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Morningside: 1165 Zimmer Drive N.E. This modern Tudor sits in great company on one of the best, desirable, and low traffic streets in Morningside- Zimmer Drive. Handsome best describes this all brick renovated home which is in move-right-in-condition featuring hardwood floors, thick moldings, dimmable light fixtures, abundance of natural light and large windows. 3 BR / 3 BA $1,195,000

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INtown goes online only for May issue This May issue of Atlanta INtown is a digital-only edition. We made the decision not to produce the printed publication with the health and safety of our staff and suppliers foremost in mind. INtown will return to print in June, so look for your copy as usual next month. In the meantime, this issue is available to read on your phone, tablet, or computer. As you digitally flip through this online issue, you’ll find all new reporting, features, and columns from our staff and contributors. I must extend my thanks to Clare Richie, Sally Bethea, Tim Sullivan, Matthew Terrell, and John Ruch for their assistance in getting May to your screens. Clare Richie and I collaborated on two of our main features, including talking to parents about the “new normal” of homeschooling their kids. There were some refreshingly candid comments about the challenges, so be sure to read that Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintown- story on page 6. Hats off to Clare again for her feature on how Emory University is feeding frontline healthcare workers paper.com around the city. Our columnist Sally Bethea offered up a meditation (and a poem from Mary Oliver) on how getting back to nature has provided solace during the pandemic, while Tim “TimmyDaddy” Sullivan provides a humorous glimpse of life with his family during lockdown. As for me, this has been a dizzying, hectic time to be a journalist. I’ve spent 30-plus years as a journalist and I have never covered anything quite like the COVID-19 outbreak. Since I’m working from home, it’s been nearly impossible to disconnect from the news and I’ve often found myself still working at 11 p.m. or midnight. I have managed to catch up on “Westworld,” “Ozark,” and “Tiger King” (Carole Baskin killed her husband, right?), so I’m definitely getting my money’s worth from the streaming platforms. I’m also re-reading Virginia Woolf ’s “To the Lighthouse,” which seems appropriate with its themes of loss, subjectivity, and art. And it’s set in the UK, where I was supposed to be in May. Sigh. Speaking of entertainment, I have been constantly inspired by the arts community and its resilience during the pandemic. Plaza Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre and the Atlanta Ballet are just some of the arts groups who have provided streaming entertainment. Bookstores like A Cappella, Charis, Bookish, Tall Tales, Little Shop of Stories, and Eagle Eye have been delivering books to customer’s front doors. And noted artist R. Land has turned his iconic “Pray for ATL” artwork into the social media sensation “Wash for ATL” as a fundraiser for the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. Let me close by thanking all of the folks who have worked tirelessly and risked their own health to help others. Not just the amazing healthcare workers, but police and fire personnel, supermarket staffs, sanitation workers, restaurant employees, and the countless others who have “essential” jobs that have taken them out of their homes every day. You have my respect and gratitude. Keep well.

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Learning at Home

Parents adjust to new routine of kids taking classes in the living room By Clare S. Richie and Collin Kelley

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hanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the entire world is getting a crash course in homeschooling. While many parents choose to homeschool, it’s been a big wake up call for the thousands of Intowners who send their students to public and private school campuses every day. The schools closed down early out of an abundance of caution, cancelled extracurricular activities, proms and graduations. While no decision has been made about the 2020-21 academic year, which begins in August for most, there is a possibility that homeschooling might be extended if the number of COVID-19 cases remains a concern. We asked parents about how they and their kids are adjusting to the new normal of learning at home. “I’ve told people who ask ‘how’s it going homeschooling’ that having older kids has been really nice because they are pretty self-sufficient,” said Tessa Pickren, who has a junior, freshman, and 6th grader at home She said her older kids, who attend Grady High School, “know what they have to get done and have been pretty motivated.” Her son, who attends Inman Middle School, usually gets his work done between 9 a.m. and noon. She’s heard from other parents that some teachers are giving more work than others. “Or maybe my son has the same amount and just gets it completed quickly.” Pickren said the transition to homeschooling hasn’t been as hard, but said the challenge was keeping kids off their tech – phones, tablets, game consoles – all day. Still, she’s worried about other students who don’t have parents at home checking on them or the structure and resources available in the traditional classroom. “Those are the kids the pandemic is going to set back, and that’s sad to me.” Renee Klein, mother to a freshman and sixth grader, said her family has “definitely gotten used to the routine of it all,” but learning the quirks of GoToMeeting and Zoom for online learning was definitely an adjustment. “There’s not as much schoolwork as I would have thought,” Klein mused. “That’s probably a good thing, because the kids aren’t as stressed. And because everybody’s in it together, it is what it is. I’m not overthinking it. Are they learning enough? Will they be behind? We won’t know that. But they are definitely in the

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Elizabeth Holmes’ daughters, Amelia and Katy Ross, do homework at their Oakhurst dining room table.

routine and getting to enjoy the fresh air. My sixth grader is on more of a schedule than my ninth grader, but I think that’s ok.” Lauren Ellen – who has three boys in first, third, and fifth grades – said the first week of homeschooling was “really rough, to be completely honest.” “It was hard and there were a lot of tears,” she said. “Having younger children, we don’t have a lot of technology in our house. Technology was the biggest adjustment for all of us – everyone was on a device for the majority of the day.” She said Atlanta Public Schools sent iPads home with all first and second graders, which was a big help, but her third and fifth graders were trying to share one computer and it just wasn’t working. “My husband actually went and bought a laptop halfway through day one. We are fortunate to have been in a

position to be able to do this, because I know many families can’t.” Now, more than a month in, Ellen said the kids have adjusted really well. “They start at 8:30 a.m. and end their school day around 1:30 or 2 p.m. The first week, they weren’t wrapping up until 4 in the afternoon and we were all stressed out. But we’ve gotten into a better groove now – we know the routine and the websites to go to. Everybody knows where their Google classroom is and they are not asking me questions about ‘where do I go, what am I supposed to do.’ They’ve gotten into a much better routine.” Ellen said she and her husband keep reminding themselves that homeschooling isn’t forever and work to “set the right tone for the day” for the family. “I have literally walked out the door because I was so frustrated,” she said candidly. “But also, giving myself grace

and giving them grace. I remind them: your teachers are learning, you’re learning, every kid in your class is learning. This is new for everybody, not just you, so don’t put pressure on yourself to feel like you’ve gotta get it right the first time. Because you’re probably not going to, and that’s ok. We’ll wake up tomorrow and give it another shot. I’ve learned that being humble and gracious will get me a lot further than trying to be in control.” Another parent in the Grady cluster with a senior, freshman and fifth grader asked to remain anonymous, but said “everything is mostly going well,” although her senior had to deal with the most disappointments. “He has been really, really sad,” the parent said about her son. “For the first few weeks, it was very hard, especially because we were taking it all very seriously and not leaving the house. Our son wanted to hang out with his friends before it was too late, but in my mind, it was already too late. They closed school for a reason. All the cancellations – soccer, senior night, prom, graduation – it’s supposed to be one of the best times of their lives and they can’t participate. That’s been really difficult. He’s gotten better now, but I feel really bad for him. I remember my senior year and how much fun it was.” Elizabeth Holmes, who has daughters in middle and high school at City Schools of Decatur, said the dining room table has become the new classroom at her home in the Oakhurst neighborhood. “I’ve been trying to find the balance between helping them or just trusting them to handle their schoolwork,” Holmes said. “I’m mainly the go-between now of forwarding emails from teachers and following up if I’m alerted to a missed assignment.” Holmes said the transition to homeschooling wasn’t as traumatic as she thought it would be, especially since she was working from home even before the pandemic. “The real navigation is when schoolwork is done for the day, and sometimes they’re done by 11 a.m. or noon. I’ve given up on managing their time on devices as long as their work is done, and I’ve been making sure we get outdoor time. Probably the biggest stressor we have now is how messy things get from when we’re all here all the time.” Holmes said both of her kids enjoy getting a little extra sleep, but both were disappointed that there was no spring break. “Despite the anxiety and fear that we are all feeling, I’d say we’re pretty lucky over here.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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The Atlanta Board of Education has announced that Dr. Lisa Herring, the current superintendent of Birmingham City Schools, is the sole finalist to replace Meria Carstarphen as superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools The Atlanta City Council is meeting virtually until the COVID-19 crisis eases, but the public can still listen in and participate online at citycouncil.atlantaga.gov or on Facebook.com/atlcouncil. The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved legislation April 20 to transfer $7 million from the uncommitted fund balance to assist those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used for children and senior food programs, helping the homeless, small business continuity, and more.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s controversial decision to begin reopening businesses even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues ¬– defying federal guidelines and those from health officials – has created uncertainty and confusion across Georgia. Kemp said he expected the number of coronavirus cases to increase after his order allowed gyms, hair salons, nail shops, bowling alleys and tattoo and massage parlors to reopen on April 24 and restaurant dining rooms, movie theaters and private social clubs on April 27. More businesses are expected to get the go-ahead to reopen soon, while Kemp encouraged hospitals to begin elective surgeries and procedures again. Kemp said the state was prepared to deal with more COVID-19 cases, including the opening of a 200-bed field hospital inside the Georgia World Congress Center, but getting people back to work was essential. There’s no doubt the state’s economy is moribund, with a record million Georgians filing for unemployment and troubling numbers coming in from The Painted Pin various sectors. MARTA, which has seen bus ridership fall by 40 percent and rail riders by 80 percent, is $50 million-and-growing in the hole and expects to have to delay expansions and projects, including transit along the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop. Community group BeltLine Rail Now said in a statement that Atlanta must find a way to pay for transit “that doesn’t depend so much on volatile and regressive sales tax collections.” A survey of more than 55 arts nonprofits to determine how coronavirus has affected this sector was conducted by Dad’s Garage Theatre’s managing director, Lara Smith, and showed a loss of $10.6 million and growing. The nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $719.8 million industry in metro Atlanta – one that supports 23,514 fulltime equivalent jobs and generates $64.5 million in local and state government revenue. And while Gov. Kemp’s order will allow some businesses to reopen, many are choosing not to out of fear of spreading the virus to employees and customers and creating a liability risk. Plaza Theater owner Christopher Escobar said in a statement that he couldn’t see re-opening the historic Poncey-Highland cinema before May 1, and even that date seemed early. Escobar said he was focusing on creating a streaming platform for customers to watch films at home and even creating a drive-in theater experience in the parking lot. Escobar said he was concerned that promised relief dollars would suddenly disappear now that cinemas were being “allowed” to reopen, which echoes a concern seen across social media by those who believe

Kemp’s reopening of businesses is an attempt to kick workers off unemployment and force them back into unsafe working conditions. “While nothing would make me happier than all of this being over and getting the “all clear,” other than there being political pressure, I haven’t seen anything of the sort. I have only seen the first sign that cases and deaths in Georgia are just barely starting to level off—much less go down–but I’m not a public health expert. I just know I’m not getting an indication from actual public health experts that re-opening is a good idea,” Escobar said. Justin Amick, president and CEO of the company that operates Buckhead’s Painted Pin and the Westside’s Painted Duck high-end bowling parlors, also expressed surprise and concern. “Although I couldn’t be happier to have bowling solidified as one of life’s most essential needs, I’m surprised by the accelerated timeline to be able to reopen our doors to the public,” he said. Justin Amick elaborated on the concerns in a joint statement with his father Bob Amick, owner of the Concentric Restaurants group, which includes TWO Urban Licks, Bully Boy and Parish. “We are scared to death about the new norms, strict limitations and guidelines that will make it impossible to be financially viable,” the Amicks said. “A rushed reopening could be the nail in the coffin for many companies. We won’t risk the safety of our staff, families and patrons, as their well-being is of the utmost importance.” They join other local restaurant owners who did not reopen their dining rooms on April 27 as allowed in Kemp’s reopening order. Two of Atlanta’s institutions – Manuel’s Tavern in Poncey-Highland and The Colonnade on Cheshire Bridge Road – both posted on Facebook that they will remain closed for now. “My phone has been blowing up with tons of questions from staff and regular customers asking if we’re going to open on Monday. The answer is no,” Manuel’s owner Brian Maloof posted. Manuel’s has been completely closed since the pandemic began but plans to start offering takeout soon. “We will continue doing to-go only until I’m convinced that it’s safe to open the tavern back up completely; it may be several weeks or longer. Don’t hate us for being safe,” Maloof said. The Colonnade’s owner posted this on Facebook: “The governor is saying that restaurants can open but we won’t just yet. We closed March 16th for the safety of our employees and our customers. Our industry will see changes going forward. I just think it’s too early and want everyone to stay safe. We definitely miss everyone!”

Presidential, statewide general primary election moved to June 9 Atlanta Municipal Court is allowing the public to resolve cases electronically by expanding the list of online payable violations and allowing FTA (Failure to Appear) penalties to be payable online as a temporary emergency protocol. Constitutionally required hearings, such as first appearance will continue as required, but in limited capacity. Persons wishing to contest their case before a judge will be reset by notice along with regularly scheduled, non-critical court appearances, if not previously paid and closed online. The Court maintains functions to process license issues electronically, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Driver Services. For full updates, visit court. atlantaga.gov.

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By John Ruch The presidential and statewide general primary election has been delayed to June 9 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The voter registration deadline now will be May 11 and early voting will begin May 18. The primary runoff date will be Aug. 11. Originally scheduled for March 24, the presidential election previously was rescheduled for May 19 – which was also the statewide primary date – as the pandemic spread through Georgia. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the new date on April 9, after absentee ballot invitations had started appearing in voters’ mailboxes. He said in a press release that he felt legally approved to delay the election again by a recent extension of Gov. Brian Kemp’s emergency powers through May 13. “I certainly realize that every difficulty will not be completely solved by the time in-person voting begins for the June 9 election, but elections must happen even in less than ideal circumstances,” said

Raffensperger in the press release. “Just like our brave healthcare workers and first responders, our county election officials and poll workers are undertaking work critical to our democracy, and they will continue to do this critical work with all the challenges that the current crisis has brought forth. This postponement allows us to provide additional protection and safety resources to county election officials, poll workers, and voters without affecting the November election.” The presidential preference primary is now irrelevant, as incumbent Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate on the ballot, and Joe Biden is now the only remaining candidate in the Democratic primary race. However, the combined election now includes a variety of other races, including DeKalb County sheriff and nonpartisan races for seats on school boards in DeKalb and Fulton counties. It also includes primaries in the U.S. Senate and Georgia General Assembly races.

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Notes from a pandemic As the owner of a “non-essential” small business, it can be hard not to feel anxious, unsettled, bored and well, nonessential. It’s said I’m a hero just for staying home although I can’t imagine Marvel Comics drawing up a guy in sweatpants and Birkenstocks and calling him Quarantine Man. Each day I hunker down in my assigned corner of the house and By Tim Sullivan brainstorm ways to get through this, both financially and Tim Sullivan grew up mentally. But the occasional pandemic humor can give me a in a large family in the lift. Like when Margo asked her grandma if she was around for Northeast and now lives the Spanish Flu in 1918 and then followed up with “are you with his small family sure??” in Oakhurst. He can be reached at tim@ A lot is being asked of both the Wi-Fi and the wife at sullivanfinerugs.com. home so if they occasionally crash, I try to be understanding. The Wi-Fi is straining to keep all the Google Classroom apps, Zoom conferences and Tik-Tok videos humming along while the wife strains to work a full slate, help with schoolwork and make dinners. We’ve been experimenting with grocery delivery. Ordered a clove of garlic and got a pound so if the virus doesn’t get me the heartburn might. I do help where I can, cleaning mostly. I’m unquestionably the best broom handler in the family. But I’m not going to lie, the household mojo can go haywire when your 4th grader is learning about the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, at home, on a Chromebook, with spotty Wi-Fi and an English Major dad. Admirably, Kristen has been keeping up with her online workouts each morning. Elliott has even joined her for some of them. I almost feel bad but I may have to start charging them for basement gym memberships. These bills aren’t going to pay themselves, ya know? To clear my head and get some exercise of my own I’ve been taking long, hard-thinking walks. Whenever I see someone coming towards me, I veer enough to leave a gracious buffer between us because these days everyone is both a victim and a suspect. Since we’re all in this together I smile and offer a small acknowledgement as if to say it’s not you, it’s me. Unless, of course, it’s you. Lockdowns call for movies so one night I was lobbying for the family to watch “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Margo shot it down after I described it, thankfully. Why I wanted to watch a movie about a man who is losing his mind because every day is EXACTLY THE SAME is beyond me. Pandemics have a way of messing up your psyche. Heck, I cringe a little just watching “Treehouse Masters” because Pete keeps hugging everyone. Elliott and I have passed countless hours playing basketball in the driveway. Otherwise he’s watching a Youtuber goofball named Flight who offers commentary on the NBA and NBA2k video game. His catchphrases include “Check out Curry, man. So Inspirational.” And his shtick is he will be doing the same moves “by June.” Elliott finds these straight-faced proclamations hysterical because Flight is comically bad at basketball. I’ve been shown so many Flight videos that I feel like he is sheltering in place with us. At least we don’t have to feed him, I guess? Marks on our kitchen wall show that Elliott has grown a full inch since the quarantine began so his goal is to dunk on the 9ft hoop setting by June, naturally. Margo and I were on the front end of the sidewalk chalk art revolution and she has become a prolific painter. She has taken me under her wing as an apprentice of sorts. I get to sand down objects, lay out tarps, tape edges, hang canvasses and she almost always saves all the cleaning up for me. At night we work on jigsaw puzzles or giggle watching “Friends” reruns. It is far from the truly heroic efforts of many but perhaps in some ways, I am still essential after all.

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Poncey-Highland’s Elemental Spirits Co. opened just weeks before COVID-19 outbreak

Cory Atkinson

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lemental Spirits Co., located at the prominent corner of N. Highland and North avenues, in Poncey-Highland, opened just two weeks before coronavirus closed the city. Lucky for owner Cory Atkinson, liquor stores were deemed “essential” businesses and allowed to stay open, which meant there was an opportunity to connect with the neighborhood going into lockdown mode for the foreseeable future. “It’s been very interesting,” Atkinson said ruefully. “We had some good momentum going those first couple of weeks, then things just got crazy.”

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Atkinson said his first priority was keeping both his employees and customers safe, so he instituted social distancing at the store before many others by allowing only a handful of customers in at a time to pick up the orders they’d made via email or Instagram message. Thanks to social media and foot traffic in Poncey-Highland, Elemental Spirits is continuing to see steady growth. Atkinson said the next challenge would be readjusting once normalcy returns, and what the “new normal” will look like for small businesses. Atkinson, who had a successful career in e-commerce, dreamed of opening Elemental Spirts for more than a year. During his daily walks with wife Malory,

they would pass the vacant storefront that was once part of Manuel’s Tavern and questioned why it had stood empty for so long. “I tried to get a meeting with Selig [the owners of the building], but they wouldn’t take my calls,” Atkinson said. “My property broker looked at a number of spaces, but the Manuel’s Tavern space was still in the back of my mind. I challenged my brokers to get a foot in the door with Selig. They did and here we are.” The 2,000 square foot shop is most definitely not your average package or liquor store, most of which Atkinson said he finds depressing. “I personally hated the liquor store experience, but

I had been to great ones in New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Tokyo and saw the possibilities of opening a boutique bottle shop,” he said. “I wanted to create a different shopping experience entirely – more curated like a high-end wine shop with browsable wide aisles, light and bright. When quarantine ends, we want customers to come in and explore, talk to the staff, and discover new things.” Elemental offers small-batch craft spirits, natural and low-intervention wines, local craft beer, vintage barware, and more. Atkinson said he’s been in conversation with Manuel’s Tavern and other local restaurants about holding tastings and educational events. He eventually wants to offer “tasting tours” to vineyards and distilleries both here and abroad. In the meantime, Atkinson said he’s looking forward to hosting a delayed grand opening for Elemental Sprits and to have customers back in the shop browsing and talking with the staff. “We’re getting great feedback and have plenty of repeat business now, with customers wanting us to curate a six pack of wine, recommend a great tequila, and suggest wine pairings,” Atkinson said. “We just can’t wait to get our doors open and have those customers in the shop.” More information about Elemental Sprits can be found at elementalspirits.co or on Instagram @elementalspirits.co. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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t’s been a year since I began to regularly walk the Cabin Creek trail through the woods to the Chattahoochee River: an experience that has never failed to provide me with peace, inspiration and new discoveries through the seasons. With the closure of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in March, due to the coronavirus, these walks have come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future. Sadly, I have missed seeing spring unfold in the ravine of the talking creek, under the greening forest canopy, and beside the constantly flowing river. Memories of past walks, augmented By Sally Bethea by my journal and photographs, Sally Bethea is the retired executive director help my mind’s eye recall many of of Chattahoochee the sights, sounds Riverkeeper. She and smells from continues her advocacy for the environment and these life-affirming rambles. I am also won the Georgia Press comforted by the Association Award for certainty and the opinion writing for her rhythm of nature: monthly column the knowledge that in INtown. spring will come again to Cabin Creek (and again and again) – and that I will be able to return to the ravine and the river “to lose my mind and find my soul,” as America’s most famous conservationist John Muir once said. A few selections from my journal may help your mind’s eye recall similar experiences in nature.

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May 29, 2019: It is dusk, when I start down the Cabin Creek trail on this day in late May. The walk through the woods to the river is different this time: quiet, but for the squirrels racing up and down trees. I walk

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quickly in the darkening forest tunnel. The Chattahoochee is very low, drifting slowly downstream, around dozens of exposed rocks; the river’s geology – its bones – are on full display. The early evening light on the water is glorious, triggering all my senses. I walk into the river, jumping across the rocks that jut up from the water at angles like frozen waves: an example of foliation, the repetitive layering of metamorphic rock, I learn later. With the work-day over, many boaters float past me; I perch on my sitting rock and watch the flowing tableau. October 23, 2019: A hiker shouts: “Look!” We turn our attention to the Chattahoochee, where a river otter cavorts in the fast-moving water at the bottom of Devil’s Racecourse Shoals. He dives into the water and comes up a short distance downstream with what appears to be a fish in his mouth. Underwater again, and then he emerges back upstream – splashing and flipping his long body, while propelling himself with his powerful tail. The joyful performance repeats itself over and over again to our great pleasure – and clearly his. I realize, in a moment of startling clarity, that this river – the life-sustaining flow of water that I’ve long thought of as being “my” river – belongs, in truth, to this otter, his kin and all the wildlife who depend on it. A memorable passage from The Edge of the Sea by Rachel Carson comes to mind. Observing a small ghost crab on a night beach, she wrote: “Suddenly I was filled with the odd sensation that for the first time I knew the creature in its own world – that I understood, as never before, the essence of its being. In that moment time was suspended; the world to which I belonged did not exist and I might have been an onlooker from outer space.” March 15, 2020: Spring is beginning to show itself along the Cabin Creek trail with glimpses of hepatica, purple toadshade trillium, and halberd-leaved yellow violets. It’s been ten months since I began my walks on this trail to the river, yet I’m still making new discoveries. The previous week, my eyes finally focused on a fallen beech tree with young trees emerging from its prone trunk. I had passed this family grouping dozens of times, yet never noticed it. Three sprouts that had grown from latent buds in the trunk of the fallen tree grow a few feet apart, ramrodstraight, reaching for the sun. Sustained

by their mother’s decaying body in their from the top of a tree near my home in the early years, they now have their own roots city. In this period of waiting, I find that I that reach around her trunk in an embrace am more attentive, allowing myself the time before entering the rich organic material in to explore: leaf veins, tree bark, light and the bottom of the creek’s ravine. A friend shadows. In “Wild Geese” (printed below), accompanies me today, to take a look at poet Mary Oliver eloquently describes the my finding; fortunately, he always carries powerful bonds between all living things. a tape measure, among other tools, and we determine the circumference of the fallen mother tree and the You do not have to be good. largest of the three tree sprouts. You do not have to walk on your knees Based on later research on these for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. slow-growing trees, I calculate that You only have to let the soft animal of your body the mother beech began growing love what it loves. sometime in the 1880s, during Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. the decade when my grandparents Meanwhile the world goes on. were born, and that she fell in the Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain late 1950s, just a few years after are moving across the landscapes, my family moved to Georgia; the over the prairies and the deep trees, largest sprout is now more than 60 the mountains and the rivers. years old. Meanwhile, the geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. These connections to nature, Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, even in the city, are fascinating and the world offers itself to your imagination, they are comforting; they make calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – us feel secure. Life is affirmed for over and over announcing your place me by the barred owl that never in the family of things. fails to surprise, when he hoots At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


City releases draft of new tree protection ordinance By John Ruch The City of Atlanta has issued a longdelayed draft of a new Tree Protection Ordinance. But it came the day that major coronavirus pandemic shutdowns began and it now remains to be seen whether it can be vetted and formalized in line with its original late-August schedule. The draft is the first step in reviving a rewrite process that abruptly stalled last fall amid complaints from residents and City Council members about various problems, including a lack of details in the presentations. “It is the intent of the city to protect all trees, and especially mature trees, to the extent feasible and to ensure that when trees must be removed, trees that will yield the same quality of canopy shall be replanted wherever conditions permit,” reads part of the basic mission statement in the draft. Significant concerns among tree advocates have centered on clear-cutting of lots, allowances for optional removal of healthy trees, and insufficient enforcement. Developers also have expressed concerns on burdensome or unclear standards. The draft appears to attempt to balance out those interests. A key provision is requiring a permit for removing healthy, non-hazardous trees on private property if they are pines 12 or more inches in diameter at breast height, or all other species 6 inches DBH or greater. Permits may be

given for certain types of construction and landscaping, among other reasons. The draft also suggests possible permit exemptions for such projects as affordable housing, mass transit and “green” buildings. It also proposes that appeals can be filed by any resident or business-owner within 500 feet or within the same Neighborhood Planning Unit. The draft has minimum tree density requires for various lot sizes and retains a system for replanting or paying into the Tree Fund to compensate for removing mature trees. It includes a provision that no single-family residential development would

be approved without a minimum of three trees saved or planted. It also requires Tree Commission approval for clear-cutting a lot. The draft ordinance makes an allowance for removing some trees without replanting or compensation. It would allow for one tree or 5% of the total DBH of trees on the site – whichever is greater – to be removed from a parcel every three years without replanting or compensation, as long as the site meets or exceed 150% of the tree-density requirements. The draft ordinance addresses some of the enforcement and protection provisions of the current ordinance that have drawn

criticism. Among other provisions, it requires a “pre-demolition” inspection of trees marked for removal and says trees at construction sites must be protected by a fenced area sufficient to protect its root zone. The city may require greater than minimum protections in certain cases, the draft ordinance says. To read the full draft ordinance, including a Word document that can be marked in red with specific suggested changes, visit https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/ departments/city-planning/urban-ecologyframework

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State of the Market

Intown’s real estate market adapts during coronavirus outbreak By Collin Kelley

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he coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced local real estate agents to get creative with buying and selling homes for their clients. While in-person viewings are mostly on pause, agents are arranging virtual walk-throughs and championing historically low interest rates to keep the Intown real estate market afloat. Some agencies are hosting virtual open houses and caravans of homes for sale and documentation for a sale is all being handled digitally these days We reached out to four agents/brokers for their thoughts on how the local market is faring under the stay-at-home order.

Carolyn Calloway, Agent, Harry Norman Realtors, Buckhead Office “Spring is traditionally the busiest time of year for Realtors, but during this time of mandated ‘social distancing’, we’ve had to adopt some creative ways to work with our clients. Today’s technology provides options for us to show homes via Facetime or virtual tours. Real estate closings continue to take place in attorney offices, but often with the Realtors attending virtually. There are clients that need to buy or sell immediately, and we are still able to work with them, just in a different way as we comply with the CDC guidelines. It’s definitely a team effort working with our fellow Realtors, brokers, office staff, lenders, photographers and home inspectors…all taking great care to follow those safety measures set forth to keep us all safe and healthy. We are

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looking ahead to a great spring market with new listings added to our currently low inventory and buyers taking advantage of the lower interest rates…. just a little later than usual.” Michael Gaddy, Agent, M&M Group, Compass Real Estate “We’ve experienced a mixed bag so far. It seems most buyers are waiting to see how this unfolds. We had a $2 million custom build fall apart at the last minute last week. I suspect once this tsunami of confusion passes over we’ll pick back up right where we left off. We have a few homes we’re about to list and are dragging our feet a bit for the same reasons. Overall it’s gotten fairly quiet. More fringe marketing tools, like video tours, are reemerging to show sellers that the agent is still making an effort and being creative but, in the end, who’s going to spend several hundred thousand dollars on a home they never stepped foot in? Sellers are nervous about strangers coming into their homes so things have fairly much stopped for a bit. I’ve even had some of my contractors say they are shutting down for a couple weeks and then will reevaluate. Time will tell.” Kelly Stephens, Managing Broker, Engel & Volkers Buckhead Atlanta and Atlanta North Fulton “The COVID-19 outbreak is causing all industries to rethink how they do business, and the home buying/selling industry is no exception. The message to consumers is confusing. On the one hand, mortgage rates are at historic lows, making this an ideal time to lock in a mortgage for a new home purchase. Lower mortgage rates encourage more buyers to enter the market and more sellers to list their homes. But these are not normal times. Yes, mortgage rates are lower, but during what should be a robust time for home sales, we are all being encouraged to limit contact with others and stay at home as much as possible. As real estate advisors, we must quickly adapt to this “new normal” to help our clients successfully buy or sell a home, as well as complete the home-buying process if they

are in the midst of this important decision. Thankfully, we have the technology to make this work. At Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta and Engel & Völkers Atlanta North Fulton, we are working with our clients to make full use of video call platforms to “meet” with our clients and to virtually tour homes together. For sellers, we are working with them to create compelling, informative video home tours that can easily be accessed online by a potential buyer. For buyers, we can review online home videos in conference with them to discuss pros and cons of each home’s benefits. To limit person-to-person contact, our advisors can visit homes alone, walking through them on behalf of our clients, showcasing the home’s features electronically in real time and answering questions.” Harvin Greene, Agent, Dorsey Alston Realtors “At the beginning of March, the Atlanta real estate market was moving full steam ahead and this spring market was shaping up to be the best year in recent history. Inventory levels were low fueling strong buyer demand and pushing prices higher. Coupling that with historically low interest rates, homes that were well positioned and priced right were selling quickly at close to and even above asking price. With the outbreak of the coronavirus and recent shelter in place restrictions placed in Metro Atlanta we are seeing a slowdown of buyer traffic, but definitely not a standstill. During this time we are ramping up our virtual marketing activities by sending digital marketing brochures to prospective buyers, sharing video walkthroughs of our listings, and meeting with buyers and sellers via video conference apps like Facetime and Zoom. For in person showings of our listings we have implemented a plan to help prevent the spread of the virus. We are driving separately from our clients, staying a safe distance away, and making sure that all doors are open and lights are on in the house to prevent any need for contact within the home. While this is definitely having an effect on the market, specifically how many days a home is listed and the low levels of inventory, we are not seeing it reflected in the values and do not anticipate that it will. We are confident in the fundamentals of the residential real estate market in Atlanta and expect it to rebound quickly once the above mentioned restrictions are lifted.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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Sell On

New townhomes, condos and single-family homes ready for buyers By INtown Staff Despite the coronavirus pandemic, new home projects are in search of buyers looking to take advantage of historically low interest rates. The Brightstar Team | COMPASS has three communities on the market right now – Elle at Oakhurst, The Row on Wylie, and Vernon in Ormewood Park – and are working to make viewing and buying the homes as easy and safe as possible. You can take a virtual tour with an agent or get a private walkthru depending on the community. Currently under construction, the townhomes and single-family homes at Elle at Oakhurst (ElleAtOakhurst.com) in Decatur range in price from the $700,000s to $1 million. Several of the townhomes offer live/work options with retail on the first floor. Homes feature front porches and oversized screened-in outdoor living spaces. Spacious plans feature five bedrooms, four baths and two-car garages with kitchens adjoining to the living room with fireplace and owner’s suites with sitting rooms that open to screened porches.

Nestled between Reynoldstown and Edgewood at 1194 Wylie Street, The Row on Wylie (TheRowOnWylie.com) features five townhomes offering1,689 square feet with three bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths and one-car garages. Notable appointments include open-concept living areas, kitchens with 42-inch painted cabinets, quartz countertops throughout and stainless-steel Whirlpool kitchen appliances, rooftop terraces, rear balconies, hardwood floors, and dual sinks in the owner’s suite bath. There are also rooftop decks and common area greenspace. The townhomes are priced from the $400,000s.

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Priced from the low $600,000s, Vernon (OwnVernon. com) is located in Ormewood Park and offers 20 homes just steps from the Atlanta BeltLine, Glenwood Park and the Memorial Drive Corridor. Homes are arranged in a horseshoe layout facing a centrally located community pocket park. The homes range in size from 1,724 to 2,433 square feet with three-to-four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

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Kolter Urban has broken ground and started construction on Graydon Buckhead (thegraydon.com), a 22-story condo tower with 47 units. Offering views of Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown, the project will offer two- and threebedroom homes, ranging from just over 2,100 to 3,600 square feet, in addition to one 5,850 square-foot four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath penthouse. Pricing starts at $1.6 million.

Seven88 West Midtown (788WestMidtown. com), the tallest highrise development in West Midtown at 22 stories, has 279 residences with resort-style, luxurious amenities and curated interiors. Each unit – with studio, one-, two-, and threebedroom options – has sweeping skyline views with floor-to-ceiling windows priced from the mid-$300,000s to $1 million-plus.

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Compass Development Marketing Group and Dezhu US have announced the completion of J5 (OwnJ5. com), a luxury condominium community at the corner of Juniper and 5th Street in Midtown. The six-story, 150-home complex offers large terraces, community spaces, pool courtyard with an outdoor kitchen, club room, garden courtyard, rooftop lounge, 24-hour security, onestory private gated parking and two boardrooms fully equipped with AV equipment to provide meeting space for homeowners who work from home. Home prices begin in the low $600s with a variety of two bedroom homes.

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Feed the Frontline

Emory coordinates two meal programs for healthcare workers the morale of health care workers and support staff in emergency rooms, plus police and fire rescue first responders, while also providing stability to the ravaged restaurant industry. “We are like air traffic controllers – coordinating logistics with restaurants and hospital administrations, handling payments to the restaurants,” Brown said. Feed the Frontline, which started with direction and funding from the James M. Cox Foundation, the Douglas J. Hertz Family Foundation and R. Harold and Patsy Harrison Foundation has raised more than $900,000 from 900+ individuals, corporations and foundations. Launched on April 3 - 19 Atlantaarea hospitals in the Emory Healthcare, Grady, Piedmont, Atlanta VA, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital, Shepherd Center and WellStar health systems plus Atlanta police officers and

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ospital workers and first responders put themselves at risk and work long shifts in the fight against COVID-19 so we can receive care or stay home and be safe. We thank them with 8 p.m. cheers, hand-made window and chalk signs and now with a delicious lunch or take-home dinner. “We started to hear that a meal that was nutritious, delicious and healthy would really mean a lot. Also, we were seeing reports of the restaurant industry being so impacted,” said, Alex Brown, Emory University Senior Associated Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement. Emory’s Advancement team is coordinating two large-scale feeding programs that collect donations to boost

Avalon Catering prepares meals for frontline workers.

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Chez Montier includes thank you notes to workers with food deliveries.

firefighters – receive lunches twice a week. Participating restaurants and catering groups include Avalon Catering, Bazati Atlanta, Chez Montier Catering, DAS BBQ, Fifth Group/Bold Catering, Chef Linton and Gina Hopkins, Local Three, Southern Proper Hospitality, and Tamarind Restaurant Group with local ingredients sourced through Georgia Organics and other local producers. “We are thankful that this critical effort is helping to keep us working while allowing us the opportunity to provide meals and comfort to caregivers on the front lines of this global pandemic,” said Judith Service Montier, Chez Montier Catering Chief Operating Officer. Feed the Frontline is now delivering 9,500+ meals per week. “We have funding to run this program through mid-May. We believe we will need to continue it through the end of May,”

Chef Juan Montier of Chez Montier Catering prepares pasta salad for meal boxes.

Brown said, recognizing that the end of the pandemic remains unknown. The second program, Healthcare Heroes, supplies a take-home dinner for two. State Farm and the Atlanta Hawks Foundation teamed up with UPS and Structor Group to raise almost $500,000 to serve Grady and Emory health care workers as they finished a twelve-hour shift. “The chefs are taking special care to make sure these meals are comforting in addition to convenient,” Brown said. Participating restaurants include Miller Union, Storico Fresco and Antico who now provide 5,200 meals per week. “What’s impressed us so much is how many people essentially want to hug a health care worker – that’s been uplifting,” Brown said. To make a donation to either program, visit feedthefrontline.emory.edu. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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CoastApp has been keeping track of Atlanta restaurants offering takeout, curbside, and delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 600 restaurants are now listed at Takeout COVID at coastapp.com/ takeoutcovid/atl. Georgia National Guard members have been working alongside the Atlanta Community Food Bank staff to assist in procuring, sorting, and packing food; distributing food; protecting public health and safety; and coordinating other logistics. The help has been specifically aimed at seniors, people living with disabilities, and low-income working families who continue to need the Food Bank’s help.

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The 10th annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, originally set for the end of May, will be held later this summer at dates to be announced. Check for updates at atlfoodandwinefestival.com.

The disruption and uncertainty of COVID-19 has rocked the food service industry to its core, and nonprofits like the Giving Kitchen are providing financial assistance to food service workers facing unemployment and an unexpected crisis – illness (including COVID-19), injury, death of an immediate family member or housing disaster. For those facing unemployment, GK set up a COVID-19 resource page for where to get food, how file for UI, how to protect themselves from COVID-19 and more at thegivingkitchen.org. #ATLFAMILYMEAL, a nonprofit of comprised of Atlanta area chefs, restaurant owners, hospitality workers and business/non-profit leaders, is rallying to help the city’s hospitality workers survive while eateries are closed or have reduced staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Spearheaded by Electric Hospitality CEO & Founder Michael Lennox, chefs and hospitality groups participating in the effort include Gina and Linton Hopkins, Golden Eagle, Muchacho, Ladybird, King of Pops and Fox Bros., among others. #ATLFAMILYMEAL is actively seeking funding, sponsorships and in-kind donations to purchase, prepare and deliver free “family meals” to the doorsteps of hospitality workers across the metro, potentially employing hundreds (or thousands) of out-of-work hospitality professionals in the process. Donations are being accepted online through atlfamilymeal.org, and proceeds will go towards helping feed and support hospitality workers. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The Studio Arts & Culture

Behind the Mask

Arts organizations, businesses, community groups pitch in to make masks for medical community By Collin Kelley and Clare S. Richie

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ith the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) making daily headlines during the coronavirus outbreak, arts organizations, businesses and community groups have become maskmaking factories to help frontline medical workers. With its productions on hold, The Atlanta Opera’s costume and wardrobe department employees have dedicated their working hours to making masks. “This is a time of great need for the medical community and the community at large,” The Atlanta Opera’s artistic director Tomer Zvulan said. “The question that we ask ourselves is no longer ‘How can we save our productions?’ but ‘How can we help save lives?’” Each mask is designed to cover an N95 respirator mask and prolong its usable life. Joanna Schmink, costume director for The Atlanta Opera, created a prototype and local hospitals have provided operating-room sheets for use as fabric. In mid-April, the Georgia Power Foundation presented a $25,000 donation to the Alliance Theatre’s mask-making effort. The company’s costume shop, props and production staff are putting their skills to work and creating fabric masks for medical personnel at Emory Healthcare’s five metro Atlanta facilities. Nineteen Alliance Theatre artists are sewing on average 300 masks daily. With the donation from the Georgia Power Foundation, the artists can make 1,500 masks a week to support front line workers and Atlanta’s medical workers during COVID-19. The fabric masks sewn by the Alliance artists are designed to fit over N95 respiratory masks. Along with the arts community, local businesses are also making masks. With

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Designer Abbey Glass

The Atlanta Opera’s Lauren Allmeyer sews and shapes a mask.

using leftover twoply fabrics featuring original Abbey Glass patterns and a sterile wrap lining for added filtration. To date, Abbey Glass, her boyfriend, dad and younger sister have donated over 100 face masks to Emory University Hospital and are receiving more and more requests from the general public each day. Masks are available for purchase via abbey-glass.com for $20 each, which covers the shipping cost and additional materials expenses. There is currently an eight day lead time on orders placed. All profits will be used to create additional masks or given to a local charity and medical professionals. A community collective – Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals – formed back in early March to address the shortage of masks in

Masks sewn by community collective Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals

masks and face-coverings likely to be part of the “new normal,” the nine-member team at Ponce City Market’s Topstitch Studio and Lounge have been producing free masks for the public to wear as well as for medical professionals. The masks for the general public feature layers of 100 percent cotton with either elastic or fabric ties. Topstitch is accepting donations via PayPal, which will be split amongst their team. Since announcing this initiative, Topstitch has received hundreds of requests each day (and counting!) and continues to accept incoming requests from Atlantans. Local womenswear designer Abbey Glass is making medium and large masks

Atlanta. “We are a group of five admins and two businesses who wanted to use our resources and contacts in the Atlanta healthcare industry to mobilize making masks as a stop-gap for the local healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said administrator Kirsten Hawkins. They are joined by more than 500 volunteer professionals and hobbyist sewists. Although they aren’t the same as N95 masks doctors use, the design follows CDC guidelines for homemade masks and are approved by the requesting health facilities and health professionals. To make a request for masks or a donation, visit sewingmasksforatlantahospitals.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


Museums at Home

Cultural destinations may be closed, but you can visit virtually

FOR SALE

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546 Ridgecrest Road Tudor Revival in historic Druid Hills. Elegant restoration and designer finishes.

1915 Neel Reid masterpiece in Druid Hills restored and renovated throughout.

1741 Meadowdale Avenue 3BR | 2BA | $825,000

FOR SALE

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Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabg.org) Atlanta History Center (atlantahistorycenter.com) Breman Museum (thebreman.org) Children’s Museum of Atlanta (childrensmuseumatlanta.org) College Football Hall of Fame (cfbhal.com) Fernbank Museum (fernbankmuseum.org) Georgia Aquarium (georgiaaquarium.org) High Museum of Art (high.org) Michael C. Carlos Museum (carlos.emory.edu) National Center for Civil and Human Rights (civilandhumanrights.org) ◄Zoo Atlanta (zooatlanta.org) This free programming will continue and adapt as needed until guests are able to enjoy in-person experiences again. Visit ATLMuseumsatHome.org for links to each organization’s content and to access Field Trip Friday activities. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

5BR | 5BA | $1,100,000

Updated home with designer finishes on quiet cul-de-sac in Durand Mill.

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309 10th Street

4BR | 3BA | 2HB | $1,595,000

Amazing Victorian overlooking Piedmont Park chock full of historic details.

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Chic Morningside Bungalow on rare .6 acre lot.

Michael C. Carlos Museum

850 Oakdale Road

6BR | 5.5BA | $2,650,000

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4BR | 3BA | $1,099,000

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Although the physical doors to Atlanta’s iconic cultural destinations are closed due to COVID-19, you can still visit and learn from the safety of your home for free. The initiative includes ongoing social media and website posts of unique content from 11 organizations, culminating each week with a special “Field Trip Friday” event. A variety of activities and experiences allows audiences to take a virtual field trip or enjoy a virtual spring break around the city from home. Cyber audiences can discover behind-the-scenes animal encounters, tours, hands-on activities, experiments, story times, spring blooms and more. Members, educators and other visitors can find links to this special content at ATLMuseumsatHome.org, as well as by searching #ATLMuseumsatHome on social media, or by visiting partner websites.

1371 North Decatur Road 4BR | 3BA | $1,195,000

Stylish renovation of a historic Druid Hills home.

610 Greystone Park

4BR | 2BA | 1HB | $750,000

Morningside home on quiet, cul-de-sac street near Piedmont Park.

Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark. — Pierce Brown

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‘Much-Needed Laughter’

A conversation with Dad’s Garage Theatre’s new artistic director Jon Carr By Matthew Terrell Editor’s Note: Dad’s Garage Theatre Company’s communications director and former INtown intern Matthew Terrell talked to the improv group’s new artistic director, Jon Carr, about his vision for the future and how Dad’s has adjusted during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You are brand new to the role of Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage, but you’ve been involved with the theatre for a long time. Tell us a bit about what your goals for the organization were when you stepped into your new job earlier this year. I’ve been a part of Dad’s Garage for 15-plus years and I love this theatre. As I stepped into this role it was important to me that I not just bring new ideas but preserve what made me fall in love with Dad’s in the first place. So, it was not about coming in and changing everything but “Yes And-ing” the work that Kevin Gillese, former Artistic Director, had already done. Dad’s has always been an “artist first” theatre because we give people opportunities to work on and produce projects that they would never get to pursue at any other theatre. Because of this, there are tons of artists that got their start or really developed their craft at Dads. One of my big goals has been to take what we’ve already been doing over the past 25

Jon Carr years and become intentional about it. For example, Dads has always produced the majority of our plays in house giving a number of playwrights (including myself ) a chance to have their work produced for the first time. Coming into the new job, one of the first things I did was create a structured development process for new work. Now our artists not only get a chance to have their work produced, but they also learn a process of creating new work that will allow them to continue to produce shows at any other theatre in the country. My goal is to give opportunities and use those opportunities to grow artists and eventually become a theatre that sends amazing artists into the world.

In March, things changed very quickly for all of us—including Dad’s Garage. Your theatre responded by quickly launching an online entertainment platform at Twitch.tv/dadsgarageatl … how did you pull that off so quickly? Why was it important for you to move to online entertainment? Our theatre is truly a family. Our performers, crews, and staff literally see each other every week, because if they are not cast in a play then they are still doing improv shows. When we shut down, this was the first time we were not able to work together in years. Fortunately, our marketing director Chelsea Steverson had experience working with Twitch and was able to set us up very quickly. We all were looking to do something as a family, so when this opportunity came up our folks jumped on it. We were able to have the channel up and running in no time. It was important to move online because scripted plays and improv is what we do, but it is not who we are. Our mission is to transform people, communities, and perspectives through laughter. It just so happens that improv and scripted work is the way we do that. So, when the pandemic took away our improv shows, it did not change our mission. We wanted to get online because we believe in our mission and want to continue to use laughter to impact our community. We took a “Yes And” approach to the problem

and built something good out of a bad situation Your improvisers are leading a bunch of shows on the Twitch channel. Can you tell us about some of them, and what we can expect to see when we tune in? Also, does it cost money? All our shows are free! It was important for us to remove as many barriers as possible for people to get our content. We make it easy for people to donate to the theatre and our artists but it is not required in order to enjoy our shows. Our improvisers have put some really fun and creative shows together. Jayme Alilaw is an improviser at Dads but also an amazing Opera singer. So, she has a show where she sings funny operatic songs and incorporates singing lessons as well. There is Peyton Fromage - Available for Booking! Improviser Karen Cassady does a hilarious character named Peyton Fromage, think Carrot Top meets SNL’s Pat. She does ridiculous comedy routines in hopes of someone booking her for their birthday party. Improviser Whitteny Milsap has tons of animals in her home. So, every week she takes us on a tour, introduces some of her awesome critters and does commentary of their own ridiculous behavior. What about kids programming? Do you have kids programming on your Twitch

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channel, and what does it look like? We are scheduling kids programming Monday-Friday from noon-1 p.m. on our Twitch channel. One the first pieces of feedback we got from our Twitch shows was that people wanted content for their kids. We have a couple of shows designed just for the little ones. Uncle Grandpa’s Hoo-Dilly Storytime show is a classic Dads show we’ve done live for many years. It’s improvised stories and puppets. Class Is In Session is led by Kirsten King and takes our teen improvisers and gives them a chance to show what they’ve been learning in our youth programs and summer camps. RoJoLo’s Storytime is a series of silly stunts and funny stories. You’ve been broadcasting recordings of popular shows from your archives. Can you tell us a bit about that, and what we can expect coming up? How have viewers responded to this? Every Friday and Saturday at 8pm we stream recordings of classic Dad’s Garage plays. This time slot is when we normally would have big shows happening at our theatre, so we wanted to keep that our “primetime slot.” The unique thing about Dad’s is that we write and produce our own plays, so we have a catalog of amazing shows from the past 25 years. We stream them on Twitch which has a chat component, so it has been amazing to watch the shows and see audience members talk about their personal experiences with the show and how it has impacted them. It creates a cool performance and conversation experience. What have been the biggest challenges of going virtual for Dad’s Garage? What have been your biggest successes? The biggest challenge has been learning something new so fast. Because we transitioned so quickly, many of our crew and performers had to learn on the fly about Twitch and how it works. It’s created a lot of challenges but because we have an institutional improv mindset everyone has been willing to be flexible and dealt with any challenge we’ve faced. Our biggest success has been maintaining a connection with our audience. We had our last live show on a Friday and our first

streaming show that following Monday. The flexibility of our performers and the commitment to our mission allowed us to not miss a beat and bring some muchneeded laughter to Atlanta. How are you supporting your performers who may be unemployed at this time? What all is Dad’s Garage doing to help local artists? As I’ve said before, we are a family and it is important to us that we continue to support our artists through this time. We do that in a number of ways. Our artists are still able to make money through running Twitch shows and our (now online) improv classes. We started an emergency fund for our performers so we can get money to our artists that need it the most. Lara Smith, our Managing Director, has been working extremely hard to make sure we are taking advantage of all the new government grants and loan programs in order to keep money coming to our people. We also have an incredible board and supporters that have worked with us to keep everyone up to date on the funds and programs our artists can take advantage of. Tell us about “Jon Pets the Dog” … what’s that about? I recently moved in with my girlfriend who has a dog, and I’m pretty new to being a dog dad. When I did my first video introducing our Twitch channel with my dog I missed the fact that he was getting antsy and really wanted someone to pet him. I was surprised when a large portion of the feedback about our new digital offering was about how badly people wanted me to just pet my dog. So, we leaned into it. We have a donation goal of 10k that we are pretty close to reaching. If we finally get there, I will finally pet my dog on camera (I do pet my dog in normal life).

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L AK EWO O D HE I G HTS 357 Saint Johns Avenue Offered for $239,000 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

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