Friday, July 20, 2012

Alice in Wonderland at Serenbe, and the Blues: Saturday July 21, 2012

Here's what you do on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Alice in Wonderland - A Curious Dream.  Playing at Serenbe Playhouse at 11am.
Serenbe, that far off land.  Well, not really.  Just go down 85S past the airport and take a few turns.  It'll take you about 45 minutes from the center of Atlanta.  There you'll find a village has taken shape from the Georgia countryside.  And farmer's markets, nature trails, chic restaurants, and smart sustainable growth rule.  Go check it out.  On Saturday there's a farmers market, a production of Alice in Wonderland, and a great lunch in store.

Here's what you do:

First:  Get some coffee and get on the road.  Starbucks will do.  I actually like zen green tea and a heated croissant from there, but it's totally up to you. ($ - $5 per person)

Second:  Farmer's Market at Serenbe.  The market opens at 9.  The play is at 11, so you have some time.  Check out the local produce and the crafts from local artisans.  It's tomato season.  Make sure to get a handful.  There's nothing like an organic locally grown tomato.  Use them for an afternoon tea on Sunday.  Here's what you do.  Get some rye bread and remove crusts and toast.  Then mix 1 tsp of cream cheese with 2 tsp ranch dressing (Newman's own is good).  Toast bread, spread on mixture and add thin slices of tomato all over.  Don't forget the fresh cracked black pepper.  ($ - $20 per person).

It's tomato season!  And a farm grown tomato is like no other.  Get some from the farmer's market for brunch tomorrow. 

Third: Alice in Wonderland.  At 11, the Serenbe playhouse puts on the Alice in Wonderland production.  It's a new take on the play, by Rachel Teagle.  From Serenbe Playhouse:
"Think you know all there is to know about Alice? Think again. In this fresh, World Premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle, based of the Lewis Carroll classic, we meet an introverted Alice, closed off from the world, her imagination, and most tragically, her ability to DREAM. With the help of a scrappy troupe of magical, masked characters, Alice loses herself in the joy of nonsense, unlocks her imagination, and finally, learns to be her true self. In the spirit of Commedia dell’Arte, we invite children of all ages to fall down this DREAMY new rabbit hole…"

Get your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  ($ - $15 for adults, $10 for kids)

Fourth: Lunch at the Farmhouse.  All that playing is gonna make you hungry.  Go to the Farmhouse restaurant.  Specializing in meals made with local ingredients, this rustic charmer is perfect for a Saturday lunch.  The menu changes every week.  Here's the menu for Saturday:

  July 21st and July 22nd  11:30am - 3pm
Fried Green Tomatoes


Farmhouse Fried Chicken


Country Fried Steak

Serenbe Farm Yellow Squash and
Pimento Pepper Sauté

Root Vegetable Salad with Parsley Vinaigrette

Macaroni and Cheese

$ 15.95

Give the farmhouse chicken a shot, with a nice glass of pinot noir.  ($ - $20 per person).

Fifth: Head on back home and take a nap.  Don't forget to follow the perfect bed rules.  ($ - $Free).

Sixth:  A bite to eat before blues.  Genki Sushi in Virginia Highland hits the spot.  Have the super crunch roll, or the some unagi and spicy tuna and salmon nigiri.  Their ginger is awesome!  Have a sapporo too.  Pairs perfectly.  ($ - $20 per person).

Finally: Legendary blues singer Janiva Magness is at Blind Willies.  From The Beach Reporter:
"Janiva Magness has given her heart and soul to the blues during her nearly 30-year career, but the award-winning singer has reached a whole new level of intimacy in her recently released 10th studio album, “Stronger for It.”

Go check her out!  First set is at 9:30.  ($ - $15 per person + $10 for drinks).

Book Keeping

For two people,

Coffee: $10
Farmers Market: $40
Alice: $30
Lunch: $40
Dinner: $40
Janiva: $50

Total: $210

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  1. Thank you for a great suggestion. My kids and I loved this day. Serenbe was awesome, and the play was incredible!

  2. Thanks! Saturday, July 28 was the last day for Alice, but the playhouse has many other productions in the works. Check them out here.

    Specifically, there's a late night cabaret at The Hil restaurant on August 18. We'll do a post about that one. Keep an eye out for it.