Winter 2013 Contents


Shop Around (Winter 2013)

Shop Around (Winter 2013)

The Lookout Mountain area is the home or inspiration of countless artists and craftspeople. It also hosts shops, galleries and antique stores offering unique and unusual items. Many would make great gifts. Click here to view this article as a PDF Functional Pottery by Shannon MacMichael Teapot, $60; Berry bowl, $35; Mug, $20 Wildflower Café
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Tying the Knot: A Natural Gathering Place

Tying the Knot: A Natural Gathering Place

The wooded environment and earthy accents of terrapin creek lodge make it a quaint yet sophisticated spot to tie the knot. by BRETT BRALLEY JAILLET When Patsy and Mark Bragg stumbled upon a lodge on a 5-acre wooded property in Piedmont, Ala., eight years ago, they knew right away it was a perfect place for
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Folklore: Canyon Casanova

Folklore: Canyon Casanova

by NEAL WOOTEN "Canyon Casanova” by Neal Wooten 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 challenged writers to compose fictional short stories set in real places in Alabama’s Lookout Mountain region,
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Publisher’s Note: Sit for a spell

Publisher’s Note: Sit for a spell

Lookout Mountain offers many wonders if you slow down to take them all in Click here to view this article as a PDF by RANDY GRIDER Being publisher of Lookout Alabama, I am constantly on the move – visiting area businesses and meeting the new challenges each day brings. It would be easy to get
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Feature: Cold-Weathering in Mentone

Feature: Cold-Weathering in Mentone

Mountain village sees uptick in winter amenities for visitors by Randy Grider A few years ago, Mentone, Ala., resembled a ghost town during the coldest months of the year. It was like a beautiful mountain village that had been freeze-dried for the brave souls who ventured down its main highway – a well-preserved reminder of
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Artist Spotlight: Outside the lines

Artist Spotlight: Outside the lines

Anne Hamilton charts an unconventional course with her wide-ranging art and intriguing life. story and photos by OLIVIA GRIDER “What lives in art and is eternally living, is first of all the painter, and then the painting.” – Vincent van Gogh Anne Hamilton has never been a rule follower. Not in life, and not in
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History Book: Those Fabulous Flocks

History Book: Those Fabulous Flocks

NASCAR pioneers Bob, Fonty and Tim reached legend status in the mid-20th century. by RANDY GRIDER NASCAR enjoys a proud heritage of several families with deep roots in the sport. Obviously, there are the Allisons, the Pettys, the Earnhardts and others who are considered racing nobility. But when it comes to flair, arguably no family
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Doing Business Here: Being Good and Feeling Good

Doing Business Here: Being Good and Feeling Good

zkano breathes new life into Fort Payne’s flagship industry with fun fashion socks made from organically grown cotton. by OLIVIA GRIDER On a Wednesday morning, Gina Locklear leads me down a row of whirring, aqua-colored machines at Emi-G Knitting in Fort Payne, Ala. Every now and then, one of the trembling, humming devices emits an
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The Homestead: Southern Comfort

The Homestead: Southern Comfort

Indiana couple finds perfect home on Weiss Lake and meaningfulness in retirement by embracing their adopted community story and photos by OLIVIA GRIDER Jeff and Alexis Wolfe didn’t expect to retire in Alabama. The northwest Indiana natives worked in the Midwest’s famed steel industry, Jeff for U.S. Steel Corporation’s railroad division and Alexis in business
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Good Works: Local Produce Year Round

Good Works: Local Produce Year Round

With a mission to help people improve their health, Owls Hollow Farm grows vegetables and herbs using hydroponic and traditional techniques. story and photos by N. L. MCANELLY No matter where you stand on the debate regarding labeling of genetically modified foods, whether you are curious about where your food comes from or even what’s
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Life on Lookout Mountain (Winter 2013)

Life on Lookout Mountain (Winter 2013)

Text and photography by JOHN DERSHAM It’s a winter wonderland here…sometimes! Most people who live north of us think of Alabama and Georgia as geographically in the Deep South. From cultural and geographic standpoints, this is not entirely true. The historical, geographic and cultural Deep South people most often think about extends from Montgomery, Ala.,
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Nature’s Path: A Visitors’ Home Base

Nature’s Path: A Visitors’ Home Base

More than 20 years in the making, Little River Canyon Center educates the public about a prized national preserve through a partnership that serves as an international model. by OLIVIA GRIDER It’s early afternoon and fall sunlight filters through windows that run the length of Little River Canyon Center’s library. On one side of the
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What’s Cookin’: ‘Fresh, Local and Incredible’

What’s Cookin’: ‘Fresh, Local and Incredible’

Click here to view this article as a PDF Why people drive hours to experience the unique food, music and art of one of Mentone’s signature restaurants story and photos by STEVEN STIEFEL The warm atmosphere that greets patrons of Wildflower Café in Mentone, Ala., is enchanting. Upon entering, one’s senses are treated to unique
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Inn for the Night: Enduring Gem

Inn for the Night: Enduring Gem

Perched atop Lookout Mountain, the Mentone Inn offers a glimpse into the past and is a lasting treasure that should not be missed. story by AMY BUCHANAN As you wind up Lookout Mountain on your way to the quaint, mountain retreat of Mentone, Ala., one of the first things that will catch your eye is
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What’s Cookin: New Orleans Flair

What’s Cookin: New Orleans Flair

A courtyard bounded by history-rich buildings, a porch-like stage for musicians and a menu of eclectic sandwiches and diverse beer and wine offerings give Vintage 1889 a Big-Easy vibe. by MARCIA GRUVER DOYLE In the center of what used to be a humming industrial complex, the Vintage 1889 restaurant courtyard offers an enclosed retreat from
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Kids’ View: Cloudmont Ski Resort

Kids’ View: Cloudmont Ski Resort

You really can snow ski in Alabama – and it’s a lot of fun.  by ANSLEY GRIDER, age 14 Did you know you can snow ski in Alabama? I didn’t until a few years ago when my dad told me there is a ski resort in the northeast part of the state, near where he
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Lookout Tennessee: Underground Wonder

Lookout Tennessee: Underground Wonder

Discovered by accident, Ruby Falls has become a true Southern icon. by KATHRYNE SLATE MCDORMAN I love my friend Gregg. I really do. But lately he has taken to annoying me with questions about the “list of adventures” I have set upon before older age finally reduces the possibilities. Poor Gregg, he cannot help himself.
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Feature: The South’s Summer Camp Capital

Feature: The South’s Summer Camp Capital

Built as a mountain resort town in the late 1800s, Mentone is home to some of the region’s oldest and most popular youth getaways. By ELIZABETH MANNING I was well into my third year of college before I learned how to explain where I was from. I’d start with the band, Alabama. “You know… ‘Dixieland
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Mountain Melodies: From the Mountain’s Shore

Mountain Melodies: From the Mountain’s Shore

Cloaking his lyrics in metaphor, singer-songwriter Jared Cushen croons about life in the northeast Alabama hills using a distinct vocal style and indie rhythms. “For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity or perception to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication... All kinds of intoxication, however different their origins, have the
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