Belgian THIRSTday | 12/1/2016

Once again beATl will lead you through a very special door: an arctic door!  Dare and wander through the hallways to find a wonderful little secret hiding within the walls of Muss & Turner’s.


  • When: Thursday December 1st, 2016 from 7 pm
  • Where: Eleanor at Muss & Turner’s | 1675 Cumberland Pkwy SE, Suite # 309, Smyrna, GA 30080
  • Parking: ample free parking
  • RSVP

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Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas | 12/3/2016

Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas will reach Roswell on Saturday December 3rd at 10 am.   The Legend will have bags full of presents of all kinds (provided by you, dear parents) and goody bags.

This fun morning, organized by beATL and De Molenwiek, is open to young and young at heart.


  • When: Saturday December 3rd from 10 am til 12.30 pm
  • Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • 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: $5.00 per person (child(ren) and adult(s)) – kids aged 2 and under are free but must be registred.
  • Drop off locations:
    • Tuesdays 11/8 and 11/15 between 3.45 pm and 6.15 pm at st. Davids Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076
    • Fridays 11/11 and 11/18 between 9 am en 12 pm: Bethel United Methodist Church, room D12, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068
    • All other days at the frontdoor of de Molenwiek, 1007 Applegate Dr., Roswell, GA 30076
  • More infodemolenwiek@hotmail.com

harvest of war

Harvest of war” is the latest book by Florida-based Belgian author Jan Smolders. I had the pleasure to meet Jan during his recent book presentation. Soberly dressed all in black, totally contrasting with his white hair, his piercing eyes and sparkling smile illuminated the room.  He is very jovial and you can only imagine him as a little boy as ‘een echte kapoen‘.

His 7th book takes place in his hometown of Ramsel and while, non fiction, the story is mostly based on historical facts related to the end of World War II when the village is still under Nazi occupation.  In the summer of 1944, Jan was a 5-year old boy who still today recalls many of these events described in his book… one of the main characters is Dr Van Dam, based on his own doctor who treated him when he contracted polio at the age of 6.  Together they braved the illness… allowing Jan to run 23 marathons!

Having left the corporate world [Bekaert & Lockheed] and toured most of the world,  Jan and his wife Lut are now living in Boca Raton, FL where he turned into a writer 5 years ago.

His other books: Viral Games,The Bridge of Whispers, The Convenient Fund, Ripping the Veil, Tennessee Tremors, Alone in Boca Raton are either thrillers or related to corporate devious manoeuvering. His eight book is ready to be published and #9 is in his mind …

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Belgian THIRSTday | 11/3/2016

Did you know that the Decatur’s Brick Store Pub founders have been enthroned as new Knights of The Belgium Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle (The Guild of the Belgian Brewers)?

One of the owners – Dave Blanchard [see picture] – traveled to our Capital for this exceptional and impressive event… Just imagine: an American in Brussels facing such an old tradition in a Middle Ages edifice.

This event-full September weekend starts with the Celebration of Saint-Arnould, Patron Saint of brewers with the consecration of the beer in the Saint Michael and Gudula Cathedral on Friday afternoon.  The mass is followed by the Academic session and enthronement ceremony of the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle, in the Gothic room of the Town Hall of Brussels before ending on the Grand Place for the Solemn inauguration of the beer stands.  Saturday and Sunday are dedicated to beer tastings, processions and parades of all kinds.

Let’s celebrate this next Thursday!  Join beATL upstairs at the Belgian Bar … don’t forget to RSVP.


  • When: Thursday November, 3rd, 2016 from 7 pm
  • Where: Brick Store Pub | 125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Parking: Public Parking close by or metered parking in surrounding streets.  MARTA station at short walking distance.  Think Uber.
Dave Balonchard

Proud Dave Blanchard

Quintuple Taz

Sit down because you will feel terribly exhausted by the end of this article!

Some of you may know Johan ‘Taz’ Desmet, a super lean 49-year old Gentenaar, living in Cumming with his wife Helene and multi-trophies-holder Stella, their German pointer.  They have a simple, cozy and discreet life, spending a lot of time outdoors.  So far so good, right?  What differentiates Taz from all of us is probably is ironclad determination.  Only a few days ago, at the bucolic Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania, VA, our compatriot succeeded to be the only Belgian in the whole world to finish the Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon more than 24 hours before the cut off time.  I guess I lost you … Keep reading because his exploit is pretty exceptional!

The Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon is an ultimate endurance event, over the course of 5 days, comprising 3 disciplines in direct consecutive order:

  • 12 mile (19 km) swim
  • 560 mile (900 km) bike
  • 131 mile (211 km) run

The total distance equals five (5) back-to-back Ironmans [3.86 km (2.40 mi) | 180.25 km 112 mi) | 42.2 km (26.2)]…. Just saying.

So how does it work?  Within 5 days, the triathlete must digest 703 miles (1130 km) starting with the swimming part at 7 am on the Monday morning and crossing the finish line no later than the Saturday at 7 pm.  Nevertheless to say that our friend Taz had an amazing performance by completing the event in 107 hours and 19 minutes (translate it as 4 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes), with only 12 scattered hours of sleep… He finished second but is the first Belgian ever to accomplish such feat…

Taz is no stranger to competing in multiday endurance races, having been involved in the endurance scene for some time:

  • 2016/15: Florida Double Anvil (finish 6th place in 2015)
  • 2015:  Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2014: Oregon Double Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2013: Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 2nd place)
  • 2013 Pinhoti 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2013 Vineman 140.6
  • 2012 TACA 126.2 Miler
  • 2012: Virginia Double Iron (finish 7th place)
  • 2012/11: Pinhoti 100 Miler
  • 2011 Guts Reactor Run 100 Miler
  • 2011: IM Louiseville
  • 2008-2011: 35 ultra runs, 3 Iron, numerous 50 & 100 milers, 13 marathons …

Inspired?  Start your 20-25 hours weekly all-year-round training [after a visit to your physician]!  And don’t forget to congratulate Taz for his extraordinary performance and result!

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Belgian THIRSTday | 10/6/2016

A little bit on the late side but hey, you all know that we do have our fabulous Belgian THIRSTday on each first Thursday of the month …  The October one is coming up, from 7 pm at Argosy East.  A must-discover place for beer lovers.


  • When: Thursday October 6th, 2016 from 7 pm
  • Where: Argosy East |  470 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Parking: space  on both sides, plus the satellite lot to the north of the building is theirs as  well.
  • RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated.

Belgian Thirsdays by Mariska Kalmeijer


Lhoist presentation and beer tasting | 10/26/2016

The Belgian American Chamber of the South invite you to join a presentation by Tanguy Triest, VP & Managing Director East Lime Region at Lhoist North America, Inc. combined with a Belgian-style beer tasting experience and brewery tour at the Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery, the first all-female owned-brewery in Georgia.

Lhoist is a Belgian limestone mining company that has been expanding in the United States since 1981. We will be hearing about the history and expansion of the company and what is next for them.


  • When – Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 6.30 pm
  • Where – Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery, 4000 Northfield Way, Suite 800, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Parking – Free parking available at the brewery
  • Registration – Members: $10  | Non-members – 30 and under: $15 | Non-members: $20

Belgian movie in Rome, GA | 9/16/2016

Belgian movie – What Jacques Saw – Jacques a vu [Xavier Diskeuve | 90 minutes] in premiere at the 13th annual Rome International Film Festival on Friday September 16th at 7pm at DeSoto Theater in Rome, GA [530 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161].

The 13th annual Rome International Film Festival takes play September 15-18, 2016 at Rome’s Historic DeSoto Theatre.

Narrative: In their momentum for a neo-rural life in the Belgian Ardennes countryside, Brice and Lara soon have to face the imminent construction of a holiday resort nearby. A true race against time then starts for the young couple and revolves around Brice’s quirky cousin Jacques, a native from the village, prone to mystical visions that will eventually lead them all to the Vatican!


Belgian THIRSTday | 9/1/2016

Join us around the bar of the Yard House Atlanta in Atlantic Station.  Hungry souls will surely find a bite to calm their noisy stomachs and beer-fans will face a fantastic choice of 130-250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers.

Yard House Atlanta is very easy to reach with many parking options.   Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks.


  • When: Thursday September 1st, 2016
  • Time: from 7 pm
  • Address:  261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, at the corner of Atlantic Drive | (404) 815-8990
  • Parking: valet parking ($7 for 0-4 hours), Atlantic Station underground parking (first 2 hours are free – go to red number 1 pedestrian exit), off street parking (max 2 hours – pay at meter).
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated.

Belgian Thirsdays by Mariska Kalmeijer