First Mural in Downtown Sevierville: Wings of Wander

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Many have noticed beautiful public art and wondered when we could have the same in downtown Sevierville. Today is the day! The first mural in downtown Sevierville has been created by local artist, Pinkie Mistry.

Pinkie was chosen by the Sevierville Commons Association to create the first mural downtown at 111 E. Main Street on the back of a building owned by Sevier County Bank. I watched the process over several days and am happy to share pictures depicting the evolution of our new mural downtown. It is amazing! 

Day 1

I pulled out a lawn chair and joined Sofia to watch the beginning of the process as the sun set over the courthouse. 

The mural shows a large set of butterfly wings with smaller butterflies floating away  to the left. That makes this butterfly mural extra special, in my opinion. The artist chose the monarch butterfly in particular because they are found in Tennessee during the yearly migration to Mexico. 
Next, Pinkie and her husband fixed scaffolding to allow her to reach the higher areas of the mural. I left before they added the second level of scaffolding. That would have made me nervous to be so high in the air!

Day 2

I dropped by on my way to work and found the wings taking shape with beautiful color. Pinkie sat high above the ground to reach the top of the butterfly.

Two sections of scaffolding reached the higher parts of the mural.
I saw this posted on a Facebook Live feed so I took a quick screenshot to capture this work in progress. Consequently, that is why you see the emojis in the bottom left corner.  
On my way home after work, I returned in time to see a WBIR reporter recording the story. I didn’t disturb them—just took a snap. 

Here is a link to the news story on WBIRTV. https://www.wbir.com/article/life/sevierville-artist-brightening-up-her-hometown-with-beautiful-butterfly-mural/51-69dcbbb4-8127-4d53-84d0-548a24d2417e

Many of us are nervous on ladders and dealing with heights so this moment was interesting. It shows how the artist captured the finer touches of the work. I saw her balancing the paint bucket on the ladder in front of her and admired both her composure and balance. 

The Finished Product!

The next morning, I stopped by on the way to work and found the finished mural ready to enjoy! This is how it will look as you drive into the parking lot from Bruce Street. 

Here is the hashtag to find photos of the Wings of Wander mural on social media—and where to post your photos as well. #wingsofwander  In addition, it shows how to find info on this artist. Here is a link to Pinkie Mistry’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/DesignsByPinkieMistry/ 
and find her on Instagram at @pinkiemistryart. 
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                            Now, there is nothing left to do but enjoy it!
Wear black clothing and you almost seem to become the monarch butterfly!
This may be the best thing downtown and it is free! Come and enjoy Wings of Wander, the first mural in downtown Sevierville. Many thanks to Pinkie Mistry for her talent! It was worth the wait! 

 

First Sevierville Farmers Market of 2020: Summer Fresh

Apparently a lot of other people were ready for the Sevierville Farmers Market last Friday because there was a nice crowd. I met my friend Heidi in the parking lot, put on my mask, and grabbed a bag to hold my acquisitions. Here are some collages and photos of the best of the market last Friday.

Remember, the farmers market is at the city hall complex while construction takes place downtown.
I put on my cabi mask and was ready to shop.
Next time, I will park closer to the Civic Center and walk a little farther—less traffic. Glad to see the market busy though!
One of our favorite vendors from Grainger County.
This is a great vendor! She has magnesium bath salts which are good for health.
The vendor was lovely. We enjoyed the samples which prompted my friend to buy some lotion. Her lip balm was good so I also bought a tube of that to put in my purse. You can never have enough lip balm.
The market is spaced out very well and plenty of parking.
These recycled art bracelets were comfortable and clever. You can see what they are made of: aluminum can pop tops. Love the purple and white!
This was my favorite vendor on Friday—and I found out that I know her!

This vendor has a farm in Seymour and raises sheep so there are many products from wool and lanolin.

She made these animal magnets from wool from her sheep. The animal magnets were absolutely amazing!

Tomatoes from the field will be ready in two weeks. The vendor assured me that I would not be able to tell the difference. They were good!

A farmers market for both man and beast!

These strawberries smelled divine!
A cool, round zucchini from Henderson’s market!
Beautiful basil plants.
Beautiful tie die shirts. These vendors are so nice.

This couple said that they ordered their face shields on Amazon. I went home and ordered a couple for myself to use in August.

Henderson’s Market has it all!

I bought the collard greens pictured above from this vendor from Kodak. The collards were tender so I steamed them and used a Kosher salt. Very good!

Here is the info on Garner Farm. Yes, that is their dog in the ad.
I will visit this vendor again. Very nice samples of lotions.

When you finish with the farmers market, take a stroll on the new section of the greenway. I like this new bridge that extends the trail and helps pedestrians walking along DPP.

Heidi and I walked three laps on the Greenway and then bid farewell to the first farmers market of 2020.

I saw a good crowd at the market and know that it will have a good season. See you there!

Tinseltown Tales: Catching Up With the Missing Link

It has been an American dream to go west and to find one’s fortune…

 

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It is exciting when you know people who have done just that…

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There are interesting people from Sevierville, but I would put this person near the top of the list. If you enjoy travel, television, photography, and exotic locales then follow this SCHS grad for some amazing adventures on both sides of the silver screen.

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Over Christmas break, I had an opportunity to catch up with an old friend who has relocated to Los Angles for work. Jared Link graduated from Sevier County High School and moved to find a career in show business. What a great interview!

Jared has given me permission to share some of his tales and social media photos in this story.

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We met at SMS Espresso in December to catch up. ( They have the best skim lattes!)

 

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Jared is so lucky that he has a job that requires travel and beautiful locales! I am envious!

Here is how it started…

Jared took drama classes at Sevier County High School with Sheley Rose and performed skits for his Spanish teacher on several occasions, including a state Spanish Feria competition. After graduation, Jared really ‘caught the acting bug’ and wanted to try his luck so he moved to Los Angeles to look for roles.

Over the years, Jared served as an ‘extra’ in various productions:

  • A member of the White House staff who walked through the hallway in The West Wing. 
  • An extra in a bar scene for Will and Grace. 
  • A jailer in the original CSI 
  • A newlywed in a casino in CSI
  • A terrorist in the first season of 24.  

Story!     Jared played ‘Ivan the Terrorist’ in 24 and got to punch Keifer Sutherland. He felt bad about it, but Sutherland wanted it to look realistic so he asked him to punch hard. Later, Jared walked by Dennis Hopper ( also starring in that production) who asked Jared if he punched Keifer hard. When Jared affirmed it was a hard punch, Hopper smiled, slowly nodded, and replied, “Gooooood.”

Jared stayed busy with small roles and eventually earned his SAG card.

To keep working, Jared took a job as a ‘gofer’ for the Fear Factor reality TV show. Soon, he started doing camera work and was noticed because it did not bother him to shoot the gross scenes during production. The directors called him to shoot more seasons; consequently, Jared served in higher positions with each production.

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Fear Factor started on NBC and then moved to MTV so Jared saw versions for both networks and worked with both hosts, Joe Rogan and Ludacris.

After Fear Factor was cancelled, the directors respected Jared’s technical skills so he continued filming reality shows such as Wipeout. In that wacky show, he served as a specialty camera man and worked the robotic cameras. Jared was amused by the show and told me that the water was really cold!

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Directors knew Jared so they kept hiring him for more camera work on shows such as:

  • True Beauty
  • Iron Chef
  • Guy’s Grocery Games

When possible, Jared kept auditioning for acting jobs and landed more roles. He worked on a reality show called “Kicking and Screaming”  in Fiji and another one with the Rock / Dwayne Johnson called “The Hero” which was shot in Panama.

 

However, Jared’s camera skills had also expanded to drone cameras so his work was highly valued with directors who needed overhead shots in beautiful locations.

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Soon, Jared started working on some of my favorite shows on Bravo: Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean and Below Deck Sailing Yacht. It is a lot of work, but these jobs gave Jared an opportunity to travel to locations such as France, Thailand, Greece, and Spain.

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These shows follow yacht crews and the wealthy clients who book vacations in some of the most stunning scenery in the world. These Bravo shows feature beautiful water, views, stunning sunsets, and anything that you would like to eat or drink while enjoying your time on board. It is a feast for the eyes and senses!

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If you enjoy travel, only one episode will get you hooked on Below Deck Sailing Yacht! It  quickly became a hit showing a different type of sailing experience with Corfu, Greece as the background. The season is ending soon so catch the last episode on Bravo.

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For this production, Jared works with 20 cameras that film action on the yacht, following the guests and crew. Camera work is on land and sea.  He generally works evenings from 3:00 p.m. to early morning hours.

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This new franchise films an 180 ft sailing yacht based in Corfu, Greece. Excitement builds when they raise the huge sails and use the wind for power. The photo above shows the steep tilt that sometimes happens aboard when they set sail. These are some of the exciting moments on “Below Deck Sailing Yacht.”  I would be clutching a rail for sure!

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After a show is finished, production crew are allowed to post photos of their location and memories. Before then, it is top secret!

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Studying Spanish in high school comes in handy!

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What a wonderful view and work place!

 

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Down time allows moments to see the sights and visit nearby towns.

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Jared lived in the Smoky Mountains for years so he visits his parents when he has time off. He enjoyed being home over the Christmas holidays, which allowed us to catch up.

As we finished our visit, I learned something special about Jared that I did not realize before. While a high school student, Jared wrote a short story for his Junior English class and presented it to his teacher, Melinda Derrick. The story was called “Christopher’s Tree.” Later, Jared’s father, local musician, Malcolm Link, expanded on the story and had it illustrated by local artist Andrea Wilson. Malcolm printed several copies and surprised Jared with the book. This is not typical for high school students to write a book when just assigned a story. To my surprise, Jared presented me with a copy during our meeting and I was delighted. Such creativity!

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This is a picture of the book cover, illustrated by local artist Andrea Wilson.

As our meeting grew to a close, I got to ask Jared questions about the Bravo shows, photography, and drone cameras. Here, he is showing me some tricks on his Apple watch.

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Sevierville is a small town, but there are many talented people who start here. Sevier County High School has also graduated many a fine young person who has gone on to do amazing things, this is clearly a success story. Jared Link still intends to pursue acting and more traveling abroad so stay tuned for more tinseltown stories.

Jared has advice for those who are wondering what to do with their lives. “People think that you need college, but I learned from doing things ‘hands on.’ Follow your dream and have a good attitude.” Indeed, it could be said at every graduation.

“Dare to live the life that you always wanted.”

Sevierville Teacher Honored at Clarence Brown Theatre: Remembering Our Own ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young lady who grew up in Sevierville and was highly talented in the Arts. Deborah Webb attended Sevier County High School and later, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While a student at UTK, this talented young lady appeared in several productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre, including the part of Edith, the maid in Blithe Spirit.

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Here is an actual photo from the Clarence Brown production with Deborah Webb, pictured on the far left in the role as Edith the maid.

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I found this college photo of Deborah playing Babe in the play Crimes of the Heart at the University of Tennessee Carousel Theatre.

After college, Deborah taught drama at Sevier County High School for years, sharing a love of theater with her students. She was loved by students and respected by faculty and staff at SCHS.

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As time went on, Deborah continued to practice her craft by starring in Knoxville productions which were enjoyed by her family, friends and colleagues.

 

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In February 2017, several colleagues from Sevier County High School attended Deborah Webb’s performance in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a delightful comedy with a female cast at the Pellissippi State Theatre,.

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I was lucky to attend the play with these ladies. Deborah Webb had comedic timing that we enjoyed in her plays; consequently, this was my favorite performance by our friend. In fact, Melinda and I still talk about this play and some of our favorite lines from the show. Pictured left to right are Kristie Atchley, Melinda Derrick, and Kim McMahan.

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Deborah Webb passed away last year and we have missed her very much. It was important to do something to remember and honor our favorite local actress…

Fast forward to Febuary 23, 2020 at the Clarence Brown Theatre…

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Family and friends united to honor Deborah Webb with a seat plate dedication after a recent production of Blithe Spirit at Clarence Brown Theatre.

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The event was planned by Melinda Derrick, English teacher at Sevier County High School. Melinda is a colleague and friend of the actress.

Melinda explains, “After Deborah Webb, our friend and colleague, passed away last June, we decided to remember her by  having a nameplate placed on one of the chairs at the University of Tennessee’s Clarence Brown Theatre.  Deborah studied and acted at U.T., and after completing her degree, she continued enjoying Clarence Brown and Carousel Theatre productions with her daughter Ryah.

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Melinda continued,” Deborah also acted in a number of plays in Knoxville including The Heidi Chronicles at the Knoxville Museum of Art; Love, Loss  and What I Wore at Pellissippi State; and her final play Dog Act at Knoxville’s Flying Anvil Theatre.  Deborah was also Sevier County High School’s drama teacher for several years, so it seemed only fitting that we honor her memory in this personal way. “

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 “After deciding on our remembrance and contacting Clarence Brown Theatre personnel, we got to work collecting donations from Deborah’s friends and colleagues, and upon Ryah’s suggestion, on Sunday afternoon, February 23, a group of Deborah’s friends, her daughter, and her mother enjoyed Clarence Brown Theatre’s final production of Blithe Spirit, a play Deborah acted in during her tenure as a U.T. drama student. “

The Event

Friends and family of Deborah Webb met in the theater lobby for Blithe Spirit on Sunday, February 23 for the matinee performance.

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Ryah Parkhurst and her grandmother were special guests for the event. Patricia is Deborah Webb’s mother. Ryah is the daughter of Deborah Webb and also a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Linguistics and Russian.

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Next, we met Nancy and Michael Hodges. Michael is a retired teacher from Sevier County High School, teaching classes in both English and Music Theory. He now serves as the Director of Music for First Baptist Church in Gatlinburg.

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Jim Overholt, a friend and colleague of Deborah Webb, enjoyed Blithe Spirit with his wife Jill. Combined Studies Studies students at Sevier County High School remember Dr. Overholt and his passion for history.

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Melinda Derrick chats pre-show with Dr. Overholt, Jill Overholt and Patricia Webb.

 

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Clarence Brown seems to look down upon us with approval as we headed toward our seats to celebrate the career of our friend, Deborah Webb.

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We found our seats and prepared for the show. In 1941, Blithe Spirit was a smash hit in London, on Broadway, and finally, in film. In the zany comedy,  a novelist and his socialite wife invite another couple to dinner as well as a local clairvoyant to provide entertainment. Things quickly get out of hand when the author’s first wife, now a ghost, shows up on the scene. Playwright Noel Coward’s lines are quick and witty so it was a delightful performance. Time stood still on a Knoxville Sunday afternoon at the theater.

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At the end of the play, we waited for the crowd to clear out and prepared for the chair dedication. You can see the chair in the second row covered with the red material and ready for presentation.

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Clarence Brown Theatre Director Tom Cervone was ready to speak to our group and initiate the chair plate presentation ceremony.

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Our group felt solemn as we saw the draped seat in front of us.  The technical cast cleared the stage in the background since it was the final performance for the show.

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Clarence Brown Theatre Managing Director Tom Cervone spoke to our group after the play and remembered Deborah as a friend and a good actress. He recalled several plays during their time together at CBT and an out of state festival that held good memories. Like the rest of us, he expressed his sadness, but celebrated Deborah Webb’s dedication and career on the stage. Seated for the dedication from left to right: Lauren McCarty, Latin teacher at SCHS; Ryah Parkhurst, Patricia Webb, Jill Overholt, Jim Overholt, Michael Hodges, Nancy Hodges, Sheley Rose, retired Speech and Drama teacher at Sevier County High School; and Melinda Derrick.

Director Tom Cervone removed the curtain to reveal the special seat plate dedicated to Deborah Webb.

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Not coincidentally, Deborah Webb’s seat plate is located next to the seat dedicated to Dale Gilmore, a retired colleague from the English Department at Sevier County High School. Dale frequently brought students to see productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre; to wit, a few years ago he also had a seat dedicated to honor his support of education and the Arts.  I looked at the two seats and then the thought occurred to me…

Deborah Webb and Dale Gilmore will now have the best seats in the house. 

Our friend, Sheley Rose, is a colleague and Speech/ Drama teacher who knew Deborah Webb well. Sheley offered her memories and good thoughts of a fellow thespian.

Sheley says, “Deborah Webb was not only my colleague in the Fine Arts Department at Sevier County High School but was also a friend and fellow patron of the Arts. As fellow teachers we promoted and celebrated the Arts in the annual Evening with the Arts program, showcasing student talent in theater arts, visual art, and music (chorus and band). I miss Deborah’s “I Require Art” posts on her Facebook page. Deborah was a caring and loving teacher and friend. She posted on her Facebook page, “I love my work of teaching because it brings me into contact with some fantastic people. Some of the students you can never let go.” She served as a mentor and role model to many of her students. She not only developed their minds and talent but also their hearts and spirits.” 

On a personal note, Deborah and I shared a love of live theater, the movies, dance and books. Our favorite playwrights were Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, among others. Deborah was a talented actor and especially fond of performing in plays at Clarence Brown Theatre at her alma mater, the University of Tennessee. When I retired in 2007, Deborah gave me a book titled The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, a 20th century African American poet and playwright. I bought a book for Deborah’s retirement in 2019, but, sadly, she passed away before I could give it to her. The book was titled Wise Women, a collection of biographies and photos of wise women through the ages. Deborah Webb certainly deserves a page in this book.

Godspeed, my friend.
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Closing the Ranks: Sevierville Facing the Coronavirus Pandemic, March 2020

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‘Close the ranks’ means to stay united to protect each other, to defend each other.  My friend, Kathy Rohe, updated a graphic that captures the time in which we now find ourselves: the COVID-19 coronavirus. It is a challenging time for our town, our state, our country. Here are some pictures that show things going on in Sevierville during the last week of March 2020.

Individual Responses

It is probable that U.S. hospitals will run out of personal protection equipment, especially since the epidemic lasts for an extended period of time. People across the country have sprung into action to help their healthcare workers. Quickly, I noticed a friend in Sevierville who has done just that.

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Local artist, Andrea Wilson, jumped into action making hospital masks, calling friends to join in. Artists, neighbors, and others joined in or have contributed material. Andrea granted me permission to use her Facebook pictures to use in this story.

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I think that this was one of Andrea’s first masks that she posted on Facebook. The first finished products have been delivered to LeConte Medical Center and the local VA hospital with more on the way. We owe these local citizens, many who are artists and makers, for their efforts to provide personal protective equipment for our local healthcare workers who, in turn, may have to take care of us.

School System Responses 

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I remember when SCHS did not have a fence. The fence was installed after the tragedy at Columbine. Since then, I don’t think that I can remember a time when the front gate has been locked.

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Teachers have provided a packet for students to practice skills while schools are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, schools offer food bags for pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-2 for children 18 years and under. Cafeteria workers and teachers arrive at 7:00 a.m. and work for several hours to make hundreds of sandwiches and pack lunch ‘to go’ lunch bags.  Next, they pack the milk and take it all outside for easy pick up. Families are given two lunches per child to reduce travel time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Since this photo was taken, the governor of Tennessee has extended the school year several more weeks so I erased the first date from the collage photo above. Things are moving quickly so it is hard to keep up.

Local Business Responses 

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Tennessee Shine temporarily changed operations from ‘spirits’ to hand sanitizer. I don’t even know how that is possible, but they have done it! This is vital in helping to clean hands in the response to the pandemic that is threatening the country at this time. Photos taken from WATE- channel 6 in Knoxville.

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Old Forge Distillery, Sugarlands, Old Tennessee, and others have also joined in the effort to provide hand sanitizer for fighting the coronavirus. This is vital for everyone, but particularly first responders and health care workers. One cannot overstate the importance of clean hands at this time. Screenshots taken from Facebook pages.

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Sadly, some populations do not have access to clean water  to wash their hands. I have read articles about this danger for homeless populations. A recent article on the BBC.org also told of the peril to those in third world countries. The virus is making inroads in  Brazil and India at this time. With a population of 1.3 billion people, a large number of Indian citizens do not have access to clean water; in addition,  hand sanitizer is quite expensive so this is a frightening prospect. It proves that the efforts of  local distilleries will help us to stay healthy to prevent the COVID-19 virus.

Restaurant Adaptations

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I have always wanted to dine at Chapmans Restaurant after seeing the posts on their Facebook page. Last week, they posted the picture above and I was amazed! In record time, they had a ‘to-go’ window made in a side door. It was amazing to see the speed in which it was done and ready to serve food curbside/to-go because there is no dine in service allowed at this time. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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A few afternoons later, I called in an order of beef tips with broccoli and a side Greek salad. Very good! The young man who served it through the window was so nice too. I look forward to going back there again some day in the future.  I’ll take Smoky Mountain Foodie with me.

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Restaurants have moved quickly to make curb side and take out dining happen—and happen fast. I have been impressed with the speed and responses that I have seen on social media. Consequently, I have been trying to support several eating establishments every week using the drive-thru windows.

I have limited my trips around town this week so these are the few pictures that I have, plus screenshots from social media and the Mountain Press.

At the beginning of this story, I shared a meme by my high school friend, Kathy Rohe. She worked for years as a dresser for the Lion King show on Broadway in New York City. I will never forget the behind the scenes tour that she gave us after a show one night. Although she has moved and now an Associate Professor at Ball State University, I know that she worries about her old home, New York City. Prayers for them all.

Stay well

We will get through this together.

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Screenshot from Instagram @amplifierart.

Rose Glen Literary Festival 2020

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Last Saturday, I experienced one of the best things ever offered in Sevierville: the Rose Glen Literary Festival. I had not attended in the past due to schedule conflicts or thinking that it was purely for writers. When I saw the speaker line up for this year, it became a ‘must see’ event. So glad that my friends and I were able to attend  this amazing local festival. Surely,  there is something for everyone.

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The Rose Glen Literary Festival takes place in the Sevierville Convention Center. This is the best place for the event due to the crowds and vendors that I witnessed on Saturday. What a nice location and property. It truly is a pleasant place to spend several hours.

The event is free; there is only a charge for lunch. I could not believe that such a high caliber event was free to the public! What a treasure!

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One of the most popular and highly attended sessions, of course, was presented by Dr. Bill Bass. Dr. Bass is professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, an author, and a nationally known forensic expert. I have heard his presentations before and knew that he was not to be missed. You need to arrive early to secure a seat.

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I was even more excited because I was lucky enough to take Anthropology 101 while attending UT— taught by Dr. Bass himself. How lucky can you be? I am definitely a fan.

Frank Murphy, a Knoxville talent, often works with Dr. Bass and presided over the questions at the end of the presentation. This session was standing room only. In the future, I recommend that any conference who hosts a session by Dr. Bass consider doubling the size of the room because it will be packed.

We appreciated the stories and admired the color of Dr. Bass’s tie. Go Vols!

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The skylights, large windows, and neutral decor create a pleasant area to shop for books. Many attendees bought at least one or two books to take home that afternoon.

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I picked up a copy of this local publication.

Sam Venable is a local writer and his columns in the News Sentinel always make me chuckle. Joey Rose gets an autograph on his new book.

I saw this article in the Mountain Press and realized an important opportunity to hear a witness to history. His presentation was riveting. Everyone should hear Walter Ziffer’s message.

I hope to read his book very soon.

Sheley was impressed with this presentation and bought the book in order to continue reading Walter Ziffer’s story. Had he been the only speaker at the event, it would have been sufficient because the session was extraordinary.

There were books on local history and personalities. I danced twice on the Cas Walker Show when I was six years old so I had to pick up that one to take home.

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My friends told me that the Keynote speaker during the luncheon was outstanding and they bought several of her books. I hope to read them soon myself. She will also participate in a literary festival in Asheville next month if anyone wants to hear more.

Luncheon attendees were delighted to receive a souvenir gift created by the Old Mill Pottery shop in Pigeon Forge. What better way to enjoy a book or morning reading?

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I spied a free gift in the back pages of the Rose Glen program. This is a good bookstore so we will visit within the next few weeks!

In conclusion, the Rose Glen Literary Festival was a revelation to me because of so many good books, authors, and speakers. Many thanks to the planners and organizers of this event. It was truly a treasure and we are lucky to have it in Sevierville. I never plan to miss another one. See you next year!

 

A Few Scenes From the Flood of February 2020

I was out and about during the Flood of February 2020. Here are some watery scenes from my outing.

 West Prong of the River Walk found water only inches from the sidewalk.

I got nervous to be parked so close and left quickly.

A scene from Blanton Drive.

The raised mulch area holds the playground together at a local school.

Now came the biggest flooding scene…

Yellow tape is not a good sign…

I have never…ever…seen the back parking lot of National Fitness Center flooded like this.

The stairs to the creek?

The field behind Aubreys and McDonalds was not bad. I have seen it worse.

The area behind the Sevier County Animal Care Center. Don’t worry—they are safe and dry, but their exercise area was covered with water for a while.

I went upstairs in NFC to look out the windows. We flip those tires in HIIT classes.

What a wet day to be out and about in Sevierville!

Stay safe and dry!

Wanderlust Salon Open in Downtown Sevierville

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With one look at the online invitation, I knew that it would be a great idea to see the new location of Wanderlust Salon in downtown Sevierville. I had visited the salon at the previous location so it was very exciting to learn that Wanderlust had opened in downtown Sevierville— so much more convenient now! I was able to attend the Open House a few weeks ago and signed up for some great specials. If you have not yet visited the salon, here is a look around.

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The new location of the salon is downtown Sevierville on Bruce Street, just a few doors away from Graze Burgers. Although the sun was going down in the late afternoon, it was bright and cheery inside.

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The salon is festive and ready for the holidays, with lots of gift ideas too.

 

This is my favorite gift idea!

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Wanderlust is an Aveda Salon so there are many products for those who appreciate the brand. I have used them for years and like them a lot.

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Any traveler will appreciate the sentiment above.

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The salon is using the natural brick and wood found in the older building and it is quite warm and charming.

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There are comfortable places to linger and wait for your appointment.

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Of the most interest for some of us—massage rooms! There are several and each has a nice ambiance. I have already had one treatment and enjoyed the whole experience.

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Many will appreciate the bohemian decor as it lends to a relaxing state of mind.

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Treats were catered by Courthouse Donuts. The table was so nice!

Delightful!

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A special visitor was also ‘out and about’ downtown.

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The salon is spacious and the wood floors add a neutral background that loves the light. You will enjoy your time there.

I am including this photo for now to show that the Bruce Street road/utilities work is going on downtown, but you can easily walk from the parking lot at the gazebo directly into the salon. For parking, turn down Court Avenue and take a left on Bruce Street to access the gazebo parking lot. You can easily cross the street to the salon.

There are two barbershops downtown so it is going to be so nice to have a salon as well! The Wanderlust Salon Open House had some well priced specials: consequently, I have already had one massage and will have another in the next couple of weeks. You can find  future specials by following them on Facebook. Here is a link. https://www.facebook.com/Wanderlustsalonspa/

There are some exciting things in store for downtown Sevierville and Wanderlust Salon and Spa is a key component to that growth. It is also exciting for clients who appreciate Aveda salon and spa services. Wander over to the area and see this exciting new business when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

Barbara Tenney’s Savory Appetizers Demo—Just in Time for the Holidays at KaTom

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Last Saturday, I made it just in time for Barbara Tenney’s savory appetizer demo at KaTom. The recipes were so quick and easy that I would consider trying to make them in the future. Here is a quick photo review.

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First, I watched Barbara prepare the rosemary roasted cashews.

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Fresh rosemary is essential for this appetizer.

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You will use most of a container of cashews. We buy this container at Costco or Sam’s Club and they are fabulous!

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The recipe is very easy: mix, stir, and bake. The aroma invited all KaTom customers to come over to the kitchen area.

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It is one of the easiest appetizers to prepare for the holidays—or anytime.

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Next, it was time to see the demo for parmesan and thyme crackers.

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Chill the dough first. The secret is to use White Lily flour. That is always the best choice.

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The directions are as simple as mix, roll, chill, cut, and bake. Voila!

The crackers do not ‘rise’ as a biscuit or roll; rather, they become warm and fragrant. I was surprised how light and tasty the crackers turned out and tried a couple more to make sure. So good!

KaTom has one more holiday demo this Saturday when Barbara Tenney will prepare New Year’s appetizers: overnight marinated shrimp and cheddar-stuffed mushrooms. One could easily envision those treats served on an elegant tray at a party so that will be a nice end to this holiday series. The demo starts at 11:00 so save me a seat at the counter!