Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History

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What do a jousting match, exotic singing birds and the sun god Ra have in common? Why, everyone’s favorite malt beverage, beer, of course! Find out how the sudsy beverage connects these fascinating topics, and delve into Atlanta’s long and vivid history of brewing during Historic Oakland Cemetery’s new guided walking tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History, debuting June 6 at 7 p.m. and June 7 at 5 p.m. The tour adds to Oakland’s existing repertoire of 14 specialty tours and the additional Sights, Symbols and Stories tour.

Authors Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle of “Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub in the South” will be onsite during the tours. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors 65 and older, and free for Friends of Oakland. Buy tickets here. As with all of Oakland’s guided tours, a ticket grants $5 off any purchase at neighboring restaurant Six Feet Under. With this tour, guests will also be granted $1 off a purchase at the nearby My Friend’s Growler Shop.

2The Historic Oakland Foundation offers several types of tours to entertain, educate, and enlighten the community throughout the year.  The Sights, Symbols and Stories guided overview tour is offered every weekend and special topic tours are offered every weekend mid-March through mid-October. Additionally, guided tours are offered for private groups and schools. Several options are available for self-guided tours.

Reservations are required for Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History. Buy tickets here. Stay up-to-date with event details on Twitter and Facebook.

About Oakland│ Spanning 48 acres east of the city, Oakland Cemetery is an arboretum, an outdoor sculpture museum with monuments recognized by the Smithsonian, and an Audubon wildlife sanctuary. Oakland is the final resting place of 70,000 people from all walks of life, including author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors including Maynard Jackson, 6 former governors, thousands of unmarked graves, and Civil War soldiers. Oakland Cemetery offers critical green space for recreation and serves as a cultural resource for lifelong learners who come to study history, art, architecture, archaeology, horticulture, photography, and more. Founded in 1850 when the City purchased 6 acres of farmland just outside of Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery was created as a Victorian garden cemetery. All lots were sold by the end of the 1800s, but gradually many of the descendants moved away or abandoned their family lots and the cemetery fell into disrepair. In 1976 a group of citizens concerned about the state of the cemetery launched the Historic Oakland Foundation to assist the City of Atlanta in its preservation of this special place. Also in 1976, the cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places and soon thereafter declared a Historic Landmark District by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission.  The Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.www.OaklandCemetery.com

11 Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day in Georgia

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Remember our fallen heroes at these Memorial Day events:

May 24th: Augusta Choral Society Memorial Day Concert at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta

May 24th: Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Mayhem at Little Ocmulgee State Park in Helena

May 24th-25th: Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha

May 24th-26th: Memorial Day Observance at Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville

May 25th-26th: Memorial Day Celebration at Reed Bingham State Park in Adel

May 26th: Madison’s Memorial Day Ceremony & Ride For America in downtown Madison

May 26th: Memorial Day Celebration in downtown Senoia

May 26th: Roswell Remembers Ceremony in downtown Roswell

May 26th: Miles of Hope Memorial Day Ride in Cedartown

May 26th: Memorial Day Ceremony in Woodstock

5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Spend Mother’s Day on the river with Savannah Riverboat Cruises!

Show mom how much she means to you at one of these unique Mother’s Day events:

  1. For the sporty mom: Celebrate Mother Nature this Mother’s Day! Take a guided 4-mile hike of Cloudland Canyon State Park in Rising Fawn, Georgia. Water and trail snacks are provided. Ages 10 and up. Advanced reservations required. Learn more here.
  2. For the mom with small children: Join Barnsley Resort’s famous Fairy Godmother for an afternoon tea in honor of Mom. This event is perfect for mothers and children ages 12 and under. Learn more here.
  3. For the artsy mom: Create birdhouses out of gourds at Mistletoe State Park in Appling, Georgia. Learn more here.
  4. For the animal loving mom: Moms get in free at North Georgia Zoo & Farm on Mother’s Day! Take a tour and learn all about being a mom in the animal kingdom: how moms take care of their young, what it is like to be a surrogate mom to animals at the zoo, and meet some of those special animal “moms.” Learn more here.
  5. For the Coastal mom: Sit back, relax, and let Riverboat Cruises do all of the work. This two-hour cruise includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment and an unforgettable evening! Learn more here.

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.