Sniff, shuck, drink and recycle for love

Love is in the air on a busy pre-Valentine's Day Saturday in Midtown.

Just in time for the Valentine’s Day holiday, romance will be in full bloom Saturday night at the .

From 7-11 p.m., enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, dancing, scrumptious desserts and live entertainment at one of the most romantic spots in Atlanta. Warm candlelight and fragrant orchids form the perfect setting for both couples and singles alike.

Dance to the big band sounds of the Society Express Band and take a romantic stroll through the tropical conservatories. Sample heart-melting treats from the city's top caterers and sip soul-warming refreshments from cash bars. Look for a variety of activities such as an exciting casino party with DJ Joel Rabe of Lethal Rhythms, a playful photo booth, intoxicating parfum making and more.

MetroFresh in the Garden is offering a menu for sale of hot pita pizzas, lobster bisque, fresh salads, cappucinos and more from 7 - 10 p.m. "Valentines in the Garden" is also the only nighttime opportunity to experience Orchid Daze: Hanging Gardens, the 10th anniversary exhibition featuring thousands of dramatic hanging orchids cascading with lush, fragrant beauty.

Tickets are $30 per person and $25 for members. See here for more information.


Maybe you’re alone but looking for love. A pair of local events Saturday should provide plenty of opportunity to mix with other singles looking to mingle.

If you believe oysters are an aphrodisiac, then head to Spiral Entertainment's Oysterfest at Park Tavern beginning at noon and heading well into the night. It should be chilly Saturday, but it will be toasty warm under the 8,000 square-foot heated tent, where 4,000 pounds of oysters are ready to be served.

The raw oysters have been flown in fresh from Connecticut (Blue Point Oysters) and Prince Edward Island (Malpeque Oysters), and huge fried and steamed oysters from straight from the Texas coast. There will also be live musical performances by:

  • 2pm: The Issues (local Atlanta rock band)
  • 4pm: Six Shot Revival (southern rock)
  • 6pm: Red Zepplin (Led Zepplin tribute)
  • 8pm: Talk Journey to Me (80s cover band)

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased here.


And who doesn’t love beer? With a new expansive location at Atlantic Station in Midtown, the 3rd annual Winter Beer Carnival has an impressive beer lineup for this fun event that runs from 3 to 7 p.m.

Featuring beers from around the world, festivalgoers are invited to sample an array of styles from their favorite breweries including traditional staples and premium craft beers to the best winter brews, ciders and even gluten-free options. General admission tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on Saturday. $20 tickets for designated drivers in advance and $30 the day of the event are also available. Tickets for those 21 and up are on sale at www.ticketalternative.com and 877.725.8849.

In addition to the brew, there will be DJs, carnival games, delicious eats, and plenty of activities under the tent, which will be warmed by several wood burning furnaces, at Atlantic Station’s special event site at 20th Street at Fowler Street and 241 20th Street. 


Or maybe you’re just in love with recycling? On Saturday at The Walden School in the Old Fourth Ward, Keep Atlanta Beautiful will be holding a recycling event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will be accepting electronics, Styrofoam, latex paints and will be shredding paper, documents and phone books, too.

Not all items will be accepted, though. For a list of such, see the flyer attached in this article or check out KAB’s website here. The Walden School is located at 320 Irwin Street in Atlanta.

Hunt Archbold (Editor) February 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Steel Restaurant & Lounge still has a few spaces left for today's Valentine's sushi rolling class 4-6 p.m. 404-477-6111 http://bit.ly/yhTxlZ


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