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Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure with Jonah McDonald

Event date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

What’s really inside Atlanta’s sealed Crypt of Civilization? Where can you experience a midnight costume party or get your hair cut at a museum? And is there really an elephant graveyard in the city?  Beyond the standard Atlanta tourist attractions, visitors and natives alike will find a city full of secrets—in the history, art, culture, nature, and places that are just plain weird. Tour the most hidden spots in the metro area, or see the famous sites through a new lens. You’ll find the answers to common questions, like why there are so many streets named “Peachtree.” Don’t miss Atlanta’s more uncommon quirks too, such as the story behind the clergy parking spaces at one local bar. 

Whether you’re a lifelong Atlantan or a first-time visitor, local writer and long-time Charis friend, Jonah McDonald (Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests) will help you marvel at Atlanta’s most obscure oddities. This is a great event for children of all ages and families to watch together so you can plan your next great adventure once we are all able to sight-see again.

This event will take place live on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform, you do not need an app or any special gear, just register for the event and watch. The event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Donate via this link.

Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. 

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As always, if you enjoy the event we ask that you buy the book from Charis via the links below or donate to our non-profit programming arm, Charis Circle, to help fund this work via this link. 

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to info@chariscircle.org. We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances. 

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Event address: 
Secret Atlanta: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure Cover Image
$18.86
ISBN: 9781681062587
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Reedy Press - March 15th, 2020

Hiking Atlanta's Hidden Forests: Intown and Out Cover Image
$17.96
ISBN: 9781889596297
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Milestone Press (NC) - April 1st, 2014

Outdoor leader and educator Jonah McDonald shows the way to discovering hiking in Atlanta's canopy-covered green spaces in this guide that recommends 60 hikes within 30 miles of Georgia's Capitol dome. Ranging from less than a mile to more than 12 miles, routes are suitable for experienced hikers and beginning walkers of all ages.


Event Summary: 
Whether you’re a lifelong Atlantan or a first-time visitor, local writer and long-time Charis friend, Jonah McDonald (Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests) will help you marvel at Atlanta’s most obscure oddities. This is a great event for children of all ages