Fun at the Ladies Derby Hat Social 2018

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The Ladies Derby Hat Social in April ushers in spring events for me. It is a prelude to the Night at the Derby event on April 20th, presented by the United Way of Sevier County. This is my third year to attend the hat social and it is still great fun. Follow along for the fun…

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Emily Whaley, Donna Rolen, and Amy Harper don their most festive hats at the Ladies Hat Social event.

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There was a beautiful assortment of hats in colors to suit every taste. I already have two hats so I enjoyed trying on a few more—just in case.

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My friend Karen always enjoys this part and commented that it would be fun to bring that era back, to bring back the time that ladies wore hats. Karen is wearing a cabi Spring ’17 top that matches the trim in that beautiful pink chapeau.

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This hat was fabulous! This lady looked ready for the Derby.

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You can nosh in a healthy way at this event. This is the plate that I always want when I see something catered at/by Courthouse Donuts.

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You can tell when someone is wearing the perfect hat for them. This young lady looked beautiful in every hat.

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My friend, Sophia, looks simply smashing in this one. Love the colors! She is wearing the Te Amo blouse and pants from the cabi Spring ’18 collection.

 

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But I also liked this Derby hat too. It had such panache. Decisions, decisions…

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I am fascinated by the little hats called ‘fascinators.’ The first ones that I saw were in a photo of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Did the Brits start the ‘fascinator’  trend?

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Donna Huffaker and Marvelle Sewell were available to help with hat selections. Sassafras is my favorite shop in the Old Mill area in Pigeon Forge. Here is a link to the store Facebook page.      https://www.facebook.com/SassafrasOldMill/

Here is a link to the Old Mill.  You could eat at the Old Mill and spend hours in that area.

http://www.old-mill.com

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Jodi Ramsey wears my favorite hat of the evening. What beautiful colors! Orange and white, naturally. I hope Sassafras orders more of those soon. I must have one!

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Desserts for the Ladies Hat Social are always a temptation.

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The door prizes are an exciting moment during the event. In fact, they can offset the ticket price in a good way. There were several gift baskets and a gift certificate worth $25 at a local boutique; consequently, the $15 ticket was recouped with most of the door prizes.

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A view from our table shows someone winning a door prize, presented by Amy Harper, Executive Director of the United Way of Sevier County.

 

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This hat was so pretty that I considered buying another one. I am wearing a cabi Bell jacket, Purr came, and the Drop Sparrow necklace. The hat brought the outfit together nicely.

The time quickly came to an end and we left thinking ahead to the upcoming event, Night at the Derby, presented by the United Way of Sevier County. It will take place on Friday evening, April 20th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. You can buy tickets or buy a table reservation. Here is a link to the United Way webpage. http://www.uwosc.org/upcoming-events/

Here is also a link to the event Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/NightattheDerby/

Call the United Way of Sevier County for more ticket information.

The Night at the Derby is a fun event that helps to support the organization’s mission. The United Way of Sevier County partners with many agencies in Sevier County to provide critical programs in the community. This is one of their most important fund raisers of the year so get you hats, dresses, and coats ready. We’ll soon be off to the races.

It is one of the most fun things to do while out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Relay For Life +SCHS Host ‘Hoops For Heroes’

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March Madness hit the SCHS gym last Saturday afternoon when local heroes battled it out on the hardwood for bragging rights—and to support one of the hardest working volunteer organizations in Sevier County. It was Hoops for Heroes to benefit Relay For Life.

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I walked in, paid the $5 admission, and said hello to the student volunteers. Many, many concessions were available. Have lunch there when you go next year.

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I was late so games were in full swing by the time I arrived. Six teams competed:  Pigeon Forge Police, Sevierville Police, Sevierville Fire, Pigeon Forge Fire, and two teams from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.

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Above is a collage of four of the teams.I missed two of the shirts due to the speed of the players.  😉

Play was divided into 15 minute segments. There was a 5 minute break between games. Competition was fierce. Good recovery here!

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Sevier County High has a Relay For Life student chapter. Some of the organizers for this event were Leslie Mattern, Michael Maddron, and Ben Brabson. Scorekeepers were Beth Ownby and Ben Brabson.

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Officiating was strict! Officials were Scott Ward and Jason Ownby.

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Event co-chairs for the Hoops for Heroes event were Judy Bales (left) and Danette Rolen (right).

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Sevier County Mayor, Larry Waters; Judy Bales, event co-chair; and Brian McCarter support the Hoops for Heroes basketball competition.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department team scores a basket.

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My friends, Wendy and Becky, cheering on the Sevierville Fire and Police Department teams.

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Our favorite, Officer Leia Loveday, getting ready to play for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.

A battle for the basket by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department.

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This was just part of the cheering section for the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Seals and his wife Wanda were enjoying the game, especially since they had two teams in the event.

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All eyes are on the ball!

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Becky Roberts and the parents of star player, Jaime Roberts. I saw him hit some three pointers.

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Players in the championship game.

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Relay For Life board members, Carlene Maples and Sophia Conerly enjoyed the event.

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This political message is paid for by Tad Wynn.

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I expected some of the players on the teams to be former high school players due to the skills. As I watched the Pigeon Forge Police Department, a couple of players stood out. I talked to this player at the end and then recognized him. This is Logan McCarter, an SCHS athlete and member of the class of 2013. Fun to watch him play again!

Some former high school hoops players shine on the hardwood.

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Brian McCarter brings his commentator skills to the Relay for Life Hoops for Heroes event. The team nicknames were priceless! (The Budgetbusters?) I am still laughing about that one.

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The scorekeeping was in good hands.

There was strong play in the championship game between the Sevierville and Pigeon Forge Police Departments.

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It was a battle, but the Pigeon Forge Police Department won the championship game; thus, they are the winners of the Hoops for Heroes event. Fierce play!

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Department won the consolation game. Well played!

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Clearly, all participants and volunteers last Saturday were heroes, especially in helping the fight against cancer. If you wanted to find a hero, the SCHS gym was full of them in the picture above. Many thanks to them all.

This was a wonderful, family friendly event and I am so glad that I was able to see some of the games. I will arrive early next time. Be ready for next year because I think that this event will return with teams ready to ‘even the score.’ There may be even more teams. Lawyers? Moonshiners? Stay tuned! Relay for Life’s Hoops for Heroes was one of my favorite things to do this month. It was a good Saturday to get out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

 

Sevierville Commons Arts Council ‘Make It and Take It’ Workshops Begin For Spring 2018

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There is something fun going on downtown Sevierville on Saturdays— and it is free! The workshops are welcome to everyone, young and old. You don’t even have to be good with your hands because an artist will guide you through the process. It is time for the Spring 2018 Sevierville Commons Arts Council ‘Make It and Take It’ workshops. I visited last Saturday and here is what I saw.

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It was a sunny day on Bruce Street and nice to be out and about. I arrived after 12:00 to find the room busy.

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There are a lot of things to see. Just walk in and say “hello.” You will be invited to come back and make something special to take home.

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The workshop on Saturday instructed participants how to make beaded necklaces.

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I didn’t make this one, but admired it. I liked the moon and starfish charms.

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The Sevierville Commons Arts Council won a grant that provides materials to create things in the workshops. Donations are accepted too.

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Children accompanied by an adult can actively participate and create in the workshops. They love it!

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A second workshop was taking place called Jelly painting. The designs were so interesting and pretty.

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These young artists created some beautiful designs. I admired them all!

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Check this schedule for more workshops throughout the spring.

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Here is information on a June fundraiser for the organization. These aren’t your typical rockers!

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Here is something the organization will be doing on the Saturday before Easter. Drop by!

This is one of the best things to do downtown in the spring. It is free and family friendly. Furthermore, this organization is significantly contributing to the vitality and revitalization of downtown Sevierville. Come check it out when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

I’ll share some the pretty jelly painting designs by the young artists on Saturday. They wanted me to take pictures of their work, so here they are!

 

Sevier County Hospitality Trade Show 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a Facebook announcement about the Sevier County Hospitality Trade Show and decided to check it out. It was free so I went after work and caught the last 45 minutes. While there, I saw some old friends and some of our favorite businesses in this area. If you ever go, this is what you may see. Follow along!

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This was the announcement that I saw on Facebook. Looked good!

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I had never visited the Sevierville Convention Center so it was fun to explore it for the first time.

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Beth Madison works the table for Relay For Life.

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If you need music then contact Stephen Goff. We enjoy seeing him perform in this area.

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I always enjoy talking with Linda Sink Hyder with the UT Extension office. Look for her at the Sevierville Farmer’s Market this summer too.

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These seminars looked good for all kinds of businesses and organizations.

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Our favorite bar-b-q place!

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My nieces and nephews really enjoy visiting Wilderness at the Smokies. It may be time for another visit.

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If you have not visited Anakeesta yet then you really need to go. Ride the open air chairlift to the top.

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This booklet is a great resource for visitors.

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I asked them to look ‘burly’ for the photo.

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Businesses that support the hospitality industry can be found at this event as well.

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Getting hungry yet?

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I have not visited this attraction yet, but it may be on my ‘summer list.’

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A great local insurance company. Consider them if you need it.

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A popular new business in town. Visit their location behind Staples and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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A ‘one-stop-spot’ for visitor information.

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Sean Pearson and Joe Luneke from First Tennessee Bank.

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After this terrible flu season, it is good to know the location of another Urgent Care facility.

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I liked this display. Can’t wait for summer and these kind of activities!

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I am sure that you are hungry now! Our favorite Pigeon Forge Restaurant.

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Next year, I want to try my luck at this wheel.

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Smoothies created by the convention center to replenish energy for the event.

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A nice amenity at the convention center.

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On the way out to my car, I spied our favorite Sevier County native and some of the best places to visit here.

I had little time at this event and had to hurry, but it was nice to get an overview of some of our best hospitality groups in Sevier County. Keep up the good work!

See you there while out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

A Special Valentine Dinner by Barbara Tenney at KaTom

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When I saw that the dinner was by Barbara Tenney,  I called and reserved a spot immediately. What better way to experience a gourmet Valentine dinner than with local celebrity chef, Barbara Tenney. It was a fabulous dinner with a surprise at the end. Here is how it went…

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I found my place at a front table with some people from Dandridge and Knoxville. I saw the bag and got rather excited because I had seen Barbara’s Facebook post from the day before and hoped that it would be for our dinner that evening.

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Barbara Tenney, pictured left, is introduced by Laura, a manager at KaTom. Notice the TV projection overhead from which to see the stovetop action.

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Tenderloin is prepared for the oven. It was sear- roasted beef tenderloin with cognac-peppercorn cream sauce. Yes, it was as good as that sounds!

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Table settings are always a delight at KaTom events.

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Prepping the smashed potatoes. A view from above.

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The first course: green salad with roasted pears and blue cheese. Divine!

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Smashed potatoes with horseradish crème fraîche. You can’t overdo horseradish, in my opinion.

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The meal was served with a sign of the holiday. What a nice touch!

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Barbara displays the raspberry chocolate puffs before putting them into the oven at 425°  for 18-20 minutes.

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Warm from the oven and served with raspberry sauce.

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Or, add a drizzle of Ghirardelli chocolate. Bon appetit!

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My wish came true because the gift bags held a home-made chocolate covered marshmallow. A special Valentine to take home from Barbara Tenney’s kitchen. What a great gift!

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For dessert, we got to create a coffee from the best machine in Sevier County. It made the best latte!

KaTom has more cooking demos planned for the spring so go onto their Facebook page and click ‘events’ on the left menu to see upcoming sessions. It is always a pleasure to anything by my favorite celebrity cook, Barbara Tenney.  I wait expectantly for more. It is, as always, a fabulous way to get out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Salt Room + Massage Therapy To Boost Good Health: A Visit to Sevierville Massage Therapy

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We have visited the Salt Cave in Asheville to test the health aspects of it all, but when I heard that there was a salt room in Sevierville then I was amazed. Consequently, I knew that I had to visit as soon as possible. With flu and illnesses running rampant, the time to visit was at hand! I made an appointment for a massage and one session in the salt room at Sevierville Massage Therapy last Friday. Here is how it went…

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They are open until 8:00 p.m. five days a week. This is exceptional because many people may need to go after work. Other places tend to close by 7:00.

Sevierville Massage Therapy is conveniently located around the corner and behind the Sevier County Teachers’ Credit Union, just off Dolly Parton Parkway. Here is a link to the website:

http://www.seviervillemassage.com

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I entered the front door to find a nice check-in area with various products for sale. I didn’t have to wait.  Anna immediately gave me the information form due to it being my first visit to the business. The process was quick and done in a minute.

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The prices are some of the best to be found anywhere. I chose the 60 minute massage plus a session in the salt cabin. Let them know in advance if you are interested in the hot stones because they require time to heat up. Must do next time!

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The room was warm, dim, cozy, and comfortable. Soft lighting, a heated massage table, and a bolster pillow to place under the legs make for a nice hour of relaxation.

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Recognize these? This is the first time that I have ever seen charging cords for cell phones available in a spa room. Great idea!

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I like the Himalayan salt rocks and may buy some in the future because they are supposed to offer many health benefits. My massage was divine! There were some things that were different. Anna stretched my arms, shoulders, and legs along with the massage.

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Here is the salt cabin. They provide information online in regard to the salt room so I was prepared with a magazine and had socks. In fact, I got excited when I saw the antigravity chairs. These are very comfortable and are the exact same chairs that we use in the Asheville Salt Cave.

IMG_6638Notice the floor holds a great deal of, I assume, Himalayan salt. Anna said that they are continuing to work on the salt cabin, but I didn’t know the difference. I asked for the lights to be left on bright so I could read my new Vanity Fair magazine. I always get a blanket because it can get a little cool during the 45 minutes.

Interestingly, I started noticing effects of sitting in the salt cabin. In the Asheville Salt Cave, I don’t really notice a lot except that my hair feels softer. Also, we tend to go in summer and  fall when I am not suffering from allergies, etc. I actually reached for a tissue before the end of the session. It seemed to loosen up my congestion for hours. Very good!

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If you forget to bring reading material then you can read one of the books on the shelf, if you like. I noticed crayons and paper for children. The third shelf had slip on covers for feet if someone forgets socks. We use them in the Asheville Salt Cave too.

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The building size is deceptive because once you walk in, you can tell that it is about twice as big as you would expect. There are at least 3 massage treatment rooms, a nice bathroom, and the salt cabin.

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At the end of my time at Sevierville Salt Therapy, this motto had become true. Go to Sevierville Massage Therapy to relax, renew, and restore. It is close to downtown and many businesses on Dolly Parton Parkway. You will certainly find a new place to stay healthy this winter when you have to go out into the cold while out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

Your Coffee Break Just Got Better: A Visit to Smoky Mountain Espresso

Do you enjoy a fireplace with your morning java? A new coffee place has opened on the corner of Veterans Boulevard and Middle Creek Road that can give you that experience. I took a quick trip to check out Smoky Mountain Espresso this morning. Here is what I found…

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The fireplace is very warm and cozy. You could wear a T-shirt in that spot and be very comfortable. My latte was wonderful.

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Make note! The drive thru window is open at 6:30 a.m. during the week. The front door usually opens by 7:00 in the morning.

There will be a grand opening on Wednesday, February 28th from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. They will celebrate with $1 lattes and mochas! Scroll their Facebook page to find

https://www.facebook.com/smespresso/  

because they have a contest to give away free coffee for a year! ‘Like,’ ‘share,’ or ‘tag’ a friend to enter.

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I found the location to be easy and accessible at 1259 Middle Creek Road. You can see the traffic light in the picture above. In addition, you can see the future location of Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt next door. The owners ( who own both businesses)  hope to be open by Feb. 14th.

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Walk in the front door and the bathrooms are immediately inside. The open foyer leads to the coffee shop on the left and the yogurt shop on the right.

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This must be good!

I asked them which was the most requested coffee right now and they replied “the Smoky Mountain Mocha.” It can be served hot, cold, or over ice. Also, this month there is a special Chocolate Covered Strawberry coffee. Oh, my!

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Smoky Mountain Espresso is beautifully decorated with a cool, mountain feel. Smoky Mountain Espresso offers coffee, tea, smoothies, and Nitro coffee. Nitro is a very cold brew with a frothy top. Must try one this summer.

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Of course, this was the preferred spot for my skim latte.

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There are plenty of chairs and views of the beautiful hills and woods.

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Like Sweet Frog, this is a Christian owned company. I have always enjoyed the good vibes that you get there so this place is no exception. I enjoyed listening to music by Crowder, Chris Tomlin, and Switchfoot during my time there. The music is very soft so you will have no trouble having a conversation.

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Here is a nice touch…the indoor fireplace is actually a ‘double fireplace’ because it is inside and outside. They will place more tables and chairs in this outdoor area and it will be a great place to enjoy a treat with friends. Or have a faculty meeting? I vote “yes!”

Smoky Mountain Espresso is located across the street from the Holston Conference United Methodist Connexion building, visible in the photo above.

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Treats are available for those who want a snack or breakfast on the go.

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This is the place to go for a gourmet cup of coffee because each one is ground fresh the moment that you order it. I couldn’t help but admire the huge grinders on the counter in front of me.

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This will be quite an asset to Sevierville and I know a lot of people will enjoy a gourmet blend now, whether on the way to work, or on weekends. See more photos on my blog Facebook page for pictures: Out and About in Sevierville.com

I will visit the Smoky Mountain Espresso again soon. Save me a seat on the couch!

 

A Pet Vacation at Dumplin Creek Critter Care

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Sevierville is blessed with several pet boarding services—and I like them all. However, this one is a little special. Come with me as I boarded my dog for a few days at Dumplin Creek Critter Care. This is a great pet vacation place!

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To begin,  Dumplin Creek Critter Care is convenient to the interstate, only half mile or so from I-40 and Exit 407. Located at 315 East Mount Road in Kodak, this location is convenient to locals and visitors alike. The phone number is (865) 414-3979.

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Diedra Williams is the owner and operator of Dumplin Creek Critter Care. She is a Sevier County native. She always had a dream of working with animals. She worked worked for 11 years helping in kennels, then as a vet-tech, then as an assistant. In 2016, Diedra realized that she was ready to start her own venture. She wanted to open her own business. In this capacity, she can continue working with animals by providing a safe, fun, supervised environment for pets while owners are away.

Diedra has given me permission to use some pictures in this story that come from her business Facebook page. Here is a link to her page https://www.facebook.com/Dumplincreekcrittercare/

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She boards dogs, cats, and ‘other critters’ such as birds, snakes, rabbits, and more. Contact her with questions about other family pets that don’t fit in those categories.

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There are several things that make Dumplin Creek Critter Care special, in my opinion. First, pets have access to a fenced in back yard with grass and natural ground. Other places tend to have concrete because of cleaning necessities, etc. This is good for dogs who need to romp and exercise with a blue sky over their heads.

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Another nice thing about this business is that the owner may have fewer animals so she can spend more time with them. It is obvious that she loves animals and enjoys being with them. The pictures above are my dog, Little Dolly.

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When I pick up my dog from Dumplin Creek Critter Care, I notice that she is not as ‘stressed’ from the noise of other dogs and probably gets some extra attention during the day due to the smaller numbers of animals requiring care. My dog is 13 years old so that is becoming more important to us. The love and care is obvious in Diedra’s pictures.

I have noticed a really nice room for cats too in this business. Take a peek if you visit.

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Finally, Diedra has a very active Facebook page during the day—and it is enchanting. I started following her Facebook page long before I boarded my dog because I just loved looking at her pictures. She will post photos during her day. You can see dogs exercising or getting groomed and it is fun. You will start noticing animal facial expressions.

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With Diedra’s photo captions, you start noticing the personalities of the animals, particularly the dogs. Also, their personality quirks. What fun!

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I am convinced that she makes some the best animal /human selfies on the internet. Love them!

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Some dogs are clowns and some are athletes. There is always something fun going on at Dumplin Creek Critter Care.

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Best pet Christmas photos ever!

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Are these photos not enchanting? How did she get them to smile?

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A happy chihuahua (and owner) after vacationing at Dumplin Creek Critter Care.

If you need pet boarding services, this is one of the great places in Sevierville. My dog gives her highest recommendation. Two paws up!

 

Lift Your Spirits! A Trip to Sevier Distilling Company.

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A dreary, cold Friday prompted Karen and I to investigate a new distillery in Sevierville. This one is special and I think that you would enjoy spending an hour or more there. It is easy to lift your spirits at Sevier Distilling Company. Come along, if you like, and see this new business in town.

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We walked in to see beautifully displayed merchandise. You won’t see a T-shirts displayed more attractively than this.

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The room is clean and sleek with an ‘industrial mountain’ vibe in the decor. I love it. Look at the beautiful floors reflecting the room. This business has only been open since October 2017 so go to the Sevier Distilling Facebook page to see the metamorphosis. Here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/sevierdistilling/https://www.facebook.com/sevierdistilling/

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The sign behind the bar is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. It was created by local artist, Chuck Ottolini. The sign changes colors as well. Note the examples in the picture collage  above.

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Ottollini also created the front of the bar area. It is stunning. This alone is worth a visit!

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Staven, our server and distillery guide, was quite helpful. He took his time explaining the products and the distilling processes.

I was admiring their floor mats too.

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We ran into one of the family members who owns the distillery, Chris Yett, pictured here with his friendly dog. I have known the family for years so that was another reason that I wanted to visit the business. His dad is checking on things in the background.

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You have a opportunity to taste the products. They say that there is no sugar in the product and no GNS (Grain Neutral Spirits). Sevier Distilling Co. makes everything and processes on site. There are three flavors for sale. The Tennekeela was sold out during our visit due to a high volume of sales during the holidays. As you would guess, that product is a tequila.

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Besides tastings, you can also order a cocktail or spirited concoction by the bartender.

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It is always fun to go behind the scenes and tour a factory or facility. Staven showed us where the processing takes place. He took his time and answered all our questions.

IMG_5127We saw where they fill the jars, then label and seal the jars by hand.

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It is always interesting to see the grains and ingredients that go into a product.

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We saw various machines and heard about chemical processes. The white container above holds distilled water. The blue containers hold honey for the Yenoh product.

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Study the label very carefully and see if you can discover what Yenoh was named for…

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They lifted the lid to let my look into this vat of corn mash. It smelled like corn bread!

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I was fascinated by the vats and containers. So interesting! They looked like a Jules Verne or steam punk creation.

IMG_5155We looked out the back door to see these things. The flag measures 1800 square feet with an 180 foot flagpole. The picture above shows two 1,000 gallon vats and one 5,500 gallon container.

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Beautifully displayed products.

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One of my favorite things is the name of the vodka because it is based on the family name. I know them and ‘get a kick out of it.’ Also, they told us that Chris somehow posed for the design above. On the next visit,  I will ask to see him to recreate the emblem for a photo. So clever!

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There are a lot of nice souvenirs to choose from at Sevier Distilling Company. The leaning Yetti shot glass was our favorite.

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Sevier Distilling Company is open 7 days a week. Right now, they are operating on winter hours, pictured above.

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As our visit ended, Karen and I decided that we must return with more friends. Sevier Distilling Company is very clean, attractive, and relaxed. The servers do not rush you and they are glad to answer any questions. I felt no pressure to buy any products, but they apparently sold a ton of things over the recent holiday. It was very enjoyable and I could have lingered another hour there.

The behind the scenes tour is excellent and gives one insight to the growing industry in our county. It was a very enjoyable afternoon, even though it was cold and dreary outside. Sevier Distilling Company can certainly help you lift your spirits when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

It is Time for a Reality Break! Try Reality Break Massage Therapy

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It was only the third day of the new year and I was ready for a reality break! An ad for Reality Break Massage Therapy appeared on my social media a few weeks ago and I noticed the name of the owner/therapist. I immediately made plans to visit at the first opportunity. I had an appointment on Wednesday and couldn’t wait until the day arrived. Here is what you should know about Reality Break Massage Therapy.

First, you should know that the owner/therapist is Nikki Grooms. I met her years ago at Oak Haven Spa when she gave me my first therapeutic massage—and it was fabulous!  In fact, I never forgot it and always judged massages by the one that I received from Nikki Grooms. She gave me her business card and I never forgot her name. Over the years, I lost track of her, but found her again due to the social media ad and a Facebook ‘share’ from another client, local artist Bev Gwinn Jones.

Here is some information from her bio: Nikki Grooms has been a licensed massage therapist since 2005. Her resume includes working at Oak Haven Spa, the St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville, and Blackberry Farm. In addition, Nikki has worked for several chiropractors. Nikki opened Reality Break Massage in 2016 with a vision to offer quality spa services at quality prices. It is personalized therapy as well.

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From downtown Sevierville, you may need 25 minutes to arrive at the spa as it is in the Seymour/Boyds Creek area. It is mainly a two lane road and you will inevitably get behind a slow moving car so leave early enough to arrive on time. You don’t want to miss a minute. It is a lovely drive through the countryside. The sight of rolling hills, cows, and rivers will start melting the stress away. The picture above is actually on the way back home.  I couldn’t resist the mountains.

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The ad mentioned a Peppermint Bliss treatment so I knew that was the one for me! How cute the bed cover was with the little peppermint sticks.

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Look at the numbers the mailboxes to find the house if it is your first visit. It is located in a beautiful neighborhood. I pulled into the driveway and Nikki met me outside. Then, she walked me to the spa entrance. Everything is decorated for the season and so cute. Once in the door, you are close to a restroom, shower, and the spa area.

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Everything you could need is there.

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The spa room has soft lighting and music to enable relaxation and therapy to begin.

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The decor and lighting make it so cozy and comfortable.

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There are a variety of oils which will enhance any session or treatment.

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Ninety minutes later…Voila! I emerged a new person!

Her bio states that Nikki graduated in 2003 from King College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Business and Economics. In addition, it says that “her passion for massage and helping others continues to grow as she works on expanding her small business.” This is certainly true and evident during your session.

To book an appointment with Nikki Grooms at Reality Break Massage Therapy, you can go to the website    https://realitybreakmassage.amtamembers.com

or click this link to see prices and book online     https://squareup.com/appointments/book/C3M98FJ2J5P60/reality-break-massage-therapy-sevierville-tn

Clients can also call or text (865)789-0086 . Texts may be returned quicker than phone calls.

I was so happy to connect with Nikki Grooms again and plan to have another massage soon. In fact, I hope it to become a monthly therapy. After all, people in my field need a break from reality as often as possible!  I’ll take mine at Reality Break Massage Therapy.