Friday, October 13, 2006

Welcome to the South

Part of the Smoky Mountains is located within Gatlinburg, TN. It’s a bit ironic to me that at the foot of such a grand National Park (nature at its finest), sits a tourist town infested with man-made attractions. Not just that, in my experience, Gatlinburg is the quintessence of the good ol’southern culture.


Here, in this precious town, one tourist can enjoy many of the kitschy entertainments. Such are as follows: Hillbilly Golf, Triumphant Southern Gospel Show, Ole Smoky Hoedown, Black Bear Jamboree Dinner and Show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show (Where you can choose your allegiance by sitting on the ‘north side’ or the ‘south’ side), and much much more!


Out of all the billboards advertising the many attractions available, the ones for The Miracle caught our attention the most. Apparently this is a Faith based musical depicting, “the greatest battle between good and evil”. I’ve not seen the show so I can not judge it in any way, but who wouldn’t be curious of a billboard with a devil on it (and man, I wish I could have gotten a picture of it)? Here are some examples of their billboards…










I’ve been in the United States for about eight years now. However, I’m amazed at how ‘diverse’ its culture is everyday.

2 comments:

kyrie said...

oh my goodness..i went to the dixie stampede with grandipop. me, chalice and our cousin calico..it was SO fun. thats all i remember. and we got to eat a mini chicken with our fingers and drink soup from a cup.

kyrie said...

ps. i was probably eight or nine when i went. possibly younger.