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!

Lost Art - How Townsend Atelier is Building Chattanooga's Art Scene

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Michelangelo had the Medicis. Chattanooga artists have Townsend Atelier. Lookout Mountain native Peggy Townsend and her husband Stan may not be funding up-and-coming artists like the famous Florentine family did, but they are playing a key role in keeping the arts alive in Chattanooga.

With lofty ceilings, easels as far as the eye can see and near life-sized figures in charcoal, Townsend Atelier could pass as any prestigious art school in the country – with one key difference.

The pressure is not there like you have in an academic setting,” explains Peggy. “If you’re a professional, there’s a place for you here. If you’re just curious and intimidated, there’s a place for you too.

Atelier is the French word for “workshop.” In the art world it has come to mean passing on a skill set from a practicing professional (master) to an apprentice. At Townsend, it means offering classes of all levels taught by professional artists.

We’re very deliberate about engaging with instructors who are great teachers but are also successful practicing artists,” says Peggy. “Students not only receive excellent instruction but also timely advice when it comes to marketing or selling their work.

Once a common practice, ateliers are a rarity these days, particularly in the Southeast. But the movement is growing, says Peggy. Townsend focuses on classical disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture, color mixing and theory. Their facility does not allow them to do anything with metals or glass, and they don’t focus on things that tend to be on the side of “craft.”

Classes range from $15 per class for open studio drawing with live models, to $250 for a weekly oil painting class with well-known local artist Mia Bergeron. Weekend workshops with visiting artists attract students from across the country, such as the upcoming alla-prima portrait workshop with California-based Sean Cheetham.

All ages are welcome at the Atelier, especially at the five weeks of children’s art camps this summer. During the fall there are offerings for homeschool students and even “Mommy and Me” classes. They also rent space to up-and-coming artists like Caleb Stoltzfus, who’s decision to study art at Covenant College was influenced by the fact that Chattanooga has an atelier.

Peggy and Stan have been heavily involved in Chattanooga’s cultural scene since the late 80’s – Stan as a professional artist and Peggy as an arts administrator for the Hunter, AVA, and the City of Chattanooga. They started Townsend Atelier in 2007 as a web store for artist’s supplies, but classes were always part of their long-range vision.

We love Chattanooga, and are committed to helping make it a cultural and arts destination,” says Peggy. “We see the arts as an ecosystem, and you need every flavor. We’re one flavor, and hopefully filling a void that’s not being met by other entities.

Support Lookout Mountain Conservancy at Flying Squirrel and Crash Pad

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Supporting local land conservation never tasted so good. This summer there are two opportunities to enjoy good food and drink while helping Lookout Mountain Conservancy.

The first is this Wednesday, June 21 at the Flying Squirrel, where 10 percent of all proceeds go to LMC (from 5 pm until 1 am). With a menu chockful of local veggies, it makes sense that the Squirrel would want to help LMC continue their work focused on healthy land and clean water. LMC representatives will be there to say “hi” from 5:30 until 7:30 pm.

Then, the Conservancy’s annual shrimp boil, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” returns July 13 from 6 – 10 pm at the Crash Pad. For just $45 per ticket you can enjoy a Creole-Gullah dinner catered by The Feed Co., as well as beer and wine. Live music always makes this a toe-tapping evening, with music from local cover band Priscilla and Little Rickee as well as Lookout Mountain bluegrass band, Rising Fawn Social Club.

Thanks to generous sponsors, all proceeds from this event benefit LMC’s conservation efforts and the Intern and Leadership Partnership with the Howard School. The Conservancy’s intern program has become one of the nation’s leading programs connecting at-risk youth to conservation, education and leadership. For many, it’s a new path for a new future.

The party is a unique way to not only support the program but meet its participants, hear their stories and connect with the Conservancy.

Summer Library Hours at LMS

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If you already feel like you’re losing the Summer Screen Time Battle, it’s time to hit the library. Lookout Mountain School makes that task easier for all Lookout Mountain, Tennessee residents by holding Summer Library Hours this month and next (see below for schedule).

Managed by kindergarten teacher Lee Cook, the LMS library is open to all ages. They have summer reading lists for each grade level, but preschoolers are also encouraged to attend. Even grandparents occasionally drop in when out-of-town grandchildren are visiting.

Library days run from 9 am until 3 pm on the dates listed below. There are dates every week until July 19, with the exception of July 4th week. All books are due back by July 19.

Summer Library Hours
9 am – 3 pm

June 20,22

June 26,27,28,29

July 10,11,12,13

July 17,18,19

**All Books Due Back July 19**

Summer Swimming With Fairyland Flash

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Swimming in the summer is a favorite pastime for most kids. But for Fairyland Flash kids, pool time means a lot more than “sharks and minnows.”

The Lookout Mountain swim team – now in the top division of their league – practices every morning, with meets on Mondays and Thursdays. They compete against teams around the city, including Signal Mountain, Dalton, Ooltewah and Stuart Heights.

Fairyland Flash is led by Caroline Bentley, a Lookout Mountain native and former collegiate swimmer. She grew up swimming for the team as soon as they would let her, around age 5.

She was asked to step in about 10 years ago when the league was struggling, and her leadership has built the team back to its former strength. There has been a Lookout Mountain swim team since the 1960s.

Every morning at the Fairyland Club pool from 8:00 to 9:30 am, you’ll find head coach Alice Revenig and Betsy Bookout, who focuses on technique and strokes with the younger kids. Ages range from 5 to 18, but getting on the team is based more on ability than age.

Practices run Memorial Day through mid-July, with the City Meet on July 14-15. While swimmers are encouraged to make daily practices, coaches are more than willing to work around day camps and summer vacations. The team’s first meet of the season took place June 5 against Stuart Heights.

Swim team registration usually takes place in April, but Bentley says they accept swimmers up until the start of the season.

Town Hall Meeting Tonight Regarding Canyon Ridge Resort Development

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A long-awaited luxury resort on Lookout Mountain is finally starting to take shape. After surviving the “Great Recession” and one of the longest law suits in Hamilton County history, Canyon Ridge Hotel Resort in Walker County is slated for opening in late 2019.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is invited to attend a town hall meeting tonight at 6 pm at the Walker County Civic Center.

We have been working on this project since 2008,” says Scenic Land Company President Duane Horton. “It is as well studied and proven as any effort I have witnessed.

Overlooking the eastern brow of Lookout Mountain, Canyon Ridge is positioned to be a keystone development for Walker County. It promises a minimum of 180 full time jobs with benefits when it opens, as well as $1 million in tax revenue for Walker County.

According to a company press release, no location in the Southeast offers a similar mountaintop, upper-upscale/luxury resort experience within a two-hour drive of 14 million people and 28 Fortune 500 companies in the Nashville, Birmingham, Knoxville, Huntsville, Atlanta and Chattanooga markets.

Hart + Howerton has been named as the resort’s Master Planner. The nationally renowned company is known for its groundbreaking work with Walt Disney World as well as luxury resorts in Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Scottsdale. The company also handled the expansion of Sea Island and the restoration of The Greenbriar Inn.

For oversight and operations of the resort, Scenic Land Company looked to Valor Hospitality Partners, an Atlanta-based global hospitality management company, led by Euan McGlashan. McGlashan’s experience includes Cape Grace Hotel in South Africa, named “Best Hotel of the Year” in 2000 by Condé Nast, Barnsley Gardens where he served German Prince Hubertus Fugger of Bavaria, Sea Palms Resort and Hotel Indigo-Atlanta, among its more than 40 locations spread across three continents.

Although the resort requires expertise and experience not found locally, Scenic Land Company is committed to using local resources at every opportunity. Numerous local companies are already engaged in areas such as design, construction, legal and financial services, with more targeted as the project progresses.

We are primarily funded by local investors and we are developing a project for the benefit of the local community and our investors,” promises Horton.

To find out more, visit the company’s website or attend the town hall meeting tonight at the Walker County Civic Center (10052 US-27, Rock Spring, GA 30739).

Road Closure to Affect Lookout Mountain Traffic Starting Monday

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Progress doesn't happen without some pain. For Lookout Mountain residents, that means a summer-long road closure of Broad Street - a main thoroughfare for traveling up the Tennessee side.

Beginning as early June 5 Chattanooga Public Works Department will be working to overhaul the intersection of Broad Street and St. Elmo Avenue. The changes will improve storm drainage and ready the street for the Tennessee Riverwalk extension. The project is expected to continue through August.

For more details and alternate routes during the construction, see the following recommendations from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Southbound Broad Street traffic will turn right onto West 35th Street and take St. Elmo Avenue to Cummings Highway. Heading east from Cummings Highway, motorists will take West 37th Street and turn onto Tennessee Avenue to reach Broad Street.

To avoid congestion in the St. Elmo area, the transportation department recommends Lookout Mountain traffic bound for downtown Chattanooga take Ochs Highway and follow Tennessee Avenue to West 40th Street, then turn onto Alton Park Boulevard, which turns into northbound Market Street.

From Scenic Highway, the department recommends turning left on Wauhatchie Pike to Cummings Highway. From there, take Browns Ferry Road to Interstate 24 eastbound to reach downtown Chattanooga.

Read more here

Team KKB and Cafe on the Corner Partner for CF Awareness Month

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Café on the Corner is partnering with Kenneth King’s Believers (Team KKB) TONIGHT, MAY 30 to raise awareness for cystic fibrosis.

Tuesday nights are Kids Night at the Café, meaning children eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Tonight, in honor of CF Awareness Month and Team KKB, there will be two face painters on hand and donations of any size will be happily accepted.

The event was scheduled for last Tuesday but moved to tonight because of inclement weather.

Team KKB is a national family fundraising team for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It was formed in 2011 by Ginger and Alex Birnbaum in honor of their son, King, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth. Through their work with the annual Great Strides Walk and many other fundraisers throughout the year, Team KKB has been able to raise nearly $200,000 in the past six years.

One of the best things about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is that it gives all families a platform to share their passion for curing CF,” says Ginger. “While we came to this cause because of King, our family remains more committed than ever on behalf of all of our friends who are touched by this disease.

King benefits greatly from the extensive and aggressive research done by the CF Foundation. While there is currently not a drug to treat the root cause of King’s CF, there is one in the pipeline that looks promising. To read more about King's story please visit Team KKB's fundraising page.

While CF affects each person differently, there are some markers of the disease. The first is that CF is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs.

In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

Read more at www.cff.org

Lookout Mountain, TN Looking for Assistant Parks and Recreation Director

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Tennessee’s Parks & Playgrounds Commissioner Brooke Pippenger recently announced they are looking for an Assistant Parks and Recreation Director. This person would support the Director in all aspects of the recreation program, which encompasses Lookout Mountain, TN and GA.

This search is prompted by the news of current Director Rick Dockery's retirement. Assistant Director Scott Shell will be taking over as Director, with Dockery continuing to teach at Lookout Mountain School for one more year.

Programs include Commons Camp as well as recreational sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, wrestling, flag football, lacrosse and basketball. Amenities maintained under the Recreation Department include a community playground, tennis courts, and walking track.

The Assistant Parks and Recreation Director assists in supervising recreation activities, coaching individual sports, field maintenance and working with parents, coaches and children. There is a heavy emphasis on field maintenance throughout the year.


Experience with recreation/sports management and parks and field maintenance preferred. Full-time position with benefits. Must be available to work evenings, weekends and day time shifts. Must have ability to use and maintain field maintenance equipment (lawn mowers, tractors, etc.)

Application Process

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to
Commissioner Brooke Pippenger
Town of Lookout Mtn, TN
P.O. Box 111
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

or email to Info@LookoutMtn.US

Baseball Youth Camp Coming June 12

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Lookout Mountain’s youth softball and baseball season will be wrapping up this holiday weekend. But that doesn’t mean your little slugger has to hang up his or her glove just yet.

The Covenant College Baseball program will be hosting its Youth Day Camp on June 12-14 (Monday - Wednesday), 9 a.m. until noon. In case of inclement weather, make up dates will be June 15-16.

The fee is $75 for the first player ($50 for additional siblings) and includes a t-shirt. The camp is open to boys or girls ages 6 to 12 and includes an active day teaching the basics of the game.

To register, follow this link.

Now play ball!

"Alan Shuptrine: Appalachian Watercolors of the Serpentine Chain" opens at the Tennessee State Museum Tomorrow

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"Beloved" by Alan Shuptrine

On May 19, Nashville’s Tennessee State Museum will open a show with 60 watercolors, representing five years’ worth of Alan Shuptrine’s work. But the significance behind each painting dates back much further – as in several hundred millennia.

Running underneath the Appalachian Trail is a dark green and mysterious mineral called serpentine. A mountain chain in Great Britain shares this same mineral vein, indicating we were once linked before continental drift over 200 million years ago.

Ironically, when the 18th century settlers from Great Britain moved into the Appalachians, they were coming home to the very same mountains and serpentine they had left an ocean away. And in many ways, Alan’s exhibit is a homecoming for him personally.

Growing up the son of nationally renowned watercolorist Herbert Shuptrine, Alan could never claim a hometown until the sixth grade, when his family settled on Lookout Mountain. They lived in 20 cities before then because his father was always “chasing the light elsewhere.” The one common factor, however, was that they were always close to the Appalachian Mountains.

When you ask people why they choose to live somewhere they often say ‘it just feels right,’” says Shuptrine. “In this case, there is a buried mineral acting like some sort of magnet. That feeling of home, of familiarity, is what I hope to capture with this series.

Celtic traditions are highlighted throughout, including everything from farming traditions to quilt and whiskey making. Misty mountain ranges, clapboard houses and soft forest floors have an almost ethereal quality under Alan’s expert brushstrokes.

The inspiration for the Serpentine series literally struck in the middle of the night. “I woke up at 3 a.m., shook my wife, Bonny and said, ‘I know what I want to paint,’” he recalls.

In many ways you could say Alan has spent his entire life preparing for this body of work. As an accomplished water gilder for 30 years, he has custom designed each frame for the show. In addition to hand carved and gold leaf accents, each frame is embedded with a precious Serpentine stone.

He has also partnered with New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb to create a coffee table book, much like his father’s book in the 70’s entitled “Jericho: The South Beheld.”

Alan’s book, “The Serpentine Chain” will feature over 90 paintings and will celebrate the connections between the people of Appalachia and their historical and cultural counterparts in the British Isles. A documentary film is also in the works.

The Serpentine Chain collection will be on display until October of this year. It will then move to the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA (January – April 2018); the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama (May – August 2018) and the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN (September – December 2018).

Read more information here

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