Bartow County

Sip For the Trip Benefitting Southern Journey Transport

PAWSitive Supporters (who help Cobb County homeless and shelter animals) invites you to come  have fun, have a beer and plan on attending the Sip for the Trip – a beer tasting event hosted by Wise Owl Growlers and Top Dogs Pet Boutique.  This family friendly event includes beer, cider, snacks, music and fun.  The party is Friday, Aug 15 from 6-9 at Wise Owl Growlers, 2605 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw.  The suggested donation is $10.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Southern Journey Transport Program.  For more information call 678-723-5644.beer_tasting_8.15.14

The Southern Journey Transport program is sponsored by Pawsitive Supporters and Top Dogs Pet Boutique.  Once a month 30-50 dogs are transported to New England to find forever homes.  We transport these dogs because while shelters, volunteers, rescue groups, and  fosters try hard; there are NOT enough homes here in the South for all the strays and owner turn-ins.  Most of the pets are already spoken for before they arrive.  The transporters are required to send pictures and bios before the pets will be accepted by the shelters in New England.  The cost of each transport is about $2,000, depending on the price of gas, etc.

High School Musical, Jr. – at the Strand

IMG_0237High School Musical, Jr. ~ August 1st- 10th

“Get’ cha Head in the Game” and catch Disney’s High School Musical, Jr. at the Strand! Featuring the catchy songs and exciting dance numbers of the wildly popular Disney movie, the Strand’s all-student cast is “All in this Together” as they bring you the romantic-comedy story of two high school students from rival cliques that refuse to “Stick to the Status Quo” when they try out for the lead roles in their school musical.

Starring Zach Seabaugh as Troy, Allie Stewart as Gabriella, Shelbea Owen as Sharpay, Eric Worrall as Ryan, Landon Ebuna as Chad, and Kari Twyman as Taylor. High School Musical, Jr. is a Strand-produced musical directed by Meagan Williams, drama instructor at Mt. Paran Christian School. Tickets are $10 and assigned seating.  Order tickets online at www.earlsmithstrand.org  Pictured at left Zack Seabaugh and Shelbea Owen.  They are rising 10th graders at KMHS..

Four more performances:  Sunday, August 3 at 3:00 -pm.  Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday August 10 at 3:00 pm.  These kids are awesome.

“Cats” Coming to Jennie T. Anderson Theatre – Marietta, GA

catsThe show that revolutionized musical theatre is opening Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s 35th anniversary season.  It is time to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS, playing August 8 – 24, 2014 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre (548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta).  Tickets are available by calling 404-377-9948 or by visiting www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

 

CATS opened on Broadway on October 7, 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.  It continued to live up to its motto “Now and Forever” by becoming the longest running musical on Broadway on June 19, 1997 after 6,138 performances.  CATS ended its 18-year run on September 10, 2000 after 7,485 performances.  It remains the second longest-running show in Broadway history, after its record was broken by The Phantom of the Opera on January 9, 2006 when Phantom celebrated its 7,486th curtain.

 

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting, and Best Costumes.

With direction by Ricardo Aponte and choreography by Jennifer Smiles, CATS is still revolutionary and awe inspiring.

 

The Lyric cast features local artists Shawn Megorden, Nick Hagelin, Jen MacQueen, Ansley Van Epps, Jeremy Varner, Alison Brannon Wilhoit, Robert Wayne, George Deavours, Bonnie Harris, Jamie Lea Keener, Jason Cohen, Fenner Eaddy, Natalie Rhae Goodwin, Cassandra Mora, John Streit, Brian Dixon, Jennifer Arnold, Rex Glover, Megan Wartell, and Pablina Lopez.

 

The design team features Music Directors Laura Gamble and BJ Brown, Scenic Designer Edward R. Cox, Costume Designer Benjy Gault, Lighting Designer Andre C. Allen, Sound Designer and Production Manager Robert Johnston, Make-Up Designer Mary Nye Bennett, and Hair and Wig Designer George Deavours.

 

Now that it has been seen by millions of audience members worldwide, it is time to celebrate with the whole family and create a special ‘memory’ one more time. Tickets for CATS are priced from $22 – $57.  For reservations and information call (404) 377-9948 or visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

 

CATS (JENNIE T. ANDERSON THEATRE)

August 8, 9, 10                  Fri and Sat at 8PM; Sun at 2PM

14, 15, 16, 17                     Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8PM; Sun at 2PM

21, 22, 23, & 24, 2014      Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 8PM; Sat & Sun at 2PM

 

The Lyric’s 35th season of musicals features CATS, CHICAGO, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, DAMN YANKEES, and BARNUM.  For show dates, times, subscriptions,and single tickets visit www.AtlantaLyricTheatre.com.

Latest Bright Side E-News Available

Good morning:  Our lazy, hazy days of summer are winding to a close — even though summer runs through September 20.  School starts for Cobb County, the week of August 4 and that puts a kabosh on all the fun things to do around here.  However, we have gathered events in our calendar and published them in our enews.  Check it out at Bright Side Enews  And enjoy the last few days with your kids and family.augenewsnc

150th Anniversary the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – June 27-29

Battlefield datesThe National Park Service announces the details of the upcoming commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park will offer three days of commemorative programs, battlefield tours, and living history demonstrations at sites throughout the park from June 26–29, 2014.

June 27, 2014, marks 150 years since Union Major General William T. Sherman launched his frontal assault at Kennesaw Mountain against the Confederate Army of Tennessee, led by General Joseph E. Johnston. The battle was a tactical defeat for the Union army, and was General Sherman’s last frontal assault of the Atlanta Campaign..

Evening programs will be available every night during the commemoration.  On Friday June 27 at 7:30 p.m. popular musical historian and composer, Bobby Horton, will open for Claire Lynch, Female Vocalist of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association.  On Saturday June 28 at 8:30 p.m. the park will rededicate the Illinois Monument at Cheatham Hill; this program will include speakers from Georgia and Illinois, a wreath laying, and 3,400 luminaries representing the lives lost during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.

Finally, a closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Rebecca Burns, author and lecturer on Southern and Atlanta history and Dr. Oral Moses and the Georgia Symphony Choir.

The Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club has partnered with the National Park Service to raise funds and recruit volunteers for the 150th Anniversary Commemoration.  The group has also created a special website for the event, where visitors can learn about events leading up to the commemoration, commemoration events, frequently asked questions, and how to support the 150th events.  More information on the group’s efforts can be found on www.battleofkennesawmountain150.com.   Dates, times, and events are listed under events on the website.
CANNONS part of the 150th Commemorationencampment at kennesaw mtn battlefield

 

See The Civil War, A Musical Experience

TheCivilWar_TOP1Don’t Miss the Opportunity to See The Civil War, A Musical Experience

As part of the commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, The City of Marietta will be hosting signature events throughout the month of June.

During the “Sherman at the Gates Weekend” on June 20-22, don’t miss the opportunity to  see The Civil War, A Musical Experience premiering at the Strand Theatre on the Historic Marietta Square on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and June 21 at 8pm.

Drawing on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts, and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, The Civil War is a thrilling, gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring dramatic theatrical concert that covers the enormous emotional landscape of the most difficult test our nation has ever endured.

This epic thematic revue, puts a human face on the greatest tragedy of American history, exploring not only the experiences of the soldiers and leaders who fought for their way of life and the loved ones and families they left behind, but also the hopes and fears of the slaves and citizens whose freedom was at stake.  This production is presented by the Overlook Theatre Company, a regional and touring theatrical performance troupe established in 1996

Arrive one hour before the show to experience real life descriptions of 1864 Marietta as told by descendants who still live in the City.

Stick around after the performance for the re-enactor camp on the Square all weekend long, Bleeding Gray & Blue Walking tours featuring places relating to Marietta’s Civil War hospital history on Saturday, and Confederate & City Cemetery tours at the Marietta Confederate Cemetery on Sunday.

For more information please visit the Marietta Civil War website.  To purchase tickets for the Civil War, A Musical Experience, please visit the Strand Theatre website or call 770-293-0080.

Celebrate Go Skateboarding Day

Jake Wootin catching air!Join fellow skateboard enthusiasts at Kennesaw Skatepark on Saturday, June 21, from 11 am to 4 pm  at an event in recognition of the tenth anniversary of Go Skateboarding Day. The free event will feature open skate sessions, live music, “best trick” contests, giveaways, game tables, and a misting station. BBQ and frozen treats will be available for purchase. Kennesaw Skatepark is located at Swift-Cantrell Park, Kennesaw.

Contest start times are as follows: 1 p.m. – Impact Section, 2 p.m. – Centerpiece Gap, and 3 p.m. – Pool. Winners will receive a gift card; runner-ups will receive a skate deck. Advance registration is not required.

Go Skateboarding Day, held on June 21 every year, is the official holiday of skateboarding. Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies, Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by the sport the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard. It is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colors, creeds, and attitudes hold events to celebrate the holiday.

The Kennesaw event is presented by Ambush Board Co. and Kennesaw Pediatrics. Additional sponsors include J.D.’s Bar-B-Que, Game Truck, NCG Cinemas, Papa John’s Pizza, and Red Bull. For more information, contact the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714.  Photo by Daniel Summerour of Jake Wooten, March Radness event.  Daniel is on Instagram and a student at KSU.

Dinner at the Depot, Tonight – downtown Kennesaw

Happy Belly Food truckIt’s Monday! You know what that means? NO cook Monday. Please join your friends and family tonight for Dinner at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw from 5 pm to 8 pm. Not only is this the coolest Food Truck Rally outside the perimeter, but tonight we’ll have a special guest band playing at 6 pm. Yep, Kennesaw’s tween sensation band Pop Rocks and Soda will be playing! Bring your kids out to see this group! They’ve played all over Kennesaw! It’s going to be a GREAT night! Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/poprocksandsoda.  These kids are great!

The Dinner at the Depot continues every Monday evening until the fall. A variety of food trucks gather at the Depot in downtown Kennesaw, every Monday evening from 5 – 8 pm, weather permitting.  Patrons are able to purchase food to grab-and-go or to enjoy while picnicking at the tables.  The gatherings offer a unique opportunity to renew friendships with neighbors seldom seen as well as meet new friends.  No cook Mondays, is what it is called – perfect excuse to enjoy a picnic outdoors. The KDDA will communicate details about the slate and number of trucks via their Dinner at the Depot Facebook page.

Everyone is welcome – come celebrate the first Monday of summer break –

Sip For the Trip Benefitting Southern Journey Transport

PAWSitive Supporters (who help Cobb County homeless and shelter animals) invites you to come  have fun, have a beer and plan on attending the Sip for the Trip – a beer tasting event hosted by Wise Owl Growlers and Top Dogs Pet Boutique.  This family friendly event includes beer, cider, snacks, music and fun.  The party is Friday, May 30 from 6-9 at Wise Owl Growlers, 2605 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw.  The suggested donation is $10.00.  All proceeds will benefit the Southern Journey Transport Program.  For more information call 678-723-5644. fundraiser for Southern Journey Transport

The Southern Journey Transport program is sponsored by Pawsitive Supporters and Top Dogs Pet Boutique.  Once a month 30-50 dogs are transported to New England to find forever homes.  We transport these dogs because while shelters, volunteers, rescue groups, and  fosters try hard; there are NOT enough homes here in the South for all the strays and owner turn-ins.  Most of the pets are already spoken for before they arrive.  The transporters are required to send pictures and bios before the pets will be accepted by the shelters in New England.  The cost of each transport is about $2,000, depending on the price of gas, etc.

Pro Wakeboard Tour Kicks off the Season in Acworth!

Skimming the WaterLet the excitement begin!  The Pro Wakeboard Tour makes its return to Dallas Landing Park on Saturday, May 17.  The Main Event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour is a day of water-sports action, but not all of the action takes place on water. On land, fans will experience tons of great food and music; athlete autograph signings; chances to win free stuff; and shopping at the most cutting-edge stores for water-sports equipment.  This includes boats, wakeboards, wake skates, sunglasses and the latest in wakeboarding and surfing fashions.  This family oriented event will provide a fun filled day of sun, surf and excitement for all who attend.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.prowakeboardtour.com.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at Dallas Landing Park: $13.00 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 6-12, and ages 5 and under are admitted free.  Adult tickets purchased online before May 16 at noon will be only $7.00, plus you receive 50% off a 2 hour, 4 hour or daily pass to the Terminus Wake Park in Emerson!

Parking will be available at Dallas Landing, but it is limited.  Shuttles will be provided from Downtown Acworth.  For more information on the event, contact the Acworth Parks, Recreation and Community Resource Department at 770-917-1234 or visit www.prowakeboardtour.com.
Females ride the waves

DSC01164aThese ladies and gentlemen all showed up last year at the Horizon Heroes Party in the Gazebo at Lake Acworth.  Hugs, autographs, and knuckle knocking all around.

A special day for our Horizon Heroes and the Wakeboarders.