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Your Screams Won’t Help You Here… Netherworld is OPEN!



One of Atlanta’s most beloved haunts is open to take your screams as your fears come to life when you walk through the Netherworld haunts of Banshee and The Hive. Officially in haunt season, Netherworld opened its doors for the first time this year on Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 to the curious public. Being a little ghouly girl myself, I was allowed to walk amongst them on Saturday with a zombie-loving partner in gore.

So before we get to the haunts, let’s begin by giving a huge kudos to Roy Wooley, the man behind Netherworld’s special effects & makeup, who is kicking major ass as a contestant on the third season of SyFy channel’s Face Off. (Face Off is SyFy’s hit special-effects make-up reality competition television show. Quick note – immediately following the October 30th episode, American viewers will be able to vote on the winner of Face Off through a live voting feature. The three finalist will find out who wins the competition on Halloween night, October 31, as Face Off will be broadcast live from Los Angeles at 10 p.m. EST. So watch the October 30th episode of Face Off and vote for Roy Wooley the night before Halloween! Show your hometown Netherworld SPX master some of that Atlanta horror love!!)

Ok, now back to the bigger nightmare – the nationally acclaimed Netherworld haunts! The horrific beauty of Netherworld is that every detail is thoroughly planned out – from the spooks chasing you around in the parking lot, the pictures and shadowboxed gore in the entrances, and on down to the massive amounts of skulls placed all throughout the haunts. And those are just the little details – the big ones are well worth the price of admission!

Part of the fun at Netherworld was watching the children scream in terror and run away from the ghouls outside. Another part was seeing exactly how many phobias they packed into two haunts for the kiddies and adults. Think about what scares you and haunts your nightmares – now bring it to life! Not much spooks me these days (in terms of horror), but there was a point in one in Banshee that I had to close my eyes as I walked through. (I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what part of which haunt that was!) I was more intrigued by the special-effects make-up and animatronic action, but was unfortunately pushed through by a scared teen and his scared girlfriend behind me (Haha! Netherworld: 1, Laura’s horrific love of shambling through artistic gore: 0).

Let’s break up the two houses real quick – Banshee is the big, longer haunt and The Hive is the smaller, quicker one. Both are themed and named accordingly. The Hive is dingy, buggy, and somewhat of a swamp-like sewer trap, but packs a dark wallop – a place where insecticides must have worked in reverse. Clanging, banging, flashing lights, fog, and putrid-ification happen in The Hive versus the mental head trip of Banshee. Banshee head trips you and then circles you back around for more. In myth, Banshees are female spirits who begin to wail when someone is going to die. And if that’s not enough to get your curiosity boiling, Banshee has a mermaid (or siren) hanging out too. Again in myth, sirens sing enchanted songs that lure sea travelers to their deaths. So there’s lots of shrieking (maybe that was the kid in front of you or the teen behind you?), dark places, tricks of the mind, oceanic horror (was I swimming?), tight spaces, looming death, and a mermaid. Go see the mermaid! (Or, if you’d prefer, one of the other aquatic horrors in Banshee!)

Open October 5 – November 3, 2012
Monday–Thursday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, & Halloween night from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
Sundays & the last weekend of the haunt (Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3) from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Tickets can be bought online or in person at the haunt box office. They accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover (but NO American Express). You can see the main haunt, BANSHEE for $22 per person ($25 on Fridays & Saturdays). For $28 per person ($30 on Fridays & Saturdays), you visit both BANSHEE and The HIVE. They sell Speedpasses online for select nights (most weekends & Halloween, but check the website for details). A Speedpass is $50 per ticket per person for both haunted houses which allows you to enter the Speedpass line for both haunts. Check the website for the most up-to-date information and FAQs.

Netherworld Haunted House
6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA
(404) 608-2484

Photos ©2012 Netherworld Haunted Attraction, Llc.


Rain and Fire in Sedona



Ange Alex

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!



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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