New Things at the Farmers Market: July 6, 2018

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There is a special energy on Fridays in downtown Sevierville. Go to the gazebo on Bruce Street and you will find our local farmers market buzzing with activity and commerce. I went this week and found two new vendors that offer something a little special. Follow along and see for yourself…

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I noticed a lot of progress on a new business downtown called Graze Burgers. (I think that I got that name right.) One of the foreman said that they would make some good progress in another month. It is coming along nicely.

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Although in a bit of a disarray now, this alley will soon become a seating area with tables and chairs for Graze Burgers. There will be a window to the bar that will assist with food service. I am looking forward to see this new business.

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There was a lot of ‘hustle and bustle’ at the farmers market when I arrived around 11:00 a.m.  I was glad to see so many customers there for the day.

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It was good to see Doug Shanks ready to serve lunch to hungry shoppers. He retired from the Sevierville Police Force and has taken over this business.

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If you elect Doug Shanks as Constable, then you know where you can find him on Fridays between 9:00-1:00.

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I always enjoy seeing the U.T. Extension Office at the farmers market because they will have a nice sample and recipe to give away to anyone who wants to try it. They also have many tips for recipes, gardening, cooking, and more.

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I tried this broccoli salad and it was fabulous! It was kept cold and refreshing. I liked the raisins and red onion in this particular recipe. Must make it soon!

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Here is one of the new vendors from Snowbird Mountain Farm. I think that it is worthy of note because I bought something here within 5 minutes. Guess what it was?

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This business is based in Hartford, Tennessee. Snowbird Mountain Farm (love the title!) offers several products, not the least of which is coffee. The vendor was very pleasant and friendly, happy to explain the roasting process and differences in blends.

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I am a coffee ‘afficionado’ and a big fan of the Three Bears Coffee company that sells at the Knoxville Market Square farmers market. To see a coffee vendor at our Sevierville farmers market was quite a welcome sight. This is a niche that needs to be filled.

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After smelling the aromas from each bag, I promptly bought this one and look forward to trying it in the morning.

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I love this vendor as I have bought many dog sculptures from her to give as gifts. There are some new things here. Look…

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Pomeranians!

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I think that I am going to buy this for Larry Sorrell!

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This was the other new vendor that was worthy of note. He makes and sells candied, glazed pecans, walnuts, and cashews. Walk up and you can try a sample.

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I tried this one. He uses bourbon to make this delightful treat. It was really good! I only tried one.

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I think that this could be a good hostess gift if you are going to see someone. I would prefer the one on the right, of course.

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It was time for me to go so I went my usual route through this arcade, the hallway through Victoria Mall.

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Pass through the light to Court Avenue and the parking lot on Main Street. It was nice to see some new vendors along with the good ones that we already have on Fridays at the farmers market. It makes it nice to get out and about in Sevierville on a summer morning.

See you there!

 

 

 

First Visit to Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market 2018 (and a sneak peek at Rocking the Commons)

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It was my first visit to the Farmers Market in downtown Sevierville this year.  I was running late so it was a quick tour around for me this time. Many of your favorite vendors were there. Follow me to take a quick tour here.

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The first reason I go to the market is for fresh produce so Henderson’s is hard to beat.

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One of my favorite vendors is back with the handmade figurines. Remember last year when she designed some cat and dog figurines for me to give as gifts? She has a few new things for the holidays, so check them out next week.

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I am avoiding sugar right now, but imagine these products are wonderful on a morning biscuit. She also does the T-shirt quilts so ask her about them if you are interested.

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This lady is one of the friendliest vendors on Friday so go say “hello.” She had some ‘special helpers’ too. Everyone needs soaps and scrubs and hers are so reasonably priced.

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I asked about the charcoal ingredient and she replied that it was good for problem skin and complexions. It helps remove toxins too.

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These little cakes were so light. The sweet potato butter adds the moisture. Sounds so good!

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I got close to the end of the market time so I didn’t really run into a lot of people. Will try to be earlier next week. Next, I crossed the street to see a sneak peek of the Rocking the Commons event, sponsored by the Sevierville Arts Commons.

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These rockers are gorgeous! They will be auctioned off today at 4:00.

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Go Vols !

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Each rocker is one of a kind. Collector’s item!

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Some lucky people will have a one of a kind rocking chair to enjoy on the porch this summer. See you downtown and out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Sevier County Hospitality Trade Show 2018

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

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

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

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Beth Madison works the table for Relay For Life.

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

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

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

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Our favorite bar-b-q place!

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

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

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This booklet is a great resource for visitors.

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

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

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Getting hungry yet?

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

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

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

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

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Sean Pearson and Joe Luneke from First Tennessee Bank.

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

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

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

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

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

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A nice amenity at the convention center.

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

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

See you there while out and about in Sevierville. 

 

 

Glassware Makes a Huge Difference: Tasting Experience at KaTom

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A few weeks ago, Sophia and I decided to go to the Glass Expose event at KaTom because we wanted to learn more about the topic—plus, I love glassware. What we learned at that event completely shifted my thinking on the topic. I never realized what a difference better glassware can make in regard to taste and temperature of beverages.

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It was dark when we arrived at KaTom so Christmas lights beckoned us inside. What we didn’t know was that within 20 minutes, we would discover that a top grade serving glass is essential to food service. Here is what we learned.

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KaTom is on Inc. Magazine‘s list of the fastest growing companies in the country so any event there is going to be an exciting learning experience. Sophia and I just thought that it would be an interesting event, but it proved to be much more informative that we would have ever guessed.

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The tasting event was hosted by Libbey Glass presenter, Matthew Rutowski, Sr. V.P. and Brand Director of Spiegelau, USA.

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I had never seen such a large set-up in on the KaTom showroom floor. Each place had  glassware set up and ready for attendees. At this point, Sophia and I knew that the presentation was going to be rather special.

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Multi-media presentation was in place to begin the event.

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The gist of the presentation asserts that it is not just the design of the glass that improves the tasting experience, but the materials that make the glass as well.

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The Spiegelau Company is located in Germany. The factory has a long tradition of manufacturing glass products since the 16th century.   http://www.spiegelau.com/info/

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The presentation showed how they mine the special glass material, which makes it lighter and better suited to specific brews. It also showed how the company has collaborated with some of America’s master brewers to design the best glass for their brews.

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I would have never really believed there was difference—until they led us through an experiment and we decided for ourselves. It was amazing how a regular pint glass could not compare to the Spiegelau glass in keeping the beverage cold and maintaining the taste. After only a few minutes, we tried it again and the IPA in the pint glass was warm and tasteless. The Spiegelau glass was still very cool and flavorful. It was a completely different experience.

There are specific glasses for specific brews.

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At the end of the presentation, Mr. Rutowski always asks attendees to raise a glass if they agreed that the Spiegelau glasses gave a better experience and enjoyment to the tastings. Everyone overwhelmingly agreed.

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Amanda and Adam just opened Barley Waters in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. They came to the presentation to learn more and to buy glasses for their new business. If you visit Johnson City, their place is next to Freiberg’s restaurant. (Oddly enough, I ate lunch there with family last May.) Barley Waters has been open over a month. It has 32 taps and over 206 beers in all. Their customers will certainly benefit from Spiegelau glasses they bought that evening. Adam attended the Brewing Science program at South College and worked for a few years at Blackberry Farm before starting Barley Waters.

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These attendees were from Knoxville. The gentleman on the left has a Food and Beer blog. The gentleman on the right manages Suttrees, an establishment on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. They overwhelmingly agreed that the presentation changed their minds on the difference that glassware can make in tasting, plus the advantage over a regular pint glass. IMG_4104

The Glass Expose and Tasting event at KaTom seemed like a fun event; however, it ended up shifting my thinking about how important glassware is to dining and how it can enhance one’s experience in a significant way. I will never ask for a regular pint glass again.

Now, we are hoping Spiegelau will return some day for a presentation on whiskey or wine glasses. There is more to know…

You can learn all kinds of things when you are out and about in Sevierville.

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Barbara Tenney on Saturday at KaTom

 

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My favorite cook in East Tennessee is Barbara Tenney. I am a ‘groupie’ and have followed her for years. The Saturday Christmas treat demos at KaTom Chef Supplies are not to be missed. This Saturday will be her last presentation for the holidays so drop by sometime between 11:00-1:00 p.m. to see, taste, and to learn about the last Christmas treat of 2017—almond cookies made with a press.

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I visited the day of the fruitcake cookies and can tell you that they were fabulous.

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These cookies are even more special because of the wonderful dried fruit that goes into the recipe. The cookie was not overly sweet either so that it allowed balance with the sweetness of the fruit.

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Here is a recipe card for the Fruitcake Cookies.

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Festive tables.

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I tried the Hot Toddy cookies last week and they were excellent. The shortbread cookie that served as a base for the recipe was wonderfully sweet with a subtle orange flavor that came from the zest of the fruit. There are not just for Ole Miss fans.   😉

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I asked about the pan to shape the cookies and Barbara showed me that you could use just a simple one like this one.

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This is a ‘cook’s point of view’ from behind the KaTom demonstration counter. You can see what a beautiful store it is! You don’t have to be a chef to shop here. All kinds of shoppers drop by to browse.

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Barbara took me into the back showroom and we got a latte. This is my dream machine!

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I had never noticed this sale corner and was amazed. I ended up finding several gifts here and some things for my own kitchen. There were a lot of things under $5 in this area. Barbara said that there are new things in this sale area every time that she visits so make sure you check it out.

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I always try to get a picture with the chef before I leave KaTom and this one is my favorite: Barbara Tenney. If you get a chance, drop by and see her for a few minutes this Saturday. It is one of my favorite December things to do while out and about in Sevierville. 

Save me a seat at the counter!

 

 

 

 

 

Warm August Day at the Sevierville Farmers Market: August 4, 2017

Very warm temps didn’t keep shoppers away from the Sevierville Farmers Market. There were good things to discover and buy for home. Follow along and see these things, plus learn about some cool vendors who make their wares available each Friday. 


Downtown flowers are a delight for the senses. 


I stopped by Courthouse Donuts first for coffee and to work on photos and messages. New art is displayed in the windows. I like the reflection of the courthouse in the window as well. 


Things were in full swing at the market when I finally arrived. 


When I saw these hydrangeas, I knew that I needed to have some too. 


Arthur Young is originally from California, then, later, south Florida. He has lived here in Sevierville for over 12 years. I bought some Indian nickel earrings from him last year. The jewelry is so unique. 

Go to Arthur Young’s website to learn more about the artist. Go to   ArthurYoungJewelry.com.  

This vendor from Paris and Gigi works alone or with his mother when she is in town. He is quite interesting because he is a retired figure skater, now a coach in West Knoxville at an ice-arium in Farragut. He has toured Europe with many world renowned skaters. Talk to him some time to see who he knows in the skating world. He told me last week and I wanted to hear more. Fascinating! 


Check out the products by Paris and Gigi. I have already bought Christmas presents for friends from this vendor and know that they will love them! Not telling, though 


I saw all kinds of people walking around with hydrangeas from Sevier Blumen. Their blooms and prices can’t be beat. They also work the Knoxville Farmers Market on Market Square. I see them on Wednesdays there. 


Not Your Granny’s Homemade Soap has many products that I like. The bath bombs are a good way to take magnesiumt too! There are significant health qualities to magnesium so check out this vendor and the bath bombs. They smell so good! 

The hotdog lemonade vendor was not at the market today so several others had drinks for sale. Good American business. 



Young market shoppers! 


If you want a unique gift, go no further than our own farmers market for a T-shirt Memory quilt. 


Here is an example. If you know someone with a lot of old T-shirts to get rid of, but they can’t let them go, (like me?) then consider this vendor for a very personalized gift. T-shirt quilts are a wonderful memory that lasts. 


She also sells jams and jellies! 


Peppermint wards off spiders and insects. I asked the vendor if they had peppermint plants a few weeks ago. The next week, they had them at the market, but my friend Karen bought the plant and I missed it. 


Today, there was a peppermint plant for me! It smelled so good.  Just ask the vendors if you don’t see something that you want or need, because they can often get it. 


See the small cantaloupe in the center? It is a special, small version so I bought that too; however, I forgot what it is called. Will cut it tomorrow and let you know. It is supposed to be sweet. 


If you linger at this booth then you find some delightful things. So many! 


I bought a bagel to go. You can freeze them too. Divine! 


This is a SCHS grad with young shoppers at the market. They were looking at the wonderful animal sculptures—one of my favorite things at the market. How fun to catch up with family news. Hola, Jeremy! 


It was time to take my hydrangeas and go home. See you out and about in Sevierville at the farmers market next week! 

Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market: June 23, 2017

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Fortunately, tropical storm Cindy posed little problem for the downtown Sevierville farmers market on Friday. Other than a strong breeze at times, the weather was great and the sun was shining. Here is how my visit went at the market.

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The downtown landscaping is beautiful! They are really doing a good job and it is a sight for the eyes.

It is always a pleasure to see this flower seller at the market.

These soaps smelled so good! They also had infused olive oils.

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I love these sunglasses! You can see your reflection in them too.

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Artist, Chuck Ottolini, and helpers, are shopping for fresh produce.

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There was a crowd around Henderson’s produce tent. They always have good things. I often stop at their store during the summer.

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Wondering where to begin!

The pastry booth has a variety of things. The caramel brownie pictured above is very rich and could be shared among 4 people. She sold out of bagels before I arrived at the booth; however, it is good to see brisk sales in the farmers market.

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Alex Johnson buying produce to take home.

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Sevierville Commons members, Jim McGill, and Sophia Conerly, are happy to see a busy market day.

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You can buy pretty little bouquets for the table at the Sevierville farmers market.

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This reminded me of the wonderful pineapples in the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago.

I finally ordered a lemonade from the hot dog vendor booth. I had wanted one for a year. You can order lemonade with sugar or Splenda. He had an interesting technique of shaking it with the entire lemon in the container. I am going to try that at home some time.

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It was one of the best lemonades that I have ever had. I’ll get a large next time. So good!

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A gust of wind caught a couple of tents on the east side and caused several moments of excitement. People rushed to help so it was OK. Maybe it was the last of tropical storm Cindy passing through the market on her way up the coast.

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I enjoyed talking to these vendors, a husband and wife who used to live in Florida, but retired here to the Wears Valley area.

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Ernie was an executive chef in West Palm Beach, Florida. He worked as a dietary manager in diverse settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and restaurants. At first, post-retirement, they were traveling in a motor home. Soon, they found a real estate agent and moved to the Walden’s Creek area. When I asked about retirement and the products that you see on the table, Ernie replied that he wasn’t ready to quit everything yet. He said that cooking was never a job to him. In fact, he always felt a satisfaction seeing someone smile after eating something that he had prepared. This couple was so friendly. Ask him some recipe questions the next time you visit the market!

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As I walked back to my car through the arcade, I realized that I missed the ‘make-and-take’ sessions by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council that we had enjoyed since last year. They had received a grant that enabled them to offer the sessions during the farmers market.  The grant has since been used and there are no remaining funds at this time; however, a business or organization could help sponsor some ‘make-it-and-take-it’ sessions in the future. If you are interested then contact the Sevierville Commons Arts Council at their website. Here is a link https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

The ‘make-and-take’ sessions by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council were wildly popular with young and old. Families and children loved to do them. I found myself doing several, like the ‘church doll’ that I gave my niece yesterday. It was great fun to have someone at the sessions coaching you through the process and then being able to take it home as your own. Fingers crossed that they come back soon. In the meantime, I will try to visit some art galleries and stores downtown. Support your local artists! They are helping with the Renaissance of downtown now.

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This is a good shortcut to the courthouse and the parking lot across from the bank.

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See you next Friday at the downtown farmers market when we are out and about in Sevierville. 

Charlotte’s Creative: A New Arts Center in Downtown Sevierville

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If you are interested in opening a business in downtown Sevierville then I recommend that you make haste because spaces are filling up quickly—which is great news! Several art galleries and a restaurant are taking shape. I visited an art space last Friday after the farmer’s market and can’t wait to go back. Let me take you to Charlotte’s Creative on Bruce Street.

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I saw mention of Charlotte’s Creative grand opening on Facebook so I knew that I could nt miss it. It is almost across from Sims Barber Shop on Bruce Street. It is very near the Sevier County Heritage Museum. Here is a link to her Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Charlottes-Bruce-Street-Creative-318553705267269/

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Charlotte’s Creative is beautiful inside! The front section is like a combination shop/gallery. Love the rugs! Everything is arranged beautifully!

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Artist, Charlotte Wear, and a friend, are ready for the grand opening event on Bruce Street.

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Books for sale by a local author.

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The violins are beckoning!

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Charlotte Wear has taken classes from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, as well as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The artist has finally created her dream space in downtown Sevierville. In this space, there will be a shop, a teaching area, a working area, and maybe a performance area. She will teach classes with diverse kinds of media. Her goal is to teach at least classes 3 days a week using metal, glass, textiles, or clay, and more. My friend and I are trying to decide which class to take first.

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Paige McClure attending the grand opening of Charlotte’s Creative.

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A gallery wall.

Entertainer, Sam Lewis, played music for the evening event. Charlotte told me that she had heard him play at Barley’s in Knoxville and enjoyed his music very much.  Sam Lewis has opened for Leon Russell and played with Chris Stapleton. That sounds like a good pedigree to me!

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You can hear Lewis’ music on these CDs. Here is a link to his Facebook page. You can see that he has a busy schedule!

https://www.facebook.com/samlewistunes/

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Artists and family attend the grand opening evening event.

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These earrings are beautiful. Must shop here soon when I have more time. You can always use another set of earrings!

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Charlotte Wear introduces singer, Sam Lewis to a full house.

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Remember that name—Sam Lewis. He is a rising star.

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As I went to my car to go to a cookout, I noticed that there were many cars parked downtown. Some were at Charlotte’s Creative. IMG_3867

Others were arriving to get a good seat for the movie, “9 to 5” with Dolly Parton.

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Things are busy on Fridays now in downtown Sevierville—and that is a very good thing. Get out and enjoy!

See you at Charlotte’s Creative for a class some time when we are out and about in Sevierville. 

Farmers Market + Celebrity Canine Visit+ New Art Opening + Visit to United Way Office= A Lively Day Downtown: Friday, June 17, 2017

IMG_3688You may remember my previous story about a visit last Friday from Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and his brother Oakley. I was just walking to the famers market and there they were! Mayor Waters came out to welcome them to the city. I texted Anita that I would be a few minutes late.

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The dogs and their owners spent the week in Sevier County and then did a book signing in Knoxville on Saturday. Such cute pups and well behaved!

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Next, I met Anita at Courthouse Donuts for coffee, but there was there was not much time to chat. By 11:30, time was passing quickly for the market closes at 1:00. We were off to the market.

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First stop, the ‘make-it-and take-it’ booth, sponsored by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council.

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I tried my hand at screen printing a t-shirt. I chose hot pink animal paws on a white T-shirt. There was also a jewelry making table and more. It was free and very busy. IMG_3753

People created a design on their shirt then let it dry while they shopped. This was the last “make-it-and-take-it” opportunity for the year. Council members obtained grants to provide the sessions this summer. If you are a business and would like to help them provide more sessions this summer, just contact the Sevierville Commons Art Council. Here is a link to their website and contact info: https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

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These kids loved the ‘make-it-and-take-it’ booths at the farmers market. Look at the necklaces that they made! I admired them and wished that I had time to make one too. Their mother and I do HIIT classes together at NFC.

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We saw our friend, Gina Davis. She had bought a basil plant because some kind of wildlife has been eating the basil at her home.

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A downtown worker taking a break and walking through the market.

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I like this vendor from Grainger County. Always friendly.

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Sophia Conerly, member of the Sevierville Commons Association talking with Jim McGill, Membership Co-Ordinator for the Chamber of Commerce.

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More shoppers enjoying the market.

No music in the gazebo last week. Only the sound of a chain saw working it’s magic.

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I missed the chain saw artist at work, but hope to catch him again in the future. These bears are adorable!

There is a new creative space on Bruce Street and it is good! Stay tuned to my next blog story for more about Charlotte’s Creative Space, by local artist, Charlotte Wear.

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Jim McGill, Chamber of Commerce Membership Co-Ordinator, is happy to see busy vendors and shoppers downtown.

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The plants downtown have never been more beautiful!

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A new restaurant is going into the Fox Building and it is going to be exciting. There will be a back patio, as seen in the drawing posted in this window. This is one of the best restaurants in Market Square in Knoxville, but there is a usually a long wait for a table. It is coming to our town soon. Stay tuned for more info!

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I noticed a new corporate office downtown.

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On the way to another store, Melinda and I ran into Amy Harper, Executive Director of the United Way of Sevier County. Amy asked if we wanted to come up to see their office. And what a nice space it is!

IMG_3829 I loved her view of the courthouse. She often sees people/tourists/visitors taking pictures at the Dolly Parton statue and has the perfect view from her window. Wonderful natural light coming in through the windows.

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Amy Harper and Emily Whaley in the United Way office. Emily just chaired the Night at the Derby fundraiser last April. Make sure you go next year!

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In the meantime, get ready for Drums on Dam, part 2 !

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I barely had time to do everything on my agenda so next week I will plan on arriving much earlier to the downtown Sevierville farmers market. It was a busy Friday while we were out and about in Sevierville. See you there!

First Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market of the Season: May 26, 2017

You could tell that Sevierville is ready for summer and the downtown farmer’s market. A warm day brought shoppers and strollers out to Bruce Street. These pictures show a little of what was going on yesterday. Ready for summer!


The hours allow you to also fit in a lunch downtown at Bistro 109 or Courthouse Donuts.


The Sevierville Commons Arts Council members were conducting ‘make and takes’ for young and old alike. There will be 3 more dates for ‘make and takes’ so bring your family. It is free! The following screenshot shows the dates.


Music from the gazebo enriched the shopping experience. The duo, The Reunited, are from Gatlinburg and play around the Southeast.

Here is clip from their music at the market yesterday.


Musicians, Kate Phillips and Steve Laciak, take a quick break to talk to local artist, Chuck Ottolini.

Use these links to learn more about the music of The Reunited. https://www.reverbnation.com/TheReunitedDuo

https://www.facebook.com/STEVEandKATEmusic/

Check out this info for a summer art camp by the artist shown above.


I love these beautiful art magnets.



Check this booth out if you like bread and pastries!


I got several Christmas gifts from this artist last summer and they were a hit!  She can take a picture of your pet and create a small sculpture.


I love this repurposed chair.


Grainier County tomatoes are arriving!


I could only drop by for a minute yesterday. See more pictures on the Facebook page for this blog, as well as Instagram.
It was a beautiful day to be out and about in Sevierville!