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Thanksgiving Family Festival At Fontana Village
Classic Thanksgiving Feast and Fun For The Entire Family
Fontana Village Resort has the table set for this Thanksgiving with a full plate of holiday favorites prepared by our Chef at the Mountview Restaurant and an even bigger plate of outdoor fun and activities for the entire family. The Mountview Restaurant’s holiday menu will be featuring all of the family favorites including Roasted Turkey with Homemade Cranberry Sauce, Smoked Honey-Glazed Ham, Herb Crusted Roast Beef with Gravy and Smoky Mountain Trout cakes. Our Chef has paired these delicious entrees with everyone’s favorite side dishes, fresh baked breads and desserts.
The resort has planned a wonderful holiday schedule of fun including live music, hayrides, square dancing in the events hall, kid’s crafts, tree-trimming parties, lake cruises, guided hikes in the forest, field games and marshmallow roasts around the campfire! There will be something for the entire family to enjoy. Make some special Thanksgiving memories at Fontana Village Resort this year!
For the full event schedule visit our website at www.fontanavillage.com
Dinner Reservations Are Required
Fontana Village Resort
THE POLAR EXPRESS
The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad's Seasonal Service to the North Pole
In 1985, Chris Van Allsburg wrote The Polar Express, a story of a magical train ride on Christmas Eve. The train takes a young boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus. "The Polar Express," published by Houghton Mifflin Company, has become a contemporary holiday classic, with over 6 million copies sold worldwide. In 2004 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. reunited the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis in an inspiring animated version. That same year GSMR began operating THE POLAR EXPRESS. Over 45,000 passengers rode THE POLAR EXPRESS with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2012.
Thanksgiving at Rabun Manor
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National Park Service Announces Agreement to Reopen Smokies
The National Park Service announced that it has entered into an agreement with the State of Tennessee that will allow Great Smoky Mountains National Park to temporarily reopen on Wednesday, October 16, after being closed for 15 days due to the partial government shutdown. The park will begin opening facilities at 8:00 a.m.
The state of Tennessee, working in partnership with Blount and Sevier counties, is donating funds to the National Park Service for the sole purpose of enabling National Park Service employees to reopen and manage Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The agreement funds the park for a period of 5 days, running from October 16 through October 21 at the donated amount of $300,500.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has also been working with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to reopen the park which lies in both states. The state of North Carolina has expressed interest in providing financial support for the reopening.
“We are grateful that our Blount and Sevier county neighbors and the states of Tennessee and North Carolina have offered to support reopening the park,” said Park Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “We are anxious to welcome the public back into the park to enjoy the changing fall colors.”
Due to the lack of appropriations from Congress, the Department of the Interior was forced to close all national parks across the country and furlough more than 20,000 National Park Service employees who ensure the safety of visitors and the security of the resources.
Responding to the economic impacts that the park closures are having on many communities and local businesses, Secretary of the Interior Jewell announced last week that she would consider agreements with Governors who indicate an interest and ability to fully fund National Park Service personnel to re-open national parks in their states.
“This is a practical and temporary solution that will lessen the pain for some businesses and communities in Tennessee during this shutdown,” said Secretary Sally Jewell. “We want to re-open all of our national parks as quickly possible for everyone to enjoy and call on Congress to pass a clean continuing resolution to open the government.”
The Blue Ridge Parkway Remains Open
Visitors and residents can still enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most visited unit of the National Park Service, even with a federal government shutdown. But with visitor centers and other staffed facilities closed, careful planning is recommended for travelers driving along the 252 miles from the North Carolina High Country to the Great Smoky Mountains.
North Carolina state parks - Stone Mountain, Mount Jefferson, Mount Mitchell and Grandfather Mountain - also make ideal stopping points. Reports from rangers at state parks across North Carolina are posted at VisitNC.com/fall to keep leaf-watchers informed about the foliage and other conditions.
Staffed facilities at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are also unavailable with the shutdown. But the scenery along U.S. 441 will remain accessible, and area outfitters and attractions can immerse visitors in a spectacular fall experience.
Park Remains Closed During the Government Shutdown
Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains closed following the shutdown of the federal government. The Smokies, along with all 401 National Park Service units, closed visitor facilities on October 1, 2013. All visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, and roads are closed except for Newfound Gap Road (Hwy 441), the Spur, and the Gatlinburg Bypass.
A Small Town's Answer to the Federal Government Shutdown: "Shut Down? Shut Up!"
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 08:35 | Written by Karen Wilmot, Executive Director of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce | | Print | | E-mail
Bryson City, North Carolina is a small town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Now that the Government shutdown threatens to jeopardize the fall tourist season, Bryson City's message is clear — 'Shut down? Shut Up! There's still plenty to see and do in the Great Smoky Mountains.'
Watch this 2-1/2 minute video to find out all the fun things to experience in and around Bryson City and Cherokee North Carolina …in spite of the federal government shutdown.
"We wanted to showcase the broad array of attractions and activities you can still enjoy in our corner of Western North Carolina", said Karen Wilmot, Executive Director of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. "And to let the traveling public know that fall color is expected to be fabulous this year and we are open for business here in the Smoky Mountains."
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ColorFest Brings a Dash of Paris to Dillsboro on Oct. 5
This mountain village will have a dash of Paris on Saturday, Oct. 5, with artists stationed under colorful umbrellas and tents and creating their treasures during the fifth annual "ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia" festival.
Trail's Delayed Harvest Waters to Receive Nearly 20,000 Trout
The delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River - a main stop on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail - will be stocked with 19,600 trout this fall.
The stocking will be conducted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in two segments: 9,800 trout the first week of October, and 9,800 trout the first week of November.
Brook and rainbow trout will account for 80 percent of the fish placed in the river, with brown trout making up the remaining 20 percent.