Shannon James Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance

Shannon W. James, Sr., is vice president of Commercial Banking RM with BB&T. The newly elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, James also serves as the Chairman of the Investor/Finance Committee, Secretary for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement Districts, Head Coach for South Gwinnett 10U Boys Basketball and former CFO for the South Fulton Chamber. James was instrumental in implementing a robust accounting system for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, as well as helping to establish the organization’s 501(c)3. He helped lead the effort to identify a firm to manage the Alliance’s capital campaign and develop a five-year program to guide it. Look for more on the Aerotropolis in the Good Times section. 

Third Hoops and Heels Presented by BWEP with the Atlanta Hawks 

Founder and Executive Director Kim McNair says this will be the third year the Business Women Empowerment Project, Inc. (BWEP) nonprofit organization has hosted the fundraiser with the Atlanta Hawks. Hoops and Heels is always held during Women’s History month. They invite women and their families to come out to support the Hawks and have a great time.  

Each year they have a table on the concourse to share information on BWEP, Women on the MOVE Live TV Show and the new initiative Teen Girls Rock, supported by Kim McNair Productions and Women on the MOVE Live. 

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Serenbe Playhouse Named 
One of 20 Top Regional 
Theatres by Playbill

Playbill recently named Serenbe Playhouse one of the top 20 regional theatres in the nation. “From California’s La Jolla to Georgia’s Serenbe, these companies keep theatre alive across the country,” according to Playbill, also noting the Playhouse for Innovating the Artform. “Founded in 2009, Serenbe Playhouse immediately expanded the idea of site-specific and environmental theatre to a new scale. Serenbe’s productions are performed outdoors, with the specific aim of making nature a part of the experience. Executive/Artistic Director Brian Clowdus sets each new production on a new acre of land and accomplishes feats of design—be it landing a real helicopter for ‘Miss Saigon’ or creating a full-scale carnival with carousel for ‘Carousel’. Elaborate and visually stunning productions of ‘Evita’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ garnered major attention for the theatre in 2015 and 2016, but environmental spectacle is only part of what makes Serenbe notable. They are also committed to using primarily environmentally friendly materials like LED theatrical lighting, reclaimed and recycled materials, and repurposed existing set pieces, all of which are able to be easily disassembled so as to minimize the production’s impact on the environment.” The Playhouse is honored to be recognized as it enters its ninth season featuring Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “The Seagull” and “Titanic.”

Great Wolf Lodge Georgia Set 
to Open Doors May 31!

Great Wolf Lodge announced that it is accepting reservations for its first Georgia resort, sharing that it will begin welcoming guests on May 31. An overnight stay at Great Wolf Lodge Georgia includes two days of play at the expansive indoor water park, along with numerous fun-filled activities families can enjoy together. Standard rates start at $199.99 per night. The new Great Wolf Lodge will be located in Lagrange, Georgia, about an hour from South Fulton. 

“We’re another step closer to opening Great Wolf Lodge Georgia, a resort that will bring joy to families across the Southeast with our unique brand of year-round family entertainment,” says Keith Furnas, the resort’s general manager. “From our signature indoor water park, to a wide variety of family-friendly attractions and activities all under one roof, Great Wolf Lodge Georgia is the perfect getaway for families looking to make lifetime memories together.”

Swim, Splash & Slide

Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will be a first-class destination with 457 guest suites and nearly 500,000 square feet of entertainment space and lodging amenities to enjoy. The centerpiece of the resort will be the nearly 100,000-square-foot indoor water park. With signature Great Wolf Lodge water rides and attractions, including Fort Mackenzie, a multi-level interactive water fort treehouse with a massive tipping bucket, high thrill water slides, a relaxing lazy river, a huge wave pool, and several zero-depth entry pools and kid water play areas, the new resort will feature water fun for everyone. The resort will also feature a massive outdoor resort pool with additional water attractions for families to enjoy together. Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will debut with an exclusive, adult-only oasis adjacent to the outdoor pool, complete with relaxing chaise lounge chairs and a private hot tub for parents to enjoy.  

Activities & Attractions

Beyond the thrills of the water park, Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will feature dozens of entertainment options under its massive roof. Families will delight in the wide variety of activities found throughout the entire resort, perfect for children of all ages. Featured attractions include the 40,000-square-foot Great Wolf Adventure Park, a full-service family entertainment center featuring the Howlers Peak Ropes Course®, Howl In One™ Miniature Golf Course, Ten Paw Alley™ family bowling, Northern Lights™ Arcade and Rustic Ridge, a multi-story rock wall. 

No Great Wolf Lodge experience would be complete without a trip to Scoops Kids Spa, the perfect place for ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures.

Additionally, Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will delight children with the dozens of kids’ activities from morning to night. From waking up with Yoga Tails™, a fun and creative yoga class set to engaging stories, to crafts and interactive science experiments in the afternoon, and finally ending the fun-filled day with nightly Story Time in the lobby—the wolf pups will retreat to their dens at night fully tuckered out. The resort will also feature the all-new Forest Friends show in the Grand Lobby. This interactive animated show utilizes the latest in 3D mapping technology to bring the Great Wolf Lodge characters to life in new and exciting ways and help tell the story of Great Wolf Lodge.

Great Wolf Lodge Georgia will be located at 150 Tom Hall Parkway in LaGrange. For more information on Great Wolf Resorts and its brands of indoor water park resorts, visit