East Ridge Parks And Recreation Announces Senior Trip To Smoky Mountains

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The East Ridge Parks and Recreation Department and Clark Tours are announcing a two-day and one night Senior Citizen trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg on Oct. 2-3. The East Ridge Parks and Recreation Department plans to offer more Senior Citizen trips in the future. 

Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said the city appreciates its seniors and is working to offer them more fun activities.

 “We want to offer tours for the Christmas season, the spring and the fall,” Mr. Martin said. “We will continue to work with tour groups to provide what we believe to be the most fun for the best price for our seniors.” 

The Smokies tour will travel through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit Gatlinburg for shopping and lunch before traveling to Pigeon Forge. 

That afternoon, the seniors will visit the Smoky Mountain Opry where they will enjoy a show featuring an all-star cast of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, musicians and special effects.

That evening, the seniors will be treated to more great music and comedy at the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Show. That show has been described as “a lip smacking, toe tapping, hand clapping treat.”

The travelers will spend the night in Pigeon Forge and awaken to breakfast along with entertainment provided by the world-famous Blackwood Singers performing their award-winning Pop, Country and Gospel hits in a great musical revue. 

The trip will conclude with shopping, sight-seeing and lunch in Pigeon Forge before returning home. 

“We want to provide an opportunity for fun, fellowship and memories,” Martin said. “This is a trip I would like to go on.”

The cost is $239.00 per person/double occupancy. For more information, call 706/891-0901 or email clarktours@aol.com.


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