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.