Smoky Mountain Blog
Labor Day LakeAlooza & Fireworks Celebration
August 29th – 31st
Guests and local residents are booking accommodations and putting the boat on the trailer as they prepare to head to Fontana Village Resort for this Summer’s send-off festivities featuring Fontana Village Resort’s fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration.
On Saturday, August 30th from 3:00pm - 7:00 pm the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. Come join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina located on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music straight out of WNC that will bring the lake to life. The Josh Fields Band will be performing a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. They pride themselves on very tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows. So if you like real music, strong harmonies, tight arrangements and talented musicians you'll love the Josh Fields Band. Come ready to have fun and cool off in the water!
Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music, and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard & kayak races, and even a frozen T-shirt contest! Come have fun on the lake with the entire family this Labor Day Holiday weekend!
For your evening entertainment, be sure to stop by and enjoy music from local band Fastgear, who will be performing from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will also be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30pm in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. Guests coming for the fireworks and evening entertainment are advised to arrive early for parking and seating at the Wildwood Grill. The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
For additional information and the full event schedule visit our events page at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800.849.2258.
Dillsboro 125th YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Enjoy a great festival in celebration of Dillsboro's 125th year. Crafters participating will have wares depicting this time period including quilting, blacksmithing, gourds, papermaking, carving/whittling, embroidery, soap making, candle making, beekeeping, metal work, etc.
Birthday Celebration Train to Dillsboro!
On September 6, 2014, from 10am until 4pm, this historic mountain town of Dillsboro is celebrating their 125th anniversary in a big way! The Town of Dillsboro has gone all out to arrange entertainment, vendors, demonstrators, exhibits, children’s games, and touches of history. Not only do the merchants love the very idea of the town, but they love where they live, and want to show their support for the town’s history by providing demonstrations of old-time arts and crafts, and provide a look at the way of life in the past.
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be running a special celebration train September 6th, departing at 1pm and returning to Bryson City at 5:15pm. Passengers will enjoy the Tuckasegee River Excursion route and will arrive in Dillsboro at 2:15pm for a 2-hour layover.
Visitors will enjoy demonstrators in tents along Front Street (by the railroad tracks), sharing their skills—making baskets, leather products, pottery, corn shuck dolls, needle crafts, soap making, books, chair caning, spinning, candle making, herbs/teas, beekeeping, stained glass/jewelry, gourd art, and more. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s “Traditional Heritage Walk” will encircle the courtyard across from the vendors. This area will include nature and mural art, an apple butter exhibit, a “Wash Day of Old” exhibit, quilting on a rack, sewing on an 1866 peddle-sewing machine, and making crepe paper roses for decoration day. The Smoky Mountain Quilt Guild will line the front porch area with knitting, rug hooking, quilting, piecing, dolls, puzzles, chicken scratch quilting and a hand-crank sewing machine demonstration.
For More information visit: http://www.gsmr.com
Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
Brand-New Folk School Catalog Has Arrived!
Adventure awaits you at the Folk School
The newest class catalog is here! The cover features a colorful quilt made by Julie Sibley. This quilt speaks of the joyful adventures and possibilities that await each Folk School student.
If you'd like to receive a Folk School catalog for the first time, please complete our online form. You can now browse and register for classes from July 2014 through June 2015.
Smoky Mountain Host Teams up with Keep My Planet Green
We’ve found the perfect sustainability program to attract the growing number of green tourists to our region and we encourage you to participate by becoming a Keep My Planet Green Certified Travel Destination. The program allows your guests to offset the environmental affects of their travel, and offers certified partners a no cost marketing program designed to attract new visitors and promote your environmental efforts.
As a regional partner, Keep My Planet Green will promote our region's commitment to overall sustainability and our collective positive impact.
Visit the Keep My Planet Green Visit Smokies at www.keepmyplanetgreen.com/partner/visitsmokies/.
Alison Thomas & Rocky Kurland from Keep My Planet Green will be contacting our lodging members soon.
Stars & Stripes Celebration JULY 4th & Kids Patriotic Parade in Downtown Waynesville
The “Stars & Stripes Celebration” on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville continues after it began 23 years ago. Every July 4th holiday consists of the Waynesville Kiwanis Club volunteers lining the Main Street area with oversized American flags. Shops, galleries and restaurants are open all day. Sidewalk areas are filled with entertainment, musicians, Uncle Sam, & more along the Main Street area. The Haywood Community Band performs on courthouse lawn at 2pm.
July 4th Celebration At Fontana Village Resort
Fireworks and Fun In the Smokies
The barbeque pit is ready, the music line up is hot and the fireworks are aimed towards the sky for this year’s annual July 4th Celebration at Fontana Village Resort. This year’s celebration includes a full slate of activities and entertainment for the entire family. The activities schedule runs from Wednesday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 5th.
Live entertainment will be performing all weekend long from the resort’s Summer Music Series. Kicking off the musical line up is the Larry Barnett Duo on July 2nd. They will be playing a number of different instruments and styles of bluegrass music. Performance will be on the Wildwood Grill Porch from 7pm - 10pm. Then on July 3rd we welcome Unit 50 to Fontana!
Join us out on the Wildwood Sundeck for a show from Asheville's premier Classic Rock band. They will be playing music ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Kansas and Pink Floyd. Performance will be on the Wildwood Sundeck from 7pm -10pm or in the Events Hall in case of rain.
On July 4th Fast Gear will kick off the 4th in style! This local group from Robbinsville, NC will be playing an eclectic mix of country-rock favorites on the Wildwood Sundeck from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Fast Gear is followed by the evening’s headliner, The Chillbillies, from Knoxville, TN beginning at 9:00pm. This Eastern Tennessee favorite will be playing a smoking hot blues-rock mix for the evening both before and after the fireworks. Their performance will be held in the Events Hall.
On July 5th Old Red Schoolhouse will round out the weekend’s celebration! Be sure to tune in to this Classic Country band featuring Steve Weams. Performance will be on the Wildwood Sundeck from 7pm - 10pm or in the Events Hall in case of rain.
Category: Smoky Mountain Holidays