Social life on the mountain includes youth soccer leagues, Sunday services, holiday suppers and summer movie nights at Carter Field, tennis teams and the long, slow spin of a perfect putt across a gorgeous green.

We are a community built for fun, for families, and for the moments that give life meaning.

Fall Fun on Lookout Mountain

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Trick Or Treating in Fairyland
If Norman Rockwell painted Halloween, it would be trick or treating on Lookout Mountain. Festivities will be held on the actual day – Monday, October 31 – with the Great Pumpkin ramping up around sundown. (Our condolences to all teachers on Tuesday).

Holy weinerschnitzel; it’s Roctoberfest again at Rock City! From now until the end of the month, Rock City will transform into a Bavarian wonderland with live German music, dancing and dishes like beer cheese soup and bratwursts. You can interact with characters like Ik the Troll King or Rocky the Elf, catch the popular Birds of Prey show, or take a guided heritage tour to learn more about Rock City’s founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter and her beloved fairytales and folklore. Kids can get a stamp in their passport (handed out at the door) as they visit different areas of the park, as well as visit a balloon artist and mime. The best part? It’s all FREE if you have a Rock City residents pass. Birds of Prey shows take place 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Heritage tour is at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. More details here

Enchanted Corn Maize
Corny family fun awaits at the foot of Lookout, now until October 30. You can pet an alpaca, ride a cow train, take an old fashioned hayride, or fling corn in a slingshot. And that’s all before you get lost in the famous Enchanted MAiZE. Some new additions this year include pedal car racing, duck races and a corn text game to help you find your way through the maze. Open Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($10 admission; 3 and under FREE). More details here

Haunted Caverns
Voted one of the top 10 haunted houses in the country by Rand McNalley, Ruby Fall’s Haunted Cavern boasts that it takes you 26 stories underground where “no one can hear you scream.” The experience takes place both inside and out of the cave, with the parking lot being transformed into a dilapidated village with zombies and ghouls lurking behind every corner. An elaborate back story – like this year’s “Flesh Farm” – is created each year in hopes of transporting you into your very own horror flick (popcorn not included). More details here

Blessing of the Costumes at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Grab your goblins and head to Good Shepherd’s annual Blessing of the Costumes, a fun addition to their usual 10:30 a.m. service on October 30. (You may never have an easier time getting your kids ready for church.) Meet at the main entrance beforehand so they can process down the aisle in their Halloween finery. They can then depart for their age-appropriate children’s programs (nursery available under 2), only to return at the Peace for the blessing. For more details, contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Oktoberfest at Our Lady of the Mount
Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church is holding their annual Oktoberfest. Expect German food, bier and lots of pumpkin-themed family fun. Festivities will be held this Sunday, October 23 from 5 until 8 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. All ages welcome. More details here

Halloween at Lookout with Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
Apparently flying off cliffs isn’t the only thing hang gliders like to do. Described as Lookout’s “biggest party all year,” Halloween at Lookout will feature a costume contest, deadly dance party with DJ Min-O-Tar, Lupi’s Pizza and “hellish hors d’oeuvres.” The party kicks off at 7 p.m. on October 29 at their Landing Zone clubhouse. It’s $10 to enter but top costume will earn you $500, with second and third taking home $250 and $100. More details here

Paddling by Moonlight at Lookout Creek
A perfectly natural way to kick off Halloween weekend? A canoe trip in the dark! Join naturalist Corey Hagen for an after-hours trip down Lookout Creek. Animals often seen on these trips include bats, beavers, roosting turkey and barred owls. (No werewolf sightings to date). The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children, but members are only $5 per adult with children free of charge. More details here

5 Points 50 This Weekend

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5 Points 50 Bike Race
October 15, 2016
9:00 a.m.
More info:

Tab Tollett has negotiated live train trestles over alligator-ridden rivers, summited volcanos and slogged dozens miles through sand all in the name of mountain biking. Twice. And that was just one race – Costa Rica’s La Ruta de Los Conquistador.

As one of just twelve Moots Titanium Bicycle sponsored cyclists in the country, he’s participated in some of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. This weekend he’ll be tackling Lookout Mountain’s 5 Points 50, which he says can hold its own in the world of endurance mountain bike races.

Shorter doesn’t translate to easier,” he laughs. “I love the 5 Points race. Our mountain provides world class single track, a variety of terrain and of course epic views!

The fact that he considers a 50-mile race “short” gives you an idea of Tollett’s commitment to the sport. The 51-year-old real estate appraiser started cycling about 20 years ago, but left the blacktop for mountain biking 9 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

His addiction started with Colorado’s Leadville 100, which he trained for with his neighbor and fellow mountain biker Brad Cobb. He’s tackled it twice since then on a single speed bike (his favorite way to race). If that doesn’t prove his insanity, then his participation in the Breck Epic might, which is a 6-day stage race in Breckinridge that involves 240 miles at 12,000-plus elevation and 40,000 feet of vertical gain (and loss).

The best thing about a long endurance race is crossing the finishing line,” he says. “It's such a great feeling to accomplish a multi hour race. It's not so much about winning or even beating your age group peer – it's about challenging yourself. And of course the beer.

Most of his monthly races take place closer to home, such as the Cohutta 100 near the Ocoee, the Fools Gold 60 miler in GA, or the Shenandoah Mountain 100 miler in VA. And Tollett has never missed the 5 Points 50, which is a chance to race some of the same trails he trains on about 6 days a week.

Billed as Chattanooga’s ultimate endurance mountain bike race, 5 Points 50 takes loops racers through the celebrated 5 Points trail system, Lula Lake Land Trust’s core property, the Cloudland Connector Trail, and some of the best private trails in the Southeast.

It features a grueling roller coaster of single track with steep climbs, rooted downhills, rock gardens and smooth trails. As with any race, Mother Nature holds the ultimate trump card. Last year torrential rains in the fall made for a soggy day, and Tollett recalls crossing a stream in waist deep water holding his bike overhead in one hand, and a rope in the other so the current wouldn’t carry him downstream.

Now in its fourth year, 5 Points 50 is a local pioneer for mountain biking. While most outdoor sports have enjoyed signature events in Chattanooga for the past decade, a long distance mountain bike race proved elusive until the completion of the Cloudland Connector Trail, which connects Cloudland Canyon State Park to Lula Lake Land Trust.

Despite 30-plus miles of the CCT, race organizers still had to negotiate access with private landowners to connect key parts of the course. An opportunity to ride trails closed the other 364 days of the year is motivation enough for some, and the race attracts bikers from across the Southeast.

This year there will be a 25-mile option for those wanting a shorter ride. The 50-mile course features 5,000 feet of elevation gain, while the 25-mile features 2,700. The race is organized this year by Roost Racing, LLC, a newly formed entity by local racer Justin Mace.

Justin and his wife, Amy have taken over the organization of the 5 points 50 this year and will be producing other races nearby," says Tollett. "They are an amazing family and very generous to take on the challenges of putting on long races. Especially with two young children.

Lula Lake Land Trust Founder's Weekend THIS Saturday

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Yoga, Tai Chi, wine and outdoor film screenings. This isn’t your typical walk in the woods.

This weekend, join Lula Lake Land Trust as it celebrates its 3rd Annual Founder’s Weekend with bluff-side yoga led by Allison Foster, Tai Chi with Dr. Johnson, nature walks with Jann George and Michael Green, history tours with Jim Ogden and more.

The event promises to be the largest celebration yet, including newly added nighttime activities such as the Outdoor Film Festival and Wine Walk.

We’re hoping to offer multiple ways families can enjoy the full weekend, day or night," says Executive Director Mike Pollock. "I think Robert Davenport would be very proud of how we’re using the land today to get people out and enjoying nature in different ways.

On Saturday evening, Lula Lake partners with Lookout Wild Film Festival to bring a selection of five short films, which focus on outdoor adventure and conservation. Subject matter ranges from forgotten mountains and lost coasts to recycled skateboards. A donation of $10 per person is suggested for entry. Beer, wine, drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase.

Sunday’s Wine Walk, scheduled from 4:30 to 8 pm will feature five tasting stops on a hike throughout the core property. Each stop will feature wine from Riverside Wine and Spirits, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Dish T’Pass Catering and live music. Tickets are $40 per person in advance, or $50 at the gate.

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Founder’s Weekend was created in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the land trust and to honor Robert Davenport and his family, whose dying will established and protected Lula Lake Land Trust.

See below for a full schedule of events. For more details, visit

Saturday, October 1

All Day
Jim Ogden’s table, photos and costume presenting “Late Antebellum – Civil War Soldier Tourist Visitors to Lula Lake

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Allison Foster leads a walk to the bluff and yoga session

1-2 p.m.
Jann George (Adelrid) will discuss hemlock trees, the Hemlock Wooly Adelaide infestation and riparian shade. A must for those concerned with HWA.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Johnson, T’ai Chi lesson: “The slow and graceful movements of T’ai Chi are primarily designed to provide the practitioner with a method of achieving a healthier body, mind and spirit. While it originated as a martial art, it has been modified to become what some have called ‘moving meditation’.”

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Chattanooga Audubon Society critter visitors

MAIN EVENT: 6 p.m.
Lula Lake Film Fest: Family friendly showing of short outdoor adventure and conservation themed films. Gates open at 6 p.m., films start at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.) Soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Sunday, October 2

All day
Jim Ogden’s history walk presenting “Late Antebellum – Civil War Soldier Tourist Visitors to Lula Lake”

1 – 2 p.m.
Jann George (Adelrid) will discuss hemlock trees, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid infestation and riparian shade. A must for those concerned with HWA.

2 – 3 p.m.
Michael Green leads nature walk along old railroad bed

Time TBA
Sue Reynolds from the Center for Mindful Living leads 45-minute sitting/walking meditation


MAIN EVENT: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Lula Lake Wine Walk – Five wine tasting stops on a hike around the Lula Lake core preserve. Each stop features selected wines and snacks from Riverside Wine and Spirits and acoustic music. Heavier hors d’oeuvre and a feature band at the fifth stop prior to departure. Limited to 125 Participants. $40.00 per person. Advanced registration required. Buy Tickets Now.

World Record Fish Caught by Lookout Mountain Boy

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Teddy Wingfield, far left, gives a thumbs up to his record-setting catch

It took the Old Man & the Sea a lifetime to land his dream catch. At 10 years old, Teddy Wingfield isn’t even old enough to read Hemingway’s classic. But that didn’t stop him from reeling in a world record-setting fish earlier this summer.

The line started bumping, finally he got hooked and started pulling hard,” he recalls. “I asked my dad for help but he said ‘no.’

His father, Joseph said he knew Teddy could handle it. In fact the 4th grader has reeled in bigger catches before, including sharks and a 48-pound cobia. What makes his record-setting 32-pound scamp so special is that the typical weight for the species is just 8-10 pounds.

Perhaps even more remarkable, Teddy is too small for deep-sea fishing belts. His technique is to “ride” the rod almost like a witch on a broomstick.

Teddy takes his time and wears the fish out,” says Joseph. “That’s how he gets the big ones.

The fish was the first landed on their two-day trip off Atlantic Beach, NC. As soon as the captain saw it, he knew it was a record. He warned that if they were serious about documenting it they should turn around and get back to a weighstation. Fish get lighter the longer they’re out of water. They tried to weigh it on the boat, but it broke the rusted scale.

Not wanting to spoil the fun, the guys decided to take their chances and keep fishing. The June 2nd trip was a family affair – Joseph, Teddy and his brothers Wilder, 7, and Hank, 5. The 43-foot vessel was captained by Joseph’s first cousin, Daniel Brisson of Sunrise Charters.

While it was only Teddy’s second overnight fishing trip, he’s been catching sharks from the beach at Hilton Head since he was old enough to hold a rod. He also enjoys catching trout in the stream at his family’s farm, as well as catfish and bass at his family’s place on Chickamauga Lake.

Teddy big catch happened on a Thursday morning. By the time they reached the weighstation late Friday night, the fish was still an impressive 32 pounds, roughly 5 pounds heavier than the state record and almost 3 pounds heavier than the current all-tackle world record.

The international board that issues world records only meets a few times a year, so the family is anxiously awaiting confirmation. North Carolina has already sent Teddy a plaque for his state record.

While this will be Captain Daniel’s first record-setting fish, he hardly returns from a trip without a “citation” fish. That sounds bad, but a fishing citation is actually a commendation for “extraordinary” catches. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries sets minimum weights per species, issuing citations for any catch over that.

As for Teddy, he’s already set his sights on another record – the red grouper. The current state record holds at 42 pounds, which both he and his dad feel is doable. It’ll be on their wish list (along with wahoo, giant Bluefin tuna and swordfish) when the guys take another 2-day trip in November.

Teddy lives on Lookout Mountain with his four younger brothers, his dad, Joseph and his mom, Beth. He also enjoys football, golf, soccer, swimming and riding dirt bikes.

Important Message About Skating Rink

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Just a friendly reminder….the Gym and Skating Rink at Lookout Mountain School is only open to residents of the Town of Lookout Mountain, TN or the City of Lookout Mountain, GA. Recent abuses of this rule have led town officials to ask for a photo ID before checking out the key at the dispatcher desk at Tennessee’s Town Hall.

Only residents 18 years and older can reserve the space, which is open on weekends or after 5 pm on weekdays (except during basketball season, which runs January through early March). Reservations are not required, but it’s suggested you call 423-821-1226 to check availability.

People have long enjoyed the space for birthday parties or a play area when weather prohibits time at the Town Commons. The space has also been used as a make-shift rec center, holding ballet or Spanish classes after school. Groups should call 423-821-6212 to request permission from the Community Center Board.

“Be the Bend” at Chattanooga’s First Yoga Festival

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Southern Bend Yoga Festival
August 27, noon to 11 pm
Coolidge Park
Tickets $45 until August 13 ($60 at the gate); $12 for kids with 5 and under free

Whether you’ve studied Ashtanga in India or you just like wearing yoga pants to the grocery store, Southern Bend Yoga Festival has something for you.

The idea is to unite Chattanooga in mindful movement,” says Lookout Mountain resident and festival ‘marketing guru’, Aloyse Brown. “Bring a friend and a sense of play. You’re not supposed to look perfect – if you fall over, laugh about it.

Virtually every style will be represented – Vinyasa, Nidra, Ashtanga, Purna – all taught by nationally acclaimed yogis flying in just for the event. You can do “down dog” while floating on a Stand-Up Paddleboard, or balance on a friend with acroyoga (a mixture of acrobatics and yoga).

Yoga is a practice you can have your entire life, unlike rock climbing or running marathons,” says festival ‘funding guru’ and Lookout Mountain native Katie Stout. “We want to expose people to the different aspects of yoga, whether you’ve never tried it or have been practicing for years.

There will be yoga with live DJs, kid’s yoga, tai chi, meditation sessions, slacklining and instructor-led discussions called “speakeasys.” Early bird tickets are just $45 (until August 13) and give you access to three of the festival’s 20-plus sessions. In the downtime, catch live music at the “Java Jive” coffee lounge or peruse the many food and yogi-centric vendors.

Southern Bend is more than just a festival; it’s the inaugural event for a new non-profit founded by yoga instructors Heather Dendy and Kari Pollard. After attending a similar festival called Wanderlust, the two friends agreed it would be the perfect concept for Chattanooga with just one key difference – philanthropy.

The event will benefit the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, which helps US transplant families avoid financial ruin. Transplant procedures range from $100,000 to more than $800,000 with an incredibly long waiting list to endure.

Dendy knows the stress firsthand, as her son has been on the waiting list for a liver transplant for many years. While her family won’t benefit directly from the funds raised, the money will stay local, assures Brown.

Organizers hope to not only introduce more people to the health benefits of yoga, but also unite the yoga community for positive change in our community, with the mantra “Be the Bend.”

The idea is to take everything we find on the mat – clarity, sense of peace, balance – and take it into the community,” explains Brown. "There’s something really beautiful about 200-400 people practicing together, breathing in unison.

But don’t think the whole event will be one big “om.” Come nightfall, DJ Hi –FI will take center stage with a dance party including neon body paint. (We told you not to try and put this festival into a box pose.)

Can’t wait until festival time? Get your poses on now with the Studio Raffle Card. Participating studios are offering one FREE class to first-time visitors, plus a sticker equaling one ticket in the festival’s raffle for more than $4,000 worth of prizes. Drawings will be held throughout the day and prizes available for pick-up at the event.

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LMC's Shrimp Boil - Good Time, Great Cause

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Lookout Mountain Conservancy’s fourth annual “Hot Fun in the Summer Time” party is this Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 10 pm. Take it from us: you don’t want to miss this late summer shrimp boil.

Held on the lawn of The Crash Pad, the party will be catered by celebrated Southside restaurant, The Feed Co. Table & Tavern. Lookout Mountain bluegrass band, The Rising Fawn Social Club will open the evening followed by rock/country cover band, Priscilla & Little Rickee. Beer and wine are provided by Chattanooga Brewing Company and Riverside Beverage, respectively.

While all of these elements promise a fun evening, the true highlight is the opportunity to meet LMC’s Howard School Interns. Each summer they help work the party as part of their paid internship program. These bright and driven teenagers are a delight to speak with – their poise and optimism a rarity in a time where texting and technology have nearly demolished adolescent social skills.

It wasn’t always this way. Four years ago when the first Howard School bus pulled onto LMC’s property at the base of Lookout Mountain, the students who stepped out barely spoke to their fellow classmates – let alone strangers at a party. Growing up in one of the city’s roughest neighborhoods had taught them to keep to themselves.

Over time, with guidance from LMC’s CEO Robyn Carlton, the land helped heal them. Most had never even crossed Broad Street, let alone spent time in the woods. Surrounded by the safe haven of nature, working 40-hour weeks clearing kudzu or building trails, the kids learned to thrive instead of survive.

Today these kids have become leaders in their school, their community and beyond. The groundbreaking partnership between The Howard School and Lookout Mountain Conservancy has become a template for land conservancy agencies across the country. In fact, two interns will accompany Carlton to present at The National Land Conservation Conference this October.

These kids never thought they would amount to anything – they had no hope,” says Carlton. “Now they are setting the standard for all land trusts across the country on community engagement. It’s really become something so much bigger than I could’ve imagined.

One graduate of the program is pursuing his aeronautics degree at TSU and will intern this summer with NASA. Another student is pursuing her political science degree at Davidson College, while another will graduate with three degrees from Hendrix College – all related to environmental science.

Read more of their amazing stories here

Since the programs inception, the interns have concentrated their work on LMC’s 40-acre property that borders Old Wauhatchie Pike and John Wilson Park. They’ve cleared ravines, cut back trails and done landscaping and hardscaping projects to prepare the property for public access once the Riverwalk reaches St. Elmo Avenue – which is slated for mid-August.

This summer they have focused on building a 1.5-mile hiking/biking trail through the property, connecting LMC’s Guild Trail with downtown’s Riverwalk. When that happens, the 40-acre property will become a dynamic outdoor space and gateway to Lookout Mountain trails from downtown.

There will be a natural bouldering park, which the 18 high schoolers have helped clear and landscape. They have created a pollinator garden at John Wilson Park, as well as other properties around the city. They even uncovered an old homestead and smokehouse built into the side of the mountain, which will be available to the public once the trail officially opens.

The LMC’s mission has always been to protect Lookout Mountain’s scenic, historic and ecological resources. Their Intern and Leadership Program at the Howard School has demonstrated that the land can also help solve other challenges in the community.

It underscores the importance of why we do what we do,” says Carlton. “It’s been incredible to watch the kids taping into the power of the land.

Proceeds from “Hot Fun in the Summer Time” support LMC’s conservation efforts as well as their Howard internship program. Walk-ups are welcome, but purchasing tickets online is encouraged to help event organizers prepare for the crowd. Tickets are $45 and include food, beverage and one heck of a good time.

God Bless Lookout Mountain

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When Chattanooga starts creeping toward triple digit temps, there’s only one thing to do – high tail it to Lookout Mountain. When planning your 4th of July celebrations, just know Lookout is where all the “cool” kids will be. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening…

Community Walk and Picnic Supper
Sunday, July 3
6 pm

Bo Newberry has organized the second annual Community Walk for the 4th. The tradition began with a New Year’s Day stroll in 2015, and last July over 100 neighbors showed up for the summer version. This year’s walk will take place Sunday, July 3 at the intersection of Watauga and North Bragg (in front of Lookout Mountain School). There will be an optional brown bag picnic dinner at 6 pm. Those walking will gather at the intersection at 6:45, with the walk beginning at 7 pm with police presence. Dogs on a leash are welcome.

4th of July BBQ at Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
Saturday, July 2
7 pm

Celebrate the 4th in high style with Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding’s biggest bash of the year. They’re covering all the patriotic bases with hot dogs, hamburgers and hand gliders. You can test fly a brand new Wills Wing, enjoy swimming at their Landing Zone (the LZ), circle ‘round the bonfire and even camp out under the stars. This bash coincides with their “Demo Days,” which run July 1 through the 4. Just $10 will get you all you can eat and drink.

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Open Day at Lula Lake Falls
Saturday, July 2; 9-5 pm
Sunday, July 3; 12-5 pm

The air is hot but it’s still fresh at Lula Lake! Feel the spray from the gorgeous falls, hike the trails which range from easy to strenuous, or enjoy a picnic at one of Lookout Mountain’s true natural wonders. Trails can also accommodate cyclists of all ages and abilities. Dogs welcome on a leash and handicapped accessible parking is available (ask at check-in). Open Gate Days are free but donations much appreciated.

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Thrive Assisted Living Receives Final Approval from the State

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Thrive Assisted Living with Memory Care is officially open for business. The public got its first glimpse of the state-of-the-art facility at its April 12th Grand Opening. However Thrive was still awaiting final approval from the State – an extensive process that involves site visits and even FBI background checks for employees.

The State made their final site visit last Wednesday and gave the green light. This was welcome news to many residents who had already put down deposits and were eagerly awaiting their move-in date.

Residents of the four townhomes moved in last month and are enjoying their new surroundings. The official opening of Thrive means the added convenience of food service. Residents love having guests, but Thrive asks that you call in advance if you would like to eat a meal. You can even request a meal in the private dining room.

The Memory Care portion will be opening in coming weeks. The slight delay will allow the staff and residents time to get adjusted and have things running smoothly.

Fairyland Festival Celebrates 60th Year

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Thursday, April 28 (rain date May 3)
Fairyland Elementary School field
3:00 until 7:00 p.m.

The signs are up and the booths are soon to follow. Kids can feel the excitement in the air…it’s Fairyland Festival time!

While the 60-year tradition is always the highlight of spring for the elementary set, this year promises to be even more exhilarating with two new attractions: Laser Tag and Photo Booth.

That’s right – the Fairyland School playground will be converted into a laser tag obstacle course. Come early and stock up on tickets if you have any Star Wars fans in your house.

Lines at the photo booth are sure to grow just as quickly. It’s an actual booth, complete with props and signs for maximum camera mugging. Each session comes with the traditional 4-photo strip.

Raising approximately $20,000 each year for Fairyland Elementary, proceeds go toward such things as additional staff positions, a fine arts and music program, technology upgrades and other school equipment. This year’s chair is Kim Brock, with Lesley Wingfield as co-chair.


Christ Reformed Baptist Church
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal
Cloudland Canyon
Cravens House
Hang Gliding
Incline Railway
Lookout Mountain Mirror
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church
Point Park
Rock City
Ruby Falls
Sunset Rock
The Battles for Chattanooga Museum
The Lookout Mountain Club
Town Commons – Lookout Mountain, TN
United Methodist