“Christmas At Rugby” Continues On Saturday

Monday, December 7, 2015

There’s still time to celebrate Christmas Victorian style, as the historic settlement of Rugby, Tennessee, hosts its second “Christmas At Rugby” event on Saturday.

The living Victorian-era village will bustle with activity from 4 until 8pm Eastern, welcoming the holidays much as the original settlers did in the 1880s.

Highlights of the Victorian Christmas celebration include holiday music, hot wassail and cookies in the decorated historic buildings, a visit from Father Christmas and the sounds of carolers performing throughout the village. 

In addition, Christ Church Episcopal will present a choir concert of seasonal music at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 Central) in the 1887 church.

“It’s a chance to relax and really get into the spirit of the season,” noted Teresa Bowman, executive director. “This is one of the most popular events of our year, as villagers and visitors all join together enjoy each other’s company and recall how Christmas has been celebrated for more than a century.”

Festivities run from 4 until 8 pm Eastern.  Admission is $10 adults ($9 advance), $6 for Historic Rugby members, and $4 children K-12.

In addition, the Harrow Road Café will host its traditional Christmas Dinner, with two seatings available, one at 5:30 and the second 8:00 pm (all times Eastern).  Guest Chef Dustin Kennedy will serve classics such as roast beef and roast turkey, along with assorted British tarts, “London Particular” (a holiday soup), and bread pudding.  Reservations are recommended as the dinner usually sells out. Cost is $30 per person.  To make reservations, call 423-628-2441.

Rugby was founded in 1880 with the goal of building a strong agricultural community through cooperative enterprise, while maintaining a cultured, Christian lifestyle, free of the rigid class distinctions that prevailed in Britain at the time. The village has continued for 135 years, with numerous original buildings either restored or recreated. Learn more about the history of Rugby and its unique attractions at www.historicrugby.org.

Rugby is located just off State Scenic Hwy. 52, 16 miles southeast of Jamestown and 35 miles from either Interstate 40 or I-75 in East Tennessee on the southern edge of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

 



New Art Gallery Opening In Historic Rugby

A new art gallery is open in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership in Historic Rugby. “The Gallery At Rugby,” a new venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport, opened on June 1. It features works from area artists for sale, and on display in monthly themed shows. Ms. Davenport has for years offered instruction to other artists through workshops ... (click for more)

Hot Rod Power Tour 2018 Rolls Into Chattanooga On Sunday

The 24th annual Hot Rod Power Tour rolls through the heartland of hot rod culture. It is more than just a traveling car show – it is the largest hot rod road trip in the world. The seven-day, seven-city, 1,300-mile journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators,  June 9-15 . The tour kicks off in Bowling Green, Ky., then heads ... (click for more)

Voters May Decide In November On Whether To Eliminate City Court; Paving Fund Also Considered

Chattanooga voters in November may get to vote on whether City Court should be abolished. City Council members indicated during budget talks on Tuesday that may be an upcoming referendum question. Councilman Jerry Mitchell said he, for one, "would vote to eliminate it." However, he said the court would apparently run through 2021 when the eight-year terms of Judges Sherry ... (click for more)

Riverton Development Spurs Talk Of Riverwalk Along The Northshore

Development of the former BlueCross property at Lupton City is spurring talk of a Riverwalk on the Northshore. The City Council discussed the topic on Tuesday night in giving final approval for a Planned Unit Development for Riverton on 210 acres. Officials said there are no specific plans for a Northshore Riverwalk, but several groups are actively working to make a connection ... (click for more)

Never Replacing Claude Ramsey But Following His Example

When Claude made his decision not to seek reelection as the 26th District state representative I made my intention known to seek the office following him.  Immediately opponents from both parties began to qualify for that opportunity.  With Bill Bennett as my campaign manager and many of Claude’s supporters going door to door into the community, as Claude had done in his ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Participation Trophies

You may remember several years back when James Harrison, a linebacker for the Steelers at the time, came home to discover his two sons, who were then ages 8 and 6, had received “participation trophies” on a sports team. Harrison, who earned his way into the NFL (he was not drafted out of Kent State yet played in five Pro Bowls), promptly loaded his sons and the bogus trophies in ... (click for more)