Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Visiting the Gallery and Grapes

Yesterday there was a Business After Hours get-together at the Hillside Winery and Art Gallery that I got to go to because me and my mom, we’re both members of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. My mom let me go but I had to promise to not go on the wine side because I’m not old enough. But I’m old enough to go to Business After Hours events, so that’s how come we went together.

When we were there, I met one of the in charge guys and his name was J.B. He was superly friendly to everybody, and then he introduced this lady to everybody and her name was Pinkie. She did paintings of butterflies and they were all over the place in the store part of Hillside Winery. J.B. told everybody that the paintings were going to get made into wine labels, and then everybody clapped really hard because that’s great news.

I didn’t take any pictures of the paintings because I didn’t know if that’s against the law because my mom is always telling me and my brothers about asking permission and not breaking copyright. So that’s how come there’s no pictures of the paintings, but if you wait a little, you can see them either at Hillside Winery or on the wine bottles pretty soon.

Anyway, there were lots of great stuff there besides wine (which I didn’t have any of but my mom did and she said the wine she tasted was tasty). First off, there were lots of glasses and wine bottles with zero zip wine in them because they were part of the display so that made them decorations, not product. But they were showing off product, so that’s why they were decorations.

Also there were mermaids at the Business After Hours event.

And hiding in a corner there was a little silver squirrel and a silver owl. They were so cute I wanted to buy them but I didn’t bring any money with me, so I couldn’t. Maybe I can go back with my Grandma and Grandpa Barrett and show them the squirrel and owl so they can see how cute they are.

There was this big table in the middle of the store part and it had cheese and crackers on it, and meat and buns on it, and fruit. And plus, there were bottles of water there for people like me that don’t drink any wine. I took pictures of everything but I’m only sharing the picture of the fruit because it looks like a painting to me.  I asked my mom if maybe J.B. was going to make wine out of the leftover fruit that didn’t get eaten and she said she didn’t think so.  I think maybe J.B. will and if he does, it’s probably going to be a Business After Hours Limited Edition wine that’s superly exclusive.

J.B. and Mr. Stanfill and Ms. Clabo did draws for door prizes. There were lots of baskets that got given away and they weren’t just basket: They had all kinds of stuff inside that were from Hillside Winery.

So probably you’re wondering how many people showed up for this event, right? A boatload of people. I asked my mom to take pictures of how many, but she only took this one picture but trust me when I tell you there were even more people than all the people in the picture because they were all over the place not just in that one spot.

How much did I love the event? This decoration says how much.

I really love being a member of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.  They do lots of neat stuff to help everybody.  I can hardly wait until my undercover private eye super sleuth detectiving business gets to have a Business After Hours event.  I already have a bazillion great ideas for making it superly fun for everybody to go to so stay tuned for updates on that idea.

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Sevierville Talks Sevier

Being a Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member means I get to support other businesses and the things they do.  Even if I’m just a superly small business of one kid (a undercover private eye supersleuth detective), it’s important to find out what other Chamber members are doing and getting done.

Today after school, I got to go to another ribbon cutting and this time it was at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center that’s at 3099 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Kodak (that’s just a little bit north of Sevierville but not all the way up to the I-40).  It was held at that location because that’s where a brand new exhibit is, and it just opened today.  It’s all about the life of Tennessee’s first Governor (and the person this county got named for) John Sevier.

When we got there, everything was set up for a nice crowd and a nice crowd showed up (that made me superly happy because a nice crowd is a great thing to have at a ribbon cutting).  Ms. McCroskey (she’s the boss at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce) made everybody feel so welcome, and then she talked about how important the exhibit is and why John Sevier’s life is what the exhibit is about.  Then  Ms. Hickey (she’s the lady that was from the Marble Springs State Historic Site and that used to be John Sevier’s house) talked a bit, and Mayor Atchley talked a bit, and then it was time to cut the ribbon.

In case you don’t recognize all the people here’s their names and in the order of the picture:  Ms. Marr, Ms. Hickey, Mayor Atchley, Mr. Helton, Ms. McCroskey, and Mr. McMahan.

After the ribbon cutting, everybody got to see the exhibit and you need to know this about the exhibit:  It’s big enough to be really, really, really interesting and small enough not to take up all day to see everything in the exhibit.  It’s just the right size and plus there’s lots to learn (all of it is historical).

Now I’m going to say something very important because lately some people, they’ve been getting upset about history.  This what I have to say:  Politics has no place in history.

You see, you can’t go back and change history even if you don’t like what happened way back then because it already happened.  That’s why it’s called history.

Anyway, one thing I liked was this display in the exhibit where people can get dressed up kind of like in the olden days of John Sevier, and then they can get someone to take a picture of them or maybe even take a selfie (except there weren’t any selfies back then because there weren’t any cellphones).  Just look for this part of the exhibit.

Know what I liked the most about this part of the exhibit?  I liked the picture of the doggy.  When you go see this exhibit, look at the doggy in the picture.  He’s so proud to be part of the military.  You can just see it in his little doggy face (I love how proud that doggy is).

There was even a treasure chest in the exhibit but I’m not going to wreck things by telling you what the treasure chest is all about or what’s in it (or maybe what was in it because until you go see the exhibit, you don’t know for sure if the treasure is in or out of the treasure chest).  But it’s superly old so if it does have treasure or doesn’t have treasure, it’s a treasure all on its own.  Take a look!

When my mom and me were leaving the event, I saw displays that had boatloads of information about other Chamber members and also holiday guides for places like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and Sevierville and other places a little bit more driving from here than that.  I got one of each rack card and magazine and flyer and all the other important business stuff like that.   It’s important to know everything you can about local attractions and events in the community, especially when your business is detectiving.

I got all of the ones on the right hand side, and all of the ones on the left hand side.  This is what the displays look like.

My mom made me put half of them back because I got doubles of everything.  I didn’t notice that what was in the one display was in the other display, too … just put in different slots.  That was a lot of work because it’s not nice to just put things wherever you drop them, and it’s not fair to make workers do extra lots of work for a mistake you make.  It took me way longer to put half of them back than it took me to get them.  Next time I’m going to be a better looker so I don’t make that mistake again.

Anyway, after seeing this exhibit, I highly recommend you go up to the Visitor Center on Winfield Dunn Parkway when it’s business hours so you can visit the exhibit like I did.  You are going to be 100% impressed with what’s there.

This location and exhibit is Missy Barrett approved and totally 100% family friendly.



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