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Smoky Mountain Magic

SMOKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC--Horace Kephart's fictional adventure set in the Deep Creek watershed, Cherokee Indian Reservation, and Bryson City in the summer of 1925. Written in 1929 and never before published. The original manuscript was passed down for 3 generations recently surfaced during the park's 75th anniversary celebration. "What better topic than a journey into a forbidden realm, complete with witches, robber barons, noble savages and a winsome lady, all wrapped in a cloak of mystery and myth?" asks reviewer Gary Carden. Kephart is featured in Ken Burn's PBS series on our national parks. He is the author of "Our Southern Highlanders", "Cherokees of the Smokies", and "Camping and Woodcraft". Available in hardcover and softcover. Read More >


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Annual Members Appreciation Weekend

Registration to begin June 1

Plans are shaping up for the Sept. 19-21 annual Membership Weekend at Lake Junaluska, NC.

Volunteer Needed! If you'd like to see the auction return, VOLUNTEER to help organize it. We need 4-6 people to help us solicit items, organize the bid sheets and collect the funds. Email Lisa today if you'd like to volunteer.

Event Schedule* 

Friday, Sept. 19
2-4:30 p.m. - Check in at Bethea Welcome Center
5 p.m. - GSMA store with all our new Members Only items
6 p.m. - Dinner by the Lake at Kern Center
7 p.m. - Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska
8 p.m. - S'more party by the Shackford Fire Ring

Saturday, Sept. 20
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast buffet, Lambuth Inn
+ Morning Sessions (9:30-11:30) Choose ONE
+ Birds of Prey with Michael Skinner
+ Make a Cornshuck Doll with Joy Henson
+ Learn about Cataloochee Valley's history with NPS Ranger Kent Cave

Afternoon Sessions (1-3 p.m.) Choose ONE
+ Learn about Misunderstood Wildlife with Steve O'Neil
+ Go birding around the Lake with Kevin Burke
+ Learn about the Elk re-introduction and the last 10 years with Kim DeLozier
+ Hike around Balsam Mountain with Don Hendershot
+ (3:30 p.m.) Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska

All-Day Session:
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. - Hike along Cataloochee Divide with a stop at Purchase Knob with Christine Hoyer

Saturday Evening
5 p.m. - Annual Meeting in Lambuth Inn
6 p.m. - Dinner in Lambuth Inn dining room
7:30 p.m. - Take a boat tour of Lake Junaluska
7:30 p.m. - Watch "Cataloochee," a new documentary film about the valley's history

Sunday, Sept. 21
9:30 a.m. - Corneille Bryan Native Garden Walk with Ila Hatter

*Events are subject to change. Check back often.


For all those who attended our 2013 60th Anniversary Celebration and Membership Weekend, THANK YOU for being a GSMA member and for supporting this national park!

If you'd like to participate in our post-event satisfaction survey, click HERE for details. We'd love to hear your feedback.

Annual Meeting Schedule

Friday, Sept. 13, Heritage Center, Townsend
3 p.m. – Registration, T-shirt logo voting begins
5:30 p.m. – BBQ Dinner with birthday cake dessert
6:15 p.m. – Cakewalk with String Band of Darrell Acuff and Michael Searcy,
Ole Smoky Moonshine Tasting and “Corn from a Jar” book signing
7:30 p.m.  - Sam Venable takes the stage

Saturday, Sept. 14, Heritage Center, Townsend
8 a.m. – Birds of the Cove (meet Cades Cove Orientation Shelter)
9 a.m. – Hike West Prong Trail with Christine Hoyer (meet Heritage Center)
9 a.m. – Lori Anderson’s Cornhusk Dolls (meet in Classroom #2, Heritage Center)
9:30 a.m. – Depart for Cades Cove Driving Tours (meet Heritage Center)
10 a.m. – Kathy Sherrard’s Appalachian Bear Rescue Program (meet in Classroom #1, Heritage Center)
11 a.m. – Wanda DeWaard’s Butterfly Tagging (meet Cades Cove Orientation Shelter)
11 a.m. – Robin Goddard’s Walker Sister talk, hike (meet at Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, bring a lunch)
Noon – Carey Jones’ Lead Cove Hike (meet at Townsend Wye)
1 p.m. – CLOSED: Butch McDade’s Elkmont History Hike (meet at Appalachian Club House)
1 p.m. – Depart for Cades Cove Driving Tours (meet Heritage Center)
1 p.m. – Geocaching Hunt (meet Heritage Center)
1 p.m. - Lori Anderson’s Cornhusk Dolls (meet in Classroom #2, Heritage Center)
2 p.m. – Andrea Wilson’s Nature Sketching (meet Heritage Center)
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Steve Rolfe’s Civil War in the Smokies (meet in Classroom #1, Heritage Center)

Saturday, Sept. 14, Tremont, GSMNP
4:30 p.m. – Annual Membership Meeting, Tremont Pavilion
5:30 p.m. – Dinner by Tremont, Silent Auction Opens
6:30 p.m. – Live Auction (8-10 items)
Silent Auction ends 10 minutes after Live Auction’s conclusion
7:30/7:45 p.m. – Settle up on Auction Items
8-10 p.m. – 1950s Sock Hop and Ice Cream Social, Tremont Pavilion
8:30 p.m. – Star Party with Knoxville Observatory Club

Sunday, Sept. 15, Heritage Center, Townsend
8:30 a.m. – Volunteer Orientation Breakfast (meet at Cades Cove Inn)
9:30 a.m. – Depart for Cades Cove Driving Tours (meet Heritage Center)
9:30 a.m. – Bike Townsend with Marti and Lisa (meet at Cades Cove Inn)
NEW: 10 a.m. – Hike with Jim McBride, location TBA