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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Starbucks in the park?
« on: March 29, 2020, 11:38:31 AM »
I read on another site that Starbucks was coming to the park offering only hot and iced coffee.  I don't really believe, but anyone else have info?

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 1 hour Your 3 must see
« on: March 27, 2020, 11:52:46 AM »
Sarsaparilla, black smith, Pickers

Random Talk / Re: Coronavirus
« on: March 27, 2020, 11:48:29 AM »

But here in the US... well, firstly, we have a terrible healthcare system.

You have got to be kidding . . . .

Ck point!  I wouldn't want to get sick in ANY OTHER COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA. 

Random Talk / Re: Coronavirus
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:13:05 AM »
But, not the international quilt show in Kentucky I'm attending in April - 35,000 people from around the world in a small town 4 days jam packed in hallways and conference rooms for lectures and classes, in line for an hour at restaurants with probably half the visitors senior age.   :o   As of last night, the show people saying they are not going to cancel.  I cancelled and lost a lot of deposit money for a week of classes.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:01:31 PM »
Posted this in the wrong thread earlier.  First mistake I ever made! ;)

Sorry, Swoosh:  more histoy-nerding to come in 2020.  Two years ago, I had the privilege of living on the property at George Washington's Mount Vernon for a week (Another SDCFan has done so multiple times, BTW.).  Last year, I spent a week at Fort Ticonderoga in Upstate New York.

And then came 2020:

Here was a nice surprise that arrived in my emailbox this week: word from Virginia about my acceptance to the summer teacher institute at Colonial Williamsburg. Huzzah, indeed!

"Huzzah! We are very pleased to offer you a scholarship to the 2020 Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg. Your scholarship includes tuition and transportation.

"Within 10 business days you will receive an additional email from us. That email will provide your program information, including the session date and instructions for how to register/confirm your attendance and arrange your transportation...


"The Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute Team"

WOW!  That's great!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Silver Dollar Saloon Mugs
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:28:36 PM »
The hubs came home with a couple glass mugs from the Silver Dollar Saloon that he found in a flea market for $2.  What year did they quit selling them?  These look like they have never been used. 

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: February 06, 2020, 03:37:03 PM »
I love that bridge and the clopping horses!

Dollywood Discussion / Re: Dollywood 2019
« on: January 08, 2020, 08:57:48 PM »
A bit bored tonight (rarely EVER happens), so I'll write about my trip to Dollywood the day before Christmas Eve.  It wasn't a destination - just passing through on my way out east.  The weather was rainy, there was a long line to the parking area, and we almost turned around to leave about 5:00. When we made it to parking, we were told to look hard for a spot as there were probably less than 15 left (and the tram wait could be 45 min.) We finally found one close enough that we could skip the tram.  It was close to 6 when we walked thru the gate, and my first impression was ...meh. The park was very lit up, but the lights at the front were mostly pink, purple, and blue - not so Christmasy, but very "in your face" Dolly!  The bakery was listed as having gluten free muffins, but there were none and no one seemed to know anything about them.  Very few places I can eat, but we found a restaurant that had a smoked ham dinner that I could eat with substitutions, and it was grea! I wish SDC had more plate dinners like this for $13.  We didn't have much time, so we walked toward the crafters area so hubs could see the blacksmithing.  I think it was on the way there we ran into the Glacier area - very cool!  Very, very cool! Hundreds of strands of twinkling lights above your head with wave patterns, fog machines, and space music symbolizing northern lights.  We loved it! The entire area was very cool with icy white lights, icebergs, bears, trees, etc.  The big tree looked very similar to SDC's, but with the addition of snow machines dropping pretty heavy amounts of snow on visitors near the tree. That was cool! The parade was okay; promoted Dolly quite a bit; not as good as SDC's.  I did like the guy with the banjo walking the line to entertain you with music as you waited for the parade. There were over 20,000 in the park that night.

My honest opinion?  I had very little time in the park, the roller coasters looked cool, the crafts are way more expensive than SDC - mugs from the pottery shop were $35.  Northern Light show was worth the trip! I liked it much more when I quit comparing it to SDC.  I still wouldn't make it a destination, but I wouldn't mind stopping by again to see the whole park, shows, and music. Oh, and there are no perks in the park unless you have the more expensive Silver Pass.

Construction/Rumors / Re: SDC's 2020 Project (Thread #2)
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:57:35 PM »
Rain and possible snow coming in over the next few days.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Silver Dollar Membership
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:56:16 PM »
I'd like to see a Lifelong membership offer.

Random Talk / Re: Your Travels Thread (2020)
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:54:08 PM »
It's been busy around here.  On a trip to DC over Christmas, we stopped at Dollywood and Gatlinburg.  More on that later.  Headed to Hawaii and Maui in a few weeks and hopefully Yellowstone again next Fall.  Busy this year!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:42:09 PM »
wed - - as off about 7pm,  6300 people...

That surprises me!  Today would've been a great day to be there - sunny and in the upper 50's most of the day.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: 2019 Daily Attendance
« on: December 07, 2019, 03:11:34 PM »
I think it will be.  There were quite a few cars in the turn lane when I went through there at 9:00 this morning.  ;D

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Black Friday
« on: November 29, 2019, 04:34:11 PM »
I've gone for a couple of years mostly because there was something I wanted that was on sale.  I am not a Black Friday shopper at all, but it was fun to walk around there.  Downside is nothing is open except shops.  We walked all over last year just trying to find a cup of coffee.  It's never been crowded.  I may go in tomorrow to pick up salsa.  I'll post a pic if I do.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Black Friday
« on: November 29, 2019, 08:37:34 AM »
Anyone attending Black Friday? If so, will you post if the jam/jellies/salsas are on sale? Last year they were 25% off, so I bought several that we like.  I don't see them listed this year, and it's the only thing I would be interested in.  Let us know!

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