Town Talk: Fundraiser set for Point Park

Town Talk: Fundraiser set for Point Park

August 17th, 2011 by Karen Nazor Hill in Life Entertainment

FUNDRAISER

ONE OF THE area's most scenic spots, Point Park, on Lookout Mountain, will be the site of Friends of the Park's National Treasures 2011 fundraiser, Party at Point Park. According to Friends of the Park president Becky Browder, the event will be Sept. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

"We are so excited to have our local national treasures, The Dismembered Tennesseans, playing that night in front of the New York Peace monument, which is the centerpiece of Point Park," Browder said. "It is 100 years old and the only monument in a historic park that has a Confederate and Union soldier shaking hands."

The menu for the event is planned around the states that were represented in Chattanooga during the Civil War, she said.

"Guests will enjoy Virginia ham and biscuits, Alabama collard green dip, Texas toast, New York cheesecake topped with Michigan cherries, Georgia peach cobbler, Massachusetts (Boston) baked beans and much more," Browder said.

Umbrella Rock, no longer open to the public, will be open for guests to have their pictures taken as a memento of the night, she said. Additionally, "Battles for Chattanooga" will be open for guests to enjoy. The Point Park Visitors Center will have extended hours so guests can view the billboard-size painting of the Battle of Lookout Mountain, and the newly renovated Ochs Museum will be open. The National Park rangers plan to shoot a cannon twice during the evening, Browder said.

Tickets are $75 per person or $130 per couple and may be purchased by calling Friends of the Park at 648-5623 or visiting chickchatt.org.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park encompasses 9,100 acres in Tennessee and Georgia. Its major units include Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Missionary Ridge, Orchard Knob, Signal Point and Moccasin Bend. Friends of the Park is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and enhancing Chickamauga and Chattanooga for the benefit of the American public.

HEARD ON THE TOWN

THE FOURTH ANNUAL Bark in the Park fundraising event will be Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Heritage Park in East Brainerd.

Craig Downs, event chairman, said the free event will include a large adoption fair, a vendor market, working dog (police, drug, assistance, therapy) exhibitions as well as agility, obedience and "meet the breed" demonstrations, kids face painting, a fire engine and pet contests.

"You also will enjoy live music, great food and a dry-land, sled-dog racing demonstration," Downs said.

Proceeds support the Heritage Dog Park, the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy and the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. There also will be a companion event, Bark in the Park After Dark: Pickin' for the Pups, the same day from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside. Barbecue and bluegrass highlight this event, with money going directly to the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy.

"The headline act is Moon Slew. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door," Downs said. Tickets are available at local Goodwill stores, Bone Appetit and Four Paws and a Tail. The Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy trains and gives away wheelchair-assistance dogs. Due to the venue, dogs are not permitted to attend, Downs said.

Bark in the Park was organized in 2008 by members of the Friends of East Brainerd in an effort to help raise funding and awareness for a dog park in East Brainerd, Downs said.

"Beginning in 2010, the city of Chattanooga, the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy and McKamey Animal Center partnered with Bark in the Park to create a better/safer dog park, and the grand opening of the Heritage Dog Park was at the Bark in the Park 2010 event," Downs said.

Family-pass holders are required to prove current rabies vaccinations, and the annual fee is $25 per family (up to four dogs per family), he said. "Entrance into the park is secured with a proximity access-card system, and all park fees go back to the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy and the McKamey Animal Center."

Proceeds from this year's event will help obtain dog agility equipment for the small-dog side of the park and add wheelchair-accessible paths in both the large and small dog side of the park, Downs said.