Dog Fashion Show 2019

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Sevier Animal Care Center and Sevier County Humane Society conducted the 2019 Dog Fashion Show at the fairgrounds Saturday morning. Paws were strutting and costumes were modeled in various categories. It was a ‘ruff’ assignment, but I knew that I had to see the show. Follow along to see the contestants and winners in this fun event.

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I parked in the lot and walked onto the fairgrounds to find the Show Stage. It was fun to see everything a few hours before opening time as the Dog Fashion Show took place at 11:00 a.m., but the fair did not open until 3:00. This is a view that you will not often see. All was quiet and still.

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The Sevier County Fair is one of the best family events of the year. Within that week, the dog show event is also perfect for family members that have feet, or paws, as evidenced by this family coming to the event.

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I walked in and found a hay bale in front of the stage. Dress for warm temps for it will be a warm August morning.

Dogs are fast. Dogs are faster than the shutter speed on my iPhone so I devoted this article more to photos and did not take any notes. As a result, I don’t remember many names or background stories; consequently, I will let my photos tell the story.

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Chances are that you will sit near some cuties.

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During breaks, the Sevier County Humane Society and the Sevier Animal Care Center directors informed the crowd of their work and local intake statistics. They also gave tips to owners on a variety of topics. One good tip was to write your name and phone number on the inside of your pet’s dog collar in case they get lost. Most importantly, spay and neuter pets. Unfortunately, people do not spay or neuter they animals. For that reason, the intake center received more than 2,500 pets in the past 8 months. Unbelievable. Spay and neuter help is available at (865) 453-7000. The Facebook page is https://sevierhumane.org/spay-neuter/

Sevier Animal Care Center http://www.sevieranimalcarecenter.com

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Judges and organizers were ready to begin.

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Dogs were required to be on leashes. All were very friendly too. I liked this costume!

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This beautiful animal was a rescue dog. It was found emaciated and in bad shape, but was later adopted by this young family. A happy ending!

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Pretty in Pink!

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This owner was patiently waiting her turn.

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The contestants came in all sizes and ages. You did not have to walk your dog very far to compete.

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I loved this little chihuahua because it is 15 years old. Mine is too! You can walk older dogs or those with health issues. The contest is actually very relaxed and no pressure. Look at the judges admire and encourage this sweet senior dog.

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I love a dog in a sombrero!

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Pirate dog.

Event registration is a $5 donation. You don’t really have to spend any money to come up with a costume, just imagination.


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Judges were encouraging to all the contestants. You could tell that they were having a good time as much as the audience. Everyone was in very good mood. Who wouldn’t be with dogs?

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This dog contestant is eligible for adoption. What a nice, happy pup!

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Dog tricks are a good way to impress the judges and audience. So cute!

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A slight costume slip did not stop this contestant.

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This four month old pup is also up for adoption. It is practically house trained and good with kids and other animals.

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It was clear that the tent was full of animal lovers.

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These are two dog strollers full of fun. This couple brought 5 dogs and went home with several ribbons. They came to compete! Here is the 15 year old chihuahua again. Sweet thing! So mellow.

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This dog was pageant ready in a hand made dress. Pretty in pink!

Finally, it was time for the awards. Here were the categories:

  • Go Orange
  • Best Dressed
  • Pop Culture
  • Funniest
  • Prettiest
  • Owner/Pet Lookalike
  • Best Overall

It got hectic for me with all the awards, prizes, and presentations, but I was able to snap a few pictures in the excitement of it all.

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It was amazing, but they were able to get both dogs to pose together for the winners’ circle photo above. Each was very mellow and well mannered with all the attention and fuss.

The Dog Fashion Show was a great success and everyone had a good time, both human and canine alike. Next year will bring new contenders. Consider bringing your pet in a fun hat or outfit. Who knows? I may enter my dog in the Owner/Pet Lookalike category next year. It is sure to be a great time while supporting two of the hardest working organizations in the county, Sevier Animal Care and the Sevier County Humane Society.

See you next year!

Perfect Weather for a Farmers Market : June 14, 2019

It was only 70° as I parked at the lot on Main Street and Court Avenue to go to the downtown Sevierville farmers market. With those temps, I knew that it would be a special day to enjoy the market without all the usual heat. What a nice day it turned out to be!

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The entrance to Court Avenue is lovely. The Department of Parks and Recreation deserves compliments for their hard work. This spot is lovely.

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Did you realize there are brochures for a downtown self-guided walking tour?

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The flags were out for Flag Day.

First, I stopped for a coffee at the Crust and Crumb on Bruce Street. Next, a friend met me for lunch. After that, we strolled to the farmers market around 12:30 to catch the last 30 minutes.

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My first stop was the table by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council. Pictured left to right are Marilyn Davenport, Crystal Lynn, and Elizabeth Cole.

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So many beautiful things at the Sevierville Commons Arts Council table.

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Art is alive and well downtown. We can look forward to some upcoming ‘make-it-and-take-it’ classes soon.

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Ham and Goodys is famous for their cookies and many customers have made a drive to Knoxville to get these treats.

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Rather than individual cookies, Ham and Goodys sells them by the dozen. I chose an assortment to take to my father for Fathers Day. The Ham and Goodys people said that customers were waiting when they arrived at the Sevierville farmers market in the morning! Yes, I can believe that.

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I sometimes buy soap from this vendor, but suddenly developed a thirst and had a refreshment instead. What wonderful lemonade! Make sure that you look for this young entrepreneur next week! Great lemonade!

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The Sevierville Fire Department brought a beautiful old fire engine and we wanted to go for a spin.

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Sevierville’s finest are at the farmers market to answer questions and offer help to the community.

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The downtown Sevierville farmers market is a good opportunity for families to shop or work together. The food sold here is the best of the summer!

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This is one of my favorite vendors: Sevier Blumen. I bought some Zinnias for my dining room table and they are beautiful.

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The bouquets are a delight for the senses.

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Who can resist beautiful flowers?

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Don’t forget to bring a shopping bag to the farmers market!

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Soon, it was closing time for the market so I wandered down Bruce Street toward my car. A wonderful smell was coming from Graze Burgers and I could hear music coming from their outdoor patio. The sounds and smells always entice me to come over for  a while.

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Every time that I go downtown, Graze Burgers beckons with sounds and the aroma from the grill. So nice.

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I hope to visit the Graze Burger outdoor patio soon. They are ready to serve you.

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Currently, the construction was happening at the upper end of Bruce Street. This is needed to install underground utilities and new water lines.

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As I walked to my car, I could see work going on for the new lofts going in downtown on Main Street. Perhaps that will be a future post when we are out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

 

 

Creative Theater Production of “Annie” Made Us Fall in Love with Theater Again

We went to see the production of  “Annie” at the Creative Theater in Pigeon Forge and it made us fall in love with theater all over again. I had seen pictures and good reviews on social media of this production, but was even more impressed after seeing it with my own eyes. Take someone special there this week because the performances are wonderful. Now, I will tell you seven reasons why I enjoyed the performance and why you need to see “Annie” this week. 

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1. The Personal Connection

I was initially interested in seeing the production with my sister and her family because the young actress in the lead role is good friends with my niece. They are in the same class together at school in Morristown. We had to come and support her talented best friend!

 

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And we love dogs! What a cute pup for the role of ‘Sandy.’

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2. The Quality

This musical was a hit in 1977 and it is a hit now in Pigeon Forge. I expected a good performance; however, the production set a high standard—and met it. I forgot that I was not in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta, or even the theater district in NYC. Acting and voices were wonderful. Costumes were beautiful (or beautifully shabby in the case of the orphans) and the sets were so interesting. Part of the fun of the show is when you see the stage changed from one scene to the next. It is fun to see the change.

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We bought tickets in the balcony and were ready for the show to begin by seven o’clock.

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As you can see, the theater is a nice size with a main floor and a balcony. You can also see the stage and how they change the sets.

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If you sit in the balcony, the safety rail will be in your line of sight, but you get used to it. After a minute, your eyes will be riveted to the stage below.

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3.  The Music

Everyone knows at least two songs from this musical: “Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” You will want to sing along and may recognize a few more tunes. In the photo above, the ‘orphans’ were adorable and everyone hit their marks. The young actors kept the pace lively.

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4. Nostalgia and History

This was one of my favorite scenes in the show for several reasons. First, I enjoyed seeing the group together and hearing the ‘Cabinet’ sing. Second, the actor portraying Franklin Roosevelt was so authentic in his portrayal that FDR seemed to ‘come back to life’ in 2019. Third, I knew that they invited a guest to do a cameo for the evening, but didn’t know when he would appear. Follow Creative Theater on Facebook and you will know who to expect in the cameo each day. Our cameo actor for the evening  is pictured above, second from the right.

 

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I know that he had so much fun!

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The musical takes place during the Great Depression so the audience will see historical and cultural references that bring back memories. The radio show and commercials did that for me. The poor people walking in the city reminded us of the hard times during the Great Depression. Presidents were mentioned, like Hoover and FDR. The portrayal of the president was perfection.

5.  Feelings

A good stage production will make you think and it will evoke feelings. “Annie” did both for me.  I found myself smiling during most of the production. I smiled. I tapped my feet and hummed. Surprisingly, a tear even came to my eyes during the first playing of the song “Tomorrow.” It must be the most well known tune from the show, with a theme of optimism in spite of life’s battles. If you listen to the words and think of someone fighting a battle right now then you may also fight back a tear as well.

6. Red Carpet Picture

I had seen a friend post a special picture on Facebook where they looked like they were on a red carpet, standing under a movie marquee. My niece and I found the spot during  the 15 minute intermission and were able to take a picture with ‘Sandy,’ the dog. There was no charge, just a suggestion to show it on social media in order to help publicity.

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This was a wonderful souvenir and we were delighted. What a special touch to an already special event! Make sure that you take your camera/phone and do this by the end of intermission.

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The second act will fly by too quickly so enjoy it!

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I love the curtain call at the end of a play when the actors are recognized for their work.

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What wonderful young performers!

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These were formidable actors in sinister/comedic roles.

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Miss Hannigan was superb!

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Ron Solomon played Oliver Warlocks perfectly and had a wonderful singing voice. It was a pleasure to witness his scenes. Laura Taliferro played a kind Grace Farrell, secretary to Warbucks. I felt transported by her voice as well. She truly had a wonderful aura about her that surpassed the stage.

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A standing ovation for Jennie Marie Davis and the entire cast of “Annie!”

7.  Meeting the Cast

I have never attended a performance where you could meet the cast after the show. You will get to do that at the Creative Theater and it is magical!

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The lead actress celebrates with classmates and home town friends from Morristown.

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These three actors really ‘chewed up the scenery’ and made their marks on the musical. Marvin West was excellent as the policeman and FDR. You forgot that he was in character because it seemed so real. The audience could not control their laughter during the scenes with Jonathan Weathersby (Rooster) and Turner Morris (Lily St. Regis). I will not give away that scene, but it was the high point of the comedy for us. So funny!

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Don’t be shy! During the ‘meet and greet’ after the show, congratulate the actors and get a picture to remember the show. I always wanted my picture with another president!

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We left the theater and walked out to our cars, thinking about what a fantastic show that we had just witnessed in our own county. There are different kinds of theaters here, but this one is quite special. It is a community theater that allows community member to take part in productions and to try different aspects of the stage. It can help teach beginners while letting veterans shine!

Growing up in Morristown, we would go see performances at the Morristown Theater Guild. In fact, I first saw “Fiddler on the Roof” there and have never forgotten it. It was magical. In the same sense, I truly enjoyed the performance of “Annie” at the Creative Theater and am thinking about going again this week. Make sure you see this show while you still have a chance. It is amazing theater and made us fall in love with it all over again. 

You will too!

Here is the link to the Facebook page. Keep up with upcoming shows, photos, and video feeds after the performances.

https://www.facebook.com/creativetheatergroup/

 

Two Coyotes Studio in Downtown Sevierville

 

One of my favorite places in downtown Sevierville is the Two Coyotes Studio. I like to drop by and browse the art and jewelry. In fact, I have bought several gifts and earrings for myself at this business. Also, it is just fun to chat with the owner/artist, Bev Gwinn Jones. Come along with me to visit this little treasure tucked away upstairs on Court Avenue.

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If you are looking in this direction then you are very close to the studio entrance. Check the Facebook page (included further in the article) to be aware of current hours. She is busy teaching classes in the summer!

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The door is to the right of D Garden Florique.

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The door is to the left of Southern Fried Hair. Now, you have found it on Court Avenue.

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Walk in the door and you will be directed up the stairs.

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It looks like a lot, but it you will be at the top in seconds.

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When you are close to the top of the stairs, you will see some pretty things!

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Everything will catch your eye!

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If you like jewelry, especially earrings, then you are in the right place.

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I love the visual presentation.

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So many pretty things!

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Bev Gwinn Jones is the artist/owner of the studio. She has had an interesting career trajectory that has led her to downtown Sevierville. Originally from Knoxville, Bev lived in Gatlinburg during her college years, working at a plant store called “Plants and Other Healthy Things.” Later, she worked with the Record Bar, a chain of record stores in the southeast. You may remember the Record Bar in West Town Mall? She traveled a lot through Nashville, East Tennessee, and more during those years.

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I always must admire this photo in the Two Coyotes Studio. OK, I admit that I always go over to this photo to pay homage to one of my favorite music artists.

Here is a short version of the story behind the photo above. Bev moved to Texas and was working as  regional manager for a record store chain when a friend invited her to go to a Sting concert. Not only did she get to see a concert of a lifetime, but they also had backstage passes. There was a long ‘meet and greet’ line to see Sting, but it was all completely worth it! Bev will tell you the story. Apparently Sting was very pleasant and personable as they got to enjoy that moment. Bev says that she had two highlights of her music store career: meeting Sting and David Crosby. What luck!

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At the height of her music store career, Bev had 24 stores under her supervision. Eventually, she was able to move back with the company to Nashville and ended up in Sevierville to start her family.

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When I asked Bev why she named her studio “Two Coyotes,” she told me that it came from a time when she and her husband lived in Colorado. Coyotes are iconic animal figures in Colorado, much as bears are in our area. Bev said, “Coyotes mate for life and their nest is usually high on a mountaintop.” One can see the parallel and it is perfect.

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Bev created and sold her art in Sevierville as she raised her family. I borrowed this photo  from the Two Coyotes Studio Facebook page that shows her selling her creations on Bruce Street in 1992. Bruce Street was her first venue; later, she began doing arts and crafts shows.  Eventually, she settled into her Court Avenue location. Catch her studio link here https://www.facebook.com/BevGwinnJones/ .

IMG_6853Bev sells her creations at my favorite boutique in town: Loraleis. She also once sold them in a store that you may remember called the Common Good. Now, her creations are primarily sold in her own studio.

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I always find 10 things that I like on this display. Love the birdcage to display jewelry!

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I admired these necklaces. Beautiful color!

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Bev Gwinn Jones is busy creating art and teaching classes. Go to her Facebook page and click on ‘events’ in the left menu. She offers small group art camps for children in her studio. Also, she helps lead a drama camp at her church so check the Two Coyotes Studio Facebook page for times and dates. Here is the link

https://www.facebook.com/BevGwinnJones/

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A generous spirit, I personally know that Bev supports charities and fundraisers. The work pictured above has been commissioned for an upcoming charity event.

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One thing that is unique to this studio— you can design your own jewelry. There are no limits to what you can create at Two Coyotes Studio.

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I felt very attracted to this design when I realized that it reminded me of something…

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The flowers remind me of the cabi Primrose Dress. Love it!

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It is a visual pleasure to gaze at the creations in the Two Coyotes Studio.

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I learned about Bev and the studio from my good friend, Sheley. We have visited the studio together a couple of times, especially for Christmas shopping.

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And even ornaments! The store is so pretty that I used the photo above for an Instagram post last year.

 

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Bev Gwinn Jones is a talented artist with an interesting life and personal story. Her studio is so fun to visit and anyone can afford something there— some things just cost a few dollars. This artist supports downtown Sevierville and small businesses. In truth, Two Coyotes Studio is a downtown Sevierville treasure.

Check out some pretty things at Two Coyotes Studio when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

New Vendor Treasures at the Sevierville Farmers Market: May 31, 2019.

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For the first time in a while, I was able to arrive early to the downtown Sevierville Farmers Market and linger. It was not very hot and turned out to be such nice weather. We were all ready for a stroll through the market.

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I drove down Bruce Street, but usually park in the public lot on Main Street and Court Avenue.

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I like this large sign on Main Street. You will pass it as you go on to Dolly Parton Parkway.

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Next, I like to turn left on Court Avenue and cut through the arcade. This is a good shortcut to the market from Court Avenue and the courthouse area.

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By 10:15, the market was bustling with activity.

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I started on the east (right side) of the market and ran into a new vendor who creates her own skin products. The table had such a pretty presentation.

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IMG_6334I always need lip balm so it was nice to be able to test the product right there. The vendor will give you a popsicle stick to make it easier. She uses essential oils in the beeswax so the balm is nicely smooth and soothing.

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When you can’t decide, just buy both choices!

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My sister Suzanne would like these T-shirts.

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A nice, clear sound invigorated the market from this Dandridge based D.J.

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Next, I found a new vendor who was raising money for a Gatlinburg non-profit.

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They have been gifted a super nice roaster, pictured in the upper left of the collage. The rescue group will give away roasted nuts for a donation—and $5 a bag is a bargain. I bought a bag and intend to use them on salads this summer.

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Samples are always a good idea at a farmers market so I was hooked after that. Very good!

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We talked about the animals currently in their care and the work done by the rescue group. Many are seniors and hard to adopt pets. I will try to donate to Hidden Hills Animal Rescue each week that I see them at the market. They hope to be there more this summer.

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Hidden Hills Animal Rescue features a ‘pet of the week’ in this local publication. You can see the web address above.

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It is always interesting to see what products are available from the Crust and Crumb.

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It was hard to walk by these pastries because they looked divine!

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Such nice temperatures in the low 80s.

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If there an anchor to the downtown Sevierville farmers market, then it would have to be the stand from Henderson’s Produce. I often shop at their store at 705 Eastgate Road in Sevierville, but the downtown market is even more convenient.

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By 11:00 a.m., it was time for me to meet a colleague for lunch at Courthouse Donuts. There was not a parking space to be found on Bruce Street— a good economic sign.

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Next time, I must schedule extra time for a coffee at Crust and Crumb on Bruce Street.

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Courthouse Donuts has the best windows downtown. Have a coffee and watch the traffic around the courthouse as you wait for your order.

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We had the blue plate special, a tuna melt, and enjoyed the view.

I welcome the Friday farmers market in downtown Sevierville and look forward to finding more treasures from the vendors. For summer, it must be one of the best ways to get out and about in Sevierville. 

See you next Friday!

Tiny Houses, RVs, and ‘Glamping’ at Ridge Outdoor Resort

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There is a new place to stay overnight in Sevierville with ‘tiny houses’ and RV sites. Soon, there will be ‘glamping’ Safari tents too. Come along and take a quick look at the Ridge Outdoor Resort on Middle Creek Rd, across the street from Sweet Frog Yogurt and Smoky Mountain Espresso.

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This property once was a church, then it belonged to the Holston Methodist Conference.

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You may recognize the building from those previous incarnations. It has since been purchased and quickly becoming a camping destination in Sevierville. The main building can be used for weddings, events, and fundraisers. Inside, one can also find a coffee shop and internet cafe. They are also planning a camping store and a fitness center.

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Each RV spot has a nice set-up. I especially like the round fire bowls. Each RV site will have a picnic table, fire bowl, water, sewer, electric, cable and Ethernet.

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The RV area is spacious and has a nice view of the mountains. It is only a small walk to the main building. A resort style swimming pool should be open by June 1st. It will be 116 feet long and will also have a swim shelf.

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There is a playground for children to enjoy during their stay. A pickle ball area and a basketball court are also in the plans.

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I was especially interested in the ‘tiny houses’ on the property.  I have seen them on HGTV and wanted to see one.

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There was an ‘Open House’ on a Sunday so I was able to look around and take several photos. I can see how campers would enjoy sitting on the deck with such a view and a fire bowl.

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Doors open wide to a mountain view. The owners’ dog was enjoying the afternoon sun.

 

 

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Love the view!

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The dog is posing pretty in the kitchen area.

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This will be a nice view from the kitchen sink.

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The bathroom is bright and convenient.

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The bedroom did not feel tiny; rather, it felt compact and comfortable.

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A flat screen TV is located at the end of the bed.

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As I strolled back toward the front door, I noticed the nice little table for dining. I think that these tiny houses are manufactured by Clayton Homes. They are extremely nice!

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You can see that the campground is located conveniently across the street from Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt and Smoky Mountain Espresso Coffee. It is also in view of Middle Creek Road and the larger Veterans Boulevard, very close to Dollywood properties.

I can’t wait to visit again when they put up the ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) tents soon. The ‘safari tents’ may be ready by July. They are waiting for the orders to arrive from Norway. That is going to be fun!

It is getting even more fun to camp in Sevierville.

 

First Downtown Sevierville Farmer’s Market 2019

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It was a quick break downtown to see the first Farmer’s Market of 2019.

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I parked on Main and Court Avenue, making my way through the arcade to the back of the market.

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Downtown is ready for Memorial Day this weekend. It gives one pause to see the flags on display and think about the significance.

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Henderson’s produce is at their usual corner. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see these tomatoes now! At long last!

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Crust and Crumb is located by 20/20 Optical. They also have baked goods available at the Farmer’s Market on Fridays. The photo above shows cinnamon and raisin bagels. Divine!

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One of my new favorite places downtown: Crust and Crumb. Go there for breakfast, lunch, and coffee. Coffee!

 

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This is one of my favorite vendors. I love her soaps and other products. She is so friendly!

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A vintage fire truck was at the market with some firefighters. You don’t see that every day.

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This is an interesting couple. Talk to them some time and hear their story.

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The Sevierville Farmer’s Market is great for families to explore.

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This may be a new vendor. Will check it more closely next week.

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This is another favorite vendor for their beautiful flowers and blooms. They will soon have sunflowers!

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Kyle Grainger from WVLT TV was ready to film for the first day of the market.

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This was the prize of the day! I took a box back to work and brightened 11 colleague’s day with a Ham and Goody’s lemon cookie.

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Music in the background adds a lot to the the shopping experience. Everyone enjoyed it.

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As the church bells began ringing at noon,  crowds began to pour into the market.

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It was time for me to go so I took a look a last look back and then headed for lunch at Courthouse Donuts.

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This is my favorite place to hang out. I got a seat by the big window and waited for the special of the day: a tuna melt with a pasta side and a donut. The rocking chair is beautiful and I’ll bet that I know where that came from. Jennifer, owner of Courthouse Donuts, said that she was feeling the impact of the farmer’s market because it was extremely busy all morning. Good news!

Summer is just a few days away. The downtown Sevierville Farmer’s Market is just getting started and I can just imagine the produce that is heading our way from local farmers and growers. The Sevierville Farmer’s Market may be my favorite way to get out and about in Sevierville during the summer.

See you next Friday!

Mountain Zen Yoga in Downtown Sevierville

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I attended an Open House for Mountain Zen Yoga on Sunday afternoon and found a new favorite place downtown. This place is an unexpected addition to the downtown Sevierville landscape, but it fits in perfectly. Come along and stretch with me.

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I parked across the street from Graze Burgers and near the Crust and Crumb bakery, two of my other new favorite businesses downtown. Now, add this one to the list.

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Mountain Zen Yoga is located in the former bail bondsman office. I think that I will use this business more. 🙂

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The fruit infused water is worth the price of a class! Try this strawberry and citrus water.  Wonderful!

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Get the app or book online. Here is the contact info.

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I was greeted at the door by the studio owner, Heather Jagels. I have actually known her for years and just reconnected with her at the Night at the Derby party in April. During college, Heather used yoga to relieve stress. Later, she worked as the VP of Marketing for 3 national television networks: HGTV, DIY Network, and Great American Country. She would travel 14 days out of the month so finding yoga studios kept her healthy on the road. In doing this, she began to dream about having her own studio. She began her dream in downtown Sevierville with the December 1st opening of Mountain Zen Yoga.

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The studio is very attractive and comfortable. I loved the floor, ceiling, and big front windows.

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Heather says that you can do yoga at any age throughout life. It makes the muscles and core stronger too. I want to be able to hold this pose for 5 seconds by the end of the summer? Stay tuned.

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You are on Bruce Street, but you feel like you have entered a peaceful realm.

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The bolster pillows are so pretty, but are very sturdy and offer good support.

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Remove your shoes at the door and put them in this cubby at the back of the room. You can store your other things in this area as well.

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I stayed for the free class. Curtains were drawn to begin the stretching session. I love the beautiful lighting in the room in this shot. Also, it captures the beautiful floor and ceiling.

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It is so easy to just relax and restore in this room.

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After the relaxing stretch session, we listened to a massage therapist speak about wellness, muscles, and the body.

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Here is the contact info for the massage therapist.

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This is my goal for 5 years from now. I love the beautiful dancer pose. Heather does it beautifully.

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As you can tell, this is a busy place with classes scheduled all day. This is posted in the front window.

Tips

  • It is easier to come dressed for class. If you need to change, there is a restroom down the hall or a little office upstairs above the yoga room.
  • You can rent a mat for $2 if you need one.
  • If the front door is open then that indicates no class is going on at that moment. If the front door is shut, wait until the class is over to enter the studio.  Go have a coffee at Courthouse Donuts or  Crust and Crumb. Or, run across the street and visit the Arts in Common Gallery or Two Coyotes Studio on Court Avenue. They are all my favorite places downtown and just steps away.
  • Yoga makes your life better and your body stronger. It relieves stress, makes the body stronger, relaxes muscles, and clears the mind. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need that.
  • I have two friends who love ‘hot’ yoga. It gets up to 95 degrees for that class.
  • Sevier County citizens get a 5% discount. Sevier County teachers get a 10% discount. We could use a lot of yoga benefits right now!
  • There are  5 instructors who teach classes for Mountain Zen Yoga. They are all Yoga Alliance certified teachers. These instructors have different backgrounds and styles so they bring a lot of variety to the studio.
  • Book classes through the app or online.
  • The room holds 14 people and some classes book up so planning is key to reserving a spot.
  • There are at least 3 beginner classes. Rest and Restore is for beginners and takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Conclusion

I am so glad that I was able to attend the Open House and take a quick class with Mountain Zen Yoga in downtown Sevierville. This will be a place that is convenient and on the way to other things that I like to do downtown, especially during the summer. I hope to take classes on a weekly basis this summer. Truly, Mountain Zen Yoga will help to maintain a healthy life and body and that is one of the best reasons to get out and about in Sevierville. 

Save a spot for me!

 

Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass 2019

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This is the premier event for downtown Sevierville—and 2019 didn’t disappoint. There were crowds, great food, music, and a few storms. However, it looked bigger and better than last year. I am ‘limited’ when it comes to heat and crowds so I didn’t linger, but I did manage two quick visits and a few photos.

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I parked near Sevier County Bank and walked in the back way. In doing so, I passed several trailers that housed the cooking competitors. The signs and slogans were fun to view. Here are a few examples in collages.

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This is a local competitor based in Gatlinburg. It is family owned and operated. Must visit this summer!

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Another well known local competitor.

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My other interest was the chalk art that would be happening on Bruce Street.

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I saw competitors carrying covered dishes to a secret location on Bruce Street.

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There was tight security for the competition. Would love to be a judge for that!

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There were all kinds of gift ideas.

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I really appreciated the Bush Beans company for the freebies. There were working hard both days handing out free individual servings of baked beans—perfect for barbecue.

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The company even let you take a photo with their mascot, Duke. What a good dog!

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Local businesses, like Courthouse Donuts, were open for extended hours during the event.

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There were several vendors, but this one has the largest sign and draws the longest lines.

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I got a brisket combo to go. It will last all weekend. So good! I will go back to them next year.

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That looks like enough sauce.

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Tents lined Court Avenue. I thought that all the vendors had good things to offer.

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Non-stop entertainment on the Bush stage.

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The Sevier County Courthouse had a crowd and non-stop entertainment as well.

IMG_5737 2A tip for next year: there was nice shade on the sidewalk across from the courthouse on Court Avenue. This would be a nice break or meet-up area out of the sun. If the dining tent were crowded then I spied a few shady steps here on which to sit.

Sorry that I didn’t get any people pictures—I am just not good in heat and crowds! However, these photos will give visitors a glimpse of what to enjoy next year. It is one of the best ways to be out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Gas Station Coffee Truck

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It was like a birthday…like Christmas…like a dream come true. We had a coffee truck at work this morning! It was absolutely amazing too!

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After a week of wonderful things, our PTO arranged for a coffee truck to come for a couple of hours this morning. This was a week never to be forgotten. I looked forward to the coffee truck for days!

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This special coffee truck company is called Gas Station Coffee. It had fantastic hot and iced coffees. Unbelievably good!

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Joy in a cup!

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My friends waiting for their orders. We were all so happy for this treat and it showed on our faces.

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Absolutely true!

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This was Wendy’s Frozen White Chocolate Mocha. Oh my!

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Starting the day in an amazing way! Wendy and Ursula ordered wonderful coffee concoctions!

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I will order a White Chocolate Mocha next time!

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Kayla’s frozen concoction was the Frozen Chocolate Horse. I heard it was a favorite!

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Cory recommends the Iced White Chocolate Mocha. Divine!

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Teresa was ready to take on the day with her order. They all were excellent!

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I am going to post this picture again for another incredible fact—the owners designed and built this truck themselves. I could not help but touch and admire the beautiful touches on the vehicle. Not only do they create amazing coffees, but they built this food truck. Unbelievable!

Gas Station Food Truck mainly attends fairs and festivals so keep up with their whereabouts on their Facebook page. Here is a link:

https://www.facebook.com/alittlecoffeetn/

They can also be found on Instagram at A Little Coffee TN .

I like to discover and promote small businesses. This one really rocked our day!