10 Things to Do at Atlanta Motorama

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Sure, there’ll be a lot of vehicles at Atlanta Motor Speedway April 26-27 during an event that will celebrate anything with a motor in it, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by Classic Collectors Insurance & zMAX. But that’s only the beginning of everything that’ll be taking up the entire AMS infield during this inaugural event!

Here are ten things that you’ll need to be sure to see and do at Motorama!

1. Celebrating anything with an engine!

Classic and modern cars, boats, motorcycles and planes, some which are rarely seen by the public, will be on display! Rare vehicles in the Speedway Salon, set aside for the most valuable vehicles, will include a 1939 Packard convertible sedan and a Dusenburg Some of the ars from Truett Cathy’s Collection will also be on display in the Show area.

2. Car-crushing exhibition by BIGFOOT®

That’s right! One of the world’s most famous monster trucks will be putting on two demonstrations of destroying cars twice each day! The exhibitions, presented by Summit Racing Equipment, are scheduled twice daily near turn three of the Speedway Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

3. Hot Rodders of Tomorrow.

See high school-aged students show off their engine-building skills as they take apart and rebuild engines in timed competition. The event will take place in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s victory lane.

4. Massive Vendor Midway

The Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama midway will rival any collection of vendors seen at America’s biggest car shows with nearly 200 vendors signed up so far!

10255811_10152314549170798_1737973566491185612_n5. Lawnmower racing

These aren’t your everyday landscaping machines! Racing among lawn mowers will take place multiple times during the two day event near turn three of the Speedway.

6. Classic Vehicle Auction

Have you watched vehicle auctions on TV and wanted to see one for yourself? You’ll have that chance at Motorama as Four Seasons Auction Gallery will be conducting one of the largest vehicle auctions in the Southeast!

7. American Street Car Series Autocross Presented by AARP

What would a car event be without some autocross? Scheduled for twice each day, autocross is open to all car show entries, including seasoned autocross veterans or first timers!

8. Seminars

Auto enthusiasts of all types can obtain a wealth of information on varying topics through the Motorama seminars.

9. Pull-A-Part Swap Meet

Here is your chance buy, sell, trade or just search for parts for your vehicle or for one that you’re dreaming of!

10252113_220951011437228_7054337798045434_n10. Drive the track!

Each car show entry at Motorama is eligible to take part in the Speedway Cruise each day, enabling each vehicle to drive on the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s racing surface! Car show entry for the entire event is $50. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorama.com

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Surprising Suburb: Vidalia & The Golden Onion Competition

Onions abound throughout the festival and the competition.

Onions abound throughout the festival and the competition.

Ten chefs compete for the Golden Onion trophy Sunday afternoon, April 27 preparing the sweetest of all onions right in the land where they grow – Vidalia, Georgia.

Sounds like a solid reason for a culinary holiday that happens in the midst of a 37-year-old festival. And it’s free.

Miss the 2014 version and mail order Vidalia onions to satisfy you until next April. This professional chef cooking competition is an annual affair.

Expect more than sweet and savory aromas; the Golden Onion lets visitors up close to the chefs: watching, learning, talking, tasting.

Golden Onion trophy stays with chef one year until the next competition.

Golden Onion trophy stays with chef one year until the next competition.

Chef competitors each prepare eight plates — five presented to judges, one for photography, two plates to raffle. Recipe books provide competition entries for $10.00

Why the excitement? This is the onion with a protective federal market order and a museum. Only onion I ever knew about with a pledge!

When you see the letters VO inside a little onion sketch on a menu, it means the restaurant owner pledged never declare it a Vidalia if not so.

Intrigue in growing these sweet treasures is nothing new. Guess that’s why Bob Stafford is known in Vidalia as the “onion high sheriff.”

He keeps everybody honest, enforcing the federal order naming 13 full counties and parts of seven as the only true Vidalia sources. Plus, he’s a judge in the cooking competition.

Stafford’s office is in the Onion Museum where the story of sandy soils explains the special sweetness.

I do believe I’d like to meet the 100 or so farmers in these counties growing real-deal certified Vidalia onions. Family farming does mean something in America.

Onions come in six sizes, from peewee to colossal.

Onions come in six sizes, from peewee to colossal.

Seems it’s sulfur that makes an onion pungent, maybe even hot, but South Georgia sandy soil lets the sulfur leach and the onions grow sweet.

Vidalia’s are softer than western onions, and every one is hand planted and hand picked.

Mostly they ship fresh but 10,000 onions can be stored in tightly sealed rooms of nitrogen and carbon dioxide—only three percent oxygen at temperature of 35 degrees.

In addition to visiting the Onion Museum, I recommend talking to the Convention and Visitor Bureau before you go to see about a tour, or at least some conversations with the onion experts.

Christine 12. 2007 4Christine Tibbetts claimed Georgia as her home state in 1972.  She covers Georgia destinations, and the world, always offering prompts for exceptional experiences and opportunities to muse. Tibbetts earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the prestigious School of Journalism at the University of Missouri and is the recipient of numerous gold, silver and merit awards from North American Travel Journalists Association writing competitions. Follow her at www.TibbettsTravel.com.

“Gone with the Wind” 75th Anniversary Celebration

Façade of the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum; credit: Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

Façade of the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum; credit: Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum

Mark the calendar and summon your inner Southern belle for a trip to Marietta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, during the first weekend in June for a special 75th anniversary tribute celebration to Gone With the Wind, the movie. Don a hoop skirt during the costume ball, cheer on actors during a live play, mingle with celebrity guests – and grab an autograph or two, and join in an author’s forum all to celebrate the beloved Margaret Mitchell classic. The excitement will simply have you exclaiming, “fiddledee!”

While visiting, take time to explore the state’s first and only designated Gone With the Wind Trail. Through the Trail, fans of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel can discover the history and legacy behind one of the world’s most beloved books while navigating a variety of stops in and around Atlanta. Noted by CNN as one of the top 50 things to experience in America’s 50 states, Georgia’s Gone With the Wind Trail begins at The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, a mainstay in downtown Marietta since April 2003 when it opened in the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building. With an extensive collection of memorabilia provided by Dr. Chris Sullivan, the museum is sure to delight and intrigue any Gone With the Wind fan, from novice to aficionado. Highlights include the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, several of Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes of the novel, an educational display dedicated to the African American cast members, foreign editions of the novel and more. Be sure to stop by the gift shop to find costumes to fit your favorite Rhett or Scarlett.

Visit www.GWTWMarietta.com for complete event details.

Event listing

June 6-8

Marietta Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Gone With the Wind

Throughout the weekend, the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square will host a variety of events celebrating the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind, the movie. Festivities to include dinner and costume ball, author’s forum, live play, documentary debut, celebrity guests, autograph signing and much more.

Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, 18 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064

770-794-5576

Easter Events in Georgia

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Color some eggs, read the tale of Peter Cottontail and remember to don your favorite bonnet for Georgia’s Easter celebrations! Enjoy eggs hunts and parades as we welcome the beautiful flowers and robins of spring!

4/11/14: Night Eggstravaganza in Pine Mountain

4/12/14: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Tallapoosa

4/12/14: Easter “Eggstravaganza” in The Rock

4/12/14: Magical Easter Eggstravaganza in Cleveland

4/12/14: Slpashy’s Egg Dive in Statesboro

4/12/14: 10K CottonTrail Rabbit Run in Pine Mountain

4/12/14: Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt in Chatsworth

4/12/14: 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Jefferson Davis Historic Site in Fitzgerald

4/13/14: Easter Egg Hunt at Midtown Greenway in Gainesville

4/17/14: Fitzgerald Downtown Easter Egg Hunt

4/17/14 – 4/19/14: Easter Treats including Uncorked Art Class in Blairsville

4/18/14: Easter Egg Hunt – Ages 0-5 in St. Marys

4/18/14: Flashlight Egg Hunt – Family Hunt in St. Marys

4/18/14: Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt in Monroe

4/19/14: Easter Egg Hunt in Ashburn

4/19/14 – 4/20/14: Easter Egg Hunts, Sunrise Service and Brunch at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain

4/19/14: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Baxley

4/19/14: Annual Kingsland Easter Egg Hunt

4/19/14: Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Easter Egg-spress

4/19/14: Royston Easter Egg Hunt

4/19/14: Easter Egg Hunt in Winder

4/19/14: Easter Egg Hunt in Crawfordville

4/19/14: Baskets, Eggs and Rabbits in Appling

4/19/14: Easter Blast! in Savannah

4/19/14: Easter Egg Hunt at Florence Marina in Omaha

4/19/14 – 4/20/14: Celebrate Easter Weekend at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville

4/19/14: Georgia Veterans Easter Egg-Stravaganza in Cordele

4/19/14: Easter At The Park in Adel

4/19/14: Glow-In-The-Dark Easter Egg Hunt in Jackson

4/19/14: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Lavonia

4/19/14: Suwannee River Visitor Center’s Eggstraordinary Easter in Fargo

4/19/14: Easter Egg Hunt at Kolomoki in Blakely

4/19/14: Easter Eggstravaganza in Helena

4/19/14: Eggciting Hike Hunt in Stockbridge

4/19/14: 2nd Annual Easter Fun Fest and Egg Hunt in Helen

4/19/14: Eggstravaganza: Callanwolde’s 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Atlanta

4/19/14 – 4/20/14: Spring Opening & Easter Festival in Cleveland

4/20/14: Easter Sunrise Service in Stone Mountain

4/20/14: Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt in Buford

Civil War Events in Marietta

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With a history dating back to 1834, Marietta, Georgia, a present-day big city with small town charm located  minutes north of Atlanta and just south of the North Georgia Mountains, was the stage on which many significant events during the Civil War unfolded. Marietta was also once a proposed Capital of the Confederacy and is still home to the Marietta National Cemetery. This year marks the sesquicentennial of the fourth year of battle between the North and the South and Marietta commemorates important happenings with year-round special events – many of which are taking place this summer.

Gather the whole family or embark on your own personal historical pursuits and remember this historic occasion with events like the Juneteenth annual celebration, a reenactment of the March from Marietta Square to Kennesaw Mountain, Civil War: The Musical at the Strand Theatre, a re-dedication recognizing the 100th anniversary of dedication of the Illinois monument and more. The Bleeding Gray and Blue Walking Tour, every Saturday in June, joins visitors with noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square, highlighting the events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.

cannonHead to Marietta during the last weekend in June when a series of events hosted by the National Park Service will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with various activities beginning with an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 26, and concluding on June 29. Each day will consist of different proceedings including cannon demonstrations, guided hikes, and a Civil War fashion show, along with Civil War medical tents, activities for children and various speakers and presentations. Check out the website for a full list of events.  www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

Download Marietta’s free Cannonball Trail app (iTunes or Android) and take a self-guided driving tour around Marietta and through Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield where you’re treated to historically-significant sights such as the fields where men fought and died, the cemeteries where those brave men rest eternally, the houses that commanders used as their headquarters and the city where it all took place.

Round out a visit with stops at area attractions, many of which are of historical note. Located on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History tells a rich account of the area. Also nearby, the Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square was established in April of 2003 and currently houses Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s privately owned collection of GWTW book and movie memorabilia.  Two blocks from the square, the Root House is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in Marietta. The home offers visitors an opportunity to experience how a middle class merchant and his family lived in the 1850s. Climb aboard the Historic Marietta Trolley Company for a one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of the city. Visit Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park where so many important events in the Civil War transpired and then come full-circle with a trip to the modern-day Marietta Square Farmers Market.

For a side of culture, take time to appreciate metropolitan Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art, the Marietta /Cobb Museum of Art, housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office, and home to a full schedule of exhibitions and boasting a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth. And, don’t miss the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, an Art Deco theatre that served as a movie house on the Marietta Square from 1935-76 where you can catch a performance of “Civil War: The Musical” this summer.

Event listings

June 7

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

June 8

Spirituals

Dr. Moses performs spirituals at Zion Baptist Church.

4 p.m.

Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-427-8749

www.ZionBaptistChurchMarietta.org

June 13-14

Juneteenth Concert and Celebration

Join the Cobb NAACP for the annual Juneteenth celebration and concert including arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and historical recreation and reading of Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is the oldest national celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

6-11 p.m., Friday, June 13; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, June 14; Gospel Concert 3-6 p.m., Sunday, June 15

Historic Marietta Square

770-425-5757

www.CobbNAACP.org

June 14

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

Contact: Jan Galt, Jgalt@MariettaGa.gov

June 20-21

The Civil War, A Musical Experience Weekend

Friday and Saturday, June 20-21

Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060

770-293-0080

www.EarlSmithStrand.org 

June 20-22

Battle Re-enactors and Encampments on Marietta Square

Battle re-enactors and encampments will take place in and around the Historic Marietta Square.

All day

Historic Marietta Square

770-429-1115

www.MariettaCivilWar.com

June 21

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

June 22

Confederate Cemetery Tour by Friends of Brown Park

Living history tours at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery and City Cemetery.

1-4:30 p.m.

Marietta Confederate Cemetery, 395 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5606

www.MariettaCivilWar.com

June 26-29

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain Anniversary Events

The National Park Service commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with various events beginning with an opening ceremony on Thursday, June 26, and concluding on June 29. Each day will consist of different events including cannon demonstrations, guided hikes, and a Civil War fashion show, along with Civil War medical tents, activities for children and various speakers and presentations. Check out the website for a full list of events.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 9900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152. Off-site parking required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686.

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

June 26

Kennesaw Mountain Opening Ceremonies

The opening ceremony is the official start to a weekend filled with events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

7 p.m.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152.  Off-site parking will be required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

June 27

Claire Lynch Band and Bobby Horton Concert

Claire Lynch is the reigning 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year.  Bobby Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, seasoned performer and music historian.

7 p.m.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

June 28

Rededication recognizing 100th anniversary of dedication of Illinois monument

The magnificent Illinois Monument, which stands at the crest of Cheatham Hill, was erected by the State of Illinois to honor the 480 men from that state who died on this slope.  The marble monument is thirty-four feet square at the base and the shaft rises twenty-five feet.  Atop the monument is a seven-foot high bronze soldier clutching a rifle and two women in classic Greek garb.

8:30 p.m.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

June 28

Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking Tours

Join noted historian Brad Quinlin as he tours the Historic Marietta Square. These fascinating tours will highlight events and the places that served as hospitals during the Civil War.  Every Saturday in June.

11:30 a.m.

Tours begin at the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060

770-794-5710

www.MariettaHistory.org

           

June 29

Kennesaw Mountain Closing Ceremonies

The closing ceremony is the official end to a weekend filled with events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

5 p.m.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30152.  Off-site parking will be required – check website for updated parking map.

770-427-4686

www.BattleofKennesawMountain150.com

 

If you go

Bring the family and experience these local Civil War attractions open year-round.

Marietta National Cemetery

The Marietta National Cemetery is the site of over 10,000 Union graves. Henry Green Cole donated the land as a joint Confederate & Union cemetery, hoping to heal ill feelings between the north and south. However, Marietta officials did not want Confederate dead buried near Yankee dead, so they formed a separate Confederate Cemetery.

Marietta Confederate Cemetery & Brown Park

The Marietta Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place for 3,000 Confederate soldiers from nearby hospitals and military operations including the Battle of Kolb’s Farm and The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Kennesaw House & the Marietta Museum of History

Located on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History tells a rich account of the area. It houses the city’s extensive historical collections of photographs, artifacts and documentary information of Marietta in particular, and North Georgia in general.

Gone With the Wind Museum

The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square was established in April of 2003 and currently houses Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s privately owned collection of GWTW book and movie memorabilia.

The Root House Museum

Two blocks from the square, the Root House is one of the oldest surviving frame houses in Marietta. The home offers visitors an opportunity to experience how a middle class merchant and his family lived in the 1850s.

The Historic Marietta Trolley Co.

A one-hour, fully-narrated exploration of our historic city. Experience Marietta’s rich heritage, from the vibrant Downtown Square, past grand Antebellum homes, to the battlefields at Kennesaw Mountain.           

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

On June 27, 1864, Kennesaw Mountain is the site of a major battle between the North and South. General Sherman’s troops battled those of Confederate General Johnston in one of many clashes that led to the fall of Atlanta. The park now encompasses more than 2,800 acres and features a visitor’s center, gift shop, museum and 16 miles of hiking trails.

Marietta Square Farmers Market

The Marietta Square Farmers Market is located on the Historic Marietta Square.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday and 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Sunday, April through November, rain or shine. 60 plus vendors on Saturday and 30 plus vendors on Sunday will feature Georgia grown, made or produced vegetables, cheese, bread, eggs, fresh flowers, local honey, baked goods and milk every weekend.

Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art

The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is metropolitan Atlanta’s only museum dedicated to American art. Housed in Marietta’s first U.S. Post Office, the museum hosts a full schedule of exhibitions and boasts a permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art, from Warhol to Wyeth. Besides their exhibitions the museum offers lectures, workshops, classes, and art festivals. Other social and cultural opportunities are also offered.

           

Earl Smith Strand Theatre

This Art Deco theatre served as a movie house on the Marietta Square from 1935-76. Recently restored and returned to its original glory, it now hosts classic films, concerts and stage productions.

 Expand your experience with the Bleeding Gray and Blue walking tours every Saturday in June with historian Brad Quinlin.