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IN the Neighborhood Braves Move to Cobb���������������������������������������������������� 4 VaHi Historic District������������������������������������������������������ 6 Making A Difference������������� 7 Atlanta Outdoor Club������������ 8 Health Briefs������������������������ 9 Labyrinths�������������������������� 10 School Briefs���������������������� 12 TimmyDaddy���������������������� 13 Pets���������������������������������������������������������������������������� 14 Public Safety Briefs����������������������������������������������������� 15 A Look Back���������������������������������������������������������������� 16


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since the announcement last month. The move in 2017 will mean the destruction of The Ted, as Mayor Kasim Reed said a “middle class development” will rise on the Collin Kelley site. He envisions a mixed-use scenario like collin@atlantaintownpaper.com nearby Glenwood Park with townhomes, lofts and small businesses. Perhaps the old Washington-Rawson neighborhood might rise again. Almost forgotten by history, the I have a very specific and unique memory Washington-Rawson community was once about watching the Atlanta Braves in action. called one of the city’s finest residential It was during the 1992 World Series and I districts and was also home to a thriving was invited to watch a game from the air – Jewish community. Beth Israel and Hebrew floating high over Benevolent Downtown in the Congregation had Goodyear blimp, synagogues in the which was providing community, which aerial footage for the was also home to the network telecast. The original Standard Braves ultimately lost Club. Washingtonto the Toronto Blue Rawson was also Jays, but it was still a the location of thrill. the precursor to This was at the Piedmont Hospital iconic Atlanta-Fulton – the Piedmont County Stadium, Sanitorium. the circular white The oneFlying over the World Series in the Goodyear Blimp fortress that not only two punch of the with Sunnidawn Stahler. hosted the Braves, Downtown Connector but also the Falcons and the original and concerts by The Beatles and The Rolling stadium saw the neighborhood obliterated. Stones. It was tough to watch them demolish Surrounding neighborhoods including it in 1997 after the Braves moved next door to Summerhill, Mechanicsville and Peoplestown Turner Field, the revamped Olympic Stadium were also heavily affected by progress, but nicknamed The Ted. I’ve only seen one have managed to keep their identies. It would Braves game at The Ted. It just doesn’t have be fitting if theWashington-Rawson name the same magic for me as the old stadium. was reclaimed for the redevelopment. Now The Braves are moving again – this As I’ve mentioned in other columns, time out of the city. The team will still be Atlanta is still quick to tear down its history. called the Atlanta Braves, but they will be in Returning those 60-acres to a community is Cobb County. The jokes about the Marietta a good idea to reclaim some of Atlanta’s lost Braves have been coming fast and furious history.


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FISCAL FOUL BALL? Atlanta Braves move to Cobb will bring big changes to Downtown By Collin Kelley INtown Editor A study completed this past summer by Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies indicated that the Atlanta Braves bring in $60.8 million annually in direct fiscal impact and tax revenues to the city. That revenue stream will disappear in 2017 when the Braves move 12 miles north to a brand new stadium in Cobb County. At press time, the Cobb County Commission was poised to vote on building the $672 million stadium, while angry residents and Tea Party supporters were actively mounting a campaign to derail the plan. Be sure to visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com for the latest updates. The Veteran’s Day surprise announcement stunned the city and made national headlines, but Mayor Kasim Reed is already thinking ahead on what to do with Turner Field, even as some Atlanta leaders are hoping the Cobb deal falls through. A day after the announcement, Reed said The Ted would be demolished to

Courtesy Atlanta Braves Turner Field will only be 20 years old when the Braves contract ends in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed says it will be demolished for new development.

make way for a development centered on “middle class families.” He later elaborated that he hoped the 60-acre site would become a mixed-used development similar to Glenwood Park with its eclectic neighborhood of

Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Summer townhomes, lofts, apartments, shops and Games and retrofitted for the Braves the restaurants. next year. The original Atlanta-Fulton “We aren’t going to leave The Ted County Stadium, home of the Braves vacant,” Reed said. “The neighborhood since their move from Milwaukee in is going to be the biggest beneficiary of 1966, was demolished in the move. This is an ideal 1997 to make way for more tract of land for middle parking for The Ted. class families. We need Although the Braves to look at New York and seem pretty determined to London, which are having move to the new site at the an affordability problem, intersection of I-285/I-75, and having this 60 acres in the Atlanta City Council the bank will go a long way approved a resolution to addressing the issues of on Nov. 18 to keep the affordability in Atlanta.” Braves in Downtown. Atlanta City The resolution calls for Councilwoman Carla up to $200 million in Smith, who represents renovations for The Ted the Summerhill should the Cobb deal fall neighborhood that Mayor Kasim Reed through. surrounds Turner Field, Reed said he would said she was “shocked not meddle in the Braves’ and saddened” by the negotiations with Cobb. “Let it play out announcement, but is already looking and see what happens,” he said. ahead to jumpstarting the community A.J. Robinson, president of Central with a development to replace The Ted. Atlanta Progress, is also hopeful that the The stadium was originally built as the

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Braves will ultimately decide to stay in Downtown. “We strongly believe that the team belongs in the City of Atlanta and we are hopeful that the Braves and the City will develop a scenario that will keep them at Turner Field far beyond 2016,” Robinson said. Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is also hoping to dissuade the Braves from moving. The Braves’ contribution to the city and the county deserves Courtesy Atlanta Braves a second look by both the public The site of the new stadium in Cobb County will be at the and the private sectors here,” intersection of I-75 and I-285. Eaves said. “It certainly deserves the same level of energy and infrastructure was more important to the support that the Atlanta Falcons received future of Atlanta. when they indicated that they might “The bottom line is that the city was leave as well. We must work together to presented with a choice and that choice do everything fiscally possible to keep the was encumbering debt and not having Braves in Fulton County and the City of money to do anything else,” Reed said. Atlanta. “The Braves got a terrific deal from Cobb Reed said the City of Atlanta had County and it’s ultimately a business been in negotiations with the Braves for decision.” 18 months. On Nov. 7, Reed met with The Braves indicated that the new Braves representatives who told him they stadium would place them closer to their had decided it was in their best interest to fan base. A study by the team showed accept a deal from Cobb County. that most of their season ticket holders Reed said he refused to put anywhere live on the northern suburbs. Still from $150 to $250 million in debt on unknown is what the new stadium’s effect the taxpayers and dismissed complaints will be on traffic at the top end of the that the city could have negotiated with Perimeter. the Braves the same way it did with the Reed said part of the negotiations Falcons for its new stadium. with the Braves to keep them Downtown “The Falcons stadium is 80 percent had been about better connectivity privately funded,” Reed said. “The city’s to The Ted, including a Maglev train commitment is $200 million, which will connected to MARTA’s Georgia State come from the hotel/motel tax revenue. University station. Reed said Cobb would That means we are not on the hook for have to consider a MARTA extension or the debt and Atlanta’s good faith and some type of light rail, but Cobb’s GOP credit rating won’t be jeopardized by the Chairman Joe Dendy nixed the idea stadium.” immediately. Reed characterized the Braves Dendy said the solution would be demands as “aggressive” and said they to figure out how to moves cars in and wanted transference of the The Ted around Cobb and from surrounding property and $150 to $250 million in counties, “not moving people into Cobb money for renovations to the stadium. by rail from Atlanta.” Reed said that the city would have to float To keep up with the Braves’ plans for a bond to get the money, but he and the the new stadium, visit homeofthebraves. council believed that fixing roads and com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Virginia-Highland residents discussing historic district options By Collin Kelley INtown Editor A grassroots committee of residents is exploring the pros and cons of an historic district designation for two subdivisions in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. The two subdivisions – Adair Park (established 1914) and the F.A. Ames Property/Virginia Highlands (establsished 1922) –include just over 300 homes. The aim is to preserve the character of the communities, which includes homes in the Tudor, Craftsman, Four Square and American Small House style. Although the city enacted tougher zoning ordinances in 2008, those new laws deal with scale and height. Teardowns are still prevalent and new homes constructed that don’t reflect the character of existing homes. Lola Carlisle, who co-authored the VirginiaHighland book in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, is one of the residents spearheading the historic district movement. She said in a recent interview that a historic overlay has been considered for years, but never brought to a vote. Carlisle has been involved in other efforts dating back nearly a decade. During one of those efforts, a survey was sent to all residents of Virginia-Highland by a subcommittee of the Virginia Highland Civic Association (VHCA) to gauge interest in a historic district designation. “Since the Atlanta Urban Design Commission never actively seeks out historic designations, the efforts have been at the grassroots level,” Carlisle said. “At that time, we were looking at 2,600 structures – the entire community.” However, the economic crash put discussions on the backburner and the idea of a historic district was shelved.

“There wasn’t an appetite for spending money at the time,” Carlisle recalled. “The VHCA had just spent a significant amount of money on a neighborhood commercial zoning effort and bought the property that became New Highland Park.” Earlier this year, fresh discussions began among residents in the two subdivisions and another grassroots committee was formed. A series of ongoing “street level” meetings with residents is ongoing with two more planned for Dec. 5 and Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Church of our Saviour. Although the committee isn’t part of the VHCA, Carlisle said if there is enough interest, she hopes it might, once again, become a subcommittee of the organization. “These meetings are to hear residents’ feelings, concerns and fears,” Carlisle said. “It’s not our intention to pursue this if the residents and owners in the contemplated area don’t support it.” In response to the committee’s exploration work, a group of residents opposed to the idea of the historic district overlay have created a petition on Change.org. Calling themselves Property Rights for Owners in Virginia Highland (or P.R.O. VaHi), the residents behind the petition said an overlay district would place limitations on homeowners rights to Courtesy Lola Carlisle improve their properties and divide the community. A graphic shows the two Virginia-Highland subdivisons exploring a historic district overlay. Resident Brian Kish created the petition and said there is concern that an overlay is an attempt to impose style limits and control the property of other residents. laws, but not impose stylistic limitations,” Kish “We didn’t ask for the overlay and now we feel like we commented. “We don’t want the level of detail about need to fight against it,” Kish said. windows and front doors dictated to us.” Kish said he understood there was a fear of so-called And while the petition might seem adversarial, Kish “McMansions” coming in and destroying the character said he’s attended the street level meetings and there has of neighborhoods, but he said there was a way to control been open and honest discussion. the size and scale with existing ordinances. “We all love the neighborhood and want what’s best,” “I think we can have homes that meet the zoning Kish said.

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Making A Difference Nonprofit re:loom offers needed jobs and beautifully-woven products By Clare S. Richie The re:loom weave house, which upcycles discarded materials into beautiful useful products, is transforming lives. A social enterprise of the Initiative for Affordable Housing, re:loom employs the poor and homeless to hand-weave rugs, pillows, purses, scarves and more from donated fabrics for sale on-line and in select stores. Since 1990, the Decatur nonprofit has helped homeless and low-income families become self-sufficient by providing affordable housing and social services. Social workers help participants find a job, repay debt, follow a budget, and enhance parenting and daily living skills in order to secure their own housing. Executive director Lisa Wise realized that creating stable sustainable wage jobs was critical. So, she paired her personal interest in weaving with the initiative’s never-ending supply of donated clothing and linens and started a weave house. In 2010, with a three-year grant, tons of fabric, gifted looms, and volunteer support re:loom began production.

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Inside the weave house are floor-to-ceiling stacks of donated clothes, linen, curtains, uniforms, and plastic bags. Volunteers wash the fabric, sort it, cut it into strips, and roll strips into balls. Weavers select a ball and begin work a floor loom named for its donor, such as “Agnes” given by the Agnes Scott College’s Art Department. Today, there are Courtesy re:loom 10 full-time positions, Workers at re:loom create blankets and other hand-woven items. Profits from the goods helps nine weavers and an put homeless and low-income people to work. operations manager, all with healthcare coverage. Workers learn from her banking job, wove clutch purses weaving, from Delta Air Lines safety vests. The textile design, inventory, airline paid re:loom to make employee sales, leadership, and giveaways and provided the material. The volunteer management stretchy orange mesh is now upcycled on the job while earning a purses, iPad sleeves, and bracelets. “By sustainable income. using only donated fabric, re:loom diverts “People have been very more than two tons of material from good to us,” Wise said. landfills each month,” Wise said. “We’ve been given looms, The weavers aren’t just diverting and fabric, and sewing machines. We also transforming material. Earning a selfcouldn’t survive without our volunteers. sufficient wage is life changing. Dibia, a Now we need to get the word out and sell Bhutanese refugee, has worked at re:loom more of our products.” for two years and recently helped her The day of my tour, Robin, downsized

extended family purchase their first home. With extra looms ready to go, re:loom is poised to hire more weavers once sales to individuals, stores or corporate partners increase. It starts with another purse sale, another store partner, or another corporate order and the joy in knowing that the fabric passed from donor, to volunteer, to weaver all in pursuit of a better life. For more about re:loom and where to buy the products made there, visit reloom.org.

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Special photo Lisa Marie Maldonado, a member of the Atlanta Outdoor Club since 2008, has logged 210 events in that time. She credits the organization with developing her self-esteem and getting her out of her “small bubble.”


Nature calls to these outdoor enthusiasts eight-day safari in Tanzania. Closer to home, she’s discovered new places for outdoor activities through the Dave Vogel discovered the Atlanta club. Outdoor Club about a year ago. He was “I had no idea what a wealth of hooked after his first outing with the natural resources and parks were available club, which included stargazing through within a short distance of Atlanta. I have telescopes, and now finds the club’s trips a far greater appreciation and interest in contribute to his exercise program. Georgia’s rivers, parks and mountains,” she “I was walking some, but not enough said. to be considered a good workout,” said the The AOC club ranks its activities by 61-year-old financial advisor, who lives difficulty on a D-1 to D-5 scale, with 5 in Sandy Springs. “I now go on at least being the hardest. Kendall continues to set three good strenuous hikes a week. I am new goals for herself. “I want to eventually in much better physical condition than get in shape enough to sign up for and before.” do a D-5 hike/trip and not worry about The AOC isn’t just about hiking. slowing down the group,” she declared. Members say they enjoy a healthful Isabella Kujawa moved to Atlanta addiction to a range of outdoor events in 2011. The Sandy such as kayaking, Springs yoga camping, caving instructor wanted and canoeing. And to explore the through the club, area, especially the which is open to outdoors, and find people 21 and older, other people who they find places to shared her interests. hike, bike, camp “I became part or canoe from of an organization the banks of the (AOC) that I believed Chattahoochee in, and it made it to faraway sites in easier to socialize in places in Africa or the outdoor setting New Zealand. in which I felt more Since 2001, the comfortable,” Kujawa all-volunteer AOC has organized more Allston Kendall of Buckhead joined the Atlanta said. Like Kendall, than 6,000 events Outdoor Club in 2010. She had been working she derives extra around the world 50-60 hours a week at a startup company, enjoyment from and was looking to achieve a better balance – it sponsored 18 between work and life. She says the club has being a trip leader. on a single day in been instrumental in helping her keep her “Learning that 2012, according to perspective on what’s truly important in life. everyone’s perception its website – and of how active or has enrolled some capable they are is quite different from 15,000 members, always free of charge. reality. It’s rewarding to expose others to Allston Kendall of Buckhead joined the beauty of the outdoors and witness in 2010. “I was working 50 to 60 hours people accomplishing something they a week as part of the management team didn’t think they could, such as hiking 12 of a startup company, which was very miles,” she added. stressful,” the 41-year-old said. “I wanted Lisa Marie Maldonado may be the to achieve a better balance between work consummate member, having logged 210 and life, especially because I was usually AOC events since 2008. too tired by the evening/weekend to really The 47-year-old Buckhead resident do much. AOC’s been instrumental in credits the AOC experience for developing helping me keep my perspective on what’s self-esteem that landed her a flight truly important in life.” attendant job at AirTran Airways. Kendall has changed jobs since, “My personality was shy and reserved. has become an AOC trip leader, and is I began with small hikes. I have now planning a horseback riding event and an By J.D. Moor

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climbed many major mountains in this country and the world. I have totally come out of my small bubble and even took over as president of the club for a few years,” she said. In addition, Maldonado is currently the club’s director-at-large and a trip leader who searches for unique destinations to explore. Her outdoor club adventures have resulted in passport stamps from Mexico, Peru and Spain. She has been caught in bad weather outbreaks and had all kinds of equipment mishaps. “I have challenged my body and mind by participating in events that I considered to be too far outside my ability. I have felt the full impact of how the club has

changed my life,” she said. They have all enjoyed positive life changes, but Vogel, Kendall, Kujawa and Maldonado agree on one overarching AOC quality. As Kendall puts it: “Despite an incredibly diverse set of backgrounds, we all come together with the similar interest of enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company.” Dave Vogel relies on that camaraderie to spur him further. “It’s a wonderful club with great people and great leadership,” he said. “There is some magic about the club that makes it special.” For more information, visit atlantaoutdoorclub.com.

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By Joe Earle The name itself makes them seem old. Ancient, really. Like something pre-Christian, something that might be unearthed among long-lost ruins. But labyrinths – wandering pathways like the one Greek myths say Daedalus devised to imprison the monstrous Minotaur – are in the midst of a modern renewal. For the last couple of decades, labyrinths based on a medieval model have cropped up at churches, retreats, private homes, even health-care institutions across the country and across Georgia and north metro Atlanta. They’re catching on with the faithful as a way to momentarily escape the distractions of modern life. Mary Caroline Cravens of Buckhead, president of St. Monica’s Guild at the Cathedral of St. Philip, said she’s found an “amazing release” walking labyrinths. “You feel refreshed. Rejuvenated. Lighter. Calmer,” she said. “I think it’s because you’re leaving whatever burden it was [you brought in with you] in God’s hands.” Labyrinths are made to be walked. They are patterns laid out on the floor or the ground. One of the first things labyrinth fans say is that the winding pathways are not mazes. Mazes are puzzles meant to be solved. They sometimes offer several solutions. A person in a maze is trying to escape. A labyrinth offers only a single path. A person in a labyrinth follows that path to the center, then back out again. “In a maze, you’re looking for a way out,” said The Rev. Beth Knowlton, canon for liturgy and prayer at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. “[A labyrinth] is about a loss of control. If I’m having a crazy day, it’s a good way to calm down.” The journey, labyrinth fans say, is what matters. “It is a form of meditation,” Cravens said. “Whether you’re reading a poem or just thinking, I think it’s a form of meditation.” Recent renewal of interest in labyrinths grew from the rediscovery of one set into the floor at Chartres Cathedral in France, Knowlton and others said, and many modern labyrinths are based on the Chartres design. There is some thought labyrinths might have been used in the Middle Ages to symbolically mimic pilgrimages to Jerusalem or other holy sites at a time when such religious trips were considered important signs of faithfulness. Recent interest in walking labyrinths has a different intent. It’s about focus. “I think it gives people a way to quiet themselves,” Knowlton said. “I think we live in an increasingly busy age, when people are frenetic. People are longing for silence. The labyrinth .... You just walk it.”

Photos by Joe Earle The Rev. Beth Knowlton pauses at the center of the labyrinth inside a building the Cathedral of St. Philip. Right, The Rev. Alison Schultz proudly shows off the grass-and-brick labyrinth outside Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs.

Knowlton sees the labyrinth as a meditation aid. “It’s about finding your own peace,” she said. “It’s really good for centering people.” The Rev. Alison Schultz, associate rector at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, agrees a labyrinth serves as a tool for meditation. Her church recently installed a grass-and-brick labyrinth in a memorial garden outside the main church building. “If we can relax, we might all feel better,” she said. Whatever the reason people find for using labyrinths, the winding paths are catching on. The international Labyrinth Society’s webpage [labyrinthsociety.org] counts 75 in Georgia, including eight in Atlanta, and 25 others in metro communities scattered from Chamblee to Morrow. The website lists Georgia labyrinths at Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian churches. St. Philip’s Cathedral actually has two labyrinths. One, painted on canvas, can be spread out inside a church hall. The other, made with stone pavers, was installed this year in a garden just across a parking lot from the main building on Peachtree Road. The outdoor setting allows the stone labyrinth to be used at any time of day. Knowlton said some walk the cathedral’s labyrinths regularly. “It becomes an important part of some people’s

spiritual experience,” she said. She regularly walks the labyrinth herself. “I feel less distracted after I do it,” Knowlton said. “It makes me slow down.” Schultz says something about walking a labyrinth, something in the repetition of the walkway and in the walking itself, calms a user. She thinks that’s why labyrinths have cropped up in various cultures over thousands of years. “Something about our participation in that does something with the neurons in our brains,” she said. “I don’t know the physiology of it, but I know the impact of it.” Schultz said she’s seen people react in various ways while walking labyrinths. Some match their breathing to their steps. Some walk slowly, others more quickly. Some repeat psalms or prayers. “I do it with no intentions, to see what feelings come,” she said. “You’ll find a lot of people crying about halfway through. You can feel very vulnerable, because you’ve made yourself open to it.” Yielding control of her walk to the labyrinth can allow her to focus her thoughts. “I can’t get lost in a labyrinth,” she said. “I don’t have to think about where I’m going. I can just be there.”

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Pet Picks Jalen loves to roll around and snuggle up for attention. He is a small guy, weighing in at only 15 pounds. He is nervous to be at the shelter, so he makes a scene in his crate, but his main goal in life is to be a loyal companion to some lucky person. To adopt Jalen, or any of the other cats and dogs available, visit pawsatlanta.org or stop by the shelter at 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur.

Pet Briefs The first annual Pet Grief Expo and Seminar will be held Dec. 14 at the Georgia International Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Renee Sunday, who authored the book Sunday Grief, about her experiences with pet loss. The Pet Expo is open to the public. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door, or $70 VIP seating. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit PAWS Atlanta. For more information, visit sgmdpets.org. Red Bandanna Pet Food is hosting the Angel Tree program, a “wish list” of items local rescue pets need this season. Rescues wish for everything from food and supplements to treats and toys. This year, Red Bandanna is sponsoring five Atlanta-area rescues: Boston Terrier Rescue of East TN (in Georgia), Good Mews, Mutt Madd-ness, Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption, Inc. and You Lucky Dog. All 13 Red Bandanna stores across Atlanta (Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Buford, Canton, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Roswell and Suwanee) participate in Angel Tree, and each rescue is represented at every store. This year, Red Bandanna hopes to collect at least $10,000 worth of products for all the doggies and kitties that need a forever home. For more, visit rbpetfood.com. Atlanta-based nonprofit The Mo Foundation, Inc. has announced that Tamyra Ramsey is the latest recipient of a microgrant from the organization. Ramsey’s grant was awarded in the form of a $250 gift certificate to Village Vets of Buckhead. The Mo Foundation was created to provide microgrants to individuals whose work supports the welfare of animals. Since 1999, Ramsey has rescued countless cats that are abandoned or lost in her neighborhood. For more, visit mogives.org.

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A LOOK BACK This Month in History

Ann Taylor Boutwell Dec. 2, 1977: Cactus Flower, Abe Burrows’ 1965 farce, was playing at the Harlequin. The dinner theatre, located in Buckhead’s PiedmontPeachtree Crossing Shopping Center, was across from two-yearold Tower Place. The production starred Texas native Ann Miller. In her heyday she was America’s leading female tap dancer. Also starring was Stuart Culpepper and a local cast. The Harlequin’s interiors were described in Anne River Siddons’ 1978 guidebook, Go Straight on Peachtree, as “a stunning reproduction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.” In February 1980, the site opened as the Limelight Discotheque. Dec. 5 1985: The Rhodes Theatre situated in a shopping center at the junction of Peachtree, West Peachtree, and Spring streets closed with The Last Picture Show. The Rhodes first opened in June 1938, with Test Pilot starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracey. The future of the still-standing, but mostly vacant Art-Deco style building designed by Ivey & Crook architectural firm is uncertain.

Dec. 7, 1881: Alfred Austell died at his home on Marietta Street, located on what is now the State Bar of Georgia site at 104 Marietta. He was the founder of the first banking institution ever organized in the south. The Austell Mausoleum stands today at the highest point of Oakland Cemetery. Dec. 25, 1939: The Fox Theatre celebrated its 10th anniversary with Gulliver’s Travels, Paramount’s first fulllength cel-animated Technicolor film. Gulliver’s Travels was Paramount’s answer to Walt Disney’s 1937 box-office hit Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Dec. 30, 1867: The United States Government called its military post located on the southwestern wedge of Atlanta, McPherson Barracks. It honored Union General James Birdseye McPherson, killed July 22, 1864, in the Battle of Atlanta. With disdain locals referred to it as “that Yankee garrison” and were overjoyed to see the troops depart in 1881. Four years later, the Army acquired 140 acres for a permanent installation, located 2.5 miles south of the old McPherson Barracks. On May 4, 1889, the site named Fort McPherson became the first permanent Army installation in the Southeast. Fort McPherson is now closed, but is under redevelopment for a mixed-use site to include science and technology labs as well as housing.

Dec. 31, 1987: The well-known design work of architect Anthony Ames, a graduate of both Georgia Tech and Harvard, was admired, often criticized, and honored with accolades. His emerging design voice had captured the respect of the Architectural League and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He had completed two local public commissions: the Orientation Center for the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1984) and the Fulton County Library in Alpharetta (1986). On Nov. 6, 2013, emailed images from concerned Ansley Park neighbors verified the demolition of Ames best-known work Hulse residence (1984) at 96 Westminster. Ames said he was “surprised, saddened and angry” about the destruction of the home. Ann Taylor Boutwell is an Atlanta historian, tour guide and docent at the Margaret Mitchell House & Museum. Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net.

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Trees Atlanta says real trees are okay for Christmas By Bethany Clark Trees Atlanta It goes without saying that the Christmas tree is a holiday staple for millions of people during the winter holidays. Many can’t even imagine a Christmas without glittering ornaments, twinkling lights, and maybe a few strings of popcorn draped lovingly across a stately evergreen tree. Ahh, but then the question comes down to the evergreen itself: each year, many people feel a little conflicted about whether to purchase a fake tree or a real tree. On one hand, they wonder: “should we go with an artificial tree that will last us years, always look perfect, and will spare a real evergreen from being cut down?” Even Macy’s decided to go with a giant artificial tree for its “Great Tree” at Lenox Square this year. On the other hand, they wonder: “should we buy a real tree, which was grown on a tree farm, help the local economy, and enjoy the je no se quai that a real tree adds to the holiday?” Whatever you choose is up to you, but if you were wondering what your favorite local tree-planting nonprofit, Trees Atlanta, thinks about it, let us tell you that we support you getting a real tree! Surprised? Well, it is true, we’re in favor of planting trees whenever possible. But in all actuality, buying real Christmas trees

does support tree planting, and has many other benefits as well. • Real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. • There are approximately 30-35 million real Christmas trees sold in North America every year. Christmas tree farmers plant more than 60 million new seedlings postharvest. • Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, 80 percent of artificial trees are manufactured in and shipped from China. Given that real trees are systematically grown, harvested, and often recycled through chipping programs like “Bring One for the Chipper,” Trees Atlanta advocates real trees during Christmas-time. Also keep in mind that here in Georgia, October through March is the perfect time to get out there and plant trees. So if you really feel conflicted about using a real tree during the holidays, consider volunteering with Trees Atlanta to plant trees. Not only will this offset your holiday tree usage, it’ll work off any lingering Thanksgiving and Christmas calories! A win for you, and a win for the earth. Learn more at www.treesatlanta.org.

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The Green Insider By Laura Turner Seydel

I believe that no matter what your faith, we all have a moral obligation to leave this planet a better place for our kids and future generations by acting as good stewards of the Earth’s resources. Thankfully, there’s a growing movement among religious organizations who are putting scriptures into action when it comes to more sustainable practices and guiding principles. San Francisco-based Interfaith Power and Light is affecting tangible change in 39 states and more than 14,000 congregations by offering ways to save energy and money, tackle climate change, and teach the importance of caring for the natural systems that support us like water, air and food.

My home state’s affiliate, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light, (GIPL) is marking its 10th anniversary this year and is involved with approximately 800 of Georgia’s 15,000 religious congregations. Executive Director Alexis Chase says the key to getting more involvement is showing how even small acts and habit changes can bring big benefits. It’s not surprising that such a successful organization is led by a woman who has lived close to nature her entire life. “I grew up in a small town in Kentucky, with horses and cows around us and a huge garden,” said Chase. “We went to church, and for us it was just a part of who we were as people. God has asked us to love everything that was created.”

GIPL has five guides to help congregations put their faith into sustainable action: 1. Power Wise: Helps congregations conduct low-cost energy audits, analyze energy data, and create a customized energy efficiency plan. 2. Dirt Wise: Offers steps on how to start a garden while educating about the wonders and health benefits of organic food. 3. Buy Wise: Supports sustainable purchasing and helps congregations identify and avoid products, services, and investments that generate waste or introduce toxic chemicals into both the congregation and the environment. 4. Water Wise: Helps congregations conserve water. 5. Waste Wise: Offers tips on reducing, reusing, and recycling in congregations. GIPL also offers a variety of classes and programs ranging from “Becoming Creation Wise” which examines the call

to care for God’s great gift of creation to the practical “Green Team Training”. It also has a Solar Loan Fund, which offers interest-free loans to churches installing photovoltaic systems for electricity and solar water heating systems. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church got involved in 2009. Associate Minister Leslie Watkins says they started by implementing a few very simple suggestions and in the first year saved more than $40,000 on their utility bills. That was enough to get the congregation of nearly 6,000 on board and now the Green Team is one of the churches’ most popular ministries. Watkins, a GIPL board member says, “When we are caring for creation, because it belongs to God, we appreciate what we’ve been given. It’s a way to love others.” For more information, visit gipl.org. Laura Turner Seydel is internationally known for her green and sustainability efforts. For more, visit LauraSeydel.com. A version of this article originally appeared in Southern Seasons magazine.

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Eco-Briefs Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District recently hosted a recycling drive for gently used textile materials. A total of 2,583 pounds of clothing and textiles was collected during the event. “We are pleased with the impressive results of the textile recycling drive,” said A.J. Robinson, President of Central Atlanta Progress. Reusable items will be donated to Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson, left, and ofCity of Refuge, Atlanta ficials from RB Property Management, which placed donation bins at their properties around Downtown, are recognized for collecting and items that cannot be more than 2,000 pounds of recyclable textiles for City of Refuge. reused will be recycled. Additionally, American Textile Recycling Services made a donation to City of Refuge, Atlanta on behalf of the participating properties. The Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable convenes once a month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to policy and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development. Upcoming meetings are Dec. 6 and Jan. 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (doors open at 7 for networking) at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. For more information, visit southface.org/sart. The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA) has recognized the City of Decatur, Agnes Scott College, CLEAResult, Renewal System Solutions and two additional contractors for their role delivering energy savings to Decatur homes through the DecaturWISE program. Decatur’s program, which stands for Worthwhile Investments Saving Energy, provides rebates to homeowners for making energysaving improvements. In its short duration, DecaturWISE contractors performed 56 single-family retrofits to achieve energy savings. Program administrators then took

DecaturWISE to the next level when they engaged Agnes Scott College, which offered five college-owned homes occupied by faculty, staff members and their families as case studies for a building science research study conducted by the Buildings Technologies Research and Integration Center of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). By making use of integrated building science and systems engineering principles, contractor Renewal Design-Build was able to reduce energy usage in the Agnes Scott homes by 30 to 50 percent. Historic Fourth Ward Park was recently awarded Project of the Year by the Urban Land Institute Atlanta and named a Frontline Park by City Parks Alliance, a national urban park advocacy organization. “These are great recognitions of all that we have been achieving in the Old Fourth Ward since we first convened the community in 2007 to envision the future,” said Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who represents that area. “Despite a national recession, Historic Fourth Ward Park has served as the catalyst for extraordinary residential, retail, and greenspace projects in the heart of the city.” The Atlanta Regional Commission has announced that more than $14 million in federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) money allocated to the region will be used to focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations. Intown projects that will be funded include the Atlanta BeltLine trail from Glenwood Avenue to Allen Avenue and the City of Atlanta Pedestrian Accessibility Project. Park Pride (parkpride.org) has announced the theme for the 2014 Parks and Greenspace Conference is “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater.” The conference will be held at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on March 31, 2014. Piedmont Park was named Great Place winner in the Atlanta Regional Commission’s 15th annual Developments of Excellence awards. The awards are presented annually by the ARC and recognize developments in the 10-county Atlanta region that exemplify cutting-edge designs that are advancing the creation of positive framework for future development. The Great Place designation is given to a place in metro Atlanta that represents livability and sustainability.


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Kirkwood. $259,000 162 Warren Street SE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5210575 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068

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Midtown. $399,900 905 Juniper Street NE #703 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5210606 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

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Morningside. $539,000 1686 Pine Ridge Drive 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5204518 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

Morningside. $949,000 1295 Cumberland Road NE 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5211242 Jim Getzinger 404.991.7700

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Reynoldstown. $314,900 1090 Kirkwood Avenue SE 3BR/3BA FMLS: 5183516 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Sandy Springs. $699,000 3540 Greenwood Close NE 5BR/4BA FMLS: 5191094 Charles Gerrick 404.218.8993

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Virginia Highland. $129,000 808 Greenwood Avenue NE 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5215374 Stacy Galan 404.861.6500

Virginia Highland. $739,500 1130 Hancock Drive NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 5168657 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Virginia Highlands. $845,000 1131 Lanier Boulevard 6BR/4BA FMLS: 5202023 Jennifer Waddy 404.538.7529

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related to current exhibitions, but is also a resource for gorgeous art books, toys, jewelry and whimsical items inspired by great art from around the world. You can check out some of the merchandise at high.org. As a bonus, your purchases help support the High’s educational programs.


ICE Pop-Up Shop and other unusual recommendations Mulkey, Susan Voelker and Christy Petterson after traveling to shows around the country such as the Austin Craft Mafia and the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. For more information, visit ice-atlanta.com/pop-up-shop

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The search for the perfect holiday gift can be frustrating, especially if you’re shopping for someone who has everything. Luckily, Intown has a unique annual event and some unusual places to shop for gifts that are definitely not from the mall or a bigbox store. Indie Craft Experience (ICE) has opened its 4th annual Pop-Up Shop in Candler Park this holiday season at 1390 McLendon Ave. The shop, which is open now until Dec. 30, features handcrafted items by more than 50 artists from all over the country. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. The ICE shows have quickly become an Atlanta tradition and offer a way to directly support crafters rather than chains or big box stores, according to the organizers. ICE was founded in 2005 by Shannon

Ten Thousand Villages: If you want to support fair trade this season, look no further than this shop at 1056 St. Charles Ave. in VirginiaHighland. Offering the work of artisans and crafters from around the world, you can find unique jewelry, bags, home décor and more. tenthousandvillages. com/atlanta

Atlanta History Center Museum Shop: Choose from a wide array of unique pieces ranging from books, handmade jewelry, pottery, and folk art to golf memorabilia and fanciful garden knick-knacks. Hand-woven pillows and shawls, made from the wool of the Tullie Smith Farm sheep make a perfect addition to any home. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. atlantahistorycenter.com

More Shopping Suggestions Oakland Cemetery Museum Shop: Located inside the historic Bell Tower on the grounds of the cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., the shop offers books on the cemetery and Atlanta history, including the Civil War. You’ll find jewelry and items made by local artists, and other gifts such as T-shirts, bookmarks, postcards, and key chains. oaklandcemetery.com

The Cathedral Book Store: Located inside the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, 2744 Peachtree Road, the shop is open to the public and offers a selection of books, music, children’s toys, jewelry and more. cathedralbookstore.org.

Margaret Mitchell House Shop: If you have a friend or loved one who is a “Windy” – that’s a dedicated fan of Gone With the Wind – then there is probably something they’ll love in the shop on the ground floor of the home, 990 Peachtree St., where Mitchell wrote her famous tome. Items include Gone With the Wind-inspired figurines from the San Francisco Music Box Company and Polonaise holiday ornaments of Scarlett,

High Museum Shop: The museum shop, 1280 Peachtree St., has items


Root City Market: Hundreds of one-of-a-kind hand-made goods will be available from vendors on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. in the Old Fourth Ward. For more, visit rootcitymarket.com.








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Downtown vendors unhappy with new law By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The Atlanta City Council passed a new vending law last month, but vendors are unhappy with the restrictions and plan to challenge the new ordinance. Among vendors complaints about the new law are that certain vendors may not get permits, some will have to spend thousands of dollars to buy carts and kiosks, and none can operate on public property at the Five Points MARTA station, a former hub of activity for street vendors, and near Turner Field. The latter may be less of an issue with the Braves moving to Cobb County, but the team still has three more years at The Ted and vendors want access to that potential revenue. The new vending law initially allows up to 31 vendors (19 kiosk locations and 12 cart locations) to operate in

Downtown Atlanta. Vendors will have to rent city-approved kiosks at a cost of $2,500 per year or buy carts vendor’s at their own expense. Tents and foldout tables previously used by vendors won’t be allowed. “It seems like this whole regime of [Atlanta Mayor] Kasim Reed is really just heartless,” said Larry Miller, president of the Atlanta Vendors Association, after the vote. “There’s no compassion here. We’re just hard working people who want to make an honest living.” Vendors were outraged when Reed ordered all vendors off the streets while the new law was being written. Courts ordered the City of Atlanta to allow vending to begin again, while a Fulton County municipal judge was about to find the mayor and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner in contempt shortly before the new law was passed by the city council.

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Business & Retail Briefs A DeKalb County judge has cleared the way for a WalMart to be built in Suburban Plaza, just north of Decatur. Residents and community groups had fought to keep the Walmart out of the shopping center, but Selig Development eventually won out. Bill Wertz, a spokesperson for Walmart, said, “We are gratified the project can proceed, as it will greatly benefit the community. Walmart is looking forward to creating 300 local new jobs and providing residents with access to a wide range of affordable groceries and merchandise.” The renovated Suburban Plaza will also include LA Fitness, HomeGoods, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Ross Dress for Less. Selig plans to begin construction by the end of the year. Brothers and biking enthusiasts Ezz-Eldin and Sharif Hassan have opened The Spindle in the Old Fourth Ward. The shop caters to cyclists offering fashion and accessories.

The Spindle, Atlanta’s first commuter specific bicycle apparel boutique, has opened at the Tribute Lofts, 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Suite 170, in the Old Fourth Ward. Owned by brothers Ezz-Eldin and Sharif Hassan, The Spindle offers high quality, functional apparel to urban cyclists of Atlanta’s burgeoning scene. The Spindle began as a blog (thespindleatl.com) with the mission to find, test, and recommend fashionable options for the cycling commuter. The brothers said the boutique is a way to bring the blog to life. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has received a second year of funding from recreation gear retailer REI in support of its Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine program. Doubling its previous gift, REI’s $20,000 grant will support the continued progress the 46 adopter groups are making along 8.2 miles of Atlanta BeltLine corridor currently included in the program. “REI believes in the Atlanta BeltLine as a longterm investment in our community,” said REI Market Manager for Atlanta Outdoor Programs & Outreach, Jason Lane. “We are excited by the opportunity the Adopt-theAtlanta BeltLine program presents to provide Atlantans to be hands-on stewards of this transformative project.” For more about the program, visit adopt.beltline.org. The James M. Cox Foundation has given Atlanta Habitat for Humanity a $250,000 grant to support the nonprofit’s $12 million “It Starts at Home” capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of a new, environmentally sustainable headquarters building. The gift will also support the construction of a new ReStore, which sells reusable and surplus building materials and home improvement products to the public, providing an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep reusable materials out of the waste stream. Atlanta Habitat will move from its current leased space into a new five acre property located near the Atlanta Beltline in Reynoldstown by the end of 2014. Atlanta Habitat has raised more than $11 million toward their campaign goal. Garrett Hyer, Community Planner/Designer with Midtown-based TSW, a fullservice planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm, has been elected to the Board of the Georgia Planning Association (GPA) as a Non-AICP Director at Large. In his new role, he will sit on the organization’s Planning Committee and aid the Atlanta Young Planners Group. He previously served as the GPA’s Statewide Student Representative as he completed his Master of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. Ansley Park resident Nancy Zintak has been named regional vice president of Caron Treatment Centers, which provide addiction treatment to consumers. Prior to joining Caron, Zintak worked at Georgia Public Broadcasting, overseeing marketing, communications and creative services at the statewide radio and television network. Jennifer Durham, Director of Community Life Services at senior living center Park Springs, has received the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2013 Volunteer of the Year award for her service at the Decatur Family YMCA. “For the past nine years, Jennifer has been involved in a volunteer-run program called the Happy Club,” says Bill McKoy, executive director of the Decatur Family Y. “She has been the Happy Club coordinator for the past three years and is an outstanding, detail-oriented leader. She always is willing to go the extra mile for the club.”

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Parades, theater, shopping and running in your underwear By Collin Kelley INtown Editor

Santaland Diaries and Madeline at Horizon Theatre Now celebrating its 15th year, the outrageous comedy Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris follows his real-life stint working as an elf at Macy’s Department Store in New York during the Christmas season. The show runs Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. Also returning is the popular children’s play Madeline’s Christmas, which features the precocious Parisan schoolgirl on a holiday adventure. For tickets, visit horizontheatre.com.

The holiday season is in full swing, and an eclectic assortment of events is coming up this month around Intown. Whether you want a classic night at the ballet with The Nutcracker or to strip and run down Peachtree Street for charity, there’s something for everyone – including some unique opportunities for last minute gifts. For even more holiday events, visit us online at AtlantaINtownPaper.com. Christmas with the ASO

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra marks the season with concerts on Dec. 1314 at the Woodruff Arts Center featuring holiday classics. Conductor Norman Mackenzie will wield the baton and the concerts will also feature the Morehouse Glee Club, Gwinnett Young Singers and the ASO Chorus. Tickets are $29 to $62. On Dec. 15, Jere Flint will lead special Children’s Concerts featuring the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $12 to $22. For a schedule and to buy tickets, visit atlantasymphony.org.

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Atlanta Santa Speedo Run Strip down to your Speedos or skivvies for the fifth annual event on Dec. 14. The starting line is at Hudson Grille at 2 p.m. (registration and merry-making begins at noon) and this year’s course is Peachtree Street. This year’s beneficiary is Kate’s Club, the organization that supports youth that have lost a parent or loved one. To register, visit atlantasantaspeedorun.org.

More than 100,000 people are expected at Underground Atlanta for the 25th annual New Year’s celebration. The event actually begins at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve with music and family events. The main event, the dropping of the 800-pound peach at midnight, will be followed by fireworks, and other festivities until 3 a.m. For a full schedule of events, a list of musicians playing on the different stages, and a live countdown to 2014, visit peachdrop.com.

Celtic Christmas Celebrate the season with fiddlers, bagpipers, harpers, singers, dancers and poets from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions on Dec. 21-22 at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Downtown. Featured performers include Grammy-nominated Irish singer John Doyle, Jamie Laval, The Rosin Sisters and more. Tickets are $16 to $63. For more, visit thecelticcompany.com.

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The season begins with the return of The Nutcracker to the Fox Theatre. The whimsical holiday tale takes 20 pounds of snow, eight tons of scenery, lighting, and props, and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree to make the magic of Clara’s unbelievable story come to life. More than 200 of Atlanta’s young dancers will join the Atlanta Ballet professional company for the extravagant production live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir for all performances. The ballet runs Dec. 6-29. Tickets are $20 to $120 and can be purchased at atlantaballet.com. Peter Pan at Synchronicity

Christmas Fair Trade/Alternative Gift Sale Druid Hills Baptist Church in Poncey-Highland is the location for this unique holiday sale on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music in the sanctuary, food, cider and cookies. There will also be unique gift items for all ages from local vendors selling items made around the world. Learn more at DHBC.org.

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The Children’s Christmas Parade Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the annual Christmas Parade moves to Midtown for the first time. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 along Peachtree Street. There will be floats, giant helium-filled balloons and marching bands and, of course, Santa Clause. If you can’t get out to the parade, it will be aired on WSBTV. For more information, visit choa.org/parade.

A little pixie dust goes a long way this season as Synchronicity mounts a production of the classic children’s tale Dec. 6-29 at 14th Street Playhouse. You know the story: Wendy is spirited away to the magical island of Neverland by Peter Pan, a boy who can never grow up, to help fight off Captain Hook. Tickets are $10-20. For more information, visit synchrotheatre. com. A Russian Christmas in Atlanta St. Philip’s Cathedral in Buckhead will play host to the State Capella of Russia, which will perform season favorites and folksongs, on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $30 in advance at stphilipscathedral.org/ concerttickets.

Winter GlassFest Janke Studios in the Old Fourth Ward will host the annual GlassFest on Dec. 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Studioplex. There will be glassblowing exhibitions, flameworking demos, live music, kid’s area, refreshments and market for unique glass gifts. For more information, visit jankestudios.com. Atlanta History Center’s The Holiday Spirit The Atlanta History Center’s annual holiday program on Dec. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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. The event is free with general admission. For more, visit atlantahistorycenter.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE Famed mansion & arts center dressed up for holiday

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will once again host Christmas at Callanwolde, a 12-day designer show house event, Dec. 6-17. The 27,000 square-foot mansion, 980 Briarcliff Road, has been decorated for the season by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers. Christmas at Callanwolde offers a variety of opportunities to celebrate the season with daily events including family activities, evening musical entertainment, seasonal workshops, holiday shopping, and majestic music played on the Aeolian pipe organ. Highlights include these events, which require advance reservations: • VIP Preview Party with Von Grey, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. • Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7 and 14 at 9 a.m. • Teddy Bear Tea on Dec. 8 and 15 at 3 p.m. • Musical Winter Nights on Dec. 6 and 13 from to 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be cocoa and caroling on Dec. 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a holiday market featuring local Etsy sellers on Dec. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., daily workshops and shopping opportunities each day along with tours of the mansion. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 65+, $12 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under get in free. Tickets may be purchased online at callanwolde.org. Free parking is available on-site Mondays through Thursdays, while Fridays through Sundays will offer free parking and shuttle service from the Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road.


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Books by Local Authors Looking for a good book (or eBook) to curl up with by the fire this holiday season? Here are some recommended titles by authors from Intown. Braving the Fire by Jessica Handler (St. Martin’s/Griffin) The awardwinning author of the memoir Invisible Sisters is back with a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers’ perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper. Conquering Venus and Remain In Light by Collin Kelley (Sibling Rivalry Press) Atlanta INtown’s editor sees the first two novels in his awardwinning Venus Trilogy re-published in brand new editions. The literary mysteries follow a young American ex-pat writer helping a Parisian widow uncover the truth about the death of her husband during the 1968 riots. Government cover-ups, police corruption and organized crime all play heavily into these novels set in the City of Light’s underworld. Remain In Light was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and runner up for Georgia Author of the Year Award in Fiction. The final novel, Leaving Paris, is due in 2015. Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow) The New York Times-bestselling author is back with a new novel. Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced parents. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son. What the Yankees Did to Us by Stephen Davis (Mercer University Press) Davis digs deeper into Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops did to Atlanta during the Civil War. After the bombardment and occupation of the city in the summer of 1864, Sherman and his army occupied the city for two months, details of which are rarely covered in the history books, before setting out on his March to the Sea and leaving Atlanta in flames. Dirtyville Rhapsodies by Josh Green (Dionysus Books) Set mostly in Atlanta, the collection features everyday folks who overcome vice and personal tragedy, scoundrels so foul they attract news headlines, and the wayward souls who find salvation in society’s crevasses. The collection was named named a Best Book for the Beach 2013” by Men’s Health magazine and was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award. Green is known by most Intowners as the editor of Curbed Atlanta.

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Welcome Home, Captain Harding by Elliott Mackle (Lethe Press) Returning to California after 18 terrifying months in Vietnam, Captain Joe Harding is assigned a trio of duties: assisting his fatherly former commander at base operations, spying on misbehaving bomber pilots and organizing an air show designed to counter the anti-war fever sweeping the state. Two Crosses by Elizabeth Musser (David C. Cook Editions) Native Atlantan Elizbeth Musser, who now writes from Lyon, France, completes her Secrets of the Cross trilogy. In 1960s France, Gabriella Madison stumbles into intrigue, danger and secrets in the shadowy underground of war. Refugees, smugglers, and operatives together reveal powerful lessons of forgiveness, and faith. The Art and Life of Atlanta Artist Wilbur G. Kurtz by David O’Connell (The History Press) Nationally renowned Georgia artist and historian Wilbur G. Kurtz launched his career by founding the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta in 1913. The transplanted Yankee quickly became a premier authority on Old South Atlanta, and Margaret Mitchell personally selected Kurtz as technical advisor and artistic director for Gone With the Wind. A co-founder of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, Kurtz supervised the placement of more than four hundred historical markers in northeast Georgia documenting various stages of the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. Decades after his passing, Kurtz’s legacy lives on through his murals and historic paintings on display in public buildings and private art collections throughout Atlanta and the South. The Turtle and The Moon by Kodac Harrison (Poetry Atlanta Press) Harrison collects four decades of lyrics, poetry and his own artwork for this anthology of his eclectic work. With eight albums under his belt and having performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Harrison still hosts the weekly Java Monkey Speaks open mic and reading series every Sunday in Decatur. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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ROCK ‘N SPIN A new interactive, kinetic piece of public art is now in place at the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets in Midtown. The 22,000-pound Rockspinner is mounted on a bearing that allows passers-by to slowly turn it around. Zach Coffin, the artist who created Rockspinner, has been creating kinetic sculpture since 1997 and has pieces across the US and in Switzerland. Coffin said “The idea behind the Rockspinner, like most of the sculptures I create, is to make a plaything, an object that allows you to interact with a mass equivalent to 10 tons. One of the most satisfying parts of these sculptures is seeing the amazement of people who come up to a seemingly immovable boulder and find they can move it. Kevin Green, Midtown Alliance President and CEO, said “We encourage people to come by and take it for a spin, and hope to see other art projects that add surprise and delight emerging in the district.”

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts Atlanta Print Biennial 2013: Barbara Archer Gallery and the Atlanta Printmakers Studio team up for this international exhibition of works on paper at The Goat Farm Arts Center’s satellite location, Erikson Clock in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. Closes December 7. Free. www.barbaraarcher.com Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey: Romare Bearden’s series, based on Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey,” bridges classical mythology and African-American culture. This exhibit at the Carlos Museum marks the first time the complete series will be presented outside of New York City. Opens December 14. $6 to $8. carlos. emory.edu Tilden and the Theban Hero: Through paper-dioramas, drawings and sculpture, Andrew Scott Ross recreates moments from ancient history at this Emory University Visual Arts Gallery exhibit. Closes December 14. Free. arts. emory.edu abstract part 1: A Group Exhibition: This exhibit brings together four artists showing for the first time at Marcia Wood Gallery who present disparate and unique approaches to abstract painting – Sydney Cohen of California, Jeff Conefry of Atlanta, Kim Piotrowski of Chicago and Barbara Campbell Thomas of North Carolina. Closes December 21. Free. marciawoodgallery. com P. Seth Thompson: The Last One: Atlanta-based artist P. Seth Thompson explores the vanishing boundary between the real world and the cinematic and televised worlds in this Poem 88 exhibit that takes its name from the series finale of the TV show “St. Elsewhere.” Closes December 30. Free. poem88.net The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden: The High’s Piazza sets the scene for this special exhibit as it’s transformed

Andrea Bocelli: Andrea Bocelli, Italian crossover tenor and the biggest-selling artist in classical music, performs at Philips Arena in support of his recent release, “Passione,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard charts. December 15. $75 to $350. philipsarena.com

ART OF THE TUILERIES into a tree-lined park and a video installation allows visitors to make a virtual visit to the Tuileries Garden. More than 100 sculptures and paintings will be on display inside the museum, some of which have never been seen outside of France. Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $19.50. high.org Katherine Taylor: Spillover: The works in this Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) exhibit look to the engineered landscape and its impact on disaster in the environment – how roadways, pools, bridges and waterways intersect the natural world. Tuesday through Saturday. $1 to $5. mocaga.org Love and Ping Pong: This One Twelve Gallery exhibit of charcoal drawings by Diana Prescott Sandrini gets its name from the things that fueled Sandrini in the creation of these works – love from her long hours in the studio and ping pong as her daily ritual escape from those long hours. Tuesday through Friday. Free. onetwelvegallery.com Return to Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store: The Breman Museum brings


Atlanta’s favorite store back for an exciting interactive exhibit that spans 150 years of Rich’s history. Monday through Friday and Sunday. $4 to $12. thebreman.org Tierney Gearon: Alphabet Book: Jackson Fine Art showcases Los Angeles-based photographer Tierney Gearon’s “Alphabet Book Series” in its latest exhibit. Her work is part of a photography book for young children where each photo represents one letter in the alphabet. Tuesday through Saturday. Free. jacksonfineart.com Winter Wonderland: Celebrations and Traditions Around the World: Enjoy a season of celebrations during Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s holidayinspired exhibition which decorates the museum with Christmas, Hanukkah and Festival of Lights cultural ornaments. Also included is a film fest with holiday favorites. Daily. $15.50 to $17.50. fernbankmuseum. org

Performing Arts Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins: A feisty band of goblins has stolen Hanukkah in this Company J at the MJCCA musical, and it’s up to brave young Hershel of Ostropol to get it back. He camps out in the haunted synagogue on the hill, waiting eight nights for the King of Goblins to appear. December 5 through December 8. $12 to $15. atlantajcc.org The 87th Annual Christmas Carol Concert: A beloved holiday tradition in Atlanta, these concerts feature a combined chorus of both the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs performing special arrangements of carols, anthems and spirituals. Friday and Sunday concerts are at Morehouse and Saturday’s performance is at Spelman. December 6 through December 8. Free. morehouse.edu

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Lee Harper and Dancers Holiday Concert: The Lee Harper and Dancers adult dance company joins the youth company at The Westminster Schools for a dance performance of holiday favorites “Sleigh Ride,” “Carol of the Bells” and “March of the Toys,” as well as a tribute to Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. December 14. Free. leeharperanddancers. com

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Kingsized Holiday Jubilee: Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. December 21. $28.50. variety-playhouse.com The Gifts of the Magi: Back by popular demand is Theatrical Outfit’s heartwarming holiday musical based on O. Henry’s classic short story about a poor newlywed couple who each struggle to buy the other the present they most desire this holiday. Closes December 22. $20 to $50. theatricaloutfit.org Shen Yun Performing Arts: Traditional Chinese culture comes to the Cobb Energy stage in full color with gorgeous backdrops and an orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments to accompany the dancers with stirring scores. December 27 through December 29. $55 to $205. shenyun.com A Christmas Carol: The Alliance Theatre’s 24th production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale features Atlanta actor Chris Kayser reprising his iconic role as Ebenezer Scrooge for the last year. Special holiday family ticket packages are available. Closes December 29. $20 to $75. alliancetheatre.org Widespread Panic’s Tunes for Tots: Widespread Panic headlines this benefit concert for arts education in schools at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Their concert series has donated more than $1 million since 2005. December 30. $150. atlantasymphony.org Stan the Lovesick Snowman: Based on “The Snow Man” by Hans Christian Andersen, this Center for Puppetry Arts show is a hilarious story about a snowman who finds himself falling in love with a nearby warm stove, a romance destined to fail, while a young snowwoman falls in love with him. Opens December 31. $16.50. puppet.org ASO New Year’s Eve: Ring in the New Year with “I Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and other songs by George and Ira Gershwin performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and special guests. December 31. $31 to $69. atlantasymphony.org. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

Memories of Mame I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… It seems that I’m building a bank of memories to rival Fort Knox or at least that of dear, old Auntie Mame. The difference is that I’m relatively certain I don’t have a drinking problem and the telltale signs of memory loss that can accompany that condition yet. But we certainly share a basic philosophy and Rosalind Russell as Mame Dennis and Jan Handzlik as Patrick Dennis in it does relate to art, the classic film, Auntie Mame. or at least my life as an artist since I can’t and personal look at a Vermeer. No speak for anybody else even though I’m need to worry about jet lag or running dying to. out of fuel since it came to us. Thank Every year at this time I reflect on you, High friends! Mame’s advice on how to live life to the fullest or at least survive the holidays. • Flux Night amazed thousands of But before I share a single sip, I’ve got people at this annual Castleberry Hill to admit that while re-reading Oscar multi-media event that is a fearless Wilde recently I found a quote that I effort to prove Atlanta really can suspect Mame may have lifted from him, become the art capitol of the south. which does not surprise me because she New sensations indeed. would co-opt Nietzsche and claim it as hers if you didn’t stop her. In his famous • Besharat Gallery introduced me to The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde says, Jean Arcelin and the melancholy “Don’t squander the gold of your days, beauty of his extraordinary work listening to the tedious, trying to improve while making sure everyone was the hopeless failure, or giving away your welcome and well hydrated with life to the ignorant, the common, and highballs. Keep the door open. I’m the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the coming back for more. false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing • Atlanta Celebrates Photography be lost upon you. Be always searching for gave me the rare opportunity to new sensations. Be afraid of nothing…” actually focus on the ambitions of If that doesn’t sound like Mame, then I’m the artist while learning technical not really her nephew. jargon. Thank you Thomas Deans and There are so many things to be Ellen Stein for the introduction and thankful for this year I hardly know inspiration for budding photographer where to start, so I’ll suggest we raise Lisa Windle. a toast to Mame as well as some of my favorite memories from 2013 while I still • The Atlanta Beltline grew artistic legs have them. this year with some help from new friends at WonderRoot. • We all needed fuel to slog through one of the wettest years in Atlanta’s No gold was squandered this year. history, but we finally got very lucky Rather, we had riches beyond imagining with the Chastain Park Arts Festival with an array of artistic choices and on Nov. 2-3. Sunshine and 188 artists accomplishments that make this artist from around the country graced the humbled and proud. Auntie would have park, turning it into a spectacular approved of the adventure I think. After outdoor gallery of fine art and a all, she promised, “Ah my little love, I’ll successful finish to the year for many show you things you never dreamed of our artist friends. Rene Dinauer existed!” returned from California with her Raise your glass with me to give steam bent wood sculpture, Jason thanks for the riches of our artistic Woods brought his massive metal community, as well as the struggles and work and so many visitors said it successes of our friends who gave us new was their favorite show of the year. sensations that will add to the memories Cheers! we share. • The High Museum knocked one out of the park with their installation of “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” giving hundreds of people their first up close A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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

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Intown shops recommend selections for the season Bodegas Carrali – Chardonnay de Reserva 2012 ($19.99)

By Sydia Bell The holiday season means it’s time to get the champagne flutes and your best wine glasses out of storage for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Kwanzaa celebrations. What you serve at your holiday parties and dinners needs to complement the food you’ve prepared, and it’s also important your selection sends a “Happy Holidays” message instead of “last minute pick up”. This year, we stopped by three different Atlanta wine shops and compiled a list of the best wines and champagnes to share this season.

Ideal for pairing with lighter dishes like fish or chicken, this Chardonnay from Uraguay has a higher alcohol content and lower acidity with a sweetness that makes it stand out.

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For those who love a Moscato, this selection is ideal for you. Bunches of grapes found in the hilly area of Gambellara are dried naturally in wooden crates for at least three months and then fermented without skins in stainless steel tanks. This intensely fruity pick leaves a nougat taste that can be appreciated with baked and creamy chocolate desserts, a fruit sorbet or soufflé.

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The Candler Park wine shop located at 1660 DeKalb Ave. is known for its wine selection hand-picked by co-owner Janea Boyles, who provided us with their top pairings for a traditional sit down meal.

La Fontaine Pineau Des Chartes ($29.99)

This sweet dessert wine is made from Ugni Blanc grapes, which are also used to make Cognac. This wine has a slightly higher alcohol content and can be enjoyed slightly chilled after meals.

Salice Salentino Riserva 2009 ($17.99)

Perfect for pairing with a rich meal like a ribeye, lamb or with ripe aged cheese, this red wine is ideal for the holiday season. The confident, yet not overbearing alcohol content, is one reason Boyles finds this selection flawless for balancing out a rich and hearty meal. The tannins (textual element that makes wines taste dry) and fresh acidity work together and create, in the end, a balanced, soft wine.

Rosa Regale ($25)

This red, sweet sparkling wine is delicious whether your choose to sip some between meals or as an after dinner sparkler. It’s also one of the few wines that truly goes well with chocolate. With its undeniable berry flavors, this selection will also complement an array of cheeses, seafood platters or pastas with delicate or spicy sauces.

The Wine Shoe This boutique wine shop at 339 Nelson St. in Castleberry Hill prides itself not only on its unique selections, but the education they provide to customers. Wine educator Jaye Price’s choices cover the entire gamut for pairings before, during and after a meal.

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As a direct reflection of shop owner Perrine Prieur, these selections from the West Midtown shop at 1168 Howell Mill Road reflect the grandiose side of the holidays.

Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs ($122)

Described by Perrine as best when served as a starter to open the appetite, this true champagne is made exclusively with white grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks.

Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny – Montrachet 2010 ($56)

Hailing from the same region as the shop owner, this white Burgundy has great depth with subtle hints of oak. Perrine suggests pairing it with a mushroom risotto or a white fish, like cod.

Fumanelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006 ($69)

Declared as the Winemaking Region of the Year in 2009 by Wine Enthusiast, this rich red with hints of black plum and nutmeg from the Veneto region of north-eastern Italy is best served with a hearty meal like venison or rack of lamb.


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ribeye steak, mushrooms, peppers and tomato right but the lobster was stringy, provolone needed to marry their flavors mealy and contained many smaller perhaps benefitting from a little longer pieces with very few of the large tail and stay on the flattop. claw chunks that The accompanying are endemic of a “flattop mac & properly prepared cheese” was very roll. Moreover the good with nice lobster was coated crusty edges. in a pink sauce that The tofu-fried masked much of hash was a mélange its flavor. Lobster of tofu squares, rolls should be onions, tomatoes, garnished with mushrooms, butter or perhaps potatoes and a small amount of Above: Folk Art’s roasted pork Verde Below: Angus burger and hand-cut fries peppers blended good mayonnaise… with a basil pesto. nothing more. It was a hardy dish Folk Art has with good flavor. set its course on The Angus burger a difficult task. was also a hit. The While obviously hand formed patty not a diner, it has can be ordered as thrown its fate into a double (7 oz.), a precarious lot that triple (10 oz.) and demands perfection a quad (13 oz.). on a variety of levels. There’s a large It should be lauded choice of cheeses for its effort and and other toppings. The purist at our table forgiven for its sometimes-spotty execution. simply ordered it medium with American Folk Art is located at 465 North cheese and he was delighted at the result. Highland Ave., folkartrestaurant.com. The hand-cut fries were crisp and properly salted. Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite The lobster roll special was especially Reviewers, as well as a pilot and food disappointing. It got the buttered, toasted, lover. Send feedback to TastingIntown@ top-sliced bun replete with lettuce and AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

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DECORATOR DELIGHTS Holiday home tours abound around Intown

By Collin Kelley INtown Editor 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 31st annual tour is Dec. 6 – 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. both nights. This year’s tour has the theme “Take A Walk Down Main Street” and features nine stops in the heart of the city. The event 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. Parking and shuttle information will be available on the website, too.

Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour

The 2013 tour will feature four distinctive Buckhead homes on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are two homes on Cherokee Road, including one designed by famed architect Neel Reid, and on Tuxedo Road and Rilman Lake Court. Tickets are $25 in advance at peachtreegardenclub.org or $30 the day of the event.

Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Victorian mansions and Craftsman cottages are just some of the homes on the 2013 tour of the Grant Park neighborhood. Starting at St. Paul United Methodist Church, the tour will be Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights. There will also be other family fun happening during the event, including a visit from Santa Clause from 5 to 7 p.m. caroling hayrides from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. An Artists’ Market and Bake Sale, open both nights, and a Candlelight Christmas Concert on Sunday are also planned. Tour tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at CandlelightTourOfHomes.com.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

The 19th annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes is set for Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. The tour features seven homes, including a 1920s Georgian Revival style home transformed for the modern world by award-winning architect Yong Pak, a Craftsman home newly redesigned and fashioned by Reynolds Brown of Stan Topol & Associates, an expertly restored classic bungalow and a contemporary new build with a focus on modern art. A bonus stop at the new Briarcliff Summit, originally the Briarcliff Hotel built by Coca-Cola Founder Asa Candler, will give tour goers a rare opportunity to see inside the historic landmark. Local restaurants will provide food tastings at each of the homes, including Murphy’s, DBA Barbeque, American Roadhouse, The Fifth Group’s La Tavola and El Taco, Rosebud, Timone’s, Marlow’s Tavern and Atkins Park. Over the past five years, the Tour has raised more than $100,000 for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. Tour tickets are $25 in advance at vahitourofhomes.org or $30 the weekend of the event.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes Home for the Holidays

Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market

Trolleys will be ferrying customers to this year’s stops on the Avondale Estates Tour of Homes and Holiday Market on Dec. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. (the market is open noon to 6). Pick up the trolley at the Avondale First Baptist Church at the corner of Covington and Stratford Roads. This year’s tour spans 80 years beginning with an Avondale “original” built when the city was established in 1926, a recently renovated 30s bungalow, a renovated 60s ranch-style home, a home built in the 90s on the “newest street” in town and town home built in 2003. Tickets may be purchased for $12 in advance at Avondale City Hall, Finders Keepers Furniture, REAL Salon and Seventeen Steps or for $15 on the day of the tour at the Avondale Community Club. For more information, visit avondaletourofhomes.com.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Home for the Holidays

Formerly known as The Christmas House, the newly rechristened event began in mid-November and continues through Dec. 8. to benefit the Southeastern Horticultural Society. This year’s home is at 58 Blackland Road and has been decorated by some of the city’s most noted interior designers. The home is open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There’s also ongoing workshops and events during the tour. For more visit, atlantaholidayhome.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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DECATUR - Summer 2014 completion date for another stunning home from Stoney River Homes. Fabulous floor plan, 2 car garage, situated on large quiet lot. 4Bed/3.5Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5212000 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

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GRANT PARK - Tastefully renovated home w/ hardwoods, new kitchen & baths, fireplace in living rm, separate dining rm, plantation shutters. 3Bed/3Bath $339,900 FMLS: 5218512 Helene DeLoach 404-210-6250

EDGEWOOD - Recent down to the studs renovation, top of the line finishes, master w/ double shower, walk-in closets, large fenced backyard. 3Bed/2Bath $325,000 FMLS: 5218723 John Fennell 404-668-6083

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