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Photos From an Unusual Autumnal Afternoon in Atlanta

Last weekend Hendrick’s Gin and Atlas Obscura continued their series of cross-country garnishing galas.

Erica Mancini serenades guests.
Erica Mancini serenades guests. All Photos: Greta Reynolds

Over the past few months, eagle-eyed oglers may have spotted a curious sight on some of America’s highways and byways: The Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher, a 38-foot-long, cucumber-slicing vehicle which has slowly been making its way cross country entertaining onlookers.

Most recently, it made a stop in Atlanta, where it greeted Atlas Obscura fans at the historic Houston Mill House for a musical afternoon soiree. Guests were showered in rose petals as they arrived, and then made their way through the winding paths of the old estate to discover various garden party delights.

Performances included the melodic stylings of T.S. Woodward with his friends Cicada Rhythm, and dreamy sets from accordionist Erica Mancini and harpist Ellena Phillips.

There are still a few stops left on the Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher grand tour, so residents of Washington D.C. take special note: Atlas Obscura will be hosting an unusual event in your city next.

Harpist Ellena Phillips takes a break from her set with a spritely welcome.
Harpist Ellena Phillips takes a break from her set with a spritely welcome.
November showers of fragrant flowers.
November showers of fragrant flowers.
The afternoon was truly this joyous.
The afternoon was truly this joyous.
Thirsty attendees queue for their curious cocktails.
Thirsty attendees queue for their curious cocktails.
Even the Hendrick's Grand Garnisher has time to stop and juggle the roses.
Even the Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher has time to stop and juggle the roses.
A guest commemorates their unusual experience.
A guest commemorates their unusual experience.
Perfect form.
Perfect form.
All is fair in gin and beanbags.
All is fair in gin and beanbags.
Shuffleboard skills were fully showcased
Shuffleboard skills were fully showcased
A guest is garnished with a real pressed flower tattoo.
A guest is garnished with a real pressed flower tattoo.
T.S. Woodward performed like a gentleman.
T.S. Woodward performed like a gentleman.
Hendrick's marvelous Negroni machine enchanted those willing to wait.
Hendrick’s marvelous Negroni machine enchanted those willing to wait.

This post is promoted in partnership with Hendrick’s Gin. Follow the Grand Garnisher’s journey at Hendricks.com.