beATL [bētl – pronounce it beetle] is a unique concept that has been developed and created by Patricia Kalmeijer, right after the unfortunate 2014 World Cup exit of Belgium against Argentina. After seeing so many Belgian supporters reunited to cheer on their favorite soccer team, there was no doubt in her mind that this community was in an urgent need of a resurgence. While we value our American lifestyles and experiences, we also wish to maintain a link to our home country. And so beATL was born.
beATL is the place/platform/community portal where Belgians and Belgophiles find activities in & around Atlanta related to Belgium: coffees & lunches, conferences, exhibits, movies, country or city walks, concerts, guided tours… If you plan to organize a “Belgian-related” event or if you know about any Belgian-related coming to Atlanta, email us the details and we will gladly post if for you – free of charge!
Also by popular request, Patricia – under the umbrella of beATL – has reinstated the famous Belgian Drinks based on a simple concept:
- Discover new places in the City to meet other Belgians and their friends once a month (except December), on the first Thursday, from 7 PM onward for an evening of mingling, socializing, drinks and a bite.
- Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks. See the Belgian THIRSTdays for details and follow the blog to discover the meeting place.
In addition, beATL offers to its followers, a series of social get-togethers called beATL-time bringing the Belgian community together, in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. For details follow the blog …
Our Belgian Ladies get their special night on the Third Thursday of the month. Those gatherings are not published online for privacy reasons. Contact beATL Queen Patricia to be added to the RSVP list.
On the side note, the Belgian Club Atlanta and beATL have merged forces [April 2016]. beATL Cindy will remain at the helm as the organizer of the Easter Egg Hunts and Saint-Nicolas/Sinterklaas festivities, but the admin (announcements, invitations and RSVP’s) will be from now on handled through beATL. It makes sense to have it all ‘on one site’.
We welcome all Belgians or [seriously] Belgian-minded people to attend and join our gatherings and events, as members come from all walks of life; some who plan to stay only temporary, and others who found a more permanent home in the United States.
Please note that beATL is a ‘social-place-to-be’ … It is not a networking place! Also beATL is managed on its own and is not part of the Consulate General of Belgium or BACoS.
Meet the beATL Queen:
Patricia relocated her family back and forth between England and Belgium before landing in Marietta, in 2005, with her Dutch hubby Jan-Paul and their four children. In 2011, after the last of the foursome left home, the freshly empty-nesters purchased a craftsman-style home in East Atlanta. Patricia will let you believe that she has replaced the kids by dogs – there are two of them now roaming around the house. Patricia is a Realtor and Relocation Specialist under the umbrella of Harry Norman, Realtors. Contact Patricia by email or cell: (678) 386-3896.