We are enjoying our little vacation in Atlanta, and of course right as we are settling in, we have to leave for Memphis in the morning. We’ve enjoyed our days here with family, friends, and even some entertainment that wasn’t planned and have already decided that we are DEFINITELY returning to this city of 5 million people.
Spending time with family has been the best part: quality time with Jack in the pool and fine dining with Frances; delicious homemade pizza and beer with Megan, Scott and Moose; we are so lucky! We are indebted to their hospitality. We’ve had the chance to see some of the finest art from our favorite photographers/painters where Megan works- a gorgeous piece of architecture in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. There has been an endless supply of good food per Frances and Jack’s suggestions. What more could we ask for? Here are a few more highlights from our 4 days in Hotlanta:
Eddie’s Attic: Monday night, we ventured to Eddie’s Attic- better known as THE folk music hub of the Southeast. They do an open mic night every Monday and than have a bi-annual showdown night where all the winners compete against one another for singer/songwriter glory and $1,000. It is an experience to be had by all musicians. There were approximately 35 songwriters the night we attended and some were very, very good. Fortune smiled down on us for the evening as we took first place and will head to the shootout at the end of November. The owner, Eddie himself, judges the open mic nights and is one of the nicest people in the business. It was a great evening!
Food Inc.: A phenomenal movie produced/directed by Robert Kenner and co-produced by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), takes an in-depth look at why our food industry is so skewed and how the foundation of the problem lies in our factory farms and mass-corporations like Monsanto. Think of this movie as another investigation into the way we look at food, like Michael Pollan’s The Omivore’s Dilemma- which you should read, and then go see this movie. Another highlight: Getting to see Joel Salatin’s farm on the big screen (he’s based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia) after having visited and spoken with him there a few years ago.
Tonight, we play a small house concert (not even on the radar for us) in front of close friends and some family- the perfect way to end our lovely vacation while on the road. Next up: the Southern Folklore Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Thank you for reading and don’t forget: Support your local farmer, artist, AND musician!