Let Old Man Winter Fade Into Memory As You Embrace Our Smoky Mountain Springfest

 

Spring Flowers

It seems that everyone I talk to, has a story to tell of an unusually cold winter that is still gripping parts of our country. Despite the duration of cold temperatures, that combined with a prolific variety of precipitation, winter is slowly giving way to spring.  If you desire an escape into spring,  join us for the Smoky Mountain Springfest.  This three month celebration has already started, but Mother Nature is just beginning to participate.  Springfest continues into the second week of June and is focused upon Gatlinburg and neighboring communities in the East Tennessee Smokies.  Visitors will find city streets loaded with baskets of beautiful blooming flowers and plants.  Now the forces of nature are joining in to amp up the festivities.  The daffodils and tulips are bursting into spring glory and are supported by the early blooming trees and shrubs.  Quince, forsythias, Bradford Pears, and Star Magnolias are coming into flower.

As the season progresses, the wild flowers and dogwoods join with Eastern Redbuds to color in the oncoming green of our woodland forests.  For the upcoming Easter weekend, weather looks sunny and quite warm.  Area churchs welcome visitors to services throughout the Smokies.  Gatlinburg will have their annual Easter morning Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg set among the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community has their annual Easter show from March 31st through April 3rd. 

The warmer weather also heralds a new season of great southern barbeque.  April 22nd will be a date for Gatlinburg’s Ribfest & Wings.  Vendors from all over the Southeast will tempt you with their secret receipes for ribs and wings as the sweet scent of hickory smoke perfumes the air.  Simultaneiously, from April 21st through April 25th you can join in the 60th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage and Greener Living Expo.  This event offers nature hikes of varying degrees of physical challenge that allow you to explore plants and wildflowers of the Great Smoky Mountains.  There are classroom lectures and automobile excursions that compliment the hikes. 

May’s entries in the Springfest includes, Gatlinburg’s Scottish Highland Games and Festivals May 14th through 16th.  Scottish games, bagpipe music, dancing, and food, combine with a parade to create a great time.  This event shares center stage with Gatlinburg’s Fine Arts Festival on May 15h & 16th.  Both events are family oriented with activities and food for everyone.  You can find details of the Fine Arts Festival in one of my earlier blogs or by visiting http://www.gfaf.net/.  My wife Jessica Weiss will have a booth displaying her custom jewelry.

If you are really looking to extend your fun in the Tennessee Smokies and have some incentives to visit often, consider buying real estate in the area.  We have a multitude of options from; rental cabins, to primary, and secondary homes. Whatever you desire in mountian property, we can most likely supply.  Currently, there are tax incentives that expire the end of April for  home buyers, and low mortgage rates that will probably increase throughout the year.  Now is a good time to purchase from many perspectives.  Our website is an ideal location to begin your property search.  You can select your parameters for selection and set up a filter that brings in time-saving possibilities that match your criteria.  Log on our website or call the Jason White Team today 877-678-2121 and get high-ranked realty professionals to assist in your property search. 

Here are a Couple of  My Current Listings:

Spectacular Smoky Mountain View!!
Unique opportunity to own a lot like this! Spectacular mountain and city view, with level building site.
Type: Land
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $125,000
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Gorgeous Mountain Views and Private!
This totally secluded log cabin has incredible mountain views and lots of space. The unfinished basement/garage has hugh potential to become an extra living area.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $149,900
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Mark Your Calendar To Be In Gatlinburg on May 15th & 16th, 2010

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival

As real estate momentarily pauses before the usual spring/summer explosion of activity, I wanted to allow you time in scheduling some fun.  This mid-May event is the Sixth Annual Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival.  The celebration promises to be a great event.  Our weather and the local landscape should be bursting with the warmth and beauty of springtime by the middle of May.  Set up as a two day street fair, there should be something available to accommodate all participants.

For serious art lovers, there will be an evening event on May 14th.  This “Night with the Artist Party” before the street fair is $50 per person and will be held at Mills Auditorium. However, the $50 fee is returned to donors as a money voucher redeemable at any of the participating artists’ booths during the weekend.  Admission to the festival on May 15th & 16th is free.

The 2010 festival will be held at Ripley’s Aquarium and River Road, providing a backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains and downtown Gatlinburg to the various artistic displays.  Attendance at the festival assists in fund raising for; Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, the Sevier County Arts Council, and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club art program. This festival is unique, because artists who showcase their work must be selected by a panel of judges.  There are 16 categories of art that run the spectrum from; glass, to watercolor, and woodworking.  For participating artists, it is an honor to be chosen.  It gives me great delight to announce that my wife Jessica Weiss was selected as one of this year’s artists.  She will be showing various pieces of jewelry from her creations.

While art is the festival’s primary focus, there will also be; fantastic food, great music, and enjoyable entertainment.  The new 2010 acts of Gatlinburg Tunes and Tales will debut throughout the festival, and a great children’s activity program will be available.  If you enjoy fine arts and crafts from across the country, selected to be among the” best of the best”, join me and my wife with a host of fun art lovers, for a fantastic time here in the Smokies on May 15th and 16th.

If you would like to visit Jessica’s store in Knoxville the address is:  

Jessica Weiss Jewelry & Studio
The Shops at Bearden Place
5805 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-588-0801
Website: http://www.jessicaweissjewelry.com
Business hours: Tues-Fri            10:00am – 5:30pm
                                 Saturday           11:00am – 5:30pm

Here are a Couple of My Current Listings:

Private with Beautiful Mountain View
Plenty of community ammenities, private, yet close to town. Enjoy nature and wildlife at this tastefully furnished log cabin from three covered decks, all with mountain views. Spacious for family gatherings, with two game rooms as well as a living room.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Pigeon Forge
Price: $325,000
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Extra Large Private Lot w/Great View
This updated, immaculately maintained home is a must see! The spacious decking overlooks the beautiful mountain views as well as the extra large lot that is well manicured. The community pool and club house amenities are a bonus.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $199,900
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