outdoor

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.

 

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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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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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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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BACoS – Behind the scenes – 9/24/2015


The Key to Happiness – Chapter II

The 3-day music electronic music festival is back in Chattahoochee Hills, a 30-minute drive from Atlanta, for its third year.   Lodged on +/- 500 acres within the 8,000-acre of the Bouckaert Farm, an equestrian paradise owned by one of our Belgian citizens, the artists will perform among multiple uniquely designed stages.  Be ready for innovative and immersive experiences with mind-blowing décor, enchanting acts and animation, A-class camping, eccentric VIP areas and gourmet food..

TomorrowWorld is the daughter festival of the Belgian Tomorrowland, which celebrated its 11-year anniversary this July.   And this year for the first time, TomorrowLand camped on the mythical grounds of Itu in Brazil…

Before the festival starts, the Belgian American Chamber of the South (BACoS) invites you Behind the Scenes at TomorrowWorld on September 24th, 2015 from 4 pm.  During this exclusive members-only event, guests get the opportunity to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the world-renowned electronic music festival: tour of the beautifully themed TomorrowWorld stages and the mind-blowing decor.  And to top that off, they will experience “The Gathering”, the warming up party for the TomorrowWorld campers!  This event is restricted to 21+ and costs $70 for members | $93 for non members. Advance registration recommended.

For more details and registrations about this BACoS event, visit their website.

Meet some of the Belgian artists expected on stage:

  • Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (Willebroek) are a Greek-Belgian electronic DJ duo composed of two brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios.
  • Yves V (Antwerp) is the artist name of the Belgian DJ Yves Van Geertsom. He is mainly known for his record “CloudBreaker” which he made in collaboration with the Belgian producer Basto.
  • Romeo Blanco (Antwerp) – Christened as future talent by CR2 Records, Romeo Blanco has continued to prove himself a worthy new member of Electronic Music Aristocracy.  Listen to his performance with Yves V.
  • DJ Licious (Antwerp) – Belgium-based but beaming the love of house all over the world with a blend of funky rhythms, groovy sax and smooth vocals: Dj Licious knows good vibes come from nothing but house music.
  • And many others like Chantal (Chantal De Smedt former THe Jelly Bellies), Kenn Colt, SoulCity (Antwerp), Micheal Thoelen (Tongeren), Stereo Killah (brothers Glenn & Mikey De Leener from Schepdaal), Prinz (Antwerp),…

And finally, the details for the festival:

  • Dates: September 25-26-27, 2015
  • Where: Chattahoochee Hills, GA
  • Tickets start at $137
  • Parking: Parking Passes are required for all vehicles entering site
  • Restrictions: strict 21+ age requirement. Anyone born on or after September 25, 1994 will not be permitted entrance, even if accompanied by an adult.
  • More info: visit the website

TomorrowWorld 2015

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

cheer Belgian Wildwater Canoeing athletes


Not totally  local but once it comes to Belgians … From August 2 – 7, the 2015 ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater Canoeing World Championships will be hosted at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, located in the Nantahala Gorge, 13 miles outside of Bryson City.  We have a nice brochette of young Belgians competing in this whitewater ‘rapids’ competition:

  • Junior Girls: Lea Guban (Brussels),  Lauranne Sinnesael (Anseremme) & Jana Lomelino (Mechelen)
  • Junior Men: Samuel Pype (Chiny) and from Mechelen: Willem Renders,  Jan Vanhecke & Robin Van Beeck.
  • U-23 Wonen: Jorinde Vanderzypen (Mechelen)
  • U-23 Men: Bram Sikkens (Mechelen)

The Opening Ceremony is Monday August 3rd and competions start on Tuesday at 8.30 am (local time) – schedule.  The Medal Ceremony (Sprint Races) & Closing Ceremony is on Friday 7th at 9 pm.

Take the opportunity to get out of town … The Nantahala Gorge is located in Swain County, 13 miles outside of the county seat: Bryson City, North Carolina. Named among the top 10 paddling towns in the nation, Bryson City is nestled at the foot of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States, and famous for the mist that settles in its valleys as well a rich biodiversity of vegetation and wildlife. The area is a popular tourist destination, and is renowned for a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including rafting and paddlesports, biking, zip lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and camping.

Thank you beATLe Jean-Michel for the info!

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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