April on Lookout Mountain means fun at Fairyland Elementary School's Fairyland Festival. This year, enjoy games, confetti eggs, inflatables, food, face painting and more! The Fairyland Festival is Thursday, April 28 from 3-7 p.m. Bring your whole family out for a fun springtime celebration! In case of rain, Fairyland Festival will be Tuesday, May 3.
Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center will host best-selling author Andrea Wulf on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Wulf will discuss her book "Founding Gardeners," the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers. A reception and book signing will follow.
For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adam's faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram's garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress to break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. Taken together, these and other stories are a revelation of previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution.
Seating is limited. Advance reservations for this fundraising event will be $35 per individual and $60 per couple with a discount of 20 percent for Reflection Riding and Tennessee Aquarium members. Seating will be available for purchase at the event for $45 per individual and $75 for couples with a 20 percent discount for Reflection Riding and Tennessee Aquarium members.
Andrea Wulf was born in India and moved to Germany as a child. She lives in Britain where she trained as a design historian at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of "The Brother Gardeners" and the co-author of "This Other Eden."Her book "Founding Gardeners" was published to great acclaim in spring 2011. Her "Chasing Venus" was published in 2012 in eight countries in conjunction with the last transit of Venus in our century. And her latest book, "The Invention of Nature," has received rave reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. She has written for New York Times, the LA Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian and many others.
To purchase tickets, visit the Reflection Riding website. For more about Andrew Wulf, visit her website.
It's springtime in Chattanooga and for most, this means remodeling, spring cleaning and garage sales. As you are conducting your home improvement projects, decluttering your home or hosting garage sales, don't forget to donate unwanted items to area nonprofits. One to consider is Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area's ReStore.
The ReStore operates as a retail store, accepting donations of new and gently used household, furniture and building items from individuals and businesses in the community. These goods are then sold to the public at a reduced cost, usually at 50 to 70 percent of the original price. All proceeds help Habitat for Humanity build new and affordable homes for deserving Chattanooga families to purchase with a zero-interest mortgage.
Some suggested items to donate to the Restore include cabinets, working appliances, furniture (indoor and outdoor), houseware and home décor items, building materials, flooring and new carpet, tools and garden equipment.
Donations are accepted Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Habitat's ReStore located at 1150 E. 14th Street. The ReStore also offers a complimentary pick up service. To schedule a donation pick up following your day of spring cleaning or garage sale, call the ReStore at (423) 634-1004 or visit the ReStore website.
Don't let your good, unwanted items go to the landfill. Donate them today to help families in need.
The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center's annual Fundraiser and Awards Banquet is Saturday April 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Jed Mescon will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The speaker will be Medal of Honor Recipient Col. Wesley Fox, who fought in both Korea and Vietnam, and is considered to be one of the legendary war heroes within the United States Marine Corps. His awards include the Medal of Honor, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star Medal with combat V, and Purple Heart (4). He was with the 5th Marines when he was wounded in action in Korea, September 1951. Col. Fox served in Vietnam with the 9th Marines in 1968-1969, and was wounded three times when engaged with the enemy. For his heroic actions, he was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on March 2, 1971.
The Heritage Center is staffed by volunteers and its primary source of income is private donations. Don't miss this opportunity to help support an institution designed to honor those selfless service members who have given so much to defend our freedom. If you are unable to attend the banquet your generous donation would be deeply appreciated. To make a donation or reserve a spot at the banquet, download this form, visit the MOHM website, or call (423) 877-2525.
National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Tennessee in accordance with provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is Tax Deductible per section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
A couple years after a memorable performance of "Pride and Prejudice," Covenant College Theatre endeavors to take on the first novel in the Austen saga: Jon Jory’s adaptation of "Sense and Sensibility." The play revitalizes the familiar tussle between logic and emotion, mismatched lovers, and manipulative family-members in the timeless spirit of the novel but with new faces and a few new quips as well.
Senior Theater student Nyssa Coffman will fulfill long-running aspirations to direct and usher the beloved story onto the local stage. She expects the production to entertain and fulfill the audience’s expectations; she hopes it will remind them why Jane Austen is still a best-selling author after two centuries.
"I wanted to choose a well-known play, a well-known story,"says Coffman. "We've been having a lot of obscure plays recently — "Savannah Disputation," "Waiting for Godot" and "Moreau" — and haven’t had a lot of big-name productions in a long-time." Coffman chose the show to cater to a wider audience of theatergoers, while continuing to foster relationships with faithful patrons. She believes that Jane Austen's matchmaking capabilities have the potential to do the trick.
The play follows the climatic journeys of sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they are ferried between family estates with numerous suitors in their wake—all set against the showy backdrop of 19th century England. Elinor is the perfect image of rational, practical thinking—the "sense," while free-spirited Marianne embodies the sensibility of unbridled, passionate emotion.
Elinor will be played by Sophomore Abi Ogle, while Caroline McLeod will play her foil, Marianne. Junior Austen Crim, sophomore Andrew Lupinek and sophomore Noah Lloyd will play suitors John Willoughby, Edward Ferrars and Col. Brandon, respectively.
"I want the audience to remember something that they've always loved and to have a new love for the story," says Ogle. She believes the play will invite the audience to consider whether sense should trump sensibility or if a happy medium is necessary. "It is good to be passionate, and it is good to be considerate of the people around you and thoughtful of what comes out of your mouth," states Ogle on Austen's intended theme. Some actors might argue otherwise.
"Sense and Sensibility" is on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Covenant’s Sanderson Auditorium. Viewers can also attend the final dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 21. Tickets will be $3 for students, staff and seniors and $5 for other adults for all three nights. To reserve tickets or ask any questions, call the box office at (706) 419-1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock City's annual "EarthDayz "event returns for its eighth year, April 22-24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See how nature is enhanced through local wildlife, recycling and educational demonstrations. Meet live animals, create a fun make-and-take project and find out how to build a rain barrel.
The live animal encounters include meeting a young deer from Amicalola Deer Park and petting an owl hosted by John and Dale Stokes with Wings to Soar. The birds of prey will be on the Rock Shop Patio daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Local animal ambassadors from Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center will also be onsite with some critters.
The RockQuest Adventure is available for a $5 ticket upgrade and includes a free climb on the 25-foot Climbing Wall, a bag of polished rocks and a guide with a photo scavenger hunt to look for clues to many geological wonders throughout the park.
In addition, Cafe 7 has now reopened for the 2016 season. Enjoy a breathtaking view during lunch while savoring some delicious food like a fried green tomato BLT, the seven states burger or grilled trout.
EarthDayz revolves around Rock City’s commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle, its stewardship of nature and its commitment to education and the environment. Rock City is partnering once again with Orange Grove as they provide park-wide recycling pickup for the attraction. Visit the Rock City website for more info.
Ruby Falls is proud to bring back its amateur barbecue contest Battle Below the Clouds, on Saturday, April 23. Registration for teams is open until April 16, with all money raised benefiting Lana's Love Foundation, supporting families living with pediatric cancer.
The meat is provided for participants to show their grill skills starting at 6 a.m. They have until 5 pm to compete for best barbecue before judging begins. Check-in for cookers is Friday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m. All teams receive two of the following: tickets to Ruby Falls and ZIPStream Aerial Adventure, T-shirts, spatula sets and aprons, as well as discounts on food and merchandise. All entry proceeds go directly to Lana's Love and are tax deductible. For rules and team signups, visit www.lanaslove.com.
The event is free for spectators with giveaways and free products at the Coca-Cola tent, plus live music by The Chattanooga Pickers and The VonWamps. Get the full schedule here.
Battle Below the Clouds is sponsored by Ruby Falls, Coca-Cola, Food City, The Barn Nursery and Lana's Love Foundation. In the event of prolonged rain or storms, the rain date is Sunday, April 24.