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5 things you need to know about the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

There is no better way to celebrate national ice cream month than at a festival dedicated to ice cream.

Since it was founded in 2010, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival gives the community a chance to enjoy a much-loved dessert while showcasing how to live a balanced lifestyle.

This year, the festival will take place at Piedmont Park from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to attend the event – even pets (on leashes, of course).

Here are some additional things you should know about the event:

1. More than 300 flavors will be available. After compiling a list of ice cream flavors from all vendors, spokesman Melisa Fox said there will be more than 300 different flavors for attendees to choose from.

2. The event celebrates and rewards gluttony.  There's an ice cream eating contest, friends. The only catch is that your hands must be behind your back. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, including chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Tommy Dortch and Diana Sabater, Food Network’s Chopped ultimate grand champion.

3. The festival celebrates ice cream and health. — The festival chooses a local non-profit health agency every year to raise awareness around their health and wellness plans and initiatives. This year, the Fulton-Dekalb Hospital Authority will have a wellness booth and offer free health screenings all day. It will also have a Grady baby celebration in which the first 500 babies can receive a free t-shirt.

4. The festival’s 2016 health initiative is “fight cancer.” Prior to the official start time of the festival, there will be a fight cancer walk for Leah Dortch, a mother of two fighting both liver and bile duct cancer. Dortch has worked heavily with the festival in the  Registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

5. There will be a variety of activities for kids and adults. These include: face painting, boom shock fitness, exercise routines, yoga, Chinese exercises from Falun Dafa Association of Atlanta, double Dutch routines, hula hoop competitions, jump rope fun, Frisbee toss and local music performances.

Festival organizers recommend that festival goers arrive early, and walk or take public transportation to the event. Those unable to walk can park at the Piedmont Park parking deck, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, or at Grady High School. 

July 4th Fireworks and Events 2016

Fireworks will light up the sky all over metro Atlanta on July 4th. Cities and towns, parks, malls and other venues usually do more than set off rockets, sparklers and firecrackers, though. Many also host live music, games and other activities to help you party the day and evening away.

Here’s your guide to some of the best shows and events in town, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.  

Read carefully, some events are July 2nd or 3rd.

 

 

City of Atlanta:

4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open 6 p.m. July 4th. Fireworks begin around 9:40 p.m. Free. Live music. Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta. www.centennialpark.com.

The finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s largest fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music.

For a full list of items prohibited at the park visit www.centennialpark.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race: The 6.2 mile event kicks off the holiday with 60,000 runners making their way down Peachtree Street. Even if you don't have a race number, it's worth checking out. Event starts at 6:43 am on July 4th.

Lenox Square 4th of July.  Musical entertainment, food concessions, and fireworks show. July 4th. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free. 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta.  www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square

Red White & Brew. July 2nd. Celebrate the 4th early with unlimited beer, food, and live music while enjoying scenic views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. 7-11 p.m. $65 ($50 for members), 21 and older only.  225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Funbelievable Fourth. July 4th. The Georgia Aquarium’s family-friendly celebration with food, festivities, music, and of course, views of over 500 aquatic species. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Centennial Olympic Park firework show from the Aquarium’s rooftop. 7-10 p.m. $25 for adults / $20 for children ($22.75 / $18.20 for members). 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org

 

 

Around the area:

Acworth's 4th of July concert and fireworks

Alpharetta’s July 4th Fireworks and Festivities

  • July 4th. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130, www.alpharetta.ga.us

Athens - Independence Day Celebration

  • July 1st. Enjoy free music and festivities in the streets of downtown Athens, starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Auburn July 4th Festival & Fireworks

  • July 2nd. 5 to 11 p.m. Family fun, food, games, music, and activities. Fireworks on July 4th. 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn. www.cityofauburn-ga.org.

Austell - Six Flags Over Georgia

  • Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and fireworks show. Guests who arrive 7/3-7/5 with a Coca-Cola can, can get in an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on all three nights. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

Braselton- 4th of July Festival/Parade

Buford- Mall of Georgia 14th Annual Star Spangled Fourth

  • July 4th. Event opens at 5 p.m. Free concerts begin at 5 p.m. in the Village Amphitheatre. Fireworks display scheduled to begin at dusk. Post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (rated PG-13). www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia

Calhoun-Northwest Georgia Fairgrounds

Canton

  • July 4th. Parade through downtown begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks show will be held at Riverstone with music and dancing. Fireworks begin at dusk. Location: Riverstone Boulevard, Canton, GA 30114, USA www.canton-georgia.com

Cartersville

  • July 4th. Fireworks Watch Hike. 8:15 PM - 10:00 PM @ Pine Mountain Recreation Area (West Trailhead).

Clayton County

  • July 2nd-4th. Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks at international park “The Beach.” Firework Show starts at dusk. $10 per person. 770-477-3766. www.claytonparks.com

Chamblee

  • July 4th. 5:00PM: Bike parade from Chamblee Middle School to the Keswick Park soccer field. Festivities and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. www.chambleega.com

Covington

  • July 4th. Main Street Covington Independence on the Square. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. 770-385-2077. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Cumming

  • July 3rd Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds, 6-11 p.m. Free admission and parking. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM. July 4th Steam Engine Parade at 10:00 AM.  www.cummingfair.net

Dahlonega

  • July 4th. Begins with the annual Firecracker 5/10k at 7 a.m. Live music and festivities up until fireworks begin at dark. Downtown Dahlonega & UNG Drill Field. Free. (706) 864-3711.  www.dahlonega4thofjuly.com

Dalton

  • July 4th. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Point Park. 1275 Cross Plains Trail, Dalton, Georgia. Free. Pool and splash pad open on July 4th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with $2 admission.  mydprd.com

Decatur

  • July 4th. Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this parade, line up begins at 5:30 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the square, with a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 404-371-8386.

Douglasville

  • July 4th. “Living in America” Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 6695 Church Street Douglassville, GA 30134 (678) 449-3124.

Duluth Celebrates America

  • July 3rd. Music, food and festivities on Duluth Town Green. 6-11 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. (770) 476-3434. www.duluthga.net

East Point Hometown Celebration

  • June 30th-July 4th. Carnival at the East Point Commons across from East Point MARTA station. 3-11 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy art, food, and live music. Fireworks on July 4th at 9:30. 404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.

Ellijay

  • July 2nd. Star Spangled Beach Party. Live music 3-9 p.m. Parade assembly 4 p.m. Parade starts at 6 p.m. $25 float entry fee. 

Gwinnett County - Gwinnett Braves vs. Norfolk Tides

  • July 4th. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. Game begins at 7:05 p.m.  gwinnettbraves.com

Griffin

  • July 4th. Independence Day Celebration - Parade at 10 a.m. on Taylor Street. Fireworks at dusk. Festivities will take place at the Kiwanis Fairground prior to fireworks at 1025 S Hill St. Griffin, GA 30224. www.cityofgriffin.com

Hampton

  • July 1st. Friday Night Drags and Fireworks at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Show starts at 9-10 p.m. $20 to drag race. $8 general admission. 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211 www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

Hall County - Fireworks at Laurel Park

  • July 2nd. Gates open at 9 AM. Sports facilities, playground, sprayground and dog park are open to the public. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. $5 per car.  American Legion Fireworks Display - 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.

Heard County

  • July 2nd. GMC SummerFEST. Food, festivities, music and fireworks on the Chattahoochee. 5 – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Court Square, downtown Franklin. Free. (706) 675-0560  www.heardchamber.com

Helen

  • July 4th. Fireworks start around dusk behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center. (706) 878-2181. 8016 S. Main St. Helen, GA 30545

Henry County Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 3rd. Festivities begin at 4 p.m, including a car show, 5k run, cornhole tournament, and children's area with inflatables. Fireworks at dusk. Richard Craig Park in McDonough, 125 S. Zack Hinton Blvd. (678) 432-4399  www.hcfireworks.com

Kennesaw’s Salute to America

  • July 3rd. Free admission. Concert starts at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw. www.kennesawjuly3.com.

Lake Lanier

  • July 1st to 3rd at LanierWorld. July 1: Concerts from 3-11 p.m. July 2: Live music all day, fireworks at 10 p.m. July 3: DJ from 2-6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford Ga. (770) 945-8787. www.discoverlakelanier.com

Lawrenceville

  • July 3rd. Prelude to the Fourth - Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical with a full orchestra, followed by a dazzling fireworks display! 7:30-10 p.m. 210 Luckie Street, Lawrenceville, 30046. (678) 226-2639  

Lilburn

  • July 4th. Sparkle in the Park. Music, food and fireworks. 5:30-10 p.m. At 7:30 GLOW will have a family-friendly concert.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, coolers are allowed. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. www.cityoflilburn.com

Marietta

  • July 4th. Fourth in the Park. Day-long celebration. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale. Fireworks when dark. Glover Park on the Marietta Square www.mariettaga.gov

Monroe

  • July 4th. Freedom Fest. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Free. Fireworks at dark. (404) 992-5050  monroedowntown.com

Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day

  • July 4th. Parade at 9 a.m. Newnan Rotary Club Fireworks celebration @ Drake Stadium. Free. Gates open at 5:30 festivities begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. www.mainstreetnewnan.com

Norcross

  • July 3rd. Red, White & BOOM! 5-10 p.m. block party. Inflatables and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 678-421-2000. aplacetoimagine.com

Peachtree City

  • July 4th. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. Fireworks at Drake Field start at dusk. 151 Willowbend Rd. www.peachtree-city.org

Roswell's Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 4th. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Carnival games, food and fun. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Sweet Apple Elementary School - 12025 Etris Road. Fireworks begin at dark. BBQ & Bluegrass 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on the Barrington Hall Grounds 535 Barrington Dr. www.roswellgov.com

Sandy Springs Fireworks Display

  • July 3rd. Parade 9 a.m Mount Vernon Rd Fireworks. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway. Local residents are encouraged to pack a snack.  www.sandyspringsga.org

Snellville

  • Star Spangled Snellville. Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 4 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.snellvillepride.com/

Stone Mountain

  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by fireworks July 1-4 on the lawn. Attraction hours 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Laser show & Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. $15 daily parking pass or $40 for annual parking permit. U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com

Sugar Hill

Tallapoosa

  • Fireworks will be at Helton Howland Memorial Park the night of July 2nd. On July 4th, the parade will begin at 1 p.m. in downtown Tallapoosa. 678.416.1401.

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 3rd. 5:00-10:00 p.m. The Villa Rica Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica. 678-840-1430.  www.villaricaparks.com

Woodstock’s Festival in the Park

  • July 4th. Freedom Run at 7:15 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. Events after parade go until 3 p.m., at City Center. Fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. www.woodstockga.gov.

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Kaedy's Conversations - David Coverdale

Kaedy Kiely interviewed David Coverdale of Whitesnake back in 2000 - listen to part one.

She asked about Coverdale’s relationship with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, since he had worked with Jimmy Page on the Coverdale/Page project.(listen)

 

 

After recording two solo albums, former Deep Purple vocalist David Coverdale formed Whitesnake around 1977. In the glut of hard rock and heavy metal bands of the late '70s, their first albums got somewhat lost in the shuffle, although they were fairly popular in Europe and Japan. During 1982, Coverdale took some time off so he could take care of his sick daughter. When he re-emerged with a new version of Whitesnake in 1984, the band sounded revitalized and energetic. Slide It In may have relied on Led Zeppelin's and Deep Purple's old tricks, but the band had a knack for writing hooks; the record became their first platinum album. Three years later, Whitesnake released an eponymous album (titled 1987 in Europe) that was even better. Portions of the album were blatantly derivative -- "Still of the Night" was a dead ringer for early Zeppelin -- but the group could write powerful, heavy rockers like "Here I Go Again" that were driven as much by melody as riffs, as well as hit power ballads like "Is This Love."Whitesnake was an enormous international success, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone.

Before they recorded their follow-up, 1989's Slip of the Tongue, Coverdale again assembled a completely new version of the band, featuring guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. Although the record went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment after the across-the-board success of Whitesnake. Coverdale put Whitesnake on hiatus after that album. In 1993, he released a collaboration with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page that was surprisingly lackluster. The following year, Whitesnake issued a greatest-hits album in the U.S. and Canada focusing solely on material from their final three albums (as well as containing a few unreleased tracks).

In 1997, Coverdale resurrected Whitesnake (guitarist Adrian Vandenberg was the only remaining member of the group's latter-day lineup), issuing Restless Heart the same year. Surprisingly, the album wasn't even issued in the United States. On the ensuing tour, Coverdale and Vandenberg performed an "unplugged" show in Japan that was recorded and issued the following year under the title Starkers in Tokyo. By the late '90s, however, Coverdale once again put Whitesnake on hold, as he concentrated on recording his first solo album in nearly 22 years. Coverdale's Into the Light was issued in September 2000, featuring journeyman guitarist Earl Slick. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the release of countless "greatest-hits" and "live" collections, the band returned in 2008 with the impressive Good to Be Bad. Coverdale and Whitesnake toured the album throughout Europe and Japan. The band returned to the recording studio in 2010 with new members bassist Michael Devin (formerly of Lynch Mob) and drummer Brian Tichy, who appeared alongside guitarists Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach, and guest keyboardist Timothy Drury (as well as Coverdale's son Jasper on backing vocals on various tracks). The band's 11th album, Forevermore, was preceded by the issue of the single, "Love Will Set You Free," and released in the spring of 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi

Wing & Rock Fest

 

This seventh year event will bring together chicken wing restaurants & classic rock cover & tribute bands for an all day FREE outdoor music & food festival in downtown Woodstock on June 2nd and 3rd.  The festival will feature wings from metro Atlanta wing experts like Wing Zone, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe, RuChDa, Keegan's Public House, California Dreaming & lots more as well as ice cold beer and frozen margaritas/daiquiris for sale.

  • Families with kids can check out the Kidzone with multiple jumpies & slides.
  • Enter the wing eating contest for a chance to win some great prizes by signing up at the 97.1 The River booth.
  • Stay tuned to 97.1 The River in the near future for your chance to win a reserved table or sign up here for a reserved table for your group!
  • So all all singles, couples & families should mark your calendar now & plan on great fun the weekend after Memorial Day.
  • Please, No outside food and beverages allowed, but plenty will be for sale!

2012 Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, June 2nd

Sunday, June 3rd

Gazebo Stage Sat and Sun Live music from various kid bands from Rock U School of Music Performance

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