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82 Parties for a Cause 84 On the Horizon 87 Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party 88 Ga. Historical Society’s Trustees Gala 89 NBAF’s Fine Art + Fashion Benefit 90 On the Homefront: BHHS GA 92 Around Town with Jenny Pruitt 94 Etcetera

72 Bejeweled Bridal Fashion 74 Ginny Weinmann and Sagar Vijay

12 Letter from the Publisher 14 Letter from the Editor 16 Letters to the Editor

20 Austria: Land of Wealth and Beauty 28 AHS Bow Wow Brunch 32 Southern Salute 33 Bicoastal Chefs: West Coast BBQ 38 Laura Seydel’s Elephant Challenge 40 Dr. Karin: 6 Ways to M.O.V.E. O.N. 42 Tony Conway’s Legendary New Book 44 Southern Tales 46 Gallery Views 48 Exhibitions Calendar


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he sun has finally broken through the chilly spring air – summer is here! Each year, I find myself drawn to the outdoors for hiking, swimming and relaxing under an umbrella with a glass of chilled wine and a great book. Several weeks ago, I spent an afternoon at one of the most beautiful locations to enjoy the upcoming summer season (and year round)… Marina Bay on Lake Lanier. Just over an hour drive north of Atlanta, in Gainesville, the gated community of Marina Bay offers magnificent custom homes with breathtaking views of the tranquil northern shores of Lake Lanier and the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just standing on the balcony of the wellappointed lakeside clubhouse, I felt relaxed immediately. The only thing better would have been to enjoy the pool or walk down to the marina and take a boat out into the cove. Marina Bay, which combines the essence of Nantucket and the ease of lakeside living, is taking “living the dream” to a whole new level. The incomparable Tony Conway has given us something else to celebrate this summer… his highly anticipated new book, Tony Conway | Legendary Events! Filled with stunning photos of his spectacular events, décor and culinary genius, this book is a work of art. I am also honored to have several of my photos that I’ve taken for Legendary Events included in his book. It is a must-have for every coffee table and pairs perfectly with champagne!

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They are all in this issue!

didn’t just decide to write a story about Austria. I had an exclusive insider’s view of this very affluent and breathtaking country. Honorary Consul General Ferdinand Seefried took me on a fascinating journey of more than the beautiful landscape of this historic land, but into Austria’s economic culture that has made it one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The story is an enlightening look at their industrial dynasties passed on from generation to generation. Does a luxurious lifestyle exist outside of Buckhead’s super luxe neighborhoods? To the owners of the pinnacle of Sawnee Mountain, you bet there is! Join us for the unique views from the top of a rare find, the majestic mountaintop estate of Pam and Bob Averso, where for 22 years they have lived on the highest elevation of any home in the region. Now being offered for $9.5 million, I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold by the time this issue is on the newsstands! The annual Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award is one of the most heartfelt symbolic achievements presented by the Atlanta Humane Society. This year’s recipient is none other than the amazing Jenny Pruitt, whose compassion and generosity throughout her life have made her an icon in this city. April’s Bow Wow Brunch raised a recordbreaking $600,000 to help continue the legendary mission to save the lives of beloved furry friends. So you think you know all about barbecue? Our Bicoastal Chefs redefine this summertime cuisine for family gatherings by combining shrimp, lime, avocado and cilantro into the California version of the all-American cookout. Just because it’s healthier (by far) than typical southern BBQ doesn’t mean

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With remarkable dual careers and citizenship, Fer Austria’s Honorary Consul General for Georgia, Al

The Austria town of Schonbuhel-Aggsbach is nestled beneath the Schonbuhe Castle in the Wachau Valley of the Danube River.


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dinand Seefried lives the best of both worlds as abama and Tennessee.

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what do SWAROVSKI CRySTALS, GLOCK PISTOLS and RED BULL ENERGY DRINKs have in common? argus |

These are just three of 600 Austrian companies all doing big business in the U.S. – most of which are privatelyowned family businesses from the birthplace of “The Sound of Music.”


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Above: Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, creates and markets high-quality crystal product collections, including jewelry, accessories and decorative items for the home, as well as high-tech optical instruments such as telescopes and binoculars. The company’s global reach extends to 170 countries via a network of its own boutiques and retail partners, along with the Swarovski website and online shops. Left: Created by an Austrian company in 1987, Red Bull boasts the highest market share of any energy drink in the world, with over 6 billion cans sold a year. The brand is valued at $8.7 billion.


merica is not only a country of immigrants but we are enormous consumers of products from the world over. It is a fascinating subject presented by Austria’s Honorary Consul General (for Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee), Ferdinand Seefried, as the impressive list of products was revealed that all come from this tiny, historic and very elite European country. Seefried is a tall, handsome and charming man who is well-known and respected in the Buckhead community. His elegant and eloquent manners depict his aristocratic heritage, but it is his great success in American industry which has garnered the respect of the community. Seefried surprised me with the fact that over 60 Austrian companies are located right here in the South! It is Seefried’s duty to both promote and help facilitate international trade and travel between the two countries that are both home to this impressive diplomat and entrepreneur. As his diplomatic service is an honorary position, he performs these duties pro-bono. It is his second career in American industry that sets him apart from the typical international diplomat. Created here in America, Seefried Industrial Properties is among the largest builders of state-of-the-art industrial warehouses in the U.S. His clients are within the Fortune 500 companies and most recently the e-commerce industries, including Amazon. These are mammoth structures (some over a million square feet in size) and include the technology needed to operate at maximum efficiency. Seefried’s warehouses, customized to each tenant’s specifications, can cost over $150 million each.



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Austria is among the wealthiest countries in the world as measured by GDP per capita. Its vibrant economy is supported by both tourism and family-owned industries, many with a global clientele. Seefried Industrial Properties’ warehouses can be mammoth in size – some over 1 million square feet and costing over $150 million to build.

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An interesting fact is that Austrian-owned companies are rarely publicly traded but rather privately owned by Austrian nationals. It is usual for these dynastic families to pass down both the family businesses and their private residential estate homes from generation to generation, often keeping it all in the family – sometimes for hundreds of years! Seefried broke away from tradition when he first came to America over 30 years ago. He worked for an Austrian company and then went out on his own to pursue his great entrepreneurial American dream. During this time he built Seefried Industrial Properties, Inc., a company with a development volume of $1.6 billion in 2017. In 1989 he accepted his diplomatic appointment from Austria’s President Kurt Waldheim as the Honorary Consul General

Tourism in Austria forms an important part of the country’s economy, accounting for almost 9% of the Austrian GDP. Austria boasts the highest per capita income from tourism in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Seefried explains, “Austria is one of the most favored tourist destinations in Europe for both winter and summer seasons, with 37 million visitors per year, including over 750,000 Americans. The premier natural resource that gives Austria its incredible economic base is the breathtaking Austrian Alps, with nearly 400 ski resorts. These resorts vary greatly; the most luxurious ones are probably Kitzbühel, Lech and Zuers, which are the destination of choice for some of the wealthiest visitors from all over the world.”

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for Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. He maintains dual citizenship in his two countries, both of which are part of the fabric of his life and remarkable dual careers. | azoth22



At one time Austria was among the largest and most affluent countries in Europe. Up until 100 years ago, it was a monarchy ruled by the same royal family for nearly 500 years. Then, after WWI, the Austrian borders were radically reduced. The heir to the monarchy was assassinated and then in 1918 Austria became a democratic republic. The government was restructured in 1945 to the so-called Second Republic which remains to the present day. In spite of the wars and revolutions over the past centuries, Austria has maintained its status as one of the wealthiest countries in the world measured by GDP per capita income. The upper societal structure of Austria consists of many families whose residences sit on the pinnacles of Austria’s mountains and at the waterfronts of its lakes. In many instances these families have owned their properties for generations. The majestic landscape is appointed with a great number of breathtaking castles – some hundreds of years old and in most cases owned by the heirs of the original family who created them.

Appointed with steep pinnacles and spires, the architecture of these magnificent structures seems to mimic the sharp-peaked mountainous terrain of the verdant Austrian countryside. The most historic grand abodes were originally Medieval castles but beginning in the 18th century have been renovated into the more opulent baroque palaces they are today. While tourists typically visit the picturesque capital city of Vienna or Salzburg, scenic tours of some of the country’s breathtaking mountaintop castles are also available.

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St. Francis of Assisi Church in Vienna

The various elements of Medieval or Gothic architecture emerged in the 12th century. Earmarked by verticality, these designs featured almost skeletal stone structures with great expanses of glass, pared-down wall surfaces supported by external flying buttresses, pointed arches using the ogive shape, ribbed stone, clustered columns, pinnacles and sharply pointed spires. Examples of centuries-old castles and churches can be found throughout Europe including Austria. | Veronika Surovtseva | PEDRE

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Many of Austria’s palatial homes were built hundreds of years ago featuring Medieval architecture. Southern Seasons Magazine


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Bow Wow Pet lovers enjoy Britishthemed garden party to raise funds for AHS and honor Jenny Pruitt

Brunch co-chairs Paul and Lisa Brown and Cindy and Bill Voyles.

Kelly Thrash, honoree Jenny Pruitt, “Beefeater” Adam Boyer, Nancy See and J.V. Quarles, and Jennifer Pino.


early 500 pet lovers attended this spring’s Bow Wow Brunch at Flourish in Buckhead, raising $600,000 for the Atlanta Humane Society. Lisa and Paul Brown and Cindy and Bill Voyles co-chaired the event. Jenny Pruitt, CEO and co-founder of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, received the organization’s top honor as she was named the Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine. “Ms. Pruitt’s dedication to animal welfare in Atlanta is tremendous and her passion has saved countless lives,” praised AHS President Cal Morgan, noting that award recipients are servant leaders in the community who have given their time, talent and treasure to the organization. “I am honored to receive the Crystal Award, especially one named after Anne Cox Chambers, who is a true humanitarian and has given of her heart and resources to help animals,” Jenny Pruitt said. The fabulous English-themed garden party featured costumed “Beefeaters” similar to those standing guard

Brunch Committee: Katherine Tolliday, Laurie Mallis, Katherine Dorsett Bennett, Aubrey Sabala, MJ Nock, Lisa Fuller, co-chairs Lisa Brown and Cindy Voyles, Chelsea Dennis, Maggie Ryan and Jessica Chandler. Not pictured: Sheryl Covell, Jennifer Healey, Cindy Pickman and Alex Wilson. 30

Brunch at Buckingham Palace, London telephone booths, yards with picket fences for adorable pets, and glorious floral centerpieces inside the ballroom. Many guests wore festive hats adorned with flowers as they sipped mimosas and Bloody Marys, while enjoying the Whitefield Academy Jazz Band. AHS volunteers strolled through the reception area with playful puppies and kittens, all of whom were adopted that day. Black Labrador stuffed animals wearing bow ties were also available for adoption. Legendary Events catered the fundraiser, serving a traditional English roast dinner with savory quiche, braised short rib with potato gratin and grilled asparagus, Banofee pie and strawberry shortcake. Dean Crownover led the auctions, which included paintings by Steve Penley and Ms. Pruitt. Petco Foundation was recognized as the Corporate Hero. Class of 2018 Heroes were Julie Badger, Allie Fahey, Amy Gray, Alex Martinez, Dodie Pleiss, Aubrey Sabala and Maggie Tarver. The Heart of AHS Award was given to Kay Quigley and Lisa Fuller, longtime AHS supporters, who are also Realtors with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Sponsors included Ed Voyles Automotive Group, Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Lisa and Paul Brown, Legendary Events, Arby’s, Wendy and Neal Aronson, National Distributing Company, VCA Animal Hospitals, Leigh and Tim Walsh, and media sponsor The Atlantan. photography by ross henderson

Kay Quigley and Cal Morgan.

Atlanta Humane Society CEO Cal Morgan presents the Crystal Award to this year’s Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine, Jenny Pruitt, CEO/co-founder of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

Lisa Fuller, Alana and Harold Shepherd, andSouthern AHS volunteer Nancy Gray. |31 Seasons Magazine

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Cumberland Academy students Camille Hall and Will Kelly with headmaster Debbi Scarborough and therapy dog “Lucky.”

Cumberland’s educational boost Kudos to Cumberland Academy of Georgia, which opened its doors, in the middle of the school year, to students and teachers who were unexpectedly displaced when Decatur’s Cloverleaf School closed in March. Accepting the new enrollees was a big commitment for the Sandy Springs school, as it constituted a 10% jump in the existing student population. “We are doing the right thing by helping these families with special needs students,” said Cumberland founder and headmaster Debbi Scarborough. “Transition is hard, and our staff and teachers are committed to integrating these children while maintaining a constant environment for the current students. Cumberland is a safe place for these special students, and we want them to feel safe and energized to learn!”

Fox Theatre’s VIP Marquee Club For patrons who have long requested more amenities at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta’s venerable entertainment venue has answered the call in an epic way – a $10 million expansion. It’s the largest one-time revitalization effort of the theatre since its 1929 grand opening. Presented by Lexus, the membership-based Moroccanstyle club features 10,000 square feet of premium event space with enhanced food and beverage service at five stationary bars, a multi-level interior and a climate-controlled rooftop terrace overlooking Peachtree Street. Guests may enter the club before and after events at the Fox, as well as during intermission. Singleshow access is available for select performances. 32

Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell presents donations to representatives of the 2018 Guidebook beneficiaries: Cheri Snyder, VP of Development, Atlanta History Center; Keeva Case, president/ CEO, Buckhead Christian Ministry; and Commander Kenneth DeSimone, Buckhead American Legion Post 140.

Buckhead Coalition’s civic support A long-standing pillar of community support, the Buckhead Coalition has donated proceeds from its annual Guidebook publication to several of the city’s nonprofit civic groups, just as it has done for the past 23 years. The 2018 beneficiaries selected were the Atlanta History Center, Buckhead Christian Ministry and Buckhead American Legion Post 140, which collectively received $6,000, bringing the Coalition’s cumulative total to $155,500. The money comes from ad revenue generated by the Guidebook. Incorporated in 1988 to nurture the quality of life of those who live, visit, work or play in the community, the Buckhead Coalition provides its civic services free of charge with offices at Tower Place 100 Office Building. Membership of 100 is by invitation, with annual dues of $9,000.

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by Wendy Warren and Jody Williams

Sensational food on a sunny summer day


Entertain this season with an effortless, chic BBQ prepared the West Coast way. These easy-tomake dishes will absolutely earn rave reviews from guests of all ages. Encore, please!

Baja BBQ shrimp tacos INGREDIENTS 24 jumbo shrimp with shells on (12 per pound, about 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons garlic, minced ¼ cup olive oil ½ tablespoon kosher salt Flour or corn tortillas

Garnishes such as shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, tomatoes, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, lime wedges * Can also be used with 2 pounds fresh swordfish Serves 6

Tacos are to California what fried chicken is to the South. Be sure to serve these light and flavorful tacos with all your favorite fixings. Oh so easy! • Place shrimp in a large ziplock bag. Add garlic, olive oil and kosher salt. Seal and shake the bag until shrimp is fully coated with garlic mixture. (May refrigerate 2-4 hours) • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Skewer the shrimp, making sure to drain off any excess liquid. Lightly coat the grill rack with nonstick spray, so the shrimp will not stick. (If preparing fish, use a grill basket). • Grill shrimp for approximately 3 minutes per side. (For the fish, grill approximately 5-7 minutes per side). • When finished cooking, peel skin off shrimp and serve immediately. Accompany with tortillas and let everyone prepare their tacos to their own liking!

Southwestern Sweet Corn with Chiles and Cotija cheese INGREDIENTS 6 ears organic sweet corn, shucked 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt 3 medium red chilies (preferably Fresno chilies), minced

1 minced shallot 2 ½ ounces crumbled cotija cheese, divided 1 lime, juiced ¼ cup fresh cilantro Serves 4-6

This salad has some heat to it and can be served as a side dish or topping for your tacos. The presentation and flavors in this recipe come together beautifully! • To begin, scrape kernels of corncobs and place in a bowl. In a separate bowl, use the back of a knife to extract the corn milk from the cobs and set aside. Cut the cobs into ¼” pieces. • In a saucepan, over high heat, add corn kernels and cut cob pieces to a large pot of water. Season with salt. Bring water and corn to a boil, cover and simmer until the stock becomes cloudy, approximately 25 minutes. Strain and discard the cob pieces. Set aside the kernels and reserve ½ cup of the corn stock. • In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until hot, but not smoking. Add chilies and shallots, stirring and cooking until tender but not brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add corn kernels and season with salt. Add reserved corn stock and half of cotija cheese and cook until the liquid has reduced slightly, about 3-4 minutes. Season with additional salt and stir in lime juice. Remove from heat. • Transfer corn mixture to a serving dish and toss with remaining cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Southern Seasons Magazine


Cilantro Lime Rice INGREDIENTS 2 cups basmati rice 2 ¼ teaspoons salt 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 garlic clove, minced 4 cups chicken stock Serves 6

• In a large pot, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add basmati rice, 2 teaspoons salt and bay leaf. Stir and return to boil. Lightly boil uncovered for about 12 minutes. • Remove bay leaf. Pour rice into a large serving bowl. • In a separate bowl, stir cilantro, lime and lemon juice together. Add remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to taste. • Serve hot or at room temperature.

Golden coast Guacamole INGREDIENTS 4 avocados 1 lime, juiced 1 jalapeño, minced ¼ cup cilantro, chopped ¾ tablespoon Spike original seasoning

No California meal is complete without avocados. This is a super simple and delicious dip made by adding a secret spice you should always have on hand: Spike. • Pit the avocados and mash into a medium size bowl with a fork. Add the jalapeño, to your liking, with the lime juice and cilantro. Mix well. • Stir in Spike seasoning to taste. 36

Super simple Refreshing Raspberry Sorbet INGREDIENTS 1 cup sugar 1 cup water

4 ½ cups raspberries 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Mint, for garnish

This sorbet is the perfect, Cali-cool finale. Smooth and savory! • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Set the stovetop to medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir frequently for about 2 minutes. The hot liquid will dissolve the sugar and become clear. Add raspberries and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. The berries will become very soft. Remove from heat. • Mash berries with a fork and stir to combine. Let cool to room temperature and then add lemon juice. • Cover raspberry mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, about 3-4 hours. • Prepare your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. • Pour sorbet mixture into your maker and let churn until thickened, about 40 minutes. • Serve with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint. Presto! Southern Seasons Magazine


by laura turner seydel

Challenge Yourself

Elephants to learn about


ith an open mind, I recently had the privilege of attending the Giants Club Summit. Founded by the presidents of Botswana, Kenya, Gabon and Uganda, the Giants Club is working with many partners and supporters to combat the elephant poaching crisis by bringing together leaders of African elephant-range states, heads of major businesses operating in Africa and leading experts to provide the political will, financial resources and technical capacity to save Africa’s remaining elephant populations. Before attending the summit, I did not have a clear view on the issue of banning the trade and sale of ivory. Working for decades with a multitude of organizations on a wide range of environmental issues, I know that compromises are often necessary to get to the ultimate change that is needed. It is incredibly difficult to enact and enforce unequivocal, absolute change. But what I heard and experienced at this transformative gathering left me without an ounce of doubt: ivory trade anywhere puts elephants everywhere at risk. We need a complete global ban – no exceptions. Have you ever had the thrill of seeing an elephant in the wild on an African safari? Or lingered in awe with your children at the elephant exhibit at a zoo? Get that image in your mind and think about this: there are about 415,000 elephants remaining in Africa. Botswana is home to the largest herd of free-roaming elephants and is home to one-third of the continent’s threatened elephant population. Tens of thousands are killed every year for 38

the ivory trade. At the current rate of poaching, elephants could disappear from the wild in our children’s lifetimes. At the summit, I learned that there are many reasons to be hopeful, but it is going to take so much more to improve the outlook for elephants. Thankfully, many leaders have come together and taken bold steps, and the impacts of their commitments are becoming apparent. There are numerous people and organizations working at the source in Africa. Leaders like Chris Thouless, of the Elephant Crisis Fund, are partnering with others, including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, to fund anti-poaching, anti-trafficking and demand-reduction projects. Space for Giants, the organization that is affiliated with the Giants Club, with counsel from director of legal strategy Shamini Jayanathan, is working to significantly increase the penalties for poaching and ivory trafficking in Africa. The National Geographic Society created the Okavango Wilderness Project with a team of scientists and experts led by conservation biologist Steve Boyes. They have produced a documentary that premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, on Earth Day, April 22, about the Okavango River – a system that provides drinking water to a million people and is home to the world’s largest remaining population of elephants. While elephants are slaughtered in Africa, the demand for ivory reaches around the globe and in particular from China. I listened to Grace Gabriel, the Asia regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, discuss polling conducted by her organization in 2007, which found that 70% of people

photo by Dominic Chavez / GRAPHIC © Inktear/


Absolute certainty on an issue can be a weakness. Our world is changing so fast that we must continuously examine our ideas and views and be willing to learn new information from unlikely sources to challenge our own experiences and assumptions. This isn’t easy. But for me, protecting our planet’s wildlife, lands, water and air for everyone living today and for all who will come after is strong motivation to confront my own biases and knowledge gaps.

How You Can Help Space for Giants Make a donation and design your own digital elephant in support of this organization’s groundbreaking work to train and equip rangers, create and enforce policies that help elephants in the wild, and raise awareness. National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project Watch the trailer for “Into the Okavango” to discover why this diverse river delta matters to people and wildlife, and see the need for immediate action to keep the system flowing. nationalgeographic. org/projects/okavango/ Elephant Crisis Fund Sign up for updates on the outlook for elephants and make a donation. International Fund for Animal Welfare Read the latest news about ivory bans and policy.

photos courtesy space for giants

Save the Elephants Discover the many ways you can get involved in protecting elephants.

Space for Giants helped to secure 56,000 acres of wildlife territory here at Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya, a key elephant habitat acting as a corridor between other major conservation areas.

surveyed in China believed ivory can be taken from an elephant without inflicting harm. In recent years, 70% of all illegal ivory from Africa makes its way to China, so changing cultural norms is clearly critical. Research conducted by WildAid, the African Wildlife Foundation and Save the Elephants found that the proportion of Chinese residents who believe tusks are obtained only from natural elephant mortality fell from 33.8% in 2012 to just 10.5% in 2014, and 95% of respondents supported an ivory ban. In 2017, the Chinese government completely ended the legal ivory trade, and Lucy Vigne, a researcher with Save the Elephants, reported that in the same year, ivory prices around China dropped 65%, to about $730 per kilogram, from 2014 peak levels of about $2,100 per kilogram. The world is beginning to get the message. The United Kingdom is planning to introduce an aggressive ban on ivory trafficking, but the news closer to home is troubling: President Trump’s administration has withdrawn previous rulings so that some trophies from game hunting, including elephant tusks, can legally enter the United States. As a leader in global policy and trade, this deeply disappointing move by our country sends mixed signals to the rest of the world. I am committed to representing the need for a complete ban on ivory, here in the United States and around the world. Safeguarding elephants is possible, and it is the responsibility of each of us to question our beliefs so that this iconic species – and many others – can endure forever.

One of two massive tusks (together weighing 93kg) Kenya Wildlife Service seized in case near Meru in northern Kenya. The suspect was acquitted.

Leaders meet at the Giants Club Summit: Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary of Environment and Forestry, Government of Kenya; Tshekedi Khama, Minister for Environment, Conservation, Natural Resources and Tourism, Government of Botswana; Max Graham, Space for Giants CEO; H.E. Ian Khama, President of Botswana; Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Government of Uganda; Pacôme MoubeletBoubeya, Minister for Forestry, Environment and Protection of Natural Resources, Government of Gabon; Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Africa, UK. Southern Seasons Magazine


By Dr. Karin Luise

6 ways to M.O.V.E. O.N. after divorce Paula Bond Heller / PB Photography

1) Motive When you realize that the power of your intention influences the outcome of everything, you will realize what a powerful creator you are. You are now in charge solely on how your life is going to proceed and what you are going to attract. The biggest tool in attracting what you want is being intentional about your motives. This means checking in with yourself and listening to the emotional and physical messages your body gives you when making decisions. Keep your choices aligned with the positive energy of strength, clarity and flow, instead of the negative energy of shame, guilt or revenge. Yes, I know this is difficult. But once you get further away from the emotional chaos, you will gain strength and clarity. I want you to ask yourself this question three times before making decisions: “Why are you really doing this?” If you feel heaviness in your gut (negative energy), then you want to rethink your motive. If you feel lightness in your gut (positive energy), then you know to follow that choice. 40

I have been divorced. Twice. This used to be a place of great shame for me. Maybe like you, I never thought I would divorce and felt completely unprepared for the pain. I was scared no one would trust me again if they thought I had failed. I was scared I would never recover from the wounding or figure out who I really was. Then I found out this WAS the path to finding out who I truly was. Now I use my education, insight and expertise to help others find the same positive transformation in their lives. You ARE going to make it. Take it from someone who questioned everything in her life – twice – and is now the strongest, clearest, happiest person she knows! Let’s help you find that inside you too. Remember, positive motives attract positive outcomes. 2) Own your stuff Even if you were wronged in the marriage, be willing to take a new perspective on things just for yourself. Pull out of the blame game and look at areas where you want to grow. This is not about going back and rehashing anything, and it is definitely not about feeling guilty or ashamed (those feelings never promote growth). This is about creating a flow of acceptance and change in your life. This tells the Universe, “I want to grow forward.” If you want to attract someone into your life that is in closer alignment with your desires, create a willingness to transform to become your best you too. Find some places where you want to grow and expand your life by doing things differently. 3) Voice Maybe you lived in a place that was inauthentic to who you truly were. My guess is that you were challenged with the truth and sometimes mystified by it. Now is your chance to create the authentic life

you desire. Remember, the more truthful we are about WHO we are, the more likely we are to come into our real selves...and eventually line up with someone else who has the same clarity. Find ways to continue to clarify your truth. This does not mean belittling another person so your ego can gloat. This means finding a safe, healing space to get out any negative energy that is trapped and start formulating the positive voice that wants you to find happiness. Write it down. Talk to a therapist. Start your blog. Go back to step one, check your motives and make sure that you are creating a pathway that is healing and empowering. 4) Escape One of the biggest gifts for me after divorce was FREEDOM. Freedom to now make choices based on what I needed. One of the biggest stress relievers is giving yourself permission to escape from things that are no longer pleasing to you. This means refusing to engage in any communication that is toxic and not being obligated to do things that made you feel

resentful. Take a well-deserved vacation from your usual surroundings and consider travel therapy. When you return, clear your space of things that bring negative memories back. Sage your house to reset the energy and take time every day in nature. Be purposeful about removing yourself from things that feel negative and bring in things that feel good to your soul. Be curious. Feel passion. Relight your fire with new adventure. 5) Offer compassion When you can fully lean into this step, you have come a long way in your healing. This is twofold: offering compassion to yourself and your ex. I know this sounds difficult. Let me explain why this is good for you. First, offering compassion to yourself for whatever happened means validating that you were doing the best you could do with what you believed to be true at the time. It means letting go of any feelings of

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If you want to attract someone into your life that is in closer alignment with your desires, create a willingness to transform to become your best you too. guilt, shame or regret. It means looking in the mirror and saying, “I love and accept you completely.” Finding a place of compassion for your ex means recognizing their humanity too. Realize that they also acted out of their own fears and belief systems, and that you both have the opportunity to grow. When you are able to silently say the following, you will clear toxins from your body: “My ex hurt me, but they came into this relationship with a different history and belief system than me. They were carrying all of that crap from their family and their past that had nothing to do with me. They were also doing the best they could do, and I feel compassion for the pain they must have been in to act the way they did.” 6) New you Finally, you get to let go of the old you that was unhappy and create the new you that is ready for freedom,

adventure and joy! Pay attention to the belief systems and language that keep you going backward. Realize that moving forward means rewiring yourself a bit, and that starts with the thoughts you keep thinking. Remember, thoughts become beliefs become experiences. Decide that you are going to believe in yourself in a new way and refuse to go back and relive useless pain. While I do want you to heal any traumas or lingering issues in specialized therapy (I did), when you feel lighter, you can choose to stop suffering. The new you is going to choose new things. Shifting a thought or a statement completely recreates your reality in that moment. Break free from the belief that you have to be afraid, in pain or confused. Start saying, “Everything is going to work out for me!” You are in a new life, and you can create whatever you want, starting right now.

Dr. Karin Luise is an Award-winning author, whole life coach and host of “the dr. karin show.” FIND KARIN AT, and THEFATHERLESSDAUGHTERPROJECT.COM. FACEBOOK @DR. KARIN; INSTAGRAM & TWITTER @DOCTORKARIN Southern Seasons Magazine


Legendary Tony Conway’s

Book Debut

Design visionary and events industry icon documents his award-winning creations for the who’s who in business, Hollywood and society in a first edition fine art photography book. When Oprah calls you “awesome,” and Tyler Perry praises your “brilliance,” you better bet you’ve got a lot to show for it. Tony Conway has it in spades – and then some. Atlanta’s own global superstar in the events industry, Conway has beautifully bound his legacy in a luxe coffee-table book filled with captivating creations. Titled Tony Conway | Legendary Events, the 252-page book features a vast spectrum of event design, from grand galas to breathtaking weddings, in fullcolor splendor. The foreword is penned by Perry. Reichman Photography / St. Regis ATLANTA


“I hope this book will bring joy to every reader,” said Conway, who founded Legendary Events in 1997 and has since designed, catered, planned and produced thousands of events around the world, including high-profile soirees for Elton John, Jane Fonda and three U.S. presidents (Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton). Divided into three sections – “The Look,” “The Taste” and “The Village” – the book opens with spectacular floral and tabletop designs and fantastic venue transformations. A feast for the eyes follows, with a rich variety of appetizers, entrees and pastry confections, magnificently prepared and presented by Legendary Events’ world-class culinary team. Everything is exquisitely photographed (with 260-plus pictures), truly wowing from the first page to the last. Punctuated with inspirational quotes and ideas, the book concludes with Conway’s heartfelt gratitude to his team, clients and industry professionals. Always one to give back, Legendary Events has made contributions in excess of $15 million to nonprofit organizations, and Conway has served on numerous boards, from Meals On Wheels Atlanta to the Alliance Theatre. He owns and operates two special events venues in Atlanta: Flourish and The Estate. tony conway | Legendary Events is available on AmazoN

TONY conway PHOTO BY Sarah Dorio / wedding ballroom photo by Decisive Moments

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Scenic Showcase From staging a sunset dinner in a Mississippi pecan grove to orchestrating a harvest celebration in an Arkansas cotton field, the cross-country endeavors of florists Greg Campbell and Erick New, co-owners of the Garden District floral shop in Memphis, Tenn., are sure to inspire high-end entertaining and sensational tablescapes. Their beautiful new coffee-table book, penned by Christian Owen with principle photography by Sarah Bell, pays tribute to the fellowship they share with a vast network of specialty farmers and colleagues in the floral industry. Each chapter details a different excursion (including stops overseas in Holland), culminating with a grand dining event. Selecting botanicals to complement the setting, they fully engage the senses with local flavors, sounds, textures, fragrances and colors. FLORISTS TO THE FIELD, CHRISTIAN owen (SOUTHERLY MEDIA)

TUCKER & ME: Growing Up a PartTime Southern Boy, Andrew Harvey (MSI Press) Part “Mad Men,” part “Wonder Years,” Andrew Harvey’s memoir reflects on his journey through a childhood divided between two homes – his primary residence with his mom in Los Angeles in the ’60s, and the summers spent with his father in Atlanta’s small suburb of Tucker. Two dramatically different lifestyles challenged his understanding of self but also helped him discover his resilience, tenacity and enthusiasm for life. 44

DREAMS OF FALLING, KAREN WHITE (BERKLEY) In her latest work of historical fiction, bestselling Atlanta author Karen White tells the story of three young women battling small-town expectations in South Carolina as they come of age in the 1950s. Bound by the dictates of the time and their Southern upbringings, the girls decide to keep a terrible secret that will tie them and their families together for the next five decades. A soft mystery element propels the plot, with vivid prose that brings the Lowcountry to life.

Julie Wage Ross


Titles @ Twilight A free program held monthly at Heritage Sandy Springs, Titles @ Twilight promotes local authors whose stories of the South represent a variety of topics.


Canine Compassion

Caitlyn made worldwide headlines in 2015 in a horrific animal cruelty case, nearly dying after her muzzle had been taped shut by her owner. Thanks to Charleston Animal Society, local vets and a caring community, the Staffordshire bull terrier mix not only survived, she has thrived. Caitlyn’s story of triumph over adversity, newly published by CAS, details her inspiring journey from abuse to recovery. The book benefits the Caitlyn Anti-Cruelty Fund, which helps pay for the care of abused animals. “We are so proud of the way she has brought cruelty to animals to light and has become such a beacon of hope,” said coauthor Kay Hyman, noting that the brown-eyed beauty has met celebrities like Alton Brown and Rick Springfield and has been in People magazine twice. Even better, she has found her forever home. CAITLYN, AMERICA’S DOG, KAY HYMAN, ALDWIN ROMAN, PETER WATERS (CAS)

THE ECHO KILLING, CHRISTI DAUGHERTY (minotaur books) When a brutal murder rocks the genteel city of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain is shocked to discover hauntingly familiar circumstances that mirror the unsolved homicide of her own mother 15 years earlier, when Harper was a child. Believing it’s the same killer, she’s driven to find him at all costs. Author Christi Daugherty, whose first job was covering crime at the Savannah Morning News, puts her sleuthing skills to good use in this spellbinding thriller.

Jedwin Smith: Our Brother’s Keeper Award-winning journalist Jedwin Smith was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize as a war correspondent for his coverage of the U.S. Marine Corps peace-keeping force in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1984, and Africa’s EritreaEthiopia civil war in 1986. His Vietnam memoir, Our Brother’s Keeper, tells the story of a family who has lived with death by remembrance, and a man who found redemption when he wanted revenge.


Lauretta Hannon: Cracker Queen A writer, humorist and commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Lauretta Hannon is also known for her Georgia Public Radio stories, many of which celebrate strong, authentic Southern women. Her book, The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life, chronicles her “deeply dysfunctional family,” referencing everything from chain gangs and scooterpootin’ to ghost hunting and moonshine stands, as well as Crazy Aunt Carrie, who was arrested for assaulting a police dog.


Jessica Handler: Invisible Sisters A founding member of the board of the Decatur Writers Studio, Jessica Handler teaches creative writing and coordinates the Minor in Writing program at Oglethorpe University, and she lectures internationally. Following up her published works Invisible Sisters: A Memoir and Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief and Loss, she will release her debut novel, The Magnetic Girl, in 2019.


Anthony Grooms: Vain Conversation Acclaimed author Anthony Grooms launched his career with the novel Bombingham, conveying the historic truths told in the stories of those living at the periphery of pivotal moments. His new novel, The Vain Conversation, continues that perspective on human history with the journey of Lonnie Henson, a white boy in rural Bethany, Ga., at the end of World War II. His work tends to focus on characters struggling with the uncertainty of the Civil Rights Movement.

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gallery VIEWS

Outliers June 24-Sept. 30 at HIGH MUSEUM of art

and American Vanguard Art

Marvel at a kaleidoscopic assemblage of works – curiously compelling in subject and style, powerfully telling in scope – at the High’s summer show, “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” Featuring 250-plus pieces by such visionaries as Howard Finster, Bill Traylor, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Lonnie Holley (many of whom hail from the South), the exhibit explores the identity of American self-taught artists and their impact on the evolution of modern and contemporary art. Pushing the boundaries of creative expression in uniquely personal ways, these “outsiders” enabled new paradigms of inclusion, propelling the mainstream art world to embrace diversity across race, region, class, age and gender. Works on view range from Edward Hicks’ 19th-century “Peaceable Kingdom” to Betye Saar’s found-object composition “Sambo’s Banjo.”

clockwise from top left: Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), Vision of a Great Gulf on Planet Hell, 1980, enamel on plywood, artist’s frame; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr. Morris Hirshfield (American, born Poland, 1872-1946), Tiger, 1940, oil on canvas; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, 1941. Bill Traylor (American, 1854-1949), Snake, ca. 1939-1942, gouache and graphite on cardboard; lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, promised gift of Charles E. and Eugenia C. Shannon. Edward Hicks (American, 1780-1849), Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1834, oil on canvas; National Gallery of Art, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch.


Southern Women

Artists June 30-Sept. 23 at GEORGIA MUSEUM of art

clockwise from top left: Mary Alice Leath Thomas (American, 1905-1959), Red, Gold and Black, 1957, lacquer, gold leaf and palladium leaf on Masonite, 48 x 40 inches. Alma Woodsey Thomas (American, 1891-1978), Still Life with Mandolin, 1950s, oil on Masonite, 19 7/8 x 35 1/4 inches. Augusta Christine Fells Savage (American, 1892-1962) Gamin, ca. 1930, painted plaster, 9 1/2 x 6 x 4 1/4 inches. Theresa Pollak (American, 1899-2002), Art Studio, 1931, oil on canvas, 43 3/8 x 35 inches. All from The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, S.C.

A Southern salute to female artists – from Minnie Evans and Anne Goldthwaite to Clementine Hunter and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner – opens this summer at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens. “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection” features a storied selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture, spanning the 1890s to the 1960s. The exhibit looks at the challenges these artists faced in a traditionally conservative region during a time when women’s social, cultural and political roles were being redefined. How did gender norms, educational barriers, race, sisterhood, suffrage and modernism influence women seeking expression on canvas or in clay? Working from studio space in spare rooms at home or on the world stage, these pioneers made remarkable contributions by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts, and shaking up the status quo. Southern Seasons Magazine


ExhibitIONS SUMMER Alan avery art company

Through July 14 “Jean Larson: Permanence and Impermanence: Iceland.” 656 Miami Circle NE, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-0370.


32 Canton St., Roswell. Mon.-Sat. 770/



690 Miami Circle, #150, Atl. Mon.-Sat.



Ongoing Miami Circle Art Stroll, 11 AM-4 PM third Saturday of the month.

Art station ARTS CENTER Through June 10 Atlanta Collage

Society & Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, Atl. Fine Arts League. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Tues.-Sat.



Ongoing Public art installations on the Atl. BeltLine corridor.


Through July 29 Sheida Soleimani: “Medium of Exchange,” Dena Yago: “The Shortest Shadow,” Katya Tepper: “How Does the External Shape Shape the Internal Shape.” 535 Means St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/688-1970.

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Through July 5 “Fields of Battle,

Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917-1918,” outdoor exhibit in Goizueta Gardens features the work of British photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. Through Dec. 31 “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.” Through June 16, 2019 “Barbecue Nation,” a savory exhibit of artifacts, images and oral histories, from ’50s and ’60s-era advertising to matchbooks and menus, vintage grills to obscure gadgets. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily.



175 Peters St. SW, Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/524-4781.

breman museum

Through July 15 “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American,” explores baseball’s role in creating a national identity. 1440 Spring St. NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri. 678/222-3700.


Through July 13 “Anthony Greco: Paintings.”

July 19-Sept. 14 Callanwolde Faculty Show. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. Open daily.


CASTLEBERRY HILL ART STROLL Monthly Self-guided walking


764 Miami Circle, #210, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

tours of area galleries on the second Friday of the month.




Through June 10 “Z.Z. Wei: Shadow


Through Aug. 19 Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition. Jay Dusard: A Retrospective View Camera to Digital Derringer. June 28-Oct. 7 “The Wildlife Art of Guy Coheleach.” July 7-Nov. 18 “American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart.” 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.Sun. 770/3871300.

June “POPStart,” group show

of young emerging artists featuring diverse works. Reception & Art Walk: 5-9 PM June 1. Jory Mason, Grand Dane, Plymouth, MA. July “About Face,” artwork centered on the face. Reception: 5-9 PM July 6. Collection.” August “Nest,” Lorra Kurtz solo show Aug. 18-Nov. 11 “For Home and featuring encaustic and mixed media Country: World War I Posters from the works. Reception: 5-9 PM Aug. 3 Collection of Murray and Ann Blum.” 25 West Park Square, Marietta. Tues.90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus Sat. 770/427-5377. of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun.


Birdhouses,” outdoor exhibit. June 9-Aug. 26 “Food: Our Global Kitchen.” 767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/



Monthly Walking tours of galleries, first Friday of the month: 5-9 PM Marietta (March-Nov.) ; 6-9 PM Roswell.

georgia museum of art Through June 17 “Images of

“ANDREW MOORE: BLUE ALABAMA” Through July 7 – Jackson Fine Art Andrew Moore, Demopolis Hotel, Demopolis, AL, 2016 48

s.E. pastel society INTERNATIONAL SHOW Through June 24 Oglethorpe University Museum of Art

Awakening: Buddhist Sculpture from Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Through Aug. 5 “A Legacy of Giving: C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry.” Through July 29 “Bloom Where You’re Planted: The Collection of Deen Day Sanders.” June 30-Sept. 23 “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection.” July 21-Jan. 6 “One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art 706/542-4662.


887 Howell Mill Road NW Suite 4, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 470/428-2061.


Through June 3 “Mark Steinmetz: Terminus.”

June 3-Sept. 2 “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” 200+ works spanning 90 years of Pooh history. June 24-Sept. 30 “Outliers and American Vanguard Art.” June 24-Oct. 7 “Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki,” outdoor installation of sound sculptures on Sifly Piazza. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/733-HIGH.

HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/257-0511.


Through July 7 “Andrew Moore: Blue Alabama,” richly colored images of architectural and urban scenes. 3115

East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat.



Aug. 3-18 John Hyche: “Softer Edge,” mixed media works by the Alabama abstract artist. Reception: 6-8 PM Aug. 3. 690 Miami Circle NE., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-8273.

The Art and Craft of Activism,” explores the worldwide “craftivism” movement of creating works to protest social and political inequalities. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-



Galleries of Peachtree Hills, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, #29B, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-6100.

June 8-July 6 OCAF Members Exhibit. Reception: 6-8 PM June 8. 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/7694565.



MArietta/cobb museum of art

Selections from Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.” Southeastern Pastel Society 18th International Juried Exhibition. 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-8555.


Through June 30 Joe Peragine. 263 Walker St., Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/8270030.

Through June 17 “Alfred Conteh:

Visions of a Cultural Commentator.” “Dylan Pierce: Legacy of Hope: Studies in Africa.” July 17-Sept. 9 Metro Montage XVIII. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun.

Through June 24 “OUMA Collects:


764 Miami Circle, #132, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/352-8775. 770/528-1444.

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5650 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners. Tues.-Sat. 770/609-8662.

26 Winters St., Marietta. Open daily. 761-C Miami Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sat.


404/364-0490. 404/ 879-1500.



Origins: The Research and Scholarship of Dard Hunter.” Ga. Tech campus, 500 10th St. NW, Atl. Mon.-Fri. paper.

415 Plasters Ave, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

2300 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/458-



Through Nov. 11 “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt.” Explores ancient Egyptians’ cultural reliance on cats (and dogs). Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/727-4282.


Through June 30 “The Wonder of It All,” three dimensional portraits by Susan Cofer, photographs by Jerry Siegel and works from the MOCA GA Permanent Collection. June 2-July 31 “Larry Walker Retrospective: The Early Years.” July 14-Sept. 8 “WAP: Kirstin Mitchell,” Working Artist Project. Aug. 11-Oct. 27 “Larry Walker Retrospective: The Later Years.” Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

Through June 1 “In Search of 404/894-7840.

SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY Through June 9 William Downs:

“Inhuman.” 1000 Marietta St. NW, #116, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/817-3300.

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SPELMAN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF FINE ART 350 Spelman Lane, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

404/270-5607. museum.spelman. edu.



Through Aug. 12 “Dressing For Dystopia: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Costumes by Ane Crabtree,” over 35 costume designs from the TV series. Through Sept. 30 “Pierre Cardin: Pursuit of the Future,” retrospective of the revolutionary fashion designer. Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Fashion + Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/253-3132.



Through June 1 “Imaginary Friends.” June 2 Artist Talk: Carlyle Wolfe.


425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, #30A, Atl. Mon.-Fri. 404/841-7777.

Through Sept. 9 “Making Change:


June 7-Aug. 18 Student & Faculty


Through June 15 “Chris Segre-Lewis: A Sense of Flight,” new paintings. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., #24, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.


Juried Exhibition. Reception: 6-9 PM June 7 at Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/3944019. Spruill Education Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atl.

June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 Art on the Circle, 11 AM-4 PM. 690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-



SWAN COACH HOUSE GALLERY Through Aug. 10 The Summer Swan

Invitational: ceramics, textiles and outsider art. Aug. 16-Sept. 21 “Meditation in Space & Time,” textiles by Junco Sato Pollack. Opening: 6-9 PM Aug. 16. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/



Through June 16 “Harmonic Dysfunction: Matt Haffner.” “Long Lasting Chew: CC Calloway.” 814 Edgewood Ave NE, Atl. Wed.-Sat. 404/688-1892.






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Pam Cunningham Averso grew up playing with her cousins in the forests of her uncle’s land on Sawnee Mountain. She had childhood dreams of a castle atop the mountain where the views from every vantage point were mesmerizing. Her dreams came true.

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er uncle and father were architects (Barker and Cunningham) in the 1950s when her uncle decided to purchase a large parcel of this historic Southern mountain where the Sawnee Indians once lived, located in southern Forsyth County. For Pam and her family, Sawnee Mountain represents a lifetime of wonderful memories. In 1994 Pam and her husband Bob purchased five acres at the very pinnacle of the mountain from Pam’s aunt, and they spent two years conceiving, designing and building the home they had dreamed of with the help of architect Patrick Kirkland. The Aversos wanted to raise their children here, where their property was surrounded by the Sawnee Mountain Preserve that protects 963 acres of the mountain and is managed by the Natural Resource Management Division of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation. The area is drenched in history. For nearly 22 years the Aversos

have loved this majestic home that features nearly 360 degrees of panoramic views from every deck and terrace. This home has four bedrooms with the potential of two additional bedrooms on the terrace level, plus four full and two half baths. There are two separate two-car garages. The entry foyer features a stunning stone waterfall and the two-story main living room has coffered ceilings and enormous windows celebrating the views. Every feature of this home’s infrastructure is top-of-the-line as are the amenities and finishes throughout. The surrounding landscape transitions the home’s beauty with the natural hardwood forest of the mountain. Now empty nesters, the Aversos have decided it’s time to pass their stewardship of their glorious mountain property on to new owners. This truly unique home is now offered for an asking price of $9.5 million by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realtor Katherine Frazier.

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From winter snowfalls to spring blossoms, the Aversos have never taken the ever-changing view for granted. They lovingly recall super moons, Fourth of July fireworks and radiant sunrises and sunsets illuminating the sky.

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Soaring over 200 feet taller than Stone Mountain, this residence has the highest elevation of any home throughout the greater Atlanta region.


Realtor Katherine Frazier describes, “On clear days you can not only see Stone Mountain, but you can make out the carvings. At night, you can see all the way to the Atlanta skyline, and from the western terrace you can clearly see Kennesaw Mountain. And yet, this home is only a 45-minute drive to the heart of the city.�

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Nestled in the

heart of Buck This stunning European villa offers the rare combination of a luxurious private residence in the heart of Atlanta’s most elite neighborhood with the bonus of exceptional security as Buckhead’s only gated and manned community.


uilt in 2007 this home boasts over 6,400 square feet on the main and upper floors, plus additional living space on the beautifully finished terrace level. The home features six bedrooms with six full baths plus three half baths. There are 12-foot ceilings throughout the home. Luxe amenities include an exquisite dine-in wine cellar, a rich mahogany elevator to service the three-story home, and divine architectural appointments. The three-car garages and spacious motor court provide easy access for family and guests. The spacious chef ’s kitchen features beautiful finishes and design accents including lighted glass-front cabinetry, a massive island and high-end appliances, all of which opens to family

gathering spaces with beam accented ceilings. The formal living room has coffered ceilings and a large classic Regency fireplace surround, and there are hardwood floors throughout the main living areas. One of the most intriguing bedrooms has a soaring ceiling and a staircase leading up to a cozy loft that could be used as a children’s bedroom and playroom or an amazing home office and library. French doors and expansive French-paned windows throughout the home fill it with natural light and present views of the lush natural landscape surrounding it. Gorgeous covered and open patio areas for outdoor dining and entertaining extend across the rear of the home.

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The spacious open-concept kitchen is resplendent with amenities – ideal for entertaining.


This home features 12-foot ceilings throughout.

The elevator offers easy access to three floors.

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Classic Revival

For those enamored with the historical charm and timeless appeal of architectural antiques, feast your eyes on these gorgeous pieces. Newly unveiled from Drummonds’ classically-designed bathroom line, the luxurious collection brings traditional beauty into the 21st century with contemporary features like bath skirts, shower controls and storage components to meet the needs of modern homeowners. Above : The glass-enclosed Thurso shower is completely freestanding and features a shower head and built-in hand shower, with an elegantly curved cast iron skirt base; available in brass, nickel or chrome. Top right : The Thames vanity has an angular Art Deco look with exquisite marble paneling and a shelf for additional storage; available as a double or single vanity basin unit, in Arabescato, Atlantic Grey or Black Marquina Marble. Right : The Wandle tub is ergonomically designed around the human form, with the sloping end the same width from top to bottom to accommodate a bather’s shoulders; available painted, primed or polished. 62


The airy design of the Capistrano Outdoor Daybed makes it a dreamy piece for the porch or patio, with a gracefully curved, hand-wrapped resin frame and comfy French mattress. It’s perfectly paired with the versatile Shoreline Side Table that doubles as an extra seat or plant stand.

oasis In a nod to Knoll’s modern design, the classic Risom lounge chair has been reengineered for outdoor use with an oiled teak frame and Sunbrella® fabric webbing.

Del Mar’s contemporary love seat and rectangular end table from Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living feature sleek architectural lines, unique materials and striking fabric combinations.

For truly indulgent lounging, Gloster’s posh Cradle offers an optional side table, roof and side screen. The powder-coated aluminum frame with natural finish teak poles creates a sense of enclosure while remaining open to the elements. Southern Seasons Magazine


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Ginny Weinmann & Sagar Vijay

urrounded by a scenic sweep of green, with a lush carpet of grass underfoot and a verdant canopy of trees overhead, Anne Virginia “Ginny” Weinmann and Ksheerasagar “Sagar” Vijay were united in marriage June 10, 2017, at the bride’s family home in Historic Brookhaven, exchanging vows on an enchanting summer evening in Atlanta with fickle Mother Nature in full compliance. The wonderfully secluded front yard, which drops down below street level, was the picture-perfect setting for the Episcopal ceremony, with a stone-paved pathway leading to the lawn seating for 200 guests. The crisp configuration of white chairs, trimmed in baby’s breath and eucalyptus, faced an openair altar framed with a planted willow arbor draped in peonies, lilies and roses. “It was all so beautiful with the trees and flowers around us, and

the violin and cello music playing,” said Ginny, who glided down the aisle in an ivory Modern Trousseau gown, her cascading veil with Belgian lace a family heirloom. “Because Sagar and I grew up in different religious traditions, and because we both love nature, we really wanted to have the ceremony outside. My parents’ yard is gorgeous, and we thought it would be such a special place to have the ceremony.” With Sagar and his groomsmen entering from one side, and Ginny and her bridesmaids coming in from the other, the procession was lovely, she said. Her elegant bouquet was abloom in peaches and creams with a touch of blue, her attendants dressed in a serene seaside hue. A formal reception followed at The Estate on Piedmont Road, where the newlyweds arrived in grand style in a vintage ’60s red Mercedes convertible, courtesy of Ginny’s father.

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“I originally wanted to have the reception outside in addition to the ceremony, but we were worried about rain or June heat, so we compromised and had the reception indoors. I’m glad we did – it was absolutely amazing and no one overheated during dinner or dancing,” Ginny said. “I think people had a good time! It was a bit of a whirlwind. We had delicious food, a great band, and lots of memorable photos of our family and friends. Legendary Events did an awesome job with the décor, everything was breathtaking.” In keeping with the couple’s vegetarian diet, the menu featured Za’atar couscous with broccoli, almonds and a tahini dressing. “We submitted the recipe ourselves, and Sagar and I were very happy that our guests liked it,” she said. “A cousin came up to me during the reception to tell me specifically how much he loved the entree, and he is usually a big meat eater!” Their five-tiered yellow wedding cake was served for dessert, with alternating layers of buttercream and chocolate filling. Ginny gave a sweet shout-out to her grandmother and dearly departed grandfather, whose 62nd wedding anniversary was 76

the next day. “I wanted my grandmother to know how much it meant to me for her to be there. My birthday is June 12, so now I have three special days in a row!” The newlyweds enjoyed their first dance to “’Bout Time” by Louis Armstrong, and the Emerald Empire Band kept the beat going late into the night, before Ginny and Sagar departed with a sparkler send-off. Their honeymoon to the Maldives was nicely coordinated with a second wedding ceremony at the Leela Hotel in Mumbai, India, on July 10, which was attended by the groom’s extended family living in India, as well as the bride’s close family and friends. “It was a pretty small wedding, especially for an Indian wedding, and it was condensed into about six hours rather than several days,” said Ginny, who wore three outfits during the ceremony, while Sagar had two, with changing rooms on the side of the stage for each of them. “The stage was covered in fresh flowers, and I had real flowers in my hair and many garlands placed around my neck during the ceremony. I also had mehndi up to my elbows and on my feet.”

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The traditional Tamil Indian wedding is filled with fascinating customs, Ginny recounted, including the Kaasi Yaathirai, where the groom decides to leave to become a priest instead of marrying, and the bride’s father has to convince him to stay; the Maalai Maatral, where the bride and groom are each lifted up by two uncles, and try to place a garland around the other person’s neck; and the Maangalya Dhaaranam, the climax of the wedding, where the mangala sutra is tied on a turmericcoated string around the bride’s neck. The two met at Princeton University, where they earned their bachelor’s degrees (Ginny in art history, Sagar in physics). “I was Sagar’s orientation leader when he started at Princeton, and I led him and several other freshmen on a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and Connecticut. I ran into him few weeks later at the university store, where he was shopping for a light bulb. I had an extra one and offered it to 78

him. We started dating soon after that.” Both are full-time students. Ginny, the daughter of Brooke and Winston Weinmann, is studying overseas in England for her M.B.A. at Cambridge University Judge Business School. Sagar, the son of Sheela Vijay and Vijay Pitchumani of California, is pursuing his Ph.D. in physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He will begin a postdoctoral Junior Fellowship at Harvard University this summer, following his graduation. Their home base is Cambridge, Mass. “It is definitely hard being away from each other, but the program is only one year, so it will be over soon, and we’ve been able to visit each other several times,” Ginny said. “We’ve been together for almost nine years now, so we aren’t new to long-distance – although the five-hour time difference did take some adjustment! The upside is that now we’ll get to feel like complete newlyweds one year after the wedding.”

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Cause Parties for a


Preserving the Legacy

June 7 This 3rd annual gala for Sweet Auburn Works will be held at the Atlanta History Center Atrium & Grand Overlook Ballroom. The event will recognize preservation champions who have been stalwart supporters in the effort to preserve and revitalize Sweet Auburn. Henrietta Antoinin and AJ Robinson, co-chairs.

Pups and pints

June 7 6-9 PM. Come drink a pint with your pups at Wild Heaven Brewery in Decatur. PAWS Atlanta will receive 25% of the proceeds.


June 8 7 PM. Enjoy an evening of community fellowship at GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta Gala with cocktails, dinner, music, dancing and a live auction at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Dr., Atlanta.

Food That Rocks

June 9 6:30-11 PM. A celebration of Sandy Springs at Sandy Springs City Green with gourmet bites from the city’s best restaurants, wine/beer/cocktail tastes and local bands. 404/875-4434.


June 9 This Grand Finale Gala at the InterContinental Atlanta celebrates the culmination of a 10-week competition to raise funds for blood cancer research. The evening features a reception and dinner, as well as a live and silent auction. 404/720-7802.

Magnolia Ball 2018

June 9 6:30-11 PM. The 33rd annual fundraiser for the preservation of Roswell’s historic Bulloch Hall will


be held at the Cherokee Town Club. Guests can enjoy an elegant black-tie evening of dining and dancing, with a silent auction and celebration of the 1835 wedding of Mittie and Theodore Roosevelt. 770/992-1731, ext. 2.

the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize the best of the region’s TV productions at this 44th annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, kicking off with a Champagne reception followed by dinner and awards For more details, visit or


brews and blues event features the best Georgia has to offer in live music, local brews, great food and exciting raffle prizes at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Benefits the Georgia Chapter of JDRF.

Beer Garden Silent Auction

June 9 7:30 PM. This 12th annual


June 9 7-11 PM. Celebrate diversity at this annual cocktail party and silent auction to benefit homeless youth served by CHRIS 180 at Mason Fine Art, 415 Plasters Ave., Atlanta. 404/486-9034.

rockin’ the runway

June 12 5:30-9:30 PM. The Women’s Business Network of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce will present this 6th annual fashion show at UPS World Headquarters in Sandy Springs. Guests can enjoy food from local restaurants, drinks from Jackson Family Winery and shop at The Drake Closet pop-up. Benefits Drake House.


June 15 6:30 PM. Five prominent business leaders will be honored by the Atlanta Father’s Day Council at this annual dinner at the Fox Theatre. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information, contact Jared Dorrell at jdorrell@ or 404/320-7100, ext. 3036.


June 16 The Southeast Chapter of

June 23 Enjoy a casual evening

outdoors at Oakhurst Garden with local brews, food and music at this popular fundraiser for the Wylde Center, an environmental education organization.

cultural center.



July 14 7 PM. Hundreds of supporters and patrons come together to celebrate and sustain NBAF’s operations, programs and rich cultural legacy at this premier event of the summer social season. Held at Flourish in Buckhead, this year’s gala spotlights world music with lively entertainment, great performances and a silent auction of unique items. Rosalind and John Brewer, honorary chairs. Helen Smith Price, chair. Ingrid Saunders Jones, Living Legend honoree. Radcliffe Bailey, Luminary honoree. 404/730-6369.


The Battles in your Mind, this annual black-tie benefit at the Cobb Galleria Centre supports families with children stricken with sickle cell anemia. The event features a full-course dinner, fashion show, entertainment and silent auction. 770/309-3655.


June 23 6 PM. Presented by Winning

ATLANTA ADULT PROM ’18 purple rain

June 30 8 PM. Re-live prom night for a great cause at The Piedmont Room and Piedmont Garden Tent. Hosted by Rock 100.5’s Jesse Kage, the evening includes an open bar with beer and wine, small bites, music from the 80s and a silent auction benefitting PAWS Atlanta.

JULY Bastille Day Celebration July 14 7-10 PM. Presented by the

Alliance Française of Atlanta, this annual all-white affair is one of the city’s largest public celebration’s commemorating France’s national holiday (July 14, 1789). The event will be held at Nelson Mullins, 201 17th St. NW, Suite 1700, Atlanta. Proceeds support programming at the organization’s French-American

July 18 6:30-10 PM. Enjoy “A Night of Epicurean Delights” at The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta. This evening of fine wine and delicious food will benefit the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center. shepherd.



July 27 & 28 6:30 PM. Capitol City Opera Company will be holding its 26th annual fundraiser at the High Point Episcopal Community Church featuring music by Leonard Bernstein in celebration of his 100th birthday. Attendees are invited to bring their own “indoor picnic” dinners and experience beautiful music in the air-conditioned indoors. The event will also feature a silent auction. 4945 High Point Road NE, Atlanta.

august Pups and pints

Aug. 2 6-9 PM. Come drink a pint with your pups at Wild Heaven Brewery in Decatur. PAWS Atlanta will receive 25% of the proceeds.

NBAF gala – July 14

Helen Smith Price Gala chair

Radcliffe Bailey Luminary honoree

SUMMER WINE & ART AUCTION Aug. 4 7 PM. This benefit for enAble

of Georgia at Mason Fine Art includes six wine tasting tables, hors d’oeuvres from two chefs and an exciting live auction featuring original one-of-a-kind art from local and nationally-acclaimed artists.

Curing Kids Cancer Gala

Honorary co-chairs Rosalind and John Brewer

black-tie optional event at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. NE. Dance the night away to music from one of Atlanta’s hottest live bands while enjoying light fare from local restaurants. The event also features silent auction items, a cash bar and special surprises. Benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Aug. 11 6:30-11:30 PM. A spectacular

CHRIStal Ball

evening of food and fundraising at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta, featuring a cocktail reception with silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and a memorable program highlighting research partners and patient families. 5895 Windward Pkwy. 404/596-

honors Atlanta community leaders and organizations who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of children. Guests can enjoy dinner and live and silent auctions. Benefits CHRIS 180’s programs and services. 404/564-

Aug. 18 This annual gala at The Whitley

five of Georgia’s top chefs with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers. Each course will be accompanied by commentary from the chefs and sommeliers. Held at 103 West, the event kicks off with a cocktail reception and includes live and silent auctions. Benefits Share Our Strength. For more information, call 770/436-


summer sizzle

Aug. 24 7:30-11:30 PM. Enjoy fantastic



food, summer cocktails and live music at Summerour Studios in Midtown at this 8th annual summer send-off party to benefit Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 409 Bishop St. NW, Atlanta.



Aug. 19 5 PM. This amazing evening


of gourmet food and fine wine features a five-course dinner prepared by

contemporary art in Atlanta at this multi-media event featuring an array of

Aug. 17 8 PM-midnight. Join the Atlanta Apartment Association at this

Robert Ector

Ingrid Saunders Jones Living Legend honoree

Aug. 25 7 PM-midnight. Celebrate

exhibits, a curated shop of artist-made goods, music, food and drinks at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. NW, Atlanta. For sponsorship information, contact Veronica Kessenich at or call 404/688-1970.


Aug. 27 7 PM. Atlanta’s premier charitable fashion event, founded by renowned retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, will feature a pre-show cocktail reception, fashion show and silent and live auctions at Phipps Plaza. Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams, event chairs. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund.


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Sept. 8 6:30 PM. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Atlanta Symphony Associates, presents a special evening of dinner, dancing and a high-profile auction at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta celebrating its 74th season. Honorees, Lila & Doug Hertz. Benefits the Orchestra and its education and outreach initiatives. Visit


Sept. 14 7 PM. Presented by the T.J.

Martell Foundation, this elegant evening at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta features a four-course gourmet meal paired with fine wines shared by top collectors, plus live music, dancing and an auction of one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds benefit the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. 3315 Peachtree Road NE.

Back on the Farm

Sept. 14 Celebrating its 6th year at the Atlanta History Center with event Executive Chef Kevin Gillespie, this popular benefit features cocktails and light bites at the Smith Family Farm followed by a delectable supper in the Grand Overlook. Supports the Smith Family Farm and its unique educational programming that tens of thousands of school children experience each year. Chaired by Juliet Asher and Michael Golden, and Bianca and Mark Bell. For more information, contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at 404/814-4102 or

KHoogerwerf@atlantahistorycenter. com. backonthefarm.


Sept. 15 Enjoy a fabulous evening of cocktails, dinner, live music, dancing and a live auction at Flourish Atlanta to benefit Andee’s Army Child Brain & Spinal Cord Foundation, supporting patient programs at Children’s

Healthcare of Atlanta and Shepherd Center. Event chairs Patty and Shaler Alias, Helen A. Carlos and Ron Hilliard. Honorary chair Dr. Andrew Reisner.

crime is toast breakfast

Sept. 20 7:30-9 AM. This signature event of the Atlanta Police Foundation, held at the Georgia World Congress Center, recognizes the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department with outstanding service awards. 404/586-0180.

hope flies: catch the cure

Sept. 21 This entertaining night at The Fairmont in West Midtown features dinner, cocktails and dancing, plus a unique raffle, live auction and surprises. Benefits the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine. Event chairs Ashley and Chris Benecchi. catchthecure/.

A Timeless Affair 2018

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Sept. 22 Fernbank’s signature blacktie gala includes a cocktail hour, seated dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing. Supports the museum’s programming and educational initiatives.


Sept. 22 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta presents its annual black-tie awards dinner at The St. Regis Atlanta, with a reception, silent auction, dinner and awards presentation. Paul Brown, chair. Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher, honorees.



Sept. 22 This creative black-tie fundraiser for the Center for Puppetry Arts will be held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails, silent and live auctions, a delicious seated dinner and fun puppet surprises. 404/881-5122.


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Sept. 27 7 PM. Enjoy an evening of

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music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by chefs from some of Atlanta’s top restaurants, plus silent and live auctions at American Spirit Works. Proceeds benefit Open Hand Atlanta. 404/419-3333.


Sept. 29 6:30-10:30 PM. Featuring cocktails, music, adoptable dogs and delicious cuisine, this year’s event will be held at Chastain Horse Park, a nonprofit that empowers riders of all abilities through life-changing relationships with horses. Visit

Wish Ball 2018

Sept. 29 Make-A-Wish® Georgia presents this 14th annual benefit ball at the InterContinental Atlanta, featuring a cocktail reception, seated dinner and live and silent auctions. 770/916-WISH (9474).

The Pink Party

Sept. 30 6:30-10:30 PM. This elegant cocktail reception at The River Club Lodge in Suwanee serves up wine and hors d’oeuvres with fabulous silent and live auctions of unique items, plus a program celebrating cancer survivors. Kicks off the American Cancer Society’s Pink Ribbon Golf Classic on Oct. 2.


Sept. 30 2-5 PM. Wine savvy, shoeloving women can sip, savor and shop for a cause at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, with an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. Benefits the Leukemia and Women’s Cancer programs at Northside Hospital. 770/667-4047.


Oct. 2 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. The River Club Golf Course in Suwanee hosts 128 players at the #1 American Cancer Society Single-Day Ladies Golf Tournament in the country.


Oct. 3 5:30-7:30 PM. Join the Atlanta Community Food Bank at Bloomingdale’s Lenox Square as Atlanta’s most fashionable come together to fight hunger in honor of Hunger Action Month.


Pups and pints

Oct. 4 6-9 PM. Come drink a pint with your pups at Wild Heaven Brewery to benefit PAWS Atlanta.

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Fall Celebration

Oct. 6 Join Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta for its 70th anniversary celebration with dinner and dancing at the Georgia Aquarium, with vocal group The Tams. Supports hospice patients and their families who receive care at home, at the Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center and through hospital partners.


gift of life at this 8th annual benefit for the Georgia Transplant Foundation at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Presented by Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique, the evening includes hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, live and silent auctions, testimonies from transplant recipients and donor families, live entertainment, music and the Hair and Fashion Show designed by the salon’s artistic team.

Oct. 6 7 PM. The Latin American


Association presents its 30th annual gala at the InterContinental Buckhead. This festive black-tie fundraiser features Latin cuisine, live and silent auctions with unique travel experiences, dancing and entertainment. Benefits the programs and services of LAA. 404/471-1892.

the Humane Society of Forsyth County No-Kill Shelter, this 14th annual blacktie event at the Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming features a gourmet dinner, open bar, live music, dancing, and silent and live auctions.

The Art of Caring Reception & Fete

Oct. 6 Mix and mingle at this reception-style benefit for Caring for Others at the ERS Event Center, 3537 Browns Mill Road, Atlanta. Guests can enjoy international foods, specialty cocktails, live music and dancing, and live and silent auctions. caring4others. org. 404/761-0133.

“Angels of Life” Hair and Fashion Show Oct. 7 5:30-10 PM. Celebrate the

Oct. 13 The premier fundraiser for 404/202-3077.


Oct. 14 1-4 PM. Chattahoochee Nature Center’s farm-to-table garden party tasting event features top-notch restaurants, live bluegrass and Southern style family fun. This annual outdoor event celebrates the vital connections between the garden and the plate, while raising funds for the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity Garden, which supplies more than four tons of fresh produce annually to North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. 770-9922055 x 226.

Benefits of Laughter

Oct. 18 Signature fundraising event for Skyland Trail at The St. Regis Atlanta offers a fun and distinct experience and an opportunity to support recovery for individuals with mental illness. Stand-up comedian Roy Wood Jr. will entertain friends, donors, staff, clients and their families. Event chairs Stan and Donna Sands.


Oct. 19 6 PM. This black-tie evening celebrating and supporting ALS research will be held at the InterContinental Atlanta, with cocktails and music followed by a seated dinner with live entertainment, and a live and silent auction.

Monster Mash ROCKER Bash

Oct. 19 7-11 PM. Rockin’ costume party at Wild Heaven Brewery in Decatur to benefit the Marcus Autism Center. Guests are encouraged to wear their best rock gear for a chance to win prizes. There will also be a makeup artist, photo booth, silent auction, DJ, food and drinks.


Oct. 20 Enjoy an elegant evening at The Whitley Hotel in Buckhead at the Arthritis Foundation’s 37th annual benefit, featuring a formal dinner, live music and dancing, and an exclusive

silent auction. This year’s theme is “The Enchanted Empire.” For more information, contact Dorte Sorensen at 678/237-4458 or email dsorensen@


Oct. 20 This annual black-tie party at Flourish Atlanta will feature a seated dinner, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions. The event is presented by The Coca-Cola Company and benefits Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. 678/704-8086.

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Oct. 20 7:30 PM. Atlanta’s most talented children ages 6 to 21 will be showcased with “kids helping kids” in this inspirational concert as they perform, sing and entertain at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. This 5th annual event is presented by Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival

Oct. 21 The Hebrew Order of David International presents this annual festival at the Pavilion at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody to benefit Helping Feed Atlanta, Jewish Education Loan Fund and Cobb County Police Department.

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Nov. 3 Shepherd Center Foundation’s largest fundraising gala will be held at Flourish in Buckhead. The evening features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and entertainment. For reservations, contact Erin Schuster at 404/350-7304 or erin.shuster@

AFTERNOON IN THE COUNTRY Nov. 4 1-4 PM. This culinary benefit

hosted by Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International will be held at Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville, with tasting tents featuring dishes from Atlanta’s top chefs (paired with the area’s best farms), fine wines and premium micro-brews. The festive afternoon also includes live music, a cake raffle featuring sweets from Atlanta pastry chefs, and an expansive silent auction.

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Nov. 9 6 PM. The Georgia March of

Crystal Ball Kick-off Luncheon The Arthritis Foundation recently hosted the kick-off luncheon for its 37th annual Crystal Ball at The Whitley Hotel (formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead). This year’s ball, themed “The Enchanted Empire,” is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Whitley. For event information or reservations, contact Development Director Dorte Sorensen at 678/237-4458 or

Above: Crystal Ball chairs Carmen and Bob Titelman, with patron co-chairs Cecilia Wright and Kerri Oskouei. Below left: Crystal Ball honoree Gordon Ford and Dr David Covall. Below right: Auction committee Heidi Hoffman Mooney and Juliette Minutaglio.


Dimes will host its annual awards gala at The Fairmont, bringing together the healthcare community to pay tribute to the profession of nursing and raise funds to support research, education and advocacy. 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. For more details, contact Rebecca Mayo at 404/720-5308 or

ganurseoftheyear@marchofdimes. org.

The Big Deal

Nov. 9 6:30 PM. Join Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for a celebration in honor of the innovation and impact of the physicians who proudly serve CHOA. The evening at the Atlanta History Center will feature cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and dancing. Physicians that will be honored are Dr. Margaux Charbonnet, The Rising Star Award; Dr. Joe Williams, The 1998 Society Award; Dr. Jim Fortenberry, The Pediatric Pioneer Award; and Dr. Brad Weselman, Community Physician Leadership Award. For sponsorship packages, call 404/785-7371 or email


Nov. 30 6:30-11 PM. Inaugural festive holiday cocktail party at The Foundry at Puritan Mill to benefit the Marcus Autism Center. The evening includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by seated dinner, live auction and dancing. 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta. Contact ashley.



his year’s theme for Shepherd Center’s 30th annual Legendary Party is “Beautiful Brilliance, Legends to Treasure,” honoring Alana and Harold Shepherd as the Atlanta treasures. Taking place Nov. 3 at Flourish, the gala evening is co-chaired by Ruth Dobbs Anthony and her daughters Gena Bryant Chalfa and Leslie Bryant Jackson, who represent the third generation of loyal Shepherd Center benefactors of the Dobbs family.

Alana and Harold Shepherd celebrated Harold’s 90th birthday party at the Piedmont Driving Club along with friends, family, and the J. Harold Shepherd Bridge Builders Society.

For more information, contact Erin Schuster at orSeasons 404/350-7304 Southern Magazine


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Above: Mary Streett and Clyde Tuggle. Left: Honorees W. Paul Bowers and Ed Bastian with Gov. Nathan Deal and GHS President Dr. W. Todd Groce.

Georgia’s “A Royal Intent”


t was an evening fit for royalty as the Office of the Governor and the Georgia Historical Society honored the newest Georgia Trustees: Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “A Royal Intent” was the theme for the 10th Anniversary Trustees Gala, inspired by King George II’s Royal Charter to the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America. The ballroom was transformed into a Royal Salon evocative of the grand palaces of Europe, where portraits of all previous Georgia Trustees adorned the walls. Honored guests enjoyed Gov. Nathan Deal’s induction of Bastian and Bowers as Georgia Trustees, the

highest honor the state of Georgia can confer, followed by a program where the newly-minted Trustees shared their insights for leadership and philanthropy in a convivial setting. The final highlight of the evening was the announcement that the Society had established the Dooley Distinguished Fellow Program in honor of outgoing Board Chairman Vincent J. Dooley. Established with a $1.2 million endowment, the program will secure the legacy of Vince Dooley’s lifelong commitment to history and higher education. The celebration concluded with the 1732 After Party with cocktails, dancing and fires overlooking the beautiful Savannah River where Oglethorpe himself landed in 1733.

Left: GHS President Dr. W. Todd Groce, Billy Espy, Wyck Knox, Vince Dooley and Philip A. Wilheit Sr.

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Below: Mary Hart Wilheit, Philip A. Wilheit Sr., Robert L. Brown Jr. and Robin Brown.

Vikki Morrow and Fahamu Pecou

Charmaine Ward-Millner and Keith Millner

Louise Sams and Jack Sawyer

Vicki and John Palmer

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rt was the name of the game at NBAF’s 12th annual Fine Art + Fashion gala, hosted by Neiman Marcus. The fashionforward fete featured works by 2018 Visual Artist Honoree Fahamu Pecou and designs by SCAD and CAU students, as well as a stunning runway show curated by Neiman’s iconic fashion director Ken Downing. Honorary co-chairs Cindy and Bill Voyles were recognized for their extraordinary support, as were “Fashionistas Making A Difference” Lauren Amos, Ginny Brewer, Michelle Davis, Rebecca Jones, Tara and Darrell Mays, Vicki and John Palmer, Millie and Steve Smith and Louise Sams. Legendary Events teamed up with Neiman’s for the dazzling decor, with delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Dennis Dean and the Neiman Marcus Café. The event supports NBAF’s arts education and youth development programs in Atlanta Public Schools. Lisa Fuller and Valery Voyles


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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

On the Homefront Odyssey Executive Director Jeff Cohen with DeAnn Golden and Bill Murray of BHHS Ga. Properties

Odyssey Brunch BHHS Ga. Properties was a silver sponsor for the 2018 Odyssey Brunch at The St. Regis Atlanta. A nonprofit organization based at The Westminster Schools, Odyssey empowers Atlanta students to succeed in their journey to higher education. This year’s scholar award recipient was Reem Adem.

photos by kim link

BHHS Ga. Properties celebrated top agents at an awards luncheon at Ansley Golf Club.

Abdu Adem, Odyssey Scholar recipient Reem Adem, BHHS host committee member Tina Hunsicker, Hikmet Adem and Ruhina Adem.

Clockwise from top left: Buckhead Office senior VP/managing broker Bill Murray, Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award winner Debra Johnston of the Buckhead Office, CEO/President Dan Forsman. • Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award winner Jodi Halpert of the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Office, Dan Forsman. • Senior VP-Luxury Division, New Homes Division Lori Lane; Elite Division Honors-#1 in New Homes Division award recipient Kristen Butler; Dan Forsman. • Dan Forsman, executive VP Toni McGowan.

Awards luncheon for Elite Sales Associates

Bill Murray; Toni McGowan; Valerie Levin, Midtown Office senior VP/managing broker; and Realtor Diane Sauvigne from the Midtown Office.

BHHS Ga. Properties celebrated its 2017 Elite Sales Associates at an awards luncheon at the Ansley Golf Club. Elite Company Honors were presented to Petersen Partners of the Smyrna-Vinings office, the #1 team for GCI, units and volume; Tonya Jones of the Fayetteville office, the #1 individual for GCI and units; and Susan Fitzgerald of the Peachtree City office, the #1 individual in volume. Elite Division Honors were given to Kristen Butler, #1 in New Homes, and Brent Hoffman #1 in Commercial. Chairman’s Circle-Diamond Award winners were Tonya Jones, Susan Fitzgerald, Debra Johnston of the Buckhead office, Petersen Partners, and Glennda Baker & Associates of the East Cobb office. Chairman’s Circle-Platinum Award winners were Stephen Walker, Jodi Halpert, Jeannine Blumer, Brent Hoffman, Kirsten Conover, Laura Mehl, Butler Swayne Team, McBrayer & Associates, Tomlinson Team, Wilkinson Group, 90  Group, Lund Marsha Sell Team, and Robinson Group.

Realtor Ursula Henry from the Buckhead Office; Bill Murray; Associate Broker Tina Hunsicker from the Buckhead Office; DeAnn Golden, Dunwoody Office VP/managing broker; and Realtor Josie Brockman from the Buckhead Office.

Sharon Sigler and Lauren Sigler

Gailtricia and Tracy Fogg

Sara and Bryan Ray

Drs. Samantha and Joshua Murfree

GOCA “shaken, not stirred” GALA 2018 The Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance hosted its 8th annual “Shaken, Not Stirred Gala” at the Delta Flight Museum, with more than 500 attendees. The evening featured dinner by Les Dames d’Escoffier International Atlanta Chapter members, auctions by

Tito’s Handmade Vodka and entertainment from the Celebrity All Star Band. Presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the event raised $240,000 to support GOCA’s statewide education and awareness efforts and community outreach programs.

photography by Liz Erickson

Joann Dunbar and Jean Astrop

DeAnn Golden, Susan Cofer and Valerie Levin

Debbie Neese, Anna Henson and Mary Heisel

NMWA-GA. committee celebrates 30th year The Georgia Committee for the National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA) celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary with “Collectors, Conversations + Cocktails” at the home of artist Susan and Carl Cofer. Nearly 150 guests dined on delicious hors d’oeuvres from Soiree while admiring the Cofers’ art collection, as well as Susan’s sculptures and drawings. Chaired by Sara Steinfeld,

the event raised close to $45,000. Sustaining sponsors included Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, Peachtree Hills Place and the Wish Foundation. Special guests at the event included NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling and Deputy Director Ilene Gutman. Anna Stapleton Henson and the late Jean Fleming were honored for their many years of service.

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Jenny Pruitt, founder/CEO of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, has set the bar with her professional endeavors and philanthropic support in Atlanta and beyond. Here’s where she was recently making the rounds:

Jim Glover (center), VP/managing broker of the Cobb office, with Top Performer Cobb agents Doranne Strama, Ellen Hill, Tricia Leuallen and Catherine Nesset.

Company founders Jenny Pruitt and David Boehmig with Bill Rawlings, senior VP/North Atlanta managing broker.

Betsy Akers, the #1 Individual Agent in Sales Volume, and her son Morgan Akers, also an agent with the firm.

Senior VP Nancy See Quarles, Jenny Pruitt and Jennifer Pino, VP/managing broker of the Buckhead office.

Top-tier agents at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty saluted at elegant awards dinner at the Cherokee Town Club


he highest producing agents of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty were saluted at an elegant cocktail reception and formal dinner at the Cherokee Town Club hosted by company founders Jenny Pruitt and David Boehmig. Top Sales Volume leaders Betsy Akers, Jim Getzinger, Kim Boyd and Kathryn Boyd Crabtree were recognized for exceptional leadership and production. Leaders in Units Sold 92

were Bradford Smith, Andrea Cueny and Mickey Dillard. A lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring the beautiful homes the company sold in 2017 was presented as a gift to each agent as a keepsake for the evening in their honor. Senior VP Nancy See Quarles and managing brokers Lisa Johnson of the Intown office, Bill Rawlings of the North Atlanta office, Jennifer Pino of the Buckhead office and Jim Glover of the Cobb office also joined in welcoming the firm’s top-tier agents.

Photography by Ross Henderson

Jenny and Bob Pruitt

Patrice and Ernest Greer

Charles and Ginny Brewer

photoS by Kim Link and Kimberly Evans

AHC swan house ball Bo and Eileen DuBose with Chance Evans

The Atlanta History Center welcomed 400 guests to the Swan House Ball this spring, with cocktails at the Swan House and a delicious meal prepared by Legendary Events in the Grand Overlook Ballroom, decorated in true Southern fashion by Beth Webb. Chaired by Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer, this year’s event honored Sam Massell and Andrew Young. Presenting sponsors were Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty and Greenberg Traurig. The benefit supports AHC’s student education programs.

Photography by ben rose

shepherd center kick-off party

Ruth Dobbs Anthony and Janie Fickling Shinner


Cyndae Arrendale and Alana Shepherd

hepherd Center supporters congregated at The Estate to kick off the 30th anniversary Legendary Party, set for Nov. 3 at Flourish. The dazzling jewel-toned décor reflected this year’s theme, “Beautiful Brilliance – Legends to Treasure,” saluting honorees Alana and Harold Shepherd, co-founders of Shepherd Center. “Alana and Harold are lifelong friends and role models. There has never been a more selfless and philanthropic power couple,” said Ruth Dobbs Anthony, who is co-chairing the benefit with her daughters Gena Bryant Chalfa and Leslie Bryant Jackson. The newly established Alana and Harold Shepherd Fund will support recreational therapy and animal-assisted therapy.

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3 1. & 2. Nearly 1,000 art lovers headed downtown to 200 Peachtree Street for the 19th annual ART PAPERS Art Auction, featuring works from 250plus established and emerging artists around the country. Pictured are Host Committee co-chairs Bijal Shah, Doug Shipman and Radcliffe Bailey and executive director Saskia Benjamin. Ben Rose Photography 3. Celebrating the best in food, wine and art, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction raised $3 million to support exhibitions and educational programming at its 26th annual benefit. Enjoying the Vintners’ Reception were Edwin Archer, Marsha Middleton Archer, Joanne Chesler Gross and Dr. Alex Gross. CatMax Photography

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4. & 5. With a “Town & Country” theme, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation hosted the 34th annual Preservation Gala at the HavertyDavis House in Atlanta to support the organization’s mission to reuse, reinvest and revitalize historic places across the state. Joining the 500 guests in attendance were chairs John & Peggy Shepard and David A. Smith; Yong Pak and Evelyn & Ernie Davis. Ron Jones Photography 6. The 4th annual Works of HeART Benefit at American Spirit Works raised nearly $40,000 for the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy to help children heal from the effects of sexual and physical abuse. The successful event was chaired by Hilary Grotewold, Nichelle Cowan Wilson and Kacie Gordon. Photo Frenzy Booth 7. Roswell’s Chattahoochee Nature Center was awarded $25,000 from the 3M STEM Exploration in the Natural World grant for use in environmental education for students. Pictured are Joe Calicchio, 3M; DeAnn Fordham, CNC director of development; Chris Bryan, 3M; and Chris Nelson, CNC executive director. Photo courtesy CNC

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8. 9. & 10. Friends remembered dedicated philanthropist Carey Carter, co-founder of Carter Barnes, with a legacy fashion show and cocktail reception at Flourish. Proceeds benefitted the new “Carey Carter Therapeutic & Medical Services Center” at Murphy-Harpst, a residential treatment center for abused children that he supported for many years. Attending the touching tribute were Monica Pearson; Raye Coplin, Martha Jo Katz and Amanda Brown Olmstead; Sara Harris, Buz Hightower and Anne Barge Clegg. 11. & 12. The 12th annual Shutze Awards Dinner was hosted by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s Southeast Chapter at the Piedmont Driving Club, one of Philip Trammell Shutze’s classically designed buildings. Pictured at the reception are Mary Kathryn & Paul Timoney; and Shutze Awards chair Laura Howard and ICAA-SE Chapter Board President Jon Berndsen. Photo by Ross Henderson 13. & 14. Nearly 150 attendees enjoyed a gourmet lunch, fashion show and program at Neiman Marcus Atlanta at the Atlanta Speech School’s Language & Literacy Luncheon. Showing their support at the annual benefit were co-chairs Bliss Stone and Aimee McMillan; Guild VP Catherine Jaxon and Carrie Lanier. Photos by Heidi Hofmann

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15. Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford accepted the prestigious Crystal Customer Award for the organization at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s 16th annual Heritage Celebration. 16. & 17. Savannah-based restaurant group Daniel Reed Hospitality celebrated the grand opening of its fifth restaurant, Public Kitchen & Bar, at Phipps Plaza. Guests included Alexandria Alli, Alfred Alli; Katherine Boelte, Susan Yeosock, Michelle Moore and Strickland Moore.


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festivals & foodie fun AJC DECATUR BOOK FEST

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Largest independent book festival in country features book signings, author readings, panel discussions, children’s area, live music, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops, and more on Decatur’s downtown square.


June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 Free family-friendly fun with live bands, food trucks and kids games from 5-9 PM (every third Thurs. through Oct.) at Historic Canton Street and Historic Roswell Square. Free trolley service connects venues.


June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 Outdoor artists market features handcrafted work by local artists, from pottery and woodwork to jewelry and paintings. 9 AM-4 PM at Main Street & Milton Avenue.

ALPHARETTA BREW MOON FEST June 2 Great food, beer and

entertainment, 6:30-11 PM, 35 Milton Ave. $10. 678/297-6000.


June 22-24 Music and arts festival in downtown Athens showcases local, regional and national musical talent on three outdoor stages, plus artist market, two-night Club Crawl in 10+ venues, and KidsFest celebration. Proceeds benefit AthFest Educates. 706/548-1973.


Through June 3 Celebrate Southern food and beverage traditions with over 150 chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Festivities are centrally located at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, with Tasting Tents at Piedmont Park and events around the city. 404/474-

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July 28 Annual fest features local ice cream shops, health & wellness vendors, food and family fun at Piedmont Park, 10th St. & Charles Allen Dr. entrance. 11 AM-6 PM.


June 16 Enjoy a selection of 200+ beers, plus live musical entertainment, from 4-9 PM at Historic 4th Ward Park 665 North Ave. NE, Atl. Ages 21+ only. $55 ($45 adv.). Food available for purchase. atlantasummerbeerfest. com.


July 15 Sample tomato-based treats from dozens of chefs and mixologists, while enjoying live music by G. Love & Special Sauce at this annual event hosted by Chef Ford Fry to benefit Georgia Organics. 1-5 PM at Westside Provisions District, 1100-1210 Howell Mill Road, Atl. $75, $150 VIP.


Aug. 4 Upper Chattahoochee

Riverkeeper’s benefit combines a competitive river race, leisurely paddle and float, and free family-friendly festival with live music, food trucks, artisans and environmental exhibitors at Paces Mill.

Brookhaven ARTS Festival June 2-3 Outdoor arts and crafts


Film favorites presented on a 26’ x 56’ big screen at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre : July 27 “Night of the Living Dead,” 50th anniversary, 10 PM, in partnership with the Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl. July 28 Saturday AM Cartoons, 10 AM July 28 TBA, 7 PM Aug. 2 “Funny Girl,” 7:30 PM Aug. 11 “Trolls,” 2 PM. Aug. 23 “Grease” sing-a-long, 40th anniversary, 7:30 PM, RSVP only. Aug. 25 “Moana” sing-a-long, 2 PM, RSVP only Aug. 25 TBA, 7 PM. $12 ($10 adv.); sing-a-long: $20 ($15 adv.); cartoons, $5.



Aug. 11 Annual fest features 7 hours of live music, with classic southern BBQ and cold beer available for purchase. 630 East Lake Dr. and Harmony Park in Oakhurst, Decatur. $20 ($15 adv.; free, 12 & under).


June 15 Beach-themed, performancerich celebration in Decatur Square with 60 tons of sand, children’s boardwalk games, live music, dancing and food court. 5-11 PM. 101 E. Court Square. $10 ($5, ages 4-12). Benefits downtown development projects.

fest with artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, children’s play area and food. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.



June 2-3 Chattahoochee Nature

June 1-2 Enjoy live music, local art, food and fun at this family-friendly fest. Headliners: Gov’t Mule and Lettuce, plus Houndmouth, Keller Williams, SUSTO and more. Gates open at 4 PM Fri., noon on Sat. at Candler Park, 1500 McLendon Ave., Atl.

FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Center’s annual fest features butterfly releases, arts & crafts, food, music, vendors, plant sale and Butterfly Encounter exhibit. 10 AM-3 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. $12 (free, 2 & under). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Free shuttle from St. Francis School. 770/992-



June 2-3 Step into a 16th century European country faire with games & rides, food & drink, artists market, music & comedy shows, jousting knights & strolling thespians. 10:30 AM-6 PM. I-85 to exit 61-Peachtree City/Fairburn. 770/964-8575.


Aug. 25-26 Annual fest at Historic Grant Park with artist market, live music, Kids Zone, food trucks, craft beer, 5K Run for the Park (Sat) and Farmers Market (Sun. morning). 10 AM-10 PM Sat., 11 AM-7:30 PM Sun. Free. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. Benefits Grant Park Conservancy. 404/5210938.


Sept. 15-16 Largest Japanese cultural festival in the Southeast features music and dance performances, taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, a marketplace of goods, exhibits, kids activities and food at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 10 AM-6 PM. $10 (6 & under, free).


MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL Sept. 1-3 Annual art fest at Glover

Park in the Marietta Square with a juried artist market of original works by 175 artists, Children’s Art Alley, Chalk Spot street art and more. Free. 10 AM-5 PM. 50 N. Park Square.



June 15-17 The Cobb County branch of the NAACP hosts this annual event in Glover Park on the Marietta Square to commemorate the date the last U.S. slaves were freed. Evening Under the Stars, 6-11 PM Fri.; Juneteenth

Cultural Festival, 10 AM-7 PM Sat.; Gospel Festival, 3-7 PM Sun. Free. 205 Lawrence St. NE. 770/425-5757.

Marietta SQUARE ARTISAN MARKET June 9 & 23, July 14 & 28, Aug. 11 & 25 Open-air showcase of

locally-created fine art and premium hand-crafted goods on Mill Street by Glover Park in the Marietta Square. 9 AM-2 PM, 2nd & 4th Sat., April-Nov.


Sept. 15-16 Annual event features Artist Alley & Jewelry Row, Kids Korner & Tiny Tot Town, Toy Box Trot fun run (Sat.), Hubcaps & History C  lassic Car Show, (Sat.), Military CruiseIn (Sun.) and Marietta Grassroots Music Festival (3-9 PM Sat., 1-5 PM Sun.) on the Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square. 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Supports the Marietta Museum of History. 770/794-5710.


Aug. 26 Sample 100+ flavors of homemade ice cream and enjoy live music and children’s activities at this old-fashioned social on the Roswell Square to benefit The Drake House. 2-4 PM. 610 Atlanta St. 770/5874712 x 307.


Free family fun at Mall of Georgia in Buford, with live concert, games and kids’ bounce houses from 5-7 PM, and movie screening at 7:15 PM on the Village Amphitheater lawn, Concessions available. Bring blankets & lawn chairs. June 2 The Pak; “Black Panther” (PG-13) June 9 Justin; “Paddington 2” (PG) June 16 Dean Taylor and the Better Days; “Justice League” (PG-13) June 23 The Woody’s; “Wonder” (PG) July 4 16th annual Star Spangled Fourth celebration, 5 PM with Kid’s Zone and live music (The Throwback Experience, Mike Veal Band), 9:35 PM fireworks, and screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG-13). July 14 The Pak; “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” (PG-13) July 21 Band TBA; “Coco” (PG) July 28 Hamrick and Haynes; “Cars 3” (G) No program June 30 or July 7.


July 7-8 Celebrate NBAF’s 30th anniversary at Piedmont Park in Atlanta with an outdoor festival and artist market showcasing the creative artistry of African-Americans, plus live music, dance, food and activities. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.

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followed by a 7 PM performance by the Callanwolde Concert Band and 9 PM fireworks. 101 E. Court Square.

with arts & crafts, museum tours, food, carnival games, live music and fireworks finale at 9:30 PM.

entertainment, food vendors and fireworks at Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Pkwy. 6-10 PM. Patriotic tunes by Alpharetta City Band at 6 PM, followed by live rock and country. 678/297-6130.


Duluth Celebrates America


vendors, children’s activities and a fireworks display on the Duluth Town Green. 5:30-10 PM.

a fun-filled celebration from 7:30-9:30 PM in Thrasher Park with a fireworks finale.



from 3-11 PM with vendor market, musical performances, food court and fireworks (pyro digital fireworks display synchronized to a musical score) at 9:30 PM. 2757 Main St., across from East Point MARTA station & East Point City Hall.

the front lawn at Roswell High School starts at 5:30 PM with Kids Zone with giant inflatables and carnival games, food trucks, live music (Last Call Band, 6 PM; Banks and Shane, 7:30 PM) and fireworks at 9:30 PM.

July 4 Children’s activities, music,

Barbecue & BLUEGRASS AT BARRINGTON July 4 Old-fashioned family fun on

the grounds of Barrington Hall in Roswell from 11 AM-4 PM with live music by The Smokerise Bluegrass Band, plus lawn games and hayrides. Barbecue, beverages and desserts available for purchase from the Mill Kitchen Restaurant and Bar. Free admission. 535 Barrington Dr.



July 3 Live music, food trucks,

July 4 Hometown celebration


activities, circus acts and fireworks at Robin Lake Beach. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.

July 4 Enjoy food, kids activities, live

music and a fireworks finale at 9:30 PM in Lilburn City Park. 5:30-10 PM.



July 4 A Firecracker 5k (8 AM) and Fun Run (9 AM) kicks off the day, with a patriotic ceremony at 9:30 AM, Dahlonega Car Club Car Show from 10 AM-4 PM, a parade through the historic square at 11 AM, and a fireworks display at dark at the UNG drill field.


July 4 Decorate your bicycle, skateboard or wagon and join in the parade as it winds through the streets of downtown Decatur at 6 PM,

July 4 The family fun starts at 5 PM with the Kid’s Zone and live music (The Throwback Experience, Mike Veal Band), food & drink concessions, fireworks at 9:35 PM, followed by a movie screening of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” 3333 Buford Dr., Buford.

MARIETTA FOURTH IN THE PARK July 4 Marietta Freedom Parade

steps off at 10 AM at Roswell Street Baptist Church, followed by a festival

July 3 Head to historic Norcross for

July 4 Community celebration on

sandy springs stars and stripes celebration

July 4 The skies above Sandy Springs will sparkle and sizzle, with live music at 7:30 PM and fireworks at 9:45 PM on the Concourse lawn at Five Concourse Pkwy. Pack a picnic. Free garage parking (decks 5 & 6).


June 30-July 4 In addition to all the thrill rides, see an amazing fireworks show nightly. 275 Riverside Pkwy. SW, Austell.


July 1-7 51st annual celebration features a weeklong salute with a special patriotic fireworks finale following the Lasershow Spectacular at 9:30 PM nightly. Attraction hours: 10:30 AM-8 PM. Arrive early for park entry.

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Step into a storybook world of giant living plant sculptures towering up to 25 feet tall. From frolicking frogs and a friendly ogre to a slumbering princess and prancing peacock, the whimsical works by the International Mosaiculture of Montreal® feature thousands of meticulously groomed plants within a soil and moss-covered steel form. OLD SOLDIER’S DAY RACE AND PARADE Aug. 4 Celebration for veterans kicks

off at 7 AM with an 8K road race at Wills Park, Old Milton Pkwy.; followed by city band (9:15 AM), Memorial program (10 AM) and parade (10:30 AM) with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns and candy on Roswell St. Parade ends at American Legion, 201 Wills Road, with free hot dogs, drinks and activities.

June 9 A celebration of all things lavender on the grounds of Barrington Hall with demonstrations, children’s activities, Zen Zone, live music, vendors (fine art, crafts, antiques, foods, plants and garden art), food trucks and lavender beer. 10 AM-5 PM. Free parking available at Roswell Presbyterian Church (north lot) with shuttle service. 535 Barrington Dr. 770/640-3855.



piedmont park GREEN MARKET

a weekend of food and fun with top chefs and live music. 800-SEA-

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Sea Island hosts

“IMAGINARY WORLDS” Through Oct. 28 Atlanta Botanical Garden (Midtown & Gainesville locations)

local artists, noon-6 PM, one Sunday each month, The Shed at Ponce City Market.


June 23 Annual fundraiser features local craft beer, food, live music and silent auction at Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 5:30-8:30 PM (4:30 PM, VIP). Ages 21+ only. $45.


Saturdays Farm-fresh food, baked


goods, music and chef demos, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE park entrance. 9 AM-1 PM every Saturday.

Virginia-Highland Summerfest


this historic Atlanta neighborhood features a juried artist market of 250+ fine artists, live music, 5K, local artisan market, food and drink vendors, KidsFest with games, crafts and entertainment. Virginia Avenue between North Highland Avenue and Park Drive. 10 AM-11 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun.

Through Oct. 28 “Imaginary Worlds,”

PIEDMONT PARK SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Aug. 18-19 Enjoy visual arts and

family fun in Piedmont Park with 250 participating artists, live acoustic music, street market, children’s play area, festival foods and beverages. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. 1215 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl.

June 9-10 35th annual fest in



music event features chicken wing restaurants, bands, Kid Zone with inflatables, face painting and more. Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton. Noon-9 PM Sat., noon-6 PM Sun. Free (food/drink tix available for purchase). 404/640-

Aug. 31-Sept. 3 Family-friendly festival with arts & crafts, rides, games, dancers, musicians and fireworks at dusk on Mon. at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville. 4-11 PM Fri., noon-11 PM Sat. & Sun., noon-10 PM Mon. $5 (under 12, free); $20 daily wristband for unlimited carnival rides. 770/974-



June 9-10 Family-friendly food and

Weekly Cocktails in the Garden, 5:309:30 PM Thursdays, through Sept. storybook-themed exhibit of 14 giant topiary-like sculptures made with living plants, from mermaid to dragon. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/876-


Gainesville location: Through Oct. 28 “Imaginary Worlds” exhibit features a friendly ogre, panda bears and frolicking frogs. 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. 404/888-



Weekly Garden Tour Mondays, 9:30 AM, through Sept. 24. Free. June 9 Roswell Lavender Festival. July 4 Barbecue & Bluegrass. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/640-





Monthly Pop-up market of wares by

Through Aug. 31 “Here Comes the Bride,” exhibit of historic wedding

gowns from the mid-nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. June 9 Magnolia Ball July 27 Moonlight, Music, and Martinis in Mittie’s Garden, featuring music, drinks and light appetizers, a garden exhibit of local artists’ works and a self-guided candlelight tour, 8-10 PM. $25 (includes 1 martini). RSVP. Aug. 15 Decorative Arts of the 19th Century, 10 AM-2 PM. Special tour by appointment only. $8. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-


GEORGIA TRUST EXPEDITION July 21 Explore historic Washington,

with a picturesque town square and an abundance of beautifully restored antebellum homes. Self-guided home tours, lunch and reception. 9:30 AM-5 PM. $70 ($30, tours only). 404/885-



June 9 American Hydrangea Society’s 24th annual tour features beautiful hydrangea-filled gardens, both large and small, throughout East Cobb and Roswell. 9 AM-5 PM. $35 tour and annual membership ($30 adv.).


June 15-17, July 20-22, Aug. 17-19 North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, re-claimed architectural and home & garden decor. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri., 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-



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Explore an interactive cooking table, where visitors “make” famous dishes eaten around the world. Right: In Japan, some melons grow in near-perfect cubes. These shapes were not produced by selective breeding; instead, farmers grow the melons in glass boxes that control their final shape. But the seeds of these melons would still produce round melons, not cubes.

“FOOD: OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN” June 9-Aug. 26 – Fernbank Museum FESTIVAL

June 2-3 Annual fest features a juried artists/garden market, standard flower show and hat parade (9:45 AM Sat.) at Douglas County Courthouse, 8700 Hospital Dr., Douglasville; garden tours ($25); “Art in the Garden” exhibit and mini gardens at Douglas County Museum of History and Art, 6754 Broad St.; designer gardens at Douglas County High School, 8705 Campbellton St.; and more. Hours: 9 AM-5 PM Sat. & Sun. 678/449-3939.

SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKETS SHOWS June 7-10, July 12-15, Aug. 9-12

World’s largest series of indoor antique shows with 3,500 exhibit booths at Atlanta Expo Centers, 3650 Jonesboro Road SE, I-285 Exit 55. 10:45 AM-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri. & Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $5. 404/361-2000.


June 24, Aug. 12 Bridal extravaganza at Infinite Energy Forum, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth (6/24) and Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. (8/12). Noon-5 PM. $15 ($10 adv.).


June 15-16 Mountain Top Rodeo, world-class competitive action, 8 PM. Midway of vendors & exhibitors opens at 6 PM, followed by concert at 6:30 PM. $15 ($5, ages 4-12); $5 parking.

R-Ranch in the Mountains, Dahlonega.


program commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., with activities, performances and crafts. 11 AM-4 PM Sat., noon-4 PM Sun. Exhibitions Through July 5 “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 19171918,” outdoor exhibit. Through Dec. 31 “¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South.” “Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens.” Through June 16, 2019 “Barbecue Nation,” artifacts, images and oral histories, from matchbooks and menus to vintage grills and obscure gadgets. Margaret Mitchell House Through Nov. 4 “Weeping May Endure for a Night: The Funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Lens of Declan Haun,” photo exhibit at AHC Midtown, 979 Crescent Ave. NE. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. 404/814-



June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 Open Poetry

Robin Lake Beach Dome, 3:30 PM Mon., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.; 8 PM Fri. & Sat. (plus July 4 performances). Free with admission. June 16 Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon. July 4 Star Spangled Beach Party with music and fireworks. Aug. 26 Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon and 5K. Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Hot Air Balloon Fest with balloon glow at Robin Lake Beach, balloon flights, live music, classic cars, Kids Zone, beach activities and more. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.


June 2-3 Flying Colors Butterfly Fest. June 4-July 31 Butterfly Encounter, live butterfly exhibit.

Jazz on the Lawn concerts. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-



June 1-July 20 Florida State University “Flying High” Circus at

FERNBANK MUSEUM of natural history

Through June 10 “Spring

Birdhouses,” outdoor exhibit features unique, nature-inspired birdhouses. June 9-Aug. 26 “Food: Our Global Kitchen.” Stroll through an ancient market, cook a virtual meal, peek inside special dining rooms and more in a cultural exploration of food. Giant Screen Theater Through June 21 “Museum Alive 3D.” Through Aug. 2 “Backyard Wilderness 2D.” Ongoing Fernbank After Dark, handson science and activities for ages 21+ on the 2nd Friday of each month. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9

June 9 Tunes from the Tombs music

Sundays on River Concert, 6-9:30 PM.

festival, featuring all genres of music, beer/wine and food trucks, noon-8 PM. June 16 Juneteenth celebration, 9 AM-noon. Ongoing Discover the history, period gardens, art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character on weekend guided tours. $12 ($6 students & seniors). 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atl. 404/688-2107.

June 14 & 28, July 5, Aug. 9 & 23 Sunset Sips, 6:30-9:30 PM. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy live local music and a cash bar at this family-friendly event. June 16 Possum Trot 10K & 1-Mile Fun Run. Ongoing Trail Hikes, River Canoes, Animal Encounters, Creature Features. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, Aug. 10

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA June 9-Sept. 9 “The Amazing

Castle.” Take a magical journey inside a castle, with costumes, role-playing, a sleeping dragon and interactive fun. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.


Nightly Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® with music, animation, water effects, laser canopy and robotic drones, Memorial Lawn. June 9 Festival Under the Magnolias, artisan works at Historic Square venue. June 9-July 29 Summer at the Rock, with family-friendly activities and Southern Seasons Magazine



WILD WORLD WEEKEND July 28-29 Zoo Atlanta attractions at Crossroads, including Geyser Towers, SkyHike, Scenic Railroad and more. Adventure Pass. July 1-7 Fantastic Fourth Celebration on Memorial Lawn. Lasershow and fireworks, 9:30 PM. Sept. 1-3 Labor Day Weekend: Lasershow & Fireworks. Sept. 6-9 Yellow Daisy Festival. Sept. 22-Oct. 28 Pumpkin Festival and Pumpkin Luminations. Vehicle entry fee into park. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770/498-5690.


June 4-8 Art Gone Wild Paint Out Week, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM. Watch select artists create animal-inspired works. Sketches and smaller works will be available for purchase at a clothesline sale, June 5-8 in the Grand Patio. June 16-17 Art Gone Wild Art Show and Sale at the Conservation Action Resource Center (the ARC). July 28-29 Wild World Weekend. Sept. 8 Play the Animal Way. Ongoing Enjoy more than 1,000 of the world’s most amazing animals, plus keeper talks, training demonstrations, wildlife shows and animal encounters. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/624-


SPORTS & FITNESS AJC PEACHTREE ROAD RACE July 4 Patriotic supporters, rolling

hills and live music await the 60,000 100

participants in the country’s largest 10K road race, on a 6.2-mile stretch from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park, Atl.

AREA 13.1/TerrestrIAl 5K

Aug. 18 Alien-themed night road race on a flat and fast course at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. Half marathon: 7 PM. 5K: 7:10 PM. Proceeds support Bwanali Chipole Victory, Inc.

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Sept. 15 Fundraising walk held at the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club, 2575 Alston Dr. SE, Atl. 9-11 AM. Benefits Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 404/785-7315.


July 14 Westside 5K & 8K, Lee & White, 1020 White St., Atl. $35-$40. beltline. org/westside5k. Ongoing Free fitness classes: beltline. org/fitsignup. Bus and walking tours:


Home Games June 1-3 Washington Nationals June 12-13 New York Mets June 14-17 San Diego Padres June 22-24 Baltimore Orioles June 25-27 Cincinnati Reds July 10-11 Toronto Blue Jays July 13-15 Arizona Diamondbacks July 26-29 Los Angeles Dodgers July 30-31, Aug. 1 Miami Marlins Aug. 10-12 Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 13-15 Miami Marlins

Aug. 16-19 Colorado Rockies Aug. 28-29 Tampa Bay Rays Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Pittsburgh Pirates SunTrust Park, 755 Battery Ave., Atl.


June 8 Fun 6-mile night bike ride to benefit Bert’s Big Adventure. Open to all skill levels and ages; costumes encouraged. Start/finish at Piedmont Park, with traffic-free route through Atlanta neighborhoods, chaperoned by Atl. Police Dept. Check-in/pre-party with live music: 7 PM. Ride: 11 PM. $35 (VIP, $95).

this internationally-ranked tournament.


Sept. 15 5K & 10K Run and 5K Walk at The Collection at Forsyth, 410 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming. 7-10 AM. Raises awareness for children in need.

GA. 400 Hospitality Highway Century Ride

July 8 Embark on a bike ride on Hwy. Ga. 400 (with all lanes closed to traffic), for 9, 27, 45, 60 or 100 miles. Start/finish SkyZone Roswell, 1425 Market Blvd., Roswell. 7 AM start.


professional men’s tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts as part of the USTA’s US Open Series. 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW.

Jeff Francoeur Home Run Derby

July 21-29 Atlantic Station hosts this


June 2-9 Georgia’s largest family oriented bicycling event is venturing from Rome to Hartwell, covering about 55 miles per day. Daily post-ride “bragtivities” and evening fun. 770/498-


Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride

Aug. 9 The former Atlanta Braves

outfielder will host this inaugural event at SunTrust Park to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of CHOA. 10 AM-2 PM.


Aug. 19-20 Golf with Braves alumni, athletes and celebs at Atlanta National Golf Club, Hawks Ridge Golf Club and White Columns Country Club. Benefits CHOA’s Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. 404/785-7373.

Oct. 6-7 Cycling fundraiser with start/finish at Wild Leap Brew Co. in downtown LaGrange. Multiple route options available.


hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Details TBA.

June 6-9 Elite amateur golfers

compete at Druid Hills Golf Club at


Aug. 18 5K run & 1-mile fun-run/walk, events/magnolia-run/. 404/527-7155.

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“BARBECUE NATION” Through June 2019 Atlanta History Center

The Ford Motor Company is known for cars, but it also sold charcoal, and even personal grills, as shown in this undated promotional photograph. Both this image and a Ford grill dating to the 1930s are included in the Atlanta History Center exhibition “Barbecue Nation,” which explores the savory evolution of barbecue and the American lifestyle through artifacts, images and oral histories.


5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton.

and 5K at 7 PM at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza. Block Party starts at 5 PM, with food trucks, live music and sponsor booths.


Aug. 23 Kids Fun Run at 6:30 PM

Marathon by Midnight

Sept. 28 Inaugural event at SunTrust Park to benefit CHOA. Runners will make 113 laps around the baseball field to reach 26.2 miles, with the final lap running the bases and crossing home plate. 5 PM-midnight. 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atl.


June 2 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run & costume contest at Piedmont Park (Charles Allen Drive entrance) to benefit CHOA’s campaign against childhood obesity.


Aug. 13 Golf tournament at Marietta Country Club, 1400 Marietta Country Club Dr. NW, Kennesaw. 8 AM-5 PM. Benefits CHOA

June 16-22 Paddle 84 miles on the Yellow and Ocmulgee Rivers on the Georgia River Network’s canoe/kayak camping adventure, averaging 12 miles per day. 706/549-4508.

Swim Across America


including Olympians, at Lake Lanier Islands to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of CHOA. 7 AM-noon.



Run at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell. A fun, flat and fast course along the river banks, 7-10 AM, with post party. Qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Must pre-register. 770/992-2055 x 226.

Charities’ annual golf tournament at Country Club of the South.

June 16 10K Race & 1-Mile Fun


June 1-3 WERA Cycle Jam June 16-17 NASA July 28-29 SCCA Double SARRC Aug. 24-26 GridLife motorsports festival and music concert. Sept. 8-9 WERA Regional Double Header

Sept. 22 Join hundreds of swimmers,

June 25 North Fulton Community 678/387-4459.


RiverPines Golf Club, 4775 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. choa.

org. 770/442-5960.



South around the

American Artisan Festival

Nashville, TN June 15-17 44th annual event features the handcrafted works of 150 artists and makers from around the country, plus kid-friendly art projects and artisanal food, drink and craft cocktails, on the front lawn of Nashville’s Centennial Park.


Highlands, NC July 20 Garden tours, 9 AM-2 PM, in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C. Parking/tour start at Highlands School. Benefits The Bascom visual arts center.


Cashiers Plein Air Festival

Cashiers, NC July 17-21 Painters from around the country set up their easels to capture the natural beauty of the area at this biennial outdoor art show and sale at The Village

Green. Additional events include a patron party, the Palette to Palate Affair, and live art demonstrations.


Hiawassee, GA July 20-28 Music performances, carnival rides, arts & crafts, Pioneer Village and “Old Ways” demonstrations at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. 706/896-4191.


June 9 Kids Fishing Rodeo, 8 AM-1 PM, Vogel State Park, Blairsville. June 16 Tails on Trails, 10 AM, Unicoi State Park and Lodge, Helen. June 23 Candlelight Hike to the Mill, 9 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. July 1 Gorge Floor Hike, 10 AM-3 PM, Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls. For a comprehensive listings of events, visit


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July 13-Aug. 5 “Guys and Dolls,”

oddball romantic comedy about a gamble on love, from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana to the sewers of NYC. 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta.



June 8-10 “Winnie the Pooh KIDS.” June 22-24 “Charlotte’s Web.” July 20-22, 27-29 “Shrek JR.” Shows at 7:30 PM Fri.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza. 770/241-1905.


June 16-July 29 “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker’s beloved novel is brought to life in this landmark musical. *Adult content. 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. Previews: 8 PM June 14-15. Sept. 1-30 “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” comedy, co-production with Aurora Theatre. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/6077469.

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Sept. 5-Oct. 21 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” whimsical production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, staged outdoors at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Hertz Series Sept. 29-Oct. 28 “Nick’s Flamingo Grill,” a story of hope and brotherly love set in 1950s Georgia, inspired by the first integrated nightclub in Atlanta. Ages 14+ Family Series June 7-July 1 “Winnie-the-Pooh,” a joyful musical journey through the Hundred Acre Wood, based on the endearing stories of A. A. Milne. Theatre for the Very Young June 9-July 15 “The One Acre Wood,” a delightful, tiny play-space designed for ages 5 and under. Free. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-4650.

“TITANIC: THE MUSICAL” July 10-Aug. 12 – Serenbe Playhouse

ART STATION THEATRE Through June 10 “Breath &

Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes,” the first world-famous AfricanAmerican classical vocalist. July 12-29 “The Bikinis.” Get ready for a musical beach party, when a popular

girl group reunites, reliving their heyday on the Jersey Boardwalk in the sixties. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain Village. 770/469-1105.


OneRepublic July 1 Def Leppard, Journey July 21 Jason Aldean, Hootie & The Blowfish, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina July 26 The Avett Brothers, postgame concert (free with game ticket; limited field passes, $20). SunTrust Park, 755 Battery Ave. SE, Atl. 800/745-3000.



June 14-16 South’s premier Christian music festival returns to Six Flags Over Georgia, with music, rides and fellowship. 275 Riverside Pkwy. SW, Austell.


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June 8-24 “Tarzan,” epic musical

ATLANTA OPERA’S “SWEENEY TODD” June 9-17 – Cobb Energy Centre 102

adventure with high-flying excitement and heart-pumping hits. 8 PM Thurs.Sat., 2 PM Sun., plus 2 PM June 23. Aug. 17-Sept. 2 “Aida,” hit musical by Elton John and Tim Rice based on Verdi’s timeless love story about an enslaved Nubian princess, the Pharaoh’s daughter and the soldier they both love. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun., plus 2 PM Sept. 1. Performances staged at Jennie T.

Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta.



June 9, 12, 15-17 “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller,” dark and witty tale about a revenge-hungry barber who returns to London to settle a few scores. Staged at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 PM Fri.Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 3 PM Sun. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 404/881-



June 1 Gregory Porter Tribute to Nat King Cole with ASO June 8 Vice President Joe Biden June 13 Stephen Stills, Judy Collins June 16 Matthew Morrison with ASO June 22 The Manhattan Transfer July 7 The Bodega Boys Live: Desus Nice And The Kid Mero July 11 Ludovico Einaudi July 13 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band July 24 Tony Bennett, Antonia Bennett July 28 YES Aug. 8 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Beth Hart Band Aug. 14 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Aug. 18 TOTO Oct. 20 Hanson Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 800/745-3000.




Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Bldg., Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-5000.


June 2-3 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto June 7 Chamber Recital June 7, 9 Rimsky-Korsakov, Debussy

ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY June 29, July 1 Roswell Patriotic

Celebration, inspiring musical tribute with 120-voice RUMC Sanctuary Choir, 7:30 PM Fri. and 3 PM Sun. at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd.

July 4 An evening of pops music at Decatur’s Independence Day celebration. 404/872-5338.

June 15 Gwen Hughes June 29 Diane Durrett July 13 Joe Gransden July 27 Bradford Rogers Aug. 10 Bob Baldwin

Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy great live music at Callanwolde Amphitheater, 980 Briarcliff Road NE. Doors open at 6:30 PM; concerts from 7:30-9:30 PM. $25 ($20 adv.); free on-site parking. 404/872-5338.

Aurora Theatre

8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. June 9-24 “Mamma Mia!” encore, Ferst Center for the Arts at Ga. Tech. June 16 Aurora Comedy Nights: Brian Moote, 7:15 & 9:15 PM. June 23 Henry Cho Comedy Tour July 19-Sept. 2 “Disney’s Newsies,” rousing musical inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville.


Through June 3 “Ripcord,” comedy.



July 27-28 On The Light Side

fundraiser “Bernstein-100 Years,” 6:30 PM, Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road NE, Atl. Monthly Dinner and a Diva series, third Tuesday at Petite Violette, 2948 Clairmont Road NE. June: Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte.” July: Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.” August: Puccini’s “Turandot.” 404/634-6268. 678/301-8013.

June 1 Jon Langston July 28 Beach House



Road Again.”

3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/843-


Family Series

Through June 10 “Sing Along the June 12-July 29 “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.”

Aug. 14-Sept. 23 “The Tortoise, the Hare & Other Aesop’s Fables.” New Direction Series (Adults & Teens) June 21-24 “Paper Cut,” one-woman show, 8 PM. Imagination and reality collide when a romantic tale becomes a Hitchcockian nightmare. Ages 15+ Aug. 31-Sept. 2 2018 National Puppet Slam. Experience the beauty, ingenuity and hilarity of original short-form works by talented artists. Ages 18 + 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.



Aug. 10-18 “On Golden Pond,” love story of an elderly couple returning to their summer home for the 48th year. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. The Art Place-Mountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770/5163330.

Chukkar Farm T.G.I.F. Concert SERIES

June 15 Atlanta Dance Party July 20 Classic Recall Aug. 17 Up on the Roof: Gwen Hughes and Stewart Brown Sept. 21 Atlanta Dance Party Bring a picnic and enjoy live music at Chukkar Farm & Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. $24, lawn; tables available.


June 9-17 Atl. Opera “Sweeney Todd”

June 13 A Conversation with President Bill Clinton June 21 Pod Save America Tour: Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor June 23 An Evening with Bill Maher July 25 2018 Monsta X World Tour July 27 Bowzer’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Sept. 1 My Brother, My Brother and Me Sept. 2 The Adventure Zone Sept. 20 Russell Peters Sept. 21 Kathy Griffin Sept. 22 Jeanne Robertson Sept. 28 Kansas 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800745-3000.


June 18 Enanitos Verdes & Hombres G: Huevos Revueltos Tour

June 19 Arctic Monkeys Aug. 1 O.A.R., Matt Nathanson Sept. 13 James Bay 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atl.


June 10 Swingin’ Medallions, beach. July 8 Gwen Hughes & The Kats, jazz. Aug. 12 Electric Avenue, ’80s. Sept. 9 Bogey & The Viceroy, soul. Free concerts, 7-8:30 PM, at Heritage Green, Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Limited table seating available for purchase. 404/851-9111.

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July 3 The Pope’s Choir from Rome: Sistine Chapel Choir, Ga. Boy Choir July 7 Jill Scott July 14 Tedeschi Trucks Band July 17-22 “The Book of Mormon” July 26 Kingdom Hearts Orchestra Aug. 4 Dan and Phil: Interactive Introverts, 7:30 PM. Sept. 12-23 “Disney’s Aladdin” 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/881-

comedy-drama about a hopeful group of immigrants in America. 8 PM Wed.Fri., 3 & 8:30 PM Sat., 5 PM Sun. June 20-24 Musical adaption of “Freaky Friday,” free performances under the stars in Piedmont Park, Atl. July 13-Aug. 19 “How Black Mothers Say I Love You,” powerful tale of immigration, family and sacrifice. 1083 Austin Ave., Atl. 404/584-7450.



Infinite Energy Center

heartwarming comedy of friendship and revenge. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.

June June June June

Sept. 13-30 “9 to 5 the Musical,” CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS

“CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE” June 12-July 29 – Center for Puppetry Arts CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN

Atlanta Lineup June 6 Sheryl Crow, 7:30 PM June 15 The Wood Brothers, 8 PM June 29 JJ Grey & Mofro, Great Peacock, 8 PM July 13 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Nicki Bluhm, 8 PM July 27 Michael McDonald, 8 PM Aug. 4 Mary Chapin Carpenter, 8 PM Aug. 24 Guster, 8 PM Gainesville Lineup Sept. 22 Melissa Etheridge, 8 PM Concerts at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Great Lawn in Midtown and Ivester Amphitheater in Gainesville. Ticket prices vary. Bring blankets or low chairs. Cash bar and food on-site. 404/8765859.


June 1 North Georgia Barbershop Singers: Singing Across America, 8 PM June 9 The Bird Dogs: Everly Brothers tribute band, 3 & 8 PM July 12-Aug. 5 “Camelot,” the legend of King Arthur and his Knights, 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. Aug. 11 Peppino ‘d Agostino and Carlos Reyes, 3 & 8 PM Aug. 18 The Return “Beatlemania,” Beatles tribute band, 3 & 8 PM Sept. 6-30 “Smoke on the Mountain,” Gospel musical, 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-9178.


Sept. 12-23 Discover a whole

new world of beauty, magic and breathtaking spectacle, where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Staged at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.



GLOVER PARK CONCERTS June 29 Bogey & The Viceroy July 27 Grains of Sand Aug. 24 Crystal Clear Band Sept. 28 The Mustangs

Free concerts at 8 PM with limited tables for purchase at Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. Free parking around Square. 770/794-5601.


4 Shania Twain 11 Harry Styles 20 Hall & Oates, Train 22 Salman Khan & Stars:

Da-Bangg Reloaded June 23 Tim McGraw, Faith Hill July 10 Sam Smith July 22 The Smashing Pumpkins July 29 Panic! At The Disco, Arizona, Hayley Kiyoko Aug. 3 Sugarland Sept. 6 Childish Gambino Oct. 18 Josh Groban, Idina Menzel Theater June 17 “Wailing in the Waters” 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.



Founding Father Alexander Hamilton tells the story of America, with a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. Staged at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.

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June 9 Peachtree Peppers June 23 Heather Gillis Band July 7 Wren and the Wravens July 21 Honeyboy and Boots

Outdoor concerts from 7-9 PM at Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr. $5 ($3 students).

Through June 10 Hit musical about




June 15 Joe Gransden, 7 & 9:15 PM June 16 Kevn Kinney June 20 Andy McKee June 21 Tyler Hilton June 27-28 The Station Breaks June 29 Clay Cook Aug. 24 The Travelin’ McCourys 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur.

July 6-Aug. 12 Chamber music in North Carolina’s mountain setting, with concerts by internationally-known musicians. Concerts: Fri. & Sun. at the Highlands Performing Arts Center; Sat. & Mon. at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. 828/526-9060.



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July 27-Aug. 26 The Essential Theatre Festival: “Built to Float,” the tale of two sisters trying not to drown in their family’s haunted legacy; and “Woke,” follows two friends navigating the transition from high school to college. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atl.



Through June 10 “Hamilton” musical June 15-16 Third Day June 20 Wanda Sykes, Tig Notaro June 21 Brit Floyd: Pink Floyd tribute June 22 Blondie June 23 Comedy Get Down: Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, 7 & 10 PM. June 24 Theresa Caputo Live! June 27 “Bring It! Live” with Miss D and her Dancing Dolls, 7:30 PM. June 30-July 1 PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” 10 AM & 2 PM

Chukkar Farm June 1-2 Billy Montana, Jill Paquette DeZwaan July 6-7 Liz Longley, Jesse Terry Aug. 3-4 Tony Arata, Beth Wood Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Rebecca Correia, Jason Hoard Oct. 5-6 Danny Mitchell, Cindy Morgan 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. Brooke Street Park June 23 Kyshona Armstrong, James David Carter July 28 Nathan Angelo, Georgia Middleman Aug. 25 Jenn Bostic, Ernie Halter Sept. 22 Victoria Banks, Emily Shackelton East Lawn at City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta. Free.


Through June 24 “Citizens Market,”

June 8 Dead & Company June 10 Post Malone, 21 Savage June 16 Birthday Bash ATL July 3 Chris Brown, H.E.R., 6LACK,

Rich The Kid July 27 Weezer, Pixies July 31 Vans Warped Tour Aug. 2 Kesha, Macklemore Sept. 1 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr. Oct. 20 Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb 2002 Lakewood Ave., Atl. 404/443-



June 9 Davina and the Vagabonds, 8 PM, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/594-6232.

MARIETTA’S NEW THEATRE IN THE SQUARE Aug. 16-Sept. 2 “Marcus; or the

Secret of Sweet,” provocative, poignant and humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South. Shows at 7:30 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. (no show Sept. 1). 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770/426-



Aug. 25-26 Jay-Z & Beyoncé 1 AMB Dr. NW, Atl.

OUT FRONT THEATRE CO. July 12-15 “Dog Sees God:

Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead.” In a tale both haunting and hopeful, CB questions the existence of an afterlife. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atl. 404/448-


Nov 30-Dec. 1 Elton John. 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center. 404/878-3000.


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June 2 Easton Corbin June 23 Village People, Sister Sledge July 14 Vertical Horizon Aug. 25 Michael Bolton 5039 West Broad St., Sugar Hill.



June 20 Feed Your Senses featuring

Through June 24 “110 in the Shade.”

Alex Gordon, baritone guitar Aug. 25 World of Dance Atlanta 2018 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-9TIX.

Everything changes for spinster-to-be Lizzie, when a charismatic rainmaker sweeps into their tiny, dusty town. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. 678/528-1500.


June 2 Wild Rivers July 7 Joe Alterman Quartet Aug. 4 Dangermuffin Sept. 11 The Roosevelts Oct. 6 Dustbowl Revival


July 17-Aug. 12 “Dot,” lucid comedy grapples with aging parents, midlife crises and the heart of an urban West Philly neighborhood. Ages 15+ Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849. 404/532-

Free concerts, 7-9 PM at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road. Bring blankets, chairs and picnics; food trucks also on-site. 770/641-3705.


Terry Henry and Joseph Pendergrast


Through Aug. 26 “Peter Pan.” Fly to Neverland with the boy who refuses to grow up in this world premiere pirate adventure, set along the creek banks. 11 AM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. July 10-Aug. 12 “Titanic: The Musical.” Celebrate stories of hope, heartbreak and strength on this illfated voyage, with an ensemble cast of 40 and a three-story “vessel” that will be resurrected and submerged in the middle of a lake. 8 PM Wed.-Sun. Ages 8 + Sept. 5-30 “The Seagull,” a fresh take on Chekhov’s action-packed tragicomedy, filled with searing love triangles, absurd comedy and wild art. 8 PM Wed.-Sun. PG-13. Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770/4631110.


Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Tre Floyd presents “Love Sex and Marriage: The Stage Play,” Back Stage Black Box. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/523-7647.


Through June 10 “Living on Love,” romance blossoms unexpectedly in a hilarious romantic comedy. July 13-Aug. 5 “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” smash musical with rock’n’roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.


State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park June 6 John Fogerty, ZZ Top June 8 Robert Plant and the

Sensational Shape Shifters, Elle King June 9 Harry Connick Jr.

AURORA THEATRE’S “MAMMA MIA!” June 9-24 – Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech June 24 Brandi Carlile, Shovels & Rope, The Secret Sisters July 6 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Soul Asylum July 7 Barenaked Ladies, Better Than Ezra, KT Tunstall July 10 Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday July 11 Retro Futura: Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Modern English, Tony Lewis from The Outfield, KajaGooGoo’s Li Mahl, and Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella July 18 Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen July 19 Indigo Girls, special guests July 22 Life Tour: Boy George and Culture Club, The B52s, and Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey July 28 Dispatch, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Raye Zaragoza July 29 Counting Crows, Live July 31 Pentatonix Aug. 3 Lauryn Hill Aug. 19 Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic and more 4469 Stella Dr. at Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-



June 16 “Never Too Much: A Luther Vandross Story,” from his days as a songwriter and session singer to his famous live performances, 3 & 7 PM. June 22-24 “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” 8 PM. June 27 Indie Film Night, 7:30 PM. July 4 “The Sandlot,” noon & 3 PM. July 7 Al Green Experience, 3 PM. July 18 Standup Comedy, 8 PM. July 19 Indie Film Night, 7:30 PM. July 21 Georgia Players Guild: music

of The Eagles and Alabama, 8 PM. Aug. 4 Strand Ole Opry’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” 8 PM. Aug. 23-24 “Fire and Desire: A Rick James and Tina Marie Story,” 8 PM. Aug. 31 Comedy Grind, 8 PM. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770/293-0080.

SUNDAYS ON THE RIVER CONCERT SERIES June 10 River Whyless July 8 Adron Aug. 12 Electromatics Sept. 9 TBA

Enjoy an evening under the stars with live music at Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Doors open at 6 PM. Picnic food welcome, cash bar on-site. Tickets: $12 lawn, $16 table. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell.

SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE June 1-24 “The Taming.” A trio of

passionately-divided women might be revolutionary geniuses in this modern farce. 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 5 PM Sun. One Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/484-8636.

“THE BOOK OF MORMON” July 17-22 Outrageous musical

comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Staged at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. *Explicit language. 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.


June 12 Gomez June 20 King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

July 21 Blue Oyster Cult 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atl. 404/5247354.


5 Poison, Cheap Trick 9 I Love The 90’s: Salt n Pepa 14 Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay 16 Pop Rocks: Styx, Joan Jett &

The Blackhearts, Tesla

July 7 Foreigner, Whitesnake, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

July 14 Chicago, REO Speedwagon July 17 Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton July 28 Kidz Bop Live July 29 Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini Aug. 3-5 Phish Aug. 11 Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Lanco Aug. 12 Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin Aug. 24 NEEDTOBREATHE Aug. 29 Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld Sept. 14 Deep Purple, Judas Priest Sept. 20 Niall Horan, Maren Morris Oct. 19 Chris Stapleton, Marty Stuart, Brent Cobb 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta.

WOODSTOCK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES June 9 Love and Theft July 14 Departure Aug. 11 Everclear Sept. 9 Ben Sollee

Free concerts, 7:30-10:30 PM at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Amphitheater, The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.



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Great escapes 10 trips to get away from the daily grind and return refreshed and renewed


Hike and Kayak Alaska: Combine hiking in the vast, unspoiled WrangellSt. Elias National Park with kayaking among the icebergs and islands of Prince William Sound on Adventure Life’s twoweek Ultimate Alaska tour. With bush planes and water taxis minimizing travel time between destinations, guests can maximize remote active experiences that also include ice climbing, river rafting and wildlife viewing. Provence Cycling and Yoga: Join Ride & Seek for a six-day yoga and cycling vacation in Provence, France. Cycle through a number of “The Most Beautiful Villages of France,” sample the delights of Provençal cuisine and partake in daily yoga practice to prepare for and recover from the ride. Adventure and Comfort on Edge of Yellowstone: A visit to Collective Yellowstone at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, provides easy access to hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing on blue-ribbons streams, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and golf. After these adventures, enjoy farm-to-table dining and the comfort of a luxury tent on the edge of an alpine pond. Fly Fish the Amazon: Golden Dorado fishing is something special, but fishing a remote freestone stream where the Amazon merges with Andean hardwoods

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Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

pushes this trip to extraordinary. Spend four nights at a lodge near the Chiman Indian village, casting on rivers inhabited by two different Dorado species and other fish from the Amazon basin, such as the Pirapitinga or Amazon Pacu and the Yatorana. Ride Across Europe: On TDA Global Cycling’s Trans-Europa tour, see 13 countries in 11 weeks from the seat of a bike, starting in Helsinki and ending in Lisbon. Travel south through the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, continue into Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, then cross Slovenia and reach the halfway point on the Adriatic Sea in Venice. Ride along the Riviera through Italy and France, then enter Spain, cross the Iberian Peninsula and arrive at the Atlantic Ocean and the end of the tour. Play Cowboy at Luxury Ranch: The 25,000-acre Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, is both working ranch and luxury resort. Guests hike, ride horses, skeet shoot, fly fish, mountain bike, dine on gourmet food and play cowboy on this fun-filled getaway. From cattle drives to branding, the true Western lifestyle thrives. Explore the South Caucasus: This intrepid 21-day journey delves deep into the cultures of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. Guests will share stories and




warm meals in mountain villages, sample natural wines and fantastic local cuisine, and meet craftspeople who work in clay, stained glass, metal and wood – all set to a soundtrack of polyphonic singing and traditional instruments playing the old songs of love and heartbreak. Bag Trout in Patagonia: Argentina’s Limay River Lodge has the distinction of being the only destination fishing lodge on the banks of the Limay River with exclusive put-in access. Mesh bigwater drift fishing and walk-and-wade opportunities for river rainbow and brown trout. Mountain Bike the Italian Divide: World Bike Relief has partnered with Tourissimo to offer a weeklong mountain biking tour over the Italian Divide in the Apennine Mountains. Funds raised through the trip will provide bikes to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Zambia. Cruise European Rivers Solo: Riviera River Cruises offers two cruises in 2018 dedicated to solo travelers. Relax while navigating the Danube River through imperial Budapest, Hungary, baroque Bratislava, Slovakia and classical Vienna, Austria. Or cruise through the scenic winelands and sun-baked hills of Burgundy, the River Rhone and Provence in France.




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overs of Pat Conroy’s lyrical voice likely would agree that his imagery took particular flight when it concerned his enduring devotion to the Carolina Lowcountry. “Just the pure, sheer richness and bounty of the Lowcountry seems to know no bounds,” he penned not long ago. “It simply is a ripe part of the earth.” The bounty and richness and ripeness of Conroy’s vision could scarcely be more on display than in Palmetto Bluff, a picture-perfect retreat gift-wrapped in 20,000 acres of nature preserve spread between Hilton Head and Savannah. Serene waterways, maritime forests, green-golden marshlands, centuries-old live oaks festooned with enough Spanish moss to fill a gothic novel. A high-end but low-key resort and residential community, it’s centered by Montage Palmetto Bluff, a charmer of an inn, augmented by an assortment of

by Vivian Holley

NTRY Nothing Could be Finer than South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff

cozy cottages and vacation homes. All of which are endowed with architectural and cultural characteristics that call up memories of vintage waterfront towns around the South. Sweet tea, screened porches and rocking chairs are rampant. Good manners are a given. Altogether, it’s as Southern as black-eyed peas and grits, which, if you’re lucky, you may tuck into around the inn’s backyard fire pit one perfect evening. In times past this storied sea island landscape, once plantation country, became the private estate of New York banker Richard T. Wilson Jr. and his socialite wife, Marion. With a set of in-laws that claimed names the likes of Vanderbilt, Astor and Whitney, the well-connected Wilsons erected a four-story, 72-room eyepopper (how to impress friends and family: include a grand ballroom with a gold leaf ceiling imported straight from Paris) that became party central for snowbird guests from New York and Newport, arriving with trunks by steamboat and railway. Southern Seasons Magazine


In 1926, though, the party was abruptly over when the whitecolumned Wilson abode was leveled by a fire. In the Palmetto Bluff collection of historic photos is a striking, smoke-billowing shot that depicts the mansion’s sad demise. In time the property came into the hands of the Union Bag and Paper Company (it became Union Camp) to be used as a corporate-style hunting hideaway. Later came development as a planned community, with Montage debuting a major expansion in 2016. Fast-forward to the summer of 2018 and you’ll find visitors ambling gaslit lanes and garden paths, hiking and biking miles of trails, zipping about via golf carts, paddleboarding and kayaking tidal creeks, and cruising the peaceful May River on the resident antique yacht, taking in the showy performances of snowy egrets, great blue herons, swooping bald eagles and the occasional alligator. Not to mention sunsets in all their pyrotechnic glory. Head indoors and you’ll receive a gracious greeting in the airy lobby by a quartet of sociable English Labs (you’re welcome to bring your own Fido along), and you’ll hear about a luxurious 110

spa that beckons with tempting rejuvenating services. But never mind the in-house lures and abundance of balconies seductively outfitted with wicker lounge chairs and stunning views – everyone seems to be outside. On the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, or horseback riding, splashing in the pools, swatting tennis and croquet and bocce balls. Also on the outdoor menu are excursions. There’s a dolphin discovery journey into the backwaters; a sail back in time to Daufuskie Island’s Gullah culture; a water shuttle to Hilton Head Island for scouring the cool shops of Harbour Town; and a boat trip to Savannah, docking at history-rich River Street where passengers set out along the cobblestones in search of the hottest eateries and entertainment. You’ll want to make the rounds of dining options, such as Octagon at the inn and the waterside Canoe Club. The fun award has to go to Buffalo’s and its irresistible Biscuit Bar. The namesake buttermilk whoppers come with tasty toppings and sides from Wilbanks honey to Canewater Farms grits.


From charming rooms, suites and cottages to gracious homes, Palmetto Bluff pays homage to the region’s rich heritage, pairing Southern hospitality with dreamy decadence for the ultimate Lowcountry adventure.

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May River Golf Course

music to your mouth

A plan-ahead note for fall: November 16-18, Palmetto Bluff ’s most popular annual event, Music to Your Mouth, tunes up with toe-tapping music and a feast of Southern staples that send you back for more. Among the happenings is a celebrated traditional roast of briny May River oysters set right along the banks. Meanwhile, to kick off a mellow summer night, guests gather around the inn’s aforementioned fire pit, pulling up Adirondack chairs to sample a dish from a recipe treasury dubbed Culinary Heirlooms. Maybe Shrimp and Grits, or Frogmore Stew, or Hoppin’ John. Dessert? Drop by the River House later on. At their fire pit you can score a s’more. Information:


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After a day of exploration and recreation amidst the 20,000 acres of Palmetto Bluff, indulge in luxurious beauty treatments and wellness offerings at Spa Montage.

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culinary ARTS SCULPTURAL CENTERPIECES For elegant summer tablescapes, Alessi’s unique offerings include the Lovely Breeze bowl ( above), with a kinetic movement that allows it to lie horizontally and stand upright, and the Extra Ordinary Metal collection ( below), featuring trays and bowls made of brass using an age-old metalsmithing technique.

Sweet Treats Bedazzle homemade confections with a bright burst of sunny sprinkles or go hog wild with playful pink candy pigs frolicking on a frosty dessert. Williams-Sonoma’s exclusive new line of festive decorating mixes, made by Atlanta-based artisan dry goods company Beautiful Briny Sea, features a colorful assortment, including Sunburst and Pig Jig.

Lakeside Lounging


With pewter accents and a sleek leather strap, Arte Italica’s Giorgio ice bucket is as pretty as it is practical.

FRESH SQUEEZED Retro style meets high-tech performance in Smeg’s die-cast, powder-coated steel juicer that makes it a snap to squeeze fresh orange, grapefruit or lemon juice.


Add a refreshing splash to outdoor entertaining with this Gold Lake Chair Bottle Stopper (made of stainless steel, silicone and zinc) to keep wine fresh after opening; Arrowhead Bottle Opener (made of acacia wood with zinc alloy); and set of Bamboo Oar Paddle Stirs for mixed drinks.


ON THE MENU AT BISTRO VG: seared salmon, quinoa, shaved brussel sprouts, sugar snaps, english peas, sunflower romesco sauce. Photo by Gisele Holloway / Cre[8] Loft Southern Seasons Magazine


by jennifer bradley franklin

A Culinary Legacy Roswell’s Bistro VG enters a new chapter Just the other day, I finished the last book in a series and felt utterly bereft. I desperately wanted to know what was next in the lives of the characters I’d come to think of fondly as friends. Beloved restaurants are often the same, leaving long-time fans sad when they close or enter a new phase of leadership. Fortunately for die-hard fans of Roswell’s Bistro VG, rather than abandoning the elements that made it a destination and local favorite, a new season of ownership is breathing new life into the operation. I first met Nicholas Sousounis in 2002. He was the energetic Greek general manager of Kyma, which he’d opened alongside Chef Pano Karatassos the year before. To me, it felt like he was as synonymous to Kyma as Karatassos himself. When he announced last year that he would leave to purchase Bistro VG (with business partner Stavros Vacratsas) from the Sedgwick Restaurant Group, I was shocked and excited for him to embark on his own entrepreneurial journey. After a half dozen months to get his bearings, the time felt right for a visit. 116

house cured cajun salmon (flatbread), creme fraiche, fennel, red onion, crisp capers, arugula, meyer lemon juice tuna tartare, avocado, red onion, red peppers, ginger vinaigrette, tobiko caviar

scallops, rock shrimp risotto, bunashimaji mushrooms, peppercorn sauce, lobster oil

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chocolate cherry bread pudding, orange ice cream, orange marmalade

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When the original eatery opened in 1991, it was called the

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Executive Chef Jordan Chen (left) spent time as the restaurant’s chef de cuisine before being promoted to the kitchen’s top spot this spring. Co-owner Nicholas Sousounis (right) is determined to respect Bistro VG’s long history, while making upgrades to elements like the outdoor patio and wine list. The two work together to create consistently top experiences for guests. Visit Bistro VG AT 70 W. Crossville Road, Roswell. 770/993-1156. 118

he restaurant feels warm and welcoming from the first moment, the staff jovial and hospitable, and the cream-colored painted brick adorned with pieces of vibrant original art. As my guest and I settled in to peruse the rather expansive menu, Sousounis stopped by to offer insight and recommendations. He told me how, because of Bistro VG’s myriad loyal regulars and its already terrific menu, he set out to keep the signature dishes for which the restaurant was beloved. It opened in 1991 as one of Roswell’s only high-end eateries (often called the “Pano’s & Paul’s of Roswell”). As Sousounis rattled off some of his menu favorites, it became clear that this meal would be a decadent pursuit, since his “must try” list included as many dishes as it omitted. We started strong, selecting the signature “Van Gogh’s crabcake,” named for the restaurant’s original iteration. Void of any discernible breading, newly appointed Executive Chef Jordan Chen’s version was held together by some form of culinary wizardry and served over braised leeks, celery root and grain mustard beurre blanc. The sauteed chicken livers, earthy in taste and firm in texture, paired with plum-shallot jam, were a revelation. In fact, Bistro VG’s balanced, nuanced version converted my husband Will, who previously thought of livers as something to be endured, rather than relished. Sousounis, recognizing the limitations of our appetites, sent out a pair of oysters, roasted in the roaring flames of the brick pizza oven tucked in the corner of the casually elegant bar lounge. Each bivalve cup was filled with delicate melted leeks, salty pancetta

braised short rib, jalapeno macaroni & cheese

gnocchi, sweet corn, vidalia onion, bacon, mint pesto

“Pano’s & Paul’s of Roswell.” and Pernod cream. Give me this version over classic Oysters Rockefeller any day. Next came the ultra-fresh baby kale, a salad which made me happy to eat my veggies. The creative addition of roasted brussels sprout leaves gave it a nuanced texture and the bright, tart pistachio-lemon vinaigrette made it sing. Will ordered the rack of lamb. Sourced from New Zealand and cooked perfectly medium-rare with a beautiful char, it was a masterpiece served over toothsome French lentils, grilled Vidalia onions and dressed with vibrant broccoli rabe pesto. I chose the fall-off-the-bone tender braised beef short ribs. As if this meal needed any more decadence, the dish came with insanely rich macaroni and cheese, offset only slightly by the inclusion of spicy jalapenos. It’s hard to make a misstep when ordering off of this wellrounded menu, however Sousounis asked if there were any curiosity items I’d wanted to try but didn’t. I sheepishly mentioned that the Georges Bank scallops sounded interesting. He quickly asked the kitchen to produce a diminutive portion to sample. One fat scallop, caramelized on the outside and tender, milky white on the inside, came atop rock shrimp risotto, studded with meaty hen of the woods mushrooms and dressed with lobster oil. It was the dish that has haunted my taste buds (and cravings) since that evening. The story of Bistro VG, under its new leadership, feels like a wonderful “to be continued,” a new volume in what has already been a great story. With a passionate cast of characters, charming setting and delicious drama on every plate, it’s one guests will want to follow.

braised and grilled Mediterranean octopus, gigante bean puree, diced red pepper and eggplant, pickled fennel, harissa burrata salad, blood orange AND grapefruit wedgeS, arugula, meyer lemon, pickled coriander seeds

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/254-0219. 4300 Paces Ferry Road,Vinings, 770/384-0012. 11030 Medlock Bridge Road, Atl, 770/232-1572. 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770/408-0110. Southerninspired breakfast, brunch and lunch with seasonal selections and cocktails. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atl. 404/2337673. Sleek Buckhead hot spot serves creative “slow food” with daily changing menus. Signature dishes include Niman Ranch Slow Roasted Pork and Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Rib. p }}} ★★★ ATLAS 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW @ St. Regis Atlanta, 404/600-6471. Evolving menu of curated cocktails and inspired small plates crafted by hands. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atl. 404/365-0410. Light and creative plates with a seasonal menu that relies on organic ingredients for a fresh and unique experience. p h }}} ★★★★ 120

BETTER HALF 349 14th St. NW, Bldg. C, Atl., 404/695-4547. Seasonal menu spotlights the best of the South at an intimate neighborhood spot run by husband-and-wife duo Zach and Cristina Meloy. p }}

CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Enjoy fine dining, from chops to fresh seafood, and world-class wines, in a relaxed atmosphere with a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} ★★

BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slow-roasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickory-grilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} ★★★

EMPIRE STATE SOUTH 999 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/541-1105. Community restaurant takes a modern approach to authentic Southern dishes, with a meat-and-three format. p }}

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. } ★★★ CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/4322663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★

5CHURCH 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/4003669. Eclectic dishes, from smoked Pekin duck and lamb burger to Frogmore stew, served in a neoVictorian setting, with a 200-bottle wine list and specialty cocktails. p }} FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atl., 404/343-1609. Signature black angus blend beef burgers top the menu of creative dishes, plus craft beer and cocktails, served in a contemporary space. } GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atl.,

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404/264-0253. Hand-crafted beer and fresh food served in a fun setting. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Peachtree Corners. 678/421-1720. Creative, seasonally driven menu presented in a comfortable, stylish atmosphere with gracious service. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-0700. Upscale neighborhood eatery set in a modern loft space, with a fresh seasonal menu of creative comfort food and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/968-2288. 804 Town Blvd., Brookhaven. 404/464-8971. Communitydriven establishment features refined tavern fare with Southern flair, friendly service and a toprated collection of bourbon and whiskey. p }


HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/948-1175. British-style gastropub with a Southern accent features savvy cocktails and a meaty menu, with a relaxing vibe. p }

LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atl. 404/968-2700. Farm-fresh seasonal fare, from Georgia Mountain Trout to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p }

HOUSTON’S 2166 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/351-2442. 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atl., 404/262-7130. Diverse menu of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs, served in a comfortable atmosphere. } ★

MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on Southern specialties, from sweet potato and shrimp fritters to fried chicken and pork loin, in the charming setting of a restored farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }}

JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/355-2252. Dine on refined Southern comfort food, from fried chicken and angry mussels to deviled eggs with country ham, in a casual upscale setting, with an upstairs bar serving up small plates, select entrées and craft cocktails. p }

MOLLY B’S 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atl. 470/341-4500. Southern-style chophouse in Mercedes-Benz Stadium features a rotating menu (prime-rib to buttermilk fried chicken wings) and a curated beverage menu with an outstanding view of the field. }}

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 }} ★★

MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8720904. A long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie with upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. p }

JP ATLANTA 230 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/523-4004. The latest creation of John C. Portman Jr. combines refined cuisine and contemporary elegance, with innovative dishes made with fresh local ingredients. p h }}} LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St. NE @ Georgian Terrace Hotel, Atl. 866/ 845-7551. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }}

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atl. 404/892-4111. Inventive atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } ★★ PARK 75 75 14th St. NE @ Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. Seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortrib with smoked Gouda grits, in an elegant setting. p }} ★★★

PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/885-7505. Great gastropub cuisine served in a fun place. p } RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atl. 404/524-8280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★ RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Enjoy a fine dining experience with chef Linton Hopkins’ seasonal classic cuisine paired with boutique wine, graciously served in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} REVIVAL 129 Church St., Decatur. 470/226-6770. Kevin Gillespie’s family-style dining experience with traditional Southern-inspired dishes and farmfresh ingredients in a homey atmosphere, uniquely located in a restored space that dates back to the early 1900s. p }} ROSE + RYE 87 15th St. NE, Atl. 404/500-5980. Refined American fare with a global reach, served in Midtown’s iconic mansion, “The Castle,” with three levels of dining and drinking space, run by an all-female team. p }} SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/804-8880.

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THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with craft cocktails, boutique liquors and a distinguished wine list, plus specialty small plates and musical entertainment. } ★★★

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TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with woodroasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse, with live blues music. p }} VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }}

South City Kitchen 3050 Windy Hill Road SE, Atl., 770/955-0940. 3379 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/869-9177. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell, 770/998-4850. 102 S. Main St., Alpharetta, 770/752-1888. 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. } ★★★ SALTYARD 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/382-8088. Diverse selection of seasonal dishes offered in family-style small plates, plus signature cocktails and craft beer in spirited setting. p } SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052. Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/846-1552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a by-the-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }} SEED KITCHEN & BAR 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 504, Marietta. 678/214-6888. Modern playful approach to American cuisine with a seasonal menu and stylish casual atmosphere. p }} SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl., 404/873-7358. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Vinings, 770/435-0700. 3350 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/815-6677. The Old South meets the big city, with delicious contemporary Southern 122

cuisine. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE @ InterContinental Buckhead. 404/946-9070. Modern Southern-spun cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge. p }} SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW @ 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 }}} TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/347-2220. Gastropub with innovative comfort food, extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections, and convivial setting. p } TERRACE BISTRO 176 Peachtree St. NW @ The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farmto-table dishes served in a casual chic setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. p }} ellishotel. com/dining. THE FEDERAL 1050 Crescent Ave., Atl. 404/343-3857. A bistro inspired by French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse, with a curated menu of signature dishes in an intimate setting. p }} THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/939-9845. Gastropub offers a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients in a gorgeous top floor space in the Buckhead Atlanta Shops development. p h }}

WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Local, seasonal, soulful dishes inspired by Southern tradition – from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy – served in a farmhouse-chic setting. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, 404/496-4393. 1017 N. Highland Ave., Va.Highland, 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fastcasual format. } ZEAL 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678/401-7142. Chic, farm-to-table modern eatery with chef-inspired menu, plus craft beers, boutique wines and spirits in a relaxed atmosphere. p }}


FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads, fresh vegetables and side dishes. p }}} ★★★


CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Cantonese cuisine, specializing in dim sum, served in a spacious dining room with friendly service. } HONG KONG STAR 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste. 110, Marietta. 770/509-2129. Exciting dishes with Asian flair, from Broccolini Beef to Tandoori Shrimp, with great service in an inviting setting. }

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P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 N. Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070. 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atl., 770/352-0500. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. 1624 Cumberland Mall, Ste. LS108, Atl., 770/803-5800. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wok-fried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }}


MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atl. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the refined cooking of Creole New Orleans as well as the highly seasoned dishes of Cajun bayou, with an elegant dining room and casual grill and bar. p }}


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. ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro offers everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon in a charming setting with plush seating, dim lighting

and soft music. } ★★ LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Ste. A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Bistro and bar pairs simple, classic French fare with a vibrant atmosphere, bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. p }}} NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atl. 404/221-6362. Superb cuisine, impeccable service and award-winning wine list, with skyline views from the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta. p }}} ★★★


KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/262-0702. 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. ★★★★


Peachtree St., Atl. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian, from homemade pastas and pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} CIBO E BEVE 4969 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/2508988. Celebrates the vibrant food, wine and culture of Italy, with the best seasonal produce from local growers. p }} DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Phipps Plaza, 500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/844-4810. Simple regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations, accompanied by an impressive wine list, with attentive service in an inviting space. p }} DONETTO 976 Brady Ave., Atl. 404/445-6867. A celebration of Italy’s Tuscan region with a creative menu of traditional meat dishes, housemade pastas and small plates for sharing. p }}

ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }}

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 }}


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MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/2613777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. }

5Church Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} IL GIALLO OSTERIA & BAR 5920 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/709-2148. Constantly evolving menu represents Italy’s Coastal regions, from fresh hand-made pastas to cured meats, cheeses and olive oils, served in an inviting atmosphere. p }} IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atl. 404/222-0650. Italian favorites served up in a fun setting, with eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} ★★★★ LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road NE, Atl, 404/231-1368. 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ LA TAVOLA 992 Virginia Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8735430. Cozy, authentic Italian trattoria serves classics like spaghetti and meatballs and more adventurous dishes. p }} MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/804-3313. Delicious madefrom-scratch food served family-style in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy. @ Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Savor timeless Tuscan dishes, from herb-rubbed prime meats and handcrafted pastas to fresh seafood, in a warm environment of casual sophistication, with 90+ wines from around the world. p }} 124

rooftop dining on the patio 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. } PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees with an attentive staff and colorful dining room with vaulted ceilings and captivating artwork. p }} PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/237-2941. Casual, classy dining with a creative menu of contemporary Italian dishes, from wood-fired pizza and tortelli pasta to beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass, in a stylish setting with friendly service. p h }} ★★★★ SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atl. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes, from Carnaroli rice risotto to a whole roasted fish, served in a cozy setting in a revived brick storefront. p }} ST. CECILIA 3455 Peachtree Road NE @ Buckhead’s Pinnacle Building. 404 /554-9995. Divine coastal European food in a sumptuous setting, with small plates, seasonal entrées and handmade pasta dishes. p }} SUGO 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. 770/817-8000. Unique family-style dishes, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza, served with

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 }} ★★★★ SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atl. 770/956-9559. Fresh, authentic sushi that’s creatively presented and highly praised, with attentive service, intimate seating and relaxed atmosphere. } UMI 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/841-0040. Modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated setting. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets. Beverages include craft sake, handmade cocktails and artisan roasted coffee. p }}


ECCO 40 7th St., Atl. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed lamb loin, served in a warm, welcoming setting, with awardwinning Old World and New World wine lists and hand-crafted cocktails. p }} ★★★


NUEVO LAREDO CANTINA 1495 Chattahoochee Ave., Atl. 404/352-9009. Fresh Mexican fare, including chicken mole, pork tender briskets, lobster tacos and enchiladas, served by an attentive staff in a fun, casual environment. 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 }}}


PARISH: FOODS & GOODS 240 North Highland Ave., Atl. 404/681-4434. New Orleansinspired, bi-level restaurant and market in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }


RUMI’S KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/477-2100. Fresh Persian dishes, from kabobs and dolmeh to fresh-baked flat bread, served in an intimate dining room with attentive hospitality. }


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 }} ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Fresh seafood flown in daily, with an award-winning menu of signature dishes, sashimi and sushi rolls, plus artisanal bourbon, infused liquors and wine. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3300 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 }} LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl. 404/817-3650. Contemporary fish house with a sophisticated casual vibe serves fresh seafood delivered daily, from salty fried calamari to steamed mussels, plus hand-crafted cocktails. p }} RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/524-9224. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, made-to-order sushi and hand-cut steaks, in a casual yet elegant setting. p }} RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/955-1187. Decadent dining with fresh seafood and fine cut steaks, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee. p h }} ★★★

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Eddie Hernandez ventured to the United States in the ’80s, hoping to make a go of it with his rock’n’roll band. Today, he’s the executive chef and business partner of the wildly popular and highly acclaimed Taqueria del Sol, with locations in Georgia and Tennessee. His new cookbook, coauthored with former AJC food editor Susan Puckett, offers 125-plus recipes that spice up Southern dishes with a Mexican twist, from Fried Green Tomatillos with Peach Habanero Sauce to Chicken Green Chile Potpie in Puffy Tortilla Shells, Jalapeño-Cheese Dip to smoky-sweet Ancho Chile Pralines. The book is wonderfully illustrated with mouthwatering photos, with some fun stories tossed in as well. n HOT FOR FOOD VEGAN COMFORT CLASSICS: 101 recipes to feed your face, LAUREN TOYOTA (ten speed prEss)

Craving some crispy fried chicken, a thick and juicy cheesesteak or a creamy side of mac and cheese? Indulge guilt-free with Lauren Toyota’s bold and hearty vegan alternatives. Using substitutes such as nuts, tofu and friendly fats to capture the flavor of classic stick-to-yourribs fare, she whips up a delectable collection of gourmet recipes, including Southern Fried Cauliflower, Oyster Mushroom PoBoy and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts. For a Sunday brunch, enjoy buttermilk biscuits, waffles with berry syrup and cream, and six plant-based variations on bacon. Try deep-fried avocados stuffed with jackfruit, crispy crabless cakes and jalapeño poppers. Desserts offer customizable cake batter and dough for apple fritters or cinnamon rolls. n RAISED ROW GARDENING: INCREDIBLE ORGANIC PRODUCE WITH NO TILLING AND MINIMAL WEEDING, JIM & MARY COMPETTI (PAGE STREET PUBLISHING CO.)

While not a cookbook per se, the debut garden book of DIY bloggers Jim and Mary Competti is sure to up anyone’s culinary game with a bounty of fresh organic veggies, picked straight from the backyard. Plying their raised row gardening system that promises amazing results with minimal maintenance, they offer step-by-step instructions (from planning and planting to mulching and composting) to harvest bushels of luscious produce. Easy, affordable and sustainable, the raised rows utilize straw mulch, compost and cover crops to enrich the soil and keep down weeds naturally – no backbreaking labor required. Southern Seasons Magazine


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and lump crab cake, are served on the upper level Chops steakhouse and lower-level Lobster Bar at this Atlanta icon known for its exceptional food, service and warm ambiance. p h }}} ★★★★ 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. ★★★

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Ray’s in the City The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill 3279 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/474-9508. 1105 Canton St., Roswell. 770/993-5749. Neighborhood beach house with coastal-inspired fare and hand-crafted cocktails. p }} THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM 1100 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/475-2277. Feast on fresh seafood, flown in daily, in a setting as sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, with exceptional service. p }}} 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, well-rounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}



ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche and chicken mole Oaxaca in a spirited venue with a diverse tequila selection and inventive cocktail list. p }


COOKS & SOLDIERS 691 14th St. NW, Atl. 404/996-2623. Enjoy pintxos and wood-grilled meats and seafood inspired by the Basque region, as well as a wine, cider and cocktail program, in a vibrant, contemporary space. p }}


CAPE DUTCH 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atl. 404/343-0313. Sophisticated South African “braai” grilled dishes, from prime grilled steaks to seafood and vegetables, plus global wines in a chic setting. p }}

AG 181 Peachtree St. NE @ The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 404/221-6550. Modern steakhouse experience inspired by Southern hospitality with updated menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, refreshed interiors and a new cocktail program. p }}}

10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/705-8870. A cultural fusion of South African-inspired cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, served in a modern eatery and lounge. p }}

BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road NE, 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. ★★★★

Yebo Beach/Ski Haus 111 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atl. 404/869-1992. South African dishes and cocktails served in a renovated house with airy decor. p }}

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. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass and Rock Salt Ribeye for two. p h }}} ★★★

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CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batter-fried lobster tail

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, plus an impressive wine list, at one of the best steakhouses in the country. p }} ★★★★ MARCEL 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/6654555. A first-rate steakhouse and bar named after French fighter Marcel Cerdan. Specialties include Beef Wellington, Porterhouse, Cote de Boeuf and Sole Meuniere, served in an elegant, luxurious setting. p }}} 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 }} ★★★★ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atl., 404/577-4366. Generous portions of USDA prime-aged steaks, fresh seafood, hand-picked produce and elegant desserts served in an upscale environment with tuxedo-clad waiters. p }}} NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/846-0644. Powerhouse, old-school steak joint with lively bar and USDA prime-only menu, plus live music nightly and courtyard dining. p h }}} ★★★ OAK STEAKHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. Steakhouse classics, contemporary small plates and entrees made with farm-fresh ingredients, served in a modern environment. p }}} 101 STEAK 3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atl. 770/8058855. Innovative, chef-driven steakhouse features à la carte meat and seafood favorites to pair with a variety of creative side dishes, as well as a raw bar and 100+ wines by the glass. p h }}} ★★★ RAY’S AT KILLER CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. Enjoy a coastal-inspired

casual dining experience at this award-winning steakhouse that serves prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines,with an extensive Bourbon list and full-service bar and lounge. p h }}} RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/777-1500. 267 Marietta St. @ Embassy Suites Centennial Park, 404/223-6500. 3285 Peachtree Road NE @ Embassy Suites Buckhead, 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, Northwestern salmon and live Maine lobster, with premium wines and cocktails. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900. 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102. 2860 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Upscale steakhouse specializes in hand-cut steaks, from center-cut filets to classic NY strip, plus fresh seafood selections served in a sophisticated atmosphere by professional servers. p }} ★★★ THE PALM ATLANTA 3391 Peachtree Road NE @ Westin Buckhead 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 }}} ★★★

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Grand opening of Sage Buckhead Sage Woodfire Tavern has opened its fourth Atlanta location at 3379 Peachtree Road NE, in front of Lenox Mall. The spectacularly designed, $3 million restaurant offers seating for 300, with a bar that opens up to a sprawling patio, and a second floor expansion for private events. The innovative menu features hickory and oak wood fire grill preparations of market fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, chops and chicken. Guests can also enjoy nightly entertainment and a happy hour program.


NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atl. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} ★★ RICE THAI CUISINE 1104 Canton St., Roswell. 770/640-0788. Brings the delicious, savory flavors of Thailand to the neighborhood with authentic, street-style food. p } the decor Features magnficent lighting and fine wood and stone work.

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