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Belgian THIRSTday | 12/7/2017


The last venture of the year … Discover or re-discover this gem.  To access the premises, you will need to find the hidden door …  The hint is in the picture!

logistics

  • When: Thursday December 7th, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where:
  • Parking: ample free parking within the shopping complex
  • Curtesy RSVP even if not coming …

 

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Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas | 12/2/2017


Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas is coming on Saturday December 2nd at 10 am.   The Legend will have bags full of presents of all kinds (provided by you, dear parents) and goody bags.   Polish your shoes,  prepare some carrots and  and practice those songs!

Join the Big ‘Molenwiek’ Saint Nicholas Celebration for all Belgian – French & Flemish speaking – children in the Atlanta area.

Please read carefully all the logistic infos!!!  Presents, check and registration form are a must!

Logistics

  • When: Saturday December 2nd from 10 am until 12.30 pm
  • Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Parking: behind the Church and the entrance is on the left side of the playground.
  • Presents [not more than $15/present/child]: must be dropped in advance [see locations days and times below]. Bring a wrapped present for your child(ren) clearly marked with their full name(s).
  • Registration sheet [write on a piece of paper in block letters 1/ the details of the person in charge in your family with email address  and 2/the first and last names of each person in your party] + payment [checks payable to de Molenwiek] must accompany all presents with at the latest with the name(s) of your child(ren) and including all adults attending the party.
  • Cost – to be paid by check to De Molenwiek at drop off of presents
    • $5 per child
    • kids aged 2 and under are free but must be registered.
    • $10 per adult, including grand-parents
  • Presents Drop off locations:
    • Friday November 17 between 9am and 12pm at st. Davids Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 [school is located backside of the Church]
    • All other days at the front porch of de Molenwiek, 1007 Applegate Dr., Roswell, GA 30076
  • More infodemolenwiek@hotmail.com
  • Organizers: De Molenwiek, beATL & Atlanta Holland Club

Belgian THIRSTday | 11/02/2017


Let’s have our drinks at The Pub Perimeter where those ladies wear beautiful kilts!  Meet us from 7 pm around the bar area to catch up and chat chat chat!

The British-style bar is absolutely gorgeous, will all the bling-bling a traditional pub has to offer (except the typical smell) and friendliest staff I have ever encountered. They have a good selection of beers including the minimum beATL requirement of 8 Belgian ones.  And tease your palate with some brilliant food … Well it’s not Belgian…. Please take the time to RSVP

Logistics

  • When – Thursday November 2nd, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where – The Pub Perimeter | 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30346
  • Parking – ample free parking
  • RSVP – a simple yea or a nay would be so appreciated!

beATL is your friend


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!

 

Luzia | 11/16/2017


beATL goes to Luzia, the latest Cirque du Soleil’s adventure. We have a group reservation for 25 persons, at a discounted price, for Thursday November 16th at 8 pm.  This is an event for the whole family [and friends]! Registrations – with payment – will be first come, first serve.

Interested?  Email us with us and we will contact you to arrange for the payment.  Registrations are only valid if your payment is received before the deadline of October 15th.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday November 16th, 2017 at 8 pm – Meeting Point and time will be confirmed to attendees.
  • Where: Atlantic Station | 241, 20th St, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Price (price level 2):
    • Adults: $60
    • Children <12: $50
    • Seniors 65+: $55
  • Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday October 15.

Farewell Wim | 9/5/2017


Wim Van Cauteren and his lovely wife Luciana have been beATLe fans as soon as beATL started its journey in June 2014.  For sure we will miss seeing them around!

Wim has been appointed as Trade Commissioner for Flanders & Brussels in Mexico-City where he will work at the Belgian Embassy.  There are a lot of economic links between the US and Mexico which has adopted a lot of American business practices while keeping its Latin flavor.   Also Mexico has, apart from Brazil, the largest economy in Latin-America offering many unexplored opportunities that Wim is excited about.

Luciana and Wim are fluent in Spanish, making the move to such a beautiful country even more attractive; they are both really looking forward to live there.

Wim started working for Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in June 1998.   His first posting was Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; that was followed by a 7-year stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After Argentina, he went back to Brussels for 2 1/2 years – at FIT’s headquarters, and since 2012, Atlanta became their new home.

His main activities is to give support to Flemish & Brussels export companies, that want to expand into the (Southern) USA.  On the other hand, he also detects US companies that want to cross the Atlantic and invest in Europe which explains why you could see him at numerous conferences, events and exhibitions.

He was also the co-organizer of three large trade missions in his jurisdiction: two Flemish-Dutch trade missions (one to Houston, TX and one to Atlanta, GA) and one Belgian Economic Mission to Texas.

What he loves about his job is getting positive feedback from Belgian and local companies, industry associations and government representatives but the icing on the cake is when a company secures a contract thanks to his introduction!

Wim will never forget the day and night of January 28 in 2014 when a snow and ice storm hit Atlanta!  Here is his story: ‘that night we were organizing a reception for Belgian businessmen that participated at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, so we could not leave the office early.  We left the office at 11 PM thinking that by that time the highways would be clear. Wrong ! I-75 north was still clogged with cars and there was a complete stand still. We got off the freeway, but we got lost somewhere in midtown and we feared we would have to overnight in our car with freezing temperatures outside. Luckily a Good Samaritan found us and was so nice to give us a ride back to my office in downtown Atlanta. At the office, we had to make a makeshift bed, made of tapestries and old carpets, but we were so happy that we didn’t have to sleep in the car.’

He will always enjoy and feel proud with the headline on the VRT (Flemish Public Television) news that stated that the first joint Flemish-Dutch economic mission in Houston, TX was a success. After several months of preparation, it was very rewarding.

If you ask Wim about his personal best moments in Atlanta, he will tell you about the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin-hotel downtown where he had a birthday dinner with Luciana … but what made it very special is that on that rainy day, the view was nonexistent giving them the impression of having dinner in the clouds.   And the Belgian beers at the Brick Store Pub will remain a very good souvenir.

His last day in Atlanta is on September 15 … and no, the name of his successor is not known yet.   Check the blog again soon.

Join Flanders Investment & Trade and the Belgian American Chamber of the South on Tuesday, September 5th, so you too can thank Wim for all the great work he has done in the Southeast, wish him all the best on his new mission in Mexico and say goodbye to this super nice couple.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Burr & Forman LLP171 17th Street Northwest – 11th floor, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • RSVP by Sept 1st, 2017

solar eclipse | 8/21/2017


The Solar Eclipse was the talk-of-the-town yesterday.  Many of you shared your experiences with documenting pictures and/or videos via the social media.  Some created a pinhole projector and other chased the solar eclipse glasses …  Some of you were also published in an article from the VRT where you will recognize the participation of beATLes Francisca and Saskia.

 

After Work Summer Networking Drink | 8/10/2017


Mix and mingle with members of the Belgian, British, Swedish and Dutch business communities at their joint Chamber of Commerce After Work Summer Networking Drink.  Take the opportunity to expand your network and enjoy an evening of friendly exchange over drinks and some complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday August 10th 2017 from 6-8 pm
  • Where: Gordon Biersch Buckhead | 3242 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Parking: free
  • Registration: please RSVP

 

Belgian THIRSTday | 8/3/2017


It’s not the first time that beATL is taking you to the magnificent Ponce City Market.  Officially known as the Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar, The City Winery has a very large area at the bar with lots of standing room, high-top tables, standard seating and large outdoor patio and is excited to accommodate our group on Thursday August 3rd, from 7 pm.  Meet us UPSTAIRS, above ABV which entrance is to the left of Binder’s Art Supplies!

The City Winery has a nice menu for snacks and food, and even though it is wine-centric there is an adequate beer selection, including Palm…

Logistics

  • When – Thursday August 3rd, 2017 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – Barrel Room Restaurant and Wine Bar or The City Winery @ Ponce City Market | 650 North Ave NE, Ste 201, Atlanta, GA, 30308
  • Parking – The City Winery recommends parking on Glen Iris Drive, between Ponce De Leon Ave and North Ave NE.  PCM has a huge parking lot: Pay Upon Arrival and remember your number plate! Parking can be paid with the so-easy-to-use Parkmobile App [users, enter 222 as your Zone Number] or via normal means of payment (credit, debit or exact cash $1, $5 or $10 – no change). First 30 min = $1.00 + $1.00 per additional 30 min | 4 – 8 hours is $10.00.   PCM is donating the first $1 from every parking session to the Atlanta BeltLine project. There is also Valet Parking at $8.00 for up to 4 hours.
  • MARTA – the North Avenue MARTA station is 1.5 mile away, at the corner of W. Peachtree St NW or by bike: complimentary bike valet available at the beltline entrance.
  • RSVP – even if no coming, please.

Celebrate 21st of July with beATL | 7/23/2017


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 23rd from 12 to 6 pm.

beATLe Diane has reserved a covered pavilion 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.

Please read carefully the Logistics, especially the waiver … and be courteous: use our RSVP system even if you are not joining us…  If you didn’t get a RSVP invitation via email through Whoozin, contact me so I can add you to our emailing/RSVP list.

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, accident, 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 23rd 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 pavilion 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, life jacket (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 Clubhouse 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 pavilion.  The pavilion has fans and there is an additional portable one.

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