Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/30/17
Two-Day Shopping Event Moves to Colony Square in Midtown and Features Over 90 Hand-Selected Vendors, Local Food Offerings, Swag Bags and More
Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Atlanta, Georgia – Indie Craft Experience (ICE), purveyors of dynamic craft markets and pop-up shops, is hosting a two-day shopping event celebrating summer like no other on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, 2017. Dazzling Atlanta since 2005 when they debuted the inaugural summer market, ICE founders Shannon Mulkey Green and Christy Petterson have moved the coveted event to a brand new location at Colony Square in Midtown. Featuring over 90 of the best craft and vintage vendors from across the country, music by DJ Zano, local food offerings and much more, Summer ICE takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and is just $5 cash at the door to enter. Kids 12 and under get in for free. The first 250 shoppers each day will also receive complimentary swag bags upon arrival designed by local artists.
“We are thrilled to host the Indie Craft Experience at Colony Square this year. The unique vendors, local culinary delights and artful encounters create the perfect complement to the reimagined Colony Square experience. We look forward to exploring the creative craft market along with our guests, residents and office tenants,” says Sara Carville, marketing coordinator at Colony Square.
Proving to be an unforgettable two-day shopping experience year after year, Summer ICE will also feature a special appearance on Saturday, June 3rd from #weloveatl. Striving to connect the city by telling stories through photographs, guests will interact with the iconic Chevy P30 bread truck that was converted to mobile photography gallery. All print proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Additionally, local favorite, Tiny Doors ATL, will return and host a special “tiny garden” interactive DIY experience each day. Attendees who sign up are invited to make a living tiny garden of their own design with fun miniatures and tiny succulents. For the full list of hand-selected vendors, which includes independent artists, printmakers, jewelry makers, artisans, crafters, makers and more, visit www.ice-atlanta.com/vendors-summer-ice.
“We are so happy to work with such an amazing group of artists and vintage vendors once again. It’s a thrill to bring so much talent together in one awesome location for a full weekend,” says ICE co-founder Christy Petterson. “We are so thankful to Colony Square for hosting us for our 12th annual summer event.”
Summer ICE will be held at Colony Square on Peachtree Street at the intersection of 14th Street in Midtown at 1197 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30361. The two-day shopping event will be located in the former Houlihans Restaurant, which overlooks the plaza on Peachtree Street. Shoppers should look for the giant MIDTOWN letters to find the plaza and then take the white spiral staircase to enter the event. For additional information, visit www.ice-atlanta.com.
About Indie Craft Experience:
Since 2005, Indie Craft Experience has become known for its curated markets and pop-up shops celebrating local, regional and national independent artists, printmakers, jewelry makers, artisans, crafters, makers and more. Founded by Shannon Mulkey Green and Christy Petterson, crafters and advocates for handcrafted, ICE now produces events throughout the year: Summer ICE (June), ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular (November), the ICE Pop-Up Shop (November and December) and more. ICE’s mission is to provide an opportunity for crafters and vintage sellers, to educate shoppers on the benefits of buying handcrafted goods, and to encourage people to craft. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @iceatlanta and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/IndieCraftExperience.
Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/30/17
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, thousands of revelers attended the third annual Fire in the Fourth festival in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward. Hailing the historic Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, which burned over 50 city blocks in the Old Fourth Ward, this year’s fête celebrated with a never-before-seen interactive installation of the 100-year history of Boulevard, one of the best seen performances by Circus Combustus, and a diverse offering of live, local musicians, dancers, visuals artists, food, drinks and much more. Known as a resilient community, Saturday’s rain was no obstacle for the festival as attendees ducked inside local businesses on Edgewood and Auburn Avenues to mix and mingle before The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable band brought back the party back to the streets and bonafide New Orleans-style brass band, Wasted Potential Brass Band, hit the main stage, getting the entire crowd to dance. A free festival that’s open to all ages, all proceeds from Fire in the Fourth benefit the Old Fourth Ward Business Association’s beautification and public safety initiatives. For the full list of attractions or additional information, visit www.fireinthe4th.com.
Mark your calendars for year four! The date for the 4th annual Fire in the Fourth festival will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/28/17
Shawarma, Falafel, hummus, and vegetables all come together for a delightful Mediterranean feast at Bezoria. With the right amount of marinated, thinly sliced meat, the chicken and steak shawarmas were tender and good enough to eat without any assistance from the delicious sauces or even the crispy vegetables. Also, we hate to admit it, but we’ve never had Falafel (what!) and it was worth the wait to try it from Bezoria. Chickpeas are high on the list of favorite foods, so frying them up in a fritter is right up our alley. Not disappointed. Fried right with the perfect amount of chickpeas and batter. Let’s not forget the veggies, either. From pickles, grilled vegetables, cabbage slaw, to cucumber salad mix them all up or have them one at a time, there is definitely something you’re going to like. Our favorite was the spiced onions, marinated, spiced, chopped, whatever was done to those onions, and we’re in love. The perfect topping for a delicious, fresh, Mediterranean feast! It was food. for. days.
Beyond the good, fresh food is that Bezoria has a fun sense of humor and atmosphere. They have a sign that says, “May the Shawarma be with you.” An obvious nod to the Star Wars phenomenon, but also something fun that ties their food to pop culture. Fun! Plus, the décor is industrial with a touch of Mediterranean whimsy. Also, our favorite place in the whole restaurant is the bathroom. I know, right? You go in for one thing and stay for the dance party. They have a ton of colors dancing in an all-white bathroom. It’s so much fun. See the video here.
All-in-all what a fun trip to Bezoria. We’d recommend it to anyone that loves Mediterranean fare and enjoy finding and exploring new foods. We’re going to try the Midtown location next, keep an eye out on social media.
May the Shawarma be with you!
Date: Saturday, May 27th
Time: 5:30 pm
About: Happy Anniversary to Brew! Atlanta’s favorite Memorial Day Weekend tradition is turning 10! Celebrate our anniversary with a toast! Enjoy over 70 selections of brews and a limited selection of wine, all within an exotic outdoor destination that’s home to more than 1,000 animals from around the world, including giant pandas and the largest population of great apes in North America. General Admission tickets are $50 for non-members, $45 for members, and $75 the day of the event. They include samples of more 70 beers, a limited selection of wine, a commemorative Brew at the Zoo tasting cup, live music, and access to special keeper talks and animal demos through the zoo. VIP is $100 and you’ll enjoy all the benefits of the regular ticket, plus access to the Brew Preview Party with a special animal encounter, air conditioned VIP Lounge, private restrooms, (1) 10th Anniversary Brew at the Zoo commemorative t-shirt, and exclusive tastings of premium beer and wine!
Date: Thursday, May 25th
Time: 7 pm
About: It’s a battle of DELICIOUS proportions! Join Creative Loafing, Talero Organic Tequila and Cointreau as Atlanta’s best and brightest mixologists make their signature margaritas and compete for your vote! It’s Creative Loafing’s Margarita Wars! The Battle begins May 25th at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park at 7 pm (or 6 pm for our exclusive VIP ticket holders) where you will be tasked to pick the best of the best from 10+ margarita makers. There will be music, food and fun to help you wash down all that tequila and clear your head as you make that ever important choice of The Best Margarita in Atlanta! Advance tickets are on sale now, and if you hate crowds, pick up a VIP ticket for early admission, free food, margarita inspired swag, and a private tasting area! We’re limiting the number of VIP tickets to 100, so get yours NOW! Each General Admission ticket comes with 6 taste tickets to get your sip on! (The event is 21+) Tickets run $30 for GA and $50 for VIP.