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ocated in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Ross and Pam Leslie have been specializing in primitive home dĂŠcor for over 30 years as The Heart of Country. They now have retail space in two locations, Knoxville and Maryville, inside of Homespun.



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Jimmy Martin was born in Sneedville, TN


immy Martin was born in Sneedville, Tennessee in 1927. A local boy that eventually was crowned the King of Blue Grass. Jimmy lost his father to pneumonia at the age of four, leaving his family destitute. Jimmy left school in the third grade to work in the tobacco fields. But Jimmy was a creative kid, making his first guitar out of a Prince Albert cigar can because Prince Albert was a sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry. While Jimmy’s family was too poor to own a radio, Jimmy didn’t miss the Grand Ole Opry; he would go into town on Saturday nights and ask someone sitting in their car if they would turn on the radio on so he could listen to Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe on the Grand Ole Opry After getting fired from a job in Morristown, TN, for singing on the job, Jimmy boarded a bus and headed for Nashville. Landing at the Grand Ole Opry, Jimmy talked his way backstage to meet his idol, bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. Monroe admired young Jimmy’s bravery and agreed to audition him on the spot. Together, they sang Old Cross Roads. A week later, Jimmy was in Fort Smith, Arkansas, singing on stage with Bill Monroe. Jimmy spent five years as Monroe’s lead singer and rhythm guitar player. They recorded classics as The Little Girl, Sitting Alone, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome, and countless others. After a short time with Jim Martin and the Osborne Brothers, Jimmy started his band, Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Together

the group recorded 130 sides for Decca Records with hits like Don’t Cry for Me, Future on Ice, Freeborn Man, and more. After 18 years with Decca, Jimmy started his own record label Sunny Mountain Music where he recorded six full albums. In 1972 Jimmy joined a parade of stars that included Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybell Carter, and more to record a threerecord album, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” which became a gold record. Jimmy has numerous hits on the country charts and won multiple songwriter and vocalist awards and a member of the International Blue Grass Hall of Fame. James Henry “Jimmy” Martin died on May 14, 2005, in Nashville, TN, he was 78 years old.

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THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR Three Gold Star women, linked forever by unimaginable loss, share their inspiring, unlikely journey that began on the worst day of their lives.


hat happens when tragedy knocks on your front door? For Ryan Manion, Amy Looney Heffernan, and Heather Kelly, it was a literal knock, with men standing in crisply pressed uniforms. They had news. News that gutted them to the core -- the death of their loved ones, a brother and two husbands -- in combat zones. This is their story. The story of three women, bonded by grief and purpose. Grief because they lost their best friends in war. Purpose because they resolved -- together -- to do something about it. To turn loss into inspiration for others and to channel the love that they had for the men in their lives into love for others through service and the establishment of the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF.) THE KNOCK AT THE DOOR details the authors’ unique experiences of loss and how their journeys brought them together. It is intended for any reader who has been challenged to demonstrate resilience in the face of struggle of

any kind. Ryan Manion is the surviving sister of Marine 1stLt. Travis Manion, who was killed in Iraq on April 29, 2007. His death served as the inspiration for establishing Travis Manion Foundation, a nationally recognized veteran service organization. Today Ryan leads the foundation as President. Amy Looney Heffernan is the surviving spouse of LT Brendan Looney, a West Coast-based Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on September 21, 2010. Amy serves as the Vice-President of TMF. Heather Kelly is the surviving spouse of Marine 1stLt. Robert Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan on November 9, 2010. As West Region Program Mgr. for TMF, Heather works closely with veterans returning to civilian life, the surviving family members of those who make the ultimate sacrifice, and fostering America's next generation of leaders.

Feature Story West Jefferson, NC – Sexton Christmas Tree Farm...........................................6 Holiday Season – by Wesley Barker..................................................................7 A Cozy Town for the Holidays...........................................................................7 PBS – Jimmy Martin – Sneedville, TN...............................................................3 Must Buy Book of the Month: The Knock At the Door – Travis Manion Foundation ...................................... 4 Marijuana – Friend or Foe? by Owen Haddock ............................................... 5 Mike Farris – Soul of Christmas Concerts 2019.................................................8 American Badlands – Birthplace of Country Music Museum............................8 I-25 West NC Welcome Center – Highest Mountain Peaks............................10 Healthy Mtn Gardener Tips.............................................................................11 Explore the Art Studios of Toe River - by Leah Hughes..................................12 Ooak Gallery...................................................................................................12 Pappy’s Gunsmithin’ and Backwoods Livin’.....................................................15 Marble Springs State Historic Site...................................................................19 Bays Mountain Planterium...............................................................................21 Oak Ridge Civic Music Association.................................................................23

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MARIJUANA – FRIEND OR FOE? By Owen Haddock, Military Editor

Abbreviated from DRUG ABUSE FACTS ABOUT MARIJUANA, MENTAL HEALTH AND LIVING A DRUG FREE LIFE by Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4) David Mccuistion, USN, Ret. His combat experience in 1968 Vietnam was with the “Brown Water” Navy known for its close action in the Mekong Delta. He was also an instructor in surface warfare and aviation. He retired to producing award winning NJROTC units. Chief McCuistion reports: “Regardless of the facts and known negative short- and Long term impact on society, the U. S. marijuana lobby continues to push for legalization of its use. Pro-marijuana advocates want it treated on an equal level with alcohol and tobacco – despite the known fact that the longterm use and abuse of marijuana has a long term negative impact – mentally, physically and economically – on the overall welfare of society. Fact – for decades people have known that marijuana lead to use of more powerful mind altering drugs. Fact – for decades it has been known that habitual use of marijuana is a cause of violence, mental health decline and illness such as schizophrenia. Fact – marijuana sale and use is against the law in several WO4 DAVID A MCCUISTION USN, RET. countries and federal law in the United States. Chief McCuistion will be documenting the most current research in his presentation. For example New York Times writer Alex Berenson recently authored TELL YOUR CHILDREN, Tell Your Children the Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence. At the Military Order of World Wars 2018 National Convention, I presented a National Security Report on drug impact on National Security. At that time I was MOWW’s National Security Chair. Four star General Barry R. McCaffery read the report. He had served as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He was also an Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies. 2006-2010. At the time of his retirement he was the most highly decorated General, having been awarded 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses and 2 Silver Stars. Ref:

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A Holiday Tradition

west jefferson, nc A Cozy Town for the Holidays

by Wesley Barker

West Jefferson kicks off the holiday season with many upcoming holiday events! Saturday, November 16th at 3pm with the annual holiday parade in downtown. Stick around following the parade for local shopping and the annual ‘Light up the Town’ ceremony where the downtown will light up holiday themed displays placed throughout the downtown area. Following the Thanksgiving holiday on Friday and Saturday, November 29th & 30th, Florence Thomas Art School will host a Christmas Market, 10am-6pm. Inspired by historic outdoor Christmas Markets, featuring local fine artists, artisans, and crafters. November 29th, the annual Hometown Christmas on the Backstreet in downtown West Jefferson beginning at 5pm. Join the Town in kicking off the Christmas season with the annual tree lighting, Christmas music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa and friends! Shop Local, Saturday, November 30th in West Jefferson when various businesses will be open and holding sales for those perfect holiday gifts. The holiday festivities continue Friday, December 6th with the annual Holiday Gallery Crawl downtown from 5-8pm. Stroll the decorated town full of holiday spirit and visit over 15 art galleries, many shops and more that will be open with holiday artwork, specialized unique gifts, refreshments, music and more. Don’t forget to visit the nearby local choose and cut Christmas tree farms while you are in West Jefferson to pick out that perfect tree. More information on events and choose and cut tree farms, visit Christmas starts here in West Jefferson!

Experience the holiday season in West Jefferson, NC! Enjoy the bustling downtown business district that’s filled with an array of locally owned shops including fine arts, antiques, home décor, clothing, specialty items, gourmet foods, and much more. Visitors to West Jefferson will find something unique for everyone on their holiday shopping list! Take a break to grab a bite to eat and catch up with family and friends at one of our many distinctive restaurants, breweries, bakeries, or coffee shops. Help us Light Up the Town at the official lighting of the downtown shops and displays after the Holiday Parade, or spend the day sipping on hot chocolate while visiting with Santa after taking a ride around Town on a vintage fire truck. Reflect in the magic of the holidays while enjoying the thematically decorated Christmas tree display at the Arts Council, partake in one of the Holiday Markets throughout Town or stroll the streets during the Holiday Gallery Crawl. No visit is complete without a visit to Ashe County Cheese, North Carolina’s oldest cheese factory. Make it a family tradition to find that perfect Christmas tree for your home at one of our many choose-and-cut tree farms located just outside of the downtown area. You will quickly see why we are the destination everyone is talking about after you spend a holiday weekend in West Jefferson. We guarantee you will return!

Christmas in July 2020 by Wesley Barker

In the spirit of the holidays, it’s not too early to be thinking of the Annual Christmas in July Festival in Downtown West Jefferson NC which will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 3rd and 4th, 2020. A festival that began as a promotion of Ashe County's farm grown Christmas tree industry known nationwide, has expanded to include live music, over 100 arts & craft vendors, street performers, food vendors, local non-profits, children’s activities, farmers market & much more while still focusing on the importance of our Christmas tree industry. 2020 marks the 34th year of this popular event which will include a larger music stage and even bigger sound! The time is now to mark your calendars and plan your vacation to beautiful West Jefferson, NC. Information on the 2020 festival can be found online at www.

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A fun, family-friendly Escape Room Adventure in West Jefferson, NC. You have one hour to Escape! Call 336-846-2410 for more info. In the uniquely decorated gift shop you can buy a selection of locally handmade goods such as artwork, jewlry, herbal bath and aromatherapy products, salves, beard oils, perfume, incense, spiritual gifts, crystals, oddities, used books, funky clothing and more! You can also be assisted in creating your own custom perfume oil!

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Mike Farris Keeps It Earthy And Personal On Silver & Stone


oming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE, out September 7 on Compass Records. SILVER & STONE isn’t a “gospel” album by any means, but Farris still takes us to church on these 12 engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Brenda Lee with Mike Farris be Happier.”  Sonically, SILVER & STONE’s warm organic sound and stellar playing recalls the cream of the Stax Records’ catalog. The album opener and Farris original, “Tennessee Girl,” segueing into “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” and “Can I Get a Witness,” are loose and groove-driven, hitting all the right notes of soul,  and  blues with an effortlessness that shows what a natural Farris is for this sound. “When Mavis Sings,” hits equally close to his heart. He’s had the privilege becoming close to legendary singer and gospel icon Mavis Staples.  He says, “Mavis is everything you want your heroes to be.” Julie Farris elaborates, “She calls him ‘Mikey’.”  The song is actually a history lesson on Mavis’ life, as it’s completely comprised of literal tidbits of her life.   The album closes with “I’ll Come Running Back To You,” an acknowledgment of the surrender intrinsic in love by accepting the kind of love that conquers shame and selfdoubt.  Where the narrator of this song is losing his identity in service of unrequited love, for Farris, it’s quite the opposite—it’s relinquishing a vision of identity that needs to be served by attention or self-medication and instead takes root and grows through love. “It’s the most essential, yet most difficult, part of faith,” Farris says.  “Remembering to open up and allow the universe to have its way with you and your gifts. Be open and free to the possibilities of life.”




rammy Award-winning country music star Marty Stuart is primarily known for his music, but the master storyteller also weaves an evocative narrative through the lens of a camera—taking us on a photographic journey behind-the-scenes of his extraordinary life. American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart offers a glimpse into the artist’s inner sanctum and the fascinating company he has kept through three themes: The Masters Intimate, behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians. Blue Line Hotshots Images of eccentric characters met while traveling along the back roads of America. Badlands Dignified portraits of South Dakota’s Lakota tribe.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, hosts American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart now through January 2020. While there, take the time to explore the entire museum and the story of the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions, which included the first recordings of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. Through exciting film experiences, interactive exhibits, artifacts and texts, you’ll learn why Bristol is designated by Congress as the birthplace of country music and a must-see for music and history lovers. American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee. Special thanks to The Massengill-DeFriece Foundation for their support of the exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. For museum hours and ticket information, visit

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s the holidays approach and life is slowing, Rocks and Things is still going wide open. We are open 365 days a year for your pleasure. Stop by when you are in Spruce Pine. We have the most extensive collection of jewelry in the area. We have over 1,500 rings for you to choose from including 200 Native American turquoise rings. We have 4 Squash Blossom necklace/earring signed sets, 6 large silver and turquoise necklaces, 20 turquoise and gemstone necklaces, 50 earring sets, 300 gemstone pendants, and a lot more silver and gemstone jewelry. We carry a large number of authentic Native American items. We have thousands of crystals, from tiny single points to 90 pound single points and clusters up to 80 pounds. We also carry many metaphysical items like crystal balls, pendants, pendulums and a nice supply of crystal skulls. We have some antiques and vintage glassware. Come and enjoy!


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Explore the Art Studios of the Toe River Valley, Dec. 6-8 Monday-Saturday 10:00 to 5:30 Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 828-675-0690 573 Micaville Loop Burnsville, NC 28714 Music jam Saturday mornings at 10!


ne of a Kind Art Gallery, celebrating its eighth year of operation, continues to grow with the works of over 170 local artists and craftspeople in the nostalgic Old Micaville Country Store. Gallery owner Kari Weaver invites you to come on in and enjoy the fine, folk, and funky local art. The selection of artwork includes pottery, jewelry, paintings, prints, photography, lamps, woodworking, and more. The mountains of Western North Carolina are home to a diverse and vibrant art community, and OOAK offers a broad representation of the creative work being done here. Artwork is uniquely displayed in the vintage 1922 building which retains much of its original architecture still in place, right down to the original hardwood floor and windows. OOAK has brought live music to Micaville by having the Micaville Music Jam every Saturday morning in the loft. Hosted by local singer-songwriter David Wiseman, the Jam is a gathering of local musicians and visitors to play and share music together. Everyone is welcome. Micaville Music is proud to be a part of the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. Come visit us and stay awhile. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday. We are open 7 days a week through the first week of January. Micaville is located 4 miles east of Burnsville, NC, 9 miles west of Spruce Pine, NC, and 14 miles north of BRP milepost 344 at the intersection of Hwy 80 S and Micaville Loop on the Mt Mitchell Scenic Byway. For more information, please call 828-675-0690, email, or visit us on Facebook or




By Leah Hughes

t’s one thing to see pieces of art in a gallery. They’re beautiful and appealing. But to see the pieces in the place where they were created, to meet the artist and talk with him or her about the process, to get a glimpse of what it takes to make a living making art — that’s an entirely different experience. The artists of the Toe River Valley invite you into their spaces for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour, Dec. 6-8. Explore the scenic byways and quaint towns throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties as you continue on your treasure hunt to artists’ studios. Just outside of downtown Burnsville, you’ll find Yummy Mud Puddle, the dual studios of husband-and-wife artists John Richards and Claudia Dunaway. Richards uses drink can tabs, corks, bottle caps, computer parts and a whole host of other discarded materials to fashion whimsical critters of all shapes and sizes. Next door, Dunaway, who once worked in ceramics, practices a variety of printmaking techniques. Her airy studio welcomes mountain breezes and natural light as she carves wooden blocks to create her next prints. Visitors can share a piece of this mountaintop oasis with a stay in the Yummy Vacation Home, a petfriendly three-bedroom retreat with a sweeping view. J.R. and Kristen Page are another husband-and-wife artist team in Burnsville. Both of them touch every piece of pottery that leaves their studio. Their functional bowls, drinking cups, mugs and dinnerware sets are some of their best sellers. Stepping into their shared studio, meeting their dog and donkeys, and seeing their eyes light up when they talk about their work turns a simple purchase into a personal story. Across the county in the Celo community, Kenny Pieper creates intricate vases, goblets, bowls, pendants and more in his riverside glass studio. A former student and teacher at nearby Penland School of Craft, Pieper is an expert in tedious Italian glass traditions. His towering glassworks with delicate crisscross patterns are a marvel. These artists are just a sampling of more than 100 who will open their doors for the Studio Tour. The tour is free and self-guided. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Visitors can map their routes based upon type of media, geographic region or whatever suits their fancy. For a full list of participating artists and maps to their studios, go to To explore lodging options for the weekend in Burnsville, visit www. or call (828) 682-7413.

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he Crazy Daisy Thrift Boutique helps support the programs of the Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County, Inc., so every time you donate clothing or household items to the store or make a purchase you are helping the FVC’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs. The FVC is a private, non-profit that has served victims of both domestic violence and rape/ sexual assault in Yancey County, N.C. since 1995. In addition to an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence


and/or sexual assault and their children, the FVC also provides a 24/7 crisis line, medical and legal advocacy, peer counseling, crisis intervention, referrals and information, multiple support groups, limited transportation and financial assistance, as well as outreach education/awareness. Stopping violence in our communities start with all of us. The 24-hour crisis line for the FVC is (828) 682-0056. Mailing address: P.O. Box 602, Burnsville, N.C. 28714.


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hat is a Pappy’s Gunsmithin’ and Backwoods Livin’? We do gunsmithing, and gun sales. But Pappy has gone one step further and now repairs and sells air guns. If you think air rifles are just kids’ stuff - think again. He just got one in that shoots a .22 caliber pellet at 900fps. That’s as fast as a subsonic .22. We also have targets. Targets are fun, but exploding targets are just plain cool! (New Years Eve is coming.) But what about this backwoods livin’? This is all kind of things from books on homesteading, selfdefense, and all kinds of the old school ways to

equipment for hiking, camping, and outdoor fun. He also carries aromatherapy oils and diffusers, trail and food storage freeze dried foods and snacks. We even pizza ovens that sit on top of a large 2 burner stove. He’ll also sell you the 2-burner stove. Seriously, the only way to truly understand all he carries is to come in and browse around. So how did Pappy end up here instead of retiring like any sane man would do? Well, Pappy was a soldier for 22 years serving as an Infantryman, then as a Special Forces (Green Beret)medic. After retirement he went to Kuwait and then Iraq for 3 years. He was

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injured and decided to come home and become a gunsmith. He took the Master Gunsmithing Course at American Gunsmithing Institute. Here he learned how all the parts work together which gave him the ability to diagnose and repair, rather than just replace parts and hope. With all this in place it was time to open Pappy’s Gunsmithin’ and Backwoods Livin’. He started in February 2015 working out of his garage. From there he moved to his shop at 56 Stardust and things started doing better. This year we moved into town at 613 West US Hwy 19E just across the street from TD Bank.



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n celebration of its 22nd birthday, WDVX is throwing a concert at the Bijou Theater on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, and everyone is invited. Artists including EmiSunshine and The Rain, Shawn Camp Band, Alex Leach Band, Steve Gulley and Jay Clark are slated to perform. This mix of top-notch artists represents a range of Americana and roots music WDVX is known for celebrating, many with deep ties to the station and the East Tennessee region. The doors open at 6 pm, and the show will begin at 7 pm on Wednesday, November 13. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Bijou's website. WDVX is a listener-supported radio station popular throughout the world for its American roots mix of music that includes Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Swing, Celtic, Alt-Country, Classic Country, Classic Rock, and more. The station is a service of non-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. Its broadcast on 89.9 FM reaches eleven counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky, on 102.9 in downtown Knoxville, and 93.9 in the Seymour and Kodak areas and its webcast is heard online around the world at More information on the station can be found at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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2543 Sutherland Ave. ☼ Knoxville, TN 37919 865-523-9177 ☼ Store Hours: Tue-Fri 10-6 ☼ Sat 9-4 Closed Sun and Mon

Ski Scuba is your “local” source for Scuba Diving Training & Certifications ☼ Become an SSI Open Water Diver with personalized training! NOVEMBER SCHEDULE:


TRY SCUBA 7th – Thursday – 6pm – 9pm 23rd – Saturday – 10am – 1pm 26th – Tuesday – 6pm – 9pm

TRY SCUBA 5th – Thursday – 5pm – 9pm 17th – Tuesday – 6pm – 9pm 21st – Saturday – 10am – 1pm

OPEN WATER – Weekend Class 9th – Saturday – 9am – 6pm 10th – Sunday – 9am – 6pm

OPEN WATER – Weekend Class 7th – Saturday – 9am – 6pm 8th – Sunday – 9am – 6pm

5030 Kingston Pike • Knoxville, TN 588-4052 •

Hours: Mon. & Sat. 10-3 • Tues. thru Thurs. 10-7 • Fri. 10-5 Order as many as you want! The more you buy, the more discounts apply.

Pillows Zipper Covers – Machine Washable

Travel with Us! Call & make plans for our 2020 Trips! Classes, Trips, Scuba Gear Make Great Christmas Gifts! 18 | MOUNTAIN ESCAPES |


Call to place your order! 865-242-1512 We ship anywhere in the U.S. Shipping cost will apply

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Knoxville, TN

Sat. Nov. 9th – 10:30 Holiday Fairy Garden Workshop- all ages are welcome for this fun, handson workshop led by Stanley’s tree & shrub Mgr. Amber Houser & Lisa Stanley Sat. – November 16th 10:30 – 11:30 Fee Charge & reservation needed Do-It-Yourself Vase Workshop – led by Kathy Aycock, $20 for all materials needed; Limited enrollment! So secure spot by calling the greenhouse at 865-573-9591 Sunday – November 23rd 10:30 – 11:30 Stanley’s Holiday Centerpiece Workshop – Make your own centerpiece at this fun holiday workshop.

DECEMBER We cordially invite you to celebrate the holidays with music, a Christmas themed tour, cider and cocoa, cookies baked on the open hearth fire, a Christmas craft, a special visit from John Sevier, and more! Also, enjoy limited-time discounts on gift shop items perfect for the holidays.

Sun. Dec. 2nd - 1:00-5:00 Buy your poinsettia’s, tree, garland, wreaths & holiday decorations: bring the children to visit SANTA; vote for your favorite Stanley’s poinsettia variety & win a poinsettia of your choice!


Corporate Non- Profits Churches Civic Groups And For Your Home!


Pansies Bulbs Shrubs & Trees For Winter Interest & Spring Color! Christmas Cactus Aryallis Paper Whites Poinsettia’s & Other Holiday Plants Make Great Gifts

Sunday – December 1st 1:00 – 5:00 CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE - buy your poinsettias, tree, garland, wreaths & holiday decorations: Bring the children to visit Santa. Vote for your favorite Stanley’s poinsettia of your choice & enjoy music with “Three Mile Smile” and Refreshments!

ENJOY MUSIC & REFRESHMENTS WE OFFER POINSETTIA’S GROWN ON SITE UNIQUE AND A VARIETY OF COLORS! Fall & Winter Hours thru Christmas Mon-Fri. 8-5:30 • Sat. 9-5 NOW OPEN Sundays 1-5 • 865-573-9591 • 3029 Davenport Rd. 5 Minutes from Downtown Knoxville across the river. Left at 3rd red light next to Dunkin Donuts. First stop sign, take a right!

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Vonore - Maryville, TN


n-5pm as Day,

Shopping for Christmas Gifts?

Our gift shop has something for everyone! Mon-Sat 9am-5pm • Sun Noon-5pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, & New Year’s Day)

Call for details

Stay informed - check out our website or like us on Facebook. Visit & enjoy our outdoor exhibits and take a walk on a mile and half trail! Operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation. Tennessee’s ONLY Tribally-Operated Historical Attraction.

Hwy 360 • PO Box 69 • Vonore, TN 37885 • 423-884-6246 •

2408 E.Native Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804 Art Handmade American Jewelry, Ornaments, & Pottery. Books. - Maps


Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake, 37 miles south of downtown Knoxville.

Shopping for Christmas Gifts?

Our gift shop has something for everyone! Gift certificates available - Bring the family or friend

Museum Tours make a great gift!

Blount County Humane Society


Bleach is needed for our laundry “only” as we have gone chemical free for cleaning our rescues temporary home with us!



Museum Tours make a great gift!

Come Visit Our Newly Renovated Museum



Gift certificates available - Bring the family or friend


Handmade Native American Jewelry, Ornaments, Art & Pottery. Books. - Maps

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6 ITEMS ALWAYS IN NEED OF: • Paper towels • Small paper plates • Can cat food • GERBER Baby Food for our SENIORS • All Natural - No Chemicals Cleaning Products • ODOBON cleaner

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at: All Creatures Thrift Store • 1005 E Broadway Ave. • Maryville, TN 37804 CALL Leila for Adoptions at 650-454-6843

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Jonesborough - Greeneville - Kingsport, TN Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium Crown Jewel of Kingsport Tennessee

LampLight Theatre

Noelle Invites You Avoid the crowds as you join us for extended store hours Every Friday in November 5pm – 8pm

With preparations for Christmas coming around the corner, LampLight Theatre ushers in two Kingsport classics for the holiday season. This year’s productions, The Toymaker’s Wish and The Christmas Heirloom , bring heartwarming messages of family, home and love. Through song and storytelling, the audience will be swept away into the lives of the shows’ characters and leave with hearts full of Christmas spirit. Performances for The Toymaker’s Wish will be held from November 8 through November 24, and The Christmas Heirloom will show on November 30 through December 20. For tickets and information, visit or call 423-343-1766.

Lamplight Theatre 140 Broad St Kingsport, TN 37660 BOX OFFICE: 423-343-1766 Administration: 423-245-1551

The planetarium theater with its iconic star projector.


ays Mountain Park is a beautiful 3,600 acre, city-owned nature preserve in Northeast Tennessee. Its mission is to educate and inspire people of all ages about nature and science. It has a variety of animals in natural habitats, miles of trails, a large lake, and a planetarium theater and observatories. The planetarium theater houses a 40’ diameter domed projection screen held above 102 seats. Boasting one of the finest hybrid projection systems, it includes a mechanical star projector that accurately depicts the night sky from any where in the world at any time. The theater also includes a digital projector system that can display any immersive visual, whether on Earth or in space, that surrounds the viewer. Highlighting astronomy-themed programs, nine different shows are provided each year. The observatories house a variety of telescopes to provide up-close views of celestial objects. The night viewing programs are called StarWatch and are held the Saturday nights of March, April, October and November. They start at dusk and are free. If the weather is poor, the program will be held inside the planetarium theater with a live tour of the night sky. We also provide safe solar viewing called SunWatch. Held March through October, 3-3:30p, this free program allows viewers to see the surface of the Sun safely. The observatory with an 8” refractor telescope.

Greeneville’s Historic Tours TAKE A ROAD TRIP BACK Tennessee’s oldest GoalIN (jail). TIME!

Greeneville, Tennessee: Tennessee’s second oldest town is brought to life as you stroll down the same streets that Andrew Johnson did when he returned from the White House in 1869.

Now in its fourteenth year the walking tour along with its sister tour of the Dickson-Williams Mansion, offered daily at 1:00 pm, is conducted by professional guides ready to share their knowledge of this historic community.

The 90-minute ’A Walk with the President’ tour, available through Main Street Greeneville Tours, will take you back in time. Experience the Tickets may be purchased at the General Morgan architectural treasures of our historic churches Inn where tours begin daily Monday through and homes while walking the same streets as Saturday, April through October, at 9:30 AM. For $5 Admission notable American heroes. A stop at Old Harmony groups over twelve people please call Main Street 40+ Cars Cemetery will bring alive such stories as the Tours at 423-787-0500 a minimum of twenty-four City Garage Car Museum great cholera epidemic of 1873. Great photo hours in advance to arrange your tour. 210 South Mainduring St., Greeneville, TN 38843 • (423) 638-6971 opportunities are available the stop at • Wednesday – Saturday 10am-4pm

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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium 853 Bays Mountain Park Road Kingsport, TN 37660



elizabethton, tn Christmas Open House Sunday, December 8th 1:00-6:00 Evenings on Elk Friday, December 13th 5:00-8:00

Come on by and get inspired!

Voted #1 Antique Mall in Elizabethton

Duck Crossing is a three floor one-of-a-kind antique store. Featuring everything from fine furniture, primitive findings, vintage clothing to new home decor items & gifts. You will also find local memorabilia and handmade crafts. Located in the heart of downtown Elizabethton, TN among more than 20 antique/gift stores & local eateries.


515 E Elk Avenue • OPEN 7 days a week! Mon-Fri 11-5:30 • Sat 10-6 • Sun 1-5 Open late on Cruise In Saturdays & 2nd Friday Evenings on Elk.

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Fletcher’s Homemade A quilt shop and so much more in the heart of Elizabethton’s Historic District. Fletcher’s Homemade specializes in quality quilting fabrics and notions. Local made goods are on hand to support our talented local artists such as doll clothes, soaps, homemade buttons, jewelry, embroidered items, photography and more. I also make tee shirt quilts from your collection and long arm quilt new and vintage quilt tops. Quality quilting cotton fabrics including batiks and

Northcott Toscana fabrics. Patterns, and notions. Located in Historic Downtown Elizabethton Featuring locally made products, perfect for practical at 510 E Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643 gift giving: natural soaps, jewelry, adorable doll clothes, pillows, ceramic206-979-7811 buttons and clever embroidered dish towels. Unique ornaments and vintage broaches. Begin to quilt class!

or email me at


Monday – Friday 11am-5:30pm CLOSED SATURDAY & SUNDAY

I-26 West NC Welcome Center 206-979-7811 Pepper


Located in Historic Downtown Elizabethton at 510 E Elk Ave, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Happy New Year

from Fletcher’s Homemade, because homemade is just better!

Long arm quilt service available. Make your new or vintage quilt top into a beautiful heirloom. I also make tee shirt quilts and memory quilts. Email for more information on upcoming sewing classes: quilting, garment construction and crafty. FletchersHomemade@gmail. com

547 E Elk Ave, Elizabethton, 37643 • Phone: (423) 518-1229

Delicious Sandwiches, Salads, Soups and Sweets



Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet above sea level, can be seen from the I-26 West NC Welcome Center most days. Folks who come into the Center wonder if they are viewing it and ask us to confirm. They are amazed at what they find out! The peak that looks the highest from this standpoint is actually Big Butt Mountain in the Craggy Mountain range at 5,723 feet. Two “hills” to the left is the highest peak East of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell, which is in the Black Mountain range behind the Craggies and looks like a little bump. During the winter months we will see Mount Mitchell white with snow and the Craggy Mountains wintery brown, or all mountains above 4,000 feet with hoarfrost on its tips. It’s a beautiful sight on a clear day with a Carolina blue sky. If you think you might want to visit on a snowy day, you can call 511 in North Carolina for I-26 road conditions. Call - us at 828-689-4257 and get a winter view update.

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Special Events • 1-877-347-8307 Oak Ridge Symphony Announces Discount in Recognition of Veterans Day

Oak Ridge Civic Music Association or 865-483-5569

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra continues the celebration of its 75th anniversary season with “Miniature Masterpieces,” Sunday, November 10, 3:00 PM at First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike. The concert features music by three of Western music’s most iconic composers, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Josef Haydn. In recognition of Veterans Day, admission is free to Veterans and Active Duty Military with appropriate ID at the door. Admission for Military Dependents and Cold War Patriots is $15 with appropriate ID at the door. Additional information and other ticket prices at or 865-483-5569.

Discounted & Prorated Season Subscriptions for Sale! 2019–2020 75th Anniversary Season Subscriptions are for sale. Call or email. November and December at ORCMA • November 10th: Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra presents Miniature Masterpieces; lodging sponsor Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oak Ridge. • November 17th: Coffee Concert with pianist Emi Kagawa. • December 7th: Oak Ridge Chorus presents Gloria! ORCMA gratefully acknowledges season support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, The Feldman Family, and WUOT 91.9 FM,

You can support the arts in Tennessee by purchasing a specialty license plate.

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December 12-15, 2019 Thursday, Dec. 12: 7pm Friday, Dec. 13: 7pm Saturday, Dec. 14: 7pm Sunday, Dec. 15: 2:30pm

Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State Tickets $12-$23 | Call: 423/378-3967

Clara’s Tea and Chocolate




Saturday, Dec. 14: 5pm Wellmont Performing Arts Center at Northeast State Tickets $10 • Call: 423/378-3967



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