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Editor’s Letter ...........................................4 Refugee Beads ........................................4 Holiday Events .........................................5 Celebrating Hanukkah ............................7 A Look Back ...........................................10 Lessons in Gratitude ..............................12 Health Briefs ...........................................12 Living By Giving......................................13 Street Fashion ........................................15 Pets.........................................................15

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NEWS YOU CAN EAT

Sweetpeachblog.com gathers gifts from the South for this holiday guide.

Greene’s Fine Foods..............................18 Thom’s Diner ..........................................20 Quick Bites .............................................20 Champagne Picks ..................................21 Gingerbread Houses..............................22 Sweet Peach Holiday Guide ............ 23-26

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THE STUDIO Christmas at Callanwolde ......................28 CANstruction ..........................................29 Books by Local Authors .........................30 Intown Datebook ....................................32 The Thinking Artist ..................................33 Atlanta PlanIT .........................................34 Curious Provisions .................................35

GO GREEN Sustainable Cycling................................37 Laura Turner Seydel................................38 Eco-Briefs ...............................................38

Mud Pie Cooking School offers ideas for a build-your-own gingerbread house.

IN BUSINESS College & Career Connections ..............39 Business Briefs.......................................39 Making Sense of Social..........................40

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Holiday Home Tours ...............................41 Downtown Development ........................41 Real Estate Briefs ...................................42

IN YOUR HOME Pretty Old House ....................................44 INtown Directories ..................................46

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Cakes, moonshine, peanut brittle – there’s something that will surely get you in the spirit in Sweet Peach Blog’s holiday guide, starting on page 23. Blogger Pamela Berger’s heart lies in drawing attention to artisans in the South. “There’s so much raw talent here,” she says. “I just want to think local more.” Well, Pam ... this local publication appreciates the way you think. Thanks for teaming-up with us for a holiday special. For those of you wondering about Gorilla, he’s a one-eyed pug Pam rescued from a shelter in Los Angeles, CA. Animal lovers, check out page 15. There’s an idea for you to rescue your own “gorilla” this holiday. Christmas came early for the BeltLine. Last month $3 million was donated by The Woodruff Foundation to the Atlanta BeltLine for further development of Eastside Trail. This includes the Reynoldstown extension and connecting the trail to Historic Fourth Ward Park. Design work for the extension to Reynoldstown is under way now. With this contribution, private sector investment in the BeltLine now exceeds $41 million. (beltline.org) We hope this issue of INtown helps you feel connected to the community. There’s something for everyone. And, there are plenty of events scattered throughout. Enjoy!

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

REFUGEE BEADS

Editor’s Letter

Providing income, community and hope

Collin Kelley 2012 has been a pretty amazing year – the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and I was for Atlanta INtown and for me personally. in some incredibly distinguished company, I am thrilled that INtown continues to including Amanda Kyle Williams, Joshilyn find new readers and has become a goJackson and winner Thomas Mullen. In to publication for stories about people, April, my new poetry collection, Render, businesses, events and culture that you will be out from Sibling Rivalry Press. It’s won’t find anywhere else. Next year, we plan shaping up to be an exciting year. to continue that mission as we work toward As you read through the December our 20th anniversary in 2014. edition, we hope you’ll Whether you’re reading our remember to “Keep It INtown” print version or checking by supporting the local out the digital edition businesses, organizations and (AtlantaINtownPaper.com), artisans featured here. It’s never we appreciate all our readers been more vital to choose local Ch oo se Loc al • Sh op Loc al and advertisers for their and to shop local so that the ongoing support. economic recovery can continue. For the personal part, We picked some of our favorite I had the extraordinary things for the holidays and we had opportunity to travel to readers suggest a few of theirs on www.keepitINt own.com London in June to read Facebook and Twitter. from my novel, Remain In I hope everyone has a great Light, at Southbank Centre. holiday season and a prosperous It was surreal to be standing on stage at new year. Royal Festival Hall with a backdrop of The Thames, London Eye and the Houses of collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Parliament. The novel was also a finalist for

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Refugee Beads caught my attention at Candler Park’s Fall Fest. A decade ago, I worked with refugees who fled their country because of racial, religious or political persecution and came to Atlanta to rebuild their lives. The transition to life in the U.S., while full of promise, is extremely difficult both financially and emotionally. So, I was curious about the connection between refugees and this beautiful affordable jewelry. As I paid for my necklace, Director Ruthie North was happy to explain that she trained local refugee women to make jewelry to earn much needed income and for fellowship. She markets Refugee Beads jewelry across America in stores, craft fairs, and online. Ruthie invited me to their weekly work session in Chamblee where the artisans gather to create jewelry, share a meal, and support one another. There I met Purna, who fled violence in Bhutan for safety in Nepal two decades ago. For 16 years she and her family lived in a refugee camp. During this time she met and married her husband and gave birth to two children. There is no future in a refugee camp, but thankfully in 2008 the U.S invited her family to resettle in Georgia. Luck struck again in 2009 when Purna started working with Refugee Beads. That’s when Ruthie decided to combine her jewelry-making/retail experience with

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her passion for helping refugee women. Since then, the work has helped Purna adjust to her new life – both financially and emotionally. She has opportunities and goals now – such as moving her family into a house. Purna and six artisans were busy creating product for the holiday season and the January AmericasMart show. Refugee Beads hopes to secure more wholesale partners, like WorldCraft, who use the show to build their inventory for the year. These partnerships provide guaranteed income to the artisans. Despite language and cultural barriers – the women worked in harmony stringing bracelets and swapping stories. There is dignity in creating these beautiful designs that other women value enough to buy. These women mostly work from home, as toddlers nap or as a second job but the weekly gatherings relieve the feelings of isolation. One artisan came, despite working the chicken processing plant night shift, for this fellowship. As demand for Refugee Beads grows it can become a primary not supplementary income and more refugee women can be trained. So this holiday season, consider ordering jewelry from Refugee Beads online, hosting a jewelry party, visiting or becoming a community partner who sells custom pieces not found on the website. The jewelry you buy will be a beautiful reminder of the women and families you have empowered.

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This series is designed to both educate and entertain the children this holiday season, and each weekend of December is dedicated to a different holiday. Learn about Hanukkah the weekend of Dec. 15, Christmas on Dec. 22, and Kwanzaa on Dec. 29. The programs include stories and crafts. For the full schedule, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Piedmont Park is celebrating the romance of the season with horse-drawn carriage rides, ice-skating, and plenty of opportunities for romantic strolls through a park ablaze with holiday lights. The Christmas carousel will take children and adults alike for a spin in front of the Midtown skyline, and The Rink at Park Tavern will host both family skating time and a post-9 p.m. adult skate. For more information and a full schedule visit piedmontpark.org and parktavern.com.

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WHAT HANUKKAH CAN LEARN FROM CHRISTMAS By Mark Cohen

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As a Jewish chap I grew up celebrating Hanukkah. It’s a pretty good holiday with more than its share of worthy attributes. The menorah, potato pancakes and a compelling backstory. But as a pragmatist, I’m always looking for improvement. And here is where I think Hanukkah could learn a thing or two from Christmas. Christmas is a holiday with its act together. First of all, what’s up with the spelling? Hanukkah, Chanukah, sometimes Chanukkah. Pick one already, Judaism. Christmas is spelled one way. One way, Judaism. Next, think about getting a mascot. (Not in a religious sense. This essay is purely secular, people.) Santa Claus has done much to solidify Christmas’s brand. Once Thanksgiving is over, that guy is everywhere. A Jewish kid goes to the mall in December, where’s little Murray or Rachel getting their picture taken? You can’t sit on a dreidle’s lap. And, with the absence of positive role

models like Mr. and Mrs. Claus, there’s zero motivation to be good. Where’s the naughty or nice list Jewish kids have to worry about? Without a moral standard set by the North Pole governing body, Jewish kids pretty much think they’re getting eight presents no matter what. And then there’s the tree thing. People who celebrate Christmas have this whole pre-game run up to the big day. They go out, sometime weeks beforehand, pick a tree, bring it home and spend some quality family time making it look all Christmassy. Jews just have to remember to pick up some candles at Publix on the way home from the office. Let’s get a plant involved, Hebrews. Maybe a bush or a nice ficus or something. Moving on, when’s the last time the kids gathered round the TV to watch a Hanukkah special? Um... never. The Grinch could care less about stealing Hanukkah. No way is Rudolf going to schlepp a Hanukkah sleigh eight nights in a row. And the list goes on. Frosty, Charlie Brown...every year Christmas has a solid, go-to media campaign. At best, Hanukkah has a lame Adam Sandler movie. Add to that Christmas’s mile long musical repertoire and you’ve got a holiday

that people keep coming back for. You’ll never be stuck in an elevator listening to “I’m Dreaming of a white Hanukkah” or “All I Want for Hanukkah is My Two Front Teeth.” Which is weird because there’s a ton of Jewish dentists. Listen Hanukah, this isn’t a competition. But whatever Christmas is doing, it’s kind of really working. Swallow your kosher pride, incorporate a few of their proven plays and just maybe, one day, the banks and post office might close for your sake as well. Mark Cohen is Creative Director at Wit, an Atlanta based Advertising and Design firm, specializing in being awesome. witamerica.com

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Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta

The 24th annual celebration at Underground Atlanta will begin early on New Year’s Eve, with music and family events from 11 a.m. onward. The main event, the dropping of the 800-pound peach at midnight, will be followed by fireworks, and bars in the area will be open until 4 a.m., so it can be an all-night adventure. For a full schedule of events, a list of musicians playing on the different stages, and a live countdown to 2013, visit peachdrop.com.

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There are a number of things going on at Variety Playhouse for the holiday season, with events like “A John Waters Christmas,” an adults-only evening of mischief and comedy with the Baltimore filmmaker, on Thursday, Dec. 13. Other events include a holiday music night with Yacht Rock on Saturday, Dec. 15, and The 2nd annual Holiday Hootenanny on Sunday, Dec. 16, featuring several different musical acts and supporting The Atlanta Community Food Bank. For more information on the schedule or to buy tickets, visit varietyplayhouse.com.

New Year’s Eve at Park Tavern

Ring in 2013 with live music, gourmet food, and an open bar at Park Tavern, surrounded by people ready to celebrate! Live music will be provided by Yacht Rock, with a DJ to fill in the blanks. Toast with champagne at midnight, feast on the breakfast buffet, take a photo in the photo booth, and dance right into the new year all in the same place. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly so visit Parktavern.com to snap yours up today.

New Year’s Eve at The Shakespeare Tavern Want a more

intimate celebration? Enjoy music, food, drinks, and comedy while spending New Year’s Eve at The Shakespeare Tavern. Storyteller and musician Andy Offutt Irwin will be presenting his New Year’s Eve Old Fashioned Good Time Concert, with musical guests Three Quarter Ale, Cyndi Craven and more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, visit shakespearetavern.com.

Celebrate Kwanza at the Library

Come learn the principles of Kwanzaa through interaction and hands-on activities at the library’s community lecture on Saturday, Dec. 8. On Sunday, Dec. 30, come to the central library on Margaret Mitchell Square and observe Kwanzaa. The celebration will include a musical performance by vocal and percussion ensemble Giwayen Mata. For more information, visit afpls.org/events-aarl.

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Dec. 1-4, 1977: The Grand Ole Opry Show opened at the new Georgia World Congress Center. Two shows daily starred some of the biggest names in country music at the time, including Barbara Mandrell, Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely, Little Jimmy Dickens, Dickey Lee and Smoky Mountain Sunshine. Dec. 4, 1964: Fire destroyed the Mayfair Club at the top of a sloping lawn at 1456 Spring Street. The two-story building was the focal point of Jewish civic and social activity for 26 years. The Mayfair Club, founded in 1930, first met in the Atlanta Biltmore. After it opened in 1938, the club was visited by Eleanor Roosevelt, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, mayors Ivan Allen and William Berry Hartsfield, senators Herman Talmadge and Richard Russell, and Governor Carl Sanders. Dec. 10, 1895: Atlanta celebrated Lollie Belle Wylie Day in the Woman’s Building at the 1895 Cotton States Exposition in Piedmont Park. The distinguished Atlanta resident was a journalist poet, playwright, musician, civic leader and entrepreneur. Widowed at age 27, the Alabama native was the Atlanta Journal’s first paid society editor. In 1890, she was an organizer and officer of the

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first Woman Press Club of Georgia and in 1914 a founding member of the Atlanta Writers Club. With business partner Ephie E. Williams, Lollie opened a small office on Alabama Street where for several years they published a weekly paper printed on pale pink paper, called Society. On August 19, 1922, the Georgia Legislature officially adopted the song “Georgia,” lyrics by poet Robert Loveman and music by Lollie as the state’s official song. The anthem would remain until 1979 when it was replaced by “Georgia on My Mind.” She is buried in Oakland Cemetery. Dec. 13, 1939: Gone With the Wind actress Ann Rutherford, who played Careen O’Hara, toured the Atlanta Journal’s plant, presses, and newsroom. She told Angus Perkerson, author Margaret Mitchell’s former boss, “But what I want most to see is the desk where Margaret Mitchell used to work.” The desk is now on view at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Dec. 19, 1939: The community of Little Five Points switched on its holiday light display at Bass Junior High campus, 1080 Euclid Avenue. The ceremony included a gigantic Kris Kringle and reindeer on the building’s exterior while a brilliant star glowed from

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prosthetic legs. Cynthia was born with a clubfoot and knees that don’t bend. Ever was born with just one leg. It all began when Kayla and Jeff decided it was time to teach their kids about sympathy, compassion and kindness. They were already familiar with Childspring International, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that has been providing medical care for thousands of children around the world. They knew that Childspring was always in need of families willing to host the children while they underwent surgeries in the United States. Both Kayla, who has a master’s degree in social work, and Jeff, who works as a pediatrician, have a passion for children. They decided that this was the perfect opportunity to make a difference.

Over three weeks, the Lewis’ family kindly opened their doors and their hearts. The four of them treated Cynthia and Ever as if they were a part of their family. Eli and Ariana shared their room with Ever and Cynthia and made sure to dedicate time playing sports and doing arts and crafts. Every day, Eli brushed Ever’s teeth and put on his shoes. Eli and Ariana taught Ever and Cynthia how to tell time and the family bought them their first watches. “It was so nice to provide a loving family for them while they received medical treatment and I think they felt safe with us,” said Kayla. To learn more about Childspring International, visit childspringintl.org.

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to understand exactly how fortunate you are. This is what life was like for Ariana, 16, and Eli, 13. Their parents, Kayla and Jeff Lewis, decided to become the host parents of Cynthia, 12, and Ever, 15, who came to Atlanta from Paraguay to receive new

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The Charity Benevolent Fund Winter Harvest Festival 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk will be held Dec. 22 at Agnes Scott College’s Gellerstedt Field starting at noon. The event raises money to provide blankets, heating assistance, gloves, and warm clothes to the needy. For more information and to register, visit fundab.org.

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The Children’s School attracts families from the neighborhood and from all over the Atlanta area. Students enjoy all the city has to offer, but also get a taste of the great outdoors through the Outdoor Education Program. Students take overnight camping trips planned and sequenced such that they develop skills and competencies in camping, hiking and canoeing as well as familiarity with the ecology of the region. Outdoor education is just one of the many things that make a TCS elementary experience so special. Schedule a visit today to learn more .

The Joint Corp has opened its 5th chiropractic clinic in the Atlanta area in Buckhead. The clinic is owned and operated by Michael “Mici” Fluegge and Jeff McGinty and Dr. Nick Pickwell will be the clinic physician. Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. thejoint.com Delta Community Credit Union presented more than $72,000 to Children’s Miracle Network in November to help young patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). For its fifth annual Delta Community Credit Union Tees Up “Fore” Kids Golf Tournament on September 19, the credit union again partnered with Children’s Miracle Network to raise funds designated for CHOA. These funds include a match from Delta Community’s Board of Directors and a $10,000 Miracle Match from CO-OP Financial Services. Two former patients of Children’s Healthcare, Eric Penland and Nate Reich, were among the 140 golfers who hit the links at Olde Atlanta Golf Club to raise money that will help fund a new Prosthetics Laboratory and Robotics Center in the hospital’s Rehabilitation Services department. DeltaCommunityCU.com

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital was among 404 hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations (OPOs), and 174 transplant programs nationwide presented with an award from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for efforts made to increase the number of organs available and transplanted. Piedmont Atlanta representatives received the department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at the Atlanta facility. piedmont.org. Decatur resident Beth Borden-Goodman was honored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at the organization’s annual conference in New Orleans. She was selected as Patients of Courage for her charitable work following her own reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. Borden-Goodman and her alter ego, The Premiere Pink Diva, is former president of the Atlanta chapter of The Sisters Network, an African American breast cancer support organization. Her creative fundraising efforts, such as Pretty in Pink Breast Cancer Makeovers, have garnered publicity for breast cancer awareness through local and national print and television media.

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Celebrating Summer Dale Just before submitting my original column for this month, I received the sad news that our community had lost one of its most courageous and generous young spirits. I wanted to take this opportunity and honor the life of Summer Dale, a Living by Giving hero and someone who will certainly continue to impact the lives of thousands of others for years to come. At 16 years old, Summer had become a celebrity of sorts; the kind of celebrity we need to have around us more. In a year’s time, she became publicly known for her courage, authenticity and, most importantly, her generosity. She was a young, beautiful woman known for her illuminating grace in the face of a devastating medical diagnosis. It was October 2011 when Summer and her family received the news that an MRI had revealed a rare cancerous tumor. At an age when most kids’ biggest worry is passing their driver’s test, Summer faced an unimaginable diagnosis that thrust her life into a new paradigm of purpose. Summer optimistically took on some of the field’s most rigorous treatments at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and MD Anderson in Houston. What is most remarkable, however, is that her fight didn’t just focus on herself. Throughout

the year she was dealing with her own illness, she founded and grew an organization called Team Summer. By raising money through the sales of purple Team Summer wristbands and individual donations, Summer helped several young cancer patients make their fight a little bit easier. From gas cards and help with transportation to chemotherapy treatments and a professional fashion photoshoot to help a peer feel beautiful in spite of her hair loss, all wishes were fulfilled to bring joy to others facing the similar challenges that Summer had come to recognize through her own journey. Unfortunately, Summer lost her battle with cancer last month. Her life doesn’t end there though. Her organization will continue to do the work that empowered Summer throughout her own battle. To me, this is the triumph of her life: Summer sought the understanding of her struggles in a unique way by helping others and that allowed her to experience her own legacy during her lifetime. That’s a lesson we should all take away; that’s the stuff that makes heroes. Summer Dale is certainly one of mine. Her close friend and mentor, Haley Kilpatrick, says, “Summer taught me so much about what is important in life. She

was truly resilient. I know her legacy will live on through the countless people who were impacted by her efforts.” I completely agree. You can make a donation to Team Summer at TeamSummer.org. For more about Kate Atwood, visit kateatwood.com

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Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) Atlanta is in need of wet and dry cat food. A donation of any brands would be welcome during the holiday season. For more about making donations, visit palsatlanta.org Every Wednesday, the Atlanta Humane Society hosts Shop ‘N’ Adopt. You can purchase items from a wish list and give them to the shelter to directly help the animals. In turn, you’ll get a discount on adopting a pet at the shelter. Visit atlantahumane.org for more details.

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Decatur’s Greene’s Fine Foods gears up for the season By Wendy Binns Publisher It’s officially pecan season. Tommy and Phil Greene light up talking about the rich, buttery crop coming from parts of Georgia and Florida to their Decatur store, Greene’s Fine Foods. “These are fresh out of the tree,” says Tommy. The brothers have operated their family business for four years with roots in the business stemming back to their childhood in Augusta. They learned the nuts and bolts (so to speak) while growing up around their parents’ candy and nut business. That business, now Pecans Unlimited, is still thriving. “Dad will sell about 14,000 pounds of chocolate covered pecans this season,” explains Phil. They remember their own holiday dinner table with pecans, too – pecan pies, sweet potato pies with pecans on top and a memorable Jello salad with pecans. And, this time of year makes it peak season for roasting and cooking with them. The purists can find the plain variety at the store, but there’s really something for everyone’s taste at Greene’s. Chocolate and praline pecans are some of their best sellers. And, the Pecan Sampler tin and the Pecan Lover’s tin are popular options if you can’t commit to just one. The store isn’t all about pecans, though. There’s tons of candy. Phil’s favorite is the

caramel pecan logs, which are made in the store. He explains that they’re great sliced and served on a platter for an easy dessert. Tommy elaborates that all of the candies made right there in the store, such as the fudge pops, salted caramels and chocolate covered Oreos, are big hits with customers. There are also lemon drops, lollipops, jellybeans, gumballs and pretty much everything that would make Willy Wonka sing and dance. “All of our gummy products are popular – some say they’re the best they’ve ever eaten,” says Tommy. And, the store isn’t all about candy either. There are toys. Boomerangs, yo-yos, slinkies and other nostalgic retro toys line the shelves. They carry a big variety of classics and unusual finds in lots of price ranges. If nuts, candy and toys don’t grab your interest, there’s more: growlers and wine. “It’s been fun learning about all of the craft beers,” says Phil. They have a room dedicated to them. The basement of the store serves as headquarters for packaging and shipping the mail orders: tins, baskets and boxes. They package everything to-order with a custom card and ship to individual addresses. Tommy points to a stack of 17 sampler tins and explains that that customer is the first to order each year – he

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wants his clients to receive his gift before any others. With Terrific Thursdays (see visitdecaturgeorgia.com) in full swing, you can stop by Greene’s on Thursdays for a 10 percent discount, samplings and more. Plus, they will be sampling products every weekend throughout the holidays. Stop by to see them at 141 East Trinity Place in Decatur. For more information, visit greenesfinefoods.com.

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Quick Bites Texas-based Mi Cocina opened its first Atlanta location last month at the northwest corner of Peachtree and 11th streets in the 12th & Midtown development. The menu is Tex-Mex and the restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner daily. Find them on Facebook at MiCocinaMidtown.

Atlanta-based Tin Drum Asia Cafe has opened its newest location at Colony Square Midtown. The restaurant will be operated by franchisee Yogi Patel, who recently opened Tin Drum locations at Emory University and owns the unit at Georgia State University. tindrumcafe.com Tom Nahas, a founding member the Twisted Taco brand, and his business partner Rahim Kaba have opened Big Kahuna at SunTrust Plaza in Downtown. The menu features all-natural, burgers, salads, CaliMex tacos, Baja fajitas and fresh seafood. bigkahunaatl.com Chef Linton Hopkins and master mixologist Greg Best are now hosting a new program, Feed Radio, on AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts. The duo will wax on a wide range of recipes, concepts and literal food for thought with ample sides of their all-time favorite music. The show will air the second and fourth Fridays of each month at 7 p.m. 1690wmlb.com

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Chef Ford Fry, owner of JCT. Kitchen & Bar, will open King + Duke, a new colonial American focused restaurant in March 2013. Located at 3060 Peachtree Road in One Buckhead Plaza which formerly housed Nava, the restaurant will feature a large open hearth for early American cooking techniques and use locally sourced products. Joseph Schafer, currently the chef de cuisine at JCT, will serve as executive chef. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is expanding across Intown with new locations at 2714 Roswell Road in Buckhead and another coming soon to the Edgewood Retail District on Moreland Avenue south of Little Five Points. unclemaddios.com

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La Tagliatella, the Europeanbased Italian restaurant concept with more than 130 restaurants across Spain and France, has opened its first US restaurant in Midtown at the Shops at Metropolis. The menu features traditional dishes including antipasto, insalate, lasagna, pasta and sauces

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Cellar 13 Specializing in small, family owned and estate bottled wines, Cellar 13 in Buckhead prides itself on carrying a unique selection chosen by owner John Passman. Selections: Frey- Sohler – French Sparkling Wine ($21.99) Bubbles are the way to go on New Years if you are looking for that celebratory feel. From the extreme northeast region of France and made from all white grapes, Passman recommends this because it is the perfect accompaniment to seafood and vegetables or on its own. J.L. Vergnon - True Champagne ($45.99) Passman chose this J.L. Vergon because it is a true champagne from the champagne region of France. This champagne is produced by a small grower, which means they make all the wine using all of their own grapes. Passman points out that small productions improves the quality of the product.

3 Parks Wine Shop Named after the three parks – Grant, Glenwood and Ormewood – in the surrounding area, 3 Parks Wine Shop owner, Bob Conquest, wants residents to know this is their wine shop. As a local resident himself, Bob knew first hand that the community needed a wine shop that was approachable, affordable and listened to what their customers wanted. Selections: Domaine Rosier 2010 - French Sparkling Wine ($14.99) Although it lacks the status of being a true champagne, for the price

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point, this is a good, dry sparkling wine. It can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with orange juice for a great mimosa. Conquest recommended picking this one up early because it always sells out. Petalos del Bierzo – Spanish Wine ($19.99) The aromas of spice and black cherry will compliment any dinner selection – from seafood to red meat. This wine is at its finest when allowed to breathe after the initial pour. Conquest said this would be a perfect choice for a guest to bring with to a New Year’s celebration because of the beautiful design of the bottle itself.

Candler Park Market Candler Park Market is the place most stop by on their way home to pick up essentials for dinner or a snack, but they also have an impressive selection of wines, too. Selections: Kila Cava- Spanish Sparkling Wine ($9.99) This crisp sparkler makes for a good accompaniment to seafood platters or for the New Year’s toast. Leaving most palates with a tinge of green and orange peel, this option is perfect for all you party planners looking for a reasonably priced bottle that does not skimp on quality. Saint-Hilaire – Historical Sparkling Wine ($14.99) This wine is produced in a traditional method including a second fermentation within the bottle. The results are a somewhat sweet, often cloudy wine with a relatively low level of alcohol and carbonation. Possessing soft green apple, tangerine oil and faint yellow floral notes accented with hints of lavender, this is perfect for those who want to highlight the importance of wine history for the holiday.

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iNGreDieNTS •White icing (store bought icing is thick enough) •White boards (white foam core poster board from Michael’s cut in quarters at FedEx Kinkos – the base for your house) •Empty containers of Half & Half and rinse (for your house) •Gingerbread crackers •Candy (peppermints, candy bars for walk-way, candy canes, dots, twizzlers, etc.) •Sugar cones (for trees) •Frosted mini wheats cereal (tile for roof) aSSemBLY TiPS Spread icing all over empty half & half container and adhere to quartered white foam core board. Stick Gingerbread crackers onto icing to make walls and roof. Ice rooftop and adhere frosted mini wheats for tile. Ice sugar cones adhere to board with some icing and decorate with candy to make trees. Spread icing where needed on house to adhere squares of candy bar to make door and windows. Use other candy pieces to decorate house and white quartered board. To adhere any candy to board use the white icing. To learn more about Fallucco’s Mud Pie Cooking School, email info@mudpiecookingschool.com.

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As the annual Christmas dinner is a celebratory occasion shared with our immediate and extended families, Beth wanted this festive table to reflect a bit of nostalgia, yet still be playful and kid friendly. Beth decorated the table with animal ornaments made by her great aunt. “I think it’s important to bring back ornaments and have the memories from childhood,” she said. The

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centerpiece is made of her grandmother’s vintage ornaments, using just a dinner plate and glass dome. The napkins were cut by a piece of vintage fabric she had and the tablecloth is a painter’s drop cloth you can buy from Home Depot for under $10. The white plates and mugs are handmade by Tourne and the festive lace-textured plates are crafted by Brigitte Bouquet.

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This inviting table reflects the traditional colors of Hanukkah, which are blue, silver and white. Beth used a blue table she got second hand for $15 and then cut a crochet bed cover to make a pretty runner. The napkins are a navy fabric Beth had around the house. She fringed the edges by pulling the warp and weft threads. After the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah, it’s custom to play a dreidel game with chocolate coins (the silver are bittersweet for

the adults, the gold are milk chocolate for the kids). Beth added the coins, dreidels and a silver goblet for the blessing of the wine. The plates are mix of dishes, both new and old, with the colors of blue, white and silver predominant. It’s important to not feel stuck on conformity. Mix and match what you have as that’s what makes your holiday table uniquely your own. - Pamela Berger

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If you don’t have time to make your own holiday cake this season, then call Cake Hag in Grant Park. They handcraft the most scrumptious cakes I have ever tasted. cakehag.com, 678.760.6300

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DIY: Peanut Brittle

When I was thinking of what DIY food item to feature for the Sweet Peach Holiday Guide, I immediately remembered my friend Stephanie’s peanut brittle. She makes it every December and without fail, we can’t wait to open our gift tins to eat and savor every piece. This highly addictive brittle tastes amazing, and the best part is it’s really easy to do. I watched Stephanie make this twice and the whole thing was done in less than 15 minutes each time. Just remember to wrap your brittle in pretty packaging!

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Ginger Spice apple Berry Cake Layers of citrus and ginger cream cheese, caramelized apples and cranberries. $30

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1/4 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup dash salt 1 cup dry roasted peanuts 2 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon baking soda *Candy thermometer Mix first 5 ingredients in saucepan, cooking on high heat. Stir constantly until it reaches 300 degrees on your candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Add butter, mix a bit and then quickly add the baking soda. Stir quickly, then immediately pour onto a buttered cookie sheet and spread out. Let stand for 30 minutes, then simply break the brittle into pieces. Gift wrap as you wish!

Buche de Noel Set of two cakes: White chocolate with raspberry mousse and dark chocolate ganache and Milk chocolate with mocha mousse and milk chocolate ganache. $40

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COntinued from page 20 and more than 20 Napoletano-style pizzas. amrest.us Turkey Chop has entered the Atlanta metro serving up an all-poultry menu including turkey burgers, salads, tacos and more. 624 Southside Commercial Parkway. turkeychop.com

The Drafting Table is now open at the corner of Hill and Decatur streets in Downtown offering menu items that range from “decadent duck breast with Israeli couscous to curried oxtail with sweet potato mash and wilted spinach.” A sister location to Midtown Tavern, The Drafting Table will also offer boutique-style wines, liquors and craft beers. thedraftingtable.net Chef Kevin Gillespie and ai3, Inc. have announced a creative partnership to create the chef ’s next venture, Gunshow. The southern-inspired restaurant is slated to open in March 2013 in Glenwood Park. Agave in Cabbagetown has added Chef Bryan Yockey to its culinary team. Yockey

began cooking at age 14 and went on to graduate at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America. He was most recently the Sous Chef at Barnsley Gardens Resort in North Georgia. agaverestaurant.com

Dante Stephensen, owner of Atlanta favorite Dante’s Down the Hatch, was inducted to the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. The Hospitality Hall of Fame was created to recognize outstanding individuals who have played a major role in establishing Atlanta as a prominent, world-class meeting and tourism destination. Stephensen first opened Dante’s 42 years ago and announced last month the Buckhead restaurant would close to make way for a new apartment complex. Las Margaritas is now offering Wednesday La Familia Nights where kids eat free. Located at 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, the restaurant has also added a new wraparound Tequila & Rum bar with nine flatscreen TVs. To find out more and see the other nightly specials, including an all you can eat brunch buffet on Sundays, visit LasMargaritasMidtown.com.

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Gifts Under $25 We asked our readers via Facebook and Twitter to offer unique gifts under $25 for co-workers, teachers or neighbors. Here’s how they responded. A Gift Bag from Sally B’s Skin yummies: Handmade items for a luxurious bath are available At The Collective in Inman Park or sallybskinyummies.com. Suggested by Megan Gaddy.

Christmas at Callanwolde is back Dec. 7 -18 and visitors can tour and enjoy the splendor of the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion transformed for the holidays by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers. Period furniture, designer treasures, fine art and dazzling Christmas trees, will reflect a classic English Christmas reminiscent of the era when the prominent Candler family lived in the mansion at 980 Briacliff Road. The 1920’s Gothic-Tudor landmark was the home of Coca-Cola heir Charles Howard Candler and his family. Visitors will celebrate the season with holiday shopping, special family activities, the Artists’ Studio, entertaining Cabaret Nights and music played on the Aeolian pipe organ. Highlights include: Breakfast with Santa will be held Dec. 8 and 15 at 9 p.m. and the Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 9 and 16 at 3 p.m. Both are by advance reservations only. For Cabaret Nights, vocalist Marsha DuPree performs on Dec. 7 and Libby Whitmore on Dec. 14, both from 6 to 9 p.m. Cook’s Warehouse will offer special events onsite including kids cookie decorating (Dec. 8, 11 a.m.), a talk and tasting on sparkling wines (Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m.) and holiday appetizers (Dec. 15, 11 a.m.). 

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Recycled and Repurposed Gifts from Stress The Seams: Christy Kay recommended one of the license plate keychains or cuff bracelets. The goods are available online at Etsy (stresstheseams.etsy.com) or at HomeGrown in Decatur. Jewelry from Tulip’s Homemade: Handmade jewelry with many interesting designs available via Etsy (tulipshomemade.etsy.com). Suggested by Kerry Millwood. Vintage Gifts from Ishisha – Man and Woman Crafts: Original photography notecards, bookmarks, magnets or Vintage Buttons fashioned into wire-wrapped rings. See more at facebook.com/ishishacrafts. Suggested by Jennifer Rebecca Seidler. Gifts from Swoozie’s: Presents, paper and printing from this favorite retail chain, which has multiple locations in the area. Visit swoozies.com. Suggested by Katie Schanck. Chattahoochee River Park Pass: Hilary Bumm suggested this is the “best $25 gift ever” with access to all the beautiful park has to offer for a year. nps.gov/chat Crimpers Hair Salon Gift Certificates: Get your hair done and pick up a few products as well from the salon, 2345-3 Cheshire Bridge Road or crimpersatlanta.com Suggested by Tyler Lynch. KeepitINtown.com


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Teams build food sculptures for CANstruction 2012 By Collin Kelley, Editor The atrium at Colony Square was filled with curious sculptures made from canned goods and food items in November. There was the Lorax, Ratatouille stirring up a pot of stew, a looming Darth Vader and an oversized Captain America shield. These pieces – and many more – were part of CANstruction 2012, which is organized locally by the Society for Design Administration and American Institute of Architects Atlanta to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Local design and architecture teams built the sculptures in a matter of hours and all the food used – some 32,000 pounds of it – goes to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for distribution to the needy. The winners of the event included:

Best Meal: ASD for “Ratatouille” – the Disney favorite Most Cans: BHRP & Southern Polytechnic State University for “Time Is Running Out” – an hourglass. Juror’s Favorite & Structural Ingenuity: Pond & Company for “Unless You Can” – The Lorax Best Use of Labels: HKS for “AnaCAN – Unmask Hunger” – the Darth Vader helmet 1st Honorable Mention: May Architecture & AJAX Building Corp for “Peach, Love + Rock & Roll” – peach and disco ball CANstruction 2012 winners included HKS for its Darth Vader helmet (top), 2nd Honorable Mention: Pond & Company for it’s version of The Alcoa for “Mowing Down Hunger” Lorax (middle) and ASD for Ratatouille. – a riding lawnmower

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Books by Local Authors By Collin Kelley and Annie Kinnett Nichols Atlanta’s writers have been busy and the fruits of their labor are now available just in time for the holidays. Mysteries, poetry, memoirs and self-help are all here. Whether you’re looking for a good book to curl up with by the fire or something to download to your Kindle for a long flight, you’ll find plenty to choose from here.

Noir(ish) by Evan Guilford-Blake ($3.99, E.P. Dutton). Set in an imaginary Los Angeles of 1947, the novel centers on the exploits of private detective Robert Grahame drawn by a femme fatale into a most unusual case. With nods to such classics like The Maltese Falcon and Double Indemnity, this eBook original is perfect for mystery lovers. Reunion in Thera & Other Stories by R. Cary Bynum ($19.95, St. Johann Press) Eleven short stories set in the fictional Southern university town of Thera, as well as big cities like New York and Atlanta. The stories revolve around characters moving through personal crises toward some totally unexpected resolution.       

Southern Vapors by Lynn Garson ($14.95, Amazon) This memoir chronicles the author’s life from childhood through college, law school, marriage, children, careers, the landscape of divorce and single parenthood and an unfortunate stay in a mental institution. When Pianos Fall from the Sky: Poems by Travis Denton ($14.95, Marick Press) Denton’s pop culture imbued poems delve into love and truth with imagery that includes gypsies, guillotines, the Hindenburg and bucket brigades. Trash by John David Hall ($12, Amazon) This novel explores Atlanta’s gay nightlife in the 1990s dot-com era. Naïve and optimistic Will moves to Atlanta looking for love, but finds himself spiraling into the drug and underground sex club scene. RPM: Rockin’ in the Free World by H.S. Means ($18.99) Heather Means chronicles her late husband’s decision to join the Army after his best friend was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Deployed to Iraq, Ryan Patman Means discovered he had a rare form of liver

cancer. Using Ryan’s own writings, Means details her husband’s life, patriotism and decisions that changed his entire family’s life. Available Dec. 1 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Wealth Choice by Dennis Kimbro ($25, Palgrave Macmillan) Observing how the weight of the continuing housing and credit crises disproportionately impacts the African-American community, Kimbro takes a sharp look at a carefully cultivated group of individuals who’ve scaled the heights of success and how others can emulate them. Based on a seven year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, the book offers advice on climbing the economic ladder. Elephant Water: Poems by Dan Veach ($14.95, Finishing Line Press) Decatur resident and editor of the Atlanta Review, Veach shares his own whimsical poems

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The 6th annual Celebrity Clinic offers a chance for kids to play baseball with major and minor league players at Turner Field, 9 a.m. to noon. The event benefits L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct), a nonprofit that helps inner city school athletes. The cost is $250 per player for ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 14. lead2legacy.org

The High Museum of Art Holiday Artist Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will unusual and one-of-a-kind gifts for adults and children from local artisans including hand-blown glass, custom-made jewelry and more. Chef Sonya of Sweet Auburn Bread Co. will sign her new cookbook from 2-4 p.m. high.org.

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The Georgia State University School of Music 15th annual Gala Holiday Concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. This year’s performances will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as music with an international twist including Duke Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Handel and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Tickets are $22-$48. rialtocenter.org

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The Atlanta Youth Academy Benefit Auction will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. The event will include live and silent auctions of items such as fine art by local artists, jewelry, vacation-home stays, tickets to sporting and theater events, and restaurant and spa gift certificates. Every dollar raised will fund scholarships at AYA. Last year’s Benefit Auction generated more than $40,000. Tickets are $25, include five raffle tickets, and may be purchased in advance at atlantayouthacademy.com.

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Virginia Highland clothing shop Meringue is hosting its 4th annual Holiday Soiree from 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1393 N. Highland Ave. Enjoy holiday cocktails, yuletide bites and bring a gift for a child in need and receive 20 percent off of your total purchase. All donations will be delivered to the Atlanta Day Shelter for women and children. meringueclothing.com

Dec. 8 & 15

Tinsel and Twine Holiday PopUp Shop returns to the Westside Provisions District on Dec. 8 and 15. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and you can stuff your stockings with goodies from a one-of-a-kind stocking bar featuring handcrafted goods created by some of the nation’s best emerging artisans. There will be music from UGA’s vocal ensemble, Noteworthy as well as specials at shops like Billy Reid, Room & Board, Sid Mashburn, Jonathan Adler, Anthropologie and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days with free parking. westsidepd.com

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Music lovers won’t want to miss the annual Tuba Christmas on from noon to 1 p.m. at Underground Atlanta in Downtown. What began in 1974 as a tribute to artist/teacher William J. Bell has continued around the country over the years and is now one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions. Grab lunch and enjoy the show. underground-atlanta.com December 2012

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The Atlanta History Center’s annual holiday program, The Holiday Spirit, is filled with family activities that celebrate the season. Holiday crafts, live music, decorations, theatrical performances, and a visit from Saint Nick are all part of the event. Featured activities include time travel to explore holidays past at Smith Family Farm and Swan House where guests encounter friendly “spirits” from the 1860s and the 1930s. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event is free with general admission. atlantahistorycenter.com

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family VISUAL Steve McCurry Exhibit: Besharat Gallery chronicles photojournalist Steve McCurry’s career, which started by covering the Soviet War in Afghanistan where he disguised himself in native dress and hid his film by sewing it into his clothes. Closes December 7. Free! besharatgallery.com Industrial Scars: J. Henry Fair photographs the most egregious injuries to nature, showcasing the effects of industrialization and pollution as both beautiful and frightening simultaneously, at this Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum exhibit. Closes December 11. $6 to $8. jimmycarterlibrary.org Affinity: Kai Lin Art pulls together six artists for solo exhibits featuring a diverse collection of finely crafted and detailed art by Jason Kofke, Patrick Heagney, The Dorn Brothers and others. Closes December 8. Free! kailinart.com Relative Connections: New Work by Stephen Marc: Contemporary American griot Stephen Marc creates powerful narratives that weave more than 500 years of African-American life, history and culture into a digital quilt of photography in this Arts at Emory exhibit. Closes December 8. Free! arts.emory. edu Baptism by Fire: John Tindel and Michi Meko collaborate as TindelMichi at this Barbara

Archer Gallery exhibit, working on the same art as one pair of hands for this exhibit. Their humor and wit seeps into their work and creates unexpected celebrations of Southern cultures and traditions. Free! barbaraarcher.com Colors of the Beloved Community: The Art of Social Justice and Change: Auburn Avenue Research Library showcases the work by artists from Our Gallery, which offers homeless and non-traditional artists an opportunity to create, exhibit and sell their art. Free! afpls.org/aarl Missiles, Plastics and a Bear: Atlanta-based artist Kevin Byrd explores minimalism, light and materials in this One Twelve Gallery exhibit, highlighted by his “Ballistic Missiles” series in which he reduces nuclear weapons to just their black and white markings. Free! onetwelvegallery. com Wet Ink: Alan Avery Art Company welcomes artists Courtney J. Garrett, Kathryn Jacobi and Jennifer J.L. Jones to the gallery with their mixed media works, hauntingly hopeful paintings and nature-inspired bold scenes. Free! alanaveryartcompany.com PERFORMING ARTS Callanwolde Cabaret: Travel back to the roaring ‘20s speakeasy days as you enjoy a holiday happy hour with live cabaret performances featuring vocal artists Marsha DuPree and

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Libby Whittemore. December 7 and December 14. $12 to $20. callanwolde.org Spyro Gyra: Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, whose signature sound merges jazz with R&B, pop and Latin, brings their high energy live show to the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. December 8. $40 to $65. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir: All five choirs of the Georgia Boy Choir perform favorite carols and songs with a full orchestra to kick off the holiday season, with a special interactive performance of “Twelve Days of Christmas” at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. December 14 and December 15. $12 to $40. georgiaboychoir.org A Celtic Christmas: This Atlanta concert tradition by The Celtic Company finds a new home at the Rialto Center for the Arts for this year’s performance featuring Irish singer and guitarist John Doyle, Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval, Appalachian clogger Jesse Edgerton, the Atlanta Irish Dance Troupe and others. December 15. $29 to $60. thecelticcompany.com Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures: Amy Ray, T Cooper and Scott Turner Schofield: Rock star Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls), author T Cooper, and king of performance Scott Turner Schofield join together on stage for one wild night of live music, words and performance at Star Bar, hosted by Charis Books and More. December 15. $10 to $15. charisbooksandmore.com The Mountaintop: This play at True Colors Theatre Company is a gripping re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Closes December 16. $20 to $60. truecolors.org

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Dancers in this Broadway-style mini-musical. December 9 and December 16. $15 to $22. atlantasymphony.org West Side Story: From the first note to the final breath, this beloved musical soars as the greatest love story of all time with one of Broadway’s finest scores written by Bernstein and Sondheim. December 13 through December 16. $17 to $60. cobbenergycentre.com Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical: The convent nuns you love, as well as Father Virgil and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students, are filming a TV special in the convent basement in this Christmas musical at OnStage Atlanta. Closes December 22. $12 to $23. onstageatlanta.com Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: Take in the magic of the season at Atlanta Shakespeare Company with this Charles Dickens tale, a bit of song and a lot of holiday cheer. Closes December 23. $15 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Holidays with the Chalks: The Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage transforms into a classic honky tonk for this musical about an allsister country and Western band

down on their luck at the local dive. Spend an evening with their music, their stories and their really big hair. Closes December 23. $20 to $45. alliancetheatre. org The Gifts of the Magi: In this Theatrical Outfit production based on O. Henry’s classic holiday story, two lovers secretly part with their most prized possessions to afford presents for each other, creating a warm and intimate Christmas in the cold, unfriendly city. Closes December 23. $20 to $40. theatricaloutfit.org Little Women: Fabrefaction Theatre Company takes on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story in their latest musical, a story of women breaking the mold and achieving success both in work and life. Closes December 23. $18 to $27. fabrefaction.org Libby’s at the Express: The talented Libby Whittemore performs her annual a holidaythemed cabaret at Actor’s Express. December 15 through December 23. $40. actorsexpress.com Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker: Bring the whole family for an enchanting and memorable KeepitINtown.com


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The Santaland Diaries: Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises this popular production by awardwinning satirist David Sedaris. Closes December 30. $25 to $40. horizontheatre.com

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Richard Kickers: Atlanta’s longestrunning open improv jam combines seasoned veterans from all over the city with improv virgins every Tuesday night. Tuesdays. $5. relapsecomedy.com

curious & curiouser! Vintage and modern mix in custom boomboxes By Brigette Flood Take a love of music, art and vintage goods, pair it with two creative minds and a propensity to try new things ... and voila you have the Thumper. It’s a one-of-a kind rechargeable retro boombox made from vintage suitcase and authentic hi-fi speakers. It sounds as good as it looks, which is saying a quite lot. Like most amazing ideas, it started with inspiration. While furnishing their new digital design studio in the King Plow Arts Center earlier this year, Curious Provisions founders David Preiss and Javier Santana discovered a shared penchant for upcycling vintage items into modern decor. First they transformed antique sewing tables into contemporary workstations and created a conference table from recycled barn wood and plumbing pipes. Then Javier came across a pair of Cerwin-Vega speakers on Craigslist and a pair vintage suitcases while thrift shopping. Having homeschooled audio skills thanks to a cousin, Javier finally came up with the idea to pull

the speakers from their banged up cabinets and into the suitcases. Friends and visitors reacted so positively to the combination, a new business was born. Since February, Curious Provisions has been wowing people who love design and music with their Thumpers. The old meets new style is beautiful, functional art. Each piece has a style and a quirkiness all its own due to the custom-designed, hand-crafted considerations given to each. But there’s nothing old about the technology inside. Thumpers are known for their killer audio. They’re portable and rechargeable. They work with any mobile device or laptop and most of them come with a volume, bass and treble controls mounted on the side. Music can also be streamed wirelessly using a bluetooth adapter or the Thumper can be converted to a guitar amp with a custom adapter. Prices range from $590-$790. To check out the Thumpers, shop curiousprovisions. com or visit the exhibit The South’s Next Wave Design Challenge at MODA Design, which is up through March 31.

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• New lanes along Auburn Avenue and Edgewood Avenue linking the Old Fourth Ward to Georgia State University.

If you haven’t noticed, biking in Atlanta is on the rise. There are more people using bicycles for transportation and leisure than ever before. The cities of Atlanta and Decatur are working to make sure biking is safer, sustainable and accessible to all. In Atlanta last month, the City Council, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Midtown Alliance and the Georgia Institute of Technology announced three new initiatives to boost rider safety, sustainability and access. Visible proof of this can be found at Tech Square near the intersection of 5th and West Peachtree streets at Georgia Tech’s Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business. Alterations to the intersection have resulted in the city’s first raised bicycle track, green bicycle lane, two-stage left-turn box and bicycle signal at the intersection. These alterations will enable cyclists to safely cross a busy intersection and be guided by a dedicated bicycle lane and traffic signal. As part of a planning effort between the city and Georgia Tech, a new smartphone app for the iPhone and Android called Cycle Atlanta is available for download and designed specifically for bikers to provide direct feedback to the city. “We want to know what bicyclists consider to be barriers and obstacles to riding,” said Commissioner James Shelby of the Department of Planning and Community Development. “This new app will give us good information and greater insight about areas that need improvement like the one here at Tech Square.” Over the next three years, the Atlanta plans to construct 34 miles of bicycle routes, paths and other facilities:

Bring One for the Chipper is Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program has recycled an estimated 5.9 million Christmas trees.The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards. You can support the Chipper program by bringing your cut Christmas tree to a designated drop off site or volunteering with your local coordinator to collect trees.

• A protected one-way cycle track along Juniper Street connecting Piedmont Park to Downtown. • Buffered bicycle lanes along Ponce de Leon Avenue providing a direct link from the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail and Ponce City Market to Midtown. • Two-way cycle track between Centennial Olympic Park and Freedom Park. • Bicycle lanes and cycle track connection between Brownwood Park and Grant Park. • Direct connection between the Atlanta University Center, Castleberry Hill and Downtown. City planners are also working toward doubling the rate of bicycle commuting by city residents from 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent by 2016. In Decatur, the city was recently honored by the League of American Bicyclists for its efforts to improve cycling. Decatur was named a bronze Bicycle Friendly Communities for its additional bike lanes and pedestrian friendly areas. Decatur was also lauded for having bicycling education at more than 90 percent of its elementary and middle schools. The city also worked in partnership with Bike Decatur to create a bicycle suitability map. The map identifies roadways using three bicycle difficulty rankings with the intention of assisting cyclists in choosing suitable routes to destinations. The map features a main city map along with a downtown inset. The intention is to help

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We asked our Facebook and Twitter readers to suggest locally made gifts for the holidays. Here are some of their suggestions. Mama Handmade Goodies for Bath & Home: A great selection of homemade soaps, lotions, scrubs, candles and more are available at Mama in Decatur, 743D East College Ave. facebook.com/ mamabathandbody. Suggested by Mary Railey Bartlett.

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One of my personal heroes, Jane Goodall, was in town recently to meet with children and civil rights leaders to help spread the word about her work and also form new partnerships for her children’s program Goodall, through her foundation, runs a program called Roots and Shoots. It supports and encourages children to get involved in community service, allowing the children to choose causes and work together to find ways to solve problems. The meeting in Atlanta was an opportunity to meet with kids from Ron Clark Academy and meet leaders in the Civil Rights community. The environment is an important Civil Rights issue. Poor city planning and high levels of pollution are leading to severe health problems among children who live in cities like Atlanta. It’s a wrong that must be made right. Goodall spent decades studying the social and mental development of chimpanzees in Africa from the late 1950s. She’s since become one of the world’s leading spokespeople for preserving animal species and living in balance with the natural systems that support all life. She worked with my friend Mary Mapes to launch the program at Jackson Elementary years ago, when Mapes’ children were students there. Goodall visited Atlanta again this month to talk with the likes of Bernice King and the Ron Clark Academy students because she wants to connect with urban areas. “She’s always been interested in Civil Rights and environmentalism,” Mapes said. “We

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brought those two groups together.” One of the students wrote a poem for Goodall and the whole crowd was moved when he stood up to read it to her. It really was a beautiful moment. It reminded me of how important it is that children get involved and stay involved, which is something my father taught us when we were young. The children’s enthusiasm and involvement is really what powers Roots and Shoots. In Atlanta, Jackson Elementary’s program is still growing, with students running programs to help the Humane Society and local food banks, among other causes. The program is also in place at The

Eco Briefs The 2012 PACE Awards were presented in 13 categories to Georgia workplaces, schools and individual leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to improved commuting options, mobility and air quality. Now in its 12th year, the PACE Awards are presented by The Clean Air Campaign, in partnership with the region’s transportation management associations, RideSmart, and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Winners included: Agnes Scott College, Federal Reserve Bank and CBRE/271 for best overall programs, while the Dr. Marlin R. Gottschalk Student Environmental Leadership Award went to Zoe Spencer, OnAir teen blogger for Atlanta Public Schools. PEDS, metro Atlanta’s pedestrian advocacy organization presented its 13th annual Golden Shoe Awards last month to honor the people, projects and places that have contributed significantly this year to making metro Atlanta communities more walkable. Local winners included the City of Atlanta for the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail; Atlanta Streets Alive for the recurring street festival; the Brookwood Hills Neighborhood Association for repairing 3,000 feet of curbs and sidewalks; and Living Walls, the ongoing art program.

Westminster Schools and may soon launch at Ron Clark. Roots and Shoots gets its name from the idea that there is so much power and life force in even the tiniest seed, it can sprout roots and shoots that are strong enough to break rocks beneath them or brick walls above them. “Those rocks and walls represent all the problems that we humans have put on poor old planet Earth, environmental and social,” Goodall says. “Roots and Shoots is about breaking through.” For more green news, visit lauraseydel. com.

BeltLine Gets $3 million grant

The Woodruff Foundation has donated $3 million to the Atlanta BeltLine for further development of Eastside Trail, including the Reynoldstown extension and connecting the trail to Historic Fourth Ward Park. Design work for the extension to Reynoldstown is under way now. With this contribution, private sector investment in the BeltLine now exceeds $41 million. beltline.org

East Lake Farm Grows In January of this year, the East Lake Farmers Market and Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) partnered to create the East Lake Farm, adjacent to the ELF Market, to improve access and availability of local and fresh produce, the consumption of local fruits and vegetables, and the development of gardening and farming among county residents. Thanks to a Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program grant from the DeKalb County Board of Health/ Centers for Disease Control in 2011, ELF Market and SHS were able to build a successful working farm in an empty urban space. While the farm has been

a highly successful educational tool for the community, the underlying financial assumptions regarding farm income have proven overly optimistic. For that reason, ELF Market has transferred the management and operations of East Lake Farm to SHS, which has extensive experience managing urban agriculture projects. “We believe the farm can best work as a resource and complement to the community learning garden and as an educational and community resource,” says ELF Market President Doug Williams. “We have every confidence SHS will be able to further grow this valuable community resource.” elfmarket.org. KeepitINtown.com


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Business & Retail Briefs Republic of Couture (ROC) will join the growing list of renowned retailers and restaurants featured at the 12th and Midtown development. This fashion retailer is scheduled to open spring 2013 and will be located at 1075 Peachtree in a 6,500-square-foot flagship space on Peachtree Street. Oriental Designer Rugs will move to its new location at 1250-B Menlo Drive (off Huff Road) in early 2013 after nearly 19 years at Amsterdam Walk. The new building will offer 150 percent more space and is next door to the fast-emerging designer/decorator home furnishings mecca of West Midtown, Huff Road/Howell Mill/Chattahoochee district. OrientalDesignerRugs.com Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will be offering free wi-fi access as early as fall 2013. The airport is reducing the cost of wifi service and planning to upgrade its public wireless Internet system to accommodate an expected increase in use by tech-savvy passengers. Last month, Hartsfield-Jackson began offering wi-fi services at a reduced daily rate of $4.95; the new, lower rate will remain in effect until the fees are eliminated in 2013. Private Bank of Decatur, a division of Private Bank of Buckhead, is now open at One Decatur Town Center at the corner of Church Street and East Ponce. Earlier this year, Atlanta ranked No. 1 as the most innovative city in the country according to Zipcar’s Future Metropolis Index, and this fall, the city was voted one of the Top 25 most innovative cities in the world in the Wall Street Journal Magazine’s “City of the Year” contest, sponsored by Citibank. Oglethorpe University has officially broken ground for its new campus center, which will be constructed on the site of the former Emerson Student Center. More than $15 million was raised to build the campus center, including a $5 million gift, the largest in the history of the university. The campus center is scheduled to open next fall. The open facility will provide flexible, multi-purpose spaces to meet, study and play, including a dining hall, coffee shop, bookstore and outdoor patios. progress.oglethorpe.edu Searching for the latest iPad or MacBook Air? Well, there’s a store for that — and it’s inside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. iTravel, an authorized Apple reseller, is now open at Gate B17 for those looking for a gift or need a gadget to take on the plane. State Farm honored the School of Technology at Carver during National Teen Driver Safety Week as one of 14 schools across the U.S. and Canada that were key supporters of the Celebrate My Drive initiative in September. The school was presented with a $100,000 grant at an assembly at the school. The donation will be instrumental in creating academic enrichment programs for the students at Carver School of Technology. Business owners and residents in Fulton County can sign up for the CodeRED weather alert system by signing up at fultoncountyga.gov. This program provides automated storm warnings and other emergency alerts to the citizen’s cell phone, land line phone, or other mobile instrument.  In addition to weather situations, the system will be used for warnings of utility outages, major fires, roadway issues, criminal matters, gas leaks, evacuation notices, and other neighborhood concerns.

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college & career connection at grady By Anna Winer Parent volunteers are a valued asset at any school, but it is the rare parent that is so committed to their work that they keep volunteering even after their children have graduated. For Susan Muntzing and Jenny Buyens, co-founders of Grady High School’s College and Career Connection (CCC), helping students navigate the increasingly complex passage to college has become something of a calling. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, public school guidance counselors have on average only 20 minutes a year for each student who needs college counseling. When Susan and Jenny had students at Grady, they saw how painfully overtaxed the counselors were. In 2006, Susan was president of the Grady PTSA, and Jenny was a parent volunteer. They didn’t yet know each other but independently recognized an aching need at Grady to facilitate visiting college recruiters. Frankly, there weren’t many – under 40 a year. Overburdened guidance counselors often didn’t have time to coordinate the visits, and when recruiters did come, there was no quiet and consistent place for them to meet with students. Über-organized Jenny quickly stepped up and offered to assume responsibility for scheduling recruiter visits. At the same time, Susan – then Grady’s PTSA chair – was trying to establish a devoted space for such visits to occur. In the spring of 2007, the PTSA received a $1,000 grant from Atlanta Families Foundation to start a college center, and, with the support of Grady principal Vincent Murray, the CCC was born. Their first space was shared with math teachers in a vacant room furnished with only two computers and two file cabinets. The CCC has grown enormously in just a few years. They now have their own devoted space with furniture and computers provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an extensive library of catalogues, brochures, test-prep books, and on-line resources with information not only about colleges, but also about summer internships, the military, and vocational/technical schools. The CCC offers workshops on financial aid and scholarships, essay writing, and interviewing skills, and their

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impressive website is visited by students from all over the country. And those once-thorny college recruiter visits have increased to more than 150 per year. Recruiters know that Grady is a great school; the student body is diverse, hard working, and motivated – in short, desirable. Jenny gives credit to the students when she says, “Good things come to Grady kids, but they go get them.” Aided by an enthusiastic staff of over 30 volunteers who help out with daily tasks, Jenny, Susan, and another former parent and CCC director, Sarah Bryant, make complementary contributions to the CCC. Susan works with Dr. Murray to maintain a good relationship with the administration. Jenny manages the organization of website and online communications. And Sarah puts together reports with valuable information for students (for example, a list of colleges on a MARTA line). Grady students recognize what a valuable gem they have in the CCC, and they logged over 4,100 individual visits last year. Jasmine Burnett, now a freshman at Harvard, says the CCC “helped me most when it came to having my college essays edited. [The volunteers] helped me choose what I should write the essays about, and gave me great advice on ways to improve them.” Current Grady senior Rachel Citrin, who has already used the CCC to research summer internships and scholarships, says, “I think that ‬Grady is extremely lucky to have such a great resource at the tip of our fingers.”

The CCC welcomes volunteers from the community; having a Grady student is optional. When the Grady stadium was being renovated a couple of years ago, a retired educator was impressed by the look of the school and just walked in and asked how she could help. The CCC was happy to put her to work. Other volunteers include a retired counselor from Decatur High School and a financial planner. Having a broad range of volunteers strengthens Grady’s relationship to the wider community, which can point proudly to a neighborhood school that turns out impressive, college-bound graduates. If you would like to help, please e-mail the CCC at gradycccvolunteers@gmail.com.

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COntinuedfrom page 39 Atlanta Capital Group recently celebrated its first decade in business with a reception at the St. Regis Hotel Founding partners Jody Young, David Millican and Jeffrey Shaver started the hybrid wealth advisory firm in 2002 by combining the best aspects of financial advising with the ability to trade and move assets. Starting out with $82 million in assets in 2002, the firm today has more than $850 million. By Design Furniture is making it ‘stressless’ to give this holiday season. Through Jan.14, shoppers will receive $200 off the purchase price of any Stressless brand recliner or $400 off the purchase price of select Eagle or Wing recliners from Ekornes Inc. when they donate a minimum of $50 to Atlanta Community Food Bank. Last year, Ekornes retailers raised over $275,000 during a similar promotion. 1747 Cheshire Bride Road. bydesignfurniture.com.

Paces Properties has purchased the former Tyler Perry Studios complex and Stove Works building at the corner of Irwin and Krog streets in Inman Park. Work was slated to get underway this month in transforming the movie soundstages into Krog Street Market, which the developers say will be reminiscent of the Ferry Building in San Francisco. There will be market stalls, retail and apartments incorporated into the 66,000 square foot space. The future of the Stove Works, which houses offices and Rathburn’s, or how it will connect to Krog Street Market had not been announced at press time.

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood, makingsenseofsocial.com

2012: The Year Social Media Changed Completely ... Kinda It’s the end of the year, time to reflect and remark on the changes that have taken place since this time last year. Without a doubt, social media remains a changing landscape. But then why does everything feel about the same? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr all maintain their status in the list of platforms to be on. Google+ still hasn’t hit its stride Companies are still trying to figure out the best way to utilize the social space. Users are annoyed by that. Facebook ads aren’t winning any friends in corporations nor consumers. Kids are trying to be places (Instagram) where their parents (Facebook) aren’t. Blogging’s always on the rise. Breaking news has many new vehicles over which to break, as evidenced by events in Egypt during the amazingly disruptive, world-changing Arab Spring. Maybe the best way to highlight this year’s changes is to bring out the data, that all-important social media benchmark. So here are your stats and facts for 2012: • Facebook – 1 billion users; 600 million mobile users; more than 42 million pages and 9 million apps; average user has 130 friends • YouTube – 4 million views per day; the most

watched video is “Gangnam Style” (532+ million views); the average visitor spends 15 minutes a day • Twitter – 500 million users; 750 tweets happen every second • LinkedIn – 175 million users in 200 countries; two new members sign up every second; there are 1 million LinkedIn groups • Instagram – 100 million users; 575 likes happen per second; 5,000,000 images are uploaded every day; 25% of users upload more than 3 pictures • Pinterest – 25 million users; the most represented age group is women between 25-34 years old; drives more referral traffic than Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube combined • Google+ – 400 million users; student is the number one occupation of Google+ users; the Google+ button is used 5 billion times per day; 2/3 of users are male • Blogging – 60 percent of bloggers are between 25-44 years old; 3 million blogs come online every month The main point: usage is up. Especially on mobile devices. Sorry if I left any of your favorites out. Tweet me @brigflood and I’ll include more in an upcoming column, if you’re interested.

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If you’re looking for decorating inspiration or just like the idea of wandering through some beautifully decked out homes, Intown has an array of tours on tap this month. Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes Decatur’s 30th annual tour is Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. both nights. The tour features homes throughout the city, ranging from new builds to craftsman renovations to the breathtaking Rosehill estate sitting on the hilltop at the corner of W. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Pinetree Drive. Tour-goers can board a complimentary shuttle at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Decatur, hop on and off throughout the two evenings and take advantage of the dining and shopping opportunities in Decatur as well as tour seven of Decatur’s interesting, creative, eclectic and beautiful homes. The Tour of Homes is a fundraiser that benefits the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund, the Decatur Education Foundation and the Wylde Center. Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $20 in advance at decaturtourofhomes.com and $25 at the door.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DAY 2012 Design Excellence Awards and more By Wendy Binns, Publisher The annual Downtown Development Day hosted by Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Development was held last month at AmercicasMart. The opening session began with CAP President A.J. Robinson welcoming Maria Vargas, Director of Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge and Excellence Award. This award recognizes buildings that have been retrofitted to conserve water and energy. They measured total energy and water savings of each of the participating Downtown buildings and the award went to Hyatt Regency. The Turner Building (133 Luckie Street) and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church were also considered for the award. Vargas explained that this award is about three words: leadership, results and transparency. She said Atlanta “is leading other cities and driving change.” Recognizing newly created

and renovated spaces, the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Awards were presented to Living Walls, The City Speaks for the community/residential category; breensmith Advertising for the office category; and, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails for the restaurant/bar category. Downtown Atlanta Economic Impact Award for 2012 was presented to Legacy Property Group and President and Founder David Marvin. Breakout sessions followed the presentation with topics such as Re-shaping Atlanta Streetcar Neighborhoods for the Millennials and Navigating Today’s Real Estate Financial Market. For more information, visit atlantadowntown.com.

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Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes Two Victorian mansions and a bed & breakfast are just some of the homes on the 2012 tour of the Grant Park neighborhood. Starting at St. Paul United Methodist Church, the tour will be Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights. A special stop this year is The Social Goat Bed & Breakfast at 548 Robinson Ave. Since their last appearance on the tour a few years ago, the owners have accumulated quite the petting zoo out back, complete with turkeys, goats and chickens if tour-goers are feeling frisky. Another tour stop is the L. P. Grant Mansion just across from St. Paul, home to the Atlanta Preservation Center. And always a big draw to the tour and the neighborhood is the Burns Mansion at 622 Grant St. For family fun, the popular Winter Wonderland put on by the Grant Park Parent Network is returning. Featuring Santa, cookie decorating and other holiday treats, Winter Wonderland will be in the church gymnasium from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. An Artists’ Market and Bake Sale, open both nights, caroling hayrides on Saturday and a Candlelight Christmas Concert on Sunday are also planned. Tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at CandlelightTourOfHomes.com

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From left to right: Joe Hindsley, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Randy Childers, Facilities Manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Maria Vargas, Director of the Better Buildings Challenge for the US Department of Energy, Lauren Dufort, Director of Sustainability for Central Atlanta Progress

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Real Estate Briefs Since re-launching its sales program, The Residences at W Atlanta – Downtown has sold 15 of its 74 homes. Recently, Regent Partners and Post Properties have secured additional parcels in Allen Plaza for future development, and projects including the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Streetcar are moving forward. One- and two-bedroom homes are priced from $299,000.

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The Brandon Neighborhood Association (BNA), a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the Brandon Neighborhood as a desirable, high quality residential area, marked its first anniversary this fall and begun a second membership recruitment campaign. The association covers more than 300 homes in Atlanta’s Brandon Neighborhood in the vicinity of Brandon Elementary School. It includes within its boundaries portions of Moores Mill Road, Howell Mill Road, West Wesley Road, Peachtree Battle Avenue, Peachtree Battle Circle, Arden Road, Battle Overlook, Carmon on Wesley, Hawick Drive, Nawench Drive, the Chatsworth and Old Wesley neighborhoods and Dawn View Lane. brandonatl.org.

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Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group Architects and Remodelers won first and third places for the Best Covered Deck in the North American Deck and Railing Association’s annual competition. “MOSAIC Group’s winning entry is a true outdoor living space,” said Coowner Rick Goldstein, a registered architect. “Our goal was to make a visual connection between the home and the view to the pool. The covered deck also provides space to escape from the sun’s rays on a hot Georgia day.” The covered deck includes a dedicated space for grilling, a countertop area with stools that serves as a pass-through from the kitchen, and ample space for watching TV or interacting with friends and family. The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Livable Communities Coalition recognized five of the region’s most innovative developments and one “Great Place,” with the 2011 Developments of Excellence Awards. Winners included: Historic Fourth Ward Park, Development of Excellence; Downtown Decatur, Great Place; Downtown Norcross, Livable Centers Initiative Achievement Award; College Park Gateway Center, Exceptional Merit for Public-Private Partnership; Ivy Hall, Exceptional Merit for Historic Preservation; and Emory Point, Exceptional Merit for Infill Development

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Atlantafinehomes.com UNDER CONTRACT

Ansley Park. $1,499,000 84 Polo Drive NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5077979 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 JW Getzinger 404.974.4312

Brookhaven. $650,000 1186 Standard Drive 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5062111 Jere Metcalf 770.337.7122

Brookwood Park. $64,500 130 26th Street NW 2BR/1BA FMLS: 5079984 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Buckhead. $698,000 81 Paces West Circle NW 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5079015 Natalie Brandt 850.865.5200 Chuck Wood 404.822.8828

Buckhead. $650,000 1135 Park Overlook Drive 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5062290 Carol Dean Davis 404.824.4100

Buckhead. $85,500 2870 Pharr Court South NW 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5052312 Susan Fron 404.835.9575

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Buckhead. $1,399,900 2636 Dobbs Circle NW 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5082187 Sujay Dalal 678.201.7479 Ashley Battleson 404.281.5828

Glenwood Park. $274,500 465 Bartram Street SE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5074972 Bobby Blaha 404.402.9741

Candler Park. $359,000 321 Clifton Road NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5083665 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071 Nancy House 770.310.3445

Lenox Park. $615,000 316 Lansdowne Avenue 5BR/4BA FMLS: 5077452 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

Decatur. $289,500 331 Melrose Avenue 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5077762 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Midtown. $299,900 805 Peachtree Street NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5070807 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Druid Hills. $445,000 857 Lullwater Park Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5073489 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Peachtree Corners. $545,000 4014 Ancient Amber Way 6BR/5BA FMLS: 5079629 Laura Matura 404.310.0060

Edgewood. $206,000 1219 Mortimer Place SE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5066738 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071 Nancy House 770.310.3445

Glenwood Park. $459,000 981 N Ormewood Park Drive 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5081810 Bobby Blaha 404.402.9741

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Morningside. $539,000 869 Courtenay Drive 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5078571 Sylvia Mallarino 404.786.3944

Ormewood Park. $349,900 875 Ormewood Terrace 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5078465 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595 UNDER CONTRACT

Ormewood Park. $369,000 1059 Berne Street 4BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5082221 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

Sandy Springs. $2,995,000 5507 Long Island Drive 6BR/6Full 2half BA FMLS:5073110 Chuck Wood 404.822.8828

Buckhead ~ 404.237.5000

Serenbe. $550,000 9060 Selborne Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5078609 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558

Vinings. $1,000,000 2159 Whitehall Court 6BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5043752 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Vinings. $139,000 3665 Essex Avenue 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5058633 Carson Matthews 678.595.9286

Virginia Highland. $549,000 890 Drewry Street 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5075156 Andrea Cueny 404.695.7040

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Pretty Old House Couple breathes new life into Morningside home HOME IMPROVEMENT | RENOVATION TIPS| HOME DECOR | BEFORE & AFTERS

By Wendy Binns, Publisher

A crystal chandelier scored on Craigslist lights up the master bath. Two built-in corner cabinets are reconfigured to artfully flank the dining room. And tin salvaged from the roof of the old garage now handsomely covers substantial awnings in the back of the house. Saving old features and turning them into new functions for a home is an art local real estate agent Patti Hinkle and her husband, Steve, have refined over the years. Patti and Steve lived in this Morningside home during the three-year renovation and now have the 5-bedroom, 3.5 bath property listed for sale. They plan to move on to their next project, but first we asked Patti a few questions about this latest.

Patti Hinkle, above, blogs about her home renovation projects. Left, is an after photo of her latest project.

Sum it up for us, Patti – what is it about pretty old houses that you love and how many have you renovated? We’ve renovated and sold three pretty old houses from Garden Hills to East Lake and, just this spring, one in Kirkwood. Before that, we renovated five houses in the suburbs. Pretty old houses have their own personality – they’re quirky. They have soul.

Paint Colors “I have to tell you we rarely come up with new and different colors on our own,” says Patti. “Most times we reuse colors from other homes we’ve done or try out ones we’ve seen in model homes. Sometimes, as in the interior here, we go with colors from magazines.”

What original features were you most eager to keep? The doors! Steve wanted this house because of the doors. They’re thicker than most old doors and have the best trim and, of course, wonderful crystal knobs and brass escutcheons. We reused all the original doors. We even moved the swinging door from the old kitchen as the laundry room door. And, I love the old hardwood floors. The grain of the wood is so tight and the boards are usually really long. I also really like plaster walls. A lot of renovators strip a house down to the studs, which I think is for the convenience of the electrician and the plumber. Plasterwork is a dying craft and we need to preserve as much of it as we can. In this house we also worked hard to keep the moldings and had Randall Brothers mill a few new pieces so it would all match.

Interior Walls & Trim: Creamy from Benjamin Moore. We like the tone on tone look of using the same color but in different finishes - flat for walls with semi or high gloss trim and doors. Master Bedroom: Herbivore from Sherwin Williams.Herbivore is such a restful serene color …Downstairs Hall Bath, Upstairs Jack & Jill Bath: Rainwashed from Benjamin Moore. This is one of the best turquoise/blue colors I’ve found. … Rainwashed is also in the laundry. Isn’t that fitting – “rain-washed? Exterior: Relaxed Khaki and Superior Bronze from Sherwin Williams.

The house has a nice flow for parties and plenty of room for everyday living. How did you accomplish that? The architect, Adam Wall of Kronberg Wall, started with a drawing of the existing floor plan. When we looked at it, ideas for opening up the house just started spilling out. One really big idea I had was to move the dining room door to create a “line of sight” that goes all the way from the big double windows in the living room to the new windows in the kitchen. You look pretty settled into this house. Do you sit back on your back patio and have second thoughts about selling this labor of love? Yes, sometimes, but this house is too big for the two of us –it has five bedrooms for crying out loud. Right now, I sit out there and dream about the next one.

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Love is in the details. The dining room holds original cabinets carefully repurposed. The back of the house has awnings using salvaged tin from the original garage.

“We like to stick with a few colors through the house,” explains Patti. “I think it makes the rooms flow together a little better than using too many colors. And, too, I’ve tried to find a color scheme and stick with it. It’s hard for me to carry a decorating style throughout a whole house – I get distracted by all the new trends and lose sight of my ‘big plan.’” To follow Patti’s blog, visit prettyoldhouses.com. KeepitIntown.com


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Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour

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The 2012 tour will feature three distinctive homes minutes from the heart of Buckhead on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The homes include a Virginia Tidewater style house originally designed by James Mean and renovated and expanded by Norman Askins and Michelle Moody. It is filled with reclaimed bricks, floors and slate for the roof, giving the home a feeling of great age. There’s also a Greek Revival style home originally designed by Clem Ford. It has numerous authentic details and the interior is a blend

of French accents influenced by the owner’s memories of living in France, Louisiana and South Carolina. The interior design is by Karen Menge of Pulliam Morris Interiors. The third home is French style house designed by Summerour and Associates in 2001. The house was designed to fit in the historic neighborhood by using minimal old growth tree disturbance and minimal visual impact on surrounding homes. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of and can be purchased at the following Atlanta locations: Boxwoods, Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center; Glyn Weakley LTD and Willow Green. peachtreegardenclub.org

The 18 annual tour will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s tour features eight inspiring homes including several turn-of-the-century bungalows expertly renovated in designer style, a 1920s Tudor Cottage reinvented for relaxed, luxe living, a contemporary masterpiece reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature prairie style and a fully-restored, historic bed & breakfast. In keeping with tradition, local restaurants will provide food tastings in each of the eight homes. Tour guests will enjoy savory tastings from neighbor favorites La Tavola, Atkins Park, DBA Barbecue, Murphy’s, Genki, Osteria, Pozole and Noche. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 weekend of the tour. To purchase tickets online, visit vahitourofhomes.org. Tickets will be available for pick up on the morning of the tour at the YMCA, 975 N. Highland Ave. th

760 Elkmont is a 1930’s original bungalow floor plan, this home is an inspiring example of casual yet luxurious renovations. The floors, doors and built-ins remain originals and the color scheme both inside and out aspire to evoke a coastal California beach cottage feel. The master bedroom and retreat spa bath are one of a kind and a must see.

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The 20th anniversary tour will feature six homes in the community from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The Holiday Market will be held at the Avondale Community Club, 59 Lakeshore Drive, from noon to 6 p.m. The market feature great foods, unique gifts, and fun finds for the holidays. The homes on this year’s tour have been sensitively restored or renovated to preserve the character of the historic community. A festive trolley will be ferrying visitors from the homes to the market throughout the afternoon. For further details visit avondaletourofhomes.com.

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BUCKHEAD – Gorgeous town home in gated community, 4 finished levels w/private elevator to every floor, chef’s kit, 2 car garage. 3Bed/3Bath $449,900 FMLS: 5056456 Samantha Phillips 404-808-9597

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