Going on Faith

Spring 2017

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] DOLLY PARTON'S LUMBERJACK ADVENTURE | PIGEON FORGE At Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure, Parton's latest attraction in Pigeon Forge, groups can enjoy a dazzling dinner show with song, dance and aerial acrobatics. The theater was formerly the home of Lumberjack Feud, and Parton personally oversaw a $25 million renovation to the building, lining the walls in barn wood and enhancing the set with a retractable floor above a pool. The rustic-style auditorium provides an intimate setting with close views of the stage and seats up to 750 guests. When the show reopened in 2016 as "Lumberjack Adventure," Parton brought in seasoned performers from around the world and crafted a story that highlights regional history and culture. WWW.LUMBERJACKADVENTURE.COM ALCATRAZ EAST CRIME MUSEUM | PIGEON FORGE In the brand-new Alcatraz East Crime Museum, groups of all ages will be riveted as they explore the history of crime and punishment around the world, from torture during the Dark Ages to the Salem Witch Trials and the lawless Wild West. The museum features numerous interactive displays, visitors can engage in a Western shoot-out or try their hand at cracking a bank safe combination. Other exhibits cover crime lords like Al Capone, who was one of the first inmates at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, as well as serial killers, gang culture and mass shootings. Groups of 15 or more receive a discounted rate; teachers, military personnel and law enforce- ment officers enter free of charge. WWW.ALCATRAZEAST.COM OLD MILL | PIGEON FORGE When visitors come to the Old Mill, they "turn left at traffic light 7 and go back 200 years," accord- ing to Donna Huffaker, director of group sales and marketing. Originally built in 1830, the mill served as a cornerstone in the Pigeon Forge community, playing various roles as a post office, a hospital and even a source of power. To this day, the gristmill ships thousands of pounds of corn- meal and flour around the country in traditional hand-tied bags. Visitors can pick up a pancake mix or fresh mountain jam from the General Store or enjoy a hot Southern meal at the Old Mill Restaurant, famous for its pecan pie and corn chowder soup. Other highlights of the property are the Pottery House Café, the Old Mill Candy Kitchen and the Old Mill ice cream parlor. WWW.OLD-MILL.COM COMEDY BARN | PIGEON FORGE Currently in its 23rd season, the Comedy Barn sees more repeat business than most attractions in town, with a focus on clean family fun. "We sell memories more than theater," said Debbie Newsom, director of public relations. "We want people to remember having a good time with each other." In addition to music, tap dancing and comedy, guests can enjoy acts from trained parrots, pigs, cats and dogs handled by animal experts Anthony and Alena King, who have appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and Animal Planet's "Pet Star." Other shows offered by Fee Hedrick Family Entertainment include the "Smoky Mountain Opry"; the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show; and "Magic Beyond Belief," featuring Darren Romeo. WWW.COMEDYBARN.COM Alcatraz East Crime Museum Comedy Barn Lumberjack Adventure Courtesy Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism Courtesy Fee/Hedrick Entertainment Courtesy Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism

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