Social Activity Sites 2017

These locations in and around Atlanta provided the Mandela Washington fellows opportunities to enjoy the social and active sides of the city


callaway_gardens_logoCallaway Gardens
Callaway Gardens was conceived and created by Cason J. Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway, for the benefit of mankind. In 1950, Cason and Virginia deeded the land that is now Callaway Gardens to the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, a foundation previously established by Fuller Callaway Sr. for charities. Today, Callaway Gardens – a public, educational, horticultural and charitable organization – is owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Callaway Gardens Resort, Inc. – a regular business corporation – operates the recreational, lodging and retail facilities at Callaway Gardens. After-tax proceeds from the Resort go to the Foundation to support expansion and improvement of the Gardens as well as Callaway Gardens’ educational programs.
Carapace Atlanta
Founded in February 2010 by Joyce Mitchell and Randy Osborne, Carapace is a monthly event of true personal stories housed in Manuel’s Tavern in Atlanta. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, ordinary raconteurs tell true, personal five-minute stories on a pre-selected theme. Randy Osborne serves as the director of Carapace, which began as MothUP Atlanta (affiliated with The Moth in New York) It is a non-profit organization.


Lenox Square Mall
A prominent retail location in Atlanta, the site also hosts several events and functions for the community throughout the year, like fireworks displays for July 4th. Since 1959, Lenox Square® has been the premier shopping destination for fashionistas throughout the Southeast. Located in the heart of Buckhead, Lenox Square offers an unparalleled shopping experience. An impressive two-story glass facade welcomes shoppers to three full-service restaurants: The Cheesecake Factory, Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, and True Food Kitchen. This dramatic entrance showcases the iconic property’s street side presence, including a glass covered porte-cochere and valet amenities for easy access.  The property boasts Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Macy’s and features nearly 250 specialty stores like FENDI, Burberry, Cartier, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vineyard Vines.

Fernbank Museum
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest movie screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.
ppark_logoPiedmont Park
Piedmont Park Conservancy is the nonprofit organization, working with the City of Atlanta for the preservation of historic Piedmont Park. Since our inception in 1989, the Conservancy has successfully restored the historic portion of Piedmont Park. The Conservancy has raised and invested more than $60 million for park beautification, maintenance/security, programs, and also includes a 53-acre expansion of green space. The Piedmont Park Conservancy has successfully transformed the once dilapidated Park into the most visited in green space in Atlanta. The Conservancy currently manages more than 90 percent of the Park’s daily maintenance care and security.
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most popular attraction and features a wide variety of family activities. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights. Plus you won’t want to miss dozens of fun annual events such as Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain.
SACM_logo_outlinedSweet Auburn Market
Ranked by USA Today as the 16th Best food market around the world, the Sweet Auburn Curb Market is a self-sustaining entity comprised of 24 independently-owned businesses, including eateries, retail shops and shops offering sweets, fresh meat and seafood, as well as produce. The greater Atlanta community now enjoys beloved restaurants—Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Bell Street Burritos, Sweet Auburn Barbeque and Arepa Mia–that got their start at the Curb Market. In addition, Sweet Auburn Market contributes to the local economy of Atlanta.