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VOLUME 17• NUMBER 11•©2011


KEEP IT INtown: Midtown 6

Holiday Events 25

Budget Renovation 50






Restaurateur & Top Chef star embraces Thanksgiving 37



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ATLANTA INTOWN MEDIA, LLC Hyperlocal news print | online | social media www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com Twitter: @ATLINtownPaper Wendy G. Binns PUBLISHER (404) 586-0027 wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Collin Kelley EDITOR (404) 586-0102 collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Elizabeth P. Holmes PRODUCTION/GRAPHIC DESIGN (404) 586-0002 x312 elizabeth@atlantaintownpaper.com INTERNS Sydia Bell, SCAD Julia Turner, Georgia Tech COPY EDITOR Annie Kinnett Nichols CONTRIBUTORS Cameron Adams, Taylor Arnold, Kate Atwood, Pamela Berger, Ann Boutwell, Tina Chadwick, Patrick Dennis, Brigette Flood, Walt Harrison, Vincent Martinez, Jesse Morado, Laura Turner Seydel, Shandra Hill Smith, Tim Sullivan


CONTENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Child’s Play...............................................4 Keep It INtown: Midtown ..........................6 Living By Giving......................................10 Cool Girls................................................11 Intown Runaround ..................................12 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................14 Tailgate Challenge ..................................17 November 5K Races ..............................17 Pets.........................................................18 Street Fashion ........................................21 A Look Back ...........................................22


Thanksgiving Take-Out ...........................35 Whynatte ................................................36 COVER STORY: Hugh Acheson .............37 Closing the Loop ....................................38 Quick Bites .............................................38

GO GREEN Kids of the Gulf.......................................40 Laura Turner Seydel................................40 Eco-Briefs ..............................................40 Green Spaces: Park Update ..................42


Holiday Events ......................................25 MJCCA Book Festival ............................26 Shakespeare Tavern ...............................26 ICE: indie craft experience .....................28 INtown Datebook ...................................30 Tripster ....................................................31 Atlanta Planit ..........................................32 The Thinking Artist ..................................33 Unlikely Instruments ...............................34

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A NOTE ABOUT WENDY ~ In Wendy's October letter, she opened with the fact that she is a “silver lining kind of girl”, while on the flip side I am decidedly NOT that kind of girl. For over 10 years I've worked alongside Wendy at INtown and let me tell you, she has definitely rubbed off on me with her Wendy, the day before her surgery, amazing spirit, positive attitude getting some love and love for this community. from Louie. Most of us here are quite sure we'd be at home popping pain pills with our favorite series on DVD beside us, bemoaning the situation. Not Wendy. She bounced right back into the office Monday morning after her surgery with a smile, an ice pack and some Tylenol. I am so proud to call her friend, boss and guardian to my children. She has a few mottos that I've picked up on over the years, but one sticks out to me now more than ever; "Slow and steady wins the race, Liz, don’t worry ... it'll all be just fine!" I love ya, Loo ~liz Elizabeth P. Holmes elizabeth@atlantaintownpaper.com

Vikas Gupta ............................................44 Business Briefs................................. 44-45 Making Sense of Social..........................45

REAL ESTATE Midtown Magic .......................................47 Real Estate Briefs ...................................48 Gulch Update .........................................49 Perspectives in Architecture ...................49

IN YOUR HOME Home Improvement with a Purpose ......50 Outdoor Rooms .....................................51 Gardening ..............................................52 Renovation Coach..................................54



This is time of year when we think about good things coming from big pots and skillets on the stove while family and friends huddle in the kitchen. And, this is why INtown wants to inspire you to pick up the phone and invite over the whole gang. We know good food helps with good memories. (Or, if you don’t want to cook take the family to a restaurant or order take out. See page 35.) Sweet Peach blogger Pam Berger is just the right person to evoke such a down home atmosphere for Thanksgiving. With her eye for good style and taste, she grabbed her trusty camera and visited the farmhouse of Hugh Acheson. Fans of Five & Ten in Athens and Empire State South in Midtown can thank Pam for giving us a peek in Hugh’s personal kitchen and nabbing one of his recipes. You caught a glimpse of Hugh in his kitchen on the cover and you can see the rest on page 37. I’m totally in the mood for Thanksgiving, but I’m also still seeing pink from October’s breast cancer awareness month. The day after I got my own diagnosis, I wrote a letter to you for the last issue explaining my new situation. You followed-up with numerous encouraging cards and emails. Seven women told me that they had skipped their annual exam or had been putting one off, but scheduled an appointment thanks to my nudge. All of this motivates me and I want to say thank you. I’ll continue to tell my story here and be honest about what I’m facing. As I write this, I’m armed with more information about my diagnosis. I had a lumpectomy last week and my pathology results show that I’ll need to go back to remove more. The surgeon took seven lymph nodes and only one showed early tumor cells. And, the tumor is smaller than they originally thought, so I am classified as stage 1. I meet with my oncologist for the first time this afternoon. I’m looking forward to having a plan.

I have so many people to thank for their support and helping me with my sunny outlook. But, right here on the pages of INtown, I want to thank the staff, writers, interns and advertisers. I’m even more convinced that I love what I do, the people I work with and the community we’re in. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wendy Binns, Owner & Publisher wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com

P.S. From my family recipe box:

Grandma Binns’ Pound Cake 2 sticks butter ½ C Crisco shortening 3 C sugar ¼ tsp salt 5 large eggs 3 C Mrs. Swan’s Cake Flour ½ tsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp lemon or almond flavoring 1C milk (may not need the whole cup) DO NOT PREHEAT OVEN! Grease and flour tube cake pan. Measure flour then sift with rest of dry ingredients. Cream butter & shortening till real fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat WELL in between eggs. Add flour & milk a little at a time beating slowly. Add flavoring(s) with last cup of flour. You may not need all of milk. Bake at 350 for a slow oven or for a fast oven bake at 325 for 1 hr. & 15 or 20 min. Remove and cool on wire rack till cold.

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Child’s Play Atlanta Music Project spurring social change through instruments and education By Julia Turner The Atlanta Music Project, now in its second year, is having major success in spurring social change in Atlanta’s underserved neighborhoods. The project operates as an after school music program for kids in grades 1-8 that exposes students to a variety of instruments and offers quality music training from classically trained teaching assistants. The overall goal of the program is much more than creating young musicians, however. By redirecting students’ focus on a productive and disciplined activity, AMP aims to instill important life behaviors in the kids going through the program. Dedication and committed practice to learning an instrument are expected to carry over into other aspects of the children’s lives, and from the results the pilot program has seen, the plan is working. In its first year, AMP operated out of the Gilbert House, a cultural recreation center in southwest Atlanta. The musical after

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school activities were soon widely known in the neighborhood. “Word got out because parents noticed changes in the children’s behavior,” says Jen Farris, AMP public relations officer. “Their self-esteem and confidence have boosted.” Students who came in with hesitancy and downcast eyes now play in public concerts with assurance. The program is the result of efforts by Dantes Rameau, a Canadian musician living in Atlanta and former recipient of the Abreu Fellowship. Rameau studied at Yale and Carnegie Melon. After completing his studies, he wanted to use his music to promote a positive influence in the world. His opportunity came in the form of the fellowship, named for Jose Antonio Abreu, a Venezuelan conductor and politician who started a network of youth orchestras in Venezuela known as El Sistema. Recipients of the fellowship spend a year studying between Boston and Caracas, learning about the mission and practice of El Sistema. After completing the Abreu

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After receiving funding from the Zeist foundation, the Atlanta Music Project has opened a new location in the Edgewood neighborhood at the Coan Recreation Center. More information about the program and opportunities for volunteering and donations can be found at atlantamusicproject.org.


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KEEP IT INtown {MIDTOWN} many swanky midtown lounges, there is something for everyone here. From daytime to nightlife, Midtown is always happening.

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We asked teacher and blogger Vincent Martinez to share his favorite things about the Midtown community.

Why I Love Midtown

Midtown has an energy that is unique to the city. It makes living here interesting and exciting. The Midtown culture is rich in diversity and lifestyle. It’s a culture that appreciates and supports art, theater, shopping and dining. Whether you’re spending the day at the park or sipping a martini at one of the

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Midtown has so much to offer its residents and visitors alike. On the periphery of Midtown, one can get very touristy with CNN Center, The Aquarium and the Coca-Cola Museum. But if art and culture is your preference, then I recommend a day at the High Museum (high. org) and at one of my favorite places, the Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabotanicalgarden.org). For pure, cost-free, outdoor fun, historic Piedmont Park (piedmontpark.org) is a must! Enjoy a picnic with friends or a jog around the pond or take your pooch to the newly renovated dog run. And let’s not forget all the wonderful events like the Dogwood Festival (dogwood. org) in the spring and Atlanta Pride (atlantapride.org) in the fall.

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Metrofresh (metrofreshatl.com) on Monroe Drive has an amazing menu of naturally prepared food and now you can double your pleasure with their second location inside the Atlanta Botanical Garden. I recently tried the new 5 Napkin Burger (5napkinburger. com) at the corner of Piedmont and 10th and loved their wide selection of gourmet-style burgers. If it’s a European ambiance you desire, then Apres Diem (apresdiem.com) in Midtown Promenade is for you. Good menu, including scrumptious desserts and a full cocktail bar, also live music on weekends.

Where to Shop

For the latest trends, the ladies should check out fab’rik (shopfabrikboutique. com) on West Peachtree and for hipster men, check at Drew Lewis

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In December, Celebrity Dance Challenge is back at the 14th Street Playhouse. I’m excited to be judging this one! The event benefits edin (eating disorders information network). Find out more at myedin.org.


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Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Can it possibly be the holiday season already? This year has flown by so quickly that I feel like I have a bit of whiplash. We work a month, sometimes two, ahead on issues of Atlanta INtown, so we’re always living in the future as it were. Over the summer, we were getting ready for next month’s holiday edition. But before we get to December, let’s talk about November. For the past couple of years, my family has opted to eat at a restaurant or do take-away for Thanksgiving. Of course, the dinner is not like your grandma used to make, but some restaurants get it pretty darn close. My favorite is The Colonnade, the iconic meat and three on Cheshire Bridge

Road. Their turkey and dressing dinner is delicious, along with all those sides, hot bread and dessert. When you’re finished, you want to curl up on the couch for a postmeal nap. As I get older, the holidays become less about what’s going in my mouth than spending time with friends and loved ones. Who wants to get up at the crack of dawn and cook all day? I don’t, and my mother and grandmother have also grown weary of the tradition. It doesn’t mean the nuclear family is breaking apart, it’s just we want a little more rest and relaxation on our holidays. No fuss, no muss. However you choose to spend your Turkey Day, we have plenty of suggestions in this issue both eating at home and at local restaurants, as well as a bevy of holiday activities coming up this month, including the Lighting of the Macy’s Tree, the return of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts and the Chastain Park Arts Festival, where you’ll be able to find all sorts of handmade gifts. Gobble, gobble!

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Living by Giving Kate Atwood

Giving Thanks by Giving Back children in America struggle with hunger? That equates to 1 in 5 children in the U.S. who do not get the proper meals they need. There are approximately 700,000 such children in Georgia. The latest USDA reports show that this number is at an alltime high in our nation’s history. This month I am going to take a break from profiles and write instead about a pressing problem in our community and our nation. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it seems fitting to talk about childhood hunger in America. I was recently introduced to this problem in my new role as the executive director of the Arby’s Foundation, the charitable arm of the Arby’s Restaurant Group. This fall we launched a new mission to help end childhood hunger in America because every child deserves to learn, play and grow. I’ve learned quickly just how much a child’s access to wholesome meals every day affects their ability to learn and grow. Did you know that more than 16 million

Here are three key things to know about childhood hunger in America: 1. A hungry child in America doesn’t know where his or her next meal will come from, some going days without proper nutrition. 2. Childhood hunger in America doesn’t exist because of a lack of food. The problem exists for such reasons as education, outreach and access to programs that are there to help. 3. The impact of hunger is universal in a child’s life. It affects everything from their ability to concentrate to their ability to get proper sleep. A hungry child frequently gets sick and falls behind academically and socially. The good news is that this problem is

solvable and that you can be a big part of the solution. A leading organization in the fight to end childhood hunger in America is Share our Strength. This November marks the one-year anniversary of their No Kid Hungry Campaign. To honor this one-year anniversary, here are a few fun and easy ways you can support No Kid Hungry and join the fight to end this pressing problem in our nation: • Sign the No Kid Hungry Pledge: Visit strength.org and take the pledge to end childhood hunger. This is a simple and free way to add your voice to support this movement in America. You can help Share Our Strength reach their goal of 100,000 pledges by the end of 2011. • Hold a Great American Bake Sale at your office or holiday party: Who isn’t baking over the holidays? Plan a bake sale and help raise funds while building awareness about an issue that is often ignored: childhood hunger in our own backyard. To learn more and register your bake sale, click on the Great American Bake

Sale tab at strength.org • Visit an Arby’s Restaurant near you: Shameless plug, but by visiting an Arby’s during the month of November, you and your family can make a $1 donation that all goes to support the No Kid Hungry Campaign. As part of Arby’s commitment to the Arby’s Foundation mission, and to the families we serve, we now offer healthier choices on our Kids Meal menu, so you can also talk about healthy choices with your kids while sharing about No Kid Hungry. • November is not only the oneyear anniversary of the No Kid Hungry Campaign it is also the month that kicks-off the holiday season. Everyone deserves to experience joy around this time. Remember that some families need our help to do so. Be sure to give thanks this month by giving back to our community. To learn more about the Arby’s Foundation, visit arbys.com/Foundation. For more about Kate Atwood, visit LivingByGiving.com.


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Cool girls Helps fight poverty, brings education to Intown By Ana Laura Araya It might be a surprising fact – and a sad truth – that there are more girls living in poverty in Atlanta than in any other city in the United States. Fortunately, there is an Atlanta-based organization putting all of its efforts into changing this fact. Cool Girls, Inc., a nonprofit that has been one fundamental source for change and motivation for girls in low-income communities during the past 22 years, is committed to broadening the opportunities of girls and guiding them into making life-changing choices. Over 350 girls in Atlanta are currently enrolled in Cool Girls’ programs, all which are free of charge. Their core program is an extensive afterschool program for girls in second to eight grade called ‘Cool Girls Club’. This program is currently active in nine schools and includes tutoring as well as other unique components: life skills lessons and a Cool Tech and Cool Fitness program. Cool Girls hosts various workshops and field trips throughout the year and has a mentoring program that matches professional women with girls. It also awards college scholarships to girls who have outstanding academic achievement and are involved in community service.

Through complimenting programs, girls learn about concepts they typically do not learn during school or at home, such as conflict resolution, pregnancy prevention and friendship. “A lot of girls don’t have an idea of what it is to be trustworthy,” said Carla Taylor, a site coordinator at Clifton Elementary School. “We teach them how to be a friend and how to be trustworthy to people.” Site manager April Guy agreed. “Our programs expand girls’ horizons by first teaching the importance of self-esteem and self-worth. We teach them to dream big and soar high but, more importantly, that their dreams are important.” Recent studies by the Center for Disease Control and Georgia State University have proved that Cool Girls have more confidence in their decision-making skills, maintain higher grade point average and have an increase level of knowledge about drugs, nutrition, physical activity and pregnancy. “My favorite thing about Cool Girls is that we get to go on trips and learn about things we didn’t learn before. I also learn to keep your body healthy and strong,” said second-grader Meyonna Hammock. To donate or learn more about Cool Girls, check out their site at thecoolgirls.org.

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INtown Runaround Tim Sullivan

Nathan Bolster and Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp

Nathan Bolster will rise in the wee, dark hours of the morning on Nov. 5 to help set up one of Atlanta’s favorite festivals and then he’ll lace his running shoes up for the 8 a.m. start. He’ll cross the finish line in the 6th annual Romp and Stomp 5k in roughly 18:30, and then he’ll settle in for a full day of festival volunteerism.

a pizza delivered, buy wine legally, grow organic vegetables, meet neighbors at the community center and send our kids to a preschool across the park. None of that existed when I first moved here.

Just how heavy sits the crown of being Cabbagetown’s Fastest Man, 2009-2010? While it is a very geographically constrained title it is still a great responsibility. Hard to walk the streets of Cabbagetown without whispers and comment in my wake.

And for the worse? We’ve lost a lot of great people that knew the roots of the neighborhood. Their spirits live on, but I do miss seeing those that gave Cabbagetown its edge and knew its history. There are still characters around but they are not as abundant as before.

You will defend your title at the Romp and Stomp 5k on Nov. 5. What’s the latest on (2008 winner) Jim Prible’s secretive, midnight workout routine? What??!! I thought there was a curfew in Cabbagetown due to the graffiti ordinance. No matter – I get my workouts in chasing my daughter’s (Livia, 5) “two wheeler.” That should be sufficient.

What is it about the Cabbagetown aesthetic that just begs for its picture to be taken? Cabbagetown beckons artists. It is tight, urban, relatively inexpensive and full of weirdos. Perfect! Cabbagetown is a mix of the other side of the tracks and the fresh and hip. It makes me smile to see Facebook pics from the Krog tunnel.

What year did you move to Cabbagetown and in what ways would you say it has changed for the better? I moved here in 2000. There are more services and activities. We can get

You were part of the small group of neighbors that started the uber-popular Chomp and Stomp Festival some nine years ago (chompandstomp.com ). Did you ever imagine it would become so big?

I’ve been telling friends to show up two days early to make sure they get a good spot in the park. The first year we were going to be happy with 100 neighbors showing up and we got 1,000 (from all over Atlanta). The festival was over in four hours because we ran out of everything. Now we need satellites to get an accurate count. We knew we had something really special immediately and I have thought from year two that our battle would be to keep it small and familiar. I’m wondering how, after all those years of chili and beer, you’ve actually gotten faster? Running has been my mainstay since age 5. Triathlons are the hot thing now and I love all three challenges and trying to string them together but they are seasonal and I do not like cold water. So for fall and winter, Cyclocross is taking my energy. Nothing like a bunch of bike dorks going as hard as they can for 45 minutes in dirt, sand, and obstacles for a spare tube or the like as a prize (georgia-cross.com). And while I know nothing compares to the glory achieved on the streets of Cabbagetown, any PR’s or other accolades

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you can share with us from all of your efforts? The Romp and Stomp was a big one – that was my fastest 5k time since high school. I’ve got some half-ironman efforts that I am proud of but truthfully I want a strong full ironman race to my credit and then you will hear some serious shouting from the rooftops. If the Chomp and Stomp is a triathlon, what are the three main achievements all attendees need to go home having completed? Romp and Stomp 5k (run for glory), Taste Chili (swim the sea of people), Enjoy Beer/Music (bike home). Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at timmydaddy.com

Who should Tim interview for INtown Runaround? Send your suggestions to collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com and we’ll get the message to Tim. (Remember that the athlete should be local.)


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Health & Wellness Briefs

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal (GI) medical society, has recognized Northside Hospital for promoting quality in GI endoscopy with the hospital with a Certificate of Recognition award. At Northside, more than 10,500 patients are seen annually in the Hospital’s four GI Endoscopy Units in Atlanta, Forsyth, Cherokee and the newly opened Alpharetta location. A full range of GI endoscopy diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are performed including upper endoscopy, ERCP, colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ablation therapy and high-resolution manometry. To receive the Certificate of Recognition award, Northside had to show that it follows ASGE guidelines for physician privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing and infection control at each of its locations, and that it has completed specialized training on principles in quality and safety in endoscopy. northside.com

The Emory University Psychological Center, a low cost community counseling center, currently has openings for psychotherapy for individuals seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationship problems and adjustment concerns. Call the clinic at (404) 727-7451 for more information. For the eighth consecutive time since 1982, The Shepherd Center has been awarded one of the federal grants that designate 14 U.S. hospitals as Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) programs. Configured in five-year cycles, the current $2.5 million award provides funding from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2016. Each applicant for a SCIMS grant must demonstrate influence on people with traumatic SCI throughout a continuum that starts when the injury occurs and ends when the individual dies. Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in conducting research at its facility (sitespecific) and with other members of the system (collaborative). The SCIMS program is designed to treat people who sustain traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) from the onset of the injury through a lifetime of follow-up care. Major components of the system include data collection, both acutely

and longitudinally, and site-specific and collaborative research. shepherd.org. Northside Hospital is the first hospital in Atlanta to implement digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography from Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions System. During the same compression, patients will receive their traditional screening mammogram and breast tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis takes a series of images from multiple angles around the breast. These are then reconstructed by a computer to provide a 3D model of the breast. Studies have shown that the combination of 2D and 3D mammograms provides the best evaluation of the breast. Initially breast tomosynthesis will be available at Northside’s Atlanta Breast Imaging Center, with plans to expand to other breast imaging locations in the upcoming year. northside.com Patients at Piedmont Hospital may be seeing something new in their cardiologist’s office and around the hospital – the recently released Vscan an ultrasound device so

small that it can fit into a doctor’s pocket. Vscan provides physicians with the ability to take a “quick look” inside a patient’s body to help detect disease and complications earlier. Introduced in the Atlanta area by Dr. Randy Martin, Vscan provides immediate visual information about what is going on inside the heart to both patient and physician, potentially accelerating time to treatment and helping avoid unnecessary additional testing. piedmonthospital.org. Atlanta Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. AMC was recognized by The Joint Commission based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children’s asthma. AMC is one of 162 hospitals across the nation to receive recognition in all four major measure sets.


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Tailgate Challenge BeltLine event is set for Dec. 3

Atlanta Alumni Chapters to showcase what an active collegiate town Atlanta is home to. There will be prizes to the top three associations that best show their school spirit and the top Alumni Association can take home BeltLine bragging rights for a year. My alumni association is too small… Size doesn’t necessarily matter; it’s how school colors and spirit are best displayed.

Don Popovic The Atlanta BeltLine East Side 10K Tailgate Challenge is set for Dec. 3. Running series director Don Popovic answered some questions about the event and how alumni associations can get involved. What is the Atlanta BeltLine East Side 10K Tailgate Challenge? A friendly competition between local

How do I participate? By having someone from the local chapter, board member, officially contact the race director and state their support and then send out emails to their community just letting them know about the event, it’s as easy as that! We don’t want to put more event planning tasks on an already active association with all the football watching that occurs during the year. We merely ask that the competing associations sign up to do one of three things: Run: You’ll get a great shirt, two free

beer tickets at Park Tavern, medals – if your fast enough – free food and a chance at some really great prizes such as tickets to the Nutcracker, Alliance Theatre and various restaurants. Volunteer: Contact the race director, but you will also get a great shirt, two free beer tickets, free food from Chipotle and a chance to win some great prizes. Watch: We’d love to have you setup a tent along the route to cheer the runners on, we just ask that the chapter contact coordinate this effort closely with the race director How do I register? Simply go to run.beltline.org. If I don’t want to participate in the tailgate challenge, is it worth my time to run? Absolutely! Aside from this being a BeltLine run and seeing new developments along the corridor and adjoining communities, it’s a very family friendly event. We are allowing dogs and strollers and have some great post-race activities

lined up that should make for some cool pictures. What will my association win if we place in the top three? We are lining up some really cool happy hour events at some great establishments such as Deckard’s American Tavern and Park Tavern. We are also working with Chipotle to provide free food for the top three associations. These prizes are redeemable at a later date and we truly hope they will be something you and your association can enjoy for being a part of this. What made you think about a tailgate challenge? We thought it would be cool to see a sea of school colors, as we know this town is big into college football. When the fall arrives everybody gets excited about a great game, to me having this event on Dec. 3, the same day as the SEC Championship, what better way to start the day with some fun activities, exercise and, of course, some fun smack talking to other schools.

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Inman Middle School 5K and Tot Trot is Saturday, Nov. 5 in Virginia Highland. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m. Prizes and giveaways for local restaurants will be awarded. Entry fee is $25 for adults, $17 for students 17 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Inman Middle School PTA. The race starts and ends at the middle school, 774 Virginia Ave. Parking is available in the school lot. Register online at active.com.

The Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Beer Fest is Sunday, Nov. 6. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. with a 5K run through Inman Park and the Freedom Park PATH. Following the race, enjoy a sampling of more than 80 seasonal beers from your favorite local and national craft breweries as well as food from Inman Park restaurants. The event supports the Inman Park Security Patrol (IPSP), which employs uniformed off-duty Atlanta Police officers to patrol the neighborhood to keep neighbors and visitors safe. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the event. $50 combo tickets for the 5K and Beer Fest are available. Ages 21-plus only, capacity limited. inmanparkbeerchase.com Run for Justice 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, Nov. 12, in Decatur. The event will benefit Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Running strollers and dogs on leash welcomed. Registration is from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. on race day. Race starts at 9 a.m. at One Step at a Time, 650-B East Lake Dr. Pre-registration is until Nov. 1,

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with entry fee of $20 after Nov. 1 and on race day. Awards given to top finishers, male and female, in all age groups. Register at active.com. The 5th annual Race 2 Recycle 5K is Saturday, Nov. 19 at Piedmont Park. The Race 2 Recycle helps to support Keep Atlanta Beautiful in empowering Atlanta’s communities to sustain cleaner and greener neighborhoods. Race day registration and packet pick-up will be at Piedmont Park Pavillion at 7:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by an Awards Ceremony with emcee, Jovita Moore, from WSBTV. Fruit, snacks and water will be provided to all race participants. Entry fee is $20 adults, $15 kids under 13. After Nov. 1 fee increases to $25. Register by Nov. 1 to guarantee your t-shirt. Register online at active.com or at Phidippides in Ansley Mall. The 32nd annual Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5k is Thursday, Nov. 24 at Turner Field. Finishers will receive a long-sleeve performance shirt and commemorative finisher’s medal. Mashed Potato Mile and Drumstick Dash participants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. The milers also receive a finisher’s medal and the dash finisher’s receive a ribbon. The 5k begins at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $75 between Nov. 1 to Nov. 20, $90 on race day. Register at active.com. For more information about the race, visit atlantahalfmarathon.org.

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Pet Briefs The 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m. at Pinckneyville Park in Norcross. The event helps raise money to combat canine cancer. Visit 2milliondogs.org to sign up or for more information.



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Paws for Cocktails, a fundraising event with food, celebrities, entertainment and live and silent auctions will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Park Tavern, 500 10th St. Partygoers can sample hors d’oeuvres, enjoy drinks, and chat with celebrities – Kelly Stevens of the B98.5 Kelly and Vikki Show; Alpha Trivette, actor and entertainer; Heather Catlin, host of WSB-TV’s Hot Topics; John Bachman, WSB-TV anchor; and Lori Geary, WSB-TV reporter. There will be comedy from Jerry Farber and live music will be provided by Steven Schuler and the Jerry Farber Side Door Orchestra. The event benefits Furkids and SmallDog Rescue and Humane Society. Tickets are $20 at the door; $18 in advance (by Nov. 6). To buy tickets or make a donation, go to furkids.org or smalldoghumane.org. Brushstrokes, David Magazine, Gayborhood and Boy Next Door are teaming up for a charity fundraiser for Jerusalem House and Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) on Friday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. at Jungle Club, 2115 Faulkner Road. The event will include Mr. David, a male model


search, and Miss Originality, a female impersonation pageant. Find out more at palsatlanta.org. Pet Paradise, an upscale pet boarding and daycare resort, is now open on Camp Creek Parkway near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Pet Paradise’s stateof-the-art resorts offer luxury amenities such as spacious play areas, indoor/ outdoor climate controlled suites and a bone shaped swimming pool. In each suite, guests have a continuous supply of water and raised bedding for comfort. Pet Paradise will offer 24/7 pick-up and dropoff hours for those with late night or early morning flights and a 20 percent discount to all airline employees. Pet Paradise is located on the Park N’ Fly Plus parking lot creating a service for travelers that includes the convenience of dropping off their pet, checking their bags on Delta and Airtran, and taking a shuttle to the airport. petparadiseresort.com The annual Rubbing Noses event in September raised $16,000 for Pets are Loving Support (PALS). The fundraiser featured an afternoon of cocktails, runway show, performances and auction items. palsatlanta.org




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Ansley Park. $899,000 56 Inman Circle. 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 4280324 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Ansley Park. $1,349,000 123 Peachtree Circle. 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 4273953 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Buckhead. $685,000 572 E Wesley Road NE. 4BR/4BA FMLS: 4269190 Heery Brothers 404.974.4388

Buckhead. $5,750,000 4870 Northside Drive. 7BR/8Full 2halfBA FMLS:4241309 Debbie Pille 404.668.3465 Charles Gerrick 404.218.8993

Nov. 9, 1956: Mattiwilda Dobbs, daughter of Irene Thompson and John Wesley Dobbs and aunt of future Mayor Maynard Jackson, opens as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera. In that role she becomes the third African American to appear in New York’s most prestigious opera house, following Marian Anderson and Robert McFerrin, and the first to sing a principal romantic role.


Chastain Park. $1,345,000 275 Lafayette Way. 6BR/6.5BA FMLS: 4269972 Heery Brothers 404.974.4388

Nov. 7, 1926: Buckhead’s Covenant Presbyterian Church opened its new $150,000 Gothic-style building designed by architect Charles H. Hopkins. The church had its beginnings in 1874 and was the city’s first downtown congregation to move to Buckhead. The 56-member congregation worshipped in a tent on Baker Street until 1904 when it dedicated and renamed the new church Harris Street Presbyterian Church. The church stands today at 2461 Peachtree Road on the corner of Terrace Drive. In August 2011 the Atlanta City Council renamed Harris Street to John Portman Boulevard.

Chastain Park. $775,000 4665 Bryn Mawr Circle. 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4279165 Andrea Cueny 404.695.7040

Nov. 16, 1939: The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce launched Atlanta’s Civil War historical marker project. The plan placed 80 plaques in downtown Atlanta and in residential neighborhoods. In partnership with the Atlanta Convention and Tourist Bureau, the Chamber also published 10,000 copies of a booklet, with map and pictures, highlighting the city’s historical spots. It was rushed to completion by Dec. 15 and the premiere of Gone With the Wind at the Lowe’s Grand Theater on Peachtree Street, where the Georgia Pacific Center stands today. Nov. 22, 1916: Oakland Cemetery unveils a monument honoring Moses W. Formwalt. He was Atlanta’s first mayor, elected Jan. 31, 1848. Formwalt died in 1852 and finally received a headstone 64 years later.

Decatur. $225,000 307 Adair Street. 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 4267459 Carson Matthews 678.595.9286

Midtown. $269,000 905 Juniper Street. 1BR/1BA FMLS: 4281649 Getzinger Group Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $125,000 275 13th Street. 2BR/1BA FMLS: 4282072 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Midtown. $999,000 20 10th Street NW. 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4247376 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Nov. 23, 1940: Mayor Hartsfield dedicates Joel Hurt Park, the first new park in the downtown area since the Civil War. Hartsfield fights hard against opposition from downtown Atlanta real estate developers. His vision was to open a mall running all the way from the terminal station to the Atlanta Auditorium-Armory. The park remains, but both buildings are gone. Nov. 28, 1995: Demolition of the sprawling red brick Scripto, Inc. factory in the Old Fourth Ward makes way for the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District’s parking expansion. The Atlanta Company founded in 1923, began manufacturing mechanical pencils in 1931 at the 423 Houston St. site (today’s John Wesley Dobbs Avenue). By 1964, Scripto’s gated squareblock expansion included the plant buildings, offices and research facilities.


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Midtown. $285,000 805 Peachtree Street. 2BR/2BA FMLS: 4265517 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Sandy Springs. $284,900 5406 Glenridge Cove NE. 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 4244797 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Sandy Springs. $1,798,000 5230 Vernon Springs Trail. 6BR/6.5BA FMLS: 4260042 Bonnie Majher 678.575.4439

High Point. $949,000 5331 Northland Drive. 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 4262108 Heery Brothers 404.974.4388

Senoia. $684,000 1200 Sid Hunter Road. 3BR/3BA FMLS: 4147719 D. Harnell Cohen 404.313.7300 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558

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Nov. 30, 1931: Greyhound Lines’ new ultra-modern busses paraded down old Cain Street (today’s Andrew Young International Boulevard) behind an oxcart, antique automobiles and old busses. The destination of the caravan was the new $260,000 Southeastern Greyhound Lines Bus Terminal, designed by Hal Hentz architect. The five-year project located behind the old Davison-Paxon Store on the corner of Cain and Williams streets was a joint effort of the Georgia Public Service Commission and Southeastern Greyhound. For 64 years the landmark building operated on this site. Before the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Greyhound pulled out for a new location adjacent to the Garnett MARTA station. After the departure, the site was briefly an entertainment spot and then a public parking lot. In January 2004, John Portman’s AmericasMart purchased the two-acre site and razed the terminal for a major expansion.

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The holiday season is here and the events will be coming fast and furious until January. Here’s a selection of events coming up in November and early December for you to put on your calendar.

presents the Jon Ludwig adaptation from Nov. 3- Dec. 31. Last year’s shows were a total sell out, so get your tickets now. For more information, visit puppet.org. Stone Mountain Christmas If being surrounded by two million Christmas lights sounds like fun, than it’s time to head over to Stone Mountain beginning Nov. 12. Enjoy the lights, more than a dozen live performances and that warm feeling you get when Christmas is right around the corner. If you make your way there after Nov. 23 be sure to check out Snow Mountain, where tons of snow are blown onto the lawn for tubing, snowball fights and more. For more information visit festivals.stonemountainpark.com.

The Pink Pig The famous Pink Pig train ride is back at Lenox Square Mall starting Oct. 29. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and squeal with excitement as they take a journey through a super-sized storybook land – A Pig’s Tale featuring Pricilla and some of her friends. With rides starting out at just $3.00 this is one event for the entire family. For more information visit macysinc.com.

Centennial Olympic Park Holiday In Lights & Ice Skating Enjoy the winter season by taking a spin in Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink from Nov. 19 to Jan. 29. Visitors appreciate the observation seating accompanied by holiday music while enjoy the sights of the winter wonderland that the park becomes during the holiday season. Admission is $7 per person with skate rental starting off at $2.00 for 90 minutes of skate time. centennialpark.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Now is time to experience Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in an entirely different way – live! Based on the original 1964 television special Center of Puppetry Arts

Virginia Highland Christmas Tree Lighting Come and celebrate a time-honored tradition in Virginia Highland, Murphy’s


Restaurant and neighborhood friends at the annual Christmas tree lighting and neighborhood party. On Thursday, Dec. 1, stay warm with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies while enjoying the sounds of some of the best local choral groups as they sing some of the favorite Christmas melodies. For more information visit murphys-atlanta-resturant.com Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree The 63rd annual event is a Thanksgiving night tradition, first at the old Rich’s Department Store Downtown and now atop Macy’s at Lenox Square in Buckhead. There will be musical entertainment starting at 6 p.m. For more, visit macysinc.com.

Children’s Christmas Parade Make sure not to miss this year’s annual Children Christmas Parade happening on Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. Now in its 31st year this traditional parade is herald as one of the premiere holiday events attracting more than 300,000 spectators. Beginning on Peachtree Street near Baker Street (downtown) the parade makes it way all the way through Centennial Park. Make sure to arrive early because parking is limited. For more information about event or street side bleacher seats visit choa.org. Clockwise from left: Snow Moutain at Stone Mountain; Children’s Christmas Parade; Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center for Puppetry Arts.

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The 20th anniversary MJCCA Book Festival is back By Collin Kelley Editor Intown is one of the metro Atlanta locations where Book Festival of the MJCCA events will be held, as well as Dunwoody and East Cobb. One of the South’s premier cultural events, the 20th annual festival is scheduled for Nov. 5 – 20. Intown Book Festival of the MJCCA authors include Steven Levy (In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives) and Rabbi Andrea Myers (The Choosing: A Rabbi’s Journey from Silent Nights to High Holy Days). Levy will speaks at Business Breakfast at The Selig Center, 1440 Spring St., on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:45 a.m. Myers will read on Sunday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. at Emory Hillel, 735 Gatewood Road. Along with those events, the festival is bigger than ever this year with some high profile authors visiting during the month of November including appearances by Erica Jong, Regis Philbin, Jim Lehrer, Melissa Fay Greene and actress Dyan Cannon discussing her memoir, Dear Cary, and many more. For tickets and a full schedule, visit atlantajcc.org/ bookfestival.

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Shakespeare Tavern transports theatre-goers to The Globe By Julia Turner Time travel may not be possible still, but a visit to The New American Shakespeare Tavern at 499 Peachtree St. is a close runner-up. In the Globe-replicated façade and theater, it’s possible to step back to Shakespeare’s England thanks to original practice-based performances, Elizabethan stage and costumes, and traditional British pub food and drink. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, which had its first performance in 1984 at Manuel’s Tavern, does all its performances as original practice, or performance in a manner consistent with its creator’s original intent. This focus makes the company unique locally and nationally. “The heart of original practice is to observe the aesthetic as it was intended by the playwright,” says Tony Brown, the company’s education programs coordinator, and it is not a common practice in modern theater. For Shakespeare’s works, original practice means audience involvement. “Based on the way they are written, the plays lend themselves to direct audience interactions,” says Brown. Whether this means responding to an audience member’s sneeze with “God bless you,” or acknowledging a cell phone ringing – “What birds are these?” – ASC actors are always “in the room” with the audience. Jeff Watkins, the company director, developed original practice as the basis of the tavern’s performances after an interesting theatrical background in college. Having skipped Shakespearean acting in classes, he had the opportunity to perform in a Shakespeare play while still in school and see several performances in the U.S.; none of them resonated with him, however. “The beauty of the plays can get lost in modern performances and adaptations,” says Watkins. When he directed his first Shakespeare play, he tried to impose as little as possible on the text, instead focusing on relaying the poetry in the manner most like its original delivery. To Watkins and the rest of the company, directing the play in this way has proven most effective in conveying Shakespeare to a modern audience. “My favorite audience comment is, ‘What translation did you use?’” Watkins admits, “it shows the clarity of Shakespeare when it is performed by people who really understand how the original was spoken and heard.” The original practice methodology extends to all aspects of the ASC, from the theater stage itself (renovated a few years ago to include a balcony) to the company’s business practices. Brown has worked with the company for about 20 years, and his case is not unusual. Several of the actors have been with the company since its first performance of As You Like It in 1984. “We have a corporate aesthetic that encourages loyalty and longevity,” Brown says. The retention of actors is more aligned with theater practice in Shakespeare’s era than it is today. ASC also offers an apprentice program that has a high integration rate into the company after completion of the program. Recently, the company completed adding all 39 Shakespeare plays to its repertoire. This season it will be performing the comedies in the order they were written; however, longstanding performances such as Macbeth in October and Romeo and Juliet in February will remain. Check out the full season’s listings at shakespearetavern.com.



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Ho LidaY on ICE Indie Craft Experience back in Atlanta for the holidays By Sydia Bell

The holiday season is fast approaching (sorry for the reminder). If you are anything like me you are wondering where you can find those creative, one of a kind, personality-infused gifts that fits into your budget. Who isn’t, right? I’ve got the perfect event for you. Since its initial launch in 2005, the Indie Craft Experience (ICE), a grass-roots effort providing indie crafters a place to sell and

promote their creations, has become the goto place for holiday gifts and more. On Nov. 19 and 20 the Indie Craft Experience is hosting its 13th annual event, Holiday Shopping Spectacular from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ambient Studios, 585 Wells St.). The 5$ admission fee for those over the age of 12 is a small price to pay when patrons can expect a showcase of some of the most unique and inspiring displays of jewelry, illustrations, clothing and much more. Nearly 100 vendors were already signed up at press time. Organizers Christy Petterson of a bardis (abardis.wordpress.com) and Shannon Mulkey of Patina (ilovepatina.com) were inspired to create ICE after seeing shows in Chicago and Austin. They saw there wasn’t a major indie craft show in Atlanta with hip goods people would actually want to buy and receive, thus ICE was born. If you get hungry or thirsty while doing all that shopping, The Good Food Truck, King of Pops and Ursa Minor Coffee will be on hand. For more information about event, full list of vendors or if interested in volunteering visit ice-atlanta.com.

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Nov. 5

The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf hosts a fall festival on Nov. 5 from 11 Nov. 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. The festival includes arts The annual Torch Relay for Children’s and crafts, bake sale, silent auction, Miracle Network will arrive in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Torch Relay for classic cars show, carnival games, Children’s Miracle Network is a multi-day and more. For additional information contact the Co-chairs Carrie Kalberg event where participants walk between 3 - 15 miles, run 5 - 10 miles or cycle as at ckalberg@doe.k12.ga.us and Lori much as 110 miles at events throughout Schmidt at lschmidt@doe.k12.ga.us. aasdweb.com the country to raise money for their local Children’s Hospital. The Atlanta event will take place at Atlantic Station’s Central Park and will include a 5K Walk and a 5K Fun Run. For more information, see Torch-Relay.org/Atlanta or contact Chelsie Banks at (404) 416-0511 or Chelsie.Banks@marriott.com.

7 p.m. with a cocktail & champagne reception as well as a scotch & bourbon tasting. A seated dinner begins at 8 p.m. after which The Gastons will provide live music. Tickets may be purchased at jlatlanta.org.

Nov. 9

The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility celebrates its 10th anniversary on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker is world-renowned environmentalist and humanitarian, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who will discuss the role that natural resources play in our work, our health, and our identity as Americans. Tickets are $10. For more information, see nursing.emory.edu.

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YES!Atlanta’s Night of Lights is on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the top floor of Buckhead’s new 36030 Peachtree Road Building. The event celebrates YES!Atlanta’s accomplishments and furthers its efforts to create a brighter future for at-risk youth in Atlanta. This event will focus on students who have participated in YES!Atlanta’s programs as well as mentors that have helped them along the way. The signature event will feature Atlanta restaurants, breweries and local musicians. More information at yesatlanta.org.

Nov. 5

The 3rd annual Junior League Ball will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Piedmont Driving Club. As the Junior League of Atlanta (JLA) celebrates its 95th anniversary of serving the community, sustaining member Marcia Bansley, the founding Executive Director of Trees Atlanta will be the evening’s honoree. The theme of this year’s ball “Circo” will transport guests to an elegant setting inspired by the artistic décor and acrobatics of a European Circus. The evening commences at

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The Hedge Funds Care Southeast Committee of Hearts presents the Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. The benefit will feature cocktails, networking dinner and a conversation with Award For Caring Honoree John Mauldin, President of Millennium Wave Investments. John Mauldin is a renowned financial expert, a multiple New York Times best-selling author, and a pioneering online commentator. Hedge Funds Care is an international charity, supported largely by the hedge fund industry, whose sole mission is preventing and

Lauda Musicam presents War and Eternal Peace Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Battaglias, or war tunes, are the focal point of this Veteran’s Day concert, but music of peace and eternal peace will be included as a remembrance to all involved in conflict throughout the ages. Lauda Musicam of Atlanta is a 50-member instrumental ensemble of recorders, violas, harpsichord, sackbuts, harps, crumhorns, cornettos, and percussion. Uncommon Practice, an a cappella vocal ensemble specializing in music before Bach’s “common practice” period, will assist. The concert is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1790 Lavista Rd. (404) 314-1891 or laudamusicam.org.

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Korey Gotoo, Mary Cote and guest artists Terri Brunson and Kathleen Taylor at the 17th annual Studio 106 Inman Park Artists Holiday Studio Show & Sale Art Party Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sculptural and functional clay works, jewelry, whimsical paintings and a variety of holiday and seasonal entertaining gifts. Studio 106 is located in Historic Inman Park in the Little 5 Points Community Center corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues, formerly the Moreland School, at 1083 Austin Ave. For more information, call 678-937-0265.

Nov. 17

The annual Christ the King School Holiday Market returns for one day only on Nov. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Kenny Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead. The Market features more than 40 local artisans, crafters and boutiques and offers hundreds of diverse gift items such as jewelry, pottery, plantings, paintings and textiles. The Market will be located at Peachtree Road and Peachtree Way at 2699 Peachtree Rd. For more details go to christking.org.

CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL, NOV. 5-6 The Chastain Park Arts Festival returns Nov. 5-6 with an emphasis on the visual arts. There will be more than 175 local, regional and national artists showcasing their work over the weekend. There will be mixed media, digital, fiber, glass, ceramics, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood, vintage and much more represented. There will also be food and beverages from local restaurants and food trucks as well as live entertainment. For more information about the festival and to see an updated list of vendors, entertainment and park guidelines, visit chastainparkfestival.com

Nov. 19

On Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 the Paideia School will host Art Visions, an annual art market and fundraiser that benefits the school’s art program and promotes arts education. The market will include paintings, sculpture, photography, fashion and home accessories, and gift items such as pottery, candles, soaps and toys. With more than 80 returning artists, and 30 new artists, Art Visions 2011 promises to deliver something for everyone. More than 100 local artists will be featured, and new this year, the market will launch its eco-friendly section of items created from recycled and sustainable mediums. The show is open to the public and games and crafts will be available to entertain children while parents shop. The market will take place in the school’s art gallery and gymnasium located at 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., between Oakdale and Fairview Roads, in the historic Druid Hills neighborhood. Admission and parking are free. For more information and directions, please visit paideiaschool.org

Little 5 Points Community Center hosts a Holiday Open Art Studio Tour, Show, and Sale Dec. 2-4. Attendees can tour four different art studios of the Euclid Arts Collective as well as meet a variety of local artists including Hollis HildebrandMills, Carla House, Michelle Jordan, Henry Leonard, and TW Meyer. The art sale will have a wide selection of artwork: hand-woven wearables & textile arts, watercolors, jewelry, ceramic sculpture, photographs, drawings, collage, decoupage on glass, and mixed media paintings. The event is free and open to the public. The Little 5 Points Community Center is at the corner of Euclid and Austin Avenues in Inman Park, 1083 Austin Ave. For more information, please contact Michelle Jordan at michelle@jordanclaystudio. com or (404)759-0851. Visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com for more events.

TRIPSTER Events, Fun & Festivals Outside the Loop Oct. 27-Nov. 5 Experience the best of the Carolina coast during the week long Coastal Carolina Fair, from Oct. 27 to Nov.5. Entertainment includes live music, hypnotist Mark Yuzuik, Welde’s Bear Show, horse shows, bull riding, and more. The fair also hosts a youth art competition, talent search and several beauty pageants. During the day, enjoy the carnival rides, art exhibits and food vendors. Nighttime offers a fireworks show over the lake. For times and ticket information, visit coastalcarolinafair.org Nov. 4-6 Dahlonega’s Hemlock Festival returns this year with singer-songwriters, folk, blue/newgrass, blues, classic oldies, Celtic rock, and jam band music all weekend. The event also includes educational programs, primitive camping, arts and crafts, canoeing and more. HemlockFest is an all-ages, eco-friendly event with 100 percent of the proceeds aiding efforts to save hemlock trees by minimizing the impact of the hemlock woolly adelgid, a parasitic insect killing the hemlocks of North Georgia. Weekend pass is $50, but individual day tickets are also available. Check hemlockfest.org for purchasing and pricing information. Nov. 10-13 The four-day Highlands Culinary


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Weekend showcases the North Carolina town’s award-winning restaurants, innovative chefs and a huge selection of wine varietals. Festivities start with the Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 11. Sip, swirl and savor fine wines and enjoy the delectable cuisine of Highlands’ local chefs. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, fill your itineraries with an array of activities, from tastings and dinners to chef cookbook signings hosted by local restaurants, merchants and accommodations of Highlands. Relax with the popular Sip and Stroll in downtown Highlands. For more information and ticket purchasing see highlandsculinaryweekend.com Nov. 10-30 Chattanooga offers several holiday events beginning in mid-November with Ruby Falls’ Deck the Falls on Nov. 10. Take a tour of the falls with the sounds of the season. Then enjoy the holiday light show at the waterfall. Rock City lights up on Nov. 18 with its Enchanted Garden of Lights. Get there early on Nov. 17 to catch the monthly Fireside Nights concert for Nov. on the patio of the Rock City Starbucks. Both events end Nov. 30. Find more information at seerockcity.com and rubyfalls.com.

Nov. 12 & 13 The Island Recreation Association and South Carolina Bank & Trust will host the Hilton Head Oyster Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. This two-day event will be held at the Shelter Cove Community Park and will feature a variety of oysters and shrimp, an assortment of beer and wine. This family event features live music and a kid’s zone including moon bounces, carnival games, prizes and much more from Jumpin Jaxx. Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Craft Show and Silent Auction featuring items such as rounds of golf, art from local artisans, and gift certificates from local restaurants up for bid. Admission is $10 per person with children 12 and under being free. islandreccenter.org. Nov. 25 & 26 Kick-off the holiday season at Savannah’s Holly Days Festival on Nov. 25 and 26. The event will provide live entertainment including music and dance performances. For children there will be a snow area for playing, and for everyone there will be a skating rink on Broughton Street. More activities include arts and crafts, a holiday market area, and an International Wine Tasting event. For more information, visit savannahhollydays.com.

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photography as propaganda– street talk

A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. The Water and the Blood

features photographer Jill Greenberg’s powerful works about the female in society today that feature athletes and dancers underwater in beautiful pools. Closed Sunday. Admission is free.hfgallery.org

Performing Arts Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: It’s back! Experience the timeless tale of Rudolph and friends in a whole new way – live at the Center for Puppetry Arts! Opens November 1. $16.50. puppet.org

Visual Arts & Museums Photography as Propaganda ­– Street Talk: This exhibit at Lumiere Gallery features a diverse profile of street-level images. Some of the works highlight literal messages on walls, pavements and billboards, and some are observations of people and events. Opens November 12. Admission is free. lumieregallery.net 4 Years: Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery presents a selection of works from the gallery’s permanent collection that the college has acquired during the average tenure of a college student – four years. Closes November 13. Free! agnesscott.edu

Off the Cuff, On the Fly: This exhibit at The Seen Gallery showcases a special collection of photographs by artists who competed in a contest in which only cellular phones were used to produce the photos. Closes November 23. Admission is free. theseengallery.com Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection: This exhibit at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wore to communicate messages during her diplomatic tenure. Closes November 27. $6 to $8. jimmycarterlibrary.org The Water and the Blood: This

sex drive

exhibit at MOCA GA features work by Micah Stansell, an Atlanta-based video/filmmaker and installation artist. The title of the exhibit refers to water as a life-giving liquid, and there is a very literal water component within the installation. Open Tuesday through Saturday. $1 to $5. mocaga.org Sex Drive: The participating artists in this exhibit at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center bring their own pleasures and political dispositions to bear on identity and gender, romance and lust, religious and legal strictures, and private and public scandals. Closed Monday. $3 to $5. thecontemporary.org The Glass Ceiling: This exhibit at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery

Mamma Mia!: Presented by Broadway Across America at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, this sunny musical unfolds on a Greek island paradise with a mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! November 2 through November 6. $30 to $60. broadwayacrossamerica.com Love’s Labour’s Lost: Can three young men honor their pledge to avoid the opposite sex, food and drink, and sleep for the sake of becoming more intellectual and contemplative? Not in Shakespeare’s world and certainly not at the New American Shakespeare Tavern! November 3 through November 27. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com The Super Villain Monologues: This show at Dad’s Garage is a collection of the most powerful, beautiful, diabolical

and stupid monologues in the history of masked villainy! Opens November 3. $6 to $23. dadsgarage.com The Art of Countertenor: Countertenors Terry Barber and Chris Conley join New Trinity Baroque in this concert featuring sacred countertenor duets and arias at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. November 5. $9 to $39. newtrinitybaroque.org Lay of the Land: Gay and human rights activist Tim Miller performs this new play at 7 Stages, a saucy, sharp-knifed look at the State of the Queer Union during a time when gay folks are perpetually on trial, on the ballot, and on the menu. November 10 through November 13. $20 to $25. 7stages.org Schola Cantorum de Venezuela: Experience the joyous sounds of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, one of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles, at this concert at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. November 11. $38. arts.emory.edu Lucia di Lammermoor: Lucia’s

forced marriage sets off a chain of tragic events that lead to the most spectacularly mad scene in opera in this chilling tragedy presented by The Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. November 12 through November 20. $25 to $140. atlantaopera.org Imperial Acrobats of China: Chi of Shaolin: Presented at the Ferst Center for the Arts, this inspiring and entertaining story of a thief left for dead and found by Shaolin monks encompasses a spellbinding array of acrobatics, a fusion of traditional and modern dance, and amazing displays of martial arts. November 13. $22 to $47. ferstcenter.gatech.edu The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: OMG! This improvisational survival guide for tweenagers at the Alliance Theatre is a musical based on interviews with ‘tweens in Atlanta. Closes November 13. $20. alliancetheatre.org DeKalb Symphony All Orchestra Concert: DeKalb Symphony Orchestra performs several great works in this all-orchestral concert under

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

One Last Chance I am an artist and I’ve been thinking…

imperial acrobats of china

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A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol: This fun holiday musical at OnStage Atlanta takes place on Christmas Eve, 1943, as the Feddington Players broadcast their contemporary take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from their hole-inthe-wall studio. Opens November 25. $10 to $20. onstageatlanta.com Symphonic Spectacular: Michael Krajewski leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this program of the most beloved hits of classical music as you’ve never heard or seen them before at Symphony Hall. November 25 and November 26. $20 to $59. atlantasymphony.org

the direction of Fyodor Cherniavsky at Georgia Perimeter College’s Marvin Cole Auditorium. November 15. $10 to $22. dekalbsymphony.com Menotti One-Act Operas: Georgia State University School of Music students present oneact operas by Gian Carlo Menotti including “The Old Maid and the Thief” at Kopleff Recital Hall. November 18 through November 20. $5 to $10. music.gsu.edu Battle Acts: At this show presented by Laughing Matters at the Academy Theatre, individual improvisers compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament. November 19. $12 to $15. laughingmatters.com Ronald K. Brown - EVIDENCE: A Dance Company: In this performance at the Rialto Center for the Arts, choreographer Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human experience. November 19. $37 to $61. rialtocenter.org Jazz Under the Skylight: The Brent Runnels Quartet performs select jazz works at this concert at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. November 20. $10. oglethorpe.edu KeepitINtown.com

The Nativity: A Gospel Celebration: True Colors Theatre Company presents this new work by Patdro Harris at the Southwest Fulton Arts Center that is a gospel telling of the Christmas story through the combination of scripture, poetry, dance and song. Opens November 30. $20 to $30. truecolorstheatre.org For more information about these shows, more upcoming events and to purchase tickets, visit AtlantaPlanIt.com.

Probably I scared the daylights out of trick-or-treaters this year because instead of wearing a mask I decided to answer the door with a clipboard and a telephone headset and my pajama bottoms. I could see the worried looks on the mothers’ faces saying in hushed tones, “just get the candy and leave before he starts asking questions about our household income.” They couldn’t have known that the man with wires on his head nervously tapping a board with papers was just working late on a festival that is due to start in a couple of days. I’m pretty sure I was disheveled and nervous looking, exacerbating the horrifying image every child has of old people. I wondered briefly if I smelled faintly of wax or Polident and if I’d gotten that chocolate turtle off my giant menacing front teeth. In the end of course it’s all about the candy and not getting caught with it on your face when you answer the door. Most artists I know are winding down their year to spend some hard earned time and money on their families. Sometimes I imagine a fire in a dark room with grandma ladling out portions of stew from an iron cauldron while children play with last year’s second hand toys nervously wondering if their pets will be on the menu. But that’s just my idea of fun because I’m a big fan of The Addams Family and I’m not really over Halloween yet. Perhaps because or in spite of these times I keep working to organize opportunities for artists to make a living. On Nov. 5-6 we have our last art festival of the year, The Chastain Park Arts Festival, in hopes that artists can make a proud bow to consumers who have come to see the wonder of art and how it’s made before the frenzy of holiday mass merchandising is in high gear even though it already started in August. Finding even one item of art and knowing the person who made it increases the value in every way. We artists hang our hopes on this perception, that our admirers will appreciate the intricate details wrought from our own hands and take it home or share with a loved one. And that, if you ask me is practically like a roadmap to a successful Thanksgiving, without the gelatin salad or tofurkey leftovers. If you’re already planning your holiday calendar and a “new” recipe for medicinally

infused eggnog to ward off the effects of visiting relatives, stop for a minute. Remember, one item made by hand with thoughtful care means much more than any famous designer could produce by ‘little hands’ in China. I should know this because of course all old people are wise, so you should take my advice and support your local artist before I really do come to your home with a clipboard asking personal questions. Here are some of my favorite things to do this month. Enjoy! Nov. 4: The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Defoor Center. Featuring 25 award winning jewelry artists. 11710 Defoor Ave. AtlantaContemporaryJewelryShow.com Nov. 5: ArtCAN 2011 is an evening of inspiration and art from 25 artists who are cancer survivors or have had their lives affected by cancer. At the Bill Lowe Gallery, 1555 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 100. lowegallery.com Nov. 5-6: The Chastain Park Arts Festival is back for a third year and it just keeps getting better. Grab your coat and head to the park to see over 175 artists, demonstrations, delicious local foods, music and more. Free to attend. Park Drive at Stella Drive, 4469 Stella Drive. chastainparkartsfestival.com Nov. 7: Bohemian Circus at the Apache Cafe. This interactive evening of art by emerging artists is engaging. 64 Third St. NW. apachecafe.com Nov. 12-13: Slotin Folk Art Auction - The George and Sue Viener Collection. At Historic Buford Hall, 112 E. Shadburn Ave., Buford, GA 30518. For information, auction@slotinfolkart.com Nov. 19: Art Visions at The Paideia School. This is their 29th anniversary art market and fundraiser for art programs. Art and merchandise from 100 local artists with an emphasis on eco-friendly design. 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave. paideiaschool.org/parents/artvision.aspx.

Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.

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Making cigar boxes, washtubs and gourds musical By Tina Chadwick

“Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (This is not a pipe) is the famous line under artist Rene Magritte’s depiction of that very object*. While his was more word nuance, for musician Scott Waters, a common object really does become something else entirely. Waters takes simple, seemingly ordinary things and turns them into functioning musical instruments. His first work turned an everyday washtub into a bass – complete with strings made from weed whacker lines. “I wanted to merge my musical tendencies with my love of Appalachian culture,” Waters explains when asked what prompted the project. His second undertaking was a cigar box fiddle – a Christmas present for his wife, also a musician. Waters says that there is actually a big movement of cigar box guitar makers that he engaged online when developing his version. “Most of the box guitars are electric but I was more interested in an acoustic one to fit with our style of music,” he says. From there, Waters moved on to study how guitars work by using things like mixing bowls and jelly jars for parts and pieces to turn a wine box into a table top guitar. Enthused at the original sounds and beauty of the pieces, Waters went on to create a gourd banjo, too. “Found object instrument building has reach international scope. There are entire Facebook groups based on instrument making. You find these crazy – in a good way – people who make instruments out of anything. It’s a pretty cool phenomenon.” Waters gets very passionate when talking about his art. “Woodworking is in my blood. My dad is a really talented carpenter so I grew up understanding the satisfaction of standing back and looking at something you made with your bare hands.” Waters claims he’ll never be as talented as his dad (dixiewoodworksonline.com), but when looking at his inspired art, it’s easy to find argument. Currently, Waters is crafting instruments he and his wife are planning on playing on their second CD release of musical group, Low June (lowjunewoodworks.com). Along the way he has also made furniture art like tables and desks, but what he’s really anxious to make right now, it’s a canoe. We can look forward to seeing what objects he gathers to make it float. *It should be noted that Magritte’s point was that the painting was the image of a pipe, not a pipe itself.

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Consider take-out or a restaurant for the annual Thanksgiving nosh children 5 and under. Reservations are necessary and can be made at (404) 3030133. See villachristina.com for more information.

By Julia Turner Thanksgiving kicks off the start of the holiday season by bringing together family and friends for some great food, but for anyone cooking dinner, it can be more stressful than enjoyable. If you’re looking to spend more time appreciating the company you’re with than the fact that the sweet potatoes didn’t burn, perhaps you could consider eating out this year. Several Atlanta eateries provide dine-in or take-out options for the annual turkey day, and we’ve selected a few for a list that is particularly delectable. Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience or just want someone else to take care of that beast of a bird for you, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our list. Happy eating! Atkins Park offers Big Green Egg smoked turkey breast with caramelized apple and sage stuffing and cider gravy, green bean casserole and roasted garlic mashed potatoes for sides, sweet potato biscuits and cranberry Grand Marnier compote to finish it off. For dessert, they have pumpkin cheesecake or southern pecan pie. $20 for adults, $15 for young adults, and $8 for under 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call (404) 876-7249 or visit atkinspark.com for more information or to make your reservation. Steakhouse Davios’ Thanksgiving menu, served from 12-8 p.m., includes roasted butternut squash soup and a large plate of KeepitINtown.com

sliced oven-roasted Vermont free-range organic turkey for every diner. Sides of Yukon gold mashed potatoes, glazed yams, creamy Cipollini onions with fresh peas, corn bread herb stuffing and homemade gravy, cranberry apple chutney, and sautéed creamy kale are served family style with the soup and turkey. $40 for dinner, $10 for dessert, $15 for children’s menu (12 years or younger). Reservations requested. davios.com Murphy’s in Virginia Highland will be offering its Thanksgiving To Go for 4 featuring turkey, stuffing and all the fixings, plus your choice of pies. The price is $125 and pick-up times will be on Nov. 23 the day before Thanksgiving. For more information, visit murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com. Food 101 will serve a family style menu from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu features herb roasted turkey, maple and sugar spiral ham, rosemary leg of lamb, smoked gouda mac and cheese, black-eyed peas, okra and stewed tomatoes, creamed corn, and more. $40 for adults, $20 for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. For more information see food101atlanta.com. Lobby Bar and Bistro and Room at Twelve will both offer their annual Thanksgiving buffets from 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. With roasted brined turkey breast, prime rib and horaseradish sour cream, and pineapple, mustard and brown sugar glazed ham at the carving station and sides ranging from truffle macaroni and cheese to roasted

winter squash to fresh salads, Lobby and Room have something for everyone. The buffets also includes seafood entrees, and children’s options. $49 for adults, $17 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5. To make a reservation, call (404) 9617370 (Lobby) or (404) 418-1250 (Room). Visit lobbyattwelve.com/home and roomattwelve.com/roomhome for more information. Parish Foods & Goods offers an a la carte to-go menu that presents fresh, organic ingredients harvested from local farmers. Menu items include all natural roasted boneless turkey breast with giblet gravy, sausage and cornbread dressing, chile and lemon glazed sweet potatoes, bread and butter deviled eggs, and more. Dessert options are pumpkin, apple, or sweet potato and marshmallow pies. Orders must be placed by Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. and picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23 after 12 p.m. To place your order, call (404) 6814434. parishatl.com/home. Villa Christina has their annual Thanksgiving Brunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes traditional Thanksgiving favorites such as turkey topped with fresh herbs and smashed sweet potatoes topped with roasted marshmellows as well as Tuscan inspired cuisine. Mediterranean dishes of seafood, salads, and an array of pastas like ravioli stuffed with lobster and ricotta cheese will tempt anyone away from the day’s usual repast. $45 for adults, $25 for children (6-12), and free for

Wildfire at Perimeter Mall serve a family-style menu from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. The menu offers homemade cornbread, deviled eggs, spit roasted turkey, brown sugar glazed sweet potatoes, and several vegetable options. For dessert, diners can choose from an assortment of pies and cakes including apple streusel, pumpkin, and maple pecan pies. Reservations are required and can be made at (770) 730-9080. $34.95 for adults, $14.95 for children 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. wildfirerestaurant.com/Atlanta. And if you want a traditional Southern dinner, The Colonnade will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving up its four-course traditional turkey and dressing dinner along with their famous veggies. The prices is $20 per person. We recommend patience because there is usually a wait to get a seat, so maybe have a drink in the bar. You can see the full menu and more at colonnadeatl.com.

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Who, What & WhYnatte Entrepreneurs strike gold with latte energy drink By Taylor Arnold

Jesse Altman and Andy Wessels never set out to start a beverage company, but that is exactly what they did. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. In the last five years, Whynatte Latte has become a staple in over 750 restaurants and bars all across Atlanta. It’s a coffee and energy drink that is perfect as both a mixer and a standalone beverage, and it’s made with milk that’s free of antibiotics and artificial hormones. “It’s not insanely sweet like other ready-to-drink coffee drinks on the market,” Altman says. “Liquor has an inherent sweetness, so we made Whynatte lower in sugar and calories.” So what made this beverage such a local phenomenon? Altman and Wessels credit good old-fashioned word-of-mouth to their success. It all started back in 2004 in a friend’s kitchen when Altman was dared to drop a shot of Jager into a latte. He shrugged and said, “Whynatte?” The rest, as they say, is history. “We had a brand before a product,” Wessels says. “Most bars didn’t serve coffee, so we asked ourselves, how can we get this name to catch on like the Shirley Temple? Let’s see if we can get a drink people know by name in Atlanta.” So Jesse bought the Whynatte domain and began posting pictures of friends with the drink. Friends told more friends, and pretty soon

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Whynatte cocktail parties were popping up on college campuses all over the country. Then Rolling Stone heard about this underground phenomenon and featured it in the November 2006 issue. After that, Altman and Wessels turned to friend Jim Natoli who brought over 23 years of experience in product development from The Coca-Cola Company. By 2008, they released their own ready-to-drink latte on the market. Today Whynatte cocktails are served in a growing list of Atlanta hotspots including TWO Urban Licks, Tin Lizzy’s, and Taco Mac. “We’re in a lot of places with live music, so the brand is a natural association,” Wessels says. “Now we sponsor local artists and use Twitter to advertise shows and drink specials.” Thanks to the Atlanta community, the Whynatte Company has single-handedly created a market for a coffee beverage used as a mixer in the bar and nightclub world. “Now bartenders have taken it and run with it,” Altman says. “We’re so grateful for the community in Atlanta because it’s all about word of mouth. People have gone out of their way to help us along.” These days you’d be hard pressed to find a bartender in Atlanta that doesn’t make a Whynatte cocktail. In addition to restaurants and bars, you can find Whynatte in every Quik Trip in the state of Georgia. Yet with all of their success, the Whynatte Company still considers itself a word-ofmouth community with deep respect for their social heritage. “We’d like to be in three major markets, but you’ve got to lock down your own market first,” Wessels says. “If we can do that, we have a model we can replicate anywhere.”


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In the Kitchen with Hugh

Restaurateur and Top Chef star embraces Thanksgiving For Hugh, a master of modern southern cuisine, southern food means a celebration of the bounty around us. And anything smothered is good- like the now perfectly cooked chanterelles he heaps over a piece of toasted sourdough bread before me. It smells divine and I’m ready to dig in. Perfect comfort food for the chilly days of autumn. I’ve always liked Hugh. But now, here, seated in his kitchen, I like him even more. See more of Hugh Acheson behind the scenes, as well as a tour of his fabulous home kitchen at


Chanterelles on Toast 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 pound fresh chanterelles 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup chicken stock ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley 1 tablespoon cold butter ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

By Pamela Berger I like Hugh Acheson. I’ve seen him on TV, read his thoughts on local, sustainable food and have thoroughly enjoyed his innovative, southern fare at Empire State South in midtown – savoring the surprisingly perfect pork belly atop kimchi rice grits or the butternut squash soup with crème fraiche and candied pecans that left me wanting to lick the spoon, and the plate and if I could, hug the cook. Two weeks ago, I had the chance to meet this critically acclaimed chef at his home in Athens. Upon walking in, I found the space to be charming, homey, open and inclusive. Everything felt very normal, except Top Chef Master, Hugh Acheson was there in the kitchen, surveying his organized arrangement of culinary ingredients and tools before him. He started to chop within seconds of our first handshake. Our meeting was arranged after I had inquired if Hugh could share a recipe of his choosing for the November issue of this paper as well as for my southern inspired blog, sweetpeachblog.com. Hugh is a big fan of mushrooms, specifically of the wild, foraged variety. Straight from the soil, these mushrooms indicate a season and can be successfully foraged here in Georgia during the months of April, May and June. When I asked Hugh what he liked best about mushrooms, he replied, “They’re earthy, clean, with so much flavor and they’re good for you too.” KeepitINtown.com

Hugh wants to advance the idea of proper skill sets in the kitchen. As he tosses some beautiful chanterelles into a saucepan and we hear the distinct sizzle of hot oil, he wonders aloud why Americans don’t necessarily know how to cook mushrooms properly- “Was it the popularity of the grilled Portobello mushroom that did us all in?” To cook a mushroom is to first understand a mushroom. Hugh states simply, “Mushrooms like high heat, they like to sear.” He expounds further in his newly released book, A New Turn In the South, “Mushrooms are like sponges full of water. When subjected to heat, they release their liquid, and after some of it evaporates, they will suck the rest back up. So I start by letting them hit the hot oil, sizzle and then color a bit.” Hugh’s cookbook is gorgeously photographed by co-Athens resident and friend, Rinne Allen and is a mix of scrumptious, inventive takes on southern food as well as impromptu sketches and thoughts from Hugh, which makes for a thoroughly entertaining read. It’s an inspired, visual, informational cookbook that encourages spontaneity and some fun in the kitchen. This book makes you want to cook. Although Hugh is Canadian, he does celebrate and embrace our Thanksgiving holiday. If you were seated at his dining table, you’d find the traditional dishes like turkey and ham, squash casserole and oyster pie. Turnips, butternut squash and pumpkin pie are favorites too. He just wishes this fervor for seasonal food was more lasting, saying “The reverence for the seasonality is there, we just need to make it more of a year round affair.”

Freshly ground pepper to taste 4 slices toasted sourdough 4 tablespoons shaved Parmigiano *Serves 4 Heat your largest frying pan over medium-high heat and when it is hot, add the olive oil. Once the olive oil is hot, add the chanterelles. Cook for 4 minutes without moving them around too much. Once the 4 minutes has elapsed, add the sherry vinegar and the lemon juice and cook down until fully reduced. Add the stock and reduce by half (you are not exactly reducing so much as hydrating the mushrooms.) Add the rosemary, thyme, parsley and butter. Stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate the butter. Season with salt and pepper. Evenly spoon the chanterelles over the 4 pieces of toasted bread and garnish with shaved Parmigiano.

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Quick Bites

CLosInG the LooP

Restaurants work toward eco-friendly habits after the meal, too

By Tina Chadwick It’s so satisfying to enjoy an amazing dinner at a variety of Atlanta restaurants that serve local, organic fare. But what happens after the meal? “Closing The Loop” is the term ascribed to taking the food, paper and other wastes of dining and making sure each is disposed of responsibly, or, if possible, even re-used. Ecco in Midtown is one of the restaurants making sure it’s being environmentally friendy. “About six months after opening in ’06, our owner, Steve Simon, became passionate about reducing the massive amount of waste produced in the industry,” said general manager Mark Wilson. Ecco built a rooftop garden that bears vegetables and helps control temperature in the restaurant. Rainwater is even piped back up to water it. The forward-thinking restaurant also buys back soil from a composting partner that carries away its food waste. “We save an overwhelming amount of waste from the landfill and looking at the number, it’s staggering how much good it does,” Wilson said. “It truly is a cycle that helps itself.”

A big barrier for many other restaurants that want to move toward the trend is “container sharing.” If restaurants have their own, dedicated waste containers, it’s much easier to participate in recycling, waste reduction and composting. If waste containers are shared, it makes it much more difficult to separate waste into useable parts. “We do our best now and we are working with the City of Decatur on a sustainable restaurant program,” said Heather Gibson, manager at Leon’s Full Service. Leon’s built sustainable thinking in about every aspect of their business, Gibson said. “We use corn cups for to-go cups, use recycled wine bottles for our water bottles and even control how many lights are on or off – depending on what the sun is doing.” When asked about costs of these extra efforts, Gibson explained, “When you’re a community-driven restaurant, you consider all aspects of being members of that community. Everything you do has an impact – so it’s not just recycling, or just composting, it’s looking at every aspect of food service and building it into what you do. We consider the cost of not doing it much greater than the nominal amount it takes to participate.” While there are the obvious benefits to closing the loop such as reducing waste, reducing use and reusing resources, Wilson says there is also a chain reaction in habit. “Everyone who works with us begins to incorporate our practices at home as well. It makes people feel like they are part of a greater good – makes them want to work – it’s inspiring.”

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Market Street Café is now open Buckhead’s Prominance building. The café has cook-toorder stations with options of salads, wraps, paninis, pizzas, and more, all made with ingredients grown by farmers in the Atlanta community. Market Street serves breakfast and lunch as well as offers catering services for events. themarketstcafe.com After years of eating and cooking with their Southern mothers and grandmothers, entrepreneurs Lee Bradshaw Johnson (Dog Days) and JJ Tomlinson (Fickle Manor) opened Half-Baked Casseroles in Buckhead. Their inspiration and expertise bring amazing casseroles, and more, to Atlanta. Their modern twist to the recipes will leave your mouth watering. 3185 Roswell Road, eat@halfbakedcasseroles.com, 404-228-5836. halfbakedcasseroles.com The Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Beer Fest is Sunday, Nov. 6. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a 5K run through Inman Park and the Freedom Park PATH. Afterwards enjoy a sampling of more than 80 seasonal beers from your favorite local and national craft breweries, and food from Inman Park restaurants. The event supports the Inman Park Security Patrol (IPSP), which employs uniformed off-duty Atlanta Police officers to patrol the neighborhood to keep neighbors and visitors safe. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the event. $50 combo tickets for the 5K and Beer Fest are available. Ages 21-plus only, capacity limited. inmanparkbeerchase.com To help wine lovers and beginners explore new varieties, the New York Butcher Shoppe has launched a Wine Club. On the first Wednesday of each month, the shop provides two wines with tasting notes to Wine Club members. Club members also receive a 10 percent discount on all other wine purchases. Membership is $29.99 per month, with a three-month minimum. For those who decide to purchase five months, the sixth month is free. The New York Butcher Shoppe has locations in Alpharetta, Buckhead and Dunwoody. nybutcher.com


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News & Happenings

Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. With over 140 different menu items, the restaurant is a new option for breakfast, lunch or brunch. It is open daily from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. anotherbrokenegg.com. Inman Park restaurant Park’s Edge, recently got a whole new look, feel, and menu overnight when Chef Gordon Ramsey came to the establishment for his Fox reality show, Kitchen Nightmares. The episode is slated to air this month. parksedgeatl.com. Radial Café on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park is now open for dinner service until 10 p.m. You can enjoy new menu options including short ribs with parsnip-potato puree, slow-braised pork over pappardelle, Georgia trout with sweet potato hash, and Georgia wild shrimp and chorizo penne - to name a few. Breakfast for dinner has been a request from regulars, so the menu includes a selection of old favorites. Radial Café has always catered to special dietary needs like gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian – there is even a raw dish or two! radialcafe.com The Cook’s Warehouse recently opened its fourth store in East Cobb. Located in the newly renovated Merchants Walk shopping center on Johnson Ferry Road, the store is 4,800 square feet and is now Cook’s secondlargest store. cookswarehouse.com Ocean Prime is now open for dinner nightly on Piedmont Road in Buckhead and serves a “modern American supper club menu.” Visit oceanprimeatlanta.com or call (404) 846-0505. Murphy’s Restaurant has named Geri Ravelo as their Executive Pastry Chef. A graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Ravelo boasts a degree in Culinary Arts with a concentration in baking and pastry. Ravelo hails from the Capital City Club in Downtown where she presided over their dessert program for four years. murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com Hill Street Tavern is now open on Decatur Street in the Pencil Factory Lofts & Shops. Free covered and secure parking. hillstreettavern.com Local Market South has launched its online retail site, the first web retailer to focus on handcrafted specialty foods produced by Southern artisans. Products range from meats and ice cream to specialty foods such as jams, relishes, sauces, granola, tea and nuts. localmarketsouth.com Yoforia has opened a new location on Monroe Drive just across from Piedmont Park. yoforia.com

The first Georgia franchise of Another Broken Egg Cafe recently opened in the

Yumbii has acquired a second food truck to serve up its fusion of Asian spices with traditional Latin cuisine. Yumbii’s weekly schedule can be found at yumbii.com. KeepitINtown.com

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Go Green


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On Top of Their Environmental Game Local filmmaker & activist working on documentary film By Brandon Sutton Kids are changing the world, with or without the help of adults. That’s the underlying message behind a new documentary film in the works called Kids of the Gulf. Last summer and again this spring, I visited the Gulf coast to document the BP oil spill’s insidious, yet often hidden impacts on local communities along the coast. The work caught the attention of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) and two of its young volunteers who are determined to have a positive impact on the oil spill, regardless of the waning national attention on the issue. Somerhalder, best known for his leading roles in The Vampire Diaries and in Lost, is an outspoken activist and advocate for clean energy, animal rights, and environmental protection, and started ISF to champion these causes. Devon, 7, and Devin, 13, are traveling to the Gulf this fall to learn about how the spill impacted kids and families along the coast. They want to see for themselves what it’s like for kids just like them to live in the disaster’s aftermath day after day. Ultimately, they want to help the communities that were impacted by raising awareness of the human side of the disaster in the hopes that we can change things that are keeping our citizens and environment in constant jeopardy of tragic events like the 2010 oil spill. We’re taking a professional film crew down to the Gulf to document the journey of these kids as they discover what’s really going on along the coast. Away from the slick advertisements that have lulled the country into complacency, the experiences in the bayous and on the beaches of the Gulf will provide Devon and Devin with a unique perspective to share with their global following. Already, kids from 47 countries on six continents are supporting the film, and Twitter has been ablaze with mentions of the initiative since the day the fundraising campaign was announced.

Eco-Briefs Empire Heating and Air Conditioning is looking for the oldest furnace in the Atlanta area and will give its owner a new furnace free as part of a effort to highlight the potential for energy savings from new, high efficiency heating equipment. “We felt this contest was a good way to draw attention to the potential to save a lot of money by upgrading an old heating system,” said Martin Hoover from Empire Heating and

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Our Atlanta-based team is committed to helping share these stories with the world through a beautifully produced documentary film that we intend to show on network TV, in major film festivals, and other public and private screenings. With the support and encouragement of ISF, the message these kids are sending to the world is being amplified significantly, and a whole new generation of change makers is being inspired to speak out and take action in their own communities. To learn more, or to support/sponsor Kids of the Gulf, visit kidsofthegulf.com.

Air Conditioning. “There are some very old furnaces around town and homeowners are wasting a lot of money and contributing a lot of greenhouse gases by continuing to operate them.” Homeowners who believe they might have the oldest furnace in the area are encouraged to complete Empire’s online entry form found on their website at empirehvac.com or to call (404) 2940900 for one to be mailed. There are 25 great prizes being offered to all entrants

Celebrities aren’t the only ones using their status for good. Athletes are also doing their part to help save the planet, and, in turn, making big changes within their sports and the lives of their many fans. Riding for clean air, both biker Lance Armstrong and Indy racecar driver Leilani Munter are champions for clean fuel alternatives on and off the track. After decades of biking along side gas guzzling cars, Armstrong realized that he was filling his lungs with dirty exhaust fumes, so in 2009 he purchased a 100 percent electric car. Through his endorsement of the Nissan Leaf, he helped sell out all 13,000 cars in production that year with the hope that one day he and other bikers could share the road without fear of breathing toxins. On another set of wheels, Munter is working to ensure that every racecar within her sport uses clean, renewable biofuels and that every racetrack has a comprehensive recycling program. Her website, carbonfreegirl.com, is dedicated to raising awareness about clean energy and environmental legislation and spreads the message to over a 100 million US race fans. Fans of snowboarding and ending global warming cheer for Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (gretchenbleiler. com) and her quest to save the snow for her and other snowboarders. Off the slopes she works with the Climate Project and StopGlobalWarming.org and on the slopes sports a recycled polyester snowboarding suit. She writes about these environmental issues on ESPNW.com to educate and empower women to follow in her green footsteps. Making green strides in our own backyard, Ovie Mughelli, Atlanta Falcon’s fullback and Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation (oviemughellifoundation.org), is working to spread environmental education and stewardship to the youth of our nation. In addition to hosting youth environmental fitness camps, introducing Eco Club to Atlanta area Boys & Girls Clubs, and creating the OMF Planeteer’s Club, which gives Falcons tickets to environmentally focused youth programs, Mughelli teamed up with eco-clothing children’s line Origany to launch a new toddler sportswear line. These athletes are not only champions of their sport, but also role models to their many fans. Their dedication to the betterment of their sport and the planet will hopefully inspire sports fans to think differently and act environmentally. For more eco-living tips and news, visit my blog at LauraSeydel.com.

by drawing so even if your furnace isn’t the oldest you still have a great chance to win. Entries will be checked for age and the winner will be selected by Jan. 20, 2012. Environmental artist John Grade comes to Atlanta as an Emory University artistin-residence Nov. 6-19 to design and build large-scale sculptural installations using biodegradable materials. His project, “Piedmont Divide” will visually and

conceptually link two Emory locations: the main “Quadrangle” and Lullwater Preserve. Using materials derived from indigenous plants and trees, Grade will relate the form and construction method of the two installations to Emory’s research on West Nile Virus and worldwide water sustainability. The Atlanta and Emory communities are invited to participate as volunteers on the construction of the project. visualarts.emory.edu. KeepitINtown.com

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Boulevard Crossing Park

A new park is now open in the city and another one is getting an upgrade with the help of Intown elementary school students.

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Phase one of Boulevard Crossing Park, the newest park along the Atlanta BeltLine,

is now open to the public. Five acres of former industrial land were transformed into two large multi-use fields for outdoor sports, including a regulation-size soccer field. This is just the beginning of the transformation of Boulevard Crossing,” said

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. President and CEO Brian Leary. “This new greenspace provides a significant opportunity to create a major new park on the south side of Atlanta. We are extremely grateful to the community and our partners for their early leadership and continuing commitment to the Atlanta BeltLine.” “This is an exciting moment for the Chosewood Park neighborhood and the City of Atlanta,” said City Councilmember Carla Smith. “Boulevard Crossing Park is a great outdoor resource for the community, and it is only the first step toward evolving into the 22-acre park on the Atlanta BeltLine.” While phase of the park is five acres, the entire park will eventually occupy 22 acres of land, all of which is currently under the city’s control. “This year, thanks in large part to the BeltLine, our city no longer has the least amount of park space out of the 25 largest cities in the country,” said George Dusenbury, City of Atlanta Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. “But the BeltLine is about more than just adding new parks, it is also setting a new standard of quality for our park system.”

Boulevard Crossing Park was built with funding from City of Atlanta Park Improvement Bonds. The land was initially secured by The Trust for Public Land. Like other BeltLine parks, it was built as sustainably as possible. Some of the green aspects of the park include lamps wrapped in solar film, organic landscaping techniques and native/ naturalized plants to reduce maintenance costs, and kudzu-eating goats, provided by a partnership with Trees Atlanta, to help manage the invasive plant growth surrounding the park.

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Hope-Hill and Cook Elementary Schools is helping with the revitalization of Atlanta’s historic Selena Butler Park. (opposite page: Pictured top left and below left) More than 30 classes at the two schools have been selected to create a unique tile mosaic to add the finishing touch to the $1.6 million rebuild. Each class will design and glaze its own individual, ceramic tile. The tiles – donated by the Dal-Tile Corporation – will express the way the students feel about one of the following themes: parks and recreation;


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Selena Butler; education; or the City of Atlanta. Once the young artists complete their visions, the tiles will be professionally fired and installed in the park. The finished tiles will be unveiled at the Nov. 2 dedication ceremony hosted by the National Recreation and Park Association. Butler Park is named in honor of Selena Sloan Butler, who was a key figure in the struggle for racial equality in American education. Perhaps the most groundbreaking of her many accomplishments was founding the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers in 1911. The park restoration, principally funded by the Atlanta Housing Authority, will provide an active use plaza, playground equipment, a picnic/grill area, basketball and tennis courts, a multi-purpose field, a walking path and a community garden to a park once left tattered by Atlanta’s infamous 2008 tornadoes.


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GooGLe thIs Georgia Tech alumni revolutionizes online payments By Sydia Bell In 2010, Google acquired an ecommerce company for approximately $70 million. The In-App payment application enabled developers, both small and large, to make payment collection easy and straightforward for customers and business owners alike. The app was co-created by Amazon.com veteran and Georgia Tech alum Vikas Gupta, who gives his alma mater credit for his invention. The former Atlantan is now the head of consumer payments at Google and played a part in spearheading efforts in the reinvention of the online payment industry. Now, with just one-click, customers can purchase an item at a store, the next level of a game or any other digital content from the screen they are currently on. Instead of having to open up an entirely different application like PayPal, Google has created a frictionless purchase experience for the web. Unlike other apps that tack on a 30 percent up-charge for using online

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payments, Google’s stays at a flat rate of 5 percent. Gupta made sure that this low cost structure was embedded in the company because he remembers the days when he was a new international student with little money in his. The invention required Gupta and his colleagues to re-think all aspects of the payments platform – something he was used to doing as a student at Georgia Tech. Gupta recalls how the daily projects assigned in his classes required out of box thinking and also made him realize that whatever he put to his mind he could achieve. It was that drive and determination first detected as a student and developed further in his following years that lead Gupta to pursue his dream. For more information on In-App payment application visit: checkout.google.com/ inapppayments

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Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Atlanta) will host the ninth annual Downtown Development Day on Nov. 3 at Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The Obama Administration’s Federal Environmental Executive Michelle Moore and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will serve as keynote speakers. The event, which runs from 7:15 a.m. to noon, is designed to educate attendees on the progress of Downtown Atlanta’s revitalization and showcase plans for the future. The program includes a Downtown Development Expo, breakout sessions and an optional tour of downtown. Registration is now open. Tickets are $45 for CAP or CREW members and $400 for a table of 10. Non-member tickets are $55 and $500 for a table of 10. Student tickets are $25. Visit atlantadowntown.com to learn more about the event and purchase tickets. Women’s Economic Development Agency (WEDA) will hold its inaugural Women of Influence Fall Tea on Saturday, Nov. 5. from 1-4 p.m. at the Thalia N. Carlos Community Center, 2500 Clairmont Road. The event will be the organization’s first major fundraising event in four years. WEDA is non-profit organization with the mission to help women achieve economic independence, create opportunity, and, build a business

community through entrepreneurship. The Women of Influence Tea will spotlight some of the organization’s most successful alumni and businesswomen in the community. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of Tea Sandwiches (a variety of small savory sandwiches), unique hot teas served in individual tea pots, a delicious mini dessert bar, champagne, live jazz entertainment and red carpet festivities. Tickets are $60 and ticket deadline is Oct. 29. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, visit wedafalltea.eventbrite.com or Weda-Atlanta.org. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) brings the application process to students with a mobile phone application students can access with their smartphones. AJMLS is the first law school in the country to facilitate the application process through the use of portable devices. While it’s not an “app” in the traditional sense, in that there’s no downloading involved, it does provide the application form designed for today’s mobile devices. Students will still have to mail their transcripts, letters of recommendation, and write their personal statement. Students who apply to AJMLS using their mobile device will also get a waiver of the school’s $50 application fee for CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE KeepitINtown.com

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a limited time. Students can apply by typing m.johnmarshall.edu into their smartphone or tablet browser. When they’re ready to complete the application form, they press iApply and go straight to the form. For more information about AJMLS, please visit johnmarshall.edu.

the areas of African development, family demography, immigration, and Africans in the U.S. Diaspora. He received his doctorate in development sociology from Cornell University and earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. spelman.edu.

The Council for Quality Growth honored R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr. with the Four Pillar Award and Tribute on Oct. 6 for his contribution to economic development and quality of life in the Atlanta community. Currently Chairman of the Board for Atlanta-based Aaron’s, Inc., a lease-to-own retailer, Loudermilk has been dedicated to having the company give back to the community since its start in 1955. Loudermilk worked with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, leading the development effort of The Loudermilk Center, a meeting and events venue for nonprofit organizations, civic groups and the business community. Loudermilk has donated more than $17 million to local charities and causes. Challenged 12 years ago by Loudermilk, Aaron’s executives created ACORP, Aaron’s Community Outreach Program. Through ACORP, Aaron’s associates have donated thousands of hours of time to community service projects in Aaron’s communities across the U.S. and more than $10 million in goods and services donations. councilforqualitygrowth.org.

The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) has opened an onsite retail space, Switch Modern MODA. The museum partnered with the modern furniture and accessories showroom, Switch Modern, to open the space. According to Switch Modern coproprietor Roy Otwell, the offerings found at Switch Modern MODA will define innovative design and authenticity. Among the distinctive design goods that will be found at Switch Modern MODA will be a wall display of classic and new vases from Rosenthal, functional items like folding bicycles from Strida, felt wallets and totes by Graf & Lantz, and metallic wallets and other progressive high design small items starting at $20. MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree St., and can be reached at (404) 979-6455. For more information, visit museumofdesign.org.

Spelman College has named Dimeji Togunde, Ph.D., dean of the Gordon-Zeto Center for Global Education. The center has been launched under the auspices of the Gordon Zeto Endowed Fund for International Initiatives, which is supported by a $17 million anonymous gift received in 2008. The center will serve as the hub for Spelman¹s international programs aligned with curriculum development, international student recruitment, and study-travel abroad. Togunde comes to Spelman from Albion College where he held the John S. Ludington Endowed Chair in the social sciences as professor of sociology, and served as chair of the department of anthropology and sociology and director of ethnic studies. In addition to his role as dean, Togunde will also serve as a professor in the International Studies Program. His academic work intersects

LiftMaster has awarded Atlanta-based American Garage Doors and Openers with “ProVantage Dealer Status” for its commitment to excellent customer service, superior product knowledge and outstanding business practices. American Garage Doors and Openers, a residential and commercial garage door and access dealer servicing the Atlanta and North Georg areas, has installed and serviced more than 50,000 garage doors and garage door openers for local residents since 2003. aogaragedoor.com. In light of the unprecedented natural disasters including heatwaves, hurricanes and flooding, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to disaster relief efforts and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada this year. The damage from these disasters has been devastating, especially for some parts of the Northeast U.S. In addition to providing beverages immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Irene, the Foundation also earmarked $50,000 to support disaster relief efforts. A $25,000 grant will benefit the American Red Cross to support relief efforts in upstate New York, while another $25,000 grant will support the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. In addition to the disaster relief funding, the $1.6 million included funds for education and youth development programs, community


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Internap Network Services Corporation, a provider of IT Infrastructure services, announced a relocation of its corporate headquarters from downtown Atlanta to One Ravinia Drive in the Perimeter region of metro-Atlanta that will take place in the first quarter of 2012. The headquarters move is prompted by Internap’s planned Atlanta data center expansion, as announced in July. internap.com

Fidelity Bank announced the hiring of John M. Pruitt to manage Fidelity Bank mortgage. Pruitt has twenty-six years of major retail mortgage experience. He has held several positions in the mortgage industry, including past Executive Board member of Consumer Credit Counseling Services. FidelitySouthern.com

Champion Window of Atlanta donated more than 61,291 pounds of food this summer to help fight child hunger in their community. The donation was part of a company-wide program to raise awareness of hunger in America and increase the amount of food available through local food banks during the summer months when donations typically decline. Close The Window On Hunger launched on June 1 and provided Champion Window of Atlanta and its customers a chance to help fight hunger in their own community. Champion worked with an area food depository by donating 50 pounds of food per in-home appointment, and an additional 100 pounds of food for every project order placed by Aug. 31. To learn more about Champion’s Close the Window on Hunger visit CloseTheWindowOnHunger.com Henri Bendel boutique is now open at Lenox Square. The Fifth Avenue retailer is one of Manhattan’s chicest shopping environments and offers handbags, rings,

Atlanta’s Melia Hotel now offers its Studio 25, located on the 25th floor of the hotel, as an event facility. The 7,000 square-foot facility exposes Atlanta’s skyline stretching from downtown to Buckhead. The views and adjustable walls make Studio 25 the ideal venue for fundraisers, weddings, corporate conferences, networking events, nightclubstyle events and additional social gatherings. Business events may also enjoy the more intimate, private meeting facility seating up to 12 guests. Currently the Studio 25 event space is available for rent seven days a week with standard venue rental fees waived. For more information, contact comunicacion@ melia.com or visit melia.com. Send business and retail briefs to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

Digital Atlanta There’s a cool happening in November for social media enthusiasts and anyone looking to learn, engage, get started or step it up to the next level. Digital Atlanta is a week-long series of events “celebrating the technology + new media achievements in Atlanta.” The conference takes place Nov. 7-11 in venues throughout the city and covers a range of topics ranging from mobile strategies, social media, technology and startups, sustainability, faith and culture, small business and entertainment. Attendees can pick and choose what sessions they attend. Instead of paying a huge conference fee, you register and pay for each session individually. I went to quite a few of the panels and meet ups last year and found myself picking both ones that were close by and easy to get to or ones whose subject matter or speakers appealed to me

which made traveling to them worth the haul (there were some OTP, gasp!). The main takeaway for me last year was how much talent there is in our fair city, and there’s a lot of energy and excitement both within and about all that’s digital. Social media was the main focus last year, but organizers realized that social is only part of a much larger conversation and expanded the community to include digital discussion. If you’re considering it, I highly recommend going. Try one session and see what you think. I’ll do a quick wrap up on the sessions I’m able to attend. I have a new job which makes it a little more difficult to run out during the day. Would love to hear any feedback from our community of readers too. Tweet me at @brigflood and use the hashtag #socialATL . For more information about Digital Atlanta, visit digitalatlanta.org, the Facebook page at facebook.com/DigitalATL or follow on Twitter at @digitalATL.

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MIDTOWN MAGIC Residents dish on amenities and joys of living in the city Shandra Hill Smith With the openings of new hotels such as Renaissance Atlanta Midtown and Loews Atlanta, condominium sales rebounding from the economic downturn and new restaurants and businesses opening – Midtown is proving to be a draw for metro Atlantans who want to live in the city. Atlanta INtown takes a closer look at the Midtown Magic for some of those who call this slice of the city home. As a real estate professional, Peter Bade spends his days showing properties to homebuyers in the market. And, as to be expected with the territory, Bade is mindful that every potential won’t end with a close. Two years ago, when Bade showed a unit at 1010 Midtown, a pass by one particular client wound up being a good thing – at least personally for Bade, a realtor who is part of the Intowners team with ReMax Metro Atlanta Cityside and considers his primary market to be Virginia Highland. “It just kind of spoke to me,” says Bade of the unit he’d, just minutes before, shown a client who didn’t quite fall in love with the property when he realized the space “just felt right” to him. Within six months, Bade had moved into his new home at 1010 Midtown on Peachtree St. between 11th and 12th streets (1010midtown.com). “I love the convenience of having so many restaurants, the High Museum, Piedmont Park, the MARTA train stations and places of interest all within walking distance,” says Bade, who’d lived in Virginia Highland since 1979 before relocating to Midtown in 2009. “Virginia Highland is more of a neighborhood,” Bade adds.

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“This is more urban or city-like. In Virginia Highland you can walk to restaurants and parks. In Midtown you can walk to the drug store, the grocery store as well as restaurants and parks. You’re accessible to a lot more.” The way Bahareh Azizi sees it, what’s not to like about Midtown, a place she describes as “a dynamic, vibrant part of Atlanta that is a central place for bringing together the music, arts, culture, and, most important, friendly people. For Azizi, Piedmont Park scores high. “On any day you can take a walk in the park and feel the spirit of people playing sports, running, having a picnic, or just taking their pets for a walk,” she says. “After a long, hectic day at work, the harmony of the park is just a perfect way to refresh and reflect. The fact that I can walk to the park on a daily basis, as well as on days of festivals and concerts, is so rewarding.” A research scientist at Georgia Tech, Azizi lives in Ansley Above the Park (aatpcondos.com). “I think that we have a great community, with a pool and a terrace that both have great views of the surrounding area,” says Azizi.” I feel very lucky to be able to live where I do.” In addition to walking to Piedmont Park – where Azizi takes advantage of the park’s accessible tennis courts – she also finds it easy to get around for shopping and dining, along with outings to attractions such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden. “Most of the times on the weekends, I don’t use my car and because I live where I live, I have the ability to walk to certain stores and restaurants.” Some of the places Azizi frequents include The Nook on Piedmont Park, Joe’s on Juniper and Highland Bakery. “I am really excited about the restaurants that are opening on Juniper St. I am excited about the changes in Piedmont Park and the addition of the fountains and look forward to the future expansion projects.” Juniper Street is an exciting place for Rad Slough, too. Slough lives at 905 Juniper, an eight-story, mixed-use development located at the southeast corner of 8th and Juniper streets. “We have been blessed during the downturn to not lose much value compared to the original purchase prices of the building,” says Slough, one of the original condominium owners. The owner of Urban Body Fitness, Slough values the convenience of being able to get to some of his favorite restaurants such as Noodle Midtown, Mu Lan, Tierra, Ecco, Einstein’s and HOBNOB and the W Atlanta Midtown Hotel and Woodruff Arts Center. He also enjoys some of 905 Juniper’s amenities, including its pool, club room, and exercise center. “Even though I own Urban Body Fitness, sometimes it is nice just to pop downstairs and do something in the gym and walk back upstairs!” Bade, too, gets in his share of workouts, namely for core training and yoga — and finds the Exhale Atlanta spa inside the Loews Hotel to be ideal for that. In addition, he enjoys walking to Piedmont Park and to the homes of friends who get together to play cards at times and for dinner on occasion. Choice places for dining out include South City Kitchen Midtown, Einstein’s, Piola and Pasta Da Pulcinella. In his own building, one that he finds provides him a great view of the Midtown skyline, Bade takes advantage of the clubhouse (where he’s held both a rehearsal dinner for his niece and a birthday party for a friend), pool and fitness center. “This makes entertaining so much easier. I live on the eighth floor, which boasts the pool, outdoor kitchen and my 900 square-foot patio.” Perhaps Azizi sums it up best: “I feel that every day, there is some new adventure in Midtown.”

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White Provision, a restored, mixeduse project that delivers eight stories of distinctive condominium units alongside restaurant, retail, showroom and office space in Westside Atlanta, is implementing fall savings for homebuyers, up to $175,000 off the original list price. White Provision offers residential amenities including controlled access covered parking, an onsite fitness facility, an outdoor swimming pool and pavilion, private terraces and 24hour assistance. A limited quantity of one bedrooms remain, starting in the $190’s, two bedrooms begin in the low $200’s and three bedrooms begin in the mid $300’s. Atlanta Development Authority BeltLine down payment assistance is also available with tax abatement offered through 2022. The sales center at White Provision, 1100 Howell Mill Rd., is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at (404) 815-0460. Visit White Provision at whiteprovision.com The Marketing Directors has added Michelle Graves as director of sales. She will oversee and implement sales strategies for the company’s growing portfolio of developments throughout the southeast. Graves brings nearly a decade of expertise to the position, including significant new homes sales experience. She has been a licensed Georgia real estate broker since 2007. themarketingdirectorsinc.com Ryland Homes recently opened the Clairmont, a new model at Lenox Overlook, its private, gated townhome community on Buford Highway in North Atlanta. The new model townhome offers three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, a twocar garage with 1735 square feet of living space. Special features include brick or stone front exteriors, community walkways, patio privacy areas and a new “Bark Park” with water fountains, shade trees and benches. Townhomes at Lenox Overlook also include all of the energy efficient features of Ryland Homes’ nationally recognized Houseworks program. The townhomes are priced from the low $200s. For more information, visit ryland.com or call (404) 633-0604.


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Post Properties culminated its 40th anniversary year with a company-wide day of service benefiting 14 organizations nationwide on Oct. 13. Post closed offices nationwide to allow 600 employees to join in the Post HOPE Work Day. All of Post’s associates participated in local service projects. In Atlanta, more than 280 associates took part in six separate community service projects. Sky Lofts is offering down payment assistance on new Atlanta condos. Sky Lofts is located inside the Beltline, and the homes are eligible for an average of $50,000 in down payment assistance through the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Qualified buyers are only required to make a $1,500 contribution toward closing costs. One-bedroom condos are available at Sky Lofts starting from $87,900, and monthly payments may be as low as $559 including HOA and taxes. For more information, see mRelevance.com Renewal System Solutions, sister company of Renewal Design-Build, is partnering with Southface Energy Institute and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to help homeowners achieve significant energy savings through home efficiency improvements. As part of a nationwide study, Southface and ORNL are developing extensive retrofit case studies on 10 metro Atlanta homes. Renewal was chosen to make the energy efficiency improvements to 6 of these homes, five of which are owned by Agnes Scott College. The goal of these retrofits is a 30 to 50 percent increase in energy savings. Buildings currently consume 40 percent of the nation’s total primary energy and are responsible for half of all greenhouses gases emitted by the U.S. For more information, visit RenewalSystemSolutions.com, or call (404) 378-6962.

Only nine homesites remain in Valley Brook Parc, a Buckhead community of singlefamily detached homes from Traton Homes. Valley Brook Parc is a private enclave of only 18 Atlanta new homes near Chastain Park. The community provides easy access to Buckhead and Midtown, for all of homeowners’ business and entertainment needs. The community features new home plans with unique architectural details, both inside and out. For more information on Valley Brook Parc, visit the Traton Homes website, tratonhomes.com, or call (404) 597-8170. KeepitIntown.com

Gulch Update

New Downtown transportation hub moves forward By Collin Kelley Editor The plan to build a new transit hub in Downtown Atlanta marches on despite the fact that $350 million to build commuter rail was cut by the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable. The new hub will be built at the Gulch, a 100-acre site located south of Marietta Street and next door to CNN Center. The sunken area is now used for parking and some railroad works, but it’s historically part of the city’s original street level (along with Underground Atanta) in the 1800s. Last month the legislature officially signed off on a list of regional construction projects totaling $6.14 billion over the next decade. Voters in 10 counties around metro

Atlanta will decide to fund the projects next year by approving a one cent transportation sales tax. The proposed high-speed commuter rail line from Atlanta to Macon would have been the jewel in the Gulch’s crown, but all that was earmarked was $20 million in “planning funds” for future construction. Until the commuter rail is built, the Gulch will serve as a bus depot. a new intersecting point for MARTA’s north/south and east/west rail lines and the Downtown Streetcar. Above the transportation hub, FIC Development, LLC – made up of Integral Group, Forest City and Cousins Properties plan to create retail, office and residential space.


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Power at Hand I led a technological revolution at the three-person firm where I worked after graduation from architectural school in the 1990s. My boss hired me to draft architectural drawings by hand with a pencil and parallel straight edge rule, yet I convinced him that we should produce our work with a computer. The new technology using a large pad called a digitizer tantalized me. With the promise of faster production, most architectural firms switched from hand drafting to computer aided drafting for their architectural drawings a few years later. Today, many firms use computers to even create architectural presentation drawings, or renderings, for clients. Computer renderings can be cheaper than hand-drawn ones, especially when a firm outsources this service to a foreign company, but can’t compare to the ethereal beauty of the hand-drawn renderings from artists such as Barbara Ratner. She spent the early years of her career as an architectural renderer for a local firm. Now, numerous architectural firms along with other clients hire her to create stunning artwork. Some of her most noteworthy watercolor renderings feature the High Museum addition, the Atlanta Symphony project and the Institute for Advanced Vehicular Systems, one of her personal favorites. Observe her illustrations at bratner.com. The American Society of Architectural Illustrators recently selected Barbara’s watercolor of a proposed building KeepitINtown.com

at Woodward Academy as best sketch illustration. Her rendering, which she completed under the competition guidelines as a quick, suggestive image, is on display this fall at the 24th World Congress of Architecture in Tokyo, Japan. I asked Barbara for some helpful tips to achieve more beautiful watercolors. She recommends first having a color scheme in mind thinking about the tone of the image. Is the tone of the image happy or more seductive? An artist may use colors for a happy tone, such as a chartreuse yellowgreen for portions of the grass. Barbara also advises artists to avoid flatness by shunning black and grey color for shadows. Instead, vary the darker values of the color for an object as the color of the shadow. Finally, express the nuances of color with an object. Adding visual excitement to an image, the light blue sky, for example, should be painted with more than one color. So often, we crave the newest computer software as I did once I graduated from college, yet architectural renderers like Barbara remind us about the immeasurable value of time-honored, sophisticated and hand-crafted artwork. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect, promotes the power of architecture and design as a Board Member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Principal of Harclerode Architects (harc-arch.com). For more information, check out aiaatlanta.org.

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hOme ImprOVemeNt WIth a purpOse Habitat for Humanity ReStore has bargains for renovators After a monthlong renovation and a major spruce-up, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has re-opened to help raise money and the environment. With a new look and rearranged departments, the nine-and-onehalf-year-old home improvement outlet is celebrating changes and welcoming back customers. “We’re so pleased to offer this great opportunity to the people of Atlanta,” said Larrie Del Martin, president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat. “The ReStore is a treasure trove of home improvement finds at a fraction of the retail price. And the best thing about it is that every purchase you make goes directly to help us build more homes for qualified, working families in the community.” Martin said items sold in the ReStore are saved from ending up in a landfill. “In fact, since we opened in 2001, we’ve diverted over 3,500 tons of materials from the landfill,” she said. “It’s really a win-win for everyone.”

The ReStore sells new and gently used home improvement items at discounts of up to 80 percent off retail. Everything in the ReStore is donated, and it relies heavily on volunteer labor to keep costs down. A recent example of great finds at the ReStore is a new designer bath vanity with a marble top that retails for over $3,500. It was donated by a leading bath showroom, and the ReStore price was $800 – over 75 percent off retail. The ReStore has a great selection of furniture, cabinets, sinks, doors, windows, lighting, tile and a great assortment of materials for a home improvement project. “We get donations in every day, so it’s never the same store twice,” said Martin. “You never know what you’re going to find, making shopping here a true adventure,” she says. The ReStore is located at 519 Memorial Drive and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (404) 525-2114 or visit on Facebook at facebook.com/atlantahabitat.

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Fall might be here, but there are still ample opportunities to enjoy your outdoor rooms. In the three top photos, Oreon Mann has transformed his backyard in Inman Park into a bird sanctuary with dozens of bird feeders. There’s also solar powered lights, a fountain made from an old claw-foot bathtub and a composting corral. The hardscaping is easy to maintain and provides a retreat on those balmy days we so frequently have during fall and winter. In the photos below, Landscape Studio (landscapestudiogroup.com) decked out the Intown home with a Zen garden with couches and a fountain made from steel and bamboo. Mosaic Group (mosaicgroupatlanta.com) created a relaxing outdoor dining room anchored by a big fireplace. Share your outdoor room photos with us by emailing them to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com


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Gardening Walt Harrison

The Plain Truth About Gardening

Well, that all changed last spring when I decided it was high time for me to become a gardener. I brought home annuals, perennials, herbs, potting soil and pots. I prepared beds (hard work) and planted anything that interested me, especially plants that I was not familiar with. (I know, I should have taken my own advice and done all of this the previous fall, but you know “when the spirit moves you, you need to get on with it.”) I went into the garden yesterday to see how things were doing. There is an old adage, “You learn much more from your failures than your success.” In my case, I obviously learned a lot! My fennel was under planted with sage. The feathery lavender foliage of the fennel worked nicely with the silver sage. However, I soon found the fennel needed a great deal more water than the sage, which really likes dry conditions. I was busy in September and missed watering for a few days. The fennel disappeared but the sage never looked better. I discovered the Euphorbia and lavender do well in a pot if you water just right. Enough to keep them alive, but not

I have a confession to make. I am not a gardener; I’m a landscaper. There is a world of difference. I’ve successfully planted thousands of trees, shrubs, bulbs, ground covers, perennials, etc. I’ve pruned and planted. I’ve prepared beds for flowers, and know the names and characteristics of many, many plants. Still, I do not consider myself a gardener. I fervently believe that to be a true gardener, one must work within his or her own garden or have access to a garden that one can treat as one’s own, such as a community garden. Although I love plants and enjoyed my career as a landscaper, truth is, I never worked much in my own yard nor had my own garden there. It was a classic case of the cobbler’s children having no shoes. When I got home from a day of landscaping, the last thing I wanted to do was to work in the yard.

too much. I watered too much and they looked bad but it stands to reason. These are Mediterranean plants and Euphorbia could almost be treated like a cactus. It likes to be dry and in soil that is well drained. My rosemary seemed to thrive with neglect, which was good because I was constantly forgetting to water it. Some plants got too big for their space; some plants got shaded out by other plants and didn’t get quite enough sun. Reflecting on my failures, I realized that gardening is as much about failure as it is about success and I believe that every good gardener knows this. If you’re not failing from time to time, then you are not trying and you are not learning. It’s called experience. The only way to really learn all the nuances and subtleties of gardening is to go out and work in the dirt – not just reading or talking about it. And yes, while I had my failures, I also had successes. My new banana trees were fabulous, my Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ bloomed all summer. Ferns, sedums and toad lilies (Tricyrtis formosana) did just fine. So, fall is here and I’m not ready to give up on gardening, even in the face of

more hard work and failure. I’m making my plans – new shrubs, perennials, new beds to be prepared, maybe some bulbs and a few things from seed. There’s going to be a lot to do. Failure in the garden seems to be a lot like failure in other parts of life. You can let it get you down and give up, or you can learn and move forward. I’m not giving up, but I won’t be planting fennel and sage together in the same spot this year. My parting words of wisdom- it’s fall, folks, and the best time to plant so go out and get started. There are some great new plants available at your local independent garden center so take some time to look around for things that interest you and remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained! Walt Harrison is the owner of Habersham Gardens Landscape Services & Intown Garden Center, 2067 Manchester Street. For more visit, habershamgardens.com.

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