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Roasted At The Strand!

the gig:


On September 7, the Earl Smith Strand Theatre will be awash with sizzling sounds, the clanging of pans, and possibly the scent of a culinary setback or two. Roasted: A Celebrity “Food Fight” Fundraiser, benefitting the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation and The Strand, is a cooking competition between public figures of Marietta to decide who will go home the champ…and who will go home roasted.

Amazing Chefs = Amazing Food!

Guests of the event will be greeted with h’orderves prepared by the Chattahoochee Technical College Culinary Program and will then gather in the auditorium to watch the competition unfold live on The Strand stage.
The show will feature four teams consisting of a chef and sous chef: Mayor Steve Tumlin (City of Marietta) with Kim Gresh (President, SA White Oil Co); Chairman Tim Lee (Chairman, Cobb Commissioners) with Elaine Armster (Special Projects Chief, GDOT); Attorney General Sam Olens (State of Georgia) with Shan Cooper (VP, Lockheed Martin); and Mayor Max Bacon (City of Smyrna) with Faye DiMassimo (Director, Cobb DOT).
Johnnie Gabriel, of Gabriel’s Bakery and Restaurant in Marietta, will be hosting the event. With the help of two randomly selected audience members, Gabriel will judge the finished dishes. Chef Hillary Gallagher of Chattahoochee Tech and her team of culinary students will be keeping a close eye on the competitors to ensure the historic theatre stays intact.
“We are so excited to host such a unique event here at The Strand,” says Cassi Costoulas, general manager of The Strand Theatre. “This will be a very fun and entertaining evening, and we can’t wait to see what our ‘celebrity chefs’ create.”

Don’t miss a minute of the action!

  • Silent Auction will take place in the lobby prior to the show.
  • Show’s at 3:00 PM
  • Tickets are $45 and include assigned seating and h’orderves.
  • To purchase tickets or learn more about the event,

the guide:

September 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM
17 N Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
Manda Costoulas
Box Office Manager
Graphic Design
770.293.0080 ext. 224


Marietta Mutt Strutt

the gig: 

The dog days of summer may be coming to a close, but not before the arrival of the season’s best event for you and your furry best friend. Bring your four-legged family members—and your two-legged ones, too!—to the Marietta Mutt Strutt for a day of food and dog-friendly fun.

celebrate your canine … in style!

There will be a slew of canine-centered activities and booths, including dachshund races and a Bone Bar, where 4,000 pounds of (free!) dog treats will be available for you to share with Fido. But, the hallmark of the event is the dog parade. Dozens of dolled-up pooches show off their costumes along the parade route on their way to the canine costume contest where pups and their owners will be judged according to such categories as “What the Woof?” and “Look Alikes.”

no pooch? no problem.

Come for the live bluegrass music, food trucks, kid’s games and activities, and a chance to meet your new best friend. Lovable pooches from eight rescue groups will be on hand (or paw?), waiting to find their forever homes.

it’s all for a paws-itive cause.

 A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Sweetwater Missions, which provides families in need with food, clothing, and education and employment opportunities. (We don’t know about you, but that gets our tails waggin’.)

 the guide:

where: Marietta First United Methodist Church at 56 Whitlock Ave., SW, just off of Marietta Square.

when: September 6

cost: admission and parking are free!

contact info:

Insider tip: Check Groupon to snag your pup a half-price admission into the dog parade.

Pig Out | Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festivalthe gig: 

Get ready to pig out! Two of the things we love the most—lip smackin’ good barbecue and mouthwatering desserts—take center stage this weekend at Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.

eat your heart out.

Grab the whole family and go whole hog (sorry, we couldn’t resist) chowing on ribs, pulled pork, peach cobbler and ice cream so good it’ll make you want to slap yo’ mama. (Btw, don’t let you stop that from bringing her. Once she tastes the food, she’ll understand. Promise.)  

there’ll be laughin’, singin’, and music swinging’ and dancin’ in the streets.

Live Entertainment Stage

Once you’ve run out of room, waddle over to the stage to catch some live entertainment, including the Johnny Cash Now show and the GA Blues Brothers. Bringing the kiddies? Head to the Kid Zone filled with giant inflatables and games–just make sure all that bbq in their bellies has some time to settle first.

Food, fun, and FREE!, it’s the recipe for the perfect weekend outing—unless, of course, you’re a pig. 


Kid Zonethe guide:

where: Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center in Kennesaw

when: August 22 from 6p.m. – 10 p.m. and August 23 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

cost: Free!

contact info:

Insider tip: Parking can get a little dicey, so take advantage of the free round-trip shuttle that runs every 20 minutes. (Check the Web site for pick-up locations.)

sounds of life | music in the park

Sounds of Life 2014

 the gig:

Good music, good food and a great excuse to get your dance on—that’s the gist of the upcoming Sounds of Life outdoor concert series at Marietta’s Life College.

We can’t think of a better way to send summer out with a bang (or usher in fall) than with a night of swaying to hip tunes under starry skies—unless of course, it’s three nights of swaying to hip tunes under starry skies. The first concert of the series kicks off August 21, followed by dates in September and October.

it’s your (alfresco music) thing. do what you want to do.

Slip on something snazzy, grab your handsome hubby, and treat yourself to reserved seating in the outdoor amphitheater. Between sets, visit Red Hare’s on-site VIP Beer Garden to nosh on light appetizers. (If you’re having trouble pulling your guy away from Thursday night football, two words: craft beer. It gets ‘em every time.)

Or, go super cas and bring your besties and a blanket and spend the evening groovin’ in the grass. (Be sure to snag some muy delicioso tacos from one of the speciality food trucks to share.)

however you choose to spend your evening at Sounds of Life, we are certain of one thing: a night out in the great outdoors never sounded so good.sounds of life-angledguitar-2

the guide:

where: Lyceum Park at Life University

dates: August 21, September 11, October 30

hours: 6pm – 9pm

cost: Free!

contact info:

Stars & Cigars 2014 ~ Wild Wild West!

Stars & Cigars 2014: the recap

benefitting Make A Wish 
presented by

Carl Black Kennesaw

The second annual Stars & Cigars was a rip-roarin’, rootin’ tootin’, boot-scootin’ success! Through the support of many businesses and individuals, we were able to raise enough to grant FOUR wishes, which is amazing! Our goal was two!! Thanks to all who came, donated, and volunteered – and a very HUGE thanks to our sponsors, below.

Photos courtesy of Jen Harris Photography. To view/order (for free!) from the full-res original gallery, visit Jennifer’s site here.



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Calling all gunslingers and outlaws
for a vintage saloon
poker & fashion event.

Cowgirls, don your boots
and bring yer fella
for a night of
gamblin’ and ramblin’,
moonshine & wine…
stars & cigars!

Stars and Cigars 2014

the fun:

Friday, August 22
7:00 – 11:00 p.m

Games: Professionally run poker tournament & blackjack

Grand gaming prize for top winner: Deluxe vacation package including airfare & accommodations to Beau Rivage Resort and Casino for 4 days, 3 nights

Live music: The Paul Hand Band will be performing live!!!

Paul Hand Band

Silent auction: Home decor, jewelry, original artwork, sports memorabilia/tickets, vacation packages

Fashion show: High-style fashion show with styling by Dyer & Posta Salon, featuring Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, Fashion Cupcake, B. Watts & Company, Melissa Sarathy for lia sophia {presented by Prestige Motors}, and Ivy Lane Boutique

Cigars beneath the stars: VIP passes available (separate ticket) for Cigar & Scotch Lounge, including signature hostess and concierge service with two 2-ounce pours of single-malt scotch plus a handcut cigar in the upscale specially appointed, leather-furnished, luxury lounge area

Attire: Saloon Chic ~ Cowgirls: Think boots and a dress; bonus points for fringe or feathers!
Cowboys: Denim is fine; chaps are optional; dressing to impress is a must.

Decor designs and styling by Moxie Designs and Kristina Eaton with Something Tulle.

Stars and Cigars | Make A Wish Event

the fare:

Drinks (2 drink tickets/person plus cash bar)
Hors d’ouevres and small plates
Dessert bar

the fabulous venue:

The Brickyard
129 Church Street

Marietta Square 30060

Stars & Cigars 2013 | Marietta Square | The Brickyard

purchase tickets:

Drop down for ticket options, below. Regular event tickets include all festivities except the VIP enclosed scotch/cigar lounge. Tickets for the VIP lounge can be purchased along with regular tickets, below via the drop-down menu. VIP lounge tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.


Can’t come but want to help us grant a wish? Donate any amount below! Every dollar is appreciated and goes directly toward a child in Georgia who’s currently waiting for their wish to be granted.

Make-A-Wish is also MATCHING every dollar for this event this year! So, please double your impact and help us grant some wishes!!


100 percent of proceeds grant the wish of a child waiting in Georgia’s Make A Wish chapter.

For sponsorship inquiries, email

party hearty!

Marietta Hilton

To book a room and receive the Stars & Cigars group rate of $79/night at The Hilton Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, visit:

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presenting sponsors

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 Carl Black Kennesaw

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Marietta ChalkFest 2014

Marietta ChalkFest 2014the gig: 

This event takes sidewalk chalk to a whole new level! On October 11 and 12 on the Marietta Square, professional and award-winning chalk artists from around the nation will bring their creations to life during the Marietta ChalkFest, hosted by the Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art.

this ain’t your kindergarten teacher’s chalk art.

Some of the artists have been “chalking” for more than 20 years…and winning countless awards. Over 35 artists are already signed up (and more to come), including some very BIG names in the chalk art community. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Specific information on artists can be found at the Visiting Artists web page:

participation welcome! 

Marietta ChalkFest 4Chalk art amateurs of all ages are invited to try their hand at chalking as part of the local competition! Participants will be assigned a square in which to create a unique work of art on Anderson Street, one block south of the Marietta Square, adjacent to Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. To enter, enroll here: There’s a $25 entry fee for adults, $20 for HS/college, and $10 for children 13 and under. Plus…there’s a free t-shirt for registering!

space for little ones:

Future artists will have a place for their creative juices to flow freely, too! There will be allotted space and chalk provided for those who just want to draw without being part of the bigger competition.

there’s more good news?

There is! The Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art will be OPEN during the entirety of ChalkFest, and admission will be FREE during this time!

Marietta ChalkFest 5the guide:

when: October 11 & 12, 2014

where: Held around the historic Marietta Square, as well as in front of Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. (Professional artists will be located separate from the local competition.) Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art is located at 30 Atlanta Street, Marietta.

cost: Free! 

contact information:

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art staff: 770 528 1444

Marietta ChalkFest

Marietta Square’s First Friday Art Walk

the gig:

The First Friday Art Walk on the historic Marietta Square is the perfect night out. How so?

1. It’s OTP.

So no fighting Atlanta traffic for something cool to do!

2. It’s something cool to do.

With local artists set up at almost every shop around the Square, demonstrating their craft and selling their original wares, it’s a culturalpalooza. Oh and there’s wine.

3. There’s wine.

Many of the shops have complimentary wine for passerby…and there are a host of seriously yum restaurants on the Square, too (Taqueria Tsunami, The Butcher The Baker, Sugarcakes Patisserie, House of Lu, Kiosco, etc, Gabriel’s and Chicken and the Egg nearby on Whitlock.)

There are only three Fridays left in the Art Walk season (August, September, October), so get yourself to downtown Marietta to stimule the ol’ right brain before it’s too late. The free self-guided tour meanders through shops and venues, highlighting some of our city’s most talented artists, rain or shine.

Check out local artists and take home some seriously cool new art for your home.
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We always love the talent that exudes from the ladies at Red Door Studio and Gallery (upstairs, by Aussie bakery).
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Art Walk Ambassadors (identified by their white Art Walk aprons) are on hand throughout the tour to provide extra info or guidance on event highlights.

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Our advice: Begin at Tavern in the gARTen, a beer and wine garden that is worth the stop (and the sip).

Then, hit Red Door Studio and Gallery, 2 Rules Fine Art, Hidden Treasures, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marina Marina, DK Gallery, and the Historic Marietta Trolley. Certain locations (see event map) are also participating in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, redeemable at many Square merchants.

the guide:

FF Art WalkDates: August 1, September 5, October 3

Hours: 5pm- 9pm


More info can also be found at the Marietta Welcome Center kiosk at the corner of Church Street and Mill Street. Stop there and pick up an Art Walk map.



Dig in with Dinner at the Depot!

the gig:

Dinner at the Depot 1There’s no such thing as too much great food, a fact that is proven true at Kennesaw’s Dinner At The Depot.

Weather permitting, every Monday this summer you can make your way to Depot Park on Cherokee Street, across from the Southern Museum, for live music and a wide variety of food trucks. Grab it and go or stop and stay awhile, enjoying the kid friendly environment.

With plenty of room for picnic blankets and folding chairs, this is the perfect way to get out of turning on that stove at home (in fact, this event has spawned the phrase ‘No-Cook Monday’ throughout Kennesaw). And, bonus: with such a wide variety of trucks, even your pickiest eater will be pleased. Regular trucks include Happy Belly, On Tapa the World, Mobile Marlay, King of Pops, Genki Noodles and Sushi, and Smiley’s Street Eats. Check the Dinner at the Depot Facebook page for updates on trucks and weather each week.


Bounce House | Dinner at the Depot

Perfect cure for a case of “the Mondays”– bounce houses, a playground, and bubbles for the kids ….great food, music and drinks for you!

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Different trucks come each week, offering a diverse variety. 

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What’s on the menu? Delicious appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, and brain-freeze-worthy desserts.

the guide:

Dinner at the DepotDate:

May 5, 2014, through September 22, 2014 (weather permitting)

Mondays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2828 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw, GA 30144

For info, contact the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority at 770-794-7075 or visit the Dinner at the Depot Facebook page.

Ladies Night Out – get pampered for a good cause!

the gig:

Blessed BeautyWe are huge fans of Blessed Beauty, the nonprofit started organically by Kennesaw’s Shannon Silva Posta (of Dyer & Posta Salon) and Natalie Bouchard to pamper and support the caregivers of the critically ill. Their mission is to come alongside all the mamas, daddies, aunties, besties and grandies who are taking care of an ill family member…and then bless. their. socks. off.

You do NOT want to miss this Ladies Night Out to benefit Blessed Beauty!! On Thursday, June 19, join the Ladies Beauty Night at Dyer and Posta Salon, featuring food, drinks and a one-on-one session to learn how to blow dry like a pro! All proceeds go directly to Blessed Beauty’s Ronald McDonald House charity event for kids and their families in August.

the guide:

When: Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Dyer & Posta Salon in Kennesaw on Chastain Road

Cost: $50 donation to Blessed Beauty

What: Food, drinks and some beauty time!!! Come join the fun & learn how to blow dry like a pro – all for a good cause!

RSVP: Call 770-514-1620 to reserve a spot quickly, as spaces are limited!

Can’t go but still want to give to the Ronald McDonald House event? All donations welcome!! Bring monetary gifts or new warm socks, food or gas gift cards, or nonperishable food items by Dyer & Posta before August 1.

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*All About You* Wellness GNO at Ivy Lane Boutique

AW_smilingwomenthe gig:

Grab your gal pals and go get inspired to live your best life! Ivy Lane Boutique in East Cobb–one of the BEST boutiques we’ve ever stepped foot inside (like really)–is hosting All About You on June 3, a fun wellness and health event.

Well-known wellness coach Jacynta Harb will be there to provide her expertise, as will Leslie Brothers with Heathy & Beauty Boutique and Mary Beth O’Reilly, personal trainer extraordinaire. Oh, and there will be shopping. Because, really, you can’t have your “best life” without a little bit of that.

the guide:

Wellness Event | Ivy Lane Boutique

where: Ivy Lane Boutique

3605 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066

when: June 3, 6-8 p.m.

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