Fall 2013 Contents


Special Occasions: Talkin’ ’bout Sweet Seasons

Special Occasions: Talkin’ ’bout Sweet Seasons

Sheep, antiques, an open-air barn and laid-back atmosphere make this family farm a charmingly Southern setting for a variety of social events. story by OLIVIA GRIDER | photography by MONICA DOOLEY | styling by SUZANNE MANNING MARTENSON of Stems & Styles A gentle breeze is blowing and the shadow of tall pines in a nearby
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Nature’s Path: City on a Hill

Nature’s Path: City on a Hill

Outdoor adventurers and regular folk find Lookout Mountain park the perfect place for rock climbing, exploring or just enjoying an astonishing view. by RANDY GRIDER AND OLIVIA GRIDER It’s a rare Sunday afternoon when you can walk through the maze of towering rock formations collectively known as Cherokee Rock Village without seeing dozens of climbers
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History Book: Shave and a Haircut

History Book: Shave and a Haircut

Click here to view this article as a PDF Hank Williams’ final trip included stop at Fort Payne, Ala., barber shop just hours before he died by RANDY GRIDER Tucked in the front corner of Beason’s Barber Shop in Fort Payne, Ala., is a vintage barber chair. Not an unusual piece of décor for such
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Mountain Melodies: Preserving the Musical Past

Mountain Melodies: Preserving the Musical Past

Drawing on indie and punk-rock influence, Chris Hale is introducing a new generation to century-old Appalachian folk music. by STEVEN STIEFEL Chris Hale’s banjo is like a time machine. When he performs, the listener is mentally transported to the 1920s, perhaps imagining a lonesome player sitting on the porch of an old home place and
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Make Yourself at Home

Make Yourself at Home

Region offers incredible natural beauty – and hospitality that will make you want to stay Click here to view this article as a PDF

One-of-a-Kind Treasures

One-of-a-Kind Treasures

The Lookout Mountain area is the home or inspiration of countless artists and craftspeople. Click here to view this article as a PDF It also hosts shops, galleries and antique stores offering unique and unusual items. Here’s a small sampling of what you can find. Ug-Chug Mugs inspired by traditional southern face jugs, each of
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Inn for the Night: Shhhhh!

Inn for the Night: Shhhhh!

Cozy bed and breakfast with breathtaking views is one of lookout Mountain’s best-kept secrets by CAROLYN MAGNER MASON I pinky swore I wouldn’t tell how the Secret Bed & Breakfast in Leesburg, Ala., got its name, but I can’t resist breaking my promise to the other guests about writing a review of the secluded B&B.
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Life on Lookout Mountain (Fall 2013)

Life on Lookout Mountain (Fall 2013)

text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM All over our planet there are little pockets of beauty and culture that seem different from those anywhere else. These areas are so distinct they tend to be viewed as their own mini worlds. The Lookout Mountain region of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee is a place like this. The
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Lookout Tennessee: Are you inclined to Incline?

Lookout Tennessee: Are you inclined to Incline?

One of the world’s steepest railways offers panoramic vistas, a hands-on peek into history and – for some – the opportunity to prevail over personal challenge. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN There is somethIng about entering the sixth decade of one’s life that makes one do silly things – you know, all those scary things that
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Feature: Walking with Spirits

Feature: Walking with Spirits

Author Jerry Ellis transforms quest for adventure and search for meaning into life-altering trek along the Trail of Tears by RANDY GRIDER AND OLIVIA GRIDER Old soul, adventurer, romantic, pilgrIm, dreamer, sophisticate, philosopher... Any of these could be used to describe Jerry Ellis or various aspects of his life. But each alone lacks the breadth
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Artist Spotlight: Of Wood and Wisdom

Artist Spotlight: Of Wood and Wisdom

Chain-saw carver’s quirky imagination and country wit spawn fanciful artwork and colorful sayings. by OLIVIA GRIDER Anyone who tries his hand at journalism learns pretty quickly there are two types of difficult interviews. In one, the interviewee is so conscious everything he’s saying could end up in print that he’s rendered virtually speechless. (My first
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What’s Cookin’: Hardware Café

What’s Cookin’: Hardware Café

Multi-talented duo enjoy serving up specialized meals in a setting as eclectic as their menu by ANITA STIEFEL | photography by STEVEN STIEFEL In an era of mega-chaIn shoppIng and drIve-thru dining, it’s refreshing to find a thriving mom-and-pop general store. Nestled among the trees atop beautiful Lookout mountain in Mentone, Ala., you can find
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The Homestead: Kinship and Community

The Homestead: Kinship and Community

A search for family roots and community spirit led this Selma, Ala., couple to downsize from a two-story farmhouse to a cabin in the heart of a mountain village. story by ELIZABETH MANNING | photos by AMIE MARTIN Joan and Jim Byrum, both 64, were originally drawn to Lookout Mountain at the request of a
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Kids’ View: Imagination Place

Kids’ View: Imagination Place

You can be whatever you want at this great children’s museum. by MATTIE KANADAY, AGE 6, And HAGAN KANADAY, AGE 4 as told to CADEN GRIDER, AGE 11 Mattie Kanaday: At Imagination Place, I was a firefighter, a banker, a grocery store cashier and a construction worker. I was also a scientist at the Turtle
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Folklore: Coming Home

Folklore: Coming Home

Click here to view this article as a PDF story by SHAWN BLANKENSHIP | illustration by ANN HAMILTON Editor's Note “Coming Home” by Shawn Blankenship was one of four finalists in the Lookout Alabama-SELTI Writing Contest, sponsored by this magazine, the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative, DeKalb Tourism and Greater Gadsden Area Tourism. The competition, which
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Good Works: Capturing Hearts and Minds

Good Works: Capturing Hearts and Minds

  Tigers for Tomorrow provides a permanent sanctuary for rescued animals while raising public understanding and awareness through educational programming. by N.L.MCANELLY | photography by DON KNAPP AND SANDY JOHNSON You are most likely afraid of snakes. If not fear, the idea of a snake coiled in the grass before you is, at least, likely
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