LEGOLAND® Discovery Center to host Halloween fun with Brick-or-Treat every weekend of October

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Join the Atlanta attraction for weekend activities and holiday-themed fun!

Halloween will bring scary amounts of fun to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta with its annual Brick-or-Treat celebration! Every Saturday and Sunday of October, children can enjoy a “find the pumpkins” MINILAND scavenger hunt and pumpkin build classes in the Master Builder Academy to place in the LEGO® pumpkin patch! The attraction will also host a costume contest on October 29-30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Don’t miss out on all the spook-tacular, fall fun!

 

WHAT: Brick-or-Treat

MINILAND scavenger hunts, build-your-own-pumpkin classes in the Master Builder Academy, a LEGO pumpkin patch and more! Plus, the attraction will host costume contests October 29-30, and the top winner will take home an annual attraction pass! Other prizes include general admission tickets, LEGO trophies and all participants will receive a certificate!

 

WHEN: Every weekend in October!

Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

Brick-or-Treat Costume Contest

October 29-30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day

 

WHERE: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta | Phipps Plaza

3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

HOW: Tickets can be purchased at the door or online ahead of time. To guarantee entry by purchasing online, visit http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/LDCatlanta or http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta/.

Chivalry in Action at Medieval Times

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Calling all lords and ladies with a love for unique learning! Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will introduce a brand-new Educational Matinee for students of all ages beginning Wednesday, October 12. The new educational presentation focuses on the Medieval Times Code of Chivalry and how it relates to modern day.

Students are taken back in time to life during the 11th century to watch real-life scenarios depicting how living by the code meant showing compassion, courage, respect, charity and honesty. These values have survived the test of time and still ring true today. In addition, the 90-minute show will include an interactive audience Q&A that puts students’ historical knowledge to the test.

True to the medieval era, no spectacle would be complete without action and excitement! The new Educational Matinee will present an authentic jousting tournament, action-packed sword fights and of course, a hot, delicious feast!

All educators have access to the all-new EDUCATORS Web Portal where they can download FREE lesson plans, study guides and exercises to help bring the experience into the classroom, and watch it come to life as brawn and brains unite.

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WHAT:
NEW Educational Matinee

Tales of steel and steed provide students with interactive educational experience

WHEN:
Select dates beginning Wednesday, October 12

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*Castle doors open at 10 a.m.

The complete 2016 Educational Matinee schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 23*
Wednesday, October 12
Friday, October 14
Wednesday, October 19
Friday, October 28
Thursday, November 10
Friday, November 11
Friday, November 18
Tuesday, November 29
Thursday, December 1
Friday, December 2

The complete 2017 Educational Matinee schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 27
Wednesday, February 15
Friday, February 24
Friday, March 10
Friday, March 17
Thursday, March 30
Friday, April 7
Friday, April 14
Wednesday, April 19
Friday, April 21
Thursday, April 27
Friday, April 28
Thursday, May 4
Friday, May 5
Wednesday, May 10
Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Tuesday, May 16
Wednesday, May 17
Thursday, May 18
Friday, May 19
Friday, September 22

WHERE:
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Sugarloaf Mills
5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

HOW:
Group tickets (parties of 15+) for all matinees are $28.50 per person (without tax + gratuity). To book a field trip, visit bit.ly/MTFieldTrips or call Group Sales at 770.225.0495.

INFO:
The Educational Matinee is recommended for students of all ages. For more information on the show or to plan a field trip, visitwww.medievaltimes.com/GAEDU.

Oakland Cemetery’s Sunday in the Park

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I grew up with a wonderful family that exposed me to many different things when I was young.  Of course, I took for granted what they had exposed me to and even despised some of the events that they “dragged” us to.  As a parent now I know why they felt the need to expose us to many different venues despite the whining my sister and I would do.  They felt it was their duty to show us as much as they could of the world around us.  To provide us with experiences so we could learn to appreciate the beauty all around us.

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One of those “adventures” that my parents used to take my sister and me on was to cemeteries.  I was never really into this as a child and I find it quite funny, now that I am older, that I actually like them.  I recall many times when we would pull over to the side of the road and walk through small cemeteries doing rubbings and admiring tombstones.  I even remember going to some for Easter egg hunts and even having picnics.  Our adventures did not consist of frolicking around the grounds of the deceased being disrespectful but rather our parents were teaching us to respect and admire the beauty found in such places.  To remember those that are buried through their stories and trying to keep their tombstones looking nice.

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Some of the cemeteries have quite rich histories such as Oakland Cemetery, one of my family’s favorite places to visit. Oakland Cemetery is located in Atlanta off Memorial Drive.  Originally the site of a farm, its founding fathers purchased it in 1850 and had it designated as public burial ground for the fast growing city.  Atlanta Graveyard or City Burial Place as it was first called was designed a rural cemetery garden meaning that it would be a cemetery surrounded by gardens rather than a drab unappealing graveyard.  The name was later changed to Oakland in 1872, and it grew in size to 48 acres due to the Civil War.  During the 19th Century it was common to see guests taking carriage rides and having picnics in Oakland.  Additionally you would see family members taking care of family owned plots. Unfortunately, after time the cemetery fell into disarray and was not maintained until 1976 when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Oakland Foundation was founded.

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So why do I write all this? I want to let you know about an event called Sunday in the Park.  On Sunday, October 2 from 12 to 6 Oakland will “go back in time with a Victorian street festival bustling with art, entertainment, food and more.”  Guests can take a peek into mausoleums and admire the many monuments and gardens Oakland has to offer.  There will be carriage rides and free walking tours as well as a multitude of some of Atlanta’s famous eateries such as

Al A Carte Frozen Bananas and Ice Cream
Angel Fire 7 BBQ
Bento Bus
Cousins Maine Lobsters
El Dorado Tacos
Flavors of Hawaii Shaved Ice
The Mobile Marlay
Oldknow Beverage Co.
Rusty’s Nutz & Cotton Candy
The Varsity

Plus, you will be surrounded by many artists and musicians.  There will even be a Victorian costume contest!

The suggested donation is $7 and all proceeds from this family-friendly event benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation.

If this sounds like something fun for you then please come and see what Oakland has to offer.

Get a Head Start on Christmas Cards

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I really love being able to send people photo Christmas cards.  Actually, I love ordering photo cards to send throughout the year.  Whether they are thank you cards or Christmas cards, I think sending ones with photos are meaningful.

Now’s the best time to get a head start on your customized holiday cards! Explore AdoramaPix’s holiday collection. Choose from a wide range of stunning designs and paper options. Then, upload your photo and customize any holiday card with your own personal touches. Holiday snail mail has never looked so good!

As an AdoramaPix customer, I have been pleased with the items we have gotten from them.  They are of great quality and really look professional!  This year our Christmas cards will come from AdoramaPix.

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Disclaimer:  No compensation was received from this blog post.  I will receive a small pack of Christmas cards for free.  All opinions presented in this post are 100% mine and were not influenced by product or compensation.

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Skillet Peach Cobbler

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I live in Georgia where the peaches are sweet and in abundance.  Although summer may be quickly drawing to a close, that does not mean you can;t still enjoy the delightful taste of a succulent Georgia peach.

On a recent trip to Blue Ridge, my husband and I stopped by one of our favorite local spots, Mercier Orchards!  If you have not been here, add it to your list!  They had a variety of succulent Freestone peaches just waiting to be enjoyed out in the summer fun, and they were just the right size and texture for a sweet Georgia peach cobbler.

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We had headed out to the store to buy all the necessary ingredients when it dawned on us, why not make it in the cast iron skillet.

Now this cast iron skillet is not generations old.  I sincerely wish it was.  We bought it last year, but we have worked to season it and make it just right.  I think my grandmother would be proud! We threw together some ingredients and made a delicious skillet cobbler with Freestone peaches from Mercier Orchards.

(This recipe was for a ten inch cast  iron skillet.)

Ingredients

About 20 slices of peaches

1 cup of melted butter

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 1/2 cup of milk

2 teaspoons of baking powder

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Add peaches to skillet and pour melted butter over them.

In a separate bowl, add the sugar, flour, and milk.  Stir until you have formed the batter.

Pour batter into skillet over the peaches.

Bake for one hour.

 

 

 

Chihuly in the Garden

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Since April, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has welcomed thousands of guests eager to experience world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s exhibition Chihuly in the Garden. As attendance continues to grow, the Garden announced today it will offer Chihuly Nights six evenings a week – Tuesday through Sunday – during the show’s final weeks in October.

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The additional evening will accommodate record crowds expected during the final month of the blockbuster show — which will not be extended, said Mary Pat Matheson, Garden President and CEO.

“With crisp fall temperatures coming on the heels of the brutally hot summer, we wanted to give more guests an opportunity to experience the exhibition during the cool of the evening before it closes on October 30,” Matheson said.

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The popular exhibition, which opened April 30 and coincides with the Garden’s 40th anniversary, features 19 mainly glass sculptural installation sites, five of which were created specifically for the Garden, intertwined with the natural beauty of 30 sprawling acres. In the evening, the colorful work may be experienced in a different light when the sculptures are dramatically lit during Chihuly Nights.

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“What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than with the overwhelming success of this show?” Matheson said. “This exhibit has allowed us to reach people from all walks of life, people that might otherwise never have the chance to experience Chihuly’s vibrant work. Chihuly in the Garden has not only made our 40th anniversary a spectacular celebration, but it has showcased our city as a destination for fine arts and culture!”

Since opening April 30, more than 332,000 guests have toured the exhibition, significantly impacting overall Garden attendance. Through August, annual attendance increased 21 percent over the same period last year.

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The Garden first presented an exhibition of Chihuly’s work in 2004 during a blockbuster show that drew a then-record 375,000 visitors after it was extended two months, doubling Garden attendance that year to 425,000 and propelling Garden memberships to what was then an all-time high.

Since then, increased attendance and membership have allowed the Midtown attraction to continue to grow. In 2010, the Garden doubled in size from 15 to 30 acres, expanding into Storza Woods. Today, new gardens provide even more beautiful settings for art and nature to be woven together.

Fine art exhibitions like Chihuly in the Garden have become a summertime staple each year for both locals and visitors
alike. For more information, visit atlantabg.org.

Fall is for Planting

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Shrubs, trees, flowerings and edibles are perfect autumn additions to any landscape

 

It’s officially autumn, and the cooler nights combined with still-warm soil mean it’s time for fall planting. Whether yards yearn for shrubs, trees, flowers or delicious edibles, autumn provides the optimum amount of time for healthy, robust root systems to develop before prime foliage and flower production happens next spring. For gardening beginners and seasoned green thumbs alike, Pike Nurseries has the expert advice to keep landscapes looking gorgeous all season long!

Favorite Fall Flowers
Signs of fall fever are popping up in flower beds, container gardens and festive décor everywhere. Cool weather loving flowers like chrysanthemums – commonly known as mums – and pansies, violas and snapdragons add vibrant color to fall displays and curb appeal to any yard. Spring blooming bulbs are also ideal for fall planting, as are perennials like asters, toad lilies, Black Eyed Susans and Echinacea.

Towering Trees
Trees are great additions to any landscape, as they provide focal points and shade. During the fall, deciduous trees show off their true beauty when leaves change colors from green to warm hues of gold, red and orange. Popular varieties include Maples, Gingkos and Dogwoods, which are common to the Southeast region. As is the Pike Nurseries promise, all trees and shrubs are guaranteed for life.

Structured Shrubs
Not only do shrubs enhance curb appeal by adding structure to the garden, but they make excellent cornerstones during the winter, offsetting other green foliage and deciduous plants. For year round interest, plant evergreen shrubs with vibrant leaves such as burgundy-red Indian Hawthorn, ruby-purple Loropetalum, yellow green Anise and dark green Camellias. In the fall and winter, Pyracantha, Beautyberries, Cotoneaster and Hollies provide beautiful berries, perfect for incorporating into holiday décor and indoor arrangements.

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Mulch Matters
Another way to keep the garden healthy and thriving throughout fall and into winter is to incorporate mulch into the landscape. Mulching in fall helps keep soil temperatures consistent, slows water evaporation and helps prevent weeds. Pike Nurseries offers a variety of mulch types and colors. For homeowners unsure as to which mulch makes the most sense for their landscape, the experts at Pike Nurseries can help choose the perfect companion for any yard.

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Hungry for Fall Edibles
For gardeners hungry for fall vegetables, now is the perfect time to plant. Fall edibles such as cabbage, lettuce, spinach, collards and broccoli will provide a hearty harvest throughout the season. For first-time veggie gardeners, the key to success is planting them in well amended soil that receives at least six hours of sunlight. Just because summer is gone, doesn’t mean fruit has to be. Fall is ideal for planting fruit trees like apples, pears and peaches, as well as blueberry bushes.

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For tips on growing fall edibles, customers can join Pike Nurseries for a FREECool Season Vegetables and Herbs Class this Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m. Happening at all store locations, green-thumb enthusiasts looking to shift focus from hot summer harvests to autumn planting will learn which vegetables and herbs are best during the region’s cooler months, as well as learn how to plant and care for the delicious harvest. In addition, guests who attend the free class will also receive a 15 percent discount on select items.

For best gardening practices during the fall season, as well tips on picking the perfect flowering plants, trees and shrubs, visit any one of Pike Nurseries’ 16 store locations. For more information on other offerings or upcoming events, please visit Pike Nurseries online at www.pikenursery.com.