Tuesday, November 19, 2019

BIG Holiday Extravaganza to Celebrate Mighty Mo & 90 Years at the Fox Theatre!

Come one, come all!

The Fox Theatre invites the community to celebrate the iconic venue’s 90th anniversary with the 14th annual ‘Holiday Extravaganza’ – a FREE event on Tuesday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m.  This iconic show, formerly known as ‘Mighty Mo and More,’ will celebrate the beloved Mollër organ like never before with entertainment and activities that pay tribute to both “Mighty Mo” and the Fox Theatre’s rich history.  Presented by Georgia Natural Gas, the night will honor the Fox Theatre’s historic 1929 grand opening with a musical prelude on the renowned “Mighty Mo” by Ken Double, president of the American Theatre Organ Society.

A special screening of “Steamboat Willie” will follow – the first movie shown at the theater’s opening on Christmas day 90 years ago!  Ken Double will help make this picture come to life even more as he plays the organ along to the screening.  Atlanta’s own Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics along with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Choir and Decatur High School Choir will also grace the stage this year with renditions of favorite Holiday classics.  In celebration of this momentous anniversary, longtime venue sponsor, Coca Cola Co., will be sending their classic polar bear mascot to the Marquee Club for exclusive pre-event photo opportunities.

Tickets are FREE and available Monday, Nov. 25 at 10am.  Guests must reserve at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at FoxTheatre.org.  There is a limit of six (6) passes per person, and everyone must have a ticket, including infants.  Access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus is also available for purchase for $45 at FoxTheatre.org.  In addition to having the opportunity to indulge on complimentary seasonal food from a rotating menu, receiving unmatched access to private bars, restrooms and two rooftop terraces, Club attendees will have the chance to participate in holiday themed photo magnet moments with Coca Cola’s renowned Polar Bear mascot.

Bring your socks to the Fox!   The holidays are the season of giving, and the Fox Theatre invites ticketed guests to donate a pair of new adult athletic socks for Project Live Love’s THREE-OH-WE-GO! program.  For nights with below freezing temperatures, the GO volunteer teams will hit the streets to deliver much-needed supplies, such as hand warmers, blankets, socks, and other winter items.  For guests who want to give financially, Project Live Love will be on-site to accept monetary donations as well as answer any questions and share information about their program.  Guests who donate will receive a special holiday gift.

Details and exciting offerings for the 14th Annual Fox Theatre Holiday Extravaganza event include:

·     Free event open to the entire family
·     General Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
·     Marquee Club opens at 6 p.m.
·     100% chance of snow on Peachtree Street
·     On-site family photo opportunities with Santa Claus
·     Photo opportunities with the Coca-Cola Classic Polar Bear
·     Christmas Carols Sing-A-Long led by the famous “Mighty Mo” organ, one of the largest Mollër theater organs in the world
·     A screening of “Steamboat Willie,” the very first movie to be shown at the Fox Theatre on opening day in 1929, will be shown in the theater
·     The evening of fun will be hosted by hometown CW-69 entertainment guru Wendell Scott

Holiday Tours

Guests will be merry and bright during the Fox Theatre’s annual Holiday Tours – a special treat for patrons who want to explore the theater’s storied history and create a holiday memory that lasts a lifetime.  Reservations are available now.  Tours will occur every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at regularly scheduled times.  Guests will explore the garland-lined hallways, as they take an up-close look at the Fox’s distinct holiday décor, delight in the famous Mighty Mo up close and complete the journey with complimentary warm cider or hot chocolate under the starry-skied auditorium.  Tours run for approximately 60 minutes.
Holiday Tours dates and times are being finalized and will be announced soon.  Please visit FoxTheatre.org for updates.  Tour tickets are $25 for adult, $22 for seniors and military, and $7 for children 10 years and under.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit FoxTheatre.org, the Fox Theatre ticket office, or call 855-285-8499.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Who are YOU?

Travel Agent Meet Up #BeYourself #BeReal

Reposting from my facebook page.  It's time people.  Time to #BeReal and #BeYourself.  Drop the highlight reel and be real.  Great devotion this morning...and deserving of a blog repost!  Enjoy!

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Last night, David and I again had the good fortune to be a part of the Jasper community.
Kyle and Rachel have built a business based on good business principles, good business relationships, faith, family, love, and good times.
We have met their family; they have welcomed us in; we have met other picking couples from neighboring states; we have met long-haired country boys; we have met older business-owning men from Jasper; we have met Lucille; we have met and loved the Smith family. We are blessed each Saturday we attend their auction house.
My devotion this morning reminds me of last night. Because I feel like it represents what Kyle and Rachel have created and how it prompts us all to be better people.
Do me a favor. If you are not reading the devotional called, "Holy Hustle" inside Youversion the Bible App, search for it. The devotions are short and simple, but they are impacting. Here is today's. Yes, this post is long and most won't have made it this far, but if you have - take it as your "sign."
Happy Sunday my friends!
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"We sat on the folding chairs of our church gym one Sunday morning, having chosen to attend the more contemporary service instead of our usual service in the sanctuary. With five Sunday morning services to choose from, our church has found a way to be good stewards of their space, resources, and community by offering options that are inviting to everyone while maintaining the same strong Scripture-based messaging throughout their ministries. You might be in a gym with a preacher wearing jeans, but you will hear the gospel preached as clearly as in the sanctuary with a pastor wearing dress pants and a tie.
Last Sunday my husband and I were listening to a powerful message about generosity. At the end of the service we were asked to share what we would do if we found $100—ours to spend any way we liked. What did our family need most at that very moment? How would $100 change our circumstances? Listeners shared a few ideas—home improvement projects, new clothes for school, a meal to share with extended family. Across the room a woman spoke through tears. She would use the money to take her children away for a night to a hotel with a pool so they could laugh and play and be away, just for a few hours, from the abuse and fear of the night before. It was stunningly honest, vulnerable, and heartbreaking.

The pastor called her to the front, pulled $100 out of his wallet, and gave it to her. No strings attached. “You have no idea. You have no idea,” she sobbed. Church members in the seats nearby rose and surrounded her, a wall of prayer and support building around her as she wept. It was unplanned and unexpected, but a powerful challenge.
Would you do it? Would you use $100 for no other purpose than to outdo someone in honor and love by blessing them when God says “Give”? Whether you happen to have the money already in your wallet, or you need to save for six months, can we decide together to take the challenge? As we do the work God has given us, let’s be good stewards of the resources He provides and show others that holy hustle is different because we care more about people than platforms.
Kindness matters."

Friday, November 1, 2019

Christmas is Here! SiriusXM Offers 15 Channels This Year!

I'm so excited!

I love Halloween and Thanksgiving too, but if you know and follow me on Social Media, you know I am a hopeless Hallmark addict.

Welcome back Christmas!  I've missed you, and how am I ever going to listen to FIFTEEN Christmas stations on XM?

This year, SiriusXM is hosting 15 (yes, 15!) Holiday stations for our wintertime listening enjoyment...

I love XM Radio.  I've had it for about 13 years now, and I don't think I could seriously live without it...(okay, that is a bit dramatic, I know), but I do love traveling and not having to scan through the radio dial looking for a station without static AND also playing something I want to hear...

I love that it's all satellite based and follows me wherever I go.  Plus, I love the crystal clarity of it all and having some of my favorite tv shows simulcast.

Good thing for all of us - SiriusXM has gotten really affordable (as in $5 a month affordable) - heck, you know you're going to spend that at Starbucks anyway...

Since I'm so giddy over SiriusXM announcing their holiday stations, I'm going to also include in this happy post a link to their $5/month sale.  Just click on the image below, and you should be able to snag this deal too.  SiriusXM has something for everyone, so why not take advantage of this deal while you can?

Merry (early) Christmas readers!

Click image to take advantage of $5/month sale!

Ben & Jerry's FREE Non-Dairy Scoop!

GREAT news!

Today, from 4pm-8pm, participating Ben & Jerry Scoop Shops will be giving out a FREE cup or cone of their non-daily ice cream!

November 1st is World Vegan Day, and Ben & Jerry want to help you celebrate.

Click here to find a participating shop.

*Only valid on 11/1 from 4p.m.-8p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Beautiful Day

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Well, this post is long overdue, but when you work all day and then come home to being Mama to kids and dogs and cats, running a travel business, and also trying to get another business off the ground - time just isn't your friend any more.

Such is the season of my life right now. But I don't say this in negative light.

This season of life has been joyful. It has been fun. It has been edifying and rewarding.

One year ago - today to be exact, I met a man that forever changed the trajectory of my life.

To make an incredibly blessed and long story short, I met David when I was in a period of mourning...

Sitting outside on my front porch reading Scripture one rainy evening - I put the Bible down and picked up my phone. Started scrolling through facebook like most of us do. I had just separated (again) from a man I had been dating on and off for six years. I thought he was "the one." But, somehow - we always seemed to be on different paths and I couldn't quite connect on the level I needed with him.

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We had recently returned from a blended family vacation when I found myself once again separated and alone. That's how I ended up on my suburbian farmhouse porch rocking in the rain.

As I scrolled through facebook, a live feed came up from a person I didn't recognize or know, yet he was a "friend." His name was David, and he was doing a live feed from our local fairgrounds where a concert was taking place. I made a comment. He responded. That was it.

Normal facebook procedure.

But due to the infamous facebook algorithms, I found David popping up more and more in my feed. I wondered who this person was that I was friends with but didn't know in person. I surfed to his profile page (again, like so many of us do...) and saw we had a mutual friend - a coworker.

The next week at work, I approached my coworker and asked her how I might know David. She said she didn't know but maybe she had friended us together years ago because she thought we might be a good match for each other. Hmmm...didn't remember that, but okay...

Time marched on and David and I didn't speak again. I was still single and living my life. One thing I did consistently was go to the movies on Tuesday nights. (Did you know that AMC Theatres have $5 Tuesdays?) One Tuesday night, while sitting in a dimmed theater waiting for the movie to start, David messaged me and asked about the movies I was attending.

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At first, I was hesitant to answer because - honestly, I wasn't sure where my last relationship stood. Was I separated again temporarily or was it finally over and I was single? I was confused...but I digress... So, I kept the conversation blunt, short, and without feeling.

A week passed. David messaged again.

Again, I answered short and blunt and in a way that could in no way be construed as flirty.

A week passed, and he messaged again. This time, I let my guard down a little and began to wonder what was going on here...

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I will fast forward the story a bit here and tell you this - letting my guard down and letting David "in" was the best decision I ever made and probably one of the greatest gifts God has ever set down before me.

David has been a rock to me.

He is kind and compassionate. He is hard working and dedicated. He is not shy but makes friends consistently everywhere he goes. He supports everything and every decision I make. He is honest when I don't want him to be; he is kind when I need him to be. He knows everyone in his hometown of Dahlonega, Georgia, and he is famous for helping them all out when they need him from time to time.

And today - October 24 - is our first anniversary.

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This is that day. The day I wrote about above. The day David first reached out to me. We honor and celebrate this day because it is a day we believe God orchestrated our lives toward each other. A day when our lives changed forever - for the good.

Do you know that when David and I finally met in person (a few weeks later in November - a whole other story), we realized we had become facebook friends almost a decade earlier (!) through Treat the Troops. (Treat the Troops is a nonprofit national organization that sends homemade baked cookies to troops serving overseas.) I started our local chapter, and David worked for Home Depot in Dawsonville at the time.

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David's wife heard about Treat the Troops and told him about it. David, true to his Servant's Heart nature, rallied the employees and public at his Home Depot and on two separate Treat the Troop packing nights, brought large donations of cookies and other items.

Today, we are still amazed at what God has brought us from, brought us through, and brought us to! To think we met through a serving organization, both traveled through personal valleys of marriage and relationships, and then met each other years later is truly a miracle and a God story.

Today, our relationship continues to grow. We worship together, we serve together, and we love others together.

I absolutely could never have imagined the path God had for my life or where He has brought me to now. I am humbled to stand beside a man that fully loves his own Parents, family, and child as much as he loves and serves my own Parents, family, and children. He fits in perfectly with who I am, and if I am lucky, I will fit in with who he is just as seamlessly.

Happy One Year Anniversary David West. You are an amazing person. You Servant's Heart; your love for others; and who you are in general astonish me every day. I can't wait to continue on this path with you. You make life fun and worth living. You make me want to be a better person and to grow and serve like you do.

Thank you for being a part of my life. I can't imagine what life would have been like without you!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Disney On Ice Returns to the Atlanta Area!

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment will visit Infinite Energy Arena April 23 – 26

Wow!  This has been a day for Feld Entertainment!  Here is another breaking "news" story from Feld!

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment comes to your hometown!
This one-of-a-kind production visits Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth from April 23-26, 2020 for seven performances at Infinite Energy Arena.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 29, and are available by calling 770.626.2464 or visiting InfiniteEnergyCenter.com.  
Get ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice where Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the crew of Disney and Pixar Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before!  Be amazed and join Ariel as she dives into the underwater kingdom of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  Cheer on Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and other favorites from the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from Sunnyside Daycare in one of their most daring adventures ever from Disney and Pixar Toy Story 3 – proving that the toys are back in town!  Plus, enter the world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa from the Academy Award®-winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen.  Join Anna as she embarks on an epic journey with the hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff to find her sister, the magical Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.  
From wheels to waves, royal realms to infinity and beyond, see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.
Dates and Times of Performances:

April 23, 2020                7:30 p.m.
April 24, 2020                10:40 a.m., 7:30 p.m.
April 25, 2020                1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
April 26, 2020                1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with opening night seats starting at just $15 each.  All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling 770-626-2464 or visiting www.InfiniteEnergyCenter.com.  For group rates and information, 866-248-8740.  To learn more about Disney On Ice, produced by Feld Entertainment, log on to DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.                                             
About Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit.  Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience, and Jurassic World Live Tour.  Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

Monster Energy Supercross Returns to Mercedes-Benz!

Feld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will return to Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, February 29, bringing action-packed, two-wheeled excitement back to Atlanta.  Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 25.

Monster Energy Supercross features the world's most elite athletes chasing their dreams onto U.S. soil inside America's most well-known stadiums. Three first-time champions, Cooper Webb (450SX Class), Dylan Ferrandis (Western Regional 250SX Class), and Chase Sexton (Eastern Regional 250SX Class) will be eager to defend their titles.
Last season fans witnessed the closest finish in the sports forty-six-year history between Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb.
Anything can happen once the gate drops and 2020 promises to be an exceptional season as the deep field of Jason Anderson, Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac, Chad Reed, Justin Barcia, Justin Brayton,   and incoming premiere class rookie, Adam Cianciarulo continue to make their mark on the sport’s history.   
You can check out the Supercross 2020 Season trailer video here.
The Western Regional 250SX Class Championship will be contested at the following rounds - Anaheim, CA on January 4; St. Louis, MO on January 11; Anaheim, CA on January 18; Glendale, AZ on January 25; Oakland, CA on February 1; San Diego, CA on February 8; Seattle, WA on March 28; and Las Vegas, NV on April 25. 
The Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship will be contested at the following rounds – Tampa, FL on February 15; Arlington, TX on February 22; Atlanta, GA on February 29; Daytona Beach, FL on March 7; Indianapolis, IN on March 14; Detroit, MI on March 21; and Foxborough, MA on April 18.
The East/West Showdown races will be held at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on April 4 and Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT on May 2.
East/West Showdown races became synonymous with the Las Vegas finale and were the only time in the season where both the Eastern Regional 250SX Class and Western Regional 250SX Class athletes raced together in what was originally combined non-points paying events. This changed in 2016 when the series changed the format to points-paying races as the only Main Event in the 250SX Class. 2020 will mark the first time in the sports history that the East/West Showdown races will take place in two new cities, in-an-effort to expose the younger 250SX Class athletes to new audiences.
While athletes begin to qualify inside the stadium, Supercross FanFest will kick off outside the stadium in the paddock where the expansive 14-acre footprint will feature experiential activities for all ages - athlete autograph signings, enhanced Monster Energy demos and musical acts (select markets), lounging areas, charging stations, Kawasaki’s Z World (select markets), Monster Energy Supercross, the Official Video Game 3 Experience, Supercross Virtual Reality Experience, photo opportunity set ups, food and beverages, plus authentic Supercross and racer merchandise.  Fans can experience all of this while also enjoying in-and-out access to the stadium and track to watch practice and qualifying rounds. 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Gates Open / Practice & Qualifying starts at 10 a.m.
FanFest hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Racing starts at 4:30 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
1 AMB Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Ticket prices start as low as $20!
FanFest passes are priced at just $20 (available in advance or at the gate)
Tickets & FanFest Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or in-person at the venue Box Office week of event.
 **ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.
Fans are encouraged to sign up for the official Monster Energy Newsletter via the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, www.SupercrossLive.com, for up to date ticket information and promotional offers. 
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Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship on the planet visiting 13 different states in 2020. Founded in America and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in 1974, Supercross is currently co-sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the official global governing body for motorcycle racing, thus making it a formal World Championship. Over 17 weeks and a million-dollar All-Star Race, Supercross attracts some of the largest and most impressive crowds inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America to race in front of nearly one million live fans and broadcast to millions more worldwide.  For more information, visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, Jurassic World Live Tour, and DreamWorks Trolls The Experience.  Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.  As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year.  The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members.  Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling.  For more information, visit americanmotorcyclist.com