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!
Imagine your garden overflowing with beautiful songbirds, colorful butterflies, hummingbirds and other small wildlife. Once you meet the simple criteria, you can even certify your yard through the National Wildlife Federation.
Mr. Daniel Talley, and his wife, Nancy, own Botanica Chattanooga prescribe to the philosophy that gardening with nature harmonizes the local ecology with your preferred design tradition, which is not as to say to let your yard run wild with whatever naturally does the best. Think about landscaping as being beyond ornamental. Use plants that encourage local insects and wildlife rather than ones that look pretty but poorly serve the little locals. Furthermore, good planning and planting with natural varieties will reduce the use of pesticides and chemicals. Over time, you will be able to do away with chemicals entirely, allowing your healthy, native landscaping to thrive organically.
Daniel’s list of the top short meadow species that would do well on Lookout Mountain includes poverty oatgrass (Danthonia spicata), needlegrass (Piptochaetium avenaceum), Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica), butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and aromatic aster (Aster oblongifolius).
Landscape designers Jimmy Stewart and Ann Brown have a few favorite plants they like for the pollinator garden, and they can all be seen at the Alice Stout Memorial Garden at Temple Park off of West Brow Road. Buddleia “Adonis” (2015 Butterfly Plant) is a compact plant with an abundance of deep blue flowers. “Hot Lips” and “Scarletta” both sound like trouble, but the deep red blooms of this salvia are edged in white, making them pop even more. “Sassy Red” and “Sassy Purple” salvia may not be as new and different as these newcomers, but they live up to their names with their vibrant colors. Gomphrena “Fireworks” (globe amaranth) does indeed resemble a firework bursting in air with its purple spikey blooms. Chrysanthemum “Becky” is a perennial favorite of all, but especially of Jimmy’s since that’s his wife’s name. Achillea “Oertel’s Rose” is a spreading yarrow that fills up nooks and crannies with a gorgeous pinkish purple bloom. Coreopsis “Daybreak” is hardy and long blooming, and similar to gaillardia “Goblin.” Lantana “Miss Huff Hardy” and “Chapel Hill Hardy” are both extremely hardy, as well as gorgeous in the summer, and verbena “Homestead Purple” spreads its deep purple clusters all around, trailing picturesquely over rock walls. Echinacea “Solar Sunrise” is a coneflower with a color similar to a sunrise, and just as breathtaking. Asclepius (annual butterfly weed) is from the milkweed family, and is everything the butterflies are looking for as far as room and board go. Parsley, with its frilly edges and soft mounding appearance, are perfect for laying butterfly eggs, as are the wispy, airy fronds of fennel.
Native plants naturally thrive in their indigenous regions, making caring for them less complicated and more cost efficient. They generally require less water than non-native plants and are often drought tolerant. By going native, you can probably use fewer pesticides. Native plants also help maintain the landscape by preventing erosion and enriching the soil. They also discourage non-native plants that can be invasive and of little benefit to a healthy ecosystem.
This weekend you can purchase native plants and get loads of advice at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Check out their fall native plant sale on October 6-7. There will be lectures and tours from naturalist and historian Michael Green, as well as instructional speakers like city water quality expert Lyn Rutherford on topics discussing utilizing native plants for erosion control and “Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant” with Master Garner Chris Mahoney. Admission is free with the purchase of a plant. For more info and a complete list of plants that will be available, go to www.reflectionriding.org.
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.
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.
Lookout Mountain School celebrated its 69th annual Carnival at the Town Commons on Tuesday, September 20, with four hours of good old-fashioned fun. The Carnival is one of two major fundraisers for Lookout Mountain School this year, and it was months in the making by chairs Lauren Caldwell and Beth Wingfield and their hardworking committees. Lookout Mountain School would like to thank everyone for doing their part to support the Carnival once again this year!
This fall, Rock City offers family fun, beautiful foliage and a German-themed festival at Rocktoberfest, every Saturday and Sunday during October. This 11th annual event is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features live German bands, food, polka and lots of fun entertainment!
Interact with one-of-a-kind characters like Ik the Troll King, the fall fairy, German dancers, a mime, balloon artist and Rocky the elf, Rock City's beloved mascot. Also see the popular Birds of Prey Shows at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. And kids can get a stamp in their passport as they visit different areas throughout the park. Adventure passports are given out upon entering Rock City and include activities and coupons!
Hear live German music from bands including The Wurstbrats, Die Mitternaechters and The Musik Meisters! Dancers also perform German and Bavarian folk dances.
Try some German food like bratwursts and beer cheese soup in the pavilion and German chocolate cake in the Big Rock Grill! Café 7 is also open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is featuring weinerschnitzel.
Set out on a guided heritage tour at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. or 3 p.m., to learn about Rock City's founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter and her love of German folklore and fairytales!
For the event entertainment schedule, visit www.seerockcity.com/rocktoberfest.
Also this month, Rock City Gardens continues its partnership with the MaryEllen Locher Foundation® to honor breast cancer awareness month during October. Stop by the new "Rock the Pink" photo booth and dress up in a fun assortment of pink attire. Several pink products including survivor birdhouses and ornaments are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting this organization and their scholarship program. Visit Rock City's gift shops or go to www.seerockcity.com/survivor to find out more.
Under the direction of Ms. Toni Gwaltney, LMS art teacher, the Carnival Marketplace proudly presents the 2016 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, September 20! 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! To make ordering even easier, download the Marketplace order form here.
Don't forget to stop by the Carnival Kitchen Booth on Tuesday!
LMS families have been busy cooking up delicious meals and treats. Take a quick look at the homemade menu items below.
If you would like for us to reserve an item we can do that, but you must pay by 4 p.m. on the day of the Carnival (text Heather Biebel starting today at (423) 645-4833 to reserve an item for pick up on Tuesday). All items purchased can be kept cold while you have fun at the Carnival.
Entrees include poppy seed chicken casserole, chicken piccata, baked sausage penne, chicken spaghetti, lasagna, chicken casserole, meatloaf, mac-n-cheese casserole, baked ziti, cream cheese lasagna, chicken fried rice and bacon fried rice
Soups include ham bone soup, buttermilk squash soup, smoked sausage soup, curried carrot soup, tomato soup, chicken chili and vegetarian chili
Specialty items are homemade salsa, spinach and feta quinoa cakes, baked French toast, strawberry preserves
Baked items include muffins, pumpkin bread, turtle brownies, indoor s'mores, Georgia peach pound cake, banana bread, rice crispy treats, chocolate cake, sourdough bread, sourdough cheese bread, two layer chocolate ganache sheet cake, pound cake, Reece’s peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies, and trick or treat bread.
Don't forget to share your pictures of fun at the Carnival with us! You might be featured in the November issue of the Lookout Mountain Mirror. Just email us your photos with detailed captions.