A bit of movie history is coming to metro Atlanta this weekend and I’m so excited.
The Great British Car Fayre in Alpharetta will have the white Lotus Espirit that Roger Moore drove in the 1977 James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” I love James Bond films and have all of them on DVD. It just so happens “The Spy Who Loved Me” is one of my favorite films in the series.
Ah, that theme song by Carly Simon is pure bliss.
If you’ve seen the movie, this is the car that James drives off a pier to avoid a pursuing helicopter. The car transforms into a submarine and shoots a rocket out of its back. It then drops a depth charge from its undercarriage to thwart undersea pursuers.
It’s probably the second best Bond car behind the vintage 1963 Aston Martin DB5.
But the Lotus Espirit is only one of the cars to be featured at the show, which will run Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in Historic Downtown Alpharetta. And, of course, the car “fayre” is only one of several events taking place in metro Atlanta this weekend.
More locally, the Morrow Civic Woman’s Club will hold its 16th Annual Fashion Show Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Morrow, 1647 Lake Harbin Road. Admission is $12 and participating models will show off fashions from the Belk store in McDonough. It will begin with a brunch.
In McDonough, a statue of Patrick Henry will be unveiled at 2 p.m. at 5 Griffin St. Henry County is named for the founding father, who is famous for saying “Give me liberty or give me death” during a speech intended to raise support for American independence.
Across the broader metro area, there are two other major events taking place this weekend, according to exploregeorgia.org.
One of those events is the 2014 Blue Grassroots Music and Arts Festival on Main Street in the Stone Mountain Village. The festival includes Bluegrass music, street jams, contra dancing, a kids play area, the Archeobus, the ability to jam with musicians on the street and arts and crafts.
It will last from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
The folks up in Roswell, meanwhile, will be celebrating Farm Day with The Art Barn on Saturday at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road. There will be live farm animals, farm crafts, storytime, photo opportunities and classes on the farm-to-table movement.
It will last from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. and admission is $6 for children, $7 for students and seniors over 65 and $10 for adults. Chattahooche Nature Center members and children under 2 will be admitted for free.
So, from James Bond to farm animals, there will be no shortage of activities going on around metro Atlanta this weekend if you want to get away from the house for a day. Therefore, you have no excuse for sitting on the couch all weekend, saying “Uh, there’s nothing to do. I’m bored.”
You’re only as bored as you allow yourself to be.
Curt Yeomans is the senior reporter for the Clayton News Daily and an avid traveler. He can be reached at 770-478-5753, ext. 224, via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @CYeomansCND.