Experience History, Artistry,
and Fun in the Great Smoky
Mountains of Tennessee

By Jon Hoffman © 2012, All Rights Reserved

On the highest peaks around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, the
leaves are just beginning to show their autumn colors. The days
are still warm; the sun still shines from a deep blue sky. But
preparations have already begun for the annual fall events that
signal the end of summer and a festive start to the holiday

Local Arts and Crafts on Display

The 37th annual Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair kicks off October 11,
2012 and runs through October 28. More than 200 artisans gather
together at the Gatlinburg Convention Center for this juried
event. You’ll find an amazing variety of handcrafted treasures
such as beautiful quilts, intricate carvings, and life-like
paintings. Many of the techniques date back to the early settlers
of the area, and skills are handed down from generation to
generation. One look around the Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair and
you’ll have a much better understanding of what the past was like
in Appalachia.

It’s true that you can get an early start on your Christmas
shopping when you pick up a few one-of-a-kind pieces at the
Gatlinburg Craftsman’s Fair, but you’ll also enjoy seeing the
artists at work. Spend a few minutes watching as Charles Adams
painstakingly shapes tiny bits of colored glass to create one of
his famous stained-glass angels, and you’ll gain a whole new
appreciation for the technique. Even the kids will be fascinated
to see how these beautiful works of art are created.

Live Entertainment and Activities for Everyone

For a real taste of southern hospitality, plan to spend October
12 – 14 in Maryville, TN. Each fall, the town hosts the Foothills
Fall Festival, and it’s quickly become one of the most
anticipated events in the south. Fifteen top performers are
scheduled to take the stage during this three-day event, and are
sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. Meanwhile,
Greenbelt Park has been transformed into Adventure Land, where
games, rides, inflatables, and more await kids of all ages.

A Glimpse into the Past

The rich history of the Great Smoky Mountains is on display in
Townsend, TN this October 6 and 7. With artifacts dating back
nearly 5,000 years, the Smoky Mountain Woodcarver’s Festival is
one event history buffs won’t want to miss. You’ll learn about
both Native American culture as well as how the early European
settlers lived as you step back in time with a tour of authentic
log cabins, a wheelwright shop, a sawmill, and more.

In addition to a walk through history, you’ll want to take time
to explore the intricate carvings on display throughout the
weekend. Artists compete for cash prizes, demonstrate their
skills, and offer their wares for sale to those looking for a
unique gift. Treat yourself and your family to a show you won’t
find anywhere else.

Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains is a special time. Lively
festivals, incredible artistry, and amazing lessons in American
history await you around every bend in the road. Why not make
plans to spend a few days in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals
specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and
Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at
http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings,
vacations, reunions and other special events.