If you’ve stumbled upon this blog entry, I’m hoping you’ll further stroll down Memory Lane with me…come along to Atlanta circa 1985. Drinking age = 18.
I was very impressionable, and very exposed to the club scene in Atlanta and parts surrounding. I have to say, I thought it was artsy without meaning to be expressly so. It just sort of happened that way. Many creative people mixed a bunch of styles together and then an original, eclectic mix of bars and restaurants just “happened”. At my high school, there was a strong punk scene, a goth scene, an Adam Ant contingency, and plenty of drama students (myself included), so even people my age were involved in the club scene. Ah, the dynamics of a lower drinking age – it certainly changed everything!
Let’s start with the more upscale North Atlanta around Perimeter Mall (includes Sandy Springs/Dunwoody). There was a “fern bar” scene where everybody ritually gathered after work – Bennigan’s, TGIFriday’s and this one place in particular called Élan. I remember there being a line for Élan. I remember eating and drinking there often. I can’t remember the decor, but I seem to recall cosmopolitan, maybe moderne. I can’t remember if it was a club, but I remember taking a group of people there. I think the building would be somewhere like an annex to the mall – haven’t been around in there in years, so I gotta go check that out.
Buckhead – OK, venture into Buckhead and you’re into the very upscale and cliquish bars scene. Start with the Peachtree-Piedmont Crossing shopping center…at the Limelight.
Back in the day, Buckhead boasted the world-famous “LimeLight”. That was seriously the craziest bar I’d ever seen. It seemed to have picked up where Studio 54 left off. There were live models tucked into grotto-like alcoves, and they would move every so often – like mannequins coming to life! People there wore bathing suits, body glitter, pasties, suits, ties, flowy post-disco dresses, popped collar Polos…anything goes, and everything went. Colorful tube lighting hung down from the ceiling. Famous people hung out there. Big teased hair and full-length mink coats were seen. The bars themselves were long and curiously lit. I seem to recall a lot of neon, but then again, it was the 80s so bright and tacky neon was the norm everywhere.
From Wiki: “…The club hosted many Interview Magazine events which brought names like Andy Warhol, Grace Jones, Debbie Harry, Ali MacGraw, and Village People’s Randy Jones, among others to the club. Celebrity sightings included Tom Cruise, Pia Zadora, Shannon Tweed, Gene Simmons and Rick Springfield, to name but a few. The club also served as a location for Hal Ashby’s film The Slugger’s Wife (1985), which starred Rebecca De Mornay.”
If you were there, you remember the 24/7 Kroger grocery store to the left of it, otherwise known as “Disco Kroger”. YES! I was there! The Kroger still stands today, although now it’s a “Fresh Fare”. Sadly, the Limelight is now a “World Market” – and yet, it always was…although I think they referred to it as a “Meet Market”….or more accurately, “Meat Market”!
There’s a book that’s been created by photographer Guy D’Alema who was obviously tapped into the scene, and it’s called “Limelight … in a sixtieth of a second” – check out a clip from YouTube:
There was a Penrod’s – another fern bar. Go here to read some reflections on “Gone But Not Forgotten in Atlanta” . I’m sure that thread has lot of memories.. Check out the Penrod’s ad on the lower left corner of this newspaper page:
elan – I remember waiting in line awhile to get in…
Do you remember Zazu’s (Midtown)?? OMG, the decor was amazing art deco, glamorous 1920’s style indoor and out. I remember the neon sign out front. Checkerboard. I remember two white ladies doing coke in the restroom! Ah, the 80’s. This screen cap is from “One Night In Buckhead” showing the neon moon out front.
Johnny’s Hideaway – still open and active! This place had the reputation of being where your parents went to dance/shag, and it was NOT for the young – I went there ONCE!
Here’s the dress code:
• No hats after 8 pm.
• No ripped or soiled jeans.
• Dress shorts only, no denim shorts.
• No flip-flops or sandals.
• No logo or printed shirts.
• No sweats or sweat pants.
Oh, how I wished I lived in Atlanta today, because I’d be all about the Sinatra Room!
Carlos McGee’s – corner bar, known well as a “meet market” / “meat market”.
Take a moment to read “The Party’s Over” (Fear of AIDS is changing sex in Atlanta. And the panic grows. 1987)
OMG, the “One Night In Buckhead” by Biff & The Buckwads song – I own the record! Here’s the video:
Paisano’s Italian Ristorante = a gorgeous Italian restaurant, somewhere near Perimeter Square mall…? I remember it being dark and cozy.
LaPaz Mexican restaurant in Sandy Springs (6410 Roswell Rd NE)…the building is still there….why no buyers?
The 688 Club at 688 Sprint Street downtown – I remember seeing a few bands there, and although it certainly wasn’t a fern bar, this was a happenin’ place for music. Lots of post-punk and garage bands (this was considered ’emo’ in the 80’s)…singers were mumbling into mics, ripped jeans, safety pins in their ears, hair covering their faces. “During its brief lifetime, the 688 played host to hundreds of punk rock, new wave and alternative rock bands, many of whom would later become well known”. There’s an amazing “Lookback” photo gallery on the website – no longer an active nightclub, there is a website to highlight the legendary bar.
Embracing the beauty that is the creole woman, Crystal is showing her pride – I join you in your celebration!
I have been to Savannah, Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day, and may I say, it’s not for the faint of heart! I love the revelry, the excitement, the ferver – but I could do without all the excessive drinking. Still, I recommend this event for any Southerner who has a bucket list full of fun…
Shelling is a favorite pastime of mine, and the best part is, it can be done year-round.
Storms churn the sea, bringing up many long-hidden ocean treasures up on shore. Yes, the windy Winter months are harsher for shellers, but with several layers to keep warm (a rain poncho helps), you can gather those hard-to-find shells you’ve been waiting for.
Where I live, the Gulf Stream is ever-faithful to bring up surprises from all over. My latest goals are finding dark purple quahog and conch shells. I’m going to make some wampum jewelry with my trusty Dremel tool, and I need some conch shell to experiment making other jewelry beads, or whatever I come up with. Will post pictures when I can get further South…
If you’ve got warmer climes on your mind, peruse some of these!
It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!
American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.
With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.
Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.
Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.
Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!
To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:
- The Decorah Eagle Cam Live Feed – a 24/7 webcam over a nest in Iowa. Parents are “Mom” and “Dad”
- The Hancock Wildlife Foundations’s “White Rock” webcam in British Columbia, Canada.
- The Alcoa Bald Eagle Cam – Davenport, Iowa.
Parents are “Liberty” and “Justice”.
- Pennsylvania Game Commission – Pittsburgh, PA Hays Bald Eagles
- Southwest Florida Eagle Cam
The parents are “Harriet” and “Ozzie”.
- Live Bald Eagle Nest Camera Feed from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, Oklahoma
- “Minnesota Bound Live Eagles” (the 2014 seems to be down at the moment, but keep checking back)
- Live from Dollywood – the American Eagle Foundation’s Eagle Mountain Sanctuary in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The parents are “Independence” and “Frank(lin)”.
- During normal nesting season, we have 4 camera angles on our nest for your viewing enjoyment
If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!