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!

Night Out for Lookout Preview Party Tonight

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Ladies, it’s your night. A first-ever Ladies of Lookout preview party for Night Out for Lookout is being held tonight at the Kern’s home from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The “Sip, Stock and See” party will include many of the auction’s art, jewelry and health/beauty auction items.

You’ll be able to pre-bid or even purchase some items, with all proceeds benefiting Lookout Mountain School. Please note this is a cash or check only event.

Your “ticket” is one bottle of wine (valued at $15 or more), which will go toward the Wine Cellar to be raffled off at the actual event on February 24. Appetizers and wine will be served, and Mountain Escape Spa will be on hand for chair massages and mini manicures.

To attend, simply RSVP here

Night Out for Lookout Returns February 24

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LMS Principal Ruth White with event co-chair Maggie Estes, courtesy of Benjamin Grizzell Photography

Whether you’re looking for a fabulous new piece of art or a relaxing beach getaway, Night Out for Lookout has it (and more). The annual fundraiser for Lookout Mountain School is coming February 24 to the Fairyland Club ballroom.

Order your tickets here

The auction website allows you to purchase tickets, register as a bidder, make donations, pre-bid and even purchase some items before the event. All items will be available for preview February 18.

Some highlights include a week’s stay in Amelia Island, Tennessee Titan tickets, box seats for Chattanooga Lookouts game, Louisa Guild jewelry, a helicopter ride with Rock Creek Aviation, and art from local artists such as Christie Davenport, Allison Elkins, Jan Robinson, Aloyse Brown and Hope Hessler Bailey (just to name a few).

Proceeds from the evening support the capstones of an LMS education, such as low teacher/student ratios, a robust related arts program, daily PE, weekly art and music instruction, a full-time librarian and an innovative science lab.

The auction committee is continually honored and humbled by the way our entire community comes out to support this event year after year – and our school as a whole,” says Maggie Estes, who is co-chairing this year’s event with Lesslie Meier and Whitney Garvich.

This year also brings a paddle bid for an exciting special project – a new playground. While the current playground has served the school well for 20 years, it’s nearing its life expectancy. The area is integral in providing outdoor fitness opportunities, particularly through LMS’ daily PE (another benefit made possible through fundraisers like NOFL).

Another exciting addition is a Ladies of Lookout preview party on February 16 where women can “sip, stock and see” select art, jewelry and spa auction items. Items will be available for pre-bid and some even for purchase.

Held at Christine and Lee Kern’s home from 6 to 9 pm, women can enjoy appetizers, wine and mini manicures and chair massages provided by Mountain Escape Spa. The “ticket” is a bottle of wine which will go toward the Wine Cellar that will be raffled off at NOFL. (RSVP here to attend)

EVENT DETAILS:

Night Out for Lookout
Presented by the Lamp Post Group

Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club
Friday, February 24th at 6:30 pm
Tickets $60 ($50 for grandparents, $100 VIP)
Available online

Free Concert Tonight Featuring Nationally Renowned Dulcimer Players

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Reserve your spot TONIGHT for a free concert from three top dulcimer players, Dan Landrum, Aaron O’Rourke and Stephen Humphries.

The trio will be performing at Covenant College’s Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel as part of the John Hamm Performing Arts Series.

Humphries – an adjunct music professor at Covenant – is a national hammered dulcimer champion who has released five recordings featuring the instrument, including one of original music with Landrum. In addition to teaching at Covenant and Silverdale Baptist Academy, he performs at festivals across the US.

Based on Signal Mountain, Landrum plays and teaches hammered dulcimer and publishes the quarterly Dulcimer Players News magazine. Discovered busking in front of the Tennessee Aquarium, his talents have taken him on tour with Yanni, as well as Olympic ceremonies and presidential inaugurations.

O’Rourke has been teaching and performing on mountain dulcimer since he was 16 years old, winning the 2010 National Mountain Dulcimer Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. He also teaches and performs across the country.

Tonight’s performance will highlight the versatility these little-known folk instruments. A mountain dulcimer, which originated in Appalachia in the early 19th century, is a fretted string instrument resembling a long, narrow guitar.

The hammered dulcimer is a trapezoid-shaped sounding board with strings stretched across it, which players strike with small sticks or “hammers.” Its origins date back to antiquity, extensively used during the Middle Ages throughout Europe.

The goal of the series, named after long-time Covenant music professor Dr. John Hamm, is to bring world-renowned musicians to Lookout Mountain. The final date in this year’s series will be Tuesday, February 21, featuring guitarists Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte.

Details:
February 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel (14049 Scenic Highway)
Admission is FREE but reservations required

Reserve your seat here

Father/Daughter Dance Coming February 10

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Time to start practicing your sweet dance moves, dads. The fifth annual Lookout Mountain Father/Daughter Dance is February 10!

As always, the festivities will be at the Fairyland Club ballroom starting at 6:30. It’s open to ages 4 and up and will include music from DJ Scuba Steve, buffet dining, photo booth and ice cream bar. Tickets are $110 for each father/daughter couple ($20 for each additional child).

Spaces are limited and filling up fast. Contact Brady Garvich at brady.garvich@surgicor.com to reserve your space via check or PayPal.

Girl Scout Cookies are Coming to Town

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Resolutions are made to be broken….it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! From now until mid-March you can get your Thin Mint fix when you order or buy directly from one of Lookout Mountain’s two Girl Scout troops.

Lookout Mountain, GA Troop 40010 was formed last year by troop leader Emily Wade. Tennessee’s Troop 40424 was formed last fall with Alison Roedder and Melissa Youngblood as co-leaders. To place your cookie order, you may contact the parents of a Girl Scout (listed below) or email emily.wade1981@gmail.com or mhyoungblood@gmail.com.

Another option is to buy directly from the Scouts at one of two booth sales happening in March. On the Georgia side, girls will be in front of Georgia City Hall. The Tennessee troop will be outside Market on the Mountain. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for exact dates and times.

As if cookies weren’t exciting enough, there’s a new flavor this year: Girl Scout S’mores. In honor of their 100th anniversary, the “Brownie Bakers” have combined two iconic Girl Scout traditions – s’mores and cookies!

Girl Scouts have also updated their classics to make them more aligned with today’s cookie connoisseurs. While they taste the same, several selections contain no artificial flavors or colors, Thin Mints are now vegan, and Toffee-Tastics are gluten free.

And if you still can’t eat them, treat them! The Girls Scouts have a unique program, Operation Appreciation that allows you to still support your local Girl Scout troop while gifting the actual cookies to the US troops.

See below for a list Girl Scouts in your area.

Lookout Mountain, Ga., Girl Scout Troop 40010:
Hazel Scoggins; Mae McDowell; Lydia Hardeman; Stella Campbell; Sadie Youmans; Amelia Brown; Hannah Barnett; Lilly Landis; Jovie Good; Lily Randall; Kate Neal; Sawyer Grace Hulsey; Carolina Hulsey; Graysen Nightingale; and Hannah Long. You can order cookies from Troop 40010 until March 19.

Lookout Mountain, Tenn., Girl Scout Troop 40424:
Ada Faler; Mary Sellers Payne; Bea Burbank; Lillie Tallent; Mim Roedder; Mary West Estes; Lydie McGinness; Sarah Margaret Hopper; Mary Handley Philips; Emma Virginia Birnbaum; McKay Payne; Olivia Youngblood; Lucy Faler; and Adelaida DeMoss. The final day to place an order from Troop 40424 is March 15.

Lookout Mountain Helps Attract Top Talent for Area Start Up

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Credit: Shawn Poynter

Cameron Doody knows a thing or two about moving. Not only does he have personal experience with moving – having done it five times in the past four years – he’s built a successful business on it, Bellhops. Even so, his move to Lookout Mountain last year may be his last.

We realized almost immediately what an amazing place Lookout is,” says Doody, who relocated with his wife, Hannon and their young daughter, Margot. “The community has really been great to us, inviting us in and making us feel like we belong.

Hannon and Cam first moved to Chattanooga in 2012, thanks to fellow Lookout Mountain resident Ted Alling. As a serial entrepreneur and partner with The Lamp Post Group, Alling has played a pivotal role in Chattanooga’s efforts to become a start-up friendly tech hub. He has had an equally important role in Bellhops’ success as their first investor.

Bellhops CEO and co-founder, Stephen Vlahos knew Alling from a family connection and asked his advice on how to use technology to scale their burgeoning business. In less than two months, Alling wrote his first check. Five years later, the company has attracted approximately $28 million in venture capital.

While neither Alling nor Doody are Lookout Mountain natives, they share a deep affinity for their new hometown.

“When you get home in the evenings it doesn’t feel like you’re in Chattanooga; it almost feels like a vacation home,” says Doody. “You can sit on your porch and truly feel separated from the city, while still being so incredibly close. My commute is 12 minutes without traffic.”

The quality of life in Chattanooga is a huge draw for start-ups as well as talent looking for top-notch tech jobs without the headaches of gridlocked traffic and sky-high housing.

Our strategy for recruiting is just to get them on a plane,” laughs Doody. “Chattanooga is such a stark contrast to other tech hubs like New York, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Boston or San Francisco. We had a recruit in town this last weekend, he and his wife; Lookout might have been the clincher. The neighborhood, beauty, peacefulness…it’s hard to beat.

That was certainly the case for Bellhops new COO Katie West, who relocated last May from Groupon in Chicago. When she moved with her husband Sean, she had a 20 month old and was just weeks away from expecting her second baby. Even so, the young family had meals for weeks thanks to new neighbors.

“It really feels like a city from 20 or 30 years ago,” she says. “You have such wonderful access to nature – on the weekends you can walk or drive five minutes for an amazing hike that’s kid friendly. We now have a yard for our son to run around and explore, rather than growing up in the basement of our house in Chicago."

Lookout definitely played into our moving here. I haven’t seen a neighborhood like it anywhere, and I’ve traveled a lot,” she continues. “I couldn’t have dreamed a better place to live.



About Bellhops:

Called the “Uber of moving,” Bellhops streamlines the moving process for small to medium sized moves (1 to 3 bedroom apartments or condos). Currently available in 55 cities across the US, they employ 91 full-time and 30-40 part-time workers at their Warehouse Row headquarters. Their most recent rollout is their full-service move option, which includes a truck and labor for usually less than $400. Testing it last fall in Atlanta, Chattanooga and Nashville, they plan to expand the service throughout 2017.

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Free Admission to Point Park Monday

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It's not often you can enjoy 70-degree days in January. Take advantage of this unseasonably warm weather with a FREE stroll through Point Park. All entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees, will be waived tomorrow in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Not only did Point Park play a pivotal role in the "Death Knell" of the Confederacy, Lookout Mountain was featured prominently in Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. Officials invite you to spend time soaking in Point Park's breathtaking views while reflecting on Martin Luther King's legacy.

While you're there, be sure to visit the newly updated Battles for Chattanooga presentation at the museum located just outside the park.

Lula Lake Land Trust Begins Work on Chattanooga Connector Trail

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Work begins this month for a significant new trail on Lookout Mountain. The Chattanooga Connector Trail will only be 2.9 miles long. But once complete it will be the missing link in a network of trails stretching from Chickamauga Dam all the way to Cloudland Canyon State Park in Georgia.

The significance of the Chattanooga Connector Trail is that it is a key link in not only Lookout Mountain’s trail system, but also the emerging Great Eastern Trail, which will eventually connect New York to the Gulf Coast.

Locals celebrated this summer when the Tennessee Riverwalk expansion connected the downtown trail to the foot of Lookout Mountain. From there, cyclists and hikers can access the popular Guild-Hardy trail then take a National Park Service trail all the way to Covenant College.

The Chattanooga Connector Trail will connect Covenant College to Lula Lake Land Trust. From there, you can access existing trails to the Cloudland Connector Trail, leading into the state park.

The project will also include a scenic 3.1-mile loop through Lula Lake property, for a total of six new miles of trail. A key piece will be constructing a bridge across Gerber Creek, estimated to cost $3,000.

Lula Lake Land Trust is spearheading the project. Their land manager Pat Kelly is overseeing construction with a team of part-time workers and volunteers. A local foundation has pledged $40,000 to the project, coupled with over $5,000 in individual donors. All told, LLLT expects the project to cost between $50,000 and $60,000.

LLLT crews will begin work this month, and expect to complete the project as early as July.

Fifth Annual Potato Cannon Competition This Weekend

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Start you New Year off with a BANG…literally. The 5th annual Lookout Mountain Potato Cannon Competition will be held this Saturday, December 31, at 1:00 p.m. on Carter Field.

There will be hot chocolate and doughnuts, but don’t let the sweets fool you. This is stone-cold competition. The contest will be officiated by Dr. Sam Smartt, the honorable Jay Hildebrand and the venerated BD Chapin, with numerous assistants to be named ad hoc according to an official press release.

The event is a family affair, with members 21 years or older building and firing the canon. All spuds species are welcome as ammunition, and awards have gone to heaviest potato (2.93 lbs. in 2014).

Each cannon must be a traditional potato canon with a basic combustion launch mechanism (no dry ice bombs or pneumatic launchers). Cannons will be inspected and approved by NPCA Commissioner Joseph Wingfield.

If you don't have a cannon, it can be put together pretty easily (about an hour) with about $30 of materials. See more here or here

Many have tried, but few have earned spud stardom like last year’s Single Game Point Total, Stephen Barnes. He was followed John Conrad, Joseph Wingfield and Marshall Brock. Last year’s hang time record went to Jason Lehn. The all-time winner of average points per contest goes to Don Kent (676) followed by Joseph Wingfield (628).

Whether you’re a potato canon pro or a tater tot, this year’s launch promises to be a fun gathering of Lookout Mountain neighbors. Grab your guns and your spuds and head to Carter Field on Saturday!

Watch competition highlights from 2013, compliments of David Caines.

Christmas Church Services on Lookout Mountain

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If you’re in search of a place of worship this Christmas season, there’s always room at the inn on Lookout Mountain. Below is a round-up of church services in and around our community.

Calvary Chapel
3415 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37409

Services:
Friday, December 23 at 6:00 and 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3 pm
No childcare provided, they invite you to bring the “whole family to the party in the sanctuary”

More info here

Church of the Good Shepherd
211 Franklin Road
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Services:
Saturday, December 24 at 3:30 pm (Pageant and Holy Eucharist, childcare for under 5)
6:00 pm (Festive Holy Eucharist, Adult Choir and Youth Chorale, prelude with choir and strings at 5:45 pm)
10:30 pm (Candlelight Holy Eucharist, Adult Choir and Youth Chorale, prelude music at 10:15 pm)
Sunday, December 25 (10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite 1)

More info here

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
316 North Bragg Ave
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Services:
Saturday, December 24 at 3:00, 5:00 and 6:30 pm (nursery provided at 3 and 5 pm)
Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 am

More info here

Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church
1227 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Services:
Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 pm (Christmas Concert)
5:30 pm (Christmas Eve Mass)
Sunday, December 25 at 9:00 am (Christmas Day Mass at OLMCC)
11:30 am (Christmas Day Mass at SKD)

More info here

Christ Reformed Baptist Church
901 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350

Services:
Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 am

More info here

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