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the gig: dine out for charity this week!March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs Auction

You know how they say, “If you can’t handle the heat stay out of the kitchen”? Well, we say, if you want to save some sweet babies stay out of the kitchen…and head to the foodie-palooza that is the upcoming March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs Auction.

At the September 18th event at the Marietta Country Club, you’ll taste over-the-top delicious treats, support a phenomenal cause, and you won’t have to wash a single dish! The annual highly anticipated event is a food-lovers paradise with over a dozen top-rated chefs serving signature nibbles to a cocktail-swank crowd.

a little namedropping … and a whole lot of good food! 

The 2014 restaurant roster includes The Butcher The Baker, Gabriel’s Restaurant & Bakery, Creations by Cookie, Fusco’s, Zeal, and more. The honorary chef chair is Marietta restaurant darling and Paula Deen’s cousin Johnnie Gabriel.

Last year, the event raised over $70,000 to support the March of Dimes mission to promote healthy pregnancies and babies. This year, the 2014 ambassador family is Andy and Staci Thompson, their son Cooper and daughters Charleigh and Savannah.

meet an inspiring family and hear their storyMarch of Dimes Ambassador Family

The Thompson’s family’s journey is an amazing story of hope. After Cooper’s birth, the couple experienced three tragic miscarriages and were told that another baby would be unlikely. So, they were floored to discover that Staci was expecting twin girls! Charleigh and Savannah were born early at 33 weeks and spent 16 days in the NICU. Amazingly, they celebrated their first birthday on May 13—happy and completely healthy.

Through their experience, Staci has become an ardent fan of the March of Dimes. “The research and support of this organization is life changing, literally,” she says.

do it for the kids … really

Changing lives for the better during a fun-filled night of noshing on some delish food? We couldn’t imagine a better way to spend an evening.

the guide: 

when: September 18, 6:30 p.m.

where: Marietta Country Club, 1400 Marietta Country Club Drive, Kennesaw

For tickets and info, visit

For sponsorship and table info, contact Claire Parker at 404.720.5302 or


the gig: Earl Strand Theater

We’ve got some good news for all of you film (and history!) buffs out there: Movies are coming to the Earl Smith Strand Theater. When you take in a film at the beautifully restored 1930s theater, you take home a little piece of history, and thanks to the new stellar lineup of classic movies (and a one-of-a-kind tribute concert!), you’ll have a chance to do both starting this Friday.

Bring the whole family along for a Sound of Music sing-along this month, then next month, snag a sitter, grab a box of popcorn and cuddle up to your honey at a classic horror flick for Halloween.

Here’s a peek at the fabulous film lineup:

 September 12, 8 PM: The Wiz

Time to ease on down the road with Diana Ross as Dorothy, Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow, and Richard Pryor as The Wiz in this cult classic adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz”

September 13, 8 PM: The Sound of Music Singalong

Join Julie Andrews for a few of her favorite things in this popular family flick. During the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, the lyrics will pop up on the screen so everyone can sing along.

For both showings, live organ pops variety show and sing-along begin at 7:30 p.m. before the 8 p.m. showtime. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students, seniors, and military.

September 19, 8 PM: Back N’ Black: The AC/DC Experience Concert 

Not many people point at The Strand while passing by, turn to their companion, and say “Dude, that place is soooo metal.” But because some of YOU are, they are throwing in a special little treat for all you old-school heavy rockers out there with an appearance from one of the nation’s top AC/DC tribute bands Tickets, on sale now, are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

September 28, 3 PM: Silent Comedy Shorts

Experience the antics of The Little Rascals, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin the way they were meant to be seen: in a historic movie palace on the big screen accompanied by professional organists. Come early at 2:30pm for a pops organ show and sing-a-long. Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, students, and military.

October 24, 8 PM: The Birds

No lineup of horror films would be complete without a showing of this Hitchcock’s classic. Live organ pops variety show and sing-along at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students, seniors, and military.

October 26, 3 PM: The Cat and the Canary 

In this 1927 silent horror film, a decaying mansion and a stormy night set the scene for mystery and chaos when a pack of greedy relatives gather at midnight for the reading of a twenty-year old will. The film will be accompanied live by Strand Organist Ron Carter on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for seniors, students, and military.

the guide:

Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 770.293.0080, or in person at 117 North Park Square. Box Office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-1PM on Saturdays. The Box Office opens two hours before showtime.

Seating is general admission for movies and concerts.



Roasted at The Strand!

the gig:

The Strand Theatre | Earl Smith Strand Food Fight Fundraiser

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
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 (or favorite ladies), 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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moxie designs

 Carl Black Kennesaw

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Prestige Motors

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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.

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