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
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Fri. 11/5/10 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
Sat. 11/6/10 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
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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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