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!

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Persinger Shares Holiday Cheer with Town Public Works

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For the past 25 years, Pat Persinger has been cooking the town maintenance department a Christmas dinner, because, as she says, “they are the nicest people.” Each year she varies the menu, serving ham, barbecue, chicken Cordon Bleu, and even veal scaloppini. This year she served country style barbecue ribs, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, lots of hot French bread, and a yummy dessert made with Butterfingers and caramels. But she doesn’t just cook this delicious meal, she also sets a delightful table for them, complete with Christmas placemats, plates and napkins. Pat even included green and red lidded-tumblers with Christmas straws. She always places a little present or candy cane by each plate, and then serves them all a seated dinner. Last year, after surviving a car wreck, she just wasn’t able to cook, but that didn’t mean she forgot about them. She sent her son to pick up a heavenly ham and side dishes to show them that she cares about them very much.
I watched this dynamo bustling around the maintenance kitchen as she prepared the luncheon, and asked her if she ever slowed down. “Lordy, I hope not!” she replied. What a sweet amazing lady she is. Pat Persinger is much appreciated by our town and is also one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

Christmas Concert at Looklout Mountain Presbyterian Church

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The Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church Christmas Concert, "Rejoicing in the First and Second Advent of Christ," will take place on Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature adult and youth choirs, instrumental ensemble, and handbells, as well as joining together in singing well-known carols. Pre-concert music of seasonal carols with organ, brass, and bells will begin about 15 minutes before each concert. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. Nursery is provided at the 5:00 concert only. For more information call Anna Moyle at (423) 424-4091.

Love Lookout’s Christmas Tree Lighting is November 30

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The Love Lookout committee met recently to plan upcoming events for the calendar year. Glenn Breazeale led the meeting, and committee members welcomed Kathleen Driscoll to the group as the newest member. An enthusiastic and hard worker, she will complement the team well!

The committee includes Love Lookout founders Brian Salter and Daryl Heald and members David Bennett, Glenn and Carter Breazeale, Jay Brooks, Trey Carr, Kathleen Driscoll, Linda Kitzman, Sarah Lehn,Melanie Reynolds, Pam Salter and myself.

This vivacious group has planned some fun events for the Lookout Mountain Community. On November 30, the community will gather near the Commons for the Christmas tree lighting. The tree lighting will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. and include singing and treats.

This event was well attended last year,its inaugural year, and hopefully you will all mark your calendars now so that you will be sure to attend once again!

Special Christmas T-shirts will also be for sale at this event. These long-sleeved shirts are only released once a year for the holiday season.

Additionally, the much-anticipated Lookout Mountain Movie Night is set for May 3, 2019! Again, be sure to mark your calendars so that you may coordinate with family and friends. Food trucks will be on site for this incredible evening, and folks can picnic on the grounds of the Commons.

Love Lookout continues to find ways to love on the community at large. We hope to see you at the tree lighting!

Pop Up Retail Boutique Opens on Watauga

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Adelaide Naumann

This November and December, a fabulous pop-up shop featuring fine art and gifts will be open at 116 North Watuaga Lane, between Café on the Corner and Lookout Mountain Dental. The gallery space will feature a watercolor collection of Mountain Mirror publisher emeritus William Parker. Both prints and originals will be for sale. His work varies from the reflective to the whimsical, but all of it evokes emotion, which is one of the purposes of art.
Local small business entrepreneurs Jen Kline and Adelaide Naumann will stock the pop-up retail shop, which is next to the Moun- tain Mirror office. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 2018, the shop ensures its patrons can conveniently check off everything on their
gift-giving lists while supporting local Lookout Mountain businesses at the same time.
Holiday season is approaching, and it’s always full of opportunities to show apprecia- tion to folks. From party hosts, friends and neighbors to teachers, business associates and golf partners, gift giving will be in full swing. Thread and Ink owner Jen Kline, who started her business in 2001, specializes in personal- ized gifts and paper. She offers unique ideas for new babies and new neighbors, along with individualized items that make perfect gifts for anyone. Guest hand towels or cocktail napkins that are adorned with a family monogram are a perfect gesture of appreciation, while a luxurious Italian cotton throw blanket may appeal as a more intimate offering. Thread & Ink provides gift options at all price points, and
personalization usually takes less than a week. Additionally, Adelaide Naumann has been assembling specialized gift boxes for several years with her business Divine Goods. Bags, boxes or baskets filled with thoughtful accessories can be tailored to the yoga lover, wine connoisseur, new college student, and even a man in your life who has everything he needs. Naumann’s packages are complete with distinguished finds that can be tailored to every occasion and individual. For example, her “It’s a Wonderful Life” basket is a beautiful compilation that includes gourmet biscuit mix, Carolina salt from Bull’s Bay Salt Company and an olive wood salt keeper, along with wine twirls, a winged corkscrew, and a Counter Couture tea towel. However, customers can build their own boxes from an assortment of
exclusive products to make a one-of-a-kind gift, as well.
Other businesses will set up shop periodi- cally throughout the two months the pop-up retail shop has its doors open on Watauga. Kakhi Wakefield Designs, Alex Huffaker with India Hicks, Ann Caldwell with Miss Ann’s Happies, and several more mountaineers are making plans to show their wares.

Lavender Farm on Lookout

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Sarah Fangmann and Kayleigh Brigola from Lilburn, Ga., picking lavender

Is there anything more picturesque than a field of lavender? The pale purple spikes echo the hue of the sky, and lavender’s tranquil beauty has been enjoyed for 2,500 years.
Alice and Bill Marrin, parents of three grown children, didn’t set out to own and operate a lavender farm in their retirement years. But they did want to move from Atlanta, where Alice enjoyed a career as a school librarian, and Bill still works as a consultant.
The fell in love with the property they bought a couple of years ago on Lookout Mountain, but they had no idea about what they would do with it.

“We just knew we wanted fields but also knew we didn’t want to mow!”

“We just knew we wanted fields but also knew we didn’t want to mow!” Alice said. And since their main residence is still in Atlanta, Alice laughed that farm animals wouldn’t fare well.
Alice hales from Texas, where endless fields of lavender are almost commonplace, so she researched the practicality of a lavender farm in Lookout Mountain, Ga. She discovered that deer don’t like lavender, which is half the battle of growing anything in our area. She also discovered lavender is not only a gorgeous crop to grow, but is highly beneficial in many areas. It is believed to have both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and may also be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression and restlessness. Who doesn’t need help sleeping at times, naturally? Studies have shown that the scent of lavender increases the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep. Used for pain relief, migraines, allergies, asthma, depression, acne, dry skin and colic, this pretty plant is certainly a rock star in the herbal world. Other studies have even linked it to treatments for breast cancer in mice.
With all these accolades, it’s curious why lavender farms don’t abound everywhere.
“We are the only one [on Lookout]!” she said, but she hopes there are more soon. “You don’t go to Napa for just one winery – you visit lots of them!”
Lavender needs a hot, dry climate, and our past summer was anything but. However, the Marrins had wonderful results, once they rolled up their sleeves and got to work clearing the fields that back up to Jay and Abbie Brooks’ farm near the Canyon Grill. They also refurbished an existing cabin while they were at it.
“It was a train wreck – full of trash and logs and even old gas tanks,” Alice said. But it didn’t take long for them to plow the fields, amend the soil, and plant 400 little plants in elevated rows so that excess water wouldn’t be a problem. And not long after that, the slender stalks were covered in lavender blooms, making a wonderland of sorts in our backyard.
A member of the U.S. Lavender Growers Association, Alice also planted 25 blueberry bushes and five apple trees on her farm, and opened it for picking this past summer. And, as we all learned from the movie “Field of Dreams,” “If you build it, they will come!” This summer, lots of folks loved picking their own bundles of lavender that Alice tied with a ribbon, and still others made an afternoon of filling their buckets with blueberries. Alice also picked about 60 bunches to take to the Chattanooga Market, and they all sold out quickly.
Lavender is a seasonal crop, so while it’s over until late spring, Alice keeps her thinking cap on. Lavender is drying in her living room, and she makes all manner of products from it, including facial toner and wonderful bath products. When the lavender is in bloom, photo shoots are allowed for a fee, making truly memorable pictures of weddings, anniversaries, engagements, birthdays or any occasion one desires an incredibly picturesque background.

Lookout Lavender is located at 1039 North Moore Road in Rising Fawn, Ga. Email alice@lookoutlavender.com or call (706) 993-1145 for more information, or go to lookoutlavender.com.

LMS Carnival Returns October 2

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LMS Carnival
October 2 (rain date October 4)
3:00 until 7:00 pm
The Town Commons

After 71 years, the LMS Carnival is getting a face lift. On October 2 children from all over the Lookout Mountain community will convene for Jamboree Jars, silly string fights, pony rides and other fall favorites. But this year carnival goers will notice some exciting new changes.

For starters, every booth is getting its own pop-up tent, a generous gift from some local families.

The wooden booths we’ve had for years were great but were starting to show their age,” explains Melinda Redberg, who is chairing this year along with Paula Plating. “We think the new tents will give the whole event a festive, circus feel.

But the tents aren’t the only upgrade. This year the Carnival will move to wristbands instead of tickets. Sold in denominations of 5 and 20, the wristbands will feature empty stars that workers will check off at each booth. One star equals one ticket. The new system will help younger children who can’t count out tickets, and prevent lost or stolen tickets.

One exception will be Children’s Corner, which will continue to operate on tickets because of the volume they sell. A ticket exchange booth will be located adjacent to the ever popular booth. When kids want to buy silly string, bomb bags or other Carnival classics, they will visit the exchange booth where workers will mark off their stars and hand them the equivalent in tickets.

New games this year include the Pirate Boat Race, Spider Toss, an inflatable Gladiator Joust and a NERF gun “Galactic Blast” shooting gallery. Children 48” and taller can see if they have what it takes to complete the new Ninja Warrior course set up on the Commons playground.

Perhaps the most exciting addition will be a drawing, featuring prizes such as a new iPad, scooter and other fun prizes. Children can enter to win before and during the Carnival.

Parents can find their own prizes at Carnival Kitchen, where you can get everything you need for a dinner you don’t have to cook. Co-chairs Heather Naggar and Anne Carr are already hard at work stocking the popular booth. In addition to homemade casseroles they are encouraging donations such enchiladas, lasagna, soups and other original goodies.

The Carnival’s 30-plus booths are staffed by parents and friends of LMS. In fact, virtually every parent is needed to contribute in some way in order for Carnival to be a success.

It truly couldn’t happen without parent and community volunteers,” says Plating. “We are always so grateful and a little awestruck at how it comes together every year. It’s like Lookout Mountain magic.

Foster to Lead Yoga and Wellness Retreat

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Beauty and grace are synonymous with Allison Foster. For nine years, Allison has lived here on Lookout Mountain with her family, which includes son Holden and daughter, Riley. Holden will be a junior at McCallie, while Riley will be a freshman at GPS.

"We have lived on Lookout Mountain for nine years and found it to be an amazing community in which to raise children and develop incredible friendships. In addition to the community of people, we love the fantastic opportunities to be able to play in the outdoors! From hiking and biking to paddle-boarding and fishing, we have fallen in love with the whole region," Allison says.

That love has spread to others, for everyone who knows Allison absolutely loves her. Due to her lovely and peaceful personality, she has many followers in her yoga classes. When asked how her love for yoga began, Allison explained, "Our family lived in New Orleans between 2001 and 2005. During that time, both of my children were born, and I began practicing a little yoga with pre-natal yoga videos. A small studio opened around the corner, and I took a few classes before Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. After that, we moved to Memphis, and life felt upside down for a while. Some good friends recommended yoga as a stress reliever. It worked and has been an incredibly important part of my life ever since."

After experiencing all of the benefits of yoga, Allison desired to become an instructor. In 2008, Allison completed her 200-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) instruction with Yoga Alliance. Since that time, she has constantly continued her education through programs and workshops. "To date, I have accrued over 300 additional hours of training through Asheville Yoga Center, OM Schooled (Yoga for Teens) and certified Broga training (yoga for men)."

When Allison is not teaching yoga, she loves to hike with her dogs, write poetry and stories for children and teens, cook and spend time with Holden and Riley. "My kids would say that my favorite hobby is teaching them 'life lessons.' I told them that once they realize everything is a life lesson, then my job will be done!" Allison said.

Allison hosts wonderful women’s wellness retreats each year. These weekends are intended for renewal, self-discovery and rest. Their theme is based on a quote from poet David Whyte, who said, "What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?" Taking the time to realize this transformation can be restorative, if not life changing.

"We will honor the journey of our lives with nourishing yoga, delicious food, beautiful accommodations and the Great Smoky Mountains. We will also provide options for massage, hiking, biking, floating down the Little River, touring the Tuckaleechee Caverns or just relaxing in a hammock with a good book. The best part is that EVERYTHING is completely optional," Allison says of the retreat she will lead this month at Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tenn.

Allison has been leading retreats and workshops for the past eight years. This year’s retreat will be her second at Dancing Bear Lodge. In May, the retreat she led there sold out quickly, so she is excited to offer another one from September 21-23. To register for the retreat, go to the www.dancingbearlodge.com and click on Women’s Wellness Weekend with Allison Foster. For more information, call Dancing Bear Lodge at (865) 448-6000.

Party at Point Park

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Mural of Point Park by the LMS 5th grade class of '15

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 6, for the 10th annual National Treasures: Party at Point Park, hosted by National Park Partners. This year’s theme is “Treasure YOUR Park,” and guests are invited to enjoy a casual evening of dinner, drinks and music set against the stunning views from Point Park. Festivities will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and will once again be the only time all year for guests to have pictures made at the iconic Umbrella Rock. Purchase tickets by August 31.

National Treasures co-chairs Becky Browder and Lana Freeland are leading an experienced event committee and coordinating the donations of over 50 items for the silent auction. From restaurant gift cards to one-of-a-kind experiences and specialty baskets, guests will have a wide variety of choices at every price point. The delicious buffet supper will be catered by C&W Café and include southern-style barbecue and all your comfort food favorites, along with some healthy plant-based options. For dessert, Clumpies ice cream cart will be on hand for an after-dinner treat. Throughout the evening, guests will be treated to the smooth sounds of Chattanooga’s own Power Players, featuring Johnny Smith playing R&B favorites with contemporary classics mixed in.

National Park Service Superintendent Brad Bennett will be on hand to visit with event attendees, and interpretive National Park Rangers will be stationed at Umbrella Rock to share stories of how this became the area’s first major tourist attraction, as well as the history of the Ochs Museum. Totaling around 9,100 acres, the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is the largest public open space in the region and was the very first National Military Park to be dedicated in the country.

Our National Park remains the largest tourist draw in the Chattanooga area, with 1 million visitors coming annually to spend time among the six units of the Park - Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, Orchard Knob and Signal Point.

“We are grateful to have First Tennessee Foundation and McKee Foods returning as our presenting sponsors,” remarked Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners. “The support of the business community and its recognition of the economic impact of the Park, totaling over $70 million in 2017, is deeply appreciated.”

Mims notes that the new National Park Partners organization is the result of a merger between Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of Moccasin Bend. “The two Friends groups served the National Park for decades, each very successful in carrying out their respective missions,” says Mims. “The time was right to consolidate our operations and become one united philanthropic partner for our National Park, creating efficiencies for Park staff and simplifying the message to the public that these six special places are all part of one National Park.”

Lookout Mountain’s own Keith Sanford, a regular guest of National Treasures, encourages his fellow residents and all who enjoy the peaceful beauty of our National Park to support the event. “Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park is truly a national treasure,” says Sanford. “We all need to do our part to preserve this asset for future generations.”

Tickets to National Treasures are $75 each or $130 per couple, with a portion of the ticket cost being a tax-deductible donation. Host sponsorships are available at $250 and will be listed in the event program. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Friday, August 31. All donations received above the ticket price or in lieu of attending will be matched by a generous challenge grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation, up to $50,000, to support the newly launched National Park Partners organization. For more information, call (423) 648-5623 or visit npp-ccm.org.

Bee City Pollinator Festival a Success

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Betsy Rice, artist

The first Bee City USA Pollinator Festival sponsored by the Lookout Mountain Beautiful Garden Club was a huge success, drawing local residents and people from across the Tennessee Valley.
Volunteers decorated the Lookout Mountain School gym with student artwork detailing pollinators, and there was a wide array of how-to booths staffed by Bee City USA community partners like the Tennessee Aquarium, Crabtree Farms, Reflection Riding and Nature Center, the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild Ones, Chattanooga’s chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, The Barn Nursery and the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. The honeybee hive in a glass case demonstrated by third generation Georgia beekeeper Derick Forester and Sophia Price’s bee beauty products were special treats. Artists Betsy Rice and Ann Caldwell displayed and sold their artwork. Ms. Rice actually auctioned off a painting and donated part of the proceeds to Bee City USA!
Participants learned pollinator gardening techniques from the Tennessee Valley chapter of the Wild Ones and were urged to add butterfly host plants to their gardens to help raise the next generation of butterflies. Everyone was fascinated by the monarch and pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on display, all happily chomping on their host plants.
Lynn Chartier displayed invasive plants and suggested the least toxic way to eradicate them to protect our large trees. Craig Walker from the Barn Nursery offered organic solutions to common yard problems. Both of them stressed the festivals’ theme of creating pesticide-free yards that are healthy places for humans, pets, pollinators and wildlife on the mountain.
Attendees purchased native pesticide-free plants from Reflection Riding and the Wild Ones. Christine Bock-Hunt from the Tennessee Aquarium gave away native coneflowers, coreopsis and phlox so everyone took home pollinator-friendly plants for their yards.
Mayor Carol Mutter and Mayor David Bennett awarded prizes to the winners of the “Why be a Friend to Pollinators” poster contest. The winners from Lookout Mountain School are: Sarah Pettit, first place; Mclean Murray, second place; Mim Roedder, third place. The winners from Fairyland Elementary School are: Camp Lehn, first place; Lucy Heald, second place, and Tulley Brock, third place.
A special thanks to Ruth White, principal of LMS, Coach Rick Dockery and Ginger Birnbaum, president of the PTA, for opening the gym and enthusiastically supporting the festival. The support of this festival showed that Lookout Mountain residents are serious about their commitment to create a more welcoming habitat for native bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. The message from this festival on the first World Bee Day is that we are in trouble when the buzzing stops. Hopefully our community will do its part to make sure the buzzing continues for generations to come.

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