On May 21, Rock City celebrates Founder’s Day and the first 80 people through the gates will be able to “See Rock City” for the original ticket price of 25 cents. At 1 p.m. that same day, Rocky, the mascot, will host a birthday party with sugar cookies and lemonade, the same menu as opening day.
Martha Bell will be attending the party, just like she did in 1932, when she was five years old. Bell is not only one of the first Rock City Gardens visitors, she also took on the role of Mother Goose at the attraction from 1983 to 2005, and helped conduct outreach at the local schools during that time.
The birthday party will take place at Lover’s Leap, one of the most scenic vistas in all of the Southeast. Recently added elevated terrace seating with two fireplaces offers seating for guests to dine and take in the “view of seven states.” The New Binkley Brothers, Rock City’s “house band,” will entertain guests with authentic Old-Time, a style of Southern Appalachia folk music, from the new permanent stage.
Founder’s Day is just one of many special events planned throughout the year at Rock City. Shamrock City and EarthDayz were held in March and April. The Southern Blooms Festival, celebrating the gardens, is set for May 4-6. Summer Music Weekends, Rocktoberfest, the Enchanted MAiZE/Blowing Scream Farm and the Enchanted Garden of Lights are all scheduled for later this year: www.seerockcity.com
The Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast still has some rooms available and is located directly across the street from Rock City Gardens, high atop Lookout Mountain and 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Visit our web site at: www.stayatchanticleer.com