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Things to Do This Weekend

  1. farmaci per allungare il pene Potter Pub Crawl November 17, 2017 (7 to 11 p.m.) includes five bars in voglio un pene grosso Virginia Highlands with food and drink specials plus a costume contest starting at foto di peni piccoli Diesel Filling Station for age 21+.
  2. alungare il pene Buried Alive Film Fest  November 17 – 19, Come out and see some of the best independent films in the world! This November the Buried Alive Film Fest has a new home at  dimensioni del pene 7 Stages Theatre  located in the heart of  Little 5 Points Atlanta.  Also our new location is connected to the great coffee house and bar, Java Lords, making it easy to grab a drink or coffee and enjoy a beverage in the theatre!
  3. Atlanta Steampunk Exposition  November 17 – 19, has special guests, panel discussions, talks by authors, a costume contest, a dance party, and vendors at Atlanta Marriott Northwest At Galleria.
  4. Heroes & Villains Fan Fest  November 18 – 19 celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors at Georgia World Congress Center.
  5. Festival Peachtree Latino November 19 offers music, dancing, arts & crafts, vendors, ethnic foods, and a kids’ zone at Piedmont Park. Free.

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.

Have a Spook-tacular Weekend!

7 great ways to get out and enjoy some of the last fall festivals of the year!

  1. Owl-O-Ween  Hot-air-balloon festival October 27 – 28, 2017     features balloon glows, tethered rides, trick-or-treating at the balloons, a food court, art vendors, beer and vodka, and entertainment on multiple stages at Kennesaw State University.
  2. Halloween bar crawls October 27 – 28, 2017 Atlanta locations Your ticket includes a costume contest, food and drink specials, and admission to multiple bars. Oct. 27 – Crawl-Oween in the Highlands Oct. 27 – Midtown Halloween Oct. 28 – Halloween in the Highlands Oct. 28 – Halloween Pub Crawl Atlanta
  3.  Walker Stalker Con Zombie, horror, sci-fi event October 27 – 29, 2017  has celebrities, panels, vendors, and a party at the Georgia World Congress Center.
  4. The Pumpkin Festival October 27 – 29, 2017 includes family shows, games, storytelling, kids’ activities, and a pie-eating contest at Stone Mountain Park. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  5. The Country Living Fair  October 27 – 29, 2017  has 200 booths of antiques, crafts, and gourmet foods, plus demonstrations of cooking, painting & pottery at Stone Mountain Park.
  6. UC Music & Arts Festival  October 28, 2017 features art & food vendors and live music at Shannon Square in Union City. Free.

  7. Zombie run October 28, 2017 (7 p.m.)  Dodge zombies trying to grab your flag at the Running Dead 5K in Dahlonega, and make it to the finish line for a medal and fun activities.

 

Halloween’s Darker Side of Theatre

  1. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse presents Macbeth   on  October 27th.   Shakespeare’s tragic story of a Scottish King, witch’s curses, and evil acts.
  2. Dracula: The Haunting in Lawrenceville on October 27 – 28.  Creatures dance and perform onstage and around you, with music and special effects at 30-minute
  3. Alliance Theatre’s Hand To God at Dad’s Garage Theatre  569 Ezzard St  Atlanta Described as “darkly delightful” (The New York Times), Hand to God – the irreverent puppet comedy, Tony Award® nominee, and the most produced play in American regional theater last season – makes its Atlanta debut. After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking personality all its own.
  4. Campfire at the the Oak Theatre in Avondale Estates (through 10/28)  This entirely improvised show takes the audience’s true experiences with the unexplained or paranormal and weaves them into funny and spooky stories told ’round a campfire, bringing them to life. Perfect prep for Halloween!
  5. The Anointing Of Dracula:A Grand Guignol at Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Alumni Memorial University Center on 10/31   A blood-drenched rock n’ roll nightmare based on the original Dracula arriving just in time for Hallows’ Eve. Not the vampire you remember, but one you’ll never forget.

New Exhibits this Week

The Art Farm  at Grange Hall in Chattahoochee Hills  presents a show of elegant botanical photography by Paula Susarte. Opening on October 28th from 4-7pm come celebrate this exhibition of works. On view: Oct 28 – Nov 30.  All are welcome.

Artist Statement

The inspiration for this collection was nature. Each image reflects innocence and a pure, perfect moment of beauty. To be in contact with nature gives me the opportunity to be present, to stop my mind, to connect with myself. For me, these aspects bring Peace for the Soul.

The allure in taking the photographs not only came from capturing the form of each flower but also from capturing the light and background of the setting. In addition, editing the composition and the contrast within each image allowed me to provide balance and harmony to the final photograph. All the images in this collection were made many years ago. I have collected them from my archive to form the Peace for the Soul Collection.

This exhibition is dedicated to my beloved grandmother, Carolina Orlandi. During my childhood, I followed her around the garden, watching her care for each plant. She loved the process of growing flowers, and felt great joy when the flowers bloomed.

Also opening this week:

“BROKEN BUT HEALED“ Art Exhibit at the Defoor Centre in Atlanta, featuring artwork by: Marcus E. Bishop. OPENING RECEPTION OCT. 26th 2017 Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm and artist meet and greet @ 6:30

 

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.