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April 2012

Volume 18 Number 4 2012

6th annual

A bumper crop of news & events

Farmers Markets p. 40

Commuting by Bike p. 14

Festivals p. 28 & Spring Home Tours p. 57






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GO GREEN Celebrate Earth Day ............................. 4-7 Laura Turner Seydel..................................8 BeltLine CEO Brian Leary.......................10 Eco-Briefs ...............................................11

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Biking Advantages .................................12 Bike To Work ...........................................14 Intown Runaround ..................................17 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................18 Pets.........................................................20 Bumblebee Press ...................................22 A Look Back ...........................................22 Living By Giving......................................23 A Visit to LEGOLAND .............................25

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THE STUDIO Spring Festival Season Begins ..............28 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................32 Intown Datebook ....................................34 Tripster ....................................................35 Street Fashioni .......................................36 Green Room Actorís Lounge .................37 The Thinking Artist ..................................38

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NEWS YOU CAN EAT Local Markets Open ...............................40 Cheese & Crackers ................................42 Monkís Mead ..........................................45 Quick Bites .............................................46 Keep It INtown: Westside .......................47

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IN BUSINESS Midtown Greenprint................................48 Business & Retail Briefs .........................50 Making Sense of Social..........................51

REAL ESTATE Greening Your Home ..............................52 Real Estate Briefs ...................................54 Ponce City Market Progress...................55

IN YOUR HOME Spring Home Tours ................................57 Gardening ..............................................59 Industrial Chic ........................................60 Before & After .........................................62 Oakhurst Garden Plant Sale ..................62

ON THE COVER Planting photo courtesy of Georgia Organics.

I know this is the Green Issue and I should say something really meaningful about our environment. But, this issue is already packed with loads of environmental content written by passionate people. Right now, I have something personal and passionate that I really want to shout out: goodbye breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiation. Hello, spring, hair growth and a new and improved self. It’s been a long winter for me and I’m welcoming this new season. I’ve updated you all briefly each month since the October issue when I was diagnosed. And, by the time you’re reading this, I will have finished the last portion of my treatment plan - the 33rd radiation on April 4. I plan to find a patio on the BeltLine and celebrate with friends (if you are walking/biking by, join us!). My tennis shoes are laced-up to exercise, my kitchen cabinets are stocked with immune-strengthening foods and my soul is fulfilled by a supportive community. I’m in a rebuilding and restoring mode using resources provided – many at no cost - right here in our city. I will put together an informative package, including pieces of my journal, some of what I’ve learned and people I’ve met, for the October 2012 issue of INtown. If you have an idea on what would be useful or how you could contribute in that future issue, please send me an email. As always, we love to hear your ideas and feedback.

Editor Letter Collin Kelley Since we bypassed winter and jumped directly from fall to spring, the temperatures have been soaring and pollen started coating cars in March. Flowers are in bloom, people are planting gardens and the local parks have been filled with folks enjoying the sunny days and warm weather. Our 6th annual Green Issue has plenty of ideas for getting you out of the house and interacting with nature. Elizabeth Patrick from EarthShare Georgia compiled a fantastic list of upcoming events to mark Earth Month, not to mention a host of volunteer opportunities. Since alternative transportation is part of the green discussion, Osayi Endolyn and Lauren Welsh talked to Intown residents who have become bike commuters. You’ve probably noticed more and more bikes on the road as people look for a more healthy and inexpensive way to get to work. A little pedal power might be an antidote to $4 gas. Elsewhere in this edition, spring means the

return of festival season, home tours and the re-opening of the city’s green markets. We have a roundup of these events in this issue and you might just want to clip and post them on the fridge for quick reference. While we’re in the middle of spring, the INtown staff is already looking ahead to summer. We’re partnering again with students in Professor Chris Bundy’s writing class at SCAD Atlanta for INtown Takeover 2.0 in July. This year, the students will be taking over our website at atlantaintownpaper.com and providing fresh digital content and videos. I’d also like to take a moment to thank our loyal Twitter followers. We crossed over 15,000 in March and are headed to 20k soon. We strive to make our Twitter feed full of useful information and links to upcoming events. We also do regular giveaways. Follow us at @ ATLINtownPaper. Happy Spring! collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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Events, volunteer opportunities ongoing all month By Elizabeth Patrick April is Earth Month and it is a great time to get outdoors and give back, because it all adds up to a healthier you and a cleaner environment. Every little bit you do can help the environment, from recycling at home and the office to turning off the lights when you leave a room. Earth Month is the perfect time to explore your neighborhood park or nature preserve, volunteer with environmental groups or attend an Earth Day event to support environmental causes year-round. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found that kids spend, on average, more than seven hours per day with electronic media. The antidote for gamer’s eye and texter’s thumb is right outside the door, where neighborhood nature offers sights, sounds – even smells – to engage and recharge all of a child’s senses. Studies also show that even as little as thirty minutes of activity a day will keep you healthy. It can be as simple as a bike ride around the neighborhood or a hike

in a local park. There are so many great places to get outdoors in Atlanta to follow trails, catch fish, listen to songbirds and canoe. Here are a few things to do with your family or on your own this Earth Month:

Earth Day Kids Fest A great event to get your kids outdoors is the 9th annual Earth Day Kids Fest, Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children (2 and under get in free). If you ride your bike to the event there is also free admission. The Captain Planet Foundation will team up again with the Chattahoochee Nature Center to organize this unique hands-on, environmental education experience where youth are encouraged to take the first steps in becoming environmental stewards.You can visit the Eco-Village where you will learn about local organizations that are doing great things to protect the planet. You can also stop by each of the local non-profits for fun and exciting hands-on activities

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especially for kids. This year’s goal is to encourage people to take individual actions as a part of the Earth Day Network’s (EDN) “Billion Acts of Green.” For more information, visit chattnaturecenter.org or captainplanetfdn.org.

Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Learn to ride a bike! ABC has bike classes for all age groups, including kids learning to ride. Learn to Ride at Any Age / True Beginners class is for adult firsttime bike riders. If you missed out on the experience of learning to ride a bicycle as a kid, this is the class for you. You can learn in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment, using techniques developed specifically for first-timers. This class has you soon riding with friends and family before you can say “whee!” This class is offered for adults and teens 14 and over. To sign up, visit atlantabike.org.

Trees Atlanta Another fun and eco-friendly thing you can do with your family is take a tree identification walk. Trees Atlanta has seven neighborhood arboreta, including Oakhurst, Sylvan Hills, Inman Park, Virginia Highlands, Midotwn, Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown. Each arboretum map is available at treesatlanta.org.

EarthShare of Georgia Once you have explored the outdoors in Atlanta and beyond, celebrate Earth Day all year long by donating your time and talents to your local environmental groups. EarthShare of Georgia provides an easy way to donate through your employee giving program to 70 environmental member groups, including all of these incredible groups mentioned in this article. Find out more 10 ar k y at earthsharega.org. a t

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Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper The organization provides a number of different volunteer opportunities for people interested in helping to preserve the Chattahoochee River and its watershed. Sweep the Hooch is a clean-up in partnership with Trout Unlimited and the National Parks Service on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes 18 sites and more than 350 volunteers. Last year volunteers picked up four tons of trash along 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area. For more information, visit ucriverkeeper.org.

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites A membership is a great way to enjoy Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites all over the state while saving money and doing your part to support them. The Annual Park Pass grants your vehicle access to park at any Georgia State Park operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Historic Site Pass grants free admission to historic sites operated by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. If you need further incentive to hit those trails, grab your GPS and enjoy a geo-caching Tiffany treasure hunt. Whether you are with the entire family, a group of friends, or hiking solo, geocaching is a great way to keep Persol everyone engaged and it provides a great challenge for those who are ready to hunt some Polo treasure. There are also great programs all over the State of Georgia from caving to learning Ralph Lauren about wildflowers. For more information, visit friendsofgeorgiastateparks.org.



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The 18th Annual Hoochie.

The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Chapter, hosts this event Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. to midnight at the Tophat Soccer Fields, Atlanta. Enjoy an evening of music, food, interactive conservation stations and a silent auction. Tickets are $125. Nature.org/hoochie

EarthShare of Georgia’s Corporate Green Day Challenge. Employees get to

experience first-hand the work of EarthShare’s environmental member organizations by volunteering to help clean up local parks on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Must be an Earth Day Sponsor company employee to participate. earthsharega.org.

a.m.-3 p.m. on Tech Walk. The goal of Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration is to focus attention on the environment and increase people’s awareness of the world around them. The event is free and open to the public, and features 70 exhibitors, eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn. This is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the southeast. earthday.gatech.edu

Picnic for the Planet. The Nature Conservancy Georgia Chapter hosts this event Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot at 12th and Peachtree Street. Join The Nature Conservancy and the Atlanta Street Food Coalition to celebrate Earth Day. Nature.org/earthday

EarthShare of Georgia’s 16th Annual Earth Day Party. EarthShare of Georgia’s

premier Earth Day event at King Plow Arts Center, Wednesday, April 18, 7-10 p.m. Purchase tickets for $60 per person online at earthsharega.org.

EarthShare of Georgia’s Earth Day Leadership Breakfast. EarthShare of

Georgia’s event at the Georgia World Congress Center, Friday, April 20, 8-10 a.m. The keynote speaker will be A. Stanley Meiburg, Deputy Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Purchase tickets for $100 per person online at earthsharega.org.

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Chattahoochee Nature Center: To be added to the special event email list so that you can become one of CNC’s event volunteers email your name, telephone number, and preferred email address to volunteercoordinator@chattnaturecenter.org. chattnaturecenter.org.

Georgia Wildlife Federation: Adopt-A-Stream is a unique effort to involve the public and local communities in water quality protection. Volunteers, such as the Georgia Wildlife Federation, adopt a section of stream, river or lake for one year. Adopt-A-Stream groups conduct visual surveys and clean-ups, improve stream habitat and/or monitor water quality. To volunteer, contact Robert Phillips at (770) 787-7887 or rphillips@gwf.org or Christina Marr at cmarr@gwf.org.

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EarthShare of Georgia: Earth Day volunteers needed for day-of assistance with events around the city. Must be 21 to participate. Contact Stephanie Mann at (404) 873-3173 or stephanie@earthsharega.org. earthsharega.org.

Trees Atlanta: All events are Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. - noon. Pizza will be provided to all volunteers afterwards. Please bring gloves and a bottle of water. Trees Atlanta provides all tools and instruction. Contact Susan Pierce (404) 522-4097 or susan@treesatlanta.org. Volunteers can also sign up at www.treesatlanta.org. Upper Chattachochee Riverkeeper: Interested in helping and preserving the Chattahoochee River and its watershed through programs in education, community outreach, policy reform and legal actions? From working all day at a festival, to assisting with river cleanups, to helping out for a few hours in the office, there’s something available for everyone. Contact Tammy Morrissey at tmorrissey@ucriverkeeper.org or (404) 352-9828 or fill out the volunteer form at ucriverkeeper.com/getinvolved3.htm. For more volunteer opportunities, visit earthsharega.org. KeepitINtown.com


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Earth Day on the BeltLine

EcoStyle South presents the 7th annual Atlanta Eco-Fashion, Beauty & Accessories Spring Trunk Show on Tuesday, April 10, from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 56 East Andrews Gallery in Buckhead. For one day only, 20 of Atlanta’s top sustainable fashion, jewelry, handbag, beauty and home décor companies will showcase their spring collections. Meet the designers in person and shop for deals on spring and summer fashion and accessories. The event is hosted by sustainable living expert Laura Turner Seydel and Kevin Knaus, Trend Forecaster and Professor of Fashion Marketing and Management SCAD Atlanta. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Designers include: A Wearable Planter, Alejandra Dunphy Designs, Amy Bubes Jewelry, BrooksBANG, Couture Recycle, Dirty Beauty Skincare, Stress the Seams, Element 47, HollyBeth Natural Luxury, Hot to Trot, Mark Edge, Moo Moo Designs, O&N Collective, ReInspiration Store, Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Shondra Leigh Designs, Smart Glass Jewelry, Vella Mode Jewelry and more. ecostylesouth.com

Earth Day on the Atlanta BeltLine will be held Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon Join Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Hands On Atlanta, and neighborhood partners to help prepare for the first urban farm on the BeltLine during this year’s Earth Day Clean-Up. The Atlanta BeltLine is working with the University of Georgia, Trees Atlanta, Southeast Horticultural Society, Atlanta Audubon Society, and neighborhood groups to transform 4 acres of former industrial property into an urban farm along the southwest section of the Atlanta BeltLine next to the Adair Park neighborhood. Volunteers will remove invasive plants, litter, and building debris from the site to clear the way for the eventual planting of native plant species, brambles, berry bushes, and fruit trees. The approximate location of the site is 1150 Allene Ave. SW at the corner of Allene Avenue and Warner Street. keepatlantabeautiful.org


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April 22

Join the Decatur community and celebrate Earth Day at the Oakhurst Community Garden on Sunday, April 22 from 12:30 until 4 pm. The event kicks off with an Earth Friendly Parade beginning at Harmony Park in the center of the Oakhurst Business District. The Black Sheep Ensemble will be leading the parade and the community is invited to decorate their bikes, wagons or strollers and march along as the parade winds it way to the Garden. Parade participants are encouraged to dress up in their interpretation of Earth Day. Events at the Garden will include the annual Cake Contest, raptors, sheep, food vendors, a community pavilion and live music. This year’s event features over 30 earth friendly vendors and non-profits in the Community Pavilion including the City of Decatur Recycling Trailer. A returning project this year, Community Phone Book Recycling is sponsored by PitStop. Bring your old phone books to fill up a Port-o-Let. oakhurstgarden.org.

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Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel

What Motivates You?

16th Annual EarthShare of Georgia


When our country celebrated the first Earth Day 42 years ago, we were at an environmental tipping point: our factories spewed black clouds of toxic emissions without apology and it was commonplace to dump toxic waste into our waterways. Both our country and our environment were in desperate need of environmental leadership and governmental regulation. Through the inspiration and motivation of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day thrust environmental issues into the limelight and created a sense of responsibility and urgency to repair and protect our environment. It worked. Half a year later, the Environmental Protection Agency was created. During the energy crisis and oil embargo of the early ‘70s, people learned first hand how precious our natural resources truly are. It motivated us (me and my family included) to reduce, reuse, and recycle and raised awareness of environmental issues across the country, setting a tone for continued activism. As I reflect upon the work of environmentalists over the past 42 years, I realize that we all have different motivations for wanting to protect our environment and its precious natural systems. For some it is a love of animals and for others it is a desire to protect a favorite park or forest. For me, it is to protect the health of our children. Inspired by people like Dr. Phil Landrigan (author of Healthy Child Healthy World) and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, I have learned that toxic pollution could be responsible

for the ever-increasing rates of chronic childhood diseases that are all too common these days. Today, 1 in 3 kids are obese (which can lead to type 2 diabetes), 1 in 10 are asthmatic, 1 in 70 boys is autistic, and 1 in 6 has some kind of disorder like ADHD. That equates to about 50-70 million sick kids in our country, which is not good for our economy, our morale, and most importantly, the kids who will one day be this country’s leaders. I believe that toxic pollution found in our air and waterways, not to mention the chemicals found in our food, personal care products, and home cleaning products, are playing a huge roll in the health of our children. I have found that the state of our environment is directly related to our personal health, so I am motivated to clean up our air and water, protect our natural systems, and fight for government regulation on the use of chemicals, all to protect our children who often times don’t have a voice. This year, discover what motivates you to go green. Be inspired by movies, people, or places and figure out what it is you can do – no matter how big or small the act – to make a difference. While our causes and platforms all might seem very different at first glance, we are all working together for one common goal: to create a world that is healthy and thriving for all life.

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BeHind tHe BeLtLine CEO Brian Leary talks past, present & future of project By Han Vance Atlanta BeltLine CEO Brian Leary attended Georgia Tech at the same time as Ryan Gravel, who first envisioned the project. Little did they know that their futures would eventually become entwined as progress on the BeltLine continues. While at Tech, Leary envisioned dirty

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old industrial sites littering America to have untapped potential. The Atlantic Steel site west of Midtown was a long-abandoned brownfield, disconnected from the city by the Downtown Connector. Leary discovered that zoning laws could be overcome by building raised areas high above the original ground levels, and he proposed doing so there in a 100-page document that served as his master’s thesis and de facto resume. In a twist of fate fulfillment, Leary headed up the Atlantic Station project for The Jacoby Group and saw his dream come to fruition. As Leary’s star was rising, across the wide swath of highway Gravel was getting noticed for his plan of the potential development of the 22 miles of old rail corridor that would eventually become the BeltLIne. Mayor Shirley Franklin took the baton and formed Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and several years later Brian Leary was named the organization’s president and chief executive officer. Atlantic Station had its skeptics (and still does if you follow some of the blogs that write about local business and retail), so

Leary is no stranger to people questioning the progress and ultimate goal of a project. For those who are concerned about the BeltLine’s progress, Leary has an answer. “We are not building a 30-year project and waiting for the public to use it,” Leary said from his office at Underground Atlanta. “We’ve already made $350 million of improvements as of the end of 2011. Parts of the BeltLine are open and in use today.” The Eastside Trail project linking Piedmont Park to DeKalb Avenue has come under particular scrutiny as work has fallen behind schedule after crews ran into a myriad of problems with concerned residents and business owners, uncertain terrain, a retaining wall that was built short and had to be rebuilt, not to mention weather delays. “We never necessarily set a hard deadline because that was the first construction in the old industrial rail corridor,” Leary said. “There had been no new construction there in 100 years, so we knew we were going to find things. Those unexpected things were expected.” Leary said he wished the Eastside Trail had opened last year, but said it would it

would open in 2012. “Demand for timely delivery on all of the components of the project is significant, but we are so focused on quality,” he stated. “We want to be sure we meet that world-class expectation of quality. Our investors and funders remain very supportive and recognize the complexities and challenges of such a multifaceted evolutionary project.” On the benefits of connectivity and mobility Leary said, “Tell me where we increase road capacity within the perimeter. Atlanta is the leading economic engine for the Southeast, and the project will put people closer to their jobs or where they want to go. It gives them other options besides being strictly car-committed: walking, biking, boarding, blading, taking transit.” Contributor Han Vance is an Atlanta-based writer and former regional transportation manager. His forthcoming California travel narrative memoir is Golden State Genius, and his website is hanvance. com.

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Eco-Briefs Eager for Compressed Natural Gas fueling service to be available to equipped vehicles, the Buckhead Coalition is offering a $10,000 incentive grant to the developer of the first CNG station in the community. Coalition president Sam Massell explains “this is consistent with the environmental consciousness of this community.” Atlanta Gas Light has initiated a statewide CNG Infrastructure Program which will provide $11.57 million from the Universal Service Fund to assist in the development of CNG stations.  Currently, some two million undocumented Haitians live in deplorable conditions in the Dominican Republic. These “invisible poor” reside in approximately 500 sugar cane camps, known as bateys, and live without recognition or citizenship from the government. Recently, Water@Work, a faith-based non-profit organization, was founded in Atlanta to help transform the bateys in the DR, and the lives of the people who live there, by installing state-of-theart water purification systems to improve public health and promote sustainability. Already, eight water purification systems have been installed in bateys throughout the DR. Residents of each batey were trained in the occasional maintenance of their clean water system, and regular monitoring of water quality and availability has demonstrated that the residents are able to successfully maintain their water purification system and ensure its longevity. wateratworkministry.org   Atlanta-based PodPonics, a technologydriven urban agriculture start-up, was recently selected to present at the upcoming Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC) in


Create a Garden at home or school with National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitats Virginia. The event showcases the most promising emerging technology firms in the southeast region and provides these companies with exposure to the region’s top venture capitalists and private equity investors. PodPonics is one of 12 Georgia firms selected to present for venture capital funds. PodPonics repurposes recycled shipping containers as Grow Pods, combining advanced technology to create a controlled growing environment regulated by a proprietary system that controls temperature, humidity, light, water and nutrients to create an ideal growth environment optimized for each crop and its growth cycle stage. This allows PodPonics to grow fresh, local, pesticidefree produce in distinct locations other than traditional farms, including urban centers, and regardless of season, climate, rainfall or other environmental factors. podponics.com The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) has teamed with M-PASS, a local independent waste management and recycling consulting company, to offer a simplified and cost-effective recycling program for restaurants. As part of the program, restaurants will receive guidance on single-stream recycling, as well as free cardboard pick-up, which will reduce their waste charges. Recycling is a key component in the waste reduction process, and M-PASS works with waste haulers to negotiate right-fit waste solutions for restaurants. In addition to saving money on their wastehauling, restaurants also benefit from a special GRA membership rebate. m-passinc.com/Restaurants

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitats program can help by creating a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in residential and commercial areas. There are over 150,000 certified habitats in the US with over 700 certified habitats in Atlanta including backyards, schools (like Fernbank Elementary), faith-based institutions and even communities. The NWF is a key partner in the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP), a coalition of private and public partners including Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Public Schools, US Forest Service and others.  GAPP is engaged with communities in a 25-mile radius around downtown Atlanta to develop pollinatorfriendly habitats for butterflies, bees, bumble bees, moths, other beneficial insects, and hummingbirds. This large scale project will involve tens of thousands of participants in the Atlanta community across the region, and has the strong potential to become a national model for community engagement and citizen science.  The goal of the GAPP is to create and restore viable pollinator habitats throughout Atlanta, connecting private and publicly owned lands through habitat corridors. For details on how to set up your habitat, visit nwf.org.


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IN the Neighborhood Reason to Ride Despite unfriendly streets, riding a bike has advantages Intown FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

By Osayi Endolyn

I pass by my bicycle every day, but this is the first time I’ve stopped to touch it in months — maybe even a year. Muted grey with multiple gears, it stands off to the side in my garage. This bike has seen open roads and afternoon adventures. Now it collects dust and sinks towards the ground as air seeps from the tires. My musician husband recently moved some equipment into the garage. Now a keyboard stand rests against my bike and an amp has been wedged next to the rear tire. My bicycle is a sad bicycle. I had such high aspirations. I wanted to be like the bicyclists who ride around the city – darting through traffic, coasting down hills, cutting across designated pathways. I too wanted that mélange of childhood discovery with metropolitan know-how. I wanted to be a city rider, just like my friend, fellow writer Matt Terrell, who bikes to and from work every day. But then I tried it. Ah. That’s what happened. I thought I was in shape. I thought I knew Atlanta streets. But I would show up to destinations dripping in sweat, physically and mentally exhausted from calculating car proximity and pedaling uphill. Just about everyone I know likes the idea of bicycle commuting. But I know almost no one who has flipped the switch. I wondered how one moved decisively from one group to the other. Matt made a definitive shift into the biking world. He was once a person who never considered the activity, and now, weather-permitting, he racks

up about five hours each week traveling between home near Little Five Points, and graduate school and work at the SCAD Atlanta. He averages about 15-20 miles each day. But his change of heart wasn’t born out of a need to save the world. It was just the logical thing to do. “I’m not some hippy-dippy person picking up trash on the side of the highway or protesting with Greenpeace,” he says. “There are all sorts of little things a person can do to help the environment that just take a little more effort.” He references shutting the water off while brushing your teeth, recycling paper and plastic, and even using cloth napkins instead of paper towels. “That’s the way I view bicycle commuting,” he goes on. “It’s just not incredibly inconvenient.” I was surprised by his casual point of view. Was this not sustainability sacrilege? How could a person who has seemingly made all kinds of sacrifices to maintain a cycling lifestyle not be a die-hard Protector of Mother Earth? Maybe that was why I couldn’t make bicycling a consistent part of my life. I kept waiting for The Cause to swoop me up, defying the comforts of reclined seating and power windows. Maybe The Cause never comes for some people. Maybe I’ve been using the environmental approach as an excuse just because we’re not gung-ho. I mean, isn’t it enough that I use reusable shoppers? Drive a Honda? The way Matt sees it, apparently not. On the list of Earth-friendly actions to take, bikeriding is right up there on the simplicity scale. This has nothing to do with beliefs or politics. It’s basic circumstance. Matt started using a bicycle as his main transportation when he lived in Savannah, Georgia. An undergraduate at the main campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, he found that

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biking was just an easier way to get around. “Everybody was doing it. I biked to work, to school – everywhere I went.” He experienced some cosmetic shifts, too. “Oh, I was much, much fatter before. I lost 25 pounds really quickly. Then I started to see there might be something to this.” Bike riding is fine and dandy in historic Savannah, a busy but small part of town. Compared to Metro Atlanta, biking is a whole new beast. After Matt moved here, his interest in biking shrank under the looming pace and sprawl of this urban city. Several years in, he laughs off his early reluctance to ride. “I lived here for almost a year before realizing I could totally bike here. So I started doing small rides here and there. Granted I do live in a live/work/play area that’s easy to bike around.” And perhaps this is where most people get to play the opt-out card. Biking becomes a lot more accessible if your destinations are relatively close together. For many Atlantans that kind of lifestyle is not a reality. Metro Atlanta drivers are known throughout the nation as having some of the nation’s worst traffic. But still. That does not account for people who – like me – live in neighborhoods similar to Matt’s and prefer to get behind the wheel instead of on top of one. What gives? It might not be the people. Maybe we should blame the government. In 2010, local media reported that Atlanta had 30 miles of bike lanes in the whole city, while New York – brace yourself – had 200 miles added since 2000. While visiting Paris, Arles and Barcelona last summer, well-oiled bike-sharing initiatives were in full effect. Maybe if biking didn’t appear to be such a gladiator undertaking, more people around these parts would want to do it. How many of us really want to compete for road space with that illegallytexting driver? That fading road imprint of

the bike symbol is not encouraging to me. Can a fence-rider get some infrastructure? Well, some kind citizens sure are trying. Atlanta’s small improvements aren’t always a result of government officials making strides to develop their own doggone city. It’s because citizens launched organizations like the PATH Foundation, which prides itself on building off-road trails in and around the city. There’s also the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, whose mission includes advocating that transportation revenue be partly used for bicycle projects. The Coalition is a strong supporter of the Complete Streets initiative, too, a national program focused on making all streets accessible to everyone: cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike, with attention paid to those who use walkers or wheelchairs. In a report that the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy completed for the Feds, they found that 25 percent of all trips people take in the U.S. are within one mile (that’s a 20-minute walk). Fifty percent of all trips taken are within three miles, or a 20-minute bike ride. And Bob’s your uncle, right? Well, the RTC report goes on to say that 78 percent of these incredibly short trips involve people using their cars. Clearly, I’m in good company. Statistically speaking, so are you. The reports all say biking is better for the environment, better for personal health. I totally agree. I want to take the plunge. But it’s spring now. Too much pollen and rain to venture out with my helmet. Maybe this summer. Until then, I pass my bike everyday and make sure it’s clear of clutter. Just in case. For more information about biking in Atlanta, visit atlantabike.org.

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Bike to Work Report shows bicycle commuting on the upswing By Lauren Welsh

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition recently released a new report showing that bike commuting to work is on the upswing, especially in Atlanta. As a member of the ABC, I was excited about this trend and asked five of my fellow cycle enthusiasts Ben Gerhardstein, Theresa Kanter, Paula Grad, Heather Miller, and Aaron Watson - to weigh-in on the report. And, they share

their favorite places to ride in the city. Atlanta recently recorded a very high rate of increase in biking to work between 2000 and 2009, an impressive 386 percent. Have you noticed the difference? Ben Gerhardstein: Atlanta, like many American cities, is experiencing a palatable cycling renaissance. I’ve definitely seen an increase in cycling in recent years – especially in the more dense areas of Intown and along the Stone Mountain Path from Decatur to Downtown. Further, Atlantans aren’t just riding more – they are organizing to ensure that local leaders make

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the city more bike-friendly. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (atlantabike.org) saw its membership more than doubles to nearly 1,000 in 2011. People are realizing that cycling is a practical alternative to driving and public transit in Atlanta and it shows. Theresa Kanter: Yes, I have noticed the difference and it’s been wonderful. When I started bike commuting in 2005 (from Ansley Park to Executive Park), I was lucky to see another cyclist on the road, and I typically knew him or her.  Now I see several other cyclists going to and from work, and I rarely know them.  Two good signs the bicycle population is growing:  several bicyclists stopped at a light together and they’re spending the wait time on introductions and comparing commutes.  Paula Grad: I have noticed some difference, but I was surprised that the percentage had increased so much. Although commuter type riders are predominantly young college age kids, I’ve noticed more 40 to 60 something males commuting by bike. Heather Miller: It’s hard to say. I just moved back to Atlanta after five years of living out west. I started biking just before I left Atlanta, but didn’t really start bike commuting until I lived in Tucson and then

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Aaron Watson, 55, Atlanta City Councilmember Oakland. I got used to the freedom of biking around Oakland and was actually pretty worried about being able to continuing biking once I moved back to Atlanta. I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far, but it’s hard to say how much of an increase there’s been in recent months. I’m definitely noticing more bikes on the street than I did five years ago, but that could be because I’ve always got my eyes peeled for fellow cyclists.


mother and I were out in the neighborhood and I got the knack of balancing the bike and zooming back and forth along a brick path. It was a huge accomplishment. Paula: I started commuting by bike about four or five years ago. We have casual Friday at work and I thought why not trying getting to work by bike? I rode for a while just on Fridays. I started to add in a few more days and now I commute by bike four or five days a week. I also take longer rides on the weekend on my “good bike.” My sister was my inspiration. She completed Bike Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) and I thought I could do that. I’ve ridden BRAG about 10 times.

Theresa Kanter, 35, CDC James Tyler: I have noticed increased bike ridership over the past decade in general; and concentrated in those places that have bike lanes like Edgewood Avenue corridor or paths like the beltline or Silver comet. Atlanta City Councilman Aaron Watson: Yes, I have noticed somewhat of a difference. I have to attribute that to the great work in recent years by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and other supporters who have helped raise awareness and make biking safer in Atlanta and the state. How did you get started riding a bike? Ben: I began cycling for fun as a child with my father, mostly on recreational trails. In high school I worked as a bike mechanic and took up mountain biking. It was only after moving to Atlanta in 2005 that I began riding a bike as my primary mode of transportation. Cycling was the fastest, cheapest, and most fun way for me to commute from Decatur to Emory, where I was in graduate school. More than five years later, I’m still commuting by bike – and doing so is key to my health and happiness. Theresa: I learned how to ride a bike when I was 4 years old. I spent weeks (maybe months) on training wheels. I remember clearly that one warm fall evening my

Heather: I first started thinking about cycling after meeting a friend of a friend (Rachael Spiewak) who was then executive director of Sopo bike cooperative (sopobikes.org) in East Atlanta. I’m not sure if she tried to convince me to consider it, or if she just talked about it around me and made it sound so badass that I wanted to get involved. Then she and the amazing ladies at Sopo’s Women and Trans Clinic helped me fix up an old pink Huffy, and I was on my way. James: I started riding a bike as a little kid and soon associated my bicycle with fun and freedom. My bike was my vehicle to everything I wanted to do. Aaron: first starting biking as a child, but I picked it up again as an adult when I begin riding with my son who was training for a bike ride across Georgia. Since then, I’ve

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 enjoyed all the health benefits of biking (weight loss, stronger heart, feeling better in general) and made new friends in the biking community along the way. It motivated me to ask others to join in the fun, which led to the idea for my “Living Smarter” initiative-a citywide effort to help Atlanta become a more active, healthier, and greener place to live. What’s the one bike improvement you’d like to see in Atlanta? Ben: I’ve got three. The City of Atlanta, and Fulton and DeKalb Counties all need to pass and implement Complete Streets policies (completestreets.org) to ensure that Atlanta roads are designed with everyone (including cyclists, pedestrians, transit users) in mind – not just cars. The region’s voters ought to pass the Regional Transportation Referendum (atlantaregionalroundtable.com) in July


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against them and managed to finish ahead of half of them. But only half. In a few weeks you will be running your 22nd Boston Marathon, which is widely considered the Big Kahuna of marathons because it requires qualifying. I went to school in Boston and loved watching the marathon each year. How good does it feel coming over Heartbreak Hill and know that you are in such better shape than the doughy college kids? If the wee hammer gnomes don’t pounce all over your quads on the downhill by Boston College, it’s going to be a good day. If the gnomes find you, it can get ugly fast, and all you want to do is turn the doughy BC college kids into pizzas. Pass the hot peppers.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The Aflac Cancer Center recently announced that Britney Eyster, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.N., and Kim Metzler, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.O.N., have been presented with the Laura Snitzer-Boozer Nursing Award. The award honors nurses who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in pediatric cancer care and provides financial support for continued education in the field of oncology.  William T. Moore, chief executive officer of Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, was installed as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association at the association’s recent annual convention in Atlanta. He succeeds 2011 Chairman Lance B. Duke, president and chief executive officer of The Medical Center in Columbus. HomeAid Atlanta’s 2012 Essentials for Young Lives Drive will be held April 30 to May 7. The drive is a communitywide effort to collect “essentials” such as diapers, baby wipes, baby food and formula for homeless infants and toddlers in metro Atlanta. All donated items will be distributed to local shelters serving homeless mothers and their babies.  For more

information, including drop-off locations, visit homeaidatlanta.org or call (678) 775-1401. Fulton County has opened the Springdale Place Comprehensive Services Center for Homeless Women with Children. The county is working with other community partners to provide education and life skills programs to help homeless mothers to reach housing stability and self-sufficiency. Springdale Place includes a childcare facility, a WIC office, Workforce Development programs, and a medical exam room and health consultation area. Women with children can stay up to 120 calendar days in the 125-bed assessment area and for up to 7 months in the 25-bed transitional component. For more information, call (404) 613-0412. Atlanta Medical Center is the 2012 recipient of the Georgia Coverdell Champion Hospital of the Year Award, in the large hospital category (350+ beds), from the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry. The award recognizes AMC’s success in implementing quality performance measures proven to improve outcomes and the hospital’s commitment to bettering stroke care across the state by sharing information and best practices with other Georgia hospitals. The data provided

is from 2011, and it is the second year in a row AMC is the recipient in the large hospital category. Georgians who are deaf or hard of hearing (from 1 percent hearing loss to profound deafness) can now obtain a new amplified cordless phone for free thanks to Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired, Inc., the statewide nonprofit that provides a variety of assistive services to the deaf and hard of hearing. The Clarity XLC3.4 amplifies incoming sounds up to 50 decibels. The device is also helpful to people with low vision and Arthritis and it boosts outgoing speech up to 15 decibels, making communication much easier for people who have trouble hearing and speaking loudly. For more information, call GATEDP at 1-888-297-9461 or visit gachi.org/gatedp

Runs & Walks The Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool Beat the Street for Little Feet 5K is Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. at Coan Park, 1520 Woodbine Ave. Registration is $25 for the 5K until April 12 and $30 after. Register at active.com.

Atlanta Girls on The Run 5K is Saturday, April 28, 8 a.m. at the Westside Shopping Center, 3517 Northside Parkway. The event celebrates 10 years of the nonprofit organization that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and health lifestyles through running. General registration is $25. Register at active.com. The Energy for Life Walkathon is Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. rain or shine (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.) at Centennial Olympic Park. Sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, the event raise funds for research towards a cure for mitochondrial disease. Walkers of all ages are invited to participate. To register visit, energyforlifewalk.org/Atlanta. Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) invites runners, walkers and even strollers to its first ever Run with the Wolves 5K, 1 Mile and Health Fair on Saturday, April 14, at the school’s middle campus located in Ormewood Park. Event day registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 5k and 1 mile starting at 8:30 a.m. A Health Fair is from 9 a.m. to noon, and open to the general public. All pre-registered runners receive an event t-shirt. Register at active.com.


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Friendly rivalry showcased during BeltLine 5K The Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5K – set for Saturday, April 28 – will feature a fun challenge between the Atlanta Police and Fire Department. The face-off is actually a rematch from last year’s friendly challenge, which resulted in a victorious APD. Upping the ante this

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year, Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and Police Chief George Turner have committed to running in support of their respective departments. Presented by Internal Date Resources, the Northside 5K will begin and end in the scenic Tanyard Creek Park and cross through Howard and Ardmore Parks and along streets in Collier Hills, Collier Hills North, and the Ardmore Park neighborhoods. Last year’s Northside 5K also featured a fun Media Challenge, where CBS Atlanta’s Katie Brace took first place. Media are invited to participate again this year. Interested members of the media should contact Dan Popovic at popovic@mindspring.com. The public is also invited to participate, but the race will be capped at 700 participants, so register early at Run.BeltLine.org because there will be no race day registration.

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Pet Pick Suave is pleading with everyone he sees to take him home, but he just doesn’t know yet that he is waiting on you! He is an adorable 5 year old schnauzer who loves to play and take short walks on beautiful days. Suave can be adopted at PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035. For more about PAWS and its programs, visit pawsatlanta.org

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Pet Parade 2012 - A Walk for Animals will be held Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon at Central Park. The 22nd annual event benefits the Atlanta Humane Society. Pet owners and pet lovers of all ages are invited to participate. There is a registration fee for the walk, but admission is free for all other activities. atlantapetparade.org

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The Whole Dog Market has opened its second location at 985 Monroe Drive, across from Piedmont Park. The shop offers retail goods for pets and a selfserve dog wash. doguroo.com CityDog Market is celebrating its 4th anniversary on Saturdays month with a number of special events. There will be a sidewalk sale on April 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a visit from the King of Pops and Lick A Lot for an ice cream social on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a Paw-casso to Woof-All Art Event where pets and kids can make art on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and free training and treats from Jabula Dog Academy on April 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. citydogmarket.com.

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2012 Pet CotiLLion, MaY 6 Raising funds for PALS, crowning “SpokesPet”

Piedmont Bark will host the 2012 Pet Cotillion, an annual benefit for Pets are Loving Support (PALS). The Pet Cotillion is now open for cats and dogs and voting has begun. The fundraising is fun and simple as all dogs and cats can easily be entered by their owners visiting the PALS website, palsatlanta. org , and uploading a photo. Once registered, each animal competes by raising funds through on-line donations for PALS. Votes are $1 each and can be cast as many times as desired. The

animal that raises the most money will be crowned the “2012 PALS SpokesPet” during the Pet Cotillion taking place at Piedmont Bark on Sunday, May 6. “We are really looking forward to this year’s Pet Cotillion, “ said William Campbell owner of Piedmont Bark. “Last year’s SpokesPet was Noodle, a fun-loving mixed-breed who raised over $3,000. In total I am pleased to say that the 2011 Cotillion raised $14,000 for PALS.” Tickets to attend the 2012 Pet Cotillion at Piedmont Bark are $20 for general admission and $75 for VIP. Guests will not only enjoy a fun time with their furry friend, but also cocktails provided by Diageo Pride 365 and bites courtesy of Dennis Dean Catering. Tickets are available in advance through palsatlanta.org, or the day of the event. Doors open at 3 p.m. and Piedmont Bark is located at 501 Amsterdam Avenue in the Amsterdam Walk Shopping Center. For more information call (404) 873-5400.





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Bumblebee Press

A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell April 3, 1936: The Atlanta Kennel Club opened its doors in the spacious Lullwater Building on West Peachtree. The club, organized in December 1899, was for breeders of purebred dogs in the Atlanta vicinity. The club is still thriving today. April 10, 1890: Priced at $13,500, the two and seventh-eight acres tract between Butler, Pratt, College and Jenkins streets was the original site selected for the new Grady Hospital. L.P. Grant, the owner, of the property, donated $1,000 from the purchase price to the hospital fund. Massachusetts Architect E. C. Gardner said his preliminary drawings for the administrative building were in the Tuscan style. In December the cornerstone was laid in a Masonic ceremony.

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Julie Franklin has a pioneer spirit. The moment she picked up her first letterpress card in the early 90’s, she was hooked. As she shared with me in a recent interview, “It

was so special- the words and images danced off the page. And the paper was thick and yummy.” She had found her calling. The only thing was Julie was a bit ahead of her time. When she bought her first letterpress machine in 1995, people in her city of Atlanta didn’t understand the appeal. Through various trade shows and hard work, she amassed a steady client base from California and New York. As she shared, “I had high school textbooks from the 20’s and I taught myself.” Now, over 17 years later, letterpress has gained a strong following nationwide. Most of her clients are now locally based and loving all the pretty and smart designs she has to offer. Julie’s company, Bumblebee Press is currently located in the Inman Park section of Atlanta. She specializes in custom letterpress for stationery, invitations, weddings, events and branding. The texture and visual appeal of a letterpress card is undeniable- and it’s the perfect creative touch to add to your special occasion. Julie relishes the chance to collaborate with designers to create custom looks, but also designs on her own. No matter the project, her favorite part is delving into ideas or styles that are novel and a little challenging. Julie’s studio is an incredible space. Once a grocery store from the 1920’s, much of the original brick is exposed and the space is bright and welcoming. She currently has four automatic letterpress machines, the earliest dating back to the 1930’s. If you live in or around Atlanta, stop by and say hey to Julie. With retail offerings in the front of the studio, her door is always open and her smile never far away. She’s a Southern girl through and through, with a heart of gold and a true passion and care for her craft. Thanks for sharing Julie! Visit Bumblebee Press in Inman Park at 1025 Edgewood Avenue NE, by appointment, or at bumblebeepress.com.

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April 23, 1913: The Atlanta Federal Penitentiary was the venue for Enrico Caruso’s private performance for hundreds of inmates. The Metropolitan Opera’s legendary Italian tenor was headquartered at the Georgian Terrace Hotel during the city’s 1913 opera season. Accompanying Caruso was his friend baseball hero Ty Cobb. Caruso sang “O Paradiso,” from Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine”; Tosti’s ballad, “Idealle,” and “Ridi Pagliacci.” Convict # 4435 Julian Hawthorne, the son of writer Nathaniel, hosted the Wednesday afternoon event. He was serving time for mail fraud. April 10, 1923: Adair Realty and Trust Company with offices in the Healey Building placed an ad in local newspapers. It featured a rendering of Hentz, Reid & Adler Architects soon-to-be-completed 696 Peachtree Apartments. Frank Adair launched the construction site in September 1922 at the southwest corner of Peachtree and Sixth streets. Because of demand, he rushed the fire-proof, steel and reinforced concrete five-story building to completion. New to Atlanta’s rental market was the small apartment concept with hotel service. Today it is called Manor House and is located at 826 Peachtree Street. April 15, 1912: Pike County native Jacques “Jack” Futrelle met his tragic but noble death on the Titanic. He married his Atlanta sweetheart Lillie May Peel Futrelle in the city’s Fourth Ward on July 17, 1895. Rescued by the Carpathia, May lived until 1967. She begged Jack to get into one of the lifeboats, later recalling their last moments. “Hurry up, May. You’re keeping the others waiting,” he said. “You have two children, May, go to them.” For over 100 years, a bronze memorial plaque to Jacques Futrelle has hung on the walls of the Capital City Club. April 18, 1912: Officers of the Atlanta Woman’s Club met at the Georgian Terrace Hotel with other representatives of the Atlanta Federation of Women’s Clubs. The purpose was to express sympathy and offer financial aid to survivors of the ill-fated Titanic. A new book entitled A Light on Peachtree: A History of the Atlanta Woman’s Club documents the role and rise of these “gentlewomen” in the development and identity of Atlanta from 1895 through its present-day philanthropic contributions. Copies of the book may be pre-ordered from Mercer University Press and Amazon.com. The book will be introduced and offered for sale at the Atlanta Woman’s Club’s Annual Spring Tea and Open House on Sunday, April 15, 2-5 p.m., and author Anne B. Jones and photographer Aryc W. Mosher will be available for signings. April 28, 1970: David Merrick’s Broadway musical Hello, Dolly with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman opened at the Atlanta Civic Center. Tony Award winner Pearl Bailey played the leading role as Dolly Levi in the all-black version co-starring Cab Calloway as Horace Vandergilder. Calloway began gracing the old Atlanta Auditorium stage back in the 1930s and 1940s. Gower Champion directed and choreographed the production.


Living by Giving

Atlanta Hawks Outreach Program

Kate Atwood

The Sport of Giving Back April is often rated the best month for sports. Best or not, it certainly is one of the busiest. From college basketball’s Final Four to professional golf’s Masters Tournament to Major League Baseball’s opening day, sports fan have the best weeks ahead this month. I’m here to say to those fanatics, it’s not all about watching. Sports are some of the biggest philanthropic activities that exist in our communities. From running a race to rooting on your favorite team, sports is a great way to give back. Here are a few ways you can use your affinity for athletics to help others in the community. Play Today, rarely do you see a sport competition that is offered in our community that doesn’t have a charitable aspect to it. From a 5K road race to golf, there is a full spectrum of activity waiting for you to sign-up to participate and donate. I’m already signed up for three this month. To register for an event or find tools to fundraise for your recreational activities, visit ActiveGiving.com.

Coach If a sideline approach is more your style, I encourage you to think about becoming a coach at a local YMCA. With summer programs being finalized, there are many youth organizations that are looking for volunteers for coaches in all sports including baseball and swimming. You don’t just have to watch the medal ceremonies this summer on television; you can be a part of one right here in Atlanta. For coaching opportunities check out Metro Atlanta YMCA’s website at YMCAatlanta.org. Cheerlead Although our favorite teams aren’t on the court all year long, often their community outreach is. A lot of coaches and athletes from Atlanta’s own professional teams spend time in their respective off-seasons volunteering and contributing to projects in our schools and youth organizations. In 2011, the Atlanta Hawk’s Foundation contributed $50,000 to Georgia State University for a scholarship program to support incoming first-year students. You can support these Foundations just by being

a fan, by making a financial contribution or by attending one of their special events such as the Atlanta Hawk’s Foundation Casino night in April. For more information on these Foundations, visit the community section of your favorite team’s website:

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Lego journals A cool project from Danny Seo’s book, Upcycling

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Win this Danny stopped by the INtown office last month and was excited to share some projects from his new book in this 6th Annual Green Issue. He is also giving a few books away to lucky readers - become an INtown Facebook fan and you could win this month! Don’t miss another project for kids on page 27 and one for your home on page 60.


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Brick by Brick

LEGOLAND now open at Phipps Plaza

By Tina Chadwick

The King and Queen buildings in LEGOS.

I was expecting a glorified store. Not in a bad way, but just thinking the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead would be a neat store with a few things you could play with – maybe some of the toys unwrapped and a few bins of LEGO bricks scattered about to get you in the mood to buy some of the surrounding walls of enticing LEGO worlds you could build. But once you cross the entrance, you are immersed in the world of LEGO. The first door leads to a windowless brightlystyled room akin to the first room entered when the kids visited Wonka’s factory. My 5-year old daughter, Elizabeth, and I were greeted by a “Master Builder” who had a hand in crafting all of the structures we were about to see within. Okay, Okay, my anticipation was peaking and I felt myself giving over to the same excitement I saw reflected in Elizabeth’s eyes. We were led into a scaled down LEGO factory to learn some quick facts about LEGO production - all through touch and learn machines that are something straight from Seuss. We measured how tall we were in LEGO bricks, how much we weighed in LEGO bricks and then, we all got our commemorative

building piece before the next leg of our journey. The ride. Yes, ride – as in sit in a car and the bar lowers. “Kingdom Quest” is where you’re issued a laser-pointed gun to destroy trolls and capture the princess. When the ride is over, you get your score and a chance to buy a photo of you and your party in action. At this point I couldn’t tell who was 5-years old and who was 44 anymore – I was having kid-style fun. The next room opened into a MINICITY of Atlanta’s famous landmarks built entirely of LEGO bricks – Stone Mountain, Braves and Falcons Stadiums, The Fox – and a Delta LEGO plane circled it all. I could have spent more time appreciating the detail here but my “younger self ” was pulling me to the next room’s noises. We stepped into the giant playroom. Not anemic bins of LEGO bricks, but a big space filled with LEGO figures, playgrounds, another ride and a true 4D Cinema, which is really good family fun – and you do get a little wet! Before I give away all the secrets and surprises of LEGOLAND, I’ll stop and quote Elizabeth: “Mommy, we went everywhere in LEGOLAND today – a castle, a tiny city like ours, a playground and the movies!”

High Museum gets the LEGO treatment. Then, she fell asleep in the car on the way home. It’s a fun afternoon away from the world, right in the middle of it. My advice: Go! LEGOLAND tickets and info are available at atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

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Going to camp –naturally

Pots-andpans robots

Summer Camp at Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture

See pages 24 and 60 for more projects from Danny Seo’s book, Upcycling

SUPPLIES: Mix of old pots and pans, mixing bowls, candlesticks, nuts and bolts, springs, and anything else you can find; hot glue gun and E-6000 glue.

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HOW TO: Play around with the parts to bring something inanimate to life.• Try candlesticks for legs, a small pot overturned to make a hat, a lid inverted into the pot so you can stack and glue something on top. • When you’re happy with the design, glue the core pieces together with E-6000 glue and allow them to dry overnight. • Add eyes, a nose, a mouth, tail, or whatever else you want by hot-gluing them right into place.

There’s a thriving garden right in the middle of the Old Fourth Ward, which is part of The Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. The property has been transformed with raised beds filled with turnips, arugula and a variety of vegetables and flowers. There are many opportunities to learn and benefit, like their markets and classes. Coming soon is a summer camp for youth ages 6-14. Campers experience days with butterflies, chickens, vegetables, flowers and learning about stewardship and principles of sustainability. The website describes the camp as including, “every day farm activities, including planting and harvesting, composting, ‘trashless’ lunch days, games, art and more.” For more information, visit trulylivingwell.com or call Amakiasu Shabaka Ford at (678) 662-9225.


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the Studio ARTS & CULTURE

By Collin Kelley, Editor Spring has sprung, which means Intown’s festival season begins in earnest with six big events in April alone. We’ll be providing previews of the various festivals through the summer, so follow us on Twitter for more!

The 2nd annual Salsa Festival Atlanta will take place Sunday, April 1, from noon to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station. The daylong will celebrate all-things Caribbean with live salsa music by popular artists, dance exhibitions and competitions. There will also be sponsor displays with free product samples, authentic Latin and international foods and Atlanta’s best salseros. For more, visit SalsaFestATL.com.

The 76 annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be held April 20 – 22 at Piedmont Park. Virtually every type of art is represented at the festival, along with live music, a kid’s village with entertainment and activities and the EcoVillage with demonstrations and exhibitors. And there will be plenty of food available, too, including funnel cakes, gyros, crab cakes, onion rings, kettle corn and much more. Also returning this year is the International Village with cultural performances from around the globe and “edutainment” booths. La Fête, an evening ticketed party held on Friday, April 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., will launch the International Village. If you need more food, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion will be open Saturday and Sunday. The Pavilion pairs fare from top local restaurants with wines and beers in a comfortable, private setting. Tickets to Friends of Dogwood can be purchased in advance at dogwood.org. Musical acts scheduled to perform include 3052 Dub Collective, Charlie Wayne Watson, Arena Sound, and many th

more. Dog Lovers can check out the Disc Dog Exhibition in the meadow on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking will be limited in the Sage Deck and there will no parking allowed in the surrounding neighborhoods, so take MARTA to the Midtown station, walk or bike. Absolutely no pets will be allowed in the park during the festival except for those involved in the Disc Dog event.

UPCOMING EVENTS www.music.gsu.edu

Last year’s inaugural Festival on Ponce was such a success that the organizers have created spring and fall versions to accommodate interested artists and vendors. The spring festival dates April 14-15 (fall dates are Sept. 15-16 if you want to mark your calendar) and will once again take place in the Olmstead Linear Park along Ponce de Leon Avenue. Visitors will enjoy fine art and crafts, folk and “outsider” art, a children’s area and local food and beverage. There will also be live music and entertainment and the food trucks will be back, so come hungry. Trucks expected this year are Yumbii, Tex Tacos, C&J Woodfired Pizza, Williams Bros. Barbeque, King of Pops, Moosehead Kettle Corn and Granny’s Lemonade. For a full line-up of artists and events, visit festivalonponce.com or find the A R T S & C U L T U event R E on Facebook.

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Le nozze di Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro Carroll Freeman, artistic/stage director Daniel Solberg & Rolando Salazar, musical directors University Symphony Orchestra Michael Palmer, conductor


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Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing Company will host the annual SweetWater 420 Fest April 20 – 22 at Candler Park. This year’s event will once again be three days to accommodate more bands, comedy acts and more time to drink beer. Scheduled to perform over the weekend: Maceo Parker, Perpetual Groove, Donna the Buffalo, The Mickey Hart Band featuring Dave Schools, Soulive, Anders Osborne, The Lee Boys, Floodwood featuring Members of Moe, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Sol Driven Train, Cadillac Jones, Smokey’s Farmland Band, Cherry Royale, Like a Locamotive and the Music Matters Rock you Kids Band. The Relapse Comedy Tent will feature stand-up comedians and improv groups from local theater companies, while kids will have their own area with activities and entertainment. The Artist’s Market will feature local artists and crafters selling and exhibiting everything from jewelry to handmade toys and candles. The annual SweetWater 5K Race to benefit the Chandler Park Neighborhood Association will be held on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. To register, visit candlerpark.org/420 For more information about the festival, visit sweetwater420fest.com.

The 41st annual Inman Park Festival will celebrate more than four decades of art, merriment, food and wacky parades on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year’s parade – with floats, bands, local nonprofits and residents – will be on Saturday and steps-off at 2 p.m. (rain or shine) from near Krog Street and continues up Edgewood and Euclid to Austin Avenue. There will also be two days of live music on three stages, a Kidzone at Springvale Park, a dance festival at the Trolley Barn and food of all kinds from local restaurants. The annual Tour of Homes will also take place that weekend. See Page 57 for details. Parking for the festival will be nearly nonexistent, so visitors are strongly encouraged to take Marta to the Inman Park station, bike or walk to the festival. For more, visit inmanparkfestival.org

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The event it set for Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive. The festival is open to the public and admission is $1 (free for children 5 and younger). Local restaurants, merchants and artists will be selling meals, Arabic products, and art pieces. Tickets will be available for purchase to participate in crafts, games and other fun activities. Music, folk dancing, a fashion show, storytelling are also planned for the weekend. Visit alifinstitute.org for more information.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums Vivian Maier: Photographs: This exhibit at Jackson Fine Art showcases photography by Vivian Maier (1926-2009), who has been compared to the greatest street photographers in the canon of art history. Closes April 7. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com House and Home: This domicile-themed exhibit at MudFire Clayworks & Gallery features works that express the artists’ concepts of house, home, shelter, nesting or dwelling places. Closes April 8. Admission is free. mudfire.com Roots: This photography exhibition at One Twelve Gallery features botanical-themed works by Atlanta artists Susannah Masarie, Gail Des Jardin and Cindy Sheffield Michaels. Closes April 22. Admission is free. onetwelvegallery.com The Sacred Round: Mandalas by the Patients of Carl Jung: Oglethorpe University Museum of Art exhibits 40 original mandalas created by Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s patients during their treatments between 1926 and 1945. Open Tuesday through Sunday. $5. oglethorpe.edu/arts The Quiet Sickness: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America: This exhibit at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum features work by Earl Dotter, an award-winning photojournalist with a lifelong commitment to documenting American workers. Open weekdays. Free. cdc.gov/museum The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps: The works in this exhibit at The Breman Jewish Museum are physical manifestations of the art of gaman, a Japanese word that means to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience. Closed Saturday. $4 to $12. thebreman.org Color Wheels: This quirky and playful exhibit at The Defoor Centre features works depicting creatures, flowers and mesmerizing dreamland subjects. Open weekdays. Admission is free. defoorcentre.com Stories in Form: Chair Design by the Portfolio Center: The chairs in this exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) were created by Portfolio Center students who were challenged to create a chair by means of design process that combines inspiration from a historical period with personal experience. Closed Monday. $5 to $10. museumofdesign.org

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and musical direction by legendary producer T Bone Burnett. Opens April 4. $45 to $85. alliancetheatre.org The Night of the Iguana: Theater Emory celebrates the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Williams’ birth with the legendary playwright’s hugely entertaining and powerful 1961 Broadway hit, performed at Emory’s Munroe Theatre at the Dobbs University Center. April 5 through April 15. $15 to $40. theater.emory.edu Much Ado About Nothing: Presented by Atlanta Shakespeare Company at the New American Shakespeare Tavern, Shakespeare’s second-most famous “battle of the sexes” play tells the love stories of Benedick and Beatrice and Claudio and Hero. April 5 through April 29. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Titanic: Featuring a beautiful score and acclaimed lyrics, this musical at Fabrefaction Theatre pulls the audiences into a wave of drama, heartbreak, love and hope. April 12 through April 29. $18 to $27. fabrefaction.org Auntie Mame: Presented by The Process Theatre at OnStage Atlanta, this story follows the sparkling, scatterbrained and warm-hearted Auntie Mame as she brightens the American landscape with her whimsical gaiety, slightly madcap adventures and devotion to her young nephew. Opens April 13. $10 to $17. theprocesstheatre.org Michael J. Miles: Celebrated banjo player Michael J. Miles takes a journey into Americana at this outdoor concert at the Ferst Center for the Arts featuring music and written works by Pete Seeger, Carl Sandburg, Woody Guthrie, Walt Whitman, Johann Sebastian Bach and others. April 13. Free! Call for reservations. ferstcenter.gatech.edu Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro: Plots and subplots, mix-ups and fix-ups, and cat-calls and pratfalls abound in this opera by Mozart, a delightful mix of infectious, instantly recognizable melodies and bawdy humor, presented by the Georgia State University School of Music at the Rialto Center for the Arts. April 13 through April 15. $14 to $51. music.gsu.edu Keyboard Conversations: Russian Rapture: Pianist Jeffrey Siegel’s popular concert series returns to the Morris and Rae Frank Theatre at the MJCCA with this performance featuring the soaring melodies and sumptuous sonorities of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. April 15. $20 to $25. atlantajcc.org

Peter Pan: This new musical adaptation of the story for everyone who is young at heart soars onto the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Opens April 3. $16.50. puppet.org

Winner, The Story of You: Every night a new audience member will be pulled on stage at Dad’s Garage to have his or her life story told from infancy to adulthood. Opens April 19. $6 to $23. dadsgarage.com

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County: This World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre is a haunting Southern gothic musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, book by Stephen King,

Atlanta Balalaika Society Concert: This concert at the Church of the New Covenant features the Atlanta Balalaika Society orchestra, one of the most highly regarded orchestras of Russian folk

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instruments outside of Russia. April 22. Donations encouraged. atlantabalalaika.com Les Misérables: Presented by Broadway Across America at The Fabulous Fox Theatre, this 25th anniversary production of the legendary musical features glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. April 24 through April 29. $25 to $65. broadwayacrossamerica.com Copenhagen: This Tony Award-winning play at the Academy Theatre is about the final conversation between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, after which they never spoke again. Opens April 27. $15 .academytheatre.org Don Giovanni: Presented by The Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Mozart’s opera tells of the devious schemes and hijinks of history’s most beguiling scoundrel, Don Juan. Opens April 28. $25 to $140. atlantaopera.org

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Pictures at an Exhibition: Modest Mussorgsky composed “Pictures at an Exhibition” in memory of his good friend, artist and architect Viktor Hartmann. The Georgia Philharmonic presents the suite at this concert at the Conant Performing Arts Center. April 28. $10 to $26. georgiaphilharmonic.org Speed-the-Plow: This play at Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is a behind-the-scenes story of handshaking, deal-breaking, backstabbing and moviemaking as only Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet can tell it. Closes April 29. $10 to $25. pnotheatre.org

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The Remarkable Farkle McBride: In this orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s spellbinding children’s book, presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a fickle yet lovable child prodigy brings the sounds and rhythms of an orchestra to sprawling visual life. April 29. $15 to $20. atlantasymphony.org.

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April 5 Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape Church, contributor to The Secret book and frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, joins theologian Andrew Cohen to discuss the life, work and practical mysticism of philosopher and theologian Howard Thurman. Mysticism: Timeless, Relevant & Modern, a program of the MLK International Chapel, will be held at 7 p.m. at the MLK Chapel at Morehouse College, 830 Westview Drive. Free.   mlkchapel.org

as well as a live performance by Enzo Clown to entertain kids and grown-ups alike. Bring your Easter basket and your camera. Egg hunts will be held by age group: newborn to age 3 at 11:45 a.m.; ages 4-6 at 11:30 a.m.; and ages 7 and up at 11:455 a.m. Tickets are $10 online at callanwolde.org or $12 at the door. Free parking and shuttle bus service begins at 9:30 at Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road, one-half mile north of Callanwolde.

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On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest and most iconic ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. A century later on April 6, RMS Titanic, Inc. will pay tribute to the legendary story when it opens Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Atlantic Station. This unique experience will feature more than 200 artifacts, 100 recently conserved and displayed for the first time. Through these advanced conservation efforts, the Georgia exhibition will also unveil new findings that help piece together untold stories of Titanic’s passengers and crew, which were once thought to be lost with great ocean liner. Tickets range from $16 to $30 and are available at TitanicAtlanta.com.

April 7

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host the annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, 980 Briarcliff Road. The hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden “prize” eggs), Atlanta Braves games and prizes, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be baked goods for sale, arts and crafts for kids,

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April 14

Can you imagine using a steamroller as a printing press? Well, it’s happening Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Print Big 2012 at Atlanta Printmakers Studio – the only non-profit organization of its kind in the southeast. Watch as 10 groups of artists, including students from University of Georgia, SCADAtlanta, Grady and Chamblee High Schools, University of West Georgia, Atlanta University Center, North Georiga College and Kennesaw State University ink up giant images carved into 4x8 foot woodblocks and then run over them with a steamroller to produce amazing prints. The themes of the prints celebrate books and reading. Activities include handson printmaking, studio tours, poetry slam, story-time characters, food, music and more. 675 Metropolitan Parkway. atlantaprintmakersstutio.org. Fernbank Museum’s 3rd annual Dinosaur Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 7, starting at 9 a.m. for a day of activities including timed egg hunts, games with the Radio Disney AM590 Street Team, an inflatable slide, a walk-around dinosaur mascot and more. Registration is required and space is limited. Visit fernbankmuseum.org for ticket information and schedule of events.

April 14

The Planting Seeds of Hope Gala, an evening to benefit the Albert T. Mills Enrichment Centesr will be held at The Stove Works in Inman Park on Saturday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. There will be a catered dinner by Figs and Honey, live entertainment, and a silent auction to include unique pieces of art, jewelry, spa treatments, an outfitters package, a weekend get-away and much more. Pastor Rosa Colbert-Arnold will talk about the creation of the organization and there will be former alumni as guest speakers. Tickets start at $75. Parking is free. atmills.org.

April 19

Skyland Trail, an Atlanta based nonprofit that serves those with mental illness, will hold its annual Southern Shindig benefit on Thursday, April 19, at The Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Ave. in Inman Park. Enjoy food and beverages while listening to Yacht Rock Revue. $75 for individual ticket or $120 for two tickets. skylandtrail.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia will hold the annual MOCA GALA Art Auction 2012 on Saturday, April 21, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its exhibition galleries at 75 Bennett Street in Buckhead. This year’s honorees are art supporters Carolyn and Gudmund Vigtel. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, buffet dinner and opening of silent auction. A live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $150 per person. mocaga.org

April 28

Night of Spectacles will be held Saturday, April 28, at Buckhead Theatre to raise money for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, which provides funding for uninsured Georgians to receive sightsaving eye surgeries, eye glasses and eye exams. The evening will include a fashion runway show, silent and live auctions and catered reception. Tickets are $100 to $500. For details and to busy tickets, visit nightofspectacles.org.

April 28

Cool Girls will celebrate 23 years of transforming lives with their signature Cool Girls Become Cool Women Hot Pink Party on Saturday, April 28, 7 p.m. at the Georgia Aquarium’s Oceans Ballroom. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, their signature cooltini, a silent and live auction, and an awards ceremony that will honor Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans as the Cool Women of the Year. Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam will receive the Pink Empowerment Award for being an inspirational leader and role model to young girls in Atlanta. All proceeds will go directly into Cool Girls’ award-winning programs, which have a proven record of success for helping Atlanta’s low-income girls break the cycles of poverty and achieve their dreams. Tickets are $100 to $200 and available at thecoolgirls.org.

April 19

El Dia de Los Ninos, the 6th annual silent auction and celebration to benefit Quality Care for Children, will be held Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Summerour Studio with Sandra Deal, Georgia’s First Lady, serving as the event’s honorary chair. Tickets to the event are $125 each and can be purchased online at QualityCareforChildren.org. KeepitINtown.com

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The Great Locomotive Chase Weekend rolls into town April 12-15 to mark the historical event and the film that inspired it. Union soldiers commandeered The General planning to stop along the vital rail route to tear up the track to prevent further use of it by the Confederate Army. Rebel soldiers used another locomotive, The Texas, to pursue The General. Events during the commemorative weekend will include a re-premiere of the 1956 film The Great Locomotive Chase, historic Marietta Trolley Tours, live music and much more. For a complete listing of events, times and locations, visit MariettaCivilWar.com.


There’s always something happening in Athens, whether its sports at the University of Georgia, a festival or great live music from the home of REM and The B-52s. The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau is encouraging a weekend away with a two-day Athens Music Walking Tour. Stops along the walk include Weaver D’s Fine Foods (which inspired REM’s album Automatic for the People), the new Terrapin Brewery, shopping at iconic downtown stores Wuxtry Records and Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother and catching an evening concert at legendary 40 Watt Club. For more, check out visitathensga.com.



Head south to Mobile’s annual Arts Alive festival on April 13-15, which offers a variety of experiences, interactive and hands-on activities. Theater, film, visual, music and dance are all represented, featuring local and regional talent. cityofmobile.org. 4)


Mark your calendar for May 4-6 for the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival. The 8th annual event is held on the Town Green, 3142 Hill St. Events include the Friday night Barefoot Carnevale gala, a juried fine arts market, children’s art area, live performances, beer garden, wine tasting, food and more. barefootinthepark.org.



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The annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival is April 21-22 featuring a weekend of art and blue grass music on the historic courthouse square. A juried artist’s marketplace features traditional mountain art and crafts. Extensive music workshops, a Sunday morning Gospel Jam, a street dance, a live auction, children’s activities, a heritage center demonstrating mountain traditions, and of course, food, complete the offerings, making Bear on the Square the perfect outing for the whole family. dahlonega.org


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Curtain’s Up at the Green Room Actor’s Lounge By Osayi Endolyn When you walk into The Green Room Actor’s Lounge, your first thought might be, Ah, of course – you really are in a green room. The interior space is painted a warm, soft shade that glows under a balanced mix of track and ambient lighting. And the lounge is just that – a welcoming space with an assortment of worn, vintage furniture and modern accoutrements. It’s like walking into a friend’s house where they inherited grandma’s living room sofa, but also shop at Ikea. You almost expect to hear “Perry Mason” playing in the background. And yet as obvious as it may seem to have a lounge feel, well, lounge-ish, The Green Room is still full of unexpected surprises. Straddling the fence between coffee destination and creative sanctuary, this young Buckhead business has brought a different tone to typical Bennett Street fare, in an effort to reach out to Atlanta’s growing film and television community. Founded in 2011 by actress Terri J. Vaughn of Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Daddy’s Little Girls, the space serves as place where emerging actors can hone their craft. Vaughn has referenced her time in Hollywood as inspiration, saying on the store’s website that she wants local talent to “feel that sense of camaraderie” some actors

experience while working in Los Angeles. If actors intend to read through scripts, find information or just take a latte break from it all, The Green Room will not only serve its purpose but even attract those who’ve never been on an audition, but still need an office recess. And even though faded furniture and freshly-made coffee are available for everyone, the space is clearly intended for burgeoning performers. The lounge has been divided into three intimate, yet separate spaces: bookstore, event stage and dining area. The bookstore offers a range of industry titles, including Samuel French publications for the theatrically inclined, biographies and memoirs, as well as classic works on creative development like The Artist’s Way. Events vary from acting and dancing classes for adults and children, to vocal training and open mic performances. One of the first things actors learn is that not everyone can be a star. But, with the diverse array of plays, stories, photos and personalities found at The Green Room, hanging out at the actors lounge can certainly make you feel like you’re on your way to becoming one. For more information, visit thegreenroomactorslounge.com.

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And ... they’re off! I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… I can always tell when “festival season” begins in Atlanta because I start sneezing, my car acquires a nice coating of yellow dust if it so much as dares to venture outside for five minutes, and I start sneak eating chocolate bunnies. The fact that I have a black car in Atlanta is a dead giveaway that I wasn’t born here. But between Claritin and car washes I get excited by all there is to do in my adopted homeland. The sun is shining, bike lanes are busy, chocolate bunnies are on all the shelves and everything is blooming, including art. Even the “ladies who lunch” are busy preparing their enormous chapeaus to rival the best gospel gals to compete in the hat contest at the Atlanta Steeplechase in April. I’m happy that the races include an Artist Market this year so that I don’t have to sneak off to see the horses anymore now that I have an excuse. My mother raised horses until she was 80, so I suspect my clothes may carry the faint aroma of stables, but I don’t mind a bit. Growing up, horses kept mom healthy, happy and busy. Better on their backs than mine. Recently I was told that when I have a huge smile pasted on my face, it’s

suspicious. Like I’m hiding something, or thinking some deep thought, or worst of all scrutinizing the situation at hand while formulating some subversive plot. Probably I’m just thinking of biting the ears off a chocolate bunny, but regardless, I can’t help it. I’m a happy guy, doing what I love to do for a living. Plus, I have a small family of two adorable daughters (one of whom is single and very attractive if you know someone), two grandchildren who are angels and a very large, unwieldy family of artist friends who make my life a living… joy! When the sneezing starts, don’t hide indoors. Do the exact opposite and venture outdoors to enjoy the weather with Claritin in hand, ready to get out of the gate with a good start to enjoy the events and opportunities for artists and art lovers in Atlanta. I’ll see you there. You’ll know me by the huge smile with a little chocolate around the edges. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Contact him at Patrick@affps.com.

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Sculpted Spring Blooms at R. Alexander Gallery 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday 309 East Paces Ferry Rd., #105 Enjoy the sculpted oil floral works of Renea Menzies all month long. It’s free! Website: ralexandergallery.com

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April 14, 2012 “Salvage,” a modern vintage marketplace at Ambient Plus Studio 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 585 Wells St. SW Hosted by the Indie Craft Experience,

expect vintage, retro-inspired crafters showing their repurposed creations. Admission: $5 Web: salvageatl.com

April 14, 2012 Atlanta Steeplechase Artist Market 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kingston Downs, near Rome, GA Admission is $30 for the races, but Artist Market is free to attend. This one day annual event at Kingston Downs includes the races, a hat contest, skydivers, pony rides and more. Website: atlantasteeplechase.org

April 20, 2012 Druid Hills Artist Market 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1410 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE (St. John’s Lutheran Church) The Artist Market is held in conjunction with the Druid Hills Home & Garden Tour. Expect 45 artists and crafters of every type. Free to attend market. Website: druidhills.org

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By Taylor Arnold

With the advent of spring comes warmer weather, longer days, and of course, the reopening of local farmers markets. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the fresh produce and collect some one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, all while supporting your favorite local vendors. This month, Atlanta INtown has compiled a list of our top picks, complete with a breakdown of the best items they carry. Be sure stop by and enjoy the goods! community members to learn about gardening and farming practices. In conjunction with the launch of the urban farm, the Saturday ELF Market will move to the farm’s adjacent grassy lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive. Open Saturdays from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit elfmarket.org.

This year-round market was offering organic produce long before it was trendy. Today the Morningside Famers Market is a staple to the Virginia Highland neighborhood with its endless selection of organic veggies and fresh seasonal flowers. Stop by on Saturday mornings and stock up on fresh bread, hard-to-find herbs and the finest organic produce. Stay for a cooking demo and ask the experts your cooking questions. Open year-round on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Located at 1393 North Highland Ave. For more information visit morningsidemarket.com.

Founded in 2009 with a mission to build community with food, The East Lake Farmers Market (ELF) set up shop in an area of town with some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity. The result is increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables in this underserved corner of Atlanta. This year, ELF was awarded a grant to build an urban farm complete with a space for local community members to learn about gardening and farming practices. In conjunction with the launch of the urban farm, the Saturday ELF Market will move to the farm’s adjacent grassy lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive. Open Saturdays from May through October from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information visit elfmarket.org.

For the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta, look no further than the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip. Everything you’ll find at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market has been grown, raised or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers. Visitors can meet with local farmers, meat and dairy purveyors, chefs and a plethora of artists. Open every Saturday from April 14 to Dec. 15. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon from April through September and 9 a.m. to noon from October through December. Located in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. For more information visit peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

Featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic meats, dairy, eggs and artisan breads, The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market is your one-stop-shop for all things delicious. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, there’s no shortage of handcrafted ice cream and baked goods. Open 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from May 5 through Nov. 17. Located at 561 Flat Shoals Ave. across the street from the Midway Pub. For more information visit farmeav.com.

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Cheese & Crackers

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com A couple months ago, I received a letter in the mail from my mom. Inside were newspaper and magazine clippings that only moms can send. One clipping in particular caught my eye: a new service offered by one of my favorite shops, Star Provisions, called Cheese & Crackers. It’s essentially a cheese of the month club but with a twist – they are all artisanal cheeses from the South. Each month you’ll receive three different locally made, handcrafted cheeses, in varying flavor and texture that equal a pound and a half total. Then different accoutrements are added – such as crackers, jams, honey, nuts – by Cheesemonger in Charge, Tim Gaddis. Each month Tim picks cheeses that are in season and at their peak in terms of flavor and complexity. There’s Green Hill from Sweet Grass Dairy, which is a soft ripened cheese that’s really buttery with fresh milk and mushroom flavors. Then there’s a Kentucky Bleu from Kenny’s Farmhouse with bold and spicy flavors. And an Appalachian cheese from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia that has a nutty and grassy flavor. If you’ve been to Star Provisions in Atlanta, you have probably already fallen in love with their fromagerie. Tim offers approximately 120 cheeses at any one time, with 30 to 40 percent of the cheeses made in the South. Tim knows the importance of locality and reminds me that when you travel to France, to Italy, to Normandy – all the fromageries sell primarily locally made cheeses. Cheese tastes best when it’s fresh, when it doesn’t have to travel far to get to

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your plate. When I asked Tim what cheeses we should look out for in the spring, he immediately mentioned goat cheeses. The goats will have had their kids and have started eating lots of fresh grass and flowers. As Tim shared, “These flavors become really bright and floral.” Two creameries that are currently on his favorite radar right now that are producing really wonderful, small batch cheeses are the Looking Glass Creamery in Fair View, North Carolina and Nature’s Harmony Farm in Elberton, Georgia. In true Star Provisions fashion, there are lots of delicious jams, jellies and honey to choose from, which pair well with all manner of cheeses. Tim shared that he prefers honey with the stronger cheeses to balance the bold and strong with the sweet. Jams do well with the softer cheeses but there are lots of exceptions. As Tim said,

“Cheddar and chutneys are great together.” Mix and match to find your favorites To learn more about Cheese & Crackers memberships, call the Star Provisions. cheese shop at (404) 365-0410, ext, 132. The monthly shipment can be picked up at Star Provisions directly or shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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In an effort to provide the community with access to nutritious food and wellness, the Grant Park Farmers Market has created a gathering place for visitors and vendors alike to share in the benefits of healthy living. Come take part in interactive chef demos and meet the local farmers, food producers, artists, musicians and charitable organizations. The Grant Park Farmers Market reopens on April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Located at the Milledge fountain at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Milledge Avenue. For more information visit grantparkmarket.org.

Piedmont Park has always been a great place to spend a Saturday morning, but now visitors can come to enjoy the Green Market as well. This family-friendly event features locally grown produce, organic meats, cheeses, flowers, baked goods, coffee, tea and plenty of other healthy snacks. They’ve also got kids programs for the little ones and live music and chef demos for the adults. Open Saturday mornings, May 5 through Dec. 8, the Green Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enter through Piedmont Park’s 12th Street entrance gate. For more information visit piedmontpark.org.

Nestled in the heart of Brookhaven is a farmers market that is all about sustainability. Their lineup of vendors includes local family farms and businesses that use only sustainable agricultural methods, ensuring the best food possible for visitors. And the benefit is twofold – local producers and consumers stimulate the local economy while bringing healthy lifestyle choices to the neighborhood. Visitors can stock up on fresh organic produce and dairy products, or indulge in some baked goods and sweet treats. The Brookhaven Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May through December. They are located in the parking lot behind Haven and Valenza restaurants in Brookhaven. For more information visit brookhavenfarmersmarket.com.

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The Read on Mead

Beer’s precursor rediscovered by passionate fans By Osayi Endolyn

Here’s the first thing you need to know about Monks Mead: it ain’t beer. Here’s the second thing you should know: it’s glutenfree, and you won’t miss it. That golden-hued, sparkling beverage, tapped from a keg and weighing in at 12.9 percent is not a Belgian white or a Saison. In fact, the dry, slightly sweet beverage with just enough carbonation to perk things up, is better associated as craft beer’s cousin. But it’s called mead. And it stands alone. At least that’s how Martin Key and Justin Schoendorf, creators of Georgia’s first meadery prefer to think about it. The sentiment is catching on. And new fans are passionate. “We’ve had a couple people turn into instant salesmen,” says Key. “I had one guy at the Buckhead Beer Fest taste our mead. The entire day he kept bringing crowds of people over. He kept saying, ‘this is the greatest thing I’ve had in my entire life.’” And as with many great things, the concept is incredibly simple. Mead consists of honey, water and yeast, a recipe that goes back thousands of years across many cultures. Key tells the story like it’s his own personal history. “If you look back at the ancient writings from Asia and Russia, you’ll find talk about mead,” Key goes on. Same for the Romans, the Vikings and the ancient Egyptians. Everyone was doing it. Honey was all the rage back then, long before explorers of the so-called New World happened upon a cheaper sweetener called sugar cane. “Honey fell out favor,” Key says, because it grew to be too expensive. Mead slipped away, but beer was born. As with most things adored by consumers, beer became so popular eventually people wanted to make it at

home. Key and Schoendorf credit the writings of homebrew master Charlie Papazian with getting them going in 2000. The two had relocated from Chapel Hill to Atlanta, and as roommates they quickly racked up books on brewing and many drinkable experiences – they made everything – dobble bocks, Scotch ales, porters. Everything but that mead stuff that always got mentioned in the back of the books. “We decided let’s make a mead,” Key says. “We’d never had it, never even heard about it really. It came out tasting . . . interesting,” he trails off. “To the point that we wanted to continue making it,” Schoendorf finishes. “We tweaked it a little bit here and there and it wasn’t too long before we came up with the recipe that we’re more or less using today.” Two years in, the roommates had culled a following, still, without having purchased a bottle of mead themselves. Friends would come over as soon as a new batch was done and drink it all up. Everyone would joke that the two should make the mead professionally, but the guys never thought much about it. Finally after two years of blind brewing, Key and Schoendorf decided to order some “real” mead. They had to order it online because it wasn’t yet sold in Georgia. They found that there are essentially two camps in mead-making world: the honeymakers and the winemakers. Key says that honeymakers, naturally, want the flavor of their bees’ honey to come through. So when their mead is fermented there is more sweetness and less fermentation. Winemakers tend to look for the subtle hints that create complex flavors. Neither make it with carbonation; some of them are almost syrup-like after-dinner liqueurs or dessert wines. At that point, the duo decided to make a go at distributing their own mead. They came to mead from beer, after all, and they felt that sensibility could add something new. “We’d tasted what was out there, and ours really was unique,” says Schoendorf. Brewed at Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, part of the Monks Mead distinctive taste is wildflower honey. Key and Schoendorf chose the wildflower variety because it has a little bit of everything in it, and also because it’s readily available. Now they source their honey from Pennsylvania, but are in talks with local producers, too. “The greatest compliment that I ever got was at the Marlay House in Decatur,” says Schoendorf, where he walked in one day

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and ordered his own drink. The bartender asks enthusiastically if he’s tried Monks Mead before. Schoendorf says he has. “And she goes on, ‘Oh my God, it’s so awesome!’ And she’s telling me this whole story [about our mead]. It’s just flowing out and I can’t even get a word in to say – hey, I make it!” When Schoendorf finally got to speak, he says the bartender couldn’t believe she’d just spouted off about Monks Mead to one of the founders. But it couldn’t have made Schoendorf happier to see such genuine, unfiltered enthusiasm. Now a little older and no longer roommates, Key and Schoendorf are thrilled with their growing success, but don’t want to expand production too quickly. Which is why even though Monks Mead is readily available throughout the city, you won’t see it bottled up in package stores just yet. “We’re in soft launch mode,” Schoendorf says, of their Atlanta, Athens and Savannah market presence. “We want to make sure everything’s running smoothly.” Eventually they plan on launching special releases, with honeys like orange clover. For now, they’re getting Georgia accustomed to what they hope will become a flagship brand. Based on how Monks Mead is flowing and the evangelist-like response to its growing popularity, Atlanta can expect a lot more of this homebrew-inspired creation. It’s not everyday that people get excited about an 8,000 year-old invention. But if Atlanta’s collective palate has anything to say about it, Key’s and Schoendorf ’s mead will take us all back to our fermented roots.

What do you get when you mix tastings from 20 of Buckhead’s favorite restaurants along with business networking? It’s the 8th annual A Taste of Buckhead Business EXPO. Each year, a dedicated team of Buckhead Business Association (BBA) volunteers put on their party planning hats to coordinate a selection of restaurants to go along with an evening of mingling for the business community. This year’s event will be at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center on Monday, April 30, 5:30 t0 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 and available in advance online. Event parking is $9 for self-parking and $12 for valet parking More than 50 businesses will have booth space and some offer drawings for prizes and giveaways. Bring your business cards along with your appetite because this is, after all, about making connections. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit buckheadbusiness.org.

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Monks Mead can be found at several of the cities finest beer bar destinations, including The Porter, Midway Pub, Bookhouse Pub and Manuel’s Tavern.

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Quick Bites Cucina Asellina, a rustic Italian dining concept, has opened at the 12th & Midtown development, with Executive Chef Marco Porceddu at the helm. On the heels of opening STK Atlanta in Midtown this past December, The ONE Group’s latest is adjacent to the Loews Hotel and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. togrp.com

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Hop City Craft Beer & Wine has launched its Growlers Give Back program. Every month, Hop City plans to give a percentage of their growler sales to a selected Atlanta charity. “We feel so lucky to have expanded the store and opened our second location, that we feel it’s time to give back,” said owner Kraig Torres. The program kicked off in March with a donation going to the Atlanta Humane Society. hopcitybeer.com The first annual Buckhead Wine Festival will be Saturday, April 28, from 2-6 p.m. at the Andrews Entertainment District at 56 East Andrews Drive. There will be tastings, seminars, a pop-up market, food from local vendors and live entertainment. VIP tickets provide early entry to the event for first sips and access to the exclusive wine seminars for $40 in advance online. General admission tickets are $25 in advance online and $35 at the door. All guests must be 21 or older to attend. Visit the Facebook page at Grape Crush Productions for ticket purchase information.

Rooftop 866 – a stylish, open-air lounge in the heart of Midtown –is now open for the season with private cabanas, a fire pit and signature cocktails. This year, Rooftop 866 is partnering with farmers from the Morningside Farmers Market by growing herbs and vegetables on the roof, giving guests a glimpse of beautiful, fresh produce being grown and used in the menu. Rooftop 866 is adjacent to the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown. rooftop866.com Shaun Doty, co-owner and executive chef of Yeah! Burger, is in the process of signing a lease for a space in the Ansley Mall shopping center for his next restaurant. The restaurant is slated to open in September and will be a fast casual chicken concept that serves local free range and pastured poultry.   The team that introduced Atlanta to its first food truck, Yumbii, has opened YumDiggity at Sweet Auburn Curb Market. YumDiggity serves a variety of gourmet franks and classic side dishes from an eye-catching stand featuring Atlanta-themed murals, a sleek silver counter and playful chalkboard menus. The menu features franks, brats and sausages and a variety of side items including sweet potato fries, crispy shoestring French fries and homemade chili. facebook.com/YumDiggity.

Thai 5 is now open in Little Five Points at 1148 Euclid Ave. The extensive Thai cusine and sushi menu is also available for delivery in a three-four mile radius. Call (404) 521-3555. At press time, both the What Now Atlanta blog and Georgia Voice were reporting that Mediterranean favorite Gilbert’s was planning to expand into the shuttered Outwrite Books space at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue in Midtown.

Vickery’s regulars Chad Mason, left, and Brad Lippincott.

Willy’s Mexicana Grill, the Atlanta-based fresh Mex restaurant, has opened another Intown location at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. It’s the chain’s 22nd location. willys.com

Vickery’s Bar & Grill in Glenwood Park recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and the place was packed with regular customers enjoying menu specials and crowding around the bar. Vickery’s is open daily and serves Sunday brunch. vickerys.com.


KEEP IT INtown {westside} Ann Mashburn We asked Westside resident Michael Hattaway, who works in reinsurance and is a resident at White Provision, to tell us what he loves about living on the ever-growing Westside community.

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Why I Love the Westside

Living on the Westside is great because there is no shortage of places to eat, drink, shop and socialize. You can fill your entire day, from breakfast through late-night, without driving. When you do have to drive, the location is incredibly convenient – Midtown, Buckhead, Virginia Highland and the interstate are all easily accessible. The Westside offers a sense of community with interesting and diverse neighbors unlike anywhere I have lived in Atlanta.

Where to Eat

Abattoir (starprovisions.com) has a great menu that offers the best burger and fries in Atlanta, an unbelievable risotto, and excellent craft cocktails all with top notch service. Star Provisions (starprovisions.com) is a great lunch spot with a delicious array of sandwiches, blue plates, pizza, and the best pickles you will find anywhere. Miller Union (millerunion.com) is refined farm to table at its best. Don’t miss the fried chicken at Saturday lunch. JCT. Kitchen & Bar (jctkitchen.com) on Thursday night for $1 bar bites and drink specials with live music and a killer view of the Midtown skyline.

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Where to Shop

Perrine’s Wine Shop (perrineswine.com) should be your go to source for wine in Atlanta regardless of the neighborhood you call home. The best selection of wine, cheese, and anything else wine-related in Atlanta. Sid Mashburn (sidmashburn.com) and Ann Mashburn (annmashburn.com) have great clothes/accessories shopping for guys (Sid) and ladies (Ann) in a laid back but high-end setting. Switch Modern (switchmodern.com) has ll of the cool accessories you need for your home (and yourself) that you never knew you needed.

Coming Up

Billy Reid (billyreid.com) is opening his first Atlanta store here in the spring. JCT. Kitchen’s Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Festival is coming up July 22 and is not to be missed. The Westside Art Walk (wadatlanta.org) in the third Saturday of every month and live music at Northside Tavern (northsidetavern.com) any night of the week.

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Midtown Greenprint Partnership will create South’s first urban eco-district By Collin Kelley Editor Last month the Midtown Alliance announced the creation of Greenprint Midtown – a community-wide action plan that will integrate sustainability throughout the neighborhood, establishing the area as the South’s first urban eco-district. The goal of Greenprint is to find solutions to energy and water

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challenges, clean transportation options, community green-space, and recycling and reducing waste. A four-month planning session kicked off in March with a well-attended community meeting at One Atlantic Center. The planning effort will be guided by the Midtown Alliance in partnership with Southface, a nonprofit organization that promotes energy, water and resource-efficient communities, and Sustainable Atlanta, founded in 2007 to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for sustainable progress in the City of Atlanta. “Greenprint Midtown has been percolating for well over a year,” said Kevin Green, president of the Midtown Alliance. “A team has been working to get all the pieces aligned and then we received funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Kendeda Fund and Midtown Improvement District to really jumpstart the project.” Green said Midtown stakeholders have already taken the initiative to become more sustainable as evidenced by the growing portfolio of LEED and Energy Star rated buildings, and their support of Midtown Alliance’s existing green’ programs. “What’s been missing is a districtlevel plan to define a path forward and prioritize future action,” he said. “Through this effort, Midtown Alliance will undertake a strategic approach to creating an eco-district in Midtown by working closely with the community and technical experts to identify

opportunities that are implementable, impactful and financially feasible.” While the study progresses, some pieces of Greenprint will begin happening immediately, including a “pop-up park” at 12th Street (see the sidebar) and the installation of 50 recycling receptacles along Midtown’s streets before summer arrives. The bins will accept glass, plastics (types 1-7), paper and aluminum. Also happening soon will be new streetscaping along Juniper Street with new vegetation that will help filter rain run off before it enters the sewer system. Midtown’s maintenance facility will also install a 3,000 gallon cistern to capture rainwater to use for landscaping projects. What will the eco-district mean for businesses and residents? Green said market forces are favoring cities that are vibrant, walkable, have good transit links and have “green” practices in place. “Tenants are looking for green buildings,” Green said, “and that’s good for owners because those spaces bring higher rents.” By the time you read this article, Midtown residents will have likely participated in surveys and there will eventually be neighborhood workshops. Green said by May that a more detailed outline of goals and benchmarks will be released to the public. For more information, visit midtownalliance.org.

Midtown Alliance President Kevin Green, left, and Greenprint Midtown Executive Advisory Committee Chairman Kurt Hartman at last month’s kick-off event.

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Midtown’s Pop-Up Pocket Park Atlantans who live and work in the Midtown area will have a new green space to call their own this spring. Real estate investment firm Jamestown has partnered with Midtown Alliance to open a “pop-up pocket park” next to John Marshall Law School.



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Business & Retail Briefs

Alexis Suitcase will open a third location on Saturday, April 7 at The Shops of Buckhead, 2221 Peachtree Road. The celebration begins at 1 p.m. and will include complimentary bites, cocktails, raffle prizes, a storewide sale and more. Alexis Suitcase is part boutique and part consignment shop where ladies can shop for current fashions from popular designers like Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, and Theory or gently worn consigned items from some of the same designers. alexissuitcase.com.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is opening a new campus in Perimeter Center, 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, in Atlanta and is now accepting applications for admission to the summer semester, which begins April 30. Chamberlain’s Atlanta campus offers an on-site Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) degree program that can be completed in as few as three years of yearround study instead of the typical four years with summers off. This is Chamberlain’s first campus in Georgia, and its 11th in the nation. chamberlain.edu/Atlanta

Warbird Consulting Partners has named Chris Bitler, an expert in investment banking and former principal of The Breckenridge Group, its new chief operating officer. Doug Fenstermaker, a healthcare finance expert and former chief financial officer for HealthEast Care System in Minnesota, has been named vice president of healthcare and will direct the company’s healthcare practice. warbirdconsulting.com

A new retail concept called Happy Feet Boutique, which offers a wide range of shoes and pedicure, is now open at TOWN Brookhaven. Brands include DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Moda Spana, Lucky and many more. The shop is also hosting bridal showers, girls nights out and other events. happyfeetboutique.com.

Debbie Palay has been named new director of development at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. She will lead the museum’s strategic fundraising development plan. She was previously director of sales and events at Special Olympics Georgia.

Cousins Properties Incorporated has signed four new retailers at Emory Point, the mixed-use project under construction on Clifton Road. The new leases include Italian restaurant La Tagliatella; and expansions of metro Atlanta-based concepts Tin Lizzy’s, Jazmin Spa and Fresh To Order. This will be La Tagliatella first U.S. location.


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Jamison Shaw Hairdressers celebrated its 34th year in the same location, 3330 Piedmont Road, with a “grand re-opening” to showcase the renovation and remodel of the salon’s interior space by design firm Stan Topol & Associates. In business for 50 years, the company also welcomed a third-generation family member, Jamison Shaw Codner, who is new chief operating officer. jamisonshaw.com.

Atlanta Photographic Artisans has opened a boutique garden family portrait studio in Brookhaven. Photographer Eric Ellis said the natural setting will offer a space for fun and relaxing portrait sessions in a beautiful wooded setting. atlphotoart.com

Phipps Plaza in Buckhead welcomes the spring opening of two acclaimed luxury retailers, Lilly Pulitzer and Sur La Table. The 3,500-square-foot Lilly Pulitzer (lillypulitzer.com) boutique will feature women’s, men’s and children’s collections as well as gifts and accessories including bags, shoes, jewelry and eyewear. Sur La Table (surlatable. com) will have a 6,000-square-foot space will be filled cooking utensils ranging from basic kitchen needs to artful, hard-to-find tools. The Atlanta Youth Academy Board of Directors has announced that Peter Rooney will be its new president, succeeding current executive director Chuck Johnston. The school, opened in 1997, has grown from nine students, one teacher and a $40,00 budget to 120 students, 14 teachers and a $1.7 million annual budget. Rooney is currently the vice president for development and alumni relations of Oglethorpe University Atlanta. AYA offers education for pre-K through 8th grade to students whose families do not have access, either financially or geographically, to excellent private schools. atlantayouthacademy.com

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

What a Kick! I was going to recap all the awesomeness that happened at SXSW interactive, but I wasn’t able to go this year and recapping something I can’t provide first hand knowledge of feels lame. I heard it was awesome and a new version of Foursquare debuted. While you can still check in and grab that coveted Mayorship from your boss, Foursquare’s also working to make places more inspirational by connecting the real world more with their app. My recent fascination is Kickstarter, an online hub buzzing with entrepreneurship and creativity. Launched in 2008, it’s a new way to get word out about an idea to fund your creative project. It’s one of those kick-ass ideas that you can’t believe didn’t exist before. And then you realize Kickstarter could only exist in today’s digital universe, as it relies on social/viral/word of mouth to create excitement and eventual crowdfunding success for enterprising kickstarters. How it works is simple. Creative projects are showcased by visionary people or teams who want to do something “they love, something fun or at least something of note” by asking for money from the masses to make it happen. The kick is: projects get all-or-nothing funding. Let’s say you want $10,000 to make a movie about Earth Day and set a deadline of

April 22. Backers are only charged if the full funding amount has been met. So even if you you’ve gotten $5,000 of funding from 200 people, your project won’t gather a dime from the effort. Quick stats: The average pledge is $71 and the most common pledge is $25. A little less than half of projects are successfully funded. Consider those number and then consider this recent success story: Videogame developer Double Fine Productions launched a Kickstarter project in February 2012, with a goal of $400,000 to produce an old school adventure game – $300K to produce it and $100K to film it. They raised $1 million in less than 24 hours, from tens of thousands of fans, and ended up raising $3.3 million total. Amazing. New fundraising platforms like Kickstarter have emerged as a viable option to corporate backing. Which means more creative projects will eventually make it to market. Yay! There are plenty of worthwhile projects in need of funding, including some local ones. Check out Kickstarter.com and take a minute to search “Atlanta, GA” to find (and fund!) them. You can find me @brigflood and at makingsenseofsocial.com

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GREENING YOUR HOME From light bulbs to water heaters, builders have solutions Shandra Hill Smith

When it comes to one of your most major investments, going green in your home also means saving some of that green in your wallet – in the long run. That proves one of the biggest advantages to greening, according to green experts who are involved from a position of educating to building to selling. Other outgrowths are

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a healthier home and the overall impact on the environment. “Our definition of a green home is a healthy home – healthy for the people and for the planet,” says Dennis Creech, executive director of Southface (southface. org), a nonprofit education and research group in Atlanta. Going green can mean anything from smaller improvements such as changing out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent alternatives to sealing air leaks in your attic to replacing an old furnace or air conditioning unit. In the end, it all adds up to savings on your utility bills, professionals say. Additionally, homeowners who green find a higher resale value on the home as a result and help play a part in impacting the environment. How do you get started with greening – and what exactly should you tackle first? Begin with an audit on your home, professionals suggest – as a way to identify those issues you need to address such as insulation and sealing. “If you want to do something to save energy or reduce energy costs, this is going to give you the roadmap to do that – a roadmap based on how much [changes are] going to cost, and how much of an impact they’re going to have,” says Carson Matthews, an associate broker and certified EcoBroker with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty in Buckhead. Matthews, who has worked in real estate for 10 years, had an audit done

of his home in August 2011. He equips his clients with greening suggestions both one on one and via his blog, Green to the Scene (greentothescene.com). Custom builder Robert J. Soens Jr. recommends a number of green steps homeowners may take, including using rain barrels for collecting water during landscaping and installing solar hot water systems and Energy Star appliances and changing out countertops from darker to lighter. “It brightens up the kitchen and helps

reflect light throughout the kitchen, so you actually need to use less artificial lighting,” says Soens, owner of Pinnacle Custom Builders, Inc. in Decatur (pinnaclecustombuilders.com). “It cuts down on energy use, particularly with halogen lighting that a lot of people put in the kitchen. You use all that light over a dark countertop – it really heats up the kitchen. Soens builds EarthCraft certified homes in metropolitan Atlanta areas such as Buckhead, Midtown, Morningside and Decatur. The homes include high-efficiency

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heating and air systems and water heaters and other features. Another green example includes The Brookwood (thebrookwood.net), one of the first LEED certified residential buildings in Atlanta. Features of the condominium community – the new home of Watershed restaurant as of May 2012 – include use of low VOC paint and carpeting systems that reduce indoor air contaminants; hardwood floors of ash finished with oil instead of polyurethane; pressurized hallways; Energy Star appliances and water-source heat

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pumps and a recycling chute. Recycling and compost are two environmental considerations when thinking of going green, according to Creech who also suggests testing homes for Radon, controlling moisture in the home to keep mold from forming and replacing older heating and cooling units before you have to, among other things. Sealing holes, he believes, is a good start to a cost-effective way of greening. “The biggest holes are usually around the bathtub or up in the attic,” explains Creech.

“Seal the big holes first; don’t worry about the smaller holes inside your windows until you’ve done all the big and medium-sized ones first.” These and other tips can be found on the Southface website. “We’re all in this together,” says Soens. “We all occupy this planet, we all occupy this city. The more that we can do to help each other create a really healthy environment, the better off we are. We all have to play a role in helping create a healthy city for us all to live in.”


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Real Estate Briefs Renewal Design-Build is hosting two free seminars this spring: Financing Your Renovation on Tuesday, April 10, and Designing Your Ideal Kitchen on Tuesday, May 1 (which will be held in the Living Kitchen showroom at Sewell Appliance). Both seminars will begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited for both seminars. Homeowners should RSVP online (RenewalDesignBuild. com/seminars), or call (404) 378-6962.

Ashton Woods Homes announces construction on new townhomes at two Atlanta communities. Battery on Paces Ferry is located in Vinings with four townhomes priced from the mid $300,000’s. Each three-story townhome has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Standard features include four-sides brick exteriors; 10-foot ceilings and hardwood floors on the main level; granite countertops; stainless steel appliances; and two-car garages. Bristol at Briarcliff is a gated community located in the heart of Atlanta. There are currently 3 three-story townhomes under construction with prices starting in the $270,000s. These low-maintenance homes include island kitchens, large master suites, open living rooms and two-car garages. Homebuyers also have options for guest retreats and bonus rooms. ashtonwoodshomes.com/ atlanta. The Atlanta Botanical Garden Hardin Visitor Center, designed by Jova/Daniels/ Busby, was recently awarded a Best of the Best Award in the sustainable category by the International Interior Design Association. jova.com

Marketing Directors upon its inception in 2007. The firm guided the presales, finish, and floor plan development and assisted the architectural team at Luxe to ensure the plans fit the lifestyle of future buyers. themarketingdirectorsinc.com.   The Residences at W Atlanta –Downtown has opened The Radcliffe Bailey Salon, a home featuring a rotating exhibition of the work of the acclaimed Atlanta-based artist and furnished by Simcolifestyle. The home will be open by appointment and invitation only for artist lectures, parties and viewings. watlantaresidences.com NeighborhoodLIFT, a collaboration betweenWells Fargo and NeighborWorks America to inspire confidence in the housing market, has provided 375 people in the City of Atlanta with downpayment assistance to purchase a home. To qualify, applicants must meet certain criteria (a family of four’s income cannot be above $83,000, for example). To find out if you qualify for downpayment assistance, visit rrc-atl.org or InvestAtlanta.com.

Harry Norman, Realtors has recognized James Simons as Top Agent in Sales Volume, Units Listed, and Closed Transactions. He was also recognized for being inducted into the Million Dollar Circle of Home Services Lending. A Buckhead resident, James specializes in luxury close-in and Northside properties as well as estates through metropolitan Atlanta. Photo by Kim Link

Members of the James Simons Team of Harry Norman, Realtors Paula Larson, Jason Light, Michael Ross, Sally Wiggins and John Foley admired the Henri Jova-designed wing of the historic Richard Rich home, originally designed by famed architect Lewis Crook and currently an exclusive listing of James Simons and his team.

An elaborate cocktail reception celebrated the grand opening of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s new North Atlanta Office and served as a showcase of its location in one of the metro area’s premier LEED certified developments. The event was held at the artfilled North Atlanta Office in Sanctuary Park in Alpharetta.  Photo by Jamey Guy

Enjoying the Grand Opening reception are (l-r) Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sam Bayne of the Buckhead office, Tracy Sardelli of North Atlanta, David Kaufman of Buckhead and Joe Sheahan of North Atlanta.

For the 6th consecutive year, Travis Reed, an associate in the Buckhead office, has captured the highest honor as Harry Norman, Realtors Top Agent Company-Wide. With sales of over $31 million last year alone, Reed continues his leadership production in the firm, which is composed of over 1,000 agents, and is the exclusive Atlanta affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Photo by Kim Link

The Marketing Directors announced the sellout of all 107 condominiums at Luxe in Midtown Atlanta at 222 12th Street. Luxe was the first condominium project taken from concept to closing entirely by The

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From left to right: Michael Kriethe, a member of the Travis Reed team, joined Travis Reed, Harry Norman, Realtors “Top Agent Company-Wide,” Senior Vice President and Managing Broker of the Buckhead office Betsy Franks and company President/CEO Dan Parmer at one of Reed’s exclusive listings and sold homes on Argonne Drive.


PONCE CITY PROGRESS Parking deck disappearing, interior work under way The 1960s-era parking deck attached to Ponce City Market will be slowly disappearing over the next few months. Jamestown and Green Street Properties announced that work on the gigantic live, work, play development is months ahead of schedule. “Ponce City Market began an interior transformation last October, but this work is mostly invisible to the public eye,” noted Michael Phillips, managing director of Jamestown. “The removal of the 1960’s parking deck marks the beginning of a highly visible and significant effort to reconnect the site to the community through construction of pedestrian and vehicular access points along Glen Iris and North Avenues.” The parking deck was built for workers when the building was the Sears & Roebuck distribution center and was later used by city workers and visitors when the property was turned into City Hall East. After demolition, the materials will be recycled. Phillips said there will be no road closures during the demolition process. Ponce City Market renovations will be complete in spring 2014. The project will open in one phase and be a mix of commercial loft office space, retail, dining, entertainment and residential. Plans call for sustainable initiatives such as a rooftop organic farm and rainwater harvesting. In addition, an urban food market is currently being planned as well as connectivity to the BeltLine. poncecitymarket.com

The old parking deck (pictured above) at the former Sears & Roebuck, and later City Hall East, is being torn down to make way for surfact parking and more greenery. Photo on the right shows the interior of the gargantuan building as well as its historical legacy on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

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Brookhaven. $469,900 3757 Vermont Road 4BR/3BA FMLS: 4328857 Leslie Ransom 678.640.3588 Bill Ransom 404.974.4440

Buckhead. $675,000 1195 East Beechwood Drive 3BR/3BA FMLS: 4324437 Carson Matthews 678.595.9286

Buckhead. $2,500,000 4711 Harris Trail NW 6BR/5Full 2half BA FMLS:4319568 Wendy Zoller 404.277.0747

Buckhead. $549,000 3580 Habersham Road NW 3BR/2BA FMLS: 4334144 Jay Bailey 678.557.6971


Decatur. $799,000 519 2nd Avenue 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 4303302 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071

Johns Creek. $1,495,000 2006 Westbourne Way 7BR/7Full 2half BA FMLS: 4299790 Christine Gary 404.693.1030 Susan Marshall 678.576.0372


North Buckhead. $399,900 395 Pinecrest Road NE 4BR/2BA FMLS: 4331322 Wendy Zoller 404.277.0747 Sarah Powell 404.313.0949

Midtown $299,900 273 12th Street NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 4323703 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595


Midtown. $1,300,000 923 Peachtree Street NE 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4288967 Adam Ellis 770.355.0549 Patti Ellis 770.366.4658

Midtown. $124,900 923 Peachtree Street NE 1BR/1BA FMLS: 4329422 Bobby Blaha 404.402.9741

Morningside. $679,000 809 Yorkshire Road 3BR/3BA FMLS: 4327368 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

Morningside. $889,500 651 Yorkshire Road 4BR/4.5BA FMLS: 4330059 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Morningside. $929,000 1150 Cumberland Road NE 4BR/3BA FMLS: 4331681 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Morningside. $599,500 1506 N Morningside Drive 4BR/3BA FMLS: 4329261 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Sandy Springs. $2,200,000 8275 Jett Ferry Road 8BR/9.5BA FMLS: 4309873 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595 Joshua Reeves 404.835.9597

Underwood Hills. $450,000 1904 Woodland Hills Avenue 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4323406 Stacy Galan 404.861.6500


Underwood Hills. $995,000 1869 Volberg Street NW 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 4332657 Kevin McBride 404.626.6884 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Virginia Highland. $1,350,000 909 Los Angeles Avenue 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 4324857 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Virginia Highland. $830,000 1051 Hudson Drive 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 4325676 Getzinger Group Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020

Virginia Highland. $225,000 737 Barnett Street NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 4329064 Carmen Pope 404.625.4134

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HoUse & gArDen Spring tours offer peek inside Intown’s finest homes By Collin Kelley The perennials are in bloom, spring rain makes grass and trees green, the smell of dogwoods pierces the air and some of Atlanta’s finest homes will be opening their doors for spring tours.

Whether you are looking to renovate, to move or studying architecture and interior design, home tours are a great way to see a well designed home or garden. We have compiled a list of tours that are worth your time.

inman Park Tour oF Homes The 2012 Tour Of Homes celebrates its 41st year as part of the annual Inman Park Festival (see page 30 for more details) on April 27-29. The tour will feature 11 homes and points of interest in the community. Homes featured this year include those with Victorian, Gothic, Craftsman-style bungalows, modern lofts and a tour of The Wrecking Bar on Moreland Avenue. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at inmanparkfestival.org or at the sales booth located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street during the festival. Tour hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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asa DeCoraTors sHoW House & GarDens Tucked away deep behind a maple-lined drive in the middle of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood sits Knollwood Estate, a 1929 English Georgian-style home designed by Atlanta’s famed architect Phillip Trammel Shutze. The home will be the site of the 42nd Annual Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens from April 21 to May 13. Event chair Amy Musarra said this is the second time Knollwood has been the Show House, with its first appearance way back in 1976. “We can’t wait to see how our amazing team of designers transform the architectural landmark,” she said. Benefiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s education and community programs, the city’s top designers will transform more than 30 rooms using their own distinct styles. Tickets are $20 if purchased before April 20 or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at decoratorsshowhouse.org or from the Woodruff Center Box Office at (404) 733-5000.

The Queen anne Gothic revival home on Druid avenue (top) and the kreigshaber House, now known as The Wrecking Bar Pub, are on this year’s tour.

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Gardening By Walt Harrison

Return of the Native I thought about entitling this month’s article “If you were born in Rockmart, you can’t call yourself an Atlanta native just because you live here now.” Let me explain. Last week I visited a large plant growing operation near Lavonia, Georgia. This operation grows hundreds of thousands of plants to supply landscapers and garden centers in the South and up the Atlantic coast. This is a well-run production facility with a tremendous marketing program, but what I found most remarkable was the large number of southern native plants this nursery produces. This got me to thinking about native plants. The southeastern United States, with its temperate climate, is home to many unique and beautiful plants; plants that were growing here when Europeans colonized the southern states. The great explorer John Bartrum and others began documenting our native flora in the 1700s. Plants were shipped to collectors in Europe and colonists began recognizing the ornamental, culinary and medicinal value of our southern natives. And while gardeners and horticulturists have always valued these plants, about 20 years ago a renewed interest in native plants swept through the horticultural community with what I would call an almost religious fervor. More than a few plant people were advocating that we only allow native plants to be used in our gardens and landscapes, and that we do away with all our exotics (that is, plants from other parts of the world). The primary argument given for going exclusively native is that native plants have evolved over time to thrive in our southern environment and, therefore, would not need the level of care and resources that plants brought in from other parts of the world would need. Native plants assumed an almost mystic quality to many horticulturists, landscapers and gardeners. If the plant is native, it must be better. Now, I like native plants just fine, but I’m not sure the idea that native plants are better and more adapted to our region really flies. Let’s talk about what being a native really means. Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) is one of my absolute favorite plants. Never met one I didn’t like. Snowflake, Snow Queen, Pee Wee, Alice, etc. – I like them all. Plant folks will tell you that Oakleaf hydrangeas are native KeepitINtown.com

plants, but I live in metro Atlanta and I’ve never seen an Oakleaf growing in this area thatwas not planted by somebody or came from seed from a plant that was brought into the landscape. Oakleafs naturally occur in west Georgia and eastern Alabama and other areas but not around here. So for us, it’s no more native than someone from Chattanooga who now lives in Atlanta, but it grows just fine here. Many of our native plants are site specific. Temperature, altitude, humidity and soil types affect the ability of the plant to survive and reproduce, so what might be native to the mountains of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee might not be native to the Atlanta area. On the other hand, Georgia’s temperate climate is similar to that of Japan’s and other parts of the world. This makes it possible for Georgia gardeners to grow a wide variety of beautiful and interesting plants. Those incredible azaleas that bloom during the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta originated in India and Japan. These azaleas, called Indicas and Karumes, have been planted in the south for so long, they have literally become part of our southern heritage. They may not be native but they certainly thrive here. When someone tells you that a particular plant is a native, you might ask, “Native to where?” Speaking of natives and azaleas, one of my favorite native plants is the Canescens Azalea (Rhododendron canescens). This plant and other varieties of native azaleas can be found growing naturally around the metro area. The ones in my neighborhood will be flowering with beautiful, fragrant pink blooms in late March or early April. Canescens Azalea gets large (8’ to 10’) and is deciduous (loses its leaves in the winter) and because the bloom looks and smells like the honeysuckle flower, Canescens is often called wild honeysuckle but it’s not. It is a true azalea. Give this plant rich soil, adequate sunlight and a little room and it will be a joy and prize in your garden for years to come. Canescens Azalea, other natives and a whole world of other beautiful and wondrous, well-grown plants can be found at your local independent garden center this spring.

Sojourner’s Rest

Druid Hills Home & Garden Tour & Artist Market The Druid Hills event returns this spring with the theme “The Second Century,” highlighting the community’s 100-year-old homes. The will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour includes six homes including Boxwood, one of the first grand Druid Hills estates built in 1912, Sojourner’s Rest built in 1908 and the Neel Reid-designed home of the Cox family. The eighth annual Artist Market will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, formerly the Stonehenge Mansion, at 1401 Ponce de Leon Ave. Artists from around the region will present everything

Neel Reid designed 857 Oakdale.

from jewelry and pottery to photography and paintings. Many of the city’s food trucks will also be on hand. Lullwater Garden Club will hold a Native Plant Sale at 984 Springdale Road during the tour. Wright Marshall, board member of Southeast chapter of Classical Architecture and Art and owner of Revival Construction, will lecture on Druid Hills architectural history on Saturday, April 21, 1:30 p.m at St. John’s. Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance at druidhills.org, $25 on the day of the tour.

Walt Harrison is the owner Habersham Gardens, 2067 Manchester St. For more, visit habershamgardens.com.

Oakhurst Community Garden Spring Plant Sale, April 13-15. Read more on page 62.

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Industrial Chic

By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com On my last few visits to the fabulous Kudzu Antiques in Decatur, I’ve found a new booth to admire. When you walk inside, turn right and it’s the booth in the far left corner. You can spot it easily – big, oversize pieces made of wood, steel and reclaimed items. The colors are dark and rich and there is all sorts of masculine energy running amok here. The artist is Christopher Bailey from Panama City Beach. His wares, which he calls Industrial Chic, are solid and durable, made from steel, cast iron, reclaimed aged wood, rivets and mechanical elements. Chris began repurposing industrial elements into furniture back in 1997. I like the fact that he’s attracted to large pieces with big wheels, pulleys, rivets and weighty materials. It makes his work easily identifiable and really fun to incorporate into a room or office. A steel riveted console has man cave written all over it. It’s a great piece to add to almost any manly abode... You can work on your laptop with a cup of joe or kick back with a bourbon and some friends after work. You jsust need to balance the piece out with some lighter, softer elements in the room. Another fantastic piece is a kitchen island made from reclaimed bowling alley floors. If you have the space, and the extra $685, this would make quite the visual impact. Perhaps his most eye-catching works are the array of

large storage cabinets he has designed and built. These would work so well in a large office space, eliminating ugly file cabinets with banal, corporate personalities. Learn more about Industrial Chic and where you can find Chris at his next antique or design show at industrialchic.com.

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Spring plant sale will be Oakhurst’s biggest yet

This year’s annual Oakhurst Community Garden Spring Plant Sale will be the largest ever, with 50 varieties of tomatoes, 30 varieties of pepper, 20 varieties of eggplant and 5 varieties of basil. That’s just some of the natural goodies on offer April 13-15 Organizers said there will be 500 varieties of herbs, fruit trees, perennials, annuals, natives and succulents for sale. Plants from Ison’s Nursery, Southeast Succulents, EcoAddendum and Holy Spirit Nursery will be featured. There will also be guest speakers throughout the weekend. Check out the website at oakhurstgarden.org for the complete schedule. Food and drink will be available for purchase. A member preview will be held Thursday, Friday April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. and then the sale opens to the public Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Started in 1997, the Oakhurst Community Garden Project is a member supported non-profit teaching environmental awareness through hands-on gardening and outdoor education programs. The garden is located at 435 Oakview Road in Decatur.

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