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in Buckhead have tried to get protections – beginning in 1974 with West Paces Ferry, and then my own neigh borhood of Tuxedo Park in 1990,” she said. “This [demolition of Whispering Pines] is the result. All of us who care about Atlan ta – its history, its architectural treasures, and its beautiful neighborhoods—are devastated with this Davidloss.”Yoakley Mitchell, executive direc tor of the Atlanta Preservation Center, said the demolition of Whispering Pines should be a “sobering moment” for everyone in At lanta.
The Macallan Group purchased Whisper ing Pines and several adjacent parcels at the intersection of West Paces Ferry Road and Northside Drive as part of an 11-acre assem blage. The company planned to build a culde-sac with eight new single-family homes. But neighborhood groups, the Atlanta Pres ervation Center and Norwood entered talks with the group to see if there was a way to save the mansion built in 1928. The Macallan Group filed for and re ceived a demolition permit for Whispering Pines in May, city records show. The compa ny then let Norwood and others know in an Aug. 22 email that despite their talks, it had sold the property and would no longer be involved in its development. Crews showed up the next day, Aug. 23, and began tearing down Whispering Pines.
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“Whispering Pines was one of the icon ic West Paces Ferry estate homes,” Atlan ta Councilmember Mary Norwood said in a written statement. “I am heartsick that we have lost it.”
“The Macallan Group believes that the sale of the property will provide a fresh look at different development options for this site, and they look forward to seeing how the land will ultimately be developed in the fu ture,” said Mike Minutelli, co-founder and managing Partner of The Macallan Group, in anWhisperingemail.
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The nearly century-old Whispering Pines mansion on Buckhead’s West Paces Ferry Road has been torn down despite efforts by residents and preservationists to save it. Buckhead.com first reported the news of the demolition on Aug. 23. The demolition followed the sale of the property by Atlanta-based The Macal lan Group to a newly formed Athens-based company, Westlake WPH Holding LLC. What Westlake WPH Holding LLC plans for the site is not yet known.
Please join the virtual meeting on September 19, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the project’s draft concepts. To access the meeting, please use the following zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82112997243link:
An excavator at the Whispering Pines mansion last month. The historic mansion at 660 West Paces Ferry Road was demolished despite attempts to save it. (Dyana Bagby)
A two-week web-based input period will follow the virtual public meeting allowing those who were unable to participate in the live meeting to review meeting materials and provide feedback online. The input period will run from September 20, 2022,to October 4, 2022, and will be accessible through the project website:
Phase III of the Buckhead CID’s Lenox Road Complete Street project entails the design of an elevated pedestrian and bicycle connection over the GA 400 / Lenox Road interchange and additional bicycle and pedestrian connectivity. The project termini are Piedmont Road on the west and Phipps Boulevard on the east. This project will connect with the PATH400 greenway trail as well as provide public access to the north end of the future HUB404.
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Pines was built in 1928 by re nowned architectural firm Pringle & Smith and was the home of Harrison Jones, chair man of the board of Coca-Cola, and then his son Gordon Jones, president of Fulton Na tional“ManyBank.areas in our city have protections for their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, my own Council District, District 8, does not,” Norwood“Neighborhoodssaid.
“This is not this is not just one part of the city,” he said. “This is a city issue, and we need to start having our values for our communities really made apparent, includ ing“Eachprotections.community is going to be repre sented by different architecture, by differ ent structures, by different spaces,” Mitchell said. “But the collection is what gives At lanta its identity. These are not simply old buildings or old structures that we keep out of some sense of guilt, but we maintain and preserve out of duty to make sure that peo ple understand who and what we are now and forever.”
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Sandy Springs City Council voted 4-2 to approve the lease terms and conditions with the Georgia Commission on the Ho locaust (GCH) at its Aug. 16 meeting. The council took the vote after its sec ond public hearing on its plans for a cultur al center that would house the GCH offic es, a new Anne Frank in the World Exhib it and the Georgia Holocaust Memori al. The building also is expected to house Visit Sandy Springs – the city’s hospitali ty and tourism agency – and a Sandy Springs PoliceThesubstation.planis to build the cultural center at 6110 Blue Stone Road, the for mer home of Heritage Sandy Springs. For more than a year, the project has been quite controver sial, with many residents and city officials split on whether they support it. At the Aug. 16 meeting, councilmem bers Jody Reichel and Tibby DeJulio end ed up voting against the agreement, citing fiduciary responsibilities. Both said they support the mission of the GCH, but said it was not the time for the city to spend $600,000 on a design when the city’s fi nances were uncertain. DeJulio also said if Fulton County and its cities don’t come to an agreement on the one-penny Local Option Sales Tax, the city could lose $33 million in tax revenue. And if Fulton County gets the share it wants of the sales tax revenue, Sandy Springs will lose $10 million in revenue. He cited infla tion and a recession also.
“We are not being fiscally responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars by spending this money at this time until we have better guarantees until we have better knowledge. Until we know if we’re going to keep the lo cal option sales tax,” he said. Mayor Rusty Paul said the project was well funded, with almost $2.5 million avail able in budgeted city funds for the cultural center, the GCH’s $3 million letter of credit against the lease payments that will be due, and another $2.5 million it plans to raise for exhibits in the building.
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“We certainly need — in this day and age of so much hatred and divisiveness in our country — something that speaks to our young people about what happens when you let hatred take over,” she said. “And when you pit one group of people against another, we are all equal in the eyes of God. And therefore, I would urge you to move forward with this.”
The next step for the cultural center project will be for an architect to provide a design based on what the city and GCH want for the building. That design should provide estimated construction costs that will set the amount of the lease payments.
The lease conditions require GCH to pay 20 years of rent equal to the costs for the design and construction of its share of the building, estimated to be 7,000 to 8,750 square feet. The anticipated size of the building to replace the existing Blue stone building is 13,230 square feet.
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A January construction estimate put the cost at $5.93 million.
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Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-East Cobb), spoke in support of the project in her first appearance before the council.
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Presented by The plan is to build the cultural center at 6110 Blue Stone Road, the former home of Heritage Sandy Springs.
The Mountaire Springs Neighborhood Association invited other neighborhoods to join in funding the present for the firefight ers at the Twelvestation.firefighters will be stationed out of the building in a single shift, Sanders said. Shifts are 24 hours on, and 48 hours off.The fire chief had equipment installed in the new fire station to help clean and de contaminate the equipment – and the fire fighters. He said science shows that once firefighters have cleaned themselves and gone through decontamination, they still have carcinogens from fire scenes on their bodies. A one-person sauna with an exercise bicycle inside can help with that. “It’s not mandatory, but if you get in here for 10 minutes, get it to the temper ature and break a sweat, you can disperse 90% of that toxicity out of your skin,” Sanders said. He said he took these measures for one reason: he didn’t want to look a firefighter’s family in the eye without being able to say he did everything he could do to give them a chance to minimize the risk for cancer.
Representatives from 11 Sandy Springs neighborhoods stopped by the nearly com pleted Fire Station No. 2 to present a large gas barbecue grill they funded for firefight ers who will be stationed there.
Representatives of seven of the eleven neighborhoods that funded the gas grill visited Fire Station 2. (Photos by Bob Pepalis)
A rock wall in the engine bays will help firefighters develop hand strength, something Fire Chief Keith Sanders said is critical in doing their jobs.
Neighbors donate grill to new Fire Station No. 2
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Training features prominently through out the building, with one area able to use movable “walls” to create layouts like the homes and businesses firefighters may find themselves in, areas to practice rappelling, a fitness center and a rock wall to help with hand strength. A three-day open house will be sched uled soon to enable the public to take a tour of the new station, located at the corner of Johnson Ferry Road and Sandy Springs Cir cle.
Fire Chief Keith Sanders gave a tour to the neighbors and explained what new tools have been installed at the new fire station to safeguard the firefighters’ health and better serve the city’s residents.
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Brookhaven residents can now adopt pets for free through LifeLine Animal Project. At an Aug. 9 meeting, the Brookhaven City Council ap proved an agreement with Life Line, who manages the DeKalb County Animal services loca tion at 3280 Chamblee Dun woody Road. Through the agreement, Brookhaven agrees to sponsor LifeLine’s adoption fees for pets that are adopted by Brookhaven“Brookhavenresidents.andLifeLine have a long history of collaboration to encourage and facilitate adoption of unwanted, stray, or abandoned animals,” said Mayor John Ernst in a press release about the agreement.
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The agreement went into effect after a kickoff event on Aug. 18 at the DeKalb County Animal Services location, accord ing to the city’s website. The regular adoption fee is $85 for dogs and $65 for cats, according to Brookhaven’s website. Those fees cover the pet’s spay or neuter, vaccinations, microchip, and other screenings.“Brookhaven is taking it up a notch, and it’s my hope that other local governments will step up to the plate and enact similar partnerships to promote adoptions of these deserving pets,” said LifeLine Animal Proj ect CEO Rebecca Guinn in the press re lease.
Project list approved for special tax district
Lauren Kiefer, the executive director for the Peachtree Creek Greenway, spoke in fa vor of the list and thanked the council for in cluding greenway funding. City spokesper son Burke Brennan said the city received one email from a resident who spoke against the SSD project list and recommended a defer ral.In an email requested by Reporter News papers, Michael Runestad recommend ed deferring the SSD project list, saying he thought the city had not provided an ade quate explanation of why they chose specif ic projects.Thecouncil approved the list unanimous ly. Councilmember John Funny said he be lieved the list fully encompassed all corners of the city. “It includes a comprehensive list of proj ects that really touches every corner of the city of Brookhaven,” Funny said. “It’s not about the neighborhood. It’s not about the district. It’s about the city as a whole.” Sigman said the city will come back at later dates with more information about contracts or financing for specific projects. See the full project list at reporternews papers.com.
Brookhaven will start moving forward with projects funded by its new special tax district.Atan Aug. 23 meeting, the Brookhaven City Council approved a list of projects to be funded by its Special Service District (SSD), including $60 million for its new City Hall. In 2021, the council approved the SSD, which has certain business owners pay more in property taxes to help fund infrastructure improvements, and approved a millage rate of 4.0 mills for the SSD at a June meeting. The SSD lines up with the area for the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan for poten tial redevelopment of designated “blighted” areas of the city, which the city approved in June. The resolution that the council ap proved designates these projects for the city’s Urban Redevelopment Agency. The city matched the Urban Redevelopment area with the SSD so that the city could use fu ture funds from the SSD to make improve ments within the Urban Redevelopment ar eas.City Manager Christian Sigman said the SSD projects were chosen to promote con nectivity in the city. The city first presented the list and held a public comment session at its Aug. 9 meeting, and held a second pub lic comment session at the Aug. 23 meeting.
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Dunwoody will host another year of hol iday lights at Brook Run Park with a new theme: “Candy Land.” The Dunwoody City Council viewed an $80,000 contract for installation of its third year of holiday lights at its Aug. 22 meeting.
According to city staff, the theme for this year’s holiday light show will be “Can dy Land.” City documents show that the set up will include a section of the park focused on ice cream treats with an ice cream truck set up for pictures, a large decoration in the shape of a chocolate volcano cake, a life-size gum ball machine, and more.
One resident, Amanda McCaskill, said her husband was supposed to receive a check on Aug. 13 that never came, although they re ceived all of their other mail that was sup posed to arrive that day. McCaskill said that she and multiple others have filed reports with the Office of the Inspector General about the issue. In a Facebook post, Brant McCaskill, Amanda McCaskill’s husband, said that the couple also sent a school tuition check that the school never received.
The celebration is set to take place Dec. 1-31 at Brook Run Park. The contract is ex pected to be on the consent agenda at the council’s next meeting. Dunwoody Post Office. (Google Maps)
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Multiple people have made reports of dis appearing checks from the Dunwoody Post Office.On a Dunwoody community Facebook page, multiple residents have complained about not receiving checks in the mail, sending checks that don’t get to their desired destination, or in some cases, checks that were stolen and cashed by someone else. Many of the disappear ing checks have been linked back to the Dun woody Post Office at 1551 Village Parkway.
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The contract is to Chitwood Studios, who did the lights last year, and includes a 10% contingency, making for a total of $88,000.
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One user wrote they were meant to re ceive a check on July 25 that never came. An other said in July that a month earlier, they had sent a check to a private school that the school never received. “The school never got it, and a month later it was deposited by someone that had whited-out the school name and deposited it to their own account,” they said. Similar complaints fill the Dunwoody Area Community Forum Facebook page.
Multiple people report missing checks in Dunwoody
“We’ve read these posts far too often and it seems there’s no consequence,” he said in the post. “We had picture proof Saturday that mail was on the way, including a check, and low and behold everything turned up but the
Amandacheck.”McCaskill said she spent $30 to mail a check through FedEx recently because she does not trust USPS. “I wish more people would speak up so we can hopefully see some sort of action tak en to resolve this issue,” she said. On July 27, the Dunwoody Police De partment posted on Facebook that it had contacted the United States Postal Service about the issue. A spokesperson for the Of fice of the Inspector General said that any complaints they have received would have been referred to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.The U.S. Postal Inspection Service did not respond to a request for comment. In a segment on 11 Alive, the Postal Inspector in Atlanta said they are investigating vandalism of collection boxes, but the investigation is in early stages.
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Calling 911 isn’t what it used to be. Police departments all over the nation are seeing a steady increase in 911 calls re lating to mental health, and rather than dispatching officers un trained in handling these often volatile situations, they are calling on men tal health professionals to help.According to a 2021 re port by the American Psy chological Association, a nationwide survey of more than 2,400 senior law en forcement officials by the Mental Illness Policy say that 63 percent of the re spondents reported that police personnel have seen a “substantial” spike in the amount of time that they spend involving individuals with mental ill ness. The officers reported that the mental illness-related calls take “significantly lon ger than larceny, domestic dispute, traffic and other calls.”
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Cheek said the suspect was well-known to officers in the community who had re fused previous offers of help. Wynn said she was grateful that she was able to offer her expertise and clout to ensure the man got the treatment he needs.
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volving the filing of a so-called “1013 form” that initiates a mandatory 48-hour hospital evaluation for people undergoing a mental health“Shecrisis.has the ability to force the issue, whereas we are in a tough spot because we can’t do that,” Cheek said. “She also has the resourc es and the time to follow up to ensure the person is continuing to use available resources.”Inthemonth since so cial worker Wynn was hired as a medical clinician by the department, she has already diffused a situation involving what Cheek calls a “frequent flyer.” On Aug. 11, several callers reported a disorient ed naked white male ex posing himself to passers by at the corner of Mount Vernon and Ashford Dunwoody Roads.
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“He’s been a member of the community since we’ve been here, very active,” Sadeh said. “He really wanted to give back in a nice, per manent way.”
A Dunwoody resident, Alon said he de cided to support the library in honor of his family, particularly his oldest brother, Rabbi Yerachmiel Carmi, and his mother, Faige Tzi porah Chorowsky. He said it was their idea for him to move from Israel to the United States.
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“We really wanted it to be a place where the community can come read in their lan guage,” said Executive Director Kari Sadeh. Before this new renovation, Sadeh said the center had a makeshift area that served as a library. Now, the center hopes to hire a li brarian and have an official library system, all thanks to donor Michael Alon.
“I always think of my brother and my mother,” said Alon. “I’m almost 85, and I’m veryReadlucky.”the full story at reporternewspapers.
“This is a gentleman who needs the health care system rather than the criminal justice system,” Wynn said. “What I can do frees up the officer’s time that would have been spent at a hospital or taking him to jail.”
“After we established that the scene was secure, Megan was dispatched and talk ed him into going to the hospital and then she filed a 1013 so that he could get some treatment,” Cheek said. “Within 15 min utes, she had the situation under control. If it was only the police handling the situ ation, it was clear that he would have been heading to jail.”
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To honor his family, a Dunwoody man has helped Brookhaven’s Chabad Israeli Cen ter build a new library. The center, which has been in Brookhav en since 2016 and serves as a community cen ter for Hebrew speakers and people who have moved to the area from Israel, held a grand opening for the new Hebrew Library on Aug. 28. The library will feature books for readers of all ages, all in the Hebrew language.
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Wynn has one important tool as a social worker that law enforcement officials don’t have – the ability to begin a legal process in
The APA report said more cities are pair ing mental health professionals with police to better help people in crisis. Dunwoody’s police force joined those ranks last month, hiring social worker Megan Wynn, who will act as a co-responder with law enforce ment“Weofficials.haveseen a steady increase in calls involving mental health, sometimes up to 80 to 90 percent of the calls received,” Sgt. Michael Cheek, Public Information Offi cer, said. “In most of these cases we have only one path, which is usually a negative law enforcement encounter that doesn’t ad dress the underlying issue.”
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Lucas Tarrant was a frustrated singer, voice teacher and choral conductor searching for a way to spread his love of music and make it accessible to everyone. Driving down Ro swell Road about five years ago, he saw the sign for Sandy Springs Music. He pulled in on a whim and asked if the store needed a voice teacher.Hewas hired on the spot.Cheryl Logan spent her career managing and owning businesses, but wanted to find a way to express herself artistical ly. While driving down Roswell Road one after noon several years ago, she saw the sign for Sandy Springs Music and decid ed to quickly whip into the parking lot. She went in and asked about voice lessons.She and Tarrant met and he started teaching her private lessons at her“Ourhome.meeting was serendipitous,” Logan, 65,Thesays.voice lessons were inspirational for both and the two eventually became best friends. In March 2018, during a voice lesson in Logan’s living room, Tarrant, 30, asked her if she wanted to start a community chorus. Without hesitation, she said yes. They named the chorus North Atlanta Voices, designed a logo, got business cards, created a website, all from their new head quarters in Logan’s living room. Of course, they would also need people to sing in the chorus in a metro Atlanta area where many choruses already existed. All of these choruses, though, required singers to audition.“Weneeded a leg up so we focused on cre ating a non-auditioned chorus that was about music, but also about building community,” Tarrant said. “We really love that part of what we are doing,” he said. “And I thrive on teaching people with no experience singing in a cho rus. I wanted to make this really enjoyable to everyone.”Theduo recruited 20 people to sing in their first concert in 2018. Logan and Tar rant kept their mission alive through the CO VID-19 pandemic by reaching out to more people who wanted to sing with a chorus. North Atlanta Voices became an official nonprofit in 2020. Tarrant handles the artistic vi sion, Logan is in charge of the business side.
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North Atlanta Voices community chorus is for anyone with ‘desire to sing’
BY DYANA BAGBY
At the North Atlanta Voices spring con cert in April at the Atlanta Jewish Academy — made possible with funding through a Sandy Springs Arts Foundation grant — there were nearly 50 sopranos, basses, altos and ten ors on stage singing songs in English, Latin, Hebrew and Russian. Members range in age from 19 to their 80s. Two families are part of the “Thegroup.music Lucas chooses is not simple,” Logan said. “We’ve been exposed to several languages because of the songs he chooses and he is so good at teaching technique and mak ing people feel so accomplished.”
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The chorus continues its mission of being non-auditioned and always will, Tarrant said. “So many people want to sing, but not by themselves,” Tarrant said. “This is about sing ing for joy. We want to create a place for peo ple to never have to sing alone if they don’t want“Theto. only prerequisite is a desire to sing,” he said. The North Atlanta Voices community chorus performed this summer at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market. (Courtesy of North AtlantaCherylVoices)Logan, left, and Lucas Tarrant are best friends after establishing the non-auditioned North Atlanta Voices chorus. She is the executive director, and he is the artistic director. (Special) Springs GA 30350
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BY BOB PEPALIS Arts programs will return to the Aberna thy Arts Center starting in September. The city of Sandy Springs approved a $20,000 grant to help Art Sandy Springs (ArtSS) with the startup costs. Last year, Fulton County donated the Abernathy Arts Center property at 254 Johnson Ferry Road to Sandy Springs. The deed for the property was transferred this summer.Thecity heard proposals to renovate a building on the site and construct an addi tion in June. But councilmembers said they did not want buildings torn down or renova tions made until they had a plan for arts pro gramming. So far, only improvements to the stormwater detention on site have been ap proved by City Council. ArtSS board members have contributed $10,000 toward starting the arts program ming. That will cover the $5,000 shortfall for startup costs that the city’s grant won’t cover, and the expected shortfall from pro gram revenue for the first quarter. ArtSS ex pects the programming to become self-sus taining by spring 2023. ArtSS wants to use art instructors who provided programming for Fulton Coun ty at the arts center to get classes started by the week of Sept. 20. The Annex Building will hold classes Tuesday through Saturday, mornings, afternoons, after-school and eve nings, according to the ArtSS grant propos al. The classes will be offered in a variety of subjects including drawing, painting, mixed media and collage, the proposal said.
Art Sandy Springs plans to start classes the week of Sept. 20 at the Abernathy Arts Center Annex on Johnson Ferry Road.
The nonprofit organization expects to hold 20 weekly classes for the fall quarter with a class size of 8 to 10 students, serving approximately 190 to 200 participants. The numbers are expected to rise to 400 partic ipants per quarter, including children, teens andTheadults.interim program will run through July 2023 and will continue unless terminat ed by either the city or ArtSS.
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Art Sandy Springs to start classes at Abernathy Arts Center
A program director and part-time hourly admin/social media assistant will be needed for the interim program. The ArtSS website will be used for class registration.
A. I will not call any single actor a favorite be cause that would leave so many people out of the conversation.
A. I studiously avoided having favorites. I think every piece you do should be your favor ite for the period you’re working on it. There was an adaptation I worked on of the [former U.S. Poet Laureate] Natasha Threthewey’s po etry. She was generous to allow me to create… and direct a stage setting of that poetry. [Also,] a bunch of years ago, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice were interested in seeing what would happen if Jesus Christ Su perstar was set in a gospel idiom. They were interested in having its first experiment in At lanta. I got to direct [and] we had a 60-voice gospel choir on stage. It was an extraordinary community event.
Q. Can you talk about a couple of the pro gramming and partnerships you devel oped? The Spelman College program and playwriting competition come to mind.
There aren’t many theaters; there’s only one that would have been interesting to leave the Alliance for. I have loved my time at the Alliance a lot, but the Goodman was where I came up as a director. For me as a young theater artist, it was the absolute pinnacle of muscular, important the ater. And the timing of this moment lined up with my daughter heading off to col lege this fall, which meant we wouldn’t be uprooting her. Honestly, I love chal lenges. I love finding myself in positions where I have to learn new skills.
A. There’s not a simple an swer of “now I can do wild ly experimental work in Chicago that I can’t in At lanta” because Atlanta has been very embracing of a wide collection of work. What I look forward to is being in a theater community that, at any given time, has about 100 theaters. Because what that de mands is that you find what you particular ly can do that nobody else in town is doing as well. That’s a niche you have to fight hard for in Chicago, and I’m looking forward to that fight.
Q. Which of the many world premieres at the Alliance spoke to you the most or broke new ground?
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Q. What prompted the move to the Good A.man?
A. For the most part, they were responses to situations where we wanted to be a solution. You mentioned Spelman. The lack of lead ers of color and female leaders in our field is something that I wrestle with. So here was an opportunity where we could create a multiyear fellowship program where young wom en of color would be able learn the ropes of working in a large institution and be given the opportunity to build leadership skills in ourYoungfield. writers come out of graduate school often with a lot of debt and it can take years before they’ve cracked their first premiere at a professional theater. Our feeling was may be we can expedite that and have final-year students submit their work, and the winning play every year would get a world premiere with the same resources we would give to a well-known play.
Q. What changed in the Atlanta theater scene during your time at the Alliance?
After 21 years, Susan Booth is leaving her position as Jennings Hertz Artistic Director at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, heading to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in a similar role. It’s somewhat of a homecoming, as she served as director of new play development there from 1993 to 2001. But she’s not quietly slipping out a side stageIndoor.addition to all the facets of an artist di rector’s role — curating a theater season, cast ing, representing the theater in the commu nity, fundraising, interacting with a board of directors, casting — she usually directs a cou ple of productions a year. In August, she was in the thick of co-di recting Everybody, a thoughtful play about the meaning of life in the face of death. Her last day was set to be Sept. 16, smack in the middle of its run.
A. The creation of the Georgia film tax cred it. It means that more film and television pro duction has come to the state, and specifically Atlanta, and what that means particularly for actors is that you don’t need to leave town to make a living.
Susan Booth (Photo by Joe Mazza)
Booth’s accomplishments are broad and deep: more than 80 world premieres with a half-dozen of those transferring to Broadway (including The Color Purple), more than 40 shows that she has personally directed, a Re gional Theatre Tony Award, a $22 million renovation of the Alliance’s performing space and the establishment of programs to benefit emerging playwrights and actors. She’s quick to share credit with others, be they Alliance staffers or community members the Alliance has forged partnerships with. Booth took time out from rehearsals for Everybody to talk with Mark Woolsey.
Susan Booth reflects on her years with the Alliance Theatre
Q. How did the Alliance cope with A.COVID? The Alliance made a decision, that our board thankfully completely endorsed, that we were not going to lay people off…that we were going to stay present and useful. So our costume shop started making personal pro tection equipment. They made masks and gowns. Our education staff actually reached more people than we normally would by go ing virtual. Parents and teachers were so hun gry for virtual digital content that we had more demand than we would have had in a live situation. It ended up being incredi bly culturally healthy for this theater…and it ended up being financially the right decision for the theater, so we came out of the pan demic in remarkably good shape.
Q. What, if anything, will Goodman allow you to do that you’ve not done here?
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Recently, I read a quote from poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou that helps me grapple with my own mixed feelings of hope (a stronger climate movement, innova tive solutions, and passage of the IRA) and de spair (the possibility that our slow and inad equate climate measures are too late and not enough). Angelo said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do Groundedbetter.”hope is essential, even when challenges are daunting. The concept pres ents a way of thinking and acting that pushes us forward to achieve our goals. Hope is what has sustained me for more than four decades of fighting against significant odds to help protect our environment and revive the Chat tahoochee River. I can’t give up—and neither can you. Do the best you can, where you are. Celebrating is also vital, even when the re sults, such as the final version of the IRA, are much less than perfect. I attended the “Geor gia Celebration for Climate, Justice, and Joy,” hosted by the nonprofit Georgia Conserva tion Voters (gcvoters.org) a few days after the IRA was signed into law. The organization’s young, inclusive leaders give me hope; their grassroots organizing, demands for democrat ic processes, and new strategies are smart and increasingly effective. As nature philosopher and author Henry David Thoreau presciently wrote more than 150 years ago: “What is the use of a house, if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.” Science Moms (sciencemoms.com), a nonpartisan group of climate scientists work ing to demystify climate change and protect our kids’ future, is just one of many excellent sources for information and action. Root Local to issuessustainabilitytackle
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3 tablespoons chopped marjoram 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon chopped flat leafed Italian parsley Method Cut the potatoes into 1.5 inch cubes, rinse well and then put them into a pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Salt the wa ter and cook until fork tender, turn off from heat and set aside. If you have a gas range, roast the peppers over the open flame until they are black on the outside. Let them cool briefly and then scrape the burned skin off, cut the tops off and remove the seeds. Wipe them clean with paper towels, cut them into 1” strips then set aside. If you do not have a gas range, preheat your oven to 450 and roast them until the skins start to brown and separate from the “meat,” allow to cool then follow above in structions to clean.Place the chicken breasts on a board and season well with salt and pepper on both sides, then sprinkle the chopped herbs on the skin side. Heat a large enough skillet to hold all four breasts with about 2 tablespoons of the oil until warm and place the breasts in skin side down. Raise the heat to high un til you can hear the chickens sizzling, cover with a sheet of aluminum foil and place a heavy weight on top, such as another pan or a brick. Turn the heat down to medium and let them cook. After about 8 minutes, remove the pan and the foil. You should see a small area in the center of each chicken that still looks a little raw. Turn the breasts and continue to cook for about two minutes more. Use a thin knife or a cake tester inserted into the breasts to check for doneness. It should be hot to theRemovetouch. the chicken breasts from the pan onto a platter. Add the garlic to the pan and turn up to high heat until golden brown. Add the roasted peppers and tomatoes and allow to simmer. Warm the potatoes, then drain the water off and add the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and the chopped parsley. Using a fork or a potato masher, break up the potatoes and mix until you get a lumpy mashed potato texture. To serve, spread the potatoes onto a plat ter, then the peppers and tomatoes on top. Slice each breast into 3 pieces and arrange on top of the potatoes and peppers.
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Roasted Tomatoes Ingredients 10-12 Roma tomatoes, cut in half ExtralengthwiseVirginOlive Oil Thyme Sprigs Salt Method Drizzle the olive oil liberally in a half sheet pan (with sides) and place thyme sprigs on top of the oil and sprinkle a little salt. Line the tomatoes side by side, cut side down, fill ing the pan. Bake in a 400˚ oven for twenty minutes, or to the point at which the skins begin to separate from the meat of the toma to. Remove from the oven and cool. Care fully remove the skins from the meat, leav ing the tomatoes intact as possible. They can then be stored in a smaller container.
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“As soon as I got back to Veni Vidi Vici, I re produced it. It was on the original il Giallo opening menu, and now it’s back!”
Chicken alla Romana. (Courtesy of Jamie Adams) Chef Jamie Adams rocking out with his band C.J. & the Doughboys.
Chicken alla Romana Ingredients 4 chicken breasts, skin on with wing bone 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes 2 red and 2 yellow bell peppers 1 cup roasted tomatoes (see recipe) 4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
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Previously, Adams spent almost 20 years with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, working first at Pricci and then the former restaurant Veni Vidi Vici, where he grew his reputation as a top Atlanta chef. He also runs a chef band called C.J. & the Doughboys. Adams shares his recipe for “Chicken alla Romana,” a traditional Italian dish. He said he was traveling with his family in Italy and stopped into a restaurant outside the city of Benevento.“Theplace was huge, packed to the gills,” Adams said. There, he tried the Chicken alla Romana amid the chaos of the restaurant.
A lasting friendship inspires local company to help fight
“I think about the strength that she had, and I think that empowers me to want to do right by her,” Bridges said. “It’s my honor to help continue to propel the support of cystic fibrosis here at Choate and beyond.”
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“I have seen an increase in pregnancies among women who have CF, a decrease in lung transplants for those with severe lung disease and that now over half of those living with CF are over the age of 18,” she said in an email. “In my time at the Foundation, I have seen people with CF fulfilling their dreams — graduat ing from college, starting careers, getting married, and becoming parents themselves.”Choatehas been sup porting the Cystic Fibro sis Foundation since the company’s inception in 1989. At first, the com pany put on a number of events to raise mon ey, such as golf tourna ments, and participated in the foundation’s “Great Strides” walk event. But Bridges said it quickly be came apparent that they needed an event everyone could rally around. Cars seemed to be that thing.
While Cars & Q started off as a sort of adjunct event to the walk, it’s now Cho ate’s main fundraising event. With this year’s event, Choate expects to exceed $6 million of total contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis
Choate Construction was founded by Millard Choate, and he and his daughter, Emily Bridges, are the driving forces behind the company’s desire to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. While cystic fibro sis is relatively rare – ac cording to the Cystic Fi brosis Foundation, close to 40,000 people in the United States have the disorder – Bridges, who serves as the vice president of marketing for Choate, has been quite aware of the disorder from a young age. Her childhood friend, Leann Ott, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when the two were just in pre school.“At that time, CF was really a death sentence,” said Bridges, a Brookhav en resident. “The average life expectancy was about 13. So as you can imagine, that’s just a devas tatingOttdiagnosis.”passedaway in 2018, but lived much past that expected age of 13. She and Bridg es went to high school together. Ott attended Boston University, and she got married, living life to the fullest.
Leann Ott, left, and Emily Bridges pose together in front of a car (Photo by Catrina Maxwell). At left, Emily Bridges and Leann Ott at Leann’s wedding.
Since Ott’s diagnosis, research into cys tic fibrosis has progressed significantly. Mol ly Taggart, executive director for the Cystic Fi brosis Foundation, said the life expectancy of someone born with cystic fibrosis has doubled in the past 30 years.
BY SAMMIE PURCELL Spurred on by the impact of a lifelong friendship, a local construction company is headed into its 13th year of supporting cystic fibrosisCarsresearch.&QFor the Cause is a yearly fund raising event put on by Sandy Springs-based Choate Construction Company that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“In a lot of ways, Saiul is a normal little boy,” she said. “If you just look at him, you see a happy and healthy boy who is thriving. He is all those things, but he fights every day to remain that boy.”
Saiul Marrero, 5, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant.
“It’s tough to live with CF. People look at you, and you look okay on the outside,” she said. “It’s difficult to live in that, especial ly when people can’tSauil’stell.”
Cars & Q 2022 This year’s event will take place on Oct. 22 from 3-6 p.m. at 8200 Roberts Drive. Bridg es called the event a “car show/party blend,” and said this year, Choate expects to have over 100 cars on the lot. “We typically have an incredible breadth of types of cars,” Bridges said. “Everything from early 1910s cars all the way through brand new, hot-off-the-market exotics, and everything in between.”
A drug like Trikafta represents a big leap forward in the cystic fibrosis world. Taggart said there are currently three other thera pies available to treat three other mutations, Kalydeco, Orkambi, and Symdeko. These cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) modulator therapies are made to correct the malfunctioning protein made by the CFTR gene.
Bridges said while it’s amazing that a drug like Trikafta might be able to help 90% of cys tic fibrosis patients, the goal is to find a way to help“Aeveryone.control is good, but I want a cure,” Bridges said. “For that 10%, that’s really who we fight for now. We’re not quitting the game until we’re over the goal line.” Emily Bridges announcing onstage at a Cars & Q event.
Warrior Award At Cars & Q, Choate will also recognize a sponsor who has offered their support to the event over the years. This year’s Warrior Award will go to Ameris Bank, but the award holds a special place for Bridges. Bridges said that Ott’s passing in 2018 came right before a treatment called Trikafta came on the market. Trikafta is a therapy that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibro sis and is approved for people ages 6 or old er who have certain mutations. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the mutation in question is estimated to represent 90% of the cystic fibrosis population. The Warrior Award is named in honor of Ott.“She was a warrior all the way through. It’s not an easy disease to live with by any means –pretty brutal, actually,” Bridges said. “She real ly paved the way for the funds that have been raised, not just through Choate … but in so many other arenas of the CF world.”
moth er said simi lar things about living with cys tic fibrosis, add ing that a regu lar day for Saiul looks like a day for anyone else – just with a bunch of other hurdles to con sider.
Bridges remembers her friend’s joy and re siliency in the face of her diagnosis, and spoke fondly of her laugh, her drive, and her “no res ervations” attitude towards life.
SEPTEMBER 2022 | 25 Foundation.“Thiswill be our 13th year,” Bridges said. “The last few years, COVID notwithstand ing, we have had anywhere from 1,000 to 1,200 attendees. We’ve raised $500,000-plus the last few years. It’s really grown.”
The event will also include live music from a band called The Rogue Tones, bar beque from Jim ‘n Nick’s, and beer and wine from places like Pontoon Brew ing, Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, and New Realm Brewing Company. This year even includes a special guest emcee – former Atlanta Braves player Sid Bream. Every year, Choate selects a few Cars & Q Ambassadors, or cystic fibrosis patients that Choate honors with their fundraising. This year, one of the ambassadors is 5-year-old Sai ul Marrero from the Woodland Hills area. According to Saiul’s mother, Nacida Marrero, Saiul was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant, but his diagnosis was delayed because he is Latino. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common genetic disorders amongst white people in the United States, but according to the foundation, non-white people with cystic fibrosis are more likely to have rare mutations that might not be treatable. “Saiul’s newborn screening flagged him for CF, but because it is less common for Lati no people to be carriers of cystic fibrosis and one of his mutations is rare, the doctors as sumed something else was wrong with Saiul,” said Nacida Marrero in a Q&A with the Cys tic Fibrosis Foundation. Nacida goes on to say that she and her family want to fight to make sure everyone has access to equitable healthcare when it comes to cystic fibrosis. “CF is a disease that affects people of all races, and we are working together for a cure for all,” she said.
“More potential CFTR modulators are in development to address the underlying cause of the disease in people with other CF mu tations,” Taggart said. “Our goal is a cure for 100% of people living with CF. We will not leave anyone behind.”
“We had 85 people on that Friday for lunch at the Top of the Mart,” Young said. It was at that meeting that Young told business leaders it was possible for him to win without their support. But he could not govern the city without their help. So, he gave them all his home number, urging them to reach out to him.
At the center of Young’s administra tion was Charlie Loudermilk, who with the mayor’s backing, became chair of the MARTA board.
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“We were trying to get MARTA to go into the suburbs,” said Young, lamenting that they didn’t succeed. “It wasn’t that we didn’t try.” It wasn’t just Young and Loudermilk.
“Of that group, I was the youngest,” said Young, the only one of the five still living. “When you stop and think about it, they all were born very poor but they all made it on their own. The thing I re membered was the argument of who was the poorest, which boiled down to who was the last to get indoor plumbing. It turned out to be John Portman.” I remember going on several trade missions with Young, Loudermilk, Rus sell and Portman – Scandinavia in 1984, France in 1985 and the Soviet Union in 1989, when I was six months pregnant. Loudermilk loved to embellish the story saying that I was nine months pregnant, and everyone was worried I was going to go into labor and have a Russian baby. Over the years, I followed Louder milk and Young and the other musketeers
BY MARIA SAPORTA Atlanta lost one of its most colorful leaders with the passing of Charlie Loud ermilk, 95, on Aug. 3. Loudermilk, founder of Aaron’s, be came a fixture in Atlanta for decades –as a philanthropist, as a booster of Buck head, as chair of the MARTA board, as an advocate for the Republican Party and as a prankster with a playful personality. For me though, his enduring legacy will be his unique friendship with An drew Young – one that lasted more than 50 Theyears.first time I interviewed Louder milk was in 1981 when Young was run ning to become Atlanta’s mayor, succeed ing the city’s first Black mayor – Maynard Jackson. There were four major candi dates – two whites and two Blacks. So, I decided it would be interesting to inter view the top person of the opposite race for each of the mayoral campaigns. That’s how I got to know Charlie Lou dermilk. I asked him why he was support ing Young, and he told me he thought Young would be the best mayor for At lanta and the most likely winner. Then I asked why he wasn’t supporting the lead ing white candidate – Sidney Marcus – or the other two candidates. I remember he carefully paused before saying with a twinkle in his eye. “You’re dangerous,” he said. Loudermilk was the only well-known white Atlanta business leader to support Young’s candidacy – making him a bit of a pariah among the established business community.“Hisfriends were mad at him for sup porting Andy, but he knew they could work together,” recalled Lisa Loudermilk Degolian, his daughter. “He saw Andy as a great person no matter what his poli ticsInwere.”aninterview Saturday, Young ex plained that he didn’t want to run — or win — without any white support. “I knew I was going to need some body to put the community back togeth er,” Young said. “You can’t run a city di vided.”The day after Young won the elec tion, Loudermilk and Atlanta Life exec utive Jesse Hill approached the godfather of Atlanta’s business community – Coca-
Young’s relationship with the busi ness community grew stronger during his eight years as mayor as he helped build Atlanta’s profile through influential trade missions around the world and the inter national expansion of Delta Air Lines.
“They focused on believing the eco nomic pie would stay the same,” Young said. “But we made the pie bigger.”
From left, Lisa Loudermilk Degolian sitting next to her father, Charlie Loudermilk, and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. Two portraits painted by Ross Rossin honor the Loudermilk-Young Debate Series and the unusual friendship between two Atlanta leaders. (Photos by Maria Saporta)
A close friendship also developed be tween them and Atlanta architect John Portman, minority builder Herman Rus sell and Atlanta Life’s Hill. They were seen as the four or five musketeers who loved to joke around.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, At lanta’s established leaders were less willing to integrate the business of the city.
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Dunwoody envisions future development around Perimeter Center
Kohr said that Pond held a workshop on July 21, where they allowed commu nity stakeholders to provide feedback on the three scenarios. He also said the hope would be to combine elements from the three for a final scenario. Each scenario is projected over a 20-year forecast. “There’s no one scenario. It’s not like you have to pick one or the other,” he said.
Higher density developments would be lo cated at Perimeter Mall and the adjacent areas. Bicycle and pedestrian paths would connect properties on the outskirts to the MARTA station.
Charlie Loudermilk and Andrew Young sat side-by-side at the memorial service for their dear friend, architect and developer John Portman on Jan. 5, 2018.
Dunwoody Road. The developments would be a mix of low, mid, and high-rise concentrated around greenspaces. Resi dents would be able to get to the gathering space via pedestrian pathways.
“Part of the challenge we have in the Perimeter area is there’s no one central gathering civic space,” Kohr said. In a diagram, Kohr showed a possi ble large greenspace in front of Perimeter Mall.The last scenario, called “Transit-Ori ented,” would emphasize development around the Dunwoody MARTA station.
Kohr called the first possible scenario for growth “Live + Walk.” This scenario would decentralize development through out the Perimeter Center, focusing on mid and low-rise development and greenspace spread throughout the area and connected by walkable roads and pathways. The second scenario is called “Gather,” and would include redevelopment around a central gathering space along Ashford
SEPTEMBER 2022 | 27 through their various endeavors, such as winning the 1996 Summer Olympics, and their various business and philan thropicSometimeinitiatives.in2008, I asked Char lie Loudermilk if we could have lunch. As chair of the Atlanta Press Club’s de bate committee, I had been trying to get an endowment for our debates. We met at the Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead, where I made my pitch. “There are a lot of things in Atlanta named after you. And there are a lot of things in this town named after Andy,” I told Loudermilk. “But there’s noth ing that honors the two of you and your unique friendship. What about endowing the Loudermilk-Young debate series?” I could tell he was intrigued. But it took more than two years (countless lunches, dinners, drinks) to get him to a yes. Finally, in 2011, the Atlanta Press Club was able to announce that Louder milk had pledged $1 million for our de bateOneseries.of my fondest memories was in viting Young and Loudermilk to Geor gia Public Broadcasting on Dec. 6, 2020, for the run-off debates between U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Rev. Raphael Warnock as well as Jon Ossoff and U.S. Sen. David Perdue (a no-show). The Loeffler-War nock debate was simulcast on CNN, Fox News (Loudermilk’s favorite channel) and countless other media platforms – a high-water mark for our debate series.
“That really was a special night,” said Degolian, who had accompanied her fa ther to GPB. “They sat there looking like old“Charliefriends.”was in good spirits every time I saw him,” said Young, adding they rare ly discussed partisan politics. “The main thing we disagreed on was Georgia Tech versus North Carolina. Charlie liked the fact that we could talk about the business of the Youngcity.”went by Loudermilk’s hospital room to pay his final respects two days before his friend died from the after-ef fects of a stroke. “It was incredibly tender,” Dego lian said. “It reminded me of when my dad and Andy went to tell John Portman goodbye.”Thelast several weeks offered a series of memories.OnJuly12, Loudermilk celebrated his 95th birthday, which turned into a qua si-family reunion. On July 19, Louder milk attended the 80th birthday party of his friend, Charlie Smithgall III, ful ly dressed as a cowboy with two young cowgirls.Hisson, Robin Loudermilk, said a couple of weeks ago, his father told him he was broke. “’I need some money,’” Robin remem bered his father saying. “I gave him $500. It was like giving ice cream to a kid. That last memory of him is so sweet.” For me, I’ll always remember inter viewing Charlie Loudermilk and Andrew Young in a video about his gift to the At lanta Press Club.
“What are the best ideas from each?”
At the ribbon-cutting of John Portman’s hotel on Peachtree. From left, Charlie Loudermilk, John Portman and Andrew Young as. A.J. Robinson, president of Central Atlanta Progress, makes remarks.
Officials say Edge City 2.0 will result in a “blueprint for strategic growth” for Perim eter Center.
Kohr said that based on stakeholder input, the consultant team plans to cre ate a refined scenario that includes high er density development around the MAR TA station, central greenspace and smaller surrounding pockets of greenspace, a bi cycle and pedestrian trail network, and a street grid to alleviate congestion on Ash ford Dunwoody Road and promote walk ability.Kohr said the consultant team plans to hold public engagement sessions on a fi nal scenario by mid-October and bring a draft back to the city by mid-November.
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“People over the years have asked me how does a white conservative Republi can have a close relationship with a Black liberal Democrat?” Loudermilk said in the video. “I just say, that’s the way we do it in Atlanta.”
The Dunwoody City Council viewed three possible future development scenar ios in the Perimeter area at an Aug. 22 meeting.Thepresentation was part of the Edge City 2.0 project, an effort between the city and the Perimeter Community Improve ment Districts (PCIDs) to study future economic growth and development in Pe rimeter Center. “Edge City” comprises a two-mile radius around the Dunwoody MARTAAndrewStation.Kohr, a principal with consul tant Pond & Company, said the company has done market research to come up with three different growth scenarios.
Riverwood is looking to bounce back from a 42-0 loss to Holy Innocents un der first-year head coach Michael Young, Marist is fresh off a 33-22 win over Ala bama’s Pike Road and St. Pius recently fell 9-0 to Flowery Branch. As for Dunwoody, the Wildcats opened the year with a solid 21-9 win over North Springs. They are set to play against Druid Hills on Sept. 9. On Sept. 16, Riverwood will travel to Chamblee to take on the Bulldogs, who kicked off the season with a commanding 59-0 victory over the Towers’ Titans. Finally, Holy Innocents’ will continue to rack up the mileage with a pair of outof-state road trips. The Golden Bears, after facing South Carolina’s Christ Church on Sept. 2, will visit Ensworth, Tennessee to take on the Tigers on Sept. 9. The Chamblee Bulldogs. (Photo by Asher Greene)
The North Atlanta Warriors have won back-to-back televised games to kick off their 2022 season, including a thrilling 31-27 victory over North Forsyth in the Corky Kell Classic and a 50-6 win over Charles Drew to open up the fourth annual Great At lanta Bash. North Atlan ta has three more non-re gion games before it opens up region play at home against St. Pius X Cath olic High School. River wood, Marist, Dunwoody and Lakeside-DeKalb will be competing with North Atlanta and St. Pius in a stacked Region 4-6A later this season.
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Pace Academy, North Atlanta earn massive wins to open 2022 slate
Pace Academy promptly answered with a 4-yard touchdown run by George Lit tle late in the third quarter. The Wildcats pulled to within 21-19 on a fourth-quarter field goal from Josh Brockman, but their fi nal drive that initially had them in range for a potential game-winning field goal eventu ally went backward and the Knights held on for the win.
Pace Academy looks to improve to 3-0 with a trip to Greater Atlanta Christian next and will open region play at home on Sept. 9 against Lovett, which recently fell 23-19 to GAC. Pace Academy has been the victor so far amongst the area private schools, and North Atlanta has earned that recognition when it comes to the public side.
The Lovett Lions. (Photo by Ben Ennis)
Just one week after Westminster top pled Lovett 14-0 in the “Battle of Buck head” and the Pace Academy Knights de feated Holy Innocents’ 20-17 to kick off the season, Pace squared off with Westmin ster and scored a historic 21-19 win over theTheWildcats.Knights survived a back-and-forth thriller on the road to pick up what was the school’s first-ever gridiron victory over Westminster. They led 6-3 at halftime be fore a wild third quarter ensued. They ex tended their advantage to 12-3 on a 52yard touchdown pass from Conner Phelan to Cooper Williams, but Westminster stormed ahead 16-12 on a 70-yard strike from John Collier to Henry Chartrand and a 1-yard run by Quinton Ezzard.
“Because it’s such a safe communi ty and everyone is so supportive, you feel comfortable trying these new things.” she said. “Even if you fall flat on your face, it’s not a big deal. Laugh it off, try again.”
While it’s true that the enter tainment industry can be a diffi cult one, there are some who are working to make that world as welcoming as possible – a place that fosters talent, not stymies it.
The Company Performers at AWP range in age from 10 to young adults. Its musical theater company, which just put on “Sponge Bob Squarepants: The Broadway Musi cal,” usually rounds out at about 40 per formers, Stallings said. All of the company members came to AWP at different times and in different ways, but they all share a love of performance and appreciate AWP’s supportive atmosphere.
To get into the company, you have to go through an audition process. The au dition generally requires hopefuls to per form an upbeat song, a ballad, a rough ly 30-second dance combination, and a
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Atlanta Workshop Players keeps it professional and welcoming
Purser, who played Barb on “Stranger Things” and the titular role in “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” Michael Pro vost from “Fear Street Part Two: 1978” and “Insatiable,” and Faith Salie from NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” are just a few of AWP’s notable alumni. Salie, who started with AWP around 1983, said AWP was a large part of her formative years. “It was so joyful, so wacky, so support ive,” said Salie, who is also a contribu tor to CBS Sunday Morning and has per formed Off-Broadway. “We worked so hard, but it was so fun. That was the se cretSaliesauce.”said that now, as a mother of two, she has more respect for Stallings and the environment she is still able to create for young“Sheperformers.managedto figure out a way not only to let everyone shine, but to make us all feel like a team,” Salie said. AWP’s motto is, “Kids changing the world, one audience at a time.”
Stallings has tried to make that saying a reality. “It’s rare to find people in this compet itive industry who really, genuinely, are thrilled when someone else has a success,” Stallings said. “Because they realize that one person’s success is not their failure.”
“It’s very welcoming, it’s very support ive and friendly, and you don’t see that in a lot of acting spaces,” said Reyn Graves, who started with AWP in 2016. “I think that’s something that we need.”
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AWP grew out of a desire to offer young per formers professional level outlets for their talents.
For 41 years, Atlanta Workshop Players (AWP) has been actively contradicting the stereotype that “Camp” and its ilk put forward. Founded by Lynn Stallings, AWP is a nonprofit performing arts company that aims to pro vide performers of all ages with a healthy and supportive outlet for their craft while giving them professional-grade training at the same Stallingstime.said
Ashlyn Stallings – who, as Lynn’s daughter, has been around AWP for her entire life and now serves as a teacher –echoed that sentiment. She added that whether you’re in the company, at a camp, or attending a class, AWP is a safe space.
At right, Lynn Stallings founded Atlanta Workshop Players in 1981. (Photo by Joann Vitelli)
In the 2003 film “Camp,” a group of teenagers attend a sum mer performing arts camp where jealousy, competition, and in tensity get the best of them. For many of us, movies like “Camp” are the only look we get into the inside world of acting, feeding into the narrative that the indus try is a nasty one, and those who take part in it are mired by self doubt and pettiness.
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“We created a touring com pany, and the touring company was a paid company for kids,” Stallings said about AWP’s beginnings. “We toured hundreds and hundreds of schools all over the state doing socially responsible pro gramming.”Thecompany performed original shows, featuring themes such as bullying, teen suicide, and other serious issues that kids deal with, said Stallings. Since AWP began in 1981, the performing arts group has expanded into the realm of television and film, and boasts numerous camps, classes, and over 22,000 trained students – many who are now working actors or have gone on to other careers in the in dustry.Shannon
Years after she stepped out of the AWP bubble, alumni Faith Salie still holds her experience there close to her heart. She said that Stallings was one of the first peo ple she saw treat the arts with a strong sense of dignity.
“I’ve never seen anywhere that had an acting class quite like it,” Graves said. “It’s about those extreme situations that you encounter in acting, like when you’re act ing an extreme medical situation, or when you’re doing a skydiving scene … things like that, that you will encounter with act ing that are very hard to do.”
Camps and classes at AWP encompass different aspects of the industry, and stu dents even have the opportunity to make real, professional films. One of those films, a short film called “(Dis)Connected,” won the Audience Choice Award at the 2021 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase, a showcase for short films that takes place during the Cannes Film Festival.
“They have industry pros that guide them, but they do it,” Stallings said about the movie making process. “Which is pretty darn cool.”
“You get to branch off of what the oth er person does,” Johnson said about work ing with another actor, or her counter part, as she called it. “What we would do is we would talk about our character, and what would this person do? What’s the best decision for them, what kind of move would they do in this part of the song? So you have to work together a lot.”
“I’ve thought about this a lot as I’ve gotten older,” Salie said. “Lynn treated us like … real live human beings, no matter what age we were. She treated us like peo ple who were responsible, who deserved to be given responsibility.”
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Two of the younger members of the company, Emma Powell, 11, and Rowan Walsh, 12, spoke highly of AWP’s Triple Threat class, which focuses on the three disciplines of singing, acting, and danc ing.“Every week, we would do something different,” Powell said. “We got to do the entire acting experience.” Walsh said she appreciated the oppor tunity to grow in three different areas of performing with just one class.
monologue. For Rjai Jamison, 16, this is his first year. He decided to audition af ter attending camp this summer, where he said he learned a variety of new skills – in cluding juggling. “I learned to juggle. I thought that was really cool,” Jamison said. “I really like it because not only do I get to build my film and TV, I also get to build my musi cal Joshuatheater.”Tyrell, who also started with AWP fairly recently, has taken advantage of all the opportunities that have come his way in a very short amount of time.
“I learned some new dancing skills,” Walsh said. “I really got to extend my stage presence and grow my voice.”
“I have the best job in the world,” Stallings said. “I’m surrounded every sin gle day by creative people who are amaz ing, and joyful, and care about each oth er – honestly care about each other. It is a joy to get up and go to work.”
“In only a year, I’ve done two camps, and a musical, and a year’s worth of class es,” Tyrell said. “I’ve learned so much, and I’ve met so many wonderful people.”
Stallings said that most musical roles are double or triple cast, which lends the per formers space to learn to collaborate.
Industry Experience Because the coursework at AWP is so varied, the players have the opportunity to learn about different aspects of the in dustry outside of their own initial inter ests. Imaria Ayana, who said she’s aiming to move into film and television acting, spoke excitedly about a voice acting work shop she had the opportunity to attend. Ayana said she didn’t realize how in terested she was in voice acting until that workshop.“Iwould love to be a voice actor in an anime,” Ayana said. “You’re putting [your voice] to a drawing. It’s you, but it’s not your body, it’s not your facial expressions. So you have to get all of that out with the sound of your voice.”
Graves spoke highly of a slightly differ ent, more niche course that AWP offers. The class is called “Xtreme Acting,” and gives students the opportunity to practice acting in situations that are a little out side the norm.
Most people who speak of AWP speak of it like you would about a family. For Stallings, many of the people she works with everyday are her family – her daugh ter and her husband, Don Stallings, both work at AWP – but the players feel like an extension.Andthat extension only keeps on growing. Two years ago, AWP moved to the Brandon Hall School campus in San dy Springs and partnered with them to do a performing arts program for the school.
For a lot of these young performers, working with those wonderful people is part of what makes the AWP experience so unique. Katie Johnson, 15, started with the players in 2018. She, along with Graves and another performer, shared the role of SpongeBob in this year’s musical.
Stallings serves as the director for the per forming arts department, and said the re lationship has allowed many BHS stu dents to participate with AWP.
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The Fulton County School System has launched a three-year recovery program called the Bridge to Success to help “stu dents recover from learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.” Its priori ties include, according to the school system’s website (fultonschools.org), ensuring a safe environment for face-to-face instruction, implementing tools to recover from learning disruption and expanding program options for students, staff and parents.
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Local school district leaders, acknowl edging that students’ learning losses be cause of the pandemic were “profound,” are launching academic and social recov ery programs with the goal of returning to 2019 achievement levels.
A message from Marvin Dereef, the school system’s chief financial officer, post ed on the school’s website, said the system’s students have “faced unprecedented chal lenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The school system is using these funds to develop the Bridge to Success program, which will include allowing students ex tended time for learning, small group in struction, and leadership development for principals and district officials focused on coaching and developing competencies.
DeKalb County is also implementing programs on several levels for the next two years with the goal of returning its achieve
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“Fortunately, the federal government has made funds available to help mitigate the learning loss and potential achievement gaps during this time period,” Dereef said.
The Georgia Milestone State Results for 2021-2022, published by the Georgia De partment of Education, shows a dip across the state in most reporting categories on the lower, middle and high school levels from 2019-2020 to 2020-2021, and a slight re bound in the latest school year. For example, the number of fifth grad ers reported to be “on grade level or above” in reading status stood at 73% in the 201920 school year, fell to 68% in 2020-21 and rebounded to 70% in the 2021-22 report. Similar trends in middle and high school were reflected in the report. School officials across the systems cau tion that using the 2020-21 numbers can be misleading as some testing parameters were made optional rather than mandatory. One element that can’t be measured, according to Stepney, is the morale boost that has come with the return of in-person learning.Stepney said she felt a “new energy” as she walked the halls in various schools dur ing the first week of school.
“We have realized that what has come out of this pandemic is a different type of learner, and that we have to meet students where they are,” Stepney said. “We also re alize that our teachers have to be more in novative in their instruction.”
In addition, the system is implementing or expanding social and emotional learning programs, as well as engaging families to as sist with identifying and addressing social, academic or emotional issues that have re sulted because of the pandemic.
SEPTEMBER 2022 | 33 REGISTER FOR OPEN HOUSE ment levels to pre-pandemic levels. DeKalb County School System’s Chief Academic Officer Stacy Stepney said its 94,000 students saw “academic, social and emotional struggles” during the pandemic, which forced remote learning or modified instruction for much of the past two years.
“We need our partners – our families –to help us in this recovery,” Stepney said. Statistics released by the state education system, while painting a somewhat grim picture of learning loss, do show, in the most recent report, a rebound in achieve ment levels on most fronts.
To that end, Stepney said the school system has made an “intentional effort” to train principals and teachers in a pro gram called LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) that implements phonological awareness, pho netics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and language to master the funda mentals of reading instruction. Most of the system’s principals and lead ers completed the course over the sum mer, and now the training is moving into the classroom, where teachers are being in structed on the system.
“I think I smiled all day, just seeing the students and the teachers so excited to see each other and to see their friends,” she said. “The feeling of relief by the students – that they could be children again – was very evident.”
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At the ribbon cutting, Sullivan thanked her friends and colleagues. “You don’t know what it feels like to be Dorothy Sul livan when you visit this campus,” she said. “I’ve been Cinderella several times.”
The recent capital campaign for Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School included the new Lower School, a new Upper School Humanities Building with 60,000 square feet, a new cross-country course on cam pus, a large greenspace in the center of the campus, new pedestrian pathways, securi ty enhancements and a new campus entry and“Thisparking.was a monumental task with HIES’ largest campaign in school histo ry. You all came to the rescue,” said Neil Pruitt, chair of the capital campaign. “Now we have a physical campus that matches the quality of the education you receive.”
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BY AMY WENK Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School re cently opened a new lower school build ing, the final project of a $32.5 million capitalCalledcampaign.theDorothy Sullivan Lower School, the new 39,000-square-foot build ing replaced a 1970s classroom facility. It includes classrooms, a science center, large common area, a library and media center, andTheplayground.schoolisdedicated to Dorothy Sul livan, former associate head of school and former lower school principal. “She is a friend, mentor, confidant, teacher, principal, associate head of school for generations of Golden Bear students, teachers, alumni, trustees, parents, grand parents and countless others,” Head of School Paul Barton said during a recent ribbon cutting, according to a recap from the school. “Dorothy embodies the Holy Innocents’ mission and spirit. She loves to learn. She respects everyone. She has a deep, abiding faith. And more than any thing, she serves this community.”
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In its first year, the preschool will enroll 80 students in half-day classes. The direc tor of the preschool is Joleen Neel, formerly the director of Northside Baptist Preschool.
“I’m so grateful for the trust of the con gregation of Second-Ponce, and blessed by their friendship with our parish communi ty,” said Monsignor Francis McNamee, rec tor of the Cathedral.
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Two Buckhead churches have partnered on a preschool. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Aug. 22 for the Christ the King Preschool at Second-Ponce, a Catholic preschool serv ing students ages one and older. Operated by the Cathedral of Christ the King, the preschool is hosted on the campus of Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church. The two churches are longtime neighbors at the corner of Peachtree and East Wesley roads and have a history of partnerships, in cluding combined Good Friday services.
“It is an exciting day for church rela tions in Buckhead, that the Baptist church and the Catholic church could make this happen together,” said Dr. Dock Holling sworth, senior pastor of Second-Ponce.
Christ the King Preschool opens at Second-Ponce
Inspiredu (formerly known as Power Power MyLearning Greater At lanta) and its education, nonprofit and government partners work together to provide underserved students and their families with technology, training, and support to create a successful learning en vironment at home. To date, Inspiredu has connected with 60+ education partners, trained 26,000 individuals and deployed nearly 16,000 home computers with free ongoing technical support.
“What is very special about being at an apartment complex is that the kids can just walk over there,” Freeman said. “It takes the lift off the parents for their kids Photos courtesy of Inspiredu
This month, Inspiredu alongside its community partners will welcome a sec ond cohort to We Are L.I.T.- Learning Il luminated by Tech, a multi-generational place-based program.
In Georgia, 17% of students cannot complete online assignments at home due to lack of connectivity. Yet 70% of teach ers assign homework to complete online and school system one-to-one device ini tiatives rarely address the parents’ capaci ty to help their child navigate the digital landscape.“There are parents in this community who want to become empowered to help their children to become better students,” Braswell said. “They just need a little in spiration and direction on how to navigate thatThat’sjourney.”why
Property management, Preservation Part ners Management Group, supports the initiative by accommodating the separate parent and youth workshops in the com plex’s community room and business cen ter equipped with computer stations.
“We Are L.I.T. is an opportunity to support reading, writing, digital and life skills for both parents and students,” said Oneisha Freeman, Inspiredu Director of Partnerships & Programs. “Each partner takes the part we do the best,” Freeman said. “We take the digi tal skills, Ms. Gwen Braswell [Dry Bones Collaborative Outreach] does the reading and writing skills and Ms. Teresa Lump kin Williams [Blessing Working Togeth er] brings in partners for the life skills. It’s been beautiful to see.”
We Are L.I.T. Program supports reading, writing, digital skills for students and parents
“We want to help increase parents’ con fidence in their ability to learn so they can instill the same confidence in their chil dren,” Freeman said. “If I’m a confident learner – confident with technology, find ing resources online, managing my money, looking for a job – then I can instill that confidence in my child when they go to learn something new.”
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We Are L.I.T. meets learners of all ages where they are by bringing programming to The Commons, an apartment complex in the Westhaven community, located near several MARTA bus stops, I-285 and I-20.
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For example, Inspiredu needs digi tal champion volunteers to help at adult workshops at its West Midtown warehouse training center. Sign up at iuatl.org/volun teer and attend an orientation offered vir tually Mondays at noon.
At the culmination event at the end of the program, Inspiredu presents devices to participants – laptops to families with a parent participant and tablets to youth if a parent didn’t participate. With increased digital literacy, Inspiredu proposes that families will be able to support their stu dent’s digital learning, engage more with teachers and ultimately reach better edu cation and career outcomes.
“We are doing the right thing com ing to them,” Freeman said. “Making it as convenient as possible but also provid ing consistency and a resource. I’m excited about expanding it across other communi ties. We’ll be duplicating this in DeKalb County.”Forthe next cohort at The Commons, We are L.I.T. is working to connect with a partner to provide physical books for chil dren to take home to accompany digital reading.“We want them reading as much as possible,” Freeman said. If these efforts have inspired you to get involved, there are many ways to do so. “We make it very tangible,” Freeman said. “People can give their time, their technology, their money and be a part of what we’re doing – we welcome that.”
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Five parents and 25 students participat ed in the pilot that ended in July. This is just the beginning, as We Are L.I.T. seeks to reach more of the 500 households at The“WeCommons.canbe there a while,” Freeman said. “We said we wanted elementa ry, middle and high school students. We got PreK. We learned that students often needed to bring their younger siblings –so we work with all the kids. Our program has to be flexible with all of the learners in the home no matter what age.”
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“We are always in need of devices,” Freeman said. “We take Macs, PC lap tops and all types of desktops and printers [see iuatl.org/technology]. If it has a hard drive, we wipe it clean and give a certifi cate of data destruction. If we can, we re purpose that computer as a home learning center. What we can’t repurpose, we will recycleChannelingresponsibly.”more of these resourc es into collaborative efforts like We Are L.I.T. promises narrow the digital inclu sion“Wegap.are off to a great start, with more volunteers and support, we can sow beau tiful seeds that will continually impact fu ture generations!” Braswell said. For more information, visit iuatl.org.
Tours by Appointment • 404.252.3910 and for them to participate.” Braswell, who also resides at The Com mons, has worked on creative writing with youth at the complex since 2016 and has built trust among her neighbors. She reached out to Inspiredu during the pan demic for what would ultimately become the We Are L.I.T program. “What I have learned about this amaz ing group of youth is they are eager to learn, and their creative minds give me the fuel to challenge them more and more,” Braswell said. ”I am thrilled to be intro ducing more figurative language to the group and incorporating more creativity to engage their learning experience. We in troduce new themes each month, and I am able to add life skills to the learning recipe that will make reading and writing fun.”
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Atlanta Public Schools officers train with city police department
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In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, Atlanta Public Schools has held active shooter training drills for its officers with the Atlanta Police Depart ment as part of its safe ty and security protocol.
Ronald Applin, APS police chief and safe ty and security execu tive director, said sever al active threat drills are planned throughout the year. The schools also will hold emergency drills for all types of hazards. The size of the district’s police force is increasing with the hiring of 11 more of ficers and a gang intelligence officer. That will bring the police force to a total of 106 officers.SPLOST funds are paying for the in stallation of security vestibules at 53 APS schools. Daily use of metal detectors at middle and high schools will be rein forced, the school district said in its an nouncement of key updates for the 20222023 school year.
APS reminded parents and other specta tors that it will continue its clear bag pro tocol for athletic facilities. Applin’s de partment adopted the policy last year that limits the size and types of bags that may be brought into stadiums, gyms, and oth er athletic fields. Don’t bring large purses, coolers, brief cases, backpacks, fanny packs, grocery bags, cinch bags or even camera bags larg er than the permissible size – 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Every school also has an updated emer gencyTheplan.district will continue to promote its “Say Something Anonymous Report ing” initiative, which a school spokesper son said has been successful in preventing issues.To safeguard students and APS em ployees as they arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon, the district plans to launch a school zone speed camera pilot project this fall.
The DeKalb County School District is hiring more than 50 police officers and campus supervisors as part of its new secu rity
“Safetymeasures.is always a primary consider ation for the DeKalb County School Dis trict,” said Chief Bradley Gober, director of public safety. The school district was adding 22 more school police officers and 30 addition al campus supervisors who were approved for the 2022-23 school year. Every member of the police officer re ceives Advanced Law Enforcement Rap id Response (ALERRT) training for active shooter situations and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), he said. This trains them to recognize students, staff or parents who may be in Schoolscrisis.aremonitored and patrolled 24 hours a day every day of the year, Gober said. They conduct proactive safety audits throughout the year at every school and building.“Moreover, we continue to implement and promote the successful ‘See Some thing, Say Something’ campaign, where anyone can alert an administrator or school resource officer to suspicious or un lawful activity,” he said. The school district does not require clear book bags or lunch boxes, Gober said.Parents and guardians are sent messages via School Messenger in case of an emer gency event, he said. School principals also send out letters to them with more infor mation, a district spokesperson said. BY BOB PEPALIS
The safety plan also includes a new door numbering system. The security measures extend beyond the school buildings to athletic facilities.
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History is the glue that holds us all together. Yet, when it’s pre sented as lists of mere names, facts and dates in a textbook, it can seem lifeless and meaning less, even to curious adults. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) is committed to deliv ering history in ways textbooks can’t.Though
By now many people know about Camp Flashback, the only summer history camp for kids in our immediate area. For five one-week sessions, campers leave their cell phones at home and live like 1870s farm kids – making cheese, milking goats, feeding chickens and running free through former horse pastures. Camp Flashback registration normally opens in January. It’s so popular that all five sessions usually sell out by the end of February.Lesswell known is DPT’s Saturday morn ing adult education series called History Alive. Held every other odd month from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the
missionry‘HowrelevanthistorictoGurkCo-PresidentinFarm,Donaldson-BannisterHistoryAlivebegan2013whenthenDPTMonicaMcformedacommitteefigureouthowtomakepreservationmoretothecommunity.“Weaskedourselves,dowebringhistotolifetomaketheDPTmoreaccessibleand relevant,’” said McGurk recently from her home in Chicago. The result was History Alive. Though it started small, with a few sporadically sched uled events and lectures at various locations throughout Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, it was never boring. I attended a particular ly memorable performance of sacred shapenote singing at the tiny 1829-1880 Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church at the intersection of Roberts, Spalding and Dunwoody Club drives.Once popular throughout early rural America, shape-note singing, in which the printed notes are drawn in various shapes to indicate their sound, eventually became as sociated mainly with the rural South. By the mid-nineteenth century it became more widely known as Sacred Harp singing, based on “The Sacred Harp” songbook of 1844. In the 1960s, Sacred Harp singing had a reviv al. If you’ve seen the movie “Cold Mountain,” you’ve heard Sacred Harp singing. That experience exemplifies the concept of History Alive. If you try merely to read about Sa cred Harp singing, you’ll never get it. Of course, there are now plenty of YouTube video exam ples. But there’s no substitute for being there – and there we were in that tiny historic church listen ing to a joyous A cappella sound from the past, with harmonies so bright and strange I will nev er forget them. Without History Alive, I would have never heard of shape-notes or Sacred Harp singing and would have contin ued to pass by the historic Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church and Cemetery, now listed by DPT as a “Major Dunwoody Monument,” without ever entering. But this is the point of History Alive. Now very organized under the leadership of DPT’s Director of Educational Programming Dr. Jim Walker, a lifelong educator, History Alive includes both events and presentations, some of which are by people who lived the history they’reThoughdiscussing.most of the events and presenta tions involve Georgia, not all do. One such presentation I particularly enjoyed was “Fight ing Fascism with Film,” by John Thomas, an American history professor at Mercer Univer sity. Using clips from 1940s movies and doc umentaries, he demonstrated how a then-pa triotic Hollywood changed the minds of the American public toward supporting the US effort during World War II. The next presentation is Sept. 17, “His tory and the Holocaust,” with Marist history teacher and scholar Brendan Murphy. Having taken his full adult course, I highly recom mend bleeson-Bannisterthoughtory-alive/Visitattending.dunwoodypreservationtrust.org/hisformoreinfo.Admissionisfree,donationsarewelcome.TheDonaldFarmislocatedat4831ChamDunwoodyRoadinDunwoody.
DPT got its start re storing and preserving historic properties, including the histor ic ca. 1870 Donaldson-Bannister Farm, it has become increasingly focused on education.
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Rocket League, a video game where play ers score soccer goals using high-powered vehicles, is played across Georgia in middle school and is a sanctioned high school var sity sport. It is also played at the collegiate and professional level. Ghost Gaming has a top professional Rocket League team. “Esports is education,” said Todd Harris, CEO of Skillshot Media and Ghost Gam ing, in the release. “We’re excited to build out skill development that goes well beyond just playing games.” Live esports events are on the rise in Georgia. In May, Skillshot, EsportsU and the Collegiate Sports Management Group produced the Collegiate Esports Commis sioner’s Cup at Gateway Arena in College Park. The Riot Games come to Atlanta in October where the Worlds 2022 League of Legends semifinals will take place at State Farm Arena. In November, the global gam ing festival Dreamhack returns to the Geor gia World Congress Center with an expect ed attendance of over 40,000.
The Collegiate Esports Commissioner’s Cup was held in May at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park. (SkillShot Media)
The new program, named the Georgia Esports League (GEL), is a partnership be tween the Georgia Department of Econom ic Development, the Georgia Film Acade my, and esports companies SkillSkillshot Media and Atlanta-based Ghost Gam ing. The league will be open to all 2-year and 4-year colleges in Georgia and will of fer numerous titles beginning with Rocket League.It’sthe nation’s first statewide initiative to serve the videogame, esports, and digi tal entertainment industry, according to a state“Gamingofficial. and digital entertainment are key industry initiatives for Georgia,” said Asante Bradford of the Department of Georgia Economic Development in a news release.“The Georgia Esports League will help attract college students across our state to this growing industry, so we can contin ue to fill the jobs posted by the many tech and digital media companies relocating to Georgia,” Bradford said.
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