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5 things to do this weekend

1. Go “art-tiquing”

The Art-tiques Vintage Market is an expansion of the Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival held in April and October. Expect a more intimate feel with half the booths of the other festivals. Read more.

2. Eat ice cream

There’s a lot of flavor in Hall County, especially when it comes to ice cream. Maybe you’ve tried all six of these spots, but we bet you haven’t tried all their flavors. Read more.

3. Smell lavender

In addition to lavender-inspired activities at Saturday’s festival at the The Lavender Cottage and Garden in Sautee Nachoochee, you can also enjoy small-batch goodies including pickles, fruit spreads, jams and jellies, sauces and desserts. Vendors also will have crafts. A dulcimer group and jazz duo will provide live music, and there will be storytelling, too. Children can feed chickens and pet goats, and adults can get a chair massage. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.

4. Try out the new Braves stadium

Sure, it’s been open since spring, but we haven’t all had a chance to trek to Cobb County. There are home games this weekend, though. And reporter Norm Cannada made the trip last weekend. Here’s his take and 5 things to love about it.

5. Catch a concert

A mix of familiar music from local bands will be playing Saturday night at the Mitch Farmer June Jam, which supports the mission of Court-Appointed Special Advocates. The CASA organization provides volunteers to represent the best interests of neglected and abused children in court. Pianist Sean VanMeter, Ted Tuck’s Pajama Party and Peggie Hoskins & Vertigo will bring a varied repertoire of songs to The Arts Council’s Smithgall Arts Center. There’s also country band Pick Up Line and headliner Sandra Hall, a blues singer. Bring your food and drinks or buy dinner from Sweet Butts BBQ. There will also be kids’ activities.

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