Thursday, June 30, 2011

Date With Your Dog On July 4th

Reposted from Lilburn Patch. com.

I received an e-mail invitation a few weeks ago from a stranger that caught my attention. I am freaky about deleting items I consider SPAM, but this seemed different at first glance, so I opened it.

The email said:

“I edit a blog called COFFEE WITH A CANINE. Clicking around, I learned that you have a dog or two. [Truth is, I have five! Excuse me for cutting in, but I want to get the record straight.] I wonder if you'd be game for a Q & A at my blog. It's pretty simple: you take your dogs for a ‘coffee date’ (at a park, cafe, your backyard, wherever), answer some emailed questions, and share a few photos. Any interest?”

How could a dog lover refuse? How could a java addict say no?

I immediately Googled his blog and loved what he is doing! I wrote back. “I’m in!”

The weather, and work at the shop, have slowed me down. My date is next week. The location is my yard. I can't take my dogs anywhere! This could be mass confusion with a capital C.  Instead of a cup of coffee with one charming canine, I will be juggling a pack and trying not to tip my cup! Note to myself: don’t wear white — coffee stains.

The fellow behind the blog is Marshal Zernigue. I wrote and asked how he came up with this great idea. His blog is amazingly fun.

“I started ‘Coffee with a Canine’ when I noticed two things. One, a couple of my friends had just adopted dogs and I realized that I had more friends who had dogs than didn't. Two, I noticed that so many writers with websites that I visited went out of their way to mention their dogs.  That's the 'canine' part. The 'coffee' part is a bit more random...”

He has a point! Dog lovers love to talk about their dogs. If you visit my “widow” blog, the blog that was started to promote my book, what catches your eye are my dog photos. Then there is my dog blog about living with dogs. If you talk to me you notice I sneak in stories of my dogs whenever I can!

Bingo. He has me pegged!

In anticipation of my own dog date next week, I've decided to make July 4th a day for you to date your dog!

The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques, in the heart of Old Town, at 94 Main Street NW, will open from noon to 5 with a special dog event. All dogs who bring their owners to my shop on July 4, will have their photos taken. Tell me a little about your pet and I will post the photos on my own dog blog 'Writer With Dogs' and perhaps here on 'Patch'. These will be digital photos and I will be happy to e-mail to each owner as a holiday treat.

Free dog biscuits for dogs, free bottled water for humans, and I hope I get some free dog kisses. For every dog that shows up sporting a bandana or other dress item, they will receive a $5 shop gift certificate. The first dog on the scene receives a yellow size large dog sweater that says "Bite Me"!

July 4th I’m going to the dogs. Care to join me? It is the perfect day to have a date with your dog!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Christmas In July - Ornament Classes Every Saturday


Christmas in July! Ornament artist and crafter HAND MADE BY DAWN  will be doing either ornament technique demos or teaching a project all five Saturdays in July. Dawn sells her ornaments and demonstrates her techniques at festivals all over the metro Atlanta area. Come to the shop and see her Christmas tree full of crafted ornaments for sale.

July 2 - Demonstration of hand cutting paper ornaments (a.k.a. Scherenschnitt). Ongoing from 11:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. except for a lunch break at 12:30.
July 9 - Learn how to make a Norwegian Paper Star. Materials will be provided. Classes begin every 30-minutes starting at 11:00 a.m. with a break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. The last class will start at 4:00 p.m. Participation is first come, first serve.
July 16 - Demonstration of the technique used to create Temari - Japanese Thread Balls. Ongoing from 11:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. except for a lunch break at 12:30.
July 23 - Introduction to crocheting. Learn the basic chain and a single crochet stitch. If you are a fast learner, you can try half-double or double crochet. Yarn and crochet hooks will be available for use during the class which will last up to an hour. It is recommended that you reserve a spot for this one by calling the shop at 404-326-7306. Classes begin at 11:00a.m., 1:00p.m., 2:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. Otherwise, participation will be first come, first serve.
July 30 - Learn how to make Tin Can Paper. This is a fun and easy twist on making sheets of handmade paper, or you can choose to make a tin can paper ornament. Wear something you don't mind getting messy, just in case. Classes begin every 30-minutes starting at 11:00a.m. with a break for lunch at 12:30p.m. The last class will start at 4:00p.m. Again, first come, first serve but you can reserve a spot in advance by calling the shop.

From Patch

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Taste Of Mystery Book Signing By The LitChix

Posted on Patch June 22, 2011

Saturday, June 25,  meet Joann and the LitChix for a book signing on their charming murder mysteries with the newly released cook book inspired by characters in the books!

If you love down-home, good southern humor, with a dash of mystery, you'll love these books. Come meet the LitChix. Patricia Browning, Joann Dunn, and Karen McColgan who write witty murder mysteries under the name Georgia Adams. A dash of murder with light killer refreshments! Visit their web.
The LitChix will be introducing their new cookbook, Darn Good Food That Doesn't Take Long To Fix, based on the food and characters in their two Atlanta based mysteries! 
A Well-Manicured Murder: When Atlanta wheeler-dealer Sonny Simmons is found at the bottom of his unfinished pool - shot, bludgeoned, strangled and covered in barbeque sauce - his socialite wife Andrea is the prime suspect. Fortunately, her book club friends, who call themselves the LitChix, are on the case, sleuthing their way through Atlanta to solve the crime.   
In Killer Condo, codes, condos and clues abound when the LitChix pursue the Rabbit through Atlanta. With humor and ingenuity, these amateur sleuths and book club pals explore life, love and larceny in the second LitChix murder mystery.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goddesses, Fairies and Angels, Polymer Clay Work By Artist Roxanna Guilford Blake

Posted on Patch June 21, 2011


Polymer Clay artist Roxanna Guilford-Blake shares her polymer clay art canvases and jewelry on Friday night from 6 to 9 PM. Meet the artist and listen to her talk about this art form. Exhibit and sale. Light refreshments.
Roxanna's exhibit will be in the little grey house number 96 Main Street NW, part of The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques.
Don't miss this charming artist and her delightful work on Goddesses, Fairies and Angels. Pieces are for sale.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Open Mic Poetry Event with Jill Jennings

Posted on Patch June 16, 2011

If you love poetry - come join the fun. Free event. Open mic for other poets to share their work.
Listen to Jill read from her poetry books. Jill teaches poetry writing workshops for all ages both in the public schools and for adults through writers' groups such the Georgia Poetry Society, where she serves as Vice President.
Joining Jill will be poet Joann Dunn. She will have her humorous book on marriage poems for sale. The small fee for this book will be donated to the Ahisma House, a shelter for women that allows them to bring their pets. It is the only shelter of its kind that is state-wide in Georgia.
Then come back next Saturday, June 25, and meet Joann and the LitChix for a book signing on their charming murder mysteries with the newly released cook book inspired by characters in the books!
Don't miss a chance to buy one of the fantastic and reasonably priced photos by Lilburn photographer Richard Ferris. Exhibit on display through the end of June!
Shop hours Thurs and Sat 11am to 5pm. Fri 11am to 9pm. Most Friday nights live music and events open to the public.
Event 1 to 4 PM.

Monday, June 13, 2011

48-Hour Film Project Hits Main Street

Local Voices Spotlight: Movie Making On Main Street
This past Saturday, from 8 a.m., to almost 8 p.m, Main Street was buzzing with filmmakers from the Atlanta 48-Hour Film Project. 

Filmmakers Jayson Palmer and Chris Ethridge brought a crew of 20 (give or take) actors, screenwriters, and cameramen, to work on their entry in this annual contest. Main Street and its shops will be the backdrop for the short movie they completed for this amazing event. Antiques In Old Town  is featured in one of the major scenes.

Jayson and Chris will be screening the film at the Old Town Lilburn Center For The Arts, an extension of , on Main Street later this summer.

Thanks to Lilburn's own Richard Ferris for getting up at early and arriving on the scene at 8 AM to photograph the excitement on Main Street to share with Patch readers.

You can view more of Richard's photographs at The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques, 96 Main Street, as his exhibit and sale continues through the end of June.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Live Music SOUTHERN SILK DUO: Smoothness from the South

Posted on Patch June 6, 2011

Live music by Southern Silk Duo. This twosome, with guitar and vocals, make outstanding music! I heard them at a few weeks ago and loved their style. Flavors of jazz, contemporary, r&b, soul, old school, country, Motown and anything in between. Visit their website. Listen to them at our Event Center at 96 Main Street NW, right next to the shop. 6 to 9 PM.  No charge, but there will be a tip jar! If you like their music let them know! 
Snacks and drinks for sale at the shop for $1 to $2.
Richard Ferris photography exhibit continues through the month of June. Lovely photos for incredible prices.
 We will be open Friday nights with events through the dates of the Farmer's Market so keep us on your calendar!
Normal shop hours: Thursday and Saturday 11am to 5 pm, Friday noon until 9 PM.
Check out the Lilburn Farmer's Market across from City Hall on Main Street and come listen to music with us. Make it a fun family night.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Photography Reception, Exhibit Richard Ferris

Posted on Patch June 2, 2011

Richard Ferris is well known to the Lilburn  community. He is the photographer for the Lilburn Business Association. He loves to photograph the city of Lilburn and posts his photos on his web for others to see what is happening in Lilburn. Photography has been his passion since 1958.
His photos of flowers, Florida and the countryside will be on exhibit for the month of June at the shop's event center in the little grey house at 96 Main Street NW. 
In addition to the stunning framed photographs, there are loose photos and a selection of photograph cards/envelopes for sale.
Reception with light refreshments on Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sparkling Water Tasting, Live Music, Photography Opening


Sparkling water tasting, live music and a sneak peek at Richard Ferris' photography exhibit, that has its official reception on June 4th.
Visit The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques on your way to the Lilburn Farmer's Market.
Live Music by Lilburn's own Bruce Hedrick.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Playwriting Class Month Of June, Age 16 up, Sign Up Now

Posted by Barbara Barth