Valley Views

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Smoky Mountain Outdoor Winter Expo
12/17/2019

Smoky Mountain Outdoor Winter Expo

The Smoky Mountain Winter Experience will be January 27th, 28th and 29th. It will be held at the new Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. It is a completely FREE event that celebrates the National Park and preservation. This event will predominately focus on Biology, The National Park and the natural world. The presentations and hikes will be geared towards adults. We are very excited about seeing a diverse gathering with an interest and thirst for an event of this nature! If you enjoyed Wilderness Wildlife Week when it was in January you will really enjoy this event!

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The following are the hikes and presentations that are set up. More are being added everyday right now. A website will go up shortly with new updates and more information.
Smoky Mountain Winter Experience 2020 TENTATIVE SCHEDULE Excursions
Jan 27 – Monday
1:00 – 5:00 - Porters Creek – Holt 4.0 miles
Jan 28 – Tuesday
9:00 – 3:00 -Old Sugarlands – Snyder 6 miles
11:00 – 4:30 - Walker Sisters – Zachry 3.5 miles
**7:30 – 5:00 - Rocky Top via Anthony Creek – Silver 13 miles
Jan 28 – Tours
9:00 – 3:00 ABR/ Cades Museum/Foothills Pky
9:00 – 3:00 - Kathy Gwinn/Sevier County History
Jan 29 – Wednesday
7:30 – 3:00 -Injun Creek/Rhododendrum Creek – Maynard 5 miles
9:30 – 4:30 - Baskin Creek Falls – Garnes 5.5 miles
9:00 – 3:00 - Little River/Jakes Creek – Dave Anderson 5.0 miles
Current Presenters include:
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Joey Holt – Topic – Let's Talk Trash in Bear Country
Joey Holt grew up in the foothills of the Smokies. Joey has been a lover of the outdoors all his life enjoying activities such as camping and hiking. He has been an avid hiker for several years. Joey is a member of Great Smoky Mountains Association and is a volunteer with Appalachian Bear Rescue. He has been presenting a hiking program at a local camp resort for the past few years where he also does guided hikes for their guests, church groups, and others who just enjoy the outdoors.
Lynne McCoy – Topics – Wild Ones Among Us and Owl Pellet Dissection
Lynne McCoy is a home-based wildlife rehabilitator & educator in Jefferson county Tn. She has worked with wildlife since 1973. Lynne has been featured on Jack Hanna's TV series, Into the Wild: The Smoky Mtn. Rescue. She has both state and federal permits and cares for as many as 1100 wild ones in need. Her newsletter is Its a Wild Life and Lynne has a page dedicated to her wildlife work.
Jim Eastin – Topic – Beginner Photography
Jim Eastin is a minister, photographer, performer, and storyteller who helps people share their joys with words, music and the visual arts. He has been performing in the area and teaching people to use cameras in the Smoky Mountains since 2000.
Carroll McMahan – Topics – Smoky Mountain Heritage*
Carroll McMahan resides in Fountain City. He is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Carroll is a contributing writer and coordinator of Upland Chronicles, a weekly column featuring mountain heritage stories in The Mountain Press. In 2010, he organized and continues to coordinate the annual Rose Glen Literary Festival at Walters State Community College, Sevier County Campus. A native of Sevierville, he moved back to East Tennessee after 25 years in Nashville and for one entire summer in Glacier Bay, Alaska. For the past seven years, Carroll has presented various heritage programs at Wilderness Wildlife in Pigeon Forge. He periodically conducts walking history tours of downtown Sevierville. Carroll is recipient of the 2012 Community History Award presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Historic Preservation Recognition Award presented on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Spencer Clack Chapter. He is married to Michelle Ingolia McMahan who is a nurse at the Sleep Disorder Center of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. They are members of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and serve together on the advisory board of East Tennessee Catholic Charities. His interests include hiking in the Smokies, history, folklore and storytelling.
Lost Mill String Band – Topic – Music of Our American Roots
Jerry and Joan Paul of the Lost Mill String Band have been sharing their American Roots Music with visitors and locals of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding area since 2005. The duo sings and performs a variety of genres, including the music of Appalachia, both past and present. Joan plays harmonica, guitar and clawhammer banjo and Jerry plays upright bass and bluegrass banjo. Their presentation is a mix of history, humor and harmonies.
Stephanie Mueller – Topic – Winter Bird Behavior
Stephanie Mueller is the seasonal ranger at Seven Islands State Birding Park in Kodak, TN where she has been volunteering and working since 2017. She received her BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and a minor in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She received her MS degree in Natural Resources-Wildlife Concentration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where her research thesis was on the habitat relationships of songbirds in peatland swamps of Wisconsin. Stephanie is a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and enjoys guiding hikes and programs for nature enthusiasts of all ages.
Nate Housley – Topics – Winter Bird Behavior
Tennessee State Park Ranger Nathaniel R. Housley has been serving the State of Tennessee for seven years. Through his career he has worked at Huntington Beach and Charles Towne Landing State Park in South Carolina, Big Ridge, Harrison Bay, Hiwassee Ocoee Rivers, and Seven Islands State Birding Park here in Tennessee. His love of the outdoors began at an early age with camping and hiking trips in nature with his father. He was fortunate enough to incorporate his love of the outdoors into a career, and is more than happy to share his experiences and love of nature with others.
Charlie Rhodarmer – Topic – The Trial of Sequoyah
Charlie Rhodarmer is originally from Canton, North Carolina. He graduated from Pisgah High School. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division, Field Artillery before attending Haywood Community College, earning an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. Then he transferred to Western Carolina University, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During his time at Western, he learned to blacksmith and began working at the Mountain Heritage Center. Charlie has worked for the Scottish Tartans Museum in Highlands, North Carolina. He was Curator in Residence at the Scottish Tartans Museum in Comrie, Scotland. He also designed and set up the original Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin, North Carolina. Charlie was the exhibitionist for the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum. After working as a professional scouter for several years, Charlie became the curator of the National Scouting Museum in Murray Kentucky. Charlie is an Eagle Scout. When The Scouting Museum moved to Texas, Charlie applied to Sequoyah Birthplace Museum. He has been with the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum since July of 2000.
Brenda Dawson – Topics – Autoharp and Appalachian Music
Brenda Dawson plays the autoharp and will help you learn how to tune your harp and produce a song as you to learn and play before the week is up. Brenda will play and sing old tunes you can learn, as well.
Boogertown Gap Old-Time String Band – Topics – Appalachian Folk Music
Boogertown Gap Old-Time String Band, Keith Watson and Ruth Barber, will be at their booth full time when not conducting programs to talk about their Old-Time Music, its heritage, and its place in Great Smoky Mountain life, as well as demonstrate, educate, and offer hands on playing of some of their instruments, especially the wooden musical spoons. They will have for sale at their booth all four of their CD recordings, as well as musical spoons, penny whistles, and BTG stickers. They will even have a map to show you where Boogertown is! Come by for a lot of fun.
Keith Garnes – Topic – Significant Waterfalls and Landforms of Tennessee
Keith Garnes lives in Gatlinburg and leads hikes for Smoky Mountain Outdoors and is the hiking director for Friends of Pickett State Park in Middle Tennessee. He is active in promoting Pickett State Park's new addition, the Pogue Creek Canyon.
Craig Johnston – Topic – Significant Waterfalls and Landforms of Tennessee
Craig Johnston grew up in Western Pennsylvania hiking and camping in the Allegheny Mountains. He left city life behind, moving from DC to Gatlinburg over three (3) years ago to pursue his passion for history and the outdoors.
Now working for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, he is further able to continue to learn more about the beautiful Smokies, and enjoys passing along his knowledge, and educating others about this amazing National Park.
Tom & Pat Cory – Topics – The Beauty of Water: Imaging Techniques and Imaging the Beauty of the Sky
Tom and Pat Cory have been involved professionally in photography for many years. Working as a husband/wife team they have conducted photography workshops locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. They have had their work published in numerous calendars and publications. such as Outdoor Photographer, Nature Photographer, and Blue Ridge Country.
Douglas Hubbard – Topic – Photography*
Douglas Hubbard has a passion for photography spanning more than 50 years. By the age of 13, he had contracted his first wedding which included the darkroom work. He progressed from film capture to digital capture by digitalizing film and processing those files in Photoshop. Douglas has served as president of the Camera Club of Oak Ridge; has been successful in photography competitions; chaired major photographic competitions; and presented photographic programs.
Marty Silver – Fauna and Hiking Expertise*
Marty Silver has worked as an Park Ranger for Tennessee State Parks for more than 40 years. He shares nature discovery and conservation awareness with tens of thousands of park visitors and school children each year, and has led guided interpretive hikes from less than a mile to over 20 miles across the mountains and ridges of Northeast Tennessee.
Joel & Kathy Zachry – Topics – Smokies Winter Hiking: Joyous Occasions and Dangerous Blunderings and Winter Hiking: Things You'd Better Consider
Joel and Kathy Zachry have been a part of Wilderness Wildlife Week since 1995. They completed section-hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005. Co-directors from 2013 – 2017, they have been instructors in the University of Tennessee and National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School since the early 1980s. Their book on bear experiences is Bears We’ve Met – Short Stories of Close Encounters documenting some of their more than 25 years guiding small groups in the backcountry of Alaska.
Cherel Henderson – Topics – Cures, Omens and Sayings: Generation to Generation, the Old World to the New
Cherel Henderson is a native of Jefferson County, with deep roots in several mountain counties of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. She is the director of the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville and the founding director of the First Families of Tennessee project. For several years, she was very active in the Smoky Mountain Historical Society and served as editor of its newsletter.
With more to be announced soon including featured evening speakers!
For the intrepid adventurer, hikes and bus trips will be offered all three days with an onsite lottery-based sign-up set for 9 AM on Monday, January 27 in Salon C for all three days of outdoor excursions.
Current Excursion Leaders are:
Marty Silver
Marty Silver has worked as an Park Ranger for Tennessee State Parks for more than 40 years. He shares nature discovery and conservation awareness with tens of thousands of park visitors and school children each year, and has led guided interpretive hikes from less than a mile to over 20 miles across the mountains and ridges of Northeast Tennessee.
Mark Snyder
Mark Snyder is a retired school educator who resides in Townsend, Tennessee. Both Mark and his wife Janet are members of Cades Cove Preservation Association, with Mark serving on the Board of the CCPA. Both Mark and Janet serve as Board Members of the Little River Railroad and Lumber Museum. They also maintain a section of the Appalachian Trail north of Newfound Gap. Mark is a driver/interpreter of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center's 'Cades Cove Heritage Tours'. Mark has hiked the entire AT and is part of the 900 miler club. He also works part-time at the Townsend Visitor Center.
Jim Rigsby
Jim Rigsby has, since 2013, co-produced a blog titled "Remembrance" on the Knoxville News Sentinel's website GoSmokies, memorializing the Smoky Mountain backcountry cemeteries. Jim's writing has appeared in the Indianapolis Star Magazine and a variety of commercial websites devoted to Smoky Mountain travel.
Keith Garnes
Keith Garnes lives in Gatlinburg and leads hikes for Smoky Mountain Outdoors and is the hiking director for Friends of Pickett State Park in Middle Tennessee. He is active in promoting Pickett State Park's new addition, the Pogue Creek Canyon.
Joel & Kathy Zachry
Joel and Kathy Zachry have been a part of Wilderness Wildlife Week since 1995. They completed section-hiking the 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2005. Co-directors from 2013 – 2017, they have been instructors in the University of Tennessee and National Park Service Smoky Mountain Field School since the early 1980s. Their book on bear experiences is Bears We’ve Met – Short Stories of Close Encounters documenting some of their more than 25 years guiding small groups in the backcountry of Alaska.
Joey Holt
Joey Holt grew up in the foothills of the Smokies. Joey has been a lover of the outdoors all his life enjoying activities such as camping and hiking. He has been an avid hiker for several years. Joey is a member of Great Smoky Mountains Association and is a volunteer with Appalachian Bear Rescue. He has been presenting a hiking program at a local camp resort for the past few years where he also does guided hikes for their guests, church groups, and others who just enjoy the outdoors.
Keith Watson
A native to Sevier County, Keith has almost 40 years of national birding experience, including East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. He began his birding experience as a conservationist and birder in the mid-1970’s in Knoxville, TN as a student at the University of Tennessee. He has assisted the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Peregrine Falcon monitoring, Breeding Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, and special wetland surveys and developed an Avian Conservation Implementation Plan for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the Piedmont Bird Conservation Region. Together with fellow birders, he has documented birds never before reported for Sevier County, TN. Keith leads birding tours for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Ventures Birding Tours, and the Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower Pilgrimage.
The mission of Smoky Mountain Winter Experience is to connect nature lovers to the Smokies in an experiential manner through learning from experts indoors and out.
This winter celebration of the Smokies is free and open to the public at the Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center, located at 3230 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. To book a room with the hotel, please call 1-800-555-2650 and mention Smoky Mountain Winter Experience to get the special event rate.

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