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All the festivals in Georgia are in communities you wouldn’t ordinarily visit. Macon has a wonderful Cherry Blossom Festival – and you thought only Washington, DC threw that party…uniquely there is also a film festival which is attended by over 25 thousand enthusiasts. Is Georgia on you mind?
Cherry Blossom Festival: This festival has something for everyone, from music, vendors, amusement rides, ice skating in the park, the Arctic Olympic high dive show, Tea Garden, Lantern Light tour, wiener dog race, Sesame Street Live, the 38th Cherry Blossom parade, the Blues Brothers Soul Band Tribute, Tunes and Balloons Finale, to name a few. March 22-31, 2019 in Macon.
The Great Locomotive Chase Festival: The 50th anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase Festival will consist of a bevy of offerings, such as arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, food, live entertainment, a parade Saturday at 11 a.m., pageant Saturday at 3 p.m., and fireworks. Each year, we look forward to adding new vendors and entertainment to give the festival ‘new’ experiences for those in attendance.” October in Adairsville,
Georgia Renaissance Festival: For eight weekends starting in April, the Georgia Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th Century European village with a magical Medieval theme. Crooning minstrels roam the grounds while talented acrobats, magicians and jugglers perform acts filled with fun and whimsy. Don’t just stroll past the pubs and kitchens, grab a flagon of refreshing drink or something delicious, possibly on a stick! This festival combines outdoor theater, delightful entertainment and a variety of arts and crafts for a fun and interactive experience of costumed revelry. Near Fairburn.
Atlanta Film Festival: is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country and one of few that is Academy Award qualifying. Over 25,000 indie film enthusiasts, fans, and filmmakers flock to Atlanta in the spring to view more than 150 films from a variety of genres and is one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the country and draws an audience of more than 25,000 independent film enthusiasts, movie fans and filmmakers to Atlanta. April 4-14.
Hogansville Hummingbird Festival: held the third weekend of every October in historic downtown Hogansville, GA. Our Main Street will be bustling with food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, local shops, and activities for the whole family. Two days of old-fashioned family fun! Includes easy parking, handicap access, ample security, and kids play area. Vendors and sponsors welcome! Free parking. Free admission. Full size food court. Live music. Our excellent local restaurants are open too! October 19th and 20th.
Georgia Apple Blossom Festival: The focus of the festival is LOCAL. We will host the best arts, craft and food vendors in the region. The festival will be pet-friendly and offer no cost for admission. There will also be free children’s activities. There will be plenty of parking and restaurants near the festival grounds. Only an hour north of Atlanta you can come enjoy the festival, and all the sights and scenery Gilmer County has to offer. May 4 – 5, 2019
Decatur Book Festival: This festival is the largest independent book festival in the United States. The event features world-class authors and draws massive crowds who come out for the live music, parades and cooking demonstrations. Decatur square to enjoy book signings, author readings, panel discussions, an interactive children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations.
Other festivals: ProgPower USA – Sept 6th and 7th; Savannah Music Festival – Mar. 28th – Apr. 13th
PLACE OF INTEREST
Savannah, a coastal Georgia city, is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. At the center of this picturesque district is the landmark, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Dating to 1819, the Owen-Thomas House contains a notable decorative arts collection, and preserved slave quarters offering a sobering reminder of pre-Civil-War-era history. The First African Baptist Church, founded in 1788, is one of the oldest African-American churches in the U.S. Nearby, the ultramodern museum the Jepson Center displays contemporary art, while the riverfront is lined with chic cafes and shops. Beyond the historic district, the Southern-Gothic statuary of Bonaventure Cemetery starred in the popular novel and film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Savannah Historic District: This area is full of beautiful, lavish historic buildings that have been well preserved. The many squares are beautiful and green, even in February where you can walk some of the area. The museum is a self-guided tour that takes you through the birth to current times of this great thing we call alcohol. At each time period there is a tour guide, in character, in his/her generation and they are there to any questions you may have. It’s a small museum but packed with so many decorations and information on the walls. I was surprised that none of it felt or looked corny. It was really a super cool, Instagram-able fun place to see and learn! If you wanted to really explore the homes and other attractions, you could certainly spend several days. The different style of homes the fine details and beautiful architecture is something to write home about. The cute and quaint little neighborhoods are gorgeous. A must while in Savannah.
Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour: With this hop-on hop-off trolley tour of Savannah, a trolley departs about every 20 minutes, so you’re never stuck waiting too long for a ride. With 15 stops, it’s easy to make your way around most of the city in less time. Choose between a 1- or 2-day pass to see highlights such as Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, River Street, and Pirates House. Hop off to explore sights that interest you the most. Some of the stops include Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, River Street, and Pirates House, one of Georgia’s oldest buildings.
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist: this building is an architectural treasure. Restored around 2000, the atmosphere is a marvel. It’s an active church, so avoid Sunday mornings for sightseeing. They have Christmas ornaments for sale also, featuring the stained-glass windows. Peaceful and beautiful.
Forsyth Park: Forsyth Park has a wide sidewalk all the way around for walkers, runners, etc. It has a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. Lots of groups use the large green space for sports and relaxing in the sun. It was a great place for a picnic. Great playgrounds for younger kids. Lots of places to tale photos with the beautiful trees, fountain, and flowers.
Pin Point Heritage Museum: Pin Point Museum is so interesting. The culture and history of this part of the USA is not well known to us so this tour was fascinating. The guides knew many details and the hard work that was done right at this location is amazing. Well worth a visit. The museum is located on the site of a former Oyster & Crab Factory, which was the main source of employment and economic support for Pin Point for 60 years.” This salt-marsh community began as part of a plantation. After the Civil War the land was seized by the government for debt. Since it was not especially desirable, inexpensive lots were sold to freedmen/former slaves whose lives revolved around local activities. Pin Point Museum is so interesting. The culture and history of this part of the USA is not well known to us so this tour was fascinating. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was born in Pin Point.
Owens-Thomas House: The Owens-Thomas house was lived in by one family for three generations and is in very good condition. It depicts life as it was with intact urban slave quarters. Had indoor plumbing before the White House. You will get an accurate picture of how hard the urban enslaved work to maintain the comfortable privilege of the household.
Olde Pink House: One of the oldest structures in Savannah; built in the late 1700’s. The tavern in the basement is a must see and if you are lucky, get in for dinner in one of the many special rooms upstairs. Food is delicious! Waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and the house, gave us some great history, which made dinner that much more fun. Food is southern, but a step up! Loved the Pecan crusted Chicken Breast with Blackberry Bourbon Glaze. Try a Pink Lady (the house special drink), but only if you like sweet lemonade. It started with a drink in the bar while waiting for our table. The atmosphere was warm and other diners were all relaxed and enjoying the piano bar and each other. Our dinners were excellent, and the service matched the great dinner.
Old Fort Jackson: The state’s oldest remaining fort dates back to 1808 and includes a number of Civil War and other military exhibits. Daily cannon firing programs are offered at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The fort played an important role in US military history, and the site is well-maintained and tells the story very well. Best of all was the guided tour. The presenter was, without a doubt, the best tour guide I’ve ever experienced! He brought the entire story of the fort to life in a theatrical and spell-binding presentation.
American Prohibition Museum: Not your average “Dry” Museum, the American Prohibition Museum is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. While here, guests will travel back in time to the early 1900s, as anti-alcohol rallies swept the nation and the “booze problem” was pushed to the fore-front of American politics. The museum is a tour that takes you through the birth to current times of this great thing we call alcohol. At each time period there is a tour guide, in character, in his/her generation and they are there to any questions you may have. It’s a fairly small museum but packed with so many decorations and information on the walls. I was surprised that none of it felt or looked corny. It was really a super cool, Instagram-able fun place to see and learn!
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Georgia State Capital: Atlanta
Initially a Creek trading post, Georgia’s capital was called Standing Peach Tree, as white settlers began to set up permanent residence in the region, it became known as Whitehall. Then, when the railroad reached the region in the 1830s, it became known as Terminus—the last stop on the Western and Atlantic Railroad line. In the 1840s, when it began to look as though the railroad might continue past the town after all, residents decided to rename it and it became Marthasville before being named Atlanta (after the Atlantic Ocean).
Georgia Aquarium: If you live in Tampa, Florida we must say the aquarium has ours beat! The dolphin show was fantastic as well as the sea otter show. The views were breath taking especially the section that Home Deport built. It comes as a definite recommendation, and they’re open until 9pm, so you can take your time to enjoy the place. What an amazing aquarium and attraction! The aquarium is in walking distance of many of the hotels in the area and directly next door to the Coca Cola museum. You can do both in one day. Tickets to the aquarium are $40.00 per person. This is the largest aquarium in North America and the home to the only Whale Sharks. They have 4 that are considered juveniles at 20 ft. They will grow to 40 ft. They also have Manta Rays that grow to a staggering 30 feet span. (They are about half grown.) The exhibits are amazing. (Unless you have small children skip the 4 D adventure featuring Scrat from Ice Age). The dolphin show is a must. If you want to get wet sit in the first 10 rows. They have quite a few eating areas for a reasonable price. You will only be there about 4 hours so you may want to wait till you leave.
World of Coca-Cola: Explore the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the World of Coca-Cola, the dynamic, multimedia home of Coke’s 128-year-old secret formula. Get closer than ever to the vault that holds the secret Coca-Cola recipe. See more than 1,200 rare artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Then experience a sampling more than 100 different beverages. The World of Coca-Cola is located next to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. The experience begins in the Lobby, featuring a Coca‑Cola folk art bottle display and a “sneak peek” video of some of the highlights of the World of Coca‑Cola experience; and is home to seven out of 75 Coca-Cola bottle sculptures that were created for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The museum offers a variety of entertainment options and attractions. Spend the day interacting with over a dozen exhibits, like the Loft, home to almost 200 historical and international artifacts representing more than 125 years of Coca-Cola memories. There are also two theaters. In the Coca-Cola Theater, watch the 6-minute film Moments of Happiness, celebrating some of life’s most memorable moments experienced by people of different ages and cultures around the world. In the 4-D Theater, take a journey around the world In Search of the Secret Formula, a multi-sensory movie experience. Visit Bottle Works, a behind-the-scenes look at the Coca-Cola bottling process; Milestones of Refreshment, the story of the Coca‑Cola Company in an engaging walk through history and much more. Thirsty? Visit the “Taste It” exhibit where there are over 100 different beverage choices in a single machine. On the way out, take home a complimentary commemorative glass bottle of Coca-Cola; visit the Coca-Cola Store for a wide selection of gifts and souvenirs, including decorative items, apparel, accessories, one-of-a-kind art pieces and much more.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: It is a great place to wander around and you really get a feel for the neighborhood. You’ll find it very moving and thought provoking. The exhibition center is well laid out and interesting. The tour tickets for his birthplace are available at 3pm – definitely visit and book early! A tremendous amount of effort and thought was put into this moving tribute to the man, who knew that Peace was the answer. A memorial walkway, with many great men and women who support his cause was an interesting side-note…A must visit when in Atlanta!
College Football Hall of Fame: Not only is every aspect of the Hall of Fame customized to your favorite college team, but it’s interactive on each floor. You can kick regulation field goals, sit in on College Gameday picks, and explore the history of the game through unique videos. It is all around awesome. Very interactive; not just old helmets and pictures. When you sign in you put in your school or one that you like. You go to various stations and videos will drop down about who is in the Hall of Fame from that school, statistics, pictures, and video of the player. Regardless of age, try at least one field goal attempt on the indoor field!
The Fox Theater: This Theater has an ornate lobby, the gold carvings of the theater, a balcony and the downstairs restrooms which are all reminiscent of Broadway. See a performance; the acting, singing, music and sound is fantastic. A live show organ is played prior to the opening curtain and snacks and drinks are offered in the lobby. This is one of the most unique and beautiful theaters you’ll ever see. When you arrive in the theater walk to the very front and turn around and look to the back of the theater and up. The theater is built to look like a Moroccan street scene. It is beautifully done. The touring companies are amazing! The only thing that was better were the sets.
Atlanta’s Southern Food Tour: Experience the delicious Southern cuisine of Atlanta on this guided, 3.5-hour, small-group food tour. Led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable foodie guide, sample 15 food tastings at seven of the most popular restaurants in historic downtown Atlanta. Visit Paschal’s, the unofficial headquarters of the Civil Rights Movement; the Smoke House, a rustic restaurant featuring barbecue, Southern sides and cocktails; Arden’s Garden, offering fruit juices and smoothies, Lowcountry cuisine, Creole-style candies, and today’s newest Southern specialties. Your guide will entertain and inform you on the easy 2 mile walk with stories and insights into the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta yesterday and today, and the city’s food culture. In fact, some guests have said that this is the best value in the city because it’s both a food tour and a history tour in one! You’ll be introduced to neighborhoods and stories about Atlanta that even locals don’t know! Feed your belly and your mind with Atlanta’s most unique culinary experience.
Margaret Mitchell House: If you are fascinated by Southern history and by the Gone with the wind story then you will enjoy a visit to the home where Margaret Mitchell penned one of the most iconic books in American history. Mitchell has a very interesting story and there are a lot of cool little anecdotes about the book and the movie that give you a glimpse into southern history.
The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse: Very warm atmosphere, and fun experience. Charismatic actors and fun plays! You can eat while watching the play, which is quite a new concept; you’ll enjoy it. The fact that the place is very small with people basically sharing tables, makes the experience very intimate, feels like a family gathering. The food is very tasty and is homemade, ranges from shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, to salads and soups. Great experience.
Atlanta has so much to offer, whether you are passing through or staying for an extended visit.
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