It's "A Night Unplugged" October 2, from 7-11 p.m. and tickets are on sale now. For our 10th anniversary, we've planned our Fall Fundraiser like never before. You’re invited to help us celebrate with a night of music featuring Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, Mudcat &The Atlanta Horns, Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s with Ola Moon, Ed Roland of Collective Soul and The Sweet Tea Project and Drivin’ N Cryin’. We hope you will join us! Click here to buy tickets.
On a sunny Wednesday morning in August, Chris, the volunteer is brushing down Luke, one of 27 therapeutic horses for his 11:30 ride. "It's a standard grooming practice for each horse that will serve as the legs for someone with a disability up to two hours a day," said Chris.
With 13 rolling pastoral acres gracefully tucked inside the corner of Powers Ferry and West Wieuca, The Chastain Horse Park is the only facility of its size and quality located inside the city limits of a major metro area.
With three arenas, riding lessons, boarding facilities, camps, event rentals and pony parties at the Red Barn, the horse park fills many needs. Yet, none may be quite so valuable and life altering as its therapeutic riding program.
At the core of Chastain Horse Park, a 501c3 organization, is a commitment to helping people with mental and physical disabilities such as Autism, MS and spinal injuries. Riding a horse encourages one to use this or her own body strength to maintain balance, improve coordination and prevent muscle atrophy. The forward and backward, side to side and up and down motion of a horse’s gait simulates walking for a horseback rider.
If you're wheelchair bound, the therapy provides more than physical benefits. Riders experience a great sense of freedom as they become mobile for just one hour out of their week. "All kids respond to horses as it's a natural way to relax physically and emotionally," said Kelcy Rainer, Chastain Horse Park's Therapeutic Program Manager. "Horses have an innate sense of what humans are feeling. They're non-judgemental and show the same emotions we do. Perhaps the best thing are the interspecies relationships that are formed here.”
For some, health insurance will foot part of the rehabilitative service. For those in need, the Chastain Horse Park also has a scholarship program. For more information, please visit http://chastainhorsepark.org/
Those of us who live, work or play at Chastain Park know what a wonderful, often fairy tale like setting it can be. So, today, we want to share a story with you about "the Geese House," an actual, real white brick house nestled between the trees and hydrangeas on Powers Ferry Drive just across from the golf course. You see, four years ago, it was sort of made official when Max and Ingrid and their two children, Anna and Stuart, moved into the home where the faux lifelike birdies already lived. Deciding that the long-necked, webfooted swimming creatures must truly be an important part of their family, they did what anyone would do. They named them - Monty, Claire, Austin and Nancy (after street names of previous residences.) Then, they began dressing them up for special occasions and seasonal events. (Here they're shown in plain goose attire post 4th of July red,white and blue garb. Coming soon, look for them to be "be-ducked" in swimwear and pool floats.) Hence, "the Geese House" became a popular destination. And to this day, children stop by to see them and even leave little thank you notes behind in their mailbox. The end.
Last Friday, we had a few special guests at the barn! Actually, two busloads of curious kids from the Center for the Visually Impaired. Thanks to their tour guide (and our Executive Director) Rosa McHugh, they took an adventure around the barn. From tasting basil out of the garden to smelling rosemary to hearing a bee buzz to petting Chuck's furry little back -- Farm Chastain awakens the senses.
The CPC is pleased to welcome Sharna Fulton as our new Director of Communications. Sharna comes to us with 20+ years of experience in developing creative campaigns for nonprofits and businesses, including her own. A resident of Atlanta since the early 90’s, Sharna has #lovedchastain through the years from working with the Galloway School on “Sweaters For Seniors,” going to concerts at the amphitheatre, running in 5K’s around the PATH with the Atlanta Track Club and playing on her current ALTA team here! Sharna lives in Decatur with her husband and best friend, Rob and their two dogs, Pete and Jacoby. She wishes they were here with her today to hang out at the barn and go for a walk.
From outdoor concerts to walking the PATH to a spring arts festival, there are so many ways to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend at Chastain Park. The Buckhead Spring Arts Festival runs Saturday, May 10 from 10-6 through Sunday 11-6 with 175 artisan booths, children's inflatables, sand art, live acoustic music and delicious local foods and beverages, Admission is free. Children and pets are welcome. Stay for a concert Friday night as we welcome "Ledisi" to the amphitheatre. On Saturday evening, enjoy the sights and sounds of "Il DIVO a Musical Affair." Be sure and make plans to enjoy the many wonderful things the park as to offer in addition to NYO baseball, golf and tennis.
May, warm weather and people who want to be outdoors guarantee a busy Chastain Park. The weekend just concluding and the one ahead promise to fill the park even more than normal. A Kentucky Derby gala, a night-time golfing event and an Eric Clapton concert this past Saturday and the Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival next weekend l have the park stretched to its limits. Golfers, tennis players, walkers, runners and NYO baseball and fastpitch softball players will also be out in force.
The Chastain Park Conservancy is kicking off a street campaign to raise funds and awareness for Chastain Park capital improvements projects (Walk Chastain and Play Chastain). We are currently seeking street captain volunteers to contact neighbors, provide information about the projects and construction timeline and assist with raising remaining funds.