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The Old Mill Square     August 2015
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Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

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GREETINGS FROM
THE OLD MILL

Still In Full Swing

Good news! We still have a third of our glorious summer left, which means that you have plenty of time to come see what’s new at The Old Mill Square. Our corner of the Smokies has been sunny and beautiful, with just enough summer showers sprinkled in to keep Gardener Reece happy — and his plants gorgeous!

We’ve been busy welcoming everyone as they flow into town, here to enjoy not only our beautiful Smoky Mountains (which by the way, did you know you can see Mt. LeConte, the 3rd highest peak in the National Park, from many spots on the Square?), but they take time to have us dish up some or our homemade ice cream and prepare some of the Southern Cooking that we’re known for. And, the parking attendants have helped tremendously with the traffic flow here. So come on by, sit a spell and hey, take a selfie with a bear while you’re here – that’s a teaser of more to come, so read on…

 

‘Till We Meet Again…
As the end of school vacation draws nearer, we have to say farewell and heartfelt thanks to our incredible interns. They have each contributed to the smooth sailing we’ve experienced this summer, and we will miss them. Education first, though! Read all about our talented interns: Click Here
 

Buzz Around The Square

Meet Our Neighbors
We welcome Iron Mountain Metal Craft to the Old Mill District neighborhood, located across the street from the Pigeon River Pottery. Blacksmiths Robbie, Tina, and Bob have returned the sound of hammer to metal, a familiar melody of our ancestors. Experience this Appalachian art and learn how they forge the knives, some of which are sold at the Old Forge Distillery. You can also sign up for the blacksmithing lessons they offer and make your own custom knife right in their shop! For more information, call: 423-782-6784 or visit their facebook page here.

Potters At Play

From a new glaze to a new name for our 2015 signature black bear, Pigeon River Pottery has a lot of news to share.


Potters at Play
Peer through the window into the large space behind the demonstration pottery wheel, and you’ll see a jovial group of artisans happily molding, throwing, and glazing their creations. They are always playing and creating. Pigeon River Pottery thrives on their inspired energy, the reason our showroom is filled with one-of-a-kind pieces. Visit our Potters at Play link to see more of our fall additions and the inspirations behind them.

Name the Bear Contest
This Heritage Day at Old Mill Square, we will reveal a new black bear design of 2015. We’d like your help in naming our newest black bear, handmade by Tommy Bullen. Submit your most creative name on Pigeon River Pottery’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, or email debby.maugans@gmail.com, for a chance to win the first bear crafted and a meal for two at The Old Mill Restaurant.

The winner and the bear’s name will be announced at Heritage Day on September 26! Don’t miss the excitement or the opportunity to purchase one of the new 2015 bears. To make them even more of a special keepsake, the artist will sign the first hundred purchased.

No Real Bear Selfies, Please!
Remember, if you happen to see a real bear while visiting the area, don’t forget to keep your distance and slowly walk away. More Tips: Click Here

 

Sassafras
You’ve heard us talk about the gorgeous fashions at Sassafras. Now you can follow us on Instagram or Facebook and see what’s new as worn by our friends and models. We’re adding more fashion photos often. Enjoy this coupon and add to your wardrobe! 

Grits & Cornbread

Café Celebrates National Sandwich Month
The new sandwiches at Pottery House Café & Grille are coming out at the perfect time! Try one of these great sandwiches:

Pimento Cheese BLT
Pimento cheese, red tomatoes, fried green tomatoes, lettuce and Applewood smoked bacon on grilled Sour Dough bread.

Old Forge Burger
8oz Black Angus burger topped with cheddar cheese, Pottery House Café bourbon bacon jam, lettuce, tomatoes and purple onion on a spent grain bun. (Spent grain bun is made with the corn mash from the Old Forge Distillery.) The Personnel Manager said that this is the best burger he has ever had, and that “One distiller’s trash is another baker’s treasure!”
 

Farmhouse Kitchen News
The large take-out cooler is stocked with containers of the Pottery House Café & Grille’s signature Pimiento Cheese and Chicken Salad, plus pasta salads and homemade quiches. Pick up a loaf of homemade bread from Café’s bakery; we usually have Honey Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin Pecan, and Olive Bread. You can pick up all you need for picnics or dinner back at your cabin or home.

You can see our new line of seasonal preserves being made in the Test Kitchen while you’re in the Farmhouse Kitchen. Local grower Bridgett Johnson will be making heirloom recipes from Lafayette Farm, her family’s 3rd generation farm. Bridgett uses local ingredients sourced from area farmers, all at the peak of seasonal freshness. They are canning homemade peach preserves this month, the first of the new Heirloom line. Stay tuned in for new products that change with the seasons!

Ask Our Craftsmen


Many of you know that our heritage of craftsmanship was handed down by the settlers here, and that legacy lives on all around The Square. But do you really know what goes into making everything that we offer?

Our Millers, Potters, Confectioners, Bakers, Distiller, and Test Kitchen staff are asked questions daily about their crafts. They are passionate about their crafts, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills. Just try and keep one of our craftsmen quiet when asked!

We encourage you to ask them questions, and now you can do it even if you aren’t here. By filling out the form in the following link, you can connect with a craftsmen and ask what you are curious about. We’ll either answer your questions in upcoming issues of Milling Around, or we’ll send you an answer personally.

Please fill out this form or email dmaugans@old-mill.com. Thank you for your interest in our time-honored, handcrafted methods and materials.

Ask The Miller: What does unbolted mean?

Chuck Childers: “A question I get quite often is, what does unbolted mean? Unbolted simply means not sifted. When you sift grain you remove many nutrients and vitamins. Here at The Old Mill we take nothing out and we don't add anything all you get is 100% pure cornmeal. Thanks for asking!”

Ask The Potter: Where does clay come from?

Tommy Bullen: One of the most beautiful places in the world — right here in the Smoky Mountains. All of our clay is mixed onsite with materials found only in our area of East Tennessee. Each potter prefers a different blend of clay for what they have planned to create that day. For example, they will choose a loose mix for open forms, which is easier to work with, like bowls and casseroles. A more stiff blend is used to make complex shapes, such as vases.

Events And Celebrations

Annual Cornhole Tournament A Ringer
The 6th Annual Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament was largest ever with 116 teams from all across the country. Hosted at The Old Mill Square, the tournament is organized in memory of Sergeant Brett Benton. This year’s proceeds went to Trooper Island Camp in Albany, KY. Both troopers and the youth of Kentucky can share a carefree week of camp, giving the children hope for a better tomorrow.
 

Prizes winners are:

Competitive Division

1st place winners:
Frank Modlin -Jamesville, NC
Jonathan Langsworthy - Crab Orchard, Ky

2nd place:
James McGuffin - Lawrenceburg, KY
Derrick King - Taylorsville, Ky

3rd place:
Matt Guy and Bret Guy from Alexrandria, Ky

Amateur Division

1st Place:
Clinton House - Sonny Robinson

2nd Place:
Mike and Nick Dobbins

3rd Place:
Tracy Gregory - Austin Brandle


Upcoming Events

Veterans’ Day Parade: Don’t miss this exciting parade on August 29 at 9 AM. The Veterans’ Homecoming Parade, presented by the City of Pigeon Forge, is a salute to America’s military veterans. Come out and enjoy the parade and give our veterans our heartfelt thanks for their service to our country. See MyPigeonForge.com for the parade route and other details.

12th Annual Old Mill Square Heritage Day: Plan on visiting The Old Mill Square on September 26, 2015, for this annual festival. Get a glimpse of how our forefathers lived when the mill was first built in 1830. For additional information, visit OldMillHeritageDay.com.

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