Dogs, polo ponies, free fuel among weekend highlights in Chattanooga area

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Atari, a dog from Atlanta, returns a disc in the 2021 Skyhoundz World Canine Disc Championships.

Editors of Horse & Hound magazine could find plenty to keep them busy in the Chattanooga area this weekend: kennel club dog shows, a Skyhoundz competition for disc-catching dogs, and ponies on a polo field.

To get around town, you might want to stop at the newest Mapco station Sunday for free fuel.

Be advised three concerts are sold out: The Band Camino at The Signal on Friday, Jack White at Walker Theatre on Saturday and Copeland with the Sewanee Symphony at The Caverns on Saturday.

(READ MORE: Your 2022 Chattanooga-area fall festival guide)


-- Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, will host the director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Stephanie Stebich, in an Art Wise program 6-7 p.m. Thursday. She will discuss the mission, collecting priorities and upcoming initiatives of the national museum in Washington, D.C., which features the largest collection of art in the world.

-- Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn., is throwing a polo party 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday to learn about the game and meet the players for the weekend matches at Bendabout Farm (see the listing in Spectator Sports). The party includes a buffet dinner and cash bar. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers.


-- Chattanooga Jewish Film Festival concludes with "Rose," a 2021 French film about an older Jewish woman who explores the single life after the death of her husband. The film may be viewed virtually from noon Sunday through noon Sept. 23 or in person at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Registration is required for either option. Cost is $12.


-- NoonTunes, a fall concert series featuring local artists, continues at noon Thursday at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. The featured act is singer/guitarist Richard Daigle, who cites John Prine as an influence. His set will stream live on Facebook, and a recording will air at 7 p.m. Friday on WUTC-FM 88.1.

-- Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain, has two events on the calendar. Thursday features Concert and Coffee with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera chamber ensembles at 11 a.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. An Evening With John Harr & Friends (Mike Crowder, Anthony Qualls and Blue Cumberland) follows Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit Mountain Arts Community Center and the David and Tina Harr Memorial Notre Dame High School Scholarship Fund.

— St. Paul's Artist Series opens Friday with the Atlanta-based Kinnara Vocal Ensemble performing British composer Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles" at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Tickets are $10-$40. Subscriptions for the four-show season also are available.

-- Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 623 W. Garden Farm Road, Rossville, will welcome two-time Grammy-nominated gospel singer Joseph Habedank and local act The Hullenders for a Night of Praise at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

-- The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn., will kick off its Bicentennial Celebration Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday with bluegrass band the Henhouse Prowlers. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25.

-- Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton, Ga., will host country music's Grammy-winning Gatlin Brothers -- Larry, Rudy and Steve -- in concert at 8 p.m. Friday. The show also includes performances by Taylor Sanders and Lee Newton. General-admission seats are $45; VIP tickets, offering best seats and bar access, are $75. Prices increase by $10 the day of the show. No seats in either section are reserved.

-- Opera by Candlelight, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, is next in a series of performances by the Pop-Up Project at Coosa Mills, an abandoned building at 1800 S. Watkins St. A musical ensemble led by baritone David Tahere and soprano Rebekah Howell will perform arias and musical theater standards with string and piano accompaniment. Tickets are $20.

(READ MORE: How a new immersive art project hopes to revitalize the now-vacant, century-old Coosa Mill in Chattanooga)

-- Songbirds, 35 Station St., will feature indie band The Nude Party, with support from Pearl Charles, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $20.


-- Room 311 Experiences, an overnight stay in a Read House hotel room said to be haunted by a former occupant, may be reserved starting at 1 p.m. Thursday. Bookings are available only once a year for Room 311. This year's dates are Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and 31. A $500 refundable deposit is required. 423-266-4121

(READ MORE: Read House historian says the spirit in Room 311 takes up a lot of oxygen for a ghost)

-- The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St., has five nights of laughs ahead. The Next Level Comedy Showcase for rising stars starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $12. Dale Jones, whose high-energy act has made him a favorite of local crowds, performs in a special engagement at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$25. Open Mic Night, for local talents, is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7.

-- Park(ing) Day, a worldwide movement to temporarily repurpose urban parking spaces into places for art, play and activism, is happening 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday in downtown Chattanooga. Various individuals, organizations and businesses will have entertainment and other amusements set up in parking spaces along Broad Street near the riverfront between Fourth Street and Aquarium Way. Chattanooga's theme is "Inside Out."

-- Miracle League Community Celebration, making the fifth anniversary of a sports league for players with mental or physical challenges, is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Miracle League Complex at Warner Park, 1254 E. Third St. The day will include games, food and photo-ops. Admission is free.

(READ MORE: Miracle League of Chattanooga celebrates five years sharing America's pastime)

-- Battlefield Bicycle Tours, the second of three monthly outings through Chickamauga Battlefield, is 9:30 a.m. Saturday. A prelude to the Battle of Chickamauga 159th anniversary events (see below), the ride will start at Tour Stop 6 at Wilder Tower (for bearings, the Visitor Center is at 3370 LaFayette Road in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.). During the leisurely two-hour ride, a park ranger will take frequent stops to recount the history of the Civil War site. The ride is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Bring your own bike or register for a loaner.

— Master Gardeners of Hamilton County will present the free monthly gardening class at 10 a.m. Saturday. The topic is "Turf Grasses and Fall Lawn Care." You can attend in person at the UT-Hamilton County Extension office, 6183 Adamson Circle, or via Zoom. Register for either option.

-- Cleveland Geekster, an expo of toys, comic books, movie memorabilia, art, games and pop culture by 45 vendors at 70 tables, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Cleveland State Community College gymnasium, 3535 Adkisson Drive NW, Cleveland, Tenn. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up; proceeds of sales of $1 raffle ticket go to charity.

-- Princess Tea Party, featuring cookies, lemonade and photo-ops with fairy-tale characters, is scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn. The fun takes place at Story Land near Claire's and Hibbett Sports. The first 100 children through the line will receive a free crown and mini wand.

-- Dahlia Society of Tennessee growers will showcase their best blooms at a dahlia show set for 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.- to 3 p.m. Sunday in the East Ridge Community Center, 1517 Tombras Ave. Admission is free.

-- Battle of Chickamauga 159th anniversary events are scheduled Saturday through Tuesday at various sites within the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Programs range from broad overviews to presentations about specific locations on the field, delivered via assemblies, hikes, car caravan tours and demonstrations, some specific to youth. The Battle of Chickamauga, one of the bloodiest confrontations of the Civil War, was fought Sept. 18-20, 1863.

-- Free fuel: Mapco, a convenience store chain with more than 300 stores across the Southeast, will give away up to $40 of free gas, of any grade, including diesel, to the first 500 vehicles Sunday at the company's recently opened store at 2282 Encompass Drive. The giveaway starts at 9 a.m., and cars will be allowed to line up at 7 a.m. (strictly enforced) from west to east on Shallowford Road.

-- Chattanooga Market plans an Apple Festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. In addition to fresh apples brought in by area farms, the arts, crafts and food vendors contribute such products as apple pies, apple butter, apple strudel, apple candles and apple-scented lotions. Musicians Bryan Knispel and Luke Simmons & The Lovestruck will perform at 12:30 and 2 p.m., respectively.

-- Friends of Special Children will open an online auction Monday in anticipation of the 17th annual ABC (All aBout Children) Event, a dinner and live auction scheduled Oct. 6 to benefit the children at Signal Centers School. Bids in the silent auction will be accepted through Sept. 24. Items are on view now.

-- Chattanooga Tourism Summit, featuring Emmy-winning travel show host Samantha Brown, is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. A basic ticket, which includes the keynote lunch and professional development sessions, is $75. An add-on VIP meet-and-greet with Brown is an extra $150.


-- Dog shows by two area American Kennel Club groups are scheduled through the weekend at the Tri-State Exhibition Center, 200 Nature Trail SW, McDonald, Tenn. North Georgia Kennel Club shows are Thursday and Friday; Chattanooga Kennel Club shows are Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The competition will include various breeds in open and specialty shows.

-- Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will play the Tennessee Smokies in the final home games of the season at AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Promotions include Thirsty Thursday drink specials; mega fireworks Friday; and a used car giveaway Saturday. Games start at 7:15 p.m. For Sunday's game starting at 2:15 p.m., fans can trade a nonperishable food to donate to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank for a free general-admission ticket, and it's Deaf Awareness Day, which will include singing and signing of the national anthem, a silent inning and Lookouts playing in themed jerseys. Tickets are $6-$11.

-- Skyhoundz championships, which started earlier this week at Camp Jordan in East Ridge, move to Coolidge Park, 150 River St., for the final events this weekend. More than 125 teams of disc-catching dogs and their handlers from all over the world have qualified for the various competitions. Last-chance qualifiers start at 9 a.m. Friday. World championships start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Spectator admission is free.

-- Chattanooga Red Wolves, a USL-League One men's professional team, will play the Richmond Kickers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Tickets are $15-$52.

-- Polo matches, a longstanding tradition at Bendabout Farm, 3553 S. Lee Highway, just south of Cleveland, Tenn., return this weekend. Matches will feature local, national and international players from professional and amateur ranks. Players of local interest include Bradley County native Gillian Johnston, the highest-rated woman player/sponsor in USA high-goal polo; and Chattanooga native Will Johnston, the fifth generation of the family's polo players. Feature matches start at 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Donations will be accepted Sunday for the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe, whose soldiers -- when it was an active Army post -- competed in the Bendabout matches as far back as the 1930s. Gates open two hours before start time. Seating is available. Attendees are welcome to bring folding chairs and picnics. Admission and parking are free.


-- Scenic City Shakespeare will discuss "The Merchant of Venice" at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of a monthly series focusing on the Bard's comedies. Enthusiasts may gather in the Edney Innovation Center, 1100 Market St., or take part via Zoom.

-- Ripple Productions & Diversified Arts, 3264 Brainerd Road, will present the final weekend of performances of "Circuit Rider's Wife: The Musical," about old-time religion in Appalachia, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.

-- Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga will present "Daughters of the Moon," about a runaway slave girl and a former plantation mistress wanted for murder, the next two weekends at Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22-24. Tickets are $20-$22.

Find more events, and add your own, at See a longer calendar of events in Sunday's Times Free Press.

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.

  photo  Staff file photo / The mallets of Bendabout Farm's Owen Rinehart, left, and Old Hickory Bourbon's Will Johnston get tangled during a 2019 polo match at Bendabout Farm in McDonald, Tenn.