New Years Weekend To Do List 2021

Happy New Year! Can you believe we've made it through 2020? Let's start 2021 off on the right foot! 

Check out this edition of the Great Life RE Weekend To Do List! While we try to find activities and events that promote social distancing and a safe environment please always use your own judgment when attending any activity or function. 

Do: First Hike of 2021 

When: Friday, January 1st, 1pm-2:30pm

Where: Fort Loudon State Historic Area / 338 Fort Loudon Rd. Vonore

Is your New Year's goal to exercise more, hike more, visit every Tennessee State Park, or visit more historical sites? They've got you covered on all those resolutions.

As you tour the buildings of Fort Loudoun, the park ranger will explain the roles of the fort and its many parts. This tour is not merely a study of architecture though. Discussions of the past will be revisited as you uncover how the fort's location was determined, how the Little Tennessee River impacted all who lived within its valley, and how constant the challenge was to supply such a remote location. Together you will step back in time to experience Fort Loudoun on a more personal level, examining the lives of those who both thrived and struggled within the walls of this wilderness outpost.

Be prepared for cold weather; temperatures can drop into the teens on this date. The path to the fort is level, but the fort itself sits on a hill. Meet at the Visitor Center. The event is free, but donations are welcome. 

Photo Courtesy of Fort Loudon State Historic Site Facebook Page

Eat & Drink: 5th Annual Best Brunch of the Year So Far 

When: Friday, January 1st, 10am-3pm

Where: Balter Beerworks / 100 S Broadway St. Knoxville  

Join us for Balter Beerworks' 5th Annual Best Brunch of the Year So Far!
In addition to their traditional Brunch, they will be serving a true southern New Year's meal that includes stewed black eyed peas, collard greens, and jalapeno cheddar corn bread! As the saying goes, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”

These special New Year's dishes will be part of their modified brunch bar this year, meaning they still offer the brunch buffet, but your server will bring the items out to you instead of serving yourself from the brunch bar. Just ask your server for as many helpings as you desire and your server will bring them out to you! The brunch bar is free with the purchase of any entree.
If you dine on the patio or beergarden, they have plenty of heaters, fire pits, beer, and comfort food to keep you warm! If you prefer indoors, they recently installed industrial air purifiers that remove airborne pathogens including COVID-19. If you’d rather just stay home, brunch is available for pickup and delivery through their website!

They hope you can join them in celebration of the New Year, as they raise a pint (or mimosa) to health, happiness, prosperity, and peace!

Photo Courtesy of Balter Beerworks Facebook Page

Try: Vision Board WebJam

When: Saturday, January 2nd, 10am-12pm

Where: Online

Ready to put your thoughts and dreams to paper in a creative way and visualize your hopes/goals? This Vision Board WebJam is perfect for you!

Many of us are uprooted from our normal lives. We’re experiencing a sudden change of plans, all out of our control. The subsequent feeling of loss and grief paired with uncertainty about the future are threatening to uproot our dreams. And our daily struggles to cope with physical (and emotional) restrictions add to these challenges.

Join us for this special vision board WebJam, which is now more important than ever. If you’re ready to put your thoughts and dreams to paper in a creative way and visualize your hopes and goals, our Vision Board WebJam is the perfect option for you.

Whether you want to cope with sheltering at place, practice more self-care, thrive at work, or focus on your craft, a vision board can help give you a focused glimpse of the future you. This casual WebJam is the perfect time to uncork some wine and dive deep into your aspirations. 

In this workshop you will:

  • Get an intro into the function of vision boards
  • Get warmed up with a few creative exercises
  • Create your very own vision board out of inspiring materials to display at home

This class is beginner-friendly; no experience necessary!

What is a vision board? It’s a simple tool that can help you clarify and concentrate on specific goals and aspirations. Physical vision boards consist of paper and magazine cut-outs, drawings and quotes that relate to your individual goals and dreams and provide a visual representation of them. Because your goals deserve to be seen!

Suggested supplies:

  • Used magazines, newspapers, old books (with pictures)
  • Assorted pens, pencils, markers
  • Stickers, washi tape, scrapbooking supplies
  • Large piece of paper or poster board (don’t have it, you can always tape together a few pieces of printer paper
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Any other craft supplies, pictures, etc around the house that inspire you!

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Family: NYE Virtual Family Game Night

When: Thursday, December 31st, 8pm-9pm

Where: Online Event

Looking for something safe and fun to do with your family and friends this New Year’s Eve? Grab the whole group for the ultimate virtual game show, where one team will take home a $500 grand prize!

Join other families around the country for an hour of live games and trivia, and compete for a $500 gift card from Main Event and a $250 virtual birthday party from Two Bit Circus.

The show starts at 8pm and is just $10* per family. Space is limited so reserve your spot now!

*Processing fees and taxes not included.

Watch & Listen: Virtual Tour of Blount Mansion

When: Anytime

Where: Online

Like museums throughout Tennessee and nationwide, Blount Mansion is closed to help slow the spread of COVID 19. But don't despair--they've made it possible for you to pay a virtual visit to this National Historic Landmark site via their virtual tour!

Blount Mansion was the home and capitol of the first and only governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount, his family, and his slaves. Blount was a signer of the U.S. Constitution and played a pivotal role in Tennessee becoming the sixteenth state.

Photo Courtesy of Blount Mansion 

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