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Atlanta — By Linda Erbele on March 2, 2010 at 12:52 am
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Spring’s coming to Atlanta

In spite of today’s snow, March is usually the turning point here in Atlanta. The crocuses and jonquils are pushing  little determined blooms through and outdoor events are beginning.

Not only will our snow be gone in a few days, but Snow Mountain at the Stone Mountain Park is ending this Sunday.  (See my post about it here.)

Meanwhile, Atlantic Station opens its outdoor markets this weekend, featuring food,  and a selection of handcrafted and unique items.

Orchid Daze: Towers of Flowers is at the Atlanta Botanical Garden through April 11. This coming weekend is Market Weekend — a good opportunity to get one of these elegant beauties for your home. Did you know that the orchid bloom last six weeks or more?

The American Craft Council Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre is March 11-14. Over two hundred jury-selected artists will display their work. New this year is Altcraft — indie craft artists. You will see furniture, jewelry, fiber, metal, toys, paper, mixed media. This is definitely the place to pick up those one-of-a-kind items that will leave your friends in envious awe.

Make plans now to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 13. It starts at noon at Peachtree and Ralph Mcgill, winding up at Underground Atlanta. Underground’s historic streets and shops, restaurants and clubs are a great way to continue the celebration.

Finally, if spring means outdoors and away from the city for you, join the Appalachian Trail Celebration and Backpacking Clinic at Amicalola State Park this weekend. Programs include authors Gene Espy, David Miller, J. R. Tate and Bill Walker, the Appalachian Trail Club, the Benton McKaye Trail Association and others. Sunday’s Backpacking Clinic will include vendors with displays of the latest equipment and discussions of common mistakes made by beginning hikers.

(Photo: personal collection.)

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