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.