Thousands of quilters gather at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN to look at quilts brought in from all over the United States. Local Quilting Groups (Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guild) organize and administer the Festival. There are separate categories for professional and amateur quilters with divisions for hand and machine quilting, Appliques, Christmas Quilts, Children’s Quilts and military themed Quilts for the Quilts of Valor Organization.
This year the hundreds of quilts were displayed in the same room as the vendors who sell material, long-arm quilters, quilt kits for beginners and many other helpful tools for the quilting process. Patrons could wander the hall, looking at quilts and then talk to vendors who are able to explain what techniques can be used to accomplish certain effects. The week long Quiltfest is held annually in March at the Pigeon Forge LeConte Center, 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
I could not attend the show this year and I’m sorry I am unable to attribute which quilters did which quilts… but as always, thank you for sharing your beautiful art work. mizkathleen@ Graehill Bed and BreakfastRead More
A year ago one of my long time doctors dropped me an email asking if I knew about Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge. Said if I didn’t, I needed to scope it out and inform my guests! After asking around a little, I found a few of my friends had attended over the years and Bonnie handed me the 73 page pamphlet last week when we met for lunch. It took two hours to plow through the thing! I plan on attending a couple of different days. It’s coming up fast, Saturday, January 24, through Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the new and beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. For an online complete listing of “exhibits, performances, workshops, classes, walks and talks that are both informative and entertaining” go to http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week/, scroll to the bottom of the article and click for the schedule.
Since Bill and Bonnie Gathergood are regular attendees of Wilderness Wildlife Week, I asked Bill to write a synopsis of the event. Here are his thoughts…..
Wilderness Wildlife Week is a free celebration of East Tennessee culture, history and science. Hundreds of entertaining lectures on bears, birds and butterflies of the area are free to the general public. Concerts by local musicians; Boogertown Gap and Lost Mill String Band are presented along with historical church music with Sacred Harp singing and traditional hymns.
For 25 years, Wilderness Wildlife Week, a concept begun by Ken Jenkins and Bill Landry, brings fascinating information about the National Park and surrounding areas. There are historical lectures on the Lewis and Clarke Expedition, the Trail of Tears march of the Cherokee as well as traditional Native American folk tales. The Master Gardeners of East Tennessee present several lectures on gardening techniques, creating butterfly habitats and planting specific flowers to draw hummingbirds or monarch butterflies to your yard. There are several classes on nature photography including a photo contest with all participants voting on the best photos.
For the last two years, Wilderness Wildlife Week has been held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The free lecture series are presented in the center’s many classrooms. People can also sign up for over 60 hikes through the nature trails of the National Park. All activities are free.
Thanks Bill, my first guest blogger! Blessings, mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast
- 4 C diced apples
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 C grapes, both green and red
- 1 C thinly sliced celery
- ½ C chopped dates
- ½ C chopped walnuts
- ½ C mayo
- ¼ C honey
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- ½ tsp salt
- I use an assortment of Red and Golden Delicious apples and maybe one Granny Smith or my favorite, Honey Crisp.
- Core and cut up the apples, toss with lemon juice.
- Add the grapes (cut in half the long way if they are large.)
- Toss in the celery, dates and walnuts.
- In a separate bowl, combine mayo, sour cream, honey and salt. Mix and pour over the apple mixture and mix well.
- Chill before serving.
After 14 years of taking just about every conceivable photo at Gracehill Bed and Breakfast, guests still surprise me. It puts a smile on my face to see how different people see my home in a way I never thought of. The photos are by Daniel Ray of his wife Paulette, staying for some needed R&R. Later that evening, he recorded a frog doing his thing croaking, and then played it back to the poor little guy who just went bananas. Said frog will probably need long term therapy…..Read More
- 6 peaches, halved and pitted, don’t peel (It is really important to get freestone peaches, so they separate easily.)
- ¼ C butter, melted
- 3 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar mixture
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ C sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ C sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Dredge peaches through melted butter and set cut side up in a 9X13-baking dish.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Beat together cream cheese, ¼ C sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla. I use a mini food processor. Dollop filling in the center of each peach, filling the hole.
- Sprinkle almonds on top.
- Bake until the cheesecake starts to brown, around 30 minutes.