GAGIVES RETURNS GIVINGTUESDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/26/21

Sharing #GAgenerosity to the Nonprofits that Have Supported Georgia Communities

GAgives on GivingTuesday, Georgia’s biggest giving campaign, has already begun: Giving is now open for this year’s campaign, which reaches its pinnacle on November 30, GivingTuesday, as part of the international day of giving that takes place each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.

Despite pandemic conditions, last year saw Georgians showcasing true #GAgenerosity and breaking GAgives records across the board. In 2020, more than 1,200 nonprofits across the state received funds through the official giving portal at GAgives.org, with more than $24 million dollars raised overall (topping 2019’s record total by 84 percent) from 260,546 individual donations, 94 percent more donations than the previous year. As the 2021 season of giving is about to commence, Georgians are being asked to renew their commitment to generosity for the nonprofits that have done so much for their communities – especially over the past two years.

Organized by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) for the benefit of all nonprofits located in our state, GAgives is able to expand its efforts and impact each year through the ongoing support of local corporate, foundation, civic, and media partners.

“After the frenzied holiday spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GAgives on GivingTuesday empowers Georgians to showcase our commitment to the true meaning of the giving season. On Tuesday, November 30, be a part of GAgives on Giving Tuesday, and support the nonprofits that have been keeping our communities going, even as their needs have multiplied,” said GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor.

One of this year’s new corporate sponsors is WestRock, offering “Power Hour” prizes that encourage even more donors to contribute to the nonprofits they find most meaningful. Additionally, they’re using GAgives as an employment engagement strategy for those based at their Georgia headquarters. “We’re inviting employees to join in recognizing the invaluable role of nonprofits in their community,” said WestRock Director of Corporate Giving Mandy Burnette. “To further encourage team members to participate in GAgives, we’re leveraging the WestRock Foundation’s Matching Gifts program to enhance their personal giving.” This program gives WestRock teammates, as well as their spouses and domestic partners, the ability to raise additional funding for the nonprofits they support by volunteering, making financial contributions, or both.

Others companies showing their #GAgenerosity for GAgives are Aprio; Arby’s Foundation; Atlanta Business ChronicleThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Autotrader; Brooks, McGinnis & Company; Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Coca-Cola; Cox Enterprises; Gas South; Georgia News Network; Georgia’s Own; iHeart Media; Kelley Blue Book; Marshall Jones; Outfront Media; Primerica; and WSB-TV Family 2 Family.

Making Giving Personal 

This year, the GAgives team has provided participating nonprofits with additional trainings and resources to assist in maximizing their fundraising potential. Person-to-Person (P2P) campaigning skills are being taught and supported, empowering nonprofits to engage their board members, volunteers, and other supporters in fundraising. Tapping their own networks, these P2P campaigners share personal stories about the organization they support, explain why they give, and encourage others not only to give, but to use the same P2P campaign methods themselves.

With this approach – using personal connections to spread the word about the specific impact that nonprofits make in the community – more and more Georgians will discover the difference nonprofits make in the lives of people, moving them to give back. Whether by phone, email, or social media, these P2P campaigns are positioned to grow awareness for Georgia nonprofits and #GAgenerosity exponentially.

“Nonprofits, and the people that they support, need our assistance to continue their work – work that benefits us all, from educational resources for students to job trainings and placements for the unemployed to meals for the elderly; protection for our rivers, parks, and nature preserves; medical attention and health care; housing the homeless; rescuing animals; supporting the arts; and more,” said GCN’s Karen Beavor. “We all have causes that are meaningful to us and our communities, and a gift of any size will make a difference – as will encouraging others to give. Together, we hope to lead another record breaking day of #GAgenerosity.”

Whether Georgians have a specific organization they’d like to support, or want to find a nonprofit that aligns with their values, supporters can easily locate nonprofits by name or cause and donate to them at GAgives.orgGAgives.org also offers full-featured campaign tools that anyone can use to launch their own fundraising efforts.

To further spread the call to give, follow @GAgives on Facebook and Instagram, and use the hashtags #GAgives and #GAgenerosity. Be sure to share the GAgives on GivingTuesday date (November 30) and call-to-action; direct contacts and followers to the nonprofit giving portal at GAgives.org; and encourage everyone in your network to spread the word about GAgives, their favorite nonprofit, and why they donate.

CELEBRATE THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR WITH VININGS’ OLDEST HOLIDAY TRADITION

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/21

Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting, a Beloved Annual Event, Returns Dec. 2!

WHAT:
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting featuring special guest Santa Claus

WHEN:
Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

WHERE:
Vinings Jubilee at Tower Stage
4300 Paces Ferry Road SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

COST:
FREE to Attend

 Ring in the holiday season on a cheery and bright note by gathering at Paces Properties’ 2021 Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tower Stage. This annual event transforms Vinings Jubilee into a holiday wonderland for the entire family to enjoy and is free for all to attend.

“We are thrilled to host the Christmas Tree Lighting at Vinings Jubilee again this year,” said David Cochran, CEO of Paces Properties. “We look forward to this event every year, as do families across the metro Atlanta area who have made this event their own family tradition for 36 years. To have the chance to gather with our loved ones in a cheerful and festive setting is part of what makes this time of year incredibly special.”

The Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting would not be complete without a visit from the one and only, Santa Claus. The jolly man will be available for photo opportunities with families and taking wish list requests because he’s making a list and checking it twice! This year’s event is decked out with fun holiday activities that cannot be missed! Throughout the evening, guests can decorate their own ornaments to take home, and there will be a balloon artist and face painting. Don’t forget to make time to hop on Santa’s train as it scoots around the center before creating your own puppet and checking out the live puppet show that is open for all ages.

There’s no better way to get in the spirit of the season than enjoying live Christmas music. A group of 40’s style carolers will be singing beloved holiday classics for all to hear throughout the evening! Also on the roster for the night is Whitefield Academy’s Jazz Band playing ensembles that will match the joyful ambience. Before the celebrations begin, stop in for a bite or a sweet treat from one of Vinings’ delicious eateries which include Another Broken Egg Café, Café at Pharr, SOHO, Paces & Vine, Mellow Mushroom, Stockyard Burgers, Southern Baked Pie Company and Cold Stone Creamery.

This open-air event will be taking plenty of safety precautions including providing hand sanitizing stations and encouraging mask wearing and social distancing. For more information, follow along on Vinings Jubilee’s Facebook and Instagram.

MILTON RESTAURANT WEEK 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/7/21

 November 5th to November 13th

Milton-based agency, Rountree Group Integrated Communications, has announced its second annual Milton Restaurant Week (MRW), a week-long tasting event (Nov. 5 – 13) to showcase Milton restaurants through food, fellowship, and spirits. The culinary affair attracts food lovers from surrounding North Fulton communities, while giving its sponsors a chance to promote special menus and venues.

 The event initially began in 2020 as a way to support local restaurants during the pandemic. “The idea began in Fall 2019 and was launched in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic to help support our restaurant community,” said Don Rountree, president of Rountree Group and founder of Milton Restaurant Week. “We launched the MRW website and social handles to give local restaurants an opportunity to showcase offerings and communicate how/when they are serving our community,” Rountree said.

 Sponsoring this year’s Milton Restaurant Week, the City of Milton and Crabapple Market will be alongside a few other local businesses including:

 Milton Business Council

Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub

7 Acre BarNGrill

Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

The Union Restaurant

Kathleen’s Catch

This year’s participating restaurants hope to impress guests by featuring several of their most popular lunch and dinner dishes, along with specialty crafted cocktails. Visitors will have the option to try new cuisine from four sponsoring restaurants at a discounted price as part of the week-long event. The selections will include cuisine ranging from pristine Southern dishes to classic Irish favorites.

The organizers hope this year’s event will be even better than the last. “Meals are a time to gather, to socialize and to engage with each other,” said Rountree. The communications agency has partnered with several local restaurants over the last decade to support its community and local businesses.

 Milton, GA has been consistently highly ranked due to its prestige living community and accompanying local businesses. The thriving culinary scene has been known to contribute to the appeal of the North Fulton neighborhood. MRW is one of a few events Rountree Group has organized to support the Milton community.

“Milton offers a variety of foods from southern favorites to craft cocktails. I for one enjoy date nights, family favorites and celebrating milestones right around the corner from our home or office. We love our local partners so supporting local restaurants just makes sense. Live, work, play… and EAT,” said Ben Huard of GO Agency, GNFCC Chairman Circle Member and Founding Member of Milton Business Council.

Those interested will be able to stay updated on participating restaurants and specific details @miltonrestaurantweek on Instagram and Facebook.

GOOD WORD 4TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/6/21

Saturday, November 20 at 5 pm
Join our 4th-anniversary celebration at Good Word Brewing & Public House Duluth located in charming Parson’s Alley.
·      Old and new menu favorites, including Executive Chef Brian Crain’s Special Waygu dish seared and served with accouterments.
·      Desserts created by Chef John, including 24 Karat Chocolate Tart and Grandma’s Magic Vanilla Pie with Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream.
·      Cocktail specials and barrel-aged beer releases.
Live Music by Black Lion Reggae & DJ Blaq Mozart and
Cask Tappings!
Reservations strongly encouraged

INAUGURAL FALL BEER FESTIVAL AT RED’S BEER GARDEN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/5/21

A Fun-Filled Day Featuring Eight Georgia Brews, Carnival Fun, Brews, Bites and More!

Saturday, November 13, 2021 From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Red’s Beer Garden is teaming up with eight Georgia breweries for the inaugural Red’s Fall Fest on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will take place in Red’s expansive, dog-friendly beer garden and feature Wild Leap Brew Co.Akademia, Reformation BreweryJekyll BrewingBold RockLeft Nut Brewing CompanyFire Maker Brewing Company, and Printer’s Ale. Each brewery will have two of their most popular brews available for purchase from Red’s cooler or on draft and their own game set up including apple toss, flip cup, Plinko and much more.  Every beer purchased gets attendees a ticket to play the brewery’s game of choice and win a variety prizes. Small pours will be available. Red’s will be serving its full menu of hot dogs, sandwiches and snacks along with their house-made, beer battered corndogs. Red’s Fall Fest is free to attend and dogs are welcome. For more information, please visit RedsBeerGarden.com or call 770.637.2299.

NIGHTMARE ON 13TH STREET 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/24/21

Tiki Tango, Fox Trot

Saturday, October 30th 9pm

Join us, if you dare, as Atlanta’s Largest Halloween Party takes over Tiki Tango + Foxtrot on Saturday, October 30th 9PM – 3AM. Dress up for a night of mischief in the Purgatory Playground. We’ll be awarding $500 Cash to the best overall costume and $100 gift card for 2nd & 3rd place winners. All guests will be automatically entered once tickets are scanned. We’ll have 3 DJs playing KILLER beats, plus a wicked batch of witches brew, and watch out for our roaming paparazzi will be prowling the grounds to take photos.
Tickets Include: Admission & entry to 2 establishments, exclusive Halloween drink specials, 3 DJs playing KILLER beats, Costume Contest with Cash Prize, plus a wicked batch of witches brew, and plenty of room to roam. Tickets are $10 to $20 and can be purchased here.

HALLOWEEN ROUND-UP 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/24/21

Halloween Round-up 2021

Sat., Oct. 30, 8pm-1am – Hampton + Hudson’s Beetlejuice Halloween Party

The Inman Park community bar and restaurant’s annual Halloween celebration is back! Starting at 8pm, a DJ will be spinning beats, the Halloween classic Beetlejuice will be playing on all TVs, beer and cocktail specials will be flowing and their team will be dressed in their Beetlejuice best. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed up for a costume contest, with winners receiving gift cards, merch and more. Beforehand, guests can enjoy Halloween brunch specials from 10am to 2pm and catch the UGA v. Florida football game starting at 3:30pm.

 

Sat., Oct. 30, 8pm-midnight – The Roof at Ponce City Market’s Annual 21+ Halloween Party

Something wicked is coming to The Roof at Ponce City Market on Saturday, October 30 from 8pm to midnight. The Roof will transform with a dance party, frightful sights and a costume contest. Tickets can be purchased here, and the celebration is 21+.

 

Sun., Oct. 31, All Day – Trick-or-Treating on The Roof at Ponce City Market

The Roof at Ponce City Market is celebrating the sweetest day of the year with trick-or-treating for children. To join, guests can purchase regular adult and child admission tickets online here or onsite the day-of.

 

Sun., Oct. 31, 1-5pm – Halloween Block Party at Second Self

This Halloween, Second Self will welcome guests to don their best costumes and make their way to the brewery’s Westside taproom (1317 Logan Cir NW) for a family-friendly block party celebration. In honor of the holiday, Second Self will be launching their newest collaboration beer – Lemon Pepper Wet – a Berliner Weisse made with Atlanta Influences Everything (AIE) featuring flavors like sweet lemon, pepper & other spices. 50% of the proceeds from Lemon Pepper Wet will benefit AIE’s upcoming “Careers of Tomorrow” program, which aims to encourage young people in the Atlanta Public School System to explore the new careers emerging from the growth of the internet and social media. The event will also feature an outdoor beer tent, a Halloween Candy and Beer Pairing (preorder available here), live music from DJ Bill Black and freshly smoked BBQ from Bryan Furman BBQ

Through Oct. 31 – Halloween Dozens at Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead

Georgetown Cupcake Buckhead is offering two spooky dozens available for pick-up, Atlanta delivery and nationwide overnight shipping for $38/Dozen. Online ordering can be found here, and photos are here.

 

  • Trick or Treat Dozen is a collection of 12 different Halloween-inspired flavors including: Pumpkin Spice Haunted House, Chocolate Ghost, Salted Caramel Jack-o-Lantern cupcake, Midnight Cookies & Crème “Happy Halloween” cupcake, Vanilla Candy Spider cupcake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Black Cat cupcake (with a graham cracker crust) and more.

 

  • October Candy Dozen includes two Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes, two Chocolate Candy Caramel cupcakes, two Chocolate Toffee Candy Corn cupcakes, two Orange & Black Cookies & Crème cupcakes, two Toffee Apple cupcakes and two Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake cupcakes. 

FALL FESTIVAL OF BREWS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

Fall Festival of Brews

Saturday, October 23 

1-5 pm

Butcher & Brew – the American gastro sports bar – is excited to announce the first annual Fall Festival of Brews will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 1-5pm at Halcyon (6690 Town Square, Alpharetta, GA). The outdoor event will celebrate the best of craft beer with tastings from over 20 craft beer companies and feature food, live music, games, giveaways and more. 

 

Beers can be paired with Butcher & Brew burgers grilled fresh and available for purchase, plus ticket holders will receive 10 percent off any standard menu item at both Butcher & Brew locations all weekend. New Sensation, the INXS tribute band, and ELEVATION, the international U2 tribute show, will be playing live music throughout the day, the Atlanta Photo Camper will be onsite to capture fun keepsakes and various beer games with prizes will be set up around the venue. Festival-goers will also be able to enter raffles and giveaways from local vendors. 

 

Early bird tickets are selling out fast and can be purchased for $34 here through October 17. Following, tickets will be $44 through October 22, and $50 the day of the festival. VIP tickets ($125) are also available for purchase and include early entry to the festival, private tasting and dining areas, exclusive beer tastings, a festival gift bag and more. A portion of ticket sales from Fall Festival of Brews will be donated to Bottle Share, a Kennesaw-based nonprofit organization that supports the craft beverage community in times of adversity and hardship. 

CHIRINGA’S 3RD-ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

Chiringa’s 3rd-Anniversary Weekend

Thursday, October 14th – Surf N Turf Fall Concert Series with Suburban Angst from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
CHIRINGA and Home Town Mortgage have joined forces to bring to a tidal wave of melodies to downtown Alpharetta with a special 3-Year Anniversary Surf N Turf Concert Series. On Thursday, October 14th, revelers can admire the charming Town Green Fountain and brand new, luscious astroturf while jamming out to Suburban Angst, an “altimate” rock tribute band that electrifies everyones favorite alternative tunes, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 16th – College Football on the Big Screen:
Big games need big screens! On Saturday, October 16th, CHIRINGA and Home Town Mortgage are continuing the 3-year weekend celebration with college football on a giant mobile LED wall that makes fans feel like they’re right on the field. Free to attend and for all ages, football fanatics are invited to tailgate on the green while watching the Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers game at 12:00 p.m., Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs game at 3:30 p.m. and Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs game at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 17th – Live Music with Josh Jeffords from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ending the 3-year weekend celebration with melodies flowing through CHIRINGA’s breezy patio, Josh Jeffords will start strumming beach happy tunes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 17th.

THE ATLANTA FAIR 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/15/21

The Atlanta Fair returns Oct. 8- Nov. 7, 2021

Fan-favorite fair is back with family-friendly fall fun!

Welcome back to the fair! The Atlanta Fair will roll into town once again from Oct. 8 – Nov. 7, 2021. Fairgoers will be able to take in all of the excitement of the Midway: from classic carnival games and mouth-watering fair food to rip-roaring thrill rides and gentler attractions for the youngest members of the family.

This year’s fair will feature returning favorites such as the Alien Abduction, Crazy Dance and Nemesis 360, whose inverted spins and lofty heights have been bringing out the daredevil in its patrons since 2018, as well as new attractions the whole family is sure to love such as the Zero Gravity and Drop Tower. No day at the Midway is complete without traditional fare such as cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, corn dogs and funnel cakes!  The Atlanta Fair team is excited to bring families a much-needed dose of fall fun!

WHAT:            The Atlanta Fair 2021

WHEN:            Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021

                        Monday – Friday: 5-11 p.m.

                        Saturday – Sunday: 1-11 p.m.

WHERE:         Turner Field – Grey Lot

                        655 Central Ave SW

                        Atlanta, GA 30315

HOW:              Tickets are available online or at the gate beginning on Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. For online admission, visit atlantafair.net.

Fair Entrance Fees:

Always: $2 for guests under 42”

Monday – Friday: $5 for guests 42” and taller

Saturday – Sunday Matinee (1-5 p.m.): $5 for guests 42” and taller

Saturday Evening (5-11 p.m.): $8 for guests 42” and taller

Midway Ride Tickets are as follows:

Individual tickets: $1.25 each

Unlimited Ride Armbands: $25 each

*Unlimited Ride Armbands are only valid on the day they are purchased.

Parental Escort Policy in Effect

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday evenings. One adult may escort up to four youth. All guests must be able to present a valid Georgia or government issued photo ID.

 

Health & Wellness

In response to COVID-19, The Atlanta Fair team is taking extra precautions for the safety of all patrons, including regularly sanitizing all rides and attractions at the outdoor venue. Guests are asked to wear a mask while in attendance and practice social distancing when possible.

For more information, including weather updates, events and discounts visit the Atlanta Fair online at atlantafair.net and on facebook.com/ATLFAIR