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Get Out and Support the Arts This Weekend!

Get out and support the arts this weekend!

The  crescita pene Callanwolde Arts Festival  is a two-day indoor festival(Jan. 20th and 21st) located in one of the most distinctive historic properties in Atlanta, this event promises to become one of the premier partnerships of art institutions in the area. It is a festival for Artists by Artists, letting the artist have a voice in the creation and operations of the festival. This event will feature approximately 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, plus gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives and music and dance performances. The Callanwolde Arts Festival is organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, LLC and a board of experts in various artistic disciplines. The festival will uphold the highest standards supporting the arts, and offer participating artists the environment to nurture an appreciation for their skills.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

  1. Wear your tackiest holiday duds to the 3rd Annual   estensore del pene funziona Ugly Sweater Crawl    (5 to 11 p.m.) that begins at plastica pene Buckhead Saloon for holiday music and drink specials in five different bars.  Join hundreds of new friends rocking out to holiday music at every bar, amazing drink specials, tons of giveaways, and one awesome night.
  2. falloplastica esperienze Christmas Jingle Mingle  tonight at 8 p.m. is a giant party with live entertainment, DJ music, and a dance floor at estensione del pene Westin Buckhead Atlanta for age 21+ to support Toys for Tots. Celebrate the season with 2000 of Atlanta’s finest while giving joy to underprivileged children!
  3. Wear a holiday costume to the Highlands Santa Stumble Bar Crawl 6 p.m. in Virginia Highlands for food and drink specials plus free shots. Now what is this Highlands Santa Stumble you may ask? It is a party that includes admission to VaHi establishments with drink and food specials throughout the night. Imagine sexy and crazy holiday costumes roaming the streets in a cheery night that won’t be forgotten.
  4. 26th annual Atlanta Santa Pub Crawl 5:30 p.m. has food and drink specials, beginning at Live at the Battery.  Santa Pub Crawl is a blast each year. It’s a great way to meet new friends and have some drinks in the spirit of Christmas and also a great way to show the community you care.  Registration 530pm-1030pm and specials end at 11pm.  This is one of the Biggest Toys for Tots drive in the city!

Looking for Something to do this Weekend?

 

  1. The Atlanta Veterans Day Parade November 11, 2017 (11:11 a.m.)  downtown Atlanta. The Parade will start at 11:11 hours, and will begin in Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Blvd. The Parade will proceed south on Peachtree Street, turn right on Baker Street towards Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca Cola, and Georgia Aquarium. It will continue on Baker Street and turn left onto Marietta Street. The parade will end at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street.  The Parade’s Reviewing stand will be on Baker Street between the World of Coca Cola and Georgia Aquarium.
  2. See rare machinery in action and watch sparks fly Friday evening at Cumming Steam, Antique Tractor, and Gas Engine Expo at Cumming Fairgrounds. (November 10 – 11, 2017)
  3. King of Pops Field Day  (November 11th 2 to 6 p.m.) features live bands, food trucks, games, races, face painting, a popsicle eating contest, and free popsicles at 337 Elizabeth Street.
  4. Grant Park Mothball  (November 11th 8 p.m.) has DJ dance music, appetizers, a cash bar, and a costume contest at Grant Park Recreation Center.
  5. The Super Run  (November 11th) 5K/10K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody
  6. Shop for paintings, sculpture, fashion, and gift items from artists at Art Visions (November 11 – 12)at Paideia School  in the building at S Ponce de Leon Avenue & Oakdale Road NE. Free.

Things to Do This Weekend

Head north of the city to see fall leaves at their peak

and check out some of these events while you are out and about!

 

  1. IrishFest Atlanta  November 3 – 4 has traditional evening concerts, workshops, children’s activities, a Friday buffet, and a Saturday dance at DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Dunwoody.
  2. HemlockFest November 3 – 5 near Dahlonega.  Enjoy music, arts & crafts, camping, and canoeing at this eco-friendly event.
  3. Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo [website has sound] November 4 – 5 features keynote speakers, shopping, classes, and a beauty lounge at Georgia World Congress Center.
  4. Chastain Park Arts Festival at Chastain Park  November 4 – 5. See the work of 185 artists, hear local acoustic musicians, and visit food vendors. Free.
  5. Book Festival of the MJCCA   November 4 – 20. Billed as the South’s premier literary event it includes author book signings, a community read, panel discussions, family events, and book sales in Dunwoody.

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a recap of some of the best haunts in Georgia!

  1. Ghost Tours feature “Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events, hauntingly told with the charm and personality of a real Southern storyteller.” This 90-minute walking tour goes one mile and departs from Aurora Theatre.
  2. Fear the Woods includes a haunted house, a haunted trail, and haunted combat. . Stockbridge.
  3. Explore the halls of a nightmarish hospital at Nightmare’s Gate in Douglasville 
  4. Camp Blood has a trail plus Nightmare Inn on the same ticket. Zombie Paintball Shoot is separate. Carrolton.
  5. Gates of Misery has two attractions filled with torture, torment, zombies, and cannibals. Rome.
  6. 13 Stories Haunted House [sound] has six terrifying attractions and “detail that Hollywood would be proud of” viewed in groups of 6 to 8 people. Newnan
  7. Netherworld thrills and terrifies with stunt actors in intense makeup, movie-quality special effects, and detailed sets at a large house in Norcross.

Looking for Something to do Today?

Day of the Dead    (12 to 5 p.m.)  is an outdoor festival with Mexican food, entertainment, storytelling, and free entry to Atlanta History Center.  Visitors of all ages will learn about and experience a Day of the Dead Festival, presented in partnership with the Consul General of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture. Guests enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods, and beverages.

 A Tour of Southern Ghosts   (7pm) in Stone Mountain.   Hear ghost stories of the South on a 45-minute lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation.

 Haints and Saints Halloween Parade, (4pm) Watch floats, decorated hearses, classic cars, and marching bands followed by a musical jam in Decatur. Free.

10 True Haunts In Georgia!

  1. Andersonville Civil War Prison Andersonville  Anytime you look for haunted spots in the state, the Andersonville Historic Site is one of the first names that pops up. The prison there — formerly Camp Sumter — was a prison for Union soldiers during the Civil War. The conditions were horrific. Visitors to the historic site claim to hear echoes of gunfire, loud cries, whispers in their ears and yelling. There are other reports of seeing ghostly figures walking around when the day is coming to a close. The Andersonville grounds are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., as is the cemetery. While not as noted for spooky activity as the prison, the cemetery has its fair share of cold spots and feelings of despair for visitors as well.
  2. Tilley Bend Cemetery  Blue Ridge A classic story about two feuding families is said to be the source of the haunting at this old church in the mountains. According to legend, Elizabeth Bradley was a witch with two daughters. One married a Tilley, the other a Stanley — two families that didn’t get alongwhich lead to the death of her daughters. Legend says that Elizabeth Bradley was so angry that she placed a curse on the church, that no babies would be born to its members. According to the Cherokee County Paranormal Society, that is why there are so many infant graves in the cemetery. In 1906, Bradley was hanged for being a witch. People have reported seeing a woman in a long dress walking around the cemetery and church, hearing moaning and feeling cold spots. It’s a lovely drive into the Blue Ridge Mountains, and while the church has no specific address, if you pop the name on Google Maps it will pull directions up for you without issue.
  3. Allatoona Pass   Whether the ghost that’s allegedly haunted the railroads around Allatoona Pass is a fallen soldier from the war at Allatoona Pass or a brakeman from one of the trains that ran after the Civil War is unknown. However, as far back as the late-1800s men who worked on the trains said they saw a ghostly figure riding atop their trains as they passed the area. Some have reported seeing a ghost walking around the battlefield. They have also reported hearing train whistles and shots, as well as screams, as they hike through the area. Allatoona Pass is open to the public and well-maintained. Trains have long been re-routed from the Lake Allatoona tracks, and you can walk along them.
  4. Concord Covered Bridge/Concord Cemetery Smyrna  You can visit the Concord Covered Bridge and then follow it along to Concord Cemetery (about three miles away) on the Silver Comet Trail. According to the lore, if you park your car at night, turn it off and leave some chocolate on it, you’ll hear drowned girls climbing on the car and laughing. When you turn the car back on, the candy will be gone and there will be handprints on your car. However, it’s a highly traveled road, so it’s not a good idea to turn your car off. You can go to the cemetery, where some say you’ll feel the temperature drop by several degrees if you put your arm out the window. As for the cemetery, legend says there’s a witch buried there – whether or not that’s true, there have been sightings of dark figures, movements in peripheral vision and voices whispering if you listen hard enough.
  5. Altamaha Swamp/Rock Oven   Jesup Though no exact address exists for this location, it is a few miles from the Edwin Hatch Power Plant and is easily accessible through hiking or kayaking. Jesup was home to Creek Indians who ceded the land to Georgia in the early 1800s. As the story goes, the Creek used the caves around the swamp, specifically Rock Oven, to perform their sacred (and secret) rituals. According to “Haunted Places: The National Directory, Ghostly Abodes, Sacred Sites, UFO Landings and other Supernatural Locations,” the spirits of the Creek can be heard performing these rituals near that cave. Some report seeing strange green lights move through the swamp. Many people have also reported seeing the ghosts of American Indians dancing at the entrances to the caves.
  6. Windsor Hotel  There are plenty of reasons for ghost hunters to head down south to Americus. Located about 140 miles from Atlanta, not only is it adjacent to Andersonville, a town whose soil is rich with the blood of the Civil War dead, but it’s also home to the historic Windsor Hotel. The foreboding structure with its Romanesque tower and Flemish stepped roof was built in 1892 and inhabits close to an entire city block.  Speaking of inhabitants, the Windsor apparently has several that never managed to check out. An in-residence housekeeper and her daughter died after being pushed down the hotel’s elevator shaft. Guests on the third floor reported the chilling sounds of a child’s laughter and the eerie cries of a woman. And according to employees, the ghost of Floyd Lowery, the hotel’s former doorman and elevator man for more than 40 years, can be spotted on a regular basis. Belly up to Floyd’s Pub and they’ll tell you all about it.

  7. Hay House  Just south of Atlanta in Macon you’ll find the Johnston-Felton-Hay House, one of Georgia’s most historic homes. Dating back to the mid 1800s, the Italian Renaissance Revival-style structure was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Several families, including the Johnstons, Feltons and Hays, called the house home before it was converted to a museum. The furnishings currently on display are mostly remnants from the Hay family’s time spent there. Apparently fine antiques and art were not the only thing left behind. Museum employees as well as visitors have reported seeing the ghost an elderly woman dressed in 1860 garb roaming the home’s vast hallways. Others have heard footsteps on the stairs, seen doors suddenly slam, and felt unexplained dropping temperatures. Even worse, they’ve heard wailing noises coming from the master bedroom and felt taps on their shoulders. This is one you can visit and find out for yourself.

  8. Oakland Cemetery   Maynard Jackson, Margaret Mitchell, and Bobby Jones are among the most famous buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery, the oldest and largest burial ground in the city. Built in 1850, the cemetery has a large section that houses the Confederate dead, 3,000 of which are known soldiers. People say they’ve seen soldiers in full uniform roaming the grounds and hanging from trees, and some claim they’ve heard Confederate soldiers doing a roll call, with a few folks saying their name was added as well. If you dare explore, don’t expect things to feel very Civil.

  9.   Old Candler Hospital   It’s not surprising that the very first hospital built in Savannah, Georgia back in 1804 is said to have housed more ghosts than a movie starring Tony Shalhoub and Shannon Elizabeth. The giant Candler Oak is said to be one of the most haunted places on the property. Known as the “hanging tree” for horrific reasons of racism, it’s said that ghosts have been seen hanging from its branches. But the most haunted aspect of the ancient hospital is said to be inside: There’s a morgue tunnel that runs from Candler Hospital to Forsyth Park that was once used to transport dead bodies diseased with yellow fever. There was also a psych ward where rudimentary shock therapy went down. Appropriately, you’d be crazy as hell to go there today.

 

For Lovers of the Outdoors

 

  1.  Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours (October 20 – 29) to hear stories about the Oakland Cemetery’s famous residents told by actors in costume and see candlelit mausoleums.
  2. Hear ghost stories of the South on a lantern-lit walk at Antebellum Plantation during A Tour of Southern Ghosts at Stone Mountain Park (October 19 – 29).
  3. Ghost Tours feature “Lawrenceville’s most interesting places and the stories behind its most bizarre events, hauntingly told with the charm and personality of a real Southern storyteller.” This 90-minute walking tour goes one mile and departs from Aurora Theatre.

Fairs and Festivals This Weekend

  1. Haunted Halloween   (October 20th 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)  Halloween at the history center features a haunted mansion, spooky trails, games, a carnival, food vendors, and a cash bar at the Atlanta History Center.
  2. Stone Mountain Highland Games  (October 20 – 22) a.t Stone Mountain Park.  Hear Scottish pipes and drums, eat Scottish food, watch athletic games, browse artisan booths, and see tartan-clad dancers.  Don’t forget to check out the  Pumpkin Festival while you’re there.
  3.  Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade. (October 21)  Enjoy food and drink, live entertainment, pumpkin carving, street vendors, and a 4 p.m. costume parade. Free.
  4. Decatur Craft Beer Festival  (October 21) features 100 craft beers, live music, and food for sale in downtown Decatur for age 21+.
  5. Brookhaven Arts Festival  (October 21 – 22)  includes more than 100 juried artists, live music, a kids’ corner, and food vendors. Free.
  6. Johns Creek Arts Festival   (October 21 – 22)   Visit 130 artists’ booths across from Atlanta Athletic Club. Free.
  7. Maker Faire (October 22) at Georgia Freight Depot. See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them. Free.

Head to Roswell Tonight!

Don’t miss the final Alive in Roswell   October 19, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.) of the season!  It features live bands, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, kids’ games, entertainment, and socializing in three locations connected by a free trolley (on Canton Street, in Roswell Square, and behind city hall). Free.

Roswell Square Bands:

  • Classic Recall
  • Last Call Band
  • Maggie Clement Band
  • Men in Blues
  • Up on the Roof

Canton Street Bands:

  • Andrew Black
  • Atlanta Dance Party
  • Gwen Hughes & the Cats
  • Maggie Clement Band
  • Men in Blues
  • Loose Shoes