The Inspirations host two Singing In The Smokies every year.. one over the summer (this was a five day event), and one in the Fall (this one was two weekends in a row). For us it made more sense to plan for the Fall Sing, and we decided to attend the second weekend of the event.
We took it slow driving down, and pulled into Bryson City on Friday evening. Saturday morning we had time before we had to head to Inspiration Park, so we took advantage of the time to wander downtown Bryson City. Tried a little coffee shop (MountainPerks - stop in if you're in the area!), wandered some of the gift shops, and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We had plenty of time, so we grabbed lunch and then headed to the Mtn. at about 1:00.
Sunday morning everyone was up bright and early, and ready to head out to the Park to hear a sermon by Roland Kesterson. I really appreciate that they have preaching as part of the sing as it feels more like you're at a revival than just a normal concert, and it really helped set the tone for the day. We hung around and chatted for a few minutes, went and grabbed lunch, and then headed back for the concert portion of the day featuring The Old Paths, and of course, The Inspirations! The schedule pretty much followed the same routine as the day before with each group getting an hour to sing, a 20 minute break, TOP got up to sing a little more, and then both The Old Paths and The Inspirations got up to sing a few songs together and dedicate Amazing Grace to a friend of the Inspirations who was having health problems.
So, who wants to go next year?! We definitely would like to, and highly recommend you make plans to join us! A little later on you'll be able to find information for next year's sings on The Inspiration Quartet's Website, as well as their Facebook Page.