5 Things You Must See at Fernbank Museum

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As one of the newest employees here at Fernbank Museum, I was excited to be granted this opportunity to walk around and think about which aspects of the Museum are my favorite. Mostly, I thought it would be interesting to call out some things that are frequently overlooked. During my time here I have learned that this Museum is a truly amazing place with fascinating things to see and experience around every corner. To learn more please visit FernbankMuseum.org or check us out on Facebook or Twitter. I hope you enjoy hearing about my five favorite things at Fernbank Museum of Natural History!

FloorsThe floors: Did you know that the floors throughout the Museum are made of fossils? I was so excited to learn this, and I thought it was incredibly unique. If you look closely you can see actual fossils from squids and shells on the very floors you’re walking on!

The Star Gallery: Walking into the Fernbank Star Gallery makes me feel like I’ve been transported to another world. The gorgeous ceiling definitely manages to capture some of the magnificence of space. There are even three flat screen TVs that tell you all about our solar system.

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The IMAX Booth: If you have never seen the film behind the giant IMAX® screens, then you need to stop by the IMAX projection booth viewing window! Between film screenings, you can see behind the scenes as the projectionists prepare the next film. The sheer size of the film (and the 5-story screen) are amazing!

The Weather Center: In Sensing Nature there is a Weather Center that I find amazing. There are iPads available through which you can control the “wind tunnel,” as well as a green screen where you can try your hand at being a weatherman. It’s definitely a part of the Museum that I make sure to point out to guests!

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Nature Quest: Fernbank Nature Quest is a favorite among visitors because it offers over 100 ways children can interact within the exhibition. I think one of the most unique elements is the fish mobile. With the turn of a wheel you can control the beautiful mobiles that hang from the ceiling and simulate waves as they move beneath the lights.

 

 

10 Reasons To Visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights

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On Monday, June 23rd, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Mayor Kasim Reed, The Honorable Shirley Franklin, and The Center’s supporters will join together at Pemberton Place Plaza for the opening celebration of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.  If you don’t know much about The Center or are still unsure if this is the place for you, here are 10 great reasons why you should visit!

10) There is something for everyone.  The Center makes ensures everyone can find something for himself or herself when entering our doors.  We are dedicated to creating experiences that inspire visitors and empower them to take positive action around the protection of everyone’s human rights.

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9) A 14-year-old who visits The Center on a class trip, will find herself bathed in the stained glass images of 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair.  Having lost their lives during the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, in September 1963, these four little girls are remembered at The Center in breathtaking portraits – these original works were created by artists Priscilla and Tom Malone.

 8) The Center is the perfect destination for a cross-generational family reunion.  A grandmother may be able to point to the exact spot where she stood at the March on Washington while (later) her grandson can guide her through an interactive tablet in the Human Rights Gallery; Cross-generational dialogues may cover everything from segregation in the United States to protests for equal rights and more in Egypt, Syria, and China.

7) We are passionate about innovation!  The Center is committed to creating experiences that are engaging, unexpected and fun.  Whether you are interested in art, science, social justice or something in-between, you will find a connection here.

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6) The Center features the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection in the Voice to the Voiceless: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection Gallery.  The collection, which includes personal papers and items of Dr. King will rotate throughout the year.  We are offering year-long memberships for those who wish to visit multiple times and see every exhibit rotation.

5) The Center is inspiring.  At a recent talk, CEO, Doug Shipman explained that The Center aims to inspire the next Gandhi and the next King.  This is what The Center is about. You hear stories of courage and triumph, stories of brave individuals who fought for freedom and you too will be inspired do something.

4) We are located in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola at Pemberton Place.  Follow your time at The Center with a visit to our neighbors!

3) You can buy a tile, add a personalized message to it, and see it permanently displayed in the lobby of The Center this fall!

2) We are hands on!  At The Center, we encourage visitors to interact with the exhibit components!

1) It’s cool!  It really is.  There is so much to see, hear, and experience.  If you know people who are not easily impressed, we’re willing to bet you’ll be surprised to see how highly engaged they are while at The Center!

To learn more about The Center and to buy a ticket online, visit www.civilandhumanrights.org.  Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@Ctr4CHR) for more exciting news and posts!

Six Family-Friendly Activities for Father’s Day

Dads like to have fun too!  Check out these family-friendly events for Father’s Day weekend.

DSC_0094 (3)Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta. Isn’t dad your Superhero?  Come dressed as your favorite character on Superhero Day and enjoy activities, games and cartoon screenings. June 14, 12N- 4pm.

 

 

Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. Try stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, geocaching and more during “Get Outside Georgia Day.” June 14, 10 am to 3 pm.

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah. Experience the lives of soldiers stationed here during the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War at this Father’s Day program. June 14-15, includes the daily cannon firings at 11 am and 2 pm.

gorilla_ozzie_ZA_smallZoo Atlanta, Atlanta. Free admission to Dad on Father’s Day with purchase of any full-price child’s (ages 3 to 11) or adult’s general admission ticket. Celebrate Ozzie the gorilla’s birthday at 10:30 am. June 15.

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Braves Country 5K, Atlanta. Includes a One Mile Fun Run (7 & older, open to adults) and Kilometer Kids Dash (6 & younger). 5K ends inside Turner Field. Each 5K registration includes a ticket to that evenings match-up against the Los Angeles Angels and a limited edition baseball tee. Advanced registration required.  June 14, 7:30 am.

Cloudland Canyon State Park, Rising Fawn. Full Moon Hike on the darkened West Rim Trail. Watch the sun set on the west side the canyon, hike to the east side, then watch the moon rise. Ages 10 and up, advanced reservations required. June 13, 8 pm to 11 pm. 

 

Katherine writer_18Katherine Mikkelson is a freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys travel and food and writes about both on her blog StateEats.com, highlighting iconic food from our 50 states.    

 

 

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

Favorite Food Finds in Atlanta

As I quickly learned upon my relocation to Atlanta, the food scene in Atlanta is outstanding. There is no shortage of restaurants to try at all price points. Before, during and after my recent move, the one thing I kept asking for was restaurant recommendations. I shouldn’t have been surprised that so many people were willing to share their favorites!

As with every list of this nature, it’s all subjective. Here are a few that have become instant favorites.

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Parish

Billed as a restaurant, market, deli and community haven, it’s a perfect description. There’s a deli vibe with community tables downstairs and upstairs is a cool lofty place. The prices are reasonable and Parish offers two outside patio areas to enjoy the Atlanta weather with your meal.

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Fat Matt’s

Seating is first come, first served so be prepared to wait a few minutes if you arrive at a peak time. The space is small but the taste is big. I highly recommend the pulled pork sandwich. Make sure to leave room for a side of Rum baked beans or macaroni salad.

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Antico Pizza Napoletana

When people say you are sitting in the kitchen, they aren’t kidding. Seating is communal, at benches and it can get packed, so be prepared for people to eye your table while you are eating. Antico allows you to bring your own alcohol making the price of a “beer and pizza” night relatively inexpensive.

lorisusslebonanniLori Sussle Bonanni spent her career in New York City and relocated to Atlanta in December 2013. Lori loves immersing herself in local culture and going off the beaten path. She is excited to explore all that Atlanta and Georgia have to offer. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Specialization in Advertising and Public Relations from Rowan University. Say hi to Lori @smplythreecents on Twitter or visit her blog, simplythreecents.com.