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Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/24/24

Casa Nuova and Cork & Glass June Events

  1. Daou Vineyards Wine Dinner at Casa Nuova
    • Date: Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 PM
    • Details: Join us for an in-person wine dinner experience featuring Daou Vineyards. Tony Suarez, Vice President of Daou accompanied by our Certified Sommelier Pepe Fundora, will guide us through a curated 5-course dinner paired with four amazing wines:
      • Daou Sauvignon Blanc
      • Daou Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
      • Bodyguard Red Blend
      • Sequentis Merlot
    • Price: $99 per person
    • RSVP: Please reserve your spot by calling Casa Nuova at 770-475-9100. Limited seating available, so don’t miss out!
  2. Cork & Glass Wine Trivia Nights
    • Dates: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, and July 29
    • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    • What to Expect:
      • Test your trivia knowledge hosted by The Trivia Zone.
      • Enjoy a tasting of four exquisite wines.
      • Exclusive offers during trivia play:
        • 10% off bottles
        • 20% off when you purchase all four tasting wines
        • 5% off dinner at Casa Nuova (dine-in or to-go)
        • Wine Club: Get 50% off your first month when you sign up on trivia day
    • Location: Cork & Glass, 5670 Atlanta Hwy Suite A2, Alpharetta, GA 30004
    • No reservations needed.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/24/24

Featuring A Book Fair from Brave + Kind Book, Specialty Baos from Mighty Hans and Soup Belly and More

Thursday, May 29, 2024, at 5 p.m.

May marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, and Sweet Auburn Barbecue is celebrating with a special event: Books, Baos, and BBQ on Thursday, May 29, 2024. In honor of AANHPI Month, books written by and for the AANHPI community will be available for purchase along with delicious bao and barbecue specials. The book fair, organized by Brave + Kind Bookshop, will feature a curated selection of AANHPI literature, offering attendees a chance to enhance their summer reading lists with diverse and inspiring stories. Collaborating with Mighty Hans and Soup Belly, Sweet Auburn will be serving up an assortment of specially crafted baos, each showcasing the culinary expertise of some of Atlanta’s finest Asian American chefs. The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. and continue until all baos are sold out. Atlantans won’t want to miss this unique celebration of culture, cuisine and community in the heart of Poncey Highland. Books, Baos and BBQ at Sweet Auburn is free to attend. Sweet Auburn Barbecue is located at 656 N. Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.sweetauburnbbq.com or call 678-515-3550. Stay connected on Instagram and Facebook at @sweetauburnbbq. 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/23/24

We saw Helmet at the Masquerade on 5/12/24. Helmet is an alternative metal and rock band out of New York fronted by guitarist and lead singer, Page Hamilton, boasts some early 90s classic rock albums from 1992’s Meantime to 1994’s Betty. Their sound is creatively unique for the time with melodious metal if that can even be a thing, mixed with grunge notes of the time and very distinct repetitive guitar work called drop D tuning (per wiki).
John and I were both huge lovers of the Crow movie soundtrack back when it came out in 1994 and that’s how I discovered Helmet with their song, “Milquetoast” one of the lead tracks! From there we listened to all of album Betty with its repetitive heavily distorted guitar paired with riffs and melodious lyrics. But my heart stays with Meantime and the song “Unsung.” The albums are similar, but I feel Meantime was a little edgier and harder. A recurring MTV staple, I just remember the “Unsung” video looking like it was filmed in a nuclear silo. Fun fact: Beavis and Butthead critiqued the song on the show in 1993 (from wiki). 

Something I found interesting in their wiki was that the New York Times called Helmet, “a band that made important connections between indie-rock and metal.” and that they had a HUGE impact on the nu metal bands of the late 90’s. And even called “smart rock” by the New York Daily News. We agree, their songs and riffs are highly influential, and we think they are one of the most underrated bands of the 90’s in terms of notoriety. They should be rock gods!  
Helmet is on tour right now to promote their new album, LEFT, that is now out, and their new track “Holiday” is just what you’d expect from them. Ripping chords blurred with power guitar, fast slow, and grunge reverb. I love it when bands keep their sound, and this new album is just that.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/22/24

Friday, 5/24-Sunday, 5/26

Wild Heaven Avondale

Celebrating 10 years of success in Avondale Estates, the crew at Wild Heaven Beer is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend bash with frosty brews, delicious eats, drink specials, music and more. The shenanigans kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, with Geoff Melkonian from The Remakes, and continue throughout the weekend with performances by Dave Howard Coons and Mutant County Line on Saturday, Blackfoot Daisy on Sunday, and Omer Netzer accompanied by Brewmaster Eric Johnson on the pedal steel guitar on Memorial Day, May 27th. In honor of the original location’s 10th Anniversary, Wild Heaven’s taproom will be serving specialty brews like Peach Blackbird Saison 10th Anniversary of Avondale Estates, Wiser Blood Double IPA, and Steamboat Cali California Common, alongside its regular lineup of active beers including Sunburst, Emergency Drinking Beer, ATL Easy Ale, Euro-Style Pilsner, and more. In addition to ice-cold beers, sliders, wings, hot dogs, hoagies, Kona Ice shaved ice, and more will be available to complement the festivities. Avondale Estates Celebratory 10th Anniversary commemorative t-shirts and glassware will be available all weekend for purchase. To top it all off: for those who arrive sporting a winged goblet logo, Wild Heaven will cover the first beer. For more information, visit wildheavenbeer.com/. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildheaven or on Instagram and Twitter at @beerwildheaven. 


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/20/24

Explore Ancient Egypt with the US launch of Horizon of Khufu at the Eclipso Centre, offering an immersive look into the region’s rich history and culture

Step into a realm where history comes to life as Horizon of Khufu, an immersive journey to Ancient Egypt, prepares to make its United States debut. Produced by Excurio and distributed by Eclipso, this virtual expedition transports travelers 4,500 years back to Ancient Egypt. Having achieved remarkable success in Europe and Asia, Eclipso is set to open its doorsin Atlanta with Horizon of Khufu, Georgia on April 27, marking its highly anticipated U.S. opening.

Located in the Atlanta Beltline in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, Horizon of Khufu invites gueststo journey to the Great Pyramid of Giza – one of the seven wonders of the world – and the storied land of the Pharaohs. The immersive experience illuminates the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, while offering a deeper understanding of its history and culture.

Designed for ages eight and up, the 45-minute expedition unfolds across 11,000 square feet of captivating space. Guests will embark on a virtual journey that unveils ancient secrets and explores the intricate tombs of Pharaoh Khufu, followed by a visit to the Giza Necropolis, the famous Egyptian site home to the three Great Pyramids. As the experience continues, guests will navigate the tranquil waters of the Nile, witness mummification ceremonies, and attend the funeral of King Khufu, the visionary behind the Pyramids of Giza.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our first immersive expedition in the US with the grand opening of Eclipso’s Horizon of Khufu in Atlanta, in partnership with Excurio,” said Antoine Lieutaud, CEO of Eclipso. “Whether you’re someone who enjoys immersive experiences, a family looking for treasured memories, or an adventure seeker – the stunning visuals and realistic recreations offer something for everyone to explore, without having to travel across the globe.”

After launching Horizon of Khufu in France and the UK, Eclipso quickly established itself as a leading provider of virtual reality entertainment, with more than 400,000 visitors to date. Following the Atlanta opening, Eclipso will open its flagship location in New York City this summer with the Horizon of Khufu experience. Developed by Excurio, a leader in immersive cultural experiences and winner of numerous awards, and in partnership with Egyptologist Peter Der Manuelian from the Giza Archives Project at Harvard University, Horizon of Khufu utilizes a vast range of archaeological and historical data to recreate an ancient civilization originally built 4,000 years ago that is both true-to-size and historically accurate. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by the experience, from travel and adventure seekers to history and technology buffs.

“We’ve worked tirelessly to develop Immersive Expeditions and create an experience which enables people to travel through me and witness a wonder of the world, right at their doorstep,” said Fabien Bara, CEO of Emissive. “Horizon of Khufu has been so well received across the globe and we hope locals and tourists of all ages will be captivated by this once-in-a-lifetime journey.”

Eclipso Centre opens on April 27, 2024 at 550 Somerset Terrace NE Atlanta, GA and will be open Monday – Friday 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, and Sunday 10am – 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at htps://eclipso-entertainment.com/en/atlanta/.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/18/24

Guests experience what’s ‘making waves’ at the exhilarating Fins Up Water Park, new resort-style cabanas, double the number of inflatables and much more

No gate fee 5/18-5/19!

Fins Up Water Park (formerly Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Water Park) unveiled its new, highly anticipated Fins Up Falls waterslide complex yesterday, which features Georgia’s first and largest waterslide coaster, Apocalypso. To celebrate the occasion, Fins Up hosted more than 60 of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier’s middle and high school students. The group, who were among the first to ride the revolutionary slide, also received a $1,500 donation.

“We are grateful to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands for their incredible generosity,” said Anastasia Legakes, COO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. “The donation will make a significant impact on the programs we offer here at the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier, ensuring that we can continue to empower and uplift the youth in our community. We are especially thrilled that our kids were the first to experience the exhilarating rush of the brand-new waterslide, Apocalypso.”

Apocalypso is one slide incorporated into the four-slide tower, which spans 418 feet and features the most significant drop of its kind in the U.S. The slide sends riders on an adventure through steep hills and valleys at an average water speed of 30 mph before a dramatic final descent onto a massive wave wall.

The water park also debuted three additional slides for the 2024 season, bringing its total number of attractions to 18.

  • Serpentine Storm: Thrilling rotations combined with a downward-spiraling descent.
  • Dreamsicle Dive: High-intensity fun with closed and open tubes for an exhilarating ride.
  • Mango Mania: Perfect for younger thrill-seekers.

“Our goal is to provide the best water park experience for guests, and what better way than bring the first waterslide coaster to Georgia on the shores of Lake Lanier,” said Bucky Perry, Vice President of Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. “We believe in providing guests with the best customer experience possible and I’m confident we will exceed their expectations with our updates at Fins Up Water Park.”

In addition to Fins Up Falls, the water park doubled the Aquatic Adventure inflatable obstacle course in Lake Lanier, providing guests with increased capacity and numerous opportunities to jump and splash in the lake.

For those seeking a retreat amidst the excitement, guests can enjoy the new resort-style cabana rental program poolside. The spacious cabanas offer cozy seating, sling chaises, Wi-Fi, and tables, all available for daily rental. Accommodating up to 10 people, cabana guests can enjoy personal service with advance bookings available on the park’s website. Large poolside cabanas are priced at $299 for a full-day rental, while smaller-scale beachside palapas are $199.

Additional upgrades include a new ticketing and Point of Sale (POS) system featuring high-tech wristbands for a seamless park experience and LandShark Bar & Grill’s expanded food and beverage offerings, including breakfast on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fins Up Water Park will operate daily from May 23 until Labor Day, plus additional weekends. The hours of operation can be found here.

The 2024 Season Pass, priced at $129.99, includes admission for the entire summer season, waiving the $20 gate fee into Lanier Islands on every visit. The Season Pass is currently discounted at $99.99 through May 31. Families purchasing two season passes will enjoy free admission for children ages three to five.

For more information on season passes, visit MargaritavilleatLanierIslands.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/16/24

A Cocktail Shakin’, Chicken Fried, Rhinestone Rockin’, Honky Tonk Whiskey Jamboree

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 from 6-9pm 

Saddle up your horse and ride into the city for Westside Motor Lounge’s rhinestone rockin’ honky tonk jamboree in honor of National Tennessee Whiskey Day on Tuesday, May 21st. Kicking off at 4 pm, Atlanta cowboys and cowgirls alike are invited to revel in the holiday spirit with whiskey cocktails crafted by five of Atlanta’s finest bartenders, competing live for a chance to win an exclusive trip to the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville. But the fun doesn’t end there— dive into mouthwatering fried chicken from Mothers Best Fried Chicken, groove to classic honky-tonk tunes spun by DJ Bottom Shelf, get inked with Nashville-inspired flash tattoos by artist Benzy and strike a pose at the live art spray-can photo backdrop courtesy of WIP Studios. Hosted by Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey in partnership with Westside Motor Lounge and Mother’s Best Fried Chicken, tickets to the event are $25 each and available for purchase at https://www.bigtickets.com/e/west-side-motor-lounge/NashVegas/. Westside Motor Lounge is located on the corner of Northside Drive and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway at 725 Echo Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318. Stay connected on Instagram @Westside_Motor_Lounge


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/16/24

The center’s jam-packed summer event lineup also includes

 a live music performance and outdoor movie screenings

The Avenue Peachtree City, an outdoor lifestyle shopping center, is gearing up for the summer season with a fantastic lineup of family-friendly events. 

“The Avenue Peachtree City is ready for an amazing summer! We are the perfect destination to enjoy beautiful days with friends and family, and our events are free and open to the public to enjoy all summer long,” says Jessica Peterson, marketing manager of The Avenue Peachtree City.

The Avenue Peachtree City will kick off the summer season with their Touch-a-Truck event on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Central Park. Guests of all ages can meet and take photos with emergency response teams and their vehicles. Emergency responders will also give an inside look into how they operate and respond to calls. Participating vendors and sponsors include the Fayette County Board of Education, Mercedes Benz of Atlanta South, Peachtree City Fire Department, Southern Scapes Tree Experts and Reed Knight — COUNTRY Financial.

On June 16, The Avenue will celebrate Father’s Day with a special Cruise-In from 9-12 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring dad and cruise around, check out the vehicles on display, and stick around for lunch at one of The Avenue’s many restaurants. All vehicle years, makes and models are welcome to participate in the cruise. Guests will also have the opportunity to win a $100 Avenue gift card for dad or a loved one. 

More events happening at the Avenue Peachtree City this summer include: 

Freedom 4th – Tunes in the Park – July 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with live music from The Venue Kings and enjoy delicious local fare  from a variety of food trucks. Food truck lineup to be announced on The Avenue Peachtree City website.

Summer Movies in the Park – July 19 and August 2 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. 

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and meet us at Central Park for an outdoor movie screening. The fun begins at 6:45 p.m. with movies beginning at sunset. Movie lineup to be announced on The Avenue Peachtree City website. 

All events are weather-dependent and may be canceled at any time. For more information, please visit avenuepeachtreecity.com.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/14/24

The National Final to be held at Underground Atlanta on the 18th, with a full weekend of events beforehand featuring some of the biggest names in the world of dance 

WHAT:                The Red Bull Dance Your Style National Final is coming to Atlanta on May 18. The global all-styles, 1v1 street dance event series will see the best dancers in the country compete for a chance to head to the World Final in Mumbai.  

Through a bracket-style tournament, dancers battle one-on-one to surprise music selections, showcasing the spontaneous nature of street dance and challenging competitors to adapt their moves on the spot. With no planned choreography, pre-selected music, or a panel of judges, dancers must win the crowd’s vote in order to advance to the next round.   

Tickets to attend the one-of-a-kind event are available for purchase here.   

Various workshops will also be held, led by some of the best dancers in the world, that are open to the general public for registration for while spots last. On Friday the 17th, there will be a Battle Royale at the Center Stage Theater, with 2v2 battles and a major Team USA vs. Team Africa headlining battle that you won’t want to miss. Tickets are available for purchase here.   

To reserve your participation any of the free workshops that will be offered at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at Centennial Park, register here.   

WHO:                 On Saturday night ATL rap icons Soulja Boy and Dem Franchize Boyz will performing and rocking the crowd at the National Final. The crowd can also expect showcase dance performances from professional dance stars such as Toosie, creator of the viral Toosie Slide, and 1v1 battles featuring the best dancers from around the country.  

All weekend long, the city’s rich and storied dance culture will be celebrated with even more amazing talent participating throughout the weekend, including Red Bull Dance Your Style USA Champion The Crown, and major dance stars like Kaffy, Ladia Yates, Honey Balenciaga, Hooliboy and Toyin.  On the music side, South African DJ duo TxC are coming all the way to the States to deliver an after-party DJ set at the Royale.   

On the 18th the National Final will feature regional champions, runners-up, and a line-up of invited dancers (wildcards) 

Full list of National Finals Competitors:


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/13/24

Forsyth County’s premier mixed-use village invites the community to play, shop, dine and experience what’s new

Head to Halcyon next month for an exciting line-up of events in May. Kick off the month enjoying live music every weekend by local bands at Groovin’ on the Green; get your sweat on with fan-favorite Farm Animal Yoga; celebrate Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo; and take advantage of the spring weather by dining on one of the many outdoor patios at Halcyon’s restaurants. 

The full May events schedule is outlined below:

Groovin’ on the Green

Fridays and Saturdays in May from 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate the weekend by dancing and singing along to live musical performances on Village Green. Enjoy local bands across a variety of genres playing top hits. On the last Saturday of each month, Cherry Street Brewpub will host live music on its patio adjacent to Village Green. Guests can treat themselves to a craft brew and groove to live music playing all around the village! Halcyon has an open container policy, however outside food or beverages are prohibited. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Halcyon Kids Club

Wednesdays through October from 10 a.m. – noon

Preschoolers are invited to play and make new friends at Halcyon’s free Kids Club! Enjoy rotating activities each week ranging from arts and crafts, dance, animal encounters, story time, puppet shows, music and so much more. Themes and activities vary each week and will be announced on Halcyon’s Facebook page and Instagram stories. A parent or guardian is required to stay with each child during the event. Afterward, enjoy lunch or a sweet treat at one of Halcyon’s kid-friendly restaurants. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations 

May 4 – May 5

Halcyon is the place to be for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Whether you want to celebrate on Saturday, Sunday or all weekend long, here’s where you want to be:

Hobnob/Eclipse di Luna’s 2-Day Cinco de Mayo Celebration will take place in the Halcyon Garden Overlook behind Hobnob/Eclipse on May 4 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and May 5 from noon until close. The event will feature live music, Latin international DJs, food tents serving up giant paella, pig roast, tacos, adult snow cones and multiple bars offering Margaritas, Mojitos, Palomas, Cantaritos and more.

CT Cantina Taqueria’s Cinco de Mayo Street Party will take place in the Halcyon Event Lot on May 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy a live DJ, mariachi band and face painting. CT will serve tacos, street corn, churros and ice-cold margaritas and beer.

Farm Animal Yoga

Saturday, May 11 at 10 and 11 a.m.

Mooove on over to Halcyon for Farm Animal Yoga, featuring live animals from North Georgia Wildlife Park! Treat your mind and body to a relaxing session of yoga appropriate for all skill levels, accompanied by adorable furry friends. Participants must bring their own yoga mat and are welcome to pause and take photos with the animals during the session. For more information or to fill out the waiver prior to class, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Mother’s Day at Halcyon

Sunday, May 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day at Halcyon with special events on Sunday, May 12 and all weekend long to celebrate the mother figure in your life. Moms and their families can enjoy Mother’s Day brunches at Halcyon’s restaurants, a permanent jewelry pop-up, live music, a special Mother’s Day photo backdrop, King of Pops and Southern Nut Truck Pop-ups, the Gussied Up Flower Truck and much more! For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.

Summer Kick-Off Party

Friday, May 31 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Head to Halcyon for a Summer Kick-off Party for the whole family. The blowout party to kick off Summer will be spread across the green space at Halcyon and Cherry Street. There will be games and prizes for kids, face painting, Don Q pouring samples, cotton candy characters, a dessert cart, live music and select adult and kids drinks from Cherry Street’s outdoor bar. For more information, visit the Halcyon Facebook event page.