Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

10 Years and Counting

Last week, I went with my mom to a very special Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member event.  The Hillside Winery celebrated 10 whole years of making excellent wine in Sevier County!  They had all kinds of neat things there for their celebration including this delicious cake with purple and blue icing on it.  The only thing that would have made this even more delicious is if the cake was chocolate.  It was vanilla and it was superly yummy!

Anyway, Mr. Stanfill (he’s the Membership Coordinator for the Chamber) and Ms. Clabo (she’s the Comptroller of the Chamber, and I don’t know exactly what that means except I know she’s in charge of knowing where all the money is coming in from and going out to at the Chamber) and Ms. McCroskey (she’s the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber), they were all there, too, and I think maybe I saw Ms. Marr (she’s does Marketing for the Chamber) but I’m not sure because there were so many people at this event.

In fact, here’s a picture I took of people just coming to the event at the beginning of it!

That’s in the store part of Hillside Winery and there were way more other people in the other room by the exit sign that’s actually a enter place to get to the wine tasting section of Hillside Winery and even past that is where they make all the wine.  And plus, if you want, you can go there any day they’re open and ask for a tour, and if it’s tour time, one of the Hillside Winery people will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of where they make wine.  I went on that tour and it was crazy what I learned about how wine gets made,.  Also it was superly interesting.

So anyway, while we were at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Hillside Winery, I made sure I took a look at all the neat stuff in the store part and I even took pictures.  First off, I like this place a whole lot because they’re Chamber members just like me (I’m a Chamber member) so that means we’re kind of like business cousins.  We know each other, and we’re sort of related and that means we’re a lot like family, except we’re business related, not grandparent related.

Just like me, Hillside Winery totally loves kitty cats, and they have a lot of kitty cat and wine related things for sale on the store side of the winery.  I took pictures of some of the sayings you can put up on your wall, and then I saw this superly cute kitty cat corkscrew.  I don’t know what it means that it’s a double-hinged corkscrew but I know kitty cats like to play with corks from wine bottles, so I think probably this corkscrew makes sure the corks don’t get stuck in the bottle when you try opening it up.

My one grandpa had trouble this one time at our house opening a bottle of wine with a cork in it.  He used my mom’s corkscrew she had for like a bazillion years and it broke.  So my mom got her back-up corkscrew out (the one she won in a gift basket from another Chamber event she was at I didn’t get to go to with her), and my grandpa broke that one, too.  Next, he went out to his truck and came back with a screwdriver and I said I didn’t know there were screws on a bottle because that would be way easier to open the bottle than trying to pull a cork out with a corkscrew.  And then he used the screwdriver the same way he used the corkscrews, and this time the cork came out and the screwdriver did not break.

I’m thinking maybe a double-hinged corkscrew is probably superly strong like my one grandpa’s screwdriver is.

Also, the Hillside Winery store side has lots of other great stuff for sale (besides the wine on the wine side).  For example, they are totally a hundred plus percent ready for Hallowe’en, and I love Hallowe’en.  This year, I’m going trick-or-treating dressed up as a Ninja Princess, and maybe between now and when Hallowe’en happens, I can get my mom or grandma to buy some of these great Hallowe’en things from Hillside Winery.  I especially love the orange wine bottle with the black spider and spider web on it even though I really don’t like spiders in real life.  But if it’s just a painted spider on a painted web on a orange bottle, we’re good to go on loving that kind of spider.

And I saved the best for last because in just two more weeks, it’s going to be the Missy Barrett Treasure Chest of Hope Pirate and Swashbuckler Party where I’m going to raise as much  money as I can for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and that’s on Thursday, August 30 from 5 in the evening until 7 in the evening at the All Season Suites at 239 Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge.  The good news about that is that the day after is a day off because that’s Labor Day weekend.

Hillside Winery has this great pirate display area and I didn’t take pictures of everything in that corner because I think you should go there and see for yourself how cute all their pirate and mermaid stuff really is.  Here is a sneak preview of that pirate area though.

So Happy 10th Anniversary to Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member Hillside Winery, and I hope you’re around for another 15 years (because 25th Anniversary parties are the best) because then I’m going to be old enough to drink some of your wine that my mom and lots of other people say is superly delicious especially with steak grilled on an open flame in the backyard.


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Is Something Bugging You?

Yesterday I told my teacher I was going to have to be late getting to school today because I was going to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Coffee Talk at the Sevierville Civic Center.  I told her it was going to be superly educational because the people of Johnson Pest Control were going to be doing the talking.  I don’t think my teacher believed me until I said I would even write a report and share it with the class so everybody would know lots about pests and stuff like that.  She phoned my mom, and I don’t know what they talked about, but this morning, I got to go to Coffee Talk with my mom.  It’s really exciting to be a Chamber member.

Anyway, when we got there, it was just a little bit after 8:00 a.m., and Miss Emily (she works at the Chamber, or SCOC as some people call it) was already taking pictures.  This is a picture she got of people starting to show up for Coffee Talk.

The ladies of Starbucks had all kinds of great stuff for people to eat for breakfast.  It sure wasn’t the kind of breakfast I usually get at home.  I think it was better but don’t tell my mom that because it maybe will hurt her feelings and it’s not her fault that she’s only great at making lunch and dinner and snacks, but kind of has a boring breakfast menu that only has cereal and milk and fruit.  The ladies of Starbucks even brought banana bread with walnuts (I think they were walnuts but maybe they weren’t but they were delicious whatever they were so I’m pretty sure those were walnuts).  They even had something that looked like lemon pound cake with icing on it!

My mom made me bring milk with me in a travel mug because she thought probably they would only have coffee there, and she was right, so it was a good thing she made me bring that with me.

Just so you know, that’s Missy Norris and another Chamber member person behind the ladies of Starbucks.  I think they’re talking about how delicious the Starbucks breakfast is.  I think one of them maybe is saying, “This is a really superly excellent breakfast spread” and the other one of them maybe is saying, “I really like those apples they have, too.”

Anyway, the person that took this picture is from Johnson Pest Control.  Maybe someone can let them know I shared their picture on my blog so they can say in the comments of this blog entry, “I took that picture” so everybody knows who took it.  It’s very good picture taking I think.

Anyway, Coffee Talk today was very educational.  I learned about different kinds of cockroaches and different kinds of bees. Also, I learned about ants and bed bugs and pillbugs and earwigs. And I even learned about hornets and paper wasps. But guess what I was superly surprised to find out about mosquitoes. They’re the most dangerous of all because they’re the deadliest of all the insects all over the world!

If you would have asked me if mosquitoes were that dangerous before Coffee Talk this morning, I would have told you I think stinging bees are a hundred percent most deadly, and spiders are next most deadly. It’s a good thing I was a good listener at Coffee Talk this morning because now I’m going to make sure everybody I know wears insect repellent because I don’t want any mosquitoes killing people I know.  I don’t even want any mosquitoes killing people I don’t know!

So don’t forget: Mosquitoes are the most dangerous insect on Earth, and maybe in the whole entire galaxy, too.

Also, my table was crazy lucky for winning prizes.  I won a whole jar full of Skittles because my swatter had the winning sticker on it for my table.  Then when they did door prizes, someone at our table won a basket of great stuff (I think his name was Josh and I think he was from Biblical Times but I’m not a hundred percent sure about that), and someone won a ticket for the Picnic Wine Trail event on June 2 (the same day as the Relay For Life event in downtown Sevierville), and someone won a whole jar full of M&Ms.

This is a picture Miss Emily took of the Johnson Pest Control people.  They look friendly because they are friendly.  And plus, Ms. McCroskey of the Chamber told everybody that their business has been around for 34 years, and you don’t get to stick around that long if you aren’t good people.

I’m going to do a little more work learning about some of the insects that got talked about this morning so I can have a superly fantastic report for my class because I think everything I learned this morning probably hardly anyone in my class knows.  I hardly knew any of what they talked about this morning until Coffee Talk happened.


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