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All Smoky Mountain Vacations
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Seymour, TN  37865

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Townsend and Blount County offers fun and excitement throughout the year with annual celebrations and other major events throughout the town. Independence Day Celebrations, Harvestfest, Springfest and Winterfest are the most popular annual activities. Arts and crafts, galleries, fine dining establishments and numerous attractions participate together to showcase life in the Appalachians and the Smoky Mountains with seasonal decorations and famous light displays. Exhibits and demonstrations take place at the Townsend Visitors Center and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.

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January 2016

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

TBA:  Winter Photography Master Class in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Emphasizes form, pattern, and structure in black and white (B&W) format. $642 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709

TBA:  3rd Annual Pistol Ultra Run
Alcoa-Maryville Greenway. Fun run, walk or crawl 50K, 100K or 100 miler. Also a 2 or 3 person relay option for the 50K. Pre-race dinner and awards. 50K starts at 7:55 am. The 100K/100 miler starts at
8 am. All races end 30 hours later. 865-740-1717.

TBA:  Wilderness First Responder Class 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Ideal for scout leaders, camp counselors and any other youth or outdoor workers. Offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies. $795 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance. http://www.gsmit.org/wfr.html

TBA:  SANCP Advanced:  Winter Woody Plant ID
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Do you know what to look for to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime? Discover a number of leafless characteristics that will help you do so. For SANCP graduates as well as those who are simply interested in further developing their naturalist skills. $44 per person. Optional overnight and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Wilderness First Responder Refresher
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $393 per person, includes meals and lodging. http://www.gsmit.org/wfrrefresh.html

TBA:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket I
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. $48 per class. 865-448-6134.

February 2015

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

1:  2nd Annual Souper Bowl for Hunger
Second Harvest Food Bank - Maryville. Join the NFL Players Alumni Association to watch the game. A silent and live auction will include top of the line sports memorabilia, 50 lbs of T-bones, your height in Heineken, and much more. 3 large movie screens and 10 flat screens to see the action. Wing, Taco, and Pizza Bar. 
4 - 11 pm. $100 per person in advance. $120 per person at the door.
https://11482.thankyou4caring.org/souper-bowl-party-for-the-hungry

6 - 8:  Family Adventure Weekend - Cancelled for 2015
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Enjoy hikes, crafts, games, waterfalls, beautiful views, campfires, and more. Family of four (ages 6 and up) costs $465. $97 for each additional person. Check in begins at 3 pm. 865-448-6709.

11:  Owl Prowl
Sugarlands Visitor Center. 7 pm. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. $10 for adults. $5 for children.
12 years old and up. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

13 - 15:  Educators' Workshop: Likin' Lichens
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $50 per person for educations. $295 per person if not a teacher. Limited to 20 people. 865-448-6709.

13 - 15:  SANCP Interpretation and Naturalist Skills
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Provides rudimentary knowledge regarding the theory and principles of environmental interpretation, how to communicate effectively, and how to develop meaningful interpretive programs. Expect fun, hands-on activities and participatory education as we progress from learning about good communication to actually teaching. Pre-class readings necessary for this course. $327 per person.
http://www.gsmit.org/sancpinterp.html
for details. 865-448-6709.

16:  Wine & Canvas
Barley's - Maryville. Enjoy some great food, great drinks and unleash your inner creativity to take home your own completed painting. Food and beverages are not included. $35 per person. 6 - 9 pm. 865-356-9179.

19 - 22:  10th Annual Smoky Mountain Snowdown:  Winter Heritage Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Music, crafts, demonstrations, hikes, exhibits, dining and more. 865-448-0044.

21:  5th Annual Photography Workshop
Townsend Visitors Center. Workshop includes Craft of Photography, Artistic Techniques and Hands on Learning. All Levels are welcome. Please bring camera and manual. 9:30 - 4 pm. $30 donation person is requested. 865-448-6134.

21:  4th Annual Tennessee Winter Beerfest
Heartland Little River Wedding Chapel. All proceeds benefit New Hope. All the beer and food you can stand, plus a commemorative glass. $60 per person. 3 - 8 pm. 865-981-2000.

23:  A Night Out On the Patio - Wine Pairing Dinner
Dead End BBQ - Maryville. $25 per person. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 865-240-2600.

26:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket II
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. $48 per class. 865-448-6134.

March

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

1 - 31:  Keep Blount Beautiful Clean Up
Keep Blount Beautiful Office - Alcoa. Challenging the residents to have 400 volunteers clean up 2 tons of litter. You can clean up anytime, anywhere. We provide the supplies and pick up service. 865-681-4809.

1:  BBQ & Brews
The Casual Pint - Maryville. A beer and barbecue pairing, benefiting Second Harvest. Enjoy a tasting menu of six different beers paired with bite-sized barbecue. $30 per person. 4 - 8 pm. 865-983-9990.

5:  Pint Night Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

6:  Keep Blount Beautiful's Art for A Cause with Studio 212
Studio 212 - Maryville. Fun filled Tipsy Brush Class! Bring your own favorite beverage and snacks will be provided. Space is limited to 8. $40 per person. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 865-983-4373.

7:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket III
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. $48 per class. 865-448-6134.

7:  Shakespeare Festival "Much Ado About Nothing" - Register by 3/1/15
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Festival. Refreshments available. Bring a brown bag lunch. 10 - 4 pm. 
$10 per person. $5 for students. 865-448-1441.

8:  Aquila Theatre "The Tempest"
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $19 per person. 3 - 5 pm. 865-981-8590.

12:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket III
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. $48 per class. 865-448-6134.

12:  Vocal Point
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $10 per person. 7 - 9 pm. 865-981-8590.

12:  One Pot Cook-off
Little River Trading Company. Showcase your outdoor cooking skills and possibly win prizes. FREE. 
6 - 7 pm. 865-681-4141.

13:  Annie Moses Band "Rhapsody In Bluegrass"
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $19 per person. 8 - 10 pm. 865-981-8590.

14:  Pregnancy Resource Center Superhero 5K and Family Fun Walk
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville. Providing a place of education, encouragement, support and hope. How exciting to work along side us to help raise funds to impact lives right here in our community! 8:30 - 11 am. Race starts at 9 am. $25 per person for early registration. 865-977-8378. 

14:  Judy Carmichael in Concert
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $25 per person. 7:30 - 9 pm. 865-981-8590.

17:  Survival Skills with Jennie McGuigan
Little River Trading Company. 6 - 7 pm. FREE. 865-681-4141.

19 - 21:  Norm Tosh & Brenda Fox
Townsend Visitors Center. Local crafts and stained glass. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

20:  Tango Buenos Aires "Song of Eva Pero'n"
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $23 per person. 8 - 10 pm. 865-981-8590.

21:  Smoky Mountain Scavenger Hunt  
Get your hunt on! 1 vehicle per team, as many people that can fit in your one vehicle allowed. Takes place over a 25-hour period with teams receiving their hunt questions via e-mail by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20th and are due back at Tremont no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21st with your answers. A light dinner will be served while tallying takes place. This event is limited to 200 participants so register early! Cost per team is $50 if registered by March 19th at 4 pm. $60 if registering March 20th or 21st. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund. 865-448-6709.

22 - 27:  Spring Outdoor Recreation Consortium 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

26:  Pint Night for Keep Blount Beautiful
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

26 - 28:  Julia Schirack, Carol Dean, and Lyda Plemons
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

27:  Family & Friends Game Night
Everett Recreation Center - Maryville. 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Open to all ages. $2 per person, $5 at the door. 

28:  Cades Cove Loop Ride & Social Event
Jeepism. Ride through Cades Cove. Pack a picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket.  We will stop at the visitor's center for a restroom break and then travel to a scenic spot for lunch. We will continue our trip through Cades Cove and back to Jeepism. 10:30 am. 865-738-3088.

29:  Wildflower Festival
The Lily Barn. A day of adventure for gardening and wildflower enthusiasts. This will include a hands-on bonsai workshop and a discussion on native plants of East Tennessee. Several local artists will be on site displaying and selling their wares. Guided tours are available through our native perennial gardens and along the wildflower creek trail.
Opens at 9 am. Classes begin at 11 am. 865-448-0399.

April

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

3 - 4:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local art. 9 - 5 pm. Admission Fee. 865-448-6134.

4:  Herb and Wildflower Day
Townsend Visitors Center. Walks and discussions with expert botanists and naturalists. Baked goods, pottery, crafts and plant sales. 9 am - 3 pm.

4:  Resurrection Run 5K
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville.  $25 per person before 3/20/15. $30 per person after 3/20/15. $35 per person day of race. 8:30 am. 865-696-9633.

9 - 16:  Fiber Arts Demonstrations
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Hot Club of san Fransico: Cinema Vivant
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $19 per person. 8 pm. 865-981-8590.

10 - 11:  Spring Arts & Crafts & Collectibles Show
Foothills Mall. 10 - 9 pm. 865-983-9244. 

10 - 12:  2nd Annual Spring FIAT on the Dragon
Townsend Visitors Center. Planned drives, BBQ, cook out and bonfires on Friday and Saturday night, local ice cream stop, Smokey Mountain drive, night drive and of course, the Dragon AND Devil's Triangle.  To register visit https://fs24.formsite.com/Brett67/form15/index.html

11:  Spring Sprint 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk - Early Fee Deadline 3 PM 4/10/15
Springbrook Recreation Center - Alcoa. No baby strollers, bicycles, roller blades or dogs are allowed. Use of headsets is not recommended. Refreshments will be served following the race for all registered
participants. Check-in 7:15 - 8 am. Race starts at 8:30 am. Award ceremony 9:30 am. Adults $18. 
Students ( 18 & under) $16. Adults $25 day of race. Students (18 & under) $20 day of race. 865-983-9244.

11:  Spring Nature Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. UT Smoky Mountain Field School Program. 9 - 5pm. 
865-448-0044.

12 - 17:  Spring Hiking Road Scholar Hike
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $645 per person. 800-454-5768.

11:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required. 
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

14:  Bird Migration Talk with Tiffany Beachy
Little River Trading Company. 6 - 7 pm. 865-681-4141.

16 - 18:  Bronco Truck Show
Talley Ho Inn. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives and more. 865-448-2465.

17 - 19:  Music of the Mountains
Sugarlands Visitor Center, Cosby & Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.  3 day event featuring traditional Appalachian music. 865-448-0044.

17 - 19:  6th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Fiber arts classes and demonstrations, vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations, spinning, weaving, dyeing and needlecrafts. 9 - 5 pm. 10 - 4 pm on Sunday. 865-448-0044.

18:  Spring Fling
Sam Houston Schoolhouse. Craft vendors, games and music. 10 - 2 pm. 865-983-1550.

18:  Newfound Gap & Oconaluftee Ride
Jeepism. We will stop at Chimney Tops for a picnic before continuing to Newfound Gap. Will then continue into North Carolina where we will stop at Mingus Mill. Continuing on to Oconaluftee Visitor's Center and the Mountain Farm Museum. From there we will journey back across the mountains to Townsend.  Bring a picnic lunch. All places we will visit are free admission. Depart Jeepism at 11 am. 865-738-3088.

18:  5th Annual Relay Roast
Smithview Pavilion - Maryville. Blount County’s Capitalist Pigs barbecuing team will fire up their smokers to fight cancer. Enjoy a barbeque dinner with beer or wine and live music. 21 and older. “Spirits Wall” brown bags can be purchased for $20 and include a variety of wine or liquor with a maximum value of $200. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
6 pm. Tickets available at  Capitalist Pigs Team Members and at Chip Webb Family Dentistry, Dandy Lions Gifts, LeConte Wealth Management and United Community Bank.
Relayroastinfo@gmail.com

20 - 22:  Hezzie Holden and Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarving, decoupage plates, crochet & fabric. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23 - 25:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23:  Pint Night Boys & Girls Club
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

24 - 27:  Spring Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Bill Lea. $611 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

24:  11th Annual TroutFest Banquet & Auction - Tickets Must Be Purchased by 4/11/15
Knoxville - Hilton Airport. A fly fishing and exposition, dinner, banquet and auction. 
All funds benefit the  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department and Friends of Great Smokies National Park Fisheries Scholarship Fund. Profits will be also be used for youth education fishery programs. You can also contribute by making a donation.  All donations are tax deductible. $60 per person. 6 pm. 800-525-6834. To reserve a room at the Knoxville Hilton call 865-970-4300. 

25:  Townsend Bike Bash - Registration Deadline is 4/22/2015 at 5 PM
Tennessee Mountain Sports. 30 or 50 mile ride with turn by turn directions. Two rest stops and a lead and a "sweep" rider. Each registrant will receive a free tee shirt and a complimentary catered lunch. $45 per person. 865-448-6000.

25:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

25:  Girl Scout Day
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Megan Griffin at 865-448-0044.

May

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1:  R. B. Morris Trio in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

1 - 2:  Spring Festival & Old Timer's Day
Townsend Visitors Center, Trillium Cove Shopping Village, Cades Cove and other locations around Townsend. A celebration of Appalachian history and crafts, bluegrass music, wildflower walks, storytelling, BBQ, clogging, the Young Pickers Contest, book signings, bake sales, and more. $8 parking per day. 10 am.
865-448-6134. 

2:  Little River Railroad Days
Little River Railroad Museum. 865-448-2211.

2 - 3: Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Show
Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6350.

8:  West Wind in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

8 - 10:  SANCP Plants
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. A weekend of bird watching. $327 per person. 865-448-6709.

8 - 10:  SANCP Birds
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $327 per person. 865-448-6709.

8 - 9:  Blount British Car Club
Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

8 - 9:  New Midland Plaza Spring Arts & Craft Fair
New Midland Plaza - Maryville. 865-983-9644.

9:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour with Sam Venerable - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

9:  Everyday Herbs & Their Uses by Jim Buckenmyer 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $10 per person. 1 - 4 pm. 865-983-1550.

9:  Jeepism Ride & Concert
Townsend Visitors Center. Noon - 2 pm. 865-336-2153 or 865-738-3088.

9:  Harmony Family Center Mudder's Day Madness 5K
Camp Montvale  - Maryville. Mud run, filled with trails, mud, and obstacle. All proceeds from the event will benefit Harmony Family Center, and our programs and services at Montvale. 8 - Noon. Race begins at 9:45 am. $50 per person before 3/31/15. $60 per person after 4/1/15. $75 per person day of race. For information email beverly@harmonyfamilycenter.org

9:  Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now
Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville. $23 per person. 8 - 10 pm. 865-981-8590.

15 - 16:  Great Studebaker Car Show
Talley Ho Inn. 865-379-5157 or 865-448-2465.

16 - 17:  34th Annual Smoky Mountain Highland Games
Maryville College. Scottish clans meeting featuring Highland athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, border collie demonstrations, haggis hurling, entertainment, whiskey tasting, food and merchandise vendors. 865-777-1059 or visit http://smokymountaingames.org

16:  Tour de Blount
Hwy 321 near the Blount County Courthouse. A one day cycling event with a variety of routes ranging from 29, 41,62 and 70 miles. $30 per person before 4/25/15. $40 per person week of race. 8 am. 865-403-2832.

17:  "Magic of the Mountains"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. 5:30 pm. Reservations required. 865-448-0044.

22 - 24:  35th Annual Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Show - Entry Deadline 4/7/15
Maryville College. Examine the quilts and shop with a variety of vendors. Limited to 200 entries. 9 - 5 pm Friday and Saturday. 11 - 4 pm Sunday. 865-382-5976.

23:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

25:  Foothills Sprint Triathlon
Maryville. 350 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 4K run. 865-250-6318.

28:  Pint Night for Tennessee Wild
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

30:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

June

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1 - 3:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey and Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4:  Music on the Grounds - Shaun Abbott
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville. $3 per person. 10 - 2 pm. 865-983-1550.

4 - 6:  Brenda Fox & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Stained glass and crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

5 - 6:  Blount County Relay for Life
Maryville College. The American Cancer Society's signature event. An organized community fundraising walk were teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking. Food, games, and activities. 6 pm - 2 am. 865-558-4041.

6:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

6:  Duck Pond Fishing Derby for Kids
Duck Pond - Alcoa.
Ages 3-15. Trophies are awarded in each age division for the largest and the most fish caught. Overall event winner for each category will receive a trophy. All participants receive a ribbon and are eligible to win prizes. A water play area, an archery and air rifle area, and other games. $7 per child. $10 per child day of event. 8 - 1 pm. 865-983-9244.

7:  Community Block Party & Health Fair
Maryville Seventh-day Adventist Church
. Entertainment, craft booths, bounce houses, community services booths, games and prizes for children, raffle prizes for adults. Free blood test, health screenings, chair massages and health related information. Sample healthy and vegetarian foods. The Medic van will be there to donate blood. FREE. 11 - 3 pm. 865-964-7472.

7 - 10:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8 - 13:  Discovery Camp I
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $555 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

8 - 13:  Wilderness Adventure Trek I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $607 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

8 - 13:  Girls in Science Camp
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 12 - 15. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $638.  865-448-6709.

11 - 13:  Corinne Coley and Lyda Plemons
Townsend Visitors Center. Handmade jewelry and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14 - 18:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14 - 20:  20th Annual Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in flat-picking guitar, finger picking guitar, mandolin, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, dobro, Mountain dulcimer, songwriting, vocal class and bass. Concerts by the instructors each evening. 865-982-3808. 

15:  United Way of Blount County Golf Tournament
Green Meadow Country Club - Alcoa. 9 - 4 pm. For information jstansberry@unitedwayblount.org 

15 - 20:  NCSU Wildlife Camp
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Middle and High School teachers. $100 per teacher that qualify, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

15 - 20:  5th Annual Trout Unlimited Camp - Application Deadline May 20, 2015
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Boys and girls
12-15 years of age as of June 15th. $495 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Limited to 14 participants. Contact John R. Thurman at 865-494-7771.

16 - 19:  Summer Historic Day Camp
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. 10 - 2 pm. 865-983-1550.

19:  Blue Mother Tupelo in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

19 - 21:  Larry & Paula McLain and Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Stained glass and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

20:  Women's Work Festival
Mountain Farm Museum - Cherokee. Demonstrations of open hearth cooking, spinning or sewing, corn shuck doll making and more.

21 - 27:  20th Annual Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in flat-picking guitar, finger picking guitar, mandolin, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, dobro, Mountain dulcimer, songwriting, vocal class and bass. Concerts by the instructors each evening. 865-982-3808. 

22 - 25:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Photography. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

22 - 27:  Discovery Camp II
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $555 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

22 - 27:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $607 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

22 - 27:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $619 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

25:  Pint Night for Friends of the Smokies & Habitat for Humanity
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

26:  Acoustic Eidolon in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

26 - 27:  9th Annual Big BBQ Bash & Summer On Broadway
Founders Park on Broadway - Maryville. Barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. FREE to public. Competitors may charge fees per plate on Sunday. Check in Saturday at 9 am for competitors. Awards ceremony Sunday at 3:30 pm. 865-329-9030 or 865-637-9711.

26 - 28:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Cigar box dulcimers and jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

27:  37th Annual Freedom Fest
Alcoa Duck Pond. Fireworks, music and food. 6 - 11 pm. 865-380-4787.

29 - 30:  Girls in Science II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 and up. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $638. 865-448-6709.

29 - 30:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabric. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

30:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $619 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

July

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1 - 2:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabric. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1 - 4:  Girls in Science II
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 and up. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $638. 865-448-6709.

1 - 5:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition II
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $619 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

2:  Music on the Grounds - Shaun Abbott
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville. $3 per person. 6 - 8:30 pm. 865-983-1550.

3 - 6:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4:  4th of July Celebration
Highland Manor Inn. 865-448-6886.

6 - 11:  Smoky Mountain Family Camp
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 6 and up. $1,654 for a family of four ($364 for each additional person), includes meals, lodging and instruction. Early Bird Savings of $100 per family if registered by 2/27/15. 865-448-6709.

7 - 9:  Anna Bolton & Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Decoupage plates and ceramics and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

10 - 12:  Smoky Mountain Classic
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville. 865-983-9244.

10 - 12:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

11:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

13 - 15:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Cigar box dulcimers and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

13 - 18:  Discovery Camp III 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $555 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13 - 23:  Teen High Adventure
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $1,164 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13- 23:  Field Ecology Adventure
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $1,164 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

16 - 18:  Gloria Nelson & Julia Schiack
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17:  Jerry Butler and the Blu-J's in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

17 - 18:  Volkswagen Car Show
Talley Ho Inn. Knoxville’s premier Volkswagen Club with an emphasis on VW knowledge and education, family and fun. 865-448-2465.

18:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

18:  Raven Kids Day Camp
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $10 per family. $5 per child. 11 - 3 pm. 865-983-1550.

19 - 21:  Don Lay
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

22 - 24:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23:  Pint Night Little River Watershed
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

24:  Bethany Hankins & The Penny Serenade in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

25:  Tammy Glass
Townsend Visitors Center. Handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

TBA:  Smoky Mountain Rumble - Moved to Knoxville for 2015
For 2015 dates and location, visit http://www.smokymountainrumble.com

26 - 27:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

27 - 29:  SANCP Reptiles & Amphibians
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $327 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

28 - 29:  Deede Edele
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

29 - 31:  SANCP Aquatic Ecology
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $327 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

30 - 31:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

31:  The Bearded in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

August

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

2 - 8:  Natural Resources College Consortium
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 12 - 15. $608 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $608. 865-448-6709.

3 - 31:  Quilt Showcase by Foothills Quilt Guild
Townsend Visitors Center. Handmade quilts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

7:  The Tennessee Sheiks in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

8:  Black Bear Tour with Kim Delozier - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 4:30 pm. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

8:  10th Annual Slimfest
New Midland Plaza Amphitheater - Alcoa. FREE outdoor concert for the community is geared for the adults to raise money for the children of Blount County. Live entertainment with food and beverage vendors. The proceeds from this year's event will be shared with 3 child related causes. 6 pm - Midnight. 865-414-2000.

8:  Scholars Run 5K
Springbrook Recreation Center - Maryville. 865-983-9244.

14 - 17:  Summertime Photography Master Class
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Emphasizes form, pattern, and structure in black and white (B&W) format. $642 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

14:  Steve Kaufman in Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Bring your lawn chair. No pets allowed, except service animals. Food and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. Rain or shine. $5 per person. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

15:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour with Sam Venerable - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

15:  Black Bear Tour with Kim Delozier - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 4:30 pm. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

20:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

20:  Black Bear Tour with Kim Delozier - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 4:30 pm. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

22:  Harvest Festival
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville. Vendors,
demonstrations and music. FREE. 865-983-1550.

29 - 30:  Teacher Escape Weekend
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

September

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

TBA:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

1 - 3:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden & James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet, fabrics, cigar box dulcimers and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

3:  14th Annual Taste of Blount
Theater in the Park - Maryville. Features local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in a setting that combines tasting a variety of foods, enjoying music and meeting friends. $25 per person. 6 - 8 pm.
865-983-2241.

3 - 5:  Ford Truck Show
Talley Ho Inn. Open to all generations and years of Ford trucks and Broncos. Family-friendly events, both at the show grounds and in the area. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives, and much more. 865-650-0522 or 865-324-4897.

4 - 6:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

6 - 11:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Hike
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $699 per person. 800-454-5768.

7 - 9:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10 - 13:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

11 - 12:  New Midland Plaza Fall Art and Craft Fair
New Midland Plaza - Alcoa. 865-983-9644.

12:  Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon
Begins near Heritage High School and ends at the Townsend Visitors Center.  No pets allowed. OPEN COURSE. Limited to 1500 participants. Race begins at 7:30 am. Ends at 11 am. $100 per individual 
(2/9/15 - 6/14/15). $120 per individual (6/15/15 - day of race). $90 per team (2/9/15 - 6/14/15). 
$110 per team (6/15/15 - day of race). 619-567-9191.

12 - 13:  Teacher Escape Weekend
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

13: Townsend 15K Road Race
Dogwood Cabins. Scenic and challenging course that runs on back roads near the Little River. First mile is flat, followed by a major hill and rolling hills, with a flat final mile. Course closes after 2 hours. Not for walkers. 8 - 9 am. 865-207-6122. 

13:  Homecoming - RSVP by September 6th
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Legacy of Tremont celebrates environmental education. Dinner, music and silent auction. 5 - 8 pm. $75 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund.
865-448-6709.

14 - 16:  Randy White & Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17 - 19:  Gloria Nelson & Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

18 - 20:  SANCP Advanced Fungi in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $327 per person. 865-448-6709.

18:  Rotary Storytelling Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Performances by some of the region’s most beloved storytellers, authors and musicians. Bring a lawn chair. $5 per person. 7 - 9 pm. 865-448-0044.

19:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour with Sam Venerable - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

19:  Searching for Elk Tour with Kim Delozier - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 2 pm. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $85 per person. 865-448-8838.

19:  Mountain Life Festival
Mountain Farm Museum - Cherokee. Demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.

24:  Pint Night Trout Unlimited
Little River Trading Company 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

25 - 26: 22nd Annual Townsend Heritage Festival & Old Timers Day
Townsend Visitors Center & Cades Cove. Celebrates mountain  and Appalachian arts and crafts. Features demonstrations, bluegrass and mountain music, an antique tractor and engine show, storytelling, children’s activities, crafts by local artisans, basketry, spinning, weaving, sorghum molasses, apple butter making, lye soap, beekeeping, and blacksmithing.
10 - 10 pm daily. 865-448-6134.

26:  9th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Old-fashioned county fair features competition, games, music, historic demonstrations, an area dedicated to historic games for young visitors. $5 per person. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

26:  Little River Railroad Days
Little River Railroad Museum. 865-448-2211.

26 - 27: Nawger Nob Fall Arts & Crafts Show
 Nawger Nob Village. 80 crafters who sell things like woodcarvings, baskets, other wood products, paintings, pottery, chairs, bird houses and lots of other local made mountain crafts. Food and live music.
865-448-6350.

30:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

October

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1 - 3:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

3 - 4:  Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Onsite demonstrations and displays to sell carvings. Woodcarving tools, equipment and teaching aids will also be available to purchase. Whittling contest on Saturday open to anyone. You must bring your owns tool. $4 per person. 10 - 5 pm Saturday. Noon - 4 pm Sunday.
865-309-0690 or 865-448-0044.

4:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

5 - 7:  Gloria Nelson, Julia Schirack & Carol Dean
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134. 

6 - 11:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Hike
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $699 per person. 800-454-5768.

8 - 9:  Joyce Jarman & Karen Kenst
Townsend Visitors Center. Wool appliqué and basket weaving. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Learn to Make Lye Soap by Jim Buckenmyer
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. Bring a sack lunch and 1 covered dish. $15 per person. 10 - 2 pm.
865-983-1550.

10: Townsend 10K
Townsend Visitors Center. Begins at 9 am. 865-546-1000.

10 - 13:  Sandra Holden & Anna Bolton
Townsend Visitors Center. Decoupage plates and ceramics, woodcarving, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm.
865-448-6134.

13 - 15:  Brenda Fox & Terry Zimmer
Townsend Visitors Center. Stained glass, painted rocks and driftwood. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

16 - 18:  Women's Backpack
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Women backpackers. $339 per person. 865-448-6709.

16 - 18:  Maryville College Homecoming & Arts & Crafts Fair
Maryville College. 865-981-8094.

16 - 18:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Photography. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17 - 19: Foothills Fall Festival
Maryville. 865-273-9300.

17:  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tour with Sam Venerable - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

19 - 22:  Don Lay
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

22:  Pint Night Appalachian Bear Rescue
Little River Trading Company. 5 - 9 pm. 865-681-4141.

23 - 25:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23 - 25:  SANCP Advanced Wilderness Survival
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

23 - 26:  Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Willard Clay lead instructor. $611 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

24:  Cades Cove Tour with Bill Landry - Reservations Required
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Limited to 18 guests per tour. Tours depart at 9:30 am. Tour is approximately 4 hours. Light snack and cold beverage is included in the ticket price. The tour will run rain or shine. $60 per person. 865-448-8838.

25:  Smoky Mountain Field School Fall Nature Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 8 am - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

26 - 28:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Art, handmade jewelry and crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

29 - 30:  Corrine Coley & Lyda Plemmons
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

31:  Larry Burton & Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Art and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

November

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

TBA:  11th Annual Chili Cook-Off for Education
The Shed in Maryville. 11 - 2 pm. $5 in Advance. $7 at the gate. Children 10 and under are FREE.
865-805-2544.

1:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1:  Foothills Half Marathon
Alcoa. 865-250-6318.

2 - 5:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

6 - 8:  SANCP Mammals
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $327 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

6 - 8:  Larry & Paula McClain & Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Stained glass and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

7:  Quilter's Road Show
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Historic Quilts, evaluations, demonstrations and more for beginners thru advanced quilters. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

9 - 11:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, ceramics, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm.
865-448-6134.

12 - 14:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Art, jewelry and crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

16 - 18:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Cigar box dulcimers and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19 - 21:  Corinne Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

21:  6th Annual Holiday Homecoming
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Celebrate harvest, home, and the holidays with live music throughout the day, kids’ crafts, tasty treats from the open hearth, basket weaving demonstrations, guest speakers, and more! 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

22 - 29:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Photography. CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

3 - 5:  11th Annual House of Santa Mouse
Maryville College - Alumni Gym. 52 members of the Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild offering their work for sale. FREE admission and parking. 10 - 6 pm Thursday and Friday. 10 - 3 pm Saturday. 865-984-9605.

3 - 5:  Hezzie & Sandra Holden
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcarvings, decoupage plates, crochet and fabrics. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

5:  Christmas Open House
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville.
The Blount County Public Library will entertain us with children’s stories and games.  Santa arrives at 2 pm. Porter Elementary School Choir will end our day with a selection of Christmas music.
1 - 4 pm. 865-983-1550.

6:  Reindeer Run 5K
Springbrook Recreation Center - Maryville. Begins at 2 pm. 865-983-9244.

6:  Townsend Christmas Parade
Begins at the IGA and ends at Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6886.

12:  Festival of Christmas Past
Mountain Farm Museum - Cherokee. Old-time music, harp singing, storytelling and reminiscing, craft demonstrations such as weaving, spinning, quilting, basket making, historic toys and games, and children's activities.

10 - 12:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Cigar box dulcimers and handmade jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19:  Holiday Homecoming
Oconaluftee Visitors Center - Cherokee. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music.

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