Thursday, December 30, 2010

Upcoming Events at Davenport House Museum, Savannah

“Potable Gold”: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition

Friday and Saturday evenings in February 2011
[Program dates: February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26]
5:30 p.m.
75 minutes in length
Admission: $20 (must be 21 years of age)

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance. Contact information: 912/236-8097, info@davenporthousemuseum.org, www.davenporthousemuseum.org

Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about and tasting a unique and flavorful wine. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. During the experience they will sample two types of Madeira and see the historic house at dusk including spaces usually off-limits to museum guests.

The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms.

Location: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA – on Columbia Square

Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden

Monday, February 14, 2011
5 to 7 p.m.

Get married in the museum’s beautiful courtyard garden and make it a Valentine’s Day to remember! Ceremonies will be offered every 10 minutes. A local judge will officiate. $100 donation to the museum. Call 912/236-8097 for additional information. See www.davenporthousemuseum.org

Location: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA – on Columbia Square

Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

Thursdays and Fridays (and two Wednesday) in March 2011 (3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 18, 23, 24, 31)
5 p.m.
60 minutes in length
Admission: $18

Reservations recommended. Limited attendance. Contact information: 912/236-8097, info@davenporthousemuseum.org, www.davenporthousemuseum.org

Learn about tea traditions and experience an early 19th century tea in the historic atmosphere of the Isaiah Davenport House Museum. Patrons will tour areas of the historic home where tea service took place and will participate in an afternoon tea with costumed interpreters.

Location: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA – on Columbia Square

Our Old House: Director’s Preservation Tour of the Davenport House

Tuesday and Saturdays in March 2011
[Tour dates: March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29]
4:30 p.m.
60 minutes in length
Admission: $18
Contact information: 912/236-8097, info@davenporthousemuseum.org, www.davenporthousemuseum.org

Acquaint yourself with the preservation and care of the Isaiah Davenport House, recipient of the Preserve America Presidential Award. The museum’s director will lead a tour in and around the home discussing the recent restoration, maintenance issues and techniques for preserving the site for the long term. The tour is limited to twelve people. Patrons will visit areas not normally on tour. The experience will end in the garden with light refreshments.

The program requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs. Location: Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State Street, Savannah, GA – on Columbia Square

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Underground Atlanta's Peach Drop Announces Budding Peach Stage Line-up

Enjoy a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve of Peachy Proportions

WHAT: Peach Drop 2011 - New Year’s Eve Countdown
WHO: An eclectic array of local and national performers on three stages
WHERE: Underground Atlanta – Downtown Atlanta
WHEN: Friday, December 31, 2010 – Saturday, January 1, 2011
TIME: 11:00am on the 31st until 4:00am on the 1st
COST: FREE

Ring in a new decade with thousands of your closest friends at Underground Atlanta’s 22nd Annual Peach Drop! The Southeast’s largest New Year’s Eve Celebration, locals and visitors alike brave the cold to watch the famed giant peach make its 58-second descent from the top of the 138-foot tower of lights in an all-day, all-night, family-friendly celebration!

“There certainly isn’t a shortage of New Year’s Eve activities in our city,” explains Underground Atlanta General Manager, William P. “Chick” Ciccaglione. “But many of these events are expensive and targeted towards young singles or couples. I believe Peach Drop has been so successful year after year because we are able to provide the community safe, free entertainment that is as perfect for families as it is for couples, singles and groups of friends of all ages.”

Festivities begin at 11:00am with a moonwalk, basketball throw, face painting and balloon art on Upper Alabama Street as well as kid-friendly music on the Budding Peach Stage. And, new this year, enjoy exhilarating rides for young and old with Peachtree Rides’ “Expo Wheel” (Ferris wheel), Bear Affair (spinning tea cups in Bear form) and more, for only $3 a ride! Check out Atlanta’s young talent as they impress “Peach patrons” getting in the New Year’s Eve spirit early in the day*:

*As of December 13, 2010; schedule subject to change

11:00am – 1:00pm Coastal Talent Kids
11:00am Natalie Scott Seman
11:15am Ryan Williams
11:30am Alyssa Payne
12:00pm Eamonn Vickless
12:15pm Karina Simonis
12:30pm Peyton Propst
12:45pm Tyreke Thompson
1:00pm – 2:00pm TraVerse
2:00pm – 3:00pm Clevetta
3:00pm – 3:30pm Craig Perkins
3:30pm – 4:00pm Brittney Jones
4:00pm – 5:00pm Ziggy the Rockstar
5:00pm – 6:00pm A'lise Holiday

In addition to the Budding Peach Stage, enjoy the musical styling of locally and nationally-renowned acts on both the Kenny’s Alley Stage and Main Stage, who will carry crowds into 2011, along with an explosion of confetti and fireworks at midnight! Those looking to keep the party going, can celebrate into the night, as the bars, restaurants and nightclubs of Kenny’s Alley are open until 4:00am! Kenny’s Alley Stage and Main Stage acts to be announced soon!

The 22nd Annual Peach Drop is a rain or shine event and is sponsored in part by AirTran Airways, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coca-Cola, Comfort Suites Atlanta Downtown, Cooper Atlanta Transportation Services, Nuvo, Peachtree Tents & Events, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and The Sunday Paper.

For the safety and enjoyment of Peach Drop, Underground Atlanta asks that the following items NOT be brought onto the property: Pets, bags, backpacks, coolers, picnic baskets, recording devices, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, lawn chairs, weapons and alcoholic beverages (alcoholic beverages can be purchased on the property by patrons 21 years of age and older). To find answers to frequently asked questions, fun facts and up-to-the-minute information about Peach Drop 2011, please visit www.PeachDrop.com or follow us on Twitter @PeachDrop.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Fox Theatre Presents The Fifth Annual Larry, Carols and Mo!

A FREE Holiday Event

What: A FREE Christmas Carol Sing-Along and a Showing of the hilarious holiday film: “Elf”
Where: The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street N.E.
When: Monday, December 13, 2010. Doors Open at 6pm, Sing-Along starts at 7pm,
Movie begins at 7:30pm

On Monday, December 13, 2010 there will be snow falling on Peachtree Street from the marquee of The Fabulous Fox Theatre! There will be caroling in the Fox’s arcade, photos with Santa and hot apple cider.

Not to mention a Sing-Along with the famous “Mighty Mo” organ, led by organist in residence Larry-Douglas Embury and joined by the Gwinnett Young Singers, the Fox Theatre Rising Stars, and our emcee for the evening, Joe Gransden.

This will be followed by a showing of the hilarious holiday film “Elf.”

The evening will be capped off by an organ concert, with Larry-Douglas Embury, once again joined by Joe Gransden and the Fox Theatre Rising Stars.

Limited Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre Box Office, or at ticketmaster.com (Tickets through ticketmaster.com will incur the applicable service charges) beginning at 10am on Monday, November 8, 2010.

The Fox Theatre will be accepting donations for both Toys-For-Tots and the Atlanta Community Food Bank that evening.
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The Holiday Ice Spectacular Puts a New Twist on Chanukah

Adam Sandler sings praise for “If Santa Claus Was Jewish” Number

Chanukah has come and gone, but Atlanta gets to celebrate a little longer with the release of The Holiday Ice Spectacular’s “If Santa Claus Was Jewish.” This never-before-heard holiday song was written by Atlanta native Jeb Rand exclusively for the holiday revue, running December 16-24 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

Picture Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers and Adam Sandler sitting with a bottle of Manischewitz and you’ve got the creative inspiration to the number, which according to Mr. Sandler himself, is one “the audiences will love and have a lot of fun with too.” Sandler recently previewed the song for possible use in future projects and after hearing it, declared it to be one of the funniest things he had heard in years.

Want to hear the song that had Sandler singing along? Visit www.holidayicespectacular.com to listen today. It’s one of four new, never before seen numbers that will be a part of The Holiday Ice Spectacular this winter, right alongside your favorite holiday classics. You’ll see everything from a bite-sized version of The Nutcracker to Santa on a Harley. This 90-minute performance has a little taste of something for everyone and is a must-see performance this December.

Showtimes & Tickets: The Holiday Ice Spectacular will open December 16. Shows will run through December 23 with select matinee performances, including one on December 24. For more information or a detailed list of show times, please visit www.holidayicespectacular.com.

Tickets range in price from $25-89 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com. Special VIP and group packages are available at select price levels. If you’re looking to give back while having a great time, we’ve got just the ticket. By using the discount codes BERT, for Bert’s Big Adventure, or CHOA, for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, you’ll receive $10 off the price of your ticket and an additional $5 will be donated to the organization of your choice.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays with Santa, Cinderella and Atlanta Lyric Theatre!

Annual Holiday Tradition Celebrated at Marietta’s Historic Marlow House

Friday, November 19, 2010–Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents its second annual Christmas Tea with Santa Claus and Cinderella, offering children and adults a whimsical celebration at the historic Marlow House (192 Church Street) near the Marietta Square, beginning Saturday, December 4.

The Christmas Tea with Santa Claus and Cinderella features tea sandwiches, holiday cookies and candies, story time with Santa, music by Santa’s Elves who lead a parade to take photos with Santa and a special Christmas treat for each child.

Completing the setting, The Marlow House, a charming Victorian house on the historic registry will be brimming with cheer and holiday decorations! Tickets are $30 plus tax per person, and seating is limited.

For tickets and information call 404-377-9948 or visit www.atlantalyrictheatre.com.

Event Schedule:
Saturday, Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 11:00 am
Sunday, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 at 4:30 pm
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Rink at Park Tavern Hosts Breakfast with Santa on Opening Day

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Atlanta’s New Ice Skating Rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Monday, November 22 at 8 a.m.

Second Breakfast with Santa Set for Friday, November 26 from 8 to 10:30 a.m.


Frozen Hot Chocolate & Cookies with Santa on Tuesday, November 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.


The Rink at Park Tavern, a new covered ice skating rink located in the heart of Midtown in Piedmont Park, will open to the public on Monday, November 22, 2010. To celebrate its arrival, Park Tavern is hosting a special Breakfast with Santa at The Rink from 8 to 10:30 a.m. that morning. For $10 kids can enjoy sweets from Santa’s bakery, cereal and fruit juices. Parents can bring a camera, but there will also be a professional photographer available to snap pictures with Santa. Park Tavern’s new homemade hot chocolate and new frozen hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Parents will also be able to purchase bagels, coffee and gourmet Danishes. Breakfast with Santa does not include the cost of skating or skate rental. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.xorbia.com/tickets/therink/.

The Rink at Park Tavern will also host a second Breakfast with Santa for kids on Friday, November 26 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Kids can also enjoy Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Santa on Tuesday, November 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT: Breakfast with Santa at The Rink at Park Tavern

WHERE: Park Tavern
500 Tenth Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

WHEN: Monday, November 22, 2010 from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Friday, November 26, 2010 from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. - Frozen Hot Chocolate & Cookies with Santa

COST: $10 - Does not cover the cost of skating or skate rentals. It will be an additional $10 to skate. Skaters may bring their own skates or rent a pair for $5.

TICKETS: Purchase tickets in advance online at www.xorbia.com/tickets/therink.

CONTACT: Call 404.249.0001 or visit www.parktavern.com.

ABOUT THE RINK AT PARK TAVERN

Located in the spacious Garden Tent in Park Tavern, The Rink will feature modern amenities for day and night skating including a brand new rink created with harvested rainwater that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide. Skaters will stay warm under a beautiful heated tent with a state-of-the-art sound system; while observers can enjoy rink-side dining, homemade hot chocolate, specialty cocktails, house-brews, ½ price wine bottles every Wednesday, 1/2 off sushi nightly from 10 p.m. to midnight, holiday decorations, and much more. With original woodwork, Stone Mountain-granite walls, stack-stone fireplaces, granite bars, new leather furniture and a natural slate floor, Park Tavern’s lodge-like feel will only enhance the overall experience.

Accommodating approximately 200 skaters, The Rink at Park Tavern will be open for evening skating experiences daily beginning at 5 p.m. on Monday November, 22, 2010 through Monday, February 14, 2011 and will offer four sessions on weekends and when kids are out of school on holiday breaks at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Each skating session is 3 ½ hours with ½ hour breaks to resurface the ice with harvested rainwater. At 9 p.m. each night, The Rink at Park Tavern will only be open to ages 21 and up. The Rink is also available for private skating lessons, parties and even marriage proposals. Park Tavern will also host number of specialty events throughout the season. For the most up to date event calendar, specialty packages, and venue rental information, please visit
www.parktavern.com.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Easyriders Events Bike Show Tour Nov 20

Easyriders Events have announced the Easyriders Events Bike Show Tour Dates for 2010 & 2011. The tour includes an event in Atlanta on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 with special guest host, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The event is being held at Georgia World Congress Center and the event’s organizers are estimating over 20,000 guests to attend their Atlanta tour stop.

The Annual Easyriders Events Bike Show in Atlanta provides all ages of bike enthusiasts and fans with a record 250 plus custom bikes competing for over 55 plus awards which can be viewed on line at http://www.easyridersevents.com/

Easyriders Events Marketing and Entertainment Director, Tucker Kroll attributes the record breaking number of custom bike entries this year to their free space program which gives wristband holders an option to feature their custom bikes at the show for no charge.

The Annual Easyriders Events Bike Show in Atlanta will be photographed by world-famous motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter. Some of the world's top bike builders have joined this year's tour including Paul Yaffe, The Limpnickie Lot, and Kendall Johnson. The industries top manufacturing reps will be on hand showing off all of the industries new cutting edge products. All guests attending the show in Atlanta have a chance to win a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle and enjoy motorcycle stunt shows throughout the events.

This year’s Easyriders Events Bike Show in Atlanta features the new five thousand square foot Kids Zone Area hosted by Moises Arias who plays Rico who on Disney’s hit show, Hannah Montana. Rico will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The Kids Zone also features a state-of-the art interactive arcade and a full day's worth of family activities. Celebrated recording and touring artists, Cowboy Mouth will perform at the event.

Doors open at 10:00am and close at 8:00pm. Tickets for adults are $18 and $10 for kids age four to thirteen. Children under the age of three are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.easyridersevents.com or at http://www.ticketweb.com/ . For more information, please visit the official Easyriders Events website.
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Christmas in the Park, Olde Towne Morrow


The 4th Annual Christmas in the Park will be held from 2pm to 7pm on December 4, 2010 at Olde Towne Morrow (1063 Southlake Circle, Morrow, Ga. 30260), adjacent to Southlake Mall. The event will feature local churches, non-profit organizations and community businesses, all in festive form to kick off the holiday season. There will be delicious food and beverages. Plus, FREE rides on Morrow's Lil' General Train, pictures with Santa Claus, and Morrow's own Singing Christmas Tree with carolers from local churches and school choirs. The grand finale of the day's activities is of course the Lighting of the Great Tree. You certainly will want to be a part of this spectacular holiday event!

For more information about Christmas in the Park, please contact Mike Twomey at 678-614-3824 or mtwomey@cityofmorrow.com.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

November Events at the Carnegie in Downtown Newnan

November is Long Term Care Awareness Month. The Carnegie invites you to bring your lunch and join us as Joel Sworney presents “What’s Your Plan: Alzheimer’s Awareness and Long Tem Care”. This informational program will provide education and advice on planning for Long Term Care.

Joel’s background is in Engineering but became committed to long term care insurance after the illnesses of several relatives. He has been a regional and national speaker about Long Term Care and has served on Georgia’s panel of experts concerning Long Term Care issues. Joel resides in Newnan with his wife and two children.

Come to The Carnegie for an informative seminar with local financial advisor Sam Madaris Jr. In “Retirement Has Changed, What’s Your Next Move?” you will learn how to organize and record your financial assets, set realistic goals for retirement spending, determine if you’re on track to reach your goals and what to do if you aren’t. This program will be Monday, November 15 at 10 A.M. Refreshments will be served.

Sam is a Newnan native who has over 20 years of financial planning, financial management, and executive management experience of Fortune 500 companies in the financial, technology, production, telecommunications, professional services consulting, program management, and healthcare industries.

This month’s Sack Lunch Cinema is Wednesday, November 17 at noon and will feature the recent release “Invictus”. Bring your sack lunch and we’ll provide the drinks and dessert.

Travel to Venice, Greece and Croatia through the Carnegie’s series ‘Armchair Travelers.’ The series speaker for the month of November is local traveler Faye Holzaepfel. The speaking engagement will be on November 19 at 2pm at the Carnegie.

Faye was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has been a Newnan resident for 5 years. She and her husband Jac love to travel and have been to many destinations in Europe as well as China, Africa, Russia, and Israel. Her other passion is photography and she will have many photos to share. Faye is proud to be part of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and is semi retired from Delta. Her son and his lovely family live in Sharpsburg.

Please call the Carnegie at 770-683-1347 to reserve a spot today.

About the Carnegie

Carnegie is one of the most historically significant structures in downtown Newnan and was built in 1904. The building served as a library until 1987 when a new facility was constructed on Hospital Road. With its iconic lighted sign that states the ‘City of Homes’ on top of the building, citizens recognize the Carnegie when they drive through historic downtown.

The Carnegie was funded by the city of Newnan’s General Fund and partly by 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The Carnegie’s cost to be renovated was over $1.5 million dollars to the city. For more information on the Carnegie, please visit www.newnancarnegie.com or email amapel@cityofnewnan.org

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Holiday Squeals Return! Priscilla - The Pink Pig Grand Opening at Macy’s

The Atlanta Tradition Continues at Macy’s Lenox Square!

Priscilla The Pink Pig, one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions, celebrates her 57th Grand Opening on Saturday, October 30th. The 2010 Macy’s Pink Pig Grand Opening will mark the start of the holiday season much to the delight of children of all ages!

The Pink Pig will once again carry on the family tradition beneath a 170-foot, 1950’s themed Pink Pig Tent. True to tradition, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

On the Grand Opening day, the first 500 people riding the iconic ride will receive a complimentary Pink Pig commemorative tote bag. Also, any child wearing their Halloween costume to the grand opening will receive their first ride free!

The ride will officially open to the public on Saturday, October 30th and will be open through January 2, 2011. Each ride costs $3 and repeat rides have a special discounted price (2 rides for $5.50, 3 rides for $7.50). Hours for the ride are as follows:

November
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 26 8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

December
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 26 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 31 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

January
Saturday, January 1 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, January 2 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

*Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. (EST)
Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall
Upper-Level Parking Deck
3393 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

The Pink Pig is an Atlanta tradition that is more than 50 years old. From its 1953 debut as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, to its brief stint at the Egleston Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees, five generations of Atlantans have ridden the Pink Pig into the holiday season!

Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store and the “monorail twins” took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and circling the Great Tree.

In 2003, Priscilla, the Pink Pig was re-introduced to a new generation of Atlantans. Since then, she has been back on track underneath a giant Pink Pig Tent at the Lenox Square Mall upper-level parking deck near Macy’s. Atlanta’s most “pink-tacular” train ride travels along train tracks to carry children and parents through a life-sized storybook that includes the original Pink Pig and other holiday friends. Once again, a portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $335,000 to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits annually at three hospitals and 16 neighborhood locations, Children’s is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S.News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

About Macy’s

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Haunt by Numbers: Only 7 More Nights to Fight Your Fears at Netherworld Haunted House

The countdown to Halloween has begun, and what better way to celebrate all things supernatural than by testing your luck at the infamous Netherworld Haunted House. Frightening detail, movie-like sets, shocking special effects and dedicated actors – this top-rated haunt has it all. Be forewarned, there’s nothing scarier than missing out on this year’s house! Read on to find out why Netherworld Haunted House is Atlanta’s scream of choice, if you dare:
  • This year’s houses, GARGOYLE and DEAD SALVAGE, are longer than 4 football fields!
  • Co-owners and movie and TV professionals, Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina, have been in the haunt industry for a combined 40 years and are two of the founding members of The Haunted House Association and the International Association of Haunted Attractions.
  • It takes an entire year to conceptualize and create the following year’s houses, thanks to a small but talented and dedicated staff.
  • 100’s of visitors get so scared going through the haunt that they have to exit before the haunts are done. And that includes grown men!
  • The Walking Dead, Zombieland and Halloween 2 are a few of the Hollywood films and television shows that featured Netherworld Haunted House costumes, props, sets, actors and special effects make-up artists.
  • On average, more than 50,000 fright-worshipping patrons visit from 48 states each year!
  • More than 200 special effects attack the senses of visitors in both GARGOYLE and DEAD SALVAGE, including the rail-gripping, vertigo-inducing 40-foot Spinning Tunnel.
  • 100 monsters scour the parking lot outside of Netherworld and inside the houses on any given night in search of new flesh. These lucky and talented actors were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants this year alone!
  • 4 days until Halloween, means only 7 more chances to scream your way through GARGOYLE and DEAD SALVAGE. Netherworld Haunted House is open nightly the rest of October as well as Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.
  • 1 is the ranking Netherworld Haunted House has received from USA Today, HauntWorld.com and Fangoria.com…and may receive from ABC’s Good Morning America’s “America’s Spookiest Place” news poll. This ranking is up to you, so vote for your favorite here: www.abcnews.com/halloween, and GMA’s hosts will broadcast live from the winning haunt Halloween morning!
For directions and more information on tickets to Netherworld Haunted House, please visit www.fearworld.com.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Holiday Ice Spectacular Shares the Spirit of the Season this December

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Transforms Into Icy Wonderland

This winter, you’re invited to a seasonal show-stopper like no other with world-class skaters and entertainers setting the ice on fire at The Holiday Ice Spectacular. Join the colorful cast as they create a glittering world of holiday cheer December 16-24 and let the quick-witted humor and dazzling performances captivate as these outstanding athletes take to the ice-covered stage at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Henry, a charming, yet mischievous elf has decided (against orders) to let the audience experience the wonder of the North Pole. He and his wife will keep you roaring in your seats with their adult-friendly comic relief peppered throughout the show. You’ll see everything from a Hannukah celebration to an intricate line dance performed on skates. Humorous vignettes, a 12-minute bite of The Nutcracker and flawless skating filled with awe-inspiring catches and gravity-defying leaps will keep you entranced throughout the entire production.

“It’s exciting to be back home in Atlanta producing The Holiday Ice Spectacular during the most festive and reflective time of year,” says Jeb K. Rand, creator of The Holiday Ice Spectacular. “It was our goal to create a holiday revue that will redefine year-end traditions for years to come, and I believe our audiences will agree that we’ve done just that.”

The Holiday Ice Spectacular is the perfect way to spend a night out with your family, friends, or coworkers, and is just right for a delightfully surprising date. Tickets range in price from $25 to $89 and are available via Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com. Special VIP and group packages are also offered at select prices and discount levels. Want to spend a night out while giving back to two of Atlanta’s favorite non-profit organizations? Stay tuned for details about how your ticket purchase could give back.

Developed by Rand Family Entertainment, The Holiday Ice Spectacular is produced and directed by Cobb County native Jeb K. Rand, whose entertainment career began when he was just a small child with a passion for skating. A former nationally-ranked U.S. pairs figure skater, Jeb’s professional skating career spanned over a decade and included principal roles with Ice Capades, Disney on Ice, and Stars on Ice – Italian Tour. He and his wife and skating partner, Jen, were also featured in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular from 1998 through 2005. His love for creating magical stories and shows that transform the stage provides the perfect segue into his current creative role as the President and Executive Producer of Rand Enterprises & Productions Inc., where he now serves as the creative force behind productions taking place around the world.

Showtimes: The Holiday Ice Spectacular will open December 16. Shows will run though December 23 with select matinee performances, including one on December 24. For more information or a detailed list of show times, please visit www.holidayicespectacular.com.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

P'Cheen International Bistro and Pub to Host Annual Old Fourth Ward Pumpkin Carving Contest

Sunday, October 24th
All Ages Welcome
Free Pumpkins for the First Ten Contestants; Winner Receives a $100 Prize


P’Cheen International Bistro & Pub will host a pumpkin carving contest fit for the whole family in the historic Old Fourth Ward on Sunday, October 24th from 2 to 4 p.m. Arrive early, because pumpkins will be free for the first ten contestants. All pumpkins will be judged by a mystery panel of judges and will be displayed for dinner at P’Cheen later that evening. The winner will receive a $100 prize. And, don’t let the crisp autumn air keep you away - hot apple cider will be served during the carving!

P'cheen's Annual Old Fourth Ward Pumpkin Carving Contest

Sunday, October 24th
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 P’Cheen International Bistro & Pub
701-5 Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30312

Contact: For more information visit www.pcheen.com or call 404-529-8800.

About P'cheen International Bistro & Pub:
A neighborhood favorite, P’cheen International Bistro & Pub has become known for its extensive beer and spirit selection, critically acclaimed Monday night BBQ, and its seasonally influenced, international cuisine. A contemporary hot spot with a distinct local flare, P’cheen features rotating work from local artists and guest DJs and offers a modern, yet unpretentious menu of updated classics. Menu mainstays include Guinness beer battered fish n’ chips with homemade tartar sauce and mushy peas, the chef’s curry trio, the grilled Angus and portabella hamburger with harissa aioli and Wisconsin cheddar, and the mouthwatering jumbo sweet & spicy Thai grilled wings that are garnished with scallions and sesame seeds.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fernbank Museum Announces Dinosaur Sideshow Filled with Novelties, Activities and More!

Fernbank Museum embraces the quirky atmosphere of carnivals and celebrates the world’s long fascination with dinosaurs with its Dinosaur Sideshow, a special programming weekend offered October 23-34, 2010. Featuring dinosaur illustrators, sculptors, authors and comic book publishers, Fernbank’s Dinosaur Sideshow reveals the many ways these prehistoric “real-life giants” have captured imaginations and shaped folklore.

Among the variety of programs, Fernbank’s Dinosaur Sideshow will entertain with dinosaur-related carnival games, photo opportunities, caricatures, activities, presentations and discussions that embrace the many incarnations of dinosaurs in pop culture. The event will also feature demonstrations on drawing and sculpting dinosaurs, dinosaur caricatures for purchase, and a trunk show of unique dinosaur merchandise available during this event only.

Highlights include*:

(*Some programs are offered at select times only. See fernbankmuseum.org for full schedule.)

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Dinosaur Fossil and Cast Bone Display by Alan Stout
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Regarded as one of the largest private dinosaur collectors in the Southeast, Alan will display items from his expansive dinosaur collection built over 20 years of tracking and preparing rare and exotic dinosaur fossils.

· Dinosaur Tracking with “Dino Tracking Ted”
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Museum-wide
Test your knowledge about some of Fernbank’s dinosaurs.

· How to Sculpt Dinosaurs Demonstration with Mirgill Joseph of Terminus Media
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Naturalist Center
Visitors can learn more about sculpting dinosaurs in this advanced to intermediate program.

· How to Sculpt Dinosaurs Demonstration with Georgia Independent Resource: Art and Film (GIRAF)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Children can learn how to create their own dinosaur replicas.

· How to Draw Dinosaurs Demonstration with Paul Carter
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Comic book artist and author of Evolution Special: FORGOTTEN KINGS, Paul Carter will offer tips and suggestions for dinosaur illustration.

· How to Draw Dinosaurs Demonstration with GIRAF
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Kids can learn how to draw a dinosaur of their very own.

· Dinosaur Game Corner
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Enjoy a variety of dinosaur-themed games, including an egg balancing game and tic-tac-“dino.”

· “Dinosaur Train” Games and Giveaways with Georgia Public Broadcasting
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Great Hall
Georgia Public Broadcasting invites visitors to discover dinosaur facts, play games and watch video from Dinosaur Train.

· Photo Opportunities
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Museum-wide
Be on the lookout for special photo opportunities throughout the event.

· Dinosaur Caricatures by Ashley Rowland, Terminus Media illustrator
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (line closes at 1:30 p.m.)
Visitors can see how they’d look as a dinosaur by purchasing a personalized caricature with a custom illustration in the Fernbank Museum Store.

· Dinosaur Lab
Noon to 3 p.m., Naturalist Center
Learn more about dinosaurs with special hands-on activities for younger visitors during a special session of Weekend Wonders.

· The Battle, The Bones and Little Bighorn, lecture by Phil Hore
Noon, Auditorium (limited seating)
Phil Hore will discuss a historical expedition in 1874 that would change the face of the west forever and fuel the competitive war between two of America’s greatest paleontologists, O. C. Marsh and E. D. Cope.

· Sideshow Slide Show: Collecting Dino Toys Presentation by Michael Fredericks
1 p.m., Auditorium (limited seating)
Explore the history of dinosaur toys and how scientific discoveries have changed the look of toys over the years in this presentation featuring a variety of rare collectible dinosaur toys with creator of Prehistoric Times magazine and co-author of Dinosaur Collectibles.

· Sinclair Dinosaur Miniature Sculpts
Explore a variety of antique miniature dinosaur sculptures created by Louis Paul Jonas (1894-1971) as the basis for the full-sized versions produced for Sinclair Dinoland at the1964-65 New York World's Fair.

Sunday, October 24, noon to 4 p.m.

· Dinosaur Tracking with “Dino Tracking Ted”
Noon to 4 p.m., Museum-wide
Test your knowledge about Fernbank’s dinosaurs.

· How to Sculpt Dinosaurs Demonstration with Mirgill Joseph of Terminus Media
Noon to 4 p.m., Naturalist Center
Visitors can learn more about sculpting dinosaurs in this advanced to intermediate program.

· How to Sculpt Dinosaurs Demonstration with Georgia Independent Resource: Art and Film (GIRAF)
Noon to 4 p.m., Great Hall
Children can learn how to create their own dinosaur replicas.

· How to Draw Dinosaurs Demonstration with Paul Carter
Noon to 4 p.m., Great Hall
Comic book artist and author of Evolution Special: FORGOTTEN KINGS, Paul Carter will offer tips and suggestions for dinosaur illustration.

· How to Draw Dinosaurs Demonstration with GIRAF
Noon to 4 p.m., Great Hall
Children can learn how to draw their very own dinosaur.

· Dinosaur Game Corner
Noon to 4 p.m., Great Hall
Visitors can enjoy a variety of fun dinosaur-themed games including a dinosaur egg balancing game and tic-tac-“dino.”

· “Dinosaur Train” Games and Giveaways with Georgia Public Broadcasting
Noon to 4 p.m., Great Hall
Georgia Public Broadcasting invites visitors to discover dinosaur facts, play games and watch video from Dinosaur Train.

· Photo Opportunities
Noon to 4 p.m., Museum-wide
Be on the lookout for special photo opportunities throughout the event.

· Dinosaur Lab
Noon to 4 p.m., Naturalist Center
Learn more about dinosaurs with special hands-on activities for younger visitors during a special session of Weekend Wonders.

· Dinosaur Caricatures by Ashley Rowland, Terminus Media illustrator
Noon to 4 p.m. (line closes at 3:30 p.m.)
Visitors can see how they’d look as a dinosaur by purchasing a personalized caricature with a custom illustration in the Fernbank Museum Store. (Rates vary by design. See Museum Store for details.)

· Sinclair Dinosaur Miniature Sculpts
Explore a variety of antique miniature dinosaur sculptures created by Louis Paul Jonas (1894-1971) as the basis for the full-sized versions produced for Sinclair Dinoland at the1964-65 New York World's Fair.

· Special Presentation by renowned author and paleoartist, Gregory S. Paul:
A Guide to Understanding the Times, Biology and Appearance of Dinosaurs Great and Small
3 p.m., Auditorium (limited seating; advanced reservations recommended)

Scientist, author and paleoartist Gregory S. Paul’s new book, The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, covers the explosion in dinosaur research and illustration that started in the 1970s. See how the scientific renaissance and the "new look" in art replaced the traditional view of dinosaurs as obsolete reptiles, and how this led to new insights--including that birds are the descendents of dinosaurs. A book signing will immediately follow (books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store).

All Dinosaur Side Show programming is free for members and included with Museum admission, except where noted (such as the caricature drawings, which are a separate cost). Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $13 for children ages 12 to 3, free for children 2 and younger, and free for Fernbank members.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta. For tickets and more information, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404.929.6300. To reach the box office, call 404.929.6400.

A Christmas Tradition at Callanwolde Returns – December 1 – 12, 2010

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is proud to announce the return of the much-loved holiday tradition Christmas at Callanwolde.

Christmas at Callanwolde, Atlanta's spectacular 27-year holiday event, will return this year offering new highlights along with cherished traditions that will enchant both young and old.

For 12 days families will enjoy the splendor of the historic Gothic-Tudor mansion, decorated for the season by Atlanta's top interior and floral designers. The rooms, adorned with an array of designer treasures, will reflect a Roaring 20’s Christmas theme reminiscent of the glorious era when the Candler family lived there.

Guests will browse throughout the mansion and enjoy design and holiday finery, special seasonal shopping, the Callanwolde Artists Studio, holiday music and live entertainment throughout the day, including Callanwolde’s Aeolian Organ.

Featured events will include:

- The Premiere Party (by advance reservation only)
- Breakfast with Santa (by advance reservation only)
- Teddy Bear Tea (by advance reservation only)
- Battle of the Ice
- Children’s Marshmallow Roasts
- Callanwolde Gingerbread Village – (on display throughout event)

When: December 1 through 12, 2010

Weekdays and Saturdays: 10 am – 4 pm; Sundays: 11 am – 4 pm; Evening Hours Wednesdays: 4 – 9 pm

Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306 404-872-5338

Tickets: Adults: $20; Seniors: $15; Groups of 20+: $15; Children Ages 4 – 12: $12; Children 3 and under: Free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.christmasatcallanwolde.org

Special events may include an additional fee.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, a magnificent Gothic-Tudor style mansion set on 12.5 acres in Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, was built in 1920 as the home of Charles Howard Candler, the eldest son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Candler. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Callanwolde is a unique arts center that enriches the lives of thousands of metropolitan Atlantans year-round with arts education programs, music and dance concerts, gallery exhibits, poetry readings, storytelling evenings and outreach programs.

The proceeds from Christmas at Callanwolde benefit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, serving the community as an educational center for the visual, literary and performing arts. Please visit: http://www.callanwolde.org for more information about Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

For details about Christmas at Callanwolde visit: www.christmasatcallanwolde.org

Presented by: The Coca-Cola Company and Point of Vision

Thanks to our sponsors: The Candler Family; Lenz Marketing; Ms. Joni Winston; Abbott Brown Wealth Management; Affairs to Remember Caterers; DeKalb Medical; Fidelity Bank; Jim Ellis Audi of Atlanta; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Epps Aviation; Belk; Dancing Goat Films; Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Poole, M. Austin Davis Foundation, Inc.; Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.; DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau; Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.; LandingStar Presents; Comcast; WABE FM 90.1
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26th Running of the Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens®

A Fun-Filled Day of Tailgating and Horse Racing Benefits the Arts

Horses will take center stage at Callaway Gardens® once again for the thrills, chills and thoroughbred majesty of one of the world’s oldest and most exciting sports – steeplechasing. Set for Saturday, November 6, The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is one of 36 stops on a 12-state tour that includes some of the country’s finest tracks and top steeplechase jockeys.

One of the Nation’s Top Steeplechase Events

Steeplechasing, which primarily features horses converted from flat racing, allows spectators to see these horses at their athletic best as they jump over 52” high hurdles at premium speeds.

The 2 3/8-mile course at Callaway Gardens long has been considered one of the most beautiful steeplechase sites in the United States. The 200-acre site is cradled in hardwoods and statuesque Georgia pines with rolling hills overlooking Pine Mountain Ridge. The scenery is punctuated with striking colors of the changing leaves. It is a wonderful setting for a day in the country. A 20’ x 27’ video screen allows Terrace and Guarantor patrons to follow the action all the way around the track, including the start, back stretch and finish.

The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens includes six main races with a total purse of $160,000. These races are the W.C. Bradley Maiden Timber; The Collie Jennings Mullin Amateur Hurdle sponsored by CB&T; AFLAC Championship Supreme Hurdle; Crown Royal Sport of Queens Stakes; Suntrust Highweight Hurdle; and the Skanska Flat Race. Prior to the main race action, the event features the Maxine Strupe Perpetual Pony Race and the V’roooom Technology Inc. Junior Hunter Race.

Once again this year, the fun will extend beyond the track with a series of family activities and special events. The Infield will come alive throughout the day with entertainment ranging from annual Jack Russell Terrier races to stick pony races permitting children to dash down the track to claim prizes while experiencing the thrill of the ‘chase.’ In addition, there will be a hat contest and tailgate competition both with a variety of categories. Also for children is a Kids Corral providing many fun activities for children under the age of 10 such as inflatable slides, popcorn and cotton candy. Kids Corral wristbands are only $20.

New for the 2010 Steeplechase

The 2010 race director is Kate McGrory. New to Columbus several years ago, McGrory is an avid horsewoman who for the past three years has volunteered with the Steeplechase serving in Race Operations and hospitality for Owners and Trainers.

McGrory introduces a new venue combining two southern traditions, barbeque and college football, in one large tent. For $25 patrons can enjoy an upscale BBQ lunch while keeping up with football games and scores broadcast on large-screen TVs. Complimentary beers and wines will be served. BBQ and Ballgames replaces Galloping Gourmets. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Steeplechase office at 760-324-6252. A limited number of tickets are available.

Also new this year is a designated area to “bring your own tent” at the Start on the Rail. Previously, individual tents were not permitted. However, the Steeplechase committee decided to test this idea suggested by a patron. Reserve the space, which includes six tickets and one parking pass, and drive your car right up to the spot and unload your own tent, chairs and picnic.

Supporting the Arts

The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens is more than a day at the races. Race Chairman Mason Lampton was the visionary who combined his love of steeplechasing with the community’s needs. “Our mission has always been to financially support the arts in our community using the Steeplechase as a vehicle to do so,” said Lampton. “This has proven to be a positive experience for everyone, both by adding a sporting event which is entertaining for all ages and so far has allowed us to contribute a total of $2.7 million to the arts in this region.” Beneficiaries include The Columbus Museum, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, The Historic Columbus Foundation, The Ida Cason Callaway Foundation and The Springer Opera House. An additional partnership with Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine is made possible through the proceeds.

Infield tickets are $25 per person. Box seats range from $325 for six to $500 for six. Tent packages begin at $800 for six and are available for entertaining larger families or corporate guests. Reserved Rail Packages in the Infield are $270 for six. Tickets can be purchased online at www.steeplechaseatcallaway.org; by calling 706-324-6252; and at the front desks of Callaway Gardens’ Lodge and Spa and Mountain Creek Inn beginning Saturday, October 9th. Same-day tickets will be available at the gate on Nelson Road off of Ga. Hwy. 18.

The easiest way to enjoy Steeplechase is to stay at one of Callaway Gardens’ many choices of accommodations. A variety of Steeplechase overnight packages are available that include tickets to Steeplechase, overnight accommodations, a Saturday breakfast, a Sunday champagne brunch, admission to Callaway Gardens and use of a fitness center. To reserve your overnight package, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).

The entrance to Steeplechase is begins at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 18 and Nelson Road. Gates open at 10 a.m. Entertainment in the infield begins at 10:30 a.m. and Post Time is 12 p.m. A race day schedule is available online.

For more information about The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens, call 706-324-6252 or visit www.steeplechaseatcallaway.org.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"America's Got Talent Live" at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Nov 6th

The America’s Got Talent Live 24-city tour, a traveling re-creation of the #1 NBC TV show, kicked off in Oakland, CA on Oct. 1 and will be at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, November 6. The tour features thrilling performances by this season’s most beloved performers including the winner, singer/songwriter Michael Grimm, baroque opera singer Prince Poppycock, black light performance artists Fighting Gravity, illusionist supreme Michael Grasso and more. Additionally, the incomparable Jerry Springer acts as host and MC.

Classical singer Jackie Evancho will be appearing at select tour dates, as her parents have determined that it is in the 10-year-old’s best interest not to overextend her tour performance responsibilities. Evancho will appear at upcoming tour stops in Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; New York, NY; Richmond, VA; Boston, MA; Washington, D.C. and Greensboro, NC.

America’s Got Talent Live Tour Itinerary:

Fri. 10/8/10 Las Vegas, NV The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Sat. 10/9/10 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
Wed. 10/13/10 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre
Fri. 10/15/10 Kansas City, MO The Midland by AMC
Sat. 10/16/10 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium
Sun. 10/17/10 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
Wed. 10/20/10 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
Thu. 10/21/10 Saint Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre
Fri. 10/22/10 Indianapolis, IN Clowes Memorial Hall
Sat. 10/23/10 Columbus, OH Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Sun. 10/24/10 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Wed. 10/27/10 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
Thu. 10/28/10 Richmond, VA Landmark Theater
Fri. 10/29/10 Mashantucket, CT The MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Sat. 10/30/10 Atlantic City, NJ Trump Taj Mahal - Mark Etess Arena
Wed. 11/3/10 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center–Wang Theatre
Thu. 11/4/10 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall
Fri. 11/5/10 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sat. 11/6/10 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sun. 11/7/10 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

13th Annual Great Georgia Air Show Oct 9 - 10 in Peachtree City

You can just feel the excitement in the air at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

And on October 9 and 10, you will be able to see it…

The countdown has begun, and the 13th Annual Great Georgia Air Show (GGAS) is ready for take-off.

And with a line-up of events featuring gravity-defying jets, thundering jet trucks, vintage warbirds and a one-of-a-kind wingwalking performance organizers are bracing for what could be the “most exciting show yet.”

Adding to the excitement, this year’s show -- produced by the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Dixie Wing -- will feature military aircraft, civilian aerobatics, historic warbirds performing the Battle of Midway and a number of ground activities for both days.

Back by popular demand is three-time National Champion Gene Soucy, as he tears up the sky in the ShowCat with his combination of smoke, noise and elegance in the air.

The crowd favorite features wingwalker Teresa Stokes, as she climbs onto the wings of the ShowCat, piloted by Soucy, for her wild ride on a wing. And if you are lucky, you’ll even catch a glimpse of a headstand in the sky.

And, of course, no show is complete until Gene demonstrates his one-wheel landing.

The air show will host Team Chaos Extreme Airshows -- a thrill-a-minute dog fight between two aircraft and a jet truck-- as well as static modern military aircraft and the thrills and chills of some of the best in the business when it comes to civilian aerobatics.And you don’t want to miss the ever popular Flash Fire Jet Truck, Gary Ward and the MX2, BearFeat Acrobatics and our very own local magic in the air Red Eagle Airsports.

Check the air show web site frequently for updates on newly added performing teams.

The CAF Dixie Wing will showcase its growing collection of vintage World War II and Korean War-era aircraft. The organization, based in Peachtree City, is the Georgia chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, an international non-profit dedicated to restoring and flying vintage American military aircraft. Rides will be available for purchase in the CAF Dixie Wing, SBD Dauntless, LT-6 Mosquito and C-45 Expeditor.

Once again, the military will reinforce American dominance in the skies with appearances by F-15s, F-16s, F-18s and the C-130.

And, if it doesn’t get any better than this, one of the pilots is home-grown Lt. Col. Alexander G. Haldopoulus, a 1988 graduate of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City.

Spectators will be able to get close up and personal with static military aircraft on the ground as well.

Scott Slade of WSB Talk Radio will serve as the air show announcer for the 13th consecutive year.

As always, this year’s The Great Georgia Airshow will be more than an air show. There will also be a lot of fun on the grounds of Falcon Field. The show provides a venue for educational displays and kids activities throughout the weekend.

Numerous vendors will be selling arts, crafts, souvenirs, and food.

Proceeds from the show will benefit local non-profit organizations, including school groups and scouting.

The Corporate Chalet area is available for sponsors who wish to enjoy a unique experience at the show while entertaining clients and employees or friends and relatives.

For information about sponsorship please contact Janet Smola, Marketing Director at 770-639-9169 or janetsmola@comcast.net Packages are available at all levels of sponsorship.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Kroger stores until midnight October 8. Advance tickets are discounted and sell for; Adults $15, Children, ages 6-12, $5. Kids ages 5 and under get in free. After October 8th, tickets are also available at the gate; Adults $18, Children, ages 6-12, $7. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days, with aerial performances from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. To better ensure security and safety absolutely no coolers, backpacks, or pets.

For more information visit www.thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com or contact the air show office at 770-632-0365.

THE GREAT GEORGIA AIRSHOW (GGAS) is produced by The Great Georgia Airshow, Inc. a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors that include representatives from the Commemorative Air Force, Dixie Wing, http://www.dixiewing.org/, the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City, http://www.peachtreecitykiwanis.org/, the Peachtree City Airport Authority, http://kffc.org/ and members from the community. Local non-profit groups, scouting, and school groups generate funds for their organizations by purchasing food items from the Air Show and then retailing those items in food booths to our patrons. TGGA endeavors to maximize the benefits of the Air Show to the local community. The GGAS is a grassroots event using more than 250 volunteers during the two-day show. If you are interested in volunteering visit our web site and sign up at www.thegreatgeorgiaairshow.com

Walmart "Sunday Fundays" Offer $5 Admission to Zoo Atlanta This Fall

Walmart has partnered with Zoo Atlanta to offer $5 discounted admission on two Sundays this Fall. This 75 percent discount on the general admission price of $19.99 is a part of the company’s commitment to help metro Atlanta residents save money so they can live better.

Since 1981, when Walmart opened its first store in Georgia, the company has saved residents more than $10 billion.

One of the largest employers in the state, Walmart has 52,000 associates in Georgia.

Note: Visitors must mention “Walmart Sunday Fundays” to receive the discounted admission rate.

When: Sunday, October 10 & Sunday, November 14
9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Ticket booths close at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315 404.624.3459
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Sound of Music Returns to Select Theaters Nationwide to Celebrate 45th Anniversary with Historic Sing-Along Event

NCM Fathom and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Bring Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Award-Winning Musical Classic to Nearly 500 Select Movie Theaters for Magical Two-Night Event this October

For the first time since 1973, “The Sound of Music” twirls back into theaters nationwide in stunning high definition to commemorate the beloved musical’s 45th anniversary. This special event will be presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters for a two-night-only engagement on Tuesday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. local time. The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event includes the sing-along version of the fully restored feature with classic songs that have delighted fans for decades, such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

Presented by NCM Fathom, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, in association with Sony Music Entertainment, Trapp Family Lodge, South Pacific Tour and Austrian Tourism, The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event will also include the exclusive “I’ll Sing Once More: The Sound of Music Today” featurette. Audiences will be whisked back to Salzburg for a travelogue where the classic was filmed, and be treated to contemporary and surprising tributes ranging from modern dance and rock band salutes to an all-marionette version.

Tickets to The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

"’The Sound of Music’ shines in every medium," says Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. "The new restoration by the ace team at Fox means that the version audiences see in movie theaters in October will make this classic film look – and sound – brand new. I can't wait to see it back on the big screen again – and again."

Adored by fans the world over, and the winner of five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, The Sound of Music is the most popular movie musical of all time. Directed by Robert Wise, starring the inimitable Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, it is that rare and perfect combination of story (based on fact), songs and setting, filmed in the breathtaking Austrian Alps and fairy tale city of Salzburg. With a score by Rodgers & Hammerstein, based on their award-winning Broadway musical, The Sound of Music itself is inspired by the true-life story of Maria von Trapp and the Trapp Family Singers.

“’The Sound of Music’ is a timeless American classic that has been enjoyed by generations but not seen in theaters for over 40 years,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “The hills will come alive once again in movie theaters in this magical sing-along event that will re-unite many of the original cast in this must-see family experience.”

The Sound of Music Sing-Along Event will appear in 498 select U.S. movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Malco Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures, R/C Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), The Beacon Cinema (Pittsfield, MA), The Majestic 10 (Williston, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA).

The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition will be available in 3-Disc Blu-ray and DVD Combo Packs on November 2. For a limited time, The Sound of Music is also available in an individually numbered Limited Collector’s Set packaged in a keepsake box and featuring a 100-page “My Favorite Things” scrapbook, a 45th Anniversary Soundtrack, a reproduction of the original 1965 souvenir program, an exclusive hand-painted “My Favorite Things” music box and more.

For more information, visit www.soundofmusic45thanniversary.com.
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tickets Still Available for JAZZOO 2010

Wildest night of the year includes cocktails, food, music and fun fashions

Tickets are still available for JAZZOO 2010, this Saturday, September 25 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta. The event will feature kiosks from more than 30 of Atlanta’s best restaurants, specialty cocktails at full-service open bars, and animal viewing until dusk. Live entertainment will include music from 80s cover band The Breakfast Club; Eddie’s Attic Acoustic Stage; MudCat; Sound Investment; and Andrew Brothers Dueling Pianos.

New for 2010 is the opportunity to view and vote on fashions evoked by Zoo Atlanta animals, created by designers from the world’s most comprehensive art and design university. During spring quarter 2010, students from SCAD’s Introduction to Fashion Classes were instructed to design 3-D garments inspired by animals at the Zoo. The students visited the Zoo where they photographed and observed the animals in their habitat. Using unconventional materials, the garments that will be featured at JAZZOO were designed using a variety of materials: balloons, feathers, rope, coffee filters, paper maché, and aluminum cans. This project is a great example of how SCAD students are able to master design challenges in the most creative and fascinating ways.

JAZZOO is an event where whimsical, animal-inspired attire is the norm, with extra encouragement this year: the wearer of the best “creative cocktail” costume will win a cruise for two. SIXTHMAN has donated a room on THE ROCK BOAT cruise (Carnival Inspiration) hosted by Sister Hazel.

Proceeds of JAZZOO 2010 will support Zoo Atlanta’s access programs that provide admission and field trips to disadvantaged children and schools. All-inclusive tickets are available now on jazzooatlanta.org.
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Family and Youth Groups Heart of Agri-tainment Business for Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze

Puzzle Solving in Maze and Climbing Goats Provide New Autumn Entertainment

Making the shift from corporate America to “cornfield America” was a decision Georgia resident Mike Pinzl made in 2002 to spend more time with his family. As the ninth season commences in Dawson County, Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch has grown from 12,000 visitors in that first year to more than 40,000 visitors each fall. A large percent of business in September is attributable to group outings to the maze, such as Boy Scouts of America, church groups and special youth outings such as Foster Family Day.

Pinzl attributes the appeal of this annual fall pilgrimage to his 20-acre complex along the Etowah River to plain old family fun. “We offer a safe, clean and fun environment, and we are pleased to built a strong reputation and brand for the name Uncle Shuck’s,” said Mike Pinzl, known as “Uncle Shuck”, who is an active member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Dawson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association.

“We support the chambers and do a fundraiser for the Dawson County High School and the Forsyth Explorers with our annual haunted maze. This year my wife Roxanne and I felt we could do something more for families in the community, especially for young people who need a loving place to call home. We added a Foster Family Day in September," Pinzl added.

Families who support foster children in Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin and White counties were invited to a complimentary evening at the maze on Saturday, September 11. There were 85 people who took part in this inaugural event, who were treated to a hayride, maze passes and allowed to feed the goats in the Great Goat Trek area. “My family had a great time. This was our first Corn Maze experience and it was a blast. We loved playing Farm Scene Investigation,” said one of the foster family parents.

Scout weekends attract 2,500 boys and girls over two weekends during the official start of autumn. Boy Scout Weekend will be Sept 25-26 and Girl Scout Weekend follows on Oct 2-3. All children who are part of Scout Weekends, or come in scout uniforms on other days, receive a combo ticket (maze and hay ride), a special Uncle Shuck’s patch, and access to a special demonstration by Smithgall Woods Education Center (11am to 4pm each day). The cost is $11 per scout. A November “Cousin Dozen” special is being promoted with Georgia’s official tourism web site, www.exploregeorgia.org.

The main attraction for all groups is still the 12-acre maze, which has two separate pathways cut through the living cornstalks form the intricate scales and veins of a giant Monarch butterfly. This season, visitors can not only “have fun getting lost”, but special maps provide clues in a “whodunit” game called Farm Scene Investigation. The game card is provided with admission for a new twist in the maze. On the festival grounds a new attraction for 2010 is the Great Goat Trek. A small herd of the nimble farm animals will climb along narrow walkways and a series of five platforms, ranging from three feet to 15 feet above the ground. Visitors can reward the goats by delivering special feed to the highest platform with a hand-held food delivery system. According to Pinzl, goats are natural climbers.

The Pumpkin Patch opens October 1, with gourds and pumpkins priced individually for customers. Also in October is the popular Haunted Maze, a separate one-mile path that opens after dusk as the “Husks of Horror”. The Haunted Maze will operate every Friday and Saturday night (dusk to 10 p.m.) in October, as well as a special Sunday, Oct 10 “Haunt Night”. The Haunted Maze is $12 per person, or $15 as a combo ticket, which is a fundraiser for the Forsyth County Explorers.

Regular admission prices are $9 per person for the maze; maze admission is free for children 3 and under. There are additional activities at the agri-tourism complex, such as a tractor-drawn hay ride along the Etowah River, bonfire area and corn cannon; fees vary (hay ride with marshmallow toasting at the bonfire is $5 per person). A combo ticket for $12 includes admission to the maze, a hay ride and a bonfire pass.There is no admission fee for the Picnic Pavilion, Kiddie CORNer (soybean maze, hay bales) or photo area.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located only 40 minutes from metro Atlanta, just two miles west from the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall on Georgia Highway 53. For more information, visit www.uncleshucks.com, or follow the progress of the maze on Facebook.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-off Returns to Stone Mountain Sept 25

100% of the Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes
All Ages Welcome; Kids 12 and Under Free

The 31st annual Great Miller Lite Chili Cook-Off will once again descend upon picturesque Stone Mountain, Ga. on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. With 100% of the proceeds benefiting Camp Twin Lakes, approximately 300 teams from across the country will provide free chili samples to patrons on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event will also feature six hours of live music, food, drinks, games, contests and more. Fun for the whole family, tickets are $10 for adults; children 12 and under get in for free. Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event on site and will not sell out. For more information visit www.theatlantachilicookoff.com.

September 25, 2010
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Stone Mountain Park, GA - Coliseum Meadow
1000 Robert E. Lee Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
http://www.stonemountainpark.com/maps-directions/

Cost: $10 for adults; children 12 and under are free.
Tickets can only be purchased the day of the event on site and will not sell out.

Benefiting: 100% of the Proceeds Benefit Camp Twin Lakes www.camptwinlakes.org
Website: www.theatlantachilicookoff.com
Parking: Each vehicle will be charged $10 for entrance into the park.

Schedule: 10 a.m. Gates open to public

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Iron Mullet 80’s Rock Cover Band www.myspace.com/ironmulletband
12:15 p.m. MetroPCS Master Hole Hitting Contest
12:30-2 p.m. Slow Hand - Eric Clapton Tribute Band www.slowhandband.com
2:15 p.m. MetroPCS Jalapeno Eating Contest
2:30 - 4 p.m. The Alabama Blue Bros. - Blues Brothers Tribute Band www.thealabamabluesbrothers.com
4:15 p.m. MetroPCS Mullet Flop
4:30 - 6:15 p.m. Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones Tribute Band www.jjflash.biz/
6:30 p.m. 2010 Chili Awards

Sponsors: Miller Lite, Rock 100.5, Aaron’s Sales and Leasing

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The Exorcist Extended Director's Cut" Returns to Theaters with Never-Before-Seen Footage

Thrilling One-Night Event! NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and CHUD.com Bring Academy Award®-winning Thriller Back to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide September 30

The scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, returns to theaters nationwide for a one-night special event on Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. local time and again for a second showing at 10:30 p.m. in select theaters. The thrilling special in-theater event, shown in more than 450 select movie theaters nationwide, will feature never-before-seen on-set footage and interviews with Academy Award® winning director William Friedkin, writer William Peter Blatty and actress Linda Blair as well as members of the original cast and crew. Following The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut, audiences will also be treated to a look behind-the-scenes showing how many of the legendary scenes were shot in this classic and thrilling tale of good vs. evil.

Tickets for The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut are available at participating box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

Released in 1973, “The Exorcist” caused a cultural earthquake that is still felt today, shocking and enthralling audiences who had never seen anything like it. Many viewers were frightened out of their wits – and literally out of their seats. Some ran out of the theater; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Now audiences may experience the same visceral emotions again in their local movie theater with this masterpiece of suspense that haunted, intrigued and thrilled the world.

Adapted from the best-selling 1971 novel inspired by an actual exorcism case, “The Exorcist” tells the now-famous story of a young girl’s demonic possession, and her mother’s (Ellen Burstyn) desperate attempts to save her. Blair, in a breakout role, plays the possessed Regan, caught in a gripping fight between good and evil which culminated with an exorcism conducted by two priests. Terrifying audiences and chilling them to the bone, the theological thriller also starred Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Mercedes McCambridge. “The Exorcist” is still considered one of the most successful feature films of all time, grossing $440 million worldwide and earning 10 Academy Award® nominations (winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound).

“The cultural impact of this truly frightening thriller cannot be understated and to experience it in movie theaters on giant, 40-foot screens is amazing,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “With the stunning quality of this special event, fans will be on the edge of their seats like never before.”

Presented by NCM Fathom and Warner Home Video, in association with CHUD.com, The Exorcist Extended Director’s Cut will appear in 457 select U.S. movie theaters, including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, National Amusements, Rave Motion Pictures and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), The Majestic 10 (Williston, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA).

“The Exorcist” will be available from Warner Home Video on Blu-ray in a two-disc, high-definition set featuring both the original theatrical version and Extended Director’s Cut of the film plus three new documentaries on October 5. For more information, visit www.warnerhomevideo.com.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Center Partners with GSU and Atlantic Station for Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

The Center for Puppetry Arts is teaming up with their neighbors in Atlantic Station and the Georgia State University College of Education Alumni Club to sponsor a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive! In conjunction with the drive, the Center will host a very special evening with actor David Newell on Friday, September 10 from 8-9:00 p.m. as he takes a look back at his career as Speedy Delivery man Mr. McFeely on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. In his special presentation, Mr. McFeely Remembers: A Tribute to Fred Rogers, Newell will share images, video clips (including bloopers!), and personal memories of working with the show’s host and lead puppeteer Fred Rogers for over thirty years. At the end of the evening, fans will have a chance to take a picture with Newell, in character as Mr. McFeely.

During the Sweater Drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn children’s sweaters to benefit the Children’s Restoration Network, which supports homeless children in shelters and group homes. Mr. Rogers’-inspired sweater collection boxes will be located at the Georgia State University College of Education building from August 5 through September 10th and at the Center for Puppetry Arts from September 10 through the end of the month. Sweater donations can also be made at the Atlantic Station Artist’s Market on September 11 and 18 between 11am and 3pm; those who donate a sweater at this location will not only be helping out a child in need, they’ll also receive discount coupons from Atlantic Station retailers as well as a coupon to come see a show at the Center!

“This is such a fitting tribute to Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” said Park Cofield, Audience Development Manager at the Center for Puppetry Arts. “Given Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’s close tie with puppetry, we are so pleased to be a part of this initiative and to be working with our neighbors in Atlantic Station and the Georgia State University College of Education Alumni Club. It’s a wonderful opportunity to embrace our community and give back to the children in our area who are in need.”

Fred Rogers may have described the neighborly spirit associated with the sweater drive best: “All of us, at some time or other, need help,” Rogers said, “and whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors – in our own way everyone is a giver and a receiver.”

ABOUT MR. ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD:

There’s a warm, home-spun quality about Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, not just in Fred Rogers’ welcoming manner, but in the closet full of sweaters on the cozy living room set, a fashion statement that has come to mean, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” Each of Fred Rogers’ legendary sweaters was knitted by his mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers, who would knit a dozen sweaters each year and give them to family and close friends at Christmas time. Fred Rogers decided to put on a sweater and change into sneakers as a way to set the tone for a comfortable visit and help children settle in for his half-hour program. One of his sweaters is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood continues to broadcast on PBS stations around the country, now holding the title of the longest running program on PBS. Beloved by children, parents, and educators, Fred Rogers’ unique approach to using television has been revolutionary in the industry. The pace of the neighborhood series, which gives viewers time to reflect and comprehend, is more important for today’s children than ever. As TV Guide stated, “TV is all about coveting, but Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was about appreciating what you already have, about caring for others, and about seeing the best in them.”

Family Communications, Inc., the Pittsburgh, PA-based non-profit corporation, was founded in 1971 by Fred Rogers. The company continues to carry on his legacy through developing a wide range of materials for young children, their families, and the professionals who support them. Learn more about Family Communications at www.fci.org and www.pbs.org/rogers.

TICKETING:

Tickets for David Newell’s workshop, Mr. McFeely Remembers: A Tribute to Fred Rogers, are $5.00 for Center Members and $10.00 for Non-Members. ORDER TICKETS ONLINE AT WWW.PUPPET.ORG OR CALL THE TICKET SALES OFFICE AT: 404-873-3391.

The Center for Puppetry Arts is supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project • Mr. McFeely Remembers: A Tribute to Fred Rogers is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. • For a complete list of the Center’s major supporters, please visit www.puppet.org. The Center for Puppetry Arts® is a unique cultural treasure – a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened, and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum as well as Distance Learning and Outreach programs. Center for Puppetry Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Major support is provided by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a participant in the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre. The Center is a Member of TCG and the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts. The Center also serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

12th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens®

End Summer on a High Note with Hot Air Balloons; National and International Kneeboard Championships; Music and More

Are you lamenting the end of another summer? Worry not…at Callaway Gardens®, things are looking up …way up …with the return of the Callaway Gardens® Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival for its twelfth year.

Set for September 3-5, 2010, this annual Balloon Festival has something for everyone, from the soaring, majestic, colorful balloons to Callaway Gardens’ unique mix of natural beauty, to its endless helpings of multi-generational activities and events. When it comes to family fun at Callaway Gardens, the sky is the limit!

Festivities kick off Friday night when guests flock to Robin Lake Beach for the Balloon Glow. Upbeat live music sets the mood as balloons inflate. While the sun sets, the balloons’ individual colors glow against the gorgeous evening sky. Guests shout “ready, set…glow” while the tunes of a classic brass band play in the background.

On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, it is up, up and away as the balloons head for the open skies (weather permitting) at sunrise and sunset. On the ground, the action continues as Robin Lake Beach plays host to a family festival featuring activities and events for all ages. Choose from tethered balloon rides (weather permitting, fee), a rock climbing wall (fee), bungee jump (fee), sandcastle building, swimming, miniature golf, kite building, t-shirt tie-dyeing (fee) and more.

Don’t miss the very popular Classic Car Show on Saturday. In 2010, more than 100 cars are expected to roll through the gates and add even more color to the already spectacular event.

NEW this year, Robin Lake will host the 26th Nautique Kneeboard Nationals and the 5th International Kneeboard Riders Cup throughout the weekend. Also new this year will the opportunity to walk inside a balloon envelope. Saturday’ admission includes a Saturday night concert by country music artist Kevin Sport, on Robin Lake Beach from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to be followed by a Movie on the Beach at dusk. After three weeks of voting, the public has chosen the recently released movie Marmaduke via a Facebook/callawaygardens poll.

Meanwhile, the athletically-inclined can enjoy their own adventures thanks to the Callaway Gardens Fitness Series, including a 5K run and the Triathlon on Sunday morning. This year represents the 30th anniversary of the Triathlon at Callaway Gardens. It is the oldest triathlon in the South and one of the longest continuous running triathlons in the continental United States. To register, visit www.active.com.

Want to be a part of the high flying balloon action? Sign up to be on a Balloon Chase Crew. Crew members are assigned to assist pilots throughout the weekend with setting up balloons, chasing them when they are in the air and then bringing them back to Callaway after landing. For more information, contact Greg Brannen at 706-663-5043 or gbrannen@callawaygardens.com.

Festival admission is $25 per adult (ages 13-64); $20 per senior (65+); $12.50 per child (ages 6-12); and free for children five and younger (admission prices include tax). This price includes access to Callaway Gardens’ and its many attractions and activities. As an incentive to witness the morning launches, admission at the U.S. Hwy. 27 Beach gate will be half-price from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Stay around and enjoy the entire weekend with friends and family on the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Weekend Package. Starting at $159**, this offer includes accommodations in the Mountain Creek Inn; admission to the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival; four tickets to make tie-dye T-shirts at the Festival on Saturday or Sunday; breakfast in the Plant Room, Country Kitchen or Piedmont Dining Room; admission to Callaway Gardens and its many attractions; use of the Mountain Creek Inn Fitness Center.

Don’t delay. Call now for reservations at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or make reservations online at www.callawaygardens.com.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.

*Ballooning is dependent on safe weather conditions including wind velocity and direction.

**Rate is per night, based on double occupancy and availability in the Mountain Creek Inn. Some restrictions apply. Rates also are available for the Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas and Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens.

About Callaway Gardens

For almost 60 years Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 923 guest rooms, restaurants, a full-service spa, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course –offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,610-acre forest preserve, which is under conservation easement. This conserved, sustainably-managed land is used for biological studies and environmental education programs.