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2018 Honda Battle of the Bands

Marching BandThe Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is a premier annual marching band event created to recognize, support, and celebrate music and academic excellence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). HBOB has provided a platform for the exceptional marching bands to showcase their talents for more than 15 years. Honda awards over $200,000 in grants to the participants.

On January 27, 2018, the event returns to Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and marks the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands. And to prove how popular it is, the event has attracted a combined audience of 120,000 fans through the live stream and in attendance. You cannot miss witnessing the dynamic performances from your favorite marching bands this year.

During the event, the eight marching bands from the HBCUs grab the attention of the attendees with music, choreography, and pageantry. The public voting for their favorite marching bands for the 16th Annual HBOB Invitation Showcase ended on October 20, 2017.

2018 HBOB Theme

This year, the theme is, March On: Dream Together. HBCUs have a distinctive culture in both academics and the field. The culture not only inspires but also impacts far beyond the local community. It means that the event is not merely about music and education. The event seeks to celebrate every aspect of students from the rich history and traditions of HBCUs to the life-long networks that give rise to a generation of future leaders.

The Fourth Annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award

Dreams hold an immense power that Honda acknowledges and cherishes. They seek to nurture the dreamers of today and the future history makers.

Aside from the marching bands, the 2018 Invitational Showcase includes the Power of Dreams Award. The award was designed with the aim of recognizing the various individuals who’ve had significant positivity in the lives of others and to move the Historically Black Colleges and Universities community even further.

If you nominated a particular individual, be sure to attend to see if your nominee bags the Power of Dreams Award while at the same time enjoy the performances from the marching bands.

While at it, it’s a new year and you’re probably searching for an apartment in the city. Although there are many apartments in Atlanta, you’re probably looking for something modern and comfortable. For information on our floor plans, call (844) 243-1988.

Theater Seats

The Lion King – Fabulous Fox Theater

Theater SeatsThe Lion King still reigns two decades after it first debuted on Broadway in 1998. The Lion King animated film dominated the 1998 Tony Awards winning six awards out of the eleven nominations it had with the most renowned award being the Best Musical.

Today, the show still commands a huge following and Broadway is bringing it to Atlanta, Georgia at the Fabulous Fox Theater, and you can’t afford to miss it. This is great news for anyone who is a resident of our Atlanta apartments since you can book your ticket now and enjoy your night out exploring the African Serengeti in a magical presentation.

Enjoy a Pop-Culture Phenomenon

The Lion King presents a typical pop-cultural staple that presents a magical Africa while blending well with the Western culture to present relevant themes to its audience.

Actors are costumed as the wild animals and play their characters in an extraordinary performance that creates a visually realistic and thrilling landscape. It’s no wonder that The Lion King is Broadway’s highest grossing show!

The Show is Still familiar, Yet it Presents a Different and Sophisticated Approach to Animation

It doesn’t matter whether you enjoyed the original Disney’s animated Lion King Movie or not, but the Broadway show brings you everything that is entertaining about the hit film and complements it with significant creativity, emotional poignancy, and adult humor. The current play reimagines and reinvents the original plot in smart and exceptional ways.

The stage musical occasionally lifts the complete passages of dialogue directly from the screenplay in an exciting manner. The new adaptation features joyous and captivating music with equivocal soundtracks that move the film expertly.

The Cast Moves With Unique, Thoughtful, and Majestic Purpose

Complemented with the incredible work of Garth Fagan, the overall staging of the Lion King adds the much-needed splendor to the production while incorporating lyrical movements that provide beautiful modern dances. You may know the songs and score from the original movie, but you will be surprised once you hear them transformed in the stage musical, sung and performed live.

After watching a performance of The Lion King at Fabulous Fox Theater, you’re going to want a comfortable home to come back to. Check out the available floor plans at Savannah Midtown today.

Crowd Dancing

Dancing With the Stars is Coming to Atlanta!

Crowd DancingLight up the night! ABC’s hit show Dancing With the Stars will soon be in downtown Atlanta, GA! Check out the details below!

Head to Downtown Atlanta to See the Hottest Dance Show on Television

Dancing With the Stars is on their “Light Up the Night” tour, and you’ll be able to see it live in Atlanta! The ABC touring event will take place at The Fox Theatre on January 2. Standard tickets are available online through Ticketmaster or consider going VIP for added fun.

See your favorite Dancing With the Stars ballroom dancers, and also enjoy the antics of special guest stars Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher. Both Frankie and Jordan were dancers in the incredible 25th season of the show, and they’ll be seen dancing with their professional partners, including Lindsay Arnold.

During the show, there will be dances from various parts of Season 25. These dances include a ton of super energized group numbers as well as stylish waltzes and hot salsa! Emmy-winning choreographer Samantha Jo “Mandy” Moore has also choreographed some original dance pieces for the tour!

Moving to the Atlanta Area?

If you’re looking for a new home near Atlanta, there are always tons of events like the Dancing With the Stars tour going on in the city. Living in the hustle and bustle of a downtown area is great, and it’s even better at Savannah Midtown. Our residents here love where they live and the amazingly close proximity to everything in downtown Atlanta.

Check Out Our Floor Plans in Atlanta

Residents of our apartments in Atlanta love the spacious floor plans, high-quality facilities and numerous amenities that we have to offer. We’re pet friendly and offer 24-hour emergency maintenance. Other benefits include a private enclosed parking garage, rooftop tennis court and bocce ball with skyline views, a fitness studio and more. We’re even next door to the local Publix Grocery Store and minutes from the Beltline, Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park.

Our apartment community is a great place to live! In fact, we were voted Top Resident Satisfaction in 2016. If you’re on the lookout for one of the best quality apartment communities in the area, call our office today to see which of our floor plans are available!

Snow Tubing

Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain

Snow TubingWhen you want to get out of your apartment for some outdoor winter fun this season, Snow Mountain is the perfect place to go. Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park gives you a chance to go snow tubing this winter.

Snow Tubing Fun

Snow Mountain features a 400-foot tubing hill with single, double and family-sized tubes for you to choose from. You can have fun snow tubing for two hours at a time with friends and family. Head to Avalanche Alley for an exciting time tubing, or explore Tube Runners during your two-hour session. You can also make plans to enjoy Snow Mountain at night with the new Galactic Snow Tubing experience. Starting at 5:30 p.m., you can go snow tubing while music plays and laser beams and LED lights flash around and over you. Make your reservations for Snow Mountain early, since it tends to get booked up quickly. Keep in mind that it’s only open now through February 25, 2018.

SnowZone

When you want a break from snow tubing, head over to SnowZone for a winter wonderland filled with activities. Make a snowman in Snowman Valley, and build a snow fort in Igloo City. Younger visitors can explore Penguin Run’s turrets and tunnels and go down snowy slides.

Little Angels

If you plan on going to Snow Mountain with kids who are three years old or younger, Little Angels provides a safe and fun place for them to try out snow tubing. This area features small hills that are ideal for younger kids who aren’t quite big enough for Snow Mountain’s larger tubes and hills.

Practical Info

You can purchase passes for Snow Mountain online. Keep in mind that kids two years old and younger are free. Snow Mountain passes include a two-hour snow tubing session on Avalanche Alley and Tube Runners, as well as all-day access to SnowZone and Little Angels. Food and drinks are available at Stone Mountain Park’s restaurants. Purchase your passes soon so you won’t miss out on the fun this season.

Our Atlanta, Georgia apartment community makes it easy for you to get to Snow Mountain for some winter fun. Please call us to get more details on our available apartments in Atlanta.

Christmas Lights

Atlanta Botanical Garden of Lights Show

Christmas LightsThe night sky is a palette of color for residents in our Atlanta apartments with the 7th annual Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights Show. Running through January 7, 2018, the 30-acre garden will be lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. The light show is a spectacular, colorful, and jolly way to ring in the holiday season and celebrate the new year.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights

The Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights event is a favorite among residents and visitors to the city as the gardens come to life with over 2 million energy-efficient LED bulbs creating a magical environment of color, sights, and sounds.

While making your way through the gardens down decorated pathways, you’ll be surrounded by blazing lights in all shapes and sizes from the ground to the treetops. Twinkling bulbs highlight cone trees, the Ice Goddess, and large colorful candles. Take a stroll through the Radiant Rainforest, Tunnel of Light, the Walk of Flames, and the Glittering Galaxy and be bedazzled.

There’s also the curtain of lights at the Canopy Walk using over 1,600 strung lights that can change into scenic pictures such as a snowstorm, erupting volcanoes, and cascading water using choreographed sound effects. The Orchestral Orbs is a perennial favorite located on the Great Lawn that can’t be missed. The orbs continually change colors as they are synchronized to the sounds of holiday music.

While visiting, enjoy strolling carolers singing a variety of holiday tunes, savor the flavor of a hot drink, experience high technology at Nature’s Wonders featured in Storza Woods, or enjoy a rooftop meal or snack at the Longleaf Restaurant.

The Garden Lights show is open daily. Visit Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available onsite and Atlanta Botanical Garden members get a discount. There’s also a late-night ticket available to view the Garden Lights after 9 p.m. Limited-edition hologram glasses are also available with premium tickets that bring a new “light” to the show.

For more information about our Atlanta apartment community, give our office a call at your convenience. Our friendly staff is ready to answer any questions you may have.

Runners

Ugly Sweater Run

RunnersIt’s time for our community members at our apartments in Atlanta to get ready once again for the annual Ugly Sweater Run on December 9 at 11:00 a.m in Piedmont Park. It’s a 5K run deemed the “merriest” run you’ll ever run, but it’s a lot more than that, it’s about the spirit of the holiday: giving (and receiving).

What You’ll Give This Year in Atlanta’s 2017 Ugly Sweater Run

You’ll give your heart out for sure on this day. First, it’ll be to the race itself. Though it’ll be the merriest 5K you ever ran, it’s still a 5K run, so you’ll work up a sweat and exercise your heart a bit. Second, the real heart comes with the act of giving. The money you contributed through the purchase of a ticket supports the provision of warm coats to those in need. In Georgia, it gets cold enough to want a coat to keep you warm during the winter. But for those who live north of us, they especially need coats to keep them warm, so your purchase of a fun day turns another person’s day into one of warmth and appreciation.

What You’ll Receive This Year in Atlanta’s 2017 Ugly Sweater Run

There’s much more to the merriest 5K run than you might imagine. For those of you who experienced it last year, you can testify to the fact that there’s a lot to be received. You know we at Savannah Midtown Apartments are all about community, and that’s what the Ugly Sweater Run is really all about: community. Before the run, you can anticipate giant inflatables, holiday music, and plenty of photo opportunities with fellow community members. These things are all meant to engage and get your heart pumping and prepared to “race” down the beautiful streets of Atlanta, side-by-side with loved ones, friends and neighbors.

Some might say, however, it’s at the end of the race when the real fun begins. Get your family inside a human-sized snow globe, perfect for holiday picture-taking and memories-making. Prepare yourself for some fun fake snow to make the streets glisten and sparkle. And to top it off, you can sip on hot chocolate or a Kahlúa cocktail, whichever serves you best. Then, get ready for the contests! Will you be the recipient of the Best Ugly Sweater or will your pup bark to his own beat as the winner of the Best Pet Attire? It’s all about the fun, including the contest for the Best Real/Fake Mustache/Beard—that’s right, curl the ends up and you just might be a winner!

That said, on this day, we are all winners, coming together to do something good: to give to those less fortunate and to build a larger community outside our smaller ones.

Savannah Midtown Apartments: Home for the Holidays

Now, to give and receive, sounds like a pretty nice idea this holiday season. So get busy rummaging through the closet to find that ugly sweater hidden deep, deep inside of it. As usual, the “race” begins in Piedmont Park, located at 400 Park Drive, Northeast Atlanta. You can sign up or purchase your ticket online through the Ugly Sweater Run.

And as usual, we at Savannah Midtown wish our community members the happiest of all holiday seasons and we thank you for making this place your home. If you aren’t a resident but want to learn more, visit us today online or in-person to find out how you can call Savannah Midtown Apartments home for the holidays, too.

Hot Air Balloon

Outdoor Fall Activities in Atlanta

Hot Air BalloonTurkey Day isn’t quite here yet but if you’re moving to our apartments in Atlanta, spend the next few days ahead of Thanksgiving getting acquainted with the city. There are plenty of fun autumnal events going on during the weekends that will introduce you to all the beauty and excitement Atlanta has to offer.

Here are four ideas to get you started:

1. Go to Piedmont Park

Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is home to some of the most awe-inspiring fall foliage in Georgia. Whether you like your leaves with a tinge of green or you want to see the rich autumnal hues like brown, yellow, orange, and red, you’ll find yourself returning to this park again and again until winter!

2. Go Hiking on the Arabia Mountain Top Trail

A 1.3-mile round trip, the Arabia Mountain Top Trail is an ideal hiking path for beginners, although it does take moderate effort. If you have a four-legged friend, be sure to bring them with you, as many dogs have gleefully traversed this path before. Once you reach the top, be sure to snap lots of pictures!

3. Take a Trip at Sailaway Balloon Rides

If you really want to explore the city, see it with brand new eyes in a hot air balloon! At Sailaway Balloon Rides, you can book such an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip. You better invite some friends or loved ones, because no one is going to want to miss this.

4. Check out the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

Get out and immerse yourself in all the food and fun at the East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Vendors change by the week, but local Atlanta businesses are all very well-represented here, from soap makers to pet suppliers to pizzerias, jewelers, bakers, food trucks, orchards, artists, and everything in between.

Now that you’ve fallen in love with Atlanta, fall in love with your apartment, too. Savannah Midtown Apartments are stunning and boast amenities like lovely crown molding, ceilings up to 20 feet high, a programmable thermostat, built-in bookcases in select apartments, an included washer and dryer, walk-in closets, a private balcony or patio, garden tubs in select apartments, hardwood and ceramic tile finishes, brushed nickel hardware throughout, and Venetian Ice granite countertops in select apartments. Please call our office today to set up a tour.

Pumpkin Soup

5 Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

Pumpkin SoupA crisp fall day just seems to call for a little pumpkin flavor. If you’re a fan of this popular orange gourd, then you’ll want to try these easy pumpkin-infused recipes.

Pumpkin Soup

Combine six cups of chicken stock, one teaspoon of salt, four cups of pumpkin puree, one cup of chopped onions, a clove of garlic and five peppercorns. Boil, then simmer for 30 minutes. Next, puree the mixture in small batches in a blender. Return mixture to the pan and bring to a boil again. Mix in a half cup of heavy whipping cream and serve.

Pumpkin Seeds

After carving your pumpkin, rinse the seeds till they are pulp free. Pat dry. Next, toss them in some melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread them on a baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees until brown and crisp.

Pumpkin Martini

Pour half an ounce of cream liqueur and two ounces of vanilla vodka into a shaker. Vigorously shake, then add half an ounce of pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup. Shake mixture again, strain and serve in a martini glass.

Quick Pumpkin Pie

Preheat oven to 425 F, then add 3/4 cup sugar, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, half teaspoon salt, one can of pumpkin, 1 & 1/4 cups of half and half, and two beaten eggs into a bowl. Mix well. Pour the filling mixture into a pre-made pie crust and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Pumpkin Fries

Preheat your oven to 400 F. Peel and remove seeds from two small pie pumpkins and then cut into 1/2-inch fries. Sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, a teaspoon of onion powder. Drizzle with olive oil. Place fries on a baking sheet and cook for 35 minutes, flipping once.

Do you love to cook and would like to live in an apartment that offers the right setting in which to whip up some amazing dishes? Then check out our apartments in Atlanta. They boast gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and either a breakfast room or bar. Please contact us to visit our floor plans, which are also pet-friendly and just minutes from many great shopping options. We look forward to speaking with you!

Group of People at a Table

3 Fun Games to Play on Thanksgiving

Group of People at a TableAs you gather with friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, keep everyone entertained with fun games to play. Playing games together can help your loved ones bond and have a great time at the holiday parties you throw at our apartments in Atlanta. When you plan your get-togethers, make sure to include the three following games on your itinerary.

Turkey Waddle Relay Race

When you get the whole family doing the turkey waddle relay race, everyone laughs it up and has a great time. For this game, you will need inflatable turkeys for each team in your group and markers for the start and finish lines. Have the teams choose a starting player and line up on the starting line. Each player will hold the inflatable turkey between their knees and run across the field and back again. The next player heads out next until a team finishes the relay race will all their players. Our apartments are conveniently located just minutes from Piedmont Park which offers plenty of green space to play this fun game!

Family Reunion at Our Atlanta Apartments

The family reunion games allow all members of your friend and family group to get to know each other just a little bit better while having a blast. Have everyone gathered at your Atlanta apartment fill out a two to three sentence biography. Read the bios aloud to the group and have everyone try to name the person that matches each story. Award a single point to each player’s correct answer until all bios are matched up.

Pumpkin Bowling

You can use pumpkins to bowl over pumpkins in this fun holiday-themed bowling extravaganza. Use small pumpkins for the pins and pick a large round one to use as the ball. Line up the pins and allow each player to try to knock all the pins out of the playing area without breaking the rolling pumpkin. Award points for the total number of pins knocked over during each turn.

You can up the ante for each game you organize by creating awards for the winning teams or players. After organizing and playing these games, give our team at Savannah Midtown a call at (844) 243-1988 to learn about our available apartment homes. We look forward to helping you upgrade your living arrangements.

Spooky Jack-o'-lantern

3 Spooktacular Appetizer Recipes

Spooky Jack-o'lanternIf you’ll be throwing a Halloween party this year, now’s the time to start planning your menu. Halloween gives you a chance to get creative with food and make appetizers that will impress your guests. Consider making one of the following spooktacular appetizers for your party this year.

Spider Web Dip With Bat Tortilla Chips

For this spooky appetizer, cut flour tortillas in bat shaped-pieces using a cookie cutter. Combine paprika, coriander, garlic salt and pepper, then place this mix on the tortillas. Bake them at 350 degrees for eight minutes. Combine salsa and cream cheese, then spread it into a pie plate. Spread the guacamole over the salsa and cream cheese. Pipe a spider web design using cream cheese in a plastic bag with a corner cut off. Serve the spider web dip with the bat-shaped tortilla chips.

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball

To make this appetizer for your Halloween party, beat softened cream cheese and onion and chive cream cheese, then add shredded cheddar cheese, cayenne and paprika. Shape the cheese into a ball, then cover it in plastic and put it in the fridge for about four hours. Use a knife to draw vertical lines on the cheese ball so that it looks like a pumpkin. Place a piece of celery in the top as a stem, then serve with crackers or apples for a fun and tasty appetizer at your party.

Stuffed Potato Ghosts

To make these adorable appetizers, bake fingerling potatoes for around 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Pierce a baking potato with a fork, then microwave it for about seven minutes. Cut it in half, remove the insides and place them in a bowl. Mash up the potato, then add sour cream, butter, cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Cut fingerling potatoes lengthwise, then add the mashed potato mix on each half. Cut cheese slices into rectangles, then put one on each potato. Bake at 350 for about ten minutes, then make eyes and a mouth with green onions and olives.

Our gourmet kitchens offer plenty of counter space for making your Halloween appetizers. Please give us a call to learn more information on our apartments in Atlanta.

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