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Easter Egg Hunt | 4/9/2017


Hop Hop Hop … grab your little basket and join beATLes Cindy, Kelly and Jerina for a traditional egg hunt on Sunday April 9th, 2017 from 3 – 5 pm.  Easter Bunny will be in attendance and yummy waffles and fruit will be served at 3.30 pm just before the egg hunt!   Don’t wait to RSVP….  spaces are limited to 60 entries!

Logistics

  • When – Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm
  • Where – Clubhouse at Waterside |  12605 Morningpark Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30004
  • Cost – $5.00 per person [at the door] – Each child must bring a basket.
  • RSVP before April 5th, with the name(s) of your child(ren), their complete DOB, the number of adults attending the party and an emergency phone number.

 

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

beATL goes to the movie | 1/17/2017


Dilemma… the movie Elle is coming to Atlanta… Isabelle Huppert is French, Paul Verhoeven is Dutch… and Belgium is squeezed in between… it is close enough to be a good enough excuse for a movie night. Join us on Tuesday 1/17 for the 7 pm screening.

The combo Huppert-Verhoeven can only result in a explosive and controversial topic.  Not for sensitive souls…

More info.

After the movie, some may go to the nearby cafes/restaurants to grab a bite or a drink…

Logistics

  • When – Tuesday January 17th, 2017 @ 7 pm
  • Where –  Landmark Midtown Art Cinema  | 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308 | in the Midtown Promenade Center
  • Parking & Directions: ample free within the Midtown Promenade Center
  • The nearest MARTA train station is the Midtown Station (on the RED and GOLD lines), located on 10th Street 1.5 miles from the theater. From there, both the #36 and the #99 MARTA buses stop near the Midtown Promenade which is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Monroe Drive
  • Tickets – Best to purchase your tickets in advance.

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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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UEFA Euro16 – 100 days to go


Good news for our Soccer Fans: yes, you can watch the The European Championship games in Atlanta.  And better news: beATL, in collaboration, with Red Devils USA will organize life action for us all to enjoy [details of venue closer to the date].  Belgian attire, attributes and patriotic make-up are a must… Tous Ensemble/Allemaal Samen from June 10 to July 10, 2016!

Belgium is part of Group E that also includes Sweden, Italy and Republic of Ireland.  Here are the championships Group Stage games … It will be tough but ô so exciting!  Of course, more games to come!

  • Monday 13 June 2016 – Belgium vs. Italy @ 9 pm Euro time
  • Saturday 18 June 2016  – Belgium vs. Rep. of Ireland @  3 pm Euro time
  • Wednesday 22 June 2016 – Sweden vs. Belgiun @ 9 pm Euro time

Our road to the Final ! So if you tweet, use the following #tousenfrance #euro2016 @BelRedDevils which is the official Twitter of the Belgian Red Devils.  On Facebook, follow the dedicated page.

In prep for those super duper important moments, some friendlies are organized.  Watch our Devils against Portugal on Tuesday March 29th at 8.45 pm Euro time.  beATL will let you know if this one will be aired on our screens.

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Side notes for those like me trying to understand the whole thing …

  • The team of the final tournament host association, France, qualifies automatically for the final tournament.
  • The 24 teams that qualify for the final tournament into six groups (A, B, C, D, E, F) of four teams each.
  • Each team plays each of the other teams in the same group once, according to a league system (three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat).
  • The 6 group winners, 6 group runners-up and the 4 best 3rd-placed teams play the round of 16 in single leg knockout matches.
  • Read more about the rules.

belgian waffle tasting – 2/20/2016


Just the idea of an authentic Belgian Waffle … this event cannot come sooner enough!

beATLes Chris and Cathy invite us in their wonderful home in Buckhead on Saturday February 20th from 3 til 5 pm for the celebratory launch of the Belgian Waffle Exchange!  Luikse wafels/gauffres de Liège [old fashion French spelling] are something near and dear to all of us and Chris and Cathy have figured out how to bring that taste – and those memories – here to Atlanta.

Jump on this occasion to sample the waffles, provide your feedback and, perhaps, even plan to work with them!

It’s an event for the whole family with limited registrations.  RSVP (event is full, sorry) is a must as you can imagine… and you will need to BYOB [bring your own beverage].

Logistics

  • When: Saturday February 20th, 2016 from 3 – 5 pm
  • Where: address indicated in RSVP.  Do not forward the RSVP for privacy reasons!
  • BYOB!
  • Parking:  please be considerate towards the neighbors, their driveway and firehydrant.  Park on the house side of the street only – not on the property.
  • RSVP – event is full, sorry 

Belgian Potluck – 1/30/2016


Let’s repeat last year’s success with another Belgian Potluck on January 30, 2016 at 5.30 pm (not from but at 5.30 pm).

Put your dearself in your culinary gear and prepare some tasty homemade dish(es) – preferably with a Belgian taste – to share.  We always have peers stressing about cooking so, don’t use it as an excuse: there are other ‘jobs’ available for you… We will have a sign-up sheet and each participating family must bring something to the table!

Once again, beATLes Gitte and Rik will welcome you and yours in to their beautiful home in Marietta.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday January 30, 2016 between 5.30 and 6 pm (no late arrivals please … we can’t start without your food)
  • Where: address will be privately shared in due time to those who RSVP-ed positively
  • Parking: since this is in a private neighborhood, park on the same side of the street, opposite to the house, without blocking any driveways or fire hydrants.  Car pool if possible.
  • RSVP is a must – SORRY WE ARE FULL!!
  • Sign up sheet is a must.
  • This event is for the whole family – see tips below for special dietary and children needs.

Some important tips:

  • although the term “potluck” suggests a random assortment of dishes, the idea is to focus on Belgian (style) food
  • make as much of the dish in advance as you can
  • bring your dish in a to-go container
  • bring a serving dish and serving utensils
  • label your dish(es) if they cannot be traced back to you
  • all those who are gluten intolerant, food allergenic, vegans or have any kind dietary challenge(s) are requested to bring their own food to avoid any mishaps
  • bring something to eat and to drink for your kids if you think they would firmly be convinced that our potluck is nothing for 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?

beATL 2016