Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Friday, August 24, 2012

Here's what you do Friday, August 24, 2012

Mary Chapin Carpenter is playing Atlanta Botanical Gardens Friday Night.  Go Enjoy.



Mary Chapin Carpenter is bringing her heartfelt sound to The Atlanta Botanical Gardens' summer concert series on Friday night.  From a review of Ashes and Roses, her latest album, a fan says:
"For many, especially Chapin's fans, her sharing of her personal journey with this beautiful music has been a great and honest, and uplifting tour of life. There is something very reaffirming about this collection. It speaks of the hard times, ( ashes ) and the beautiful times, ( roses) that we all encounter during our lives. Perhaps too many look for popular music to just be filled with light and bubbly repatative themes. I for one, am glad to have a soulful - gentle reminder - of the beauty all around, especially when listening to her music."
 Get your tickets at StubHub.  They're going to $45 right now.

The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Summer Concert Series is hosting some terrific acts this summer.


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Here's what you do Friday:

First:  Breakfast at home today.  Check out this article from Bon Apetit about the most interesting breakfasts in the country.  They have a recipe for Burmese Red Pork Stew, that just looks amazing.  Give that, or any of the others, a try.  Full recipes are accessible by clicking the pictures. ($20)

Burmese Red Pork Stew is one of the best breakfasts in the country.  Who knew?!  Check it out and the other five in Bon Appetit.
Second:  Mary Chapin Carpenter is very introspective.  She says it informs her work.  You should be too.  Yoga is the ticket.   Body and Brain yoga in Vinings is just the ticket.  They do Dahn Yoga, which is a holistic version focused equally on physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.  Register for an intro session if you're a beginner.  From the session they'll make a plan for tailored to you. It take about an hour, and prices range from $15 to $30.

Third:  Lunch at Watershed.  It's in a brand new location.  The once-Decatur eatery has moved.  And their charm and class have increased in the process.  Sit inside to avoid the Peachtree traffic.  Start with a glass of champagne.  Then dine on roasted oysters, and the chicken fried steak sandwich, or the veg plate.  They have the best vegetables at Watershed.  Locally sources and prepared exactly right.  Enjoy.  ($25 per person).

Watershed's dining room is cool and relaxed and welcoming.


Fourth:  Take a nap.  Restore your energy for the concert.  Follow the perfect bed rules.

Fifth:  Prepare a picnic. So, you can take a picnic into the Botanical Gardens concert.  Let's make the most of that!  No picnic is good without a pic-a-nic basket.  Macy's has good ones.  This one below is pretty nice, and is going for about $80 right now.


The Kabrio Basket from Macy's.


If you are really into the picnic thing, splurge on the basket.  It's worth it.  Check this one out from Amazon.  It's called the Windsor.  Makes a great Christmas Present.  ($234)

If you want to go all out, get the Windsor picnic basket from Amazon.  It's the only basket you'll ever need.
With basket in hand, head on over to Whole Foods in Buckhead, and pick up some cherries, grapes, sliced mango, some spinach and artichoke dip, a fresh baguette, some brie, some jalapeno jack cheese, and, of course, a nice bottle of red zinfandel.  You could also get prosecco if you're in an Italian, bubbly kinda mood.  Pack it all in, and head on over to the show.  ($ - $40 for food.  Picnic basket is an investment).

Finally:  Mary Chapin Carpenter time.  Go to the Botanical Gardens and Enjoy.  ($45 per person plus about $10 for parking).

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Breakfast: $20
Yoga: $40
Lunch: $50
Nap: $Free
Picnic: $40
Mary: $100

Total: $250


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