Newcomer Magazine | Winter 2022

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Winter 2021



ROMANTIC RETREATS 6 Picture-Perfect Georgia Getaways

WHERE TO LIVE IN ATLANTA Family-Friendly Neighborhoods

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Winter 2022 CONTENTS FEATURES Atlanta’s Historic House Museums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Atlanta’s Biggest and Best Events of 2022 . . . . . . . 26

Rich in history and each with their own unique story, house museums open up a window to the past and a perspective on their legacy.

Metro Atlanta’s independent schools offer parents a wide variety of education options for their children to choose from and additional benefits, including smaller class sizes.

From cultural celebrations to sports to neighborhood festivals (and more!), 2022 will truly offer something for everyone.

The Private School Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Romantic Retreats in Georgia ...................... . 32

Dreaming of a getaway for the two of you? No need to head to an exotic locale—plenty of romantic destinations beckon from just a short drive away. Here are six of the best.




DEPARTMENTS In Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Restaurant Review. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 The inside scoop on news, events and happenings around Atlanta.

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

Choosing a new neighborhood for your family is the biggest decision you have to make now. Our list of the city’s top family-friendly areas will help you find the perfect place to call home. Neighborhood Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Stockbridge is home to history-rich landmarks, uniquely independent businesses, a popular golf course, a state park and much more.

School Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 With a strong focus on excellence in character, a vigorous academic program combined with a thriving resident community, Baylor School offers an excellent boarding education environment.

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Boone’s restaurant, overlooking the Bobby Jones Golf Course, mixes bright modernity with touches of the past, including a panoramic view of the nine-hole course.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 A comprehensive guide to help you find your way before, during and after your move, including counties, neighborhoods, relocation tips, a map of metro Atlanta and much more.

Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Get caught up on the best exhibitions, theatrical productions, special events and live music across the metro area.

Hidden Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 SCAD FASH is an opulent 10,000-square-foot museum that has attracted exhibitions featuring some of the most cutting-edge and noteworthy names in fashion design worldwide. | Newcomer Magazine | 5

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ANNIVERSARY From its humble beginnings on the site of a former horse farm, Whitefield Academy has grown into a respected independent school serving almost 900 students in prekindergarten through 12th grade on a 100-plus-acre campus. The school celebrates its 25th birthday this school year with events like a Founders Luncheon held in August. Congratulations, and here’s to the next 25 years!


It just wouldn’t be the holidays without the timeless tale of a heartless grouch who learns the true meaning of the season. We’re talking, of course, about Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. This modern Christmas classic, based on the beloved children’s book, comes to the Fox Theatre as part of Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta’s 40th anniversary season. Dec. 7-12. 800-2784447,

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Let it Snow Enjoy all the fun of a snowy holiday season without the hassle of having to shovel any of it during Deck the Hall. Duluth’s annual holiday celebration features a real snow playground and snow slide, as well as live entertainment, children’s crafts, holiday lights, a traditional tree lighting and, of course, a photo op with Santa himself. It all takes place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 2 to 7 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green. 8 | Newcomer Magazine |

Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History has just the ticket for the train fanatics in your family. Trains! Trains! Trains!, the museum’s most popular event of the year, returns with more model train layouts than ever before, allowing visitors to interact with and operate a large variety of trains. The two-day event also features a variety of train-themed activities for kids of all ages. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29 and 30.

inFOCUS Cultural Celebrations Two of metro Atlanta’s excellent independent schools recently paid tribute to different countries to help foster understanding of other cultures. The Quadrilingual Academy in Smyrna held a Hispanic Heritage celebration on Oct. 15 (pictured), in which each of the school’s 12 classrooms picked a country to celebrate and dressed in that country’s traditional attire. And Atlanta International School in Buckhead commemorated United Nations Day on Oct. 22 with a colorful parade as primary school students dressed up to reflect their national heritage. | Newcomer Magazine | 9

By Christine Fonville

Rich in history and each with their own unique story, house museums often provide a peek into the past while also giving insight into the vastly different lives of the individuals who built the structure and the people who made it a home. Many house museums, particularly in the South, possess a duality: they are both lovely, grand structures with impressive antiques and artifacts as well as physical reminders of the negative aspects of that era. Through these dwellings frozen in time and maintained with respect to their history, visitors can learn about the multiple perspectives of the people that gave these homes a legacy. BARRINGTON HALL Roswell is named after Roswell King, who moved to the area in the 1830s. His family’s influence can be seen today throughout the city and beyond—at Barrington Hall, a sprawling example of Greek Revival Architecture completed in 1842. The house, once the home for Roswell’s son, Barrington King, is fully furnished with several original family artifacts. Multiple gardens on the seven-acre property are not to be missed, representing horticultural trends from the mid-1800s to present., 770-640-3855


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A full exhibit and tour of the Bulloch Hall house museum reveals a presidential link; it is more popularly known to locals as the home of Mittie Bulloch, mother to the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. The house was built in 1839 by Maj. James Stephens Bulloch, one of Roswell's initial settlers. Part of the house museum tour includes an insightful look into the often-underrepresented history of those who built many of the historical homes in the area through a reconstruction of the slave quarters which stands in stark contrast to the family home., 770-992-1731

PHOTOS: (left) Courtesy of the City of Roswell; (opposite page) top right and bottom: Courtesy of Atlanta Hisory Center; top left: Courtesy of the City of Roswell


Also part of the Atlanta History Center’s main campus in Buckhead, the Swan House, built in 1928, and the main farmhouse of the Smith farm, constructed in the 1840s, show two very different parts of the past. and renovations, the campus contains event spaces and a lawn used for lectures and private events., 404-249-7015



Also part of the Atlanta History Center’s main campus in Buckhead, the Swan House, built in 1928, and the main farmhouse of the Smith farm, constructed in the 1840s, show two very different parts of the past. According to Claire Haley, the center’s vice president of public relations and programs, The Swan House contains original furnishings of the Inman family, which lived there, and exhibit spaces. The elegant house, which became a museum in 1966, was featured prominently in “The Hunger Games.” The Smith Family Farm opened to the public in 1970. It showcases agriculture and the lives of farm families in mid-1800s along with the others that lived on and worked the land. Heirloom crops and animals are now present on the site., 404-249-7015 u

Margaret Mitchell House

“Visitors to the Smith Plantation house museum will find furnishings and collections reflecting three generations of one family with artifacts and displays showing life from the 1840s through the 1950s,” said Dena Bush, historic assets manager for the city of Roswell. Located at the current grounds of Roswell City Hall, Archibald Smith’s home was completed in 1845 as he worked with and invested in Roswell King’s vision for the area. “Ten original outbuildings and gardens on the property represent a cohesive example of a 19th-century, north Georgia yeoman farmstead,” said Bush., 770-641-3978

MARGARET MITCHELL HOUSE Built in 1899 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Crescent Apartments, the home was where author Margaret Mitchell lived when she wrote “Gone with the Wind”, in the basement unit she referred to as “The Dump.” The Tudor Revival-style house became a museum in the late 1990s and was officially incorporated into the Atlanta History Center in 2007. While it is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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d HAMMONDS HOUSE Dr. Otis Thrash Hammonds’ home, located in the West End area of Atlanta, was his own personal museum, housing more than 250 pieces of important African American art. Hammonds purchased the Victorian, pre-Civil War-era home in 1979 and began the restoration process soon after. “Dr. Hammonds sourced materials from around the world including Victorian lighting fixtures and hand-crafted wooden banisters and railing for the winding staircase,” said Karen Comer Lowe, executive director and chief curator of Hammonds House Museum. “Today, it boasts a permanent collection of more than 450 works dating from the mid-19th century by artists from America, Africa and the Caribbean.”, 404-612-0481

KING BIRTH HOME Built in 1895 and purchased by Martin Luther King Jr.’s descendants in 1909, the two-story

Hammonds House frame Queen Anne-style house on Auburn Avenue is where the Civil Rights Movement leader spent his childhood. The home stayed in the family until after King’s assassination, and it is now owned and maintained by the National Park Service. Tours of the interior of the home are suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but visitors can still explore the areas where King made his initial impact, including the nearby historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park also includes a visitors center, rose garden and the King Center, which houses exhibits and King’s tomb., 404-331-5190, ext. 5046

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Located on 18 acres and featuring 30 rooms on three floors, the Greek Revival-style Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead was built in 1967. All of the furnishings in the home are considered to be museum quality and make up one of the finest Federalist-period collections in the United States, according to officials. It also houses a collection of valuable books, many of which are rare first editions by Georgia authors such as Margaret Mitchell. But tours are temporarily closed due to the pandemic., 404-261-1776

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FINDING THE PERFECT PLACE TO CALL HOME By Susan Flowers Relocating to a new city is always challenging. For families with children, that holds especially true. The process involves much more than finding a new home close to your new place of employment. Schools, the makeup of the neighborhood, leisure activities and many other factors need to be taken into account when choosing a place to call home. “You really have to have a game plan,” says 14 | Newcomer Magazine |

real estate agent Rhonda Duffy, who runs Duffy Realty of Atlanta and has been hailed as one of the top agents in the country by That plan begins with identifying specific areas of interest to families with children. If you already know you want to live within the Atlanta city limits, you’ve narrowed your search considerably. Atlanta neighborhoods have much to offer, like Virginia-Highland’s leafy,

tree-lined streets, Midtown’s Piedmont Park and the Woodruff Arts Center (which includes the High Museum of Art) and Grant Park’s historic homes, greenspace and Zoo Atlanta.

SUBURBS AND MIXED-USE COMMUNITIES If you’re not tied to a particular section of town, your options increase dramatically. Many of

ALPHARETTA, LOCATED IN NORTH FULTON COUNTY, IS HOME TO A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN DISTRICT, SEVERAL PARKS, A WEEKLY FARMER’S MARKET AND AMERIS BANK AMPHITHEATRE AT ENCORE PARK, WHICH HOSTS OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS. Atlanta’s suburbs boast features of interest to families with children. Cities like Alpharetta, Marietta, Decatur, Duluth and Lawrenceville abound with greenspace, walkable downtown centers and other amenities. Alpharetta, located in north Fulton County, is home to a historic downtown district, several parks, a weekly farmer’s market and Ameris Bank Amphitheatre at Encore Park, which hosts outdoor summer concerts. In addition to a beautiful city square, Marietta’s attractions include the Gone With the Wind Museum and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, a Civil War site with 17 miles of hiking trails. Decatur likewise radiates a cozy, small-town charm, especially around its historic courthouse and town square. Public transportation is easily accessible, and recreational activities are plentiful in its many parks and playing fields.

Just north of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville features such attractions as the Aurora Theatre, the Gwinnett Stripers minor league baseball team and numerous parks offering playgrounds, sports facilities and trails. Nearby Duluth boasts the 30-acre Southeastern Railway Museum, the Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning and the Infinite Energy Arena, home of the Atlanta Gladiators hockey team. Both cities are served by Gwinnett County Public Schools, recognized as one of the best school systems in the state. One of metro Atlanta’s newest municipalities (incorporated in 2006), Johns Creek earns rave reviews from residents and national media alike for its quiet, safe atmosphere; excellent schools and wonderful recreation opportunities, such as the Johns Creek Greenway. Its proximity to both Atlanta and to the North Georgia mountains gives residents the

best of both worlds. Other family-friendly suburbs worth considering include East Point, home to the Georgia Soccer Park and the Dick Lane Velodrome, one of the leading bicycle racing facilities in the country; Roswell, which features the Roswell Cultural Arts Center and the Chattahoochee Nature Center; and Sandy Springs, which boasts Heritage Green, a four-acre park that hosts free concerts and events. Mixed-use neighborhoods, which allow residents to live, work and play within the same area, are also worth considering, especially for families used to living in larger metropolitan areas. “A lot of mixed-use developments are attractive to younger families,” says Robin Lemon, a sales agent with Keller Williams Realty Consultants. “They want their children to experience more of a neighborhood feeling.” Atlantic Station, in Atlanta’s Midtown area,

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is a 138-acre development offering an array of condos, lofts, townhomes, apartments and single-family homes, as well as a two-acre lake and plenty of greenspace, in addition to a mix of restaurants and shops. In Suwanee, located in Gwinnett, the Town Center development features singlefamily homes, townhomes and condos, as well as retail and office space and the 10-acre Town Center Park. With abundant greenspace, an interactive fountain and a 1,000- seat amphitheater, Town Center Park is referred to as Suwanee’s “front yard.” Northwest of the city in Cobb County, Smyrna’s pedestrian-friendly Market Village sports an airy, open feel, with plentiful greenspace, a public square and fountain, charming townhomes, restaurants and retail and office



space. There are many, many more suburbs and communities worth a look as well. A good place to start is with a visit to Newcomer’s website ( and reading about the cities and areas profiled in our “Neighborhood Spotlight” and “Homes and Communities” sections to get a sense of what communities you’d like to explore further.

ASK QUESTIONS AND INVESTIGATE Once you’ve settled on a neighborhood, ask your potential new neighbors about the area. Duffy recommends seeking out three sets of neighbors and asking them all the same questions. For families with children, those include: How social is the neighborhood? Are there many parties or events? How many kids live in

the area, versus how many adults? It’s important to establish whether a particular neighborhood provides sufficient opportunities to make friends with children of similar age. It’s also a good idea to visit local shopping areas to ensure that there are child-friendly establishments and other retail outlets that fit your family’s lifestyle. A distance of only two or three miles can make a difference. And be sure to investigate any family-friendly amenities in the neighborhood. The fact that a subdivision has a pool, for example, doesn’t mean that the facility has room for all the residents to enjoy it on a regular basis, that there’s adequate seating around the pool or that sufficient safety measures are in place. Your search should also be guided in part

Top Right: A Civil War reenacter shows how to load a musket at a firing demonstration at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Bottom Right: Market Village shopping center in Smyrna.

PHOTO: (bottom left) Courtesy of City of Suwanee; (bottom right) City of Smyrna

Bottom Left: The start of the 5K run in Suwanee.

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IT’S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO VISIT LOCAL SHOPPING AREAS TO ENSURE THAT THERE ARE CHILD-FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENTS AND OTHER RETAIL OUTLETS THAT FIT YOUR FAMILY’S LIFESTYLE. by the needs and interests of the children in your family. “Are they a computer family? What kind of sports do they play?” asks Lemon. “If the kids are really involved in certain things, I can start gearing a search toward the family’s needs. There are some families that will come in and say, ‘My children are very interested in volleyball or very into karate.’” Most importantly, when scouting a new neighborhood and a new home, remember to take your time. “The key to buying a house is to ask a lot of questions and slow down the process,” Duffy says. By having a detailed strategy, asking questions and placing special emphasis on neighborhoods and the amenities they offer, you’re much more likely to settle on the perfect home for yourself and your children. | Newcomer Magazine | 17


SPOTLIGHT Stockbridge By Christine Fonville


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fter celebrating 100 years of being a city in 2020, Stockbridge officials say the longevity and growth of their city drives them to promote progress in a family-oriented community. The 14-square-mile city is home to history-rich landmarks, uniquely independent businesses, a popular golf course, a state park and much more. It’s no wonder that Stockbridge is recognized as “the gateway to Henry County” by residents and visitors alike.


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A blend of new builds and classic homes can be found in Stockbridge and typically start in the $200,000 range. Now in construction is Broder Farm, where single-family homes feature modern touches like large kitchen islands and granite countertops. Amenities include a pool with a cabana, playground, dog park, athletic field and walking trails. At Bellah Landing, which recently completed its last building phases, large brick homes with side-entry garages and a suite of smart home products sell for $380,000 and up.

Start the day off right with locally-roasted coffee drinks at Drip-Thru, a 135-square-foot business with a double-sided drive-through. For those sugar cravings, grab an assortment of goodies from Holey Sweet Donuts. The made-fresh-daily baked goods include flavors like Fruity Pebbles, Oreo and Maple Bacon. Family-owned-and-operated Empson’s Deli is the local go-to deli and offers a wide variety of sandwiches on delicious homemade breads. Country Cooking Depot is where locals and visitors alike go to enjoy Southern comfort food like fried green tomatoes and catfish accompanied by collard greens, creamed corn and more.

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Set foot where history was made at the lovely and quaint Floyd Chapel Baptist Church. Martin Luther King Sr., who was born in Stockbridge, preached his first sermon there. At Panola Mountain State Park, discover what makes this National Heritage Area special with a guided hike up the granite mountain. Shop for one-of-a-kind treasures at BarnBeautiful with hand-crafted furnishings and home décor made from reclaimed wood of local barns, each with its own backstory. Unwind and relax at the charming and scenic Stockbridge Lakes Bed & Breakfast.

Arts and Entertainment The Stockbridge Amphitheater and Park, which opened in September, seats 3,200 people. It’s part of a planned mixed-use development in the city center behind Stockbridge City Hall. Hit the links at Rum Creek Golf Course at Eagle’s Landing or take a stroll down the three-mile-long Reeves Creek Trail which features exercise equipment, a Little Free Library and more. N

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH Stockbridge has made a name for itself when it comes to star power. Take a selfie at Patrick Henry High School, Henry County’s namesake school and a major filming location for the Netflix hit “Stranger Things.”

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THE MANY BENEFITS OF AN INDEPENDENT EDUCATION By Karin Pendley Koser Deciding how their children will be educated is a major concern for most Atlanta parents, sometimes starting as early as pregnancy, when some place their children on daycare waiting lists before they’re even born. Some parents purchase their homes in communities known for their excellent public schools, while others hope for the best in their existing neighborhoods. For many parents, the answer lies in one 20 | Newcomer Magazine |

of metro Atlanta’s abundant independent schools. Whether they’re looking for a strong religious foundation, an alternative approach to education or a proven track record of academic success, these parents have seemingly limitless options. Choices range from established larger schools such as The Westminster Schools and Woodward Academy to smaller campuses incorporating Montessori and other alterna-

tive learning methods to faith-based schools of all sizes and denominations. The average tuition for independent schools in Georgia is $9,300 for elementary schools and $10,050 for secondary schools, according to Those costs allow independent schools to offer opportunities that aren’t always available in public schools, says Shanna Rein, director of admissions and parent and student relations at Lyndon Academy.



THE AVERAGE TUITION FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN GEORGIA IS $9,300 FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND $10,050 FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, ACCORDING TO EDUCATIONDATA.ORG. “Tuition at Lyndon Academy includes before- and after-school tutoring and an enrichment period which allows students even more opportunity to interact with their teachers and to receive additional support,” she says. When considering the cost of an independent school education, parents should also make sure to factor in such ancillary costs as school uniforms, transportation and extracurricular and off-campus activities.

INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION Parents choose independent schools for a variety of reasons. Some prefer that

religion is included in their child’s education. “I like the spiritual grounding that a Catholic school offers,” says Decatur mom Lori Veden Brown, who has two daughters at St. Pius X Catholic School. Others simply like the chance for more individualized attention that an independent school can offer. While metro Atlanta public schools can have as many as 35 or 40 students in a class led by one teacher, independent schools typically offer smaller class sizes. “For parents contemplating whether to send their children to a private school, a great place to start is by considering a school’s average class size and student-to-teacher

ratio alongside the range of programs and opportunities offered,” says Marcia Prewitt Spiller, Woodward’s senior vice president for academic and student life. Woodward offers five schools on two campuses with an average class size of 14 and a student-teacher ratio of six to one. “Small class sizes allow teachers to be flexible in the classroom and change things up if a particular lesson isn’t resonating,” Prewitt Spiller says. “With fewer students, classroom management becomes far less of an issue and the ‘organized chaos’ of onthe-ground problem-solving is allowed to thrive. This environment breeds innovation, creativity and critical thinking around realworld problems—all necessary for students to be successful in today’s world.” Meghan Stauts, director of marketing and communications at The Galloway School, says that Galloway’s low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes allow for individual attention, and lay the groundwork for student-teacher relationships to flourish. u | Newcomer Magazine | 21

“Our academically rigorous curriculum takes a student-led, inquiry-based approach to learning. We offer immersive experiences outside the classroom to project-based learning inside the classroom, encouraging students to try new things, take risks, innovate and collaborate,” Stauts says.

A BROADER CURRICULUM Unique curricula that are difficult to find in public schools are another reason some parents chose private education for their children. Woodward’s offerings include 25 Advanced Placement courses, as well as forensics and astronomy classes (with an in-house planetarium). And its Independent Scientific Research program pairs students with university professors to conduct research using real-world applications. “Our students are working at a faster pace and immersed in a more rigorous curriculum that includes a trilingual program and robust fine arts opportunities,” Rein says.

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MANY INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN METRO ATLANTA OFFER MORE WORLD LANGUAGES TO CHOOSE FROM THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO. Many independent schools in metro Atlanta offer more world languages to choose from than public schools do, and some have full language immersion programs and exchange programs. “Being adoptive parents of a child born in China, we wanted our young daughter to stay connected to her native language and were so glad that she enjoyed the Chinese classes at Maylan Academy,” says Atlanta real estate agent Joan Kaplan.

ADAPTING TO THE PANDEMIC During the COVID-19 pandemic, most parents of school-age children have been tested as much or more than their children, juggling work and other family responsibilities while helping their

kids stay on top of online classroom activities. Some staffers say the built-in advantages of independent schools gave them a leg up in adapting to the new reality. “Our large spacious campus and small class sizes allowed us to physically distance students 6 feet apart easily,” says Prewitt Spiller. “And, because of our existing resources in technology, faculty and staff expertise, and our ability to strategically plan and invest in additional tools and technology, we were in a unique position to continue offering an unparalleled education to remote and inperson learners.” Stauts feels the same. “Galloway's small size of 750 students across three levels, ample resources for testing faculty, staff and students and outfitting campus with upgraded ventila-

tion systems, and comprehensive schoolwide safety protocols have made our risk-mitigation strategies some of the safest in the state,” she says. “Our classrooms are equipped with cameras so that students can attend in real time and not lose out on interacting with their teachers and classmates” Rein says. “And we installed the Reme halo LED air filtration system, which has cut down drastically on all illnesses.” If you’re thinking about sending your child to an independent school, consider looking at accredited schools—schools that have met certain standards of educational quality by one or more accrediting organizations. And be sure to talk with parents you know who send their children to independent schools; they may have good information to share.

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Excellence in Character, Sharpness of Mind By Donna J. Neale


ince Baylor School’s inception in 1893, its faculty and students have stood upon the tenets of excellence in character and sharpness of mind to make a positive difference in the world. The campus is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, just a two-hour drive for Atlanta families who are considering a boarding education for their children. At a school where academic and experiential opportunities abound, students who live on campus have even greater accessibility to the tools they need for a vibrant future. Baylor offers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, including a combination of 35 Advanced Placement (AP), Honors and Post-AP courses for high school students. Baylor also has a rich selection of academic programs and extracurricular activities, including their advanced science & engineering research, civic scholars, global scholars and fine arts programs, along with domestic and international travel opportunities, in-depth community service activities and Baylor’s nationally acclaimed Walkabout outdoor program. The grounds stretch out over 690 scenic acres on the banks of the Tennessee River. Carefully maintained turn-of-the-century buildings stand next to newer additions, like the state-of-the-art science and technology building and an extensive fine arts complex. The campus is dotted with a myriad of athletic facilities supporting the more than 70 athletic teams, including a football stadium, a soccer complex, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-sized pool. There is also a working solar farm and an organic garden. Baylor’s teaching staff includes some of the leading minds in their fields. More than 70 percent hold advanced degrees from respected institutions like Boston, Duke, Harvard and Vanderbilt

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universities. These instructors are committed to more than just academics. “Beyond the classroom, many of our educators are involved as coaches, club sponsors, instructors and dorm parents for our students after school,” says Ryan Armstrong, Baylor’s director of admission and enrollment. Having instructors serve as dorm parents in the school’s three male and three female dormitory buildings means students living on campus continue to learn long after the school bell has rung. Says Armstrong, “The biggest advantage our boarding students have is their access to an incredible depth and breadth of opportunities. All the resources that come along with advanced classes, incredible facilities and brilliant faculty are all at their fingertips at all times.” In addition, boarding students benefit from building relationships with peers from around the globe, taking on additional leadership roles and the experience of living independently. “Most importantly,” Armstrong says, “they’re part of a community of students and faculty who care deeply about one another and each individual’s success—not only as a student, but as an athlete, artist and person.” Atlanta families interested in a strong boarding education will find a vigorous academic program combined with a thriving resident community at Baylor. N

THE SPECIFICS Grades: day program: grades 6-12; boarding program: grades 9-12 Contact: 171 Baylor School Road, Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1 Chattanooga, TN 37405 Tuition: day program: $27,255; boarding domestic: $55,500 423-267-5902 Location: Chattanooga, TN Web: | Newcomer Magazine | 25


From unique Atlanta events to cultural celebrations, from sports to holiday happenings and neighborhood festivals, 2022 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 2022, here is a compilation of Atlanta’s biggest and best events—a full year’s worth of wonderful things to see and do in your new hometown. Please note that several dates have not been finalized yet. Be sure to check on specific dates closer to the event.


No winter is complete without 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 Feb. 19 at Acworth Beach.

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.

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival Now in its 12th year, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival both celebrates America’s Favorite Dessert and offers many health and wellness engagement activities. Each July the festival teams up with a local nonprofit health agency to promote its health and wellness initiatives. 26 | Newcomer Magazine |

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Dragon Con Parade

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Little 5 Points Halloween Parade

Atlanta Film Festival

Kicking off the first full day of the convention, the Dragon Con Parade encourages attendees to dress as their favorite characters from genres such as fantasy, comic books and science fiction. The parade typically takes place on the first Saturday in September.

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, and the events surrounding the parade have been added or expanded over the years.

Now in its 46th year, the Atlanta Film Festival welcomes an audience of over 28,000 to discover hundreds of new independent, international, animated, documentary and short films. Widely recognized among the best film festivals in the country, the 2022 festival will take place Apr. 21-May 1. u

Cool Dads Rock Soapbox Derby Cool Dads Rock is an organization intended to build meaningful and memorable relationships with fathers and their children, no matter what the age. Its annual Soapbox Derby, set for Sept. 10, gives father-and-child duos the chance to create their own car and compete against other teams.

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 rolling car show, great food, live music and other events.

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.


Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Celebrating its 22nd year, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival is the world’s largest Jewish film fest and serves as “a cinematic exploration of Jewish experience,” according to its website. Taking place in February, it annually screens dozens of movies and draws over 30,000 participants. It includes first-run features and old classics.

Olmsted Plein Air Invitational The 2022 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Gallery Exhibition and Sale will take place April 16-24 at Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills and other locations. The weeklong event includes the exhibit and sale of over 400 original works of art by some of the nation’s top contemporary Impressionist painters.


PHOTOS: (top left) Olmsted Plein Art Invitational; (top right) Atlanta Jewish Film Festival; (bottom)

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Spanning the weekend of April 8-10, 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.

Georgia Renaissance Festival Now in its 37th 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 year’s festival runs April 9-May 30.

Atlanta Jazz Festival One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals, the Atlanta Jazz Festival features concerts throughout the month of August, culminating with a free three-day festival over Labor Day weekend.

National Black Arts Festival Offering multidisciplinary programs that educate, enrich and entertain, the National Black Arts Festival is a year-round organization, with

some of its main events in the summer and fall months. They showcase the contributions of local, national and international artists of African descent.

BronzeLens Film Festival Entering its 13th year, the BronzeLens Film Festival aims to spotlight Atlanta “as a center for film and film production for people of color,” according to its website. Set for August, it will include movie screenings, awards, panel discussions and master classes, with appearances by both veterans and rising stars in the film industry,

Entering its 13th year, the BronzeLens Film Festival aims to spotlight Atlanta “as a center for film and film production for people of color,” according to its website. 28 | Newcomer Magazine |

PHOTO: (top right) Matt Alexander

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

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. Featuring book signings, author discussions, readings and a host of food and book vendors, the event has something for the whole family.

Music Midtown Hosting a diverse lineup of over 30 artists across four stages, Music Midtown has been Atlanta’s premier music festival since 1994. It is typically held in Piedmont Park during September.

Atlanta Greek Festival For more than four decades, the Atlanta Greek Festival has brought the sounds, tastes and

traditions of Greece to the city. Offering traditional foods and events, the festival takes place in late September at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Clairmont Road.

self-esteem among the local and national LGBTQ communities.

Shaky Knees Festival

Held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a storied racing venue, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be March 20. This event boasts one of the biggest races of the starting stretch of the 2022 NASCAR season.

Featuring five stages and more than 60 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 2022 takes place in October in Central Park.

Atlanta Pride This year marks the 51st anniversary of Atlanta Pride, held in Piedmont Park during October. Hosted by the Atlanta Pride Committee, the parade seeks to advance unity, visibility and


Atlanta Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Peachtree Road Race Organized by the Atlanta Track Club and a beloved Independence Day tradition since 1970, 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. u

Peachtree Road Race

NASCAR's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

PHOTO: (top left) Tom Meyer


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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Season on the Square includes performance groups, reindeer, face painting, photos with Santa, live music, ice skating and a tree lighting show.

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One of the biggest golf tournaments in the world, The Masters is held at the Augusta National Golf Club, about 150 miles from Atlanta. The Masters is part of the PGA Tour’s grand slam, and its past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. The 2022 competition will be held April 7-10.

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 2022 parade will take place at a date to be determined.

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-theart road course. Festivities for 2022 will take place in October or November.

Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl The Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl brings postseason college football to Mercedes-Benz Stadium at the end of the year. The game dates back to 1968. 30 | Newcomer Magazine |

Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Season on the Square Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hosts the Season on the Square, formerly the Children’s Christmas Parade, which includes performance groups, reindeer, face painting, photos with Santa, live music, ice skating and a tree lighting show. The parade will live on with a 20-minute Street Extravaganza that includes bands and dance groups performing.

Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square Celebrate Hanukkah in December with the annual Menorah Lighting at Decatur Square. Live

music, delicious food and Mr. Dreidel photo ops will be available. page/menorah-lighting-0.

NEIGHBORHOOD FESTIVALS Virginia-Highland Summerfest

Ushering in summer each June, at Atlanta's John Howell Park, The Virginia-Highland Summerfest is a two-day celebration jampacked with art, food, music, children’s activities and a 5K run.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival An annual tradition for nearly two decades, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will welcome music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days in August. 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 and there are craft beers, a 5K run and a Food-o-Rama Food Truck Festival.

PHOTO: (top left) Ryan Purcell

Masters Golf Tournament



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Southern staple is here to stay. The popularity of the Classic Burger one’s restaurant, overlooking the Bobby Jones Golf Course inspired the Boone’s team to add a seasonal, creative spin to the along Tanyard Creek in Buckhead, welcomes those who just menu; the decadent Maple Leaf Farms Duck Burger includes bacon, hit the links or just find themselves in the area. “You’ll hear our bleu cheese and smoked blueberries. Other rotating menu items regulars and the people who live around here jokingly say, ‘Let’s go to include rich and hearty lamb and steak. For lunch, the Pulled Pork the club,’” says Food and Beverage Director Austin Rocconi.But Boone’s Sandwich mixes spicy and sweet flavors with homemade pickles, is no exclusive clubhouse; the restaurant’s doors are open to anyone who wants to enjoy New American cuisine in an easygoing atmosphere. Located inside the course’s Murray Golf House, the Boone’s aesthetic mixes bright modernity with touches of the past. Historic photographs along the walls serve as a progressive showcase of bustling downtown Atlanta. Those dining at Boone’s have the choice of indoor seating or the covered outdoor patio area. Both have panoramic views of the scenic nine-hole reversible course. The opening of Boone’s in 2020 marked the completion of a yearslong redevelopment of the entire property. As Rocconi emphasized, though, a love for golf is not a requirement to appreciate the classic and delicious menu items and cocktails at Boone’s. The extensive beer menu proudly highlights what Atlanta breweries such as Three Taverns, Scofflaw and Monday Night have to offer—in fact, every beer on tap at Boone’s is brewed in Georgia. For the ultimate sipping experience, move right to the cocktail menu. Broken down into Classic Cocktails and Craft Cocktails, no drink better encompasses the Boone’s story and vibe better than the Bobby Jones. Like so many aspects of Boone’s, the cocktail has a story all its own. “When we were designing the craft drink menu, we researched the history of the Bobby Jones cocktail and reimagined it to offer a new spin on a classic,” says Above: Boone’s restaurant has an outdoor patio that offers views of the Bobby Jones Golf Rocconi. Vermouth, peach bitters and lemon are combined with a Course, which opened in 2018 after an extensive renovation. Left: The baby arugula and peach-infused Clover bourbon made especially for Boone’s. The result fennel salad is one of the unique offerings at Boone’s restaurant. is the perfect refreshment to enjoy on the patio any time of year. coleslaw and BBQ sauce while the fresh salads, like the tangy Caeser The celebration of all things Atlanta is infused into each dish or buttermilk Baby Kale, are elevated with dressings made in house. on the Boone’s lunch and dinner menus. “We always try to source The addition of Boone’s has turned out to be a hole-in-one play our ingredients locally, and our menu changes and evolves based for the Bobby Jones Golf Course on what is fresh and based on feedback THE DETAILS Foundation, which oversaw the from our customers,” says Rocconi. Certain Attire: Casual Parking: Free, dedicated parking garage course’s redevelopment and operdishes that have garnered a fan base will Atmosphere: Family-friendly Hours: Wed.- Sun., 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. ates the restaurant. “We’ve been always remain on the menu, though. “Our Recommendations: Bobby Jones Cocktail, Location: 2205 Northside Drive NW, told that we’re a positive amenity most popular menu item is our Classic The Classic Cheeseburger, fresh salads with Atlanta, GA 30305 homemade dressings, house pimento cheese Contact: 770-835-4267, to the area and we love getting that Burger. We sell at least 200 a week,” says Reservations: Encouraged for dinner but feedback,” says Rocconi. N Rocconi. Dressed with lettuce, tomato, not required. Walk-ins welcome. local cheddar and Duke’s mayonnaise, the




With your recent move to Atlanta, has it been a while since the two of you had some quality “couple time?” (pizza and binge-watching “Shameless” doesn’t count). Time to pack the kids off to Grandma’s and get away for a memorable escape. From mountains to beaches, gardens to historic buildings, Georgia is full of destinations where sparks are sure to fly.

BARNSLEY RESORT Whether you stay for one night or a week, it’s easy to ignite romance at this 3,000-acre resort in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Canoodle in front of a fire in your private cottage. Go horseback riding along scenic trails. 32 | Newcomer Magazine |

Play golf. Tour the history museum. Meander through 160-year-old gardens. Kayak on the lake. Savor a couples’ massage at the spa. Or enlist the help of the onsite concierge to help set the stage for romance: whether you’d like to return from a delicious dinner at the Rice House to find rose petals strewn across the bed, a picnic basket stocked with fixings for s’mores, or your claw foot tub decorated like a tiki hut. 877-773-2447,

BRASSTOWN VALLEY Nestled on 503 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is only a two-hour drive from Atlanta and was named one of the top 50 Romantic Weekend

Getaways in the U.S. by Redbook magazine in 2016. It offers a variety of activities, including golf, horseback riding, hiking and fishing. The Equani Spa offers body treatments, facials, massages and unique rituals indigenous to the Cherokee people, “designed to stimulate and refresh the mind, body and soul,” according to the resort’s website. The property includes 102 guest rooms and eight private cottages. Brasstown Valley offers meals at two restaurants: The Dining Room, a formal spot perfect for an intimate dinner of steak or seafood, and Brassies Grill, a casual eatery featuring sandwiches and burgers. Located above Brassies is the Fireside Lounge, a bar with a huge fireplace to keep warm. 800-201-3205 or

PHOTOS: (this page) Barnsley Resort; (opposite page, bottom) Courtesy of Callaway Gardens

Barnsley Resort Ruins

CALLAWAY GARDENS Love blooms at this 6,500-acre resort and preserve nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Explore the peaceful gardens and woodlands by car, foot or bike. Play tennis and golf or rent a boat and go fish. For a jolt of adrenaline, try the TreeTop Adventure course, with 10 zip-lines and 20 obstacles. If the weather looks frightful, explore the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel and the enclosed butterfly conservatory. Feast at any of the resort’s seven restaurants, all dedicated to serving sustainably grown and regionally produced food whenever possible. Choose accommodations that are just right for you: the Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages, Mountain Creek Villas & Vacation Homes or The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens (which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection). 844-875-6499,

THE KING AND PRINCE BEACH AND GOLF RESORT Feeling like royalty comes naturally here, starting with the spectacular oceanfront setting. Guests have been lured to this St. Simons Island location since it first opened in 1935 as a private dance club. After transitioning into a

Callaway Gardens has seven restaurants.

Blue Ridge Mountains at sunset viewed from Brasstown Bald in north Georgia resort before World War II, the King and Prince has built a reputation for elegance and Southern hospitality while serving as a haven for dignitaries, celebrities and discerning travelers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the resort offers multiple dining options and several different types of guestrooms, including suites and villas. The hotel’s buildings and

pool complex were renovated from 2010-13, and the golf course, which occupies dramatic low-country acreage, underwent an extensive restoration in 2009 and a second makeover in 2013. A relaxed vibe reverberates from the tee box to the tri-pool recreation area: from the stunning beach to the pampering spa to the breakfast buffet and each cozy bed. 800-3420212, u

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Landing Course at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge


THE LODGE AT SMITHGALL WOODS If you like the idea of seclusion, try this former private estate. A wilderness retreat in Helen, the Lodge at Smithgall Woods is tucked into a protected 5,664-acre Heritage Preserve managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Six mountain cottages with a total of 17 bedrooms offer private baths and incredible views of nature. Some cottages feature porches along the stream, while others boast private hot tubs. Elegant amenities await—this isn’t roughing it! The Smithgall Cottage has a touch of rustic elegance with large decks overlooking creeks and woodland vistas. Once tucked into your comfortable bed, listen to the creek babble a lullaby. A one-mile trail leads to Dukes Creek Falls, and hikers and bikers adore the five miles of trails and 18 miles of roads. Anglers may prefer catch-and-release fly fishing in one of north Georgia’s premier trout streams, but reservations are required. 706-878-3087, 34 | Newcomer Magazine |

THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE AT REYNOLDS LAKE OCONEE At this haven on the shores of Lake Oconee (Georgia’s second largest lake), lavish yourself with the royal treatment you deserve but too rarely experience. The luxurious AAA Five Diamond resort boasts stunning décor, rich amenities, exceptional service and impressive attention to detail. Situated on 35 acres in Reynolds Lake Oconee, a 12,000-acre golf and lakefront community, the resort rests under towering pines and is surrounded by water on three sides. Each of the 251 guestrooms offers a private terrace, feather bed and dozens more scrumptious treats. While cuddling may be priority No. 1, you can also play golf on 99 championship-caliber holes, hike for miles or just get pampered with a variety of spa treatments. Indulge at the Linger Longer Steakhouse and keep the kids entertained and having fun with the Ritz Kids program. 706-467-0600,

Greyfield Inn: This elegant mansion on Cumberland Island off the Georgia Coast is the ultimate getaway. The island is accessible only by ferry, and occupancy is limited. Turn-of-the-century décor and modern amenities make for a timeless escape. 904-261-6408, Eagle Island: This private, 10-acre island is hard to beat for romance. The rustic, luxurious lodge features a wraparound screen porch, hot tub and roaring fireplace. /eagle-island/, 912-222-0801. Burnham House: Make this stylish 19th-century cabin your home base as you explore the hiking and horse trails and other idyllic environs of General Coffee State Park. 800-864-7275,

PHOTOS: (above left) Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The Lodge at Smithgall Woods





THERE Vehicle Emission Inspection

Vehicles that are 24 model years old and later (except the three years prior to the current year) must be checked yearly for emission standard compliance. Visit a statedesignated inspection station for the service. Call 800-449-2471 or visit

Mass Transit

One way to avoid long commutes is to take advantage of the city’s local transit system, the 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 $2.50 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

Driving Tips

MARTA Rail Service

The Georgia DOT provides daily updates of road work, road closings and traffic delays, which are helpful when commuting. Updates can be obtained by calling (toll free) 877694-2511, by dialing 511 or by visiting | Newcomer Magazine | 35

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cherokee County Schools Board of Education 770-479-1871

Cherokee County QUICK INFO

Elementary Schools 23 Middle Schools 7 High Schools 6 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $9,149 School & bus information 770-720-2112

County Neighborhoods

Avg. SAT Scores Cherokee Co. 1115 Georgia 1048 National 1039

Median household income: $75,477 Median age of residents: 38 Population: 235,896 Sales tax: 6%

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at for a list of private schools in this county.

Chamber of Commerce Cherokee County 770-345-0400,


Property Taxes Per $1,000 of assessed value is: Unincorporated Cherokee County, $21.46; Incorporated Cherokee County, $21.46. Tax Commissioner: 678-493-6400

ELECTRICITY Amicalola EMC 706-253-5200 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit

TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Cobb EMC Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network ETC Communications Spectrum TDS Telecom Windstream

WATER Cherokee County Water Authority City of Ball Ground City of Canton City of Waleska City of Woodstock

770-479-1813 770-735-2123 770-704-1500 770-479-2912 770-592-6006

HOSPITALS Northside Hospital-Cherokee 770-224-1000 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

Old Sixes Mill

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 median value of homes is $283,573. Homes for well over $1 million can be purchased in such neighborhoods as Bradshaw Farm, BridgeMill and Towne 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

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


to live, 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 reinvesting 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 Ridge

Located 12 miles south of Canton, Woodstock is one of Georgia's top 10 fastest-growing cities and a community recently named one of the Top 50 Cities Places to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine. Residents also enjoy easy access to 575 and 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 area, 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 Website at


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Cobb County Schools Board of Education 770-426-3300 Elementary Schools 67 Middle Schools 25 High Schools 17 Magnet 6 Charter 1 Per-pupil expenditures $8,833 School and bus information 678-594-8000

Cobb County QUICK INFO

Cobb County came into being in 1832 when the state County redistributed land once part Neighborhoods of the Cherokee Nation. Named after Thomas Willis Cobb, the county experi enced a devastating setback during the Civil War when most of it was destroyed during the famous Battle of Median household income: $75,654 Median age of residents: 36.6 Kennesaw Mountain. Population: 755,754 Today, Cobb County, Sales tax: 6% located northwest of Fulton County, is one of the state's Chamber of Commerce Cobb County most thriving counties. With 770-980-2000, a diverse economic base that includes jobs in the service, Property Taxes retail, aerospace and techThe property tax is $33.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. Tax Commissioner: 770-980-2000 nology sectors, Cobb County offers a quality of life unsurpassed in the Southeast. Nearly $900 million has been spent Cumberland Mall, secluded subon transportation improvements in divisions in East Cobb and horse recent years, allowing residents easy access to Atlanta and the commercial ranches in the northwest corner of the county. The small towns districts of Vinings Overlook, Cumberland Parkway and the prestigious of Marietta, Vinings, Smyrna and Platinum Triangle in the popular Austell still retain their Southern Galleria area. charm amidst urban settings. AcA variety of housing options cording to the Census Bureau, the exist in Cobb County, including median value of homes in 2018 luxury apartments and condos near was $237,800.


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Kennesaw One of Family Circle magazine’s Ten Best Towns for Families, Kennesaw takes pride in its smalltown atmosphere and boasts abundant parks and greenspace, exceptional recreational programs and top-notch schools, including Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw’s historic downtown features shopping, dining and attractions such as the Smithsonianaffiliated Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Smith-Gilbert Gardens and nearby Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Smyrna Rapidly defining what’s new and progressive in quality of life and citizen services, Smyrna delivers an amazing sense of style and love of life. The Market Village district, home to fabulous restaurants, bars and upscale shops and services, is the final piece of a master plan for success. Call it “Main Street USA” or “Disneyland,” but don’t overlook its charm and ability to offer the best in fresh, trendy lifestyle options. N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our Website at

Marietta City Schools Board of Education 770-422-3500 marietta-city-org Elementary Schools 8 Middle Schools 1 High Schools 1 Sixth-Grade 1 Magnet 1 Per-pupil expenditures $10,542 School and bus information 770-429-3110 Avg. SAT Scores

Cobb Co. 1114 Marietta City 1056 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY Acworth Power 770-917-8903 Cobb EMC 770-429-2100 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GreyStone Power Corp. 770-942-6576 Marietta Power 770-794-5150 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Cobb EMC Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network Spectrum WATER Austell Water Cobb County Water System Marietta Water Powder Springs Water Smyrna Water

770-944-4300 770-419-6200 770-794-5150 770-943-8000 678-631-5338

HOSPITALS WellStar Cobb Hospital 470-732-4000 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000 WellStar Windy Hill Hospital 770-644-1000 | Newcomer Magazine | 37


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Fulton County Schools Board of Education 470-254-3600 Elementary Schools 59 Middle Schools 19 High Schools 18 Charter 10 Centers 4 Per-pupil expenditures $10,609 School & Bus Information North 470-254-2970 South 470-254-6060 Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education 404-802-3500 Elementary Schools 49 Middle Schools 12 High Schools 14 Charter 18 Alternative 4 Per-pupil expenditures $11,263 School & bus information 404-802-5500 Avg. SAT Scores Fulton Co. 1086 Atlanta Public Schools 944 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of College Park 404-669-3759 City of East Point 404-270-7010 City of Fairburn 770-964-2244 City of Palmetto 770-463-3322 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network WATER Fulton County


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 404-785-2273 Emory University Hospital Midtown 404-686-4411 Grady Memorial Hospital 404-616-1000 WellStar North Fulton Regional Hospital 770-751-2500 Northside Hospital 404-851-8000 Piedmont Hospital 404-605-5000 Shepherd Center 404-352-2020 Emory St. Joseph's Hospital 678-843-7001

Fulton County 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 one million 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 $290,400. 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 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 greenspace, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.

sion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center. Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With luxury hotels, shops, bars and more than 250 restaurants, the Buckhead area is a magnet for young professionals.The neighborhood also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at both Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.




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 filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor’s Man-

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County Neighborhoods

Piedmont Park

is home to about 64,000 residents, drawn to its affordable housing, parks, shopping at North Point Mall and concerts at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. The city's historic downtown boasts an appealing town square. Called Alpharetta City Center, it features locally owned shops and restaurants, and hosts events year round.

Median household income: $65,037 Median age of residents: 35.5 Population: 1,050,114 Sales tax: 7.75%, Atlanta City: 8.9% Chamber of Commerce Greater North Fulton 770-993-8806, Metro Atlanta 404-880-9000, South Fulton 770-964-1984, Property Taxes The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is: $40.92 for the City of Atlanta; $29.18 for incorporated Fulton County; $40.76 for unincorporated Fulton County; $33.54 for Johns Creek; $33.91 for Sandy Springs. Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100


One of metro Atlanta’s most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta

Johns Creek

Incorporated in 2006, this thriving community of 84,000 was ranked fourth among 50 Best U.S. Cities to Live In by USA Today. It boasts a diverse economic base, coupled with a peaceful environment: the city contains over 400 acres of parkland and nature reserves and contains five access points to the Chattahoochee River.


Also incorporated in 2006, Milton combines a pastoral setting with forward-thinking city planning that offers what's been called "The best quality of life in Georgia." N For more counties and neighborhood information, visit our website at

Gwinnett County

COUNTY INFORMATION EDUCATION 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.


City Hall and the Town Green in downtown Duluth

Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th cenOriginally part of Georgia’s tury. Following the official foundNative American territory, Gwinnett ing of the city in 1837, Suwanee County was created by the State became a railroad stop along the Legislature in 1818 and named Southern Railroad route. It reafter Button Gwinnett, one of Geormained a small country town well gia's three signers of the Declainto the ’70s when conration of Independence and a struction of I-85 and U.S. former governor. 23 brought easy access to County While the county was once the region. Neighborhoods largely rural with small towns, Since then, Suwanee country stores, farms and forests, has experienced tremen today it is home to about 600 dous growth, from 2,412 international companies and 450 residents in 1990 to more high-tech firms. With an averthan 20,000 today. To help Median household income: $68,914 age of 21 new professional and manage growth, the city Median age of residents: 35.3 industrial companies relocating has developed a comprePopulation: 920,260 to the county each year, attracthensive development plan Sales tax: 6% ing almost 21,000 new jobs, that promotes pedestrianChamber of Commerce Gwinnett County remains in oriented development and Gwinnett County, 770-232-3000, the top 10 ranking for growth mixed-use zoning. The nationwide. The county supcity was designated a Tree Property Taxes ports many cultural events, City USA for 29 years for The property tax in unincorporated Gwinnett restaurants and shopping opits commitment to preservCounty is $28.84 per $1,000 of assessed value. portunities, including the Mall of ing 27 percent of its land Tax Commissioner: 770-822-8800. Georgia in Buford. as greenspace. of Gwinnett County, Duluth has Gwinnett County remains Such foresight has allowed some of the most exclusive neighaffordable for renters and firstSuwanee to retain its old-fashioned borhoods in metro Atlanta and time home buyers, many of whom charm while providing contempois home to some of the best golf find homes in the communities of rary convenience. Only 35 miles courses and private tennis clubs. Doraville, Lawrenceville and Snellfrom downtown Atlanta, Suwanee There are numerous parks for recville. The median value of homes is close to big-city attractions, busireation and participatory sports, in 2018, according to the Census ness districts and shopping. Many including Bunten Road Park and Bureau, was $200,400. antique shops and historic strucShorty Howell Park. North Point tures, including several Victorian Mall, a major shopping center, is and regional farm-style homes, are located near Duluth. The Southlocated near downtown Suwanee. N eastern Railway Museum, which For more counties and neighborhood preserves and operates old railroad information, visit our website at Amidst the pristine setting equipment, is a must-see for any


PUBLIC SCHOOLS Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education 678-301-6000 Elementary Schools 80 Middle Schools 29 High Schools 25 Per-pupil expenditures $8,926 City Schools of Buford Board of Education 770-945-5035 Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools Per-pupil expenditures

2 1 1 $9,397

Avg. SAT Scores Gwinnett Co. 1094 City of Buford 1122 Georgia 1048 National 1039 PRIVATE SCHOOLS Visit our website at for a list of private schools in this county.

UTILITIES & CONTACTS ELECTRICITY City of Buford 678-889-4600 City of Lawrenceville 770-963-9834 City of Norcross 770-448-2122 Georgia Power 888-891-0938 Jackson EMC 800-462-3691 Sawnee EMC 770-887-2363 Walton EMC 770-267-2505 GAS Georgia’s natural gas market is deregulated. For a list of providers for this county, visit TELEPHONE/INTERNET/TV AT&T Comcast (Xfinity) Direct TV Dish Network WATER Buford 678-889-4600 Dacula 770-963-7451 Gwinnett City Water 678-376-6800 Lawrenceville 770-963-2414 Norcross 770-448-2122 CABLE TV Spectrum 888-438-2427 Comcast 800-266-2278 HOSPITALS Eastside Medical Center 770-979-0200 Northside Hospital Gwinnett 678-312-1000 Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion 678-312-4790 Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health 678-442-5800


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Indigo Girls, Atlanta Symphony Hall The Grammy Award-winning, Georgia-based duo performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 30-31, 404-733-5000,

Reba McEntire, Gas South Arena The award-winning musician and actress performs. Jan. 15, 770-626-2464,

The Pirates of Penzance, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Opera presents a bold staging of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Jan. 22-30, 404-881-8885,

Tootsie, Fox Theatre All Aboard for Holiday Fun, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta presents the stage musical based on the hit 1982 film. Jan. 25-30, 800-278-4447,

Theater & Concerts

soloists and ensemble players working today. Dec. 12, 404-733-5000,

Jennifer Nettles: Broadway Under the Mistletoe, Fox Theatre

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Gas South Arena

Georgia-born country music star Jennifer Nettles presents an evening of Broadway hits and holiday favorites. Dec. 4, 855-285-8499,

Dec. 12, 770-626-2464,

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Nutcracker, Gas South Theater The Gwinnett Ballet Theatre celebrates four decades of staging this enduring classic with entrancing choreography, stunning sets and colorful costumes. Dec. 4-19, 770-626-2464,

The Nutcracker, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet presents Yuri Possokhov’s innovative production of the holiday favorite, with larger-than-life sets, bold costumes and striking video projections. Dec. 4-29, 800-745-3000,

The arena-rock staple celebrates 25 years of its first album, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”

Handel’s Messiah, Atlanta Symphony Hall The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs this classic holiday tradition. Dec. 17-18, 404-733-5000,

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Fox Theatre This family-friendly spectacular combines Broadway-style musical theatrics with contemporary circus artistry. Dec. 23-24, 855-285-8499,

A Christmas Carol, Alliance Theatre The Alliance’s annual holiday production returns to the Coca-Cola Stage with an exciting new adaptation, with reimagined set design and stunning new costumes. Through Dec. 24, 404-733-4600,

Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony, Fox Theatre

Atlanta Ballet 2 Presents Snow White, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre This one-hour version of the classic children’s tale offers a magnificent production for kids and adults alike. Feb. 4-6, 800-745-3000,

Billie Eilish, State Farm Arena The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter performs. Feb. 5, 800-745-3000,

Kacey Musgraves, State Farm Arena The popular country music singer performs. Feb. 9, 800-745-3000,

Firebird, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre The Atlanta Ballet presents an explosive production of the Russian classic performed live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Feb. 11-13, 800-745-3000,

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert, Atlanta Symphony Hall The fourth film in the hit series plays as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs its magical score live. Feb. 18-20, 404-733-5000,

The hit classical singer and musician performs holiday songs accompanied by an orchestra and choir. Dec. 11, 855-285-8499,

Dancing With the Stars Live 2022, Fox Theatre

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Atlanta Symphony Hall

The touring production of the hit television competition returns. Feb. 26, 855-285-8499,

Legendary jazz musician Wynton Marsalis leads a collection of some of the finest jazz Donuts for Dads, Lyndon Academy

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

Exhibits & Events School-Wide Winter Concert, Lyndon Academy Students ranging from junior kindergarten through 12th grade perform, showcasing their vocal and instrumental talents. Dec. 9, 770-926-0166,

Disrupting Design: Modern Posters, 1900-1940, High Museum of Art

came class-, race-, and gender-based obstacles to enter the inner sanctums of the mainstream art world nearly 100 years ago. Through Dec. 11, 404-733-5000,

The Obama Portraits Tour, High Museum of Art View the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during this special exhibit. Jan. 14-March 20,

Shaheen Collection of French Works, High Museum of Art This installation from the High Museum’s permanent collection focuses on French artwork of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ongoing, 404-733-5000,

A Short Drive Away


Hometown Holiday Trail of Lights, Fitzgerald, Ga.

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Donuts for Dads, Lyndon Academy

Businesses and organizations decorate the median parks throughout downtown Fitzgerald to create a community light display.

All Aboard for Holiday Fun, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Students perform heartwarming songs for their special guests. Donuts and refreshments will be available. Feb. 11, 770-926-0166,

This exhibit examines the origins of modern poster design in the 20th century. Dec. 10-April

Dec. 2-Jan. 3,

Come aboard for a full day of holiday activities including a reading of “The Polar Express,” two screenings of the feature film adaptation, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dec. 11,

Janisse Ray, Georgia Writers Museum, Eatonton, Ga.

Cyclorama: The Big Picture, Atlanta History Center

The poet and essayist discusses her new book, “Wild Spectacle: Seeking Wonders in a World Beyond Humans.” Dec. 7,

This multimedia experience spotlights and showcases the fully restored cyclorama painting “The Battle of Atlanta,” which stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds. Ongoing, 404-814-4000,

Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America, High Museum of Art This exhibit examines how artists including Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses over-

Fitzgerald Tour of Homes, Fitzgerald, Ga. Take a tour of lovely and unique short-term rental properties and Airbnb properties in Fitzgerald. Dec. 9,

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hiddenATLANTA SCAD Spring 2019 Exhibitions, Mary Katrantzou

SCAD exterior

SCAD Winter 2021 Exhibitions, Ruth E. Carter


THE DETAILS LOCATION: 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 HOURS: Tue., Wed., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thur. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. TICKETS: Free to $20 depending on age or group CONTACT INFO: 404-253-3132 (send questions to WEBSITE:

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n 2015, the Midtown Atlanta campus of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) opened SCAD FASH, an opulent 10,000-square-foot museum that has attracted exhibitions featuring some of the most cutting-edge and noteworthy names in fashion design worldwide. The Museum of Fashion + Film kicked off with mannequins wearing coveted clothing by Oscar de la Renta and continues to outdo itself with big-name exhibitions in fashion and film each year, including costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Black Panther.” SCAD FASH is designed to engage SCAD Atlanta students with archival fashion and film as well as draw in fans of high couture through unmatched, mind-boggling collections of clothing, shoes and accessories. Its films and photography exhibitions provide guests access to some of the most iconic behind-the-scenes views of fashion runways and design houses. From now until April 16, “Robert Fairer Backstage Pass: Dior, Galiano, Jacobs and McQueen” captures the zeitgeist of the turn of the 21st century, drawing from photographer Fairer’s body of work. Also through April 16, guests can experience “Escalate,” a high-concept fashion film in which SCAD alumni designs evoke world-changing social, cultural and political figures in a lush alternate universe. SCAD FASH also brings in fashion historians, designers and filmmakers to speak, so it’s a good idea to request its newsletter or regularly check their website. Enjoy the fashion resource room and media/film lounge when visiting during events.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of SCAD


By Karin Pendley Koser




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