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  • JulyFourth1914

    Fourth of July in 1914 Atlanta

    The police were out in force. The new motorcycle squad rushed forth from headquarters every few minutes to quell outbreaks of drunk and disorderly conduct on the streets of Atlanta. Grady Memorial Hospital was prepared for emergency cases involving injuries from fireworks. The police made 100 arrests, including those from a raid on an illegal saloon filled with casks and bottles of beer and 40 gal-lons of whiskey on Edgewood Avenue. It was July 4, 1914 in Atlanta and, despite the arrests, it was considered to be one of the quietest in years.


    The city was still a lively place on the nation’s birthday 100 years ago. Almost all the businesses, banks and government offices shut down, including the General Assembly. Virtually no one seemed to spend the day at home and all classes of citizens flocked to places of amusement. The movie houses were filled — but not more than the overflowing parks.


    Picnics, barbeques and staying cool were the primary goals in this pre-air conditioner age. Local water spots such as Silver and Brookhaven Country Club lakes in the north were full   Read more...

  • PlantGrove

    Trees Atlanta to Plant Grove at Chastain Park

    Trees Atlanta has announced plans for a Members’ Woodland to be part of the new playground and path projects in Chastain Park. The grove of up to 200 native specimen trees — including oaks, elms and dogwoods — will honor all those generous and forward-thinking people who have contributed to Trees Atlanta’s efforts to preserve and expand Atlanta’s tree canopy.


    In addition to honoring Trees Atlanta’s contributors, the Chastain Park Woodland will offer opportu-nities for Atlanta’s children to learn about native trees and to imagine what Atlanta’s natural habitat looked like long before our city grew and prospered.


    Trees Atlanta is working in partnership with Chastain Park Conservancy on this special initiative. “Trees Atlanta has been an invaluable resource in Atlanta and we are honored they have selected Chastain Park for this initiative. Two hundred native trees will provide a wonderful learning and beauti-fication opportunity to our two current initiatives — a new playground and the widening of the Powers Ferry PATH trail,” said Chastain Park Co   Read more...


    Georgia Archives Building Goes Hollywood

    The State Archives and Records building is one of the coolest and most mysterious on Atlanta’s skyline. Motorists entering I-20 East from the Downtown Connector are soon met by the brooding, seemingly windowless cube that looms over the highway. While the structure’s public service days are sadly over, it has found new life on the big screen.


    The state’s archives, which date back to colonial times, were originally kept at the State Capitol. They were moved to Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street in 1930. As the collection grew, the Georgia Department of Archives and Records building was constructed in the 1960s to accommodate it. Located at 330 Capi-tol Avenue between the State Capitol and Turner Field, the structure consists of a two-story base with tall windows and a piazza walkway that wraps around the building. The iconic five-story cube sits on top, and the interior originally featured stained glass panels depicting the rise and fall of the Confederacy.


    In the mid-2000s, it was discovered that constant vibrations from the nearby highways were caus-ing the buildi   Read more...

  • AutreyMill

    Autrey Mill: ‘Jewel of Johns Creek’

    The newly-minted city of Johns Creek boasts a sweet site to get away from it all — Autrey Mill Na-ture Preserve and Heritage Center. An example of grassroots activism at its finest, the historic Autrey Mill site was snatched from the clutches of developers in 1988 and taken under the wing of a commit-ted core of volunteers. The site was formally handed over to Johns Creek by Fulton County in 2006.


    The 46-acre preserve is now a paradise of walking trials, waterways and forests. Historic buildings have been relocated and arranged in a village, and replicas of Native American structures add to the atmosphere. A visitor’s center is home to resident animals, including frogs, turtles, rabbits, ducks and an indigenous fish exhibit. Autrey Mill Board Member Karen Daniel is particularly partial to the pre-serve’s African spurred tortoise, who she affectionately calls “Princess Pebbles.”


    As summer settles in, Autrey Mill is awash with activities such as scout and kids’ camps. A cooking and crafts camp is scheduled for July 28, and updated info can be found on the w   Read more...

  • AtlantaFest

    AtlantaFest Features Four Days of Music and Ministry

    What do you get when you bring together more than a quarter century of tradition, 70 bands and speakers, and over 20,000 people? AtlantaFest.


    AtlantaFest features four days of music and ministry on June 11-14 from today’s top Christian artists and communicators at an affordable cost, and is known as “the Christian music festival” to thousands of people from hundreds of churches across the Southeast. AtlantaFest is set in the heart and beauty of Stone Mountain Park, and offers guests not only the music and ministry of the festival, but access to the sights and activities found only at Stone Mountain.
Over 250 staff members and volunteers serve Atlan-taFest guests, along with dozens of vendors offering everything from food and snacks to Christian wit-ness wear, and many Christian radio stations set up remote locations and broadcast live from “radio row” during the festival. Teaming with AtlantaFest are several area hotels offering convenient lodging, and both primitive and RV camping grounds for those who wish to rough it by staying in tents just off the main event   Read more...

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