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CONTACT US ATLANTA INTOWN MEDIA, LLC Hyperlocal news print | online | social media www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com Twitter: @ATLINtownPaper Wendy G. Binns OWNER & PUBLISHER (404) 586-0027 wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Collin Kelley EDITOR (404) 586-0102 collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Annie Kinnett Nichols COPYEDITOR

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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Letter from the Editor ...............................4 Home Schooling ......................................4 Keep It INtown: Old Fourth Ward .............6 Running With Confidence ........................8 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................10 Intown Runaround ..................................11 PGA TOUR Returns ................................12 Living by Giving ......................................14 Street Fashion ........................................17 Pets.........................................................18 A Look Back ...........................................20


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Village Defense ......................................24 The Framers ...........................................24 Business Briefs.......................................26

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THE STUDIO Art on The BeltLine .................................27 Fall Art: Atlanta PlanIt ....................... 30-31 The Thinking Artist ..................................32 September Festivals...............................32 Intown Datebook ....................................34 Fall Books ...............................................38

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Richard Blais ..........................................40 Coffee Culture ........................................42 Restaurant Weeks ..................................44 Thom’s Diner ..........................................45 Quick Bites. ............................................46


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Fall Gardening ........................................50 Cabbagetown Home ..............................52 Intown on Etsy ........................................53 Before & After .........................................54


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Ponce City Market ..................................47 Real Estate Briefs ...................................49

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For more than 18 years, Atlanta INtown’s mission has been to publish local news that helps foster a sense of community. Live, work and play – we cover everything that makes our city home.

Ponce City Market is so massive that, decades ago when it was the Sears distribution center, employees used to wear roller skates to navigate the floors. Jamestown Properties’ vision is on that same massive scale with history staying alive in their master plan. Original features, such as maple floors, colossal metal beams and a forest of mushroom-capped support columns, are all incorporated into the development, like art. I have to admit, after my editor Collin Kelley and I finished the tour, I thought – how in the world is Collin going to encompass what’s happening in this tremendous space … in just a few pages? Well, somehow he managed to get to the nuts and bolts on how the project is proceeding. See page 45 for Collin’s article. The BeltLine runs alongside Ponce City Market, which is where another story takes us. Art connects us. The BeltLine connects us. So, it just makes sense for the two to come together for a new Art on the BeltLine, which kicks off this month. There’s so much heart and soul being installed along the BeltLine, that we really wanted to introduce you to some of the people behind the projects. You can meet some of the artists on page 27. Before you read on, I want to introduce you to our friend Kyle Brooks, who is this month’s cover artist. Can you spot a red beard and smiling panda heads on the cover? That’s a depiction of Kyle as an artist for Art on the BeltLIne. What you can’t see is his charming southern drawl and endearing personality. Smiles seem to follow his art. A duck coming out of a cloud … well, of course! Thank you to all of the artists for their work on Art on the BeltLine. And, thank you to all of the contributors in our community who make Intown a beautiful place to be.


CONTRIBUTORS Cameron Adams, Kate Atwood, Sydia Bell, Pamela Berger, Ann Boutwell, Kyle Brooks, Debra Bryant, Patrick Dennis, Molly Dickinson, Mary Harrington, Walt Harrison, Dan Popovic, Clare Richie, Laura Turner Seydel, Tim Sullivan, Thom Volorath, S.B. Williams

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Homeschooling alternatives

Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley As we were putting the September issue together I celebrated my 10th anniversary with Atlanta INtown. What a long, strange, wonderful trip it’s been. I came to INtown after 13 years working with the Marietta Daily Journal and Neighbor Newspaper chain. I had risen to the rank of executive editor for the entire south metro bureau, but I hated it. I was no longer covering stories, but running from office to office, disciplining employees and dealing with angry city officials who didn’t like our coverage of controversial stories. In the summer of 2002, I found out there was an opening at INtown for the managing editor. It was an opportunity to jump back into writing arts and culture features again, which have always been my favorite. Like all newspapers and magazines, we weathered the financial crisis and the “death of print” hysteria that saw many publications move to the web or simply disappear. We watched as other

newspapers closed, merged and moved out of the city, but INtown has remained steadfast. We have our loyal advertisers, who stuck by us in the leanest of times, our readers, our contributors and the vision of publisher Wendy Binns, who refused to let INtown become a casualty . I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: INtown brings you news and stories you won’t find anywhere else. That’s one of the reasons we’ve endured for going on 20 years. Our “hyperlocal” motto keeps us grounded and focused on covering Atlanta’s core communities and the people and businesses that make them thrive. My plan is to be writing a similar column in 2022 when I’ll be marking 20 years with INtown. And I hope all of you will still be along for the amazing ride. To quote Mr. Sondheim: Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all, and, my dear, I’m still here… collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

Three families talk about their education choices By Clare S. Richie

My daughter’s soccer teammate is homeschooled. One evening, her mom explained their family’s approach to homeschooling and why they made this choice. It was really eye-opening. How we educate our children is a family decision, and I expect many of us are satisfied with the path we’ve chosen. But how much do you really know about homeschooling? Three families were kind enough to share their stories to illuminate this alternative. Georgia state law says children age 6 to 16 must attend school or be homeschooled. Each year, parents who homeschool submit a declaration of intent and an attendance report showing their children completed the equivalent of 180 days and 4.5 hours per day of school. Their home study program must provide basic academics, such as reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science. Even though the CriterionReferenced Competency Test (CRCT) is not required, homeschool students must take a nationally-recognized assessment every three years, staring in 3rd grade.

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But how does it really work? The answer varies because homeschooling is a spectrum, ranging from “unschooling” to structured curricula. Each family I spoke with represent three different approaches along this spectrum. Tama McGee follows the “unschooling” approach, with learning directed by her children, daughter Quinlan, 9, and son Ewan, 7. It’s not hands-off for her just because it’s child-led. Tama explained, “our job is to provide opportunities for our children to learn based on their interests – signing them up for classes/lessons, helping them research online, taking them to museums or local events, reading to or with them, playing games, etc...” When Quinlan was curious about fashion design, she learned to sew and took a course at Learners and Educators of Atlanta and Decatur (LEAD) – an inclusive secular organization that provides social and educational opportunities to homeschoolers. There is no typical day for the McGee children. Sometimes they are in a classroom, but other times they play in a creek, drop objects off of a balcony over and over, explore with a compass, or play Minecraft with friends. Tama says this may look like playing but learning is happening. At age 5, Ewan understood the basics of fractions by measuring ingredients. The McGee children approach math in every day terms, like counting stitches or following a recipe. Dayna Holbel’s approach is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the McGees. Emilia, 9, and Riley,12, generally start school at 9 a.m., follow established curricula, and complete a daily assignment list. Though structured, the Holbel’s approach allows more flexibility than traditional schooling. “Specials” like computer animation & design, drama, and kitchen skills are pursued at LEAD and Japanese language instruction is taught by a teacher who comes to their home. Dayna and her husband moved into the Morningside neighborhood because of its quality public schools. When Emilia, with an October birthday, was not allowed to skip kindergarten and Riley’s 3rd grade instruction was more focused on the CRCT than independent thinking, Dayna thought, “I can do this better.” At home for what would have been first grade, Emilia KeepitINtown.com

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completed 1st and 2nd grade course work. Angie Graver follows a hybrid approach that combines coursework with self-direction. She decided to homeschool Colin, 15, and Naomi, 13, after her son, then a 5th grader, complained that instruction time was wasted re-teaching material and disciplining students. Now, the Gravers hand-pick teachers and class size. For example, for chemistry they have interviewed four teachers and his math teacher previously taught at a prestigious private school. And there’s time for selfdirected learning. Colin, who has a passion for cycling, engineering and woodworking – recently spent more than 40 hours constructing a functioning bicycle entirely out of wood. Colin has his eyes on high school graduation and college. Last year, he took a debate course that counted toward his social studies credit. He’ll need 23 course credits to earn a high school diploma and, like traditional students, will follow college application requirements. But, Colin is developing a portfolio instead of using a transcript, so he can fully describe his educational experience, like his language immersion trip to Greece. Despite their differences, all three families agree that their children: • Have more time and flexibility to learn deeper. “The bell doesn’t ring every 50 minutes” so students can focus on a topic for a day or a week. • Are independent. Homeschoolers have more time for experiences that teach life skills. Angie’s children do laundry, cook dinner, buy groceries, and build spreadsheets to track vacation expenses. • Benefit from Atlanta’s resources – parent networks, LEAD, libraries, parks, museums, etc. • Have opportunities for socialization – through classes and activities, like talent shows and science fairs at LEAD as well as extracurriculars in the community. If nothing else – these moms wanted you to know: Tama: “Parents who consider homeschooling shouldn’t feel they have to take on this HUGE job of “teaching” their kids everything they’ll ever need to know. As unschoolers, my husband and I do what we can to help our children follow their passions, feeling confident that they will continue using the skills they are learning now in the future.”


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Dayna: “This is doable for all sorts of people. What is curriculum but a group of people getting resources together and planning what children should be learning. You can do that too, and you don’t have to go it alone, from complete curriculums like Calvert to classes to private teachers you can make a curriculum that works.” Angie: “For us, homeschooling provides our children with the opportunity to dig deep, feed their curiosity, follow their passions, think for themselves to solve reallife problems, and create what they want for themselves; it provides them the freedom to be self-reliant and intrinsically motivated in a world where others are doing for children what they are mightily capable of doing themselves”


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Tama McGee and her daughter Quinlan are following the “unschooling” approach to home schooling. Tama provides opporortunites for her children to take oustide classes, play games, and attend educational events. There is no typical day for the McGee family and its approach to education.

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KEEP IT INTOWN: Old Fourth Ward We asked Kim Janke, who co-owns Janke Studios in Studioplex with husband Matt, to talk about her favorite places to shop, eat and things to do in the O4W.

Why I Love O4W

The O4W is where people met purpose. Artists and business innovators on a mission to bring pride back to this beautiful, historic community lured us to move our glassblowing studio to Studioplex in 2000. There is a delicious synergy happening right now with the reclamation of Boulevard (yobouleveard.com), new restaurants and the new park. I love the O4W!

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Where to Eat

This is a yum warning! The Highland Bakery’s (highlandbakery.com) sweet potato pancakes may addict you, while Serpas (serpasrestaurant.com) eggplant hushpuppies may do the same. Myrna Perez and her LottaFrutta (lottafrutta.com) crew will keep you deliciously healthy and the folks at P’Cheen (pcheen.com) will attempt to undo that with some barbecue and moonshine.

Where to Shop

O4W is the home of shopping secrets. Stuart McClean Gallery (stuartmcclean.com) is the place for hot handmade leather handbags. Doubletake Recycled Luxury Boutique (dtroppy.blogspot.com) is for the designer fashion fiend who needs a budget helping hand. The ABV Gallery (abvatl.com) features many of the city’s best contemporary artists. And, of course, Janke Glass Studio (jankestudios. com) where we make sure everyone has access to beautiful, original art glass.


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The O4W Park Conservancy & Masquarade OneMusicFest on Sept.1 (onemusicfest.com) and the 11th WinterGlassFest on Dec. 8 (jankestudios.com).

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Teams forming for Walk to Cure Diabetes The Georgia Chapter of JDRF have named John Kampfe, Executive Vice President and CFO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Jack Womack, Senior Vice President of Domestic News Operations and Administration for CNN Worldwide, as corporate chairs of the 2012 Walk to Cure Diabetes. The annual walk is the JDRF chapter’s largest fundraiser for research to better treat and cure type 1 diabetes. Both men urge fellow employees, as well as Atlanta area companies, to form corporate teams and participate in the three-mile Walk on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Centennial Olympic Park.  “The Walk is a great way to build a spirit of camaraderie and cooperation among employees while raising money for research to find better treatments, prevention and ultimately cure this unrelenting, chronic disease,” said Kampfe, whose 15-year-old daughter has type 1 diabetes. “In Atlanta alone, an average of 35 children are unexpectedly diagnosed each month with type 1 diabetes,” said Womack. “In January of 2000, my son was one of those children. He is now a young adult who benefits daily from advancements JDRF helped support.”

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Building Confidence Through Running By Dan Popovic Atlanta BeltLine Running Series Director

In only its second year, the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series has grown significantly. On April 28, the Northside 5K had close to 700 registered runners, double the amount from the previous year. The July 14 Southwest 5K sold out with over 640 registrations, also doubling in size from 2011. As the running series has expanded, more opportunities have been added for runners to participate in the series and explore the Atlanta BeltLine on foot. Earlier this year, we introduced the Atlanta BeltLine Run Club in order to showcase the BeltLine along with various venues located along the trail. The first run club took place in February at Loca Luna restaurant with close to 80 runners followed by Parks Edge restaurant in March with over 100 runners. Since then the run club has been meeting monthly at Park Tavern, enjoying complimentary beer and live music after the runs. As the running series has expanded, I have met some amazing people and formed new friendships. Some of these folks come from a great organization called Back on My Feet, where I had a chance to meet with Simone Walker, Director of

Communications and Corporate Relations, to learn more about their organization. Back on My Feet was founded by Anne Mahlum in 2007 as a nonprofit dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through dedication and hard work, members earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves by advancing to the ‘Next Steps’ phase of the program where they gain access to education, job training and employment opportunities, as well as financial aid. According to Simone Walker, Back on My Feet Atlanta launched last year on Nov. 11. “Fittingly, it was Veterans Day as more than half of the residential members of Back on My Feet are veterans – some of recent wars,” Walker said. According to Walker, Atlanta was chosen as a viable city for the program based on the active running population, the overwhelming homeless population and the presence of some of Back on My Feet’s national sponsors who could help fund the launch and identify candidates for the advisory board. When I asked Walker about the success

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of the chapter, she stated, “As of July, 35 percent of active residential members and alum have obtained employment and 11 residential members are currently enrolled in job training or re-education. Currently, 10 residential members have become alumni – meaning they are gainfully employed and have moved out of the shelter into their own housing!” But there are still more residential members in need of help and many local residents have expressed an interest in becoming involved. Walker said there were 44 active residential members of Back on My Feet Atlanta and more than 200 volunteers have attended an orientation while another 100-plus have expressed interest. Walker said members receive a brand

new pair of running shoes when they first join Back on My Feet, thanks to a program called Run.Give.Run. in partnership with Phidippides running store in Ansley Mall. To join the Back on My Feet Atlanta team, visit the website backonmyfeet.org, go to the Atlanta page then click on “Get Involved.” I was so inspired by these folks that the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series invited Back on My Feet to partake in the Southwest 5K that featured a team challenge. They brought their team in full force and won the prize for the largest team. Congratulations to Back on My Feet for the amazing support and success the program has received! For more information about the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series, visit run.beltline.org.

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Health & Wellness Briefs overhauled its iOS and Android along with launching a new website, FITRadio.com. In 2001, it was voted one of the top music apps of 2011 by readers in the Mashable Awards. The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has appointed Clinton H. Joiner, M.D., Ph.D., as Director of Hematology. Joiner will also be a Professor in the Emory University Department of Pediatrics. Joiner comes to Children’s from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where was director of the Division of Hematology, co-director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. aflaccancercenter.org

Atlanta-based FIT Radio, a smartphone application that matches music with your workout, was only launched last year but has already reached some major milestones. The app recently registered its 100,000 users, received its 200,000 download and

Kohl’s Department Stores and Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program have chosen four children from the Atlanta area to receive $1,000 scholarships including Mackenzie Bearup, Andrea Kezh, Ugonna Ume and Remington Youngblood. Each student gave back to their community in a variety of ways including donating money to homeless shelters, collecting food for the needy and sending items to troops overseas. Andrea Kezh, 11, from Decatur raised $30,000 for Smile Train to help fund surgeries for those with cleft lip and palate. kohlskids.com

Piedmont Hospital recently achieved accreditation as a Heart Failure and Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. piedmont.org Cancer Transitions is a free 2.5 hour, sixweek workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care. It is specifically for people who have completed their cancer treatments at least two weeks prior to the start of the program and are no more than two years post-treatment. Expert panelists, including physicians, nutritionists, and fitness experts, will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management, and tips for nutritious eating. The classes will be on consecutive Saturdays starting Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call (404) 843-1880, ext. 15 to get more information. Ansley Eyecare has become the first optician in Atlanta to carry 141 Eyewear, the brainchild of former Nike basketball

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AARP and Black Girls RUN! will host the inaugural Black Girls Run/Drive to End Hunger 5K/10K race and fitness weekend on Sept. 14 – 16 in Atlanta. The event will promote both organizations’ nationwide efforts to raise awareness of food and nutrition issues and to fight two seemingly unrelated food issues, hunger and obesity. The race is open to all runners aged 12 and above. Leading up to the race, AARP and BGR will collect healthy non-perishable food items from participants, volunteers, and the public. The organizations will

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INtown Runaround work to collect 100,000 pounds of food to be donated to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless in Atlanta. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to AARP Foundation and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. Along with the road race, BGR will host its inaugural national conference for BGR members on Friday and Saturday. The conference will include a variety of workshops and learning opportunities designed to provide women with the tools and resources they need to live a healthy and active lifestyle. To register visit aarp.org/blackgirlsrun. Chaos Conditioning Studio is a new boutique style fitness facility at 325 E. Paces Ferry Road, Unit 1, in Buckhead featuring interval training in a group format. The studio uses cutting edge, functional training tools including non-motorized treadmills and emphasize quick shifts between cardio and strength training to maximize results. chaosconditioning.com    The Partner Up! for Public Health campaign and the Georgia Department of Public Health have named the next Public Health Hero, Georgia Organics Farm to School coordinator Erin Croom, who played a pivotal role in jumpstarting and advancing Farm to School efforts in Georgia. Croom closely aided in the launch of the Farm to School Alliance, a coalition of key stakeholders, to foster the development of Farm to School in Georgia. Croom also organized the Farm to School Summit, a successful effort to create and connect a network of key leaders and advocates. In addition to her Farm to School Alliance and Farm to School Summit work, Croom has hosted numerous workshops and trainings for teachers, administrators and nutrition staff to start programs at both the school and district-wide level. She also worked to connect wellness and health policies to Farm to School. georgiaorganics.org

Atlanta-based non-profit organization Miles for Cystic Fibrosis will host the Big Peach Sizzler 10K down Peachtree Street beginning at the Chamblee MARTA station on Labor Day, Sept. 3. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and is a 2013 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The race features electronic timing, and a huge post race celebration at the finish at Buckhead Station shopping center, and will include food, music, prizes, and more. MilesforCF.org. KeepitINtown.com

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Hot in the City Tony! Toni! Tone! It’s not just an R&B supergroup from the late 80’s but also the enthusiastic greeting our good friend Tony Hardin gets when he drops by the Sullivan household. And while he is an old Cabbagetown friend, this is a new day of Tony. This is tax expert Tony and designer glasses Tony. This is hot yoga Tony. This is a Tony to be reckoned with. You’ve been a marathoner, a biker, a golfer, a kayaker…you are undoubtedly a man of sport and fitness. But now your devotion is to hot yoga. Elaborate. I started bikram/hot yoga in January 2011, and I practice four or five times per week. The session is 90 minutes and is a series of 26 postures. It strengthens the core and back muscles, improves balance, strengthens the knees, and it cleanses your skin. Knowing the routine every time allows me to move smoothly, following my breath from one pose to the next.  Follow your breath? Is that hippie-speak? Where exactly is this cult? The place is BeHot Yoga Atlanta (behotyogaatlanta.com ), located in the Urban Body Studio next to Paris on Ponce.  I love it, so I never have to cajole myself into going. The teachers introduce themselves to beginners and explain the fundamentals before the class starts.    And why hot yoga versus regular yoga?  The room is 106 degrees so it is not crazy hot. The heat helps loosen the muscles making it easier to stretch. It also helps the body detox. Try taking a class after a good night out – WOW! You will feel it.

you condescend to rubber bands nowadays? I certainly have greater flexibility, better posture and a stronger core. I have a stronger lung capacity, too. Each class begins and ends with a breathing exercise, and that has actually made a noticeable difference when I go for a bike ride. My best golf games have been after a yoga class. I would rather be the most flexible man in the room than the strongest. I just always want to be the tallest man in the room but that dream often dies when I leave my house. Have you had any injuries related to the yoga? No injuries. I have overdone it before and that is how I learn what the teachers tell us every day. Go easy. It is a process, not a destination. It is not whether you can touch your toes or your knees and to most of us that is counterintuitive. I don’t want to brag but I can touch my knees and my toes, sometimes. Different hands of course. Now, when you are not making like a pretzel you own and

operate Rock and Hardin Professional Tax Company with your business partner Sam Rock. There is a great joke in there somewhere.  Just can’t put my finger on it… I

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know. There is a good slogan in there. I have not come up with it yet. Let’s put it out to the readers! They are tremendous sloganeers. By the way, what do you think ol’ Mittens is hiding in his tax returns? I have to charge you for that question. Aww c’mon!! I thought that in a yogainduced, Zen-like haze you might reveal a few taxman secrets. Well, what if all of our politicians were required to take a few hot yoga classes per week? More bipartisanship? Amen to that, brother! Read more from Tim at timmydaddy.com.


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Is it all about shirtlessness and profuse sweating? Most of the men practice without shirts, and most of the women wear sleeveless yoga tight-fitting tops. My first time I wore a shirt, but I took it off within fifteen minutes. Everyone is in their zone, so no one cares what the others look like. There is no physical contact, so no one has to brush up against you. I don’t know if they would let me participate unless I was stationed uphill from a drain. Do you get used to the heat? I actually lose three to five pounds a class, so that is a lot of sweat! The heat is tough in the beginning, but you get used to it within your first five classes or so. My teacher told me that my job the first day was to stay in the room no matter how much I wanted to leave. Stop. Sit down. The anxiety will settle. He was right. People marvel about their flexibility after fully embracing a hot yoga schedule. Do

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One of golf ’s biggest tournaments, TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, returns to the East Lake Golf Club Sept. 20-23. Who might you see on the links this year? Sergio Garcia, Bud Cauley, Jason Dufner, Matt Every, Jimmy Walker and Bubba Watson are contenders for one of golf ’s biggest purses. Tickets are still available ranging in price from $45 to $59 for access to the grounds and can be purchased at Ticketmaster. Youth 18 and younger have complimentary access to the grounds with an adult grounds ticket. Organizers are encouraging attendees to park for free at Turner Field and catch the shuttle bus. Parking in and around East Lake will be restricted. This year, all active, retired, and reserve military along with their

dependents will be given free admission to tournament by showing their military ID at the main entrance gate. The Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by Kipper Tool located on the 16th hole will offer complimentary food and beverage for all military and their families. Returning this year is Coca-Cola’s Birdies for East Lake by Belk program, an opportunity for golf fans to support the East Lake Foundation and help to build a stronger community. Through the Birdies for East Lake program, fans are invited to guess the number of birdies that will be recorded during the TOUR Championship and be entered to win a grand-prize of an all-inclusive five night stay for two at the adultsonly Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso in Riviera Maya, Mexico. For more information, visit pgatour.com/tourchampionship. Photo Courtesy PGA Tour


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Living by Giving Kate Atwood Jo Ann Herold with husband Mark and daughter Lily.

Mom, Philanthropist, Executive Jo Ann Herold is the vice president of Arby’s Restaurant Group, a mom and philanthropist. She’s what I call a Living by Giving hero. Herold has found an inspiring way to build giving into all parts of her life: at work, at home and amongst friends. She shares what is most important to her about giving back to the community and how a touch of compassion can come full circle. Tell us how you support the community? I am a big believer in doing good work in the community. As a result, I try to support the community in both my corporate role and in my personal life. For example, at Arby’s, we have a mission to help end childhood hunger and I am working with our Arby’s Foundation on this important mission. Ending childhood hunger is also something I feel very strong about personally. A few things we do as a family, is volunteer at homeless shelters, make sandwiches to help people in need and donate school supplies for children who are less fortunate than we are. As a mom, why is giving back an important lesson to teach our children? Nothing is more beautiful than seeing children helping children. My daughter, Lily, is nine. I would like her to learn that she can make a difference in other’s lives and that giving back is part of who she is; her character and

values. Every year she donates a backpack filled with school supplies and we personally deliver it to the family. Tell us a little more about the causes you are most passionate about helping? I am very passionate about the hunger movement; especially doing my part to ensure no child is hungry.

Did you know that one in five children is hungry? It’s the invisible epidemic that people do not know about, because sometimes you can’t see it. I believe food is love and can be the catalyst for bringing people together. I am passionate about Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. I also admire Bill Bolling and the role he’s played in Atlanta for 40 years with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. I am also

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gifts. The family invited us into the home and we ended up having dinner with them. Their gratitude and warmth was incredibly moving. This family gave us much more than we gave them. You have chosen to integrate giving back in so much of what you do, from work life to personal life. One of my favorite questions to ask is, “what is your Living by Giving dream?” I would like to see more people volunteer and give back to their community, even if it’s in the smallest way. When it comes to giving, it doesn’t matter how big or small the gift is, it’s just important to take the first step.

very passionate about doing good work in my neighborhood and am a big supporter of Fernbank Museum, Zoo Atlanta and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Can you share a time when you helping someone else ended up boosting your own life? There are so many times. The one memory that is very poignant is when we delivered Christmas gifts to a family in need. MJCC_SF_SAAC_IntownQTR_081712_HI3.pdf We drove to their house and gave them their

Follow Jo Ann on Twitter @JoAnnHerold. For more about Kate Atwood, visit kateatwood.com.


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2012 Calendar of Events Sunday in the Park

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Pet Pick

Pet Briefs The national Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour 2012 bus is coming to town on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 pm. at Centennial Olympic Park. There will be free behavior tips and demonstrations, giveaways and much more.

Urban Pet Project has two bunnies needing permanent homes, especially if you love disco. Donna and Summer (get it – Donna Summer!) are loving, social pets that thrive on human company. These girls are everything bunnies should be – fun, playful, sweet and beautiful. For more information, contact Urban Pet Project at urbanpetproject@gmail.com or (404) 815-5536. You can also visit them at UPP’s headquarters at 720 14th St, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Heritage Sandy Springs will host the 25th anniversary Kiwanis Pet Parade during the annual Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22. The fun event attracts various types of pets and owners in creative costumes including dogs, cats, parrots, ponies and more. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be an award ceremony following the parade with prizes for most unusual, most colorful, best dressed and more. sskc-ripples.org .

Buttercup wants nothing more than to curl up on your living room floor and watch you watch TV or read a book. She is interested only in loving and being loved. She does not need long walks, lots of expensive toys, or fancy collars. She is fine with the simpler things in life. Buttercup can be adopted at PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur. For more about PAWS and its programs, visit pawsatlanta.org.





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5th Annual

noW taKing nominations For 2013 20 under 20 Recognizing students for community service

Each January we round-up 20 of the best examples of students’ community service Intown. For the past four years we have introduced you to students from across the city, of varying ages and interests with the common denominator that they give back. Each bio was loaded with hope and represented countless hours of service. The impact of the whole lot left us all awe-inspired. And, as the students reported back to us, encouraged them to further their pursuits. As we approach the production of our 5th annual 20 Under 20 issue, we ask for your nominations. We know there are more students in our public and private schools who deserve a salute for their community service. So, please keep your eyes open and let us know. The deadline is October 15. Please see the nomination information at the left on this page.

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Please provide a short paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition. Include any actions, characteristics, projects, goals and areas of interest that will help illustrate your point.

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A Look Back

New History Revealed

Ann Taylor Boutwell

Sept. 6, 1862: Mary Jane Thompson Peters buried her son Joseph, 1, in Atlanta’s city cemetery, later called Oakland. Her continuous lifetime commitments until death in 1911 were family, church, and community. In 1845, Mary Jane, age 15, met Richard Peters, age 35, a boarder at Thompson’s Atlanta Hotel. Her father’s friend was then superintendent of the Georgia Railroad. They married in 1848 on a rainy February, Friday in Decatur. During the Civil War from1861-1865, The Southern Confederacy listed “Mrs. R. Peters” often, mentioning her connection with St. Phillips Hospital and the local Ladies Soldiers Relief Society. On June 25, 1865, she said goodbye to a second son, baby Stephen, also buried at Oakland. Two weeks later, as Federal troops

neared Atlanta, the family escaped to Augusta. Stories of cemetery vandalism in Atlanta worried Mary Jane, so in mid-December she and two friends took the arduous 148-mile return trip back to Atlanta, which included walking 16 miles. In Atlanta, she found her sons’ graves untouched and her damaged home still standing. In 1881, the Peters built a beautiful home at 642 Peachtree Street on the north side of town. Mary Jane suggested appropriate street names, which surrounded their property, later called Peters Park. Those streets are still known as Cypress, Juniper, Myrtle, Cherry and Plum, today. One of her last gifts to Atlanta was the beautiful lot on the corner of North Avenue and West Peachtree where the All Saints Episcopal Church still stands. Shortly before her death on June 8, 1911, she wrote: “As I look around me now in this crowded city, which I have watched grow up to its present size with interest and delight, it is sad to feel that I am almost alone of the original number who came here in 1845.” Sept. 10, 1895: Ogdensburg New York Journal reported 205 Chinese passengers stopped in their city on their

way to Atlanta and the Cotton States Exposition. They came from Hong Kong by steamer to Vancouver and across British America by the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The troupe of 135 men, 36 boys, and 34 women were admitted under a joint resolution of Congress for the purpose of establishing a Chinese Village on the Midway at the exposition, September through December 1895. On Sept. 14, the troupe arrived in special cars aboard the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Their journey from Hong Kong had taken 35 days by land and sea. Sept. 22, 1877: The 19th United States President Rutherford B. Hayes arrived in Atlanta on a goodwill mission attempting to mend North-South relations after Reconstruction. Hayes stayed at the Markham Hotel on Loyd Street, now Central Avenue.

Downtown Atlanta celebrated the completion of two projects over the summer: restoration of the sculptures in Margaret Mitchell Square and the unveiling of the new ATL Playground in Woodruff Park. Renowned New York artist Kit-Yin Snyder created the 1986 sculpture with anti-bellum columns references honoring Margaret Mitchell author of Gone With the Wind on the plaza at the intersection of Carnegie Way, Peachtree and Forsyth streets in front of the Atlanta Library. Jeff Santos of British Columbia designed the playgroun in Woodruff Park on Peachtree Street. Landscape Structures created the innovative play areas.

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Go Green


Accountable Green PwC opens new eco-friendly headquarters on Peachtree By Sydia Bell

Last month, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) opened its new office in Atlanta at 1075 Peachtree St. It’s just steps away from their old location, but Gary Price, PwC managing partner, said the move was, “short in terms of distance but a long way in terms of actual space.” The Atlanta office is the latest facility that PwC, which is one of the world’s largest professional service and accountancy firms, has redesigned in efforts to decrease the company’s carbon footprint. More than 40 percent of their offices and data centers are becoming LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. With input of selected staff members PwC developed a space which keeps in the theme of the corporation at the same time making it reflective of the region. Gone are the cubical centered layouts, florescent lights and whitewashed walls. Lining hallways and walkways are photographs showcasing some of Atlanta’s historic buildings, scenic vistas and cityscapes. In addition PwC has made an effort in enhancing the overall workspace environment with state of the art seating as well as access to natural light. Price said the office signifies much more than a relocation, but an investment and

Comfortable areas for meetings and dining are hallmarks of the new PwC building.

commitment to PwC’s employees and the city. The development of an interactive cafe where staff can mix and mingle while they advance their skills on the integrated Xbox gaming system is one of the upgrades well received. If rising attendance rates are any indication of employee satisfaction, then PwC has surely received high marks. For more about PwC, visit pwc.com.



City examining new system for waste reduction By Mary Harrington

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Atlantans, and anyone else who pays for curbside garbage service, should become familiar with the term Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) or Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART) as it’s known at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Whatever name you use, it’s an idea whose time has come in Atlanta. Currently, the City of Atlanta has limits (technically) on the amount of garbage residents can put at the curb each week, but everyone pays the same base amount for the collection of that garbage – regardless of the amount. The residents who recycle and compost and have little garbage for curbside collection pay the same base fee as people who do not recycle or compost and place a lot of garbage at the curb. In a PAYT/SMART system, residents are given an opportunity to pay less if they put less garbage out for curbside collection. If a resident wants to put a lot of garbage at the curb, they will pay more for that privilege. This type of system encourages waste reduction, recycling and composting so promotes local recycling and composting businesses, backyard composting programs, saves landfill space, it is good for the environment and can save money for residential customers. There are a number of ways to implement this system, from offering smallerto-larger sized garbage carts to using bags for garbage (residents have to buy the bags so if they use more bags they have to purchase more). Each system has its proponents or critics. The City of Atlanta has examined the feasibility of introducing a PAYT system so residents can find out more and be informed consumers and tax payers. To find out more about PAYT go to epa.gov.


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Eco Briefs

Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel

Can Atlanta be a Zero Waste Zone City? Seven years ago I helped launch the Atlanta Recycles organization and continue to serve on its steering committee. Atlanta Recycles is an advocacy group made up of governmental, corporate, non-profit and environmental entities with a shared mission to promote recycling in the Atlanta area. The steering committee consists of experts, with various recycling backgrounds, who come together once a month to share new trends in recycling, showcase success stories, as well as share avenues and tools that help make recycling more successful. We transform this shared knowledge into real results for Atlanta. In late 2009, Atlanta Recycles’ efforts were realized with the establishment of a 10,000 home pilot program that gave residents larger 96-gallon recycling carts and encouraged them to recycle through an incentive program. These carts are capable of holding significantly more recyclables than the smaller 18 gallon recycling bin. Results were positive, and just recently the city of Atlanta started providing these larger carts to residents, upon request, outside the initial 10,000 home pilot program. Atlanta Recycles has also assisted in expanded collection of recyclables at city buildings, recreation centers, police and fire stations. Now, what can be recycled at home can be recycled at City Hall. Atlanta Recycles was also instrumental in the development of the Downtown Zero Waste Zone. Focused on the foodservice

industry, members pledge to recycle paper, plastic, metal and glass, compost food scraps and reuse old grease from their kitchens. These restaurants and venues are leading the charge to zero waste in Atlanta. Currently, Atlanta Recycles is also involved with policy initiatives that support recycling, in addition to being instrumental in developing the Multi-family Recycling Toolkit. This toolkit assists property owners of multi-unit buildings to establish recycling programs in compliance with the city’s multi-family recycling ordinance. There are a number of exciting things happening with Atlanta’s recycling and sustainability initiatives. This year Denise Quarles was hired as the city’s new sustainability director and, like Mayor Kasim Reed, she is committed to transforming Atlanta into a top tier sustainable city. The city of Atlanta has also hired Jacqueline Bridges as the new recycling manager. Jacqueline recently relocated from Chicago and will be responsible for recycling programs in the city of Atlanta. She is enthusiastically promoting recycling and will be revealing new initiatives for Atlanta very soon. We are excited to have their expertise. I’m really looking forward to what the future brings for Atlanta’s sustainability and recycling efforts. We are at the forefront of great progress. For more from Laura Turner Seydel, visit lauraseydel.com.

ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, will offer its Blink smart charging stations free to residents and commercial host sites of the greater metropolitan Atlanta area as part of its expansion of Department of Energy sponsored, The EV Project. Qualified residents in the Atlanta region who have taken ownership of either the Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt, will receive a free residential Blink wall mount charger as well as an installation credit of up to $400, subject to certain conditions. Residents and commercial hosts interested in participating can sign up at theevproject. com. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded five grants totaling almost $2 million to academic institutions, including Georgia Tech, for research on innovative processes to further improve air quality in the U.S. and help track the effectiveness of pollution control measures. Georgia Tech will use its grant money to develop a system for estimating and minimizing the impacts of prescribed burning on air quality, particularly in Georgia. epa.gov/ncer/dynair The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has selected the Atlanta Regional Commission for an environmental assessment through its Grants to Green program. Southface will conduct the assessment of ARC’s facilities and recommend opportunities for operating more sustainably, particularly as related to energy and utility use. In the assessment phase, Southface will provide technical assistance, planning facilitation and staff education. The assessment will include energy and water audits, with prioritized

recommendations. Once an assessment has been completed, ARC will be eligible to apply for implementation funding up to $50,000. ARC has supported green initiatives for many years. The agency has offered incentives for employees who carpool or ride transit, expanded solid waste recycling, purchased green or recyclable products and hybrid vehicles for the agency fleet. atlantaregional.com Atlanta has been named as a recipient of the CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program. This program will provide 500,000 energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to qualifying households across 17 U.S. cities, helping approximately 50,000 low income households in their effort to save energy. In Atlanta alone, 2,143 households will receive 10 CFLs, which will create a reduction akin to removing 151 cars from the road for one full year. citgo.com.


Kicking off a Georgia Tech research program, students have pulled the first 50 tires from Buckhead creek beds to be used for the thermal mass walls in its Aquaponics Experiment. The Buckhead Coalition has pledged $2,500 for the clean-up procedure.

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Village Defense Building safe and strong communities

By Debra Bryant You get a call at work from your alarm company, “Your home alarm has been activated. Do you want us to send the police over to check it out?” Halfway across town, panic sets in. You take a deep breath and say, “Yes!” Sharath Mekala, creator of Village Defense, walked away from a similar experience that left him with a desire to live in a safe, strong community, and a desire to create an impact on crime. A former Georgia Tech student and Georgia State University graduate, Mekala is accustomed to making an impact on communities. At a time when Georgia Tech offered very little food choices, Mekala operated a successful business offering international meal plans to students on campus. “I looked around and thought, how can I change this for the better?” he recalled. Applying the same principle to the crime in his neighborhood, Mekala was elected vice chair of a citizen advisory council known as an NPU (neighborhood

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planning unit). In addition to making recommendations for community improvements, it was the beginning of an idea to develop a neighborhood watch that evolved into Village Defense. Village Defense began in 2009 and combines modern technology with traditional awareness to help keep Atlanta neighborhoods and shopping centers safe. When someone witnesses a crime, they first call 911 and then place a call to the Village Defense hotline. In a matter of seconds, Village Defense’s system sends out alerts to the entire community via landlines or cellphones, plus text messages and emails. Follow-up emails are sent to inform members when a situation has been stabilized or resolved. Village Defense also offers monthly crime reports and non-emergency information on community meetings and social gatherings. Mekala said that many communities in Atlanta lack facilities or resources for organizing a neighborhood crime watch. Sims Estates, a once struggling neighborhood in northwest Atlanta, has experienced a 73 percent reduction of crime due to the Village Defense real-time crime alert system. Retail shopping centers can also utilize Village Defense’s real-time crime alert system. With one phone call, an alert can be sent to every store manager, employee, and security personnel on site. Village Defense partners with businesses such as Crime Stoppers Atlanta and Grady Health System in an effort to make communities safer together. The service is currently active in twenty neighborhoods and seven shopping centers.

Picture This The Framers on Peachtree grows and thrives By S.B. Willams In 1981, Terry Jones, armed with an MBA degree from Georgia State University and a strong Scottish ancestry, opened The Framers on Peachtree in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center in Buckhead. As an Army veteran who saw service in Korea and then worked for IBM, Jones didn’t know very much about the business of framing pictures. But with the help of his wife, Patsy, and friends, the business became a thriving business. In choosing Peachtree Battle Shopping Center for his enterprise, Jones noticed the affluent neighborhoods surrounding the center, the popular A&P store (now Publix’s) on one end and the busy King’s Drugs (now Rite Aid) at the other end, and picked a location between those two busy storefronts. But attractive as the shop looked, Jones credits the personable and artistic people that he chose to hire that made The Framers an immediate success. “The model for my store has always been the same as the old Rich’s of Atlanta, which was totally committed to customer satisfaction,” he says. “Returns are accepted without comment and the customer’s taste and desires honored.” Longtime, appreciative customers confirm the importance of the friendly staff for their loyalty over the past 31 years and this customer support was crucial during the financial slump that began in 2008. During the recession, Jones denied himself a salary for a year to make sure that all seven employees could keep their jobs. Gradually, the focus of the business changed from a “do-it-yourself ” framing source to custom framing and projects for some of the major corporations in Atlanta, including Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific and the High


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Lovett Developing young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.

Museum. One of their busiest times was in 1996 when the shop was framing items for the Atlanta Olympic Games. All the work is done at the Peachtree Battle shop, except for work that requires specialist help like conservations of oil paintings, fabrics and documents. Jones has built longstanding relationships with the experts, including one who handles all of the objects found at the Titanic site. The variety of jobs and challenges brought to The Framers are often entertaining to the staff. One family delivered the back window of their Taurus station wagon that was covered with logos of the schools attended by their three children. Jones said the owner of the window said it represented a millon dollars in education for their kids, so The Framers created a custom shadow box so the family could


hang it in their home. Perhaps the shop’s most unusual order was to frame the borrowed Mont Blanc pen that President Gorbachev used to sign the dissolution of the USSR. The pen belongs to Tom Johnson, then head of CNN, who covered the event for CNN. The pen is now at the Smithsonian Institute. For fifteen years, The Framers has been thriving under the management of Bryan Lurie with the “hands off ” ownership of Jones. Now, as agreed upon 20 years ago when Lurie joined the staff after graduating from the Atlanta College of Art, he has bought the shop from Jones, who plans to retire to Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. Jones can retire peacefully knowing that The Framers will continue to be run by the person and staff that has been made it a success for three decades.

Please join us for an Open House: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 K–Grade 5, 1:00 pm Grades 6–12, 3:30 pm Learn more at www.lovett.org The Lovett School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy. Financial aid is available.



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Business & Retail Briefs Atlanta is one of the cities that have entered Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. Cities have a chance to win a grand prize of $5 million or one of four $1 million prizes. The challenge is to solve a major social or economic issue, improve the customer service experience for citizens or businesses, enhance accountability, transparency, and public engagement, and/or increase government efficiency. Winners will be announced in spring 2013. bloomberg.org/mayorschallenge. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade, nonprofit organization with a store in Virginia Highland, has been recognized


by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2012. This recognition marks the fifth consecutive year that Ten Thousand Villages, with national headquarters in Akron, Pa., was named to the list as an ethical leader in the specialty retail category. Ten Thousand Villages offers home decor, personal accessories and gift items handcrafted by artisans in 38 countries. atlanta.tenthousandvillages.com Delta Community Credit Union, a notfor-profit, financial services institution and Georgia’s largest credit union, has opened its 23rd branch at 80 Peachtree Place adjacent to The Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown. “Expanding into Midtown has been a goal for several years,” says


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The Buckhead Coalition has partnered with Lenox Square shopping mall to outfit the guest services counter with a free cell phone charging station. The counter is also stocked with maps and the Buckhead Guidebook.

Rick Foley, president and CEO at Delta Community. “We took the time to find the right location to best serve our customers that live and work in the heart of Atlanta.” DeltaCommunityCU.com

Patricia Harris, Executive Director and CEO, The Edge Connection at Kennesaw State receive the Advocate of the Year Award; Naheed Syed, President and CEO of Global Resources Inc. was recognized as the Minority Global Technology Firm of the Year; and Sabrina Jenkins, Director of Special Events, Atlanta Braves was selected for the Distinguished Supplier Diversity Professional Award.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent has brought industry veteran architect Don Bush on board as a principal and leader of the firm’s science and technology practice area. Bush brings the firm nearly 20 years of deep expertise focused on science and technology project design and delivery with particular expertise working on higher education and government research facilities. lasarchitect.com

A new Highland Corridor District map will be produced twice a year to showcase local merchants and to help locals and tourists find the best of what Highland Avenue and its surroundings has to offer. The first map, which will also feature places of interest, worship, hotels and bed & breakfasts, will appear this fall.

Interior design expert Marty Mason relocated his Savvy Snoot Westside location to incorporate his new furniture line and retail store, Marty Mason Collected Home. Previously located on Howell Mill Road, the new store at 1080 Brady Avenue continues Savvy Snoot’s presence as an integral part of Atlanta’s Westside design district. mmcollectedhome.com and facebook.com/ savvysnoot The Atlanta Region Minority Enterprise Development Public Private Sector Council named three honorees during the 30th annual Atlanta Regional Minority Enterprise Development Week last month.

Cousins Properties has signed a new lease with Atlanta Life Financial Group at One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta. Atlanta Life Financial Group will relocate its Atlanta headquarters to the 25th and 26th floors. The company will move into its new office space, totaling 33,137-square-foot, in November.

The Clothing Warehouse, which has locations at 999 Peachtree and Little Five Points, recently marked its 20th anniversary in Atlanta. theclothingwarehouse.com KeepitINtown.com

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By Collin Kelley, Editor The trails and parks that make up the Atlanta BeltLine will once again be filled with vibrant installations and original performances beginning this month and continuing through November. More than 70 artists were chosen from nearly 200 applicants for the third annual event, which is all outdoors and free to the public. Distinctive art installations will cover nine miles of paved and interim hiking trails of the 22-mile loop of historic and mostly abandoned rail around the heart of the city. Artistic mediums include sculpture, murals, dance, theater, outdoor concerts, parades, performance art, and more. “The City of Atlanta is proud to support Art on the Atlanta BeltLine again this year,” said Camille Russell Love, director of the city’s office of Cultural Affairs. “In the previous two years, we have seen the positive impact this temporary art exhibition has on the selected artists and on the Atlanta residents who interact with art along the Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails.” Visual installations and performances will be concentrated in the following areas along the Atlanta BeltLine: •Westside: From Gordon White Park north to Washington Park and from Allene Avenue to Lee Street. •Northeast side: From Montgomery Ferry Drive (behind Ansley Mall) south to Irwin Street / Lake Avenue. •Southeast side: From Wiley Street south to Memorial Drive. To see a full calendar of the performance pieces and updates on about this year’s exhibits, visit art.beltline.org.


Performances Taranji L. Alvarado Crossover Movement Arts Emily Christianson Park Cofield & Co. Henry Detweiler and Christ, Lord The Dojo Collective Past Prime Players Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery Tara Hemmer Gateway Performance Productions Trevor Jones and the Collective Project Spiral of Sound Crystal Bowl Choir Klimchak with Stuart Gerber, Olivia Kieffer and Isaac Anderson Santiago Paramo Imaginary Menagerie Productions Krewe of Grateful Gluttons  Otis Alexander Sallid   Priscilla Smith Wade Tilton, Kevin Huey and the Ghost Project Kebbi Williams Band with Strings and Michael Atwood Fergeson Visual Art Adron Aaron Albrecht Bryan Alcorn LaMar Barber Cash Barnes Geoffrey Bartlett Christopher Bivins Hadley Breckenridge Kyle Brooks Neil Carver Misao Cates Susan Champeny Jac Coffey earth muse art The Experience Collective

Michael Tod Edgerton Virginia Byers and Aria Finkelstein The Knitterati Chris Higgins Gyun Hur Machiko Ichihara Andre James Mike Jensen RAUM Brady King JD Koth Elia Green, Queue Kufalk, David Carlock and Caden Newcome David Landis Pam Longobardi Cecilia Lueza Casey Lynch Christopher Martin Ryan Mathern and Cecilia Marrero Santiago Menendez Mariam Mojdehi Laura Noel Carol Rankin Alex Rodriguez The Loss Prevention Collective Karen Shacham and Michael Carpenter Tarver Siebert Jason Smith Geoffrey Smith Leslie Tharp Teens of the Youth Art Connection facilitated by Gregor Turk Joshua Wallman Cathy Wise Georgia State University, Department of Three Dimensional Studies facilitated by Mike Wsol Harry Zmijewski

The whimsical landscapes, faces and characters created by Kyle Brooks have become his calling card in the artistic world. His work not only graces this month’s cover of Atlanta INtown, but he will also be contributing in a big way this year to Art on the BeltLine. He’s been given the prime spot of the Highland Avenue Bridge and he plans to create 10 giant faces on the support columns under the structure. Brooks has worked with schools and can be found at many art events in the city, including the recent Slotin Folk Fest and the upcoming East Atlanta Strut. He started painting in 2000, but the faces and landscapes he’s become known for are often created when he’s doodling. “I can be talking to someone and they’ll say something and it gives me an idea and I just find myself sketching,” he says. For Art on the BeltLine, Brooks says he’s excited to have such a large canvas to play with this year. “I like the scope of it. You get free rein to do what you want.”

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The Knitterati is a group of nine women and one incredibly productive man – Brigette Flood, Sandy M. Tyler, Kate Binzen, Kate Crosby, Stephanie Haas, Katherine Kearns, Annie Perry, Julie Rivard, Kate Swett and Mr. Britt Dunn. “We’re a merry bunch of friends, professionals and Intowners who share a passion for each other, our projects and the local arts,” says Tyler. Last year, The Knitterati wrapped trees on the Westside with colorful yarn, but this year’s BeltLine project is more ambitious: they are covering the top and sides of the bridge on Fulton Terrace in the Cabbagetown/Reynoldstown area. “There’s a lot of mythology about crossing bridges, and we’ve been inspired to create some ‘Creatures of the Beltline,” Tyler says. “We’re really playing with scale, texture and technique this year as well.” By the time the installation is done, The Knitteratti will have spent months knitting and crocheting for the project. Tyler says, “We hope to add to the dialogue of what street art is by using a different medium. We’re honored to be a part of it.”

Knitterati installs at the Living Walls Art House.

If you’ve been following the BeltLine in the local media, Chris Martin photographs chances are you’ve already seen Chris Martin’s work since he’s the the BeltLine. project’s official photographer. Martin has been shooting the BeltLine for four years, when much of it was still choked with weeds and kudzu. “I’ve covered all 22 miles on my bike, in my car and walking. I’ve climbed over walls and through fences to try and document the entire project,” he says. There have been significant changes to the BeltLine over the last four years, especially on the Eastside Trail, so Martin’s installation will be a “before and after” of large-scale photos of the corridor from four years ago juxtaposed with the now. “I’m doing six of them, from Ponce to Irwin Street, and you’ll be able to look at how the trail looked then and then peer around the photo and see the area now.”

Gregor Turk works with the young artists.

Artist and teacher Gregor Turk has been working with the Youth Art Connection of the Boys & Girls Club for more than a decade, so getting them involved in Art on the BeltLine was, as the teens might say, a no-brainer. Nearly 30 teens worked on the project, an installation of miniature figures and buildings tucked into the rock outcropping between Ansley Mall and Piedmont Park. “We worked with different colors of unfired clay and stuck them in all the nooks and crannies,” Turk says. “There are Mayan pyramids, Japanese architecture and other representations of different civilizations.” Turk said the project was a great way to introduce the kids to the BeltLine and public art. “When we were installing the figures, people walking by would stop and the reaction was great. Public art doesn’t necessarily have to be this massive thing; there is power in the small, too.”

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

Fall Into The Arts September is the official launch of the 2012-13 arts season in Atlanta, and it’s already looking spectacular. With the help of our longtime partner Atlanta PlanIt, here’s a look at what’s coming up this month in the world of theater, dance, music and visual arts around the city. Be sure to visit AtlantaPlanIt.com for more upcoming shows and read Atlanta INtown every month for the latest in arts and cultural happenings.

Stevie Wonder was on the radio, and change was in the air. September 5 through 30. $30 to $50. alliancetheatre.org Battle Acts: Eight individual improvisers compete headto-head for laughs in this Laughing Matters elimination tournament at Academy Theatre. You determine who will reign supreme and who falls to the axe in this battle royale extravaganza. September 15. $12 to $15. laughingmatters.com

Performing Arts

Beacon Dance: deus ex machina: Recalling the moment when machines became gods and workers became machines, Beacon Dance reacts within this exhibit at MOCA GA, performing tasks for reasons and results that can only be implied by the viewers. September 20. $1 to $5. mocaga.org

Kiss of the Spider Woman: Actor’s Express opens its season with this mesmerizing story of Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser, and their uneasy friendship rooted in surviving life in a Latin American prison. Continues through October 7. $15 to $47. actors-express.com My Name is Asher Lev: Born into a Hasidic family in post-World War II Brooklyn, Asher Lev’s artistic genius threatens to estrange him from both his parents and his observant Jewish community in this Theatrical Outfit production. Continues through Sept 16. $15 to $40. theatricaloutfit.org Designing Women LIVE 6: The “women” of Atlanta are back at OnStage Atlanta with their sixth installment of the fan-favorite show, bringing back the episode where Julia gets her head stuck in the bannister at the governor’s mansion, and the girls face a tornado. September 6 through 16. $20 to $23. onstageatlanta.com

All’s Well that Ends Well: There is nothing that Helena won’t do to be with the haughty Bertram, who has run away to avoid being with her, so what could possibly go wrong as he sets her up with seemingly impossible tasks to perform in order to bring him back? Opens September 9. $15 to $36. shakespearetavern.com

Shift: CORE Performance Company premieres new works by Sue Schroeder, Lori Teague and Leslie Scates at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center, exploring the unknown as an opportunity, the qualities inherent in a herd, and the signs left on people by destiny. September 15 and 16. Free! coredance.org

Time Stands Still: Widely hailed as one of the best new plays on Broadway, this play at Horizon Theatre is the story of Sarah and James, a photojournalist and foreign correspondent whose relationship is threatened after returning home from the realities of war. Opens September 11. $15 to $25. horizontheatre.com The Three Little Pigs and More: Take a trip with fantastic folk tales from around the world, brought to life with a touch of the familiar and a taste of the new at this Center for Puppetry Arts show. September 12 through 23. $16.50. puppet.org Dracula: The Rock Opera: Atlanta’s L5P Rock Star Orchestra takes you back to Transylvania in this World Premiere at 7 Stages that brings Bram Stokers’ chilling novel to life with sex, blood and rock ‘n’ roll. Opens September 13. $21 to $25. 7stages.org WCLK Jazz Night Featuring Gregory Porter: Experience the adventures of harmonic rhythm, progressive chord patterns and thematic transformations at this benefit concert at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech featuring Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter and flautist Claudia Hayden. September 14. $32.50 to $57.50. ferstcenter.gatech.edu What I Learned in Paris: This sparkling new romantic comedy at Alliance Theatre by Pearl Cleage weaves a tale of passion and politics that could only happen in 1973 Atlanta, when mini skirts and bell bottoms were high fashion,

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis: Renowned saxophonist and Tony Award-nominated composer Branford Marsalis brings his innovative spirit and broad musical scope to the Arts at Emory Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts stage with one of today’s finest jazz quartets. September 21. $65. arts.emory.edu Metropolis with Sonic Generator: Flux Projects teams up with music ensemble Sonic Generator for the American premiere of Martin Matalon’s new musical score performed alongside Fritz Lang’s 1927 science fiction masterpiece film “Metropolis” as it is screened dramatically onto the High Museum of Art. September 27. Free! fluxprojects.org


Family Storytelling: Emerging Voices: Just the gentlemen tell stories to the young at this event at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center with The Father Goose Brigade, which includes renowned storytelling talents John Beavin, Tony Elliot, Akbar Imhotep and others. September 28. $1 to $3. callanwolde.org Children’s Garden Amphitheatre Program: Tersi Bendiburg takes children on an adventure through Latin American folk tales in this series for children that explores animals, stories and songs at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. September 29. $12.95 to $18.95. atlantabotanicalgarden.org Murder, She Improvised: Welcome to Sunny Arse Hotel, site of rest, relaxation and a suspicious amount of murder. Luckily, Sir John Holmes and friends are on the case as they solve a completely new, hilarious and totally improvised murder every week at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. Fridays. $13 to $25. dadsgarage.com War Horse: This multiple Tony Award-winning epic play makes its Atlanta debut as the season opener for Broadway in Atlanta at The Fox Theatre, telling a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship in 1914 England with life-sized horse puppets strong enough for men to ride. September 25 through 30. $30 to $70. broadwayinatlanta.com

Visual Arts & Museums ‘For I am the Black Jaguar’ – Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art: Visionaries transform into powerful black jaguars, enormous whale sharks, predatory owls and venomous rattlesnakes in this exhibit at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Opens September 8. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu Robot Dreams: Drawn from video games, comics and culture, artists Michael Klapthor, Heiða Halldórsdóttir and Travis Smith imagined storybook-like character robot sculptures and paintings for this exhibit at The Seen Gallery. Opens September 8. Admission is free.theseengallery.com Vik Muniz: On Loan: Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz creates fantastical recreations of famous images and works of art using unconventional materials, including chocolate syrup, diamonds, magazines and garbage in this Jackson Fine Art exhibit. Closes September 8. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com Hot Glass Show: Master glass makers transform glowing gobs of molten glass and skillfully shape them into vases, bowls and sculptures at this celebration of the Studio Glass Movement featuring special appearances by artists such as Radcliffe Bailey at Sifly Piazza at The Woodruff Arts Center. September 12. Free! high.org Michele Mikesell: Upon the Wheel: Michele Mikesell compares current society with that of the turn of the 20th century at Alae (1906) about Lithuanian immigrant life in the Chicago meat packing industry. Opens September 21. Admission is free. alanaveryartcompany.com Death is the Destination: Explore one of the greatest mysteries of human existence — death — as this exhibit provides meditations on the nature of existence and the meaning of life at the Georgia State University Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery. Closes September 21. Admission is free. gsu.edu

Michele Mikesell: Upon the Wheel: Michele Mikesell compares current society with that of the turn of the 20th century at Alan Avery Art in an homage to Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle (1906) about Lithuanian immigrant life in the Chicago meat packing industry. Opens September 21. Admission is free. alanaveryartcompany.com Gold Dust: Lauren Silberman illuminates the resilience, faith and creation of community in these photographs of the distinctive character of the people and places of New Orleans in this exhibit at Whitespace Gallery. Closes September 29. Admission is free. whitespace814.com Jean-Francois Larrieu Exhibit: Jean-Francois Larrieu uses trees as a re-emphasis of roots and a representation of how man’s survival depends on a genuine blossoming in his multicolored landscapes at Besharat Gallery. Closes September 30. Admission is free. besharatgallery.com Ben Venom: I Make No Mistakes: Ben Venom juxtaposes traditional handmade crafts and the historical art of quilting with one of the more extreme musical genres — heavy metal — at his tapestries at Get This! Gallery. Admission is free. getthisgallery.com.

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Decatur Book Festival

Bring It On

Thousands of booklovers will descend on Decatur over Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) to meet the hundreds of authors who will be in town for one of the biggest literature events in the country. This year’s keynote speaker is incoming U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, while children’s author Jose-Luis Orozco will give the inaugural “kidnote.” To see the full schedule and list of authors, visit decaturbookfestival.com

Wheelbarrow Festival The Reynoldstown celebration is set for Sept. 8 at Lang-Carson Park on Flat Shoals Avenue. There will be a 5K run, an artist market, health fair, food vendors and live music on two stages. For more information, visit wheelbarrowfestival.com.

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I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… What do you do with a city without art? This question has been posed to me by several ambitious community leaders in the new city of Sandy Springs. Several years ago, this quietly generous group began formulating a plan to introduce accessible public to art in the city. They started with a philanthropic group called the Sandy Springs Society founded in 1989, long before the incorporation of the city. Art was bubbling just below the surface. Several members of the Society later formed Art Sandy Springs with a grant from the Society to install a sculpture exhibit at the Atlanta-Fulton County Library. Art came to life! Art Sandy Springs (also known as ArtSS) formally incorporated as a nonprofit in 2007 with the goal to “elevate the visual, performing, culinary and landscape arts and to enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors.” Now, that’s ambition by definition. ArtSS has since purchased or commissioned additional outdoor sculptures for donation to the City of Sandy Springs for permanent display. And finally in 2011 the group held an international contest to create a Children’s Playable Art Park along the Abernathy Greenway, a project that will mature over the next several years and probably beat out the Beltline. This world-class interactive exhibit is simply the beginning of public accessible art in Sandy Springs. But still, despite these accomplishments something is missing. Where are the galleries? Where is the pedestrian engagement to embrace and celebrate the arts? I’m not inferring that we need to become SoHo here, but let’s loosen that tie, shake our brushes out and let art truly bloom. I know there are lots of artists living in and around the north side of Fulton County, and many in Sandy Springs itself because I am one. And it might be a little bit true that we all know each other although we don’t use tin cans on string to keep in touch anymore. Mostly email. We want to show our work close to home, but on examination there are very few outlets for artists in this area. The solution from these ambitious ArtSS members? Bring it on! Make it happen! What obstacles? Next Spring ArtSS will join Artsapalooza, a wild ride of local artists who will invade the streets with art in all shapes and sizes for a two-day event, followed by a series of additional events to celebrate art for 30 days. Watch for details “leaked” to the press over the next several months. It’s extremely exciting to me to break new ground, fill a void, change the social

fabric with a few innovations. Solutions are always about being bold and fearless, hoping that the seeds planted will produce lasting colorful results. Atlanta has all the right ingredients to develop a cutting edge public engagement in the arts. If our sister city Sandy Springs can (and they will) do it, Atlanta can coalesce the arts community and inch further up the proverbial ladder to one day have bragging rights outside of a museum collection. The people deserve it so in the words of ArtSS, “bring it on!” Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.

Upcoming Atlanta Art Events Sept. 7, 8 p.m.

Chris Isaak “Concert in the Garden” Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE I just couldn’t resist including this iconic singer. He loves Atlanta! Their series will also include the Indigo Girls on Sept. 14. atlantabotanicalgarden.org or (404) 876-5859

Sept. 15-16

Fall Festival on Ponce Expect 150 participants in every artistic discipline, plus live local music, gourmet food trucks, and a Children’s Area. If you haven’t experienced the joyous renovations to the historic Olmsted Linear Park you must come see for yourself and enjoy art in the open. Free to attend. festivalonponce.com

Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m.

Loving Local Art Gallery & Shopping Event 1418 Dresden Dr. This is a monthly event showcasing local art has a similar vibe to the popular Beehive Co-op. Free to attend. lovinglocalart.com or (404) 842-9552


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Park Cofield is well known in Atlanta for his work with the Center for Puppetry Arts and his hit adaptation of The Red Balloon for Theatre du Reve, but he’s lately become a bicoastal artist having moved to Los Angeles to pursue his art. Cofield will be back in town to create a performance piece underneath the bridge near Virginia Avenue and Monroe Drive. The piece is called the Big & Small Insect Show and is sure to delight the kids and creep out their parents. The event will be held on Oct. 13 at dusk. Cofield and his team of folklorists, musicians and actors will explore all kinds of creepy crawlers in poems, song, dance and images projected on the bridge supports. There will also be a display of glowing and blinking creatures turning the underside of the bridge into an “insect box,” Cofield says.

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Chantelle Rytter created the Krewe of Grateful Gluttons in 1999 to take part in New Orleans famed Mardi Gras celebration. When she moved to Atlanta in 2001, she brought the idea of the Krewe with her and now the group regularly presents unusual art installations and parades around the city. The Lantern Parade has been a part of Art on the BeltLine since its inception and this year’s event is set for Sept. 8 at dusk at Irwin Street. Led by the Seed & Feed Marching Abominables, The Lantern Parade will continue to Park Tavern. Everyone is invited to bring out that old Coleman or make a lantern especially for the parade. “Come play and hold up a light for the Atlanta BeltLine,” Rytter says. GratefulGluttons.com KeepitINtown.com

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Sept. 25-30

Sept. 15

Sept. 8

The 8th annual Childspring Challenge Golf Tournament to raise money for the children’s medical charity will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cross Creek Golf Club. There will also be a live auction, children’s activities and lunch. All proceeds raised will go directly to the costs for the medical treatment of children who would otherwise not have the gift of life or health. Every dollar will be maximized to its full potential. To register or to get more information, visit childspringintl.org. The cost per player is $100 and will include a Closest to the Pin contest and lunch.

Sept. 15

A benefit for the StandUp Foundation, the anti-bullying nonprofit founded by UK rugby star Ben Cohen, will be held at Urban Body Studios on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. Cohen will be in attendance and there will also be a hair and fashion show, live auction, food from Radial Cafe, adult beverages and music from DJ Todd Skelton. Urban Body is at 730 Ponce de Leon Place. urbanbodystudios.com

The 2012 Atlanta Opera Ball: A Night in Seville fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. The Ball, which takes on the theme of Carmen, will feature a dinner by newly appointed Chef Joe Trevino, silent and live auction, Flamenco dancing, Spanish guitar, a brief operatic serenade, and dancing the night away to The Platinum Band. Single tickets are $300 per person and area available at atlantaopera.org.

Sept. 16

A public memorial service for opera singer, arts patron and Georgia State University professor Florence Kopleff, whom Time magazine once called the “greatest living alto,” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in the recital hall that bears her name on the campus. She died in hospice on July 24 at age 88.

The Atlanta, Cobb County and North Fulton branches of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) are sponsoring the 53rd Annual Bookfair Sept. 25-30 at Perimeter Mall. Over 75,000 gently used bargain priced books will be on sale along with first editions and autographed collectibles.

Sept. 22

Atlanta Play Day 2012 will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, in Candler Park. Coaches will be on hand to lead clinics, lessons and games including golf, football, tennis, soccer, basketball, circus arts, parkour and many more. There will also be food from local farmers markets. The event is sponsored by Atlanta ContactPoint, a nonprofit dedicated to healthy living and social responsibility. For the full schedule, visit playday.atlcp.org.

Sept. 9

The Atlanta Ballet will host its inaugural What Moves You Healthy Living Day on Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Blvd. Kids and adults can participate in a variety of free activities, including dance classes, health screenings and assessments, food demonstrations and healthy living and nutrition seminars. The festivities will conclude with performances by local dance and arts organizations, including Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi. The event is free and open to the public. atlantaballet.com.

Sept. 27-30

The 2012 Forward Arts Flea Market on Friday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center parking deck. The event features antiques, collectibles and other other fine items and is open to the public. All proceeds benefit the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center and the visual arts in Atlanta. A preview party will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, featuring a silent auction of items, including a signed pen and ink drawing by Audrey Hepburn, a spa trip, Saks Fifth Avenue shopping spree and more. Tickets to the Preview Party may be purchased for $25 each at the Swan Coach House gift shop or by calling (404) 261-0224. 

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The Atlanta Ballet will host its inaugural What Moves You Healthy Living Day on Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Blvd. Kids and adults can participate in a variety of free activities, including dance classes, health screenings and assessments, food demonstrations and healthy living and nutrition seminars. The festivities will conclude with performances by local dance and arts organizations, including Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi. The event is free and open to the public. atlantaballet.com.

Sept. 15

The Wren’s Nest House Museum and the YES YOU CAN! Foundation will present an evening of music, food, drink and storytelling to benefit their programs for youth. The gala event is Sept. 15 in the amphitheater of The Wrens Nest, 1050 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in West End. Guests will enjoy an open bar provided by Ketel One, hors d’oeuvres, and a memorable performance by recording artist Dan Gardner with The Atlanta Strings Conservatory. Tickets are $100 and available at yesyoucanfoundation.org/EVENTS.html

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Sept. 28-30

Northside United Methodist Church presents Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the play. The play stat Emily Kisber, Louis C. Robins and Mark Arnold and is directed by David Buice. Performances are Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. in the Faith & Arts Center of Northside United Methodist Church. Tickets are $15. Northsideumc.org.

Sept. 29

CURE Childhood Cancer will hold its 8th annual A Tribute to Quiet Heroes luncheon on Friday, Sept. 28, from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. The event, which honors mothers of children with cancer, has raised over $2 million for pediatric cancer research since its inception in 2005. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at quietheroes.org.

Coming Up Oct. 14

Mark your calendars for the third annual Morningside Mile race and block party benefitting Atlanta’s oldest fire station on Sunday, Oct. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. The Morningside Mile is Atlanta’s only mile race with cash prizes, great swag and a killer post-race party. Race numbers are limited so register soon at active.com.

Oct. 19

The fifth annual Monumental Ball will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, from 7-11 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park. The event benefits he Morningside-Lenox Park Association security patrol. Tickets are $50 each if purchased before Oct. 1, $60 each thereafter at monumentalball.org .



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Summer might be over, but there are plenty of new books out now or coming soon from local authors that you’ll want to add to your stack or download on your e-reader. From poetry and short stories to fiction and history, there’s something here for every reader’s taste. Fathomless by Jackson Pearce ($17.99, Little, Brown Books) Pearce returns with her latest young adult novel about a young woman with psychic abilities who comes to the aid of a girl who used to be a sea creature, but soon find themselves battling for the affections of a hunky town fisherman.

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Rich’s: A Southern Institution by Jeff Clemmons ($19.99, The History Press) A history of the beloved – and missed – Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta. Filled with photos and stories, the book traces the store’s creation, through its Downtown heyday, its mall spin-offs and finally its demise after being purchased by Federated Department Stores. The Ninth Step by Grant Jerkins ($15, Berkley) A recovering alcoholic who killed a woman in a hit-and-run accident finds herself falling in love with the victim’s widower in this tense new mystery by the author of A Very Simple Crime and At the End of the Road.











Kiss Shot: Stories by Collin Kelley (99¢, Amazon Kindle Select) The INtown editor and 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction finalist for his novel Remain In Light is back with an eBook exclusive collection of four stories about the mysterious, weird and wacky denizens of the fictional town of Cottonwood, GA.

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The Summer of 1935 by Alice Bliss ($15, Bozart Press) In the summer of 1935, the City of Atlanta faced bankruptcy, but Rich’s Department Store came to the rescue to help pay city employees, including the author’s mother, who was a school teacher. Bliss recounts this forgotten piece of history as a novel. Spooky Georgia by S.E. Schlosser ($12.95, Globe Pequot Press) Storyteller Schlosser has gathered 25 folklore tales from Georgia and spun them into spooky tales of ghosts, werewolves and other creepy things that go bump in the night. Illustrations by Paul G. Hoffman. Redemption Kills by L.W. Wedgwood ($15.95, iUniverse) A young man who used to be a mafia courier plots revenge against the mob bosses who killed his killed his family in this thriller set in Genova, Italy.

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Simple, Delicious Food

Richard Blais opens new restaurant, returns to TV By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Simplicity is one of my favorite words. It showcases the best of an idea, eliminating the fluff to best communicate a particular idea or vision. I struggle with simplicity all the time in my writing, my television producing. The funny thing is, keeping it simple is anything but. It takes experience, maturity and a fair bit of practice. Chef Richard Blais of Top Chef All-Star fame, has welcomed this word into his culinary vernacular. He stated the phrase, “simple, delicious food” so many times on set these past few months, (we recently finished production of Life After Top Chef, a new series for Bravo to premiere this fall), that the words became his mantra, then my mantra in describing his ever evolving approach to food. It’s a phrase that many fans and followers of Richard may not be expecting. As fans of Top Chef, we’re used to watching him in the throws of liquid nitrogen during a challenge or if local to Atlanta, enjoying one of his many inventive molecular concoctions offered at Flip Burger. But I see this change as a mark of a chef who has evolved with his craft. He is someone who is wholly committed to food- who has played with it, challenged it, savored it, manipulated it and has slowly come back around to the best one, celebrating it. His latest restaurant for Atlanta diners, The Spence, which opened in June at Technology Square in Midtown, offers Richard the perfect venue for putting his mantra to the test. In describing the restaurant to me, he rattled off thoughts like a focused contestant battling to win $20,000 pyramid. “It’s an eatery. An every night kind of place. A date place. Food that is seasoned and executed well. Casual American. Exciting and mildly educating.” He added, “It’s not the molecular altar of Richard Blais. It’s not a science lab.” And even though it is not that, (although he’ll always dabble) one must remember his definition of simple is coming from an experienced, meticulous chef, who is also ingeniously creative. Simple to him still entails an expert’s technique and all five of his senses fully engaged. It’s just that at this stage of the game, we’ll see substance over style. The menu at The Spence changes daily and Richard is always trying to create a moment for diners when they are taken aback by the flavor of an ingredient or a preparation that surprises and enhances their dining experience. Odds are, you can find your own memorable food moment at The Spence. The crisp pork belly with octopus and barbecue chickpeas is a perfect mix of sweet and sour with a charred bite to it. The mussels with Chinese sausage and ginger beer is another must have, as well as the Oysters and Pearls and General Tso’s sweetbreads. Each dish has been worked and reworked in Richard’s mind and in various kitchens until he was sufficiently satisfied. And still he tweaks, forming new ideas for what to improve on or prepare for the next night, and the night after. His mind never stops. Simplicity ain’t as easy as one might think. Creating and delivering on his mantra of

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simple, delicious food is a mark of a seasoned chef and a tribute to the confidence Richard has gained in the kitchen. At times, during our filming together, he wondered if he should be the nitrogen guy – the one people know and expect. It’s that natural insecurity many artists go through when moving out of their comfort zone. But if he kept up the “science” schtick, he’d be unhappy and always trying to be what he thinks others want him to be. I just want him to be himself. I want to see him continue to grow and challenge himself as a chef. For no matter where his mind may wander on a plate, the food is going to taste good. Really good. And to put it simply, that’s all that matters. I’d tell him this, but my hunch is he already knows.

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knowledgeable barista – terms that were as new to many Atlantan tongues as that first sip of expertly frothed, foam-art-topped latte. The craft approach to coffee brewing percolated through the city over the next several years, fueled by word of mouth (and laptop), by local coffee gurus like the Riffels, Melissa and Chris Owens, who taught many an Atlanta barista how to pull a proper espresso, and Dave LaMont, now Counter Culture’s regional representative, whom Chambers calls “one of most influential people in coffee in Atlanta.” The establishment of Counter Culture’s Atlanta Training Center at King Plow in 2006, then only the third of eight such centers run by the organization, seemed to affirm that the craft coffee industry – like craft beer, craft cocktails and the broader farm-to-table movement – had found fertile ground in Atlanta. And as the numbers of cuppings (or tastings), labs, competitions and coffee education programs, many free and open to the public, swelled with the rising tide of interest in craft coffee, so did the ranks of baristas and future shop owners eager to put their stamp on the Atlanta scene. Chambers was one of them. Along with co-owner Dale Donchey, he trained at Counter Culture, then worked at Method Coffee & Tea Lounge through its reincarnation as an Octane satellite before opening Steady Hand in the same Emory Village location in 2010. Today, his shop is often quoted in the same breath as Octane, Condessa, Park Grounds, Dancing Goats, Java Vino and the coffee programs at Empire State South and Cakes and Ale (an argument in itself for the increasing importance of craft coffee in Atlanta’s culinary repertoire), as a site of some of the city’s best brewing. The key ingredient, Chambers and Helfen agree, is care. “It starts at the top,” Chambers says. “If you have owners that care, that’s what breeds baristas that care.” “My biggest fear for coffee in Atlanta would be, not so much the consumers, but if the baristas and the coffee community started to get lazy and stopped caring

as much as they do. I want to see coffee continue to be pushed forward,” Helfen says. For his part, Chambers hopes his own story will not be a unique one. He’d like to see more local baristas boldly opening their own shops in under-caffeinated corners of Atlanta. “Get it out there,” he says. Coffee is made to be shared. Historically, coffee has always served as the liquid center of its respective community. One of coffee’s earliest applications, the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, Helfen explains, “involves the whole community getting together around coffee, and coffee being prepared and served, and this communal, interpersonal relationship happening over coffee. That’s coffee’s heritage, and I think that, more and more, we’re getting back to that now.” On that front, Atlantans have an advantage and an opportunity. We’re a big city that behaves like a small town – word travels quickly, folks gather easily and our coffee scene is still buzzing. As more people discover and seek out new ways to appreciate that next cup, more shops with more baristas will be there to brew it, pour it and foam it, just the way we like it. And, thankfully, pretension is still the exception, not the rule (though most baristas will admit, a dash of it does tend to come with the territory); Atlanta still possesses a sense of accessible, malleable, up-and-comingness you won’t find in New York or Seattle. For now, our city’s unique blend of coffee, culture and community is still brewing. Can we interest you in a taste?

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The month kicks of with Midtown Restaurant Week from Sept. 1-9 featuring more than 30 dining establishments. Participating restaurants will each showcase a prix-fixe, three-course dinner menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and decadent dessert for $25 or $35 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity, along with the option to showcase a $15 prix fixe lunch menu. This year’s participating restaurants include 4th and Swift, Abattoir, Baraonda, Briza, Cucina Asellina, Ecco, eleven at Loews Atlanta Hotel, Escorpion, Fig Jam, FLIP burger boutique, Gilberts, Goin’ Coastal, Gordon Biersch, HD1, HOBNOB, La Pietra Cucina, Livingston, Lobby at TWELVE, Melting Pot, Oceanaire, ONE Midtown Kitchen, Pasta da Pulcinella, Park 75, Proof & Provision, Publik Draft House, Rosa Mexicano, Serpas True Food, Shout, South City Kitchen, The Spence, Spice Market, STK, Steel Restaurant & Lounge, Strip, Swit Bakery, TAP, The Nook and Two Urban Licks. For additional information, menus and more, visit atlrestaurantweek.com.

INMAN PARK RESTAURANT WEEK The annual fall version of Inman Park Restaurant Week runs Sept. 24-30 featuring 15 of the community’s most popular eateries. Each restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu, which will cost $15, $25 or $35. Restaurants include: Fritti, Il Localino, Kevin Rathbun Steak, North Highland Pub, One Eared Stag, Parish Foods & Goods, Park’s Edge, Pure Taqueria, Rathbun’s, Sauced, Sotto Sotto, The Albert, Wrecking Bar, Barcelona Wine Bar and Wisteria. The event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In lieu of ACFB’s regular monthly Supper Club fundraiser with one restaurant serving as host, restaurants will sell raffle tickets for $1 each with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank. Tickets will be sold online at ACFB.org and at restaurants through Sept. 30. One winner will be drawn to receive a $50 gift card from each of the participating restaurants. For more, visit inmanparkrestaurantweek.com.

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Quick Bites The 4th annual Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival returns to Atlantic Station on Sept. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Sept. 15 from noon to 8 p.m. The competitive barbecue cook-off will feature food, live music and activities. More than 50 teams from across the country will gather to cook up their best “Q” and compete for cash prizes, trophies and the ultimate reward - bragging rights. Participating teams will be selling sample sized portions of their championship styled BBQ while supplies last for $1 per sample, but get there early as these samples sell out quick. Admission is $6 in advance and $10 day of show and kids ages 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult. atlbbqfest.com    High Liquors has officially launched in Atlanta offering vodka, rum, whiskey and tequila. Co-founder and former Atlantan Chris Lawson and his best friend and new Atlanta resident, Brad Wright developed the concept to fill the niche for a full premium liquor product line under one brand. Each spirit is crafted in small batches at a different, specialized distillery in locations ranging from Indiana to Trinidad. The spirits are available at STK, The Havana Club, Opera Nightclub, and in more than 40 beverage retailers  including Green’s Beverage Stores and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits. highliquors.com Justin Lim, who brought Yoforia to Atlanta five years ago, has opened Waffold in Morningside, 1409 N. Highland Ave. Waffold serves a variety of sweet and savory waffle sandwiches including Cajun fried chicken and the Waffold burger. waffold.com Fabrice “Fab” Vergez and partner Cindy Brown have opened F&B Atlanta at 3630 Peachtree Road, just north of Phipps Plaza. F&B serves contemporary French and Mediterraneaninspired dishes. fandbatl.com The Taqueria del Sol Chile Festival is Sept. 9, celebrating the arrival of the annual shipment of chiles from New Mexico. Held at the Howell Mill location, 1200 Howell Mill Road, the restaurant will host a block-party from 5 to 9 p.m. with executive chef Eddie Hernandez and chef David Waller of Sol Catering crafting an assortment of specialty dishes incorporating the spicy green peppers, while musician John Henry returns to provide live entertainment. Tickets are $18.25 per person and proceeds benefit the Ossabaw Island Foundation. taqueriadelsol.com

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The Great Atlanta Beer Fest will be held at Turner Field on Sept. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. The event will feature hundreds of beers from across the country, food and music. Tickets are on sale at greatatlantabeerfest.com and range from $30 to $40. Tickets at the gate will be $48. Less than a year after opening its doors in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood, Cardamom Hill has been selected as one of Bon Appétit Magazine’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America for 2012. cardamomhill.net Justin Anthony, creator of 10 Degrees South, will open his “safari-chic” YEBO Restaurant & Bar at Phipps Plaza this month. The menu will include everything from traditional South African cuisine to fun twists on pub fare paired with custom cocktails. Bone Lick BBQ is now open at Apex West Midtown, 1133 Huff Road. A spin off from the Old Fourth Ward’s P’cheen weekly barbecue night, the new restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and delivery. Bonelickbarbecue.com. Texas-based Mi Cocina is set to open its first Atlanta restaurant in Midtown at the northwest corner of Peachtree and 11th streets in the 12th & Midtown development this October, serving traditional Tex-Mex cuisine. Taqueria El Vecino and its sister bakery Carolyn’s Cupcakes & More are knocking out the wall in between the current spaces at 2745 Lavista Road and expanding the kitchens and dining area. They are scheduled to re-open on Sept. 10. The newly remodeled space will offer an expanded Taqueria menu and include offerings of in-house smoked meats, poultry and salmon. Carolyn’s will be making and displaying all of its signature cupcakes and pastries at the front entrance of the Taqueria. carolynscupcakes.com The 2012 Battle of the Burgers returns Saturday, Sept. 8, noon to 5 p.m. at John Howell Park in Virginia Highland. Local resturants and chefs will be cooking up their best burgers for you to taste, along with a 5K, live music and more. The event benefits Embraced, a charity that provides equipment for the disabled. Tickets are available at battleoftheburgers.com

The 17th annual Garden of Eatin’: A Taste of Decatur is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Decatur Family YMCA. More than 20 local restaurants will take part along with activities, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM), whose programs strive to alleviate and prevent homelessness of families with children in DeKalb County and Metro Atlanta. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. decaturcooperativeministry.org.

The 7th annual Field of Greens Festival returns to Whippoorwill Hollow Organic Farm on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted in part by Rosebud and The Family Dog chef Ron Eyester, the event features chef-prepared food grown locally and served in a fun, family-friendly environment. This year’s event includes the festival market, where approximately 60 food artisans, green living organizations, live craft exhibitors and farmers sell their products. The Kid’s Village combines interactive farm and healthy food activities with the classic bouncy inflatable ride. Local bands will play on the farm stage throughout the day. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Admission includes unlimited tastings from the Chef ’s Tent. Admittance is free for children 12 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at fieldofgreensfestival.com.



Ponce City market amazes A status and visual report on historic project

By Collin Kelley, Editor Amazing. I think I uttered that word 20 or 30 times last month on a tour of the mammoth Ponce City Market project. I’d only been inside the historic building, which housed retail giant Sears, Roebuck & Co. from 1926 to 1987 and City Hall East from 1990 to 2010, and those brief visits gave no indication of the vastness of its 2 million square feet. You’ll see what I mean beginning this month. Monthly public tours of the site were slated to begin in September, but you’ll want to visit PonceCityMarket.com and sign up because previous, occasional tours have filled up within hours. Bring some comfortable walking shoes, too, because this is a lot of ground and history to cover. While the completion date is still two years away, there is already a business open on the site. Dancing Goats Coffee opened last month in the former fueling station at the corner of Glenn Iris and North Avenue. It sits adjacent to the shiny new offices for PCM, which is where I met James Irwin, vice president of Jamestown Construction and Development. Although he’s explored every nook and cranny of the 16-acre property and given countless tours, his excitement about the project remains palpable. And infectious. We climb aboard The Beast, a golf cart with big knobby tires that looks off-road ready, and Irwin zooms us through the front door of PCM and into the cavernous first floor. The soaring ceiling held up by massive mushroom-capped columns will become a giant market space with retail, restaurant and leisure spaces. Think the Chelsea Market (which Jamestown also developed) in New York, Pike Place Market in Seattle or Pier 39 in San Francisco. “Imagine food stalls with a baker, next to a deli, next to a flower shop,” Irwin says. Above us, an old railroad trestle that used to bring boxcars into the building for easy loading when it was Sears’ regional catalog warehouse will be excavated and become part of a mezzanine garden. This level will also offer direct bike and walking access from the Atlanta BeltLine, which runs directly along the east side of PCM. There are plans to put a locomotive engine, boxcar and tanker car on the trestle. Irwin envisions the boxcar as an outdoor bar and the tanker as a giant rain-harvesting vessel

Imagining the Market with a Model

The impressive model of Ponce City Market can be seen in the lobby of the new leasing and information office adjacent to the new Dancing Goats Coffee House at the corner of North Avenue and Glenn Iris. The model gives an idea of all the possibilities of PCM, includng a 4.5 arcre rooftop with putt-putt golf course, basketball courts and swimming pool. The train engine in the center of the model is an homage to the building’s days as a Sear’s catalog warehouse and wil sit on a mezzanine garden that connects the Atlant BeltLine, under construction in the photo below, to the interior of the market.

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Left, Jamestown Vice President of Development & Construction, James W. Irwin standing on the roof in front of the iconic tower. Above, a multitude of architectural elements signify a by-gone era of the Sears building and are part of the renewal. that will water the garden. Irwin drives The Beast into a freight elevator, hops off and expertly handles the controls. In just a moment, we are on the top floor, which leads out onto 4.5 acres of open rooftop with commanding views of Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. To pay tribute to the PCM site, which before Sears was once the Ponce de Leon Amusement Park, this will be the “fun level” with food carts serving up hot dogs and popcorn. The impressive model of PCM shows the roof will feature a putt-putt golf course, covered swimming pool, basketball court and a lap track. Or you can just sit on the patio area and watch the sunset. Irwin said these features are all being considered for the future. Back inside, crews of workers are busily replacing windows and making other repairs. The main structure that faces Ponce is 86 years old, while the two wings that stretch back toward North Avenue were built in

PCM is a hivey of acticity as workers replace new windows and prepare the site for its future as a live, work, play destination.

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the ‘40s and ‘60s. Irwin says the entire structure is like a “tank” and in remarkably good condition. In the “east wing,” you get a sense of how the condos and apartments will be laid out. You’ll be able to drive directly into the wing via a series of ramps. Several floors will be designated for indoor parking between the giant support columns. On another floor, office space will be available. On the maple wood floors, you can still see the shadows of old shelving units that were lined with Sears merchandise ready to be shipped to catalog customers. From here we zoom down a corridor and arrive at the entrance that leads out onto the BeltLine. PCM will have its own station once streetcars are eventually added to the BeltLine. The convenience of PCM will be unparalleled. The old “live/work/play” moniker is


From the PCM rooftop, the Atlanta BeltLine is clearly visible at right as well as a view of the bustle of Midtown Place and the distant view of the Buckhead skyscrapers.


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in Buckhead starting at 8:15 a.m. The workshop will focus on multi-story buildings and will each cover International Building Code (IBC) provisions for designing a podium structure, case studies for podium designs and use in mixed-use mid-rise structures, and guidelines for navigating non-structural provisions in multi-story wood-frame buildings. For more information and to register, visit woodworks.org. General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, was recently recognized by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) as a multiple winner of 2012 Brick in Architecture awards. The company took gold for the work it did on the single family Daulton House in Decatur. gobrick.com.

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survival of the fittest in the garden

Here are some of my favorite plants that have survived and done quite well in my garden.

Walt Harrison

I live about 30 miles outside of Atlanta. It’s not a suburban area – it’s the country. My neighbors live several stone throws away and the state owns most of the land around me as part of Panola Mountain State Conservation Park. There is a small cemetery on the park property and it’s very old or you could say it’s been there a very long time. Some of the tombstones are no more than slabs of rough stone planted in the ground with no names or dates. Many, many years ago a large number of English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’) were planted in the cemetery. I first saw these boxwood almost 30 years ago and I know for a fact that these plants have never been watered, fertilized or pruned since that time, at least. Yet they are perfectly healthy and as beautiful as any English box I have ever seen. This brings me to my point: I believe people spend too much time, effort and too many resources (water, fertilizer, insecticide, i.e., money) on their plants when often the best thing to do is leave the plants alone. After all, plants evolved over millions of years without our help. To be successful in the garden, one must learn something about a plant’s basic needs – mostly sun or mostly shade; rich soil or poor soil; lots of water or just occasional water – and then treat accordingly. All new plantings need more water at first but keep a close eye out to determine if you are overwatering. If the soil around the plant is moist, it probably doesn’t need watering. It’s the opinion of many people in my profession that far more plants are killed by overwatering than under watering. As for fertilizers, I’m big on organic simply because they provide a steady source of nutrients over time. This makes for good roots, strong stems and healthy foliage. There is no need to constantly fertilize most plants. Spraying and applying insecticides and

fungicides can be tricky. I generally don’t like to spray unless the plant or plants are truly threatened or if the disease or insect in question causes the appearance of the plant to be truly objectionable. For instance, Leafminer on American boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens) will cause serious leaf drop and eventually ruin the plant. A late winter spraying and ground soak with a systemic insecticide called Merit will take care of this problem. Remember, well-planted healthy plants are a lot less susceptible to disease and insect damage. I have to admit, although I love a wellplanned, beautiful garden and landscape where combinations of texture, color and bloom sequence produce a great visual experience and I admire the gardeners who take the time and make the commitment to create these gardens, my garden is more about survival of the fittest. I bring home a plant I like or that I’m interested in, try to find an appropriate place for it and then see what happens. Believe me, these plants don’t get a lot of special care and attention. I consider myself a casual gardener. I like plants that thrive and don’t take a lot of work. There are a lot more plants like this out there and I’ll be glad to help you find them. Fall is coming and with it cool weather, football and absolutely the best time to plant so visit your local independent garden center this fall and see what great stuff is out there. You’ll find people willing and able to answer questions about gardening and landscaping and to help you find the things you need to be successful in the garden. We look forward to seeing you. Walt Harrison is the owner of Habersham Gardens, 2067 Manchester St., in Morningside. For more, visit habershamgardens.com

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My toad lily (Tricyrtis) is planted next to a large turquoise pot and the arching branches with light green new foliage and dark green older foliage work nicely with this color. Toad lily flowers but the plant is really about shades of green and texture. It’s planted in moist rich soil in filtered light and has thrived here for years. As wide as it is tall (4’x4’), the only care it gets is occasional watering and it gets cut back to the ground after a good frost. The Bee Balm (Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’) is in full sun and rich soil (I’ve seen Monarda didyma growing in full sun in poor soil along power cuts and doing very fine). This variety has big bright red flowers in late June and July. I always think that if seeing Monarda in full bloom doesn’t make you smile, you must have some real problem. Our banana trees (Musa basjoo) are one of our old favorites. Habersham had a Vietnamese pig at the Garden Center (does anyone remember the late Hamlet of Habersham?) and banana leaves were his favorite food. Although Hamlet is gone, we still have the trees. They get knocked back to the ground every winter when the temperature falls into the 20’s but with a good layer of mulch for the winter, they come back every year. At my house, they grow 12 or more feet tall and are absolutely gorgeous. Mexican petunia (Ruellia) is a new addition to the garden. Bright purple flowers start when it gets hot (July) and last through fall. Ruellia will grow over 4 feet tall and form big clumps so give it some room. Other plants that I’ve successfully neglected are boxwood Buxus ‘Green Mountain’ and Buxus ‘Green Velvet’. These varieties are year-round evergreens that I trim about once a year. They are extremely drought tolerant even in pots and have proven to be very disease resistant as well. Really great, carefree plants. The Brown Turkey Fig not only has great foliage but I eat fresh figs every year so I prune this plant once in a while so I can more easily reach the fruit before the birds do.


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Melody’s Cabbagetown Home By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com

I met Melody Trivisone after walking by her house in Cabbagetown in Atlanta one day. I was shooting my blog entry on Shotgun homes and stumbled upon her cute house. I peeked inside... no one was home but I left my Sweet Peach business card. Lucky for me, she invited me in a week later and I discovered a gorgeously decorated space as well as a new friend. Melody moved to Cabbagetown with her husband Joe in 2010. It’s a mill house full of character that was originally built in 1890. Joe and Melody added on 800 square feet which includes this stunning kitchen and open dining area. The pendant lamp over the dining table comes via South of Market. Melody has a wonderful selection of cookbooks, most of which are not found at your typical bookstore. Along the far wall, you’ll find a well curated collection of culinary history, fiction and reference books from around the world. It’s the kind of kitchen where you’ll want to sit, grab a book and a cup of tea, and stay awhile. Melody likes new things but also has an affinity for anything old, tattered and worn, which you can find intersperced throughout her home. Melody is a prop stylist and artist and blessed with a keen eye for interior design. She loves repetition and placing items in 3’s, 5’s, 7’s and 9’s. As she shared, “Uneven numbers work best in spatial design.” I especially love her kitchen backsplash which are a collection of old ceiling tiles she found at Highland Row Antiques. I love the idea of propping vintage windows against her dining room’s more modern windows, then using them as a place to collect inspirational notes and photos. The classic, masculine wooden desk in the adjoining room is just drool worthy. I fell in love with this cloud painting and as I was photographing it, I asked Melody who the artist was. She replied, “Me.” In fact, her work, which is oil on canvas, can be found throughout her home and the amazing thing is she didn’t discover she could paint until she turned 50. Melody is daily inspired by nature as well as the human form. I particularly liked her oil on canvas’ in the front hall. Both pieces became something very different then what she had first envisioned. As she was preparing each canvas to paint a still life,

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Before & After BEFORE

The owners of this Cape Cod in Buckhead did a major renovation, sprucing up the living room, bathrooms and bedrooms. According to Renewal Design Build, one of the biggest aspects of the project was converting a dingy, old screen porch to make a larger kitchen. You can see the architectural remnants of the porch incorporated into the kitchen ceiling.


These wine lovers wanted duel wine fridges to store their collection as well as easy access, so they became part of the center island. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet and storage as well as a polished wood floor are highlights of this renovation. Notice the oversized pendant lights hanging from the old porch beams incorporated into the new space. For more about Renewal and to see more photos from this renovation project, visit renewaldesignbuild.com.



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OAKHURST Hardwoods, lrg master opens to front porch, 2 walk-in closets, spacious master bath, newer kitchen, 2 car garage. $325,000 3Bed/2.5Bath FMLS: 5034248 Melissa Stratton 404-713-5850

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MORNINGSIDE Beautifully renovated w/chef’s kitchen, custom tile in baths, fireside family rm, hardwoods, gorgeous terraced garden. 3Bed/2Bath $450,000 FMLS: 5053130 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

SANDY SPRINGS Three level brick home w/chef’s kitchen, master with barrel vaulted ceils, luxurious bath with heated tile floor. 4Bed/3.5Bath $587,000 FMLS: 5048970 Beth Smith 678-595-4448

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS Features open living room, parlor & den for great flow. Wrap around porch and awesome backyard oasis. 3Bed/2Bath $499,900 FMLS: 5052424 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

BUCKHEAD Newer construction featuring hdwoods, gorgeous cook’s kitchen, 4 floors of finished space, 4 decks overlooking Frankie Allen Park. 7Bed/6.5Bath $829,900 FMLS: 5025639 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

DECATUR Work now with Stoney River Homes to choose finishes. Features built-ins, hardwoods, coffered ceils, mudroom, great floor plan. 4Bed/3.5Bath $649,900 FMLS: 5043240 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

EAST LAKE ParcLife Homes renovation – large rooms, 2 fireplaces, master on main, luxurious kitchen, screened porch, tons of storage. 4Bed/3Bath $429,900 FMLS: 5049957 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

BUCKHEAD Beautiful home in the heart of Buckhead. Refinished hardwoods, fresh paint, walk-in closet, 2 car garage. 3Bed/2.5Bath $845,000 FMLS: 5031453 Julie Duffy 678-570-4290

MORNINGSIDE Features lrg formal dining rm w/ 10’ coffered ceils, hardwoods, full finished basement, 2 covered porches. 4Bed/4Bath $599,900 FMLS: 5029177 Erin Fye 404-771-9822

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MORNINGSIDE Charming home on .67 acre corner lot with updated kitchen w/wet bar, updated windows, full finished basement. 4Bed/3Bath $399,900 FMLS: 5028832 Ed Woods 404-759-9680

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