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Centennial Celebration

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the establishment of the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In celebration of this great accomplishment, and to honor the Fraternity’s past 100 years of philanthropic service, Pi Beta Phi will be hosting a celebration in Gatlinburg November 2–3, 2012. A new Centennial Plaza will be dedicated with a historical marker and statue, adjacent to the site of the Arrowcraft shop and just steps away from Pi Beta Phi Elementary School.    


Friday, November 2, 2012    

  •  7 p.m.: Opening performance of Settlement School history by Pi Beta Phi Elementary School students followed by a reception (Pi Beta Phi Elementary Auditorium, 125 Cherokee Orchard Road) NOTE: The performance will be repeated on Saturday at 3 p.m.   

Saturday, November 3, 2012   

  • 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast hosted by Pi Beta Phi Foundation (Ripley's Believe It or Not Aquarium, Jules Vern Room, 88 River Road across from the Arrowcraft Shop)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Centennial Plaza Dedication and Reception (Next to Arrowcraft, 576 Parkway)
  • 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.: Walking Tours of Centennial Plaza, Pi Beta Phi Elementary School, Arrowcraft and Arrowmont® School of Arts and Crafts (Meet at kiosks to the left of Arrowcraft on the Parkway)
  • 1–4 p.m.: Artists' Craft Demonstrations (Arrowcraft and various locations on Arrowmont campus)
  • 3 p.m.: Encore performance by Pi Beta Phi Elementary School students (Pi Beta Phi Elementary Auditorium, 125 Cherokee Orchard Road)  
  • 5, 6 and 7 p.m. respectivelyCity of Gatlinburg Artist and Author Reception, Lecture and Historical Film Screening – $10 charge, pay at the door* (Pi Beta Phi Elementary Gymnasium, 125 Cherokee Orchard Road)  

*Reservations required. Sponsored by the Gatlinburg Garden Club as a fundraiser for the reconstruction of the historic Lucinda Oakley Ogle Cabin and supported by the City of Gatlinburg and the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.


The Fairfield Inn Gatlinburg North is located at 168 Parkway, Route 321 toward Pigeon Forge. To receive Pi Beta Phi’s special discounted rate, call (865) 430–3659. Rooms must be booked by Wednesday, October 3, 2012.   


Gatlinburg is approximately 40 miles from Knoxville, Tennessee, 150 miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and 220 miles from Nashville. For assistance with flights and car rentals, please contact Debbie or Pat at Jade Travel (800) 6279258. Please call Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. Once you book travel, please RSVP so we know you'll be attending!  


Members of Pi Beta Phi can click here to RSVP! If you have questions, or wish to register as a non-member, please email events@pibetaphi.org or call Headquarters at (636) 256–0680. 


Limited parking is available in the Arrowcraft and Pi Beta Phi Elementary School parking lots.


To celebrate 100 years of literacy service, Pi Beta Phi will be dedicating a Centennial Plaza during the Celebration in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Centennial Plaza will feature a life-size bronze sculpture of the Settlement School's first Pi Phi teacher, Illinois Zeta Della Gillette, instructing one of her pupils. The design also features a beautiful in-laid plaza composed of both engraved bricks and metal plates and four benches. Finally, a two-sided historic marker commemorates the incredible legacy of Pi Beta Phi in Gatlinburg. To learn more or to make a donation to Pi Beta Phi Foundation in support of this important project, click here


Collecting Box Tops for Education® is a simple way to support Pi Beta Phi Elementary and celebrate the Fraternity's 100 years of literacy service. Pi Beta Phi Elementary already participates in the fundraising initiative and can redeem each Box Top for 10 cents. Please send your Box Tops to Pi Beta Phi Headquarters, attention Ashley Fiene, by Friday, October 19.