Lookout Mountain Elementary School's 70th Annual Carnival was a roaring success. Kids and parents enjoyed old Carnival favorites like the Marketplace booth, jail and casts, and also had fun at several new inclusions. The event raised lots of money for the school and was a great way for families to enjoy a beautiful fall day together. We're already looking forward to next year's Carnival!
Lookout Mountain School's 70th annual Carnival is next Tuesday, October 3, from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Commons. Under the direction of Ryan Patterson, LMS art teacher, the Carnival Marketplace proudly presents the 2017 LMS class murals!
The auction for these priceless works of art will begin at 3 p.m. and end promptly at 6 p.m. on Carnival Day, October 3! Just grab a Bid Number at the Marketplace booth and start bidding!
Additionally, mugs and stationary can be purchased with these adorable mural images as well as Lookout Mountain Directories and pewter ornaments. The Marketplace Booth is your most convenient "one stop shop" for all of your gift needs!
New carnival booths this year include a "Grab the Cash" booth; participants stand in a booth, and Carnival Cash swirls around them with the help of a fan. Grab as much cash as you can to redeem for prizes! Another new booth is the Costume Shop, featuring 30 bins of old costumes, including Mexican tops, racoon hoodies, and more unique, one-of-a-kind outfits -- perfect for playing dress up or finding this year's Halloween costume!
A big thanks to the volunteers who chair the event and make it happen! Elizabeth Barnes and Jessica Youngblood are Carnival co-chairs, working alongside assistants Paula Plating and Melinda Redberg.
In case of rain, the Carnival will take place on October 5.
Click here to see a slideshow of pictures from last year's Carnival.
The hemlock trees on Lookout Mountain are in danger of totally disappearing because of an infestation of the hemlock woolly adelgid, a small aphid-like insect that covers itself with a white woolly coating for protection. The larva attach themselves to the undersides of needles and branches on hemlock trees, and remain there their entire lives, sucking sap 24 hours a day from the needles. The needles then fall off, depleting the flow of nutrients, which causes the tree to die. The woolly adelgid can be recognized by what appears to be tiny cotton balls at the base of the hemlock needles. Their numbers increase exponentially and rapidly because both the male and female are capable of laying 300 eggs three times a year. These insects have been present on Lookout Mountain in small numbers for about two years, but the population has exploded this year because the trees were stressed and weakened by the drought last summer.
The pests originally were brought from Asia to Canada and have been spreading south rapidly because there is no local natural predator. The insects cannot fly, but spread by floating on the wind, and hitching rides on birds, animals or people.
“Trees that are infested can live around two years, and that is where we are now,” said Jimmy Stewart, a professional garden designer and community volunteer. If not treated, it is inevitable a tree will die, he said. The good news is that there are effective treatments that can save a tree even after it is covered in the insects. It is important to treat trees that already have the adelgid, to kill them, and to treat the ones that are not yet affected, to help prevent the spread. Once treated, he said, results can be seen within months. It is the responsibility of homeowners to treat trees that are in their yard, and of the towns of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and Ga., to treat those on municipally-owned property. “Everybody needs to do their part,” Stewart said.
To help the community identify and become aware of the quantity of diseased trees, Stewart plans to mark some of them with yellow caution tape. A note to homeowners who find their trees flagged will be left near mailboxes to explain the yellow streamers. He also is planning to conduct two public meetings, on April 15 and April 29, where he will demonstrate how homeowners can adminster the treatments themselves. The April 15 lesson is at Temple Park from 9 a.m.-noon. On April 29, he’ll teach another class at Fairyland Club from 9 a.m.-noon.
The attempt to eradicate the hemlock woolly adelgid can be done by either professionals or homeowners. Stewart said there are two very effective systemic products that are recommended if individuals want to treat the hemlocks themselves. One is sprayed on the lower 5 feet of the trunk and will be absorbed through the bark. The other is applied as a soil drench. Both are safe for humans and pets once they dry and when used as directed, he said. The spray he recommends is not harmful to bees as long as it is sprayed directly on the trunk of the trees. These treatments offer protection from two to five years. Stewart said trees should be checked each year, and the ones where the insects are still present should be treated again yearly.
The hope for a long-term solution is that a predator beetle can be found to create a natural balance. Beetles have been bred and released in other areas around Chattanooga, but this method is not working yet because the beetles have died. The University of North Carolina and University of Georgia are both actively trying to breed beetles that will survive here. There is an experimental breeding station now at the Lula Lake Land Trust.
Flyers about treatment options that include a list of licensed contractors for treating the hemlocks will be available at the post office, at both town hall buildings and from the garden clubs on the mountain. Recommended companies that service both Tennessee and Georgia include: Lawn Doctor (423) 708-7900; W.D. Scott Company (423) 622-0320; ABC Tree Company, (423) 344-8732; and Green Tree Specialists (423) 508-5883.
The website www.SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org is recommended for additional and reliable information. The Hemlock Help Line number is (706) 429-8010, or you can email donna@SaveGeorgiasHemlocks.org for more information. Jimmy Stewart is also available and willing to talk to homeowners and can be reached at (423) 413-6420.
The Fairyland Elementary School and Community Art Show is set for February 28 from 3-8 p.m. at Lookout Mountain United Methodist Church. Local artists are invited to submit two pieces of art for the show. Submissions can include quilting, pottery, drawings, paintings or any other art you have created.
This is a fun event that celebrates all the creativity in our community. There will be music and food, and a potter will be demonstrating his craft during the show.
Email DeAnna Willingham or call her at (423) 593-7505 for more information. You can submit your artwork in the Parent Room at Fairyland Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. (before school starts) or from 2:30-3 p.m. Or, coordinate with DeAnna for a pickup at your home.
This is a juried art show and there will be cash and prizes for student and adult entries.
by Candace Chazen
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will sponsor the Historic Cravens House Christmas Program on December 2 and 3. There will a living historical interpretation of how a traditional Christmas could have been observed on this very site. The National Park Service relies on the talents of the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club to make the transformation of the Cravens House a magical Christmas event. Chairwomen Mrs. Glynda Warren and Mrs. Chris Bailey researched extensively to understand the décor of that era, and their findings might very well surprise you.
Instead of rustic decorations, Christmas in America in the 1860s was under the Victorian influence of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, who loved the extremely sophisticated German affects of the day. By the time of the Civil War, families were sending Christmas cards to faraway family members and friends, and these cards, portraying Victorian scenes of Christmases past, were saved and used as paper chains around the tree. Gold and silver garlands, made from foil chocolate wrappers, adorned the tree, and ladies searched their sewing boxes to make silk and velvet ornaments. Fruits were dipped in sugar to provide a little sparkle, and angels were seen throughout the homes, watching over the families. Knitted stockings danced in front of the fireplace, waiting to be filled with oranges, candy and nuts. Along with replicating these realistic decorations, the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club members will cut greenery and flowers native to Lookout Mountain to decorate the Cravens’ House: magnolia; fir; holly; beauty berries; spruce; pine; hydrangea and nandina.
Robert Cravens (1805-1888) was a pioneer Chattanooga industrialist who helped organize the East Tennessee Iron Manufacturing Company, chartered in 1847. This company consisted of a blast furnace and a foundry with a machine shop for the manufacture of both railroad engines and freight cars. He built the first blast furnace, which was coke-fueled, in Chattanooga, and it still remains operational.
In 1854, Robert Cravens purchased 1,000 acres, where he maintained orchards, grew cotton and built an L-shaped summer home, which he called “Alta Vista” because of its magnificent views. His home became the site for the Civil War’s “Battle Above The Clouds” on Nov. 24, 1863. This historic landmark witnessed some of the most intense and decisive fighting of the Civil War. His home, which was the only remaining Civil War-era structure on the mountain, was used as a headquarters for both armies. On Nov. 24, 1863, Union troops took possession of the Cravens House from the Confederates and it became the headquarters for Gen. W.C. Whitaker’s command. The Union soldiers used the floorboards, siding, walls and ceiling boards for firewood. The monotony of camp life caused many soldiers to stray to less desirable activities, and there was more and more fighting, gambling and drinking in the camp. The house was burned down by a Union soldier in a drunken brawl, but Cravens rebuilt in the style it is today in 1866.
War encampments brought disease, starvation, lack of clean water and death in these cold desolate months for both Confederate and Union soldiers. Soldiers in cold bleak winter quarters were reminded more acutely than ever of the domestic bliss they had left behind by the letters and packages from home during the Christmas holidays.
As the guests of the Craven House step back into the holiday season of the Civil War soldiers and their families, one can imagine the air of profound melancholy that had settled over our entire nation.
The Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will decorate Craven’s House exquisitely as a “Designer Showcase Christmas House” illuminating the Civil War period. Tickets are free, but limited, and last year many were turned away. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786. Tours begin at 6 p.m. each day, and run every 30 minutes until 8:30 p.m.
You will be captivated by the beauty of the city lights glistening in the distance as you step back in time to experience a vivid glimpse of a Victorian Civil War Christmas.
For more information about upcoming programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, please contact the Lookout Mountain Visitor Center at (423) 821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/chch.
This November, Covenant College's Theatre Department promises to enliven Shakespeare's most famous tragedy in a production that roots itself in this timeless text, but invites the audience to interact with the story in new and evocative ways.
When director Claire Slavovsky and lead actor Matthew Mindeman considered whether to produce Hamlet for his senior project, Mindeman initially hesitated to choose such a well-known and challenging play. He came to realize, however, that many people have only read the script or viewed the film—fewer have had the opportunity to see it in person.
Slavovsky hopes that the production can capitalize on the power of live theater to animate this familiar story through engaging an "in-house" audience ― a benefit often lost in this digital age. "Experiencing stories together is an important part of community — it creates cohesion," she says. "Not just the community of the cast and crew, but also the college and even the city." In an age of instantaneously available stories on Netflix and Youtube – often viewed in isolation – she hopes to give the crowd the sensation that they are participating with the story as a group, instead of simply passively watching a story unfold as an individual.
"Especially compared to a movie of Hamlet, I think going to see this production and be present with this production is perhaps more active and engaging than you're used to," says Mindeman. "I want the audience to experience Hamlet fresh for the first time as a story, without the cultural baggage."
While the show will employ techniques that create more of a shared experience for the audience, this production of Hamlet will not seem foreign to those who have read or viewed the tragedy before. The production will be set in the court at Elsinore, complete with opulent royal costuming and swashbuckling swordplay. Mindeman will be joined on stage by Junior Abi Ogle as Ophelia, Senior Rob Schonthaler as King Claudius, and Junior Sammie Brown as Queen Gertrude. English professor Cliff Foreman will appear as the Ghost. Alumnus John Reeder will lead musical accompaniment he composed for the production.
Hamlet plays November 11, 12, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and November 19 at 2 p.m with $7 tickets for adults and $5 for seniors, students, and staff. Visitors can also attend a final dress rehearsal on November 10 with $5 tickets for adults and $3 for seniors, students, and staff. There will be a discussion panel after the show November 19. To reserve tickets or ask any questions, call the box office at (706) 419-1051 or email@example.com.
Normal Park Museum Magnet School announces the 14th annual NormalPalooza festival on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, fun, games, art vendors and food trucks at the annual fall festival. The festival covers the grounds of the North Chattanooga school's campus and a block of Mississippi, filling the neighborhood with art vendors, food trucks, bands, music and games.
NormalPalooza benefits Normal Park, a zoned HCDE magnet school with a museum-based curriculum and emphasis on integrating arts in education. A frequent "Magnet School of the Year" award winner, the school celebrates experiential learning, art, museum and community partnerships and family engagement. Featuring an art market with dozens of vendors, games and entertainment, the all-day festival has become an annual North Chattanooga tradition, drawing large crowds for an exciting day of fun.
Beginning at noon, Nick Lutsko and the Gimmix will be headlining entertainment, and guests will enjoy performances throughout the day by Normal Park students, bands and dance troupes. Trent Williams and the Menagerie, Lon Eldridge and Lumbar Five will also be performing during the day. Nick Lutsko and his band of Muppet-like musicians won last year's Road to Nightfall competition and the five-piece band performs upbeat and melodic originals in a style that combines energetic folk, indie-rock, funk and a touch of the blues. Lon Eldridge is a traditional musician with a hot ragtime blues sound and a masterful command of americana and jazz. Lumbar Five combines soulful vocals, soaring guitar, a percolating bassline, and a combination of a jazz/rock drummer paired with an out-of-this world percussionist from West Africa.
Adelle's Ice Cream Creperie, Good Dog, Kenny's Smokehouse BBQ, Southern Burger, Tikiz and Dave's Cotton Candy will have food and refreshments available for purchase throughout the day and there are rides and games for all age groups. Thrill-seekers will especially enjoy the Kraken, a 20-foot tall dual lane slide, a giant ship and octopus, this inflatable slide gives riders the thrill and excitement of escaping a ship with the rush of a mega-slide experience. A Bungee Run, Gyro Ride, bounce house and petting zoo will keep entertain all ages and everyone will enjoy the cake walk, sack races, toilet toss, bean bag toss, face painting, hair spray station and Lego station.