1. What made you want to host a Gathering,
and in Pigeon Forge no less?
Nikki: Well, I had been thinking about it
for a while, because Pigeon Forge is a big tourist area that I thought
everyone would enjoy. And also, through running my campus Japanese
Club, I found out that I enjoy organizing fun events for people.
2. Did you grow up in Pigeon Forge?
Nikki: No, I'm a Yankee,
born and raised in Northern Illinois, with a little time spent in
California and Washington state. I moved to Tennessee in 97,right
before I found the Gargoyles fandom.
I don't live in
Pigeon Forge, though.
I'm a little over
The town's filled with so much tourist stuff,
I'm not sure that
many people actually grow up there.
What is there to do in the area?
Nikki: ... everything? It seems like it anyway.
Dollywood Amusement Park is the main draw, I think. But there are
just tons shows; dinner shows, Chinese acrobats, Dixie Stampede,
comedy acts, etc. Then there's the museums and similar places like
Wonder Works and Ripley's/Ripley's Aquarium. Numerous go-cart tracks
and minigolf courses. Shopping
centers, bungee jumping, helicopter tours, at least two lazer tag
arenas I can think of; practically right across the road from the
an indoor skydiving place...and that's just what is available off
the top of
towns of Seviereville and Gatlinburg, just a short trolly ride away,
with even more stuff.
That sounds pretty packed for a "small town." So what
is Dollywood, and what is it like to go there?
a theme park! :D It's one of Dolly Parton's pet projects, and it's
really neat, I think. Much of it's got a Southern/Country theme
to it, with water wheels and log cabin-looking structures, hand-made
soap, candy, crafts, glass, etc. A lot of the park is kind of set
into the woods and mountains, so despite all the excitement, there's
rest locations and opportunity for a calming nature experience too.
There's all the normal kinds of rides you'd find at any other theme
park - roller coasters, log rides, and such. They change around
their "main draw" ride all the time. Currently it's a
new attraction they're opening just before our con arrives called
Mine", which is supposed to be a real screamer of a coaster
that takes you through an abandoned coal mine. The place is just
an all-around good time.