We’ve been living with the COVID-19 pandemic for almost a year now, and to say things are a lot different is an understatement. But we’ve got some good news for musicians + those who miss feeding their souls with live performances — it’s called Chattown Stages.
A pre-pandemic performance from the Camp House Songwriter Stage | Photo via Chattown Stages
An idea born from Camp House’s Songwriter Stage, Chattown Stages is a virtual adaptation to help artists meet and thrive. Ultimately, it’s a friendly competition with a panel of local judges who choose their favorite video performances submitted by regional artists. The winner will receive an awards package, which will change as sponsorship shifts.
Who can participate? 🧑🎤 Contestants must be 18+ or provide consent from an adult guardian.
🧑🎤 Open to residents of the Chattanooga region — from Dalton, GA to Athens + Sewanee TN, and up to the NC state line. A mailing address with zip code is required for verification and to mail your award.
🧑🎤 Open to amateur and professional artists.
Okay, how does it work virtually? 🎵 Interested artists must complete a profile including a link to a video of their performance.
🎵 The video performance is then judged by the panel + by the audience for an audience choice award.
🎵 Each contest series will be different — there are ongoing competitions in different genres. The first competition is for singer-songwriters.
View the contest schedule, current awards pool, and the judges’ criteria here.
I’m in — what do I do next? ✅ Register via this Google form or send an email to Chatttown Stages with private registration info + public profile information. (What you need to include is listed here.) The entry deadline is Feb. 20.
Biz ○ Chattanooga donut + pastry shop Tasty Donuts announced that it will be expanding its concept to open a gelato and candy shop called Tasty Scoops & Sweets. The new shop will be in Ooltewah’s Cambridge Square community and is projected to open this spring. 🍩 ○ Mall owners CBL & Associates Properties Inc., which operates Chattanooga’s Hamilton Place and Northgate malls, agreed to mediate a dispute with Wells Fargo Bank involving $1.1 billion in loans to the company. This comes after CBL filed for bankruptcy protection last year and alleged that Wells Fargo forced the company to file for bankruptcy at an accelerated timeline. The mediation could avoid a trial that’s slated to begin this week. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ Last week, the Red Bank Commission discussed allowing backyard chickens at more Red Bank homes. The current ordinances allow chickens on lots over two acres, but the commission discussed changing the ordinances to allow chickens in backyards with less acreage, stating that many yards in the Red Bank area are considerably under 2 acres. Click here for info on owning backyard chickens within the city of Chattanooga. 🐔 (Chattanoogan.com)
Active ○ The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon weekend scheduled for March 5-7, 2021 has been postponed to Nov. 12-14, 2021 due to mandates from the City of Chattanooga in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who are already registered for the race will receive an email with more details in the coming weeks.
Arts ○ The deadline to register for ArtsBuild’s Tech Goes Home for the Arts session – which begins on Jan. 18 – has been extended to Jan. 10. Tech Goes Home for the Arts is a 15-hour course that will teach artists + small arts organizations to monetize their online presence and to use digital and social media to connect to students, audiences, and collaborators online. You can register for the coursehere.
Noogans ○ Former UTC associate vice chancellor Richard MacDougall, best known as “Dean Mac,”died at the age of 83 on Jan. 1. Dean Mac worked at UTC for 34 years as dean of men, associate dean of students, and eventually associate vice chancellor for student affairs before retiring in 2004. ○ Chattanooga native Juanita Ingram + her family are the stars of a new reality TV show called “The Expats International Ingrams” about being Black and living abroad. Proceeds from the show about the family, who previously lived in London before moving to their current home in Taiwan, will go toward nonprofit organizationDress for Success in both London and Chattanooga. You can watch the TV show now via Amazon Prime here. (NewsChannel 9)
ICYMI — NYC Gyro recently opened on the North Shore at 200 Manufacturers Rd. across from Renaissance Park. They serve authentic, NYC-style gyros + Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine.
This family-owned eatery first opened in Montgomery, AL and opened the Chattanooga location in December 2020.
Currently, the only menu posted is a limited menu as they get things going, and will have new additions in the future.
Welcome to the Scenic City, NYC Gyro. 🎉
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TryThis ○ Online Singing Circle | Mon., Jan. 11 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | No need to audition for this community singing circle that’s open to beginners + experienced musicians. 🎶
Active ○ 2021 Donna’s D.I.V.As Bootcamp | Mon., Jan. 11 | 7 p.m. | D1 Training Chattanooga, 7430 Commons Blvd. | Free | This bootcamp fitness class has only 15 slots available, and social distancing is required. 🏋️
PlanAhead ○ Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden | Tues., Jan. 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20-$25 | Learn how to plan + create your ideal spring vegetable garden at this Women’s Repair Zone workshop. 🌱 ○ Mini Project Workshop | Tues, Jan. 12 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Board & Brush, 6011 Chesterton Way, Ooltewah | $35 | You can choose from a gallery of over 100 mini project designs to stain, paint, stencil + assemble your own personal piece. (Bonus: Use code BOGO50 when registering for a discount). ○ New Moon Crystal Grid Workshop | Wed., Jan. 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Create a beautiful, unique Crystal Grid to set your intentions + manifest goals for the coming moon cycle with local artist Mari Wright. 🌙 ○ Free Family Night | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St. | Free, RSVP | Enjoy access to the Creative Discovery Museum after hours for free – just make sure that you sign up to attend.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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