Piedmont Park Conservancy Hosts Un-Party for Piedmont Park

On Thursday, September 24, the Piedmont Park Conservancy hosted the Un-Party for Piedmont Park, the best event park supporters did NOT attend featuring Grammy nominated artist Shawn Mullins and celebrity Chef Ash Fulk,

Like many other nonprofits, the Piedmont Park Conservancy was faced with the challenge of hosting critical fundraisers within the limitations of the pandemic. The Conservancy sought a virtual lineup that would both highlight the passion for Piedmont Park and entertain guests in a technology-fatigued world. The Conservancy packed in musical performances, cocktail and cooking demonstrations, park testimonials, a silent auction, DJ dance parties in just 60 minutes.

Just over half of registered ticket holders and patrons logged in and virtually partied with the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The Un-Party event raised over $60,000 to benefit the Conservancy’s mission to preserve and enhance beautiful Piedmont Park.

Video Still Shot: Calvin the 3rd  Hosting the Un-Party for Piedmont Park

Video Still Shot: Charlotte Dixon gives a testimonial on why she supports the Piedmont Park Conservancy from her home.

Video Still Shot: Grammy nominated artist Shawn Mullins headlines the Piedmont Park Conservancy’s virtual Un-Party for Piedmont Park

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About Piedmont Park Conservancy
The Piedmont Park Conservancy is a member and donor funded nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Atlanta to maintain and enhance historic Piedmont Park. Founded in 1989, the Conservancy raises over $3 million each year to enhance and maintain the park. Today, the Conservancy manages over 90% of the overall maintenance and security of Piedmont Park.

Media Contact: Amy Han Risher
Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
Piedmont Park Conservancy
E: arisher@piedmontpark.org
P: (404) 480-3758

duck swimming in lake clara meer in piedmont park

Feathered Friends: Fall Bird Migration in Piedmont Park

While fall migration through Georgia may not be as spectacular as springtime migration, it is still a sight to behold. Starting as early as August, many birds make their way south in preparation for the winter season. During migration, these birds use “stopover habitats” as resting places on their long journey. Stopover habitats are places to eat, sleep, and recharge, like a hotel room on a long drive.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

So, when fall migration peaks in late September and October, who is checking into Georgia, and who is checking out? Feathered friends including a few sparrow species, multiple duck species, kinglets and cedar waxwings come to Georgia. These species have been nesting up north all spring and summer long. We also have some species checking out in search of warmer weather. Warblers, thrushes, orioles and more will begin their journey south.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

How can you spot these travelers, and maybe even help out? While most of these birds will do the bulk of their traveling at night, you can still spot them while they stop for food. In fact, with the losses in stopover habitat, you can ensure a sighting by turning your backyard into a migratory bird oasis! Plants such as elderberry, sumac, and dogwood provide berries. Hackberry and American beautyberry provide nutrient-rich fruits. Providing a feeding place or birds helps fuel them up for their long journey, or help them recharge after it.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

So grab your binoculars and field guide, and observe! Don’t forget that the best way to observe wildlife is to stop, look, and listen. 

Author: Dana Buskovitz, Piedmont Park Conservancy Education Coordinator

Want to learn more about animals, plants and all things science? Follow our education team on their Instagram @piedmontlearns.

Green Market Recipe: Apple Pecan Pastry Log & Spicy Cow Pea Apple Salad

Apple Pecan Pastry Log

A nice, light pastry. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Tools: paring knife, medium cooking pot, vegetable peeler, cutting board, pastry mat, rubber spatula, baking pan, pastry brush, and large spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5 large apples
  • 1.5 sticks of butter
  • 1.5 cups of chopped pecans
  • Filo dough
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 tbs. grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (plus 2 tbs. for sprinkle)
  • 2 tbs. cinnamon (plus 1 tsp for sprinkle)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. orange peel
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Chop pecans.
  3. Peel and chop apples.
  4. Put apple, ginger, 1 stick of butter, maple syrup, and sugar into cooking pot on medium heat for about 20 minutes or until mixture is soft.
  5. Add lemon juice, salt pepper, orange peel, cinnamon, and pecans.
  6. Mix well and let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Roll out filo dough and spread softened mascarpone on dough. Spread apple mixture 2” thick on the filo dough.
  8.  Roll the dough into a log, pinch the ends and place onto a baking sheet.
  9. Melt the remaining ½ stick of butter and spread butter on the top with the pastry brush. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on the top. 
  10. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes.

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Spicy Cow Pea* Apple Salad

A simple salad great for dinner, lunch or a side with pork. 

*Any type of southern pea will work

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, sauce pan, rubber spatula and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (tart variety)
  • 2 cups cow pea (or any southern pea)
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1/4 cup grated ginger
  • 1 hot chili (thai or habanero pepper will do)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbs shoyu (or soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp horseradish
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tsp hot mustard powder
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Shell and rinse peas. Cook on a rolling boil, in a medium sauce pan for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and add a dash of salt.
  2. Peel, core and dice apples.
  3. Dice peppers and onion into fine pieces.
  4. Peel and grate ginger.
  5. Mix apples, peas, onions, ginger, pepper and horseradish. Add shoyu, coconut milk, oil, vinegar, mustard , salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Will stay good in fridge for up to one week.

Want more apple recipes? Check out our recipes for baked stuffed apples, apple salsa, spicy apple sauce and apple pecan salad.

Green Market Recipes: Baked Stuffed Apples and Apple Salsa

Baked Stuffed Apples

Traditionally stuffed apples are sweet, but these are savory for a special Green Market flair! Serve with a green, hearty salad!  

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, medium sauté pan, cutting board, rubber spatula, casserole pan, and large spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5 large apples (crisp varieties)
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 jalapeño cheese sausages
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TSP pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core apples, cut out about one inch of the apple (enough to make a nice space for the filling) and chop the extra apple into fine bits.
  3. Dice onion into fine pieces, garlic and peppers.
  4. Chop sausage into small pieces
  5. Sauté the onions and peppers in olive oil on medium heat until partially cooked.
  6. Add the sausage, garlic, salt and pepper to the pan and cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  7. Take the cored apples, coat the outsides with olive oil and place them in a casserole dish.
  8. Stuff each apple with the sausage, onion and pepper mixture and top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes and let sit a few minutes before eating.

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Apple Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

Who doesn’t love salsa? Try this fresh, fall version of a classic! This salsa is great for chips, tacos, or to top a nice bowel of white chili.

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, large mixing bowl, rubber spatula, and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (JonaGold variety)
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 2-5 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Peel, core and dice apples.
  2. Dice onion, garlic, peppers and cilantro into fine pieces.
  3. Mix apples, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro in a large bowl.
  4. Add vinegar, juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before eating.

Want more apple recipes? Check out our recipes for spicy apple sauce, apple pecan salad, apple pecan pastry log and spicy cow pea apple salad.

Green Market Recipes: Spicy Apple Sauce and Apple Pecan Salad

Apple Pecan Salad

Try this simple salad recipe! Great recipe for a snack, picnic, or a light lunch. For an extra protein kick, top with tuna or white fish!

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, rubber spatula, and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (crisp varieties)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Peel, core and dice apples.
  2. Dice onion into fine pieces.
  3. Chop pecans in to small pieces.
  4. Mix: Apples, onions pecans, and horseradish.
  5. Add mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before eating.

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Spicy Apple Sauce

A nice kick to an old favorite, try making this spicy apple sauce at home!

Tools: Paring knife, vegetable peeler, large sauce pan, hand mixer, citrus press, rubber spatula and large spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5 – Large apples (crisp tart varieties work best)
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 2 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt (course)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Peal, core and chop apples into small pieces.
  2. Grate ginger
  3. Cut, remove seeds, and dice peppers into small pieces.
  4. Grate lemon peel until you have about 2 tbsp, and squeeze lemon juice into measuring cup

Cook:

  1. Add apples, grated ginger, peppers, sugar, grated lemon peel, ¼ cup lemon juice, and 3 tbsp salt to sauce pan on medium heat.
  2. Stir and watch until the apples start to break down (about 15 mins).
  3. Turn heat to medium low and let simmer for 30 mins or until mixture becomes mushy.
  4. Turn heat off. Add cinnamon if desired.
  5. Stir and let cool with lid on for about 20 mins.
  6. Next, use hand mixer on medium speed to puree mixture.
  7. Put apple sauce in a jar or bowl with a lid and refrigerate until cold.

Apple sauce will hold for at least 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Want more apple recipes? Check out our recipes for baked stuffed applesapple salsa, apple pecan pastry log and spicy cow pea apple salad.

Move! Mondays Kickoff – Special Interview with Northside Hospital’s John Andrachuk, MD

Many of us have grown used to the self-quarantine lifestyle. Most of our days are spent at home, either helping young family members with their schooling, working from home, or immediately returning home from your job. It can be hard to focus on your physical activity and move every day, especially after what could potentially be months of a sedentary lifestyle.

To increase access to health professionals and expert advice, the Piedmont Park Conservancy is collaborating with Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine to host Move! Mondays starting in September.

Kicking off Move! Mondays, check out this special interview with Orthopedic Surgeon John Andrachuk, MD. In this video, we learn about how sports medicine is for everyone, advice on getting back into an active lifestyle and more.


In five weeks, you can combat potential issues, and learn safe and effective methods to get your body moving. Move! Mondays will be hosted on Facebook: @PiedmontParkATL

  • September 14 at Noon – Facebook Live HIIT Workout with Lead Athletic Trainer Brian Finn
  • September 21 at Noon – Facebook Live Home Office Set-Up and Body Stretches with Megan Carter
  • September 28 at Noon – Facebook Live HIIT Workout with Lead Athletic Trainer Brian Finn
  • October 5 – Facebook Live Three 10-Minute Workouts You Can Do Before Dinner Time with Megan Carter

RSVP on the Piedmont Park Conservancy Facebook events @PiedmontParkATL for notifications and the release of special resources.

About Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine:

The team at Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care and personalized services based entirely around the needs of athletes. As a center for orthopedics and sports medicine, their team takes care of your every need – from injury prevention to performance services and athletic training to orthopedic surgery. They provide services for athletes of all ages, including orthopedic and sports medicine care for children, across a wide range of specialties. Learn more.

Check out some of their videos: Nutrition Tips for Runners and Injury Prevention Running Tips.