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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra play on the sand at Callaway Gardens!

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This Friday, we will be enjoying Symphony on the Sand featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) under the stars on the beach at Callaway Gardens® on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 8 p.m.  We want you to enjoy this event too! Here are the details:

“We are excited to announce that Tito Muñoz has been selected as the conductor for the ASO performance at Callaway Gardens,” said Geoff Robertson, the new event organizer.

Muñoz is an American conductor and, since December 2010, has been serving in France as music director of Opéra national de Lorraine and Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. He was previously Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“What a rare chance to see one of the country’s premier orchestras led by such a talented man, all performing in such a beautiful setting.  Symphony on the Sand in 2012 is definitely a ‘must-see’ night.  General seating is on sale as well as a limited number of tables near the stage,” Robertson added.

 General seating* on the lawn at Robin Lake Beach can be purchased at a discount in advance, online for $15 per adult; $8 per child age 6 to 12.  Tickets also will be available at the gate for $20 per adult; $10 per child age 6 to 12.  In both instances, children age 5 and younger are admitted for free.  At the gate the day of the event, Callaway Gardens Annual Passholders (with membership card) and active/retired military and their dependents (with a valid military identification card) receive half-price admission.  Special ticket pricing is available for groups larger than 15 if purchased in advance.

 Tables* on the beach (with eight chairs and a table cloth) are available for between $249 and $399 based on proximity to the stage.  A variety of food baskets and arrangements are available for purchase.  To reserve, visit www.callawaygardens.com/aso.

Dress is casual.  The Robin Lake Beach gate will open at 5 p.m.  The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

 

“With the Spring beauty at Callaway Gardens by daylight, I strongly recommend guests stay overnight and make it a weekend getaway,” said Robertson.

The Symphony on the Sand Overnight package includes concert tickets and starts at $159** in the Mountain Creek Inn. Rates also are available for the cozy Southern Pine Cottages and homey Mountain Creek Villas.

Proceeds benefit the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation (ICCF). For information on becoming a sponsor, please call Geoff Robertson at (706) 681-3329.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  For additional information, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawaygardens.com/aso.

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SYMPHONY ON THE SAND

Tito Muñoz, conductor

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

 

SMITH (arr. Damrosch) The Star-Spangled Banner

BERNSTEIN  Overture to Candide

BIZET  Suite No. 1 from Carmen

STRAUSS  An derschönen blauen Donau

ROSSINI  Overture to William Tell

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5

DVOŘÁK  Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72, No. 2

Slavonic Dance in D Major, Op. 46, No. 6

Slavonic Dance in G minor, Op.46, No. 8

COPLAND Variations on a Shaker Melody from Appalachian

  Spring

arr. Lowden) Armed Forces Salute

WILLIAMS  Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter and the

  Sorcerer’s Stone

Flying Theme from E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

 

*Tents and umbrellas are not permitted.

**Rates are per room, per night based on double occupancy in the Mountain Creek Inn.  Taxes are not included.  Based on availability.  Not valid for groups.

 

About Callaway Gardens

For 60 years as of May 21, 2012, Callaway Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors.  Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens includes a garden, resort, preserve and residential community on 13,000 acres in Pine Mountain, Georgia.  Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the year.

In addition, Callaway Gardens offers nearly 80,000 square feet of meeting space, 685 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing and more.

Five unique, close-knit residential communities — with custom home sites, lakefront properties and cottages on the golf course — offer an ideal home away from home or full-time residence.

Callaway Gardens is home to a 4,610-acre forest preserve which is under conservation easement.  This conserved, sustainably-managed land is used for biological studies and environmental education programs.

About the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 67th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

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Rain and Fire in Sedona

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A rainy day in Sedona? What are we going to do. Everything we have planned is outdoors. I am pretty sure that is why people come to Sedona, for the beautiful OUTDOOR activities, like hiking, biking, Jeep tours, viewing the red rocks and photography. 

What to do, what to do.

Oh, I know. I had the privilege of meeting some great artists that work in fire and glass! The perfect indoor activity when your outdoor plans are washed away!

The Melting Point in Sedona, conveniently located across the street for the Whole Foods (two birds with one stone, yeah!), is a group of artist focusing on creating and teaching others how to create as well.

When we entered the facilities, it was like entering a fine arts gallery. So many beautiful works of glass art. Jordan Ford is the general manager and one of the Artists. He came out of the workshop and told us the rules, then brought us into the fold. 

We were about to become glass blowers! 

Jordan had a love for the natural world from a very early age. He went on to study geology in college but that is when he discovered glass. He currently has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Earth Science/Geology and Visual Arts/Glassblowing.

Jordan says , “It’s the process of blowing glass that drives me. I find the physical act of making glass so overwhelmingly fascinating. I approach most of my work with a consideration for the more classical techniques – it’s the framework that I use as a jumping point for experimentation.”

Not only is Jordan incredibly talented, he is really personable and extremely funny. He made everyone in the room feel at ease and we all often irrupted in bouts of laughter.

Another artist that was helping us is Austin Littenberg. Austin became interested in the art of glass blowing at age 16 after watching a documentary. He spent over 12 years developing his craft and learning the technical precision needed to work at this level.

Austin views the many ways Art presents itself and is in tune with it all, and it shows.

Clearly these two artist love what they do, and I for one am grateful for their expertise and their willingness to show the world their art.

They worked with us to create a beautiful cactus, complete with three flowers, one for each kid, and a Sedona rock like base. We loved the patience they showed and the skill to make us feel at ease. We never felt like  we were about to do something we just couldn’t. It felt like we had been doing this before. That is the measure of a true instructor. 

Our work of art was complete and we left there feeling accomplished and quite honestly, amazing! 

Both Austin and Jordan have remarkable skills but also wonderful comedic timing. They were a absolutely pleasure to meet and I look forward to keeping up with their art in the future.

If you find yourself in Sedona and want to meet some really wonderful people, stop by The Melting Point and say hello! While you’re there, blow some glass!

How could I forget one of them most important things; They have a studio dog! Austin brings his sweet baby girl to work with him and she is an angel! We loved her! Make sure you give her some love when you visit!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Legends!

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Behold the living legends! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages in an all-new show – – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. Experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination and now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus and a Woolly the Mammoth! Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS!

Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS SM, playing Amway Center January 14-18, 2016. Save $4 off tickets using promo code 4MOM. Live tweet to us while you are there! @RinglingBros #BestGiftEver  @BackstageBeat

 

 

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NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta Re-opens December 12!

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Families will soon experience more STEAM-style activities and exhibits when visiting the newly renovated Children’s Museum of Atlanta, which re-opens to the public on Saturday, December 12. This iconic downtown attraction, which has been busy renovating since August of this year, now features targeted science, technology, engineering, arts and math education programming woven through almost every aspect of the enhanced space. Whether children build and shoot their own rocket launcher in the new “Gateway to the World” exhibit or design their dream home in the enhanced “Tools for Solutions” exhibit, the increased focus on STEAM learning enables the Museum to further prepare young children to be problem solvers and lifelong learners.

We got a sneak preview this week and I can honestly say it was the most fun my kids have had in a long time! They amount of things there are to do is mind boggling!

One of our favorite areas was Tools for Solutions – This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.

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