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beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

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Mardi Gras Party | 2/25/2017


Get ready for a wonderful and colorful party!

Join Heidi and Geert for their Mardi Gras party in their backyard on February 25th from 7 til 11 pm.  And we are in Georgia so the weather should be good however check your email for any change of plans notification [this could be last minute].  Let your imagination go, get creative … because you will need to dressed for the occasion!

Logistics

  • When: Saturday Feb 25, 2017 from 7pm till 11 pm
  • Where: Heidi & Geert’s patio [full address in RSVP]
  • Adults only – children in kinjerkoesj allowed
  • Various: food & drinks – see RSVP for details.

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beATL goes to the movie – Fanny’s Journey | 2/5/2017


A French-Belgian co-production largely shot in Belgium. With Belgian actor Stéphane DE GROODT as Jean, who said about his role in the movie: ‘This is the first time I’ve done a period film and the more I continue in this business, the more I want to erase our friend Stéphane de Groodt, who I know well, in favor of characters who are damaged, tortured, hidden and complex.‘ Bruno MULLENAERTS is police chief… and we have a brochette of Belgian kids: Igor VAN DESSEL student at Lycee Martin V in Louvain-La-Neuve as Maurice, Lou LAMBRECHT as Rachel and Fantine HARDUIN, as Erika, from Mouscron…
 
About the Film – Based on Fanny Ben-Ami’s autobiographical novel, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.
 
Logistics

Belgian National Day at the beach | 7/24/2016


2016-03-03 - PCM (1)We have only one National Day so join beATL for a lovely afternoon at the beach with your fellow compatriots on Sunday July 24th 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 a very Special Guest: the  Belgian Waffle Exchange!  beATLes Chris and Kathy will spoil us with some yummy Belgian waffles towards the end of the afternoon.  Keep them in mind for your corporate events, birthday parties, family reunions, weddings and other fun get-togethers!

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

LOGISTICS

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 24th 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.  Be aware of road works populating I-75…
  • 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,…
  • cooler with an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages and plenty of ice.  Don’t forget water, corkscrew or bottle opener if needed!
  • if you want to use the grills, bring everything to that effect … charcoal, matches but also cleaning material!  You will be responsible to clean it after use.
  • beach games, ball (beach, volley,…), petanque, frisbee, 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, book, magazine, binoculars,…
  • towels, extra clothes, flip flops …
  • beach chairs, beach umbrella  and remember hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug repellent.

What not to bring

Weapons of any kind, pets, motorcycles.

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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Gentle hike at Georgia’s Grand Canyon | 4/16/2016


Come and embark on a light hike at Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon ‘Providence State Park’.  It will be a relatively easy 3 mile hike, even if you have to go 150 feet down and up again. The stretch that we will be setting foot on, encompasses a vast amount beautiful scenery. Start the Spring off right with this rejuvenating stroll through the park,  known as one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia. The exposed sandy canyon bluffs are extremely beautiful with many bands of different coloured rock – bright red clay, white kaolin, as well as sands coloured ochre, pink, orange, beige, purple, lavender, grey, yellow, tan and black.

For those interested in some local history, we will start our day in Plains, the hometown of Jimmy Carter (about 30 minutes drive from the Canyon).  Our program will include Plains High School followed by the Boyhood Farm.  And you may want to do a goofy photo-stop at the famous grinning thirteen feet tall peanut statue that could be the world’s second largest peanut.

You can either do both or pick one of the activities [see details in Logistics below]… Yes, there is a lot of driving involved.  Yes, it will be a long day. But so worth it: natural beauty and history with a bunch of Belgian fans … Something that you wouldn’t have done on your own … So don’t moan and join us!

No excuse … the date has been carefully selected after your tax return!  The perfect way to relax with your friends and family!

Logistics

  • When & Where – Saturday April 16th, 2016
    • 10.30 am at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site300 North Bond Street, Plains, GA 31780
    • LUNCH [bring your picnic] at 1 pm at ‘Providence State Park‘.  Meet at the park’s visitor center | Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area, 8930 Canyon Road, Lumpkin, GA 31815.
  • Entrance fees:  Providence Canyon – $5 cash per car or your Georgia State Park Annual ParkPass | Free entrance at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
  • Picnic – shelter is not guaranteed, so you may feel better by bringing your folding chairs /and or blanket and whatever you will need for an enjoyable lunch with a magnificent view!  Playground and restrooms close by.
  • Clothing – Despite the obvious appropriate dress code that includes hat and sunglasses, comfortable shoes are highly recommended.  Note that the bottom of the canyon, we will crossing, always has water ..
  • RSVP please … Indicate  in the comment section [of the RSVP]  your phone number [= must for last minute change if any] + where to expect you: Plains or Hike!

IMPORTANT READING

  • All events are organized in good faith and with a very big heart.
  • Parents are the sole responsibles for their family members, relatives and friends and cannot rely on any beATL’s members to watch over their loved ones during any of beATL events.
  • Providence Canyon: Visitors are urged to use caution on trails and to not go beyond fences or overlooks. Erosion can cause the canyon walls to collapse. Do not allow your children to walk outside the marked trails.  Stay behind fences and off the fragile canyon edges at all time!
  • PARTICIPANTS TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK and must act responsibly at all times. Each participant understands that during the course of the activities certain events may occur.  Neither beATL or its representatives are liable for any loss or any kind of damages, including, but not limited to, accident, illness, injury, death, any actions of other people, property loss, theft, force of nature, to participants during the activity or on their way to or back from an event.   Participants agree to assume all risks associated with the activities and will not hold responsible the organizers and hosts for any claim arising from his/her participation.
  • It is important to keep yourself and others safe while visiting the park especially with high temperatures. You should increase your intake of non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, caffeine free beverages such as water and juice. Wear clothing that is light colored and loose fitting and avoid extreme temperatures if possible. Heat related illnesses can be serious and sometimes fatal. This includes: sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. Please take all necessary precautions to avoid heat illnesses.
  • The weather in South Georgia can be unpredictable at times. Severe thunderstorms are possible with high temperatures in the afternoons. Check the weather forecast before you visit and be prepared. Keep a watch on the skies and be ready to move indoors when lightning begins to strike. 
  • At anytime during your visit you may see wildlife. Please be cautious and avoid getting injured by the many types of wildlife that can be found during our visits. This includes, but is not limited to: spiders. ticks, bees, fire ants, snakes (venomous and non-venomous), deer, armadillos, foxes, opossum, and many others. Wildlife is protected under law in all national parks. It is illegal to bother, touch, or try to kill them. If you do encounter wildlife, please stay at a safe distance and do not disturb them.

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dates we love | 2016


2016 …. here we come!

HAPPY beATL YEAR TO YOU & YOURS!

And to blast out of the gate, here are a few dates for your calendar as part as your New Year Resolutions. Write them down now, so you do not miss any of the beATL’s exciting activities!  Many more will added during the year…

  • Thursday January 7th: Belgian THIRSTday from 7 pm and every first Thursday of the month all year long. Next week, we will go back to the Yard House Atlanta (Atlantic Station).
  • Saturday January 30th: Belgian Potluck – edition 2 for the whole family, in Marietta.  Potluck list will be emailed soon.
  • Saturday February 20th from 3 – 5 pm: a taste of real Liege Waffles – baked from scratch especially for you.  An event for the whole family.
  • Saturday March 5th – Blind Wine Tasting – 2016 in Buckhead.
  • April 16th – Hike with a PicNic at the 1,003-acre Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, GA … Yes, we have our own canyon here in Georgia and no, it cannot really be compared to his big Arizona brother.  But this will be a gorgeous walk in a beautiful scenery for the entire family.
  • Sometime …. shooting range.  We live in the South, right?

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Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden – 8/9/2015


Join us for another twinkling event on Sunday August 9that 6.30 pm at the botanical gardens.  The Garden has been transformed by mesmerizing fiber optic art made from unique installations by Munro, a British artist internationally acclaimed for his use of light as an artistic medium. You will be able to stroll the newly developed Gardens of Storza Woods.  It is a self-guided tour.

Not only will you be enchanted by those sparkling attractions in the middle of the city but this is the perfect opportunity to meet new faces.

Experience our beATL-time: RSVP and purchase your ticket(s) online or at the boot upon arrival.

Logistics:

  • Meet us at the main entrance (fountain) – before the ticket boots – on Sunday August 9th at 6.30 pm.
  • Tickets for our chosen night are as follow: $19.95 Adult ($9.95 Member) | $13.95 Child age 3 -12 ($7.95 Member) | Child under 3 free.
  • Advanced tickets are highly recommended as there are only a limited number of tickets available per evening.
  • Tickets valid only for show date selected at purchase; non-transferable to another night; non-refundable; no rain checks.
  • Guest passes not accepted for this special event.
  • Everyone needs a ticket, including Garden members and all children.
  • No rain checks. Bring raincoats and umbrellas to see reflections of the lights enhanced by wet surfaces.
  • Limited $5 event parking is available on site in the SAGE Parking Facility. Take the Garden elevator to level 5R.  Multi-Visit Parking Passes are accepted.  Expect huge traffic so plan your arrival accordingly!
  • Dress accordingly for this outdoor walking experience!
  • Atlanta Botanical Garden | 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 | 404-876-5859
  • Call Patricia @ 678-386-3896 if you are stuck in traffic

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 TicketAlternative.com 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…

Logistics

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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Save the dates


While you make plans for your summer vacations, beATL is planning cool events for you.  Grab your agenda, your sharp pencil and write the following down and if something gets in the way: cancel it!  You should always prioritize a beATL-time!

  • Movie Night – our Matthias [Schoenaerts] as Gabriel, a man who will stand by your side, is back on our screens! Join us on Tuesday June 2nd at 7.30 pm for the screening of Far From the Madding Crowd at the Lefont Sandy Springs Theater (5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328) on Sandy Springs Circle, lower level of the Parkside Shopping Plaza.  Book your tickets online if you want to save time and/or guarantee your seat.
  • Ladies Lunch is on Tuesday June 2nd … Ladies, you got mail!
  • Belgian THIRSTdays on the first Thursday of the month from 7 pm.  June 4th should already be in your calendar.  This time, we will enjoy the fairly newly opened Midtown Fado Irish Pub (933 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).
  • Buy your tickets for the ‘Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour on July 15th for … the guided tour on Saturday 24 October.  This is your only chance to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, and walk amidst the Cemetery’s beautifully lit gardens.  You will play audience to first-hand re-enactments, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents,” which bring to life the city’s past.
  • Save the date for our National Day Gathering. We will celebrate on Sunday July 19th … if you have wonderful ideas for such an event, let me know!  Don’t be shy! Otherwise you will have to follow my inspiration!
  • Get your lightening experience at the Botanical Garden on Sunday August 9th.  Bruce Muro’s luminous exhibit is a must see; especially if you enjoyed the Holidays’ Festive Lights.
  • Meet our maestro Stromae on Monday September 14th.  If you haven’t book your tickets, don’ t wait too long!

Stay tuned!