Loving Townsend

Second Annual Townsend Love Affair Weekend begins Friday

Valentines Day is on Thursday but business owners in Townsend are inviting folks up to make the cupid holiday a weekend affair.

“Why not continue your Valentine’s day into the weekend in Townsend, where we’re offering Appalachian fun and programs, most of which are free to the public,” Miss Lily’s Café owner Janice Fillmore said of the second annual Townsend Love Affair Weekend.

“We want folks to take a deep breath and relax and enjoy being up here and the laid back lifestyle,” Fillmore said.

Joann Funk, owner of the Coffee House and a co-organizer for the event, echoed Fillmore’s thoughts as she invited people to spend the weekend in Townsend.

“I want them to come and enjoy Townsend. We have a wonderful community. We have a lot to offer,” she said. “It is a physical feeling I get coming into Townsend that I belong here.”

The schedule of events follows, and can also be found at www.townsendvisitorcenter.com. There is a Progressive Dinner on Saturday and Blue Moon Rising plays at the Valley View Hotel from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Miss Lily’s Banquet Hall

11-12- Bread Making-Basic doughs taught by Janice Fillmore

12- 1- Mead Making- Learn to

make Mead, an age old drink, by

Shannon Walker

1- 2- Beekeeping and Candlemaking, presented by Shannon Walker

Heritage Center

Art Show in Gallery Entire Weekend

$6.00 admission to museum & cabins

10- 11:30-Indian Artifacts- presented by Barry Van Winkle

1- 2- Arrowhead History- presented by Tony Myers, Acclaimed Indian Artifact Photographer& Arrowhead


2- 3- History of the Sunshine

Community- presented by Dorothy Storey

3-4- Mountain Characters & Times Presented by Lendel Abbott

Other Venues

3- 5- Hike the Middle Prong Trailwith Jamie Matzko. Meet at the end of Tremont Road for Tremont Logging History talk and hike.

6- 7- BBQ Dinner at The Barn Event Center- Cost is $10.00 per person, limited to 125. Pre-registration is recommended.

7- 9- Barn Dance at The Barn Event Center - Cost is $10.00 per person, limit 125. Everyone is welcome, Appalachian Square dancing and line dancing!

Saturday, February 16th

Heritage Center

10-2 Artisan Demonstrations in gallery Caning by local artist David Jones. Whittling Miniatures by Bill Henry.

10- 12- Quilt History- presented by Merikay Waldvogel at the Heritage Center. Bring your antique quilts for identification.

10- 11:30-Indian Artifacts- presented by Barry Van Winkle, see his unique collection

10- 11:30- Arrowhead History- presented by Tony Myers, acclaimed Indian artifact photographer & arrowhead collector

1- 2- Storytelling Workshop- presented by Jim Eastin

2-3 - History of the Sunshine Communitypresented by Dorothy Storey

3-4- Mountain Characters & Times Presented by Lendel Abbott

2- 3- Appalachian Bear Rescue Talkpresented by Lisa Stewart

3-4- Fly-Fishing- Thinking of taking up fly-fishing? Presented by Tim Doyle

Other Venues

10- 12- Fly-Tying- Learn to tie flies with Dubbing Teasers at Little River Outfitters

11- 12-Whittling with Lindel Abbott – bring your own knife & transform sticks to art! Peach pit carvings on display! $5 materials fee. Limit 20 at Mountain Sage Gallery

1-2- Little River Railroad Bed Walk- Meet at Little River Railroad Museum

1:30-3:30- Petting Farm and Rides-presented by Pioneer Cabins, 288 Boat Gunnel Road

3-4-Little River Olde Town Tour Meet at the Little River Railroad Museum

*Please note some event activities run simultaneously, so please plan accordingly.

Progressive Dinner

4:45 - 7:30 PM


Advanced Registration-ticket required.

Limited Seating. Call Highland Manor for tickets 865-448-2211

Appetizers- 4:45- 5:30- Mountain Sage Gallery, provided by Sister Cats Café

Entrees- 5:30- 6:45- Miss Lily’s Cafe

Dessert- 6:45- 7:30- Coffee and desserteither at The Coffee House or

Thunderhead Perk, depending on your


Bluegrass Concert Presenting Blue Moon Rising

8- 10- - Blue Moon Rising at Valley View Hotel ($12.50/person advance, $15 at door) Limited Seating 225 people. Storytelling at intermission. Tickets available at Highland Manor

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

12:30-1:30 Dulcimer Playing and Singing- Heartland Little River Wedding Chapel

Refreshments, fellowship and farewell.

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