City Hall East begat the Ponce City Market. A former meatpacking district begat Westside Provisions. And now, Jamestown Properties, the developers who worked their wizardry on the aforementioned locations, has given us 500 picturesque acres of a recreational and residential community area along the Chattahoochee. With raised beds built by Fresh Roots Farms, a tin roof marketplace with open air markets in the summertime, and a wooden stage right on the Chattahoochee, Riverview Landing makes for a pretty awesome getaway. And while you might not immediately think of Mableton, GA as a destination, a glance at the scenery — and the fact that it's a mere 20 minutes from the middle of our city — will have you packing a picnic basket and fleeing the concrete jungle in no time flat. Especially once we tell you about Riverview's Urban Hoedown this weekend.
Yup, Riverview is throwing down this Friday, and if live music, hot air balloons, bonfires, food trucks, a corn maze, and a Hairy Man Competition (we're partial to this last one) sound good to you, you should certainly be in attendance. Occupying that aforementioned riverfront stage will be the Constellations, one of few bands to integrate references to Blondie, the Drunken Unicorn, Cabbagetown, El Myr, the Brewhouse, Star Bar, and the Earl in one song, performing with special guests Turf War and Sealions. Also for your enjoyment: lots and lotsa crafty local vendors, whose wares will be up for the perusing. And the activity which most piques our interest? Hot air balloon rides. The fact that all of this fun can be had with a mere $10 ticket continues to blow us away, but hey, just go with it. And be sure to check out that Hairy Man contest — we might just throw in our own gravity-defying candidate.