Weekend at the Park

Atlanta is not known to have much of a spring. We tend to go from winter to summer, however mild the winter may be. We always have a rapid weather transition that goes from lows in the 20’s to highs in the 80’s in a matter of weeks. There for while I would like to say this is a perfect spring weekend for the outdoor festivals I can’t. Better yet I’m going to say we are going to enjoy beautiful summer weather all weekend long. No pesky wind, but don’t forget the sunscreen. This weekend is jammed packed with events so get out there and see what Atlanta has to offer!

The spotlight event this weekend is the 74th annual Dogwood Festival. Back at Piedmont Park this year it is expected to be bigger than ever with something for everyone. The Dogwood Festival was originally founded in 1936 by Walter Rich who was the founder of Rich’s department store. He wanted Atlanta to be international recognized for its dogwood trees. He launched a beautification of Atlanta project planting dogwoods in parks, around businesses, and along the roads. The Junior League then started holding pageants, parades, and carnivals and the festival grew. There was a brief hiatus due to WWII that started in 1941. By 1964, however, under the guidance of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce the Dogwood Festival became the largest civic celebration in the Southeast including fashion shows, light shows , and symphonies. In the 70’s hot air balloon races, regattas, and home tours were added. By 1987 The Dog Wood Festival became a month long event including around 40 events. This year it is a 3 day event and includes Artist Markets, Kid’s Activities, and Eco Village, and International Village, Food and Wine Tasting and more than can be explored in one day!

Sweet Water 420 Fest is a newer festival in Atlanta that has exploded into one of the most anticipated of the city. The 6th annual Sweet Water 420 Fest is going to be at Chandler Park this Saturday and Sunday. The proceeds go to benefit the Chandler Park and the community. The 420 fest is attempting to raise environmental awareness. So along with the great live music and the hoopla of children’s activities there will also be seminars on how we can take little steps to improve the health of planet earth. While you’re there check out the confessional, and cleans yourself of all your wrong doing to the environment as you take the first step to becoming part of the solution.

By far hands down the best date night idea this weekend is the Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Film Festival coming together this Saturday for Movie on the Meadow at Piedmont Park. They are brilliantly presenting Alford Hitchcock’s Psycho! So bring a blanket and get ready to cuddle up under the stars!

One World

This weekend here in Atlanta we enjoyed beautiful spring weather. With temperatures reaching the 50’s and the sun shining it has been hard to think of anything other than spring. Around town you could see couples out walking, Atlantic Station full of shoppers, and of course Piedmont Park was full of friends playing and picnicking alike. One student said “I don’t know how much studying I’m going to get done out here but it’s too nice of a day to be cooped up inside”. I must admit I agree. As we were enjoying our lazy weekend weather other parts of the world were in distress.

Chile suffered from an earthquake that was an 8.8 on the Richter scale that caused tsunamis in both Hawaii and Japan. Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered a loss in this tragedy. The silver lining if you would like to call it that is due to the ample warning given by scientists, there were minimal loss in the tsunamis. Sunday during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics while the world came together as one to celebrate sport and the accomplishment of these remarkable athletes, we also kept in our heart the struggle to come.

The 2010 Winter Olympics had a captivating closing filled with moving speeches, extravagant performances on ice, and rocking live music. Where else are you going to see Alanis Morissette, Michael J Fox, Neil Young, Averill Levine, and Nickelback on one stage with the world’s top athletes such as Shaun White and Anton Ohno, followed by hockey themed ice capades? Canada should be proud of not only the closing but the 14 gold medals they received. They received more gold medals than any other country becoming the first host country to accomplish the feat during the winter games. USA received the most medals over all with final count at 9 gold, 15 silvers, and 13 bronzes. We actually set a world record in the number of medals received during winter games!

Here in Atlanta we are looking forward to so much. Baseball being in the forefront. Braves spring training is underway. With the official season around the corner I’m sure every Atlantan can agree with Chuck Tanner when he said “If you don’t like the way the Atlanta Braves are playing then you don’t like baseball.” Following the Braves at a close second is the spring festival season with the local favorites like the Oyster Fest a few weeks ago and of course new festivals we welcome whole heartedly like the Winter Beer Carnival we had last weekend Atlanta looks forward to a spring full of merriment.

As for what’s to come this week, Atlanta is busy getting healthy! We have with us The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society as well as Signature HealthCARE in town for their respective annual conferences. With Emory and Morehouse Schools of Medicine and Grady Hospital all located in Atlanta it would be a natural choice for the conferences to be held here. We hope you enjoy your time with us in Atlanta, and the Inn at the Peachtrees is delighted to have you!