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tlanta’s standing as a global hub and a truly international city is highlighted not only by our outstanding residents, but by the people and events that we host. So many internationally-known icons and entities are headquartered right here in the sleepy southern town I grew up in. But we’re sleepy no more! In a visionary alliance formed nearly a decade ago, Emory University began the cultural exchange with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. This has become a groundbreaking partnership. The Tibetan culture offers much for us to learn as its people have, over the centuries, become masters of mind-body medicine and exhibit the longevity to show its validity. There are so many elements to this fascinating curriculum that you must partake of this inspirational read. Another international celebrity who brightens our city is none other than Jane Fonda, a two-time Oscar and Emmy-winning actress, who was nominated for another Emmy this year for her portrayal of Leona Lansing in HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Her professional accolades are enhanced by her philanthropic commitment to some of the greatest needs in our southern community: teen pregnancy and obesity. Her amazingly effective GCAPP has helped to reduce teen pregnancy by a staggering 45% in Georgia, and now Jane has aggressively expanded GCAPP’s mission to combat obesity and convey higher self-esteem in teens by raising their awareness of healthy choices. Our list of historical venues certainly includes the Atlanta History Center. In this remarkable issue, president/ CEO Sheffield Hale, an eloquent historian full of southern charm who has taken the helm of this unique cultural center, shares so many fascinating tales. One of the loveliest weddings in Atlanta took place in
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August, as Lauren McLeod married Matt Hodges at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Their love story is enchanting, as Lauren says she fell in love with Matt in just 10 days! He proposed to her in a gorgeous lavender field in the South of France, and the rest, as they say, is happy history! And as it is our impressive citizens who make us the most generous city in the world, we are delighted to profile Cindy Widner Wall of PNC Bank for her heartfelt support and participation in this city’s most respected nonprofit endeavors. Many other intriguing features and people profiles round out our holiday issue, which I proudly present for your reading pleasure.
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ollowing her hiatus from the silver screen during her 10-year marriage to Ted Turner, Jane seems to have effortlessly glided right back into movie stardom as though she had never left. Personally, I think that her body of work in the past decade may be her best yet, as I realize how much I missed her onscreen presence.
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From Jane’s soon-to-bereleased movie “This is Where I Leave You.”
Her newest film roles are all intriguing characters, brilliantly portrayed. She is an actress! But this is what she does and not all that defines her. She is also a passionate activist and philanthropist. She’s deeply committed to adolescent issues, having found a great need among teenage girls when she first moved to Georgia. As the daughter of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, you might mistakenly think that Jane Fonda has led a fairy-tale life full of privilege. But the truth is that her mother died when she was just 12 years old, and this led to the most difficult and challenging years of her young life. As a teenager without her mother’s love and guidance, Jane admits to being terribly unhappy and lonely as she tried to figure out who she was and what she wanted from life. She tried to be perfect and to fit into the mold of what she believed was expected of her, but she felt that something was wrong with her because her teen years were so emotionally dysfunctional. She went on to achieve remarkable success, with a career that took her from fashion model to movie star and fitness guru. As a liberal feminist, she always sparked a few fires along the way. When Jane headed south to Atlanta in the early ’90s, she took up arms for something that no one wanted to touch: teen pregnancy. In 1995, she founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy and Prevention (GCAPP) to help a target group that she personally and profoundly related to: teenagers. The organization has since become one of the most 26
effective nonprofits in the Southeast to help impact a significant 45% decrease in teen pregnancy through amazingly effective grassroots efforts based on expert educational programs. “From the time I moved to Atlanta and married Ted, I was interested in learning everything I could about this state,” Fonda said, “and I actually might have learned more than even Ted knew.” The greater Atlanta region was divided by neighborhoods ranging from extreme wealth to extreme poverty, and the statistics on the poor communities included a nationwide record in teen pregnancy. Another startling factor was teen and adult obesity. The challenges to help teenagers became Fonda’s motivation to shake things up. Fonda learned from medical professionals that the part of the brain in which planning and decision-making takes place is still under construction and does not fully develop until the early to mid 20s. This helps explain why some teens engage in risky behavior without thinking about the long-term consequences. Jane puts it this way: “Teenagers are full of raging hormones with a not-yet-mature brain. It’s like a Ferrari engine in the body of a Model-T.” During GCAPP’s first decade, its mission was to strive to eliminate teen pregnancy and to offer safe living environments for teen moms, where they learn to be good parents for their babies and finish high school while planning and working toward a future, including a career to support herself and her child.
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I’M SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT STARTING A LEONA LANSING FAN CLUB Leona Lansing was the role Jane Fonda was born to play. This character embraces all the best of Jane’s real life strength, wit, sarcasm, brilliance and self-assuredness, as she is the cameo star of “The Newsroom,” HBO’S cable series about what really goes on inside one of the top cable news networks in the country. Only the characters inter-personal relationships are fiction, as writer/ producer Aaron Sorkin has brilliantly structured the story lines around actual worldwide news events. SAM WATERSTON, JANE FONDA AND MARCIA GAY HARDEN.
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GCAPP Board member Sonya Thompson and Daniel Meachum with GCAPP President and CEO Vikki Millender-Morrow.
Fonda’s compassion and empathy for Georgia’s teenage girls did not just begin or end when she learned the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy in our state.
Betsy Feltus, a special guest who came from her Natchez, MS home for the occasion of the Patron Party, looked admiringly at Jane Fonda and at her own daughter Ginny Brewer, who is Patron Committee Co-chair and a GCAPP Board member.
As is Fonda’s nature, she set out to learn everything she could about the teen pregnancy explosion within this largely economicallychallenged population. She consulted every expert she could find to understand this phenomenon so that she could effectively combat it. What she learned is that the socio-economic issues contributing to this were immense, including the lack of parental supervision in mostly single mother households, where the mother worked a full-time job in addition to raising her kids. Now was the time to take GCAPP to the next level. And Fonda gathered her incredible team and forged ahead. Still focused on this economically and socially challenged target group of teens, GCAPP has expanded its scope to address the high rate of obesity among adolescents (Georgia has the second highest rate in the nation), teaching young people how to make healthy choices about nutrition and their bodies. The organization likewise tweaked its name to the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. “Power & Potential” also refers to her efforts to encourage these teens to make healthier choices in relationships by recognizing what a healthy relationship both looks like and feels like. Through a generous grant to Emory School of Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health in 2001. The goal of the center is to prevent adolescent pregnancy through training and program development. “I am excited to be partnered with the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University, one of the world’s leading universities, in providing research, education, training and inspiration to those who guide young people as they develop and mature,” Fonda said. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT GCAPP.ORG OR JANEFONDACENTER.EMORY.EDU.
Danielle Beck and Jarey Milbury with GCAPP Development Director Kathy Egan.
JANE SAID, “Divorce doesn’t stop the love.” She says she has stayed very close with ex-husband, Ted Turner, and her affection and respect for her step-daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Rutherford Seydel, is as close and enduring as any mother-daughter relationship could be. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
A Wealth of Knowledge ...Found in Translation “I am a simple monk” is the way His Holiness the Dalai Lama describes himself. But to the American scholars who have gotten to know him, he is an ambassador for humanity. What he brings to Atlanta’s Emory University is an immeasurable cultural and academic exchange between two of the most diverse cultures on the planet. 30
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama, one of the worldâ€™s most renowned and revered voices for peace and universal ethics, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and the 1989 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
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Event designer Tony Brewer and Emory’s Michael Kloss, pictured with the Dalai Lama, have worked together since 2007 orchestrating the special private events held for the Dalai Lama during his visits to Atlanta. “As Tony and I have said numerous times when struggling through the complicated security, timing and protocol logistics of producing these events, it’s not about the lunch,” Kloss said. “Beyond the décor, flowers and artwork, people are truly the centerpiece of these events.”
HIS HOLINESS THE XIV DALAI LAMA • • • • • • • • • • •
Discovered at age 2 as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama Began studying as a monk at age 6 Assumed full Dalai Lama duties in 1950 Fled from Tibet in 1959 during the Tibetan Uprising due to fears of retaliation from Chinese government Has lived in India since political exile from Tibet Won Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 Bestowed with over 150 awards and recognitions Co-authored over 110 books Has traveled to more than 67 countries spanning 6 continents to teach Special visits to Emory in 2007, 2010 and 2013 Teaches compassion, peace and inter-religious understanding for all people
his October, more than 12,000 guests flocked to the Gwinnett Center and Emory campus for the amazing opportunity to see, hear and witness His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. “The Visit 2013” marked the Dalai Lama’s third trip to Atlanta as a Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University. In a remarkably unique and highly revered collaboration, the school works hand-in-hand with the Dalai Lama to integrate the best of Western and Tibetan Buddhist education through science, religion and mind/body medicine. In short: ancient Tibetan wisdom meets modern scientific understanding. Conceived in 1998, the Emory-Tibet Partnership (ETP) has succeeded tremendously. Adding to the cultural and religious exchanges, enterprising work is being done through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, bringing a modern science curriculum into the Tibetan monastic education; the Emory-Tibet Medical Science Initiative, studying traditional Tibetan healing in modern research labs; and Cognitively Based Compassion Training, researching the physiological, psychological and behavioral benefits of compassion. “Our relationship has been a true mutual exchange of knowledge,” said Emory University President James W. Wagner. “Emory brings modern science education to Tibetan monastics on campus and throughout India. In turn, the Emory community benefits from the Tibetan Buddhist contemplative traditions of compassion meditation and holistic medicine, with an emphasis on the interplay of mind and body. “Each community receives the best of what the other has to offer in this intellectual and cultural interchange, creating a foundation for discoveries that expand our understanding of humanity,” Wagner continued. The Dalai Lama applauds the multi-faceted exchange. “This historic work is a testament to Emory’s sincere commitment to advancing human knowledge by drawing on the unique and complementary strengths of the Tibetan and Western traditions,” he said. “I firmly believe that education is an indispensable tool for the flourishing of human well-being and the creation of a just and peaceful society.” During the Dalai Lama’s momentous trips to Atlanta, a myriad of public and private events – from talks, panels and summits to cultural
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Emory University President James Wagner welcomes the Dalai Lama to Atlanta as a Presidential Distinguished Professor. The Dalai Lama accepted his first university appointment ever at Emory University in 2007.
“For more than 30 years I have been engaged in an ongoing exchange with scientists, exploring what modern scientific knowledge and the time-honored science of mind embodied by the Tibetan tradition can bring to each other’s understanding of reality,” said His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. “This is important because the greatest problems humanity faces today must be addressed not only on a material level, but also on a psychological and emotional level. celebrations and intimate gatherings – are planned for what has been coined “The Visit.” Michael P. Kloss, Emory’s Chief of Protocol and executive director of the Office of University Events, orchestrates much of it. In the past six years, he has produced nearly 50 hours of live events with the Dalai Lama for more than 50,000 guests and 300,000 online viewers. The exclusive social events, critical for financial support, are sandwiched between the live public events. “We’ve welcomed the world to Atlanta in venues as varied as campus chapels, classrooms, Centennial Olympic Park, and just recently the Gwinnett Center having outgrown our campus facilities,” Kloss said. “One can feel nothing but privileged to be witness to these interactions, and to hear firsthand how lives have changed and more will follow. For the opportunity to play a small part in that greater good, I am deeply appreciative to Emory University.”
Event designer Tony Brewer, who has been involved with Emory’s private events for the Dalai Lama since 2007, says he has been honored and humbled to play a role. “To be able to provide the gift of beautiful surroundings to His Holiness, who has so enriched my own life, is the highest honor I could wish for,” Brewer said. The Dalai Lama has said that a “need for simple human-tohuman relationships is becoming increasingly urgent…Universal responsibility is feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own. It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness. We must recognize that all beings want the same thing that we want. This is the way to achieve a true understanding.” Through Emory University’s relationship with His Holiness, this pure and sincere hope is being heard across Atlanta and beyond.
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â€™Tis the season to sparkle in Tiffany. Pendants with diamonds and gemstones in platinum from the 2013 Blue Book Collection: pear-shaped morganite, tanzanite drop, oval morganite briolette with 18 karat rose gold. Price upon request.
Ring in the New Year with Swarovskiâ€™s crystalline cocktail glasses that dazzle with crystal chaton-filled stems and a large faceted clear crystal base. $390, set of two.
The Nirvana Star Clutch by Swarovski glitters with 2,744 clear crystals on black satin on one side and black lambskin on the other. It comes with an exclusive Nirvana-cut crystal closure. Price upon request. For novelty holiday finds, Bella Bag in Atlanta has a seasonal selection of collectibles, including the Louis Vuitton Red Alma snow globe ($749) and Trunk Porter glass dome ($799).
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Fine jewelry and watches can be acquired through the thriving auction industry at a steal of a deal! High-end auctions are becoming a new standard for the savvy buyer.
A cushion-shape diamond single-stone ring, weighing 14.07 carats, with a GIA certificate stating it is G colour, VS1 clarity. David Morris, London. Estimate $500,000-700,000. This piece is among the selected jewels from the collection of renowned novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford to be sold at auction at Bonhams New Bond Street headquarters in London on Dec. 5.
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A RED BARON’S ALWAYS HAS A STUNNING SELECTION OF COVETED WATCHES LIKE THIS BRIETLING NAVITIMER 18 KT ANd STAINLESS WITH DIAMOND BEZEL CHRONOGRAPH (TOP) AND THIS SWISS FINE CHRONOGRAPH WITH ALLIGATOR BAND (BOTTOM).
THIS 25.6 CARAT DIAMOND BRACELET SET IN 18K GOLD WAS RECENTLY SOLD AT THE OCTOBER RED BARON’S AUCTION FOR LESS THAN 20% OF APPRAISED VALUE.
mong the coveted offerings at auction are not just fine art and antiques, but unbelievable bargains in fine jewelry. It is entirely conceivable that a five-caratplus diamond dream ring can be acquired at a fraction of the cost of retail, as the economic woes have fostered the newest and most popular way of investing in fine jewelry. Within the past five years, advertisements saying “WE BUY GOLD!” have popped up all over the country. As the economy faltered, hurting the fine jewelry industry, the price of gold and other precious metals has skyrocketed, adding insult to injury to retail jewelers. Many of the fine jewelry stores have grown their “Estate Jewelry departments” within their showrooms, providing substantially discounted items to their clientele. But the gold buyers who have thrived during this historical period are not the only new explosion of businesses. Highly respected auction houses, including industry leaders like Bonhams, Freeman’s, Red Baron’s and Brunk, have gathered a windfall of diamond jewelry, watches and more, as it has become a win-win industry for both buyers and sellers. The auction format ensures that a fair price is paid for merchandise driven by willing buyers and sellers. And while some gems will trade at a premium, others will trade for a very nice buyer price. Though auction houses do charge a commission for facilitating a sale, these fees are far less than retail markups.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN ITEM IS AUTHENTIC? Purveyors of fine jewelry historically have stamped their merchandise with identifying marks, which provide authentication. Cartier, Tiffany, Bulgari and others can be easily certified by the professional appraisers who work for the auction houses. The karat of the gold (14, 18 and sometimes 24!) can be determined through stamps and chemical testing. Reputable auction houses will accurately appraise and identify the treasures that go through their doors providing a comfort level to new auction buyers.
A GUIDE TO GETTING IN THE AUCTION LOOP So, just how do you get the best pieces for the best prices? Be smart about it. Always buy from a reputable auction house with a proven track record. Most offer a five-day return policy, giving the buyer time to have the item independently appraised. Also make sure the purchases are guaranteed, with a full refund available if the item is not what it is said to be. Do some background research by browsing catalogs, attending auctions, and checking comparable prices. Check out clarity, cut and color charts at the Gemological Institute of America website at www.GIA.edu. Ask questions at the auction house. Be informed about what you want to buy. 36
A pair of cultured pearl and diamond earclips. Harry Winston, New York. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. THESE Pieces are among the selected jewels from the collection of renowned novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford to be sold at auction at Bonhams New Bond Street headquarters in London on Dec. 5.
from freeman’s auction a Lady’s Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace. Each pearl approx. 8.5-9 mm, accented by platinum and yellow gold ‘butterfly’ with diamond and colored sapphire set wings. Estimate: $5,0007,000 / Result: $12,500.
An antique sapphire and diamond brooch. S J Phillips, London. Estimate: $100,000-150,000.
LOOKING TO SELL? You might have some hidden gems tucked away in your jewelry box. Here are a few items trending in the jewelry market: colored gemstones, particularly emeralds from Columbia, sapphires from Kashmir and rubies from Burma; natural pearls; signed pieces by major designers like Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, David Webb and Harry Winston (especially from older periods like Art Deco); and estate jewelry that has been in private hands for many years, like an old mine cut diamond ring or jeweled jabot pins.
from freeman’s auction an impressive lady’s 14.87 carat fancy yellow diamond ring. Estimate: $225,000-325,000 / Result: $314,500.
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Callanwolde Estate open for tours Put on your walking shoes. The 12-acre Callanwolde estate has opened its doors for weekday tours, showcasing the 27,000-square-foot mansion as well as the gardens and outer buildings. The impressive GothicTudor Revival style mansion was built in 1920 for one of Atlanta’s preeminent families, Charles Howard Candler, eldest son of Asa Candler, founder of Coca-Cola. Saved from demolition in 1971 by the citizens of DeKalb County, the architectural landmark in the historic Druid PHOTOGRAPHY BY DREW NEWMAN Hills neighborhood of Atlanta now serves as a unique fine arts center and hub of cultural activity. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Representing the South for Over 30 Years Visitors will have the pleasure of listening Integrity • Discretion • Results to the Aeolian Organ, one of the few of its kind in the country. Specially designed for the house, it’s comprised of 3,742 pipes.
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Freeman’s Auction A local connection to the global market
reeman’s, America’s oldest auction house, has been a leading fine art and antiques auctioneer and appraiser since 1805. Its extensive marketing, targeted advertising and the expansive reach of live internet bidding, combined with Freeman’s strategic alliance with Scotland’s oldest auction house, Lyon & Turnbull, provide a strong presence in the global marketplace, attracting a diverse group of bidders. The Southeast team has a seasoned staff with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the auction business. With the strength of its Philadelphia departments, Freeman’s builds on a foundation of specialized knowledge and offers the full gamut of auction services: accurate and competitive cataloging, including
pre-sale estimates and reserves; extensive research of property and market trends; in-house photography; catalogues; single-owner auctions; and a commitment to both consignors and buyers to provide seamless client service throughout the auction process. The appraisal services include verbal auction estimates – free of charge – as well as formal fair market valuations for a variety of needs, including estate planning, estate tax, charitable donations, gift tax, insurance and retail replacement. Freeman’s expertise includes rare books, maps and manuscripts; English and American furniture, silver and decorative arts; decorative Asian arts; European and American paintings and sculpture; modern and contemporary art; jewelry and watches; and photographs and photobooks.
AT YOUR SERVICE IN THE SOUTHEAST HOLEN MILES LEWIS, a native Atlantan, recently joined Freeman’s as director of Business Development and Trusts & Estates for the Southeast. She was formerly VP of Trusts & Estates for Christie’s in New York City. Her extensive experience ranges from generalist appraisal training to benefit auctioneering. A graduate of The Lovett School and member of the Atlanta Debutante Club, Holen earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in the Art Market and Connoisseurship from Christie’s Education in Manhattan.
COLIN CLARKE, Vice President, opened Freeman’s first regional office in Charlottesville in 2004 to focus on clients in the greater Southeast. He has over three decades of art business expertise, including his first post as a restorer for the Royal Collection.
An Invitation to Consign Whether you are selling a single work of art or an entire collection, Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house, will help you navigate the consignment process. With locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, we are your local connection to the global art market. Freeman’s Southeastern representatives Colin Clarke and Holen Miles Lewis, an Atlanta native, will be in your area the week of January 27 to evaluate fine art, antiques, and jewelry for the spring 2014 auction season. To discuss consignment options or for a complimentary and confidential appointment, please contact: Fine Art & Antiques Colin Clarke 434.409.4549 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fine Jewelry or Trusts & Estates Holen Miles Lewis 434.409.0114 email@example.com
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A gift in need... is a gift indeed
BY MONICA PEARSON
This is the season of lists: party list, grocery list, baking list, Christmas card list, gift list and a list for your lists. So what to give to a girlfriend who has everything? How about a gift to a girl who has nothing?
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ust look at this list, the result of research for the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. This list is like a snowball in your face, a shock, cold and hard to accept: a 51 percent four-year graduation rate for Atlanta Public Schools in 2012; between 26 and 36 percent of single female-headed households living below the poverty level in five metro counties; one in five babies in those counties in 2009 born to mothers still in high school or with no diploma; and 81,000 girls living in poverty right now,
in those five counties of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett. Over 27 years The Atlanta Women’s Foundation gave more than $12 million to organizations that help girls and women. Its annual fundraising luncheon, “Numbers Too Big To Ignore,” recently packed 1,200 women and a few men into the Tom Murphy Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center. As always there was an uplifting speaker, but what was most uplifting was that people gave at least $81 a piece to help one of those 81,000 girls. With a credit card, cash or check, they gave a way out of no way – hope, opportunity and a gift that literally could change a child’s life. Talk about a wise investment and a gift to the community. Women are the carriers of life. Women nurture. But women and girls need access. “AWF supports organizations that lift women and girls up and out of poverty by increasing their access to services and opportunities for advancement.” Those were the words written on the luncheon program that provide food for thought and action. Chew on that for a moment, especially as you write out your Christmas gift list. Ask yourself, does Rhonda really need another necklace or Lynell another pair of pajamas? Does Helen really need another sweater or scarf she probably will re-gift? Instead, write each of them a heartfelt note. List the qualities you love about them and tell them how your gift to them this year is a gift to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation in their name, to help mold another Rhonda, Lynell or Helen for the future. And all the while hum the song Beyoncé made famous, knowing your gift can make it possible, “Run the World (Girls)” – if only given the chance. Now add that to your list of lists! SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
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UP! Against Violence on V-Day 2014
Sara Blakely and Laura Turner Seydel at the One Billion Rising Rally in Woodruff Park on V-Day 2013.
Globally, one in three women and girls are raped and brutalized in their lifetime – that’s one billion women. These one billion women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and those who will be bringing future generations into the world. Eve Ensler, world-renowned author, playwright and activist, answered the call to this epidemic in 1998 by starting her V-Day campaign to end violence against women. Marking its 15th anniversary on Feb. 14, 2013, V-Day launched its largest campaign to date, One Billion Rising, inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP and DEMAND an end to this violence. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders. Over one billion people rose up in over 200 countries, and I am proud that here in Atlanta we had incredible participation and V-Day drew a large crowd to Woodruff Park to Rise. For 2014, Eve wants to take One Billion Rising deeper and bigger. Through her amazing work at the City of Joy in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo), the rape capital of the world, Eve realized that women’s justice is not an isolated issue. You can’t look at women’s justice without looking at other forms of justice, like racial or climate justice. For example, I recently participated in the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit, a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and 42
sustainability solutions. One woman spoke about how in her village they were now having to plant crops four times a year due to climate change related problems. Another woman spoke of water reserves drying up, and yet another on the widespread displacement of the indigenous people in the Amazon. These are burdens that fall disproportionately on the women of the world as the main caretakers of the family and of children. So this year Eve is asking the world over to look to where you need justice and participate on V-Day, One Billion Rising for Justice. This will be a day of action and activism in which one billion of us will stand together and raise our voices as one to denounce injustice in all its forms against humanity and our planet. Women who are survivors of gender violence and those who love them will come together in community and solidarity outside places where we are entitled to justice. That includes colleges, schools, police stations, government offices, courtrooms, places of worship, military courts, embassies and sites of environmental injustice, as well as our workplaces and our homes. Imagine, one billion women releasing their stories,
Above left: The One Billion Rising Rally in Woodruff Park on Feb. 14, 2013. Above: Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, at last year’s rally. Left: Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media and V-Board member, interviews Eve Ensler, founder of the V-Day campaign to end violence against women. Below: Rev. Gerald Durley, Laura Seydel, Rev. Bernice King and Bishop Barbara King, who all spoke at the State Capitol during the 2013 One Billion Rising Rally.
dancing and speaking out at places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls. It is our moral imperative to end the violence and rape of our bodies and of Mother Earth. One Billion Rising for Justice is a day not only to root out and expose injustice, but a day that empowers and strengthens us, and builds our communities by coming together and creating new friendships. I hope you will join me and many of Atlanta’s community leaders on Feb. 14, 2014, for One Billion Rising for Justice Atlanta (www.OneBillionRisingAtlanta.org). I am also excited to share that Eve Ensler will be honored in Atlanta by the King Center on Jan. 18 with the 2014 Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. Award. Muhammad Ali and Khalida Brohi will also be honored at the event (www.salutetogreatness. eventbrite.com). We have a lot to be proud of here in Atlanta, so join me on V-Day 2014 to RISE UP against injustice! CHECK OUT ONEBILLIONRISING.ORG TO SEE PICTURES AND INSPIRING VIDEO FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD FROM 2013’S ONE BILLION RISING. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
GUARDIAN of Great Southern Tales
Sheffield Hale – Steward of Atlanta’s History
native Atlantan, F. Sheffield Hale brings a lifelong passion for history to his position as the president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. Since stepping into this executive position in 2012, following 25 years of volunteer service with the AHC, Hale has been working diligently on the organization’s mission to connect people, history and culture. “We want to be seen as a valuable, relevant, exciting, convenient, engaging, modern, inclusive, immersive, thoughtprovoking and welcoming civic and cultural organization that impacts people’s lives and effects positive change in the community,” he said.
SHEFFIELD HALE WITH COSTUMED INTERPRETERS AT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER.
YOUR FAMILY HAS A LONG HISTORY OF PRESERVING ATLANTA’S
WHAT FASCINATES YOU ABOUT OUR CITY’S HISTORY?
PAST. TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR PASSION FOR HISTORY?
The ability of Atlanta, from generation to generation, to create outstanding leaders who see a vision of what a town with no natural reason to exist – no harbor, no navigable rivers, no minerals, or particularly fertile land – to become the center of the South. It did not happen by accident, it took sustained leadership and a lot of brass to build Atlanta into what she is today.
I grew up in a family of storytellers who related – usually with a great deal of imbedded humor – stories of family, and the people and history in the communities in which they lived. I was surrounded by their images and tales and they were always a part of my life. History seemed personal and fun and there was always a message on the importance of sharing family history through stories. That’s what history is – it’s storytelling and those stories show how we are all the product of the collective efforts of those before us and how their own history can shape our personal lives. I think the same kind of perspective is important when you are thinking about your relationship to the community in which you live. It was built by people you did not know and it is important that you appreciate their individual and collective efforts that you enjoy today. I believe that this type of perspective has the desired civic effect of encouraging you to work in similar fashion to make the city a better place for those who will come after us. Institutions like the Atlanta History Center help us understand our history in a way that creates a shared sense of ownership and community that in turn will encourage us all to work for our mutual benefit and those who will follow. 44
WHY IS THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OF ATLANTA SO VITAL TO OUR FUTURE?
Preservation provides an antidote to our chronic cultural amnesia by reminding us of the past and promoting the telling of stories which make up our history. Historic preservation speaks both to memory and the realization that we have an obligation to those who have come before us and will come after us. Historic preservation also provides us with a road map in the context of the past 60 years of poor land planning and unsustainable design as to how to structure a city. Human civilization had figured out a pretty good way to organize itself until we threw away many of the key precepts – grid streets, walkability and human oriented design, when the car gave us the ability to radically reorder our relationships to each other and the landscape. The reason that
“Our mission is to connect people, history, and culture in ways that build an informed and inspired community – one that is connected to the past, engaged in the present, and empowered by their ability to shape their community’s future. Unlike any other local institution, we have the distinct ability and unique mission to connect all Atlantans to a greater understanding of both where we live and about those with whom we share and build our community.”
Prior to joining the Atlanta History Center, Sheffield Hale served as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and was a Partner practicing corporate law in the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He serves as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, and Fox Theatre, Inc. He holds a degree in history from the University of Georgia and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
people are moving back into cities is because they like the way they work – the scale, quality and layout that historic city centers and neighborhoods provide. YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER FOR A QUARTER OF A CENTURY. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN HAPPENING DURING THIS TIME? WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON?
I’ve witnessed the evolution of this organization in both infrastructure and its growing commitment to become more outward looking. The Center is at a critical point in which physical and programmatic changes are underway and change is happening. Nevertheless, to truly achieve a successful transformation, we must have a shift that is more than a physical transformation. We are creating a new culture here. Beyond documenting history, we want to emerge as an active, engaging, vibrant voice in telling Atlanta’s stories and connecting our communities through the AHC and all that we do – both on-site and in the community. We are continuing to work on our capital campaign for the extensive renovation of the Atlanta History Museum building, and the signature exhibit on the history of Atlanta. Construction will begin in the summer of 2014. In preparation for the
renovation, the AHC has spent the past three years strategically strengthening and building new audiences through increased programming for adults, families and young professionals. One area’s focus was to increase the diversity and quantity of our author program series at the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell House and, so far, we have seen more than 4,000 lecture attendees over the past year. WHAT ARE SOME NEW WAYS THAT THE AHC IS CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY?
We have listened to our audiences, and in particular our family audiences. Perception of history and museums, and the AHC, is our biggest barrier, and often excludes us from being seen as “age appropriate” for children, teens and families. Over the past year, we have increased our signature family festivals from 6 to 11 per year and have seen a 7% increase in our attendance. We attribute much of that growth to the festivals (which include Sheep to Shawl, Fall Folklife Festival, Day of the Dead and the Holiday Spirit), as well as through the expansion of our monthly toddler program, Magic Mondays, and Homeschool Days. Ultimately, the AHC strives to play an even more important SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
The Atlanta History Museum anchors the 33-acre campus of the Atlanta History Center. A capital campaign is underway to redesign the building and its signature Atlanta History exhibition. interpretive role for the metro area by becoming known for its innovative and thought-provoking methods of presenting local and regional stories to a national audience and national stories to a local and regional audience. Perhaps the most transformative initiative to our programming is Meet the Past, a new multi-year programming initiative, funded by the Goizueta Foundation, that brings to life the stories of real people from history through museum theater and interactive interpretation. As we plan for a presence in the community that is not just driven by exhibitions, Meet the Past is expanding into a regular offering with characters and museum theater experiences used to share the stories of our past throughout our exhibitions, historic houses and grounds. For example, the new Smith Family Farm experience allows visitors to encounter a Piedmont Georgia farm facing the challenges of the Civil War on the home front. The visitor becomes a partner in history as they interact with historic characters, including members of the Smith family, enslaved men and women who lived on the farm, neighbors and others. The living history characters share personal stories, perspectives and highlights of what life was like 150 years ago in 1863, engaging visitors in conversations, demonstrations and daily tasks from past times. One year ago, we launched Party with the Past, a free afterhour program series designed to engage young professionals with the History Center. With a tagline “Free History, Cold Beer,” this series shows that history can have some humor and gets us off of our campus and directly into other communities. Each party takes place at a different historic spot in the city and more than 2,700 people have attended at locations like the Margaret 46
Mitchell House, Auburn Avenue, Oakland Cemetery, the Fox Theater, Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points, Swan House and Zoo Atlanta. We’re seeing people coming to Party with the Past and then visiting our campus for other events because they want to be more involved. On Jan. 1, 2013, the Franklin M. Garrett Library and Studio became the new home of the Atlanta branch of StoryCorps, a tremendous partnership between StoryCorps, WABE 90.1 FM and the AHC. This innovative radio program allows people of all walks of life to record and share their stories. TELL US ABOUT PLANS TO RESHAPE THE MUSEUM, AND THE EVOLUTION OF THE NEW ATLANTA STORY EXHIBITION.
The AHC was founded 87 years ago with a focus on preserving Atlanta’s history through collecting. The opening of the Atlanta History Museum in 1993 was a watershed event. The museum and exhibitions allowed us to expand focus, and provide a broader interpretation of Atlanta’s history, through our collections. Through our Kenan Research Center, collections, exhibitions, programming, and interpretation, we are weaving local history into a national story. Our museum front presence on West Paces Ferry does not properly portray the AHC of today. Our current capital campaign focuses on improving our front yard presence from West Paces Ferry Road. We want our campus to become an open, vibrant and welcoming place for our visitors and community. How can our street presence become something iconic and inviting while respecting the commercial and residential area of our location? We want to design an engaging visitor experience from the
The Swan House at the Atlanta History Center is an elegant, classically styled mansion built in 1928 for the Edward H. Inman family, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. Tours allow visitors to explore this beautifully restored historic home.
moment they enter our property. I believe we are going to achieve that with a new building design for the museum. At the core of the capital campaign is the reimagining of the current Metropolitan Frontiers exhibition. The new Atlanta exhibition, filling the same space and footprint as Metropolitan Frontiers, will employ sustainable best practices for educational and immersive technology while remaining focused on real artifacts and documents from our collection. Presenting the personal stories of those who helped pave the way to the Atlanta we know today, major themes such as race and civil rights and Atlanta’s entrepreneurial spirit will provide the framework for visitors to learn how our city came to be. The exhibition would look at a mix of technology, programming/performances within exhibitions, online interactions, featured objects, etc.
Our grounds are unique, but underutilized. How do we make that asset better available to our community and strengthen the benefit of the greenspace we provide in the heart of Buckhead? These are questions we are asking ourselves daily and look forward to finding the right mix of gardens and grounds improvements and programming to attract a new audience of outdoor enthustiasts to the AHC.
HISTORY ASIDE, THE CENTER SERVES AS A VAST GREENSPACE IN THE HEART OF BUCKHEAD, FILLED WITH GARDENS AND TRAILS. HOW ARE YOU LOOKING TO BETTER UTILIZE THIS AREA?
We want to continue the improvement we started in our back yard over the past 10 years with the restoration of both historic houses, the construction of the Quarry Garden Bridge, the Connor Brown Discovery Trail, and the Mabel Dorn Reeder Amphitheater. We are looking to invest substantial resources in improving infrastructure, accessibility and interpretation of our 22 acres of greenspace and historic gardens, with a focus on native Georgia and Piedmont plants. There is so much history to be told through our gardens – agricultural, medicinal, native heirloom plants – and this will perhaps be one of our biggest areas of transformations.
The Smith Family Farm at the Atlanta History Center includes the Tullie Smith House, a plantation-plain house built in the 1840s by the Robert Smith family.
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BY RONALD E. GOLDSTEIN, DDS
The Power of a Woman’s Smile W
e all do it…some more than others, but why? Perhaps actor and author John Cleese in “The Human Face” said it best, “A genuine smile gives us a warm glow of pleasure. A quick raise of the eyebrows grabs our attention – it is our most common expression of greeting” For many years I have observed that women seem to find it easier than men to flash a big smile. However, when I smile back, I think I am smiling just as much, but evidently not! I recently caught myself looking into my car mirror and I found what I thought was a big smile was just a medium grin. So was this just a fluke? I vowed to continue to test myself in my car mirror when I would let a woman driver go first at a stop sign, or a mother cross the road. I watched patiently. When they offered their friendly smiles and I smiled back only to steal a look in my rearview mirror, I consistently found mine was anything but a big toothy grin! So now I was confused. Was it really easier for women to suddenly smile? And were women giving a fake smile or a true smile? Psychology author Paul Ekman says, “We smile for many different reasons.” But he adds, “There is only one smile that is the true smile.” And yet even our “fake” smile can offer benefits. Perhaps Ekman’s opinion that a “polite smile” of “thanks” could be what women may offer easier than men. After all, a study by Yale psychologist Marianne LaFrance and others showed that women do tend to smile more than men, except when they are in similar situations. There are masking smiles to cover up what you are feeling, as well as enjoyment smiles. CEO of LittlePinkBook.com, Cynthia Good agreed with the research that women smile more than men. She states “Early on, women are taught to be pleasant. Smiling is one way to accomplish that. It’s also a way to diffuse tension. Women are often under pressure to come across as ‘nice,’ and smiling makes a person appear friendly. Also, older women are told to smile so they look more youthful and attractive. In our youth
obsessed culture this comes in handy.” Southern hospitality is a known fact, so I wondered if Southern women are taught to smile more when growing up. Atlanta psychiatrist Dr. Sheldon Cohen acknowledged, “In my experience, I think Southern women are taught to smile more and we like to smile back at them so they want to smile even more.” Good adds that based on her experience growing up in Los Angeles but now living in Atlanta, “Women in the South smile more frequently. They are taught to be sweet and friendly.” Maybe that is just another reason why I love living in Atlanta. In an article by Katy Waldman for Slate, Waldman wrote, “In a raft of studies, women report smiling more than men (and men report smiling less than women). They speak of grinning on the job with strangers, with relatives, in a dazzlingly diverse array of situations. An unscientific scan of high school yearbook photos, newspaper clippings, Facebook pics, and advertisements backs up those studies: Women flash their pearly whites far more frequently than men, at least when someone is taking their picture. And in simulated job interviews, female participants salt their speech with smiles, while male test subjects are more likely to adopt neutral expressions.”
CAN A SMILE PREDICT THE FUTURE? Psychologist, Dr. Dacher Keltner thinks so, and backs up his opinion with four decades of research that showed that a smile can indeed predict the future. His study was based on how a single smile in a photograph can and did predict women’s happiness four decades later! Keltner and his team studied photographs of young women at age 21 in their yearbook and surveyed them up to their 50s. They coded the presence of two muscle actions: the zygomatic major which pulls the lip corners up; and the orbicularis oculi, which circles the eye, when that muscle contracts it is associated with pleasure. The genuine smile of enjoyment not only makes us feel good but it makes others feel good as well. Just ask Mr. Kadokawa,
Atlanta model Daisy Santana has a natural smile that encourages viewers to smile back at her.
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a smiling school tutor in Japan, who states, “In the past, Japanese culture discouraged smiling but now it is ok and people are learning how to smile.” In India, Laughing Club founder Dr. Madan Kataria has many classes teaching people to laugh, which boosts the immune system and helps people to smile more. Even “force laugh helps since the body doesn’t know the difference…” It still works! On a personal note, I have taken thousands of photographs of both men and women before any treatment to improve their smiles. But when asked to smile, 90% of the time I see a fake smile. However, after I have finished making improvements, they don’t hesitate to dazzle their true smile. I believe that a major reason is the subconscious realization that they are now proud of how their smile looks. In fact, I have had numerous patients who had been hiding their smile for so long it took retraining of their muscles plus realizing they could and should smile. The realization that their smiles were indeed good enough allowed them to finally let others enjoy seeing it too. Another reason for not smiling was brought out by writer Meredith Lepore, who penned an article in defense of actress Kristin Stewart, who she said is known for not smiling. Stewart explained in the June issue of Vanity Fair that it was her anxiety over not appearing real that causes her to not smile. So, for whatever reason folks hesitate to smile, their decision does affect how others see them and form their opinions about them as well. We humans have facial muscles that enable us to make up to 7,000 distinct expressions, but we only use about 100 of them! So if you feel your smile is holding you back from enjoying life more or keeping you from getting a better job, it may be time to consider changing your smile. It might even change your life as well!
WITH A LIFELONG INTEREST IN BEAUTY, DR. RONALD GOLDSTEIN CONDUCTS ONGOING RESEARCH ON THE PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS PHENOMENON AND ITS ROLE IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF PERSONAL SUCCESS. HIS DENTAL PRACTICE WAS THE FIRST TO MOVE BEYOND THE SMILE AND FOCUS ON OVERALL FACIAL HARMONY. HE WRITES EXTENSIVELY FOR BOTH CONSUMERS AND THE DENTAL PROFESSION ON BEAUTY, ESTHETIC DENTISTRY AND RELATED TOPICS. DR. GOLDSTEIN IS THE AUTHOR OF THE 2-VOLUME TEXTBOOK, ESTHETICS IN DENTISTRY AND CHANGE YOUR SMILE (12 FOREIGN TRANSLATIONS), WHICH NOW IN ITS 4TH EDITION IS THE TOP-SELLING CONSUMER GUIDE TO COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOUND IN THOUSANDS OF DENTISTS’ RECEPTION ROOMS AROUND THE WORLD. HE IS ON THE ADVISORY BOARD OF NEW BEAUTY MAGAZINE AND WRITES FOR IT AS WELL. HE IS THE FOUNDER OF TOMORROW’S SMILES, A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT FUND THAT HELPS DESERVING ADOLESCENTS RECEIVE LIFECHANGING SMILES THROUGH COSMETIC DENTISTRY. HIS MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE IS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
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Correll Cardiac Center New Center enhances Scope of Services for Cardiac Patients ADA LEE AND PETE CORRELL AT THE OPENING OF THE CORRELL CARDIAC CENTER AT GRADY.
MEMBERS OF GRADY HEALTH FOUNDATION AND GRADY HEALTH SYSTEM BOARDS JOIN ADA LEE AND PETE CORRELL TO CUT THE RIBBON OFFICIALLY OPENING THE CORRELL CARDIAC CENTER. THE CORRELL CARDIAC CENTER HAS STATE-OFTHE-ART EQUIPMENT AND IS DESIGNED FOR THE BEST QUALITY OF PATIENT CARE.
Grady Health System unveiled its state-of-the-art Correll Cardiac Center this fall, expanding its current services and capabilities to include a 24/7 catheterization lab, an electrophysiology lab and additional family waiting areas. Named for Grady Memorial Hospital Board Chairman A.D. “Pete” Correll and his wife Ada Lee, the new center occupies 11,000 square feet of renovated space on the second floor of Grady Memorial Hospital. “This is a proud day for Grady and the patients we serve,” said Grady President and CEO John Haupert at the ribboncutting ceremony on Sept. 4. “It is very fitting that we honor our board chair with this new cardiac center. He has been the heart and soul of Grady’s amazing transformation over the last five year.”
ADA LEE AND PETE CORRELL CELEBRATE THE CENTER OPENING WITH SOME OF GRADY’S TOP DOCTORS.
PHOTO BY MICHAEL STOTHARD HAIR & MAKEUP BY ANGELA SUNI WEILBAECHER
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BY DR. KARIN SMITHSON Overly-needies. Whiners. Emotional vampires. We all have had one of them in our lives – the “friend” that sucks the sunshine out of your afternoon, pulling any positive feelings that you might have brought with you right out of your core, letting your happiness drip down to the ground, right into a negative mudslide. They have hung onto your energy field and used you as a fueling station to meet and treat their needs, while you are left feeling exhausted, sad and de-fueled. So why do you keep letting them back in, only to repeat the same complain-drain-pain cycle with you? You likely know why: Because it’s what you’ve always done, you don’t want to confront them, and you don’t know how to say “no.” Am I right? If you are wondering if you have fallen into a pit of unhealthy quicksand, here is some validation that it might be time to make a change. If you relentlessly hear these phrases each time you hear this person’s voice, it’s time to talk: 1) “I...I...I...me...me...me...” It’s all about them, all of the time, even when you have a real crisis of your own, the channel somehow shifts to “MeMeTV,” tuning your needs out. 2) “Why me? My life is the worst.” Always the victim. And if you have actually been victimized, you can bet this person will trump your story with a worse one of their own. 3) “New designer purse? Glad one of us can afford indulgence.” Criticisms are slung at you slap in the face, often masked in guilt. All you know is you are constantly defending who you are without understanding why you end up apologizing and feeling like you should change. If you just relived your last 20 conversations with “that person,” let’s talk about the B-word. Yep, I’ll say it: Boundaries. It’s time to get some before all of the blurred lines send you staggering into insanity. If your friendship doesn’t ebb and flow with wellrounded reciprocity, take a long look at what you might be losing to maintain your connection. Is it worth it? Truth is, YOU are half of the relationship, so by adjusting what is allowed to be siphoned from your end, you will shift the entire dynamic. If you are feeling depleted by someone else’s needs, the healthiest thing for BOTH of you is to make a change. Staying stuck in the muck and mire with someone does not encourage them to change either. It is time to start protecting the energy field that is yours so that you stop giving all of your fuel to someone who merely turns it into a negative oil spill. It is time for you to start building healthy boundaries.
8 STEPS TO BUILDING UP BOUNDARIES
Decide that you are losing more than you are gaining. When you decide that change is best for your life, you have already conquered the toughest step. Your whole world can shift. Validate WHY you are making the change by telling a trusted friend. By sharing your decision authentically with someone who will support you, you are creating an accountability check-in station, making you more likely to follow through. Start using the “Broken Record Technique.” Pick a simple statement that clearly creates a respectful boundary with this person, and say it every time the interaction starts to turn negative. As in, “I am sorry about that. I truly hope you figure it out. If you’ll excuse me, I have something that needs
to get done.” PERIOD. Do not apologize, then excuse yourself. Do this at least five times in a row without fail. Cut it all in half pronto: Conversations, favors, interactions. Step away from the dynamic and let go of the guilt. Remind yourself that you are doing the best thing for both of you by breaking this cycle of negativity. Express love for them. Do all of this respectfully, without degrading that person or creating any more negative energy. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. The other person will eventually turn to someone else. Spend time with all of the healthy, positive people in your life with all of the new free time you have just gained!
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Almost 30 years ago, two teachers with a dream and the desire to help students who learn differently came together to build The Cottage School. Today, the dream of academic and personal independence has come true for hundreds of students, all thanks to Jacque and Joe Digieso. What began in a spartan one-room “classroom” in a Roswell office park has now grown into an expansive 23acre wooded campus. Overlooking the Chattahoochee River, the campus is comprised of a full size gymnasium, five large cottage-style classroom buildings, an outdoor classroom and a mountain bike/trail-run path. Serving grades 6-12, with enrollment representing more than 10 counties, The Cottage School Co-founded by Jacque Digieso (above) in 1985, The Cottage School has grown from a one-room “classroom” in Roswell to a 23-acre campus that serves a diverse enrollment of 160 students in grades engages its students in the pursuit of 6-12. Through the school’s unique academic and experiential programming, students emerge as knowledge but with a unique edge. independent, capable and successful young adults. Their days, filled with academic classes, art, music and sports activities, are organized as if they soccer, golf, tennis and mountain biking. Every student were on the job. Students clock in on a time clock and earn a participates in service projects with local nonprofits such as Drake mock salary that reflects punctuality, preparedness, effective House and tutoring at Mimosa Elementary. Most recently, this communication and leadership. Students operate within a small community of 160 students conducted a Back to School two-week contract designed to help meet their daily and Canned Food Drive, which delivered over 2,000 food items to weekly responsibilities. This real life structure enables them to fill the shelves at North Fulton Community Charities, at a time manage their work load, social commitments and community when they needed it the most! involvement. One student recently shared with a tour group, “The Cottage After a morning of academics, students and teachers shift School doesn’t prepare me for the next grade. It prepares me gears and participate in extended experiential classes. Equine for life!” Small classes, engaging hands-on instruction, endless enthusiasts enjoy horseback riding, thespians practice in their opportunities to be creative, and an emphasis on personal drama classes, gardeners enjoy horticulture, and future chefs accountability is what makes The Cottage School experience a take culinary arts. Some students leave for their joint enrollment worthwhile investment. Students of every graduating class enter classes at Perimeter College and others enjoy internships at local college, art school, apprentice programs and military service businesses. Student athletes compete in basketball, volleyball, empowered, engaged and ready to excel! SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
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Mt. Paran Christian School 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw. 770/578-0182. mtparanschool.com Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/252-3448. mtvernonschool.org North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Dr., Kennesaw. 770/975-0252. ncchristian.org Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School 861 Hwy. 279, Fayetteville. 770/461-2202. mercycatholic.org Pace Academy 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-1345. paceacademy.org
Roswell Street Baptist Christian School 774 Roswell St., Marietta. 770/424-9824. roswellstreet.com Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road NE, Kennesaw. 770/926-7729. shilohhills.com Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta. 770/953-1340. shreiner.com St. Francis Schools 9375 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/641-8257. 13440 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta.
678/339-9989. saintfrancisschools.com St. John the Evangelist 240 Arnold St., Hapeville. 404/767-4312. sjecs.org St. Joseph School 81 Lacy St., Marietta. 770/428-3328. stjosephschool.org St. Martin’s Episcopal School 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 404/237-4260. stmartinschool.org Trinity School 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/231-8100. trinityatl.org Walker School (The) 700 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta. 770/427-2689. thewalkerschool.org
Westminster Schools (The) 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/355-8673. westminster.net Whitefield Academy 1 Whitefield Dr., Mableton. 678/305-3000. whitefieldacademy.com Woodward Academy 1662 Rugby Ave., College Park. 404/765-4000. woodward.edu Yeshiva Atlanta High School 3130 Raymond Dr., Atlanta. 770/451-5299. yeshivaatlanta.org. Youth Christian School 4967 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs. 770/943-1394. youthchristian.org CONTINUED ON PAGE 42
Wesleyan School 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners. 770/448-7640. wesleyanschool.org
ATLANTA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS – SPECIAL NEEDS Atlanta Speech School 3160 Northside Pkwy. NW, Atlanta. 404/233-5332. atlantaspeechschool.org
Cumberland Academy of GA 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/835-9000. cumberlandacademy.org
Bedford School (The) 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn. 770/774-8001. thebedfordschool.org
The Elaine Clark Center 5130 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee. 770/458-3251. elaineclarkcenter.org
Brookwood Christian School 4728 Wood St., Acworth. 678/401-5855. brookwoodchristian.com Center Academy 3499 South Cobb Dr., Smyrna. 770/333-1616. centeracademy.com
Howard School (The) 1192 Foster St. NW, Atlanta. 404/377-7436. howardschool.org Jacob’s Ladder Center 407 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell.
770/998-1017. jacobsladdercenter.com Joseph Sams School 280 Brandywine Blvd., Fayetteville. 770/461-5894. josephsamsschool.org Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta. 770/360-1336. millsprings.org Porter Academy 200 Cox Road, Roswell. 770/594-1313. porteracademy.org
FOR MORE LISTINGS, VISIT PRIVATESCHOOLSDIRECTORY.COM.
Schenck School (The) 282 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta. 404/252-2591. schenck.org Sophia Academy 1199 Mt. Vernon Road, Atlanta. 404/303-8722. sophiaacademy.org Swift School (The) 300 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 678/205-4988. theswiftschool.org.
School Profiles BRANDON HALL Brandon Hall is a 53-year-old college preparatory school for boarding and day students. A national model in research-based education, the school offers small classes, tutoring and learning methodologies to fit every child – all within the framework of rigorous academic studies, an active sports program, and a caring, diverse and international campus community. Head of School: Dr. John L. Singleton Grades: 5-12. Enrollment: 160. SSPC Member.
CUMBERLAND ACADEMY Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD. Fully accredited, Cumberland Academy is a private, non-profit, independent school for students in grades 4 -12 who have difficulty succeeding in a traditional school setting. The mission of the academy is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment in partnership with faculty, staff, students and parents. The Cumberland family embraces the uniqueness of every child by challenging and inspiring them to reach their full potential. The academic and social curriculum encourages the development of life skills essential in becoming independent and self-sufficient adults.
We recognize and prepare our students for the rapid pace that science, technology, engineering, art and math are having on our attitudes and behaviors.
Engineering for the Future The Brandon Hall Learning Experience promotes 5 essential intelligence and learning elements: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM); Global Experience; Environmental Responsibility; Wellness Intelligence and Service to others.
Call 770-394-8177 for enrollment availability.
Brandon Hall School
www.brandonhall.org Atlanta’s finest college prepartory day and boarding school for grades 5th–12th.
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“KISS ME” ORNAMENT BY LOCAL ARTIST ANGLYN PASS OF GLAK LOVE IS AMONG THE WORKS AVAILABLE AT THE SPRUILL GALLERY HOLIDAY ARTISTS MARKET, OPEN THROUGH DEC. 23. KELLY BLACKMON PHOTOGRAPHY.
ADAM NEWMAN IS AMONG THE GEORGIA ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN TRINITY SCHOOL’S SPOTLIGHT ON ART, FEB. 3-8. HIS SCULPTURAL WORKS INCLUDE THIS CAPTIVATING PIECE FROM THE “NEWMANIC TRIBE” SERIES. SCULPTURAL WORK BY TOMMY PAYNE, AT SPOTLIGHT ON ART.
Artists Markets Around Town Atlanta is a meccca for art and there’s no better time to peruse the unique offerings of both emerging and established artists than during the holidays at these annual shows and sales: • The Spruill Gallery Holiday Artists Market is open through Dec. 23, filled with handcrafted items by local artisans. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Hours are 10 AM-6 PM Tues.-Sat. (with extended hours until 8 PM on Thurs.), and 12-5 PM Sun. A Jewelry Trunk Show will be Dec. 14. spruillarts.org. • Trinity School’s Spotlight on Art is one of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales in the Southeast, with original works by 350 selected artists at 4301 Northside Pkwy. Though the show is Feb. 3-8, holiday shoppers can browse a special collection from the Trinity Artists Market at the Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery at Phipps Plaza, with items for sale now through Jan. 28. spotlightonart.com. • Christmas at Callanwolde, Dec. 6-17, includes a Charming ARTifacts sale, featuring art work by Callanwolde instructors and students, in the Conservatory, in addition to a host of seasonal events at the bedazzled mansion at 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. Holiday Handmade, a market featuring Atlanta Etsy sellers, will be from 1-4 PM Dec. 14. Open daily. christmasatcallanwolde.org. • Apple Annie Craft Show, Dec. 6-7, is a juried show of original arts and crafts by more than 100 of the Southeast’s finest artisans at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Open 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat. st-ann.org.
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Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey
“Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey,” will be on view Dec. 14-March 9 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911-1988), one of the most powerful and original artists of the 20th century, created a series of collages and watercolors based on Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey.” Bearden’s own Odyssey series created an artistic bridge between classical mythology and African American culture. They were displayed for only two months in New York City before being scattered to private collections and public art museums. This new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service represents the first full-scale presentation of these works outside of New York City.
Marco Polo’s Epic Adventure Embark on an epic journey at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where “Marco Polo: Man & Myth” is making its North American debut through Jan. 5. This major exhibition brings the incredible 13th-century travels, experiences and legends of Marco Polo to life, highlighting his 24-year trek from Venice to China along the Silk Road. The son of a family of merchants, Marco Polo set out from Venice in 1271 with his father and uncle on a trade voyage that would push the boundaries of the world as it was then known. Featuring excerpts from his memoir, The Travels of Marco Polo, the exhibit includes rare and extraordinary objects from private collections and museums in Italy that illuminate the cultural practices, artistic traditions, unique landscapes and unusual animals he encountered. More than 80 objects, including coins, ceramics, artwork, maps and navigational tools, take visitors along the vast and ancient network of trade routes.
HOME TO ITHACA, COLLAGE, 1977, COURTESY MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE ART MUSEUM, SOUTH HADLEY, MA. ROMARE BEARDEN: A BLACK ODYSSEY IS ORGANIZED BY THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE IN COOPERATION WITH THE ROMARE BEARDEN FOUNDATION AND ESTATE AND DC MOORE GALLERY; AND SUPPORTED BY A GRANT FROM THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION.
AN 8-FOOT MODEL OF A VENETIAN GALLEY SHIP, SIMILAR TO THE ONE SAILED BY THE POLOS TO BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA.
“Few people are aware that Marco Polo was only 17 when he left Venice on what might possibly be history’s greatest father-son road trip,” said Dr. Bobbi Hohmann, Fernbank Museum curator and anthropologist. “Like something we might see produced in Hollywood today, the Polos’ trip through Asia included bouts of unidentified illnesses, encounters with bandits and thieves, unusual customs and practices, and some of the most spectacular and harsh landscapes in the world.” SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
ALAN AVERY ART COMPANY
Through Jan. Thomas Hart Benton. 315 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-
ANN JACKSON GALLERY
932 Canton St., Roswell. 770/993-
ANNE IRWIN FINE ART
Through Dec. 31 “Small Works Show,” artful treasures. Opening reception: 6-8:30 PM Nov. 29. 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/467-1200. anneirwinfineart.com.
ART STATION GALLERIES
Through Jan. 11 Holiday exhibits. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Open Tues.-Sat. artstation.org.
ATL. BOTANICAL GARDEN
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Open daily. atlantabotanicalgarden.org.
ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER Through Dec. 14 Fallen Fruit’s
“Fallen Fruit of Atlanta,” Steven L. Anderson’s “Energy Strategies.” Jan. 10-March 8 “Coloring,” Bill Adams, Paul Stephen Benjamin,
Rutherford Chang, Anne Lindberg, Kate Shepherd. “In Translation,” Jonathan Bouknight, Ben Schonberger, Nathan Sharratt. Opening reception: 7 PM Jan. 10. 535 Means Street NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/688-1970.
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Through Jan. 1 “Native Lands:
Indians and Georgia.” 130 West Paces Ferry Road. Open daily.
Through Jan. 31 Steve McCurry,
“Permanent Collection.” 175 Peters
St. SW, Atlanta. 404/524-4781.
BILL LOWE GALLERY
1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/352-8114.
Through May 26 “Return To
Rich’s: The Story Behind the Store,” interactive exhibit spans 150 years of Rich’s history. 1440 Spring St., NW, Atl. 678/222-3700.
CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER GALLERY Jan. 10-March 7 Paintings by
“Shadow Circus: The Art of Kirsten Stingle and Lorraine Glessner” at Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
Ernesto Torres. 980 Briarcliff Road NE. Mon.-Sat. 404/872-5338.
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS
Ongoing “Wild, Wooly & Wonderful,” showcase of animal puppets representative of different cultures. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl. 404/873-3391. puppet.org.
December “Small Works” show. Opening: 6-9 PM Dec. 6. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. dkgallery.us. 770/427-5377.
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Through Jan. 5 “Marco Polo: Man
& Myth,” features a collection of 80-plus objects representing an epic journey that spanned 24 years and thousands of miles. Through Jan. 5 “Winter Wonderland,” cultural celebration with decorated trees and artifacts. Opening Feb. 15 “Whales: Giants of the Deep.” 767 Clifton Road, Atl. 404/929-
FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALKS
Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7 Self-guided walking tour of the galleries of the Roswell Art District, from Plum Tree Village on Canton Street to Elizabeth Way to Oak Street. 6-9 PM the first Friday of the month.
GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART
“BALLAST” BY KIRSTEN STINGLE
Through Jan. 5 “Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great.”
“The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden” at High Museum JAROSLAV PONCAR (CZECH, BORN 1945), THE TUILERIES GARDEN (LE JARDIN DES TUILERIES), 1985, GELATIN SILVER PRINT, 3 ½ X 14 INCHES, MUSÉE CARNAVALET-HISTOIRE DE PARIS, PH 1916. © JAROSLAV PONCAR
Through June 8 “Bangles to Benches: Contemporary Jewelry and Design.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. high.org. 404/733-HIGH.
4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atl. Mon.-Sat. huffharrington.com.
JACKSON FINE ART
Through Dec. 21 “Colorshape.”
3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.
Through Dec. 3 Audubon Interpretations by Laura W. Adams, new paper collage on canvas. 3235 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-8273. lagerquistgallery.net.
Through Dec. 21 “New Work
Through Jan. 5 “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South.” Through Jan. 5 “L’objet en mouvement: Early Abstract Film.” “Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art.” Through Jan. 12 “The Material of Culture: Renaissance Medals and Textiles from the Ulrich A. Middeldorf Collection.” Jan. 25-April 20 “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Performing and Visual Arts Complex. 706/5424662. georgiamuseum.org.
HAGEDORN FOUNDATION GALLERY
Through Jan. 4 “Down and Out in
the South,” Jan Banning. Through Jan. 4 “Monochrome Portraits,” Trine Søndergaard. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. #25, Atl.
HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS MUSEUM
Through April 2014 “Wit in Wood:
The Folk Art of Moses Robinson.” 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. 11 AM-2 PM Wed. & Sat.
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART
Through Jan. 5 “Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney.” Through Jan. 12 “American Encounters: Genre Painting and Everyday Life.” Through Jan. 19 “The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.” Through Feb. 2 The Bunnen Collection of Photography. Through April 13 “Go West!” Art and artifacts from America’s romance with the West.
– Photography by Vivian Maier,” featuring recently released images from the John Maloof Collection. The Galleries of Peachtree Hills, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Ste. 29B. Tues.-Sat. lumieregallery.net.
MARCUS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4000.
MARIETTA/COBB MUSEUM OF ART Through Dec. 15 “Shadow
Circus: The Art of Kirsten Stingle and Lorraine Glessner” Through Dec. 15 The Portrait Society of Atlanta. Jan. 11-March 23 “Friends: Penley, Rossin and Steed.” Jan. 11-March 23 “The Barnes Family Trust.” 30 Atlanta St. 770/528-1444.
MASON MURER FINE ART Through Dec. 31 The Holiday
Exhibition. 199 Armour Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/879-1500.
MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM
Through 2013 “Walking in the
“Paul Rand: Defining Design” at MODA Artist Apprentices: Hailey Lowe, Ashley Schick, Nathan Sharratt, Jiovnni Tallington. Feb. 1-March 29 “SCORE: Sports + Art & Design,” city-wide, multivenue exhibit. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. 404/367-8700. mocaga.org.
Feb. 15-March 1 Member show.
Art Center East, 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell. rfaa.org.
R. ALEXANDER GALLERY
Dec. 3-20 Holiday Small Works Show. 5933 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., B, Peachtree Corners. Tues.-Fri. 770/609-8662.
Through Jan. 26 “Paul Rand: Defining Design,” celebrating the master of graphic design. Feb. 6-April 27 “SCORE: Sports + Art & Design,” city-wide, multivenue exhibit. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-
Through Dec. 23 Holiday Artists Market, unique and locally crafted gifts and decor. Market hours: Tues.-Sun. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. spruillarts.org.
OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
SWAN COACH HOUSE GALLERY
Footsteps of our Ancestors,” The Melion-Clum Collection of Modern Southwestern Pottery. Through Feb. 2 “Conserving the Memory: The Fratelli Alinari Photographs of Rome.” Dec. 14-March 9 “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. 404/727-4282. carlos.
Through Dec. 8 “Picasso, Braque, Léger: 20th Century Modern Masters.” “Victor Hugo: Selections from the Schlossberg Collection.” “Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings.” 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-
ROSWELL FINE ARTS ALLIANCE
Through Jan. 4 “Little Things Mean A Lot,” holiday show of small works representing a broad range of art and artists. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/266-2636. swancoachhouse.com.
PRYOR FINE ART
Charles Keiger. Opening reception: 6-9 PM Dec. 6. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atl. Mon.-Sat.
764 Miami Circle, Suite 132, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/352-8775.
Dec. 6-Jan. 6 Rimi Yang &
Through Jan. 18 Katherine Taylor, 2012/13 Working Artist Project.
Through Jan. 18 2011/12 Working
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NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE! Tesa RenderWallace is renowned for both her highstyle quotient and infectious laughter.
esa Render-Wallace may be the newest addition to Saks Fifth Avenue’s 5th Avenue Club, but the personal shopper and wardrobe stylist had a reputation for being a clotheshorse whisperer long before relocating to the flagship store at Phipps Plaza. Moreover, her bona fides included the kind of Rolodex and well-heeled following that made the new hire irresistible to Saks’ vice president and general manager Cathie Wilson. “In a world where most people’s favorite subject is themselves,” notes Wilson, “Tesa’s unique gift of wanting to serve and help her clients makes her a rarity, and a real asset to Saks.” When you consider Render-Wallace’s refined aesthetic (instilled in art college and honed throughout a 23-year career with Neiman Marcus); her sterling reputation for attention to detail, followthrough and superior customer service; and her legendary eye; it’s easy to see why she’s in constant demand. But when asked what she thinks makes her the darling of the Best-Dressed set, RenderWallace immediately cites her great ear. “Listening is key,” she says. “I think my personality lends itself to being a good stylist because I’ve always been far more comfortable staying in the background…observing other people and hearing what they had to say.” Whether picking up on verbal or non-verbal cues, such focus has proven indispensable when catering to the handful of power clients who entrust Render-Wallace with the logistics of ordering their seasonal wardrobes six to eight months in advance – frequently from the front rows of the collections in Paris, Milan and New York. But Render-Wallace is just as eager to cater to the less-experienced shopper who is in
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search of a bit more guidance – or even a flight of fancy! “Nothing brings me more pleasure than encouraging a client to try on something outside of her comfort zone, then seeing her eyes light up as she gazes at her reflection in the dressing room mirror,” says Render-Wallace. Other job perks include the stream of midnight texts and emails to her smartphone from clients saying things like “Thank you!” or “I feel so beautiful tonight!,” as they check in from the weddings, charity balls or holiday parties for which their super-stylist has dressed them. Quite fitting for the woman who claims, “My clients are the first thing on my mind when I wake up every morning, and my last thought before going to sleep every night. I don’t dream
about clothes. I dream about my clients, in their clothes, at the most important functions in their lives.” And what is Render-Wallace’s dream for the woman seeking to revitalize her wardrobe and outlook? “Keep it current,” she advises. “Every woman can embrace a touch of a trend. And when you try something new that works, one positive response can make you feel like you’re 20 years old again!”
TESA’S MUST-HAVE TIPS • A sexy bootie • A great pop of color (green and fuschia are trending) • A great leather jacket
Pearl white square sequin backless evening gown with crystal and feather collar by Norman Ambrose. normanambrose.com
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LITTLE LITTL LITT E DRU Ypsilon necklace crafted in 18kt white gold with diamonds. Available at Marinab.com.
Antoinette chandelier earrings crafted in platinum and 26.78 carats of oval, marquise and pear shaped diamonds by Marina B.
Corvallis silver clutch in smooth snake-embossed leather by Tommy Bahama. Available at tommybahama.com
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rom Napoleon Bonaparte to Canadian Mounties to the Marines, it seems servicemen in uniforms can’t get enough of red accents, precision cuts and sparkly embellishments in silver and gold. The same can be said of this season’s holiday dressing – where the Little Drummer Boy meets girl to spectacular effect. Hooah! Sadie evening dress in cranberry silk gazar by Shoshanna. Available at Tulipano.
Feathery peep-toe evening shoe. Available at Stuart Weitzman.
Black stretch faille cocktail dress with grid mesh front. Check for availability at pamellaroland.com.
MMER BOY Meets Girl
Cuff in 18kt white gold with diamonds. Available at Ivankatrumpcollection.com. Pave Octagonal Drop Earrings in 18kt yellow gold from the Ivanka Trump Collection.
Embroidered tulle evening gown with sleeves and full tulle skirt. Available at basilsoda.com.
Coral sequin and gold bullion embroidered gown with sea pearl fan appliques by Norman Ambrose. normanambrose.com.
Strapless crepe georgette evening dress with embroidered neckline by Basil Soda.
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21ST CENT Grey mink and crocodile tote by Nancy Gonzalez. Available by special order from Bergdorf Goodman NY.
African ruby drop necklace in 18kt yellow gold with diamonds. Available at Neiman Marcus Atlanta and Ivankatrumpcollection.com.
othing evokes 1940sâ€™ Hollywood glamour like shrugs, stoles and over-sized sleeves. And with the resurgence of fox fur in outerwear, everything old is new again! Look for pencil skirts, ankle wraps and deco jewelry to round out the big picture.
Gray wool felt jacket with emerald fox fur, gray wool felt pleated skirt,multi stripe leather and suede gloves. carolinaherrera.com.
Clipelope bay anaconda clutch. Available at Stuart Weitzman.
Glamoroso black pony high heels. Available at Stuart Weitzman. 66
4Gray wool mĂŠlange felt jacket with silver fox, gray wool flannel skirt and gray wool flannel belt, gray leather and brown suede gloves by Carolina Herrera.
URY FOX 4Gray wool felt coat with amethyst lamb and fox fur by Carolina Herrera. 4Pink granite wool and silk mikado blouse with silver fox fur sleeves and bow detail, meteorite wool and silk mikado skirt with front panel detail by Carolina Herrera.
African ruby drop earrings in 18kt yellow gold with diamonds from the Ivanka Trump Collection.
Horizontal African ruby ring in 18kt yellow gold with diamonds from the Ivanka Trump Collection.
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ince launching her couture wedding and evening gown collections in Ashdod, Israel, three years ago, Inbal Dror has been leaving brides and grooms breathless with traditional materials like antique lace, tulle, pearls and Swarovski crystals. But the Queen of Back Drama has also earned a reputation for the number of jaws dropped and pearls clutched, in congregations from Tacoma to Tel Aviv, thanks to her more modern passions for silhouettes featuring low backs, form-fitting cuts and over-the-top glamour.
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Anniversaries Toast Worthy
Dawn & Ben Elliott Celebrating 25 years November 13, 1988
Dottie & Jerry Smith Celebrating 51 years March 30, 1962
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Weddings It was in these gorgeous lavender fields in the South of France that Matt Hodges proposed marriage to Lauren McLeod.
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Weddings of the Season
McLeod ~ Hodges
outhern elegance resonated at the summer wedding of Ann Lauren McLeod and Matthew Philip Hodges, who were united in marriage on July 20, 2013, at The RitzCarlton, Buckhead. The captivating charm of Rabbi Bradley Lebenberg brought humor and warmth to the traditional Jewish ceremony, which was attended by nearly 400 friends and family members, who came from all over the country as well as abroad. The fun loving couple met in London, where Lauren moved to pursue her master’s degree in 2009. Upon graduating from the London School of Economics, she went to work for the Royal Bank of Scotland in future derivative
sales. She met Matt, a corporate asset manager who earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Warwick University, at a bank social function. Matt proposed to Lauren in July 2012, in a beautiful lavender field in the South of France at the home of her godparents, Maureen and Edward Slater. This memorable setting was captured by Tony Brewer, who masterfully designed and staged both the ceremony and reception, punctuated with florals in shades of lavender to deep purple. It was Lauren’s godfather, Edward, who walked her down the aisle. In an endearing tribute to her father, Lauren’s wedding gown was the debutante gown he had selected for her years earlier.
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The occasion was particularly poignant for both Lauren and her mother, Leslie McLeod, as they celebrated the remarkable life of the late Dr. Hugh McLeod, beloved father and husband, with his ethereal presence symbolized by a brilliant candle in a lantern hung from the chuppah.
The dress was modified by Emily Mak of Shanghai, as was Leslie’s glamorous off-the-shoulder black lace gown from Susan Lee. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a festive reception with dinner and dancing. Wedding planner and family friend Kandy MacCarthy worked with Hope Nudelman of The RitzCarlton, Buckhead for a seamless event. The invitations, wedding program and all of the couple’s stationery were brilliantly designed by Harrison Rohr of Exquisite Stationery. The couple enjoyed a five-night “minimoon” at The Ritz-Carlton, Canary Islands in Tenerife, with plans for a twoweek honeymoon in the Maldives in November. The newlyweds will continue to reside in London. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART FOR THE GO WEST! GALA DECOR BY TONY BREWER & CO.
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FORWARD ARTS FOUNDATION-SAKS FIFTH AVENUE FASHION SHOW & LUNCHEON
SANTA FOR SENIORS HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
Dec. 3 Annual luncheon at The Estate to benefit Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta. Guests should bring a new, unwrapped gift for a senior to be given during holiday meal deliveries.
at The St. Regis Atlanta – December 16
jperno@mealsonwheelsatlanta. org. scsatl.org.
CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION BENEFIT GALA
Dec. 6 Experience worldclass entertainment, live and silent auctions, and delectable dinner at one of Atlanta’s most spectacular eco benefits at the Georgia Aquarium.
MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE TOUR GALA
Dec. 6 The Marietta Pilgrimage will present a magical evening of dining, music, and dancing at the Marietta/ Cobb Museum of Art. The tour of the Kennesaw Avenue historic district will be Dec. 7-8. 770/4291115. mariettapilgrimage.com.
RED & GREEN SCENE – PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Saks Fifth Avenue V.P. and G.M. Cathie Wilson, FAF Fashion Show chairs Sarah Kennedy and Anne Powers, and Saks Fifth Avenue marketing director Michelle New.
Dec. 12 Meet and mingle with top enthusiasts of sustainability and the built environment at one of Atlanta’s largest holiday industry events, supporting Toys for Tots and the annual community service project.
FORWARD ARTS FOUNDATION-SAKS FIFTH AVENUE FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON Dec. 16 11:30 AM. Highly
anticipated luncheon at The St. Regis Atlanta benefiting the Forward Arts Foundation’s support of the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center and other visual arts institutions. Sarah Kennedy
and Anne Powers, chairs. For more information, call 404/361-9855.
MAYOR’S MASKED BALL
College Fund’s signature gala and one of the City of Atlanta’s premiere events of the holiday season will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The party begins with the Mayor’s VIP reception and silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, Parade of Stars and Dignitaries, dancing and live entertainment. $550 per person. uncf.org.
Gras celebration at The St. Regis Atlanta includes a formal dinner and silent auction. The nsoro Foundation annually celebrates the student of the year (the nsoro scholar with the highest overall GPA). Proceeds benefit nsoro Foundation high school graduation programs and the student scholarship fund. Tickets $500. Call 404/574-6763 or visit thenf.org.
Dec. 21 7 PM. The United Negro
Jan. 4 Atlanta’s most festive Mardi
SALUTE TO GREATNESS AWARDS DINNER
Jan. 18 The King Center’s annual awards dinner will be held at the Atlanta Hyatt-Regency Hotel. The award recognizes national and/or international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Eve Ensler and “One Billion Rising Global Campaign” is being honored with a Coretta Scott King “A.N.G.E.L. Award.” Heavy Weight Boxing
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The Host Committee: Back row: Laura Buoch, Pam Murphy, Greg Embry, Anita Patterson, Bonnie Suzy Wasserman, Leadbetter, Susan LeCraw, and Stephanie Rubye Reid, Boswell. Front Bryan Morris, row: Patricia Ginny Millner, Terwilliger, Mary TracyHataway, Dean and Dennis Dean, Liz Rebecca King. McDermott and Randy Korando.
A TASTE OF LOVE at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead – February 8
Champ Mohammad Ali will also be honored. thekingcenter.org.
Jan. 25 The prestigious 57th annual white-tie ball will be held at the Piedmont Driving Club. Proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease. 404/605-3273.
Jan. 25 25th anniversary celebration of the Sandy Springs Society at the Cobb Energy Centre includes live and silent auctions with special items such as use of the Atlanta Hawks sky box, three nights on a private island in Belize, and tickets to the U.S. Tennis Open. Other highlights are a miniature canvas sale of local well-known artists and art students, elegant
décor incorporating candelabras and hydrangeas, fine food and wine, “sterling” entertainment and dancing. SimplySterling25@att.net.
CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW GALA PREVIEW PARTY
Jan. 29 7-9 PM. The Cathedral of St. Philip comes alive with celebration for this special evening to kick off the 43rd anniversary of the Antiques Show (Jan. 30-Feb. 2). Guests and sponsors will have the first look at fine antiques while enjoying music, fine wine and delectable offerings. Benefits Crossroads Community Ministries. Visit cathedralantiques.org or call 404/365-1107.
ART PAPERS ART AUCTION COLLECTORS’ PREVIEW
Jan. 31 During the preview guests
can enjoy a sneak peek at the artwork and the option to advance purchase works, absentee or proxy bid on Saturday night, private “tours” of the pieces to watch, live music, catered hors d’oeuvres and open bar. $190 includes Saturday night auction ticket. artpapers.org/
FEBRUARY ART PAPERS ART AUCTION
Feb. 1 The 15th annual art auction will feature an impressive showcase of work by famed and emerging artists from around the world benefitting ART PAPERS’ awardwinning programs. This see and be seen event features live music or DJ, fabulous people watching, collection-worthy art, high-end
cocktails, plus hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. $45 advance; $55 at door. For more information, visit artpapers.org/
HOPE AND WILL BALL
Feb. 1 6 PM. Eleventh annual fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, special guest speaker, live auction and dancing. Proceeds will support nursing training and development through the Pediatric Simulation Center. Liz Shults and Kay Douglass, co-chairs. For more information, visit choa.org/
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PARTIES FOR A CAUSE AHC MEMBERs GUILD SPRING LUNCHEON
cathedral antiques show
Feb. 5 The Members Guild of
at The St. Regis Atlanta January 30-February 2
the Atlanta History Center annual luncheon will feature a panel of prominent Atlanta women, including Ruth Anthony, Wendy Kopp of US Trust, Vikki Locke, Cynthia Moreland of the nsoro Foundation, Jenny Pruitt of Atlanta Fine Homes, Carol Tome of The Home Depot, and Valery Voyles of Ed Voyles Automotive. Susan Tucker, chair. For tickets, contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at 404/814-4102 or KHoogerwerf@
OPEN HEARTS FOR SENIORS
ROTARY CLUB OF BUCKHEAD FOUNDATION BALL
Feb. 8 Black-tie gala at 103 West includes silent auction, dinner and dancing. Laura and Rutherford Seydel, honorees. Proceeds from the ball go to the Buckhead Rotary Foundation for funding and supporting metro Atlanta and international programs. Tickets $150 per couple. Patron tickets start at $500. Sponsorships: $1500$10,000. For more information, call Kay Quigley at 404/933-6637.
Feb. 8 6:30-11 PM. Annual fundraiser for Senior Services North Fulton at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, includes fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions. ssnorthfulton.org.
Executive director of Crossroads Stan Dawson, Cathedral Antiques Show co-chairs Marion Williams and Katherine Wright, and board chairman of Crossroads Wayne Vason.
TASTE OF LOVE GALA
Feb. 8 The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia presents its signature
at the Cobb Energy Centre – January 25
fundraising gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead featuring gourmet dining, premium wine pairings, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing. Former WSBTV sportscaster Chuck Dowdle, emcee. $300. 404/527-7155.
event benefiting Visiting Nurse Health System’s Children’s Program will return to Stone Mountain Park. This snow day adventure includes two hours of snow tubing, s’mores over an open fire, plus entertainment for all ages. Kevin and Dawn Dwyer, co-chairs. vnhs.org.
Feb. 9 2-6 PM. This fun family
HAUTE HOUNDS & COUTURE CATS
Feb. 10 Tails everywhere will be
Standing: Event co-chair Pam Betz, Sandy Springs Society president Kate Dalba, co-chair Betsy Harrington. Seated event chair Joan Plunkett.
fundraiser for Trinity School at the InterContinental Hotel featuring a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. The Spotlight on Art Artists Market is Feb. 3-8. Proceeds benefit Trinity’s teacher education and scholarship funds. For more information, call 404/231-8119 or visit
wagging as calendars need to be marked for the third annual Haute Hounds & Couture Cats event taking place at Saks Fifth Avenue. The ultimate ladies luncheon begins at 11:30 AM and serves as the spring fashion showpiece for the season’s must-have looks. Cindy Voyles, chair. Visit atlantahumane. org or contact Natalie McIntosh
SPOTLIGHT ON ART GALA Feb. 15 Annual signature
Feb. 18 9:30 AM. 5th annual brunch at The St. Regis Atlanta makes it possible for 300 students to attend this life-changing program for free. Events leading up to the brunch include a Shopping Night at Neiman Marcus on Dec. 4, and a Patron Party on Jan. 23 at the home of Melissa and Craig Allen. Ashley Miller and Swati Patel, co-chairs. Contact Catherine Mitchell Jaxon at 917/701-4091 or cmitchell.jaxon@ gmail.com. odysseyatlanta.org.
Feb. 22 Honoring Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Amuse’um will feature a magical evening of entertaining activities, exciting auctions and live music and dancing to the Latin beat of Orchesta MaCuba! The museum will be transformed into a whimsical, adults-only cultural mecca, as patrons and guests enjoy cocktails
inspired from around the world and indulge in international fare. Proceeds support the museum’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach. childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
ATLANTA BALLET BALL
Feb. 22 The Atlanta Ballet will present its 34th annual ball at The St. Regis Atlanta. This year’s special honoree is Atlanta Ballet artistic director emeritus Robert “Bobby” Barnett. The evening will offer live music, live and silent auctions and performances by Atlanta Ballet company members and students from the Centre for Dance Education. For reservations, contact Megan DeWitt at 404/873-5811, ext. 208 or mdewitt@
ATLANTA BALLET BALL
Honoring Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus Robert Barnett
at The St. Regis Atlanta February 22
ATLANTA HEART BALL
Carlton, Buckhead promises to be an engaging evening of fun, bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. The American Heart Association fundraiser celebrates the work and mission, donors and volunteers, and the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. Contact Kelsey Schival at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Atlanta Ballet dancer Kelsey Ebersold with Robert Barnett and Virginia Rich Barnett.
Feb. 22 This year’s ball at The Ritz-
ODYSSEY BRUNCH at The St. Regis Atlanta February 18
Host Committee: (standing) Alexandra Walter, Mary Beth Jenkins, Catherine Mitchell Jaxon, Shannon Dixon, Caroline Willis, Ashley Miller and Swati Patel; (seated) Christine Ragland, Tyler Wynne and Forrest Canton; (down the stairs) Jennifer Kellett, Molly Caine, Cara Isdell Lee and Christina Whitney. ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY SOUTHERN SEASONS BEN MAGAZINE | 81
Starfish Ball January 4 at The St. Regis Atlanta
he nsoro Educational Foundation celebrates Atlantaâ€™s most festive Mardi Gras charity ball at The St. Regis Hotel on January 4, 2014. King Darrell J. Mays and Queen Lorri McClain will preside over the 5th annual formal New Orleans dinner featuring a silent auction. Founded in 2005 by the Mays Family of Altanta, The nsoro Foundation raises much needed funding for education programs for children in foster care and students who ageout or emancipate from foster care. Individual tickets are $500 and patron sponsorships begin at $1,500. FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL 404/574-6763 OR EMAIL: CYNTHIAMORELAND@ THENF.ORG.
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Presented by the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors
2014 Gala Co-Chairs Jennifer and Tom Bell Roz and John Brewer
Grady Health Foundation Board of Directors
Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313 Saturday, March 15, 2014 Formal Black Tie Attire
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benefit SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. safepath.org.
RED CARPET GALA
THE AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW PREVIEW PARTY
March 1 7 PM. Walk the red
carpet Academy Awards style at Cumberland Academy of Georgia. This year’s event honors James Ramseur and benefits this special needs school. Guests can enjoy cocktails, dinner, casino gaming and great opportunities to bid on great live and silent auction items. cumberlandacademy.org.
404/873-5811 ext. 203.
HEARING CHILDREN’S VOICES
March 8 One of Cobb’s finest and most prestigious black-tie events, the 13th annual elegant gala includes dinner, entertainment and beautiful and fun auction items at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Proceeds
March 13 6-9 PM. The party kicks off the 25th anniversary of the American Craft Council Atlanta Show (March 14-17) at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with the nation’s top craft artists while enjoying live entertainment, cocktails, a scotch tasting room and other delectable offerings. Benefits Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences and the ACC. Tickets $75 in advance. craftcouncil.org/ atlanta. 678/613-3396.
WHITE COAT GRADY GALA
March 15 Jennifer and Tom Bell, and Roz and John Brewer, co-chairs. The 4th annual black-
tie fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium will recognize some of Atlanta’s healthcare heroes.
March 22 The black-tie fundraising event for CADEF: The Childhood Autism Foundation at the InterContinental Hotel will feature a seated dinner, live and silent auction and entertainment. cadef.org.
HOPE FASHION SHOW
March 24 The American Cancer Society Auxiliary will host its 23rd annual fashion show at The RitzCarlton, Buckhead. The event includes a sumptuous luncheon followed by a professional runway show. hopefashionshow.org.
on the grounds of the Swan House April 26
MAY DRISKELL PRIZE DINNER May 2 6:30 PM. Tenth annual
dinner at the High Museum of Art in honor of David C. Driskell. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C Driskell African-American Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds.
food and wine party and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, “Legends of the Vine,” features world-renowned winemakers and legendary chefs from across the country. atlanta-
May 3 6:30 PM-midnight. 14th annual black-tie gala at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis emphasizes the impressive work of TechBridge’s nonprofit clients. Karren Renner and Bill VanCurren, co-chairs.
“TOSSED OUT TREASURES” PREVIEW PARTY
ZOO ATLANTA’S BEASTLY FEAST
March 27 6-9 PM. The Sandy Springs Society presents the 23rd annual “Tossed Out Treasures” ultimate flea market with an exclusive preview party to kick off the bargain hunter’s event. Guests will be the first to browse and buy the gently used upscale items while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets $30 in advance; $35 at the door. sandyspringssociety.org.
APRIL SWAN HOUSE BALL
Cynthia Widner Wall of Presenting Sponsor PNC Wealth Management, Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale, and Swan House Ball chair Aimee Chubb.
HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION
March 26-29 Atlanta’s greatest
SWAN HOUSE BALL
year’s ball will honor Governor Nathan Deal and Mayor Kasim Reed. Aimee Chubb, chair. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at 404/814-4102 or KHoogerwerf@
April 26 One of Atlanta’s premier social events and the Atlanta History Center’s largest fundraiser celebrates its 29th year. Presented by PNC Wealth Management, this
TECHBRIDGE DIGITAL BALL
May 3 Guests will be transported to exotic locales as they stroll through the Zoo grounds enjoying delicacies and getting up-close and personal with the inhabitants. Following the walk through, guests can enjoy bidding on silent and live auctions items, a seated dinner under the big tent and dancing to live music. For ticket information, contact Amy Walton at 404/6245836. zootlanta.org.
HEARTS WITH HOPE GALA
May 10 The 26th annual fundraiser for PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) at The RitzCarlton, Buckhead will pay tribute to the mothers who are so often victims and victors of this crime.
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Beastly Feast The 2014 Beastly Feast Committee: Auction Cochair Gigi Rouland; Auction Co-chair Burch Hanson; Hospitality Chair Kathleen Waldrop; Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King, holding Mandela the milky eagle owl; local Ford Motor Company Representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors Vice Chair Mark Street; Décor Chair Tony Brewer; and Beastly Feast Co-chairs Michele and Ben Garren, holding the Lanner falcon Savannah. Not pictured: Auction Chair Ginny Brewer and Patron Co-chairs Nicole and Miles Cook.
The 2014 Beastly Feast Co-Chairs Ben and Michele Garren feed Abu the reticulated giraffe.
May 3 at Zoo Atlanta
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Beastly Feast 2014
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lans are well underway for the 2014 Beastly Feast, Ball of the Wild, scheduled for May 3 on the grounds of Zoo Atlanta. The Ford Motor Company Fund is the Presenting Sponsor, marking its 29th year supporting the event. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests will be transported to exotic locales as they stroll throughout the Zoo grounds enjoying delicacies from favorite local restaurants and getting up-close and personal with the furry and scaly inhabitants. The spring gala is always a highlight of the party season and the 2014 event will celebrate the Zoo’s 125th anniversary as well as its conservation efforts. Following the walk-through, guests can enjoy bidding on silent and live auction items, a seated dinner under the big tent decorated by Tony Brewer and Company, and dancing to live music. The 2014 Beastly Feast Committee includes Co-chairs Michele and Ben Garren, Auction Co-chairs Ginny Brewer, Burch Hanson and Gigi Rouland, Hospitality Chair Kathleen Waldrop, Patron Co-chairs Nicole and Miles Cook, and Décor Chair Tony Brewer. The generous donations from patrons support mission-critical conservation and education efforts, contributing directly to Zoo Atlanta’s reputation as a national leader in animal care and preservation of endangered species. Don’t miss this fun evening in one of Atlanta’s most unique settings! Host tables for 10 are ideal for groups at $5,000 and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets start at $450. TO INQUIRE ABOUT BENEFITS OF VARIOUS TABLES AND TICKETS, CONTACT AMY WALTON AT 404/624-5836 OR VISIT WWW.ZOOATLANTA.ORG SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
DELECTABLE CUISINE WAS PROVIDED BY MARY HATAWAY OF SOIREE CATERING PICTURED HERE WITH BLOOMINGDALE’S GENERAL MANAGER TOM ABRAMS.
DR. BILL TORRES AND CINDY VOYLES.
WALLY ROGERS AND MARI PHILLIPS OF BASLER & BLOOMINGDALE’S.
FABULOUS FALL LAUNCH at the Atlanta History Center
The Fall issue of Southern Seasons Magazine was cause to celebrate An incredible September evening was filled with great friends and colleagues as the ultimate southern cocktail event was enjoyed by more than 200 guests. Mary Hataway of Soiree Catering provided delicious bites and Tony Brewer’s fine hand dressed the tables with seasonal flowers and gorgeous linens. Bloomingdale’s models strutting Basler’s fall collection offered a sneak peek at the next season’s fashions, and music by Class Act topped off the wonderful night! Special thanks to Sean Thorndike of the Atlanta History Center for his kindness and generosity. KARIN SMITHSON AND LOVETTE RUSSELL.
JOE SMITHSON AND BILL VOYLES.
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CUMBERLAND ACADEMY OF GEORGIA FOUNDING DIRECTOR DEBBI SCARBOROUGH AND DEEDRA HUGHES, PRESIDENT HUGHES MEDIA.
KAY QUIGLEY, SALLY DORSEY AND EILEEN ROSENCRANTS.
LISA FULLER AND PAM SMART.
KAREN AND JOHN SPIEGEL WITH SUZANNE MOTT DANSBY.
NEWLYWEDS BRIAN AND MAGGIE FITZGERALD WERE DELIGHTED TO BE ON THE LATE FALL COVER OF SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE.
SHARON AND CHIP SHIRLEY STAND NEXT TO THE COVER OF THEIR NEW DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, LINA.
KANDIS AND ADAM JACKSON ADMIRE THE FALL ISSUE OF SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE.
TONY BREWER PROVIDED GORGEOUS FLORAL AND TABLE DECOR FOR THE PARTY.
SANDRA AND DAN BALDWIN WITH GAIL O’NEILL, SOUTHERN SEASONS STYLE EDITOR.
TV ANCHORS MONICA PEARSON AND BRENDA WOOD JOINED IN THE FESTIVITIES.
TAMMY GROSS AND SOUTHERN SEASONS PUBLISHER AND EDITOR EILEEN GORDON.
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Southern Seasons & Bloomies present The Basler Fall & Winter Collection
From the Vixen Vodka cocktails to the gorgeous clothes, guests enjoyed an evening of fabulous fun at the fall/winter Basler Fashion preview. Bloomingdale’s GM Tom Abrams joined Eileen Gordon and Lisa Fuller of Southern Seasons Magazine in welcoming Atlanta’s fashionistas to this ultimate shopping event. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM LINK
LISA FULLER AND KELLY CANNON, U.S. TRUST SR. VICE PRESIDENT, PRIVATE CLIENT ADVISOR.
SOUTHERN SEASONS PUBLISHER AND EDITOR EILEEN GORDON FULTON AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER ROBB PITTS.
PAM SMART AND LISA FULLER.
LESLIE MCLEOD AND BLOOMINGDALE’S GENERAL MANAGER TOM ABRAMS.
CHERYL ESPY AND DEBORAH MARSHALL..
PEGGY MILAM AND BLOOMINGDALE’S BASLER STYLIST WALLY ROGERS.
DANIELLE BERRY AND MARK SQUILLANTE. CARRIE KING, KITSY ROSE AND LEEANN MAXWELL.
THEO TYSON, BASLER RETAIL SVP MICHAEL WALKER AND MARA MADDOX, SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, BLOOMINGDALE’S. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
VICTOR VELYAN SURPRISED SU AND AL WITH CUSTOM DESIGNED WORKS OF JEWELRY ART.
Longman + Longman
o anyone who knows this endlessly romantic couple, their invitation to celebrate Su and Al Longman’s anniversary and Al’s birthday was sure to be a thrilling evening of fabulous fare and cherished friends. The August night began with individual limousines sent to each guest’s home to transport them to and from the festivities. Tony Conway magically transformed The Estate into lavish splendor with thousands of breathtaking fuchsia orchids, setting the tone for a multi-course gourmet dinner and dancing fit for royalty. The bill of fare began with an opulent caviar station. The divine cuisine included five courses, highlighted by a magnificent four-pound lobster for each guest and watermelon sherbet served on blocks of ice between courses. All of this
culinary excellence was accompanied by a variety of exquisite wines and champagnes chosen to enhance each taste. (No surprise that the limo drivers were a very good idea!) Chamber music filled the ballroom during dinner, followed by dancing into the night. Al surprised his lovely bride by having renowned jewelry designer Victor Velyan fly across the country to present her with a custom designed diamond encrusted 18-karat gold panther necklace. The entire evening was continually thrilling and entertaining as many of the Longmans’ dearest friends took center stage to tell endearing anecdotes about the honored pair. As well she should be, Su was a vision and the center of attention in her stunning couture runway gown designed by Marc Jacobs. The crystalline invitations in silk satin boxes were created by none other than the amazing stationaire Harrison Rohr.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA HANNA DEBBIE DEAN AND EILEEN ROSENCRANTS.
MO AKBAR AND MARK FILLION.
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ABOVE LEFT: BLAINE PALMER, SAM HENDERSON AND REBECCA BILY. ABOVE RIGHT: MATTHEW PIEPER, MARGARET EATON, TAMARA SCHMIDLY, SCOTT SCHMIDLY AND STEVE EATON. LEFT: JIMMY AND HELEN CARLOS.
Party in the Kitchen Open Hand Atlanta hosted the 10th annual Party in the Kitchen at the King Plow Arts Center Event Gallery recently. Four hundred guests enjoyed an exciting evening of music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs. This year’s event was co-hosted by celebrated chefs Kevin Rathbun and Gerry Klaskala, along with community philanthropists Helen S. Carlos and Rebecca Bily. It raised $265,000 for the organization’s community nutrition programs.
SUSAN AND CHRISTO MAKRIDES. KELLY AND JIM WEATHERLY.
PAULA AND GEORGE NORTON.
SOS Give Me Five Celebrating its seventh anniversary this year, Share Our Strength’s® Give Me Five dinner celebrated its most successful night to date, raising $97,000 for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, a national effort to end childhood hunger in America. Guests enjoyed an exquisite five-course meal prepared by five of Atlanta’s best chefs and complemented with wine and, for the first time, beer pairings by five of the city’s top sommeliers, as well as silent and live auctions and an impactful speech by WNBA star and Share Our Strength supporter Ruth Riley. 92
KAREN AND MATT REAVES, AND SONNY HAYES.
JACK SAWYER OF SPONSOR WILMINGTON TRUST WITH HONORARY CHAIRS ELIZABETH AND CARL ALLEN AND DR. BILL TORRES.
INGRID SAUNDERS JONES.
A Meal to Remember
A Meal to Remember presented a culinary extravaganza in the ballroom of The St. Regis Atlanta with dĂŠcor of sophisticated crystal, white, silver and black enamel created by event co-chair Tony Conway. Co-chairs Nancy Brown and Marlene Alexander applauded the extraordinary dedication of honorary chairs Elizabeth and Carl Allen, long-time supporters of the organization that prepares and delivers more than 105,000 nutritious meals annually to homes of ill, frail and homebound seniors. Ingrid Saunders Jones was presented the first Corporate Community Service Award, named in her honor for future recipients. The former chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation was saluted for her extraordinary community service to Atlanta.
ABOVE: TRIO OF CO-CHAIRS MARLENE ALEXANDER, TONY CONWAY OF A LEGENDARY EVENT AND ALSO A SPONSOR, AND NANCY BROWN. LEFT: JAMES WALL, CATHERINE WALL, AMANDA WALL, SPONSOR CYNTHIA WIDNER WALL OF PNC WEALTH MANAGEMENT, AND HER FATHER COY WIDNER. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM FITTS AND KIM LINK
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Buckhead. Benefiting the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the evening continued the T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission of funding innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
Rebie Benedict of representing sponsor Harry Norman, Realtors; Laura Spearman; Bonneau Ansley III of The Ansley Group, honorary co-chair and sponsor; Cathy Davis Hall of Harry Norman, Realtors; and Maggie Coulon Catts of Harry Norman, Realtors.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIM LINK
BEST CELLARS DINNER – A galaxy of stars of Atlanta’s entertainment, philanthropic, sports, professional and volunteer spheres united in support of the T.J. Martell Foundation at the 5th Annual Best Cellars Dinner, held at The Ritz-Carlton,
CHAIR EMERITUS JOEL KATZ WITH HIS WIFE KANE.
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DR. BILL TORRES, TARA WERTHER, DARRELL MAYS AND JACK SAWYER OF BEST CELLARS DINNER SPONSOR WILMINGTON TRUST.
Co-chairs Leslie Morgan, Molly Berry and Jennifer Morgan.
Flea Market Preview Party Patricia McLean and preview party co-chair Georgia Schley Ritchie.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS HENDERSON
Dressed in disco-era ensembles and even blonde wigs reminiscent of the 1970s, Flea Market co-chairs Molly Beery, Jennifer Morgan and Leslie Morgan greeted guests and organized the booths of treasures of home accessories, designer clothes, jewelry, fine art, books, antiques, furniture and bargainpriced finds. An array of enticing items attracted avid bidders to the silent auction at the party.
PRESENTING SPEAKER TODD BANISTER, SENIOR VP ROB OWEN AND MILLENNIAL HOWARD. 94 AGENT CLAYTON WWW.SOUTHERNSEASONS.NET
Recognizing Atlanta’s rank as one of the top U.S. cities preferred by young professionals, the Buckhead North office of Harry Norman, Realtors has expanded its focus to provide additional expert real estate support to single professionals, young couples and families in choosing their next home. At a Continental Breakfast program, Rob Owen welcomed the “Millennial Realtors” Michael Neill, Kyle Gilbert, Kristen Feldman, Clayton Howard, Jackie Smith, Juan Carlos Carrion, Ashley Lee and Katie Brannen.
MILLENNIAL AGENTS MICHAEL NEILL AND KRISTEN FELDMAN.
RIGHT: BALL CO-CHAIRS DOT STOLLER AND SUSAN MCCAFFREY. LEFT: BALL HONOREES CAROLE AND JOHN HARRISON. BELOW LEFT: BALL SPONSOR CYNTHIA WIDNER WALL OF PNC WEALTH MANAGEMENT WITH HER FATHER, COY WIDNER. BELOW RIGHT: LESLIE MCLEOD PRESENTED THE HUGH C. MCLEOD III AWARD TO DR. CARLTON SAVORY.
Crystal Ball PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS HENDERSON AND KIM LINK
A jewel-like marine vignette, with sparkling open oyster shell revealing an enormous pearl, reflected the Crystal Ball’s theme, “The Magical Sea,” as guests entered The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead for the 32nd annual gala benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. Co-chaired by Susan McCaffrey and Dot Stoller, the evening saluted Carole and John Harrison, honorees who have provided decade-long support and generosity to the Arthritis Foundation, and Corporate Honoree Northside Hospital, a partner in event team fund-raising and sponsorship generating more than $100,000 toward research, education and public health initiatives.
EmPower Party ABOVE: GCAPP PRESIDENT AND CEO VIKKI MILLENDER-MORROW (CENTER) AND CO-CHAIRS ASHLEY MILLER AND ALEXANDRA WALTER. ABOVE RIGHT: DR. SANJAY GUPTA, RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH PIONEER AWARD, WAS CONGRATULATED BY JANE FONDA AND TED TURNER.
Dazzling in her graciousness, charm and legendary beauty, Jane Fonda, founder and chairman emeritus of GCAPP (the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential), personally welcomed guests to the EmPower Party, GCAPP’s signature fundraising event, at the Georgia Aquarium. After Fonda presented Dr. Sanjay Gupta with GCAPP’s Health Pioneer Award, the two friends engaged in an enlightening on-stage conversation on issues ranging from the alarming rise in obesity to the effects of genetics and behavior on health. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
REGINA CHAN OF HONG KONG SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, DOUGLAS KERBS OF FULLER SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AND JENNY PRUITT OF ATLANTA FINE HOMES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, WITH A CHINESE-ENGLISH INTERPRETER.
JENNY PRUITT RECEIVING HER LUXURY REAL ESTATE AWARD FROM JOHN BRIAN LOSH.
Career Milestone Jenny Pruitt was accorded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate at an elegant reception held in conjunction with the organization’s Fall Conference in Atlanta. She was presented with the crystal obelisk by John Brian Losh, chairman of Luxury Real Estate, who cited Jenny’s four decades of success in residential real estate and her co-founding of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, which is expected to surpass $1 billion in sales in 2013.
CHARLES LAM OF THE CHINA REAL ESTATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-HONG KONG, DR. J.J. PO-AN HSIEH OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, AND DAVID BOEHMIG.
JENNY PRUITT AND DAVID BOEHMIG AT A LUNCHEON HOSTED BY SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG AUCTION HOUSE.
To Asia & Back
with Jenny Pruitt
ATLANTA FINE HOMES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AGENT YETTY ARP AND BOB PRUITT.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong celebrates 40th Year Calling Hong Kong “the most exhilarating and high-powered business and commercial center we’ve ever visited,” Jenny Pruitt, CEO, and David Boehmig, president, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, returned from the 40th anniversary celebration of Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction House. During meetings with Sotheby’s wealthiest Asian clients, the two Atlanta real estate leaders presented each with a copy of the Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty Collectors’ Book, Joie de Vivre. More than 250 Atlanta properties, all valued at over $1.5 million, are showcased. “The Asian leaders are astute business people who recognize Atlanta as a growth center, offering worldwide access through its airport and stability for significant real estate investment and appreciation,” David Boehmig said. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS HENDERSON AND KIM LINK
NANCY SEE, SENIOR VP OF ATLANTA FINE HOMES SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY, AND LEADING AGENT LESLIE RANSOM.
THERAPIST BETH SASSO WITH THERAPY DOG “FROSTY,” PHILANTHROPIST SPONSORS RAMON AND CAROL TOME, JOHN AND KAREN SPIEGEL, AND THERAPIST JENNIFER SPEER (SEATED), WITH THERAPY DOG “GALION.”
HONORARY CO-CHAIR SALLY NUNNALLY (SEATED) IS SURROUNDED BY HER FAMILY, DAY AND CHARLES REDHEAD, HONORARY CO-CHAIR MCKEE NUNNALLY, JOHN REDHEAD, H. MCKEE NUNNALLY, AND ANNA, LAURA AND LIZZIE NUNNALLY.
THE LEGENDARY PARTY Shepherd Center revealed new innovations at “The Future is Now,” the 25th anniversary of The Legendary Party. Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, the gala raised over $1 million to benefit the Assistive Technology Center and Animal Assisted
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM FITTS
Therapy. Party chair Karen Spiegel joined Shepherd Center co founder James H. Shepherd Jr. in presenting astounding technological progress and therapy programs to more than 500 patrons in attendance.
DARRELL MAYS AND TARA WERTHER.
EILEEN ROSENCRANTS, DEBBIE DEAN, SU LONGMAN AND TARA WERTHER.
DR. BILL TORRES AND JACK SAWYER.
AN ENGAGING AFFAIR Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres hosted an artfully fun celebration in honor of Darrell Mays and his fiancée, Tara Werther, at The Lowe Gallery this fall. The couple was delighted to celebrate their happiness with close friends and family. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
CAUSE TO CELEBRATE
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1. Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center honored 21 five-year cancer survivors during Celebrate Life 2013, planting a tree for each to symbolize spirit and hope. Annie Stephenson Holsonback of CTCA with celebrant Ruth Gethers-Simil, Anne Meisner of CTCA, and Richard J Stephenson, founder of CTCA. 2. Kim Lape, Susan Been, Millie Smith and Kelly Loeffler co-hosted a private cocktail party at Gucci’s Phipps Plaza store to celebrate the “Handbag Artisan Corner” and raise money for Make-A-Wish Georgia. 3. The Patron Party for the Arthritis Foundation’s Crystal Ball was hosted by Tom and Ruth Anthony (center), pictured with Crystal Ball co-chairs Dot Stoller and Susan McCaffrey. Patron Party co-chairs Cheryl Espy, Lisa Fuller, Juli Owens and Brenda Smith orchestrated the ocean-themed event. 4. Patron Campaign co-chairs Boyd and Caroline Leake, Scott Willett of Johnson & Johnson, and Amy Elizabeth Smith at the Patron Party for the Arthritis Foundation’s Crystal Ball. 5. Dazzled by a gallery of contemporary artwork in the law offices of Greenberg Traurig, guests enjoyed an elaborate cocktail and buffet dinner at the Patron Party for the Legendary Party. Legendary Party chair Karen Spiegel and John Spiegel, Cynthia Widner Wall of PNC Wealth Management, and Ramon Tome and Carol Tome of The Home Depot.
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The chaplains for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite and Egleston Hospitals were honored at an “Appreciation Tea and Garden Tour” at the historic Griffith-Richard House in Sandy Springs. In attendance were (above) co-host Deane Johnson of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Dr. Brenda Green of CHOA, the Rev. Steve Yander of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bernadine and Jean-Paul Richard; and (right) Erika Johnson, co-host Wes Vawter of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty and his wife Terry Vawter.
The Latin American Association’s 25th Anniversary of Latin Fever Ball at the InterContinental Buckhead was a huge success, raising more than $380,000 to benefit the thousands of individuals that the LAA serves. Guild members Patty Webb, Aida Flamm, Lois Beserra, Barbarella Diaz (Guild Co-Chair), Angelica Guevara Young, Karla Arriola and Del Clark. KIM LINK
In attendance at the Caring For Others benefit at the Georgia Aquarium were CFO Board Chair Joseph Northington, CFO President/ CEO Eslene Richmond-Shockley and event designer William Fogler.
A Meal to Remember co-chairs Marlene Alexander and Tony Conway with sponsor Cynthia Widner Wall of PNC Wealth Management raise their glasses in support of the culinary benefit at the elegant Patron Party, held at The Estate on Piedmont Road.
The Farmer & The Chef benefit at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead raised over $230,000 for the March of Dimes. Enjoying the evening were Leslie McLeod, Melbin De La Cruz, Ruby Lucas and event chair Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, dean and executive VP of Morehouse School of Medicine. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
1. Pam Longobardi of Atlanta was named the winner of the prestigious Hudgens Prize, which includes a transformational cash award of $50,000 and an invitation for a solo exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. She’s pictured with Teresa Osborn, executive director of the Hudgens. Photo by Jim Fitts. 2. The Phipps Plaza Lilly Pulitzer Store hosted a special shopping event to benefit the Atlanta Speech School’s Language & Literacy Gala. Gala co-chairs Liza Jancik and Mary Anne Massie are pictured with Becky McDaniel, assistant manager of the Lilly Pulitzer Store. Photo by Jim Fitts. 3. Ande Cook, Elyse Defoor, and Mary Stanley were among the crowd of 20,000 people who flocked to the Castleberry Hill neigbhborhood for Flux Night, a one-night public art celebration presented by Flux Projects. Photo by Raftermen Photography.
4. The 15th Annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic was a huge success, raising more than $52,000 for Special Olympics Georgia. John C. Metz, cofounder of Aqua blue and executive chef and co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern and Sterling Spoon Culinary Management, Special Olympics athlete Josh Jansma and market partner Hank Clark at the golf tournament. 5. The Fox Theatre Institute, (FTI ) an Atlanta-based outreach program created by The Fox Theatre, presented a check to The President Theatre at a special event to kick off its 2013-2014 restoration projects. Pictured are Fox Theatre, Inc. board member Carolyn Wills; President Theatre representatives Pattisue Elliott, Regina Garrett, Billy Garrett, Joan Caldwell, Josh Mitchell and Tarver Siebert; and Fox Theatre Institute Program Manager Carmie McDonald. Photo by Philip Sanford. 6. HomeAid Atlanta, in partnership with Rainbow Village and Builder Captain Harcrest Homes, announced the construction of an apartment building for Rainbow Village, a long-term transformational housing community for homeless families in north metro Atlanta. Rev. Nancy Yancey and Norma Nyhoff of Rainbow Village receive items from HomeAid’s Essentials for Young Lives Drive.
7 7. Skyland Trail president and CEO Beth Finnerty joins gala co-chairs Kelly Loeffler and Betsy Akers at the Patron Party for Skyland Trail’s Benefits of Laughter. The party was held at the Buckhead home of Regina and Steve Hennessy. Photo by Tim Wilkerson Photography. 8. Guests enjoyed an evening of Italian culture at Festa Italiana at the Museum of Design Atlanta, in conjunction with its exhibit, “Barrique: Wine, Design, and Social Change.” Max Salmi, Italian Honorary Consul General Angela della Costanza Turner, Ricardo Cichi, Lavinia Cichi and Director of the National Italian American Foundation for Georgia Leo Pieri. Photo by Carlos Bell Photography. 9. Glyn Weakley Interiors presented a two-day show of Stephanie Kantis’ fashion jewelry. Company rep. Jill Reagan (center) shows Cindy Martin and Lisa Fuller some of the signature chains and gem stone pendants. Photo by Kim Link.
10. John Phillip Short was honored at an elegant reception on the publication of “Magic Lantern Empire: Colonialism and Society in Germany.” The author’s family members Ben Hill IV, Katherine Hill and Ben Hill were on hand to congratulate him. Photo by Ben Rose. 11. Sarah Cornwell, Quinn Nygren, Beth-Ann Taratoot, Savannah Cernosek and Meredith Jones headed to Whiskey Blue Atlanta’s rooftop for a cocktail party featuring art installations by local artist Allie Hendee. Photo by Dylan York. 12. Amy Nelson, Allie Hendee and Gwen Ross mixed and mingled at the Whiskey Blue cocktail party, which displayed Hendee’s 12-foot-tall dress forms made of natural hide, jute and burlap, topped with elk antlers. The soiree was co-hosted by Morgan Cohen of Morgan Kylee boutique. Photo by Dylan York.
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ENOCH KING, HAROLD M. LEAVER AND LALA COCHRAN IN HORIZON THEATRE’S “THE SANTALAND DIARIES.”
& 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. alvinailey.
ART STATION THEATRE
Through Dec. 22 “Home for
Christmas,” classic tale of a family coming together for the holidays. 7:30 PM Fri.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/751-
ACT 3 PRODUCTIONS
Jan. 23-Feb. 2 “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Neil Simon’s classic coming-of-age comedy. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center.
“Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” Dec. 6-29 Fox Theatre
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS
Dec. 13-22 Libby’s at the Express Jan. 8-Feb. 9 “Six Degrees of Separation,” New York society is rocked by scandal when a young con artist enters its inner circle. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. actors-
Alliance Stage Series Jan. 15-Feb. 9 “The Geller Girls,” world premiere, romantic comedy about two Jewish sisters, living in Atlanta in 1895. Hertz Stage Series Jan. 31-Feb. 23 “In Love and Warcraft,” world premiere, a look at relationships in the digital age. Youth and Families Series Nov. 29-Dec. 29 “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens’ classic tale. Feb. 22-March 9 “Shrek The Musical,” fun fairy tale for family. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., NE. 404/733-4650.
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
“Sam the Lovesick Snowman” Jan. 2-Feb. 2 at Center for Puppetry Arts 102
Feb. 13-16 Extraordinary dance company performs an exciting collection of premieres, new productions and “Revelations” at the Fox Theatre. 8 PM Thurs.-Fri., 2
org. foxatltix.com. 855/ATL-TIXX.
Dec. 5-22 “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge is mixed with Broadway song parodies. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. Feb. 20-March 9 “Making God Laugh,” touching family comedy. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain.
ARTS AT EMORY Music
Dec. 6-7 A Festival of Nine
Lessons and Carols, Glenn Auditorium, 1672 N. Decatur Road. 8 PM Fri., 4 & 8 PM Sat. Dec. 9 Emory University Symphony Orchestra. Jan. 18 Emory Arts Showcase. Jan. 25 Emory Community Choral Festival. Jan. 31 yMusic. Feb. 6 Emory Jazz Fest: Big Band Night. Feb. 7 Gary Motley Trio and Barbara Morrison at Jazz Fest. Feb. 13 St. Olaf Choir. Feb. 20 Lang Lang, piano. Theater Jan. 23 Harabel by Gypsee Yo, Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle NE, Atlanta. 7 PM. Jan. 28 Brave New Works. Unless noted, events at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. For a comprehensive list of events, visit
Dec. 6-29 “Atlanta Ballet’s
Nutcracker,” family favorite, live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra at the Fox Theatre. Dec. 19 “The Nutty Nutcracker,” wacky spin on the classic at the Fox Theatre. Rated PG-13. Feb. 7-9, 13-15 Jean-Christophe Maillot’s “Roméo et Juliette,”
“Santaland Diaries” & “Madeline’s Christmas” Through Dec. 31 at Horizon Theatre
PHYRE HAWKINS, MARK EVANS AND CHRISTOPHER JOHN O’NEILL IN “THE BOOK OF MORMON” FIRST NATIONAL TOUR.
BRENNA MCCONNELL IN HORIZON THEATRE’S “MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS.”
ethereal production redefines the classic love story, staged at Cobb Energy Centre. Feb. 15-16 “Pinocchio,” family ballet at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.
ATLANTA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Jan. 12 Collaborations from
Within: A Special Anniversary Retrospective, 4 PM at Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd. atlantabaroque.org.
ATLANTA LYRIC THEATRE Dec. 13-15, 20-22 “Sanders
Family Christmas,” starring the original Theatre in the Square cast, staged in the Family Life Hall of First UMC of Marietta, 56 Whitlock Ave. 8 PM Fri.-Sat. & 2 PM Sun. Jan. 3-19 “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies,” stylish and brassy retrospective, staged at Cobb Civic Center’s Anderson Theatre, Marietta. 404/377-9948.
March 8, 11, 14, 16 “Faust,”
operatic retelling of the famous legend, at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL
Dec. 22 Celtic Woman, Christmas Celebration Symphony Tour.
Feb. 13 Buddy Guy March 27 David Garrett
Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.
ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Nov. 29-30 Cirque de la Symphonie
Dec. 5, 7 Handel’s Messiah, 8 PM
Thurs. & 2 PM Sat.
“The Book of Mormon” – Jan. 28-Feb. 9 at Fox Theatre Dec. 8 ASO Gospel Christmas Dec. 13-14 Christmas with the
ASO, 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat. Dec. 15 ASO Kids’ Christmas, 1:30 & 3:30 PM Sun. Dec. 19-21 A Very Merry Holiday Pops, 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sat. Dec. 22 Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas, 8 PM. Dec. 30 Widespread Panic’s 2013 Tunes For Tots benefit concert Dec. 31 ASO New Year’s Eve Jan. 4 TDP Alumni Legacy Concert, hosted by Monica Pearson, 7 PM. Free with ticket. Jan. 9, 11 Master and Commander, classical, 8 PM Thurs., 7:30 PM Sat. Jan. 23, 25, 26 Simply Fantastic, classical, 8 PM Thurs., 7:30 PM Sat., 2 PM Sun. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Purely Russian Drama, classical, 8 PM Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 PM Sat. Feb. 6, 8 Daredevil!, classical, 8 PM Thurs., 7:30 PM Sat. Feb. 7 Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1, 6:30 PM. Feb. 9 Tchaikovsky Discovers America!, 1:30 & 3:30 PM. Feb. 14, 15 Piano Romance, 8 PM. Feb. 20, 22 All Vaughan Williams, 8 PM Thurs., 7:30 PM Sat. Feb. 27-March 1 Poetic License, 8 PM Thurs.-Fri., 7:30 PM Sat. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/733-5000.
ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY Dec. 15 AWS on Holiday, 3 PM
at Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Through Dec. 22 “Christmas Canteen 2013,” musical revue. Jan. 16-Feb. 9 “Lombardi,” the real story of the legendary icon. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. auroratheatre.com. 678/2266222.
Dec. 7 Brian Setzer Orchestra Dec. 14-15 Disney Junior Live On
BIG CHICKEN CHORUS
Dec. 14 Holiday show at Cobb
Civic Center, Marietta, with guest quartet Lunch Break. 770/530-
Dec. 6 Jason Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Dec. 28 North Mississippi AllStars 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/8432825. thebuckheadtheatre.com.
CALLANWOLDE CONCERT BAND
Dec. 8 Holiday POPS!, 3 PM at Decatur First UMC March 23 Spring Concert, 3 PM at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, NE. 404/872-5338. calcb.org.
CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS Family Series
Through Dec. 29 “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”™
Jan. 2-Feb. 2 “Stan the Lovesick Snowman.”
Feb. 6-March 23 “Weather Rocks!” Adults & Teens
Feb. 25-March 2 “Great Expectations.” Ages 12+ Ongoing “Puppets: The Power of Wonder,” a display of 350 puppets from around the world. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404/873-3391. puppet.org.
Dec. 13-21 Christmas at Sweet Apple, a heartfelt collection of holiday stories by acclaimed Georgia writer Celestine Sibley 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. and Sat. (Dec. 21 only). The Art PlaceMountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. centerstagenorth. org. 770/516-3330.
COBB ENERGY CENTRE Dec. 2 Dave Koz & Friends Dec. 6 Sinbad
Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure Dec. 27-29 Shen Yun Jan. 10 Travis Tritt Jan. 18 Billy Gardell Jan. 26 The Midtown Men Jan. 30 New Orleans! with Aaron Neville & Dirty Dozen Brass Band Feb. 7-9, 13-15 Atlanta Ballet “Roméo et Juliette” Feb. 15-16 Atlanta Ballet “Pinocchio” Feb. 22 Dinosaur Train Live Feb. 26 Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. cobbenergycentre.com.
Through Dec. 15 “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” holiday musical. Dec. 17 Christmas Classics 2013, 8 PM. Dec. 19 N. Georgia Barber Shop Singers Christmas 2013, 8 PM. Dec. 20 Cumming Playhouse Singers Christmas Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 21 Sounds of Sawnee Christmas Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 22 North Georgia Chamber Symphony Christmas Concert, 3 PM. Dec. 31 The Return, Beatles Tribute Band, 3 & 8 PM. Jan. 3-4 “Me and 4 Others,” ’50s & ’60s rock’n’roll, 8 PM. Jan. 11 Peppino D’Agostino and Carlos Reyes, 3 & 8 PM. Jan. 14-16 “En Mis Palabras” (In my own words), produced by The Atlanta Opera, 10:30 AM & 1 PM. Jan. 18-19 Monroe Crossing, bluegrass, 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Jan. 24-26 “Magic Jukebox,” Mardi Gras Annual Musical Variety Show, 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. Feb. 13-March 9 “On Golden Pond,” a couple returns to their summer home for the 48th year. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat. & 3 PM Sun, unless otherwise noted. 101 School St. in the Historic
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PERFORMING ARTS Cumming Public School. 770/7819178. playhousecumming.com.
“Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” staged by Atlanta Lyric Theatre Jan. 3-19 at Cobb Civic Center
Feb. 12-March 2 “Shakespeare’s R&J,” new adaptation of the classic. 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta. 404/876-9468. fabrefaction.org.
FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS @ GA. TECH
Dec. 14 A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair Feb. 7-8 Push Dance Company Feb. 15 Pat Metheny Unity Group March 1 Carolina Chocolate Drops Performances at 8 PM, unless noted. 349 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta at GA. Tech. 404/894-9600.
14TH STREET PLAYHOUSE
Dec. 7-8 “The Covering: Let`s Get
Joyful,” holiday stage play, 2 & 7 PM Sat., 2 & 5 PM Sun. Feb. 14-15 “Love Isn’t So Simple,” experience love and relationships from each side, 8 PM Fri., 3 & 8 PM Sat. 173 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404/733-
Dec. 6-29 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. Dec. 16 Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill. Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Comedy with Cedric the Entertainer. Jan. 10 Gregg Allman Jan. 28-Feb. 9 “The Book of Mormon.” Feb. 13-16 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Feb. 21 Robin Thicke. Feb. 28 “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.” March 4-9 “Once.” April 10-27 “The Lion King.”
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.
404/881-2100. foxtheatre.org. ticketmaster.com.
GA. ENSEMBLE THEATRE Jan. 9-26 “The Only Light in
Reno,” world premiere comedy. Feb. 27-March 16 “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby,” Jazz Age classic. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/641-1260. get.org.
GA. FESTIVAL CHORUS
Dec. 1 Carols by Candlelight,
McEachern UMC, Powder Springs. Dec. 5 Carols by Candlelight, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta. 7:30 PM. Dec. 10 Christmas Concert, Lenbrook, Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 7:30 PM. 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.
GA. STATE SCHOOL OF MUSIC Dec. 3 Jazz Combos Dec. 5 Jazz Band II Dec. 7-8 16th Annual Gala Holiday
Concert, Rialto Center, 8 PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun. Dec. 9 Rialto Youth Jazz Big Band, 7:30 PM. Dec. 16 Rialto Youth Jazz Combos, 7:30 PM. Feb. 2 Bent Frequency, 3 PM Feb. 9 GSU Symphony Orchestra, 3 PM, Rialto Center. Feb. 9 University Symphony Orchestra, 3 PM, Rialto Center. Feb. 18 neoPhonia New Music Ensemble. Feb. 21 Georgia Bands of Distinction, 7 PM, Rialto Center. Feb. 24 Wind Orchestra & Metropolitan Atlanta Youth Wind Ensemble, 8 PM, Rialto Center. Feb. 25 University Band, 8 PM, Rialto Center. Performances at 8 PM at Kopleff Recital Hall, unless noted. music.
DOUG GRAHAM, KEENA REDDINGHUNT AND THEO HARNESS.
“A Broadway Christmas Carol” Dec. 5-22 at Art Station Theatre 104
GA. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Dec. 7 Holiday Pops with the
GSO & GYSO Choruses, 3 & 8 PM, Murray Arts Center, Kennesaw. Feb. 16 GYSO&C Concert #2, 3 & 7:30 PM, Bailey Center, KSU.
GWINNETT CENTER Arena
Dec. 5 Bill Gaither, 7 PM. Dec. 16 Star 94’s Jingle Jam:
Backstreet Boys, The Fray, Avril Lavigne, Goo Goo Dolls. Jan. 18-19 Professional Bull Riders, 8 PM Sat. & 2 PM Sun. Jan. 23 Fresh Beat Band, 7 PM. Feb. 5-9 Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus March 15 Harlem Globetrotters Performing Arts Center Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Northeast Atlanta Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.” 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.
Through Dec. 31 “The Santaland
Diaries,” holiday comedy about an out-of-work writer who takes a job as a Macy’s Department Store elf. Dec. 7-31 “Madeline’s Christmas,” family musical based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ book. 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta. 404/584-
JAZZ ROOTS: A LARRY ROSEN JAZZ SERIES
Dec. 2 Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour.
Jan. 30 New Orleans Jazz: Aaron
Neville & Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Feb. 26 Georgia On My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles, with Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg & Clark Atlanta University Band and Singers. Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. jazzroots.
LEE HARPER & DANCERS HOLIDAY CONCERT Dec. 14 Adult modern dance
company performs at 1 PM in the Kellett Theatre, Broyles Arts Center, The Westminster Schools, 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road. Free. westminster.net.
LIVE! IN ROSWELL SERIES
Dec. 28 Sixpence None the Richer Feb. 7 Masters of Soul Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
770/594-6232. roswellpresents. com.
MARCUS JCC OF ATLANTA
Dec. 5-8 “Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins,” family musical presented by Company J. Dec. 16-17 “Annie Jr.,” by Company J Youth Ensemble, 6 PM. Jan. 9, 12, 16, 19 “Peter Pan and Wendy,” presented by Synchronicity Performance Group. Jan. 26 Jazz at the JCC Series: The Upbeatniks: Beatles Tribute, 7-9 PM. Feb. 15 Jazz at the JCC Series: Michael Feinberg, 8-10 PM. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.
THE COMPANY WITH ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT BATTLE AND ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MASAZUMI CHAYA.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Feb. 13-16 at Fox Theatre “ONCE”
March 4-9 Musical celebration
of life and love, staged at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. foxtheatre.org/once.
MICHAEL O’NEAL SINGERS
Dec. 8 “A Classy, Brassy
Christmas” with Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, 3 PM, Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Dec. 22 Messiah Sing-Along, 3 PM at Roswell UMC. Feb. 9 “Night and Day: Time Pieces,” Kaleidoscope, 3 PM, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.
Nov. 30 The Story Tour Dec. 1 Kanye West Dec. 14 Pink Dec. 15 Andrea Bocelli Dec. 17 Justin Timberlake Dec. 27 Jay Z Dec. 31 Widespread Panic Jan. 9 Jeff Dunham Feb. 12-17 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Feb. 21 Demi Lovato Feb. 26 Imagine Dragons March 15 Harlem Globetrotters
1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.
POLK STREET PLAYERS
Dec. 6-29 “Peter Pan & Wendy,” swashbuckling adventure. Ages 4+. Co-produced with Aurora Theatre. Feb. 7-March 2 “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” fantasy spin on Chinese folklore. Ages 5+. Staged at 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404/484-
with Morrie” at the Stellar Cellar Theatre, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. 770/218-9669
RIALTO SERIES @ GSU
Dec. 7-8 Gala Holiday Concert,
GSU School of Music. 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Jan. 31 Off the EDGE, Biennial Dance Immersion Feb. 8 Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa, 8 PM. Feb. 22 Capitol Steps, musical and political satire straight from Washington D.C., 8 PM. Feb. 28 Johnny Mercer Celebration with Joe Gransden and Carmen Bradford, 8 PM. 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-
“THE BOOK OF MORMON”
Jan. 28-Feb. 9 Award-winning musical at the Fox Theatre. 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. Explicit language. broadwayinatlanta.com.
ROSWELL DANCE THEATRE
Through Dec. 22 “Gifts of the Magi,” heartwarming musical. Jan. 29-Feb. 23 “The Best of Enemies,” modern-day parable of transformation and triumph. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678/528-
staged at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St. 770/998-
TRUE COLORS THEATRE
Through Dec. 8 “The Nutcracker,”
Feb. 27-March 23 “Red Badge of Courage,” combining puppets, animation, and live actors, co-produced with Kennesaw State University. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 5 PM Sun., plus 2 PM March 15 & 22. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/5237647. 7stages.org.
STAGE DOOR PLAYERS
Dec. 6-22 “Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot,” comedy whodunit. Jan. 24-Feb. 16 “On Golden
Feb. 25-March 23 “Race,”
Jazz Roots: Ray Charles Celebration Feb. 26 at Cobb Energy Centre
Feb. 14-March 1 “Tuesdays
TAKE 6 JOINS AN ALL-STAR CAST OF PERFORMERS.
Pond,” relationship drama. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. stagedoorplayers.net.
suspense story, staged at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849.
WIDESPREAD PANIC’S TUNES FOR TOTS
Dec. 30 Benefit concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall. widespreadpanic.
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FUN around town
Global Winter Wonderland at Turner Field – Through Jan. 5
WINTER ALPHARETTA CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Dec. 6 36th annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 5-8 PM at Milton Square City Park, with musical performances, Santa, Christmas Farmer’s Market, food trucks, and lighting of a 45-foot live blue spruce with 10,000 lights at 7 PM. 678/297-6078. Dec. 7 Snow on the Square, 1 PM, 2 South Main St. Make snowballs and snowmen, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo, and shop at the Christmas Farmers Market, open from 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. 678/297-6000. awesomealpharetta.com. alpharetta.ga.us.
APPLE ANNIE CRAFT SHOW Dec. 6-7 Annual juried show of
original arts and crafts by over 100 of the Southeast’s finest artisans, plus homemade soups and goodies
by St. Ann’s Women’s Guild, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat. st-ann.org.
ARCHIBALD SMITH PLANTATION HOME
Through Dec. 30 Images of
Christmas, with seasonal decor by Roswell Garden Club. Dec. 14 Gingerbread Christmas kids workshops (ages 6 & up), 10:30 & 11:30 AM and 1 PM. $10. Reservations required. Jan. 1-31 “Archie and Gulie: The Smiths Born from Reconstruction” exhibit. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.
ATLANTA BALLET “NUTCRACKER” TEAS
Dec. 8, 15, 22 Enjoy tea time
at the Four Seasons Atlanta, with seasonal sandwiches and sweets, as dancers from “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” perform vignettes and the “Nutcracker”
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Atlanta Botanical Garden – Through Jan. 4
story is read aloud. Children will decorate holiday cookies with the chefs. 2:30 PM. 75 Fourteenth St., Atlanta. Reservations required.
ATLANTA BELTLINE EASTSIDE 10K
Dec. 7 Part of the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series and a Peachtree Qualifier, the race starts at 10 AM at Stoveworks, 112 Krog St., NE Atlanta. Activities at the run/walk include the College Alumni Tailgate Challenge and Neighborhood Challenge. $45. run.beltline.org.
ATLANTA BOAT SHOW
Jan. 9-12 Georgia’s largest boating event features hundreds of boats, marine accessories and electronics, boating and fishing seminars, trout pond and more at the Ga. World Congress Center, Hall C, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW, Atlanta. 11 AM-9 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-9 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. $12 (free, 15 & under). 954/441-3227. atlantaboatshow.com.
Home Games Dec. 4 L.A. Clippers Dec. 6 Cleveland Dec. 10 Oklahoma City Dec. 13 Washington Dec. 16 L.A. Lakers Dec. 18 Sacramento Dec. 20 Utah Dec. 28 Charlotte Jan. 3 Golden State Jan. 8 Indiana Jan. 10 Houston Jan. 20 Miami Jan. 24 San Antonio Jan. 29 Detroit Feb. 1 Minnesota Feb. 4 Indiana Feb. 8 Memphis Feb. 19 Washington Feb. 22 New York Feb. 25 Chicago Philips Arena. hawks.com.
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Dec. 14 The Holiday Spirit, 10:30
Through Jan. 4 Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, featuring 30 acres of botanical-inspired displays created with nearly 1.5 million lights. Open nightly, 5-10 PM (except. Dec. 24 & 31). Dec. 7 Reindog Parade, 11 AM. Costumed canines strut their stuff (must RSVP to participate), plus a Doggie Expo and pictures with botanical St. Nick. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. atlantabotanicalgarden.
ATL. JEWISH FILM FEST
Home Games Dec. 15 Redskins
Games at Georgia Dome.
AM-4:30 PM. Celebrate the season with festive family activities, plus “time travel” to holidays past at the Smith Family Farm and Swan House, with living history characters. Jan. 5 Three Kings Day, 1-5 PM. Hispanic holiday festival, held in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto de Mexico, with storytelling, music, performances, food and fun. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/814-4000.
ATL. BOTANICAL GARDEN
Dec. 29 Panthers
Jan. 29-Feb. 20 Annual festival showcases an international
Christmas at Callanwolde – Dec. 6-17 collection of narrative and documentary films that explore Jewish life, culture and history, with screenings at several area venues.
BACK-TO-NATURE HOLIDAY MARKET AND FESTIVAL Dec. 7 Browse hand-made
and eco-friendly goods from 40 vendors at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, from 10 AM-4 PM. Offerings range from original art and ornaments to candles and clothing. Musical entertainment will be on tap, with lunch and desserts available for purchase, plus free admission to CNC, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055 ext.
Dec. 1, 8, 15 Open House for
Make-A-Wreath for Make-AWish, with festive holiday wreaths available for purchase. 1-4 PM. Dec. 7-8 Holiday Bazaar, 11 AM-5 PM Sat., 1-5 PM Sun. Dec. 21 & 23 Cookies with Mrs. Claus, 10 AM & noon. $10 per child. Reservations required. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell.
southerntrilogy.com. 770/6403855. roswellgov.com.
BIG APPLE CIRCUS
Jan. 30-Feb. 17 “LUMINOCITY,”
featuring soaring trapeze artists, flying acrobats, magnificent steeds juggler extraordinaire, amazing pups and more – with no seat more than 50 feet from the ringside, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta.
Feb. 9 A snow adventure awaits at Snow Mountain at this annual
benefit for the Children’s Program of Visiting Nurse Health System.
Jan. 26 Browse themed wedding galleries, see a couture fashion show, sample appetizers and cake, meet the city’s best wedding experts and more at the Atlanta Convention Center, AmericasMart, Bldg. 2, 230 Sprint St. $20 ($15 adv). beabride.net.
demonstrations, live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Plans for a Preview Party, Jan. 24. 980 Briarcliff Road NE. 404/872-
Through Dec. 30 22nd annual Fantasy in Lights®, Christmas spectacular with 8 million lights and over a dozen custom scenes in a dazzling outdoor display. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.
Stories of the 1800s, self-guided holiday tours, $8. Dec. 3, 10, 12, 17 Christmas High Teas, 4 PM. Ladies in period dress serve a two-course tea, plus a tour of the house decorated for Christmas. $40. Reservations only. Dec. 7, 14-16, 18-19, 21-23 “A Christmas Carol” performances by Kudzu Players. $15. RSVP. Dec. 14 Christmas for Kids (ages 5-11), with yule log and candy cane hunt, craft, snack, storytelling, and visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus. 10 AM-noon. $10. Reservations only. Dec. 19 Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment with tours from 6:30-9 PM. Reservations only. $12 ($6, ages 6-18). 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.
CANDLELIGHT HIKE TO THE MILL
Through Dec. 30 Best Loved
CALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER Dec. 6-17 Christmas at
Callanwolde. Jan. 25-26 Callanwolde Arts Festival, inaugural indoor arts fest, featuring works by 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more, plus artist
BULLOCH HALL EVENTS
CHATTAHOOCHEE CHALLENGE 10K RACE
Feb. 8 Annual 10K race at 7:30 AM along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell to benefit the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Also a 1-Mile Fun Run at 8 AM. 10K is official qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. 770/992-2055.
Dec. 14 Mile-long guided night
hike goes inside the Civil War era textile mill ruins of New Manchester, 7-9 PM, at Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs. $5 hike, $5 parking. 770/732-5871.
CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW & TOUR OF HOMES Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Atlanta’s oldest
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Inspiration Avenue, designer house. 11 AM-5 PM. Feb. 1 Drinks & Antiques, 7-10 PM, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Soirée, while browsing the booths.
and most prestigious antiques show features exquisite 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques (from rugs and furniture to art, porcelain and silver) at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 10 AM-5 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. This 43rd annual show benefits Crossroads Community Ministries. Feb. 2 Tour of Homes, self-guided tour of beautifully designed homes in distinctive neighborhoods. Additional special events: Jan. 26 First Place Passion Tour, 1-4 PM. Tour five charming houses of young professionals. Jan. 29 Gala Preview Party Jan. 30 Bobby McAlpine’s and Susan Ferrier’s talk & book signing.
CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER Dec. 7 Back to Nature Holiday
Market and Festival, 10 AM-4 PM, featuring local, handmade items. Dec. 15 Reindeer Day, 1-4 PM. Meet live reindeer, plus crafts and campfire treats. Feb. 8 Chattahoochee Challenge 10K Race and Fun Run, 8 AM. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-
Dec. 31 46th annual rivalry game
between the ACC and SEC at 7:30 PM in the Georgia Dome. 404/586-
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dec. 7 33rd annual parade in Atlanta, from 10:30 AM-noon. Route starts at Peachtree St. near Baker St., turns right onto Marietta St., turns left and ends on Centennial Olympic Park Drive. choa.org.
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FUN AROUND TOWN CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE
Dec. 6-17 Tour the magnificent
Gothic-Tudor mansion decked for the season by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers. Holiday shopping and holiday music take place throughout the event, with daily seasonal workshops. 10 AM-4 PM Mon.-Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun., extended hours 5-7:30 PM Wed. $20 ($15 seniors, $12 ages 4-12, free for 3 & under). Dec. 5 VIP Preview Party with Von Grey. 7 PM. $75. RSVP only. Dec. 6 & 13 Musical Winter Nights, 6-9 PM. $30. RSVP only. Dec. 7 & 14 Breakfast with Santa, 9 AM. $20. RSVP only. Dec. 8 & 15 Teddy Bear Tea, 3 PM. $25. RSVP only. Dec. 11 Cocoa & Caroling, 5:307:30 PM. $5 (free with $20 tour). Dec. 12 Garden Club Day Dec. 14 Holiday Handmade 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404/872-5338.
DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE
Dec. 14-15 “Pirate & Princess Adventure” features characters from “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. Shows at 7 PM Sat.; 11 AM, 2 & 5 PM Sun. ticketmaster.com.
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve bash at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with live bands and DJs. 8:30 PM-2 AM. downtowncountdown.net.
EVENING IN BETHLEHEM Dec. 7 Roam through a 1st
century marketplace, brought to life by costumed characters and stable animals, and witness a live production that tells the story of the first Christmas at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Free (suggested donation: $10 per family). Indoors. Reserve time for nativity at 5, 6 or 7 PM. 770/993-6218. rumc.com.
DAHLONEGA’S OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Through Dec. 22 Holiday fun around the Dahlonega Square, with lighting of the square, hometown parade with Santa’s arrival, caroling, entertainment, wine sampling and live theater. dahlonega.org. 706/864-3513.
DECATUR CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES Dec. 6-7 31st annual holiday
homes tour features seven homes and two points of interest around the city of Decatur. 5:30-9:30 PM. $25. decaturtourofhomes.com.
DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE
Feb. 22 Kids will be transported
on a journey back to the Mesozoic, when dinosaurs roamed the earth – and rode on trains. Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. Shows at 1 & 4 PM.
Through Jan. 5 “Marco Polo: Man & Myth,” highlights the epic 13th century journey of the legendary traveler that spanned thousands of miles and more than 24 years. Through Jan. 5 “Winter Wonderland,” festive exhibit of decorated trees and artifact displays celebrates holidays, traditions and cultures. Dec. 7, 14, 21 Holly Jolly Film Fest Opening Feb. 15 “Whales: Giants of the Deep,” features life-size models, interactive displays and videos about the marine mammals. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300. fernbankmuseum.org.
FIRST DAY HIKES
Jan. 1 Guided hikes at state
parks across Georgia to motivate people to exercise outdoors and re-connect with nature and family, as part of the nationwide event
Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes – Dec. 7-8 sponsored by America’s State Parks. georgiastateparks.org.
Plantation, Greensboro. $30 ($20, 12 & under). ritzcarltonlodge.com.
FOX THEATRE TOURS
IMAGINE IT! CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
Ongoing Take an hour-long guided tour of this historical movie palace, rich in performing arts and architectural history. 10 AM-1 PM Mon. & Tues.; 10 & 11 AM Sat. $18 (free, 10 & under). foxtheatre.org.
GALLERY GLASS SHOW
Dec. 7 10th annual show at Taylor Kenzil Gallery in Roswell features original glass sculpture, functional works and unique ornaments. 1-5 PM. Bring new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots fundraiser. 16 Elizabeth Way. 770/993-3555.
GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW
Jan. 5 Find everything needed
to create a dream wedding, view photographers’ pictures, taste cake and food samples from caterers, watch a fashion show, plan a honeymoon and more at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. Noon-5 PM. $15. Jan. 26 Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. $15.
GLOBAL WINTER WONDERLAND
Through Jan. 5 View larger-than-
“Hidden Universe” at Fernbank’s IMAX
life lantern designs of landmarks from countries all over the world at this multicultural theme park at Turner Field, Atlanta. $25 ($19 seniors, $17 ages 5-12, free ages 4 & under). globalwonderland.com.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Through Dec. 8 Designer
MACGILLIVRAY FREEMAN FILMS
Showhouse & Marketplace with tours, workshops and seasonal activities at a newly constructed designer home at 58 Blackland Road NW, Buckhead. 11 AM-5 PM Thurs.-Sat., 1-5 PM Sun. $25 (free for 10 & under).
atlantaholidayhome.com. MAGNIFIED VIEW OF THE SUN FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL TELESCOPES.
ICE SKATING RINK AT THE RITZ-CARLTON LODGE Through Feb. 16 Ice skating
sessions daily, from 10 AM-2 PM and 4-8 PM, at Reynolds
Through Jan. 12 “Moneyville,” hands-on tour through money factory, bank, shopping district, stock market and more. Jan. 29-Feb. 1 Adventures Through Words!, activities & crafts. Open daily. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., NW. 404/659-KIDS. childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
IMAX® THEATRE AT FERNBANK MUSEUM Through Jan. 2 “Hidden
Universe,” a breathtaking tour of deep space through images captured by Hubble and the world’s most powerful telescopes. Through Jan. 23 “Penguins” follows a brave king penguin on the journey of a lifetime. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX®. Enjoy cocktails, films, live music or DJ, and cuisine, 6:30-11 PM Fridays. Tickets: 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road, Atlanta. fernbank
JINGLE BELL RIDE
Dec. 14 Gentle pace ride on
Riverside/Azalea Multi-Use Trail, followed by hot chocolate and cookies. 3 PM, Riverside Park, Roswell. 770/643-8010.
JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK® Dec. 7 Get in the spirit at the
Arthritis Foundation’s 5K run/ walk at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SW, Atlanta. Holiday costumes encouraged. arthritis.
LAKE LANIER’S MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS
Through Dec. 31 5-10 PM. Enjoy
a 7-mile drive-through tour of animated holiday light displays at Lake Lanier Island Resort, plus a Holiday Village with carnival rides and games, pony rides and sweet treats; and shopping and Santa visits at Santa’s Workshop.
MACY’S PINK PIG TRAIN Through Jan. 5 Ride Priscilla
Stone Mountain Christmas Through Jan. 1
the Pink Pig as she makes tracks through a life-sized storybook beneath the 1950s-themed Pink Pig Tent on the upper-level parking deck at Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. $3 per ride. Open daily (except Dec. 25). Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
comes to town at Gwinnett Center on Feb. 5-9 and Philips Arena on Feb. 12-17 with “Built to Amaze” show. ringling.com. ticketmaster.com.
MARIETTA PILGRIMAGE CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR
ROSWELL HOLIDAY EVENTS
ROAD ATLANTA Dec. 6-8 NASA
5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton.
roadatlanta.com. 800/849-RACE. Dec. 1-8 “The Nutcracker,” staged
Dec. 7-8 Tour private residences
by Roswell Dance Theatre at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. tysod.com. Dec. 6-8 1850s Heirloom Holidays Living History weekend.
in the Kennesaw Avenue historic district that are lovingly restored and decorated for the season at this 27th annual award-winning event. Day tour, $25; candlelight tour, $20; combo ticket, $30.
roswellheirloomholidays.com. Dec. 6 Antebellum Holiday Dinner
mariettapilgrimage.com. 770/429-1115. 770/426-4982.
at The Gardens Great Oaks, 786 Mimosa Blvd. 7 PM. $60. 770/992-
1665. Dec. 7 Breakfast with Santa,
MARIETTA SQUARE FARMER’S MARKET
9-11 AM, Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., Roswell Area Park.
Weekends Vendors offer a
770/641-3760. Dec. 7 Holiday Tour of Historic
variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce and garden products from 10 AM-1 PM Sat. (year-round) and noon-3 PM Sun. (April-Nov). North Park Square.
Homes, including Southern Trilogy. 11 AM-5 PM. $30 ($5, under 12). Living History interpreters and period crafters on tour route, 1-5 PM. roswellhistoricalsociety.org.
mariettasquarefarmersmarket. net. 770/499-9393.
770/992-1665. Dec. 7 Holiday Celebration on
Jan. 11 Advance Auto Parts’ monster truck series comes to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gates open at 2 PM, show at 7 PM, Pit Party from 2-5 PM. $25-$80.
the Square, 5 PM, with carolers, lighting of the Square and Santa Claus. Intersection of Hwy. 9 & Hwy. 120. Living history interpreters on Canton Street and bonfire in Roswell Park, 6-10 PM.
NORTH ATL. HOME SHOW
Feb. 21-23 Experts in the landscaping and home remodeling industries will showcase the latest services and products, plus radio broadcasts and speakers. Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. $7 ($6 seniors; free, 12 & under). atlantahomeshow.com.
OAKLAND CEMETERY GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Weekends “Sights, Symbols and Stories of Oakland,” 2 PM Sat. & Sun. $10 ($5 students & seniors). 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atlanta.
(ages 12 & under), shopping and crafts at Adult Rec Center, Grimes Bridge Road. 6:30-8:30 PM Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. roswellgov.com.
770/641-3950. Dec. 7-8 Holiday Bazaar at
Barrington Hall. 11 AM-5 PM Sat., 1-5 PM Sun. Dec. 8 Caroling on Canton Street, 5-7:30 PM. Dec. 14 Night at the Polar Express, family movie night, 6:3010 PM at E. Roswell Rec. Center, 9000 Fouts Road. Must RSVP.
ROSWELL GHOST TOUR
PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS
Ongoing Learn about the unique history and stories of paranormal activity on guided walking tour. 8 PM. Must RSVP. $15 ($10, 12 & under). roswellghosttour.com.
Jan. 18-19 Top 35 bull riders in the world compete at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth.
RHODES HALL SANTA
winter wonderland at the “Castle on Peachtree” with holiday music, refreshments, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. Benefits Ga. Trust for Historic Preservation. Must RSVP. 1516 Peachtree St., N.W. Atlanta.
History & Culture, with numerous events at a variety of locations.
Dec. 7-21, weekends Step into a
Macy’s Pink Pig – Through Jan. 5
roswellgov.com. 770/641-3950. Dec. 7-8 Santa’s Secret Gift Shop
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS Feb. 5-9, 12-17 The circus
Feb. 1-28 A celebration of Black roswellroots.com.
SANTA ON THE SQUARE
Dec. 5, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24 Santa arrives in Glover Park on the Marietta Square at 5 PM Dec. 5, followed by tree lighting at 6 PM. Santa’s Workshop on select dates. marietta.gov. 770/794-5601.
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FUN AROUND TOWN
“Moneyville” Through Jan. 12 Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKETS SHOWS Dec. 12-15, Jan. 9-12, Feb. 6-9
World’s largest series of indoor antique shows at Atlanta Expo Center, 3650 Jonesboro Road, SE. 1-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. 404/361-
SEASON OF MAGIC IN PIEDMONT PARK
Through Jan. 5 (select dates)
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Piedmont Park, with festive holiday lights, or enjoy a spin on the carousel. Offered Thurs.-Sun. Carriage: $25 adults, $20 kids. Carousel: $3.
Through Feb. 17 (select dates)
A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement, with 20 lanes of tubing, snowman building and more. Ticketed event, plus park entry fee. 770/498-5690.
in the Southeast, hosted by Trinity School for 32 years, with original works by 350 selected artists. 4301 Northside Pkwy. Free parking and admission. Opening Night: 6-9 PM Feb. 3. Cocktails & Canvases special evening: 6-9 PM Feb. 8. Feb. 15 Spotlight on Art Gala Auction at InterContinental Buckhead. Saks Gallery Nov. 25-Jan. 28 Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery at Phipps Plaza, with a special collection from Trinity Artists Market for sale. Dec. 7 Holiday Sing-along, 11 AM. Jan. 10 Saks Night Out, 6-8 PM.
SPRUILL GALLERY HOLIDAY ARTISTS MARKET
Through Dec. 23 Peruse unique handcrafted items by local artisans at the Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 10 AM-6 PM
SOUTHERN LIVING SHOWCASE HOME
Through Dec. 22 Tour a
4,000-square-foot, customdesigned home overlooking the golf course at Currahee Club on Lake Hartwell in Toccoa. Open Fri.-Sun. $10, benefits several nonprofits. 864/527-0463.
SPOTLIGHT ON ART
Feb. 3-8 One of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Feb. 5-17 – Gwinnett Center & Philips Arena
Tues.-Sat., 12-5 PM Sun. Special events include: Family Day, 12-3 PM Dec. 7; Late Night Shopping, 6-8 PM Thursdays; Jewelry Trunk Show, 11 AM-3 PM Dec. 14; Holiday Sale, 10 AM-5 PM Dec. 23.
THOMASVILLE’S VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS
STONE MTN. CHRISTMAS
St. Mtn. Park’s Crossroads is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, parade, live shows, carolers, Santa, the Snow Angel, Polar Express 4D, sing-a-long train and holiday laser show. Adventure pass, plus park entry fee. stonemountainpark.
VININGS JUBILEE TREE LIGHTING & SLEIGH RIDES
770/394-4019. spruillarts.org. Through Jan. 1 (select dates)
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
Through Jan. 1 Stone Mountain Christmas.
Through Feb. 17 Snow Mountain Vehicle entry fee. 770/498-5690. stonemountainpark.com.
North Atlanta Home Show Feb. 21-23 – Gwinnett Center
Dec. 12-13 Journey back to the
1890s for holiday fun in downtown Thomasville with horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, food, shopping and St. Nick. 6-10 PM. downtownthomasville.com.
Dec. 5 Christmas Tree Lighting,
6-8 PM, with holiday music, treats, reindeer pony rides, Vinings Express train rides, face painting, balloon twisting and Santa Claus. Dec. 13, 20 Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, 5-8 PM. Free. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.
VIRGINIA-HIGHLAND TOUR OF HOMES Dec. 7-8 19th annual tour features seven distinct homes in this charming Atlanta neighborhood, with food tastings at each stop. 10 AM-4 PM Sat., 12-4 PM Sun. $30 ($25 adv.) vahitourofhomes.org.
WORKS IN CLAY HOLIDAY SHOW AND SALE
Dec. 5-8 Handmade ceramic works, from functional to sculptural, by more than 40 local artists, at Art Center West, 1355 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770/641-3990.
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Wildflower magic in the Texas Hill Country. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
Country If your mind’s-eye images of Texas mainly evoke the endlessly flat landscapes of vintage Western movies and the high-rise skylines of throbbing contemporary capitals, then it’s clear you need a trip to the Hill Country.
BY VIVIAN HOLLEY
sizeable 15-county swatch between San Antonio and Austin, the Hill Country is nothing at all like either of those Lone Star scenes. Or, for that matter, any other scene. Here rustic, there refined (and sometimes both), it’s a territory with an easy-breezy style and a storied heritage all its
own. Set in rolling, bluebonnet-blessed terrain accented by rugged
reaches of limestone, spreading oaks, and cypress-shaded creeks are singular attractions and lodgings that guarantee an uncommon getaway.
Deep in the heart of
The Westin La Cantera High Country Resort.
A taste for luxury? A craving for golf? Head straight to La Cantera, a Westin resort set high on a hilltop with sweeping views including an overlook of the premiere golf experience in South Texas (it’s the only area resort to serve up 36 holes of golf). Also on tap are a pampering spa and a health club, five lagoon-style pools, facilities for kids and teens, and a mile-long nature trail. A complimentary shuttle will whisk you to The Shops at La Cantera for a million-plus square feet of upscale shopping happiness. With its red tile roof and tall white walls, the property commands a Texasbig presence, its architectural ambiance inspired by the legendary King Ranch where, it’s said, the lady of the house directed builders to create rooms where “anybody could walk in in boots.” And so they did at La Cantera, with a seamless fusion of regional and Spanish design elements christened Texas Colonial. Massive doors open into a lofty lobby – picture blue slate floors, loomed rugs, handsomely carved furnishings – where guests gather pre-dinner for icy margaritas beside a giant fireplace. Then they move on to Francesca’s at Sunset, as romantic as it sounds, with a menu that ranges from buffalo and antelope to produce and wine from area ranchers, farmers, and vintners. SOUTHERN SEASONS MAGAZINE
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“Sunday Houses,” Fredericksburg Herb Farm. Magnolia House.
Next stop, Fredericksburg – a skip away but a different experience altogether. Canny natives have long flocked to this charmer situated near the center of the Hill Country, and if they should prefer to keep it a secret . . . well, who could blame them. The town was settled in 1846 by German immigrants, whose legacy still thrives in the local architectural, cultural and culinary styles, not to mention street names and pioneer museums. Accommodations are a perfect fit for the unpretentious, supremely walkable environs where shops and eateries cluster on and around Main Street. Most distinctive are the “Sunday Houses,” historic cottages built by settlers who lived in distant rural areas and used them during weekends in town for trading and attending church. Today, they serve as one-of-a-kind guest houses. In Fredericksburg’s wide-ranging collection of B&Bs, a prime candidate is Magnolia House, owned by Claude and Lisa Saunders. Claude happens to be a master in the kitchen, treating guests to bountiful breakfasts and a supply of from-scratch cookies. Not to be missed is the parade of art galleries, including The Good Art Company, Insight Gallery, Whistle Pik Galleries, and Artisans at Rocky Hill – all on the map of the Art Walk staged the first Friday of each month. Another must is Fischer & Wieser, a shop packed with specialty foods from peach pecan butter to roasted raspberry chipotle sauce. Antiques and interior design emporiums abound, the likes of Carol Hicks Bolton Antiquities, with 14,000 square feet to troll for treasures.
INFORMATION: WWW.WESTINLACANTERA.COM; (210) 558-6500 WWW.VISITFREDERICKSBURGTX.COM; (888) 997-3600 WWW.MAGNOLIA-HOUSE.COM; (830) 997-0306
Wine tasting is a given. To check out the rapidly exploding winery story in these parts – the current tally is 20 in town and some three dozen in the region – set sights on Wine Road 290. When feet fail, lunch beckons at fun stops such as Wildseed Farms, home to acres of blooms, and The Pink Pig, down home and delicious. Come dinner, make it August E’s, or the Farm Haus Bistro, part of a complex with its own cottages and spa. Don’t let the captivating small-town vibe fool you. Along with the low-key lures you get two attractions of national note and justifiable local pride. One is right in town: the outstanding National Museum of the Pacific War, inspired by respect for Fredericksburg’s native son, World War II Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. The other, nearby at Stonewall, is the LBJ Ranch at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. Known as the Texas White House during the administration of the 36th president, it’s an intimate look at Johnson family life, operated by the National Park Service. Meander in your car along the Pedernales River and you’ll see the reconstructed birthplace of the president, the one-room schoolhouse where he learned to read, and the comfortable, modest home that was opened for public tours after the 2007 passing of Lady Bird. With the region’s year-round calendar of kickup-your-boots events, it’s hard to settle on the ideal season to head for the hills. But my vote goes to the state’s wildflowering springtime – and its magical bonus of bluebonnets.
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Torre di Pietra Vineyards in Fredericksburg.
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Best Road Food in the South According to AAA, nearly 25% of the U.S. population is likely to hit the road during the holidays. Southern Living has named the best food stops along Southern interstates that are heavily traveled this time of year. From cafes and barbecue joints to meat ‘n’ threes and bakeries, these fast food alternatives are less than 5 miles off the interstate, so travelers will be back on the road in no time. I-40: Magpies Bakery, Exit 289, Knoxville, TN. The Feed Bag Restaurant, Exit 174, Farmington, NC. Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Exit 270, Chapel Hill, NC. I-35: Miller’s Smokehouse, Exit 294A, Belton, TX. Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Exit 477, Sanger, TX. Fancy That, Exit 109, Norman, OK. I-95: Wilson’s BBQ and Grill, Exit 11A, Emporia, VA. Broad Street Deli & Market, Exit 73, Dunn, NC. Clark’s Inn & Restaurant, Exit 98, Santee, SC. I-77: Local Dish, Exit 85, Fort Mill, SC. Lake View Restaurant, Exit 8, Fancy Gap, VA. Taste of West Virginia Food Court, Exit 45, Beckley, WV.
For even quicker stops, fuel up on one of these regional specialties from gas stations along the way: Blue Bell Ice Cream (TX), Carolina Country Snacks Fried Pork Rinds (NC), Goo Goo Clusters (TN), Lone Star Western Beef Jerky (WV), Zapp’s Potato Chips (LA). As for Southern sodas, sip on this: Ale-8-One (KY), Buffalo Rock Golden Ginger Ale (AL), Cheerwine (NC), Nehi (GA), Old Dominion Root Beer (VA).
Home for the Holidays
This holiday season, Davio’s Atlanta is throwing a house party. A gingerbread house party, that is! On Sunday, Dec. 8, from 12-2 p.m., children of all ages are invited to participate in a oneof-a-kind workshop with some of Atlanta’s renowned pastry chefs and sugar artists. Davio’s Pastry Chef Kathleen Miliotis will lead a demonstration and workshop, teaching guests how to build personalized gingerbread houses fit for the North Pole! The event is $30 per child, with free adult admission. Each participating child will receive one gingerbread house to decorate with all the delectable trimmings, as well as delicious afternoon snacks prepared by Executive Chef Richard Lee. This event is sweet as can be with gingerbread, marshmallows, and all kinds of candy. In the generous spirit of the holidays, each family is asked to help in one small way: arrive at the workshop with one unwrapped toy so North Atlanta Toys for Tots can spread the seasonal joy!
FOR MORE OF THE SOUTH’S BEST FOOD AND TRAVEL TIPS, VISIT SOUTHERNLIVING.COM.
TO REGISTER, CALL 404/844-4810. DAVIOS.COM/ATL.
Feast of the Seven Fishes
New Year’s Eve
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SUSHI at UMI in Buckhead Plaza
Sushi can be a little intimidating, even to those who write about food for a living. However, at Umi, Buckhead’s newest shrine built for Japan’s most well-known – and yet, perhaps most misunderstood – cuisine, it’s hard to make a misstep with the spectacular menu. Umi is located just across the Buckhead Plaza courtyard from Chops (using the same packed, but efficient, valets) and once you’re tucked into the dimly lit dining room, you’ll quickly see what all the buzz is about. Stunning staff scurry about, carrying trays topped with craft cocktails and dishes so colorful you may be tempted to try one of everything (not advisable, unless you have an unlimited expense account – or a trust fund).
CHILEAN SEA BASS YU-AN YAKI
Umi’s dining room is bathed in soft light, for a modern look that’s at once appetizing and cozy.
he menu itself is exquisitely created by Fuyuhiko Ito, who has long been a favorite chef among people who really know their sushi. He gained a staunch following as the man behind the knife at MF Buckhead. The story goes that two of the restaurant’s regulars, Charlie Hendon and Farshid Arshid, were so saddened when the posh temple of sushi shuttered in 2012, they offered to open an equally upscale spot to present Ito’s pristine dishes. Since Umi opened in May, it’s already become a destination for visiting and local celebrities, beautiful people and monied diners. Sir Elton John attended the friends and family pre-opening dinner, visiting movie stars make regular appearances and on any given night the dining room might be filled with guests whose names you’d recognize from reading Atlanta’s business paper. Even with the who’s who of guests populating the intimate dining room and sushi counter, it’s refreshing that each guest seems to get the star treatment. If the menu seems overwhelming, as it did to me and my guest, the expert, friendly staff is only too happy to make recommendations (and patiently answer a litany of questions). For our meal, we started with a beautiful plate of thinly sliced yellowtail, cilantro, ponzu and jalapeno peppers, which gave the dish just enough heat to make the ingredients sing. The madai (a variety of red snapper) carpaccio might have gone unnoticed, except for a suggestion from our server, Michelle. The
firm, white fish was simply dressed with sea salt, lemon, olive oil and yuzukosho, a fermented paste of yuzu peels, chili peppers and salt. One of the highlights of the meal wasn’t sushi at all: the lobster toban-yaki came with its own petite griddle over bluehot flames. Nuggets of sweet lobster meat, drenched in insanely delicious soy butter sauce, are allowed to sizzle until they are golden brown and caramelized. Michelle also recommended the American tuna roll (spicy tuna and cucumber topped with tuna, avocado, spicy mayonnaise and eel sauce) and the sake salmon sashimi, which was so rich one bite was incomparably satisfying. The perfect, authentic pair for our meal came in the form of Akita Homare sake – floral, light and dry – served in a jaunty little carafe. As a finale, you’ll want to have the green tea soufflé. Order it as your last savory dish is being delivered, as it takes time for pastry chef Lisa (Ito’s wife – the two met and fell in love while working at MF Buckhead, so it’s truly a match made in the kitchen) to coax the delicate confection to rise, its grassy, verdant flavor only faintly sweet. When I return (as I’m sure to do), I’ll opt for the omakase experience, effectively giving the chef free reign to choose what he would like to serve. Omakase, translated from Japanese means “I leave it to you,” which is the most advisable tact to take when dining with such an accomplished sushi chef at the helm. As I quickly learned, though, at Umi, there’s no such thing as a bad menu selection. So check whatever intimidation you feel at the door, and have fun with this beautifully crafted menu.
EXECUTIVE CHEF FUYUHIKO ITO
YUZU MERINGUE SQUARE, MOCHI ICE CREAM CREPE WITH SUPER FRUITS.
ROCK SHRIMP TEMPURA WITH SPICY CREAMY SAUCE. BLACK COD MISOYAKI (GRILLED BLACK COD MARINATED IN MISO).
VISIT UMI AT 3050 PEACHTREE ROAD NE, ATLANTA. 404/841-0040. UMIATLANTA.COM.
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ABATTOIR CHOPHOUSE 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/892-3335. Fresh whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game served in a variety of ways. } starprovisions.com. ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Atl. 404/254-0219. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/837-3440. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. 770/384-0012. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } anotherbrokenegg.com. ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atl. 404/233-7673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. p }}} aria-atl.com. ★★★ ATLANTA GRILL 181 Peachtree St., NE, Atl. (2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta), 404/221-6550. Grilled steaks, chops, seafood and Southern-inspired cuisine are served in a 120
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BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous portions with a heavenly menu of specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} starprovisions.com. ★★★★ BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slow-roasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickorygrilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} blueridgegrill.com. ★★★ BUCKHEAD DINER 3073 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/262-3336. Atlanta icon offers inventive menu, from sweet and spicy Thai chili calamari to veal and wild mushroom meatloaf, in an upscale, retro atmosphere. Call-ahead priority accepted. } buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★
CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/432-2663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} canoe-atl.com. ★★★ CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} thecapitalgrille.com. ★★ EMPIRE STATE SOUTH 999 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/541-1105. A community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, a la celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson, with authentic Southern dishes served in a meat-and-three format. p }} empirestatesouth.com.
4TH & SWIFT 621 North Ave. NE, Atl. 678/904-0160. Enjoy such specialties as crispy brussels sprout, North Georgia apple salad and sticky toffee pudding in a quaint setting,
in the former engine room of the Southern Dairies Co. in the Old Fourth Ward. p }} 4thandswift.com. FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/549-3298. Unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary, hip space. } flipburgerboutique.com. GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/264-0253; 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and madefrom-scratch food served in a fun atmosphere. p } gordonbierschrestaurants.com. GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Norcross. 678/421-1720. Changing menu of fresh seasonal ingredients in a casually elegant setting. p }} grace1720.com. ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/9690700. Casual neighborhood dining in historic Brookhaven, with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} havenrestaurant.com. ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/968-2288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a community-driven establishment in Ansley Park. p } hobnobatlanta.com. HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/948-1175. Hailed as a British gastropub with a Southern accent, with savvy cocktails and a meaty menu. } holeman-finch.com. HOUSTON’S 2166 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/351-2442; 3321 Lenox Road, Atl., 404/237-7534; 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atl., 404/262-7130; 3050 Windy Hill Road SE, Atl., 770/563-1180. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } houstons.com. ★
Aria LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St., Atl., @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/897-5000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} livingstonatlanta.com. LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO 361 Seventeenth St., Atl. 404/961-7370. Seasonal menu with a comfort food edge in a casual atmosphere. p } lobbyattwelve.com. LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atl. 404/968-2700. Fresh-from-thefarm seasonal fare, from Georgia Mountain Trout and Grilled Hanger Steak to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p } localthree.com.
JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atl. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } jctkitchen.com.
MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on such Southern specialties as sweet potato and shrimp fritters, fried chicken, pork loin and chef ’s veggie plate in the charming setting of a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }} miltonscuisine.com.
JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atl. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} JoeyDsOakRoom.com. ★★
MODERN RESTAURANT + BAR 3365 Piedmont Road NE, Atl. 404/5541100. Innovative culinary style with a heavy emphasis on seafood, from butter-poached lobster to wild Scottish salmon, plus special chef tasting menus with wine pairings. Private
dining and outdoor patio available. p }} modernbuckhead.com. MOSAIC 3097 Maple Drive, Atl. 404/8465722. Neighborhood bistro features modern American cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. p }} mosaicatl.com. MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8720904. Inventive, fresh seasonal fare, excellent service and basement charm. p } murphysatlanta-restaurant.com. ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atl. 404/892-4111. Inventive atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } onemidtownkitchen.com. ★★ PARK 75 75 Fourteenth St. NE, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. An elegant place to enjoy seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortQUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+
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rib with smoked Gouda grits and truffled potatoes. p }} fourseasons.com. ★★★ PAUL’S RESTAURANT 10 Kings Circle, Atl. 404/231-4113. Chef Paul Albrecht creates new American cuisine and sushi in an open kitchen, from herb crusted flounder filet and roasted lamb shank to batter fried lobster tail. p }}} greatfoodinc.com. ★★★ PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/885-7505. Great gastropub cuisine, from small bites and salads to burgers and entrees, served in a fun atmosphere. p } publikatl.com. RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atl. 404/5248280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} rathbunsrestaurant.com. ★★★★
SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/8048880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} sagewoodfiretavern.com. SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell. 770/998-4850. Neighborhood gastropub with exceptional food and drink served in a comfy setting, from soups, salads and appetizers to specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, fish and beef. } saltfactorypub.com. ★★★ SALTYARD 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/382-8088. Diverse selection of seasonal dishes, with signature cocktails and craft beer in spirited setting. p } saltyardatlanta.com.
RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} restauranteugene.com.
SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052; Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/8461552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a bythe-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }} seasons52.com.
RIVER ROOM Post Riverside Town Square, 4403 Northside Pkwy., Atl. 404/233-5455. New American cuisine served in an elegant and modern European atmosphere. p }}} riverroom.com.
SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atl., Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel lobby. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p } shulas347atlanta.com.
SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave., Atl., 404/873-7358; 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Suite 401, Vinings, 770/435-0700. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} southcitykitchen.com. ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., InterContinental Buckhead. 404/9469070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge area. Menu highlights: baked oysters with crispy pork belly, chicken and dumpling soup and Low Country seafood platter. p }} southernart.com. TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/347-2220. A convivial place with innovative comfort food and an extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections. p } tapat1180.com. TERRACE 176 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farm-totable dishes, from Georgia mountain trout to Amish chicken breast, served in a chic setting. p } ellishotel.com/terrace. THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/240-7035. Delightful menu, sunny ambiance and live piano music. Seasonal patio seating. p }}} ritzcarlton.com. ★★ THE SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}} sundialrestaurant.com. THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } threesheetsatlanta.com. ★★★ TRUFFLES CAFE 3345 Lenox Road, Atl. 404/364-9050. Upscale gourmet café with a diverse menu of Low Country dishes, fresh fish, center-cut steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. p } trufflescafe.com. TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with wood-roasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse. p }} twourbanlicks.com.
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VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }} villagetavern.com.
WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} watershedrestaurant.com.
WOODFIRE GRILL 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atl. 404/347-9055. Menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy, with specialties like pan-roasted wild striped bass and wood-grilled quail. p }} woodfiregrill.com. YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E. 404/496-4393. 1017 North Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland. 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly burger restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual, familyfriendly format. } yeahburger.com.
AJA 3500 Lenox Road, Atl. 404/231-0001. Modern Asian kitchen with sushi, dim sum and entrees served family-style. Red and black walls and dimmed lighting add to the exotic atmosphere. p }} h2sr.com. ★★★
FIRE OF BRAZIL 118 Perimeter Center West, Atl., 770/551-4367. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in the centuries-old Brazilian tradition. p }}} fireofbrazil.com. FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Buckhead. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} fogodechao.com. ★★★
CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Authentic Chinese cuisine in a spacious dining room with efficient, friendly service. } icantonhouse. com. ★★★★ CHOPSTIX 4279 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/255-4868. Upscale dining with lively piano bar. p } chopstixatlanta.net. ★★★ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070; 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atl., 770/352-0500; 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wokfried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }} pfchangs.com.
THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/255-5707. Upscale Asian dining with dishes ranging from chicken and beef to seafood and pork. } ★★
MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atl. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. p }} mckinnons.com.
SHOUT 14th and Peachtree Road at Colony Square, Atl. 404/846-2000. Dine on tapas or sip a martini on the rooftop lounge at this ultra-hip hotspot. p } h2sr.com. TWIST 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/869-1191. Creative cuisine, from sushi and seafood to satays and wraps, served in a 300-seat dining room with a centerstage bar. Patio dining available. p } h2sr.com.
BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/261-6456. Regional comfort French cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Specialties include white Gulf shrimp, sautéed short smoked mountain trout and Maine cod. p }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★
FRENCH AMERICAN BRASSERIE 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atl. 404/266-1440. Feast on French cuisine and American chops in the dining room or enjoy a cocktail on the canopied rooftop terrace overlooking the city skyline. p }} fabatlanta.com. ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro, serving everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon, in a charming setting. } lapetitemaisonbistro.com. ★★ NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atl. 404/221-6362. Fantastic fare in elegant surroundings with attentive service and spectacular skyline views. p }}} nikolaisroof.com. ★★★
AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Choose from sushi, seafood, steaks and chops in a soothing setting. p }} aquablueatl.com. ★★ JOLI KOBE BAKERY & BISTRO 5600 Roswell Road NE, Atl., 404/843-3257; 1545 QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+
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Pointe. 404/888-8709. Italian cooking with a contemporary twist, in a relaxed atmosphere. p }} lapietracucina.com. MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650; 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } maggianos.com. MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy., Atl., Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterranean-inspired Tuscan grill with herb-rubbed prime steaks, hand-crafted pastas and market-fresh seafood. p }} renaissancewaverly.com.
Flip Burger Boutique Peachtree St. NE, Atl., 404/870-0643. Great neighborhood spot for coffee and dessert, Sunday brunch or a meal, from almond chicken curry salad to potato crusted salmon. p } jolikobe.com. MARKET W Atlanta-Buckhead, Atl., 3377 Peachtree Road NE. 404/523-3600. Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten reinvents classic dishes with an eclectic flair, from Maine lobster with crispy potatoes and spicy aioli to bacon wrapped shrimp with avocado and passion fruit mustard. p }} marketbuckhead.com. 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/705-8870. South African restaurant offers a cultural fusion of cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, in lively setting. p }} 10degreessouth.com.
KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2620702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, oven-roasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★
Italian cuisine, from homemade pastas and pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} baraondaatlanta.com. DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/844-4810. Simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations and signature veal chop. p }} davios.com. DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/991-3666. Southern Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }} doublezeroatl.com. FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 15, Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} starprovisions.com. IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atl. 404/222-0650. Flavorful food in a fun setting, with cozy dimensions, eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} localino.info. ★★★★
ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }} anticaposta.com.
LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road, Atl, 404/231-1368; 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} lagrottaatlanta.com. ★★★★
BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/879-9962. Authentic
LA PIETRA CUCINA 1545 Peachtree St. NE (Beverly Road), Atl., One Peachtree
NO. 246 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678/399-8246. Savor ricotta agnolotti, Ramano pizza, charred octopus and other specialties in a 100-seat space with an open kitchen, backyard deck and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. } no246.com. PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees. p }} portofinobistro.com. PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★ SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atl. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes served with a creative twist in a revived brick storefront. p }} sottosottorestaurant.com. SUGO 408 S. Atlanta St., Roswell, 770/6419131; 625 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770/817-4230; 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/817-8000. Authentic cuisine served with gracious hospitality, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza. p } sugorestaurant.com. ★★★ TAVERNA FIORENTINA 3324 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-9825. Tuscan bistro presents authentic Florentine dishes and contemporary classics in an intimate dining room. p }} tavernafiorentina.com. VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }} valenzarestaurant.com. VENI VIDI VICI 41 Fourteenth St., Atl.
404/875-8424. Heavenly cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and warm ambience. Specialties include veal lasagne and pappardelle with pulled rotisserie duck. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★
KOBE STEAKS 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/256-0810. Hibachi cooking in a fun atmosphere, where chefs prepare meals at the table. }} kobesteaks.net. ★★ MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. } momoyaga.com. NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atl. 404/873-6582. Gracious servers dressed in kimonos pamper diners with delicious authentic Japanese cuisine in an aura of the grandeur of traditional Japan. p }} nakatorestaurant.com. ★★★★ SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atl. 770/956-9559. Dine on some of the freshest, most authentic sushi in the city in intimate booths. } sushihuku.com.
ECCO 40 Seventh St., Atl. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed lamb loin, all served in a warm, welcoming setting. p }} ecco-atlanta.com. ★★★ MILAN MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO & GRILL 3377 Peachtree Road, Atl., Crowne Plaza. 678/553-1900. Mediterranean dining in a casually elegant setting, from mahi mahi with port-glazed figs and grilled salmon romesco to filet of beef Monte Carlo. p }}
IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/351-0870. An oasis of good food and entertainment with traditional cuisine including fresh legumes, meats and fish. p }}} imperialfez.com.
PARISH: FOODS & GOODS 240 North Highland Ave., Atl. 404/681-4434. New Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p } PARISHatl.com.
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RUMI’S KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/477-2100. Chef Ali Mesghali’s fresh Persian dishes, from kabobs and dolmeh to fresh-baked flat bread, served in an intimate dining room with attentive hospitality. } rumisrestaurant.com.
ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/262-3165. Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood offered in a neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish and blackened mahi mahi. p h }} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Contemporary atmosphere showcases modern American seafood flown in fresh daily. p }}} atlanticseafoodco.com. C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} candsoysterbar.com.
COAST SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/869-0777. Fresh seafood and island cocktails in a casual setting, with signature seafood boil, fresh catch entrees and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels. p } h2sr.com. GOLDFISH 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Perimeter Mall. 770/671-0100. Seafood, sushi and steaks in a spectacular setting that features a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium and live music. p }} h2sr.com. ★★★ LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8811106. Contemporary fish house serving only the freshest ingredients delivered daily, from smoked seafood platter to fried oyster slider. p }} lure-atlanta.com. RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/524-9224. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, made-to-order sushi and QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+
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hand-cut steaks, in a casual yet elegant setting. p }} raysinthecity.com. RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/955-1187. A palate-pleasing menu, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} raysontheriver.com. ★★★ SEABASS KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/705-8880. A Mediterraneanflavored menu of delicious dishes, with market-fresh seafood, from Red Snapper to Black Sea Bass, as well as certified prime beef and braised lamb shank, served in an upscale casual setting with exceptional service. p }} seabasskitchen.com. THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, wellrounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }} theoptimistrestaurant.com.
ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche and braised goat huaraches in a sophisticated and spirited venue. p } alma-atlanta.com.
Lure CANTINA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR 3280 Peachtree Road, Atl., Terminus 100. 404/892-9292. Mexican cuisine with housemade tortilla chips and salsa and specialties ranging from stewed pork with hominy to fish tacos and enchiladas. p } h2sr.com. NOCHE 1000 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8159155. 705 Town Blvd., Atl. 404/364-9448. 2580 Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 770/432-3277. 3719 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 770-
777-9555. Bold Southwestern cuisine with a hint of seafood and game, and a high-energy bar. p } h2sr.com.
BLACKSTONE 4686 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 404/794-6100. Top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list and great service, with an ambience suited for upscale dining and after-dinner cocktails. p }} blackstoneatlanta.com. ★★★ BLT STEAK 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atl., W Atlanta-Downtown. 404/577-7601. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Bistro Laurent Tourondel combines traditional elements of a cozy French bistro with an American steakhouse. p }}} bltrestaurants.com. BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2372663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} bonesrestaurant.com. ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} cabernetsteakhouse.com. ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batterfried lobster tail and lump crab cake, are served on the upper level Chops steakhouse and lower-level Lobster Bar. p h }}} buckheadrestaurants.com. ★★★★
HAL’S 30 Old Ivy Road, Atl. 404/261-0025. Award-winning steak prepared over an open flame grill, plus fresh seafood, pasta, veal, lamb and fish, served in an expansive bistro-style venue with charming white tablecloth setting. p }} hals.net. ★★★ KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atl. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} kevinrathbunsteak.com. ★★★★ MCKENDRICK’S STEAK HOUSE 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/512-8888. Feast on fabulous appetizers, enormous steaks, tender chops and succulent seafood in a clubby setting with oak walls and leather seats. p }} mckendricks.com. ★★★★ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atl., 404/577-4366; 3379 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-6535. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedoclad waiters. p }}} mortons.com. NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/846-0644. Dine on Midwestern USDA prime beef, live Maine lobsters or fresh fish, with classic sides ranging from creamed spinach to cheese mashed potatoes. p h }}} newyorkprime.com. ★★★ PRIME 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., Lenox Square. 404/812-0555. Superior primeaged beef, sushi bar and seafood offered in a casually chic setting. p } h2sr.com. ★★★ RAY’S ON THE CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. North Fulton’s award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}} raysrestaurants.com. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 5788 Roswell Road NW, Sandy Spring, 404/2550035; 267 Marietta St., Embassy Suites Hotel (Centennial Park), Atl., 404/223-6500; 3285 Peachtree Road NE, Embassy Suites Buckhead, Atl., 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs around the globe for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, extraordinary Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ruthschris.com. ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900; 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102; 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Enjoy
Park 75 premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} stoneyriver.com. ★★★ STRIP 245 Eighteenth St., Atl. 404/385-2005. Great steak and sushi with multi-level dining, lounge and patios in a super hip setting, with nightly DJ and open air rooftop deck. p }} h2sr.com. THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road, Atl., Westin Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous faces. p }}} thepalm.com. ★★★
and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} nanfinedining.com. ★★ RICE 1104 Canton St., Roswell, 770/6400788; 1155 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 770/817-9800. Grilled New Zealand lamb, Atlantic salmon, pad Thai and a variety of authentic Thai dishes. p } goforthai.com.
TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 110, Atlanta. 404/873-4888. Savor authentic Thai, fresh curry and herb spices, meat, seafood and vegetables in an upscale setting, with specialties such as roasted duck breast, braised lamb tenderloin and Chilean sea bass. p }}} tamarindseed.com.
NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atl. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai
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HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atl. 404/303-8888. Enjoy a variety of authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } hunangourmetrestaurant.com. ★★
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treats For a heavenly cup of hot chocolate, swirl a Peppermint Hot Chocolate on a Stick into a mug of steaming milk or water. Handmade in the San Francisco kitchen of Ticket Chocolate, the block of fine Belgian milk chocolate is paired with an old fashioned peppermint stick for a cafe worthy drink. theticketkitchen.com.
5 Almost too cute to eat, these festive and fun Holiday Ladybugs from John & Kira’s delight in two sensational flavors: delicate spiced caramel chocolates (green) and almond and hazelnut praline chocolates (red), beautifully bundled in a red boutique box. johnandkiras.com.
5 Indulge in a deliciously rich journey of flavor with Godiva’s Cake Truffle Flight, featuring six select truffles: Birthday Cake, Pineapple Hummingbird Cake, Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake and Lemon Chiffon Cake. godiva.com. 3 New England chocolatier Harbor Sweets teamed up with food veteran Lora Brody to create the divine Salt & Ayre line, featuring truffles in Chai, Café au Lait, Hazelnut and Espresso flavors, and dark chocolate-covered sea salt pieces filled with Caramel, Crystallized Ginger and Almond Buttercrunch. harborsweets.com. 128
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