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Tellico Plains is a Prime Spot for the Solar Eclipse

Tellico Plains:  Standing in the Shadow of the Moon

All events will take place at the Charles Hall Museum and Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center in the fields behind. Click here for more detailed information->

Saturday, August 19, 2017 
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Starry Night in Tellico Plains: The Milky Way Star Party, hosted by CHM and Smoky Mountain Astronomy Club.
Live music, snacks, brochures and handouts. Bring lawn chair, drinks, binoculars. Smoky Mountain Astronomy Club members will man 12 Telescopes in the field.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
12:00 pm –  5:00 pm

DVD in meeting room, 1 presentation on Eclipses

Monday, August 21, 2017 
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Food and Live Music, McKee Promotions to DJ with Star themed music, Astronomers will describe what is happening in the skies before and after the Eclipse.

Tellico Plains High School wins Award


Look Who’s Been Sighted in Tellico Plains


Did you know that the area around Tellico Plains is listed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency as a designated Wildlife Viewing Area?

Yup, it is!

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy a variety of wildlife sightings year ’round.  To birders, the Cherokee National Forest and surrounding areas are considered a wonderful place to locate an array of over 260 species of birds, such as Black-billed and Yellow- billed Cuckoos, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Belted Kingfisher, Acadian and Great Crested Flycatchers, Wood Thrush, White-eyed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Eastern Screech Owl as well as Veery and Blue-headed Vireo.  Woodchucks, red squirrels, raccoons, possums can often be seen while hiking the many trails maintained by the USDA Forest Service, and even in some backyards or fields in Monroe County. It’s also not that unusual to sight wild boar, deer and red fox around.  On occasion though, a black bear or bobcat might be captured on one of the trail cams sprinkled throughout the forest, reminding us that this little corner of Tennessee really is a wilderness area!



Those interested in viewing wildlife have an opportunity to glimpse an assortment of wildlife – not to mention spectacular scenery – during the different seasons of the year.  Although it’s always good to get out into nature itself, there’s even an auto loop for those wishing to get a quick overview of the area.  In some ways, taking the drive on roads earmarked as wildlife viewing roads allows one to see views that might not be seen while hiking a trail in the forest. Highway 165, or the Cherohala Skyway, is a 43 mile stretch of road between Tellico Plains, TN and Robbinsville, NC, and also the 21st National Forest Scenic Byway in the United States.  The name is derived from the Cherokee National Forest on the Tennessee side, and Nantahala National Forest on the North Carolina side.


Oh – and if you happen to see (and photograph) some of our abundant wildlife while you’re relaxing and enjoying the area, don’t forget to share it with us!



Bambi Found in Tellico Plains!


On one of the properties that Skyway Realty has listed, there was a lot of damage from some of last winter’s ice storms. The owner was having some of the trees that were casualties of the storm taken down and Dave was the point of contact between the owner and the loggers doing the work. A few days into the job, Dave received a call from the loggers to make a special trip to see something they’d found. When he arrived, the burly, sweaty and toughened loggers were nurturing a baby deer.

These were the kind of guys who, on any fall weekend might be out in the woods in the early morning, in a deer stand, waiting for this fawn’s mother or father to walk into their sightline. But on THIS morning, when Dave arrived, they were all guarding the spotted fawn with as much care and compassion as if they were the mother themselves.

They said that for 3 or 4 days, they’d seen the fawn off in the woods, waiting for its mother to return.

But she never did.

And their hearts were troubled for the fate of this real-life Bambi.

Likely a victim to a car, the mother wasn’t coming back, and they couldn’t bear to see the young deer starve or worse. It was all too apparent that they would do anything to save it. One of the loggers owned goats, one of which had just given birth, so the plan was to take the fawn home, and hopefully, the mama goat would accept it as its own kid.

Most people wouldn’t expect a story about brawny Southern loggers to end this way. But that’s just what makes the South – and Tellico Plains – so special and unique!


Living in Small Town America Without Sacrificing Big City Arts

Classical Pianist Ang Li

Classical Pianist Ang Li

What comes to mind when you hear the word “arts”?   Is it the Louvre in Paris?  Broadway Theater?  Maybe you remember reading the poetry of Wordsworth or Shakespeare in high school.  Perhaps you associate arts with Bach or The Beatles, fiddlers and cellists.

If you’re fortunate enough ­­to live in Monroe County, a little bit of all of these – and more – can be enjoyed through the non-profit organization Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) –  What began in the early 1990’s in a meeting at Hiwassee College in Madisonville has blossomed into a first rate program dedicated to fostering the growth and awareness of the arts in the 34th most populated county in the state of Tennessee.

Back in 1993, based on advice by the Tennessee Arts Commission, a lyceum committee was formed at Hiwassee College with the intent to utilize what was then the largest auditorium between Knoxville and Chattanooga.  A year later in 1994 the first performance featuring a classical guitarist was held, and it’s been a steady stream of diverse and impressive performances ever since.  Add to that the work MACA does to share a variety of arts in the county’s classrooms, and Monroe County is no longer green when it comes to the kind of arts not usually found in rural Tennessee.­


Shepherded by Mary Hendershot almost from the beginning, MACA not only provides accomplished performances for the community at large, its primary mission is to provide that “Aha!” moment to hundreds of schoolchildren that ordinarily might not have an introduction to the arts.  Says Hendershot, “We sprinkle a little art in the schools and give them opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have.”  She marvels at how enthusiastic the children are upon introduction to new forms of art and how well they respond to instruction when it’s given.

MACA Summer Arts Camp

MACA Summer Arts Camp

A few years after MACA was up and running, a one week children’s art camp, taught by professional teachers, began and has been held every summer since, providing instruction for K-6 in music, dance, drama, stage & set design. There are also artist residents – weavers, musicians, poetry workshops, etc… – that go into the schools and share their expertise, working one-on-one with the children.  Likewise, a Young Author’s Conference is put on annually­, and a School Performance Series is held specifically for Monroe County elementary age children.  This year features Aladdin, in conjunction with Missoula Children’s Theater, and Play to Win – The Jackie Robinson Story, performed by the Birmingham Children’s Theater.

Missoula Children's Theater - Blackbeard

Missoula Children’s Theater – Blackbeard

Missoula Children's Theater - Aladdin

Missoula Children’s Theater – Aladdin

For many children in Monroe County, the Missoula Children’s Theater plays each year are highly anticipated, offering one of the few chances to audition and perform not only in front of their peers in school showings, but for the general public as well.  In fact, more than a few kids in Monroe County have decided to pursue a career in the arts after participating in MACA’s Missoula Children’s Theater play.  Jacob Madden is definitely one such person.  He started taking part in the Missoula Children’s Theater plays when he was in 7th grade, and it’s because of MACA that he’s chosen to pursue a career either in acting or teaching theater to others.  He’s now a freshman at UT-Chattanooga majoring in theater.  Jacob credits his involvement with MACA for helping him pursue that dream of acting. “The experience you gain from the organization is plentiful.  MACA opened up my eyes to the world of acting and showed me how it can help a community.”

Hendershot believes that because of exposure to the arts and the artists who teach them, children learn that “to succeed it takes more than talent.  It takes hard work, self-discipline, and although you might not always be successful, if you really want to do something, you commit to it.  These kids have learned perseverance and having goals.”

Fiber Arts in the Classroom

Fiber Arts in the Classroom

Although the emphasis on introducing the next generation to arts is important, it’s equally meaningful, not to mention good business, to bring a variety of performances to the general public too.  By working with regional performers’ consortiums, MACA has been able to bring an array of acts to the community each year, including from this year’s series, Chinese classical pianist Ang Li, Dove Award winner Jaimee Paul, and local 9 year old vocal wunderkind Emi Sunshine.  Because some of the audience are season ticket holders, it’s a delicate balance to find just the right kind of acts.  While it might be nice to always have popular acts, it’s also constructive to introduce audiences to different kinds of art forms.  According to Mary Hendershot, it’s the goal of MACA to have “all performers be the best performance possible.”

MACA Director Mary Hendershot

MACA Director Mary Hendershot

Because Hendershot and the MACA board of directors, as well as local businesses and Friends of the Arts have worked hard to develop a community conducive and welcoming to the arts, MACA and Monroe County are well-regarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Tennessee has a thriving entertainment and arts industry and the attention MACA has received led to the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development awarding 3 stars – the highest level achievable – plus extra points to Monroe County.  What exactly do those 3 stars mean?   When industries or corporations look to move into an area, there are a series of benchmarks they seek out in that community.  Those 3 stars mean it’s one of the most inviting and viable places in the state to have a business, including the right kind of place for its employees to live.  What started as a way “to add to the economic quality of life by bringing arts events” to the community has done just that in the best possible manner!

With this kind of recognition, what’s in the future for MACA and the arts in Monroe County?  For starters, Mary Hendershot plans to relax a little and step down once a new director is hired. She’s also hoping to start a discussion on the development of an arts center within the county.  According to her, “once you create that space, it makes possible for things to flourish.”  It seems that since its inception, Monroe Area Council for the Arts has made many things possible for the community, things its citizens once could only dream about.



To donate or for more information on MACA, tickets, Friends of the Arts, or ways to volunteer your time, please go to, or call 423.442.3210


Bald River Falls

Well, we’ve had huge rains, many of you know Bald River Falls, a friend Bill Weimer called and we went up there yesterday to see what it looked like…millions of gallons per minute, a spray like a rain storm over the bridge, the speed of the falling water created a wind, the roar amazing…here are some pictures of the force…even though the camera is color the photos look black and white…


I had to stand aside of the falls otherwise the lense was soaked from the spray, the last picture is on the other side of the bridge and the beginning of the Tellico River, the convergence of the Bald River and North River. Nature even in its violence has beauty.


We’re having a very unusual year as most of the country is also. Spring is my very favorite time because of all the new growth. The daffodils and hyacinths have already bloomed but now the red buds and forsythia are blooming and the dogwoods are coming out. One of the most beautiful things are all the different greens in the trees. It’s a beautiful time to visit East Tennessee. I’ve attached some photos including one of our cat, Cleocatra (Cleo for short), wanting a belly scratch.

Fall on Reagan Valley Road

Wouldn’t you love to live here?!

Fall in Tellico Plains




Hi! It’s been a long, long time since I’ve added to this blog. I’m more of a listener than a talker and I guess that goes for writing also – not always sure what I have to say is that improtant! BUT I couldn’t pass up sending out some pictures of our beautiful fall colors. We had friends visit the 8th of Oct. and everything was green but by the 10th all the reds and golds started really showing up and now it is absolutely beautiful. We had a dry summer so don’t know if that means beautiful color? Our mums are amazing. A friend told me that we need to keep them cut back till the 4th of July so the color hits in the fall when it is suppose to. She also told me to just plant the cuttings in the ground, keep watered, and you get big mum plants. The ones you see are mostly started from one spring and if I had watered more, there would be a lot more plants. Enjoy the pictures!!!

More mums

These colors are not nearly as beautiful as in person
— come see them yourself!








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Poppy Time

Our poppies are absolutely gorgeous this year! I love perennials – they just come up every year. Unfortunately the poppy seeds got into our gravel walkways. I just couldn’t pull them out of the gravel so my hope is to pull them out before they drop their seeds. Many of my friends are jealous because they only have a few poppy flowers this year. Believe me, it’s nothing I’ve done . . .

Haven’t seen our goslings lately but think they are too small to fly yet. Last time I saw them, they were running up a dirt pile down by the pond. Reminded me of kids racing each other – really cute. If I see them, I’ll get another picture.