Chattanooga events for the week of May 9, 2021

Lightfoot Club's David Hollis, known as "Buster," at the plate in a previous vintage base ball game.

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* The prettiest place to take mom for Mother's Day may be the Southern Blooms Festival, which is also a reminder that the iconic attraction we call Rock City is formally known as Rock City Gardens and has more than 400 native plant species. Admission is $27 for adults, $15 for children 3-12. The attraction, at 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., but you'll need to reserve a timed entry for your visit. If you can't make it this weekend, the festival continues May 15-16.

photo The more than 400 native plant species are on full display during the Southern Blooms Festival at Rock City Gardens.

* For many families, a ramble through Chattanooga Market has become a Mother's Day tradition, as it offers the chance to present mom with a gift of her choosing from the array of arts, crafts and culinary creations that the vendors display. And you can throw in fresh cut flowers and a quick meal from the food purveyors. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St.

* If mom's a baseball fan, treat her to a Chattanooga Lookouts game. Their match-up against the Rocket City Trash Pandas at 2:15 p.m. is the last of a six-game home series that started the season. Tickets start at $7.

* Or get her adrenaline going with a visit to Lake Winnepesaukah, 1730 Lakeview Drive in Rossville, to ride the Cannon Ball roller coaster or the 14-story freefall that is Oh-Zone. If thrill rides aren't her speed, there's always the carousel or antique cars. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $29 per person, $20 for ages 1-2 or 60+. You can get $5 off a $29 admission with a receipt from a Chattanooga-area McDonald's. For each receipt redeemed this season, Lake Winnie will donate $1 to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.


* Film series: The Northshore Karass Performing Arts Series has ventured from music to moviemaking for a four-day series focusing on works by local directors that concludes May 10-11. This week's featured directors are Nathaniel Hendricks on Monday and Charlie Edholm, Chandler Gibson and Emily Steele on Tuesday. Screenings start at 7 p.m. at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Reservations are free.

* Antique Alley yard sale: Start your junkin' journeys with this five-state yard sale, coming up May 13-16 on U.S. 11. Stretching for 502 miles from Bristol, Virginia, to Meridian, Mississippi, the route roughly parallels I-75 north of Chattanooga and I-59 headed south. In Hamilton County, you can access U.S. 11 in Ooltewah, Chattanooga, St. Elmo and Lookout Valley. The route also passes through Monroe, McMinn and Bradley counties in Tennessee; Dade County in Georgia; and DeKalb County in Alabama.

* Chattanooga Girls Choir presents its Spring Concert at 7 p.m. May 14 at Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Road. The choristers will perform music by artists ranging from Monteverdi to Britten to The Wailin' Jennys. You'll need to reserve your $10 tickets and adhere to coronavirus safety measures.

* Jason Aldean in concert: Fans will hang out in four-person pods for the country star's concerts May 14-15 at Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Saturday's show is sold out, but there's an option for a $15 livestream ticket. In-person tickets still remain for the Friday show, priced from $99 to $450 per pod. Special guest is Elvie Shane.

* Spring Garden Festival: Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will give green-thumb advice at an expo set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 15. Demonstrations on garden topics such as raised beds, pruning and mulching; vendors selling plants, tools and yard art; and activities for children will be set up on the grounds surrounding the Hamilton County Extension office and Bonny Oaks Arboretum, 6183 Adamson Circle. Admission is $5 ages 13 and older. The group's monthly class is the same day at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The topic is heritage roses, led by Ann Brown.

* Vintage Base Ball, which adheres to the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s, returns May 15 to the polo field at 6 Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The Phoenix of East Nashville will play a doubleheader against Chattanooga's two clubs: Mountain City at 11 a.m. and Lightfoot at 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

photo Lightfoot Club's David Hollis, known as "Buster," at the plate in a previous vintage base ball game.

* Spirits in the Wild: This 21-and-older fundraiser, offering wines, beers and spirits from around the world, is 6-10 p.m. May 15 at Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Drinks will be paired with foods from some of Chattanooga's best restaurants. Live entertainment and animal art will add to the mix. Tickets are $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers.

* Day Out With Thomas, a train ride and family activities themed to Thomas the Tank Engine of storybook fame, will mark its final weekend May 15-16 at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Road. Departure times start at 9 a.m. and last through 6 p.m. Tickets are $24.



AVA GALLERY - Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. 423-265-4282, "Social Circles," solo exhibition by Sherry Leary, Best in Show artist of the 2020 Juried Members Show, through June 11.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART - 10 Bluff View. 423-267-0968,

* "Depicting the Invisible," through May 9.

* "Baggs McKelvey: Indigo," through Aug. 30.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL - 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga spring show, through July 23.

IN-TOWN GALLERY - 26A Frazier Ave. 423-267-9214, "May Flowers," featuring newest member Sybil McLain-Topel, through May 30.

NORTHSIDE GALLERY - Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Ave. 423-266-1766, "Spring Showcase," through June 22 (available online through June 30).

WAVELENGTH SPACE - 854 McCallie Ave. New contemporary art gallery features "Residual Dwelling" by artists Rachael Zur, Laura Drey, Raquel Mullins and Victoria Sauer, through May 14. Book appointments via Instagram.


ATHENS AREA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS - Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. 423-745-8781, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion perform "Fanfare," 7:30 p.m. May 16. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.; bring your own blanket or chair. Free admission but donations toward programming accepted.

THE CAVERNS - 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn.

* May 9: Goose, sold out.

* May 14-15: Last Podcast on the Left, sold out.

* May 16: Dailey & Vincent, 3 p.m. CDT, $55-$75.

THE SIGNAL - 1810 Chestnut St.

* May 15: The Steel Woods, with The Wilder Blue, 8 p.m. $25.

* May 16: Jade Bird acoustic show, 8 p.m., $20-$25.


FUNKEY MUNKEY MOTHER'S DAY MARKET - Northgate Mall (near Belk), Hixson Pike at Highway 153. K&S Southern Hospitality Events presents arts and crafts show of handmade jewelry, artwork, home decor, woodworking, baked goods and other merchandise from dozens of artisans, through May 9.

- Compiled by Lisa Denton