Month: July 2015

cheer Belgian Wildwater Canoeing athletes

Not totally  local but once it comes to Belgians … From August 2 – 7, the 2015 ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships will be hosted at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, located in the Nantahala Gorge, 13 miles outside of Bryson City.  We have a nice brochette of young Belgians competing in this whitewater ‘rapids’ competition:

  • Junior Girls: Lea Guban (Brussels),  Lauranne Sinnesael (Anseremme) & Jana Lomelino (Mechelen)
  • Junior Men: Samuel Pype (Chiny) and from Mechelen: Willem Renders,  Jan Vanhecke & Robin Van Beeck.
  • U-23 Wonen: Jorinde Vanderzypen (Mechelen)
  • U-23 Men: Bram Sikkens (Mechelen)

The Opening Ceremony is Monday August 3rd and competions start on Tuesday at 8.30 am (local time) – schedule.  The Medal Ceremony (Sprint Races) & Closing Ceremony is on Friday 7th at 9 pm.

Take the opportunity to get out of town … The Nantahala Gorge is located in Swain County, 13 miles outside of the county seat: Bryson City, North Carolina. Named among the top 10 paddling towns in the nation, Bryson City is nestled at the foot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States, and famous for the mist that settles in its valleys as well a rich biodiversity of vegetation and wildlife. The area is a popular tourist destination, and is renowned for a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including rafting and paddlesports, biking, zip lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.

Thank you beATLe Jean-Michel for the info!


Taste of “Belgian Independence” – 7/21-23

Make sure that you (long) stop by The Brick Store Pub between July 21-23 for a taste of “Belgian Independence“….
All 29 taps are going to change to Belgian and only Belgian beer.  Cool huh?

Here’s the list (subject to changes):

Gouden Carolus VDK | La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux | Lucifer Black | Straffe Hendrik Quad | Gulden Draak Brewmasters Reserve | Chimay Premiere | Bersalis Tripel| Val Dieu Tripel | De Dolle Arabier | Lucifer | Caracole Saxo | Delerium 25th anniversary | Houblon Chouffe | Gouden Carolus Hopsinjor | Brugse Zot | Kazmatten Wiper Times | Saison Dupont | Vapuer Saison De Pipaux | Duvel Singel | Chimay Doree | Dupont Foret Blanche | St. Feuillien La Blanche | Oud Beersel Lambic | Timmermans Blanch Lambicus | Lindemans Framboise | Tilquin Gueuze | Liefmans Cuvee Brut | Hanssens Experimental Cassis | Ichtegems Strubbe … maybe Kwak …

The Kitchen Killaz are thinking about features already including cassoulet or moules-frites…. It’s going down like only BSP can do.  It’ll be fun.

FYI: “Upstairs and to the left” is where you will find the Belgian Bar, featuring 8 rotating draughts and over 120 Belgian/Belgian-style bottled beers. It opens at  5:00 PM Monday – Thursday  and the kitchen closes at midnight.

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland – 10/24/2015

beATL gets ready for the Halloween season.  I know it’s far away but the tickets to Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours just got on sale for a reason!   Join us on Saturday OCTOBER 24th – Select time slot 7 PM or as close to (7 pm is already sold out)!   Don’t wait … before you know, tickets will be sold out.
Experience historic Oakland Cemetery after dark during Halloween season: beautifully-lit Victorian gardens as costumed docents bring to life stories from Atlanta’s sons and daughters through re-enactments.  Tours last approximately one hour.

Tickets are available online only, through and are $25 for adults and $13 for children 4-12 (plus tax and service fees). Children under 3 are free.  Click here for your tickets on Saturday 10/24 and select 7 pm.  Please ensure you’ve selected your preferred tour date and time before completing your transaction, as no refunds or exchanges will be issued.

We will meet at the Bell Tower inside the Cemetery (248 Oakland Ave  SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 – directions) for our time slot at 7 pm. After the Tour, we will go accross the street to Six Feet Under.

Belgian National Day at the Beach – 7/19/2015

No Te Deum, parade or fireworks but for sure a lovely afternoon at the beach with your fellow compatriots.  That’s what beATL has prepared for your National Day Celebration on Sunday July 19th from 12 to 6 pm.

beATLe Diane has reserved a covered pavillion at the Atlanta Yacht Club where we will have our National PicNic, rain or shine!    There will be fun for the whole fam:  you can hit the waves, play in the sand, compete in a game of volleyball or petanque, go kayaking or simply relax.

beATL is excited to announce two very Special Guests: our Consul General Ms. Geneviève Verbeek and photographer/journalist/producer Séverine Dehon who is touring the U.S. for “Sign my Car!

And a special thanks to Three Taverns Brewery for providing us with 3 cases of A Night in Brussels IPA!

Please read carefully the Logistics … and be courteous: use our RSVP system even if you are not joining us…


WAIVER: beATL and the Atlanta Yacht Club will not be responsible for in any and all activities associated with the event.  Your family and guests are your sole responsibility and your participation is voluntary.  So no claim for any injury, incident, illness, loss, liability, damage, claim or cost, including actual attorney fees and costs that may arise from or in any way be in connection with the activities of beATL’s and the use of the property and facilities of Atlanta Yacht Club.  There is no lifeguard on duty!

When: Sunday July 19th from 12 to 6 pm – gates won’t open before 12 pm!  Drive slowly towards the gates for access.

Where:  Atlanta Yacht Club  | 7120 Yacht Club Dr, Acworth, GA 30102 – Directions.

Parking: Parking is available on the grass around and in front of the Club House.  Park sensibly to leave enough space for others and do not block any boats!  For your convenience, you can drop off your material and attributes at the pavillion upon arrival.

What to bring (list is not exhaustive):

  • picnic basket to feed your family and guests … food, snacks, cups and plates, silverware, utensils, if needed, napkins, paper towels,…   No grilling!
  • cooler with an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages and plenty of ice.  Don’t forget water, corkscrew or bottle opener if needed!
  • beach games, ball (beach, volley,…), petanque, other sports gear
  • swimming attributes including bathing suit, floaties, water air mattress, kayak, lifejacket (a must if you go outside the swimming area)
  • pail and shovel, bucket, other beach toys, frisbee, book, magazine, binoculars,…
  • towels, extra clothes, flip flops …
  • beach chairs, beach umbrella  and remember hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug repellent

More to know

  • the Club House has restrooms including a changing station for babies
  • if you intend to go outside the swimming area, you must wear a life jacket
  • for the sun sensitive souls, there are plenty shady spots under trees or pavillion.  The pavillion has fans and there is an additional portable one.

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