Every Saturday from nine to one in the afternoon, farmers, bakers, chefs, and dietitians come to sell their wares at Piedmont’s Green Market. Located at the west entrance to the park, you can hear the live band for the weekend playing in the center of the market, then the smell of food hits you. Startups and old establishments buy food trucks and carts to advertise their business roll in and set up early in the morning to wake up Piedmont Avenue North East with the smell of a bakery. Like Central Park has its Tavern on the Green, Piedmont has a restaurant and several surrounding it such as Loca Luna. Park Tavern is an old looming stone building, having originally designed as a horse stable in 1905 since then it’s been a men’s club and a golf course clubhouse. It wasn’t until 1990 that it became a restaurant, it’s name a nod to Tavern on the Green in Central Park, it’s architectural father.
Developed in 1973, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens sits within Piedmont Park. While it is privately owned and didn’t belong to the Piedmont Conservatory, the botanical garden has woven itself into the roads, parking garages, and piedmont grounds. Ticket buyers can walk the six hundred foot long skywalk over the gardens and look down over the park, which is separated only by an iron write fence of stonework. The gardens have attracted eclectic artists over the years, creating the classical themed Holiday Lights each at Christmas time and during the warm seasons exhibits like the hallucinatory Alice and Wonder Land: Imaginary Worlds are set up, with bizarre mirror works, bright colors, and gigantic sets of the book’s characters turned into a sprawling garden. One popular artist Chihuly has his exhibit extended due to popularity, monopolizing the garden for eight months and drawing four hundred and twenty-five thousand visitors, some of which might have never come and visited piedmont park otherwise. Each year more than one hundred and sixty thousand people visit the gardens Holiday Lights exhibit, which is a dazzling array of a million and a half lights and titanic wooden soldiers. Piedmont leverages people’s interest in art and gardening by offering their community garden, an educational center encouraging people to grow their own food naturally. The program has made Piedmont a popular field trip destination, making the park a fond childhood memory for every kid in the surrounding area.
Piedmont Park has a lot of memories for me, I used to live at the Mayfair just a few blocks down from the park. I’d walk there every day and hit the swings, go chase some ducks, and check out the dog park. We’d usually end up eating lunch or dinner at one of the park’s restaurants after a long day of running around. Birmingham Park
Birmingham Park was just a five-minute drive from my house after I moved out of the city. I’d go there all the time to walk my dog or explore how far the property went. Being an old farm, the park has plenty of hidden barns and trails cut off from the main ones on the map. Every summer someone would put up a makeshift rope swing that takes you over a dry creek bed, and every fall you’d find it broken. The place was so big you’d find something new every day if you walked long enough. Milton Highschool
The old high school I went to junior and senior year was the most important school I went to before college. It was a big change for me, starting public school after years in private schools. I made more friends there than I could have at the small academies I’d been to and I still have friends from there today, and most friends I have now were met through people I met there.
Going to Europe for a month. I could talk about the different cultures, our luggage getting stolen, falling asleep on a train and ending up in Florence.
Going to Chicago. Staying out all night and finding out the city stays open 24/7, there being no cops in the city, and getting lost on a hiking trail after dark and getting a ride back with the police.
The New Orleans trip, attending g the festival, watching some dude get in a fight, another get carried off by medical, another jumping in the wharf, ending up at a nudist colony in Alabama on the way back.
The Ginnie Springs trip, the creepy scuba cave, almost getting bitten by a snake, the weird people who lived there and got us drunk when we crawled out the spring.
A couple years ago I went to Costa Rica. I didn’t have my license yet but since they barely have any police and the standard limit was sixty mph I got to speed through the hills. In that country there’s so much food growing it just falls off the trees. We went mango picking and had them for breakfast for the rest of the week. One night we rented gold carts to see the whole peninsula we were staying on and got stuck in the sand at the beach. Which wouldn’t have been terrible, except at night the howler monkeys come out to scavenge for food and started to close in on the carts.