July 11- 20: Events in the next 10 days

Even though it is mid-summer, there are many things going on around Sevierville. In fact, team members from the Chattanooga Lookouts entering National Fitness Center this morning reminded me of two events in our area that will appeal to baseball fans. Both events happen tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 12

I have passed by this new baseball complex several times and have wondered about the facilities at the Ripken Experience. A development that cost $22.5 million dollars must be amazing to see in full! A press release states that over 400 teams have come to play there since opening in March.  Even more fascinating is that each field has a design similar to a famous American baseball park. In addition, the press release states that it will have tournaments nine months during the year and host events all year round in a clubhouse that is 14,000 square feet! Fun!

Click the link here for more info on the Ripken complex.

Click to access Ripken%20Experience%20at%20three%20months.pdf

Clearly, this is a great opportunity to have a tour of “The Ripken Experience” in Pigeon Forge while learning more about the Pigeon Forge Hospitality and Tourism Association. Non-members of the hospitality association (like me!) can pay $20 for the tour, which will include refreshments catered by the Ripken Experience. Some people may even get a chance to run some bases or something so it may be a good idea to dress sportily!

Click this link to learn more, or contact Kenny Maples, Pigeon Forge County Commissioner.



The announcement below is a screenshot from the Facebook invitation. FullSizeRender


After visiting the Ripken Experience, you can get more baseball in by hurrying to Smokies Stadium. See a matchup against the Chattanooga  Lookouts while helping Rotary Clubs fight to end polio. The event is called “Pack the Park to End Polio Now.” This is a noble goal by Rotary Clubs internationally to eradicate polio forever. Join the fight tomorrow by packing the park!


Sevier County has several active Rotary Clubs. An excellent Rotary chapter, Sevierville Sunrise Rotary, meets on Thursday mornings at Courthouse Doughnuts. Contact them for more information on events and how to join the group.   https://www.facebook.com/Sevierville-Sunrise-Rotary-Club-396914223697697/


Friday, July 15

When you visit the Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market on Friday, there will be something special going on for all ages: a ‘make it and take it’ workshop. This sounds like fun for kids and adults so you have several consecutive Fridays to ‘make and take’ something special home from the market.

The Sevierville Commons Arts Council is an exciting new group with a goal to increase art in our town, particularly downtown. They welcome us to come and enjoy art in a variety of ways. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy art on a personal level than making something with my own hands to take home. We will be able to do that starting this Friday!

Click the link to get more information.

(This announcement is taken from the Art Council’s Facebook page.)


Here is a link to the Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market.


If you would like to keep up with downtown events, then follow them on this Facebook link.

This is a group devoted to the revitalization of downtown Sevierville. They are doing a great job and getting people downtown. Stay tuned because several exciting events will be coming in the next few months!

I can’t wait!

Saturday, July 16

I admire State Senator Doug Overbey for his work on behalf of  Sevier County schools. He worked with the Governor to add $3,000,000 in additional funding for Sevier County Schools—and we really needed it!  In addition, he worked for an extra $261 million for Tennessee public schools without a tax increase, more local control for schools, more options for military veterans interested in higher ed, and expanded HOPE scholarships. Thank you!

Plus he came to Harriet’s retirement party!     Imagine how busy he must be; yet, Senator Overbey came to our school to speak for Harriet’s retirement celebration. He is an exceptional public servant so I hope to attend this rally at the Sevierville Golf Club on Saturday afternoon. (Bring your clubs and hit the driving range before you leave!)


Wednesday, July 20

Next week, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon to welcome Lorelei’s boutique to the new 1235 Dolly Parton Parkway location. This celebration will also have refreshments so stop by to see this delightful store next Wednesday.


The announcement above is from her Facebook page. Click the link for more information about Lorelei’s.

It is my favorite store in Sevierville!


That is a lot going on around town…

so see you out and about Sevierville!