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very summer for the last few years, I’ve made a summer playlist that I listen to at the beach, while I work on this magazine, during runs in the wood or over tall cold pink drinks on the porch with friends.
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These songs are old favorites like “Summertime,” by Will Smith and a more classic rendition of the same title by the amazing jazz vocalist, Eddie Jefferson. The list always includes a new title I just discovered (usually introduced by adorable friends), like “So Long Sweet Misery” by Brett Dennen, “Summer of a Heart” by Francois & The Atlas Mountains or Jessie J’s acoustic cover of “Rock With You.” It’s undoubtedly a mishmash compilation of genres, representing the many moods of Robert Lowe and Kerry Dyer summer (hey, that sounds like a song I know). share signature cocktails from their Mandarin Oriental menu with the editor. Back Porch Iced Tea, Georgia Peach and the Whiskey Bramble
Two summers ago, I burned CDs of my playlist and gave them to my pals, a mix tape of friendship, summer love (for my paddle board, Lake Michigan and family) and happy-go-luckiness.
My dear, long-time friend Robin teaches dance at the University of Wisconsin and emailed me in the thick of winter that she had used the CD during a class and it made her think of our summer days sailing together. BOOM. I see Sally (who teaches elementary school in Annapolis) every July at the lake and she messaged me a few months ago to say she listens to the CD in her car on particularly dreary commutes. Perfect. Ode to the power of the summer songs.
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Find yours and share them this month while you toss a fresh salad on the porch for friends and family. Get inspired by the stunning summer salads in this month’s throwdown feature. We’ve listened to your requests and filled the pages of our feature with more images (this month, by the talented Kathryn McCrary). Find your happy place this summer and enjoy!
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30 Years of Tradition PEACHTREE HEIGHTS EAST GARDEN PARTY ARTICLE RUKSANA HUSSAIN
very first Sunday in May, for the past 30 years, there has been a party at the garden in Buckhead’s Duck Pond Park. Organized by the Ladies of the Lake, the garden club of Peachtree Heights East, the Garden Party is an adults-only event where spring is celebrated on the peninsula of the Duck Pond, amid the beautiful blooming trees and flowers. A treasured neighborhood tradition since 1985, this afternoon celebration is open to the public, residents and friends of neighboring communities. Festive garden party attire abounds replete with hats and bowties. The Ladies of the Lake Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that is a voluntary association of individuals drawn from the Ladies of the Lake Garden Club membership within the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood of Atlanta. The Foundation’s mission is to protect, nurture and nourish the uniqueness of the in-town area while preserving the beauty and quality of the natural resources available so that all may enjoy a positive quality of life both now and in perpetuity. Grants are available from the Ladies of the Lake Foundation to support efforts to strengthen in-town neighborhoods. A little over 100 members belong to the Ladies of the Lake Garden Club now. The original two members, dubbed the "ladies of the lake," would gather at the Duck Pond with their children in the 1940s and help maintain the park. The Ladies of the Lake Garden Club originally dates back to the 1930s, when the women of Peachtree Heights East first banded together to help tend to the upkeep of the Duck Pond Park. In an effort to brainstorm new fundraising ideas, four members of the organization founded the Garden Party, as it is known today. The first Ladies of the Lake Garden Party was organized and held in 1985. Original founders were Ali Barr, Ashlyn Dugan, Angela Cassidy and Jane Hill (the latter two women continue to live in Peachtree Heights East). The inaugural party was attended by about 75 guests, and featured live chamber music, food donated by local restaurants, an open bar, and a silent auction. Tickets were $10 and proceeds net-
ted a little over $2,000. Famed Atlanta comedian Jerry Farber was the first emcee for the party and continued to entertain guests at the Garden Party well into its third year. New to the Garden Party this year were Soiree Catering and Events, owned by Peachtree Heights East resident and chef Mary Hataway, who provided scrumptious Southern gourmet delights. The annual waterside event features a fantastic silent auction, with items ranging from trips and private parties to restaurant certificates and items for the home. It includes a popular wine auction, with wines paired and grouped to delight the most discerning connoisseur. Under the graceful branches of the peninsula’s weeping willow trees, guests are serenaded with delightful, live music. “We plan to continue to grow the organization in size, and continue to volunteer in support of raising much needed funds for the Duck Pond's maintenance and upkeep,” shares member Mary Chris Murry. “The Garden Club will always remain an integral part of the neighborhood as it continues to tie the neighborhood together socially and engage its members. This neighborhood and the Duck Pond is dear to everyone that lives here, and the Ladies of the Lake are an important part of that bond.” The Duck Pond Park is one of the most serene, natural environments in Atlanta. Set on nearly seven and a half acres of green space and rolling terrain, the park was created over a century ago as the heart of the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood. Neighborhood developer E. Rivers’ widow deeded the park to the residents of Peachtree Heights East for their use in perpetuity. The Park is supported by residents’ dues, contributions from neighbors, and through fundraising efforts like the Garden Party. Each year, the Ladies of the Lake Garden Club contributes a portion of the proceeds from its Garden Party to Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association to help fund the monthly maintenance of the Duck Pond Park. Over the past 30 years, cumulative contributions have amounted to over $225,000.
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SUMMER VEGGIE SALAD WITH SLOW SMOKED CHICKEN OUR BLUE RIBBON FAVORITE CHEF MAX MILLER
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GEORGIA KALE SALAD CHEF TODD ANNIS
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QUINOA SALAD CHEF LINDEN SAMPSON
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Toss it: quinoa, dried cranberries, apricot, arugula, dressing is white balsamic, garnish: magenta mixed greens with balsamic reduction. What the judges said: creamier than expected, offered a real pop of flavor throughout the dish, must have been healthy but tasted extravagant, loved the corn. Get one: At Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, social occasions at one of the city’s most exclusive address are masterfully executed with southern refinement and oriental graciousness. From spectacular weddings to intimate private parties, the elegant function rooms and exquisite English Garden set a graceful tone and provide stunning backdrops to any celebration. An endless array of personalized services include bespoke menus, floral creations, live Internet feed to family and friends worldwide. The Café & Bar is a sophisticated meeting place for power breakfasts, chic lunches and elegant dinners. A cozy retreat for pre-or post-dinner drinks, The Bar serves stylish cocktails and vintage wines. Taipan, an inviting lounge, is where guests can relax and unwind with specialty cocktails and gourmet appetizers.404.995.7500, MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta Giving back: Hands on Atlanta, Project Open Hand, Cooking Matters, AIDS Walk Atlanta, Trees Atlanta, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Books For Africa
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Toss it: Spotted Trotter bacon, Springer Mountain Farms chicken, romaine hearts from Lucy’s Market, avocado, mango, green onions, toasted macadamia nuts, creamy mango dressing What the judges said: fresh and light, sweet dressing, lovely presentation, the avo and mango paired well for a smooth summery taste. Get one: Our staff at Lifestyle Publications stays pretty busy putting together this magazine for you every month, but will be happy to share the recipe for this well-received summer salad. Check out our Facebook page this month for the shopping list and how-to. We love shopping locally for produce and support nearby home delivery grocers and farmers markets. Giving back: Wellspring Living, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities CONTINUED >
MEDITERRANEAN POTATO SALAD LIFESTYLE PUBLICATIONS KITCHENS
Toss it: fingerling potatoes, Terra Dolce Farms olive oil (Lyons, GA), lemon rind and joice, Dijon mustard, chopped arugula, kalamata olives, chopped parsley/basil/chives from Peachtree Road Farmers Market. What the judges said: olives were a nice surprise, could use a bit more punch, a smart alternative to a heavy yellow potato salad, very inviting presentation, loved the honey, perfectly paired with the H&F pita Get one: We had to whip up one more salad when one of our throw-down chefs had to bow out from the tasting at the last minute. (We wish her luck with her new baby!) For this salad, we simply suggest you substitute out a vinaigrette for any mayonnaise in your favorite potato salad recipe. This will lighten the caloric punch and give you a new lease on your summer picnic array. Youâ€™ll find the recipe on our Facebook page this month. Share yours, too! Giving back: Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry, Blue Heron Nature Preserve
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MEET THE JUDGES Pictured, from left, are Robert Lowe, general manager, Mandarin Oriental Atlanta; Chris Economy, The Eye Gallery; Princeton Review; Cheri Mason Lewis and Laura Ross, Marcus Jewish Community Center; Caroline Mealor, Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities; Michelle Dixie, H&F Bread Co; Shannon Courtney, ARMHC; SD Davis, Forunato Funds; Tomer Barash, MJCCA Many thanks, too, to the gracious staff at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.
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For over half a century, Lenox Square has celebrated red, white and blue in grand tradition with activities for the entire family. This year’s activities will include the largest fireworks display in the Southeast, musical entertainment and food concessions. For the second year, Lenox Square will host its talent search, 'Atlanta's Next Star,' where the crowned winner will perform in front of crowds filled with family and friends.
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The three-year family initiative is designed to provide families greater access to the Arts Center’s core art and arts education programming. Family-oriented programming led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and High Museum of Art will feature various free activities including family festivals, art-making activities, interactive musical story times, composers-in-training sessions, instrument making, drop-in acting classes and more. In addition, families will have the opportunity to experience world-class productions and exhibitions at the Arts Center. WoodruffCreateAtl.org.
This Fourth of July, celebrate with unlimited beer, food, live music and fireworks! Red White & Brew will be held in the magnificent Oceans Ballroom, with views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks. After dinner and drinks, head up to the Aquarium's parking deck rooftop for the city's best view of the Centennial Olympic Park firework show. Proceeds from Red, White & Brew benefit Georgia Aquarium’s Sponsored Education Admissions program, teacher development and H20 summer camps!
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New York Times Bestselling Author Daniel Silva presents his newest spy novel, The English Spy. First there was The English Assassin. Then The English Girl. Now, Daniel Silva’s The English Spy promises a thrilling ride you will never forget! Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of Daniel Silva, the award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 18 books. The Daniel Silva event will be in conversation with Nadia Bilchik, Host/Producer, CNN/New Day Sunday. AtlantAJCC.org
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PATENTED COIL-IN-COIL SYSTEM WITH 977 INDIVIDUALLY FOAM ENCASED COILS PROVIDES EXCEPTIONAL SUPPORT WITH VIRTUALLY NO MOTION DISTURBANCE. NATURAL LATEX WITH PURE 100% NEW ZEALAND WOOL WITH 2 LAYERS OF TEMPERATURE CONTROLLING GEL-INFUSED FOAM. HAND-TUFTED IN THE HIGHEST GRADE AUSTRALIAN DAMASK. SEE THE ENTIRE A.H. BEARD LINE IN A ONE-TIME SPECIAL SHIPMENT UP TO 80% OFF PRICE.
SINCE 1899. THE HANDMADE MATTRESS OF AUSTRALIA.
has proudly maintained the lost art of handmade mattresses. Hand stitching and button tufting binds together every layer of ultra premium materials for long lasting comfort and unparalleled support. Each A.H. Beard mattress features a state of the art coil-in-coil design to form a suspension system that independently supports each area of your body.
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