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Piedmont Park Early Evening Hike + Optional free outdoor Atlanta Symphony Concert
|Event Location:||Gather at corner of Monroe Drive & Elmwood Drive in Midtown Atlanta.|
|Date(s) & Time:||Wed, Jun 19 2019 6:00 pm >> Wed, Jun 19 2019 9:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, May 19 2019 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, Jun 18 2019 9:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||16|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
We AOC hikers & music lovers have had a blast together on these PIedmont Park "summer evening double-headers" each year since 2013, and we're excited about offering one again this June 19th. This is normally a "rain or shine" event, so please plan to bring some lightweight rain gear if showers, etc. are forecast.
IN a NUTSHELL: Hope you can join us for this leisurely hike through historic Piedmont Park, with a bonus afterward! - a FREE outdoor Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert entitled Opera's Greatest Hits. The performance will take place in the beautiful "Oak Hill" section of the Park adjoining 10th Street and no tickets are required.
PARKING, GATHERING SPOT & HIKE DETAILS: In past summers we've never had a problem finding plenty of free street-side parallel parking along Elmwood Drive, a quiet shady residential street just a couple of blocks east of Piedmont Park. Please carefully follow the Directions below if you wish to park there. We'll gather for the hike at 6:00 PM on the sidewalk on the SW corner of Elmwood and Monroe Drive. From there we can easily walk together into the Park in about 5 minutes. PLEASE BE ON TIME allowing for Atlanta's insane rush-hour traffic.
During our ~90-minute leisurely paced hike we'll enjoy the "wild side" of Piedmont Park by exploring some of its lesser-known scenic trails, including the Six Springs Wetland, some shady pathways adjoining the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and a gravel section of the Atlanta Beltline. Feel free to split from the group at any time if you like, provided you let us know when you're doing so. We can easily direct you back to our initial gathering spot.
Hope you can plan to stay with us for at least part of the Atlanta Symphony performance beginning at 7:30 PM, and if so you're sure to enjoy the relaxing but festive experience! Please note the recommended Items to Bring for it below, most of them optional. During the first half hour or so of the hike we'll stake out concert viewing space for our AOC group on the Oak Hill lawn - then continue the hike. In past years we've had no problem having friendly volunteers watch our stuff until we return in time for the concert.
SYMPHONY CONCERT PROGRAM: ASO Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan will lead the orchestra and five world-class vocal soloists in Opera's Greatest Hits, a concert of grand opera favorites that will include selections from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Puccini's La Boheme, Verdi's Rigoletto, Bizet's Carmen - also from immortal works by Mozart, Offenbach and Smetana. As the "traditional grand finale" of these outdoor summer concerts, our entire audience of perhaps 1000 will get to let our hair down by dancing, singing, and even waving sparklers to Sousa's rousing Stars & Stripes Forever! Click here for the Atlanta Symphony's webpage about this concert (and a similar free concert on June 12th, which we may also decide to offer in conjunction with an AOC early-evening Beltline hike): https://www.atlantasymphony.org/piedmont-park.html
MORE about PIEDMONT PARK: More than 125 years old now, it became world famous in 1895 as the site of Atlanta's "Cotton States & International Exposition." Volunteers from the Piedmont Park Conservancy deserve much credit for the Park's dramatic improvements and excellent maintenance in recent years. The thriving Atlanta Botanical Garden in the NW corner of the Park has also benefited the Park's popularity and reputation. Check out http://piedmontpark.org/ for more information. For an excellent interactive Color Map of the 200+ acre park click this link: https://www.piedmontpark.org/maps/
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS to our GATHERING SPOT at CORNER of ELMWOOD DRIVE & MONROE DR, assuming you're PROCEEDING SOUTHWARD via I-75 or I-85 toward DOWNTOWN ATLANTA: (For a zoomable map of this residential corner and its vicinity click on the Blue & Green "LOCATION" icon near the top of this article.)
LAT/LON COORDINATES of our shady "MEETUP CORNER" GPS or Google Maps users can input this as your "Destination Address" to augment the above directions, being sure to include the Comma and Minus sign: 33.7847, -84.3679
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Free event, with free entrance into the Park, free Concert Viewing, and free (suggested) parallel Parking along Elmwood Drive.
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.