April 2017 Around Town

Wine and Fun in Destin

Each year, South Walton becomes the epicenter of the wine world during the last weekend of April as South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host the preeminent vintners from around the world. Held in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival features more than 800 wines, celebrity winemakers, the Savor South Walton Culinary Village, tasting seminars, live entertainment, Spirits Row and Champagne Lane. The star-studded lineup of 2016 celebrity winemakers includes wine superstars Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners and Pomerol Powerhouse Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, among others. In conjunction with the festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction, ranked among the “Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the U.S.” by Wine Spectator magazine, raises funds for children in need in Northwest Florida by auction exclusion one-of-kind lots and rare wines. This year DCWAF will honor Ric Forman of Forman Vineyards as its 2016 honorary vintner and Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi Vintners as the 2016 international honorary vintner. Learn more about this ultimate wine weekend at SoWalWine.com and DCWAF.com.

Brennan Welcomed

The City of Brookhaven has hired Burke Brennan as Director of Communications and Community Engagement. Brennan will lead the department as the City looks to expand its communications, public engagement and customer service efforts. Brennan comes to Brookhaven from DeKalb County, where he has served in roles such as Chief Communications Officer for the CEO’s Office, Public Relations Administrator, Public Outreach Manager and Project Manager for Economic Development. Before his employment in DeKalb County, Brennan served as a news anchor and reporter for WGST AM-FM.

Farmers Market Launches

Brookhaven Farmers Market is excited to announce the opening day and schedule for the 2017 season. The Market will reopen on Saturday, April 22, returning to the University Baptist Church parking lot located at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE & Dresden. Market hours of operation will continue to run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon through November 18, rain or shine. Sip, shop, and savor the flavors of grass-fed meats, eggs, local produce, fresh-baked breads, ready-to-eat prepared foods, artisan goods and more. The 2017 market season will bring new vendors, returning favorites, and even more family-friendly activities to the community. SNAP will also be accepted. For more information about the Brookhaven Farmers Market’s vendors, how to become a vendor and a calendar of events visit BrookhavenFarmersMarket.com. For questions on how to get involved and sponsorship opportunities, please email brookhavenfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Follow Brookhaven Farmers Market on Facebook and Instagram.

Dim Sum Sunday

The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta now has a lovely Dim Sum Sunday Brunch in the Taipan Lounge from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Served buffet-style, the brunch will feature a selection of steamed and fried Dim Sum, weekly specials such as Shanghai Fried Rice and Stir-Fried Bok Choy and loose-leaf teas including Jasmine White Blossom, Shanghai Rose and Imperial Green. For reservations, please call 404.995.7545 or email moatl-restaurants@mohg.com.

Wesleyan Bus

Wesleyan School is pleased to announce new 2017-2018 bus shuttles – including an afternoon shuttle to Brookhaven. Last year, the K-12 college preparatory school started offering morning shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Roswell, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Decatur and Stone Mountain as a chance to better serve the community. Wesleyan is now expanding the shuttle service for the 2017-2018 school year by adding afternoon shuttles to Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. To learn more about the Wesleyan bus shuttles, please visit WesleyanSchool.org.

Lights, Camera, Action

The Atlanta Film Festival, now in its fourth decade, is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the southeast United States. More than 27,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary and short films each year, selected from more than 6,000 submissions from 120 countries. The Atlanta Film Festival is the chief annual operation of the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States. It enriches the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year round. The Atlanta Film Festival was recently named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” and one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker magazine. AtlantaFilmFestival.com

Steeplechase Month

On April 22, approximately 20,000 fans are expected at Kingston Downs for the Annual Atlanta Steeplechase. This year’s event will benefit Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Atlanta Steeplechase is in its 52nd year of operation. It has steadily grown into metro-Atlanta and Georgia’s spring social and sporting event of the year. The event is held annually at the beautiful 435-acre Kingston Downs complex. Guests range from children to corporate executives and the event offers a wide range of categories to appeal to spectators. Steeplechase patrons enjoy the circuit’s best horses and jockeys showcased in five premier races throughout the afternoon. The daylong event is filled with more than racing: the Von Maur hat contests, tent contests, a foxhound parade, skydivers, the Publix Supermarket Charities Kidz Coral, terrier races, shopping, people watching, and so much more. From the party place, the Infield, to the corporate exclusive Chairman’s Tent, the Atlanta Steeplechase offers something for everyone. Tickets range from $30-$350, with children 12 and younger admitted for free. For more information visit AtlantaSteeplechase.org.

Elite Roofing Plans Golf

Registration is now open to teams and sponsors for Elite Roofing’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc. The tournament will be held at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta on May 16. Jeremy Johnson and the whole team at Elite Roofing and Restoration are passionate about helping children in Forsyth county who don’t have a roof over their heads each night. Elite has teamed up with Family Promise who responds to the needs of over 360 homeless children in Forsyth County by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of volunteers like Jeremy, to host this annual golf tournament. Through events and outreaches like this, Family Promise is able to provide food, housing and support services for homeless families. In addition, Family Promise provides advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. To register, or for more information on sponsorship, visit EliteCharityGolfTournament.EventBrite.com 
or email EGACharity@gmail.com.

New Spa

Spring is in full bloom at the new Spa810 in Buckhead. A full-service medical spa located behind the Buckhead Target, Spa810 offers signature facials, massage therapy, laser services and anti-aging treatments. Their proprietary treatment pods warm guests with whole-body vibration, heat and aromatherapy during facials. It’s time to get spring break-ready with the Strawberry Body Contouring Laser that reduces fat in trouble areas, with immediate results. Whether it’s your arms, back, sides, hips, thighs or abdomen, this treatment can reshape your body without surgery or discomfort. SkinPen Micro-needling Collagen Induction treatments help erase lines and wrinkles, lift dark spots and other skin imperfections, tighten pores, and more. No downtime, just fresh, glowing skin ready for spring! Spa810.com/Buckhead

Shrimp at Amelia

To celebrate its status as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, Fernandina Beach’s historic downtown pulls out all the stops during the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, an island tradition for more than 50 years. One of the premier festivals in the Southeast, the Shrimp Festival combines a love of shrimp and the best of arts and entertainment, all set in the beautiful historic district.The family-friendly event includes a Pirate Parade, Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, Kids Fun Zone, Shrimp Run sponsored by The YMCA, fine arts and crafts and antiques vendors, fireworks, and live entertainment. Local shrimp and seafood dishes, ranging from shrimp tacos to shrimp pie, are always the star of the show.  Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island’s historic town and seaport, was the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry and was once the shrimping capital of the world. For more than six decades, nearly 100 shrimp boats docked in Fernandina Beach. Also part of Amelia Island’s storied history are the eight flags of dominion that have flown above the island during the past five centuries – more flags than any other U.S. territory. The Pirate Parade is Thursday, May 4. The festival is May 5-7. ShrimpFestival.com

Fly In

Located in the Gateway complex at Camp Creek Parkway connected by ATL SkyTrain to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel is under construction and slated to open in May 2017. The property will boast 204 imaginatively-styled guest rooms and 6,500 square feet of innovative meeting and event space. With seven stories of dramatic design, integrated technology, and world-class amenities, the hotel will bring Atlanta culture to airport guests and provide a stunning scene to experience locally inspired cuisine, emerging artists, and unexpected delights. Designed by award-winning international architecture and interior design firm Rottet Studio, the hotel promises to reinvent the traditional airport hotel experience, providing the unexpected lifestyle hotel experience today’s travelers are seeking. The hotel will personify Renaissance Hotels design philosophy, in which indigenous touch points capture a spirit of wanderlust that inspires next-generation entrepreneurial guests to discover the unexpected.