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147th Anniversary Battles for Chattanooga

October 25th, 2010 by

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend special programs commemorating the anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21. The Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. A variety of activities, including guided walks, talks, and tours–will be conducted at various locations in the Chattanooga area. Living history demonstrations will include Union infantry and Confederate artillery and infantry. Artillery demonstrations and Union infantry demonstrations will be conducted in Point Park, located atop Lookout Mountain. Confederate infantry demonstrations will be conducted at the Cravens House on Saturday and at Point Park on Sunday.

The Battle Above The Clouds

Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast currently still has some rooms available for this event.

For more information about this event and the expanding number of programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, visitors may contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786, the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, or visit

Rocktoberfest at Rock City Gardens

October 25th, 2010 by


Get in touch with Rock City’s German Heritage during the 5th annual Rocktoberfest!
Rock City Square will be transformed for a celebration of harvests and fall foliage. This premiere Fall Celebration includes live German Music, Polka Lessons, German Food, Specialty Beer, Costume Characters and Fun for the whole family. Join the fun at Rock City as we celebrate our German heritage and honor our founder Frieda Utermoehlen Carter!


Stroll along the Buddenstrasse, sing Oompah Karaoke, German Food and Beer, specialty souvenirs, photo opportunities, Live Music, Polka Lessons, and more await you at Rocktoberfest. Event activities include:

  • The Buddenstrasse (Avenue of the Booths) will be located at Lovers Leap and will include Artisan Vendors, Pumpkin Painting, Fairyland Forest Makeovers and more
  • Big River Beer Garden
  • German Food including grilled bratwurst, homemade sauerkraut, & roasted potatoes
  • Oompah Karaoke on the Critter Classroom Stage
  • Atlanta Puppets will perform their custom Bavarian Puppet Show on the Lovers Leap stage throughout the weekend 10/16 & 10/17
  • Special Souvenirs including novelty hats: chicken hats for the chicken dance and green Biarritz German hats. Also souvenir beer mugs that include a free first beer and discounted re-fills. Also, purchase one of the all-new pink Rock City Survivor Birdhouses with proceeds benefiting Scenic City Survivors.
  • Polka Dance Lessons – Daily, 12:00pm and 1:30pm
  • Live Bands with audience participation for the “Chicken Dance” and other favorites (see performance schedule below)
  • Costumed characters available for photos
  • German and Harvest Themed Themed photo opportunities
  • Kids Activities including: Interactive Kids Activities (balloons, storytelling, etc) will occur on the Lovers Leap stage, plus Fairyland Forest Makeovers*, Pumpking Painting*, Panning for Gems* and the Rock Climbing Wall*

Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast still has some limited rooms available for these dates, Book now.

Music Performances Schedule
Performance Schedule a Date Band Name

12:00 Polka Dance Lesson October 2nd and 3rd Wurstbrats
Chattanooga, TN
12:30 Band Performance October 9th and 10th
Die Mitternaechters
Birmingham, AL
1:30 Polka Dance Lesson October 16th and 17th Music Meisters
Nashville, TN
2:00 Band Performance October 23rd and 24th
Alpine Mountain Band
Nashville, TN
3:15 Band Performance October 30th and 31st
Laurentz und die Katven
Atlanta, GA
4:15 Band Performance

History comes to life on the TN River, Chattanooga

October 15th, 2010 by

It’s a gorgeous time of year to spend on the water and take in a little history.

A sailing museum floated into Downtown Chattanooga and is now docked at the City Pier.

Two Columbus ship replicas are quite a sight.

The Niña and Pinta are open to the public for self-guided tours.

You can step back into history on the Tennessee River.

Replicas of the ships Christopher Columbus sailed are docked downtown, at the city pier.

The Nina is an exact replica, build by hand with no power tools and is considered the most historically-correct Columbus ship ever built. In fact, it was used in the movie “1492” starring Gerard Ddepardieu.

The Pinta was built a little larger to accommodate day sails.

Both ships will be in Chattanooga City port through November 2nd. The public can take a self-guided tour of them from 9am to 6pm daily.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for students.

The Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast is only 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga and a mountain top away.