Atlanta Intown - September 2021

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SEPTEMBER 2021 Vol. 27 No. 9 ■


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■ Midtown High School ■ Day One at The New School ■ Busy Bees at Academe of the Oaks

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Contents SEPTEMBER 2021

The Neighborhood

COVID-19 Surge 6 Cop City Postponed 6 Mary Lin Elementary 8 Westside Park 10 TimmyDaddy 12 BeltLine Update 13


Butter’s Brandon Butler Business Briefs

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Sustainability Above the Waterline Eco Briefs


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Home & Real Estate CHRIS 180 Project Real Estate Briefs Gardening

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News You Can Eat Inclusivv Dinners Chick-fil-A Women + Wine Quick Bites

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Decatur’s Wadsworth Magnet School students, from left, Olivia MelendrezLloyd, 10, Desta Ervin, 10, Greta Intra, 9, and Adam Fleckenstein, 10, celebrate school being back in session. Check out our Focus on Education special section beginning on page 38. (Photo by Isadora Pennington)

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Bone-tired and depleted, but still here By the time you read this, I’ll have finished six weeks of treatment for my cancer at the Emory Proton Therapy Center. While my oncologist was Collin impressed with my stamina and avoidance Kelley of some of the predicted side-effects, the has been editor of unavoidable exhaustion set in for the final Atlanta Intown for almost two decades. two weeks. I’ve never felt anything like it. He’s also an I emerge bone-tired, depleted, and with award-winning poet dry mouth from hell, but I’m still here. and novelist. While treatment is over, there remains tell-tale signs of the last four months: the toxic red glow on the left side of my face from treatment, the healing scar, the droop in my mouth as the nerve continues – hopefully – to regenerate. There’s also a patch of missing hair at the nape of my neck from where the proton beam was aimed daily. It will grow back. Maybe. My facial hair on the left side – probably not. That will make shaving easier, I guess. I also planned to have a burning party for the dreaded treatment mask, but I decided to leave it at Emory. I’m not generally superstitious, but I didn’t want that bad juju following me home. When I took the photo below, it freaked me out how clearly you could see my face in the plastic mesh. It looked like a shroud, and I ain’t ready for that yet. No, ma’am. I want to publicly say thank you to the kind, attentive folks at the Proton Center. They were unfailingly upbeat, positive, and attentive to my needs. Special nod to Katie – a fellow Taylor Swift fan – for getting me into Tay’s two pandemic albums. And thank you to the other techs who endured my eclectic music tastes – from Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis to Sade and Kate Bush. I would be remiss in not thanking the Intown readers who sent emails, reached out by phone, and even sent get well/ housewarming gifts (side note – who sent the cute kitchen towels? There was no name on them!). Your concern and good wishes have been a balm during treatment and recovery. I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary as editor of the magazine and I hope to be here for 20 more – or at least until retirement. What lies ahead are regular MRIs and CT scans to monitor for the return of the cancer. My primary care doctor is also gently reminding me now that I’m a gentleman of a certain age, I also need the shingles vaccine and a colonoscopy. Sigh. One final thought: get the COVID-19 vaccine. The sooner you stop pussyfooting around and follow the advice of doctors and scientists instead of politicians and conspiracy theorists, the sooner we can stop talking and worrying about it. Please and thank you.

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Hospitals swamped as COVID-19 cases surge By Collin Kelley and Chad Radford


nder increasing pressure to address the surge in COVID-19 cases in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Aug. 16 that state money would be used to hire additional healthcare workers, expand capacity, and close state offices on Sept. 3 to encourage employees to get inoculated. The state has now surpassed 1 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began. “I’m asking all state employees who have not yet gotten their shot, to consider scheduling it on or before Sept. 3,” Kemp said. Kemp said those who have already been vaccinated can treat the Friday as a “thank you for the work you have done and for stepping up to help protect yourself and others.” The governor said Georgia will spend another $125 million to finance 1,500 additional hospital workers. He said 450 beds at regional hospitals are being readied to help swamped ICUs and emergency rooms. Atlanta’s emergency rooms and intensive

care units are packed, and many are turning away or diverting patients to other hospitals in the metro area. The highly contagious delta variant of the virus has cut a swath through Georgia, which continues to have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country with only around 40 percent of the population inoculated. At the end of August, Grady Hospital, Atlanta Medical Center, Piedmont, and Emory Midtown Hospital were often

on “diversion,” meaning its ICU and emergency room were full. The number of cases and hospitalizations have surpassed last summer’s peak. Kemp, who let the public health state of emergency expire in July and continues to oppose any type of mask mandate, said there were no plans to reopen the overflow hospital at the World Congress Center in Downtown. Meanwhile, Atlanta Public Schools is requiring all of its students and staff to

wear masks and offered the vaccine to those eligible. Local restaurants and businesses have made headlines by requiring proof of vaccination to enter, while local arts organizations have announced they will do the same for fall shows and concerts. The City of Atlanta – which reinstituted a mask mandate for public spaces including businesses and restaurants – updated its COVID-19 Resilience Plan to a colorcoded system – red, yellow, green and blue zones. At press time, Atlanta is in the yellow zone with key indicators having crossed into the red zone. A third booster vaccine from both Pfizer and Moderna has been authorized by U.S. Health officials for those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised, including cancer patients and those who are HIV. The third shot has not yet been approved for those with diabetes or high blood pressure, although the protocol is expected to widen over the next few months to include elderly patients, then those 50 and older, eventually to include those over 12 years old – much like the roll out of the initial vaccines.

City council tables vote on ‘cop city’ training facility until Sept. 7 By Collin Kelley A controversial plan to use land earmarked for greenspace as a public safety training facility for police and firefighters was tabled by the Atlanta City Council during its Aug. 16 meeting. The council narrowly voted 8-7 to table after listening to four hours of public comment and demonstrators gathered outside to protest the vote. The item is now set to appear on the council’s Sept. 7 agenda. Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, who sponsored the original legislation, said she was disappointed by the delay and refuted claims that there hadn’t been enough engagement with the community. However, Councilmember Natalyn Archibong said there had been “missteps” in public engagement on the issue. “We are going to work aggressively to make sure we correct the public engagement missteps, and do a much better job of making sure we are clear and making sure we have addressed the concerns,” Archibong said. The legislation before the council would lease 85 acres of a 350-acre city-owned property in DeKalb County off Moreland Avenue, to the Atlanta Police Foundation

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for creation of the police and fire training facility. The property has been known variously as the “Prison Farm,” ‘Honor Farm” and, more recently, as “Cop City” after plans for the training facility were announced. The property was used as labor farm for low-level offenders but has been abandoned since 1995. The council’s finance committee unanimously voted in August to advance the proposal to the full city council with an amended agreement requiring that the remaining land be used for greenspace. trees cut down during construction be replanted, and community meetings be held about the design of the training camp and usage of greenspace. The move by the city council and support from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has drawn sharp criticism since the city had originally earmarked the property as part of a proposed “South River Forest” park. The South River Forest Coalition (SRFC) – made up of residents from City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County, various civic, business, neighborhood, and environmental organizations – adopted a resolution opposing the creation of the facility.

In its resolution, the SRFC said the legislation and proposal before Atlanta City Council is in direct conflict with the Atlanta City Design, Aspiring to the Beloved Community plan and adopted into the charter of the city in November 2017. The resolution states: “The SRFC supports the highest and best use of the former 300+ acre Prison Farm property for Atlanta communities as a core tract of green infrastructure to be protected inperpetuity as passive greenspace, for urban

forest and ecological habitat restoration to protect the Intrenchment Creek and South River watersheds, for the development of an alternative transportation corridor, and for future public recreational use, as promulgated in the Charter of the City of Atlanta.” The city and the Atlanta Police Foundation have said the training facility is critical to retaining and training personnel as the city combats an increase in violent crime. At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m



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News RoundUp A suspect has been charged with the kidnapping and murder of Mariam Abdulrab, a bartender who was found shot to death in southeast Atlanta on Aug. 13. Abdulrab, 27, was kidnapped from outside her home in Chosewood Park in the early morning hours and later found shot to death on Lakewood Avenue. She was a beloved bartender at both Revery VR and Church.

The repair of a firedamaged bridge on Cheshire Bridge Road could take a year to complete. Atlanta Department of Transportation said the bridge over Peachtree Creek might be a total loss and require demolition.

Julian Conley and Jerrion McKinney have been indicted on 37 charges in last year’s shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner during a protest after the officerinvolved shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

At press time, a $20,000 reward remained on offer for information about the brutal stabbing death of Katherine Janness and her dog Bowie in Piedmont Park on July 28.

Parents refute claims of segregation at Mary Lin Elementary By Collin Kelley Parents at Mary Lin Elementary School in Candler Park are refuting a claim that classes were segregated based on race. The allegation is now the subject of a U.S. Department of Education investigation into whether the school violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Parent Kila Posey filed a federal complaint alleging that Black second grade students were being separated from white students in different classrooms – a practice

Posey said was instituted by Principal Sharyn Briscoe. Both Posey and Briscoe are Black. According to the complaint, Posey discovered the practice after she tried to have her second grader moved to a different classroom with a teacher she thought would be a better fit for her daughter. Posey said in an interview with WSBTV that Briscoe told her it wouldn’t be possible to move her daughter because it wasn’t “one of the Black classes.” Posey



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and unfair.” Parent Rian Smith agreed with White. “I’m in shock. The allegations that there are Black classes can simply be disproved by looking at a school yearbook,” Smith said. “It’s factually Principal Sharyn Briscoe inaccurate.” Smith said there said she was unwilling to go along with the might be an appearance “illegal and unethical practice,” and also of segregation simply by the fact that there submitted audio recordings of conversations is a small number of Black students at Mary with administrators about the issue. Lin, but her children were never segregated Posey complained to Atlanta Public based on their race. Schools but was unsatisfied with the According to data from the Georgia outcome. In a media statement APS said: Department of Education, Mary Lin “APS does not condone assigning students has 599 students in grades kindergarten to classrooms based solely on race. When through fifth, with 60 of those being Black. we learned of allegations of this conduct The second-grade class has 98 students, 12 occurring during virtual instruction at Mary of whom are Black. Lin Elementary School in August 2020, Smith had nothing but praise for the district conducted a review and took Principal Briscoe. immediate and appropriate action at that “I think Ms. Briscoe is wonderful,” time to resolve the issue.” Smith said. “She has a gift for remembering Posey said she has been an educator and knowing all the students and parents for 17 years and operates a business that at the school and she always has the best provides after-school activities at the school. interest of the children in mind.” Her husband is a school psychologist at Social media posts and Facebook Mary Lin. Posey said both she and her groups created by Mary Lin parents – both husband have “suffered retaliatory acts” after Black and white – have also dismissed the making the allegation. allegation and defended Briscoe. However, other Black parents at Mary A group of Black parents from Mary Lin have refuted Posey’s claim of segregated Lin also released a statement to the media classrooms. denying the allegations of segregation, “It did not happen,” parent Stacee stating that the school and Briscoe were White told Atlanta Intown. “My children now the subject of social media harassment were never separated into a ‘Black class.’ and there was “serious safety issues.” You can look at the yearbook and see that “We now have to deal with a serious there are no all Black classes at Mary Lin.” safety issue at the school, which has resulted White said she was “bewildered” by in a police presence, and we seek to have Posey’s allegations, and was upset that a false APS further address the security damage narrative of segregation was being pushed done by these baseless claims,” the letter to the media. White said she pulled her said in part. “More important, it has hurt kids from a private school just so they could the reputation and integrity of our school attend Mary Lin. She said her children have and our principal, and we black parents thrived at the school earning all As. stand behind her.” “I believe trying this case in the media Posey said she wanted to see the Mary causes harm to the students and the Lin administration removed and replaced community,” White said. “It’s unfortunate with new leadership. At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m










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Westside Park officially opens to public Photos by Amy Wenk Atlanta’s largest greenspace, the 280acre Westside Park, is officially open after city officials held a ribboncutting on Aug. 17. Formerly the Bellwood Quarry, the deep pit has been transformed into the 2.4-billiongallon emergency reservoir that could provide water to the city for 30 days. The $44 million park is also a vital link on the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail and is already drawing new homes and business investments, including Microsoft’s nearby hub.

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I’ve never really been a bucket list guy and the pandemic has neutered any adventurous travel urges I might have. A couple of Kristen’s sisters were planning a trip to Hawaii with their Tim Sullivan families which seemed plain crazy to me, but Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the COVID confinement had them in the mood to breakout. So be it, I thought. 2021 being Northeast and now lives with his small what it is, I’ll trade a measure of jealousy for a family in Oakhurst. He barrel of security, mahalo very much. can be reached at One Friday Happy Hour at my mothertim@sullivanfinerugs. in-law’s suite downstairs (The Pattyshack), the com. scheduled trip to Hawaii came up in the mixed company of the adventurers and the pragmatic wet blankets like me. Drinks were poured and some sort of motivational pep talk/ambush went down. Platitudes like once in a lifetime opportunity and stepping outside your comfort zone were bandied about. I’d love to run the tape back and see how it all transpired because by the end of the evening we were all going. Did they know it takes 10 hours of flying to get to Maui? Did they know how expensive this would be? Doesn’t anyone remember the Hawaii episode of “The Brady Bunch” where everything went wrong? Aloha? We Sullivans don’t just casually hop on planes to Hawaii. As a kid along for the grocery shopping at Pathmark, I’d marvel at my mother – managing two carts teeming over with supplies and an equally maxed out envelope of coupons. Kristen Cousins Celia, Margo, and Emma in Lahaina, Maui. pulled off the travel equivalent. Using Skymiles and Delta vouchers and AMEX points and yes, more actual money than we were necessarily comfortable with, she had us set to visit the 50th state. I don’t offer relationship advice often, but people really ought to make sure at least one partner has these skills before getting too deep. Elliott surfing in Kihei, Maui. After landing at Kuhului Airport in Maui and heading down Puunene Avenue and Kuihelani Highway our niece Erin gave us some sage advice “pronounce all the vowels.” This is easier said than spoken. It was like kindergarten where the teacher instructs kids to spell things how they sound, and everyone just rolled with it. I was struck by how varied the topography was. There were drier, desert-like areas and mountains off in the distance. Where we stayed in Wailea was lush as could be. Maui is like Jamaica and Colorado had a baby and it set the tone for a week that was way more than a lazy daiquiri on a beach. The kids learned to surf in Kihei. We had lunch and shave ice in Paia, a tiny town so cool that Willie Nelson calls it home. I played two rounds of golf where an errant shot was simply an opportunity to enjoy a different angle at a breathtaking view. We ventured out to Lahaina for dinner at Fleetwood’s. Some of our group tackled the road to Hana and hiked to majestic waterfalls. We spent a day snorkeling at the Molokini Crater where the water was the color of Fierce Blue Gatorade, and the sea turtles were roughly the size of a Volkswagen. Our venture to the 10,000 foot summit of Mt. Haleakala required a 2 a.m. wake up call. The kids battled motion sickness through the twists and turns of the long drive up. But we saw the most incredible star canopy turn into a surreal sunrise. It was freezing cold, and the wind was relentless, but no one complained. It seems all we had to do to ensure everyone had a perfect vacation was spend scads of money and travel 4,400 miles to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Who knew? We returned to Atlanta looking like a pack of tanned zombies but I’m so thankful I was pushed outside my comfort zone that night in The Pattyshack. We should start a bucket list consultation business down there to help pay off these credit card bills…and to start saving for the next adventure.

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Study underway to find routes for BeltLine’s Northwest Trail By Amy Wenk and Collin Kelley A landmark bridge over I-75 that lights up at night. An elevated walkway through the tree canopy at Spring Valley Park. A path along Buckhead’s artsy Bennett Street. These are some ideas for the Atlanta BeltLine’s Northwest Trail, a complex project that must navigate a major highway, active railroads and the city’s most famous street, Peachtree. Unlike other parts of the BeltLine, the northwest segment doesn’t have abandoned railroad corridors to repurpose for trails. “Since we don’t have that abandoned rail corridor opportunity, we’re looking at destinations to help guide and frame the decisions around the pros and cons of alternate routes,” said Greta deMayo, executive director of the PATH Foundation, which is leading the study for the roughly 4.5-mile trail. The study is considering

possible routes for the trail, cost estimates and in what order the trail should be built. A preferred route should be selected by year’s end. Generally speaking, the trail would run from the northern end of the Westside BeltLine Connector that’s now under construction (near the Westside Park) to the existing Northside Trail (at Tanyard Creek and Atlanta Memorial parks), extending east to the future Northeast Trail (near the Armour/Ottley district). PATH’s study will not include future transit routes, which will require its own study. It’s likely that transit will have a separate route through much of the northwest corridor. “There is a feasibility study that has federal funding in it that will be looking at BeltLine transit, generally between MARTA Bankhead station and the MARTA Lindbergh station,” said Shaun Green,

BeltLine senior transportation engineer. He said he hopes to start the procurement process by the end of this year, but that it could happen next year. “That’s a future conversation … we are just not there yet.” Find out more about the corridor options at In other BeltLine news, crew are working to widen a portion of the Eastside Trail trail by four feet in high traffic areas between Krog Street Market and Piedmont Park. A two-foot-wide shoulder will be added to both sides of the trail, using a material called Flexi-Pave, or a flexible, porous pavement. A short section of similar surfaces was installed near the John Lewis Freedom Parkway bridge a few years ago. The Eastside Trail is also getting a new access point at busy Ponce

de Leon Avenue. The ADA-accessible ramp will be installed on the north side of Ponce, between the CVS pharmacy in Midtown Place shopping center and the BeltLine trail. Bike lane and pedestrian enhancements are also coming to Ponce to make access to the trail safer for riders and walkers.


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randon Butler is the executive director of Butter.ATL, the award-winning culture channel that focuses on all things iconic, ironic and irreverent – along with a strong voice in activism – happening in Atlanta. With more than 100,000 followers – including luminaries and commenters like Big Boi, Usher, Chrissy Teigen, and Tim McGraw – butter.atl is a daily stop for Instagrammers. Butter, the in-house media company of Old Fourth Ward-based ad agency Dagger, is also collaborating with Krystal to transform the West Midtown location at 14th and Northside into the Krystal x Butter experience featuring a hip-hop makeover on the outside and music, art, and history on the inside. One of those increasingly rare Atlanta natives, Butler is steeped in all things ATL, including its music scene. Be sure to check out his In the Mix playlist on Intown’s Spotify channel, including the new channel-inspired tune “Butter ATL” by Ludacris. Q. Butter is a mix of irreverent humor and topical news. How did you decide what the content mix would be and how has it evolved as Butter’s audience has grown? A. Culture is Atlanta’s number one export, and Butter drives the culture forward by putting a spotlight on the cultural mecca that Atlanta is – the mainstream, and the nitty-gritty of it; sometimes funny, always topical. Publishers and media companies in the area have been telling stories about Atlanta for a long time, but not in a voice that’s authentic and reflective of its culture. Butter speaks with the city’s voice to tell the city’s stories, and people love that oneto-one connection. People feel seen, heard, and represented – and it really dials up the hometown pride. As we grow, we’re making sure we stay true to our city and its culture. Everything gets pressure tested by authenticity. Q. How does your background in digital media (including working with Cox and WABE) inform the direction of Butter? A. My background in tech/digital media is one of our secret weapons at Butter. Having a deep understanding of how content is shared and consumed has empowered us to optimize our digital approach. It’s also helped me understand what analytics are most important so that we can double

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down on what works to better serve our audience. Q. How did the collaboration with Krystal come about for the reimagining of the West Midtown fast food joint? A. At Butter, we believe Atlanta is the heart of modern culture – where institution and innovation meet. Krystal came to us to help modernize its brand, and together we came up with this culture-packed restaurant space that serves as a connection point between

Krystal and the Atlanta community. We hope our followers will love Krystal x Butter as a physical touchstone that is every bit the love letter to Atlanta that our content is. Q. Not to throw any shade, but what cultural attraction in Atlanta is totally overrated and why? On the flip side, what’s a local attraction/space that everyone is sleeping on. A. Overrated: The streetcar. Why buy a ticket to nowhere and back? Underrated: Illuminarium. I was blown away when I had the chance to get the full Illuminarium experience. The safari is epic,

the nighttime bar is amazing, and I hear the next experience drops you into outer space. You usually only see this kind of tech in Dubai and Vegas – but it’s right here in the ATL. Don’t sleep: Krystal x Butter opening August 20! Q. What’s your usual order at Waffle House? A. All-Star Special with scrambled eggs with cheese and hash browns extra crispy, plus a Texas bacon cheesesteak sandwich, and a sweet tea (yes, that’s all for me).

See Underground’s transformation up close Work has begun on the long-awaited transformation of Underground Atlanta, and you can get an up close look at the changes with a special series of guided tours. The tours are being held the first Saturday of every month giving attendees the opportunity to get a peek behind and below the scenes for a taste of what was what’s to come. Tickets and time slots are available at 10 and 11:30 a.m. All ticket sales will benefit Atlanta Mission, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering those experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. Tourgoers will meet at the Peach Drop Tower at their designated reservation time, then stroll under the viaducts for a look at Humbug Square, the last remaining gas lamp post, the old Dante’s Down the Hatch space, Kenny’s Alley and more. Underground will soon have a new food hall with a mix of local and international flavors from 21 vendors, new retailers, offices, homes and more. “The Art of Banksy: Without Limits” opens Sept. 2 and thousands are expected to see the exhibition this fall and winter. Tickets are available at underground-tours At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m


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▲Mark Toro, who led the turnaround of Atlantic Station, is launching Toro Development Company, a venture aimed at acquiring defunct sites such as dead malls, office parks, shopping centers, and industrial sites and transforming them into their highest and best use. Private equity investors Four Stones Real Estate and Lubert-Adler are providing capital for the venture. A team of development veterans joins Toro to launch the new venture: John Kelley, Richard Munger and Vicky Boyce, who have played key roles in redevelopment projects including Avalon, Atlantic Station, Colony Square and Edge on the Beltline. Toro is retiring from his role as Chairman of the Board at NAP Atlanta (NAPA) to focus on his new company. For more information, visit

▲The Allen Morris Company has announced that UK-based darts club, restaurant and cocktail bar Fight Club will open in the Star Metals development in West Midtown early next year. Flight Club is home to “Social Darts,” which uses state-of-the-art technology that enables automatic scoring, multi-player games for groups from 6 people up to 400+. Emory University has been recognized as the largest employer in metro Atlanta for the third consecutive year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The publication reports Emory has 32,594 full-time employees in the metro Atlanta region as of Dec. 31, 2020. Altogether, Emory directly and indirectly supports more than 92,000 jobs statewide. Waystar, a provider of healthcare payment software, has acquired similar Atlanta-based Patientco. Waystar processes medical claims for around 40 percent of the country, while Patientco is consumer-focused payment technology company that helps patients understand their health-care costs upfront.

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▼Lisa Simmons, President of Beacon Management Services, went on her third annual “Moving Mountains” hike to benefit BlazeSports America last month. This year’s hike took Simmons to Peru, where she climbed Machu Picchu. Past hikes included the rim of the Grand Canyon and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. Before Machu Picchu, Simmons had already raised $50,000 for BlazeSports, the legacy nonprofit organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Find more information visit

▲The Spatter Studio, where guests are let loose with paint guns, brushes, and their hands to create artwork, has moved to an expanded space in Ponce City Market. Located in The Plaza next to The Shed and Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, the new, nearly 2500-square-foot space features natural light, expansive windows overlooking the BeltLine, high ceilings and twelve painting stations. GreenLight Fund Atlanta has announced a multi-year investment in Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) to open its first office in the state in Atlanta. CEO provides employment opportunities and ongoing reentry support services to job seekers with past convictions. “CEO believes that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves a chance to work toward a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their community,” said GreenLight Atlanta Executive Director Joli Cooper. “We affirm that belief and remain committed to helping expand economic opportunity and financial stability in metro Atlanta, no matter someone’s background or zip code.” Flexport, a global logistics-technology company, has added an additional 25,000 square feet to its multi-floor lease at Bank of America Plaza, while Witherite Law Group has signed a new lease for 11,367 square feet and Cognizant has expanded with an additional 5,786 square feet in the Midtown tower.

Esports gaming hub planned for Buckhead By Amy Wenk An Atlanta-based esports provider will create a new hub at Uptown Atlanta, the project formerly known as Lindbergh City Center. Skillshot Media is relocating its Alpharetta office and production studios to the south Buckhead development. It will transform a 35,000-square-foot atrium at Uptown Atlanta into the city’s “premier venue for esports events,” according to an announcement. The atrium will be able to host 300 to 400 gamers for in-person events, featuring a large LED screen for live streaming to gamers around the world. The atrium will also offer video game equipment, golf simulator, bocce ball, and a coffee and wine bar. A previous Skillshot tournament. (Skillshot) “With this partnership, Skillshot at Uptown becomes the Metro Atlanta hub for digital media, gaming, and esports,” Todd Harris, CEO of Skillshot Media, said in the announcement. “The gaming industry, at $180 billion, is bigger than movies and North American sports combined. Skillshot and Uptown are now well-positioned to serve this massive and broad gaming ecosystem with support for student workforce training, professional esports teams, studio content and broadcasting, and hosting live gaming At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

events.” Skillshot will also take 5,000 square feet for classroom and production space. The company is partnering with the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Film Academy to offer students workforce development programs for college credit.

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The Sea-Poet Who Changed the World Silent Spring

Rachel Carson’s office at her cottage in Maine today.

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held my breath as we turned off a paved road on an island in Maine and navigated a rocky, private drive lined with spruce, firs, and birch. The modest gray cottage that I had been anticipating emerged through the trees, perched on a granite ledge above the Sheepscot River. Opening an old screen door, we walked through a small kitchen to a large, sunlit room: pine-paneled and filled with the comfortable rattan furniture that was popular more than fifty years ago. A braided rug on the floor reminded me of my childhood home, as did the booklined shelves, reading lamps, wall maps, and seashells. On the sill below a large, west-facing picture window sat a pair of binoculars – her binoculars. I could hardly believe it, but I was standing in the beloved summer cottage that was built by Rachel Carson: the woman who launched

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the environmental movement, teaching us the vital connections between all living things. Now owned by Rachel’s grandnephew Roger Christie – who she adopted after his mother died – the cottage is available for rent during summer months. I had waited a year and a half, through the pandemic, to spend a week at this special place: the refuge where the famous marine biologist, author, and environmentalist was annually re-energized.

Low-Tide World In Rachel’s tiny bedroom, I fell asleep beneath an open window, listening to the sound of wind-driven water against stone and sand. I sat in the homemade, wooden chair at the desk in her study, where she wrote, “often in longhand, with frequent revision,” with the woods, river and sky visible through large windows. From her white-railed deck, behind the dark silhouettes of fir trees, I watched the sun set – painting clouds vibrant shades of orange, pink, and purple. In a tide pool surrounded by bladder wrack and eelgrass – at the bottom of sloping, sea-slick rocks – I startled a fastswimming crab and imagined Rachel’s explorations here with Roger, when he was young. She loved her “low-tide world, when the ebb tide falls very early in the morning, and world is full of salt smell

Carson in her office in 1962 after the publication of “Silent Spring.”

and the sound of water and the softness of fog.” This and other shorelines, including Georgia’s coast, inspired Rachel’s book, The Edge of the Sea, the third in her seatrilogy. Along with other writings, they led to her recognition as one of the best nature writers of the 20th century. It was The Sea Around Us (1951), the second in the trilogy, that provided sufficient income, allowing the sole wageearner for her extended family to build a summer cottage in Maine. On the New York Times best seller list for a recordbreaking, eighty-six weeks, the book’s popularity and commercial success made it possible for Rachel to leave her job as editor-in-chief at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and commit herself fulltime to writing. Largely forgotten due to the extraordinary success of her final book, Silent Spring, the sea books include some of Rachel’s most lyrical writing and profound insights. “As a writer,” she once said, “my interest is divided between the presentation of facts and the interpretation of their significance, with emphasis toward the latter.” Rachel Carson’s brilliance was in her ability to synthesize and present complex scientific information using a literary style that engaged her readers. According to her longtime editor Paul Brooks, “She was like the stonemason who never lost sight of the cathedral.”

Working as a scientific writer for a federal agency during the 1940s, Rachel had early access to reports of scientific discoveries (many oceanographic) and new technologies that were emerging at a staggering pace in support of military operations during World War II. Until The Sea Around Us, the general public knew little about the vast, deep oceans that are critical to life on earth. Effectively blending knowledge and wonder, this classic book explains how oceans and their ecosystems work. Importantly, Rachel became a trusted source of information. Alarmed by the bombing of Hiroshima and the impacts associated with the civilian use of DDT and other pesticides, Rachel decided to write a book about the destruction of the environment. No longer able to sell pesticides to the military to control lice and other insects after the war ended, chemical companies determined to sell their toxic products commercially for farms and gardens—although they had not been tested for civilian use. In the late 1950s, complaints about the indiscriminate spraying of pesticides escalated; birds and other wildlife were dying. Although her health was deteriorating with the cancer that would ultimately kill her just two years after Silent Spring was published, Rachel concluded: “Knowing what I do there would be no future peace for me, if I kept silent.” When her final book was printed in 1962, it ignited her readers in this country and around the world to demand an end to the “mass poisoning.” Not surprisingly, it enraged the chemical industry and their allies, who called her a “hysterical woman,” and a “pseudo-scientist.” She responded with quiet, determined courage – secured by well-researched facts. In her search for the truth, Rachel questioned the direction of post-war science and technology, calling for greater public awareness about its risks. In the decade that followed Silent Spring, major federal environmental laws were passed to protect our air, water, and wildlife and to create the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1973, DDT was finally banned. Nearing the end of her life – sixty years ago – Rachel observed: “We live in an age of rising seas. In our own lifetime, we are witnessing a startling alteration of climate.” At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

This was to have been the subject of her next book, had she lived more than fiftysix short years. A just-released report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the “most comprehensive look ever” at the state of climate science. It includes expectations of what the future


might hold, if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase. It has been called “a code red for humanity.” Rachel Carson wrote, “Man is a part of nature and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” That war has no winner.

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Urban Nature In 3 Lines: A Haiku Nature Walk will be held Oct. 3 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Dunwoody Nature Center. The event, led by naturalist and poet Marti Keller, will give participants the chance to learn about plants, trees, birds and wildlife as well as creating haiku poems along the way. Participating is limited to only 16 people, so register now at The first annual Sustainable Fashion Week will be held Oct. 28-30. Tanjuria Willis, owner of Atlanta-based Eklozet Designer Consignment Boutique, created the event in conjunction with the Partnership for Southern Equity. Highlights include a kickoff reception with runway fashion show; presentations featuring sustainable and ethical designers; a breakfast meet & greet with designers; a pop-up sustainable brand shopping educational workshops; and a Halloween-themed closing party. For more details, visit Georgia Audubon recently added Dr. Clark Rushing, assistant professor at the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, as an organizational advisor. “We are excited to welcome Clark At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m




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Community Care CHRIS 180 building new home for longtime Westside resident, young mothers By Collin Kelley


HRIS 180, the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing trauma-informed holistic health services to children, youth and families, held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the launch of a project to stabilize families on Atlanta’s Westside. CHRIS 180 partnered with the MicroLife Institute to construct a singlefamily home in the Washington Park neighborhood for Deborah Glover, a 71-year-old woman who has lived in the area for decades, in a shed without water or electricity. Glover connected with CHRIS 180 through its Community Health Worker program at the Westside Empowerment Center. After staff members met with Glover and learned about her situation, the CHRIS 180 team explored options with her – one of which was micro-living. Due to Glover’s passion for her community and mentoring, she suggested that she could help young mothers in the community who needed a safe place to live. CHRIS 180’s Chief Operating Officer, Cindy Simpson, and MicroLife Institute teamed up to draw up plans for a new

The groundbreaking on Ashby Terrace in Washington Park.

home that Glover could share with young mothers in need. At any given time, up to two single mothers and their children will live in the Glover home, and receive wraparound support from CHRIS 180 and guidance from Glover as they transition to a better life. “Through this home on the Westside, young mothers will have a steppingstone as they transition to permanent housing,” said Kathy Colbenson, LMFT, President

and Chief Executive Officer of CHRIS 180. “Our goal is to provide stability for children, youth, families and legacy residents on the Westside and strengthen the community. We see, in this project, a model of micro-living and community that can be replicated to help address the problem of homelessness. This includes supporting neighborhood leaders like Ms. Glover who can help us expand our care throughout the community.”

Deborah Glover stands with a rendering of her future home.

The groundbreaking was held at 981 Ashby Terrace where construction is underway and expected to be completed by the end of the year. Funding for the Glover project was provided by Atlanta Women’s Health Group, Amerigroup Community Care, Georgia Power and Westside Future Fund. Generous donations were also given by friends and family of Cindy Simpson in honor of her late wife, Lisa Galm.

Your Next Home Could Be In…Westview By Collin Kelley Where is it? Eight minutes west of Downtown by hopping on I-20 or put on your walking shoes or jump on your bike and take the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Didn’t there used to be a streetcar line? Yes, a streetcar used to run through the neighborhood from Downtown to the main gate of historic Westview Cemetery. With transit planned for the BeltLine, a

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streetcar or light rail line may connect the neighborhood once again. Speaking of the cemetery, is anyone famous buried there? The 600-acre resting place was created in 1884 to help alleviate overcrowded Oakland Cemetery. Westview’s roster permanent residents include Coca-Cola founder Asa G. Candler, the soft drink company’s president Robert Woodruff, Atlanta Symphony Conductor Robert Shaw, Atlanta Falcons owner Rankin Smith, Civil

Rights icons Rev. Joseph, Evelyn Lowery, Vivian Jones and Donald Hollowell, and beloved local restaurateur and LGBTQ activist Ria Pell, to name a few. The recently formed Friends of Westview is working to restore some of the historic structures. How much are homes? Homes from the high $200,000s to more than $500,000 for an existing home and available lots starting at $99,000. The historic neighborhood is filled with Arts & Crafts

bungalows, Foursquares, Tudors, and ranches. Where to dine? A little bird told us that Pinky Cole’s original Slutty Vegan is reopening soon in Westview’s commercial district along Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Locals also love Firewall Food Stop’s menu of wood fired pizzas, hummus, and artisanal sandwiches, while My Potato Factory serves up stuffed baked potatoes, fajitas and more. Dee’s Café serves up soulful breakfast and late lunch.

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Discover ADAC 2021 is set for Sept. 21-23 and coincides with the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s 60th anniversary. There will be limited event seating at the center, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. The event will feature interior designers, architects, craftsmen, tastemakers, and visionaries in the world of design. To register, visit adacatlanta. com.


Michael and Lisa Williams have opened their real estate brokerage, EXIT Realty West Midtown, at 024 Donald L. Hollowell Parkway, Suite A. The Williams said they chose the Westside because of their desire to educate and add value to the neighborhood. For more, visit

Atlanta-based EcoVest Capital and Place Properties have formed Impact Housing Group to provide affordable housing close to where people work and want to live. Impact Housing has acquired a facility in Baxley, GA to assemble affordable singlefamily homes to help aid the housing crisis. At full production, the plant will also generate around 200 new, living-wage jobs. The location of the facility allows Impact Housing to serve the southeastern United States. The first manufacturing facility will be followed by two more factories which will produce multifamily and townhomes at locations in the southeast. These manufacturing facilities are expected to begin production in the next year or two.

◄Hub Atlanta, the student housing high-rise building for Georgia Tech students, recently broke ground at 960 Spring St. The 19-story building will provide housing for almost 800 students beginning in the summer of 2023 ranging from studios up to six-bedroom units. Amenities include a parking garage with bicycle parking and electric vehicle charging stations, 5,600 square-feet of ground-level retail space, a fitness center, study lounge, co-working space, pool deck with a hot tub, library, and dog run and wash area. Coldwell Banker Real Estate commissioned a survey exploring the difficulties of the home selling and buying process. Some of the key findings: one in five homeowners (21 percent) plan to sell their current home in the next 12 months; 89 percent who sold their homes in the past three months made upgrades before selling; over a quarter (28 percent) of those who have renovated their homes in the past three years were unsure how to get the most out of their improvements; and Gen Z’ers and Millennials (34 and 31 percent, respectively) were more likely to say they struggled to find the money to make updates.

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September means it’s time to get ready for fall planting The Environmental Gardener Erica Glasener is the Community Involvement and Events Manager for the Piedmont Park Conservancy. She also serves on the advisory board for Trees Atlanta.

Summer is almost over. I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to keep up with the weeds in my garden. With all the rain we’ve had, it’s been a challenge. The good news is that there is still time. If we’re lucky we’ll get at least a few cooler days in September, perfect for weeding, cutting back and dividing perennials, preparing beds for new plants, starting seeds for fall vegetable crops and generally tidying up the garden. Tips for dividing perennials As a rule of thumb, divide perennials when they are not blooming. In the fall, divide them early enough during the season so that they will have four weeks to establish new roots before a hard frost. Whether you use a digging spade or fork or two shovels back-to-back, dig up a large

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clump with lots of roots and then divide the clump, making sure each section has plenty of roots and shoots. (For the best results use clean, sharp tools.) Minimize transplant shock by cutting the foliage back by 1/3 to 1/2 at the time you transplant. This will help compensate for root loss. Prepare the new planting area ahead of time so that roots of the divisions won’t dry out. Water new transplants immediately after

you plant them and then once a week until the ground freezes, if there is no rain. Apply two gallons of water for each one-gallon size perennial. Resume watering in early spring once every few weeks. Apply one to two inches of mulch around divisions after transplanting. Make a map, it can be a sketch, labeling the new plants you add to your garden or share with fellow gardeners. Some perennials should be divided by hand, not with a sharp spade or digging fork, but by digging up a large clump and then teasing apart the roots, making sure shoots are attached to each section. You can use two pitchforks back-to-back, or a pitchfork (or digging fork) and a spade to pull apart the root balls. Try this method with the following plants: Black-eyed Susans; Bluestar; Blue Indigo; Coralbells; Daylilies; Garden

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that may harbor overwintering pest or disease spores; put these in the trash, not the compost pile. Apply ½ inch to 1 inch of compost as a top dressing for your plants. Keep it away from stems and trunks.

cabbage; collards; garlic; onion sets (small bulbs); parsley (transplants will reward you all winter); spinach; radishes. Tips on planting Before you plant, clean up your garden. Cut back perennials and weed. Pull weeds before they flower and set seed. This will result in fewer weeds next spring. Make sure, too, to remove dead leaves

Shrubs and trees to consider Here are a few plants to consider adding to your garden this fall. The ones marked with an asterisk (*) are choice trees for small gardens Beautyberry- Callicarpa americana - A deciduous shrub with brilliant purple or magenta fruits that appear in autumn on arching stems, growing 3 to 5 feet and sometimes even 9 feet. Easy to grow, this beauty thrives in full sun or part shade. The seeds and berries are a favorite of birds and deer. *Dogwood-Cornus florida, our native flowering dogwood is a favorite of many for its lovely white blooms in spring as well as its red fruits and sometimes scarlet red foliage in fall. It grows 20-40’ tall and is favored by native bees. *American Fringe tree- Chionanthus virginicus is also called Grancy Greybeard for its white lightly fragrant flowers which look almost like a beard. It reaches 12-30’ tall and bursts into bloom usually in April. Plant one or several. *Sourwood-Oxydendrum arboreum is a deciduous tree that grows 20-25’ tall. It’s fragrant flowers in summer attract bees and Sourwood honey is a favorite. The leaves turn shades of red and crimson in autumn. A great understory tree.


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enn Graham believes in the power of big ideas and taking chances. She arrived in Atlanta in 2006 to take classes at the Portfolio Center and had her sights set on a fast-paced tech career in San Francisco, but then the job market crashed during the global recession. She went to work at tech company Unboundry, which led her to organizing TEDx talks. “I fell in love with Atlanta – the diversity, resilience, and innovation,” Graham said. While she was planning TEDx talks, she realized that people were looking for different ways to engage on pressing civic and social issues. More than someone talking at them in an auditorium and certainly not heated debates and shouting matches that left people angry rather than enlightened.

“I started thinking about how to make civic engagement more fun and meaningful, and the answer was bringing people together over food,” Graham said. In 2015, Graham created Civic Dinners, small dinner parties where people could enjoy a meal and have structured conversations about topics relevant to Atlanta. As word of these dinners spread, the Atlanta Regional Commission came calling asking for help in facilitating discussions on future planning that would impact the entire metro area. Then Graham started getting calls from other cities just as the contentious 2016 presidential election was creating social divide. “I felt like communication just stopped with half my family after 2016 because of the election,” Graham said. “It was obvious this was happening all over the country. As a people, I think we lost the art of conversation.” Civic Dinners turned its attention more

sharply to social issues, partnering with the King Center to facilitate discussions on bridging the racial divide, making sure women’s voices were heard as the #MeToo movement gained momentum, and achieving what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the “beloved community.” More meals were planned and giving people a seat at the table was more important

than ever. “People walked away from the dinners and conversations more deeply connected to each other and felt motivated to take action,” Graham said. “Having a conversation that didn’t resort to debate or win or lose made sure everyone at the table was being heard.” Graham said creating a comfort level and safe space at the dinners was imperative to

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their success. “When people know they aren’t going to be interrupted when they share their story, and that people are listening to them, it’s transformative.” she said. “People felt safe to say things they’d never said out loud before.” Community organizers, major nonprofits – including Teach America and the Sierra Club – began reaching out wanting to use Civic Dinner’s model to build community and drive collective action. In 2019, corporate America came knocking, including Facebook and Coca-Cola.

said, which was accompanied by some “serious seed investment” – $1 million from Atlanta Seed Company, Jump Fund, Techstars and an angel investor. With the global growth of the startup, Graham decided it was time for a namechange that was more reflective of the company’s mission and diversified topics of conversation. Thus, Civic Dinners transformed into Inclusivv. “If the past year taught us anything, we need more voices at the table,” she said. “The

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Then the world shut down due to the pandemic and dinner was cancelled. “It was super scary since we were 100 percent in-person,” she recalled. “I didn’t know if we could continue, but we held our breath and pivoted into virtual space. I realized we had to double down and make people feel more connected that ever while they are isolated.” In just 10 days, Graham and her team created a platform and launched a video conferencing tool to keep the dinners and conversations going as the pandemic and concerns over racial injustice in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd gripped the world. There were silver linings in going virtual, including being able to bring people together from across the world and more access for folks like working moms and those with access to transportation. Facebook translated the Civic Dinners site into 11 languages and suddenly the dinners were being facilitated in Europe, Africa, and South America. “It was a serious ramping up,” Graham

double v was intentional as we want to invite more voices into the conversation, even those we don’t agree with.” While the surge in COVID-19 cases continues, Graham is eying going back to in-person dinners. The virtual component will remain, but she said Inclusivv is watching what the CDC is recommending. An inperson dinner has already been held in New Zealand. Graham said there are many more conversations and dinners to be had, especially as the world recovers from the pandemic. “We’ll be diving deep into wellness, mental health, trauma from isolation, concerns about going back to work and school,” Graham said. “Sustainability and climate change were put on hold for four years during the last presidency, so we have to refocus our energy and make sure we’re doing it with an equity lens.” For more about Inclusivv, visit inclusivv. co.

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Chick-fil-A will launch its own delivery service, “Little Blue Menu,” in 2022 offering its classic menu and new items such as wings and roasted chicken. Company officials confirmed the Atlanta-based chicken chain has filed plans for a commercial kitchen to handle the delivery service at 2115 Faulkner Road – just off Cheshire Bridge. The 10,000-square-foot “delivery kitchen” is expected to cost $600,00 and include eight commercial kitchens. On Wednesday, a Chick-fil-A spokesperson confirmed the commercial kitchen would be used for “Little Blue Menu,” which is named after founder Truett Cathy’s original menu at the Hapeville Dwarf House. In addition to the delivery service, Chick-fil-a is planning to open a new restaurant at the corner of Boulevard and Ponce de Leon Avenue in Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant will occupy the site currently home to a Texaco gas station and next door to rival Popeye’s. — Collin Kelley

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Demystifying the ‘clean’ wine movement

In recent years, there has been a lot of talk among wine drinkers, environmentalists, and health nuts about natural, organic, biodynamic, sustainable, and otherwise “clean” wines. There are restaurants that exclusively sell natural wines such as 8arm in Poncey Highlands, multi-level marketing wine clubs that are dedicated to offering only “clean” wines (a very gimmicky way to say chemical-free), and wine retailers that focus on all of the above such as our shops, Vinoteca and 3 Parks Wine Shop. But the question is, why? What does all this wine jargon mean? Admittedly, it can be complicated. This may come as a surprise to our readers, but there is quite a bit that goes into making conventional wine. And we don’t mean the amount of work it takes to make the wine, we mean the contents that can be added to wine. In fact, there are over 60 approved “materials authorized for the treatment of wine and juice.” That’s 60+ manufactured materials that are acceptable to use in filtering, clarifying and purifying the wine. YIKES! We would be remiss if we did not explain this further; hopefully providing a general understanding of what you may or may not be drinking when consuming wine. Natural wine – we prefer to call it wine with minimal intervention – is wine in its purest form; essentially from grape to bottle. Think organic farming and almost no intervention in the winemaking process. These wines are usually unfiltered which leads to cloudiness and sediment. Natural wine can even be described as funky or wild. You can also find minimal intervention wines at Perrine’s Wine Shop, Miller Union, Ticonderoga, and Lucian Books & Wine. The winemaker and harvest team avoid pesticides and herbicides and even pick the grapes by hand. They produce the wine without additives, chemicals, sugar, laboratory yeast, processing aids and preservatives like sulfites. Many natural winemakers strive for “Zero/Zero,” meaning nothing’s added and nothing’s removed. Let’s break this down a bit more and look deeper into organic wines. A wine labeled as organic comes from vineyards that have not been treated with pesticides, herbicides, or

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any other chemicals. Hooray, no Roundup! We wish this requirement were the bare minimum in wine production in the United States, but regrettably, it’s not. Keep in mind, there is no guarantee that you will be able to identify an organic wine by simply perusing the wine aisles in your grocery store of choice, especially if the wine has not been certified organic. If the wine is certified, there are a number of symbols or indicators on the label such as USDA, LEED, LIVE, and Demeter, just to name a few. Since getting certified is expensive, many small producers use organic farming practices, but don’t pay for the formal certification. Ask your local wine retailer about the producers’ farming practices to discover some real gems. POE Wines, one of our favorite producers in California, is farming organically with minimal intervention, zero additives in the winemaking process, and a minimal amount of sulphur used only for stabilization. If you turn over a bottle of winemaker Samantha Sheehan’s Pinot Noir, you won’t find any stamps notating an organic product but there is no denying that her wine is organic. And then there’s biodynamic. Developed a century ago by Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic agriculture is the holistic approach to treating the land and the earth as one unit. To some, this may seem a touch witchy, but to many farmers, this is the only way. The winemaker tends to the land using nine different biodynamic compost preparations - an organic mixture composed of plants, At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

minerals, and cow manure. The winemaker respects the land and uses these organic materials, “preparations” to enhance the soil and stimulate plant growth. The winemaker also relies on the lunar calendar, similar to the Farmer’s Almanac, for instructions on when to plant, use preparations, work the land, and harvest their crops. Dictated by the moon phases and astrological signs (Earth, Fire, Air, Water) this calendar is essentially the ultimate guide for optimum grape growing results. In the U.S., Oregon is leading the way on biodynamic wines According to the Wine Industry Network Advisor, in 2020 Oregon accounted for more than half of the biodynamic vineyards. Just like organic properties, many wineries farm biodynamically, but have not been certified because of the arduous process and cost. Our dear friends at Maysara Winery have been leading the way in biodynamic agriculture for decades. Proudly stated on their website, “Though using chemicals would have been faster and more economical while building infrastructure and reclaiming the land, not a single drop has or will be used throughout our estate,” Finally, sustainable. A word that gets tossed around like Tupperware but has had the most impact on the wine world to date. According to the Wine Institute, “sustainable winegrowing is a

comprehensive set of practices that are environmentally sound, socially equitable and economically viable. These sustainable vineyard and winery practices conserve water and energy, maintain healthy soil, protect air and water quality, enhance relations with employees and communities, preserve local ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and improve the economic vitality of vineyards and wineries.” Sustainable winegrowing is organic, holistic, but most importantly, it’s mindful. Not only is the environment at the forefront of sustainable winemaking, but social impact and responsibility carry the same level of importance. Sustainability ensures there is a focus on employee relationship, wellness, and promoting a thriving community. As purveyors of wine, we are committed to selling quality wines that have minimal impact on the environment and our bodies. By drinking wine in its purest form, you are eliminating many of the bad elements in winemaking, but you are still having amazing wine. People frequently ask us if they are going to get hungover from minimal intervention wines and each time, we respond the same way, “if you drink enough of anything, you’re not going to feel good!” But you will know that you’re only drinking the good stuff and none of the bad.

Katie’s Wine Pick: 2020 Anima Mundi ‘Cami dels Xops’ Ancestral Macebeo / Xarel-lo Anima Mundi translates to ‘soul of the earth.’ This Penedes, Spain winery is a side project of Agusti Torello Roca, who is winemaker for his family’s estate, AT Roca. For this wine Agusti uses organic traditional cava grapes and minimal intervention. The wine is aged in clay anfora, concrete and old French oak barrels for fermentation and aging. Ancestral fermentation is an ancient technique but a risky way to make sparkling in which fermentation starts in the tank and is halted through temperature reduction. The partially fermented wine is bottled, and a secondary fermentation takes place where the yeast eats the remaining sugar and produces CO2 which is trapped in the bottle – and there you have bubbles.

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The Pinky Cole Foundation – a nonprofit founded by the founder and CEO of Slutty Vegan – teamed with up with The Bando Project to host a back-to-school drive supplying 400 middle and high school students in Atlanta with school supplies. ►Weee! – the e-grocer specializing in Asian and Hispanic products – has launched in Atlanta. The delivery company sources and delivers authentic products – from fresh produce to traditional comfort foods to the newest snack trend. This includes items that are often very difficult to find in the U.S., from fresh Pacific black cod from Half Moon Bay to Kyoho grapes and air-flown Hokkaido uni. For more information, visit Gather ‘round, a celebration of Southern food, drink, music and art, will be held at the Epicurean Hotel in Midtown Oct. 14 - 17. Curated and produced by Southern Culinary & Creative, the four-day festival will give guests a chance to meet and eat with the South’s most prestigious chefs, beverage experts, artists, makers and entertainers. Nonprofit The Giving Kitchen will be the beneficiary of the event. Tickets are available at

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival The festival returns to Historic Fourth War Park Sept. 9-12 with tasting tents and an intimate dinner series featuring a lineup of wellknown chefs and mixologists. Attendees will find wine pop-up stations, a cocktail garden, live music, an interactive food and beverage pairing area, and live learning experiences. To kick off festival weekend, AFWF will be hosting its first-ever barbecue battle competition, where some of the top Georgia hotspots will compete for the title of “best barbecue bite” on Saturday. On Sunday, guests can enjoy the ultimate tailgate party as the Atlanta Falcons mee the Philadelphia Eagles. Intimate live and in-person culinary experiences include a festival collaboration dinner with Lazy Betty’s Ron Hsu and Aaron Phillips, A Taste of España dinner at John Castellucci’s Cooks & Soldiers, Sunday Supper at Deborah VanTrece’s Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Southern Revival Brunch at The Woodall with Chef John C. Metz, Italian Sunday feast at Colletta Atlanta, The Ultimate Omakase experience at O-Ku Atlanta, curated dinner at 5Church with Chef Mark Alba and — back by popular demand – South Main Kitchen’s Taste of NoLa dinner with live musical entertainment. For tickets and full details, visit

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Intown’s venues have full calendars even as COVID-19 cases spike Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Hale Woodruff, Jacob Lawrence, and many more. Find out more at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra The ASO has a full lineup of events this fall, including some newly announced shows featuring jazz pianist Brian Culbertson (Nov. 11), disco icon Gloria Gaynor (Nov. 13), Gipsy Kings with Nicolas Reyes and Mikaela Davis (Nov. 21), and ring in the new year with Indigo Girls (Dec. 30-31). Tickets and details at

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ost venues are moving fullspeed ahead with productions, concerts, and exhibitions after more than a year of virtual events or dormancy, but the new surge of COVID-19 cases has put a big question mark over the start of the fall arts season. Many venues will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before entry, while social distancing and masks will be required at others. Be sure to check with the venue before you go and to find out about any postponements or cancellations. In the meantime, here’s some of the events happening over the next few months that we think are worth your attention. You can always find more art and culture events at AtlantaIntownPaper. com and at Rough Draft at calendar. Center for Puppetry Arts Live in-person performances, customized online programming, new special exhibitions, holiday events, and more are part of the Fall and Winter season at the

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Midtown venue. On stage now through Sept. 26 is “Mother Goose,” while “The Ghasly Dreadfuls” return Oct. 13-30 for Halloween. Starting Oct. 15 is “Everybody Loves Pirates,” and “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer” is back for the holidays starting Nov. 10. For tickets and the full schedule of events, visit

the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail turned into a performance space that will address the ancestral technique of fabric creation and the ecological and social impact of the globalized textile industry. For more, visit American Craft Council Pop-Up Buckhead Village will host the American Craft Council’s Atlanta Southeast Craft Week Pop-Up Sept. 23-35. The event will feature one-ofa-kind production, gallery and installation works by over 35 leading crafters from across the southeast. Hammonds House Museum

▲Flux Projects The world premiere of “Field” by critically acclaimed vertical dance group Bandaloop is set for Oct. 1-3 on the façade of the 725 Ponce building. The free outdoor event will see a wall of the building along

Exhibiting Culture: Highlights from the Hammonds House Museum Collection, curated by executive director and chief curator Karen Comer Lowe, is on show now through Jan. 30. Featured in the exhibition are works by Romare Bearden, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam

▲Breman Museum The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the establishment of The Walter and Frances Bunzl Family Foundation Exhibition Fund. The $400,000 gift is supporting the 25th anniversary exhibition, History with Chutzpah, which opens Sept. 22. Recounting the stories of Jews in Georgia and Alabama through more than 250 objects, documents, photographs and oral histories, the exhibit also is being supported by The Rich Foundation and Breman Foundation. For more information, visit High Museum “Picturing the South: 25 Years” opens Nov. 5, which will bring together for the first time nearly 200 works from all the past commissions by artists including Dawoud Bey, Sally Mann and Richard Misrach and will debut new work by the latest photographers selected for the series, Sheila Pree Bright, Jim Goldberg and AnMy Lê. For more, visit The Virginia-Highland Summerfest The delayed 37th annual event Sept. 2526 with local and regional music on two At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

stages, a juried artist market, a 5K run, food from local vendors and more.The festival will be held along Virginia Avenue between North Highland, Park Drive and John Howell Park. Visit vahisummerfest. org for the lineup of musicians. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Emory University welcomes the Candler Concert Series which will feature pianist George Li (Sept. 18), South African soprano Pretty Yende (Oct 3), a recital with renowned pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Leonidas Kavakos (Nov. 2), Our Song, Our Story (Jan. 28), an evening with the Grammy Award–winning Branford Marsalis Quartet (Feb 18), Bach and bluegrass from Kittel & Co. (March 18), and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Wind Ensemble (April 9). Get tickets at

Fox Theatre The Fabulous Fox is playing host to “Hamilton” through Sept. 26 followed by concerts from Brothers Osborne (Oct. 1) and Shinedown (Oct. 3), a Pride Parade Viewing Party (Oct. 10), and comedy shows from Bill Burr (Oct. 15) and Jeff Foxworthy (Oct. 16). Find out details

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▲Alliance Theatre The premiere of “Darlin’ Cory,” a new musical from Phillip DePoy and Kristian Bush, is on the main stage Sept. 8 to Oct. 3. Directed by Susan V. Booth, the musical

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Amy Ray has a new solo tune (“Chuck Will’s Widow) and embarked on a brief solo tour before rejoining fellow Indigo Girls bandmate Emily Saliers for two big local concerts. Indigo Girls are headlining the Oct. 2 Amplify Decatur benefit concert and will be ringing in the new year at Symphony Hall with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 30-31. And, of course, we had to get her Spotify playlist, which features some fine folk rock. We caught up with the Decatur native to find out what it’s like being back on the road, recording a new solo album, and working with a “game changing” nonprofit in her hometown. Q. “Chuck Will’s Widow” is your third single release this year. Is a new solo album on the way, and if so, what can listeners expect? A. Yes, yes, yes! I am always working towards another Amy Ray Band and Indigo Girl record. I enjoy song writing and the pursuit of the craft, so am always making time for it. Also, I love collaborating. My band is just so joyful and fun to play with so I am always looking towards the next project and when we can create together. We are going to Nashville to record for a week in December, hoping to release vinyl, whenever we can get it all done. Q. How does it feel to be back to playing live music in front of an audience? A. I am psyched! Indigos have been out touring and it has been a curious re-entry with lots of thoughts flying around in everyone’s heads, the audience included, you just never know what someone out there in the crowd has been through, I always try to remember that, and especially now, it hits home. We are constantly adjusting to guidelines that affect everything from load-in to the show, to after the show, so it’s keeping us on our toes, but it’s also keeping us humble. Q. Indigo Girls are headlining the Amplify concert in Decatur in October. What do you want people to know about the nonprofit’s mission? A. The Decatur Cooperative Ministry is game changer to so many folks in our community. I first heard about them through my mom and the church I grew up in — Decatur First United Methodist. DFUMC and other churches in the community are all waking up to what it means to be Christian in this world, and I am heartened by how much energy they are putting towards helping people who are having bad times. Housing stability is foundational to getting out of hard times, and direct action in our own community will make us all stronger. Q. What songs are albums have been on repeat for you lately? Is there an artist or band you’re telling everyone they should be listening to?

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Criminal Records celebrates its 30th anniversary in Little Five Points By Chad Radford When asked to relive what the early days were like when he opened Atlanta’s Criminal Records in the summer of 1991, Eric Levin doesn’t skip a beat. “Man, I failed so much during those first few years,” he says. “I was living in the back of the store, we were getting broken into. There were so many times when I was constantly on the edge of throwing in the towel.” Levin has spent much of his life in record stores. He landed his first job in junior high at the age of 13, working as the “store rat” at Atlantic Sounds in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Later, he started his own record store in Ormond Beach called Secret Service Records. There is a law, though, buried deep in the books, that makes it illegal for businesses to use the name “Secret Service.” … Something about avoiding confusion if there is an actual homeland security issue. One day, a pair of actual secret service agents paid Levin a visit and took him to jail over the name. “They were ultimately nice, if even a little embarrassed to have to serve such a dumb task,” Levin says. Later, while watching the story being reported on the news, he heard a reporter laugh and say, “What’s he going to call his At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

new business, Criminal Records?” That sealed the deal on the name. At just 19 years old, he moved to Atlanta and set up Criminal Records in Little Five Points to build a career selling CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, comic books, toys, and more. If there was a discernible tipping point when things shifted, or gave him any indication that he might one day be doing interviews about celebrating the store’s 30th anniversary, he hesitates at first, but then tells a story. Fast forward a few years after opening to the summer of 1994. Psychedelic country punk band the Meat Puppets were on the rise, as their song “Backwater” was turning out to be an honest-togoodness alternative rock hit. The group was passing through town as a daytime act on the H.O.R.D.E. Tour. After their set, they made their way to Little Five Points for an in-store performance at Criminal. The shop was much smaller back then, located in the storefront that’s now home to Java Lords Coffee. The band set up in front to play on the sidewalk as the hillside across the street filled up with people who’d come to watch. “For real, hundreds of people were there,” Levin says. “It wasn’t that the Meat Puppets were a big draw, it was just a beautiful sunshiny, breezy day, the band sounded amazing, and the crowd just grew and grew.” The band had played just a few songs when a police cruiser slowed to a halt in the middle of Euclid Avenue, between the band and everyone who’d flocked there to hear the music. “I thought, ‘this sucks, they’re going to shut us down, and I’m going to have to deal with this.’” The cops lingered for a few moments; he surveyed the crowd, looked at the band, nodded his head and slowly drove away. The people who’d gathered on the hillside roared with applause and the band took it as their cue to rock out even harder. “Somehow, I knew then and there, that everything was going to be alright,” Levin says. Over the years, the shop has moved three times, always remaining in L5P. In 1994, Criminal moved to Moreland Avenue, into the space that is now Stratosphere Skateboards. In April 2008, Levin moved the operation to the much larger location at 1154 Euclid, where it currently remains. In-store appearances, like the Meat Puppets show he remembers so fondly, have long been a part of the store’s repertoire over the last 30 years. The list of acts who’ve played or just hung out in the store signing records and chatting with customers includes Spiritualized, Mick Jones of the Clash, Pearl

Jam, Danzig, Bill Callahan of Smog, Tori Amos, Killer Mike, Sleater-Kinney, Frank Black of the Pixies, Against me! Mastodon, Janelle Monáe, Indigo Girls, John Lewis, Dr. Octagon, and too many others to name. Party-starter Andrew W.K. once worked a shift behind the counter there as part of a promotional appearance before an Atlanta show in the early aughts. Over the years, Levin has endured career highs and lows: As an independent businessman, he managed to keep the store alive as the rise of online streaming took a bite of music sales. He co-founded Record Store Day which launched in 2008 and is the president of the Alliance of Independent

Media Stores (A.I.M.S.), which is a consortium of independently owned record stores and other media-related retailers that support each other, and help level the playing field with media titans such as and Wal-Mart. He also suffered a devastating heart attack. Still, he soldiers on. For Levin, keeping Criminal Records going through thick and thin has been a labor love, and he have it no other way. “I don’t know what else I would do,” he says. “I always knew that I would be my own boss, I don’t have the personality to work for someone else. My father was an audiophile whose best friend owned a record store. This all speaks to who I am.”

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Atlanta was not always Atlanta. When the Georgia General Assembly voted in 1836 to build the Western and Atlantic railroad, engineers identified the area that is now Five Points as the location for the zero milepost. The railroad would serve as a link to railroads in the north and provide a connecting point from the port of Savannah to the Midwest. Within a year, the settlement that developed would be called Terminus – more a descriptive moniker than a true name. Similarly, the eponym Thasherville gained popularity, as John Thrasher built the town’s first general store and homes (more accurately, rough shelters) for the many laborers he brought in to help build

embankments for the railroad. In 1843, Marthasville was incorporated (a nod to then-governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter). Ultimately, the railroad would win. The Georgia General Assembly voted to name the




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city Atlanta (the feminine form of Atlantic) in 1845, and again in 1847. What those early residents could not foresee is that their newly christened city would be in ruins barely two decades later. Rumblings of war were audible decades before the insurgents fired shots on Fort Sumpter. The enslavement of Blacks, literally, was tearing families and the country apart. As the Civil War raged on (1861-1865), the very industry that built Atlanta and made it a transportation hub also made it a target. The Confederacy used Atlanta as a distribution center to efficiently move munitions throughout its military theater. After a summer-long siege on Atlanta in 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops captured the city in September. Two months later, November 11, 1864, Sherman instructed his men to burn Atlanta’s remaining military assets and began his famous March to the Sea – the city destroyed and left burning behind them. None of us alive today can fully imagine how the city looked – the near-total destruction. Within months of the war’s end in 1865, all five railroad lines were rebuilt and operational. By 1867, some 20,000 people had moved to the city and started to rebuild. In 1868, the state capitol was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta. And by the early 1880s civic and business leaders adopted a “New South” vision for Atlanta and for the region. Morehouse and Spelman Colleges were founded in 1867 and 1881, respectively. In 1887, the Phoenix replaced the locomotive as the city symbol. The Georgia Institute of Technology opened its doors in 1888, and Agnes Scott College in 1889. By the turn of the 20th century, the population of Atlanta was almost 90,000 strong – 40 percent of whom were African

American. In just over two decades the city that had been completely decimated not only was back bigger and better than it had been, but also the city had become a major business, transportation, and economic hub in the region. Most of us who live in Atlanta, including those born here, do not fully appreciate the almost time warp-speed with which Atlanta recovered from its post-Civil War destruction. It is this history, though, that so binds us to the symbolism of the Phoenix – that mythical Greek bird that forever regenerates itself – rising again, and again from its ashes. Moreover, it is this legacy Atlanta brought to bear on the 1996 Summer Olympics. The Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA) commissioned artist and architect Amy Landesberg to create a piece that commemorated the founding of Atlanta. CODA asked Ms. Landesberg to design a piece that would “evoke a mood of dignified resilience, renewal, and restoration - a testament to Atlanta’s persistent vitality.” Ms. Landesberg’s creation, The Birth of Atlanta, did just that. A design and architectural masterpiece, The Birth of Atlanta is an abstract reference to the Phoenix and measures 32 ft. by 45 ft. It consists of a steel frame with seven pairs of perforated metal “feathers and wings” outstretched, as if in flight. The Birth of Atlanta was initially installed above Heritage Row in Underground Atlanta. When the City of Atlanta sold the Underground Atlanta property in 2016, the sculpture was disassembled for restoration with plans to reassemble the structure at its new home, Westside Park. The relocation was managed by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program, and it was accomplished with funding assistance from Renew Atlanta. The monument is now prominently displayed at Westside Park for visitors to enjoy. In congruence with its “flight” to a new home, The Birth of Atlanta also received addressable lighting, further rendering its focus as a wayfinding landmark by uniting form and function. This new feature amplifies the modernity and relevance of this elegant work of art. The lights can be programmed to display a full spectrum of colors, offering limitless possibilities for environmental customization. Now a quarter-century old, The Birth of Atlanta begins a new chapter. Rising from the ashes of its Olympic heyday, it is poised, once again, to remind us of our legacy of dignified resilience, renewal, and restoration. At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Atlanta’s beach music idols The Tams stay on the road six decades later From the Crates Kelly McCoy is a veteran Atlanta broadcaster who writes about the days popular music only came on vinyl records, which often were stored in crates.

If I say “beach music” and you think surfers, surf boards and The Beach Boys, I need to clear some things up for you. We Southerners know the real “beach music.” It came from our region, primarily from the Carolinas and Coastal Georgia. Think of it as a blend of R&B and pop music. It was music you could dance the “shag” to (the dance, not the kind of “shag” they talked about in Austin Powers movies). The Tams may not be a household name anymore, but to beach music fans they are musical royalty. And six decades after the band organized in south Atlanta, it’s still on the road, playing festivals and shows across the southeast. The original members are long gone, of course, but children and even grandchildren of the founders are still touring together. The Tams, an Atlanta institution, date back to the early 1960s. In an earlier article, I mentioned the discovery of The Tams by Southern music icon Bill Lowery. The group’s first big hit, “Untie Me,” was written by Joe South, a superb Atlanta songwriter who became an established recording artist himself. The Tams’ signature hit, “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” was released in 1968. “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am),” “Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me” and “I’ve Been Hurt” are a few other hits you may know. I’ve always been a sucker for horns and harmony and I’ve been a huge beach music fan most of my life. Although I know plenty about the subject, I did consult with a couple of experts for this article. I contacted Dianne Pope, widow of Charles “Speedy” Pope, the brother of Joe Pope, co-founder of the Tams. Charles passed away in 2013 at the age of 77. Their son Al (Little Redd) joined the group and is still with them today. The Tams formed in south Atlanta and started with appearances at various places on Auburn Avenue, such as The Royal Peacock, and The 617 Club off Hunter Street. Once they had major hits, they toured with At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

big-name stars such as James Brown, The Temptations and Otis Redding. The Tams were continuously on the road in the 60s and 70s. Dianne often accompanied them. Once, she said, after a long road trip, she decided to return home and get a little rest. As The Tams headed to Harold’s A Go-Go in Columbia, South Carolina, their convertible, loaded with group and gear, decided to stop working. As luck would have it, Diane happened to pass by and spot them on the side of the road. She stopped and helped them get back on their way, so they wouldn’t miss the gig. Everyone ended up back in Columbia at a hotel for the night. Dianne is white. Why mention this? In those days there were hotels for white people and separate ones for Black people. Dianne and The Tams were all arrested and jailed, she said, because a white woman was in segregated hotel that was to be used only by Blacks. Lowery came to the rescue. He drove to Columbia, bailed them out, and the show went on as planned, according to Dianne. Of course, there are many more positive, and successful Tams stories. My beach music authorities — Steve Begor, a record promoter back in the 1960s, and Chris Jones, a fan of the music and a collector — forgot more on the subject than most of us ever will know. Their opinion: The Tams are at the top. “My intro to beach music came through high school friends who were home from college,” Jones said. “Their 8-tracks were of artists they had seen/heard on campus: The Tams, Junior Walker, James Brown, and The Swinging Medallions. Graduating from high school in 1968, “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” fit the moment. The Tams were the first recording artist that I got see in person, so I’m somewhat biased.” “They were great live, however not the most dependable,” Begor said. “Remember once they were to play the Beach Club in Myrtle Beach and were nowhere to be found. Someone got in the car and found them playing baseball with a bunch of kids at a local park. They said, “Oh, we didn’t realize the time.” I live in Bulldog country, where Tams appeared at the B&L Warehouse in 1973. Fast forward to 1977 and go up the street a bit to another club, The Other Place. I was there to see the Tams one evening. Lucky me! They grabbed me, and others out of the crowd to come on stage and sing “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” with them. This was with Joe Pope! I was so surprised I forgot the lyrics for a moment. For more:



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Midtown High School: From ‘Making Do’ to ‘Respectful’ minimum standards of about 750 spaces. The school capacity is now 1,500 students with 1,500+ already enrolled, leaving lingering questions if APS built big enough or if redistricting will be considered in the near future. For now, the community is embracing the new name and visual identity. “One of the most important things was community outreach – so that any identity that came from the group was the result of a larger conversation,” said John Brandhorst, Midtown High School Fine Arts Department Chair. In Fall 2020, the Atlanta Board of Education voted to rename Henry W. Grady High School to Midtown High School as part of ongoing effort to remove names related to the Confederacy and Jim Crow Era of racism and segregation. A coalition of faculty, By Clare S. Richie


he 2021-2022 school year is underway at Midtown High School – where students and faculty returned last month to a renovated campus, a new visual identity and in-person learning during a persistent pandemic. The highlight of the $34.9 million renovation, funded by the one-penny Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST), is a four-level addition. “For the first time in 20 or 30 years, we’re not making do,” said Midtown High School Principal Dr. Betsy Bockman. “The renovation is so respectful of the work we do here.” Located at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive, the addition boasts 10 classrooms (to replace modular ones), four industry-certified Career, Technical and Agricultural Education spaces, two science labs, a new media center, administrative offices, counseling spaces and more. Improvements to the existing buildings include an enlarged cafeteria with a school store, and a family living center for students with special needs to learn life skills. “It lets us serve 100 percent of our students better,” Dr. Bockman said.

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The renovation also includes a main entrance plaza near the new visitor parking in front of the Charles Allen building. “We needed a focal point – a real entrance to the school,” Bockman said. “It’s ADA compliant and safer. We’ve always had people wandering around the campus – parents, visitors, delivery people trying to find the front. Our architects [Cooper Carry] and Parrish tried to do as much as they could to work with the community.”

New fencing and gating around the campus also promote safety by controlling access. Yet, even with the addition and added visitor parking this urban campus’ capacity will continue to be tested. The 300 parking spots are significantly less than the APS

students, parents and pro bono professional designers recently unveiled the new visual identity, which includes an academic logo and sports/spirt logo. The “M” in the distinctive logos promotes intersectionality.

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“Midtown is in the middle of everything. We’re at the crossroads of the city” Brandhorst said. The branding guidelines state Midtown HS sits at the “crossroads of discovery and ideas, creativity and innovation, scholarship and athleticism, inspiration and achievement.” “So that intersection is represented in that little bit of architecture in the middle of the M – where the red and the black intersect,” Brandhorst said. Adding, “People talk about the school being an aggressive institution of liberalism and innovation, so we abstracted swords and shields into the M.” Midtown High School will maintain its red and grey colors and the Knights mascot, a nod to the legacy of an institution about to celebrate its 150th anniversary. “What remains now is actualizing it – making sure everyone is using the brand the same way as we gravitate toward a unified vision,” Brandhorst said. Because the name change was a school board decision, APS is expected to cover most related costs, like uniforms and signage. The Midtown High School Foundation is ready to pitch in to cover any gaps that arise. “We’re in discussions with the administration about what else is needed and isn’t covered by APS. We have set aside funds and will be certainly fundraising for other needs.” said Rachel Spears, Midtown High School Foundation president. The Foundation recently covered the artist honorarium for the new media center doublelevel mural by alumni and local artist Alex Brewer, also known as HENSE. Last school year, it purchased 50+ document cameras, digital pens and headsets to support virtual teaching plus software, Black Box theater enhancements and more. All students have returned to in-person learning under an APS mask mandate and other COVID-19 protocols as the Delta variant surges. “The basic feeling from the faculty is ‘We can’t wait to see our kids again. Zoom sucks,’” Brandhorst said. But there are concerns for Dr. Bockman and her team to work through. For example, how to handle teachers or students test positive

for COVID-19. APS released quarantine guidelines on its Health Information page the week school started for schools to implement. “It is a complex moving target,” said Dr. Bockman. “It’s situational based on vaccination status.” Bockman and her team are tracking students who test positive for COVID-19 to determine who needs quarantine for 10 days, who else was exposed and how to incorporate virtual learning back into an in-person model. Exposed vaccinated students without symptoms will not need to quarantine. As of August 6, 2021 (the second day of school) six students tested positive, effecting 48 class periods, not to mention potential exposure on buses and or sports team practices. To address potential learning loss, teachers will evaluate students emotional and academic

readiness, as most students return to the classroom after more than a year of virtual instruction. “We’re doing comprehensive assessments in math, reading and an emotional health – to see where kids are – and then formal intervention and emotional support,” Dr. Bockman said. Midtown High School will continue to offer math and reading support classes and hired another graduation coach to catch students up. Twenty-minute sessions of Social Emotional Learning will be offered four times a week. For the first time, every student has an APS issued HP Chromebook. And a new bilingual community engagement specialist, Nydia Rivera, will provide outreach to Latinx students and families. “We are still the same very high achieving school,” Dr. Bockman said. “We try to meet the needs of all kids.” At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Academe of the Oaks apiary gives students a closer connection to nature By Kathy Dean Academe of the Oaks, a collegepreparatory high school in Decatur, is focused on finding ways to give students a wellrounded education. As School Director Eva Handschin explained, “Academe offers project-based and interdisciplinary learning that is robust and forward thinking, preparing our students for the fast-changing world they will inherit.” To help educate them about the natural part of their world, the Academe’s campus includes an apiary with seven functioning hives. “Connecting our students to nature, science, and fostering opportunities for active involvement is at the core of our Waldorf philosophy,” Handschin said. “We’ve kept bees on campus for many years, giving our students a rich opportunity for creative thinking, curiosity and intellectual discovery.” The apiary is an expanded version of the school’s beekeeping program, “and it came about through the beautiful relationship with Tara Beekeepers,” Handschin said. “We are so grateful to the Tara Beekeepers; we would not have been able to create this learning oasis for our students otherwise.” According to Deb DeWitt, president of Tara Beekeepers Association, having the bees on the premises fits right in with the ethos that Academe of the Oaks holds, which is reverence for the natural world. “The experiential nature of working with bees is deeply fascinating and can provide rich learning opportunities for students,” she said. “We hope this translates to a unique and deeper understanding of the environment.” The Tara Beekeepers Association has been committed to providing education about continued on page 42

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continued from page 41 beekeeping throughout its 40-year history. Some of the organization’s other projects include an ongoing series of beekeeping classes at Clayton State College, teaching children and adult beekeeping courses at Reynolds Nature Preserve, the installation of beehives at Panola Mountain State Park and providing instruction to park staff on the care of bees and setting up an educational booth and observation hive at the Southeast Atlanta Flower Show. Not only does the hands-on learning experience at Academe of the Oaks teach students about the importance of bees, it also provides leadership opportunities, Handschin said. “The students can become teachers themselves,” she added. “We have a very strong science program here at Academe and we provide applied learning. The bees, the outdoors and our Learning Garden are part of it. We have a Green Club, and a part of it is also beekeeping.” Interested students are invited to join the Bee Club and work with the bees on a regular basis. “We have the benefit of the guidance from Tara Beekeepers, but our faculty and staff are part of the team as well,” Handschin noted. The biggest benefit of the apiary is helping students build a stronger relationship to the planet. “It is of the utmost importance that our students are connected to nature and the environment,” she said. “We need to take care of the environment and the best way to do that is through work and appreciation of nature.” Beehives aren’t the only campus feature designed to foster that appreciation. Academe of the Oaks also has a pollinator garden and a vegetable garden on campus, and the school provides experiences in animal husbandry, “all of which create meaningful opportunities for our students to collaborate and learn together,” Handschin said.

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camping trip, but the pandemic put them on a different path this year. “As high school students in Atlanta head back to school this year, they’re faced with rebuilding and renewing relationships with classmates, most of whom they haven’t seen in a year and a half,” said Jill Morehouse Lum, director of admissions. “Clearly, it’s an important time to explore what it means to be a teenager, in relationship with other teenagers, or, as we put it, who we are together.” The New School’s 38 juniors and seniors spent their first day of school at Pittsburgh Yards, starting the day with yoga on the rooftop of the coworking space on the Atlanta BeltLine. They then got busy working on plans for the school’s first ever prom in an assignment designed to get them in the mood for an end-of-day surprise – a silent and socially distanced dance party at Pittsburgh Yards, with music shared on headphones and costumes borrowed for the occasion. School leaders hoped to help make up for the celebrations students missed since Jennyhave Lemay the pandemic began. “Celebrations and rituals are so important in the lives of us all and we wanted to find a way to start this year by injecting some of that spirit into the beginning of school,” said Head of School Peter Lefkowicz, co-founder of The New School. Design teacher Jason Kofke helped plan the dance with Monique Nunnally, the school’s director of Community Engaged Learning. “Our prom was replete with all the awkward social anxiety and avoidance of strangers or intimidating relations that I knew from all my high school dances. It was beautiful and perfect and real. And somehow it was still fun,” Kofke said. “Fast forward only 48 hours later and the classes were intermingled, knew each other’s names, and were hanging out like they’d known At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

people, learned about the significance of Slave Square in Oakland Cemetery, deconstructed the meaning of a historical marker or two, and tried their hands at spray painting the Krog Street tunnel. At the end of the first week of school, students started rebuilding their Teams of students went on a scavenger hunt armed with spray paint, community of friends, challenges and a map. Freshman Caden Jenkins, left, and sophomore Lefkowicz said. Jayla N’diaye tag Krog Tunnel with a core school value, “Be Yourself.” “They’ve gotten back in the habit of being out each other for weeks. … Our community’s and learning in the city,” he said, “and they’re foundation is established.” rediscovering what it means to be active, The New School operates under the engaged young people in Atlanta.” principle that the city is the classroom. “We take our high school students out of the classroom and into the city, working with our faculty and community partners on issues important to all Atlantans, from water quality to urban development to racial justice,” Nunnally said. “So, on the second day of the school year, we’re splitting up all of our students into small groups, taking MARTA to the heart of the city, and setting them off on a day exploring, and learning from, the city of Atlanta,” she said. “Coming from sitting in my room As they made their way through staring at a computer for multiple hours a historically significant and newly developing day to traveling in small groups with other neighborhoods, they explored what Martin students around the city was monumental.” Luther King, Jr.’s legacy means to different — Janiya Williams, junior

“It was great to spend a whole day in the city in a chill group of 10 freshmen, sophomores and juniors. These past days really helped our school to become a community again after Covid slowly tore us apart.” — Ana Hoeferle, junior

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Kate’s Club book offers coping tips to grieving families Kate’s Club, the Atlanta‐based non‐profit whose mission is to empower children facing life after the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver, is now getting its message out via a new book. “We Come Together As One: Helping Families Grieve, Share and Heal The Kate’s Club Way” is based on the authors’ knowledge gained from working with families that are a part of the organization. Lane Pease Hendricks is director of programs at Kate’s Club and Nancy L. Kriseman is a licensed clinical social worker, buddy volunteer, and ambassador for the organization. The “Kates’ Club Way” believes in empowering children and teens as they move through their grief process so they can

become more resilient and ultimately find ways to thrive. The book builds on that philosophy by providing suggestions and ideas so that adult caregivers have strategies and tools to best support their families. Plus, there are several chapters dedicated to helping adult caregivers cope with their own feelings

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Atlanta-based nonprofit ImaginED Georgia recently hosted the 2021 Innovative Educator Awards to honor education professionals in the state who continue to drive innovation while navigating the resource disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Twelve individuals working across the education sector were recognized for their resiliency during the unprecedented 20202021 school year, continued commitment to student success, and innovative practices that encourage educational equity. Awards were given in the categories of educational equity, innovation in education, design thinking, educator support, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)/ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and community involvement. Award winners were nominated by their peers and members of their communities and selected from a panel of judges. The 2021 recipients of ImaginED Georgia’s Innovative Educator Awards are as follows.

• Ian Cohen, founder of TARA EdTech

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• Rachel Willis, founder of Elevating Equity For creating new and progressive technologies, institutions, or organizations for educators and students:

• Mikala Streeter, founder and principal of The Life School For encouraging design thinking and problem-solving in the classroom: • Shaunice Sasser, instructional designer at Rex Mill Middle STEM School • Rajini Sundararaj, teacher at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts For providing instructional support to educators: • Erin Cottman, founder of Erinn Cottman Teacher Development • Claudine Miles, founder of Restore More™ For promoting STEM/ STEAM in educational programming: • Andrea Miller, STEM instructional coach • Jason Paggett, founder of JJK Innovations and teacher at Clayton County Public Schools • Lillian Mitchell, teacher at Babb Middle School • Kacey Venning, founder of Helping Empower Youth (HEY!) To learn more about ImaginED Georgia’s work, visit At l a n t a I n t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

Mercer University’s STEM Education Innovation Lab partnered with the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (ACRB) over the summer for a weeklong educator learning program designed to support teachers in creating culturally sensitive curriculum leveraging technology tools for student engagement. ACRB Educator Fellows Program participants – including those from Atlanta Public Schools – will develop and implement curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year to help students in upper elementary grades through high school understand their legal rights and build awareness for positively interacting with police. The program’s strategy is focused on community engagement and awareness related to community policing practices, police accountability and fostering cooperation among law enforcement, government agencies, community organizations and residents within the city of Atlanta.


◄3D Girls, Inc., the Atlanta nonprofit that empowers and advocates for young women, received a $5,000 STEM Action Grant from Society for Science. The funding will support the Girls Link Up Virtual Mentoring Program, which helps connect underserved girls in the Metro Atlanta area with resources to help them explore the world around them and identify STEAM pathways of interest. Camilla Tuman, a student at Holy Innocents Preparatory School, attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL over the summer. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. Camilla spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars and graduated with honors. Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their

families, is now accepting applications and nominations for their 2022 trip. To qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and have never been to Walt Disney World. The family must prove financial need and live in the radio listening area of “The Bert Show.” Applications are now available online at ►Center Parc Credit Union is the exclusive sponsor of One Love Learning Foundation’s (OLLF) community garden, situated on the rooftop of Maynard Jackson High School. Jackson Park Farm will provide fresh produce to those in need in the community as well as to Kevin Gillespie’s neighboring restaurant, Gunshow. The garden also supports the school’s science curriculum as well as help students fulfill their volunteer hour requirements. Gillespie is also mentoring student interns to expand their understanding of the restaurant business and food preparation. The Prevention Research Center at Georgia State University has received a one-year, $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify behaviors and solutions to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake in the African American and refugee, immigrant and migrant community in Clarkston. The project aims to train and deploy “community navigators” representing the various cultural groups living in Clarkston, including the Burmese, Congolese, Afghan, Somali, Middle East and African American communities. The navigators will use a peer-to-peer, in-person approach with residents by conducting listening sessions to hear and address questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. Atlanta-based nonprofit Star-C had to suspend after-school programs in the wake of the pandemic, pivoting to focus on in-home learning, the digital divide, hunger relief and, notably, rental assistance through its Eviction Relief Fund (ERF). Originally targeting a $50,000 crowdfunded fundraise, the ERF has now raised $9.9 million, thus far helping over 3,400 families avoid eviction in 14 counties in Metro Atlanta.


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