By Tripp Liles
I’m going to start this month with big congratulations to local guys Pat Rains and Brian Borngesser of Gate City Brewing Company in Historic Roswell on their 3rd anniversary. Now to be clear they aren’t married… well to each other anyway. Rather, this anniversary marks their 3 years of making world-class beer right in the heart of Roswell in a repurposed garage. And to celebrate that fact they will have a weekend of festivity on Feb.10 and 11.
The Gate City tap list is always on point and they will be offering a special release packaged beer just for this occasion. There is no entry fee for either day, which gives you unfettered access to the best beer around and from what I was told, some of this has been aging for years in preparation for this celebration. Beyond the world-class brew they will feature wicked good music and food on-site. If you have not been to Gate City then this is a great opportunity to see and taste great beer made right.
As I’m sure you heard, the Ringling Brother’s Circus stopped operating last year. Like many of you I grew up going to that annually whenever the circus was in town. Don’t fret because there is still the Big Apple Circus, which is going on now through Feb. 25 in the parking lot at Verizon Amphitheatre. I’ve been to this show several times and it is a great classic take on a circus done with professional performances. They feature a one-ring setting coupled with an artistic style that creates an intimate setting and no bad seats.
This is the Big Apple Circus’ 40th Anniversary that features a seven-person pyramid on the high wire with Nik Wallenda and the Fabulous Wallendas. They will also feature a daring quadruple somersault on the trapeze by The Flying Tunzianis. This is the first time these guys have performed together, and in the setting provided, it promises to be a great time for the whole family. For tickets and specific show times visit the Verizon Amphitheatre site at www.vzwamp.com.
While we’re on the “old school” theme, let me mention that the Harlem Globetrotters are in the area on Mar. 3 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth and at Philips Arena on Mar. 10. The Harlem Globetrotters have been around since the 1920s, but their heyday was in the 70s with the great Fred “Curly” Neal. And who could forget that TV special when the Harlem Globetrotters were on Gilligan’s Island… ah the good old days of just three TV channels to watch.
These days the Globetrotters have a new generation of athletes who live up to the same showmanship from years past. The Globetrotters’ show features even more amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a continued focus on family entertainment. During their 2017 tour, the Globetrotters unveiled basketball’s first ever four-point line, 30 feet away from the basket… over six feet beyond the NBA’s current three-point line. It’s a move that came six years after the team unveiled the first four-point shot in the history of the sport against those pesky Washington Generals, the ever present opponent for the Globetrotters. For tickets, show times, and more information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com.
For those who have visited my home, you know that I do not in fact have a green thumb or a green lawn. For those of you who don’t have the touch of death in the garden, might I recommend the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show to be held Feb. 23–25. This event has a somewhat long history that started as the Atlanta Flower Show in the 1930s, then bloomed into the Southeastern Flower Show, which wilted in 2013 and went away. This new event held at the Atlanta Botanical Garden focuses on competitions in floral design, horticulture, and photography. For more info, free of puns, visit atlantabg.org.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re actually having a winter this year. Even my Yankee friends are complaining. Well if you’re saying I’m a winter wimp, and I am, then how about you take the Acworth Polar Plunge on Feb. 24. This event is to support and spread awareness for the Special Olympic athletes in Georgia and serves as their largest fundraiser. Anyone with a lot of guts and little common sense can jump into the icy waters. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Georgia and to register visit their site at www.specialolympicsga.org. The Polar Plunge takes place at Acworth Beach at Cauble Park. See when you started this article you had no idea Acworth had a beach… now you do.