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DRAGONCON 2022: RIBBONS & T-REXES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/14/22

Every year, DragonCon takes on a life of its own. This year was no different with fun new trends like The Loyal Order of the Ribbon, cults going strong, or massive groups like the T-Rex Horde. That’s all on top of the fantastic cosplay, Mardi Gras atmosphere, star-studded panels, meet and greets with celebrities, and nighttime parties and live performances!

The Loyal Order of the Ribbon 

A fascination for some, a necessity for others, the Loyal order of the Ribbon has taken the badge ribbon trend to a whole new level. Found in the DragonCon app, meet ups to swap ribbons happens daily, where you can find your new favorite. We found that there are a few reasons that people create ribbons like the love of a show, fandom, or favorite quotes, books, or simply to share information on a brand! At DragonCon you can grow your badge ribbons as long as you want or just wear your favorites. We saw several people roll theirs up because they would hit the floor or stand on the second floor of the Hilton and drop the ribbons into the lobby. Yes, they’re that long! Our favorite ribbons were the classic Marriott Carpet and 24601 from Les Mis. We even made a ribbon for our Instagram page so people could watch our Danny goes to DragonCon stories. What ribbon would you want if you could have anything?

T-Rex Horde

Speaking of Danny, another trend in the DragonCon universe is the blow-up T-Rex horde. There has to be at least 100 or more people that gather almost every night to go through each hotel as a T-Rex Horde! T-Rexes from the Marriott Carpetasaur, Darth Vader, Velociraptors, Unicorns all joined in on the fun. The best part is John and I both have blow-up outfits and this year we featured on our stories, Danny, a dinosaur that goes to DragonCon for the first time. He went to a panel (and the actors waved at him), the parade, met his Idol, the Marriott Carpetasaur, got a bucket of rum, went to Trader Vics, got his first Monks Mead, and so many other firsts. Then, on Sunday, we did the T-Rex running and it was a blast. You get to see the joy on people’s faces to watch a parade of T-Rexes and they take photos and videos of the entire thing!

The Cult of Jon

Don’t be fooled, the Cult of Jon is going strong since 2019. Started out as a humble FedEx cut-out, DragonCon fans adorned him with stickers and put candles around him to transform him into a cult-like leader everyone could enjoy. It is all in good fun, as this year, the Scofflaw Beer folks stationed their own cut outs around and people too out google eyes on them and stickers, some even blasted them as “false prophets.” It’s pretty entertaining to watch. What will be the next cult?

Eddie Munson

The “new Deadpool” was Eddie Munson, the loveable Hellfire Club leader from Stranger Things latest season. There were men, women and mash-ups of Eddie all over the place and they even had a huge photo meet up. There HAD to be 30,000 of them! Our favorite Eddies were the two that had a guitar and amps and we watched them have a “Master of Puppets” guitar off. It was funny. What will be the next most popular costume?

Panels

We went to two panels, Gotham with Ben McKenzie and then a Walking Dead Panel with several actors including Chandler Riggs. The highlights from Gotham included learning that Ben (Gordon) didn’t even have to audition as he was approached by the show runner, how him and Monica Baccarin (Leslie) met on the set and eventually got married, and how he never wanted to wear the Gordon mustache! Then, the highlights from The Walking Dead panel were learning how much Riggs (Carl) loved growing up on the set of the Walking Dead and how it shaped him, listening to fun blooper moments, hearing which death was the hardest, and how Katelyn (Enid) loves potatoes. You always find something fun in these panels. I will never forget the Smallville one last year where they sang their theme song.

Cosplay You have to check out our photo journal of all our favorite cosplays, bots, costumes, and moments!

LOVE AND CELEBRATION ARE ON TAP AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA THIS FEBRUARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/11/22

Cobb County’s fan-favorite sports and entertainment destination welcomes guests for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, the Big Game and more

The Battery Atlanta has lined up a heartwarming mix of events and offerings the community is sure to swoon over this month. From devouring special Valentine’s Day menus at C. Ellet’s and EATaliano and sipping cocktails at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar to cheering on the teams during the Big Game at Live! and Yard House, The Battery Atlanta provides guests with a plentitude of possibilities for a memorable month! Music enthusiasts can also visit the Coca-Cola Roxy for live performances from artists like Nicky Jam and Hippie Sabotage.

Outdoor Activities:

Cornhole ATL 2022 Winter League
Every Tuesday through March 1

A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the winter season’s final tournament on March 1. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

Select Restaurant Promotions:

Toast to Love at Silverspot Cinema
Thursday, Feb. 10 through Tuesday, Feb. 15

Catch a new flick and toast to love with prosecco for two, fresh strawberries and four chocolate truffles for $20.

Let’s Celebrate Love at C. Ellet’s
Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14

C. Ellet’s special menu will make this Valentine’s Day celebration mouthwatering with exclusive offerings, including the Flaming Black Forest Dessert, along with other steakhouse favorites.

Date Night Package at Good Game powered by Topgolf Swing Suite
Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14

Couples can score a Valentine’s Weekend Date Night Package ($160) that includes 90 minutes in an interactive suite and a prix fix dinner for two. Reserve a spot here!

Big Game Bash at Live! at The Battery Atlanta
Sunday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.

Sports enthusiast are invited to watch the LA Rams go head-to-head against the Cincinnati Bengals – along with the most talked about commercials – on the biggest TV in the Southeast. The football festivities will also include drink specials, themed prizes and more!

Wine, Dine & Be Mine at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Monday, Feb. 14

CRÚ’s chefs have sweetened the evening with a four-course prix fix menu ($60). Guests will savor decadent dishes including prosciutto wrapped jumbo shrimp, pan seared Alaskan halibut and more. Specials and a la carte menu also available.

Music Bingo at ASW Distillery
Every Thursday at 7-9 p.m.

Guests can sing along and dance to an engaging playlist of back-to-back song clips while they check off song titles during an exciting game of Music Bingo.

Silent Saturdays at Live! at The Battery Atlanta
Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m.

Attendees are invited to grab a pair of headphones and dance the night away to groovy music while enjoying drink specials and plenty of great late-night vibes.

Mardi Gras Live! at Live! at The Battery Atlanta
Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.

Party goers can groove to live music, indulge in authentic Cajun dishes and drink specials, sip on hurricanes and more at a night full of French Quarter fun. Tickets for Mardi Gras Live! can be purchased here.

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:

The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is gearing up for a full variety of live performances! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings a wide range of music to the stage for guests to discover. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

  • Nicky Jam Infinity Tour
    Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Rock 100.5 Presents Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour
    Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Hippie Sabotage
    Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Marina: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land Tour
    Monday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

CHEERS AND CELEBRATIONS AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA THIS FEBRUARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/4/21

Southeast sports and entertainment hub hosts Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day and the Big Game!

The Battery Atlanta has lined up a heartwarming mix of events and offerings the community is sure to love this February. From noshing on special Valentine’s Day menus at El Super Pan to sipping cocktails fireside at BURN by Rocky Patel to escaping to the Omni Hotel or Aloft Atlanta for a staycation, The Battery Atlanta provides guests with unlimited possibilities for a wonderful winter. Recently opened concepts Fat Tuesday, 26 Thai Kitchen at PH’EAST and WXYZ Bar at Aloft Atlanta will be at the top of every must-visit list. There’s no shortage of dining options to get ready for the big game! Football fans can check out Punch Bowl Social, Yard House, Park Bench and Live! at the Battery for a curated game plan. Music lovers can visit the Coca-Cola Roxy this month for live, socially distanced performances from Jamey Johnson & Randy Houser, as well as Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac tribute.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

Outdoor Activities:
Inspired ATL

Saturday, Feb. 20 from noon-2 p.m.
This community event on the Plaza Green will focus on personal and professional growth, featuring an optional 45-minute workout led by founder and health coach Kellie Bernardi, local vendors, networking, raffles and more! Tickets are available here.

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., starting Feb. 22
Start the week off stress-free with a limited capacity, outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Pre-registration and event participant waivers are available online. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water. A live stream on Facebook and past sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans virtually on event days.

Cornhole ATL Winter League
Tuesdays from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the winter season’s final tournament on Feb. 23. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Now Open:
Fat Tuesday

The daiquiri concept specializes in sweet, fruity and ice-cold blended cocktails! Guests can conveniently walk-up to the counter-serve space and grab their favorite libations to-go – just in time for Mardi Gras. The shop is located across from El Super Pan on the corner of Battery Walk and Legends Place.

26 Thai Kitchen at PH’EAST
The newest vendor at the Asian food hall is serving up authentic Thai food from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Mardi Gras at Live! at The Battery Atlanta

Saturday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
Guests can choose between Show Me Your Beads and VIP Mardi Krewe packages that grant access to all French Quarter-themed venues: Sports & Social, PBR Atlanta, Tavern and Coors Banquet Bar. The event includes fortune tellers, caricature artists, live entertainment and drink specials – all night long! Purchase tickets and review safety measures here.

Let’s Celebrate Love at C. Ellet’s
Thursday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 14
The restaurant’s menu of love will make this Valentine’s Day celebration exceptional with exclusive offerings, including crab puffs, prime rib and a decadent chocolate mousse for dessert, along with other steakhouse favorites. Call 678.996.5344.

Date Night Package at Good Game powered by Topgolf Swing Suite
Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14
Couples can score a Valentine’s Weekend Date Night Package ($150) that includes 90 minutes in an interactive suite and a prix fix dinner for two. Call 404.614.4619 to reserve a spot!

Wine, Dine & Be Mine Valentine’s Weekend with CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14
Sweethearts can indulge in a reminiscent four-course prix fixe menu ($60) available for dine-in or to-go or opt for a special take-home Valentine’s for Two package deal ($110) on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating. Call 770.485.9463.

Sweetheart Sunday Brunch at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar
Sunday, Feb. 14
CRÚ’s chefs have sweetened the deal with a three-course prix fix ($30) with $2 mimosas and bellinis. This menu is also available for to-go with an optional Mimosa Kit add-on ($25).

Special Valentine’s Day Sunday Piano Show at Park Bench
Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The famous dueling piano bar is hosting a special Valentine’s Day show! All ladies will receive a complimentary rose and glass of champagne. Table reservations available here.

Rumours at Coca-Cola Roxy
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.
Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute is returning to the legendary concert venue located in The Battery Atlanta for a live, socially distanced show with special guest The Neon Queen – an ABBA tribute. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

Jamey Johnson & Randy House – County Cadillac Tour at Coca-Cola Roxy
Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. 
Country music stars Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser will perform a special acoustic set together. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

Mardi Gras Bar Crawl Alpharetta 2020

Date: Saturday, February 22nd

Time:  3 pm

About: Six Alpharetta City Center restaurants, including Holmes, Lapeer and South Main Kitchen, are teaming up to host a Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on February 22nd! Festivities will include Nola-inspired cocktails and bites at each restaurant, in addition to Mardi Gras beads, dancing, live music in the South Main Kitchen alley, and more. Tickets are $50.

More Information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mardi-gras-bar-crawl-tickets-93662871169

DOS BOCAS MARDI GRAS PARDI 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/15/20

Dos Bocas, Downtown Atlanta

Tuesday, February 25th

Free to attend

Join us on Fat Tuesday for a celebration full of festive cocktails, Cajun food, live Zydeco music, and more! Enjoy a taste of Louisiana with our beignets, crawfish boil, bayou shrimp, po’boys, hurricane cocktails and other Cajun favorites! Check out our Facebook event for event details and updates! FREE to attend! Drinks and food are also available for purchase.