Monday, August 31, 2009

Hogansville Hummingbird Festival

October 17 & 18, 200910:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.12th Annual Hummingbird Festival; Downtown Hogansville, Georgia; 100+ Arts & Crafts Booths, Art Competition; Art Exhibits & Demonstrations; Antiques, Children's Rides & Activities; International Food Court, Entertainment; Street Dance Saturday Night; Hogansville High Reunion Weekend; Kick-off Dinner & Silent Auction - October 15;

Friday, August 28, 2009

Find it in Fayette! Community Expo

"Find it in Fayette!" Community Expo sponsors L - R: Mary Ann Bell, Coweta Fayette EMC; Debbie Johnson, Dennis Breslin, Regina Steffens and Lisa Beavers from Cardiovascular Consultants of Georgia; Roch deGolian, Ravin Homes; Robin North, Dynamic Image Web Development; Matt Guthrie, Fayette County News; Melanie Myer, Delta Community Credit Union; Michael Lear, The Southern Federal Credit Union, Jim Mothorpe, Capital Investment Company; Michael Rossetti and DeSales deGolian from Ravin Homes. Other sponsors not pictured are: AT&T Georgia; Comcast Cable Communications; Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree; and Novo Nordisk.

The “Find it in Fayette!” Community Expo is coming up on September 15, 3-7 pm at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville. The Fayette Chamber hosts the Expo each year to bring local businesses and the community together. As part of a Health, Wellness and GoGreen focus, this year's event will feature health screenings and tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as information on how to conserve energy and preserve our environment. Food samples and lots of prizes and give-aways make the Expo fun for everyone. Admission is free. Don't miss the largest trade show in the county – mark your calendar today for the Expo!
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Free Concert, Southern Picnic With International Twist to Close AJC Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical

Sweet AlizAbeth’s Fabulous Fiddling Divas to Play During Picnic, Which Will Feature Southern, Thai, Mexican, and Indian Food

Good Ol’ Girls Concert Featuring Marshall Chapman and Jill McCorkle to Follow at Eddie’s Attic

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) will close with a truly festive evening, featuring a picnic centered around both southern and international cuisine, free music by Sweet AlizAbeth, a pickled okra contest, and a special post concert at Eddie’s Attic.

The festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6.

“This concert and picnic is the perfect signoff for the festival,” Daren Wang, Executive Director of the festival said. “It’s fun, casual and communal. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate another great festival.”

Southern Foodways Alliance presents a picnic that combines flavors from around the globe to create a unique culinary experience that is excitingly foreign and comfortingly familiar at the same time. Southern mainstays will get cozy with exotic international dishes. Tacqueria del Sol will serve fried chicken tacos and turnip greens, Bhojanic will serve cornbread and okra, Noodle will serve green bean tempura, rice pudding, and ginger tiramisu, Pura Vida will serve goat mofongo, and caterer Nassima Neighbors will serve chicken curry with rice, samosas, and yams. Attendees will be able to enjoy this delectable combination of 12 items for just $10 per plate.

The picnic, which begins at 6 p.m. Sunday evening, also boasts a picked okra contest, where some of the best chefs in Atlanta will go head to head as a panel of judges sample their original creations.

As with all Decatur Business Alliance Concerts in the Square, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic or purchase a meal to go from one of Decatur’s many excellent restaurants.

All in attendance will enjoy live music by folk band Sweet AlizAbeth. Fiddling divas Bethany Dick and Liz Langford make up this duo.

After the picnic and free concert, the festival will close with what promises to be an amazing performance by two of the four “Good ol’ Girls,” singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman and author Jill McCorkle. The concert will be at Eddie’s Attic (515-B N. Mcdonough St.) Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets will be $20. Tickets are available through Eddie’s Attic at

Chapman’s songs have been recorded by music legends such as Jimmy Buffett, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna, and Conway Twitty. She and her band “The Love Slaves” toured with Jimmy Buffett in 1995 after the release of her album “It’s About Time,” which garnered rave reviews from USA Today, Time, and The Village Voice.

McCorkle is the celebrated author of five books that have been selected as Notable Books by the New York Times. She is also the winner of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country and the fourth largest overall. This year, more than 300 authors and tens of thousands of festival goers will crowd the historic downtown Decatur Square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more. For more information visit

Georgia Aquarium to Host 4th Annual Aqua Vino Wine Tasting Event

Georgia Aquarium will host its fourth annual Aqua Vino wine tasting event on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 7-10 p.m. This year’s event invites guests to “Sip, Savor and Sea” the wonders of the ocean, in the beautiful backdrop of the world’s largest aquarium, including the grand Oceans Ballroom. Proceeds from the event support the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art veterinary services facility through the Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. For more information please visit

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hippifest Summer Tour to Bring Peace, Love and Happiness to "The Fred" in Peachtree City Aug 14 & 15


8/3/09 "If you're looking for a little 'Good Lovin' this summer where everyone will be 'Happy Together' and spreading 'Joy To The World,' then Hippiefest is just the ticket," touts Hippiefest tour creator Toby Ludwig. "This festival is for people who weren't around in the '60s and '70s or were and just can't seem to remember... Bring your parents, your grandparents and your kids. Come be a Hippie for a day!"

The Fred will host this all-star lineup from the sixties and seventies as Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Badfinger featuring Joey Molland, Brewer and Shipley, and Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels star in this three hour show.
The Miami Herald called the event "A taste of Woodstock without the mud and bad acid" while Newsday said that Hippiefest was "Guaranteed to get boomers misty-eyed enough to fog up their bifocals."

It's easy to see why Hippiefest will, once again, be an evening full of good times and greatest hits as this year's main artists and their respective bands have amassed a collective total of over three dozen Top Twenty singles with seven of those hitting number one on the U.S. charts.

"I'm so looking forward to performing with the fine artists participating in this year's Hippiefest and singing my 1971 Song of the Year, 'Joy To The World,' " states Chuck Negron, formerly the singer of Three Dog Night. The band -- who were easily one of America's most successful bands of the late sixties and early seventies -- had eighteen consecutive Top 20 hits and twenty consecutive Top 40 hits, ultimately selling over ninety million albums total worldwide. Three of their songs -- "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "Joy To The World" and "Black and White" -- hit number one on the charts. Other Top Ten hits included, "One," "Easy To Be Hard," "Eli's Coming," "Liar," "Old Fashioned Love Song," "Never Been To Spain," "Shambala" and "The Show Must Go On."

The Turtles first hit the scene in 1965 with their rendition of the Bob Dylan-penned song, "It Ain't Me Babe," which landed in the Top 10. However, it wasn't until two years later that they would release their massive number one hit, "Happy Together." The song remains a staple on classic rock radio more than forty years later...

The band would go on to record such other Top 10 hits as "She'd Rather Be With Me," "Elenore" and "You Showed Me." Original vocalists Mark Volman (Flo) and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) -- who host the Hippiefest shows -- have carried on the classic music of the band since its inception and the two still perform dozens of dates a year together as The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie. "The Turtles -- a.k.a. Flo and Eddie -- are really looking forward to performing and hosting on this year's Hippiefest tour," states Kaylan. "Every year, the shows just keep getting better, the audiences are hipper and the concerts take us all back to a happier time. We are, once again, proud and happy to be a part of history. We have a ton of surprises this summer, too!"
If you want to hear some great music, here it is... "Come and Get It!"

From 1970 to 1972, Badfinger had three Top 10 songs with "Come and Get It," "No Matter What" and "Day After Day" as well as a Top 20 hit with "Baby Blue." The band was the very first to sign with the Beatles label, Apple Records. Badfinger featuring Joey Molland (vocals, guitars, keyboards) continues to perform the band's timeless music and is excited to be a part of this year's summer tour. "I'm very happy to have been invited back for my fourth Hippiefest tour," comments Molland. "The shows are great fun for both the audiences and artists alike... I love to watch these great stars like The Turtles performing some of their biggest hits. I get a chance to make new friends and catch up with old ones. The audiences are great! They come in the thousands to remember those Hippie days and we performers use the energy they bring... It's a blast!"

Also performing are Mitch Ryder of the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With The Blue Dress On" and "Sock It To Me Baby"), Brewer & Shipley ("One Toke Over The Line")

The Hippiefest tour -- which captures the spirit of Woodstock and other great music festivals of the era -- will land in nineteen cities for twenty performances throughout the United States including Detroit, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Tulsa, Dallas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale (please see below for full itinerary).

Does anybody remember Woodstock?

Some do and some don't... even if they were there

Hippiefest is part of the Lexus of South Atlanta Summer concert Series at The Fred. The Hippiefest production is presented by Toby Ludwig and Ron Hausfeld of Flower Power Concerts, Inc..

Let the sun shine in and have some psychedelic fun this summer!
All is groovy.

For more information, please see the tour's official site at Or or call The Fred Box office at 770-631-0630.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fernbank Announces Viewers’ Choice Films for IMAX® Film Festival

The votes are in and the public has chosen the films for Fernbank Museum’s first-ever IMAX® Film Festival, which will be held from August 17-October 1, 2009. Viewers were given the power to choose their favorites among 13 potential films, and their six most-wanted titles will be featured. Fernbank will change the line-up every two weeks during the IMAX® Film Festival, giving IMAX® fans the opportunity to see six different films in 12 weeks.

Fernbank has also announced the special Festival Flex Pass, which includes six tickets that can be used in any combination during the festival, including for Martinis & IMAX® shows. Filmgoers can use the six passes for one movie, use on for each movie, or mix and match with friends and family. All tickets must be used by October 1, 2009. The Flex Pass provides great savings for those wanting to see their favorite films. At $60 for non-members, the Festival Flex Pass offers an $18 savings—or 23%—over individual ticket purchases. Museum members pay only $45 for a Festival Flex Pass.

IMAX® Film Festival Schedule is:
August 17 to August 30: Hurricane on the Bayou and Greece: Secrets of the Past
August 31 to September 13: Everest and Cirque du Soleil™ Journey of Man
September 14 to October 1: The Greatest Places and The Living Sea

Film Descriptions:

Hurricane on Bayou: Dive with baby alligators, dance to Cajun rock'n blues music and experience the force of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Greece: Secrets of the Past: Take a journey to the birthplace of democracy and go on a quest to uncover the buried secrets of one of the world’s most enlightened societies.

Everest: Experience the long, difficult journey to the top of the Earth’s tallest mountain and witness the dramatic events that unfold in the thin air in the mountain’s danger zone.

Cirque du Soleil™ Journey of Man: Follow a mystical journey through the stages of man, from birth to maturity, in a visual and musical celebration of life, featuring the unique performers of Cirque du Soleil.

The Greatest Places: Take an educational and entertaining journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth.

The Living Sea: Witness the beauty, diversity of the ocean—from golden jellyfish and humpback whales to the strange creatures that live 3,000 feet beneath sea level.

Fernbank Museum’s IMAX® Theatre features a massive screen, stretching five stories tall and 72 feet wide. Combining the giant screen with incredible digital surround sound and stadium seating, the IMAX experience provides 45-minute immersive encounters with subjects, locations, events, people and animals most people will never see firsthand.

To purchase tickets, call 404.929.6400. More visitor information is available at

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta. The museum is accessible by Marta and also features free parking.