published Friday, June 1st, 2012

Market merriment

Swing Fest at Chattanooga Market; Ringgold Market debuts Saturday

Dancers can take to the floor for Chattanooga Market’s Big Band Swing Fest on Sunday. Sweet Georgia Sound will provide the music.
Dancers can take to the floor for Chattanooga Market’s Big Band Swing Fest on Sunday. Sweet Georgia Sound will provide the music.

* What: Swing Fest at Chattanooga Market.

* Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.

* When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

* Admission: Free.

* Phone: 402-9960

* Website:


* 12:30 p.m. Sweet Georgia Sound

Things are going to be swinging at Chattanooga Market's Big Band Swing Fest on Sunday.

The annual event features the Sweet Georgia Sound. Professional and amateur swing dancers from across the region will showcase their talents.

"We set up a dance floor for this event," said Melissa Siragusa, Chattanooga Market spokeswoman. "We have all sorts of people join in the fun and even a few regulars who favor this event each year -- no dance groups, per se, but certainly people show up who know what they are doing."

Siragusa reminds marketgoers that those who arrive early gets first dibs on the market's fresh produce and fruits, especially the first peach crop of the season. Strawberries, always in demand, have been plentiful at the most recent markets, she said.

With nearly 175 vendors selling everything from food, furniture, arts and crafts, the market offers something for everyone, she said.

This weekend, Chattanooga Market doubles its Saturday offerings:

* Chattanooga River Market continues in its regular time slot, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St. Local artisans and live music are featured each week. The Madison Community Band will perform at 1 p.m. A free yoga class by Chattanooga Yoga Collective starts at 9 a.m.

* The Ringgold Market debuts Saturday, 8-11 a.m., at the Catoosa County Courthouse in downtown Ringgold, Ga. It is co-presented by the Chattanooga Public Market, the city of Ringgold and the Ringgold Telephone Co.

This "tailgate" market will feature fresh produce and a selection of local arts and crafts, according to a news release.

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about Karen Nazor Hill...

Feature writer Karen Nazor Hill covers fashion, design, home and gardening, pets, entertainment, human interest features and more. She also is an occasional news reporter and the Town Talk columnist. She previously worked for the Catholic newspaper Tennessee Register and was a reporter at the Chattanooga Free Press from 1985 to 1999, when the newspaper merged with the Chattanooga Times. She won a Society of Professional Journalists Golden Press third-place award in feature writing for ...

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