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!

Covenant College presents "Man of La Mancha"

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This month Covenant College will be presenting "Man of La Mancha," the beloved musical that includes the well-known song "The Impossible Dream."
This is the first musical presented by the college in several years.

It was time to start doing musicals again, if for no other reason than to give some incredibly talented students a chance to do a musical before they graduate," said director Claire Slavovsky.

A loose adaptation of the well-known Spanish novel "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, the musical employs a play within a play where the prisoner Cervantes must defend himself from his fellow inmates while awaiting the Spanish Inquisition. His defense takes the form of a theatrical presentation of the story of Alonso Quijana who has gone mad, "laying down the melancholy burden of sanity…"
He transforms himself into Don Quixote, knight errant, and goes on misadventures with his trusty servant Sancho Panza. However misbegotten his plans are, Don Quixote in his well meant delusions seems to engage the hearts and fancies of those around him, including the beaten down Aldonza, whom he mistakenly adores as the lady, Dulcinea. Through Cervantes' obstinate desire to see beauty and wonder in the mundane and rotten, Don Quixote raises the question of whether it is madness to "seek treasure where there is only trash" and if "too much sanity may be madness."
"Man of La Mancha," written by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, original production staged by Albert Marre, originally produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James, plays in Covenant College's Sanderson Auditorium November 9-11 and 17 at 8 p.m., as well as on November 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors, students and staff. To reserve tickets or for more information, call the box office at (706) 419-1051 or email boxoffice@covenant.edu. Please note this show does contain brief depictions of violence against women and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Nominations Open for Lookout Mountain Sports Hall of Fame

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Lew Oehmig

The next Lookout Mountain Sports Hall of Fame induction will be held in the spring of 2018, when the HOF will induct its newest members. The inaugural hall of fame class was inducted in 1991 and included Zan Guerry, Bill Healy, Lew Oehmig, Betty Probasco, Nick Senter, Bill Spears and Roscoe Tanner.
Subsequent inductees include George Dickinson, National Football League alums Chip Healy and Bill Chipley, Cindy Kemp Battle, Betsy Caulkins Bookout, Roy Exum, Harry “Wig” Robinson, Paul Tessmann, Frank Willett and Mark Williamson, as well as Marilyn Voges Brown, Charlotte Grant, Alex Guerry Jr., Bob Klein Sr., Jack Lupton, Joe McGinness Sr., Hugh Morrow Sr., Teresa Lawrence Phillips, Buck Stamps and Dave Telford.

The selection committee will be glad to review worthy nominations. The guidelines for nominations are as follows: Nominee must be a current or past resident of Lookout Mountain. The nominee must have received recognition for achievement in sports as a participant, coach or administrator, with a focus on career accomplishment. Nominees must be selected by unanimous vote by the selection committee.
Please send nominations with resumes and supporting comments by December 1 to Rick Dockery at rickdockery@bellsouth.net.

Pickle Ball Comes to Lookout Mountain

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Pickleball is all the rage on Lookout, and just because the weather has changed doesn’t meant you have to wait until spring to play. Lee Frank is organizing an informal league at the LMS skating rink, where play takes place from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Wednesday and Friday, year round. The rink space is large enough to accommodate two pickleball courts, and since doubles are played, eight folks can play at one time.
“Allowing for rest between games, we can probably keep around 10 to 14 players fairly active with pickleball play,” Lee said, emphasizing that players need not come with a predetermined partner.

Part of the fun of pickleball is playing with different partners, so people should feel free to come either alone or as a couple.

Although there is no charge to play, regular players are encouraged to join the Lookout Mountain Pickleball Association at a cost of $30 annually per person; 100 percent of membership dues are used to cover the cost of pickleball equipment.
Lee and his wife, Laura, became interested in pickleball when their good friend Nancy Summers fell in love with the sport while she was visiting in Atlanta. They checked around Chattanooga to find a pickleball court and found one on the Northshore, soon falling in love with the sport themselves. Their next step was to start the LMPA. Lots of folks quickly learned the game, which doesn’t really require a lot of skill, but provides a lot of fun and exercise at the same time. Some of the regulars who play every Wednesday and Friday are Nancy and Gary Summers, Ronnie and David Moore, and Jan and Charlie McDonald. Other players in the group include Dowling King, Kim and Larry Kaye, Barbara and Bob Holt, Martha Griffin, and John Chartier.
Lee has a great sense of humor and says that laughter is definitely a part of this group, which combines socializing, fun, and exercise. This game sounds like a win-win all the way around, so what you waiting for? Go give it a try!

Community Day at Covenant this Saturday

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Come cheer for the Scots at Community Day at Covenant College. On Saturday,
October 14 the Covenant College Scots men’s soccer team will be playing Brevard
College (4:30pm) and the women’s volleyball team will be playing the LaGrange Panthers (4pm). The intramural field (next to the soccer field) will have multiple inflatables for children to climb and bounce on, as well as, complimentary snow cones and cotton-candy from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Covenant’s volleyball team is currently undefeated in conference play and face two fierce conference foes: Piedmont is #2 (12 p.m.) in the conference, and LaGrange is #5 but managed to squeeze out a victory over the Scots in last year’s playoffs. It will be a big day for the Lady Scots.
So bring the whole family down to root for the Scots. There will be plenty of parking at Scotland Yard lot (soccer field) and the Ashe Gym parking lot. The whole community is invited! It promises to be a fun-filled event for everyone.

Native Plants Bring Pollinators

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Pollinator Garden at Temple Park

Imagine your garden overflowing with beautiful songbirds, colorful butterflies, hummingbirds and other small wildlife. Once you meet the simple criteria, you can even certify your yard through the National Wildlife Federation.

Mr. Daniel Talley, and his wife, Nancy, own Botanica Chattanooga prescribe to the philosophy that gardening with nature harmonizes the local ecology with your preferred design tradition, which is not as to say to let your yard run wild with whatever naturally does the best. Think about landscaping as being beyond ornamental. Use plants that encourage local insects and wildlife rather than ones that look pretty but poorly serve the little locals. Furthermore, good planning and planting with natural varieties will reduce the use of pesticides and chemicals.

Over time, you will be able to do away with chemicals entirely, allowing your healthy, native landscaping to thrive organically.

Daniel’s list of the top short meadow species that would do well on Lookout Mountain includes poverty oatgrass (Danthonia spicata), needlegrass (Piptochaetium avenaceum), Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica), butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and aromatic aster (aster oblongifolius).

Landscape designers Jimmy Stewart and Ann Brown have a few favorite plants they like for the pollinator garden, and they can all be seen at the Alice Stout Memorial Garden at Temple Park off of West Brow Road. Buddleia “Adonis” (2015 Butterfly Plant) is a compact plant with an abundance of deep blue flowers. “Hot Lips” and “Scarletta” both sound like trouble, but the deep red blooms of this salvia are edged in white, making them pop even more. “Sassy Red” and “Sassy Purple” salvia may not be as new and different as these newcomers, but they live up to their names with their vibrant colors. Gomphrena “Fireworks” (globe amaranth) does indeed resemble a firework bursting in air with its purple spikey blooms. Chrysanthemum “Becky” is a perennial favorite of all, but especially of Jimmy’s since that’s his wife’s name. Achillea “Oertel’s Rose” is a spreading yarrow that fills up nooks and crannies with a gorgeous pinkish purple bloom. Coreopsis “Daybreak” is hardy and long blooming, and similar to gaillardia “Goblin.” Lantana “Miss Huff Hardy” and “Chapel Hill Hardy” are both extremely hardy, as well as gorgeous in the summer, and verbena “Homestead Purple” spreads its deep purple clusters all around, trailing picturesquely over rock walls. Echinacea “Solar Sunrise” is a coneflower with a color similar to a sunrise, and just as breathtaking. Asclepius (annual butterfly weed) is from the milkweed family, and is everything the butterflies are looking for as far as room and board go. Parsley, with its frilly edges and soft mounding appearance, are perfect for laying butterfly eggs, as are the wispy, airy fronds of fennel.
Native plants naturally thrive in their indigenous regions, making caring for them less complicated and more cost efficient. They generally require less water than non-native plants and are often drought tolerant. By going native, you can probably use fewer pesticides. Native plants also help maintain the landscape by preventing erosion and enriching the soil. They also discourage non-native plants that can be invasive and of little benefit to a healthy ecosystem.

This weekend you can purchase native plants and get loads of advice at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center. Check out their fall native plant sale on October 6-7.

There will be lectures and tours from naturalist and historian Michael Green, as well as instructional speakers like city water quality expert Lyn Rutherford on topics discussing utilizing native plants for erosion control and “Why Fall is the Best Time to Plant” with Master Garner Chris Mahoney. Admission is free with the purchase of a plant. For more info and a complete list of plants that will be available, go to www.reflectionriding.org.

LMS Carnival this Tuesday, Oct. 3

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The 70th Annual Lookout Mountain School Carnival is this Tuesday, October 3rd from 3p.m. until 7 p.m. New carnival booths this year include a "Grab the Cash" booth; participants stand in a booth, and Carnival Cash swirls around them with the help of a fan. Grab as much cash as you can to redeem for prizes!

Another new booth is the Costume Shop, featuring 30 bins of old costumes, including Mexican tops, racoon hoodies, and more unique, one-of-a-kind outfits -- perfect for playing dress up or finding this year's Halloween costume!

Under the direction of Ryan Patterson, LMS art teacher, the Carnival Marketplace proudly presents the 2017 LMS class murals!

The auction for these priceless works of art will begin at 3 p.m. and end promptly at 6 p.m. on Carnival Day, October 3! Just grab a Bid Number at the Marketplace booth and start bidding!

Additionally, mugs and stationary can be purchased with these adorable mural images as well as Lookout Mountain Directories and pewter ornaments. The Marketplace Booth is your most convenient "one stop shop" for all of your gift needs!

A big thanks to the volunteers who chair the event and make it happen! Elizabeth Barnes and Jessica Youngblood are Carnival co-chairs, working alongside assistants Paula Plating and Melinda Redberg.

In case of rain, the Carnival will take place on October 5.

Lookout Mountain Primary Care Welcomes Dr. Greg May

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This month Lookout Mountain Primary Care welcomes a new full-time doctor to their staff, Dr. Greg May. As a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), May brings the full resources of an MD with a fresh approach to patient care. We sat down with him to learn more about the Mississippi native.

What brought you to Chattanooga?

I’ve lived my whole life in Mississippi. I grew up in Hattiesburg, attended Mississippi State for undergrad and William Carey Medical School. Even so, I did my residency with University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and fell in love with the town and the people here. Lookout Mountain is particularly unique. I love how tight the community is up here – people really “do life together.” There aren’t many communities like that anymore.

How did you come to Lookout Mountain Primary Care?

I did a rotation with Erlanger my fourth year of medical school and ended up interviewing for my residency while on rotation. I love being with Erlanger; the faculty is really welcoming and it’s such a great learning environment. I met Dr. Bill Moore Smith in residency and have a lot of respect for what he’s built. He has a genuine passion for keeping Erlanger-trained family medicine doctors in the system. We spoke several times, and they had a need for a full-time doctor at this location. I came up to the clinic and the staff was awesome. I felt comfortable from the start and it seemed like a good fit.

What are you most excited about in this new role?

I look forward to integrating with the Lookout Mountain community. I’d love to give talks at the elementary schools about being healthy, and reach out to Covenant students to let them know we are a resource. I’m also really excited to start rotations at Thrive. One of my passions is working with the older population. Growing up my dad was a family medicine doctor and did a lot of nursing home care. I remember he would drag us into the place and have us talk to the patients. Looking back it was really kind of special – sometimes all they needed was for someone to sit there and talk to them. Eventually I hope to see patients at Thrive every Wednesday, but I’ll be seeing all ages at the office.

What exactly is the distinction between MD and DO?

It’s the same training and the same residencies, but Doctors of Osteopathy focus on musculoskeletal diseases. Our philosophy is that all parts of the body work together and influence each other. So rather than seeking out sickness, we consider how things like daily environment, diet, medicines or other factors play a role. We’re trying to find health rather than finding disease. We like to focus on preventative care, and often try to take medicines away rather than prescribe. That being said there are definitely times it’s required. I like to think if you listen long enough, the patient will tell you what’s wrong whether they realize it or not.

You’re a family medicine doctor…what about your family?

My wife Lori is a speech pathologist at Siskin. We live in the North Chattanooga area and have twin boys, Luke and Truman. They’re pretty wild. We just try to keep up!

Lula Lake Land Trust Celebrates a Decade in the Dirt with Opening of the Chattanooga Connector Trail

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Decade in the Dirt – Celebrating 10 Years of Trail Building
Lula Lake Land Trust
Saturday, September 16
8 am until 2 pm

Ask any Chattanoogan what they love about our city, and access to nature is always mentioned. But that access didn’t happen by accident. In fact it’s largely thanks to the quiet and diligent work from a handful of land conservation groups, including Lula Lake Land Trust.

Their latest project – the Chattanooga Connector Trail – was the missing 4.1-mile puzzle piece that now connects over 120 miles of trails, from Cloudland Connector to the downtown Riverwalk. When it opened this July, it became an important part of a trail system that will eventually be part of the Great Eastern Trail, America’s newest long distance trail stretching from Alabama to New York.

Over a 10 year timespan, Lula Lake has had several land managers who took the reins on each section,” said Mike Pollock, Executive Director of Lula Lake Land Trust. “It’s been a lot of hard work and we are grateful to our staff for really given it their all.

Also opening along with the Chattanooga Connector Trail is an additional 4 miles of trail nicknamed “The Moonshine Trails.” These spur trails offer advanced riding in the form of fast descents, rock bridges, boulders, and even a few man-made features that incorporate use of the natural formations of the land.

We wanted to pay homage to the history of this area,” says Lula Lake Land Manager Patrick Kelly. “People were making moonshine here before prohibition. There’s still glass bottles and parts of stills spread throughout these woods.

To celebrate this “Decade in the Dirt” and the trail’s grand opening, LLLT is hosting an event by that name this Saturday, September 16. Held at their core property off Lula Lake Road, festivities will include “The Moonshine Shuffle,” a scavenger hunt style race for trail runners and mountain bikers, along with food, drinks, and music. For more information, please visit www.lulalake.org or their Facebook page.

Even if you can’t make the event this weekend, be sure to check out Lookout Mountain’s newest trail additions by foot or by bike. Access details and descriptions are below.

Chattanooga Connector Trail and Moonshine Trails Information


• Parking for the trail can be found along HWY 189 past Covenant College. Please do not park on Covenant
College's campus. (Please see map for parking area location)
• Parking on Lula Lake Road is prohibited at all times. Vehicles parked along Lula Lake Road will be towed at
the owner’s expense.
• Parking is allowed at Lula Lake Land Trust on Open Gate Days only. Open Gate Days are the first and last
weekends of the month. Check the calendar at https://lulalake.org/events/month/ for specific dates.
• Users may only access Lula Lake Land Trust Core Property trails on Open Gate Days. Please no riding,
running or hiking when we are not open to the public.
• The Chattanooga Connector Trail’s southern terminus is located across the street from Lula Lake Land
Trust’s entrance gate. Access to the Cloudland Connector Trail is approximately two miles away, via Lula
Lake Road/Highway 157. Head south on Highway 157 and turn left at Nickajack Road to access the
Nickajack Trailhead and the Cloudland Connector Trail.
• The Chattanooga Connector Trail’s northern terminus is located at Scenic Highway on the Covenant College
campus. Bicycle traffic must stay on the Connector Trail and is not allowed on Covenant College cross
country trails. Runners and hikers can continue on the trail by way of the Jackson Gap Trail, part of the
National Park Service. Bicycle access to Jackson Gap is not permissible at this time.

Trail descriptions:
• Chattanooga Connector Trail (4.1 miles) Beginner- This trail connects Lula Lake Land Trust Core Property to Covenant College.
• White Lightning (1.5 miles) Intermediate- From north to south, this trail is a fast and flowy descent with two rock bridges and several optional features for more advanced riders.
• Firewater (2 miles) Intermediate- This trail provides several creek crossings over natural wood bridges.
• Bathtub Gin (.5 mile) Advanced- A short, intense trail with rock gardens and boulders.

Chattanooga's Maker Faire Returns Saturday

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credit: Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire

Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 9, 10 am until 6 pm

At the Chattanooga Mini Maker Faire, there will be robots. There will be paintings. There will be painting robots. In fact, only one’s imagination is the limit at this FREE family friendly event. With more than 80 vendors, you can also expect fire tornadoes, Lego Brick Bot Battles, 3D printing demonstrations, a silent disco and fire dancing.

It’s a cross between a science fair, Lollapalooza and big party,” says Lookout Mountain’s Tim Youngblood, who helped bring the first Faire to town. “It’s basically a celebration of making.

Dubbed the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faires happen all over the world, celebrating the Maker Movement and showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Chattanooga’s will take place this Saturday, 10 am until 6 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion.

Everyone from hobbyists to corporations will have booths, with loads of hands-on opportunities such as the Foundry in a Box, which allows students to melt tin on a hotplate and safely pour into a mold. With live performances, robot battles and food trucks, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone.

“We want as many people to come and geek out as they celebrate our culture of DIY and the American ideal of building things, inventing, and doing things with your own hands,” says Youngblood. “As more of our products become ‘one button’ there’s a built-in powerlessness, where stuff is thrown away rather than fixed. I think the maker movement is a reaction against that.

Most people were into making before making was cool – it used to be a way of life. If the lawnmower or your car broke down, you fixed it.

As a life-long maker, Youngblood recalls his dad teaching him how to solder and weld to repair things around the house. Pretty soon he was tinkering with computers, which led to a successful career in technology. In 2011, Youngblood relocated his cloud computing company CodeScience to Chattanooga, where he immediately recognized the maker culture.

Chattanooga has a fantastic heritage in manufacturing, but many people were not proud of that because of the pollution stigma,” he recalls. “I remember thinking, ‘How can we rework that?’

His first answer was helping form a makerspace called Chatt*lab. Shortly after, he partnered with Mike Bradshaw, former director of CO.LAB, and Nate Hill, former assistant director for technology at The Public Library. The trio coordinated a 3D Printing Day at the library’s innovative 4th Floor, which had just opened. They thought maybe 100 people would come; 1,300 showed up.

After that momentum, the idea for Chattanooga’s first Maker Faire surfaced. Planning brought leaders in the Chattanooga community together, fostering unprecedented collaboration between nonprofits, corporations and small businesses. CO.LAB was instrumental in the movement by providing an infrastructure of volunteers and meeting space. Today they dedicate staff members to help organize the event.

Now in its fourth year, Maker Faire highlights innovations that range from altruistic to opportunistic to just plain fun. Companies like HATponics will showcase their modular, sustainable farms with a two-story aquaponics system. GorillaMaker.com will demonstrate their breakthrough 3D printing technology, while the UTC chapter of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) will show off their concrete canoe.

There will also be plenty of artistic vendors, including Studio Everything’s large-scale robot creating miniature paintings; 800 Collective leading visitors to contribute to a 5’x8’ pop-up mural of Chattanooga’s cityscape; and an Art Bike rodeo with Art 120.

The art presence is so important because without art, science doesn’t know what to build,” says Youngblood. “Art always leads.

Patrick and Mary Shelton Wells - Why I Love Lookout

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Patrick and Mary Shelton Wells both had jobs they loved. He was helping lead a turnaround for a legal outsourcing company; she was a personal trainer with flexible hours for their then newborn, Hallie Grace. There was just one problem – they were too far from friends and family in Mobile, Alabama.

It was such exciting work being able to run a company right out of graduate school,” says Patrick, who received his MBA from Samford University. “But my best friend Cameron Bean kept asking us what we were doing. He noticed how often we were driving back to Chattanooga and Birmingham and kept asking me ‘Are you having fun? What about family?’

When Cameron was tragically killed on an early evening run in September 2015, the Wells decided shortly after it was time to move closer to family. The question was where: Patrick’s hometown of Birmingham or Chattanooga, where Mary Shelton grew up?

The couple met in Birmingham when both attending Samford. They were both collegiate athletes; Mary Shelton a soccer player and Patrick a pole vaulter. The two seemed destined to meet, and it was in fact Cameron (a fellow Chattanooga native) who introduced them.

Ultimately Chattanooga won out for its access to nature, its business friendly environment, and local commitment to the community. But the decision to move to Lookout Mountain had more to do with their daughter.

When they first moved back the family was living in Soddy Daisy at Mary Shelton’s parents’ lake house. Both found jobs downtown but childcare was a different issue. Thankfully they secured a spot at Good Shepherd School, where they both felt welcomed with open arms.

You could tell immediately how much they loved the kids,” says Mary Shelton. “You really felt the Lookout Mountain community at its roots through how intentional the teachers were and how welcoming everyone was.

Mary Shelton recalls her daughter being invited to a birthday party about a month after moving, and the mom emailed to ask about Hallie Grace’s food allergies and what she could have. As they got to know the Lookout Mountain community more, it seemed a natural fit.

They recalled a weekend winter morning when they were driving around Fairyland, watching parents and kids playing in the streets and catching up with neighbors. They knew they wanted that for their daughter.

There’s a real community here that’s rare,” says Patrick. “From Halloween to the Carnival to Family Movie Night, these events bring you together, slow you down and remind you of what’s important. Living in a community like this keeps you grounded.

Although Mary Shelton grew up on Signal Mountain and her parents still live there, she also finds her new home extremely welcoming.

They encouraged us to look everywhere and were super excited about us moving up here,” says Mary Shelton. “They have a lot of old friends here and love coming up to visit. Even though they’ve never lived here, they knew there was something special about Lookout.

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