Archive for December, 2010

Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm

December 6, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Haley Mills and Michael Tavares spend their summers kayaking on the rivers of Colorado and have spend summers working with Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm selling fresh cut Christmas trees at Eastgate Town Center Mall.  Haley is training for the world championship free style kayak competition in Germany next June and appreciates our warmer southern winters for training.

The holiday trees Haley and Michael have available are fresh cut, possibly the day before they arrive at the lot.  All of the trees are grown at Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm and Elf Village in North Carolina.  Once you select your tree, they will make a fresh cut from the bottom of the tree, wrap it to keep it safe, and help you get it on to your vehicle.  Once your tree arrives at its destination you should keep it watered and enjoy the fresh scent of Fraser Fir.

If you prefer to cut your own tree you can visit the farm in North Carolina and spend some time in the elf village while you are there.  Children young and old can enjoy story time in the Elf Village and walk through a Christmas Tree maze.  You can also spend time in a craft room making holiday decorations or just relax by the special Post Office while writing that letter to the North Pole.  The entire family can enjoy a ride around the farm with Santa.

The Christmas Tree Lot at Eastgate Town Center Mall will be open 9 am to 9 pm until December 23rd.  A portion of the proceeds of every tree sold at the Christmas tree lot at Eastgate Town Center Mall will be donated to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.


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St Elmo Fire Hall hosts Holiday Market December 11th, 2010

December 6, 2010

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

The St Elmo Fire Hall says about this upcoming event:

Make your Holidays beautiful and unique by purchasing hand-crafted gifts this year.  Local artists and artisans will collaborate to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in the heart of Historical St. Elmo.  With a selection of gifts to suit both modest and healthy budgets, the St. Elmo Holiday Market is a must-see for anyone looking to find beautiful and memorable presents.

Holiday Market Hours:  Saturday, December 11, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (vendors, music, food)

This is a rear view of the Fire Hall which has been landscaped with reclaimed wood from the Walnut Street Bridge.     Owner Emerson Burch  and his construction company, Artisant Homes are responsible for the new look of the old Fire Hall and Burch plans to rent the hall as a mixed-use space.

The Community Association of Historic St. Elmo is one of the oldest neighborhood associations in Chattanooga.      On December 11th, CAHSE plans to celebrate 125 years with  the bi-annual St Elmo Tour of Homes with transportation by Lookout Trolley and free parking at the Incline Railway.   This is from the press release:

Two stops on the Tour will provide the opportunity for local and sustainable Christmas shopping (Tour ticket not required for admittance):

The St. Elmo Holiday Market at the old
Firehall (4501 St. Elmo Ave.) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and the Fair Trade Market at St. Elmo Presbyterian from 2-6 p.m.

Additionally, from 6-8 p.m., the Trolley will take guests for the price of $1 to see the homes in the St. Elmo Christmas Light Contest. Proceeds will benefit the St. Elmo Public Art Project.

Thankful Espicopal Church will host Caroling in the Gardens at 6:15 p.m.
Also, from 6-8 p.m., the St. Elmo Merchant Holiday Open House will feature coffee and wine
Pasha Coffee & Tea will be offering a free coffee tasting of three different coffees: Uganda Peaberry, Moka Java, and Peru. Visit Chattanooga’s only organic coffee house and get 10% off when you purchase two bags of coffee or more this evening.

Making Arrangements Florists will be featuring examples of fresh Christmas flowers and gifts for you and your home. While browsing enjoy a taste of European Christmas markets with authentic Mulled wine imported from Nuremburg, Germany.

Shagedelic Salon will be hosting a Holiday Open House and wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. They will be featuring wines from regions in South America. There will be a drawing for a Grand Gift Basket in the salon.

BodyWisdom Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork will be offering free five minute massages, appetizers and the much anticipated festive wine, Beaujolais Nouveau, from the region of
Burgundy, France.

Umbra Essence Candles & Gifts will be celebrating their third year anniversary with a wine tasting of Italian reds, hors d’oeuvres, and tours of the candle making studio by their own Christmas elf. In honor of the 125th anniversary of St. Elmo, they will be giving away 125 holiday votive candles to the first 125 attendants to the store, and will offer specials in the gallery this evening.

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Nutcracker Sweets

December 3, 2010

Reporter:  Rabbit Zielke

The Partnership for Families Children and Adults is hosting a special fundraiser on Tuesday, December 7th benefiting the Crisis Resource CenterNutcracker Sweets features desert tasting from local chefs, live choral performance with the Chattanooga State Choral Ensemble, dance from the Chattanooga Ballet and plenty of other goodies for the entire family.

Proceeds from Nutcracker Sweets will support the Partnership’s Family Violence Center and Sexual Assault Center.  These programs offer safe shelter, counseling services and advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  The Partnership operates a 24 hour crisis hotline with confidential advice, safety planning and emergency shelter assistance to victims at 423-755-2700.  If you would like to learn more or volunteer at the Partnership contact 423-755-2822.


CRISIS HOTLINE –  423.755.2700

Available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, completely confidential.

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Ruby Red Christmas

December 2, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

Ruby Falls will be celebrating the winter holiday this December with snow, family friendly activities, and a special opportunity for visitors to the falls.  Live choral performances are scheduled for almost every Friday and Saturday evening in the waterfall cavern deep beneath Lookout Mountain.  The acoustics in the cave will provide for some amazing performances.

Ruby Red Christmas will be open Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  There will be special tours of the caves and the tour guides will be adding a family’s own story to their usual informative speech.  Above ground you can expect to enjoy holiday activities and live music, horse-drawn carriages and snowfall.  Ruby Red Christmas is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will be open New Years Eve.

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Sculpture Burn, Chattanooga Fire Cabaret Performance at Mainx24

December 1, 2010


Mainx24, the festival celebrating Chattanooga’s Southside district, will feature about a dozen art-related events.  Today, we’re talking about one of the most unique… the sculpture burn.

Andrew Nigh at Wintersun Studio is a woodworker and artist.  He’s planning to build an elaborate, eighteen-foot tall wooden sculpture that looks kind of like a giant trophy, and then set it on fire.

This type of art is uncommon in Chattanooga.  It’s meant to be set ablaze, with flames that may spark and change color.  It might remind you of a fireworks display.  If you’ve been to big festivals that celebrate fire, festivals like Burning Man, you know that drumming and dancing are often a big part of it, and the sculpture burn at Mainx24 may feature some of that.

The festival begins on December 4th.  The sculpture burning will begin at 8 p.m.   The Chattanooga Fire Cabaret will also perform, spinning fire hoops and batons and breathing fire.

You can find a complete schedule here.

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Here’s a video of a similar sculpture burn created by Wintersun Studio:

Cornhole @ MainX24

December 1, 2010

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

The game of Cornhole is a simple and addicting game that can be played by just about anyone.  The concept is simple.  Toss a bag of corn into a hole.  Actually many of the bags used in Cornhole are filled with beans, but you get the idea.  The game gained popularity in Cincinnati Ohio and has been sweeping across the country as the Cornhole craze advances.

The game is fairly similar to horseshoes but the items you toss across the 27 foot playing field probably won’t knock your opponent out.  The bags are tossed toward a slanted board with a hole in it.  You score 1 point for getting your bag to land on the board and 3 points if you bag goes through the hole in the board.  The game is over when a team reaches 21 points.  That sounds simple enough but there are strategies that involve knocking your opponent’s bag off the board or blocking the hole.

The Southside Cowart Place Neighborhood Associations will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament at 27 West Main Street on Saturday, December 4th as part of the MainX24 celebration.  The games begin at 2:00 pm and should continue until 5:00 pm.  Teams are required to pre-register if they want to compete in the tournament.  Contact  Carol Huckaby for more information.
This tournament is sanctioned by the American Cornhole Association.

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