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. 

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

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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. 

 

Art Happening Featuring David Freeman , April, 2019

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There was a nice warm breeze as I wandered across Bruce Street to see the April 2019 Art Happening at the Arts In Common Gallery. The Sevierville Commons Arts Council had announced a presentation featuring local artist, David Freeman. I had seen his work before and had read a recent news article about him that was interesting so I knew that this would be a particularly interesting event.

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Featured artist, David Freeman, and Lee Murray. Interestingly, Lee is the subject of the portrait which is displayed behind them in the photo. You have to see it closer to appreciate the colors and light in the painting.

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Freeman is clearly a talented portraitist. The portrait to the left is the artist’s mother.

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These events are sure to have other artists in attendance. Aiden, Chuck, and Levi Ottolini enjoyed the April Art Happening. Chuck is a well known local artist in Sevierville. He is known for stained glass that has beautified many a church window in East Tennessee. Ottolini has also created some amazing things for local businesses. Go to Sevier Distilling Company and see the beautiful things in the tasting room.

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The music was quite relaxing and lent a nice ambiance to the event. Local musician, Tony Negrðn, plays many genres of music and makes the event feel so comfortable. His specialty is Smoky Mountain Delta Blues.

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David Freeman uses pastels, acrylic oils, and water colors in his art. A Cocke County native, Freeman is naturally inspired by the scenery and beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

IMG_4775Freeman grew up in Cocke County and attended Cocke County High School. He took classes in college and ended up majoring in art at ETSU.

 

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Freeman worked as a graphic artist for a while, then started doing pastels, pet portraits, and portraits in general.

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The table held beautiful displays.

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Refreshment was perfectly tailored for the event and for those who enjoy a treat after work. The cheesecake bites were perfect!

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Lee Murray created a beautiful table and delightful hors d’oeuvres. It was lovely.

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It is not near Christmast time, but I was really wanting this figurine!

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During the program, Freeman addressed the attendees and told about his path to being the artist that he is today. Most interesting, he told about creating a portrait of Christ during a church or revival service. It took him only 15 minutes and the final painting stood over 6 feet tall.

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Freeman has been painting large scale murals. This is a plan for one that will soon begin in Jefferson County, off of exit 417. He unrolled a template so that we could see what he was describing. Freeman has already painted a mural in Gatlinburg at the Blue Green Mountain Loft Resort. That mural is 12 feet tall and over 90 feet long. A must see!

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I was especially happy to run into an old friend at the event, Jack Maples, pictured right. David Freeman was the winner of a $1,000 prize in a widely publicized mural contest last year for Maples Motor Inn. The other local finalists were award winning artists Shannon Kelly and Mark Smothers. Jack Maples has commissioned a mural to be painted on the back of his motel, which faces LeConte Center. They are waiting for the city of Pigeon Forge to approve a new ordinance to allow it. I can’t wait to see this mural some day!
My friends know that I love murals and finding them in our travels. I have not known exactly how to explain this love of murals until I heard Freeman talk about it at the Art Happening last week. He said that he likes murals “because you feel like you stepped right into a painting.” Bingo! That explains why I love them so much.

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During the event, I chatted with several other artists. One artist creates figurative sculptures. This one is called What’s Up, Cupcake? These are amazing art dolls for collectiions.

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Here is her contact info. You can see three more of her figurative sculptures at the Arts in Common Gallery on Bruce Street.

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I admired these delicate creations by Emily Kelly Ede. Each was light as a feather and lovely. The prices are very good as well.

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She has more jewelry on display at the Arts in Common Gallery. These earrings are available in the gallery.

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It was soon time for me to go so I bid farewell to the artist and the attendees. Here are two of the Art Happening attendees and fans of David Freeman’s work. I love all the colors in this photo!

David Freeman is an outstanding local artist and I am excited to see the new murals that he will be creating, both in Pigeon Forge and in Jefferson County. This Art Happening allowed me to learn more about the artist and his work, especially in my favorite genre: murals.

Sadly, the Arts in Common Gallery may be closing in July because grants will soon be finished and they are not sure about the future. That means that you will have at least two more opportunities to visit an Art Happening in the Bruce Street gallery before anything changes. I encourage you to come spend a little time in their gallery. It is such a lovely place for visiting, relaxing, or their many ‘Make IT and Take It’ sessions. Even more, it enriches our community.

Art Happenings are one of the best ways to enjoy getting out and about in Sevierville. 

A Visit to the Art Happening in Downtown Sevierville, February 2019

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The light from the Arts in Common Gallery was a beacon to all on a cool, rainy February evening. I parked across the street and hurried inside. Fighting off a cold or something going around, I still wanted to pop in to meet featured artist, Joan Swanson, and to see some of her work. It was a nice event and I was glad that I could make it.

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Street parking was still available, but you had to walk a little due to the Art Happening and the newly opened restaurant, Graze Burgers. It is always good to see busy streets in downtown Sevierville!

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My car was parked just steps away from the Arts in Common Gallery.

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I quickly ran into Andrea Wilson, board member of the Sevierville Commons Art Council, and featured artist, Joan Swanson. I like this area reserved for featured artist work because it invites you to look and linger a while. Natural light from the windows, wood flooring, and neutral wall color makes a perfect stage for local art. Swanson’s landscapes were well presented and I enjoyed taking my time to peruse them. Beach and mountain scenes are my favorites.

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Joan Swanson specializes in landscapes and pet portraits. You can find her pet portraits on the website Pawsofloveart.com .

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Look at these amazing pet portraits! They are extraordinary!

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I could not tell the difference between oil and pastel paintings. Joan told me that pastels go behind glass in a frame and oils do not. A simple fact, but something cool that I learned last Thursday at the Art Happening. Ask artist questions for you will learn a lot.

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I always enjoy going into the Arts in Common gallery to see the displays. There is always something new to see.

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Music was provided by Tony Negron, an instrumental, finger style guitarist. It was delightful.

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There are always refreshments so come to the Art Happening right after work.

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Everything is beautifully displayed.

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You are sure to find a gift at the Arts in Common Gallery. Shop while you visit.

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Arts Council board member, Laurel Kiewitt talks with Cheri Auman during the Art Happening.

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Local artist, Jenny Dennis, was enjoying the event. Look carefully at the four paintings on the wall because she created those pieces. You will be seeing more of her work in the future!

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Arts Council board member, Andrea Wilson, took a moment to address the crowd, encourage involvement with the group, and to detail upcoming spring events.

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I met Art Happening attendees Cheri Auman and David Freeman. Freeman has been a featured artist before and will soon be again.

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I always admire the beautiful, distressed brick walls in the gallery. The inset bookshelf is a lovely way to display art for the public. You can also purchase things if something catches your fancy.

Alas, an hour soon passed and I was ready to head home from a long day. Find the Sevierville Commons Arts Council on Facebook at this link. https://www.facebook.com/CommonsArtsCouncil/

See you at the next Art Happening on March 14th. The featured artist will be Audrie Prince. It is one of the best ways to be out and about in Sevierville. 

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Graze Burgers Opening in Downtown Sevierville

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I was excited to attend the pre-opening event for Graze Burgers downtown last night. After watching the construction going on all summer and fall, the moment had finally arrived to see the final product—and it didn’t disappoint! Come along as we got to experience one of the best new places in downtown Sevierville.

First, I am going to get straight to the point and list my top 10 reasons that Graze Burgers is going to be special. Maybe even my favorite burger place in Tennessee.

  1. The owners’ families have created restaurant legacies in East Tennessee: Angelos in Morristown, Angelos on the Point in Dandridge, and Stock and Barrel on Market Square in Knoxville. They have decades of experience in the restaurant industry and deliver a high quality experience.
  2. With a burger, you can order 1/2 fries and 1/2 onion rings! I have never seen that before because you usually have to choose one or the other. We can call them ‘frings.’
  3. The cocktail and beverage selections are excellent. (Check out the ‘Off the Rails cocktail.’)
  4. Spiked Shakes! I have never seen this before either. They make great desserts!
  5. Brioche bun!  There were many burger variations and each looked delish. There will be something for every taste. Even more, I love a brioche bun.
  6. There are windows behind the bar that will open to the outside alley and patio area. “Hello spring and summer dining al fresco!”
  7. The atmosphere inside is relaxed and fun. There are three large screen TVs on the wall and music playing in the background to keep the mood festive.
  8. The parking is plentiful nearby, both in the gazebo area and on the street.
  9. I can tell that the owners and the business will be great new neighbors downtown.
  10. I liked the water glasses. They were Duraclear or some other light material so there was no problem with breakage and they fit my hand quite well. I don’t like glasses that are too big to handle.

Let’s continue to our visit to Graze Burgers last Saturday evening in downtown Sevierville.

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Upon arrival, Melinda and I found the parking lot by the gazebo almost full of cars. We thought we were early, but there were others already there to experience Sevierville’s newest restaurant.

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Lights and signs were on. Street parking was filling up, which is rare for 5:30 on a Saturday evening downtown unless there is a special event.

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Friendly hosts and hostesses were ready to show us to a table. We got the last one available. The place was packed!

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This screenshot from the Graze Burgers Facebook page shows a sleek design, yet maintaining the original brick wall. I am not sure what to call it, but the combination of natural brick, wood, and metal makes me want to call it a ‘mountain industrial’ look. Notice the large windows behind the bar that can be rolled up in warm weather to serve customers in the alley/patio area later this year. Here is the link to the restaurant Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/grazeburgers1/

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We were lucky to arrive no later because tables were all taken.

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There is an interesting beverage list. Who doesn’t love a tall glass?

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I had researched the menu a few days before so not much time would be wasted on my selections.

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We always order fried pickles at the beach so we were not going to pass them up last night.

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Vince and Glenda Snider were ready for dinner at Graze.

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 Leesa and Jim McGill, Sevierville City Alderman.

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Ed and Bethany McCarter enjoying dinner at Graze.

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I love food served on a cookie sheet pan. Look—half fries and half onion rings. You can order one or the other, or both!

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Here is a screenshot of the main menu.

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One of the owners chats with Jim McGill after dinner. He has owned both Angelos locations in Morristown and Dandridge. Being from Morristown, that was all I needed to hear! When I grew up, Angelos in Morristown was the very best place to dine.

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Doyle Jones, local architect, and local artist/businesswoman, Bev Gwinn Jones.

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The Sevierville Commons board of directors are certainly excited to see new businesses downtown. SCA board members from left to right: Gigi Simonis, Austin Williams, and Jason Holliman.

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My favorite thing of the evening may have been the spiked shake called the Boozy S’mores because of the two roasted marshmallows on top and the ice cream delight in the glass. Oh my!

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Here is a screen shot of the beverage list.

IMG_3282What a great dinner! Afterward, Melinda and I worked our way through the crowd, said lots of ‘hellos’  and headed out the front door. It was great to finally see patrons sitting in the front windows after I watched the building progress all last summer. It came together beautifully.

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Keep an eye on the space next door because there is something going in there in the coming months. The manager told me that it is ‘top secret’ for now.

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For a Saturday evening in downtown Sevierville, cars lining both sides of the street will become more common with Graze and Bistro 109 open in the evenings.

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This screenshot from the Graze Burgers Facebook page shows some new neighbors that are most welcome in downtown Sevierville. We wish them much luck and can’t wait to visit them again while we are out and about in Sevierville. 

Save a seat for us!

Donuts to Dancing: Fundraiser for the United Way of Sevier County

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I was running late for a noon appointment in Knoxville, but had just enough time to run into Courthouse Donuts and check up on two contestants in their fundraiser for the United Way of Sevier County in advance of the Dancing With the Stars competition next month.

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The competition, as I understand it, has two parts. Fund raising and dancing. This a lot for someone to take on so I wanted to stop by and help these two hard working members of the community who have a long history supporting the United Way of Sevier County.

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Parking is so easy on Saturday mornings. I parked in front of the new yoga studio and walked around the corner to Courthouse Donuts for the fundraiser. Courthouse Donuts is the heart of downtown Sevierville, in my opinion, so that was a good place to be this morning.

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When I arrived around 11:00 a.m., the competitors were a whirlwind of energy. Pictured left to right: Marcie Shrandt with dance contestants Mike Comer, and Jaclyn Kile.

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I knew that $5 from each order of a dozen doughnuts went to the fundraiser so I looked at the menu to make a decision. An assortment was the easy option. I just looked at the last line on the menu and will order that next time!

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Jennifer Dyer was busy preparing the treats for all customers. She is a strong supporter of multiple organizations in Sevier County.

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Amy Barnett showing her support for the Comer/Kile team at the fundraiser.

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As I picked up my order, many people were starting to line up for their donuts too.

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Team Kile/Comer supporters from left to right: Amy Barnett, Amy Harper, Jodie Everhart, and Marcie Schrandt.

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It was time for me to run so I took one last look at the activity behind the counter. I asked the team if they have danced before. Mike Comer replied, “hell, no!” Asked if he would do it again? The same answer! For those reasons alone, I think that it would be great fun to attend the main event next month!

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Jaclyn Kile and Mike Comer have been practicing for their performance 2-3 times a week in addition to fund raising for the United Way. I can’t think of anyone better to win the mirror ball for dancing or the fundraising award for the United Way of Sevier County.

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