The Go for the Gold family event will offer a guided tour of the interactive exhibits chronicling the 3,000-year history of the worldwide competitions with special emphasis on the 1996 Centennial Games hosted by Atlanta. In addition to the lively tours, visitors will meet two local silver medalists and view live demonstrations of Olympic competitions — fencing, running and judo.
Two outstanding local medalists will relate their first-hand Olympic experiences: sprinter Kimberly Batten, who won silver in the 400-meter dash in 1996, and fencer Sada Jacobson Baby, who won silver in 2008 and bronze in 2004.
Visitors of all ages are invited to focus on the historic competitions and reprise Atlanta’s participation at this special opening hosted by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners with the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
The program is free to center members with nonmember tickets starting at $16.50 for adults, $13 for students and $11 for seniors and youths 4 to 12. Children under 3 are admitted free.
The Olympic exhibition is located in the Fentener van Vlissingen Family Wing of the museum and guides visitors through the history of the Olympic movement and its legacy, from its inception in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games, to the 17 days of Atlanta’s Centennial Games in 1996.
Founded in 1926, the center is an all-inclusive, 33-acre destination and is one of the Southeast’s largest history museums. The main campus has two historic houses, the Olympic Museum, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space, a café, a museum shop and historic gardens. In addition to the main Buckhead facilities, the center operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown with a 2-acre campus encompassing Mitchell’s apartment where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Gone with the Wind” novel, a movie exhibition and a museum shop.
Tickets and information: (404) 814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com.
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Food and wine will take the spotlight for the annual Give Me Five benefit for the Share Our Strength nonprofit Aug. 19 at Cherokee Town Club in Buckhead.
For six years compassionate Atlantans have gathered for an elegant evening of exquisite food and fine wines to raise funds for the fight against childhood hunger.
This year’s event will feature a five-course dinner delicately prepared by acclaimed local chefs paired with fine wines selected by notable sommeliers.
The six chefs are: Michael Diehl of East Lake Golf Club, Anthony Gray of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Pano Karatassos of Kyma, Eric Karell of St. Ives Country Club, Kevin Gillespie of Woodfire Grill and Heather Hurlbert of HH Desserts.
A thorough and enlightening explanation of each wine-and-food pairing will be orchestrated by five of Atlanta’s finest sommeliers led by chair Silvio Garcia of Cherokee Town & Country Club, with Andres Loaiza of Aria, Niko Karatassos of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, Matt Bradford of Canoe and Dorine Buche of BLT Steak.
Beginning with a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy the seated dinner plus live entertainment along with live and silent auctions featuring unique items from each of the participating chefs.
Share Our Strength is one of the most effective nonprofits in the nation. Since its inception in 1984, volunteers have raised more than $315 million and supported more than 1,000 groups around the world to end childhood hunger.
Through its No Kid Hungry campaign, the program ensures Georgia children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs. The program also invests in community organizations to teach families how to cook healthy, affordable meals as it builds public-private partnerships to end hunger at the state and city levels.
Information: (404) 627-4630. or visit www.givemefivedinner.org.