Friday, May 29, 2009

Fayette County Recreation Department Presents "Mall Cop"

The Fayette County Recreation Dept. will be showing the movie "Mall Cop" June 13th at the Kiwanis Park. Bring your lawn chair. Refreshments available. NO alcohol permitted. Movie starts at dusk. Click here for directions.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Stone Mountain Park Unveils 10 New Summer Adventures Offering Fun and Value During “Summer at the Rock”

New Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure Stars at Stone Mountain Park

Summer at the Rock Dates/Times: May 23 – Sept. 7; 10a.m. – 8p.m.
Location: Crossroads® at the base of Stone Mountain
Prices: Adventure Pass- $26 Adults/$21 children 3-11 (tax not included)
Marriott Family Escape Package beginning at $169 (tax not included)
Family Value Pass- 4 one-day Adventure Passes, 4 meals $109 (tax not included),exclusively online

This summer, families will find adventure close to home at Stone Mountain Park’s Summer at the Rock beginning May 23. Georgia’s most visited attraction has something for everyone- and fun options to fit any budget.

Parents and kids can join Brendan Fraser on a voyage to another world where dinosaurs lurk around the corner in the all-new Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. Guests of all ages can also explore the treetops on Sky Hike, the nation’s largest adventure course.

“Because it’s a tough time in our economy, keeping kids entertained on a budget will pose an extra challenge this summer,” said Gerald Rakestraw, vice president and general manager of Stone Mountain Park. “We have a solution as Stone Mountain Park’s Family Value Pass offers families convenience and value as guests save 20 percent on four one-day tickets and four meals. It’s a hassle-free solution for a stay and play summer outing.”

In addition to the Family Value Pass, Stone Mountain Park also provides families great overnight options with two Marriott hotels and the largest campground in Georgia. Families can enjoy a quiet getaway with two swimming pools, spacious rooms, fantastic views and resort amenities at a great value. Family Escape Packages begin at $169 includes park tickets good for two days. Package details are available at stonemountainpark.com.

The Summer at the Rock roster also includes two new, interactive shows. Kids become part of the action in Big Thinkers Science Exploration and Wonders of Nature from June 6 to August 2. In addition, Stone Mountain Park offers family-friendly celebrations throughout the summer:

May 23-25 Memorial Day Salute to the Troops Weekend
June 17-20 Altlanta Fest, the South’s premier Christian music festival
July 3-5 42nd Annual Fantastic Fourth Celebration
September 5-7 Labor Day Weekend

10 New Summer Adventures at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park offers one adventure after another with the traditional attractions such as the Sky Ride, Scenic Railroad, Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard, Memorial Hall and Museum, Ride the Ducks, Adventure Golf and The Great Barn. In addition to these attractions, Summer at the Rock offers 10 new adventures for families to enjoy.

1. Guests can engage all the senses in the all-new Journey to the Center of the Earth 4D Adventure. Excitement is guaranteed in this condensed version of the popular film as the film’s explorers are plunged into a strange world beneath the Earth’s surface. Fish with razor-sharp teeth and dinosaurs will also be along for the ride.

2. Young and the young at heart can trek through the treetops on the nation’s largest adventure course, Sky Hike. SkyHikers select from a 12 ft. trail for beginners, a 24 ft. trail for the courageous or the 40 ft. trail for the true daredevil. With more than a quarter of a mile course, no two hikes are the same.

3. Families can feed a crowd at Stone Mountain Park’s new Marketplace. This open air-style market provides lots of fresh meal and snack choices. For a lighter course, pick from deli sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola or one of the many baked goods. Heartier meal options include pizza, hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches or chicken strips. Ice cream or freshly made fudge round out the offering

4. Families can leave the Lasershow picnic baskets behind without worrying. The all-new Marketplace has everything they need to enjoy a meal on the lawn. From full-sized potato chips and dip to an assortment of candy, all groups can enjoy your meal under the stars in one of Marketplace’s reusable picnic bags. Forgot the blanket too? No worries, Marketplace has a variety of blankets from which to choose.

5. For families who love camping but dislike the work it takes to set up a camp site, then Stone Mountain Park Family Campground has the perfect solution. Ready, Set, Camp! offers a camping adventure without the hassle. Families simply drive up to their campsite to find a four-person tent, four sleeping pads and lantern already set-up in anticipation of their arrival.

6. For the best deal on a close-to-home getaway, families can check out the Marriott Evergreen Resort. Here, guests can savor nature as the resort is surrounded with lush trees and a sparkling lake. Family Escape Packages offer savings and relaxation.

7. Parents can teach kids about being “green” at Crossroads. At Stone Mountain Park’s new eco store, the Green Scene, kids can learn how to recycle, plant and make bird feeders.

8. Nature lovers are in for a treat at the all-new Wonders of Nature show located in the Dogwood Theatre. Up-close encounters with flying squirrels, birds and snakes will have audiences squirming in their seats. Additionally, the all-new Big Thinkers Science Exploration Show unravels the mystery of electricity and air. Two rotating shows, “It’s Electric” and “Air Up There” can be seen at the Magnolia Theatre.

9. Families can experience “Our Music is Georgia Music” at the Memorial Hall and Museum May 30 through August 2. Organized by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of Georgia’s musical landscape and highlights various artifacts such as rare Otis Redding concert posters, a Little Richard costume and vintage instruments by Savannah-based Gretsch Guitars.

10. Families can stay the evening and celebrate Georgia during the famed Lasershow Spectacular™. An all-new tribute to Georgia musicians includes an array of artists such as Otis Redding, Little Richard, Indigo Girls, Outkast, REM, Allman Brothers, The B52’s and James Brown.

Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See,” Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit 8 on Hwy. 78. For more information visit www.stonemountainpark.com.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

8th Annual Taste of Atlanta

Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th 2009
Technology Square, in the streets of Midtown Atlanta

Grab your forks and get ready to experience the fabulous flavor of change as Taste of Atlanta takes the street festival concept to a whole new level at Technology Square in Midtown Atlanta.

Returning this October for its 8th year, Taste of Atlanta is a food experience that only begins with more than 70 local favorites serving up delicious small plates of their most desired dishes. From celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and interactive kid’s workshops to live local music and expert wine seminars, Taste of Atlanta is non-stop fun for the whole family.

Come out October 10th and 11th and bring your friends and family. We guarantee you won’t leave hungry!

For announcements on celebrity and local chef guests, participating restaurants, festival times, parking and ticket information, visit www.tasteofatlanta.com
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TN: National MooFest May 30th

National MooFest is "mooving" into the Friendly City of Athens, Tennessee again this year.

[Note: This happening may not be in Georgia, but it's a fun event we thought you might want to put on your calendar. It's close enough for a nice weekend jaunt.]

MooFest, a celebration of the dairy industry, will be held Saturday, May 30, as a kickoff to June Dairy Month. The day will feature a number of new events and attractions, as well as some staples of last year's successful MooFest, including an ice cream recipe contest, dairy-themed games, and an "udderly" fascinating array of exhibits on the history and practices of the dairy industry.

Events this year will include the ice cream eating contest, "Milkshake Shake," scoop-stacking contest, sundae-making and milk chugging contests.

Those interested in submitting recipes for this year's ice cream recipe contest should get a "moove" on. Submissions need to be postmarked by May 15. Entry forms are available online at www.nationalmoofest.com and at the Mayfield's Visitor Center.

Agriculture demonstrations will be featured, as well as a petting zoo with cows.
"It's a great opportunity for people to learn about the dairy industry in a fun way," said MooFest's Grand Moobah Elaine Newman.

A number of "exciting and interesting" food vendors and a wide array of arts and crafts booths will also be set up around the square, Newman said.

A week-long carnival will open on Tuesday, May 26 and operate through MooFest on the 30th. The carnival will again be located on the downtown greenspace.

Speaking of green, MooFest will be a "green event" this year, and recycling will be promoted, Newman said.

Musical entertainment will be provided on Friday night, May 29, and all day on Saturday, May 30, during MooFest. Friday's entertainment will be provided by groups Blue City Band and Dog & Pony Show. Saturday's musical guests will perform a variety of styles for a variety of tastes, including Mitch Rossell, Sisters of the Silver Sage and local talent Just Us bluegrass band and Carla Jo Carr.

Ventriloquist Ken Karter will also perform throughout Saturday.

For links to entertainers' websites, visit www.nationalmoofest.com.

MooFest will coincide with other traditional Athens events, including the Athens Kiwanis Club's annual pancake breakfast and this year's running of the Athens Soap Box Derby.

Admission to MooFest is $3 per person, and children under age 6 get in free.

For more information on MooFest – including how to volunteer for or help sponsor the event – visit www.nationalmoofest.com.
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Friday, May 8, 2009

Get Out, Get Dirty, and Get Fit Weekend at F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Saturday, May 23, 2009 and Sunday, May 24, 2009
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
F. D. Roosevelt State Park
2970 Georgia Highway 190
Pine Mountain, Ga. 31822

$ 5 parking

Get Out...to see a waterfall. Get Dirty...with crazy outdoor games. Get Fit...while searching for a geocache. Enjoy nature on a weekend dedicated to getting YOU outdoors.

INFORMATION: 706-663-4858 or www.gastateparks.org

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