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November 18, 2019

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Adult Classes

We are very fortunate to be located near the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Our guests are able to take advantage of the school’s top-quality art instruction in well-equipped studios.  It is a great place to meet new friends in a creative learning environment.  

In 2020 the art school is offering wine nights.  The classes are held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and a glass of wine and materials are included in the course fee of $50.  Here are some upcoming offerings:

Weaving is only one of the arts areas students can explore.

January 17:  Woven for your Wall, Ceramic Decal Collage, Rings for All Occasions

February 21:  Weave and Wear It, Sculptural Painting, Print/Wine/Repeat

March 13:  Earrings:  Cut to Patina, Wine and Wax, Painted Silks

Arrowmont Adult Short Courses

Short courses will be held February 24-26.  The Monday to Wednesday classes also are held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for a course fee of $90.  Here are the offerings:

Surfacing with A Smoothing Plane.  Students will learn the fundamentals of using wooden and metal smoothing planes to obtain wood surfaces ready for finish.

Nailed It:  Tool Making for Clay.  Ceramic  learners will make their own forming, trimming, and decorating tools.

Figure Sculpting.  Sculptures will learn how to sculpt the human figure in a naturalistic way using a live model.  The pieces will be fired and available for pickup a few weeks after the class.

Appalachian Broom Making.  Those who complete the class will leave with two different styles of brooms:  a cobweb broom and a hearth sweeper.

Complex Enameled Surfaces.  From graphite, sugar firing, and retexturing techniques, students will add to their enameling skill sets.

Framed Weaves:  Constructing and Using Your Own Frame Loom.  During this class, attendees will construct their own looms to fit their needs.  Then they will make a wall hanging, bath mat, or other small piece on their new looms.

Pairing an art class with the Buckhorn Inn’s Great Winter Escape is a great way to add creativity and relaxation to your winter!   Additional information on the 2020 classes may be found at http://www.arrowmont.org/classes 

November 11, 2019

World Record for Gatlinburg Scarecrows

As readers of this blog may remember, the city of Gatlinburg attempted this fall to break the Guinness World Record for most scarecrows within a location.  The previous record holder was Burton-on-Trent, England, which also is the hometown of Innkeeper John Mellor.

Buckhorn Inn’s own scarecrow welcomed visitors this fall.

According to WVLT-TV http://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg needed to have more than 3,812 scarecrows.  According to the final count, Gatlinburg laid claim to 4,325 scarecrows!  Guinness representatives must confirm the count before the new record becomes official.  

Gatlinburg businesses and community members created scarecrow scenes throughout the community.  Scarecrows also appeared in the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community where hundreds of handcrafted scarecrows could be found as part of the “Scarecrow Trail”.

Gatlinburg Fall Festival Continues Through November 21, 2019

According to Gatlinburg PR Manager, Marci Claude, “With so much scenic beauty and festivities to take part in every year, Gatlinburg’s harvest season is always an exciting time to visit, and this year’s Guinness World Record will only add to that tradition.”  Claud pointed out that fall festivities are a true community event, involving everyone.  

Other upcoming community events include the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show.  This show will be held at the Convention Center Tuesday November 26 through Sunday December 1.  The annual Festival of Trees will be held Wednesday November 27 through Sunday December 1. The Festival of Trees will be held at the W.L. Mills Conference Center on the Historic Nature Trail.  And don’t forget the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade!  The Parade will begin at 7:30 pm from Baskins Creek Bypass.  The route runs right through downtown Gatlinburg.  Viewers will enjoy lighted floats, 11 marching bands, giant balloons, and equestrian units.  And we understand that Santa Claus will be making a special appearance!

The Parade celebrates the holiday season and marks the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.  We hope to see you during this festive season!