Townsend's 7th Annual Winter Heritage Festival Is Feb. 1-2

Monday, January 21, 2013

The seventh annual Winter Heritage Festival in Townsend, Tn., is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 with a kickoff reception at the Townsend Artisan Gallery, 7843 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5-7 p.m.

The two-day event, complete with hiking, photography workshop, live music, dowsing class, book signings and special presentations about East Tennessee history, Appalachian traditions and the natural beauty of Townsend, Cades Cove and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, takes place at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, 123 Cromwell Drive, and the Smoky Mountain Visitor’s Center, 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, 9275 Tremont Road, is offering a session on winter woody plant identification at its visitor’s center on Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. Director Ken Voorhis will help identify woody plants in the forest.

Two hikes are scheduled beginning with Friday’s trek to Elijah and Polly Oliver’s place in Cades Cove. This 1½ hour hike is led by Park Ranger Mike Maslona at 11 a.m. Hikers are asked to meet at Abrams Falls parking lot.

Janet and Mark Snyder will lead Saturday’s 4½ hour hike on the back road to the Walker sister’s home at 10 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at Metcalf Bottoms.

The Townsend Artisan Guild will conduct an extensive photo workshop for all skill levels at the Smoky Mountain Visitor’s Center on Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Susan Cooper, Rex Gullufsen, Ken LaValley and David Rudd will lead the program.

The Cades Cove Preservation Association will conduct a series of individual presentations from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days at the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center. There will be family exhibits as former Cades Cove residents and descendants discuss the history of living the Cove.

Adam H. Alfrey will be signing copies of his newly-published book, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (A Postcard History), on both days at the Smoky Mountain Visitor’s Center. The book contains stories behind vintage national park postcards from public and private collections.

In addition to Charlie Monday hosting a pair of dowsing classes on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., live Bluegrass music will be at the Smoky Mountain Visitor’s Center beginning at noon.

The event wraps up Sunday, Feb. 3, from 2-4 p.m. with a Precious Memories Cades Cove Homecoming presented by the Cades Cove Preservation Association at the Big Valley Resort, 7056 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway.

The Winter Heritage Festival is presented by the Blount Partnership, the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center and the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

For more in depth details and RSVP information for the reception, hikes and photography workshop please visit the following link. www.smokymountains.org/do/events_festivals/winter_heritage.aspx.


Columbus, Georgia, An All-American Adventure

Patriotism fills the warm air in Columbus, Ga. About an hour south of Atlanta via I-85 and I-185, Columbus is the second largest city in the Peach State and offers American-sized fun making it an ideal getaway for President's Day,  February 20 . With Fort Benning at its helm, this military town is a natural setting for national pride and a memory-making history lesson that ... (click for more)

Beat The Winter Blues In Blue Ridge, Ga.

Gather the gals for a three-day getaway with this easy-to-follow itinerary to guide explorations of Blue Ridge, Georgia, about 90 minutes north of Atlanta via Interstate 575: Day 1: Rent a luxury mountain home with lots of room, a beautiful view and a hot tub–the ideal home base for the ultimate girls’ weekend. Then, head downtown to discover the area’s Appalachian heritage ... (click for more)

Walker Charged With Sunday Night Murder Of Girlfriend In LaFayette

A 29-year-old Walker County man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, also 29. Sheriff Steve Wilson said David Ryan Walker was charged in the slaying of Candace Ann Hankins. He said she was killed inside a house on Wheeler Road in LaFayette and her body was found in woods behind the house. The sheriff said Walker called relatives to express remorse about the killing. ... (click for more)

Man With Gun Runs From Police At Hamilton Place Mall; Pushes Shoppers Out Of The Way

A man who was found to be armed with a handgun was chased by police early Saturday afternoon. He pushed shoppers out of the way during the pursuit, which included racing down an escalator.   Erwin J. Rogers, 22, of 6111 Nottingham Dr., is facing multiple charges.    Around 1:50 p.m., Chattanooga Police officers working at the Hamilton Place Mall ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)