What makes Lookout Mountain home

What's on your summer bucket list? A hike to Glen Falls? A mountain bike ride on the Cloudland Connector Trail? Or maybe a road trip to Nashville to see Alan Shuptrine's new watercolor exhibit?

The season has already kicked off with Community Movie Night. There's another in August and here's 5 reasons you can't miss it. Get ready for the fun, because summers on Lookout are anything but lazy!

Pollinator Festival is May 20

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Buzz-z-z over to Lookout Mountain School Gym on Sunday, May 20, from 1-4 p.m. to discover the world of pollinators. Learn what you can do to safeguard a vibrant future for these tiny creatures on the mountain by planting native plants in your yard. Come rain or come shine, as all the booths and displays will be in the gym. Admission is free.

As a special event for children, Reflection Riding will have hawks, owls, crows and other furry creatures up-close and personal. Everyone can see the actual wildlife that lives on our mountain.

Pollinator artwork from Lookout Mountain School, Fairyland School and Renaissance School will also be on display. The winners of the “Bee a Friend to Pollinators” art contest will be announced at 2 p.m. Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will award cash prizes to the winners. Face painting and pollinator coloring activities will be available at the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club booth.

Free gardening advice and planting guides will also be available at the Pollinator Garden, Butterfly Garden and Vegetable Garden booths. Experts from the Aquarium and Tennessee Valley Wild Ones will offer free advice on how to create pollinator-friendly gardens and improve yields from vegetable gardens, so bring a sketch or photos of your yard. Craig Walker from The Barn Nursery will offer organic solutions for common yard and garden problems. Lynn Chartier of the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will have a display on invasive plants and offer suggestions on how to eradicate them. Christine Bock-Hunt from the Tennessee Aquarium will give away free native plant seedlings. Reflection Riding will be selling native perennials, shrubs and small trees.

Other booths include:
Butterfly Gardens and how to attract butterfly babies to your yard. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies and what plants can attract these beautiful creatures.
Pollinator Gardens: The Wild Ones will help you chose plants that will attract a variety of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds.
Beekeeper display. Derick Forester, a third-generation beekeeper on the mountain, will have a demonstration hive in a glass case. Honey and bee products for sale.
Vegetable Gardening and Pollinators: Charlene Nash suggest ways to increase yields by improving your soil and by attracting native bees to your garden.
Encaustic art by Betsy Rice: Come watch the artist heat beeswax and resin to create works of art.
Invasive plants on the mountain: A display of invasive plants with Lynn Chartier offering ways to eradicate them.
Organic solutions for common yard problems. Join Craig Walker from the Barn Nursery to learn about products that will not harm children, pets or pollinators.
Bees on a Bicycle: an urban garden center fostering community and creating beauty.
Tours of the Lookout Mountain School Greenhouse.

If you have any questions, email Ann Brown at princeoberon@gmail.com or Candace Chazen at candacechazen@epbfi.com.

Fairyland Festival Set for May 1

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Rainy weather has postponed the much beloved Fairyland Festival to Tuesday, May 1. The forecast calls for sunny skies, snow cones, confetti eggs and pure mayhem.
That’s right, folks, the soggy spring we have had cannot put a damper on the much beloved Fairyland Festival. Now in its 62 year, the Festival promises to bring back all your favorites plus a few new booths sure to delight the whole family. Lazer tag, inflatibles and pony rides are back, as are Mr. T’s pizza, Clumpie’s Ice Creme and Krispy Kremes. New this year is the farmer’s market booth and Two Sons food truck. So don’t worry if you didn’t have time to make it to the grocery store or prepare dinner, the Fairyland Festival has you covered. Kristin Tremain, Festival Chair recently told us about some new exciting shakeups to the old lineup. The swine is gone, but the slime is on. Fairyland faculty members will not be subjected to “kiss the pig”, however students can vote on which faculty member they would like to be slimed. The “sliming” will take place at 6:30 p.m. The festival will begin at 3 p.m. with the presentation of the king and queen and end at 7 p.m. Bring the whole family for food, fun and fancy, while supporting Fairyland School.

Ann Brown Encourages the Community to Save the Bees

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When Ann Brown retired from her position as research librarian for the Memphis school system, she and her husband, Howard, moved to Lookout Mountain to be closer to their daughter, Alicia Oliver, and her family, husband Eric and children Jack, Sarah and Will, all Baylor students. Perhaps she planned to relax and putter about in her garden, but thankfully for this community, she didn’t. It’s true that Ann may love nothing more than digging around in the dirt, but that’s not the root of it.
Upon retirement, Ann earned her certification as a master gardener and became involved with Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, an organization for folks interested in landscaping with native plants. There are lots of reasons to plant native plants, one being that they are not invasive. But the main reason Ann is such a proponent of them is because our future depends on them, literally. She is very passionate about this, and she is not referring to the future of anyone’s formal garden.
About 80 percent of the plants in the entire world are dependent on pollinators, and one of every three bites of food we take is the result of pollination. Do you love your brie with a few grapes and a crisp wheat cracker? Forget it if we lose our pollinators. And forget cheddar, half-and-half and Greek yogurt – all dairy requires pollination.
Forty-five percent of the world’s insects have been destroyed, and 40 percent of pollinators face actual extinction. But if Ann Brown has anything to do with it, this is not going to happen.
This petite, attractive lady doesn’t look like a force to be reckoned with, but despite her patient and nonjudgmental way, she is. The muscle behind both Lookout Mountain towns’ designation as Bee City USAs, Ann’s goal is to educate folks about the real danger we are facing. “I’m so impressed with our city councils’ attitude toward our environment – they are so supportive, and care so much about what the mountain is going to become,” Ann said.
You might think it’s enough to buy a mess of plants at a big box garden center and plant them, but it’s not. Neonectoids, a systemic poison that is commonly used by growers, is fatal to all insects. Commonly known as neonics, they are banned in some countries, but are alive and well in the U.S. Ann urges everyone to ask if plants have been treated with neonics before buying them. Supposedly, a few of the big box garden centers will no longer carry plants that have been treated with neonics after this year, or next. For now, there is a section at the Barn Nursery that is pesticide-free, and both Bees on a Bicycle and Reflection Riding offer plants that are free of pesticides.
Monarch butterflies journey twice a year from Canada to Mexico and need fortification along the way. Fifty years ago, clouds of these spectacular insects wafted across Lookout Mountain. Because of development and pesticides, there is a food shortage for these butterflies. Ann is charging each of us with the mission of creating a butterfly garden on our property, or adding pollinator plants to our existing gardens. She will help us achieve this, and actually is responsible for a plethora of workshops at Lookout Mountain’s Pollinator Festival on May 20 at the Commons. One of these upcoming workshops even offers the chance to bring a picture of your existing garden for analysis and recommendations.
“If you build it, they will come,” the famous quote from the movie “Field of Dreams,” is applicable here. And because of the tenacity and commitment and knowledge of Ann Brown, I have no doubt the monarch butterflies will come again. In droves.

Pre-Registration for Lookout Mountain School

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Mark your calendar, pre-registration for LMS is open from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday April 11 at Lookout Mountain School located at 321 N. Bragg. Parents of rising Kindergartners will need to bring the following information:
Two proofs of residency: Proofs of residency include a current utility bill (electric, gas water, etc.…). If you have not been at a residence long enough for one billing cycle, a contract on a lease or house will be accepted.
Immunization records: Parents should contact their child’s pediatrician to schedule an appointment for a kindergarten physical. At the time of the physical, the Tennessee Health Card Immunization Certificate will be issued.
Certified Birth Certificate or Social Security Card.
On April 12 all parents of rising kindergarteners are invited to an Incoming Kindergarten Parent Coffee at the LMS Cafeteria from 8:45 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. The coffee, hosted by the PTA board members gives parents a chance to ask questions about the school and find out how to get involved, while the children get a tour of the school and a taste of kindergarten with kindergarten teachers Mrs. Cook and Ms. McKenzie.

Lula Lake Land Trust Announces Conservation Ambassador Program

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The Lula Lake Land Trust is launching the Conservation Ambassador Program designed specifically for young professionals ages 21 – 30. Spearheaded by Matthew Hubbard, the new Director of Development and Communications, this program will focus on teaching the conservation efforts of Lula Lake Land Trust. Selected individuals will tour the core property of Lula Lake Land Trust in addition to on-site visits with other conservation partners, such as Tennessee River Gorge Trust and Lookout Mountain Conservancy, to better understand how conservation organizations work together. Hubbard, a fundraising expert, will also provide experiences in the fields of fundraising and marketing that will directly tie into conservation and the nonprofit sector.
“It is our duty to preserve the wonders around us,” Hubbard states. “Both the engagement of young professionals and the teaching of conservation initiatives are important. The future of conservation relies on choices made today. This comprehensive program is a great resume builder for those looking to gain experience in the environmental or nonprofit field; I’m excited to lead it. Together, we will work toward a better understanding of conservation. I can guarantee it will be eye-opening.”
The Conservation Ambassador Program is now open for young professionals to apply. Space is limited and only a select number of applicants will be chosen. Interested parties should send resumes to matthew@lulalake.org by April 13, 2018.

Rick Dockery Field Dedication, Baseball Parade Set for April 14

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Coach Dockery with Painting of Coach Buck Stamps

Lookout Mountain’s annual baseball parade will be held on April 14 and will officially kick off the baseball season. On that Saturday, teams will meet at the Fairyland School parking lot and depart at 9 a.m. sharp. The parade will end at the Commons, where the opening ceremony and dedication of Dockery Field will follow on Dockery Field (formerly the T-ball field). The community is invited afterwards to celebrate Coach Rick Dockery and his many years of service, as well as to recognize Lee Dyer’s longtime dedication to the Lookout Mountain Recreation Board and the mountain’s baseball program. Refreshments will be served at the Navarre Pavilion as both of these outstanding men are honored.
As Coach Dockery has influenced so many people in our community, everyone is urged to send notes with any special memories, pictures or anecdotes regarding Coach Dockery. All of this memorabilia will fill a scrapbook that will be presented to him this spring.
Coach Dockery has been involved with the recreation program for 36 years and recently retired from that position this past summer. He will retire from his coaching responsibilities at Lookout Mountain School in May. I truly think there are not many of us who have not been touched by Coach Dockery and his influence on our youth. I hope that you would take a minute to share with him how much he has meant to you.
Personally, he has been my boss for many years and my friend for even longer. He has been a mentor to both of my sons, and they admire and adore him. I know that my family will be sharing our reflections in his scrapbook. Susan Taylor, who worked closely with him on the Rec Board for many years, has graciously volunteered to help compile the scrapbook. You can e-mail or snail mail her your thoughts or pictures at staylor201@aol.com, or mail them to Susan Taylor, 73 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29401. You can also mail them to the Town Hall at PO Box 111, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, or you can even just drop them off there.
Thank you for helping celebrate the retirement of this most humble man, Rick Dockery. See you there!

Calling All Artisits

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The Fairyland School is hosting its annual Fairyland School and Lookout Community Art Show, Tuesday, February 13 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.
The whole community is invited to submit their work for the exhibition. All mediums including, drawings, pottery, sculpture, needlepoint are welcomed and encouraged. Participants may submit one to two pieces. Awards and cash prizes will be presented the evening of the show. Artwork can be from this year or years past.
This year, FES is very excited about the artist in residence, Craig Steele. He creates his work using fire spinning and time lapsed photography. He is going to actually spin fire outside the church on the evening of the art show.
If you are interested in participating, you can drop off art February 6 through 9 at the parent room located in Fairyland School between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. or from 2:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. For more information or to arrange an alternate drop off time, please contact DeAnna Willingham 423-593-7505. Come support the kids of Fairyland and our community.

Father Daughter Dance Announced

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Make your plans now! The sixth annual Lookout Mountain Father-Daughter Dance is set for Friday, February 9 at Lookout Mountain Club. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., when fathers and daughters, dressed up for the occasion, will enjoy a buffet, ice cream, dancing to tunes by DJ Scuba Steve and a special photobooth.

The cost is $110 per father/daughter couple, and each additional daughter is $25. Click here to purchase tickets Sendomatic. If you have any questions or need more information, call Brady Garvich at (423) 503-3817 or email him at brady.garvich@surgicor.com.

Celebrate the Holidays on Lookout

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It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas on Lookout Mountain. With the Christmas holidays right around the corner, the festivities are about to begin on the Mountain. The City of Lookout Mountain Georgia invites the community to a Christmas parade and the first annual Christmas tree and downtown lighting to take place on Thursday, November 30th. The City of Lookout Mountain Georgia Police and Firemen will be riding along with Santa, collecting toys for Stockings Full of Love. Stockings Full of Love provides Christmas toys for needy children ages 1-14 in Walker County. The parade begins at 5 p.m.. Following the parade will be music and refreshments at City Hall with the lighting of the tree to take place at 6:30 p.m.
Friday night, December 1, Love Lookout will host its Community Christmas Celebration from 6 p.m. to 7p.m. at Caldwell Commons (the park across the street from the Commons). Gather with friends and enjoy live bluegrass music and caroling with Jay Brooks and John Heart Geary, commencing with the lighting of the tree. Monkey Town Donuts will be there with their famous donuts and hot chocolate. Love Lookout Christmas gifts will be available for purchase to help fund future community projects.
The Mountain Escape Spa and Yessick’s will be hosting their annual Christmas Open Houses Thursday, November 29 through Saturday December 2. Fairyland Pharmacy will hold its open house Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will have free Norman Rockwell calendars, refreshments and giveaways. The spa will have 20 percent off facials and Yessick’s and the Pharmacy will be offering 20 percent off your entire purchase.
Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club will once again decorate the Craven’s House for it s annual holiday open house to take place December 1 through 2. The décor will be keeping with that of its original time period and re-enactments will take place on tours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. For more information and reservations call (423) 821-7786.
The Enchanted Garden of Lights is in full swing at Rock City. Be sure to include this event in your holiday traditions. Residence passes are valid Sundays through Wednesdays.
For more holiday open houses and events, be sure to pick up a December issue of the Lookout Mountain Mirror available next week at the Market on the Mountain. While you’re there you can pick up one of their Christmas order out menus to make the holidays a snap. Don’ t forget to check the Living on Lookout site regularly and sign up for the Mountain Mirror weekly Extra, Extra emails that will have weekly reminders of all the mountain happenings.

Holiday Giving

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Tree lighting at Caldwell Commons

The tree is lit, the wreaths are hung, now is time to give thanks to all of those whose tireless work makes this community such a great place to live. Don’t forget your educators, mail carriers, town employees, policemen and firefighters.
The Lookout Mountain Employees Christmas Fund was established 69 years ago by the residents of Tennessee to show the town employees, policemen and firemen their appreciation. Did you know there is also an Employee Christmas Fund was also established in the City of Lookout Mountain, Ga as well? Both fund committees are collecting funds to show these fine folks how much we appreciate them and thank then for a great year. (The suggested donation is $50 per household.)
Also this year is great time to honor those retiring from many years of service.
If you have been involved in recreation sports on our mountain over the past 30 years, you have undoubtedly come in con¬tact with Rick Dockery. It may not have been direct contact, but undoubtedly Rick was close by, making sure the fields were in great shape, the equipment was working properly and uniforms were ordered. Rick was responsible for these tasks and so many others that may have gone unnoticed, but are a necessity for the success of our recreation department.
Rick began his career with the Lookout Mountain Recreation Department in 1981 under the tutelage of Raymond “Buck” Stamps and has dedicated his adult life to coaching, teaching and caring for the mountain’s biggest assets, our children. I was extremely fortunate to grow up during this time.
As you may have heard, Rick retired from the Rec Department this past July, leaving it in the capable hands of Scott Shell and his new assistant, Brandon Adams. It seems only fitting that we honor Rick for his many years of dedication to Lookout Mountain. The tee ball field at the Commons (the field next to the playground) will be named Rick Dockery Field. It is perfect that many of our youngsters will have their first experience with baseball on a field named after Rick, but we have to make the field worthy of such an honor. That is where we need your help! We are seeking donations for the improvement of this field. Some of the upgrades include new bases, new dugouts with improved fencing, a new backstop, improved dirt and a sign designating the Rick Dockery Field. Any money left over from this campaign will be used to improve the other baseball fields in our community.
Please consider making a donation in Rick Dockery’s honor. Checks should be made payable to Lookout Mountain Recreation Department. Please mention Rick’s name in the memo section, and we will allocate the funds to the Rick Dockery Field. Checks can be mailed to: Lookout Mountain Recreation De¬partment, P.O. Box 413, Lookout Mountain, TN, 37350. Our goal, and it is a lofty one, is to have all donations in by Dec. 31, 2017. We really want the field to be ready for dedication at our baseball Opening Day in April!
Chief Randy Bowden is also retiring at the end of this year after 22 years of service to the Town of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. He is planning on traveling following his retirement. Let’s all chip in to wish him a bon voyage!
Trying to find the perfect gift for someone that has everything? Think about giving in honor of someone you love to one of the non-profit agencies that keep our mountain beautiful. There is Lookout Mountain Beautification Fund, the Lookout Mountain Conservancy and the Lula Lake Land Trust.

Lookout Mountain Employees Christmas Fund
P.O. Box 178
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Employee Annual Christmas Fund
c/o City of Lookout Mountain
1214 Lula Lake Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia, 30750

Lookout Mountain Recreation De¬partment
P.O. Box 413
Lookout Mountain, TN, 37350

Lookout Mountain Beautification Fund
P.O. Box 22
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Lookout Mountain Conservancy
P.O. Box 76
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Lula Lake Land Trust
P.O. Box 385
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

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