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The Wren’s Nest is hosting its annual Victorian Holiday Open House where we celebrate the 171st birthday of author, Joel Chandler Harris.

It is FREE and open to the public to enjoy storytelling, house tours, live music, and food.

 

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                                         The Wren’s Nest invites you to Brer Rabbit, Blues, and BBQ, a fun-filled afternoon of amazing storytelling,

                                         delicious food, cold beer, and toe-tappin’ blues! This year, we will be hosting this family-friendly event at     

                                         our own house museum so you can tour the home, explore the grounds, and enjoy all of the festivities.

                                         Each ticket includes admission for one to the house and grounds, as well as a BBQ lunch, 2 beers,

                                         and other refreshments thanks to DAS BBQ and SweetWater Brewing Company!

                                         Additional beers may be purchased, and we have children’s tickets available, too. Click here for tickets. 

 

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 Just Past Events


 

Party with the Past Nest

Party with the Past Comes to The Wren’s Nest!

Join us on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. for beer + history!

Free history at 7:30 PM. Cold beer at the cash bar and snacks at the food truck.

Storytelling and house tours will also be available throughout the evening.

 

The Wren’s Nest is participating in Phoenix Flies

again this year!

The Wren’s Nest will be hosting free tours on March 21st in collaboration with Phoenix Flies.

Phoenix Flies runs March 7th – 22nd.

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Victorian Holiday Party on December 7th

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Join us on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 1-4pm for our annual Victorian Holiday Party! The Wren’s Nest will be decorated to the hilt in true Victorian holiday fashion.

There will be young carolers from Gate City School of Excellence, a harpist, storytelling with all four of our Wren’s Nest Ramblers, tours of the house, and plenty of birthday cake, hot drinks, and other treats in honor of Mr. Harris’ 169th birthday.

This event is free of charge. Bring your friends and family and begin the holiday season with us!

 

Parents and kids, come read with us this summer!

The Wren’s Nest is pleased to participate in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club with three FREE events in June and July. Registration is required. See below for details.

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Health and Wellness Reggae Musik Festival returns to The Wren’s Nest:

Saturday, August 23rd

This open air music festival is suitable for all ages! The Health and Wellness Music Festival will be held August 23rd , at The Wren’s Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30310 from noon to 9:00pm.

This is the second year that 3-2-1productions will bring the Health and Wellness Music Festival to Atlanta, GA. This will be a fresh, motivating, and exciting festival that will showcase arts & crafts activities, healthcare presenters and LIVE reggae music.

Admission: $10:00 for adults (children 12 and under are free)

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Victorian Holiday Open House

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Our annual Victorian Holiday Open House was quite fun! Nearly around 200 folks from around Atlanta visited us. A harpist from the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble and the  “Like the Dickens” carolers were an absolute delight. We also had storytelling with the Wren’s Nest Ramblers, tours of the house, and plenty of birthday cake, hot drinks, and other treats in honor of Mr. Harris’ 168th birthday. Thanks for everyone who attended!

 

The Wren’s Nest and a Disney Legend

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The Wren’s Nest had the honor of bringing Mr. Floyd Norman and his wife Adrienne to Atlanta in October. Mr. Norman was the first African American animator at Disney and worked alongside Walt Disney himself. During his time in Atlanta this week, Mr. Norman gave talks at Auburn Avenue Research Library and Emory University, and was interviewed on CNN Morning Express with Natasha Curry. Many thoughtful and engaging conversations were shared between Mr. and Mrs. Norman and the Wren’s Nest staff and Board members. He and his wife also spent a great deal of time exploring the Wren’s Nest and listening to our storytellers.

Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta presented Mr. Norman with official greetings during his visit.

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Since his return to his home in California, Floyd Norman has written a couple of blog posts inspired by his experience in Atlanta with the Wren’s Nest, which he called “enlightening”. Read Mr. Normans’ entries on “Song of the South” here and here, and about the Fox Theatre here.

 

Georgia College and State University Presents: Free Like Brer Rabbit

The Georgia College theatre department is taking their act on the road, traveling to The Wren’s Nest for a special performance of “Free Like Br’er Rabbit.”

 The play is a new adaptation by Dr. Caleen Sinnette Jennings of the Uncle Remus stories originally penned by Joel Chandler Harris and based on slave stories he heard.

“As a director, it was important that we embodied African retentions in slave culture in every aspect, including their movement and their costumes,” said director Dr. Shondrika Moss-Bouldin who teaches in the Georgia College Department of English and Rhetoric. “The playwright allows the actors to celebrate the stories in a way that honors the past.”

Courtesy of a grant from the Plum Creek Foundation, The Wren’s Nest will host a free show Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Workshops with the playwright will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon: Storytelling and Writing Workshop

The Wren’s Nest is excited to partner with Little Shop of Stories’ On the Same Page program with a storytelling and writing workshop! In the book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Minli and her parents are greatly influenced by Chinese folktales. On Saturday, October 5th, from 1-3pm, we invite parents and kids in grades 3-5 to join us for our regular storytelling at 1pm. We will hear stories that are indigenous to our region, then spend some time talking about how stories affect our lives. Parents and kids will work together to identify and write down a story of their own. Space is limited. Email Jessie at jessie@wrensnest.org to sign up!

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Amari’s Adventure for Children 4-6 on Friday, August 2

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Town Meets Country Vintage Market, July 27th & 28th

Town Meets Country is an open air vintage pop-up market with something for everyone in the family. Affordable collectibles, upcycled goods, hand-made items, antiques and food trucks take center stage as some of the most interesting people in the city co-mingle to exchange advice, ideas, and one-of-a-kind goods. Commune under the shady trees of 2+ beautiful acres of The Wren’s Nest while the little ones enjoy storytelling, face painting and fresh air. Come for the bargains and stay for the day.

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Brer Rabbit & Friends

premieres at the “Center for Puppetry Arts”

April 11 – May 26, 2013

Brer Rabbit & Friends

 

Our friends at the Center for Puppetry Arts are staging “Brer Rabbit & Friends” from April 11th – May 26th. Once you’ve taken in the show, hold onto your program and hop on down to the Wren’s Nest. We’ll treat that program in yer paw as if it were a free ticket for a tour of the house! For more information about the show, head on over to their website.

 

Print Big! 2013

Atlanta Printmakers Studio

 

Saturday April 13, 10am – 4pm

 

 

The Atlanta Printmakers Studio is pleased to announce its fourth Print Big! 2013, to be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10am-4pm. Ten participating groups from Georgia will design and carve 4ft x 8ft woodblocks that will be printed on the day of the event with a steamroller. The focus of the designs of this year’s prints is Southern Stories.  For more information visit the Atlanta Printmakers Studio website.

 

Book Release Party Time!

 

First up is the Wren’s Nest Publishing Company’s sixth annual literary journal, Flyaways, that comprises writing by Atlanta-area high school students. On Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m at CORE Studio, 133 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur, join the student editors, contributors, friends and family members for mingling, lemonade, popsicles, games, and coloring. Pull out your inner child and come share in the revelry!

 

Next, the KIPP Scribes release their book, Read After Burning, at the Decatur Book Festival on Sunday, September 2 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at CORE Studio, 133 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. The book launch will feature readings from the KIPP Scribes and their mentors, as well as a chance to purchase your own copy signed by the authors.

 

Read all the details on our blog, here!

PS: Please come visit us at the Decatur Book Festival. The Wren’s Nest booth is #612, on Clairmont right off Ponce across from the Old Courthouse. This year we’re sharing our booth with Vouched Atlanta. Come by and see us!

 

Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars Sept. 15, Help Our Writing Programs

 

It’s going to be a perfect night of music, food, cocktails and storytelling under the stars in the Wrens Nest amphitheatre! The price of admission is just $100 per ticket and proceeds support the Wren’s Nest writing programs and the YES YOU CAN! music programs. Tickets may be purchased via check or online, and you can get all the details here.

 

 

Time Again for Wrens Nest Fest!

 

Friday, June 8 • 10 am to 3 pm

Wrens Nest Fest is June 8, and yes, there will be treats!

Calling all kids to the Wren’s Nest Fest for a day of fun and games in our big ol’ backyard! (Of course parents, grandparents, family members and friends are invited, too.) Summer camp groups are welcome.

The festival provides a wide range of activities for children (mostly 10 and under), including storytelling from The Wren’s Nest Ramblers throughout the day. We’ve also got a crazy petting zoo with baby bunnies, face painting, a moonbounce, (not-so-scary) clowns, and other enticing amusements. Even better, lunch is on us. We hope you like hot dogs! All events take place in the Wren’s Nest’s beautiful 2.25-acre amphitheatre. Young children are encouraged to use the built-in stage to sing garbled lyrics to their favorite ditties. See y’all there!

Tickets are just $4 for children and $6 for adults.

Wren’s Nest Fest is our largest and longest-running community event, geared toward kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the Wren’s Nest. Check out some great photos from a couple of years back, here, when we had more than 750 guests, mostly camp groups and kids from the YMCA.

The Wren’s Nest was the home of Joel Chandler Harris who penned African American folk tales featuring Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox way back in the 1800s. We’re the oldest house museum in Atlanta (99!) and have one of the best backyards in the whole city.

Please call us so we’ll know you’re coming at 404-753-7735 or email Jeri, jeri@wrensnestonline.com.

 

The West Zen: Crossover Movement Arts & Art on the BeltLine

 

 

West Zen at the Wren's Nest from Crossover Arts in DecaturCrossover Movement Art will perform “The West Zen” here at the Wren’s Nest on October 1st starting at 4:30 pm. Am I exactly sure what’s going to happen? No, no I’m not. Here’s what I do know:

Akbar Imhotep, one of our storytellers, will join the performance, as will Zentropy, an experimental jazz ensemble. Dance, storytelling, and experimental jazz — I’m not sure if you’ve seen anything like this before.

The dance performance starts right here in our backyard but will meander on down to the BeltLine, just a few blocks south. You’re gonna need your walking shoes.

“The West Zen” is a contribution to Art on the BeltLine. This season’s series features more than 66 installations and performances.

We’ll offer free tours of the house starting at 4 pm. More information and a full schedule is available courtesy of Crossover.

 

 

The Whole Fiasco

 

The Whole Fiasco Launch Party

 

 

The Whole Fiasco, the new book from the KIPP Scribes, debuted on Saturday, September 3rd. We had an excellent time, thank you for asking.

 

Back in the Spring, 23 professional writers and the Wren’s Nest staff met 1-on-1 with the 5th and 6th graders at KIPP STRIVE Academy. The students learned to craft an important family story. The Scribes interviewed an adult in their life, identified a great story, and crafted creative nonfiction. All we did was put ’em together for this book.

 

If you missed the party, don’t fret! We saved a few copies for you.

 

Think you might want to help out next year? Read up on the KIPP Scribes Program. Then, email Lain and be all like, “Sign me up!”

 

A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses by Anne Trubek

 

Anne Trubek, author of A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses

 

 

The Wren’s Nest, the Georgia Center for the Book, and the Southern Literary Trail presented a talk with a talk with esteemed author, professor, and writers’ home skeptic Anne Trubek on March 28th. Her book, A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses, debuted last year to significant acclaim.

 

Do you know what’s really strange?

 

Exactly what we do at the Wren’s Nest: preserve a dead author’s home. Trubek asks us to think a little bit about what this kind of memorial says about our culture and what it says about literature, if anything.

 

Every other year the Southern Literary Trail presents a variety of events in March that link historic literary sites in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. We’ll see you next time in 2013!
It's Not Me, It's You

 

“It’s Not Me, It’s You” with Purge ATL

 

 

The good people at the online arts magazine Purge ATL asked us to host a bunch of writers to read original works about broken hearts and breakups.

 

They said please, so we said, “Sure thing.”

 

“It’s Not Me, It’s You” is a Valentine’s Day hangover kind of thing. How could we say no to a Valentine’s Day hangover with such great writers?

 

Here’s who read from their work:

 

• Jamie Iredell
• Man Martin
• Amy McDaniel
• Ben Spivey
• Matt Debenedictus
• Johnny Carroll
• Cristen Conger
• Christina Lee
• Melysa Martinez
• Acree Graham
• Jamie Allen

 

 

 


 

 

Way Past Events

Brer Buzzard by E.W. Kemble

 

September 4, 2010
Don’t Forget That Day Launch Party

 

June 11, 2010
Wren’s Nest Fest 2010

 

April 6 – 9, 2010
Spring Break Storytelling

 

Labor Day Weekend, 2009
Decatur Book Festival

 

June 5, 2009
Wren’s Nest Fest!

 

April 2009

West End Tour of Homes Kick-off Concert

 

December 7, 2008
Victorian Christmas Open House

 

September 28, 2008
Wren’s Nest Concert Series: Kingsized

 

July 19, 2008
Harris Family Reunion and 100 Year Celebration