October 2015 Around Town

Chick-fil-A Remodel

The Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing in Marietta reopened in August after having been closed for several months for renovations. The whole restaurant got a facelift and is cleaner, sleeker, and allows for a better flow of traffic.There’s also some unique additions including a chandelier made from old Coca-Cola bottles and another one made from a peach basket. They added a huge family-style community table in the center of the restaurant that’s made from repurposed wood. The play area was updated with new flooring and seating, too. Krystyn Hall, mother of four and blogger at ReallyAreYouSerious.com, thinks the renovation looks sharp.

“The store looks amazing and is so modern and fresh and bright,” says Hall. “There is a lot more seating and it feels much bigger.”

Chick-fil-A at Macland Crossing is located at 2005 Macland Crossing Cir SW, Marietta, GA 30008. CFAMacland.com

Smyrna Celebrates Birthday in a Big Way

The city of Smyrna celebrated its 143rd birthday with a huge community-wide celebration on August 1st (though it doesn’t look a day over 120). The birthday celebration coincided with the last weekend before many Cobb County children headed back to school, so there was extra excitement in the air.

Thousands of residents and neighbors gathered in Smyrna’s Village Green to celebrate the big event with family fun in a kids entertainment area, energetic musical performances and fireworks. Since it was a birthday party, there had to be cake! McEntyre’s Bakery didn’t disappoint. They created a giant birthday cake and baked two thousand cupcakes for the mega-celebration. Happy birthday, Smyrna!

Halloween Events in Smyrna, Vinings and Beyond

Get your costumes ready! It’s the time of year again when girls turn into Cinderella, babies turn into pumpkins, and it seems as though there should be no crime in the world with the amount of little super heroes running around. It’s Halloween time!

Trick-or-treat: Traditional trick-or-treating within area neighborhoods typically happens on October 31, with each area having it’s own rules, regulations and traditions. With that day falling on a Saturday this year, no matter where you go there are sure to be lots of ghosts, goblins, and mini Atlanta Falcons out so be sure to stock up on candy.

Trunk-or-treat: In addition to trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods, many churches offer “trunk-or-treat” events designed to give kids the fun of getting candy without the pain of walking miles to do so. These events are usually viewed as a tamer and safer way to give kids a Halloween experience without the scary parts. In the past, Vinings United Methodist Church, Cumberland Community Church and St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church all held trunk-or-treat events. Information for 2015 was not available at press time.

Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival: For those looking to get away from having their kids beg for candy, check out the Harvest Square Arts and Crafts Festival on the Marietta Square on October 17-18. It will feature many local artists and craftspeople as well as family-friendly activities. The Halloween Happenings area will include games, candy, prizes, and a costume contest for children 12 and under as well as for pets. Marietta.com/harvest-square.

Festival on the Mount: Come to Mount Paran Church on Saturday, October 31, for one of the biggest free, family-friendly events in Atlanta on Halloween. Billed as a “Fall festival” as opposed to a Halloween party, the celebration boasts rides, bouncy houses, a preschool area, carnival games, costume contests and lots of candy. Festival on the Mount is a great compromise event for families who don’t want to participate in typical Halloween activities, but they still want to give their children a fun night. MountParan.com