Trends, Travel, History and Books

May 12, 2012



Source:  Cision

Steenberg – Bistro 1682 is the online version of Frommer’s Travel Guides, with more than 771,465 unique monthly visitors.  Steenberg has captured the attention of the American luxury travel market as the hotel hit the coveted Top 12 list, in the category ‘Best Vineyards Inns & Hotels Around the World’ on

Steenberg is the only South African hotel featured in the category, placing not only Steenberg, but the entire Constantia Valley in the global spotlight as a sought-after region for wine tourists, one of the fastest growing sectors within the global tourism market.  Frommer’s is a top-tier outlet as the online companion to Frommer’s Travel Guides, covering global travel news, with the website boasting more than 771,465 unique monthly visitors.

Steenberg Hotel Gardens

Says Gaby Gramm, Graham Beck Hospitality General Manager: “We are honored that Steenberg has been included in the Top 12 listing. The hotel offers an unsurpassed, one-stop guest experience. We have a wonderful array of diverse activities available here on site, offering our guests a wide choice of experiences. These range from the superb hotel facilities, with two restaurants, Catharina’s and Bistro Sixteen82, and the new bubbly bar, Gorgeous, to our spa, Steenberg winery and of course, excellent golfing activities.

There really is something on offer for everyone at Steenberg, and we are therefore very pleased with the latest recognition that highlights the top qualities of our hotel.  We also regard this as a real boost for the Constantia valley, and are encouraged by the fact that wine enthusiasts from across the world are attracted as much by the exceptional wines we produce, as by the world-class accommodation and gourmet experience that makes a visit to Cape Town’s own vineyard, an unforgettable experience.”

In the last year Steenberg has ranked in a number of other major international polls, ranging from Global Winner Wine Tourism Services in the Great Wine Capitals’ Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2011, to being rated among the Top 100 Experiences in the World 2011 – also by readers of Condé Nast Traveler USA, and voted Best Luxury Hotel in Africa 2011 by, the world’s largest travel site.


Enriching Summer Camp Activities at the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House

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Summer Camp Week 2

The Atlanta History Center and its Midtown campus located at Margaret Mitchell House unveils another great schedule of Summer Camp themes that offer children of all ages an enriching alternative to a summer in front of the television.  Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House campers explore a range of topics, engage in quality activities, and expand creative skills.

With new themes each week, every child will likely find a topic to match their particular interests.  Camps at both sites run June 4 – August 3.  Camp registration is already in progress and space is limited, so register early.

To register a camper for the Atlanta History Center or Margaret Mitchell House camps, call 404.814.4018. Confirmation and additional information will be emailed on receipt of your reservation.


Location: 130 West Paces Ferry Road

Atlanta History Center summer campers explore the past and the world around them through enriching and engaging activities.  Join the fun with games, stories, crafts, and outdoor expeditions, as well as interactive exhibitions.  Each weekly session has a new theme, so campers enjoy a variety of hands-on, immersive camp experiences all summer long.


Adventures in History

June 4-8 and July 30-August 3

This camp is for children ages 4-5

Your curious little one will love discovering history in a camp designed just for them.  Campers spend the day exploring subjects they love, including farms, trains, houses, animals, and more, through fun games, stories, and arts and crafts.  In the afternoons, campers have time to rest and play under the caring supervision of our educators.


Museum Theater

June 4-8

This camp is for ages 12-14

Who said history is boring?  Museum theater brings history to life through drama, comedy, music, and intriguing characters and storylines.  Throughout this fun week, campers work with our staff of historians, playwrights and actors to create their own history-based theatrical production. We will wrap up the week with a grand opening of their play for family and friends.


From Pilgrim to Patriot

June 11-15

This camp is for ages 6-11

During the summer of 1787, 225 years ago, our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States.  Join us for this top-requested camp and explore the captivating Colonial era, the riveting Revolutionary War, and the fascinating formation of our nation.

Corn Husk

June 18 -22

This camp is for ages 6-11

Noodles are from China and tomatoes from South America – so why are they known as traditional Italian food?  Trace the history of your favorite foods during this fun week full of culinary sleuthing, with a heavy pinch of cooking and taste testing thrown in for good measure.

The States of the Union

June 25- 29

This camp is for ages 6-11

How did the states get their shapes?  Travel through 50 states in 5 days exploring the history, geography, and fun facts of these United States of America.  You will be amazed how much you can learn and how fun it will be, from sea to shining sea.

Weird History

July 9-13

This camp is for ages 6-11

Back by popular demand – join us for an all-new and even weirder week full of crypto zoology, ancient aliens, and historic blunders and hoaxes.  Explore the weird and wacky side of history!

Art through the Ages

July 16-20

This camp is for ages 6-11

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art?  Address that age-old question by taking a journey around the world and through time.  From cave paintings to cameras, Renaissance to Realism, New York to New Guinea, campers create fun cultural art projects using a variety of media.

Legendary Empires

July 23-27

This camp is for ages 6-11

Empires like the Romans, the Egyptians, and the Aztecs often had amazing mythologies behind them.  Uncover the history of the world’s great empires, and discover the myths and legends that are still a part of our culture today.

Let the Games Begin

July 30-August 3

This camp is for ages 6-8

As the 2012 Olympic Games get underway, get into the Olympic spirit by exploring the Games’ nearly 3,000 year history.  Try out ancient sports, discover modern heroes, and participate in your own Olympic Games.


Location: 990 Peachtree Street

Summer Camp Week 8

Writing camps provide an opportunity for youth to discover the power and excitement of writing while honing their skills in a fun, interactive environment.  With 10-15 participants per camp, each young author receives individual attention while learning how to create meaningful prose through a variety of techniques, like stream-of-consciousness writing, journaling, free verse poetry, and other forms.

Mystery in the City: Search for the Lost Phoenix

June 4-8

This camp is for ages 10-14

Unravel the mysteries of historic Atlanta and gain inspiration from them to pen stories of mystery and intrigue.  Take daily morning field trips to discover lesser-known pockets of the city and personal stories of its residents.

Everyone’s a Critic

June 11-15

This camp is for ages 10-14

Spend mornings exploring the sights and sounds of Atlanta while visiting museums, theaters, parks, and other cultural destinations and soaking in everything our exciting city has to offer.  Spend afternoons learning to think critically and evaluating your experiences through writing.

Good Things Come in Small Packages

June 18-22

This camp is for ages 10-14

Grow your love for all things small.  From short stories and haiku, to fables, jokes, and even blogs, spend the week creating your own Lilliputian literary works while sharpening your craft to create succinct yet meaningful and well-rounded pieces.

Fairytales and Fantasy

June 25-29

This camp is for ages 10-14

Whether you love good, old-fashioned fairytales, or richly developed fantasy stories, it is all about inventing a new world, new creatures, or even a new language.  Gain inspiration from some of your favorite works and discover the fundamentals to creating your own unique world.  Explore the possibilities!

From Page to Stage: Playwriting

July 9-13

This camp is for ages 10-14

Set the stage for the perfect summer.  Delve into the world of theater, journeying from an inkling of an idea on the page, and from the page to the stage.  Develop your own unique voice and experience first-hand the joy of hearing your words, characters, and situations come to life as you create a script for a live audience.  Bravo!

Mystery in the City: Haunts and Habitats

July 16-20

This camp is for ages 10-14

Travel to the scene of the crime, imagine the shady characters who might have dwelt there, and then use your inspiration to craft your own mysterious story.  Super sleuths enjoy four morning field trips to historic sites and public places around Atlanta and use the field trip experiences to delve into character, setting, plot, and dialogue.

Write On: The Essentials 

July 23-27

This camp is for ages 10-14

Whether you are writing for fun or writing for school, you will benefit from learning the basics of doing research, building compelling characters and interesting plots, and writing a good story with good grammar.  Through word and writing games, journaling, and an off-site observational field trip, learn the essentials that lead to a “writing life.”

Stories in Pictures:  Creating Comics

July 30-August 3

This camp is for ages 10-14

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a comic book must be worth hundreds of pages of type.  Develop your own characters and plot, and illustrate the world you create.  By the end of the week, campers will have a comic book of their own creation to take home.


Camp Hours:

AHC Camps: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; extended day care options also available.

AHC Camps: Each week concludes with a special Friday afternoon event featuring a display of campers’ projects.

AHC campers who are not participating in extended childcare may be dropped off at the Atlanta History Center after 8:45 am and picked up between 3:45 and 4:00 pm.

MMH Camps: Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

MMH Camps: Each session wraps with a Writers Showcase for family and friends on the last day of camp.  Mark your calendars!

MMH campers may be dropped off at the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown after 9:15 am and must be picked up by 5:00 pm.

Extended Childcare

AHC: 8:00 – 9:00 am or 4:00 – 5:00 pm daily ($25 per session additional charge) Please note that children cannot be dropped off before 8:00 am and must be picked up promptly by 5:00 pm.  Regrettably, due to staffing considerations, we must impose a late charge of $1 per minute due at pick-up if a child is not picked up on time.


AHC Campers: $225 per week for Atlanta History Center members at the Family Membership level/$275 per week for nonmembers.

MMH Campers: $325 per week for Atlanta History Center members at the Family Membership level/$375 per week for nonmembers.


AHC campers may purchase lunch for the entire week from Chick-Fil-A at our campus’s Coca-Cola Café at the cost of $36.25 per camper.  Alternately, children must bring bag lunches each day.  In addition, two snacks will be provided daily.

MMH campers must bring bag lunches each day.  In addition, light snacks will be provided.

Cancellation Policy

No refunds can be made for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the start of the selected camp.  Any cancellation or change made more than two weeks before your child’s first day of camp carries an administrative fee of $25; if you withdraw your child before this two week deadline you will receive a refund less the $25 fee.

ABOUT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: Founded in 1926, the Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive, thirty-three acre destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum, one of the Southeast’s largest interactive history museums; two historic houses, the 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; the Kenan Research Center; the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and acres of Historic Gardens with paths and the kid-friendly Connor Brown Discovery Trail.

In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House.  Located in Midtown Atlanta, the two-acre campus features tours of the apartment where Margaret Mitchell wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind, an exhibition highlighting the life of Margaret Mitchell, a Gone With the Wind movie exhibition, and a museum shop.

New Book:  “The Whirlwind or The Storm:  LA Riots Perspectives” 


The Whirlwind or
The Storm
LA Riots Perspectives
By Darryl James

Los Angeles, CA — The Whirlwind or The Storm: LA Riots Perspectives by Darryl James has been completed for release on April 27, 2012 – the twentieth anniversary of infamous 1992 acquittal and rioting, unleashing a unique history of rioting in America accompanied by viewpoints on civil unrest.

The book includes essays by Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, Public Enemy’s Chuck D. Comedian Paul Mooney, the late Bo Taylor (founder of Unity One and organizer of the LA gang truce), “Sweet” Alice Harris (the “mother” of Watts), Pat Moore (former Compton City councilwoman), and a host of activists, politicians and average citizens as well as Henry Keith “Kee Kee” Watson, one of a group now known as The L.A. Four, prosecuted for involvement in the beating of Reginald Denny.

Award-winning author Darryl James, founder of Tenacious Books, has collected personal statements and essays on the ’92 LA Riots, culling powerful reflections on the conditions that gave birth to one of the most violent outbreaks of domestic civil unrest in recent history–The LA Riots of 1992. Those essays form the basis of the new book, The Whirlwind or The Storm: LA Riots Perspectives.

The riots affected men and women of all races, leaving citizens from every corner of the nation with a personal perspective. James brought in eyewitnesses to the events in Los Angeles in 1992, or in Watts twenty six years earlier, who have unique insight on those events.

“The LA Riots of ’92 were broadcast all over the nation and all over the world, and were felt at a feverish level,” said James. “Reading accounts of people who were there provides a sense of how a normal day unraveled as nervous tension evolved into chaos and disorder. These essays will nearly suffocate the reader with palpable authenticity.”

The Whirlwind or The Storm: LA Riots Perspectives also contains a dynamic retrospective on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots from Henry “Kee Kee” Watson, one of the group known as the LA Four, connected to the beating of Reginald Denny.

Twenty years after the LA Riots, “Kee Kee” Watson talks about beating Reginald Denny and gives an overview of the conditions that caused the two major riots of Los Angeles (1965 and 1992).

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