Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fall 2015 at Dollywood with some Country Punkins

I know everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit and I am too, but I have been meaning to share with you the photos I took as we strolled through Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee a few weeks ago. The Dollywood annual Gospel & Harvest Celebration was taking place and the park is always decorated beautifully during the festival. The decorations there this fall were just simply adorable. The jewel tones of fall colors are my favorite of all the seasons and the gourd and pumpkin theme they had going on was delightful!

Dollywood is a family friendly theme park and many of the decorations were certainly reflective of family times together. Pumpkin families, that is!

This family of pumpkins have set up a stand to display some other pumpkins who, it would appear, are not yet part of a family but might hope to be. Did you happen to notice the little fellow swinging from the tree up on the left of the picture?
Dollywood Gospel & Harvest Celebration 2015
Here is a close up of the little chap.
Dollywood Gospel & Harvest Celebration 2015
 And here, we have a family band of what I thought looked like Country Bumpkin Pumpkins. Papa Pumpkin's keeping beat on the washtub, Mama's on the washboard and little Junior is strumming along. Inspired!
Band of Country Pumpkins at Dollywood 2015
 From the looks of Mama Pumpkins mouth, she's singing lead.
Dollywood Gospel & Harvest Celebration 2015
 This daddy pumpkin obviously adores playing with his sweet baby.
The other kids enjoy a good book that is being read to them by their mama pumpkin.
Dollywood 2015
 These two pump"kids" look to be having a really good time playing a game of leapfrog.
Dollywood 2015
This fellow found a nice spot to snooze and soak up some rays.
Dollywood 2015

While her happy fellow stands by, this lovely lady is stitching up a colorful quilt
Dollywood Fall 2015
This country pumpkin gentleman has taken his talents and palette outdoors to enjoy the beautiful day by doing a little a little plein air painting.
Fall at Dollywood 2015
 These photos were taken near the main entrance. The pictures really do not give these country pumpkins justice but wouldn't you agree that they are totally charming?

The rest of the main park was breathtaking too. There were gourds, pumpkins, flowers, moving elements and all sorts of beautiful things. I snapped pictures as we moved along. There was a gigantic rustic cornucopia surrounded by a vast array of pumpkins and gourds.
Dollywood 2015

Fall at Dollywood 2015
This miniature Ferris wheel was actually turning. I made a short video of it. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work directly in this post, so I posted this still shot. 
Floral Miniature Ferris Wheel at Dollywood
Dollywood in the Fall 2015
Old wagon wheels and barrels make this arrangement so appealing.
2015 Dollywood
Dollywood 2015
Dollywood 2015
One of the things I like most about visiting this park is the manner in which antique and vintage items are incorporated into the scenery. An example is the old hand plow in the arrangement below. I believe, perhaps, the hay bales are sitting on an old railroad pump car.
Fall at Dollywood
Another old plow amongst the hay bales! Isn't this nostalgic and homey?
Dollywood in the Fall
An old cart holds this arrangement.
Dollywood Fall Decor

Dollywood in the Fall 2015
It was a beautiful day we spent at Dollywood and I hope you have enjoyed my little recap. Thank you so very much for dropping by and I hope you'uns come back soon!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall 2015 and a Visit to A.J. Bush & Co. General Merchandise and Bush Factory Museum and Visitor Center

Everybody knows that we love to spend a little time at A.J. Bush & Company's General Merchandise and Bush's Family Cafe when we head up to the Great Smoky Mountains. I have posted about it in the past here  and here our visit last month was no exception. We left home later than we had anticipated and heavy traffic caused us to arrive later than anticipated at the Bush properties. It was late afternoon when we arrived and, alas, we did not have time to catch a meal at the cafe. We did manage a tour of the museum and store.

We walked straight on back toward A.J. Bush & Co. General Merchandise and Bush Factory Museum. We toured the museum first because we always enjoy going through there. We missed visiting last Fall and, near the end of the tour, we noticed they had changed the area where they offer to take photos of folks who visit them. Believe it or not, the picture is free of charge! Guests are photographed in a larger area now, so it accomodates more people in the photos than the previous smaller one. They also have a new scene as the backdrop for the picture. It still includes dear Duke the dog, but he now poses in front of a beautiful panoramic backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. The color quality has been improved too(not that I'm complaining because it is a tradition for our family). We always have a photo made on every visit to Bush's museum. It doesn't matter if it's the whole family or just the two of us on a romantic getaway. It's part of the fun of the experience and we are hopeless kids at heart! Folks, our family believes in making memories of treasured time spent together. Photographs are one way of making memories. In years past, our family of eleven, including our five grands and their parents, have crowded into that little spot to have  our pictures made together on more than one occasion!

I promise no more photos of me in this post, but I thought you might like to see the gorgeous and colorful backdrop they now use in the FREE photo shots. Thank you, Bush for the memory!
Complimentary Photo taken at Bush's Factory Museum

The Fall decorations outside the cafe, shop and museum this year are really pretty too. I had time for just a few photos before we continued on to our lodging in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Fall Decor at A.J. Bush & Company 2015
As you might have guessed, Duke has taken front and center in the wagon decorated for Fall at Bush's. Isn't he quite the star of the show here? I think he is terrific!
Fall Decoration at A.J. Bush and Company 2015

Fall Decorations at the Front of the Walkway Leading to the Store and Museum at A.J. Bush and Co.
And one last shot of Duke in the wagon near Bush's Family Cafe.
Fall Decor at A.J. Bush & Co.

We always try to make time to follow the beans to A.J. Bush Visitors Center. I highly recommend a stop here if you are going to be in the area. The food in Bush's Family Cafe is always fresh, appealing and delicious. The factory museum, which includes a short video for those who have a few minutes to spare, is educational and tons of fun for the entire family. The shop with its wonderful collection of vintage inspired and nostalgic merchandise is very nice. They also sell shirts, hats and some outerwear there, as well. You can find out more about Bush's here. There are lots of recipes for using Bush's Beans on their site andon their Facebook page.

I really appreciate your stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoyed reading about our last visit to Bush's. It was a short visit this time but it was still a lot of fun and well worth the time we spent there!