Fall Creek Falls State Park Celebrates Christmas On The Mountain Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - by Meg Lockhart

Fall Creek Falls State Park will herald in the holidays with its annual Christmas on the Mountain Celebration, slated for Friday through Sunday, at the park’s Inn and Conference Center. 

In addition to a number of activities for all ages, the three-day celebration will feature handmade crafts, candies and breads.  The Inn will be adorned with holiday decorations and various musical groups and choirs will perform throughout the weekend. 

Make plans now for a special breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Inn’s restaurant on Saturday, from 8-10 a.m. Adding to the festive spirit will be weekend appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, bringing gifts to the little ones.

Other activities for children and adults include Christmas craft making and storytelling, which will be offered on Saturday, from 9-11 a.m.  Also on Saturday the Friends of Fall Creek Falls will host a silent auction from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the Friends group’s ongoing efforts at Fall Creek Falls. 

“Fall Creek Falls’ Christmas on the Mountain is a long-standing holiday tradition and we hope everyone can come out and enjoy great holiday food and music.  It is also the perfect opportunity to pick up that special handmade gift for Christmas,” said Inn Manager John Fonville. 

To make this weekend even more special, the Fall Creek Falls Inn is offering a “Christmas on the Mountain Package,” which includes two nights (based on double occupancy) lodging, along with breakfast for two on Saturday and Sunday for $140.20 (price including tax).  To make reservations, please call the Inn toll free at 800 250-8610 or 423 881-5241.  The Fall Creek Falls Restaurant also will be serving a seafood buffet on Friday night and a chef-carved Prime Rib buffet on Saturday night.

Fall Creek Falls State Park features waterfalls, cascades, streams, gorges, timberland and a variety of recreation facilities and activities.  The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 11 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30.  For more information about Fall Creek Falls State Park and upcoming activities, please visit the park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com/FallCreekFalls.  For information regarding the Friends of Fall Creek Falls, please visit www.fallcreekfalls.org. For information regarding Christmas on the Mountain, please call 423 881-5708.  


“Monster Fish” Exhibition Opens At The Tennessee Aquarium On Saturday

Dr. Zeb Hogan, University of Nevada Aquatic Ecologist and National Geographic Fellow, has made a career out of collecting fish stories. He’s been on a quest to find, study and protect the world’s remaining freshwater fish that reach epic proportions. They’re not only BIG Fish, they’re MONSTERS! In spite of their size, most of these behemoth species are rapidly declining in the wild. ... (click for more)

London: 2,000 Years In 4 Days

London is the civilized version of New York, with much more history and culture and far less dirt, crime, homelessness, and meanness. Trying to cover its two millennia of history in four days (from a Friday afternoon through Tuesday in September) seemed an impossible task. We consulted travel guidebooks, TripAdvisor, and friends to come up with a priority list of what to see and ... (click for more)

County GOP Chairman Says Mayor Berke Should Immediately Resign For Admittedly Using Encrypted Messaging With Top Staff

Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Tony Sanders said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke "should immediately resign after admitting that he and his senior staff employ an encrypted message application that neither records or stores messages sent and received for the purpose of official city of Chattanooga business on a government-owned server." He said he was guilty of "deliberates ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Berke Use Of Encrypted Message Service Was Deliberate Attempt To Avoid Open Records

City Councilman Larry Grohn said F riday  that the use of an encrypted message service by Mayor Andy Berke was a deliberate attempt to avoid the Open Records Act. Councilman Grohn, who is running for mayor, said, " In recent days, there has been one story after another come out concerning how the Mayor and his head staffers have used end-to-end encryption apps ... (click for more)

Outrageous To Give Vehicles To Nation Of Islam Neighborhood Patrol - And Response

Chief of Police Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department has recently decided to give two surplus patrol vehicles to the Nation of Islam Neighborhood Patrol. This is an insult to the life and memory of PO Philip Cardillo who lost his life in April 1972 at the hand of the members of the Nation of Islam Mosque No.7 in Harlem and his fellow officers who were savagely beaten ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Knobfather & Me

I’ve seen some beautiful things in my life. I’ve eaten dinner inside the Eiffel Tower with the city of Paris all aglitter below. I’ve been sprayed by champagne in the Dallas Cowboys’ dressing room after they won the Super Bowl. I’ve stood both at the top and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I’ve snorkeled in the Great Exuma islands, learned to snow ski in the Austrian Alps, and ... (click for more)