Historic Total Eclipse of the Sun
August 21, 2017 is first time our area has been directly in the path of a TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE IN 500 YEARS! The eclipse will occur at approximately 2:30 p.m. and produce an expected 2 minutes and 10 seconds of total darkness in Charleston, Tennessee, the best viewing spot in Bradley County. Special viewing glasses are included in your ticket price and will be provided at the Solar Sip and See.
Join us for live music, afternoon snacks, food vendors, special viewing glasses and wine tastings, 1p.m. – 4p.m.
Make it a weekend in Southeast Tennessee!
Cleveland is the perfect place to rest, refuel and reenergize while enjoying Southeast Tennessee. We’re serving up adventure, discovery and fun, y’all! We are the middle of I-75 from Michigan to Florida, in the middle of Chattanooga and Knoxville with metropolitan appeal, and in the middle of nature’s playground with heaping helpings of adventure! We have quality hotels to host you and excellent dining choices to enjoy!
- Outdoor Adventure — The Ocoee Region is unmatched when it comes to adventures in the great outdoors. Catch awesome whitewater rapids on the Ocoee River, America’s only whitewater Olympic river as site of the 1996 Canoe & Kayak Competition. Check out our Chamber-member outfitters for guided trips down world class rapids of the Ocoee. The Hiwassee River, the first to be designated a Tennessee scenic river, is perfect for chilled-out floats in tubes and funyaks as well as fly-fishing. The lower section of the Hiwassee that merges with the Tennessee River is perfect for boating and skiing. The Cherokee National Forest offers hiking, camping, fishing, and miles of mountain biking trails.
- Compelling History — Bradley County is home to deep roots in Cherokee heritage. Once part of the Cherokee Nation, nationally significant stories took place here. Red Clay State Park, the last eastern council grounds of the Cherokee Nation, is where the Cherokee first learned of this forced removal from their eastern homeland on the Trail of Tears. Red Clay houses the eternal flame of the Cherokee Nation, an interpretive center and a clear, cool, sapphire spring that pumps out 500,000 gallons of freshwater daily. In the small town of Charleston, Tenn., the story is just unfolding. Charleston, located on the Hiwassee River, was a gateway to the Cherokee Nation. Many Cherokee villages, businesses and missions were located on the banks of the Hiwassee. Later, the area became Fort Cass, the military headquarters for the entire Cherokee Trail of Tears operation. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center, opened May 2013, is an incredible start to sharing this important story and others related to the Civil War and TVA development.
- Southern Charm — Walkable streets, unique eateries and great year-round family events make Downtown Cleveland a charming destination. From fine dining to “meat and threes” to barbeque, Cleveland has the “eats” department covered. In and around downtown, find local favorites and familiar faces – something to fit every appetite. The Museum Center at 5ive Points is a centerpiece attraction of Downtown offering permanent and temporary exhibits, interesting events and cultural programming. The Museum Store is more like a gallery, filled with exquisite artwork and jewelry designed and created by regional artists.
Solar Eclipse Safety
Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.
An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection. For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse.
A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.