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Relocation, Lifestyle & Living in Atlanta

August/September 2014


Arts Entertainment Guide 2014 Exploring Atlanta’s First-Class Cultural Scene PLUS

The Montessori Method Allowing Children to Learn at Their Own Pace Land the Perfect Job Employment Experts Share Critical Advice Low-Maintenance Living Inside Atlanta’s Self-Sufficient Communities

August/September CONTENTS FEATURES Finding a Job in Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Arts and Entertainment Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Learn how to market yourself and make connections as you navigate your new city’s employment landscape.

This unique approach to education emphasizes a child’s social, physical and emotional development, as well as academics.

We raise the curtain on Atlanta’s thriving cultural scene, from the city’s best performing arts companies to its top museums, venues and more.

The Montessori Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Florida Bound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Gainesville, Fla., offers a unique chance to enjoy great entertainment options, recreational activities, mouth-watering cuisine and more.




In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

Why I Love Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map to metro Atlanta and much more.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musician Stuart Stephenson trumpets his views on the city’s best restaurants, neighborhoods and more.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

Atlanta’s “low-maintenance” communities take care of yard work and exterior maintenance so you can really enjoy your weekends.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Neighborhood Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum brings history to life with a revolving, larger-than-life painting.

Just 15 minutes south of Atlanta’s airport, Fayetteville boasts affordable housing, a small-town feel and a thriving, historic downtown.

Special Advertising Section: Montessori Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Atlanta is home to many excellent schools that offer a Montessori education. Learn about some of these exceptional Montessori schools.

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Fall officially begins on Sept. 22, and what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with Music Midtown? Atlanta’s answer to the season’s mega music festivals features headliners Jack White, Eminem, former Atlanta resident John Mayer and Georgia’s own Zac Brown Band. The lineup for this two-day blowout (Sept. 19 and 20) at Piedmont Park also includes Run-D.M.C., Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Lana Del Rey, among others. For tickets and other information, call 800-745-3000 or visit

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Take a Chance on ABBA You don’t have to be familiar with the hit songs of the Swedish pop group ABBA to enjoy MAMMA MIA! The smash-hit tale of a young woman who invites three men to her island wedding, hoping to learn if one of them is her father, comes alive through such captivating numbers as “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All” and “Take a Chance on Me.” For tickets, call 800-278-4447 or visit 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

Just as Suwanee’s reputation continues to grow, so has its signature celebration gotten larger. The city’s namesake festival, Suwanee Day, is now Suwanee Fest, transforming into a two-day celebration of community. The event, taking place Sept. 20-21 at Town Center Park, promises more than 100 arts and craft vendors, dozens of great food options, hours of onstage entertainment, children’s activities and more. For more information, visit

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After reading about Montessori in this issue, you might have some questions about this popular form of education. Luckily, Springmont, the area’s oldest Montessori school, will be on hand at two upcoming events, with information for parents and fun activities for kids. Stop by the school’s tent at Movies by Moonlight, an outdoor film series at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5 and 26, and also at the Sandy Springs Festival at Heritage Green, Sept. 20-21. And, of course, you can visit

infocus Are You Smarter Than a First Grader?

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Congratulations to Marietta 6-year-old Eden Mew, who earlier this year was granted membership into Mensa International, an organization for people whose intelligence places them in the top 2 percent of the population. Eden, one of the organization’s youngest members, will be attending first grade at Eastside Christian School this fall.

It’s A-Maize-Ing Autumn is the perfect time to visit Rock City, offering a panorama of fall colors and the interactive family fun of the Enchanted Maize at Blowing Springs Farm, just two hours from Atlanta. Explore row after row of this specially designed corn maze until you lose all sense of direction, and watch as the kids enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin painting and other activities. Sept. 25 through Nov. 2. For more information, visit | Newcomer Magazine | 9

Finding a Job


Employment Experts Share Critical Advice By Laura Raines

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resume, make sure you have an Atlanta address and phone number, says Tom Darrow, founder and principal of Talent Connections, an Atlanta recruiting and professional services firm, and Career Spa, a career transition company. “Having a non-local phone number can be a yellow flag that gets you bumped to the ‘no’ stack,” he says. “You want the hiring manager to know that he won’t have to fly you in for an interview or pay to relocate you.”

Get the Lay of the Land

So you’ve decided to live in Atlanta. Good choice! In addition to its temperate climate, world-class airport, friendly neighborhoods and other amenities, metro Atlanta boasts an excellent business environment. The area is home to 150,000 businesses, and the headquarters of 16 Fortune 500 companies.


hether you’re the spouse of someone whose business relocated here, or you’ve simply decided to try a fresh start in a new market, one thing’s for certain: you won’t find a job sitting in front of your computer. You’ll need to sharpen your job search materials, do some research—and meet a lot of new people.

Where to Start “The first step in any job search is to understand your value to an employer,” says Jane Horowitz, a college-to-career expert and founder of More Than a Resume. “Look at your past work

experiences to find your accomplishments and the skills that made them possible. Know your strengths and what you like to do, so you’ll be ready for the ‘Tell me about yourself’ interview question.” Horowitz recommends having business cards printed with your name and contact information on the front and a short value statement on the back. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is current, complete and has a photo. “Hiring managers will use LinkedIn to fact-check and learn more about you,” she says. Whether you’re proofing business cards, updating an online profile or putting together a

Many job-seekers patrol sites like and, which can be helpful, but experts advise diving deeper to broaden your search. Darrow recommends such resources as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Book of Lists, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, and local job sites like MetroAtlantaJobs ( County chambers of commerce, local business associations, and the Georgia Department of Labor’s career centers and Twitter feed (www. are also useful resources. When searching for a position, “your target list of employers should include only those who would be a good fit for your skills and interests,” says Horowitz. When you have a target list of about 15 employers, research those companies on Google and LinkedIn. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook. If possible, use your connections to find people who work there, and ask about openings. “In this market, companies who ask for 20 qualifications will probably find candidates with all 20.” says Darrow. “But the person who gets hired will most likely have the 21st thing, which is a recommendation from someone who works there. If a friend has a contact in a target company, ask her to email the employee to tell her about you and to send on a copy of your resume. Having an employee refer you will help you bypass the electronic applications pile, but having a personal recommendation is even better.”

Make Connections Of course, you can’t get a recommendation if you don’t know anyone. That’s one reason why meeting people is so important. “Networking is a core competency in business these days,” says Darrow. Hallie Crawford, certified career coach and founder of Create Your Career Path, agrees. “Even though Atlanta is an urban city, it has a small-town, friendly way of doing things,” she says. “Networking and connections are very important here.” One way to make those connections, she says, is to “ask friends and family who they know | Newcomer Magazine | 11|

When you have a target list of about 15 employers, research those companies on Google and LinkedIn. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook. in Atlanta, and take those contacts to coffee, even if they work in a different industry. You could make a friend or an important connection.” Another way to make professional connections is by attending networking meetings. Start with chambers, business councils, an industry or professional association, or the local alumni club of your college. “In Atlanta, churches have strong career and job-seeking outreach programs that are open to anyone,” Crawford says. “Since professional recruiters often lead the programs, it’s a good place to network and to hear useful tips,” says Darrow. Volunteering for a cause you believe in can also help, he says. “You’ll connect with people who share your interests, and they’ll be able to recommend you as someone who gives back.” Lastly, Darrow recommends forming “your own personal board of advisors, mentors or friends. Ask them to breakfast. Tell them what

you are looking for and can do, and then listen to their suggestions and ideas. Discuss offers with them so that you don’t panic and take the wrong job. Job seeking is an emotional business, and you shouldn’t do it alone. Advisors can help you think clearly.” As you go about the job-seeking process, create a spreadsheet or log to keep track of potential employers, calls and interviews. Because of the city’s size and traffic, you’ll want to target employers who are within a reasonable commute to your house. And always take traffic into consideration. “Map out your route ahead of time and double your expected travel time to make sure you arrive on time,” says Crawford. And while you’re interviewing, Darrow also recommends pursuing contract, consulting or part-time work. “It will look good on your resume and improve your budget,” he says. Tem-

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porary work through staffing agencies such as Manpower or Randstad can also lead to permanent employment. By staying focused, organized and active, you’re sure to increase your chances of finding the right job and ending up in the perfect position. Good luck!

HELPFUL RESOURCES Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia Department of Labor

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Metro Atlanta Jobs

Atlanta WHY I L VE Stuart Stephenson

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra


tuart Stephenson, principal trumpet player for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, moved to Atlanta in September 2013.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Atlanta? I’m a big sucker for lawns, trees and neighborhoods where people know their neighbors. At the same time, I love cities with lots of glass—it looks very clean and modern to me.

What’s your favorite neighborhood and why? I’m a big fan of Decatur. It has lots of great places to eat and has a pretty cool and relaxed vibe to it.

What do you like most about your job? The Atlanta Symphony is one of the top orchestras in the country. The energy and excitement that you feel during a concert is something that can never be replicated on the radio or on recordings. It’s a great way to get out, experience new things and meet new people…. The ASO also has outreach programs for schools and communities, including those that are underprivileged or cannot otherwise attend an orchestra concert.

What is your favorite place to eat in metro Atlanta? One of the most frequent places I go to is Tap, a gastropub right by the Woodruff Arts Center, which has some fantastic food, especially the grilled cheese. Besides that, Antico Pizza in Midtown and the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. And Local Three up off of I-75 has one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.


What is your favorite weekend activity? Now that it is finally sunny and warm again, getting outside to enjoy the weather is a definite must—especially walking around Piedmont Park. Apart from that, catching up on some reading, cooking and baking, and practicing—can’t be away from the trumpet for too long! | Newcomer Magazine | 13



Exploring Atlanta’s “Self-Sufficient” Communities By H.M. Cauley 14 | Newcomer Magazine |

TOP AND INSET: Luxury living at The Providence Group’s Nesbit Reserve in Roswell.


ut for some newcomers, moving doesn’t come with an automatic outside to-do list. That’s because many metro Atlanta communities offer “low-maintenance” living, with lawn and yard upkeep and other timeconsuming tasks tended to by someone else, so that residents can spend their leisure time as they see fit.

Settling into a new home can be an exhausting experience. By the time the appliances are hooked up, the dishes put away and all the clothes unpacked, the last thing anyone wants to tackle is mowing the lawn. And that’s just the first in a long list of outdoor maintenance projects that can come with owning a home. Trimming bushes, weeding, edging sidewalks, raking leaves, even cleaning gutters and painting exteriors—all of these activities can eat into time and money that could be better spent exploring your new city.

“Lock and Leave” Lifestyle This “lock and leave” lifestyle, which frees residents to only have to worry about caring for their homes’ interiors, is a standard feature in condominium communities and upscale home developments. The Providence Group, a developer with several properties across the city’s northern arc, features a number of townhome communities, with small, attractive yards and gardens that are looked after by a grounds crew that adds seasonal color, keeps shrubbery trimmed and tends to the lush lawns. One of the company’s newest enclaves to offer a low-maintenance lifestyle is Nesbit Reserve in Roswell, with luxury units priced from the $400s, and floor plans ranging from 2,500 to 3,800 square feet. The plans offer three or four bedrooms (including masters on the main level), dramatic two-story family rooms, two-car | Newcomer Magazine | 15

garages, and some finished basements. Best of all, the homeowners association is responsible for all lawn maintenance. The company’s master-planned Highlands of Sandy Springs community offers a mix of single-family homes, mid-rise condominiums and three-story townhouses. The property includes a number of amenities, such as a pool, clubhouse, fitness center and easy access to nearby walking and biking trails. Throughout the neighborhood, lawn care is provided; in the condominiums, exterior maintenance is also included. In the heart of historic Alpharetta, buyers will find carefree living at the Georgian, a community of three-story townhouses selling from the $300,000s. Exteriors are designed with four sides of brick or stone with cedar shake or Hardiplank accents that don’t require constant upkeep. In addition, landscaping around the 54 units is handled by a crew of caretakers. While “self-sufficient homes,” as they’re also sometimes called, are often found in luxury developments, that doesn’t mean that lowmaintenance amenities and affordable homes are mutually exclusive. Lennar Homes, a nationally recognized builder, offers a mix of townhouses and sin-

One of the homes at Jamestown in Alpharetta.

gle-family homes starting in the low $200s at its Shiloh Woods development in Cumming, where lawns are maintained by professional landscapers. The same perk comes with owning a home in Lennar’s new Wildebrook, a 200home community in Forsyth County, as well as the company’s townhouses at Lakepoint at Johns Creek and Vintage Square in Smyrna. In

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addition, most properties are four-sided brick, with vinyl windows and fiberglass doors for easy care. And in multifamily units, homeowners association fees also cover gutter cleaning, roof repairs and exterior painting as needed. “We find that having the landscaping cared for is becoming more and more popular,” says Lennar’s Ginny Bryant, director of sales and

marketing. “It’s a really nice asset to have for the residents.” The Providence Group’s Jamestown community in Alpharetta features townhomes and single-family units starting from $225,900. All homes come with professional landscape maintenance, and the townhomes feature included exterior maintenance, as well. Other lock-andleave communities include Major’s Mill Crossing, a cluster community in Forsyth County designed by Homes by Brumby, with lawn care and low-maintenance exteriors (stone, cedar shake, Hardiplank and brick), in addition to a clubhouse and pool, with homes priced from the $200s into the $300s; and Cornerstone Park near Woodstock, which offers lawn maintenance for its three- and four-bedroom homes priced from the low $200s.

Active-Adult Communities While freedom from outside chores like lawn care and exterior painting is considered an amenity for younger homeowners, it’s essential for older residents. Retirees and senior citizens often aren’t able to tackle physical projects, and on a fixed income, many of them simply can’t afford to pay for regular lawn maintenance and other upkeep.

Freedom from outside chores like lawn care and exterior painting is essential for older residents. Active-adult communities take those concerns away to allow residents to focus on quality of life. Windsong Properties has four such communities in the metro area, designed to provide seniors with a home that doesn’t require their constant attention. In addition to a lack of yard work, Windsong at Seven Hills and Windsong Manor, both in Paulding County, share such amenities as a clubhouse and access to Seven Hills Park, with tennis courts, a swimming pool, walking paths and a water park. Bel-Aire in Powder Springs incorporates nature trails, a park and gazebo, outdoor grills, community gardens, a dog park and a clubhouse

with a fitness room, game room and bocce ball court, while the homes at Heron Pond in Woodstock are part of an exclusive gated community. And all of Windsong’s residences, priced from the $200s, come complete with accessibility features designed for an aging-in-place lifestyle: wider doors and hallways, no-step entries, storm drain cleaning and pest control. Whether you’re a young professional who’d rather devote your time to family or exploring your new home, or an empty-nester looking to enjoy your retirement in comfort, Atlanta boasts many low-maintenance communities that have just what you’re looking for.

FOR MORE INFORMATION The Providence Group Lennar Homes Homes by Brumby Windsong Properties The Georgian | Newcomer Magazine | 17


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spotlight Fayetteville By Muriel Vega

Southern Ground Amphitheater

Sparrow’s Cove

PHOTO: Courtesy of the City of Fayetteville


Culinary Treats

Fayetteville boasts a variety of housing options for both professionals and families. Whitewater Creek (770-629-2563), a gated, private golf community, boasts a private clubhouse, tennis, four lakes and other luxurious amenities, with homes starting in the mid $400s. The Sparrow’s Cove and Apple Orchard subdivisions often feature starter homes starting in the $200s. If you’re looking for affordable apartment living, the Cobblestone Fayette Apartments (770-719-9477) offers one-, two- and threebedroom units starting at $790. Weatherly Walk Apartment Homes (770-460-1491) offers a variety of floor plans, as well as amenities including tennis courts and a swimming pool.

The Royal Chef (770-716-8299) offers a cozy atmosphere and quality Chinese cuisine. The Speedi-Pig Barbecue (770-719-2720) is famous for its Brunswick stew and 99-cent Piglet sandwiches. Broadway Diner (770-716-2628) serves breakfast, sandwiches, steaks and other staples. Head to Franks at the Old Mill (770460-6455) for Italian and Mediterranean specialties, or Village Café (770-460-7888) for sandwiches, pasta and other American fare. Partners Pizza (770-716-1528) serves up calzones and specialty pies.

Local Treasures Southern hospitality and history are alive in Downtown Fayetteville, anchored by the Old Courthouse Square and surrounded by small shops, murals, a cemetery and train depot. Built in 1825, the Fayette County Courthouse is the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia. Just outside the square, the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum (770-716-5332) boasts ties to such figures as Margaret Mitchell and “Doc” Holliday. Fayetteville is also home to Piedmont Fayette Hospital (770-719-7000), named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

Arts and Entertainment The downtown area hosts more than two dozen events each year, including “Lunch on the Lawn” outings with live entertainment on the courthouse lawn. The Southern Ground Amphitheater (770-719-4173) hosts national musical acts and family movie nights. The popular golf course at Whitewater Creek hosts an annual golf tournament in the fall. The Fun Junction USA (770-460-5862) amusement park provides family fun with minigolf, the Screaming Eagle coaster and other attractions. The Fayette Pavilion features great shopping with stores, restaurants and a movie theater. N

The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum

The Inside Track Fayetteville was recently recognized as a top 10 suburb for retirement by Forbes magazine.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of the City of Fayetteville

PHOTO: Courtesy of the City of Fayetteville


stablished in 1922, Fayetteville is a pedestrian-friendly community with a small-town feel and a thriving, historic downtown. Its low unemployment rate and one of the best school systems in the state contribute to a high quality of life. Just 15 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fayetteville offers easy proximity to downtown Atlanta, yet is far enough away to offer a peaceful retreat. | Newcomer Magazine | 19



Learning the MONTESSORI WAY A Hands-On Approach to Education By H.M. Cauley

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As you navigate Atlanta’s educational landscape, you’re likely to come across many types of schools that sound somewhat familiar, including magnet, charter and special needs schools. One kind of school you may not be as familiar with, one that’s gaining more and more ground in the metro area, is Montessori.

PHOTO: (Top Right) Amy Hunsinger.


amed for Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator, Montessori schools are independent schools rooted in the idea that children learn best through hands-on exploration, and at their own pace. Her first school, opened in Rome in 1907, was so successful that it inspired her to share her methods with other educators, resulting today in more than 22,000 schools in 110 countries around the world. Montessori schools typically serve children through preschool age into the elementary grades and, in some cases, middle school. The Montessori approach focuses as much on social, physical and emotional development as academics. In addition to learning about science, mathematics and other traditional subjects, students are taught such life skills as responsibility and respect for the environment. Learning objectives are accomplished through experiential, practical and sensory activities in an organized environment.

“There’s A Lot of Freedom” Montessori differs from traditional public and independent school education in some fundamental ways. The Montessori classroom is a less rigid environment, where the student, not the teacher, is the focus; you won’t see rows of students sitting in desks. Students, grouped by age ranges rather than by grade, work independently, each learning at his or her own pace. Instead of taking in information from textbooks or computers, they learn concepts by working with materials in a hands-on environment. Rather than giving a lecture or handing out assignments, teachers work with students one-on-one, providing guidance as necessary. They don’t give grades, and don’t set limits on how long the child follows a particular area of interest. “Montessori is a different way of looking at the child,” says Denise Harold, director of Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia. “Rather than a traditional school that sees a child as an | Newcomer Magazine | 21

empty vessel to be filled with Teaching the Whole Child knowledge, we see they have poThat mix of freedom and structential within them.” ture allows teachers to pay atMontessori educators begin tention to changes in the dehelping children realize that povelopment of their students, tential early on. At Johns Creek and to adapt their lessons acMontessori, children work in cordingly. It’s an approach that groups ranging from 15 months helps students grow not just to 3 years old, or from 2 and a academically, but personally. half to 6 years. Medlock Bridge “A lot of people talk about Montessori, also located in Johns whole-child education,” says Creek, serves 105 students rangJan Deason, head of school ing in age from 2 and a half to 6, at Arbor Montessori, which and also has a pre-primary proteaches children ranging from Medlock Bridge Montessori works with children as young as 8 months. gram for students as young as 8 18 months to 3 years old at two months. locations in the Decatur area. “But that’s been Montessori’s belief from “We are an authentic Montessori program with the academic mathe beginning.” terials to teach to a third-grade level,” says Head of School Deborah At Springmont, the longest-running Montessori school in the Manger, who plans to add a second grade class next year. Southeast and one of the metro area’s leading Montessori schools, apIn a Montessori environment, children are allowed the freedom to proximately 300 students work with an experienced faculty that underexplore activities that interest them. At Johns Creek Montessori, stustands their individual and personal strengths. dents may work on as many activities as they like, Harold says, while “This awareness is empowering in our students, which clearly disthe teacher moves from one to another, giving individual attention and tinguishes them among their peers,” says Head of School Jeri King. “Our observing what the child is most interested in and focused on. capstone middle school program is a particular advantage in that the “That helps us determine what lessons to give in the future to build opportunities often reserved for high school, such as running a busion those strengths,” says Harold. “There’s a lot of freedom, but also a ness, planning class trips or participating in work internships and comlot of structure. Everyone’s doing purposeful work. There’s not a lot of munity service, provide our students with the means to appropriately chaotic movement.” develop their independence.

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Not all Montessori schools are created equal.

“Our faculty serves as coaches for students during this uniquely difficult time in development,” she adds. “They individually guide students as they meld their views, values and self-expression while also choosing to stretch themselves academically.” As a result, she says, “Many of Springmont’s students go on to some of the area’s most competitive schools.”

Making the Child the Center If you’re considering a Montessori education for your child, be prepared to ask questions. Not all Montessori schools are created equal, and since the term is not trademarked, any school can refer to itself as a Montessori school. Some schools, for example, may claim to follow an “alternative” or “hybrid” Montessori program, or offer Montessori instruction for part of the day. Typical signs of a “true” Montessori school include a comprehensive, all-day Montessori curriculum, open classrooms free of desks, and classes of 15 to 30 students grouped by age (for instance, ages 3-6). Another reliable sign of a school’s adherence to true Montessori principles is certification. Teachers at authentic Montessori schools are trained and certified in the Montessori method. What’s more, schools that have been accredited by organizations like Associated Montessori Internationale (co-founded by Maria Montessori) and the American Montessori Society have been investigated and determined to be operating in accordance with Montessori standards. While some Montessori schools may differ in size, age range and approach, they all offer something other schools don’t, says Deason.

“Montessori is very individualized,” she says. “It offers a child the chance to be in a multi-age classroom where situations naturally occur and problems get solved. We teach problem-solving and mediation skills at a young age. And we are in partnership with parents, all for the good of the child. Every decision we make is based on how it’s going to affect the children. “What it really comes down to,” she says, “is making the child the center.” For more information on local Montessori schools, see page 24.

FOR MORE INFORMATION Arbor Montessori School 404-321-9304,

Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia 770-814-8001,

Medlock Bridge Montessori 770-623-1965,

Springmont School 404-252-3910,

American Montessori Society 212-358-1250,

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Montessori Education Guide



SCHOOL DIRECTORY The Atlanta area is home to a great many Montessori schools that offer individualized instruction and foster hands-on learning. The following profiles represent some of the highestquality Montessori schools that serve metro Atlanta.

JOHNS CREEK MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF GEORGIA Located near the intersection of Highway 141 and McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia provides excellence in Montessori education for children from 15 months to 6 years old. The school’s vibrant, multi-age classrooms and high-quality Montessori materials inspire organic learning and foster collaborative relationships. Specially trained, Montessori-certified teachers act as “guides” to the extensive curriculum, planting a seed of wonder that grows into a desire for greater knowledge. This dynamic, structured environment nurtures a strong work ethic, love of learning, and a passion for discovery not found in other schools. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote: “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.” Help your child to reach their full potential. The Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia difference is best experienced in person. The school is located at 6450 East Johns Crossing in Johns Creek. Please call 770-814-8001 to schedule a tour to observe the “Montessori Magic,” or visit 24 | Newcomer Magazine


To prepare for success in a world not yet envisioned, today’s students will need the tools and skills to adapt. At Springmont, students thrive by gaining confidence and a sense of self along with problem-solving skills, social acumen, creativity, compassion and intellectual pursuits. Families joining the Springmont community come from all over the world. More than a dozen languages are spoken, and Springmont families hail from countries on six continents. All major religions are represented, as well. This rich cultural and ethnic diversity is celebrated in the school community and woven into classroom studies as well as special events that celebrate Springmont’s mission and core values. Accredited by SAIS and SACS and recognized by AMI, Springmont has 31 full-time teachers and assistants, 50 percent of whom hold advanced degrees, and the average teacher has 15 years teaching experience. Students’ intellectual abilities grow alongside their character in a warm and safe school community. As a result, graduates matriculate to their choice of Atlanta’s private and public schools. Springmont is located in Sandy Springs at 5750 Long Island Drive. For more information, call 404-252-3910 or visit the website at

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Sowing the seeds of organic learning Multi-age, vibrant learning communities with uninterrupted blocks of work time Montessori certified teacher in every classroom Hands-on, multi-sensory learning materials Nutritious lunch, organic milk, and healthy snacks offered daily 6450 East Johns Crossing • Johns Creek, GA 30097 770-814-8001 • | Newcomer Magazine | 25

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“Seven Sonatas,” part of the Atlanta Ballet’s “Modern Choreographic Voices” showcase.

5 TOP-SHELF PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES ALLIANCE THEATRE This Tony Award-winning theater enjoys a reputation for launching Broadway shows (The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical) and ambitious world premieres (Ghost Brothers of Darkland County). Among the upcoming season’s highlights is a world-premiere musical adaptation of the classic baseball movie Bull Durham.

ATLANTA BALLET Atlanta’s premier dance company kicks off its 85th season in December with Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker, a local holiday institution. Also worth a look are a revival of Roméo et Juliette and the world premiere of Camino Real by Atlanta Ballet Choreographer in Residence Helen Pickett. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

ATLANTA OPERA This acclaimed opera company expands its scope for the 2014-2015 season. In addition to three classic productions (Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto and The Marriage of Figaro), expect a special tribute to chorus master Walter Huff’s 25th anniversary with the company, and the Southeastern premiere of the chamber opera Three Decembers.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA To celebrate its 70th season, the ASO is rolling out an amazing lineup of shows, from performances of Handel’s Messiah and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite to appearances by Jason Alexander and the Chieftains, and a tribute to the music of the “Mad Men” era.

PHOTOS: (Top) Charlie McCullers, Atlanta Ballet; (Center) Jeff Roffman; (Bottom) ©CPA.

BROADWAY IN ATLANTA “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat” at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Each year, Broadway in Atlanta, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, brings first-rate touring Broadway productions to the Fox Theatre. Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include Mamma Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera and Motown the Musical.

5 FUN SPOTS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS Create your own puppet, enjoy family-friendly shows and learn about puppets from all over the world at this museum and theater dedicated to puppets. The Center is currently undergoing an expansion, making room for a new museum boasting the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson memorabilia. | Newcomer Magazine | 27


The Tellus Science Museum.

COBB ENERGY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE This 2,750-seat theater is home to the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera, as well as concerts and touring productions. FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS This 1,159-seat theater on the Georgia Tech campus hosts Ferst Center Presents, a season of compelling theater, dance and comedy performances. Upcoming shows include H.M.S. Pinafore (Sept. 12), the Robert Glasper Experiment (Sept. 26), and dance company Abraham.In.Motion (Nov. 14). FOX THEATRE This former movie palace, known for its Islamic and Egyptian architecture, presents concerts, plays, comedy shows and the annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival.

“Bodies: The Exhibition.”

RIALTO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS This 833-seat venue on the campus of Georgia State University is one of the city’s premier venues for leading national and international jazz and world music acts. SCHWARTZ CENTER This Emory University space features an 800-seat concert hall that hosts eclectic music, dance and theater performances. SPIVEY HALL This 400-seat space on the campus of Clayton State University is a great setting for live jazz and classical music. Upcoming performances include pianist Beatrice Rana (Sept. 28) and guitarist José Antonio Escobar (Oct. 18).

This downtown attraction features interactive exhibits designed to foster a sense of creativity and discovery as children work on a farm or create works of art. The current Outside the Box exhibit, running through Dec. 31, uses cardboard boxes, tubes and cylinders to harness the power of imagination.

FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY From the skeletons of giant dinosaurs on display in the atrium to informative, largerthan- life documentaries in the IMAX Theatre and educationnal exhibits like A Walk Through Time in Georgia and Giants of the Mesozoic, the

Fernbank Museum brings the wonders of nature and history to vivid life for kids of all ages.

INTERACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR KIDS Give your kids a taste of grown-up life as they learn what it’s like to shop for groceries, go to the bank, visit the dentist, or be a judge, doctor or policeman. This interactive attraction, about an hour north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Ga., also lets kids create special arts and crafts projects, and boasts a real 1927 fire truck and other fun features. The museum recently launched a campaign to raise funds for a new, 50,000-square foot home; for more information, see page 29.

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TELLUS SCIENCE MUSEUM This Cartersville museum introduces children to the wonders of scientific discovery as they dig for fossils, pan for gold, gaze at the stars in the planetarium, and stare into the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

10 CAN’T-MISS MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITS ATLANTA CYCLORAMA Located next to Zoo Atlanta, this one-of-a-kind attraction commemorates the 1864 Battle of Atlanta with a giant revolving painting (42 feet high and 358 feet around) and diorama. For more on the Atlanta Cyclorama, see our feature on page 50.

BOTTOM PHOTO: Premier Exhibitions Inc.


ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Immerse yourself in Atlanta’s rich, deep history while exploring this 33acre complex. Highlights include two historic homes, six lush gardens, and exhibits covering the Civil War, the 1996 Olympic Games and more.

BODIES … THE EXHIBITION For an up-close view of the human body, you can’t beat this unique exhibit. More than 200 specially preserved bodies and specimens offer a look at our skeletal structure, musculature, nervous and reproductive systems, and more.

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INTERACTIVE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR KIDS Atlanta’s Top Neighborhoods Launches Fundraising Campaign continues with the 100 Most Popular Table.

Since first opening its doors in August of 2002, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) has established itself as a one-of-akind children’s museum that engages children of all ages through interactive, hands-on learning. Offering children a miniature version of a “grown-up” community, INK allows them to role-play as doctors, nurses, teachers, postal workers and more. As it enters its 12th year, INK is more popular than ever. It welcomed nearly 70,000 guests last year and is outgrowing its current home. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the museum is beginning plans to build a state-of-the-art, 50,000-square foot facility in South Hall County. But in order to receive the donation, INK must raise $2 million and begin construction by summer of 2015, so the museum has launched a capital campaign to help fund the project. Through donations, grants, business and community support, the museum will be able to update and enhance its current exhibits, and offer more learning experiences for a wider variety of age groups. “The potential of this project is as limitless as the potential of each child that walks through the doors of our facility,” says founder and volunteer executive director Sherri Hooper. “I am proud to be a part of building the foundation of our children’s education and creating a world of endless possibilities.”

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um shines a light on the art and culture of the American West.

The Margaret Mitchell House.

GONE WITH THE WIND MUSEUM This Marietta shrine to Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel and its equally famous film version features some of Mitchell’s personal volumes of the book, as well as movie memorabilia including posters, concept art and the honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh in the film. www.

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART The Southeast’s leading art museum, the High is renowned for its notable architecture, its collection of classic and contemporary art, and traveling exhibits like the current Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas (through Sept. 7).


Visitors can tour the former home of Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, and see exhibits on her work and the classic movie of her novel.

MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM This Emory University museum houses the Southeast’s largest collection of ancient art and artifacts from Egypt, Africa, Rome, Greece, Asia and elsewhere.

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS This brand-new attraction, opened in June of this year in the heart of downtown Atlanta, traces the history of the American civil rights movement and explores its relationship to today’s human rights movements across the globe. Exhibits include items from Morehouse College’s collection of the late Dr. Martin Luther King’s personal papers and belongings.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Atlanta History Center.

This official monument to the former state senator, Georgia governor and U.S. president houses his official papers, as well as exhibits and artifacts including his Nobel Peace Prize and a replica of the Oval Office. The library often hosts guest lectures, author appearances and other events.


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GAINESVILLE Nature, Culture and Cuisine Define This Florida Gem Think “Florida” and most folks conjure up the nightlife of Miami, the Braves’ spring training in Lake Buena Vista or the beaches of both coasts. But travel about five hours south of Atlanta on I-75 and you’ll find a slice of the Sunshine State not quite as well-known, but well worth getting to know.

The Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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PHOTO: Anna Mikell, Courtesy of Visit Gainesville

By H.M. Cauley

TOP TO BOTTOM: The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens; Free Fridays at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza; the Hippodrome State Theatre.

PHOTOS: (Top and Center) Visit Gainesville; (Bottom) Anna Mikell, Courtesy of Visit Gainesville.


he north central city of Gainesville—not to be confused with the Georgia city of the same name—is well worth the trip as a destination, not just a detour. Its cultural venues, historical sites, recreational areas and a quaint downtown that dates back to pre-Civil War days combine for a trip that offers a unique chance to immerse yourself in history while reconnecting with nature—all in one place. Start your Gainesville adventure in the downtown district, anchored by the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Named for famed singer and guitarist Bo Diddley, the space is fittingly well-used year-round for festivals and music events, including the weekly “Free Fridays” concert series, which runs May through October. 352-393-8746. Nearby is the Hippodrome State Theatre, an ornate Palladium Classical Revival building built in 1911, and the anchor of what John Pricher, interim director of the Alachua County Visitors and Convention Bureau, describes as “a vibrant arts community.” Home to the only professional theater group in the region, the Hippodrome houses a 266-seat theater, rehearsal areas, a movie cinema and an art gallery. 352-375-4477, Not far from downtown, the University of Florida campus hosts the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, which boasts more than 8,000 works of photography, Asian, African, modern and contemporary art, and also hosts traveling exhibits. 352-392-9826,

The Great Outdoors Gainesville boasts a number of ways to connect with the outdoors. “Nature is all around here,” says Pricher. “You could begin your day hiking at one of the state parks and finish it swimming in a cold water spring.” One of the most popular natural destinations is the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. The habitat is home to more than 75 species, from bald eagles to tree kangaroos. An accessible trail through the woods gives visitors an upclose look at creatures in their natural habitat. 352-395-5601, u Newcomer Magazine | 33

The Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History features hundreds of butterflies flitting through a tropical landscape of plants and waterfalls. While at the museum, check out the collection of shark jaws, animal skeletons and other fossils that trace the area’s wildlife history all the way back to prehistoric times. 352-8462000, Another rainforest habitat awaits at the Devil’s Millhopper, which has been fascinating visitors since the 1880s. The landscape of small streams and lush greenery grows out of a 120-foot limestone sinkhole. Named a National Natural Landmark, the forest also features picnic areas. 352-955-2008, www. The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens stretch over 62 scenic acres, filled with specialty gardens showcasing gorgeous flora, including the state’s largest public collection of bamboo and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. 352-372-4981, Though Gainesville has no coastline, there are still water activities to enjoy. One of the most refreshing breaks from the Florida sun is found at the cold-water Poe Springs, a few minutes outside of town in Alachua County. Each day, about 45 million gallons of goose-bump-inducing water flow through the springs. There are plenty

of shallow areas ideal for wading, splashing, and more. Picnicking, canoeing, snorkeling and hiking are other popular pastimes. 352374-5245, The Santa Fe River, a short drive northeast of Gainesville, is ideal for cooling off in the shade or in a kayak or canoe floating along the river’s refreshing waters. Local outfitters like the Santa Fe Canoe Outpost offer canoe and kayak rental. 386-454-2050, Another outdoor destination is Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, a 22,000-acre site south of the city. This National Natural Landmark is noted for its 6,000-acre prairie, where bison roam freely. Biking, hiking and horseback riding trails snake across land that’s home to a variety of wildlife, including alligators, horses and more than 270 species of birds. A boat ramp gets visitors onto the water at Lake Wauburg, and camp sites are available. 352-466-3397,

Culinary Charms All that outdoor activity is sure to fuel an appetite. Fortunately, Gainesville boasts a “delicious culinary scene,” says Pricher, “with many restaurants focusing on bringing locally grown produce to the table.”

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Deep dish at Satchel’s Pizza.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT For Lodging and Other Visitor Info: Visit Gainesville 866-778-5002,

Things to See and Do: Gainesville Division of Cultural Affairs 352-334-2787,

Getting There: Gainesville Regional Airport 352-373-0249,

PHOTO: Anna Mikell, Courtesy of Visit Gainesville

For an array of the best local fare, head to Blue Gill Quality Foods, where items like deviled crab and scallop cake and buttermilk fried chicken are accompanied by fresh veggies and sides grown locally. 352-8725181, Latin flavors are the menu stars at Emiliano’s Cafe, where brunch, lunch, dinner and tapas are served. 352375-7381, Or you can opt for seafood dishes, pastas, oversized salads or other casual fare at The Top. 352-337-1188. But no visit to Gainesville is complete without a stop at Satchel’s Pizza. While there are plenty of salads, calzones and specialty pies, this folksy spot draws a crowd that enjoys browsing for souvenirs, T-shirts and yard art at its eclectic gift shop. A playground keeps tots occupied if there’s a wait, while the grownups can pass the time in Lightnin’ Salvage, a self-

described “museum of junk” crammed with everyday items from curlers to keys. (Note: The dining room only takes cash, so hit the ATM before visiting.) 352-335-7272, And of course, the area features an array of lodging options so that you can take your time exploring. The Magnolia Plantation is a charming, family-friendly bed and breakfast featuring several attractive rooms and cottages on a gorgeous property. 352-375-6653, www.magnoliabnb. com. The Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, meanwhile, places you right among the brick-lined streets of the city’s historic downtown, with convenient access to the area’s dining and entertainment options. 352-2409300, With a broad range of recreational activities, rich cultural offerings and mouth-watering cuisine, it’s easy to see why this thriving city bills itself as the spot “Where Nature and Culture Meet.” After one visit, you’re sure to rank it first on your list of Florida destinations.

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Vehicle Emission Inspection Vehicles dating from 1985 through 2006 model year must be checked each year for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). Offering both train and bus service, MARTA is a convenient way to travel to downtown or the airport. The fee for traveling one way is $2.00 including transfers, and payment is even easier now with the Breeze limited-use and extendeduse cards. Weekly and monthly passes can be obtained at discounted rates. For fares, schedule and route information call 404848-5000 or visit

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Driving Tips

MARTA Rail Service

The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 1-877-694-2511, by dialing 511, or by visiting


NEED TO KNOW Voter Registration

Registration applies to U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age. You have up to 30 days before an election to register. Register at your local Voter Registration Office and most public libraries. Refer to the AT&T directory for locations, or download a registration form at

Making a Phone Call All phone numbers in the metro Atlanta area include the area code plus the sevendigit number. To make a phone call, dial one of the four area codes (404, 770, 678 and 470) and the seven-digit number. In general, 404 is designated for intown areas and 770 for suburbs; the 678 and 470 area codes overlay both areas. Cell phone subscribers can choose from any area code when signing up for service.

Registering for School By law, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 to enter kindergarten and 6 years old on or before September 1 to enter the first grade. To enroll your child in either kindergarten or first grade, you will need to provide the child’s social security number; a vision, hearing, and dental screening from a family practitioner or local health clinic; and immunization records on Georgia State Form 3231. | Newcomer Magazine | 39

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools Bartow County Schools Board of Education: 770-606-5800 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Career Academy Per-pupil expenditures: School & bus information

Bartow County

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Avg. SAT Scores Bartow Co. 1440 Georgia 1452 National 1498 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of Cartersville 770-387-5631 Georgia Power Company 888-660-5890 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit

Telephone AT&T Residential 770-382-9743 Water Bartow County Water Department 770-387-5170 Cable TV AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 800-266-2278 Hospitals Cartersville Medical Center 770-382-1530 Emory Heart & Vascular Center 404-778-8400

the county seat after nearby Cassville was largely destroyed by Union General William Sherman. Located within the hills of North Georgia, Cartersville boasts several museums, including the Tellus Science Museum, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Rose Lawn Museum and the Bartow History Center. It is also home to the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, featuring prehistoric mounds dating back more than 1,000 years. Natural attractions including Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park and the Pine Mountain Trail provide residents with outdoor recreation options and other familyfriendly activities. Today, Cartersville boasts a population of more than 19,000 residents, and has its own school district made up of five schools, from pre-K to high school.

WHITE Originally named Cass County, BARTOW Bartow County was renamed after CARTERSVILLE Colonel Francis S. Bartow in 1861. EMERSON Rich in Native American history, the county was created from part of Cherokee County in 1832. The county saw great devastation during the Civil County The first Georgia War, which was especially Neighborhoods town to be registered in tragic after the prosperous the National Register of antebellum period the area had Historic Places, Adairsville enjoyed. Union General William Schools Sherman burned nearby Cassville, was named after Chief John Median household income: $49,060 the original county seat, to the Adair, a Scottish settler who Median age of residents: 35.6 ground in 1864; the county married a Cherokee Indian Population: 100,661 seat was moved in 1867 to girl. The Western and Sales tax: 7% Cartersville, where it remains. Atlantic Railroad played Chamber of Commerce Though Cassville never a central part in the city’s 770-382-1466, recovered from the war, the growth in the mid-1800s, as Property Taxes county and Cartersville benefited local businesses flourished Per $1,000 of assessed value is: from the area’s natural resources around the depot. SixtyUnincorporated Bartow County, $27.73 and transportation. Mining and five miles from both Atlanta Cartersville, $30.73 agriculture became important and Chattanooga, the city Adairsville, $32.66 parts of the local economy along is perfect for an overnight Tax Commissioner: 770-387-5111 with textiles, corn and cotton. stay, especially at the . Today, the county offers a Currently, the county employs a nearby Barnsley Gardens tight-knit community, with a great sole commissioner form of government, Resort, which offers spa treatments, school system and affordable housing. and is the largest county to have such a gardens, restaurants, golf and In addition to Cartersville, the county government in the state. Georgia is the beautiful English cottages sure to is also home to the cities of Adairsville, only remaining state to allow for sole take your breath away. Kingston, Euharlee and Emerson. commissioner governments. Adairsville is also an antiques Attractions include the Euharlee lover’s dream, with the Georgia Covered Bridge and History Museum, North Antique Mall and the 1902 the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Stock Exchange shop both in the Center, the Civil War Museum in small downtown area. N Kingston, the world’s first Coca Cola outdoor advertisement and abundant For more counties and neighborhood Incorporated in 1850, Cartersville nature trails in such spots as Pine Top information, visit our Web site at is full of history. The city became Mountain and Red Top Mountain.

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pUBLIC schools Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 25 Middle Schools High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816

Cobb County

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One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Famibeing in 1832 when the state lies,” Kennesaw takes pride in its County redistributed land once part small-town atmosphere and boasts Neighborhoods of the Cherokee Nation. abundant parks and green space, Named after Thomas exceptional recreational programs Welch Cobb, the county and top-notch schools, includ experienced a devastating ing Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil War when most of it was features shopping, dining and atSchools destroyed during the Battle tractions such as the Smithsonian at Kennesaw Mountain. affiliated Southern Museum of Median household income: $65,123 Today, Cobb County, Civil War and Locomotive History, Median age of residents: 35 located north of Fulton the Smith-Gilbert Arboretum and Population: 698,158 County, is one of the fastnearby Kennesaw Mountain NaSales tax: 6% est-growing counties in the tional Battlefield Park. Chamber of Commerce nation. With a diverse ecoCobb County nomic base that includes 770-980-2000, Rapidly defining what’s new jobs in the service, retail, Property Taxes and progressive in quality of life aerospace and technology The property tax is $28.75 per $1,000 of assessed and citizen services, Smyrna sectors, Cobb County ofvalue. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 delivers an amazing sense of style fers a quality of life unsurand love of life. The new Market passed in the Southeast. More than $770 million has been spent luxury apartments and condos near Village, home to fabulous restaurants, on transportation improvements in Cumberland Mall, secluded sub- bars and upscale shops and services, recent years, allowing residents easy divisions in East Cobb and horse is the final piece of a master plan for access to Atlanta and the commer- ranches in the northwest corner success. Call it “Main Street USA” or cial districts of Vinings Overlook, of the county. The small towns of “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its Cumberland Parkway and the pres- Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Aus- charm and ability to offer the best in tigious “Platinum Triangle” in the tell still retain their Southern charm fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N Galleria area. amidst urban settings. According to For more counties and neighborhood A variety of housing options the Census Bureau, the median valinformation, visit our Web site at exist in Cobb County, including ue of homes in 2006 was $205,200.



Marietta City Schools Board of Education


Elementary Schools 7 Middle Schools 1 1 High Schools Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $9,061 School and bus information 678-594-8000 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. 1534 Marietta City 1514 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-974-5233 770-429-2100 Cobb EMC Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-942-6576 GreyStone Power Corp. Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE 888-436-8638 AT&T Comcast 404-266-2278 770-541-7235 MCI Worldcom Outside Georgia 800-356-3094 WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water Systems Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-423-1000 770-794-5100 770-943-8000 770-319-5338

CABLE TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 HOSPITALS Emory Adventist Hospital 770-434-0710 WellStar Cobb Hospital 770-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000 | Newcomer Magazine | 41

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION public schools Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 22 Middle Schools 7 Intermediate Schools 1 High Schools 6 Alternative 1 Evening 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,578 School & bus information: 770-720-2112

County Neighborhoods Schools

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS HOME SERVICES Cobb Energy (Electricity, Security, Telephone and Satellite TV) 770-429-2222 Electricity 706-276-2362 Amicalola EMC Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 770-887-2363

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Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson 770-735-2000 Ball Ground Windstream 800-501-1754 Water Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912

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Cable TV Charter Communications 888-438-2427 Comcast 404-266-2278 ETC Communications


Hospitals Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-720-5100 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1560 Georgia 1460 National 1509

Median household income: $63,518 Median age of residents: 34 Population: 210,529 Sales tax: 6% Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400, Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $26.80; Incorporated Cherokee County, $24.06. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

Cagle Dairy Farm, Canton

Located northwest of Atlanta, Cherokee County gets its name from the original inhabitants of the area, the Cherokee Indians. The county seat, then called Etowah, was established in 1833 and renamed Canton in 1834. Today, the city is enjoying its greatest economic boom in its history since more than $60 million was invested in residential and commercial development in 1998. Despite developing its own industrial base, Cherokee County remains idyllic and serene. Farming, especially poultry processing, remains a leading industry. Canton and the neighboring community of Woodstock have seen tremendous growth as subdivisions crop up to accommodate newcomers. In fact, nearly 60 percent of the county’s population are commuters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in 2006 was $194,900. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farms, Bridge Mill and Town Lake Hills. Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92 traverse the county, affording residents easy access to Atlanta and the nearby attractions of Town Center Mall, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Mountains. Other great places to live,

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Ridge Mountains and along the banks of the Etowah River, Canton is prime location for development.


work and play in Cherokee County include the cities of Ball Ground, Holly Springs and Waleska.


Canton Canton was incorporated in 1833 and renamed in 1834 at the request of two founding fathers who had visions that the town might become a silk center similar to what existed in Canton, China. Canton did become famous for its “Canton Denim,” known worldwide for the high-quality denim produced by Canton Cotton Mills. Today, Canton is attracting new industry and residents. As a result, the city is re-investing in its downtown. As part of its “Streetscapes” program, downtown Canton will be restored to its historic look and features a newly designed theater on Main Street. Located at the foothills of the Blue

Twelve miles south of Canton, Woodstock is the fastest-growing city in Cherokee County. With a growth rate of 70 percent over the past 10 years, the city has doubled in size. Residents enjoy easy access to Interstate 575 and Ga. Highway 92, allowing short commutes to Cobb and Fulton counties. While affording convenience to big-city attractions, Woodstock still maintains its small-town appeal. Buildings dating back to 1879 characterize the downtown, where antique and other specialty shops are located. Various golf courses are located in Woodstock, including Arnold Palmer’s Eagle Watch, a course with wooded countryside views that is considered to be one of the top places to play in Atlanta. The 11,860-acre Lake Allatoona provides additional recreation. Woodstock is also convenient to more than 13 state parks. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at | Newcomer Magazine | 43

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION pUBLIC schools DeKalb County Schools Board of Education 678-676-1200

DeKalb County Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population of about 705,000. DeKalb County contributes to Atlanta’s status as an “ international city” with its businesses and residences representing more than 30 different countries and 120 languages.

Elementary Schools 83 Middle Schools 20 High Schools 20 Per-pupil expenditures $9,896 School & bus information 678-676-1300 City Schools of Decatur Board of Education


Early Learning 1 Elementary Schools 4 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Per-pupil expenditures $13,444 School & bus information 404-370-8737


Decatur The county seat of DeKalb, Decatur is a charming historic city known for its recreation and pedestrian-friendly streets. Its beating heart

pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity Georgia Power


Snapping Shoals EMC


Walton EMC


Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T



404-780-2355 Water

DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 Cable TV Charter Communication


Comcast Cablevision


Hospitals Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston


DeKalb Medical Center


Emory University Hospital


Piedmont Hospital and Medical Care Center


Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development

Avg. SAT Scores DeKalb Co. 1334 City of Decatur 1577 Georgia 1460 National 1509

The square is also home to some beautiful public art, and hosts numerous festivals, town celebrations and neighborhood events. Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families, retirees and bright young college students—the city is home to the prestigious women’s university Agnes Scott College, and world-renowned Emory University is just outside the city limits. Older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes distinguish the community and the surrounding neighborhoods of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst and Candler Park.


Emory University


DeKalb County prosCounty pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods cellent transportation sys- tem. Five major road ar- teries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools Hartsfield-Jackson Inter national Airport is only six miles from DeKalb’s Median household income: $51,753 southern border and the Median age of residents: 35 Population: 739,956 DeKalb Peachtree AirSales tax: 7% port, a general aviation field, is reported to be Chamber of Commerce DeKalb County the second busiest air404-378-8000, port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes the biomedical commu- The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for unincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headis the Courthouse Square, which quartered there. The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaurants and entertainment options. reau, was $190,100.

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In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families. It is often referred to as the “tennis set” neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, as well as Blackburn Park and Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery. A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody, including apartments, townhomes, ranch-style homes, bungalows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton’s booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hotspot for families. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Web site at


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filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.

pUBLIC schools Fulton County Schools Board of Education 404-768-3600 Elementary Schools 58 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 17 Charter 8 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,561


Buckhead is “where old money lives and new money parties,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it’s


One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. They're drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range Median household income: $57,664 from large apartment comMedian age of residents: 34 munities to elegant subPopulation: 977,773 Sales tax: 7%, Atlanta City: 8% divisions, with a median value of $324,300. Chamber of Commerce Alpharetta offers a vaGreater North Fulton 770-993-8806, riety of parks and outdoor Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, Point Mall for a multiProperty Taxes tude of retail options. The The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: city’s historic downtown $44.12 for the City of Atlanta; $29.13 for incorporated area boasts an appealing Fulton County; $41.60 for unincorporated Fulton town square surrounded County; $33.75 for Johns Creek; $33.86 for Sandy by restaurants and shops. Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100 The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre hosts big-name The neighborhood also offers numerconcerts each summer. N ous antique stores, art galleries and For more counties and neighborhood mall shopping at Lenox Square and information, visit our Web site at Phipps Plaza..

County Neighborhoods Schools


Elementary Schools 52 14 Middle Schools High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures: $13,069 School & bus information: 404-802-5500

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Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education

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Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state’s capital building, located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area’s financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS, are headquartered here. More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200. Fulton is home to many of Atlanta’s signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrianfriendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta’s cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown’s Piedmont Park, the city’s most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.


Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-3481 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit Telephone AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278

Fulton County



Cable TV Charter Communications 887-906-9121 Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Atlanta Medical Center 404-265-4000 Atlanta VA Medical Center 404-321-6111 Center for the Visually Impaired 404-875-9011 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding 404-785-9500 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite 404-785-5252 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-778-2000 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-606-1000 North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 St. Joseph’s Hospital 678-843-7001 | Newcomer Magazine | 45

COUNTY INFORMATION pUBLIC schools Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education: 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 72 Middle Schools 24 High Schools 20 Alternative 6 Open Campus 1 Per-pupil expenditures: $8,338 City Schools of Buford Board of Education:


Elementary Schools 1 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Academy 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,198 Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1526 City of Buford 1455 Georgia 1460 National 1509 pRivate schools Visit our Web site at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS Electricity 770-945-6761 City of Buford City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 City of Norcross Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 770-887-2363 Sawnee EMC 770-972-2917 Walton EMC Gas Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit


Telephone 888-436-8638

Water Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 678-376-6800 Gwinnett City Water Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 770-448-2122 Norcross Cable TV Bellsouth Multimedia 770-360-5000 Charter Communications


Comcast 404-266-2278 Hospitals Emory Eastside Medical Center


Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital 678-584-6800 Gwinnett Medical Center


Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4770 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 770-822-2200

Gwinnett County

Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development


Some of Duluth’s neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small-town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.


Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here Mall of Georgia in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of Originally part of Georgia’s the city in 1837, Suwanee became Native American territory, Gwinnett a railroad stop along the Southern County was created by the State Railroad route. It remained a small Legislature in 1818 and named after country town well into the ’70s when Button Gwinnett, the third signer of construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 the Declaration of Independence and brought easy access to the region. a former state governor. Since then, Suwanee has exWhile the county was perienced tremendous once largely rural with small growth, from 2,000 resiCounty towns, country stores, farms dents in 1990 to more Neighborhoods and forests, today it is home to than 10,000 today. To more than 245 international help manage growth, companies and 450 high-tech the city has developed firms. With an average of 260 a comprehensive developSchools new professional and industrial ment plan that promotes companies relocating to the pedestrian-oriented deMedian household income: $64,005 county each year, attracting more velopment and mixedMedian age of residents: 33 than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett use zoning. Designated Population: 789,499 County remains in the top 10 a Tree City USA for more Sales tax: 6% ranking for growth nationwide. than 10 years, the city Chamber of Commerce The county supports many is committed to preserving Gwinnett County cultural events, restaurants 27 percent of its land as 770-232-3000, and shopping opportunities, green space. Property Taxes including the Mall of Georgia. Such foresight has The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett Gwinnett County remains allowed Suwanee to retain County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. affordable for renters and first-time its old-fashioned charm Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. home buyers, many of whom find while providing contemhomes in the communities of Doraville, in Metro Atlanta and is home to porary convenience. Only 35 miles Lawrenceville and Snellville. The median some of the best golf courses and from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is value of homes in 2006, according to private tennis clubs. There are close to big-city attractions, business numerous parks for recreation and districts and shopping. Many anthe Census Bureau, was $193,100. participatory sports, including tique shops and historic structures, Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” including several Victorian and reHowell Park. Two major malls, gional farm-style homes, are located Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, near downtown Suwanee. N are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old For more counties and neighborhood Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see information, visit our Web site at of the most exclusive neighborhoods for any railroad aficionado.




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Wabi Sabi, Atlanta Botanical Garden This Atlanta Ballet program returns with world premieres by up-and-coming choreographers. The works will be presented during the Garden’s “Cocktails in the Garden” series. Aug. 21 and Sept. 18,

Movies Under the Stars, Town Center Park Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and snacks while enjoying a double feature of The Lego Movie and Divergent. Aug. 23,

ZIPStream Aerial Adventures, Ruby Falls

Theater & Concerts Downtown Live Concert Series, Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park Enjoy live music and great food at this monthly Friday-night event in downtown Hapeville. Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17, 404-669-8269,

August Concert and Wing Festival, Town Center Park Enjoy food from local restaurants and the music of Everclear at this 10th annual community event. Aug. 16,

Summer Music Weekends, Rock City Enjoy toe-tapping Appalachian music and great Southern cuisine at Café 7, Fridays and Saturdays at Rock City. Through Sept. 1, 800-854-0675,

Bull Durham, Alliance Theatre This world premiere musical, based on the classic film of the same name, tells the story of three lives brought together by America’s two favorite pastimes—baseball and romance. Sept. 3-Oct. 5,

PHOTO: Courtesy of Ruby Falls

100 Block Street Art Festival, Albany At this one-of-a-kind mural competition, artists are given a set amount of time to create a masterpiece on a 10-foot-by-10-foot area. Displays are judged and cash prizes will be awarded. Event takes place at the Art Park on Pine Avenue in Albany, Ga. Sept. 6,

National Night Out, Lilburn City Park Take part in this nationwide event designed to support local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and build police-community relationships. Aug. 5, 770-638-2225,

Free Fridays, Gainesville, Fla. Enjoy free concerts by local and regional acts, every Friday from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza in historic downtown Gainesville. Through November, 352-393-8746,

Sevier County Fair, Sevierville, TN

Bring the family to this traditional fair featuring a midway, carnival rides, contests, live music and more at the Sevier County Fairgrounds. Sept. 1-6,

Exhibits & Events


Back to School Craft Week, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

Natasha Trethewey, Atlanta Cyclorama The former U.S. Poet Laureate (2012-2013) reads from her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Native Guard. Sept. 2, 404-658-7625,

Create your very school bus decoration at this fun, hands-on museum. Aug. 11-15, 770-536-1900,

Butterfly Festival, Dunwoody Nature Center

Rome International Film Festival, Historic DeSoto Theatre

In addition to two enormous tents, each filled with hundreds of live butterflies, this event features games, crafts, animal encounters, face painting, live music and a birds of prey show. Pre-purchasing timed-entry tickets is strongly advised. Aug. 16,

Enjoy four days of film screenings, workshops, parties and awards at this 11th annual event in Rome, Ga. Sept. 4-7,

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, High Museum of Art

Butterfly Festival, Dunwoody Nature Center

Get a rare peak at some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful automobiles designed by the likes of Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche.


Steel Magnolias, Alliance Theatre

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Through Sept. 7, 404-733-5000, PHOTO: Dunwoody Nature Center

Directed by Tony-nominated actress Judith Ivey, this beloved tale of family, friendship and Southern sisterhood centers on a group of beautiful, strong-willed women who gather at Truvy’s Beauty Parlor in a small parish in Louisiana. Oct.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival, Kodak, TN Enjoy three days of music from some of the nation’s best bluegrass musicians. Sept. 18-20, 865397-7942,

Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art

Hapeville Happy Days Festival, Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park

both above and below ground inside Lookout Mountain—where no one can hear you scream!

Enjoy live music, great food, an artist market, arts and craft vendors, children’s activities and more. Sept. 19-20, 404-659-8269,

Sept. 26-Nov. 1,

Classic Car Show, Lilburn City Park

Learn how to be prepared as emergency organizations offer helpful tips. There will also be interactive workshops, demonstrations, and giveaways. Sept 28, 770-536-1900,

See classic cars and enjoy live music at this judged competition and cruise-in. Sept. 20, 770638-2225,

Emergency Preparedness Event, Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

Ellen Axson Wilson Homecoming, Rome This ongoing celebration of the life and art of Wilson, a Rome native and the wife of former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson, includes an exhibition of her paintings at the Martha Berry Museum, exhibits of her photos and memorabilia at the Rome Area History Museum, and more. Through October,

ZIPStream Aerial Adventures, Ruby Falls

Art in the Square, Gainesville Square

Ruby Falls Lantern Tours, Ruby Falls

This 11th annual juried arts festival features a wide variety of artists from throughout the Southeast. Event also includes music, food, children’s activities and more on the square in downtown Gainesville, Ga. Sept. 20-21,

This intimate experience offers a rarely seen view of Lookout Mountain—from deep inside!

Move through a series of challenging, self-directed tree-to-tree courses of suspended obstacles that include ladders, nets, walkways, zip lines, bridges and more. Through Nov. 30,

Friday nights through September, 800-755-7105,

Suwanee SculpTour, Suwanee

Food Truck Fridays, Town Center Park

Sandy Springs Festival, Heritage Green

Enjoy a variety of delicious options from local food trucks and live music on the first Friday of each month (except July) through October.

Sandy Springs’ annual community celebration features an extensive artists market, live music, food, activities for kids and teens, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, face painting and the famous pet parade. Sept. 20-21, 404-851-9111,

Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, Ruby Falls This popular haunted attraction takes place

Through Oct. 3,

Suwanee Farmers Market, Town Center Browse and purchase local produce, honey, jams, salsa, baked goods and more. Saturdays through Oct. 4 and Tuesday evenings through Aug. 5. Through Oct. 4,

Downtown Suwanee’s walkable, outdoor public art experience returns with 15 new sculptures created by artists from across the country. Through March 2015,

Bodies the Exhibition, Atlantic Station This exhibit offers an unmatched view of the human body and how it works, with more than 200 actual bodies and specimens providing a look at our skeletal structure, musculature, nervous and reproductive systems, and more. Ongoing, 404-496-4274,



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Scarlett on the Square Original Gone With the Wind memorabilia on display from the private collection of Dr. Christopher Sullivan. Gift Shop, facility RentalS annual eventS

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Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum


he Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, was an important part of the city’s Civil War. But unlike many other historic locations throughout the country, the battlefield itself no longer exists. That’s why the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is so important, says Monica Prothro, the facility’s administrator. “Atlanta rose from the ashes and had to rebuild,” Prothro says. “We rebuilt on top of the battlefield. The painting is really our battlefield experience here in Atlanta. It gives people an By Cady Schulman idea of what happened.” Located next to the entrance to Zoo Atlanta in Grant Park, the Cyclorama transports visitors back to the days of the Civil War. The first stop on the facility’s guided tour is the auditorium, where visitors can watch a video about other battles during the Atlanta campaign, Union General William Sherman’s invasion of the city. From there, visitors experience the painting that gives the building its name. A cyclorama is defined as “a large pictorial representation” and “a circular picture of a 360-degree scene.” Measuring 42 feet high and 358 feet in circumference, this cyclorama—said to be the largest in existence—is a rotating depiction of the Battle of Atlanta, with figures in the foreground adding a three-dimensional feel. Each session consists of two rotations around the painting, the first with narration, lighting and sound effects, and the second with guides discussing the building and sharing facts about the remarkable painting. The Atlanta Cyclorama also features a museum with artifacts from the Civil War, as well as a bookstore and a steam locomotive. Prothro says that visitors are enthralled by the experience—especially groups of students who don’t know what to expect. “I love to see the kids when they come in,” she says. “When the presentation starts, you can hear them saying, “Oh wow!” On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, the Cyclorama offers a chance to see how much the city has changed. “We allow patrons to make a connection to modern-day Atlanta,” Prothro says. “We want them to come and visit and see the experience of the Battle of Atlanta and think about why Atlanta was so important during the war, and how Atlanta had to rebuild.” The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum is located at 800 Cherokee Ave. For hours, admission prices and other information, call 404-658-7625 or visit

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