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!

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

Pop-Up Shop to Raise Funds for New School

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Vendors: Heather Devaney, Betsy Rice, Merrile Stroud and Michelle Viscomi

In late October, as the yellow jackets were finally dissipating because of cooler temperatures, Betsy Rice got a bee in her bonnet.

“I have met so many people lately who are pursuing passions, creating their dreams, stepping out of their comfort zones, and at the same time walking life with great purpose, stretching, and growing new muscles,” Betsy said. “Hearing their stories moved me to want more and to connect more.”

After doing some research, Betsy connected with “Beacon People,” a group of women in Birmingham, Ala., who joined forces to provide avenues for people to gather together with their talents and to support a philanthropy that is important to them, simultaneously. Twice a year, “Beacon People” coordinates Pop-Up Marketplaces through ambassadors like Betsy in order to showcase local goods and to raise funds for a purpose.

Joining forces with Betsy are her committee members Michelle Viscomi, Heather Devaney and Merrile Stroud, and together they are coordinating a “Beacon People Pop-Up” shopping experience on Saturday, December 9, in the Lookout Mountain School Skating Rink from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for the community to do some Christmas shopping close to home.

The majority of the registration fees from vendors will be donated in support of Chattanooga Preparatory School, an all-boys charter school in Chattanooga’s Highland Park area, which will welcome 60 sixth grade boys into its classrooms in the fall of 2018. Chattanooga Prep is the culmination of an initiative led by Ted and Kelly Alling with hopes of providing an excellent educational opportunity for youth in Chattanooga.

“We are providing a pop-up marketplace on Lookout as an effort to celebrate and connect community, and to show support for Chattanooga Prep, the boys and their bright futures,” Betsy adds with excitement. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, and we hope that our community will come shop as we support better educational choices in Chattanooga.” Other Beacon People events are happening in Montgomery, Ala., Tupelo, Miss., Nashville and Chicago, and these efforts have even reached Italy.

Some of the vendors participating include: Carrie Kleban, Hayley Brook USA lounge pants and shorts; Romana and Marco Biscarini, Vibrant Meals; Jan Best, Jan’s Custom Candles; Meg Jacobs,Vivienne Walker clothing; Ali Vannoy, photography; Rachell Rice, Three Button Hand Me Down repurposed clothing; Emily Rice, art; Susanne Jones, Holland & Birch jewelry; Michelle Fountain, artist; Merrile Stroud, art/ornaments; Kathy Graham, boxwood wreaths/Christmas gifts; Adelaide Naumann, Divine Goods gift baskets; Michelle Viscomi, Treasured Toffee; Betsy Rice, encaustic art; Lauren J. Brown, “Behind The Pines” book signing; and Greyson Brown, The Pillow Bar, luxurious embroidered bedding, pillows and sleepwear.

For more information on the market, email betsyrice27@gmail.com. To learn more about Chattanooga Preparatory School, go to chattanoogaprep.com or search for the school on Facebook and Instagram.

Mountain Businesses Offering Holiday Specials

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Allen Gray and Cecilia Parks show off a delicious choco¬late cake at Market on the Mountain.

With November in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about all we have to do in the next couple of months, which is usually overwhelm¬ing. However, our wonderful businesses on the mountain save the day as usual, especially during the holidays.
As always, the Market in the Moun¬tain is cooking our holiday meals for us. Those wonderful folks are once again offering everything you need for your Thanksgiving dinner, including roasted turkeys, appetizers like ham rolls and shrimp cocktail, traditional side dishes, a variety of desserts, including a new amaretto pie, gravy and rolls, all à la carte. This is a very popular service, and it certainly does simplify our hectic holidays, and everything is delicious! The full menu can be found in the store or in their Mountain Mirror ad this month. You must order by Thursday, November 16, and you need to pick up your order by Wednesday, November 22, between 3 and 7 p.m.
Even if you don’t order anything, you still need to go to the market on November 22 just to smell those heavenly Thanksgiving smells! Remember everything is made from scratch, something you can certainly tell by the taste. I so appreciate the Market on the Mountain for always making our holidays better and easier. Remember, calories don’t count if you didn’t cook it! Call (423) 821-5150 for more information.
Café on the Corner won’t have turkeys on the menu, but it is offering options for an easy Thanksgiving breakfast. Just pop the cinnamon pecan sweet rolls or mushroom, cheese and spinach strata in the oven and you’re set. There are also delicious sides for your main course, as well as rolls and gravy. This year, there are 17 choices of sides, including savory Southern cornbread dressing, braised Brussels sprouts, butternut squash soup and more, which are sure to please everyone. Don’t forget des¬sert! Choices include triple chocolate Kahlua cake, pumpkin pie and more. Orders must be placed by November 17. You can call the Café at (423) 825- 5005 or email Ruth Oehmig at ruth.cafeonthecorner@gmail.com for more info. What a great holiday feast we are going to have with this many choices!
Laurelwood Garden Club's has extended the ordering deadline for mailbox and lamppost greenery to brighten up the season. Orders are due Friday. Funds raised support landscaping and environmental needs at Lookout Elementary, Fairyland School, and the Lookout Mountain Beautification Fund. Mailbox Decorations are $40. Contact Celeste Lindeman at (404) 803-0705 to order yours today.
Remember, the weekend after Thanksgiving will be wonderful for us, also. That’s the weekend that the Fairy¬land Pharmacy, Mountain Escape Spa and Yessick’s host their annual Christmas open houses. The spa and Yessick’s will have open house Thursday, November 30 through Saturday, December 2. The pharmacy invites you to pop in on that Saturday, December 2. They will all be offering discounts for our shopping, per¬fect for Christmas presents (or for ourselves). As usual, Fairyland Pharmacy will offer a 20 percent discount off your entire purchase, the spa will give 20 percent off facials, and Yessick’s is also offering 20 percent off your entire purchase.
This open house weekend is always a great kick off for the Christmas season, and I hope to see you there! Happy Holidays to all!

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