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Around the South: January 2016

Life & Travel | Around the Souther: January 2016 | SouthernGuideToLife.comPhoto Credit: Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort



Tennessee Special Olympic Winter Games

The 2016 State Winter Games will be held Jan. 31- Feb. 2 at Ober Gatlinburg. Over 150 athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in Alpine skiing, snowboarding and Speed Skating in divisions based on age and ability.
On Sunday night, the public is welcome to witness the traditional Opening Ceremonies from 6:45 – 7:15 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Here they will witness the March of Athletes, the Special Olympics Oath, a welcoming speech, and the presentation of the colors. The traditional lighting of the Special Olympics flame will take place on Monday morning at 9:00 am at Ober Gatlinburg.
Date: January 24, 2016 – January 26, 2016
Address: 1339 Ski Mountain Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

American Bald Eagle & Waterfowl Tours

Reelfoot Lake has a large population of American Bald Eagles. The American Bald Eagle has made this annual winter pilgrimage to Reelfoot for generations. Reelfoot Lake State Park naturalist’s will conduct daily tours. The tours leave from the Visitor’s Center. Buses leave 10:00 am daily. Saturday & Sunday buses leave at 10:00 am & 1:30 pm. Tours are approximately 2 hours long. Reservations are recommended. We also have maps of the nests if you prefer to venture out on your own!
Date: January 1, 2016 – February 29, 2016
Address: 50 State Rt. 21E Tiptonville, TN 38079

Sevierville’s Smoky Mountain Winterfest

The Christmas festivities are not over yet in Sevierville, Tennessee. See millions of twinkling holiday lights throughout the Great Smoky Mountains area. Plus enjoy great events, like Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick Off (Nov. 10), and great Winterfest attractions – like Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland – the world’s largest LED drive through light display.

Date: November 9, 2015 – February 29, 2016
Address: 3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: (865) 932-4458 Toll-free: (188) 873-8437



The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

Commemorate the 151st weekend of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher with a weekend of special events, including a re-creation of the January 1865 Union attack on Fort Fisher with hundreds of Civil War living history actors representing Union and Confederate soldiers, sailors and Marines. Infantry units will be on hand to talk with visitors about camp life, conduct drills and marching and perform live demonstrations of the Historic Site’s Rifled and Banded 32 pound and bronze 12 pound Napoleon cannons. At various times during the day, Confederate and Union Troops will conduct the soldier’s Manual of Arms for the audience and living history actors will display items and the lifestyle of Civil War soldiers. Purchase tickets for the “Above the Scenes” Tour to hear the story of the fort while walking to the top of the traverse. There will also be hands-on activities for adults and children.

Date: January 16, 2016 – January 17, 2016
Address: 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd South Kure Beach NC 28449 (Fort Fisher State Historic Site)




Angela Primm – Spirituals: The Songs of Mahalia Jackson

Known for years as the most sought after studio singer in Nashville, Angela Primm has come into her own as a phenomenal featured performer garnering ovations wherever she sings. Stepping into the spotlight meant that Angela had to step up to the recording arena for herself. In doing so, she chose to pay tribute to one of her heroines, Mahalia Jackson. Angela and the songs of Mahalia Jackson have been featured on stages around the world.

Date: January 30, 2016
Address: 7:30pm
Tickets: $20, general admission.

Elk Viewing Tour

Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 – 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transported into Kentucky.  Reproduction has been very high, with approximately 90% of the adult cows producing calves.  Currently, the estimated elk population in Kentucky is over 10,000 elk.  The best areas for elk habitat are on reclaimed surface mines in Eastern Kentucky.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is sponsoring elk tours. The tours include transportation via van to the viewing sites and continental breakfast.  They also offer Tour Packages that include lodging, dinner, and elk tour with continental breakfast for $160 per couple.  Pre-registration is recommended as the tours do fill up quickly.  Also, special group and business tours are available.

Dates: Various Dates Jan-Mar 2016
Address:  75 Theatre Ct · Jenny Wiley State Resort Park · Prestonsburg, KY · 41653
Cost: Tour: $30 (adult) & $15 (child); Tour Package: $160 per couple

Kentucky Flea Market New Years Spectacular

One of the nations finest flea markets with over 1200 booths. dealers from across the country featuring antiques, collectibles, bath and body, jewelry, surplus, crafts, candles, and much more. Dec 31- Jan 3. Thurs 10-6, Fri 10-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5. Free admission. Call 502-456-2244 or log on to for more information.

Dates: Dec 31, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016
Address: 937 Phillips Lane · Louisville, KY · 40209



The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant: Beer Dinner

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant hosts a delightful night of beer and fun at The Mount Vernon Inn Beer Dinner. From crab mango sticks to white chocolate banana cake, this is one event you won’t want to miss!

The Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant’s knowledgeable staff have crafted a five-course menu paired with beer for your enjoyment! Purchase your ticket by January 1st to receive a $20 rewards card good towards your next meal at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

Date: January 22, 2016 * 7pm-10pm
Price: $95
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway * Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121


Civil War Wine Dinner and Ball

In the 1860s Gadsby’s Tavern was known as Alexandria’s City Hotel, famous for quartering the Unionist governor of Virginia, as well as a tourist attraction for soldiers. In 2016 enjoy an evening at the Civil War Ball in the historic Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom, with live music, desserts, and a cash bar. Period attire (civilian or military) is encouraged. A ladies changing room is available with prior request.

Date: January 23, 2016 * 8pm-11pm
Price: $45 per person/reservations required

Wine Dinner
Savor Civil War history and Virginia wines as you enjoy a five-course dinner at Gadsby’s Tavern, featuring a 19th-century-inspired menu. Your wines from Gray Ghost Vineyards will have a Civil War spirit, coming from an area where Confederate Col. John Singleton Mosby and his men operated during the Civil War.

Date: January 29, 2016 * 7pm-9pm
Price: $100

Address: 134 N Royal St * Alexandria, VA 22314


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