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See Costumes From The Original Titanic Movie!

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The 1997 film Titanic is the fifth highest grossing film of all time. It was nominated for fourteen Oscars and won eleven, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Costume Design. This summer, you can see the costumes from the original motion picture for yourself at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.

Costume Design

The team of costume designers for James Cameron's film consisted of 50 people, and according to the team's leader Deborah Scott, they had about a year of lead time to define and locate the perfect collection of garments for the production. Cameron was determined for the movie to be as accurate and impressive as possible.

We started off with a team of four or five people and traveled all over the place collecting vintage garments. But slowly over time, we had maybe 45 or 50 people working in the costume department alone--we shot the whole movie in a studio that they built from the ground-up down in Mexico, and we had a gigantic warehouse where wardrobe was, with offices, shops, hair and makeup, dressing areas. The scale was just incredible.
Deborah Scott, Costume Designer

Titanic Pigeon Forge

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the film's release, and to celebrate, the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge will be displaying many of the original costumes included in the movie from June 17 through September 4. "The idea is to bring fans closer to the magic of this movie than ever before,” says Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, the attraction's co-owner.

Call (800) 381-7670 to make reservations!

10 Steps to A Self-Sufficient & Prepared Lifestyle

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In the face of nature, are you prepared for survival? Kevin Murphy from the Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoors Expo talked to us about some tips for staying prepared for whatever nature throws your way. When it comes to things like camping in the Smoky Mountains, it’s important to go in with the right mindset and checklist. Check out the Bullseye Expo this June for more great information, classes, and fun activities to get you ready to wander into the wilderness safely and sufficiently.

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1. Grow your own food

Everyone knows that maintaining a garden is a lot of work, but in the end the rewards can be quite surprising! Many people don’t realize that even a small backyard garden can keep their tables filled with fresh vegetables all summer long. The White Harvest Seed Company shares a passion for gardening and encourages others to keep sowing and growing with a variety of kits and heirloom seed packages and they are always eager to share their knowledge with others!

2. Learn different methods of fire building

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Fire building is so important that it deserves its own list! Whether you’re just enjoying a nice evening in the back yard, 3 days into a hiking trip or in real life survival situation; knowing how to build a fire can be an invaluable asset that will certainly make life a little easier. Learn as many methods as you can; from modern to primitive and keep your skills fresh. Chris Deslo from 4 Directions Bushcraft and Justin Polly from DIY Survival have definitely got the knack for making fire from virtually nothing and they’re always willing to share those skills with others.

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3. Brush up on first aid

You don’t have to have a PhD to know the basics of first aid and a well-stocked first aid kit is always handy to have around. From every day cuts and scrapes to more pressing emergency situations; a little knowledge and a few items held in reserve can go a long way in keeping things together until help arrives. If you’re not sure where to start; Todd Spence of the Tactical Medic League is a great source for both with IFAKs and New age tactical medicine training.

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4. Build a bugout bag

Bugout bags and emergency kits might sound intimidating but if you’re in an evacuation type situation and you’ve got to move with little to no notice; you’ll be glad it’s there. Joe and Mary at Prepper’s Asylum have everything you need to get started and they’re always willing and able to help you with any questions you may have along the way!

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5. Store water

Most government agencies would advise you to keep a three day supply of water on hand in case of emergency (that’s 1 gallon of water per person/pet per day) and that’s a great start! What happens after 3 days? We’re not real sure either; that’s why we’d suggest thinking a little longer term when it comes to water storage at home.

6. Learn the basics of food storage and always keep at least a two week supply on hand

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Having more than just a few days of food on hand at any given time can be convenient in numerous instances. If you’ve honed your gardening skills (like we suggested in #1) this is easier to accomplish than you’d think. There’s a variety of methods to storing food; once you’ve decided on the methods you wish to employ it’s time to get busy! The fine folks at Tennessee Readiness in Cosby, TN are always willing to share their experience. Stop by and see them while you’re in town or visit them online!

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7. Practice your knots

Having cordage available and knowing some knot tying basics can make a bad situation a little easier if you’ve prepared yourself ahead of time. There are plenty of places to learn more online; we’d suggest you start with Around the Cabin; an invaluable resource on a wide range of how-to topics and DIY techniques.

8. Embrace alternative energy sources

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Power outages occur and batteries only last so long. With advancements in solar and other alternative power sources; it’s always a good idea to have several options on hand. Having a backup generator and an alternative heat source are great ways to be prepared as well. Having a solar charging flashlight or lantern is another great step in sustainability. Hybrid Light makes several models that can recharge in sunlight or artificial light while providing the capabilities to charge your mobile devices as well!

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9. Take a Class

Search your local community for classes or workshops; these are great places to learn new skills. Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoors ExpoJune 10 & 11, 2017 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN will provide a wide range of presentations, classes, workshops and demonstrations that will get you pointed in the right direction!

10. Put your skills to the test!

Learning what to do and how to do it is just the beginning. Get outside and start practicing all of the new skills that you’ve learned! Plan a family camping trip or a weekend hike with friends. Either way; the Great Smoky Mountains are an excellent place to hone your newfound preparedness and outdoors skills!

Written by Kevin Murphy – Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoors Expo

Top 5 Easter Activities in Pigeon Forge

The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show

There aren’t just fun activities on Easter Sunday in Pigeon Forge, but instead the town has Easter attractions and events all weekend. Get in the spirit by stopping by the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatliburg Convention Center Wednesday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 18. Unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual Easter show.

Peanuts™ Easter Beagle Express

All aboard The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Train! April 14 & 15, join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and friends on a trip to a small North Carolina town. The adults can appreciate a beautiful spring view along the Tuckasegee River while kids enjoy activities such as an Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, snacks and more!

Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny

We highly recommend this Easter Activity in Pigeon Forge because it is one the kids will remember forever. The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, April 15, just in time for an Easter Egg hunt. We will have thousands of eggs and tons of prizes! Come join us and you may just even get to see the Easter Bunny!

Breakfast or Brunch with the Easter Bunny

What better way to celebrate Easter than eating a delicious meal with your family? This Easter enjoy breakfast or brunch at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille from 9:30 am - 11 am. After breakfast there will be a variety of kids activities to enjoy as well. Meet the Easter Bunny, win door prizes and even participate in a free Easter egg hunt.

Visit the Easter Bunny at Christmas Place

Christmas Place is a magical place to spend any holiday— Easter is no exception. Dress the kids in their Easter outfits and come meet the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 16.

These are just a few of the best Easter activities in Pigeon Forge 2017. Of course, there are a ton more ways to celebrate Easter in the Smokies. Share with us on our Facebook page about your favorite Pigeon Forge Easter tradition!