5 Ways to Make Your Savannah Book Festival Experience Spookier

By Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Colonial Park Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Flickr user MrTinDC.

Colonial Park Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Flickr user MrTinDC.

This year’s Savannah Book Festival (February 12-15, 2015) features acclaimed spooky stories author Anne Rice as one of it’s featured authors and if you’re coming to town for the event, here are five ways to enhance your trip with the city’s spooky surroundings:

1.)  Take a ghost tour. Savannah is famed for their ghost tours and there are several tour groups that take people around the city either on foot or by trolley.

2.)  Stay at a haunted hotel. Whether you’re booked at the Foley House Inn, a bed and breakfast where human skeletal remains discovered behind a wall have set off an otherworldly chain of events or The Marshall House which served as a Federal Hospital during Sherman’s March to the Sea, there’s a type of haunted lodging for everyone.

3.)  Have a beer at a local pub. Considered one of Savannah’s most haunted attractions, Moon River Brewing Company on West Bay Street, the building was originally the City Hotel, built in 1821. Today they brew their own beer with a rotating, seasonal selection on tap.

4.)  Walk through one of Savannah’s cemeteries. Though not all of Savannah’s cemeteries claim to be haunted, many are well worth a walk through.  Colonial Park Cemetery on Abercorn Street has the spookiest reputation and is the final resting place of most of Savannah’s original inhabitants.

5.)  See a house featured in a famous Savannah novel. The backdrop in the famous novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Mercer Williams House on Monterey Square was the site of the infamous murder, which resulted in in four murder trials in the 1980s.  Today, the house is home to The Mercer Williams House Museum.

EileenEileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair

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Photo by Stefanie Barber

Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair is happening this weekend! Breeders from all over the region come to the North Atlanta Trade Center to sell all sorts of breeds, from beautiful multicolored finches to the most uniquely hued macaws. Vendors also attend, selling items specifically for birds such as seeds, toys and cages, all at huge discounts compared to pet stores.

For bird lovers of all kinds, there is plenty to find at this fair. When my adorable budgie Jasmine needed a friend we had an amazing selection to choose from. Cinderella was just a sweet baby when we got her, but she has grown into the biggest diva around.  My two budgies are spoiled by all the fun toys and treats I get each time we visit the fair. One of the best deals I got from this fair is my budgies’ amazing cage that I purchased for 50% less than I saw in stores and online!

So if you love birds, head over to the show this weekend. You can even get $1 off admission by going to the website and either printing or pulling up the coupon on your phone.  If you can’t make it to this show the next one is on April 25th and 26th.

Location

North Atlanta Trade Center
1700 Jeurgens Court
Norcross, GA 30093-2219

Hours

Saturday  9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 4pm

Admission

Kids 12 and under: Free
13 and older: $5

Tickets are valid for both days
Free Parking
http://www.northatlantatradecenter.com/bird.html

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Running and Family Funning on Tybee Island

By Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

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Photo courtesy of Critz Tybee Run Fest

 

Are you a fan of pounding the pavement? Bounding down the beach? There’s a route and a length for everyone at this year’s Critz Tybee Run Fest.

Taking to the streets and beaches of Tybee Island February 6th and 7th, 2015, the festival features events for your entire family including a 1/7 mile kiddie fun run, 5K, 10K, half marathon, 2.8 Mile Beach Run, and 1 miler. You can also do all the events, which add up to a full marathon.

In addition to the races, there is live entertainment scheduled as part of the weekend but if you want added fun to your race weekend experience, I recommend visiting the Tybee Island Museum which features the Light Station, Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse; exploring the grounds of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel; and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center that kids and adults alike will love.

EileenEileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Sparks Dialogue Throughout the Month

By Eileen Falkenberg Hull

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

500+ entries were evaluated and now the calendar is set for the annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) featuring 65 films from 26 countries that will be shown at seven theatrical venues across the metro area including United Artists Tara CinemasRegal Atlantic StationLefont Sandy Springs, and Georgia Theatre Company at Merchants Walk January 28 through February 19, 2015.

The public is invited to the festival’s Opening Night Gala and film at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre where they will “Paint the Town Red” while enjoying food tastings by local and Israeli celebrity chefs, an open bar, and live entertainment.

In addition to theatrical screenings, AJFF and Creative Loafing will host an immersive Young Professional’s Art Party on February 7 at The Mammal Gallery in downtown Atlanta. Also, around the city, AJFF will be featured in art drops from some of Atlanta’s most interesting creators- CatlantaBlockhead ATLClunky Robot, and Crazy Monkey Trucker.

Tickets to all the screenings and parties are on sale now at ajff.org.

Callanwolde Art Festival Showcases Atlanta Art & History

By Eileen Falkenberg Hull

Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Festival courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Festival courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Located in the heart of Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center serves as a cultural hub of the community, offering classes and workshops in the visual, literary, and performing arts throughout the year as well as special events for families, including the Callanwolde Arts Festival.

Running January 23-25, 2015, the festival will feature a peer-selected, jury-approved group of 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass artists, and jewelers on the grounds of Callanwolde.

Photo courtesy of Callanwolde

Photo courtesy of Callanwolde

The historic estate was built in 1920 by Charles Howard Candler (1878-1957), a former president of The Coca-Cola Company, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Emory University, and son of The Coca-Cola Company founder Asa Candler. Of the original 27, 12 acres of the estate designed by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted remains intact in addition to the Gothic-Tudor style mansion, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the house served as Casa Italia, the official hospitality headquarters of the Italian Olympic Committee, and in more recent memory, the site has been part of the filming of numerous movies and television shows.

Enjoy and explore the grounds during the festival, which will also include live entertainment, food, and alcoholic beverages for sale.