People, places, and things that touch the lives of all of us and our friends and neighbors
Today we received the full schedule for the Townsend Winter Heritage Festival (Feb. 3-6, 2011) and there are so many choices that I wish I could be at least two places at once! There are talks and walks, music of all kinds, book-signings, demonstrations, and classes. The evening programs include A Cherokee Evening at Dancing Bear Lodge on Friday and a BBQ supper and Highland & Square dance at The Barn on Saturday. These events are all low-key and informal and mostly free with local folks doing the presentations. If you love Townsend, Cades Cove or natural history this weekend is for you. Go to ww.smokymountainfestivals.org or call 800-525-6834 for more info. This festival is a rare opportunity to enjoy the best Townsend has to offer at a time of year when we are especially peaceful!…Jennifer
January 21st, 2011
I found this video about Elkmont and wanted to share it with everyone. The Highland Manor Inn is in Townsend, near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can go in to drive to Elkmont. Don and I volunteer with the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum and are interested in history of the Park. Dan McCoig who did this video also did one about the LRR Museum. I will try to find it for you also. When you can plan a trip over to see these and stay with us!
Here is the link for more information:
What do YOU think about what is happening at Elkmont???
January 14th, 2011
We have had a gorgeous snowy winter so far. Cades Cove has had snow on the ground off and on since Dec. 2nd with the greatest totals of 9 inches on both Dec. 13 and Dec. 27. Mt. LeConte’s first snow came on Nov. 4th with the highest total of 34 in. on the ground yesterday. Go to www.highonleconte.com to see photographs and read the daily blog written by the winterkeeper up there. Highland Manor’s two biggest snowfalls so far have been Dec. 26th and Jan. 10th with 6-7 inches both times and there is still lots of snow on the mountains and in the park.
However, today, Friday January 14th, Highway 321 is completely clear and dry as I look at it from the motel. All of the main roads in the park are open, even 441 over the mountain and I’m sure it would be amazing to go up over Newfound Gap with 16 inches of snow reported there. Cades Cove loop is open, with only Sparks and Hyatt Lanes closed due to snow. Walking on these roads would bring you beautiful views of the snowy fields and mountains. I walked on Upper Tremont Road, which is closed to vehicular traffic, earlier today and the sun was just sparkling on the snow, as the river gurgled past snow-capped rocks with layers of ice forming at water level and icicles glittering everywhere. So come on to the mountains and experience this winter wonderland with us! Our rooms are toasty and warm, and we still have some with fireplaces and double whirlpool tubs available……Jennifer