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  • Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

    Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

    Dolly Parton once said, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Play is part of our journey, and for families during the holiday season, Dollywood offers an opportunity for playfulness. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

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    The Front Row People

    The Hunter family reunion. It has been a strong, clannish Scots-Irish tradition since long before I was born. They took place long before a family photo at these occasions also became a tradition. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Stories

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    Sounds Crazy, But It Works

    Fairies, elves, dwarves, water maidens, monsters, and more. Soldiers and heroes of the American Revolution. Founding Fathers of our country like Washington and Jefferson. Cherokee and Shawnee women and warriors. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Stories

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    Mountain Folk

    Daniel thought he spotted wings in the trees. But he couldn’t be sure. He’d been hunting on the rugged mountain since morning. Now it was nearly dusk. He was tired and more than a little hungry. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Stories

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    Come Meet My Folks, Won’t You?

    It all started when I got sick and ended up in bed for a few days. To pass the time, I grabbed a wild image that had long been bouncing around in my head—an image of a young Daniel Boone helping a winged fairy combat a deadly wampus cat. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Stories

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    Courtesy of the Bob Moog Foundation

    Hooked on Moog

    An unimposing museum in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, celebrates the legacy of synthesizer designer Robert Moog, whose 1964 invention of the commercial synthesizer helped revolutionize the face of music. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

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    Stoking the Melodic Fire Within

    In American music it happens all the time, and it’s happening now. A slew of young and rapidly rising musical acts, brimming with talent and purpose, are blossoming in the current Southern Appalachian scene. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Art+Music

  • Triumph and Tragedy: Fontana Dam

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    Triumph and Tragedy

    Born in Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains, the Little Tennessee River made its way north into North Carolina, where it traced a circuitous but unfettered path through the rugged Smokies’ landscape before entering Tennessee. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

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    Stories

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  • A Baker's Dozen of Great Gatlinburg Craft Shops

    A Baker's Dozen of Great Gatlinburg Craft Shops

    In Gatlinburg, Tennessee, traditional mountain handicrafts still occupy a prominent place in the local culture despite the town’s thoroughly modern amenities. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Art+Music

  • The Smokies’ Trailmaster

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    A Conversation With the Smokies’ Trailmaster

    Tobias Miller first arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2002. After working on trail crews during high school and college, he was convinced that a National Park Service career was the way to go. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

  • Twentymile Loop

    On the Trail in the Smokies

    If you’re looking for a moderate, low-elevation hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the winter, the Twentymile Creek section is a good place to go. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors

  • War and Peace on the Parkway

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    War and Peace on the Parkway

    When I’m out enjoying snowy vistas on the Blue Ridge Parkway, it’s usually with a pair of skis attached to my feet. I glide through the crystallized water, I breathe deeply, and I drink in the views and the silence. Read more

    Dec 1, 2021

    12:00 AM

    Outdoors