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Jennifer Maciejewski

May 172017
 

http://www.facebook.com/alpharettaartintheparkOnce a month from May through September, you can get your shopping fix at Alpharetta Art in the Park.

From 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on select Saturdays, you can shop the outdoor artists’ market in Old Milton Park, located at 35 Milton Avenue at the corner of Milton Avenue and Main Street. Art in the Park will take place on May 20, June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 23, 2017.

For a little something extra while you’re out, make time to stop by the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market, which is located at the corner of Milton Avenue & Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta. You can shop the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays through the fall.

Bonus: While you’re in downtown Alpharetta, stop by Sis & Moon’s, located at 24 Milton Avenue; it is such a fun shop–vintage finds, art by local artists, & more.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 162017
 

I’m a member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, but were I not, I’d take advantage of a deal to go, as there’s plenty to see & do.

On view through October 29, 2017, The Curious Garden exhibition features 11 site-specific installations by artist Adam Schwerner. Per the summary: “Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature. In some cases, art objects are suspended, piquing the curiosity even more when forced to look up at the magnificence of tree canopies and brillant skies.”

To see The Curious Garden in a different light, head out for Cocktails in the Garden, happening on Thursday evenings through September 28, 2017. Admission to Cocktails in the Garden is free for members & included with Garden admission, but nonmembers can still save a bit: While they last, $29 buys two general admission tickets to Cocktails in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, thanks to a deal on Groupon.

While you’re there, be sure to check out the newly renovated Lou Glenn Children’s Garden. Little ones can “paint” on the water wall, explore the tree house, build something new in the balsa wood construction area, dance to the beat of their own drum while playing the outdoor instruments, cool off on the splash pad, & more.

Tickets to the Atlanta Botanical Garden are regularly $21.95 for adults, $15.95 for children ages 3-12, and free for kids under age 3.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in Midtown.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

May 042017
 

The 2017 season of Candler Park Movie Nights is underway.

Want to go? Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the season:

  • May 6: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • August 5: Sing
  • August 19: The Jungle Book (2016)
  • September 9: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Picnic festivities start an hour before dusk in front of the pool house, and the movie starts at dark. Blankets & picnics encouraged, but no glass is allowed.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 252017
 

Attention, live music fans:

The 2017 season of the Glover Park free concert series in Marietta Square gets underway on Friday.

Though there’s a fee to rent a table, it’s free to pack a picnic, bring a blanket, relax, & enjoy the music. Here’s the schedule for this week & the rest of the 2017 season:

  • April 28: The Headliners
  • May 26: The Neons
  • Bonus–May 27: Symphony on the Square
  • June 30: Swinging Medallions
  • July 28: The Breakfast Club
  • August 25: Live Exchange Party Band
  • September 29: Grapevine

Only blankets and lawn chairs are allowed inside the park (no plastic tarps or tables). Tables and chairs may be brought and set up in the street on North and East Park Square after 6:00 p.m. The music starts at 8:00 p.m.

As for parking, it’s free to park in the Mill Street lot as well as the Cobb County Parking Deck (enter off Waddell St.).

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102017
 

castleberry hillOn the 2nd Friday of the month, it’s time for the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. For one night each month, the art galleries stay open late, giving you a chance to browse the works of emerging & established artists.

The next 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll will take place from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on April 14, 2017. Participating galleries & shops include Besharat Gallery, Escape Gallery, The Granite Room, No Mas! Hacienda, Zucot Gallery, & Iridium Atlanta, to name a few.

Before you head out, browse the 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll’s Facebook page to check out highlights for the event, which typically includes post-Art Stroll karaoke at Bottle Rocket Sushi & Burgers (starts at 10:30 p.m.), entertainment at various spots along the stroll, & more.

While you’re there, you can see some of the Living Walls murals. You’ll find them at 142 Walker Street, 165 Walker Street (Haynes side of the Walker Street Mini Storage building), & 333 Peters St.

Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, plus Castleberry Point’s parking deck and the lot across from 161 Mangum both offer free parking during the Strolls.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102017
 

Dealing with cabin fever? Want to explore Atlanta attractions on the cheap? You’ve got a fun mix of options, thanks to this deal:

With the Atlanta CityPASS, you’ll save about 40% on admission to five Atlanta attractions, including some of the newest additions to the city.

The Atlanta CityPASS covers your admission to The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta OR the Center for Civil & Human Rights, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History OR the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Atlanta CityPASS is valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use. If you plan it right, you’ll have two full weekends + the weekdays in between to get to all of the attractions. And you can opt for the CityPASS e-ticket if you want to start exploring right away.

Traveling? Check out the CityPASS booklets available in other cities. You can save on admission to major attractions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay, & Toronto.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042017
 

crafternoon-high-atl-webIf you’re in need of a creative outlet for your high schooler, you’re in luck:

From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, high schoolers can spend a Crafternoon at the High Museum of Art.

During Crafternoon events, teens can unwind with an afternoon of camaraderie & crafting. The projects, which are designed by an Atlanta artist, will vary each month, so be prepared to experiment.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Crafternoons are open to high school students only.

Can’t make it? Plan to attend one of the upcoming Crafternoon events, which take place on the second Sunday of the month. The next Crafternoon event is scheduled for May 14, 2017.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017
 

wellness wed atl stationIf you’re looking for a free way to get your stretch on, you’re in luck.

On Wednesdays through September, stop by Atlantic Station’s Central Park for a free Wellness Wednesdays event.

From 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., you can join in a regimented routine of stretches & poses led by Evolation Yoga’s instructors. New to yoga? No worries–people of all ages & experience levels can participate. The first Wellness Wednesday event of the 2017 season will take place on April 5, and they’ll continue weekly through September 27.

Wellness Wednesdays are BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) events.

Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to check Atlantic Station’s Facebook page for updates before you head out if the forecast looks questionable.

Atlantic Station’s Central Park is located at 245 18th Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017
 

avalom16Feeling tense? You’re in luck. You can unwind with free weekly wellness classes in Alpharetta.

On Wednesdays through October 2017, head to Avalon in Alpharetta for AvalOM.

From 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. each week, you can participate in everything from yoga to barre-less barre classes. The first AvalOM class of the 2017 season will take place on April 5, and they’ll continue weekly through October 25.

FYI–AvalOM is subject to cancellation due to weather. Keep an eye on Avalon’s Facebook page for updates if the forecast is iffy. AvalOM is a bring-your-own-mat event.

AvalOM will take place in the Plaza at Avalon, located at 2200 Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 032017
 

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, high schoolers can head to the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art for a free Open Studio event.

During Open Studio events, teens can get creative while working with a variety of materials, from charcoal & paint to metal & fabric. The projects vary each month, so be prepared to experiment. In April, you’ll make a block print of your favorite pattern in the Modern and Contemporary collection. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for the next Open Studio event, which takes place on the first Friday of the month. On May 5, you’ll paint a masterpiece inspired by your favorite work of art.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Open Studio events are open to high school students only.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski