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The coronavirus pandemic has undone many plans. One of the biggest regrets we have at the Wren’s Nest is the Fourth of July concert that never happened. Last Sunday afternoon, the U.S. Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors were supposed to play a free community concert from the stage in our backyard. Jazz Matters, the music nonprofit that produces a summer series of outdoor concerts at the Nest, was the presenting organization, and we were the
Every year in late June, the Passion City Church, a large congregation based in a former Home Depot Expo store, coordinates a massive citywide volunteer project called LOVE ATLANTA. They partner with other nonprofits and send armies of volunteers to help with more than 200 projects throughout Atlanta — including, we’re happy to say, cleanup days at the Wren’s Nest. This was the third straight summer LOVE ATLANTA has pitched in at the Nest. More
We were not surprised to hear that Brer Rabbit will no longer be part of Disney theme parks as the company redesigns Splash Mountain, a log flume ride based on characters from the 1946 film Song of the South. The movie has always been a double-edged sword for Brer Rabbit lovers. The cartoon portions made the tales come to life for generations, but the live action parts featuring Uncle Remus included a depiction of the
In the strange, tumultuous months since The Wren’s Nest closed to the public in March, our 100-plus-year-old institution has had to adapt and change repeatedly. One of those adaptations has been taking our programs virtual — including our regular Saturday storytelling. And, we have to say, these performances have certainly been a silver lining for us! While Joel Chandler Harris may be the reason The Wren’s Nest was preserved as a museum, at the heart
Today is Juneteenth, an unofficial holiday celebrating emancipation and freedom. President Lincoln signed the Executive Order known as the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. However, the celebration is held today because it was on this day in 1865 (two and half years after the proclamation) that the news reached Texas, which had been fairly isolated from Union soldiers during the Civil War. Led by Major General Gordon Granger, the soldiers announced the war had

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