It's summer in the Smokies. Life is in full swing here and jumping with activity. Many of the children are already braving the cold of the river to find relief from the heat. If having a picnic by the river as you watch the cool, mountain water rush over the rocks isn't your thing, don't worry because there are plenty of other things to do here in this great month of June.
The Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation (RNAFF) is returning again this June 5th to the 8th to the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. There will be a festival featuring many different exhibits and performances of Native American flute music. RNAFF is a nationwide, non-profit organization that welcomes anyone with an interest in Native American flutes and they are expecting some 1,000 people to attend the festival over the four days.
RNAFF was originally envisioned in 1972 by R. Carlos Nakai and Ken Light at the Chant of the Wind Whistlers gathering in Grand Junction, Colorado. They created the organization with the idea that "People of all cultures, backgrounds, and ages will enjoy the performance." The tickets are on sale now, and they are offering an evening pass for $15, a one day pass for $20, and a 4 day pass for $65. To find out more, check out their official website here.
Before you get too worried, no, the forest is not on fire. Rather, it is the synchronization of the fireflies that is causing the forest to dazzle with a soft glow. This June 4th through the 11th, the fireflies are scheduled to gather in the woods of Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Perhaps you are a skeptic like I was once. What's so special about a bunch of twinkling bugs, right?
Well this is one of only two areas in the whole world where fireflies synchronize on this scale-the other being in Southeast Asia. These glowing beauties aren't just sparkling sporadically around you. It is a giant tidal wave of light that starts at one end and travels to the other. Take it from a seasoned firefly watcher, this is the closest you can get to entering inside a fairy-tale book. If you can't make it to Southeast Asia this June, book a room here with us at the Highland Manor Inn so you can make it up to Elkmont to see the show. Make sure to get your ticket online so you can park at the Sugarland Visitors Center and take a trolley from there to Elkmont. Trolleys will run continuously from 7:00 until everyone has been through.
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