Contributed Photo by Shelia Harding Cannon / Shandra Burnett, left, and Dennis Parker star as Melissa and Andrew in the Mountain Arts Theatre production of "Love Letters." The A.R. Gurney classic follows the couple through their letters to each other over 50 years. The final performance is at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

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* Pick a pumpkin: You can always buy a pumpkin for the porch on your next trip to the grocery store, but several area farms can help you make a day of finding just the right one. Not only are their pumpkin patches open, but many have corn mazes, hay rides and other fun farm activities. These farms are among the agritainment options open Sundays:

- The River Maze, 1371 Highway 64, Ocoee, Tenn., 1-7 p.m., $8-$14;

- Red Apple Barn, 3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay, Ga., 12:30-5:30 p.m., free admission (no corn maze);

- Mayfield Farm Park, 257 Highway 307, Athens, Tenn., 1-7 p.m., $15-$17,

- Flat Top Mountain Farm, 638 Bowman Cemetery Road, Soddy-Daisy, noon-5 p.m., $10;



ABBA'S HOUSE — 5208 Hixson Pike. Kari Jobe kicks off Blessing USA Tour, with Cody Carnes, 7 p.m. Oct. 8. $28-$225.

THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800 Rossville Ave. Ben Sollee & Liz Longley, 7 p.m. Oct. 9. $20.

BARKING LEGS THEATER — 1307 Dodds Ave. New York City jazz chanteuse Svetlana on tour, 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tennessee. All times are Central.

— Oct. 8-9: The Floozies, with Sunsquabi and Nobide, 8 p.m. (Saturday's show is sold out). $29-$273.

— Oct. 10: The Marshall Tucker Band, 5 p.m. $49-$309.

CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA — Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave. "Lights! Camera! Pops!," featuring music from "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible" and other iconic movie scores, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $25-$90.

FIRESIDE CONCERTS — Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road. Weekly series kicks off with Lou Wamp and the Bluetastics, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7. Picnics welcome; bring roasting sticks for marshmallows. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Free.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Pangle Hall, 340 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. Los Angeles Piano Trio in Presidential Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. $5-$15., 423-614-8343

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM — 399 McCallie Ave. Shinedown, with special guest Ayron Jones, 8 p.m. Oct. 5. $35-$235.

MUSIC FOR THE MIND — Wanderlinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. Family-friendly fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association of Chattanooga, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 7. Money raised by donations at the door, $1 from every pint sold and T-shirt sales.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

— Oct. 8: Laine Hardy, with Kylie Frey, 8 p.m. $25-$75.

— Oct. 9: Dare To Drag, benefiting Chattanooga Kidney Foundation, 9 p.m. $40-$200.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER — Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Biweekly concert series concludes with Chris Hennessee, 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Free admission.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St.

— Oct. 6: An Evening With Patty Griffin & Gregory Alan Isakov, 8 p.m. $35-$75.

— Oct. 9: Stone Temple Pilots, canceled.


COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St.

— Oct. 6: Open Mic Night for up-and-coming local talent, 7:30 p.m. $5.

— Oct. 7-9: Josh Phillips, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $12-$14; 7:30-9:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $17-$19.

TIVOLI THEATRE — 709 Broad St. Daniel Tosh, 7 p.m. Oct. 3. $45-$85.


ADVENTURE VAN EXPO — Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge. Gathering of van builders, rental companies, vehicle and accessory sellers, van life experts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 3. Includes music and concessions. $10.

MILITARY CHILDREN'S RETREAT — Deadline is Oct. 3 for event hosted by Freedom Sings USA, formerly Operation Song Chattanooga, Oct. 15-16 at Tennessee River Gardens. Open to children of deployed service members, Gold Star and low-income veterans' children ages 10-17. Creative-writing exercises will determine six for a professional songwriting session about their life as a military child for a concert on Oct. 16. Email:

MOCCASIN BEND LECTURE SERIES — Imax Theater, 201 Chestnut St. "The Legacy of Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park Campaign" by guest speaker Dorothy Canter, president of the campaign's board, 7 p.m. Oct. 4. Attend virtually or in person; registration required for either.

REFLECTION RIDING — 400 Garden Road.

— Saturdays ongoing: Feed the Red Wolves, 9-10 a.m. $10-$15.

— Saturdays in October: Floating Through the Forest, guided canoe trip on Lookout Creek, 1-3 p.m. $15-$25.

WOMEN'S FUND OF GREATER CHATTANOOGA — Ninth annual fundraiser, Voices, to be presented virtually 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Includes keynote discussion by several panelists and announcement of recipient of the 2021 Nightingale Network grant. $25-$75.


ATHENS COMMUNITY THEATER — The Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn.

— "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Oct. 7-9, 2 p.m. Oct. 10. $15-$20.

— Auditions for "Clue, 6 p.m. Oct. 4-5 (shows Nov. 26-Dec. 5).


— Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3 (sold out), 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $15-$25.

— Centre Stage Awards, 5 p.m. Oct. 10 (following final performance of "Barefoot in the Park"). Includes hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks (OK to BYOB); music by Moon Change Quartet. Free but register.

THE COLONNADE PLAYERS — Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga. "Lionel Bart's Oliver," 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Oct. 9 performance will be interpreted for the deaf. $13-$19.

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

— Through Oct. 28: "Little House on the Prairie: The Musical." $16-$32.

— Oct. 8-Nov. 11: "Peter and the Starcatcher." $16-$30.

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER — 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," 2 p.m. Oct. 3. $12-$15.


AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. "Musings" by Maggie Vandewalle, Oct. 7-31. Opens with reception, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7. 423-648-9367

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn. Melissa's Menagerie Art Show, through Oct. 31.

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.


— Oct. 4: "Complicated Cultures and Conversations: A Moroccan Artist's Perspective" in Black Professionals at the Hunter series, 5:30-7:30 p.m. With performances by poet Erika Roberts and singer Karla Felecia Scaife. Must register.

— Oct. 7: Throwback Thursday, 4-8 p.m. Free admission to permanent collection, $5 to current exhibitions, "Lalla Essaydi" and "Mediterranea: American Art from Graham D. Williford Collection."

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Something To Crow About: A Treat for the Soul," works by master ceramicist Laurie Graham and painter Miki Boni, through Oct. 31.

RINGGOLD ART & FRAME GALLERY — 7825 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga. "Celebrate Art" by Civic Arts League of Chattanooga, Oct. 7-31. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 7.


CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB — Finley Stadium, 1826 Carter St. Men's professional soccer team plays Cal United Strikers, 7 p.m. Oct. 7. $7-$16.


CHATTANOOGA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL — Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace. Series opens with "Kiss Me Kosher," a subversive love story between clashing cultures and families, 7:15 p.m. Oct. 6. Available only to star sponsors, who get in-person or virtual access to all six films for $100. A la carte films, $12 each, are only available virtually for 72 hours (noon Tuesday-noon Friday each week). Star sponsors also receive two tickets to in-person reception or drive-through "cocktail party in a box" for opening night.

CHATTANOOGA OKTOBERFEST — First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd. A two-day Chattanooga Market celebration, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10. German food, oompah bands, chicken dances, craft beers; new this year, Mr. and Ms. Chattanooga Oktoberfest costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Free.

CRAFT/BAKE SALE — Cloud Springs Baptist Church, 210 Cloud Springs Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Benefit for church's Golden Agers group, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 9. Free admission. 706-866-0164

FALL ARTS IN THE PARK — City Park, 350 Gray St., Blue Ridge, Ga. Displays and demonstrations by 150-plus artists and crafters, food vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9-10. $5 ages 12 and older.

FALL FESTIVAL — Mayfield Farm Park, 257 state Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. 31, plus daily Oct. 11-17. Fireworks Fridays in October; Haunted Trail designated nights in October (weather may affect operations). $14.95 online, $16.95 at gate all visitors ages 2 and up; individual and family season passes available.

FINSTER FEST — Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, 200 N. Lewis St., Summerville, Ga. Sixty-plus folk and fine artists, live music, guest speakers, property tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9-10. $5 admission; free handicap parking on site; others park at Walmart, 13427 Highway 27, and ride free shuttle.

FUN FAMILY FARM FESTIVAL — Sweet Dreams Farm arena, 935 Lawson Federal Road, Ball Ground, Ga. Hands-on horse experiences, Revelation Riders demonstrations, pumpkin chunkin, inflatables, petting zoo, hay rides and maze, festival games, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9. Free admission; charges for some activities.

FUN ON THE FARM — Guthrie Farms, 490 County Road 67, Riceville, Tenn. Corn maze, hay rides to pumpkin patch, animal petting barn, bounce pad, games, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $15 ages 3 and up.

GATLINBURG CRAFTSMEN'S FAIR — Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail, traffic light No. 8 on Gatlinburg Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Exhibit and demonstrations by 200-plus crafters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 24. Music at noon and 3 p.m. daily. $10 adults (unlimited returns).

GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL — Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main St., Ellijay, Ga. More than 300 arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, parade, antique car show, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10 and 17. $5 ages 10 and older; civic and school groups handle parking with requested donation.

GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FALL FESTIVAL — Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Hiawassee. Arts and crafts vendors, holiday favorites cooking contest, country, classic rock and gospel artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8-16. $12 day pass includes most concerts (2 and 7 p.m.); separate ticket required Oct. 9 ($40, Tracy Lawrence) and Oct. 16 ($35-$45, Ronnie Milsap and Mark Wills).

GRANDADDY'S FARM — 454 Highland Ridge Road, Estill Springs, Tenn. Pumpkin patch, hay rides, pig races, animal corral, fall market, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 30. Activity area $13 ages 3 and up; season passes available.

GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE FESTIVAL — 116 Public Square, Adairsville, Ga. Parade, pageants, arts and crafts, entertainment, noon-5 p.m. Oct 3 (final day). $3.

HARVEST CELEBRATION ON THE MOUNTAIN — Flat Top Mountain Farm, 13100 Jones Gap Road, Soddy-Daisy. Corn maze and pumpkin patch, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 31. $10 ages 4 and up. Family-friendly haunted maze Fridays and Saturdays in October, $15.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AND GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS — Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Artistic sculptures, elaborate fall scenes, artisans, seasonal food, entertainment, through Oct. 30. $79 ages 10-61, discounts for younger and older guests.

NEW SALEM MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL — New Salem Community Center, 12477 Highway 136, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Canceled.

NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR — Jim Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, Ga. Carnival, live music, petting barns, flower shows, blue-ribbon competitions, fair foods, plus lumberjack show, Jurassic Kingdom and alligator show among new attractions, 12:30-10 p.m. Oct. 3 (final day). $10 gate admission ages 11 and up; ride tickets cost extra.

OKTOBEREST — Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss St., Helen, Ga. Multiple weeks of traditional music, dancing, food and beer, daily through Nov. 7; doors open at 6 p.m. during the week, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 during the week, $10 Saturdays, free on Sundays.

PRATER'S MILL COUNTRY FAIR — 5845 Highway 2, Dalton, Ga. Fair centered on functioning 1855 mill at Coahulla Creek, with 160-plus artists and crafters, traditional craft demonstrations, homemade Southern foods, live entertainment, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10. $7 per day ages 13 and older (free with military ID); free parking and shuttle service.

PUMPKIN PALOOZA — Greenway Park and Pavilion, 755 Raider Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Family festival with arts and crafts, product vendors, food trucks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9. Free.

PUMPKINTOWN — 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. More than 200 vendors, powwow, entertainment, children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 9.

THE RIVER MAZE — 1371 Highway 64, Ocoee, Tenn. Corn and hay mazes, pumpkin patch, cow train, zip lines, 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31. $8-$14 depending on activities.

ROCKTOBERFEST — Rock City Gardens, 1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga. German music, food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October. $26.95 adults, $14.95 children 3-12. Reserved timed-entry tickets required.

ROTARY CLUB CRAFT FAIR — Patriot Park, 186 Old Mill Ave., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Handmade arts and crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Oct. 30. Free admission and parking; freewill donations distributed to local charities.

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN — Atlanta Botanical Garden, 345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. See scarecrows created by artists, crafters, youth groups and businesses, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through Oct. 31 (last entry at 8 p.m.; closed Mondays except for Columbus Day). $22.95 adults, $19.95 (ages 3-12) weekdays; $2 more on weekends; timed tickets required.

SCARECROWS ON THE FARM — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Vote on a favorite scarecrow built by community supporters, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, through Oct. 30. Free admission.

WOODEN FAMILY HARVEST FESTIVAL — Oren Wooden's Apple House, 6351 New Harmony Road, Pikeville, Tenn. Crafts, food, pumpkin patch, family activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Oct. 8-9.


DREAD HOLLOW — 321 Browns Ferry Road. Award-winning attraction returns with three new immersive haunt experiences, three horror-themed escape rooms and the Buried Alive coffin simulator, every Thursday through Sunday in October. Not recommended for children under 12. $25 for Dread Hollow, $10 for Buried Alive, $60-$80 escape rooms (up to six people). Tickets must be reserved online.

THE HAUNTED BARN — 5017 McDonald Road, McDonald, Tenn. Self-guided tour through 16 rooms filled with horror scenes and professional actors. Open 7 p.m.-midnight (or later) Fridays and Saturdays in October. $20.

THE HAUNTED HILLTOP — 8235 Highway 58. Features haunted house with professional actors and state-of-the-art animatronics, plus hayride through the woods, $15 each or $20 for both. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Open 7 p.m. until at least 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October.

LANTERN TOURS — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Explore the cave like founder Leo Lambert did in 1928, with only the light of a handheld lantern, and hear stories exclusive to this after-hours specialty tour, for ages 5 through adult, Friday nights and select Saturday nights in October and November. $34.95 (includes yellow miner's hat for ages 5-12). Tickets must be reserved online.

PUMPKIN CARVING — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Outdoor space, carving knife and pumpkin provided, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in October, $16 for first pumpkin, $10 extras. Bring other tools if you prefer them. Scarecrows available for viewing.