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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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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is often referred to as the Wildflower National Park because of the great diversity of flowers found in the park. A group of flowers known as spring ephemerals appear above ground only in late winter and early spring.

Included in this group are flowers such as lady slipper orchids, showy orchids, crested dwarf iris, fire pink, columbine, bleeding heart, phacelia, jack-in-the-pulpit, little brown jugs, and violets.

The Deep Creek Trail, Gregory Ridge Trail, and Oconaluftee River Trail are great trails for viewing spring wildflowers. For more information on these walks, visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/wildflower-walks.htm.

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The 2010 Ribfest & Wings in Downtown Gatlinburg will kick off Thursday, April 22 at 5:00. This year’s event will be in the parking lot of the Harley Davidson store at Traffic Light #3. Enjoy live entertainment, a hot wing eating contest, and many other events appropriate for the whole family. Children will enjoy the live entertainment and face painting. There will be vendors competing for the “People’s Choice Award”. The award is given to the best ribs and wings in six different categories. Armbands can be purchased that allow you to sample the wings and ribs until all the food runs out. Click here for places to lodge while attending this event.

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Today is the first day of the Biannual Warbird Gathering at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. It is an informal gathering of vintage and historical aircraft for show and flying. Many new and unique planes fly in because of the convenience of the runway next to the museum. This weekend, come out and enjoy the air show and be apart of aviation history.

Photo by Mint Moore III

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Tomorrow, April 5, the second annual Gatlinburg Gateway Triathlon will be held at the Community Center. If you are 15 years of age or older and capable of swimming one-half mile, biking twenty kilometers, and running five miles consecutively, then come out to the event in Gatlinburg. The race starts at 8:15 a.m. Awards will be given in eleven age categories (women’s and men’s divisions): 15-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50; 51-plus, plus a mixed team relay event. If you want to participate, the cost is $25 for individuals and $45 per relay team. Call 865-436-4990 if you have any questions about this event.

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This Easter gather your family in Gatlinurg for the memorable annual sunrise worship service. The service is held atop Ober Gatlinburg, where tram rides will be provided free of charge. The Service will last for 30-40 minutes and be led by local pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association. All offerings collected from the service will be used by the Association in collecting the county’s needy.  A breakfast buffet will be available at the Ober Gatlinburg restaurant form 7:30am to 10:30am. For more information on the event please visit http://www.obergatlinburg.com/special.htm

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