Thursday, June 21, 2007

Gatlinburg's Very Own Tunes & Tales

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

It's early evening in downtown Gatlinburg and in the distance you can hear a dulcimer playing a chorus and the crowd has gathered around him and are clapping their hands to the rhythm. Down at the bridge in front of Ripleys, you may find Trout Catch Cal with his fishing line dangling over the side of the bridge telling tall tales while he demostrates fly fishing. Or maybe Horse Jaw Johnny who creates songs on the spot from information he gathers from the guest will be your favorite.
Somewhere around the next bend you hear those naughty Moonshine Boys who are drawing a crowd. Goose, the youngest of the brothers, brags on the moonshine mischiefs of himself and his kin at their hidden still nestled in the mountains. His brothers, Buck, Teeter and Skinny Bill, sit patiently by until Goose decides to “strike up a tune for the folks”. You will find their spirit contagious!

For those of you with a more serious side and who like history you may find Miss O’Shea, an actress who travels and has come into town to give a historical representation of the well-known local personage of Martha Jane Huskey Ogle facsinating, as she peaks your interest in the history of the area.

These lively characters bring the streets of Gatlinburg to life in the evening with all their stories, tall tales and songs. You will leave Gatlinburg feeling like you have been to a musical and a comedy show combined with a richness of history scattered throughtout everything you will see and feel.

The shows are performed 15 to 20 times each evening in 15 minute productions done simultaneously. They start at 5:30 in the evening and run till 10pm. The Tunes & Tales season began June 8th and will continue until September 3rd. Be sure to get into town early and eat at one of the wonderful restaurants and then take in this delightful entertainment. Great, clean family fun!

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