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This is the place to find the very latest and accurate ClausFest News:
March 31, 2014
Hey Everyone, our Official Photographer, Jim Martin has all his photos put up on this website now and priced quite reasonably! He was a real trooper throughout all of ClausFest and didn't miss a single thing! We take our hats off to him for a "Job WELL DONE! " In all the Conventions we have attended or had anything to do with we can honestly say that we have never had such a GREAT photographer working with us. Jim isn't just a professional in the Photography sense, but just an all around great guy with a terrific sense of humor and patience galore! His sidekick, also known as his wife, Deb, is a female Jim! Can you believe just a day or two before heading to Gatlinburg she had an accident and broke her foot?? Yet, there she was, cast and all, helping Jim do the best job we've ever seen. SHE is a real Trooper too!
I know that a lot of you took your own photos, but take a look at what Jim did and I'll just bet you'll find some shots that you just cannot resist!
On behalf of the entire population of ClausFest 2014 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, we THANK YOU, Jim and Deb for everything you did for us!
ATTENTION CLAUSFEST ATTENDEES AND OTHER GUESTS
ClausFest is having a sale on items that we have left over from the ClausFest Vendor
Booth. Please visit the Event Page and Country Store and those items will be listed
there. We are putting a sale price on all the clothing items. Price shown includes shipping charges.
One of the new items and late arrival is the ClausFest Logo Lapel Pin. Honestly, the
photo doesn't really do these pins justice. These are really beautiful pins and something I hope everybody who purchases one will wear with pride. They are in short supply, so
please order yours before they are all gone. They are not dated, so those of you who attended ClausFest in 2012 can have a Souviner from your visit to the very first ClausFest ever held.
Many thanks to all!
Santa Charlie & Cindylu
March 12, 2014
There is excitement on the streets of Gatlinburg. Store owners have been talking with shoppers about the Santas Arriving.
Packing is done. ClausFest Attendees will start arriving Thurs & Fri. Saturday will be The Big Claus Family Parade with over 67 unites in the line up ! The sidewalks will be filled with Spring Break Vacationers....a great time will be had by ALL !! SAFE TRAVELS !
March 8, 2014
Ok Everyone, we are ready as we are going to get for the unfolding of a great event in the Beautiful Mountains of East Tennessee called
the GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAINS. The earth will start as a small tremble up that way long about Wednesday and increase rapdily every hour from that day forward until all you can hear is the roar of the Santa Claus Community coming together in the quaint village of
Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Friday March 14, 2014!. On Saturday all will assemble for a GRAND Parade of Clauses, and again this year, the REAL Santa WILL be there, but it's going to be up to the children to determine just WHO he is! Rest assured, tho, he WILL be there along with all his helpers, Mrs. Clauses Elves and other Helpers en masse!
All Workshops are set on "go". The Vendor Area is ready to "go" and the Host Hotel, filled to capacity !
One bit of clarification, however, for those of you who inquired about Susen Mesco's (Denver Colorado School for Santas) Workshop
having been cancelled.;;; this is totally false. Her class is and has always been on the schedule. There are no changes!
Other than that, let us remind everyone what ClausFest IS about. To put it in as simple terms there are. ClausFest is a gathering of
all persons in the Claus Family to enjoy these 4 components in whatever way the find suits their style: Food, Family, Fun & Fellowship!
THAT IS CLAUSFEST! Nothing more - nothing Less!
"We'll see YOU in Gatlinburg. Tennessee" 'Where Santa Hangs His Heart & His Hat"
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
There was an error in the phone number that was given out earlier for the EDGEWATER Resort and Hotel, one of the back up Hotels for ClausFest 2014 The CORRECT number is 1-800-423-9582. The contact person remains the same, Tonya Young. This is an exquisite Hotel and will serve your needs quite well.
February 14, 2014 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !!
Just a note to some folks who seem to think that ClausFest has closed Registration; We have room to approve 22 more persons to attend ClausFest and that is all. THEN we will be closing our registration. This is kind of a "last call" for those of you who have procrastinated getting your registration in. Please act now and prepare to have the time of your life! It's just a month now before SHOWTIME !
For those attendees who made an initial deposit, we need you to make your final payment. Click on the Country Store Menu Cart and click on the appropriate payment for single registration or couple registration final payment. This was due by Feb. 1st....soooo please get it done this weekend or you may lose your spot. We need to get these items closed out in accounting dept. THANK YOU !
February 10, 2014
Because we are so close to Showtime at ClausFest and all the contracts have been signed, Food Ordered and other financial Obligations, we can no longer offer full Refunds in the event of Cancellations. For those of you who have had to Cancel earlier, we are glad we were able to give you your full Refunds, however, at this time, we must change our Policy regarding Refunds.
Effective Midnight February 12, 2014 - Midnight February 28, 2014 we will Refund Registration Amounts of 50%.
From March 1, 2014 - March 13, 2014 we can offer no Refunds.
We certainly hope nobody will have to Cancel their Registration, but if they do, we hope they will understand that we must
meet our financial Obligations to those who we are under contract to pay for their Services/Goods/Products.
Your ClausFest Team
February 9, 2014
Update on Room Availability
Hey everybody, In case you are not able to get a room at The River Terrace , our host hotel, we have 2 more great Hotels as back up lodging for our ClausFest guests. They both offer free breakfast with each registration too! Their room rate is a little more, but the breakfast offsets that very well. We're getting close to being sold out for this event, but we still have some available at this time. Contact the Edgewater Resort and Hotel, (which property adjoins The River Terrace) OR The Greystone Lodge which is within walking distance to The River Terrace on the other side of the Aquarium. The phone number for the Edgewater Hotel is 800-423-9582 and they are located at 402 River Road next door to The River Terrace. The Contact person there is Tonya Young.
The number for Greystone Lodge is: 1-800-451-9202. and the contact person there is Renee.
Recently a National Organization requested a Vendor Spot at ClausFest in order to promote their Group in an effort to increase their membership. ClausFest has a policy on this and we are sharing that policy with all our guests that have registered to attend ClausFest, just to set the record straight. We are posting our policy here just to make sure everyone is fully aware that we have restrictions on group promotion.
"ClausFest is not affiliated nor will it promote any National or International Santa Groups." This policy was enacted at the time of creation of ClausFest.
Due to our policy, we denied a vendor booth in 2012 to a National Group wanting to promote an event they were hosting. Our policy has not changed and again this year, we will remain an independent entity. ClausFest will deny a vendor booth to any National and International Santa Organizations.
ClausFest welcomes the Santa community as individuals. All persons, regardless of Group Memberships, are welcome to attend ClausFest as guests, however we reserve the right to refuse approval of any requests for the purpose of event promotion at ClausFest. We want our attendees to enjoy and celebrate the Spirit of ClausFest. In 2012 exit surveys, many our attendees noted how much they appreciated this decision.
The ClausFest Team
1-29-14 Vendor Page Updated. Please check it out.
"Choir" for the Talent show: I'm looking for some more folks to join me in a special choir that will be in the talent show, no singing experience needed, but you will have fun! Just email me your full name so I can add you to our group. We need names for the program.
Door Decorating Contest :
We will have a "door decorating contest" for those staying at the River Terrace Hotel. Have some fun with it, but remember, You cannot DEFACE the door in any way, no nails or anything that could damage the door, or you will be responsible for the damage. Use your imagination and show your Christmas spirit!
IF you have questions about any of the above two events, please email Trish Parris - Mz. Santa Claus
1-26-14 UPDATED Agenda Page. See agenda page for that information. Agenda is NOT FINALIZED yet !
1-23-14 UPDATED Hotel Information. Please see hotel page for that information.
Here's a little of what Jim told us of his accomplishments in the World of Photography:
"I discovered my love of photography at the age of 11 when a family friend introduced me to film development. At age 13, Santa brought me my first camera and darkroom kit. I attended Jefferson State Jr. College where I studied Photography, worked as the school photographer and as a teaching assistant in the photo lab. I then got my Certification in Photography at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, where I also worked in the photo lab and contributed to the newspaper and alumni organization, along with photographing the new basketball program. I designed and taught an introduction and intermediate photograph class at the Pinson Valley Adult Education Center.
I began my career at Canon USA in Dallas, Texas, where I was the head of technical services for 35 mm products. The job duties included calling on Federal, state and local government agencies along with all news and other entities using 35mm camera products. The range of agencies was from NASA to the FBI, including the local and state fire and police agencies.
While working for Canon I covered all the special events sponsored by Canon USA, along with the working press at all major events from professional sporting events including Olympics, Super Bowl, Masters Golf Tournaments, United States Tennis Association, Grand Prix and major news events such as the political conventions.
After leaving Canon I worked as Commercial freelance photographer based in Dallas, Texas. My client base ranged from companies in aviation, communications, realty developments, industrial and other high tech industries along with assignments with magazines such as Aviation Weekly, Texas Monthly and Boys Life. Clients included: Beechcraft aircraft, Aerospatiale Helicopter, NASA, Turbomeca USA (aircraft power plant rebuilders), Comp USA, Sprint, Nokia and Verizon.
Ten years ago, I sold my practice in Dallas, and returned to Birmingham. Most of my time is now spent photographing weddings and special events. I am married to my childhood sweetheart, we have three grown children, four dogs and a cat and live happily in McCalla, AL."
We're excited to have Jim and Deb on board with ClausFest this year and hope you will all join us in wishing him a warm welcome to the Claus Family!
FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD
Red Polo Shirt/ Available in sizes: Medium - 5X Also Available in Green & White. ClausFest Logo on left side just above pocket.
Visit the Event Menu/Country Store Page on this website for photos and pricing of all clothing items currently for sale.
Red Polo Shirt/ Available in sizes: Medium - 5X Also Available in Green & White. ClausFest Logo on left side just above pocket.
Visit the Event Menu/Country Store Page on this website for photos and pricing of all clothing items currently for sale.
FOOD and FUN!
We know Santas and we know the two things they love the most! FOOD and FUN! Thus, we have planned a great time for both of those wonderful activities. Lately, we've noticed some erroneous information being posted and felt we needed to clarify what ALL our guests should expect when it comes to food and fun planned.
We have a TWO luncheons planned for all full registered persons at the River Terrace host hotel.
Next, we have an absolutely delicious sit down dinner planned for the SnowBall and again, the full Menu will be posted when we have finalized all selections you will have. Besides that we are offering a wonderful optional outing at the Wood Grill at a deeply discounted price. This is for dinner only. We have also been able to obtain deeply discounted tickets for the hottest Dinner/Show in Pigeon Forge! Many are signing up for it as well. We also will have our totally free Hospitality room open for the ClausFest guests 24 hours a day and it will be fully stocked with drinks and snacks throughout the Convention. We also will have a fully manned Information Booth to assist our guests and also act as the lost and found Center. Hope this sets the record straight. Thanks much! See YOU in Gatlinburg!
~WHERE SANTA HANGS HIS HAT AND HIS HEART~
September 9, 2013
Please join us in welcoming our brand New Ambassador for the great State of Florida! Santa Keith Carson answered our call for a Florida Ambassador and we were delighted to put him on our Staff! Santa Keith is a perfect fit for ClausFest and everything it stands for. Santa Keith hails from Boynton Beach, Florida which is in the southern part of the State. Read on:
From the moment he put on the Santa suit, he knew it was meant to be. Some might say the suit fit like a glove. With a twinkle in his eyes, and a deep, resonating voice, he delights in interacting with young and old alike.
Florida Kris Kringle is South Florida’s premier Santa Claus. He is a former law enforcement officer who retired as one of the most honored and decorated police officers in the State of Florida. He’s no stranger to positive interaction with children, and his work with children includes serving as D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Instructor in Palm Beach County schools, Police Explorer Program leader, and serving on the Board of Directors for Palm Beach County Special Olympics.
WELCOME TO THE CLAUSFEST AMBASSADOR PROGRAM, SANTA KEITH CARSON!
September 8, 2013
We Finally were able to get on Board with a Supplier of Clothing items! This is a project we've been working on for
quite some time and finally we are able to offer our registrees and potential registrees an advance look at some
clothing items especially made for ClausFest 2014! These particular items are for PRE-SALE only at this time.
Just this week, we received Samples of all the items we had requested and they exceeded our expectations! We
also are able to offer these items at a reasonable and affordable price which includes shipping for those of you who
would like your items sent out to you right away. For those of you who would prefer to just pick yours up at Clausfest
in 2014 at the Information Booth, we will deduct the shipping charge of $3.50, of course. We wanted to make these items
affordable for everyone and believe we accomplished our mission. These are all a specially made momento of your visit
to ClausFest in 2014. The t-shirts have a beautifully placed Clausfest Logo on the left side of the shirt. They are an ironed on
very soft Vinyl type material and look great! On the rest of the items, the Polo's, Hats, Visors and Toboggan the ClausFest
Logo is Emboirdered and is absolutely beautifully done. We know you'll like these items! Give them all a look on the
Event Menu/Country Store page on this Website. There, you can see the prices and place your orders. Order will be placed
each Sunday for the next several weeks, until we all start working on our Christmas Season. Don't delay! These items won't
last long and this will be the only Pre-Sale we'll likely have before we pack our bags and head to Gatlinburg!
Your ClausFest Team
August 26, 2013
The talent we have within the Santa Claus Family is so diversified and just amazing! We have had the good fortune to find yet another talented fellow that will be working with ClausFest to make everything look as it should! Happy and FESTIVE!
It is with great pleasure to introduce you to Santa Chris Burton! Chris is joining Clausfest as the "Official ClausFest Decorator"! He has done some amazing work in the past for many others and when we saw a sample of his work, we knew he was the "Santa" for ClausFest~ Here's a little more about Chris, in his own words:
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"Most of my entertainment career has been centered around clowning, as a lovable little boy character named “PJ”, a role in which I played for 15+ years. Always having loved Christmas, both the spirit and meaning behind it, I had always wanted to portray the character of Santa. After a couple of years with the “costume shop” beard and wig set, I decided to branch out in 2012 and purchase a custom made human hair set. Now, here I am coming to Clausfest for the first time and wanting to get involved in any way possible! I have decorated with balloons for many events, including weddings and conventions. "
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He is bringing his talent to us this year by helping “spruce”
up the decorations for the SnowBall and other areas, both at The River Terrace and the Convention Center. If you enjoy the decorations, don't forget to mention it to Chris if you have the opportunity as I'm , sure he'd appreciate the feedback from all our ClausFest Guests!
Welcome to the ClausFest Family, Chris!
The Swing Sisters
Santa Lou Bertone - Instructor - Making your own Walking Staffs
Ms. Rebecca Bennet - Instructor -
American Sign Language
June 16, 2013
Well, it's been a long time coming, but we are now in a position to make a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! All the i's have been dotted and the T's crossed, Deposits made and all is in order. We, the ClausFest Planning Committee take GREAT pleasure in Announcing our Featured Talent that will be performing at the ClausFest SnowBall on March 18, 2014 at the Beautiful and spacious Gatlinburg Convention Center. We have contracted with the Lovely and Talented 'SWING SISTERS' to perform for us! These 3 ladies are super talented and come to us highly recommended for us all to go back in time for just a little while and get into the "Swing of Things"!
They are sure to please and we are so thrilled to have them on Board with us for ClausFest 2014! Please join us in extending a huge welcome to The Swing Sisters. I had the pleasure to meeting with Rhonda Vogt and her husband recently where we planned out the program for ClausFest and it's going to be absolutely wonderful. You don't want to miss these ladies, folks, so get those Snowball tickets ordered as soon as possible. You can order them through the ClausFest Website on the "Event Menu".
For more information and a sampling of The Swing Sisters, we invite you to visit their website at www.swingsistersmusic.com
See YOU in Gatlinburg: "Where Santa Hangs his Hat and.........his heart"
May 31, 2013
The Clock is winding down for ClausFest to sign up ClausFest State Ambassadors to help us promote ClausFest in
your respective States that still do not have Representation. Check out the "Ambassadors" Page on this
Website and see if you are living in a State that has no Representation, and if you are interested in assuming
If you have good communication skills and have decent Computer skills, you are who we need to help make sure everyone within the Santa Claus Community knows about ClausFest so they can decide whether they wish to attend. We don't want to leave ANYONE out of at least having an opportunity! Contrary to what many believe, we STILL have many Santas, and others within the ClausFest Family that don't have computers and thus, continue to stay in the dark about what we and others are doing for them! Thanks!
Also, I want to remind everybody that the SnowBall tickets are NOT included in your Registration fee for ClausFest. We took it out because some people complained that they felt it was unfair that they pay for the Snowball when they aren't going to be able to attend. We tried explaining that we could just deduct it from the price, but then when we started planning for 2014, it was decided we'd just divert the problem and leave it up to our guests to have the option of picking and choosing for themselves which events they wanted to attend and that would include the SnowBall.
We also felt this way of handling payment would give people more of an opportunity to attend more events if they had more time to save for it; instead of having to pay for everything all at one time. We are very pleased that we are able to offer everything, even the optional events at the same prices that were paid in 2012. There have been NO increases in price and we have structured it so as to give everyone plenty of time to be able to save their money and attend more of the optional events we've put together. We have gotten some really GREAT prices and believe you will get a LOT of bang for your buck!!
We've received quite a number of registrations, but not that many requests for tickets to the Ball. This is an area of concern because the Ball is always well attended. Please understand that we have to order and pay for the Food that is to be served at the Ball way ahead of time, so we are NOT going to be able to sell tickets at the door for this event. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.
This is a sit down Gourmet Dinner that we have to order well in advance so the catering Company will know how much food to purchase and how many people they will be serving. SO, don't delay beyond December in ordering your Ball tickets.
We will be posting deadlines for several of the events that require prior payment and commitment on the Website soon,so be sure to keep checking in at the Website for additional/new information. Right now, we have not posted any deadlines, but as we get nearer and nearer to ClausFest deadlines will be prominently displayed.
Many Thanks to you all for your patience and understanding.
May 17, 2014
Our Application with The City Of Gatlinburg to hold The Grand Parade of Clauses on March 15, 2014, has been approved; Signed,Sealed, and now Delivered! So, the parade is on a definite Go and off we indeed will go , likely in record numbers, right down the infamous Parkway right in the Heart of Gatlinburg! This parade is a beloved event by everyone, especially the spectators and it's growing every time it's held. Last time , in,2012 City Officials estimated the crowd to be between 20,000 -25,000 people. We don't doubt it for a second! It was nothing short of AMAZING!! So, make your plans to participate in this wonderful and fun event. Remember, ALL MOTORIZED Vehicles must complete an application form . There is no charge to be in the parade but certain rules and regulations do apply, so be sure to download the application form AND the regulations. This event is always highly anticipated and loads of FUN!
May 5, 2013
New ClausFest ANNOUNCEMENT !
CLAUSFEST TALENT/ VARIETY SHOW
Greetings to All:
The ClausFest Team has been working very hard to bring new and exciting things to ClausFest 2014…..I am very happy to share with you another addition to our ClausFest Agenda ! As far as we know, this is a FIRST for the Santa Community..............
We will be having a ClausFest Talent Variety Show one of the evenings in Gatlinburg, TN. We have signed on some amazing talent already but we are looking for some more talented Santas, Mrs. Claus, & Elves to “perform” on stage to round out the evening.
We know several of you have talents and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the show ! It can be anything from magic acts, storytelling, juggling, banjo, guitar or piano playing to singing or comedy acts ! It will be a fun filled evening of entertainment ! There will be no judging....it will be purely for FUN and ENJOYMENT !! Don't be shy..HO HO HO....get on stage and show us those special talents you have not been able to show to your fellow brothers and sisters of red and green !!
Just look in the "SPECIAL EVENTS' section on this Website for additional informatiion. If you stilll have questions please contact [email protected] or Cindylu at [email protected] and we'll we glad to help you in any way we can.
More info will be announced as we go, but time is a factor for limiting the number of performers sooooo get back to us ASAP if you are interested !! You don’t want to miss out on this fun opportunity to share with the Santa Family Community ! We look forward to hearing from you. It's your special night to come on stage and SHINE !!!
MAY 4, 2013
Just a reminder. Please be sure to read all the information that is posted on the Registration Form when you register. The SNOWBALL is NOT included in your registration price for 2014. A full listing of what is included is posted there.
All the OPTIONAL Events for ClausFest are listed on the EVENTS MENU and the cost for each one. So, if you want to purchase your registration and a ticket to the ball, the total cost for those two items is $198.00 for a single person.
For a couple it is a total of $399.00. Both are the same price as in 2012. We removed the cost of the ball from the Registration Package Price in order to give people a choice as to whether they wished to attend the SnowBall or not.. There has been no increase in the price for registration OR the Ball from the 2012 prices, but now you have a choice as to whether you wish to attend the Ball or not. There were some persons in 2012 that didn't wish to attend the Ball and felt they shouldn't have to pay to attend something they didn't plan to attend; thus, the changes for 2014. It's your choice, but those who elect not to attend the Ball are sure to miss out on a LOT of fun. It's one of most popular Events of ClausFest, but it's your choice now.
Incidentally, we were able to keep the prices the same as they were in 2012, by moving some of the events to the Host Hotel, who, by the way, kept their room rates the same as in 2012. NO increase. It is our pleasure to be able to accomplish this for our guests, and we Thank The River Terrace for extending such amazing courtesies to ClausFest Attendees.
APRIL 24, 2013
I've been reminded by the General Manager at The River Terrace Hotel, Resort and Convention Center to remind our guests for ClausFest that plan to stay at their facility to please be sure to go ahead and get your rooms reserved at the same time you Register to attend ClausFest.
ClausFest is holding 45 rooms in a block at a time. When those rooms are filled, we reserve another block of 45 and so on. We cannot hold more rooms at a time than that because we have to pay for the rooms that we hold and don't get reserved. What that means is that those rooms are open to the public, and with ClausFest taking place during Spring Break, most likely the River Terrace will fill completely up during that week with tourists in town for Spring Break. Don't risk not getting a room at The River Terrace. If you KNOW you are planning to attend ClausFest, get your reservations made NOW at our Host Hotel, if that's where you are planning to stay at the fabulous rate of $59.00 per night. And remember, if you decide to stay most of the week and expand your ClausFest Experience into a full fledged family vacation that same great rate is good from March 12 -22, 2014. 3 days before the convention starts and 3 days after it is over. Now THAT'S a DEAL! Again, Special Thanks to our Friends at The River Terrace Hotel for extending such courtesies and their generosity.
April 13, 2013
We are truly excited to be announcing that Rebecca Bennett will be joining us again at ClausFest. For those who don't know, she's the very talented Lady that has the wonderful Workshop on American Sign Language. She is a great teacher and everyone just loved her Workshop in 2012. She is back by Popular Demand and we are delighted! GO REBECCA!
April 4, 2013
Wander on over to the "Special Events" Section and scroll down to the last item shown. You will note we now have added information about the ClausFest 2014 Doggie Fashion Show! You don't have to have a dog in it to have a rolling good time at this event, it's a HOOT and a lot of good fun for everyone. Plus you have an opportunity to see some really GREAT dogs doing what dogs love to
do..............Show Off! Check it out!
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