1) The Real Deal Home Store
Need to take an item to the holiday office party? How about decking the halls before your guests arrive? If you’ve never been to The Real Deal Home Store in LaFayette, you’ll be impressed with their selection of home décor, gifts and silk floral supplies. It’s especially helpful if you’re looking for something for the SEC football fan in your family.
2) Southern Hanger Boutique
With a growing LaFayette location and an additional store in Cleveland, Tennessee, this local boutique offers stylish trends without leaving Walker County. From boots and accessories to leggings for ladies and girls, you’ll enjoy the convenience of shopping local while getting tips from the friendly staff at Southern Hanger.
3) Debbi’s Flowers
Debbi’s Flowers on the square in LaFayette offers plenty of gift ideas beyond floral arrangements. From ornaments to figurines and heirloom handkerchiefs, you may find just what you’re looking for without venturing away from home. Ceramic platters and dishes featuring SEC football teams are a popular gift idea, especially for those gift-exchange games at the office.
4) The Bee Boutique at Pigeon Mountain Trading Company
You don’t have to be a beekeeper to enjoy this store’s products. Folks who haven’t stopped by The Bee Boutique in LaFayette might be surprised to find a variety of gift ideas, from local honey to Naked Bee lotions. You can also find individual honey sticks, perfect for the coffee or tea drinker on your list. From candle making supplies to home & kitchen accessories, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the options available here.
5) Beautifully You Boutique
One of Walker County’s newest stores, Beautifully You Boutique features ladies clothing in a variety of sizes and styles. Jeggings and leggings, jewelry and tunics are just some of the items you’ll find when you stop by their new store, located on Hwy 27 in Noble next to Paws Pet Supplies. Follow them on Facebook for their latest inventory.
6) The Jewelry Chest
If you’re looking to buy something special, chances are The Jewelry Chest in LaFayette can help you finish your shopping this year. With a variety of Pandora bracelets and charms, this local store also provides breathable silicone rings, including one for the LaFayette Ramblers fan.
7) Elder’s Ace Hardware
With locations in Chickamauga and LaFayette, Ace Hardware can also help you check items off your shopping list this year. Featuring brands like Yeti and Carhartt, you’ll also find a section of home décor items with candles, porch flags, and seasonal products.
8) Brody Jewelers
This jewelry store, operated by the 4th generation, has been in business since 1937. Their Rossville location makes it convenient to shop for the special person on your Christmas list. Follow them on Facebook to see some of their latest selections from designers such as Gabriel and Co.
Giving Tuesday, an annual event that takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday, is the perfect time to show your support for nonprofits this holiday season. Local organization Backpack Blessings hopes you'll lend a hand by spreading the word about their important mission.
Backpack Blessings provides nutritious, non-perishable food items to students each Friday to reduce weekend hunger and help prepare for Monday's learning in the classroom. Now in its fourth year, the organization has grown to serve 565 students per week at nine schools in Walker County.
This story from one of the organization's school coordinators highlights the amazing impact it has on the lives of local students:
"I have one student in particular that will usually ask me about his backpack blessing before Friday rolls around. I think he has so many inconsistencies in his life that he just wants to check and make sure that the food he gets each week will continue. When I tell him I will be sure and deliver it on Friday, he smiles and gives me a hug.”
Backpack Blessings encourages their volunteers and friends to share their story on social media or to donate to the cause. To donate, text ‘ybackpack’ to 71777 or visit https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/ybackpack.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recognized See Rock City (SRC), Inc. CEO Bill Chapin as the recipient of the Tom Kilgore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ga. Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island earlier this month. Several of the state’s top tourism professionals were awarded various honors at the annual event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), which brought together more than 400 tourism industry professionals from across the state.
Gov. Deal said, “Chapin has dedicated himself to maintaining and developing the vitality of Rock City and its gardens, which continue to draw sightseers from across the nation. He strives to create an environment where tourists enjoy themselves so much that they return for a separate visit.”
“The pinnacle award given each year at the conference, this honor recognizes an individual who exemplifies outstanding lifetime commitment towards tourism,” said SRC COO & President Susan Harris. “SRC, Inc. was excited to support Bill for this well-deserved honor for someone who loves and champions our industry, our places and our people.”
Chapin purchased the family-owned attraction in 1985 from his father, which was founded in 1932 by his great-uncle, Garnet Carter. Several companies have been added to SRC, Inc. under Chapin’s leadership, as well as multi-million dollar renovations through the years and a full festival and annual event lineup. The award-winning tourist attraction has received top mystery shop scores in customer service by the Southern Highlands Attractions association, as well as international attention from media and visitors.
See Rock City (SRC), Inc. is a hospitality and entertainment company that features the world-renowned Rock City Gardens high atop Lookout Mountain celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, located just six miles from downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. SRC also owns and operates the Battles for Chattanooga Museum, Clumpies Ice Cream Co., Starbucks, the Incline Railway concessions and ticketing, and Grandview Conference Center on Lookout Mountain, as well as two Clumpies locations in Chattanooga and Blowing Springs Farm in Flintstone, Ga. Visit www.seerockcity.com for more info.
If you're still searching for the perfect Christmas gifts, visit Real Deal Home Store Friday, November 24 and for Shop Small Saturday on November 25 to receive big holiday discounts.
Real Deal will also be hosting the 3rd Annual Christmas Carnival in their parking lot immediately following the LaFayette Christmas Parade on December 1. The fun includes Inflatables, games, snacks, cotton candy hot chocolate, and more. All activities are free.
The Real Deal Home Store is located at 315 N Main Street in LaFayette, Georgia.
On Friday, December 1, and on Saturday, December 2, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a Christmas Open House at the Cravens House, located on Lookout Mountain. The house will be decorated in a manner very similar to the Civil War era. This special holiday event will take place from 6 pm to 8 pm, with tours beginning every 30 minutes. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, and for more information about this event, please contact the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423-821-7786.
Christmas, 1862 – The holidays in 1862 were a time of hope. For wealthy southern families like the Cravens, there was reason for optimism that the war would soon end in victory, and soldiers like Jesse Cravens were hopeful that this would be their last Christmas in the army. Just a few days later, the Emancipation Proclamation was scheduled to take effect, and for the first time, enslaved people throughout the South could finally begin to see the end of their generational nightmare. Join us for this special program as we explore how the residents of Robert Cravens’ home on Lookout Mountain pondered their past, present, and future during this holiday season 155 years ago.
The City of LaFayette would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and remind you of their upcoming Christmas Events! For more information, visit cityoflafayettega.org or facebook.com/mycityoflafayette.
Cocoa with Santa - November 27, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Amazing Christmas Lights Show - December 1-31, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christams Parade - December 1, 6:00 pm
Visit with Santa - December 1, 7:00 pm
8th Annual Model Railroad Display - December 1-3 & 8-31, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6th Annual Reindeer Run 5K - December 2, 9:00 am
Photos with Santa at the Marsh House - December 3, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Marsh House Tours - December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas Bazaar - December 9, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
A Christmas Carol at Mars Theatre - Dates to be announced
Holiday Snowman Decorating Contest - Entries must be on display by December 1
Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights has delighted guests for over two decades as this holiday tradition returns with almost a million LED lights and unmatched holiday memory-making beginning Nov. 17. The gardens’ daytime splendor transforms into a winter wonderland for its 23rd year displaying more than 30 holiday scenes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 6.
“New this season along The Magic Forest section of the Enchanted Trail, is an immersive journey through dancing trees,” said Will Jackson, senior manager of innovation for Rock City. “We partnered with local musician, Tryezz, to develop an original score for this part of the Lights. This new enhancement really speaks to an aspect of our ongoing art initiative here at Rock City Gardens where we make an intentional effort to support local artists and the local arts community.”
Guests can create their own holiday adventure as they enter through the historic roundhouse gates onto the North Pole Highway and choose which themed path to venture on first. The four “realms of wonder” include Arctic Kingdom, Magic Forest, Yule Town and North Pole Village! Meet classic Christmas characters like Santa and his elves, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, Jack Frost and Inara the ice queen. Kids can also collect a stamp in their adventure passport that offers activities and coupons. Nightly entertainers are also performing in the North Pole Lodge, as well as select nights at Starbucks.
Along the Enchanted Trail in the Arctic Kingdom, Blizzard’s Pass leads to icy gardens with lighted penguins fishing and animatronic polar bears. The Magic Forest features new, original music through the Dancing Trees and the beloved Fairyland Caverns. Yule Town is the traditional route through the trail, displaying a classic vintage theme with the Legends of Christmas, which showcases symbolic meanings behind classic holiday icons. And North Pole Village hosts Santa and Mrs. Claus where comfort and joy await! Kids can enjoy decorating Christmas stockings and gingerbread cookies while warming up with some hot cocoa.
Discounted tickets to the Lights are offered Mondays through Thursdays. The Enchanted Garden of Lights is closed Christmas Eve night and reopens on Christmas Day at 6 p.m. For more info, visit www.seerockcity.com/lights.
Rock City Gardens is proud to partner annually with Ronald McDonald House Charities, giving a portion of each ticket sold to benefit local families whose children are hospitalized. For more info on this organization and how to help, visit rmhchattanooga.com.
Back Alley Productions is set to produce Arthur Miller’s legacy drama “The Crucible,” with performances at the Mars Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 10 through 18, and a special 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 19. The historic theater is located at 117 N. Chattanooga St., LaFayette, Georgia. You can get tickets online at www.BAPshows.com, or at the lobby 30 minutes before showtime. Use promo code "MILLER" when ordering to receive $2.00 off your ticket.
“The Crucible” is considered to be among Miller’s best plays, and is set during the Salem Witch Trials, a dark period in American history where ordinary citizens were tortured and even killed for being accused of witchcraft. Miller used the guilty-until-proven-innocent mentality of Salem as an examination of his own experiences with the McCarthy hearings during the 1950s. In was then that several prominent Americans, including Miller, were accused of national treason and links to Soviet communism, with little or no evidence.
“The Crucible is such a powerful show and I’m glad to have such a talented cast to put it on,” explained show director Joseph Henry Watts, who is making his directorial debut with Back Alley Productions. “Arthur Miller has always been my favorite playwright, and The Crucible has always been a dream of mine to direct. The show is powerful, dramatic, and has such great moments for theatre audiences to enjoy.”
The story is told primarily through the eyes of a farmer named John Proctor, who suffers from the downfall of his community after several young girls attempt to conjure spirits in the woods. When caught, the girls accuse other inhabitants of Salem of practicing witchcraft. Soon their childish finger-pointing spirals into mass hysteria wherein everyone is a potential witch, leading to a cycle of distrust, accusation, arrest, and ultimately conviction.
This production forgoes traditional 17th century Salem for a 1950s look and feel that Miller was familiar with, all in order to bring the metaphor of the Red Scare to the forefront, while drawing allusions to our own modern world.
“The story of a community - pastors, farmers, lawyers and families - all leaning into their worst selves through paranoia and accusation is a powerful message for today,” Watts adds. “While this production is apolitical, I think it’s fair to say that in our current political climate everyone, regardless of background, has developed a sense of fear from those they disagree with. Miller is definitely using both instances of the witch trials and McCarthyism to warn audiences of the cost of such fears and hysterias.”
Watts adds that the production will be performed in Alley staging. “We’ve thrown away the idea of performing the show in a typical proscenium-style fashion,” he said. “The show will be performed in a transverse stage style known as Alley Staging. This is the first attempt at this unique staging strategy from Back Alley in an attempt to truly show the depth, hysteria, and paranoia based in The Crucible”