Medieval Times = Spring Break Fun

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SPRING BREAK!!!! A time that teachers look forward to each year, and parents look for fun and creative ways to keep their kids entertained!  Are you looking for activities to do?    This special Knight training class is only available for certain show times and training begins 45 minutes after doors open.

  • March 23, 24, 30, 31, April 4-7 (doors open at 6pm)
  • March 25 & April 1 (doors open at 6:30pm)
  • April 7 (doors open at 11:30am)
  • April 8 (doors open at 3:30pm)

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Children must be between the ages of 4 and 12 years to participate. Space is limited and training is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 80 kids. Training is open to both boys and girls. Closed-toe shoes are required to participate.

All Child seats for these shows are just $29.95  and Adults are $36.95 with code SBWEB16. Book onlineHERE or over the phone by calling 1-888-WE-JOUST.

 

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Medieval Times has an awesome reputation for being family friendly. They want everyone to enjoy themselves and be part of the story.  Medieval Times is a FUN family centered attraction.  Everyone in the family can enjoy it from the kids to the grandparents!  We have had the opportunity to visit here on several occasions, and we always leave highly satisfied!

Upon entering the castle, your family is assigned a knight to cheer for!  Paper crowns are given for you to wear and your family’s picture is taken with some of the characters in the show.  These pictures are later available for purchase if you choose to do so and they are placed in a beautiful Medieval Times commemorative keepsake book.

Once inside you are able to enjoy the castle. There is a great fireplace with a roaring fire where you can sit and relax before the doors to the arena open.  You can also view lots of different things including weapons, suits of armor, Medieval artifacts, a live bird display and the dungeon.

To start the show the Lord Chancellor gathers the crowd before the throne and guests are directed by the Knight’s color to their seats. When the doors open, it is somewhat of a mad dash inside.  Do not worry about running in to get the best seat!  When you enter the castle, tables are assigned.  Just check out your “table” number on the card that was provided.  We have been blessed to receive table 1 each time we have visited.  Although I do think it is important to tell you that honestly EVERY table is excellent in that arena and I am not kidding!

Included in the price of the show is a 4 course, utensilfree meal. This is served during the show, so you are entertained as you eat.. You are served by “wenches” and “serfs” that are terrific! They are very efficient and remain in character, answering every request with “Yes, my Lord“, or “As My Lady wishes“. The menu is definitely “fit for a king!”   It includes pureed tomato soup, garlic bread, roasted chicken half, BBQ rib, half a potato, & an apple pastry along with beverages. There is a vegetarian option available upon request.  They even provide warm wet-wipes after the meal to clean up hands and faces!

The show provides heart pounding entertainment, exciting music, beautiful costumes, dramatic lighting, fighting and of course, knights and horses!  The show delivers audience favorites such as live jousting and sword fights with authentic weaponry and enhanced armor.  You will certainly leave this place with a feeling of joy and planning your next visit!

If you are looking for ways to keep your children happy and engaged this Spring Break, then look no further than Medieval Times.

Disclaimer – I will receive a complimentary visit in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

 

DOLLY PARTON’S PURE & SIMPLE CONCERT TOUR VISITS PIGEON FORGE THIS NOVEMBER

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Dolly Parton brings her Pure & Simple concert tour home to Sevier County, Tennessee with a stop at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge on November 15 to benefit her Imagination Library. The Pure & Simple tour is Parton’s first North American concert tour in more than 25 years and takes her to more than 60 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 1. Dollywood season passholders will have an opportunity to purchase concert tickets before the general public. Additional details about Parton’s November Pigeon Forge concert stop will be released at a later date.

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Parton is as busy as ever, and with the Pure & Simple tour, a new CD and much more in the works, she doesn’t plan on slowing down any time soon.  Parton’s set-list during the tour includes a number of hit songs, with a few new offerings from her double-disc album Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits. She also will be playing a number of hits that have not been heard live for decades.

Parton’s Imagination Library is a literacy program administered through the Dollywood Foundation which provides an age appropriate book each month to children from birth to age five in participating communities. To date, the Imagination Library has provided more than 70 million books in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits two-CD set will include all new material as well as a compilation of Parton’s biggest hits. The entertainment icon is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of more than 15.8 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on network TV in more than three years and will be released on DVD May 3.

For more information about Dollywood, please visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, please visitwww.imaginationlibrary.com.

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About The Dollywood Company:   A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 150-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of nearly 30 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 25 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). In 2014, Dollywood was named a top three US theme park by USA Today and TripAdvisor recognized Dollywood as a top 20 worldwide theme park in 2015. Dollywood is open nine months a year (late March through early January) and offers rides and attractions, shows, and a dozen crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.  Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s most beautiful waterparks and named 2009’s Must-See Waterpark by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 300-room Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary. 

Wildflower

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With an underlying message of hope for victims of trauma, WILDFLOWER explores the mind of a young art student as she pieces together clues in the mystery of a missing girl. In the search for truth, her mind begins to unlock memories of her own painful past, which have been blocked for many years.

Creatively gifted with a resilient spirit, college student Chloe Moray (Ramos) finds solace from a difficult childhood in her art. But when a terrifying dream begins to recur night after night, Chloe starts to believe that it might be a suppressed memory and that she may be connected to the strange disappearance of a teenage girl twelve years earlier. Her search to find the answers sends her on a journey that forces Chloe to confront her own past traumas, while at the same time, helps her unlock a mystery that may bring a killer to justice.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ‘WILDFLOWER’

OFFERS MESSAGE OF HOPE 

“Gripping and intense… This film needs to be seen!”– Dove Foundation

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WILDFLOWER is a powerful reminder that hope can be found even in the darkest, loneliest moments.

WILDFLOWER offers message of hope for those going through trials – “You’re not alone”

Importance of staying connected and involved in the lives of your kids

“Sometimes you have to risk everything to finally be set free.”

Every one of us will experience times in our lives where we just don’t get it.  We ask ourselves questions about why this or that happens.  How many times have you screamed out to God, “WHY ME?!” This movie showcases that despair and how God shows up!  It is a reminder that there is hope in the darkest parts of our world even when we feel all hope is lost!  This movie grabs you and reels you in.  It is captivating and quite the thriller.  It is rated PG13 and I would recommend that parents view it for themselves to determine whether or not they want their 13 year old to view it.  The subject matter is difficult.

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Twitter: @wildflower

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Make-A-Wish Georgia Child Named Honorary Six Flags Over Georgia Park President For a Day

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Six Flags Over Georgia and Make A Wish Georgia have partnered to name 7-year-old Symeon Honorary Park President For a Day at Six Flags Over Georgia.

“Six Flags Over Georgia is honored to have Symeon become part of the Six Flags team,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel. “We are thrilled to offer our guests world-class attractions and also help create lifelong memories for the youngest of guests battling life-threating illnesses.”

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Symeon was presented with the Key to Six Flags, while acting as Honorary Park President. He helped open Bugs Bunny Boomtown, shadowed Kaetzel throughout the day, talked with guests, answered questions and brought smiles to all.

From Metro Atlanta, Symeon has been associated with Make-A-Wish Georgia for more than two years. He is an avid fan of Six Flags, always making his way to the Gold Town Racers GoKarts each time he visits the park. He was diagnosed with cancer, but has since been declared cancer-free.

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“Symeon is one of nearly 7,000 amazing kids we’ve granted a wish to in our 21 years of serving Georgia children facing life-threatening medical conditions,” said Make-A-Wish Georgia Marketing and Communications Vice President Amy Alvarez. “Wishes are a movement powered by an incredible community like Six Flags at a time when a family needs it the most. We feel luck to have partners like Six Flags who are willing to create lifelong memories for our kids long after their wish.”

Six Flags Over Georgia is now open on weekends and daily April 2-10 for Spring Break. For more information visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

About Make-A-Wish Georgia

Since 1995, Make-A-Wish Georgia has been granting the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience through hope, strength, and joy. In those 20 years, nearly 7,000 lives have been impacted by the “Power of a Wish™.” Make-A-Wish Georgia is a movement, powered by you, to renew families and communities disrupted by serious childhood illness. We all have the power to make wishes comes true.  To learn how you can become a part of the story, visit www.georgia.wish.org.

Cirque du Soleil presents KURIOS at Atlantic Station

 

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When my oldest graduated from high school and went off to college, I quickly realized just how much I had not done with him or my younger babies.  I realized that we had missed out on many opportunities to show our kids the world of arts.  Of course we did lots of things like vacationing at the beach, traveling to the mountains, going to lots of sporting events, and many kid friendly events like Chuck E Cheese and more.  Unfortunately, taking time to let them experience all the different types of art was something we missed.  In an effort to expose my children to everything I could, we started going to the art museums, botanical gardens, symphonies, and theaters.  One of our favorites, hands down, would have to be the Cirque du Soleil shows.  They are absolutely stunning and something that everyone, kids included, should experience!  No two shows are alike.

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In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a Seeker discovers that in order to glimpse the marvels that lie just below the surface, we must rst learn to close our eyes. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.
What if by engaging our imagination and opening our minds we could unlock the door to a world of wonders?

 

ABOUT THE SHOW
KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities is Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984. 
Cabinets of curiosities are the ancestors of museums, also known as cabinet of wonder in the Renaissance Europe. Aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science formed collections of historical relics, works of
art or mysterious travel souvenirs or artefacts.
KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities has a cast of 46 artists from 15 different countries.
About 60% of the artists have already worked with Cirque du Soleil before.
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10 Curious Facts About the Show

 

To make the Accordion Man’s attire, the costume-maker spent an entire week sewing inside the costume.

Antanina Satsura, the artist who plays Mini Lili, is 3.2 feet tall and weighs 39 pounds. She is one of the 10 smallest people in the world.

The mechanical hand weighs 750 pounds and measures 15 feet by 6.8 feet.

More than a hundred costumes were created to dress the cast of KURIOS.

There are 426 props in the show, the most of any production in Cirque du Soleil’s history.

Some 65 trucks transport close to 2,000 tons of equipment for KURIOS™ – Cabinet of Curiosities.

The 116 tour members come from 22 different countries. Some have been touring with Cirque du Soleil for more than 20 years.

This is the first time that Cirque du Soleil presents a welcoming act on top of the big top before the show starts. When weather permits, 3 artists climb up the big top and greet the guests from above while playing music and acting. Guests get a taste of the KURIOS experience as soon as they enter the site.

It took the team of props makers approximately 250 hours to build Mr. Microcosmos’ round belly.

All performers are responsible for applying their own make-up every show, which can take them between 40 minutes to two hours.

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Lenox Square: Peloton and ivivva

 

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Additional new offerings include UnoDe50, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and Rise Pies

Fitness fanatics can anticipate the latest trend in cycling this summer at Lenox Square, the iconic shopping and lifestyle destination located in the heart of Buckhead. Management announced today that it will soon introduce a Peloton showroom to its current retail mix. This announcement joins existing athletic options such as Nike and Athleta, as well as a new offering created by lululemon, ivivva, further enhancing the center’s lifestyle and athletic options.

The hottest experience for at-home indoor cycling, Peloton delivers rides from the top indoor cycling coaches to riders around the world. The state-of-the-art bike offers 10+ daily live rides and 1500+ on-demand rides, all filmed at its studio in NYC and streamed straight to its unparalleled stationary bike. The new retail showroom will be located on the second level across from Athleta in a 926 square foot space, offering shoppers the opportunity to test ride the latest spin bike on the market.

Created by lululemon, ivivva celebrates girls by designing beautiful, technical athletic wear (in sizes 6-14) and experiences that connect them through movement. From running and yoga to dance and goal-setting, ivivva stores offer a variety of complimentary athletic classes and Dreams & Goals programs that inspire girls to dream big. ivivva will celebrate its grand opening Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27 with activities for the whole family including a scavenger hunt, DJ PJ Dance Party and a complimentary yoga class. Its new store at Lenox Square will be located on the second level across from William’s Sonoma in a 1,800 square foot space.

Scheduled to open in early May, UNOde50 will offer unique handcrafted men’s and women’s jewelry made in Spain. The brand was established in the late 90’s by a group of designers who were passionate about creating bold handcrafted designs with the philosophy of creating 50 units of each design. UNOde50 continues to fulfill its promise of exclusivity through limited editions of 50 pieces that are released with each collection. UNOde50 is present in over 40 countries with more than 100 stores in major cities around the world including: Madrid, Rome, Milan, Berlin, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Moscow, Panama, and Paris keeping its core philosophy of exclusiveness through a highly crafted production process. The new store will be located on the second level near Macy’s in a 737 square foot space.

Rounding out the latest additions, shoppers can also enjoy two new dining options in the Lenox Square Fashion Café. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe is a casual dining restaurant that specializes in innovative dishes using wholesome, fresh ingredients and flavors. Its menu is packed full of original chef-driven recipes prepared daily from fresh ingredients, and the eatery believes in bringing Southern hospitality to delicious Mediterranean dishes, giving families healthy alternatives for their dining options. Opening in April, Rise Pies will offer its line of both classic and specialty pizzas. Foodies can also build their own pizza by choosing from three kinds of dough, six sauces, eight cheeses and 23 toppings.

 

ANNUAL EASTER EVENTS PLANNED AT CALLAWAY GARDENS

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Enjoy Easter weekend with your family this year at Callaway Gardens® during the weekend of March 26-27, 2016.  As in years past, Callaway Gardens has family-friendly activities planned for the whole weekend.

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 Family Activities

The day will begin with what appears to be a giant, colored Easter egg floating in the sky … but it’s actually a Tethered Hot Air Balloon* ride.  For a small fee, guests can experience the gentle feeling of floating in a hot air balloon.  Saturday and Sunday tethered rides* will be available 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and cost $10 per person.

A new Bunny Hop Children’s Fun Run will be open to all children that would like to participate at 11 a.m. on Saturday.  It will be followed by The Great Bunny Chase 5K at 11:30 a.m.  Pre-registration for the 5K is available at www.active.com or onsite prior to the event.

The Easter Bunny will visit from Noon to 5 p.m. with whom boys and girls can have their Easter photo taken and enjoy the festivities.

All ages are invited to participate in the Easter Egg Hunts on Saturday, March 26, at Robin Lake Beach.  Guests of all ages should bring an Easter basket and set out to find thousands of candy eggs, along with some very special prize eggs.  The hunt for Toddlers to 3-year-olds will start at 2 p.m.  All other age groups will hunt simultaneously in dedicated areas at 2:30 p.m.  Egg hunts are free with admission to Callaway Gardens.

 

After the egg hunts, Missing Peace will entertain guests with featured lead singer 14-year-old Marty Joe Barnes.

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Sunday Sunrise Service

The annual Easter Sunrise Service will be Sunday, March 27, at 7 a.m. on the ski pavilion on the west-side of Robin Lake Beach. Marc Pritchett of R.U.S.H. Ministries and Mountain View Baptist Church of Thomaston, Ga., will deliver the Easter Sunday message. The natural beauty of Callaway Gardens during the early morning hours serves as a magnificent backdrop to this service and beautiful music.  Admission is free prior to 8 a.m.  Guests should enter through the original Gardens gate on U. S. Hwy. 27.

 

Enjoy These Options for Easter Brunch

After the Sunrise Service, guests can enjoy one of Callaway Gardens’ popular Easter Brunches for dozens of delicious selections.  The Callaway Gardens culinary team will have something to please every palate with choices from cola roasted pit ham with “red eye” ham jus and Cajun spiced mahi mahi to roasted chicken with spring onions and smoked bacon as well as a variety of other delectable brunch items.  Guests may indulge themselves with desserts featuring peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, pecan pie, New York Cheesecake, and more.

The Easter Buffet in the Mountain Creek Inn Ballrooms will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $50* per adult.  A children’s buffet will be available for $25* for children 6 to 10 years of age.  For ballroom reservations, please call 1.877.522.0328.

The Gardens Restaurant will offer an Easter meal Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Guests may choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert from a prix fixe Easter menu for $55* per adult. For reservations, please call 1.855.901.2154.

The Country Kitchen will offer a plated meal for $13.95 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Details on Easter weekend are available online at www.callawaygardens.com/Easter.

Callaway Gardens is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Callaway Gardens’ special event admission for Celebrate Spring! is $25/adult; $12.50/child (ages 6-12); and children 5 and under are admitted for free.  Tax is included.  A small fee may be charged for some activities.  An Annual Pass offers free admission during Celebrate Spring! and is a great way to enjoy Callaway Gardens’ many events and seasons.  For more information, visit www.callawaygardens.com/annualpass.

Make your reservations for Callaway Gardens’ Celebrate Spring! weekends by calling 1.800.463.6990 or visiting www.callawaygardens.com.  Overnight lodging is available for those interested in a quick getaway.

Callaway Gardens is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, visitwww.callawaygardens.com or call 1.800.463.6990.

*Taxes and gratuities are additional.

 

About Callaway Gardens

For more than 60 years, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.  Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 6,500 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a zip line/obstacle course, butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 70,000 square feet of meeting space, 684 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities – with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course – offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.