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Piedmont Park Early Evening Hike + Optional free outdoor Atlanta Symphony Concert

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Gather at corner of Monroe Drive & Elmwood Drive in Midtown Atlanta.   Hike: Piedmont Park Early Evening Hike + Optional free outdoor Atlanta Symphony Concert  National Weather Service Forecast
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
Distance:2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Charlie Cottingham
Joyce T.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
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):

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 for more information.  For an excellent interactive Color Map of the 200+ acre park click this link:

Required Items to Bring:

- Wear lightweight comfortable Clothing and Walking Shoes (+ carry a little emergency lightweight raingear in case there's a shower).
- Hydrate prior to the event and bring a little Water for the hike.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

For the Concert (if you can plan to stay):

- Towel or low-profile lightweight Folding Chair to sit on (and/or large clean plastic bag, twin sheet, etc.) carried in a light Daypack + a few ounces of emergency Rain Protection gear -  e.g., disposable Poncho, compact Umbrella, various size Plastic Bags, etc.
- Snacks & Beverages (No glass containers of any kind are allowed.  Although Alcohol is officially prohibited in the Park polite and discreet consumption of wine, beer, etc. is normally tolerated (from plastic, metal or paper containers at these ASO concerts.)
- Camera (or Smartphone, etc.) for taking photos
- Small Flashlight or Headlamp if you like (for just after the concert) - but if you don't bring one there's 
plenty of light from streetlights (and lights shared by others).

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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.)
1. As you near the I-75/ I-85 interchange (which is ~2 miles north of downtown Atlanta) get into the second lane from the right side.
2. Avoid exiting onto the other Interstate, but as you pass the interchange bear right toward I-75 Exit #84 and exit there (for "17th St, 14th St and 10th St").
3.  Then bear leftward along the access road (a.k.a."Techwood Drive") for about 0.3 mile to the traffic light at 10th Street (bypassing 17th St and 14th St en route).
4. Turn Left onto 10th Street and go 1.3 miles eastward to the traffic light at Monroe Drive (crossing Peachtree St, Piedmont Rd, etc. en route).
5. Turn Left onto Monroe Drive and go just 0.2 mile northward to Elmwood Drive, (The "Elmwood" street sign may be slightly blocked by trees, but note there's a traffic light 1 block ahead at "Park Drive" - the east-side entrance street into the Park.)
6. Turn LEFT onto Elmwood Drive (westward off Monroe) where in the past we've found plenty of parallel parking spaces along the street in this nice residential neighborhood. If you park on Elmwood walk back to the SW corner of Elmwood and Monroe where we'll meet between 5:45 and 6:00 on the shady sidewalk for the hike.

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
The street address of the home nearest to this corner is 1096 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30306.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

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.


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