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12:49 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Goats vs. Kudzu on the Beltline

If you have a kudzu problem who are you gonna call? Traditionally you might use herbicides to wipe it out, but Trees Atlanta has taken an alternative approach on the Beltline. They built a holding pen around the kudzu and let a herd of goats eat it all.

Local
12:45 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

WonderRoot Urban Hiking

In a time of escalating gas prices, avid hiker Eli Dickerson found that he couldn't justify the expense of going to the North Georgia mountains for hikes. So, he and some friends began to venture into the hidden parts of Atlanta. As they continued to explore some of the rougher terrain that the city has to offer, Eli got the idea to form a free urban hiking club. Local arts non-profit WonderRoot helped to get the word out, and the club took off, attracting close to 100 participants for some excursions.

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12:41 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

From Dublin to Decatur: Irish Music at The Marlay House

When the Comer siblings opened up the pub that would eventually become The Marlay House, they hoped to recreate a bit of their native Ireland in Decatur. The missing piece came in the form of several local musicians who quickly became a fixture.

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Local
12:39 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Horses for Heroes

Many veterans find themselves struggling to re-enter society after their military career is over. In some cases that leads to veterans ending up either in jail or homeless. Heroic Veterans of Georgia is an organization trying to give those veterans a helping hand. One of their most popular programs is Horses for Heroes, a horse therapy program that typically takes place once a month at Little Creek Farm in Decatur.

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Local
12:37 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

The Galloway Jug Band

Jug band music originated in the early 1900s. Jug bands usually featured household items like jugs and washboards played alongside traditional musical instruments. Drawing from blues and jazz influences, this style of music peaked in the late 1920s.

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Local
12:34 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watchdog group dedicated to protecting the Chattahoochee watershed. Much of their work takes place in the legal and legislative arena, but you can also find volunteers and staff out on the river, tributaries and lakes year-round. They monitor water quality, clean up trash, and even organize awareness-raising activities such as the annual Back to the Chattahoochee river race.

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Local
12:28 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Mike Luckovich

Mike Luckovich has been the editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1989. Originally from Seattle, Luckovich discovered his talent for drawing as a child. He now uses that talent to draw cartoons for the newspaper five days a week. His cartoons usually have a humorous edge, combining topical news subjects and pop culture. His bold opinions and sarcastic sense of humor can sometimes divide readers and earn him both passionate fans and critics.

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Local
12:26 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Atlanta Black Rodeo Association

ABRA was founded in 1991 by Keith Roberts. The goal is to preserve this aspect of African American heritage, as well as to become a positive role model for minority youth.

A traditional rodeo features calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bareback riding, and of course bull riding. "For anyone who is doing this now", Keith Roberts told us, "somebody helped them. If we don't pass this on then it's hard for these kids to do it by themselves. So if we don't make this available to them, then nine times out of ten it's not going to happen."

 

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Local
12:20 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

AnachroCon

Alternate history is a genre of fiction, and often, science-fiction, that asks, "What if?" 

What if the allies had lost World War II? What if the computer had been developed in the 1800s? How would our world be different?

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Local
10:27 am
Mon June 20, 2011

Mans Best Friend

Why do people have such a close bond with dogs?

Laura Miller, a dog agility instructor, told us. “There’s a connectedness between humans and dogs that you just don’t get with other animals. I have had horses, I have had cats but the connection is not the same.”

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Local
10:28 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Atlanta’s Giwayen Mata

The term “Giwayen Mata” comes from the Hausa ethnic group of Nigeria and West Africa. It means “Elephant Women” and often refers to the leaders of women’s organizations. For a group of dancers and drummers who came together in Atlanta in 1993, it was the perfect term for their trailblazing performance style.

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Local
10:25 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Great Speckled Bird

The Great Speckled Bird was a weekly counterculture Atlanta newspaper that was published from 1968 to 1976. It was also briefly revived in the mid 80’s for less than a year.

The life of the Bird was tied to the hippy movement, especially around “the Strip”, an area from 10th to 14th street along Peachtree road where the hippy scene was strongest. Most of the papers were sold by hippies on the street.

The main focus of the paper was opposition to the Vietnam War, but they also spent a lot of time attacking politicians, slumlords and big business.

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Local
10:24 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Cotton States Cat Club

In 1938 Mary Kate Carroll and Gladys Donaldson formed the Cotton States Cat Club with 12 cat lovers and held their first show at the Atlantan Hotel. This year (2008) the Club had its 70th consecutive annual Cat Show at the Gwinnett Center with approximately 350 cats in various competitions including best of breed, feline agility and a fancy dress competition!

Connie Wardlaw, the Club’s Secretary explains the appeal of cats this way. “I like cats because they are independent. They do their own thing. You can train them to do certain things but they are their own person.”

 

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Local
10:22 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Pallookaville Gourmet Carnival Foods

 

Jim Stacy has been a clown, a sideshow performer, a touring musician, a tattoo artist, a honky-tonk owner, and the manager of a drive-in theatre. To him, packing a second-hand popcorn wagon full of delicious gourmet carnival food and sharing it with festival-goers around Atlanta just seemed like the next logical step in a life lived by the “carny ethic.”

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Local
10:21 am
Sun June 20, 2010

St. EOM of Pasaquan

One of the strangest stories we came across was about St. EOM of Pasaquan. Eddie Owens Martin was an artist and soothsayer who began painting after he had a series of visions in 1935. He moved back to Buena Vista, Georgia, started calling himself St. EOM, and created Pasaquan using the old family house.

After Eddie’s death 20 years ago, the house and the grounds were left to decay. However, in the last decade there’s been a renewed interest in folk art, and the Pasaquan Preservation Society was created to protect Eddie’s unique vision.

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Local
10:20 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Chicks in the City

Chicks in the City

When we think of raising animals for food, we think of farms in the country, but some of this might be happening in your neighbor’s back yard! On This is Atlanta, we talked to some urbanites who raise goats for milk and chickens for eggs and meat right here in the city.

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Local
10:16 am
Sun June 20, 2010

All About Bees

Meet three beekeepers; Curtis Gentry, an educator and a long time bee lover, who switched from engineering to entomology (the study of insects) in college; Cindy Bee, who comes from a long line of beekeepers (hence the last name) and who “rescues” bees from inside the walls of buildings and relocates them to a safe hive; and finally George Andl, a relative newcomer who learned from Curtis and is now in his 3rd year as an amateur beekeeper.

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10:14 am
Sun June 20, 2010

The Georgia Magic Club

The Georgia Magic Club is a local “ring” of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world’s largest magic organization. The members gather each month to try out new tricks and to learn from each other; not only magic techniques, but also show-craft and business tips. The Georgia Magic Club has a large number of members who, like club president Debbie Leifer, are professional magicians, but there are also semi-professionals and enthusiastic amateurs as well.

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Local
9:46 am
Sun June 20, 2010

North Georgia Pickleball Club

It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It’s called pickleball, and in Cherokee county it has taken off. Tom and Ann Earley discovered the game on a trip to Arizona and fell in love immediately. When they returned home, they decided to start the North Georgia Pickleball Club. The club has since exploded in popularity. Now players from around the area travel to the Earley’s backyard tennis courts four times a week to play pickleball.

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Local
9:45 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Elyse Defoor — X.U.ME

Elyse Defoor – X.U.Me

To mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Spruill Art Gallery in Dunwoody featured a series of art created by Atlanta artist Elyse Defoor titled “X.U.ME.”

Defoor has spent her life in Atlanta and considers it her home, but has always had a soft spot for New Orleans. In 2003, she married her husband in a private ceremony in the Crescent City. Just two years later, she watched with dread as the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

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Local
9:43 am
Sun June 20, 2010

For Pets Sake – Exotic animal Hospital

There are plenty of veterinarians in Atlanta where you can take your dog or cat. What if you have a less traditional pet like a rabbit, bird, or snake? For Pet’s Sake in Decatur is an exotic animal hospital that specializes in those non-traditional animals. Most of their appointments are birds and rabbits, but they also see everything from snakes to turtles to ferrets and much more.

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9:41 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Behind the Scenes at Medieval Times

Medieval Times

The first recorded jousting tournament was held in France in 1066. Almost 950 years later, people can still relive those days of yore. Located inside Discover Mills in Lawrenceville, Medieval Times is an 11th century dinner theater. Patrons are served a meal by “serfs” and “wenches.” There are no utensils here; everyone eats with their bare hands. The entertainment is an authentic medieval tournament, featuring horse dressage, a variety of skill games, and a jousting tournament.

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Local
9:40 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Wet Plate Collodion

Wet Plate Collodion

Wet Plate Collodion is an early photographic process invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1850 and used widely until the end of the century. It produced a sharp image that could be used to make an unlimited number of prints. However it has one major disadvantage. The entire process has to be completed before the plate is dry. So the plate must be prepared, exposed in the camera and processed in about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature and the weather. This means that a darkroom must be carried along during a photographic trip. In 1800’s that would have been a horse drawn wagon.

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Local
9:38 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Dixie Dock Dogs

Dixie Dock Dogs

Most dogs love to fetch, jump and swim. That explains the popularity of dock jumping. Promoted in 2000 as a “filler” event at the ESPN games, it has grown rapidly into a nationwide phenomenon.

 

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Local
9:36 am
Sun June 20, 2010

From Dublin to Decatur: Irish Music at The Marlay House

 

When the Comer siblings opened up the pub that would eventually become The Marlay House, they hoped to recreate a bit of their native Ireland in Decatur. The missing piece came in the form of several local musicians who quickly became a fixture.

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Local
9:26 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Behind the Scenes at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Perhaps you’ve been to the Center for Puppetry Arts and enjoyed a show, but have you ever thought about the amount of work required to put that show together? We went backstage to visit the folks in the puppet shop as well as the puppeteers to see what’s involved.

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Local
9:24 am
Sun June 20, 2010

Dust to Digital

As a DJ at WRAS, the Georgia State radio station, Lance Ledbetter was unable to find early gospel recordings on CD or LP. In 1999, he began to seek out collectors of old 78 RPM records, listening to hours upon hours of tape, amazed at the wealth of sounds virtually unheard by modern listeners. A project took shape as Lance made plans to share this music with others.

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Local
9:22 am
Sun June 20, 2010

The American Association of adapted SPORTS Program

The American Association of adaptedSPORTST Programs began in the 1980s as an after-school program for students with physical disabilities in Dekalb County. It has since become a model for adapted sports throughout the country.

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Local
9:20 am
Sun June 20, 2010

The Greater Atlanta Racing Pigeon Club

You may think you have a tendency to get homesick, but you can’t begin to compare with the homing pigeon. When taken away from their lofts, homing pigeons will, when released, race back to their homes at nearly 60 mph. And forget about moving to a new town. Pigeons will attempt to return to their original homes, despite the time and the miles in between.

Local
12:31 pm
Wed February 24, 2010

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watchdog group dedicated to protecting the Chattahoochee watershed. Much of their work takes place in the legal and legislative arena, but you can also find volunteers and staff out on the river, tributaries and lakes year-round. They monitor water quality, clean up trash, and even organize awareness-raising activities such as the annual Back to the Chattahoochee river race.

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