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80 Years: The Right Care. Right Here. Allergy & Immunology

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Neonatalogy

Orthopedic Surgery

Podiatry

Eugene S. Hurwitz, M.D. Center for Allergy & Asthma 37 Calumet Parkway, Bldg. F Suite 201 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)683-4050

James G. Burson, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2090

Leonard L. Sacks, M.D. (770)951-1665

Scott R. Arrowsmith, M.D. 130 Governor's Square, Ste. C Fayetteville, GA 30215 (770)631-9991

Gregory Alvarez, D.P.M. Michael F. Dombek, D.P.M. Robert B. Weinstein, D.P.M. Ankle & Foot Centers of GA 2326 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-6100

Theodore M. Lee, M.D. Peachtree Allergy & Asthma Clinic, P.C. (404)351-7520

Anesthesiology Thomas F. Hardman, M.D. Richard C. Mims, Jr., M.D. Pradeepkumar R. Nalla, M.D. Timothy J. Powell, M.D. Neil R. Seeley, M.D. Kenneth A. Shaw, M.D. Kevin J. Sheahan, M.D. G. Eugene Spier, M.D. Southern Crescent Anesthesiology (770)251-2060

Cardiology Nimish N. Dhruva, M.D. Thippeswamy H. Murthy, M.D. Charles W. Pettus, M.D. Sumandeep S. Sangha, M.D. Jose A. Torres, M.D. George J. Vellanikaran, M.D. Cardiac Disease Specialists, P.C. 58 Hospital Road, Suite 106 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-0611

Dentistry Gordon C. Fraser, Jr., D.M.D. Cleland Periodontics 1605 Highway 34 East, Ste. A Newnan, GA 30265 (678)423-5000

Hadley N. Heindel, III, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Family Practice M. Steven Cook, M.D. 38-A Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-4700 Christine M. Danforth, M.D. Karen T. Hacker, M.D. William L. Powell, M.D. White Oak Family Practice of Newnan 1615 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)252-6767 Kevin R. Greenwell, M.D. Georgia M. Theriot, M.D. PAPP Clinic 51 Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-5540 Donald L. Griffin, M.D. Archie D. Walden, M.D. Crystal A. Young, D.O. Premier Medical Group of Coweta, P.C. 2700 Highway 34 East, Bldg 300 Newnan, GA 30265 (770)304-0987 Theresa M. Hudson, M.D. 85 Clarke Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)252-5440

Donald M. Galbo, D.D.S. Galbo Dental, P.C. 203 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-3595 John D. Harvey, D.D.S. Periodontics & Dental Implants 166 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-0401

Hans J. Andringa, D.D.S. Children's Dental Care. P.C. 38 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-5757

Barry K. Marcum, D.M.D. Eric D. Mobley, D.D.S. Peachtree Pediatric Dentistry 310 Stevens Entry Peachtree City, GA 30269 (770)486-0054

Dermatology Mark J. Holzberg, M.D. Mark R. Ling, M.D. Peter M. Randle, M.D. Dermatology Specialists of Georgia 128 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-0864

Emergency Medicine Victor M. Camacho, M.D. Kevin T. Cleary, M.D. Diane Dodgen, M.D. George W. Ellard, Jr., M.D. Jay A. Erdman, M.D. Ross E. Greenberg, M.D. Robert J. Halpern, M.D. Selwyn Hartley, M.D. Clifton Lavenhouse, M.D. Wesley L. Leigh, M.D. Roger Olade, M.D. James D. Sloderbeck, M.D. Coweta Emergency Physicians, L.L.C. (706)354-5770

Shazia Khan, M.D. Kidney Clinic 103 Werz Industrial Drive Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-3724 Braham N. Taparia, M.D. 1565 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)252-2727

Obstetrics/Gynecology Brian S. Chadwick, M.D. Charles L. McCord, M.D. Georgia OB/GYN 3345 East Highway 34, Ste. 102 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 (770)252-5290 Walter M. Lonergan, II, M.D. Heide H. Moeling, M.D. Charles V. Slomka, M.D. Lawrence E. Steigelman, M.D. Heather S. Turner, M.D. PAPP Clinic 59 Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-9631

Second location: 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road (770)502-2060

Oncology/Hematology Jonathon C. Bender, M.D. Peachtree Hematology & Oncology Consultants, P.C. (678)829-1060

Mirza A. Kajani, M.D. Digestive & Liver Specialist 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 105 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-2300

Gerald A. Goldklang, M.D. Georgia Cancer Treatment & Hematology Ctr. (770)460-1134

Guy C. Arnall, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 1755 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)254-6040 William E. Barron, M.D. Cleland Child, M.D. Lewis R. Collins, M.D. Kay N. Crosby, M.D. Mary M. Kim, M.D. Andrew T. McDonald, M.D. Evangelos J. Moraitis, M.D. James M. Smith, M.D. Stan W. Smith, M.D. James E. Warren, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Frank R. Faunce, D.D.S. Smiling Faces 302 Stevens Entry Peachtree City, GA 30269 (770)631-4888

Andre D. Feria, M.D. Kidney Clinic (706)885-1900

Gastroenterology

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Miriam J. Burnett, M.D. 777 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 701 Atlanta, GA 30315 (404)530-8200 Linda C. Cunanan, M.D. Romel C. Cunanan, M.D. Cunanan Medical Center 109 Bullsboro Newnan, GA 30264 (770)251-4140 David C. Hart, M.D. Ken H. Park, M.D. David E. Vann, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2040

Lawrence N. Gynther, M.D. Clark-Holder Clinic, P.A. (706)882-8831 Palamalai Mahizhnan, M.D. South Atlanta Hematology & Oncology (770)996-0622 Ruth R. Sarmiento, M.D. Premier Hematology & Cancer Care (404)762-8944

Ophthalmology Jay S. Berger, M.D. 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 203 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-9900 Oren N. Fass, M.D. Ronald S. Weber, M.D. Thomas Eye Group 2700 Highway 34 East, Bldg. 100 Newnan, GA 30265 (678)423-7700 Jackson T. Giles, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

George M. Ballantyne, M.D. Michael V. Cushing, M.D. Michael P. Gruber, M.D. Chad M. Kessler, M.D. Jack H. Powell, III, M.D. Georgia Bone & Joint Summit Healthplex 1755 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2175

Pathology Frederick E. Gilbert, M.D. Michael McEachin, M.D. (770)253-1912

Pediatrics John E. Carter, M.D. James B. Thomas, M.D. Jasmina M. Warren, M.D. Robert L. Whipple, IV, M.D. Newnan Pediatrics 189 Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-2220 Malcolm H. Cole, M.D. Children's Clinic 58 Hospital Road, Ste. 208 Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-0170 Lewis W. Jackson, M.D. Jamison R. Roberts, M.D. Nirmala Seshadri, M.D. Newnan Pediatrics-Thomas Crossroads 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2020

Pediatric Cardiology David W. Jones, M.D. Georgia Pediatric Cardiology (678)289-1988 Jeremy S. Khan, M.D. Eduardo Montana, Jr., M.D. Children Cardiovascular Medicine (404)943-0289

Pediatric Endocrinology Quentin L. Van Meter, M.D. Van Meter Pediatric Endocrinology, P.C. (678)961-2100

Plastic Surgery Philip H. Beegle, M.D. Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. (404)256-1311 Paul D. Feldman, M.D. Edward S. Gronka, M.D. Joseph J. Raniere, M.D. Advanced Aesthetics, P.C. (770)997-8424

Everett J. Mason, D.P.M. Crossroads Podiatry 3229 Highway 34 East Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-8940 Bhavin V. Mehta, D.P.M. Warm Springs, GA (706)655-5700

Pulmonology Shankar Kandaswamy, M.D. Vijay M. Patel, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Radiation Oncology Diana A. Santiago, M.D. Geetha S. Rao, M.D. Newnan Radiation Therapy Ctr. 211 Millard Farmer Ind. Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 (770)254-9600

Radiology Timothy W. Baker, M.D. Scott K. Carroll, M.D. Linda S. Huff, M.D. Joel E. Lightner, M.D. Pardeep K. Mittal, M.D. Steven G. Rogers, M.D. Radiological Services of Newnan (770)253-1912

Surgery Aaron Alford, M.D. Glenn M. McAlpin, M.D. Partners in Faith, Inc. 2700 Highway 34 East, Ste. 200 Newnan, GA 30265 (770)251-6118 Garnet R. Craddock, M.D. PAPP Clinic 2959 Sharpsburg-McCollum Rd. Newnan, GA 30265 (770)502-2054 Clifford A. Cranford, M.D. Joseph W. Parks, III, M.D. Frank S. Powell, M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Urology Donald P. Finnerty, M.D. Bob B. Mann, Jr., M.D. PAPP Clinic 15 Cavender Street Newnan, GA 30263 (770)253-6616

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Jeffrey D. Schultz, D.D.S. 182-A Jefferson Parkway Newnan, GA 30263 (770)304-5577

Joseph W. Williams, M.D. Benjamin E. Woods, M.D. 770 Greison Trail, Ste. F Newnan, GA 30263 (770)251-4120

Newnan Hospital, 60 Hospital Road, P. O. Box 997, Newnan, GA 30263, Phone: 770-253-2330, www.newnanhospital.org


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Features 10 Coweta Artists From pottery and painting to metalwork and new media, see some of the art being produced by talented Cowetans.

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26 Reuse the Past Got a construction project in your future? Find out why Grantville’s Darwin Palmer says you would do well to consider using recycled materials.

32 Sentimental Journey Join photographer Bob Fraley on a picturesque journey along some of the less-traveled roads in Coweta County.

34 Keith Brooking Atlanta Falcon #56 is a tough opponent with a soft spot for kids. Find out how why the Sharpsburg native enjoys his work with children.

41 Tailgating The action isn’t always on the football field itself. Tailgating has as long and glorious a history as the sport it honors, and some Cowetans are fans of tailgating as much as football.

44 A Taste of Asia From Japanese steak and sushi to Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, Asian dining experiences are just a drive away in Coweta County.

52 New neighbors and old friends Two couples became Coweta County neighbors after years as neighbors up north. Then two more — all in the same subdivision.

56 Vintage Lolli Belle Meet the two creative women behind the company getting rave reviews for its vintage-inspired hats.

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66 The Thoughtful Gardener Fall is the time for planting peonies in the South. Start now, since it takes several seasons before the peony will bloom.

70 Let’s Go Whether you’re watching the cobbler make the kids’ new shoes or paying a visit to the local potter, blacksmith and basketmaker, it’s always 1850 at Westville in Lumpkin.

74 Senoia Profile Small-town charm and rural atmosphere are among the reasons some newcomers to the area have decided to make a home in Senoia.

80 Coweta’s Antiques Trail Our county offers a variety of choices for antiques lovers, from vintage jukeboxes to antique dolls, clothing irons and more.

84 Miss Georgia USA Pageant Tanisha Brito shares how she feels about handing over the Miss Georgia USA crown to a new Miss Georgia USA at the Nov. 5 pageant in Newnan.

44 Departments 60 Coweta Cooks He gives away hundreds of homemade cakes each year, and we got Hal Jones to share two of his delicious recipes.

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We were on our way back to Newnan after a day in Montgomery when my boyfriend suggested we stop by the Museum of Fine Arts there. On the heels of an already lovely day, I was thrilled when we wandered through the galleries and came upon an enormous John Singer Sargent painting. Sargent (1856-1925) was a great Impressionist painter whose portraits I have long admired, and it was such a treat to see his “society portrait” of Mrs. Louis Raphael. Smitten as I was by the Sargent painting, I was also impressed with the museum’s collection of folk art, including pieces by Jimmie Lee

The artful life Sudduth. His simple, primitive style was far removed from the formality of the Sargent painting, and yet it spoke to me. Whether enjoyed while traveling or in the course of everyday life, art enriches us wherever it appears, and we celebrate art throughout this issue of the magazine. Years ago, it was pointed out to me that the very first description of God we have is as a creator. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Of all the ways He might have been described — as Father, Comforter, Healer, Friend — it is “creator” that is first mentioned. And so, it was suggested, it is in the act of creating that we are most mirroring the image of our Maker. If such a thought seems too esoteric, then may I suggest this: creating art is fun. Anyone brave enough to visit my house lately has come across a

EDITOR’S LETTER dining table that can’t be used for dining because it’s swamped with supplies. I’m teaching myself the arts of collage and decoupage. After correctly learning to pronounce the word “gesso” (it’s not “guess so,” it’s “jesso,” sort of like Jello), I’ve been altering books, acquiring paints, and amassing a rubber stamp collection that threatens to take over the sewing room. While this newfound art is merely my latest hobby, Coweta has plenty of talented artists whose work is more than just a whim. How inspired I’ve been over the years by the abundance, the variety, of art produced locally. The colorful and whimsical metalwork of Sherry Cook Turner. The amazing, awardwinning sculptures of Carol Harless. The Impressionistic photography art of Billy Newman. Gwen Gazaway’s lovely paintings on handmade paper. When a friend purchased a painting straight off the walls of her Newnan doctor’s office recently, I certainly understood when she described it to me, since I’m an admirer of Pam Trued’s beautiful work myself. We are lucky to have such an active arts community, and I’m particularly grateful for the local arts scene each September when Powers’ Crossroads rolls around. When I got a little happy with the gesso recently, splashing it on the back of a new navy blue dress, I e-mailed an artist friend looking for a little sympathy if not a solution. “Congratulations!” she chirped. “You now have paint clothes!” I guesso. Fondly,

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For many Cowetans, a visit to the

Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival on Labor Day weekend kicks off a season-long emphasis on arts and crafts. More than 200 artists and craftsmen are scattered throughout the festival grounds this year, offering everything from paintings and drawings to photography, wood carvings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more. The festival gets underway Saturday, Sept. 3 and runs through Monday, Sept. 5, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan a stroll through the grounds in search of that perfect piece of artwork. The Coweta County art community is pleased to claim some of these artists and craftsmen as its own, and in this issue we get a sneak peek at the works of Eric Exner, Cathy Jamison and Victor Dallas, all Cowetans who are 2005 Powers’ exhibitors. For them and many other artists and craftsmen, art is a year-round

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pursuit, a love that continues long after the last crumbs of funnelcake have disappeared from the festival grounds. Dan Blake, Ann Lynn Whiteside and Scott Palmer are three more Cowetans living the artistic life, and we think you’ll be as impressed with their talents as we are. Thanks to the efforts of art lovers such as those in the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, local artwork is now being displayed all over the county. From the NewnanCoweta Public Library and Coweta County Welcome Center to doctor’s offices, retail stores and coffee shops, Coweta is proudly sharing its creativity with the community. We’re proud to be able to share it with you, too. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Eric Exner is auto mechanic by day, metal artisan by night By Rebecca Leftwich Photos by Bob Fraley

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It is an unlikely art studio. Absent are the half-finished canvases, paintspattered drop cloths and drafty downtown loft of romantic fiction. Instead, there is a comfortably cluttered auto mechanic’s office. Metal desks, wood paneling, a 1950s kitchen sink and table. Photos. A child’s carefully printed school story. Another’s purple papier-mâché invention. A neatly coveralled elderly man on a back-room couch who rises and, with a still-firm handshake, proudly introduces himself as the artist’s father and then discreetly disappears.

children sweetly picking apples from a tree. On another, a happy-go-lucky boy bangs on a drum while he marches with bare feet away from a trumpet. Purple East Coweta High School Indian mascots face off with Halloween pumpkins, and everything from the cow jumping over the moon to a cowboy cooking his beans over an open range fire can be seen hanging from the ceiling or decorating a wall. All one-dimension, mostly silhouette, metal cut and created from 16-gauge steel, these pieces will grace Exner’s simple canopy for the

And there’s the artist himself. Matter-of-factly attired in his job uniform and ready for another day’s business at Auto Fix on Greenville Street, Eric Exner is far from the crazy-eyed, obsessed artist of legend. And his art is as sturdy and down-toearth as its creator. On one paneled wall of the office, a wild mustang tosses its head as it gallops fiercely toward two

third year at Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival. And once again, he hopes to get them in front of the right people. “You can make a perfectly good product, but if you don’t market it to the right people, you can’t sell it,” Exner explains, taking a break to step through an open door and talk shop with a customer. Exner’s business cards are two-sided, with SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Auto Fix information on one side and Rustic Metal Designs by Eric Exner on the other. Stepping back through after a thorough conversation about a nonworking truck light, Exner addresses the duality. “I always give people the same talk when I hand them a business card,” he says. “I tell them, ‘This is my yucky day job, and this is my fun night job.’” In fact, he doesn’t consider himself an artist at all, just a guy with a hobby. Working on cars is hard, Exner says, and metal work was a natural outgrowth of that experience. “I always wanted to make a widget,” he says. “In reality, this is just my widget.” In business courses, a widget is a fictional product. In Exner’s world, it’s much more. “In auto repair, there’s only so much you can do in a day, and it’s growing and changing fast,” he explains. “I’d like for my son to follow me at least a little bit, but not into auto repair. This is something I hope we can eventually do together.” Patrick, 13, is chronicled in many of the photos scattered around the office. Exner’s eyes grow brighter as he speaks of his son and daughter, Emi, 9, whose photos grace the office as well. Exner’s wife, Joan, is a school teacher, and that’s the road Exner originally chose as well. “I was an industrial arts teacher for four years,” Exner says. “When I was in college, there was such a shortage of teachers that they would pay you extra and recruit you while you were still in school.” The pendulum swung the other way after Exner started teaching, and industrial arts positions were cut. He could have continued teaching,


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As a college art student, Cathy Jamison so feared she would fail in the art world that she changed her major to education. Two “practical” careers later, she finally has embraced her painting passion full-time. “At the time I was majoring in art, I was incredibly perfectionist,” says the former teacher and lawyer. “I just knew I would starve in the art world, and I got more concerned about practical things, like raising a family.” Jamison, the mother of two grown daughters, taught school for a decade, then went to law school and became a practicing environmental lawyer for the state attorney general’s office. Five years later, she returned to the classroom, where she stayed for another 10 years. “I dabbled in art, but I didn’t really start painting passionately until about three years ago,” Jamison said. “When my youngest daughter left to go to school at Georgia Tech last year, I decided to paint full-time. I didn’t leave teaching because I was unhappy – in fact, I renewed my certificate this year. I left because I had a chance to pursue my art.” She views her newest career as an incredible opportunity, but Jamison points out that, although her jobs may have changed, her priorities haven’t. “Children, the environment and beauty have always been important to me,” she said. “In choosing my subject matter now, I am able to pour myself into it. Prior to this, I would have been more inclined to


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An artist of many interests, Victor Dallas’ latest work is with acrylics, garden benches

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When Victor Dallas first showed at Powers’ Crossroads two years ago, he despaired of doing well. Sharing a cramped booth with five other Newnan-Coweta Art Association members and suffering a second-day rainout, Dallas still managed to sell most of his inventory. It was all the validation he needed. “I feel like I’m just now starting to come into my potential, to do the things I’ve always wanted to do as an artist,” Dallas said. At this year’s Powers’ Crossroads event, Dallas intends to offer his bread and butter, the people and surroundings of Coweta County recreated on canvas with acrylic techniques that mimic oil and watercolor. A new offering will be elaborately carved wood garden benches, one of the many sidebars Dallas has explored as interest takes him.

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“They’re not your average Adirondack benches,” said Dallas, who owns a historic home in Senoia. “I figure I’ve got a couple of good garden spots, and at worst, I’ll have some nice benches to add to them.” Dallas worked as a commercial artist, designing advertising, beer cartons, packaging and other items to support his family. He also “got sidetracked” into being a pilot for seven years. “Most of the time, you do what it takes to pay the bills and make time for your art later,” said Dallas, whose media include paint, photography, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture and wood. He has designed gates and doors along with benches, and he has metal and wood shops and a darkroom for developing his own photos.


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“I tend to go off on a tangent,” he said. “If I see something that strikes my fancy, I’ll say, ‘I think I can do that,’ then work it until it plays out.” Dallas says he is looking forward to this year’s Powers’ Crossroads event and is challenging himself to fill his booth with paintings that meet his standards. He is convinced that most people never see the beauty that surrounds them, and he dedicates himself to capturing and passing along that beauty. “I painted a friend’s pasture, and he recognized it from the painting,” Dallas said. “He said he’d never seen it look like that, and I told him he’d never seen it in the fog. “People ask me what my paintings are about, and I tell them they speak for themselves,” Dallas added. “I like to think they are evocative, that they remind people of a special place or a person in their lives.”

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had lovingly saved. His head began to spin because his early efforts were an almost perfect match to some of the pre-Pueblo and Mayan art. It was then that Blake knew he was fulfilling his destiny. Blake is considered an outsider artist or folk artist because he is selftaught, and both his whimsy and serious side appear in his pieces. Once Blake’s art began garnering more attention, it was displayed in

the Western New Mexico University Museum, Silver City Museum, Pueblo Inn Gallery, Outsider Gallery and in many other galleries, but he eventually felt the pull to move on to a larger market and Newnan called. A local friend helped him lease his current studio space from Joe Crain in the Manget-Brannon building downtown. Anyone who has driven down First Avenue lately

has seen his fantasy sculptures adorning the outside of the building. Blake’s Southwestern art, his sculpture work, and the Catalin and antique restoration are just a few of his many talents. He’s also a musician and is always looking for new forms and ideas to tackle. Maybe he should ask his mother if she saved any of his other old school projects!

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students by bringing art to life in the classroom. By the end of their weaving unit, her students were experts on the inkle and back strap loom and brought home beautiful weavings. The oil paintings that went home with students were truly inspired … by their teacher. As a student, her own artistic leanings were inspired by European travels, and she has a particularly fun tale from a visit to Vauvenargues in Aix en Provence, France. Dining at a little café, Whiteside saw across from her alfresco table a dilapidated villa, all boarded up, but lovely; it called to her. Whiteside asked the waitress if she knew who lived there, and she said, “Oh, you know him … Pee-Ca-So!” Whiteside replied, “No, I don’t believe I know him.” The waitress wrote the name on a piece of paper: Picasso. “Ohhhhh, yes, I do believe I know of him after all!” she laughed, finishing off her coffee with a smile. Holed up in her mysticallooking artist’s shed, Whiteside is currently heavily into raku, the


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From scratchboard to house paint, Scott Palmer likes using new media Story and photos by Angela Webster

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A friend once joked to Grantville artist Scott Palmer that he should try painting with clear paint some time. Turns out it wasn’t a joke. Patrons at Nick’s Pizza Stop on Main Street in Grantville get to enjoy their pizza while admiring the murals painted by Palmer, a parttime employee there, using only polyurethane on the celadon colored wall paint. Nick’s Pizza isn’t the only place you’ll find Palmer’s work, though. He has a more traditional mural on the side of a local hair salon, and he designed the logo for the Grantville Historic Preservation Commission. He painted the exterior of his family’s business, Reuse the Past, and he painted the Grantville Auditorium ceiling to floor. The auditorium’s tin ceiling is painted in a mostly traditional fashion but with one clever twist: the Mona Lisa’s face can be spotted in one of the center tiles. Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1973, Palmer moved to Europe at 6 and knew he would be an artist by 9. His family had traveled extensively throughout Europe and seen some of the world’s great art in Paris and other cities. “After seeing all that, it just hit me” that art would be his career, he said. While at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1993, he was enrolled in the Illustration Program when he discovered a gift for drawing on scratchboard. Palmer, a resident of Grantville since 1998, calls this work “a subtractive technique where the board starts out black

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and a razor blade is used to scratch through to show the white underneath.” The images are produced freehand using photographs, some of which he takes himself and others he carefully credits to the original photographer. Because the lines on the scratchboard pieces are so fine, they don’t lend themselves well to reproduction. For that reason, Palmer is always creating original, one-of-akind pieces of art, typically about 4 x 5 inches unframed. Palmer likes to experiment with new media, too, and one of his latest projects is painting portraits with house paint. An exhibit of his work titled “Seeing is Believing? Destroying the Illusion” is currently featured in the gallery of the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County, where it will remain through Sept. 14. For information on the exhibit, call 770-254-2787. Palmer also has a Web site at www.scott-palmer.com. NCM

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The Past A It’s a business. It’s a mission statement. And for the Palmer family of Grantville, it’s also a way of life.

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A gray-haired man and his wife enter Reuse the Past in Grantville and begin to survey the vast array of doors, windows, moldings and metal fixtures. Owner Darwin Palmer hears their entry, steps out of his small front office and asks if he can help. “I’m looking for an old hand-cranked ice cream maker,” the man says. Palmer can’t recall seeing one recently but suggests the man try Swap Shop on local radio station WCOH. You get the feeling he really would have preferred to find the man’s ice cream maker himself, though, for Palmer is something of a matchmaker for those who want to hook up with objects from yesteryear. His three-year-old business, Reuse the Past, had its beginnings when he and wife Patti were renovating Bonnie Castle, their historic Grantville home. In the attic were leftover baseboards and light fixtures, pieces which perfectly matched others in the house. The Palmers, who once had a small antiques shop on Main Street, began saving old architectural pieces to have on hand for homeowners who needed a replacement or simply liked old materials because of their character. Some of those earlier antique store items are now at Reuse the Past, housed in an 1895 building on Moreland Street that once was home of the Grantville Hosiery Mill. A glass case at the front of the building displays vintage costume jewelry, small sewing implements, frosted glass

light fixtures, old doorknobs, and even some old bottles from cola bottled locally. A few yards away, tables and cabinets hold Depression Glass, vintage juice glasses, teacups and porcelain. But it’s the old architectural pieces — a sea of doors, windows, flooring, chair rails, molding, ceiling tins, stained glass windows — that make the biggest impression on a first-time visitor. Palmer may not be able to relate the pedigree of every single item on hand, but he’ll sure give it a try. That basket of ballshaped porch spindles? They came from the old house that was torn down to make way for the Newnan Presbyterian Church addition. Those leaded glass windows? They were in old tenement houses in Atlanta, in an area that’s now the site of Turner Field. Cowetans with a heart for history quickly learned Palmers’ reclaimed materials were a source for their own building and renovation projects. When local historian Georgia Shapiro was planning the addition to the Major Long House on LaGrange Street in Newnan, she turned to Reuse the Past. “All the doors came from him,” Shapiro said. The staircase that leads from the main level of the house to the basement was also found there, in such good shape Shapiro didn’t even paint it. “It’s just like it was,” she said, adding that she appreciates the quality of the old SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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At Reuse the Past, history lovers will see everything from cast iron cookware to old cola bottles, vintage hardware, and souvenirs of Coweta businesses of yesteryear. Owner Darwin Palmer, at right, stands before a wall lined with pieces of woodwork and trim, ready to be used in a new project and saved from the landfill.

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While Coweta County is known for its many lovely homes —

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“I know I’m fortunate, and I don’t take anything for granted.” — Keith Brooking

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At the Keith Brooking Tailgate Kick-Off are, above, Brooking’s wife Holly and mother Brenda Hembree; and, opposite page, fans waiting in line for autographs; and the Atlanta Falcon himself.

programs that encourage health, education and self-esteem. As the crowd swarms around him, Brooking looks more like a pumped-up professor than a perennial Pro Bowl linebacker as he continually pushes his glasses back up on his nose. He’s polite and pleasant with the adults, but when a youngster gets to the head of the reception line, Brooking takes an extra moment, treating each child as if he were the only person in the huge room. Most of the kids in the crowd will never play football at a competitive level, but Brooking knows they will all be tested in ways they can’t imagine. He knows better than most that football isn’t the toughest game in town. That honor 38

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him their number one draft pick in Hembree, eventually remarried, but 1998, Brooking hoped he was home while she was a single mother, times to stay. All doubts were erased when were tough. Arthur Blank bought the Falcons in New clothes and extra cash were 2002 and immediately signed a dream. There were times when Brooking to a seven-year, $41 million Brenda Hembree couldn’t even buy meat for Keith and his older brother, contract. The kid who couldn’t always get Kevin. But she learned to do wonders a burger in high school could have with macaroni and cheese and fried potatoes. And she taught her children had anything he wanted. He bought a nice house and a new truck. And to appreciate what little they had. started pouring money back into his “We didn’t have everything we favorite cause. wanted,” says Keith, “but we always Number 56 had already been had plenty of love. Even if we didn’t donating $56 for each tackle he made always appreciate it.” to the Atlanta Community Food After Brooking’s mother Bank. He had already been voted remarried she became friends with Falcons’ Man of the Year for his neighbors who kept foster children. Brenda Hembree knew some of those community involvement, especially children had even less than hers and, with the Boys and Girls Clubs. He had already donated time, talent and when Keith was 15, she took some energy to Coweta in. Then some County school more. fitness programs. At one The Keith Brooking point the twoFoundation seemed bedroom, onelike the next logical bath house was step. bursting at the “I’m just happy seams with six I’m able to do it,” he kids. Just says modestly. “I getting a know I’m fortunate, reservation for and I don’t take the bathroom anything for was a chore. — East Coweta Football granted.” Even after two Coach Danny Cronic The demands on new bedrooms his time are greater were added, than ever, but Brooking still pops up Keith and Kevin had to share a bed. at East Coweta to visit coaches and “It was hard to understand at encourage players or even attend a first,” he says. “But now I appreciate game. But he rarely poses for pictures what my mother did. She taught us to do the right thing and she loved us in front of the Keith Brooking Most Dedicated Athlete award in the all, no matter what. Sometimes that school’s lobby. wasn’t easy.” “There’s no hero worship because Foster kids moved in and out of he won’t have it,” says Cronic. the house, but Keith stayed close to All professional athletes make them all and was able to visit money. Keith Brooking makes a frequently while he played college difference. You can’t put a price tag ball at Georgia Tech. on that. NCM When the Atlanta Falcons made

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TAILGATING E The pomp, pageantry and partying of Southern football By Alex McRae, Photo by Bob Fraley

Elsewhere, it may be just a game. In the Deep South, football is a religion. The Sabbath is Saturday. And the high, holy communion? Well, that’s a whole ’nuther story. This one. Everyone agrees it’s fun to watch big, sweaty boys spend 60 minutes pounding each other to a pulp for God, family and Alma Mater. But the

lure of Southern football extends far beyond the struggle on the field. Southern football is also about pomp, pageantry and partying, especially that brand of pregame madness known as tailgating — a moveable feast dedicated to the proposition that football is fun but the foreplay is even better … and a lot less painful.

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packing on a few pounds before kickoff. Cash-strapped students burn budget burgers on makeshift grills. Well-heeled alumni in massive motorhomes lay out spreads that dazzle the eye and tempt the most jaded tongue. Fans bark, they buzz, they bleat. And brother, do they eat. University of Georgia icon Loran Smith is the team’s radio color commentator and hosts the pregame broadcast aptly named “Tailgate Show.” A few years ago Smith teamed with his wife, Myrna, to write “Let The Big Dawg Eat,” a collection of tailgate recipes and anecdotes. Smith says tailgating is a natural extension of the Southern tradition of Sunday afternoon dinner on the grounds. “Whether it’s at grandma’s house or the football stadium, when Southerners get together, they’re going to eat,” says Smith. But eating is the tip of the tailgate iceberg, according to Newnan businessman Otis Jones III. Jones played football at Newnan High and the University of Georgia and after he graduated from UGA in 1987, bought season tickets and started tailgating with a few close friends. That group has now swelled to an organized, expenses-sharing mob of more than 150 that includes husbands, wives, children, acquaintances and, sometimes, total strangers who drop in, grab a bite and a beer and walk away without so much as a “Thank you.” They might be more appreciative if they knew what went into supplying that free snack. On game day, small armies of serious tailgaters spend hours setting up tents, tables, chairs, coolers, cookers, linens and lawn chairs on favorite campus spots some have returned to for decades. Once the equipment is in place, the food appears. Early afternoon kickoffs tend to limit offerings to take out foods like fried chicken. But late games give partygoers lots more time to cook … and lots more menu choices. A typical tailgate layout offers everything from appetizers to Alka-Seltzer, but the feast is not complete without a main course that would make a cardiologist cringe. Lobster is allowed with loads of drawn butter. And grilled chicken is acceptable if it’s been marinated in something greasy and dangerous. But the finest tailgate grills groan under a load of burgers, steaks and chops.


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When the huge grills roll out, the “No Girls Allowed” sign goes up. Jones admits, “The cooking is really all about the guys.” And not because they’re great around the grill. Tailgate cooking isn’t so much a gastronomic exercise as a chance for the boys to relive the Glory Days. Maybe a guy never threw the game-winning pass or made the game-saving tackle. But let him get that piece of meat fall-off-the-bone perfect and he’s ready to high five his mama and spike a spare rib into the sacred campus sod. Which is one reason women are such an important component of the tailgate equation. Guys always act silly when they gather in large numbers. Add a dash of football fever and the testosterone level goes off the charts. Without women present to exert a civilizing influence on mates or dates a tailgate party could degenerate into something that looks like a color-coordinated riot at the state men’s prison. And women do more than make the guys mind their manners. They supply foods that don’t have to be burned to be enjoyed, like luscious dips, fiber-filled raw vegetables and fresh fruit sculpted into festive football-themed shapes. But even the girls can develop an attitude on game day. When they do, the table decoration competition can get ugly. Otis Jones has never seen a cat fight break out over Best Flower Arrangement honors but says, “It gets pretty intense.” After the game, tailgaters pack up, go home and promise to do it again the next week. And why not? The home team might take it on the chin occasionally, but in the tailgate game, the only losers are the people who stay at home. NCM

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The restaurant’s bright red neon sign flashes its bold message, “E–KA.” If more of us spoke Japanese, we would recognize “E” translates to “is” and “KA” stands for “house.” Essentially, E-KA means “welcome to my house,” and South Korean owner Huja Yi has thrown his door wide open. Yi, his brother and sister bought the Japanese Steak House and Sushi Restaurant on Bullsboro Drive from the previous owners in 2000 and set about making improvements to coincide with Newnan’s burgeoning population. Today there’s a larger sushi bar, more tables for a la carte dishes, an expanded bar area and a private karaoke room. The tepanyaki tables are the highlight of the restaurant, and Yi knows that E-KA is a place where

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wildly successful. Diminutive Nga (Lucy) Nguyen and her husband Hung opened their Vietnamese eatery Saigon on Sullivan Road in Newnan three months ago, coinciding with the birth of their second son, and it was an overwhelming time for her. “We use the best quality ingredients so I even go to Atlanta just for bean sprouts,” she said. “At the beginning, we had so much business that I was unprepared and didn’t hire enough servers. In one way it was great that we had so many customers, but I felt very bad that we had slow service in the beginning. But I want everyone to know we now have plenty of servers and we are doing great.” She recommends first timers try the Special Beef Noodle Soup, which is Vietnam’s version of Chicken Noodle Soup. “All mothers make it when their little ones don’t feel well,” she said, and it’s a very traditional Vietnamese dish. Other favorites include the Vermicelli noodle dishes, the Honey Chicken, the Fried Rice, and the Spring and Egg Rolls. She has her husband, motherin-law and, soon, her own mother cooking in the kitchen as well, so the flavors are truly authentic and what Vietnamese families would serve their honored guests. And that is how you are treated when you visit Saigon. NCM

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to Newnan where they have a son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. Arnold and Anita Schuster lived and worked in Long Island as well, and left New York for Florida after retiring 15 years ago. But, just like the Waryolds, they had family living in the Atlanta area and found their way to Newnan.

After living their lives within three miles of one another in New York, they finally met and became friends 900 miles away in Newnan. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised to see how much we’ve enjoyed the area,” says Beverly. “We didn’t know how Southerners were going to take to us.” For George, the highlight is the

Jim and Sharon Norton of Lansing, Mich., above left, moved to Newnan to be close to their Atlanta-area children. They now count among their neighbors some longtime friends from Lansing, Jack and Loretta Voorheis, above right, who say the good golfing is what prompted them to move to Newnan.

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rest he’s been getting in Newnan. “I was looking for something like this,” George says. “No lawn to take care of and no snow to shovel.” Aside from the pleasant Southern hospitality, the Waryolds were surprised to find fellow Long Islanders living within a stone’s throw. “We knew that they came from Florida, but didn’t realize right away they were from Long Island!” Beverly said. The Schusters moved to Newnan after their son, who lived in Smyrna, saw a newspaper ad that led them to the Heritage Ridge subdivision on Lower Fayetteville Road. “We were some of the first residents here, and George and Beverly were here right when we were here,” says Arnold. “We didn’t know them there, but it’s comforting to see that someone else from your hometown would choose the same location, same developer.” Having the Waryolds in Newnan was great since the two couples learned their way around Newnan together — where the restaurants are and where to shop. “They came here for the same reason we did,” Anita said. The Waryolds’ son works for the airline, and the Schusters came because of their son, too. “Living here has been wonderful,” Anita said. “The people are above and beyond what I would have expected. They are congenial and go out of their way to be nice. We’ve never seen that before.” Unlike the Waryolds and Schusters, who’d never met before, new neighbors Sharon and Jim Norton and Jack and Loretta Voorheis are longtime friends. The two couples from Lansing, Mich. have known each other for 43 years. The ladies met while working at Michigan National Bank, found boyfriends who soon became husbands, and the whole bunch became friends. The Nortons have two children in the Atlanta area, and the Voorheises? Well, they’re here for the golf and because Georgia is not quite as cold as Michigan in the winter. Sharon Norton claims credit for her friends’ move from Michigan to Newnan after the two couples, formerly very close, lost contact. “They were tied up playing golf. We never ever dreamed that we would wind up in the same area,” Sharon says. “I still can’t believe it. It’s just that we’ve been friends over the years, but they were gone so much of the time and out of our lives and in Florida the whole time.” Loretta met Sharon in 1962. Before the four married, they socialized together in Lansing. The guys played golf,


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and the ladies shopped. The Nortons moved to Newnan to be close, but not too close, to their Atlanta-area children. The Voorheises were enroute to their home in Michigan from their home in Florida in May 2004 when they stopped by the Norton home for a few days before continuing on to Lansing. Not long afterward, Sharon got a call from Loretta in Michigan. She was “just doing some thinking” and wanted to visit again to check out the area more thoroughly. That July, the Voorheises flew in and liked what they saw — in particular, the golfing in the area. “It just happened that we’ve been such good friends for 40 years and like the same things,” Sharon said. Both couples are members of Canongate, and while Jack plays five days a week, Jim is limited because of arthritis. Loretta says it’s no coincidence both couples are now living in Newnan. Both couples just liked the area, and being near friends is a good reason to move also. “The Southern hospitality makes a big difference,” said Loretta. And in Newnan, “the children are only a 12hour drive away. I’m very happy. We’re very pleased that everything turned out so well.” Jack remembers it was his idea to see what friends Sharon and Jim were doing in Newnan. Sharon, Jack said, described Newnan as being “out in the country.” “Well, it’s pretty busy for being out in the country,” Jack said. “It didn’t seem like out in the country, and it’s a fairly short trip to our house in Florida, which I liked, so I thought we’d give it a try. The pleasant surprise was finding that golfing was so inexpensive for being as good as it is.” NCM

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The creative minds behind

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As a little girl, Renee Walden of Sharpsburg enjoyed playing dress-up with treasures found in the attic of her grandmother, Lolli Belle Jordan. Today Walden, like her grandmother before her, lives in an antebellum home, and some days you may again find her upstairs playing dress-up. This time, though, Walden herself is creating the romantic fashions whose style borrows from the past. Walden’s grandmother is the namesake of Vintage Lolli Belle, the twoyear-old hatmaking company of Walden and friend Terri Hobbs of Peachtree City. Hobbs had worked for Walden’s husband, and the two friends found they shared many interests including a great love of hats. One New Year’s Eve Walden vowed to try her hand at hatmaking, 56

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and her gray velvet cloche turned out surprisingly well. Hobbs was inspired to make her own hat, also achieved success, and hundreds of handmade hats later, the newly minted milliners still delight in making, buying, wearing and talking hats. Why are so many women hat crazy these days? “I personally think it’s the Red Hat Society,” Walden said. She

believes women in the group — with its signature red and purple hats, clothing and other accessories —find themselves emboldened to start wearing hats on other occasions. Walden and Hobbs got into the hat-making business almost by accident. After they started wearing their creations to church and around town, other women wanted to purchase them right off their heads. Even an innocent stroll through Lakewood Antiques Market would result in the sale of a hat. In the early days the business had no name. “We just started making hats,” Walden said, and it was “a ball that started rolling.” Later they decided to pay homage to their grandmothers, since Lolli Belle had inspired Walden while Hobbs’ own grandmother,


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“There’s no such thing as a bad hair day. It’s a good hat day.”

In the sewing studio of her antebellum home in Sharpsburg, Vintage Lolli Belle’s Renee Walden, opposite left, and her friend and business partner Terri Hobbs, right, model some of their vintage inspired hats. The business was inspired by their grandmothers, Lolli Belle Jordan and Cora Lee Emmett, opposite top. This fall they will be at the Highlands Arts and Crafts Show in Highlands, N.C. on Oct. 8; the Marist Holiday Traditions show at Marist School in Atlanta on Oct. 29; and at Apple Annie’s Crafts and Arts Show at the Catholic Church of St. Ann in Marietta Dec. 1-3.

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Cora Lee Emmett, taught her to sew. Today the one-of-a-kind creations of Vintage Lolli Belle are sold mainly at in-home parties and a few select craft shows. At one early show, Walden and Hobbs took along some favorite hats but pointedly upped the prices, fully intending to take them home. When those hats sold quickly, they learned never to underestimate the purchasing power of a woman in want of a hat. Fashioning the pieces is as much fun as selling them, the seamstresses said. In their nimble fingers, pieces of velvet, tapestry, wool and cotton become cloches, berets, wide- and small-brimmed hats, visor-like “Sun Belles” and more. Some are for special occasions such as Christmas, Halloween or the Kentucky Derby. The problem of developing “hat hair” has long been a worry for hatwearing women. Though the hatmakers don’t discount that fear, Hobbs says, “We tell people wearing a hat is a commitment.” And don’t expect sympathy if you’re dealing with problem hair. “There’s really no such thing as a bad hair day,” Hobbs said with a grin. “It’s a good hat day.” Although a few boutique owners have bought hats for their stores (Squash Blossom in Decatur is one), Walden and Hobbs prefer to sell them face to face. “We like to personally see who’s buying the hats,”

Hobbs said. “Any time anybody buys one, it’s exciting,” Walden said. An early sales success came at a day-after-Thanksgiving show in Cashiers, N.C. Though the women were in a heated tent it was pouring snow outside, and vendors were soon packing up. Word of their vintagestyle hats had spread, and customers kept returning to their booth asking to buy a hat before they left. “Wait! Is it too late?” one woman called out. They ended up selling more than anyone else in the show. At some shows, men Hobbs described as being “of a certain age” walk by and get such a nostalgic look on their faces, she wonders if they are seeing a mother, wife or girlfriend of the past. “They just get lost for a minute,” she said. Hobbs said she most enjoys the creativity involved in making hats. Both she and Walden have learned to fashion their own ribbon roses, and old jewelry findings, vintage fabrics, lace and ribbons are added if such pieces seem right for a particular hat. Hat prices range from $25 “up to eternity,” with “eternity” being about $175. Hobbs said the broad price range is because they want to reach a variety of hat buyers. If a hat uses $25-a-yard fabric and is embellished with expensive vintage jewelry or trims, that’s reflected in the price. Although the local stylemakers


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enjoy promoting their love of hats, they said one of their greatest rewards has been learning that women who’ve lost hair during cancer treatment appreciate the lined, soft, comfortable hats. Hobbs had a relative whose friend lost her hair during treatment, so she sent over a hat. She later learned this woman, who had not left her home since losing her hair, felt so much better with the pretty hat on her head she went out to dinner for the first time in ages. “It was just the most fulfilling thing,” Hobbs said. Because of such stories, they now offer an “Adopt-A-Hat” program on their Web site (www.vintagelollibelle.com) in which hats for underprivileged chemotherapy patients are delivered to the American Cancer Society. The friendships formed with their customers are not surprising considering the obvious camaraderie enjoyed by Walden and Hobbs. Walden was humorously recalling a customer at a home hat party who zeroed in on a particular hat and refused to let go until it was hers. “I don’t know why you’re laughing,” Hobbs deadpanned. “That’s exactly what you do.” A mannequin in Walden’s sewing studio was christened “Miss Lolli Belle,” and Hobbs named the mannequin at her home “Miss Blossom.” That seemed like merely a fun thing until the day Walden was stunned to learn the name of her grandmother’s best friend: Miss Blossom. Such coincidences, full of the romance of yesteryear, abound in the wonderful, sometimes whimsical world that is Vintage Lolli Belle. “We’ve felt like God’s been playing chess with us,” Hobbs said. NCM

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COWETA COOKS

Hal Jones is Sweet on Baking By Janet Flanigan, Photos by Bob Fraley

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As a 37-year veteran of the security force at General Motors, Hal L. Jones Jr. knew most of the faces around the GM plant, and he’d ask his wife Louise to “prepare a cake for folks who were having a baby or retiring from the company.” By the time his retirement rolled around, Jones was intrigued by what his wife was creating in the kitchen and wondered if he, too, could bake a

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cake. A couple of recipes later and a second career was born. “I get my recipes from all over; from cookbooks and from scratch, I experiment,” says Jones. “I make different layer cakes. I’ll take a leftover wedge from one cake and mix it into the batter of another cake, to give flavor and texture, like for my Coconut Pound Cake. People really like that and ask for the recipe but

I’ve never written it down – it’s in my head.” Some of his most popular items are Lemon Pound Cake, Coconut Pound Cake, layer cakes, banana bread, cobblers, cookies, biscuits and cheese straws. Jones’ philanthropy at the GM plant was in its infancy compared to what he’s doing today. He estimated he prepares and gives away 250 to 300 cakes and goodies a year, and the recipients are legion. Visiting preachers and guests of Westview Christian Church receive a cake. So do hospitalized and ill friends, church members and, of course, family. The funeral home, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, Wednesday night suppers at church, and friends all have benefited from Jones’ largesse many times. The


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poll workers even sent a thank you note. And don’t forget his tax man. His office got two cakes last year! His pleasure is in giving, not receiving. The Joneses have practiced the old saying, “Love is contagious, pass it on.” One of their four children, their only daughter, Susan Gray, bakes wedding cakes for friends and, you guessed it, she gives them away. NCM Recipes courtesy of Hal Jones Hal Jones’ Fresh Coconut Cake Never before committed to paper, this recipe has long been one of Jones’ most popular goodies. 2 sticks margarine or 1 cup Crisco 1 cup sugar 4 large eggs 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together margarine and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix together flour, baking powder and baking soda, beginning and ending with flour. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Stir in vanilla extract and blend well. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with Baker’s Joy or Pam with Flour cooking spray and pour cake batter evenly into pans and bake for 25 minutes or until done.

Coconut Icing 3-1/4 cups sugar 1 cup coconut juice or coconut milk 12 to 14 ounces of fresh coconut, chopped finely in a food processor 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Mix sugar and coconut juice together in a pan and bring to a boil. Remove from stove, add chopped coconut, return to stove and bring back to a boil. Remove from stove, add vanilla and mix well. Ice the cake after the layers cool a bit, using toothpicks to hold the three layers in place. Just use the icing on the tops of the layers but don’t ice the sides of the layers and let cool.

Hal Jones’ Lemon Cheese Cake 2 sticks of margarine or 1 cup Crisco 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 3 cups plain flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream together margarine and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time. Mix flour, baking powder and baking soda together, beginning and ending with flour. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Stir in vanilla extract and blend well. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with Baker’s Joy or Pam with Flour cooking spray and pour batter evenly into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

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When Larry Anderson bought his exquisite historic house on Greenville Street just a year and a half ago, it didn’t enter his mind that home tours would be a part of his life. But shortly after he and Michael Boulas moved in, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and Preservation Trust came knocking, and he gladly opened the door. “We moved here from New

Orleans, and had a wonderful life there, but we were ready for something different. After I looked at several houses I saw this home, and as they say in New Orleans, I knew it had ‘lagniappe,’ which means a little something extra,” says Anderson with unbridled enthusiasm. In fact, many of Newnan’s older homes have a little of their own “lagniappe” by way of stories and


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legends. Some of those legends are purported to be folks who lived here long, long ago, had a hard time ever leaving Newnan, and stayed around in the form of spirits and specters. To share some of these legends and the history of Coweta County, the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and Preservation Trust will offer a “Spirit Stroll” each Saturday in October except Oct. 1 and 2, when

the fund-raiser “Auntie Mame” is presented. Strolls will be held in the Greenville-LaGrange Historic District, with Anderson’s home as a prize on the tour. The other homes currently remain shrouded in mystery and will be revealed the day of the tour. But one thing is certain: they will be just as lovely and fabulous as Anderson’s. At each home, historical society

volunteers who greet visitors will be dressed in period attire appropriate to the occasion, such as “Widow’s Weeds.” Tours will highlight Coweta County’s rich history including its beginnings with the Creek Indians; Civil War Battles fought here; the Victorian era, since Newnan has many fine examples of Victorian homes; and burial and mourning customs of the past. The society is also bringing in a registered psychic from New York City to do some “readings” at homes all in the spirit of fun and raising money for a good cause – preserving the past for future generations to enjoy. Anderson’s antebellum home actually began as a town “cottage” built for Harrison and Sarah Sargent in 1855. Its long and storied history includes quite a few owners and the eventual addition of a second story, columns, a balcony and side wing. The flush siding off the lower floor indicates the original plan of the house included a porch stretching the full length of the house. Coweta County and downtown Newnan are rich in historic homes that were spared the fires that consumed so many other Southern communities during the Civil War, some say because Newnan was a hospital town whose homes were used to tend many wounded soldiers. While Anderson may have left his New Orleans life behind, vestiges of that life are still scattered throughout his new home, from his “Kings Crown” from a Mardis Gras float to framed masks, cherub mirrors and stone crafted angels named for granddaughter Samantha. Yet there is no doubt Anderson has already become quite entrenched in Newnan. Actively involved with the Newnan Theatre Company, he directed “Sordid Lives” in July and is also working on the production SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Larry Anderson, near left, may be a newcomer to Newnan, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming actively involved in the community. In October he’ll open his home at 141 Greenville St. for the NewnanCoweta Historical Society’s annual Spirit Stroll, where visitors will see, clockwise from far left, the kitchen, rooms decorated with his many pieces of artwork, and the playhouse that was recently wired for when granddaughter Samantha comes to visit.

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“Auntie Mame” opening Oct. 1 to benefit the Newnan-Coweta Preservation Trust and the Newnan Hospital Auxiliary. Anderson’s home is filled with antiques and collections that will delight and inspire visitors. One particular piece which came with the house has a story all its own. The large piano in the Butler’s Pantry is where a Dr. Young performed the first surgery in Coweta County. Anderson is a lover and collector of all types of artwork, particularly pieces that feature people. “I really have to like the art to have it in my home, otherwise I won’t buy it. Lately, I have developed an interest in sculpture after visiting the sculpture garden in New Orleans,” he said. He has several pieces poolside, and he named one winged stone angel “Saint Samantha” after his granddaughter Samantha, who lives in Chicago. Lucky Samantha also has a lovely playhouse that was built by one of the home’s former owners, George Rosenzweig, in 1995. Anderson has since added electricity to the cheerful blue and white Victorian dollhouse structure, but it’ll be a year or two before Samantha can truly appreciate the gesture as she’s only a year old right now. Anderson is really a very modest man, a self-made businessman who likes to share, throw parties, and take care of others. His mother lives with him, and he often hosts out-of-town company. It is easy to see why when the historical society asked if he would host the tour, he threw the door open and said, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” NCM What:

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THE THOUGHTFUL GARDENER

FA L L I S T H E T I M E TO P L A N T

Peonies Peonies Peonies Story, photos and artwork by Katherine McCall

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The sheer beauty of a peony in bloom certainly qualifies it for a place in one’s garden, but the memories and history attached to those nodding, cup-like blossoms and sweet scent will guarantee its place in the thoughtful gardener’s heart. My introduction to the lavish peony was as a young bride-to-be. While shopping for my bouquet, I stumbled upon a charming shop that seemed like it would have been more at home in the countryside of England than tucked away in a nook

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A peony bud

of Buckhead. Beautiful, fresh flowers spilled from every corner seemingly unarranged, but artfully presented.

Unbeknownst to me, this was The Cottage Garden, shop of Ryan Gainey, who was later to become a celebrated Atlanta garden designer. A large bouquet of gaudy, pale pink double blossoms lured me to the rear of the shop. Their ethereal beauty would be perfect for my wedding day. As I stared covetously at the profusion of pink, the salesgirl informed me that, alas, peonies do not bloom in August, the time of my wedding, and therefore I would have to find something else. I toyed with the idea of changing my wedding date.


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Monomorium Minimum “Little Black Ant” Ever since that fateful afternoon, I have had a love affair with the oldfashioned peony. Here in Coweta County, it is usually in May that the first plump buds appear holding all the promise of the glorious bloom and yet having a beauty all their own; perfectly round marbleized globes balancing atop stalks of green. It is not uncommon to find ants crawling over your peony buds searching out the peony in old southern gardens is … sweet nectar produced by the outer Festiva Maxima which was layers of the tight bud. It is thought that introduced by the French grower the ants not only do no harm, but may Miellez in 1851. This cultivar blooms help the many e a r l y , layers to open. producing Once in fragrant, bloom, the colors double white can range from flowers that pristine white to are streaked baby-soft pink to with crimson — Mrs. K. M. Colby of Monroe, at the center.” cherry-red with Louisiana (“Peony Quarterly,” 1966) Once many shades in the between, even blooms have some yellows. Greg Grant notes in faded, the bushy green foliage paints a “Heirloom Plants of the South” that leafy, glade-like backdrop for summer “Probably the most frequently found perennials.

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Throughout history, the peony plant has been widely used for its medicinal qualities documented first in the eastern world and then during the Middle Ages in Europe and continuing with research being done today. The name “peony” is taken from the Greek healer Paeon, who meddled in the affairs of the gods and was consequently turned into a plant. In the 17th century, John Parkinson wrote “Paradisi in Sole,” which encouraged planting the peony for beauty’s sake, thus establishing the peony’s popularity in Europe. Here in America, Thomas Jefferson reported peonies in his writings around 1771. It wasn’t until the 1800s that the peony gained widespread popularity because of French hybridization techniques. Peonies in the southern garden are not as well documented as some southern staples, such as camellias and gardenias. In fact some northerners think we don’t grow peonies at all! In “Passalong Plants,” Felder Rushing notes that “every Southerner and her aunt grows peonies down here. Only these folks found out through trial and error that the late-blooming types don’t get enough cold to set flower buds and that the buds of middle-season types usually get caught by a warm, wet spell in spring and fail to open. Only the early-blooming varieties are reliable, year after year.” Fall is the prime time for planting peony bulbs in the South. In doing so you give them the best possible start to weather our hot summers by allowing them to establish a good root system. Think carefully about your planting site. Here peonies prefer sunny mornings (at least six hours of sun) and shady afternoons. They do not take well to being moved and, left undisturbed in an optimal spot, they can live up to 100 years. Most peony lovers have their own “secrets” to ensure beautiful blooms. Mrs. K. M. Colby of Monroe, Louisiana (“Peony Quarterly,” 1966) states that you should prepare your holes well — 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep and about 2 feet apart —“as it is the digging process that separates the coffee drinkers from the serious gardeners!” Select a bulb with three to five eyes and set it so A peony bulb

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that the eyes are an inch or two above ground level. She goes on to recommend filling “the remainder of the planting hole, gently shaking the peony from time to time to make sure that the soil settles in around the roots and fills any air pockets.” Pat and Julie Yancey of Newnan have some of the largest blooms I have ever seen. They highly recommend the City of Newnan mulch pile for building good, loamy soil and inexpensive fertilizer around the base of each plant. Water

thoroughly every 10 to 14 days, and once established they will be drought tolerant. It does take several seasons before the peony will bloom. And no, I didn’t change my wedding date. The alluring pink double blossoms didn’t make it into my bouquet. The “I do’s” were said in the presence of gardenias, white Casablanca lilies, Lady Di roses, white snapdragons and Queen Anne’s lace. Love … “bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things”! NCM

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The Singer Gates at Westville replicate the triple gates to the old State Capitol grounds at Milledgeville. The gates and land at Westville were given by the Singer family, and the gates are named in honor of their gift. At left, interpreter Bobbie Holland works on a quilt in one of the period buildings at Westville.

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You might see the cobbler stitching up a new pair of shoes for a young boy or girl, or perhaps you’d rather watch the town basketmaker weaving an intricate design. Walk up the front steps of one of the lovely old antebellum homes and you’ll likely see a gray-haired woman in a long dress sitting at a quilt frame, her fingers working diligently to stitch

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another quilt for the village or, if there’s a surplus of quilts, the general store. Children enjoy watching the mules who run the cane mill, and you might even see craftsmen making pottery, candles and soap. It’s just a typical 1850s day here at Westville. Or perhaps it’s a typical 1850s day “as it might have been” at

Westville, for Westville was never really a town. Located near Lumpkin, Ga., between Columbus and Albany, Westville is a living history museum where visitors experience the past right before their eyes. More than 30 pre-Civil War buildings were relocated to Westville, where they were authentically restored and landscaped.


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Clockwise from upper left: On a typical day, visitors to Westville in Lumpkin might see potter Stephen Hawks at work on a piece in the pottery shop; one of the historic buildings relocated to Westville; period plantings including hydrangeas, roses and crepe myrtles; a formal dining room in “the village”; and the cobbler’s shop.

Founded in 1966, Westville consulted with the staff of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts and opened to the public in 1970. Today Westville sees some 40,000 visitors annually, according to public relations director Patty Cannington. Special activities are staged at Westville year-round, from the special Handicapped Drive-Through in January to the various Yuletide celebrations in December. The Spring Festival in April and May and the Harvest Festival in October and November are some of the most well-

attended events, Cannington said, noting that milder weather makes them so popular. “That has a lot to do with it,” she said. Potter Stephen Hawks was at work in the village on a recent afternoon. At Westville for about 17 years now, he uses a leg-powered treadle wheel to make pottery which is then fired in the wood kiln out back. He’s been making pottery about 29 years. In his research he learned that most of the 1850s-era Southern pottery was utilitarian in SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Westville sights include, clockwise from left, historic homes and gardens, a potter’s wood kiln and the cobbler’s shop where a shoe is already in progress.

nature, used to store or process food rather than simply as decorative pieces. “The Southern potters for some reason didn’t do as much tableware,” he said, noting that it is not often you see a pottery cup or plate from the era. Hawks is an admirer of the folk

potters, those artisans who made odd pieces such as face jugs. “They were innovators,” he said. Also “in the village” that afternoon, as the locals say, was Bobbie Holland. “I do the quilting,” said Holland, who stitches traditional quilts as well as sampler quilts

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The Stewart County Academy, built in 1832, was later moved to Westville.

consisting of many different patterns. A sampler quilt she had completed was embroidered with the name of each block’s pattern and the date it came into use. Teachers and students are encouraged to use Westville as a resource, and Westville likes to point out it exists because of a history

teacher, Col. John Word West, a former president of North Georgia College in Dahlonega. His collection of 1850s-era artifacts formed the basis of the outdoor museum that would become known as Westville. A member of Westville’s first Board of Trustees was President Jimmy Carter. Today, he and wife

Rosalynn serve as Honorary CoChairs of Westville’s History Alive Drive. The campaign seeks to raise $8 million to fund projects including the construction of a Visitor’s Center; the installation of a slave house, mill house and mill pond; enhanced accessibility of all buildings; and the purchase of land to use as a buffer between Westville and the outside world. Westville is open Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5 every day except New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, college students and the military; and $4 for students K-12. A discount coupon is available online, and group discounts are available as well. For more information, call 1-888-733-1850 or visit www.westville.org. NCM

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COMMUNITY PROFILE Abigail Abel, husband Ward and daughter Mary Kate, 10, at left, are members of Senoia United Methodist Church and also meet here to walk in the evenings. Senoia Mayor Robert Hannah, below, said the city should welcome “controlled growth.”

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Take a walk through Senoia in the evening, and you might be surprised at something you’ll find — or won’t find — here. It’s quiet. There’s no whirring from a sea of cars on any nearby interstate, and not much else to disrupt the suburban forest just removed from the congestion of nearby cities. You can hear the squirrels chasing each other, and an occasional bird chirp. As you walk through the streets lined with historic homes, you might see a gardener or two, quietly tending some patch or other. The small town charm draws people here, and they’re willing to fight to keep it. “It has a small town atmosphere within close proximity to a metropolitan area if I need it to be. There’s good health care within 20 minutes, and the real Georgia within five,” Ward

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The “more rural” environment is one reason newcomers to the area are choosing Senoia, according to Charles Sykes, above right, owner of Senoia Coffee Company.

“It has a small town atmosphere within close proximity to a metropolitan area if I need it to be.” — Ward Abel, Senoia resident

Abel said while out walking in town with his family. Ward’s “real Georgia” is made up of “super-nice, very receptive people.” There is a cross-section of folks moving to Senoia, said Senoia Coffee Company owner Charles Sykes. “The people I’ve seen who have moved here from places like Peachtree City, they want a little more rural, or a little less structured, environment. People who are living in the area for the first time are choosing Senoia.” With the influx of newcomers comes an influx of new personalities and new ideas. The new people in Senoia, according to Mayor Robert Hannah, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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found some beauty in the old town or they wouldn’t be here. The key, he said, has been everyone respecting others’ opinions and working to reach a consensus on the issues. Some people have moved south to get away from the congestion, and now they don’t want anyone else to come. The city should welcome growth and deal with it, Hannah said. “Controlled growth is the answer, in my opinion,” he said. “I think both groups see the beauty and the uniqueness of Senoia,” Sykes said. “I think that when there are differences, it’s on how to develop and maintain that uniqueness of the community. For some, that’s to have the city stay the way it is and not develop. For others it’s to build on what you have here.” The common ground in these debates is the city’s uniqueness and its potential, Sykes said. The residents of the town have a sense of community, and it’s not just a bedroom community, Sykes said. One of the challenges for Senoia is convincing newcomers to buy in to the sense of community and make this more than just a place where they have to spend the night. The new people need to be encouraged to be involved, whether that be in sports, politics or the historical society. “That’s when you become part of the community,” Sykes said. Senoia has been a tight knit community since settlers began moving to the area following the Treaty of Indian Springs in 1825 and the creation of Coweta County in 1826. Early post offices were at sites called Location, two miles south of the town, and Willow Dell, located at or near the current town. The post office of Willow Dell was established in 1854, was discontinued in the early 1860s, and re-opened in June of


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1864. That October the name was changed to Senoia. The city continued as a quiet hamlet for more than 100 years, but now Atlanta’s sprawl is

beginning to creep in. Whether or not anyone wants it, growth is upon the city, said Hannah. The struggle will be to keep Senoia aplace to remember. NCM

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Veronica Cartwright stifles a chuckle while Christian Slater clowns during a break in filming of “Desperate for Love� at the Elmore Cemetery.

Elmore Cemetery has seen lights and cameras Story and photos by W. Winston Skinner A dove on an anchor, above right, rests atop the grave of Minnie Henslee. At right, members of the Elmore and Morgan families are buried in this area at the Elmore Cemetery just outside Senoia. 78

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The last time I went to the Elmore Cemetery was on a late afternoon when showers were threatening. A walk there is always therapeutic for me. Though the cemetery is nestled at the edge of Senoia’s city limits, the town and the houses popping up along Standing Rock Road seem worlds away. Neat rows of graves include many weathered by decades of rain and sun. The most recent burial date I found was 2004, which told me the descendants of the pioneers who started the Elmore Cemetery still know it as a place that is their own. My love for family history fueled my interest in cemeteries. The places — near and far — where my ancestors are buried never fail to fascinate and, in a strange sense, comfort me. One of “my” cemeteries, Tranquil, is located at the Turin end of Standing Rock Road. It is as if Tranquil and Elmore are anchors on Standing Rock, reminders that life is sweet but also fleeting. Every tombstone — in every cemetery — has a story, or at least the beginnings of one. In one lot at Elmore, there are the graves of Luther G. Morgan and his three wives – all of whom had names beginning with “A.” The 1904 grave of his first wife, Amy Elmore Morgan, caught my eye, because instead of a slab, there was a bed of crushed stone. Rock, not generally used in rural Coweta burials, was also on the adjacent grave of Amy’s infant son, Merrell Borden, who died nine days before his mother. Next to little Merrell’s grave was another with crushed rock — that of young Sarah, daughter of Luther and his

second wife, Addie Pittman Morgan. Luther outlived all three of his wives, although the last one, Allie Williford Morgan, preceded him by just four days. In that one lot, I found so many stories — a man who lost three wives, mothers mourning children, hope amid despair. My thoughts at Elmore Cemetery are not, however, all solemn. The large post at the entrance bears a plaque reading: “TO CROSS STREET PUSH BUTTON WAIT FOR GREEN LIGHT.” Though it probably is left from the post’s previous life as a utility pole, the message elicited a chuckle when I spied it in its current rural context. My first visit to the Elmore Cemetery was in 1988 for an unusual funeral. A movie company came to Coweta to make “Desperate for Love,” one of the first films to be filmed locally. They must have been on a tight budget because, as a newspaper reporter, I had access to many of the filming sites. I remember pleasant interviews with Brian Bloom and with

Christian Slater, who subsequently has made headlines for his acting prowess and his bad behavior. Former child star Veronica Cartwright — perhaps best remembered as the little sister in “The Birds” — was a bit more cool, but did answer some questions during a lunch break one day. In the movie, Bloom’s character is killed, and Slater’s character is charged with the murder. A pivotal scene takes place following the funeral, which was staged at Elmore Cemetery. My cousin, Louis Dohanich, part of McKoon Funeral Home’s staff for years, was there to ensure everything looked authentic. The production company even got a real preacher to come from Dawsonville to say some words over the empty casket. The movie ended up being pretty routine. In a way, that made it easier to spot the local sites used for filming as the predictable plot unfolded. Life is awfully busy, and sometimes I need time to reflect. When I’m at the Elmore Cemetery again, I’ll walk, think, remember — and maybe hunt for the button for that green light. NCM

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ANTIQUES & COLLECTING

Liz Phillips, Sewell Mill Gift Shop

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ANTIQUES TRAIL A By Rebecca Leftwich Photos by Bob Fraley

At Head Games, restored jukeboxes belt out hit 45s from 60 years ago. Elegant china dolls preside over afternoon tea at Gail’s Antiques. Gene’s Too captures a little homemaker history with an unusual collection of clothing irons, while next door at General Store Antiques, it’s the building itself that takes its customers back in time. Unless you happen upon them, these shops may take a back seat to more mainstream antique dealers. Most are open only a few days a week, and their hours and locations can frustrate even the most seasoned searcher. But hidden treasures may await the dedicated hunter. Liz Phillips, who owns Sewell Mill Gift Shop on Walt Carmichael Road

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in Newnan, carries antique furniture and accessories along with unique items such as hand-quilled note cards. Her Christmas Shop is open yearround and she hosts an open house on the first weekend in November. Phillips says her shop’s location is both a blessing and a hardship. “No one knows it’s here unless you tell them about it,” says Phillips, who opens the shop Fridays, Saturdays, anytime by appointment and seven days a week during December. “It really is out in the middle of nowhere. But it’s peaceful. There’s no hassle or hurry. You can hear the 12-foot waterfall that’s out back, and it’s a really nice historic setting.” Historic setting also is a draw for General Store Antiques in downtown

Moreland, which celebrated its first anniversary in early July. Located in the original Cureton-Cole Merchandise building, complete with 12-foot ceilings, Mike and Mary Becknell’s shop, open Saturdays only, is home to everything from gold mining pans to glassware to the building’s original crank phone. “We really think the appeal is as much in the building as in the offerings,” says Mike Becknell. “A lot of Moreland natives stop by and tell stories from when they were younger about buying penny candy or warming themselves by the potbellied stove.” Next door at Gene’s Too, owner Bill Myatt carries everything from collectible coins and baseball cards to oak and primitive furniture. Perhaps


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his most unusual collection is a set of clothing irons. “It’s an interesting collection,” Myatt says. “We have salesman samples all the way down to regular size.” Furniture and glassware also grace Gail’s Antiques in downtown Senoia, but owner Gail Downs’ particular interest, vintage dolls, appeals to little girls of all ages. “I have doll furniture, accessories and tea sets that are all authentic,” Downs says. “I also carry Victorian dolls, composition and hard plastics from the 1950’s, German porcelains and china head dolls.” Gary Head takes his customers back to their younger days by restoring jukeboxes at Head Games on Main Street in Sharpsburg. A lover of music from his early years, Head bought a jukebox at a yard sale 18 years ago. Convinced he could repair it, Head took the box apart and was devastated to find it contained junk parts.

“I still wanted a juke box, and I decided that would never happen to anyone else if I could help it,” said Head, a self-taught repairman. “Every time I saw a jukebox in a back room or covered up somewhere, it bothered me.” Head averages four or five jukebox sales per month and has several repeat customers. He carries some gift and collectible items and also repairs pinball machines, but “the backbone of my business, and my obsession, is repairing and restoring jukeboxes and making them sing again.” The Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau publishes a brochure listing local sources for antiques. These include: • Atmosphere Home Décor, 6 Greenville St., Newnan • Broadway’s, 104 Main St., Sharpsburg • Carriage House Country

Antiques and Gifts, 7412 Hwy. 16 East, Senoia • The Clock Doctor, Broad Street, Senoia • Collector’s Corner, 8861 Hwy. 54, Sharpsburg • Destiny’s Creations, 172 Terrentine Rd., Sharpsburg Greenville Street Antiques and Art Gallery, 4 Greenville St., Newnan • Jefferson House Antiques and Gifts, 51 Jefferson St., Newnan • Mitchell’s Last Chance, Terrentine Road, Sharpsburg • Nana and Papa’s Antiques, Main Street, Sharpsburg • Old Mill Antiques and Collectibles, 7455 Hwy. 16, Senoia • Old Town Antiques and Gifts, 132 Terrentine Rd., Sharpsburg • Pemberton’s Antiques, 169 Terrentine Rd., Sharpsburg • Picture Perfect Plus, 555 Hwy. 29 South, Newnan

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Crowning Achievement

By W. Winston Skinner

Tanisha Brito has mixed feelings as Miss Georgia USA 2006 approaches

Excitement puts a glow on Tanisha Brito’s face as Caroline Medley, Miss Georgia USA 2004, crowns her at last year’s pageant. Brito will crown the 2006 winner on Nov. 5 at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Photo courtesy of “Miss Georgia USA” 84

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Tanisha Brito is much more than just another pretty face. There is no denying the charms of Brito, 24, the reigning Miss Georgia USA. She has a dazzling smile and a model’s figure. She also, however, has shown herself to be a person of depth during her year representing the Peach State. Her focus has been on breast and ovarian cancer awareness and on encouraging her peers to get involved in the political process. She also has had time to think about the 2006 pageant, the first to be held at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Brito will be at the pageant and will crown her successor on Nov. 5, 2005. The current Miss Georgia USA admits she has some mixed feelings about relinquishing the title. “There are a lot of great girls entering the pageant this year,” Brito says, adding she wants to get to know them. Still, part of her hates to pass the title along. “It’s kind of sad. It’s bittersweet,” she says. Laughing, Brito says, “I told Kim the new girl’s going to have to chase me down for the crown.” “Kim” is Kimberly Greenwood, a former Miss Tennessee USA who now oversees the pageants in Georgia and Tennessee. It was Greenwood who met with Angela White, executive director of the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and — after a quick but wide-ranging tour of the community — decided Newnan would be an ideal new home for the pageant. Greenwood is “the best director the USA system has,” Brito says. She says Greenwood combines the right amounts of encouragement and compassion. “She takes on big things and accomplishes a lot.” Brito’s year has been busy. Crowned at the pageant in Rome last

Nov. 6, she participated in the annual Miss USA pageant in March. In August, she returned to Clark Atlanta University, her alma mater, where she has begun studies for a master of business administration degree in marketing. Being Miss Georgia USA has given Brito a bully pulpit to speak out about causes “that are close to my heart.” Breast and ovarian cancer awareness has been Brito’s main focus. She has been an official spokesman for the Georgia Ovarian Alliance. Brito says she felt compelled to champion education that could save women’s lives. “Nobody in my family has had cancer in any form,” she says, quickly noting that women with no family history of cancer are diagnosed with it. “It’s something that as a woman I need to be aware of and spread the word to other women,” Brito says. “Early detection is the key.” She felt it also was important to give “a young face” to the cause, since cancer can strike at any age. In addition to her cancer advocacy, Brito currently is on the national advisory board of Mobilizing America’s Youth. MAY is a non-partisan organization that works “to help young people get involved in the political process,” Brito explains. MAY outlines how legislation can affect the lives of young adults. “As young people, we don’t see how it affects us in the big picture,” she says. An only child, Brito developed an early love of dance. She has studied dance for more than 18 years — tap, jazz and ballet. She also has studied voice. Becoming a pageant contestant was a natural outgrowth of her

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interests. “I’ve been involved in pageants since I was little,” she says. Participating in Miss Georgia USA was something “I always knew I was going to do,” she says. “Pageants have given me a specific direction,” she reflects. Her pageant experience helped her develop her ability “to speak about things,” she adds. “It’s given me amazing communications skills.” Since she is an only child, pageants have also been a way for her to establish lasting friendships. While each pageant is a competition, it also is a way for young women to get to know each other. Her fellow pageant participants have become friends. “I’ve been in their weddings, and they’ll be in mine,” she says firmly. Pageants have also helped her learn “how to get along with a lot of different people.” School and a career are obviously in the future for this bright, energetic young woman. Her short term goal is to work in marketing in the magazine industry. Eventually, she would like to have her own marketing/public relations firm. Brito also has started her own foundation, the Meredith Freedom Foundation for Women. The foundation will reach out to women in need in the metropolitan Atlanta area. “I’m looking to raise money for women who are suffering with various health problems,” she says, specifically mentioning heart disease, HIV and — not surprisingly — breast and ovarian cancer. With her personal magnetism and drive — and her experience representing the state on a national platform — Brito is sure to be a success. Miss Georgia USA, she says, “has definitely given me a wide ranging preparation for life.” NCM

Tickets for the Miss Georgia USA and Miss Georgia Teen USA pageants will go on sale at the Coweta County Welcome Center Sept. 12. Tickets for the preliminary competition are $20, and tickets for the pageant are $30. For more information, call the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 770-254-2627.


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The Bookshelf “Sweetgrass” By Mary Alice Monroe Mira Books, $19.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones “Sweetgrass (Muhlenbergia filipes) is an indigenous, long stemmed plant that grows in tufts along the coastal dunes from North Carolina to Texas. This native plant is fast disappearing from the landscape due to urbanization and development of coastal islands and marshland.” For readers, however, “Sweetgrass” is the amazing new novel by Mary Alice Monroe. For Mary June Blakely — or Mama June — Sweetgrass is much, much more. Sweetgrass is used to make the baskets Mama June collects and uses to decorate her house. Sweetgrass is also where Mama June has lived for the last 47 years, since her marriage to Preston Blakely, because Sweetgrass is a plantation house nestled in the South Carolina Lowcountry that has been in the Blakely family since the 1700s. Ultimately, for Mama June, Sweetgrass is secrets, secrets that involve her marriage, her husband’s brother, and her own son — and both young men’s accidental deaths on the lake. A real estate venture is also involved, as is a loan for a very large sum of money. Unfortunately, these secrets are tearing apart not only Sweetgrass but also Mama June. And some of the secrets, she doesn’t even know. Mama June is so tired of the secrets that, at the beginning of the book, she begs Preston to sell Sweetgrass so it will stop destroying their family. Their youngest son, Morgan, hasn’t spoken to his father in years, and Preston has practically disowned their daughter, Nan, after her husband talked her into selling the acres of Sweetgrass she was given when she married. Now,

after all their struggles, because of the enormous taxes on the place they are about to lose it anyway. Right after the harsh words, Preston suffers a debilitating stroke and loses his ability to speak or move. Mama June realizes the only way to help him heal is to bring him back to Sweetgrass — and to, hopefully, save them both. She doesn’t count on Morgan showing up to check on his father. As he tries to find a way to help her save Sweetgrass, he also manages to uncover the secrets trapped in the old house, helping both Morgan and Mama June realize Sweetgrass means more to them than they ever thought possible. Like Mama June’s baskets, it is the strength woven into the Blakely family. “Stealing with Style” By Emyl Jenkins Algonquin Books, $22.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones Hercule Poirot, James Rockford, Ben Matlock, Columbo, Miss Marple — the amateur detective in Emyl Jenkins first novel, “Stealing with Style,” compares herself to each of these famous sleuths. Actually, though, she is more a combination of Nancy Drew and Jessica Fletcher — with a touch of Southern charm. Sterling Glass, the main character in “Stealing with Style,” is a professional antiques appraiser who also writes a column on antiques for a newspaper syndicate. A divorced woman in her 40s, she lives in Leemont, Va., hence the Southern charm, although the references to herself as Scarlett O’Hara do seem a bit much. However, like both Scarlett and Jessica Fletcher, Glass has quite a knack for getting herself mixed up in strange situations. In this case, the situation involves rare antiques popping up in unusual places — like a diamond brooch hidden in a potholder that was donated to the Salvation Army. Or a $50,000 silver tea urn that shows up in the closet of a dead woman — when the rest of her estate didn’t amount to that much in total. Then there is Sol Hobstein, an eld-

erly Jewish man who lives in Brooklyn and keeps insisting Glass come look at some rare glass molds that have been in his family for generations. Glass doesn’t really think much of Hobstein’s claims, but when she finds herself heading to New York to help sell the tea urn, she promises to pay him a visit. She couldn’t know that Sol and the tea urn will wind up connecting her to a crime ring involving con artists, robbers, smugglers and — worst of all in Glass’ opinion — dirty antiques dealers. Oh, and let’s not forget potential murderers. “Stealing with Style” is not a stay-upall-night, hair-raising page-turner, but it is a funny, and often sweet, mystery full of charming characters and fabulous detail. And with one of Glass’ newspaper columns at the beginning of each chapter, it is a definite must-read for antiques lovers. Maybe, if Ms. Jenkins keeps writing about Sterling Glass and her antiques mis-adventures, her main character will be up there with the Miss Marples and Matlocks. Until then, readers can enjoy this first novel, because it definitely has “Style.” “Objection!” By Nancy Grace with Diane Clehane Hyperion Books, $24.95 Reviewed by Angela Webster “Victims’ rights.” Those two words sum up the passion of lawyer, TV commentator and now author Nancy Grace, who shares her thoughts on what’s wrong with Lady Justice in “Objection! How High-Priced Defense Attorneys, Celebrity Defendants, and a 24/7 Media Have Hijacked Our Criminal Justice System.” The Macon native was well on her way to life as a wife, mother and school teacher when her fiancé was randomly gunned down for the $35 in his wallet. After his death, Grace decided to enroll in law school to prepare to “start the fight.” In the Atlanta Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, she earned a perfect record of nearly 100 felony con-


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victions as a special prosecutor. Grace left when her friend and mentor District Attorney Lewis Slaton retired. Then Courtroom Television Network came calling, asking her to coanchor a legal talk show with O.J. Simpson lawyer Johnnie Cochran. “I deeply disagreed with the Simpson defense, and with the option of high-priced defense work looming, I wanted to take Cochran on,” Grace said. And she did. Grace’s sometimes strident TV manner offends some, but it is hard to argue with her approach to dealing with criminals. She has no mercy for the losers who leave jail and go on to molest and kill little girls, and she doesn’t mind telling you what she thinks of the lawyers who defend them, either. She notes that killer Alejandro Avila might never have taken the life of 5-yearold Samantha Runnion in 2002 if he’d remained in prison after his first jury trial in 2001 for molesting two 9-year-olds. Avila defense attorney John Pozza spoke on Larry King about the first trial and said his policy was to “try to remove myself ” from the matter of whether or not Avila was guilty. “His brand of practice is in part responsible for Samantha’s death,” says Grace. She has much to say about juries, too, including those jurors who make a beeline for the TV cameras after celebrity trials. The Scott Peterson judge decreed that no juror could receive any form of payment for talking about the trial until 90 days after sentencing, and that’s one of many reforms Grace would like to see implemented elsewhere. Covering everything from ridiculous settlements to juror misconduct and the shameful hocking of “murderabilia” — items associated with mass murderers — on the Internet, Grace’s book is an eyeopener that will serve as a much-needed wake-up call about today’s justice system.

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COWETA FACES

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COWETA UP IN SMOKE BARBECUE COOK-OFF COWETA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS CROSSROADS TEAM JULY 23, 2005

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September/October Calendar THEATRE Sept. 9-25, 2005 “Steel Magnolias” — The fall mainstage production of Newnan Theatre Company, “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling is set entirely within a beauty parlor where a group of strong Southern women gather to laugh, gossip, cry, and offer friendship and understanding. Performances will be Sept. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $8$12, and special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations, season tickets and more information, call 770-683-6282, e-mail nctc@numail.org or visit www.newnantheatre.com.

Oct. 1 and 2, 2005 “Auntie Mame” — A fund-raiser for the Newnan-Coweta Preservation Trust and the Newnan Hospital Auxiliary, “Auntie Mame” will be performed at the Charles

Wadsworth Auditorium in Newnan Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats, $10 general admission and $8 for seniors/students and those under 12.

MUSIC Sept. 8, 2005 Army Band Concert — The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County will host the Army Band in Concert at 7 p.m. Info: 770-254-2787

Sept. 11, 2005 Brooks Hall Recital — A Dedicatory Recital for “Brooks Performance Hall” at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 11. Info: 770254-2787

Sept. 13, 2005 Ballet Magnificat — America’s Premiere Christian Ballet Company, “Ballet Magnificat,” performs Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the CPVA. Info: 770-254-2787

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Masterworks Chorus — The Masterworks Chorus will be in concert at the CPVA Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Info: 770-2542787

COMMUNITY FUN AND FUNDRAISERS SEPTEMBER 3-5, 2005 Powers’ Crossroads — The 35th Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival runs Saturday, Sept. 3 through Labor Day, Sept. 5. More than 200 artists and craftsmen converge on Powers’ Crossroads to display and sell their work. Singers and musicians perform on the Summerhouse Stage, and wonderful Southern cooks offer homemade treats. For youngsters there is the Twin Oaks Junction children’s park with rides, games and concessions. New this year, Powers’ welcomes the Seedsowers Clown Troup entertaining kids with face painting, magic acts, balloon sculpting, crazy hair for little girls and air brush tattooing for the boys. Special entertainment will include a Sept. 5 appearance by The Wrights, who will perform at 12:30 p.m. Festival gates open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and military personnel, and $3 for children 5-12. Kids under 4 are admitted free. Ample free parking is available with free shuttle service to and from the front gate throughout the weekend. Powers’ Crossroads is located off Georgia Highway 34, 10 miles west of Newnan. Information: 770-253-2011

Sept. 17 and 18, 2005 Sharpsburg Fall Festival — Old Town Sharpsburg’s 21st Annual Fall Festival will be Sept. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade items, antiques and selected retail items will be offered at the various booths along with a variety of food vendors. Information: 770-252-9400

Sept. 29, 2005 Bowling Adventure — The NewnanCoweta Chamber of Commerce will host a Bowling Adventure at Junction Lanes on Sept. 29 with sessions at noon and 2:30 p.m. Teams of five will bowl four games of “Baker” bowling, and the top team from each of two sessions will compete in a televised Grand Finals match. The first place team walks away with a treasure chest of loot and prizes valued at more than $1,000. To register a team or for additional information, contact the chamber at 770-253-2270. Proceeds support the chamber’s community development efforts.

Oct. 1-22, 2005 Newnan-Coweta Historical Society Spirit Stroll — Each Saturday in October except Oct. 29, the NewnanCoweta Historical Society will host a Spirit Stroll of homes in the GreenvilleLaGrange Historic District. Tickets are $15 each for the 1-1/2-hour tour. Info: Male Academy Museum, 770-251-0207


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Adam and Shannon Wright are in concert at Powers’ Crossroads Sept. 5 and at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Sept. 24.

Oct. 20, 2005 Big Expo — Coweta’s largest business expo and networking event is Oct. 20, 2005 from 4-8 p.m. More than 110 exhibitors will fill the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center at 275 Pine Rd. Food, door prizes and lots of great information and products will be available. More than 2,000 people attend the yearly event. Admission is $5 per person. For exhibitor information, call the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce at 770-253-2270.

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VISUAL ARTS Through Sept. 14, 2005 Scott Palmer Exhibit — The work of Grantville artist Scott Palmer is featured in the exhibit “Seeing is Believing? Destroying the illusion” at the CPVA through Sept. 14. Info: 770-254-2787

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Sept. 20-Oct. 3, 2005 “Georgia on My Mind” Exhibit — The High School Art Exhibit “Georgia on My Mind” runs Sept. 20 to Oct. 3 in the lobby and main gallery of the CPVA. Info: 770254-2787

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Senoia to welcome UWG president, Coweta alumni at September 15 reception The town of Senoia is preparing for a presidential visit later this month. Don’t look for Air Force One, though, for it’s Dr. Beheruz Sethna, the president of the University of West Georgia, who will be visiting on Sept. 15. More than 1,000 Cowetans are alumni of the Carrollton school, according to Director for Alumni Relations Frank Pritchett. A small alumni reception was held in Coweta County several years ago, but this month a much larger reception is being planned, this time at the historic Senoia home of Tray Baggarly. Currently serving as manager of the Coweta County Fairgrounds and Conference Center, Baggarly received a degree in Mass Communication from West Georgia College in 1988. Now active in the university’s alumni association, Baggarly was immediately receptive about holding the reception in his home. “I’m excited about opening up my home to West Georgia alumni in Coweta County,” Baggarly said, “because I love Coweta County and I love West Georgia.” On the reunion planning committee with Baggarly is fellow West Georgia alumnus Yvonne Pate. After graduating in 1998 with a double major in pre-law and political science, Pate currently works at Sprint


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UWG’s Yvonne Pate and Tray Baggarly make plans for the West Georgia Alumni Reception in Senoia Sept. 15.

but also operates her own business, BonVon’s Gourmet Catering. When the reunion committee learned how highly recommended her catering comes, she was the instant choice to provide food for the event. “It truly is an honor,” Pate said. “I’ve never done anything like that before.” Because the alumni reception will be held in a 135-year-old Southern home, Pate has designed a menu that will include some traditional Southern foods as well as a few surprises. Beer and wine will be available along with tea and other beverages. Baggarly’s home is located at 100 Baggarly Way in Senoia, the family homeplace he shares with daughter Hayden, 12. The home was remodeled in 2002, and signs will direct visiting alumni to plenty of parking areas near downtown Senoia. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, and those attending will be eligible to win door prizes including items with the new University of West Georgia logo. The highlight of the evening, however, is expected to be a short program with Dr. Sethna at 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Frank Pritchett at 678-839-6582 or e-mail frankp@westga.edu.

Aberdeen Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 ACE Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 AIS Computer Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Alamo Jacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 André’s Off the Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Angie’s Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Ansley’s Attic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Applause Salon & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Atlanta Bread Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Atlanta Dental Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Atlanta Market Finds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Audibel Hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Balmoral Village. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia, Inc./ Palmetto Community . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Beck Building Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bob Adams Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50, 51 Brasch Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Brewton-Parker College . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Dr. Kelley Brummett/Dr. J.M. Threadgill, Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . 43 Buffalo Rock/Pepsi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 The Butcher Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Cakes By Debbie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Cambridge Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Carriage House Country Antiques & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Center for Allergy and Asthma of West Georgia. . . . . . . . . . 15 Century 21/Hand Real Estate . . . . . . . . 72 Childrens Dental Care, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . 46 Chin Chin Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 City Limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty/ Michelle Humphries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Complete PC Solutions Plus, LLC . . . . 95 Contemporary Catering, Inc.. . . . . . . . . 89 The Cotton Pickin’ Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Coweta County Farm Bureau Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Coweta Pool & Fireplace . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Dalton West Carpets, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . 30 Design Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Don Jackson Lincoln-Mercury . . . . . . . 19 Edward Jones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Ensemble Pour Deux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Farmers and Merchants Bank of Senoia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 First Fence of Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen. . . . 89 Georgia Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Globe Telecommunications . . . . . . . . . 40 Heirloom Pianos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Hollberg’s Fine Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . 76 The Home Source Realtors . . . . . . . . . . 82 Irish Bred Pub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

J. Andrew’s Bridal & Formal. . . . . . . . . 85 Jones Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C. . . . . . . . 55 Katie’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Keller Williams Realty Burdett/Stephens Group . . . . . . . . . . 28 Kids R Kids Learning Center . . . . . . . . 48 Lee-King Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Legacy Communities/Southwind . . . . . 5 Lindsey’s, Inc., Realtors. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Main Street Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Mary Kay Cosmetics/ Jennifer Hassani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 McKoon Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Mega Granite & Marble . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Milano’s Italian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . 89 Moe’s Southwest Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Morgan Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Newnan Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Norwalk Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Overby Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Panoply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Paper Appointments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Parks & Mottola Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . 76 The Parks of Olmsted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Partners In Faith/Dr. McAlpin, M.D.. . . 39 PeachState Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 The Pool Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Prestige Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Quail Ridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Red Orchid Thai Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Re/Max, Shirley “Sam” McPherson. . . 43 R.S. Mann, Jr. Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine. . . . . . 48, 87 Senoia Coffee Company & Café. . . . . . 88 Sew Exclusive, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Scott’s Book Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Southern Bath & Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Southern Cabinet Works . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Southern Community Bank . . . . . . . . . 21 Southern Mattress & Furniture . . . . . . 82 Stemberger, Cummins & Arnall, P.C. . . 58 StoneBridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Sweet Sensations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 TeaFusions Teahouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Ten East Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Steeplechase at Callaway Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Times-Herald. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Town & Country Restaurant . . . . . . . . 87 Uniglobe McIntosh Travel . . . . . . . . . . 86 United Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 University of West Georgia. . . . . . . . . . 73 The Veranda Historic B&B Inn . . . . . . . 76 The Villages of Stillwood Farms . . . . . 17 Watts Furniture Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Welden Financial Services . . . . . . . . . . 15 Wesley Woods of NewnanPeachtree City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Wishbone Fried Chicken . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER

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Remembering perfect moments at 7 Reese Street By Kim Hinely Photo by Angela Webster

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Newnan’s reputation as the City of Homes is evident in the unique blend of architectural gems preserved and polished by families over the years. My house is not one of the homes people photograph to grace the covers of phone books, magazines and postcards, but in my eyes, the beauty lies in stories of the families that have called 7 Reese St. home. My Depression-era house was built in 1939. Far from perfect, its floors squeak and wake my babies. The basement has caused us lots of problems; however, the little brick cottage has been our home for the past nine years, and we have nurtured it. A friend of mine, Faith Patton, shared a Christmas morning sentiment shared with her by a minister friend: “There are no perfect people. There are no perfect places. There are only perfect moments.” The Friday before Mother’s Day, I received an important phone call while in the kitchen. It was a disaster after a day of taking care of my two little girls, ages 3 and 1. The whole house was a disaster. I couldn’t wait for my husband to get home. I couldn’t wait to spend a perfect Mother’s Day relaxing with my little family, maybe even taking the nap I’d been daydreaming about. Unbelievably, I found myself giving the caller permission to bring her husband’s grandmother to our

house Monday afternoon. Unbelievably, I had ruined my chances of a guilt-free Mother’s Day nap. Unbelievably, I somehow had to pull this house together to receive the original matriarch of 7 Reese St. as our afternoon caller the day after Mother’s Day. Mrs. Bessie Starnes had sent us the original house plans a few years back by way of my mother-in-law. She wanted to come visit when we were settled. Representatives of all the families who called our house home through the years had paid surprise visits. In fact, “Miss Bessie”could have dropped in on us like the rest, but she had patiently waited almost nine years. I was bothered more than I realized by the fact I had never felt our house was worthy of inviting her over to visit. There was always a project I wanted to complete or more decorating to do. Most recently, I had been pouring my heart and soul into the most demanding project I had encountered since moving to Reese Street: being a full-time mother. I should have invited her to our home earlier, but for me the timing of her visit was perfect. Our house was ready to show by Monday at 1 p.m. My hair was more gray. My daughters, Sarah and Josephine, were adorable and cooperative in their dresses. Steve was smiling despite being ordered around,

cried on, and relied upon all weekend as well as taking the day off to be there for our highly anticipated visitor. Miss Bessie entered our home and gave it a sparkle that cleaning cannot give. A sparkle decorating cannot give. She shared stories of a young married woman who met her husband at Sears and would never have sent him back. The stories that brought me to tears were of her children playing in our home, mischievous pranks they pulled, the horse that Santa left in our basement, and the eighth birthday party for daughter Peggy in the dining room. Miss Bessie lived for 15 years in this house her late husband had designed and built in a different time. She brought four babies home to live and grow here. Miss Bessie said she had spent some good times in our home until the horses became two and the goats needed more roaming room. Her home is now our home. For that afternoon, the struggles and fatigue I face as a mother disappeared in this perfect moment. Mother to mother, I soaked up her strength and her fond memories. My stamina returned as she bragged about her grown-up children, grandchildren and her great- grandchildren. My years at 7 Reese St. have not been perfect, but I know there have been plenty of perfect moments and not-soperfect moments which will become the memories I will treasure. My family’s visit with Miss Bessie was perfect. My children are not perfect and neither am I. We are another generation sharing perfect and not-so-perfect moments in a house that has known love, laughter and the pitter-patter of tiny feet for more than 66 years. After Miss Bessie’s visit, I finally felt settled. Thank you, Joel and Janel Starnes, for bringing us together.

Do you have a story of life in Coweta County you’d like to share ? Send submissions of 300-400 words to “My Coweta,” c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264. You may also e-mail them to angela@newnan.com. 98

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Palmetto Community Now Open

Retirement Center Typical Studio Unit

Call (770) 463-2460 for information. Assisted living in main building only.

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Independent Living: • Garden Apartments with 1 Bedroom, 1-1/2 Bath • Garden Apartments with 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths.

Each of these apartments will have a: • Complete kitchen • Fully enclosed 2 car garage w/ceiling storage • Private patio

DIRECTIONS: From Newnan, take Hwy. 29 north to Palmetto, GA. Turn left on Church Street. Turn left on Toombs. Cross over Hutchinson Ferry Rd. Take the second street on the right. The Retirement Center is on the left.

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