Third Mural in Downtown Sevierville: Sevierville Shuffle

There is a third mural in downtown Sevierville—but you must enter a gallery to see it on an interior wall. Come into the welcoming office of 10 Realty at #118 Bruce Street to see this new mural. I was excited to see the third mural in downtown Sevierville called Sevierville Shuffle. Come take a look!

First, enter Realty 10 on Bruce Street. Randy Babel, the owner, encourages visitors to come inside to see the mural and other paintings, pottery, and carvings on display in his business. Babel incorporates a realtor’s lounge with an art gallery so the public can browse, shop, and enjoy.
As you enter 10 Realty, you will notice the mural on the right.

Created by local artist, Crystal Lynn Sharp, the mural presents a map of Sevier County with local iconography. Locals will know all of them!

Crystal chose the name Sevierville Shuffle because “we (and our visitors) all tend to shuffle through our area, almost rhythmically. Sometimes we jot from place to place or glide smoothly. We always have so many choices and, like sticking your hand in your pocket and not really knowing what we are going to get, we so often are surprised by something that we did not anticipate—then, we are doing the ‘Sevierville Shuffle.’ ” Thus, this is how the artist named the mural.

Here is the technique that Crystal Lynn used to begin the process of painting the mural on a 9′ X 24′ section of wall.

Post-It Notes with the names of places and things helped to plan spacing for imagery in the mural. Truly, I think that the first process in planning a mural is quite fascinating.

In this photo, the body of the mural is falling into place. You can recognize local places and nature in the Smoky Mountains.
The owner of 10 Realty gave the artist free rein over the project. Crystal definitely kept the viewers in mind. We can gaze and guess, using our imaginations in regard to the icons. Look in the right corner in the picture above for one of the most important icons in our area. Well done!
Here is a photo that captures the Sevierville Shuffle mural as a work in progress.

Crystal recalled how Randy Babel contacted her about creating a mural inside his business. “Randy had a passion for art and he knew that we needed a space to display artists’ work so he offered up his walls in 10 Realty. It all seems to be blossoming and I was glad to help.” Indeed, it is quite impressive!

In a further description, Crystal told of painting “iconic places by using characters and representations of our well known spots as we meander down the parkway and local roads.” It is quite an enjoyable trip for the eyes.

The finished project looks perfect on that section of the wall. The Sevierville Shuffle mural will visually carry you from Exit 407 to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. It is delightful!

Randy Babel asked for Crystal’s help in finding artists willing to hang their work in the office. There is an abundance of beautiful paintings and more… and all are for sale. I took quite a while looking at everything. You need to to plan on 30 minutes or more to really take them all in.
Many thanks to artist Crystal Lynn for letting me use many of her photos which show the development of the mural from the beginning to the end. To see more photos of 10 Realty/ Gallery 10, check out my previous blog story.
Come to browse or even take an art class in the evening. It is definitely one of the best things now in downtown Sevierville.

Here are links to Facebook pages for more details and upcoming events.

https://www.facebook.com/10Realty/

https://gallery10art.com

Here is the Facebook link for the artist of the Sevierville Shuffle mural, Crystal Lynn Sharp. https://www.facebook.com/mountainwingsstudio

10 Realty / Gallery 10 Art Gallery in Downtown Sevierville

A new space has opened in downtown Sevierville that combines a real estate office with an art gallery. Located in the previous Crust and Crumb bakery location at 118 Bruce Street, 10 Realty offers local artists a place to display their work in a gallery enviroment. If you are in the downtown area from 9-5 during the week, you really need to walk in and see this unique space! Here is a quick view.

The focal point of the room is a beautiful mural of Sevier County with local icons, painted by local artist Crystal Lynn.

This is significant because it is the third mural painted in downtown Sevierville. I am working on a story about this mural soon as it deserves a story all its own.

The wall spaces in 10 Realty make a perfect display area.

Randy Bable, the owner of 10 Realty, had a vision for his office to sell real estate, to serve local artists, and to provide a community space.

The interior communicates an upscale, outdoorsy vibe. Make note: Randy Bable made the table that you see on the right. It is an amazing piece of furniture!

Every space is well used. Each frame seems to be perfectly placed!

Each piece of art is accompanied by a QR code with information about the artist and the work. Just open your phone camera and place it close to the QR symbol to open the information. ( Wouldn’t you like for someone to come to your home to hang your pictures with such perfect spacing?)

10 Realty offers art and work spaces. Follow their Facebook page to keep up to date on future activities. For example, there are going to be some painting classes very soon. Here is a link to the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/10Realty/

Certainly, 10 Realty will be an asset in downtown Sevierville area with all it offers to the community. Indeed, it is good to have art and artists back on Bruce Street!

See you out and about!

First Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market 2021

I saw the Facebook announcement and was ready for the new season for the Downtown Sevierville farmers market. Not only will it return to downtown Sevierville this summer, but it will take place on Saturdays. This is exciting for those of us who did not work in the downtown area and could not make it on Fridays. It is great to have the market back for the summer!

The new streetscape downtown is looking nice. I parked in the lot on Main Street and Court Avenue, across from the Historic Sevierville Hotel. There is a little shortcut that I like to take to access the gazebo area on Bruce Street.

This is my favorite short cut from Court Avenue.

Here is a time lapse of the shortcut to the downtown farmers market.

Or, you can park behind the vendors near the gazebo area. This can come in handy if you make some larger purchases.
There were many gift ideas at this table. The vendors were so friendly as well.
I was well impressed with this vendor from Dandridge and must park closer next time so I can buy one of his herb planters. The plants were healthy and ready to use or plant at home.

Everyone’s favorite! The pastry pictured above is an Almond Tea Cake. Wonderful!

Olde Virden’s is a popular vendor at the Knoxville farmers market so it was good to see them in downtown Sevierville.
The top photo in the collage above would make a good Father’s Day gift. I bought the two items pictured below. One for a gift, and the other a treat for my sister at the lake this summer. I love the Spicy Cheese Straws!
The gazebo is one of my favorite spots in the downtown area.
You will notice some new things downtown as well as the streetscape so enjoy your visit to the farmers market.

See you out and about in Sevierville this summer.

Honeybee Coffee Company: Caffeine Oasis in Downtown Sevierville

A cold February morning proved to be the right time to visit a new little coffee place in downtown Sevierville. After dreaming about a coffee shop downtown for a long time, it was exciting to finally visit Honeybee Coffee Company on Main Street and Court Avenue. It took me a while to get there, but it was worth the wait.

Honeybee Coffee Company is located on the ground floor of the new Historic Central Hotel in downtown Sevierville. Customers can use several parking spots in front of the business. I used a second option: the public parking lot across the street on Court Avenue.

The coffee shop is open every day with good hours for those of us who need a caffeine fix.

I usually get a Latte, but opted for a Chai instead because I had a really good one in Asheville a couple of years ago and wanted to try one again. The Honeybee Coffee Co Chai was excellent! I will order it again.

The quiet background music is perfect for a coffee house, fostering relaxation and concentration during your visit.

The Court Avenue side of the business has large windows that afford a view of the courthouse. There was plenty of light despite the overcast day, good for reading, etc.

The coffee beans are roasted in Knoxville.

I am a fan of interiors with a Scandinavian vibe. It was very attractive and made me want to linger.

Honeybee Coffee Co uses Cruze Farm milk products in their brews, which is as wonderful as you can imagine. Decadent!

The most popular spot in Honeybee Coffee Co.

All too soon, it was time to go.

Honeybee Coffee Co is definitely an asset to downtown and the courthouse area. You will surely find me visiting the coffee shop frequently this spring and summer while out and about in Sevierville. Save me a spot near Dolly.

First Mural in Downtown Sevierville: Wings of Wander

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

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

Day 1

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

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

Day 2

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

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

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

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

The Finished Product!

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

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

 

Wanderlust Salon Open in Downtown Sevierville

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

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

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

 

This is my favorite gift idea!

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

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Any traveler will appreciate the sentiment above.

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

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

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

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

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

Delightful!

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

The Past Came to Life During History and Haunts 2019

Despite a threat of rain, I went downtown to see the last weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. What a nice event! This was a special event that took place every Saturday in October. Each Saturday offered unique activities and fun. I was particularly looking forward to the last Saturday in October due to the Haunted History walking tour, led by Sevier County Historian Carroll McMahan—and it was amazing.

There were a couple of food vendors parked in front of the courthouse. This one is becoming quite popular.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council never disappoints with their ‘make-it-and-take-it’ art. I got a little souvenir of the season. How cute!

The Sevierville Commons Art Council had an amazing assortment of fall crafts for all ages. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin painting and the homemade masks. In the photo above, Crystal is helping me cut a mask to resemble a cat for my work outfit tomorrow. Thank you!

Fall was in full force downtown.

Music on the courthouse steps created a festive atmosphere. You could actually get a seat because a huge crowd was on the first Haunted History walking tour at 6:00. I was hoping to do the 7:30 tour to enjoy it after dark.

Downtown is lovely right now so go see it if you get a chance.

It was dark and approaching the time for the 7:30 Haunted History walking tour. It was full of tales about past Sevier County citizens, many who met a tragic end. The actors above were members of the Seymour High School Drama and Forensics group. They were excellent!

I checked the radar on my iPhone (as my friends and colleagues know that I do) and saw that showers and thunderstorms were nearby. Because the threat of bad weather, the 7:30 walking history tour took place in front of the courthouse. It was a good call.

Dolly seemed to be listening to the tales along with us.

The students were assigned a person in Sevier County history and given a brief background about the person, but it was the students’ responsibility to create lines and to retell the story in the ‘first person.’ They did a great job! Caroll McMahan, Sevier County Historian, led the tours and introduced the former Sevier County residents.

“Former residents’ summarized their lives…and their untimely ends. I really enjoyed the improvisation and the interaction between the actors and Carroll McMahan, our county historian.

This unfortunate character ended up with an axe in the head.  (The actor said that you can find and axe like this one on Amazon!)

Each character told their story quite cheerfully. The students skillfully performed their lines and roles. Bravo!

At the end, choir members from Northview Academy sang a somber song to close the event. I wish that I could remember the name of the song because it was so pretty.

Because storms were headed our way, I decided to skip the storytellers and to save that for next time. In conclusion, it was such a nice event! I had heard of it before and had always wanted to do it, particularly the Haunted History walking tour with actors. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to experience History and Haunts during October and recommend it for you next year. It was such a nice evening.

See you out and about in Sevierville…

Howl-O-Ween Fun at History and Haunts October 10, 2019

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The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest was gearing up when I arrived for the second weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. Music and lawn games were already taking place too.

Contestants were preparing for the dog costume contest.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council had a wonderful craft for young and old—masks!

These masks were made by artists and attendees at the event. Free fun for everyone. Don’t ever miss a ‘make-it-and-take it’ event by the Arts Council. So fun! 

Waiting excitedly for the contest.

Several businesses were on hand to share information and prizes. I am pretty sure that I used this one a long time ago when I had a water leak in my apartment across town. I would definitely call them again.

There is a saying: No matter where you go, you can always find a sombrero. I loved this little dog. He is a rescue animal. His owner said that he is so good with people and other animals. My kind of pet!

When you have three dogs, a carriage seems to be a good idea. These pet owners were ready for the event with the cutest little costumes on their fur babies.

I asked this young man about the costume. He said that he found this lobster costume at a TJ Maxx. I need to go shopping there again for my pup next year.

The trophies were serious.

Minions!

I loved Beagle Juice! I think that this pup may have won two awards. The first time that I have seen a dog wig. So funny.

All the winners lined up for the ‘Best of Show’ category.

I believe that one of the contest judges is quite a canine expert.

This vendor was certainly in the right place.

Dressed for the season and the contest. This pup was the best behaved, of course!

This vendor had info and it reminded me that it is time to make an appointment for a facial. The MediSpa has aesthetic and cosmetic treatments. The Sevierville location is 740 Middle Creek Rd, Suite 111.   www.medispaknoxderm.com

It was fun to take home a little MediSpa goodie bag!

The gazebo area downtown is really special when the sun sets and I enjoy being there.  The courthouse is illuminated in the distance. 

I walked to my car to take one last picture of Dolly and the October night sky when …

I noticed a Smoky Mountain storyteller sitting nearby telling tales. I joined them to hear a few stories. Some sounded like real mountain tragedies that happened long ago. The lady held us spellbound with her tales and presentation. It was a perfect end to the History and Haunts second weekend.

But get ready…there is more! 

This Saturday, October 19, will find zombies taking over the downtown area.

“Thriller” music video dance lesson at 5:00 p.m.

Zombie costume contest at 6:00 p.m..

A Zombie Walk downtown at 7:00 p.m. (so you won’t be surprised if you drive by or stop into Graze for dinner).

Zombie flash mob and Thriller dance at 8:00 p.m.

Starting at 5:00, the Sevierville Commons Arts Council will offer a ‘paint your own pumpkin’ activity that will decorate your home quite nicely for the rest of October. This craft will fun for everyone in the family.

A lot will be happening downtown on Saturday evening so come out to join the fun that only happens once a year.

See you out and about in Sevierville!

History and Haunts: October 5, 2019

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I arrived about 5:45 to see the first weekend of History and Haunts in downtown Sevierville. Although it took place at the same time as a Vols home game and the Tino Homecoming, there were quite a few people enjoying the event. And what a nice evening it was!  Here are some pictures from my visit and the Walking History tour that highlighted famous African American brick masons in Sevierville.

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I parked behind Sevier County Bank (my bank) and walked to the back of the gazebo area for the History and Haunts event. Henderson’s Produce was at their usual spot and had some beautiful pumpkins for sale. (I ended up buying several bags of produce on my way out so the bank was a good parking choice.)

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Always glad to see Courthouse Donuts and all their treats. There is no better downtown supporter than this business!

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Next, I found the Sevierville Commons Arts Council table with the ‘make-it-and-take-it’ craft. So fun! Kids of all ages will enjoy the Arts Council crafts.

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The only limit is your imagination!

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I made it in time for the 6:00 Historic Walking Tour of downtown Sevierville, led by Carroll McMahan. The tour would focus on Sevierville citizens who were African American brick masons. Their bricks built most of downtown!

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It was easy to find the tour. Just walk up and enjoy!

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We walked up Court Avenue to hear Carroll McMahan tell us about buildings formed by local brick masons and to hear about some local history. We heard names like Isaac Dockery, Tom McMahan, and Stuart Burden. One of the people taking in the tour was also a descendant of Isaac Dockery. It was fascinating.

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You can see so many brick buildings downtown and most were built by local African American brick masons. They had their own kilns so they could make the bricks on their properties off Allensville Road and Middle Creek Road.

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We wandered by more houses with historic significance. This building was originally a hotel that served early visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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We walked by this building. It has changed ownership since I was here a while ago.

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The old Sevierville Post Office was a stop on the tour. When I moved to Sevierville, it was still open!

At the end of the tour, I wandered around the gazebo area before the sunset. However, I imagine it will be nice after that because the event was open until 9:00.

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This business will be relocating soon downtown. I cannot wait!

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Next, I wandered over to see some of my favorite vendors. This is my favorite soap artist. She has some lovely things for the fall season. I hope she is back next week!

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There were some other new vendors at the event downtown.

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Several games were located by the gazebo. Come and play Jenga or Cornhole!

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It is a great family event. Four legged family members on a leash are welcome too.

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The sun sets on the courthouse with pumpkins ready to be taken home.

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Signs of fall.

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History and Haunts will take place every Saturday in October. Go to www.downtownhistoryandhaunts.com to see more.

Next week, there will be music, games, fall crafts, storytellers, a downtown walking tour, and a Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest. Registration at 6:45 and the contest will take place at 7:00. Bring your fur baby!

A Zombie takeover will take place on October 17, with a costume contest at 6:00 p.m. A Zombie walk follows at 7:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., a flash mob will perform the dance from the famous video “Thriller.” Lessons will take place at 5:00 p.m. for those who want to perfect their dance moves for the flash mob at 8:00.

October 26 will be amazing! Live music, games, fall crafts, and food will accompany the main event: Haunted History walking tours. Sevierville Historian, Carroll McMahan, will lead a Sevierville Walking History tour that will feature actors from Seymour High School’s Drama Club that will bring the past back to life. Tours will take place at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30p.m. I’ll be there for the later one to enjoy the tour after sunset. There is sure to be some seasonal ambiance.

Lots of fun activities will be happening downtown Sevierville on Saturdays in October. Scare up a friend or two and come on down. See you out and about in Sevierville.

 

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.