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2nd Annual Holiday Season Piedmont Park Hike & optional Atlanta Symphony Christmas Concert
|Event Type:||Urban Hike|
|Event Location:||Gather for free street-side parking at corner adjoining 96 The Prado, in midtown Atlanta.|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Dec 8 2019 12:30 pm >> Sun, Dec 8 2019 2:15 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Nov 19 2019 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Dec 8 2019 8:00 am|
|Event Duration:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D1: Easy|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
Richard A. Zalik
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
WEATHER UPDATE as of Fri Dec 6th: Sunday's Forecast is looking good! We're STILL definitely "ON" both for the Hike and the optional Concert. We can expect comfortable hiking temperatures in the low 50s, with partly sunny skies and only about a 10% chance of any rain. If you're worried about the possibility of rain just carry a lightweight umbrella, etc. and you'll be fine. If you've bought your concert tickets (as directed below) but prefer NOT joining us at 12:30 PM for the Piedmont Park hike you're welcome to hook up with us at ~2:00 by our parked cars on the pedestrian corner adjoining "96 The Prado" and walk with us the remaining ~5 blocks to Symphony Hall (and/or greet us inside the Arts Center as discussed below). - Charlie
IN a NUTSHELL: This "double header" got great reviews last December so by popular demand we're offering it again - and thanks to my good friend and Atlanta Symphony fan Richard for co-leading with me this time! Hope you can join us for a scenic Piedmont Park hike, then we'll walk together from the park to the heartwarming annual Atlanta Symphony Christmas Concert (performed by the Orchestra, Choruses & Soloists as shown in the above photo. (The same "casual or dressy casual" that you wear for the hike is fine if you stay for the concert - see ticket ordering details below.). We'll gather for the Hike at 12:30 PM in a beautiful Atlanta midtown neighborhood just 3 blocks west of Piedmont Park and also just an easy ~10-minute walk from the cars to Symphony Hall. There's abundant free streetside parking here on both sides of "The Prado" (a historic wide residential street - See Directions & GPS Info below.) From here we can conveniently hike directly into the Park via the main entrance of the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Piedmont Ave.
IMPORTANT DETAILS for ORDERING your own CONCERT TICKET(s): Act fast, because the concert is likely to be a sellout! Call the Atlanta Symphony Group Sales Office at 404-733-4806 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, M - F, and if you don't reach a real person please try again at various times of day). Mention that you're part of ASO Chorus member Charlie Cottingham's group for the 3:00 PM Sun Dec 9th "Christmas with the ASO" matinee concert (as arranged through Robin Smith in Group Sales). Tell them that you'd like to purchase your own discounted ticket(s).
Please state in your AOC Event Registration Notes if you plan to order a Ticket (and walk with us to the Concert just after our Piedmont Park hike). Thanks! -Charlie
ATLANTA SYMPHONY CONCERT PROGRAM (3:00 - ~4:45 PM): ASO Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie will conduct our Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and about 200 choristers and soloists in this ~90-minute concert of Christmas favorites both sacred and secular, including popular chorales from Handel's Messiah, amazing instrumental and vocal solos, and several rousing audience sing-alongs. We're proud to have on stage with the Orchestra our own multiple-Grammy-winning ASO Chorus, the fine Gwinnett Young Singers youth choir, and the renowned Tenor Soloist, Timothy Miller, who is a professor of Music at Atlanta's Morehouse College. Click here for the ASO's official concert webpage: https://www.atlantasymphony.org/ConcertsAndTickets/Calendar/2019-2020/Holiday-Christmas-with-the-ASO
HIKING DETAILS: During our ~90-minute leisurely paced Piedmont Park hike we'll enjoy exploring a bit of its "wilder side" via scenic trails and boardwalks through its lesser-known wooded areas. These will include the "Six Springs Wetlands" and some of the lovely pathways that pass through the Atlanta Botanical Garden. By about 2:00 PM we expect to arrive back at our cars. We concertgoers will then continue our hike to Symphony Hall. (Hikers who can't attend the concert are welcome to join us for this leg, then walk the few blocks back to your cars.) En route to the Hall we may walk through a portion of Winn Park which adjoins our parking & gathering spot on "The Prado."
PIEDMONT PARK: Now more than 125 years old, it became world famous in 1895 as the site of Atlanta's "Cotton States & International Exposition." Volunteers who work with the Piedmont Park Conservancy deserve much of the credit for the Park's expansion projects since 2009 and esp. for helping to maintain its fine network of hiking paths and trails. The Atlanta Botanical Garden was opened to the public in the NW corner of the Park in the late 1970s. Continuing to expand and thrive in recent years the Garden has greatly benefited the Park's popularity and reputation. Its "Chihuly in the Garden" outdoor glass art displays, giant topiary sculptures and big-name "concerts in the park" are especially popular.
p.s. Thanks to my friend, AOC past president Clay White for suggesting last year that we begin offering this special wintertime combo! - Charlie
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS to our free PARKING & GATHERING SPOT on pedestrian corner adjoining "96 THE PRADO": (For a zoomable map or satellite of this spot and its vicinity click the square Blue & Green "EVENT LOCATION" icon near the top of this article.)
GPS and Maps.Google.com users: You can enter as your destination the following street address that adjoins our gathering spot: 96 The Prado, Atlanta, GA 30309
Driving Directions from Symphony Hall + Parking Advice:
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.
Free entrance into Piedmont Park and free streetside parking near corner of nearby Westminster Dr and The Prado. Optional Atlanta Symphony Christmas concert tickets are only $22 or $18 each if ordered individually by phone through the ASO Group Sales office as discussed above (and also available in other sections of the hall until sold out, using our "Choral" group discount).
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.