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    Pigeon Forge Wilderness Wildlife Week Jan 8-15

    While not technically a hang or a camp here is a great chance to experience the Smokies in Winter when to crowds of tourist are gone. Rooms are cheap this time of year and all activities are free of charge including transportation to and from trailheads.

    Wilderness Wildlife Week, the ultimate Smoky Mountain experience, is a series of activities sure to connect Pigeon Forge visitors with the wide, wonderful world of the great outdoors.

    Visitors will enjoy more than 100 experts sharing their knowledge of the outdoors in more than 175 seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops. Get up close to nature with your choice of more than 50 guided walks and hikes. Music lovers will enjoy tunes performed by authentic Smoky Mountain musicians at AppalachiaFest.

    Wilderness Wildlife Week offers activities for all ages and attracts thousands of nature lovers to Pigeon Forge each year. The International Festivals & Events Association has recognized the event for its environmental and educational efforts. Visit this page again to learn more Wilderness Wildlife Week details as they develop.
    http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events_...ilderness.aspx

    Heres the hikes offered that week, times, guides and miles
    Sunday January 9, 2011

    Times Trail Guide Mileage Level

    7:00 - 11:00 Little River/Cucumber Gap Zachary 5.0 Moderate
    7:15 - 3:30 Rich Mtn Loop R. Snyder 8.6 Mod-Strenuous
    8:00 - 2:30 Rock House Holt 7.0 Moderate
    8:00 - 4:15 Little River/Huskey Gap/Sugarland Mtn. Owen 7.9 Moderate
    9:30 - 5:00 PortersCreek Smith 7.2 Moderate
    10:00 - 4:30 Rainbow Falls McFarland 6.5 Moderate
    1:00 - 4:30 Noah Bud Ogle Durpo 1.0 Easy

    Monday January 10, 2011

    7:00 - 4:00 Rhododendron Creek Duncan 7.0 Mod-Strenuous
    7:00 - 1:00 Greenbrier off-trail McFarland 5.0 Moderate
    8:00 - 5:00 Blanket Mtn. Doughty 8.0 Strenuous
    8:00 - 4:00 Ramsey Cascade Owen 8.0 Mod-Strenuous
    10:30 - 5:00 Cucumber Gap / Little River Luckett 5.0 Easy -Moderate
    10:00 - 11:45 Old Elkmont Town Cardwell 1.0 Easy
    10:00 - 2:30 Courthouse Rock McCarter 3.1 Moderate
    6:00 - 9:00 Owl Prowl Garr Easy

    Tuesday January 11, 2011

    7:00 - 3:00 Old Settlers Trail Doughty 9.2 Moderate
    7:00 - 4:15 Albright Grove Voorhis 7.0 Moderate
    7:30 - 5:15 Meigs Mtn/Lumber Ridge Owen 10.5 Mod-Strenuous
    7:30 - 4:30 AT/Road Prong/Chimneys Silver 7.2 Mod-Strenuous
    7:30 - 11:30 Elkmont Historic District Dietzer 4.0 Easy
    10:00 - 2:30 Cosby History Tour Cardwell Bus Bus
    6:00 - 9:00 Owl Prowl Garr Easy

    Wednesday January 12, 2011

    7:00 - 3:00 Ramsey Cascades Virden 8.0 Moderate
    8:00 - 11:45 Injun Creek Cardwell 2.0 Easy/Moderate
    8:30 - 2:30 Grotto Falls Turney 7.2 Moderate
    8:00 - 3:45 Old Settlers Trail - Off trail Povia 6.0 Moderate
    8:30 - 4:15 Cucumber Gap Owen 7.1 Moderate
    10:00 - 5:15 Big Creek Trail Sgrillo 6.0 Easy/Moderate

    Thursday January 13, 2011

    7:30 - 2:15 Porters Creek McFarland 7.2 Mod-Strenuous
    8:00 - 4:00 Rich Mtn Loop Richards 9.3 Moderate
    8:00 - 1:30 Meigs Mtn Off-trail M. Snyder 4.5 Moderate
    8:00 - 4:00 Middle Prong / Indian Flats Falls Luckett 8.0 Moderate
    9:30 - 4:30 Alum Cave Virden 5.0 Moderate
    11:15 - 5:45 Bus Tour Cades Cove Harrington Bus Bus
    6:00 - 9:00 Owl Prowl Garr Easy

    Friday January 14, 2011

    7:00 - 2:30 Cades Cove Photo Shoot McLemore 2.0 Easy/Moderate
    7:00 - 2:30 Lower Mt. Cammerer McFarland 7.0 Mod-Strenuous
    7:00 - 5:00 Mt. Cammerer Maynard 11.0 Strenuous
    8:00 - 2:30 White Oak Sinks M. Snyder 5.5 Mod-Strenuous
    8:00 - 4:30 Laurel Falls/Walker Sisters Zachary 7.5 Moderate
    9:00 - 4:30 Rhododendron Creek Duncan 7.0 Mod-Strenuous
    6:00 - 9:00 Owl Prowl Garr Easy

    Saturday January 15, 2011

    7:30 - 4:30 Curry Mtn Off-trail M. Snyder 8.6 Mod-Strenuous
    7:30 - 5:00 Scott Mtn Domingue 8.3 Mod-Strenuous
    7:30 - 4:45 Birding Cades Cove Alsop 2.0 Easy/Moderate
    8:00 - 2:15 Albright Grove Maynard 7.0 Moderate
    8:00 - 2:15 Maddron Bald/Old Settlers Holt 3.0 Moderate
    9:30 - 1:45 Avent Cabin Jenkins 3.0 Easy

    If hiking in the cold and usually snow isn't your thing or if your family doesn't want to go here's the listings of seminars, workshops and entertainment offered, again at no charge.
    SATURDAY JANUARY 8th, 2011

    8:00-11:00AM: Learn to Use Map & Compass: Terry & Lavalla Edgington: Limit 50 Must preregister at Information Desk – Ukelele Room

    9:00-10:00AM: Rock Formations of the Smokies: Geological Past of Smoky Mountains: Harry Moore - Dobro Room

    9:00-10:00AM: NEW: Photoshop for the Nature Photographer: Larry Perry – Violin Room

    9:00-11:30AM: Fly Fishing in the Smokies: Greg Ward – Harp Room

    9:00AM-1:00PM: Photo Exhibit Entry and Set Up – (Entry form must be submitted with photo) - Cello Room

    9:00AM-1:00PM: Nature Photography Workshop: Kendall Chiles, Tom & Pat Cory & Harold Stinnette – Guitar Room

    10:30-11:30AM: Introduction to the Acoustic Guitar: Tony Thomas – Violin Room

    10:30-11:30AM: Discovering October Roads: View Fall Colors of East Tennessee: Fred Brown & Harry Moore – Dobro Room

    11:30AM: Sunday hike sign ups at Holiday Inn Express

    Noon-1:00PM: Groundhogology: Songs & Tales: Doug Elliott – Dobro Room

    12:30-1:30PM: KIDS TRACK: Animal Olympics: Comparing Human Senses and Abilities to Those of Wild Animals, Interactive: Ann Schlichting: Limit 30 Children: Must Preregister at Information Desk – Harp Room

    12:30-1:30PM: UPDATE: Searching for Panthers in the Smokies: Dr. Don Linzey – Ukelele Room

    1:00-2:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Learn About Bears Through Hands-ON- Activities: Anne Allison & Kathy Sherrard: Limit 20: Kindergarten-6th Grade: Must Preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room



    SATURDAY JANUARY 8th, 2011 cont.

    1:30-2:30PM NEW: Weather Signs: Learning How to “Read the Signs” for Changes in Weather for Hiking & Camping: Ila Hatter – Violin/Guitar Room

    1:30-2:30PM: Serpent Handlers: Serpent Handling Religion in Appalachia: Fred Brown – Dobro Room

    2:00-3:00PM: NEW: Grand Canyon Adventure, North to South, East to West, Top to Bottom a View for Everyone: Bill Deitzer & Bob Turney – Harp Room

    2:00-3:00PM: NEW: Avent Cabin: Carroll McMahan: The Inhabitants, Heritage and Folklore of a Historic Smoky Mountain Cabin Near Elkmont – Ukelele Room

    3:00-4:00PM:NEW: Sunday Morning at “Moon”- Shine Missionary Baptist Church: Stories & Songs: Mike & Kathy Gwinn – Dobro Room

    3:00-4:00PM: NEW: National History Day Students: Talented Local Students Share Their Knowledge of How to Document Your Local History: Sabrina Gray – Violin Room

    3:00-4:00PM: Hands On History: Make a Quill Pen: Instructions & Materials to Make a Quill Pen: Pat Thomas: Limit 12 Must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    3:00-5:30PM: Fly Casting: Greg Ward – Guitar Room

    3:30-4:30PM: UPDATE: Civil War in the Mountains: A. Christine Tipton – Ukelele Room

    3:30-5:00PM: NEW: Waterton Lakes, Canada to Alaska and Return: A Photographic Travel Log: Bob
    & Gloria Epperson – Harp Room

    4:30-6:00PM: Ballads of the Great Smoky Mountains: Boogertown Gap Band – Violin Room

    5:00-6:00PM: NEW: KIDS TRACK: Booger a Tall Tale of the Mountains: Story Reading & Nature Program for Children & Adults: Wildflower Project: Mary Phillips: Limit: 25 Children & 15 Adults: Children Ages 6-12 Must Preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    5:45-6:45PM:NEW: Wildwoods Wisdom: Exploring Our Spiritual Connection to Nature: Doug Elliott - Dobro/Harp

    6:00PM: Monday hike sign ups - Holiday Inn Express

    7:00-7:30PM: Wilderness Wildlife Week Opening Comments: Speakers: Terry Maddox, Executive Director of Great Smoky Mountains Association: Jim Hart, Director of Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Dale Ditmanson, Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Dobro/Harp

    7:30PM: Opening remarks: Ken Jenkins - Dobro/Harp

    7:45PM: NEW: Keynote Program: Jeff Rennicke: "With NEW Eyes: Finding a Sense of Place in Nature": This presentation is composed of beautiful original photography and intriguing stories, Jeff takes us along a journey to some of the most beautiful places on earth and helps the listener find their own sense of a place close to home - Dobro/Harp



    SUNDAY JANUARY 9th, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibit Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:

    8:30-10:30AM: Stocked Trout Stream Fishing: Greg Ward – Guitar Room

    9:00-10:00AM: Sunday Morning Singing: Tony Thomas – Dobro Room

    9:00-10:00AM: NEW: Bear Ecology: Anne Allison & Kathy Sherrard – Harp Room

    9:00-10:00AM: Wildflowers of the Southern Highlands: Jack Carman – Violin Room

    9:30-10:30AM: Marking Time: A Guide to the Historical Markers in East Tennessee: Fred Brown – Ukelele Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: The Discovery of the Gray Fossil Site: Harry Moore – Dobro Room

    10:30-11:30AM: Images of Light: Slide Presentation: Tom & Pat Cory – Harp Room

    10:30AM-Noon: NEW: A Hiker's Guide to Wild Food & Medicine: Ila Hatter – Violin Room

    11:00AM-Noon: NEW: Improving Your Photography: Bill Fortney – Guitar Room

    11:00AM-Noon: UPDATED: Civil War in the Mountains: A. Christine Tipton – Ukelele Room

    Noon-1:30PM: NEW: Noon-1:00PM: Wild Words: Nature Writing Workshop: Jeff will share his knowledge and talent about putting your outdoor experiences into words: Jeff Rennicke - Dobro/Harp

    12:30-1:30PM: Long Live John Barleycorn- Of Lawns, Weeds & Wheat Fields: Song & Stories: Doug Elliott – Violin Room

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Digital Technician: Slide presentation: Bill Fortney – Guitar Room

    1:00-2:00PM: Butterflies: How to Attract Them: Lois English & W.C. & Glenna Julian – Ukelele Room

    1:00-2:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Kiddin Around: Hands On Introduction to Mountain Music & Instruments: Lost Mill String Band: Limit 20 must preregister at Information Desk: Parents encouraged to accompany kids – Breakfast Room

    2:00-3:00PM: Whistle Over the Mountains: Story of Elkmont Logging Days: Jim Thurston – Harp Room



    SUNDAY JANUARY 9th, 2011 cont.

    2:00-3:30PM: HERITAGE: Old Harp Shaped Note Singing: A group of People from Sevier County sing the way their ancestors did early in the last century: David Sarten: Leader – Violin Room

    2:00-3:00PM: UPDATE: Sanctuary in the Smokies: Photographs & Readings from “Sanctuary: Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: J. Greg Johnson – Guitar Room

    2:30-3:30PM: Cardinal's: Everyone's Favorite Red Bird: Steve Garr – Dobro Room

    2:30-3:30PM: Hens, Hives & Herbs: History & Life in the 1940's: W.C. & Glenna Julian & Donna Stinett– Ukelele Room

    2:30-5:00PM: World Class Smallmouth Bass: Greg Ward – Breakfast Room

    3:30-4:30PM: NEW: KIDS TRACK: Batteries Not Included Fun with Games & Toys: Mike Meldrum – Harp Room

    4:00-5:00PM: NEW: Weeds for Your Needs-Useful Wild Plants: Songs & Stories: Doug Elliott – Dobro Room

    4:00-5:00PM: NEW: KIDS TRACK: Children's Sing-Along: Adults welcome: Tony Thomas – Violin Room

    4:00-5:00PM: Switzerland Hiking Photo Tour: Shannon Harris – Ukelele Room

    4:30-5:30PM: NEW: Tales From Two Smokies Trail Completers: Bill Deitzer & Tommy Small – Guitar Room

    6:00-7:00PM: NEW: “Encounters – More on Bears”: Joel & Kathy Zachry – Guitar Room

    6:00-7:00PM: NEW: Ken Jenkins Program - Dobro/Harp

    6:00PM: Tuesday hike sign ups Holiday Inn Express

    7:45PM: NEW: 7:45PM: Growing Up Wild: Connecting Kids with the Great Outdoors: Jeff speaks about the joys, frustrations, and challenges of rasing a NEW generation of young people who understand, enjoy, and feel connected to the natural world around them. Jeff Rennicke - Dobro/Harp



    MONDAY JANUARY 10th, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibit Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:

    9:00-10:00AM:NEW: HERITAGE: How to Build a Mountain Home: Participants will work as a team to assemble a small log cabin: Limit 50 people must preregister at Information Desk: Great Smoky
    Mountains Heritage Center – Ukelele Room

    9:00-10:00AM: NEW: So That's Where That Expression Came From! Kathy Gwinn – Guitar Room

    9:30-10:30AM: NEW: Master Gardener Program: Helps to create wildlife friendly gardens & landscapes: Dr. Leo Lubke - Harp Room

    9:30-10:30AM: NEW: Introduction to Autoharp: Judy Carson & Tony Thomas – Violin Room

    10:00-11:00AM: NEW: Water, Water Everywhere-Or is There? An Informative & Educational presentation on current water quality issues facing our region, country & world: Matt Kulp – Dobro Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: Enjoying the Wilderness of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Slide presentation: Tom Harrington – Guitar Room

    10:30-11:45AM: Hiking on Snow & Ice and Cross Country Skiing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Wendell Liemohn – Ukelele Room

    11:00AM-NOON: NEW: The Ijams Family Legacy in the Smokies: Paul James - Harp Room

    11:00AM-NOON: NEW: You & Me Coexisting with Bears: Anne Allison & Kathy Sherrard – Violin Room

    11:30AM-12:30PM: Introduction to the Mandolin: Tony Thomas – Dobro Room

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Easy Hiking in the Alps: Part II: Gudrun & Peter Seifert - Harp Room

    12:30-1:30PM: Black Bear Management in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Bill Stiver – Ukelele Room

    1:00-2:00PM: Of Ginseng, Golden Apples, and the Rainbow Fish-Ancient Tales & Mountain Treasures: Songs & Stories: Dog Elliott – Violin Room

    1:00-2:00PM: NEW: Native American Stories: Robert “Red Hawk” Eldridge – Dobro Room

    1:00-2:00PM: NEW: HERITAGE: The Ownby Family Memories of Cherokee Orchard: Theresa Williams – Guitar Room



    MONDAY JANUARY 10th, 2011 cont.

    1:00-2:30PM: NEW: Low Relief Carving of a Log Cabin: Don Taylor: Limit 12 must preregister at
    Information Table: Must have carving tools – Breakfast Room

    2:00-3:00PM: UPDATE: Appalachian Bear Rescue: Who We Are and What We Do: Lisa Stewart - Harp Room

    2:00-3:00PM: UPDATE: State of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Bob Miller – Ukelele Room

    2:30-3:30PM: A Wildlife Habitat for Every Season: Steve Garr – Violin Room

    2:30-3:30PM: Wildflowers of the Smokies: Jack Carman – Dobro Room

    2:30-4:00PM: NEW: Focus: Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Overview & History: Pictorial overview of prominent places in the park and park information, history, culture & stories: Wilma Durpo – Guitar Room

    3:00-4:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Those Ain't Teddy Bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Mike Meldrum: Limit 10 must preregister at Information Desk: – Breakfast Room

    3:30-4:30PM: KIDS TRACK: HERITAGE: Old Fashion Spelling Bee: Adults welcome also: Robin Goddard – Ukelele Room

    3:30-4:30PM: Leave No Trace: Presenting the ethics of leaving no trace in the outdoors: Pamela Rodgers & Mike Braun - Harp Room

    4:00-5:00PM: UPDATED: Ranger Recollections I: Joe Kelley – Dobro Room

    4:00-5:00PM: Music of Our American Roots: Lost Mill String Band – Violin Room

    4:30-5:30PM: NEW: KIDS TRACK: In Touch with Wildlife: A touching & learning program using bird feathers, turtle shells, etc: Limit 12 must preregister at Information Table: Lynn McCoy – Breakfast Room

    4:30-5:45PM: What Makes the Smokies Like No other National Park?: Bill & Rosemary Deitzer – Guitar Room

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: Cas Walker Tails: Mr. Cas Walker- “the ole coon hunter”: Stories & Songs about an East Tennessee Legend: Mike & Kathy Gwinn – Violin Room

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: Creative Critters: Stories & Songs about animal behavior and amazement: Doug Elliott: Dobro/Harp

    6:00PM: Wednesday hike sign ups Holiday Inn Express

    6:00-7:00PM: Bone-ON-Bone-What Hikers Need to Know on Joint Replacement: Joel & Kathy Zachry – Guitar Room

    7:00PM: NEW: UPDATED: “And Heaven and Nature Sing”: Ken Jenkins, Judy Felts & Friends: Dobro/Harp/Ukelele


    TUESDAY JANUARY 11th, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibit Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:



    9:00-10:00AM: UPDATE: Returning the Osprey to Nest in Tennessee: Ken Dubke – Harp Room

    9:30-10:30AM: Introduction to Old Time Banjo: Tony Thomas – Dobro Room

    9:00-10:30AM: NEW: Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner & the Ivory Bill: Stephen Lyn Bales: Stephen will discuss his NEW book about University of Tennessee's Dr. James T. Tanner's 1935-1941 search for the
    legendary ghost birds of the Southern swamps Ivory -Billed Woodpeckers. – Guitar Room

    *10:00-11:30AM: NEW: Meet Mr. Herb Clabo: Hear Mr. Clabo tell of near one hundred years of living in the Great Smoky Mountains or right in its back door: Veta King – Ukelele Room

    10:00-11:30AM: Backpacking -Getting Started Safely: Pamela Rodgers & Mike Braun – Violin Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: The Wolves of Bays Mountain: Recapturing of the wolves during 2009/2010: Rhonda Goins - Harp Room

    11:00AM-Noon: KIDS TRACK: Wild World of Animals: Knoxville Zoo's Zoomobile – Guitar Room

    11:00AM-Noon: NEW: Civil War in the West: Jack Carman – Dobro Room

    *12:30-1:30PM: UPDATED: Old Time Cooking & Canning: Panel discussion: Veta King: Ruth Matthews & Frances Shambaugh: Presentation of the old time methods of cooking on a wood cook stove, canning in a black cast iron pot, and preparing meals for large families. - Ukelele Room

    12:30-1:30PM: The Art of Dowsing: D Harp Room o You have the Gift?: Limit 30 participants must preregister at Information Desk: Charlie Monday - Harp Room

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Wing Things: W.C. & Glenna Julian & Lois English: They will show how many wing things dragonflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators are in our gardens and how to attract them. – Violin Room

    12:30-1:30PM: The Circle of Life, the Bear Facts: Mike Meldrum – Guitar Room

    1:00-2:00: UPDATE: Air Quality Update for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Jim Renfro – Dobro Room
    1:00-2:30PM: NEW: Low Relief Carving-Log Cabin: Don Taylor: Limit 12 must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room



    TUESDAY JANUARY 11th, 2011 cont.

    *2:00-3:00PM: NEW: Meet “Aunt Lydia Kear Whaley”: Ruth Carr Miller – Ukelele Room

    2:00-3:00: NEW: The Dolomites: Travel, Hiking & Highlights: Gudrun & Peter Seifert - Harp Room

    2:00-3:30PM: NEW: Focus: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park: The Community of Elkmont will be presented from four different perspectives: Lumber business, Resort homes & their destination, as well as special synchronous fireflies: Wilma Durpo – Violin Room

    2:00-3:00PM: Llamas Live!: Hiking with Pack Llamas: Sandy Sgrillo – Guitar Room

    2:30-3:30PM: NEW: HERITAGE: Vingettes From Sevierville's Past: Panel discussion & video: Carroll McMahan –Dobro Room

    3:00-4:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Learn About Bears Through Hands On Activities: Anne Allison & Kathy Sherrard: Limit 20: Ages kindergarten through 6th grade must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    3:30-4:30PM: NEW: Orioles! Spring & Summer: Regina Garr - Harp Room

    3:30-4:30PM: Pig Tales, Wild Hog Control in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Rick Varner – Guitar Room

    *3:30-5:00PM: NEW: Pigeon Forge Celebrates Fifty Years!: Veta King: Travel back in time to 1961 when Pigeon Forge incorporated with Mayor Xan Daveport, Vice Mayor Winfred Whaley, and Commissioner Wade McMahan at the helm. Pigeon Forge residents voted 160 to 152 to incorporate. A “Sevier County NEWs-Record” article ran in July of that same year stating that the town had 974 residents and fifty-two businesses. - Ukelele Room

    5:00-6:00PM: UPDATE: Meigs Post Line Through the Smokies: Stories from their book: Joe Kelley & Dwight McCarter: Dobro/Harp

    6:00PM: Thursday hike sign ups Holiday Inn Express

    6:15PM: UPDATE: Tales From Lost!: Dwight McCarter: Dobro/Harp

    *HERITAGE PROGRAMS: Programs celebrating our Smoky Mountain Heritage – Ukelele Room

    APPALACHIAFEST!
    A Musical Celebration of Our Heritage!: FREE! Violin/Guitar Room
    5:00-6:30 PM: Great Smoky Mountain Inhabitants & Their Music: Boogertown Gap Band
    6:45-7:15 PM Tony Thomas
    7:30 PM Carolinia Bluegrass Boys
    Clogging with Appalachian Cloggers! Attendees welcome to join in the fun



    WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibit Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:

    Oral History: Tape Your Favorite Pigeon Forge Memory: Please stop by room 101 at Music Road anytime between 10:30AM-4:00PM to share your most memorable Pigeon Forge experience of earlier times. The Pigeon Forge Library will compile these three to five minute stories into an oral history collection commemorating Pigeon Forge's Fiftieth Anniversary. Remember ordering a hamburger basket from Remacs, watching your first movie at the Midway , or your first hair cut at Tebo's barber. These are the memories that the library is searching for. Wednesday January 12th only. NEW: 10:30AM-4:00PM:

    9:00-10:00AM: Before There Were Video Games: A hands on learning experience about toys & other
    pastimes before the electronic age: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Limit 50 must preregister at Information Desk – Violin Room

    9:00-10:00AM: Scenic Tennessee: Slide presentation: Robert Schuffert – Guitar Room

    9:30-10:30AM: The Art of Dowsing: Do you have the gift? Charlie Monday: Limit 30 must preregister
    at Information Desk – Dobro Room

    9:30-10:30AM: UPDATE: Saving the Endangered Whooping Crane-The Tennessee Connection & Current Status: Ken Dubke – Ukelele Room

    10:00-11:00AM: NEW : HERITAGE: Sheriff Ray Noland Book Review: Mrs. Ersa Rhea Noland Smith: Ms. Smith will share stories of her father's experiences as high Sheriff of Sevier County – Harp Room

    10:30-11:30AM: Coal Mining Days in Story & Song: Tony Thomas – Violin Room

    10:30AM-NOON: NEW: The Dixie Highway, Rock City Barns and Burma Shave Signs: Kathy Gwinn – Guitar Room

    11AM-Noon: Be Careful Out There: Joe Taft – Ukelele Room

    11:30AM-12:30PM: Carolinia Bluergrass Boys Concert: ALSO: Appalachian Cloggers come join in on the fun!: Dobro/Harp

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Is Your Landscape Escaping? Kristine Johnson – Ukelele Room

    1:00-2:00PM: Wild Ones Among Us: Lynne McCoy: Live animal show – Harp Room

    1:00-2:00PM: NEW: Native American Stories: Robert “Red Hawk” Eldridge - Guitar Room



    WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2011 cont.

    1:00-2:00PM: NEW: Hands-ON History: Calico & Bandanas: Pat Thomas: A history of calico & bandanas combined with coloring a cotton bandana for each participant: Limit 15 students must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    1:00-2:30PM: Old Time String Band Concert: Boogertown Gap Band – Dobro Room

    1:30-2:30PM: Bluebirds Year – Round!: Steve Garr – Violin Room

    2:00-3:00PM: Wildflowers of Tennessee: Jack Carman – Ukelele Room

    2:30-3:30PM: NEW: An Overview of the National Wildlife Refuge System: Jim Wigginton – Guitar Room

    2:30-3:30PM: NEW: Exploring the Smokies with Physical and/or Mental Challenges: Carolyn Templeton – Harp Room

    3:00-3:45PM: The Cumberland Trail, A State Scenic Trail: Tony Hook – Violin Room

    3:00-4:00PM: UPDATE: Ranger Recollections II: Joe Kelley – Dobro Room

    3:00-4:00PM: The Art of Dowsing: Do You have the Gift? Charlie Monday: Limit 30 must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    3:15-4:15PM: NEW: HERITAGE: Old Time Hymns: Don Huskey, Marcia Huskey Nelson & Roger Helton: These songs of praise are the songs you sang as a child. They filled the little one room churches of the Smokies in earlier times. – Ukelele Room

    4:00-5:00PM: NEW: Who Lives in These Woods? Creatures Worth Saving: Joel & Kathy Zachry – Guitar Room

    4:30-5:30PM: HERITAGE: The Perry's Camp Murders: Robert S. Allen & Steve O. Watson: Listen and learn of one of Sevier County's most infamous murder cases that took place in 1949. – Ukelele Room

    4:30-5:30PM: Carolinia Bluegrass Boys Concert: ALSO: Appalachian Cloggers come join the fun: Dobro/Harp

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: HERITAGE: Noted and Peculiar Court Cases of Earlier Times: Veta King: Sevier County Circuit Court Judge, the Honorable Rex Henry Ogle and attorneys Mr. John B. Waters, Jr. and Mr. Jerry McCarter tell of early justice of the Peace courts and unusual county court cases of the past. – Violin Room

    6:00PM: Friday hike sign ups Holiday Inn Express

    6:00-7:00PM: NEW: Transitions: Finding the Familiar in a Changing World: Doug Mills: From the Heartland Series:
    Dobro/Harp

    6:30PM: Slow Jam: Tony Thomas: Bring your own instrument or simply plan to enjoy and listen – Guitar Room

    7:15PM: UPDATE: A Celebration of the Heartland Series: Bill Landry: Dobro/Harp:



    THURSDAY JANUARY 13, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibitor Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:

    8:00-11:00AM: Introduction to Tracking People in the Outdoors: Joe Kelley: Dress to go outside – Harp Room

    9:00-10:00AM: Introduction to Musical Instruments in Story & Song: Tony Thomas – Dobro Room

    9:00-10:00AM: An Overview of Primitive Wilderness Skills: Larry (Coyote) Smith – Guitar Room

    9:30-10:30AM: Green Power Switch: ReNEWable Energy: Lucas Harkelroad – Violin Room

    10:15-11:15AM: UPDATED: The Hidden Garden II: Learn to See: Dr. Alan Heilman – Ukelele Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: The Autoharp: Making Instant Music: Judy Carson – Dobro Room

    11AM-NOON: NEW: Survival Lessons from an Aircraft Accident: Joe Taft – Violin Room

    11AM-NOON: Scenic Alabama: Robert Schuffert: Slide Presentation – Guitar Room

    11:30AM-12:30PM: Creating a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife: Phylis Rollins – Harp Room

    NOON-1:30PM: Identifing Local Birds of Prey: Stephen Lyn Bales – Ukelele Room

    12:30-1:30PM: O! Possum!: Lynne McCoy: Live Animal Show – Guitar Room

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: The Banjo in Appalachia: Boggertown Gap Band – Dobro Room

    12:45-1:45PM: Where's Mommy? Rehabilitation of Orphaned Wildlife: Phylis Rollins – Harp Room

    1:00-2:00PM: Hands- ON- History: Calligraphy & Penmanship: Pat Thomas: History of calligraphy combined with brief instruction & materials to practice letter formation & write out a quote about the mountains: Limit 15 must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    2:00-3:00PM: KIDS TRACK: “Wild Wonders” : Knoxville Zoo Bird Show: VOILIN/GUITAR

    2:00-3:30PM: UPDATED: HERITAGE: The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbriar: Robin Goddard – Dobro Room

    2:30-3:30PM: NEW: Bicycling Adventures On & Off the Road: Elle Colquitt – Harp Room



    THURSDAY JANUARY 13th, 2011 cont.

    2:00-3:30PM: NEW: “What Matters Mathers Most” Creating a National Park System: Kathy Gwinn – Ukelele Room

    3:00-4:30PM: KIDS TRACK: Let's Sketch a Bird: Louise Bales: All material provided: Limit 20 students 12 years old and older: Must preregister at Information Desk – Breakfast Room

    3:30-5:30PM: NEW: Traditional Entertaining & Storytelling from the Smokies: Smoky Mountains Storytelling Association – Guitar Room

    3:30-5:30PM: NEW: Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Slide Presentation: Bert Kunze – Violin Room

    4:00-5:00PM: UPDATED: Hosting Hummingbirds!: Regina Garr – Ukelele Room

    4:00-5:00PM: The Spirits of Cades Cove: Slide Presentation: Mike Meldrum – Dobro Room

    4:00-5:00PM: UPDATE: Elk in the Smokies-Home Again: Joe Yarkovick – Harp Room

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: HERITAGE: The Cherokee: Learn of the history of the Cherokees in the Great Smoky Mountains and the formation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation: Jon Elder – Harp Room

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: Eagle-Facts & Legends: Bob Hatcher – Ukelele Room

    5:30-6:30PM: NEW: Old Time Music by Multi Instrumentalist Roger Helton – Dobro Room

    6:00PM: Saturday hike sign ups Holiday Inn Express

    6:00-7:00PM: HERITAGE: Whaley Family Singers: Old Hymns & Songs of Faith – Violin Room

    7:30PM: UPDATED: NEW: The Spiritual Side of Nature: Chuck Summers & Ken Jenkins: Dobro/Harp

    8:30PM: Lore of the Moon & Stars: Stuart Carroll: Dress to go Outside – Guitar Room



    FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    Information Desk Open: 7:00AM-9:00PM
    Vendor/Exhibitor Hall Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-6:00PM:


    7:00-11:00AM: Managing the Search Function: Joe Kelley: Study some of the Smokies most famous Search & Rescue operations: Limit 70 must preregister at Information Desk – Guitar Room

    8:30-10:00AM: Bird Songs of the Smokies: Mark Dunaway – Ukelele Room

    9:00-10:00AM: KIDS TRACK: Silly Safari Show: Live Animal Show: DOBRO/HARP

    9:00-10:30AM: Learn to Play the Harmonica in the Key of “C”: Tony Thomas – Violin Room

    10:30-11:30AM: Do It Yourself: Building a Backyard Habitat: Mark Dunaway – Harp Room

    10:30AM-NOON: “Gear Fitting for Day Hikes”: Jim Richards – Dobro Room

    10:30AM-NOON: The Wolves of Bays Mountain: Rhonda Goins – Ukelele Room

    11:00AM-NOON: The Amazing Diversity of Fall Creek Falls State Park: Stuart Carroll: Slide – Violin Room

    11:30AM-12:30PM: Hiking & Photography: Robert Schuffert: Slide Presentation – Guitar Room

    12:30-1:30PM:NEW: Why Here and Not There? Carolyn Templeton & Kent Cave: A discussion of the differences between National Parks, National Forests, National Scenic Rivers, National Monuments, National Battlefields, National Cemeteries and National Recreation Areas – Dobro Room

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Baby Songbirds in Your Yard!: Regina Garr – Harp Room

    1:00-2:00PM: Unusual Camping Tricks & Gizmos: Larry “Coyote” Smith – Ukelele Room

    1:00-2:00PM : UPDATE: The Smokies Amazing Stories on the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory: Todd Witcher – Guitar Room

    1:00-2:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Young Artists Coloring Sessions: Limit 20: 12 years old and under must preregister at the Information Table – Breakfast Room



    FRIDAY JANUARY 14, 2011 cont.

    1:30-3:00PM: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: Deby Libby, Ginny Cliett & Linda Smith: Limit 25 students must preregister at Information Desk: Limited amount of dulcimers available best to bring own: Observers welcome – Violin Room

    2:00-3:00PM: Down By the Old Mill Stream: Mike Meldrum: Slide presentation – Harp Room

    2:30-3:30PM: UPDATE: Lakes, Lighthouses & Landscapes of the North Woods: Kendall Chiles: Slide presentation – Dobro Room

    3:00-4:00PM: NEW: National Wildlife Refuges of Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama & Mississippi: Jim Wigginton – Ukelele Room

    3:00-4:00PM: NEW: Learn To Play the Washboard, Spoons & Fiddle Sticks: Boggertown Gap Band: Limit 12 participants must preregister at Information table – Breakfast Room

    3:30-4:30PM: UPDATE: Challenger Opens Doors? Bob Hatcher: VIOLIN/GUITER

    3:30-4:30PM: NEW: Bears, Boars & Bulls: Thirty Years of Wildlife Management in the Smokies: Kim Delozier – Harp Room

    3:30-5:00PM: UPDATE: Walking in the Beauty of the Natural World: Don McGowan: Slide presentation - Dobro Room

    4:30-5:00PM: American Eagle Foundation: Wings of America: VIOLIN/GUITAR

    5:00-6:00PM: NEW: Some Winter Birds of the Smokies: Dr. Fred Alsop – Harp Room

    5:00-6:00PM: NEW: Wonders of Wildflowers: Brad Jones: Slide presentation - Ukelele Room

    6:30PM: Slow Jam: Tony Thomas: Bring your own instrument or simply plan to enjoy and listen – Guitar Room

    6:30-7:30PM: Wild Hog Management: David Whitehead – Violin Room

    6:30-7:30PM: NEW: America's Diverse Landscape: Chuck Summers: Slide presentation: DOBRO/HARP

    8:00PM: NEW: Out Under the Sky-Harvey Broom & the Tennessee Beginnings of the Wilderness Society: Charles Maynard: Dobro/Harp



    SATURDAY JANUARY 15, 2011

    WORKSHOPS, LECTURES & SLIDE PRESENTATIONS
    MUSIC ROAD HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER

    NEW: Special Photo Exhibit: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress – Cello Room
    Photo Exhibit Open: 9:00AM-3:00PM:

    NEW: SMOKIES THROUGH the LENS: Hands- ON Instructional Photography Classes – Violin/Guitar Room

    8:30-10:00AM: Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: Deby Libby, Ginny Cliett & Linda Smith: Some
    dulcimers available but limited: Limit: 25 students must preregister at Information Desk:Observers welcome – Violin Room

    9:00-10:00AM: The Appalachian Trail: An Entertaining Adventure: Jeff Alt – Dobro Room

    9:00-10:00AM: A Year in the Life of a Black Bear: David Whitehead – Harp Room

    9:00-10:00AM: NEW: Cades Cove Military History: Jerry Cunningham – Ukelele Room
    9:00AM-NOON: Photography Workshop: Don McGowan, Kendall Chiles & Harold Stinnettee – Guitar Room

    NEW: KIDS TRACK: 10:00-11:30AM: Nature Games for Children: Brad Jones: Limit 40 Kids: Will
    meet in hallway next to Cello Room must preregister at Information Desk: Dress to go outdoors: Will do a Nature Scavenger Hunt, Play Bat & Moth and take a Nature Hike – Cello Room

    10:15-11:15AM: NEW: KIDS TRACK & PARENTS: Jeff Alt: The Smoky Mountain Adventures of
    Bubba Jones: A fun interactive event for kids & parents full of expert hiking & camping tips - Dobro Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: In Digital Photography: What is Lightroom? Is Lightroom Right for You? What are the Alternatives? Bob McAnally – Violin Room

    10:30-11:45AM: KIDS TRACK: Bays Mountain Raptors: Live bird show: Bays Mountain Raptor Center – Harp Room

    10:30-11:30AM: NEW: Images of Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project: Anne Bridges & Ken Wise – Ukelele Room

    NOON-1:00PM: NEW: Learn Lightroom Library Module: Bob McAnally – Violin Room

    NOON-1:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Silly Safari Show: Live Animal Show: DOBRO/HARP

    12:30-1:30PM: NEW: Turn Your Photos into DVDs with Music & Narration in Twenty Minutes: Jim Eastin – Guitar Room

    1:00-2:15PM: NEW: A Cades Cove Childhood: J.C. & Margaret McCaulley – Ukelele Room

    1:30-2:30PM: NEW: Adobe Lightroom: Easy To Use & Learn Photo Editing Software: Colby Mclemore – Violin Room



    SATURDAY JANUARY 15, 2011 cont.

    1:30-2:30PM: NEW: Something Old, Something NEW, Something Borrowed & Something Grew: Donna Stinnett: As people moved through America & Appalachia their culture & plants came with them – Dobro Room

    2:00-3:00PM: NEW: 75th Anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway: “Gentlemen, You Will have a Rough Road to Travel”: The battle between Tennessee & North Carolinia over the Park Way route: Dr. Harley Jolley & Stuart Jolley – Harp Room

    2:00-3:00PM: NEW: Your Traveling Photography Kit: Jim Eastin – Guitar Room

    2:00-3:00PM: NEW: KIDS TRACK & ADULTS: Bogger a Tall Tale of the Mountains: Mary Phillips: A reading & nature program for kids & adults: Limit: 25 Kids Kindergarten through 6th grade & limit 15 Adults. Must pre-register at Information Table – Breakfast Room

    2:30-3:30PM: NEW: When Momma was the Doctor in Cades Cove: Dr. Gail Palmer – Ukelele Room

    3:00-4:00PM: NEW: In the name of Nature: Brad Jones: Slide presentation – Dobro Room

    3:00 – 6:00: Photo Exhibit Pick-up. All photo entries must be picked up by 6:00 P.M. – Cello Room

    3:00-4:00PM: NEW: Adobe Lightroom for Wilderness & Scenic Photography: Colby McLemore – Violin Room

    3:30-4:30PM: NEW: Taking Your Photography to Your Next Level: Ron Plasencia & Larry Perry – Guitar Room

    3:30-4:30PM: KIDS TRACK: Hug-A-Tree and Survive for Kids: Joey Holt – Harp Room

    3:45-5:00PM: Nathan Sparks-A Cades Cove Frontiersman 1828-1891: Larry Sparks – Ukelele Room

    4:00-5:00PM: KIDS TRACK: Young Artists Coloring Session: Louise Bales: Limit 20 Kids 12 years old and under must preregister at Information Desk All materials needed will be provided – Breakfast Room

    4:30-5:30PM: NEW: Wonderful Waterfalls: Tennessee Treasures: William Carter: Slide Presentation – Dobro Room

    4:30-6:30PM: NEW: Photography & the Creative Process: William Jordan IV – Violin Room

    6:00-7:00PM: NEW: Three Professors and a Mule: Charles Maynard: One hundred years ago three professors from Maryville College walked through the Smokies with the help of a mule: DOBRO/HARP

    7:15PM: Ken Jenkins: NEW Program: DOBRO/HARP



    ALL SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


    NEW THIS YEAR

    Wednesday January 12th: Room 101 at Music Road: 10:30AM-4:00PM: ORAL HISTORY: Tape Your Favorite Pigeon Forge Memory. The Pigeon Forge Library will compile three to five minute stories into an oral history collection commemorating Pigeon Forge's Fiftieth Anniversary. Wednesday 12th only:

    Special Photo Exhibit: CELLO ROOM: Pigeon Forge Fifty Years of Progress: A wonderful & historic collections of photos that takes a look at Pigeon Forge's families, businesses, leaders and much more over the last fifty years. Also in the Vendor/Exhibitor Hall a unique display detailing Pigeon Forge's growth over the past fifty years as well.

    HIKES: All hike & field trip sign ups will be held at the Holiday Inn Express across the street from Music Road Hotel & Convention Center. All sign ups will be held at 6:00 pm DAILY EXCEPT FOR SATURDAY 8th which will be 11:30AM Sunday 9th hike sign ups & 6:00PM Monday 10th hike sign ups. All will be held at Holiday Inn Express.

    Saturday January 15th: UKELELE ROOM: HERITAGE TRACK: Five programs starting at 9:00AM that morning all detailing Cades Cove and it's rich history going on until 5:00PM that evening.

    Saturday January 15th:NEW:SMOKIES THROUGH the LENS: Starting at 10:30AM in the VIOLIN ROOM &9:00AM GUITAR ROOM: These track programs are hands-on-instructional & educational classes dedicated to helping you improve your photography skills.

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