In the control over wild horses and burros underneath the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, the BLM is applying recommendations produced by a June 2013 report from the Nas. For instance, the BLM takes actions to improve the utilization of population growth-suppression measures on overpopulated herds roaming Western public rangelands and applying techniques produced by the U.S. Geological Survey for additional accurate population estimations.
Fundamental Standards Address Well Integrity, Water Protection, Disclosure of Chemicals
The 21st Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest” will take the stage in Pigeon Forge March 18-21. The city will be filled with fabulous ladies who love the art of quilting. There will be classes for quilters of all skill levels, vendors with some of the newest and greatest technology, as well as a first class quilt show/competition. This year there will be 20 categories in the quilt show so you definitely don’t want to miss it! The event will be held in the beautiful LeConte Center which is a treat in itself. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery, so when you need a break, you can just walk outside and take a deep breath of the fresh mountain air.
I had the pleasure of attending with my mom several years ago and we had a wonderful time! It was a great time of mother/daughter bonding, all while we experienced the great activities of the event. Although I will admit, my mom is a much more patient person than I and she handled the details of the classes that we took much better than my perfectionist self, did! The Antique Quilt Bed Turnings were so interesting.
Seeing and hearing about quilts that were over 40 years old was like taking a trip down memory lane for me. It took me back to the quilts that my grandmother had from her childhood. I actually have one of them and will cherish it forever. One of our favorite parts of Quiltfest was the Dinner Social. It included good food, great company, and a unique souvenir pottery piece. We met ladies from all over the country and enjoyed hearing their stories of quilting. The Friday night Show and Tell event was also a fun event. Lots of women gathered together under one roof to show off their beautiful quilts and share in some laughs and good times. There are also some great giveaways.
I was truly amazed at the craftsmanship and the beauty in the quilts that were displayed throughout Quiltfest. Quilting, in all of its many forms, truly is an art. From the fabric that is chosen to the pattern that is followed to the delicate and detailed stitching…these quilts are timeless treasures! Each quilt is a story of the people that made it and are great family heirlooms. I hope that my little divas will learn to appreciate the history of the quilts that we have in our home as much as I do.
Pigeon Forge, thanks for keeping the art of quilting alive!!
Spring is almost here!!! We are counting down the days in our house and my little divas are excited for a Spring Break from school soon. It is the perfect time of year for a little getaway to relax and refocus for the bright days of spring and summer ahead. Pigeon Forge is ready to help make your family’s Spring Break one to remember!!
The many award-winning shows in the area have been working hard and are gearing up to show you a good time in 2015. Country Tonite will be unveiling a new show and kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Our little divas love that they have kid performers in this show and get so excited to take pictures with them at the end of the show. The Comedy Barn will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is sure to offer your family a good time and plenty of laughs. A little laughter is sure to help your family relax and refocus!!
Dollywood re-opens for the season on March 21, 2015 with the kick-off of Festival of Nations. There will be great shows, music, food, and art from around the world. Hours of entertainment and fun await the entire family. Whether you choose to take a relaxing train ride on the Dollywood Express, catch one of the first class shows, or take a daredevil ride on the Wild Eagle, it is a definite Spring Break must!
The Island is ready to offer your family plenty of fun times too. With so many entertainment, food, and shopping options, your family is sure to find something to suit everyone. The Island Fountains are a great spot for just hanging out and regrouping while the Island Mirror Maze and Arcade City offer plenty of fun for the kids. The Margaritaville Restaurant and the Margaritaville Island hotel are sure to put you on island time so you can just kick back and relax!!
Another great spot is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is the perfect time to check out the transition of seasons and all of the grand beauty that surrounds. Make sure to stop at one of the four visitors centers to see what all is going on in the park as well as get a little history of the area.
If you are ready to relax and refocus this Spring Break, pack your bags and head to Pigeon Forge where a family friendly good time awaits!!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs plans for brand new off-range pasture facilities that may give a free-roaming atmosphere for wild horses taken off Western public lands.
WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs nominations for that 2015 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Honours. The deadline to submit nominations is April 22, 2015.
Leader&rsquos Proclamation Satisfies Decade-Lengthy Community Drive to Safeguard Spectacular Landscape and World-class Entertainment Possibilities
It is that time again, time to cowboy up for the 15th annual Saddle Up event in Pigeon Forge. The events begin Wednesday, February 18 and run through Sunday, February 22. This year’s lineup is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The music, the stories, the food, all in true cowboy fashion, will definitely make for a weekend to remember.
If you are in need of western attire for the weekend, make Stages West your first stop. They will suit you up in the latest and greatest cowboy couture so that you are looking your best for all of your weekend fun. With so many great options in clothing, boots, hats, and accessories, you can have a new look for every day. This year, Stages West will be hosting a Cowboy Society Coffee on February 21st with Jay Earnhardt of Stetson hats. You won’t want to miss this, as one lucky attendant will win a free Stetson Anniversary hat. Stages West will also be hosting the Stories & Strings event and Cowboy Church during the Saddle Up weekend.
Saddle Up is a great way to experience and celebrate the ways and lifestyles of the Wild West. There are daily workshops, presentations, and concerts by some of the greatest cowboys and cowgirls in the country. You are sure to leave with a new appreciation for the past and present. On Thursday, grab your honey and take some free dance lessons so that you are ready for some boot scootin’ at the big Cowboy Dance on Saturday night with T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys. Most of the weekend events will take place in the beautiful LeConte Center. It is nestled along the Little Pigeon River and near The Island so there will be plenty to see and do between Saddle Up events.
Food will be plentiful throughout the weekend too. The world famous Kent Rollins of the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon will be heading up some great chuck wagon cooking. The Chuck Wagon Cook-off will take place at lunch time on Saturday. If you have never experienced a chuck wagon meal then you are missing out!! You will be amazed at the fine cuisine that will all be prepared over a campfire. You won’t leave hungry!
Saddle Up is the place to be this weekend in Pigeon Forge. Cowboy up and head on over for a weekend like no other!!