Wide Variety Of Fun Events IN JANUARY

By Tripp Liles

In my home, January is normally a time to catch our breath and relax a bit after lots of holiday activity during December. And with many local hot spots, it really takes a few weeks for the normal activities to resume but when they do we have plenty going on with many events being inside to avoid our short cold weather season.

On Jan. 27 at 2 p.m., local book lovers are invited to hear author Hannah Palmer speak at the Roswell Library about her new book Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport. It is a passionate and beautifully written account of the price of progress in which you will experience a wide range of emotions. Part memoir, part urban history, it is a riveting account of one young mother’s attempt at making a home where there’s little home left. Lyrically chronicling the overlooked devastation and beauty along the airport’s fringe communities, Palmer unearths the startling narratives about race, power, and place that continue to shape American cities. Palmer works as an urban designer in Atlanta. Her writing explores the intersection of southern stories and urban landscapes, and has appeared on CNN.com, in Art Papers and Creative Loafing, and in master plans for urban design projects around the world. She has an MFA in creative writing and now lives near the Atlanta Airport with her husband and sons. The Roswell Library is located at 115 Norcross St. in Roswell.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center (MJCCA) is having a special performance by the acclaimed Koresh Dance Company with two shows, Jan. 27 and 28. Known for their engaging performance and technically gifted dancers, their performances have been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Koresh has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. At MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. www.atlantajcc.org.

Now should you be one of those people not bothered by cold temperatures, here is an activity that may pique your interest: the Atlanta Winter Beer Fest, which takes place on Jan. 27 at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. They will have over 150 beers featured from local breweries as well as a select number from places around the country. Beyond beer they will also feature ciders, Monk’s Mead, and even a few wines. There’s also live music and a dance tent should you have more than one beer. For info: atlantawinterbeerfest.com.

We all know one of our nation’s biggest party days is Mardi Gras, falling on Feb 13 this year. But the carnival activities normally begin on the 12th night of Christmas, so that means some early parties to be had. On Jan. 27 the 8th Annual Atlanta Mardi Gras Ball will take place at the Ivy Center in Atlanta. The Atlanta Mardi Gras Ball is a festive party that pays homage to the carnival’s most favorite tradition. The event will be packed with live entertainment, delicious food, drinks and vendors. It started as a social gathering for natives of Mobile, AL who moved to Atlanta and quickly expanded to include natives of New Orleans now living in Atlanta. The playful rivalry of the origins of Mardi Gras crosses state lines as natives of Mobile and New Orleans now living in Atlanta debate the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the U.S. Now, over 1,000 Mardi Gras revelers gather in Atlanta to celebrate a 300-year tradition and continue the friendly rivalry. atlmardigras.com.
And keeping with the Mardi Gras theme I have to mention the Roswell Mardi Gras Ball, which takes place on Feb. 10 at the Country Club of Roswell. It is presented by The Voila Foundation and the event serves as their annual fundraiser supporting Easterseals North Georgia and Children’s Charities. The event is open to all and will feature a dinner buffet with New Orleans cuisine and an open bar. Live entertainment will include the Wasted Potential Brass Band and performance artists The Off Centered Project and Flying Daniela. For more info visit roswellmardigrasball.com.

I’m ending this column with the ultimate winter sport… hockey. I’m a southern boy so it’s not in my blood but my partner in crime, Mark Penstone is a Canadian and let’s just say hockey is in his DNA. The Atlanta Gladiators play in the East Coast Hockey League as an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. Home games take place at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth and they offer very affordable tickets and it’s a great time for the whole family. Beauty, eh? They have homes games on Jan. 26 and 27 against the Norfolk Admirals. www.atlantagladiators.com.