Lookout Mountain's Cub Scout Pack 3191 is looking forward to a new year of scouting and is welcoming new members. Boys from first through fifth grades are encouraged to sign up for Cub Scouts. Sign-ups take place on Monday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fairyland School Conference Room. For more information, email Bob Zendejas or visit the Scouting website.
Lookout Mountaineers came out in droves for the second annual Fourth of July parade. Creatively-decorated floats, golf carts, bicycles and motorcycles lined up to make the procession from Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Hall to the Town Commons. Prizes were awarded, with "Best Float" going to the Scoggins family for their hayride featuring a live bluegrass band. Everyone enjoyed spending time together and celebrating freedom on the Fourth of July!
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Lots of young Mountaineers enjoyed Commons Camp during June, and July promises to be even better, with plans for the much-anticipated water day, as well as a bouncy house, a treasure hunt, a tractor ride and other fun activities. Children who are participating this year are having a great time. The outstanding counselors have not let the heat slow them down one bit. They are constantly leading activities with the children, including chum ball, corn hole tournaments, dodge ball and crafts.
Commons Camp is a drop-in camp, with no pre-registration necessary. You can come for one day, a week, or for the rest of the summer! Campers look forward to pizza and snow cones on Tuesday and Thursdays, which are both high points. Regular trips to the Mountain Market are also a big treat.
Summer is not over! Commons Camp is open to kids ages 4 and up through July 20. The 4-6-year-olds meet from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a cost of $10 per day. Older campers meet every weekday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at a cost $15 a day or $50 a week. Contact Scott Shell at (423) 619-4944 if you have any questions.
The Signal Mountain Playhouse is excited to present “Shrek the Musical” this month. There will be eight performances of this show about the beloved green ogre and his quest to free his home from pesky storybook characters that have taken up residency. The show will run at 8 p.m. on July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Directing for the Playhouse is Joel D. Scribner in a debut turn. Joel’s theatrical resume includes directing, producing, acting, and playwriting for over 30 years. He has directed many top shows for the Fort Wayne Civic Theater and other venues. Playing major roles nationally, including Tevye at the CTC’s recent “Fiddler on the Roof,” where he won his third “Miss Annie” award, Joel is the founder and artistic director of Yellow Dragon Theater locally, a company with a full schedule on its lineup. Dr. Jennifer Arbogast Wilson will choreograph the musical, and she will hit the trifecta with the local troupe this summer as she has starred as Anna in “The King and I”; directed two shows, “Peter Pan,” and “Willy Wonka”; and now is choreographing “Shrek!” She is a professor in the music department and professional actor training program at Chattanooga State. Returning as musical director, Michael Huseman brings his years of experience as a Grammy winning composer and lyricist. On the conductor’s stand for his second summer, Nick Hartline, also of the Chattanooga State faculty, has assembled top local musicians for the Playhouse Orchestra.
The cast of “Shrek the Musical” is also stellar, with Greg Glover as Shrek. A familiar face, he starred as Willy Wonka in last summer’s hit production. Paul Corcoran will play the young Shrek. Fiona will be played by Finlay Burnette as young Fiona, Molly Baggett as teen Fiona, and Kara Funke as the adult Fiona, a character who harbors a secret. Donkey will be played by Austin Massey, and the villain Lord Farquad will be played by Richard Nicols. Gingy will be Lorien Maddux, with Pinocchio played by Maddy Meier. Papa Ogre will be Mark Oglesby, and Samantha Teeter plays Mama Ogre/Wicked Witch. King Harold will be Dennis Parker, Queen Lillian will be Jennifer Baggett and Dragon will be Rebecca Gilmore. In addition to these, there are a host of supporting players, familiar faces you’ll recognize.
Tickets ($5 for children 12 and under and $15 for those 13 and above – cash or checks only, please) are available at the door on the evenings of performances with the box office opening at 6 p.m. Traditionally, people come with their lawn chairs and wait for the box office to open. Then they buy their tickets and place their chairs. Some folks bring picnics, and that’s fine, but alcohol is not allowed. The Playhouse amphitheater is located on the corner of Rolling Way and James Boulevard, and parking is around the Town Hall Complex. Concessions and porta potties are available on the grounds.
“Shrek the Musical” was originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions and directed by Jason Moore and Rob Ashford.
For more information about “Shrek the Musical,” go to smph.org, find the Signal Mountain Playhouse page on Facebook, email email@example.com, or call (423) 763-7219.
by Anne Rittenberry
Fairyland Elementary School's annual Fairyland Festival on May 1 was a fun flurry of activity! Some of the many great booths included face painting, Topple the Teacher, the ever-popular Jail, inflatables, laser tag, and the new farmer’s market. The beautiful black and white student photos were also a big hit!
A few weeks before the big day, the FES PTO started a “Which Teacher Should be Slimed” competition to raise money. Students put spare change into containers designating Troy Green, Jeff Ashworth, or Cory Hall as possible “slim-ees.” Additionally, students paid money to be the slime slingers or even be slimed themselves! At the end of the coin drive, there was a clear winner! Surrounded by quite a crowd, Jeff Ashworth was thoroughly slimed.
A huge thank you goes out to Kristin Tremain, Kim and Marshall Brock, as well as generous sponsors, donors, parents, staff (especially Mr. Ashworth) and the entire community for supporting our school and this fantastic event!
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The City of Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., are planning the second Annual Fourth of July Parade, and you’re invited to participate! The parade will be a celebration of our unique and close-knit community and capture the charm of Lookout Mountain. The parade is being organized by the Community Activities Committee of Lookout Mountain GA., the (Organizing) Lookout Mountain Chapter of the DAR and Love Lookout.
The parade will consist of truck-towed floats, the town fire truck, a mayoral convertible and more. DAR members and veterans are encouraged to join the parade, as are Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, kids, parents, grandparents ... everyone! Decorate your cars, trucks, bikes and golf carts; play music on a float; Get creative and show your patriotism during this fun community event!
The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 at Fairyland Elementary School and end at the Commons, where there will be food trucks, live music and prizes awarded. If you would like to participate as a driver, musician, biker or in any way, fill out this simple online form. Remember, the success of this event depends on community participation! If you have any questions, email Michelle Workman. To view pictures from last year's parade, click here.
by Gwin Tugman
Once again, Lookout Mountain will offer a summer camp at the Commons. Kids ages 4 and older are invited to attend on weekdays from June 4 through July 20. As in years past, I will be in charge of the camp for ages 4-6, and we will meet from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Scott Shell will head up the camp for ages 6 and older, which is offered every weekday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a drop-in camp, so come when you can.
There are many traditions at this long-running camp. On Tuesday and Thursday, we order Mr. T’s pizza, but the children can bring their own lunch if they prefer. Activities include arts and crafts, tennis, baseball, dodgeball and other sports. The children are always closely supervised by the counselors, and their safety is our No. 1 concern. We are planning to have a tennis program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a tennis teacher will help the younger campers learn the game through fun activities. Some special days, like water days and cookout day, are highly anticipated by the campers. The older children play many organized games, like chum ball, baseball, ping-pong and more. A high point each year is the end-of-the-season talent show!
The fee is very reasonable. Younger campers pay $10 a day or $90 for the summer; the older campers pay $15 a day, $30 a week or $175 for the summer. To pre-register, make a check out to Lookout Mountain Recreation Board and mail it, along with this form, to Lookout Mountain Recreation Board, PO Box 413, Lookout Mtn., TN 37350, or just print the form up and fill it out when you drop you child off at camp. Contact Scott Shell at (423) 619-4944 or me at (423) 718-3581 with questions.