Staff file photo by Troy Stolt / People take to the ice at the 2020 opening of Ice on the Landing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The outdoor ice rink opens for the 2021 season on Nov. 19.

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The second episode of the Tennessee-based podcast series "Highway See," is now available. This installment reveals how some of Tennessee's major roads came to be and the evolution of corduroy, plank and macadam methods of road-building.

"The idea of Highway See is to share the history behind the roads we all use, with a goal to better understand how roads are crucial to our continual mobility and advancement," said Susie Alcorn, executive director of the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance and the podcast's creator and executive producer. "Roads are known to not only expand our economy and connect us to faraway places, roads have intrinsically shaped our state."

The first episode, released in March, examined how "the mud hole of the U.S." became Tennessee's modern highway system. Listen at or via any podcast platform, such as Apple, Google or Spotify.



CHRISTMAS VILLAGE — New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7608 Shallowford Road. Arts and crafts vendors, direct sales and small-business products, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20. 423-892-0853

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE — Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. More than 250 merchants selling gift items, toys, clothing, jewelry, pottery, collectibles and food, noon-6 p.m. CST Nov. 14 (last day). Free make-your-own photos with Santa, noon-5 p.m. $10 ages 10 and older, $5 parking fee.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE HOLIDAY MARKET — Greenway Park, 775 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Over 100 craft, commercial and food vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 14 (last day).

GALAXY OF LIGHTS — Huntsville Botanical Garden, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, Huntsville, Ala. Holiday music and light experience in 26th season, with walk-through and drive-through options. Walking Nights, 5:15-8:30 p.m. CST through Jan. 1 (closed Thanksgiving); $13-$25 adults, $7-$15 children; advance purchase recommended. Driving nights, 5:30-9 p.m. CST Dec. 2-Jan. 1 (closed Christmas); $20-$35 per vehicle; purchase in advance or at gate.

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS — Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Millions of lights and displays with the gardens as a backdrop, plus s'mores, model trains and live music, through Jan. 15. Open 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, plus Mondays Nov. 22, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27.

MISTLETOE MARKET — The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge (new location), 3499 U.S. Highway 76, Young Harris, Ga. Arts, crafts and food vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS — Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Award-winning festival features more than 5 million lights, themed shows, food, fireworks set to Christmas music, through Jan. 2 (hours vary). $84 ages 10-61 (discounts for children/seniors).

WALKER FARM PIONEER DAYS — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Hands-on historical demonstrations geared to elementary -age students and families, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (timed entry) Nov. 17-20. $7.50 nonmembers, $5 members.


BIKE & BREW TOUR — Five Wits Brewing Co., 1501 Long St. Starting point for tours and samples at four Chattanooga craft breweries, presented by Bike the South, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (stops alternate weekly). $47 includes bike rental.

CHATTANOOGA FASHION EXPO — Multiple locations. Inaugural event gathers established and emerging creatives in fashion, hair and makeup styling, visual art and performing art for industry panel, VIP fundraising gala, retail market, kickoff and after parties, educational classes, Nov. 18-20. Two-hour runway show is 4-8 p.m. Nov. 20 at Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza; $50-$125 (free admission to retail market). Celebrity guests include Aaron Michael, a contestant on the current season of Bravo's "Project Runway."

CHATTANOOGA GREEN PRIX — 160 Riverfront Parkway (adjacent to Chattanooga Green between AT&T Field and the Tennessee River). Annual racing event sponsored by GreenSpaces features electric-powered race cars built by elementary, middle and high school student teams, Nov. 19-20. Qualifying races start at 1:30 p.m. both days.

CHRISTMAS PARADE — East Ridge. Route travels Ringgold Road from Germantown Road to Tombras Avenue, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 (rain date 3 p.m. Nov. 21).

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS — Rock City, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Award-winning million-lights extravaganza with more than 30 holiday scenes, Nov. 19-Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Eve). With gingerbread cookie decorating, hot cocoa and visits with Santa (through Dec. 23). $17-$30 adults, $9-$16 children 3-12. Tickets must be purchased online.

EPB HOLIDAY WINDOWS — EPB headquarters, 10 W. M.L. King Blvd. Vignettes on view on Broad and Market street sides of the building, Nov. 25-Jan. 3.

FESTIVAL OF TREES & GALA — Westmore Church of God, 2440 Legacy Parkway NW, Cleveland, Tenn. Foundation House Ministries' fundraiser, Nov. 18. Silent auction of decorated trees and gift baskets starts at 5 p.m. Buffet, musical performances by Lee University's Evangelistic Singers and Symphonic Band, door prizes, 6-8 p.m. $40 (sponsorships available).

HOLIDAY GARDENING — Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market St.

— Nov. 16: Two Leaf Tuesday potting (or repotting) session for plant gifts, 6-8 p.m. Bring your own planters and pots, or buy them.

— Nov. 19-Dec. 12: Drop-in Wreath, Centerpiece and Garland Bar make-it, take-it sessions (call ahead for groups). $25-$55 depending on size and type of materials selected from supply bar. Bring your own wreath form from last year for extra bunch of greenery.

HOLIDAY GARDENING — Master Gardeners of Hamilton County. Virtual class on Holiday Flower Arranging, 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 20. Free, but register for Zoon link.

ICE ON THE LANDING — Chattanooga Choo Choo gardens, 1400 Market St. Opening night for 120- by 40-foot, outdoor ice skating rink, 6 p.m. Nov. 19. Includes live holiday music by organist Buddy Shirk 6-7 p.m. and prize giveaways throughout the evening. Season lasts through Jan. 30. $10-$12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger (includes skate rental; same price even if you bring your own skates.)

MOCCASIN BEND LECTURE SERIES — Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. "Rivers, Rails & Roads: Transportation During the Cherokee Removal" talk by Amy Kostine, national trails program coordinator for the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Attend in person or virtually. Free, but register.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn.

— Nov. 14: Holidays at Five Points, silent auction of handcrafted goods donated by local artisans, clubs and businesses, 1-5 p.m. $10 admission.

— Nov. 20: Coffee With a Curator, 10-11 a.m. Greg Vital talks about the history of Vital Buffalo Farm. Free with general admission ($9 adults).

NATIONAL PICKLE DAY — Easy Bistro, 801 Chestnut St. Restaurant celebrates with signature dish, Pickled Hen's Egg, 4-9 p.m. Nov. 14.

THANKSGIVING MARKET — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Food and gift vendors at last outdoor Chattanooga Market of the season, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 21. (Holiday Market moves to Chattanooga Convention Center first three weekends in December.) Free admission.

TRI-STATE BLUEBIRD SOCIETY — Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave. End-of-season meeting for local chapter of Tennessee Bluebird Society, 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

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Staff file photo / Racers push their carts to the starting line before a race in the 2019 Chattanooga Green Prix. School teams competed in the electric go-cart races, which test teams' mechanical abilities, driving skill and their cart's endurance. This year's races take place Nov. 19-20 on Riverfront Parkway.


AN EVENING OF READINGS — Chattanooga Public Library's fourth floor, 1001 Broad St. Historical fiction writer and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga English instructor J. Kasper Kramer, along with UTC creative writing graduate students Lysa Scealf and Paul Zachos, read from their works, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Kramer will have copies of her books available for sale and signing.

BEST-SELLER LECTURE — UTC's University Center auditorium, 642 E. Fifth St. Program by Dr. Bruce Perry, lead author (with Oprah Winfrey) of "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing," a book about the emotional and biological effects of childhood trauma, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Program presented by the George C. Connor Professorship in American Literature and UTC's psychology and English departments.


ABBA'S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Chonda Pierce, 7 p.m. Nov. 14. $29-$55 (group discounts); VIP tickets include early entry, meet and greet, premium seating.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Nov. 17: Open Mic Night for up-and-coming talents, 7:30 p.m. $5.

— Nov. 19-20: Katie K, 7:30 and 9:45 nightly. $17-$19.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Fortune Feimster, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. $35-$50.

WALKER THEATRE — 399 McCallie Ave. (inside Memorial Auditorium). Steve-O on Bucket List Tour, 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 14. $35-$100.


A NIGHT OF GOSPEL MUSIC — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. Concert with Chris McDaniel, Jason Crabb and The Hullenders, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $12 ages 12 and younger.

THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800A Rossville Ave. Emi Sunshine CD release party, 7 p.m. Nov. 19. $20.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. Chattanooga Song Circle performance by Jennifer Daniels Neal, 7 p.m. Nov. 18. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. The Disco Biscuits, 8 p.m. CST Nov. 19-21. $85 and up.

CHATTANOOGA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE — Humanities Theater, 4501 Amnicola Highway. Chamber music by student ensemble and the faculty trio Chattywampus, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Free. Livestream available.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. Masterworks concert, "Ravel & Brahms," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $25-$90.

EAST TENNESSEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Fall concert by all-volunteer orchestra, 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Concludes daylong Hope Twinkles 2021 play-along benefit for Zan Young School of Music and Hope.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Cleveland, Tenn.

— Nov. 14: Opera Theatre's Musical Revue, 3 p.m. in Buzz Oates Theatre, Communication Arts Building, 345 Church St. NE. Part of Music Theatre International fundraiser, "All Together Now: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre." Free, but tickets required.

— Nov. 17: Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. in Conn Center, 150 11th St. NE. Free. Livestream available.

NOONTUNES — Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Weekly series featuring local musicians, food trucks and vendors, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, features Lon Eldridge Nov. 18. Free.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

— Nov. 19: The Breakfast Club, 1980s tribute band, 8 p.m. $20-$35.

— Nov. 20: Jameson Rodgers on Cold Beer Calling My Name Tour, with Jordan Rowe, 8:30 p.m. $15-$30.

— Nov. 21: Sullivan King on Loud & Reckless Tour, with Blanke and Layz, 8:30 p.m. $22-$199.

SONGBIRDS — 35 Station St.

— Nov. 17: Songbirds Rising concert (to introduce new acts) with Bendigo Fletcher and Ona, 7 p.m. $15.

— Nov. 20: Drivin N Cryin, 8 p.m. $25.

STRING THEORY — Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View. Chamber music series features works by Beethoven, Ravel and Brahms played by Radovan Vlatkovic (horn), Soovin Kim (violin) and Gloria Chien (piano), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Preceded by Musical Dialogue with the artists at 6 p.m. $10-$45.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St.

— Nov. 18: Tedeschi Trucks Band, 7:30 p.m. $49-$99.

— Nov. 20: TobyMac on The Theatre Tour, 7 p.m. $28-$102.


BACK ALLEY PRODUCTIONS — Mars Theatre, 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Ga. "The Thanksgiving Play," a comedy about staging a culturally sensitive play about the first Thanksgiving, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $12-$14.

COVENANT COLLEGE — Sanderson Hall, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Ga. "The Christians," playwright Lucas Hnath's examination of faith, with a live gospel choir, 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $10.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PLAYHOUSE — 221 Tennessee Ave., Crossville, Tenn. 931-484-5000,

Through Dec. 18: "Scrooge: The Musical." $16-$32.

— Nov. 19-Dec. 19: "Forever Plaid." $16-$30.


AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. Works by Katie Rogers, Lisa Denny and Paulina Fae, through November.

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. "On This Harvest Moon" community show, through Nov. 28.

CHARLES H. COOLIDGE MEDAL OF HONOR HERITAGE CENTER — 2 W. Aquarium Way. "War Comes Home: The Legacy," traveling exhibition exploring themes of wartime separation, adjustment to life back home and the cost of war, through Dec. 29.

GALLERY AT BLACKWELL — 71 Eastgate Loop. Photographic Society of Chattanooga's fall/holiday show on view.

HUNTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART — 10 Bluff View. Art + Issues panel discussion led by local Muslim and Arab women, 6 p.m. Nov. 18. Free.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. Annual Holiday Show, featuring gift pieces by all member artists, through Nov. 30.


ERLANGER CHATTANOOGA MARATHON — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Carter St. Marathon, marathon relay and half marathon start at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Health, Fitness & Technology Expo open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 14 (site also home to Chattanooga Market, open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Contact Lisa Denton at or 423-757-6281.