Category Archives: Things to do in Atlanta

Pictures of the Chastain Park Playground

Yesterday we took the kids to check out the newly renovated Chastain Park Playground. You can read all about it at Here are a few of the pictures I got of the new playground, it’s truly one of a kind. More pictures are on my website

Chastain Park Playground (1 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (2 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (4 of 12)

Chastain Park Playground (8 of 12)


Carson Matthews


July Update on Raised Summer Garden

Here are some pictures to give you an update on how the summer raised garden is coming along.  We have 30-40 tomatoes growing, one bell pepper which appears to be turning red, and some baby squash (I picked the first one too early and it was not ready).  We had lots of blueberries but those were eaten soon after harvest.  We can’t wait for those to mature so we can have gallons of blueberries in the summer!  Until then we have veggies…

Bell Pepper turning red
Bell Pepper
July Matthews Garden Update (6 of 8)
July Matthews Garden Update (3 of 8)
Yellow Squash
July Matthews Garden Update (8 of 8)
Top of the Tomato Cage
July Matthews Garden Update (5 of 8)
More Tomatoes Coming

1st Annual Georgia Craft Beer Fest

georgia-craft-brew-fest-logoOn Saturday March 22, 2014 Red Brick Brewing Company will host the 1st Annual Georgia Craft Beer Fest benefiting the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.  Over 25 Georgia breweries have been confirmed for the event including many of my favorites like Monday Night Brewing, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Jailhouse Brewing Company, Jekyll Brewing, & Terrapin Beer Company.

Date: Saturday March 22
Time: 1-6pm
Location: 2323 Defoor Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
Ticket Price: $40 or $75 for VIP
Buy Tickets:


Additional details are available at


Carson Matthews


Signs of the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta

Driving around Buckhead today I saw only a few signs referencing the SEC Championship game going down tomorrow at the Georgia Dome between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.

The first was at the Pool Hall on Irby Avenue:


This sign is at the Buckhead Saloon on Roswell Rd:

Buckhead Saloon

The best sign of the day was on the marquee at the Fox Theater; this image is from their Facebook page:


Cody the Goldendoodle says “Go Dawgs” and so do I!!!

UGA Goldendoodle

A Chance to Drive at the NASCAR Speedtech Driving School

This past weekend I went to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton Georgia for an opportunity to drive a Sprint Cup Car as part of the NASCAR Speedtech Driving School.  This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and something I was quite nervous about doing.  I was more nervous in the weeks leading up to it, and as the days got closer that nervous energy became pure excitement.  When you arrive they give you the option of having it video’d which I did, and you can see that video below on YouTube.

Now I don’t drive a car with a manual shift, and haven’t in a really long time but I was determined to make it work.  Right off the bat I went from 1st gear to 4th and had to regroup quickly, and as you can tell probably scared the crap out of my instructor before we even got off pit lane.  Once we made it through the gears and got on the track it smoothed out significantly, but the ride was crazy from start to finish.

The instructors lay out bars of tape around the track and you are supposed to keep within the lines as you circle the track, keeping you on point as you come in and out of the turns.  You can see throughout my video he is pulling me closer and closer to the outside wall on the backstretch, and obviously I was not on board with that call.  Almost every lap he grabs the steering wheel and pulls me closer to the wall, and is constantly telling me to go faster.  Looking back I have no clue how fast we were going.  The cars don’t have speedometers, all I know is we were going really fast in a rumbling beast of horsepower and I was holding on for my life.

Here is the YouTube video and below are some pictures from the day at Atlanta Motor Speedway:


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The Budweiser Truck is Back in Chastain Park

Chastain Park Amphitheater

This morning on my way back home from dropping off Ben at school I passed the huge Budweiser truck leaving Chastain Park, and we know what that means…  The Chastain Park Amphitheater is firing back up tomorrow!!  The first show of the 2012 season will be the Beach Boys on Friday May 27th at 8pm.  You can purchase tickets here:

You can view the entire 2012 concert schedule and learn all about the Chastain Park Amphitheater at  Here are two links:

2012 Concert Schedule

All about Chastain Park Amphitheater

Bike Ride on the Chattahoochee River

Yesterday I dusted off my mountain bike and went for a ride on the paths along the Chattahoochee River.  I wasn’t really looking for some wild outdoor adventure, more of a way to cover some ground and find something cool to take pictures of.

I went to the Paces Mill entrance just off of Cobb Parkway.  There were tons of people there fishing, walking, biking and just hanging around.  The path is paved and becomes hilly like all things in Atlanta.  There are places you can jump off the path and escape into the woods, but I think they are better suited for walking/running than bike riding.  I’ll have to investigate more and see what I find.  Here is a map of the 48 mile stretch along the river.

It’s pretty cool to have that resource so close to home.  Here are some of the pictures I got. They can also be seen on

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