Educational Excursions

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Information about all excursions for attendees is available for download here.

Saturday, June 23rd

Friends and Family Atlanta Braves Outing

Sunday, June 24th

Be a VIP at the World of Coca-Cola!--SOLD OUT!

Architecture and Design at the Atlanta History Center

Chutney Canning at Sweet Auburn Curb Market

SCAD FASH: Facts and Fashion--SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, June 27th

Wholesale Sales: Tour AmericasMart--SOLD OUT!

Sales on a Small Scale: Sweet Auburn Curb Market

The CDC: Combating Disease and Helping You!

Sunday, June 24th

World of Coca ColaSOLD OUT! 9:30am-1:00pm: Be a VIP at the World of Coca-Cola!, $45, 2.5 PDUs 

Coca-Cola and its many products are ubiquitous in the U.S. and around the world—but how much do you really know about the company and its history? Join us for an exclusive VIP tour of the World of Coca-Cola. An experienced guide will create a personalized tour for our attendees—guided by your questions! You’ll explore the museum with your guide, learning all sorts of tidbits not on display! Of course, your tour will end with the famous tasting room, where you’ll Coca-Cola products from all over the world. But wait—you’ll also receive discounts at the store, on photo packages, and at the nearby Pemberton Café if you decide to stay for lunch and explore the local attractions. You’ll also head home with a special memento of your tour.

This tour is limited to just 20 attendees—purchase your tickets as soon as possible to ensure that you can attend!

Attendees will walk to the World of Coca-Cola from the hotel, approximately one half mile—please wear comfortable shoes.

11:30am-4:15pm: Architecture and Design at the Atlanta History Center, $60, 4 PDUs CHANGE: THIS TOUR NOW ENDS AT 4:30PM
The Atlanta History Center is the culmination of the work of the Atlanta Historical Society, founded in 1926. The Center brings together all IMG_3220.jpgaspects of Atlanta's history on onecampus. On this excursion, you'll touch on many features of Atlanta, with a focus on Architecture and Design!  You'll tour the Swan House, where you'll be immersed in the 1930s, the Smith Family Farm, built in the 1840s, and will enjoy a Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta musical theater performance. You'll also have time to explore the museum on your own--and perhaps venture out into the Goizueta Gardens

Attendees will do some walking around The Swan House and the Smith Family Farm. Please wear comfortable shoes. If you prefer, you may make the choice to stay within the museum building and explore on your own. 

12:30pm-4:15pm: Chutney Canning at Sweet Auburn Curb Market, $55, 2 PDUs 

IMG_3088.jpgHave you ever wanted to learn to can—but weren’t sure where to start? Join us for this beginning canning class in The Learning Kitchen at the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market, and get a primer on canning while you make and can your own chutney! Customize your recipe to your spice level, try something new, and head home with your own jar of summer flavors along with full instructions for future canning!   (Just don’t try to take it through security.) You’ll also have time to explore the historic market, in its 100th year in Atlanta, and shop before you head back to the hotel!

Attendees will travel via the Atlanta Streetcar to this excursion, and the stop is about one half mile from the hotel—please wear comfortable shoes.

12:30pm-3:00pm: SCAD FASH: Facts and Fashion, $45, 1.5 PDUs--SOLD OUT! SCAD FASH logo
SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, the museum on the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design,  "focuses on the future of fashion design,connecting conceptual to historical principles of dress — whether ceremonial, celebratory or casual." Join us for a guided tour through the current exhibit on Pierre Cardin and learn more about the museum. Past exhibitions include Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, Omar Victor Diop: Project Diaspora, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, and more

Wednesday, June 27th

1:45pm-4:15pm Wholesale Sales: Tour AmericasMart, $25, 2 PDUs 

IMG_2956.jpgSOLD OUT! Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of “the nation’s leading gift, home furnishings, apparel, and area rug marketplace”—just minutes from our hotel!  AmericasMart-- 76 floors of wholesale showrooms for interior and apparel professionals—is normally only accessible to professionals with the proper credentials can visit, but they’ve agreed to welcome AAFCS excursion attendees for a tour! You’ll learn about the history of AmericasMart and its founder, famed Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr.; how their famous Markets work; how they work to help serve professionals in the interior design and apparel business;  and more! Plus, you’ll tour showrooms in the Interiors and/or Apparel towers (depending on ticket sales and attendee preference) and see the newest in furnishing, apparel, and gifts!  (And if you’re a native of Atlanta and looking to furnish your home, many furnishing showrooms have samples for sale at great prices—and AmericasMart can get your purchase all ready to be picked up later!)

This is an opportunity not to be missed—not only will you have a unique chance to visit the towers, you’ll also have the opportunity to shop their cash-and-carry apparel and gift shops, which are not open to the public!

Attendees will walk to AmericasMart from the hotel—less than half a mile. Please wear comfortable shoes.

Curb Market Sign

1:45pm-6:00pm: Sales on a Small Scale: Sweet Auburn Curb Market, $25, 3 PDUs 

Sweet Auburn Curb Market is an Atlanta fixture—and has been since the early 20th century! This year they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary—and you’ll be in the thick of it. An experienced Curb Market employee will take you around the space, introducing you to the Market's history and present. You'll learn about the many produce, meat, and fish vendors, as well as the eateries and retail shops! Sweet Auburn supports and develops local businesses--find out how. You'll have the chance to shop after your tour, and if you so choose, eat dinner. 

This is a walking tour—please wear comfortable shoes.

2:15pm-6:00pm: The CDC: Combating Disease and Helping You!, $45, 3 PDUs 

IMG_3282_2.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a key part of the fight against disease and malnutrition in the United States and worldwide. At the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, you’ll learn about the CDC’s many initiatives, history, and future through a guided tour of the museum’s exhibits. You’ll be able to see how the CDC’s work fits in with family and consumer sciences—and how you can bring their work into the classroom!