MOVING MADE EASY
Tips to Help Reduce the Hassle
See the City in a Whole New Light
THE CAN'T MISS HAPPENINGS
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Winter 2019 CONTENTS FEATURES Planning Your Big Move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Atlanta’s Biggest and Best Events in 2019 . . . . . . . 26
Experts offer helpful tips to take the stress out of your big move, from organizing to packing and what to do before you arrive.
From cultural celebrations to sports to neighborhood festivals (and more!), 2019 will truly offer something for everyone.
STEM and STEAM Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 History Meets Luxury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
With today’s focus on STEM and STEAM it’s crucial to understand how these concepts benefit your child—and what skills they demand. Our overview gives you the big picture.
Georgia’s oldest hotels, bed & breakfasts, and inns are historic gems of yesteryear, providing travelers the perfect mix of history, luxury, and Southern charm.
DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 The inside scoop on news, events, and happenings around Atlanta.
Homes and Communities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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.
Learn the difference between homeowner and neighborhood associations and the advantages they offer.
Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Smyrna offers a lifestyle that straddles urban and suburban, combining a small-town feel with convenience to just about everything.
Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events, and live music across the metro area.
Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 SkyView Atlanta, a 200-foot-high Ferris wheel, is conveniently located in Centennial Olympic Park near other attractions.
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Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Whether you go for a classic stack or one loaded with trendy tastes, Atlanta has your burger heaven. See our guide to the city’s favorites. 4 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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The first two months of the New Year present an opportunity to revisit not one but two beloved musicals. Rock of Ages, featuring some of the greatest classic rock hits of the 1980s, rolls into the Fox Theatre Jan. 3-4 on its 10th anniversary tour, celebrating a decade since its Broadway debut. And from Feb. 26-March 3, Les Misérables returns to the Fox, featuring a sparkling new production of the unforgettable tale of Jean Valjean’s quest for redemption against the backdrop of 19th-century France. Both shows are presented by Broadway in Atlanta. For tickets and other information, call 855-285-8499 or visit broadwayinatlanta.com.
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It just wouldn’t be the holiday season in Atlanta without the visual wonders on display at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Midtown Atlanta. The annual extravaganza returns this year with a mix of new features and old favorites. Explore the Tunnel of Light and the Radiant Rainforest, marvel at the Orchestral Orbs and the Ice Goddess, and take in a breathtaking view of the city at the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Through Jan. 6. 404-876-5859, atlantabg.org.
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You’ve Got to Move it Move it Our kids spend a lot of time parked in front of screens, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta has just the cure! Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action allows kids to channel their favorite action-movie star by exploring such fun activities as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding and more—building strength, coordination, balance, and endurance in the process! The exhibit runs from Jan. 19-May 27. For more information, please call 404-659-5437 or visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 8 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
The internet can be tricky for everyone, but especially for kids. That’s why students at Woodward Academy recently received a crash course in safely navigating social media, thanks to a visit from The Social Institute. During the two-day event, students in grades 6-12 learned ways to make positive, high-character choices when online; how to balance homework, online activities and real-world hobbies; how to deal with cyberbullies; and how to live in the moment without the validation of likes, or comments. Historic Collegeviews, Park Home
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The latest breathtaking superhero spectacular isn’t at the movie theater or on your TV—it’s waiting at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History! Nature’s Superheroes: Life at the Limits provides a spellbinding glimpse at captivating creatures that have developed some fantastic powers to adapt to the challenges of life on Earth. Discover the world’s toughest animal, get a whiff of the amazing corpse flower, and learn the secrets of the mimic octopus, which can disguise itself as other creatures to avoid capture! The exhibit runs through Jan. 1. 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.
The Most Famous Reindeer of All Relive a cherished childhood memory or create a new one for your own children with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the 1964 stop-motion animated TV special, this faithful adaptation brings Rudolph, Santa, the Misfit Toys, and the Abominable Snow Monster to life, delivering an all-ages spectacular that will go down in history. Through Dec. 30 at the Center for Puppetry Arts. 404-873-3391, puppet.org.
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TIPS TO HELP REDUCE THE STRESS By Laura Raines
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oving is frequently listed as one of the top 10 most stressful events in a person’s life. After all, you have to deal with a seemingly never-ending pile of details, decisions, and costs, not to mention the sheer physical exertion of packing up your life and rearranging it in a new place. Fortunately, there are things you can do to significantly reduce your anxiety. Here are some ways to take the hassle out of moving to a new city.
GET ORGANIZED One of the most important things you can do is to start writing things down. “Even if you don’t live by a planner, this is one time in your life when it pays to be organized,” says professional organizer and time-management expert Leslie Walden, owner of the productivity training company It’s Time to Get Organized. “Buy yourself a notebook that you will enjoy using,” she says, “and begin compiling lists of things you need to do in your old home, and things to set up in your new one. You will save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you have the moving company documents and numbers for Realtors, new schools, utility companies, etc., at your fingertips. And when you think of a detail, write it down. Otherwise, it floats around in your head or gets forgotten.” Other handy organization tools include sticky notes, new address labels, and change of address forms. Plastic baggies or zipper envelopes can come in handy for small things like keys, mirror screws, moving receipts and so on. And while you’re in the planning stages, it’s never too soon to start the process of finding a moving company. “The summer, the end of the month and weekends are all prime
moving times, so you want to nail down your mover early,” says Kathy Householder, chief executive organizer of On the Move Organizing, which provides relocation services for individuals and corporations. “Always get three quotes, and know exactly what services you are getting. You can also save money by packing the boxes yourself.” As the big day approaches, “arrange for the utilities to be turned off the day after your move, and turned on the day before you move in,” says Walden. If you need to buy appliances, shop early and have them delivered the day you move in. Call several weeks ahead to schedule appointments. If possible, Walden adds, “take measurements and make a layout of your new space, so that you can plan where furniture will be placed ahead of time and have movers put pieces where they belong.”
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Another way to help minimize the pain, time, and labor of moving is to downsize. “Having less to move saves both time and money,” says Walden. “If you haven’t worn it or used it in several years, let it go. If you have time, hold a garage sale. Arrange for a charity organization to pick up what doesn’t sell afterwards.” “Get your kids involved in de-cluttering,” says Householder. “You may be surprised by what they are willing to donate to others or sell in the garage sale as they begin to plan
STARTING EARLY CAN ALSO HELP MAKE THE PROCESS OF PACKING LESS DAUNTING, “IF YOU PACK A FEW BOXES A DAY, YOU WON’T BE SO OVERWHELMED AT THE END.” — LESLIE WALDEN, PROFESSINAL ORGANIZER AND TIME-MANAGEMENT EXPERT
their new rooms. This would also be the appropriate time to begin using up frozen food, cleaning supplies, and lawn-care chemicals, which movers won’t put on a truck.” This is also a good time to attend to important paperwork—closing out bank accounts, making appropriate changes to insurance policies, emptying your safe deposit box. Put all important documents such as birth certificates, stock certificates, and tax records in one safe place (you may want to purchase a fireproof lockbox). Refer to your moving notebook for a list of people and publications you need to notify of your address change. u
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PACK WISELY Starting early can also help make the process of packing less daunting, says Walden. “If you pack a few boxes a day, you won’t be so overwhelmed at the end.” Pack on a room-by-room basis, labeling the general contents of each box with a permanent marker. Clearly mark bedding boxes for each bedroom—you’ll need these first. “Try to use real moving company boxes, which are sturdier and aren’t as likely to get crushed,” says Householder. “Color-code your boxes by taping sticky notes to several sides. Before you unload, tape the appropriate color sticky note to the door of each room, so that everyone knows where to put things.” When packing electronics, label the wires and plug-in points with colored stickers, or take a picture to help you reassemble things later. Make sure to back up your computer files to a hard drive or external service. Pack valuable jewelry and other irreplaceable items yourself, and move them with you in your car. And as you’re packing away your kitchen or bathroom items, be sure to stash some away for an essentials survival kit. “These are the things you’ll need before everything is unpacked,” says Householder, “such as antibacterial wipes, cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, cups and utensils, a can opener, scissors, a hammer and screwdriver.” Either put this on the truck last or pack it in your car. With a little forethought and preparation, you can take a lot of the drama out of moving to your new city, allowing yourself to concentrate on the excitement of your adventure. Happy moving!
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C O MM U NI TI E S
By Susan Flowers
What You Should Know About HOAs and Community Organizations
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When it comes to neighborhoods, Atlanta offers everything from older, tree-lined communities to new subdivisions with the latest perks. And those areas offer just as much variety in neighborhood and homeowners’ associations. Whether you’re looking for an area with strict standards for appearance and an eye toward property values, or a place with fewer rules but more personality, metro Atlanta has the right neighborhood for you.
IS AN HOA RIGHT FOR YOU? A homeowner’s association (HOA) is a legal entity that is typically responsible for upholding rules governing the appearance of properties. An HOA will often have the right to enforce those rules by issuing fines and even placing liens on properties of noncompliant owners. “The big advantage is that there’s a standard that’s set for everyone,” says Realtor Josh Jarvis of Jarvis Team Realty. “They also do some other things, like maintain the amenities.” Because of the HOA, these neighborhoods are often able to offer pools, sidewalks, clubhouses, or tennis courts.
Cal McShan, vice president of the Atlanta division of Sentry Management, which handles HOAs for 300,000 homes, condominiums, and townhomes across the country, notes that an HOA can be crucial to your home’s value in the long run. “In today’s market, having the help of an association, in terms of the services that are provided, is key to the health of the property you’re purchasing,” he says. “If things are uniformly maintained [by an HOA], you don’t have the issue of one or two sore thumbs lowering the value of every home in the neighborhood,” says Paul Queen, director of marketing for Sentry Management. Of course, one person’s sore thumb can be another’s much needed enhancement. An HOA’s interpretation of standards can differ from yours. “They can also restrict things that you want to do to the home,” Jarvis says. “For example, you may want to put an outbuilding on your property. You may not be able to, or it might cost more than it would otherwise, because you can’t just go out and get an aluminum building.” Another potential drawback is the impact of HOA dues on your purchasing power. While a well-
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DRIVE THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO BE SURE THAT IT’S PROPERLY MAINTAINED. AMENITIES OR HOMES IN POOR CONDITION CAN TELL YOU THAT AN HOA ISN’T DOING ITS JOB. maintained neighborhood can prevent your home’s value from depreciating, what you pay toward an HOA will be considered by banks when you apply for a loan, because your dues affect your debt-to-income ratio. “If you pay $600 a year, that’s $50 a month,” says Jarvis. “A lot of people don’t think about that.” This can play an especially large role in the purchase of a townhome or condo, or in the purchase of a home priced near the limit of what you can afford.
DO YOUR RESEARCH If you’re looking for a home in a neighborhood with an HOA, a little bit of due diligence can pay off in the long run. 16 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
Ask to see financial reports for any HOA you’re seriously considering. Without adequate funding, amenities can’t be maintained and improvements can’t be made. It’s reasonable to expect that your neighborhood’s pool and other features will be just as attractive in 10 years as they are today. It’s also a good idea to ask to see the minutes of the past few HOA meetings. These documents can inform you of ongoing problems that can factor into your decision to buy. “What they’re talking about in the minutes gives you a good snapshot of what the issues are in a neighborhood,” says Queen. Although HOA documents are nobody’s idea of a page-turner, it’s still important to give
them a thorough read. If an HOA’s standards differ significantly from yours, it’s better to know before you purchase your home. Drive through the neighborhood to be sure that it’s properly maintained. Amenities or homes in poor condition can tell you that an HOA isn’t doing its job. And if you’re considering a gated community, be aware that everything inside those gates is the responsibility of the neighborhood’s homeowners. If a road inside a gated community needs paving, the association, not the county, is responsible for the cost of the paving or any other work that may also be needed. “In a gated community, the only things they don’t own are the mailboxes,” says Jarvis.
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS If you’re looking for a looser structure than that offered by many homeowners’ associations, a neighborhood association might be the ticket. Found more often in areas close to Atlanta’s downtown than in the suburbs, neighborhood associations frequently act as advocates for a community, working with elected officials on improvements and taking actions to enhance the area’s quality of life. “A neighborhood association is typically less concerned with enforcing standards for appearance, and more concerned with issues that affect the community,” says Nancy Dorsner of the Lake Claire Neighbors group. “Really it’s just having an organization that can represent the neighborhood when things come up like school redistricting,” she says. “It’s a whole lot easier for the association to get face time with elected representatives. Every person in the neighborhood can’t get a meeting with our city council person. We can speak with one voice on neighborhood issues, like recommending that a traffic light should be fixed or changed.” Although the name suggests that it’s an HOA, the 1,200-member Dunwoody Homeowners Association is actually closer to a neighborhood association in function. The Dunwoody HOA covers the entire city of Dunwoody, a DeKalb County suburb with a population of around 46,000. With events including Food Truck Thursdays, a Fourth of July parade and live concerts, “We very much add to the quality of life in our city,” says President Stacey Harris. The group also hosts candidates’ forums for city council and mayoral elections. The Lake Claire Neighbors group seldom, if ever, tackles issues relating to the appearance of individual homes. “Even though we may have an issue of growing grass too long, we prefer the more flexible and free approach to how our neighborhood evolves,” says Dorsner. “Our neighborhood is very laid back. We like the fact that it’s quirky and interesting. We don’t need to have all matching mailboxes.” Remember that HOAs and neighborhood associations are different entities that serve different functions, and be aware of what each offers and what you want when you’re investigating a particular community. Good luck! newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 17
SPOTLIGHT Smyrna By Jackson Reeves
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ocated just northwest of the Perimeter, Smyrna offers a lifestyle that straddles urban and suburban. It boasts shopping centers filled with local boutiques, access to one of Georgiaâ€™s favorite nature trails, proximity to a world-class performance arts center, and is adjacent to the new Braves baseball stadium.
THE INSIDE TRACK First settled by pioneers in 1832, the town began to grow after the completion of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in 1842, and it would go on to witness two Civil War battles on July 4, 1864
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Located on Belmont Place, 400 Belmont (404341-4699) offers modern finishes in a livework-play environment. Village at Lake Park apartments (678-293-8030) features vaulted ceilings and screened patios, while Park Valley (770-432-3110) includes quartz countertops and cozy fireplaces. Jonquil, a mixed-use development completed in 2016, includes Alta at Jonquil, a 266-unit luxury apartment complex.
Bordering Smyrna is the 105-acre nature preserve Heritage Park, featuring an elevated boardwalk over wetlands. After breaking a sweat, get ready to pull out your wallet at Market Village (404240-6240). Located in the heart of downtown Smyrna, the center features a library, community center, and plenty of restaurants. Built in 1910, Brawner Hall (678-631-5545) is a two-story Greek Revival style facility now used for city office space, with conference facilities available.
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For diners hungering for Italian fare, Mezza Luna (770-319-0333) serves black-ink tagliatelle, mussels in a white wine sauce, and tiramisĂş. Burrito lovers will find plenty to enjoy at Porch Light Latin Kitchen (678309-9858), which also features a cocktail list that includes locally inspired options like the Smyrna-In-Fashion. Other choices include Zucca Bar and Pizzeria (770-803-9990), Vintage Tavern (770-803-9793) and Corner Taqueria (678-842-0050).
Inside the city, families can enjoy an afternoon in a wooded enclave thanks to Cobb Park and Kidscape Village (770-431-2842). The public park features both a large playground and toddler-oriented play set. Smyrna Community Center (770-431-2842) is a multiuse facility with a variety of indoor spaces for meetings, athletics, and activities. Golf lovers can find respite at the par 62 golf course at Fox Creek Golf Club (770-435-1000). Smyrna is conveniently near Cumberland Mall (770435-2206) for shopping and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (770-916-2800), a state-of-the-art facility that hosts the Atlanta Opera. The city is also adjacent to the new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. N
Local Treasures At more than 61.5 miles long, the Silver Comet Trail begins at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and offers a serene outdoor escape. City of Smyrna
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HOW STEM AND STEAM EDUCATION HELPS STUDENTS GROW
well-rounded curriculum used to be “The Three Rs,” or “reading, writing and arithmetic.” Today, STEM and STEAM are becoming the dominant measure of what students need to learn. But what exactly are STEM and STEAM, and how are they different from traditional learning? Do they offer any real benefit to your child? A closer look shows that STEM and STEAM education are approaches that offers students real benefits and will change how they learn and prepare for the future.
FOCUSING ON MATH AND SCIENCE: STEM The history of STEM dates back to the beginning of the “space race,” and the call for a renewed focus on science and mathematics education in response to the launch of Sputnik by the then Soviet Union. As technological advances grew exponentially over the next four decades, educators renewed a commitment to science and math to address a perceived achievement gap in these subjects between U.S. students and their international counterparts. The National Science Foundation developed the now-universal acronym STEM in 2001, to describe guidelines for the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 20 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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STEM uses an interdisciplinary, projectbased approach to teach science and math and show their application to the “real world,” as opposed to the traditional approach of addressing them as separate textbook subjects. In Georgia, STEM education is defined as “an integrated curriculum (as opposed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics taught in isolation) that is driven by problem solving, discovery, exploratory project/ problem-based learning and student-centered development of ideas and solutions.” Several Cobb County middle schools recently applied STEM principles by using the construction of SunTrust Park as the inspiration for projects on computing batting averages, calculating the angles of baselines, and analyzing the different types of soil found on the playing field. Students presented their findings to fans and players; the project was so successful that the county will roll it out to other schools this year.
A STEM-oriented curriculum covers every phase of education from Pre-K to college. At the elementary level, introductory classes introduce structured inquiry and problem solving, while presenting a general awareness of STEM-based fields and occupations. This awareness is more strongly emphasized as students progress into more challenging classes in middle school, with a special effort to reach underrepresented populations, including female students. Practical applications are emphasized at the high school level, with a concentration on preparing for post-secondary education and employment. The current emphasis on STEM in schools worldwide is in response to a pressing need. In the U.S. alone, projections predict a need for more than eight million workers in STEMrelated jobs, and the manufacturing sector faces a shortage of 600,000 skilled employees. Students graduating with these skills find a wide range of opportunities, especially in
computing, expected to produce more than 70 percent of jobs by next year. Significant numbers of jobs are also being created in engineering, the physical and life sciences, and mathematics. But the emphasis on STEM over the past 15 years has not yet positioned the country to meet this need. The U.S. Dept. of Education reports that only 16% of high school students report an interest in a STEM-related career and have proven proficiency in mathematics. Almost two-thirds of high school freshmen that declare an interest in a STEM-related field lose interest before they graduate high school. In response to this, government and industry have been partnering to motivate more students to develop an interest in STEM fields and educate more teachers qualified to teach these subjects. The Committee on Stem Education (CoSTEM), which is made up of 13 separate agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, is creating a joint national strategy
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ADDING AN "A": ENTER STEAM EDUCATION As important as STEM education is, it’s been pointed out that it leaves out the arts and humanities, which many believe are equally important in addressing the needs of a 21stcentury economy. In 2006, Georgette Yakman, a graduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, added an “A” to the acronym to represent the liberal arts and developed the framework for STEAM education: “Science and technology, interpreted through engineering and the arts, all based in a language of mathematics.” The idea gained wide exposure when championed by the Rhode Island School of Design and soon found its way into curricula around the globe. Using the STEAM approach, students might use their studies in the sciences to create educational materials for that subject, or create art designed for 3D viewing. At the
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TO STEAM ADVOCATES, IT’S NOT A CASE OF ADDING CREATIVITY, BUT BLENDING IT WITH SCIENTIFIC THINKING. Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, 3D printing is used across subjects and grade levels to apply classroom learning to the creation of real world models. Some STEM proponents point to the current issues of student engagement with STEM to argue that science and math should remain the sole focus of modern education in order to bolster U.S. economic competitiveness, adding that the arts detracts from this focus. Advocates of STEAM education argue that inclusion of the liberal arts equips scientists to think abstractly, adds a human element, and addresses the problem of declining student engagement by fostering inclusion of “right brain” students. A STEAM education enables an architect to design structures that are visibly pleasing as well as practical and environmentally sustainable, and a textile designer to incorporate technological elements such as solar receptivity
into attractive fabrics. To STEAM advocates, it’s not a case of adding creativity, but blending it with scientific thinking. Given the added appeal to children for a curriculum that includes the arts and the expanded arena of real-world applications, it seems clear that STEAM elements will play an increased role in the future. Both STEM and STEAM allow students to think in new ways and to see the practical applications of their classwork. As the advantages of the integrated, practical approach of both STEM and STEAM continue to become a part of the curriculum in both public and private schools, the acronyms will lose their importance. Soon, students will know either of these approaches as just “school.” For more information on STEM and STEAM education in Atlanta, or for a list of certified schools, visit stemgeorgia.org.
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Midway Covenant Christian School Balancing Education with Spirituality By Phil Keeling
idway Covenant Christian School has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a single class of seven students and one teacher at Midway Presbyterian in Powder Springs. But even as the private school took on more students, teachers, and faculty, it has maintained a dedication to offering intimate, specialized attention to the educational and spiritual growth of its students. With an enrollment of 300 students, Midway Covenant’s dedication to personalized attention and education is coupled with a consistent blending of Christian Scripture into every aspect of a child’s tutelage. As the school itself is quick to point out, “We are not a Christian school because we teach verses and have a Scripture lesson each day. We are so because Biblical principles permeate every aspect of our school day.” This spiritual awareness is coupled with a classical education style, requiring a greater focus on the skills and character traits that will equip a child for a life that is dedicated to personal and spiritual growth, along with a love of learning. This curriculum includes a focus on phonics, history, mathematics, and science, with an additional supplementary education in subjects like logic, heritage studies, and Latin. “It’s so important,” says Chancellor Barbara Kline, the founder and Head of School of MCCS regarding the teaching of this foundational language. Perhaps one of the first subjects that many think of when they consider a “classical education,” Midway Covenant sees Latin not only in the sense of educational and personal betterment, but as a key to opening any number of further subjects of study. After their studies and coursework are completed, students of Midway Covenant still have lots of opportunities to engage in extracur-
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ricular and social activities. Athletic programs include cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, and basketball for boys and girls. Opportunities to participate with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes take place every Friday morning, and students grade 5 - 8 can participate in the school band, learning the fundamentals of music and instruments. Children with a passion for the arts can also take part in the Drama Club or the Zion Chorus. Students grade 3 - 4 can participate in the Junior Master Gardener Program, a staple at MCCS since 2003. During this program, students will be led through every process of gardening, from preparing the soil to harvesting their crops. Children who are interested in science and technology might consider the Robotics Club, where they will have the opportunity to work on furthering their STEM skills in a fun and collaborative environment. Second grade students have the chance to take part in Lion to Lion: a program that will pair them with older MCCS students as a way of creating socialization across classes, and encouraging academic study. Well into its second decade of educating and guiding its students, Midway Covenant Christian School places a great value not only on the academic and spiritual growth of its students, but on community growth. “It’s a small school with a big heart. It’s a very sweet school,” says Kline. “Our teachers come and stay. Our families come and stay.” N
THE SPECIFICS Grades: PK-8 Student/Teacher Ratio: K3: 10:1, K4: 14:1, 1st- 5th: 18:1, Middle School: 16:1 Tuition: $1,653-$7,152 Location: Powder Springs
4635 Dallas Hwy., Powder Springs GA 30127 (770) 590-1866 midwayschool.org
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By Amanda Adams
From unique Atlanta events to cultural celebrations, from sports to holiday happenings and neighborhood festivals, 2019 will truly offer something for everyone. Anyone new to the area may be unfamiliar with the long list of happenings in and around Atlanta. Looking ahead to 2019, here is a compilation of Atlanta’s biggest and best events—a full year’s worth of great things to see and do in your new hometown. Please note that several dates have not yet been finalized for 2019. Be sure to check on specific dates closer to the event. 26 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
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POLAR PLUNGE. Ring in the New Year with a dip in the ice-cold waters of Lake Acworth. An annual tradition, this event serves as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Georgia. Featuring live music, food, and prizes, the Polar Plunge will be held at Acworth Beach. specialolympicsga.org/polar-plunge-2019
COOL DADS ROCK SOAP BOX DERBY. Cool Dads Rock is an organization intended to build meaningful and memorable relationships with fathers and their children, no matter what the age. Their annual Soapbox Derby, typically held in August, gives father-and-child duos the chance to create their own car and compete against other teams. cooldadsrock.com.
LITTLE 5 POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE. Typically held on a Saturday leading up to Halloween, this event is billed as the signature Halloween festival in the southeast and one of the top 10 Halloween events in the country. The Little 5 Points Halloween Parade draws crowds of over 35,000 to the interesting and diverse neighborhood. L5phalloween.com.
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CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW. Featuring antiques, art, and floral and interior design, this festival is held annually to raise money for a designated charity. Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the festival will run Jan 23-27. cathedralantiques.org.
DRAGON CON PARADE. Kicking off the first full day of the convention, the Dragon Con Parade encourages attendees to dress as favorite characters from genres such as fantasy, comic books, and science fiction. The parade typically takes place on the first Saturday in September. dragoncon.org.
ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL. Now in its fourth decade, the Atlanta Film Festival welcomes an audience of nearly 25,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films. Widely recognized among the best film festivals in the country, the 2019 festival will take place Apr. 4-14. atlantafilmfestival.com.
ATLANTA FRINGE FESTIVAL. Focusing on original works by performers in all genres of theater, the Atlanta Fringe Festival is an annual event held in June. The festival spotlights local, national, and international performers. atlantafringe.org. ATLANTA ICE CREAM FESTIVAL. Now in its ninth year, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival both celebrates Americaâ€™s Favorite Dessert and offers many health and wellness engagement activities. Each July the festival teams up with a local non-profit health agency to promote their health and wellness initiatives. atlantaicecreamfestival.com.
EAST ATLANTA STRUT. With a colorful parade and large Artists Market, the East Atlanta Strut happens on the third Saturday in September. The festival features a 5K fun run, great food, live music, and other events. eastatlantastrut.com. STONE MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES. Celebrating Scots and people of Scottish descent, the Stone Mountain Highland Games take place the third weekend of October. Competitive events such as Highland Dance and Weight Toss are popular, as well as live music and a selection of Celtic vendors and artisans. smhg.org.
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ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL. Spanning the weekend of April 12-14, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be held in Piedmont Park. In addition to beautiful, in-bloom dogwood trees, this annual event boasts food, live music, a 5K, and hundreds of artists exhibiting and selling their work. dogwood.org. u
Now in its 34th season, the Georgia Renaissance Festival transports visitors to 16th-century England. A 32-acre village is equipped with over 150 artisan craft shops, 10 entertainment stages, several pubs and taverns, and food galore. This yearâ€™s festival runs from April 13 to June 2. garenfest.com.
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Featuring five stages and more than 75 bands each year, Shaky Knees is a music-lover’s dream. Created in 2013, the festival has featured diverse lineups ranging from world-renowned acts to up-and-coming artists. Shaky Knees 2019 takes place May 3-5 in Central Park. shakykneesfestival.com.
ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL. One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival features concerts throughout the month of May, culminating with a free three-day festival over Memorial Day weekend. atlantafestivals.com.
NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL. Offering multidisciplinary programs that educate, enrich, and entertain, the National Black Arts Festival Spotlight Series spans the summer and fall months and showcases the art of local, national, and international artists of African descent. nbaf.org.
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL. The largest independent book festival in the country and among the five largest overall, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival typically takes place during Labor Day weekend. 28 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
Featuring book signings, author discussions, readings, and a host of food and book vendors, the event has something for the whole family. decaturbookfestival.com.
MUSIC MIDTOWN. Hosting a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across four stages, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier music festival since 1994. Typically held in Piedmont Park during September, this is one of the most anticipated music events of the year! musicmidtown.com.
ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL. Celebrating its 45th year in 2019, the Atlanta Greek Festival brings the sounds, tastes, and traditions of Greece to your doorstep. Offering traditional foods and events, the festival takes place in late September at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road. atlantagreekfestival.org.
ATLANTA PRIDE. Well into its fourth decade, Atlanta Pride is held in Piedmont Park during October. Hosted by the Atlanta Pride Committee, the parade seeks to advance unity, visibility, and self-esteem among the local and national LGBTQ community. atlantapride.org.
ATLANTA MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES. Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a storied racing venue, the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 will be on Sunday, Feb. 24. This event boasts one of the biggest races of the starting stretch of the 2019 NASCAR season. atlantamotorspeedway.com.
PEACHTREE ROAD RACE. Organized by the Atlanta Track Club and beloved Independence Day traditions, the Peachtree Road Race is one of the largest 10K races in the world. The race winds from Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree
MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT. One of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, The Masters is held at the Augusta National Golf Club, less than three hours from Atlanta. The 2019 competition will be held April 8-14. masters.com.
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PETIT LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA. A sports car endurance race held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta promises excitement for attendees. Just an hour north of Atlanta, Road Atlanta is a state-of-the-art road course. Festivities for 2019 run Oct. 9-12. roadatlanta.com/petit-lemans-road-atlanta.
CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL. The Chickfil-a Peach Bowl brings postseason college football to Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the end of the year. chick-fil-apeachbowl.com.
PEACH DROP. Although the titular event happens at midnight, the annual Peach Drop celebration spans the evening of Dec. 31. With official celebrations beginning at 7 p.m., Woodruff Park will be the focal point for live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors up until ringing in the New Year with a giant, 800-pound peach. atlantadowntown.com.
ATLANTA ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. Atlanta’s longest running event, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to 1858. Attendees are treated to a procession of clowns, floats, bands, bagpipe and drum corps, dancers, drill teams, and more. The 2019 parade will take place on Saturday, March 16. atlantastpats.com.
CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA CHRISTMAS PARADE. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hosts the Children’s Christmas Parade, which steps off at Peachtree St. and 16th and ends at Peachtree St. and 5th St. Midtown Atlanta will be transformed into Santa Claus Lane, complete with the sights and sounds of the season. choa.org/parade.
MENORAH LIGHTING AT DECATUR SQUARE. Kick off Hanukkah in December 2019 with the annual Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square. Live music, delicious food, and Mr. Dreidel photo ops will be available. chabadintown.org/chanukah.
GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL. An annual tradition for more than a decade, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival is open to all ages. A diverse selection of local food trucks offers all tastes, along with craft beers, a Kids Zone, a 5K run, and a farmer’s market. summershadefestival.org.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND SUMMERFEST. Ushering in summer each June for going on 35 years, The Virginia-Highland Summerfest is a two-day celebration jam-packed with art, food, music, children’s activities, and a 5K run. vahi.org/summerfest/events.
SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL ATLANTA
Taking place each September, the Sandy Springs Festival offers attendees two days of fine art, music, a pet parade, 5K and 10K races, delicious food, classic rides, and much more. This event is the largest fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs, a non-profit organization that operates Heritage Green, the city’s four-acre city park. heritagesandysprings.org.
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By Donna Neale
Fauxlafel Burger from Flipburger Boutique
x Ho-hum hamburgers? Not in this town!
Burger joints around here feature everything from mouthwatering classics to gourmet stacks so extreme you need a team to finish them. The best part? You can enjoy them in a variety of atmospheres that take fun and food to a whole new level. Add some flavor to your winter months by taking a tour of some of the best hamburger houses Atlanta has to offer.
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The Rebel Burger
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Flip Burger Boutique
The bright décor and ambient music set a sophisticated tone at FLIP Burger Boutique, a restaurant designed to turn your ‘burger joint’ expectations upside down. You’ll find burgers seasoned with intriguing condiments like pomegranate ketchup, red wine jam, and bourbon peach BBQ sauce. For a twist, try the Bison, layered with caramelized onions, bacon, a fried egg, and FLIP sauce, or the Shrimp, featuring a blackened shrimp patty, tempura fried lemon, and cajunaise. Vegetarians will love the Fauxlafel, a chickpea patty with arugula, cucumber, pickled beets, red onion, and tzatziki yogurt spread. Another FLIP specialty: decadent milkshakes topped with liquid nitrogen that are so rich…well, they’ll make you flip! flipburgerboutique.com
If you’re looking for a heaping helping of irreverent attitude served up with your burger, The Vortex is the place. The funky décor, cheeky menu and insane ingredient combinations all cater to the adventurous eater aged 21 and older. Their legendary line of Coronary Bypass burgers is not for the faint of heart—literally. Two griddled patty melts hold together the Triple Bypass, with 32 ounces of sirloin beef, 18 slices of American cheese, three fried eggs, 18 strips of bacon, grilled onions, diner relish and mayo. Other signature offerings include the Rebel Outlaw, with barbecued pulled pork and teriyaki outlaw sauce, and the Fat Elvis, slathered with, yes, peanut butter. Grab a cold one or a creative cocktail from the bar for some extra pizzazz. thevortexatl.com
Butcher's Cut Burger
Barleygarden Braut Burger
Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Beer
Which came first, the burger or the brew? In the case of Barleygarden Kitchen and Craft Beer, it was the 60-plus tasty taps from Hop City Craft Beer and Wine that drew the spotlight, until the kitchen’s inventive burgers became the perfect pairing. Try the Original Big Braut, made from two four-ounce pork bratwursts shaped like burgers, and request it piled high with caramelized onion and melty Swiss cheese. For vegetarians, there’s the Garden Veggie patty, a special blend of beets, beans, and brown rice, jazzed up with roasted mushrooms and Gruyere cheese. The open-air rooftop bar, pet-friendly patio, and convenient to-go window ensure that every appetite can find a pleasing atmosphere. barleygardenkitchen.com u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 31
Moreorth It " "Way W Burgers i Largely credited with kicking off Atlanta’s burger craze, Holeman and Finch Public House’s menu offers only one burger: a deceptively simple cheesy double stack that is so good it’s a limited edition. Only 24 of them are made each day, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. holeman-finch.com
The Kitchen Sink Burger
Stockyard Burgers and Bones
Quirky monikers and distinctive sauces add plenty of personality to the gourmet offerings from Stockyard Burgers and Bones. Traditional Southern comfort food is taken to a luscious level in their Dirty South burger, with fresh Angus beef piled with perfect portions of smoked gouda mac and cheese, bacon, and apple butter BBQ sauce. The Kitchen Sink goes a step further by adding chili and a bourbon and smoked tomato aioli. The Del Mar burger is an Asian-style option, featuring sushi-grade tuna topped with soy glaze, sesame seeds, pickled carrots and radishes, and a zing of wasabi mayo. Wash it all down with a drink from their selection of over 40 whiskeys and bourbons in the bar. stockyardburger.com
i A thick slice of crisp pastrami and
some bread-and-butter pickles add a twist of Jewish flair to The General Muir’s take on the bacon burger at this popular Atlanta deli. thegeneralmuir.com
i The gloriously messy Ghetto Burger from
Ann’s Snack Bar was once named the best burger in America by The Wall Street Journal and is still an Atlanta institution 30 years after its creation. places.singleplatform.com
i Cypress Street Pint and Plate is unmistak-
ably ‘pub’ in its atmosphere and menu, and undeniably famous for serving a half-pound cheeseburger between two glazed doughnuts. cypressbar.com
i The Meatstick from The One Eared Stag
includes two patties made from the addictive combination of ground beef and ground bacon. You’ll have to ask for this Atlanta legend by name; it doesn’t always appear on the menu. oneearedstagatl.com
i In addition to their regular family-friendly
menu, YEAH! Burger boasts delights for glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo palates. yeahburger.com
i The magnificent melt of Bocado’s Burger
Stack cheeseburger is so popular in Atlanta that it earned its own spinoff location. bocadoatlanta.com
i Lucky’s Burger and Brew serves up an Two Burgers from Farm Burger
Founded by a rancher and a restauranteur, Farm Burger set out to reinvent the burger experience, proving that true “farm-to-table” food doesn’t have to be costly, cumbersome, or boring. Culling seasonal ingredients from their own farm as well as other local growers, Farm Burger is all about bringing you the freshest tastes possible in a rustic-but-modern setting. Build your own from a harvest of free and premium toppings, or choose a seasonal signature burger from the blackboard. Chicken, pork, and veggie burgers are also featured. Round out your meal with an order of pimento cheese fries and sweet potato hush puppies with apple butter for the full Southern experience. farmburger.com 32 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
award-winning Georgia Dawg Pounder (topped with a fried pimento cheese ball and spicy red pepper jelly), while their pet-friendly patio makes dining a full family experience. luckysburgerandbrew.com
i Locals and visitors alike lose their minds
over Grindhouse Killer Burgers and their eight wild “style” combinations, each one more intriguing than the last. grindhouseburger.com
i Located in the basement of the beautifully
restored Victor H. Kriegshaber House, Wrecking Bar Brewpub pairs an extensive craft beer menu with their unique spin on the classic American burger. wreckingbarbrewpub.com
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By Tony Jenkins
VISITING SOME OF GEORGIAâ€™S OLDEST HOTELS AND INNS
Lake Lanier at Dusk
Have drinks on the Riverfront Veranda as the sun sets at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
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Stay in a part of history at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
Learning about Georgia's history can be a relaxing and even romantic adventure. There are many hotels and inns throughout Georgia where history, luxury and Southern charm intersect. Encompassing both grandeur and quaint, elegant charm, here are just a few of Georgia’s historic hospitality venues.
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Jekyll Island Club Hotel People like J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer and William K. Vanderbilt played roles in the history of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, which was founded in 1886 as a private club that included members from some of the world's wealthiest families. Designated a historic landmark in 1978 and reopened as a resort hotel in 1985, it is now one of the top resorts in Georgia. In addition to a history tour, the hotel includes five restaurants, a pub, a swimming pool and a nearby private beach club, among other amenities. The location, on one of the State's four coastal barrier islands, provides a lush and unspoiled backdrop for the elegance and Victorian charm you'll find at every turn. Even if you don't stay the night, it's worth a visit for the architecture alone. jekyllclub.com
The Fitzpatrick Hotel After a fire decimated much of Washington, Georgia’s public square in 1895, brothers J.H. and T.M. Fitzpatrick returned to the city, between Athens and Augusta, and began construction on what would become The Fitzpatrick Hotel. After opening in 1898, the historic hotel went through several ownership and name changes, and was eventually
closed in 1952. More than 50 years later, after the hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places, The Fitzpatrick was restored and reopened. By using old photos, original memorabilia and purchasing period antiques, the new owners retained the hotel’s original Victorian grandeur and charm, while including modern-day conveniences like HDTVs and Wi-Fi access. thefitzpatrickhotel.com
The Gastonian What's better than one mansion? Two adjacent Regency-Italianate mansions have been turned into a Four Diamond Rated bed and breakfast in a charming residential area of Savannah. The two mansions that now make up The Gastonian were built in 1868 and exemplify the southern charm one would expect from a history-laden city like Savannah. From the grand décor and period antiques to the fireplaces and tranquil gardens, The Gastonian was recognized by Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the finest places to stay in the world. It’s a great location, too: The Gastonian is in the Savannah historic district within walking distance of Forsyth Park, Colonial Park Cemetery and several of the city squares. gastonian.com u newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 35
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The 1842 Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast in Macon, built by the city's former mayor.
The 1842 Inn A gorgeous bed and breakfast in Macon, the 1842 Inn was a home built by the city's former mayor, John Gresham, in, well, you can guess the year. There are 19 guest rooms found within the Greek revival-style antebellum house and the adjoining Victorian cottage, as well as four hospitality parlors. Antique paintings, oriental carpets, heart of pine flooring, and 12-foot ceilings accentuate each room, and many include fireplaces and whirlpools. To bolster the relaxing and romantic vibe, there’s a 17-columned wrap-around verandah where you can sip on iced tea while overlooking the courtyard. 1842inn.com
The Georgian Terrace Opening for business in 1911, The Georgian Terrace is located in Midtown directly across from another Atlanta landmark, the Fox Theatre. The elegant hotel has hosted an impressive guest list over the years, 36 | Newcomer Magazine | newcomeratlanta.com
including Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Disney, and Charles Lindbergh. In 1939, the Terrace hosted the premiere gala for the movie “Gone With The Wind,” and stars like Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh were right at home amid the turreted corners, floor-to-ceiling windows, gorgeous chandeliers, and wrap-around verandas. In the 1970s, the hotel played host to musical acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, and Billy Joel in its Electric Ballroom. After avoiding demolition in the 1980s by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it had a brief stint as an apartment building. In the early 1990s, The Georgian Terrace reopened as a luxury hotel. Now billed as “Atlanta’s Modern Classic,” the Southern charm remains, but is now complemented by modern features, including award-winning fine dining at the Livingston Restaurant & Bar. thegeorgianterrace.com
Appreciate the luxury and the beauty of The 1842 Inn.
The 1842 Inn offers a relaxing and romantic vibe.
The Piedmont Hotel When it opened in 1876, The Piedmont Hotel in Gainesville, Georgia, was a three-story, 36-room, u-shaped structure owned and operated by Confederate General James Longstreet. Throughout the years, Longstreet hosted several high-profile guests, including generals Joseph Johnston and Daniel Sickles, writer Joel Chandler Harris, and President Woodrow Wilson, whose daughter Jessie was born on the ground floor of the hotel. Today, itâ€™s the only floor of the hotel that remains after a last-minute decision saved it from being demolished with the rest of the hotel in 1918. However, it has been renovated and is the headquarters of The Longstreet Society, open Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors can learn about the hotelâ€™s history, including visits by a past president and the ghost that occupies the remaining structure. longstreetsociety.org. newcomeratlanta.com | Newcomer Magazine | 37
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Out-of-state drivers are required to obtain a Georgia driver’s license within 30 days. To obtain your license, you will need to provide the following: 1) Previous driver’s license; 2) Two pieces of identification; 3) An eye exam at the time of issue; 4) A $20 fee (in cash) for a five-year license, or a $35 fee for a 10-year license. Licenses are issued through the Georgia Department of Driver Services at several sites across Atlanta. Call 678-413-8400 or visit www.dds.ga.gov.
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 www.itsmarta.com.
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MARTA Rail Service
You must register your car within 30 days of residency. Bring with you the following information: 1) Car title, name and address of lienholder, or copy of lease agreement; 2) Current tag registration; 3) Mileage reading of vehicle; 4) Proof of insurance; 5) Emission certificate (if applicable). There is an approximate $20 fee for your tag. In January 2006, the state began charging sales
GETTING STARTED tax on vehicles. Your tag office will provide the amount of sales tax on your vehicle. For information on a specific county, contact the appropriate county’s Tax Commissioner’s Office.
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 www.cleanairforce.com.
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 www.georgia-navigator.com.
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 www.sos.georgia.gov.
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.
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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 www.cherokeega.com Neighborhoods www.canton-georgia.com www.woodstockga.gov www.cityofballground.com www.hollyspringsga.us www.cityofwaleska.com Schools www.cherokee.k12.ga.us
PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com 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 Amicalola EMC 706-276-2362 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 Sawnee EMC
GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 ETC Communications 678-454-1212 TDS Telecom-Nelson Ball Ground 770-735-2000 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
City of Woodstock
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, www.cherokeechamber.com 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com
COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 71 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 16 Magnet 6 Charter 6 Special 4 Per-pupil expenditures $8,816
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development
One of Family Circle magaCobb County came into zine’s “Ten Best Towns for Families,” Kennesaw takes pride in its being in 1832 when the state County www.cobbcountyga.gov small-town atmosphere and boasts redistributed land once part Neighborhoods www.austellga.org abundant parks and green space, of the Cherokee Nation. www.mariettaga.gov exceptional recreational programs Named after Thomas www.ci.smyrna.ga.us and top-notch schools, includWelch Cobb, the county www.kennesaw-ga.gov ing Kennesaw State University. experienced a devastating www.cityofpowdersprings.org Kennesaw’s Historic Downtown setback during the Civil features shopping, dining and atWar when most of it was Schools www.cobb.k12.ga.us tractions such as the Smithsoniandestroyed during the Battle www.marietta-city.org affiliated Southern Museum of at Kennesaw Mountain. Median household income: $65,123 Civil War and Locomotive History, Today, Cobb County, 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, www.cobbchamber.org 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 fers a quality of life unsurdelivers an amazing sense of style passed in the Southeast. More and love of life. The new Market 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com 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 High Schools 1 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 newcomeratlanta.com 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 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-660-5890 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power/ Columbia Energy 770-794-5100 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 888-436-8638 Comcast 404-266-2278 MCI Worldcom 770-541-7235 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
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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 newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Georgia Power
Snapping Shoals EMC
GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T
DeKalb County Water System 770-621-7200 CABLE TV Charter Communication
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.
DeKalb County prosCounty www.co.dekalb.ga.us pers in part due to its exNeighborhoods www.decaturga.com cellent transportation sys- www.druidhills.org tem. Five major road ar- www.dunwoodyga.org teries traverse the county: www.candlerpark.org www.stonemountaincity.org Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675 and US Highway 78. Schools www.dekalb.k12.ga.us Hartsfield-Jackson Inter www.csdecatur.net 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, www.dekalbchamber.org port in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in Property Taxes The property tax rate is $41.50 per $1,000 for the biomedical commuunincorporated DeKalb County. Tax Commissioner: nity with The Center for 404-298-4000 Disease Control headquartered there. is the Courthouse Square, which The median value of homes in features an eclectic mix of store2006, according to the Census Bu- front boutiques and shops, restaureau, was $190,100. rants and entertainment options.
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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 www.newcomeratlanta.com
Fulton County 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
Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1567 Georgia 1452 National 1498 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our Web site at newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
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 riety of parks and outdoor 770-993-8806, www.gnfcc.com Metro Atlanta attractions, including the 404-880-9000, www.metroatlantachamber.com Big Creek Greenway trail. South Fulton Shoppers flock to North 770-964-1984, www.southfultonchamber.com 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 www.newcomeratlanta.com Phipps Plaza..
County www.co.fulton.ga.us Neighborhoods www.alpharetta.ga.us www.buckhead.net www.virginiahighland.com www.eastpointcity.org www.collegeparkga.com www.hapeville.org www.roswellgov.com www.sandyspringsga.org Schools www.fultonschools.org www.atlanta.k12.ga.us
Elementary Schools 52 Middle Schools 14 High Schools 20 Charter 15 Alternative 6 Per-pupil expenditures $13,069 School & bus information 404-802-5500
Downtown Atlanta skyline
Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education
Photo: Georgia Dept. of Economic Development.
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.
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 www.newcomeratlanta.com. TELEPHONE AT&T 866-271-9724 Comcast 404-266-2278
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
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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 newcomeratlanta.com for a list of private schools in this county.
UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 770-945-6761 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 404-395-7611 Jackson EMC 770-963-6166 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-972-2917 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit www.newcomeratlanta.com.
WATER Buford 770-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 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
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for any railroad aficionado. 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 in the latter part of the 18th Originally part of Georgia’s century. Following the official Native American territory, Gwinnett founding of the city in 1837, County was created by the State Suwanee became a railroad stop Legislature in 1818 and named after along the Southern Railroad route. It Button Gwinnett, the third signer of remained a small country town well the Declaration of Independence and into the ’70s when construction of a former state governor. I-85 and U.S. 23 brought While the county was easy access to the region. once largely rural with small Since then, Suwanee County www.co.gwinnett.ga.us towns, country stores, farms has experienced tremenNeighborhoods www.cityofbuford.com dous growth, from 2,000 and forests, today it is home to www.duluthga.net residents in 1990 to more than 245 international www.snellville.org more than 10,000 today. companies and 450 high-tech www.suwanee.com firms. With an average of 260 Schools www.bufordcityschools.org To help manage growth, the city has developed new professional and industrial www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us a comprehensive developcompanies relocating to the Median household income: $64,005 ment plan that promotes county each year, attracting more Median age of residents: 33 pedestrian-oriented dethan 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett Population: 789,499 velopment and mixedCounty remains in the top 10 Sales tax: 6% use zoning. Designated ranking for growth nationwide. Chamber of Commerce a Tree City USA for more The county supports many Gwinnett County than 10 years, the city cultural events, restaurants 770-232-3000, www.gwinnettchamber.org is committed to preserving and shopping opportunities, Property Taxes 27 percent of its land as including the Mall of Georgia. The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett green space. Gwinnett County remains County is $31.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. Such foresight has affordable for renters and firstTax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. allowed Suwanee to retain time home buyers, many of whom find homes in the communities of of the most exclusive neighborhoods its old-fashioned charm while proDoraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville. in Metro Atlanta and is home to viding contemporary convenience. The median value of homes in 2006, some of the best golf courses and Only 35 miles from downtown Ataccording to the Census Bureau, was private tennis clubs. There are lanta, Suwanee is close to big-city numerous parks for recreation and attractions, business districts and $193,100. participatory sports, including shopping. Many antique shops and Bunten Road Park and “Shorty” historic structures, including severHowell Park. Two major malls, al Victorian and regional farm-style Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, homes, are located near downtown are located near Duluth. The Suwanee. N Southeastern Railway Museum, For more counties and neighborhood Amidst the pristine setting of which preserves and operates old information, visit our Web site at Gwinnett County, Duluth has some railroad equipment, is a must-see www.newcomeratlanta.com
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Steve Martin and Martin Short, Fox Theatre The beloved actor-comedians perform. Jan. 12, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Ever After, Alliance Theatre This charming musical based on the hit film offers a whimsical twist on the classic tale of Cinderella. Jan. 15-Feb. 17, 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org.
Deck the Hall, Duluth Town Green
Theater & Concerts Elton John, State Farm Arena The iconic pop star spans his five-decade career on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Dec. 1, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Infinite Energy Arena The classic-rock journeyman performs songs from throughout his career. Larkin Poe opens the show. Dec. 22, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Madeline’s Christmas, Horizon Theatre
Christmas Canteen, Aurora Theatre
This musical adaptation of the classic children’s tale features a cast of girls ages 8-12 from 20 different metro Atlanta schools.
This spectacular seasonal variety show features festive musical numbers and side-splitting comedy for all ages. Through Dec. 23,
Dec. 1-30, 404-584-7450, horizontheatre.com.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Infinite Energy Arena
Justin Timberlake, State Farm Arena
The progressive-rock ensemble performs music from “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” and other works. Dec. 8, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Fox Theatre The Atlanta Ballet presents its first new production of this holiday staple in 20 years, with all-new choreography, lighting and costume design, plus set design by Tony Award nominee Tom Pye and projection design by Tony Award winner Finn Ross. Dec. 8-24, 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com.
A Christmas Carol, Cobb Energy Preforming Arts Centre
The singer and entertainer performs in support of his “Man of the Woods” album. Jan. 10, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com. Winter Wonderland, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
PHOTO: Dustin Grau Photography
Marvel Universe Live!, State Farm Arena Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more of your favorite heroes band together in a race against time to defeat Loki in this exciting live production. Jan. 17-18, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
The Beach Boys, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees celebrate more than 50 years of hits. Jan. 20, 800-745-3000, cobbenergycentre.com.
Cher, Infinite Energy Arena The singer performs hits from throughout her career. Nile Rodgers and CHIC also perform. Jan. 25, 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.
Smokey Robinson, Fox Theatre The legendary singer-songwriter, producer, and co-founder of Motown Records performs. Jan. 26, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Waitress, Fox Theatre Broadway in Atlanta presents the smash hit musical about a waitress who must summon the courage to enter a pie-making contest and explore a new romance. Score by Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles. Feb. 5-10, 855-285-8499, broadwayinatlanta.com.
Trevor Noah, Fox Theatre The comedian, author, and host of “The Daily Show” performs. Feb. 15-16, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Beauty & the Beast, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet presents a stirring, familyfriendly production of the celebrated fairy tale. Feb. 21-24, 404-892-3303, atlantaballet.com.
WWE Raw, State Farm Arena
The Alliance Theatre brings its annual presentation of the beloved holiday classic to the Cobb Energy Centre. Dec. 12-24, 404-733-5000,
See Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Ronda Rousey and more of your favorite wrestlers in action, live and in person! Feb. 25, 800-745-3000,
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Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting, High Museum of Art
Exhibits & Events
15th Annual Kids Cowboy Up!, Booth Western Art Museum
Waitress, Fox Theatre
Deck the Hall, Duluth Town Green
This annual exhibition gathers works created by young artists from the Cartersville Boys & Girls Club and the Hands of Christ AfterSchool Program. Through Jan. 6, 770-387-1300,
Celebrate the holidays with live entertainment, crafts for kids, a Polar Express train ride, a snow playground, a tree lighting, and a giant snow slide. 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, duluthga.net.
Keeper for a Day: Birds and Reptiles, Zoo Atlanta
Winter Wonderland, Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Help Zoo Atlanta’s animal experts with feeding and daily husbandry. Spend the morning with the Zoo’s feathered flyers, then venture to Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience to work with Aldabra giant tortoises and more. Participants must be 14 years old or older. Dec. 8, zooatlanta.org.
This holiday-inspired exhibition features trees and other displays decorated by local cultural partners. Through Jan. 6, 404-929-6300,
Celebrate Hanukkah: A Cultural Exploration, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
This exhibit illustrates the attraction, romance and conflict of the American West through the eyes of the most well-known name in Western art. Through Jan. 13, 770-387-1300, boothmuseum.org.
Treasures From the Frederic Remington Art Gallery and Beyond, Booth Western Art Museum
PHOTO: Tim Trumble
Join Michael Levine of The Learning Groove as he leads interactive Hanukkah songs and stories for the whole family. Dec. 9, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Celebrate Las Posadas: A Cultural Exploration, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Embrace the music, movements and costumes of this nine-day religious celebration observed by many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. Features the Atlanta-based dance group Alma Mexicana Danza Folklorica. Dec. 15,
Celebrate Kwanzaa: A Cultural Exploration, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Learn about the traditions of this holiday through the captivating stories and songs of Mama Koku, Atlanta’s famed master storyteller. Dec. 29, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Cookies and Cocoa With Santa, Red Clay Music Foundry
New Year’s Bubble Bash, Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Join Santa and his elves and get a free professional photo taken with Santa. Free crafts while supplies last. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dec. 15,
Families are invited to ring in the New Year with special activities including a familyfriendly DJ, dancing, party favors, and of course: bubbles! Two sessions, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31,
Celebrate Christmas: A Cultural Exploration, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Prime Movers from the Callanwolde School of Dance share selections from their most popular holiday shows, including “The Polar Express” and “The Nutcracker.” Dec. 22, 404-659-5437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Angst, The Walker School
Noon Year’s Eve, Fernbank Museum of Natural History Ring in the New Year a full 12 hours early at this special family-friendly celebration featuring a countdown to a balloon drop at noon. Dec. 31, 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.
The Harlem Globetrotters, State Farm Arena The enduring ensemble known for its humor and eye-popping basketball athletics delights fans of all ages. Jan. 19-20, 800-745-3000, statefarmarena.com.
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, Fernbank Museum of Natural History Journey through the Mesozoic Era with the largest flying animals that ever lived inside this immersive exhibit, featuring remarkable rare fossils and casts, hands-on and digital interactive displays, enormous life-sized models, and stunning dioramas. Feb. 9-May 5, 404-929-6300, fernbankmuseum.org.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, High Museum of Art The High Museum proudly presents this look at the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The exhibit spans six decades and the development of Kusama’s kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms. Through Feb. 17, 404-733-5000, high.org.
A Short Drive Away
The Walker School presents screenings of this stirring documentary that shines a light on anxiety in teenagers, featuring interviews with kids, teens, experts, parents, and Olympic athlete Michael Phelps. Both screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Family Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Jan. 28 and 30,
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-Iffic Exhibit, Children’s Museum of Atlanta Curious young explorers of all stripes are invited to hang out with their favorite tiger toddler at this interactive installation that brings the themes of the hit PBS KIDS show to life. Through Jan. 6, 404-659-5437,
Home For The Holidays, Hendersonville, N.C.
Celebrate the season with skating, curling, shopping, festival lights, holiday shows, hayrides and much more. Nov. 23 – Jan. 1,
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OFFERING A BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF THE CITY By Cady Schulman
hether you’re brand new to the area or a longtime resident, SkyView Atlanta offers a downtown view of the city like you’ve never seen it before— from 200 feet above the ground. A Ferris wheel reaching almost 20 stories high, SkyView Atlanta is easy to find at the southern end of Centennial Olympic Park, near the Tabernacle and within walking distance of Philips Arena, the CNN Center, World of Coke, and other attractions. Since opening in July 2013, SkyView has become a popular attraction for visitors to the downtown area. The wheel features 1 million LED lights that create thousands of different colors, providing a nightly light show that’s spectacular to look at. SkyView’s height sets it apart from carnival Ferris wheels, which are typically 30 to 40 feet high. Sheer size and scope make the SkyView experience special. SkyView Atlanta features 42 climate-controlled, wheelchair-accessible, fully enclosed gondolas that seat between two and six riders. Each ride includes four revolutions and lasts around 15 minutes. No groups are combined in a gondola together, and no one is allowed to ride alone (SkyView employees accompany single riders). Even those afraid of heights generally feel safe. It’s not a thrill ride, but a comfortable, relaxing way to get a new view of the city.
Skyview Atlanta surrounded by the city
Skyview Atlanta's endless LED lights provide a beautiful nighttime show.
Adults 12 and up ride for $13.89, while senior citizens, members of the military, and students with ID ride for $12.50. Tickets are $9.26 for children 3 through 11, and tax is added to all ticket purchases. Children under 2 are free, and each gondola must have an adult riding with children. There is also a VIP flight (for up to 5 people) that allows you to skip the line and take an extended flight in a special gondola with leather seats and a glass floor for $50 (plus tax) per person. A “Date Night Package” is $69.95 (plus tax) per couple and includes two tickets for a private flight with no waiting, no waiting in line, a romantic carriage ride through the Centennial Park District, and a free dessert from Ted’s Montana Grill. Photos are taken as your group boards the ride, and are offered for sale as you leave—a great souvenir of a unique Atlanta experience.
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