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Seymour, TN  37865

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Townsend, TN, located in Blount County, is surrounded by nature, scenery and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Local arts and crafts, galleries, five star dining establishments and accommodations are just a few reasons to visit the "Quiet Side of the Smokies". Craft demonstrations and exhibits take place at the Townsend Visitors Center and the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, which offer hands on training of the local arts.

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January 2018

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

TBA:  4th Annual Pistol Ultra Run
Alcoa-Maryville Greenway. Fun run, walk or crawl 50K, 100K or 100 miler. Also a 2 or 3 person relay option for the 50K. Pre-race dinner and awards. 50K starts at 7:55 am. The 100K/100 miler starts at
8 am. All races end 30 hours later. 865-740-1717.

TBA:  Wilderness First Responder Class 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Ideal for scout leaders, camp counselors and any other youth or outdoor workers. Offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies. $795 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance. http://www.gsmit.org/wfr.html

TBA:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket I
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

TBA:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Intermediate Class
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

TBA:  SANCP Advanced:  Winter Woody Plant ID
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Do you know what to look for to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime? Discover a number of leafless characteristics that will help you do so. For SANCP graduates as well as those who are simply interested in further developing their naturalist skills. $55 per person. Optional overnight and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  11th Annual Smoky Mountain Snowdown:  Winter Heritage Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Music, crafts, demonstrations, hikes, exhibits, dining and more. 865-448-0044.

TBA:  Wilderness First Responder Refresher
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $393 per person, includes meals and lodging. http://www.gsmit.org/wfrrefresh.html

TBA:  Smoky Mountain Snowdown
A celebration of the heritage and natural beauty of the Park and Cades Cove. Music and art. cast iron cooking lessons – with a country breakfast as a reward – a chili cook off contest, food and wine pairings as well as beer, bourbon and chocolate. Singers and Songwriters in the Round event, banjo picking and beginning dulcimer lessons (on handmade dulcimers), teachings in the skills of needle felting (making wool stand out in 3D), quilting, watercolor painting, and even how to tie a fly for fly fishing. Begins at 4 pm.

February 2018

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

TBA:  Winter Photography Masters Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Will Clay and Ken Thompson. $642 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center 11th Anniversary
865-448-0044.

TBA:  Karen Kenst:  Basking Weaving Beginning Basket II
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

TBA:  SANCP Advanced:  Winter Woody Plant ID 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Do you know what to look for to identify trees and shrubs in the wintertime? Discover a number of leafless characteristics that will help you do so. For SANCP graduates as well as those who are simply interested in further developing their naturalist skills. $55 per person. Optional overnights and breakfasts are additional. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Stretch & Sip
Cades Cove Cellars. Yoga Class. 6:30 pm. 865-325-9463. 

TBA:  Owl Prowl 
Sugarlands Visitor Center. 6 pm. Provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association. $20 for members. $35 for non-members. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

TBA:  Educators' Workshop: Salamanders & Storms: Climate Change in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $50 per person for educators. $304 per person if not a teacher. Limited to 10 people. 6 meals and 2 nights lodging included. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  SANCP Interpretation and Naturalist Skills 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Provides rudimentary knowledge regarding the theory and principles of environmental interpretation, how to communicate effectively, and how to develop meaningful interpretive programs. Expect fun, hands-on activities and participatory education as we progress from learning about good communication to actually teaching. Pre-class readings necessary for this course. $337 per person. See http://www.gsmit.org/sancpinterp.html for details. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Visit with the Walker Sisters
Bridge at Metcalf Bottoms. Take a stroll to the Walker Sisters' homestead and learn about this amazing Appalachian family. Learn how these self-sufficient sisters made a living off the land. They fed and clothed themselves, chopped their own wood, raised their own livestock, and maintained a farm. 10 am - 2 pm. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

TBA:  Stretch & Sip
Cades Cove Cellars. Yoga Class. 6:30 pm. 865-325-9463. 

TBA:  Wine & Canvas
Barley's - Maryville. Enjoy some great food, great drinks and unleash your inner creativity to take home your own completed painting. Food and beverages are not included. $35 per person. 6 - 9 pm. 865-356-9179.

TBA:  6th Annual Tennessee Winter Beerfest
The Carriage House. All proceeds benefit New Hope. All the beer and food you can stand, plus a commemorative glass. $60 per person. Designated Drivers $30 per driver. 3 - 8 pm. 865-981-2000.

March 2018

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

1 - 31:  Keep Blount Beautiful Clean Up
Keep Blount Beautiful Office - Alcoa. Challenging the residents to have 400 volunteers clean up 2 tons of litter. You can clean up anytime, anywhere. We provide the supplies and pick up service. 865-681-4809.

TBA:  Smoky Mountain Scavenger Hunt 
Get your hunt on! 1 vehicle per team, as many people that can fit in your one vehicle allowed. Takes place over a 25-hour period with teams receiving their hunt questions via e-mail by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20th and are due back at Tremont no later than 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21st with your answers. A light dinner will be served while tallying takes place. This event is limited to 200 participants so register early! Cost per team is $50 if registered by March 19th at 4 pm. $60 if registering March 20th or 21st. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund. 865-448-6709.

TBA:  Hike to the Advent Cabin 
Elkmont Upper Parking Lot. 9 am. $20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

TBA:  Pregnancy Resource Center Superhero 5K and Family Fun Walk
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville. Providing a place of education, encouragement, support and hope. How exciting to work along side us to help raise funds to impact lives right here in our community! 8:30 - 11 am. Race starts at 9 am. $25 per person for early registration. 865-977-8378. 

TBA:  Polliwogs, Eggs & Singing Frogs 
Cades Cove. An up close and personal introduction to the world of amphibian biology and ecology. 1 pm. 
$20 for members. $35 for non-members, which includes an annual membership. Must register in advance. 865-436-7318, Ext. 222 or 254.

TBA:  Cades Cove Loop Ride & Social Event
Jeepism. Ride through Cades Cove. Pack a picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket.  We will stop at the visitor's center for a restroom break and then travel to a scenic spot for lunch. We will continue our trip through Cades Cove and back to Jeepism. 11 am. 865-336-2153.

TBA:  4thd Annual Spring FIAT on the Dragon
Talley Ho Inn. Planned drives, BBQ, cook out and bonfires on Friday and Saturday night, local ice cream stop, Smokey Mountain drive, night drive and of course, the Dragon AND Devil's Triangle.  Limited to 150 entries. To register visit http://www.fiatonthedragon.com

April 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

1 - 2:  4thd Annual Spring FIAT on the Dragon
Talley Ho Inn. Planned drives, BBQ, cook out and bonfires on Friday and Saturday night, local ice cream stop, Smokey Mountain drive, night drive and of course, the Dragon AND Devil's Triangle.  Limited to 150 entries. To register visit http://www.fiatonthedragon.com

1 - 2:  19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Festival 
Open to adults and children. Multiple categories to be contested in this largest trout tournament in the Smokies. 865-661-3474.

4:  Tuesdays at Two "Hiking In the Smokies"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Mike Maslona. 2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

5:  BTAP Class
Blount Partnership Bldg. Blount County Tourism Ambassador Program. Engaging citizens to learn about the impact of tourism. 1 - 4 pm. 865-983-2241. 

7 - 8:  Spring Arts & Crafts & Collectibles Show
Foothills Mall. 10 - 9 pm. 865-983-9244. 

8:  Spring Sprint 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Springbrook Recreation Center - Alcoa. No baby strollers, bicycles, roller blades or dogs are allowed. Use of headsets is not recommended. Refreshments will be served following the race for all registered
participants. Check-in 7:15 - 8 am. Race starts at 8:30 am. Award ceremony 9:30 am. Adults $20. 
Students ( 18 & under) $18. Adults $25 day of race. Students (18 & under) $20 day of race.
865-983-9244.

9 - 14:  Spring Hiking Road Scholar Hike 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $745 per person. 800-448-6709.

11:  Tuesdays at Two "Fireflies In the Smokies"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Becky Nichols.
2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

15:  Townsend Founder's Day Festival - NEW EVENT
Townsend Visitors Center. Walking tour, demonstrations, music, logging competition, local foods and food trucks. 10 am - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17:  Wine and Canvas - Waves
Barley's - Maryville. 6 - 9 pm. $35 per person. 865-356-9179.

18:  Tuesdays at Two "Appalachian Bear Rescue"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Coy Blair.
2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

20 - 22:  Bronco Super Celebration 
Talley Ho Inn. 50th Bronco Anniversary. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives and more. 865-448-2465.

20 - 23:  Spring Photography Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Instructed by Bill Lea. $995 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

21 - 23:  8th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Demonstrations 
Townsend Visitors Center & Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 9 - 5 pm. 10 am - 4 pm Sunday.
FREE Admission. 865-448-0044.

24 - 30:  Fred Weiser - Local Art
Townsend Visitors Center. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

25:  Tuesdays at Two "Early Tennessean History"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Hobart Akin.
2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

29:  Superhero Life Run
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville.  8 - 11 am. 865-977-8378.

May 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

2:  Tuesdays at Two "Civil War Medicine & History"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Ed Archer.
2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

5 - 6:  Spring Festival & Old Timer's Day
Townsend Visitors Center, Trillium Cove Shopping Village, Cades Cove and other locations around Townsend. A celebration of Appalachian history and crafts, bluegrass music, wildflower walks, storytelling, BBQ, clogging, the Young Pickers Contest, book signings, bake sales, and more. $8 parking per day. 10 am.
865-448-6134. 

5:  Little River Railroad Days
Little River Railroad. 865-448-2211.

5:  Friday Night 5K Run/Walk
Maryville College. 8 - 10 pm. https://runsignup.com

6 - 7: Nawger Nob Arts & Crafts Show
Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6350.

6:  Tennessee Pottery Festival
Great Smoky Mountaind Heritage Center. Vendors and demonstrations. 10 am - 4 pm. 865-448-0044.

6:  Jeepism's Birthday & Rich Mountain Ride
Jeepism. Rich Mountain. Pack a picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket.  Details TBA.
2 pm. 865-738-3088.

7:  Blount County Relay for Life
Maryville College. The American Cancer Society's signature event. An organized community fundraising walk were teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking. Food, games, and activities. 5 pm - 1 am. 865-558-4041.

9:  Tuesdays at Two "Behind the Scenes with the Curator"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. FREE to GSMHC Members, otherwise paid admission. 
Randy Klemm.
2 - 3:30 pm. 865-448-0044.

11 - 13:  Emma Dufort & Paulette Mittler
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

12- 13:  Blount British Car Club 
Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

12 - 13:  New Midland Arts & Crafts Festival
232 S. Calderwood St., Alcoa. 865-983-9644.

12 - 14:  SANCP Birds - FULL
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $347 per person. 865-448-6709.

12 - 14:  SANCP Plants 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $347 per person. 865-448-6709.

12:  Spring Concert Series - The Tennessee Stifflegs
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

13:  Harmony Family Center Mudder's Day Madness 5K
Camp Montvale, 4901 Montvale Rd., Maryville. Mud run, filled with trails, mud, and obstacle. All
proceeds from the event will benefit Harmony Family Center.
Race begins at 10 am. Participants must
arrive by 9:45 am. $35 per person. beverly@harmonyfamilycenter.org

13:  Jeepism Spring Wildflower Ride - Norris Watershed Ride
Norris Lake. Pack a picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket.  We will stop at the visitor's center for a restroom break and then travel to a scenic spot for lunch. 1 pm. 865-738-3088.

19 - 20:  Great Studebaker Car Show
Talley Ho Inn. 865-379-5157 or 865-448-2465.

20:  Mother/Daughter Tea
Sam Houston's Schoolhouse - Maryville. Come dressed in your best attire. Fine teas and finger
foods will be served. $10 for the first member of your party and $5 for each additional Lady. 
Limited to the first 25 Ladies that RSVP. 3
- 5 pm. 865-983-1550.

20 - 21:  36th Annual Smoky Mountain Highland Games
Maryville College. Scottish clans meeting featuring Highland athletics, bagpipe competitions, Highland dancing, border collie demonstrations, haggis hurling, entertainment, whiskey tasting, food and merchandise vendors. Visit http://smokymountaingames.org or 865-777-1059.

20:  Tour de Blount
Townsend Visitors Center. A one day cycling event with a variety of routes ranging from
25 to 80 miles. 7:30 am. 865-448-6134.

20:  Jeepism's National Go Topless Day
Parsons Branch or Rich Mountain. Pack a picnic lunch and lawn chair or blanket. 2 pm. 865-738-3088.

20:  Heritage Happening Gala & Auction "Celebrating the Smokies"
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Annual Gala Dinner and Auction. 5 pm.
Reservations required. 865-448-0044.

21:  Smoky Mountain Highland Half Marathon 5K Run
Maryville College. 7:30 am. https://runsignup.com/race/tn/maryville/smokymountainhighlandraces

26:  Color Me Mutt 5K Color Run & Parade
NASCAR Speedpark. Run 8 - 9:30 am. Parade 9:30 - 10 am. 865-

26 - 29:  Ken Justice
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodcrafts. 9 am - 5 pm. 865-789-9427.

26:  Spring Concert Series - Boogertown Gap
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

27:  Spring Taste of Art & Wine
Cades Cove Cellars. 865-325-9463.

June 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1 - 3:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

5 - 6:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art, Cigar Box Dulcimers and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8 - 10:  Smoky Mountain Crawl
Townsend Visitors Center & Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

8 - 11:  Betty Becker, Deborah Adams & Tana Sammons
Townsend Visitors Center. Gourd, Fiber Art and Paper Crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10:  Duck Pond Fishing Derby for Kids
Duck Pond - Alcoa.
Ages 3-15. Trophies are awarded in each age division for the largest and the most fish caught. Overall event winner for each category will receive a trophy. All participants receive a ribbon and are eligible to win prizes. A water play area, an archery and air rifle area, and other games. 8 am. 865-983-9244.

11 - 17:  Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in Old Time Banjo, Old Time Mandolin, Mountain Dulcimer, Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Traditional and Old Time Rhythm Guitar, Old Time Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer and Old Time Singing and Harmony. Concerts by the instructors each evening. Classes are limited. 865-982-3808. 

12 - 14:  Corrine Coley & Bill Saltz
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry and hiking sticks 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

12 - 17:  Discovery Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $589 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

12 - 17:  Wilderness Adventure Trek I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $644 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

12 - 17:  Girls in Science Camp I 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 12 - 15. Cost is as low as $100 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Participant cost is based on a sliding scale according to financial need. Final cost ranges from $100 - $638. 865-448-6709.

15 - 17:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

16:  Spring Concert Series - Blue Mother Tupelo
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

18 - 24:  Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps
Maryville College. Workshops in Old Time Banjo, Old Time Mandolin, Mountain Dulcimer, Flatpicking, Fingerpicking, Traditional and Old Time Rhythm Guitar, Old Time Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer and Old Time Singing and Harmony. Concerts by the instructors each evening. Classes are limited. 865-982-3808.

19 - 20:  Lyda Plemmons
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19 - 24:  Trout Unlimited Camp
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Boys and girls
12-15 years of age as of June 15th. $495 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. Limited to 14 participants. Contact John R. Thurman at 865-494-7771.

21 - 23:  Aquatic Natural History
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $347 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

21:  Keep Blount Beautiful 
Townsend Visitors Center, Recycling project. Lunch provided. 10 am - 1 pm. 865-681-4809.

21 - 2 3:  Aquatic Ecology
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $347 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

22 - 24:  Corrine Coley & Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

23 - 24:  Summer On Broadway & The Big BBQ Bash
Founder's Square - Maryville. Barbecue cook-off and fundraiser for the Helen Ross McNabb Center. FREE to public. Competitors may charge fees per plate on Sunday. 865-329-9030.

23:  Spring Concert Series - Acaustic Eidolon  
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

24:  39th Annual Freedom Fest 
Alcoa Duck Pond. Fireworks, music and food. 6 - 11 pm. 865-380-4787.

24:  Hops in the Hills
Founder's Square - Maryville. A yearly craft beer festival. Ticketed event, showcasing the area's artisan brews.
865-983-2241

25 - 30:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

26 - 30:  Sam's Camp - RESERVE BY JUNE 10, 2017
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $25 per student and $3 per adult, per day. 10 am  - 2 pm. 
Break for picnic lunch and drink, brought from home. MUST be accompanied by an Adult.
Limited to 30 students. 865-983-1550 or 865-660-7328.

26 - July 1:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $589 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

26 - July 1:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $644 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

26 - July 1:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition - FULL
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $657 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

30:  Spring Concert Series - Jerry Butler's Band
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person. for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

July 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1:  Discovery Camp II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $589 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1:  Wilderness Adventure Trek II 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $644 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1:  Backcountry Ecological Expedition - FULL
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $657 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

1 - 4:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4:  4th of July Celebration
Highland Manor Inn. 865-448-6886.

4 - 7:  Firefly Camp for Child & Parent - FULL
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. Firefly Camp aims to give you and the youngster in your life a taste of what summer camp is like. One night in length, it’s not too long and not too short, but there is an option to stay 2 or 3 nights. Both you and your child will get to experience the wonders of nature in the national park. Meals, lodging, and age-appropriated activities led by our experienced educators are provided. Ages 4 - 9, with parent. $96 for 1 night stay for child & parent. $184 for 2 night stay for child & parent. $275 for 3 night stay for child & parent. $48 for each additional person per night. 865-448-6709.

5 - 7:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art, Woodturning & Horse shoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

7 - 9:  Smoky Mountain Classic
Sandy Springs Park - Maryville. 7 pm. 865-983-9244.

7 - 9:  Reptiles & Amphibians
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Ages 12 - 15. $347 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

8 - 10:  Julia Schirack, Carol Dean & Randy White
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10 - 15:  Family Camp - FULL
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. $1,755, includes lodging, meals and 865-448-6709.

11 - 12:  Corrine Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

13 - 15:  Gloria Nelson & Paulette Mittler
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14:  Spring Concert Series - Pistol Creek Catch of the Day
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person.
for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

14 - 15: Volkswagon Summer Jam 8 Car Show 
Talley Ho Inn. 865-448-2465.

16 - 17:  Jane Kitelynn, Larry & Kathleen Thacker
Townsend Visitors Center. Jewelry, Photography & Woodturning. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

17 - 22:  Discovery Camp III 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 9 - 12. $589 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

17 - 22:  Smokies Science Investigations 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. This camp is an opportunity to learn about the natural
world and the methods scientists use to study it by participating in real science projects in the park.
Expect a mixture of field science and fun, swimming, hiking, stories around the campfire and more.
Ages 13 - 17. $545 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

17 - 27:  Teen High Adventure 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Summer camp. Ages 13 - 17. $1,235 per person, includes
meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

18:  Schoolhouse Tuesday "Our Community"
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $3 for Adults, Children FREE. 2 - 5 pm. 865-983-1550.

18 - 19:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Art, box Dulcimers and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

20 - 23:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

20 - 31:  Maryville College Great Smokies Experience - Deadline to apply May 26, 2017
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Credit-bearing, college class for high school students
in their Junior and Senior years and recent graduates. 11 day program. $1,275 per person, includes
tuition, fees,  lodging and transportation. 865-448-6709.

21:  Spring Concert Series - Tennessee Sheiks
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person.
for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

24 - 26:  Deede Edele
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Arts and Crafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

27:  Corinne Coley
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

28 - 29:  Corinne Coley & Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

28:  Spring Concert Series - Jay Clark & The Tennessee Tree Beavers
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person.
for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

30:  Larry Burton
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

August 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1 - 6:  Fred Weiser
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

4:  Spring Concert Series - Knox County Jug Band
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person.
for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

5:  11th Annual Slimfest
New Midland Plaza Amphitheater - Alcoa. FREE outdoor concert, geared for the adults, to raise money
for the children of Blount County. Live entertainment with food and beverage vendors. The proceeds
from this year's event will be shared with 3 child related causes. 6 pm - Midnight. 865-414-2000.

5:  Music on the Grounds 
Sam Houston Schoolhouse - Maryville. $6 per person, Children 9 and under FREE. Food available for purchase. 6 - 8 pm. 865-983-1550.

7 - 8:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Art, box Dulcimers and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

9 - 12:  Lydo Plemmons
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

11:  Spring Concert Series - Wild Blue Yonder
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. GSMHC Members and Kids 5 and under FREE. $8 per person.
for non-members. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

12:  Scholars Run 5K
Springbrook Recreation Center - Maryville. 865-983-9244.

15 - 19:  Corinne Coley & Bill Saltz
Townsend Visitors Center. Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

19:  Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival
Townsend Visitors Center. 3 pm - 9 pm. 865-448-6134.

20:  Solar Eclipse
Townsend Visitors Center. 865-448-6134.

24 - 26:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Arts and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

26 - 27:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food
and lodging. 865-448-6709.

30:  BTAP Class
Blount Partnership Bldg. - Maryville. 9 am - Noon. 865-983-2241.

September 2017

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

3 - 8:  Road Scholar September 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. 
$745 per person.
865-448-6709.

4:  Ken Justice
Townsend Visitors Center. Woodvcafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

6 - 8:  Monte Walker, Roy Lindsey & Bonnie McCampbell
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art, Woodturning & Horse shoe decorations. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8:  Music of the Mountains Concert
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 - 9 pm. 865-448-0044.

8 - 9:  New Midland Plaza's Art & Craft Fair
New Midland Plaza. 232 S. Calderwood St., Alcoa. 865-983-9644. 

9:  Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon
Heritage High School and ends at the Townsend Visitors Center.  No pets allowed. OPEN COURSE.
Limited to 1500 participants. 7 am. 619-567-9191.

8 - 9: Townsend 15K Road Race - bLACK bEAR
Hwy 321 @ Cedar Creek Rd. Scenic and challenging course that runs on back roads near the Little
River. First mile is flat, followed by a major hill and rolling hills, with a flat final mile. Course
closes after 2 hours. Not for walkers.
8 am  - 9 pm. 865-207-6122. 

9 - 11:  Emma Dufort & Ken Justice
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art & Woodcrafts. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

13 - 14:  James & Barbara Dull
Townsend Visitors Center. Art, Cigar Box Dulcimers and Jewelry. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14:  17th Annual Taste of Blount 
Theater in the Park - Maryville. Across from the Courthouse. Features local restaurants, caterers and gourmet grocers in a setting that combines tasting a variety of foods, enjoying music and meeting
friends. 6 - 8 pm. 865-983-2241.

14 - 16:  Ford Truck Show
Talley Ho Inn. Open to all generations and years of Ford trucks and Broncos. Family-friendly events,
both at the show grounds and in the area. Games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing
drives, and much more. 865-650-0522.

15 - 17:  Cathy Coulter
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

16:  Dancing Bear Bike Bash
Dancing Bear Lodge. 30 or 50 mile ride with turn by turn directions. Each registrant will receive a free
tee shirt and a complimentary catered lunch. 888-956-9560.

16 - 17:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food
and lodging. 865-448-6709.

17 - 20:  Blackberry Farm Pro Am Classic
Blackberry Farm. Walland. 800-557-8864. 

22 - 24:  Southern Appalachian Ecology
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $347 per person. 865-448-6709.

29:  Fall Concert Series - Steve Kaufman
The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 pm. 865-448-0044.

29 - 30:  Fall Festival & Old Timers Day
Townsend Visitors Center. 865-448-6134.

30:  Blue Ribbon Country Fair
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Old-fashioned county fair features competition, games, 
music, historic demonstrations, an area dedicated to historic games for young visitors. 
10 - 5 pm.
865-448-0044.

30:  Little River Railroad Days
Little River Railroad Museum. 865-448-2211.

30 - Oct. 1:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food
and lodging. 865-448-6709.

30 - Oct. 1: Nawger Nob Fall Arts & Crafts Show
 Nawger Nob Village. 80 crafters who sell things like woodcarvings, baskets, other wood products, paintings, pottery, chairs, bird houses and lots of other local made mountain crafts. Food and live music.
865-448-6350.

 


18 - 20:  Advanced Fungi in the Smokies 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $327 per person. 865-448-6709.

19:  Mountain Life Festival
Mountain Farm Museum - Cherokee. Demonstrators provide visitors with a glimpse into the past as
they make soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses, hominy, music and more.

October 2016

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

Saturday Nights May thru October: Pickin' On the Porch
Wood N' Strings Dulcimer Shop. 7 pm. 865-448-6647.

1: Nawger Nob Fall Arts & Crafts Show
 Nawger Nob Village. 80 crafters who sell things like woodcarvings, baskets, other wood products, paintings, pottery, chairs, bird houses and lots of other local made mountain crafts. Food and live music.
865-448-6350.

1:  Teacher Escape Weekend 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $75 registration fee to partially cover food and lodging. 865-448-6709.

 

6:  Fall Concert Series - Early Morning String Dusters
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 7 - 9 pm. 865-448-0044. 

 

1 - 2:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

1 - 2:  Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers Festival
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Onsite demonstrations and displays to sell carvings. Woodcarving tools, equipment and teaching aids will also be available to purchase. Whittling contest on Saturday open to anyone. You must bring your owns tool. 10 - 5 pm Saturday. Noon - 4 pm Sunday. 865-309-0690 or 865-448-0044.

2 - 7:  Fall Hiking Road Scholar Hike 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Elderhostel. Guided day hikes 5 - 13 miles. $725 per person. 800-454-5768.

3 - 5:  Gloria Nelson & Paulette Mittler
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134. 

 

6 - 7:  Joyce Jarman & Karen Kenst
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

8: Townsend 10K
Townsend Visitors Center. Begins at 9 am. 865-546-1000.

9:  Homecoming
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Legacy of Tremont celebrates environmental education. Dinner, music and silent auction. 5 - 8 pm. $60 per ticket. Proceeds benefit the Tremont Scholarship Fund.
865-448-6709.

11 - 13:  Monte Walker, Bonnie McCampbell & Roy Lindsay
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

14 - 16:  Women's Backpack 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Women backpackers. $367 per person. 865-448-6709.

16 - 21:  Sierra Club Hiking Week 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

21 - 23:  Maryville College Homecoming & Arts & Crafts Fair
Maryville College. 865-981-8094.

21 - 24:  Fall Autumn Brilliance Photography Workshop 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. Instructed by Ken Thompson, Tom Vadnais, Todd Moore & Steve Zigler. $629 per person, includes meals, lodging and instruction. 865-448-6709.

23 - 25:  Advanced Wilderness Survival
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

23:  4th Annual Foothills Half Marathon
Texas Roadhouse - Alcoa. 9 am. 865-250-6318.

25:  Smoky Mountain Field School Fall Nature Photography Workshop
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. 8 am - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

November 2016

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

4 - 6:  Mammals 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field class. $337 per person. 865-448-6709.

4 - 6:  Advanced Wilderness Survival 
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Field Class. $304 per person. 865-448-6709.

5:  Quilter's Road Show
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Historic Quilts, evaluations, demonstrations and more for beginners thru advanced quilters. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

5:  Handcrafters' Showcase
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Historic Quilts, evaluations, demonstrations and more for beginners thru advanced quilters. 10 - 5 pm. 865-448-0044.

5 - 9:  Tom Sciple
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

10 - 12:  Maxine Falls & Norma Tosh
Townsend Visitors Center. Local Art. 9 - 5 pm. 865-448-6134.

 

11:  Volunteer Day --------------------------
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. 865-448-6709.

 

19:  7th Annual Holiday Homecoming
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Celebrate harvest, home, and the holidays with live music throughout the day, kids’ crafts, tasty treats from the open hearth, basket weaving demonstrations, guest speakers, and more! 10 - 4 pm. FREE. 865-448-0044.

December 2016

Friday Nights Year Round:  Rocky Branch Community Center Jam Sessions
Walland. Stage performances and jam sessions. 6 pm - whenever. 865-738-3732.

1 - 3:  12th Annual House of Santa Mouse
Maryville College - Alumni Gym. 52 members of the Blount County Arts & Crafts Guild offering their work for sale. FREE admission and parking. 10 - 6 pm Thursday and Friday. 10 - 3 pm Saturday. 865-984-9605.

3:  Christmas Open House
Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse - Maryville.
The Blount County Public Library will entertain us with children’s stories and games.  Santa arrives at 2 pm. Porter Elementary School Choir will end our day with a selection of Christmas music. 1 - 4 pm. 865-983-1550.

4:  Reindeer Run 5K
Springbrook Recreation Center - Maryville. Begins at 2 pm. 865-983-9244.

4:  Townsend Christmas Parade
Begins at the IGA and ends at Nawger Nob Village. 865-448-6886.

TBA:  Festival of Christmas Past
Mountain Farm Museum - Cherokee. Old-time music, harp singing, storytelling and reminiscing, craft demonstrations such as weaving, spinning, quilting, basket making, historic toys and games, and children's activities.

TBA:  Holiday Homecoming
Oconaluftee Visitors Center - Cherokee. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music.

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