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Contents March 2019

The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } Phoenix Flies 8 } Art of Surgery 10 } Literacy Project 12 } Spiritual Retreats 16 } Pet Pick 16 } A Look Back 17 } TimmyDaddy 18 } Eastside Trail Extension

Contributors Sally Bethea, Kathy Dean, Joe Earle, Grace Huseth, Donna Williams Lewis, Clare Richie, Tim Sullivan, Megan Volpert Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com.

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While I was working with contributor Kathy Dean on this month’s cover story, I took a longish walk from Highland Avenue to Memorial Drive. I strolled down the BeltLine Eastside Trail, checked out the newly-opened section between Edgewood and DeKalb Avenue, ducked through the Krog Street Tunnel and made my way down Estoria. Suddenly, I felt like I was in another world. The construction around Estoria and Pearl where they intersect with Memorial is, to put it mildly, intense. The 764 Memorial townhomes, Modera Reynoldstown and Atlanta Dairies project are all smackdab on top of each other. A little further down, the Eastside Trail extension was tantalizingly close to completion and construction at the massive Madison Yards development anchored by Publix and an AMC Theatre is in full swing. I could already imagine myself walking with friends down the BeltLine to catch a matinee and grab dinner. I’ve lived on Highland Avenue in the Old Fourth Ward for 14 years, and I watched it completely transform around me. I’m sure the longtime residents of Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown are nonplussed on a daily basis to see the transformation of Memorial just as I was when Inman Park Village seemed to spring out of the ground overnight. I’m also a little jealous. Don’t get me wrong – I love living in O4W and have no immediate plans to move, but I must admit to having some street Collin Kelley envy envisioning all the amenities that will soon be literally out collin@atlantaintownthe front door for residents old and new. The new Alta Dairies paper.com apartments look incredibly chic and have rent prices to match. Reclaiming this stretch of Memorial is a bold idea, but I do hope that as the BeltLine continues to extend south, that the promise of affordable housing will come to fruition. Prices are sky-high already and the myriad of projects isn’t even complete. Making this corridor accessible to all will be key to its success.

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The Neighborhood Phoenix Flies

News & Features

By Collin Kelley

T The annual showcase of the city’s historic sites returns March 2-24

Some of the historic sites on this year’s Phoenix Flies are, from top, the Herndon Home Museum, Kronberg Wall Architect’s headquarters in a former Reynoldstown church, Plaza Theatre (which turns 80 this year!), Hotel Clermont and Pullman Yard.

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he Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) will present its annual “Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites” March 2 - 24. The three-week-long festival celebrating Atlanta’s cultural and historical resources will showcase more than 100 sites and offer more than 200 events, including guided walking tours, lectures, storytelling, open houses and more. And it’s all free. Some of the new partners for this year’s event include Atlanta Legal Aid located in the old Elks Club building in Downtown, Atomic Films/Pratt-Pullman Yards, Hotel Clermont, the Met/Candler Cotton Warehouses and Plaza Theatre. A highlight this year will be new tours of in-process or recently completed high profile rehabilitation projects, including a lecture and tour of the PrattPullman Yards in Kirkwood, now owned by Atomic Films; the Newport development tour of South Downtown; the Met/Candler Warehouses tour; and a guided tour through the re-opened Hotel Clermont. Other interesting rehabilitation projects showcased for the first time include two former church buildings that have been adapted into new uses. The Imperial Opa Circus/Atlanta Circus School is housed in the 1924 Grant Park Methodist Episcopal Church South and will offer an open house. The Kronberg Wall architectural firm is located in the 1922 Bearden Temple AME Church in Reynoldstown and will offer a lecture and tour. Atlanta Legal Aid, headquartered in the old 1912 Elks Club Building on Ellis Street, will offer a tour of the building and a photo exhibit. There also will be a series of lectures at the APC that will focus specifically on historic preservation, including architectural historians Dr. Richard Cloues with a lecture on the American Small House and Dr. Robert Craig with a discussion on the differing preservation philosophies of Violette Le-Duc and John Ruskin. The Atlanta Regional Commission, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia DNR will present their second annual historic preservation forum, where participants will learn about recent and upcoming preservation issues and projects in metro Atlanta. Finally, local Architecture Tourist Terry Kearns will return with a new sidekick – ATLmaps – to provide his view on how to grow the preservation community. The University of Georgia’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library will offer its “First Date with History” workshop at the Atlanta Preservation Center for the first time. Participants at this workshop will hold history in their hands as they explore a grouping of historic materials and discover the story that they tell. Tours of the Apex Museum, the Municipal Market at Sweet Auburn, Sweet Auburn Works, the Atlanta Daily World and Constellations, as well as tours offered by Civil Bikes, return to illustrate the history of the city’s African American heritage and the revitalization occurring in the Sweet Auburn Historic District/Old Fourth Ward. Representing the Westside will be events at the English Avenue School, Herndon Home, Hammond House, Wren’s Nest, Castleberry Hill and Whittier Mill Village. A new tour along revitalized Georgia Avenue in the Summerhill area, led by Carter USA, will focus on the redevelopment around the former Turner Field area. Tours of Balzer Theatre, Healey Building and The Rialto Theatre return to offer visitors a view of the revitalized Fairlie-Poplar Historic District. Several events celebrate the arts, which historically have contributed so much to Atlanta’s culture, including a lecture on the history of new partner Atlanta Opera, a lecture and tour at the Atlanta Ballet, a lecture on a Roman marble sculpture at the Carlos Museum, tours at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Millennium Gate Museum, and an open house at Cherry Lion Studios. Returning popular events include tours at historic Oakland, Southview, Sylvester and Westview cemeteries, along with numerous churches and houses of worship. The Fox Theatre also returns this year, along with the Piedmont Driving Club and the Atlanta Woman’s Club. The Atlanta Preservation Center will again offer its open house and tours of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods. All events are free to the public, but reservations are required for some events. Visit preserveatlanta.com for information. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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The Art of Surgery You’ll find millions of answers on Google.

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Empowerment through Education. At Atlanta Gynecology & Obstetrics and Decatur Midwifery, we believe education empowers moms to make smart decisions throughout the pregnancy journey — partnering with providers to ensure a healthy and safe birth experience. As part of our focus on education, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of BABYSCRIPTS® — an app that gives you real time access to accurate information. This mobile technology tracks your pregnancy with weekly tips and tasks, and delivers customized educational content approved by our providers.

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Northside Hospital prides itself on having a staff that cares about bedside manner, yet many of the hospital’s surgeries are performed nearly eight feet away from the patient. It may seem contradictory at first, but this distance makes all the difference. Northside performs a majority of their surgeries robotically. On the gynecologic oncology floor of the cancer institute, it means Dr. Gerald Feuer even more cases of cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers can be treated at Northside than at any other hospital in Georgia. Robotic surgeries are the next evolution of laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgeries, which has added the use of robotic arms for surgical instruments. The doctor remains in control, but with robotic technology, he or she has more control than ever before. Dr. Gerald Feuer, a gynecological oncologist, recently performed his 4,000th robotic surgery at Northside Hospital, and is the second gynecological surgeon in the world to reach that milestone. With more than 30 years of experience, Feuer has established himself as a leading robotic surgeon. “The robot can not only turn the whole arm, but it can actually bend at the wrist and fingers. It really duplicates the human hand, and it makes me way more adept than I would be laparoscopically,” Feuer said. The series of controls, buttons and even foot pedals require serious skill, but bring confidence to the surgeon. “Even though there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle, you can move fast,” Feuer said. “It’s like a very complex video game.” The doctor begins his surgeries laparoscopically, making small incisions before moving the robot into place. Called da Vinci, cameras on the robotic arm produce 3D images in high definition resolution, offering more detail and contours than open surgery. Any time Feuer spends away from performing surgery is made up in office visits and consultations. He spends nearly an hour with each patient outlining the experience and educating them. “I explain what I’ve done...not to brag, but to make them confident with what I’ve done in the past. A lot of education goes in as well, which helps give patients confidence. The more they understand what they’re going through, the more they can be confident with the situation,” Feuer said. Feuer said that many procedures, such as a hysterectomies, have improved vastly by using robotic technology, with bonuses of less bleeding and recovery time. Robotic surgeries have been performed for over 20 years, but Feuer was one of the first to introduce the procedures to gynecological care nearly a dozen years ago. Gynecological oncologists have traveled to Atlanta to learn Feuer’s techniques and continue to study his training videos. Today, Feuer collaborates with a team of robotic surgeons at Northside Hospital to refine robotic procedures, with hopes to initiate more outpatient surgeries in the near future. As technology continues to advance, Feuer knows the art of surgery will never change. “Surgery will always remain artistic,” he said. “I wish I could paint, but my art is in the OR.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has appointed Clyde Higgs as president and chief executive officer following a national search to replace Brian McGowan. Higgs has been serving as interim CEO for the last six months after joining ABI in 2015 as chief operating officer. The Atlanta City Council passed legislation expanding oversight of the awarding of performance bonuses for city personnel. Under the new legislation, bonuses are restricted to full-time employees; no employee may receive more than one performance bonus per year; and no employee may receive a performance bonus payment in a gross amount over 10 percent of the employee’s annual base salary. Prior to the award of any bonus, the Chief Financial Officer must certify that sufficient funds are available for that department. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has acquired new property near the Atlanta BeltLine Westside corridor. The three-quartermile line is an unused railroad corridor stretching from Joseph E. Boone Boulevard to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and was acquired from Antioch Baptist Church North. It provides a critical connection between Northside Drive and the 1.8-mile segment of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor purchased in August 2018, informally known as the “Kudzu Line.”

Literacy Project

Seven-year-old Selah Thompson launches Empowered Readers nonprofit By Clare S. Richie The visionary behind nonprofit Empowered Readers Literacy Project is a little girl with a big empathetic heart. Parkside Elementary School first grader Selah Thompson saw classmates struggling last year with their ABCs and sight words. She knew she needed to do something and asked her parents to help her. “Every kid deserves to read is what I always say,” Selah said. “I can’t stop saying it!” Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Selah and her parents launched the new nonprofit at the inaugural “March to 20Hundred Thousand Books: A Children’s March for Literacy.” That’s two million books, if you do the math. “Despite the weather, we had about 370 people and collected 3,100 books,” Selah’s father, Khalil M. Thompson, said. “We wanted the kids to be smiling by the end, and that’s exactly what happened.” Festivities began at Georgia State Stadium, where children created signs and banners, and did other reading activities alongside sponsors like Chick-fil-A Foundation, Public Broadcasting Atlanta and King of Pops. “Children were given a graphic book template to interpret and tell their own story. They loved it,” Khalil said. Then, the Atlanta Drum Academy children led the march a half-mile through southeast Atlanta to the former Georgia Hill Library on Georgia Avenue in Grant Park. There, Selah and her friends installed the nonprofit’s first three Little Free Libraries: one shaped like a treasure chest for children’s books, one for young adult books and one for adult books. Students at Selah’s school as well as from Dunbar Elementary and Barack and Michelle Obama

Voters will choose from several candidates vying for the District 3 council seat vacated after the death of Ivory Lee Young, Jr. in a Special Election on March 19. If necessary, a runoff will be held April 16.. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of Carmen Chubb as the new Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta. Chubb is the current Deputy Commissioner for Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, where she has served for more than 25 years.

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Academy decorated them in advance. “When we unveiled those libraries the kids were so excited,” Khalil said. In 2019, Empowered Readers seeks to plant 23 more sets of Little Free Llibraries in the city’s underserved neighborhoods and collect about 7,000 more books. This is all because of a conversation on Selah’s first day of kindergarten. “She was upset. She told us ‘some of my new friends don’t know their sight words, their ABCs, how to read or spell their name.’ She didn’t understand why,” Khalil recalled. The Thompsons seized the teachable moment and explained that everybody’s circumstance is different. Some parents aren’t home

during story time because they have multiple jobs. Maybe they don’t know how to read, weren’t read to as children or just don’t have books in their homes. “She looked at us and said, ‘We need to help’,” Khalil said. “Her empathy Selah Thompson didn’t come out of the blue. She always wants to make sandwiches for the homeless or give away her favorite toys at Christmas. When Selah recognized that there was a problem, she challenged us to help her and we started our nonprofit to do just that,” Selah’s mother, Nicole E. Thompson, said. The research shocked them. Nationally, two-thirds of students who cannot read by 4th grade end up in jail or on welfare. And more than two-thirds of APS students cannot read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade. “As a kindergarten teacher, I see first-hand the gaps between students who have access to literature before entering my classroom and those who do not,” Selah’s kindergarten teacher Aleara Lofton said. The Thompson’s own pediatrician suggested that they go beyond solely giving books and find a way to engage the whole family, because reading is a learned behavior. Literacy is a complex process that starts at birth and requires family and community connection – this has become the basis for Empowered Readers. Last August, the Thompsons pitched their launch concept, “March to 20Hundred Thousand Books,” at an ideas challenge hosted by Plywood People, a group that helps start and sustain projects doing good. “Khalil and Nicole balance optimism with hard work. Every day they’re hustling to get books in the hands of our future leaders of Atlanta,” Plywood People executive director Jeff Shinabarger said. It was a figurative march until Selah heard the pitch. “We should make it a children’s march and actually march,” Selah told her parents. The children’s march is now an annual event, empowering children to speak up for themselves and bond around reading. “The energy was infectious – the kids loved marching and putting their hands on the books. Parents keep contacting us saying the kids keep running to the library to get books out. It’s been amazing,” Khalil said. The next Little Free Libraries installation is scheduled for late March in the Vine City community. Empowered Readers will team up with Westside Future Fund, the YMCA and Young Authors Publishing, an organization that publishes books by children and places proceeds into a college fund. You will be able to find a copy of “Roxy’s Day in Vine City,” written by neighborhood kids, in the children’s treasure chest library. For more information, visit empoweredreaders.org. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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By Donna Williams Lewis In a world full of distractions — from endless TV channels to constantly breaking news to social media — it feels like a gift to step onto the sacred grounds of The Monastery of the Holy Spirit. It is the 75th anniversary of this 2,300-acre oasis of peace in Conyers where 29 Trappist monks live together in solitude and silence and in lives that are rooted in prayer, study and work. The monks meet seven times a day for communal prayer beginning with Vigils at 4 a.m. and ending with Compline (evening prayers) at 7:30 p.m. Most of these services are open to the public in the Abbey Church. The monastery also offers extended opportunities to revitalize the spirit and rejuvenate the soul through a retreat center that can house up to 40 guests. Brother Callistus Crichlow, who handles public relations and development for the monastery, said the retreat center is the monastery’s way of sharing the fruits of monastic life with the community at large. “The fruits would be hospitality, spiritual insight, spiritual understanding, prudence, wisdom, compassion, the gifts of the spirit,” he said. “These are gifts not just for us, but for all.” Here, you can step away from the noise of the world and “devote your whole being to thoughts of God, thinking of God and praying with God,” Crichlow said. Some of the monastery’s retreats provide a quiet and contemplative atmosphere while others offer opportunities for sharing and mutual support. Personal retreats are also available when there is no scheduled program. The monastery retreats are open to people of all faiths and to those searching for faith. The monastery began in 1944 when 21 Trappist monks left the Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky to found a monastery in the rural Georgia wilderness. The very striking Abbey Church, which was built by the monks, features large stained-glass windows and 30inch walls and was recently designated “Georgia’s Most Remarkable Concrete Building” as described in “The History of Engineering in Georgia.” In addition to joining monks for services, visitors can tour the Monastic Museum at the Visitor Center; learn about the art of bonsai and shop for gifts at the Monastery Garden Center; visit the Abbey Store, which features a wide variety of gifts, books and fudge, fruitcake and biscotti made by the monks at the Monastery Bakery; and enjoy the grounds, which include the Prayer Walk, the Monastery Lakes and the Rockdale River trail. Among upcoming monastery retreats are a Contemplative Prayer retreat on April 7; “Palm Sunday: Meeting Jesus during Holy Week” on April 12-14; Sacred Triduum on April 18-21; and the

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Visitors to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers can join the monks in prayer services throughout each day at the Abbey Church, which is currently undergoing renovation.

Divine Mercy Retreat on April 26-28. Here are a few other places in metro Atlanta and beyond where you can find spiritual retreats.

Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center Opened in 1960, Ignatius House was created to “provide retreat and spiritual renewal for those seeking to discover and live out God’s will in their lives,” according to its website. Located on 20 heavily wooded acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the center welcomes nearly 3,000 retreatants annually. Guests enjoy private bedrooms and bathrooms, chef-prepared nutritious meals, sacred spaces throughout the grounds and liturgies in the St. Ignatius Chapel. Retreats are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a published set of Christian contemplations and prayers. Unless otherwise noted, they are all silent retreats directed by certified spiritual directors. Ignatius House offers Days of Reflection (one-day events), weekend retreats and Individually Directed Retreats that offer silence and solitude over five or eight days. Month-long retreats are also available for guests who want to do the full Spiritual Exercises. Off-site retreats are offered as well. Guests have said Ignatius House retreats helped them acquire peace and feel refreshed and renewed. “Silence allowed me to slow down and hear the voice of God in a very real way,” one guest wrote in a comment shared by Ignatius House. “Ignatius House has always been a refuge for me. A peaceful environment with a sense of God’s Presence. … Meals were restaurant quality!” wrote another guest. “Thank You for providing the means for this special God-filled weekend!” Among its upcoming seasonal retreats, the center will host “LENT: Season, Symbol, Sign and Summons” with Joseph Lingan, S.J. on March 7-10. And on April 18-21, there’s an Easter Triduum Retreat with Ignatius House staff. An 8-day Holy Week retreat is also offered.

Atlanta Soto Zen Center

Ignatius House Located on 20 acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the Ignatius House welcomes nearly 3,000 guests annually for mostly silent retreats.

Soto Zen, one of the major sects of Zen Buddhism, emphasizes the practice of zazen, or sitting meditation, and individual effort. The Atlanta Soto Zen Center was founded in the early 1970s and offers a place to practice zazen every day of the week, along with daily and weekly discussion groups. Among its retreats, the center holds Just Sit Saturdays every second Saturday. These are days of just sitting zazen, with intermittent 5-minute periods of walking, hosted by Michael Elliston, abbot of the Atlanta Zoto Zen Center. This event isn’t for first-timers, who are asked to first attend the Introduction At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


panoramic mountain views. Andy and Carolyn Bralley purchased the undeveloped land in 2010 as a place of refuge while their daughter, Eve Cook, was battling refractory Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today, Cook is cancer-free and attributes much of her healing to the support from nature found at Elohee. Thirty acres of the property were set aside for the Elohee Center, which invites guests to retreats allowing for self-exploration, individual growth and mind/body healing. Space is available for up to 50 overnight guests in seven cottages, three communal spaces, two meeting spaces and an intimate dining hall featuring seasonally inspired meals, said Cook, Elohee’s executive director.

“Elohee was born from finding a way to not let trauma get in the way of living your best life,” she said. “It brings me joy to share this healing land with others along the path of their own journey.” Among the center’s March retreats are an Introduction to Shamanism on March 15-17; a Spring Equinox Yoga Retreat on March 22-24; a Rest & Relaxation Weekend with massages available on March 22-24; A Day of Mindfulness on March 23; and “You Are Already At The Party,” on March 28-31. That retreat comes with this description: “What would it mean to you if you really knew that everything you seek and yearn for in life, you already are and have available for your life?”

For information about retreats and to learn more Elohee Center The Elohee Center at Landsong offers retreat space on 220 acres with a 100-foot waterfall, a pond and panoramic North Georgia mountain views.

to Zen Meditation held at the center on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. Just Sit Saturdays morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions are 1-3:25 p.m. with a Lunch & Learn session in between. Cost is $25 for one session; $35 for both, with lunch included.

Elohee Center at Landsong For those who’d enjoy a little road trip to escape to the North Georgia mountains, the Elohee Center offers the bliss of retreat space on 220 acres with a 100-foot waterfall, a pond and

► Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 S.W., Conyers 30094. Info: (770) 483-8705, trappiest.net. Retreat/Guest House: (770) 760-0959 ► Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive N.W., Sandy Springs 30328. Info: (404) 255-0503, ignatiushouse. org. ► Atlanta Soto Zen Center, 1167 Zonolite Place N.E., Atlanta 30306. Info: (404) 895-0123, aszc.org. ► Elohee Center at Landsong, 251 Elohee Drive, Sautee Nacoochee 30571. Info: (770) 316-9195, elohee.org.

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This Month In Atlanta History

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Editor’s Note: In honor of Atlanta INtown’s 25th anniversary and in memory of our late historian, Ann Taylor Boutwell, we’re bringing back her column every month for 2019. March 9, 1960: A group of Atlanta University Center students led by Julian Bond and Lonnie King released An Appeal for Human Rights as a full-page advertisement in the city’s daily newspapers. The appeal calls for civil rights for African-Americans and outlines the organizing of sit-ins to protest segregation around Atlanta. Known as the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights, the group began the Atlanta Student Movement and lead sit-ins at lunch counters and other locations starting on March 15 that same year.

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March 12, 1925: Davison-Paxon merged with R.H. Macy and Company of New York. On March 21, 1927, the new store opened on Peachtree in the handsome $6 million building designed by Starrett and Van Vleck of New York and Hentz, Reid, and Adler of Atlanta. The landmark site next door to the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is now known as events and office facility 200 Peachtree. March 13, 1981: Timothy Hill, 13, was the last child killed during what is now known as the Atlanta Child Murders that galvanized the city from 1979 to 1981. Wayne Williams was eventually arrested and convicted in the murder of two adults but was never ANN TAYLOR BOUTWELL’S convicted in the murder of any of the 23 children. Hill’s death by asphyxiation would be attributed to Williams and the case was eventually closed.

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March 14, 2008: More than 50 trees were toppled and dozens of headstones and obelisks were destroyed when a tornado struck Oakland Cemetery. The tornado damaged buildings as it tore through Downtown Atlanta, including blowing out windows in the Westin Peachtree Plaza and severely damaging the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts across from the cemetery in Cabbagetown. It was the first tornado to hit Downtown area since weather record keeping began in the 1880s. March 25, 1932: Changing the community of Buckhead’s name to something more highfalutin again became an issue. Six years earlier, a large group of Buckhead citizens petitioned the Fulton County Commissioner to change the name to “Northwood.” Luckily, the attempts to change the name all failed. Buckhead was created in1838, when South Carolinian Henry Irby and wife, Georgia native Sardis Walraven, bought and settled on 202-plus acres of land around the present Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry roads.

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Sixth Grade Syndrome is a thing THE SPRING MARKET IS HERE TIMMY 1 59 0 CA RV E R ROAD DADDY I arrived home from work to find a man tidying up the basketballs and scooters strewn about my driveway. He introduced himself as Hughes’ dad. With a smirk and a shrug, he said he tracked his son to my house using the GPS function on Hughes’ phone. He was having trouble getting in touch with him, and they were late for the younger brother’s birthday By Tim Sullivan party. He seemed like a nice guy and this was an impressive use Tim Sullivan grew up of technology for sure, but it occurred to me that I had no idea in a large family in the Northeast and now lives who Hughes was. Just then the kid emerged from my backyard and thanked me for having him over. Nice kid. You’re welcome, with his small family in Oakhurst. He can Hughes. be reached at tim@ Scenarios like this have become commonplace. Elliott has sullivanfinerugs.com. made a lot of friends at middle school, so weekends bring new faces by the house. I don’t Sebastian and Elliott know if there is a scientific name for it but it’s as if all sixthgrade boys have had a partial lobotomy. Elliott could wake up on a Monday and left unprompted, he may not complete the 10-minute walk to school until Tuesday afternoon. But now that I’ve met many of his cohorts, it’s at least comforting to see this is relatively normal. People say we should be happy that ours is a house where the kids like to hang out, and generally they are on target. It can be amusing and there hasn’t been a “Bad News Hughes” in the bunch, not even Hughes. I’m okay with investing in huge quantities of breakfast cereal and potato chips to keep the troops happy but being a party to a missing child file is never appealing. When kids show up at our house wearing basketball shorts in 20-degree temperatures I wonder, is it form or function? (Hint: It’s really neither.) I routinely find single, foreign socks around the house which I guess means somebody left here wearing only one. How comfortable could that be? I’ll drop kids off at their homes to directions like “go over there, and then when you see like, a white house or something, turn.” And then invariably, “you just passed it.” Apparently one kid texted his dad at 3 a.m. from our house asking to be picked up by 8 a.m. (reasons unclear). Everyone in the house was still asleep when the doorbell rang, including the kid, including me. Not that a 7:45 a.m. meeting with a stranger in your underwear is awkward or anything. I think he asked me what I do for a living. I think I answered “coffee.” A couple Fridays ago, Elliott showed up after school with seven friends, three boys and four girls. Kristen and I had just completed our Dry January, so we planned to celebrate with drinks at a neighbors’ house. Evidently though, we were hosting a tween party. We decided to take the mature route by ordering a couple pizzas and putting Margo in charge. Just as we reached the neighbors’ house, Kristen had a text from one of the kid’s moms. He was sleeping over and she wanted to stop by and meet us. So, Kristen went back home only to find the kid had set off on foot to his house, a mile away, at dusk, to get some stuff. Why these kids even bother is beyond me. Rarely is a toothbrush even unpacked from the overnight bag. In fact, I’m pretty sure this bag of stuff is still sitting in my basement. So now there was a concerned mom we’ve never met before in our kitchen, her 11-year-old son was unaccounted for on our 9-year-old daughter’s watch and Kristen didn’t even get her drink yet. Everything turned out to be fine, but the moral of the story is twofold: A) it was definitely Kristen’s turn to have the awkward parent encounter and B) Sixth Grade Syndrome—can I get credit for naming it? At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Spinning A Yarn

The Craftivist is creating a close-knit community By Clare S. Richie

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his month, The Craftivist yarn shop celebrates one year of providing community to intown fiber makers through classes, informal Knit Togethers and Craftivismbased projects that give back. “If you’re thinking about taking up a hobby – we’re here for you. It’s kind of like a toy store for adults, where you can learn something new, exercise your brain or just relax. You can have fun, meet other people and put good back into the world,” said Jennifer Sherrock, owner of The Craftivist. Her shop is located on Edgewood Avenue right next to Revolution Donuts, nestled between Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. Sherrock named it in homage to the term Betsy Greer coined in her 2014 anthology “Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism.”

From left, Kathy Johnson, owner Jennifer Sherrock and Hannah Peck

It’s a revival of an old tradition with deep roots in U.S. history. During the American Revolution, colonists used their own home-spun yarn in lieu of British textiles. Elements of the practice continued through anti-slavery sewing circles, the women’s suffrage movement and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. “Something I can really get behind is the idea of making the world a better place through crafting,” Sherrock said. “We invited people in to knit welcome blankets for new immigrants and refugees.” The Craftivist submitted several blankets to a national project that sought to reconceptualize the controversial border wall with welcome blankets instead of concrete. After the exhibition, all the blankets will be distributed through different immigrant and refugee serving organizations. “Currently, we are knitting and crocheting about a dozen children’s hats for Our House in Atlanta,” Sherrock said. The family homeless shelter was in need of hats for children under age 5. For the next project, she and her staff are exploring knitting shawls for victims of domestic violence or veterans. With the support of her family, Sherrock decided to open the only intown yarn shop to fill the void. The space has a cozy rustic feel that harkens back to a slower-paced time

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with walls intentionally left white to let the yarns’ vibrant colors spark the imagination. “Yarn shops are interesting spaces because they’re not just a retail space, they’re a community. I wanted the space to be very calm and inviting,” Sherrock said. To draw you in, she offers classes for all different skill levels. The intro class teaches how to knit a hat, read a pattern and take on the next project. And you can attend a “Knit Together” for help with your homework or simply to bond with other makers. “I always say to people ‘if you can bring it in here, you can come and hang out.’ At Knit Togethers, people learn from and get inspired from each other. We’ve run out of chairs some weekends,” Sherrock said. Kate Harlan was hooked after her first brioche knitting class this summer. “I’ve found a thriving community there. I usually attend Knit Togethers twice a week. I’ve gotten to know the owner, the folks who work at the shop, plus a wonderful group of other crafters. We get into conversations about all sorts of topics, about ourselves and our lives, our projects, our favorite – and least favorite – yarns and needles, and on and on,” Harlan shared. With one year behind her, Sherrock says she is “still learning how to grow and foster this community, from the nitty-gritty of growing my inventory, but also growing to expand to different fiber arts like weaving and embroidery.” Those who have given The Craftivist a chance feel she’s already providing something pretty special. “I’ve seen knitters as young as 4 years old! When I’ve recommended the shop to friends, they’ve felt comfortable and welcomed as much as I have,” Harlan said. Some social media friends have even met face-to-face for the first time at the shop. “We believe that anyone can be a Craftivist. We welcome all skill levels, all people, whatever your craft is – come in and hang out,” Sherrock said. Learn more at craftivist.com or follow them on Facebook. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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The revitalization of Memorial Drive is transforming former industrial corridor By Kathy Dean and Collin Kelley The revitalization of Memorial Drive began more than 20 years ago, but it’s been the last five years that has seen an influx of development that has made this former stretch of crumbling industrial sites and empty lots into Atlanta’s next hot location. The stretch of Memorial between Boulevard and Moreland is nearly unrecognizable as a host of projects are in various stages of construction. And the extension of the Atlanta BeltLine’s transformative Eastside Trail connecting Midtown to Memorial Drive is nearing completion. Memorial Drive’s renaissance can be traced back to the 1996 Summer Olympics when the city demolished the Capitol Homes housing project and a long-simmering plan to create a linear park to connect Oakland Cemetery to the State Capitol got more traction. The stretch of Memorial from Downtown to Boulevard saw a quick turnaround with new condos (Oakland Park) and apartments (The George, The Leonard) and a disintegrating warehouse transformed into chic retail and restaurant spots (Larkin on Memorial). There were some early signs that development would eventually make its way east: the Metalworks Lofts, A&P Lofts and Triumph Lofts (now known as the Lofts at Reynolds Crossing) brought new residents. Then in 2003, the mixed-use Glenwood Park community – full of townhomes, apartments, shops, restaurants and now a giant Kroger – sprang up on a former brownfield site along I-20 with one of its main points of entry being Bill Kennedy Way, which intersects at Memorial and the BeltLine. The success of Glenwood Park, the arrival of the BeltLine and the gentrification of Reynoldstown all primed the pump for more development along the mile of Memorial that borders Grant Park, Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown. After the economic downtown slowed Memorial’s roll, the last four years have brought a dizzying array of projects to the corridor, including the 841 Memorial apartments, the under-construction Atlanta Dairies and Madison Yard mixed-use developments, as well as Modera Reynoldstown apartments and 764 Memorial townhomes. Restaurants such as mainstay Homegrown, Grindhouse Killer Burgers and Golden Eagle/Muchacho, located inside the historic A&W train depot, have brought foodies to Memorial. Paces Properties, the company behind the successful Krog Street Market, announced that it would turn the circa-1945 Atlanta Dairies plant into a mixed-use development full of shops, restaurants, apartments and a music venue, giving Memorial an extra sense of urgency as the “next big thing.” Alta Dairies is already leasing luxury studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartment units at the site. Just down the street at the BeltLine, Fuqua Development’s Madison Yards – formerly the Leggett & Platt manufacturing plant – will be anchored by an AMC Theatre and Publix supermarket along with thousands of square feet of retail and office space as well as apartments and townhomes.

When it comes to the question of why Memorial Drive is attracting all this new development and homebuyers, there’s no disagreement that the location is key. Jim LaVallee, Director of Development and Strategic Planning, EpiCity/Epic Development, said that he had a realization while studying a local map a few years ago. The Memorial Drive corridor was surrounded on all sides by thriving neighborhoods — Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown to the north; Edgewood and Kirkwood to the east; and East Atlanta and Grant Park to the south. “The older and outdated buildings made the Memorial Drive corridor an obvious choice for new development and the repurposing of existing buildings,” LaVallee said. “The ability to walk to grocery stores, movie theaters and restaurants from so many existing households fueled the demand for commercial space. At that time, the BeltLine was just a few years away — and that was like icing on the cake.” He added that the great mix of entertainment, restaurant, office, private schools Continued on page 26

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Continued from page 24 and housing are creating a diverse neighborhood in an area that was long neglected. “Plus, BeltLine access is allowing local residents to minimize their reliance on the automobile and travel by foot or bike to other neighborhoods and amenities, such as Piedmont Park, Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market. This is leading to re-investment in the older structures in the neighborhood.” According to Lori Combs, VP of Sales and Marketing, The JW Collection by John Wieland, she’s seeing the same intense interest in the area. “I think the combination of the BeltLine and Madison Yards, both huge destination draws, and all they encompass — restaurants, movies and shopping — creates a total urban way of living. Not to mention the location itself and its proximity to Atlanta,” she said. Combs noted that much of the interest and excitement she’s seeing for the Memorial Drive corridor comes from residents being able to walk to the amenities that the BeltLine, Atlanta Dairies and Madison Yards will offer. “There’s no reason to get in your car since entertainment, restaurants, fitness — you name it — will be right there,” she said. For David J. Tufts, managing partner, Ansley Developer Services, the Memorial Drive corridor development has been a long time coming. He’s excited to see it happening, especially because “…the community is finally getting its sense of place, with its walkability and access to the BeltLine,” he said. “This development was meant to happen before the economic downturn,” he explained, “but it stalled when the economy slowed. Now it’s happening all at once, and that’s making it high vitality.” That vitality is apparent with developments like 764 Memorial. Located in Cabbagetown, the community features 24 city condos and five city townhomes. “The condo flats at 764 Memorial are sold out,” reported Tufts, “which is what happens when you bring an affordable product with high-end finishes into the area.” He said that there are still three townhouses available, starting at $369,900.

764 Memorial under construction A rendering of the completed 764 Memorial

The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath homes offer with rooftop terraces. “Some great attributes at 764 Memorial include street-level retail and a fitness center,” Tufts said. “The full rooftop overlooks the skyline, and all residents can take advantage of the common outdoor rooftop space.” Interested homebuyers should get in

touch with LaCressa Morrow for further information, he said. Tufts predicted that two new townhome developments by JackBilt are going to be getting a lot of attention. Warren and Eleanor are set diagonally across the street from one another at Kirkwood and Memorial. Starting in the low $500s, both communities offer 3- and 4-bedroom homes with rooftop decks and full 2-car garages. “They’re modern in design with high style — and they’ll be very special additions to Kirkwood,” Tufts said.

“Warren and Eleanor are new news,” he noted, “and it’s great to get in on the ground floor, as many residents have with 764 Memorial. There’s a lot of truth to the saying ‘the early bird catches the worm’.” Combs pointed to another hot development in the corridor. “The Heritage on Memorial’s location is ideal, being adjacent to Madison Yards,” she said. “It’s an intimate gated community of just 20 brand new luxury townhomes. We’re offering a convenient lock-and-go lifestyle that’s designed for people who want quality and tradition in a really cool location.” The two floorplans at Heritage on Memorial have 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths with sky terrace views. Every home has a 2-car garage, so parking won’t ever be an issue, Combs said. “We’ve sold five of the nine released sites, with prices ranging from the low to mid $800s,” she reported. “We’re expecting to release and finish all homes by the year end, which aligns with the completion date of Madison Yards.” LaVallee said that here are many choices for housing in the area. “Much of the older housing stock in the closest proximity to Memorial is smaller bungalows and shot-gun homes. With redevelopment, there are many new rental choices, but there are also smaller units, and even micro-units,” he explained. “A few of the new developments that have been constructed, including R.Town Stacks, have been developed to capture buyers who want larger homes that can accommodate families.” Each of R.Town Stacks’ four modern luxury homes boast an outdoor patio and private fenced yard, a rooftop terrace with outdoor fireplace and some winter views of the Atlanta skyline. Other features in the 2,700 square foot homes include a large open kitchen with Bosch appliances, owner’s suite with double vanity and large shower and a spacious two-car garage, as well as high-end finishes, such as hardwoods throughout. “Two of our four units are under contract,” LaVallee said. “We currently have one front unit and one rear unit available. The floor plans are fantastic and the development is near completion. Anyone considering the neighborhoods around the Memorial Drive corridor should come by and take a look at our model unit.” He recommended that anyone interested in finding out more contact Sara Joseph with the Compass Brightstar Team, as she is marketing the property.

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A rendering of the revitalized Fort McPherson

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Fort McPherson: Forging A Vibrant Future In April 1889, the nearly completed Fort McPherson was touted in an Atlanta Constitution editorial as “… one of the best equipped and most complete military reservations in the country.” Under the thoughtful planning of Captain Joshua By Melody Harclerode West Jacobs, 188-acres of undeveloped land, then outside the city limits of Atlanta, was transformed into a premiere campus for military training and comfort. Gustav Friebus, a government architect who drafted construction drawings for the Washington Monument, designed some of the finely crafted homes assigned to officers and their families at the military base. From the Spanish American War (1898) to the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), Fort McPherson served the military in various capacities: as a military hospital and training center for American soldiers, as a camp for World Melody L. Harclerode, War I war prisoners, and as a command post during the AIA, promotes significant Persian Gulf War for all ground forces. Named in honor historical, cultural, of fallen Union Major General James McPherson, the and natural sites as an military base expanded to include nearly 150 buildings on organizational leader, a 486-acre site. After the closure announcement in 2005, architect and writer. this post was officially shuttered in 2011. Brian Hooker, the Executive Director for the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (Fort Mac LRA), has directed wide-ranging initiatives to redevelop Fort McPherson site since 2014. He describes Fort McPherson as “one of the most successful properties in the 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) round.” Phase I of the redevelopment plans entailed the purchase of 330 acres of the former military base by producer and actor Tyler Perry in 2015 as the location for his movie and television studios. Anchoring a portion of Fort McPherson with the studios has

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Historic Guardhouse built in 1891.

Fort Mac’s main gate in 1919.

brought thousands of production jobs and a $100 million investment into Southwest Atlanta. Master Developer Macauley Investments is coordinating Phase II redevelopment efforts for the remaining 145 acres with four priorities for proposed uses and programs: creative arts and technology, health and wellness, food and agriculture, and education, training and entrepreneurship. Plans call for the removal of the security wall at the Lee Street entrance to create easy access from Fort McPherson to MARTA and for a trail connection to the Atlanta BeltLine. Partnerships with community groups and entities, such Invest Atlanta and the Georgia Film Academy, have the potential to revitalize Fort Mac as a vibrant destination with affordable housing, historic preservation, shopping, dining and diverse employment opportunities. Through the ambitious work of Fort Mac LRA and its partners, the former military base that richly benefited our nation from 1885 to 2011 will deeply benefit its surrounding community for generations.

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Brightstar at Compass announced the launch of sales at Vernon, 20 new homes in the heart of Ormewood Park. TerraCraft Homes is building this collection of single-family detached and attached homes to complement the architectural feel of Ormewood Park. These traditionally modern three- and four-bedroom homes are located just steps from the Atlanta Beltline and the shops and restaurants of Glenwood Park. Priced from the $500s to the $700s, the 1,500- to 2,500-square-foot homes that comprise this pocket neighborhood are located at 972 Berne Street NE at the intersection of Vernon Avenue Holbrook AD_Atlanta Senior Life.pdf 1 2/15/19 12:10 PM and Berne Street. For more information, visit terracrafthomes.com.

Dorsey Alston, Realtors was the No. 1 office for Buckhead home sales for the 10th year. In 2018, the firm led all other real estate offices in total volume sold and number of sales of single family homes in Area 21 –Buckhead – according to FMLS. Engel & Völkers Atlanta has appointed Christian Ross as managing broker. Ross will oversee and lead a team of 45-plus real estate advisors. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the 9,000 member Atlanta Realtors Association. Colliers International Management Atlanta has been selected by Selig Enterprises to manage The Works, an 80-acre adaptive reuse project that will transform land and 40 warehouses and industrial buildings into a community of office, retail, restaurants, entertainment, residences, hospitality and gathering areas. Located on the Upper Westside, phase one of the project is 27 acres and consists of 200,000 square feet of retail/ entertainment, 200,000 square feet of office, two parking decks (totaling 1,100 spaces) and 3.5 acres of park/green space. SunTrust Banks has provided $5.46 million in New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and other financing to Quest Communities to build the Nonprofit Center for Change, a mixed-use facility in the Atlanta neighborhood of Vine City. The new mixed-use building will allow Quest Communities to partner with other nonprofits to increase access to healthy foods and critical complementary services to local residents. Building tenants will include a newly constructed Family Dollar, co-working space, fresh fruit and vegetable market, a financial resources center and the new administrative offices of Quest Communities, among others. Multifamily real estate investment firm Cortland has purchased Domain at Phipps, a 319unit, Class-A property adjacent to Cortland’s Atlanta headquarters. The community will be rebranded to Cortland at Phipps Plaza.

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Sustainability Recycling • Resources • Lifestyle

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lastics! For those of us who grew up in the 1960s, it’s the most memorable word from The Graduate: the iconic film in which Dustin Hoffman plays a college graduate who returns home to California suburbia to contemplate his future. Instead, he is pelted with advice from his parents’ friends, one of whom enthusiastically invokes the p-word – understood, by our generation, to suggest cheap conformity. Fifty years later, cheap plastics have saturated our world and changed the way we live. The first synthetic polymer was invented as a substitute for natural ivory used in the manufacture of cue balls, when billiards became increasingly popular in the mid-19th century. The discovery was revolutionary in that manufacturing no longer needed to use all-natural products. Humans could create new materials and, as

was argued at the time, protect the natural world from human destruction – or so they thought. Forty years later, Bakelite, the first fully synthetic plastic (meaning it contained no molecules found in nature) was invented for use in electrical systems. The plastics industry received a major boost during World War II, when production increased by 300 percent in the U.S. and the surge continued postwar. According to Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, the synthetic substance “challenged traditional materials and won, taking the place of steel in cars, paper and glass in packaging, and wood in furniture.” Lightweight, inexpensive and believed to be safe, it was considered the “material of a thousand uses.” Despite the many benefits associated with plastics, including life-saving advances in medicine, this material of far

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more than a thousand uses is in the Senate that would causing serious problems in have kept local governments hundreds of thousands of places from banning plastic bags around the world: massive in their jurisdictions. The patches of “plastic soup” in House defeated that “auxiliary oceans, plastic debris along packaging” measure, but roadways and in waterways, municipalities got the message: plastic products filling landfills, there would be strong microplastics in salt and opposition if they tried to pass a freshwater systems, and toxic bag-ban, as cities elsewhere have chemicals, used to shape and done. harden the plastic, in our Less visible, but potentially bloodstream. These chemicals, more harmful, is the plastic that released when plastic breaks is worked into clothing (fleece, down, can disrupt endocrine nylon and polyester) and then systems, causing cancer, released during washing; the infertility, birth defects and fibers are so small that they other ailments. pass through sewage plants Half of the 300 million tons into rivers, lakes and oceans. A of plastic produced worldwide recent report concluded that By Sally Bethea the Tennessee River is among every year is made to be Sally Bethea is the disposable; most of it cannot retired executive direc- the most plastic-polluted rivers be recycled and is “single-use,” in the world with 18,000 tor of Chattahoochee meaning it can only be used microplastic particles per Riverkeeper and curonce before being thrown away rent board president of cubic meter of water found or recycled. Think: plastic bags, Chattahoochee Parks in samples. Given the near Conservancy whose straws, coffee stirrers, soda uniform level of microplastics mission is to build a and water bottles and most found throughout the river, community of support food packaging. In the United researchers believe that the for the Chattahoochee States, more than 60 million problem stems primarily from River National Recreplastic bottles are thrown away plastic litter: lightweight plastic ation Area. every day; one plastic bag has packaging. an average usable life of just 20 Wildlife – from insect minutes. larvae, small fish, amphibians and turtles A few years ago, grocery and chemical to birds and larger mammals – mistake industry lobbyists at the Georgia State Continued on page 36 Capitol secured the passage of legislation

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The Story of Plastics: From Cue Balls to Microbeads Continued from page 34 microbeads (bits of manufactured plastic in personal care products) for food, introducing the potential for toxicity into these animals and those higher in the food chain. Concerned about public health impacts, Congress passed the MicrobeadFree Waters Act in 2015 to phase out the use of microbeads. My daughter-in-law, Meredith thinks

a lot about our collective impacts on the natural world. She has lived in Indonesia (“where plastic waste is constantly in your face”), Japan (“where people consume a lot of plastic, but also recycle at a very high rate”) and a remote cabin near Napa, CA, where she and my son had to transport all their waste to a local facility (“it didn’t just magically disappear”). To better understand how much single-use plastic she touches in a week, Meredith created a Hawaiian lei out of

the waste and wore it in public. She says: “It made the plastic heavier, literally and metaphorically.” As the lei grew, she felt shame and didn’t go out in public as much. During a visit to a coffee shop, she asked the barista not to put a lid on her cup, so she wouldn’t waste the singleuse plastic. The woman looked up and, ignoring Meredith’s comment and her lei of plastics, pointed to the jewelry she was also wearing, exclaiming: “I love your necklace!” Apparently, the lei of plastic

waste was invisible to the woman – as this waste has become for far too many of us. It’s time for everyone – including business, industry and government – to seriously implement the 4Rs Pledge: REFUSE (disposable plastic whenever possible), REUSE (durable, non-toxic bottles, bags and other items), REDUCE (your plastic footprint) and RECYCLE (what you can’t refuse, reduce or reuse).

Park Pride awards $864k in grants for greenspaces Park Pride has announced that $864,000 has been granted to 21 community groups park visitors to once again enjoy these magnificent amenities. in Atlanta and DeKalb County to fund capital park improvements. To date, Park Pride • The Friends of Kennedy Park will revitalize and reconstruct the park. This has awarded over $6.6 million to projects that include new playgrounds, bridges and will include a synthetic playing field for football, soccer and other sports, and a piers, informational kiosks and signage, trails, exercise equipment, community gardens, resurfacing of the basketball court. A paved walking path game fields, pavilions, green infrastructure amenities to and fitness equipment will also be installed, in addition help manage stormwater runoff, and more. to refreshed landscape plantings. “Across Atlanta and DeKalb, Friends of the Park • The Friends of Mozley Park will add fitness volunteers are dedicated to creating great parks,” and playground equipment to activate the park in play, explained Tina Arnold, Park Pride’s Director of fitness and outdoor recreation. Community Building responsible for the Friends of the Park Program. “I’m proud to work with such committed • The Friends of Sara J. González Park will add community leaders, selflessly working to improve the a learning nook that will offer educational opportunities quality of life in their neighborhoods for kids, families, for all members of the community, from kids to seniors and anyone who visits their park!” seniors. A small playing field will host youth clinics and Park Pride’s grant program, established in 2004, unstructured play. awards varying amounts of funding to community groups to revitalize their neighborhood greenspaces. COMMUNITY BUILDING GRANTS Three distinct grants provide awards of different sizes, Park Pride Community Building Grants (available to designed to support Friends of the Park groups taking groups in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County) were on larger projects as they grow and develop capacity. awarded to: Legacy Grants ($50,000 and up) are funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, and Community • The Friends of Lillian Cooper Shepherd Park Building Grants ($2,500-$50,000) and Small Change will install green infrastructure amenities to manage Grants (up to $2,500) are funded by The Home Depot stormwater and prevent flooding and standing water. Foundation. Each dollar of every grant is matched This will increase seating space, and improve the safety, by the community and other sources, which, at a accessibility and functionality of the park. They will also minimum, doubles the award’s impact. renovate the basketball court, exercise area and sandbox. In 2019, Park Pride’s Small Change Grants and Community Building Grants will be available to • The Friends of Lionel Hampton-Beecher communities in the City of Brookhaven and the City Hills Park will restore sections of the trail and enjoy new of Tucker, as well as in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb trail signage. County. These grants will be funded by The Home • The Friends of Lithonia Park will install a oneDepot Foundation with additional support from Deen of-a-kind playscape and a Fitness Forest (equipment) Day Sanders. A new dock was built at Chapel Hill Park to encourage health and fitness. A Music Meadow of Keep an eye out for the park improvements below in Decatur using Park Pride grant money. outdoor instruments will provide children and families coming to a greenspace near you: access to artistic instruments and musical opportunities.

LEGACY GRANTS

Park Pride Legacy Grants (available only to groups within The City of Atlanta) have been awarded to the following: •

• The Friends of Melvin Drive Park will install a new pavilion. Enhancements will also be made for improved ADA accessibility. •

The Friends of Sidney Marcus Park will enhance the picnic area with

The Friends of South Atlanta Park will expand the playground’s footprint

The Friends of Zonolite Park will construct a new boardwalk as well as

The Friends of Armand Park will construct a pavilion overlooking the

playground, adding shade, offering extended views and providing a gathering place for neighbors. A raingarden will improve water quality before it reaches the South Fork Peachtree Creek and a low impact, slate trail pathway will provide access to existing trails.

Chastain Park Conservancy will expand their playground to include a

The Friends of Collier Heights Park will revitalize an aging play area.

The Grant Park Conservancy will restore several historic elements within the

playhouse and fire station for toddlers. In addition, a sensory tunnel and musical equipment will provide a sensory experience for all.

This includes the construction of a new retaining wall, new rubber safety surfacing and new play equipment. The park will also benefit from new fitness equipment and two metal benches.

an ADA accessible walkway and two picnic tables for birthday parties and gatherings. Grading and new plantings will further enhance the park. and add climbing features and a slide for the neighborhood kids to enjoy. a bridge. A decorative fence will flank the main park trail and a new drip irrigation system will help ensure the garden’s success.

Additionally, Small Change Grants were awarded to Friends of the Park groups at: Cabbagetown Park, Collier Heights Park, Ira B. Melton Park, LaVista Park, Lithonia Park, Longdale Park, Memorial Drive Greenway, Springbrook Park and Underwood Hills Park. To learn more about Park Pride grants, visit parkpride.org.

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Brookhaven. $625,000 1460 Grant Drive NE 3BR/3BA FMLS: 6501657 Christine O’Neill 404.857.7058

Buckhead. $1,550,000 71 Blackland Road NW 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6072226 Jud Whitlock 404.713.0796

Buckhead. $2,749,000 3206 Arden Road NW 8BR/6BA/3HBA FMLS: 6127673 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $235,000 2277 Peachtree Road 1BR/1BA FMLS: 6504560 Christine O’Neill 404.857.7058

Buckhead. $3,195,000 3619 Ivy Road 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6504861 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Buckhead. $8,990,000 3655 Paces Ferry Road 5BR/6.5BA FMLS: 6063913 Sam Bayne 404.375.8628

Candler Park. $279,900 1300 Dekalb Avenue, No. 121 2BR/1BA FMLS: 6129392 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Chamblee. $569,900 5404 Peachtree Road, No. 6 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6126585 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Downtown. $539,950 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd, No. 1801 2BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6085701 Cathy Davis Hall 404.915.0922

Duluth. $2,349,000 4035 Berkeley Lake Road 7BR/7.5BA FMLS: 6503252 Chris McCarley 678.294.5185 Jackye McCarley 678.478.7636

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Jonesboro. $70,000 2800 Orchard Walk 1.072+/-Acres FMLS: 6119726 Josh Moss 706.296.9767

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Old Fourth Ward. $559,000 640 Glen Iris Drive, No. 613 2BR/2BA FMLS: 6125894 Chase Horner 404.754.4133

Piedmont Heights. $1,290,000 511 Rock Springs Road 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 6119657 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Reynoldstown. $539,900 1145 Kirkwood Avenue, No. 2 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6098823 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Reynoldstown. $539,900 125 Moreland Avenue 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 6126151 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

Sandy Springs. $845,000 8901 North Island Ferry Road 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6123058 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Serenbe. $1,300,000 10744 Serenbe Lane 5BR/4BA FMLS: 6103880 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558 Evan McKinney 770.527.0128

Sylvan Hills. $330,000 1931 Sylvan Road 4BR/3BA FMLS: 6114871 Lisa Bennett 678.531.2996

Virginia Highland. $975,000 1145 Lanier Boulevard 4BR/3BA FMLS: 6124074 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Waleska. $1,425,000 1295 Hancock Mountain Trail 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 6092269 Brandon Anderson 404.313.1378

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ou may have seen Jackie Sorkin, the Hollywood Candy Queen, on any number of television morning shows or reality food programs. Or you may have heard about it when she launched the Hollywood Candy Queens Kingdom in Asia By Megan Volpert in 2013. It was an interactive museum full of candy replicas of a variety of iconic artworks. The domestic version of this experience is Candytopia, and the Atlanta pop-up near Lenox Square in Buckhead runs from now through the first weekend in June. Each city’s Candytopia is a little bit different, so ours has some funny nods to Ray Charles, the Braves, the Real Housewives and peaches. Tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for kids age four to twelve. For most, this will provoke immediate Megan Volpert lives associations with Willy Wonka, or at least the in Decatur, teaches board game Candyland. As a matter of philosophy, in Roswell and writes those associations are entirely correct. This is a space books about popular where kids can touch a bunch of clever artworks, culture. run around and scream with delight, and let their creative imaginations run wild. It’s also Instagram heaven for a date night and totally fine if you have no kiddos to justify the adventure. No matter your age, those who work at Candytopia are prepared to pump you up and convince you that this will be totally awesome if you just go with it. There are some solid surprises that will thoroughly delight, and the white and blue jumpsuit clad staff is full of enthusiasm for their task. The staff seems mostly comprised of fun-loving aspiring actors who can offer genuine smiles. Candytopia is worth the money, but what exactly do you get? Well, as the timeslot on your ticket approaches, get in line behind the pink velvet ropes. When the doors open and they let in your group of 50 or so people, you’ll meet some staffers to give you the rundown. You’ll also meet a six-foot tall dragon made of jellybeans and have a chance to grab some pink and blue saltwater taffy. Each room is like this — a couple of staffers, a trunk full of candy, some works of art and some interactive elements. The staffers suggest things you can do in their room and are happy to help you take photos.

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Without giving too much away, interactive elements include a slide, giant beach balls, things that give off sounds and smells, and obstacles to the next room. And of course, there’s a giant pit full of marshmallows. They’re not real ones; they’re white foam shaped like marshmallows and they are sanitized every night. The kids messing around in there are so cute, but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a half dozen middle aged, suburban moms lying around in a marshmallow pit. They look happy, like they’re at the beach or something. For all its upbeat effects, Candytopia is an oddly relaxing place. It does have that contemplative museum quality, even or perhaps especially when you’re pausing to stick your head into a giant shark’s mouth or you’ve just been hit by a blast of rainbow confetti from a flying pig’s butt. Let’s also talk about the nitty-gritty of the parenting logistics. The free parking deck is great. The experience can be done in about an hour and if you really got into every single aspect of the place it may stretch closer to two hours. The line for the marshmallow pit moves quickly and you get seven minutes in the pit. Candytopia has a total of about a dozen well-staffed rooms and you won’t have to watch your kids too closely. If your kid has sensory issues related to sound, touch or crowds, the experience will be moderately challenging, but there is plenty of space everywhere for you to step aside and calm down. There were several tiny babies, all strapped to their parents rather than in strollers. There were two girls celebrating a very sweet 16th birthday. All the trunks full of grab-and-go candy have individual wrappers and are clearly labeled with relevant allergens or other pertinent dietary info. Bring a little sack to collect that candy for later, or halfway through you can buy a bottled water for two bucks. There’s a gift shop at the end, full of both candy and gear. When you exit, you will realize your face hurts from smiling so much. I can think of no better cure for the late winter blues and no better distraction from regular grownup stuff than Candytopia.

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Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a new destination as Steady Hand Beer Co. opens its Westside taproom on March 9. A grand opening event will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. at the new space, located 1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. During the grand opening event, guests will enjoy access to special beers on tap, live music, food trucks, raffles and more. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance at steadyhandbeer.com. Located within walking distance to neighboring mainstays such as Bacchanalia, Bone Garden Cantina and Topgolf, the 14,000 square-foot taproom will offer signature brews and seasonal releases on tap, including Steady Hand favorites like Flower Business Double IPA, Georgia Farmhouse and Paradise Waits IPA. In addition to an expansive bar featuring 24 taps, the brewery features games, an area for a rotating lineup of food trucks, multiple semiprivate and private event spaces available to rent for private events, and live music. “Our three-year journey to open our doors has been both exciting and challenging – sometimes all at once – but worth every second as we begin to count down the days until the Steady Hand dream becomes a reality,” said Brian Sullivan, head brewer and co-founder of Steady Hand Beer Co. “We are thrilled to bring our beer production under one roof and begin regularly pouring both our tried-and-true brews, new releases and special taproomonly offerings that we have in progress right now.” The space will boast a production area with a 30bbl brew house for core beers, plus a smaller batch brew system for pilot, seasonal and one-off beers. Available in package stores, restaurants and bars throughout Georgia, the beers will be on heavy rotation in the Steady Hand taproom.

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▲The Bloody Mary Festival will be held Sunday, March 24, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW. The celebration of the beloved brunch cocktail will feature special concoctions from local mixologists and restaurants with an opportunity to taste them before voting for a favorite. There will also be food, products and more. Tickets are $45 to $65. Visit thebloodymaryfest.com for more. Pancake Social, a breakfast-focused eatery, was expected to be open at press time at Ponce City Market. The 120-seat restaurant features both indoor and patio dining located near the North Avenue entrance of PCM. Open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., the restaurant will also serve dinner, dessert and coffee Thursday through Saturday until 9 p.m. For more information, visit pancakesocial.com. Now open at the Peachtree Road entrance of Phipps Plaza, the Daniel Reed-concept Agency Socialthèque is offering cocktails and dining options – such as the popular spinach-artichoke dip, lobster tacos and peach cobbler – for happy hour, dinner or dessert. Additionally, the venue hosts live musical performances and is available for special events. Visit agencyatl.com for more details.

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▲ Scott Switzer and James Rangel have teamed up to open Bar. bacoa in Virginia-Highland featuring a menu of food that has roots in Latin America and the Caribbean. An extensive cocktail menu will feature movie-themed drinks such as the “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Tropic Thunder,” and “The Wolf Pack.” Bar.bacoa is located at 1000 Virginia Ave. For more, visit barbacoa-atl.com.

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The Studio Arts & Culture

By Collin Kelley What famous work of art is 132 years old, stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds? That would be “The Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama painting, which is once again on view after four years of painstaking restoration at its new home at the Atlanta History Center (AHC). The painting is the centerpiece of “Cyclorama: The Big Picture,” a multimedia experience inside a newly finished addition to the Buckhead campus. A fixture at Grant Park for more than a century, the Cyclorama – as it’s

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commonly known – was acquired by the AHC in 2015 in a deal negotiated by Mayor Kasim Reed. Atlantans Lloyd and Mary Ann Whitaker donated $10 million toward the desperately needed restoration of the painting, while AHS raised $35.8 million for the project, including $10 million for an endowment that will ensure the ongoing care and safe-keeping of the artwork. The former Cyclorama building in Grant Park is now an event center for Zoo Atlanta.

“The Battle of Atlanta” is one of only two cycloramas in the United States – the other being “The Battle of Gettysburg. When the painting was created in the 1880s, the gigantic Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting was an immersive experience – the equivalent of an IMAX theatre today. The painting is a full-color, three-dimensional illusion designed to transport the viewer onto the battlefield at the height of the 1864 Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. Created at the American Panorama Company in Milwaukee by 17 German artists, “The Battle of Atlanta” took five

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months to paint before it debuted in Minneapolis in 1886. Painted 22 years after the Battle of Atlanta, the painting originally depicted the battle from a Northern perspective as a heroic Union victory so that it would appeal to Northern audiences. When the painting relocated to Atlanta in 1892 changes were made to make the battle seem like a Confederate victory, including repainting Southern soldiers so they appeared to be Union soldiers captured by Confederates. This early instance of “alternative facts” was eventually corrected in the 1930s, but other changes to the painting caused more

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lasting damage that AHC has sought to correct. Mostly notably, three missing sections of the painting were recreated, adding 2,908-square-feet back to the painting, returning it to its original size of 14,952-square-feet. In an era where Confederate symbolism is being removed from public places around the country, the Cyclorama itself has come under criticism during its 127-year history. Some see it as a symbol of Atlanta rising from the ashes after it was burned during the war, but it’s also been interpreted as yet another glorification of the “lost cause” of the Confederacy, which

saw Southern states secede from America to maintain slavery. “History is messy. And it has a lot to teach us – if we let it,” AHC President and CEO Sheffield Hale said. “Facts are facts, but the way we view the past varies widely. Visitors to the Cyclorama exhibit will be encouraged to think critically about how art, entertainment and popular culture influence their interpretations of history.” Through exhibitions, rare artifacts, historic images, immersive technology, digital resources, videos, and museum theatre, visitors are encouraged to look critically at a range of Civil War imagery and consider how images and entertainment can influence how we see history.

Guests enter the painting rotunda through a 7-foot-tall tunnel – passing underneath the diorama - before ascending an escalator to the 15-foottall stationary viewing platform. Here visitors immediately experience a full 360-degree view of the painting, enhanced by technology and a 12-minute theatrical, larger-than-life presentation projected onto the painting. Visitors will also have a chance to see the newly-restored Texas locomotive, famous for its participation in the “Great Locomotive Chase” during the war. Tickets and more information, on the Cyclorama are available at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com.

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Going Green

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other events on tap this month Looking for something to do to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day this year? These four events offer festive fun, beer, food, music and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade The 137th annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade returns to the streets of Midtown on Saturday, March 16. This year’s parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 15th streets and continues down Peachtree to 5th Street. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, llamas and Irish and local dignitaries are expected to march this year. New this year: The Big Idaho Potato Truck – the world’s largest potato on wheels. For more information, visit atlantastpats.com.

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Fadó Irish Pub Social Mess Irish Lights Festival Social Mess is hosting its new Irish Lights Festival on March 16 from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Park Tavern featuring headliner Lost Kings. The event will

The Buckhead pub will hold its annual two-day St. Patrick’s Day festival on March 16 and 17. Fadó will close down the streets in The Shops Buckhead for live music and events. The outdoor party includes a full line-up of live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers, a food trucks, and multiple beer and cocktail stations.

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Green Mile Block Party The annual event will be held March 15 at 7 p.m. in Midtown with participating bars offering drink specials, Irishthemed good, party beads and more. Participating bars include Fado’s Irish Pub, Rí Rá Irish Pub, McCray’s Tavern, Publico Kitchen & Tap, Tiki Tango, Einstein’s, Joe’s on Junipers, Henry’s Midtown, Foxtrot, Tin Lizzy’s, RA Sushi, Sutra Lounge, My Sister’s Room, Establishment, Mid City Cafe, The Nook, Prickly Pear Taqueria, Hudson Grille, Kuroshio & Mulavi. Tickets are available at atlantabartours.com.

Shamrock ‘N Roll Race at Atlantic Station The 15th annual Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race hosted by the Junior League of Atlanta will be held Saturday, March 16. Adorn yourself and your furry best friends in festive green attire, and take part in the 5K or 10K routes inside Atlantic Station. This race is dog and stroller friendly, and proceeds benefit the training and education of the members of JLA. Visit jlatlanta.org/shamrock-nroll-road-race/ to register.

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Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats Head to Central Park on May 3-5 for weekend of music sure to make you go weak in the knees as Beck, Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala, Tears for Fear and Interpol headline the festival. If you want to dance, head back to the park on May 10-11 for Shaky Beats, featuring Martin Garrix, Rufus Du Sol, Big Gigantic, Fisher, San Holo, Gryyfyn. Tickets are available at shakykneesfestival.com or shakybeatsfestival.org. Atlanta Blues Festival The second annual Atlanta Blues Festival makes a stop at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 13. This year, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, Ronnie Bell, Pokey Bear and Theodis Ealey will share the stage in a night of legendary blues music. For tickets and information, visit foxtheatre.org. SweetWater 420 Fest The line-up for the annual SweetWater 420 Fest, which will be held April 19-21 at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown, will feature headliners Widespread Panic performing four sets over two nights, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and more than 50 other acts. For the full line-up and ticket information, visit sweetwater420fest.com. Breman Museum’s Molly Blank Concert Series The 6th annual series will focus on the contributions of Jewish artists and composers to the music of our times in the Breman Museum auditorium. The series includes a “Salute to Hollywood” on March 10, an evening of young classical musicians called “From the Top “ on April 7 and “The Music of the Marx Brothers” on June 2. For tickets and information, visit thebreman.org. Atlanta Jazz Festival The lineup is still being decided but go ahead and mark your calendars for Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 26, for two days of smooth sounds. Keep an eye on the atlantafestivals.com site for more details about this year’s event. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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After a while, she’ll have her own name. “I have this thing that a lot of people in America are undervalued,” she said one recent morning as she worked on a new sculpture in the studio in her Sandy Springs home. “I love the idea of these ladies being storytellers.” They spread their stories as they move into other people’s homes through crafts fairs and galleries. This month, Robkin and a booth-full of her ladies return to the Cobb Galleria Centre for the 30th consecutive American Craft Show, one of the largest and best-known juried fine crafts shows in the southeastern U.S. The annual show, one of four held around the country by the American Crafts Council, is scheduled from March 15 to March 17. Its promoters say more than 230 craftspeople, including about 30 from Georgia, will be on hand to display works in ceramics, jewelry, furniture, textiles and other crafts. Potter Barry Rhodes said one reason he keeps going back to the ACC show is that it attracts discerning buyers. “You get a lot of people who are interested in good craft,” said the 67-year-old, a long-time Decatur potter who recently retired to a farmhouse on 27 acres in North Carolina but still keeps a condo in Chamblee. “For me, in Atlanta, it’s really the penultimate show.” Rhodes, who studied physics and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before he retired, now is making ceramic pieces fulltime. “My passion is pottery. I’ve always been a maker. I’ve always loved to make things,” he said. “There’s just a connection with working in a medium that’s thousands of years old, that references both past and present.” Brookhaven ceramic artist Adrina Richard also likes the idea of connecting with the ancient tradition of creating works from clay. “I just love working with clay,” she said. “I don’t know [why]. I think maybe the idea that ancient people used clay as a basic material. I wanted to be an archeologist when I was in the sixth grade. [I like] the idea of taking that basic material and turning it into something without any tools, but your hands. It’s just fascinating to me.” She, too, plans to return to the ACC show this year. Richard, who’s 71 and retired from an administration job at Oglethorpe University, collected ceramic pieces for years before she attended a pot-throwing class with a friend about 15 years ago and got hooked on making one-of-a-kind pieces from clay. She first exhibited her work at the ACC show only about a decade ago. That first year, “I was an ‘emerging artist,’” she said with a laugh. “But you can emerge as an artist at any age.” Now she assembles pieces from slabs of clay and decorates them to create intricate surface textures. Sometimes, that makes her pieces look they’re made from cloth. “A lot of times, people think it’s not clay. They think it’s fabric,” she said. “People ask me, ‘What is it made of?’” It seems appropriate. Richard said her mother, an Armenian immigrant, was a seamstress. Richard remembers spending time as a girl watching her mother cut cloth into pieces and turn it into clothes. Now Richard cuts apart thin slabs of clay so she can reassemble the pieces into vases, tumblers or cups. Once she’s done decorating and firing a piece, she decides if it makes the grade. If not, she destroys it. “I smash pots I don’t like. I take a hammer to them so they won’t haunt me later,” she said one recent morning as she worked on building a new batch of cups at Mudfire Studio and Gallery, a Decatur pottery studio where she often works. “I’ve even taught my husband and my housekeeper to smash pots I don’t like. At first, they were worried. Now, they like it. “I’m always working,” she said. “Why do I sell [my work]? If I didn’t, I’d have to smash it all. How many pots can you give to your friends before they stop answering the door?” Besides, she said, “if a stranger comes up and says, ‘I really like that. I have to have it,’ it’s an ego boost.” Robkin, too, enjoys sharing her work. “[My ladies have] connected me to all sorts of people I never would have met,” Robkin said. “They’ve brought out all kinds of stories.” Often, a customer who buys one of her pieces will say the ceramic lady is reminiscent of a relative or a friend. “It has happened over and over again,” she said, “that someone has said, ‘Oh my God, that looks just like my grandmother!’ and I’ll say, ‘What’s your grandmother’s name?’ and it’s the name on the sculpture,” Robkin said. When customers get home with their ladies, some send Robkin photos of the figures so she can see how they look in their new environments. Robkin keeps those photos. “The way things happen, I get such a kick out of it,” she said. She keeps another set of photos nearby, too. 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Robkin’s husband complimented the woman and the Robkins photographed her again as she broke into a smile of pure joy. A few years later, Robkin realized suddenly she was inspired to make figurative pieces from clay and her ladies emerged. Now she works every day in her studio to create more of them, finding new ones as she works the clay between her fingers. Once they’re done, she names them. “The name is the last thing,” she said. “I sort of have to get to know them first. They’re all old souls.”

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New High exhibit will focus on photographer Clarence John Laughlin A new exhibition, “Strange Light: The Photography of Clarence John Laughlin,” will offer an overview of the artist, dubbed the “Father of American Surrealism,” May 11 through Nov. 10 at the High Museum of Art. The High, which boasts the largest monographic holdings of Laughlin’s work, will showcase the Southern photographer’s signature photographs between 1935 and 1965. Many of the prints will be on view for the first time since they were acquired by the High in 2015. Laughlin considered himself a writer first and a photographer second, and he saw image making as a form of visual poetry. Known primarily for his atmospheric depictions of the decaying antebellum architecture that proliferated in his hometown of New Orleans, Laughlin approached photography with a romantic, experimental eye that diverged strongly from the style of his peers, who championed realism and social documentary. For more information, visit high.org.

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By Collin Kelley Goodbye, BaconFest, and hello, Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival. Yes, Dad’s Garage Theatre is saving the lives of countless little piggies by switching up its annual fundraising event. The Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is set for April 6 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the theatre, 569 Ezzard St. Communications director Matthew Terrell said Dad’s Garage decided to change concepts so that the fundraiser was “more environmentally sustainable, more affordable, and that lets us focus on doing what we do best – providing a one-of-a-kind festival experience where patrons interact directly with improvisers in booths and games.” “We want to be more sustainable. The bacon we served was not the best... to put it nicely,” Terrell said. “And sometimes we ended up with lots of food waste of uneaten bacon at the end of the day. We looked into upgrading our bacon to a more sustainable, organic option; however, we couldn’t do that without raising the ticket price for the event substantially. By stepping away from the bacon, we are making a more eco-conscious festival.” The carnival will be part festival and part “theatrical weirdness,” including plenty of beer, rides, and food, while attendees will get to interact one-on-one with improvisers in games and carnival booths. And since this is Dad’s Garage, the booths – with names like “Hobo Wine Tasting” and “Wheelchair Obstacle Course” – won’t necessarily be politically correct. “We want more food options for our guests. So many people told us that they don’t eat bacon, and that was a reason they would not come to the festival. We will be bringing in more food vendors this year, so folks can choose exactly what they want to eat,” Terrell said. Since the theatre doesn’t have to procure a literal ton of bacon, ticket prices for the new event will be substantially lower starting at $10. All attendees must be 21-plus and IDs will be checked at the gate. For tickets and information, visit dadsgaragecarnival.com.

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ABOVE: The new six-story, 210,000 square foot judicial complex that will house the Georgia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals is nearing completion in Downtown at the corner of Capital Avenue and Memorial Drive. (Photo by Collin Kelley) TOP RIGHT: Detail of a new mural, “Symphony,’” created by French street artist Hopare at Peachtree Center in Downtown. The mural is Hopare’s first piece of public art in the Southeast. (Courtesy Wilbert Group). BOTTOM RIGHT: Downtown was all lit up for the recent Super Bowl as thousands decended on the city for the Big Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Even the Skyview was decked out in Super Bowl colors. (Photo by Jacob Nguyen)

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COLDWELL BANKER DECATUR - Amazing new construction from Parclife Homes! Huge Chef’s kit, breakfast area, dining rm w/ built-ins, family rm w/stacked stone fireplace, guest BR on main, detached covered parking. Earthcraft certified, City of Decatur Schools. 6Bed/5Bath $999,000 FMLS: 6124075 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

DECATUR - An absolute must see from Parclife Homes – master on main, additional guest/office rm, fabulous flex space upstairs, amazing basement w/ stained concrete floors perfect for media rm/exercise/ BR with full bath! 5Bed/6Bath $1,109,000 FMLS: 6124087 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

DECATUR - Outstanding Craftsman from Parclife Homes. Well designed spaces throughout, nice large dining rm, gorgeous master, large secondary bedrooms, family rm with vintage mantle, smart thermostats, 2 car garage. 5Bed/5Bath $1,099,000 FMLS: 6124092 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

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SPRINGDALE HEIGHTS - Walk to Decatur Square from this classic charmer situated on quiet, tree-lined street. Hardwood floors, awesome sunroom, second story addition with master, 2 spacious guest BR’s & laundry. Tons of space! 5Bed/4Bath $550,000 FMLS: 6121802 Beth Smith 678.595.4448

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Our March issue cover story takes a closer look at the revitalization of Memorial Drive where it intersects with the Atlanta BeltLine. New r...

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Our March issue cover story takes a closer look at the revitalization of Memorial Drive where it intersects with the Atlanta BeltLine. New r...