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Halloween Happenings..........................4 Oakland Cemetery Events .....................6 Netherworld............................................8 Day of the Dead Celebrations .............10 Pet Page ...............................................14 Intown Notebook..................................15 Street Fashion ......................................16 Buckhead YMCA ..................................17 INtown Runaround ...............................18 Health Briefs .........................................18 A Look Back .........................................20 Charity in the City .................................20

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IN Business 21 Businesses on the BeltLine..................21 Business & Retail Briefs .......................22 Business Advice ...................................22

Go Green 26 EARTH University .................................26 Eco-Briefs .............................................27 Rainwater Collection ............................27 Laura Turner Seydel .............................28

The Studio 29 Fall Festival Guide ................................29 Atlanta Celebrates Photography..........30 LGBT Events ........................................30 Patrick Dennis ......................................31 Atlanta PlanIt Guide ....................... 32-33

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I can’t remember a year that has flown by as fast as this one, and here we are at October and the holidays are now just around the corner. As soon as the Halloween candy disappears from the shelves, it will be replaced by Christmas goodies. October in Intown is packed with events and activities, from trick-or-treating and haunted houses to fall festivals and food events. If you’re looking for something to do for Halloween or Day of the Dead, we’ve got you covered with a series of articles starting on Page 4. Check out Intown Notebook on Page 15 for even more events. Arts and crafts lovers will have a bevy of festivals to choose from (see Page 29) and if you’re a foodie, Taste of Atlanta (Page 34) will keep your belly full. Atlanta’s LGBT community will also be busy with the Pride festival, Out on Film and Atlanta Queer Literary Festival (Page 30).


Underground Supper Clubs ................34 Taste of Atlanta .....................................34 Quick Bites ...........................................36 Fresh Fish.............................................37 Homebrewing.......................................38

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IN Your Home 42 Morningside-Lenox Park Fundraisers ..42 Gardening ...................................... 44-45 Before & After .......................................44 Renovation Coach ...............................46


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Real Estate 39 Young Guns .........................................39 Real Estate Briefs .................................41

As the city’s real estate market comes around, we also selected five agents we’re calling the “young guns,” who are under 35 and leading the charge to rebuild Intown’s home market. Read all about them on Page 39. We were also sad to learn of the passing of Sally Wylde, the founder of Oakhurst Community Garden. Our gardening columnist, David McMullen, has a touching tribute to his friend on Page 44. Don’t forget to visit www. AtlantaINtownPaper.com and make your suggestions for the Best of the Holidays categories. From best place to shop to best holiday show, we’ll be looking for your favorites all month long to feature in our December issue. See, told you Christmas was just around the corner.

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What is Halloween in Atlanta without the annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade? What began 10 years ago as a community festival, has become a nationally recognized event. The festival opens Friday, Oct. 15, 5 to 10 p .m. with live music, street entertainment, outdoor beverage vendors and restaurant/retail promotions. On Saturday, Oct.16, the festival begins at noon with three stages set up for music and entertainment: L5P Music Center on Colquitt, Findley Plaza and the Star Bar Stage. There’s also the Freaky 5K road race, an artist market on Colquitt Avenue, a Halloween costume contest, outdoor beverage vendors, and the festival highlight – the Halloween Parade starting at 4 p.m. The parade will include giant skeleton puppets, the Tiki Terror float and Cirque du Soleil

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inspired performers in the parade. The Grand Marshal is Unknown Hinson who will ride in the parade and later perform at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday evening. “We are excited about plans for our 10th Anniversary celebration this year and encourage everyone to stop by and join in the festivities,” said Brian Baj, Vice President Little Five Points Business Association. “The festival is produced with the community in mind so there is something for everyone. If you have not experienced at least the parade you are missing out on a true Halloween celebration.” For more information visit www.L5Phalloween.com. For information on the Freaky 5K visit www.cprunnningclub.com.

Bring the kids to the High Museum of Art on Halloween from 1 to 4 p.m. for activities, including storytelling and crafting a Salvador Dali-inspired mask. Children who come in costume get in free. www.high.org. The Atlanta History Center will host this children’s event as part of its monthly Magic Mondays on Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.. The event is open to toddlers through age 5. Admission is $5 for kids, $6.50 for adults. www.atlantahistorycenter.com

: Parents, dress your kids and pups in their favorite costumes and head down to the Station’s Central Park for the second annual Atlantic Station Howl-O-Ween Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be pumpking decorating, face painting, costume contests for kids and adults and more. Radio Disney will provide entertainment and local pet grooming shop Doguroo will host the Doggie Costume Contest at 2 p.m. www.atlanticstation.com

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: Get the kids to don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities at this annual Halloween-themed event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $15. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Scarecrows in the Garden on display for Halloween. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org


: The sixth annual event will be outside the Carlos Museum on the quad at Emory University. Enjoy a milkshake as you watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and films. Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.. $5. www.carlos.emory.edu


: Stone Mountain is holding the ninth annual event all month long with entertainment and activities kids of all ages. Costume contests, scavenger hunts, trick or treating, storytelling and the Laser Show are all part of the fun. www.stonemountainpark.com.

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: Celebrate the spooky season at The Center for Puppetry Arts with a macabre music, ghost stories and more. This show is recommended for ages 16 and up, no one under age 14 admitted. Oct. 13-31. www.puppet.org.



Put on the Ritz and your masquerade mask for the Atlanta Halloween Ball at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. There will be music, dancing, comedy, magic and unlimited cocktails. Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds from the ball benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. www.atlantahalloweenball.com.



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What better place to celebrate Halloween than in a graveyard? ATLANTA’S HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY – the final resting place of notables such as author Margaret Mitchell and

golf-great Bobby Jones – has a full slate of events sure to delight – but not with too many frights – for kids and adults.

The month kicks off with the annual Victorian street festival on Oct. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be food from Six Feet Under, The Varsity, Doc Chey’s, Tin Lizzy’s, Nicks To Go and more. Don’t miss Doug Lothes and his performance of Gone With the Wind in Twenty Minutes and a variety of live musical entertainment, an artists’ market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, Irish dancers, The Harmony Express Barbershop Quartet, Big Bethel Heaven Bound Choir, Vauxhall Garden Variety Players and more. Guests are encouraged to participate in the Victorian costume contest and photography contest. Carriage tours and free walking tours (with an opportunity to enter some of the magnificent mausoleums) will be offered. The children’s area will feature crafts and old-fashioned games. Oakland’s traditional Teddy Bear Tea will entertain kids of all ages with storytelling by well-known Atlanta storyteller Cathy Kaemmerlen as Miss Sara Dipp A Tea. Admission to Sunday in the Park is suggested $3 donation. Only during Halloween do the gates of Oakland stay open after dark for the annual walking tours, which this year will be held the weekend of Oct. 22-24. Hear first-hand accounts about Atlanta’s past, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents.” You’ll also see

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On various nights between Sept. 24 and Nov. 6, you can hear the screams, howls and ghoulish laughs coming from Netherworld. Created by movie professionals Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina 14 years ago, Netherworld’s custom Hollywood-quality sets and special effects, hundreds of skilled actors and scary attention to detail has earned it the distinction of one of the top haunted houses in the world. Each year the scare-fest hosts 50,000 anxious fans who dare to enter the two differently themed, self-guided environments. But aside from the fans all lined up to be terrified in the name of fun, who are the people behind the masks that make up the stuff of nightmares? Who are the people who return year after year to scare the screams out of so many of us? They’re called Netherspawn and they obviously enjoy their work. In her ninth year with Netherworld, actor Jenifer Doran started as a screaming nurse in medical scene. “It’s pretty stress relieving.

My job is to entertain the line as they wait to go in. I do what’s called a ‘gross out.’ While I’m talking, a trail of sugar blood comes out of my mouth. I have dentures over teeth to make my mouth much bigger…the blood comes through those and I kinda dislocate my jaw.” When she’s not oozing blood, Doran is the office manager for a logistics company and works in a sideshow performance group called Thimblerig Circus. Mike Kasiske is the client server design engineer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. But when he steps on the lot of Netherworld, he’s a “slider” – in costume wearing metal knee and shin guards so when he runs then slides toward the crowd waiting in line, sparks fly. “I like to catch people off-guard who are paying attention to something else,” he laughs. “There’s a big adrenaline rush when you really scare someone. People react so differently – some actually pee their pants, some throw up, most scream, some just crumple and hit the floor.” When asked what takes a scare too far, Netherworld co-owner Ben Armstrong has a strong opinion: “We don’t like terrorizing. If

someone is too scared or doesn’t laugh right after they scream, we back off.” Netherworld does not use profanity and is especially careful when younger children are going through. Armstrong adds, “Screaming is good for you. We’re all struggling through life and we

have frustrations and sometimes you just want to scream. It’s like going down a roller coaster – you can scream and it’s okay to do it because you know you’re safe…that’s fun for us.” To stay scary every year, Netherworld changes themes and scenes significantly.





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“There is no off season,” Armstrong says. “Once we wrap up we then start planning for next year. We start conventions as early as November and before the year is out, we’re already ordering the next phase of it all.” And some of those skulls and bones you think are props are the real deal. They recently purchased display pieces from The Natural History Museum. Netherworld constantly strives to change the experience from year to year. Using bungee cords, they figure out different angles for people to come at the crowd; there are constant upgrades to costumes and props, as well as instructional talks with the Netherspawns on the psychology of fear, how movements can affect scarring, and a general attention to detail you don’t find in other haunted houses. Armstrong’s voice gets excited as he talks about this year’s line up. “The Mangler is back but there is also a thing you go into that crushes you…there is a wall that moves and changes direction!” Doran adds, “They’ll be people flying at you from all angles, too.” And Kasiske says excitedly, “There are going to be these gigantic dolt-like monsters with horns – Krampen!” Although Netherworld comes during Halloween, for the 350 or so Netherspawn, it’s seems more like a Christmas.

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It comes once a year in the fall and involves skeletons, coffin decorating and a celebration of the dead. But, it has absolutely zero to do with Halloween. It’s the annual Day of the Dead Show being held this year at the ever-cool Young Blood Gallery. Local artists will show off their other-worldly talents by decorating handmade wooden coffins to display during the Oct. 30 opening party at Young Blood Gallery from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and then through Nov. 28. The coffins are 17’ x 7” x 4” but hold infinite possibilities as decorating artists have used every means of expression to create what are truly amazing pieces of art. There are intricately painted coffins, coffins with blinking lights, sound, video, living plants and even hand-crochet figures. “This event brings out all types of artists in the community. It’s

really interesting to see how each person interprets this holiday and how they express that interpretation,” says Kelly Teasley, Young Blood’s owner. The celebration pays tribute to an actual Mexican holiday dating back thousands of years called Dia de los Muertos, (Day of the Dead) which occurs annually on Nov 2. The Catholic holiday is a celebration of those who have passed on as a way to honor their lives and memories. The celebrants believe that by paying homage to the dead through song, music and offerings of food and flowers, you will avoid the last stage of death, which is when no one speaks of you anymore. “We wanted to connect artists with a unique holiday and when we read a fact card about Dia de los Muertos, we knew we found one,” says graphic designer/artist, Tracy Wagner, who co-founded the show with Shannon Mukley. This is the third year for the show and Wager is always awed by the response from

the art community. “The dark and the mysterious are interesting and unknown but with this holiday, you have the light and flowers, too,” Wager says. “People love the freedom to do whatever. Everyone starts with the same coffin and it’s amazing to see the vast differences in what comes back.” Wagner’s husband makes the plain pressed board coffins, which are given out to the artists about 2 months before the event for $20. Availability of the unusual “canvas” is on a first come, first serve basis. The usual number of entries is around 70 to 80 pieces. “This year we’re trying to go even more authentic with the party. We’re getting traditional decorations, a live band, lots of food and drinks and are working on a taco truck, too,” says Teasley. The coffin art is available for purchase starting at $100. If you haven’t partied for the dead, this event is – you guessed it – to die for. HECTOR AMADOR

Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Embodying the indigenous Mesoamerican roots of her mother and the influence of her American father, Mexico’s Lila Downs is truly a child of multiple worlds, and her music pays tribute to all of them. She has dedicated herself to the performance of thoroughly contemporary music which nonetheless bears witness to the languages, melodies, and themes of her homeland and its history. Hers is a voice that, in the words of one critic, “gives pause, makes you take notice and ask who’s singing.” But it is a voice that, once heard, is never forgotten. Tickets are $34, $44 and $58 Thursday, Nov. 4, 5 to 8 p.m. Join the community for a free event and learn more about the traditional celebration of Dia de Muertos, decorate figures, and enjoy exhibition of folk art and tasting traditional Day of the Dead food. Free! www.rialtocenter.org. Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Mingei in downtown Decatur will have sugar skull cookie decorating, skull mask decorating, information about creating a Day of the Dead altar, Day of the Dead decorations and refreshments. 427 Church Street, (404) 371-0101. Sunday, Oct. 31, noon to 5p.m. Storytelling, decorated altars, food and music are all part of the Day of the Dead celebration at the History Center in Buckhead. www.atlantahistorycenter.org.

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Carlson is a handsome 9-month-old Terrier mix. He may even have some Shih Tzu in him. Carlson currently weighs 20 pounds. He will probably grow a tiny bit still, and gain a couple of pounds as an adult. This sweet boy came to Atlanta Pet Rescue from an outlying animal control facility that had picked him up as a stray. Carlson had some minor hair loss and skin irritation due to fleas. It doesn’t make him stop smiling though. Carlson is always in a good mood and ready for fun. He immediately attracted lots of attention from APR’s staff and volunteers, which he welcomed with an exuberant wag of the tail. Carlson prefers to not be closed up in a crate, but as APR has worked with him, he has demonstrated that he is extremely smart. Carlson is taking to his training like he was born to be an obedience champion. .

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Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Carlson or any of the 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

Atlanta Boxer Rescue will hold its third annual Boxerstock music festival on Sunday, Oct. 24, from noon to 7 p.m. at Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and there will be a special fenced area for off-leash play. There will be music by Barry Richman, Hannah Thomas, Thomas Tillman, State of Man and American Idol finalist Anna Kaelin. There will also be children’s activities, food and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, students and members of the military with proper ID. All proceeds from Boxerstock will go toward Atlanta Boxer Rescue efforts and pet owner education. www.boxerstock.org. Walk N’ Wag Fun Festival and Pet Parade, presented by UPS and hosted by Holly Firfer, is set for Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chastain Park (blue lot),

4469 Stella Dr. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be a one-mile pet parade, Halloween costume contests for children and pets with their owners, celebrity judges, microchipping and nail clipping by a vet, silent auction, vendors, food and live music by Henry Porter Indie Rock Band. Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under or $30 at the door for all attendees. The event benefits Ahimsa House (www.ahimsahouse.org), which helps people and pets escape domestic violence together. PugFest 2010 will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway. Hundreds of pugs (and some of their owners) will don costumes to celebrate during the Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption’s (SEPRA) biggest fundraiser of the year. Admission is $6 per adult and $3 for children under 12 (no charge for pugs and other small pets). After a pug parade with rescued pet introductions at 12:30 p.m., the costume contests begin. There will be vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, professional pet pictures, grooming and other events. www.pugrescue.com.






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Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host its annual black-tie fundraising gala, Water For Life: A Timeless Affair on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The evening will commence with a sunset wine and cocktail hour on the Dinosaur Plaza followed by dinner in the Great Hall. Tony Brewer & Company will transform the museum with water-inspired décor, and there will be live music by Party Nation. Guests will also get to see the new exhibit Water: H20=Life, which opens earlier that day. The ball will honor long-time museum benefactors, Sherri and Jess Crawford, who have both been influential in Fernbank’s success. Becky Blalock and Craig Ramsey will serve as Corporate Chairs of this year’s A Timeless Affair, and Laura and Rutherford Seydel will serve as Patron Party Hosts, welcoming the ball’s patrons and sponsors to their home, EcoManor, on Sept. 16. For more information, call (404) 929-6376 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org. Pace Academy invites the entire community to this harvest season’s Old-Fashioned Fall Fair, Saturday, Oct. 2, from omfr10 a.m. to o t 4 p.m, on the Pace campus at 966 W. Paces Ferry Road. This popular tradition attracts more than 9,000 area residents each year for games, rides and family fun for all ages. Attractions will include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, organic farmer’s market, cake walk, karaoke, haunted house, bungee jumping, book sale and Atlanta Braves Batting Cages. The fair will also offer delicious food and refreshments. Parking will be available at the Church of the Apostles, 3585 Northside Parkway. Shuttles leave every 10 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, call (404) 240-7411 or visit www.paceacademy.org. In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October,

Northside Hospital will host the 2010 Atlanta Walk to Remember, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Concourse Corporate Center in Sandy Springs. Parents, families, friends and health care professionals are encouraged to attend – to remember the babies that they’ve lost and to help raise public awareness of pregnancy and infant loss. The event will begin with a formal program and include T-shirt and car magnet sales, a half-mile walk through the office park and a balloon release. Anyone whose life has been touch by perinatal loss is welcome to participate. Children are welcome. While the event is free to participate, donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the enrolling of more Atlanta nurses in RTS Bereavement Training classes for perinatal loss. To register for the walk or to make a donation, please call Tara Spolan at (770) 442-8995 or visit www.atlantapnl.com.

the nationally acclaimed mental health treatment organization. On Thursday, Oct. 21, supporters will enjoy a cocktail reception, formal dinner created for the occasion by the St. Regis chefs and entertainment by Comedy Central personality John Heffron. For more information, including reservations and sponsorships, contact Ashley Vance at (678) 686-5905 or avance@skylandtrail.org.

be held at the Atlanta History Center and is a fundraising event for the endowment of the Cherokee Garden Library. Admission is $35 individual; $50 couple. For more information, call (404) 814-4046 or email scatron@atlantahistorycenter.com.

Gourmet gingersnap cookie company The Atl Atlanta anta Susansnaps Women’s Wom n’s e hosts Sweets Foundation’s for Smiles, upcoming Numbers benefiting the Too Big to Ignore Susan Carver fundraising Foundation for luncheon will take cancer patient place on Oct. 28 at gifts, Oct. 1-2. the Georgia World One hundred Congress Center. percent of the Over 1,400 men and women will attend proceeds from the event, which raises funds to support Susansnaps The Woodruff Arts Center has again AWF’s work to end the generational cycle Spice Cake slices ($4) and gingersnap partnered with Target to present the of poverty for women and girls in Atlanta. “Snack Packs” ($5.50) will be donated 3rd annual Target Free Family Day at Malaak Compton-Rock, author of If It Takes to the foundation. For every $2 raised, a The Woodruff Arts Center. Visitors will a Village, Build One, will speak about her bag of gingersnaps will be given to cancer experience the best family programming book and how to create a spirit of activism patients going through treatment during from each of the Center’s Divisions and philanthropy at home and in the the holidays. For more information, call – Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony community. For more information, visit (404) 497-9210 or visit Orchestra, 10 High Museum of Art and a .m www.toobigtoignore.org. . www.susansnaps.com. Young Audiences. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. at the AtlCares Fundraising Banquet will take Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. place on Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Georgia Admission is free. For more information, World Congress Center. The event will call (866) 449-5165 or visit feature live music, art gallery, a silent www.woodruffcenter.org/target. auction and the creations of up-and-coming designers in a Walk-Thru fashion show. The St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead will be the This event was created to give local artists new site of a platform to shine while using proceeds to Skyland benefit three other non-profit organizations. Trail’s Tickets are $35. For more information visit, Benefits of www.atlcares.com. Laughter, A Seriously Garden historian James R. Cothran will Funny discuss his new book, Charleston Gardens Night, the and the Landscape Legacy of Loutrel principal Briggs, on Wednesday, Oct.13, at 7 p.m. fund-raising followed by a book signing and Charlestonevent of inspired reception. This special evening will

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Photographer Cameron Adams is documenting Intown’s style trends on his new blog, Atlanta Street Fashion (www.atlantastreetfashion.blogspot.com). We’ll be featuring some of our favorites on the Atlanta INtown Facebook page regularly and we’ll pick some favorites to feature on our pages every month, too.


. Denim trousers crossed with leggings anchor this artful color banding of a purple tank and a whimsical, cropped tee by Shenanigans. Clear Jellies are the next best thing to bare feet when it’s warm outside. Nothing says comfort quite like seersucker. Every year in June, the U.S. Senate celebrates a Seersucker Thursday. Cool, light and carefree, those distinctive wrinkles are the result of slack-tension weaving. The convergence of street fashions and city biking is a trend first noted in blogs like Cycle Chic from Copenhagen. After all, bikes make great accessories. Development of the Atlanta BeltLine will encourage more everyday erranding, commuting and styling.




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Family Focus

Buckhead YMCA offers programs for needy, community By SB Williams At this financially “needy” time in our country and city, the Carl S. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead is remarkable for the joy and health that it is bringing to many Atlantans – especially to some of the less fortunate children of our city for whom, without the Y, the summer could have been a very bad experience. Each day, for 11 weeks, 400 children came to the Y on Moores Mill Road to participate in swimming lessons, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, golf, fitness conditioning, cheerleading and more. The rafters of the gymnasium rang with the music of hip-hop dancing and the shrieks of group games. As part of their Partnership With Youth, the Enrichment Program of the Buckhead YMCA includes an innovative Backpack Program. The program, which continues for the next year, provided breakfast and lunch for children, but also “backpacks” of food for their weekend meals. Without this help, they would have gone without food. The children’s schools advised the Y on which children needed this help. During the camp week, their meals were provided by members of the Y or by

volunteers from The Westminster Schools, who brought sandwiches, fruits and drinks. While a casual visitor to the Buckhead YMCA sees state of the art exercise equipment, a beautiful pool, tennis courts and the huge gymnasium, what they won’t see is the activity going on in the complex of offices where the management plans and executes this smooth running operation. Under the direction of Kristen McEwen and senior program director Amy Grames, a dedicated staff carries out the Wellness Program for members ages 13 and older that includes classes in dance, yoga, fitness exercise, swimming, tennis, and other activities. There’s also the Partnership With Youth program that offers 65 needy children tutoring in schoolwork, but also activities for four hours each afternoon after school. This fall, the Y offers many classes for adults, including ballroom dancing, and children, who can also study ballroom along ballet, tap and hip- hop jazz. A new soccer program begins this fall for ages 3 to 19.

Children have plenty to keep them busy at the Buckhead YMCA, which not only offers activities such as swimming and basketball, but has also offers field trips to places like Zoo Atlanta and has started offering educational sessions to help students perform better in school.

The Buckhead YMCA is always in need of donations of money or food. For information on how to contribute, call Courtney Severson at (404) 350-9292. For a full schedule of events, visit www.ymcaatlanta.org.

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INtown Runaround Tim Sullivan How many marathons have you run now and what is your PR (personal record)? Twenty-seven marathons and five triathlons. PR was a 3:41 in the Museum of Aviation Marathon in Warner Robins last year. Men half your age are envious of your marathon times and your hair. Do you use conditioner? Lots of quick showers with very little soap and shampoo. When did you have your joints replaced with rubber bands? My weight is 145, same as the day I married Beverly Ann Burd in 1977!

Fastest Mustache Grant Park resident John Wald Fetner is a 62-year-old father of six, an advertising executive and a marathoner with an all-star mustache. John ran his first marathon in 2005…and is improving!

Favorite race? Short of marching through the Gates of Heaven there is nothing that can equal the Boston Marathon! The crowd – one to two million! – pulled me to the top of Heartbreak Hill at Boston College… Woot Woot! Go Eagles! You were saying? …where I heard a roar. Team Hoyt was next to me – the Ironman who pushes his adult son with MS in a wheelchair. Only a father’s love could give a man that kind of strength.

Advice for a younger runner who hopes to one day dominate the 60+ers? Fall in love, get married, raise a family. Stay healthy and join a local running group. Already got all of those things underway… When should I think about growing that mustache? Marathoners think long term. Don’t do anything that can break a marriage or a career. Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at www.timmydaddy.com.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The mind body spa chain Exhale has announced their first location in Georgia. Exhale Atlanta opened Sept. 7 at the corner of Peachtree Street and 11th Street., adjacent to 12th & Midtown’s new Loews Atlanta Hotel. In addition to serving hotel guests, Exhale will serve the entire mixeduse development of residents, tenants and hotel guests. Exhale will also offer membership packages to local area spa and fitness devotees. Guests and members of the Atlanta facility will be able to experience Exhale’s proprietary Core Fusion series of workouts. Spa and wellness offerings will complete the mind body aesthetic. www.exhalespa.com. The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide have joined together to become the Cancer Support Community (CSC). The CSC hopes to further expose their presence to the cancer community in order to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. The organization’s Atlanta affiliate, CSCAtlanta, has held a unique partnership with

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Northside Hospital for 10 years. More newly diagnosed cases of cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in Georgia. In 2009, CSC-Atlanta saw nearly 15,400 patient visits among its many educational, social and therapeutic programs. All programs are free to participants and are led by licensed therapists and trained professionals. Everyone whose life has been touched by a cancer diagnosis is welcome to participate in the programs, free of charge. Programs are available in Atlanta, Forsyth and Cherokee. www.cscatlanta.org. Atlanta resident and member of the Emory Eye Center Fellowship Program at Emory University School of Medicine, Qing Zhang, has been selected as a 2010 Fight for Sight grantee. The Fight for Sight Post Doctoral Fellowship will fund Zhang’s eye research project on uveal melanoma, the most common primary eye tumor among adults. Uveal melanoma is serious condition that carries a 50 percent, five-year mortality rate that is unchanged despite treatment advances over the years. Zhang’s was born in China and currently resides in Atlanta. She obtained her MD at Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine in China and was ranked number one in a class of 325 students www.fightforsight.org

Senior Connections (www. seniorconnectionsatl.org), the nonprofit agency that provides Meals on Wheels, has announced the launch of its new Fixit Connection, a home repair and handyman service for senior homeowners that provides guaranteed professional services. Whenever an electrician or plumber or carpenter comes out to handle a repair job, Senior Connections is still the homeowner’s point of contact. Senior Connections will guarantee the work, handle the billing and payment and make sure that the clients are never left with unfinished or poor quality work. All services are available to those 55 years or older. Fees vary according to job but each client receives a written proposal that explains all costs and guarantees. (770) 4557602 or www.seniorconnectionsatl.org. The weight loss program at Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) has reached and surpassed a significant milestone: 5,000 procedures aimed at helping patients lose weight and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Established in 1999, the AMC Bariatric Surgery Program has in recent years averaged some 500 of the increasingly popular weight loss procedures annually. Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that addresses the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity. The AMC program offers several bariatric surgery options to promote long-term weight management. www.atlantamedcenter.com.

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A Look Back Ann Boutwell Oct. 5, 1992: The grand opening of Atlanta’s $43 million Fernbank Museum of Natural History at 767 Clifton Road was held. The 160,000 square-foot-building emerged out of a 65- acre tract called Fernbank Forest, a relatively undisturbed old-growth forest. Conservation-minded environmentalist conceived the vision to preserve the forest as a school in the woods. Now on view until March is De Soto’s Footsteps: New Archaeological Evidence from Georgia. www.fernbankmuseum.org. Oct. 8, 1993: The former West Hunter Branch of the Atlanta Library System at 1116 Martin Luther King Dr., was renamed the Washington Park Annie Lou Watters McPheeters Branch Library. McPheeters was the first professionally trained librarian hired by the Atlanta Public Library System. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Library Science from the Hampton Institute in 1933, and a Master of Science in Library Science from Columbia University in 1956. As an employee of the Atlanta Public Library system from 1934 to1966, she served as the head of the Auburn Avenue Branch, and then later as the head of the West Hunter Branch of the library. After retiring, McPheeters worked as the first African American reference librarian at Georgia State University from 1966 until 1975. She died in 1994 at age 86 Oct. 10, 1911: On a dreary, wet Tuesday, 50,000 gathered at Piedmont Park’s 14th Street entrance to dedicate sculptor Allen G. Newman’s “Peace Monument.” The signal gun boomed; the music ceased. Eight young girls, all relatives of Atlanta’s Old Gate City Guard, tugged gently at the cord to unveil the monument, which remains in the park to this day. The public is invited on Saturday, Oct 9, to the annual rededication of the Peace Monument at the Piedmont Park’s 14th Street entrance. Oct. 15, 1885: Morris Brown students entered their first class at the new college building located in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward on the corner of Boulevard and Houston Street. (Now, John Wesley Dobbs Avenue) The cornerstone was laid in October 1884. By September 1932, Morris Brown occupied the campus and buildings formerly used by the undergraduate department of the Atlanta University, located in the Vine City neighborhood.

2010 Calendar of Events Sunday in the Park

A Victorian celebration showcasing Oakland’s rich heritage with live music, roving street performers, a costume contest, children’s entertainment, storytellers and much, much more. Sunday, October 3 noon-6pm

“Capturing the Spirit of Oakland” Halloween Tours Experience Oakland Cemetery after dark! Meet a few select residents in a tour that changes every year. Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 22, 23 & 24 Timed entrance beginning @ 5:30pm Tickets available online only

“Run like Hell” 5K and “Run like Heck” Fun Run Costumes are encouraged for our all-ages run through the cemetery and neighboring Grant Park. Saturday, Oct 30 @ 9am

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Oct. 15, 1910: Atlanta’s Boy Scouts of America made its first one-day practice march from Fort McPherson to Cascade Springs – a distance of about six miles. Scoutmaster Robert Cherry of Fort McPherson’s Company C, Seventeenth Infantry had organized the first two camps of young scouts a few weeks earlier in the Campbell Road area and at Oakland City. The seven-hour outing also gave the boys their first lesson in outdoor cooking. Oct. 20, 2005: Atlantic Station opened its new retail and entertainment center, culminating the final phase of the nine-year development of the new live, work, play community. The site was originally the Atlanta Steel Hoop Company, which had opened in 1901.

Oct. 28, 1895: Famous markswoman Phoebe Ann Moses, better known kn wn as An Annie Oakley, y, aperformed noerform p ds at ie the1895 Cotton otton e a States esOand t Sta tha International In ern ion Exhibition t xh a itiona held ldt in Piedmont l dm ibnhPark. aEk. In n two intIoerperformances, erform Pes o tw p Pie Oakleyy entertained O n erta da more tere than kle7,000 in m under ther the great reae tent en othoff Buffalo a u B t tn ffae Bill’s Wild West Show. With her back to the target of glass balls, she fascinated the crowds by resting a gun on her head and easily shooting every ball thrown into the air. Oct. 31, 1935: The Southern Dairies Ice Cream plant at Glen Iris Drive and North Avenue held an open house for the public to visit its new Atlanta operation. The plant produced bulk and packaged ice cream. Two novelty items are the Popsicle, a favorite treat with small children, and the Chockow, chocolate coated ice cream on a stick. In 2002, the Southern Dairies Building earned the Georgia Trust Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. It’s now an office complex and home to 4th & Swift restaurant.

Charity in the City Kate Atwood

Help end domestic violence In today’s fast paced world, silence is often a welcome moment in our lives. This month, however, your voice can actually save a life. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and it’s an opportunity for us to recognize one of our culture’s most violent forms of silence. In the time it takes for you to read this article, a woman will be battered. It’s an easy epidemic to turn away from if it doesn’t directly affect you, but the odds that a woman in your life will experience intimate partner violence may be more likely than you think. Even knowing the staggering statistic that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence, few things remain as taboo to discuss. Why does it continue to be one of the most hidden offenses in our culture? Is it because of the intimacy of the issue, the frustration in the lack of control we may have as an outsider in the situation? The truth is that our voice is our biggest weapon against batterers. Domestic violence isn’t about raising money for a cure; it’s about raising our voices such that this violence will not be tolerated and to let those affected know they are not alone. Atlanta is fortunate to be the home of Partnership against Domestic Violence. PADV is the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, providing professional, compassionate and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. The agency has a fully staffed administrative office and two 24-hour emergency shelters in Fulton and Gwinnett counties. PADV carries a bold mission to end domestic violence by offering safety and

shelter for battered women and their children; restoring power, self-sufficiency and control to domestic violence survivors; and educating the public on the dynamics of domestic violence. “In 2009, there were 125 intimate partner violence related homicides in Georgia; a 12 percent increase over the previous year. This is unacceptable. Let’s do something about it,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive officer of PADV. “Intimate partner violence is a historically taboo, hidden secret. And batterers who abuse their partners thrive on our silence.” So my charge to you this month is to break the silence. Here are three ways to get involved in October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month: 1. Join me in attending a PADV event during Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Oct. 7: Silent No More! Candlelight Vigil: 6 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic site.Oct. 28: Domestic Violence Survivor Speak-out,11 a.m. at Gwinnett Historic Courthouse 2. Next time you’re in Target or Wal-Mart, buy a gift card (any amount) and donate it to PADV for their shelter collections. 3. Knowing that this is a growing problem for our teens and young adults, invite PADV to come to your child’s school or after-school program, civic organization, or university to discuss teen dating violence. For more information on donations, events, or speakers visit www.padv.org. For more about Kate Atwood and her nonprofit, Kate’s Club, visit www.katesclub.org. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


Businesses on the BeltLine: Ansley Mall By Collin Kelley Editor Ansley Mall has been a Midtown institution since it opened at the corner of Monroe Drive and Piedmont Avenue in 1964. Back in the day, the mall boasted a Woolworth’s, Colonial Supermarket and a movie theater. Today, the retail complex is still thriving and will get an extra boost thanks to the stretch of the Atlanta BeltLine that runs directly behind it. The Home Depot Foundation recently donated $10,000 in labor and supplies to work on the stretch of BeltLine behind Ansley.

More than 50 volunteers from Home Depot and BeltLine employees worked the bridge over the railroad trestle and completed other clean-up as the path portion of the 22-mile loop around the city takes shape. The stretch of path behind Ansley Mall connects to Ansley Square and Piedmont Park. The Home Depot Foundation is part of a larger $2 million donation the Atlantabased company has made to the BeltLine project. All of Ansley Mall’s businesses will benefit from the Beltline, especially when the streetcar or light rail portion of the

project is complete. Just some of the shops in the mall are Pier 1, Intaglia Home Collection, Ansley Wine Merchants, The Toy Store, CVS, Publix, Radio Shack, The Cook’s Warehouse, LA Fitness and Starbucks. The Cook’s Warehouse owner and founder Mary S. Moore relocated her flagship store to Ansley Mall last year, taking over the 6,500 square foot space that was formerly Piccadilly Cafeteria. The future Beltline potential was a bonus when Moore moved into what she calls her “dream store.” “The BeltLine is going to be great for business,” Moore said. “The ease of mobility it will provide will bring more foot traffic

to an already bustling mall. I think it will be easier for toursists as well.” Intgalia moved to the mall in 2008 from its original location on Amsterdam Avenue. Owner Jerri Spiers said the 8,000 square foot space over two floors allowed her to showcase more of the furniture and accessories. Visit www.BeltLine.org for more details about the Atlanta BeltLine project and progress. If you have a recommendation for a business on the BeltLine spotlight, email it to editor Collin Kelley at collin@ atlantaintownpaper.com

Home Depot volunteers turned out recently to help clean up and repair the railroad trestle behind Ansley Mall, which is home to shops including The Cook’s Warehouse and Intaglia Home Collection. Photos courtesy Atlanta BeltLine, The Cook’s Warehouse and Intaglia.

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Business Advice Lloyd Fritzmeier

A ‘Mad Men’ lesson on leadership In a recent episode of the hit television drama Mad Men, there was a leadership lesson buried in the show. Don Draper was having dinner with an associate when she told him Aesop’s Fable about the sun and the wind. The north wind and the sun were competing to see who could get a man to take off his coat. The wind roared and blustered mightily, but the man just pulled his coat tighter. However, the sun merely shined brighter and hotter until the man couldn’t wait to take off his coat. The moral is that it’s better to be gentle and persuasive than loud and intimidating if you want people to follow. And, this is absolutely true in business… and in any relationship. Certainly, fear and intimidation will get short-term results, but the results are only short-term. We’ve all seen it. The boss who says, “Don’t say yes ‘til I’m done talking” and only believes there are two ways of looking at things – his way and the wrong way. Usually, he or she talks in a very loud voice, stares people down who disagree, and

dictates the agenda. However, over time, these bullies invariably fail to get the best thinking from their people . They also fail to hold on to their best people, who can’t wait to leave and follow a boss who actually values their opinions and respects them. People want to know they’re important and are recognized for making a difference. They want true respect. And, there’s no better way a boss can show his or her respect than to ask questions and let people identify possible solutions. How will you know how good your people are if you give them all the answers? How can you hold them accountable if they’re only following your orders and haven’t bought into the decision? Next time you’re tempted to tell someone exactly what to do, think of the wind and the sun and the more persuasive way to motivate your people. Lloyd Fritzmeier is a leadership coach and strategic advisor with The Starfish Partnership. Contact him at (404) 551-2964 or lfritz@sfritz.com.

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Business & Retail Briefs Moda Floors & Interiors, a specialty flooring, tile and window coverings company headquartered in Atlanta since 2003, has partnered with Shaw Industries to open Atlanta’s first Shaw Design Center in the West Midtown Design District. The design center features an extensive selection of carpet, custom area rugs, eco-flooring, hardwood, laminates, stone, tile, and window coverings. (404) 477-3744 or www.modafloorsandinteriors.com.

Atlanta-based music licensing company Affix Music has added Clear Channel Creative Services Group to its client roster. A one-stop licensing company, Affix specializes in placing independent urban music in television, film, advertising, games, and digital media. www.affixmusic.com

The Atlanta Business League honored C.J. Stewart at the recent Men of Influence Reception & Induction Ceremony. C.J. and his wife Kelli co-founded L.E.A.D., the country’s first instructional play baseball development program for inner city youth. The “Men of Influence” list honors black men in metro Atlanta communities who have reached senior level positions within their profession, are leading entrepreneurs in their industry, have proven historymaking feats or have attained the ability to influence large public bodies politically and in government. www.lead2legacy.org

The Commerce Club has begun a $7 million construction project on its new club quarters, located on the 49th floor of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower. Plans for the facility include a members bar, seven private meeting rooms, a ballroom that can accommodate over 200 people; a multimedia room, office-away-fromoffice spaces; and enhanced integration of technological conveniences. Winter Construction is serving as contractor on the project expected to be completed next month. Dining rooms will be named after great Atlantans. The décor of the club

Skyland Trail, a community based, nonprofit treatment center for adults recovering from mental illness, has announced the election of community volunteer leader Jackie Montag to its board of directors. Montag is former board chair of the Atlanta History Center and past president of The Temple. She serves on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Board of Trustees, and three educational boards. Montag also oversees business development for the investment counseling and management firm A. Montag & Associates. www.skylandtrail.org

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will include historical art, artifacts, and memorabilia. www.clubcorp.com. The Galloway School’s board of trustees has appointed Dr. Beth Farokhi as interim head of school for the 2010-2011 school year. Farokhi succeeds Tom Brereton, who resigned on July 22 after a three-year tenure. Farokhi brings more than 30 years of education experience to The Galloway School. She served as an administrator in the College of Education at Georgia State University for 24 years. Prior to her work at Georgia State, Farokhi spent six years as a public school teacher in Cobb County schools. She holds an M.A.T. from Emory University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia. www.gallowayschool.org

shopSCAD here and in Savannah. The full range of bags and accessories is available to purchase at www.tshandbags.com. Georgia Trend magazine is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Publisher Neely Young said that while traditional print journalism has been “shaken to its core,” the monthly magazine continues to grow and reaches every community in the state. Georgia Trend has also embraced new media, with an electronic edition of the magazine online and regularly posts to its Facebook page. For more information and to read the latest issue, visit www.GeorgiaTrend.com.

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EARTH graduates Mónica Aguilar from Honduras (left) and Ana Isabella Díaz from Guatemala (right) participate in an event at Whole Foods Market promoting EARTH University brand pineapples. Photo courtesy of EARTH University Director of Communications Kristine Jiménez. the internship. In turn, they gain valuable real-world experience to reflect and draw upon during their final academic year. The university currently has three such interns in Georgia. Third year Costa Rica student Dadney Bogantes is assisting in farm management at Bland Farms, an industryleading producer of Vidalia Sweet Onions headquartered in Glennville, Georgia. María Angélica Bonilla, also from Costa Rica, is in the department of horticulture at the University of Georgia working in greenhouse management. Finally, Evelyn Coc from Belize is interning at UGA’s engineering center, working on bio fuels and life-cycle analysis. In addition, EARTH has two graduates working for Bland Farms as agronomists. Marco Rojas (class of 1999) is originally from Costa Rica. Monica Del Cid (class of 2006) from Guatemala oversees Bland’s sustainable farming practices and green initiatives, as well as assisting in crop supervision. Further strengthening the Atlanta connection is the Buckead-based EARTH University Foundation. Incorporated in 1989, the foundation works to support the education vision of EARTH University through gifts, contributions, programs and other initiatives. The foundation also provides many unique opportunities for

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Atlantans to become involved with and contribute to EARTH. Besides contributing financially, Atlanta residents can also participate in local fundraising events. On Oct. 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Pillars of EARTH Sustainable Leadership Awards will honor civic and business leaders from Georgia. On Nov. 13, run for EARTH, a 15K and 5K trail race, will take place to benefit EARTH University. EARTH also encourages and assists individuals in hosting smaller events, such a local organic potluck dinner, in support of the University, EARTH University brand products are also sold at Whole Foods Market. All the products are grown or made by students, graduates, faculty, or community partners

with profits supporting scholarships, research and university operations. EARTH also offers opportunities for supporters to visit the university’s campus and take classes, explore the nature preserve, and experience campus life alongside its students. Currently, the university has short courses scheduled from Oct. 25 to 29 in communications and filmmaking for social and economic development. Atlanta-based companies and organizations can also host interns for a 15-week period. For more information on EARTH University and the EARTH University Foundation, including how to volunteer or register for upcoming events, visit www. earth-usa.org

Eco-Briefs EarthShare of Georgia (ESGA) has announced new members for its Board of Directors for the 2010-2012 term: Nathan Ballard, Application Development Manager, Assistance Vice President of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta; Ira Blumenthal, President of ESGA member group, Captain Planet Foundation; Jerry McCollum, President and CEO of ESGA member group, Georgia Wildlife Federation; and Rebecca Serna Woiderski, Executive Director of ESGA member group, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. EarthShare of Georgia is a nonprofit that raises funds for more than 60 environmental organizations dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. (404) 873-3173 or www.earthsharega.org. Georgia Interfaith Power & Light received $400,000 in federal stimulus money to convert congregations of every religion from wasting energy and learning ways to save it. Money wasted on power bills can be redirected to feed the hungry, house the homeless and advance their mission. The Interfaith Power & Light network began in California and has grown to 38 state affiliates. The federal funds give GIPL the power to provide grants to actually pay for energy efficient upgrades in churches, temples and mosques around Georgia. Several Intown congregations are already involved. The first step is a thorough energy audit to measure current energy use. Eight congregations were recently awarded grants ranging from $2,500 to $9,000. Grants can go as high as $25,000 based on need and strategy. The deadline to apply for the next round is Nov.15. www.gipl.org St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has reduced its carbon footprint by a third over the past four years. The historic church’s energy savings programs have exceeded the Governor’s Energy Challenge by cutting energy consumption more than 18 percent since 2006. St. Luke’s parish was established in1864. Now, 140 years later, St. Luke’s is a thriving crossroads parish of over 2,000 diverse communicants located on Peachtree Street in Midtown. www.stlukesatlanta.org The third annual GreenBusiness Works EXPO is scheduled for Oct 26-28 at the Cobb Galleria. This year’s theme, “Poised for Prosperity,” will feature many companies that are reaping the rewards of prosperity as early adopters of sustainability practices. Learn from companies such as Wal-mart, Aspen Skiing Company Cox Enterprises, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and more. Attend breakout sessions and learn from subject matter experts with sustainable business models for prosperity, hear case studies from companies who have adopted, delivered and succeeded with sustainable business practices and network with speakers, exhibitors and sponsors on the trade show floor to learn about products and services to support your company’s transition to more sustainable business practices. Visit www.GreenBusinessWorksEXPO.net for more information or to register. On Saturday, Nov. 6, participants will return to Decatur’s Dearborn Park for the 3rd annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year this joint effort of Renewal Design-Build, the DeKalb County Parks Department and City of Decatur’s Active Living Division, has well over 100 participants – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park. Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second and third place teams will take home $300 and $200, respectively. County park experts and local celebrities will score each team’s assigned plot. Food, music and the awarding of prizes follow the competition. Groups should register as soon as possible, as a limited number of teams are allowed to participate. For more information and to register, visit www.ParkRenewalDay.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Rainwater collection systems save money, resources By Bob Drew and Lawrence Richter Quinn Next year, Atlanta’s already sky high water and sewer rates will ratchet up yet another 12 percent. One resident who’s not worried: Virginia Highland’s Mary Stouffer, who has found a way to both protect the environment and keep her water costs in check. Her solution: Install a rainwater collection system in her home – one designed so that water captured can be used for everything from safe drinking (of special concern, since she has three kids) and washing clothes to watering plants and grass. “With our drought-like conditions over the past couple of years – and the ongoing battle over who controls Lake Lanier’s water – it hit me suddenly: water in Georgia is not a renewable resource, not a commodity to be taken for granted or frittered away,” says Stouffer. Stouffer says her new 3,400-gallon tank and treatment center will cut her city water use by up to 90 percent, and ensure that what she and her family drinks is free from chlorine and other contaminants. Stouffer, in fact, is becoming something of an unofficial spokesperson for city officials, residents and businesses as she promotes the benefit of collecting rainwater for drinking and others purposes. Hers is a “test case” for the city: She has worked closely with Atlanta officials (and

plumbing code inspectors in particular) to make sure that the proper filters are installed so her water is potable. Until now, city and state plumbing codes have not included any guidelines for capturing and filtering rainwater for drinking. Over the past two years, there’s been a groundswell of interest among city residents interested in installing rainwater collection systems – even without the tax and sales incentives other cities around the U.S. offer. Just ask Sabine Bickert, a Frankfurtbased architect who has a second home in metro Atlanta, where she installed a water harvesting system last year. “I plan to become independent of city water and, finally, of buying electricity by installing solar panels on the roof of the house.” Mandy Mahoney, the City of Atlanta’s director of sustainability, encourages all residents and business owners to follow the lead of Stouffer and Bickert. “There’s no way we can solve our city’s water problems without creative, thoughtful solutions like this,” she says. “At City Hall, we’re incredibly enthusiastic about these initiatives.” For more information about rainwater systems, visit ECOVIE Rainwater Collection Systems at www.ecovieenvironmental.com.

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When: Thursday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3 About: The Atlanta Greek Festival brings all the aromas, sounds, tastes and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Your admission ticket becomes your passport as you enjoy all the Beauty of Santorini and the Fun of Mykonos. More information: www. atlantagreekfestival.org or (404) 633-5870

When: Saturday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: 1886 North Decatur Road. Admission: Barbeque meal tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children. About: Enjoy down-home music provided by members of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. Featured bands including Buzzard Mountain Boys, Tucker Station String Band, Hicks with Picks and Bluegrass Bonanza Band. There will be activities and treats for the children, mouthwatering barbeque and a bake sale on the lawn. More information: (404) 325-4551 or visit www.emorypresbyterian.org

When: Saturday, Oct. 23, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 24, noon to 7 p.m. Where: Candler Park Admission: Free About: Artists’ market with 90 booths, food trucks, kid’s village, costume contest, trick or treating, 5k Road Race, Tour of Homes and live music. The festival opens Friday night, Oct. 22, with the Fall Ball at 7:30 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation. Tickets are $10-$15. For more information: www.CandlerPark.org/FallFest

When: Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Chastain Park near the Chastain Park Amphitheater, the Horse Barn and Golf Course. Parking available at 4469 Stella Dr. Admission: Free About: Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and a board of experts in various artistic disciplines, the Chastain Park Arts Festival is a two-day event with an emphasis on the visual arts. The festival will feature approximately 100 fine painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftpersons, glass blowers, jewelers and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, live entertainment, hands-on arts activities and food. More information: www.chastainparkartsfestival.com.


When: Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Harmony Park in Oakhurst Village, Corner of East Lake Drive and Oakview Road Admission: Free About: Events and features include the 5K Arts Run/Walk, local artists live musical performances, a community area featuring Decaturbased nonprofit groups, a free activity area for children, a “Good ol’ fashioned” parade , food and beverages at Oakhurst’s many restaurants. This event is presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance in association with the South Decatur Community Development Corporation. More information: www.oakhurstartsandmusicfestival.com or (404) 371-9583


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Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival this month Each October, Atlanta is transformed by more than 150 photography-related exhibitions and events hosted by a diverse network of galleries and venues across the city. The 12th annual month-long festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 2 with the My Atlanta Exhibition in Piedmont Park. Photographers – from amateurs to professionals – are invited to hang their best photo in the park’s community center between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exhibition will be up through the end of month and prizes will be given in several categories. The Savannah College of Art and Design will host a number of artist lectures, including noted entertainment photographer Art Streiber on Oct. 6, 7 p.m. The ACP Photography Auction will be held at the King Plow Art Center on Oct. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. with silent and live auctions of photos by noted artists. The public can view portfolios of photographers from across America and

the world on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Grady High School during the Portfolio Walk. Other events include a Photo Book Fair at Piedmont Park on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; film screenings at Eyedrum on Oct. 26 and 28; and a closing party on Oct. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Atlantic Station. For a full list of events and to download a full festival guide, visit www.acpinfo.org. – Collin Kelley

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Out on Film, Pride and Atlanta Queer Lit Fest on tap Friday Oct 15th 5pm 10pm Saturday Oct 16th 12pm 10pm


Atlanta’s GLBTQ community – and its supporters – will have a busy social calendar with three high profile events taking place this month.

Out on Film The 23rd season of Atlanta’s Out on Film festival is Oct. 1 – 7 at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema and the Ansley Park Playhouse. Some of the big films on the schedule included the anticipated Howl, starring James Franco as Allen Ginsburg, and the documentary Quentin Crisp: Final Encore directed by Atlantan Diana Cardea. See the full schedule at www.outonfilm.org


Atlanta Pride Festival The annual celebration returns to Piedmont Park with a weekend-long festival Oct. 810 featuring a weekend of entertainment including performances by Antigone Rising,

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American Idol’s Kimberly Locke and Niki Harris, Madonna’s sassy back-up dancer and vocalist. The Pride Parade will step off on Sunday at 1 p.m. from the MARTA Civic Center station and proceed up Peachtree before turning onto 10th Street to enter the park. There will also be a market in the park, food, and plenty of parties and side events to make a full weekend. For a full schedule visit atlantapride.org.

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival The 4th annual event will take place Oct. 13-16 at venues around the city including Charis Books, Outwrite Books, Auburn Avenue Research Library and Decatur Library. This year’s keynote speakers are poet Ana Božievi and writer and International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights executive director Cary Alan Johnson. The keynote event is Friday, Oct. 15 at the Auburn Avenue Library. Fictiion, non-fiction, poetry will all be represented at various readings and panel events. All events are free. For a complete schedule visit www.atlqueerlitfest.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m





Wherefore Art? Patrick Dennis I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… After seeing the Dali exhibit at the High Museum, I was in explorer mode and was anxious to investigate some new, off-thebeaten-path art houses. Yes, as shocking as it sounds there are some successful, small independent galleries, studios and workshops teeming with creativity that has nothing to do with Tyler Perry. Okay, that wasn’t fair, but it does seem like he owns everything. I’m just saying. First stop on my tour bus odyssey is the Kai Lin Gallery on Peachtree. Run by a handsome, shy and talented young man named Yu Kai, this is one fearless environment that nurtures some unexpected talent. The space is inviting and really clean. He curates a variety of gallery spaces all over Atlanta, and has mounted some very ambitious exhibits including the group show “Monsters” in July consisting of local illustration art, and “Zenith” in September, which showcases nature inspired imagery for the fall. Couldn’t be nicer. Headed into Poncey-Highland, I stopped at Young Blood Gallery and Boutique. It’s right next to the Highland Inn. It’s long and narrow like a shotgun house, and filled with some very odd things like those semi-creepy but somehow compelling works by John Feskin, who must have had a very difficult childhood. I wasn’t interested in the gift items, but I liked the experimental artwork. In Decatur, a new place has opened for young talent: Wild Oats and Billy Goats. This place is fun, has lots of folk art, which I love, and is close to the Square. Plus it’s just down the street from my own gallery (Decatur Market & Gallery). Given their name, I’d like to say “Howdy, neighbor!” I wanted to keep going but started getting tired thinking about what artists do


when they aren’t selected to be in a gallery show or making a caravan to big festivals. Since it was a Saturday, I decided to check out the Virginia Highland Market. There were about 20 artists including the legend Lorenzo Scott. His work is part of the permanent collection at the High Museum and even the Smithsonian. His sister Marguerite is a painter, too, and showed her work that day. I loved the festive atmosphere, and best of all there was a performance artist named Sherry Bloom, who dances in an AfricanIrish style of “buck dancing.” She has a dog, tap shoes, a board, and Appalachian folk music on her iPod. She was dancing up a storm and made me think the South isn’t all about grits and greens but sure can be fun. But I’m not sure what the dog has to do with her act. I kept watching, and nothing. Maybe that was the point, or counterpoint in this case. As I wound down, I started thinking about what artists do. I’m pretty sure they don’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring. (“Hello artist? This is the Museum of Art and we just love your work, yessir!”) But they have some pretty golden opportunities at these outdoor art markets on the weekends. Of course, it’s not as much fun as setting up in Jackson Square in New Orleans and gorging on beignets after making a few dollars, but for Atlanta, hey it’s pretty good! So locals, here’s my message to you: stop waiting for the golden ticket and take your work to the public markets in Atlanta. And if you need to you can bring your own donuts or grits.




For the 2nd annual

Chastain Park Arts Festival Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm

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


Choctoberfest 2010

Fair Trade Never Tasted So Good! Saturday,October 9

Chastain Park 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30327

Join us for a Fair Trade Chocolate Bake

Off and a Divine Chocolate presentation with samples. Fun activities all day. Call store for details.

(located by the Chastain Park Amphitheater : on Park Drive)

Lucra Sanchez Huaranca is a member of CACVRA co-op in Peru where 100% of the cacoa goes to fair trade organizations like Equal Exchange.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts

2001 at Ground Zero. Opens October 9. Closed Monday. $3 to $5. www.thecontemporary.org

Folsom and Petterson Exhibit: This exhibit at Pryor Fine Art features two of the city’s favorite artists - John Folsom and Andre Petterson - who both meld traditional photography and additional media to create bold, striking works. October 8 through October 29. Closed Sunday. Admission is free. www.pryorfineart.com

A Stroke of Brilliance: Come check out recent works by 25 of Watson Gallery’s artists, including four new artists. Opens October 2. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.watsongallery.net

Last Exit: This photography exhibit chronicles Georgia native Mike Nalley’s journey through abandoned spaces, and it’s on view at ZuCot Gallery. Closes October 30. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.zucotgallery.com Joyce Norwood Exhibit: Come to Catherine Kelleghan Gallery to see works by Norwood, who was inspired to create her paintings while spending the summer in the North Georgia mountains. Opens October 7. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.catherinekelleghangallery.com Laura Poitras: O’ Say Can You See? In this exhibit at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, documentary filmmaker Poitras presents a film installation using imagery shot in September of

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Christian Bradley West Exhibit: This exhibit at Matre Gallery features works by West, who started out primarily as a photographer but has also incorporated painting and drawing into his works. Opens October 15. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.matregallery.com Observations on Japanese Architects: This multi-media exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta is dedicated to the presentation of emerging Japanese architects and their work. Closes October 30. Open Tuesday through Saturday. $5 to $10. www.museumofdesign.org

Theatre VarietyTech/Let’s Try This! Improv Show: Join DramaTech’s triple threats and comedy improv performers for a night of entertainment at the Ferst Center for the Arts. October 1 and October 2. $5 to $10. www.dramatech.org Sammy & Me: Broadway performer Eric Jordan Young takes audiences on a whirlwind journey through Sammy Davis, Jr.’s life and music in this insightful new show at the Alliance Theatre. October 1 through October 24. $25 to $35. www.alliancetheatre.org Thimblerig Circus: This show returns to Academy Theatre with fire-eating, singing, beds of nails and more. October 2. $10. www.academytheatre.org La Boheme: In Puccini’s classic opera, six penniless Parisian artists are full of idealism, but they soon encounter life’s harsh realities in this production by The Atlanta Opera at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. October 2 through October 10. $25 to $140. www.atlantaopera.org Twist: As the Roaring Twenties dance their way down Bourbon Street, an orphan in search of home finds family in unexpected places in this show at the Alliance Theatre directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. Closes October 3. $25 to $55. www.alliancetheatre.org Steel Magnolias: Anyone who is anybody gets her hair done at Truvy’s, but the eccentric ladies soon learn that they need each other for more than just a good hairdo in this show presented by The Renaissance Project at Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church. Closes October 3. $15 to $18. www.trp-atl.org

9 to 5: The Musical: This show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre tells the story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing they can’t do - even in a man’s world. Closes October 3. $25 to $65. www.theaterofthestars.com Magician Geoff Williams: Williams performs his unique brand of illusions coined as “cutting-edge sleight-of-hand mixed with hilarious comedy” at Academy Theatre. October 3. $8. www.academytheatre.org Show-n-Tell: Vivian has nothing for Show-n-Tell Day, so her teacher and best friend help her find a way to wow the class without breaking the bank in this soul-stirring family musical at the 14th Street Playhouse. October 7 through October 10. $15 to $25. www.14thstplayhouse.org The Odyssey: a Journey Home: This original adaptation of Homer’s epic presented by Georgia Shakespeare at the Conant Performing Arts Center explores Odysseus’ challenges of returning home. October 7 through October 31. $15 to $45. www.gashakespeare.org Ron White: Behavioral Problems Tour: Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking funnyman from “Blue Collar Comedy.” Catch him live at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. October 8 and October 9. $45.75. www.foxtheatre.org Comedians of Chelsea Lately: Join the regular comics from the hit E! Network show “Chelsea Lately” for this show at The Tabernacle. October 9. $30 to $35. www.tabernacleatl.com

Battle Acts: Laughing Matters individual improvisers compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament at Academy Theatre. October 16. $15. www.laughingmatters.com Blood Relatives: Come sit at Joseph the Dreamer’s feet as this 21st century father tells the story of his life to his daughter through mime, dance and step in this contemporary drama at the Rialto Center for the Arts. October 17. $25. www.rialtocenter.org Sideshow: Daisy and Violet are conjoined twins who transform their career from a circus act into a famous stage performance in the 1930s, but they don’t agree about what they need next: fame or love? See this wild theatrical ride at OnStage Atlanta. Closes October 17. $10 to $17. www.onstageatlanta.com Unnecessary Farce: See the confusion escalate as an embezzling mayor meets with his female accountant in a motel room, while next door two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape in this show at Stage Door Players. Closes October 17. $12 to $26. www.stagedoorplayers.net The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years: For the ladies of the Nacirema Society, bus boycotts and freedom marches don’t hold a candle to the importance of making the perfect entrance … or plotting the perfect blackmail in this World Premiere at the Alliance Theatre. Opens October 20. $20 to $50. www.alliancetheatre.org

Joel McHale: McHale brings his stand-up act on the road to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. McHale gained widespread popularity as host of E!’s “The Soup.” October 9. $43 to $73. www.cobbenergycentre.com

Albatross: This World Premiere play by Atlanta’s own Lee Nowell at Actor’s Express tells the story of a married couple who are thrust into a dangerous game of cat and mouse that tests their trust. Opens October 21. $15 to $40. www.actors-express.com

Dreamgirls: This Broadway musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre tells the story of an up-andcoming 1960s singing girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. October 12 through October 17. $16 to $53. www.broadwayacrossamerica.com

Paula Poundstone: Poundstone has a legendary ability to create humor on the spot, as heard on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” See her live at the Ferst Center for the Arts. October 22. $32 to $42. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu

The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Come celebrate the spooky season with your favorite band of spectres as they reprise their paranormal puppetry, macabre music and haunting horror stories at the Center for Puppetry Arts. October 13 through October 31. $12.50 to $25. www.puppet.org

Moulin Rouge – The Ballet: Get up close and personal with the bohemian world of Paris in its heyday at this Atlanta Ballet performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. October 22 through October 31. $20 to $120. www.atlantaballet.com

Diavolo: Diavolo takes dance, athletics and daring to the extreme, creating narratives in which inspiration thrives in this exciting performance at the Ferst Center for the Arts. October 15. $20 to $48. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu

Proof: This play at OnStage Atlanta tells the story of how one professor’s proof about prime numbers is discovered after his death and how his daughter struggles with her fear of following in his footsteps. Opens October 22. $10 to $17. www.onstageatlanta.com

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La Boheme at the Atlanta Opera

)SHaPUNUL^[HSLU[Z HUKLZ[HISPZOLKHY[PZ[Z HSPRLMYVTHYV\UK [OL:V\[OLHZ[OH]L OLSWLKLZ[HISPZO[OL )YVVROH]LU(Y[Z-LZ[P]HS HZHT\Z[VU`V\Y -HSSJHSLUKHY The Storytelling Ability of a Boy: Love gets dangerous when a young teacher becomes involved in the personal lives of two of her students in this darkly funny and deeply moving play by Synchronicity Theatre at 7 Stages. Opens October 22. $15 to $23. www.synchrotheatre.com Noche Flamenca Featuring Soledad Barrio: Artistic Director Martin Santangelo returns to the Rialto Center stage with Soledad Barrio and the acclaimed Noche Flamenca dance company, perhaps Spain’s most acclaimed flamenco troupe. October 23. $42 to $68. www.rialtocenter.org Anne of the Thousand Days: Intimate details come to light as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII separately relive the memories of the 1,000 days of their tempestuous relationship in this show by Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Closes October 23. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com The Island of Dr. Moreau: Don’t miss this horror fiction story by H. G. Wells performed live by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company at Academy Theatre. October 23 and October 24. $10. www.artc.org Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in My City! This show at The Fabulous Fox Theatre offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters from the Nick Jr. TV show come to life. October 23 and October 24. $38.35 to $66.25. www.foxtheatre.org

Middle School the Musical: It’s not easy being ‘tween, but thankfully, a team of four middle schoolers is here to help guide you through the madness in this Alliance Theatre show for children and families. October 23 through October 30. $15 to $20. www.alliancetheatre.org Henry VIII: Henry VIII is a virile young man bouncing between his loyal wife Catherine of Aragon and other women in his court, but his luck soon runs out in this play presented by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Closes October 24. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com Night Blooms: Two families, one white and one black, must cope with change in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 in this show at the Horizon Theatre. Closes October 24. $20 to $30. www. horizontheatre.com Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest: What’s glitz, glamour and talent without a five o’clock shadow? The beauty “queens” have it all in this production at 14th Street Playhouse. Closes October 24. $32. www.14thstplayhouse.org Von Who? This staged reading by Glen Slattery is presented by Working Title Playwrights at Academy Theatre. October 26. $10. www. workingtitleplaywrights.com Macbeth: In honor of Halloween, Atlanta Shakespeare Company invites audiences to witness this haunting tale of prophecy, greed and power. Opens October 28. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com

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Charlotte’s Web: See the classic tale in a whole new way at the Center for Puppetry Arts as Charlotte saves Wilbur by making him famous with her wits, words and webs! Closes October 31. $16. www.puppet.org Pyler Terry’s “The Dead Housewives of Atlanta”: The Atlanta housewives are dropping like flies, and TV mogul Pyler Terry sees an opportunity to create another hit TV show in this mystery at Agatha’s. Closes November 3. $60 to $62.50. www.agathas.com

5th Anniversary October 16th & October 17th

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Gut Bucket Blues: What made Bessie Smith “Empress of the Blues?” This World Premiere musical by True Colors Theatre Company at the Balzer Theater explores her boisterous life as the seed of her raucous music. Closes November 7. $18 to $45. www.truecolorstheatre.org Richard Kickers: Starting with a suggestion from the audience, the cast of this show rips ideas from current events, movies, TV and trivia to tell stories of passion, absurdity and surprising connections every Tuesday night at Relapse Theatre. $5 to $10. www.relapsecomedy.com

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News You Can Eat Secret Suppers


Underground dinner clubs offer fresh food with a touch of mystery By Tina Chadwick

Secret supper clubs turn the idea of fine dining on its ear. You pay top dollar, but you won’t know where you’re going, what you’re eating or who is going to be there until a day before. And if you cancel, you’re off the list and most likely charged as well. Yet many wait as long as a year for this type of treatment as part of the allure of the underground supper club. The consensus is that the food and experience are worth the wait and angst. Carols Ricque and Cathy Weber tried for a full year to get a seat at the sought-after Prelude to Staplehouse (staplehouse.com). “It was terribly hard to get in,” Weber says. “We knew they sent out an email with the first 10 to respond getting seats. We would reply as quick as two minutes and that still wasn’t fast enough.” Finally, they landed two spots. Asking about that wait in relation to the experience, Ricque says it was worth the wait and the money. “We would – and will – try again to go. It was a very cool evening and you really felt like it was something special.” Created by Ryan and Jenny Hidinger, Prelude to Staplehouse was started as a primer for the restaurant the duo plan to open. Currently, they host the event at their own residence. “Prelude to Staplehouse is our way to build a name for ourselves,” says Ryan Hidinger. “We very much want to be the next great thing, and not just a flash in the pan.” Jenny Levinson, right, owner of Buckhead’s Souper Jenny (souperjennyatl. com), also uses her elusive events to market her restaurant. She’s been hosting events for nearly three years after reading an article

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about the movement in New York. “I’m an entertainer anyway,” Levinson says. “It just appealed to me as something fun to do.” Depending on the venue, Levinson hosts 30 to 40 people at an undisclosed location. Some of her settings have been a graveyard, an art gallery and a building rooftop. Probably the most “secret” underground dining experience is rogueApron (rogueapron.wordpress.com), which is run by a woman who will only identify herself as Lady Rogue. “My work with rogueApron is about creating tangible opportunities for people to interact and form friendships,” Lady Rogue says. “Interpersonal connections are the foundation of a healthy local economy, and it’s my pleasure to put together events featuring Georgia-grown food.” Lady Rogue describes her dining event as MacGyver meets Iron Chef. “We work backwards from a theme and design a menu that can be produced by volunteers without access to fancy equipment.” Esther Andrew, founder of For Food’s Sake (forfoodssake.org), names this as her goal for serving her secret dinners, “Every event is opportunity to build awareness and create a consciousness about our food choices while getting back in touch with farmers.” All four secret supper clubs have local-grown and farmer relationships as keystones to their operations. All menus are developed according to what’s in season during collaboration with the chosen chef and farmer. After her first time attending, Molly Baroco had this to say about her evening: “For me, it felt special – even more than going out to dinner. It’s amazing service, you get an explanation of the food and, you get to be close and see the passion of the chef – it’s something you won’t get anywhere else.”

For Food’s Sake

Oct. 23-24 The 9th annual Taste of Atlanta is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Technology Square. With the city’s most renowned restaurateurs whipping up gourmet delights and live cooking demonstrations on three stages, patrons are sure to find their culinary pleasure within the 10-block food festival, located in the heart of Midtown.


Lady Rogue offers this motivation: “I think we all harbor the sneaking suspicion that there is something really, really cool going on just around the corner that we don’t know about. These sorts of dinners give the every person an opportunity to tap into arts, food, and performance communities that they may not intersect with otherwise.” Bon apetite and, in this case, bonne chance, too.

The highlights: ✔ More than 80 Restaurants: Experience a taste of Craft, Iberian Pig, New York Prime and Tuk Tuk to name a few. Patrons can also get a taste of up-and-coming hot spots new to the Atlanta restaurant scene, such as Farmstead 303 and Goin’ Coastal. ✔ Farm to Festival Village: Learn about Atlanta’s local sustainable movement from Atlanta restaurateurs and local farmers. ✔ Live Cooking Demonstrations: Techniques from the Woodfire Grill’s Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie, JCT Kitchen and Bar’s Executive Chef William “Ford” Fry, Pink Power demo by The Hil’s Executive Chef Hilary White and Pacci Ristorante’s Executive Chef Keira Moritz. ✔ Family Food Zone: Amica Insurance presents this family-fun area for future generation chefs-in-training. Enjoy cooking demos including The Meal Makeover Moms and food-focused arts and crafts activities. ✔ Wine, Beer and Cocktail Experience: VIP ticket holders can taste over 100 wines and 50 craft beers in the Tasting Tents or enjoy seminars hosted by Gil Kuhlers and Bob Townsend, Atlanta’s leading beverage experts. ✔ Barcraft Competition: Satisfy your inner mixologist and sample cocktails from Atlanta’s top bartenders as you watch them compete for the title of Atlanta’s Best Bartender. Open to VIP ticket holders only. ✔ Inside the Food Studio: Come experience the world of the professional chef and discover the secrets of his craft. Hosted by Atlanta’s own Tom Sullivan, patrons will enjoy tastes and beverages in an intimate setting while learning valuable cooking skills and insight into the Atlanta restaurant scene.

Ticket Information: General admission tickets available before Oct. 22 at midnight for $25. Tickets are $30 at the gate. A limited number of VIP Tickets priced at $75 are available for those 21 and up. Purchase with Ticket Alternative, on www.TasteofAtlanta. com or by calling (877) 725-8849. Tickets are also available at Cook’s Warehouse and Whole Foods Market locations. Visit www. TasteofAtlanta.com for a full list of ticket outlets throughout Atlanta. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Quick Bites News & Happenings Restaurant Eugene has created the Eugene Author Dinners, which will pair Chef Linton Hopkins with a writer to produce an evening and menu inspired by the suthor’s work. Last month Susan Rebecca White discussed her acclaimed novels, and on Nov. 22, Mark Kurlansky will sign and read from his most recent novel, Edible Stories, while guests enjoy a menu developed around his substantial and acclaimed food writing, including his books Salt, Cod, The Big Oyster and his translation of Zola’s The Belly of Paris. Dinners are four courses, with pairings for $85 per person. Reservations are required. Local bookseller A Cappella Books will be on-site to sell books. www.restauranteugene.com or call (404) 355-0321. Isabella’s Café is now open at 910 West College Ave. in Decatur. The restaurant serves healthy, fresh, & flavorful food that incorporates cooking techniques and tastes from across the globe, including owner Wambui Maina’s native Kenya. www.isabellascafe.com Sunday Supper South will unite James Beard Foundation Award-winning and notable chefs from around the region at Westside Provisions District on Sunday, Oct. 31. The event is a benefit

for the foundation’s scholarship program and will include hosts Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison (Bacchanalia and Star Provisions), Hugh Acheson (Empire State South), Tyler Brown (Capitol Grille, Nashville), Robert Kinkead (Kinkead’s, Washington, DC), Frank Lee (Slightly North of Broad, Charleston), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora, Washington DC) and more. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the promenade near the urban footbridge at Westside Provisions District at 1170 Howell Mill Road. Tickets are $150 for James Beard Foundation members and $175 for nonmembers. For reservations and more information, (404) 365-0410, ext. 22 or www.sundaysuppersouth.com. The fifth annual Field of Green Festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival brings together locally grown food, live music, and green living education, all in a family-friendly, fun environment. This year’s event features an expanded kids’ activity zone and expo and market where festival goers can learn about green living. Over 60

vendors and exhibitors and 2,000 attendees are expected. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the farm gate the day of the event. Kids 12 and under enter for free. Proceeds will benefit Slow Food Atlanta. www. fieldofgreensfestival.com

Atlanta and Atlanta Enterprise Center), a nonprofit agency whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling people to transform their lives through sustainable employment and income. www.samhouse.org.

H. Harper Station is now open at 904 Memorial Dr. in Kirkwood. Inspired by speakeasies and watering holes, the restaurant’s cuisine is characterized by a variety of communal dishes and small plates, cold bar offerings and a few large plates, the majority of which will be priced under $20. www.hharperstation.com

Perrine’s Wine Shop is now open on the Westside at 1168 Howell Mill Road. Perrine Prieur, former sommelier at Joël’s, is offering a collection of boutique wines from around the world. www.perrineswine.com

A.D. Allushi and Chef Ian Winslade, co-owners of ADI Restaurant Concepts, partnered with Atlanta Hawk Zaza Pachulia to convert ENO by Zaza into the European contemporary 5th Street Café. The “highenergy, French-inspired bistro” is at 800 Peachtree St. www.fifthstreetcafe.com Georgia Aquarium will hold the fifth annual Aqua Vino on Thursday, Oct. 14, featuring more than 200 fine wines, food from 30 Atlanta restaurants, two auctions and live music. Proceeds benefit the aquarium’s veterinary services and conservation departments. Purchase tickets at www.georgiaaquarium.org./aquavino. Tony A. Sharpe is the new executive chef for Café 458’s Weekend Brunch, 458 Edgewood Ave. All proceeds from the Café 458 Weekend Brunch, including tips, go directly to support Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (formerly Samaritan House of

Der Biergarten has opened in the LuckieMarietta District Downtown surfing up traditional German food and beer. 300 Marietta St. www.derbiergarten.com The gorgeous old mansion on Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points, which was formerly The Wrecking Bar antiques and salvage shop, is being transformed into a brewpub slated to open early next year. Ruby Tuesday on Lenox Road across from the mall might have closed, but the chain’s parent company will open its new upscale café concept, Truffles, early next year. Waffle House continues to scatter, smother and cover Intown with a new location at Georgia State University at the corner of Decatur Street and Piedmont Avenue. This is third location – there are WH’s at Underground Atlanta and Technology Square – to open in the last year. Hotoberfest 2010 will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 to 8 p.m. at Glenwood Park featuring beer, music and fun. Proceeds benefit Trees Atlnata. For tickets and info visit www.hotoberfest.net.


Benefiting the restoration of Atlanta’s oldest fire station, #19 in Virginia Highland, the first event of its kind will begin with a competitive one-mile run with cash awards for the top overall, masters and grand masters finishers. The race will start in different waves including a recreational/family wave where jog strollers will be welcome. The race begins at high noon in Virginia Highland at the corner of Lanier Boulevard and Virginia Avenue, and ends at Doc Chey’s Morningside with a block party! The cost to participate in the race is $25 and includes a dri-fit T-shirt, Sweetwater beer and a chance to win prizes by Phidippides, Mizuno and other Morningside merchants. Runners and spectators will enjoy the post-run festivities including live music, food, drinks, Firefighter-in-Training Competitions, sidewalk sales, pet adoptions and family activities hosted by Morningside Village business owners. Doc Chey’s will also be celebrating its 13th anniversary with a party fully equipped with the third annual Noodle Eating Contest and Sumo Wrestling Competition! Runners must sign up in advance to participate. For details and event and race registration, visit


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From Sea To Table

The challenge of serving fresh fish in Atlanta By SB Williams

kept on ice a certain amount of time and the chef of a restaurant can decline to accept From the sun drenched Aegean coasts of fish delivered to him that he considers not Greece to the arctic North Sea off Scotland, fresh enough. fishermen the world over go out in boats to Because of their flexibility in buying, harvest the fish that are served within hours Buckhead Life Restaurant Group is able to on tables in Atlanta. take advantage of suddenly available species The bounty that reaches our most and can alert their chefs to be ready with discriminating restaurants and fish markets recipes to prepare that particular fish when is a 21st century miracle in marketing. While it arrives. the fisherman’s ancient role is comfortingly Rick Berman, general manager of and surprisingly unchanged Boutique Seafood, devotes in most cases, the ability to his time entirely to procuring market and distribute their the best and freshest fish that catch, thanks to refrigerated he can find all over the world air transport, has transformed for Buckhead Life. He says Atlanta’s opportunity to he finds his dealings with the discover and enjoy the choice fish industry fascinating and products of the world’s that he is constantly learning oceans, seas, bays, rivers, lakes new things about its people and streams. and products from the seas A moment of reflection is Anne Quatrano and due when we, in our inland her husband, Clifford, who city, enjoy a dinner of fresh own and operate three fish. distinguished restaurants While Georgia provides in Atlanta (including the many varieties of edible renowned Bacchanalia) and fresh water fish and excellent Star Provisions, says that, shrimp (statistically America’s in their restaurants and favorite seafood) from store, they serve and sell east our strip of Atlantic coast, coast fish and farm-raised Atlanta’s restaurants and European fish. They deal markets scan the world for with local vendors as well Sweet Savannah Shrimp choices that come from every as specific fishermen, with Company at work. sea on the globe. the bulk of their fish coming Pano Karatassos, son from Florida, South Carolina of the founder of Atlanta’s and North Carolina. Buckhead Life Restaurant Anne says that there is Group, says that the John good competition among Dory and Pink Porgy are seafood vendors in Atlanta, fish that come from his most which, with the growing distant source – New Zealand. number of fishermen that But even they can arrive here from the sea in they deal with directly, makes excellent fish 24 hours and the tables in his restaurants a available to them. few hours later. At her restaurants, Anne says, the most This is possible because the Buckhead popular fish, after Georgia Trout, are red Life Restaurant Group includes many snappers, scamp groupers, black grouper, restaurants (Atlanta Fish Market, Blue snowy grouper, Maine halibut and tuna. “A Pointe, Chops Lobster Bar to name a few) fish that is no more than a few days out of and makes orders large enough to satisfy the water is considered very fresh,” Anne minimum requirements of fishermen. They says. do not purchase through local suppliers, The Gulf oil disaster has definitely Karatassos says, because the purveyors need affected the supply of crab, oysters and to sell fish that is on hand before selling that shrimp, and Anne and Clifford, like which has just arrived. others, are feeling the hurt in price and Fresh fish arriving in Atlanta may be availability. Gulf shrimp is being replaced

by local fishermen from Tybee Island, who deliver shrimp to the Quatranos twice a week. “It’s not the same as Gulf Shrimp,” Anne says,” but it is very good.” Also making top quality shrimp available in Atlanta is the Sweet Savannah Shrimp Company. Family owned and operated with their own boats, this family enterprise that began nearly 40 years ago brings uncooked shrimp that is quick frozen as it leaves the sea and is sold at the Peachtree Farmer’s Market held at the Cathedral of St. Philip each Saturday morning. Buyers should get there at 8:30 a.m. as the shrimp and fresh shrimp salad sell out quickly. What began as a hobby with one small boat to bring home enough fish for the family Sunday dinner has grown to 10 members of the Dubberly family, who trawl the waters off Savannah. Harvest amounts vary, according to Nicole Dubberly, who interrupted her hauling of shrimp on the boat to email answers to this writer‘s questions. “On an average day, the two boats catch around 700 pounds of shrimp with the heads on,” she says. After the haul is brought on the ship, the shrimp are sorted, washed and bagged. The

chosen shrimp are then placed in a brine tank onboard the boat, which individually quick-freezes them within minutes of their harvest. After 10 minutes in the brine tank, they are removed and placed below deck in cold storage. While Sawicki’s in Decatur deserves its fame for freshness and superior quality of items other that fish, its format of serving only “natural, organic, local, and artisinal top quality” does also include the freshest top quality Georgia shrimp and trout. Linn Sawicki, the owner, manager and chef, prefers Savannah shrimp to any other, and has chosen a local trout farmer that delivers to Sawicki’s weekly. Sawicki says that when she does purchase fish from a local purveyor, she will buy only a whole fish.


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Homebrewing – You Can Do It, Too!

By Matt Simpson The Beer Sommelier You know who you are – you’re the most creative person your friends and family know. You probably take on all kinds of imaginative endeavors; candle making, canning, photography and of course, cooking. I’m sure you’re also a beer lover. You love everything about it, including the vast and varied styles, flavor and aroma profiles. You’ve tasted tons of different beers and maybe even have a craft beer magazine subscription. I’ll bet that you’ve even told

yourself (or most likely a buddy, after a few pints at the pub), “Ya’ know – I could do this. Maybe even better!” Well, maybe you can, my friend, maybe you can. And frankly, you’ll never know, until you take that dive and brew your first beer. However, take solace in that you really don’t need any of the above qualifications to get together a little brewing system and make some beer right on your stovetop, for you and your friends to really enjoy. If only for the creative outlet, I know you’ll love the process – taking the raw ingredients of malt, water hops and yeast, and crafting something for which you’d normally pay someone else. And pay them quite well, these days! If you’re a novice and just beginning to try your hand at the brewing process, I’ll tell you this – it’s not very hard to do. But it may be extremely difficult to do well. Rest assured, though, with a little research and my tips below, you should be able to accomplish both goals your first time out. So what really is the best way to get started? First, make friends with your local homebrew store owner and employees. Not only are they some of the most knowledgeable people you’ll meet, when it comes to making homebrewed beer from scratch, but they’re also highly incentivized to make sure you make great batches of

tasty brew. Why? Because they know that if you do it once, you’ll be back again and again, trying different recipes and happily spending money in their stores. One of the great ones in Metro Atlanta is Brewmasters Warehouse, in Marietta (www.brewmasterswarehouse.com). The owner, Ed Meyer, not only truly understands the entire brewing process, his store has everything you could possibly need to get started. And they’re extremely friendly and helpful, to boot. Another fine store is Wine Craft, in Sandy Springs (www.winecraftatl.com), where you’ll find as large a selection of wine making supplies, as for beer brewing. The husband and wife couple, Peggy and Rick Adams, are two of the nicest and most accommodating folks you’ll ever meet. They’re especially ginger with beginners. And finally, Hop City (www.hopcity. com), arguably the best beer store in Georgia, also has a good deal of homebrewing supplies – and is closely proximate to Atlanta’s city proper. Kraig Torres, the owner, really knows his stuff. Now, I simply don’t have sufficient space here to discuss the full practice of brewing beer, along with all the necessary equipment. For that, you’ll need to contact me about my “Beer 101” course! But needless to say, beer is simply made steeping and boiling barley

grain, while adding spicy hops, to make the sugar tea, known as wort. That sugar-laden liquid is then cooled, so that yeast may be added, which will ferment it, creating alcohol and CO2 as byproducts. After a few weeks of fermentation, you’ve got beer. Add some more sugar, bottle it up, wait another couple of weeks and voila…impress your friends with your tasty creation. In short, and in a basic way, all you’ll need to get your new hobby off the ground, is a 5-7 gallon pot (and lid), a long wooden or plastic spoon, plastic (or glass) fermenting vessel, some peripheral supplies (thermometer, airlock, tubing, grain/hop sacks, auto siphon, bottles, caps, etc.) and ingredients to make the beer. After that, it’s simply a matter of working with your homebrew store partner to create a recipe and then brewing your beer. They’ll certainly fill in any blanks I’ve left here.

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Young Guns

Meet the real estate mavericks reinvigorating the Intown market By Shandra Hill Smith

With the real estate industry turned upside down in many ways during hits to the housing market in the changing economy, some professionals chose to walk away from the business until it rebounded – if not for good. A group of rising stars has stuck it out in recent years, however, and met some successes along the way. These real estate standouts – each under the age of 35 – remain driven in their daily work to help homeowners achieve what proves to be one of the top goals for many Americans.

Here now, a spotlight on a few of Intown’s young guns in real estate:

Carrie Faletti, 31

Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead Office www.harrynorman.com

Nearly seven years ago, when Carrie Faletti was contemplating a career choice, she determined her options needed to include at least two factors: She wanted the opportunity to operate her own business, and to work in a capacity that would allow her to help others realize their dreams. “I had always had an interest in interiors and architecture, and both my parents and my parents-in-law had some experience in home construction,” says Faletti, a real estate agent with Harry Norman, Realtors. “In addition, my best childhood friend was a successful agent at the time and she encouraged me to get my license.” Faletti, 31, committed to trying her hand at real estate for a year. “It hasn’t necessarily been easy, but here I am – six-and-a-half years after obtaining my license – proud to be strengthening my brand and the quality of service I provide to my clients, especially in a market in which so many agents are leaving the business.” With a sales area that includes most of metropolitan Atlanta, and “sales in Midtown, Dunwoody, Decatur and Smyrna,”

the Brookhaven resident has a number of notable gains. They include: number one in closed units (2009) for the Buckhead North Office of Harry Norman, Realtors; Stellar Young Professionals, Jenny Pruitt & Associates (2009); Harry Norman, Realtors Agent of the Month, Buckhead North (2009: months of May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Dec. and Feb. 2010); Platinum Circle Member in total sales for Harry Norman, Realtors Company Agents of the Year (2009) and Life member, Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. When not spending time with her family’s three Chihuahuas – Pumpkin, Patch and Peanut – she and her husband enjoy traveling to their beach home in Seagrove Beach, Fla.

Active with organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Young Realtors Council, Faletti says she manages to maintain work/life balance by embracing positivity. “This business demands a lot of energy, especially in a down market,” she adds. “In order to keep my thinking positive, amidst so much negativity in the media, I choose to read a lot of motivational books, listen to positive speakers and spend my time with people who also choose to be positive.” Additionally, “my husband has always been an inspiration to me and he continues to motivate me to celebrate the wins – both professionally and personally.” please turn to the next page

Alden Potts, 31 Dorsey Alston, Realtors www.dorseyalston.com Alden Potts, 31, is marking her seventh year in real estate. A realtor and accredited relocation specialist with Dorsey Alston, Realtors, Potts helps educate transfers on area schools and recreation and assists them in finding a new home. Accomplishments of the native Atlantan include: Number Three, Dorsey Alston, Realtors (2009) Top Five, Company-wide, Dorsey Alston, Realtors (2008); Top 5 Percent, Atlanta Board of Realtors (2008); more than $30 million in transactions from 2005 to 2007; and Life member, Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. Some of the neighborhoods she specializes in are Collier Hills, Peachtree Hills, Argonne Forest, Ridgewood Heights and, in general, areas in Buckhead and Intown. A member of the Junior League of Atlanta and volunteer for the Shepherd Center, Potts spends time away from work with family – including husband Carter and 15-month-old son Carter Potts Jr. – and friends. “Finding balance is a challenge for someone who adores being with family, friends, and working around the clock,” she says. “It helps that all of my clients are either existing friends or quickly become new friends. After all, it’s helping friends and building long-term relationships that defines my success.” w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Adam Ellis, 29

Ben McKenzie, 30

Prudential Georgia Realty Midtown Office www.atlantaben.com With a focus on first-time homebuyers, the Atlanta soccer community and his peers (those in their 20s and 30s), Ben McKenzie has worked in real estate for nearly six years. A Decatur native, McKenzie works as part of the Arrasmith Team at the Midtown office for Prudential Georgia Realty. The Arrasmith Team includes McKenzie’s mentor, Jerry Arrasmith, who has helped influence his professional direction. “Mentors have always been a significant part of my career,” says McKenzie. “I love and appreciate their perspective, insight, experience and patience.” In 2005, when McKenzie returned from a stint with the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Ore., he was turned on to real estate by a friend’s father. “After a little persuasion on his part and a period of research through informational interviews, I decided to move forward and pursue my license.” These days, McKenzie says he is working to gain a greater share of the market in the following areas, along with others: Winnona Park, Oakhurst, Lenox Place and downtown Decatur. “Our professional position is becoming more and more geared to consultation, and clients continue to rely on us for upto-the-minute, accurate info and data,” he says. McKenzie, who’s also tapping into the power of social media for his business, says, on a personal level, he enjoys spending time with and traveling with his wife, Karen. In addition, he maintains a health focus. “If I’m able to eat right, work out and see family and friends, I can remain productive for a much longer period. Balance helps me sustain a greater level of energy and enthusiasm in this tumultuous industry of real estate.”

Ben Hirsh, 26

Hirsh Real Estate Group www.HirshRealEstate.com

VININGS Traditional 2-story town home in one of the prettiest complexes in Vinings. 1st floor master, large kitchen, separate DR, bsmt playroom & 2-car garage. 4BR / 3.5BA. Snow Benedict (678) 640-3221 Dorsey Alston, Realtors® (404) 352-2010 $385,000

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At 26, Ben Hirsh owns two real estate brokerage firms and manages a team of agents. Through Hirsh Real Estate Specialists, he sells residential real estate and manages a team of four that he plans to grow to 15 or more in 2011. For Georgia REO Team, Hirsh has a management team in place that allows him to be less involved in the day-to-day operations of the company that liquidates foreclosure properties for clients such as Fannie Mae.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty www.teamellis.biz Growing up in real estate, it was only natural for Adam Ellis to join the housing industry after graduating magna cum laude, in 2004, from the University of Georgia. Teaming up with his mother, Patti, to form Team Ellis, Adams serves Intown neighborhoods through Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. “I guess you could say that real estate is in my blood,” says Ellis, who earned a degree in advertising from UGA, and today brings his marketing knowledge and skills to the team. “I grew up with a mother in real estate and a father in home building. At 8, I’d ride in the back seat accompanying my mom on real estate runs. At 12, I was designing flyers for Mom’s listings.” Team Ellis specializes in properties in Intown neighborhoods such as Midtown, Morningside, Virginia Highland and Ansley Park. “I love being able to help people find a home that they love or help them move on to another stage in their life,” says the 29-yearold Ellis, a Life member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. “Making sure our homes have extensive Web presence is a main focus,” he adds.  “We also emphasize the fact that we stay in constant contact with our clients – whether it’s through e-mail updates and reports or phone calls.” For balance, he enjoys spending time at the gym. “As unpredictable as this business can be,” says Ellis, “that’s the one place I can go every day and regain a little control in my life. Being involved in some neighborhood organizations is also a good way to get to know the faces behind some of the homes you look at every day.  Also, volunteering for some organizations, such as CHRIS Kids, helps take the focus outside of myself.”  With a love for business and a passion for real estate, Hirsh credits his parents with cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit in him. “Real estate is the perfect fit for me because there are so many business opportunities,” says Hirsh, who enjoys promoting the area where he lives: Buckhead. “I believe that owning a home that you love can be one of the top-five most-fulfilling life experiences for humans, and I absolutely feel honored to be a part of that experience with my clients.” The business model for Hirsh Real Estate, he says, includes his team serving as the go-to specialists in their respective markets “and leveraging our advanced technology to dominate the Internet. Ninety-five percent of homebuyers start their search online and we want to be the first to reach them. At the moment, we are seeing around 15,000 visitors every month and that number is constantly increasing.” In his personal life, Hirsh is excited about an October expected arrival: the birth of his first child, a “daughter to dote on,” as he puts it. He enjoys traveling the world with his wife, Lauren, and has visited around 45 countries to date. “One of my goals in life is to visit every single country, which leaves a lot of vacation time still to come!” w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Real Estate Briefs Wood Partners is expanding its Specialty Housing Group (SHG) with representatives in each of its five regions nationwide. The group oversees the development, finance, and construction of workforce, age-restricted and student housing projects. The SHG unit has facilitated the development of about 6,500 units, or some $725 million worth, which represents about a quarter of the company’s total rental development over the past decade. It is solely focused on the rental market rather than condominiums. www.woodpartners.com The Marketing Directors has achieved success in one of the most challenging real estate markets in history. The company has hired 35 new employees since spring of this year and continues to show exceptional growth. Based on sales across Atlanta in the second quarter, The Marketing Directors has a 58 percent market share of sales in new condominiums. The company also represents seven of the top 10 top-selling condominium communities in Atlanta. The Marketing Directors has closed $400 million in sales and has signed real estate listings worth a total of $2.85 billion since its inception in January 2007. The top two sellers of the quarter, Vinings Main and Viewpoint, had over 30 net sales each. The Marketing Directors expects the competitive landscape to continue to change when it launches three new buildings for ST Residential: The Brookwood, The Atlantic and Serrano. www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com Atlanta-based design and master-planning firm Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates has been hired by Sarasota, Fla. to transform a man-made lake into a world class flatwater rowing venue. The 600-foot lake is located along Interstate 75, and the surrounding parkland is large enough for additional year-round recreational amenities, as well as the facilities needed to support a flat-water rowing venue. Landscape architect Thomas Walsh was already familiar to the rowing community since he designed the Kayak and Canoe Venue for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Walsh says the site offers both exceptional promise and challenges. www.tunspan.com Atlanta design-and-build construction management firm WicksteadWorks continues to be recognized for its outstanding achievements in environmentally-friendly renovation and preservation. Owner Frank Wickstead received The Georgia Institute of Technology’s Environmental Leadership Award for his commitment to green and high performance building standards and to education about the subject. Earlier this year, WicksteadWorks captured The Southface Energy Institute’s EarthCraft Renovator of the Year Award. The firm was also recently named a GuildMaster with Distinction from GuildQuality. The award celebrates service excellence in the building, remodeling, contracting, and real estate professions. In June, WicksteadWorks was named one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50, honoring remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship and impact in their community or the industry at large. WicksteadWorks was also named one of Qualified Remodeler magazine’s 55 quality leaders nationally. For more information about WicksteadWorks. www.wicksteadworks.com.


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Neighborhood Celebration Morningside-lenox Park hold two community fundraisers The Morningside-Lenox Park Association will hold two special events in October to increase awareness and raise funds to protect some of the area’s most beloved landmarks: the Morningside Cooks Tour and the annual Monumental Ball. A portion of the funds raised from ticket sales for these events will benefit the restoration and repair of the historic pillars that mark the streets of the community and the Morningside Security Patrol.

Honorary hosts for both events are Kevin and Melissa Rathbun. A respected hospitality veteran, Kevin Rathbun is the owner of his namesake restaurant, Krog Bar and Rathbun Steak. The Morningside Cooks Tour will be held Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 5 p.m., throughout various neighborhood homes. Tour participants will be welcomed into five homes to enjoy the tasty culinary creations

of various chefs from favorite restaurants in the area, including Rathbun’s, D.B.A. Barbecue, Rosebud and NAKATO. Tickets for the Morningside Cooks Tour are $30. The third annual Monumental Ball is Friday, Oct. 29, from 7-11 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park. The ball will feature a delectable buffet prepared by Affairs to Remember. Guests can also dance the night away while enjoying the sounds of

the popular, Elvis-themed band Kingsized. Black-tie dress is optional, and costumes are encouraged. Tickets for the ball are $45 until Oct. 1 and $55 from Oct. 2 until the event. Tickets for both events are available for purchase via Paypal at www.mlpa. org. Tickets are also available for purchase in person, by cash or check, at Fourteen West Realtors, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Intown, and D.B.A. Barbecue.

Decorating A Small Space When decorating a small space there are a few easy strategies that’ll help make the most of a room with modest square footage. Here’s a few tips: Space planning. Choose a focal point. Perhaps a wall at the far end of a room that will pull your eye into the space visually. Painting this wall a deeper hue will help accomplish this goal nicely. Baseline furniture. Make sure that all furniture selected for the space is smaller in scale, according to the square footage of the room. Lower profile, less bulky furniture will increase the perceived visual space making it feel open and airier. Accent furniture. Keep all accent pieces light in feel. When your side tables and cocktails table are heavy in shape or color, they have a tendency to add visual weight to your room, thereby making it appear even

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smaller. Keep all pieces light in color or with glass tops and, if possible, keep the shape rounded and flowing. Reflection. Consider mirroring an entire wall with 12’ x 12’ mirrors. This is timeless look and creates depth and dimension. Decor. Do not over-accessorize a smaller space. Choose accessories that mean something to you and then edit. Less is more. Flooring. When overall square footage is small, the walls can feel very close to together. This is the perfect time to consider the fifth wall - the floor! Keep the rest of the flooring neutral and the focus on a beautiful graphic rug, which brings the focus down and around the space. When choosing a bold rug, be sure to place a lighter feeling cocktail table on top, keeping the space open and airy.

Lighting. Avoid hanging fixtures. If, for instance, your ceilings are low, hanging fixtures will only further accentuate this. Always use can lights when possible or, if you have a more modern style, today’s versatile track lighting works great. This keeps the area above your furniture sightline free and clear of visual interruptions. Storage. To ensure that you don’t over accessorize your space with your “overstock” items, make sure that all furniture pieces you select have storage options, such as a electronics console with drawers, storage ottoman, etc. Open bookcases used for storage tend to add nothing but a cluttered, closed in feeling. – Courtesy Elaine Williamson Designs www.elainewilliamsondesigns.com w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m


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As I write this, it is September and the evening sky has deepened to the color of ripe apricots. Under the heat is a soft breeze that seems cool, almost, and the rhythmic, resonant cicadas of summer have left us to the high, lonely whistle of crickets. September brings a kind of urgency to things that want to go on living. Yesterday, at my farm, I was potting-on little seedlings of chard and kale, cabbages, lettuce and collards. By the time you read this article, we will be enjoying some of those leafy delicacies at dinner, laying our autumn mulches and burning away the summer vines. While I set tender seedlings to new earth, one of my heroes, Sally Wylde, was laid to rest. Her friends and family gathered in her community, said their words and walked with her to the garden she labored over for the last part of her life. Cancer comes like September to so many people we love. Sally is a common hero to many of us. She is the strong back, aching knees and quiet spirit of the Oakhurst Community Garden. She is the one that staked claim to the brambled lot down her street and to the resources of a community – its children, neighbors, bagged leaves and free compost, Saturday weed pullers and chicken husbands, goat feeders and seed planters,

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A few tips to keep your garden growing With the fall planting season upon us, Atlanta INtown caught up with Walt Harrison, owner of Habersham Gardens Intown Garden Center, for a Q&A on how you can keep your garden in tip-top shape. Habersham is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year, while Harrison’s landscape service is marking 30 years keeping Intown lawns and gardens in bloom.

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What are the top three things any gardener should do in preparation for fall? Turn your soil 8” to 12” deep with a spade or shovel to provide aeration. Add composted organic matter. Have some good liniment on hand for your sore back and muscles and pour a nice glass of wine when the day is done. What do you consider some of Atlanta’s must-have plants for autumn interest? That’s an entire article in and of itself but one of my favorites is Fothergilla gardenii. It appreciates a slightly moist environment, loves full sun, leaves turn gold/red/orange in the fall and delivers a beautiful wispy but substantial bloom in the spring. A real standout in the garden. What are the most common mistakes do-it-yourselfers make in the landscape? Landscaping is hard work and often people take on projects that are too big for them and become discouraged. Also, improper soil preparation and incorrect planting techniques such as not digging wide enough or planting too deep are common mistakes. What is the best plant for a homeowner to buy for the highest return on their investment over the next 5-10 years? Hands down, a tree. Properly selected for the site and correctly planted. Habersham Gardens Intown Garden Center is located at 2067 Manchester Street, Atlanta, 30324, just off Cheshire Bridge Road. Reach Habersham’s Landscape Services Division at (404) 873-4702. www.habershamgardens.com

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Upcoming events at Habersham Gardens Indie Market @ Manchester Street: Habersham will host the first annual indie market featuring arts and crafts by some of Atlanta’s most talented artists. Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fall Open House: Stop by Habersham and visit with the staff and check out all Habersham has to offer on Friday, Oct. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. There will be works of art by the students from First Montessori School on exhibition, too.

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Jesse Morado

Digging out can generate much needed space Finding much needed space in your older Intown home can be a challenge. Small rooms and a lack of storage can be difficult to live with for a growing family. Going up or out are always an option for gaining that additional space but large established trees, site topography, and variances can sometimes challenge these approaches. So what other choices are there besides selling and moving to achieve that much needed space? How about that dirt basement or crawlspace? Many homeowners over look this area of their home because they see performing a project of this nature as being extremely difficult. A fear of “my house will fall down if we start taking dirt out” also prevents homeowners from seeing this area as a beautiful finished space. Digging out can be labor intensive, but this can be offset by the savings on materials used to generate the shell and exterior finish of an addition. Another benefit is projects of this nature are not as invasive to the interior

of the home. Savings on framing materials for floor systems, exterior walls, roofing, sidings and exterior trim materials makes this type of project pretty green as well. Other advantages with going down are the savings realized with energy usage. Below grade environments cost less to cool and heat and as a result require less insulation. Now I don’t want everyone to think that taking on one of these projects is a walk in the park. A great deal of planning and design must take place to achieve the space of your dreams. There are some challenges with digging out that dark dirt basement. Depending on your homes condition and site location, dirt removal and hauling it off site can be costly. Savings can be realized if there are places on site where the extra dirt can be utilized. Structural changes associated with existing foundations, posts and columns that support areas above and relocating existing wiring and piping will be involved with a project of this nature as well.

The key to performing a project of this nature is ensuring that you have a seasoned contractor who has experience with projects of this type. I am familiar with one company in Buckhead, Jigsaw Renovations, who has been doing these projects for some time and who has made this a niche for their company. With more and more people staying in their homes remodeling your home so it serves the needs of the family for the future is going to be the trend. So, next time you walk down into that dark dirt basement, look at it as that finished space you have been dreaming about. Happy Remodeling! Jesse Morado is CEO of Renovation Coach, Inc. a consulting firm providing preconstruction guidance and risk management for homeowners and business coaching of best practices for contractors. You may reach him at www.renovationcoach.com.

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