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Highball Celebrates the Best of Brunch Cocktails

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Atlanta’s leading mixologists will face off at the High Museum of Art’s 3rd annual Highball, an exclusive craft cocktail competition fundraiser featuring libations, light bites and lively music on Aug. 11, 2019, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at The Fairmont. This year’s event has a Sunday Funday theme, with each bartender creating his or her best brunch-inspired drink. Early bird tickets will be available on June 3, and general admission tickets go on sale June 18. Visit www.high.org/highball for more information and to purchase tickets while supplies last. 
 
“Highball has given our patrons a unique and festive opportunity to raise a glass in celebration and support of the arts,” said Allison Chance, the High’s director of development. “We are very excited to see what the competitors mix up for this year’s theme and to toast the laid-back and sundrenched brunch atmosphere.” 
 
The 2019 Highball will feature 15 of Atlanta’s top bartenders, who were hand selected by the event’s host committee: 

·         Fernando Alonso (Casi Cielo)

·         James Cramer (Biltong Bar

·         Tiana Dillard (King + Duke

·         Greg Emilio (Bellina Alimentari)

·         Baylee Hopings (Empire State South

·         Erika Moore (Parlor

·         Colten Murray (9 Mile Station

·         Mitchell Oliver (King of Pops

·         Don Pirone (Brezza Cucina)

·         Gabriella Ramel (Iberian Pig Buckhead

·         Mathew Riggins (Negril Village Atlanta

·         Tokiwa Sears (Bar Margot

·         Jessica Smith (Urban Tree Cidery

·         Nik Soukavong (Little Trouble

·         Zee Zammit (The Consulate Atlanta

 
Each bartender will unveil his or her original cocktail recipe at the event to compete for Highball’s top honors. Guests are invited to sip each cocktail and vote for their favorites. Local judges, The Atlantan Editor Lauren Finney and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Food and Dining Editor Ligaya Figueras, also will score each cocktail based on five categories: appearance, taste, complexity, balance and originality. Guest and critic votes will be combined to select first, second and third place winners: Luxury Mixologist, Top Shelf Mixologist and Classic Mixologist. In addition to bragging rights, each winning bartender will receive a cash prize. This year 
 
Throughout the afternoon, guests will enjoy music by DJ Teknology and breakfast-inspired bites by Dennis Dean catering. 
 
Doors will open at noon for VIP benefactor access, with general admission beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cocktail enthusiasts age 21 and older are encouraged to attend; all proceeds will benefit the High Museum of Art. Early bird tickets are $65 for High Museum of Art members and $85 for not-yet-members. Beginning on June 18, regularly priced single tickets will be available at $75 for Museum members and $95 for not-yet-members. Benefactor packages with exclusive benefits begin at $500. Tickets may be purchased online at www.high.org/highball. Guests are encouraged to break out their favorite brunch casual attire for the occasion. 
 
Event listing: 
 
Highball 
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 
12:30 to 4 p.m. 
VIP Benefactor access begins at noon, followed by general admission at 12:30 p.m. 
The Fairmont 
1429 Fairmont Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 
 
Atlanta’s best bartenders compete in a head-to-head craft cocktail competition at this Sunday Funday-themed fundraiser benefiting the High Museum of Art. Guests will raise a glass for a top-shelf cause and vote for their favorite libation as they enjoy music and light bites. Single tickets are $75 for Museum members and $95 for not-yet-members. Benefactor packages begin at $500. More information and tickets available at www.high.org/highball
 
Highball Support 
Media Partner – The Atlantan 
Esprit de Pour – Atlanta Beverage Company 
 
 
About High Museum of Art 
Located in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia, the High Museum of Art connects with audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collection, dynamic schedule of special exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs. Housed within facilities designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High features a collection of more than 17,000 works of art, including an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American fine and decorative arts; major holdings of photography and folk and self-taught work, especially that of artists from the American South; burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, new media and design; a growing collection of African art, with work dating from pre-history through the present; and significant holdings of European paintings and works on paper. The High is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of its communities and offering a variety of exhibitions and educational programs that engage visitors with the world of art, the lives of artists and the creative process. For more information about the High, visit www.high.org

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Atlanta British Motorcar Day

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If you have a prized British automobile, this is your chance to show off and socialize with other British car enthusiasts! If you just love beautiful cars, this is a great opportunity to get an eyeful of some of the best autos in the metro area and beyond! All makes, models, and years of British cars are invited to attend. There is a registration fee, and all proceeds go to local charities. The car show and festival are FREE for spectators.

For information contact Kaj Johnson with the Atlanta British Motorcar Club via email an runrabbitgraphics@yahoo.com or by telephone: 678-634-7294.

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Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for Assistance League of Atlanta

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Every day, our first responders are working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of people in our communities.  Assistance League of Atlanta is thanking those who give so much to us by giving police officers, firefighters and wounded warriors a day on the links during their second annual DRIVING “FORE”WARD Golf Tournament on Monday, May 6th.

Foursomes of first responders from Chamblee, Dunwoody, Gwinnett County, Peachtree Corners and John’s Creek will be among the field of players participating in the fund raising event for Assistance League of Atlanta, to be held at Bear’s Best in Suwanee which features a premier golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Donations and sponsorships from supporters and donors covered the cost for nearly 40 individuals to play golf as a way to thank them for their service.

The festivities will start at 8:00 a.m. to allow time for hitting range balls and warming up. Official shotgun start time will be 9:30 a.m. There will be a breakfast snack and a full BBQ lunch served, along with raffle prizes, fifty-fifty drawing and a silent auction after the tournament. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and long putt contest.

About Assistance League of Atlanta. Assistance League Atlanta is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization committed to helping children and adults in need to rebuild their lives and become more self-sufficient. We assist a network of 250 community partners to provide new clothing, household goods, hygiene kits, comfort items and education aid to those affected by homelessness, abuse, and poverty. Funding for our programs comes from proceeds from its Attic Treasures Thrift Shop (located at 3534 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA  30341) as well as donations and grants..  Donations are tax deductible.  For more information, visit our website, AssistanceLeagueATL.org

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Save the Date: MomoCon 2019 Is Just Around the Corner

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From May 23rd – 26th, the Georgia World Congress Center will bring some of the biggest names in the gaming, anime, and geek industries right to Downtown Atlanta.

The 15th edition of MomoCon is nearly here. On Memorial Day weekend, it is expected to bring up to 110,000 people to Atlanta to indulge in their favorite guilty and not-so-guilty passions: anime, manga, tabletop games, LARP, competitive gaming, and even some cosplaying and martial arts exhibits for the more adventurous among us.

Check out the podcast below with MomoCon Director of Media Relations Renee Cooper.

This event has quickly grown to be one of the largest yearly geek events in the state, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. For 2019, they will provide participants with 150,000 square feet worth of vending space, exhibits, arcade lounges, and even short weekend role-playing campaigns. With over 400 hours of events happening simultaneously, MomoCon promises to be a 24-hour, non-stop, and activity-packed event.

Naturally, registration is open already – and badges and passes are selling fast. Single day registration starts at $30, while 4-day passes start at $77. Some of the side concerts and tournaments are also available separately, so if you just want to support your mates’ Final Fantasy team or enjoy some Broadway-worthy vocals, you can do just that and reserve the real fun for next year.

Event Highlights

These are just some of the main events that promise to be the talk of the convention. After all, we are talking about 4 days, 8 simultaneous panels, 5 screening lounges, and two massive ballrooms.

  • The Career Fair, held on May 23rd at the nearby OmniHotel’s International Ballroom, will be the place to be for any aspiring game designers, artists, developers, and film industry workers. Admission to this site event is free, so take the opportunity to meet, greet, impress, or get your portfolio reviewed by big names. Last year, their Career Fair was visited by hiring higher-ups from Blue Mammoth, Creative Circus, Indigo Studios, Secret Sauce Studios, Crafty Apes, ASIFA, and the Georgia Film Academy. This year’s edition will be held in a larger ballroom to accommodate even more career-starting elevator pitches.
  • The Zeldathon: A series uninterrupted panels, challenges, and contests, all themed around the Legend of Zelda, featuring all the games from the 90s classic “The Adventure of Link” to last years’ Game of the Year winner Breath of the Wild. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Autograph signing events will include comic book writer Adam Bryce Thomas, voice artists Charles Martinet and Monica Rial, and Cyanide & Happiness’ head producer Adam Nussrallah, among many others.
  • For Magic: the Gathering junkies, the Weekend Magic League events will feature Standard, Modern, and League format events. You can bring your own deck or experiment with a pre-constructed one.
  • If 20-sided fun (and despair) is more to your liking, the Adventurer’s League will also run beginner, intermediate, and advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.
  • The list of live performers who will be around at MomoCon continues to grow. However, a series of YouTube personalities, crafters, and DJs have already confirmed their presence. Check out the full schedule here.
  • For those who need a breath of peace in between events or require low-stimulation environments to keep the fun going, the AFK room will be available to provide you with peace, quiet, and clinicians ready to put the world back in order.

On Saturday night, the adventure will get real at the Cyberpunk rave, which will start at 11 P.M. and finish at some point on Sunday.

What to Know and How to Prepare

MomoCon traces back its roots to Anime O-Tekku, a small event organized by Georgia Tech students to showcase their own love for Japanese animation, gaming, and fantasy. Ever since, it has become one of the largest conventions in the region, and it is without question the fastest growing one.

From the original 175 students who attended the first event to the 38,000 who enjoyed it last year, MomoCon has kept true to its spirit of providing over-the-top fun for those of us who have usually felt ignored by traditional media.

The Georgia World Congress Center and the nearby OmniHotel are ready to welcome the hordes of warriors, invaders, and heroes in the making who are coming to Atlanta for Memorial Day weekend. For added convenience, there is an air-conditioned bridge connecting both venues.

Registration packages are available here. The entrance fee for children aged 9 or under is free. Although MomoCon wishes to be a safe space for family-friendly fun, it’s important to keep in mind that anyone under 16 must be escorted by an adult, who will need to show a picture I.D. in order to collect the convention’s badges and welcome package. Naturally, any events involving martial arts or medieval weaponry (yes, there will be swords) will be reserved for the over-18 crowd.

Cosplayers and those who wish to try their luck at one of the 10 fan photoshoots should take a few minutes to review the costumes, props, and weapons policies.

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