Springtime in the Smoky Mountains
2016 3ct Spring Event
May 13 -15, 2016
The LeConte Photographic Society of Sevierville, TN is proud to sponsor this year’s Spring 3CT Event. We welcome all of you to head on over to the east side of the great State of Tennessee and enjoy all the beauty that our Great Smoky Mountains have to offer. We have beautiful mountain sunrises and sunsets to for you to enjoy, as well as fantastic flowing streams nestled in the mountains. We’ll also photograph landscapes in Cades Cove, wildflowers, hopefully, some deer and maybe even bears in that area. You just never know what you will see when you get out and explore the vast areas available to us. We plan to have two sunrise shoots, one sunset shoot and also two visits to a Birds of Prey facility in the Townsend area. After our sunrise shoot on Saturday, we’ll break out into three different groups going to either Cades Cove, Tremont or shooting at various areas along Little River Road. If you want to stream photos, then this trip is for you. We’ll only touch the surface of our beautiful area but you can always stay longer and wonder around on your own because Wilderness Wildlife Week will begin a few days after our event, on Wed., May 18th and will run until Sunday, May 22nd. This will be a great time to be in our area because there will be hikes and classes that are all free with the WWW 2016. It will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, so plan your time over here so that you can take advantage of both events going on in a week’s time.
We look forward to seeing you and the host hotel will be the Tremont Lodge in Townsend, TN which is on the quieter side of the Smoky Mountains and closer to the locations we’ll be photographing. Please visit the 3CT website for more details and to register for this event.
Cindy Mitchell, President
LeConte Photographic Society
Schedule of Events:
Friday: May 13
First Scheduled Event:
6:30 p.m. – Dinner/Meet and Greet: Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ in Townsend
7753 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, Tennessee (Refer to Facebook page linked above for more info.)
Saturday: May 14
- Saturday morning 5:45 a.m. – Sunrise (6:28 am) on Foothills Parkway overlooking mountains
- Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. – or following Sunrise – go to Cades Cove
- Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. – or following Sunrise – go to Tremont
- Saturday morning 9:00 a.m. – or following Sunrise – Little River Road experience (stopping at various locations).
LUNCH – Please make sure to bring water/drinks, lunches, and snacks for each day. You may not be near a restaurant for lunch, so be prepared.
- Saturday afternoon – 4:00 p.m. Birds of Prey program on Foothills Parkway (limited number – $15-$20 fee)
- Saturday afternoon – Cades Cove and stay for Sunset (8:32 pm)
- Saturday afternoon – 7:30 pm Sunset (8:32 pm sunset) on Foothills Parkway
Sunday, May 15
- Sunday morning 5:45 a.m. – Sunrise on Foothills Parkway overlooking mountains
- Sunday morning 6:00 a.m. – Sunrise in Cades Cove
- Sunday morning 9:00 a.m. – Birds of Prey program (limited number – $15-$20 fee)
The LeConte Photographic Society is proud to be the host for the Spring event for 2016. We have picked the Tremont Lodge in Townsend, TN as our primary host hotel for the weekend event that will begin on Friday, May 13th and end on Sunday, May 15th. We have a group block under the name “Camera Club Council of TN” and the group number is 1120, so please make sure to mention this in order to get the discounted rate of 15% off Spring Season rack rates. The Lodge phone number is 865-448-3200. You need to book as soon as possible because there are a lot of people coming to town that weekend. Our cut-off date for the discount is April 29th. We have 51 rooms set aside in our block. We have also secured a late check-out on Sunday, May 15th of 1:00 p.m. in case you need it. The vast majority are Deluxe (remodeled) rooms, with either 1 king or 2 queen beds. There are also Standard (not remodeled) rooms, all of which have 2 queen beds, in case attendees want a less expensive option. The discounted Deluxe room nightly rate will be $118.15 for Friday and Saturday nights and $106.65 for Sunday night if anyone wants to stay longer. The discounted rate for the Standard room is $92.65 for Friday and Saturday and $84.15 on Sunday. All rates are based on single or double occupancy; additional guests will increase the quoted rates by $5.00 per night. All rates are subject to a 9.75% State/local tax and 5% Blount County occupancy tax. A deposit in the amount of the first night’s rate will be charged at the time of booking; this is fully refundable up until 72 hours before arrival if the guest has a change in plans. I believe they also have cabins available but I did not get rates.
This hotel is not your typical chain hotel so they have specific times that a person is actually at the front desk. The times you can reach someone is as follows and you can leave a message and a returned call will be made to you if your call is after hours, or if they are taking care of a guest and unable to answer.
- Mon. – Thurs. – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Fri. and Sat. – 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Sun. – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The address and phone number are as follows:
7726 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882
If you want to book your reservation at another hotel or cabin you may want to check out the below website for information: www.townsendvisitorscenter.com
We will also be using the Tremont Lodge as our main meet-up location between shoots and all details will be given to you on Friday night May 13th at the meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. at Smokin Joe’s BBQ. If you cannot make it in on Friday night but plan to go to the sunrise shoot on Saturday morning, we will meet outside of the Tremont Lodge at around 5:45 a.m. and we can give you your paperwork then. Remember, everyone will also need to complete and sign a Hold Harmless form before we start our day. We will have those available on Friday night. I will also be staying at the hotel, so you can call me at 865-654-8606 or leave me a message at the front desk. Thank you, Cindy Mitchell, President, LeConte Photographic Society