Ellijay Marketplace changes with the seasons. During the summer, an open-air flea market sprouts at its perimeter and during the colder months, it's a purely indoor shopping center. And while it's less seasonal, the indoor space is far from static. The merchandise in the 10,000-square-foot consignment center, for example, rotates regularly, as do the antiques and curiosities sold at live auctions. Local retailers, such as The Man Cave Shop and Kristina Lee's Boutique, also show their wares at select indoor tables. Visitors can shop the market's quirky finds, or simply browse while listening to the eclectic bluegrass performances.
In its inaugural year, Spoil Me 2012 celebrates and bolsters the diverse lives of women of all ages with health and wellness workshops, yoga classes, and professional speakers. Participants stroll or practice their runway strut through the center, sampling cuisine bites or swilling sips of wine while watching fashion models exhibit burgeoning trends and accessories. Although everyone has access to classes and workshops, VIP visitors also get to bask in pampering sessions from local spa personnel, who whisk away stress caused by long workdays and nights spent robbing ATMs. During the silent purse auction, all eventgoers can bid, with proceeds going to domestic-violence shelters and homeless shelters for women in Dalton and Chattanooga.
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.
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.
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.