The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting 2 days of concerts at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. The concerts will feature old-time mountain music at Sugarlands Visitor Center on two Saturdays in October. This Saturday, October 9, The Lost Mill String Band will perform from noon to 1 pm. The band will be performing Southern Appalachian music with a mix of bluegrass, folk and gospel. Then at 1:15 The Ruckers will take the stage. Sparky and Rhonda Rucker have performed throughout the U.S. singing and telling stories.
The next concert is set for October 23, and will be featuring Boogertown Gap, a local favorite. Keith Watson and Ruth Barber will be performing a variety of music including old-time mountain tunes and lovely ballads. Their performances will be at 11 am and 1:15 pm. Between Boogertown Gap’s performances Mike and Kathy Gwinn will share stories and songs.
TripAdvisor, a top travel website, recently wrote an article on the best places to view fall foliage. Not surprisingly, Gatlinburg ranked number three on the list. “A recent TripAdvisor survey revealed that viewing fall foliage is a favorite activity for 43 percent of American travelers.” It’s a great, affordable way to enjoy the great outdoors and the cooler weather. The top three picks included; Asheville, NC, Boston, MA and Gatlinburg, TN in the third spot.
Read the full list of TripAdvisor’s top spots to view fall foliage. Also, check out what’s going on inPigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this fall and come see us!
Dollywood recently hosted events for the southern gospel music community’s annual inductions for the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Among the prizes handed out was one named for one of the fathers of southern gospel music that went to park namesake Dolly Parton. The park holds a month-long National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration where some of the biggest names in gospel stroll down the red carpet for the awards ceremony.
Dollywood is home to the Hall of Fame so of course Dollywood hosts the two events. Since without Dolly, none of this would be possible, she was present the whole day making appearances throughout the park and performed one of the gospel songs she wrote with the Kingdom Heirs. She was also presented the Southern Gospel Music Association’s James D. Vaughan Impact Award.
According to the LeConte Lodge blog, the first snow of the season welcomed them this morning. Mt. LeConte, the Smokies third highest peak at 6,593 feet, reported 3 inches of fresh snow overnight. This is the biggest first snowfall since 1979! Looks like it’s going to be a cold winter here in the Smokies! The high yesterday, Sunday, was 39 degrees and the low was 24.
Who doesn’t love to check out the stars at night? This Saturday come out to Cades Cove to stargaze! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is offering a 2 hour stargazing program in a Cades Cove field along with the help of the Smoky Mountain Astronomical Society. There will be experienced astronomers and numerous telescopes available so participants can view the autumn sky’s position of stars, galaxies and constellations including the Milky Way.
The program will be cancelled if there is a cloud cover or if it is raining, so be sure to check out the sky before heading to Cades Cove.