Opinion: Peppermint Trail of Treats offers fun holiday treats and encourages local shopping

The city of Knoxville is hosting an event called the Peppermint Trail of Treats, which began on Nov. 25 and will end on Jan. 8.

The purpose of the Peppermint Trail of Treats is to encourage people to shop at the unique shops in Market Square, while enjoying peppermint flavored treats.

In order to know where each business is located, there are giant peppermints placed in front of the local businesses.

Of course getting your dose of peppermint flavored hot chocolate and coffee or a peppermint and lavender facial is great; but, the trail of lights right across from the square are something to enjoy while visiting these local businesses.

The peppermint hot chocolate from Coffee and Chocolate tastes wonderful and their variety chocolate is good too.

Bluetique saw some business on Black Friday that they believe was encouraged by the Peppermint Trail of Treats.

“Black Friday especially, people would come in with their kids and would stay and shop to take advantage of the deals,” Quinlyn Zandi, an employee at Bluetique, said.

On the other hand, one business said that they have not seen much business just yet from the Peppermint Trail of Treats. “It hasn’t picked up yet, but as it gets closer to the holiday season and kids getting out of school we will see a pick up on the peppermint trail,” Lindsey West, an Earth To Old City employee, said.

The Peppermint Trail of Treats is a fun way to visit some local businesses and get those fun Christmas gifts. The trail of treats is also a fun way to get out and see a bit more of this interesting city.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Opinion: Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights is fun for all ages

Every year Rock City hosts the Enchanted Garden of Lights just in time for Christmas.

The lights are available to view starting Nov. 18 –Dec. 31. You can go any night except for Christmas Eve when they will be closed.

Tickets for this attraction differ in pricing based on the day of the week you plan to attend. Monday through Thursday tickets cost $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children. Friday through Sunday tickets cost $22.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.

Rock City has been one of the main places to see lights during Christmas time, and this past Saturday night was no exception.

From the moment you reach the entrance of the attraction you are greeted with people everywhere. There are people parking, buying Starbucks and waiting in line to get tickets.

A new factor that Rock City has put in place is the option to make your own tour, or you can follow the traditional route where you will start at the Yule Town.

As soon as you walk into the gardens you are met with thousands of beautiful lights. No matter which way you chose to go, you can’t help but marvel at the different light shows.

One set of lights that you will want to go look at is the large star that is hanging on the side of a waterfall that looks out onto the city of Chattanooga, Tenn. This view was an important part of one couple’s experience. “The experience of great views and beautiful lights are worth braving the cold,” Peyton Halley, an attendee who was there with her boyfriend, said.

The experience of the lights is something that can be enjoyed as a whole. You can see a theme in each section of light, which can be found by using the map that you receive when you purchase you ticket. If you are looking for something fun and interesting to do this Christmas season, Rock City is a perfect place to go.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Jackson Terminal hosts annual indie craft festival

This past Saturday Nov. 19, the Retropolitan hosted their annual indie craft festival at the Jackson Terminal in the Old City.

This craft fair brings top vendors from all across the southeast. The craft fair was full of activity with attendees of all ages.

Many of the vendors had various hand-made jewelry that was different at each booth. There were also many different food trucks in attendance as well as a drink station that was serving hot coffee, hot chocolate and regular sodas.

“I like how there are so many unique pieces at the different booths. It reminds me of a craft fair I went to in Savannah, Georgia a few years ago,” said Emma Higgins who was attended the festival with her daughter.

The event as a whole contained many different retro styles of clothing, bags and jewelry.

“I’m glad I came with my niece because I’ve been working on my Christmas list and I still lacked a gift for my granddaughter and I figured she would like one of these wrap bracelets,” Janet Nunly, another attendee, said.

For more information on the Retropolitan Craft Fair, visit their website.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo

Corn maze brings Halloween to Greenback

Maple Lane Farms is often the talk of East Tennessee — this year’s Luke Bryan Farm Tour and the annual haunted corn maze, in particular, have drawn a lot of attention. This past Saturday was no exception, as the haunted corn maze’s return brought plenty of public attention.

The maze, which is in its 18th year, is priced at $13 a person. Flashlights are required for all participants and cost an extra $2 or $3.

The screams of fear and excitement can be heard before even stepping foot on the farm. With a ticket in hand, maze-goers are given a map and sent out into the maze. Chainsaws as well and other creepy sound effects echo through corn add to the atmosphere.

“It was fun, but wasn’t that scary,” Angeline Quinn, a haunted corn maze participant, said. “The people scaring needed to be spread out a little more, and there were too many chain saws.”

Another maze customer, Abigayle Pollock, had something similar to say.

“It was a great outing to experience with friends, however their scare tactics need to be improved.”

The haunted maze runs through Oct. 30 and is located at 1126 Maple Lane in Greenback, Tenn.

Edited by Nathan Odom

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Opinion: UT’s ‘AG Day’ was a spirited family event

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture hosted its annual AG Day on Saturday Sept. 24 in the arena inside the Brehm Animal Science Building.

Inside was a welcoming atmosphere, with booths lining the arena floor, filled to the brim with people stopping to see what each booth had to offer.

Two booths to highlight were the Center for Renewable Carbon and the Entomology and Plant Pathology booths. The Center for Renewable Carbon was getting into the game day spirit by making orange cotton candy and rock candy. The Entomology and Plant Pathology booth had a wide range of reptiles, insects, and plants for everyone to look at and observe their uniqueness.

Kids left with smiling faces after visiting the petting zoo where they were able to pet and learn about different animals available to view from alpacas to baby chicks. However, the bouncy castles seemed to bring out the kids, with many of them shrieking with excitement and joy as they jumped and played.

“AG Day is such a great opportunity for people to come out an enjoy the day learning about agriculture. The hands on interaction with the animals was a great way for the kids to experience how beneficial agriculture is to our everyday life,” AG Day volunteer, Amber Gentry, said. “The adults were able to collaborate with industry professionals and see what all UTIA has to offer,”

From the booths to the bouncy houses, UTIA’s AG Day was truly a family affair, and is something to check out next year if you missed out on it this year.

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Edited by Kaitlin Flippo