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.

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 To learn more about Chattanooga Preparatory School, go to or search for the school on Facebook and Instagram.

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!

Shamrock City Returns this Weekend

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Rock City’s Shamrock City
March 11-12 and 18-19, 8:30 am to 5 pm daily

Transport yourself to Ireland for FREE this weekend at Rock City. You may not actually cross the pond but the 10th Annual Shamrock City is a close second with Celtic music, Irish food and other St. Patrick’s shenanigans. (Remember locals get in free with resident passes).

Everything is turning green for the celebration, from the waterfall to the fudge. You can also take a jig lesson, hear live music from bands such as The Molly Maguires or scale the Blarney Stone Climbing Wall.

Dublin your fun at the Suffolk Sheep Encounter, compliments of Bagby’s Critter Coral (10 am until 3 pm daily). New this year is a caricature artist and panning for gold. As with all of Rock City’s special events, kids can get a passport that includes activities, coupons and a place for collecting stamps throughout the park.

Delicious Irish bites include mulligan stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, green kettle corn and limeade – available at different food locations throughout Rock City. Afterward, stop by Starbucks and ask for colored Matcha powder to add to a variety of fun frappuccinos!

Go to Rock City's website for more info on the entertainment lineup.

Shamrock City is once again partnering with the Chattanooga district of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Guests can purchase green shamrocks for $1 and gold shamrocks for $5 now through March 23 to help supply needed funds to local families with MD.

Make sure to ask for Chattanooga’s spring break safari guide at the ticket desk available March 10 – April 9. Enjoy a RockQuest Adventure and scavenger hunt at Rock City!

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.

A Lookout Mountain Mom’s Crusade

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3 Blind Wines presented by The FEED Co. Table & Tavern
November 18 at 6 pm
Stratton Hall

Ginger Birnbaum didn’t expect to have a deep conversation with her four-year-old on the way home from the pediatrician. It had been a trying week with a virus that quickly turned into an infection requiring Cipro and Clindamycin.

All of a sudden he said having Cystic Fibrosis ‘makes me mad,’” she recalls. “I asked him if it also makes him sad or scared. He said, ‘No, just really mad!’

Normally a happy-go-lucky kid who takes everything in stride, King also possesses a spunk that serves him well as he fights a disease that affects his entire body at the cellular level. He endures two-hour a day respiratory therapy and a nightly feeding tube. He takes 13 medications (on good days), and digestive enzymes before every meal.

But when you talk to the Birnbaums, the only thing you hear is hope – unwavering, unflinching, downright dogged optimism for a cure. And not just for King, but for the other 30,000 Americans living with Cystic Fibrosis.

We have 100 percent faith in the drug development process,” she says. “Our hope is that there will be a medicine for him as soon as 3 years and as long as 10.

That’s why the Birnbaums are relentless champions for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), personally raising over $200,000 since King was diagnosed at birth in 2011. Their most recent endeavor was Xtreme Hike in Damascus, VA.

The trek involved waking up at 2 a.m. and hiking 30.1 miles in one day on the Appalachian Trail. When Ginger got on the bus to take them back to the hotel, she felt like she’d been hit by a truck. And she can’t wait to do it again.

“There are very few fundraisers that you can also say develop you personally,” she says. “It was all around an amazing experience.”

Another event close to their hearts, 3 Blind Wines presented by The Feed Co. Table & tavern, is happening November 18 at Stratton Hall. Guests will enjoy wine tastings, silent and live auction, and music by Slim Pickins. The Top Off: The Three Blind Wines After Party, is being hosted by presenting sponsor The Feed Co. complete with specialty drinks and draft specials and music by Brokedown Hound.

In addition to chairing the event for the past four years with her husband Alex, Ginger serves as the president of CFF’s local board of directors and co-chair for CFF’s national family team program. Next year she has been asked to co-chair the Foundation’s Volunteer Leadership Conference, which brings together roughly 500 volunteers to share fundraising goals and celebrate advancements.

But what excites her most is the 20,000-square-foot, custom-built laboratory recently opened in Lexington, MA. She was invited to attend the ribbon cutting in September.

It was a huge honor to be included,” she recalls. “I got to personally meet the scientists who will one day cure our son.

Funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the research facility will be solely dedicated to identifying and testing potential therapies for CF, exploring cutting-edge technologies like gene editing and stem cell research. The lab frees the Foundation from the bureaucracies of university research, which can often take up to a year for approval to share assays, cells or any other intellectual property.

“We built this lab; everyone who’s ever given a dollar to the cause helped build this amazing lab that will someday save our child’s life,” she says excitedly. “A self-funded lab is basically unheard of, but it’s typical of the Foundation to be on the forefront of groundbreaking things like that.”

Founded in 1955 by parents desperate to save their kids’ lives, CFF remains an institution of impassioned parents. Overhead is kept low, fundraising margins are razor thin and donated dollars go toward research, patient assistance and patient care. Charity Navigator awards them 4 of 4 stars.

CFF was the first disease advocacy group to develop a network of health care centers dedicated to its cause. In the late 1990s, they were the first to delve into venture philanthropy – a business model that’s been studied by Harvard. Virtually every approved cystic fibrosis drug therapy available now was made possible because of the Foundation and its supporters.

“It’s kind of amazing this incredible foundation that benefits my child so much also has opportunities for me to plug in and invest emotionally and physically,” says Ginger.

A dollar is a big deal, five dollars is a huge deal. It’s really about the investment. As a parent, I can’t tell you what it does for us emotionally that anyone would drop anything in the bucket. It’s another reinforcement that we’re moving forward. If you’re moving forward you’re going somewhere.

More information on the Birnbaum's CFF fundraising team, Kenneth King's Believers

Fill the Boot! at Cafe on the Corner

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Tonight is Halloween. But before you brave the goblins on your candy crusade, think about something truly frightening – Lookout Mountain Georgia’s volunteer fire department is operating without optimal equipment.

They told me they get ‘resourceful,’ which means they buy things second hand – sometimes even out of their pockets,” explains Ruth Oehmig, owner of Café on the Corner. “I know we don’t live in downtown Manhattan where there are fires all the time, but I’m telling you we are messing with odds.

That is why she will be hosting her second “Fill the Boot!” party this Thursday, November 3. Complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers and chili will be available on the patio with a cash bar inside. Bring plenty of extra cash (or a check) to make a donation to the brave men who get up in the middle of the night to keep our mountain safe.

Just like most causes in our community, this isn’t a GA vs. TN issue. While the Tennessee department won’t be directly impacted, they rely heavily on Georgia’s firefighters every time there’s a significant fire event – much like the blaze that leveled Oehmig’s restaurant in 2014.

She hopes this year will be as well attended as last, which welcomed several hundred people to her newly re-opened restaurant.

Fall Fun on Lookout Mountain

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Trick Or Treating in Fairyland
If Norman Rockwell painted Halloween, it would be trick or treating on Lookout Mountain. Festivities will be held on the actual day – Monday, October 31 – with the Great Pumpkin ramping up around sundown. (Our condolences to all teachers on Tuesday).

Holy weinerschnitzel; it’s Roctoberfest again at Rock City! From now until the end of the month, Rock City will transform into a Bavarian wonderland with live German music, dancing and dishes like beer cheese soup and bratwursts. You can interact with characters like Ik the Troll King or Rocky the Elf, catch the popular Birds of Prey show, or take a guided heritage tour to learn more about Rock City’s founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter and her beloved fairytales and folklore. Kids can get a stamp in their passport (handed out at the door) as they visit different areas of the park, as well as visit a balloon artist and mime. The best part? It’s all FREE if you have a Rock City residents pass. Birds of Prey shows take place 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Heritage tour is at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. or 3 p.m. More details here

Enchanted Corn Maize
Corny family fun awaits at the foot of Lookout, now until October 30. You can pet an alpaca, ride a cow train, take an old fashioned hayride, or fling corn in a slingshot. And that’s all before you get lost in the famous Enchanted MAiZE. Some new additions this year include pedal car racing, duck races and a corn text game to help you find your way through the maze. Open Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ($10 admission; 3 and under FREE). More details here

Haunted Caverns
Voted one of the top 10 haunted houses in the country by Rand McNalley, Ruby Fall’s Haunted Cavern boasts that it takes you 26 stories underground where “no one can hear you scream.” The experience takes place both inside and out of the cave, with the parking lot being transformed into a dilapidated village with zombies and ghouls lurking behind every corner. An elaborate back story – like this year’s “Flesh Farm” – is created each year in hopes of transporting you into your very own horror flick (popcorn not included). More details here

Blessing of the Costumes at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Grab your goblins and head to Good Shepherd’s annual Blessing of the Costumes, a fun addition to their usual 10:30 a.m. service on October 30. (You may never have an easier time getting your kids ready for church.) Meet at the main entrance beforehand so they can process down the aisle in their Halloween finery. They can then depart for their age-appropriate children’s programs (nursery available under 2), only to return at the Peace for the blessing. For more details, contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Oktoberfest at Our Lady of the Mount
Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church is holding their annual Oktoberfest. Expect German food, bier and lots of pumpkin-themed family fun. Festivities will be held this Sunday, October 23 from 5 until 8 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. All ages welcome. More details here

Halloween at Lookout with Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
Apparently flying off cliffs isn’t the only thing hang gliders like to do. Described as Lookout’s “biggest party all year,” Halloween at Lookout will feature a costume contest, deadly dance party with DJ Min-O-Tar, Lupi’s Pizza and “hellish hors d’oeuvres.” The party kicks off at 7 p.m. on October 29 at their Landing Zone clubhouse. It’s $10 to enter but top costume will earn you $500, with second and third taking home $250 and $100. More details here

Paddling by Moonlight at Lookout Creek
A perfectly natural way to kick off Halloween weekend? A canoe trip in the dark! Join naturalist Corey Hagen for an after-hours trip down Lookout Creek. Animals often seen on these trips include bats, beavers, roosting turkey and barred owls. (No werewolf sightings to date). The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children, but members are only $5 per adult with children free of charge. More details here

5 Points 50 This Weekend

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5 Points 50 Bike Race
October 15, 2016
9:00 a.m.
More info:

Tab Tollett has negotiated live train trestles over alligator-ridden rivers, summited volcanos and slogged dozens miles through sand all in the name of mountain biking. Twice. And that was just one race – Costa Rica’s La Ruta de Los Conquistador.

As one of just twelve Moots Titanium Bicycle sponsored cyclists in the country, he’s participated in some of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. This weekend he’ll be tackling Lookout Mountain’s 5 Points 50, which he says can hold its own in the world of endurance mountain bike races.

Shorter doesn’t translate to easier,” he laughs. “I love the 5 Points race. Our mountain provides world class single track, a variety of terrain and of course epic views!

The fact that he considers a 50-mile race “short” gives you an idea of Tollett’s commitment to the sport. The 51-year-old real estate appraiser started cycling about 20 years ago, but left the blacktop for mountain biking 9 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

His addiction started with Colorado’s Leadville 100, which he trained for with his neighbor and fellow mountain biker Brad Cobb. He’s tackled it twice since then on a single speed bike (his favorite way to race). If that doesn’t prove his insanity, then his participation in the Breck Epic might, which is a 6-day stage race in Breckinridge that involves 240 miles at 12,000-plus elevation and 40,000 feet of vertical gain (and loss).

The best thing about a long endurance race is crossing the finishing line,” he says. “It's such a great feeling to accomplish a multi hour race. It's not so much about winning or even beating your age group peer – it's about challenging yourself. And of course the beer.

Most of his monthly races take place closer to home, such as the Cohutta 100 near the Ocoee, the Fools Gold 60 miler in GA, or the Shenandoah Mountain 100 miler in VA. And Tollett has never missed the 5 Points 50, which is a chance to race some of the same trails he trains on about 6 days a week.

Billed as Chattanooga’s ultimate endurance mountain bike race, 5 Points 50 takes loops racers through the celebrated 5 Points trail system, Lula Lake Land Trust’s core property, the Cloudland Connector Trail, and some of the best private trails in the Southeast.

It features a grueling roller coaster of single track with steep climbs, rooted downhills, rock gardens and smooth trails. As with any race, Mother Nature holds the ultimate trump card. Last year torrential rains in the fall made for a soggy day, and Tollett recalls crossing a stream in waist deep water holding his bike overhead in one hand, and a rope in the other so the current wouldn’t carry him downstream.

Now in its fourth year, 5 Points 50 is a local pioneer for mountain biking. While most outdoor sports have enjoyed signature events in Chattanooga for the past decade, a long distance mountain bike race proved elusive until the completion of the Cloudland Connector Trail, which connects Cloudland Canyon State Park to Lula Lake Land Trust.

Despite 30-plus miles of the CCT, race organizers still had to negotiate access with private landowners to connect key parts of the course. An opportunity to ride trails closed the other 364 days of the year is motivation enough for some, and the race attracts bikers from across the Southeast.

This year there will be a 25-mile option for those wanting a shorter ride. The 50-mile course features 5,000 feet of elevation gain, while the 25-mile features 2,700. The race is organized this year by Roost Racing, LLC, a newly formed entity by local racer Justin Mace.

Justin and his wife, Amy have taken over the organization of the 5 points 50 this year and will be producing other races nearby," says Tollett. "They are an amazing family and very generous to take on the challenges of putting on long races. Especially with two young children.

Lula Lake Land Trust Founder's Weekend THIS Saturday

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Yoga, Tai Chi, wine and outdoor film screenings. This isn’t your typical walk in the woods.

This weekend, join Lula Lake Land Trust as it celebrates its 3rd Annual Founder’s Weekend with bluff-side yoga led by Allison Foster, Tai Chi with Dr. Johnson, nature walks with Jann George and Michael Green, history tours with Jim Ogden and more.

The event promises to be the largest celebration yet, including newly added nighttime activities such as the Outdoor Film Festival and Wine Walk.

We’re hoping to offer multiple ways families can enjoy the full weekend, day or night," says Executive Director Mike Pollock. "I think Robert Davenport would be very proud of how we’re using the land today to get people out and enjoying nature in different ways.

On Saturday evening, Lula Lake partners with Lookout Wild Film Festival to bring a selection of five short films, which focus on outdoor adventure and conservation. Subject matter ranges from forgotten mountains and lost coasts to recycled skateboards. A donation of $10 per person is suggested for entry. Beer, wine, drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase.

Sunday’s Wine Walk, scheduled from 4:30 to 8 pm will feature five tasting stops on a hike throughout the core property. Each stop will feature wine from Riverside Wine and Spirits, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Dish T’Pass Catering and live music. Tickets are $40 per person in advance, or $50 at the gate.

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Founder’s Weekend was created in 2014 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the land trust and to honor Robert Davenport and his family, whose dying will established and protected Lula Lake Land Trust.

See below for a full schedule of events. For more details, visit

Saturday, October 1

All Day
Jim Ogden’s table, photos and costume presenting “Late Antebellum – Civil War Soldier Tourist Visitors to Lula Lake

10:30-12:30 p.m.
Allison Foster leads a walk to the bluff and yoga session

1-2 p.m.
Jann George (Adelrid) will discuss hemlock trees, the Hemlock Wooly Adelaide infestation and riparian shade. A must for those concerned with HWA.

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Johnson, T’ai Chi lesson: “The slow and graceful movements of T’ai Chi are primarily designed to provide the practitioner with a method of achieving a healthier body, mind and spirit. While it originated as a martial art, it has been modified to become what some have called ‘moving meditation’.”

3:00-4:00 p.m.
Chattanooga Audubon Society critter visitors

MAIN EVENT: 6 p.m.
Lula Lake Film Fest: Family friendly showing of short outdoor adventure and conservation themed films. Gates open at 6 p.m., films start at dusk (approximately 7 p.m.) Soft drinks, beer, wine and snacks available. Suggested donation of $10 per person.

Sunday, October 2

All day
Jim Ogden’s history walk presenting “Late Antebellum – Civil War Soldier Tourist Visitors to Lula Lake”

1 – 2 p.m.
Jann George (Adelrid) will discuss hemlock trees, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid infestation and riparian shade. A must for those concerned with HWA.

2 – 3 p.m.
Michael Green leads nature walk along old railroad bed

Time TBA
Sue Reynolds from the Center for Mindful Living leads 45-minute sitting/walking meditation


MAIN EVENT: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Lula Lake Wine Walk – Five wine tasting stops on a hike around the Lula Lake core preserve. Each stop features selected wines and snacks from Riverside Wine and Spirits and acoustic music. Heavier hors d’oeuvre and a feature band at the fifth stop prior to departure. Limited to 125 Participants. $40.00 per person. Advanced registration required. Buy Tickets Now.

World Record Fish Caught by Lookout Mountain Boy

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Teddy Wingfield, far left, gives a thumbs up to his record-setting catch

It took the Old Man & the Sea a lifetime to land his dream catch. At 10 years old, Teddy Wingfield isn’t even old enough to read Hemingway’s classic. But that didn’t stop him from reeling in a world record-setting fish earlier this summer.

The line started bumping, finally he got hooked and started pulling hard,” he recalls. “I asked my dad for help but he said ‘no.’

His father, Joseph said he knew Teddy could handle it. In fact the 4th grader has reeled in bigger catches before, including sharks and a 48-pound cobia. What makes his record-setting 32-pound scamp so special is that the typical weight for the species is just 8-10 pounds.

Perhaps even more remarkable, Teddy is too small for deep-sea fishing belts. His technique is to “ride” the rod almost like a witch on a broomstick.

Teddy takes his time and wears the fish out,” says Joseph. “That’s how he gets the big ones.

The fish was the first landed on their two-day trip off Atlantic Beach, NC. As soon as the captain saw it, he knew it was a record. He warned that if they were serious about documenting it they should turn around and get back to a weighstation. Fish get lighter the longer they’re out of water. They tried to weigh it on the boat, but it broke the rusted scale.

Not wanting to spoil the fun, the guys decided to take their chances and keep fishing. The June 2nd trip was a family affair – Joseph, Teddy and his brothers Wilder, 7, and Hank, 5. The 43-foot vessel was captained by Joseph’s first cousin, Daniel Brisson of Sunrise Charters.

While it was only Teddy’s second overnight fishing trip, he’s been catching sharks from the beach at Hilton Head since he was old enough to hold a rod. He also enjoys catching trout in the stream at his family’s farm, as well as catfish and bass at his family’s place on Chickamauga Lake.

Teddy big catch happened on a Thursday morning. By the time they reached the weighstation late Friday night, the fish was still an impressive 32 pounds, roughly 5 pounds heavier than the state record and almost 3 pounds heavier than the current all-tackle world record.

The international board that issues world records only meets a few times a year, so the family is anxiously awaiting confirmation. North Carolina has already sent Teddy a plaque for his state record.

While this will be Captain Daniel’s first record-setting fish, he hardly returns from a trip without a “citation” fish. That sounds bad, but a fishing citation is actually a commendation for “extraordinary” catches. The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries sets minimum weights per species, issuing citations for any catch over that.

As for Teddy, he’s already set his sights on another record – the red grouper. The current state record holds at 42 pounds, which both he and his dad feel is doable. It’ll be on their wish list (along with wahoo, giant Bluefin tuna and swordfish) when the guys take another 2-day trip in November.

Teddy lives on Lookout Mountain with his four younger brothers, his dad, Joseph and his mom, Beth. He also enjoys football, golf, soccer, swimming and riding dirt bikes.


Christ Reformed Baptist Church
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal
Cloudland Canyon
Cravens House
Fairyland Club
Hang Gliding
Incline Railway
Lookout Mountain Golf Club
Lookout Mountain Mirror
Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church
Our Lady of the Mount Catholic Church
Point Park
Rock City
Ruby Falls
Sunset Rock
The Battles for Chattanooga Museum
Town Commons – Lookout Mountain, TN
United Methodist