The National Quartet Convention will return to Pigeon Forge Sept.27-Oct. 3, 2015. The ultra modern LeConte Center will again be this years venue for the biggest week in Gospel Music. Scheduled performers include the Kingdom Heirs, Mark Trammell Quartet, Booth Brothers, McKameys, Perrys, Kingsmen, and many more. Tickets are available for both daytime and evening events.The city of Pigeon Forge has informed us Jake Thomas Road will be closed daily to general traffic beginning Sept. 27, 2015 at 2PM until Midnight through Oct. 3, 2015. The section of Jake Thomas Rd. between Walgreen’s entrance and Teaster Lane will close to accommodate loading and unloading of shuttles, trolleys and motor coaches for the NQC.
Annually Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville celebrate July 4th in a big way with 2015 being no exception. From parades, concerts to fireworks there is something for everyone. This year’s schedule includes:
- Fireworks at Dollywood approximate start time 9:30PM nightly through 8/2
- Red White and Boom Fireworks at TN Smokies Stadium 7/1-7/3 after the game
- 40th annual Gatlinburg “First July 4th Parade in the Nation” starts at midnight July 3/July 4
- 25th Annual Patriot Festival sponsored by the City of Pigeon Forge and 107.7 WIVK radio Knoxville begins Noon July 4th, entertainment begins 1:30PM at Patriot Park
- River Raft Regatta on the Little Pigeon River in Gatlinburg starts at noon on July 4th
- Diamond Rio in concert at the Patriot Festival Pigeon Forge 8PM July 4th
- Fireworks at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge approximate start time 9:30PM July 4th
- Fireworks downtown Gatlinburg approximate start time 10PM July 4th
The Resort at Governor’s Crossing announced that they will be adding a poolside cinema this summer to their already long list of all inclusive amenities. From Memorial Day to Labor Day The Resort will present family orientated movies 3 nights a week. The movies will be displayed on a 16’ X 9’ portable inflatable screen at the outdoor waterpark weather permitting.
Movies are scheduled to begin at dusk, but will begin no later than 8:30PM so that they can conclude by 10:30PM. Preliminary movie schedules*:
Friday, May 22, 2015 Frozen
Sunday, May 24, 2015 Planes – Fire & Rescue
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Thursday, May 28, 2015 The Little Mermaid***
Saturday, May 30, 2015 Dolphin Tale
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 Enchanted
Thursday, June 04, 2015 Finding Nemo ***
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Planes
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 The Lorax
Thursday, June 11, 2015 The Parent Trap
Saturday, June 13, 2015 UP
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Frozen
Thursday, June 18, 2015 101 Dalmatians***
Saturday, June 20, 2015 The Lego Movie
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Despicable Me
Thursday, June 25, 2015 Finding Nemo
Saturday, June 27, 2015 The Incredibles
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Tangled
Thursday, July 02, 2015 Monsters Inc.
Saturday, July 04, 2015 ET
Tuesday, July 07, 2015 Hotel Transylvania
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Pocahontas
Saturday, July 11, 2015 The Boxtrolls
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Wreck-it Ralph
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Toy Story 1
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Frozen
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Cars
Thursday, July 23, 2015 A Bugs Life
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Monsters University
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Ratatouille
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Space Jam
Saturday, August 01, 2015 Monsters Inc. ***
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 Finding Nemo ***
Thursday, August 06, 2015 Hotel Transylvania***
Saturday, August 08, 2015 Brave
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 The Muppets (2011)
Thursday, August 13, 2015 101 Dalmatians ***
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Despicable Me 2
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Cars
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Back to the Future
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Frozen
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 DisneyNature – Bears
Thursday, August 27, 2015 The Wizard of Oz
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Planes
Thursday, September 03, 2015 Monsters Inc.
Friday, September 04, 2015 Frozen the Sing-A-Long
Sunday, September 06, 2015 Happy Feet
*Schedule subject to change.
*** The Movies are different from the original posted schedule ***
The following Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg restaurants are currently scheduled to be open Christmas Day. All listings are subject to change.
P.F. …. Pigeon Forge
Calhouns 10:30 – 9:00 pm P. F. & Gat
Corky’s 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Denny’s 24hrs P. F
Dunkin Donuts 5:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Geno’s Pizza 12:00 noon – 1:00 am P. F
Golden Corral 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Sev & P. F.
Happy Days Diner 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hard Rock Café 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Hardees 7:00 am – 7:00 pm P. F
IHOP- 8:00 am – 2:00 pm P. F
JT Hannah’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm P. F
Little Tokyo 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm P. F
Louie’s Grill Holiday Inn Breakfast- 7:00 am- 11:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm P. F
No Way Jose’s 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Iron Boar Saloon 2:00pm – 9:00 pm P. F
Reagan’s Broken Egg Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Reagan’s House of Pancakes- 7:00 am – 12:30 pm P. F
Smoky Mt. Brewery 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight P. F
Smoky Mt. Pancake House 7:00 am – 12:00 noon P. F
Starbuck’s 9:00 am – 5:00 pm P. F
TGIFriday’s 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sev. P.F. & Gat
Wood Grill Buffet 11:00 am – 8:00 pm P. F
Margaritaville 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm P. F
Pucker’s Sports Bar & Grill, Crawdaddy’s, Loco Burro, Johnny Rockets: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm P. F
Seasons of Ober 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm P. F
Sevierville,TN – The Resort at Governor’s Crossing is the winner of a 2014 Orbitz Best in Stay Award for being a top-rated hotel in Sevierville. The 2014 Orbitz Best In Stay Awards honor nearly 400 top-rated hotels in 75 popular destinations based on reviews by Orbitz customers. In addition to the destination winners, Best in Stay winners were also selected in six categories: Value, Luxury, Family, LGBT, Ski and All-Inclusive.
Orbitz Best In Stay Award winners are selected based on the overall numeric score of verified hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked and stayed at hotels over the past year. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes on a scale of 1 to 5, including amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location, and value. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions, such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking and reputation of hotel staff.
“With customers booking hotels on Orbitz.com and our other sites in record numbers, we expanded the Best In Stay Awards to recognize even more best-in-class hotels as rated by customers,” said Peggy Bianco, group vice president of global hotel supplier services for Orbitz.com. “In the age of mobile and social media, customers use our nearly 2 million hotel reviews to make real-time decisions about their trips based on advice from other customers. Orbitz is proud to honor these highly rated Best In Stay properties that provide exemplary service and make our customers’ hotel stays memorable.”
August 21-24 the City of Pigeon Forge and various local businesses are hosting special events to honor the men and women who have served our Country.
At 5:30 PM on August 20th the Patriot Guard will escort the Cost of Freedom Tribute and The Traveling Wall from the Titanic Museum Attraction to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. The Wall will be on public display from Aug. 21-24th as part of the Welcome Home Vietnam Celebration and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVVT) presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits including the Traveling Wall, a 50% scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. This magnificent indoor display pays respect to veterans, active duty personal and first responders.
Smoky Mountain Resorts, The Collier Restaurant Group, Titanic Museum Attraction, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, U.S. Tours, and many other sponsors have worked with the AVVT to bring this tribute to Pigeon Forge.
On Aug. 23rd at 10AM will be the Welcome Home Vietnam Parade honoring our country’s veterans. The parade will feature veterans from all over the country, military vehicles, marching bands and parade Grand Marshall Louise Mandrell.
After the parade from 11:30AM to 1:30PM there will be a veterans reunion held at The Traveling Wall hosted by Mandrell, Hanoi Hilton Survivor Captain James Lollar, Author and Veteran David Chaltas, and Vietnam Veterans of Tennessee Commander Barry Rice.
Aug. 23 & 24 and the Smoky Mountain Military & Relic Show will be held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Military and history buffs will have the opportunity to view and purchase artifacts and relics from the Civil War.
Every year on July 4th the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg celebrate Independence Day in a big way. 2014 will be no exception; here is the current list of scheduled events:
- July 3 Fireworks Display at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville following the TN. Smokies/Montgomery baseball game.
- July 3rd/4th The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation– At the stroke of midnight the 39th annual Gatlinburg July 4th Midnight Parade will march down the parkway. This year’s parade will honor Women Veterans and other U.S. Heroes. View last years Midnight Parade
- July 4th Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta– The annual unmanned River Raft Regatta will be held at 12 noon, registration begins at 10 a.m.
- July 4th Patriot Festival– Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park will again be home to this annual festival starting at 12 noon with fun and activities for kids. Onstage entertainment will begin at 1:30 p.m. with concerts featuring the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, the Tim Kellar Band, bluegrass group Adkins & Loudermilk, the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Sons of Sailors and the event headliners Lonestar.
- July 4th Mark Chesnutt– 8 p.m. at Country Tonite Theatre
- July 4th Fireworks- Pigeon Forge’s fireworks display will be at Patriot Park starting somewhere between 9:30 till 10 p.m. depending on the conclusion of onstage entertainment. Gatlinburg’s fireworks will be centered downtown (recommended viewing around traffic light #3) to begin about 10 p.m. All fireworks subject to weather conditions.
In 2010 the US Mint launched the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The mint began issuing quarters embossed with designs featuring national parks or national sites.
This past week the mint released the Great Smoky Mountains Quarter, the 21st coin in the program. The coin’s design features a historic log cabin found within the National Park (presumably the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove) with a mountain backdrop and a hawk soaring above.
The Resort at Governor’s Crossing was fortunate to receive some of these quarters at their release. As a special thank you to our guests staying the nights of February 16th and/or 17th during the Presidents Day weekend, we will be handing out a “mint state” Great Smoky Mountains Quarter in a protective plastic case.
Commemorative quarters are limited to one per guest unit. The quantity is very limited and not for sale.
The 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held Jan. 25-Feb. 1st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. The annual salute to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the great outdoors has been recognized by many organizations including the International Festivals & Events Assoc. and Southeast Tourism Society.
Among the many different activities offered is the new Smokies through the Lens! (Photography workshops), hiking, and crafting. Some of the many lectures will cover the Civil War in the Smokies and East Tennessee, fly fishing, wildlife, conservation, and much more.
Visitors to The Resort at Governor’s Crossing and the Smoky Mountains look forward to attending certain area events year after year. Listed below are dates of some of the earlier events for 2014. Dates are subject to change.
· Jan. 25- Feb. 1 24th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week
LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
Jan. 31 Titanic Dive and Dine Excursion
· Feb. 19-23 14th Annual Saddle Up Celebration
· Mar. 19-22 20th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest
LeConte Center Pigeon Forge
· Mar. 21-22 Corvette Expo
Seviervville Events Center
· Mar. 22 Dollywood Opens
· April 11-13 Spring Pigeon Forge Rod Run
· May 2 Dolly’s Homecoming Parade
· May 16-17 Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass