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Gingerbread Gala + Breakfast with Santa

Gingerbread house copythe gig:

Put your gingerbread house building skills to the test and check out some serious holiday eye candy at the first-ever Gingerbread House Competition and Showcase hosted by The Junior League of Cobb-Marietta (JLCM) on November 13 and 14.

The gingerbread house competition is open to families, local speciality shops and bakers alike. Entries will be judged by local celebrities (names TBA). The holiday-themed festivities will also include a silent auction, dinner and live music.

The event, to be held at the the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel and Conference Center in Marietta, will replace the much-loved Mistletoe Market this year, while the Cobb Civic Center is under construction. (You can still order holiday decor thanks to “Mistletoe to Go.” Orders must be received by November 13, with pick-up dates the first week of December.)


After the opening of the Gingerbread Gala, the holiday festivities can’t stop, won’t stop there! On November 14, the JCLM will also host its first annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to being able to view the gingerbread houses from the previous night’s Gala, participants can expect crafts, activities and, of course, the opportunity for pictures with Santa.

the guide:

What: Gingerbread Gala, November 13 and November 14. A special event to highlight the competition will be held on the evening of Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

Cost: Tickets are $50 per person. The entry fee for competing in the gingerbread house competition is $40.

What: Breakfast with Santa, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Cost: Tickets are $10 and children under the age of three are free. 

For more information: Entry forms for the competition and tickets for both the gala and breakfast are available online at


Art Inspiration: dk Gallery November Art Show

the gig:

Mademoiselle 3We could all use a little art inspiration every now and again, and what better source than the life and work of the Coco Chanel?

At upcoming “Mademoiselle,” a solo art show for famed artist Holly Irwin, you’ll have the chance to follow the fashion legend’s life through a series of dreamy figure paintings on canvas and paper. 

The opening reception, hosted at Marietta Square’s dk Gallery, will be held November 6.

Irwin had this to say about her newest body of work: “I was inspired by [Chanel’s] rags-to-riches story which began in an orphanage and ended with a fashion empire; her tweed suits, her little black dresses, the lavish gowns, the ropes of pearls, The House of Chanel. The list goes on and on. It’s a show about fashion but also about a vision of simplicity that we both share.”

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In a 1923 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Chanel stated, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” It’s this mantra that inspired Irwin’s Chanel collection, which will be on display through November 28.

Mark your calendars and get ready for a night of true art and fashion inspiration, courtesy of Holy Irwin, dk Gallery, and, of course, the Coco Chanel. 

the guide:

When: November 6 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: dk Gallery, located at 25 West Park Square in downtown Marietta.

For more information, visit:



Early Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

the gig: 

Get your Halloween fun started a little early this year at the 4th Annual YWCA Youth Track or Treat on October 18.

Youth Track or Treat 2The family-friendly event will kick off with inflatables, face painting and a craft station. Rhythmically-inclined guests can even try their luck at a dance contest. Of course, the big draw for the kiddos will be the trick or treating (read: CANDY!). But, before they load up on the goodies, kids of all ages will have a chance to burn off some excess energy in the races, which will be split up into age groups, each offering awards and prizes for the top racers.

Advance registration for the event is $15 per person. (Must register by 10-15-2015.) Entry fee for registration on Race Day is $20. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s
Domestic Violence Shelter, “Sheltering Hands.”

Costumes encouraged!

the guide:

When: October 18 at 2 p.m.

  • 1:45–Check-in and race-day registration
  • 2:30–1/2 mile race
  • 2:45–1 mile race
  • 3:15–Tot trot/Family run
  • 3:30 Award ceremony

Where: Swift Cantrell Park in Kennesaw

Cost: $15 advance registration fee; $20 race-day registration

For more information, contact Hope Felshaw at or 770-423-3562.

10 Women of Hope | 8th Annual Girl’s Night Out

the gig: 

Stars & Cigars 2013 | Marietta Square | The BrickyardWhat do you get when you combine yummy drinks and tasty food with some of the best shopping around? The perfect girls’ night out, that’s what!

October 15, get your girlfriend time on at the 10 Women of Hope 8th Annual “Girls’ Night Out.”

On the fun-filled agenda: silent auction, a light dinner, drinks and a load of local vendors with goodies galore. A few of this year’s participants: The Sublime Vine, Tea Cup Traditions, Young Living, Trapp’s Jewelry and Rodan and Fields.

It’s all going down in the super hip locale that is the Brickyard at Marietta Station, and–the best part–it’s  for a worthy cause. All funds raised at the event will go to help single moms who need a hand up financially to support their family.


10 Women of Hopethe guide:

WHEN: October 15th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Brickyard at Marietta Station at 129 Church Street in Marietta.

COST: $25 minimum donation

For more information, email

3rd Annual Southern Pieces Gala to benefit Autism Speaks

the gig:

Gala 2If your nightly routine consists of pj’s by 9 p.m., packing kiddie lunches and (if you’re lucky) sneaking in a few minutes of T.V. time while folding laundry, it’s time to shake things up a bit.

Pull out that cocktail dress, shake off the dust and get ready to party for a good cause at the 3rd Annual Southern Pieces Gala on October 3, 2015 at the Marietta Country Club, sponsored by Cobb EMC. 

The swank event will dazzle guests with live jazz, signature cocktails, an enticing silent and live auction (internationally famed autistic artist savant Michael Tolleson will perform a live painting that will be auctioned at the conclusion of the event), and a Southern-inspired menu from Executive Chef Tom Warrell. (Desserts will be provided by Gala 1Gabriel’s, Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes, Sweet Cheats, and Sandra’s Southern Traditions. Need we say more?)

But most importantly, the gala—expected to draw over 200 guests—will benefit Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
(Hat tip to corporate sponsors Tintri, Cellairis, Spectrum Behavioral Associates, Hearts and Hands Therapy, Protiviti, The Persons Firm, Speed Seta Martin & Trivett, Balch & Bingham, GlassRatner, and Jabian Cares.)

Gala 3the guide:

WHAT: 3rd Annual Southern Pieces Gala

WHERE: the Marietta Country Club

WHEN: October 3, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

DRESS CODE: cocktail attire, black tie optional

Presale tickets are available online at Pre-registration is highly recommended but on-site registration will be available.

A limited quantity of VIP Bourbon Party Tickets are available. (VIP guests will enjoy a private pre-event bourbon tasting reception emceed by NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow, DJ’d by grammy award-winning producer, Needlz, and hosted by Cirrty and Green’s.)

For more information about Autism Speaks, visit

Think Pink Weekend {GNO + 5K at Town Center at Cobb)

the gig:

paint the mall pink 2Calling all ladies!

Join your sisters (that includes besties, mamas, and daughters, too!) in a fashion-forward fight against breast cancer at the annual Think Pink event at Town Center at Cobb from October 1 through 4.

Don’t forget to come dressed in the color of the moment–PINK!

The weekend of community events will raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and give you and your gals a chance to celebrate the awesome women that you are and revel in some serious girl power.

The festivities kick off with the WellStar Spirit Girls Night Out party at 5:30 p.m. at Town Center Mall–a chance to gather with your ladies and enjoy a special night focused on two of life’s most important things: your health and friendships! Listen and learn from motivational speakers; then enjoy the prize giveaways, photo booth, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and more.

The fun continues with a Go Bold for St. Baldrick’s event on Saturday and a Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K later that evening. During the 5K, there will be a virtual “pink out” with pink lights and effects, and even a pink carpet! There will be non-stop entertainment on the course and a huge post-party with great music, dancing and food. All finishers get a great shirt, glow items and a finisher medal.

So, go ahead, grab your favorite girls and head to the Town Center at Cobb. It’s time to paint it pink, ladies! 

the guide:

WHAT: Paint the Mall Pink Weekend

WHEN: October 1-4. Schedule of the weekend happenings below:

October 1-4:  Paint the Mall Pink store window display contest
paint mall pink logo
October 1:  
WellStar Spirit Girls Night Out, 5:30-7:30 in Center Court | American Cancer Society Faces of Breast Cancer unveiling in the Belk Wing

October 3: Go Bold for St. Baldrick’s event, 11:00 a.m. in Center Court | WellStar screening booths in Sears Court | Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5k, 11:55 p.m. in Mall Ring Road

WHERE: Town Center at Cobb at 400 Barrett Pkwy in Kennesaw.

COST: With the exception of the Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5k, all Paint the Mall Pink events are FREE and open to the public! The cost for the run is $25, with more information available here.

For additional information call 770-424-9486 or visit the Town Center at Cobb’s FB page.


Free Family Day at the Fair | Cobb EMC Annual Meeting 2015

State Fairthe gig:

Normally, the words “annual meeting” don’t exactly inspire excitement.

Exception: Cobb EMC’s Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, September 19, at the North Georgia State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park! 

The annual meeting on steroids—open to all Cobb EMC members—will include an abundance of giveaways from iPads and Visa gift cards to Big Green Egg grills and a refurbished Cobb EMC truck.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Cobb EMC is doing it big. After all, they just gave a million dollars back into our local community, helping to support over a hundred local charitable organizations and education projects.

Annual Meeting Cobb EMCAnd, now, in addition to teaching members how to save on electricity bills and providing refreshments, they’re hooking you up with free fair admission and rides for the whole fam if Cobb EMC is your electricity provider.

Here’s how to attend as a guest of Cobb EMC:

Simply arrive at the fairgrounds between 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. to register. (Bring a photo ID, which will be used to verify your Cobb EMC membership.) Each Cobb EMC member who registers by 9:30 a.m. will receive free parking and four unlimited-ride tickets to the North GA State Fair! 

the guide:

When: Saturday, September 19

Where: North Georgia State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park | 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008

For more information: Call 770-528-8875 or visit


Cobb Signature Chef’s Auction | March of Dimes

the gig: 
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If you’ve got a love for food and a heart for saving little ones, we’ve got the event for you.

On the evening of October 15, you’ll have the opportunity to support the March of Dimes and sample the signature dishes of top local chefs during the 27th Annual Cobb Signature Chefs Auction. In addition to feeding your inner-foodie, the event will raise vital revenue to help March of Dimes prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Still need convincing? Here are a few other reasons you won’t want to miss.

1. The March of Dimes is the number one saver of babies in the world. Their research promotes healthy pregnancies (they championed folic acid), saves the lives of preemies (the APGAR score was a MOD discovery), and prevents birth defects (you can thank them for the polio vaccine, too). This event is one of the largest fundraisers for Georgia’s MOD chapter each year.

march-of-dimes-signature-chefs-auction-chefs-prepare-dishes-774d3ce7be60af83-199x3002. The event is at the picturesque Marietta Country Club. Just walking the gorgeous grounds feels like a blissful escape from the daily grind.

3. There’s food. Lots and lots of really good food. We could stop there, but let’s delve into some details, shall we? Cobb’s most celebrated chefs set up stations to cook in front of lucky, cocktail-clad guests (that would be you), who get to sample a truckload of tasty tapas. With wine. And dessert.

4. Did we mention it helps save babies?

5. You need a weekend getaway, spa vacation or a night of fine dining. You can snag goodies like these and other drool-worthy items (think: jewelry, decor, and art) for a steal during the live and silent auctions.

It’s a great event for a good cause and guaranteed to be TONS OF FUN. Need one last reason to show up? You’ll see us there! LBD | LRW is a proud media sponsor.



the guide:

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015  |  Time: 6:30 PM

Where: Marietta Country Club at 1400 Marietta Country Club Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30309

Cost: $150/ticket, $1500 for table of 10. All (tax deductible) proceeds go directly to the March of Dimes.

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Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ and Music Fest

the gig:

BBQ September is just a blink away, and that makes us giddy for a lot of reasons. There are pumpkin spice lattes (official return date: September 8th), the kick-off of football season, the advent of fall, and then, what may be our favorite reason to love September: the Whole Hawg Happenin’ BBQ and Music Fest on the Historic Marietta Square.

That’s right. Put on your fat pants, ladies. On September 27, join us in celebrating the best things about the south: live music, Falcon’s football and, of course, stuffing our faces with some of the areas best ‘que

We admit: There aren’t a lot of things that can lure us away from a Sunday afternoon nap, but the Whole Hawg Happenin’ has done it year after year. “The Best BBQ Festival in Georgia” promises to fill our bellies with killer grub and keep us entertained all the while.

Pit masters from 25 local restaurants, including JDs BBQ, The Rib Ranch, and Williamson Bros. will be serving up their specialities all day. (Tastes range from $.50 to $5.00). If your tastebuds have a hankering for more exotic fair, Whole Hawg will have that, too. House of Lu and and Greek Tavern will both be making an appearance this year. 

Whole-Hawg-2Once you’ve eaten your way into a pork-induced coma, washed it down with some old-fashioned lemonade, then topped it off with some shaved ice or a deep fried brownie.

Then, stay in food coma bliss as you listen to the  tunes of Hoosier Daddy and Men in Blues, while the kids burn off their energy in the Kid’s Corner.

The Happenin’ is guaranteed to be the kind of affair that makes you glad to be an American and a Southerner (and have tastebuds). 

Our mouth’s are watering and our fat pants are ready and waiting.

the guide:

when: September 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Marietta Square

cost: Free admission and parking

Stay up to date with the latest Whole Hawg news by following them on Facebook. 

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Celebrate with The Strand

the gig:

The StrandSome things get better with age: wine, cheese and the Historic Marietta Square’s Earl Smith Strand Theater. Next  month, the former movie palace turned performing arts venue will commemorate its 80th birthday. To celebrate in style, The Strand is rolling out four shows sure to please.

Here’s a rundown of the three-day celebration:

Symphony on the Square

September 24 | Marietta’s own local orchestra kicks off the weekend of birthday fun with a live concert on The Earl Smith Strand Theatre stage. The music from Les Miserables, Westside Story, Titanic, and other recognizable favorites will tickle your ears and soothe your soul. 

Tickets are assigned seating and $20 or $25 for limited VIP tickets. VIP tickets include a meet and greet dessert reception with the orchestra members after the performance.

Patron’s Choice Movie

September 25 @ 8 p.m. |  Relive the days when Marietta locals packed the house, dressed to the nines, to watch Hollywood’s original stars strut their stuff on the silver screen. To celebrate The Strand’s birthday, one classic film–voter’s choice!–will be shown on the big screen at 8 p.m. Movie options are: Casablanca, The Princess Bride, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and North by Northwest. Voting will be available on the Earl Smith Strand Facebook page through August 31. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors, students, and military.

Silent Comedy Shorts

September 26 @ 2 p.m. | This Saturday is double the festivities, double the fun at The Strand. Starting off the fun is a matinee collection of knee-slapping silent film comedies featuring the very best of vaudevillian actors including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd accompanied by The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $9 for seniors, students and military.

Strand Casino NightClassic Vegas Casino Night

September 26 @ 8 p.m. | Later that night, capping off the birthday festivities, The Strand will be transformed into a classic Vegas-styled casino. Expect an evening filled with casino games, drinks, fantastic food and live shows. The Rat Pack Now will have shows running throughout the evening, so go at your own pace and choose when you want to party, when you want to be entertained and when you want to flirt with lady luck! 

Tickets are $75 and include the live Rat Pack tribute show, a night full of games, a raffle ticket, dinner and a drink. 

Credit: Casino photo by Mia McCorkle


Note: All proceeds from this event go to support to operational programming of The Strand.

the guide:

For more information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

Box Office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-1PM on Saturdays. The Box Office opens two hours before showtime.



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