Dirt Track History Races to Your Museum

Cleveland, Tenn. (Monday, February 17, 2014) Cleveland, Tenn. — The Museum Center at 5ive Points is issuing a call for objects for the upcoming exhibition, In the Dirt: The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing, opening on May 30, 2014. Items related to local tracks, racers and cars from the community can be included in this exhibition. The Museum will accept possible objects, on loan, for the exhibition beginning March 4, 2014.

The Museum Center will grab a ride on the history of racing by exhibiting the good ol’days of southern dirt track racing, focusing on the great racers, the best local tracks and answering the question of “what happened?” Racing on dirt tracks was a southern pastime for many generations with the knowledge of tracks, speeds and engine building passed on from one racing generation to the next. Quickly replaced by the newest, brightest and most expensive, the original sport of dirt track racing may soon be lost.

“We are looking for objects, such as brochures, advertisements, car parts with original racing numbers, photographs, equipment related to local race tracks, trophies, helmets and more, “ says Curator of Collections, Lisa Chastain. “We are also looking for stories, which are the heart and soul of any exhibition.” she says.

The Museum Center’s exhibition is in conjunction with the upcoming dirt track racing documentary by Ron and Debbie Moore. “We are thrilled to be working together on preserving the history of this quintessentially southern experience,” says Executive Director, Hassan Najjar.  “The premier of the documentary will be at the Museum on April 17 and we are looking to a packed house to see it.”

If you have items related to racing history and are interested in loaning to the exhibition, the Museum Center asks that you call Lisa Chastain at 423-339-5745 or email at lchastain@museumcenter.org.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

"Doc" German at Cleveland Speedway's opening day in 1954. Dirt track racing will be the subject of the Museum Center at Points' exhibition, In the Dirt, The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing, this summer 2014.

"Doc" German at Cleveland Speedway's opening day in 1954. Dirt track racing will be the subject of the Museum Center at Points' exhibition, In the Dirt, The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing, this summer 2014.

Stitches in Time: Quilting Family Day, at the Museum Center this weekend

Cleveland, Tenn. (Tuesday February 11, 2014) - How is a quilt made? How do you take wool and turn it into yarn? Answer these questions and more at the Museum Center at 5ive Points’ Stitches in Time: Quilting Family Day with live quilting demos, a thread making presentation, and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Members of the Cherokee Blossom Quilt Guild will demonstrate techniques involved in making a quilt:  piecing, applique, embroidery, and quilting.  There will be finished quilts and other projects on display.

Observe fiber artist, Patti Caruso, as she reveals the process of turning wool and cotton into thread and fabric using raw materials, a spinning wheel, and loom. 

“The Museum is excited to be offering this family-focused event!” says Curator of Education Joy Veenstra. “We plan to offer many more events like this for the community to enjoy. Our next Family Day will be related to the upcoming Civil War exhibit in May.”

Quilting Family Day will be held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points this Saturday, February 15. All activities run from 10am-3pm. Admission is free for members and regular admission for non-members. Admission includes all activities and entrance to the permanent and temporary exhibits.

Quilting Family Day is in concurrence with the exhibit Stitches in Time: Hand Quilting. Sponsored by First Tennessee, this exhibit features 32 hand-made quilts from our region that have been meticulously hand stitched to create stunning works of craftsmanship.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Museum Center’s annual quilt show “Stitches in Time” to feature hand quilting

Cleveland, Tenn. (January 10, 2013)— The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting its annual quilt show January 24-March 1, 2014, with a members-only opening receptionon January 23. The theme of this year’s show, Stitches in Time: Hand Quilting, will explore the simple yet intricate art of quilting by hand. The show will feature 25 antique quilts finished prior to 1950, as well as 25 contemporary hand-quilted quilts.

“The annual quilt show is an event the community looks forward to each year. This year’s focus on the origins of this textile art form will be fascinating for children and adults alike,” said Chastain. “We are grateful to First Tennessee Bank for their sponsorship of this family-friendly event.”

Quilts have been judged by national quilting expert Madeline Hawley for appearance, color, design, and technique.

Award categories include:

  • Viewer’s Choice
  • Best of Show: Large Contemporary
  • Best of Show: Small Contemporary
  • Best of Show: Antique
  • Best of Show: Duet
  • Best of Show: Group
  • Best Use of Color and Design

Hawley, who has been certified by the National Quilting Association for two decades, leads workshops, lectures, and writes extensively on quilting and fiber arts. She has judged quilt shows across the nation, and is an avid and accomplished quilter herself.

More information on this exhibit, as well as related programming during Stitches in Time: Hand Quilting, can be found at www.museumcenter.org.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Ring in the New Year at the Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland, Tenn. (December 4, 2013)— Celebrate the New Year in style at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. The party begins at 7:30 p.m. with music from the Collins Brothers Band. Guests will enjoy wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres throughout the night, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are limited and cost $75 for members, and $90 for non-members. To reserve your tickets, call 423-339-5745 or purchase online at www.museumcenter.org.

“We're excited to host out first annual New Year’s Eve celebration this year,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “New Year’s celebrations are a distinctive part of our history. We've all seen images of people through history ushering in a new year. Who knows, 150 years from now people will be looking at us as we bring in 2014!”

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Museum Center at 5ive Points hosts local photographer, author Ron Lowery

Cleveland, Tenn. (November 21, 2013)— Chattanooga-based photographer Ron Lowery spent a decade capturing the Tennessee River in a series of stunning aerial photographs. He will discuss the collection, now available in his 144-page coffee table book Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South, at the Museum Center at Five Points on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Lowery will sign copies, which are available at the Museum Store, following his presentation. Admission is free for members, and regular cost of admission for non-members.

“Lowery’s photographs balance cityscapes and landscapes to perfectly capture both the sweeping grandeur and the intimate beauty of all 652 miles of the Tennessee River,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “We’re delighted to host a photographer who has so skillfully captured our region with his lens, and we look forward to having the community here for his Dec. 5th presentation on December 5 about a book that should be in the hands of anyone who calls Tennessee there home.”

“Ron Lowery’s book provides a unique look at our region,” said Curator of Education Joy Veenstra. “We are excited to share Ron’s perspective with our visitors, both those familiar with Lowery’s work and those who are just discovering him.”

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.