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The Old Mill Square    December 2015
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Pigeon Forge, TN 37868


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Merry Christmas
From The Old Mill


Stories are at the heart of Christmas — The Christmas Story we know by heart, stories we remember from childhood that bring us peace, stories we form for others as we offer gifts of ourselves for those less fortunate.

In this issue, we will tell you a few personal stories that come from people who work at The Old Mill Square. The first was written by Jimmy Proffitt, Director of Personnel; it’s a heartwarming story of his memories of family and Christmas traditions. Jimmy grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, with generations-old family ties to Sevier County. Having moved to this area, he’s found joy in The Old Mill family’s holiday traditions, as he tells us in the following quote from his story, “Timely Traditions”.

Jimmy’s Story: “Here at the Old Mill Square, we have lots of traditions that we honor. Our Annual Breakfast and Brunch with Santa just passed. We have musicians and choral groups perform. We host a Holiday Open House for our guests, and many other little touches to bring the familiarity of tradition to the Square. And, these are not just things that our guests enjoy; they make the holidays brighter for employees too. So, if we are not able to continue the traditions that we grew up with, we are able to start new ones, with our Old Mill Family. It may be a bit cliché, but we really are a family here. And, what are the holidays all about if you can’t be nostalgic and a bit cliché!”

Click here to read the entire
“Timely Traditions” story.

Wishing you and your family a joyful Christmas,
The Old Mill Family

Buzz Around The Square

Christmas Music Rocks The Square

This month, one of our best-loved bands, The Weaver Believer Band, visited Tennessee and played on the patio in front of the Pottery House Café & Grille. This award-winning, 7-member brother and sister string band is known around the country for fast-paced, toe-tapping Christian Country with a bluegrass twist. Their high energy performances and tight family harmony vocals has won the family band many awards; we were thrilled they came back to play their Christmas arrangements for us.

Santa Drew A Packed House For Annual Breakfast and Brunch

At Pottery House Café & Grille, that is. Each year we host Breakfast and Brunch with Santa and his friends at the café. We were blessed this year with absolutely beautiful weather. Both Breakfast and Brunch were completely sold out. It's not only a wonderful time for the children, the adults are able to recall memories from their childhood. After eating and getting their treat from Santa the children rush out to the craft tent to make those special keepsakes for the family tree. We had a fun filled day enjoyed by everyone - even Santa said he had
a great time.


Facebook Tells The Story

Recently, two wonderful stories were written on The Old Mill’s Facebook page. Teresa Cook Gaston told us, “This is my year of finishing unfinished projects. I bought this little quilt wall hanging years ago to quilt — and remind myself of one of my favorite places. I finally made it last month. Wish I were there!”. In the photo, Russell Gaston is holding up his wife’s, Teresa Cook Gaston’s, handiwork.

The second story comes from Tara Holdren: “Was cleaning out some old craft supplies & ran across these, cross-stitch patterns dated 1988.”

We appreciate your sharing with us!


It’s Christmastime in Pigeon River Pottery

Our artisan potters at the Pigeon River Pottery have never been busier making holiday-inspired pottery that is as beautiful as it is functional. Tommy Bullen, our lead potter, has created new designs this year, such as pottery angels in several sizes, bear ornaments (about 2 inches high) for your tree, and new winter bears with Santa and other seasonal hats. He’s making pine tree luminaries with a green glaze inside that will glow faintly.

Just in time for Christmas, Tommy Bullen has released 40 limited edition Santa’s Milk & Cookies mugs with coordinating small plate (sold separately). Each handcrafted mug is uniquely glazed and numbered. They are available while supplies last, so hurry on over to purchase the mug and coordinating plate.

This year, we’re offering a Bread Baker set, packaged with a bag of Old Mill White Bread Flour. Stop in this holiday season and take a look at our wide selection of beautiful handcrafted pottery, we will be happy to help you find just the right gift for that special someone, and shipping is available.

Jason’s Story: We asked artisan potter Jason Gore to tell us what his favorite pottery piece is to make and why: “My favorite would probably be our Steins. They are a really fun piece to throw because of all the little techniques that make them unique. They have a stepped foot around the bottom, can be bellied or skinny, and the 2-piece handle has dimple accents to mimic rivets. They're almost as much fun to make as they are to use!”


The Old Mill Goes Local

We have signed with a local farmer to grow corn for our stone-ground milled products. We’ll be grinding non-GMO corn for our cornmeal, grits, and grain mixes, so watch for more announcements in 2016.

The Old Forge Distillery is into the
Christmas Spirit(s)!

For the person who enjoys a little merriment, we’re making gift baskets with our award-winning spirits, pottery, mixers and more at the Old Forge Distillery. Stop by and find the perfect gift for adults on your list.

New to the spirits line is Old Forge Bourbon, and it is fast becoming the favorite in East Tennessee. We recently partnered with the Knoxville Symphony to serve cocktails to guests at the “A Tennessee Christmas” gala at the Cherokee Country Club. We enjoyed showcasing our authentic history in Tennessee.

Grits & Cornbread

We’ve been busy all month baking pecan pies in The Old Mill Restaurant and breads and desserts in the Pottery House Café & Grille, adding more baked goods and specialty foods in the Farmhouse Kitchen, and creating holiday flavors of homemade ice creams and candies. Take a look:

The Creamery has developed delicious holiday ice creams, like Pumpkin, Peppermint, Eggnog, and Red Velvet that contains the popular Red Velvet Cake from the café. You don’t want to miss these seasonal favorites while they are homemade this month!

The Candy Kitchen next door is another stop for your pumpkin or red velvet fix. Those two flavors of homemade fudge are bestsellers during the holidays, along with the Candy Cane Fudge we’re making and selling for gifts. Both large and small Bear Paws are a candy tray favorite. And don’t forget you can order them all this month until December 15th for Christmas delivery.

Shellie’s Story: Shellie Bowman, manager of The Candy Kitchen, is often seen wearing a cherished t-shirt that says “Land of the Free…Because of the Brave”. We asked her to tell you the story behind why it is special to her.

“I would walk into the Old Forge Distillery on a regular basis and see the “Land of the Free…Because of the Brave” t-shirt. And I’d think of how true those words are. When my son left to be in the Air Force, they touched my soul more and more. As the days passed and there was no contact from him, I could not help but think of the bravery and sacrifice that all those young men and women show to leave everything they have ever known to provide us with the freedom that we enjoy daily. Always remember our military because freedom isn’t free!”

We’re happy to report that Shellie is hard at work planning a wedding with her son and his fiancé for this month.


New Look, New Faces at the Farmhouse Kitchen

It’s busy as can be at the Farmhouse Kitchen this month! There are new pastries and cookies in the bakery case up front, all baked in the open kitchen by pastry chef Liz Denham. Our 2015 holiday gift baskets are on display; you can pick them up, ready-made, or order them online. Christmas pickles are arranged by the register; you’ll want a jar or two for leftover ham or turkey sandwiches! To tell you more, we asked store manager Linda Cody what she is excited about: “All the new cooler items...snack packs, cheeses, salami, dips; I’m lovin' the fresh breads and bakery items... And did I mention the incredible wall of spices?”

Come find takeout foods prepared by the restaurant and café, ready to bake at home. Our hot soup bar has 3 varieties daily to choose from for a quick lunch or dinner, and when you need to warm up, we’ve got pots of hot, fresh brewed coffee. For easy holiday party appetizers, we have a cooler of local cheeses and smoked meats, the café’s Bacon Jam, Pimiento Cheese, and Chicken Salad, plus dips and cheese balls that are ready to serve.


Around Town

Christmas at The Old Mill Square always includes festive cooking; and, like you, we like to give gifts of food to others. All this month, we’ve been cooking for events and the people in our community. Here are a few of the highlights of Christmas cooking past and future in December:

• 4th Annual Taste of the Holidays: On December 8, the United Way of Sevier County hosted a luncheon showcasing many of the great chefs and restaurants in Pigeon Forge, and 100% of the proceeds sent to charities. We were proud to be included, and served Chicken Salad and Cranberry Walnut Bread from the Pottery House Café & Grille, Chicken & Dumplings from The Old Mill Restaurant, and Pumpkin and Red Velvet Fudge from the Candy Kitchen.

• The annual Sevier County Boys and Girls Club event on December 23 is part of the tradition during Christmas at The Old Mill; our employees love to serve them food during this special gathering.


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