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* Remember Ed Johnson: Four days of events marking the dedication of a permanent memorial to the Black man who was lynched on the Walnut Street Bridge in 1906 will culminate Sunday. Four programs are scheduled; registration is not required to attend.

— 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. "The Tomb of Ed Johnson and the Resurrection of Christ" on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn, 625 Georgia Ave. As Johnson awaited execution, his final wish was to go to church one last time. Leaving the jail was impossible, so the Rev. E.B. Fleming brought the church to him.

— 3-4:30 p.m. Dedication and unveiling of the memorial, south end of the Walnut Street Bridge, 1 Walnut St. Using storytelling and performance art, the dedication will honor Johnson's legacy and that of his attorneys, Noah Parden and Styles Hutchins. Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and chairman of its Center for African American Studies and Department of African American Studies, will give the keynote address. After the unveiling, participants will walk across the Walnut Street Bridge.

— 5-6:30 p.m. Memorial dedication gathering at Walker Pavilion in Coolidge Park, 120 River St. Features uplifting art and fellowship with a drum circle and spoken word and dance performances by local artists including Kofi Mawuko and the Pop-Up Project.

— 5-7 p.m. "Making the Ed Johnson Memorial Exhibit" at the Association for Visual Arts, 30 Frazier Ave. Opening immediately following the memorial dedication, this educational exhibit in AVA's Landis Gallery will showcase the inspiration and process behind the new memorial by artist Jerome Meadows.




AREA 61 GALLERY — 721 Broad St. New collections by local artists Denice Bizot, "Spience," and Bob McElhaney, "Organics," through Sept. 30. 423-648-9367

ARTISAN DEPOT GALLERY — 204 Cumberland St., Cowan, Tenn.

— Bids accepted in Scholarship Art Show silent auction, through Oct. 2. Reception and unveiling of mural, 5-7 p.m. CDT Oct. 2.

— Melissa's Menagerie Art Show, through Oct. 31. Open house, noon-6 p.m. CDT Sept. 17.

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.

IN-TOWN GALLERY — 26A Frazier Ave. "Go Bold," paintings by Jennie Kirkpatrick, through Sept. 30. 423-267-9214,



BATTLE BELOW THE CLOUDS — Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Highway. Amateur barbecue competition, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Includes children's activities, college football on the big screen, bluegrass by Lou Wamp & The Bluetastics (10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and Barefoot Nellie (2-5 p.m.), winners and door prizes announced at 5 p.m. (must be present to win). Free admission; barbecue and craft beer for sale. Proceeds go to Lana's Love Foundation.

BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA COMMEMORATION — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 LaFayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. Tours, hikes, artillery and living-history demonstrations marking 158th anniversary of the Civil War battles, starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20.

BRAG'S U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE 21 — Chattanooga to Atlanta. A ride along a section of the U.S. Bicycle Route System, Sept. 24-26. Mass start at 9 a.m. Friday from Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. Includes rest stops, nightly entertainment, support vehicles.

CELEBRATION OF VALOR LUNCHEON — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Keynote address by Afghanistan war veteran Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21. $125 for luncheon, $150 to also attend VIP reception at 10 a.m.

CLEVELAND GEEKSTER — Cleveland State Community College gymnasium, 3535 Adkisson Drive, Cleveland, Tenn. Eighth annual expo of comic books, vintage toys, art, movie memorabilia, games and pop-culture collectibles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25. $5 ages 13 and up.

THE COMEDY CATCH — 29 Station St. Big Eddie Caylor, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 ($12-$14), 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Sept. 24-25 ($17-$19).

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT — Chattanooga Choo Choo Gardens, 1400 Market St. Trident Transport fundraiser, with amateur and pro divisions, benefiting Children's Hospital at Erlanger, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 25. Includes children's activities, local musicians, beer, food and cocktails. Free admission.

CTC BOOK CLUB — Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St. Reading Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, for discussion at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the mainstage lobby. A PDF of the script is on the club's Facebook page (ask to join for access).

FALL PLANT SALE — Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St. Plants remaining from Sept. 18 festival will be inventoried and uploaded to online store, Barn2Door, on Sept. 21, with orders available for curbside pickup Sept. 23-25. Includes sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower starts for fall garden and seeds for vegetables best sown directly.

FAMILY DAY — Museum Center at Five Points, 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Children's activities, story time (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.), trunk shows (noon and 2 p.m.). Free for kids, $3.50 adults.

MARKETPLACE LUNCHEON — Mountain City Club, 729 Chestnut St. Program by Bill Dudley, senior pastor emeritus at Signal Mountain Presbyterian, noon-1 p.m. Sept. 23. Deadline for lunch reservations Sept. 21.

OPEN HOUSE — New Hope Presbyterian Church, 7608 Shallowford Road. Congregation debuts new building, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 25. Free Bruster's ice cream to first 75 visitors. Door prizes awarded every half hour. 423-892-0853

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY — Volunteer opportunities and fee-free days at national parks and other public lands, Sept. 25.

OPEN MIC FOOD & CLOTHING DRIVE — Garage Lofts, 1700 Broad St. Brexit Tennessee community outreach event for Chattanoogans in need, 3-7 p.m Sept. 25. Enjoy music, food and guest speakers; donate nonperishable foods and clothing.

PARADISE GARDEN ART & LEARNING CENTER — 84 Knox St., Summerville, Ga. Grand opening of Chattooga County's first arts center, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 22. Outdoor event includes music by Russell Cook and the Sweet Teeth, plus food and beverages.


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

— Goldenrod Gardens tour, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 25. $10-$15.

TORCHLIGHT GALA — Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road. Second annual fundraiser for Chattanooga Audubon Society includes torchlight nature walk, Spring Frog Cabin tours, Chattanooga Whiskey tastings, music, art demos, silent auction, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 25. $55-$75.



NOTE: Listed events are closest to Chattanooga. Visit for information on other happening or upcoming fairs, including Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville; Oktoberfest in Helen, Ga.; the Arts Festival at Rose Lawn in Cartersville, Ga.; North Georgia State Farm in Marietta, Ga.; Mistletoe Merchants in Lebanon, Tenn.; Dollywood's Harvest Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; the Blue Ribbon Country Fair in Townsend, Tenn.; Riverfest Arts and Crafts Festival in Canton, Ga.; and Sandy Springs Artsapalooza Arts Festival in Sandy Springs, Ga.

CRUSH FESTIVAL — Cartecay Vineyards, 5704 Clear Creek Road, Ellijay, Ga. Grape stomping, live music, wine tastings, vineyard tours, arts, crafts and food vendors, 12:30-6 p.m. Sept. 19 (final day). $25.

DANCING GOATS FOLK FEST — 518 River St., Ellijay, Ga. Juried folk art show, crafts, mountain music, storytelling, traditional foods, goat beauty pageants, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 26.

EAST RIDGE CENTENNIAL — Camp Jordan Park, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway. Community birthday party with music, beer garden, arts and crafts marketplace, history walk, food trucks, family activities, fireworks finale 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 25.

FALL FESTIVAL — Mayfield Farm Park, 257 state Highway 307, Athens, Tenn. Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zip lines, Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Open Thursday-Sunday plus daily Oct. 11-17. $14.95 online, $16.95 at gate all visitors ages 2 and up; individual and family season passes available.

FALL GARDEN FESTIVAL — Hamilton County Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle. Master Gardeners of Hamilton County present exhibits and demos, kids activities, plant vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25. $5 (free for children under 12); free parking.

FALL HERITAGE FESTIVAL — Downtown Cowan, Tenn. Arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Sept. 19 (final day). Free admission and parking.

FESTIVAL! — Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, Ga. Outdoor art market, indoor patron exhibit, self-guided tours of sculpture garden, live performances, multicultural children's activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 19 (final day). Free admission.

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, Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sundays. $15 ages 3 and up.

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

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

HOMESTEADS APPLE FESTIVAL — Cumberland Homestead Tower and Museum, 96 Highway 68, Crossville, Tenn. More than 100 craft booths, live music, fried apple pies, antique tractors, storytelling, quilts, weaving, basket making, woodcarving, jewelry makers, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26 (all times Central), rain or shine. $5 admission ages 11 and up, good both days and includes free tour of Homesteads Tower Museum.

RIDE THE RAILS FESTIVAL — Historic L&N Depot, 150 Railroad Ave., Mineral Bluff, Ga. Tri-State Model Railroaders fundraiser with 5-mile ride to Murphy Junction and back, railroad hand cars, model railroad exhibit, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 25-26. Motor car, $13 adults, $6 ages 2-17; hand car, $2 per person; mini hand car, free.

SHOW & SELL — Rock Spring United Methodist Church, 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring, Ga., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25. Arts and crafts booth, food trucks, tractor show, kids zone, pony rides, live music, quilt raffle, quilt display in the sanctuary, free hay rides. Free admission and parking. 706-810-8199

SUNFLOWER STABLES BARN SALE & MARKET — Collegedale Commons, 4950 Swinyar Drive. Upscale, vintage-inspired market with over 45 vendors selling antiques, handmade crafts, boutique clothing, jewelry, pottery, produce, baked goods, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19 (final day). Free admission.

WALKER COUNTY AG FESTIVAL — Walker County Ag Center, 10052 N. Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga. Vendor booths, livestock shows, beekeeping both, cooking class, soap making demonstration, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 25.



CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS — AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley. Chattanooga Lookouts vs. Mississippi Braves in last game of the season, 2:15 p.m. Sept. 19, weather permitting. Promotions include suicide awareness and kids run the bases after the game. $6-$11.

CHATTANOOGA RED WOLVES — CHI Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Way. Men's professional soccer team vs. New England Revolution II, 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Tickets start at $14.



THE ARTS AVENUE — 1800 Rossville Ave.

— Sept. 24: Funk You, 8 p.m. $15.

— Sept. 25: Erick Baker, 7 p.m. $20.

BETHEL COUNTRY CONNECTION — Chattanooga Convention Center, 1 Carter Plaza. Kelley Lovelace and Nashville friends in concert to benefit Bethel Bible Village, 7 p.m. Sept. 23. Dessert show (no dinner this year). $150.

THE CAVERNS — 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, Tenn. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, with John Mailander's Forecast Trio, 6 p.m. CDT Sept. 26. $52-$300.

COVENANT COLLEGE — Dora Maclellen Brown Memorial Chapel, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Ga. Soprano Karen Slack, with pianist Casey Robards, performing works by women composers and arrangers, 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Free with reservations; livestream option available.

LEE UNIVERSITY — Squires Recital Hall, 1250 Parker St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn. 423-614-8240.

— Sept. 20: Faculty recital by soprano Lenena Brezna, accompanied by pianist Marybeth Wickes, 7:30 p.m. Free; livestream option available.

— Sept. 24: Meet the Composer and world premiere of chamber piece "New Worlds" by award-winning composer Douglas Hedwig, 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Free and nonticketed.

MUSEUM CENTER AT FIVE POINTS — 200 E. Inman St., Cleveland, Tenn. Music Under the Stars with Premier Jazz Orchestra, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 25. Courtyard opens at 5 p.m.; swing dance lessons with Unity Dance Studios at 6 p.m. Bring your own seating. Picnics welcome, or buy from vendors on site. $10 ages 13 and up; VIP tables available.

THE SIGNAL — 1810 Chestnut St.

— Sept. 20: Miel San Marcos, featuring Juan Carlos Alvarado, Daniel Calvetti and Raul Sanchez, 7 p.m. $55.

— Sept. 22: Myles Kennedy on Ides of March Tour, with Tyler Bryant, 8 p.m. $25-$42.

— Sept. 23: Jelly Roll on Work in Progress Tour, with James Garcia and Still Matthews, 8 p.m. Sold out.

— Sept. 24: The Velcro Pygmies, 8 p.m. $20-$40.

— Sept. 25: Moon Taxi, with Sparkle City Disco, 8:30 p.m. $27-$54.

SOUNDS OF SUMMER — Market Park Pavilion, 106 S. Jackson St., Athens, Tenn. Biweekly concert series features Mending Wall, 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Free admission.

SOUTH SEMINOLE BAPTIST CHURCH — 1201 S. Seminole Drive, East Ridge. Jackson Heights, with Chris Golden, 6 p.m. Sept. 25. $10 donation at door, plus love offering.



CHATTANOOGA THEATRE CENTRE — 400 River St. Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park," 8 p.m. Sept. 24-25, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 8 p.m. Oct. 8-9, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10. $15-$25.

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

— Through Sept. 30: "The 39 Steps." $16-$30.

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

MOUNTAIN ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER — 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain. A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 2 p.m. Oct. 3. $12-$15.

— Compiled by Lisa Denton