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St. Patrick’s Day Bash at Callaway Gardens

Go Green at Callaway Gardensthe gig:

For a fun, new way to “go green,” join the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Callaway Gardens this Saturday, March 14th.

Amidst the gorgeous setting that is Robin Lake Beach, there will be everything you’d expect for a sham-rockin’ St. Patty’s Day party, from live music and great food to drink specials and prizes.

With a pint of Irish green beer or glass of Irish Whiskey in hand, rock out with to the bluesy southern sound of Daniel Lee and the Barstool Prophets. (Tip: Wear green and enjoy $2.50 drafts!) Go all out with head-to-toe green for a chance to take home a prize in the St. Patty’s Day outfit contest. And, when you’re finally ready to kick off your dancin’ shoes, don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket to relax in the sand.

Or, make a weekend of it and snag a room at the Mountain Creek Inn on-site. (Don’t forget to take advantage of access to the nature trails, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, and chapel during your stay.) Packages start at $119 a night and include lodging, two event tickets and admission to the Gardens.

We’re feeling luckier already.

the guide:

where: Callaway Gardens is located at 17800 US Hwy 27. Pine Mountain 31822-2000.

when: Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the gate. Click here for advance ticket purchase or call 800-463-6990.

For additional information or reservations, visit or call 800-852-3810.

Party with a Purpose: Food + Music Festival

Songs for Kidsthe gig:

Songs For Kids, a charitable organization which introduces musicians into the lives of kids facing illness and hardship, is hosting its inaugural Songs For Kids Foundation Food and Music Festival Sunday, March 29th. 

The organization works with kids both in and out of children’s hospitals through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and Songs For Kids Records songwriting & recording program.

Doing your part to help out these kiddos is as easy as 1-2-3: 

1) Buy a ticket. (They’re $75 in advance and at the door.)

2) Show up.

3) Party for a purpose (i.e. listen to cool tunes and nosh on fabulous food).

Easy-peasy, right?

The fun is going down at Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta where the Yacht Rock Review (think: ‘70s light rock) will take the stage to entertain the crowd.

Adding to the good times, ticket holders will have the chance to indulge in complimentary food and drinks from some of Atlanta’s most notable restaurants, including The Optimist, JCT Kitchen, Gunshow, Bantam + Biddy, The Southern Gentleman, Gypsy Kitchen, Twin Smokers BBQ, Metro Fresh, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Lure and Rosebud.

A good cause + good music + good food = a must-go outing. That’s the kind of math we like.

songs-for-kids-logothe guide:

What: Songs For Kids Foundation Food and Music Festival

When: Sunday, March 29th from 1 p.m . until 5 p.m.

Where: Monday Night Brewing at 670 Trabert Ave. NW, Atlanta 30318

Cost: A $75 ticket allows each attendee complimentary food and drinks as well as the live performances. Children 16 and under cost $10 and must be accompanied by an adult.


To buy tickets:

For more info: For more information, contact the foundation at 404-541-9231.

photo cred: Sara Hanna Photography

Encourage Your Budding Artist with Art Classes from Marietta Cobb Art Museum

the gig:

mcma2If the freezing cold temps have you–and your munchkins–going a little stir crazy, we have the cure. Did you know the Marietta Cobb Art Museum hosts art classes? They’re the perfect way to keep your little ones’ hands and minds busy, and they’re starting soon (praise be!). 

Here’s a rundown of their March offerings: 

what: Art Mania (half session). Young artists will create fun pieces of art while learning about artists throughout history. Students will have the chance to draw, paint, sculpt and more!

ages: 6-8

when: March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 10am-11:30am 

cost: $50 Members/ $90 Non-Members (supplies included!)

mcma3what: Saturday Studio. Same gig as above, just for an older crowd. Your kids will have the chance to explore a different media, technique and skill from week to week. Who knows, you might just find out you have a budding Picasso on your hands!

ages: 9-12 

when: March 7th, 14th, and 21st from 12pm-1:30pm

cost: $60 Members/ $100 Non-Members  (supplies included!)

what: Youth Drawing. Give your child a new way to see the world: through drawing! The class will cover basic traditional drawing techniques, aimed at helping young children interpret what they see, as well as illustration and cartooning. 

ages: 6-12

when: March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 4:30pm-6:00pm

cost: $75 Members/ $115 Non-Members (supplies included!)


mcmawhat: Youth Studio Painting. Young painters are encouraged to develop their creativity while learning and applying different styles and techniques of acrylic and watercolor paints. 

ages: 8-12

when: March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th from 5:00pm-6:30pm 

cost: $100 Members/ $140 Non-Members (supplies included!)


what: Mosaics for Kids. Each student will mosaic a mirror frame during the course of this class. There is instruction on cutting techniques, using various materials, patterns and more. The class concludes with grouting and other finishing touches to make your mosaic complete. 

ages: 7-14 

when: April 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 4:30pm-6:30pm 

cost: $110 Members/ $150 Non-Members (supplies included!)


what: Teen Drawing & Portfolio Development. Students work in a project-based format to create 3 & 4 dimensional drawings! The basic tenets/principals of drawing and rendering are incorporated within the process & each project moves students further along in their artistic development.

ages: 12-19

when: March 7th, 14th and March 21st from 10am – 12pm

cost: $55 Members/ $75 Non-Members (supplies included!)


what: Beginning Wheel Throwing. Learn the basic of working with clay on the wheel, including how to throw, trim, and glaze a pot and will end the course with at least one finished piece. 

 ages: 15 +

when: March 10th, 17th, 24th and March 31st from 7:00pm-9:00pm 

cost: $150 Members/ $190 Non-Members (supplies included!)

the guide:

Click here to register.

Registration also available via phone and in-person. Call (770) 528-1444, ext. 16 or visit the museum at 30 Atlanta Street SE, Marietta 30060.

Henry’s Lousiana Grill All-Day Mardis Gras Celebration

the gig:

Mardi Gras 2015Let the good times roll! Fat Tuesday is just around the corner … and you know what that means: it’s time to eat, drink and be merry! And, now, you can do all of the above at Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth all day on February 17th during their first-ever All-Day Mardi Gras Celebration.

The dawn-till-midnight celebration will begin at 7:45 a.m., when for the first time ever, doors open to greet patrons with offerings of biscuits, beignets, Bloody Marys and a full bar. At 8:00 a.m., Fox 5 cameras will shoot live from the restaurant, taking in the fun for the early crowd.

The restaurant will be serving lunch beginning at 11:00 a.m., with traditional Louisiana favorites like gumbo, étouffée and Henry’s specialty, Louisiana Ooh La La. And, because you’ll need a little somethin’-somethin’ to wash it all down–Hurricanes are $5 and shots are $2 all day long.

During dinner, the entire family can compete in costume contests for kids and adults, with judging at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., respectively, and great prizes for the winners. Roving Bacardi girls will be handing out promotional items, like t-shirts and shot glasses to guests. Of course, there will be plenty of King Cake and Mardi Gras beads for all.HLG_Mardi-Gras_web

Starting at 9:00 p.m., adults are invited upstairs for Henry’s 21+ Pardi Gras, featuring local favorite “DJ Cajun Chris,” who will be spinning Mardi Gras and Louisiana music. Upstairs guests can order drink and appetizer specials and cash prizes for best costumes—all with no cover charge.

“This is the biggest day of the year for us, and we do our part to celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras every day,” said Chef Henry Chandler, owner and founder of Henry’s Louisiana Grill in Acworth. “Henry’s is founded on that very philosophy: enjoy life with exquisite Louisiana dishes and many friends. So there’s no better place to celebrate this holiday in metro Atlanta than here, with an unbelievable day and night of food, fun and music.”

It’s guaranteed to be the biggest and best party this side of New Orleans.

the guide:

where: 4835 N. Main St., Acworth 30101

when: February 17th, 7:45 a.m. to midnight.

contact: 770-966-1515


Mardi Gras Run on Marietta Square

the gig:

Mardi Gras Run 2If just thinking about all of the chocolate and Valentine’s candy that’s going to be piling up in your house (and on your hips) starting tomorrow, get a head start on burning those extra calories by joining in the 6th annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Saturday, February 14th. 

Before you get your tush in gear, throw on a tutu, beads, a mask or all three and enter the Mardi Gras Costume Contest.

Not only will you be doing your body good and having a ton of fun by participating, you’ll also be benefitting the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and their numerous and worthwhile community projects. (For same-day giving satisfaction, the JLCM is asking that runners bring any shoes they no longer need to drop in provided shoe bins. Shoes will be donated to those in need in the community after the race.)

If a 5k isn’t up your alley, there is a 1k option, as well as a Tot trot–so you can get your little loves good and tired out before the sugar high ever even starts. 

Post race, expect food, fun and fluids–and a kick booty sense of satisfaction.

Mardi Gras Run

the guide:

Where: Marietta Square

When: Saturday, February 14th. 5K starts at 8 a.m. | 1K starts at 8:45 a.m. | Tot Trot starts at 9 a.m.

Cost: 5K & 1K: $30

Tot Trot: $15

Click here to register before the race. (You can also arrive early and register same-day.)

Show Your Support: TEARS first annual Rock & Walk

the gig:

2015 TEARS Rock and WalkLosing a little one through miscarriage, stillbirth or during infancy is one of the most devastating events a family can face. Knowing this, the locally-founded TEARS Foundation  seeks to compassionately lift the financial and emotional burden from newly bereaved families by offering emotional and financial support to families who have lost a baby in one of these ways.

And, now, you can help, too.

On May 9, the TEARS Foundation will honor the lives of babies who have been lost, raise funds to help the families left behind, and work to build awareness about pregnancy and infant loss during their first annual “Rock & Walk” event.

The mission behind the event is three-fold:

  • To INSPIRE hope: During the event, families who have lost a child can walk the first lap to honor their child. As they do, they will pass hand-crafted memorial butterflies, each with a name of a child loved and honored, lining the path. Then, others will join them, reinforcing the truth that when we all band together, we can find hope.
  • To HONOR a child: At the end of the walk, attendees will rock in provided rocking chairs to symbolize the support of families who have lost a baby
  • To CELEBRATE life: Meant to be an uplifting time of celebration of these tiny lives, the event will include food, music and plenty of fellowship.

To celebrate the lives of these little ones and show your support of their moms, dads, brothers and sisters, click here to register.

the guide:

When: Saturday, May 9th from  10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., NE, Atlanta 30319

dk Gallery Hosts Contemporary Art Show

the gig:

image-6If knowing February has a “Friday the 13th” in it makes you want to run for cover, we have some good news. Friday the 13th isn’t all about bad luck—at least not this month and not when you’re lucky enough to live near Marietta. 

While some might be dreading the date, we are full of anticipation because dk Gallery on the Square—the destination for art, theater, music, fine dining and entertainment—will be hosting their 7th Annual February Show, Romance of the Figure and Nude.

The evening promises to be a sensual celebration of figural works of art. (It is almost Valentine’s Day, after all!) Expect to see abstract and realism paintings by some of our favorite local artists, including Kevin Chambers, Helen DeRamus, Gina Hurry, Holly Irwin and Kristopher Meadows.

dk gallery

As a bonus—because just seeing these ahh-mazing works is really enough—art lovers will have the chance to meet the featured artists while enjoying their works and live music. Who knows, maybe the artistic genius will rub off? We can dream, right? 

the guide: 

WHEN: Friday, February 13 from 6-9:00 pm

WHERE: dk Gallery, 25 West Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060

{first annual} Family of the Year Search!

Family of Year Family ImageNominate a worthy family to be on our summer covers!

Do you know a worthy family who deserves to be celebrated? Help us honor them as our Family of the Year, sponsored by Little Black Dress | Little Red Wagon Magazine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, JTM Photography Atlanta, Callaway Gardens, and all the wonderful sponsors below!

to nominate: 

Simply email a photo of a worthy family to by March 15, 2015. Include a brief paragraph or two explaining why they’re worthy – whatever shares their story. And, if you’re a hubs who thinks your wife is amazing, nominate your own family! We support wifey pats on the back around here. 

Family must be residents of Cobb, Cherokee, Paulding, Fulton or Bartow.

to vote:

The winning family will be selected by a panel from the community and also determined by supportive comments and votes on from March 16-26. Come back HERE (to this page) on March 16 and leave a supportive comment and cast a vote for your favorite worthy family. We need your help determining our Family of the Year!

prizes galore!

Little Black Dress Little Red Wagon Magazine

Previous Cover Search Winners, the Hasbrouck family

The grand prize family will receive:

A photo shoot with Mia McCorkle of JTM Photography Atlanta. Photos will appear on LBD|LRW summer covers!

A two-night stay in a two-bedroom Southern Pine Cottage at Callaway Gardens, including garden admission PLUS TreeTop Adventure for four.

A Day of Beauty for the winning mom from Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique (facial, massage, mani/pedi, color, design & finish), plus family styling for cover shoot.

$50 gift card to Dyer & Posta Salon

$50 Visa gift card from North Cobb Christian School

$50 Visa gift card, courtesy of Transitions Property Management & Real Estate

60 minute facial + massage from  j.Spa, courtesy of Melissa Krudwig, The Bear of Real Estate, and The Think Melissa Team

Prize basket from Rossitch Pediatric Dentistry

$100 gift card to All-Star Chem-Dry

$50 gift card to The Marietta Local

$50 Visa gift card, courtesy of Resurgens Orthopaedics

$50 gift card to Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, or Love Street Gifts & Gardens

$50 gift card to Ivy Lane Boutique

$50 gift card to B. Watts & Co.

Month of FREE swim lessons for EACH CHILD in the family from Aqua-Tots Swim Schools (multiple locations)

$50 gift card to Woodstock Market

Three runner-up families will also receive:

COVER_LRWSummer11THUMBNAIL$15 gift cards, courtesy of Resurgens Orthopaedics

$15 Woodstock Market gift card

Free swim caps for each child from Aqua-Tots Swim Schools of Georgia

$15 B. Watts & Co. gift card

$25 Visa gift card, courtesy of Melissa Krudwig, the Bear of Real Estate and The Think Melissa Team

$15 Ivy Lane Boutique gift card

$25 gift card to Love Street at Cedarcrest, Heart & Sole, or Love Street Gifts & Gardens

$20 gift card plus cleaning supplies from All-Star Chem-Dry

$20 gift card to The Marietta Local

$25 restaurant gift card, courtesy of Transitions Property Management & Real Estate

$20 Visa gift card, courtesy of North Cobb Christian School

fabulous sponsors:




It’s a {Sip ‘N Shop} Party and You’re Invited!

the gig:

If your usual Friday night routine consists of watching Netflix in your pajamas (you wild child you!), it’s time to shake things up a little. And we have the perfect plan.  This Friday, The Little Marketplace is hosting Sip ‘N Shop, a fabulous event that combines a few of our favorite things: mocktails (read: alcohol-free libations), tasty nibbles and the best shopping this side of the Mississippi.

the little marketplace

In addition to being your ticket out of a weekend evening rut, Sip ‘N Shop is the grand opening of Cobb County’s newest one-stop-shop for artwork, decor, antiques, clothing and accessories and gifts. Only the crème de la crème of local vendors will have a spot in the  4,000-square-foot space.

Wait, make that the beautifully curated, totally inspiring 4,000-square-foot space.

the little marketplace 3

See what we mean?

the little marketplace 4

Kind of makes you want to revamp your entire decorating scheme … or, at the very least, show up for the Sip ‘N Shop on Friday, right?

Perfect. Our work here is done.

the guide: 

what: Grand Opening Sip ‘N Shop Party

when: January 30th, 7-10 p.m.

where: 3735 Floyd Rd., Austell

For a sneak peak at the goodies, find The Little Marketplace on Facebook.

’Tis the Season of Giving: Three Charities to Get You Started

the gig:

We all know the saying, “It is better to give than to receive,” and the old adage is especially near and dear to our hearts this time of year. What better time than Christmas to do something to make a very real difference in the lives of others? To get you started, here are three charities committed to making lives better the whole year ’round. 

One Warm Coat1. One Warm Coat

Being warm and dry during the coldest winter nights is something most of us take for granted. But for many in need, facing freezing temps can be a matter of life and death. That’s where One Warm Coat comes in, an organization that unites with local groups for a singular purpose: to collect coats to give to those in need, free of charge. (To date, the agency has given away close to four million coats.)

So raid your closets, your kids’ closets, your neighbors’ closets (just kidding about the last one … kind of) and pull out those no-longer-needed coats. Visit One Warm Coat to find your nearest drop-off location. Then, let the knowledge that your coat will directly help a child, woman or man in need warm your hearts this winter.

2. The Saint Nick Project (Toy Giveaway)The Saint Nick Project

As parents, watching your children’s eyes light up on Christmas morning is one of the best parts of the Big Day. But imagine if there were no presents to open. That is the reality for thousands of kids in inner-city Atlanta … or at least it would be without the Atlanta Dream Center. The non-profit partners with volunteers every year to hand deliver toys to thousands of at-risk children.

You can help make Christmas happen for these kids by bringing in new toys for children ages 2 to 12. Toys can be dropped off at 652 Angier Avenue Ne, Atlanta GA 30308 by December 18th at 5 p.m.

ATLDCBut that isn’t where your part ends. You and your littles can also be a part of the meaningful gift-giving experience on December 20 at 10 a.m. Volunteers will have a chance to visit the homes of the children in some of Atlanta’s most down-trodden neighborhoods and hand-deliver the gifts.(There is no age restriction on the Saint Nick Project, however, keep in mind that it is important to discern whether younger attendees can handle the experience.) For more info, visit The Saint Nick Project.

3. No Hungry Children

If you’re a mama,  you have a soft spot for kids at Christmas—no matter where in the world they are. This Christmas, you can teach your own kiddos the importance of giving by partnering with the locally-based organization No Hungry Children. The African-focused non-profit makes it their mission to feeding hungry children every school day in the slum schools of Nairobi, Kenya.

There is no better proof of how so much can be done with so little than No Hungry Children. Just $1 feeds 1 child for 1 week. Yep, you read that right. For less than $60 a year, your family can feed one child for a year. Visit their website to see children awaiting sponsors and make impacting the world for the better one child at a time a new holiday tradition for your family.

To find out more about No Hungry Children, check out our Holiday 2014 issue here.

the guide:

One Warm Coat 

The Saint Nick Project (Toy Giveaway)

No Hungry Children

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