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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.

This Month on the Mountain: March

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March has come in like a lion, with chilly temperatures and snow still on the ground. But warm weather will hopefully move in quickly - much like the events this month. There are several coming up that are not to be missed. Visit our Community Calendar page for more details.

If you'd like to add something to our calendar, please contact us at editor@livingonlookout.com

Thursday, March 5

Fall registration for Good Shepherd School

Friday, March 6

Special Community Concert at LMPC featuring students from The Juilliard School of New York. LMPC's own Thomas West, baritone, will perform alongside three of his Juilliard colleagues, pianist Matthew Maimone, and cellists Keith Williams and Phillip Sheegog.

Saturday, March 7

PTA White Elephant Sale at Lookout Mountain School

Tuesday, March 10

Registration for Mother’s Day Out at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian School

Friday and Saturday, March 13, 14

Fairyland Elementary School’s production of "Aladdin"

Saturday, March 14

Special Community Concert at LMPC, “My Favorite Piano Pieces with Jim Hangstefer.” Includes an afternoon of piano classics and hymns, including Liszt, Rachmaninoff and more. Will be held in the LMPC sanctuary with a video simulcast in the chapel for people with young children.

Monday – Thursday, March 16 – 19

Fairyland School Book Fair, including community reading by Media Specialist Ms. Cairns. Door prizes and refreshments available, as well as 10% discount on Scholastic books.

Friday – Sunday, March 20 – 22

World Missions Conference at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. Focusing on “Gospel Ministry in the Post-Christian West” with nationally recognized speakers such as Ralph Cunnington, Michael and Kim Essenburg, Daniel Watts, Holly Tolson, Tim and Annette Gulick, Elizabeth and Paul Musser and more.

Neither rain nor snow....

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Ten inches of snow didn't stop Carolyn Lacy from making her daily postal deliveries. Even on a dreary day, Carolyn finds a smile for her Lookout Mountain friends. Thanks to all of our postal workers, the mail arrived on time and with a friendly smile.

Off-Broadway Play Comes to Lookout Mountain

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Actor Brad Sherrill at the Sea of Galilee

On March 1, an off-Broadway production will debut on Lookout Mountain, GA. What’s more, it’s showing for free.

The Gospel of John has been performed over 600 times since 2001 in professional theaters and churches across the U.S. and Europe. And during this season of Lent, it will come to Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church.

“The show is a unique opportunity to witness one of the most beautifully written gospels brought to life,” says Father Tom Shuler, pastor. “We’re honored to bring this ecumenical event to Lookout Mountain. It’s a great way to bring our faith communities together during a very special time of year.”

The show is a unique opportunity to witness one of the most beautifully written gospels brought to life

Actor Brad Sherill – producer and star of the one-man show – spent nearly five months memorizing all 20,000 words of John’s gospel. Even so, he planned to perform his dramatic interpretation of the life and death of Jesus just one time at his home church in Atlanta.

That was in 2001, and the show was immediately praised as “amazing” and “riveting” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since then it’s enjoyed successful theatrical runs off-Broadway at New York City’s historic Lamb’s Theatre (2003) and at professional theaters in Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto and Atlanta. The Gospel of John’s European Cathedral Tour (2007-2009) brought the performance to large, historic cathedrals in the U.K., Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Using about a dozen simple props in various ways, Sherrill transforms the gospel into a captivating drama, presenting the entire story of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. An estimated 180,000 people worldwide have now experienced a rare opportunity to see and hear an entire gospel presented live in this dramatic way.

"The overriding question here is whether the word of God can work as a drama,” wrote Kathy Janich in her review in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Sherrill proves that it most certainly and successfully can. You need only watch him as John the Baptist, testifying to his first sighting of Jesus Christ, to become a believer. And this moment comes less than 10 minutes into the show."

The overriding question here is whether the word of God can work as a drama...Sherrill proves that it most certainly and successfully can.

The Washington Post adds: “The Gospel of John is a sweaty, gritty tale of a miracle-working idealist who runs afoul of the law. Passion, longing, envy, greed, ambition, intrigue and betrayal -- it's all here, and it is riveting!”

Sherrill has acted professionally in Atlanta since 1983. In 2000, Atlanta Magazine selected him as Atlanta's Best Dramatic Actor, and Creative Loafing named him Atlanta's Best Actor the following year.

He has performed in 20 productions at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre and is an Artistic Associate for the Georgia Shakespeare Theatre where he has acted in over 50 productions in 24 seasons. Sherrill began acting at the age of eleven at Chamblee First United Methodist Church where he is still a member.

Seating for the performance at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church begins at 6:00 p.m. There is no need to make a reservation. An offering will be taken for those who choose to contribute.

Gymnastics Classes on Lookout Mountain

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It’s that time of year when the cold drives us all inside (and a little crazy). If your little monkeys are bouncing off the walls, Maggie Duncan has the answer – gymnastics on Lookout Mountain.

That’s right; you no longer have to haul it downtown to let your little one tumble their energy out. Beginning January 15, Duncan will offer two gymnastics classes (3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds) at the LMS Skating Rink.

Duncan recently moved to Lookout to attend Covenant College. She fell in love with the area from visiting her oldest sister, Meredith Richmond, who has lived on Lookout for several years.

After personally competing at the state level for several years, Duncan began her coaching career with the 3-year-old class at her hometown gym in North Texas. Her love of children is immediately apparent, most likely stemming from growing up with six other siblings.

With a collection of wedge mats, balance beams and an adjustable bar, Duncan aims to teach cartwheels, forward rolls, backward rolls, back handsprings and handstands. Above all, her goal is to instill basic skills such as coordination, balance and direction following.

My goal is to have fun and learn to be strong and balanced versus perfecting technique,” she says.

Classes are $125 for eight weeks. The last class will include an “expo” where gymnasts can show off their skills with an individual routine. The first spring semester will run January 15 through March 5, with the second running March 26 through May 14.

Space is limited with just a few slots remaining for the first spring semester. To register, contact Maggie Duncan at mrgrtrdncn@gmail.com.

Ms. Maggie’s Gymnastics:
Thursdays, 5:00-5:45 p.m. (ages 3-4)
Thursdays, 6:00-6:45 p.m. (ages 5-6)

First Annual Lookout Mountain Community Walk

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Lookout Mountain Community Walk
January 1, 2015
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Start your New Year off on the right foot. Sixteen-year-old Hope Newberry has coordinated the first annual Lookout Mountain Community Walk tomorrow, New Year’s Day, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

I noticed a lot of people like to get out and walk over the holidays, and I thought it’d be a great way to get out and enjoy where we live on the first day of the year,” she explains. “Hopefully it will become a nice tradition.

The enterprising GPS student ran her idea past Tennessee Mayor Carol Mutter and Police Chief Randy Bowden, who immediately embraced it. The police will offer walkers safe passage for the event, escorting on the front and following behind to re-route cars.

Dogs on a leash are welcomed, and Newberry hopes folks from across the mountain will join. She’s posted signs on both the Georgia and Tennessee side and put notices in mailboxes along the route. She also asked both Lookout Mountain Presbyterian and The Church of the Good Shepherd to send an announcement via their email lists.

To participate, meet other walkers at Lookout Mountain School or join along the route, which will run down Watauga, around West Brow to Point Park, to East Brow and back to the school via North Bragg.

Enchanted Garden of Lights Celebrates 20th Year

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Barns across the Southeast beckon you to “See Rock City.” But even if you live next door to it, you’ve never seen it like this. In honor of the 20th anniversary of their Enchanted Garden of Lights, the 82-year-old attraction partnered with Universal Concepts to raise the bar on the already award-winning holiday attraction.

In addition to classic displays such as nutcrackers and elves, there’s now a Dancing Forest – a switchback path winding through LED “trees” flashing different colors in time to music. And Jack Frost and Inara the Ice Queen join Santa, Mrs. Claus and Elves for character experiences from start to finish.

Throughout the 4,100-foot walking trail, Rock City has managed to highlight and “winterize” the spectacular natural features for which they’ve become known. The trees and shrubs lining the paths are wrapped in a rainbow of lights, Shelter Rock is transformed into Inara’s ice cave and a large boulder becomes a charming Rock Snowman.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without the iconic white star topping Rock City’s 140-foot waterfall – rivaled only by the distant twinkling city lights below. And Fairyland Caverns is all dressed up with dayglo garlands wrapping each fairytale scene.

As always, the attraction is more than just lights. Little ones can get a Sugar Plum Fairy makeover, eat reindeer corn or decorate a Christmas stocking or gingerbread cookie. The nightly concert series in the North Pole Lodge entices you to linger a little with apple cider and hot cocoa around an outdoor fire.

Discounted tickets to the Lights are offered Sundays through Wednesdays, and College Nights at the Lights is back offering $6 tickets to students of the college performing that night. This discount applies to Covenant College students Sunday through Wednesday.

A portion of each ticket goes to local families staying in the Ronald McDonald House. So you really have no excuse NOT to “See Rock City” this holiday.

Santa Sighting at Lookout's Market Above the Clouds

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Hot dog cart vendors hard at work

The Christmas season is upon us, and Market Above the Clouds just might be this year’s best gift. In addition to gobs of handmade items for almost everyone on your list, they will be offering FREE pictures with Santa and hot chocolate at their next market, held December 6 from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m.

We’ve always focused on fostering community,” explains market organizer Grace Brooks Ratchford. “Even if you don’t think of yourself as an art buff there’s a little something for everyone.

No need to make your list and check it twice – this artist’s market has it all, from furniture to jewelry, paper flowers to paintings. Artists include Grace Brooks Ratchford (jewelry, paintings, converted furniture), Ashley Roe (paper flowers, paintings), Pam Harvey (pottery), Leah Foy (signs, hair accessories), Marie Grubbs (jewelry) and Dustin Blewett (woodworker).

If shopping stirs up your appetite, there’s always a hot dog cart onsite. And this month you can top your dog with some of Lookout Mountain’s finest chili. In celebration of the market’s first anniversary, there will be a Chili Cook-off, with a grand prize valued at more than $300.

“We wanted to do something special for our anniversary, and we hope this will be a fun way to get more residents to come check us out,” says Ratchford. “Going forward we’ll do a different theme and competition each month such as pie eating, fun run or canned food drive.”

Each month winners will receive prizes from different market vendors and a bottle of wine. This month’s champ will also score dinner for four at The Chattanoogan Hotel. To enter, call or text Ratchford at 423-991-9940.

Don’t let the cold chase you away either. The normally outdoor market moves into the large garage at Georgia’s City Hall so everyone can stay toasty.

Exclusive, First-Ever Interview with The Great Pumpkin

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Gilbert T. Stein with his sons, Doug and Taylor

One week from today, one of Lookout Mountain’s greatest mysteries will occur. On Halloween night – as it has been since 1961 – the Great Pumpkin will delight and amaze trick-or-treaters with his transcendent wit and candor.

The Great Pumpkin knows every girl and boy in his patch by name, but his origins and omnipotent powers are shrouded in secrecy. In an effort to shed light on this great mystery, LivingOnLookout.com spent months tracking down the Preponderous Pepita for a first-ever pumpkin/human interview.

(LivingOnLookout.com): So, Mr. Great, uh Mr. Pumpkin, uh… how am I to address you?

(Great Pumpkin): (voice booms with Brobdingnagian Bombast) THIS IS THE GREAAAAAAT PUMPKIN!

(calmer, now, with unmistakable love and compassion): There, there, I didn’t mean to scare you. That was my Halloween voice. When confronted with a mob of hobgoblins it’s best not to vacillate! So many of the little children who come to see me don’t seem to know their own names! I try to set a positive example for them by pronouncing my own name with vigor and authority. Hopefully, as they become adults, they will learn how to stand forth and be recognized. This is one of the great lessons I have come to teach. Through the practice of standing forth, and being recognized, they will also learn a parallel truth of interaction: Everyone Deserves to Be Recognized.

{LOL): So can you tell us a little about yourself?

(GP): Only if you promise to believe it. So many of you humans choose not to believe. I didn’t consent to be interviewed in an attempt to convince non-believers; I consented to be interviewed to deepen the comprehension of those who do believe.

(LOL): How can I prove my belief, besides just saying, “I believe?” How do you know I’m not lying?

(GP): I’ll know soon enough. And you know I’ll know, too. So we’re good. I’ll proceed.

I come from the deepest, most unexplored parts of what is now the Amazon Basin, but in my origin all land on the Earth was one mass, which your scientists call Pangaea. This was about 350 million years ago. I might point out that this same cradle of life for Pumpkins is also the cradle of life for human beings, since the Amazon basin and the heart of Africa were once part of the same central landmass.

At any rate, we have not been able to ascertain one critical point about Pumpkinhood, and that is this: which came first, the Pumpkin or the Vine? And this question cannot be answered any more than you can tell me who it is that instructs your heart to beat. Some call this origin of life God. But whatever we call it, we all come from the same Source.

(LOL): We’re going to have to get you to fly a little closer to the ground, here. How long have you been visiting Lookout Mountain?

(GP): I first arrived at The Kingdom of Marvin Lane in 1961. I had known- through the vine, so to speak- of the creation of a small Kingdom of exceeding sincerity for a couple of years, here on Lookout Mountain. That year, the young son of the first couple to buy a house on Marvin Lane, was sick and could not go trick-or-treating. So I decided to inhabit their Jack-O-Lantern and entertain the little boy. I found there was a need for Pumpkin-Human interaction, so I’ve been doing it ever since.

(LOL): So, there are a lot of questions about you…how you came to be and whether you’re, you know, real, like human beings are real?

(GP): Well, ask away. Maybe you’ll discover you are interviewing a phantom. I sure hope not! I like talking to you!

(LOL): I guess the first technical question is how do you get here, and up on the Stein’s roof?

(GP): We should probably start all of the answers about whether or not the Pumpkin is real by saying this: much of what you perceive about the Pumpkin says more about what’s in your heart than it does about what your eyes are seeing.

I come every Halloween, because it’s a day of great frivolity, and people put masks on their faces, and open their hearts. Although they call it make-believe, it is in reality a day of childhood celebrated and even indulged. Whether I come by levitating my way through the skies as an Amazonian Pepo, or by inhabiting a fiberglass Jack-O-Lantern, is really a matter of your preference, not mine. Either way is fine by me. Whichever you can fully believe.

(LOL): We see you speak, but your lips don’t move. Why not?

(GP): Whether you see my lips moving or not depends on whether or not someone ever lied to you. You’ve heard the phrase, “you can tell he’s lying because his lips are moving?” I never lie. So if your mind has any hint of mistrust, it will appear my lips don’t move. But little children who have yet to perceive prevarication, see the moving lips of the Great Pumpkin.

(LOL): How do manage to look right at me all of the time? And everyone seems to think you are looking at them, too. How do you look at everyone simultaneously?

(GP): I am the Greeeeaaaaat Pumpkin!

Some may ascribe my perpetual gaze to the physics of geometry, cones, and bolo balls, but I assure you this: I watch you wherever you are, with the attention of a mother, and the intention of a father. I am interested in you, and I love you, forever, always and completely.

(LOL): Wow. When can we see you again?

(GP): This year, as always and forever, I will be on the Stein’s roof at the most sincere of pumpkin patches in the universe, in the most blessed Kingdom of Marvin Lane on Lookout Mountain, in what you human beings call the state of Georgia, but I call the State of Being, Becoming, and Will Be. We start at sundown, with the Confirmation of His Majesty, the King of Marvin Lane, and then proceed to Pumpkin Fest!

Oktoberfest at Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church

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What would October be without Oktoberfest? On Sunday the 26th, Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church will kick off its second annual Oktoberfest celebration from 5-8 p.m. Go Bavarian with real Bratwurst, sauerkraut and hot pretzels.

The kids will love the face painting, pumpkin carving and hay rides, while the adults will enjoy jackpot and the German Biergarten.

Lederhosen optional.

Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church
1227 Scenic Highway
706-820-0680

Good Shepherd's Mass in the Grass

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This Sunday, The Church of the Good Shepherd will knock down the walls of their typical worship service…and blow off the roof. That’s because they’re moving the liturgy onto their front lawn with Mass in the Grass, an open-air service featuring the music of the Dismembered Tennesseans. Everyone is invited.

“Often there’s a real barrier for people approaching a new worship community because they don’t know what’s inside the walls,” says Rector Robert Childers. “When you do something without walls it says ‘come on.’ I think it’s important to open the year with this type of celebration. It sets the tone.”

Often there’s a real barrier for people approaching a new worship community because they don’t know what’s inside the walls. When you do something without walls it says ‘come on.’

The service is BYOB (bring your own blanket…or chair), but kids often scale the trees for a better view. In the sloping green amphitheater in front of the church, people will recite the Nicene Creed in shorts, sunglasses and flip flops.

“There’s a wonderful feeling of openness and community that sometimes you can’t get within church walls,” says Childers. “It’s inspirational on my end to look out and see that happening, and then try to hold onto that and bring it inside.”

The idea for Mass in the Grass came three years ago, when Director of Music and Organist John Wigal suggested utilizing the talents of choir member Fletcher Bright and his bluegrass band. This year, another parishioner will offer his gift of the grill. Ryan Coulter, chief smoker for Rolling Smoke Food Truck, will prepare a barbecue lunch after the service. (No reservations required.)

While relatively new, it’s quickly become one of the favorite services of the year – an informal celebration of the end of summer and the start of a new church and school year. In addition to welcoming new worshippers, Childers hopes it will also spark something new among lifelong church members.

I’ve realized that even a physical move of a few yards allows you to see the worship service, yourself and each other in a different light,” he says. “It pushes you in a different direction and offers a new perspective. I can’t predict where it will go, but I know it will open up new and holy possibilities of how we live together, and how we live our life in Christ.

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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
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