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After 30 years, the Smoky Mountain Jubilee has seen a lot of theaters in the area come and go. But they're not going anywhere.

The theatre's shows include a two-and-a-half hour production featuring country and gospel music sung by the Jubilee Quartet, clogging by the Smoky Mountain Sweethearts, and the comedy of Highpockets. Many of the artists have traveled and performed with some of the top musical artist in country and gospel music.

Elmer Dreyer and his wife, Faunda, founded the theater. They followed their dreams and decided Pigeon Forge was the perfect location to move their show. The Dreyers, their daughter Gayla- who will take over operations in the future- and granddaughter also perform in the show.
To stay fresh, Dreyer said, "We definitely will change our act. It's a must. We've started a new act for the coming year. The first two shows will be the same from last year, and the third show will be a whole new show. It's been very personal for us; people have been here years and years. We will get together and sit down with the cast and get ideas from each and every member and decide if it's good for the show."

What will the next thirty years be like? "We want to be remembered as a good, clean family show," Dreyer said. "People that come back can expect to see a good show"

The show is now open for the upcoming season!

Posted: 3/26/2007 8:49:56 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Dollywood's Festival of Nations (March 31 - May 7, 2007)

Celebrate the pageantry of more than 250 international performers at Dollywood's Festival of Nations, a multi-cultural spring festival. Musicians, dancers and artisans bring a world of entertainment to the Great Smoky Mountains.From Ireland to Russia to Zambia and Ecuador, enjoy all the festivities at this five-week event where the best of East Tennessee blends with spectacular international performances for an extravaganza like no other at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

Irish eyes will be smiling on you as Dollywood shines the spotlight on Celebrate Ireland! Watch as Ireland's renowned musical heritage unfolds right before your eyes during the spectacular show Rhythm of the Dance, featuring fancy footwork, colorful costumes and traditional music.

At the Valley Theatre, Irish bands and dance troupes entertain with a lively jig and reel. Find your rhythm during bodhrán drum lessons or try a tune on the tin whistle. See celebrated Irish artist Philip Gray and his paintings featuring breathtaking Irish seascapes and landscapes.

See Irish craftsmen at work in Emerald Isle Marketplace or sample delicious cuisine during Taste of Ireland at various park restaurants.

And don't miss a world of entertainment from The Russian National Theatre, Peru's Yawar Chicchi folk music & dance, Switzerland's Streichmusik Alder, featuring folk music and alpine horns, master yodeler Kerry Christensen, Ukraine's Dyvo Kalynove, children's folk music and dance group, Zambian Vocal Group, Trinidad's Stix on Steel and Ecuador's Atahualpa.

We hope to see you there!

Posted: 3/23/2007 5:57:47 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

The first 56 rides on Dollywood's new $17.5 million Mystery Mine roller coaster are up for grabs in an eBay auction starting March 20, 2007 at 11 a.m.
The winners can catch a ride on the Mystery Mine on Friday, April 13 during the grand opening festivities, attended by Dolly Parton.
Winners receive a seat on one of the first seven ride cars in Mystery Mine's first cycle, plus a limited edition commemorative package that includes:

  • Dollywood one-day admission tickets for the winner and a guest for Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14
  • Participation in and VIP seating for Dollywood's Media Day activities on Friday, April 13, 2007
  • A photo with Dolly Parton
  • A framed print featuring a ride photo, a signed photo of the winner with Dolly Parton, and other Mystery Mine memorabilia.

The winning bidder must be 18 or older. Bids will be accepted through March 30 at 11:00 a.m.

  • A ride on the Mystery Mine lasts 2 minutes and 30 seconds with a maximum speed of 60 mph.
  • It's tallest drop is 85 feet at 95 degrees.
  • The coaster can carry 1,000 passengers an hour.

Proceeds from the auction benefit Parton's Imagination Library, a not-for-profit organization that provides a book a month to registered preschool-age children in participating communities.
The Imagination Library currently operates in 600 communities in 44 states as well as Canada.

Posted: 3/21/2007 7:58:34 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

The 57th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage set for April 23 through 29, is truly an experience that offers something for everyone.

The Pilgrimage provides events that range from wildflowers, wildlife, and human history walks, to motorcades, photographic tours, and indoor seminars. The walks go from moderately easy to very strenuous hikes, with the longest being 16 miles. The majority of hikes are less than a mile, and the many indoor activities at Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg include seminars, presentations during the day and special presentations in the evenings.

The cost for Adults is $40 for the whole week, and $25.00 for one day. Children under twelve are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Fees cover material and housing for over 100 hike leaders from across the country.

The Pilgrimage began in 1951 when Gatlinburg's city manager asked officials of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the University of Tennessee botany department to collaborate on a wildflower festival. The Gatlinburg Garden Club also co-sponsored the event, feeling it would be very successful.

In 2001 the Pilgrimage went from a 3 day to a 7 day event, and a wider variety of events were added that are "more festive, larger, and more broad in scope." We now have over 180 events spread over seven days. Last year we had 1,000 participants who averaged about three days of activities, including six events.

Special this year is a closing night event that celebrates the 100th birthday of the late Rachel Carson who wrote "Silent Spring," the book that detailed the harm DDT was doing to the environment and led to it being banned.

Online registration begins at 9 a.m. Monday, and will close on at 4 p.m. on April 16th. Registrations will also be taken during the event.

Posted: 3/16/2007 5:42:41 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Everyone is invited to attend the St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Friday, March 16th from 5-7 p.m. at the Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center (1220 W. Main Street) in Sevierville, Tennessee. The meal is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Cancer Support Group, and all proceeds benefit their Relay for Life Team.

Come for:

  • Food
  • Fun
  • Fellowship
  • Entertainment
  • Party Favors
  • Door Prizes
  • Silent Auction

Tickets cost $7 per Adult and $3 for children under twelve years. Call Alice Grady (865-428-5834) or the Senior Center (865-453-8080) for tickets and further details.

Posted: 3/15/2007 6:13:21 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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Laughing until we had tears. I’ve never seen anything like the look on my kids’ faces when we drove down the Parkway past Pigeon Forge attractions. Our hotel was so vibrant and the staff was upbeat and helpful. Pigeon Forge is the brightest spot in the Smoky Mountains. The high energy (and clean language) shows we saw in theaters had everyone in my family clapping their hands…even “sour” Uncle George.

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