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When you’re one of the nation’s most prominent economists and when your every week is spent teaching math, you might say this couple really knows their numbers. That’s one reason they chose Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead; they found the vehicle they want at the price they want to pay. And of course, there is the famous Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead uncompromising commitment to customer satisfaction. It just all adds up.

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other’s Day is held annually on the second Sunday of May. It’s a day to celebrate mothers, whether we call them Mother, Mom, Ma or some other term of love and endearment; and mother figures, whether we call them Gran, Grandmother, Grandma or Nana. After all, who loves ya, babe? Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, perfume, and a meal in a restaurant or other treats to show their love. Those less thoughtful plan a trip to Mom’s for HER to do the cooking (and cleaning up afterwards?!). Not so thoughtful. Mother’s Day is not a national holiday, but that’s probably because most mothers don’t seek the limelight and don’t like to inconvenience others. Many would be appalled if banks and businesses were not open Gloria and Brett as usual just because of mothers. Most mothers no doubt delight in knowing that THEIR day has become Lane at Zoo Atlanta, 1980 an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift items. And retail stores — because Mother certainly has to have a new outfit for her day. Knowing mothers, she’ll also opt for new clothes for the entire family, in anticipation of a day of church and going out to lunch. And beauty shops: because Mom surely wants her hair looking good that day. And nail salons, because what self-respecting mother would be caught dead with chipped nails when all eyes are going to be upon her! Now it seems to me that maybe we should rethink this day not being a national holiday. Looks like the Mothers of the America are keeping this nation on its feet. Let’s hear it for Mothers everywhere: new and old, big and small. God gave us mothers because He knew we couldn’t get along without them. Happy Mother’s Day, moms of the world. As one of you, I salute us! Gloria Lane Publisher & Editor

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t’s always one of the most anticipated social events of the year: The Piedmont Ball, sponsored by The Woman’s Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital. This year marked the 56th Piedmont Ball. The white-tie event took place at the illustrious Piedmont Driving Club.


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he ball committee recognized Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu (Carol) as honorary chairmen. Mrs. David M. Battle (Gail) and Mrs. W. Morris Brown III (Jan) were the ball co-chairmen. Mrs. Charles L. Brown III (Kathryn) is president of the Auxiliary. Patrick M. Battey, M.D., David G. Hanna, Gary T. Jones, and Thomas N. Lewis, M.D., were co-chairmen of the men’s committee. Harry M. McFarling III served as master of ceremony. An elegant evening with the theme “A Night in Old New Orleans” had guests strolling down Peacock Alley as they enjoyed the sounds of saxophone playing by Akeem Marable. Entering the foyer of the Driving Club, they stepped into one of the hidden gardens of Nawlins. An authentic wrought-iron fountain was encircled with white azaleas and gorgeous ferns.

Large trees flanking the fountain were draped with Spanish moss and a plethora of hanging gardenias. A hall of mirrors reflected trees adorned with fragrant wisteria. At the strike of 9 o’clock, guests were greeted with Benny Goodman’s classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” as doors opened to the magnificent ballroom. Designer Tony Brewer achieved the desired effect: awesome. In the spirit of true New Orleans tradition, the tables were draped with an exquisite soft pink and celadon green embroidered cloth. Each table featured a silver candelabra or an epergne filled with fresh flowers, including heirloom hydrangeas, pink garden roses and Queen Anne’s lace. Guests enjoyed dancing in the ballroom to the music of Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters and later that night relaxed in the Alexandria Room and enjoyed beignets and café brulot with music by Kayla Taylor Jazz. Fabulous door prizes included wonderful trips sponsored by Delta Air Lines and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and gifts from BB&T, Brown & Company Jewelers, Canoe, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Proceeds from the ball will enable the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease to purchase a 3-D image processing system, which will help transform the way patients are cared for at Piedmont Hospital. Opposite page: Mr. and Mrs. David M. Battle, Sr. (Gail), Dr. and Mrs. W. Morris Brown III (Jan), Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu (Carol) and Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Brown III (Kathryn)

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Mrs. James C. Edenfield (Norma) and Mrs. Grady S. Clinkscales Jr. (Peggy)

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. McGhee (Carolyn)

Ann Yessick, James Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu (Carol)

Mr. and Mrs. George E. Missbach Jr. (Sue) with Erwin Schinnerl, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Lewis (Angie) and Mr. and Mrs. David G. Hanna (Kim)


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Craft Show Preview Party Preview Party attendees also will get a sneak peek at the latest craft and a chance to mingle with the nation’s top craft artists and other craft aficionados. Even better, guests enjoy an exclusive first-choice chance to purchase the artists’ work ahead of the crowds. Proceeds jointly benefit the Hambidge

Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and the American Craft Council. More info: To purchase tickets, visit or call Suzanne Shaw at 678-613-3396. Tickets: $75 in advance, $85 at the door; includes a VIP ticket to return to the show on public days. Dress is crafty casual chic.

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he 24th-annual American Craft Council Show, the Southeast’s largest juried Craft Show featuring over 240 of the country’s most sought-after craft artists, will open with the Craft Show Preview Party on Thursday, March 14 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The Craft Show Preview Party, set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., offers guests the opportunity to browse the show while enjoying live entertainment, delicious cocktails, and tasty hors d’oeuvres before the Craft Show opens to the public. Chaired by Carr McCuison, Mike Wright and Patrons Jim Hackney and Barbara Williams, the Craft Show also will feature Atlanta’s top designers with the newest component to the Show themed “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft.” Preview Party guests will get a chance to meet these designers who will transform the Craft Show into a showstopping setting of room designs using treasured objects from the Craft Show. 18

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or the 2013 American Craft Council (ACC) Show in Atlanta, established national designer William Peace ( and up-and-comer Michel Boyd (, both Atlanta-based designers, are creating vignettes around fine craft. Here, the pair takes time to share more on the process as well as a few tips.

You two represent the established and the emerging in terms of Atlanta design. WP: For more than 20 years, I’ve been fortunate that my work took hold around the Southeast and now we have an office in Bozeman, too. MB: Are you saying I’m fresh? If so, I like that! Seriously, I’m really honored that Atlanta has embraced my work and that I have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the business by being part of the American Craft Council Show this year. WP: I am excited about once again participating in the ACC show; I designed vignettes a few years ago (1996). I am excited to collaborate with the amazing artisans and designers like Michel.

Well, let’s talk about craft. Do you think people really know what fine craft is? WP: The term craft can be misunderstood. The hand-built work that is created by experienced professionals takes quality and craftsmanship to the highest level. People with an interest can learn about craft by exploring the process and experiencing the artist in a genre that interests them, whether it’s wood, ceramics, metal or something else. MB: Part of our responsibility as designers is to become educated on recognizing quality craftsmanship. We meet the artisans, get involved in the process, develop an appreciation, and convey that passion to our clients.

How do you help clients appreciate fine craft and design a room around it? MB: I explain how important balance is in their homes. Some of my favorite crafts are organic in shape or natural in appearance. Those objects help to ground my spaces, striking an important balance between beauty and accessibility. Craft is also a cool way for homeowners to infuse their personalities into a room. WP: We work together with our clients to create a combination of paintings, sculpture and furnishings. Determining architectural materials for the background of your home is instrumental in the process. We discuss scale, texture, lighting and the function of a space. Creating opportunities for display, the craft becomes the “jewelry” of an interior and complements other personal possessions.

Nationally known designer William Peace (l) and up-and-comer Michel Boyd will create vignettes around fine crafts at this year’s ACC Show.

What do you recommend for people who might be interested in collecting fine craft or choosing their own new pieces? WP: Exposure through travel, museums and attending exhibitions like the ACC show in Atlanta allow you to see a pattern in what you are drawn to. Whether you are starting a collection or adding to an established one, choose selectively and buy what feels right. Working with a designer to determine what is appropriate for your home can make the process successful and enjoyable. MB: I would encourage any collector to choose what inspires them most. Craft is as subjective as any other art form and really only needs to be relevant to the collector.

Can you give a few self-design tips on how to best showcase a signature piece of craft in a room? WP: Whether I am displaying a collection or individual art piece, good lighting is always essential. I also want to be sure the piece complements and doesn’t compete with surrounding objects, textures and colors. MB: A great piece of art doesn’t require accompaniment. I think the best way to showcase craft is to simply have it in plain sight; the piece will do all the work. 19

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magine spending an evening at a cocktail party with the infamous womanizer Errol Flynn reincarnated. That’s what it was like at a recent cocktail party in the beautiful Buckhead home of Linda and Cody Laird, as actor Kevin Kline, resplendent with his rakish black curly hair, dapper in his ascot with a glass of spirits in hand, showed up to tout his new movie, “The Last of Robin Hood,” the bio of the scandalous Hollywood superstar.

“Errol” looked every bit the part as he charmed the ladies and impressed the men. The party was a fundraiser for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and was a sellout, as supporters of that iconic Atlanta landmark showed up to party with a purpose. Callanwolde’s new director, the lovely Peggy Still Johnson, gathered with other admirers around the piano as Errol, uh, Kevin, regaled the crowd as he reluctantly agreed to tickle the ivories. Even some

of the male guests whipped out their cameras to capture some of the fun. With the recent sudden and unexpected death of longtime Callanwolde director Sam Goldman, staff, volunteers and supporters alike were appreciative of the attention afforded by Kline and crew. The crowd broke into applause at the announcement that fundraising efforts had raised $50,000 for Callanwolde.

Tommie Nichols, board member; Peggy Johnson, new executive director of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn

Above: Hostess Linda Laird joined guests huddled around the piano as “Errol Flynn” tickled the ivories. Left: Pat and Ann Epps, supporters of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center


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s part of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Women with Heart initiative during American Heart Month (February), “Wear Red Day” proved a splendid fundraising luncheon on campus, attended by a sell-out crowd of powerful and generous ladies in red dresses and suits. Eilene Maupin, wife of Morehouse School of Medicine President John Maupin Jr., founded Women with Heart, as AfricanAmerican women are at a greater risk for heart disease than any other ethnic group. First Lady Maupin chaired the 2013 event.

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ally Dorsey, party chair extraordinaire, could make a silk purse from a sow’s ear, as they say, or a fancy event from farm animals. She’s planning an elegant but casual fundraiser titled “Back On The Farm,” with a seated dinner served in the farmyard of the Smith Family Farm on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. Tickets are $225 each, with patron tickets starting at $375 and sponsorships up to $30,000. Sally doesn’t do anything half-way. The money raised will fund the new position of Curator of Animal Husbandry, a role that will help with bringing the animals back on the farm. And, oh yes, the animals will join guests at the party.


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Event chair Sally Dorsey with Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale. Photo by Trevor Beemon

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raditionally known as one of the most photographed places in Atlanta, Swan House is an elegant, classically styled mansion located on the Atlanta History Center campus on the beautiful and historic West Paces Ferry Road. Each spring, The Swan House Ball, an elegant, intimate and exclusive black-tie event is one of the premier social events in the Southeast. Patrons to the Ball will also receive an invitation to the patron party, held at Eileen and Bo DuBose’s home. Funds raised from the 2013 gala


will provide crucial support for the operations of the Atlanta History Center and its educational activities. Barbara Joiner, veteran social leader and philanthropist, along with her husband, Eric, will chair this year’s Swan House Ball. Under her leadership, this year’s ball is guaranteed to surpass the grandeur and financial success of the best of the Swan House Balls through the years. After all, the party is the largest fundraiser for the Atlanta History Center. PNC Wealth Management is

the Presenting Sponsor. The 2013 Swan House Ball will honor Jackie and Tony Montag, pillars of the community and active philanthropists. Mr. Montag founded A. Montag & Associates and now Mrs. Montag oversees business development for the family firm. The Swan House Ball takes place Saturday, April 27, at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, in the very heart of Buckhead. For tickets or sponsorship information, you may call Katherine Hoogerwerf at 404.814.4102.

Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale with Chair Barbara Joiner, Honorary Chairmen Jackie and Tony Montag, and PNC Wealth Management Senior VP Cindy Widner Wall in the foyer of the Swan House Photography by Ben Rose


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he Cherokee Town Club was resplendent with beauty on December 23, 2012 for the whitetie presentation of the new Phoenix Debutantes. Phoenix Society Chairman Reginald Vachon presided over the celebration, on behalf of the Phoenix Society. Marshals William Little and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. presented the Phoenix medal to each debutante. The 2012 Ball celebrated the class of 2012 as well as debs of previous years. Twenty-eight past debs were in attendance. One motherand-daughter team, Anne and Hali Hill, were among those sharing the festivities. Anne was presented by the Society in 1979 and daughter Hali in 2009. The beneficiary of the ball was the Shepherd Center, which involves many of the debs in fundraisers and other events such as the Peachtree Road Race. The Shepherd Center has nine prominent rooms named in honor of the Phoenix Society, which has provided for capital improvements, equipment purchases and program support.

Clockwise from top left: Kelsey Therese Condon, daughter of Therese Hank Condon, escorted by Francis Bernard Condon IV; Amy Elizabeth Pleasance, daughter of Norma and David Pleasance, escorted by Patrick Martin Christman; William Little, Reginald Vachon III and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.; and Hutchinson Alexandra Standifer Pryor, daughter of Alan Pryor

Past Mother and Daughter debs Anne and Hali Hill


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Above: Alix Pryor and Daniel Wesley Applebury; Amy Pleasance and Patrick Martin Christman; Kelsey Condon and Francis Bernard Condon IV Below: Group of past debs, 1979 to 2009


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Join us Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Atlanta Athletic Club for an elegant, 1960’s inspired evening filled with the enduring sounds of the British Invasion. Enjoy a champagne reception, multicourse dinner with paired wines, dancing to Atlantis Band, and a silent and live auction.

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he black-tie evening started with Atlanta’s wellknown bartender Greg Best of Holeman & Finch Public House entertaining guests with flavorsome cocktails. After, music and comedy blended when comedian Steve Martin and bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta Symphony Hall. Following the sold-out concert, gala patrons enjoyed a seated dinner in the elegant High Museum of Art and participated in a high-end auction featuring the BidPal system. Guests bid on incredible items, including: a Napa Wine Country Experience; one-night stay and breakfast at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, a one-hour Delta Air Lines full-flight simulator experience and more. The evening ended with a dueling piano performance by The Andrew Brothers, which entertained energetic guests on the dance floor.

Steve Martin and Justin Blalock, Atlanta Falcons offensive guard/gala honorary chair Janin and Tad Hutcheson; Tad is vice president of Community and Public Affairs at Delta Air Lines and an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board member

Gala patrons enjoying a seated dinner catered by A Legendary Event Below: Gala guests entering the pre-cocktail reception hosted by Holeman & Finch Public House Photography by Jeff Roffman Photography


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The idea for the I/O Pocket came to one of the creators while he was driving on a freeway. He almost had an accident while trying to take his cell phone out of his skinny jeans. He came up with the idea to add a hidden pocket to the side seam of jeans. Produced in North Carolina, it is big enough to handle any of the iPhones with a slim case and also most of the Android devices.

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It’s the hottest new thing on the fitness/sports scene and it’s called The Klitch! Great for anyone who plays sports, works out, or has an active lifestyle, the Klitch is a footwear clip that allows you to secure any pair of extra sneakers or cleats to the outside of your bag. No more getting the inside of your bag dirty and no more knots since the Klitch can be secured and attached to your footwear and bag in less than five seconds. A great new in-water exercise system called the Aquajogger lets users perform exercises in water, utilizing various dumbbells, leg weights and arm weights. The workouts can range from an easy-paced, no-impact jog to a full-body resistance training workout and everything in between. The Aquajogger accessories actually suspend the person in the water and allow them to determine what level of resistance they want with their arm and leg movements.


I/O Pocket

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

The Klitch


Spring cleaning is more than scrubbing and washing. Successful spring cleaning also means serious organization, and CableKeeps is the perfect solution. CableKeeps are kinda cute. They give your dull white iPad charger some added personality while securing your USB docking cable to Apple power adaptors so cable and charger stay together. The intuitive design will keep your cables tangle-free when shoved in a bag, pocket, or purse and can shorten and organize when plugged into the wall. You’ll want to try a stylish new line of coastal-inspired, eco-friendly bath salts and body scrubs created by Salacia Salts and made in Savannah, Ga. They’re packaged in reclaimed wine bottles and recycled plastic tubs. And just read some of the descriptions! Salt Soak — Atlantic sea salt infused with natural botanicals and essential oils to soothe tired muscles. Available in four Southern scents, including Magnolia, Peach, Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan. Hand and Body Scrub — Featuring a luxurious formula of natural oils, shea butter and aloe to refresh hands and skin. Available in Midnight Garden and Southern Pecan scents.

Belstaff Black Absinthe candle

Belstaff introduces the brand’s first exclusive candle, Black Absinthe. “This scent was designed to be the final touch to the luxury-flirts-with-exhilarating-wild-dreams that Belstaff outerwear likes to initiate,” says CEO Harry Slatkin. Large candle, $68. Clinique introduces the newest member of the Chubby Stick family, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes. These creamy shadow sticks are portable and convenient while providing sheer, buildable, long-wearing color in 12 fun shades. $16. Are you on the go? Throw dinner in the Bella Dots 6-qt Slow Cooker before you dash and come home to a warm meal. Pick one up in teal blue, red, orange, purple or green, then set it and forget it! Check out my blog at for one of my favorite recipes. $49.99.


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Tiffany & Co.



ince 1837, Tiffany & Co. has epitomized style and sophistication. The masterpieces of design have celebrated the world’s great events and the world’s greatest romances. Style-setters around the world have sought the unique designs that come wrapped in the iconic blue boxes topped with silky white ribbon, sure to delight any recipient. Once a year, the Tiffany store in Atlanta attracts some of the most stylish shoppers in the store’s trueblue clientele for an annual cocktail party to show the company’s appreciation. It’s also a wonderful shopping opportunity, as invited guests use this occasion almost as a private showing of some of the store’s finest selections and the perfect gift for that special someone.


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wiss watchmaker OMEGA celebrated the opening of its Atlanta boutique and its partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper with a cocktail party and dinner. The luxury brand hosted a party at the new boutique in Phipps Plaza where socialites mingled with OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart. Legendary golfer and OMEGA ambassador Greg Norman cut the grand opening ribbon along with other notables, such as Sally Bethea, the founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. OMEGA, the prestigious Swiss brand

and member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer, produced the Moonwatch — the first watch worn on the moon. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries for the people, fish and wildlife that depend upon them. OMEGA has a long history of supporting oceanographic exploration. This year it will release “Planet Ocean,” a film by environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand, about the state of the world’s oceans.

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Allan and Aida Flamm

Kirsten and Greg Norman

John Geary and Danielle Rollins From left to right: Greg Norman, Sally Bethea, founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart cut the ribbon on OMEGA’s Atlanta boutique


Atlanta Events


Atlanta Links Chapter Celebrates 60 Years of Service!

he Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc. celebrated its 60th anniversary with its Diamond Jubilee gala/fundraiser to mark six decades of service to the Atlanta community.

Members of the Atlanta Chapter of Links: Dr. Carrie Johnson, Cheryl McAfee, Iona Pressley, Dr. Kaneta Lott and Dr. Lois Richardson enjoy a moment together at the gala. Photography by Shirley H. Coleman

Diamond Jubilee Co-Chairs Vivian Ingersoll, Mary Currie and Donna Williams pause to enjoy a moment together at the celebration. Photography by Don Morgan Photography & Video

Ambassador Andrew Young and his wife, Carolyn Young, enjoy the sparkling gala brunch in honor of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Atlanta Chapter of Links, Inc. Photography by Don Morgan Photography & Video

Atlanta Chapter President Lynne Scroggins greets the guests at the Diamond Jubilee Gala. Photography by Don Morgan Photography & Video


Palm Beach

Tiffany & Co. Showcases Fleur de Mer Clip


from Elizabeth Taylor Estate

uring a cocktail party for invited guests, the Palm Beach Tiffany store showcased the Fleur de Mer, a dimensional design of diamonds and sapphires in platinum and 18-karat gold that Tiffany & Co. acquired from the estate of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor. In celebration of Tiffany’s 175th anniversary in 2012, the Fleur de Mer clip — part of the Tiffany Archives — will be on view at select Tiffany & Co. locations around the world.

A bit of background on the Fleur de Mer clip:

Jean Schlumberger was one of the world’s most celebrated jewelry designers and one of the greatest designers in Tiffany’s illustrious history. With brilliant gemstones as his palette, he captured the glory of flowers, exotic birds and enchanting ocean life in designs of captivating beauty. In 1965, Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, Richard Burton, purchased Schlumberger’s Fleur de Mer clip

for his wife. Taylor writes of the clip, which beautifully reflects the designer’s inventive spirit and love of nature, in her book, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” Photographs of the 1965 premiere of “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” in which Burton starred, show Taylor wearing the clip as an elegant hair ornament. She also wore it in publicity photos taken on the set of the 1966 film, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for which Taylor won an Academy Award. In 1968, she was photographed at a wedding with the clip pinned to the long scarf of her ensemble. That same year, she wore the clip with an eyelet lace dress when she disembarked from the RMS Queen Elizabeth in New York City. Photography provided by Tiffany & Co.

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Jeff with Mr. and Mrs. A. Richard Sloane


Mr. and Mrs. Mark Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. Roderic Fink

Jeff with model adorned in Schlumberger and Seth Bright

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Elizabeth Taylor wearing Jean Schlumberger’s Fleur de Mer clip of diamonds, sapphires, platinum and 18-karat gold Rolls Press/Popperfoto Jean Schlumberger’s Fleur de Mer clip from the estate of Elizabeth Taylor



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pring must be here! With the prevalence of green in this season’s fashions, from the color of the year Emerald to the fresh Tender Shoots to a more subdued Grayed Jade, there’s a shade for every outfit and every mood. But the palette doesn’t stop there. Also included are soft African Violet, bright Poppy Red, luscious Lemon Zest, regal Monaco Blue, effervescent Nectarine, calming Dusk Blue and light Linen. Uncertain of how to begin incorporating these colors into your current wardrobe? Think balance. Start slow. Add a kiss of Poppy Red to lips with dazzling dress and knock ’em dead. Play up the collegiate feel by pairing Emerald green with Monaco Blue. For a sophisticated look, combine neutrals Linen and Grayed Jade.

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The Pantone Colors for Spring are Rachel Roy

Emerald Dusk Blue Grayed Jade Tender Shoots Lemon Zest African Violet Linen Monaco Blue Poppy Red Nectarine Tidal Foam Sunflower Alloy Vibrant Orange Herve Leger

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Beatrix Prive lets every woman be in command with its seriously cute camouflage thong with stylish lace trim. $38

It’s All in The Details W.Kleinberg’s green Ostrich leg belt is as beautiful as it is functional. Add this to a black sweater or LBD to add a pop of color. $205.

Los Angeles-based shapewear brand Sassybax introduces the Convert-a-Skirt, which helps to reduce a woman’s hip size up to three inches. The Convert-a-Skirt maximizes a woman’s wardrobe while minimizing her waistline. It can be worn alone as a sexy LBD or rolled down into a fun mini or midi skirt. Amanda Horan Kennedy is president and founder of Sassybax. She started Sassybax with less than $1,000 and just two items —the Bralette and the Torso Trim. Sassybax gained Neiman Marcus as its first customer and sold more than a million products within its first year.


Karen Kane’s Striped Maxi Tank Dress is feminine in a bold way. With five percent Spandex, this dress easily moves and bends as you do. $128.

Aetrex Emily adjustable thong sandal in bronze is good looking and comfortable to wear all day. $99.95

Beauty Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes are a quick, effective way to remove makeup without water. Papaya removes dead skin cells, while Aloe Vera and calendula calm sensitive skin. $6.

Goody TangleFix will untangle even the most unruly of hair quickly and without pain. $7.99.

Who wouldn’t want to have Cindy Crawford’s skin? With Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser you can remove makeup and grime easily without stripping skin of nutrients. $37.

Kneipp Lemongrass & Olive Body Oil re-energizes and refreshes while leaving skin feeling smooth and supple. $19.

Orly High On Hope blue nail lacquer will be a standout as nails sparkle with a pink shimmer. $8.50.

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Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Serum is packed with caffeine to reduce puffiness under eyes for a tighter, smoother look. $99.

Make Up For Ever Technicolor Palette is a bold vibrant take on eye makeup, and includes three bright statement colors and five classic shades. $45.

Caldrea Tea Olive Lime body lotion includes shea for deep hydration and a clean, light scent. $22.


Tarte smolderEYES Sunstone Jade emulates the color of the year, emerald. Add this to your eyes and watch them pop! $19. www.

ring on warmer weather! You’ll be ready from tips to toes with these effective and easyto-use items. Are you ready for your close-up?

VENeffect Firming Neck & Décolleté Creme reduces deep wrinkles and increases elasticity to help skin look younger and firmer. $155. Organix Moroccan Surf Paste effortlessly recreates sexy surf style, adding separation and texture as if you just walked off the beach. $5.74.



Spring 2013

season eatings

Reviews and photos By David Danzig

1 Seven Lamps

1 Smoked ruby beets (marinated in strawberries) with medjool dates, bacon jam, oj fennel and bucheron at Seven Lamps

2 Huevos Rancheros with crisp fried tortillas with refried beans, two fried eggs, fresh pico de gallo, salsa and lime sour cream at Three Blind Mice


elcome to the first Season Eatings of 2013! Atlanta’s dining scene never seems to cease exploding with so many new, dynamic concepts coming on line. Here are a few of the most recent shining stars in our ever-expanding foodie Milky Way.

Buckhead’s chow culture continues its refreshing migration away from tiresome show-offy concepts and formulaic flavor-of-the-day knockoffs with the new gastropub Seven Lamps (named for an influential 19th century treatise on architecture). Flanked by haute couture shops and wedged into a corner of the Around Lenox Shopping Center, former One Midtown Kitchen chef Drew Van Leuvan works out of a woodfire burning open kitchen, whisking up a delightfully hip, indie twist to the scene. Simplicity reigns in the pseudoindustrial, earth-tone space and on the menu as well. Stand-out small plates include marinated ruby beets slathered in bacon jam; savory crepes with Tuscan kale and Vidalia onions; “Savouries,” such as shaved porchetta with fennel and mini-lobster rolls on steamed brioche that render Korean-style pork buns. Main dishes like skillet-roasted Virginia bass and the corn beef brisket sandwich with kimchee slaw also bring welcome twists to classics along with Van Leuvan’s specialty: handmade pastas. The patio, with views of the W, Mandarin Oriental and other Buckhead towers, will thrive in spring weather; I say when in Buckhead let your foodie freak flag fly here and let the old guard eat its steaks.

2 Three Blind Mice

In a never-ending quest to cover the Atlanta dining scene, Season Eatings occasionally revs up the Peach Pass and ventures OTP to uncover hidden gems in the rough of the suburbs. Out in Lilburn (yes, Lilburn), it was a pleasure to find the strangely out of place Three Blind Mice restaurant and wine retail shop. A refreshingly simple and relaxed setting with a talented kitchen, the formula could easily thrive in downtown Decatur, Midtown or the Highlands rather than 40



The booming, colorful entrance to Mi Cocina in Midtown.

in such a suburgatory setting. It boils down to chef Matthew Murphy’s mastery of global comfort food staples from continental (low country shrimp and grits, fried chicken sandwiches, cast-iron seared scallops) to European (croquemonsiers, grilled chicken paillard, pork schnitzel) to even south of the border (huevos rancheros, pressed Cuban sandwiches). It’s great to see creativity beyond I-285 and merits a drive if you are up for discovering a foodie oasis in an otherwise barren suburban wilderness.

3 Mi Cocina

The Midtown Mile (aka Peachtree Street roughly between The High Museum and The Fox) continues its quest toward

The warm, wooden interior of La Tagliatella — all imported piece by piece from Europe

4 Insalata Torre di Pisa at La Tagliatella —  made with sautéed eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes layered with buffalo mozzarella and dressed with black olive pate

1 The Inigo Montoya drink at Seven Lamps




Tre Bombe al Cioccolato at La Tagliatella: a trio of chocolate and hazelnut semifreddo with chocolate sauce

4 The Insalata Affumicata from La Tagliatella made with crab-stuffed salmon rolls served with shrimp on a medley of mixed greens with sweet corn, anchovies and caramelized tomatoes

7 Seared diver scallops with haricot vert, applewood bacon, fingerling potato coins, caramelized onion and citrus champagne at 10th and Piedmont

challenging Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and other great urban walking districts with the addition of Mi Cocina, a Dallasbased concept that translates to “My Kitchen.” And let’s just say it’s a helluva great-looking kitchen! This Mexican Taj Mahal joins the block party at the base of the 12th & Midtown project, bringing Lone Star swagger and tasty Tex-Mex. The two-level, 250-seat dining room feels like a merging of South Beach and Guadalajara, with cool style, warm pastels and flowing murals of native Georgia birds. You can’t go wrong with the tacos including the signature Tacos Mi Tierra 42


The libations list at Bantam & Biddy

served “street style” with soft corn tortillas and fajita meat to the Shrimp Brochette. The shrimp come baconwrapped and stuffed with Jack cheese. A fantastico addition to what’s become the most dynamic and diverse culinary block in town.

4 La Tagliatella

Speaking of the Midtown Mile, another import — this one all the way from Europe — planted a big Italian flag at the Shops at the Metropolis. Choosing Atlanta as its U.S. flagship, La Tagliatella, which simply means “the noodle,” is a more than 20-yearold concept with 130 locations across Europe and Asia. Ensuring that the feel would be anything but chain-like, award-winning Atlanta design firm ai3

helped carve the old Silk location into a jaw-dropping space — warm woods from floor-to-ceiling (and even on the ceiling in some places), rich tapestries and plush fabrics to create a northern-Italian homeof-your-dreams feel. The food also brings home the Mama Mia experience with an encyclopedic menu that’s overflowing with authentic staples of a glorious Italian kitchen — from gnocchi to risotto to carpaccio to 20 styles of achingly good Neapolitan pizzas, everything resoundingly fresh, every recipe tried and true. The second U.S. location just opened in Emory Hills and if first tastes are any indication, this formula figures to conquer America much like it has across the pond.

5 Do

Hungry for something really different and fun? There’s an app for that. Do (pronounced dough) evokes the double entendre of the foundation of pizza crust and as the first note of the musical scale made famous by Rogers and Hammerstein in The Sound of Music. The gist: musically inspired pizza. Your host leads you to your table

and then drops you off with your own specially programmed iPad. From there with the touch of a finger you can order food, beverages from the full-service bar, request songs from the DJ, chat with other tables and summon the valet to retrieve your car. It all just somehow magically appears! The menu sticks to small plates and basics — pizzas, flatbreads, salads and desserts, but really they are the sideshow to the technology, skyline-view patio and “living walls.” The space, a few blocks from the King Plow Arts Center, feels like a nightclub, dimly bathed in soothing colored light, and with a sound system and light show worthy of a rave. Open only Thursday through Saturday nights, it makes for a very memorable and fun warm-up to or post-nosh after a Philips Arena or other downtown/Midtown event.

6 Bantam & Biddy

Shaun Doty certainly has covered (and broken) a great deal of ground as a rock star in the Atlanta culinary scene. From late-90’s hot spot Mumbo Jumbo to Midcity Cuisine to Table 1280 to Shaun’s Place to Yeah! Burger, Doty has seen many peaks and valleys before touching down on his latest venture, Bantam & Biddy. Humbly set in the Ansley Mall Shopping center inauspiciously between a Moe’s and a Starbucks, Bantam (a type of chicken in case you were wondering) puts its ridiculously good rotisserie chicken on a well-deserved pedestal but its DNA is more aptly summed up as locally sourced, superfresh, counter service comfort food. Meatloaf sandwiches made with grass-fed beef, chicken pot pies, organic spinach salads or the Southern breakfast made

all day are just a few of the quick-serve masterpieces on the menu that fit like a well-worn flannel shirt. Most of the locally sourced sides are superstars in their own right including the pickled beets and goat cheese and organic quinoa and spinach salad. On Saturdays and Sundays, breakfast fresh off the farm hits the table, including fried chicken and waffles and biscuits that would make any true Southerner proud. A new spinoff, Chick-a-Biddy, is slated to open at Atlantic Station showing that Doty and his partner in crime Lance Gummere have a lot more foul-based work ahead of them.

7 10th and Piedmont

Few places feel more “Intown” than the new 10th and Piedmont, which should not take a GPS to find. Brothers Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan took over the


The trip-hoppy interior at Do includes “living walls.” Ordering for the 21st Century: all done via the iPad



former Outwrite Bookstore and actually connected the space via an internal catwalk to their adjoining Midtown mainstay, Gilbert’s Cafe and Bar. The new buildout is sexy, simple and warm. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face out onto the Midtown skyline and make you feel like you are dining on Madison Avenue. Silky lounge music plays, and on weekends a DJ takes over, bringing up the energy another notch which goes along with the establishment’s massive vodka selection and impressive cocktail spread. And when I say that the vittles are all-world, I mean it literally. The menu is a map of the world: savory small plates such as shrimp and scallop nachos to house-cured salmon roulade and lamb meatballs. For the chicken and waffles dish, the chef actually fries the chicken in waffle batter; diners then can dip the


Seafood ceviche at Ray’s on the Creek with scallops, shrimp, fish and fresh crunchy vegetables

8 The new 3-D entrance to Ray’s on the Creek


corn dog-style apparatus in hot sauce, powdered sugar and/or syrup. Genius! And with small plates ranging from $6 to $11 and entrees topping out at $18, there is a real “neighborhood” mentality underneath the sparkle. On the average night patrons are a comfortable mix of age, culture and ethnicities, perhaps a positive byproduct from what Outwrite set out to influence many years ago.

8 Ray’s On The Creek

Great (and lasting) concepts must evolve so the restaurant formerly known as Killer Creek in Alpharetta has a new look, attitude and name: Ray’s on the Creek. Say goodbye to the dark woods, dark furniture and dark lighting. Say hello to a breezy new feel inside and out. Once again ai3 has skillfully rebooted another space under the watchful eye of Ray Schoenbaum and his son Brian. The steakhouse motif had a good run, but Schoenbaum’s forte always has been seafood as evidenced at Ray’s on the River and Ray’s in the City, and the Creek was bound to follow suit. Former “Top Chef” contestant and executive chef Tracey Bloom has a steady hand on the menu,

but has introduced some sensational new plates including a rockin’ seafood ceviche, silky tuna tataki and ahi tuna tacos, which first crackle and then melt in your mouth. Perhaps most exciting about version 2.0 is the redesign of the previously underutilized back terrace, allowing for all-season dining while gazing at undisturbed wilderness and hearing the croaking of Killer Creek frogs. Schoenbaum understands that the dining bar in this town keeps rising, and, being a savvy operator, always manages to stay a step ahead.

On Deck

Ford Fry is at it again. The owner/chef behind the Optimist, JCT Kitchen and No. 246 snagged the old Nava space in Buckhead and now yanked the old Blue Pointe space with more plans to spread his concepts into Buckhead. He certainly has the hot hand; it will be interesting to see if he can sustain the creative and culinary energy that’s vaulted him to the biggest buzz-merchant on the scene … could this spring finally be the opening of Kevin Rathbun’s longawaited KR Steakbar?… Players from HD1, FLIP Burger and Grindhouse Burger plan on combining forces and opening Villians, offering “wickedly good” sandwiches in the old Little Azio’s location in Midtown … the guys behind the Salt Factory Pub, the anchor of downtown Roswell, will open a second location in historic downtown Alpharetta in late February … Marietta gets “Gulf to Plate” in a new seafood restaurant called Pier 213. They will be serving fast-casual seafood lunch and dinner seven days a week a few blocks from the Marietta Square … and the brain trust behind Chicken and the Egg in Marietta has just opened The Mill Kitchen and Bar, delivering more “community modernized Southern comfort food” in Roswell. If you know of any exciting or secret spots please send any/all tips to and follow on Facebook and Twitter @seasoneatings.

Third-Annual Atlanta Food &Wine Festival


aste the best the South has to offer as the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown May 30 to June 2. Learn from the some of the top chefs in the culinary world as you explore the distinct flavors of the South. A variety of packages is available to tempt your palate

morning to moonlight. Savor tasting tents, learning experiences and dinners and events galore. Tickets range from $100 (for a threehour tasting tent pass) to $2,000 for the ultimate three-day pass and the exclusive Blackberry Farm Dinner. Delish!

Cooking up Hope


t’s no secret that Atlanta Mission’s Fuqua Hall delivers up hope as it helps transition men on their way to self-sufficiency; it has done so since 1996. But until recently, residents of Fuqua Hall had no stove-top range to cook on and relied solely on the cafeteria. HomeAid Atlanta, along with Redmont Homes and Builders II, helped renovate the kitchen, adding a dishwasher, garbage disposal, commercial refrigerators and freezers. New cabinets, countertops, fire suppression system and more were part of the renovation. For more information, visit


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STILL TASTY After All These Years

Story and photography by David Danzig


year in the life of a restaurant cannot be measured as a typical passage of time. Much like “dog years,” a year in the life of a restaurant transcends anything humans experience in a 365-day cycle. As such, the old soul of McKinnon’s Louisiane, the Buckhead Cajun/Creole icon, must be admired well beyond its 40-plus years and respected for its iconic status. Legend has it that Billy McKinnon quit his stock broker job on Wall Street in the late 1960s, took the Cajun and Creole cooking training he learned at the venerable Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, and opened his eponymous place on Cheshire Bridge Road in 1972. Dishes like sautéed

the more things have changed on the outside, the more they have stayed the same on the inside. Stepping through the threshold is like tumbling down a 20th century rabbit hole. The entrance, a rush of red-painted panel, lush drapes and traditional furniture, feels timeless yet nostalgically dated and campy. It might have been originally in style when Atlantans were wondering who shot J.R. on “Dallas.” Enter the formal dining room where dark wood panel, stained glass and framed prints of palms would have been the style when Crockett and Tubbs worked the streets on “Miami Vice.” And, laden with old nautical touches, the piano room, one of the kitschiest and most delightfully whimsical spaces in the city, screams “Love Boat.” Haters might Above: Perfectly bronzed halibut on creole burre blanc with grilled overlook the décor as shrimp at McKinnon’s Louisiane cheesy, but a true culture Below: The old school elegance of McKinnon’s Louisiane connoisseur could only grouper Louisiane and blackened red fish delighted diners, but it was the down-home, old-school service and personalized charm that earned repeat business and started a cult-like following of regulars. In 1985 McKinnon moved the location to Maple Drive and Peachtree Street and there it has remained, bustling almost every night, a nostalgic shrine to Old Atlanta and Old New Orleans. And

Above: Calamari tossed with citrus-ginger dressing at McKinnon's Louisiane


marvel at its uniqueness and charm. Jon Watson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, perfectly summed things up: it’s “a feel that couldn’t be recreated if you tried.” Aziz Mehram, also a disciple of New Orleans cooking and trained by the legendary Brennan family, started working with McKinnon in 1979 and bought the business in 2002, eight years before McKinnon passed away. Now Mehram runs the show in true McKinnon spirit — a man he respected like a father — honoring old recipes and keeping the same campy, frozen-in-time atmosphere. There is live piano music three nights a week and it’s common to hear the diners themselves take the mic. A de facto wall of fame enshrines many of these amateur virtuosos from years gone by. Mehram The McKinnon's specialty dessert, the explains that Chocolate Marquise, a scoop of some of the 72 percent of the richest, densest chocolate on earth napped with crème angliase customers are

regulars, but he still likes to “cultivate the ground with new friends.” Indeed, on the night we were in, Mehram worked the room like a maestro, effortlessly floating around the tables, sharing conversation, guiding newbies around the menu and looking like he was loving every second of it. The dining experience, the linchpin of the operation, hasn’t missed a beat. Fresh seafood still abounds with some of the best calamari in the city, golf-ball-sized scallops and jumbo lump crab cakes. The mains, including the Trout Pontchartrain, Blackened Amberjack and Bouillabaisse, show a confidence with age-old recipes that have stood up to diet fads, foodie fads and culture shifts; they are the classics, executed flawlessly. But perhaps the greatest asset of McKinnon’s is its ability to consistently provide a memorable experience — and that’s saying a lot. Think how often you dine out and how it’s difficult to recall a particular dish much less a new restaurant concept. And with the influx of new places constantly coming into the mix, it’s especially unusual to return to a restaurant more than once. But McKinnon’s, under Mehram’s skilled eye, is the kind of place you long for well after the meal. The hearty cuisine, the pitch-perfect service and the energy that the diners themselves bring is the kind of infectious joy that many strive for but few can deliver. For McKinnon’s it seems all so easy. They just follow the primary New Orleans commandment: laissez le bon temps rouler — let the good times roll. More info: 47


Dining at Davio’s


orthern Italian steakhouse… in Phipps Plaza… next to Saks Fifth Avenue. That says it all. Great location, great ambience, great food. Davio’s is fast becoming a favorite for visiting celebrities and bigwigs alike. At lunch, you’re just as likely to see Tiffany execs as music moguls and towering athletes with bigger-than-average appetites for the Tuna Tartar or the Tuscan White Bean Soup with Fennel Sauce. The Roasted Beet Chutney or the favorite Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons and White Anchovy. The Prime Sirloin or the Seared Organic Salmon. Selections legends are made of. Evenings, the bar overflows with young career types, opting to see and be seen. On special nights, like Valentine’s, you’ll see intimate tables for two with orders of champagne and chocolate and perhaps a proposal or two. As part of a chef/owner-run restaurant group based in Boston, Davio’s has established a reputation for excellence. The menu offers signature dishes and regionally inspired cuisine. General Manager Claude Guillaume, who grew up in France and whose parents owned a brasserie, always smiling and always energetic, moves around the floor discreetly checking to be sure everything is working properly and waiters, as well as diners, are smiling. The wait staff makes guests feel like just that: guests. Whatever you want they will try to accommodate. Want grits with that shrimp? No problem. Want to share a dish? No problem. Want take-homes? Well, they don’t offer take-out, but they’ll gladly bag up your leftovers in distinctive Davio’s boxes and bags. Their private-room parties make any occasion even more special. Some of the most discerning corporate types bring their parties here for an evening guaranteed to impress. More and more, Davio’s is becoming a player on the philanthropic scene of Atlanta, sponsoring charitable events like polo tournaments for a good cause or dining-out events with a portion of the receipts going to a designated charity. Management seems to be saying that Davio’s is here to stay and here to be a good culinary citizen.



Travel Story and photos by Katie McElveen


Above and opposite: San Marino view Below: James bond tree from the villa balcony


ake Como may be just an hour from Milan, but while the city of Prada and Armani is best known for its cutting-edge fashion design, Italy’s Lake District draws visitors with ornate 18th and 19th century villas, formal gardens and picturesque villages that line the shore. But traditional doesn’t necessarily mean dowdy. Set amongst the Regency-style lamps, giltframed mirrors and marble-topped tables that decorate the lobby of the 100-yearold Grand Hotel Tremezzo, for example, I spotted floral arrangements tucked into sleek crystal cylinders and furnishings upholstered in shades of poppy and lime. On the top floor, the hotel’s justopened sky suites have been completely transformed into contemporary havens complete with spacious marble bathrooms, velvet-covered furnishings in rich jewel tones, hardwood floors and private terraces decked out with Jacuzzi

tubs. A phone call instantly summons the floor’s butler, who can serve as a concierge, deliver espresso or unpack your luggage. Wonderfully classic diversions abound and include a red clay tennis court, three pools (including one that floats on the lake like a mirage), a subterranean spa and a private boat on call to whisk you anywhere on the lake. For a casual dinner, head to the underground wine bar, where plates of cheese and charcuterie are followed — in a nod to the nearby Swiss border — by plates of shrimp, fish, meat, chicken, potatoes and bread, all cut into bitesized pieces and ready to be dunked into fondue pots filled with hot broth, oil or melted cheese. One of the hotel’s greatest attributes is its location in Tremezzo. It’s just a five-minute stroll to the ferry dock, where boats leave every few minutes for the short ride to the village of Bellagio, a favorite of Pliny the Younger, who was taken by the city’s cypress-covered


hillsides in the first century A.D. Today, masses of flowers — geraniums, oleander, bougainvillea — in every hue greet visitors arriving by boat and cobbled streets wind past tiny shops, outdoor cafes and gelaterias. From the center of the village, it’s just a 10-minute walk to the gardens of Villa Melzi, where you’ll find an allee of plane tree set with benches stretching along the lake, quiet lagoons, a Moorish temple, ancient trees and massive plantings of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Although the villa itself is not open to the public, you can visit the Palladian-style family chapel, which is filled with sculptural works and frescoes. Villa Melzi isn’t the only grand dwelling worth checking out. After gaping at villas owned by George Clooney and Richard Branson, I visited Villa del Balbianello, which was built for a Cardinal amid the ruins of a 13th-century Franciscan church. Don’t be surprised if the grounds surrounding the 300-year-old villa look familiar: Romantic scenes from “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones” were shot on the terrace and James Bond convalesced on the lawn under a canopied oak tree after a misadventure in “Casino Royale.” The villa’s interior, while not as familiar, is remarkable. It contains treasures as varied as a candelabra constructed from walrus tusks, a secret staircase and passageway to the lake, a Spanish treasure chest from the 1600s, mementos from the last owner’s successful Everest ascent in 1973 and a rich collection of Chinese, African, pre-Columbian and Flemish art and artifacts. If the weather’s pretty, stop for lunch on the terrace at Crotto dei Platani, which has occupied the same lakefront spot since 1855. Pesci del Lario (perch from Lake Como) is a specialty here, as is a rich pasta dish of fresh local cheese and savoy cabbage. For dessert, don’t miss the unique white espresso gelato. Ferries also travel from Tremezzo to bustling Como, the medieval walled city

that’s home to a 15th-century Gothic Renaissance cathedral, chic shops and funky restaurants. After browsing through designer fashions at Tessabit or scouring Antichita Bottega d’Arte for antique treasures, pop into Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips), a former flower shop on Via Lambertenghi that’s been transformed into a comfortingly rustic wine bar. Tremezzo is also a jumping-on point for the region’s greenway, which runs

for about six miles from Colonno in the south to Griante. Although parts of the path meander along the lake and through tiny villages, the high point is a detour in Griante that leads through the ancient walled section of the city then up the mountain to the church of San Martino. It’s a tough climb, but the path is wide, switchbacks are decorated with tiny chapels that detail Christ’s life and the views along the way offer a distinctly different view of the lake.


If You Go Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Villa Melzi: Ferry schedules: 51



Story and photos by David Danzig

n 1969, Atlanta chose the phoenix, the mythical bird that rose from the ashes, as its own symbol of rebirth after a long road back from Civil War construction, civil rights turmoil and as a leader of a progressive voice of the New South. Chattanooga could make a strong argument for its use of the symbol in its coat of arms as well. In that same year, legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite infamously maligned Chattanooga as “America’s dirtiest city,” reporting on its level of pollution. But since then Chattanooga, too, has risen from its own ashes and soot, transforming itself as one of the cleanest, hippest and most effervescent tourism destinations in the country. An unusual blend of rich history, smart urban planning and a fountain of youthful exuberance emanating from 12 nearby college campuses make Chattanooga one of the great comeback stories of the South.

Old Is New Again

Like many cities, Chattanooga struggles with preservation versus progress; vacillating between historic landmarks steeped in tradition and a progressive spirit looking to modernize, while

maintaining the integrity of its identity. When welded together, the yin/yang effect of public and private collaboration working toward a joint vision produces great outcomes. In a splendid reboot, Warehouse Row, a former Civil War-era fort, has survived the wrecking ball and transformed into an upscale hipster shopping mall on steroids (or at least the all-natural, locally sourced equivalent). Fun and funky fashion boutiques, brica-brac shops and original restaurants lovingly inhabit the old space, each with a distinct and local feel. Garden and Gun and Southern Living magazines can’t help but drool over this gem, for indeed this should be a primer for Southern preservation and urban renewal. But perhaps the most startling contrast of old-meets-new sits 80 feet above on the banks of the Tennessee River: the Hunter Museum of American Art, which houses an impressive collection of American art. Sitting side by side, like an architectural Queen Elizabeth and Sid Vicious, are the museum’s two structures — one, a traditional Victorian mansion replete with stately 20-foot white columns and the other, a Frank Gehry-esque modern glass and steel sexy beast. The two

The quirky wonderfulness of Aretha Frankensteins

A poison dart frog at the Tennessee Aquarium

could not possibly contrast each other any more. Yet somehow it works, like many of the old and new integrations in Chattanooga.

Natural Attraction

Chattanooga proudly promotes its unique natural resources, both indigenous and transplanted. Underwater, underground and up


The entrance to Point Park atop Lookout Mountain


The Tennessee River meanders around downtown Chattanooga.

over it all, there are quite a few ways to enjoy the city’s unique gifts. Since its opening in 1992, The Tennessee Aquarium continues to be regarded (even by many Atlantans), as the gold standard of indoor aquatic habitats. Side-by-side buildings offer separate exhibits. One, a multi-level freshwater odyssey with 100-pound catfish, prehistoric sturgeon and American alligators; the other, an oceanic odyssey with sharks, tidal pool “petting zoos” and chilly little (adorable) penguins. A few minutes’ drive from downtown looms Lookout Mountain, famous for a Civil War battle and an unusual array of activities. The Incline Railway putters 72.5 degrees up the side of the hill and deposits you atop the mountain. From there it’s a short walk to Point Park, where a Civil War monument and canons “point” over downtown. On the other side of the mountain, Rock City connects granite-lined “streets” and corridors, suspended bridges and narrow passages to culminate at “Lover’s Leap,” a dramatic precipice from which on a clear day you can gaze upon seven states. Down the mountain you enter a shaft and descend 26 stories into the stone to begin your Ruby Falls experience. Deep

inside, navigate the narrow passageway to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. A multicolored light show illuminates the 14-story indoor downpour while a piped-in, soaring score provides an inspiring backdrop.

Chattanooga Choo “Chew”

Chattanooga also brings an unexpected indie spirit to its dining scene. Steps from the aquarium, The Blue Water Grille keeps the aquatic theme swimming along with top-notch fresh seafood from Florida. Blue Plate sounds like a greasy spoon, but does the bluecollar thing with panache and style, reinterpreting comfort food staples with zest and originality. Down the street from Warehouse Row, Urban Stack Burger Lounge dishes out “killer burgers and manly drinks” from a nifty LEED Green certified retrofitting of the Southern Railways baggage dating back to 1867. And across the river lies Aretha Frankensteins, perhaps the most eclectic, creative and delicious breakfast fare coast to coast. Their pancakes are so decadent that other restaurants in town buy the mix and serve it to their own customers! And everything is “small-city” priced; get ready for a double take (in a good way) when the check arrives.

NOOGA The Swing-A-Long Bridge at Rock City

If You Go

Just a two-hour drive north on I-75, Chattanooga is all about tourism. Pound for pound this is one of the most organized, travel-friendly places in the South. or (800) 322-3344 The Chattanoogan is Chattanooga’s only AAA Four Diamond hotel, with plush accommodations, an indoor pool and three restaurants. The Tennessee Aquarium general admission prices are $24.95/adult and $14.50/child (free for ages three and under) at the Aquarium’s Ticketing Center and online at: Save a few bucks with a Lookout Mountain triple-play combo, which gets you into Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Incline Railway. Available at any of the three sites:, and All three attractions are very close on the mountain and easy to do in a little more than a half-day. 4 Bridges Arts Festival, a Southern arts fair at the First Tennessee Pavilion, will take place April 14 and 15.

Nice and     Easy

Urban Stack Burger Lounge, formerly the Southern Railway Baggage Building, circa 1867



To-Go Tidbits

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel offers the ultimate destination wedding getaway through its Maui Romance Wedding Package. The hotel offers a picturesque wedding with an oceanfront venue adorned with a rose-petal path, tiki torches that lead to a beautiful Hoopa where a Hawaiian ceremony takes place. The package includes wedding coordinating assistance, two-tier wedding cake, photography and other amenities. $6,035

The St. Regis Atlanta has unveiled The Jason Wu Experience, featuring all the perks a world traveler with a discerning eye for fashion would want. Package includes the following at The St. Regis Atlanta: overnight suite accommodations; Afternoon Tea in Astor Court; and the Grand Tourista handbag (retail $1,995). The price for this one-of-a-kind package starts at $2,500. Designer Jason Wu recently partnered with the St. Regis to create the Grand Tourista, a limited-edition tote bag exclusive to the luxury Starwood brand. To add to the bag’s exclusivity, select properties — including The St. Regis Atlanta — will carry only one of these highly sought-after totes.

Preserve those memories from your romantic walks in Paris to that crosscountry road trip with the Travel Stub Diary from The handy take-along album stores and allows you to share priceless fragments from those special journeys. Save memorabilia, postcards, maps, brochures, ticket stubs and photos; there’s even room for making notes in the space in the margins.

ST. BARTH has an irresistible appeal for travelers from around the world, and there is even more to love during the summer. Summer is the time when St. Barth locals and privileged insiders shift from the VIP shuffle to a quieter, more intimate pace, what the real St. Barth is all about. Low season (July and August) is when visiting St. Barth means relaxing at deserted beaches, getting ad-hoc reservations at the best restaurants, experiencing a range of superb cultural events and ultimately enjoying affordable luxury at the Caribbean’s most sought-after destination. One event to check out this year: July 1 to 7, Taste of St. Barth, the first international festival of food in the Caribbean. Photo by St. Barth Tourism Committee



Tyke Time

Get those early learners ready with new resources from School Zone. The Big Kindergarten Workbook features more than 300 pages of colorful illustrated pages separated into sections for each subject. The book’s perforated pages make it easy for your little one to use as individual worksheets. Counting, adding, subtracting and more are covered in School Zone’s Math Readiness K-1 Deluxe Edition Workbook. The 64-page workbook includes illustrations of shapes, objects, food and animals to help reinforce early math skills, including numerical order and shapes.

Players five to 99 can join in on the Clumsy Witch game, from Haba Toys. Help the absent-minded witch remember which ingredients she has already thrown into her cauldron while also finding the missing ingredients.

By Shandra Hill Smith

Young fashionistas can step out in style with choices from the Pediped spring/ summer 2013 collection. Sizing ranges from infants to children up to eight years old with new styles including Savannah Pink and Amazon Nittany Blue.

Noodle & Boo All of My Heart French-Milled Baby Soap is tender and mild for the most delicate skin, leaving it soft and supple. $15.

She’ll be Pretty in Pink and he’ll be oh so cute in Ocean Blue — both new selections from Sage Creek Organics. In its new lines for Spring 2013, the organic cotton line introduces sizes now up to eight for boys and girls. They include Boatneck Dress, Pink Flower Print pajama set, Ross Pants and Jake Tee. Whether playing alone or with a friend, tykes ages two to six can enjoy loads of fun creating abstract or specific designs such as flowers or a kaleidoscope of colors with the Haba Toys Color Buttons Pegging Game. The stacking game features a wooden board and buttons made of beechwood and water-based colors.

Give them their dream room with a little help from WallPops wall art designs. The peel-and-stick designs are removable, repositionable and reusable. Create a new look for baby’s nursery or add a little punch to your pre-teen’s/teen’s room. Brighten up your child’s space with new lighting from Oilo. The home décor manufacturer’s new White Lights feature trim colors that complement Oilo’s bedding lines, and are available in large and double cylinder sizing.



Can Your 401K Keep up with the Market? Wes Moss

By Wes Moss


sn’t that always the question? We all want to feel like we’re doing as well as the market. But the more important question is: Should your account even reflect the market? In 2009, the market was up 26 percent. In 2010, it was up 15 percent. It was virtually flat in 2011, but the S&P 500 was up again about 15 percent in 2012. In January 2013 alone, the market was up another five or so percent. So we’ve had several very solid years. Yet in a recent survey when individual investors were asked whether the stock market had gained significantly or moderately, fallen slightly or greatly, or stayed the same in the prior 12 months, most respondents didn’t answer with much certainty. When “average retail” investors were asked how the market has done, no more than one-third said the market had “gained significantly” or even achieved “moderate returns.” That tells me that in over four years, investors have barely noticed the success of the stock market. But people are starting to pay attention. Investors this year are beginning to take note of the success of the stock market and look at how their mutual funds are doing by comparison. If the S&P index outperformed their allocation, they want to know why their returns didn’t match the “general” stock market. What investors need to consider is the level of risk they have been taking to get their return. If you have a correctly allocated portfolio (one that’s right for your time horizon and risk tolerance), you may not get returns that beat or match market increases. But you just may be protected when the market turns lower. And inevitably markets go through corrections big and small. Trying to keep up with the Joneses (or the Dow Joneses) is

never a good idea. If you’re chasing market-like returns, you need to be prepared to assume market-like risk. This means an investor could have seen their account go down by as much as 50 percent between 2007 and early 2009. If you’re an income investor, who relies on your portfolio to generate a steady stream of income to support your lifestyle, then market matching returns are not likely in your future. But consistent income is. If consistent income is your goal, then focus on that. Resist the temptation to compare your portfolio to the S&P 500. It’s good to pay attention to the market. It’s an even better idea to know your own investment goals and how you’re doing relative to those goals. Ask questions. But be sure you’re asking the right questions. About Wes Moss: Certified financial planner Wes Moss is the chief investment strategist at Capital Investment Advisors and host of “Money Matters” on Atlanta’s 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB. To reach Wes, please visit or call 404-531-0018.

Investors this year are beginning to take note of the success of the stock market and look at how their mutual funds are doing by comparison.



Tim and Faith

By Gloria Lane


im McGraw and Faith Hill’s new show “Soul2Soul” that opened at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas recently is a dream come true for country music fans, but probably a big embarrassment to their three girls. If they’re like most kids, Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14, and Audrey, 11, won’t want to hear about how sexy and red-hot their parents are on stage in Sin City. The reviews are in and the show is a resounding success. Lots of talk about how movie-star gorgeous they are and how dreamy-eyed they look at each other as they sing their smoldering hits like “I Need You,” “Breathe,” and “This Kiss.” The sultry lyrics are enough to have members of the audience shouting: “Get a room!” Not what teens and tweens want to hear or even imagine about their parents. But there’s no denying it: 17 years into a red-hot, star-spangled marriage, with three beautiful kids, a lot less hair for Tim and a lot more extensions for Faith, these two can heat up a stage with nothing but the two of them — no dramatic stage sets or costumes required. When Tim looks at Faith and sings about how “your love goes right through me,” every woman in the audience is probably looking a little lovingly at the man who brought her to the show. Some reports said that most couples didn’t go to the casino right after the show. They went back to their room for some one-onone time of their own. The tour runs through April, so you might want to get your tickets now.

at The Venetian

These two can heat up a stage with nothing but the two of them — no dramatic stage sets or costumes required.



TheWedding      on Downton Abbey


By Cornelia Powell

o the delight of Downton Abbey fans everywhere, we were invited to two family weddings this season. And since the splendidly sumptuous costumes are the stars of this British period drama on Masterpiece Theatre — the bridal gowns didn’t disappoint (even if one potential bridegroom did).

Above: Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith and Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham


It’s post-war 1920 and the three aristocratic Crawley sisters dress in the stylish fashion of the budding “modern woman.” The restrictive corsets are gone, as are waistlines, high-necks and sweeping hemlines. “It is unthinkable,” declared the era’s innovative fashion designer Paul Poiret, “for the breasts to be sealed up in solitary confinement in a fortress like the corset!” So as a woman’s figure was freed (with hair cut and crimped for the most daring), lighter and more diaphanous fabrics became popular for a delicately draped silhouette. Since this is before the Jazz Age flapper girl, the Downton Abbey wedding fashion is softly feminine and romantic, floaty and full-length, even goddess-like. And it followed Vogue’s directives of the time: “No matter



what hour the wedding is held, there must be no exaggerated décolletage.” Both Ladies Mary and Edith’s elegant bridal gowns — modest, yes, but oozing femininity — “offer a wealth of inspiration for modern brides hoping to channel a hint of vintage glamour,” writes Elle UK magazine. The “Will they?/Won’t they?” relationship of “distant cousins” Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley tugged at us through a dozen episodes, so their wedding to begin the third season was the cat’s meow! Costume designer Caroline McCall had Downton Abbey’s grand staircase in mind when creating Lady Mary’s column-shaped wedding dress — gossamer layers of ivory-tinted silk and the most expensive costume ever made for the show! She etched the gown’s lace overlay with tiny Swarovski crystals and rice pearls to create a shimmeringly mythical moment as the bride pauses on the sun-lit staircase just as her father (and Carson, the devoted family butler) look up to see her. “I wanted her to twinkle in the morning light, so I also infused the lace with a delicate silver thread to create a subtle iridescence. My goal was to make her look really ethereal and romantic”… and to soften the hard edges of Mary’s stern character. The actress playing Lady Mary,

“I wanted her to twinkle in the morning light, so I also infused the lace with a delicate silver thread to create a subtle iridescence. My goal was to make her look really ethereal and romantic” 60

Michelle Dockery, said that she’d never been nor had ever portrayed a bride before so she loved all the attention, even feeling a bit like royalty. The royal vibe could have been from all the guarded secrecy around her gown; or how it was reminiscent of the slender, silver lamé trimmed bridal dress worn by Prince William’s great-grandmother in 1923; or while filming the wedding scene at Oxfordshire’s village church, she stepped from her carriage to cheering crowds, just like Kate! Then there was second-daughter Lady Edith’s Grecian-inspired wedding dress, a softly draped asymmetrical confection in silk slipper-satin and chiffon. (My favorite, although historically, a design a little ahead of its time.) Appliquéing vintage petal shapes of intricate silver embroidery and crystals across her shoulders and swirled at one hip, the costume designer wanted the more “awkward sister” to shimmer in her own bridal spotlight — but the magic was not to last. The two sisters — instead of wearing the usual wedding choice of the period, a wreath or crown of wax orange blossoms — shared a stunning 45-carat, old-cut diamond Georgian tiara in a romantic floral motif (on loan to Masterpiece from “royal jewellers” Bentley & Skinner). And that long silk tulle veil worn by both brides, so memorable in each sister’s wedding story, was another “pretend” family heirloom. Since “Downton Abbey” is actually Highclere Castle, all the Crawley heritage we see on the fictional program is “pretend,” but it doesn’t keep us from feeling part of the family somehow — whether our place is “upstairs or downstairs!” Does your group need a guest speaker? Wedding folklorist Cornelia Powell has a new presentation, “Downton Abbey: Here Come the Brides!” www. “Downton Abbey” airs on Sundays on PBS. You also may view online. For more info:

Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith


DARRYL WISEMAN Floral Creations


eek into a room: flowers are often the first glimpse of perfection guests see at weddings, receptions, parties, or even on a bedside table. Look closer and you would see flawlessly executed florals that will remain in memory for a lifetime. When creating, Darryl Wiseman Flowers knows this. A powerhouse in the floral industry for over 12 years, Darryl has honed his craft, creating masterpieces for all the special moments in life. Working closely with event planners and brides-to-be, he creates traditional designs that exude elegance and are tailored to the specifics of each event. Throughout the years, businesses, including The Fox Theatre, The Atlanta History Center, The Georgian Terrace,

The Carter Center and all of the country clubs in the Atlanta area, have trusted Darryl to provide extraordinary arrangements for occasions of all sizes. Brides far and beyond have relied on the creative expertise of Darryl Wiseman to make the day a unique and joyful occasion. Looking for something exotic or whimsical? Look to Darryl, and his associate Richard, to stock the best of the best, including many varieties of orchids. For daily delivery or any event, no matter your color scheme or flower preference, Darryl can create it, make it stunning — make it magical. Darryl Wiseman Flowers: the name is synonymous with great taste and floral design.

Photography by Picture This! Photography



Highlighting Social and Charitable Fundraisers










Nashville stories by LaRawn Scaife Rhea



Symphony Ball Co-Chair Jana Davis, Keith Urban and Symphony Ball Co-Chair Lee Ann Ingram


ountry star Keith Urban took home the 2012 Harmony Award during the 28th annual Nashville Symphony Ball — an award the Nashville Symphony presents each year to an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s thriving musical community. Upon accepting the award, which he called a great honor, Urban reflected on what makes Music City a unique place and recalled his first trip to town in the late 1980s, when he was a struggling musician staying at the Shoney’s Inn. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Urban makes his home in Nashville with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who couldn’t make the ball thanks to filming in Belgium for a project. Before the night ended, Urban entertained ball attendees with a new song, along with his hits “Making Memories of Us” and “I Wanna Love Somebody Like You.” Co-chaired this year by Mrs. Ansel Lewis Davis (Jana) and Mrs. Orrin Henry Ingram II (Lee Ann), the Symphony Ball is Nashville’s premier winter social event and one of the Nashville Symphony’s two annual fundraisers. Since its inception in 1985, the ball has raised a total of more than $6.5 million for the Symphony, sustaining the organization’s mission of providing excellent music and education programs to the entire Middle Tennessee community. 64

Jacqueline Fisher, Laura Allen, Jessica Bracken and Charlie Boyd (dance committee members)

Jane Ann and Dale Pilkinton

Keith Urban with Nashville Symphony Harmony Award

Gus and Jennifer Puryear

Martha Rivers Ingram and the Honorable Gil Merritt

The entire hall felt like the interior of a warm, rustic hunting lodge with trees at every entrance, candles to light the way and silver trophies filled with bouquets of flowers and surrounded by votives and deer sheds (antlers that have been rubbed off by the deer). Plaid tartans covered the tables and were also worn by the dance committee members who assisted guests to their tables. Photography this page by Peyton Hoge

Mindy and Dan Broadbeck and Bob and Wanda Woods

J.F. and Susan Thompson

Sharon and Burt Sunderst and Fred Dettwiller

Photography this page by Susan Adcock

Judy and Steve Turner

Table dÊcor in the main lobby by Mark O’Bryan, owner of the Tulip Tree

Dave and Diane Black and Dr. Yvette and Dr. T.B. Boyd

J.P. and Joy Roper, Debbie White, Tim Pagliara and Chris Holmes




40th Annual Heart Gala

ore than 500 business, community and medical leaders of Nashville turned out for the 40th annual Heart Gala. Held at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the

black-tie event honored Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for supporting wellness initiatives. Angela Humphreys and Joe Cashia chaired the gala. Live music was provided by Mark Romeo, vocalist with the world-famous Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; and the Craig Duncan Orchestra. The theme was “As Time Goes By,� retro Art Deco ambiance featuring silver and black, calling to mind the era of supper clubs, martinis and elegance.

Donnie and Katie Nickey

Chairs Angela Humphreys and Joe Cashia Billy Ray and Nancy Hearn

Mike and Sue Minch

Dick and Shar Miller Anne Davis and Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville

Daughter of entertainer Mark Romeo



Featured at Nashville Symphony Spring Fashion Show


he Nashville Symphony has announced Monique Lhuillier as the featured designer for the Symphony Spring Fashion Show, taking place April 9, 2013, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Co-chaired by Elizabeth Broyhill and Elizabeth Dennis, the show will preview Lhuillier’s Fall 2013 Collection and will be emceed by television personality Allison DeMarcus. After a cocktail

party, the Schermerhorn’s Laura Turner Concert Hall will be transformed into an elegant designer runway for the show, followed by a stylish soirée. “Monique Lhuillier has become one of America’s premier designers,” says Co-Chair Elizabeth Broyhill. “Her transition from bridal to ready-to-wear and evening was seamless. We are honored to feature her Fall 2013 collection at this year’s event!” Monique Lhuillier

Lhuillier’s signature silhouettes provoke femininity, allure and style that have made her renowned for capturing the essence of sophisticated luxury.


Nashville Please pass the Tradition By LaRawn Scaife Rhea

Pearls, Pound Cakes and Prayer


n the South, we have a very traditional and specific way we show respect for the deceased. I attended a funeral recently in the deep South. I was reminded of how, as Southerners, we have passed the traditions of our parents and grandparents down to the current generation. A lot of it revolves around food, but not all. Within hours of the death of my friend’s father, a gathering of friends started coming to the family home with baskets of lovingly prepared homemade goodness. Friends brought freshly baked pecan pies, many of them made from pecans picked up from their own back yard, crispy fried chicken still hot from the skillet, succulent hams topped with beautiful rings of pineapple with flakey homemade biscuits, deviled eggs and casseroles. It seems the most popular cakes were variations of the pound cake. There was a vanilla pound cake, a lemon pound cake, one with a creamy rich filling and, of course, the perennial favorite: coconut pound cake. In the South, sharing food is our way of showing we care. At visitation, the night prior to the funeral, friends and family gathered to remember a man whom many said throughout the night was an example of “a life well-lived.” He left behind treasures of that well-lived life — his loving wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There were two stunning urns full of freshly cut magnolia leaves mixed in with white florals on each side of the casket. The magnolia leaves were cut by my friend’s mother from a tree she and her husband had planted 35 years ago. It was symbolic to her and she knew that it would have been special to her husband. She also held a secret that she shared with us at dinner following the visitation. She told that


her husband always carried a toothpick in his inside jacket pocket. She and my friend had slipped one in his pocket of the suit he would last wear, so that he would have it with him on his journey to heaven. After the service, full of song, scripture and prayer, the ladies adorned with their pearls and men in dark suits and white shirts drove to the place of burial. I was touched as I saw the cars on the opposite side of the highway pulled over to the side of the road out of respect for the deceased and his family. A young man raking leaves took off his hat and leaned against his rake as the procession crept by. Truckers with their huge 18-wheel trucks pulled over, families in their SUVs with small children and Happy Meals, men in hunting fatigues in their muddy four-wheel drive trucks anxious to head to their hunting camp, and even tough-looking bikers pulled to the side of the road. It was a simple, but kind, gesture for these folks who took

their time to show respect for someone they may not have known, but they shared in their grief and showed respect for the family’s loss. It is a tradition we follow in the South. “Taps” played at the cemetery, the flag was folded and presented to the family of this beloved veteran, we prayed and we cried. We offered words of encouragement to the family. I couldn’t help but find it poignant as I watched my friend leave her dad’s side for the last time, as she bent down and picked up her precious grandson and walked away. It was symbolic to me of the cycle of life. After the burial, the large family invited everyone to convene at the Baptist church where the ladies of the church had prepared a feast of more fried chicken, pies, cakes, and sweet tea. It became a celebration. A celebration of a life well-lived by a gentle man who was the epitome of good. I was honored to be among them.

Coconut Pound Cake Jane Wedgeworth’s recipe

Freshly baked pound cake or any one-egg cake recipe Pierce a fork into the cake and hold the piercing open as you gently pour evaporated milk (not condensed milk) into the pierced area. Repeat over the entire top of the cake, pouring as you pierce. Spread chilled cool whip in a thick coating over the entire cake. Press coconut (Bakers Coconut in the bag) into the chilled cool whip. (The coconut in the bag is more moist than canned.) Let it sit in the refrigerator for one hour. This is a Wedgeworth family tradition at Christmas, Easter and funerals when several pound cakes are placed in the shape of a beautiful cross.


Nashville Honors Amy Grant

he ever-gracious Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam hosted a beautiful and emotional reception at the Governor’s Residence to honor multi GRAMMY winner Amy Grant with this year’s prestigious Cecil Scaife Visionary Award. Grant, who is also the recipient of 25 Dove Awards and has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was selected for this honor due to her many contributions to help others in the music industry. Tennessee’s First Lady welcomed everyone and told how she cherishes her friendship with Grant. She then introduced Cecil Scaife’s daughter, LaRawn Scaife Rhea, who read a Congressional Record submitted by their mutual friend, U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn, who wrote of Grant’s many contributions. Grant’s brother-in-law and co-manager Dan Harrell held back tears as he spoke of Grant and her early career as a teen and the woman she has become. Grant’s husband, Vince Gill, the wise-cracking life of the party, also a GRAMMY winner, spoke of how real Grant is and of her love of family and her fans. He gave a shoutout to Cecil Scaife’s son, Record Producer Joe Scaife, who engineered his first recording when Gill first came to Nashville. As she received her award, tears filled Grant’s eyes. She said she felt “life had come full circle.” Looking at long-time family friend Mrs. Cecil Scaife, she recalled when she recorded her first record in the studio that was part of Scaife’s vision, and said, “I felt like all the threads of life were being tied together. Were it not for Cecil Scaife, I might not be in this business.” Mrs. Cecil Scaife was close friends with Grant’s mother Gloria Grant, who passed away in 2011, two years after Cecil Scaife died.

Kathy Harrell, Sherytha Scaife, Amy Grant, Carol Nuismer and Mimi Verner (Grant’s sisters)

Joe and Danielle Scaife, Vince Gill, Tristan Payne Scaife and Jaela Scaife Goran Warffdesigned Visionary Award on marble base

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam and Amy Grant

Vince Gill, Joe Scaife and former Visionary Award Recipients Tony Brown and David Briggs

Susan Smith, Dorree Jane Smith, LaRawn Scaife Rhea and Sherytha Scaife

Dan Harrell and Amy Grant



By LaRawn Scaife Rhea When planning your next event, try some of these old and new delicious creations from Nashville. They would be great for your next soiree. Personalize them for wedding favors or just indulge yourself.

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Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream — A State of Mind. Hints of caramel, red apple, pecan, molasses and fig with a bit of secret allnatural ingredients combined with charcoal mellowed Tennessee Whiskey make this cream liqueur mighty special. Great in your favorite recipes as well as a long, slow sip.


The Loveless Cafe — A Nashville Tradition for 60 years. From the Loveless Motel shops, a plethora of gift ideas including this retro recycled eco-friendly bucket full of the establishment’s famous Piggy Popcorn, delicious Fudge Bites, homemade Peanut Brittle and Trace Mix Snack Mix.; 800.889.2432



Olive and Sinclair Southern Artisan Chocolate. Scott Withrow slow-roasts his stoneground chocolate nibs and combines traditional European techniques and Southern flavors (think fig, bourbon and sorghum). The result is yummy, artisanal chocolate.; 615-262-3007


Hatch Show Print — One of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. Since 1879, their posters have featured advertisements for performers from all types of music and the arts. A Hatch Show Print would be perfect to commemorate a special event or wedding. Hatch will even help you design it. 615-256-2805;; our-work/ 70



BILLY’S BACK Back to Bluegrass, Southern Rock, Gospel and Country Music


e’s more than Miley’s father. Heck, back in 1992 he had the whole nation singing his best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart.” He probably broke a few hearts himself along the way, as American women fell in love with this backwoods boy who came into our homes singing and dancing on TV. The album Some Gave All was the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist and launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight. Along the way to fame and fortune, Billy Ray racked up multiple film and television credits and now he’s back with a new album, Change My Mind, featuring 10 songs that hearken back to his roots. He’ll also release a book this spring and launch a tour of the USA and Australia.

DOLLY PARTON Honors the American Chestnut Tree


Nancy Lee Andrews

orld-renowned singer and entertainer Dolly Parton has just released a new song citing the restoration of the once-mighty American chestnut tree. Virtually wiped out by a blight in the early 20th century, this magnificent tree is today poised for a comeback, thanks in large part to decades of work by The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). To help in this effort, Dolly and her uncle,

Left: Dolly Parton and her uncle Bill

singer-songwriter Bill Owens, collaborated on and recorded the song, “Oh, Chestnut Tree.” A Nashville legend, Owens has written and recorded more than 800 songs and is credited with launching Dolly’s career; he bought Dolly her first guitar at age seven and arranged for her to sing on a local radio show when she was 10. Dolly’s new song “Oh, Chestnut Tree” can be downloaded for free on The American Chestnut Foundation website:



The Sky’s the Limit By Gloria Lane


estled in a scenic mountain valley on the northwest slopes of Rabun Bald, Georgia’s second-highest peak, is the town of Sky Valley, home to Sky Valley Resort, which used to have the only winter ski area in the state. Now Sky Valley is known as a great place to live, year-round, especially since the homeowners have taken over ownership. Based on latitude, Sky Valley is the northernmost city in Georgia, butting up to the North Carolina state line and offering some of the most beautiful mountain scenery you can find anywhere. Sparsely populated, the city is just three square miles and has only a few hundred


permanent residents, who eschew skiing for golfing, swimming and tennis. Some of them are content to mostly sit on the front porch and enjoy some of the most beautiful views imaginable, looking out

on the Blue Ridge Mountains. When visitors fall in love with the mountains, they never want to leave. They start looking for a way to make this a permanent home place. They want to

put down roots and adopt this leisurely lifestyle. That’s where Bert Mobley, a Harry Norman broker whose company has an affiliation with Christie’s, comes in. Bert knows the area well — from Sky Valley to Highlands to Cashiers. If you’re looking for a rustic mountain cabin or a more elegant and impressive mountain chalet, he’s your man. Mobley has listed a six-bedroom/ seven-bath home with fantastic views and

a floor plan that is family-friendly, with a large, open kitchen, big living area with a big, open loft, exquisite game room and amenities that include a championship golf course and guaranteed neighbor envy. Bert says: “I think it’s the best house in Sky Valley.” The house sits on four lots and is listed for $1,625,000, fully furnished. From the front porch, you’ll definitely feel you can see forever. And that’s how long you’ll want to stay here: forever.

The BEST of Sky Valley On the popular Atlanta side of Highlands in the resurgent community of Sky Valley, GA. Fantastic long-range views from this family-friendly home. Six bedrooms/seven baths. Game rooms. Large, open kitchen and living area. Four lots and fully furnished for $1,625,000. Community amenities include a championship golf course.

Bert Mobley, Broker • Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-8300 office • 828-200-0846 cell/text • •


Rabun County


Over Rabun County Aerial photography by Scott Poss

Above: It’s easy to see why these are called Blue Ridge Mountains Below: Lake Burton



t’s that time of year, the rebirth: spring. And it all explodes here in the Northeast Georgia mountains: wildflowers, rivers running high, camping time and more. Let’s go for a hike and experience it all! It’s a great time to create your perfect memories. Or, you could just pull up a rocking chair on the porch and savor the relaxing benefits of spring. It’s up to you. Just don’t miss spring in the mountains! In addition to all the beauty, smells and excitement provided by Mother Nature in the spring, Rabun County also begins to awaken after the winter and put on some unique and delightful events for you. This year we will kick off the season with a first event — the Dillard House Georgia Bluegrass Jamboree on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9. This year, Friday’s event features the Chattahoochee Chain Gang and BlueBilly Grit. Saturday includes local favorite (and mine) Curtis Blackwell and the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, The Crowe Brothers and Grassville. For details see: http:// The weekend of April 27 and 28 puts Rabun County into high gear with two great events. The first is Cirque at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School from April 25 to 27. This is a student production and always impresses. Details at: cirque-xii-a-take-off-of-the-hobbit/.

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Perfect Memories Come Easy

The premier Rabun County event of the spring is Celebrate Clayton on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. Celebrate Clayton is Rabun’s music and arts fest. It kicks off Saturday morning with a 5K run and then the festival opens with over 100 artists from all over the Southeast and an eclectic mix of entertainment in Rock House Park. The fun goes on all day Saturday and reconvenes Sunday morning. Celebrate Clayton is recognized for a bestin-class kids’ program of arts and crafts. Bring your children. Details at: celebrate-clayton-art-and-music-festival/. Presented by the Rabun County Fair Association, the Rabun County Carnival is set for May 14 to 18 at the Rabun Arena. The hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy rides, craft exhibits, games, booths, and, of course, carnival food. You will not want to miss out on this family fun. Kids of all ages will have the time of their lives. For more information, call 706-982-0792. Spring is a time of rebirth, so make it personal. Take time for the adventure, but remember to come early and set aside some time to just relax and let the stress fall away. Rabun County, where spring spends the summer, operates at a slower pace. Relax and enjoy the quiet. Waterfall Club, evening


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Dillard House Conference Center, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Featuring some of the best acts in Bluegrass Music March 8 — 7 p.m. Chattahoochee Chain Gang at 7 p.m. and BlueBilly Grit at 8 p.m. March 9 — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday tickets will be complimentary to overnight guests of the Dillard House. Saturday tickets are $15 per person for pre-paid tickets, $20 per person if tickets are purchased at the door, $25 per person for reserved seating. 800-541-0671;

Tiger Mountain Vineyards, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with wine tastings and Irish cheeses to some great fiddle music. 706-782-9256;


Timpson Creek Gallery, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This beginner seminar will introduce students to the magic of glass bead making, using the technique of lampworking. The seminar will cover safety and basic studio setup. Many decorative techniques will be explored over the two days, giving students the

opportunity to make lots of beads. Space is limited to a maximum of six students; tuition is $225 per student. 706-782-5164;


During this event hosted by the Winegrowers Association of Georgia, wineries and affiliate members each have their own unique open house, with many offering food and wine pairings, music, barrel and library wine tastings, discounts, drawings and other special attractions. Wineries include Tiger Mountain and Persimmon Creek in Rabun County.

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Rabun Gap Nacoochee School campus is located on a mountain setting of 1400 acres and includes outdoor educational opportunities, including environmental stewardship programs.


to a bold bright future

Pursue your personal best in achievement and character. And be a member of a community that actively supports and encourages the same pursuit in others.


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A pril S aturdays — A pril through mid- N ovember TALLULAH FALLS BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE

Main Street, 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and come listen to Bluegrass music. Join the fun at the Tallulah Falls Opry on Main Street every Saturday night from April through November, weather permitting! Enjoy the bonfire, roasting marshmallows and eating hot dogs right off the grill.


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Foxfire Living History Days, Foxfire Museum, Mountain City, Ga. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join Foxfire in kicking off the celebration of its 45th anniversary in 2011, when The Foxfire Museum hosts two days of living heritage, with adults and children dressed in 1800s period clothing, showcasing the activities of daily life in the Southern Appalachian Mountains from 100 to 200 years in the past. Tickets are $6 for adults; ages seven to 10: $3; ages 6 and under: free. 706-746-5828;

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20 A Performance by Brenda Bynum “Jordon Is So Chilly”

Rearden Theater, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, 2 p.m. This performance is based on the writings of Lillian Smith, author of “Strange Fruit and Killers of the Dream.” Presented by the Lillian E. Smith Center, which is one of nine Georgia sites selected to be on the Southern Literary Trail.

25 to 27 CIRQUE XII — A Take Off of the Hobbit

Rearden Theater, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School The 12th anniversary of the Cirque program at Rabun Gap presents this performance based on “The Hobbit.” These very talented students will give a professional quality performance. Thursday showing at 7:30 p.m.; Friday showing at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday showing at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 706-746-7467;


Sponsored by P.E.A.R.L.s Junior Woman’s Club of Rabun Ramey Blvd., Clayton, Ga., 9 a.m.

The course is a fun, rolling, climbing race through the mountains of Clayton. It begins and ends on Ramey Boulevard. All runners and walkers will receive a colorful t-shirt and race pack. Additionally, all runners and walkers will be treated to plenty of fruit and water.;


Downtown Clayton, Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain or shine Celebrate Clayton is an arts, music, crafts and gardening event for all ages, with mouthwatering food and a super kids’ program.


Rabun Arena, Tiger, Ga., 8 a.m. Sponsored by the Wateree Cutting Horse Association. Horses will be on the grounds by 8 a.m. and the show begins at 9 a.m.


Tiger Mountain Vineyards Red Barn Café Come enjoy a fabulous dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Jamie Allred with wine pairings from Tiger Mountain Vineyard’s 2012 Petit Menseng. Reservations only; space is limited. $80 per person. 706-782-4777;

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MAY S aturdays — May through N ovember SIMPLY HOMEGROWN: A FARMERS MARKET

Clayton City Hall Complex, Hwy 76W, 9 a.m. to noon This market offers its many loyal customers with all locally grown produce and valueadded goods. In its 11th year of consecutive

operation in Rabun County. Customers can visit on Fridays and see the items that will be available.

Saturdays —  A pril through mid - N ovember TALLULAH FALLS BLUEGRASS ON THE SQUARE

Main Street, 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and come listen to Bluegrass music. Join the fun at the Tallulah Falls Opry on Main Street every Saturday night from April through November, weather permitting! Enjoy the bonfire,

roasting marshmallows and eating hot dogs right off the grill.


May through mid-November Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come enjoy a freshly prepared meal by Chef Jamie with featured food grown from one of the area’s local farms. Learn more about the local farmer and their methods of farming. Dinner is served from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 706-782-4946;


Concerts in the Rock House Park, Downtown Clayton, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the merchants of Clayton Come and enjoy great music and some wonderful shopping in downtown Clayton.


Blue Ridge Camp, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adrenaline Junkies… get ready for the wildest, most fun race this side of Insanity. BADASS DASH is the ultimate adventure and obstacle course challenge. Each race consists of a 5K to 7K course that will boast unconventional, but achievable obstacles that are truly BADASS. And although each race will have a minimum of 15 to 20 obstacles, not every race will have the same obstacles and you won’t know every obstacle that is on the course as the element of surprise is BADASS itself.


Rabun Arena, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday Presented by the Rabun County Fair Association, the carnival includes rides, craft exhibits, games, booths, and, of course, carnival food. You will not want to miss out on this family fun. Kids of all ages will have the time of their lives. For more information, call 706-982-0792.


Tallulah Gorge State Park, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a strenuous trek; it includes hiking down 531 stairs, a river crossing, jumping from rock to rock, and climbing boulders along the side of the river to Bridal Veil Falls where you can swim. Total miles: 3.5. Please, no pets along for the hike. Wear appropriate footwear; children must be 10 or older; bring food and water. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981; www.


Cashiers Valley

Spring in Western North Carolina


t’s hard to tell exactly when things perk up in the mountains, but all of a sudden homes closed for the winter are opened by owners who have patiently waited for the spring season to begin. Inns and rental cabins are gradually occupied. Home and property buyers pop in at real-estate and builder’s offices yielding to the mysterious call of the mountains. Planners put finishing touches on traditional charity events or their newest festival offering. Shops bring in new inventories while opening their doors for all to enter. Sightseeing residents and visitors alike make their way to favorite spots or seek to discover new ones. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, more than 40 miles of un-crowded scenic beauty, opens for travel. Auto tourists visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to view wildflowers and mountain continues on next page


Above: Easter Sunday Sunrise Service on the Cashiers Village Green Below: Crowds celebrate spring at the Greening up the Mountains Festival on Sylva, North Carolina’s Main Street, backdropped by the historic Jackson County Courthouse now housing the County’s Main Library. Photo by Kelly Donaldson, Crossroads Chronicle


continued from previous page landscapes while outdoor types enjoy the park’s camping, hiking, fishing and biking possibilities. The ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at the Cashiers Village Green is an annual tradition for many as is the Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade. Trekking or just walking to rushing waterfalls is a thrilling treat in spring as mountain-high waters fall down to fill lakes, rivers and streams. Boats that begin to slip onto beautiful Lake Glenville cruise to view the lake’s three spectacular falls that are quite different in spring than any other season of the year. Sylva’s Greening up the Mountains outdoor festival in April serves up music, food and crafts. Moving beyond early

Above: Young and old alike don their Easter bonnets at the Dillsboro, N.C. Easter Hat Parade

Jackson County Commissioners, with future center users, cut the ribbon for the opening of the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center located in Cashiers. Photo by Kelly Donaldson, Crossroads Chronicle

Below: A bride and groom take vows under a Carolina Blue sky backdropped by the lush green of surrounding mountains.


spring, Memorial Day signifies the close of spring and the advent of summer. New this year on the holiday weekend is the first annual Blues, Brews and BBQs sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. Jackson County’s Concerts by the Creek series begins a weekly schedule on Memorial Day weekend. For the more active residents and visitors, hiking trails are abundant throughout the area; cyclists are challenged by the hilly, winding mountain roads. The picturesque Tuckasegee River that flows throughout Jackson County is one of the best white-water rivers for beginners and families. Golfers will find challenging courses and charity tournaments to test their skills. Fly fishing is some of the best in the nation. Jackson County features some of the best trout waters anywhere and is home to the nation’s only fly fishing trail — the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. As enticing the excitement of spring may seem, it is still a season for relaxing, reflecting and awaiting the buzzing and busyness of the upcoming summer season, the season in Cashiers. More information about the Cashiers Valley and Jackson County can be found by contacting the following organizations. Jackson County Chamber of Commerce — Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce —, 828-743-5191 Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association —, 828-743-8428

Chocolate choices at the annual February Chocolate Cook-off in Cashiers Photo by Kelly Donaldson, Crossroads Chronicle

Our Passion. Your Plate. On the Verandah offers seasonally inspired cuisine, innovative food pairings, and an extensive wine list to complement your evening.

Dinner nightly from 6 p.m. Small plates and cocktails in the bar daily from 4 p.m. Champagne Brunch and Bloody Mary Bar on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special events on Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Beginning Easter Sunday, open for dinner seven nights a week and Sunday Brunch. At a Cashiers Valley tree farm, a mountain wedding bride and groom enjoy a light-hearted moment with attendants. Photo by Carol Adams, Solve-it

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Laurel Kitchen Tour Scheduled This Fall


eason magazine is pleased to sponsor again this year the second-annual Tour of Kitchens, presented by the Laurel Garden Club of Highlands. Club members are cooking up some interesting and exciting new attractions for the tour set for September 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the week prior to the official tour, various cooking

demonstrations are planned, to take place in fabulous venues and beautiful homes in Highlands. The tour features six Highlands Homes kitchens ranging from majestic to rustic, mansions to cottages. The tour offers a peek into the homes and gardens. A cooking demonstration will take place in one of the kitchens during the tour. Guests will arrive at the Performing Arts Center in downtown Highlands to coffee and sweet treats. They then will be shuttled to each of the six beautifully designed and appointed Highlands kitchens. There will be time to browse in the Laurel Garden Club shop for food items, arts, crafts and floral creations. The tour serves as a fundraiser for the club, which has donated more than $65,000 to local nonprofits for beautification of the Highlands plateau. Funds were acquired from combined profits of the award-winning cookbook, “Celebrate Highlands� and successful and popular 2011 Kitchen Tour. You will not want to miss the 2013 Kitchen Tour and Cooking Demonstrations. Tickets are $60 per person for the tour and only a limited number will be sold. Please check the website for more information. Season will feature additional coverage in its summer and fall issues. Photography by Helen Moore, LGC Member Photographer


Katurah Paulk, Anne Sullivan, Sarah Morgan Wingfield, Judy Allison

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Paoletti Uptown Italian Dining in Downtown Highlands Since 1984 Dinner Every Evening from 5:30 p.m. Full Dinner Menu Served at the Bar! Exceptional Wines and Robust Cocktails The Area’s Freshest Seafood Reservations: 828.526.4906

A Sampling of Jackson County/ Cashiers Valley Spring Events MARCH Largest Indoor Yard Sale — March 23; 828-507-4248 Dillsboro Easter Hat Parade — March 30;; 828-586-1600

Easter Sunrise Service — March 31;

APRIL Stonewall Challenge Golf Tournament — April 24;; 828-586-2155

Greening up the Mountains Festival — April 27; 828-586-2719;

MAY Southeast Fly Fishing Festival — May 17 and 18; Ramsey Center, Cullowhee; 828-586-2155

Zachery–Tolbert House Opening Event — May 18;

Concerts on the Creek — Memorial Day; July; 828-586-2155;

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Cashiers Valley Arts & Craft Fair — May 25 to 26;


Looking for Mountain Property? Let Bert Mobley assist you in your search. From Scaly Mountain to Lake Toxaway. Whether you’re looking for a second home with a 40-mile view, a walk-to-town condo, or a creek and pasture and room for a horse, we can find what you need.


Fabulous view lot in great Highlands neighborhood: $450k. (Picture A)


5.9 acre lot with long-range and rock face views and a large creek and waterfall (broker owned): $549k. (picture B) A three-bedroom home three minutes from downtown Highlands: $575k. A cabin in Horse Cove: $264,900. Level lakefront 3-bedroom on Lake Toxaway: $950k (picture C).


Bert Mobley, Broker • Highlands, NC 28741 828-526-8300 office • 828-200-0846 cell/text • •



Historic and hip at the same time, The Brickyard is the ideal spot for parties, weddings, receptions, corporate functions, or any other formal or informal gathering. Boasting the only open floor space in downtown Marietta, The Brickyard was originally constructed in 1920 and features original barreled wooden ceilings and brickwork. In the heart of Historic Marietta, yet convenient to Metro Atlanta, The Brickyard offers an exciting new location for your most memorable events.





Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club — Valentine’s Gala


he Chattahoochee Plantation Women’s Club hosted a Valentine’s Gala at the Atlanta Country Club on February 9, 2013. More than 150 guests enjoyed dinner, dancing and cocktails at the annual gala, which raises money for local charities. This year’s black-tie event raised more than $28,000 for the Child Development Association. CPWC is an organization of over 200 members and has been a primary connecting point for outstanding women in the East Cobb Chattahoochee Plantation Community for more than 40 years. The club has a long and proud history of providing members an array of opportunities for social interaction through annual events, activities, interest groups and special projects.

Photos courtesy of Ashley Poole Photography

Susan McCoy and Kim Sherk

Missy Malmberg and Susan Johnson

Sue and Bill Baer

Encouraged to “Get Your Cupid On,” guests Lynn and Jerry Thompson have fun with the props in the photo booth. Jim Weinstein keeps an eye on his bid for the mini-Mercedes pedal car, donated by RBM of Atlanta.

CPWC Co-Presidents Linda Pace and Carie Buchanan

Elizabeth and Larry Cooper

Jeff and Chris Cashman



Zoës Kitchen Now Open in East Cobb


ou’ve heard the news reports: the Mediterranean diet is healthiest. Here comes Zoës to the rescue! The popular Mediterranean-inspired restaurant now has seven locations in Atlanta and one of them is in East Cobb. The fast-casual Zoës Kitchen features fresh, savory dishes. It’s the kind of food you want your family to eat. East Cobb moms are

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finding it a great place to pick up dinner. Beef kabobs, anyone? “There has been tremendous growth in the Atlanta area and we’re excited that Zoës is a part of the boom,” says George Baldwin, regional operator of Zoës Kitchen in Atlanta. “We are thrilled to be a part of the community here.”


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nother favorite dine-in in East Cobb is California Pizza Kitchen. We were there as CPK launched two new mouth-watering seasonal menu items: the Brussels + Bacon Pizza and Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese Salad small plate, which will be on the menu at all locations through the end of March. The new items are embracing World Flavors — California style. The Brussels + Bacon Pizza is topped with sweet caramelized onions, Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, Romano cheese and creamy goat cheese with black pepper. It contains Brussels sprouts that have been hand-separated, tossed in olive oil and charred to give a crispy and sweet texture that complements the other ingredients. The Roasted Beets with Whipped Goat Cheese Salad is served as a small plate and includes a selection of colorful, seasonal beets on a bed of red watercress tossed with house-made lemon vinaigrette and adorned with California pistachios. Red watercress is renowned for its antioxidant content and has more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than an orange and more Roasted beet salad iron than spinach.

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New Jobs Coming to Cobb


nfosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing, plans to add approximately 200 new jobs in the next fiscal year at its Cumberland location in Cobb County, and expects additional expansion in the metro Atlanta area over the next couple of years. Infosys has identified Atlanta as a strategic hub for growth in the United States. Gautam Thakkar, vice president and unit head, Enterprise Services, Infosys BPO says, “We are impressed with the highly skilled talent pool available in Atlanta, and look forward to our expansion to continue to improve services to our customers.” The company also is committed to the local community as a whole. For example, the Infosys USA Foundation recently presented a grant to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s “Teen Girls in Technology” (TGI Tech) program,


which helps middle and high school girls cultivate an interest and competence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “Cobb County is excited to see one of its global companies expanding,” says Brooks Mathis, vice president of Economic Development for the Cobb Chamber and executive director of Cobb’s Competitive EDGE, a community and economic development strategy for the county. This jobs announcement also exemplifies the diversity of industries within the Cumberland submarket and Cobb County. This project is the result of teamwork and strategic partnerships between various agencies. Key members on this project include the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Cobb Chamber and the colleges and universities in Cobb County.

Roswell Resident Turns 100


lmcroft of Roswell resident Eleanor Wolff turned 100 years old on Christmas Day, born the same year of the Titanic sinking. A native of New York City, Eleanor moved to Georgia in 2005 to be near her daughter. She thinks of New York City as the “greatest city on Earth” and is always the first one at Friday happy hour to join in singing “New York, New York.” Wolff was employed by Bonwit Teller department store in Manhattan where she regularly met celebrities, including Mrs. Charles Lindbergh. Wolff was happily married for 64 years before her husband Bob’s passing in 1996. Together, they raised two children. Roswell Mayor Jere Wood has presented Wolff with a city proclamation honoring her 100th birthday. Wolff remains sharp and health-conscious making a point of drinking two large bottles of water daily. Returning from a recent doctor visit, Wolff proudly announced “He said I am doing just fine and he will see me in six months.”


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