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Fall Fun Guide Around Peachtree Corners and Atlanta Area

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Cookies and Costumes. Photo courtesy of The Forum on Peachtree Parkway site.

*Before attending any of these events or activities, please check for any updates on the schedules, given that most of these are subject to change.

Motul Petit Le Mans — Competitive Racing and Family Events

October 14-17, 8 a.m., races begin. Free Entry.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
5300 Winder Highway, Braselton, GA 30517

For the past 20 plus years, Motul Petit Le Mans has been the sporting event in the southeast to experience. With four days’ worth of on-track battles, culminating in the 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech Championship finale showdown on Saturday, October 10, the action is nonstop. Once you add in the heated manufacturer and team rivalries, kid’s zone, vendors, food trucks, displays, car corrals, camping, Patrón bar, grid walk, autograph sessions and so much more, this event has it all, and at family-friendly prices, too! More info at roadatlanta.com

Spotlight in the DTL Series Talent Show Style Event

October 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11, 18, 5-9 p.m.
70 South Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, GA — exact location TBA.

Calling all artists! Step into the spotlight and perform! Do you like to paint? Looking to showcase a new song? Ever had a passion for miming? Whether your talent is painting, music, sculpture or something else, Spotlight in the DTL wants to feature you! Performers from all backgrounds, skill levels and abilities are encouraged to apply. Auditions required. Check out downtownlawrencevillega.com for more information.

Urban Media Makers Film Makers Film Festival

October 15-17. Virtual.

The Urban Media Makers are excited to announce the 19th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF), running throughout Gwinnett County — Duluth, Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Suwanee — and metro-Atlanta, online only this year. Includes Afrofuturism, animation, art, film, music, apps, TV and scripts. Founded in November 2001, the Urban Media Makers is a 501c3 organization founded by Cheryle Renee Moses, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and resident of Gwinnett County. For more information, visit umff.com.

Open Studio Glass Fusing Fridays

October 16 and November 6, 13, 20, 1-5 p.m.
Roswell Visual Arts Center. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075

Join on Fridays for an Adult Glass Fusing Studio! In this drop-in studio setting, you can choose what to create from a variety of projects. All tools and materials provided. Projects priced individually, ranging from $15 to $35. There is a $5 studio fee due at each visit. To find out more, call 770-594-6411 or register at RoswellGov.com/Eventbrite.

Laser Adventure Battle Arena at NETHERWORLD Haunted House

October 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 6-10 p.m. $25 per person.
NETHERWORLD Haunted House
2076 West Park Place Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30087

NETHERWORLD Haunted House’s newest immersive attraction, laser tag, is perfect for those seeking a live video game-like experience where they can test both their brains and athletic abilities. Complete with mazes, abandoned forts and other haunt-like interactive elements, even the most advanced laser tag enthusiasts can expect a challenge in this complex post-apocalypse themed outdoor arena. Participants can choose from a large variety of battle modes for their game, limited to at most 24 players. Outside of normal hours, Laser Adventure Battle Arena is also open for private bookings any weekday. Go to fearworld.com for details.

Patio Paint and Sip in The Hudgens’ Sculpture Garden

October 23, 6-8 p.m. $25-35.
Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway,
Duluth, GA 30097

Looking for a fun and creative evening out of the house? Join The Hudgens Sculpture Garden to relax, enjoy the fresh air, connect with old friends or make new ones at Patio Paint & Sip. Bring your favorite snacks and Friday night nip (beer or wine only, please!) to enjoy as one of our talented instructors guides you through the process of creating your own masterpiece. Not an artist? Don’t sweat it! Art supplies will be provided, and no artistic experience is necessary.

The Hudgens practices all recommended public health guidelines and social distancing to ensure a safe, healthy and enjoyable evening for all. Learn more at thehudgens.org.

Trunk or Treat from Keller Williams Cityside

October 30, 4:30-7 p.m.
3350 Atlanta Road, Smyrna, GA 30080

Keller Williams Cityside will host a community-wide Trunk or Treat. Agents will invite their clients, current and past, and they’ll open it up to the community. All participants will park their car in the parking lot, decorate their trunk to make it festive and pass out Halloween Candy.

They ask that all participants keep COVID-19 health and safety precautions in mind. The plan is to hand out candy rather than having the kids reach into a bowl.

Costumes and Cookies at Mojitos

October 31, 10-11 a.m.
The Forum on Peachtree Parkway
5155 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Come in costume on Halloween morning for a how-to cookie workshop at Mojito’s! Adults, kids and families are welcome. Each group will receive all the ingredients and supplies to create fun, vibrant and delicious Halloween sugar cookies. Step-by-step instructions for decorating will be shared by local baker Pierina from Twin Kookies & Sweets on the big screen.

Everyone in costume is invited to enter the giveaway at the end of the workshop. Afterwards, kids can stay on property and hang out with some of their favorite characters walking around at The Forum. Reserve your seats at The Forum in Peachtree Corners, theforumonpeachtree.com, click on Events, then “Costumes + Cookies.” Workshop will be socially distanced and hand sanitizing stations will be available at check-in. Masks are optional.

6th Annual Halloween Bash at Atlanta Comedy Theater

October 31, 7-10 p.m.
Atlanta Comedy Theater
4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30093

The 6th Annual Ghoulish Halloween Bash with Comedians, seen on HBO & BET ComicView, is for ages 21 and over. Dress to scare and win prizes in the Halloween Custom Contest for first, second and third place; cash and prizes given to winners. For tickets and details, visit atlcomedytheater.com.

Snellville Farmers Market

November 7, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Snellville Towne Green
2342 Oak Road, Snellville, GA 30078

Look forward to choosing from a wide variety of seasonal produce, microgreens, beef, pork, eggs, honey, BBQ, pizza, jams and jellies, whole bean coffee (including a special Snellville blend), bath & body care products, and a variety of baked boods, including gluten-free and vegan products. More at snellvilletourism.com.

16th Annual Hot Tamale Chili Cookoff

November 7, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Snellville Towne Green
2342 Oak Rd SW, Snellville, GA 30078

Presented by the Greater Eastside Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Snellville Tourism and Trade. The competition is open to any individual, business or organization who believes they have the best award-worthy chili recipes! More info at snellvilletourism.com.

Glass Ornament Workshop

November 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Roswell Visual Arts Center
10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA 30075

Create a beautiful, sparkly glass ornament for your tree or window this holiday season. Only bullseye glass will be used to create a one-of-a-kind fused glass decoration. Have a fun social time creating and indulging in holiday snacks, then creating ornaments! Pick up your ornament after it has been fired (approximately one week). Pay only $5, by cash or check, for each ornament you make! For ages 9 and up. Call 770-594-6411 to learn more or register at RoswellGov.com/Eventbrite.

Kelsey Asher is a proud graduate of the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor’s in Communications. She has held a variety of marketing leadership roles for several small, startup companies in a variety of industries including publishing, construction and technology.

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Titanic: An Immersive Voyage To Set Sail On 30-market World Tour

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Images courtesy of Titanic: An Immersive Voyage

Exhibition Hub in partnership with Fever and a collaborative of Titanic collectors announced today the launch of its latest exhibition Titanic: An Immersive Voyage.

The companies also announced that Milan, Italy and Atlanta, Georgia have been selected as the initial host cities for the next generation experience. Titanic: An Immersive Voyage is scheduled to open in Atlanta on Friday, July 19.

Titanic: An Immersive Voyage will feature more than 300 artifacts from Titanic and its sister vessels the Olympic and the Britannic, as well as objects from Carpathia and Californian, two additional ships key to Titanic’s story.

Items to be showcased in the experience were curated from multiple collections including treasures from Kevin Saucier, the owner of one of the largest private collections of Titanic memorabilia in the world. Priceless artifacts from the collection of Spencer Knarr will also be featured in the all-new Titanic experience. Mr. Knarr started his collection at the age of 12.

“Titanic is the most enchanting ship of all time and is revered by many as an iconic gem,” said John Zaller, Executive Producer at Exhibition Hub. “We’re delighted to tell this immortal story in our signature humanistic and immersive style, and to share it with guests around the world. We could not be more appreciative of the collectors who have joined us on this journey.” 

Titanic: An Immersive Voyage represents an entirely new approach to the story of the world’s most famous ocean liner. The experience features more than 300 artifacts, and dramatic room re-creations from the ship, along with advanced theatrical techniques and breathtaking technological overlays that place guests inside the story of the celebrated Titanic.

“Titanic: An Immersive Voyage engages the Titanic story like never before,” said Zaller. “Our expertise in exhibition design and immersive storytelling creates an unforgettable emotional connection to Titanic.”

“The mold for a Titanic exhibition was in need of a refresh,” said Mr. Knarr. “And, Exhibition Hub, with its success in creating immersive experiences, was just the company to do it. I’m really excited to have been invited to participate.”

Knarr’s fellow collector echoed those sentiments.

“One meeting with John Zaller and Exhibition Hub was a lock,” said. Mr. Saucier. “It’s a great way to break away from the traditional exhibit case and create a worldwide touring show. There are collectors who keep their treasures hidden and there are those of us that want to share with the world.”

Titanic: An Immersive Voyage uses cutting-edge storytelling technology to create a powerful emotional connection between visitors and those 2,200 souls onboard. The experience also features hands-on activities, in-depth learning opportunities, projection mapping, a detailed audio tour, educational materials, a special selfie zone, a unique green-screen photo opportunity and an expansive retail store with items from Titanic and her sister ships for sale.

More Information – The waitlist for tickets is now open and tickets will officially go on sale on June 17.  Visit expo-titanic.com/atlanta to join the list.

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Sneak Peek at The Westin at The Gas South District

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The 348-room, 11-story hotel opens March 21

The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett is eagerly counting down to its grand opening this week on March 21st, marking a significant milestone as the hotel prepares to redefine hospitality in Gwinnett County. Located in the dynamic Gas South District, this cutting-edge 11-story hotel features 348 rooms and over 27,000 square feet of flexible event space across 14 rooms. As part of Concord Hospitality’s portfolio, the establishment is poised to become a game-changer in the area, offering unparalleled service and amenities.

General Manager Mark Castriota, with Russell Stewart, Sales and Marketing

Under the leadership of General Manager Mark Castriota, with Russell Stewart steering the Sales and Marketing efforts, the hotel is set for a successful launch. General Manager Mark Castriota expressed excitement about the imminent opening. He lauded the dedication and hard work that has paved the way for this moment. Castriota emphasized the hotel’s commitment to providing unmatched hospitality experiences in Gwinnett County. The Westin aspires to fill the hotel with skilled individuals who deliver The Westin’s signature quality service to all guests.

The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett is more than just a place to stay; it’s a retreat for wellness and relaxation. The property boasts signature wellness initiatives, sleep-enhancing features, and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows. Modern conveniences are standard in every room and suite, including high-speed Wi-Fi, 55-inch smart TVs, ergonomic workstations, and mini-fridges.

One of the hotel’s highlights is its rooftop bar, Overstory, which offers stunning 360-degree views of North Georgia. Here, guests can enjoy locally brewed beer, a nod to the hotel’s commitment to supporting local businesses. Additionally, the hotel will feature SweetSong Kitchen & Bar, a full-service restaurant that emphasizes locally sourced and sustainable ingredients.

A unique architectural feature of The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett is its 25 preset lighting configurations. It can be adjusted to reflect various events and holidays, adding a vibrant and dynamic touch to the hotel’s facade. This, along with amenities like a full-service Starbucks, an indoor pool, and the Westin WORKOUT Fitness Studios, ensures guests have everything they need for a rejuvenating stay.

The Westin Atlanta Gwinnett is set to become a cornerstone of luxury and wellness in Gwinnett County, inviting visitors to experience a new level of hospitality.

A more in-depth feature will appear in Southwest Gwinnett magazine May/June issue.

Photos by Bruce Johnson

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Broadway Director Joins Production of Beauty and the Beast in Sandy Springs

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City Springs Theatre Company brings the legendary Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast to Sandy Springs from March 8 to 24.
Exterior of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center

City Springs Theatre Company (CSTC) brings the legendary Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to metro Atlanta with performances from March 8 through 24.

“City Springs Theatre Company is exceptionally proud to bring this modern classic to Atlanta audiences this spring,” said Tony Award-winner and Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, who serves as CSTC’s artistic director.

“For three decades now this ‘tale as old as time’ has been delighting audiences of all ages, across the globe. With its colorful characters, dazzling musical numbers (“Be Our Guest”, “Gaston”) and the Oscar-winning title song, Beauty and the Beast promises to be family theatre at its finest,” added Hensley.

Directing and choreographing City Springs Theatre Company’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is renowned Tony Award-recipient Baayork Lee, who has performed in some of Broadway’s biggest musicals.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be performed in the Byers Theatre at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, located at 1 Galambos Way in Sandy Springs.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the most family-friendly show we’ve ever produced, and it’s the perfect outing for groups of any kind looking for a truly memorable theatrical experience,” noted CSTC Executive Director Natalie DeLancey.

Disney’s take on the classic story tells of Belle, an idealistic young woman trapped in a provincial town, and The Beast, who is himself a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

If The Beast can learn to love (and be loved), the curse will end, and he will be transformed back into his former princely self. But time is running out. If The Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features a book by Linda Woolverton (author of the original animated film’s screenplay), with music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Performance schedule

Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m.

Cast

Belle – Diane Phelan (Broadway: School of Rock, The King And I, Into The Woods)

The Beast – Christian Magby (TV: “The Flash”)

Mrs. Potts – Candice Song Donehoo (Broadway: The King And I, National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde)

Gaston – Stanley Allyn Owen (National Tour: CATS)

Lumiere – Nick Walker Jones

Cogsworth – Luke Grooms

LeFou – DJ Plunkett (National Tour: Wicked)

Maurice – Russ Williamson

Babette – Maggie McCown

Madame de la Grande Bouche – Grace Choi

Chip – Cece Fields and Michael Wood

Silly Girls – Grace Arnold, Hannah Morrison, Emma X. O’Loughlin

The Ensemble: Ian Blanco, Emmanuel Cologne, Sammy Fossum, David Grindrod, Imani Joseph, Ben Ohnemus, Meaghan Paetkau, Javar La’Trail Parker, Ryley Perry, Zac Pritts, Caitlyn Savage, Wendell Scott, Amanda Fallon Smith

Creative and production teams

Director/Choreographer – Baayork Lee

Associate Choreographer – David Grindrod

Music Director – Griffin Strout

Conductor – Greg Matteson

Lighting Designer – Mike Wood

Sound Designer – Anthony Narcisso

Scenic Designer – Kelly Tighe

Costume Designer – Ryan Moller

Production Stage Manager – Shay Holihan

The production will also feature students from City Springs Theatre Company’s acclaimed pre- professional program, who will appear as additional ensemble members in the show.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is included in current subscriber season packages. Individual tickets (from $38 to $98) are on sale now, with discounts for seniors, students, groups and active and retired military personnel.

Visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com or call 404-477-4365 for more information. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling the box office at 404-477-4365. Gift cards are also available by calling the box office. CSTC’s Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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