No winter doldrums in Townsend

Two festivals offer fun, history and romance

Townsend offers the perfect opportunity to cure cabin fever with some good times, an opportunity to learn something and a little romance all rolled into two weekends.

The Third Annual Smoky Mountain Winter Heritage Festival and the Townsend Love Affair Weekend offers two weekends of activities in nearby Townsend.

Many of the events are free. A few require advanced reservations and some have a small charge.

Winter Festival

For those who want to delve deeper into the East Tennessee’s history and culture, the Winter Heritage Festival offers a special opportunity. During the event, held from Feb. 5-8, native Appalachian families; experts on the history and heritage of the area; local artisans, authors and musicians; historians; and other community leaders come together in Townsend to share their personal insight, history, heritage and culture of Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains.

The foundation of the festival is the human history, natural beauty and cultural traditions of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, with specific emphasis on Townsend and Cades Cove. The festival is held at various locations throughout Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and visitors and locals alike will participate in classes, tours, exhibits, music, hikes and demonstrations.

At the festival, locals share stories of mountain life and families of the Smokies and historians discuss logging and the railroad days. There are illustrated talks and displays about people and the land, with over 35 presenters

Music is also part of the heritage of the area, so it isn’t left out of the Heritage Festival. Musicians share their mountain music and artisans share their craft skills, including a Barn Dance with a favorite local string band, “The Mumbillies,” at the renonvated cantilever barn The Barn Event Center. There are guided tours through Cades Cove, photography excursions, guided hikes to various locations in the Smokies and a host of guest speakers including Sam Venable, Boyce Driskell, Dale Ditmanson, and Charles Maynard.

Special exhibits and displays include those from family archives with old fashioned portraits. Most programs are free (except for those with meals), but pre-registration is required to attend as space is limited. Call to make sure there is still space available.

For more information or to register, please call the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau at 865-448-6134 or visit www.winterheritagefestival.org or www.smokymountains.org/winter-heritage.html.

Some of the events include:

Thursday, February 5

Kick-Off at Dancing Bear Lodge

6 p.m., Reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres. (Charge)

Reservations: 865-448-6000.

Program to follow at 7:30 p.m. (Free) in Hemlock Hall: Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, UT Archeologist Boyce Driskell, author Charles Maynard.

Register for program: 865-448-6134

Friday, February 6

At Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

9 to10 a.m.: “Window to a Secret World,” Bill Lea

10 to 11 a.m.: “Buttercups Mark the Home Place,” Inez McCaulley Adams

11a.m. to noon: “Cades Cove Women,” Missy Tipton

1 to 2 p.m.: “Cades Cove to Tremont,” Gladys Oliver Burns

1 to 3 p.m.: “Spinning and Weaving,” Lisa Free. In the cabin area.

1 to 3 p.m.: “Open Hearth Cooking” in the cabin area.

2 to 3 p.m.: “Cades Cove to Calderwood,” Ralph Lee

3 to 3:45 p.m.: “Peace of Ground” video premier, a timeline of Smoky Mountain history

At Talley Ho Inn

10 to 11 a.m.: “Dutch Roth’s Smoky Mountain Photos-An Early Look at the Park on the 75th Anniversary,” Charles Maynard.

2 to 3 p.m.: “Exploring the Wilderness,” Tom Harrington

3 to 4 p.m.: “Margaret Stevenson, Walkingest Woman of the Smokies,” Bill Deitzer

At Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont

1:30 to 3 p.m.: “Walker Valley History Ramble,” Ken Voorhis.

3 to 5 p.m.: “Rocks of Ages” Geology Hike, Jeanie Hilten

At Wesley Woods

1:30 to 3:30pm: “Photo Safari,” Caren Goode. Meet at Tipton Lodge.

Cades Cove Heritage Tours

Noon to 4 p.m.: “Trip around the Loop” with Special Guest to CCC program, below. Meet CCHT depot.

At Cades Cove (meet at the Missionary Baptist Church

1 to 2:30 p.m.: “Company Camp 1214/5427, the CCC Boys of Cades Cove,” Mike Maslona

At Townsend Visitors Center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Vintage Photos with Mary Grace and Bud McCaffery in front of the hearth. And “Families of Cades Cove” displays by Cades Cove Preservation Association members.

At The Barn Event Center

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: BBQ Supper, then square dancing and traditional Appalachian dancing. Music and calling by “The Mumbillies” who have performed their lively string band music throughout East Tennessee, and play for dances at Jubilee Community Arts in Knoxville. Tickets will be $25 and will include a barbecue dinner of pulled pork, chicken, potatoes, beans and dessert to be served at 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meals are available if ordered in advance. Western and Appalachian Square Dancing, with caller, will be held from 7:30-9:30 pm. For more information, call 865-448-3812.

Saturday, February 7

At Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

9 to 10 a.m.: “Growing Up in Cades Cove, With the Park,” Ruth Caughron Davis

1 to 11 a.m.: “Growing Up in Cades Cove,” Judy Myers Johns

Noon to 2 p.m.: “Mountain Dulcimer and Hammered Dulcimer Music,” Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club, in the Transportation Gallery

11 a.m. to Noon: “To be announced”

1 to 2 p.m.: “Hiking the AT,” Debbie Way and Pam Reddoch

2 to 3 p.m.: “North Carolina Smokies, the other side,” Allen Coggins

3 to 3:45 p.m.: “Peace of Ground” Video: a timeline of Smoky Mountain history

At Talley Ho Inn

8 to 9 a.m.: “Winter Stretch and Warm-up,” Yoga/Pilates Class with Maria Talley, for all levels.

10 to 11 a.m.: “Wild Foods,” Ila Hatter

11 a.m. to Noon: “Early Bird Gets the Worm,” Kim Hainge

1 to 2 p.m.: “Hills, Hollers, and Harmonies,” Lisa Free

2 to 3 p.m.: “Founding of a National Park,” Tom Harrington.

3 to 4 p.m.: “This Land of Change,” Mike Meldrum

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: “Mountain Tunes and Tales,” The Woodpickers

At Wesley Woods

1 to 2 p.m.: “History Hike in Capshaw Valley,” Bill Hayes. Meet at Tipton Lodge.

At Cades Cove (meet at Primitive Baptist Church)

1:30 to 3 p.m.: “Cemetery Stroll,” Ann Schlichting

Cades Cove Heritage Tours

1 to 4 p.m.: “Trip around the Loop with Special Guest, to be announced” Meet at the CCHT Depot. Call 865-448-8838 for reservations.

At Little River Railroad Museum

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: “Elkmont Tour,” Raymond Palmer

1 to 3 p.m.: “Tremont Walking Tour,” Ron Briggs

3 to 4 p.m.: “Townsend Walking Tour,” Don Headrick

4 to 5 p.m.: “Whistle Over the Mountains,” Jim Thurston

At Hemlock Hall

9 to 10 a.m.: “Tuckaleechee Cove Archeology,” Dr. Boyce Driskell

10 to 11 a.m.: “Native American Flute Music,” Randy McGinnis

11 a.m. to Noon: “Early History of Great Smoky Mtns. N.P.,” Steve Cotham

At Townsend Visitors Center

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Vintage Photos with Mary Grace and Bud McCaffery in front of the hearth. And “Families of Cades Cove” displays by Cades Cove Preservation Association members.

At Look Rock

4 to 5:30 p.m.: “Photography from the Foothills Parkway,” Ann Froschauer. Meet at Look Rock Parking Area.

Cades Cove Heritage Tour

1 to 4 p.m.: Trip Around the Loop with Special Guest. Meet CCHT Depot. Call 865-448-8838 for reservations.

At Valley View Lodge

6:30 to 9 p.m.: “Mountain Hands, a Portrait of Appalachia,” Sam Venable

Sam will speak from his personal experiences with over four dozen people who still work with their hands in a variety of jobs, crafts, and missions of the heart.

Sunday, February 8

Cades Cove Heritage Tour

1 to 4 p.m.: Trip Around the Loop with Special Guest, to be announced. Meet CCHT depot. Call 865-448-8838 for reservations.

At Valley View Lodge

1 to 2 p.m.: Mountain and hammered dulcimer music by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club.

2 to 4 p.m.: “Precious Memories-A Cades Cove Homecoming II,” remembrances by Cades Cove families.

Exhibits during the Winter Heritage Festival

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center Exhibit Gallery with Native American and early settler history, plus the Townsend Artisan Guild Juried Show. Townsend. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 865-448-0044.

Townsend Visitors Center will have “Families of Cades Cove” displays. Visit with descendants of early settlers and view old photos and memorabilia. In front of the Visitors Center hearth: Mary Grace and Bud McCaffery with Vintage Photography. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 865-977-9398.

Little River Railroad Museum had exhibits and tours about the logging and railroad days. Townsend. Hours: Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.: 1 to 5 p.m.. Call 865-448-2211.

Blount County Historical Museum will feature “Treasures of the Attic and Trunks” with quilts, toys, and tools, plus a Civil War exhibit, and their permanent displays, including a vintage fire engine and Model T car. Maryville. Hours: Tues. through Sat.: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun.: 2 to 4 p.m.. Call 865-454-4256.

Mountain Sage Gallery will be open with a wide variety of artwork, pottery, jewelry, baskets, woodcrafts, weaving, and other treasures. Townsend. Call 865-448-0809 for hours.

Cades Cove/Thompson Brown House has wonderful exhibits depicting the heritage of Cades Cove. Maryville. Hours: Thurs. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sun.: 2 to 4 p.m. Call 865-981-1039.

Love Affair Weekend

For those looking for a special escape this Valentine’s Day, the Townsend Love Affair Weekend will offer couples the chance to experience the area’s rich heritage while treating one another to a weekend of adventure, relaxation and exploration. Visitors can enjoy sightseeing, hiking, dining, dancing, art, pampering, lectures and discussion on heritage, yoga classes, music, crafting and more.

Friday, Feb. 13

Opening Night Dance & Dinner featuring The Leanliners at The Barn Event Center. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and dancing at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $30. Call 865-448-3812 for reservations.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Beginners Yoga at Talley Ho Inn from 9-10 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-2465.

Couples Massages at Trillium Cove begins at 10 a.m. A 15-minute massage costs $15. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 865-448-9432.

Loving Genealogy at Miss Lily’s Café from 10-11:30 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-1924.

Native Treasures at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.-noon. This event is free. For more information, call 865- 448-0044.

Artisan Demonstrations at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Fly Tying at Little River Outfitters from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-3474.

Corn Husk Doll Making at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 10:00 a.m.- noon. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Candy Apple Making at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The cost is $5. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Little River Railroad Old Town Tour at the Little River Railroad Museum from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-428-0099.

Language of the Fans at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 1-1:30 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Civil War Medicine at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Hike to Spruce Flats Falls meets in the lobby of Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and will last from 1-4 p.m. The hike is free and requires hiking shoes, rain gear or jacket and water. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

Pony Rides at Pioneer Cabins from 1-4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-6100.

Kinzel Springs Tourism at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center from 3-4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0044.

The Law of Attraction lecture at Mountain Sage Gallery beginning at 4 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0809.

Hors d’oeuvres at Mountain Sage Gallery beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free. For more information, call 865-448-0809.

Valentine’s Concert at Miss Lily’s Banquet Hall beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, call 865-448-1924.

The Naughty Knots concert at the Lily Barn the evening of the Feb. 14. The cost is $10. For more information, email lilybarn@aol.com.

Sunday, Feb. 15

Music at the Heartland Little River Chapel beginning at 1:30 p.m. This event is free and guests are invited to bring instruments. For more information, call 865-448-9432.

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