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Tee Time at East Lake ..............................4 Letter from the Editor ...............................5 Bucks on the Street ..................................6 Street Fashion ..........................................8 Keep It INtown - Decatur ........................10 A Look Back ...........................................11 College Application Checklist ................12 Pets.........................................................14 Living by Giving ......................................15 Intown Runaround ..................................16 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................18 September 5K Races .............................18

Fall Preview ............................................21 Art on the BeltLine ..................................23 Intown Datebook ....................................24 September Festival Guide......................25 Atlanta PlanIT ................................... 26-27 Art Lives Here .........................................28 The Thinking Artist ..................................31

NEWS YOU CAN EAT Wine Clubs .............................................32 Atlanta Barbecue Festival ......................32 Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand.............33 Warren Bruno .........................................34 Quick Bites ....................................... 34-35

IN BUSINESS Community Banking ...............................36 Making Sense of Social..........................36 Business & Retail Briefs .........................37 Stove Works ...........................................38

GO GREEN SHINE Program ......................................39 Laura Turner Seydel................................40 Eco-Briefs ...............................................41

REAL ESTATE Location, Location, Location ............ 43-46 Real Estate Briefs ...................................45 Perspectives in Architecture ...................46 Student Architecture Fair........................47

IN YOUR HOME Gardening ..............................................48 Peach Picks ..................................... 49-50 Urban Coop Tour ....................................51 Before & After .........................................52 Flooring Picks.........................................53 Renovation Coach..................................54 pick

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ON THE COVER The list of supporters is more expansive than we can squeeze into one photo. Those shown on the cover are: Arthur B. Silver, DDS Orthodontist Atlanta Bicycle Coalition Atlanta City Council Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces Atlanta Medical Center Barking Hound Village Bound to Be Read Books Briarcliff Animal Clinic Buckhead Business Association Catalyst Fitness Central Atlanta Progress Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Ciao Bocca Ristorante Colony Square Dental Associates Decatur Cooperative Gallery Doc Chey’s Domestic Comfort Empire Heating & Air Conditioning enyiaanise Beauty Bar Environs Residential Design-Build Foxgloves & Ivy Floral Design FrontPorch Georgia Blinds & Interiors Good Measure Meals Green Dragon Gardens Habersham Gardens Hawthorn, Inc. Design & Construction Highland Pet Supply Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy Historic Oakland Cemetery Home ReBuilders Huff Furniture Inman Park Physicians - Atlanta Medical Intaglia Home Collection Janke Glass Studios LaRaine’s Bridal Las Margaritas Latin Restaurant Lotta Frutta Mediterranean Grill Oriental Designer Rugs Osteria 832 Paolo’s Gelato Italiano Piedmont Bark Pinnacle Custom Builders Project Open Hand Radial Cafe Renewal Design-Build Sevananda Co-op Sycamore Place Gallery Synovus Mortgage/Bank of North Georgia Ten Thousand Villages The Icebox The Pet Garage The Saint Charles Inn Toscano & Sons Italian Market Traders Urban Body Fitness Urban Body Studios Wisteria

This September issue kicks-off the new KEEP IT INtown campaign to support local business. How does this apply to you? Perhaps you are an owner or an employee of a local business. You could enjoy local arts, services and products. You might appreciate the environmental benefits and the economy it provides. You might recognize that there is a unique flavor, talent and story behind each business, which adds to the quality of life in your neighborhood. If any part of that sounds like you, we hope to hear from you. Atlanta INtown isn’t big or corporate and we don’t have a big budget. What we do have are thousands of readers in print and online and a huge affinity for local business – a perfect setting to promote KEEP IT INtown. As we go into the fall and holiday season, we especially hope to encourage neighbors to choose local and shop local when they can. A camera lens isn’t large enough to capture the entire local business scene, but the uber-talented Scott Lowden stepped in to help us capture a part of it. Scott was eager to work with us on this cover shoot because, like us, he believes in local. The photo encompasses a multi-faceted group and is intended to represent the diverse mix of talents and parts of Intown. You’ll see more testimonials in support as you flip through this issue and future issues. You can also hear from more people in our video online. We’d like to hear from you, too. The cover photo is set in the Historic Fourth Ward Park, which is one of the first completed urban parks of the Atlanta BeltLine. Front and center in the blue shirt is Kwanza Hall who is Atlanta City Councilman for district 2 in which the park is located. Just over Kwanza’s right shoulder, is the Acting Executive Director of the Park, Alisa Chambers. The local branded apparel and promotional product company, The Icebox, jumped on board to help the campaign with KEEP IT INtown decals you may have already started seeing in the windows of local storefronts. Please let me know if you’d like one or would like to help sponsor the next order of decals (we’re almost out!). As a small business owner myself, I find what we do soul fulfilling. It’s motivating to hear feedback and offers to help with KEEP IT INtown. Please be in touch if you have an idea or contribution. This is an inclusive collaborative effort and the campaign can use your help. And, thank you for supporting our advertisers. They make all of INtown’s efforts possible. Enjoy local!

Wendy G. Binns, Owner & Publisher

Why KEEP IT INtown?

Please send your reason to wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com. A few reasons from www.localfirst.com: • Environmental Impact is Reduced: Local businesses make more local purchases and require less transportation. ... This reduces urban sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. • Local Business Owners Invest in Community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the city’s future. • Customer Service is Better: Local businesses often hire people with more specific product or service expertise

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

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Social media, military appreciation coming to PGA TOUR at East Lake, Sept. 22-25 By Collin Kelley Editor When the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola returns to East Lake Golf Club from Sept. 22 to 25, social media will be a driving force for fans and the community. The Seagram’s Social Lounge will be located in the Short Range Area at East Lake and fans can gain access by becoming a follower of the TOUR Championship on Twitter (@ playofffinale), Facebook (facebook.com/ TheTOURChampionship) and Tumblr (tourchampionship.tumblr.com). Social media will be used throughout the tournament to announce ways for the fans to interact, win prizes and more. TOUR executive director Todd Rhinehart said fans would Tournament will be permitted to bring their cell phones into the tournament this year, albeit with some

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provides baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment. • Military Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, with a special military appreciation ceremony hosted on the first tee one hour prior to the first tee time. Throughout tournament week, all active duty, Reserve and retired military personnel and their dependents can get into the tournament free of charge with a valid military ID. Military personnel and their families will also have access to the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by Kipper Tool, which offers complimentary food, beverages and activities as well as great views of the 16th green. For more information and to obtain military tickets, visit BirdiesfortheBrave.com. • Youth 18 and younger will be admitted

free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult courtesy of Southern Company. There is a limit of four children per adult. Tickets for adults are only $40. For more about the upcoming TOUR, visit pgatour.com/tourchampionship.

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Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley Editor Along with our new KEEP IT INtown campaign, which publisher Wendy Binns outlines on Page 3, you’ll discover new things both in our pages and online this month. We’ve partnered with Pamela Berger and her Sweet Peach blog to feature articles and photos about design, kids, food, pets, shopping and more every month. You’ll find articles and shorts from Sweet Peach featured throughout INtown this month. Pamela updates the blog at sweetpeachblog.com regularly so check in often to see her finds and discoveries. Online, INtown is joining the Tumblr revolution. In May, Tumblr announced that 20 million people were using the microblogging site, surpassing Wordpress and Blogger. Tumblr’s main purpose is sharing photos, videos, music, links and short pieces of text or quotes. It’s sort of a hybrid between Twitter and Facebook, but it’s more visually entertaining and super easy to set up and maintain. Tumblr is tag driven, so while you can follow Tumblr blogs you like, it’s not absolutely necessary to enjoy the experience. But trust me when I say that there are blogs you will want to follow because they are just so cool. If you’re posting good photos and such on your Tumblr, people will find you, follow, like and re-blog what you post. For Atlanta INtown’s Tumblr, which you can find at atlantaintown.tumblr.com, it’s all about photos. We’re looking for gorgeous photos to showcase every day. If you’ve got a beautiful photo to share of a person, event or place from INtown, send it to me in high-res format. My email is collin@atlantaintownpaper.com. Elsewhere online, our Facebook page is now quite active (facebook.com/atlantaintown) and, at this writing, we were nearing 13,000 followers on Twitter (@ATLINtownPaper). We are in the process of redesigning our website, too. Our goal is to make it easily navigable and to showcase more of the things you want to read and discover, including a new video series we’ll soon start with the help of Sydia Bell, who worked with us on the SCAD INtown Takeover in July. Along with our new motto to “Choose Local, Shop Local” we encourage you to “Think Local” and seek out Atlanta INtown to find out what’s happening in your community. - collin@atlantaintownpaper.com


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BUCKs oN Peachtree Battle The sTReeT Shopping Center Community project benefits Livable Buckhead

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Sandy Springs has decorated turtles on display, while visitors to Dothan, AL can’t miss the fanciful peanuts that dot the town. Soon, Buckhead will have it’s own artful identifier – the adorable “Buck,” who sports a cheerful stance and handsome antlers. Local artists will eventually give Buck a unique look of their own to be displayed in the Bucks on the Streets public art exhibit. And, this month the community can celebrate with Buck at the Buck Naked Party on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Phipps Plaza Court of the South. This event will launch the project and tickets are $10. Elizabeth Gill The Bucks on the Street project will and Donna Kain raise money for Livable Buckhead to standing with develop green space with a network of Buck. trails and parks. Project GreenSpace identified Atlanta City Council District 7, For information about The Buck greater Buckhead, as having fewer parks Naked Party and Bucks on the Street, visit per capita than any other district in the BucksontheStreet.org. entire city. Spearheading Bucks on the Street are For information about Livable Donna Kain and Elizabeth Gill, both past Buckhead, visit livablebuckhead.com. Buckhead Business Association presidents. “The reaction has been very favorable in the community,” says Gill. “I think, like us, people in Buckhead want to have fun again and see this an opportunity to rebuild a vibrant Buckhead community. The Buckhead Business Foundation selected Livable Buckhead because we Sponsors will choose an artist and thought it was in line with our vision to location of their designed 8-foot tall give back specifically to Buckhead.” Buckhead CID executive director Jim statue. The final statues will be unveiled Durrett attended the Buckhead Business at an auction party in 2012 and the Association quarterly lunch in July and whole project will be displayed on the raised a big applause for this effort. “The streets in spring 2012. funds will help us get us this biking and pedestrian greenway built. And, it’s an The levels range in $4,000-$20,000. opportunity for a lot of people to have ownership of it – to have a share in this new investment,” he says. “Not only is it a For information on becoming a sponsor, quirky, interesting and fun project, but all contact donnalkain@charter.net or 1 parent paints full price, the proceeds are going to benefit all of us. Elizabeth.gill@expresspros.com. It’s a slam dunk opportunity.”

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Best place to go with your dog: Park Grounds in Reynoldstown (coffee, food, ice cream, and a dog run!) Best stuff to buy: my mom’s ReFuse bags that she makes from stuff saved from the landfills (Anthropocene.etsy.com and local art stores and festivals) Best food: Parish on Highland - submitted by Viva Vadim, 8 years old

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KEEP IT INtown {Decatur} is a little loud but the food is superb. Try the Hairloom Tomato Salad and the Spaghetti with Georgia White Shrimp. I’ll be back to try the pizza and see what the latest special is. no246.com

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We asked Linda Harris, pictured with her grandson, the city’s assistant director for community and economic development, to share the best of her hometown with our readers.

{Why I Love Decatur} Decatur is home to me. I grew up here walking to school, the library and downtown for a movie at the Decatur Theatre or a banana split at Lane’s Drugstore. Today it has the same feel even though the shops are different and there are more food options. The streets are filled with folks walking everywhere. The square is packed with festivals and events all year long. Someone told me we are becoming known for our quality and variety of beer and pubs – a town for real beer connoisseurs. I say we are known for our quality and variety of people – a true community where people are involved and belong. I hear people say frequently “this feels like the town where I grew up” and they name cities in all areas of the country. To me, the Decatur of today is progressive, creative and lots of fun. I’m proud to call it my hometown.

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Visit the square in downtown Decatur and cool off in the misting fountain that is part of the “Celebration” statue on the MARTA Plaza. Read about our first African American Mayor and community activist Elizabeth Wilson on the plaque dedicating the statue to her. Take a stroll through the Old Decatur Cemetery – Free Second Sundays Strolls are held May through September beginning at the 1881 wellhouse at 2:30 p.m. with Cathy Vogel. Or just enjoy the 58 acres with headstones dating back to 1825. decaturpreservationalliance.org Spend some time at the Oakhurst Community Garden amidst the community plots, chickens, bees, garden pond, Cobb Adobe playhouse made from the earth, and peace pole. The Garden is part of the Gardens for Peace network along with Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary. oakhurstgarden.org

Little Shop of Stories is a must-visit bookstore for children (& adults). In addition to books, they host No. 246 special events, authors, and much more. I took my grandson to the release of the newest Pete the Cat book – Rockin’ in My School Shoes with James Dean and Mr. Eric. We rocked the house! littleshopofstories.com Right next door is Vivid Boutique (vividdecatur.com) with handcrafted artisan jewelry created on-site, affordable gifts, candles, vegan leather handbags, vintage-style tea towels and aprons – eclectic and very affordable! Scoot right across the street to Wild Oats and Billy Goats (wildoatsandbillygoats.com), a whimsical, colorful folk art gallery filled with paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and more – all from outsider artists. Don’t leave Decatur without visiting Heliotrope – my alltime favorite shop to find everything I didn’t know I needed and more. Everytime I walk in there, I find something I can’t live without and my friends love their birthday gifts – especially those by Decatur artist Erin Smith (erinsmithart. com). heliotropehome.com

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The AJC Decatur Book Festival is my favorite event in Decatur – and there is a whole year-round calendar of special events. The Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country and it is right here in downtown Decatur on Labor Day weekend. Books, music, authors, funnel cakes and lots of fun. decaturbookfestival.com Eddie & Agnes concert series featuring The Civil Wars on Oct. 9 and 10 and The Blind Boys of Alabama on Oct. 22. Legendary acoustic music venue Eddie’s Attic teamed up with my alma mater Agnes Scott College to host an ongoing concert series. Tickets are available at ticketalternative.com

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Pastries A Go Go is my favorite go-to spot for Sunday brunch – homemade sticky buns, biscuits and sausage gravy, and cheese grits along with the traditional Southern fare. Lunch is great there also – try the chicken salad or the BLT. pastriesagogo.com. Plus owner Bob Light made my daughter’s awesome wedding cake! A week is not complete without at least one lunch at Taqueria del Sol. Follow the line, order your food, sit down and enjoy delicious “from scratch” Southern, Mexican and Southwestern tacos, enchiladas, yummy guacamole and shrimp corn chowder – all at a great price. No. 246 just opened in downtown Decatur and so far I have been twice in two weeks. Owned by Ford Fry with Chef Drew Belline this Italian inspired, locally driven restaurant

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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell September 1961: Fortune magazine writer Seymour Freedgood described Atlanta in a hustling, bustling, booming sort of way in his 5,000-word article “A Look at Buckhead.” He called Atlanta’s 44 top business chieftains and power brokers “the big mules.” He noted Atlanta as being the African-American capital and as having the finest new airport in the country, which opened five months earlier on May 3, 1961.

Sept. 3, 2002: Atlanta City Council votes unanimously to ask restaurants to stop pouring water unless the customer asks for it to help conserve water. Sept. 3, 1911: The Tabernacle at 152 Luckie Street officially opened 100 years ago as a Southern Baptist Church. Currently, Live Nation operates the site as an entertainment and private event venue. A century ago, Atlantans called the building

Service as a historical property. The exterior of the 93-year-old structure, designed by Neel Reid, looks pretty much today as it did in 1918 when it opened in Brookwood on St. Patrick’s Day. In April, 2011, the city of Atlanta submitted an application for a grant seeking $22.5 million to relocate the station approximately one mile south to Northside Drive and 17th Street, near Atlantic Station.

New Broughton Baptist Tabernacle after its founder, pastor, physician-revivalist Rev. Leonard “Len” Gaston Broughton. For more than eight decades, the words of great preachers and the music of gospel choirs reverberated from the walls, designed by architect Reuben Harrison Hunt. Sept. 5, 1955: Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner opened the first Waffle House opened in Avondale Estates. Waffle House currently operates 1,600 restaurants in 25 states and the company’s headquarters is in Norcross.

Sept. 27, 1942: President of the Atlanta Civic and Political League John Wesley Dobbs spoke at the packed Wheat Street Baptist Church. His topic was “Sweet Auburn Avenue.” The Masonic leader said he remembered when a creek cut through the avenue near Bell Street. He mentioned such personalities as Ben Davis, Alonzo Herndon, and Heman Perry who had their start on the famous avenue. John Wesley Dobbs was the grandfather of the late Mayor Maynard Jackson. Dobbs image “Through His Eyes” by Sculptor Ralph Helmick stands today at John Wesley Dobbs Plaza on Auburn Avenue. Have information about Atlanta history to share with Ann Boutwell? Email her at annboutwell@bellsouth.net

Sept. 11, 1964: Atlanta Crackers played its final game in Ponce de Leon Ballpark, which is now the Midtown Place shopping center. Sept. 12, 1920: The War Mothers of Fulton County unveiled a simple marble memorial with the names of 130 fallen heroes of Fulton County who died in France during World War I. Architect William J. Sayward designed the monument that stands today on the triangular plot of greenspace located at the northern intersection of Peachtree and West Peachtree streets. Sept. 14, 1976: Atlanta’s Peachtree Southern Railway Station, now known as Brookwood Station, was listed by the National Park

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College Application Check List By Sydia Bell School is back in session and for returning high school students, the college application process is now a priority. Before you start filling out applications, create a reasonable list of colleges you’d like to attend. Beginning sophomore year, students should start compiling a list of schools they are interested in. College applications do not just occupy your time and energy, there are also costs affiliated with the process. With that in mind, make sure to pay attention to the college’s location, size, cost, majors, on campus clubs, organizations and facilities. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Compiling a list of options:

Pick one or two colleges that you feel confident about. Commonly referred to as “safety schools” – because you have a 90 to 100 percent chance of getting in – these are the more affordable schools that you like and will meet your educational needs. Two to four colleges that you will probably get into (75 percent chance) and are close to what you desire out of a school and its curriculum. Then there are the “reach” schools. There should always be at least one or two of these schools on your list that present an

admissions challenge. Whether it is the SAT (ACT) test scores, lacking extracurricular activities or grades that provide you with hesitation when applying. These schools are still well worth the try.

Finding the right school for you:

Above all you need to find the right school for you. There might be an institution that you have dreamed of attending, but if you are an inspiring culinary chef, Georgia Tech might not be the right “fit” and it is important to recognize that. College is a big decision and can propel students in the right or wrong direction. College tours, campus visits and overnights are highly recommended if interested in experiencing the campus feel.

Navigating the application process:

Once a college list has been compiled, applications need to be completed. Most applications ask for the following: √ Application form with fee: Most colleges have applications that can be completed and submitted online. Not only does this method save trees, but once you submit an initial application form a personal file is created. This allows students to continuously submit materials instead


of having to send in everything all at once. Note: Application fees can range anywhere from $35 to $50 dollars. √ High school transcript: Once senior year is completed, schools will send out final transcript for grades received until graduation. That means even though students will be accepted into school, senior grades need to be kept up. The year isn’t over until it’s over. √ Admission test scores: Many colleges require SAT or ACT test scores, but not all. When scheduling SAT or ACT tests make sure to choose colleges that you would like to receive scores and which scores to send since you can take the standardize test numerous times. √ Essay: The essay portion of the application is the applicant’s time to speak for themselves and highlight their individuality. Jeremy Sale, Assistant Director of Admissions at Oglethorpe University, says, “The essay is a critical factor when deciding acceptance. They should highlight a personal experience, unique, concise and not overly verbose. He also reminds future applicants that, “it is important to have work proofread but not by too many people. The most important feature about the essay is that it stays your own.” √ Letters of recommendation: Most

schools ask for at least one or two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or other adult which can speak to your character. The letter of recommendation gives the school a better understanding of who the applicant is. When asking for recommendations make sure the individual can highlight your academic strengths along with your personality. Note: Recommendation letters are very important when it comes to those “reach” schools; they highlight an aspect that cannot be measured through grades or standardized testing. √ Interviews, auditions and portfolios: When applying to any school conducting an interview either on campus or via telephone is another way to show your interest and/or establish your personality. For some schools a portfolio may be necessary to showcase your art, writing, design, etc. Auditions for theater or music-based pursuits are also common. Shane Westerhold, an admission representative for SCAD-Atlanta, says the portfolio submission is optional for undergrad students and is mainly there, “To understand where students are coming from and showcases their ability.” The applicants who choose to submit are eligible to receive additional credit with awarded scholarship money based on quality of portfolio.


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Pet Briefs Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption will host a dog-walk and pet expo, Paws in the Park, on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park. This event will serve as the shelter’s primary fundraiser for 2011 with a goal of raising $100,000 for ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Demonstrations include Flyball, Freestyle, Jack Russell Racing, Sheep Herding and more. There will also be local pet vendors on site. In addition to basic care, APRA rehabilitates, trains and socializes the dogs and cats in its care to ensure they are placed in loving homes that are the best fit for them. “What makes APRA unique is that we take in animals that other rescue groups turn away because they can’t afford to provide the care and treatment they require,” explains Judy Price, founder and executive director of APRA. “Many of our pets require expensive surgeries to repair injuries or genetic defects. We provide each one the best care we can, including an enriched environment and training to make them more adoptable. The ability to offer this level of care is totally dependent on the generosity of donors because adoption fees cover only a fraction of our operating costs.” pawsintheparkatlanta.com The Southeastern Greyhound Adoption will hold a Meet & Greet at the City Dog Market, 4244 Peachtree Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. These events give people a way to meet Greyhounds up close and talk to their owners about the joys of adopting an exracer. SEGA is an organization that places Greyhounds into homes after their racing careers have ended. Since its inception in 1998, SEGA has placed more than 1,700 Greyhounds into loving homes. greyhoundadoption.org Register now for the 24th annual Atlanta Dog Jog on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Piedmont Park. Presented by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the event for dogs and their owners is a 1-mile and a 2-mile run/ walk. All athletic levels are welcome, from competitive runners to casual walkers. Strollers and wagons are permitted. All proceeds will benefit Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure disorders and other special needs. For more information, please visit atlantadogjog.org. Purina is teaming up with Kroger to make a donation to the Atlanta Humane Society for the Tales for the Pet Lover’s Heart campaign. Through Nov. 2, for each “tale” shared online at TalesForThePetLoversHeart.com, Purina and the Kroger family of stores will make a $1 donation, up to $25,000, to animal welfare organizations nationwide, FROM OUR STORE TO YOUR FRONT DOOR. including AHS. You can complete an online sweepstakes entry form for the chance to The brands you know and trust. win a year’s worth of groceries from Kroger, No minimum order amount a year’s supply of Purina pet food, plus a required. $50,000 donation will be made by Purina in Save the heavy lifting to us.   the winner’s honor to a participating animal No more trips to the pet store. welfare organization. Simple, convenient & secure on-line ordering. We feature over 60 different brands.

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help prevent adolescent pregnancy. Georgia is one of the top 10 states in the country to experience significant drops in teen birth rates. But while there continues to be progress, teen pregnancy still remains an epidemic in Georgia. What do you see as the biggest challenge in your mission to prevent teen pregnancy in Georgia? One of our biggest challenges is the subject matter itself. Teen pregnancy is very often a complex and under-appreciated issue and it’s one of the toughest social issues in Georgia. People need to understand that it’s not just a reproductive health issue and often times it’s not just about sex. Poverty, the high school dropout rate, workforce development and fragile families are all inextricably linked to teens becoming parents too soon. Teen pregnancy related issues cost Georgia taxpayers more than $465 million annually. We all pay one way or another. From Girls Inc. to G-CAPP, your Living by Giving passion is clearly centered on helping girls and young women. What motivates you around this cause? I’ve long had an unwavering passion for working with girls and women and am grateful to have had the opportunity at

Girls Inc. and now G-CAPP. I would say that it was probably triggered by being one of the few female engineering students in undergrad. There were few mentors. Too many girls from an early age aren’t nurtured, mentored or encouraged to reach their full potential which has created something of a crisis of confidence for so many young girls. I believe simply mentoring girls and women can be the great equalizer in many ways, whether it’s a young girl just reaching adolescent, or the astute professional navigating her way through corporate America. You have chosen to use your career as a way to give back, one of my favorite questions to ask is, “what is your Living by Giving dream?” How would you most like to see the world changed in the next 10-20 years? I’m a mom first. And as a mother I would like to see the world put a premium on children. Children everywhere deserve a loving environment, opportunities, and hope for a better future. Can you share a little about what you all have coming up in October around the premiere of Jane Fonda’s new movie, Peace, Love & Misunderstanding? This is going to be one exciting event. Atlanta doesn’t get many movie premieres,

Vikki Millender-Morrow, CEO of G-CAPP let alone as a fundraiser. From the VIP Reception, to the red carpet, to some of the most phenomenal live auction items, and the film itself, we’re expecting Atlanta to turn out for an opportunity to experience an unforgettable, fun, one-of-a-kind evening for a good cause. We’re so grateful to have our founder, Jane [Fonda] and her influence to bring the premiere to Atlanta as a G-CAPP benefit. For more information on G-CAPP and the upcoming movie premiere, visit gcapp.org. For more about Kate Atwood, visit katesclub.org.

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INtown Runaround Tim Sullivan

Catherine Woodling and the Wheelbarrow Festival 5k Reynoldstown resident Catherine Woodling is carrying the heavy load in adding a startup 5k to one of Intown’s favorite annual events. This humble scribe heartily recommends a kickstart to the feel good vibes of the Wheelbarrow Festival, which will be held Sept. 10, with a 3.1-mile tour. It’s been said that so much depends on a red wheelbarrow, glazed with rainwater, beside the white chickens…is that what is at play here? The wheelbarrow is a symbol of the working class railroad workers and freed slaves who settled Reynoldstown in the 1860’s. It is also an homage to the first halfdecade of the Reynoldstown festival when neighbors and friends came together with supplies in their wheelbarrows to construct the performance stage. It was a memorable visual. Alright, well, I lifted that little opening ditty from the poet William Carlos Williams but it seems he would relish the fact that the sentiment is alive and well.

Wheelbarows, chickens – who knew?! We count among our animal neighbors many a feathered fowl. Their contributions to the community – eggs, pillows, welltimed wakeup calls – are invaluable. I’m glad you’ve called attention to our often underappreciated companions – and wheelbarrows. People like wheelbarrows, too.

this is the first year a 5k race is being put on in conjunction with the 16-year-old festival. How did it all come together? After many years of organizing a parade that more people enjoyed participating in than watching, adding a 5K race to our

festival activities was a no brainer. We wanted to jump on the Atlanta running movement bandwagon as a way to bring our community closer together and to introduce other Forrest Gump-ian Atlantans to Reynoldstown.

Indeed they do. A wheelbarrow is like a really helpful uncle – perhaps rickety but useful. I’ve been to the Wheelbarrow Festival several times myself and know it is a rollicking good time but for the folks who have not, can you describe it? The festival represents the neighborhood – electrifying, diverse, quirky, and one heck of a good time. The music ranges from Colonel Bruce Hampton & Grant Green Jr., Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Noot d’ Noot, Atlanta Funk Society, 3052 Dub Collective, Dante Harmon and many more. Festival-goers will also enjoy an artist market, health fair, Atlanta’s best food vendors, and a Wheelbarrow Jr. for the kids. (wheelbarrowfestival.com) Wait’ll Noot sees us! He loves us! Actually, I have no idea who that is but I dig the name and must see for myself. Now,

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What should people expect to see on their jaunt through the streets of Reynoldstown? Reynoldstown is known for its craftsman cottages juxtaposed with modern homes, civil war relics in old pecan orchards and street art that is equally loved and loathed by many. You’ll get a taste of everything that makes Reynoldstown and nearby Cabbagetown distinctive, eccentric and captivating neighborhoods. Not to mention a close-up gander at Stein Steel! Who are the early favorites to garner fastest male and female Reynoldstown resident accolades? My good friend Evan Strange would be upset if I didn’t peg him as the fastest male in the neighborhood. Fastest female is a toss-up. Which one of you readers is up for the challenge? And just to clarify – would you say it

is required, recommended, permitted or forbidden to push an actual wheelbarrow for the 3.1 miles? Because if I’m going to win this thing I might need to replace ol’ red… While the unimaginative agents at the insurance company frown upon racing actual wheelbarrows, we strongly encourage the use of red strollers, red tennis shoes, red sweatbands and faces red with healthy exertion. Feel free to wear that chicken costume again and break out into the Chicken Dance after you cross the finish line. How did this become all about chickens?

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Health & Wellness Briefs Childspring International, a children’s medical charity based in Atlanta, will hold its annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10, at Cross Creek Golf Course. The event will also include children’s activities, lunch, a silent auction, and a presentation of several Childspring children that will be in Atlanta during that date. To register as a sponsor or player, visit childspringintl.org. Northside Hospital Cancer Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. To make an appointment, call (404) 845-5555 and press 0. Northside is located at 1000 Johnson Ferry Road. It’s estimated that nearly 7,000 men in Georgia, more than 1,050 men in Fulton and DeKalb counties, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). For more information, visit northside.com. Esthetician Tricia Browne will present free classes in making natural bath and body care products at the launch of Handmade Body Care’s natural bath and body products at 5 Continents in Buckhead on Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. Stop by for catered appetizers, drinks and free gift bags with complimentary products. Drawings

for prizes: personal fitness training sessions, a 45-minute session with a fashion stylist, manicures, pedicures, facials and more. Adults and children are welcome. handmadebodycare.com Grady Memorial Hospital received another perfect score, with no recommendations for improvement (RFI’s), on its Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Center recertification survey in August. Grady was the first U.S. ‘safety net’ public hospital to be designated a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2005 and has since been recertified after each bi-annual survey in 2007, 2009 and 2011. North Atlanta Surgical Associates has opened the first single-specialty general surgery center in Georgia at the Center Pointe Medical Office complex at 1100 Johnson Ferry Road adjacent to Northside and St. Joseph’s hospitals. The new 7,764-square foot Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) includes two operating rooms, one minor procedure room, three pre-op bays, and six recovery rooms bays. northatlantasurgery.com

Current walkers, new companies and employees, property managers, tenants, government agencies and community members are encouraged to participate in the four-week program. Walkers may choose to walk with us at noon from a Walk For Lunch Meet-Up Station or they can choose to walk on their own using Walk For Lunch 1 and 2 mile walking maps. All walking maps will lead to and from a centrally located check-in area. At the checkin area, walkers will log their miles, hydrate, compete for our daily fitness challenges (most sit-up, push-ups, etc.) and receive free healthy goodies from event sponsors. Individuals and company teams can register for $25 at WalkForLunch.com. At its annual summer meeting, the Georgia Hospital Association presented its prestigious Chairman’s Award to William T. Moore, chief executive officer of Atlanta Medical Center. Moore was recognized for helping revitalize one of Atlanta’s oldest hospitals. The Shepherd Center was ranked Number 10 in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 America’s Best Hospitals feature. Read more at usnews.com/besthospitals.

The Walk for Lunch program returns to Decatur and Downtown Atlanta in October.

September 5K Races Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk is Thursday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at Turner Field’s Green Lot. Designed to promote health and fitness among metro-Atlanta companies and their employees, this unique workplace fitness program kicks off with a Get Active Atlanta training program and culminates in a downtown Corporate 5K Run/Walk and Company Picnic. Sign up as a company team, individual, friends or family. kpcorporaterunwalk.com Vinings Downhill 5K Run for the Kids is Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. at the top of Mt. Wilkerson. The race is sponsored by Vinings Rotary and benefits Calvary Children’s Home, The Good Samaritan Health Center and the Vinings Rotary Charity Fund. viningsdownhill5k.com Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association Green Awareness 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. at the Georgia Tech Building Construction Annex, 350 Ferst Dive. Proceeds will benefit HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates transitional housing facilities that serve homeless families and individuals in the metro area. atlantahomebuilders.com Black Tie 5K is Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. at Grant Park benefiting The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta. iammorrison.com/mpower

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Fired Up 5K is Saturday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m. at Fire Station 19 in Virginia Highland, 1063 N. Highland Ave. The event raises scholarship funds for Grady and Washington High School graduating seniors who want to go to college, but might need some financial assistance. rungeorgia.com/firedup5k Walk of HEROes is Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. at Richardson Health Center in Decatur. Presented by the Brighter Tomorrows Foundation, the 5K Run/Walk, Tot Trot and Community Hero Fun Day benefits local residents receiving mental health, developmental disabilities and substance addiction services from DeKalb CSB. walkofheroes5k.com 5K Run/ Walk For Literacy is Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. The event benefits Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta and its literacy volunteers. Register at literacyallianceatlanta.org. Piedmont Park 5K is Saturday, Sept. 24, 8 a.m. to raise money for MOVDance - a non-profit dance organization which teaches low-income children how to dance. movfitness.com/ piedmontpark/movrun/ Firefly Run is Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park (meet at 10th St. and Charles Allen Drive). Participants will run with two twinkling LED lights (provided) for this special nighttime event. fireflyrun.com. KeepitINtown.com


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KEEP IT INtown Choose Local • Shop Local

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Contact wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Every time you make a purchase in your own community, you help build the strength and sustainability of your neighborhood. This is particularly true when supporting local mom and pop businesses, because they gamble their faith in a cooperative spirit to provide us with convenient service in competition with the mammoth national chain operations. - Sam Massell President, Buckhead Coalition

Buying from locally owned businesses keeps money circulating closer to the community. The more local money that is spent locally creates more local jobs, local entrepreneurial businesses, and our community (schools, property values etc) prospers. - Rebecca Hadj Taieb The Little Wine Shop

Local businesses rock! Ted’s Montana Grill has built many restaurants in urban intown areas around the country and these have proven to be some of the most successful in our company, including downtown and midtown Atlanta. We love our intown patrons and regulars and think of them as old friends. - George McKerrow Co-Founder and CEO, Ted’s Montana Grill (intown Atlanta resident since 1979)

The Charlie Yates Golf Course is well-conditioned, challenging and most importantly close to where you live. Keep it INtown and give us a try! - Chad Parker, PGA Head Golf Professional East Lake Golf Club

The phrase use to be ‘Think Globally Act Locally.’ When I support local businesses I am helping to support my community . People want to feel like they are doing something positive to impact the economy. Supporting local businesses and connects us to our neighbors and helps the business community. You want the money to stay local. It just makes sense. - Catherine Cattles, First Citizens Bank

I choose local businesses because a rising tide floats all boats – when we support each other, our whole community benefits. Shepherd Center, in particular, could not provide the world-class care our patients require without the support of generous local donors. - J. Tyler (“Ty”) Tippett Senior Director, Planned Gifts Shepherd Center Foundation, Inc.

Our town network is the key to our success in providing commercial real estate services. I’ve seen firsthand the numerous benefits of collaboration within the local business community. - Jeff Pollock, CCIM Pollock Commercial, Inc. Our local businesses make intown Atlanta a vibrant, distinctive, happy place to live. Our family loves ‘keeping it intown’ and we shop, eat, work, play and live local as much as we can. - Claudia Brooks D’Avanzo Morningside and Virginia-Highland resident since 1988

I live intown. I work intown. I shop intown. I am a true champion of keeping everything intown. Except mosquitos, I would prefer to keep them outside the perimeter. - Mark Cohen, Professional Creative Person, Wit

I make a conscience effort to shop locally whenever possible in support of “my” neighborhood merchants. For example, I get all my pet needs at the Intown Healthy Hound in Grant Park. Also, I almost never dine in chain restaurants. It’s Stone Soup Kitchen, Highland Bakery, Steel and Metrofresh all the way! - Vincent Martinez, Grady High School teacher and Local Fashionado (http://fashionado.net)

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For local business owners, there are so many opportunities for doing good in our community. We love that we get to know our customers personally and that we’ve been invited to participate in or host events for causes ranging from education to preventing hunger locally. - Terry Moon, Denise Moon and Brian Lackey Pizzeria Venti

I support local businesses because I want prosperity for my neighbors and friends. By shopping at a locally owned business, I am investing in a community that supports my interests, values and needs. - Chris Appleton, Executive Director WonderRoot KeepitINtown.com

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By Collin Kelley & Sydia Bell September historically marks the beginning of the 20112012 arts season in Atlanta, and as you’ll see over the next few pages, there is plenty to be excited about. For this year’s preview, we picked shows, concerts and exhibitions we’re excited about, while our partner Atlanta PlanIt has a show guide for September on pages ?? ??.

When executive director Freddie Ashley sent out an emergency call in February that the future of Actor’s Express (actors-express.com) was in jeopardy, the community responded. Ashley said $200,000 was needed by the summer to present the 2011-12 season. In mid-August, Ashley said 80 percent of the fundraising goal had been met and the season is going forward. The new season opens with the massive Broadway hit musical Spring Awakening, which continues through Oct. 1. “It was a perfect choice to open the season,” Ashley said. “It’s contemporary, audacious and very much about what Actor’s Express does as a company.” Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, about a

abandoned children surviving on an isolated farm in middle American, runs from Oct. 27 to Nov. 26. “The play was one of the big hits of the Humana Festival and received standing ovations after every performance,” Ashley said. Coming later in the season is Next Fall, about a gay man who loses his partner in a tragic accident and must turn to his deeply religious parents for answers; a revival of Tennessee William’s Night of the Iguana; and the musical version of the campy 70s film Xanadu, which Ashley said will make a “perfect summer show” to close the season. The new season is already underway at Theatrical Outfit (theatricaloutfit.org) with the world premiere of Calvin Alexander Ramsey’s The Green Book, a controversial and compelling story based on fact about a code book used by traveling African-Americans in the Jim Crow era that listed safe lodgings, services and restaurants. The play centers on Holocaust survivor who

refuses to stay in a segregated hotel and uses The Green Book to find other lodgings. He’s pitted against a black man who wants segregation to continue because he’s making money off the book. The play continues through Sept. 11. Artistic Director Tom Key said the rest of the season is shaping up to be one of TO’s best. From Oct. 12 to Nov. 6, Freud’s Last Session by Mark St. Germain see the famed psychoanalyst clash with C.S. Lewis over love, sex, and the existence of God. “It’s a very moving play, watching these two men find their compassion for each other. It’s also very funny.” In February, there’s Tony Award-winning Red, about abstract painter Mark Rothko working with his assistant to complete the color panels at the Four Seasons restaurant. In April, children of all ages will delight at the stage production of Madeline L’eEngle’s sci-fi classic, A Wrinkle in Time. “We already have a design team working on the show,” Key said. “They are coming up with ways to trigger the imagination.”

More Theatre Picks: We’re excited about the Alliance Theatre’s (alliancetheatre.org) staging of Cold War drama Golda’s Balcony (Oct. 12-30), which pits the late Israeli prime minister against Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in this Cold War drama and the southeast premiere of the Tony Award-winning hit, God of Carnage (Jan. 11-29). At Synchronicity Theatre (synchrotheatre.com) Sarah Ruhl’s celebrated comedy, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Sept. 29 – Oct. 30), is the simple story of a husband and wife in the Victorian era, who are given a strange new object to help enliven their love life. 7 Stages (7stages.org) welcomes performance artist Tim Miller for his new one man show Lay of the Land (Nov. 10-13), while Horizon Theatre (horizontheatre.com) presents the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Ruined (Sept. 16 – Oct. 16).

The Center for Puppetry Arts (puppet.org) has started its season with The Ugly Duckling (which continues through Sept. 18). Adapted and directed by Michael Haverty, the show features music and puppetry, performed live by a two-person cast, and is specially

created to engage younger audiences. Based on the beloved classic by Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling follows a young bird who simply doesn’t fit in with the other ducks in the pond. Helped by some friendly forest sprites, the duckling sets out to explore the wonders of the pond. “I want kids and adults to just have a really good time! Dance to the music, laugh with the silly Forest Sprites, and cheer when the Duckling discovers he’s a swan,” said Artistic Associate Michael Haverty. Artistic Director Jon Ladwig also encouraged patrons to buy tickets now for Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, which is back after last year’s premiere sold out all 91 performances.

More Picks for Kids: Last season’s other surprise hit was Theatre du Reve’s (theatredureve. com) adaptation of the classic French film, The Red Balloon. It will be back Jan. 26 – Feb. 12 at 7 Stages.

Rialto Center for the Arts (rialtoncenter.org) 2011-2012 marks its 15th anniversary with a unique mix of the best jazz, world music, dance, and more. Georgia State University renovated the 95-year-old theatre, spurring the revitalization of the Fairlie-Poplar district in downtown. Please turn to page 23


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Continued from page 21 The birthday season will be a year-long celebration with performance-related events featuring local artists and scholars, in-depth master classes, thoughtprovoking talks, and more. Patrons will find that each and every evening of the Rialto’s upcoming season will be an experience to celebrate arts and culture in the heart of the city. The season opens Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. with A Night in Treme: The Musical Majest of New Orleans featuring Kermit Ruffins, Soul Rebels Brass Band and more.

The Atlanta Ballet (atlantaballet.com) has a year of creative collaborations, unexpected stories and work produced by some of the world’s most influential choreographers lined up for the 2011-12 season. The season begins Oct. 21-23 with prominent choreographer James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, a story of youth, discovery, and living to the fullest while exploring the passage of every man’s life. This year’s most monumental collaboration is the world premiere of The Princess & The Goblin (Feb. 10-19) coproduced by Atlanta Ballet and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg

Over at the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Symphony (atlantasymphony.org) kicks off the season Sept. 22-25 with Robert Spano conducting Beethoven’s 9th and Wagner’s Ring. Guests include soprano Christine Brewer and the ASO Chorus. Joshua Bell will perform

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

More Music Picks: For pop fans, British

sensation Adele will be at The Fox Theatre (foxtheatre.org) on Oct. 16 in support of her album multi-platinum album 21, which has gone to number 1 in more than 20 countries. The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra (dekalbsymphony.com) also has an impressive line-up this season at venues around the community. The season kicks off Sept. 27 with special guest violinist Ciaschini at the Marvin Cole Auditorium in Clarkston. The Ferst Center (ferstcenter.org) on the Georgia Tech campus welcomes Peter White on Sept. 16 and Project Trio on Sept. 30 and Paquito D’Rivera and Brasil Guitar Duo on Oct. 14.

Ballet and created by one of the world’s greatest living choreographers, Twyla Tharp. Incorporating a cast of professional dancers and children to depict a fairy tale featuring a courageous young girl as she confronts the trails of coming with age, Tharp said the new show is a project 20 years in the making.

More Dance Picks: CORE Performance Company (coredance.org) celebrates its 25th anniversary with the premiere of two new dance works – The Point and The Moment Between – at Decatur High School’s new auditorium stage on Sept. 9 -10.

The High Museum of Art (high.org) will stage another blockbuster exhibition, Picasso To Warhol, in

conjunction with New York’s Museum of Modern Art from Oct. 15 to April 29. More than 100 world-famous works will be assembled for this show. Besides the exhibition namesakes, there will also be iconic work by Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio De Chirico, Joan Miró, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois and Jasper Johns.

More Visual Art Picks: MODA - Museum of Design Atlanta (museumofdesign.org) will host Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters from Oct. 2 – Jan. 1. The posters offer an overview of strategies employed by government agencies, community activists, grassroots organizations and motivated citizens to educate the world about HIV/AIDS. Blocks of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is housed here in Atlanta, will be on rotation throughout the exhibition period.

Art on the BeltLine

Popular art installation event is September through November Art on the Atlanta BeltLine returns this month, inviting residents and visitors to explore new segments of the BeltLine that will be lined with unique temporary public art installations. The public art initiative selected 66 new and returning artists to showcase dynamic installations and performances on the BeltLine corridor, an emerging system of parks, trails, transit and development that reclaims a 22-mile loop of historic and mostly unused rail around the City’s core. This year’s Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibit, will be running from September through November. Visual installations and performances will be concentrated in the following areas along the Atlanta BeltLine: Westside – From Gordon White Park north to Washington Park Westside – From Allene Avenue to Lee Street East side – From 10th Street and Monroe Drive north to Montgomery Ferry Drive Southeast side – From Wylie Streeet south to Memorial Drive Expect to see live performance pieces from Eyedrum, Beacon Dance, Krewe of Grateful Gluttons, Gateway Performance Productions, Center for Puppetry Arts Park Cofield and many more. Visual artists will include installations from Living Walls, High Museum of Art Teen Team and many individual artists. For a complete calendar of events and list of participating artists, visit art.beltline.org KeepitINtown.com

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Sept. 5

Local non-profit organization Miles for Cystic Fibrosis will host the Big Peach Sizzler 10K, a 10K race down Peachtree Street beginning at the Chamblee MARTA station, on Labor Day. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the race is a qualifier for the 2012 Peachtree Road Race. The fast course features electronic timing, and a post race celebration at the finish at the Buckhead Station shopping center that will include food, music and more. In addition, all finishers will receive a spectacular Saucony technical shirt Registration, directions, and other information are available online at active.com. For more upcoming races, check out Atlanta INtown’s 5K guide for September on Page 18.

Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The celebration will honor eight former clients whose lives have been transformed. Special guests will include Marlena Dobbs, 2009 Valedictorian of Benjamin E. Mays High School, Emory University rising Junior, and Atlanta Children’s Shelter Preschool Class of 1996, and Joanne Hood, 2004 ACS “graduate” and recipient of the Junior League of Atlanta’s inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award. Postpresentation entertainment will include celebration dance music. Tickets available at acsat.org.

Sept. 14 & 28

Louisa May Alcott, the author of the classic novel Little Women, is being celebrated in libraries across the country this fall, including the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library in Downtown. On Wednesday, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a screenings of the documentary The Woman Behind Little Women followed by a panel discussion. More events are slated in October and beyond. For information call (404) 730-1745

Sept. 22 - 24

“Fleatastic” is the theme for the Forward Arts

Sept. 10

Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) is celebrating 25 years of helping homeless families with young children become self-sufficient with a Gala Event at Loews Atlanta Hotel on Saturday,

Foundation’s Annual Flea Market, slated for opening with a gala Preview Party on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., followed by the 2-day sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24, all held

in the Atlanta History Center parking deck. Mary Katherine Greene as Chair and Anne Powers and Terri Alston as Co-chairs are orchestrating the event which opens the Atlanta social season. The Preview Party is sponsored by Travis Reed, Harry Norman, Realtors Top Agent company-wide. All proceeds benefit the Forward Arts Foundation’s mission of supporting the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center and the visual arts in the city. Tickets for the Preview Party are available at $25 per person by calling (404) 2619855. The Flea Market is open to the public on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sept. 24

In the Moment – A Celebration of Life, Visiting Nurse | Hospice Atlanta’s fall

benefit, honors Dr. Arthur S. Booth, Jr., his wife Linda and daughter Kimberly Booth Rimmer. The evening features cocktails, dinner, dessert reception and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the organization’s inpatient facility, the Hospice Atlanta Center. The event is Saturday, Sept.

24, 6:30 PM, the Georgian Terrace Hotel, 659 Peachtree Street. vnhs.org.

Sept. 26 On Monday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 pm, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will present a Prologue to the Book Festival event featuring Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times foreign affairs columnist, as he presents his newest book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back. This special event is open to the community, and will take place at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Seating is limited; reservations are recommended. atlantajcc.org

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on Saturday, Oct. 1. An evening of music, paired with bites from Atlanta’s best chefs, is included in the $85 ticket price, as well as tours of the historic property. Francine Reed has been added to the music line-up, headlined by Atlanta musical favorites the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins. The event will include guided tours of the former City Hall East before the doors close for renovation this fall. In addition, food will be served from some of Atlanta’s best chefs. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind-event are available empiretickets.com. a portion of proceeds to benefit Georgia Organics and the Atlanta BeltLine. More information is available partyatponce.com. The 32nd annual Sunday in the Park at Oakland Cemetery is Sunday, Oct. 2 with an artist market, storytellers, photography contest, tours and live music. oaklandcemetery.com The second annual Morningside Mile race and block party to benefit the Virginia Highland Firehouse is Sunday, Oct. 16. Register now for the race at morningsidemile.com. Buy tickets now for the Monumental Ball on Friday, Oct. 21 at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park. The event raises money for the Morningside-Lenox Park security patrol and community maintenance. Tickets are $50 until Oct. 1 at monumentalball.org.

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Kick off your Labor Day weekend by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Southeast’s largest operating historical railroad at the

Tennessee Valley Railfest. The event

features a weekend full of live Civil War re-enactors, special exhibits, visiting railway equipment, and of course plenty of train rides. In addition, there will also be activities for the entire family including strolling magicians, a petting zoo, pony rides and organized crafts. For more information visit tvrail.com or call (423) 894-8028

Sept. 2, 16 & 20

Catch the next ride aboard McCoy’s Sunset River Cruise in Moss Point, MS. Guests can expect a two hour ride that travels through the old growth swamps and tidal marches of one of the last free flowing rivers in the upper 48 states. Don’t be surprised if you happen to see a multitude of wildlife including migratory birds, American alligators and the other animals that call the river basin home. Space is limited and with departure time set at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Captain Benny at (228) 219-4583

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Enjoy this free end of summer events celebration of Asheville, NC artistic and musical communities. This year Lexington KeepitINtown.com

Avenue Arts and Fun Festival and its host Arts 2 People will once again shut down three blocks of North Lexington Avenue in downtown with local art, food, beer, music, street performers and random acts of creativity. The event is sure to provide fun for the entire family including the ultra popular attraction of Bicycle Jousting. To learn more information about the event or to find out what bicycle jousting is visit lexfestasheville.com.

Sept. 16-18

Get ready to celebrate unity at the 21st annual Umoja Festival. The annual African American culture and heritage festival promotes cultural diversity and unity in Portsmouth, VA at the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion. This free event offers guests heritage tours, kid friendly activities, food, live music including performances by Tank with special guest Ledisi and Avant and much more. For more information visit umojafestportsmouth.com

Sept. 22-25 Time to get ready for this year’s

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA.

Known as one of the most festive fall happenings in the Southeast patrons are sure to have fun listening to authentic German music, dancing, drinking beer and taking in the picturesque scenery of the North Georgia Mountains. This is the place to get a that dose of seeing the Alphorns blown, cow bell rung and accordion squeezed along with some friends while you make new ones. For more information, visit helenga.org/Oktoberfest.

Decatur Book Festival Thousands of booklovers will descend on Decatur over Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2-4) 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 Colin Meloy, lead singer of The Decemberists, and his wife/designer Carson Ellis who will be debuting their new children’s book, Wildwood, at the festival. This year’s festival will have a special young adult and children’s vibe, but there will also be poets, mystery writers, cookbook authors and every type of author in between. To see the full schedule and list of authors, visit decaturbookfestival.com. Wheelbarrow Festival The Reynoldstown celebration is set for Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lang-Carson Park on Flat Shoals Avenue. There will be a 5K run, an artist market, silent auction, health fair, food vendors, a kids area called Wheelbarrow Jr. and, of course, plenty of music. Featured artists this year include Col. Bruce Hampton & Grant Green Jr., 4th Ward Klezmer Orchestra, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Atlanta Funk Society, 3052 Dub Collective, Dante Harmon and more. For more information, visit wheelbarrowfestival.com Mid-East Festival The 37th annual festival will be held at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2045 Ponce de Leon Ave., from Sept. 16-18. There will be music, dancing, food, church tours and much more. For more, visit steliasofatlanta.org. East Atlanta Strut Come on out and strut your stuff at the 14th annual music and arts festival. This oneday extravaganza will take place on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Attractions include five stages of live local music, kids village, bull ride, community booths, food and beverages, and the famous Strut Parade. The Strut is planned, organized, and staffed all by volunteers. All funds raised will benefit community projects and organizations. For more information or to volunteer, please visit eastatlantastrut.com. Atlanta Arts Festival The annual festival will be held in Piedmont Park on Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all ages. It will bring together outstanding artists from all over the country and will feature 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, classes, and live entertainment. Festival food, beverages, and merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information, visit atlantaartsfestival.com. Sandy Springs Arts Festival The annual festival will be held at Heritage Green on Sandy Springs Circle on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sept 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a car show, museum, pet parade, 5k and 10k race, vendors, and live entertainment. Bring the entire family, the dog as well, as we celebrate the art and soul of the city. For information or to purchase tickets, visit sandyspringsfestival.com. Music Midtown After a six-year hiatus, Music Midtown returns on Sept. 24 for an afternoon and evening of music in Piedmont Park, headlined by Coldplay. Other acts include The Postelles, Mona, The Joy Formidable, The Constellations, The Black Keys, Manchester Orchestra, Young the Giant, Band of Skulls and Cage the Elephant. Tickets are $55. Visit musicmidtown.com for details. A Note on Midtown Festival of the Arts: Due to lack of funding, this year’s Midtown Festival was cancelled. Organizers are planning to remount the event in 2012. To keep up with developments, visit facebook.com/MidtownFestival.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts & Museums Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan: This traveling exhibit at WonderRoot presents depictions of the war in Afghanistan created by more than 40 artists from around the world as well as refugee children living in the Atlanta area. September 1 through September 24. Free! wonderroot.org

been photographing yard sales since 2004, and in this exhibit at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, he offers intriguing and amusing portraits of the sellers and the objects they no longer want in their lives and living rooms. Opens September 16. Free! callanwolde.org

The Ugly Duckling

Fluoressence: This exhibit at Swan Coach House Gallery features new works by Lucha Rodriguez that explore the various definitions and conceptions of the internal – not only as they relate to the human body but also to the mind. Closes September 24. Admission is free. swancoachhouse.com Darwin: Set a course for adventure as you explore the extraordinary life and discoveries of Charles Darwin at this exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Opens September 24. $15.50 to $17.50. fernbankmuseum.org

One Block 1/500th of a Second: Jean Larson’s new works in this exhibit at Alan Avery Art Company are devoted solely to hummingbirds, which beat their wings at 1/500th of a second. Opens September 9. Admission is free. alanaveryartcompany.com One Block: Following Hurricane Katrina, Dave Anderson spent three years repeatedly photographing a single block in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. He exhibits the photos at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery. Opens September 10. Admission is free. jenniferschwartzgallery.com Faces of the Yards of Clutter: Tom Zarrilli has

War in Our Backyards: Discovering Atlanta: This exhibit at the Atlanta History Center challenged visitors to consider their personal connections to a war that was literally fought in the city’s backyards. Closes October 7. $11 to $16.50. atlantahistorycenter.com

The Point

Performing Arts The Comedy of Errors: This tale of the merchant twins Antipholus and the servant twins Dromio at the New American Shakespeare Tavern takes Shakespearean funny to such slap-happy heights that you’ll be dizzy with laughter. Opens September 1. $12 to $36. shakespearetavern.com Concerts on the Square: Pack your picnics, bring your blankets, and enjoy these free concerts at the Community Bandstand on the Square in downtown Decatur. September 3 through September 24. Free! decaturdba.com Lakebottom Proper: Presented by The Process Theatre at OnStage Atlanta, this new play by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne, presented by The Process Theatre at OnStage Atlanta, tells the story of a couple from a ritzy Georgia neighborhood who are desperate to get their daughter into the best private school - until she’s kidnapped. Opens September 9. $12 to $20. theprocesstheatre.org Cinderella: Presented by Capitol City Opera Company at the Conant Performing Arts Center, this production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is a fantastic experience for the entire family and a great way to introduce youngsters to the magic of musical theater. September 9 through September 11. $30. ccityopera.com

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of the Bach chorale “O Eternity” as a 10th anniversary memorial tribute to the victims of September 11th. September 11. Free! arts. emory.edu Ruined: This Pulitzer Prize-winning play at Horizon Theatre is an epic story of love, war, adventure and opportunism in which love survives in the midst of great injustice. Opens September 13. $15 to $30. horizontheatre.com Wicked: Broadway Across America brings this Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical to The Fabulous Fox Theatre, telling the story of what really happened in the land of Oz before Dorothy arrived.

Peter White

War in Our Backyards Opens September 14. $48 to $130. broadwayacrossamerica.com Peter White: Performing at the Ferst Center for the Arts, innovative jazz guitarist Peter White has made the acoustic guitar a dynamic and expressive voice in the soundscape of contemporary jazz. September 16. $36 to $61. ferstcenter.gatech.edu First Cut: Based on an original movie title provided by the audience, this Black Box Productions show at Relapse Theatre uses skilled actors to improvise a truly independent film: independent of script, score and screen. September 17. $5 to $10. black-box-productions.com The Point: Tender human pathways punctuated by polarized collisions mark the two original contemporary dances by CORE’s Founder and Artistic Director Sue Schroeder in this show at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center. September 17 and September 18. Reservations required. VIP: $10. coredance.org

is a singer and harpist best known as a member of Celtic Woman. September 28. $32.75 to $38. rialtocenter.org The Lieutenant of Inishmore: Presented by Theater Emory at Emory’s Munroe Theatre, this black comedy begins on the island of Inishmore, Ireland, when a young man named Davey brings his neighbor Donny the corpse of a cat. Opens September 29. $18. theater.emory.edu KANSAS with the KSU Symphony: One of the most popular rock acts of the 1970s performs with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra at this concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. September 30. $37 to $57. cobbenergycentre.com. For more information and to order tickets for any of these shows, visit AtlantaPlanIt.com.

The Ugly Duckling: Based on the beloved story by Hans Christian Andersen, this show at the Center for Puppetry Arts follows a rare bird who simply doesn’t fit in. Closes September 18. $16.50. puppet.org All Blues: This World Premiere at 7 Stages tells the true story of Ray Sprigle, a white journalist who reported on the black experience in the Jim Crow South by disguising himself as a black man for 30 days. Opens September 22. $20 to $25. 7stages.org Broke: Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer’s biting new comedy kicks off the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage series with a deeply moving and almost too-close-for-comfort look at joblessness in the new America. Opens September 23. $25 to $30. alliancetheatre.org Music Midtown 2011: This festival returns to Atlanta with a fantastic ensemble of talent on two stages, featuring Coldplay, The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra, and other great acts. September 24. $56. musicmidtown.com Season Opening Concert: DeKalb Symphony Orchestra opens its 2011-12 season with performances of Kabalevsky’s “Violin Concerto” and Chausson’s “Poeme” with violinist Peter Ciaschini at Georgia Perimeter College’s Marvin Cole Auditorium. September 27. $10 to $22. dekalbsymphony.com Orla Fallon: Performing at the Rialto Center for the Arts, Orla Fallon KeepitINtown.com

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New campaign rallies local arts organizations By Tina Chadwick Leave it to the arts to come up with a creative way to solve funding issues. The mix of funding cuts paired with a sluggish economy could have spelled doom, but many of the 400 arts organizations in Atlanta have pooled their money to fund an awareness campaign aimed at raising interest in the city’s robust arts community. Modeled on a successful Milwaukee initiative, the campaign is called Atlanta, Art Lives Here – You Are Where The Art Is. Developed by ClarityClose, the program Choose Local encourages the arts community to work

together collaboratively and change the psyche of Atlanta to one that recognizes the vibrant arts community already here. Arts groups will also pool their monetary resources for group media buys, which would otherwise be unaffordable. An outdoor advertising campaign kicks off in September. “A lot of people go to New York or Chicago for fine arts, but we have a worldclass arts community right here in Atlanta,” said Nicole Jones, editor for Atlanta PlanIt, the organizing body of the awareness initiative. Atlanta PlanIt’s researched showed that while Atlanta ranks toward the very bottom for arts funding, the state of Georgia is in the Top 10 for positive economic impact from the arts. Jones encouraged residents to attend arts events in the city. “The best way anyone can support the arts in Atlanta is to go to the events and recognize how amazing Atlanta’s arts community is,” Jones said.


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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

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Sondheim & Social Media I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… I had a birthday at the end of July, which given my advanced state of decay is amazing in itself. I woke up with the words from “I’m Still Here” from Sondheim’s Follies as sung by Yvonne DeCarlo (better known as Lily Munster) in my head. “Good times and bum times, I’ve seen them all and my dear, I’m still here. Plush velvet sometimes, sometimes just pretzels and beer. But I’m here…” I think she must have been in her 70s in 1971. I tried my best to let the day pass like any other, avoiding all thoughts of maturity, my abandoned plans to exercise more and plan better for retirement rationalizing that there is no reason to embrace reality when it comes crashing through the door uninvited anyway. (Queue music: “I’ve run the gamut A to Z; Three cheers and dammit c’est la vie; I got through all of last year, and I’m here…”) I left my vintage black Rolls Royce parked in the garage, determined to act like other “normal” people and blend in for a change. No more extremes for me. And then my so-called “smart phone” started to explode with messages on Facebook, Twitter and email. People I have neglected for months and months sent heartwarming notes about how much they appreciate me, miss me, and want to get together. I felt the panic rise as I realized that there is no such thing as “normal” anymore with the advent of social media. I considered hiding in the roomy trunk of the Rolls humming Sondheim until morning but realized it would be futile, plus it would attract old ladies and cats. Like a second act for 2011, I am here and prepared to face my network! Recently Collin Kelley, the editor of Atlanta INtown shared his insights on the virtues and pitfalls of social media to a group of artists who assembled at my gallery. “If you’re still sending massive newsletters to your list of clients hoping they will open it, you are wasting your time,” he said. “Why would you spend so much time and effort on something that might not even be opened? Save yourself time and effort by sending a short note or photo to Facebook or Twitter friends. They are already there.” And with those words, my view of our culture changed yet again. Sending email newsletters is like the quaint equivalent of knocking on doors to sell magazines or KeepitINtown.com

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humming songs from a musical nobody remembers. This simple observation sent a wave of astonishment through the room. Hot on the heels of this advice, I tried to quantify the difference when promoting an upcoming festival. Newsletter open rate: 25 percent. Facebook and Twitter rate of response: 80 percent. The people who got the shorter message on social media didn’t need to open it. Their door was already open, no knocking required. And the results produced the desired result: one of the best attended first time festivals (Festival on Ponce) ever, with an estimated 30,000 visitors. It proved to me that I’m not the only one feeling like there is not an extra minute in the day to read a newsletter unless it promises that it will turn the clock back and tighten my abs. We need it short and to the point. We want the 30-second pitch to make decisions about our spending habits. My advice to you? Hone your instincts and sharpen your 140 character skills because you can’t hide from the future, even in the trunk of very old fashioned car with the cast of Follies.

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights announces its September line-up for Films That Matter. The second annual series features mainstream hits with civil and human rights themes and will take place on consecutive Friday evenings from Sept. 9-30. All events are free and open to the public. This year, Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Atlanta BeltLine are coming together with the Center to add locations and family-entertainment options to each night. “Films That Matter is a fun way to acknowledge the power of visual arts and storytelling to transform our civil and human rights perspectives,” said Doug Shipman, CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. “Movies grip us in a profound way and we are very proud to bring this free, outdoor experience to four Atlanta communities in partnership with CAP and the Atlanta BeltLine.” This year’s film locations include three parks and green spaces on the Atlanta BeltLine, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the Art on the Atlanta BeltLine temporary art exhibit, including live performances before some of the films. The Sept. 30 screening of Philadelphia will commemorate 30 years of the AIDS epidemic. For more information visit cchrpartnership.org.

The 2011 films and locations are: • The Constant Gardener: Sept. 9 on Atlanta BeltLine corridor Reynoldstown (next to H. Harper Station) • The Pursuit of Happyness: Sept. 16 at Washington Park • Remember the Titans: Sept. 23 at Woodruff Park • Philadelphia: Sept. 30 in Historic Fourth Ward Park in collaboration with the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Upcoming Events Sept. 8: Study of Strange Things, new photographic works by Atlanta artist Marcia Vaitsman at Solomon Projects. 1037 Monroe Drive, solomonprojects.com. Sept. 8: 43rd annual Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain Park, festivals. stonemountainpark.com. Sept. 9: Emory Creativity and Arts Soiree at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 1700 N. Decatur Road, www.arts.emory.edu. Sept. 10: Fall Folk Life Festival at the Atlanta History Center features traditional crafters and environmental sustainability with a twist. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, atlantahistorycenter.com. Sept. 17-18: Sandy Springs Festival (sandyspringsfestival.com) and Atlanta Arts Festival (atlantaartsfestival.com). Sept. 23: Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the 6th annual auction at King Plow Arts Center. 887 Marietta St., kingplow.com). Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email: Patrick@affps.com

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LoveLocal Wine? Join the Club! wine clubs make finding perfect bottle easy By Shannon O’Daniel After I turned 40, I adopted a new motto: “Enough wine cures anything.” This replaced my long-standing “apathy is the key to flexibility,” which served me well through my 30’s. In the past few years, I have discovered that wine is a true panacea. Have insomnia? Drink wine! Paralyzed by insecurities? Drink more wine! Suffering from sparkling white teeth? Drink red wine! But how does one choose a bottle of wine? The selection of a new bottle of wine can seem daunting, even dangerous. What if I don’t like it? Wine bad! If I love it, how to choose a similar bottle? Wine good! What if I can’t decide and just stand, staring at all the pretty labels? Do not taunt the wine! Reading wine descriptions and reviews are often more perplexing than helpful. Am I to interpret “Earthy, with hints of pencil shavings and overtones of tobacco” as anything but “Eww”? Once uncorked, we are then encouraged to pay attention to the “finish, aftertaste, legs, perfume, nose.” Should we really care? For me, wine is like art. I just buy what I like, and sometimes my friends think it’s crap. But, if your tastes are un-defined, or un-refined, a wine club is a simple way to discover what you like. For a reasonable fee, you receive a few bottles a month, chosen for you by those in-the-know. Soon enough, you’ll know too.

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~The 411~ Wine clubs around town offer two to four wines for a monthly price of $30 to $60. The proprietors mentioned here provide discounts to club members on instore wine purchases. One of the benefits of a club is the buying power of the group. You are able to buy wines for less than you could otherwise. Along with each bottle selected, members receive wine origins and facts, tasting notes (“soiled leather with a meaty background”), and suggested food pairings. There are no joining or cancellation fees, but some require a few days to two weeks notice if you want to cancel your membership.

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The Mercantile Janea Boyles seeks out wines that are new or hard to find in the Atlanta market. Her specialty is wines for everyday life and she includes bottles from interesting wineries or an innovative winemaker she’s discovered. Anyone can stop in on a Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. for a free wine tasting. If you taste something you like, buy a bottle at a special discount that day. 1660 Dekalb Ave., (404) 378-0096 or themercantileatl.com Perrine’s Wine Shop Sommelier Perrine Prieur grew up in Burgundy, the epicenter of the French wine region. Buying organic wines whenever possible, Perrine’s selections concentrate on small producer, family-owned wineries.

Hop City Wine club members may select red, white and blend bottles. The team at Hop City chooses wines based on what they are interested in at the moment balanced with what they think will appeal to the club. Members here may hop in and out of the club at will. Because you pay on pickup, no cancellation notice is required. Check out their wine blog at chrisreidwineandbeverage.blogspot.com. 1000 Marietta Street #302, (404) 350-9998 or hopcitybeer.com

Ferry Road, Suite 210, (770) 226- 0099 or thevineyardwinemarket.com Whether you’re a novice or a long time lover of wine, the biggest benefit of joining a wine club is getting in touch with your own preferences. Be open and have fun. Besides, that bottle of wine from your wine club may be the only thing that gets you through Thanksgiving with the in-laws. You’ll have become an enophile – and that’s a good thing. Shannon is 40 percent mom, 25 percent wife, 30 percent comedian, 5 percent boobs and 100 percent awesome. She lives in Oakhurst with her adoring family.

The Vineyard The Vineyard invites wine club members to choose their own wines. Join the club and attend a free wine tasting each month. Members sample six or seven wines and choose two of their favorite bottles to take home. Owner Anthony Alvarez welcomes everyone “except stuffy wine snobs” and is proud of the friendships and sense of community his wine club has fostered. The Vineyard offers special membersonly monthly wine deals and savings on all in-store purchases. 2022 Powers

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There are two club tiers from which to choose: the Starter - perfect for those just embarking on their wine journey and the Signature for those already in love with wine and anxious to explore new grapes and regions. Perrine’s also offers weekly wine tastings and educational classes.1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite B, (404) 254- 5077 or perrineswine.com

and flavors of barbecue – from chicken and brisket to ribs and pulled pork. “Last year we were overwhelmed by the turnout and the demand at the festival and we have been working to build an even better event for 2011,” said event founder and president Bob Herndon. More than 50 barbecue teams from across the country gather to cook up their best “Q” and compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. Both professional and backyard amateur teams will battle to win awards in a variety of cooking categories including whole hog, ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, sauce and more. Teams will be selling sample sized

portions of their championship styled barbecue throughout the weekend for $1 per sample as part of the events People’s Choice Award Contest. The event will also showcase more of Atlanta’s top barbecue restaurants serving up their specialties. There will also be live entertainment, an interactive Kids Area and more. Teams interested in competing should visit atlbbqfest.com. KeepitIntown.com


When you walk inside Delia’s Chicken Sausage Stand (thesausagestand.com) in East Atlanta, it’s quickly apparent there’s a savvy, experienced hand behind this well designed food haunt. It turns out to be Delia Champion of Flying Biscuit fame and her business partner, Molly Gunn of Porter in Atlanta. My 12 year old nephew, Cameron is a foodie in training. He loves to go out to eat so I figured visiting Delia’s would be a good blog entry we could work on together. Delia graciously hooked us up with some of the house favorites as I made sure Cam and I were prepared with empty, growling stomachs. I chose the Naked Slinger with comeback sauce, a classic


Southern topping from central Mississippi....while Cam went a more adventurous route with the Gunn Slinger; chicken sausage, guacamole, salsa, jalapenos and comeback sauce. We just closed our eyes and said ummmm.... When Cam and I go out to eat, dessert is of high importance. So when we read ‘Cake Shake’ on the menu, we knew that had to be the one to try. On this day they were offering a chocolate or red velvet cupcake shake. We both chose chocolate ... Laketha created a Cake Shake for Cam and I in just a couple minutes. All it takes is a blending of ice cream and a cupcake and voila...lots of chocolaty goodness! Delia and Molly’s colleagues, Wendy Weiner and John Ryan helped bring this fun, ‘who needs a diet?’ shake into existence. Cam was happy. The good thing too is you can take this home and put it in your fridge and come back to it throughout the day when you want a little jolt of yumminess. That’s what I did anyway, Cam finished his before we pulled into my driveway. As I live close by, I’m so happy that Delia and Molly decided to share their culinary expertise in this slowly evolving section of Atlanta. Their Chicken Sausage Stand, which by the way uses locally sourced, small batch sausage from Gainesville, Georgia, has received endless accolades and a loyal fan base. (and another by the way- if you’re a vegetarian, no worriesjust tell them to ‘Cluck Off’ and you’ll get any of the entrees with the veggie sausage instead.) In the coming months, keep an eye out for Delia and Molly’s next endeavor ... the food truck! – Pamela Berger, sweetpeachblog.com

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Community Spirit Atkins Park owner Warren Bruno’s long, happy stay in Va-Hi By John Fleming When Warren Bruno first opened Atkins Park bar and restaurant, the most popular attraction in the area was an S&M club up the street that held a weekly event called “50 Ways to Beat Your Lover.” The shoe store next door doubled as a speakeasy and the alley adjacent to his business filled nearly every morning with connoisseurs of the Mad Dog 20-20. “The neighborhood, you might say, was a little rough around the edges,” he said recently while sitting at a window booth at the establishment he has co-owned since 1983. But there was also something very special about that time as well, he explained, something about it that brought the neighborhood -- the businesses and the residents -- together. “It was really very, very cool back then,” he said. He described a time when his cooks, bartenders and dishwashers lived in the neighborhood and walked to work. Unlike today, when most of his employees live in East Atlanta or elsewhere and drive in each day. There was also an unusual cooperation between businesses that took root, with a recognition that it was in everyone’s interest for everyone to do well. “Businesses, well, we all respected each other,” he said. “It was like this, when Taco Mac opened up and put hot wings on their menu, well we decided we wouldn’t serve hot wings. It was the same with the Italian place down the block, we didn’t serve Italian food. We were all in it for the good of the neighborhood and we all looked out for each other.” He takes a delicate and diplomatic approach to this subject today. No, it’s not like that so much anymore, that funky, communal way of things. But he’s at pains to stress that the Highlands is the best place in the city to live, play and work. Still, he says with a shake of his head as he looks out at the sunshine of a fading afternoon, the neighborhood would do well to remember some of the older ways. As 62-year-old Warren Bruno sees it, businesses and neighbors in the Highlands all have the same issues in common, crime, parking, streetscape, parks, all around quality of life issues. So he says, “If there is anything I would like to accomplish in 2011, it is to recapture that spirit of 1983.” Through his leadership of the South Virginia Highland Merchants Group he hopes to achieve just that. This is familiar territory for Bruno. He is a founding member of the Virginia Highlands Business Association and he has been involved in just about every civic effort in the neighborhood in the last 30 years. Ask just about any business owner or long-time resident in the neighborhood and they’ll tell you he’s part of the social fabric of the place“Warren is Virginia Highland,” said Beth Marks, a long time resident of the neighborhood and a founder of Fight Back Against Crime. “Believe me, he is a very big part of this community. He is always doing everything for the neighborhood and the schools. He’s just amazing.” That’s a pretty typical comeback when you toss his name out there.

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Simply put, Warren Bruno is what you might call Va-Hi centric. You can’t have a conversation with the man without him offering up some issue that needs solving or some reference to bettering the community. Whether it is promoting the new community park across from his business at 794 North Highland or talking up some good cause at Morningside Elementary, Inman Middle or Grady High School (his children go to the latter two) Bruno is constantly pushing the neighborhood. When he ventures out, people have always stopped and visited with him. It’s still like that today, as he makes rounds through the bar or strolls up the sidewalk toward his home a few blocks away. These days, though, the familiar linger with him a bit longer, waiting for a moment to ask -- in an aggressively kind sort of way -- after his health. He’s been down this road before too. In 2005 he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He took the harsh treatments and beat the cancer into remission. After several years, however, it came back. He’ll tell you it hasn’t been any fun, but he has about the best attitude imaginable, thinking not so much about himself or the next chemo treatment he has ahead, but what he can do for his neighborhood and how he can find some more time to spend with his kids. After a few minutes catching some regulars up on his latest doctor’s report, he’s in conference with his manager Kyle Taylor hammering out a plan for upcoming events. It is something he hopes will help recapture that spirit of 1983.

Quick Bites News & Notes The hottest new restaurant in town, No. 246 in Decatur, is now featuring a Spaghetti Supper every Monday night from 5 to 10 p.m. No. 246 is located at 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. For details, visit no246.com At press time Manuel’s Tavern, an Atlanta institution for 55 years, was participating in bids to open two locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Truffles Café in Buckhead has changed its name to Truffles Grill to better describe its offerings, including new menu items such as tilapia, half chickens and more. trufflescafe.com Joining the food truck movement is Paolo’s Gelato Mobile Gelateria, which can be rented for weddings, birthdays, reunions and more. The trailer has a working sink, electricity and two gelato display freezers to showcases six different kinds of gelato. paolosgelato.com Ruth’s Chris Steak House recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in Buckhead. ruthschris.com Alma Cocina is the name of Fifth Group’s new Tex-Mex restaurant slated to opened in November at the One Ninety One Peachtree Tower building in Downtown. fifthgroup.com Father-and-son licensees Richard and Rich Vann, along with their business partner David Rozier, have opened Buckhead’s first Zaxby’s at 4388 Roswell Road. Richard Silvey is the new executive chef at Cypress Street Pint and Plate. In conjunction with Silvey’s arrival, Cypress Street has launched new lunch and dinner menus full of fresh seasonal specialties, mostly sourced from local vendors and farms. cypressbar.com Sweetwater Brewery’s expansion will be completed in November, quadrupling its existing 26,000-square-foot facility to 114,000-squarefeet. The addition creates special event space, a packaging hall, quality assurance lab, office space and another outdoor entertaining area connected to the existing brewery and tasting room on Armour Drive. The building’s new 157kWp solar panel roof system will be visible from passing MARTA trains and the Buford Spring Connector. sweetwaterbrew.com  Bhavesh Patel has been named executive chef at Table 1280 on the Woodruff Arts Center campus in Midtown A culinary veteran who recently served as chef de cuisine of Midtown’s Spice Market, Patel has designed a menu that combines local ingredients with his background in global cuisine. table1280.com Mims Bledsoe has opened Pie Shop at 3210 Roswell Road, Suite E in Buckhead. Bledsoe started Pie Shop by renting space in a commercial kitchen in Decatur in 2010 and the popularity of her baked goods led to the new shop. the-pie-shop.com  Spice Route Supper Club creator and chef Asha Gomez will open her first restaurant, Cardamon Hill, on 1700 Northside Drive this month. Gomez chose to name her restaurant after the well-known mountainous terrain located in the southeast region of her native land of Kerala, India. The restaurant’s menu will feature the same authentic Indian home cooking Gomez treats her Supper Club guests to each month.   George’s, A Burger Joint, celebrates 50 years in business this month. Join them for the anniversary party September 15 - 17. 1041 North Highland Avenue. continued on next page KeepitIntown.com

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Events Taqueria del Sol on Howell Mill Road will hold the annual Hatch Chile Festival on Sept. 11 to mark the annual shipment of chiles from New Mexico. The restaurant will host a block party from 5 to 9 p.m. Chef Eddie Hernandez and the Taqueria del Sol team will craft an assortment of specialty dishes incorporating the spicy green peppers. Musician John Henry will return for the second year to provide live entertainment. Tickets are $18.25 per person and include entry and access to all food stations. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Ossabaw Island Foundation. For more information and tickets, visit taqueriadelsol.com Many of the city’s best chefs are coming together for the 8th annual Party in the Kitchen to benefit Open Hand, on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art. Guests are invited to attend don their favorite white attire to support Open Hand’s community nutrition programs, which include medically-appropriate meals and nutrition education to seniors and individuals living with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and cancer. Guests will enjoy an incredible assortment of delectable dishes prepared by Chef Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s, Krog Bar and Kevin Rathbun Steak, Chef Gary Donlick of Bistro Niko, Chef de Cuisine Scott Keefer of The Original El Taco, Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson of Livingston, Executive Chef Peter Kaiser of Twist and more. Admission to the is $175 per ticket. projectopenhand.org Oktoberfest season begins Sept. 17 in the Luckie Marietta District as Der Biergarten and STATS team up for a progressive party featuring food, German draft beers, live music and more. For details about the event, visit derbiergarten.com. The second annual Dine Out Night for Hope and Light will be held Thursday, Sept. 22 at participating Intown restaurants. The event supports the Hope and Light Foundation’s mission to cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Organized by Renee Payne of George’s Bar & Restaurant, other restaurants will include Highland Tap, Fontaine’s Oyster House, Atkin’s Park, Yeah! BURGER, Noche, Manuel’s, Oak Grove Market and from Avondale Estates, Skip’s Chicago Dogs. hopeandlight.org/events/dineout2011. Inman Park Restaurant Week returns Sept. 19 – 25. Each restaurant will offer a threecourse, prix fixe menu, which will cost $15.00, $25.00 or $35.00. 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, Victory Sandwich Bar and Wisteria. The event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank inmanparkrestaurantweek.com.

Tastes from Twitter We asked @ATLINtownpaper followers to suggest a favorite dish to try from an Intown restaurant. Here are some Tweets:

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Catching Up With Community Banks Nearly three years after the big shake-up, there is optimism By Taylor Arnold In the years following the financial collapse of 2008, Georgia’s banks have been hit particularly hard. Even harder hit have been the community banks in and around Atlanta. This economic shake-up has meant big changes for the folks behind the scenes, so Atlanta INtown decided to catch up with some of these community bankers to get their take on the state of community banking today and where they see it in the future. With over 40 years in the banking industry, Marvin Cosgray has certainly ridden the highs and lows of this everchanging economic climate. He’s served as president and CEO of several community banks in metro Atlanta since 1985, including The Buckhead Community Bank, which was acquired by State Bank & Trust in late 2009. The Buckhead Community Bank grew quickly during the real estate boom in the early 2000s, and like so many other community banks, took a big hit once the housing market collapsed. But nearly two years later, Cosgray is pleased to report that he is no longer in survival mode. “I feel that there is a bright future for a well capitalized, well managed community bank,” he says. “Unfortunately there will be more community banks closed in Georgia, but it will present an opportunity for the surviving banks to develop new business and grow.” Today he’s managing director of Private Banking at Georgia Commerce Bank where his focus has shifted from real estate to local business development. “Georgia Commerce Bank raised additional capital from the local marketplace, allowing us to become the first bank in Georgia to pay back our TARP money to the U. S. Treasury,” he says. “We opened a new office in Buckhead that

has been successful in developing a strong private banking customer base.” As senior vice president of human resources at Georgia Commerce Bank, Katherine Kay has a unique perspective on the changes in community banking. She, too, was with The Buckhead Community Bank until its acquisition in 2009, but today she is happy to put those difficult times behind her. “Being in HR in a community bank in 2008, my job was focused on cost reductions and doing more with less,” she says. “Now I’m with a well-capitalized bank and we are growing, hiring people, and most importantly, able to help our customers and the communities we serve. It’s a great feeling to get back to what community banking should be.” Another veteran of The Buckhead Community Bank is Donna Kain, who has 30 years of experience working with local business owners. She moved to Fifth Third Bank in early 2011, and today she says the banking climate is growing stronger and more competitive all the time. “My first love in banking has always been working directly with clients, and I am back to doing that on a daily basis,” she says. “The previous three years, I spent most of my time trying to manage problems. I’m thankful for that to be history.” Kain believes Atlanta is still a great place to do business, but she recognizes the importance of keeping strong relationships with her clients. “I will say that banks are much more interested in the total relationship now than they might have been in the past,” she says. “Contrary to what many people think, banks are eager to lend money and are offering competitive rates.” It is this community banking model that keeps Brian McGuire, Vice President of treasury management services at Private Bank of Buckhead, optimistic about the economic future of Atlanta. “If anything, community bank customers have been more loyal during the challenging economy because they are

getting the service other consumers are not,” he says. “Clients of a community bank don’t necessarily think bigger is better. On the contrary, they choose to do business with a local community bank that is small enough to know their customer and tailor their services to the needs of the local businesses and consumers.” As with many places, community banking in Atlanta remains in flux, but according to McGuire, that’s not altogether a bad thing for consumers. “That climate of change has in many ways presented them with choices and opportunity,” he

says. “There are some banks that remain on regulatory watch lists, but there also are some strong healthy banks. I am pleased to say that both through luck and strategic vision, ours is one of those healthy banks.” After three years of big changes for community banks, one thing’s for sure. This crew remains committed to the local market. “Community bankers have always been viewed as the most trusted advisors in their communities,” Kay says. “Even during these difficult times, we have always maintained that level of trust. Our customers are loyal, and they’ve weathered the storm with us.”

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood

Why Social? There is a bit of irony about a social media article in a printed newspaper. Although Atlanta INtown has an excellent mobile version and has nearly 13,000 followers on Twitter (@ATLINtownPaper), the majority of its content can be found in the paper you’re holding in your hands. Why? Because it’s locally-focused. Meant to be found, read and enjoyed at locations all over the city. Why is an under-explored concept in social media. Even though the social sphere is changing rapidly, or maybe because it’s changing rapidly, many businesses and organizations see the need to jump in without exploring why beyond answers like “because Facebook has 750 million users so my information needs to be there, too.” Really they should be answering why. Why it’s good for customers and for the business. There are some local standouts. Here’s my short list of favorite local businesses and organizations using social. A quick glance with an eye to why and providing Twitter handles for each. Find them on Facebook, too. Keep in mind that not only do they have a good social presence, each offers a uniquely awesome product or service. That’s

something no amount of Twittering will change. Atlanta Street Food Coalition and King of Pops (@ATLStreetFood, @ theKingofPops) – Why? Location, location, location. It’s all about where they are and what they’re serving, with these mobile businesses. Only takes a quick look at Facebook and Twitter to see what’s for lunch and if they’re in the hood. Plus, Atlanta Street Food comes with a side of advocacy, promoting a single mission of tasty food cart and trucks to make meals more local by the day. The Plaza (@plazaatlanta) – The oldest, hippest movie house in town has become a non-profit. So besides finding their latest indie events, movie listings and specials you can find volunteer opportunities and other ways to help keep The Plaza alive and kicking as the best local movie theater around. Scoutmob and Half Off Depot (@ scoutmob, @halfoffdepot) - Local deals. By the day and by the hour. Why? Customer engagement, both to and from the community. Why check a website when you can easily see the latest offering in your news stream or Twitter feed? They both have an app for that too.


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INtown is proud of our multi-talented contributors, Brigette Flood and Sandy Tyler for their art installation with Art on the BeltLine. Check it out! www.beltline.org KeepitIntown.com

Business & Retail Briefs Atlantic Station is expected to open new Market Pop-Up Shops and Marketplace Kiosks in September and October. The “London style” stalls will be in the alley alongside Z Gallerie. Moveable kiosks will be placed in locations throughout the shopping district. Atlantic Station is currently selecting vendors. atlanticstation.com Imagine Downtown, a community development entity created by The Atlanta Development Authority, has changed its name to Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. (AEMI). The new name reflects more accurately its mission to attract investments to benefit the entire City of Atlanta. AEMI employs the New Markets Tax Credit program, which is a federal program designed to spur capital investment and job creation in underserved markets. atlantaemergingmarkets.com. Blo Beauty Bar has opened its first Atlanta location in Brookhaven at 2565 Apple Valley Road. The focus of this concept salon is directed towards crafting specific looks, based on the wants and needs of each individual client. blobeautybar.com. The Georgia Historical Society has named Atlanta real-estate and sports franchise mogul Thomas G. Cousins and former U.N. Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew J. Young, Jr. as Trustees. georgiahistory.com Vinings Jubilee shopping center will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the opening of the outdoor Tower Stage, which will play host events, musial performances and more. viningsjubilee.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/viningsjubilee. Raanan Pritzker, CFA has been hired by Fifth Third Private Bank as Vice President, Senior Wealth Management Advisor providing clients and professional organizations with customized solutions and investment services. Raanan is based in Buckhead at Fifth Third’s headquarter location in the Sovereign Building. 53.com The Emory Inn, the French style inn adjacent to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, has recently completed an update that includes all 107 guestrooms, public space and swimming pool. emoryconferencecenter.com


Schroder Public Relations is expanding its firm by hiring four new members to their team: Helen Grebe, pictured, as vice president, Jan Schroder as editorial director, Crystal Cooper as account coordinator and Ashley Lodge as intern. schroderpr.com Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Jean-Claude Detilleux, representing the Paris Region Development Office and Elisabeth Le Masson, representing Paris Airports, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen relations between Atlanta and France and its airports. The goal is to create growth, jobs and companies wishing to expand internationally to Europe or the United States. Communications agency Cohn & Wolfe has appointed Stephen M. Brown as Executive Vice President, Managing Director for Cohn & Wolfe Atlanta. Brown joins from MSL where he was Senior Vice President and led the consumer practice. cohnwolfe.com.

Ten Thousand Villages in Virginia Highland is celebrating its 18th anniversary. Check out their website at atlanta.tenthousandvillages. com.

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Please consider nominating a student living or going to school in metro Atlanta; who is under 20 years old; and, who deserves a salute for community service in the January ‘12 issue. 1. Nominee: full name, age, grade and school, contact info 2. Nominator: your full name, relationship to nominee, contact info 3. Short paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition for community service. Include any actions, characteristics, projects, goals and areas of interest that will help illustrate your point Email to: Wendy Binns, Wendy@AtlantaINtownPaper.com

The Women’s Economic Development Agency (WEDA), a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost coaching and education to startups, will be holding informative sessions from September to November to learn step by step the process to obtain the funds for business needs, branding and more. WEDA is based at 1389 Peachtree St., Suite 102. weda-atlanta.org or (678) 904-2201 The Brookhaven Arts Alliance announces the opening of the Brookhaven Art Gallery located in Town Brookhaven. There will be an opening reception on on Friday, Sept. 23, 7 to 10 p.m. Curated by Denise Jackson, owner of Emerging Art Scene Gallery, the pop-up gallery will feature a photography exhibit in conjunction with the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival. Guests will be able to view the works of David Rams, Jonathan D. Orozco, Shane Durrance and Smitty Smith. brookhavenartsalliance.com Atlanta high school students seeking to learn more about business have the opportunity to build their resumes by applying to the JA Fellows program. Applications are currently being accepted on the JA Fellows website, jafellows.com. The program is free of charge and is open to all metro Atlanta students who will be in high school during the 2011/2012 school year and has several meeting sites in the city.

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What’s cooking at Stove works? Work environment brews collaboration

By Sydia Bell When was the last time you sat down and had a conversation that allowed you to share creative business solutions, be inspired by your peers and network among friends? That is exactly what happens every day at The Stove Works, a restored industrial complex on Krog Street in Inman Park. Many might only know the building as the home of Rathbun’s restaurant and Krog Bar, but there’s a multitude of creative businesses that also inhabit this historic space. I recently sat down with Shachar Oren of Neurotic Media, Richard Taylor of Taylor Architecture, Erik Stadler founder of Blue Sombrero, and Cliff Bramble, general manager of Rathbun’s. We gathered in Dolly Evans’ space, where she has operated Small Business Services for more than a decade, to discuss the collaborative atmosphere at The Stove Works. “It’s always good to do business with people you know,” said Bramble. Since the complex is home to more than 15 different creative companies, the ability to network, learn from and be inspired by other businesses can only help with delivering the best possible product. The collaborative process is highlighted by the work between three enterprises in The Stove Works: Mountain View Group, Mira Design & Strategy and Three Squared. All have benefited from collaborating with one another and have gone so far as

hiring each other as contractors on certain projects. This isn’t a complex that feels dry and sterile; on the contrary The Stove Works attracts companies whose owners and employees alike “don’t own a pair of slacks,” according to Oren. Every business just seems to “fit” and that is exactly what Jeanie Wooster, owner of The Stove Works, strived for when choosing tenants. Bramble credits Wooster with creating such a healthy work environment because “the person who owns the building knows the building and cares.” For Wooster it isn’t just about the bottom line or collecting a check, she understands that the personality found at The Stove Works is one of its greatest assets and is exactly what fosters credibility amongst the group. Whether it is the food trucks found there every Wednesday, dog friendliness or free parking, The Stove Works has put the familiar saying, “Two heads are better than one,” into practice.

Clockwise from left, Stove Works tenants gather to speak with the writer; central hallway; sign for the Wednesday food truck lunch gathering; entrance.

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By Sydia Bell When you hear the word “weatherization,” images of rooftop solar panels and expensive futuristic gadgets might come to mind. On the contrary, weatherization is about being comfortable in your home during the winter months and saving money on cooling costs in the summer. One way to do that is through Sustainable Home Initiative in the New Economy (SHINE), a residential weatherization program that offers Atlanta homeowner’s up to $3,500 in rebates towards qualifying improvements. Atlanta resident, Kathleen Sobush, recently took advantage of the rebate program and made improvements to her 1920’s home. After a qualified contractor from the SHINE program informed her that 16.5 percent of the air being distributed throughout her home was lost through duct leaks, she made the decision to go forward with repairs. In a week’s time, all improvements were made from her electrical outlets being insolated, duct system being caulked and window trimmings capped and sealed. With most of the work being done by the contractors and the rest on her own, resulting in a 7 percent decrease in escaping air, Sobush said her home felt “a lot more comfortable and less drafty.” The Caldwell family, who were one of the first to take advantage of the program in 2010, KeepitINtown.com

had previously insulated their 1938 home and was surprised by the findings. After an assessment, an inspector said he had never seen a draftier home. Once repairs were made, the Caldwells not only felt the differences in the climate of their house but in their pockets. To date the Caldwells have saved more than $500 when comparing cooling costs for the month of July in 2010 to 2011 and have had a 44 percent reduction of air loss. They are not only pleased with the results, but encourage others to take advantage of the program. SHINE inspectors came into both homes and began the process by conducting an assessment looking into carbon monoxide levels, appliance and lighting efficiency, air quality and storm water considerations. Once the audit was preformed, both homeowners were given a list of improvements that would reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality. All upgrades were prioritized and ranked according to what was most urgent and where the most savings would be realized. Then it was up to the homeowner to decide which improvements were going to be made. Once all repairs were made, the assessors returned and conducted a post-test where all results were given to homeowner and submitted to Georgia Power for rebate criteria. For both Sobush and the Caldwell family, the SHINE program gave them a heads up on issues that weren’t on their list of improvements. Sobush was informed that her air conditioning unit would need to be replaced in the near future and the Caldwells were notified of a potentially dangerous gas leak. Although initially interested in improving the comfort and cost efficiency, both homeowners found that their families overall safety was also enhanced. For more information visit shineatlanta.com.

Kathleen Sobush (top photo) used the SHINE pogram to make improvements to her home (bottom left). The Caldwell Family (above) were early adopters of the program for their home (bottom right).

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Go Green, Go Dry Clean When shopping locally, it is important to support the businesses that are mindful about healthier products and services that contribute to creating a more holistic community for us all to live, work and play. From restaurants to clothing boutiques, Atlanta is full of businesses who are adopting Zero Waste Zone practices, offering eco-friendly services and creating an overall culture of sustainability for the benefit and health of our city. Dry cleaning might not be the first thing you think when going green, but the service increases a garments’ longevity and reduces the amount of water and soap used in traditional at-home washing cycles since it is recommended that dresses, suits and pants be worn 4 times per each dry clean. However, undoing all its good is the fact that over 85 percent of all drycleaners throughout the United States use a process that involves Perchlorethylene (Perc, for short), a chemical which is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a known human toxin. The chemical enters the body through inhalation and skin absorption, and unlike ingestion that allows the chemical to eventually be filtered out, Perc remains stored in fat tissue where it acts as a hormone disruptor and possible carcinogen. Through the traditional dry cleaning process Perc can also leak, spill and emit its harmful properties into our air, land and water causing smog, contaminated drinking water and the killing of plant life. But one Buckhead business has taken a stand against Perc and other traditional dry cleaning chemicals.

For over 20 years national franchise concept OXXO Care Cleaners has used the GreenEarth cleaning process that uses liquid silicone, a gentle, odorless and colorless solution made from one of the earth’s safest and most abundant natural resources, instead. The GreenEarth process is threefold safe for the environment, safe for you and safe for your clothing. While OXXO Cleaners does cost slightly more than its traditional, chemical-based competitors, paying the higher premium is a small price to pay for your health and environment. If you are unable to find a green dry cleaner that is convenient to your home or work, ask your cleaner about their cleaning methods and how they handle their solvent waste streams. Solvent smells are a surefire way to tell if they are compliment, as odors can indicate improper processing or solvent use. It is important to “vote with your checkbook,� so if they are not in line with proper safety requirements, take your business to someone who is. You can always make the dry cleaning process even greener by recycling your hangers and garment plastic covering. OXXO Care Cleaners will reuse all returned hangers for future garment hanging and recycles all plastic through local recycling efforts. Ask your cleaners if they do the same and if they do not, encourage them to start. OXXO Care Cleaners is located at 3167 Peachtree Road. For more local, eco-friendly businesses in Atlanta, visit LauraSeydel.com/ green-resource-guide.


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Eco-Briefs Trees Atlanta has named Connie Veates and Greg Lavine as co-executive directors of Trees Atlanta. Veates, former president of the Trees Atlanta Board, will be chief operating officer responsible for development, communications, finance, and more. Lavine, longtime staffer at trees Atlanta, will be chief program officer responsible for Neighborwoods, forest restoration, and building maintenance. For more information, visit treesatlanta.org. During the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the city welcomed thousands of athletes, international reporters, and millions of visitors from around the world. In an effort to put its best foot forward, The Clean Air Campaign, environmentalists and political leaders encouraged employers to let employees work from home, carpool, or take public transportation to cut down on congestion and pollution. The Clean Air Campaign is now celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and continues to help protect the public’s health. Each day the program eliminates 1.4 million miles of vehicle travel and keeps 700 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. “The same approach used during the 1996 Local Choose Olympics to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality continues today,” said

Brian Carr, director of communications for The Clean Air Campaign. “As a result, air quality in Georgia has improved over the past 15 years. More people are connecting the dots between traffic, air quality and meaningful actions they can take, which becomes more important as Georgia continues to grow.” For more information, visit cleanaircampaign.org. Virginia Highland will benefit from two grants for parks. One is for $40,000 toward the Orme Park Project, which is already under construction. The funds will provide tree recompense, rain garden, granite seal wall, plants and a new masonry sign for the park. The second grant of $50,000, awarded to the Virginia Highland League by Park Pride, will help the ongoing fund for the two vacant lots at North Highland Avenue and St. Charles Place. For more details and design, visit vahi.org.

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One bedroom/ one bath floor plans remain, from floors 30 to 39. At Twelve Centennial Park Condos, you’ll find an outside pool with tiki bar, fitness center, 24-hour concierge service, clubroom, media room, business center and private conference room. Features include floor-to-ceiling windows, 10-foot

You can get to nearby shops, schools, eateries and entertainment — all without a car. And some studies show you’re happier as a result. A number of Intown walkable communities certainly want to leave you smiling. These condominiums and townhomes are all about location — and the features each offers, of course.

ansleyparkside.com “Charlestonian elegance” is what you’re in for at Ansley Parkside Townhomes, according to Christa Huffstickler, ABR, broker associate, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Morris & Raper Real Estate Consultants. Located on Monroe Drive near Piedmont Road, the community is within walking distance of Piedmont Park, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Ansley Mall, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping. Five of the 41 brick and stone townhomes — that start in the $350,000s — are under contract. The classic brownstones include three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and two-car garages, with square footage ranging from 1,992 to 2,218. Other amenities include 10-foot smooth ceilings on the first and second floors, site-finished hardwood floors and gourmet kitchens with designer cabinets and granite countertops. Master suites feature six-foot tubs with separate tile showers, tile floors and designer cabinets with granite countertops. Other draws: wrought iron railings, crown molding, direct vent fireplaces with gas logs and marble surround, along with sizable decks. There’s also a saline swimming pool and entertainment pavilion. Phase Two development plans now are underway.

twelvecentennialpark.com More than 95 percent sold, Twelve Centennial Park Condos is within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Dome and Philips Arena. Homeowners at the 39-floor residential tower also enjoy the convenience of walking to work at nearby corporate offices. KeepitINtown.com

ceilings, granite countertops and large balconies. In the retail space under the building, dining options include Jimmy John’s, Mellow Mushroom and Gyro King. The condominiums are located on the Marta Civic Center station train route that takes you directly to CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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access from parking deck to residence from certain floors, White Provision Residences is nearly 50 percent sold. White Provision is part of the Westside Provisions District that offers dining, home interiors, fashions, galleries and specialty shopping and services. A mixed-use community, Westside Provisions District (westsidepd.com) is home to some of Atlanta’s finer dining establishments, such as Abattoir, Bacchanalia, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, Figo, Ormsby’s, and more. The condominiums are walking distance to the Westside Urban Market with retail and restaurants. “Today, Westside Provisions District is the place to go in Atlanta,” says Leslie Williamson, vice president, marketing, Coldwell Banker NRT Development Advisors. “You can walk out your door at White Provision Residences and enjoy fine dining, or food on the go, as well as shop for home interiors, local fashion, artwork, wines and much more.” Private terraces, an on-site fitness facility, storage units, outdoor swimming pool and pool pavilion and fully furnished guest suites make up other amenities at White Provision. Specials include: Tax abatement through 2022; FHA financing; ADA Beltline down payment assistance: One-bedroom homes from the $190s, two bedrooms from the $240s. glenwoodpark.com An urban community two miles east of downtown Atlanta, between Grant Park and the East Atlanta Village, Glenwood Park is a mixed-use development that includes retail, restaurants, office space, parks and a community pool. The homes are 100 percent EarthCraft construction. The 375 residential units include single-family homes, traditional and stacked townhouses, live/work units and condominiums. “I personally live in Glenwood Park and am a real estate agent with a large focus on the community,” says Robert B. Blaha, broker sales associate, Atlanta Fine Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty. “I was the previous president of the Homeowners Association and absolutely love living here. It has a CONTINUED ON PAGE 46 KeepitIntown.com

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Real Estate Briefs Owens Realty Network, a full-service commercial and residential real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Florida, recently opened its third office location at 4200 Northside Parkway. This office marks the company’s third opening since its founding by Bob Owens and Anne MilliansRoche in 2010.

$99,900 for a 2 bedroom. The lofts range from 622 to 1,230 square feet, and all homes feature 10-foot ceilings, hardwood or concrete floors, exposed ductwork, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, spacious walk-in closets, abundant natural lighting and more. The Marketing Directors are handling sales and marketing for the property. 5300Lofts.com

www.keepitINtown.com Supporting local arts institutions is crucial to maintaining Atlanta’s vibrant and expansive cultural landscape. - Laura Flusche, Ph.D., Associate Director, Museum of Design Atlanta

Being a small, local business we appreciate and understand the effort that it takes to try and grow a business. We believe that there are so many amazing local products, people, and businesses in Atlanta right now that we want to support them when possible. The Little Tart Bakeshop, with whom we will share the space, just helps us both to create the synergy to do what we all do best and promote both complimentary businesses. - Tony Riffel, Octane Coffee


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(l-r): Presenting their donation to the Atlanta Mission are Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s agent Charles Gerrick, President David Boehmig, Atlanta Mission President Jim Reese and agent Debbie Pille.

The contribution by home owner C. Tycho Howle of 20 percent of the proceeds of the $1.8 million sale of a Powers Ferry Road estate to the Atlanta Mission was complemented by an additional donation by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty and the two listing agents Charles Gerrick and Debbie Pille. Proceeds benefited the 73-year-old charity serving Atlanta’s homeless. High-tech entrepreneur C. Tycho Howle and his wife Marie, designed and built the estate, called the “Gift House,” for the purpose of providing funds to five charities.

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(l-r): Linda McNeeley talked with Intown office associates Adam Ellis and Patti Ellis at the party introducing Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Intown office at the One Peachtree Pointe building.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty recently hosted a Bare Walls Party to show off its new Intown office at the One Peachtree Pointe building at 1545 Peachtree Street. The office will be fully operational in early fall. Domus Group has acquired the 5300 Lofts, a 242 loft-condominium community located in the heart of Chamblee. There are 130 homes available priced from $59,900 for a studio, $73,900 for a 1 bedroom and

Cousins Properties and Gables Residential have started construction on the $250 million Emory Point mixeduse development on Clifton Road. The development will include more than 80,000 square feet of retail space and 443 luxury apartments. Half of the 25-acre site will remain wooded and protected and Gables will seek EarthCraft certification for the apartments. The $100+ million Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by fall 2012. The second and third phases of the project will be developed according to market demand in an area. Green Street Properties will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with Party on Ponce featuring local music and street food at newly named Ponce City Market. The event, which will feature Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins and Francine Reed, will be held Oct. 1. See Intown Datebook on Page 24 for more details and tickets. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has introduced a new website, Homes.BeltLine.org, to help homebuyers buy homes near the BeltLine and receive up to $50,000 in down payment assistance in three simple steps. The site shows eligible property listings, approved lenders, and explains how the down payment assistance program works. Household income must not exceed $68,300 for households of 1-2 people, and $78,545 for households of 3 or more. Any home in the BeltLine Tax Allocation District may received up to 20 percent of the sales price for homes up to $252,890. Seven Oaks has hired industry veteran Harry Conley as CEO of their new property management division. With more than 30 years of commercial real estate experience, Conley has directed multistate and national facilities services accounts for corporate clients, and opened more

than 6 million square feet of Class A office assets across the United States. The 1776 Peachtree building located between Midtown and Buckhead is getting a new lease on life. Owners Denholtz Associates hired Jova/Daniels/Busby Architects to address dated interior spaces, low ceilings, poor lighting issues, electrical and mechanical needs at the seven-story building constructed in 1963.

The Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, with a luncheon at the home of Adele and Jim Abrahamson and a late afternoon/ evening tour of four homes. Proceeeds from the event benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. armhc.org. The Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 the day of the tour. Details about the event wree still be decided at press time. Visit lakeclairehometour.com to buy tickets and find out more information.

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charming village feel and a wide variety of people who live here, and is walkable to so many things: restaurants, coffee shop, gym, salon, doctors’ offices, smoothie shop, Marta, Brewer Park, swimming pool; plus, we sit right on the Atlanta Beltline.” Some of the active listings available include: A three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath townhome, at 500 Brasfield Square, priced at $475,000; five units (three- and four-bedroom townhomes) at 454 Hamilton Street, priced from $339,000 to $379,000 and three studios at $109,000. Three new construction single-family homes within Glenwood Park include four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. The homes, starting at $459,900, each will feature a chef kitchen with a 36-inch gas range, large island for entertaining and a Butler’s pantry leading into a formal dining room. The living room offers a fireplace and coffered ceilings, while the master suites include a jetted tub and separate shower, double vanity, travertine flooring and granite countertops Construction is slated to wrap this month on the homes that also include front patios and decks overlooking landscaped yards.

PERSPECTIVES IN ARCHITECTURE Melody Harclerode Ninety-three year old Cecil A. Alexander, Jr. describes his exceptional life during a visit to his home and in his unpublished biography. A founder of the former 300-person architectural firm, FABRAP, and Fellow with the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), Alexander served as the architect for numerous buildings in Atlanta and around the United States. Alexander designed his first office building in 1949, the Peachtree and 7th Building and now the converted Peachtree Lofts in Midtown. From 1953 to 1984, Atlanta-based FABRAP created architecture emphasizing the function and structure of buildings over ornamentation as evident with the Coca-Cola Headquarters off North Avenue, BellSouth Tower near the Fox NT168 MECH ATLIN | 1-2V 4C 2011-09 SEP.indd 46 IN town September 2011


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Theatre, and Georgia Tech facilities such as the Student Center and Chemistry Building. Asked about his favorite project, Alexander responds, “My house.” Aptly named the Round House, his former Buckhead home with late wife, Hermi, remains a masterpiece today fifty-four years after its completion for its innovative use of brick, glass and steel. He calls the 1965 opening night of the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a FABRAP facility designed with the local firm Heery, “a dream realized in KeepitIntown.com

fact” and its 1997 demolition “criminal”. He championed the re-use of the facility as a soccer stadium. The name FABRAP represented the first letter from the last names of its principals: James Finch, Cecil Alexander, Miller Barnes, Bernard Rothschild, and Caraker Paschal. The only living principal, Alexander exemplifies a life full of courage and leadership. In the company of Helen, his lovely second wife, he recalls, “I lost all interest in architecture” after hearing the horror of the Holocaust from Jewish survivors. The Atlanta native halted his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) for four years to join the Marine Corps and fight as a bomber pilot in sixty World War II missions. Back in Atlanta by 1948, the war veteran led the battle against racial segregation as a committee chairman under Mayors William Hartsfield and Ivan Allen. He helped to organize a dinner reception honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. for his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize despite reluctance in the business community. Dr. King wrote him saying “...few events have warmed my heart, as did this occasion.” Detesting the Confederate symbols in the 1956 state of Georgia flag, Alexander personally designed its replacement. His design for the state flag flew over Georgia from 2001 to 2004. The architect received AIA awards for his civil rights and community activism and attracted clients who supported his civic work. He adds, “I did well by doing good.” A two-hour conversation with Cecil A. Alexander, Jr., FAIA leaves me in awe.

Students Design BeltLine Architecture Fair explores building vibrant communities How would students design vibrant communities along the Atlanta BeltLine? Elementary, middle, and high school students around metro Atlanta explore this fascinating question at this year’s AIA Atlanta Youth Architecture Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the High Museum. The Youth Architecture Fair offers an exciting afternoon for young people to express their imaginative thoughts, apply their creativity and make fun models with the theme “Explore the Beltline, Explore the Future.” As the keynote speaker, Ryan Gravel, a Senior Associate at Perkins + Will who conceived the Beltline as a Georgia Tech graduate student, sets the tone for young minds to consider how this $2.8 billion redevelopment project shapes Atlanta with its mix of parks, trails and transit. Reflecting on his ideas, students divide into small groups, sketch, design and create their own

building models for a gigantic city model under the guidance of volunteer architects and design professionals. The Fair culminates with the student presentation of their designs in front of families, friends and visitors to the High Museum. This event is free for all elementary, middle and high school students. Registration ends on Friday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. To register, contact Missy Bower at missy@aiaatl.org or visit AIA Atlanta online at aiaatlanta.org. Select the “Students and Interns” and then tab the “K-12” for more information. The K-12 committee of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) sponsors the Youth Architecture Fair and other educational programs throughout the year to engage and educate students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, their teachers and families about architecture.

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Think Fall, Dream Spring Gardening Walt Harrison Writing an article for publication usually means submitting the article, sometimes months, before the public might actually read it. When writing a garden column, the challenge is to find a topic that is appropriate when the paper hits the streets. So, I’m sitting here in the middle of what has been a long, hot summer trying to inspire you to get out in the garden or at least to begin thinking about it. After all, fall is just a little ways down the road with its wonderful weather and gardening will again be a joy and a pleasure. The other great thing about fall besides the weather and football is something that landscape professionals and serious gardeners already know: fall is absolutely the best time to plant. Almost all perennials, shrubs and trees benefit greatly from fall planting meaning October through December. This is because the earth retains heat longer than the atmosphere and soil temperatures remain relatively high until winter really sets in. Plants going into the ground in the fall have time for roots to penetrate the surrounding soil and begin taking up water and nutrients. Plants become established and will have a big head start when spring breaks. As air temperatures decline, the plant uses less water and by November, watering can be discontinued until spring. Do be aware that a prolonged winter drought coupled with very low temperatures can make supplemental winterwatering a good idea for new plantings. A bit of work in the fall will bring great rewards in the spring. With the big task of planting done, you can take a little time in the spring and enjoy the fruits of your fall efforts. I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting plants and one that captured my attention this summer and really needs to be planted this fall is a new variety of Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia ‘Echo Mango’. This plant comes by its common name honestly because the flower is conical with a vivid orange-red bloom on a long stem resembling a poker that’s been heating in the embers of a fire. Kniphofia is a neat, very unusual plant that is useful as a specimen or back of the border plant in the garden and also wonderful for flower arrangements. Older varieties of Kniphofia only bloom two or three weeks in mid-summer but ‘Echo Mango’ has changed all of this. It is one of a series developed by local nurseryman Richard Saul of Saul Brother Nurseries and will re-bloom continually from mid-summer

to frost, hence the name “Echo”. ‘Echo Mango’ is a beautiful shade of peach and other colors will soon be available. Give ‘Echo Mango’ plenty of sun and rich, well-drained soil and, once established, it will become a drought-tolerant fixture in your garden. Another plant that impressed me this summer is Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’. Gaillardia (common name blanket flower) has been available to gardeners for a long time and there are a number of species native to various parts of the country. A couple of weeks ago, I was walking through the dunes to the beach on Tybee Island and saw a great stand of Gaillardia growing in the sand, in full sun, and blooming like crazy. Obviously, this plant likes it hot and sunny along with soil that is well-drained and infertile. For all you folks with beach houses, it’s also very salt tolerant, something rare among cultivated plants. It’s not very often that one gets to see a plant in such extreme conditions. In your garden, this obviously means full sun and very well-drained soil without a lot of organic matter (think plenty of sand) and be careful not to overwater. In Atlanta, Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ should be treated like an annual and planted in spring because it may not survive the winter. You may say, “Why bother with a plant that’s finicky and has to be planted every year?” Keep reading. This plant has beautiful daisy-like yellow flowers with hints of orange in the petals and seed heads. Blooms are about 1.5 inches across and the plant will bloom profusely from late spring until frost, especially if you deadhead. This is not the same thing as being a Deadhead. Deadheading refers to the removal of the spent flower

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blooms after the petals get unsightly or drop from the seed head. This will stimulate a new round of blooms and is often effective in a wide variety of flowering herbaceous plants (herb-like as opposed to woody stemmed plants). Actually, the seed heads of this plant are attractive and can be used in flower arrangements. The plant is 18-24 inches tall and, when planted in your garden, will be a steady bloomer providing continuous color. Believe me, you will like ‘Oranges and Lemons’. When I need information about plants I’m interested in or if I’m trying to understand the “how-to’s” of successfully growing a particular plant, I often talk to other gardeners and landscape professionals. Their observations and experiences provide invaluable information. You will find these people (also your local garden center employees) more than willing to answer any questions you may have. I’ve also come to frequently use the internet to start my research or to help verify information I’ve received from other sources. It’s not a be-all-end-all but a powerful and useful tool. Next time you’re on the computer, here are a couple of plants for you to Google while enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of your home. Helenium (most any variety) and Ruella Brittoniana ‘Purple Shower’ are hardy perennials that can be planted in the fall and will knock your socks off by mid-summer. These two varieties also attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. What could be better?


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My sister, Laura lives in Boston and has the green thumb in the family. She makes beautiful terrariums but since I’ve always lived far away, I miss out on ever receiving one of these lovely, low maintenance creations. So I get my fix at Garden, an impeccably designed and curated garden shop on the west side of Atlanta. Chad Wellbrock, the Manager at Garden, offered me a few tips for creating your own terrarium. First, look for any plants that are slow growing that do not like a lot of moisture. Succulents often work best, but just remember that they will need a lot of sunlight to thrive. Chad likes using begonias too as they do well in this setting. You’ll need a coarse soil mix next and Chad recommends a cactus blend. At Garden

pick they’ve created their own special mix and offer it for sale if you live close to Atlanta... When you’re ready, place your soil in your glass container, (CB2 sells the pendant globes very cheap) then arrange your plants on a work surface until you find the combination that works best. To add height, try some pencil cactus. Just remember, the container should have an opening wide enough to fit your plant and your hand... The biggest no-no is overwatering. Since spray misters can cause you to have to clean the glass, Chad recommends taking a bottle of filtered water and a drinking straw and siphoning a couple squirts of water for your plants just once a week. Easy peasy. Thanks, Chad...

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Authentique There’s something to be said about stores that just make you happy the moment you step inside. The mood that’s created,

the detail, the collection of items, the care of placement...all is what Candi McElhannon does brilliantly. Owner of Authentique, a home decor shop in Inman Park, Candi describes her store aesthetic as repurposed, industrial chic. A moment later, she adds, ‘It’s home goods with personality.’ And it’s true- all of her artful displays tell a story, with each individual piece adding their own personal flair to the narrative. Candi admits she has a lamp addiction and it’s apparent they’ve been chosen as the main characters throughout her shop, adding weight and balance to every scene. She loves to find old lamps that need a hardware update or a new shade to create the right transformation. I’m in lust with this old metal and glass doctor’s cabinet. Candi believes it’s from the 40’s. The shape and texture of this is so unique and that white lamp with a rust colored shade ties this little ensemble together perfectly. One thing you’ll notice in Candi’s store is that it’s not very feminine. In fact, it leans more toward the masculine, which is Candi’s

preference in design. Her favorite color is black but yet she does black so femininely perfect, right? Although her space is relatively smallabout 500 square feet, Candi creates mini rooms with her displays, offering a hint of what’s possible by combining this with that. It’s a space that inspires, which can only enhance the shopper’s experience. Candles are a big seller for Candi and she carries some wonderful scents by Voluspa. They fill the many nooks and crannies of the shop and help set the mood. I got a thing for chicken wire. I don’t know what it is but whenever I see anything made out of or utilizing chicken wire, I stare at it and try to will it into my home. This wonderful light fixture is my new must-have. Born and raised in the South, Candi is attracted to sturdy items built to last like farm tools, tables, crates and old trunks. As she continues to grow with the store, (just open now for two years) she hopes to bring in more used pieces that are one of a kind and handcrafted- items rich in character and subtext essential for every storyteller. Hattie, Candi’s adorable ‘brown dog’ as some call her, is a tail wagging love bug. Hattie considers the shop her home and can be heard thumping her tail against the floor the moment you walk inside. Or sometimes she just rolls on over so you get the message quick to rub her tummy. She’s good at getting your attention and making you smile. Hmmm, someone takes after their mamma...Thanks for sharing your wonderful shop Candi.

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SANDY SPRINGS Charming & authentic replica of a Tuscan Villa situated on 2.5 acres. Tile roof, beautiful pool and so much more. 4Bed/3.5Bath $1,090,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4208615

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September 2011, Atlanta INtown  

Our Keep IT INtown special edition encourages readers to choose local and shop local.

September 2011, Atlanta INtown  

Our Keep IT INtown special edition encourages readers to choose local and shop local.