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  • SpringCountdown

    Spring Countdown for The Peachtree

    For the community of AJC Peachtree Road Race participants, spring is the season to train for one of the pre-eminent annual summer events in the ATL. This spring I’m preparing for my 40th consecutive Peachtree, for which I am so grateful and can hardly believe. I did my first in 1978 with about 12,000 par-ticipants. By 1979 registrations reached about 60,000 and became capped. It’s not unusual for many to have long unbroken streaks of Peachtree participation.


    In the minds of true Peachtree Road Race enthusiasts, they’ve made their Fourth of July plans even on New Years’ Day. Some do formal Resolution running or walking events and others just know they’ll regis-ter for the race again while mainly staying inside in cold winter.


    As winter wanes, March is the month for the 60,000 racers, runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair athletes to mail in their Atlanta Track Club (ATC) Peachtree registrations, which is formally announced in the AJC. One’s cancelled check serves as receipt for entry. Race applicants can vote for the coveted T-shirt from a short list of 5.


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  • SheepShawl

    Sheep to Shawl Program Explores Historic Cloth Making

    There is always something interesting to see or do at the Atlanta History Center. In April, the fascinating Sheep to Shawl Program returns once again as an event for the whole family. It details the long process of cloth making in the rural South of long, long ago. Americans in the 21st century with their overflowing closets of ready-made clothing cannot image how much time and work it took to make clothing in earlier times. Centered on the historic house and farm buildings of the Smith Farm, Sheep to Shawl helps explain it all to even the most unbelieving.


    To begin with, the sheep and angora goats who reside year round at the farm are shorn of their heavy winter coats in four demonstrations. Those “residents” scheduled to be shorn include Ida Mae, the twelve year old matriarch sheep on the farm. The wool is then carded, spun and woven into perfectly wearable shawls. This very child friendly process allows young people to participate and “not just witness it.” They help to do something few people in Atlanta have done in more than a century by turning freshly sheared wool into   Read more...
  • SpringBreakIdeas

    Spring Break Ideas: Nine Ways to Get Families Outdoors

    With Spring Break just around the corner, Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites offer many ways for families to enjoy the outdoors on a budget. From sleeping under the stars to paddling under a full moon, Georgia’s State Parks have vacations for all ages. Below are nine ideas for a memorable Spring Break that’s affordable and close to home.

    • Camping Under the Stars – Pack the tent and build cherished memories while toasting gooey s’mores. Camping encourages the entire family to enjoy the simple pleasures of swapping stories while looking up at the stars. All campgrounds have water and electric hookups, plus hot showers. Many offer sewage hookups for RVs and site-specific reservations. • Glamping Yurts – For a unique and affordable getaway, book a “glamour camping” yurt. These funky wood and canvas structures are a blend between a tent and cabin, with furniture inside and fire rings outside. Guests can even walk to nearby hot showers. Yurts are available at Cloudland Canyon, Red Top Mountain, High Falls, Fort Yargo, Sweetwater Creek a   Read more...
  • NewDogPark

    Featuring New Dog Park Agility Equipment

    The Piedmont Park Conservancy is excited to announce the newest feature installed in the Piedmont Park large dog park; a brand new agility course!


    The course was graciously donated to the Piedmont Park Dog Parks by 16-year-old Ansley Park resident Jason Steinfeld. Jason is a Life Rank Boy Scout working toward Eagle Scout rank. He wanted to bring some added excitement to the dog parks and allow an area for the dogs to play, exercise and even do some agility training. He hopes this installation will bring joy to both dogs and their owners. “I love Piedmont Park. I did my Bar Mitzvah Project in the Park by planting a big Oak tree and ferns. So it seemed natural to have my Eagle Project here too,” said Jason.


    Jason worked on this project for over a year so that dogs all over Atlanta could come to Piedmont Park and have a little something extra to enjoy. Over 20 scout, family and friend volunteers helped with the installation.


    The agility course represents the Conservancy’s efforts to encourage park visitors to be active while also having fun – humans and dogs alike! App   Read more...
  • BrookwoodStation

    Brookwood Station Turns 100

    Brookwood Railroad Station hovers almost precariously on Peachtree Road over the massive Interstate Connector. It is an elegantly designed reminder of a time long gone for both Atlanta and this part of the city. It was just 100 years ago in March of 1918 that it opened its doors to the public.


    Designed by architect Neel Reid, the principle designer for the prestigious firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler, the concrete building was faced with red brick and limestone trim. Separated by brick pilasters, there were three large Palladian entrances/windows facing Peachtree. Topped by a low pitched tile roof, the new sta-tion, called Peachtree Station originally, had a very utilitarian purpose. It was meant to alleviate the over-crowded traffic at Terminal Station in downtown Atlanta. Furthermore, it would accommodate the “citizens of Atlanta” by eliminating their need to travel an hour by car or streetcar to catch a passenger train.


    Southern Railroad proclaimed that it showed the company as “progressive” and attuned to the people of Atlanta and “at all times looking toward the betterm   Read more...
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