• Ripley’s Sips & Sharks

    Here’s something new that would inspire some of the adults-who-are-kids-at-heart-but-like-something-harder-to-drink to get out of the house and come to the Aquarium: Ripley’s Sips and Sharks.

    From the main Ripley’s website:

    “Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies will be hosting Sips & Sharks events! Sips & Sharks is an adult (21+) sleepover that gives guests overnight access to the Aquarium. This experience includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a behind the scenes tour, movie, continental breakfast, and much more!”

    This event is scheduled for February 13th and September 25th, 2021, both Fridays, at 8:00PM and lasting overnight.

    Edit: The February 13th date has sold out of tickets. Perhaps not surprising as it sounds like quite a lot of fun for adults. Only tickets for September 25th are currently available.

    See this event and reserve tickets at https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/event/sips-n-sharks-grownup-sleepover/2021-09-25/.

  • Veteran’s Day Celebration in Downtown Gatlinburg

    Gatlinburg is celebrating Veteran’s Day with a proper tribute at Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies:

    From their website:

    Gatlinburg is formally honoring the valiant men and women who have served and are currently serving our country during this year’s Veterans Day Celebration on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Plaza at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Day National Committee recognizes the ceremony, now in its 18th year, as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. The event is free to the public and will feature Major General Terry M. “Max” Haston as a keynote speaker.

    The event will feature musical entertainment by the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Band and distinguished vocalists Lakieta Bagwell-Graves, who will perform the National Anthem. Likewise, special presentations will be made by the Gatlinburg Boy Scout Troop 111, Girl Scout Troop 20648, and Wings to Soar, which will commemorate the occasion with a demonstration of an American Bald Eagle. Gatlinburg Police Department Captain Jim Maples, a Vietnam veteran, will also present the POW-MIA Table/Invocation. This year the Master of Ceremonies will be WVLT anchor Alan Williams.”

    You can read the full press release at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/veterans-day-celebration/.