Picture Yourself in the Smokies

You're invited to 'Picture Yourself in the Smokies'

Members Weekend – Registration to Open in June
September 20 - 22 | Gatlinburg, TN

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Picture Yourself in the Smokies is this year's Great Smoky Mountains Association Members Weekend theme. To go along with that idea, we've planned... You guessed it, a photo contest!

Start sorting now through your Smokies images or capture more the next time you're here. First- through third-place winners, along with one Grand Prize winner, will be announced during a ceremony Saturday evening in five categories:

  • Picture Yourself in Action in the Smokies
  • Flora and Fauna in the Smokies
  • Mountain Vistas in the Smokies
  • Wonderful Waterways in the Smokies
  • Portraits of the Past in the Smokies 
Submissions will be requested August 1-9; voting will be held August 10-23. Watch your email for links to upload and vote in August.

Members Weekend Friday – Sunday programs this year include:

  • An all-day hike to beautiful Ramsey Cascades
  • Hike with Great Smoky Mountains National Park backcountry ranger Christine Hoyer, who will also give an indoor program on the park's entire backcountry program
  • Friday evening program featuring the work of George Masa, photographer of the Smokies
  • Make-and-take a traditional Appalachian-style basket with crafter Roy Henson
  • Explore Old Sugarlands Trail and Cemetery with GSMA's Logan Boldon
  • Board a comfortable bus to explore the newest section of the Foothills Parkway
  • Learn what you can, and cannot, eat off the forest floor

Use the provided links to see a full list of scheduled programs; programs subject to change.

Deadline to Register is August 20, 2019

Board of Directors + National Park Service Reception

Our Lifetime, Dogwood and Hemlock members are invited to attend a special reception Friday afternoon with our Board of Directors and several National Park Service staff. Bring your questions, your ideas and your best cocktail conversation starters. (Non-alcoholic beverages will be available, as well.)


Silent Auction, Group Photo and Event T-shirts

Once again this year, we invite all registered guests to clean out your closet prior to making your trip to the Smokies. Items donated to last year's silent auction were some of the most generous gifts we've ever received. The sale of these items goes a long way each year to help us defer the costs associated with Members Weekend.

Last year at Fontana Village, bad weather disrupted our group photo plans. Everyone please cross your fingers, toes and eyes and hope that doesn't happen again in Gatlinburg. This year we invite you to wear your Members Weekend t-shirt to dinner Saturday evening. We'll plan to snap the photo just before our CEO Laurel Rematore delivers her State of Great Smoky Mountains Association report. More on time and place of photo will be made available at registration.

And speaking of this year's Members Weekend t-shirt, watch your email in early August for details on how to purchase this year's shirt, featuring artwork by GSMA's Emma DuFort. Just like the silent auction, sales of t-shirts help us recover some of our expenses.

River Terrace

Our Lodging Partner

DON'T DELAY - Our special Members Weekend rate is available only through August 1.

River Terrace Resort and Convention Center – located in downtown Gatlinburg on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park –- is this year's lodging partner and where some of our indoor programs will be held (see event program for full location details).

To book your room, please call 877.502.7058, then select Option 3, then 1. Please use Group Code 65-106. Reservations must be received no later than August 1, 2019. Visit the RiverTerrace.com website for more information about the resort, but please do not attempt to book your stay via the website.

Lodging reservation fees are not included in the $129 per person event registration fee. Members Weekend participants are not required to reserve lodging at River Terrace in order to attend the event.