Things to do this weekend in the Chattanooga area include Hamilton County Fair, Beastly Feast, Touch-A-Truck

Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Quinn Lawson, 16, plays trumpet with the Gordon Lee Middle and High School band during practice at Dan McNally Park near Gordon Lee High School on Oct. 17. The Gordon Lee Band Boosters will present Chilimauga, a fundraiser for the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Gordon St., Chickamauga.
Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Quinn Lawson, 16, plays trumpet with the Gordon Lee Middle and High School band during practice at Dan McNally Park near Gordon Lee High School on Oct. 17. The Gordon Lee Band Boosters will present Chilimauga, a fundraiser for the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Gordon St., Chickamauga.

There's plenty of markets and festivals this weekend, including Christmas Made in the South, Chilimauga and the newly envisioned Hamilton County Fair. Beastly Feast at the Chattanooga Zoo and Touch-A-Truck, featuring a variety of vehicles, will also be this weekend. There will be several events in observance of Veterans Day as well. For more seasonal events, check out this year's Chattanooga Times Free Press fall festival guide. Otherwise, here's this weekend's chronology.


ARTS

— Photographic Society of Chattanooga continues its fall show at the Gallery at Blackwell, 71 Eastgate Loop. Society members will have their work displayed, and prints will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The show will run through Dec. 1. Learn more at chattanoogaphoto.org.

— Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace, continues its exhibition "Vocabulary," featuring the work of 27 local and national artists. The works featured in the exhibition use different vocabularies and dialogues in different artistic mediums to engage with viewers and other artists. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The exhibition will run through Nov. 30. Learn more at jewishchattanooga.com.

— In-Town Gallery, 26A Frazier Ave., will have an opening reception for its 49th all-member holiday show from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. The exhibition will feature new works from the gallery's members and ornaments and gift items priced from $15 to $75. Sean Price will present "Playing with Fire," a glassblowing demonstration, from noon-8 p.m. The all-member exhibition will run through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 11-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Learn more at intowngallery.com.

— Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave., will have an opening reception for its annual all-member salon show from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. This will be the association's final exhibition of the year; it is the largest exhibition of the year featuring works from 110 local and regional artists. The exhibition will run through Dec. 23. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Monday and Tuesday. Learn more at avarts.org.


BL30!

— Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., is celebrating its 30th anniversary through Nov. 22. Each day will showcase a different artistic discipline from music to dance to film and more. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Alan Shikoh will present, "An Evening of Solo Guitar." At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, six performing artists will present, "Nutbush City Limits," a Tina Turner tribute in dance. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Burlesque Obscura will perform. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, drummer Bob Stagner will perform with the Shaking Ray Levi Society. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, there will be an interactive movie night where the audience can watch and play along. At 7:30 p.m. Monday, artists with the Barking Legs Artist Incubator project will present their original performance works. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chattanooga Comedy will present, "Formation -- Diversity in Comedy." Tickets are available for individual events while passes are available for admittance to multiple events. Learn more at barkinglegs.org.


DANCE

— Mill Town and The Pop-up Project will present "Until the Sun Rises" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Coosa Mill, 1800 S. Watkins St. The immersive experience combines dance, music and art for attendees to explore through the historic Coosa Mill, which is being reopened for this event. There will be food and beverages available. General admission tickets cost $45. Learn more at thepopupproject.org or eventbrite.com.


MUSIC

— Songbirds, 35 Station St., will have several events through the weekend. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, RiseUP TV, an unscripted television show in production, will have performances by rising music artists; tickets cost $25. At 7 p.m. Saturday, John Mark McMillan with John Lucas will perform; tickets cost $24 in advance or $28 the day of show. From 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Songbirds will host a free-to-attend gear swap for people to buy, trade and sell music gear and records. Learn more at songbirdsfoundation.org.

— The Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St., Suite 120, will host The Premier Music Group's "Off the Top" show at 7 p.m. Thursday. The show will feature performances of funk and soul hits performed by "Off the Top," an 11-piece group of horns, vocals and a rhythm section. Tickets cost $10 online and at the door. Learn more at granfalloonchattanooga.com.

— Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., will have several shows going into the weekend. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Southern Culture on the Skids with Genki Genki Panic will perform; tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Friday, Southern Avenue with Drew Sterchi and Blues Tribe will perform; tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of show. At 9 p.m. Saturday, Dizgo with St. Owsley will perform; tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 the day of show. Learn more at barrelhouseballroom.com.

— Fever, a live entertainment production company, will present candlelight concerts at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road. The 6:30 p.m. concert will feature some of the best works by film composer Hans Zimmer ("Inception," "Interstellar," "Pirates of the Caribbean"). The 8:45 p.m. concert will feature the works of Antonio Vivaldi ("The Four Seasons") and other composers. The concert will be illuminated by thousands of candles creating a unique ambiance. Tickets cost $32-$61. Learn more at candlelightexperience.com.

— Music at St. Paul's will begin the 2023-24 season of its Artist Series with a concert by soprano Jacquelyn Stucker at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St. Stucker will perform 19th and 20th century vocal works. In total, there will be five concerts in the series. General admission tickets cost $30; season subscriptions can be purchased as well. Learn more at stpaulschatt.org/artist-series-concerts.

  photo  Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / The choir performs during the service Sunday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Music at St. Pauls will begin the 2023-24 season of its Artist Series with a concert by soprano Jacquelyn Stucker at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh St.
 
 

— Southern Adventist University will present "Battle of the Steel Bands" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Iles P.E. Center, 4870 University Drive. The university's steel band, conducted by Keith Lloyd, will host Walker Memorial Academy's Fire 'N Steel band, conducted by Leonard Cann, from Avon Park, Florida. The concert is free and open to the public. Learn more at southern.edu/musicevents.

— University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra and Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts String Orchestra will present a free, public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the UTC Fine Arts Center, 752 Vine St. The concert will include performances of "Carmen Suites 1 and 2" by Georges Bizet and "Tragic Overture" by Johannes Brahms. The string orchestra will perform selections from its fall performance, "Bach and Roll," including "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Brandenburg" by Black Violin. Learn more on the UTC Music department's page at utc.edu.


OUT & ABOUT

— Southern Adventist University's School of Journalism and Communication will host a conversation between Michel Martin of NPR's "Morning Edition" and Atlanta audio producer David Barasoain at 7 p.m. Thursday at Iles P.E. Center, 4870 University Drive. The free event will explore "Making Sense of a Polarized World." Learn more and register at southern.edu/truth.

— Christmas Made in the South will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Tony Ingle Parkway, Dalton. This Christmas market will feature over 200 artists and crafters selling unique, handmade goods. Santa will be in attendance, and there will be a holiday buffet. Admission is good for all three days with a hand stamp; admission costs $9 for adults, and children 12 and under get in free. Learn more at madeinthesouthshows.com.

— Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a 30-minute, ranger-led program at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe. The program will focus on restoration work underway on the 11th Michigan Infantry's regimental monument on Horseshoe Ridge/Snodgrass Hill. Staff from Northern Stone Carving, the organization conducting the restoration work, will be on-site. Learn more at nps.gov/chch.

  photo  Staff file photo by Robin Rudd / The monument to the 11th Michigan Infantry, topped with the figure of its colonel, William Stoughton, was a victim of vandals years ago. The colonel once held his sword in his hands. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host a 30-minute, ranger-led program at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chickamauga Battlefield, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe. The program will focus on restoration work underway on the 11th Michigan Infantrys regimental monument on Horseshoe Ridge/Snodgrass Hill. Staff from Northern Stone Carving, the organization conducting the restoration work, will be on-site.
 
 

— The newly envisioned Hamilton County Fair debuts this weekend with hours from 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at McDonald Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road. The three-day event will feature family-friendly activities, including amusement rides, agricultural exhibits, lumberjack shows, rodeos, live music, fireworks and more. In observance of Veterans Day, there will be a focus on veterans and support for Wreaths Across Chattanooga. Tickets cost $5-$14. Learn more at hamiltontnfair.com.

  photo  Staff File Photo by Robin Rudd / The McDonald Farm, which straddles both sides of Coulterville Road in Sale Creek, will be the site of the 2023 Hamilton County Fair. The newly envisioned fair debuts this weekend with hours from 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at McDonald Farm, 16705 Coulterville Road.
 
 

— Junior League of Chattanooga will host Touch-A-Truck from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Warner Park, 1100 McCallie Ave. The family-friendly, hands-on event will offer opportunities for children to explore, climb and touch a variety of trucks, including emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment. There will also be opportunities to meet the personnel who drive the vehicles. There will be a quiet hour from 9-10 a.m. for children with sensitivities to noise and flashing lights. Tickets cost $5 per person, $20 for families of four or more and children 2 and under get in free. Learn more at touchatruckchatt.com.

— Signal Mountain Fire and Police departments will host a food drive from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Signal Mountain Fire Station 1, 1111 Ridgeway Ave., and Signal Mountain Fire Station 2, 5240 Shackleford Ridge Road. The food drive will support the Signal Mountain Social Services Food Pantry. Items donated will be used primarily in Christmas baskets the pantry puts together for those in need in the area. Canned and other nonperishable items or hygiene-related items are suggested for donation. For more information, contact the departments' administrative assistant, Trish Davis, at pdavis@signalmountaintn.gov.

— Gordon Lee Band Boosters will present Chilimauga, a fundraiser for the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Gordon St., Chickamauga. The event will include a chili cook-off, a cornhole tournament, craft vendors and live music. While admission is free, a $10 general ticket purchase includes chili tasting and voting, and registration for the cornhole tournament costs $20 per two-person team. For more information, visit chilimauga.com.

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton/ Members of the Gordon Lee Middle and High School band practice at Dan McNally Park near Gordon Lee High School on Oct. 17. The Gordon Lee Band Boosters will present Chilimauga, a fundraiser for the Gordon Lee Marching Trojan Band, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 200 Gordon St., Chickamauga.
 
 

 — Shop the Market At will host Christkindlmarkt, a German/European-inspired holiday market, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. The market will feature a variety of craft vendors and German and European holiday traditions such as Krampus and Christkind. There will be gold lanterns, candles and other European-inspired decorations in addition to German and European foods and drinks. Learn more at shopthemarketat.com.

— Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., will host Beastly Feast from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The event will showcase the natural eating habits of some of the zoo's predators like the jaguar, leopard, komodo dragon and more. Whole prey items will be given to the animals to encourage them to use their natural instincts and adaptations; the prey items are not live. Due to the nature of the event, it is not recommended for everyone. Tickets cost $6-$8 for zoo members and $14-$18 for nonmembers. Learn more at chattzoo.org/events.

— Jewish Cultural Center will conclude its 16th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series this week. The final screening will be "March 68" about two young students who meet and fall in love in the midst of social turmoil and Jewish discrimination in 1960s Warsaw and learn the cost of freedom after participating in a protest rally. The film will screen virtually from noon Sunday to noon Friday and in-person at 7 p.m. Monday at the cultural center, 5461 North Terrace. Walk-ins for in-person screenings are available and encouraged; virtual screenings must be paid in advance. Admission costs $12. Learn more at jewishchattanooga.com.

— Chattanooga Fire and Police departments will host a charity basketball game at 4 p.m. Sunday at Brainerd High School, 1020 N. Moore Road. First responders will play against the high school's varsity basketball team in the school's gymnasium. In addition to the game, there will be vendors, food trucks and other activities. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are asked to bring canned goods and/or nonperishable food items to be donated and used to create Thanksgiving meals for families in need. For more information, contact the fire department at CFDPublicInfo@chattanooga.gov.

— Green Thumb Garden Club of Collegedale/Ooltewah will have its monthly meeting at 6:45 p.m. Monday at Chestnut Hall, 4950 Swinyar Drive. This month's presenter is Deborah Taube, an avid gardener who grows 85% of her family's food; she will present on the topic "Cover Crops and Fall Plantings." There will be refreshments and door prizes. This will be the last meeting of the year, and the first meeting next year will be Feb. 12. Entry is free for first-time visitors. For more information, contact Rita Vital at 423-505-6605.

— Collegedale Academy will host the 40th anniversary of the Cad4Hope Food Drive from noon-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Samaritan Center, 9231 Lee Highway. The drive is named after academy teacher Richard Cadavero, who started the effort to teach students about serving others. To participate in the drive, bring a paper bag of nonperishable food items to help stock the Samaritan Center Food Pantry. Learn more at collegedaleacademy.com/cad4hope.

— East Hamilton Ministerial Association and the Samaritan Center will host a community celebration of Thanksgiving at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Commons, 4750 Swinyar Drive. The service will feature seasonal music, a message of thankfulness and a food drive/time of offering to benefit the Samaritan Center Food Pantry. For more information, contact the center's community relations coordinator, Brandi Dixon, at 423-238-7777.


VETERANS DAY

— City of Collegedale will host a Veterans Day celebration at 3 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park on Apison Pike. OAKBOW Band will perform music at 2 p.m., and the Collegedale Academy Band will play a series of patriotic songs at 2:45 p.m. The celebration will include an unveiling of the recently repainted Army tank by Harrison resident Henry Achey and will feature speeches by local politicians. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, contact Cmdr. Dennis Smith at 423-505-5335 or desmith155@yahoo.com.

  photo  Staff file photo by Matt Hamilton / Members of the American Legion Post 95 Honor Guard, from left, Post Cmdr. David Sherrill, Richarde Eady, Honor Guard Cmdr. Larry Palmer and David Broyles, fire a volley during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Collegedale Commons in 2022. The city of Collegedale will host a Veterans Day celebration at 3 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park on Apison Pike.
 
 

— Bugler Steve Price will present a "Taps" ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday in front of Ringgold City Hall, 150 Tennessee St. The public is invited to attend. Additionally, the Catoosa County Veterans Memorial Flag Committee is seeking volunteers to help take down the over 2,000 flags that were put up in honor of veterans; the flags will come down at 10 a.m. Nov. 20. For more information, contact Pete Pedigo at 706-866-9089 or City Hall at 706-935-3061.

— Jericho Brass Band of Chattanooga will perform a Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 214 E. Eighth St. The concert program will feature several songs and hymns selected to salute and recognize the effort of veterans and the cause of freedom. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Learn more at jerichobrassband.org.

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Contact Sam Still at sstill@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6579.

  photo  Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Collegedale resident Anthony Rogers holds his hand over his heart during the National Anthem during the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Collegedale Commons in Collegedale on Friday, November 11, 2022. City of Collegedale will host a Veterans Day celebration at 3 p.m. Friday at Veterans Memorial Park on Apison Pike. OAKBOW Band will perform music at 2 p.m., and the Collegedale Academy Band will play a series of patriotic songs at 2:45 p.m. The celebration will include an unveiling of the recently repainted Army tank by Harrison resident Henry Achey and will feature speeches by local politicians. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
 Matt Hamilton 
 
 
 

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