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Georgia Beer Garden and Big Bethel AME Church Host “Coffee and Cake” on MLK Day of Service
On January 21st, the MLK Day of Service, Georgia Beer Garden (420 Edgewood Ave) will host “Coffee & Cake Community Fundraiser for Big Bethel Saturday Academy” from 2 - 6pm. This lovechild of a Bake Sale and the Day of Service after party is designed to be a social hour for the many volunteers in the area, as well as a relaxed way to continue giving back to the community. Senior members of Big Bethel AME Church, the oldest African-American congregation in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, will provide the delicious baked goods, with 100% of the proceeds going to support the Saturday Academy.
The lifelong amateur bakers will be on site that afternoon sharing not only their cakes but also their stories about an ever-changing Atlanta. Georgia Beer Garden believes in conversations and strong community bonds. We hope this will be an opportunity for people to meet someone new, hear about their lives, and share their own journeys over coffee and cake. Some of those treats will include:
Key Lime Cupcakes from southwest Atlanta native and Grady High alum Pamela Fleming, 65. She learned to cook at her mother’s side and has mastered everything except for her yeast rolls. Ms. Fleming has been a member of Big Bethel’s congregation her entire life. She has been witness to so much history in Atlanta. "We had friends who lived where [Interstate] 20 is today. I looked up one day and there was a concrete road between me and where my friends live. That changed everything." One constant, though, is her tangy key lime cupcakes. They may not be her mother’s famous yeast rolls, but we’re looking forward to trying them and hearing more about Ms. Fleming’s life in Atlanta.
Classic Pound Cake from the youthful and handy Miriam Redding, 78. Ms. Redding grew up in Lumpkin, GA, where her parents moved after surviving the Great Depression in Atlanta. "The love for cooking I got from my mother, and when she passed I started to bake the pound cakes for the family. I am the 12th of 14 children so I had to get it right." She came into the city to attend Morris Brown at the age of 18, when she became a member of Big Bethel AME. In addition to her family’s pound cake, we are excited to listen to more stories about her time here.
Sharing an alley with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park is a big source of pride for us at Georgia Beer Garden. It is humbling to think of all the history in Sweet Auburn and exciting to be a part of a community that carries on that legacy on a daily basis. A champion of that legacy is Reverend Bessie Donaldson. We have seen, firsthand, the difference that she has made in the lives of children around the downtown area through Big Bethel Saturday Academy, a free resource and safe space for local kids offering tutoring, field trips, meals, social skill and self-esteem building, and much more. As a 501(c)(3), they are funded solely by donations so events like this are of extreme importance.
About Georgia Beer Garden
Opened in 2016 by Johnny Martinez and Brandon Ley, owners of Joystick Gamebar, Georgia Beer Garden is a calm spot in Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district that highlights Georgia’s brewing industry and offers guests a relaxing atmosphere either inside the historically designated building or it’s surrounding garden. 100% of the beer and cider served is brewed in the State of Georgia. The knowledgeable staff can help you choose between the 24 rotating taps (available in 5, 10, and 20 oz pours) and another 100 or so in bottles and cans to find the right beer for you. More information at http://www.georgiabeergarden.com and http://www.facebook.com/georgiabeergarden.
About Big Bethel Saturday Academy
Run by Program Coordinator, Rev. Bessie Donaldson, the Saturday Academy is the outreach component of the Juvenile Justice Ark of Safety Community Outreach Ministry of Atlanta’s Big Bethel AME Church. It is designed to provide an outlet and assistance to youth and families in the areas of computer and academic literacy, to offer personal interactions and dialog, to address every day issues and concerns that children and families encounter, and to seek ways to provide help in eradicating the same. This is also a time for developing social skills, etiquette, building self-esteem and love for oneself with a focus on making healthy choices.
Brandon Ley - (404) 213-8316
Johnny Martinez - (678) 472-2256