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CONTENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Goat Farm ................................... 4-7 Embraced...............................................8 Atlanta Streets Alive .............................10 Street Fashion ......................................10 Intown Runaround ...............................12 Health & Wellness Briefs ......................14 Model Trains .........................................15 A Brilliant Life Foundation ....................16 Keep It INtown: Chastain Park .............18 A Look Back .........................................20 Living By Giving ...................................21 Pets ......................................................22

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GO GREEN School Garden Education ...................24 River Revival .........................................24 Eco-Briefs .............................................25

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May Festival Guide......................... 27-28 The Thinking Artist ...............................30 Village Theatre .....................................30 Atlanta PlanIt ........................................32 Artist Thomas Arthur Schaefer .............35 Camp Flix .............................................36 Atlanta Fringe Festival ..........................36 Intown Datebook ..................................38

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Bowers Watch & Clock Repair .............40 Business & Retail Briefs .......................41 Mark Sage ............................................42 Making Sense of Social .......................44

NEWS YOU CAN EAT The Bacon Party...................................46 Quick Bites ...........................................48 Atlanta Food Truck Park .......................48 Easy-To-Do Picnic Baskets ..................49 Atlanta Food & Wine Festival ...............50 Open Hand Expands ...........................50

REAL ESTATE Intown Condo Sales.............................52 Real Estate Briefs .................................54 Perspectives in Architecture ................55 Re-imagining Loring Heights ...............56

IN YOUR HOME Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour ...........57 Decatur in Bloom .................................57 Shutze Awards .....................................58 Bobo Intriguing Objects .......................60 Gardening ............................................62

My friend John O’Brien once said that he’d like to grow tomatoes right smack dab in the middle of Freedom Park. Since he could never get a tomato ripe off the vine in his own shaded yard, he thought that sundrenched parts of the Poncey-Highland park would be perfect. So, three neighbors – John, Wendy Hasenkamp and Lenore Carroll– started the process with Park Pride to make a community garden. “Wendy and Lenore really got things SCOTTLOWDEN.COM going,” John says. The women spent a lot of time working on microgrant applications for structural features in the garden. Then, with the ING Marathon announcing an award of $5,000 to the cheering section that made the biggest impression on the runners, the gardeners decided to get the community involved and win the money. John recruited members of the Seed & Feed Marching Abominable band to bring out their famous flair. “I ran back and forth to them with bloody marys and mimosas and made sure everybody was happy – at 6:00 in the morning,” remembers John. Plus, neighbors came out with signs and clapped for the runners. When the runners voted on the best cheering section, Poncey-Highland won! With the “seed” money, the community garden took root right at the corner of Freedom Parkway and North Avenue. That is how the Poncey-Highland Community Garden came to life five years ago. Right now it’s about to burst with beans, asparagus, herbs and tomatoes. John can finally have tomatoes in Freedom Park. (Join the Poncey-Highland Community Garden page on Facebook for more information.) If you can’t cultivate a summer bounty from your own garden, perhaps try a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). I’m getting a weekly box from Rise ‘n Shine Farm this summer (see ad on page 46). There’s plenty more gardening in this issue. Learn how students are gardening at local schools on page 24. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Tour for Connoisseurs and The Decatur Garden Tour are highlighted on page 57. Plus, Walt Harrison writes about roses on page 62.

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P.S. Scott Lowden (scottlowden.com) met me in the Poncey-Highland Community Garden last month to take my photo for this page (with my post-chemo hair-do). Over my shoulder is my own garden plot that I share with Polly Sattler, Jennette Gayer and John. Thank you, Scott.

About GROW! “I loved seeing your film at the Georgia Organics Conference,” said a friend to Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson last month at the EarthShare Leadership Breakfast. The Filmaking/Photography duo make-up the filmmaking team Anthony-Masterson, which tracked 20 farmers on 12 Georgia farms to make the film, GROW!. Georgia Organics gave them The Barbara Petit Pollinator of the Year Award. The award was a total surprise to them. They described it as feeling sort of odd to be awarded for something they just love to do. The cover of INtown’s April issue featured an AnthonyMasterson photograph. And, another photo of a smiling farmer holding freshly harvested potatoes was used inside to accompany our listing of eco-events. These photos were made possible by the work of Anthony-Masterson. As filmmakers in our city, Christine and Owen are examples of people pursuing their passion and doing good things for the community in the process. Count on INtown to keep you posted on GROW!, as well as their future projects. growmovie.net - Wendy Binns

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IN the Neighborhood Letter from the Editor thE goat Farm: FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

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The Goat Farm in northwest Atlanta has become synonymous with indie art events, so we asked our contributor Osayi Endolyn and photographer Cameron Adams to delve more deeply into the compound and how it’s changed the art scene. From poetry readings and book launches to art exhibitions and theater performances, there’s something for everyone. Contributor Kathy Vogletanz is also back this month talking to real estate agents about the condo market in Midtown. We keep hearing about low home prices and the slow recovery of the market, but at least one segment is finding new traction as the economy improves. The response to our April “Green Issue” was fantastic and we continue to bring you eco-friendly news this month with the movement toward more vegetable gardens being planted at local schools. The kids are not only learning about planting, but also

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Osayi Endolyn You know a place has struck a chord with people when everyone describes it differently. The Goat Farm Arts Center, a twelve-acre property tucked away on the Westside, is just such a place. Ask, exactly what is the Goat Farm?, and the responses will be varied, each held with equal conviction: it’s a rehearsal space, live-work artist studios, workshop central, a place to convene, a venue for live indie music, the spot where so-and-so got married and the locale of an emerging supper club. It’s a mélange of faded brick buildings, walls marked with warm patinas, newly built-out studio spaces and continuous green space with a few spirited hens milling about. Well, yeah – the Goat Farm is all of those things. In the three years since the 19th century cotton gin was purchased by real estate developers Anthony Harper and Chris Melhouse, the Goat Farm has achieved a level of customer engagement that some businesses spend decades trying to create. That is, people who go to the Goat Farm leave feeling like a part of the Goat Farm belongs to them. Outsiders get connected to something visceral. You feel plugged in. That lasting sentiment is no accident. Harper and Melhouse, through their company Hallister Development, intend that the community will have a far-reaching impact – not just on the people who live, work and play there, but on the entire city of Atlanta. It seems to be working. Recent “experiences” as they like to call them, have included performances by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth fame, theater company Saiah’s presentation of Rua Wülf — a macabre, interactive reworking of Little Red Riding Hood, and creative collaborations between resident artists and major brands like Scout Mob and Coca-Cola. Coming up later this month, the up-and-coming New York duo, Silent Drape Runners, will present their inspired re-scoring of David Lynch’s cult hit Twin Peaks (see the sidebar on Page 7). So just how does an organization pull off “art pushing culture” as the Goat Farm’s mission states? What’s the process behind turning an overgrown, aging property into the “Best Visual and Performing Arts Center on the Rise” awarded by Atlanta magazine?

Who better to answer that question than Harper himself – co-owner of the property and accidental godfather of art to hundreds of resident creatives. On a sunny afternoon Saturday afternoon in April, with about a hundred color-coded keys in tow, Harper opened up. Here, in his own words, Harper talks about the before, the now and the future of a creative experiment called the Goat Farm. One Plus One Before Harper and Melhouse started Hallister Development in 2003, they both followed an indirect path to the world of real estate. Harper was a drummer for 14 years – he initially flunked out of college, then went back and got into investment banking. Melhouse played guitar, then worked in construction. In their band days, both were accustomed rehearsing in old warehouses. The Goat Farm reminded them of those days. Harper said he and Melhouse found the property by accident. “We came across the property – we sort of accidentally tripped over it. We’re real estate developers so we’re always out looking for new projects. We originally were looking at it as a redevelopment opportunity. As we walked around the property over about 30 to 60 days, just sort of doing our due diligence and getting a feel for it, we began to come up with a different type of plan.” This arts concept began to form as a mixture of a business, a real estate development and an entity that supports the arts, Harper said, but it grew into what he calls an investment in the arts. The duo began renting the property as artist work studios, but once there were more than 30 artists on site, Harper said they started to realize that the artists needed a place to show their work. “We had a few musicians at the time, too. We said, we need to have space where these musicians can play. So that led to our first performance venue. We started booking experiences – we call them “experiences” – concerts and exhibitions. Having the business background and not the visual arts background, we looked at the KeepitINtown.com


arts in a way that we are familiar with. We are familiar with business methodologies, we’re not familiar with nonprofits. We’re not a gallery. We’re not a nonprofit. We’re a business entity. What we do is we invest in the arts for a return, rather than [act as a] nonprofit that supports the arts.” It Takes a Theory to Raise a Village Because Harper and Melhouse were new to the art world, they began studying theories that could give them a structure to follow as they expanded their vision of what the Goat Farm could be. The developers were inspired by theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, who took Kleiber’s law and applied it to cities. Kleiber’s law essentially says that when an organism gets bigger its metabolism rate gets slower (think elephants). But West thought that a city functioned as a kind of organism – its density is the number of people that inhabit it, and its metabolism rate is how the city expends energy (think the number of gas stations per capita or miles of road per person). West’s research shows that as a city becomes more dense, it also gets smarter. The intellectual capital increases – patent submissions go up, there are more universities, engineers, scientists, musicians and artists. Harper’s and Melhouse’s wheels started rolling about apply the theory to The Goat Farm. Harper explained it like this: “We decided to approach the [Goat Farm] as a small, pseudo city. And most cities are economically driven at their base through population growth, because people are resources. People move to a city and start companies, get jobs, spend money, pay property taxes – people drive the economic machine of the city. But we had to find a way to do that without compromising the quality of the art. If we needed to make money off of the performances, then the performances inherently start to become less and less interesting. If we have to have 2,000 ticket sales every single performance, then you can no longer push the things that are more edgy, that might only have an audience of ten, twenty or a hundred. So we

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Saiah Theatre Company rehearses Rua Wolf, a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. decided to make our venues operate in such a way where we didn’t need to make money off of them. The cash flow comes from the artists – the ones that pay rent.” Three hundred fifty artists now rent studios and loft apartments at the Goat Farm. Harper says that the space is at 65 percent capacity, and the owners anticipate that by the time the property is finished, they’ll have room for up to 450 to 500 artists in total. Currently, the loft apartments have a waiting list of more than 200 people. Getting What You Pay For The Goat Farm takes a generous chunk of revenue and uses it to support artists’ free use of the venues. Harper describes it as an “investment package.” “If you’re a contemporary dance group and you want to perform at the Goat Farm, you submit an application,” he said. “We have a small committee that reviews it, and if we think it fits our profile, it gets accepted into this investment cycle.” The artist pays a fee, commensurate with what the event would need to pull of a successful production. For a small band, their upfront cost might start out around $200 or so – the Goat Farm takes things on a case by case basis, and every event is

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 Come Up With Something New In the creative world, there are generally two camps: those who want to become commercially successful as their main priority – art-that-makes-you-think be damned, and those who think of the art first, regardless of whether their idea it is an economically viable pursuit. In both cases, many artists (and musicians, writers, designers, dancers) tend to fold into the constraints of our cultural conversation — few artsy folk will really “make it.” The Goat Farm finds itself responding to this

pervasive outlook and challenging it by helping artists define for themselves what they mean to a community. Two programs Harper said is working on now is Stimulus Diffusion, a career development and education platform with nonprofit youth mentorship organization One Love Generation, and The Creatives Project, an arts education outreach program and artists residency. Down the road, Harper hints at innovative programming that will serve artists who both want to create their art for arts sake,

and those who want to live off of it. In the meantime, Harper has become a kind of accidental consulting producer. Walking the grounds, photographers ask him his opinion, he comments on set designs in progress. The past three years have been a kind of baptism by fire for Harper. He and Melhouse have been exposed to productions, programming and infrastructures they never thought twice about before. But to hear Harper tell it, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Silent Drape Runners re-score cult TV show at Goat Farm By Collin Kelley, Editor David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks is getting a soundtrack makeover thanks to Silent Drape Runners, a band composed of Atlanta native Russ Marshalek and vocalist Sophie Weiner. The duo have made quite a splash in New York, selling out the 92nd Street Y in Tribeca twice, and will bring their moody sound to The Goat Farm on Tuesday, May 28, 9 p.m. The show is dubbed Twin Peaks: The Beginning and re-scores the first episode when

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Laura Palmer is found dead and wrapped in plastic. Marshalek and Weiner replace Angelo Badalamenti’s familiar synth-laden score with mash-ups of popular songs, electronic atmospherics and new compositions. Marshalek, who worked in public relations at Wordsmith’s Books in Decatur, has long been a fan of Twin Peaks and Lynch in general. The fascination with the television show, which aired more than 20 years ago, has become a pop culture landmark. “We’re trying to keep the Lynchian feeling by keeping the set dark, but playful,” Marshalek says, noting that some songs

they’ve covered include Britney’ Spears’ “Toxic” and the Beach Boy’s “God Only Knows.” While Silent Drape Runners has made a name for itself with the Twin Peaks shows, Marshalek says the band is also creating new material for future shows and DJ sets that don’t have anything to do with the show, other than its weird and wonderful spirit. Fore more about Silent Drape Runners’ upcoming show, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/silentdraperunners.

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2,000 orthopedic pieces and has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals locally and globally. Embraced collects prosthetic Embraced’s story began in a closet. limbs and parts, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, That’s right. The story of an Atlanta-based crutches and currently has over 60 donation nonprofit that has helped hundreds of sites all over Atlanta. The organization has individuals become mobile again began in also created partnerships abroad in Latin founder Lauren O’Brien’s closet. America and Africa and has ensured that O’Brien was injured in a horseback the donations get to the hands of the most riding accident that had left her on crutches people in need. and in a boot brace. When she didn’t need “We give equipment to people who this equipment any longer, O’Brien decided need to become mobile to give it to someone again, to walk from the who truly needed Embraced collects bedroom to the kitchen, it. She began to to get back to work or contact different organizations in prosthetic limbs and parts, school. We give them this gift of mobility Atlanta, but it free,” said Raul only took a few wheelchairs, walkers, canes, for Alvarez, Embraced’s days to find out logistics coordinator. the truth – no one crutches and currently has “The feeling of gratitude was collecting the makes it all worth.” equipment. over 60 donation sites all Embraced also has “I couldn’t holds an ice cream flavor find an easy way to competition fundraiser donate and I wanted over Atlanta. with High Road Ice to figure out where Cream. The winning all the equipment flavor will be sold for one year and a portion was going and why no one was collecting of the proceeds benefits Embraced. it,” O’Brien said. She figured that there had “A lot of people don’t know what to do to be other individuals in similar situations, with their equipment. They might just put with idle equipment in their closets. it in their closet. Now they have an option And so, Embraced’s story began. She of dropping it in a bin. And this might just began speaking with doctors, who gladly change someone’s life forever,” O’Brien placed donation bins in their offices. To said. her surprise, she began picking up full bins in a matter of weeks and she stored the To learn more about Embraced or find equipment in her closet. That was in 2009. out how to do donate your used equipment, Currently, Embraced has grown into visit embracedatlanta.org. an organization that has collected over

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Softball player Evan Strange Would it be hyperbole to suggest that inside each and every one of us lurks a semi-competitive, co-ed softball player? The South East Atlanta League of Softball (SEALS) doesn’t think so. Here’s one man’s story. His name is Evan Strange. He’s 28 years old, in wine sales and he lives in Reynoldstown with his wife, Mary Hunter, and his five-month-old son, Robert. And

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at three per game. Some games are low scoring, but teams score 10-12 on average.

The acronym SEALS connotes either an extreme naval outfit or a playful, chubby, whiskered mammal that barks and claps when happy. Which one is closer to the softball league participants? The latter is a shockingly accurate description of many SEALS members.

Is chugging a beer before rounding second base required? Not required, but optional and often seen. If it were mandatory, I think our team would have a serious advantage. We consider rule changes after every season so I might have to bring that up.

Please confirm or dispel a few of the commonly held notions many have of CO-ED softball leagues: For starters, is the average on-base percentage somewhere in the .967 range? You aren’t too far off, though defense has improved over the last few seasons. If you pop up, you are going to be in trouble. Hit it hard on the ground though and you have a pretty good shot of getting on base.

Is the game itself just a seven-inning charade masking a mild flirtation with members of the opposite sex? Let’s not discriminate. I’m sure there is mild flirtation with members of the same sex going on, too.

Do the scores resemble Arena Football results? Things were heading that way last year. Once Reynoldstown put up 30-plus runs in a playoff game we decided to limit which bats were allowed and capped home runs

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Did you play high school baseball? What position do you play now? I’ve been playing since I could walk and I even played in a competitive men’s league until last year. I play left center where I’ve been known to cover some ground.

When and where do the games take place? If people wanted to assemble their own neighborhood team, can they do so and join the league next season? We play on Sundays in the spring and Mondays in the fall. Games are at East Lake Park and we are always looking to expand. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a great way to get to know your neighbors. Google “SEALS Softball” to read more about the league and for contact info if you want to start a team of your own. Just round up some neighbors and try to find a sponsor (shout out to Homegrown restaurants for sponsoring Reynoldstown!).

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Which other neighborhoods have fielded teams and which one looks like the team to beat? East Atlanta, Ormewood, Kirkwood, Edgewood, Lake Claire, Grant Park, East Lake, and the Highlands all have teams. East Lake took home the title last year so they have to be the team to beat. Edgewood scores a ton of runs and Ormewood and the Highlands are always dangerous. If it were a drinking contest (and sometimes it is), East Atlanta would be a heavy favorite.

you ready if they call you up? First, don’t knock the Braves. But to answer your question, hell yeah. I haven’t quite given up on the childhood dream to take over in centerfield for the Braves, though I’m not sure neighborhood softball is going to get the scouts to come out.

Who do you convince to do the slow pitching? To me that may be the scariest position in all of sports. If I’m slow pitching, the last thing I want to see is someone like John Venneman standing at the plate. Infield is scary enough. Pitching? Forget it. I nearly broke the wrist of our commissioner Roby Greenwald last season and Catherine Woodling took one to the thigh that left her bruised for a month. I generally look for a mixture of quick reflexes, eye hand coordination, and naiveté when selecting a pitcher. And don’t let John scare you. He’s just a playful, chubby, whiskered mammal that barks and claps when happy.

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How have things been at the plate for you thus far this season? Not so bad. I don’t think that I’m in any danger of losing the leadoff spot. The Braves are off to a slow start – are

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Health & Wellness Briefs Northside Hospital is offering a free skin cancer screening on Wednesday, May 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cancer Center, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road. To register call (404) 845-5555 and press 0. Want to keep up with Atlanta’s soaring pollen count? The Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic is updating the count daily on their homepage at atlantaallergy.com. The Rotary Club of Brookhaven will hold its second annual Service Above Self Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 14, at Cherokee Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the Shepherd Center. For more information, visit sasinvitational.org. The East Atlanta Fitness Center is now open at the old ACE Hardware at 1231 Glenwood Ave. The 24-hour facility already has 700 members and growing. The center offers a smoothie bar, outdoor obstacle course, spin yoga, tanning salon, certified personal trainers, Bootcamp classes, free wi-fi and state-of-the-art equipment. Work by local artists is also rotated on the center’s walls.

The PATH Foundation has announced it will host the second annual Chastain Park triPATHlon, which will be held Sunday, May 6, at 7:30 a.m. The event includes a 400-yard swim in the Chastain Park Pool, a 15-mile bike ride and concludes with a 5K run on the Chastain Park trail. Proceeds will benefit the three host organizations: the PATH Foundation, Chastain Park Conservancy and Chastain Park Athletic Club. To register for the event or for more information, visit triPATHlonatlanta.com. In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, Northside Hospital will host its 3rd Annual Stroke Awareness 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, May 5, 7 a.m., at the Northside/Interchange Professional Building, 5780 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. Anyone that has been affected by a stroke is encouraged to attend to help raise awareness in the community of this devastating disease. All proceeds will benefit the Stroke Support Groups at Northside Hospital. For more information, visit northside.com.

Runs & Walks

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children will hold its 12th annual fundraiser Run, Walk ‘N’ Roll on Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. at Confederate Hall inside Stone Mountain Park. Visit fodac.org to register.

The 5K Star Run to benefit Centennial Place Elementary will be held Sunday, May 6, 8 a.m. at Georgia Tech. To register, visit cpschoolfoundation.org.

As part of the Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts, The Commissioner’s Run, in honor of park commissioner George Dusenbury, will be held June 9. Visit peachtreehillsfestival.com for details.

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10. Most important of all: Guide your child gently towards healthy food choices, rather than dictating. Make healthy snack foods available in your home and look for healthy choices that s/he likes. – The Georgia Association of School Nurses (gasn.org)

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Do the Locomotion Model train club mesmerizes INtown’s contributor

Annie Kinnett Nichols

I love trains. My granddad use to take my brothers and me on the train to Emory University Station when it was still running and my parents took me on trains throughout Europe. The best was when we had a train in our backyard. Literally. It would pull out of Brookwood Station

on Peachtree and run parallel to I-85 (still does). Our house would shake. I loved it. My brothers had train sets, but I wasn’t allowed to play with them since I was too young and a girl. Sigh. I’m sure it scarred me for life. Now, though, I might have a chance at it. I’ve discovered a well-kept secret at 487 1/2 Edgewood Avenue – yup, just like Harry

The model train club’s elaborate set-up recreates a Southwestern landscape with mountains, buildings and passengers.

Potter. Upstairs there’s a railroad model train club that’s been operating trains every Monday and first Saturday of the month since 1937 at the old Southern Belting Company. They’ve been at Edgewood since 1946. I had no idea until very recently when my hubby, whose studio is next door, introduced me to some of the club

members, who were wearing overalls and train caps. Members earn points for every meeting they attend and get to choose the set-up for the models, routes and directions. Oh, and there’s no TV, radio, or cell phones. When members are on duty they take it seriously. It’s awesome. The members come from all over and from completely different backgrounds. One’s an IT guy, one’s an accountant, one’s a former New York Subway Train conductor, but they all love model trains. When I stopped by on a recent Saturday, there were a few visitors watching the trains run through the imaginary Southwestern landscape, complete with mountains. I found it mesmerizing watching the operators signaling and calling out instructions while simutaneously running three trains. Please make sure you mention me when you visit and maybe one day they may let me run a train – even if I am younger and a girl. Contact Bob Peppel at (770) 934-4067 or email rwpeppel@comcast.net for more information.

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Finding PurPoSE

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Sometimes when we humans get in a tough spot, we make all kinds of pacts with God, with ourselves – we say most anything to show we will change if we get out of the mess we’re in. The founder of A Brilliant Life Foundation actually kept a pact she

made when she was just 9 years old. After her mother committed suicide and life got more and more complicated, she prayed “If you get me out of this, I’ll help others get out of hard times, too.” And that’s exactly what she’s done. Jessica DeHart started A Brilliant Life Foundation in 2007 to empower young adults ages 15 to 25 years old in foster care to reach their full potential. The end goal is to shape exceptionally confident, and selfsufficient people. “I learned early on that you had to go with what you’re good at and the trick is just figuring out what that is,” DeHart says.

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“There are wonderful state agencies and nonprofits associated with foster care that help the kids survive, we’re interested in teaching them to thrive. It breaks the hand out cycle.” A Brilliant Life assigns a life coach to work with the kids to create a 10-year plan for their future. These coaches have varied backgrounds ranging from highly motivated and passionate social workers, to child psychologists to former foster care kids who have made it successfully through program. One of the first steps is teaching basic life skills as part of the initial Life Ed Curriculum. This part of the program covers purpose, money management, getting along, staying organized and selfempowerment. While most of these skills seem very tangible, DeHart explains a little bit about what it’s like to teach “purpose.” “Purpose is when your gifts meet the world’s needs. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has gifts. We figure out what that gift is and put kids on the initial path to using that gift in their life – then they have a unique and personal purpose.” A Brilliant Life also helps with identifying a practical life skill and training for that specific vocation or line of work. They then help the participants with career kick off, including job preparedness, resumé writing, interview skills, clothing and job placement. The final phase of A Brilliant Life is complete self- sufficiency somewhere around age 25.

The kids enrolled in the program are identified by DeHart working closely with state foster care agency and other likeminded nonprofit groups in town. Having three teenage boys herself, DeHart relies on them to help her with message relevance and appropriateness for her program kids. “When people ask me how I stay detached from the emotion of it, I say, ‘I don’t’. When I look at the kids, I see all they can be. I don’t get sad, it’s not where my eyes are. I see the potential and there’s nothing sad about that.” A Brilliant Life is on its first round of kids and are hoping to foster 1,500 kids in five cities around Georgia. The initial support came from Coxe, Curry & Associates where DeHart had to pitch to get them to take her on. She was so passionate in that initial meeting that she cried while presenting. Her greatest hope for the program is that it’s duplicated to help more and more kids make it out of the cycle. Her greatest struggle is funding because there is so much need. She looks at funding the same way she sees the program helping kids. “Meet basic needs first and then, create a connection. Every human wants to belong. We help them identify with what they have inside because you can’t give what you don’t know you have.” For more about the foundation, visit abrilliantlife.org.

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kEEP it intoWn {chaStain Park} We asked real estate agent and Chastain Park Civic Association member Caroline King to tell us what she loves about her neighborhood.

Why I Love Chastain Park

The people make it great! Plus, we have all of the amenities of a country club, but it’s a beautiful public park: pool, tennis, golf, horses, art center, playground, ball fields, amphitheater, etc. I walk around the park practically every day with my dog – everyone is so friendly. I have lived here since 1996 and have seen the neighborhood work hard to Gallery Café improve Chastain and make it the best neighborhood in Atlanta.

Where to Eat

Horseradish Grill (horseradishgrill.com) has awesome southern food with originality, great wine, excellent service, plus I can walk home if I need to. Gallery Café (facebook/ TheGalleryCafe) is a wonderful French restaurant with a family atmosphere, and owners Gerard and Michele are just awesome people. Fellini’s (fellinisatlanta.com) has great pizza and salads – the swim team goes there after all of our summer league meets. Twisted Taco (twistedtaco.com) – the name says it all, and they have great margaritas, too!

Where to Shop

Fox’s (foxs.com) sells designer clothes, shoes and accessories at great prices. Frolic (frolicboutique.com) is the local Ashley Jenkins Collins’ shop of playful and sophisticated styles for women. And you will not believe the deals you can find at Goodwill (goodwill.org).

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TriPATHalon (tripathlonatlanta.com) will be held May 6. It includes a 400-yard pool swim, 15-mile bike ride, 5K run and benefits the Chastain Park Athletic Club, PATH Foundation and Chastain Park Conservancy. The 4th of July Parade and Fun Festival – bring your whole family – is an opportunity to decorate your bike, buggy, golf cart, dogs, kids and yourselves! Walk in or cheer on the parade and then come to Chastain Park Pool to cool off. The Chastain Park Arts Festival (chastainparkartsfestival.com) is Nov. 3-4 this year. It’s an awesome arts festival with more 185 artists and artisans, live acoustic music, a children’s area, delicious local foods and beverages.

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A Look Back Y O U R S T Y L E. Y O U R B R A N D S.

Ann Taylor Boutwell May 1, 1886: Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Atlanta for the unveiling of New York Sculptor Alexander Doyle’s statue of the late United States Senator Benjamin Harvey Hill. Hill served in the U. S. Senate from 1877 until his death in 1882. Atlanta Historical Society founder Walter McElreath witnessed the city’s historical event when he was an 18-year old country schoolteacher. He walked from the farm nine miles to Marietta to board the train to Atlanta. On arrival he found Peachtree Street impossible to maneuver. In the vicinity of today’s Hardy Ivy Park, a huge crowd gathered at the junction of Peachtree and West Peachtree streets. The main attraction was Jefferson Davis. “The sight of the great man,” said McElreath, “was worth the walk of eighteen miles to the train and the return, and justified the stealing of a reserved seat.” Since 1890, the State Capital has been the home of the white marble Hill statue. May 3, 1907: The Candler Building Restaurant operated by the Silverman Catering Company opened in the city’s newest skyscraper. Located in the heart of the hotel and apartment district, it attracted many new patrons, especially the ladies. Patrons entered the building through either the Peachtree or Houston street doors. The winding stairway led them down to the floor below the bank. The restaurant served meals three times Monday through Saturday, hours were from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Neither smoking nor drinking was allowed. May 3, 1924: Atlanta Municipal Market opened for business on Edgewood Avenue, one street south of Auburn Avenue. Architect Anthony Ten Eyck Brown designed the two-story, red brick, Romanesque Revival site in 1921. Mrs. Norman Sharp and her Atlanta Woman’s Club market committee started the ball rolling back in June 26, 1920, when the club first launched the idea at the old Atlanta Auditorium-Armory curbside on Courtland Street. The Municipal Market was renovated in 1974 with more makeovers in 1995, before the 1996 Olympic Games. When a new sign was put into place, the moniker read Sweet Auburn Curb Market. GIFTS

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Living by Giving Kate Atwood

Celebrating Mom Mother’s Day is right around the corner and that means it’s a great month to celebrate some of our community’s biggest givers, our moms. I had the privilege of connecting with an Atlanta mom who is giving back to our community by building homes inside and out. Chris Nort is a mother of three and a devoted Habitat for Humanity volunteer. In 2002, she founded the Marist Women’s Build in partnership with Habitat Atlanta, bringing together the women and moms of the Marist School community to build homes for local families. This May, Chris and the women of Marist are completing their 12th house together. That’s a dozen families in Atlanta that now own a home because of Chris and her friends. In honor of Mother’s Day, Chris took time to share about how she is Living by Giving. On volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. My first experience with Habitat was the first Marist Women’s Build project in 2002. Habitat for Humanity reminds us of the simplest and most basic needs in our community: safe and affordable housing. Any volunteer who builds a Habitat home alongside the proud owner will be moved by their gratitude, their hope for a better future and their determination to succeed in home ownership. The entire experience only makes you want to build more. On being a mom and a volunteer. Nothing puts my petty woes and wants into perspective better than helping parents that I meet through Habitat for Humanity realize their dreams of a better life for their children. My daughter and her friends have joined me on several builds and my son has helped to serve lunch to the volunteers. It’s great for them to see how important volunteering is in my life. As a mom, I hope my children will recognize opportunities to

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Pet Briefs Renowned radio personality Rick Dees will be the celebrity guest host for the 10th anniversary celebration for Furkids, the nonprofit animal rescue organization. The event will be held at Cobb Energy Centre on May 5. Tickets are $75 per person. There will be food, drinks, live entertainment, silent and live auctions. furkids.org Piedmont Bark will host the 2012 Pet Cotillion, an annual benefit for Pets are Loving Support (PALS), on Sunday, May 6. Tickets 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.

Atlanta’s best-dressed animals turned out for Haute Hounds and Couture Cats Fashion Show Luncheon, benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society. The event was presented by Saks Fifth Avenue and sponsored by Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors.

BarkWorld Expo, the national pet conference covering social media, pet education, lifestyle, and technology, will be held Oct. 25-27 in Atlanta. barkworldexpo.com

Photo by Jim Fitts Sponsor and model Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors walked the runway in Ralph Lauren designs and led his French Briard, Dysis, who wore her Gucci collar.

Fix Georgia Pets is a new outreach program in affiliation with the non-profit Atlanta Companion Rescue Foundation (ACRF), created to prevent the euthanization of dogs and cats through spaying and neutering. Donations go toward free spay and neuter services as well as awareness campaigns about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering. Donations can be made by visiting fixgeorgiapets.org

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Garden Education Ridgeview Charter teaching stewardship and gardening By Anne Boatwright When Anita Hall, Ridgeview Charter School’s Speech Language Pathologist, decided to renovate the middle school’s languishing container gardens, she didn’t want to start a grand, unsustainable project. Not being a horticulturist she began small with the vision of creating a food garden to tie in gardening principles with her lessons, which integrate language-based academic skills across the curriculum and grade levels. She took this concept to Principal Lisa Hastey, who approved it enthusiastically. Her idea soon caught on with other teachers who jumped in as well, eyeing opportunities for incorporation into their various social studies, math, art and science lessons.

  Since Hall works collaboratively with teachers anyway, it was an easy adoption. Last October, Hands on Atlanta volunteers cleared the beds and amended the soil to prepare for the students to plant cool weather vegetables. By November, students harvested the lettuces for salads and within a month, they enjoyed a bounty of produce including broccoli, radishes, arugula, kale and Swiss chard. To celebrate, Hall invited a guest chef to teach the students how to prepare kale chips, Swiss chard pasta and sautéed broccoli. It was such a hit – students were begging for more. By the new year more teachers signed up for collaborating with Hall’s program and more took part in the spring planting phase. Educators and administrators agreed that a school garden seemed the perfect place to

RCS students Jhoana Soriano, Amiy Cienfuegos, and Diego Rodriguez.

Front row, l-r, RCS Speech Pathologist Anita Hall with students Jhoana Soriano, Miguel Estrada, Andres Arreola, Ricardo Rivera, and Pedro Delgado. Back row, l-r, RCS students Tea Antigiovanni, Amiy Cienfuegos, Diego Rodriguez, RCS Math and Science Teacher Lauren Mathis

engage students in positive dynamic experiences that sustain the whole child as a lifelong learner.   Recently, Hall attended the Georgia Organics Conference, spending part of the time at the third annual Georgia Farm-to-School Summit. There she learned about further integrating the garden and its expansion into the curriculum, and also gained information and ideas about how to use the project to become more involved in community and global initiatives.

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Hall says, “Teaching with hope, meaning and joy has continued to become an increasing necessity for me. The Farm-to-School movement in Georgia and across the nation has made me aware of and energized about how a school garden would offer limitless hands-on opportunities for learning across the curriculum while being a truly accessible ‘classroom’ for children of all learning abilities and styles.” For more about the school, visit ridgeviewcharterschool.com

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The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 16th Annual River Revival is Friday, May 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. with an impressive line-up of music. The party will be held at Park Tavern, at the corner of 10th Street and Monroe Drive on the edge of Piedmont Park. Performing under the big tent will be modern-rock cellist Ben Sollee, who will be honored with the River Rock Star Award and is this year’s headliner, Atlanta singer/songwriter Gareth Asher, swamp-blues outfit Burn Bacon, torch singer Julia Haltigan, and R&B dance outfit Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. Tickets are $45 for general admission and includes food, beer and wine from Park Tavern and a one-year UCR membership - as well as beer from SweetWater. Tickets and information at chattahoochee.org.

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More growing at schools ... Lovett Lower School The Garden Club of America recognized Lovett Lower School Science teacher Sarah Spiers in March for her work with students in creating and maintaining the Lower School garden. She received the 2012 Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, which included a certificate and check for $1,000. The award recognizes an individual who, through working with children under 16 years of age in horticulture and the environment, has inspired their appreciation of beauty and the fragility of our planet. Spiers not only taught her students how to cultivate and tend a garden, she has incorporated philanthropy into her curriculum as well. The plants and vegetables that are grown in the garden are donated to a local women’s and children’s shelter.

Students, teachers and parents all helped in creating the unity garden at the New Schools at Carver.

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Students from Lovett Lower School are taught how to cultivate and tend a garden with their bounty of fresh produce being donated to as local women’s and children’s shelter after harvest.

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board was awarded a $70,300 grant to GivingPoint to build a unity garden and courtyard for more than 1,000 under-served students at the New Schools at Carver. They will also use these grant funds to expand their technology platform and provide online education materials for students to learn more about environmental stewardship and to apply their classroom knowledge in real-world experiences that benefit the community. Dr. Darian Jones, Principal at the Health Sciences and Research School at Carver, said “Throughout the project, we will focus on teaching the students teamwork, service leadership, environmental stewardship, and the value of uniting to help others for a common cause.” Sustenance Design designed the Unity Garden over several months of guiding a community building process with input from teachers and community leaders. It will provide a place for students from all of the New Schools at Carver to gather, relax and enjoy nature together. It will have delicious fruit trees, beautiful flowers and inviting places to sit. Please join us on one or more of the following dates to dig, plant, lay bricks, mix compost and more.

Eco-Briefs On Monday, May 7, Children of Conservation will host Eats & Beats, a fundraising event featuring 25 of Atlanta’s top restaurants and four fantastic chef bands, to kick off the season for Dinner & A Cause Card. The cards give guests a 20 percent discount at participating Atlanta restaurants for an entire month. Eats & Beats will take place at The Buckhead Theatre from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Some of the restaurants taking part include Food 101, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Genki Noodles, No. 246 and more. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Children of Conservation, which is dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered animals in third world countries through education, habitat preservation and wildlife sanctuary support. childrenofconservation.org Cox Enterprises donated $5 million to the PATH Foundation from The James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation. The gift will be given KeepitINtown.com

in the form of $1 million annually over five years. The gift will support PATH’s 2012 capital fundraising campaign, which seeks to raise $11.4 million to help build 34 miles of greenway trails in Georgia. “Our goal is to make Atlanta the most trail connected city in the U.S.,” said Ed McBrayer, PATH Foundation’s executive director. pathfoundation.org The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has been selected as one of the recipients of the Southwest Airlines LUV Grant honoring organizations who show their “LUV” for their communities. Six recipients were determined by the public voting online for the favorite videos that the 15 finalists produced on how they would use money to show LUV to the communities they serve. “We are so honored and grateful to the many Atlanta BeltLine Partnership fans who cast thousands of votes to make this possible,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Executive Director Valarie Wilson. “And we are so appreciative to Southwest Airlines for this opportunity to support our Adopt-theAtlanta BeltLine program.” beltline.org As a part of the celebration of Energy Star’s 20th anniversary, two organizations in Georgia were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2012 Energy Star Award.  This award was given because of their outstanding leadership and commitment to protecting America’s environment through superior energy efficiency. The Award of Excellence went to Hozhizaki America based in Peachtree City for successfully promoting Energy Star qualified ice machines, dishwashers, and other foodservice equipment. The Award for Sustained Excellence went to SCIenergy of Atlanta, an international energy management company, for its central role of benchmarking whole-building energy use in

effectively managing energy performance. energystar.gov/awards Keep Atlanta Beautiful will open a second Community Recycling Center at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road in the lower parking lot. The center will be open the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Electronics and latex paint will be accepted with other recyclables to be added in the coming months. Some fees may be applicable. Visit keepatlantabeautiful.org for full details. HGTV will open its 2012 Green Home in Serenbe for tours from May 4 to June 24. The custom-built home will be given away as part of a contest at HGTV. Tours will cost $20 per person and proceeds will benefit the Serenbe Institute, a nonprofit that explores, nature and culture at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School. hgtv.com/greenhome

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MAY 5 WEST END NIGHT UNDER THE STARS & HOME TOUR The West End Neighborhood has scrapped the West Fest and is focusing on music and its historic homes. The Night Under the Stars Candlelight Picnic and Concert will be held at The Wren’s Nest on Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. and feature music from Julie Dexter and Grammy winner Kebbie Williams. Tickets are $25. The tour of homes will take place from noon to 5 p.m. that same afternoon. To buy tickets, visit atlantawestend.com.

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FESTIVAL GUIDE MUSIC, HOME TOURS & ART

HIGHLIGHT MONTH OF EVENTS Spring is in full swing, which means we’re in the thick of festival season. If you love music, art and exploring other people’s homes, then there will be something to keep you busy all this month.

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MAY 19-20 KIRKWOOD SPRING FLING & TOUR OF HOMES The 10th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, at Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive. The festival will feature an open air artist market, 5k run, live music, children’s area and food and beverage vendors. The home tour will showcase a diverse collection of building styles from classic Victorian to Modern designs. The tour of homes will be held Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available online now. The festival portion of the weekend is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and admission is free. Music continues to 11 p.m. and will feature No Parachute, Lauren St. Jane & The Dead Westerns, The Deadfields, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Noot d’ Noot and headliners Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization, a local nonprofit group dedicated community improvement. For more information, visit kirkwoodfling.com.

BUCKHEAD SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL The 3rd annual festival is set for Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chastain Park. The festival will feature 175 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal workers, glass blowers, jewelers and more. The festival will also offer a children’s play area with sand art and inflatables, food and live music. More than 25,000 people attended last year’s event, and organizers are expecting a big turnout. For a full line-up of events and artists visit, buckheadartsfestival.com.

MAY 11-13 SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST The historic Sweet Auburn district of Downtown comes alive with a weekend of music, activities, food and more on May 11 - 13. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Auburn Avenue is the focal point for the festival, which will feature a seniors pavilion, artists market, business and tech expo, car and bike show, heath and fitness fair, sports zone, a “Just for Women” zone, kids fun area, green pavilion and more. Organizers are encouraging attendees to take MARTA. No pets, coolers or distribution of flyers will be permitted. For more information, visit sweetaburn.com.

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MAY 26-27

ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

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The 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long event, capped off by a Memorial Day weekend festival in Piedmont Park, May 26-28. Performers this year will include Roy Ayers, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Ojeda Penn, Grace Kelly, Cyrus Chestnut, Kathleen Bertrand and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra. Music will run from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. all three days of the festival. There will be a May 25 kick-off show with Johnny O’Neal at Loews Atlanta Hotel. For tickets, details and the full schedule, visit atlantafestivals.com.

More than 160 artists from around the country, live music, literary events, theater, dance and a parade are all part of the 24th annual Decatur Arts Festival set for Memorial Day weekend, May 26 - 27. Presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance, the festival includes art and artists from all disciplines and features hands-on participatory art as well as demonstrating and performing arts. All events are free. The weekend actually kicks off with the Art Walk on Friday, May 25, night from 5 to 10 p.m. with special events and artists at local galleries and businesses in Downtown Decatur. The Artists Market will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, while live music will be staged on the community bandstand on the square featuring Doria Roberts, The Bonaventure Quartet, David McCoy and The Coming Attractions, Blue Moon and more. To see a full line-up of events, visit decaturartsfestival.com.

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The Thinking Artist

THE VILLAGE THEATRE:

Patrick Dennis

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Sadie’s Way I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… I don’t get sad very often. I’m usually a relentlessly happy guy. But after 12 loving years, my special “little girl” Sadie (a St. Bernard) just couldn’t hold on any longer and I lost her to that place where especially good dogs go to play with their friends. Even though I had about a million great memories to rely on, I couldn’t shake the sadness of my loss. I started thinking something was wrong with me. Then word got out (imagine that) and people started sending me messages on how to cope. The outpouring of love and support was humbling and appreciated. Best of all I began to develop a brand new sense of my place in this world as I listened to stories told by friends and strangers. I’m a speck! The world is a huge place and this event that was so important to me didn’t even slow down the cosmic flow for a second. When I got the news that my dear friend (and Atlanta INtown publisher) Wendy Binns has effectively beat back cancer with a vengeance, it sure gave me a new sense of understanding and courage. I think I now have a special appreciation for those persons coping with illness, an aging parent, poverty, and yes loss of a loved pet and look at it from a surprisingly artistic perspective. Thankfully, I can paint what I see in my mind fairly well or at least I’ve managed to fool some people into thinking so. After a lot of reflection I began to paint a scene where I’d want to be. Of course there are hills, a great skyline and water because those are important to me. The color palette I chose was different for me: somber but with a light that seems to direct the eye across the scene in a peaceful way. I named it “Sadie’s Way” because she led me to this place in my mind after a lot of encouragement from

friends. Now that it’s done and framed I can look at it and think of my “little girl” with a happy sigh instead of trying to figure out why my eyes are watering and trying to blame it on the pollen. Lots of artists have creative ways to handle stress and changes. Some effectively dive into their work and create amazing art. Some get very busy with events to showcase their work which helps validate their chosen vocation. There are lots of opportunities for artists this month, and even more for those who just have an appreciation for these talented folks. My personal advice to you, dear reader, is to view art with an open mind and consider the story behind it. If the art prompts vivid memories whether happy or sad, allow them to fill you up. Most of all I hope you will take the advice given to me so thoughtfully and know that even in your darkest moment when you feel like you just cannot find your way, art can and will bring you back to life. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.

In memory of Sadie.

By Brigette Flood In need of a laugh? Got a hankering for some silly? Like improv? The Village Theatre’s offering plenty of all the above at their new location in The Pencil Factory Lofts. Head over, delight in their improv antics, and try out their new theater space while you sip a beverage and enjoy a performance. Their new location is at 349 Decatur St., just a hop, skip and giggle down from the older, cozier, some-might-say sketchier location beneath the old Lenny’s bar. Led by co-owners Blair Holden, Mike King and Chris Clabo, the merry 12-member cast has been refining their style of hilarity for a while. After initially meeting and performing at Whole World Theatre, the crew struck out on their own in 2007 performing together at the 10 High in Virginia Highlands. It stuck. After about a year, they opened the old Village Theatre in October 2008 with a serious mission: to become a house of comedy. Judging from the enthusiastic crowd in attendance during grand opening weekend, they’re well on their way. Not bad, for a crew that’s yet to quit their day jobs. The core of what The Village Theatre does is improv comedy but they also host stand-up, burlesque and sketch comedy. “We are, and will always be, an inexpensive evening of entertainment for

Atlantans to sit back, laugh and take their mind off their day,” says Blair Holden. “Our purpose is to create laughter – for both the audience and ourselves.” And they do. Weekly, in fact. You can enjoy a show with main cast members on Friday or Saturday night for a mere $10 or have some fun with the student group, Danger!, on Thursdays for $5. For those who are more curious about comedy, Village Theatre also offers 8-week improv classes. All come highly recommended by past attendees. As their website says, “It’s the most fun you can have for $10 with your clothes on!” Starting in May, the Village Theatre will be collaborating with Phat Comedy and will be offering monthly stand-up comedy workshops for youth ages 8-17. “We are very excited for Phat Kids to be a part of the Village Theatre,” says troupe member Emily Holden. It’s worth noting that she is 9 months pregnant, something that works to riotous advantage on stage, as she adds, “We also like being able to say Phat Kids and get away with it.” For more information, check out villagecomedy.com, Like them on Facebook/ VillageTheatreATL or follow on Twitter @ VillageTheatre.

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May 5-6 Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday Chastain Park on Park Drive. Free to attend. More than 175 great (mostly local) artists and crafters! buckheadartsfestival.com May 12 “Birds and Bees” Decatur Market & Gallery 5 -10 p.m. 153 Ponce de Leon Pl., Decatur Gallery opening, reception and outdoor market Free to attend. decaturgallery.com

May 19 Kirkwood Spring Fling 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday Bessie Branham Park 2051 Delano Dr. NE, Atlanta Free to attend. kirkwoodfling.com May 26 Decatur Arts Festival Old Courthouse Square, Decatur 10 a.m. Saturday 11 a.m. Sunday Free to attend. decaturartsfestival.com

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Sojourn

Theatrical Outfit Visual Arts & Museums Lust: Jennifer Schwartz Gallery explores the power of lust in this exhibit featuring artists Alexi Hobbs, Laura Noel and Clay Lipsky, who evoke passion through their powerful images. Closes May 12. Admission is free. jenniferschwartzgallery.com Pascal Pierme: New Works: Sculptor Pascal Pierme contradicts the warm material of wood in his works, creating metallic finishes and incorporating organic materials,

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geometric forms and a modern aesthetic in this exhibit at Alan Avery Art Company. Closes May 12. Admission is free. alanaveryartcompany.com Beth Lilly Exhibit: This twopart exhibition at Hagedorn Foundation Gallery features Beth Lilly’s conceptual and performance-based photographic works, which echo the tell-all confessionals of social media and marry photography, mobile technologies and human intuition. Closes May 15. Admission is free. hagedornfoundationgallery.org

Sojourn: Explore works by artists Anne Nagby, Alex Darling, Keith Rosemand II and Jack Simonetta in this pb&j gallery exhibit, which represents the artists’ journeys as sojourns - some more literal than others. Closes May 18. Admission is free. pbj-gallery.com Unreliable Narrator: This Barbara Archer Gallery exhibit features works by Barbara Schreiber, who explores a world in disarray through intimate paintings and drawings that appear lighthearted at first glance but often have unsettling undertones. Closes May 19. Admission is free. barbaraarcher.com Alejandro Aguilera - About the Modern Spirit: This exhibit at the High Museum of Art features 30 drawings created by Atlantabased artist Alejandro Aguilera, who made portraits of artists whom he considered inspirations and heroes. Closes May 20. $11 to $18. high.org Viability Threshold: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center features recent drawings by Ann Stewart in this exhibit. Stewart works in graphite on oversized paper to create meticulous and complex drawings that

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negotiate the boundary between randomness and structure. Closes May 25. Admission is free. callanwolde.org

Performing Arts

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Samurai Davis Jr. and Dim Sum’s Super Mega Happy Fun Time Improv Show: This totally outrageous improvised Japanese game show at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company places two teams of improvisers in a battle to compete for the audience’s love … and to stay dry. Opens May 4. $14 to $21. dadgarage.com Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert: Innovative jazz pianist, violinist and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell headlines this annual benefit concert featuring the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. May 5. $60. cau.edu Fieldwork Showcase: Independent artists showcase works-in-progress that they have developed through the CORE spring fieldwork workshop in this performance at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. May 6. $7. coredance.org

The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365: This World Premiere at Horizon Theatre Company is a roller coaster of humor, music and imagination inspired by amazing real life events at Waffle House restaurants. Opens May 8. $15 to $30. horizontheatre.com Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest: Georgia Shakespeare’s popular summer theatre event returns to Piedmont Park with the remount of “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s final play and most beloved romance filled with revenge, retribution Continued on page 34 KeepitINtown.com


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32 and reconciliation. May 9 through May 13. Free to $20. gashakespeare.org Doubt: A Parable: OnStage Atlanta presents this 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Awardwinning play, a gripping and powerful drama that explores moral certainty in a 1964 school in the Bronx. Opens May 11. $12 to $20. onstageatlanta.com A Prairie Home Companion: See Garrison Keillor’s live radio variety show broadcast and performed live at The Fabulous Fox Theatre presented by Public Broadcasting Atlanta and WABE 90.1FM. Keillor’s show is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations and abroad. May 12. $35 to $75. foxtheatre.org Xperimental Puppetry Theater: Artists of all disciplines join forces in this production to create bold, original experiments in puppetry for adult audiences at the Center for Puppetry Arts. May 17 through May 20. $12. puppet.org

New Choreographic Voices: This Atlanta Ballet performance at the Alliance Theatre showcases an evening of world premieres by some of the world’s most talented choreographers with vibrant artistic vision and daring, new movement. May 18 through May 20. $20 to $88. atlantaballet.com Imagination Movers: Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning rockers Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty bring their high-octane rock concert to the live stage with real guitar, real drums and real fun for the whole family to enjoy. May 19. $27 to $37. cobbenergycentre.com Scheherazade & Rhapsody in Blue: Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra performs Russian composer Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful symphonic suite based on Arabian Nights and George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced work featuring solo pianist Kris Carlisle at this concert. May 19. $10 to $15. atlantaphilharmonic.org

South of the Border: Join the fiesta as Atlanta Freedom Band performs music by Latino and Latina composers in this concert. May 19. $5 to $10. atlantafreedombands.com REO Speedwagon: Charttopping 1970s and 1980s American rock band REO Speedwagon returns to the stage with Styx and Ted Nugent at this Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park concert. May 20. $29 to $99. vzwamp.com

Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest

A Wrinkle in Time: This Theatrical Outfit adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 Newberry Medal-winning novel follows awkward teen Meg Murry on her fantastical journey to another planet to rescue her imprisoned father. Closes May 20. $15 to $40. theatricaloutfit.org Motherhood the Musical: Watch as these mothers climb the emotional mountain of motherhood only to find that there’s laundry at the top in this GFour Productions musical at

 

14th Street Playhouse. Closes May 20. $45. 14thstplayhouse.org Jersey Boys: This Broadway in Atlanta production of the 2006 Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning musical tells the story of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Four Seasons and their record-selling success before they were 30 years old. Opens May 22. $33 to $73. broadwayinatlanta.com Ethereal & Evocative: Atlanta Chamber Players concludes its

season with this concert at the New American Shakespeare Tavern featuring works of delicacy and mystery, including the World Premiere of its latest commission by Alan Elkins. May 22. $15 to $24. atlantachamberplayers.com Go for Baroque: Bruch & Mendelssohn: Nicholas McGegan conducts this Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Baroque works and Polish violinist Stefan Jackiw. May 24 through May 26. $21 to $79. atlantasymphony.org.

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By Tina Chadwick In this world of automation, process and streamlining to find every ounce of efficiency, artist Thomas Arthur Schaefer has the maturity and patience to let the art reveal itself – however long that takes. Schaefer’s entire body of work is based

around ideas coupled with a process to create an end result – art. While looking at a wall of 50 donuts might seem, at first glance, simple, the conceptual thought going into the piece gives pause to a knee-jerk assessment. Schaefer is known for using many different materials, including donuts

and candy. Another interesting layer to Schaefer’s art is the concept of following materials through various stages of reuse through to decomposition. He uses scraps and byproducts of one body of work as central material for another. “I started with candy based on artificial sugars and coloring works. I noticed candy faded to white so I started doing a colorful piece of candy next to a white panel with a boarder the same bright color of the original candy as a celebration of life and death. After time, the candy faded to white and the only relation back to the bright candy color is the frame. It’s a look at commercialized goods to uncover real value over time.” Schaefer says he rarely throws anything away. “I build around the materials I have and you’ll see artifacts from past process into new pieces.” He believes that by following materials across different types of work you get those interesting circles of life and how traits from one material can change and take on a new roll in another. As for why donuts, Schaefer sees them as “the ultimate in the process of mass production with a variant and a heavy dose of consumerism.” And that’s not a bad thing;

it’s just one of the places where he finds the art of process. “What you discover during a process of doing the same thing over and over again is a variance that leads to new areas. The variations are the art of process that takes you to new invention,” Schaefer explains. That’s why you’ll see most of his work as multiple versions with slight and sometimes imperceptible changes. “I don’t want to make a painting, I want to make 20 and see where the variation is – the similarities and differences,” he says. He also tries to do one piece a year that takes the entire year to complete. One of his concepts right now is to build 20 frames and let ham rot to see the variance in decomposition. It’s all the same process, but the outcomes will be very different for each piece. As for what he considers “successful,” Schaefer says, “The reason it’s hard for me to be commercial is that I don’t focus on the outcome, it’s the process that creates the piece so I can’t predict the end product or if it will be commercially relevant – which is how most people define success, but I am not most people.”

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Atlanta hosts countless filming of major motion pictures. Intown residents often spot the signals that Hollywood is in town: celebrities at our favorite coffee shops, rows of trailers lining unexpected streets and crews hustling under pop-up tents. The action sparks our curiousity. And, now there’s an outlet for kids ages 11-17 to learn the industry and try their own hand at filmmaking. Camp Flix debuts this July as a one-week professional filmmaking camp for kids. The camp is owned and operated by Camp Jam, the company that produces rock n’ roll summer camps. Camp Flix’s weekly sessions will be held at Oglethorpe and Emory Universities. The goal, describes Tom Karsch, camp co-founder and former VP and General Manager for Turner Classic Movies and Turner South, is to “eat, drink and breath filmmaking and have fun along the way.” Tom elaborates that this camp is for all skill levels. He explains that “no matter what their current skill set might be in making digital films, Camp Flix will take them to the next level.” The big pay-off for the campers’ hard work is at the conclusion of the week. On Friday evening, there will be a Hollywood-style premiere showing the productions. For more information, visit www.campflix.com.

Atlanta Fringe Festival Theatre, spoken word, storytelling dance on tap May 9-13 The first annual Atlanta Fringe Festival, scheduled for May 9-13, will be a five-day extravaganza featuring 29 eclectic shows from artists across the country. The performing arts festival follows the “fringe” mission to provide an accessible, un-juried, uncensored outlet for all manner of theatrical work. Joining an international circuit of such festivals, Atlanta Fringe is dedicated to showcasing original, nontraditional work that celebrates diverse and multi-cultural artistic expression and that pushes audiences to consider new perspectives. A number of Atlanta’s notable companies are involved including OnStage Atlanta, Twinhead Theatre, and Timblerig Circus presenting drama and comedy. Also expect spoken word, storytelling, dance, cabaret and opera. Fringe’s inaugural festival will feature artists from the Atlanta area, 10 other states and even from as far away as Italy. Content ratings range from family friendly to general audiences and mature audiences. Festival venues are Beacon Dance, CORE Performance Company, Horizons School in Decatur, WonderRoot in Kirkwood and The Mask Center in Little Five Points. Tickets will be $10 per performance, plus a one-time purchase of a $3 Fringe button. Multi-show passes are also available for pre-sale. More information about each company’s performance is available at atlantafringe.org.

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Atlantic Station. $270,000 1229 Mecaslin Street NW 3BR/3.5 BA FMLS: 4331114 Anne B. Fuller 678.662.5750

Avondale Estates. $225,000 341 Glen Cove Drive 4BR/2.5 BA FMLS: 4335396 Randy Walters 404.432.6162 Bill Ransom 404.974.4440

Brookhaven. $459,900 2119 Village Point NE 4BR/3.5 BA FMLS:4314668 Carson Matthews 678.595.9286

Brookhaven. $349,750 2272 Drew Valley Road 3BR/2BA FMLS: 4340294 Cheryl Bridges 770.712.5456

Buckhead. $869,000 3288 W Shadowlawn Avenue 5BR/4.5 BA FMLS: 5004714 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 JW Getzinger 404.974.4312

Buckhead. $1,125,000 294 Land O Lakes Court NE 4BR/3Full 2half BA FMLS: 4318678 Maryanne Winchester 678.520.9922

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May 4

Skyland Trail will host Arts in the Garden on Friday, May 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1903 North Druid Hills Road. There will be workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, performances, plant and art sales, silent auction, story telling and mental health education. Admission is free. The annual event salutes the successful recovery of individuals with mental illness. skylandtrail.org

May 5

The Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association will host the 4th annual Downtown Atlanta Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 5, starting at noon at Dania’s Gourmet Restaurant, 26 Peachtree St. Teams of two will search through Downtown for clues, and you must have a digital camera or camera phone to snap photos of the clues. First place wins $500 cash. The cost is $25 per person or $35 for day-of registration. The same day, the association will hold the Fairlie Bazaar from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the north end of Woodruff Park. The combination flea market/green market will offer CDs, books, DVDs, furniture, clothing and more. More details and registration info at atlantadna.org 

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The Georgia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) presents the 2012 Hope for a Cure Gala, A Gift of Time, on Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m., at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. For the fourth year in a row, John Pruitt and WSB-TV News Anchor, Monica Pearson, will emcee the black-tie event, which expects to, once again, raise well over $1 million dollars for diabetes research. There will be a cocktail party and extensive silent auction with prizes like a week in Cabo San Lucas and lunch with Gwyneth Paltrow on the set of Iron Man 3. For tickets and info, visit jdrfgeorgia.org.

The 5th Annual BeltLine Bicycle Tour is Saturday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to experience by bicycle the transformative Beltline project as it hits its stride. With the Eastside Trail slated to open this summer and voters facing a July transportation sales tax referendum that would provide $602 million for BeltLine transit and trails, the project is poised to take a huge leap forward. There will be varied pace options depending on how fast or how leisurely participants want to take it, and the ride will include fascinating stops highlighting assets and points of interest along the BeltLine. Trained volunteers will lead each group, and all routes will be supported with SAG vehicles and refreshments with route lengths suitable for every level of cycling experience. The full ride is 31 miles and begins DH Stanton Park in Peoplestown, just south of Grant Park. atlantabike.org to register.

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Collaborations Atlanta, featuring dancers, acrobats, musicians, magicians, jugglers, actors, puppeteers, spoken word artists, poets, visual artists, film makers and more, will be held Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m. at The Beam, 750 Glenwood Ave. Tickets are $10. solestance.com.

May 19

A Spring Fling Fundraiser for assisted living community Wesley Woods Towers, 1825 Clifton Road, will feature live bluegrass music, barbecue, bake sale, jewelry sale, silent auction and more. The event will be held Saturday, May 5, 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include food.

The Blue Jeans & Bomber Jackets BBQ fundraiser to benefit the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will be held Saturday, May 19, 7 to 11 p.m. at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. There will be a reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling (912) 748-8888 or by emailing JGrismer@mightyeighth.org. For mor about the museum visit mightyeighth.org.

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The 3 annual Dunwoody Art Festival will be held Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-13) and takes place in the heart of Dunwoody, encompassing two city blocks. The event features an Artist’s Market, continuous live entertainment, interactive children’s area with games and rides and an extensive food court. Dunwoody’s eclectic shopping district, which borders the festival grounds and is filled with restaurants, boutiques and unique stores, will be open to festival-goers throughout the weekend. dunwoodyartfestival.com

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The 35 annual Geranium Festival takes over the historic downtown McDonough Square on Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with arts and crafts, food from local restaurants, children’s play area and more. The year also marks the first Geranium Jam, a day-long concert series at nearby Alexander Park with headliners Drivin N Cryin. tourmcdonough.com

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May 19

Art Partners, the High Museum of Art’s social and volunteer organization, will host the third annual fundraiser Catwalk Meets Canvas, on Saturday, May 19, at Mercedes Benz of Buckhead from 8-11 p.m. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and select cocktails. Advance tickets are available for $40 for museum members and $60 for non-members, and a $100 V.I.P. admission package, which includes reserved seating for the fashion show, access to a private lounge and a gift bag. Limited ticket quantities will be available on the night of the event, and after May 17, ticket prices will increase. Tickets and info at high.org/cmc.

May 19

Centennial Olympic Park will host Party in the Park on Saturday, May 19, featuring The Flaming Lips (pictured above), Young the Giant, AWOLNATION and Dawes. Tickets are only $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and can be purchased through Ticket Alternative online at ticketalternative.com. Gates open at 3 p.m. with live music until 11 p.m. For more, visit centennialpark.com.

Ongoing

Explore the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the cool of summer evenings during the 10th annual Cocktails in the Garden, held each Thursday night from May through September. Enjoy specialty cocktails, live musical entertainment and cooking demonstrations by the Garden Chef every week from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $18.95, which includes one free-drink coupon. Garden members are admitted for free. For more information, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

May 26

The 5th annual Brew at the Zoo will be held Saturday, May 26, 5:30-10 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta. The signature summer fundraiser will feature awardwinning beer, wine tasting, live music and more. Tickets and details, zooatlanta.org.

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Heritage Sandy Springs presents Wind Down Wednesdays, a mid-week series of outdoor concerts on the city’s enertainment lawn at the corner of Sandy Springs Place and Bluestone Road. Bands slated to perform are Slippery When Wet (May 16), My Favorite Baldwin (June 20), Red Zeppelin (July 18) and Blue Horizon (Aug. 15). Admission is $5 for adults (21 and over); $2 ages (13-20) and free for ages 12 and under. For more, visit heritagesandysprings.org.

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wanted to know about your grandfather clock. The second-generation owner of Bowers Watch & Clock Repair on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta, Tom is an expert on tall case clocks, or grandfather clocks. He is also the go-to guy for all other types of clocks and watches in need of tender loving repair. But the grandfather-type clocks are stars of his show. And as part of that show, he is careful to point out that grandfather clocks are tall case versions that are six feet tall and over. A clock that is five to six feet tall is called a grandmother clock and Tom says that you can go on down to classifying aunt and uncle clocks, based on the height, if you so desire In 1943, Henry Bowers founded the company in the back room of a shoe store. The business moved several times before landing in its current location. Over the years, Henry’s three sons, Douglas, James and Tim all worked in the shop to learn the trade – from answering phones and shipping to specialized clock and watch repairs. Their wives all pitched in to help as well. After Henry’s health forced him out of the day-to-day business, Tom and brother James purchased the company in the late 1970s and in 1980, Tom became the sole owner of Bowers Watch & Clock Repair. In keeping with the tradition of family running the show, Tom’s sons Mike and Tim are also part of the mix, taking care of the watch department and most clock repair, leaving the elder Bowers free to run the house-call

service, repairing grandfather clocks in your home when necessary. Tall case clocks have been around for centuries, first appearing in the US in the late 1600s. Most clock makers at that time were not furniture makers, which may be why it is rumored that the cases for the early clocks were originally made by coffin makers. That would explain why your grandfather clock case may be called a sarcophagus. Before 1800, almost all the cases were made of walnut, so if you have a clock case crafted from cherry wood, it probably wasn’t created in the 1700s. Tom Bowers started seriously working for the company as a teen, while attending Grady High School. “I got into a little trouble at school,” he confesses sheepishly, “and my father made me report to the shop 15 minutes after school let out.” Every day after school young Tom was put to work fixing the same clock. “Same clock, but with a different problem everyday,” he says. “Of course eventually that clock ran out of problems and I was moved on to working on repairs for others.” A 22-year military career ended when Henry Bowers called his son, on duty in Germany at the time, to urge Tom to come home and take over the business. Heeding that call, Tom has been in clocks and watches ever since. These days, at 77, his sons handle the majority of the business, leaving their father to handle the house calls and unusual situations. “Basically, I do whatever I want,” Tom says with a twinkle in his eyes. “I mean, after all, I still write the checks!” Grandfather clocks fell out of popularity

for a while, Tom notes. “Shorter ones are more popular now,” he says. Although that may change since one of the reasons for fewer tall clocks in the home was that after World War II, the housing being built in the 1950s and 1960s tended to have much lower ceilings. “I did work on a job where we cut a hole in the ceiling to accommodate the clock,” Tom remembers. “Seems like everyday I see something I’ve never seen before.” Like the clock he found that was three feet wide and twelve feet tall. Maybe that is a great-grandfather clock! So you would think that this grandfather clock guru would have a house full of them. Not quite. He does have two tall case clocks in his home but claims he doesn’t like either one of them. “They become a chore after a while,” he says, referring to having to remember to wind them up. And then he points out that “Battery clocks keep really accurate time.” Retirement is not in Tom’s plans at the moment, although he says his sons think they already own the business. Don’t be surprised if you visit Tom’s business and see a couple of Bowers grandsons and a granddaughter taking care of customers, handing out change, sorting things or standing on a stool next to grandpa as he works. Tom reports that they are all good little workers, so it looks like the family tradition will most likely continue at Bowers Watch & Clock Repair. For more, visit bowerswatchandclockrepair.com.

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American Freight Furniture and Mattress has opened a new store at 4505 Fulton Industrial Boulevard. The Atlanta store is the fifth American Freight location in Georgia, with others in Marietta, Norcross, Riverdale and Savannah. It is also the 70th store nationwide. American Freight is a warehouse-style discount furniture store open to the public that specializes in furniture obtained through dealer cancellations, factory closeouts, retail chain buyouts, and wholesale liquidations. The stores carry name brands as well as house brands at factory direct prices, including Simmons, Serta, Stewart and Hamilton and NordicRest. americanfreight.us. Delta Community Credit Union will open its 23rd full-service branch location in Midtown in later summer. Located at 80 Peachtree Place, the new 4,200-square-foot branch is occupying a space that has been vacant for more than a decade and it is within the Midtown Mile. DeltaCommunityCU.com Sean Mills, former president of the parody website The Onion, has launched Nerve Dating Atlanta, a site for singles to find love and friends in city.  dating.nerve.com CITGO Petroleum Corporation donated more than 1,500 pieces of laboratory equipment, including workbenches, beakers, flasks and ovens to the City of Atlanta School System. The equipment will help students at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Forest Hill Academy advance their science and chemistry education. CITGO.com The John Marshall Law School in Midtown is now renting its Blackburn Conference Center for receptions, meetings and other events. Located at the corner of 18th and Spring Streets, the space features New music venue Terminal West is now open at the King Plow Arts Center. The 7,000-square-foot space was transformed from a 100-year old iron and steel foundry. terminalwestatl.com

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Palas Jewelers in Buckhead got a national profile boost when it was featured on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Cast member Sheree Whitfield brought her future son-in-law in to look for an engagement ring. Palas Jewelers specializes in custom made engagement rings, designing and creating over 75 percent of their pieces to customer specifications. They also sell a variety of vintage rings, and exhibit estate pieces every season. palasjewelers.com Crate and Barrel has moved out of Lenox Square and into a brand new space next door at the Shops Around Lenox. With more than 17,500 square feet of home furnishings and accessories, Crate and Barrel joins other retailers in the revitalized space including Lululemon, Cosabella and Roche Bobois. crateandbarrel.com Wellspring Treasures, an upscale resale store that benefits nonprofit Wellspring Living, has opened its third metro Atlanta store in Virginia Highland, 784 N. Highland Ave. Wellspring Living is a support organization for women and girls who have been sexually abused or trafficked. The stores, which rely solely on the contributions of others, specializes in new and gently used furniture, home décor, clothing and housewares. wellspringliving.org Vinings Jubilee shopping center has announced four new tenants: women’s and men’s clothier J. McLaughlin, Café At

Pharr, BTB CrossFit Vinings and State Farm. The new additions are scheduled to open through the end of May. Wired & Fired, A Pottery Playhouse will host an open house on May 18, 6-10 p.m. to show off its new home, 1000 Marietta St., Ste. 104. The new location features a party room and an area to teach customers how to fuse glass. There will be beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. wiredfired.com

Longtime friends and metro Atlanta natives Laura Loving and April Wilkins have launched Laura Loving Happy, an online shop featuring original greeting cards, tote bags and wall art. Based in Atlanta and New York City, Loving’s whimsical creations have made her a sought-after artist and decorator across the country. LauraLovingHappy.com

The Department of Community will present information on the Small Business Credit Initiative at the Council for Quality Growth Luncheon at the Atlanta Marriott on May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Georgia will receive $47 million in Federal funding to support small businesses. The cost is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Register online at councilforqualitygrowth.org. Nandina Home & Design in Inman Park will host A Night in Iberia on Wednesday, May 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Get exotic decorating tips while enjoy food from Barcelona Wine Bar and cocktails from Georgia Crown. RSVP to eburke@ nandinahome.com. The shop is at 245 N. Highland Ave., Suite 120. nandinahome.com

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you’ll notice a large table for meetings and creative endeavors. The prints along the back wall are the legacy of famed Argentinian blacksmith, Jose Thenee, which Mark acquired. They are drawings for projects Jose was commissioned to work on, in either metal or iron. Many of these original drawings can now be bought through Restoration Hardware.  For more than 14 years, Mark has amassed quite the collection of original goods. As he shared with me, “I’ve spent my life in flea markets around the world. Various items inspire me, packaging inspires me. If the item is cool, I’ll bring it home and put it in my office.” It’s the kind of office you can stay in for hours and gradually annoy Mark by asking, “What’s this? Oh, and what about this, where’d you get that?”  Mark’s employees know that his morning routine begins first and foremost with a cup of coffee and a game of pinball. “Before that happens,” says Mark, “they know not to talk to me.” 

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Mark has a strong love for music and books and you’ll see evidence of this throughout his office. You’ll also find some liquor on hand as well as a side table that has been overtaken with lighters and ashtrays and other intriguing smoking items. As he shared, “First you buy one, which turns into five, then hundreds.” His collection is vast, ranging from over 30 different countries.  He divulges that he has a thing for carnival and circus paraphernalia, adding “Maybe I have gypsy blood in me.” 

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There are varying opinions on Facebook Timeline, running the gamut from love to hate. But Facebook didn’t wait on a majority of positive user feedback before switching every account on March 30. From a user experience and design standpoint, I think they’ve made a leap forward that makes interaction easier. The cover photo is a nice way to make a quick impression for people and brands. But there are other pros and cons, especially for companies managing their brand page. According to Mashable, there is good news for brands in the postTimeline era. Preliminary results from a relatively small sample of brand pages saw engagement rise over 40 percent on posts after the Timeline launch, compared to engagement before. The bad news: landing pages aren’t an option within Timeline anymore, so companies make sure your wall is interesting, dynamic and that you understand the new functions available, including “milestone.” Don’t panic, users can still head to landing pages from outside the Facebook platform, just not from within it. As if Timeline’s not enough to deal with, Facebook also expanded its advertising opportunities. One of the biggest changes is price. Existing Facebook ads were affordable for small businesses, but many of the new ads seem aimed at larger companies with deeper pockets. Check prices before

you get too excited about them. But Facebook advertisers can now take advantage of these premium services: mobile ads, offers, reach generator, news feed ads and logout page ads – all with the same sophisticated targeting. Your goal should be to engage current fans, not just to increase your existing fanbase. I think a common misunderstanding of most corporate pages is that fan quantity is more important than fan quality, but that’s not often the reality. Give existing customers something new they can get excited about. Afterall, that’s what Facebook just did with Timeline and its new ad platform. If you manage a brand page and are looking for additional assistance with Facebook Timeline, here are two resources I recommend: Mashable (mashable.com) offers Facebook Timeline for Brands: The Complete Guide and local agency Cookerly PR offers The Brave New World of Marketing: Facebook Timeline and the Advance of Brand Storytelling (searching their site at cookerly.com). You can find me @brigflood and at makingsenseofsocial.com.

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Once you’ve made a batch of bacon infused vodka, you must drink it (visit sweetpeachblog.com for the recipe). I decided to have a Bacon Party on a Sunday morning last month inviting a few friends to my buddy Bob’s house. The words “Bacon Party” proved an easy draw. My friends Bob, Emily, Susan and Lyn were thirsty, hungry and slightly hungover – perfect candidates for a Sunday Morning Bacon Party. Emily brought over some cheese and her Strawberry Chipotle jam, which was ridiculously good. I made dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon (broil for about five minutes till nice and crispy on all sides) and my new favorite recipe, Pig Candy. I first had it at this restaurant I love in Los Angeles called Lou. They have it as an appetizer and I remember fondly not being

Dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped with bacon able to stop eating it. The Pig Candy is a little crispy, sweet and has that spicy kick of cayenne pepper. It’s just slice after slice of heaven. See the recipe below. Emily also has a great recipe

for Bloody Marys (find at the end of this article) and also some pickled accoutrements, which included her homemade pickled tomatoes, pickled okra, dill pickles and Phickles pickled carrots from Athens. Such a good time...perhaps this will inspire you to have your own Bacon Party. It takes a little time and effort but the end result will satiate your deepest salty, sweet cravings – all the while promoting lazy behavior and an incessant desire to rub your belly in deep satisfaction. Who doesn’t deserve that on a Sunday?

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Quick Bites Virginia Highland’s Osteria 832 will host a 9th anniversary pizza party on Tuesday, May 8. Bring the family to enjoy live music and a special menu of pizza-by-the-slice (only $1.50 each), beer specials and giveaways. All proceeds will be donated to Virginia Highland Parks & Firehouse 19. osteria832.com The Pinewood Tippling Room at 254 West Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur was slated to open this month serving “inventive, Southern-inflected victuals and potables in a comfortable, warm atmosphere.” The menu will feature small plates from Consulting Chef Julia LeRoy, like fried green tomatoes, venison, sweet potatoes, and a re-imagined fried bologna sandwich. pinewoodtr.com. Adam Evans has been named executive chef at The Optimist, which is Ford Fry’s highly anticipated seafood eatery expected to open on the Westside this month.   Barberitos has announced the summer opening of its 28th restaurant location in Buckhead at 2900 Peachtree Rd. NW, Suite 103. Barberitos is a quick service restaurant offering Tex-Mex cuisine including a variety of burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas and nachos made to order. Barberitos.com Yard House has opened its first Georgia location at Atlantic Station offering lunch, dinner and late-night dining. The American fusion menu features more than 130 items including soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and rice dishes, steak and poultry as well as a selection of fresh seafood. The Yard House’s calling card is its unique beer system featuring a glass-enclosed Keg Room housing hundreds of steel barrels.  The beer

is transported from this location through a series of overhead steel and nylon tubing, which feeds into the 130 taps at the center island bar.  yardhouse.com More than 50 top Atlanta restaurants and chefs will be featured at the 28th annual March of Dimes Dining Out on Friday, May 4, an event dedicated to providing an entertaining dining experience while funding research and programs that help all babies be born healthy. Each participating restaurant hosts one table that is treated to a unique 3-course VIP menu and wine pairing, making it a truly one-of-a kind local dining experience. Individuals and companies may purchase a table for the event for $1,000 or $1,500, depending on the restaurant. Participating restaurants include 10 Degrees South, 4th & Swift, Abattoir, Babette’s, Fogo de Chao, Horseradish Grill, Rathbun’s, Restaurant Eugene, Sotto Sotto, The Café at Ritz Carlton Buckhead and many more. marchofdimes.com/georgia Hogs and Hops is Saturday, May 12, 6 to 10 p.m. at SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive. Check out the new expansion at SweetWater Brewery and enjoy beer and barbecue samples from four great local vendors. There will also be live music provided by the party band The Geeks. Tickets will be $40 and that includes a souvenir pint glass, SweetWater beer and barbecue samples. Buy tickets at atlantabeerfestivals.com/hogs-and-hops.

Mark your calendars: Taste of Atlanta will return to Tech Square in Midtown Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct.7. tasteofatlanta.com   RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in Midtown has completed a new lounge area on the upstairs level of the restaurant for guests called the Geisha Lounge. The newly renovated upper level features its own bar menu and high top tables for seating that overlooks the main dining room. rasushi.com The Brookhaven Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Haven and Valenza, just off Dresden Drive. The market will be open every Saturday through late fall, featuring locally-grown produce and more from 20 farmers and artisans. brookhavenfarmersmarket.com The Vortex, known for its big, juicy burgers, celebrated its 20th anniversary in April. thevortexbarandgrill.com Chef Linton Hopkins from Restaurant Eugene was a special guest on The Martha Stewart Show last month showing viewers how to make buttermilk cheese waffles and tomato soup.

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OPEN HAND EXPANDS Nonprofit grows to help deliver meals, education Atlanta nonprofit Open Hand, the communitybased provider of homedelivered meals, will triple the size of its facility after a successful fundraising campaign, which netted $4.2 million in donations from philanthropic foundations, corporate partners and individual donors. The 17,000-square-foot expansion will give Open Hand breathing room as it prepares more than 5,000 meals per day and provides nutrition education to clients across metro Atlanta. Open Hand, which will soon celebrate its 24th anniversary, recently marked another milestone: delivering its 20 millionth meal “Over the past several years, Open Hand has experienced unprecedented growth and the expansion of our facility is a milestone in our ongoing effort to meet the growing needs of this community,” explained Stephen Woods, executive director of Open Hand. The expansion will involve the merging of an adjacent facility at 181 Armour Drive with the current facility on Ottley Drive to create one unified and completely renovated campus. New features of the facility will include a reconfigured kitchen, a new mealpackaging and distribution area, a volunteer engagement center, outdoor green space and multi-purpose areas providing new and larger space for education and training. In addition to allowing Open Hand to serve more clients with medically appropriate meals, the facility will be instrumental in expanding Good Measure Meals – Open Hand’s social enterprise venture, which provides a combination of education, support and nutrition to

promote healthier lifestyles for thousands of people in Atlanta. Construction on the new facility will be handled by GlenCastle Constructors, Inc., a consortium of builders that provides services for nonprofits to help them realize significant savings. Atlanta-based TaC Studios is providing architectural design for the project. Southface Energy Institute Atlanta also provided guidance to ensure the expansion follows environmentally friendly practices. For additional information on the new facility plans or to learn more about Open Hand, visit openhandatlanta.org.

Open Hand Board of Directors member Chris Duncan, co-president Jackie Yeaney and Vice-president Todd Tautfest celebrate the virtual groundbreaking of the new Open Hand expanded facility

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Intown Condo Sales Rising Price, location & amenities are big selling points By Kathy Vogeltanz The jobless rate has dropped, the economic outlook is brightening, and, in response, sales are picking up in the Atlanta condo market. The first half of the last decade saw an explosive increase in the construction and renovation of condos and lofts in Atlanta. Homebuyers were dazzled with options that included high-rise luxury condominiums and expansive Intown lofts located in upscale and up-trending areas throughout the city. As with most areas of real estate, condo construction and sales came to a near halt when the economy slowed. New construction remains at a standstill, but just last month, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported a steady, albeit slow, increase in the sales of existing condos and lofts. “In Fulton County, the supply of new construction condos from January to February 2012 has decreased .8 percent, and the number of new construction condos sold in Fulton County increased 6 percent from January to February 2012,” said Leslie Williamson, executive vice president of marketing at Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. More importantly, there’s a real expectation that those sales will continue its upswing. According to Williamson, low mortgage rates and attractive pricing are leading the trend, and the positive news about the economy has

BROWNSTONES AT EDGEWOOD and entertainment spots. But it really comes back to money. “I know everyone gets tired of hearing that it’s really price and low interest rates, but it’s true that many folks are downsizing their expenses,” Altman said. “And most first time home buyers are looking for affordable, newer properties that are low maintenance.” Williamson included the condo lifestyle as another good reason for the current surge in sales. “Many communities offer residents amenities that are out of reach for the average homeowner, like a pool, fitness center and spectacular city view.” She went on to say that one of the biggest benefits to living in a condo neighborhood is that other people handle the maintenance, from cutting the grass and maintaining the grounds to fixing the roof and repairing the furnace. Altman echoed the statement. “Everyone is working twice as hard to keep their jobs, so they have less time for yard work and upkeep on single-family homes,” he said. “A condo, especially in this market, fits the bill nicely.”s There are four prime Intown condo/loft communities that still have properties available for purchase.

THE STACKS AT FULTON COTTON MILL TRIBUTE LOFTS been a strong prompter. She said that people are now feeling that they’re in a better position to buy, and qualified buyers are taking advantage of market conditions to purchase homes. Allan Altman of The Altman Group and associate broker with The Marketing Directors has seen the same activity on the real estate scene. “Honestly, with the current velocity of sales and no new construction underway, I would not be surprised to see a shortage in the condo market in the next three to five years, which will cause prices to go up,” he predicted. Why are Intown condos the hot properties to own? Altman started with the obvious answers: price and location. Condo communities are typically live/work/play neighborhoods where residents can walk to nearby parks, shops and restaurants, as well as many of the city’s most popular recreation

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Brownstones at Edgewood

Among the best features of the Brownstones at Edgewood (atlbrownstones. com), according to Altman, is the value. “Over 3,000 square feet at less than $250,000 for a fee simple town home. Four years ago, these homes were listed in the high $300s,” he said. “Also, there’s the quality of the construction and the incredible location – and the added bonus of being zoned live/ work. Homeowners can run their businesses out of the first floor storefront or make it a home office, gym or bedroom.” Located at 1270 Memorial Drive in Atlanta, the Brownstones at Edgewood offer unique three- and four-bedroom private townhomes with huge, open floor plans and gated access, from the $249s to $300s. Amenities include state-of-the-art technology, gourmet kitchens, spa baths, two-car garages and luxury finishes. Forty percent of the homes there are already sold.

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Oakland Park (oaklandparkatlanta. com), at the corner of Memorial and Park Avenues, is another exciting Atlanta condo neighborhood, and one that promotes a healthy lifestyle. The first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Atlanta, Oakland Park boasts an eco-friendly design for people who are aware of their carbon footprint, Altman said. “Price and location are also attractive. The condos are convenient to downtown and I-20, and are walking

OAKLAND PARK distance to many restaurants.” The one- and two-bedroom homes of Oakland Park have a big plus: expansive and untouchable views of the Atlanta skyline. The stunning city views will never be blocked since the condos border Grant Park and the historic Oakland Cemetery. And there’s more, including controlled access building and parking, a rooftop sun deck with barbeque and a fitness center. The spacious floor plans feature 10foot ceilings and operable glass windows, large walk-in closets, bamboo wood floors and granite countertops. The solid, precast concrete construction of Oakland Park keeps the homes quiet and energy-efficient. Prices range from $99,000 to the $200s, and over 50 percent are no longer available.

The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill

Located on Boulevard in Cabbagetown, The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill (stackslofts.com) boast an impressive

history. The Fulton Cotton Mill industrial complex was built between 1895 and 1922. In the late 1990s, it was converted into apartments. Recently, Buildings F and H were converted again into 165 New Yorkstyle lofts with a square footage range from 655 to 1,700. The lofts are priced from the $160s to $300s, and less than 30 percent remain available. “There are no other lofts like The Stacks in Atlanta, with its authentic brick walls 2 to 4 feet thick, loft-style ceilings up to 20 feet, and industrial windows,” Williamson said. “People buy at The Stacks because of its history, location and lifestyle.” The Stacks at Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts retain many of its historical features ­– exposed brickwork and timber, huge windows and concrete floors – but has been updated with luxuries and conveniences for a modern lifestyle like wi-fi hot spots, controlled-access entry, gated parking, fitness center and swimming pool.

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“Tribute Lofts (tributelofts.com) offers homeowners a fabulous location, right on Freedom Parkway, with beautiful skyline views,” said Williamson. “Now that spring is here, homeowners enjoy the rooftop sky pad featuring a pool, sundeck, grill and fire pit with views of the city.” Other amenities include large balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, authentic Italian cabinetry and GE CleanSteel appliances. The mixed-use community on the corner

of Boulevard and Freedom Parkway has a variety of floor plans available, from 800 to almost 2,000 square feet, and priced from the $180s to the $220s. With only four homes left, interested buyers need to act fast. Altman and Williamson had good advice for homeowners considering purchasing a condo or loft. Both agents suggested that potential buyers contact the condo homeowners’ association (HOA) and learn about the monthly association fee and what expenses it covers. Also, it’s important to find out how stable the association is; for example, is there enough reserve capital to cover unforeseen expenses? Another critical point for some buyers, Altman added, is that the condo development is FHA approved. “Ninety percent of buyers need the added flexibility of FHA financing, and a lot of condo complexes, for one reason or another, are not FHA approved.” He also made it clear that buying a condo is different than purchasing a standard single family home, so prospective buyers should contact an agent with a solid background in selling condos in the Georgia market. Williamson agreed. “Consult a real estate professional to give you direction on location, price and affordability, as well as guide you through the condo purchase process. And, keep in mind that the new condo supply is being absorbed quickly, so if you want a new construction condo, I suggest you buy now.”

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Real Estate Briefs Four brokers from SRS Real Estate Partners have been acknowledged by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors in the 2012 Million Dollar Club. Lily Heimburger and Sarah Williams were recognized for their achievements in producing transactions totaling more than $3 million in the Atlanta market for 2011. Ray Uttenhove, executive vice president and market leader for the Atlanta office, and Steve Gunning, vice president, were also honored for their accomplishments in the 10 Top Retail category. srsre.com HGTV’s FrontDoor.com selected a Harry Norman, Realtors luxury listing as an official nominee for The Doory Awards – a new way to recognize America’s most outstanding homes for sale. 3605 Tuxedo

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Drive was a nominee in the “Under 10 Million” category. Website visitors will vote on the finalists from April 30 through May 11, where one home will be selected as the 2012 Most Outstanding Home in America. Construction Resources, Inc. will hold its annual spring clearance sale on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its showroom and slab gallery located at 224 Rio Circle in Decatur. Homebuyers, remodelers and designers can get deep discounts on kitchen and bath materials. constructionresourcesusa.com. Prudential Georgia Realty agent Betsy Meagher was named number one individual real estate professional for volume sales in the Buckhead office and number 10

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Downtown mid-20th Century historic resources survey. The City of Decatur received $10,900, which will be used for a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, and the City of Avondale Estates received $11,500 for a citywide historic resources survey. Funding is provided by the Historic Preservation Fund from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Marketing Directors’ top sales associates were recognized for outstanding performance by The Atlanta Board of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club. Gina Barnabo, J. Dunn, Jill Grenuk and Judy Hollowell were named among the top 10 sales agents in the New Homes category in 2011. themarketingdirectorsinc.com

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Capping off an evening of awards presented by the Atlanta Board of Realtors to the 2011 Million Dollar Club honorees at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead, Dan Parmer, President and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors, hosted a post-banquet celebration. Honoring the firm’s leading agents and Senior Vice Presidents, the party assembled the over 130 Harry Norman, Realtors agents attending the Atlanta Board of Realtors gala.

Photo by Ross Henderson (l-r) Among the evening’s honorees were Harry Norman, Realtors Million Dollar agents Studie Young, Kathy Boston and Carol Young, congratulated here at the post-awards banquet party by Karen and Dan Parmer, company President and CEO.

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ST Residential celebrates a strong start to 2012, announcing three sellouts since January at Horizon at Wildwood, Luxe and Serrano. Another sellout is not far behind, with 95 percent of The Townhomes at One River Place sold Additionally, eco-friendly designed The Brookwood is leading the Buckhead submarket with the most net sales for the fourth straight quarter, and is currently over 50 percent sold. “We’re seeing strong demand at all of our communities in Atlanta” says John Huckaby, senior vice president of ST Residential. “Limited supply for new construction condominiums and low interest rates has certainly helped strengthen the market.” stresidential.com

Perspectives in Architecture Melody Harclerode

Seeking and Enjoying Perfection I share a love for great architecture with Mark, my husband and fellow architect. Upon his return from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, he raved about his visit to the Kimbell Art Museum, one of the best art museums in the country by architect Louis Kahn. Mark described the art galleries as one of the most perfect spaces that he experienced because of the exquisite use of natural light along the ceiling, sophisticated application of concrete, wood and steel and sensitive height and width of the room. Theorists have discussed the art and science of designing the perfect building and space for centuries. Virtruvius, a Roman architect and writer, described the three requirements of buildings in The Ten Books of Architecture from about 15 B.C. as firmitas, utilitas, and venustas, or in other words, solid, useful, and beautiful. In 1570 A.D., classical architect and writer Palladio offered formulas in The Four Books of Architecture as a guide for the perfect height and length ratio of architectural elements, such as stairs and doors. My husband’s enthusiasm for the Kimbell Art Museum ignited my fond memory of perfect spaces. I cherished the time in which I ran into the ancient Pantheon as a University of Notre Dame student and enjoyed the icy blue sky through a gigantic opening in the coffered ceiling called an oculus. That connection between architecture and the Earth felt deeply spiritual. I treasured my arrival into the Great Hall of the KeepitINtown.com

Thomas Jefferson Building in the Library of Congress by John Smithmeyer and Paul Pelz to experience the breath-taking use of opulent materials, color, rhythm and scale in the space. Locally, I am always enraptured by the beautiful composition of marble, glazing systems, interior landscaping, water and sunlight in the serene lobby of the 1180 Peachtree building by the architectural firm Pickard Chilton at the corner of Peachtree and 14th Streets. Though architects and design professionals don’t apply a definitive formula for designing perfect spaces, I, like my husband and architecture lovers in the public, savor the moments when I discover them. We know that great spaces don’t come by accident. Rather, this brilliance results from a deep understanding of materials, technology and the site that is honed with education and experience. The excellence also comes from a constructive relationship between the architectural and construction teams for a project. Take a second look at the spaces that delight or amaze you. What are your favorite spaces in Atlanta? Feel free to share your thoughts with me at mlharclerode@bellsouth.net. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect, promotes the power of architecture and design as a Board Member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Principal of Harclerode Architects (harc-arch.com). For more information about AIA Atlanta programs, check out aiaatlanta.org.

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Re-imagining Loring Heights Architecture firm works with neighborhood on new master plan Architecture/landscape firm TunnellSpangler-Walsh & Associates (TSW) recently completed a master plan for Atlanta’s Loring Heights neighborhood. The effort was sponsored by the Loring Heights Neighborhood Association (LHNA), which wanted to establish a proactive vision for their neighborhood’s future. The comprehensive plan addresses land use and zoning, transportation, environment, infrastructure and urban design. Both LHNA and Neighborhood Planning Unit E have recently approved the plan, which will be presented to the Atlanta City Council this spring. “We were extremely pleased with the guidance, suggestions and overall knowledge of the planning process that Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh brought to this project,” said Ron Grunwald, immediate past president of LHNA. “Caleb Racicot and the TSW team understood our goals and were able to synthesize many disparate comments from the community into a cohesive, top-quality document that will be used to take the vision of our community to the next step.” Loring Heights is a 277-acre Intown neighborhood just west of Midtown, bounded on the west by Northside Drive, on the northeast by I-75, and on the southeast by the Norfolk Southern rail corridor. It includes approximately 330 single-family homes, along with apartments, and industrial and commercial buildings. Most of the homes in its residential core were built in the 1940s. TSW senior principal Caleb Racicot said completion of nearby Atlantic Station and the BeltLine project planned for the neighborhood’s northwest border, means Loring Heights is poised to experience increased growth pressure in the coming decades, particularly on the under-utilized commercial and industrial areas that ring its residential core. “LHNA wanted to take a proactive approach to guide future growth, rather than simply react to it,” Racicot said. “Their priority is to preserve and build on neighborhood strengths, address the Choose Local challenges and take advantage of the area’s potential, without jeopardizing the residents’ quality of life.”

Through a community-based process that included opportunities for public input, incorporation of ongoing complementary planning efforts for the BeltLine and sound community design, TSW created a detailed master plan that outlines a framework for improved transportation upgrades, new sidewalks, traffic calming and bicycle projects, and protects the neighborhood core from the negative effects of speeding traffic. The plan encompasses a diverse and sustainable mix of housing, business, shopping and open spaces, encouraging smart growth and redevelopment while protecting the neighborhood’s character. It also addresses the neighborhood’s desire for connection to Atlantic Station via pedestrian walkways and bicycle trails. “Loring Heights has an opportunity to create a stronger identity for itself and use redevelopment to actually improve the quality of life in the neighborhood, rather than detract from it,” said Racicot. “We hope that the master plan will guide positive growth and development in Loring Heights for years to come, and serve as a model for other Intown neighborhoods.”

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The inviting walk up to Laura and Tom Prior’s home.

From tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban spaces, the 2012 Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour showcases eleven spectacular private gardens representing the finest in garden design. This year’s self-guided tour is Saturday and Sunday, May 12 – 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both gardening enthusiasts and the “garden curious” can explore the design and planting ideas created by local landscape architects, garden designers, and local gardeners. The tour is an annual Mother’s Day Weekend tradition since 1984 with

Asian influences in the garden of Carol Kranig and Kevin Thomas.

The beautifully landscaped grounds of Livia and Scott Hostetier’s home.

proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Tickets are $25 in advance (available online at atlantabotanicalgarden. org) or $30 on the day of the tour (cash or check only.) Advance tickets are also available at these Intown retailers: Ashe-Simpson Garden Center, Bates Ace Hardware, B.D. Jeffries, Boxwoods Gardens & Gifts, C’est Moi, Garden*Hood, Glyn Weakley Interiors, Habersham Gardens, Hastings Nature & Garden Center, Intown Ace Hardware, Mint Julep, Lush Life and The Chandlery.

Decatur in bloom Garden tour set for May 5-6 The Decatur Garden Tour blooms again this year on May 5-6, featuring nine private gardens and three public gardens. This year’s theme is roses, which will be prominent in several gardens, including the 105 varieties of roses at Ryan Gainey’s famous garden. The Decatur Cemetery will showcase recent renovations and provide tours. Providing fresh ideas and inspiration for garden enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels, the tour is a fundraiser for the non-profit Oakhurst Community Garden Project. All gardens on the tour will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Also on

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And the winners are… 2012 Shutze Awards given to architects, landscapers One of Philip Trammell Shutze’s most prestigious landmarks, the Piedmont Driving Club, was the site of the 6th annual Shutze Awards dinner and ceremony.  Hosted by the Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, the evening attracted Atlanta’s most distinguished Neo-Classicist architects, designers, landscape and construction specialists and supporters of the Shutze Awards.  Co-chairs Michelle Moody and Barbara Shelton planned the elegant event and a special tribute to the late

Bradley Hale, for what was called “his exemplary service to historic preservation and devoted appreciation of classical architecture.”  The 2012 Shutze Awards were presented to Laura Howard DePree, Jim Strickland of Historical Concepts, Peter Block & Associates, Harrison Design Associates and Pak/Heydt Associates for Residential Design; Andrew Cogar of Historical Concepts for Civic Design; Tammy Connor Interior Design and Norman Askins Architects for Interior Design; Michael Dillon for Craftsmanship; D. Stanley

Dixon, Inc. for Renovation; and Jeremy Smearman and Shane Griffin of Planters for Landscape Design. The Shutze Awards are named for the internationally recognized Neoclassical architect Philip Trammell Shutze, whose landmark designs include the circa 1928 Swan House, The Temple on Peachtree Street, the Academy of Medicine and lavish Buckhead estates such as the CarrPatterson House, Tryggversson once home to Andrew Calhoun and the façade of the Rhodes-Robinson House on West Paces Ferry Road.

(l-r) 2012 Shutze Award winners Peter Block and Laura DePree talk with ICAA Board member Greg Palmer, Award Co-chair Barbara Shelton and Presenting Sponsor Roy Zeluck of Zeluck Architectural Wood Windows & Doors.

Charles Heydt (left) and Yong Pak (right) of Pak/Heydt Associates, 2012 Shutze Award winners in the Residential category, are congratulated by Shutze Awards Juror and honored guest Michael Lykoudis, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, and Award Co-chair Michelle Reid Moody.

(l-r) Enjoying the reception are Stan Dixon, a Shutze Award winner for Renovation, Craftsmanship Award winner Michael Dillon with his wife Lauren, and guests Ginny and Scott Lummus.

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Last month I had the good fortune of visiting a most interesting locale. Open to selected retailers and designers (and an eager blogger), Bobo Intriguing Objects is a furniture manufacturer that specializes in unconventional and inventive goods for the home. Bobo is owned and operated by two men who encompass a strong passion for world travel, artistry and originality. Mark Sage is based in Atlanta and Rudi Nijssen in Antwerp, Belgium. They each travel the world – most recently in France, Sweden, Argentina, the Philippines and China – seeking original art or ideas for great pieces to make and sell to retailers worldwide. “I spend my life in flea markets around the world,” Mark says. His objects, whether acquired or inspired, feel different because he puts in the hours, time and care to take the path less traveled. He adds, “I like to visit the places that aren’t in any guide book. I like to get out in the country, eat street food, go to the small bars and antique shops. The soft underbelly I call it. You find the coolest stuff there.” Leah Dobbs is the company’s sales and marketing director and describes the Bobo philosophy as “Bohemian bourgeois, hip and earthy. We love to repurpose something.”

Perhaps the first thing you notice while walking into Bobo are the lights. They are all large and incredible pieces, demanding your attention. These pendants were made out of found pieces of driftwood in Poland. Also noteworthy are panels created by artist Tony Hernandez, a Georgia native, who has seen his paintings grace the album covers for the band Train. The children depicted on the panels were inspired by Jewish refugees and drawings found on the walls of the kindercamps in Auschitz. They are created on birch panels using a slow and meticulous process called encaustic painting, which in Greek means “to burn in.” By melting together layers of beeswax and damar resin, each piece is given a threedimensional feel characteristic of Tony’s work. There’s also silver pieces designed by Mark, Rudi and their team and delightful pillows by artist Deborah Baker in Chicago. All her work is hand stitched freehand and is based loosely on the narrative of her life. “Mark always wants to push the envelope and stay away from the norm,” Leah says. “He loves obscure, unique and random objects.” For more, visit bobointriguingobjects.com.

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Gardening By Walt Harrison

Confessions of a Plant Nerd It’s the first of April as I’m writing this article and oenethera is blooming. It’s blooming right next to the pavement on I-20 and around the curbs of the exit ramps of the downtown connector and Presidential Parkway. I don’t anticipate oenethera’s appearance each year. It usually catches me by surprise – it’s like running into an old friend I haven’t seen in awhile and I’m happy to see again. Oenethera is also known by the common name of Evening Primrose. The flower is beautiful; pale pink and delicate. This plant thrives in full sun uncultivated sterile soil and gets by on rainfall. If you take oenethera home to your garden with its rich cultivated soil and plenty of water, this primrose will wither and fade away. Oenethera likes life on the hard side. It always reminds me of how interesting and complex the world of plants truly is. Speaking of plants, the other day a friend of mine referred to me as a plant nerd. Well, I’ve never been thought of myself that way, but was forced to consider the possibility that, in fact, I might qualify. Maybe I am a plant nerd (sometimes also called a plant geek.) So, I offer some thoughts about this along with my definition of what qualities one must possess to be considered a plant nerd or geek.

• A farmer knows a lot about growing plants but still might not be a plant nerd. • A landscaper might know the names of a lot of plants and how to plant them but that doesn’t necessarily make him or her a plant nerd. • Same is true of nursery people, growers and designers. Just because they work with plants doesn’t mean they are plant nerds. My definition of a plant nerd is someone whose interest in and knowledge of plants far exceeds any utilitarian value. Like the oenethera, the little knowledge I’ve acquired about this plant is not going to make me two cents but I do find these things fascinating. So, I’m forced to face this issue head on and look it in the eye and admit that even by my own definition, I am a plant nerd. I also have to admit that I know a fair number of other plant nerds and I’m in good company – it is a fraternity that I’m proud to be part of. One thing about plant nerds is they can occasionally be a little snobbish about plants. Any plant widely accepted by the public is a candidate to be looked down upon. For instance, Knockout Roses, especially the red variety. They are truly everywhere, every street I turn down almost anywhere in town. They are widely accepted by the masses and common as can be. Perfect fodder to be disparaged by those in the know (plant nerds, that is). But let’s think about this. If I remember correctly, Knockouts were blooming as late as the middle of December last year. They started up again by the end of this past

March and have been blooming like crazy since plus the foliage looks great. Give this plant some credit as it performs beautifully with minimal care. I know all that red can be a bit much but still, these easy-to-grow rebloomers deserve some respect. Knockouts can be used effectively as a hedge to dress up a fence or hide a utility box and a couple of spots of color around the yard never hurt anything. I find the flower of the double knockouts more interesting and white, pink, yellow and salmon Knockouts are available. Drift roses are a ground cover version of Knockouts. Easy to grow, they grow close to the ground and bloom continually all summer, which makes them a great candidate for that sun-baked bank where everything else struggles. There are other interesting roses available and the David Austin series of fragrant and re-blooming English Roses is one of the best. Even a plant nerd will like these roses. These are low care, easy to grow plants that are a delight in the garden. The flower conformation (flower shapes) are beautiful and the range of colors (there are over 200 different varieties available) is stunning. These roses are also great for cutting. The real trick with these David Austin Roses is this: to make a bush, plant three of the same variety in a triangular pattern, 18” apart or, if you want a hedge, plant in a row 18” apart. The David Austin collection also includes climbers and ramblers. Hey, go plant some roses and maybe your friends will start calling you a plant nerd. It’s a fun club, join it!

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Here are a couple of hints about how to get the most out of your roses. All of the roses mentioned in this column need: • 4 to 5 hours of direct sun each day to promote optimal blooming. • Roses are heavy feeders, but only fertilize early in the season (March/April) and late in the season, around October. Avoid fertilizing in the heat. Roses don’t like it. • Regular watering is needed during the dry hot summer months. • To make roses part of your sustainable landscape plan, group them in the same general area as other plants that need watering and away from your drought tolerant plants. This is not only a step toward a sustainable landscape, but just a good gardening practice.

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