Poe’s tortured psyche is resurrected among the ruins of a fallen house where mysterious spirits bedevil the dead and it’s always a midnight dreary. Gothic designs, haunting music, and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s tapestry of terror, weaving his classics The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado with his lesser known works, Berenice, The Oval Portrait, M.S. Found in a Bottle, and Lenore.
World Heritage Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea, and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word on their host families for the 2013-2014 academic school year (or semester). Host families provide room, board, and guidance for a teenager living thousands of miles from home. Couples, single parents, and families with or without children in the home are all encouraged to apply.
Thanks to my good friend Sue, I recently discovered one of the most fascinating gift shops in Atlanta. Kaleidoscope at Northlake has an incredible stock of colorful and artistic instruments in almost all shapes and sizes — one inch to four feet! The shop also offers a great deal more and is a wonderful place for children’s gifts. There are unique books, plush toys, light sabers, puzzles and a variety of games. Most interesting for old timers like me is the original slinky toy, which, I guess, never grows old.
Got a little one who is eager to start playing sports? Decatur Active Living offers Lil’ Kickers and Mini Soccer, which are introductory instructional programs for girls and boys ages 3-5. Lil Kickers Soccer (ages 3-5) and Mini Soccer (ages 4-5) are four-week courses designed to develop basic soccer skills. Spaces are limited. Fees are $65; $50 Decatur residents. Registration begins August 11.
The Center for Puppetry Arts presents The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables, August 2-September 9. Join a troupe of vagabond performers as they present five carnival acts of Aesopian wisdom! And, of course, the big race ends the show in this cheerful, interactive take on classic fables and poems. Engaging audiences aged 2 years and older, this Theater for the Very Young production features fun interaction for kids and adults alike.
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s new feature exhibit, The Big Adventure, open now through September 9, is a 3-D game board that encourages children’s natural desire to explore and investigate while challenging their physical abilities with fun activities. Children can explore Adventure Mountain and The Tunnels of Fun where they scale a six-foot rock wall, crawl through dark tunnels and climb to the Crow’s Nest for a bird’s eye view of the exhibits other adventures that include Out on a Ledge where they appear to be three stories in the air, Virtual Flyer, a kid sized airplane that requires teamwork to dodge a flying saucer, hot-air balloons, ducks, mountains and an oversized monster looking for dinner.
Each year, every student at Sophia Academy takes part in a theatrical production called “The Love Letter.” This thematic production is performed as a display of love and thanks to all those who support the school. The theme of this year’s Love Letter was “Peter Pan” and took place on May 11. Middle school students gave a dramatic performance of the tale of Peter Pan and his nemesis, Captain Hook, complete with magic fairy dust, lost boys, pirates, a crocodile, and more. K-5 students added to the night with music from the popular Disney movie version.
Peter Pan is soaring onto the puppet stage this spring at the Center for Puppetry Arts! Based on the original book by J.M. Barrie, this classic story will be showing at the Center for Puppetry Arts between April 5 – May 27. Families won’t want to miss the chance to see their favorite characters fromNeverland come to life on the puppet stage
Eggstravaganza has been a family favorite for years. Callanwolde celebrates the coming of spring with its annual Easter egg hunt to be held Saturday, April 7, from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.
Eggstravaganza features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden prize eggs), Atlanta Braves games tickets and prizes, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be baked goods for sale, arts and crafts for kids, as well as a live performance by Enzo Clown to entertain kids and grown-ups alike. Bring your Easter basket and your camera for a fun, family day set in Callanwolde’s beautiful spring gardens and grounds.
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites children to come enjoy a BIG RED DOG named Clifford™! Board the Birdwell Island ferry and journey to the world of Clifford, America’s beloved big red dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth™ and many of the residents of Birdwell Island. The Clifford exhibit is included with regular admission.