We had a vacation in the mountains, and while I was saddened that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was closed, I decided to be happy and enjoy the trip.
We had a fine time at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre with a musical comedy melodrama. This family owned small theatre has been there for decades. Following the main play, there were more musical numbers and a sing-along. When was the last time you got to sing "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am" with a hundred other people?
Gatlinburg is a town with a dual personality. There are both the tourist trap attractions, and a long standing artist and craftsman community. My favorite is the Arrowcraft Shop, which is almost like an arts and crafts gallery. All the artists displayed are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and every thing is beautiful: pottery, baskets, woodwork, jewelry... There is often a crafting demonstration going on.
Also in town is the Spinnery, a very nice yarn shop. I think I bought enough roving to keep me spinning for a year.
On the outskirts of town is the Arts & Crafts Community, with probably 100 shops. There wasn't any tatting, but there was a bead shop and a quilt shop. Apple Annie's had nice vintage linens. Alewine Pottery had exceptionally nice pottery and a work room where you could watch 2 potters at work. I got to watch a lady making really pretty brooms at the Ogle Broom shop.
Meanwhile, back in town, there were almost continual live bluegrass bands playing in front of both moonshine stores. I love bluegrass. DH hates it, so I didn't make him come along.
While the National parks were closed, I found this city park where I could walk along side the creek for a bit.
Are you bored yet? Tatting will resume shortly.