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Enjoy Free Music, Find Unique Gifts at the 7th Annual Fine Arts Festival – May 14-15

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival (GFAF) is a free outdoor family event that features quality artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area. Volunteers from the community produce the festival to benefit the Sevier County Arts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club.

2011 will be the seventh year of the festival and large crowds are expected. Gatlinburg is a thriving tourist destination and a gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 9 million visitors annually.

The festival is being held in the center of the city at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Campus adjacent to Arrowcraft Shop at Light # 5.

For more fun things to do in Gatlinburg, TN, visit GatlinburgConcierge.com.

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The 7th annual “Music of the Mountains” festival will be held this weekend, April 8th through the 10th. Come out and experience the rich musical traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

The schedule of events includes:

Friday, April 8
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, Townsend
Admission: $ 5
7 p.m. – Celtic Music by “The Good Times Ceilidh Band”; come early to enjoy Art on the Porch with members of the Townsend Artisan’s Guild
Saturday, April 9
Sugarlands Visitor Center
Admission: Free
10 a.m. – Mountain Strings
11 a.m. – Boogertown Gap Band
12 p.m. – Tony Thomas
1 p.m. – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
2 p.m. – Ted Olson
3 p.m. – The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers
4 p.m. – Brien Fain
Sunday, April 10
Smoky Mountain Visitor Center, Cosby
Admission: $4
2 to 4 p.m. – Heritage, harps and hymns – traditional offerings from Cocke County
For more information, click here.

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Ingredients:

* 3/4 cup cornmeal, stone or water ground, if possible
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup boiling water
* 3 tablespoons melted butter
* 2 large eggs
* 1 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons baking powder

Preparation:
Combine cornmeal and salt in a mixing bowl. Stirring constantly, gradually add boiling water, keeping smooth; stir in the melted butter. In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs until pale in color and thick. Add milk and beat to combine. Add milk and egg mixture to the cornmeal mixture with baking powder. Beat with an electric hand-held mixer or whisk to blend thoroughly. Turn into a generously greased 8-inch square glass baking dish or 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake at 350° for about 30 to 35 minutes, until set and lightly browned. Serve the spoon bread hot, with plenty of butter.
Serves 4 to 6.

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Try a taste of Tennessee’s finest home cooking, with fried green tomatoes, from the Smoky Mountains. This recipe is about impossible to beat with its simplicity, delightfulness, and down-right southern twang. Tennessee has some of the nations best selection of green tomatoes, especially locally in east Tennessee.

For further instructions on this recipe and how you can get started, get to cooking at http://www.mountains.org/cookbook/twice-baked.html .

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There is an abundance of rich culture and heritage found in the mountains of east Tennessee. When people visit the Smoky Mountains, some do not discover the Celtic roots in this southern region. A good percentage of the Presbyterian and Baptist churches and colleges were a result of the Celtics high standards of education. Some Celtic tradition has stayed in the mountains, making it a travel destination for those who want to experience the preserved culture. While visiting Gatlinburg, the Celtic Heritage shop in The Village. They offer quality goods from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. From jewelry to music, the store is a great place to take a piece of the Celtic heritage home with you.

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cirque-de-chineThe Smoky Mountain Palace houses the most spectacular shows ever to appear in the Great Smoky Mountains. The theatre’s most popular show to date, Cirque de Chine, has kicked off another season and promises not to disappoint. This year’s version is an entirely new show with a new award-winning troupe. Cirque de Chine combines traditional Chinese acrobatics, music and fantastic costumes for an unforgettable experience.

The Smoky Mountain Palace Theatre is located at 179 Collier Dr. Sevierville, TN 37862. To find out additional information on performances, tickets and schedules visit http://www.smokymountainpalace.com/.

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fannyIf you are ready for a show, check out Sweet Fanny Adams Theater. It is the best place for live comedy and musical entertainment in the mountains, and it was named a National Historic Treasure by the city of Gatlinburg. For ticketing and show information, visit http://www.sweetfannyadams.com/.

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