Gatlinburg’s seventh annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales begins on June 15th and goes on through August 11th. This summer long event features musical performances, storytelling and artisans portraying characters from the 1800’s forward. It is an interactive event that is educational and fun for the whole family. As you walk through downtown Gatlinburg after 6:00 PM you will be drawn in to as many as 12 nightly acts along the streets of Gatlinburg.
Enjoy many acts including clogging groups that will perform seven nights a week for the duration of the event. Musical performances will include the older Appalachian sounds of acts like Rattlesnake Holler & the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys to traditional bluegrass of Flicker Tail Holler and the Holloway Sisters.
You will be able to take advantage of educational opportunities such as how mountain and lap dulcimers and gourd banjos are made by local craftsmen like Denton Bragg and Mark Edelman. You can even learn a few fun moves and steps from the Back Porch Cloggers. Appalachian characters like Miss Nan and Quiltin’ Annie also teach the young and old about their old-time Smoky Mountain ways. After enjoying music and learning about a few Smoky Mountain trades, you can settle in and enjoy stories of the Great Smoky Mountains from characters like Ol’ Rowdy and Whitlin’ Joe.
Gatlinburg is truly a unique mountain town rich with Appalachian history and unique events. Special Events Manager, George Hawkins, said of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales, “Our intent is to take what we feel is one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provide something that is fun and somewhat different than what most places are doing.”
With these types of events throughout the year in a unique town like Gatlinburg it is no wonder that this is such a top vacation destination. Gatlinburg is not only a great place to visit but also a unique and charming place to live sitting against the wonders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The real estate market is moving, there is plenty of inventory to choose from and we believe Gatlinburg is a great choice of locations to consider for purchasing a second home or investment. You can see the wide variety of choices the area has to offer by visiting our website and browsing available homes for sale. It is a great time to plan a visit, enjoy an evening stroll through Gatlinburg to enjoy the performances of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales and schedule a time to visit a few homes in the mountains.
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