Easter. A mad scramble for eggs to claim the treats within and bragging rights of an overflowing basket, chocolate bunnies, new pastel dress confections and bow ties worn to Easter Sunday service, where you’re guaranteed to hear the resounding hymn, “Up from the grave He arose.” Afterwards, lunch generally involves ham. Of course, there are many variations of the Easter experience, but the day serves as a harbinger of true spring and summer not too far off.
Speaking of…and apologies for this none too smooth segue, but Sandy and Danny, those star-crossed teenage lovebirds, are set to croon “Summer Nights” and many more classic “Grease” anthems with the T-Birds and Pink Ladies in attendance this weekend and next at Heritage High School. If you’ve never had the pleasure of attending one of the local high schools’ theatre productions, you’re missing out. The production value and talent assembled will blow you away. These kids are not playing, well technically, they are playing roles, but you get my drift…it’s not your mama’s high school affair. Quality theatre a short drive away, the price is beyond right and you’re supporting students in the community. Win, win, win.
Music festivals are another warm weather bonus, especially before the weather turns too sultry. Throw in a quality, locally crafted beer, comedy tent and the cityscape surrounding Centennial Olympic Park, and you have the increasingly popular Sweetwater 420 Fest - a three day bonanza of brews, tunes and merriment.
To really get the weekend off to a solid start, though, there’s nothing like a Saturday morning sweat. Even better, if you can test your pace in a race. This weekend there’s the Cheerio’s Challenge – 10K, 5K and 1 mile - in downtown Covington, always a well-attended scene. A unique climb is happening at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower Saturday morning at 8 a.m. The American Lung Association hosts the “Fight for Air Climb,” a vertical pilgrimage up 51 floors and 1,200 steps, but you may descend on the elevator.
If you can’t make that climb, try the ultimate Atlanta ascent, Stone Mountain, make it early on Sunday and attend the annual non-denominational Easter Sunday Sunrise service at 7 a.m. The Skyride will also be running for non-mountain goats. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, enjoy!