Ocoee Rafting earned its reputation for keeping rigorous safety guidelines over more than 36 years of riverine voyaging. Staffed by a cadre of veteran river guides, Ocoee Rafting has shared the singular exhilaration of class III and IV whitewater rafting with countless adventurers in search of rollicking outdoor enjoyment. The company shuttles its rafters to the raft entry point from the Ocoee Rafting Center, located in historical Ducktown, where the Blue Ridge Mountains swell along the horizon and the river's edge. Rafting groups enter the wilderness of the Cherokee National Forest and brave either the tamer Middle Ocoee or the Upper Ocoee, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater competition as well as the 1991 World Series of Tom Sawyer Imitators. Additionally, a series of nearby cabin-style accommodations furnish visitors with the option of extending their rafting trip.
Music Instruction Studio's university-educated teachers dispense harmonious how-tos during music lessons for students 6 years and older. Offering instruction in pop, jazz, and classical styles, the instructors equip vocalists with belting skills, teach pianists masterful ivory tickling, and inspiring guitarist. Music Instruction Studio stocks its interior with instruments as well as an entire library of sheet music that students can purchase at an additional cost; pupils may also rent out equipment for at-home practice. After stepping up their skills, students can draw on MIS's extensive music studio to showcase newfound abilities and hair-metal power slides during semiannual recitals at no additional charge.
A two-day spree of exhibits and performances, this year's Secret City Festival hosts outdoor concerts featuring Village People and Ricky Skaggs. Disco-era icons Village People perform spirited hits such as "Macho Man" and "YMCA," which have instigated more dance-offs than gang violence and British Parliamentary debates combined. Village People follow funky rock n' rollers Dishwater Blonde, a regional act that lays down agreeable grooves.
Two of Christian music’s most iconic artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith join forces to spread the good news, leading congregations in melodious worship on their 2 Friends Tour. Since 1982, this dynamic duo has engaged millions to flock to their catchy, ecclesiastical pop music, sharing a musical camaraderie as impenetrable as a fortress with abandonment issues. Amy Grant, author of No. 1 hits such as “El Shaddai” and “Baby Baby,” has shared her gift of song for more than 30 years, selling more than 30 million albums, garnering six Grammys, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Michael W. Smith has earned countless accolades with his tremendous songbook of head-bobbing hymns and choir-rousing hits. Sharing the stage for the first time in two decades, Amy and Michael thrill fans with new psalms and favorites from their sonic scroll, merging their sets with joyful duets and chemistry that crackles like Abbott and Costello after getting struck by lightning.
Chattanooga DanceSport's qualified instructors can assist dancers of all skill levels, from beginning two-step stompers to professional rug rippers. Private classes allow couples to learn together and solo-swingers to pair off with an instructor in any of the available dance styles, including Rumba, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and California Raisin Shuffle. The main dance floor and its mirror-lined walls set the mood for group classes, which take place from 7–8 p.m. on select weekdays. During each class, a troupe of tyro trotters covers a specific style of body movin'—upcoming sessions include Rumba, Merengue, and the classic waltz.
Called the “the leading literary event in the South” by critic Louis Rubin, the AEC Conference on Southern Literature brings together authors and linguists to discuss recent literary news and their latest works. This year, the conference will include panel discussions and screenings held by guests such as Lambda Literary Award for Fiction-winning author Dorothy Allison and National Humanities Medal-winning author Wendell Berry.