A Year in Review: Out and About Sevierville 2017

It is time to take one last look back at 2017. According to Google Analytics, the second year of this blog found 67 stories and 6,732 views. It was seen by people in 52 countries. The top five after the United States: Canada, China, Mexico, Philippines, and Ireland. With all that production, it is appropriate to take one quick look back over the shoulder before stepping into 2018.  Here is a look at 2017. Our little town was pretty busy!

If I were to give awards to story topics, then this is how it would follow…

MY Favorite Stories

My favorite stories? There was a 3- way- tie. These three stories were fun because they were especially creative and involved collaboration with D.B. Photography, and others. If you missed them, click the link and take a look.

  1. The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Downtown Sevierville  https://outandaboutinsevierville.com/2017/10/08/the-most-instagram-worthy-spots-in-downtown-sevierville/

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2.    I am dreaming of… a Mural in Downtown Sevierville  https://outandaboutinsevierville.com/2017/11/26/i-am-dreaming-of-a-mural-in-downtown-sevierville/

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3.    Formal Treasures, From the Heart   https://outandaboutinsevierville.com/2017/02/20/formal-treasures-from-the-heart/

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This is the info for the blog photographer.

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As for other stories during the year…

Biggest surprise: the immensity of the Sheriff’s Office Spooktacular Event for Halloween. There must have been thousands of people there!

Fun, but the most out of my comfort zone were Sims Barbershop, the SCHS Turkey Chase 5 K, and flying high at Sevier Air.

My favorite new event: the United Way Progressive Dinner.

Most relaxing story: Oak Haven Spa.

Best sources of consistent blog stories 

1 Sevierville Commons Arts Council

2. Sevierville Commons Farmers Market

‘I am rooting for you’ award

Bloomingtails Thrift Boutique. Go visit this wonderful little place full of treasures. Proceeds go to Pets Without Parents.

Unique fun for ladies

Ladies Derby Hat Social

I would like to spend more time

at Charlotte’s Creative on Bruce Street

Celebrity Surprise

Running into Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund at the Dolly Statue

And so many more things. I leave 2017 here with pictures that best capture the year while out and about in Sevierville. The photos start from last January and end with this month.

( View on desktop for better view of mosaic photo presentation.)

See you in 2018!

Christmas on Bruce Street 2017

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Last Saturday morning, I parked behind Sevier County Bank and made my way through the arcade to meet Sheley at Courthouse Donuts for a special event. It was time to get ready for Christmas on Bruce Street, presented by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council. The third annual Christmas on Bruce Street event took place from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m. We ran right on time. Come along with us here…

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I spied this lady taking a picture of her son with the Dolly statue. She said that they were from Greensboro, North Carolina and wanted to catch the parade before they went to Gatlinburg. Love their matching hats!

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Love the festive tree with two Sevierville icons.

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Andrea Wilson, local artist and Sevierville Commons Arts Council board member, is sharing information before the parade begins the journey down Court Avenue.

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I had to stop and admire the greenery here. Nice!

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Kyle Grainger from WVLT Channel 8 was preparing for the parade at his spot at Courthouse Donuts.

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Is this the most beautiful Golden Doodle you have ever seen? So sweet too!


IMG_3802I met Sheley at Courthouse Donuts for coffee. It was very busy before the parade.

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Next, we had a little time so we went a few doors down to Two Coyotes Studio to shop and to talk to artist, Bev Gwinn Jones. There were so many pretty things to consider. I must go back soon!

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We went downstairs to see the parade proceed down Court Avenue. My previous blog covered the parade; however, I include a picture of a tractor here because that turned out to be a favorite thing of Sheley during the event. Who knew?

We stopped by the Arts in Common Gallery on Bruce Street to make a Christmas ornament during their ‘make it and take it’ time. I love mine, pictured above. I could have sat there for hours making more things. Alas, time was moving quickly.

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Next, we visited Charlotte’s Creative and our friend, Charlotte Wear. I bought an ornament for a party on Thursday and I may end up keeping it because it is so pretty.

Charlotte had some delightful holiday treats. I love the green Spritz cookies.

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Local artist, Charlotte Wear, and my friend, Sheley, enjoying the Christmas feeling on Bruce Street.

Artist, Mary Phillips, does pastel silhouettes. Love these! She just adopted that dog from an animal shelter so we got to meet him too.

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We enjoyed the music of the Reunited, featuring Steve Laciak and Kate Phillips. Sheley and I admired her blue velvet coat and wanted to know where she got it. It was fabulous! See more of them on their Facebook page. Here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/thereunitedduo/

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I enjoy the things that Ursula Stinnett creates with paper, old hymnals, and more. Incredible keepsakes! In fact, three friends will be receiving a gift tomorrow at brunch that I bought from this Sevierville maker.

So many pretty things!

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It is fun seeing friends at the market. Catherine and Allison were doing some shopping with their Aunt Pat. A mysterious man dressed in red was walking in the background.

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l love shopping with this vendor. Soaps and bath ‘bombs’ with seasonal fragrances are a great gift!

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Beautiful music by the handbell choir from First Baptist Church of Sevierville.

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I loved so many things by this artist. So much beautiful jewelry by Chris and Summer Webb. Check out their Facebook page.   https://www.facebook.com/organicanvil/   

 

Relay For Life of Sevier County was selling an interesting game called Smoky Mountain-opoly. I think this would be a great gift for Lisa Stone and Cathy Sexton because they love to hike the Smokies. The price is right too!

Volunteers from the Sevierville Senior Center were manning a Make It and Take It tent for natural bird feeders. They gave us a pinecone smothered with peanut butter, then we got to roll it in the big box of bird seed, pictured above. It was fun and I ended up taking two home. I put one on a lower planter last night and ‘something’ carried it away in the night. Wonder what that could have been? Hope it was just a raccoon.

I loved this pallet Christmas tree and considered buying it.

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We didn’t wander far when it was time for lunch. This is Sheley’s absolute favorite lunch spot. They also deliver.

The turkey corn chowder is excellent. Sheley likes the cheeseburger grilled as a panini. It looked fabulous!

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The weather was good and the crowds were fine. Sheley and I enjoyed the morning and vowed to come back next year to Christmas on Bruce Street. It is the most festive way to get out and about in Sevierville…

 

The Most Instagram-Worthy Spots in Downtown Sevierville

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Whether you are a tourist wanting a picture with the Dolly statue or a local who is spending some time downtown, there are some ‘Instagram worthy’ places to find in in the center of Sevierville. This blogger teamed up with DB Photography, a Sevier Commons board member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker to find the best places to go. Here is our list of the most Instagram-worthy spots downtown.

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THE DOLLY PARTON STATUE

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Without a doubt, the statue of Dolly Parton is the most photographed spot in downtown Sevierville. You can drive by almost any time of day to find people taking pictures with the statue of our favorite native, Dolly Parton. She is loved by audiences all over the world so there are sure to be some fans at the statue, especially on weekends. In fact, I saw five cars stop during our photoshoot that Sunday with visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, and Texas. Find this special place on Court Avenue in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. The statue always seems to say “Welcome to downtown Sevierville!”

THE SEVIER COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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While at the Dolly Parton statue, you should consider a photo of the Sevier County Courthouse due the bell tower, curved windows, brick, and other attributes. I have taken pictures of it during different times of day and various seasons. Clouds and the sky contrast well with the dark brick and bell tower. I always find it interesting.

THE CROSSWALK IN FRONT OF THE COURTHOUSE

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This photo taken on the crosswalk in front of the Sevier County courthouse is a fun replica of the Beatles Abbey Road album cover. If you want this shot then you better visit on Sunday when there are few cars parked downtown to ‘clutter’ your shot. The courthouse gets busy during the week, especially on Fridays.

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Or you can take a photo from this view of the crosswalk. The lines make an interesting frame for the model. In addition, the pretty flowers, plants and doorway in the background lend interest. Yes, crosswalks are good for Instagram photos!

DOORWAYS ON COURT AVENUE

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Across the street from the Sevier County courthouse, you will find a block of buildings with interesting characteristics. For example, several offices have interesting doorways and windows. Fashion bloggers often use doorways to frame their shots so anything curved or out of the ordinary is a good bet for an interesting photograph for an Instagram shot.

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This doorway is simple yet interesting with the three steps and contrasting color on the doors.  Find this doorway across the street from the Sevier County Courthouse.

COURTHOUSE DONUTS

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A favorite downtown gathering place is Courthouse Donuts at 160 Court Avenue. The bench is not just for resting, but for for posing for social media pictures. You get a bench, pretty windows, flags, flowers, and buildings all in one shot. The windows of Courthouse Donuts always display work from local artists; therefore, it is one of the best places downtown to take a picture. Just across the street from the courthouse, Courthouse Donuts also offers refreshment and a nice morning vibe. You can relax with a coffee and have one of the best donuts in Tennessee. Or stay for lunch. The building is lovely inside. Go take a look!

D GARDEN

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D Garden is just a few doors away Courthouse Donuts and offers the most lovely view on Court Avenue. This wonderful ‘floratique’ has several windows and a doorway that are more than Instagram-worthy. In addition, one can hear music playing softly in the background of the entrance, making you want to linger. Take a closer look because this space has a bit of history inside.

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The front door of D Garden is just as lovely. Look at the small chandelier overhead. You are ready for a great photo at D Garden on Court Avenue because it is dressed up and ready to go! Find the website at  www.dgardenfloratique.com

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With the picture above, you can see that D Garden has the most beautiful door and exterior in downtown Sevierville.

THE VICTORIA MALL ARCADE PASSAGEWAY ON COURT AVENUE

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This is what the British call an arcade, or a passageway, from Court Avenue to the back parking lot of Sevier County Bank and the gazebo area. You can take some interesting pictures here due to shadows and lighting. Give it a try! The Southern Fried Hair salon is on the left and the Cause and Effect store is on the right.

THE ALLEY ON COURT AVENUE

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This alley is near D Garden and north of the courthouse. It is rather long and interesting. The wood side contrasts with the brick. Your imagination is the limit for this Instagram worthy shot.

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The wood side of the alley makes a nice neutral background for portraits. Beautiful!

THE WALL BEHIND THE FORMER SEVIER COUNTY BANK LOCATION

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Continue walking toward Main Street then take a right to find this wall behind the old Sevier County Bank building. Why is this shot Instagram-worthy? Any color will stand out from the neutral background color of the wall. Observe how the blue denim color in the dress ‘pops’ in the foreground of this shot. See an upcoming blog on my website for the ideas we had for this wall.

THE OLD EMERY 5 & 10 SIGN

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For a nostalgic photo, take one with this Emery 5 & 10 sign. To find it, continue past the wall behind the former Sevier County Bank building. You will find it to the right, on the back of the building. DB Photography can do special effects to intensify elements in a photo. Can you see them here?

THE OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE OFFICE

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This business is decorated and ready for your photo shoot downtown. In fact, it was one of the most festive places that we found downtown last week. Ole Smoky is ready for fall!

BISTRO 109

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Go back to Courthouse Donuts then turn left on Bruce Street. Across the street you will see one of our favorite lunch and dinner spots, Bistro 109. The exterior affords a nice picture with nice windows, lights, and plants. Go inside and take a picture of the beautiful copper bar and piano. The interior of the restaurant has many Instagram-worthy spots so take a look. After all that, I recommend the cranberry chicken salad and a beverage of your choice. It is one of my favorite places to eat in town.

THE CHERRY PIT

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The Cherry Pit is close to Bistro 109. The exterior is interesting so we stopped for a look. The window contains some pretty things as well. Wear blue to stand out amidst the red and white at this location.

THE BRICK ALLEY ON BRUCE STREET

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This was next to the old bus depot and buses actually used to drive through this alley. It is hard to believe because it looks so narrow. There are unlimited ideas for this photo spot.

THE OLD JAILHOUSE CELL BARS

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I once heard a story during a history walking tour downtown about the old jail burning down. In an effort to re-use materials, they made a sewer grate from the old jail house cell bars. You often find interesting shots on Instagram using flooring or the ground. There are also shots called ‘flatlays’ where one takes a photo looking down at objects. This one would be a conversation piece. Go to the back of the Bruce Street brick alley to find this interesting piece of Sevierville history.

CHAROTTE’S BRUCE STREET CREATIVE

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Continue up the street to Charlotte’s Bruce Street Creative for an attractive window scene. This one is dressed in our favorite colors: orange and white. Go Vols!

Enter Charlotte’s Creative to see beautiful jewelry and art. You may sign up for a class sometime. The interior is an artist’s dream.

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If you are impressed with these photos, the business card for DB Photography is pictured above. Danyelle Bledsoe is my official photographer for special events.

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VFL!

THE SEVIER COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM

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I remember when this building used to be the post office. It was hard to find a parking space during certain times of the day when one needed to buy stamps. Now, the building serves as the Sevier County Heritage Museum. The brick and white treatments combine to make a nice picture. Thus, it makes our list of the most Instagram-worthy places in downtown Sevierville.

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This is the grassy area beside the Sevier County Heritage Museum.

CASH HARDWARE

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Yes, you read that correctly. Cash Hardware! I would not have thought of using that spot but Sara, our Instagram savvy friend, pointed out that the panels almost matched the color in my shirt. Color co-ordination is important for social media fashion bloggers so we tried the shot to see what it would look like. Not bad!

THE GAZEBO ON BRUCE STREET

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Danyelle caught the gazebo from a beautiful angle here. There are many more in the gazebo area. Visit the farmer’s market here during the summer or ‘Music in Common’ performances on Friday nights this month, October 2017.

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Here is a trick—try to match the courthouse bell tower with the one on the sign. There are some beautiful plants and baskets downtown this year and they have not gone unnoticed. The city landscaping department has really done an excellent job this year.

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In case you missed it, here is the info for our photographer, who owns DB Photography. This blog story would not have existed without her skillful photography and posing suggestions.

Here is a link to her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/dbphotographysevier/

Many thanks to our models who helped to give this story  life. They were willing to try anything to make the story work and are devoted to the revitalization of downtown Sevierville. You can too—come downtown and visit!

This blogger, DB Photography, a Sevierville Commons member and an Instagram savvy downtown worker enjoyed this photoshoot and we have ideas for more in the future. These photos present just a few ideas for Instagram-worthy spots in downtown Sevierville; however, there are probably many more. What are your favorite picture spots downtown? Let me know. There could be a Part II !

In the meantime, we’ll see you out and about in Sevierville. 

What is going on in Sevierville during Labor Day weekend 2017

Someone used search terms  ” what to do in Sevierville on Labor Day weekend” on my website so I decided to list a few things that I know are going on this weekend. Blog traffic picks up on holidays so here are some suggestions for our visitors this weekend. Most activities are in Sevierville, but a couple are nearby. I used some screenshots to get this blog completed quickly. Here are some local Labor Day activities. 


Check out the Sevierville Commons Farmers Market tomorrow. There will be great vendors with many gift ideas and fresh produce. I have been doing some Christmas shopping there already. 


For the first time, our fair will last nine days and two weekends. This is a wonderful small town fair with food and fun for the whole family. The best food from the booth by Sevierville First United Methodist Church. Step right up! 

Do you like Jeeps? Then this may be for you! 


Something new is opening in Gatlinburg and it looks like fun. 


Labor Day weekend means BBQ. Find some at Bass Pro Shops. 


Bring your lawn chair and snacks to the Sevierville downtown gazebo for a free movie. I love the 80s! 


This may be the greatest thing in town this weekend. Go to the Dollywood website for tickets and more information. 


Go just up the road to enjoy this equestrian event. 


I think that my friend Tad Wynn may attend this event. It is just up Chapman Highway from downtown Sevierville. 


Art is downtown Sevierville. Check out several artist gallerys. This is one of my favorites! 


Find a bargain at Bloomingtales Boutique at 202 Parkway in Sevierville. Proceeds go to to Pets Without Parents, a local no-kill animal shelter. 

Also, find more treasures at Treasures From the Heart thrift store at 230 Court Avenue, Sevierville. 


We have one of the best boutiques in Tennessee. Congratulations to Loralei’s! Find it easily at 1235 Dolly Parton Parkway, Suite 7, Sevierville, Tennessee. 


We also have the best doughnuts in East Tennessee. Go to Courthouse Donuts in downtown Sevierville, across from the courthouse. 

Those are some fun things going on this Labor Day weekend if you get out and about in Sevierville. 

Enjoy the weekend! 

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! 


A Meal Fit for a King: Jon Gatlin from the Oliver Royale Restaurant at KaTom

It was a meal ‘fit for a king’ at the KaTom demonstration on Wednesday evening at KaTom Cooking Supplies. Featured was the cuisine of Jon Gatlin, Executive Chef of the Oliver Royale Restaurant in downtown Knoxville. This is my favorite of all the places on Market Square so I knew that I had to go. As it turned out, there was quite a crowd at KaTom for this demonstration. Here is what I saw there.

Executive Chef, Jon Gatlin, prepares for the event.

The Oliver Royale is connected to the Oliver Hotel in Market Square and a restaurant that you would certainly enjoy. Gatlin said that they will soon change to a spring menu because they celebrate the seasonality of food and what is grown in our area. Beverages are really good as well. I like this restaurant so much that I took my niece there before a Goo Goo Dolls concert this fall. Perfect for a special occasion.

First course served was a mushrooms and frisee salad with crispy farro and a soy vinagrette. Everyone loved it!

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Attendees: Regina, Anne Hewitt, and Stephanie Kidd.

Second course was seared scallops. They were perfectly cooked.

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I spent my high school years in Morristown so it was a surprise to meet some friends of my parents at this demonstration. Pictured below, from left to right: Lea Wayne Perkins and Billie McElvoy. I think that Tish Jones is shopping at this moment. I don’t blame her!

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My table had a fun crew. Pictured are Harriet Berrier, Karen McNabb, Sharon Huskey, Donna Jones, and Faye Andrews who is also from Morristown.

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The third course was beef tenderloin with smashed cauliflower, roasted mushrooms, brussel sprout leaves, baby swiss chard, and blue cornflower. Yes, we ate that too. It was good!

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Our hostess, Laura Dickerson, with a blue cornflower. The flowers were very mild.

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Enjoying photos with Chef Gatlin after dinner.

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I enjoyed seeing Lee Wayne Perkins and several other Morristown people on Wednesday. I never fail to meet some new ones at these events since KaTom is so convenient to the interstate and just a few exits away.

Everyone enjoyed the food Wednesday evening as Gatlin is a very talented chef. He attended Bradley County High School and attended their culinary school. Later, he attended the Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. Now, he is Executive Chef at my favorite restaurant on Market Square in Downtown Knoxville, the Oliver Royale.

Go to the website and you will immediately see the beautiful design.

http://www.oliverroyale.com

You can also find them on Instagram and Facebook.

KaTom is drawing a nice crowd with their cooking demonstrations with local celebrity chefs. It is a fine way to get out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Cooking with Barbara Tenney at KaTom

Renowned East Tennessee cook, Barbara Tenney, presented a menu at KaTom Wednesday evening. I have seen at least 10 of her presentations so I couldn’t wait to see her at KaTom. Here is how our cooking event went at KaTom.


It is fun to walk in and find your place at a table. I had a great seat.


Tables were set in a simple, elegant display. You get a copy of each recipe too.

A friend, Sophia Connerly, joined me for this presentation. Also at our table were a mother and daughter from Morristown, a professor from U.T., and a personal chef/ chef from the Lonesome Dove restaurant in Knoxville.


Notice the home- made treats from Barbara at each place setting. Cookies and a sweet mix. Divine!


The menu featured chicken and dumplings and pot roast with a Barbara Tenney flair!


I am one of her devoted fans. Barbara Tenney, the legend, is pictured on the right. Love her style too.


Get there early so you can shop!


Every seat has a great view.


Chicken breasts cooked to perfection. Broth to cook the dumplings.


Dumplings measured to perfection by a scoop.

Par excellence!


It was wonderfull!


View from the overhead screen.

And the pot roast extraordinaire. I took leftovers for lunch the next day.

We can’t wait to see Barbara Tenney again out and about in Sevierville.

See more pictures on my blog Facebook page.

Sevierville 10 Day planner: December 6-17, 2016

There are several things coming up in Sevierville for the next 10 days amidst the other holiday goings on. Here are some good things that I see in the next 10 days.

Tomorrow, you can drop by Courthouse Donuts from 5:30-8:00 for the December Art Happening. Mingle with artists and enjoy the works of the featured artist of the month, Crystal Lynn Sharp. There will be an Artreprenuer talk at 6:00 p.m. (Art + business)

At the Art Happening, you will have a chance to hear local duo the Pea Pickin’ Hearts. They are one of our favorite local musical groups. Follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peapickinhearts/

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KaTom is hosting Barbara Tenney on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 for a holiday appetizer demonstration. It is free! Just drop in any time, sit at the counter, and watch Barbara work her magic. You will probably get to sample it too. Barbara Tenney is well known in Knoxville for cooking classes, catering, and demonstrations on WBIR TV. She did the Thanksgiving Day demonstration last year on WBIR.

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I attended Barbara Tenney’s demonstration a couple of weeks ago. It was a Mexican hot chocolate and spicy snack mix. I got to watch, sample, and bring something home. Plus catch up with her because I have attended about ten of her cooking classes over the years. She has taught at Williams Sonoma at West Town Mall and Butler and Bailey Marker in the Rocky Hill area of West Knoxville. We love Barbara Tenney!

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The Downtown Sevierville Holiday Market has been postponed to next weekend. Plan to attend and support your local downtown artists and small businesses! It will be a great time to pick up last minute gifts for Christmas too. For example, here is a necklace that I bought last weekend from local artist Bev Guinn Jones and her Two Coyotes Studio. Wear the mountains. Find her studio on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BevGwinnJones/

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The flyer for the Holiday Market shows all the things available: pictures with Santa, food, drink, and make-it-and-take- Christmas ornaments.

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There are some good things happening in town. See you out and about in Sevierville!

 

Sevierville’s 54th Annual Christmas Parade: December 3, 2016

The Sevierville Christmas parade was held on Saturday morning at 11:00a.m. through downtown. After a terrible week with the wildfires in the county,  it was cheering to see a sign of normalcy and tradition in the parade. I met friends at Courthouse Donuts downtown for coffee and a big window view of the street to watch for the beginning of the event.

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It was cozy inside with the courthouse just in view.

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People were lining up for these as we waited so I was able to snap a picture.

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A nice crowd was gathering at the intersection and ready to see the parade.

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It takes a little while to leave the staging area at FBC, go down the parkway, then turn down Court Avenue, but you get plenty of warning when the procession is heading your way. We were ready to cheer them on.

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First in line were the fire trucks and first responders. Well deserved applause from the crowd.

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Here is a one minute video clip of the beginning of the parade.

 

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Opening banner.

Parade Grand Marshall was Sevierville’s Citizen of the Year, Ellen Wilhoit.

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Here is a 25 second video clip of the Grand Marshall.

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Chamber of Commerce and community leaders.

Here is a one minute video clip of community leaders, peanut butter collection, and the Sevier County High School Band.

If it is a parade, then you have to have majorettes!

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The S.C.H.S band never sounded better!

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Every parade must have beauty queens!

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Festive tractors.

A line of festive Benzes.

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Cory Anderson leading the scouts.

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More scout friends.

Here is a video of the scouts procession.

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If you have a dog with you then you have a good chance of being in this blog.

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Festive pup!

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Love the horses with reindeer antlers. So pretty!

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We were especially amused by the pest control company float with these two unexpected Christmas guests, pictures above. Love the kid in the middle!

There were a number of church floats reminding us of the reason for the season.

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For some reason, my camera didn’t snap the ultimate parade unit—Santa! I have borrowed a photo from artist, Bev Guinn Jones, who owns Two Coyotes Studio on Court Avenue. She took some photos of the parade from her upstairs studio window. She is letting me use the one she took of Santa here. Thanks, Bev!

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Kids were excited!  Mr. Claus was riding in a nice carriage with a beautiful white horse. If you took a good picture of Santa, send it to me and I’ll edit and insert it below.

There were too many pictures to use in this story. To see more of your kids, friends, and neighbors in the parade, go to the blog Facebook page for pictures. Click this link now.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1254469567899261/

Part 2: The Best Thanksgiving 5 K in Tennessee. The Smoky Bear Turkey Chase 2016.

This is part 2 of the story about the Best Thanksgiving 5K in Tennessee —right here in Sevierville ! If you missed part 1, it will be under this post or can be found in archives. This part will begin with a couple of the awards presentations and an adventure sport celebrity racing in our midst. First, here are the overall male and female award winners.

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Brandon Mayo was the overall male winner with 17:25.31 time.

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Overall female winner was Wesley Daniels with 22:07. 76  time.

There were many winners in the various age groups. Awards went to the top three in each category so you definitely have a shot in your age group. img_0334

My friend Kristi won first in her group! Proud of her!

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My friend Kariss Waite won first place in her group too.

Then I won first place in my event! Even set a new personal record, two minutes faster than any race before. I can’t wait to run next year!

There were so many more winners that I couldn’t keep up with them and didn’t have my notebook to write down names, but you can look yourself by taking this link to the SCHS Foundation Facebook page.

 

Here is a link to the Facebook page for the SCHS Foundation 5 K.

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As if the race wasn’t enough, there were a lot of cool door prizes. I won the second one, a rafting / zip lining adventure basket. Can’t wait for spring!

Now here comes the next surprise…

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I ran into Joel Brannon on the way out of the stadium. We chatted a second, then Joel mentioned that there was a rather famous Spartan racer who had been with us in the race. I asked where he was and found him nearby. Here is the scoop…

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This is Jamie McCart from Cincinnati, Ohio. He came to town to spend the holiday with his mother and sister who live here in the county. He also wanted to race in the 5K to keep in training. Interestingly, they couldn’t find the high school and almost were too late to be in the race. Fortunately, they arrived in time, but he said that he had no time to warm up. He literally walked from the car to the starting line then took off with the starting gun. What a story!    I just checked the stats and saw that he won his age group, 31-35, with a time of 18:21.35.

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Jamie McCart says that he runs 5Ks to stay in shape and limber because he usually likes to compete in 10 miles or more. In fact, he said that he is preparing for a 200 mile race with a team. Each leg is virtually equivalent to a marathon. McCart is in the Hall of Fame at his high school for cross country and track. No doubt!

It should be noted that one of the special things Jamie McCart mentioned about the Smoky Bear Turkey Chase is that it starts and begins on a track. That makes it special because I can’t think of any 5K race that has that asset. I heard McCart ask his mother if that brought back memories of his high school days and she said yes. Lots of good memories. It is a great way to start and end a race! And what a nice track it is!

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Jamie McCart pictured in the middle. His mother is on the left and his sister on the right. He is planning to move to Sevier County soon. What fun to have them here! If you are a male from 31-35 years old, your competition in races just got a lot tougher!

To see more about this adventure sport celebrity, just Google his name. Make sure you use a term like ‘Spartan’ or ‘Spartan racer’ so you don’t get the Scottish soccer player instead.

Here are some races and times for McCart.

http://www.race-checker.com/race/results/?searchAthlete=Jamie+Mccart

Here are some pictures of a Battle Frog race and McCart is listed as an elite racer.

BattleFrog: Inaugural Louisville Race – 2016 Recap

And there is a lot more.

What a great way to get out and about in Sevierville on Thanksgiving morning. I’ll be there every year they have it from now on. Go run!

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