Monday, July 21, 2014

#Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious night in @GALawrenceville @AuroraTheatre

I was given an invitation to attend a media night for Lawrenceville's Aurora Theater's Mary Poppins.  My husband decided he wasn't interested in going, so my daughter and I made it a girl's night out.  We started by having dinner at Cosmo's Little Italy Pizza (her pick).  My daughter was determined to have pizza.  I, on the other hand, decided to have baked ziti.  We both thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere (cozy casual).

We wandered around the square after, though nothing more than restaurants and such were open.  After letting dinner settle slightly, we headed to a little place next to Cosmo's called Special Kneads and Treats.  Let me say straight up that this place will be hazardous to my wallet and my waist line in the future. I love supporting special programs and this one is doing a wonderful job.  Not to mention that what they're selling is AWESOME!  I had a salted caramel cupcake and cup of tea, my daughter had a cookie.

From there we headed over to the theater itself. I've seen a lot of shows advertised and have meant to get over there many times. I just haven't done it. For reference, the theater is located adjacent to the city parking deck. 

I wasn't able to get pictures of the production itself, but I will state that they did a VERY nice job of the show.  My daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself.  My favorite song in the show is (and almost always has been, even in the movie) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  My daughter decided she really liked the cast's performance of Step in Time.   

The show is running now through August 31st.  The theater is small and there didn't seem to be a bad seat in the house.  You can purchase tickets through the theater's web site:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PSA: Fernbank Museum's Carnival Science Day @FernbankMuseum

Fernbank Museum Continues 97 Days of Play with Carnival Science Day
Enjoy Circus Performers, Science Shows, Games And Much More!

ATLANTA July 3, 2014 – Fernbank Museum of Natural History ( announces Carnival Science Day on July 26 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This new family day will embody the fun of a carnival, all while teaching guests a little bit about the science that inspires all of those fun games and tricks.

Big Thinkers Science Exploration will be performing Air Up There at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This exciting show will feature a hovercraft and a cannon that will launch smoke ring cannons into the audience. This show will amaze guests and leave them more knowledgeable about the world around them.

The Imperial OPA will bring along a stilt walker, a hoop dancer and a strolling musician. These talented characters are sure to amaze as they pose for pictures and perform tricks.

Guests will also have the chance to create their own optical illusion. The Giggy Thaumatrope will teach guests about the persistence of vision using printed images and chopsticks, which will turn into a colorful picture when twirled.

As always, Fernbank will have an exciting array of games to keep guests entertained, including a carnival ring toss, a game of planko and much more.

In honor of this special event, The Fernbank CafĂ© will get in the spirit by serving up special carnival-themed treats that will ensure that guests’ taste buds will have fun as well.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the permanent exhibition Sensing Nature to experience various interactives that help guests learn about the relationship between science and their senses in a new and exciting way.

Carnival Science Day activities are included with Museum admission and are free for Fernbank members. As part of Fernbank’s 97 Days of Play, the Museum has made it a goal to provide families with fun activities from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Upcoming 97 Days of Play activities include Shark Tooth Tuesdays (every Tuesday in July), Safari Hat Sundays (every Sunday in July), Reptile Day (July 12) and Dinosaur Birthday Bash (August 23).

Museum tickets are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for children aged 2 and under. Value Pass tickets, which include Museum admission and one IMAX film, are $26 for adults, $24 for students and seniors, $22 for children ages 3-12, free for children aged 2 and under and $8 for members. The Museum is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Parking is free. For tickets, call 404.929.6400 or visit

About Fernbank

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#WW Front Yard Birdies

This cardinal "rules" my feeders. He likes to make sure his girl eats first.

Red bellied woodpecker peeking from behind the suet cake.

Mama wren feeding her babies. She wasn't sure about my being where I was, but as I didn't move she went on about her business.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

PSA: Carvel celebrates National Ice Cream Day @CarvelIceCream

Carvel … America’s Freshest Ice Cream®, continues its summer-long 80th anniversary celebration with National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 20. Carvel® will treat guests to junior cups or cones for only 80 cents in honor of the anniversary, filled with their choice of freshly made vanilla, chocolate or all-new soft-serve ice cream made with Ferrero’s Nutella® hazelnut spread.

Guests can celebrate National Ice Cream Day at participating Carvel locations by printing the coupon from the company’s Facebook page or from the Carvel website. Carvel will also send the coupon via email to everyone who is a member of the Fudgie Fanatics e-club by July 15th. To join Fudgie Fanatics, visit

In addition to receiving the National Ice Cream Day coupon, anyone who signs up for Fudgie Fanatics by July 20 will be entered to win free ice cream for a year as part of Carvel’s 80th anniversary celebration.

Monday, July 14, 2014

PSA: Atlanta History Center events #AHCfamily

The Battle of Peachtree Creek Commemorative Weekend takes place July 18th through July 19th. The complete weekend schedule is available at The weekend kicks-off with a Friday evening musical and theatrical performance A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 – 1887. On Saturday, The Battle of Peachtree Creek Family Program provides everyone an opportunity to learn about the battle by engaging in a multitude of activities throughout the day, including special exhibition tours that allow guests to take the role of a Union or Confederate soldier, a Civil War encampment, cooking demonstrations, and Civil War musical performances. Leave the kids with your baby-sitter and return during the evening for the Civil War After Dark program, in which visitors experience special exhibition tours that tell the seedy side of the war, Civil War Improv, and moonshine themed cocktails as well as local beers. On Sunday, participate in the commemoration from the comfort of your home by monitoring the Atlanta History Center blog on, which will be posting real-time updates, personal accounts, images, and artifacts from the Battle of Peachtree Creek.

Not able to come that weekend? No worries, we still have a lot to offer. The Kinsey Collection will be on display until July 13th, with the final gallery performances being held on July 12th and 13th. So come see the exhibition before it moves on to another location! At the Atlanta History Center when one door closes, two more open. The Atlanta History Center is excited to announce the opening of Wilbur G. Kurtz: History in Gone With the Wind. The exhibition, located in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, is FREE to the public. Visitors learn about the influence Kurtz had as the historian and technical advisor on the film’s accuracy and depiction of Atlanta, Tara, and the Civil War and Reconstruction eras. It’s also a great window into the art of filmmaking during the golden age of Hollywood. Click here for more info. Also opening this month, only July 18th, is Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection. Artifacts in this exhibition are on display for the first time ever and include the rarest-of-the-rare: Southern-made uniforms, flags, firearms, bayonets, and small-caliber artillery pieces. Click here for more info.