The Blount County Library in Maryville, TN is presenting a four part series on Southern Appalachia. The series will emphasize natural history, indigenous people, immigration, and the culture and social history resulting from this combination. The first two-hour presentation was on Feb. 29, 2016 with Dr. Paul Threadgill from Maryville College. He talked about natural resources making a place attractive to live and the physiography from the Blue Ridge through the Appalachia Plateau. He touched on the Smoky Mountain climate, precipitation, animals and soil. I quickly learned my college biology classes were a long time ago, but it was nice to be reminded how interconnected we are in the web of life.
The last three classes will be held at the Blount County Public Library in the Sharon Lawson Room, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville TN 37804. Contact person for the series is Joan Van Sickle Sloan (865-982-0891). Admission and parking are free.
March 28, 2016 at 7PM the earliest Human Settlement and Recent Archeological Settlements in Southern Appalachia, presented by Dr. David Anderson, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
April 18, 2016 at 7PM European Immigration to Southern Appalachia by Dr. Aaron Astor, Professor of History at Maryville College.
May 23, 2016 at 7pm, Hillbilly Culture of Southern Appalachia, speaker to be announced. mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast
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
You can stand anywhere on the Gatlinburg Strip and watch the fireworks, starting at 10PM, July 4th.Read More
River stocked with over 5,000 trout prior to the two day event, prizes and fun. 865-661-3474Read More
All day walking tours at the Museum, history talks and presentations, tours at Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, walking history tours of old Townsend, model trains, hand car rides for the kids. For more information call Sandy at 865-448-2211 or go see www.littleriverrailroad.org/