19th Annual Wine Over Water Is Saturday

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

For the past 18 years, the Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga has been the site of Wine Over Water. This year's event is set for this Saturday from 5-8 p.m. A portion of proceeds is going directly to help restore the “Jumping Frog” sign – a historic neon sign marking the former Ellis Restaurant in the Southside Neighborhood.

Wine Over Water was created as the annual fundraising event for Cornerstones, Inc., Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. Over the past 18 years, Cornerstones has stepped in to help save more than a dozen significant buildings in Chattanooga including the Central Block Building, the Strong Building, St. John’s Hotel and the Walnut Street Bridge itself. 

Featuring nearly 100 wineries with more than 300 different wines, event-goers are able to explore a world of wine from one of Chattanooga’s most significant historical assets. 

In addition to an unlimited number of wine tastings, ticket holders will be able to purchase cuisine from several of Chattanooga’s finest restaurants, including Easy Bistro & Bar, St. John’s Restaurant, Bluewater Grille, Riverside FoodWorks, 212 Market Restaurant, Café on the Corner, Enzo’s Market, 1885 Grill, Blacksmith’s, and enjoy live entertainment from Amber Fults and the Ambivalent Lovers, Emily Kate Boyd, The Quote Unquotes, Broke Down Hound and a string trio featuring Rebecca James, Jessica Peck, and Jenny Wilkes throughout the event. 

“Wine Over Water celebrates so much of what’s great about Chattanooga – great music, fabulous restaurants and beautiful scenery,” said Cornerstones Executive Director Ann Gray. “People come for the wine, but the atmosphere is what makes it special.”

With more than 3,000 festival-goers last year, Wine Over Water has experienced appeal from wine enthusiasts from all over the country. More than 70 percent of patrons come from out of the Chattanooga Metro area.

“The festival has grown into a huge destination event,” said Ms. Gray. “But we don’t want local Chattanoogans to miss out on this great event benefiting our own city.”

Patrons may purchase tickets online at wineoverwater.org for $70 and if tickets are available on the day of the event, the gate price will be $75. 

All ticket sales benefit Cornerstones, Inc, Chattanooga’s only non-profit historic preservation organization. Cornerstones exists to preserve the architectural heritage and urban fabric of downtown Chattanooga. Visit cornerstonesinc.org for more information about its preservation mission.


Blues In The Knob: A National Park Service Centennial Celebration To Be Held On Orchard Knob

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association, and the Friends of the Park are partnering on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5-10 p.m. at Orchard Knob Reservation (corner of Orchard Knob Avenue and Ivy Street in Chattanooga) to bring the public a Centennial event on Orchard Knob - Blues in the Knob.  "Join the neighborhood concert ... (click for more)

Traffic Signals To Be Down On I-75 And Volkswagen Drive Ramps On Thursday

The traffic signals at the northbound and southbound off ramps at I-75 and Volkswagen Drive, Exit 9, will be out on  Thursday,  from  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  for EPB utility work.  Both ramps will have a stop sign, and there will be someone at both signals directing traffic as needed. Drivers are asked to approach each intersection with ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)