Members of the Walden's Ridge Civic League vote on programming and policies and also select officers of the organization. Four quarterly meetings are held each year, with elections in October.
New President, Rob Johnson, receives a hug from outgoing President, Karen Stone, as new Secretary, Viki Love, conscientiously takes notes about the transition and transfer of the keys to the building.
His family surrounds new Vice-president Mark Dwyer (in glasses and Santa Claus beard) while outgoing President Karen Stone and new Secretary Vicki Love greet Senator Bo Watson behind them.
Senator Bo Watson unveiies a Proclamation from the State of Tennessee as board members Johanne Albright, Rita Smith Irvin, and Rob Johnson look on with pleasure.
Senator Bo Watson reads the Proclamation honoring the 100-year anniversary of the Walden's Ridge Civic League as he presents it to the membership.
Senator Watson presents the Proclamation to outgoing President Karen Stone as members applaud. The ceremony followed a picnic dinner in the historic auditorium.
FIRST PLACE winners in the Best BBQ on Signal Mountain 2023 were the Martin brothers, Chris, Jake and Patrick of CMC Construction
SECOND PLACE WINNERS were the Notorious Pig team made up of Colin Johnson, Lloyd Turley, and Adam Smith.
THIRD PLACE resulted in a TIE. Here David Pruett, at microphone, praises Pruett's SM Market grill-master holding the trophy, while David Dwyer, left, and Rich Dwyer, right, extend congratulations.
Ready to serve BBQ are Roxie Thornton, Karen Stone, Paul Thornton, and Sally Thornton. Behind them you can see the side of the 102-year-old auditorium with the deteriorated siding that is the impetus for the fundraiser.
A special character invited guests to "Pig Out" on the delicious BBQ prepared by the WRCL special grill-masters, Charles Estes and Keith Stocker.
The Graysin Slade band opened festivities on Friday with some of their fans coming from Chattanooga to enjoy Smoke on the Mountain
Part of the crowd enjoying their picnic at nightfall while they listen to the band Blue Cumberland on Saturday evening.
Roxie Thornton, Mark and Hunter Dwyer, and JoDe Estes decorate the 4th of July float. Others volunteers helping but not pictured were Rob Johnson, Tara Stocker and Karen Stone.
Getting underway to the parade starting point are driver Mark Dwyer, Vicki Love, Karen Stone, and Roxie Thornton. Several children soon joined as participants.
In action, waving flags, and throwing candy to the paradegoers are Karen Stone, JoDe Estes, Lex Naramore, Vicki Love, and Carolyn Longphre.
Everyone was welcomed to the Birthday Bash on June 17 by enthusiastic Volunteers. Free ice cream, birthday cake, and balloons are a tradition at the Birthday Bash which celebrates construction of the auditorium in 1921 - over 100 years ago.
Funnel Cake and Cotton Candy were new this year, and the treats were very popular, so we will try to provide them again. Also available were hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza, roasted corn-on-the-cob and more.
The sand pile with lots of tucks and trains was a big attraction. The reserved children's play area is supervised by volunteers, so parents can relax while the children play safely.
Blue Cumberland is a favorite band at Walden's Ridge Civic League. The music continued all day and even past dark with four bands performing throughout the day. Music is part of our Walden's Ridge Civic League heritage.
Sack races, horse shoes, volleyball and corn hole were among the "games for grown-ups." At the Walden's Ridge Civic League events, everyone can play and have fun - not just the kids. The goal is to fulfill our mission of continuing traditional activities.
Folks drew up their chairs to watch the volleyball and sack races while others enjoyed riding in the hay wagon. Walden's Ridge Civic League is famous for wonderful, old-fashioned hay rides.
Tell It on the Mountain began with s'mores at the bonfire and good eats from the Clever Alehouse Food Truck before the Storytelling began.
The covered pavilion was a good place for the families to picnic, while the lawn has toys and fun things to do. The playground has a slide, swings and spring-mounted rides.
For the Storytelling, the kids sat on blankets on the stage, while the adults filled the auditorium seats. Everyone was comfortable and close to the Tellers. We look forward to the next Storytelling event next spring!
Everyone seemed to enjoy old fashioned fun at A Very MERRY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
The bonfire was a big hit
Santa and Mrs. Claus loved seeing everyone at the Civic League
The scene inside was magical.
First Place winners for Best Bar-B-Que on Signal Mountain 2022 was Sweet Smoke Q. Left to right are: Jeff Elser, Katelyn Elser, Emma Elser, and Zoe Denman
Second Place Winner, David Soloff, receives his trophy from Libby Goodman, MC, and Rob Johnson, BBQ organizer.
Third place winners, Lone Oak Volunteer Fired Department cooks with their enthusiastic supporters who served the crowd delicious sides and desserts to complement the BBQ..
The grounds and Pavilion were festooned with lights for Smoke on the Mountain 2022.
Raging Unicorns - engaging competitors with their own special logo and Teeshirts.
Walden's Ridge Emergency Service crew placed third by a whisker of one point behind Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department.
The Sprout cooking team and supporters. It was a long weekend for a few.
Signal Mt. Mirror published a story about saving the structures at Walden's Ridge Civic League. The buildings are badly in need of restoration.
A Happy Fiddler remains only as a Ghost on the front of the Auditorium. Note the siding is badly deteriorated and needs replacing.
WRCL proudly hosts Soccer Shots, a young children’s soccer program focusing on character development through coaching, communication and curriculum.
Walden's Ridge Guild invites you to join the nonprofit organization which is responsible for the Memorial Day picnic at McCoy Farm & Gardens May 30.
Thanks to Senators Bo Watson & Randy McNally and Representatives Patsy Hazlewood & Cameron Sexton for Tennessee Senate Proclamation honoring 100 years
Kids took front row as they listened to a Warm Story about a bear and a squirrel. They seemed to enjoy a real live performance instead of a video.
A tall tale is sometimes disguised as a personalized Warm Story. This raconteur is a motivational speaker and also teaches public speaking
The crowd enjoyed Hot Cider and gingerbread along with Warm Stories as they gathered informally around the storytellers on the stage.
In January an enthusiastic crowd greeted the String Quintet from the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and enjoyed the refreshments following.
As Isaac played to a full house December 20 and 21st. It is an honor to host them for their Family Christmas concerts. Rent the space for your event.
Walden's Ridge Civic League, dressed for Christmas, opens our doors to welcome you and your organization at any time of year. Ask about renting space.
Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band and Friends
Friends form a windbreak so John Stone can light the bonfire.
The Gingerbread House contest entries inspired awe in some.
Everyone love Santa Claus. Here Vice President, Carolyn Longphre gives Santa an appreciative hug.
Amy Slovak and Paul Thornton served up smiles along with great food.
Gary Slovak and Roxie Thornton prepared Popcorn and pulled-pork sandwiches for a crowd of about 300.
SMMHS Chorus, under the direction of Kristen Wiram, performed along with singer Marian Wagner.