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Seymour, TN  37865

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Townsend, TN, located in Blount County, is surrounded by nature, scenery and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Local arts and crafts, galleries, five star dining establishments and accommodations are just a few reasons to visit the "Quiet Side of the Smokies". Craft demonstrations and exhibits take place at the Townsend Visitors Center and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which offer hands on training of the local arts.

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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:  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.

17 - 24:  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

16:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket I
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

21:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Intermediate Class
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23:  SANCP Advanced:  Winter Woody Plant ID - RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 6, 2016
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. $55 per person. Optional overnight and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

29 - 31:  10th Annual Smoky Mountain Snowdown:  Winter Heritage Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Music, crafts, demonstrations, hikes, exhibits, dining and more. 865-448-0044.

29 - 31:  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

February 2016

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

5 - 8:  Winter Photography Masters Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Will Clay and Ken Thompson. $642 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

6:  Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center 10th Anniversary
865-448-0044.

6:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket II
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

6:  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. $55 per person. Optional overnights and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

8:  Stretch & Sip
Cades Cove Cellars. Yoga Class. 6:30 pm. 865-325-9463. 

13:  Owl Prowl 
Sugarlands Visitor Center. 6 pm. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. $20 for members. $35 for non-members. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

19 - 21:  Educators' Workshop: Salamanders & Storms: Climate Change in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $50 per person for educators. $304 per person if not a teacher. Limited to 10 people. 6 meals and 2 nights lodging included. 865-448-6709.

19 - 21:  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. $337 per person. See http://www.gsmit.org/sancpinterp.html for details. 865-448-6709.

20:  Visit with the Walker Sisters
Bridge at Metcalf Bottoms. Take a stroll to the Walker Sisters' homestead and learn about this amazing Appalachian family. Learn how these self-sufficient sisters made a living off the land. They fed and clothed themselves, chopped their own wood, raised their own livestock, and maintained a farm. 10 am - 2 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

20:  Ramsey Cascade - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Greenbrier Parking Lot #2. 8 am. 8 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm

22:  Stretch & Sip
Cades Cove Cellars. Yoga Class. 6:30 pm. 865-325-9463. 

TBA:  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.

27:  5th Annual Tennessee Winter Beerfest
The Carriage House. All proceeds benefit New Hope. All the beer and food you can stand, plus a commemorative glass. $60 per person. Designated Drivers $30 per driver. 3 - 8 pm. 865-981-2000.

March 2016

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.

5:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket III 
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Cucumber Gap & Jakes Creek - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Cucumber Gap Loop. 8 am. 5.4 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

12:  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.

12:  Hike to the Advent Cabin 
Elkmont Upper Parking Lot. 9 am. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

16:  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. 

19:  Polliwogs, Eggs & Singing Frogs 
Cades Cove. An up close and personal introduction to the world of amphibian biology and ecology. 1 pm. 
$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

19:  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. 11 am. 865-738-3088.

27 - April 25:  Lyda Plemons & Anna Bolton
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

26:  West Prong - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
West Prong. 8 am. 4.6 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

30:  BTAP Class
Blount Partnership Bldg. Blount County Tourism Ambassador Program. Engaging citizens to learn about the impact of tourism. 8:30 am - Noon. 865-983-2241. 

April 2016

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

1 - 3:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1 - 25:  Lyda Plemons & Anna Bolton 
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry and art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

2:  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.

2 - 3:  17th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Festival 
Open to adults and children. Multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. 865-661-3474.

7:  Indian Flats Falls - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Indian Flats Falls. 9 am - 3 pm. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

8 - 9:  Fran Zuelke - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 1 - 4 pm. 865-448-6134.

8 - 10:  3rd Annual Spring FIAT on the Dragon
Talley Ho Inn. 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.  Limited to 150 entries. To register visit http://www.fiatonthedragon.com

9:  Spring Sprint 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
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 $20. 
Students ( 18 & under) $18. Adults $25 day of race. Students (18 & under) $20 day of race. 865-983-9244.

10:  Sarah Weeks - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 10 am - 1 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Rebecca Alcorn & Angela Shiling - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 10 am - 1 pm. 865-448-6134.

11 - 13:  Steve Prentice - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 10 am - 1 pm. 865-448-6134.  

11:  Anne Marie Layne - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 1 - 4 pm. 865-448-6134.  

12:  Deborah & Lynn - Fiber Arts Demonstration
Townsend Visitors Center. 1 - 4 pm. 865-448-6134.  

12 - 16:  Bronco Super Celebration 10 
Talley Ho Inn. 50th Bronco Anniversary. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives and more. 865-448-2465.

15 - 17:  7th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Demonstrations 
Townsend Visitors Center & Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

18 - 20:  Julia Schirack & Carol Dean - Local Art
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

21 - 23:  Fred Weiser - Local Art
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

22 - 23:  Spring Arts & Crafts & Collectibles Show - Entry Deadline March 24th
Foothills Mall. 10 - 9 pm. 865-983-9244. 

22 - 25:  Spring Photography Workshop - FULL CALL FOR WAIT LIST
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Bill Lea. $629 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

23:  Wildflowers - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Earth Day Hike and Wildflowers. 9 am - 3 pm. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

24 - 29:  Spring Hiking Road Scholar Hike - FULL CALL FOR WAIT LIST
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

25:  Wine and Canvas - Starry Night Wine Glasses
Barley's - Maryville. 6 - 9 pm. $35 per person. 865-356-9179.

25 - 27:  Corinne Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

25 - 27:  Lyda Plemons & Anna Bolton
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

26:  5th Annual Resurrection Run 5K
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville.  8:30 am. 865-696-9633.

29:  Spring Concert Series - Pistol Creek Catch of the Day
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $5 per person for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

30:  Jeepism's Birthday & Parson's Branch Ride
Jeepism. Ride through Parson's Branch. 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. 11 am. 865-738-3088.

30:  Mother/Daughter Tea
Sam Houston's Schoolhouse - Maryville.
Come dressed in your best old time finery. Fine teas and
finger foods will be served. $10 for the first member of your party and $5 for each additional Lady. 
The demand will be high for a seat at this table we have to limit it to the first 25 Ladies that RSVP.
 
5 pm. 865-983-1550.

May 2016

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.

3:  Walker's Sisters Cabin - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Walker Sisters Cabin. 9 am - 3 pm. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

6 - 7:  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. 

6 - 8:  SANCP Plants 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

6 - 8:  SANCP Birds 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

7:  Jeepism Spring Wildflower Ride - Roaring Forks & Porter's Creek
Ride through Parson's Branch. 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 back to Jeepism. 1 pm. 865-738-3088.

7:  Music on the Grounds
Sam Houston's Schoolhouse - Maryville.
$6 per person, 9 and under FREE. Food available
6 - 8
pm. 865-983-1550.

7:  Little River Railroad Days
Little River Railroad. 865-448-2211.

7:  Harmony Family Center 4th Annual 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. Race begins at 10 am. Participants must arrive by 9:45 am. $35 per person. Price increases after April 24th. For information email beverly@harmonyfamilycenter.org

7 - 8: Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Show
Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6350.

13 - 15:  29th Annual Blount British Car Club 
Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

13:  Spring Concert Series - Steve Rushingwood
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $5 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

14:  Everyday Herbs & Their Uses by Jim Buckenmyer 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $10 per person, $15 per couple. 10 - 2 pm. 865-983-1550.

14:  Jeepism Topless in Townsend Ride - Roaring Forks Ride 
Ride through Roaring Fork's. 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 back to Jeepism. 865-738-3088.

14:  25th Annual Tour de Blount
Heritage High School. A one day cycling event with a variety of routes ranging from 25 to 80 miles.
https://www.bikereg.com/tour-de-blount0

20 - 21:  Great Studebaker Car Show
Talley Ho Inn. 865-379-5157 or 865-448-2465.

21:  Chestnut Top Trail - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Chestnut Top Trail Out & Back. 8.1 miles. 9 am - 3 pm. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

21 - 22:  35th 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

21:  13th Annual "Bright Past, Brighter Future" Gala
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. 5:30 pm. $125 per person, tax deductible. Reservations required. Call between 10 - 5 pm for reservations. 865-448-0044.

21:  Jeepism Norris Watershed Ride 
Ride to the Norris Watershed. 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 back to Jeepism. 865-738-3088.

TBA:  36th Annual Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Show
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.

25:  BTAP Class
Blount Partnership Bldg. Blount County Tourism Ambassador Program. Engaging citizens to learn about the impact of tourism. 8:30 am - Noon. 865-983-2241. 

29:  Jeepism Rich Mountain Road Ride 
Ride to the Rich Mountain Road. 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 back to Jeepism. 865-738-3088.

June 2016

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

2:  Lead Cove/Bote Mtn./Finley Cane Loop - N.P.S Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Lead Cove to Bote Mountain to Finley Cane Loop. 7 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

3:  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. 5 pm - 1 am. 865-558-4041.

4:  Tennessee Statehood Day 
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville. 10 - 5 pm. 865-983-1550.

4:  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. 8 am. 865-983-9244.

5:  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.

5 - 9:  Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

7:  Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 5 - 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

7 - 10:  Sam's Camp
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $25 per student and $3 per adult, per day. 10 - 2:30 pm. Break for picnic lunch brought from home. 865-983-1550.

10 - 12:  Smoky Mountain Crawl
Townsend Visitors Center. Noon. Ruckus, Grom and Small Bore event.

11:  10th Anniversary Open House
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 11 - 2 pm. 865-448-0044.

12 - 18:  21st Annual Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in Old Time Banjo, Old Time Mandolin, Mountain Dulcirmer, Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Traditional and Old Time Rhythm Guitar, Old Time Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer and Old Time Singing and Harmony. Concerts by the instructors each evening. Classes are limited. 865-982-3808. 

13 - 18:  Discovery Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13 - 18:  Wilderness Adventure Trek I - FULL CALL FOR WAIT LIST
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

13 - 18:  Girls in Science Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 12 - 15. Cost is as low as $100 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.

14 - July 19:  Schoolhouse Tuesdays
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $3 for Adults, Children FREE. 3 - 5 pm. 865-983-1550.

14:  Meet the Artist
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville.
Susan Patrick Meacham, Owner of Suzie M. Designs will share what being an artist means and the children will do an art project. 865-983-1550.

15 - 17:  Julia Schirack & Carol Dean
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17:  Rich Mountain Loop - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Rich Mountain Loop. 8.7 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

17:  Summer Concert Series - Blue Mother Tupelo
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

18 - 22:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19 - 25:  21st Annual Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in Flatpicking, Bluegrass Banjo, Mandolin, Bluegrass Fiddle,  Ukulele, Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, Songwriting, Bluegrass Vocal, Dobro and Bass. Concerts by the instructors each evening. 865-982-3808. 

20 - 25:  5th Annual Trout Unlimited Camp - Application Deadline May 20, 2016
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.

21:  Keep Blount Beautiful 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. Recycling project. 865-983-1550.

23 - 25:  Paulette Mittler & Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

24:  Summer Concert Series - Acoustic Eidolon
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

24 - 25:  10th Annual Summer On Broadway & The Big BBQ Bash
Founder's Square - Maryville. Barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. FREE to public. Competitors may charge fees per plate on Sunday. 865-329-9030.

24 - 25:  Hops in the Hills
Founder's Square - Maryville. A yearly craft beer festival. Ticketed event, showcasing the area's artisan brews.
865-983-2241.

25:  38th Annual Freedom Fest 
Alcoa Duck Pond. Fireworks, music and food. 6 - 11 pm. 865-380-4787.

27 - July 2:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

27 - July 2:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

27 - July 2:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

28:  Election Commission/Appalachian Bear Rescue
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. Voting machine will be on display for children to learn about from 2 - 4 pm. The Appalachian Bear Rescue will present "Bear Tales" at 4 pm.  ONLY open 2 - 5 this day! 865-983-1550. 

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

28 - 30:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

30:  Little Bottoms to Hatcher Mtn. - N.P.Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Little Bottoms to Hatcher Mountain. 6.4 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

July 2016

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 - July 19:  Schoolhouse Tuesdays
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $3 for Adults, Children FREE. 3 - 5 pm. 865-983-1550.

1 - 2:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 2:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $625 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 2:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 3:  Fred Wesier
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4 - 6:  Deede Edele
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

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

5 - 8:  Firefly Camp for Child & Parent 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. Firefly Camp aims to give you and the youngster in your life a taste of what summer camp is like. One night in length, itís not too long and not too short, but there is an option to stay 2 or 3 nights. Both you and your child will get to experience the wonders of nature in the national park. Meals, lodging, and age-appropriated activities led by our experienced educators are provided. Ages 4 - 9, with parent. $92 for 1 night stay for child & parent. $184 for 2 night stay for child & parent. $275 for 3 night stay for child & parent. $48 for each additional person per night. 865-448-6709.

5- 10:  Backcountry Ecological Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $638 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

5:  TBA 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. 865-983-1550.

7 - 9:  Monte Walker, Bonnie McCampbell & Roy Lindsey
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8:  Summer Concert Series - Early Morning String Dusters
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

8 - 10:  Smoky Mountain Classic
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville. 7 pm. 865-983-9244.

9:  Music on the Grounds 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $6 per person, Children 9 and under FREE. Food available for purchase. 6 - 8 pm. 865-983-1550.

11 - 16:  Smoky Mountain Family Camp 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 6 and up. $1,704 for a family of four ($375 for each additional person), includes meals, lodging and instruction. Early Bird Savings of $100 per family if registered by February 22, 2016. 865-448-6709.

12:  Meet the Authors 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. Gai Palmer. 865-983-1550.

14 - 16:  Gloria Nelson
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14 - 16:  Paulette Mittler
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

15:  Music in the Round - A Benefit
The Barn at The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 6 pm.
865-448-0044.

15 - 16: Volkswagon Summer Jam 8 Car and Bike Show 
Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

16:  Little River Trail - N.P.Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Little River Trail. 4.8 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

17 - 20:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

18 - 23:  Discovery Camp III 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $572 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

18 - 28:  Teen High Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $1,199 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

18 - 28:  Field Ecology Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This camp is an opportunity to learn about the natural world and the methods scientists use to study it by participating in real science projects in the park. You will experience hands-on studies of everything from bugs to bears and fungi to birds. A camping trip and team projects make this a unique and exciting experience. Expect a mixture of field science and fun, swimming, hiking, stories around the campfire and more. Ages 13 - 17. $1,199 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

20 - 26:  Maryville College Great Smokies Experience 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Credit-bearing, college class for high school students in their Junior and Senior years and recent graduates. 11 day program. $975 per person, includes tuition, fees,  lodging and transportation. Deadline to apply is May 27, 2016. 865-448-6709.

21 - 23:  Don Lay
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

22:  Summer Concert Series - WestWend
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

24 - 27:  Barry Spruce
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

26:  Anthony Creek to Spence Field Loop - N.P.Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Anthony Creek to Spence Field Loop. 13.2 miles. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

28 - 30:  Lyda Plemons, Corinne Coley & Anna Bolton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

29:  Summer Concert Series - EmiSunshine & The Rain
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

August 2016

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

3 - 5:  SANCP Reptiles & Amphibians 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $327 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

5:  Summer Concert Series - Tennessee Sheiks
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

6:  Music on the Grounds 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $6 per person, Children 9 and under FREE. Food available for purchase. 6 - 8 pm. 865-983-1550.

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.

12:  Summer Concert Series - Kip & Jerry's Rocky Road
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

13:  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.

19:  Summer Concert Series - The Bearded
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm.
865-448-0044.

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

24:  BTAP Class
Blount Partnership Bldg. - Maryville. 8:30 - Noon. 865-983-2241.

26 - 28:  Native American Music & Cultural Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Saturday 10 - 8 pm. Sunday 12 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

27 - 28:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

31:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

September 2016

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:  15th Annual Taste of Blount - Tickets Ordered after Aug. 30th will be at Will
Theater in the Park - Maryville. Across from the Courthouse. Features 19 local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in a setting that combines tasting a variety of foods, enjoying music and meeting friends. $25 for chamber members. $30 for the public. $15 for students 17 and younger. 6 - 8 pm. 865-983-2241.

1 - 2:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1 - 3:  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.

2:  Fall Concert Series - Steve Kaufman
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm. 865-448-0044. 

3 - 5:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4 - 9:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Week 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

6 - 8:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodturning and horseshoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

9:  Music of the Mountains Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 - 9 pm. 865-448-0044.

9 - 12:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon
Heritage High School and ends at the Townsend Visitors Center.  No pets allowed. OPEN COURSE. Limited to 1500 participants. Race begins at 7 am. Ends at 11 am. $50 for the 5K. $45 for the Fun Run. $110 for the Half Marathon. $180 for the Black Bear Double. 619-567-9191.

11: Townsend 15K Road Race
Hwy 321 @ Cedar Creek Rd. 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 - 15:  Gloria Nelson
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17 - 18:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

17:  Dancing Bear Bike Bash - 2016 Formerly the Townsend Bike Bash - 2016
Dancing Bear Lodge. 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. 800-369-0111 ext. 1.

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

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.

23 - 25:  SANCP Southern Appalachian Ecology 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

23 - 24: 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, childrenís 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.

24:  10th 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. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

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

24 - 25: 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.

28 - 30:  Deede Edele
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

October 2016

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:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1 - 2:  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. 10 - 5 pm Saturday. Noon - 4 pm Sunday. 865-309-0690 or 865-448-0044.

2 - 7:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Hike 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

3 - 5:  Gloria Nelson & Paulette Mittler
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134. 

7:  Music in the Middle - Rotary Club Storytelling Evening
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 - 9 pm. 865-448-0044. 

6 - 7:  Joyce Jarman & Karen Kenst
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8 - 10:  Julia Schirack, Carol Dean & Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

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

9:  Homecoming
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Legacy of Tremont celebrates environmental education. Dinner, music and silent auction. 5 - 8 pm. $60 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund.
865-448-6709.

11 - 13:  Monte Walker, Bonnie McCampbell & Roy Lindsay
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14 - 16:  Women's Backpack 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Women backpackers. $367 per person. 865-448-6709.

14 - 17:  Don Lay 
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

15:  Fall Color Hike - National Park Service Centennial Smokies Challenge Hike 100
Fall Color Hikes. The GSMA is offering to it's members, 10 chances to hike with the park service. Each hike is limited to 20 members, is rated moderate to strenuous, requires a completed GSMA waiver and appropriate gear. Including water, food, clothing for all types of weather and good boots. First come, first served. Hike any 100 miles of maintained trails in the park. Your miles can include everything from front country nature trails to the extensive trail network in the backcountry. You may hike the same trail repeatedly or different trails; and you may hike them solo, with a group or even with a guide. January 1st - December 6, 2016. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/gsmnp-hike-100.htm 865-681-4141.

16 - 21:  Sierra Club Hiking Week 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

18 - 20:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

21 - 23:  Maryville College Homecoming & Arts & Crafts Fair
Maryville College. 865-981-8094.

21 - 23:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

21 - 24:  Fall Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Instructed by Ken Thompson, Tom Vadnais, Todd Moore & Steve Zigler. $629 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

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.

23:  4th Annual Foothills Half Marathon
Texas Roadhouse - Alcoa. 9 am. 865-250-6318.

24 - 26:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

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

27 - 29:  Lyda Plemmons, Corrine Coley & Anna Bolton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

29:  Raven Day
Sam Houston Schoolhouse. 11 - 4 pm. 865-983-1550.

30 - 31:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

November 2016

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

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

2 - 4:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4 - 6:  SANCP Mammals 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

4 - 6:  SANCP Advanced Wilderness Survival 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $304 per person. 865-448-6709.

5:  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.

5:  Handcrafters' Showcase
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Historic Quilts, evaluations, demonstrations and more for beginners thru advanced quilters. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

5 - 9:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10 - 12:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19:  7th Annual Holiday Homecoming
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Celebrate harvest, home, and the holidays with live music throughout the day, kidsí crafts, tasty treats from the open hearth, basket weaving demonstrations, guest speakers, and more! 10 - 4 pm. FREE. 865-448-0044.

December 2016

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

1 - 3:  12th 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:  Christmas Open House
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville.
The Blount County Public Library will entertain us with childrenís 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.

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

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

TBA:  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.

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

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