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Summer News & Events

June 5-Aug. 14 First Public Display of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s RMS Titanic Violin Titanic Museum Attraction June 11-Aug. 7 Dollywood’s Extended Hours and Nightly Fireworks July 4 26th Annual Patriot Festival Patriot Park Mypigeonforge.com/patriot July 4 Visit with Uncle Sam Christmas Place July 15 Neal McCoy in Concert Country Tonite Theatre July 17 SEAA Girl’s Fast Pitch World Series Opening Ceremony LeConte Center July 18-24 SEAA Girl’s Fast Pitch World Series Wear Farm City Park July 29-31 TN Sales Tax Holiday

 

Wallace Hartley Titanic Violin on Display at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge

Titanic Museum Attraction is now displaying the Wallace Hartley violin and will continue through August 14. The violin sold for the highest price ever paid for an RMS Titanic artifact at 1.7 million dollars at auction in October 2013. The violin was found strapped to bandleader Wallace Hartley’s body after the sinking of the ship. It was returned to his wife-to-be, and did not resurface again until almost a century later. Hartley played the instrument up until the ship’s final moments.

In addition, Titanic Museum Attraction will also feature special, daily, early morning viewing of the violin for a limited number of VIP guests.

 

Patriot Festival

Monday, July 4th

This is the 26th year that Pigeon Forge has celebrated America’s birthday with the Patriot Festival at Patriot Park. Food vending and Kids Karnival opens at noon, and stage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m.

This year’s entertainment includes: Cruisin’ Memories, Just Bcuz Music, a special Veterans Tribute, the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Tribute: A Celebration of the Allman Brothers Band, 2015 “The Voice” finalist and Knoxville’s own Emily Ann Roberts, and headlining the event is country legend Joe Diffie.

The night will end with a fireworks show at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Free parking and event shuttle will be offered at the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot located next to the LeConte Center and will run continuously every 15-20 minutes from noon until the end of the festival. There will be no parking at Patriot Park.

 

Tickets for Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple concert at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge go on sale June 15 to Dollywood season pass holders, and July 1 to the general public at dollyparton.com.

 

Cades Cove Loop is closed Wednesdays and Saturdays until 10 a.m. from May 11- Sept. 21 to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove.

 

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Comedy Barn Theater

They did it! Comedy Barn Theater and Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

managed to raise $50,000 with its Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show

benefit show to help keep the Sevier County Humane Society open!

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Soul of Motown

Do you remember the Motown legends? The Temptations, Diana Ross, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin and so many more? Come see the best show in town, Soul of Motown, paying tribute to all the great musical hits of the Motown era. Our all star cast will blow you away with their incredible talent and silky smooth choreography. Don't forget to take advantage of our "dance zones" located on each side of our stage or possibly be one of the lucky audience members to be asked on stage to dance the night away with this show's amazing cast. 

Great Show in the Smokies at the Grand Majestic Theater


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What is NEW for 2016!

Smith Morning Variety Show

 

Start your day in a FUN and ENTERTAINING way at the Smith Morning Variety Show opening March 22, 2015 at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Enjoy the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains and a 10:30 AM morning show with Charlie Bob Smith and Friends, performing their award-winning Pop, Country and Gospel hits in a spectacular new musical revue!  Add in world class impersonations and comedy and you’ve got the best deal in town! Come see why this new show is sure to become your favorite Morning Show in the Smokies! Performing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 AM located at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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THE WALLACE HARTLEY STORY

“Nearer, My God, to Thee”

The Wallace Henry Hartley Story

Wallace Henry Hartley was born in Colne, Lancashire, England, the first son of Elizabeth and Albion Hartley. As a lad he learned music basics from his father and friends, finally settling on the violin as his instrument of choice.

While playing at the elegant Collinson’s Café in Leeds, England, Wallace met Maria Robinson. They made a handsome couple and seemed headed for the altar, until Wallace decide to first see the world as a musician aboard luxury liners. Within three years he was asked to be the leader of the band on the newly launched Titanic. Just before sailing, Wallace and Maria became engaged and a wedding was planned for summer.

Titanic’s 8-member orchestra boarded at Southampton, England and traveled as second-class passengers. On board they performed as two separate groups – a quintet and a trio. On the night of the collision the band was instructed to play without interruption in hopes of avoiding panic among the passengers.

Many of Titanic’s survivors recalled seeing and hearing the band playing during the ship’s agonizing last moments. “They kept it up to the very end,” said Titanic survivor, Charlotte Collyer.

Wallace Hartley’s body was pulled from the sea ten days after the sinking. The prized violin his fiancé had given him was strapped to his chest.

In death Wallace Hartley had come to represent not only those who had died on Titanic, but also the values – a sense of duty, selflessness and honor.

When the Music Stopped….the Legend Began!

World Exclusive

Titanic Museum Attractions Awarded World Rights to Exhibit
Most Prized RMS Titanic Artifact Ever Recovered

First Public Display of Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s RMS Titanic Violin.
Since Private Sale to Unknown Private European Collector.
Going, Going, Gone for $1.7 million dollars.

Titanic Violin Limited Engagement
Branson, MO – March 7 – May 29, 2016
Pigeon Forge, TN – June 5 – August 14, 2016

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Fashionable Romance

Fashionable Romance

Wedding Gowns in Film

February 12 – July 4, 2016

In celebration of Biltmore’s long history as a location for weddings and romantic getaways, the estate is hosting a new costume exhibition highlighting love stories from iconic films. Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film, presented by Belk, showcases wedding dresses and attire from major motion pictures spanning centuries of design.

More than 40 award-winning costumes from 19 classic films will be displayed throughout the grand rooms of Biltmore House. Costumes illustrate changing styles in wedding fashions from the 1700s through the 1940s and the exquisite attention to detail that Cosprop Ltd., London, brings to its film costume projects. Accenting the costume displays will be elaborate floral arrangements complementing each film’s era, created by Biltmore’s Floral design team.

The exhibition will continue in Antler Hill Village & Winery with stories and heirlooms from 60 years of Vanderbilt family weddings, including a re-creation of Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil's beautiful wedding gown and veil, and the family veil worn by both Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan Cecil, at their weddings.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

The Perfect Gift Certificate 

You choose the amount. 

May be used for private auto tours, attraction & show tickets, accommodations, etc. 

Based on availability & some limits apply.

 

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Festival of Christmas Past

Festival of Christmas Past • 12/12/2015 Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 AM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Sugarlands Visitor Center Contact Phone Number: (865) 436-1291 Festival of Christmas Past is an annual celebration of the culture of the Smoky Mountains, with an emphasis on the Christmas season. Join us this year for traditional harp singing, stories of old-time Christmas, old-time toys and games, spinning, apple cider pressing, string games, applehead dolls, mountain music, and to make your own Christmas ornament and wreath. The day's music and storytelling events: • 9:30 am- Old-fashioned Harp Singing • 11:00 am- Boogertown Gap Band • 11:00 am- Smoky Mountain Memories Walk • 12:00 pm- Stories from the Past Panel • 1:00 pm- Sparky and Rhonda Rucker • 2:00 pm- South of the River Boys • 2:00 pm- Smoky Mountains Memory Walk • 3:00 pm- Lost Mill String Band

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August Fun with Lenzner Tour & Travel in the Smokies

We just had an amazing FAM here in the Smokies.

My clients had an absolute blast. We did so much in two days!!!

The Island of Pigeon Forge, Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Timberwood Grill, The Wheel, The Incredible Christmas Place, Park Tower Inn, Dixie Stampede Dinner Show, The Smoky Mountain Opry, Bush's Museum, Cafe and Store, Titanic Museum, Dollywood, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Mountain Valley Winery and Country Tonite, The Cliff Dwellers, Hills and Hollows(Mountain Music & Storytelling) and Smoky Mountain Tour Connection - better not leave us out!  - what a great 2 days.

Whew Im tuckered out! We are so blessed here in the Smokies. We have so many great shows, attractions, etc. Such great customer service! It was just perfect!

I actually had not been to Dollywood for sometime. I spent my time there exploring all the areas. I am as always struck by just how pretty Dollywood is with it's large trees and beautiful landscaping. There are also so many things we did not get to do! Guess that means that everyone will have to come back! I am still not an early morning person but I enjoyed every moment with the group sharing our area. Our guide Kathy is the best - she kept the group laughing and informed and I even learned a few things. I love it when that happens. 

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New for 2015

2015 Featured Tour The “Scruffy City Tour” – Knoxville, TN- approximately 6 Hours On this tour you can relive the golden era of Knoxville, from the 1880’s to the 1920’s. Stroll down historic Gat Street with its vintage street lights and art deco theaters: including the Tennessee Theatre, where the movie “Thunder Road” premiered. Childhood memories cone to life again as we visit an old time 1920\s type general store complete with penny candy, farmers almanacs, and creaky wood floors. Just across the tracks is the “Old City” or what was known as the “Bowery? Home to the scruffy city’s opium dens, bordello and rag-tag saloons. You can eat and shop at the historic “market square”, Knoxville’s original farmers market. This area is also home to many country music stars; here performers like Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others got their start. See where Hank Williams Sr. spent the last night of his life. Knoxville is also full of history; it was the territorial and state capital, see where the Volunteer state began – at the house of many eyes. Next we cross the “T: (Tennessee River) to see the home of the “Running T” 0 Neyland Stadium. Civil war history comes to life as we travel down Kingston Pike once the dividing line between the union and confederate forces. Here you can see the antebellum homes once used by both sides during the war. Lastly, well stop at “Worlds Fair Park”, home to the 1982, Worlds Fair. You’ll hear stories about the fair, find out why Knoxville became known as the “scruffy city” and ride the elevator to the top of the “Sun” – the Sunsphere. Additions $$ for this tour: John Sevier Home, East Tennessee History Center, Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend, Grey Cemetery, or James White Fort and more.

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