Six Flags Fright Fest set to scare tonight
by Emily Boorstein
October 31, 2014 12:37 AM | 304 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Six Flags Over Georgia will be open today from 6 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Halloween and the last three nights of Fright Fest — when the park is decorated with spooky themes and has special features, including a new live show, two new “creepy” scare zones and a “twisted” maze. “This year, we are turning up the scare factor of Fright Fest, to provide our guests with the largest and best Halloween experience in the region,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties park president Dale Kaetzel. “Our guests told us they wanted more reasons to scream and the new attractions along with our returning favorites leave no tombstone unturned.” For more information, including ticket prices, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
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Hare-O-Ween offers something for adults
by Emily Boorstein
October 31, 2014 12:37 AM | 162 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Red Hare Brewing Company is hosting its third annual Hare-O-Ween Party at the brewery today from 6 to 10pm. Hare-O-Ween takes place during the brewery’s public tasting hours, and in addition to beer samples and brewery tours there will be a costume contest, local DJ Benjamin, beer and a special Pumpkin Sticky Stout cask. Souvenir pint glasses are available for $15. Red Hare is at 998 Delk Industrial Blvd SE, Marietta, 30067.
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Maple Avenue Parade is expected to draw crowd
by Emily Boorstein
October 31, 2014 12:36 AM | 153 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Witches, ghouls, ghosts and a lot of little monsters will gather at 5 p.m. for the 5th Annual Maple Avenue Halloween Parade. The parade proceeds up Maple Avenue to Holland Street, to Kennesaw Avenue, and back to Maple. “Everybody dresses up in costume. Families dress up. Grown ups dress up. It’s so fun for the children to see their parents act like a kid again,” said organizer Sarah Bullington. “In this day and age, there are fewer and fewer opportunities for people to gather. It’s a nice neighborhood function. It’s neat to provide an opportunity for people to gather with their neighbors and be together and get to know one another.” Following the parade families gather for pizza followed by trick-or-treating. Last year more than 500 people participated. “It’s really gotten huge. Every year it grows,” Bullington said. Neighbors “go all out” with their costumes that are rated by third-party judges. Whoever wins the costume competition is invited to be grand marshal of the parade the following year. The Graus family will be this year’s grand marshals for their winning 2013 costumes of Marietta: the Big Chicken, Mayor Steve Tumlin and featuring a fully lit Strand Theatre.
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James Auld has been the constant on the North Cobb sideline since he first took the reins of a volleyball program that struggled to hold its own among the county’s typical powers. Now, its Auld’s Lady Warriors who are the final ones standing, and they will be the ones competing for a state championship Saturday afternoon at Marietta.
<Br>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
James Auld has been the constant on the North Cobb sideline since he first took the reins of a volleyball program that struggled to hold its own among the county’s typical powers. Now, its Auld’s Lady Warriors who are the final ones standing, and they will be the ones competing for a state championship Saturday afternoon at Marietta.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Coach looks to keep North Cobb players grounded ahead of championship battle
by Carlton D. White
cwhite@mdjonline.com
October 31, 2014 12:35 AM | 194 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
James Auld has been the constant on the North Cobb sideline since he first took the reins of a volleyball program that struggled to hold its own among the county’s typical powers. Now, its Auld’s Lady Warriors who are the final ones standing, and they will be the ones competing for a state championship Saturday afternoon at Marietta.
<Br>Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
James Auld has been the constant on the North Cobb sideline since he first took the reins of a volleyball program that struggled to hold its own among the county’s typical powers. Now, its Auld’s Lady Warriors who are the final ones standing, and they will be the ones competing for a state championship Saturday afternoon at Marietta.
Staff photo by Kelly J. Huff
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North Cobb’s volleyball team won arguably the biggest match in team history when it beat East Coweta 3-1 in Wednesday’s semifinal of the Class AAAAAA state tournament. So, how did the Lady Warriors celebrate their momentous win? “We took the day off from practice (Thursday),” North Cobb coach James Auld said. “We went and got some frozen yogurt.” After three final four appearances in the past four years, Area 4AAAAAA runner-up North Cobb (43-13) will be heading into its first state final fresh and relaxed. The Lady Warriors will face Area 7AAAAAA champion North Gwinnett (38-10) for the title at Marietta on Saturday at 4 p.m. “The girls were worn out and needed a break,” Auld said. “We played (last Saturday) and practiced hard during the week leading up to (Wednesday’s) match. It was emotional, and after we read the stories and saw the pictures and accepted all of the congratulations, we just took a breather to get ready for North Gwinnett. “This is how we’ve prepared all season. We’ll practice a few days and then take a day off each week. Plus, at this point of the season, there isn’t a whole lot new to do. The girls will just get some touches and we’ll talk about North Gwinnett’s tendencies (today).” Saturday will mark the second time North Cobb has faced North Gwinnett this season. The Lady Warriors lost 2-1 in their own Warrior Classic on Aug. 23. North Gwinnett, reseeded as eighth of eight teams entering the quarterfinals, is on an eight-match winning streak. “I have a lot of information on North Gwinnett,” Auld said. “I’ve watched film and we’ll have the girls ready. We’ll give them the game plan and the scouting reports (today) and get after it. “We played them once before in August, so I’ve mostly been figuring out what they’re doing differently now. It’s hard to get a read on their potential, but they have two Division I-caliber athletes and a very good coach.” Both teams have played exciting postseason matches to get this far. North Gwinnett beat Kennesaw Mountain 3-1 in the first round and took down Douglas County 3-0 in the second round. The Lady Bulldogs then upset No. 1 seed Harrison in five sets before sweeping past Johns Creek in the semifinals. North Cobb’s road to the final included a first-round sweep of Mountain View, followed by a surprisingly definitive win over four-time defending state champion Walton in the next round. The Lady Warriors then took down Brookwood 3-0 before beating East Coweta. “We’re both not the same teams that faced each other back then,” Auld said. “It’s a neutral site and the match will be about which team can keep momentum going the longest. Auld knows that much like North Cobb, North Gwinnett also hasn’t been in this position in recent years. Since neither team has an edge in experiencing an environment of this magnitude, he believes both teams will be fairly evenly matched. “At least we’re not going up against somebody with a lot of experience playing in this type of match,” he said. “We’re both pretty equal there. “I feel confident we’ve weathered some storms throughout the season and we’re prepared. I know the girls are excited and the school’s excited. Everybody’s embracing this experience, but the girls remain calm and they’re not downplaying things.”
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