Susan Finch

Tis the Season for Racecar Enthusiasts

Wednesday October 30, 2013
Atlanta Motor Speedway announced their Winter Flurry Season with an increase from seven to eight races this year. The family-friendly racing series runs $12 for adults, $5 for childrens 6 to 11 and free for kids 5 and under. Two Bandolero divisions include Bandits with drivers ages 8 to 12 and Outlaws with drivers 12 and older. The Legends feature Young Lions ages 12 to 15 with a Sem-Pro division for those 16 and older. Don't worry. If you're over 40, you're in luck with the Masters division. Here's the line-up for the 2013-2014 season: Race 1: Friday, November 1 Race 2: Saturday, December 14 Race 3: Saturday, January 11 Race 4: Saturday, January 25 Race 5: Saturday, February 15 Race 6: Saturday, March 1 Race 7: Saturday, March 15

This Weekend: Decatur Craft Beer Festival

Friday October 18, 2013
Looks like the Decatur Craft Beer Festival is sold-out for this weekend. You can try to score a last-minute volunteer spot to get in on the brews. If you happen to stumble across tickets for sale, their face value is $40. Here's the line-up of what to expect:
  • 12pm: Great Divide Hibernation Firkin and Boulder Brewing Dragonhosen Imperial Octoberfest firkin.
  • 1pm: Bell's Midwestern Pale Ale Firki
  • 2pm: Founders Harvest keg and Oskar Blues Amarillo Dry Hopped Dale's Pale Ale
  • 3pm: Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin firkin
  • 4pm: Left Hand Peppermint Patty firkin (Milk Stout with mint)
Get more ideas of what to do and see around downtown Decatur. 

Fake Prince Swipes Rockefeller Antiques

Friday October 18, 2013
A Michigan man named Josef Meyers posed as the faux Prince Josef von Habsburg-Lothringen of Austria. He sweet-talked the late Barbara Rockefeller into letting him hang-out in her $25 million dollar Manhattan home and stole $80,000 worth of antiques. Meyers-von-Hasburg-Lothrigen must have been a savvy con-man. He stayed at the Rockefeller home for months and took over many of Barbara's affairs. Now he's in court as her daughter-in-law fights to get back the stolen goods. If you're looking for your own $80,000 antiques around Atlanta, check out our list of shopping areas.

Oktoberfest Invades Atlanta

Thursday October 17, 2013
Invades sounds like such a harsh word for such a fabulously indulgent "holiday."

Celebrate Oktoberfest in style at Meehan Public House in Atlantic Station.

Here's the details:

Meehan's Public House 232 19th Street NW at Atlantic Station 1 to 10:30pm Free

Come early for some shopping around Atlantic Station then head to Meehan's Public House for live music, costume contest, stein holding contest and lots of authentic German food.

It's a good thing it's a free event, you'll be spending money on seasonal pumpkin beers and plenty of schnitzel.

Get more ideas on Oktoberfest celebrations around Atlanta.

Spend October with Oakland Cemetery

Sunday September 29, 2013
Join Historic Oakland Cemetery on Sunday, October 6 from 12 to 6pm for the 34th annual Sunday in the Park. The Victorian Street festival invites the public for food and entertainment.

The cemetery also announced their annual "Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour" with an overview of Confederate resting places, famous Ataltnans, authors and more. Tickets are on sale for tours from October 18 to 27 at 5:30pm.

Find out more about Oakland Cemetery.

See Joel Chandler Harris's Inspiration in Madison

Saturday September 28, 2013
If you're a fan of Brer Rabbit tales and Joel Chandler Harris, stop through Madison, GA for the Fall Ramble. Forty historic homes will be on display to the public from October 4 to 6 and includes the Terrell Plantation. The home was once home to George Terrell, the inspiration of the fictional Uncle Remus of the books. After taking a stop through Madison, head to the Wren's Nest in Atlanta and learn more about the house museum of author Joel Chandler Harris.  

Variety Playhouse Announces January Shows

Monday September 23, 2013
Variety Playhouse just announced shows for January including Amy Ray, The Grapes, Acoustic Hot Tuna & Leon Russel among others. There's also still time to get Ani DiFranco tickets for 9/25. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8pm.

Summer might be over, but shows at Chastain Park are still going strong. You can still see Martina McBride on September 27 and Sigur Ros on October 5.

Get more ideas on where to see a show at Atlanta's best venues.

Atlanta Art institutions Hosts Year of Italian Culture 2013

Monday September 16, 2013
The Atlanta arts scene is jumping on the Italian celebration bandwagon honoring everything Italia.

Music, art, wine and design will be embraced around Atlanta at Harmonie Universelle, The Atlanta Opera, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Michael C. Carlos Museum, and Museum of Design Atlanta.

Discounts around town will also be given including 2 for 1 admmission to MODA "Barrique" exhibition with proof of purchase from either the Michael C. Carlos Museum or Fernbank. Don't forget to see the Atlanta Opera perform Tosca by Giacomo Puccini at the Cobb Energy Centre. Dates run October 5 to the 13th.

Get more ideas on fine arts and culture around Atlanta.

Hurricane Harbor Soaks Six Flags Over Georgia

Saturday August 31, 2013
Six Flags Over Georgia announced ambitious plans for a new tropical island themed attraction. St to open in 2014, Hurricane Harbor will offer an 800,000 gallon wave pool, lots of slides and a kid-friendly play area.

Mark your calendars for Memorial Day 2014. Do you think it will take away from the popularity of White Water?

Learn more about Six Flags, White Water and other adventures and thrill rides around Atlanta.

Walking Dead Spoilers Circulate

Saturday August 31, 2013
The Walking Dead Season Four Spoilers have hit the Internet. I'm afraid to look. I don't want to ruin the surprise of whether or not even more hell can break loose.

I'm expecting to see a new part of the prison now that so many of Woodbury's survivors have come over to the "good" side. I'm sure there will be a breach, a few walkers and many people we haven't grown to care about yet getting chomped on.

Then again, the show has never really protected its characters just because they're loved or fan favorites. Or children. Just look at what happened to Sophia in season 2.

To celebrate the upcoming return of the Walking Dead, book a Walking Dead tour in Atlanta. Or see one of the weirder attractions the city has to offer.


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