Monday, May 14, 2018

Solo! Did You Get Your Tickets Yet?


Solo Free Movie Poster


So, I know most of my Disney friends are already aware of the new Star Wars movie coming out this month.

It's the story of Hans Solo and how his character came to be the historic figure we now know and love.

But one thing you might not know is that Fandango is offering some fun items and events if you buy your tickets through them.  One of the items available is a **FREE** collectible poster.  It's free while supplies last.

I always love going to new Disney movies, and it makes it even more exciting when they give away free promotional items and collectibles.  To secure your free poster, click on this link or on the picture above!




Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Concerts in the Garden Returns!


Tickets for the 16th annual Concerts in the Garden go on sale April 6.

Concerts in the Garden

Concerts in the Garden returns this summer to the Atlanta Botanical Garden with a diverse lineup of acts, both at the Midtown and Gainesville venues.

The 16th annual outdoor series, presented on the Great Lawn at the Midtown garden and at the Ivester Amphitheater at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, features:
In ATLANTA:
  • Wednesday, June 6:  Sheryl Crow
  • Friday, June 15:  The Wood Brothers
  • Friday, June 29:  JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Friday, July 13:  Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
  • Friday, July 27:  Michael McDonald
  • Saturday, Aug. 4:  Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Friday, Aug. 24:  Guster
In GAINESVILLE:
  • Saturday, May 5: Boz Scaggs
  • Saturday, Sept. 22: Melissa Etheridge

Look for more acts to be announced this spring.

Tickets are on sale at concertsinthegarden.org and at Garden admissions. Seating is general admission, and ticketholders are welcome to bring blankets or low-rise chairs. Cash bars and food purchases will be available.


The mission of the Atlanta Botanical Garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. The Midtown Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE  and open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.. For information, visit atlantabg.org or phone 404-876-5859. The Gainesville garden is located at 1911 Sweetbay Drive, Gainesville, 30501 and open from Tuesday –Sunday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For information, visit.atlantabg.org/visit/Gainesville or phone 404-876-5859.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens - Imaginary Worlds!


Monumental, whimsical plant sculptures back this spring by popular demand.


Imaginary Worlds returns this spring with a menagerie of all-new giant living plant sculptures sure to bring a smile as they take visitors on a fantasy journey throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden, both at the Midtown and Gainesville locations.

Back by popular demand, the exhibition, presented May 5 – October 28, recaptures the magic of the original blockbuster show from 2013 and 2014 with larger-than-life, topiary-like whimsical sculptures – only this time they’re even bigger.

Imaginary Worlds was just so incredibly popular with our guests that we just had to bring it back – but with an all-new twist,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s President & CEO.

Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will wow visitors with a storybook-themed world of sculptures, both indoors and out – most custom made for the Garden by the exhibition’s creators, International Mosaiculture of Montreal®.  The nonprofit group has staged wildly successful exhibitions of its work around the world, and five years ago the Garden presented the first major exhibition of its kind in the United States

This time, the sculptures – steel forms covered in a mossy fabric, stuffed with soil and planted with thousands of meticulously groomed plants – will be staged in 14 installations. At the Midtown garden, look for a giant Phoenix looming over the Alston Overlook, a mermaid lounging beside Howell Fountain, a massive dragon and sleeping princess near the Great Lawn, a woolly mammoth and a prancing peacock inside the Fuqua Orchid Center, and three towering camels lumbering through the Skyline Garden, to name a few. At the Gainesville garden, the landscape will be adorned with a variety of characters, including a friendly ogre, panda bears and frolicking frogs.

This all-new cast of characters joins the Garden's permanent sculptures, Earth Goddess and Shaggy Dog, which are legacies from the original exhibition.

“In addition to featuring all of the new characters, this exhibition is unique in that the sculptures are extremely large, much more so than the ones in the original show, and our own team of horticulturists will be planting them,” Matheson said.

The process for creating the sculptures takes nearly half a year. It began last fall when conceptual drawings for the pieces were developed in Montreal, metal frames were fabricated, and plant palettes were chosen. The empty frames were shipped to Atlanta in January, and the Garden’s horticulturists began covering them with a mesh fabric and stuffing them with soil. Then the planting commenced – inserting more than 200,000 plants, primarily annuals, one by one. Because Atlanta’s winters are too cold for the annuals to survive, the sculptures were built in sections that were planted inside a greenhouse just outside the city, then trucked to the Garden in spring for assembling on site. Intricate irrigation systems beneath the surface of the sculptures allow the plants to grow – and the creatures to flourish – in Atlanta’s summer heat.

Throughout the exhibition, guests will be able to also enjoy the sculptures in a whole new light at night – illuminated on Thursday evenings during Cocktails in the Garden. 


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Expedia's Semi-Annual Sale Coming Soon!





With the sun setting on spring break, it's now time to start thinking about summer vacations.

For travelers looking to get a head start and save, Expedia is revealing details on the first-ever Expedia Semi-Annual Sale. In addition to deep discounts on hotels, car rentals, cruises, and activities, Expedia customers will also have exclusive access to cheap flight packages from Delta Air Lines.

The sale begins April 20 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.  With hotels and packages to hundreds of destinations on sale, the Expedia Semi-Annual Sale has something for everyone and every kind of trip.

"Summer is one of the busiest travel periods, both domestic and international, and prices tend to go up as we get closer to that peak time," said John Morrey, SVP Brand Expedia.  "Getting an early start on planning and booking can make a huge difference in terms of savings and availability for your perfect trip.  To sweeten the deal, we've sourced exclusive deals and rates travelers usually have to wait until Black Friday to find."

Here's a Sneak Peek at What's Coming This Month

The Expedia Semi-Annual Sale kicks off Friday, April 20, and runs through Monday, April 23.  For four days, exclusive coupons and savings will be released and available for a limited time.

Friday:  Deals will be available beginning at 9:00 a.m. PDT.  Featured deals and coupons through the weekend include:
  • 90% off select hotels with coupon — limited quantities
  • Exclusive Delta Air Lines flight + hotel packages, with hotels up to 50% off
  • Up to 50% off select hotels on Expedia.com
  • $750 off $1,000 package coupon — limited quantities
  • $50 off $200 standalone hotel coupon
Monday:  Last chance!  Featured deals and coupons include:
  • 25% off select hotels with coupon — limited quantities
  • 20% off select hotels with coupon — limited quantities
  • $50 off $200 standalone hotel coupon
Deals booked during the Expedia Semi-Annual Sale have a travel window of April 20, 2018 – August 31, 2018.  For more information on the Expedia Semi-Annual Sale visit https://www.expedia.com/expedia-semi-annual-sale.  Be sure to also check out other exclusive deals on the award-winning Expedia app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices for free in the App Store and Google Play.

About Expedia.com

Expedia.com ® is one of the world's largest full service travel sites, helping millions of travelers per month easily plan and book travel.  Expedia.com (https://www.expedia.com/, 1-800-EXPEDIA) aims to provide the latest technology and the widest selection of top vacation destinations, affordable airfare, hotel deals, car rentals, destination weddings, cruise deals, and in-destination activities, attractions, services and travel apps.

© 2018 Expedia, Inc. All rights reserved. Expedia and the Airplane logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Expedia Group, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. CST# 2029030-50. Visit our web site https://www.expedia.com/ or use our mobile app to book cheap flights and hotels.

To take advantage of these great travel deals, please e-mail me at debbie@dreamsbydesigntravel.com!



Sunday, March 18, 2018

Paul, Apostle of Christ - New Movie on the Life of Paul Comes to the Nation's Theaters This Week!



Let me introduce you to two men - Paul and Luke.  You probably already know them.

Paul was an Apostle of Christ.  His letters were vital to the spreading of Christianity in the years following Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.  His writings now compose a majority of the New Testament.

Luke was a physician and disciple of Paul.  It is said he probably came to the saving knowledge of Christ through the teaching and friendship of Paul.

The new Andrew Hyatt movie, "Paul, Apostle of Christ," documents the close relationship between these two men.  The Director has based his film on Biblical accounts and Scripture.  Here is the official trailer:




Films like these are often hard watch because of the extreme suffering and abuse early Christians went through when the Church was born.  But, we must them watch in order to remember, learn, and love the world around us.

The Holy Spirit breathed great promise, wisdom, and knowledge through these two men.  Paul, Apostle of Christ focuses on Paul and Luke's sharing of Jesus' message of love, redemption, and forgiveness.  They shared it with a new church who, in turn, shared and spread it throughout the world.  We can thank these two men for the Church we so love and adore today.




Please watch the video below to see how Paul and Luke's story is still relevant to today's Church:




Paul, Apostle of Christ will open Nationwide the week before Easter on Friday, March 23.  It is rated PG-13 for violent content and disturbing images.  To purchase tickets, please visit the movie's website.

I hope you will join me this weekend to watch this very important film.  Christians are showing America that we can hold an important key to Hollywood box office sales.  No longer do we have to be recipients of violent films, horror films, or other dark, anti-Biblical material.

This past weekend's surprise box office draw of, "I Can Only Imagine" shows Hollywood that if they will produce Christian-based and family-friendly films, audiences will show up in droves.

Please help support more family-friendly and Bible-based films.  Come see a film about a man that went from becoming the most notorious persecutor of the church to its most powerful proponent!  Two men, bound together in their love for Christ.  Leaving their final message for the world - "Love is the only answer."

See you this weekend at the movies!


*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, Collide Media Group, and Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. for providing tickets to see the movie on its release in exchange for this promotional post.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.





Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Time Again! Cocktails in the Garden!


Atlanta's favorite after-hours social returns.

Cocktails in the Garden

 Atlanta's favorite after-hours social returns this spring!

Explore the city’s lush urban oasis in the cool of the evening on Thursdays from May through September as Cocktails in the Garden returns to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

As an after-hours social for young professionals, a romantic date night for couples, or simply a fun friends’ outing for still others, the event – dubbed “social irrigation” – offers specialty drinks from full cash bars, deejays and live entertainment, and games and other activities.  Set for 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Cocktails in the Garden also is the only opportunity for experiencing the Garden in the evening, when the cooler temperatures at twilight cast the Garden’s thousands of beautiful flowers in a whole different light while drawing out their fragrance.

In addition, guests may explore the Garden’s exhibition, Imaginary Worlds, featuring giant topiary-like sculptures made of mosaiculture, all set to a storybook theme.    

Finally, guests may round out the evening with a scrumptious dinner at the Garden’s Longleaf restaurant. Reservations are recommended.

For information, visit atlantabg.org.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Regional audiences can prepare to seize the day with Aurora Theatre’s 2018-2019 Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series, announced today. 
The second largest professional theater in Georgia will once again bring premiere performances, heartfelt dramas, and Broadway-caliber productions with extraordinary talent to the heart of downtown Lawrenceville.  This season’s diverse line-up features Disney’s NEWSIESBE HERE NOW, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2, the world-premiere musical MEN WITH MONEY, NATIVE GARDENS, and the highly anticipated return of the celebrated holiday classic CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2018, back by popular demand for a 23rd year.  The upcoming season is led by co-founders Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence and features a tremendous assortment of dramas, comedies, and musicals that will have audiences of all ages ready to seize a season subscription!
“On the heels of one of our most successful seasons ever, we are proud that we continue to attract the best artists in the nation to bring an exceptional line-up to our patrons,” said Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez.  “Whether visiting Aurora Theatre for the first time or the hundredth time, audiences will experience a variety of themes this season, from romance and friendship to perseverance and heart — sure to entertain, educate, and inspire!”
The upcoming Signature Series includes ground breaking new works as well as the best of Broadway, as Aurora continues to foster meaningful artistic partnerships through co-production collaborations with local theatrical organizations, bringing the very best to devoted donors and subscribers.  Patrons to the theater during the upcoming season will also witness the first steps of Aurora Theatre’s 2020 expansion with an additional $26 million-dollar arts complex, including a new 500-seat theater, educational facilities, and an electrifying cabaret space.
“The impact Aurora Theatre has on this community is due to our belief that cultural infrastructure is as crucial to a vibrant downtown as sidewalks, parks, and roads.  Because we laid an initial firm foundation of artistic excellence, people now drive to the suburbs of Atlanta to see theater,” said Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence.  “Our 23rd season is going to knock your socks off, and that’s a promise!”
Disney’s NEWSIES
July 19 – September 2, 2018

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White

Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this high-energy musical is set to soar with rousing dance numbers and non-stop thrills.  In New York City at the turn of the century, publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst look to take advantage of newsboys to increase profits.  Enter charismatic Jack Kelly who unwittingly leads a ragged band of teenaged "newsies" across the city to strike for what’s right.  This Tony Award-winning musical, based on the timeless Disney film, is toe-tapping fun for the entire family!
BE HERE NOW
September 20 - October 14, 2018

By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Bari is in a perpetual funk, biding her time at a mind-numbing job shipping Tibetan-themed tchotchkes.  Cheerful co-workers Patty and Luanne try to see past her cynical exterior through their Prozac-colored glasses.  Will Bari ever leave her parents’ house in provincial upstate New York?  Will she finish her dissertation?  Will she go on a blind date with a dude who makes art out of garbage?  And what’s up with her headaches and the bizarre side-effects?  The answers await in this wonderfully weird comedy that will have audiences in stitches.
CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2018
November 15 - December 23, 2018 

Gwinnett's longest-running theatrical holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen 2018, returns for a 23rd smash year!  This stunning musical revue makes the most wonderful time of the year even more wonderful.  Brimming with songs, comic sketches, trips down memory lane, and a sprinkle of Christmas magic, it’s the holiday show with a little something for everyone on the list!
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2
January 10 - February 10, 2019

By Lucas Hnath
A co-production between Aurora Theatre and Actor’s Express

This 2017 Broadway smash-hit is a fresh comedy based on the characters of the Henrik Ibsen classic, considered to be a cornerstone of modern theater.  In the original story, Nora Helmer leaves her husband and family with the slam of a door.  Fifteen years later and now a successful author, Nora finds herself knocking at the same door.  Then comes that awkward moment when she needs a favor from her estranged husband Torvald – a divorce.
MEN WITH MONEY
A New Musical
March 7 – April 7, 2019

Book and lyrics by Bill Nelson
Music and additional lyrics by Joseph Trefler

Audiences will love this show that is an old-fashioned, brand new musical!  Louis, Max and Sonny are charming, young, and eligible bachelors looking to marry their way from rags to riches.  This romantic romp with a twist is full of dreams, schemes, and lavish musical numbers set in the golden age mecca of Manhattan in the 1950s.  It’s an alternative view to the gleaming, fabulous, and mighty Big Apple that will have audiences captivated as two of the leading men embark on the search for husbands!
NATIVE GARDENS
May 2 – June 2, 2019

By Karen Zacarías
Neighbors clash in a dazzling new comedy about a battle for the backyard.  In one yard, Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple, trim a prize-worthy pristine garden.  In the other, the ambitious attorney Pablo moves in with his very pregnant wife and doctoral candidate Tania, a woman with a penchant for native flora.  When a disagreement over the property line quickly escalates into a war, taste, class, and entitlement push them all over the hedge.
The 2018-2019 Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series lineup includes: 
Disney’s NEWSIES
July 19 - September 2, 2018
BE HERE NOW
September 20 – October 14, 2018
CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2018
November 15 – December 23, 2018
A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2
January 10 – February 10, 2019
MEN WITH MONEY
March 7 – April 7, 2019
NATIVE GARDENS
May 2 – June 2, 2019
Ticket prices for the 2018-2019 Signature Series vary by performance.  Season subscribers have the opportunity to select preferred seating starting now, whereas single-show tickets go on sale to the public starting July 1.  For more information on the series or to become a season subscriber, please visit auroratheatre.com, or call the Box Office at 678.226.6222.