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Wilderness Wildlife Week starts THIS SATURDAY aka TOMORROW!

There are fun outdoor and indoor activities highlighting the rich culture of the Smokies!

Here are some of the kid-friendly events this weekend:

Saturday, January 24:

9:30- 10:30 AM: Design your own Wilderness Wildlife Week Bandanna
-Louise Bales -Bob Kolb Memorial Room
-Limit 20, age 8+
-Participants will join Louise as she shows them how to design their own commemorative  
 bandanna!

11- Noon: Make a Dreamcatcher Christmas Ornament
-Sue Todd- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 10, age 15+

2- 3:30 PM: Booger: A Tall Tale of the Mountains
-Mary Phillips- Bob Kolb Memorial Room
-Limit 30, ages 5-10
-Participants join Mary as she tells the story of a firefly, a boy, Booger, and his faithful cat,
 Stinker.  Kids learn to use the Great Smoky Mountains Wildflower guide book.  Program
 meets curriculum standards for these areas: science, literature, life skills and art.

2:30- 3:30 PM: Making a Hand Broom for Decoration
-David Ogle- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 10, ages 16+

Sunday, January 25:

8- Noon: Turn your Photography into Art Workshop
-Karen Jones- South 1
-Limit 15, ages 16+
-Participants must bring own laptop with PhotoShop for step-by-step demonstration of a
 variety of techniques to reinterpret photos in creative art.

9:30- 12:30 PM: Basket Making
Theresa Tyler- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
Limit 8
Participants will learn about the art of Appalachian basket making from Theresa.

1- 2 PM: Bodacious Cartooning for Kids Workshop
-John Rose- South 1
-Limit 30, ages 8+
-Participants should bring own notepad and pencils to draw along.

2- 3:30 PM: A Cat Named Stinker
-Mary Phillips- Bob Hatcher Memorial Room
-Limit 30, ages 5-10
-Participants will join Mary as she continues the tall tales about a firefly, the boy named
 Booger and Stink, his faithful cat.

Wilderness Wildlife Week goes until Saturday, January 31st! For ticket/registration information and a full schedule of the week's events, go to: http://www.pigeonforgewinterfest.com
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Posted: 1/23/2015 5:19:43 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Paint with all the colors of the sea! Or aquarium.  THIS COMING Thursday, January 22 from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sips N' Sharks will make it's debut at Ripley's!  The name of the painting you will be creating is 'Winter Cherry Blossom.'  The cost is $49.99 + tab per person, which includes light hors d' oeuveres, two glasses of your favorite wine, and of course an amazing painting experience!

Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event.  Contact the Education Department for reservations at (865) 430-8808 or education@ripleys.com.  Must be 21 or over to attend.

WEEKENDS ONLY our favorite half-human/half-fish, underwater beauties will be coming out to play at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m throughout the month of January.  Who could I be referring to? Well, of course none other than the mermaids!

Also, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Ripley's holds mermaid camp! Put your best fin forward during this mermaid adventure! Beginning by meeting the mermaids, you will partake in many fun activities, including making a mermaid wishing stone and creating a mermaid name.  Next, you will travel to the local pool where you get to test your skills swimming with a real mermaid tail, learn mermaid tricks and play mermaid games under and above the water.  Once you give back your sea legs, you will be given a Ripley's mermaid t-shirt and certificate recognizing you as a real certified mermaid!

Ages 6-14 are welcome.  Price is $49.99 + tax.  Visit https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/ for more information.



Posted: 1/22/2015 11:30:49 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments



Travel back to a simpler time of cowboy boots at Stetson hates.  The 15th Annual Saddle Up! is coming to town! Be immersed in Tennessee cowboy culture while drinking in the Smoky Mountain Scenery.  

From February 18-22, the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge will play host to legendary country-western concerts, cowboy tales and poetry, and sample local flavor by feasting right off the chuck wagon for some cowboy cuisine.

Additional activities at this year's Saddle Up! include the Buckaroo Roundup, special cowboy church service, chuck wagon cook-off, cowboy dance, history lessons and storytelling workshops.

Here are some details on the nationally acclaimed entertainers performing:

Baxter Black is a cowboy poet, former large animal veterinarian and entertainer of the agricultural masses.  Traveling across the U.S. And Canada, Black has been educating and amusing audiences for over 25 years.  With selling millions of books and audios alongside a weekly column, radio program, and television program, this cowboy has done it all! Black feels his life has been truly blessed.

“I like what I do.  I have a great home to come home to, a couple good horses, a few cows, a good dog, and friends everywhere I go.  I'm square with God and I make a living entertaining people I care about.”

Wylie and the Wild West is a singer/songwriter out of Montana, who lives his lyrics.  After three decades of writing, performing and recording, Wylie has made his to becoming one of the few authentic Western voices of our time.  The fame hasn't gotten to this cowboy-- he still gets up each morning and tends to the livestock on his Quarter Horse ranch near Conrad, Montana.

One critic called him “the coolest cowpoke around.  Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old-school cool without being a tired period piece.”

Brenn Hill melts your heart with his tunes and lyrics about the American West.  Hill uses the all too familiar trials and tribulations we experience as his raw material. 

Spanning ten recordings, his career is mostly all self-penned music and nearly two decades on the road.  His heaven is the west.  Through his music, he lets us all have a little piece of it too.

Chuck Pyle has been winning hearts of fans and peers alike over the past 40 years.  Pyle will keep you humming all day long with his blend of proverbs, straight from the saddle poetry, world leaders, quoting bumper stickers and old cowboys.

Taking his nickname, “Zen Cowboy,” to heart he says, "Always ride the horse in the direction it's going.”

Jean and Gary Prescott are true Texans residing a bit south of Abilene.  The dynamic duo of the sings and writes while occasionally bronc riding too. 

Jean is nomination for Female Entertainer of the Year and her latest album, “Traditions,” is nominated for Album of the Year!

Andy Nelson brings authentic entertainment to his audiences as a second generation farrier.  Growing up, Nelson traveled the Great Basin of southern Idaho, norther Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs. 

Recently in 2006 and 2013, he was named “Male Poet of the Year” by the Western Music Association and also awared the 2009 “Skinny Roland Humor Award” from the Academy of Western Artists.

Skip Gorman brings his audiences back to a simpler time-- not the Hollywood cowboy.  He brings back to the life the workaday cowboys of the American West. 

Through his scholarly knowledge of the cowboy's Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as personal experience as a cowboy on a Wyoming ranch, Gorman goes back in time with his tunes to campfires and westward settlers of the 19th century.

T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut-up-n-Playboys are based in Nashville, TN.  Playing outstanding hillbilly swing music at concerts and dances, these boys are a true western band. 

Debuting at Saddle Up! 2013, they are back for more cowboy adventures and musical fun!
Posted: 1/22/2015 9:33:11 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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