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Joe Albert is a photographer and Art Director that lives in Atlanta with his wife, son, and Scottie. He hails from the mountains of Oregon where his father was lumberjack and his mother was a crime scene photographer. He studied psychology and horticulture at the University of Oregon. He loves to trail run and take pictures of gardeners.

ICE Brings Out Craft Lovers...................4 Mindful Giving ........................................6 Street Fashion ........................................8 Charity in the City ..................................9 Intown Datebook ..................................10 Remembering Holly Mull .....................15 Letter from the Editor ...........................15 A Look Back .........................................16 Scene & Heard .....................................17 Pets ......................................................18 INtown Runaround ...............................20 Health Briefs .........................................20

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Atlanta INtown’s Best of the Holidays 2010

Business & Retail Briefs .......................23 Business on the BeltLine .....................26

Go Green 27 Atlanta Ballet’s Green HQ ....................27 Laura Turner Seydel .............................27 Eco-Briefs .............................................28

The Studio 29 Holiday Preview ...................................29 New Theater Companies .....................30 Patrick Dennis ......................................31 Atlanta PlanIt Guide .............................32 Author Q&A: Grant Jerkins ..................33 MJCCA Book Festival ..........................33

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Crop Mob .............................................34 Quick Bites ...........................................37 Decatur Wine Festival ..........................37 Holiday Wine ........................................39

Real Estate 40 Neighborhood Stablization Program ...40 Real Estate Briefs .................................41

IN Your Home 42 Organizing for the Holiday ...................42 Rules for Buying Antiques ...................42 Gardening ............................................43 Renovation Coach ...............................44 Before & After .......................................46

From shopping and events to restaurants and light displays, INtown will feature reader picks in our December edition to showcase your favorite holiday destinations!

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts Unique Ornaments & Décor Eco-Friendly Shopping Children’s Gifts & Toys Pet Shopping Pet Boarding Gifts for the Cook Holiday Food Shopping Wines & Champagne Restaurants for Families & Visitors Shopping for the Health Conscious Where to Work Off Holiday Dinner Holiday Concer ts & Shows Lights & Decorations Best Place to Visit Santa

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IN The Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

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Indie Craft Experience brings unique shopping experience Nov. 20-21 By Tina Chadwick It’s so hard to find those one of a kind things that make you go “oh, cool” the moment you see them. Sure, you can forage the boutiques, which is always fun, but they are smattered in locations all over town so it will take most of a day and a tank of gas.

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Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to go to one place and see a hundred artists’ works and crafters’ wares with the added bonus of meeting the creators in person? ICE is the answer. The Indie Craft Experience is a two-day event that has taken place in Atlanta since its humble beginnings in 2005. Shannon Mulkey, Susan Voelker and Christy Petterson are the trio of talent behind Atlanta’s crown jewel event for crafters. After traveling to shows around the country, such as the Austin Craft Mafia and Stitch (also in Austin) and the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, the three decided to put Atlanta on the crafter’s map. Two of the three were just leaving town on another trip, this time to DC for the Crafty Bastards show, but carved out time to talk about the development of ICE. “We wanted to create a very cool, hip marketplace to give people exposure to amazing artists and crafters you wouldn’t necessarily ever run across,” says Mulkey. Mission accomplished. From moderate

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target. We make sure there is enough variety to appeal to a wide range of people.” Petterson agrees: “Quality is important. We encourage first timers, but need quality of construction for the show. We might like the concept, but it all needs to be made well.” When asked what still gets them excited, they both agree, “We like people who use traditional skills with modern twist…when people do something new.” This year’s ICE Show is Nov. 20 and 21 at the Woodruff Arts Center and will feature the official ICE DJ, DJ Zano. There will be a MODA-DIY (Do It Yourself) gift-wrap area and Leah & Mark will set up a cool photo booth with props.

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Just a little of what you’ll find: Sloth Craft / Some Art, above; Three Bad Seeds, top right; Jeannette Zeis Ceramics, right. Official ICE sponsors will also participate including Burnaway, Mailchimp, Whipstitch Fabric, Youngblood Gallery, MODA and Tweet Design. There are also fun food vendors to feed your tummy while your mind feasts on the many creations. If you still want the intimate feel of a boutique, the Woodruff Arts Center reached out to ICE to collaborate on a Pop-Up Shop sponsored by the Alliance Theatre. There’s a special opening night on Black Friday, Nov. 26, with special black bags going to the first round of shoppers, food, music and other surprises. The goal of pop-up shop is to make Woodruff a holiday shopping

destination and expose a new crowd to the ICE experience. “The Woodruff Arts Center is the hub of our creative community so it’s a great tie in for the craft population to be there,” Petterson says. “We’re super excited and furiously working on all the details because it’s such a big deal and exciting to be working with the Woodruff and the Alliance.” For more about the upcoming show, visit www.ice-atlanta.com.

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Mindful Giving

Gift Giving ideas with more purpose, less waste It’s a Wonderful Life

By Tina Chadwick Blink and the holidays will be here. A time filled with lists of gifts to buy for family, friends and, if you’re in business, clients. Blink again and you’ve spent hundreds on the gifts themselves, the paper to wrap them, tape, labels, bows, ribbons and the ever-increasing postage for it all. In the aftermath, the thank you cards and more postage. Not to mention the carbon footprint that would dwarf a giant. One million additional tons of garbage is produced during the period from Thanksgiving to Christmas – a 25 percent increase over any other time of year. It can have you wondering where the warm feeling is you’re supposed to get from giving. Where is that sense of charity and family you see portrayed in It’s a Wonderful Life? The answer is in the gift. Mindful giving is not a new concept, but it is being adopted by more and more

families and companies. The term simply means taking a harder look at what you’re buying to assess sustainability, impact on the planet, purchase impact (whom will this help or what will this solve) and then adjusting shopping behaviors accordingly. It does not mean that everything you give has to have a global purpose greater than simply showing someone you’re thinking about him/her but it might mean opting for a pair of mittens knitted by a local artist rather than mass-produced or donating to a favorite charity on behalf of clients rather than spending the money to ship expensive food that usually ends up pecked over in break rooms, the card never opened. “If you are not being thoughtful about your giving, especially at a time like this, charities that are doing really good work are not going to get all of the resources they should get,” says H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Kate Atwood, Founder of Living by Giving, which helps individuals find creative ways to give back that best fit their own lives, (www.kateatwood.com and see her INtown monthly column on page 9), offers these creative, local, easy and fun ways to capture the true spirit of the holidays when giving.

Support the troops through Operation Christmas Tree: Operation Christmas Tree allows individuals and families to donate $25 (or more) to have a tree delivered to our military men and women who can’t make it home for the holidays. www.operationchristmastree.com. Celebrate Hanukkah with a tzedakah box: Devote at least one of the eight ceremonial nights to giving back by placing money into the family’s tzedakah box for the charity of your choice.  Enjoy the family time of decorating your box and teaching the importance of helping others in need.

Set aside family time and build a playground with your kids. Help build a playground in a park or school around Atlanta. It’s a great family moment that you can cherish throughout the year; kids often love to go back and visit the play space and see what they helped build. Check out www.Kaboom.com to find a project in your area. Make decorations and deliver them to a senior center. This is a great idea for a family or a classroom to do together. The gift of the time together making the decorations and delivering them to the seniors is a great bonding experience. PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 9

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Charity in the City Kate Atwood

Helping Atlanta over the Holidays

Have a Mindful Holiday Party. Ask people to bring donations in honor of your favorite charity or collect clothes and toys for children in need. Atlanta is the poorest city in the U.S. for children, meaning more children live in poverty here than in any other city. Take this time to help them out, and give them a chance to enjoy these special days, too. Support the Arts. Give a loved one tickets or even an annual membership to any of Atlanta’s wonderful art venues. From the High Museum and 14th Street Playhouse to the Georgia Aquarium or Zoo Atlanta, your gift will last all year and support the arts and non-profits that have taken a hit during the economic struggle. If you’d like a little help deciding which deserving organization will benefit from your smart giving, you can review charities that are evaluated by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org. That way you can be sure your gift goes to use and not to waste. As19 billion cards, letters, and packages are being delivered between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, take a moment to make sure the people getting yours will know it comes more from the heart than from a store. After all, It’s a Wonderful Life is based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern called The Greatest Gift.

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With the arrival of November come two of the most popular months for charity and volunteering. More than 70 percent of us gave back during the holidays last year. It’s my aspiration to see more of us giving back in 2010, even just for one day. For those of you who are already charitable during the holidays, these tips will get you energized for the months ahead. For those who are just getting started, it will help you take that first step. Reflect upon your own life. I often suggest this as a first step. You are going to find a deeper commitment to a cause that you can connect to personally. Start thinking of life experiences that either created a challenge for you, for someone you loved, or for something you witnessed. Whether it’s homelessness or cancer, all of us have faceed some type of adversity. The altruistic connection will help you remain committed and feed your passion to do more. Assess your time availability. We all live busy lives, but with thought and planning it is really easy to carve out a time for your giving life. Volunteer projects today come in all shapes and timelines. Whether giving up a few hours each week or an entire spring break or going online every season to participate, you can find an initiative that fits your schedule best. Just like we make time for fitness, we need to make time for volunteering. Think of it as your soul on a treadmill.

Consider skills and interests that you would enjoy using while giving back. You can choose to do something that uses your professional skill sets, such as law, accounting, marketing and PR, or you can choose a personal interest such as animals, the environment, even sports to help youth. Bring a friend or family member along. Like most things in our lives, the first time doing anything can often be the hardest. Think about it. First time going to the gym, first day at work, first date. Make your first step easier by finding someone who can participate in the activity with you. This is also where you can look to invite your family, even kids to join. For more about Living by Giving and to ead stories of others who are changing their own lives by giving back, visit www.kateatwood.com

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Gregg Irby Fine Art will launch

the holiday season with NOV Masterpiece & Its Minis, from Nov. 3 to Dec. 23. The show will feature one large masterpiece by each artist flanked by its mini pieces. Prices for the minis will start at $45. The holiday show will also be the debut of new gallery artist Michelle Armas. 3725 Powers Ferry Road, Building A. For more information, (404) 941-9787 or greggirbyfineart.com.

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The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy will hold its annual

Cheer for Children Ball fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. All funds raised go directly to the nonprofit, which works to help treat and prevent child abuse in the state. There will be a silent and live auction where guests can bid on fine wines, gourmet food, luxury travel packages, jewelry, sports and concert tickets and much more. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

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Meals On Wheels Atlanta, a

program of Senior Citizen Services, will use BidPal NOV Network to wirelessly automate its silent auction at the 23rd annual A Meal to Remember. This is the first time BidPal technology has been used in Atlanta. The reception and dinner to raise money for Meals On Wheels will be held at the St. Regis Atlanta on Friday, Nov.

5. Guests will receive a BidPal iPod Touch pre-loaded with information on every auction item. Instead of traditional paper bid sheets, guests will use their BidPal device to bid on items during the event. There will also be gourmet food from guest and celebrity chefs. Tickets are $1,200 per couple. For more information, visit scsatl.org or call (404) 351-3889.

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The second annual Grand Day Out will take place at 3 p.m.

on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. The family concert will feature the bands Lunch Money and Always Saturday. There will also be carnival games and prizes. A portion of proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets are $8 for kids and $12 for adults. For more information, call (404) 350-9363 or staff@play-2-grow. com.

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The Coca-Cola Company will

present the second annual Hearts and Hands Gala, NOV a black-tie affair benefiting Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday, Nov. 6. Guests will experience an evening featuring cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions and exciting entertainment. Patron tickets are $1,000 per couple and host tickets are $500 per couple. For more information, call (678) 704-8086 or visit armh.com.

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Children Without a Voice USA (CWAV) is hosting a Celebrity

Date Auction to raise money NOV and bring awareness to the crisis of child abuse in America. The Auction will be held at Door 44, 12th St. NE on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Guests will have the chance to bid on dates, win prizes and contribute to a fabulous cause. Celebrity dates include Super Bowl Champion and former Atlanta Falcon Jimmy Ferris, Celebrity Agent Glenn Toby, Music Artist,Wesley Cook, Be Well Atlanta CEO Kimberly Hard and Carol Causieestko-McCollum, Return of the Lady. For tickets visit www.childrenwithoutavoiceusa.org

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The Southern Order of Storytellers presents

Tellabration!, an evening of storytelling for adults, on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Carter Center. Storytellers Phil Kaplan, Ernestine Brown and Finn Bille will perform an exciting program of stories. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jan Cribbs at storyconnections@ juno.com or call (404)-633-6567. southernorderofstorytellers.org

The Big Splash fundraiser benefiting Marcus Autism Center will be Saturday, Nov.

13, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia Aquarium This black tie event will feature a private premiere viewing of the new dolphin exhibit. The gala will honor Billi and Bernie Marcus for their charitable work. Caryl Paller and London Andes are co-chairs of this year’s event. For more information (404) 785-9486.

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The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. will hold its 15th annual

gala on Saturday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the St. Regis in Buckhead. A silent auction will follow dinner, dancing and a live band. Attendees will have the chance to bid on more than 100 items donated by the GACC South’s network of charitable members and associate companies. www.gaccsouth.com Check our website for more and look for INtown’s High Five on Thursdays on our Facebook page.

6-7 Art in the Park NOV Chastain Park Arts Festival set for Nov. 6-7

The second annual Chastain Park Arts Festival will tempt holiday shoppers with more than 100 artists, food and more on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. t 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-organizer Randall Fox said the artists exhibiting and selling their work will be local, regional and national, but with an emphasis on Atlanta artists. There will be a variety of food from local restaurants, live entertainment and on Saturday night there will be a free screening of Grease at sunset. “Bundle up, bring a blanket and the kids,” Fox said. “And, yes, there will be hot coffee available.”

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The Lighting of Atlantic Station is Atlanta’s first and brightest Holiday celebration! See 11Alive and DaveFM personalities, local celebrities, kids activities, make and take crafts, a Holiday fashion show, musical performances and entertainment throughout the day. Then at 7:30pm, we’ll welcome Santa and flip the switch to illuminate over 250,000 lights throughout the Center. A realistic snowfall follows at 8pm along with a free screening of one of your favorite Holiday classics.

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Remembering Holly Mull Pioneering spirit and ‘can do’ attitude instrumental to city celebrations “To do what ought to be done, but what would not have been done had I not done it myself, I thought to be my duty.

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By Terry Sagedy Holly Mull, who passed away last month, was destined for and dedicated to a life of service to others. Being the daughter of then-Mayor of Kalamazoo, the Honorable Glenn Allen, Jr. and his wife Virginia, Holly spent many of her earliest years observing and participating in city government’s traditions and happenings and benefited from a thorough understanding of protocol. This early exposure would be good training for one that would eventually become a champion of the new Atlanta, a pioneer in the restoration of Inman Park, and a believer in inclusion for all who held an earnest, selfless dedication to helping achieve the goals of the groups with which she was associated. Holly and her former husband, Gale, moved to Inman Park in 1970 and became pioneers in the movement to bring the neighborhood back to its former glory through the organization then known as Inman Park Restoration (now Inman Park Neighborhood Association). Their home on Elizabeth Street would become both a gathering spot for social activities and a

command center for many of IPR’s active causes. “It wasn’t long before we realized this is a woman who can get stuff done,” said neighborhood pioneer and former City Councilman John Sweet. “She defined the word contribution. Inman Park developed an attitude that we could get it done – if we worked hard enough and worked together, we could get it done.” “We tried to get author Newman P. Barkley to buy a house in the neighborhood, and he told us that in order to restore Inman Park we would have to ‘reverse the history of the American city,’ ” Sweet continued. “Holly let us know it was possible – that the possibility spawned the doing. She provided an infrastructure of hope. She was the yeast that allowed many things in this neighborhood and city to rise and succeed.” Holly worked under five Atlanta mayors including Ivan Allen, Sam Massell, Andrew Young, Maynard Jackson and Bill Campbell as the Special Events Director for the city. Here she would play host to world leaders, impress dignitaries, and walk with presidents ever mindful of the importance of the city’s external image. Maynard Jackson said about his dear friend, “While at City Hall, Holly’s strength was her ability to produce first-class, largescale public and community based events the city took pride in, and the guests always left with a smile. Her passion for our city and commitment to her profession are a winning combination in my book.” Holly brought joy to the lives of millions of people through her work by producing some of the city’s most memorable occasions including the1990

Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor You’ll notice changes to some of our regular features in Atlanta INtown this month. Intown Notebook is now called Intown Datebook and we’ve added calendar icons to help you easily navigate the page and find out everything that’s happening this month (Page 10). Similarly, we worked with Atlanta PlanIt to streamline the arts listings that appear in The Studio section every month. You can now easily scan the arts listings and see more photos (Page 32). As always you can visit www.AtlantaPlanit.com to find out more about all the shows, concerts, exhibits and attractions in the city. Contributor Tina Chadwick has been busy writing three of our main stories, including our cover on Crop Mob (Page 34), the Indie Craft Experience (Page 4) and rounding up tips and ideas on more mindful giving this holiday season (Page 6). w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Our intern Greg Wallace took a tour of the new environmentally friendly Atlanta Ballet headquarters (Page 27), while Helen Grebe hard the difficult task of tasting a bottles of wine to compile her list of top holiday wines (Page 39). Kathy Vogeltanz looked into the new Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which aims to help communities hit hard by foreclosure (Page 40). It’s also time to start voting for the 2010 Best of the Holidays, which will be revealed in our December issue. Go to www. AtlantaINtownPaper.com and cast your votes for favorite places to shop, shows, decorations, pet pampering and much more. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Olympic Announcement Ceremony, the Olympic Torch Relay Arrival, Falcons and Braves victory parades, the Shining Light Award, Christmas parades, and the Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade… and of course, concepting and lovingly spearheading the Inman Park Festival Parade from the festival’s inception 40 years ago. “She drew people to the neighborhood to celebrate,” Cathy Bradshaw remembered. “Holly helped put together the first festival and parade to help draw attention to the neighborhood.  She had a natural talent for organizing a group of people and finding quirky people to be in the parade.  Only about 300 people were expected to show up on that first beautiful festival day in 1971, but over 3,000 people showed up, enjoyed the festivities and the parade. I can still remember Holly there with her clipboard telling everyone where they should be.” While Holly will always be remembered for the parade, perhaps her greatest contribution to the neighborhood was her diligent effort to have the neighborhood rezoned residential. It had been completely rezoned and up-zoned to industrial, every last parcel. For a year and a half John Sweet, Holly and Gale sought residents’ signatures requesting that Inman Park be down- zoned. “Holly was relentless in the effort,” Sweet added. “I was involved but she did 90 percent of the work knocking on doors every evening and explaining the situation to reluctant and skeptical neighbors.” It was tedious work but necessary because City Councilman Rev. Charley Helms said he couldn’t get an ordinance passed unless he had a petition with half of the residents agreeing to it. Her winning ways convinced everyone to come together to support the rezoning effort, which ultimately resulted in one of the most important moments in Inman Park history – the passing of a city ordinance rezoning the neighborhood to residential. Through this experience, the neighborhood created both an approval process that was credible to city hall and a unified front. These were important milestones for the neighborhood that would later help when Inman Park applied for historic designation with the National Trust for Historic Places as part of the effort to kill the Presidential Parkway. “Holly (and Gale) also worked diligently to ensure that Inman Park was a neighborhood that would welcome all kinds of people - gay, straight, right wing left wing, etc.,” Sweet said. “She firmly believed that we could build acceptance and tolerance and a neighborhood that valued a cornucopia of differences. She was loving and inclusive toward everyone and reached across wellestablished dividing lines to attempt to bring the city’s various factions closer together.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in political

TOP: Holly stands proudly by the Olympic Torch in 1996; MIDDLE: The Inman Park Neighborhood Association marched in the Little Five Points Halloween Parade in her memory; BOTTOM: The 7 Stages Theater marquee the day after Holly passed away. science at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in urban planning at Georgia State University. After 30 years with the City of Atlanta she became Vice President of Sponsorship and Special Events at Ivory Communications. Holly started her own special events firm, Holly Mull & Associates, in 2001. Her mother, Virginia Verdier Mull, and her father, Glenn Allen, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Carter Mull, an artist who lives in Los Angeles, CA; her sister Susan Allen and her family. Terry Sagedy is a long-time Inman Park resident and a neighbor of Holly’s. He wrote this piece to honor her generous contributions to the neighborhood and the city.

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Scene and Heard

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Performance, 2010-11 Season, www.atlantasymphony.org Musicians Karen Freer (cello) and Wesley Collins (viola) talk with newly appointed Concertmaster David Coucheron at a reception following the Opening Night performance.

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The Intown Academy, a tuition-free, K-6, public charter school in Old Fourth Ward, celebrated the school’s opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured are Principal Tangela Johnson and The Intown Academy students who cut the ribbon with her. www.intownacademy.org

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School alum Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin Malone on the critically-acclaimed NBC sitcom The Office, said coming back to Holy Innocents’ Tuesday definitely felt like coming home. Baumgartner still has family in Atlanta and returned to Holy Innocents’ for AllSchool Convocation. www.hies.org

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Party in the Kitchen raised over $150,000 for Open Hand’s community nutrition programs and planned facility expansion. At left, 2010 Co-chairs Sally Hawn and Mary Williams with past chair Sally Dorsey. Pictured at right, (l-r) Wilmington Trust’s Todd Tautfest, Raju Srivastava, Russ Kiefer also of Wilmington Trust, event Cochair Chef Kevin Rathbun and Radford Slough of Urban Body. www.projectopenhand.org. INtown’s one Laura Turner Seydel and Devyne Stephens Named and only Ann Woman and Man of the Year at the Chauncey Davis Boutwell (p.16) Foundation Community Impact Awards. at the kickAt the Arthur off party at M. Blank Family Piedmont Driving Offices are (l-r) Club for the 2010 Laura Turner Ansley Park Tour Seydel (p. 27) of Homes. and Devyne Intervention Executive Director Lynn-Anne Huck. Entertainment mogul Devyne Stephens, founder and CEO of Upfront Megatainment and originator of the charity Devyne Intervention, receives the Chauncey Davis Foundation Man of the Year Award from Atlanta Falcon Defensive End Chauncey Davis. Pictured at The Howard School’s 60th anniversary celebration are Shayla Rumely, chair of the Board of Trustees, and head of the school, Marifred Cilella, with keynote speaker, Rick Lavoie. Lavoie spoke about the impact of learning disabilities on families to an audience of students, parents, school staff and community figures. www.howardschool.org

Stanley Romanstein, President of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has announced that Ruth and Paul Marston have agreed to serve as Chairmen of the 2011 Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Showhouse & Gardens, opening opening April 15. 20 Arbor Terrace residents went to see the scarecrow created at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ Annual Scarecrows in the Garden. Their scarecrow entitled ‘Young at Heart’ featured Dot (88 yrs) whose head was the female scarecrow and James (93 yrs) whose head was the male scarecrow. Even a 101-year-old resident came to see the scarecrow. Stay young at heart, Intown! COHTATION: F a l l l e a v e s c o m e i n m o r e c o l o r s t h a n y o u c a n s h a k e a r a k e a t . ~ m a r k c o h e n w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Every October, Christ the King School Vice Principal Tricia Ward plans a month long campaign for the faculty and staff in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer research. Right, teachers Jill Walter and Ashley Sharpton. www.christking.org On a personal note, my mother was diagnosed this month. Many thanks for your work to raise awareness, Christ the King! - Wendy

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Pet Briefs Macy is an energetic 1-year-old Basenji-Fox Terrier mix who weighs 15 pounds. From the moment this sweet girl came through the door of Atlanta Pet Rescue she has been nothing but pure joy. Macy loves life to its fullest - running and wearing a huge happy grin all day long. She adores people, other dogs, kids, food, walks, chasing squirrels, toys, riding in the car, the sofa, sleeping in bed and just about anything else that life throws at her. This intelligent and energetic dog would do best in a home with a fencedin yard and another dog to play with. But don’t let the description of her energy deter you. Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Macy or any of the 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

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The Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine is now offering preservative-free pediatric flu shots. The price is $35 per shot. For more information, visit www.atlantaholisticmedicine.com, or call (404) 814-9808 to schedule an appointment. More than 20 independent medical imaging centers have joined forces in Georgia – including Atlanta’s OMI Diagnostics –to form Outpatient Imaging Coalition. OIC’s goal is to give local residents a trusted resource for quality and affordable scans and to educate residents about the cost discrepancies between hospitals and medical imaging centers. Depending on the healthcare provider, the co-pay for a scan at an imaging center can be as much as 75 percent less than the co-pay for a hospital scan. www.GoOutpatient.com Register today for the Athens Free to Breathe 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Nov. 13. The event unites people who are passionate about raising public awareness and vital research funding to fight lung cancer. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research education and awareness programs. Registration is $15 online, $18 by mail, and $20 the day of the event. For more information or to register, visit www.FreeToBreathe.org. Satellite Healthcare has announced the

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The Atlanta Track Club announced a new course for the 2010 Atlanta Half Marathon that will take place on Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day.  The Atlanta Half Marathon, which previously started on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Chamblee and finished just outside of Turner Field on Hank Aaron Drive, will now start and finish outside of Turner Field and take participants through areas of Atlanta including Downtown, Atlantic Station, Midtown and Cabbagetown. Along with the Atlanta Half Marathon, the holiday event features the inaugural Thanksgiving Day 5K run/walk that starts and finishes outside of Turner Field, as well as the Mashed Potato Mile and Drumstick Dash kids’ fun runs. For more information or to register, visit atlantatrackclub.org.

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A Look Back Ann Boutwell Nov. 6, 1909: Atlanta’s first automobile show opened in the Auditorium-Armory on Courtland Street. The week-long show attracted 61 automobile manufacturers, and city boosters were sure the event would make Atlanta “The Automobile Center of the South.” Predictions after the show were that 1910 would be a record-breaking year for the brief but marvelous history of the motor car industry in the south. Nov. 9, 1890: Georgia’s 54th Gov. William Jonathan Northen (1835-1913) was the first to be inaugurated in Atlanta’s new capitol building on Washington Street. He served two terms 1890 to 1894. His first lady was Martha Neel Northen. Northen contributed to the history of Georgia, compiling a seven-volume collection of biographical essays published between 1907 and 1912 as Men of Mark in Georgia. The Northen’s family home still stands in Midtown at 766 Piedmont Ave. and their burial site is in Oakland Cemetery.

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officially opened to the public on April 10, 1972. www.atlantahistorycenter.com Nov. 21, 2005: “Baton Bob” Jamerson became an official Atlanta icon when he appeared in the first of two TV ads promoting the Georgia Aquarium opening. However, “Baton Bob” sightings were first reported nine months earlier in March when he became a familiar sight in Midtown prancing along Peachtree Street. Always twirling a baton, “Baton Bob” donned a variety of eye-popping costumes, which included outfits depicting a majorette, bride, Little Red Riding Hood, Spiderman, and Indian Chief. Jamerson calls his street character the “Ambassador of Mirth.” Nov. 28, 1895: Crowds trooped to Piedmont Park for Thanksgiving dinner at Atlanta’s Cotton States and International Exposition. Honors and tributes that Thursday went to Samuel Martin Inman, the political and financial force behind the success of the city’s 1895 event. The renowned John Philip Sousa conducted his world famous band in three concerts, while the University of Georgia faced Auburn in a football game (Auburn won, 16-6) and the day was capped off by a big fireworks display.

Nov. 29, 1991: Atlanta’s first Cirque de Soleil event, Nouvelle Experience, opened for the first of 28 performances. The performing artists captivated the city with gravitydefying tricks, redefining the meaning of a circus without animals. The Canadian troupe pitched its famous blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau in Midtown on vacant land at Spring and Eighth streets, once home to the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Cirque returns to Atlanta on Nov. 4, for OVO at Atlantic Station. Tickets are now available at 1-800-450-1480 or online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo.

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Business & Retail Briefs Sage kicks off the holiday season with their annual Santa Days at Sage holiday toy drive from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19. Visit any location and donate a new, unwrapped toy worth $10 or more and for a discount of 25 percent off of a single regular priced clothing item. This year’s Santa Days at Sage will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Sage has locations in Buckhead, Midtown, East Cobb and Forsyth. www.sageclothing.com The newly-opened HomeGrown Decatur showcases work from 50 local artists, from wall hung art in many mediums to pottery and glass, pet supplies and even hoola hoops. 412 Church St. For more information, call (404)373-1147 or visit www.homegrowndecatur.com. Van Michael Salon has opened its fifth location in East Cobb. Cartersville native Van Council, along with his wife Susie and his brother Michael, launched their first Van Michael Salon in Buckhead 1984. The East Cobb salon is located at 4475 Roswell Rd., Ste. 1730. For more information, call (404) 566-4247 or visit www.vanmichael.com. Grant Park’s NV-U Boutique has opened its second location in Midtown. The fashion-forward, moderately priced shop is at 805 Peachtree St. For more information, visit www.nv-uboutique.com or call (404) 624-3737. Vetted | Atlanta, a luxury women’s boutique, has opened in the space once occupied by Lexie & Jane. The boutique’s name, a term commonly used when describing a political candidate, is meant to convey a specific, calculated, and modern approach to retail. Vetted | Atlanta is located at 516 East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit www.vettedatlanta.com.

Ten Thousand Villages, the fair trade shop with locations in Virginia Highland and Perimeter Place, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of 100 companies on the list of World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2010. This is the third year that the company has been named an ethical leader in the specialty retail category. Ethisphere is an international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anticorruption and sustainability. www.tenthousandvillages.com The Atlanta chapter of Women in Insurance & Financials Services (WIFS-Atlanta) has named Martina Jimenez as the 2010 recipient of the organization’s Woman of the Year Award, the highest level of recognition a WIFS-Atlanta member can receive from her peers. WIFS-Atlanta supports, encourages and advances the success of women in the financial services industry. Martina Jimenez is a financial adviser with Eagle Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.www.wifs-atlanta.org.

Atlanta Business Bank has changed its name to Affinity Bank. Owners said the new name more accurately describes the nature of the bank’s relationships with their clients. The bank’s ownership and management remain unchanged. Affinity Bank is located at 5660 New Northside Dr., Suite 200. For more information, call (800) 736-8194. Do you have business news? Send to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com.

Inca Kids announces the opening of its new retail space at 5 Continents Gallery in Buckhead. 5 Continents is a collective of artisans and fair trade initiatives focusing on eco-friendly and sustainable products from all five corners of the world. 326 Pharr Road. For more information, call (404) 414-8854 or visit www.IncaKids.org.

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The biannual Children’s Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station. Participating stores will include Anklebiters, Sparklebugs, Children’s Liquidation, Momma’s Boy Daddy’s Girl, Salon Red, Monkey Moo’s, Layla Luv, Addy’s Closet, The Highchair Organizer, Little English, and KKNoodles. Admission is $5 (cash or check only). A portion of the sales will go to the Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. For more information, call (404) 876-1359.

Mayor Kasim Reed accepted a check for $47.6 million from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site last month to help build a streetcar line from Centennial Park to the MLK Center on Auburn Avenue. The city released this rendering of what the streetcar will look like as it traverses the 2.62 miles through downtown.

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Businesses on the BeltLine: Brock Built Homes

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By Collin Kelley Editor Our series of articles on businesses that lie along the 22-mile loop of the Atlanta BeltLine gets a little twist this month with a company that is building along the corridor. If you want to live along the BeltLine, Brock Built Homes has just the community for you – West Highlands, a master planned community on the city’s Westside. The community is adjacent to the future Westside Park, home to the former Bellwood Quarry and a dramatic pit that will become a 1.9-billlion-gallon drinking water reservoir for the City of Atlanta. Westside Park will eclipse Piedmont Park in size with 300 acres of greenspace, multiuse trails and recreation areas along with the future transit system that will connect the BeltLine communities. The West Highlands community also has parks, playgrounds, wide sidewalks, small lakes and an extensive network of walking trails that will connect to the existing PATH system. Homes in West Highlands are Craftsmanstyle homes with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms starting in the high $100’s. “West Highlands is a rare community in

that it offers all the excitement of city living and the conveniences of a small town,” said Brock Built’s Tessa Jones. Jones said that Brock Built Homes founder and CEO Steve Brock “has an extraordinary vision of what a city neighborhood can be.” “He saw something no one else saw and took a risk when few were willing to do so,” Jones said. “He purchased land with the future in mind, so all development plans in the area that increase visibility and expose the area are a very exciting step forward in fulfilling the Brock Built vision.” Jones said the Beltline project is important to Brock Built as it is helping to develop the areas around our communities and make them more enjoyable places for people to live, work and play. Brock brings over 25 years of homebuilding experience to the marketplace, having built more than 1,000 homes all with a vision

toward tree lined streets, neighborhood parks, sidewalks and relaxing green spaces. “Our goal is to enrich the lives we touch by helping our buyers achieve their dreams through home ownership,” Brock said. Brock Built has won numerous awards for its work around the city, including the 2008 Homebuilder of the Year presented by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association for professionalism and excellence in home building and 2009 Earth Craft Builder of the Year. Brock has served as president of DeKalb Homebuilders Association and the DeKalb Developers Council. He is also on the board of directors for the Greater Atlanta Homebuilder’s Association and has been named “Builder at Large.” For more information about Brock Built Homes, visit www.brockbuilt.com. For more information about the BeltLine project, visit www. beltline.org. If you have a suggestion for a business on the BeltLine, email it to collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com.

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By Gregory Wallace On Aug. 14, Atlanta Ballet opened the doors of its new headquarters, the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, in West Midtown. At 54,000 square feet, the facility is nearly twice the size of its West Peachtree Street predecessor. The Centre is also the first arts organization building to receive Gold LEED certification, the second highest rating awarded for sustainable building construction. The purchase and renovation was largely supported by the “Choreographing our Future” campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the Ballet’s 80-year history. The campaign began in early 2009 with an original goal of $14.8 million, which was subsequently expanded to a total $19.3 million. The Centre is named in honor of Atlanta philanthropist Michael C. Carlos through a leadership campaign gift from the Michael C. and Thalia N. Carlos Foundation. Other major donors include

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the Kendala Foundation, who contributed specifically toward the goal of LEED certification. From the beginning, plans were made to build a facility that is environmentally friendly. The Ballet chose to renovate an existing building, a manufacturing plant originally constructed in the 1950s for Hotpoint Appliances, to reduce the environmental impact. LEED-design strategies were also integrated, including energy efficient lighting, recycled carpet, donated office furniture, dual flush toilets, and low flow faucets and shower heads. Ninety-eight percent of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills and even the rocks from the renovation were donated to Zoo Atlanta. In just over 24 months, the project team, led by Holder Construction, completed the $10 million dollar project, finishing on time and on budget. “Approximately $500,000 of the renovation budget was dedicated to environmental initiatives,” said Tommy Holder of Holder Construction. “This investment will allow the organization to realize a significant reduction in long-term operating expenses, while reaffirming their dedication to environmental stewardship.” Beyond the LEED certification, the building is noteworthy for several other reasons. Atlanta Ballet Executive Director Arthur Jacobus, who joined the company at the height of the project in Dec. 2009, has served as chief executive of six major arts organizations across the county. Jacobus described the difference between the old and new facility in terms akin to night and day. “What sets it apart from old building is, of course, everything. We didn’t have hot running water and air conditioning, you know, all of those things that one takes for granted. The water heater

had broken, and it’s not like your house one. It’s for a whole building. It’s very expensive to replace, and so they just kind of shrugged their shoulders and said, ‘Well we’re gonna move out of here anyway in a couple of years, so we won’t replace it.’ So something as basic as hot water or air conditioning, they didn’t have. It was an older facility, so it was not as nice and shiny and new and clean as this one.” The new space provides a location that not only serves the company but better serves the community as well. The Centre for Dance Education serves thousands of students each year, and special amenities were included to accommodate their needs, including private dressing/locker rooms and a student library. There are plans for a 200-seat black box theatre, which will be open to other local arts organizations as performance and rehearsal space. Even more important than these amenities are the five new dance studios at the heart of the Centre, which are at least the size and configuration of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage where Atlanta Ballet performs. As Jacobus notes, it is difficult to overstate the importance of this development decision. “You don’t have to recalibrate,” he said. “The dancers can learn something in the studios, and then they can go right on the stage and all of the special considerations are the same.” This one-to-one stage ratio is even more advantageous considering the new facility’s unprecedented level of on-site storage. “I’m not aware of another [dance studio] that actually has this,” said Jacobus. “None of them has the warehouse, the shop, the costume storage, and virtually everything that is involved in the operation

of the ballet company under one roof. It has such economic advantages because we’re not paying $30,000 a year for a warehouse on the outskirts of town. Plus, when we need the stairs for Romeo and Juliet, for a rehearsal, we just go in the next room and drag them into the studio. We don’t have to take a truck and a couple of stagehands to go get it. So, there are economical and logistical advantages to that. That’s the one thing I say can definitely sets this facility apart from others around the country.” The response from the community to the Centre has exceeded Atlanta Ballet’s wildest expectations. “We were just blown away by the grand opening,” said Jacobus. “We had no idea that that many people would be interested.” According to Jacobus, the new facility has had a similarly energizing effect on Atlanta Ballet itself. “The Board is just absolutely pumped,” said Jacobus. “They’re so proud, the staff too, and the dancers. Everyone is so proud of this facility. And it gives the organization kind of a different feel. Everyone feels more professional. We feel more proud to be part of the organization. And it’s really ignited the board in terms of their advocacy for the organization as it applies to fundraising and bringing their friends in to see the building and taking them to the performances and all that. So we’re on a roll right now, and a lot of it is attributable to being in this building.” The Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre is located at 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW. For more information on Atlanta Ballet, including the Centre and current season, visit www. atlantaballet.com or call (404) 873-5811.

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Eco-Briefs A group of local teachers recently participated in the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) at Oxford College. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques. Among those selected for this year’s institute were Diane Phail and Brooke McGhee of the Neighborhood Charter School and Mariposa Arillo and Jody Davis of Mary Lin Elementary School. Teachers learn the basic principles of ecology in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, methods for applying this knowledge to lesson plans and ways to develop their own schoolyards for environmental education. www.oiee.oxford.emory.edu. A new gift basket business, The Mostess Hostess, is offering an alternative to cheese straws and cheap goods. Owner Amy Blanco fills her baskets with tested, high-quality Georgia grown/made products. “I am all about buying local, shopping local, and keeping revenue in our state,” Blanco said. For more information and to order baskets, visit www.themostesshostess.com Fifteen students from First Montessori School of Atlanta, ages 6-12, participated

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in World Water Monitoring Day, an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting the world’s water resources. The student volunteers performed tests for dissolved oxygen, pH, clarity and temperature. The tests indicate how healthy the water is for the animals that live in it. www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.org

As part of World Water Monitoring Day activities, Dean Papastrat, son of Ann and Jon Papastrat, reviews a chart that lists the animals and insects that live in a healthy stream. Dean is a student at First Montessori School of Atlanta. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking for Verbena Place last month, a westside development with 52 single-family homes, 16 townhomes and 3.5 acres of permanently preserved greenspace. Designed for environmental sustainability, the development will showcase EarthCraft construction, waste reduction and recycling, access to transportation and walkability, energy and water efficiency, and land and water conservation. AGL Resources, Atlanta Habitat and Green Street Properties created the nonprofit/for-profit working group to plan and develop a mixed income community using environmentally sensitive design and building techniques. www.atlantahabitat.org.

Green Insider: The Importance of Pollination Laura Turner Seydel As we enjoy the fall weather, it’s hard not to notice the buzzing bees and insects sharing our space. Known as pollinators, these bees, wasps, butterflies, hummingbirds and other insects we see buzzing around are more important than they might seem. Did you know that 70 percent of our country’s crops are created from our pollinators? Without them, produce sections of our grocery stores would cease to exist, we couldn’t enjoy our morning cup of coffee and some of my family’s favorite flavors of Haagan Dazs ice cream wouldn’t be around anymore (check out their campaign to save the Honey Bee at www.helpthehoneybees. com). Up until now we’ve taken these pollinators for granted, but over the past

few years we’ve seen a global decline in their populations, which poses a great threat to our current life support system. Luckily, there are many things we can do to help keep the bees buzzing here in Atlanta. Dennis Krusac, endangered species specialist with the USDA Forest Service (www.fs.fed.us), says that habitat restoration is critical and planting pollinator gardens is one way to help. He advises that a successful garden should provide native, blooming flowers from spring through fall and include a variety of different colors. Fall is a great time to start planning your spring garden and a valuable resource to help you get started is www.pollinator.org, which gives planting guides for your specific zip code to help you pick the perfect plants

for your backyard garden. Also, avoid using pesticides in your garden and consider warding off pests with an all-natural pesticide from ecoSMART (www.ecosmart.com) or introducing beneficial predatory insects like praying mantis, lady bugs or spiders. Thanks to organizations like National Wildlife Federation (www.nwf.org), U.S. Forest Service and Captain Planet Foundation (www.captainplanetfoundation. org), which have recently partnered to create pollinator gardens in schools in Metro Atlanta, we will see an additional increase in Atlanta’s pollinator population, while raising awareness and educating our youth on this important issue. For more information, visit www.lauraseydel.com.

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The Studio ARTS & CULTURE

By Gregory Wallace November officially heralds the arrival of the holiday season with tree lightings, shows and other festive events. We’ve rounded up some of the more notable events for this story, but make sure to check out the new and improved Atlanta PlanIt listings on Pages 32 and 33 for event more holiday entertainment around the city.

The classic White Christmas comes to the stage as a brand new Irving Berlin musical direct from Broadway. Brimming with such Berlin hits as “Blue Skies,” “How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of course, the unforgettable title song. White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Nov. 2 to 7 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets range in price from $29.20 to $73.40 depending on seat selection. www.foxtheatre.org or www. theaterofthestars.com.

Children and trainspotters alike should head over to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a ride on The Botanical Express (Nov. 6 – Jan. 2), which traverses the garden grounds for the holidays. Tickets are $2 per passenger and one adult may ride free with a child under 3. This year’s model train show moves outdoors to the Cox Courtyard. Three G-scale trains with cars the size of a loaf of bread, plus a holiday trolley, will meander along four tracks. An additional train will loop around a holiday tree in the Cox Courtyard of GardenHouse. Santa Claus will also be on hand Nov. 26-28, wearing his fancy green robes. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

It’s exquisite fairies, handsome princes, and dancing snowflakes. It’s the magic of the holiday season, alive again at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and experience the joy of the holiday extravaganza that’s been enchanting audiences for over 50 years. The magic begins on Nov. 27. Tickets range in price from $29.55 to $103.75 depending on seat selection. www.foxtheatre.org or www.atlantaballet.com w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

This annual tradition began downtown at the old Rich’s Department store, but has now become a Thanksgiving night tradition. The giant tree perched atop the Macy’s building at Lenox Square will be lit with plenty of music and entertainment beforehand. Pre-show festivities begin about 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Lenox. www.simon.com.

The Lighting of Atlantic Station is Atlanta’s first and brightest Holiday celebration! See 11Alive and DaveFM personalities, local celebrities, kids activities, make-and-take crafts, a holiday fashion show and musical performances and entertainment throughout the day. At 7:30 p.m. they’ll welcome Santa and flip the switch to illuminate over 250,000 lights throughout the eight-block District area. A realistic snowfall follows at 8 p.m. along with a free screening of a favorite Holiday classic. Nov. 20 from 12 to 9 p.m. www.atlanticstation com.

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, check out Callaway Gardens’ annual Fantasy In Lights, which begins Nov. 19.  Stop by the Christmas Village for a warm cup of cocoa before piling into your car to slowly drive past the massive Christmas lighting displays. Tickets are $25; $12.50 for children. www.CallawayGardens.com.

Beginning Nov. 13, Stone Mountain Park will begin its Christmas celebrations, featuring a special holiday laser show, screenings of The Polar Express in 4D, visits with Santa Claus, and loads of live entertainment and shows. The park will offer new food options and holiday shopping in addition to all of its permanent fixtures. www.StoneMountainPark.com.

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Patrick Dennis I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… It is entirely possible that I am an unwitting participant in a Darwinian experiment involving social media. Recently it dawned on me that my two beautiful daughters (ages 30 and 32, recently single and quite a catch) have ganged up with my artist friends behind my back to subtly shove me into the so-called “age of the Internet” because they were fearful of my extinction were I to disregard the trends and continue on in my old fashioned ways of hand writing thank you notes and making phone calls and personal visits to manage my expanding circle of friends and business associates. And I thought the personal touch was “charming” and “well mannered.” It turns out I was becoming a fossil. A relic. A potential crypt keeper from the 20th century. Not a look I want to cultivate because I see myself as an idiosyncratic, eccentric artist and philanthropist as I smoothly slide into a respectful maturity. Boy, who was I kidding? Getting Skype’d by my daughter from Barcelona recently I saw a tiny picture of myself on the computer screen. Could it be true that my social skills are turning to stone and could be obliterated in a cosmic windstorm? How embarrassing. Darwin claimed that only the fittest survive extinction. The others are obliviously chewing grass, not looking for the new dinosaurs with huge teeth and appetites and enjoying the cool fall weather wondering if the leaves would turn bright colors and whether the creek on the back of my property would be ideal for a plein air painting or if it would be too cold or far from the warm coziness of my studio in the woods. Yikes, I am headed for the chipper for sure. All around me are the signs that spell out: “you cannot survive without competitive social networking and a full array of electronic communication skills.” It’s like being caught in a Star Trek movie wearing your own clothes. No uniform, no phaser, you’re doomed. As the Skype episode woke me up to the dangers of extinction, it occurs to me that this shift in the time-space continuum is not science fiction. It’s not even an option. It’s really Darwin’s theory at work. As an artist and businessman, I understand the need to be competitive and preferably in front of the trends. But social media has changed all known parameters. The rules have been chewed up by the dinos with big strong electronic teeth. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

My company just hired an expert to put some rocket fuel into our electronic presence. We now have our websites linked to Facebook and Twitter. We post news bytes daily. We have an iPhone app. And we went from a handful of pen pals to thousands of “followers” within a week. If you are an artist (and want to survive), you need a Facebook page. I know, I know, it’s invasive and you’ll never really be able to control it any more than finding enough stamps to mail a letter (oops, throwback). But you must have online presence for people to find you and your artwork. If you don’t like Facebook, then use MySpace or any of the others. Amazingly, people want to find you and comment on your artwork. Clearly these people are living in electronic caves, adapting to the new world order by sharpening their electronic skills, and you don’t want to mess with them. So put your artwork up and send “friend requests” to people you haven’t seen or heard from in years because they have multiplied behind your back like electronic bunnies. You can rediscover a long lost friend and maybe make a sale in the process. Even relics like me can be seen posting on a wall or tweeting a message now. Take that, Darwin! Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Patrick@ affps.com

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums

Performing Arts Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The classic holiday tradition comes to the stage at last at The Fabulous Fox Theatre as a brand new musical direct from Broadway full of dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest songs ever written. November 2 through November 7. $20 to $65. www.foxtheatre.org Nightingale: This lush production by Figures of Speech Theatre at the Center for Puppetry Arts brings to life Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of an emperor who forsakes his beloved nightingale for a jeweled mechanical bird. November 2 through November 14. $16. www.puppet.org

Testaments of the Heart: Photographs from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau: This exhibit at Emory University’s Visual Arts Gallery includes more than 100 photographs confiscated by the Nazis from those who were interned at Auschwitz during World War II. Closes November 12. Free! www.visualarts.emory.edu Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World: Celebrate holidays, traditions and cultures at this festive exhibition series featuring decorated trees, dance groups, musical acts, craft demonstrations, storytelling and more at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Opens November 17. $13 to $15. www.fernbankmuseum.org Evenly Yoked: This exhibit at Spelman College features the latest video endeavor by artists Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry as well as paintings that explore the intersection of race and the entertainment industry. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Suggested donation: $3. www.spelman.edu/museum Within State Lines II: Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Director Annette Cone-Skelton traveled to four cities, Alpharetta, Athens, Augusta and Savannah, in order to curate this exhibition of works by artists from those cities. Open Tuesday through Saturday. $1 to $5. www.mocaga.org

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Timon of Athens: In this play presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Timon is a wealthy Athenian noble who becomes an embittered recluse after his fortune runs out, leaving audiences wondering if Timon is deserving of his fate. November 4 through November 28. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com

Introducing the Next Generation: Dance Canvas held a national search for the top emerging professional choreographers, and this performance at the 14th Street Playhouse showcases 10 selected choreographers whose World Premiere works will enthrall audiences of all ages. November 5 and November 6. $20 to $25. www.dancecanvas.com The Story of Tea: This performance at 7 Stages takes its point of departure from Chekhov’s classic play “Three Sisters” and explores the meaning of memory in relation to truth. November 5 and November 6. $20 to $25. www.7stages.org Waitin’ 2 End Hell: This play presented by New Grove Theatre Company at PushPush Theater explores the questions of what women really want and if love can truly end as three couples gather to celebrate the anniversary of a marriage. November 5 through November 14. $15 to $20. www.newafricangrove.com

Branford Marsalis Quartet: Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, Marsalis is equally at home on the stages of the world’s greatest jazz clubs and classical halls, and the three-time Grammy winner performs in Atlanta at the Ferst Center for the Arts. November 5. $39 to $59. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu

An Evening With Garrison Keillor: True to his radio form, this humorist celebrity speaker shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest and captivates audiences with class, charisma and wisdom at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. November 17. $35.50 to $73. www.cobbenergycentre.com

Proof: In this play at OnStage Atlanta, the daughter of a mentally ill mathematical genius explores her fear of following in her father’s footsteps as one of his students attempts to examine the authenticity of her father’s work. Closes November 6. $10 to $17. www.onstageatlanta.com My Spirit Is Uncaged...Music from Our Soul: The DeKalb Choral Guild’s 2010-2011 concert season opens under the direction of Edgar Scruggs with this concert at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church featuring Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in G Major” and “Rockin’ Jerusalem” by Dandridge. November 6. $5 to $15. www.dekalbchoralguild.org 24-Hour Opera Project Concert: This concert at Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University features the performances of the operas composed, staged and rehearsed by participants in the 24-Hour Opera Project, during which participants have only 24 hours to write and rehearse an original opera. November 7. Free! www.music.gsu.edu

OVO: Cirque du Soleil returns to Atlantic Station with its latest big top touring production, a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. Opens November 4. $35 to $355. www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

Angelique Kidjo: Born in Benin, a country in West Africa, this Grammy Award-winning artist has shown that the joy and passion of African music is universal, and she performs at the Rialto Center for the Arts. November 13. $41 to $67. www.rialtocenter.org

Idina Menzel: This Tony Award-winning powerhouse vocalist from such Broadway shows as “Rent” and “Wicked” returns to Atlanta to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. November 12. $33.50 to $88.50. www.atlantasymphony.org The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years: In this World Premiere by Pearl Cleage at the Alliance Theatre, bus boycotts and freedom marches don’t hold a candle to making the perfect entrance ... or plotting the perfect blackmail … for the ladies of the Nacirema Society. Closes November 14. $20 to $50. www.alliancetheatre.org

Urban Nutcracker: This full-length ballet by Ballethnic Dance Company presented at the Ferst Center for the Arts is an ethnic twist on the traditional holiday classic and showcases the rich history of Atlanta’s own African American community with an exciting journey down Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s. November 18 through November 21. $29 to $39. www.ballethnic.org Albatross: This gripping World Premiere play by Atlanta’s own Lee Nowell at Actor’s Express dares to ask if you can ever really outrun your past - or if it’s possible to bury it when it finally catches up to you. Closes November 20. $15 to $40. www.actors-express.com The Storytelling Ability of a Boy: In this darkly funny and deeply moving play presented by Synchronicity Theatre at 7 Stages, love gets dangerous when a young English teacher becomes involved in the personal lives of w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


two of her students. Closes November 21. $15 to $23. www.synchrotheatre.com

Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies: Celebrate Disney’s 55th anniversary with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at this salute in images and songs to the famed studio’s theatrical releases and cartoons. November 26 and November 27. $20 to $59. www.atlantasymphony.org

Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker: It’s the magic of the holiday season alive again at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Share the tradition and experience the joy of the holiday extravaganza that’s been enchanting audiences for more than 50 years. Opens November 27. $20 to $88. www.atlantaballet.com Uncle Grampa’s Hoo-Dilly Storytime: This improvised puppet show for kids every Saturday morning at Dad’s Garage features a lovable cast of characters and a new storyline every week. $4 to $6. www.dadsgarage.com

Literary Alert Book Festival of MJCCA bringing 40 authors over two weeks The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will hold its annual Book Festival of the MJCCA Nov. 6-21, featuring more than 40 authors. A highlight of Atlanta’s literary calendar for 19 years, festival-goers will enjoy engaging speaker programs, author meetand-greets, book signings, panel discussions, The PJ Library Storytelling Festival, the annual Esther G. Levine Community Read, the Stern Lecture and more. Some of the authors appearing this year include Pat Conroy (My Reading Life); music legend Neil Sedaka (Waking Up Is Hard To Do); bestselling cookbook

author and wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld (Double Delicious); author and television personality Adam Richman (America the Edible); and iconic actor, author and funnyman Gene Wilder (What is This Thing Called Love?). Other notable authors include bestselling authors Yann Martel (The Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil); Sara Gruen (Elephants); and Wendy Mogel. (The Blessing of a B Minus). For a complete listing of events and authors at the book festival, visit www.atlantajcc.org.

DRAMA QUEENS

Author Q&A: Grant Jerkins By Collin Kelley Editor Atlanta author Grant Jerkins is proof positive that perseverance pays off. He worked on his debut novel, A Very Simple Crime ($14.95, Berkley), for more than a decade and landed not only a publishing contract, but a movie deal as well. A Very Simple Crime is a dark, twisted mystery/thriller that should appeal to fans of the popular genre, and since it’s set in Atlanta, you’ll recognize some of the locales, too. Where did the idea for A Very Simple Crime come from? The seed of the story is an incident from my childhood. My bedroom was in the basement of our house, and one night I got up to go to the bathroom. I didn’t bother to turn on the light because I knew the way upstairs. I’d made the trip a thousand times. That night, though, I grew conscious of the pitch darkness and became disoriented. I got lost. I had a little panic attack, a mini freak out. I just stood there and screamed my head off until someone heard me and turned on a light. It was just one of those weird experiences we all have as kids. Somehow, in thinking about that incident, my mind latched onto the idea of a man who was never able to escape the darkness, that it infected every aspect of his life. And Adam Lee was born. It took more than a decade for this book to be published - tell us about its history? That’s a long story. Here are the CliffsNotes: I submitted it to The Writer’s Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition and ended up winning the fiction category. They in turn submitted it on my behalf to agents and publishers, but there were no takers. After that, I was on my own. I burned through three literary agents and pretty much every publisher out there. They all said essentially the same thing: it’s too dark. There’s no one to root for. We need a rootable character. I grew to hate the word “rootable.” It sounded to me like something a pig would aspire to. So, I put the book aside and felt sorry for myself. Then a writer friend referred me to his agent. That agent, Robert Guinsler of Sterling Lord Literistic, liked the book and placed it at Berkley in short order. No one was more surprised than me. Barbet Schroeder is already attached to direct the film version? How did that happen? After the contest year had passed, Audrey Kelly (publisher of Fade In magazine and organizer of the competition) took the project on as her own personal mission. She gave the manuscript to screenwriter Nicholas Kazan who read it and loved it. He agreed to write the script on spec, i.e., for no money, and did so with co-writer Terry Curtis Fox, who is an O’Neill Fellow playwright. The screenplay, by the way, is just astonishing. They took the story in a startling direction and still remained true to it. So they got the script to director Barbet Schroeder, who responded to it and wanted to be involved. Of course Kazan and Schroeder have a history with the Oscar-nominated film Reversal of Fortune, so I thought this line up was magical. The stars had aligned. Alas, it turns out getting a film produced is harder than getting a book published. For one thing, a lot more money is on the line. The project is still very much on. There have been many incarnations of it. In fact, Adrien Brody was attached to star at one point, but he’s since dropped out. I’m lucky in that the people involved are tenacious. They believe in the story and will never give up. What is your next book about? It’s called Eden Road and is actually a southern novel, something I never thought I would write. In fact, I have pathologically avoided writing anything with a southern flavor. It’s been done to death. And by writers I’ll never equal. But still, I am a Southerner and had to face that fact at some point. One way of describing the story of Eden Road would be to look at the apogee of southern novels, To Kill A Mockingbird, and ask yourself, what would that novel have been like if it turned out Boo Radley really wasn’t a good guy? What if Boo Radley had been a monster after all?

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News You Can Eat EATING OUT | EATING IN | FOOD NEWS | WINE

Intown organization takes local food support to another level

Tina Chadwick Crop Mob Atlanta is a new grassroots organization that’s going a step further than buying and eating local food – they’re actually going to the farms and volunteering on the weekends. From pulling weeds to watering, this group of all ages and all backgrounds team up every month or so to, literally, “mob” a local farm. “We’ve lost a sense of connection that comes with farmers and farming,” says Kimberly Coburn, co-founder of Crop Mob Atlanta. “Nothing is more basic than the food we eat and we need to help

people re-forge the relationship among food, land, people and how each feeds the other.” Coburn and her partners, Mike Lorey and Darby Weaver, formed Crop Mob Atlanta in May after reading an article about the concept in North Carolina. Sun Dog Farms, Weaver’s own farm, served as the inaugural location of the first mob in June. Since then, there have been two more major mobs and one mini-mob. “We first try to mob farms who have helped other farmers in past. Mob for Mobbers first,” says Lorey, founder of Rationally Creative, which services sustainable businesses with creative marketing and design. The first step to a Crop Mob is to identify an organic farm incorporating sustainable practices and work with the farmer and farm manager to identify projects appropriate for a Mob’s skill level. First time Mobber Gabriel Charvat from Atlanta’s westside says, “A typical city person doesn’t know what they’re doing, but by the end of the day you feel like you learned something real. You weed right alongside people you wouldn’t ever meet in the city.” Michael Hendricks, the manager at Indian Ridge Farms, said the biggest issue at organic farms is weeds. “We just don’t have the man-power to keep up with all the weeding since we don’t use chemical controls,” he says. Indian Ridge was the site of the July 25 Mob. Other tasks Mobs take on include building small structures, fixing animal enclosures and general maintenance. After a 9 a.m. start, Mobbers work until 1 p.m., when a fantastic meal is served right in the field. Mobbers are encouraged to break whenever they need to or when they just want to look around and appreciate the sites of the farm. There is no expectation, judgment or measure of work. Every effort is appreciated and every contribution counted. So far, all Crop Mob meals have been supplied and prepared by renowned

Crob Mob mobbed Indian Ridge Farms over the Summer.

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chef Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s farm-totable restaurant, Miller Union. When asked why Satterfield spends his day off from a grueling schedule at Miller Union, he replies with conviction, “Anyone can work in a kitchen, put food on a plate and go home. The reason we opened the restaurant was to do something meaningful and there’s no point in doing something you’re not passionate about.” There is a direct connection for Satterfield as the farmers are often suppliers to his restaurant. Of course, he could maintain those relationships at the local, more convenient farmers markets, but Satterfield prefers to be on site with Crop Mob. We get amazing gifts from the earth and we should care about the people who tend to those gifts,” Satterfield says. “People need to think and know about how the food gets on the plate and I like to be a part of seeing that moment. I like to show the farmers that I don’t just care about the food they grow but about them and what they mean to all

of us.” Mobbers can be anyone of any age and a large percentage of Mobbers have zero farming experience. Although Matt Stein, a concrete contractor, grew up around gardens, he joined the July Mob to “get back in touch after being a city slicker for so long.” Steins’ girlfriend, Almeta Tulloss, is a Barista at Cafe Campesino in the Sweet Auburn Market. She got involved and her cafe donated the mid-day snack for the entire crew. You’ll also generally find previously Mobbed farmers helping out at other farms. Emily Lendvay has attended all three Crop Mob events and works with a tiny organic farm in Atlanta. She tries to recruit friends declaring, “I want to help build back up the farm community because it’s not part of society anymore and it very much should be.” Ed Taylor owns the farm Mobbed in July. He is a soft-spoken, wise soul who seems PLEASE TURN TO PAGE 36 w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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to glide over the uneven, rocky ground pointing out amazing facts about the jumble of plants. He points to berries and says they are a natural antidote to poison ivy. “What we are doing [organic farming] is a much more respectful way to treat the land. We are forcing our will on it and the best way to do that is with as little disruption to the natural cycle of things,” Taylor says. To get your hands dirty while your soul gets a good cleansing, visit: www.cropmobatl.com.

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Quick Bites News & Happenings

Each Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m, the Midtown Market offers a refreshing take on the afternoon nosh or evening grocery shop. In addition, Empire State South, a contemporary meat-and-two from chef Hugh Acheson, will offer a “Farmers’ Happy Hour” during Midtown Market hours. The Midtown Market is located at the 999 Peachtree on the corner of Peachtree and 10th Streets. For more information, visit “Midtown ATL” on Facebook or www.999peachtreestreet.com. Livingston Restaurant + Bar has promoted Zeb Stevenson to executive chef. Stevenson had previously held the position of chef de cuisine and will now oversee all culinary operations. Prior to joining Livingston, he was executive sous chef at Spice Market. www.livingstonatlanta.com.

Good Measure Meals has added a pick-up location at Savi Urban Market in Inman Park.The service offers healthy, nutritionally balanced meals for fitness-conscious individuals, people with special dietary requirements, and busy professionals. Savi Urban Market is located at 287 Elizabeth St. www.saviurbanmarket.com or www.goodmeasuremeals.com

Café at Pharr is going mobile by partnering with Yumbii Food Truck to bring its chicken salad, fresh bread and yogurt rolls to destinations around the city. To find out where the Yumbii truck is located from a day to day basis, check out their website www.yumbii.com. And don’t forget to keep your eye out for the large new Café at Pharr truck in the coming months.

The Reserve, a new rooftop bar and dining destination located above Café Circa on Edgewood Avenue, is now open. Cocktails and tapas are on the menu. visit www.cafecircaatl.com. Republic Social House is now open at 437C Memorial Drive in Grant Park. With a big rooftop dining area overlooking Oakland Cemetery, the menu features gourmet melts, burgers (including ostrich, kangaroo pheasant and other “game of the week”) along with a big list of appetizers. www. therepublicsocialhouse.com 

The annual Cabbagetown Chomp and Stomp is Saturday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring a Chili Cookoff, 5K road race, live bluegrass music and more. For more information about the cookoff and entering the race, visit www.chompandstomp.com.

The Harvest Midtown Wine Experience is Nov. 13 from 2 to 6 p.m. on Peachtree Street in Midtown. The event will include a walking tour that includes stops at four outstanding fine dining restaurants: Livingston, 5th Street Café, Baraonda and Straits. Admission includes a glass of wine and small food plate plus a complimentary wine tasting at each participating restaurant along with live entertainment. Participants will also be able to enjoy a silent auction benefitting the Ayan’s Fund, which will aid a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with pediatric brain tumors Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at door and are available now at www.harvestmidtown.com.

Afternoon in the Country, Nov. 7, at Serenbe

Decatur Wine Festival returns Nov. 6 with organic twist Taste organic wines from around the globe, sample fare from Decatur’s restaurants and enjoy live music from The Nicole Chillemi Quartet and 7 Day Fool at the 2010 Decatur Wine Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6, 1 to 4 p.m. on the Old Courthouse Square. The festival will showcase organic and sustainably produced wines this year along with more than 300 other domestic and international wines. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Decatur Arts Alliance, which offers the Decatur Arts Festival for free to the community each year. Tickets are $32 and may be purchased in advance only at www.ticketalternative. com. A limited number is≠ available in advance at Decatur Package Store. The Decatur CD store is a ticketalternative.com outlet. Admission is limited to 2,000 people and attendees must be 21 or older. Decatur galleries, retailers and restaurants will kick off the Decatur Wine Festival with an ArtWalk on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 10 p.m. This single-night art experience, which is free and open to the public, will feature citywide openings and receptions. Visit local businesses that have invited an artist or have displayed a collection of art and enjoy complimentary food and beverages. For more information visit www.decaturartsalliance.org or www.decaturwinefestival.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants will be paired with Georgia’s top organic farms for the 10th annual Afternoon in the Country on Sunday, Nov. 7, at The Inn at Serenbe. The event is hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier International Atlanta, which supports women in the culinary field. Select caterers and retailers will also be set up in a tasting format alongside fine wine and premium micro-brews under festive big-top tents in the gardens around the inn, which is located in Palmetto, 1 to 4 p.m. Participants include 4th & Swift, 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Abbatoir, Alon’s Bakery, Babettes, Bacchanalia, Bella Cucina, Big Boat Wine Company, Bistro Niko, BLT STEAK, Bocado, Bold American Catering, Buckhead Bottle Bar, Canoe, Ecco, Georgia Grille, Holeman & Finch, JCT Kitchen, La Tavola, Miller Union, ONE Midtown Kitchen, Pacci, Parish, Park 75. Serpas, The Shed at Glenwood, Whole Foods Market, Woodfire Grill and many more. There will also be live music by bluegrass band DriveTrain, a one-of-a-kind cake raffle featuring sweets from Atlanta’s top pastry chefs, hayrides, children’s activities and an expanded silent auction offering exclusive dining and travel packages, food and wine merchandise and original art by prominent artists. Tickets are $95 for adults or $35 for youth, ages 13 to 20, free for children 12 and under. www.ldeiatlanta.org/tickets.php

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Helen Grebe When temperatures start to cool, my mind wanders towards warmer things: a fire in the hearth, woolly sweaters and the joy of holiday entertaining. Each year I’m stumped by choices in wine, yearning for a tried and true bottle of red to pair with the turkey or a crisp white to bring to a neighbor’s home. Like many others, I rush out amid the crowd and buy something familiar (ho hum), or pick a bottle because the label looks nice (who knows what it tastes like?). This year I decided to beat the holiday rush and decode the world of wines to unearth some original choices. With the aid of a few local Atlanta shops, I’ve narrowed it down some proven winners. The result is nine hot holiday wines that won’t break the bank but will please a crowd or wow a designated host of the party.

Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot 2008, $18 Pinot is fruit friendly and thus a perfect pairing with turkey or ham. While some pinots can be spicy or heavy, Faiveley’s pinot is soft with a hint of earth and cherry. Because it is not too big or tannic it won’t overwhelm a meal. Buy it for: Pinot enthusiasts, friends that love to cook or to complement a holiday turkey or ham. Murphy’s Wine Bar, North Highland Avenue. Angel’s Landing Cabernet, Napa Valley, $15 This bottle is a home run for two reasons: its beautiful name and decorative bottle celebrate the holiday season and it’s made from expressed juice from prominent Napa Valley wineries, making it a steal for the price. Dubbed a wine with “fruitcake quality,” layers of blackberry, chocolate and ripe currant melt together heavenly (pardon w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

the pun). Buy it for: A holiday gift, the wine snob in your family or to pair with red meat and strong cheeses. Tower Package Store, Piedmont Road L’Hortus de Bergene Pic Saint Loup 2008, $16 Organically farmed (L’Hortus means the garden), this French red is 60 percent Grenache, 30 percent syrah and 10 percent mouvedre. Very sexy, very balanced, the wine exudes nice spice, a touch of smoke, hint of cranberry and a bit of earth. Because it has a kick of acidity on the finish, this wine is a nice complement to turkey, stuffing and pasta. Buy it for: Cote du Rhone fans, those who love exported wine, friends who eat organic, gardeners and granola types and the adventurer (given its mix of grapes). Perrine’s Wine Shop, Howell Mill Road. Camino de Navaherreros 2009, $17 100% Grenache from Spain, this lighter wine with a beautiful cherry hue has been a consistent winner in wine tastings at Perrine’s Wine Shop. Fermented in large, upright old fomenters, the wine’s name is derived from Navaherreros, the gateway village to the region. Meaning “the bear’s forest” (the bear being the family’s modern day symbol for the region), this wine is a real conversation piece. Buy it for: The hierarchy in the family, to serve with appetizers, to give as a gift, for warm fuzzy “bear” types. Perrine’s Wine Shop, Howell Mill Road

Fresh Market Christmas Traditions Chardonnay, $9 Annually, Fresh Market releases holiday bottles made especially for wine and food fans. The bottles are vibrantly decorated in holiday theme and the wines are hand selected by specialists to deliver incredible taste for an even more incredible value. This year, the wine hails from Washington and promises to be one of their best editions ever. Their chardonnay delivers buttery, oak flavors in a jolly bottle just perfect for displaying with a plate of appetizers and holiday spread. Buy it for: Your home, the bottle complements holiday décor, Chardonnay fans, your neighbors (it makes a great gift thanks to the festive label). Fresh Market, Roswell Road

9.5 Astoria, Brut Chardonnay/Prosecco, $16 Can’t make up your mind…chardonnay or prosecco? Look no further since this swell choice combines both. Awarded a gold medal in the 2010 VinItaly competition, this wine is racking up awards, all before making its debut on shelves for the first time this holiday season. The ultra hip white bottle makes it eyecandy as well. Buy it for: Trendsetters, those who love modern décor, a holiday toast, your boss (further solidifying you know the market before the market hits). Fresh Market, Roswell Road.

Leo Hillinger Secco, Pink Ribbon Sparkling Pinot, $19 This sparkling pinot noir has a crisp, dry style with a fruit finish. This wine doubles as gift for a loved one since they donate a percentage of the proceeds towards the fight against breast cancer (the bottle sports the pink ribbon). Buy it for: Breast cancer survivors, socialites who enjoy the benefit scene and girlfriends (think pink)! Murphy’s Wine Bar, North Highland Avenue.

Il Colle Prosecco, $10 Who doesn’t love light, sparkling and Italian? That’s prosecco for you, short and sweet. Directly imported from Italy, this bottle is elegantly crafted with an effervescent taste. And at a nice price, it’s perfect to start a meal, pair with appetizers or toast friends. Buy it for: A celebration, New Years, your favorite bargain shopper. Tower Package, Piedmont Road.

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc 2009, $14 This New Zealand wine’s natural acidity and vibrant flavors make it a natural accompaniment to all types of food. Expect a nice grapefruit presence, a little minerality and a lot of happy consumers at your dinner table when you pair a glass with your holiday meal. Tohu means “signature” to the Maori, indigenous people of the land. Buy it for: Spiritual Friends, Those who like to find the meaning in life, Any Host (since the wine goes with all types of food). Murphy’s Wine Bar, North Highland Avenue.

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NSP offers help toward home ownership  By Kathy Vogeltanz In the current economic climate, many families have been losing the struggle with their finances, and entire neighborhoods have seen foreclosure signs blossom like dandelions. Homeowners and neighborhood associations are concerned that their quality of life, even their safety, could be in jeopardy.  There’s a viable, long-term solution to the problem – the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). While it’s a federal program set up by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), NSP is administered locally. Money is allocated to state and local governments to purchase and redevelop foreclosed properties that could face abandonment and become a source of blight.  In 2009, $54.4 million was allocated

to 23 NSP-funded projects throughout Georgia. HUD awarded a third round of funding to states for NSP in September 2010, bringing an additional $18 million to Georgia, with nearly $5 million to the City of Atlanta, and other amounts earmarked for surrounding counties including Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Paulding.  “With that money, we’re required to buy and redevelop foreclosures in the Atlanta metro area,” explained Dawn Landau of Environs Residential Design & Construction, a NSP developer. “NSP homes are available in the City of Atlanta as well as surrounding counties. She said that some of the homes, but not all of them, were formerly part of the Fannie Mae program.  But that’s where the similarities end between NSP and the flawed housing programs of the past, programs that lured low-income families into homeownership

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situations they were unequipped to be in. NSP is intended to aid middle-income taxpayers, the folks who usually don’t get the breaks that higher and lower income brackets do.   “These kinds of programs don’t generally benefit as broad a group as NSP does,” Landau said. “Since the NSP program will only be offered for a limited time, we’re encouraging anyone who’s interested in owning a home to check their eligibility.”  An individual making $60,300 or less can qualify for NSP, as can a family of four with an income of $86,150 or less. Typically, these people hold steady jobs and are working toward buying their own homes. The NSP program gives them the push they need to take advantage of the current real estate market’s low prices and interest rates by assisting them with the down payment, principle buy-down and closing costs. Hombuyers can qualify for up to $25,000, depending on the purchase price and where the home is located. And – this is the most important difference from the earlier failed programs – NSP participants must be able to secure their own loans. Landau clarified: “This is not a money handout program; it’s a helping hand for financially soluble people, the kind of stable people who become the base of strong communities. “  She emphasized that this is precisely the aspect of NSP that many people don’t understand, and why many potential buyers shy away from it at first. “Our biggest challenge is getting people to take the initial step.”  In addition to getting their own loans, buyers going through NSP cannot already own real estate, must occupy the home they’re purchasing, and are required to complete homeowner education with a HUD-approved counseling agency.  “We want to make sure the homeowners are well-prepared and understand everything before they get into the

process,” stated Chris Morris, community development director for DeKalb County. “It’s important that they’re always in control and have the information they need to make wise decisions.” Twenty-five homes have already been sold by DeKalb County through the program, according to Morris. She added that the program is not limited to first-time buyers, but it does require that the buyer use the property as their primary residence. Buying through NSP is a simple fivestep process. First, potential buyers should visit ANDP website (www.andphomes.org) to check that their household falls into the income range and to find specific program details for each area. Second, they need to get qualified with a reputable lender. Third, they must submit income verification, like pay stubs or income tax records. Fourth, they’ll have to attend a HUD-certified homebuyer education class. And, finally, buyers can choose a new home from the NSP houses on the market, which can be viewed on the ANDP site as well as www.NSPAtlanta.com. Currently, there are about a dozen NSP properties available in the City of Atlanta, ranging in price from $85,900 to $245,000, and DeKalb also boasts a good selection of homes. Atlanta neighborhoods were hit hard by the housing crisis. The City of Atlanta ranks third nationally in the number of vacant single-family homes and rental units. In 2008, more than 85,000 foreclosures were filed in Georgia, with metro Atlanta accounting for 81 percent of them. Unfortunately, 2009 was worse; foreclosures went up 40 percent from the previous year for 10-county area of metro Atlanta.  Landau wanted to remind everyone that the NSP program will only be offered for a limited time, so it’s important to find out about it as soon as possible. She’s available at (404) 810-0025 or through www.NSPAtlanta.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Real Estate Briefs Vinings Main sold more than 30 homes over the summer and there are still a few left. The one- and two-bedroom homes are priced from the $160,000s and range from 900 to 2,000 square feet. Vinings Main was acquired by ACG Equities in June 2010, the first in a planned series of acquisitions in recovering markets. Vinings Main is located at 3621 Vinings Slope, facing Paces Ferry Road, in the heart of Historic Vinings Village. Exclusive sales and marketing is being handled by The Marketing Directors. For more information, call (770) 436-9595 or visit www.viningsmain.com. The master plan for the Argenta district in Little Rock, created by Atlanta’s TunnellSpangler-Walsh & Associates, has received the 2010 Achievement in Comprehensive Plan Award. The award was presented by the Arkansas Chapter of the American Planning Association at its recent fall conference. Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates has master-planned numerous sustainable towns and neighborhoods throughout its 20-year history, including downtownWoodstock, Vickery Village, Decatur, Glenwood Park, Edgewood Retail District and many other communities and historic small towns in and around Atlanta. www.tunspan.com Tim Lennon has joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s management team. Lennon will be responsible for all residential and commercial sales associates training and will also manage the Coldwell Banker Commercial Division. Lennon has over 30 years experience in the real estate industry, having co-founded Re/Max Greater Atlanta. www.coldwellbankeratlanta.com. Gene Kansas, Intown real estate expert and founder of Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate is hosting Sidewalk Radio on AM 1690. The show focuses on art, architecture, design, development, city planning and preservation and incorporates interviews, music, and commentary. The show airs the first Monday of every month at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.genekansas.com. Harry Norman, Realtors celebrated its 80th anniversary last month with a reception at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. In the past eight decades, Harry Norman has grown to become Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with 15 sales offices, various franchises and satellite offices, and more than 1,300 real estate professionals. For more information about the company or to see available properties in your area, visit www.harrynorman.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Commercial Real Estate Georgia-Pacific Center in Downtown was expected to sign CoreNet Global to its tenant roster. The corporate real estate company is currently at 260 Peachtree and was looking for a new space for its headquarters. The property management for Coro Realty Advisors’ Berkeley Heights development has been assigned to Atlanta-based Condominium Concepts Management as of September. The property management entity for rental communities operates under the DBA of Community Concepts Management. Cedar Street Advisors, a wealth advisory firm, has signed a lease for 5,300 square feet in Buckhead’s Terminus 200 building. Dewberry Capital has acquired The Campanile building in Midtown. Financing was provided by Georgia’s Own Credit Union, which renewed its lease in the Campanile and also expanded its offices to 102,000 square feet. Midtowners will notice that the Wachovia sign has been replaced by Wells Fargo at the 22-story office tower in Midtown’s Atlantic Station. The installation of the sign marks the end of Wachovia in Atlanta as all branches were converted last month.

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Tivoli Properties is hoping to revive its hotel/retail concept at 1138 Peachtree in Midtown, which was originally going to be the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel (at right). The hotel fell victim to the real estate decline in 2008. Do you have real estate news? Send to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com.

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Rule 1: Never ever buy art only for the sake of making an investment. Buy it because you like it.

Rule 2: Look, look, look! Develop your eye and have some fun. Go to a gallery opening, visit artist studios, tour museum exhibitions, attend lectures, read Art For Dummies.

Rule 3: Trust your own taste. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Rule 4: Look for value. Only stretch your budget for the right reasons. Rule 5: Buy from reputable dealers. But how can you tell?

• Avoid any dealer who sells Salvador Dali or Norman Rockwell. Other artists to avoid are Tarkay, Erté, Earle, Jiang, Chagall (late), Max, Neiman and Agam. They are all overpriced! • Avoid – like the plague – the “Limited Edition Print” and any dealer who sells them. They are nothing but overpriced, signed posters. •Avoid the dealer who talks investment and offers a Certificate of Authenticity. Certificates of Authenticity are usually phony. They lead you to believe that you have an original piece of work when in reality you may not. • Avoid galleries located in shopping malls, tourist areas and airports.

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Wouldn’t it feel great to be organized and prepared for your holiday gift giving and giftwrapping this year? Well, here’s how. Start today – yes, start today. Make a list (check it twice). Or be a modern Santa, and set up an Excel spreadsheet. Brainstorm the list of people to whom you’ll be giving gifts. Talk to your kids and significant other about the list in order to avoid late night runs for a forgotten teacher gift.

Naughty, Nice and Other Categories

Group the people on your list into categories: family (kids and adults), friends, neighbors, coworkers, children’s teachers and service providers (stylist, groomer, mail carrier, etc.). Spend some time browsing online for gift ideas for each category and individual. Pretty much everything you’ll find in the store you can peruse online without battling crowds. Assign a budget for each category; then stick to it. You’ll have to allow some wiggle room. But try to stick with the spirit of the budget, which is “spend wisely.” You’ll probably find some deals, as well as items that cost a little more than your budget. The end result should be happy gifting and a new year without holiday credit card debt.

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The holidays are stressful enough with travel, school breaks, parties and other cheer. Getting your shopping done early – before the holiday stress creeps in – has all kinds of advantages. Why? Because you’re not shopping under the influence of a deadline. The temptation to grab something too expensive or merely because you’ve got to pick up a gift “now” can lead to poor choices. Take the time to actually enjoy the shopping experience and choose a gift that’s really thoughtful and that the person will actually enjoy. Those folks you see out shopping on Christmas Eve are probably not putting a great deal of thoughtful consideration into their purchases.

Net a Deal

Start online shopping early and take advantage of all of the great free shipping deals that online retailers will be offering this year. Set a goal to complete half of your holiday shopping online if you typically only shop in stores. If you are already an online shopping master, then bravo! Consider having your items wrapped and shipped to their recipients directly instead of mailing packages yourself. For even more holiday organizing, Google “holiday planner.” You will find some great, free downloadable tools for stress-free shopping and entertaining. Claire Kurt is a certified personal assistant who helps men and women increase their quality of life through organization and timesaving techniques. Find out more at thewellorganizedwoman.com.

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Season of Appreciation We have olives in our garden. They don’t fruit, but they have been growing for a decade. They have taken on the twisting, gnarled form that everyone loves about olive trees. Their silvery leaves shimmer in the heat of the day. There are bananas, too – old ones that fill the summer sky with their big, wavy leaves. If we’re lucky and the frost comes late, we get trusses of little green fruit. There are two persimmons – a native one that is tall and thin in the canopy of the old oak. It dresses the ground with squishy little orange fruit in the early winter. The other, an exotic Japanese variety, planted several years ago has apple-sized, deep orange fruit that hang like lanterns on the bare winter branches. We eat them in December. There is ginger and cardamom, loquats and guavas and apricots. I meant to make jelly from the apricots, but the birds enjoyed them first. The guavas we eat off of the branch when they’re candy-sweet and tart. At my farm, we have blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and figs. We made several nice quarts of

strawberry and raspberry jam. The figs are brilliant stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in bacon for the grill. Yum! Soon the ground at the farm will be deep in pecans. Mimi, who lives in the old house, collects the pecans for her yankee friends and relatives. Her porch is transformed into a process center with mesh bags, piles of shells and a “rocket” that breaks the nuts and makes shorter shrift of the work. I love her pecan rolls with hot coffee on early mornings. There are hickory nuts too, but they’re mostly left for the squirrels. The “rocket” is no match for their heavy shells. The herbs I grow are mostly in our big gravel garden – English thyme, Greek oregano, summer basil for light pasta and several varieties of rosemary for baking savory scones, roasting chicken or skewering pork. There’s just enough sage for the Thanksgiving turkey. Our little vegetable garden is a feast or famine sort of thing, with the famine coming mostly in the summer months. In the cooler months, we feast on a rainbow of lettuce, chard, kale and assorted Asian greens for stir-frying. We will have broccoli and cauliflower for Thanksgiving, turnip greens for Christmas and sweet Georgia

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Licensed & Insured: What Does it Really Mean? Joanne was excited about getting bids on the screen porch that she and her designer friend had been planning for months. She interviewed a number of contractors to construct the new porch and chose one who provided her a reasonable price and who she believed to be reputable based on customer ratings listed on a rating website and his sales portfolio. She knew it was important to verify the contractor being hired was licensed and insured. The contractor she chose showed her a copy of his license and insurance during the sales call and his truck signs, website and brochure said “licensed and insured.” Nonetheless, she requested he provide her with copies of his license and insurance certificate when he stopped over to sign the contract. Three weeks into the project Joanne remembers she felt things were moving along quite smoothly as she left for work the Friday that everything started to go awry. Her contractor had performed the demo, poured the footings, slab, framed the porch, and was starting the roof that day. She recalled she had just returned

from lunch when the call came in from her contractor telling her one of the roofers had fallen and was on his way to the hospital in an ambulance. Joanne initially panicked but then recalled her contractor was insured so no worries. The following Monday as her contractor’s electrician was wiring the porch for lights and outlets, she answered the door to find a city building inspector asking to see a building permit. It appears one of the contractors who had bid against her current contractor had called the building department to report no permit being posted on the project. Joanne told the inspector she believed her contractor had pulled a permit but had not seen it. The building inspector placed a stop work order on the project and told her no additional work was to take place until her contractor stopped by the building department to secure a permit. She called her contractor to give him the news and wanted to know why he had not secured a building permit. The contractor said, “Don’t worry, we’ll handle it.” The fourth week passed without any

further activity and no news from her contractor. Then, Joanne was crushed to find a letter in her mailbox from an attorney stating she was being sued for medical expenses and disability by the roofer, who had fallen off her porch roof and would no longer be able to walk. Joanne contacted the attorney who had filed the suit against her and asked why the contractor wasn’t liable. “Well Joanne, your contractor’s insurance policy was canceled over a month ago for non-payment so my client is seeking damages from you and your homeowner’s insurance policy.” The same day the building inspector dropped by and asked why the contractor had not stopped in to secure a permit. She stated she had not heard from him and was really upset about everything that had occurred. The inspector inquired, “Did you get a copy of his contractor’s license? We searched our files in the system and don’t show your contractor ever applying or testing for his contractor’s license.” Joanne flashed the copy of her contractor’s license to the inspector who responded, “That figures. He gave you a copy of his business license. Madam, you hired an unlicensed and uninsured contractor who cannot pull a permit.” Joanne’s dilemma is experienced by homeowners every day. Just because the contractor advertises “licensed and insured” doesn’t mean it is true.

Licensed and insured really means: • Verifying with your local building department or State that your contractor is

required to possess a “contractors license” for the type of project you wish to achieve. A business license and contractor’s license are not the same. • Securing an insurance certificate directly from the contractor’s insurance carrier and making sure that both general liability and workers compensation are in place. Note: some contractors will say that the state or respective jurisdiction does not require a company of fewer than X employees be required to have a workers compensation policy in place. This is true in some places, but if you must do business with the contractor, contact your insurance carrier and inquire about a rider to protect you in the event someone working or visiting the project is injured on your property. The “licensed and insured” signs on trucks, websites and marketing materials can sometimes be smoke and mirrors. Remember – a red flag should always go up when you are choosing to hire a low-priced contractor. The lowest-priced contractor in most cases is able to give you the lowest price because he or she is not paying for something required or is leaving something out of the bid that you will be charged for later. Be careful; don’t gamble with your home. Jesse Morado is CEO of Renovation Coach, Inc. a consulting firm providing preconstruction guidance and risk management for homeowners and business coaching of best practices for contractors. You may reach him at www.renovationcoach.com.

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Pets & Pet Services

To place an order, please call 404-586-0002 ext 302.

Chinese Imperial Shih Tzu $1500 Three tiny male puppies to choose from. CKC & CIDRA Certified (Visit: CIDClub.com) Born August 30th, 2010 For Photos, Deposit & Delivery Options: (229) 947-7841 • JordansLittleJewels@yahoo.com

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MORNINGSIDE. Situated on undeniably the most beautiful and private double lot in the coveted Lenox Park section of Morningside. Just one block from Sunken Garden Park! Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS 4129929

PIEDMONT HEIGHTS. Exquisite townhome on a secluded cul-de-sac in the Morningside/Ansley Park area. Upscale intown living. 2 fireplaces, 2 decks! Helen Kacur 404-408-1853 FMLS 4110814

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MORNINGSIDE. Morningside jewel thoughtfully renovated by well known landscape designer who’s been featured in Architectural Digest. An entertainer’s dream home! Marc Castillo 404-449-6862 FMLS 4127560

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND. Big beautiful home in heart of VA-Highland. 5 fireplaces, 2nd kitchen, a 2 car garage and more space in the semi-finished basement. Many great features! Margie Fischer 404-966-9099 FMLS 4112104

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GRANT PARK. Quality and glamour merged with a piece of history. Two exceptional homes sold together. Perfect live-work opportunity. Contemporary and eco friendly. Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS 4130705

BROOKWOOD. Best location within best intown development. Shops and restaurants just steps away. Four levels of living with lovely patio garden area as well. Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS 4128634

LAKE CLAIRE. Beautiful home, ready Spring 2011! This Stoney River Home will be loaded with wonderful features. Meet with builders. Loads of choices! Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234 FMLS 4126107

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND. Right around the corner from Virginia and Highland! Side by side home style duplex with fantastic potential. High ceilings, hardwoods floors, and more! Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS 4135439

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JOHNSON ESTATES. Newly refinished hardwoods and freshly painted, this Johnson Estates 4/3 offers spacious rooms, lots of old world charm, and even more potential! Sally Westmoreland 404-354-6862 FMLS 4127700

NORTH BUCKHEAD. Fantastic home with .61 acre lot in sought after North Buckhead. Keep it as a rental or build your dream home! Great neighborhood and location! Erin Fye 404-771-9822 FMLS 4103271

OAKHURST. Total renovation and expansion of 1928 Tudor style bungalow in MAK Historic district. Near Agnes Scott and downtown Decatur! Miriam Mathura 404-210-1715 FMLS 4125454

GRANT PARK. Gorgeous home with tons of upgrades! Not to be missed in Grant Park! Walk to zoo, park, pool and restaurants. Intown living in a wonderful community. Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234 FMLS 4126883

DECATUR. Shows like a model! Oak Grove/Briarlake neighborhood. Private street with low traffic. Beautiful condition, lots of details, and work-at-home bonus room! Wilma Richardson 404-327-4199 FMLS 4134783

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