Athfest 2011, June 22-26

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Athfest

Image courtesy of Athfest

Since the beginning of summer, many Athenians have been eagerly anticipating the calendar event of the year, Athfest. For those unaware or unfamiliar with the event, Athfest is one of the Southeast’s premier music and arts festivals, taking place annually right here in Athens, GA. Founded in 1997 by Jared Bailey, Athfest has forever been a showcase for local Athens musicians. Local legends such as Pylon, Drive-By Truckers, and Randall Bramblett have graced the Athfest Main Stage, and this year bands such as The Futurebirds, Chickasaw Mudpuppies, Guadalcanal Diary, and many more will look to do the same. Starting this Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, over 200 bands will play on three outdoor stages, and over a dozen of Athens’ best music clubs.  In addition to music, many of Athens’ finest artists and vendors will be setting up downtown. All the outdoor music is free, and events such as Kidsfest make this a fun event for the whole family. If you plan on cruising the bars after sunset, invest $15 in a wristband so you can see all your favorite bands and avoid those cover charges.   

For more information visit the Athfest website here

–Sissy Erwin

 

Athfest 2011, June 22-26

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

Athfest

Image courtesy of Athfest

Since the beginning of summer, many Athenians have been eagerly anticipating the calendar event of the year, Athfest. For those unaware or unfamiliar with the event, Athfest is one of the Southeast’s premier music and arts festivals, taking place annually right here in Athens, GA. Founded in 1997 by Jared Bailey, Athfest has forever been a showcase for local Athens musicians. Local legends such as Pylon, Drive-By Truckers, and Randall Bramblett have graced the Athfest Main Stage, and this year bands such as The Futurebirds, Chickasaw Mudpuppies, Guadalcanal Diary, and many more will look to do the same. Starting this Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, over 200 bands will play on three outdoor stages, and over a dozen of Athens’ best music clubs.  In addition to music, many of Athens’ finest artists and vendors will be setting up downtown. All the outdoor music is free, and events such as Kidsfest make this a fun event for the whole family. If you plan on cruising the bars after sunset, invest $15 in a wristband so you can see all your favorite bands and avoid those cover charges.   

For more information visit the Athfest website here

–Sissy Erwin

 

Athfest 2011, June 22-26

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

Athfest

Image courtesy of Athfest

Since the beginning of summer, many Athenians have been eagerly anticipating the calendar event of the year, Athfest. For those unaware or unfamiliar with the event, Athfest is one of the Southeast’s premier music and arts festivals, taking place annually right here in Athens, GA. Founded in 1997 by Jared Bailey, Athfest has forever been a showcase for local Athens musicians. Local legends such as Pylon, Drive-By Truckers, and Randall Bramblett have graced the Athfest Main Stage, and this year bands such as The Futurebirds, Chickasaw Mudpuppies, Guadalcanal Diary, and many more will look to do the same. Starting this Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, over 200 bands will play on three outdoor stages, and over a dozen of Athens’ best music clubs.  In addition to music, many of Athens’ finest artists and vendors will be setting up downtown. All the outdoor music is free, and events such as Kidsfest make this a fun event for the whole family. If you plan on cruising the bars after sunset, invest $15 in a wristband so you can see all your favorite bands and avoid those cover charges.   

For more information visit the Athfest website here

–Sissy Erwin

 

Athfest 2011, June 22-26

June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

Athfest

Image courtesy of Athfest

Since the beginning of summer, many Athenians have been eagerly anticipating the calendar event of the year, Athfest. For those unaware or unfamiliar with the event, Athfest is one of the Southeast’s premier music and arts festivals, taking place annually right here in Athens, GA. Founded in 1997 by Jared Bailey, Athfest has forever been a showcase for local Athens musicians. Local legends such as Pylon, Drive-By Truckers, and Randall Bramblett have graced the Athfest Main Stage, and this year bands such as The Futurebirds, Chickasaw Mudpuppies, Guadalcanal Diary, and many more will look to do the same. Starting this Friday and continuing through Sunday evening, over 200 bands will play on three outdoor stages, and over a dozen of Athens’ best music clubs.  In addition to music, many of Athens’ finest artists and vendors will be setting up downtown. All the outdoor music is free, and events such as Kidsfest make this a fun event for the whole family. If you plan on cruising the bars after sunset, invest $15 in a wristband so you can see all your favorite bands and avoid those cover charges.   

For more information visit the Athfest website here

–Sissy Erwin

 

Athens, GA Considered a Top Destination for Retirees

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Thinking of retirement? Read this article, and find out why Athens, GA is considered one of the best places to retire.

 

 

Athens Twilight

April 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Twilight

Image courtesy of B.D. Andrews Photography

With the spring season here, local Athenians are enjoying longer days, warmer weather, and the anticipation of the 32nd annual Twilight Criterium.  Founded in 1980 by Gene Dixon with a humble field of 40 competitors, Twilight has since grown to attract 150 of the world’s top cyclists, along with 30,000 spectators.  Every year in late April, downtown closes off its streets to complete a 1km course.Crowds converge on the heart of Athens to watch a high intensity, high speed, 80km race through the street lit roads of The Classic City.Through the years, Twilight has expanded into a two day event packed with fun for the whole family.  Activities include a 5K, kids twilight race and kid zone, BMX contest, live music, local food vendors, and eight separate race classes, all leading up to the main event.Don’t miss the highlight of the Athens’ spring calendar! The Athens Twilight Criterium April 29-30.        

For more information on Twilight, visit their website here

–Sissy Erwin

Athens Academy

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

 

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Athens Academy is a private, college preparatory school with a current enrollment of 936 students, grades K3-12.  The school’s beautiful campus covers 152 acres, and with its fourteen academic buildings, and two state of the art media centers, looks more like a small college than a secondary school.  Heavy investments in innovative technology as well as a dedication to hiring the most qualified faculty, have allowed Athens Academy to routinely send a stunning 100% of all graduating seniors to colleges and universities across the nation.  Since its founding in 1967, Athens Academy has graduated 1,747 students, and become the premier private institution in northeast Georgia, as evident by its current enrollment spanning 19 counties.  Aside from stellar academics, Athens Academy has also been a powerful entity in its athletics, winning numerous region titles in football, baseball, and basketball, along with state titles in soccer, tennis, and golf.  All things considered, Athens Academy provides a pristine campus, advanced technology, competitive athletics, a dedicated faculty, and rigorous course work, all of which are designed to prepare students for college and beyond.      

For more information on Athens Academy, visit their website here

–Sissy Erwin, Talley Toro

Square One Fish Company: Athens’ Premier Seafood Restaurant

February 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Square One Fish Company may be only two years old, but is fast becoming the place Athenians choose for their seafood.  Being an avid fisherman, and Miami restaurant owner for close to twenty years, Joe Casio knows a thing or two about how to cook a fish.  Like so many out of towners, Joe and his wife Erica fell in love with Athens for its small town feel, and big city amenities.  A passionate and experienced chef, it was only a matter of time before Joe decided to bring his Miami flavors to Athens.  It didn’t hurt that Joe’s specialty, seafood, had been absent from Athens for far too long. Maybe Square One’s success can be attributed to the filling of this void, but ask any restaurant goer, and they will tell you it’s the food! Serving up anything and everything under the sea, Square One includes a variety of fish, shrimp, oysters, crab, and so much more. An ever changing menu, much of Square One’s fresh food is dependent on what’s in season, so don’t be surprised to find blue crab one month, and octopus the next. With most appetizers under $10, and most entrees under $20, Square One serves an upscale menu at an affordable price. Better yet, come on Tuesdays and find a deal that can’t be beat.  A complete meal for two, the Twos-day special provides an appetizer, two surf and turf dinners, a bottle of wine, and dessert, all for only $40! As an avid fan of their food, and deals in general, I often find myself at Square One on Tuesdays, either with my husband, or some girl friends.  If you haven’t experienced Square One, do yourself a favor, and go!     

To view the menu, location, and much more, visit Square One’s website here

–Sissy Erwin

The Georgia Museum of Art Completes Expansion and Reopens to the Public

January 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

         On March 3, 2009, The Georgia Museum of Art began construction on its Phase II expansion. Designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects (New York), and supported by $20 million in private donations, the new expansion has taken close to two years to complete.With construction having forced the museum to close its doors, it has been a long two years for Athens residents and art enthusiasts.However today, the wait ends, as January 31, 2011 marks The Museum’s reopening to the public.

         The recently completed facilities add more than 16,000 square feet in new galleries, outdoor sculpture gardens, and expanded lobby space.Located on The University of Georgia Campus, The Georgia Museum of Art is a must see! To find more information on the exhibits, viewing hours, and location, visit their website here.

— Sissy Erwin

 

The General Hospital Neighborhood: Old World Charm with a Fashionable Appeal

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

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The General Hospital Area, with its close proximity to shops, restaurants, and the university, is fast becoming one of Athens’ most desirable neighborhoods.  Located in town between the streets of Oglethorpe Avenue, Prince Avenue, and The Atlanta Highway, The General Hospital Area puts its residents at the center of Athens culture. The neighborhood’s name and growth can be attributed largely to The Athens Regional Medical Center, the second major employer to Athens, behind the university.  King Avenue and Talmadge, two of the neighborhoods main streets, connect from Prince Avenue and run adjacent to Athens Regional.  Upon entering these streets from Prince, you will notice a mixture of small businesses and doctor’s offices, shortly before becoming fully residential.  Rich in character, many of these homes were constructed in the 1940s and 50s, providing the neighborhood with an old world charm unfounded in today’s cookie cutter subdivisions.  Being both in town and mature in age, The General Hospital Area is closely akin to two of Athens’ most premier regions, Five Points and Boulevard. While similar in these aspects, there are differences as well, mainly with regards to price and to some degree size.  Homes in The General Hospital Area are on average 1,100 sq ft. and have a median price of $175,000, far below the $300,000+ price range of Five Points and Boulevard.  However, this substantial price discrepancy has provided home builders and re-modelers with affordable and unique houses to flip.  Many buyers have found great value in remodeling the interior with custom kitchens, and bathrooms, while still maintaining the vintage exterior.  This best of both worlds approach has proved lucrative for investors, and in turn created a heightened appeal to the area.  Even with the recent fashionable upgrades, General Hospital has always been revered for its in town amenities. Whether shopping for groceries, dining downtown, or working at the university, it seems as if everything needed is within a 5 minute drive.  Closer yet are the numerous local cafes, restaurants, and shops of Prince Avenue and Normal Town, both of which are only a short walk down the road.  Further interest in the area will be created with the arrival of the new medical school on the corner of Prince Ave. and Oglethorpe Ave.  The University of Georgia and The Medical College of Georgia, in an effort to address the physician workforce issues in the state of Georgia, have partnered to create a new four year campus at The University of Georgia.  This past fall marked the arrival of the school’s first class. Temporarily residing on the university’s main campus, the medical school plans in 2011 to move to its new and permanent home on the 58 acre campus, once home to the Navy Supply Corps School.  With the new jobs and new students the school looks to bring in, The General Hospital Area will surely see an increase in home buyers to the neighborhood.  At the same time many current and prospective businesses will be looking to support the new school, so expect the intersection of Oglethorpe Ave and Prince Ave to receive some added commercial development.  So what does the arrival of the new medical school really mean for General Hospital?  Home prices will rise. Taking this into consideration along with the vast array of close amenities provided by Alps Rd, Prince Ave, and downtown, means now, more than ever, is the time to buy.

–Sissy Erwin