Taste the State with Georgia Restaurant Week

Georgia Restaurant WeekThe culinary scene in Georgia is wonderfully diverse, with restaurants across the state offering an array of delicious options ranging from traditional Southern cuisine and locally-sourced treats to flavorful ethnic dishes and amazing seafood. The inaugural Georgia Restaurant Week celebrates the state’s unique and varied culinary scene by offering patrons the opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite local eateries and discover some new dining experiences through exclusive deals and menu options!

Each participating restaurant selects a Prix Fixe Menu to offer diners during Georgia Restaurant Week, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division and the Georgia Restaurant Association. These menus are available during dinner service at the fixed prices of $15, $25 or $35 per person or per couple, depending on the eatery. This annual event celebrates the flavors of Georgia by showcasing the state’s culinary experiences and highlighting unique local flavors, notable chefs, award-winning restaurants, agritourism destinations and much more.

So what kind of dining experience do you want? Because Georgia Restaurant Week can offer it. If you want dinner with a view, make your way to the 30th floor at Nikolai’s Roof, in Atlanta, where you will find an amazing view of the city skyline while enjoying more than 300 hand-selected wines. Or perhaps you like some live entertainment with your meal? Then you won’t want to miss dinner at Scott’s Downtown, in Gainesville, where you’ll enjoy jazz music while you dine in their comfortable atmosphere. Appreciate fine art in The Library at Epic Restaurant, in Columbus, where you can’t help but be enveloped by the warm, welcoming atmosphere alongside the Chattahoochee River. If you want to eat outdoors, the patio at Joe’s on Juniper, in Atlanta, within walking distance of Piedmont Park, is the place to be. Keen to try something foreign to the American pallet? Cinco Mexican Cantina, in Cumming, and Der Biergarten, in Atlanta, provide authentic selections of both traditional and contemporary ethnic dishes. These are but a few of the amazing dining experiences offered by participating venues; find more by visiting GARestaurantWeek.com.

With a vast array of restaurants to choose from, you could find your new favorite eatery any day of the week. Georgia Restaurant Week runs from July 13th to July 19th in accordance with participating restaurants’ regular hours. We recommend you make a reservation, as these deals won’t last forever. So come on out and have your appetite ready! Join the conversation online using #GeorgiaEats and enjoy Georgia’s incredible culinary scene!

Fourth of July in Georgia

Independence Day is right around the corner, and everyone is preparing for the most patriotic weekend of the year. Here is a list of fun July 4th festivities, from free fireworks to a scenic train ride on the SAM Shortline. So gather your family and friends and show off your red, white and blue at these exciting events all around Georgia!

4th of July Family Fun Day Celebration - Dahlonega

4th of July Family Fun Day Celebration in Dahlonega

Historic High Country
Villa Rica – The 9th annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza kicks off at 5:00 pm with the largest fireworks display in Northwest Georgia! Admission is free with concessions and on-site parking available.

Rome – You can be just as colorful as the fireworks with the Color in Motion 5k Run starting at 6:00 pm at Ridge Ferry Park. The party starts when you enter the park with live music, food and entertainment. There will be a fireworks show after the race. Race Day registration is $35.

Woodstock – Join the Stars & Strikes July 4th Spectacular with a parade starting at 10:00 am, a festival from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, a free concert with The Block Party Band and a thrilling firework show beginning at dusk.

Ringgold – Celebrate Independence Day with Red, White and Blueberry wine at the Georgia Winery! Featuring your choice of wine at $3 per glass.

Northeast Mountains
Dahlonega – Celebrate Independence Day family-style in Dahlonega on the historic town square with a fun 5k and 10k race, a patriotic ceremony on the lawn of the Gold Museum, a watermelon cutting by The Dahlonega Nugget, a classic car show and live music. The Independence Day Parade through the historic square begins around 5 p.m. and ends just in time to find a spot on the nearby drill field of the University of North Georgia to await the fireworks.

Helen – Come see Helen’s annual display of fireworks! View the beautiful show from the south side of Helen near the tubing companies at the Alpine Village Shoppes. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Sky Valley – This weekend event is fun for the whole family with a pancake breakfast and BBQ dinner followed by fireworks on Friday, July 3rd.  Saturday kicks off with a rubber duck race at 10:30 am and a parade through the park at 11:30 am.

Dillard – Come enjoy the free live band from 4:30 pm. to 8:30 pm, and BBQ from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the historic Dillard House. A fantastic firework display is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, at dusk at the north end of Rabun County.

Atlanta Metro
Lanier Islands – Gather at LanierWorld for a weekend celebration! Enjoy live entertainment on Thursday, July 2nd. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday splash around at the water park while dancing to the music and watch the firework spectacles at 10:00 pm every night.

Atlanta – Show off your patriotism at the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The largest 10K in the world, it is the 46th running, and a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond. The race starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park.

The Georgia Aquarium – This Fourth of July, celebrate with unlimited beer samplings, food, live music and fireworks! Red White & Brew will be held in the Oceans Ballroom, with views of our beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. After dinner and drinks, head up to the Aquarium’s parking deck rooftop for the city’s best view of the Centennial Olympic Park firework show. The event lasts from 7:00 pm to 10 pm.

Centennial Olympic Park – Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will offer fun and entertainment for the entire family, including free music and Atlanta’s number one fireworks display. Gates open at 6:00 pm.

Stone Mountain Park – Don’t miss the four day Fantastic Fourth Celebration, July 2-5! Stone Mountain Park and Star 94 present ‘Rockin the Rock’ featuring American Authors and Rachel Platten. The concert will kick off the Fantastic Fourth Celebration on July 2nd. The Lasershow Spectacular and extended fireworks finale will begin at 9:30 pm.

AJC Peachtree Road Race - Atlanta

AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta

Historic Heartland
Madison – This free celebration features live music by the Athens Classic City Band. Bring a picnic, blankets, tables or chairs and join family and friends for the festivities. Music begins at 7 pm, but come early to grab a spot on the lawn or rent a table from the Center for $20 each. Don’t forget to decorate your table; prizes will be given for “Most Patriotic” table decorations.

Athens – Foundry Entertainment & Yuengling present the 7th annual Classic City American Music Festival featuring Dom Flemons, Grassland String Band, Little Country Giants, The Skillet Lickers, Art Rosenbaum and more. This event is family-friendly with 10+ bands, two stages, fried and grilled food, great drinks, BBQ, and fireworks. Music begins at 3:00 pm.

Juliette – Put on your red, white and blue, pack a picnic, and spend a day on the farm. Hear the Declaration of Independence at noon and compete in sack race, three legged race, egg toss, and other events. Watch blacksmiths, woodstove cook, quilters, and other skills of the past at the Jarrell Plantation Historic Site. Events run from 10:30 am until 3:30 pm.

Watkinsville – Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department and Ellis Pain Center present the Oconee 4th of July Spectacular!  Come out for this star spangled celebration and listen to live music and good food. Activities begin at 6:30 pm and run until the fireworks show at 9:30 pm.

Classic South
Augusta – The Annual Yankee Doodle Dash will feature a 5K and 10K race on Augusta Canal Tow Path. The race begins at 8:00 am on Saturday, July 4th. Registration is $15.

Appling – Decorate your bicycle or golf cart and dress-up your best furry friend for a patriotic pet parade through the campground of Mistletoe State Park. Participants of all ages are welcome! The parade begins at 9:30 am.

Waynesboro – Celebrate your independence with Mad Anthony’s Fireworks Show at the Waynesboro-Burke County recreation department. Bring your family and friends and gather around to watch the night sky light up with red, white, and blue from 9-9:30 pm.

Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee – Reserve your spot at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge for a weekend full of family fun with something for everyone. Activities kick off on Thursday, July 2nd and run until Sunday, July 5th with a concert and fireworks display on Friday night beginning at 7:45 pm!

Waycross – Join in the Independence Day Fun at Laura S. Walker State Park all day long! There is a parking fee of $5.

Savannah – Come celebrate American patriotism at the River Street Fourth of July Celebration! Live music will be featured on the Arbor Stage throughout the night. Grab your chair and get there early to watch the sky light up for the 2015 Fireworks Extravaganza. The event is free and runs from 4:40 pm until 10:00 pm.

St. Simons Island – The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been an island tradition for over 60 years. The family fun starts this year on Friday, July 3, 2015, and runs through Sunday, July 5, 2015. Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm. The fireworks display begins at 9 pm on July 4 in Neptune Park. Bring the family and run in a 1-mile fun run and 5K race. The 1-mile fun run begins at 7:30 am, and the 5K race starts at 8 am. Start/Finish/Registration for both races will be at Mallery Park.

Darien – The annual Independence celebration is on Friday, July 3. Bring your food, lawn chairs, and blankets so you can relax in the breeze of the Darien River while enjoying music by The Bushmen and fireworks at dark. The gates open at 5 pm and the entertainment begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults (beginning at age 13), $5 for children (6-12 years old) and under five years of age are free.

July 4th Festivities - Thomasville

July 4th Festivities in Thomasville

Magnolia Midlands
Dublin – Featuring live musical performances, a huge fireworks display, and lots of kid’s activities, Beach Blast is a free family-friendly event with cornhole and softball tournaments, eating contests, food, water slides, jumpers and more at Southern Pines Park. Stick around for the fireworks display lighting the night sky beginning at dark! Park opens at 11:00 am.

Fitzgerald – Visit Paulk Park on July 4 for fireworks, free Cokes, hotdogs, music and contests for all ages.

Douglas – Complete with vendors, live entertainment and some of the best fireworks in South Georgia, Freedom Fest is one of the premier Independence Day celebrations in the region. Tailgate or come into the stands at JC Adams Municipal Park to enjoy the show. Gates open at 4 p. on July 4, 2015. Admission is free.

Statesboro – Head out to Mill Creek Park for the July 4th Firecracker Fest! Complete with games and activities for all ages and a great selection of food, this celebration is sure to keep you busy. Starting at 3:00 pm with a tennis tournament, the park will host live music and a spectacular fireworks display starting at 9:00 pm.

Plantation Trace
Thomasville – Head over to downtown Thomasville for a community-wide Independence Day celebration, complete with food, fireworks and fun! Enjoy watermelon slices, fun activities, face painting, food vendors and more! Admission is free and festivities begin at 6:30 pm.

Adel – Spend your 4th of July weekend right whether it be camping at the park, spending the day out on the lake, or competing in the Corn Hole and Putt Putt Golf tournaments. Bring the kids out for a bike parade and face painting in the campground. Corn Hole Tournament begins at 1:00 pm at $5.00 a team. The Putt Putt Golf Tournament starts at 3:00pm with a $2.00 a person admission fee. The Bike Parade kicks off at 5:00pm and the decoration supplies for bikes will be provided!

Valdosta – Join in on the wild fun for fireworks and some all-American fun as we celebrate our country on the 4th of July!  Experience one of the South’s largest and most patriotic fireworks display. Wild Adventures honors the military during our Independence Day celebration with free admission, July 3 – 5 for all active or retired military, disabled veterans and reservists with a valid US military ID. Family and friends of members of the military receive $10 off one-day admission or $5 off two-day admission at the park when accompanied by a service member.

Albany – Downtown Albany is offering a plethora of different activities all around town starting on Friday, July 3rd! Many shops and restaurants are offering discounts and drink specials. Join everyone at Riverfront Park for an outside screening of The Lego Movie. Live music at Veteran’s Park begins at 5:30 pm followed by a fireworks display at the Albany Civic Center at 9:30 pm.

Presidential Pathways
Callaway Gardens – The celebration begins early and lasts well into the night at our annual July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake Beach. There will be live music, bands, fireworks and lots of fun. All events are at Robin Lake Beach area unless otherwise noted, are weather dependent and subject to change. Admission fee is required to enjoy the festivities!

Columbus – Florence Marina State Park invites you to attend the annual 4th of July activities on July 4th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be boat rides, crafts and games available for the whole family! Cost is only $1-$5 for craft fee, $5 for boat ride and there is a $5 parking fee.

Manchester – Gear up for an elaborate evening at Manchester Mill on July 3. This is an annual event featuring great food and activities for all ages. Entertainment is on tap throughout the evening until the celebration begins. A spectacular firework show at 10 pm will start your Independence celebration here in Meriwether County. Please join us for the county’s largest event on July 3 with free admission!

Cordele – Catch the SAM Shortline at the Georgia Veterans State Park to enjoy a July 4th BBQ dinner  over beautiful Lake Blackshear then sit back for an exciting evening train ride through the Sumter County countryside. Upon your return, you’ll watch the fireworks from the train while parked on the Lake Blackshear trestle. Ticket price includes meal. The trip will run from 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm.

For more ideas, visit Explore Georgia’s Fourth of July Events listings!

Events Commemorating Memorial Day in Georgia

Memorial Day in Woodstock, Georgia

Photo courtesy of Woodstock, Georgia

Start summer 2015 at some of the many weekend events occurring this Memorial Day in Georgia:

May 22-24: Memorial Day Night Paddle at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge

May 22-24: Memorial Day Mayhem at Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge in Helena

May 22-25: Memorial Day Celebration at LanierWorld in Buford

May 22-25: Memorial Day Weekend at North GA Zoo in Cleveland

May 23: Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Florence Marina State Park in Omaha

May 23: Old-Fashioned Memorial Day at Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill

May 23: Memorial Day Miniature Golf Tournament at Indian Springs State Park in Flovilla

May 23: Volunteer Day – Memorial Day Face Painting at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth

May 23-25: Memorial Day Observance at Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville

May 23-25: Memorial Day Weekend – Salute the Troops at Stone Mountain Park

May 23-25: Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort King George Historic Site in Darien

May 24: Memorial Day Celebration at Hightower Creek Vineyards in Hiawassee

May 25: Memorial Day Ceremony at The Park at City Center in Woodstock

May 25: Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony at City Hall in Roswell

May 25: Memorial Day at Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth

May 25: Jackson County Memorial Day Parade in Jefferson

May 25: Memorial Day Celebration in Historic Downtown in Senoia

May 25: Memorial Day Commemoration at Fort Morris Historic Site in Midway

Baseball Stadiums: Georgia’s Summer Promotions

Summer is right around the corner as the school year finishes with Memorial Day weekend, and that means baseball season hits full stride, too.  For parents and baseball fans looking for inexpensive and fun ways to spend their summer evenings, Georgia’s four minor league teams offer a variety of promotions.  Minor league baseball is known for regular promotions like “Thirsty Thursday” or “Two-for-One Tuesdays,” but I wanted to focus on some of the unique promotions and giveaways that provide fans with a real reason to attend a game.  Whether you want to check out your local team or make a road trip, there are tons of reasons for fans to flock to ballparks in Rome, Savannah, Augusta, or Gwinnett.  Here’s a rundown of the promotions (team-by-team):

Gwinnett Braves

Friday, May 24: Dudes vs. Foods Night

Dudes Vs. Foods 2012 (credit Leslie Watts, Gwinnett Braves)

Dudes Vs. Foods 2012 (credit Leslie Watts, Gwinnett Braves)

Saturday, May 25: Mini Bat Giveaway

Friday, June 7: Father’s Day Fun plus Post-Game Fireworks

Saturday, June 8: 5th Anniversary Bank Giveaway

Sunday, June 9: Public Safety Day / Touch-A-Truck

Friday, June 21: ‘80s Night / Powder Blue Jersey Auction

Saturday, June 22: Jason Heyward Bobblehead Giveaway

Thursday, July 4: Red, White, and Blue Thundersticks Giveaway plus Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, July 5: Beach Party

Saturday, July 6: Kris Medlen Bobblehead Giveaway

Friday, July 19: Outdoors Night

Saturday, July 20: Notebook Giveaway / Camouflage Jersey Auction

Friday, August 9: Football Night

Saturday, August 10: Craig Kimbrel Bobblehead Giveaway

Friday, August 16: G-Braves Baseball Cap Giveaway

Friday, August 30: Fan Appreciation Night plus Post-Game Fireworks

Four for the Road

Friday, May 24: Dudes vs. Foods Night.  If you’ve ever wanted to test your chops, or perhaps stomach, as a competitive eater tonight is your night.  Maybe you’ll take home the Yellow Mustard Belt!

Friday, June 21: ‘80s Night / Powder Blue Jersey Auction.  If you remember the Atlanta Braves playing in powder blue jerseys during the ‘80s with Dale Murphy patrolling the outfield and Bruce Benedict behind home plate, you will want to attend this game.  Following the trip down memory lane, fans can bid on game-worn throwback jerseys and own a piece of the 1980s.  Proceeds from the auction support Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation.

Friday, July 5: Beach Party.  There’s no need to pile the family into the minivan and trek to the coast, you can make the trip to Lawrenceville and have the beach brought to you.  Themed contests will allow fans to experience the beach without the three-hour drive.

Saturday, July 20: Notebook Giveaway / Camouflage Jersey Auction.  If you don’t have enough camouflage in your closet, here’s your chance to watch the G-Braves play in camo jerseys and bid on them after the game.  I’m sure there will be some Duck Dynasty fans in attendance, too.  Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Savannah Sand Gnats

Thursday, May 23: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway SSG-BSE-PINK-13-1B

Saturday, May 25: Girl Scout Night plus Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, May 26: TailsSpin Bark in the Park

Tuesday, June 11: Marco’s Feed Your Face: All-You-Can-Eat Pizza

Friday, June 14: Sand Gnats T-Shirt Giveaway

Saturday, June 15: Boy Scout Night plus Post-Game Fireworks

Thursday, June 27: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway / Military Jersey Auction

Saturday, June 29: Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Night plus Post-Game Fireworks

Sunday, June 30: TailsSpin Bark in the Park

Thursday, July 11: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway

Friday, July 26: Johan Santana Bobblehead Giveaway

Sunday, July 28: TailsSpin Bark in the Park

Thursday, August 8: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway

Sunday, August 25: TailsSpin Bark in the Park

Four for the Road

Thursday, June 27: Military Appreciation T-Shirt Giveaway / Military Jersey Auction.  Admission is free for active duty or retired military personnel with an ID and the first 100 active duty service members will receive a free armed forces T-shirt.  The Sand Gnats will wear military-inspired jerseys that fans can bid on following the game.  Proceeds benefit local military charities.

Saturday, June 29: Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Night.  Not every promotion allows fans to leave the stadium with a new item.  Sometimes the promo focuses on local charities or promoting awareness, and that’s the case here.  Fans can kick off the day with the Home Run 5K Trot at 8 a.m. before the evening’s game.

Friday, July 26: Johan Santana Bobblehead Giveaway.  Most minor league teams honor former players who reached The Show with a bobblehead, but the Sand Gnats are doing something unique with this giveaway.  The team celebrates its affiliation with the New York Mets by honoring two-time Cy Young Award winner and four-time All-Star Johan Santana with his own bobblehead, although he has never played for the team.

Sunday, August 25: TailsSpin Bark in the Park.  The last Sunday of each month fans can bring their family pooch to the park, and this is the last chance to bring your best four-legged friend to the stadium this season.

Rome Braves

Myron Noodleman (credit Rome Braves)

Friday, May 31: Beach Towel Giveaway

Saturday, June 1: Mystery Bag Giveaway

Sunday, June 2: National Cancer Survivors Day

Friday, June 7: Ladies Night

Saturday, June 8: Appearance by Zooperstars

Friday, June 21: Retro Braves Night

Saturday, June 22: Parrot Head Paradise Night with Post-Game Concert: The Swinging Medallions

Thursday, July 4: Celebrate America Night plus Post-Game Fireworks

Friday, July 5: Appearance by BBoy McCoy

Friday, July 19: Craig Kimbrel Bobblehead Giveaway

Saturday, July 20: Post-Game Concert: Slippery When Wet

Friday, August 2: Appearance by Myron Noodleman

Saturday, August 3: Post-Game Concert: The Tams

Friday, August 16: Tribute to the King – Elvis Night

Saturday, August 17: Back to School Puzzle Giveaway plus Post-Game Fireworks

Four for the Road

Friday, June 7: Ladies Night.  Female fans will receive a night of pampering at the park.  So bring your mom, wives, girlfriends, or the cute girl at work and impress her with an opportunity to be pampered while watching the America’s Pastime.

Saturday, June 22: Parrot Head Paradise Night with Post-Game Concert: The Swinging Medallions.  Fans of Jimmy Buffet already picked up on the theme of tonight’s game, and fans can bid on the special Parrot Head Paradise jerseys the Braves will wear tonight.  After the game, fans can enjoy the sounds of The Swinging Medallions, the Party Band of the South.

Friday, August 2: Appearance by Myron Noodleman.  There are a variety of entertainers who visit minor league ballparks and arenas throughout the year, but everybody’s favorite nerd is among one of the best entertainers out there.  Tonight is your only chance to catch him at a game in Georgia this season.

Friday, August 16: Tribute to the King – Elvis Night.  Here’s proof that you don’t have to be in Memphis to celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, as the Braves pay tribute to Elvis.  Enjoy music from Elvis along with King-themed trivia, and fans dressed as Elvis can enter a Look-a-Like contest.

Augusta GreenJackets

The GreenJackets take a different approach to promotions.  Instead of numerous giveaways or appearances that take place on almost any night of the week, the club reserves giveaways for Saturdays and highlights daily deals the rest of the week.  Here’s the rundown of daily deals followed by the Saturday night specials:

Mondays: Feed Your Face Mondays (All-you-can-eat on select items until 6th inning)

Tuesdays: Two-for-Tuesdays (Two-for-one pricing on soft drinks and draft beers)

Wednesdays: BI-LO Baseball Bingo (Play baseball bingo for prizes)

Thursdays: Thirsty Thursday ($1 soft drinks and $1 draft beers)

Fridays: Fireworks Friday (Post-Game fireworks show)

Saturdays: American Family Insurance’s Saturday Family Night (special giveaways)

Sundays: Kids Day! (Children under 12 can participate in pre-game and post-game activities)

Saturday, June 1: Tim Wakefield Statuette Giveaway

Saturday, June 8: Bark in the Park

Saturday, June 22: GreenJackets Baseball Cap Giveaway

Pablo Sandoval Statuette

Pablo Sandoval Statuette

Saturday, July 6: Appearance by the Inflatamaniacs

Saturday, July 20: Military Appreciation Night

Saturday, August 3: Pablo Sandoval Statuette Giveaway

Saturday, August 17: GreenJackets Team Photo Giveaway

Four for the Road

Saturday, June 1: Tim Wakefield Statuette Giveaway.  The club inducted former the

Boston Red Sox knuckleballer into its Hall of Fame this season, and honor him with a miniature statue.  The two-time World Series champion played for the club as a first baseman in 1989 in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system before converting to a full-time pitcher the following season.

Saturday, July 6: Appearance by the Inflatamaniacs.  Fans who watched last summer’s “America’s Got Talent” should remember the Inflatamaniacs.  The judges quickly booted the quartet, but fans can expect them to bring their best stuff to Lake Olmstead Stadium.  The diverse group makes its only scheduled appearance in the region tonight.

Saturday, July 20: Military Appreciation Night.  The club has not announced any special jerseys or promotions for the night, but with Fort Gordon just 25 minutes away from the stadium it is sure to be a special night to honor America’s armed forces.

Saturday, August 3: Pablo Sandoval Statuette Giveaway.  It cannot be easy miniaturizing a player nicknamed Kung Fu Panda because of his girth, but the GreenJackets have done it to honor another member of their inaugural Hall of Fame class.  Sandoval split time between first and third base while playing in Augusta during the 2006 season.  He has gone on to help the San Francisco Giants claim two World Series crowns, and earned World Series MVP honors during the 2012 Fall Classic.

Whether you hit the highways for a road trip or just visit your local ballpark, you’re now equipped with information about some of the most unique promotions coming to a stadium near you.  Enjoy some of the most cost-friendly family entertainment available and catch the stars of tomorrow in your own backyard!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteven Ericson claims Pittsburgh, Pa., as his ancestral home, but grew up in Marietta.  He loves baseball and getting his photo taken with team mascots.  When not at a ballpark, you can find him visiting presidential sights and state capitols. Read his blog at geosteven.blogspot.com.