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75th Celebration Activities in 2013

Celebration Activities

Buckhorn Memories Contest

Guests are invited to write about a memorable experience associated with a visit to Buckhorn Inn for a collection we plan to publish at the end of the year. You will have an opportunity to complete a Memory Card when you are a guest this year or you can write about your experience on the blog on our website or just write us a letter or send us an email. Each month we will select our favorite memory from those submitted and award a prize – dinner for two. At the end of the year, we will select a grand prize winner, awarding a complimentary two-night stay at Buckhorn.

Show Us Your Driver’s License

If you were born in 1938, the same year the Buckhorn was established, and stay with us in 2013, you will receive a complimentary dinner. Your birthday is as special as ours!

Recipe of the Month

Each month we will feature an especially popular recipe and provide complimentary recipe cards. Our first recipe will be for Founding Innkeeper Doug Bebb’s recipe for Corn Pudding, featured in Ford Times 1948 publication.

Because Once Is Not Enough

We have planned four anniversary dinners, each celebrating a different period in the life of the inn.

  • January 26: Jitterbug Anyone? Dinner this evening will have a certain Film Noir atmosphere and will feature food and music from the 1930s and ’40s. Staff will dress in clothing from the period and guests are invited to do the same if they wish. Cocktail hats, clutch bags and anything cut on the bias were very de rigeur. Innkeeper Lee Mellor will talk a little about food trends from this period.January 26 Jitterbug Anyone
  • May 18: Happy Birthday, Buckhorn Inn! This birthday dinner is inspired by the 1950s and ‘60s when the outdoor patio and barbeque became a staple of American life. Staff will dress in tee shirts and summer shorts, so please feel free to dress casually. Still have a pair of peddlepushers? A live band will play as you enjoy BBQ, hamburgers, hotdogs, birthday cake and all the trimmings. Former employees and current dignitaries will be invited as well as guests staying with us. $35 per person
  • October 19: Hello Donna Summers! Cuisine this night will celebrate popular recipes of the 1970’s and ’80s and the music of the evening will take you back to Funky Town. Our staff will be looking groovy, and guests are welcome to wear their bellbottom trousers, platform shoes or hot pants! Innkeeper Lee Mellor will offer some insights into food from the period. $35 per person
  • December 31: Can You Hear Me Now? In the 1990’s and early 21st century, depending on your point of view, technology either took over or liberated society. These years also saw the popularization of the celebrity chef. And on the afternoon preceding this dinner, our Celebrity Chef Frank Downs will talk about the meal he is preparing for us and some of the changes in food preparation technology has brought about. Our staff will be dressed in New Year’s Eve celebration attire and the menu will reflect the best foods from the last several years. $35 per person

January Photography Exhibit

Michael Naney’s training as a professional geologist January Photography Exhibitinfluences his choice of photographic subjects. Mike takes great satisfaction in making images that capture the essence of a beautiful natural scene and that at the same time illustrate an earth-science related concept, principle or process. An enthusiastic convert to digital photography, he says the instant feedback of digital photography gives him more freedom to experiment, to explore composition, exposure, range of focus, and motion. Come see his illuminating art in January.

February – March Friendly Contract Bridge Tournaments

Our great mid-week discount, the Hot Chocolate Special, is a great way to enjoy a few days in the mountains from January through mid-March. Make your stay more special this year by joining in a friendly game of contract bridge. Games begin on Sunday evenings after dinner and continue during the day on Mondays. Winners will receive an item from the Inn’s Gift Shop – books, mugs or tee shirts. Days of play include the following:

  • February 17-18
  • February 24-25
  • March 3-4
  • March 10-11

February 21 Wine Tasting Event

Wine expert Dave Jennings will conduct a wine tasting for our overnight guests on Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. You can sample a number of varieties – red, white and in-between. And if you aren’t yet a wine tasting connoisseur you can be by the end of the evening. Dave will offer guidance on learning how to taste wines that will deepen your appreciation for both wines and winemakers. Look, smell, taste – starting with your basic senses and expanding from there you will learn how to taste wines like the pros in no time! This event is complimentary for our overnight guests. We are offering a special one-night rate which includes dinner, breakfast and accommodation at $200 for premier rooms and cottages and $175 for traditional rooms. Come a day earlier and add that night with dinner, breakfast and accommodation for an additional $165 for premier rooms and cottages and $135 for traditional inn rooms.

April’s Music of the Mountains

Sounds of a banjo and fiddle playing in unison echo through the history of these mountains. The sound can still be heard coming from the front porch of many homes in the region. And if you listen closely, the sweet resonance of family, home and tradition mixes with the music, creating a heritage that threads its way through generations. In April, you can experience the sweetness and liveliness of traditional mountain music and bluegrass at Buckhorn on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

May – The Past Becomes Present

Local historians, naturalists and storytellers engage guests in conversations about the cultural, historical and environmental history of the Great Smoky Mountains and the present and future challenges that face this area. Presentations will be between 5:30 and 7:00 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in May

June 15 – Buckhorn Inn’s Recipe Book Best III Launched

We have chosen this day to launch number three in our series of cookbooks. This third book has another 200 recipes we feature at Buckhorn Inn and which you can make at home. These dishes are so delicious they help reduce the dishwashing load because it’s easier to wash a plate that has been licked clean! Our new cookbook will sell for $12. Let us know if you want us to ship you one.

August – Celebrating Our Local Arts and Crafts Community

A few of our very dear friends who are also fabulous artists will exhibit their work at the Inn during August, turning our Inn into a veritable gallery of art. These include CH Arts & Crafts CommunityCollum, Andrea Wilson, G Webb, Ross Markley, J Alan, Buie Hancock, Jim Gray, Otto Preske, Terri Waters, Pat Thomas, Louise Bales, Mary Hunt and Frances Fox. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings in August, these artists will take turns coming to the inn to talk our guests about their work – including what inspires them and the technical and artistic challenges they face. 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

September – A B.I.G. Exhibition of Art

What a B.I.G. Exhibition? It is BIG because professional artists will be exhibiting their work at Buckhorn. These artists are special to us because they are regular Buckhorn Inn Guests (B.I.G.) We are honored to celebrate the talent and craftsmanship of these professional artists from around the country who are regular visitors to the inn. The work will include oil on canvas, watercolour, photography, quilting, jewelry making, and needlework. 

September – Painting Retreat at Buckhorn Inn

We believe, as Picasso once said, that “everyone is an artist.” Young or old, the art of creating is a joyous, exciting process. Amid the beauty of the Smokies, we try to provide the right environment for that process to blossom – relaxing accommodation, delicious food, the congenial company of fellow artists working at all levels. There has been a week of painting at Buckhorn Inn in the Smoky Mountains every year since the mid 1960’s when famed watercolorist Jim Gray gave classes and Ohio artist Ruth Firestone led a group of artists every year for more than 30 years. We couldn’t very well have an anniversary celebration without including a Painting Retreat. Each day is yours to paint – a rushing river, a quiet woodland glade, asters covering a mountain meadow. In the evenings following dinner, join with fellow artists to discuss and critique the day’s work. On two evenings, local artists will drop in to talk about their approach to painting and discuss their work with you.

Whether you’ve just picked up a paintbrush or you regularly show your work in fine galleries, this week devoted to painting can be exhilarating and fulfilling. Work from this group of artists will also be exhibited at the Inn. If you want to join the painting group, please contact the Inn for more information about our discount for painters during this week.

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