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🎶 Sisterhood and potholes are one in the same
The three Call Me Spinster women with their children in a living room
From family to the studio, learn about this local group ahead of their debut album’s release. | Photo by DH Jacobs via Missing Piece Group
If you ask the sister-trio Call Me Spinster what their definition of a pothole is, it might look a little different from yours — sisterhood, motherhood, and the sense of time, all imagined within a hole in the Earth. This isn’t just a debut album, it’s their story.

What once was three points on a map (Costa Rica, Portland, OR, and Chattanooga) became the reconnection of sisters Rachel Graber Fortin, Rosalie Graber, and Amelia Graber Jacobs to officially form the band in 2017.

Jacobs said that after growing up in a household with musically inclined parents and a variety of instrumental lessons, the trio began performing at family functions whenever they were all together.

NOOGAtoday | Call Me Spinster

“We are lucky enough to be sisters and be a community for each other.” — Rosalie Graber

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Photo by William Johnson via Missing Piece Group

“We called it sister band retreats, we did that for two summers, and we always had this running joke that if we ever stopped teaching to go on maternity leave, we would all converge and start a band,” said Jacobs.

She added when she got pregnant the others moved to join her in Chattanooga. Now, the sisters, mothers + band mates have turned to music full-time and working through adulthood together.

Finding comfort within the music community in Chattanooga, the group has felt like being a part of a market that isn’t oversaturated (in comparison to cities like Nashville or Los Angeles) allowed them to fall right into the seams and build a fan base.

NOOGAtoday | Call Me Spinster

This album isn’t just the work of the sisters, there are traces of their loved ones within the visuals and sounds.

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Photo by DH Jacobs via Missing Piece Group

Call Me Spinster’s upcoming “Potholes” release is the product of years in the making, featuring some of the band’s first songs + was actually recorded back in 2022. Folks can get a sample with the album’s lead single + catching their upcoming show at The Woodshop on Friday, Feb. 16.

In the meantime, let’s dive into what you can expect below once the full discography drops on Friday, April 12.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Culinary Arts for Adults: Mardi Gras | Wednesday, Feb. 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Creative Arts Guild, 520 W. Waugh St., Dalton, GA | $90 | Create Louisiana favorites in honor of the holiday in this 21+ hands-on class.
  • Dine Nashville: The Music City Way | Wednesday, Feb. 7-Sunday, March 3 | 12-12 a.m. | Throughout Nashville | Cost of purchase | Experience Nashville’s diverse food scene through collaborative chef experiences, cocktail specials, Restaurant Week, and deals and discounts.*
Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Lifey’s 2024 Vision Board Experience | Thursday, Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Bud’s Creative Arts Center, 5325 Old Hixson Pk., Hixson | $35 | Curate your own vision for the year with collage materials.
Friday, Feb. 9
  • Love Potion No. 9: Valentine’s Day Cocktails | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $35 | Join Kaleena Goldsworthy-Warnock of The Bitter Bottle to learn how to make three delicious cocktails at home.
  • Daddy/Daughter CandyLand Dance | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga | $30 | This one is for the father figures out there, grab your little one and dance the night away — dinner is included.
  • The Black Jacket Symphony | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga | $51.50 | Experience a live recreation of Journey’s album “Escape.”
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Hearts and Hearth | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6 p.m. | Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Rd., Chattanooga | $80-$225 | This historical evening is making a comeback after a hiatus to bring you a communal meal and stories inspired by the 1800s.
  • NOOGAtoday, Cupid Tomorrow | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6-9 p.m. | The Historic, 1601 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | Free+ | Hang with the editors during this inaugural Valentine’s market while enjoying 20+ artisanal vendors and experiences.
  • Twisted Escape Rooms & Behind the Screams Tour | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Dread Hollow, 321 Browns Ferry Rd., Chattanooga | $15-$25 | Try out an escape room or even get a behind-the-scenes look with the creator of this classic haunt.
  • The Emo Night Tour | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8-11:59 p.m. | The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Ave., Chattanooga | $28.25-$48.70 | Show everyone it’s not a phase by dancing the night away to your favorite punk bands.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • The wait is almost over, folks. The unveiling of the Chattanooga Airport’s new passenger terminal expansion is slated for Saturday, March 2. Bonus: Curious about what the $28 million expansion entails? Refresh your memory with our Q+A. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Transit
  • To help address safety concerns, Hamilton County has installed driver feedback systems at three locations along Hunter Road in nearby Ooltewah. Note: These devices will be used to alert drivers when they have exceeded the speed limit + will not be used for ticketing. (Chattanoogan.com)
Traffic
  • Hamill Road (at the Norfolk Southern Railroad grade crossing) will be closed now through tomorrow, Feb. 8. The closures will take place from 9 a.m. until the early evening for scheduled track work + crossing rebuild.
ICYMI
  • In case you missed it, all uniformed Boy Scouts will receive free admission to the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center now through Saturday, Feb. 10 in celebration of Boy Scouts of America Anniversary Week. Bonus: Accompanying parents + children will receive discounted admission.
Eat
  • The Kitchen Incubator of Chattanooga will celebrate two years of hosting its Food Truck Fridays with a wing-off competition on Friday, Feb. 9. Seven food trucks will participate in the competition beginning at 11 a.m. Additionally, folks can enjoy other food options + live music from the Brainerd High School Band. (The Pulse)
Biz
  • Local businesses and restaurants are invited to reserve a booth for the annual North Chattanooga Chamber Council’s Business Expo on Tuesday, March 5. Chamber members + non-members can reserve a space via email with proceeds from the expo to benefit Northside Neighborhood House.
Arts
  • Elizabeth Carriger has been named the new manager of public art for local organization Public Art Chattanooga. Carriger has over 12 years of experience in “activating communities through art and placemaking” among other achievements.
Plan Ahead
  • The National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Chattanooga-based chapter will host its annual Scholarship Mardi Gras Fundraiser Ball on Saturday, March 16 at the Convention Center. This event will feature food, dancing + live entertainment. Get tickets online.
Finance
  • Get trusted financial advice with Money Pickle, the service that connects you directly with experienced financial advisors to help with your investment + retirement planning needs (all through a complimentary video meeting). Take control of your financial future in 2024 by scheduling a free consultation.*
 
 
Outdoors
 
🌸 A different kind of four seasons
Pink flowers blooming in a green-leafed bush outside
Stay in the four seasons of Rock City Gardens. | Photo provided by Rock City
The flowers will bloom and the leaves will fall around the Rock City Gardens, and with each transition, you can celebrate the changes with Rock City Seasons.

Out with the old, in with the new. The local attraction is trading in its annual events (Shamrock City, EarthDayz, Southern Blooms Festival, Summer Music Weekends + Rocktoberfest) for new programming that will make each season the focal point.
  • Spring Blooms | Monday, March 4-Sunday, May 12 | See the florals and art installations along the trail. Bonus: Keep an eye out for a new Rock City Night experience beginning in April, the Flora Luna.
  • Mountaintop Summers | Friday, May 24-Monday, Sept. 2 | Immerse yourself with the Raptors birds of prey show.
  • Fall Colors | Saturday, Sept. 14-Friday, Nov. 8 | Hear from banjoist Matt Downer while walking the pumpkin-decorated trails.
  • HoliDAYS | Friday, Nov. 22-Saturday, Jan. 4 | Enjoy the Enchanted Garden of Lights.
Note: You can expect special celebrations, performances, activities, and more during each season.
 
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The Wrap
 
Haley Bartlett.png Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
There’s a new dining experience recommendation coming your way, folks. The other night I got to enjoy one of Civil Provisions and Bar’s monthly wine dinners, featuring a four-course meal + wine pairings. I might just have to give you all the delicious details in a future newsletter.
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