Around Town May 2019 Issue


Smoky Mountains




What To See And Where To Be In The Smokies !

Volume 6, No. 5 Read online: FREE

The Newest German Festival in Gatlinburg

May 17- 27


Ober Gatlinburg’s Spring festival MayFest, begins Friday, May

17 running through Monday, May 27, 2019. MayFest is a

traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring with

displays of history, culture and the traditional Maypole dance.

Visitors to Ober Gatlinburg will enjoy the Schulz Brau

Biergarten and demonstrations by artists from the Great Smoky

Arts and Crafts Community. Children’s free activities include

bounce houses, games, face painting and crafts. This year we are

adding the “May Games” on Saturday 5/25. For a challenge,

participate in Ober’s grueling Uphill 5k (May 18), benefitting

the Boys & Girls Club of the Smokies.

An Outdoor Bier Garten is open daily for beer sampling for

festival-goers who are 21 and over. Also, for your entertainment,

The Smoky Mountain Oompah Band. The band dresses in

authentic lederhosen while performing traditional Bavarian folk

dances, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more!

Inside the mall, you’ll also want to check out our retail shops …

most especially our unique and specific “Beer Necessities”

kiosk, which provides an eclectic selection of gifts and

accessories for the true beer (or “bier”) aficionado.

Bier Garten open 10:00am till 6:00pm Mon – Fri * … 10:00am

till 7:00pm Saturday * … Noon till 6:00pm Sundays *

Outdoor games, including inflatables, open 10:00am till 5:00pm

Mon – Thu *… 10:00am till 7:00pm Fri – Sun *

Free Face Painting on Saturday & Sunday ! *

* PLEASE NOTE: Hours & Closing times for OUTDOOR

ACTIVITIES (Bier Garten, Games, etc …) are WEATHER

PERMITTING … Please Call 800-MUCH-FUN for more

information on what is available in the event of rain, etc…

For more info visit:

By Jon Evans

Based on the title of this article you would think that we

are upset by something, but no, I am talking about having

a lot of pets. When we took over Just Fer Paws Kennels

six years ago, we thought the previous owner was a bit on

the eccentric side for having 14 dogs (she of course was

part of the show at the Comedy Barn with the Comedy

Canines). Here we are six years later and we are not far

behind on those totals. We currently have seven dogs and

three cats of our own ranging in all sizes and ages. I guess

this now puts us in the eccentric category also. Charlie

and I have a problem saying no but I think we have finally

gotten to the point that enough is enough. We spend more

on our pets than we do on ourselves and trust me, like with

children our pets get into everything and have more

medical problems than you could even imagine. We have

one dog that suffers from Pancreatitis. We have one dog

that has terrible allergies to meats. We have a cat that has

thyroid issues and now we have one dog that has horrible

separation anxiety. The last is the least of our problems

due to us never going anywhere, but shoot we do need to

go food shopping. The thing is even with all of that and

knowing that everyone is of course getting older each

Trolley Routes & Schedules

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year, I don't think we would change a thing. Having pets is

a huge responsibility and it may not be for everyone, but

for those of you that know of the joys of waking up

everyday to a pet that love you unconditionally is pure joy

to both Charlie and myself. We just have this to the

extreme of 10.

Here is this month's advice from Just Fer Paws. If you

are interested in getting a pet or even adding to your fur

family. Please adopt through your local shelter. You can

find pure breed dogs as well as those goofy mixed up

breeds that many of us love and adore. We have now

adopted 2 Greyhounds through the Greyhound

Retirement Foundation of Tennessee and the rest of our

fur babies were through local shelters. There is no need to

spend $500.00 and up on a pet when you can save a life for

under $100.00. These fur babies are up-to-date on shots

and have been spade or neutered. Share your love with a

fur baby that truly needs you. See our ad on Page 5

Just Fer Paws Kennels • 865-430-3383

817 Powdermill Road Gatlinburg

read about them in this paper

Local Area Map

Inside on Page 8

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Judy Jones Potter y

A Gatlinburg Pottery Gallery

Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Village

170 Glades Rd . 865. 436. 2363 cell 404. 216.


all supplies furnished - two or three hour classes

• Lead Free • Wheel Thrown

• Microwave & Dishwasher Safe

"Browse and watch potter at work"

(865) 430-3472

In The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Ober Uphill 5K

Saturday, May 18th

Run to the top and get a free ride down on the Aerial Tramway!

Runners will also be able to drop a bag to be transported to the

finish line.

The Ober Uphill 5K will begin at Ober Gatlinburg downtown

parking area and run Ski Mountain Road to Ober Gatlinburg. It is

all uphill. This is a true bucket list race. This road running race

consists of a 1358′ ascent, making the course 84% uphill, 12.5%

d o w n h i l l , a n d 3 . 5 % fl a t . F o r d e t a i l s :

Awards will be presented to the KING and QUEEN of the

Mountain, the top 3 Overall Male/Female and top 3 finishers in

each age group (10 year increments). Overall winners will not be

eligible for age division awards. Awards are based on gun time

and not chip time.

Participants are encouraged to attend the post race events at Ober

Gatlinburg. Ober Gatlinburg will be celebrating MayFest!

(Oktoberfest with flowers!), Refreshments at the finish will be

provided by Shulz Brau mobile Bier Garten and donated

Pepsi/Gatorade products.

Results: Complete results will be available on the KTC app

(available in iTunes and Google Play Store) immediately as well

as on the website at

At the time of registration/check out, we will be asking you to

sponsor a child for a day ($6), a Week ($23), a Month ($100), the

Summer ($400), the School Year ($800), OR the Entire Year

($1200). Your donation will DIRECTLY affect the youth of

Sevier County! The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains

works to provide a safe, nurturing space and meals for school

aged kids. The Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains

offers kids mentorship, opportunities to excel and extra attention

children may not otherwise receive. Last year our 5 local clubs

served 1,800 students and served more than 225,000 meals!

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community

600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Anakeesta Announces Largest Expansion Since Opening

Anakeesta announced plans to expand the award-winning 70-acre

outdoor theme park in Gatlinburg. The park has offered tree top

family fun for all ages since opening in September 2017. Named

the 2018 Tennessee Attraction of the Year, Anakeesta continues to

grow and expand offering a magical outdoor experience for


Expansion plans will include new outdoor experiences for

visitors, offer more dining and shopping and an additional way to

reach the summit of Anakeesta.

Vista Garden Walk adds more walking trails, Bearventure Play

Area, more seating and thousands of new plantings – Opening

Memorial Day, 2019

Interactive and immersive experiences have been added in the

newly expanded Vista Garden Walk. More than 5,000 new

flowers, 800 shrubs, and 250 trees have been planted, doubling

the size of the already flourishing botanical garden. Additional art

sculptures called twigloos have been installed, pergolas with

shaded seating have been added, along with a whimsical 20' tall

'willow man' sculpture. Winding pathways will lead families to

tree house styled play areas, the BearVenture Challenge Course

for children and uniquely designed musical instruments located

within the garden for interactive play.


Overlook is now open and offers breathtaking mountain views. A

live music stage, beer truck, activity areas for arts & crafts and

artisan demonstrations along with outdoor games and seating for

relaxed dining are all featured in this new outdoor gathering


SCENIC ADVENTURE RIDE offers new way to get to


Beginning in late Summer of 2019 Anakeesta will offer guests a

new way to reach the summit. In addition to the scenic Chondola

ride with open air quad chairs and enclosed six-person gondola

cabins, guests will be able to reach the top of Anakeesta Mountain

via an immersive ride on an adventure truck through the forest.

For the same admission cost guests will load the 45-passenger

adventure vehicle adjacent to the Chondola base station in

Downtown Gatlinburg, then enjoy a ride along a forested path to

the summit. Each journey will feature a guided audio tour

featuring fun facts about the unique history of the land and the

local animals and plant life of the Great Smoky Mountains.

50' OBSERVATION TOWER becomes focal point of the park –


A fifty-foot observation tower will allow guests to rise to a height

of 1,930' for a 360 degree view of the Smoky mountains. The

Now Open

Owner Karen Bentz with nephew at new Bear Venture Park

stone and timber structure will harken back to the traditional fire

tower structure found at Mt. Camerer in the Great Smoky

Mountain National Park but with a modern flair that ties into the

iconic Anakeesta Chondola station found on the Parkway.



Casual dining with expanded seating options for up to 150 people

will overlook the majestic views of Mt. LeConte and the national

park. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner.


Anakeesta already offers 3 quaint shopping opportunities at the

Adventure Outpost, Great Outdoors Trading Company and

Catching Fireflies. The park will open 2 additional shops for

families to find that perfect memory of their visit to Gatlinburg.

“Anakeesta began with the vision of creating an authentic

experience where families would enjoy the outdoors together”

said Bob Bentz, Managing Partner. “It's been exciting to see that

vision become a reality and we are excited to continue to grow and

expand the park.”

Discover the magic in the mountains as Anakeesta continues to

g r o w. S t a y i n t o u c h w i t h e x p a n s i o n p r o c e s s a t

Where Everybody is a

•Dart Board


•Outdoor Sea ng

•Full Bar

•TV ’s

•Live Music

Happy Hour Daily 3 - 6

Anakeesta Adventure Tower

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Park Announces Synchronous Firefly Viewing Dates

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have

announced the dates for firefly viewing in Elkmont. Shuttle

service to the viewing area will be provided on Thursday, May

30 through Thursday, June 6. All visitors wishing to view the

synchronous fireflies at Elkmont must have a parking pass

distributed through the lottery system at

Every year in late May or early June, thousands of visitors

gather near the popular Elkmont Campground to observe the

naturally occurring phenomenon of Photinus carolinus, a firefly

species that flashes synchronously. Since 2006, access to the

Elkmont area has been limited to shuttle service beginning at

Sugarlands Visitor Center during the eight days of predicted

peak activity in order to reduce traffic congestion and provide a

safe viewing experience for visitors that minimizes disturbance

to these unique fireflies during the critical two-week mating


attend the event over the eight-day viewing period.

The lottery system uses a randomized computer drawing to

select applications. All lottery applicants will be charged a $1.00

application fee. Successful applicants will automatically be

awarded parking passes and a $24.00 reservation fee will be

charged to the same credit or debit card used for the application

fee. The parking pass permits visitors to park at Sugarlands

Visitor Center and allows occupants to access the shuttle service

to Elkmont. The $24.00 reservation fee covers the cost of

awarding the passes, event supplies, one red-light flashlight per

pass, and nightly personnel costs for managing the viewing

opportunity at Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont.

Parking passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, and good

only for the date issued. There is a limit of one lottery

application per household per season. All lottery applicants will

be notified by e-mail by May 10 that they were “successful” and

awarded a parking pass or “unsuccessful” and not able to secure

a parking pass.

The number of passes issued each day is based primarily on the

Sugarlands Visitor Center parking lot capacity and the ability to

accommodate a large number of viewers on site. Arrival times

will be assigned in order to relieve traffic congestion in the

parking lot and also for boarding the shuttles, which are

provided in partnership with the City of Gatlinburg. The shuttle

buses will begin picking up visitors from the Sugarlands Visitor

Center parking area at 7:00 p.m. A $2.00 round-trip, per-person

fee will be collected when boarding the shuttle. Cash is the only

form of payment accepted.

The shuttle service is the only transportation mode for visitor

access during this period, except for registered campers staying

at the Elkmont Campground. Visitors are not allowed to walk

the Elkmont entrance road due to safety concerns.

The Smiths

The Unique, The Unusual and the Hard-to-Find

• Handmade Knives

• Scrimshaw in Ancient Ivory

Unusual Antiques & Oddities

from Remote Corners of the World


Map Locator # on Page 8 21

680 Glades Road, # 2 • Gatlinburg

Sparky’s Glassblowing

Ask About Our Glassblowing Classes!

Come and watch

Gary at work!

The lottery will be open for applications from Friday, April 26 at

8:00 a.m. until Monday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. Results of the

lottery will be available on Friday, May 10. A total of 1,800

vehicle passes will be available for the event which includes:

1768 regular-parking passes (221 per day) which admit one

passenger vehicle up to 19’ in length with a maximum of seven

occupants, and 32 large-vehicle parking passes (four per day)

which admit one large vehicle (RV, mini-bus, etc.) from 19’ to

30’ in length, with a maximum of 24 occupants. Lottery

applicants must apply for either a regular-parking pass or largevehicle

parking pass and then may choose two possible dates to

Visitors may visit the website and search

for “Firefly Event” for more information and to enter the lottery.

Parking passes may also be obtained by calling 1-877-444-

6777, but park officials encourage the use of the online process.

The $24.00 reservation fee covers the cost of awarding the

passes, viewing supplies, and nightly personnel costs for

managing the viewing opportunity at Sugarlands Visitor Center

and Elkmont.

For more information about the synchronous fireflies, please


Gary Will Make You A Special Glass Piece

For Your Loved Ones Ashes

Glassblowing at its best!

Beautiful, handcrafted blown & sculpted glass

(865) 325-8186

Smoky Mountains Art’s & Crafts Community

849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)

By Cyndy Montgomery Reeves

T h e 8 t h A n n u a l S m o k y M o u n t a i n s

Songwriters Festival Aug. 11-18, 2019 is

going to be one of the best festival's ever. This

year Ole Smoky Moonshine and Andrea

Roberts Agency have joined the SMSWF to

host the SMSWF Bluegrass Camp. This camp

will take place Aug. 11-15th. Six amazing

bluegrass instrument instructors will be on

hand to help you improve your bluegrass

techniques on your favorite bluegrass

instrument along with two great bluegrass hit

songwriters to help you hone the craft of

writing a bluegrass song. At the end of the

camp on Wednesday evening, Aug. 14th there

will be an “Instructors Concert” at the Ole

Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Holler in

Gatlinburg. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine

Holler has become known all across the

country as one of the best Bluegrass stages in

America. Those instructors are Matt Flake on

the fiddle, Daniel Roberts on the Mandolin,

Jason Burleson on the banjo, Kyle Perkins on

the Bass and Matt Leadbetter, son of Phil

Leadbetter on the dobro. Jerry Salley and

Steve Gulley, both #1 Bluegrass hit

songwriters round out the camp to its fullest

with their talents in songwriting. “What a

great concert this is going to be, all these

bluegrass greats on stage together. Public

invited to this free concert Weds. Aug. 14, 7-9

PM Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler (903

Parkway #128, Gatlinburg, TN 37738).

The deadline for entering the 2019 SMSWF

Song Competition has been extended to May

30, 2019. With the new automated entry

registration system in place the SMSWF

decided to extend its deadline to allow time for

others who are just finding out about this

competition to participate. Winners take

home cash prizes as well as some really nice

industry gifts. Grand Prize Winner receives

$500, Listener's Choice gets $250, 1st Place

finalists receive $125, 2nd Place $100 and 3rd

Place $75. Genres include Bluegrass,

C o u n t r y , G o s p e l / C h r i s t i a n

C o n t e m p o r a r y / I n s p i r a t i o n a l , F o l k ,

Jazz/Blues, Pop, Rock, Trop Rock and Lyrics


The SMSWF also offers one on one mentoring

sessions with Hit Writers, Workshops, as well

as an actual Co-writing experience with Hit

Writers. The Public is welcome to participate;

after all there is a song in everyone. Come

enjoy and learn about the craft of songwriting.

For details on the Aug. 13-22, 2018 Annual

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, go to You can contact us at or 865-604-9066.

Songwriters from all around the world will be

in Gatlinburg performing their original songs.

There will be over 150 FREE Live shows as

well as a couple of ticketed concerts. Public

welcome. It is a great way to spend a late

summer vacation.

Wait till you learn the stories behind the songs

you hear on the radio. Hit writers who have

written songs like One More Day for Diamond

Rio, Three Wooden Crosses for Randy Travis,

Watching You for Rodney Atkins, The Dance

for Garth Brooks, Somewhere in the Vicinity

of the Heart for Alison Kraus and Shenandoah,

Rock My World Little Country Girl for

Brooks & Dunn, How Forever Feels for

Kenny Chesney, Walk On for Reba McEntire,

Southern Star for Alabama, Hearts Aren't

Made To Break for Lee Greenwood, That's

What I Love About Sunday for Craig Morgan,

Check Yes, Check No for George Strait, Just to

See You Smile for Tim McGraw and She's

Everything for Brad Paisley will be

performing throughout the weekend. Plan to

be back in Gatlinburg for this great event now

Make your plans today to be in Gatlinburg the

third week in August for the Smoky

Mountains Songwriters Festival. It is one of

the most amazing experiences you will ever

have. Even if you are not a songwriter you will

have an equally good time if not more fun.

Every 2nd Monday of the month there is a

SMSWF Songwriters Showcase at Crystelle

Creek Restaurant and Grill 6-9 pm. Public

Invited. If you are a songwriter who would

like to share your songs, please contact John

Condrone in this regard 865-898-7301.

Now Open In Our New Location!

Every Second Monday...

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Nite


Open Daily 3 pm

Look For Our 150' Lighted Tree

Free Parking On 2 Levels

Easy Handicap Access

Hear Neesee Wednesday - Sunday & Local Ar sts Monday & Tuesday

1349 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg • 865-436-5287

Pet Friendly Sports Porch...Call Ahead!

1654 East Parkway (Next To Dollar General)

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For All Your Health Needs

• CBD Oils • Salt Therapy •


Essential Oils Pet Products Skin Care

• Supplements •

Essential Oils

• • •

and so much more

(865) 365-1915

2274 Parkway, Pigeon Forge

By A. Jann Peitso

We are all travelers in our journey throughout life.

We take different paths and roads as we make

decisions that can be life-changing.

Robert Frost, renowned American poet said it best,

“I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages

and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and

I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made

all the difference.”

As a traveler is driving down Hwy. 321, toward

Gatlinburg, signs grab one's attention as they point

into the Arts & Crafts Community.

Interest is tweaked toward taking one of those roads

but the city attractions beckon.

Still, the roads into the community call to some deep

emotional tie that experiences of objects being

hand-crafted would be a journey like no other.

Both roads, one continuing into the city and one

entering the community of artisans are equally

paved with enticements but the traveler chose the

one less traveled.

For this traveler, it made all the difference when

encountering the people and the heritage of the

mountain craftsmakers.

May is a great time to “take a road less traveled” Into

The Loop.

A. Jann Peitso, art!


170 Glades Road, Gatlinburg

We Loan On Anything of Value!

Great Selections On New And Pre-owned Valuable Items

Gold • Diamonds • Guns

Misty Mountain Soap Co.

A Healthier Choice In Skin Care

11510 B Chapman Highway, Seymour (865) 579-1026

1424 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville (865) 453-1512

Classic Hikes of the Smokies

Cataloochee Valley Loop

May 14 | 9.4 miles | 1,6500 ft. climb | difficult

About the trails:

Big, Caldwell, and Rough Fork Trails form a delightful

loop in Cataloochee, a high mountain valley in the

North Carolina Smokies. This guided hike features

some of the best of the park's historical and ecological

treasures, including the Woody homestead and massive

old-growth poplar trees.

About the Leader:

Mike Knies is an avid off-trail hiker with extensive

knowledge of the history and lifestyle of former settlers

in the Smokies. He has marked over 1,200 home sites in

the park, maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail

near Davenport Gap, and has written numerous stories

about adventures in GSMNP. Mike is a University of

Tennessee Law graduate with more than 30 years in the

banking business.

Natural Soaps, Lotions & Bath Products

Hand Crafted In Our Shops!

601 Glades Road (Morning Mist Village)

849 Glades Road (Covered Bridge Complex)

Crafts & Gifts

We specialize in handmade soy candles,

soaps, and fragrant air fresheners

(865) 325-8142

Hand-Crafted in the

Smoky Mountains

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades Road # 2A1 Gatlinburg

Five Star Rated Hot Dogs, Chili & BBQ!

We now have Soft Serve Ice Cream!

Join us for snacks, songs & shade! 865-325-1004

968 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg (In the Elks Plaza)

Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass

Historic Downtown Sevierville

Gallery at Gatlinburg features

Oil Pain ngs of Iva Prince

Wildchild Clayworks Po ery

Raku Po ery Metal art

Beau ful Prints

Wood Carvings by Copus

Along with Other Local Art


575 Proffi Road Gatlinburg

Sunday - Monday

Nite Music at the Creek

A Smoky Jazz Feel with a Bluesy Rock Sound

Featuring: Ben E. Scott Stroupe

What’s better than free admission and free live

music? Nothing, we thought…until you add some

of the area’s best barbeque into the mix! Barbeque

cook-off teams as far away as Indiana and

Alabama will travel to the town of Sevierville

May 17th and 18th to show off their skills and

delight your taste buds. Bring your family and

enjoy some beautiful bluegrass music while

enjoying some award winning barbeque!

The largest event in Sevierville! Tennessee State

Championship BBQ Cook-Off, Free concerts,

kids games, great food and authentic mountain

crafts. Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm

Performing 6:00 till 9:00

1654 E. Parkway

( Next To Dollar General ) Free Parking

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Native American Legacies

• Books

• Jewelry

• Moccasins

• Beaded Jewelry

• Flutes

• Drums

• Artwork

• Silver Jewelry

• Rugs

• And Much More

Daycare • Boarding • Pick up & Drop off

We have an acre of land for your pets to enjoy while they're boarded

with us. We go the extra mile to keep your companion happy

and safe. Give us a call and our friendly, knowledgeable staff

will be happy to answer your questions.

By Teri Pizza

I fully intended to tell you all good things about

grilling pizza except it didn't happen. Got a bit

waylaid on the way to the grill and wound up in

the hospital for a week. Now, that doesn't mean I

won't be grilling a recipe in my future. I fully

intend to try it out, however I thought since May is

the traditional month for breaking out the grill,

you might like to give it a try before I “get 'round

it.” [Instructions and tips adapted from, What Good Cooks Know by

American Test Kitchen, and]

· One prepared pizza dough … Do not try grilling

a thin crust. Make this crust about a half-inch

thick. (An oblong shape will work best.)

Check March 2019 column if you need a pizza

dough recipe or purchase a frozen crust from your

nearest grocery store like Publix. Look in their

bakery for Italian Pizza Dough.

· After both sides are browned, nudge, push, or

use two spatulas to slide crust over to the lowerheated

side of the grill.

· Quickly brush oil over crust. Spread about 2

tablespoons of tomato sauce on top. Work quickly

and rrange your choice of prepared toppings on

top : sliced black olives, roasted red peppers, a cup

of cheese, etc. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons dried


· Once cheese is melted carefully remove pizza

from the grill.

If you like this idea of grilling pizza, you may

want to purchase a user-friendly pizza grill kit. A

quick Google search found several ranging in

price from $40 to nearly $100.

Please let me know if you gave this a try or have

ever tasted or tried grilled pizza. Can't wait to try it


All major credit cards accepted

817 Powdermill Road Gatlinburg

Valley Pools & Spas

Sales • Supplies • Service • Repair

· Clean grates of a large gas or charcoal grill and

brush grate with olive oil. Prepare to heat each

side of grill, one much hotter than the other.

· Slide dough onto grate. It should puff

immediately. When crust is light brown turn it

over. (Using two spatulas will help.)

w w w. Te r i p i z z a . c o m o r e m a i l m e a t I loved to hear from you

with recipes, tips, or comments.

Next month, in honor of brides everywhere, we're

trying White Pizza. (Yes, it is a thing.)

On average, Americans eat 18 acres of pizza

every day. [Have you ever wondered who comes

up with these statistics?]

Hot Tubs

Swimming Pools

Game Tables

(865) 908-0025

3059 Birds Creek Rd, Sevierville

The Gatlinburg Rotary Club

The Gatlinburg Rotary Club, like other Rotary Clubs around

the world, works hand-in-hand with the Interact Club.

Interact is a club comprised of youth ages 12-18 who work

with community leaders to help make a difference within

the community and around the world. The Interact Club

organizes at least two projects a year, one local project and

one international. There are over 20,000 Interact Clubs

worldwide. The Gatlinburg Rotary Club partners with the

Interact Club at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.

One program that the Gatlinburg Rotary Club depends on

the help of the GPHS Interact members is the Children's

Christmas Party. This is a program that provides Christmas

gifts to children from Pi Phi Elementary and Pittman Center

Elementary who might not receive a Christmas otherwise.

This program has continued for more than 20 years.

We ask the local schools to identify at need children. The

club purchases gifts for over 100 children. And together

with the Interact Club, we wrap presents and then have a

Christmas Party for the children at the Calhoun's Banquet

Hall. The Christmas Party is a pizza party where Santa

presents each child with his or her bag of gifts.

It's a wonderful program that everyone looks forward to,

and one that can't succeed without our dedicated Interact

Club members. The GPHS Interact members are always

willing to lend a helping hand in their community. Their

leadership skills and dedication to Service Above Self is

truly admirable.

Critical Health News

By Pharmacist Ben Fuchs

"Mediation is the most powerful health tool

you could ever employ, way more powerful

than drugs, way more powerful than

anything the medical model can give you,

even more powerful than nutrition. To me,

meditation is the single most important thing

you can do to stay healthy or revert yourself

to health if you're sick."

Revert Yourself to Health

The "Default Mode Network", also known

as the "Bio-graphical Self", is the voice in

your head that narrates your life. It keeps you

awake at night, it makes remarks about your

experiences, it goes over and over arguments

or discussions. It is a part of you, but it does

not need to control you.

"The brain does best when it is focusing on

something, and this is what all meditative

techniques have in common, is they give the

mind something to focus on. They call it

"Mindfulness". All great medical schools

study this concept of Mindfulness, because

there is a relationship between the physical

body and this Default Mode Network, or

how we think. So, the body will show up

secondary in may ways to a primary activity

in the brain."

"By controlling the brain, you can control

the "secondary manifestation", which is the


"This is all accomplished through the

"parasympathetic" nervous system, which

we talk about all the time, or the "vagus

nerve", which activates the parasympathetic

nervous system."

"It can be spiritual, but it is not necessarily

spiritual. You can use meditation to shape the

body. You can effect which genes your body

turns on and off. You can shape your

neurology, by meditative techniques. "

"Great athletes use meditation to improve

what they call "flow" or “focus". CEO's and

high performers use transcendental

meditation. What all these meditation

techniques have in common, whether it is

spiritual meditation, meditation for

performance, meditations for health,

meditations for performing in the business

world, what all these have in common is they

give the mind something to focus on so the

Default Mode Network quiets down.”

For beginners watch the video:

(copy and paste on Google below statement)

Meditation Is The Best Medication


Howard's Steakhouse has been in Gatlinburg since 1946 offering the traditional Howard’s menu. Seating is also

available outside next to a running stream. The bar is a long time locals favorite with a hometown atmosphere.



The Wild Boar Saloon located upstairs offers a lighter fare with tavern style appetizers

and specialty bar drinks. Offering a great night life atmosphere and with Karaoke.

Where The Locals Go


and much more


(865) 436-3600

976 Parkway, Downtown Gatlinburg

Page 6 Around Town

Mine For Your Fortune!

You’re never too old

to play in the dirt

and find some treasures

Fun For The Whole Family !

Old Smoky Gem Mine

968 Parkway, #1, Downtown Gatlinburg

(865) 436-7112

(Located between lights #8 & #9 across from Ober Gatlinburg - Parking located in Elks Plaza)

849 Glades Road, # 1B1, Gatlinburg

Local Pottery Classes Now Forming

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003

1402 E. Parkway, #10 Gatlinburg

Hello Friend (Osiyo Oginali)

In 1912 a shipment of European wild hog (Sus Scrofa) was

transported to a private game preserve on Hooper's Bald in

Western North Carolina. Hooper's Bald is only fifteen miles

southwest of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in

what is now the Nantahala National Park.

Some of the wild hogs escaped from the preserve and

reached the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the

1940's. Interbreeding between the wild hogs and domestic hog

during the wild hog migration resulted in hybrid wild hogs. The

wild hogs seen rooting in the Park and in private gardens and

orchards outside the Park are the descendants of these animals,

even though most still carry the characteristics of the European

wild hog including black hair, long legs and tusks. Some have a

white blaze somewhere on their head indicating hybridization

in the past.

The wild hog reached the Cocke County portion of the Great

Smoky Mountains National Park in the late 1960's. The

destruction the wild hog has wrought in some places in the park

must be seen to be believed. The main food of the wild hog is

mast, the fallen matured nuts and fruits of trees, shrubs, berry

bushes and plants. Their rooting in the forest floor for these

fallen nuts leaves the forest floor looking like farmers plowed

the field. The squirrel, boomer, chipmunk and some birds

depend on the mast for survival and the wild hog not only eats

their food, he is very adept at eating them.

Wild hogs are nocturnal, but they will be active in daytime if

food is scarce. Wild hogs will eat anything; flowering plants,

mushrooms, snails, snakes, small mammals, birds, eggs,

salamanders, terrapins and carrion.

Because they have no sweat glands, the wild hog wallows in

muddy damp places to keep cool and rid themselves of

parasites. These wet damp sandy places are sometimes the

breeding colonies and homes of the salamanders, which are

endemic to the Park. The amazing biological story of the

evolution of the salamanders of the Great Smoky Mountains

may soon be ancient history that has passed through the

stomach of a wild hog.

Wild hogs wallow in the cool springs and branches of the

Park causing great survival problems for the Appalachian

Strain of the Brook Trout, known locally as Speckled Trout,

and endangered species of native fish. This wallowing and

rooting poses danger to man for the water where the hog has

wallowed has a high concentration of coliform bacterial.

The water in the clear cool branches of the Great Smoky

Mountains is unsafe to drink unless it is boiled or otherwise

treated to kill the bacteria.

Since the wild hog invasion in 1940 over six thousand hogs

have been removed from the park by trapping and shooting. In

1977 the Park devoted personnel exclusively to wild hog

Value. Everyday.

Open till 1:00 am

1219 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

control and established an overall consistent removal effort.

After fifteen years of consistent control the wild hog is still

with us.

“As told to me by my uncle”.

“Do na da go hv i” (Till we see each other again)

Designs by Matoka

Shaconage Stone Art and Jewelry

170 Glades Rd, #15, Gatlinburg


American Sideshow Antiques - 373 Parkway, Gatlinburg - 865-325-1411

The Original Best Italian

Located in back of Elks Plaza, across

Parkway from Hampton Inn & Friday’s

in Gatlinburg (865) 430-4090

Best Italian on the Parkway

Between Aunt Mahalia’s Candy & World of

Illusions traffic lights 6 & 8 (865) 436-4345

George Hawkins Announces His Candidacy

perspective. “I am a big believer that a person

should serve their city when they see things

they know would improve and better the

community they live in,” commented Hawkins.

“Get in, get the job done and get out”.

George Hawkins announces his candidacy

today for Seat C on the Gatlinburg City Council

in the May 21, 2019 city election. Hawkins is

not new to city government. He served on the

Gatlinburg City Council as mayor, vice mayor

and commissioner for a total of 12 years of

service over a span of three decades - 4 years in

the 70s, 4 years in the 80s and 2 years in the 90s.

Hawkins left office after serving two years of

his 4 year term in the 90s to become the fulltime

Special Events Director for the City of

Gatlinburg. After serving the city for 12 years in

the Special Events Department, George was

promoted to the position of GCVB Community

Development and Marketing Director where he

remained until he retired.

“Having been out of city government for a

while I see where I can once again make a

difference to the community of Gatlinburg,”

says George Hawkins. The City needs a fresh

Hawkins says he has an innovative idea that

will address the housing issue for Gatlinburg,

without placing any additional tax burden on its

residents. The biggest problem this community

is facing is lack of housing. “We still have

people living in hotel rooms because they lost

their homes in the fire in 2016,” reports

Hawkins. This is a complex problem. There is a

lack of land space and building takes time.

Without housing it is hard to work here.

Rebuilding is in process, but it is still a process.

Hawkins has always been a strong advocate for

relocating the city's electric grid underground.

The city implemented the onset of this program

while Hawkins was in office in the 90s. The

underground electric grid is one of the main

reasons that downtown Gatlinburg was not

destroyed by the fires. “It is time we finish the

job and get the rest of River Road and the

entrance from traffic light #1 to Zoder's Inn

electric underground,” Hawkins stated.

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

needs a media focus to draw attention to one of

Gatlinburg's most forgotten about treasures.

The city is rich in the artists and crafters we

have here. Hawkins wants to bring a larger

market to them and to Gatlinburg as a whole.

Last but not least Hawkins sees one other area

he definitely thinks needs attention - keeping

our sidewalks clean. There should be more

garbage container pickups during the day.

Tourism has increased in the town thus creating

more garbage and spills on sidewalks.

Continued to Page 7

Morning Mist Village

Come and Visit Our Artists & Craftsmen

Hand Crafted Candles

Jams, Jellies, Nuts

& More


Beech Branch Crafts

Personalized Signs,

Pottery & Printing


Fudge, Gourmet Chocolate

& Other Confections


White Buffalo

Native American Jewelry

& Gifts


Morningmist Café

American Lunch Plates & Desserts


Smoky Mountain Gold

Leaves Covered in Gold


Tahiti Beads

A wide selection of Necklace and Earring sets


Henry Shop Parker Africa Gallery

Original African Print Crafts Art

Glades Soda Fountain

Ice Cream, Milk Shakes, Sundaies & Sodas


Wrapped Elegance

Wire Wrapped Jewelry


Simply Twisted

Wire & Glass Housewares

& Jewelry


Witten Britten Gallery

Photos of the Smokies

The Wood Cottage

Engraved Wooden Arts & Crafts


865-323-9601 865-436-6764

Smoky Mountain Dulcimer

Dulcimer, Guitar & Banjo Lessons


Around Town Page 7

Let’s Have A Great Month

By Jim Yonan PER

How y’all doing??

Springtime has arrived here in the

mountains. Flowers blooming and trees

filling with leaves. And pollen season too.

My first picure is me at Gatlinburg Elks

Lodge golf outing that we raise money for

Seveirville children’s home. We usually

raise 5 thousand dollars for them. Ty Dave n

Becky for your hard work.

Second picture is Elks water station for

Chamber 5K Run that starts at 10pm during

Earth Week. Me, Gae and Jeanne passed

out water and cheered the runners on.

You should ask about joining the Elks. We

do a lot for our community. I love the Elks.

My last picture has changed my life.

On April 11th my house caught fire and

burned my truck also with all my tools in it.

I got out and chased my cats out. Haven’t

seen cats though.

Now I know how people felt after the wild

fire here 2 years ago. And it’s NOT GOOD.

There is a charity account at Tn State Bank.

Account held in the name of James S Yonan

Donation Account. You can mail donations

to C/O Tennessee State Bank, PO Box 290,

Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

I have been overwhelmed with the support

from Gatlinburg and all my friends.

I would like to thank everyone.

Let’s have a great month


170 Glades Road #2 Gatlinburg

George Hawkins Announces His Candidacy

Continued from Page 6

Some of the biggest and most lasting things

that Gatlinburg is known for George

Hawkins created. These include the Midnight

Fourth of July and Christmas Parades, the

New Year's Eve Ball Drop, the Annual

Mountain Man Memorial March, Gatlinburg

Veteran's Day Celebration, the Gatlinburg

Design Review Board with Hubert Bebb,

Gatlinburg's first street music program which

became Tunes & Tales, creation of the first

designated commercial arts and crafts

community. Hawkins also created “The 12

Days of Christmas” which was the precursor

to the Winterfest Festival of Lights

throughout the county. The city of

Gatlinburg was the first city to have all its

businesses outlining their shops and stores

with lights giving the town the twinkling

crystal ambience that made everything


Currently Hawkins is a member of the Dr.

Robert Thomas Foundation Board of

D i r e c t o r s , t h e S m o k y M o u n t a i n s

Songwriters Festival Board of Directors,

President of the Heritage Foundation,

President of the Gatlinburg Garden Club,

Member of the First United Methodist

Church downtown for 50+ years and is

actively involved in the Greenway Project.

Other positions held by Hawkins:

Graduated from Leadership Sevier Class of


Past President of the Community Chest.

President of Sevier County Community

Industrial Development Board.

Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club 1976

Board of Directors 1982 World's Fair

Winner of the Zeno Wall Tourism Award

Winner of the Rotary Club Vocational

S e r v i c e Aw a r d f o r P r o m o t i o n a n d

Preservation of Smoky Mountain Heritage

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Clyde is a 1 year old Beagle/Terrier Mix

looking for a good home and Foxman is

a 6 month old Domestic Short Hair Mix

also hoping to be adopted soon.

Adoption fee for Clyde is $125 and $75

for Foxman. Fees cover their first set of

v a c c i n a t i o n s , s p a y / n e u t e r a n d


The Sevier County Humane Society at

959 Gnatty Branch Road is open

Tuesday thru Thursday from Noon until

7:00 pm and Friday thru Sunday from

Noon until 5:00 pm.

For adoptions and more information call

John at Hidden Hills Animal Rescue:


We appreciate your help in finding second chance homes for our homeless pets

Bears and More Bears!

By Kathryn Sherrard

A month ago, we wrote about the two yearlings and two cubs

being cared for at Appalachian Bear Rescue. A lot has happened

since that time.

Another very needy female yearling was rescued on March

28th, and after spending a couple of days at the UT College of

Veterinary Medicine Intensive Care Unit, Bear #287, nicknamed

Daffodil Bear, arrived at ABR. Her condition was so fragile that

her survival was uncertain, but after a month she has made great

progress. She was confined to the Red Roof Recovery Center,

where she could be monitored and her food carefully controlled.

Just a few days ago, her diet was expanded to include yogurt and

soft fruits. She is beginning to be more active, indicating that she

may be ready to move out. By the time you read this, Daffodil

Bear will probably be in an Acclimation Pen, adjacent to Wild

Enclosure #3, where yearlings Hartley and Sweetie Bear are


As we know, not all rescues end well and there were two times

during the past month when this was proven. On March 27th

Bear #286, nicknamed Oliver Bear came to ABR, and died during

the night. He was another sadly depleted yearling who couldn't

overcome his deficiencies. On April 11th we had to face another

loss, Bear #288, nicknamed Tulip Bear, was so sick that even

though the UT vets administered large doses of antibiotics, her

system simply couldn't recover and she, too, died during the

night. In both of these cases, the yearlings weighed only about

one-fourth of a normal weight for a yearling bear. While losses

like these are very hard, we must console ourselves with the

knowledge that these little bears were warm and cared for at the

end of their short lives.

Bear #289, 290, and 291 arrived as a set of cub triplets on April

7th. Bluebeary, Hucklebeary, and Blackbeary Bear are cubs-ofthe-year,

born in January 2019. These little cubs weighed about 3

pounds each, and were healthy. They were housed in the Cub

Nursery and have been doing well. The curators are hoping to

introduce them to those Ragin Cajuns in the Cub House very

soon, as the Beary triplets really need more room to explore and

play. It's hard to imagine the mayhem that will ensue when all five

of these little furballs are together!

To recap: Appalachian Bear Rescue is now caring for eight

bears – three yearlings (Hartley, Sweetie, and Daffodil Bear) and

five cubs (Boudreaux, Beignet, Blueberry, Hucklebeary, and

Blackbeary Bear). Of course there is no way to know what the

rest of the year will bring, but such a large number of bears this

early in the year may indicate an ever busier year ahead.

Whatever the rest of the year may bring, we encourage you to

f o l l o w t h e e i g h t b e a r s o n o u r F a c e b o o k p a g e : Photos and videos of

the bears are posted daily. You can also visit our website

f a c e b o o k . c o m / A p p a l a c h i a n B e a r R e s c u e . V i s i t

w w w. a p p a l a c h i a n b e a r r e s c u e . o r g a n d o u r b l o g If in Townsend stop by our

Visitor/Education Center in the Trillium Cove Shopping Village

at 125 Painted Trillium Way. You can see photos and videos of

cubs we’ve cared for in the past, talk to knowledgeable volunteers

and purchase souvenirs of your visit. You can even adopt one of

the 2019 bears! The center is open Monday through Saturday

from 1- to 4; closed on Sunday. We’d love to see you there!

If you are in the area on Saturday June 1st, come by the Trillium

Cove center and participate in our 4th Annual Appalachian Bear

Fest from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be a live music tent, a

petting zoo, artists and photography booths, delicious foods and

fun. Celebrate National Black Bear Day with ABR!


For Viewing: 865-430-2244 or 865-255-3557

Gatlinburg Chalet

• 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bath

• In City Limits close to School & Library

• 2 Car Garage with Kitchen Area

• Walk to Arts & Crafts Community

• Fenced in Back Yard & Work Shed

• Beautiful Landscaping & Lighting

• New Circular Drive & AC System

• New Roof & Septic System

• Perimeter Security System

• Nice Quiet Neighborhood

• Many Upgrades and Remodeling

Realtors Welcome

Page 8 Around Town

The Ar tsy Olive

• Extra Virgin Olive Oils

• Balsamic Vinegars

• All Natural Sea Salts

(865) 254-8835

The Jewelry Spot

Creating Unique Hand Crafted Jewelry

• Wire Art • Enamels

• Gemstones • Sterling Silver

At the Covered Bridge in The Glades

849 Glades Road, Gatlinburg • 440-478-1841


Located in the Arts & Crafts Community at Glades Village

680 Glades Rd #1, Gatlinburg



Wings, Subs & More

Dine-in Available

At traffic light #10 turn right onto Ski Mountain Rd. go 1 mile


631 Ski Mountain Road Gatlinburg

To National Park



Park Vista


Airport Road



Sugarlands Visitors




LeConte St.

M & O St.

Neil’s Gallery


Ski Mountain Rd.

Best Friend

Local Artist ...

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics 24

• Watercolors

Located at the Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg • 865-430-4029

Watch Glass Artist J. Hills




Art Glass

M&D Hills


Maples Lane

Riverside Road

170 Glades Road #30 Gatlinburg

Judy Jones Pottery

Lead Free

Wheel Thrown

Dishwasher Safe

Microwave Safe


"Browse and watch potter at work"

In the Arts & Crafts Community 16

530 Buckhorn Road, Gatlinburg


170 Glades Rd. • 865-436-2363


Every Night !

Open Daily

3 pm


(865) 430-1551

Follow Me To The Tree

www. CrystelleCreek.


1654 East Parkway • Gatlinburg


Need Medical A en on While Visi ng


1065 Glades Road Gatlinburg

To Newport

2 12

Judy Jones


454 N.




Buckhorn Road

Duck Pond Lane

Skiddy’s Place

Pittman Center Road

Cardinal Drive

Birds Creek Rd. (Route 454)





Hidden Hills Rd.

King Rd.

25 22




Artist Crafts








Glades Road


Arts & Crafts


Duck Pond Lane

Watson Road



17 7





Powdermill Road




E. Parkway (Route 321)






It’s Against The Law

Upper Middle Creek Rd

Post Office


Splash Country

Veterans Blvd.

Roaring Fork


Dudley Creek






Ogles Drive West

Little Pigeon




Teaster Lane

Baskin Creek



Old Mill Ave.

Old Mill Rd

Biblical Times






3 31




The Acquarium

Campbell Lead Road

Gatlinburg Bypass Road


Welcome Center


Route 66


Jake Thomas Road








Pine Mountain Road


Wears Valley Road

Titanic Museum

Little Pigeon River

Apple Valley Road


Covered Bridge in the Glades

849 Glades Road #1C1

Kountry Antics

Featuring Country Decor, Jams, Salsa

Handmake Soap, Cottage Candles

Come Browse Our Shop Filled With Treasures

(865) 436-0040

Arts & Crafts Community


600 Glades Rd., Suite 2, Gatlinburg

Fowler’s Clay Works

Take home a memory that will last a lifetime!

865- 412-1003


In Wood Whi lers Complex @ Glades Rd.


1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg


Sparky’s Glassblowing

Watch Gary at Work

Glassblowing at its best!

849 Glades Road



Heartwood Galleries

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”


(865) 661-6207

1450 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg

Please Don’t Feed The Bears

Since 1998


Authentic British Pub

in East Tennessee!

33 Draught Beers

120 Bottled Beers

30 Hot Teas

Traditional British Food

865-436-0677 11

1065 Glades Road, Gatlinburg


Celtic Pub And Wine Bar 13

734 Powdermill Road Gatlinburg 865-567-5217




Traffic Lights



Jayell Road

Local Area Map

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge-Sevierville

Map Location Numbers

Map Is Not Drawn To Scale

Pigeon Forge

Traffic Lights

Pigeon Forge/Sevierville


Route 66

Forks of the River Parkway

A Fed Bear is a

Dead Bear

Get On The Map




Motorcyclist Fatality on the Foothills Parkway

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers

responded to a report of a single-motorcycle accident on

the Foothills Parkway West at approximately 11:00 a.m.

on Thursday, April 11, 2019. A 2017 Kawasaki

motorcycle, driven by Rodney Bowers, age 70, of

Greenville, SC, lost control of the motorcycle resulting in

a single-vehicle accident approximately 6 miles east of

Chilhowee Lake along the Foothills Parkway. A female

passenger, Janice Cadotte, age 56, of Greenville, SC, died

as a result of her injuries.

Park Rangers, Blount County Sheriff Department

Officers, and American Medical Response (AMR)

emergency medical services responded to the scene.

Bowers was transported by AMR to the University of

Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. No additional

details are available at this time. --NPS--

Get On The Map! Call: 865-255-3557

Get On The Map




Dolly Parton Parkway

To I-40

Watch Us Make Candles



In the Arts & Crafts Community

331 Glades Road • 865-436-9214


Gatlinburg Trolley

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Around Town

More Than 100 Locations Throughout The City To Board Our Trolleys -

Anywhere You See The Street Trolley Sign














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Thank You to the following businesses for your support

from Hidden Hills Animal Rescue

Crystelle Creek Restaurant

1654 East Parkway, Gatlinburg

Foot Gear

1004 Parkway, #301, Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg

1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Misty Mountain Soap

601 Glades Road, (Morning Mist Village) Gatlinburg

849 Glades Road, (Covered Bridge) Gatlinburg

The Smiths

680 Glades Road, #2, Gatlinburg

Kountry Antics

600 Glades Road, # 2, Gatlinburg

Fowler’s Clay Work

1402 E. Parkway, #10, Gatlinburg

Jim England Restaurant Group

Best Italian & Howards Steakhouse, Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Elks Lodge #1925

968 Parkway #7, Gatlinburg

Chef JDs LLC

American Sideshow

373 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Paul Murray Gallery

1003 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Holly & Willow’s Pet Barn

170 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg


576 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

P.O. Box 753, Gatlinburg

A. Jann Peitso, art !

170 Glades Rd., Gatlinburg

Judy Jones Pottery

530 Buckhorn Rd., Gatlinburg

Around Town

Smoky Mountains Around Town

Around Town

P.O. Box 368, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Publisher: John F. Pa

Editor: Elizabeth Pa

Associate Publishers:

P. J. West

Brook St. John

Jim England

Brian Papworth

Jim Woods


Ken Wayne

Contribu ng Writers:

Cynthia Reeves

Chef JD

Kathryn Sherrard

A. Jann Peitso

Jim Yonan

Ben Fuchs

Sandi Oliver

Teri Pizza

Jon Evans

Contact us: 865-255-3557

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Heartwood Galleries

1450 E. Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 661-6207

“Your Art is Where Our Heart Is”

Largest selection of sculptured

wood artifacts in Galinburg

DIRECTIONS: In Gatlinburg turn onto Route 321 at traffic light #3.

Go 3 miles. We are on the right.

just getting started

Neil’s Gallery

Local Artist -

Robert A. Tino

Originals, Canvas, Paper Prints

• Oil Paintings

• Acrylics

• Watercolors


stop and stare

849 Glades Road, 2B6 • Gatlinburg

Best Italian Bakery in Gatlinburg & Sevierville



118 Bruce St, Sevierville, TN (865) 412-1200 Visit us on Facebook

By Chef JD

Good Day to you all!!!

I am in hopes that you all are enjoying the presummer

weather. I am happy that we did not jump

right into summer this year... We've had some nice

rains, temperatures, the sounds and beauty of

everything coming back to life. YEAH! On that


It time to have gatherings, BBQ's, parties and

such. So what better way to start your feasts by

having spreads and dips for your chips and breads.

Perfect example is hummus. It's tasty and good for

you also.

I know, some of you are going YUCK, hummus,

REALLY? No really, there's a few ways to make

hummus that actually taste quite good. Yes, in

general hummus is made with chick peas

(garbanzo beans), dating back to the 13th century

in Cairo. However, there are many other options,

like an Avocado Hummus or a Black Beans

Hummus. Which, I like to use them as a dip or a

spread for my wraps and sandwiches. So let's start

with my favorite:

Avocado Hummus

In a blender or food processor, purée the following

·1 can Cannellini Beans, drained

·1 Avocado, soft if possible, (pulp only)

·1/2 tablespoon Garlic, crushed or minced

·1/4 cup Lime Juice

·1/4 cup Cilantro leaves, (not packed down)

·1/8 teaspoon Sea Salt

·1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

If serving as a dip, garnish on top of dip with Olive

Oil & a mixture of:

·1/4 cup Tomatoes, chopped

·1 tablespoon Onion, diced

·1 tablespoon Cilantro, chopped

·1/2 teaspoon Lime Juice

·Dash of Sea Salt

Black Bean Hummus

In a blender or food processor, purée the following

·1 can Black Beans, rinsed

·1/2 tablespoon Garlic, crushed or minced

·1 tablespoon Almond Butter

·2 tablespoon Lime Juice

·1/4 teaspoon Cumin

·1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

·1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, (up to you)

Garnish with Olive Oil and sliced Black Olives

Then to keep things more on the simple side & my



·1 cup Avocado - 2 avocados

·1 Lime

·Dash of Salt

·Dash of Pepper

Smash avocado with fork or in blender. Slice lime

in half & squeeze lime juice into avocado. Add salt

& pepper, blend everything together.

Now, you can always add diced tomatoes & onion,

with a little bit of hot peppers... but that's if you

wish to jazz it up a bit.

Please feel free to contact me at any time for

questions that you may have or to simply place an

order, just go to my site:

Take care & be safe,

Chef JD

600 Glades Rd #10 Gatlinburg

Award Winning

Sauce & Marinade!

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