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In Every Issue

16 Letter from the Editor 18 Letters to the Editor

people & places

22 Complexions Contemporary Ballet 30 Bill Nigut on Donald Trump Campaign 36 Laura Seydel: Atlanta’s Sustainability 38 Southeastern Horticultural Society 40 Gallery Views 42 Exhibitions 44 Southern Tales: Steve Berry 45 Jenny Pruitt’s Inspirational Story 46 Holiday “Splurge” Gifts


50 Hardscapes: Sculpting the Earth


86 Parties for a Cause 87 Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball 90 NBAF Fine Art + Fashion 91 Grady White Coat Gala 92 On the Horizon 93 Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast 94 “Legendary” Patron Party 95 ArtsBridge Foundation Gala 96 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 97 Monica Pearson: GMHF Induction 102 Cause to Celebrate 104 Etcetera


106 Performing Arts 110 Fun Around Town



56 Glitzy Bags with Party-Perfect Pizzazz 116 Paradise Found: Hawaii’s Lanai 58 Going for the Gold: Metallic Shimmer HEALTH & BEAUTY 60 Dramatic Evening Gowns 122 SBC’S Mobile Mammogram 62 Urban Attitude: Comfy Chic 124 Dr. Goldstein: Beauty Breakthroughs


64 Bridal Couture: Candice Wu 68 Gena Bryant & Matt Chalfa 72 Natalie Stadnick & John Uhl 76 Katie Marie Wood & Matt Paige 80 Robin Fuller & Alvin Thacker


128 Sweet Treats: Tenn. Teacakes 130 Artful Dining at Atlas at The St. Regis 136 Dining Guide: Best Bites in Town 139 Cookbooks: “Essential Emeril”

COVER CREDITS holiday COVER: DONALD & MELANIA TRUMP. © Photo Image Press/Splash News/Corbis. winter COVER: YoungSil Kim & Andrew Brader of COMPLEXIONS BALLET. photo by Melissa Bartucci. LATE winter COVER: gena bryant-chalfa. photo: Jeremy Harwell/Harwell Photography. Hair: Lacy Jane Vilardo/Creative Concepts, Highlands, N.C. Makeup: Kaye Bonham/Bespoke Artistry, Atlanta. SPECIAL EDITION COVER: natalie stadnick-uhl. PHOTO: Chris Torres.




30 FEVER! 22 DANCE New York’s Complexions Contemporary Ballet makes

sensational debut in Atlanta.

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TRUMP CARD 30 THE Political journalist Bill Nigut discusses Donald Trump’s

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letter from the editor

The Presidential



An Analysis of the American Electorate

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n a fascinating collaboration with political 650 of your closest friends. The November premiere of sharpshooter Bill Nigut, our first feature Flourish featured “The Party of the Century: The 2015 focuses on the American electorate – the Legendary Party,” which raised the bar for unforgettable enormous majority of everyday folks – the galas in this already highfalutin city! heretofore silent majority with whom Trump’s Our exclusive feature introducing Complexions Ballet message resonated jump-starting the most is a visual feast of contemporary dance, as the worldunprecedented primary year in history! renowned New York-based ballet premieres in Atlanta. I just have to quote Vanity Fair, which refers to Dr. Ronald Goldstein’s intriguing report presents the past several months as “The Endless Summer of some of the newest, most effective and least invasive Donald Trump.” As of early November, it does appear beauty breakthroughs for maintaining youthful beauty that Trump’s unprecedented popularity and amazing throughout your life. Collaborating with plastic surgeon poll numbers have finally cooled off as Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Foad Nahai and Atlanta dermatologist Dr. Harold seems to have inched ahead as the new Republican Brody, this is a must-read on both medical and holistic front-runner, much like the old story of the tortoise and beauty news. the hare. Landscape architect Ed Castro has provided inspiring Concurrently, the televised 11-hour grilling of images and ideas of how to create outdoor spaces so Hillary Clinton on Benghazi has taken this candidate inviting that they become valuable extensions of the up (not down!) from the American home itself. Written by home & design perception of being untrustworthy to journalist Alera Quinn, “Hardscapes” a much improved, even sympathetic will inspire you to reinvent your status following the McCarthygardens in 2016. esque marathon event, where many Wrapping up an amazing holidayperceived her as the blameless victim winter issue, our savvy style editor of congressional bullying. Gail O’Neill presents her pick in The Southern cultural scene is bridal couture with the incomparable resplendent with newsworthy events gowns of youthful designer Candace this season, which are certainly Wu. Tropical is always topical as headlined by the opening of Tony travel editor Vivian Holley introduces Conway’s amazing event facility two ultra luxurious Hawaiian resorts In 2007 Donald Trump was Flourish, in the heart of Buckhead. which are slightly off the beaten featured in Southern Seasons This is undoubtedly the most path. And, Jennifer Bradley Franklin Magazine promoting the Trump glamorous new venue in the city reviews the city’s newest culinary hot Towers Atlanta, which never came to fruition. where you can comfortably host up to spot: Atlas at The St. Regis. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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Letters to the editor

The best issue ever! Congratulations on the multi-cultural content! Lynn-Anne Huck, THE VM GROUP, ATLANTA

Beautiful covers and content – and thank you for the WonderFarm shout out too! Atlanta is lucky to have you! Rebecca Bily, Wilmington Trust

The Jane Fonda issue is freaking amazing! Bravo Tony Conway, Legendary Events

Your magazine continues to be spectacular! Nancy Cohen

I want to thank you for keeping us in mind for Southern Seasons. We have appreciated all the coverage. Priyanka Sinha, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

Best review ever [on Little Bacch restaurant by Jennifer Bradley Franklin]! It’s beautiful. Thank you! ALLISON PALESTRINI, TYPE A DEVELOPMENT

Hi, Southern Seasons Magazine. Love your publication! Would love for you all to cover our amazing SERV Ball on December 7th at The Biltmore Ballrooms, Atlanta. JIM VINYARD

I wanted to send along a big thank you from VIMMIA and Marimekko for including both in your Breast Cancer Awareness roundup. We loved

the page, it was adorable. We cannot thank you enough for your support and sharing the cause with your readers. ABIGAIL WHITE, LAFORCE + STEVENS

Thank you so much for everything you do for Callanwolde. We appreciate you helping us get the word out about all of the wonderful events we organize and offer to the community. Jessica Miller, Callanwolde

The books’ spread in your fall issue looks beautiful! Thanks again for including Diane Chamberlain’s Pretending to Dance! KATIE BASSEL, st. martin’s press

Thank you for including the Atlanta Home Show and NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes in the fall issue. It’s a beautiful issue, as usual, and the two organizations were very pleased to be part of it. JULIE HERRON CARSON, ATLANTA

I was delighted with the beautiful front cover photograph of our daughter, Charlotte Meadors Gould, in her wedding gown [Spring 2015 issue]! The article describing her wedding and the many details involved in the execution of such an event was perfectly presented in the magazine. It was a fairy-tale experience for all of us, made even


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more special because Charlotte came very close to not being alive to enjoy her day. It was uncanny that there was a wonderful article about Grady Hospital and Grady physicians in the same issue of your magazine. In 2011, my sweet daughter was struck by a drunk driver as she was crossing an Atlanta street. She was taken emergently to Grady Hospital. The care she received there was life saving. Despite serious and potentially life altering injuries, Grady did what they do so often, superior care of a trauma patient. Charlotte not only survived but has thrived. Hence her fairy-tale marriage to the “prince” of her dreams, Taylor Gould! We are indebted to Grady. The wedding day was a celebration of love and survival. So thank you for giving me another chance to applaud Grady. They are an essential part of the Atlanta community and serve ALL of us so well. And thank you for highlighting what they do! Patricia Herndon Meadors, M.D. got a comment? give us a call at 404/459-7002 or e-mail us at


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Desmond Richardson.

Dance! Complexions Contemporary Ballet


atlanta premiere

hen Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson co-founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 1994, their intention was to “create a sanctuary where those passionate about dance could celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future.” Twenty-one years later, that vision is thriving as Complexions opens a new office in Atlanta. “It’s our hope 22

to become a force within the dynamic artistic fabric of the region,” says Richardson, “and to share our level of creative excellence with the local community.” Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden’s influence has been global. He has worked with, partnered and coached prima ballerinas including Carmen De Lavellade, Wendy Whelan and Diana Vishneva. The New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Phildanco, among others, have commissioned him to create original works for

Complexions makes it “sensationally, jawdroppingly clear that we live in the age of the super dancer, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state.”

Dancer Ashley Mayeux.


– Dance Magazine

sharen bradford

their programs. And audiences in over 20 countries on five continents – from New York’s Joyce Theatre to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater – have thrilled to his 60 ballets. Physicality, muscularity and musicality are fundamental to the company’s expression – as is the recurring theme of “the resilience of the human spirit” in Rhoden’s work. Movement, costumes, lighting and soundtracks cover a spectrum from minimalist to baroque. And even spoken word has been incorporated for the sake of storytelling. But unlike classical ballet, Complexions doesn’t necessarily rely on allegory to convey a message. “When you have a garden full of flowers,” George Balanchine (one of the 20th century’s most prolific choreographers) said, “you don’t demand of them ‘What do you mean?’… Dancers are just flowers…A flower doesn’t tell you a story. It’s in itself a beautiful thing.” The same can be said of Richardson. A high school junior before he decided to train seriously as a dancer, the Sumter, South Carolina-native recalls, “I knew I was a little different. I saw things a little differently. I knew there was more.” One of his early mentors, Alvin Ailey – for whom Richardson was a principal dancer from 1987 to 1994 – taught him to “Be simple. And be real.” While his mother reminded him to “enjoy it” and be in the moment.

“Hailed as two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey Land – Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.” Dwight Rhoden

Desmond Richardson

– The New York Times

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is scheduled to make its inaugural debut in Atlanta on Dec. 30 at the Infinite Energy Theater in Duluth.


Dancer YoungSil Kim.

Rhoden, who shares the role of co-artistic director with Richardson, also came to dance at the relatively advanced age of 17, and was a principal dancer at Ailey before founding Complexions. His boundary-pushing ballets for Atlanta’s inaugural season include Innervisions (a suite featuring the music of Stevie Wonder), Imprint/Maya (a tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou) and And So It Is (a work about unrequited love set to a Johann Sebastian Bach score).

Tony Conway and Su Longman.


Desmond Richardson.

An early adopter and cheerleader for Complexions, Su Longman, CEO of Pallett Central Enterprises, consented to serving on its Board of Directors after watching videos of the company in action. “Their dance spoke to me,” she explains, “it mesmerized me like no other traditional ballet has. Their work was relatable, fun, highly technical and thrilling!” Tony Conway, owner of Legendary Events and a fellow Board member, shares Longman’s enthusiasm. “What a great opportunity for Atlanta and her arts community,” he raves. “We have a wonderful classic dance company in the Atlanta Ballet, and Complexions will only add to the cultural arts of the city with the contrast of its very contemporary expression of dance.”

“Atlanta is a perfect location for Complexions to expand its brand because of the city’s growing performing arts scene. As a company, Complexions is known for pushing the boundaries and with the ardent support of Atlanta philanthropists and board members Su Longman and Tony Conway, we were able to support our mission of bringing our distinctive vision of dance to new audiences.”


– Dwight Rhoden

Desmond Richardson.


Dancer Ashley Mayeux.

Desmond Richardson.

Complexions’ unique mix of methods, styles and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement.

Trump Bill Nigut talks


If you had told me that “The Donald” would ever put himself into a situation where he didn’t have total control, I would have said, “Not gonna happen!” But here we are in a historic pre-election year where Donald Trump has taken center stage. The formerly perceived as polished, sophisticated and savvy super mogul has placed himself in the running for the highest elected office in the land. Through name-calling and childish defensiveness, it appears the “polished and savvy” image died an early death – so what’s in the Kool-Aid? Who better to ask about the Trump campaign than political journalist Bill Nigut.


oming out of the gate from day one by disparaging nearly all Mexicans and calling our leaders “stupid” and “idiots,” most candidates would have crashed and burned – but not Trump. His penchant for shooting the messenger (by attacking journalists who ask tough questions) is just the tip of the iceberg in what he appears to be defending and continuing to do, nonstop. In spite of the Old Republican Guard finding him to be offensively un-presidential, the initial response of a huge section of the American electorate was amazing support – nearly unprecedented at this early stage in the primaries. (One could argue, “Who cares about alienating the top 1% of the elite when you’ve got close to 50% thinking you’re the bomb?”) 30

Bill Nigut’s career as a journalist spans more than 30 years. He spent 20 years as the national and state political reporter for WSB-TV, Atlanta, where he covered the White House and Capitol Hill, five presidential campaigns, and 19 sessions of the Georgia General Assembly. In 2003, Nigut left the news business to become the start-up CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition, a unique public-private partnership dedicated to making arts and culture an integral part of the metro area’s long-range economic plan. Nigut also served as the Southeast Regional Director of the AntiDefamation League, one of the nation’s premiere civil and human rights organizations. He returned to broadcasting at GPB, where he is currently the producer and program host of two shows on GPB Radio (88.5 FM in Atlanta), including “Political Rewind,” a roundtable show that features some of the top insiders in politics in Georgia talking about the political headlines of the week. It airs live at 3 PM Fridays on the statewide GPB network.

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TRUMP’S MAINSTREAM MESSAGE INCLUDES SOME ARGUABLY GOOD POINTS: H Securing our borders (Excellent in this age of terrorism, but deporting 13 million illegal immigrants? Not feasible, in my humble opinion.) H Making America great again (Not sure how, but sounds good.) H Making America rich again (That would be great.) H Being the best “jobs” president in history (A good one!) H Renegotiating our international trade agreements to make them profitable for America (OK, he has a point here.) H Not getting over-involved with various international crises (i.e. Syrian refugees) H Dissolving Obamacare H Stabilizing global tensions, most crucially Iran’s nuclear threat (I must have gone for popcorn when he explained how he was going to do this.) H Diminishing the dangerous power of political lobbyists (I have to think most folks agree with this in principle; his refusal to take donations from special interest groups seems to resonate with the heartland electorate).

Ivanka Trump aced a recent interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow where brains and beauty came together in an impressive conversation. Ivanka, five months pregnant with her third child, was poised, stunning, highly intelligent and articulate. She pivoted her way around tough questions about her father’s worst blunders thus far into substantial and believable accolades about his direct style and remarkable abilities. She may be a far more significant asset to Trump’s campaign than expected, although she clearly said she is not involved, as she is busy both being a mother and, along with her brothers, running the Trump empire.

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In 2007 we featured Donald Trump on the cover of Southern Seasons. I spent several hours with him and daughter Ivanka when they were in Atlanta in the early stages of promoting the Atlanta Trump Towers, which never came to fruition. He was charming, focused and professional as the Atlanta press fawned over him. But obviously, no one was there to challenge him so why not be charming? His political campaign has revealed another side to this American mogul. parish kohanim

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Q&A with political

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Do you think there was just enough beef in his platform to get the heartland to forgive his shortcomings and jump on board?

I don’t think Trump’s supporters at this point are even looking for “beef.” Since he hasn’t elaborated any positions on key issues – or really on any issues at all (other than immigration), it’s clear his voters are coming to him because they like his freewheeling, unscripted style. His supporters – like many Americans – are tired of focus-group driven candidates playing it safe and sticking to a set of well-rehearsed talking points. They like the fact that Trump is politically INcorrect, that he’s willing to call out the reporters who he thinks treat him unfairly, the other candidates who take shots at him. Trump’s followers are mad at the establishment, but they don’t get to vent their frustrations at all those they’re angry with. So they love it when Trump does it for them!

entertained, has to keep them applauding and delighting in his antics. That means he has to keep his act fresh. If he starts to get stale, I believe voters will turn away from him. He HAS to keep his high wire act going strong! What was in his hard-hitting platform that resonated with middle Americans?

Trump plays to the xenophobia of the anti-immigration crowd. That’s the one issue he’s taken a stand on. There is a segment of the American

people that fear that our country is being taken over by undocumented immigrants who are denying jobs to real Americans, going on the dole and getting government assistance, and committing awful crimes. It doesn’t matter that most of this isn’t born out by facts. For instance, immigration from Mexico has fallen to its lowest numbers in decades, yet Trump continues to talk about this as an invasion. He will never win the presidency on this issue because most Americans don’t agree with him.

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What do you think this mammoth support is based on?

He’s a celebrity…an entertainer. When he does campaign events, he puts on a great show. And that, in the long run, may be his undoing. Trump HAS to keep his supporters Southern Seasons Magazine

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Q&A Bill Nigut

with political journalist

Polls show we support some sort of pathway for immigrants to remain here legally. But Trump does inspire excitement among those who fear immigrants, and they are a loud and energized group. While the Republicans I know consider him as performing a circus act and refuse to take him seriously, which political persuasions are supporting him? In other words, who are these people?

Most of his support comes from people who identify as Republicans. But interestingly, among GOP voters he has high approval ratings from women (despite bashing them over and over) and from Evangelicals (even though his grasp on the Bible is shaky at best). He also has support among low-income Americans. At one time, college students seemed to be rallying around him, but Ben Carson is making big inroads among that crowd.

Is it his celebrity alone? Or is it that he’s famous for being rich? Powerful? A brilliant businessman? Do people simply feel like Trump has no hidden agenda, no dog in the fight other than his love of country? That he’s already so rich and powerful that his only agenda would be what’s good for America?

What’s interesting is that in 2012, voters ended up turning against Mitt Romney because they decided he was too wealthy and too much a part of the entitled class to relate to them. With Trump, all bets are off. His crowds LOVE the fact that he flaunts his wealth, that he boasts of his business successes. They revel in his high-spending ways and seem to live vicariously through him. This is probably because they believe he is so rich that he can’t be bought, can’t be dissuaded from going after people he doesn’t like, taking stands that are outrageous and controversial. They also hope that as president, he’d know the magic formula for helping THEM make a lot more money and help improve the economy. His slogan – which he’s now trademarked – is Make America Great Again. His voters think his wealth, prestige and brash spirit can really make that happen. Is what’s happening that people are trusting Trump based on their own private dining room chatter – all those opinions expressed within the privacy of their homes which may include racism, bigotry,

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misogynism, etc.?

Yes, there’s no doubt that Trump is winning support who applaud him for saying the things publicly that they talk about privately. This fall, Public Policy Polling released data showing that 54% of Republicans are unsure of whether President Obama is a Christian or a Muslim. If they said that out loud to many neighbors, work associates, etc., they might be branded as racist. So Trump says it for them (although he’s now trying to remain quiet when this subject come up). I don’t have polling data, but I think it’s probably fair to say that there is a substantial percentage of Americans who don’t like Mexican immigrants. Trump gives a loud voice to their fears and prejudices. Why is Trump getting a hall pass from his following after saying horrible things like: John McCain is not a war hero; (all illegal) Mexican immigrants are rapists; who would ever vote for Carly Fiorina’s face; calling (certain) women bimbos, pigs, etc.; not correcting the citizen who questioned Obama’s citizenship or defending the masses of non-violent Muslims! Do you think Trump’s lack of diplomacy is the very thing that makes his constituents trust him? Although I cannot quite picture Trump guzzling beer and scratching his belly on a weekend at home, are these the folks who are all in with him?

Again: Trump is an entertainer, putting on a great show. He gets up

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on the high wire, makes outrageous statements, and his supporters watch breathlessly to see if he’ll survive. Those of us in the media thought that each of the statements you refer to would bring him down. We failed to understand that his core of support actually wants him to continue making outrageous remarks because it’s so much fun to watch and because they see him as being willing to take on the sacred cows in our society. You and the other political reporters on the campaign trail must be totally entertained by the impact Trump is having on this primary year! Can you share what the news folks are saying behind closed doors about Trump? Do you all agree that he’s had a massive impact on ratings for this preelection year due to his celebrity

and unpredictable behavior?

We are all shaking our heads trying to figure out how we could have gotten Trump’s staying power so wrong! Almost every one of us said 1.) that he’d never actually get into the race…2.) that he’d flame out within the first month of his candidacy because no one would take him seriously…We didn’t really get that in their anger about politics as usual, a substantial number of voters would latch on to TRUMP AS THE ONLY TRULY AUTHENTIC VOICE IN THE RACE. Yes, his impact on the rating for TV cable operations is huge. That’s why they never tire of putting him on the air and reporting on him. Like Dr. Carson, Trump admits he’s not up to speed on foreign policy – but will be and know it all by the

time he needs to. Is this acceptable for him to take center stage and not know any more than he does about all of this?

If having a deep and compelling understanding of foreign policy was the key to winning the White House, Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be struggling the way she is right now. No one knows that world better than her. All new presidents have to be brought up to speed on the complex and multitudinous foreign policy matters they will be asked to deal with. I don’t see Trump’s lack of understanding of these issues as a real impediment at this point. BUT if he continues to dodge questions about what he thinks he’d like to do about matters like the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, about the Syrian civil war, etc. that will in the long run hurt him.

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By Laura Turner Seydel

Number One Atlanta has risen from one of the most polluted cities to a national model in sustainability.

It wasn’t long ago that to see sustainability in action we had to go to other parts of the country. Atlanta was being fined daily for infractions of the Clean Water Act, we were the asthma capitol of the country due to terrible air quality and we were listed among the most polluted cities in the U.S. Now, I am so proud to be a part of a community that has worked tirelessly to turn Atlanta into a model city of sustainability.

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Atlanta has been looking to a more sustainable future since 2002 when Mayor Shirley Franklin took office. She answered the community’s desperate call to clean up the Chattahoochee and address the city’s mounting sewer problem in her first year in office. Then in 2008, she launched Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability, an internal organization focused on instituting sustainability best practices into the Atlanta community. In 2010, Mayor Kasim THE Reed expanded the Office of POWER Sustainability and announced his IS goal of making Atlanta one of the YOURS top ten sustainable cities in the country. He hired Denise Quarles as Director and charged her and her team with formulating a comprehensive sustainability plan. This resulted in the Power to Change program, a citywide initiative that establishes a basis for measurable sustainability action around 10 impact areas – including recycling, air quality, energy efficiency and water management. Five years later, have we made any progress? One of Atlanta’s most effective initiatives is the Atlanta 36

Better Business Challenge, a nation-leading public-private program. The Atlanta BBC was launched in June 2011 at the Clinton Global Initiative as one of the inaugural projects of President Obama’s and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program. The goal of the Atlanta BBC is to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20% in participating buildings across Atlanta by 2020. In August of 2015, Atlanta surpassed 100 million square feet of building space participating in the Atlanta BBC! Atlanta’s initial goal was a total 2 million square feet signed up for the program, but after Mayor Reed’s call to action to the Atlanta business community there was an amazing response! By surpassing this milestone, Mayor Reed says “This figure puts Atlanta at the top of the leader board in the nation.” Atlanta has already met our 20% reduction goal for water usage and achieved an 11% reduction of energy consumption. This year we’ve also welcomed a new Sustainability Director, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, who has an impressive track record of environmental advocacy. According to Stephanie, her goal is to “be able to build on the successes the office has already had through projects like the Better Buildings Challenge, municipal and residential recycling programs, and now the city’s first bike share program. Our goal is to make the City of Atlanta a top-tier city for sustainability.” I’m privileged to know Stephanie and am

excited to see where her leadership will take us. On top of the success of the Atlanta BBC, 2015 brought us another important milestone in energy efficiency. Georgia passed the Solar Finance Bill, aimed at making it easier and more affordable for Georgia homeowners and small businesses to put solar panels on their rooftops. This bill gets rid of the barrier of prohibitive upfront costs for homeowners to install solar by allowing for third party financing. Solar is an abundant resource in the Southeast. Between 2012 and 2013, employment in Georgia’s solar industry grew by 225% and we moved from 26th nationally in new solar capacity to seventh. In 2014, Pew Charitable Trusts named Georgia the fastest-growing solar market in the country. If you’d like to participate in taking Georgia solar and reducing your home energy costs, you can find a certified solar installer at the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners website at The Atlanta BeltLine is another cornerstone sustainability initiative, compromising a 22-mile loop of parks, greenspace, trails and transit around the city. The BeltLine will add significantly more greenspace to the city and invest in mixed-use development and affordable workforce housing along the line. Ultimately this provides solutions to the challenges threatening to limit Atlanta’s health and prosperity – traffic, deficient greenspace, and inequitable economic development. While still under way,

Atlanta is quickly transforming into a bike and pedestrian friendly city with more trails and bike share programs.

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The Atlanta BeltLine project is a 22-mile trail loop connecting 45 metro neighborhoods.

the BeltLine project is in the process of setting a national standard for transformative investment, sustainable growth and equitable development. The BeltLine joins the over 300 miles of trails already built by the PATH Foundation in Georgia, rapidly transforming Atlanta into a bike and pedestrian-friendly city. The lifeline of Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River, has also come a long way in just the past 20 years. Since upgrading the city’s sewage system there are 90% fewer spills into the river. Great work continues along the Chattahoochee with projects like Proctor Creek where environmental groups are fighting to clean up the river’s most degraded and polluted tributary in Metro Atlanta ( Atlanta has also entered the international stage for sustainability initiatives. In September, Mayor Reed was the only mayor from the Southeast who participated in the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit in Los Angeles. In preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, multiple community leaders from both countries met to define a first-of-its-kind Declaration which details parallel steps to address climate change at the state and local level. These are just a few highlights of the initiatives happening now to make Atlanta one of the top-tier sustainability cities in the country. You can learn more about all of the initiatives on the Power to Change website at Southern Seasons Magazine

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The Southeastern Horticultural Society is making the world a better place, one green thumb at a time

With a passion for plants that runs the gamut, from showcase flowers to farm-fresh veggies, the Southeastern Horticultural Society (SHS) is busier than a bee, buzzing here, there and everywhere to share the joy of gardening. Formed in 2008 as an outgrowth of the Southeastern Flower Show, the nonprofit membership organization offers year-round programs and events to educate people, young and old, about the environment, healthy living and sustainability. With this singular mission, SHS has become an exciting partner in community efforts relating to neighborhood development and improved learning environments. “We have had the good fortune to partner with other strong, well-positioned organizations in our community, through connections made by our Board members and their contacts within other Atlanta and regional organizations,” said Caroline Leake, SHS executive director. “We’ve become the horticulture consultant ‘go to’ because of these successful partnerships.” 38


With a belief that shared goals equal shared success, SHS has focused on partnerships and projects where it can positively impact the wellbeing of a particular community. That includes a current project with Kaiser Permanente to teach the importance of physical activity and nutritious eating habits to students at Mt. Zion Primary and Elementary Schools in Clayton County. The goal is to achieve a healthier lifestyle by bringing resources and partners together that can help influence these changes. “Our friends and supporters share our commitment to creating sustainable communities by caring for our natural environments,” Leake said. “We celebrate the important role of plants in our lives by working with individuals and organizations throughout the Southeast to support the art and science of plants. We are committed to bringing horticultural conservation, enjoyment and beauty to people’s lives through educational activities.” To find out more about SHS, visit

Learning Garden & Farm Sites East Lake Community Learning Garden, a partnership between SHS and the East Lake Foundation, provides a platform for children and adults to experience healthy lifestyles through environmental programs. The garden supports residents from the Villages of East Lake with planting beds, plant material and professional instruction to grow organic produce. The garden also hosts programs for students and residents to learn the best organic practices, water conservation and new technologies, as well as a place for neighbors to gather and share. Good Samaritan (Good Sam) Farm, a partnership between SHS and the Good Samaritan Health Center, broke ground in May of 2013 to help get fresh organic produce to the over 30,000 uninsured clients of the center. The produce harvested is used in the Good Sam nutrition program and given to patients and local residents. A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, an affordable food outlets program, has been established to provide fresh produce to the community. Good Sam health providers are also prescribing produce to patients. Friends of English Avenue Community Farm, established in partnership with SHS in 2011, provides low income families with fresh produce and, through volunteer activities, engages local community members in organic farming. SHS is training residents in organic farming practices while giving them the opportunity to earn hourly income to develop the neighboring Good Samaritan Farm. Farm Chastain, developed with the Chastain Park Conservancy in 2013, provides opportunities for children and families from surrounding neighborhoods to volunteer, attend workshops, and learn about horticulture and healthy living. Goals include teaching participants sustainable practices for growing, harvesting and preparing healthy food; learning about healthy eating habits to maintain good health and decrease obesity; building leadership skills among student participants; creating a space for natural ecosystems to thrive in an urban environment; and serving as a model that can easily be applied to other communities. Thriving Schools Community Garden at Mt. Zion Primary and Elementary Schools was established as a partnership between SHS, Kaiser Permanente and the Clayton County School District in 2014 to help teach health, wellness and the importance of physical activity and nutritious eating habits to students in these two schools. The overall goal is to influence the schools’ climate change and supplement a healthier and more active lifestyle by bringing resources and partners together. The Urban Fresh Garden, a partnership between SHS and the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, is an organic community garden established in 2014 in the underserved neighborhood of Vine City. SHS has installed raised planting beds at the site, with some beds built higher to accommodate elderly gardeners. Urban Fresh is planting fruit trees and a hillside of blueberry bushes, and vegetables and herbs are currently growing in beds at the site. The site is host to a garden club comprised of community residents, where classes and workshops are taught on growing, harvesting and nutrition.


VIEWS Right: Inscription, 2nd­-3rd century CE, Limestone, Rome, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale. Image courtesy of MIBACT.

Searching for the Queen of Sheba on view through JAN. 3, 2016, at fernbank museum of natural history

Above: Statue of a woman, 3rd­-1st century BCE, Limestone, Rome, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale. Miniature Door, 2nd - 3rd century, Limestone, Rome, Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale. Images courtesy of MIBACT.


Explore one of history’s most elusive female figures at the world-premiere “Queen of Sheba” exhibit at Fernbank Museum, through Jan. 3. Despite the lack of direct evidence of her existence, the legendary queen remains an inspiring myth transcending many faiths and cultures. The exhibit highlights the various tales passed down through the centuries, including her ties to the famed Incense Road and the ancient caravan kingdoms of South Arabia. Among the 80plus objects on view are coins, throne fragments, paintings, statues, incense burners and inscriptions – dating as far back as the 9th century BCE.

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Above right: “Cool Summer” and “Agragena” paintings by Hayley Mitchell of Austin, Texas. She’s one of 350 artists in this year’s show.

Shop for fine and decorative art by some of the Southeast’s greatest established and emerging artists at Trinity School’s 35th annual Spotlight on Art, with an Artists Market Feb. 1-6 at the school (4301 Northside Pkwy.) and a Preview Gallery Dec. 3-Jan. 26 at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square. Categories range from contemporary, realism and folk to sculpture, pottery, jewelry and garden.

From left: Iris van Herpen, Biopiracy, 2014; Capriole, July 2011; Wilderness Embodied, 2013; Biopiracy, 2014. Photos © Michel Zoeter.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion on view through May 15, 2016, at the high museum of art

Marvel at the cutting-edge creations of Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen at the High Museum’s “Transforming Fashion” exhibition, on view through May 15. The stunning showcase of one-of-a-kind haute couture features 45 outfits from her collections spanning 2008 to 2015. Van Herpen’s internationally-acclaimed designs – worn by such style icons as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and

Bjork – combine traditional craftsmanship with innovative technology like 3D-printing, creating sculptural silhouettes that appear both organic and futuristic. Unusual materials in the fabrications range from magnets and umbrella ribs to synthetic boat rigging. Marking the High’s first presentation of fashion design, the exhibit is co-organized with the Groninger Museum (Netherlands) and is making its debut at the High before continuing on a North American tour. Iris van Herpen (Dutch, born 1984), Refinery Smoke, July 2008. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios. © Iris van Herpen




Alan avery art company Through Jan. 16 Romare

Bearden: “When I Conjure These Memories.” 315 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-


ANN JACKSON GALLERY 32 Canton St., Roswell. Mon.-Sat. 770/993-4783.

ANNE IRWIN FINE ART 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/467-1200.

Art station ARTS CENTER Through Jan. 2 Member Juried

Exhibition and Competition. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mtn. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.


Ongoing Unique temporary public

art installations along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.


Engine,” site-specific work by Lauri Stallings in the Secret Garden. Through Dec. 31 Joel Holmberg: “New Videos and CNN Footage.” Dec. 5, 12, 19 Off-site project at Starlight Drive-In Swap Meet. Feb. 19 Film Love series: “Jaguar” (Jean Rouch, 1967), 7 PM. 535 Means Street NW, Atl. Tues.Sat.



Through March “The Curious

Mister Catesby and the Elegant Mister Abbot: Early Naturalists in Georgia, 1722-1840,” featuring prints, original works and maps. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/814-4000.


175 Peters St. SW, Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/5244781.


764 Miami Circle, Suite 120, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/352-8114.

Collection, interactive exhibit features environments of the puppeteer’s world and iconic puppets like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The Global Collection, explores puppetry traditions in major world cultures. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.



Ongoing Aviation exhibits and

programs, with Boeing 737-200 full-motion flight simulator, historic aircraft, Delta’s first DC-3 and the Waco 125 biplane, housed in Delta’s two original maintenance hangars in Atlanta. 1060 Delta Blvd, Bldg. B, Dept. 914. 404/715-




Through Jan. 3 Three Point

Perspective: Dean, Elliott & Hagege. Kids Cowboy Up! 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.-Sun.


breman museum

Through Dec. 31 “Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words & Pictures.” 1440 Spring St. NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri.





Dec. 4-26 White Christmas and Small Works, featuring gallery artists. Reception: 6-9 PM Dec. 4. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


Through Jan. 3 “Searching for the

Queen of Sheba,” world premiere exhibit explores the mystery of this legend, with ancient artifacts from Yemen and contemporary Ethiopian artwork. “Women of Vision,” features the powerful works of 11 National Geographic female photojournalists. Through Jan. 10 “Winter Wonderland,” holiday showcase of trees and displays representing cultural celebrations around world. 767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/9296300.


425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Ste. 3, Atl. Mon.-Sat.



Monthly Self-guided walking tour

Romare Bearden: “When I Conjure These Memories” Through Jan. 16 Alan Avery Art Co. “Fishing and Crabbing,” Three Mile Creek, c. 1965, collage and colored pencil on board, 9.75 x 11.5 © Romare Bearden Estate/ Licensed by VAGA, NY, NY


of the galleries of the Roswell Art District. 6-9 PM on the first Friday of the month. 770/594-9511.

georgia museum of art

Through Jan. 3 “Before the March King: 19th-Century American Bands.” “Samurai: The Way of the Warrior.” “In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: Photographs by Raymond Smith.” Through Feb. 28 Georgia’s Girlhood Embroidery: “Crowned with Glory and Immortality.” Through March 6 “George Segal: Everyday Apparitions.” Jan. 23-April 17 “Cherokee Basketry: Woven Culture.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun. 706/542-4662.


Through Aug. 1, 2016 “Sandy Springs: Then & Now,” exhibit of historic photos, modern studio art, and multimedia components. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. Open 11 AM-2 PM Wed. & Sat.


Through Jan. 10 “Seriously Silly!

The art & whimsy of Mo Willems,” celebrates the career of the author/ illustrator known for his humorous and artful children’s books. Brett Weston, one of the great midcentury American photographers. Through Jan. 17 “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections.” Through Jan. 31 “American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life.” Through May 15 “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun.


HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atl. Mon.-Sat.



3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.


Through Dec. 5 Kathie Odom. Dec. 8-24 Annual Christmas Sale. Dec. 19 Miami Circle Art Stroll. Explore art from around the world at nearly a dozen participating

“Designers, Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future” Through Jan. 10 MODA Gilles Deschaud’s “Chase Me,” a 3-minute stop-motion film made with 3D printed sets and characters.


Gilles Deschaud

Through Jan. 4 “40x,” celebration


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


Jan. 19-March 31 “Chalom

Yashan – A Journey Back Home,” original works by Hirut Yosef, who draws inspiration from her Ethiopian roots and honors strong African women using vibrant color and traditional design. Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

MArietta/cobb museum of art Through Dec. 13 John Petrey,

Isaac Payne, and David Kessler & Portrait Society of Atlanta. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun. 770/528-1444.


415 Plasters Ave, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/879-1500.


Through Jan. 3 “Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. “The Waters and the Wild: Alen MacWeeney Photographs of Ireland.” Through May 29 “Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/7274282.


Through Dec. 31 “Georgia/ Georgia: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,” Georgia State’s Collection & MOCA GA’s Permanent Collection at Education/Research Center. Dec. 12-Feb. 6 Sarah Emerson, 2014/2015 Working Artist Project. Reception: 7-9 PM Dec. 10. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/3678700.

MOCA GA/TULA Art Complex

r. alexander GALLERY

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



Georgia Tech campus, 500 10th St. NW, Atl. Mon.-Fri.

amp. 404/894-7840.


Makers, Users: 3D Printing the Future,” explores how 3D printing is changing the world in innovative ways, from space exploration to custom prosthetics. Jan. 24 “Make-Believe America.” Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St., Atl. Tues.-Sun.

Mean A Lot,” over 300 small creations in a variety of mediums including: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking and ceramics – with sold pieces replaced with new works. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/266-2636.


Through Jan. 10 “Designers,

Through Jan. 6 “Little Things

764 Miami Circle, Ste. 132, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/352-8775.




Eclectic collection of working artist studios, fine art galleries and alternative art spaces. 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat.


Dec. 8-Jan. 11 Kimo Minton, Carmelo Blandino. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atl. Mon.-Sat.



1000 Marietta St. NW, Ste. 116, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/817-3300.

690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-1811.

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



venues, 11 AM-4 PM. 690 Miami Circle NE., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-8273.

of everything 40 for the art center’s 40th anniversary in 2015, on view at the Spruill Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 770/394-3447. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Tues.-Sat. 404/9796455.


Dec. 4-6 Juried Holiday Market, with 70+ fine artists and crafters. Through Dec. 19 The Artists’ Shoppe, featuring works by 50+ artists. 10 AM-4 PM Tues.-Sat. 34 School St., Watkinsville. Tues.-Sat. 706/769-4565.


Through Dec. 6 “The Sorrow of Too Many Joys: Satire in 19th Century France.” “Dreams, Discord & Desire: Nathan Lewis.” 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. Tues.Sun. 404/364-8555. museum.

In the 1950s anthropologist Jean Rouch and his Nigerian friends filmed their car trip DURING the independence movement in Ghana, and later added commentary.

“JAGUAR” FILM SCREENING Feb. 19 – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Southern Seasons Magazine

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Steve Berry is an international and New York Times bestselling author whose books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 20 million printed copies in 51 countries – not bad for a Georgia boy. Formerly an Atlanta attorney with 30 years of trial law under his belt, Berry has since become one of the most successful thriller writers in STEVe the country, fueled by the adrenalinBERRY pumping adventures of his favorite protagonist Cotton Malone. His passion for history, as evidenced on the pages of his fact-filled fiction, has led him down a philanthropic path, as well. While researching his novels, he found that many of the world’s historic treasures are in a state of decay due to lack of funding for preservation. He founded the nonprofit History Matters to help. Since 2009 Berry and his wife, Elizabeth, who now reside in St. Augustine, Fla., have raised over $800,000 through special events to save endangered places. n The Patriot threat, steve berry (MINOTAUR; MARCH 2015)

A long-hidden secret that could bring down the U.S. government is now in the hands of a deposed North Korean leader. Ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is propelled into a 24-hour chase from the canals of Venice to the remote highlands of Croatia to recover critical Treasury Department files about the legality of our national income tax. Can he get the documents before the contents plunge the country into economic ruin? The key lies in clues left by former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon for President Franklin D. Roosevelt – but what did Mellon know? And what secret is hidden in the National Gallery of Art? n The 14th colony, steve berry (MINOTAUR; april 5, 2016)

Shot down over Siberia in what was to be a simple mission, ex-Justice Department agent Cotton Malone is forced into a fight for survival against Aleksandr Zorin, whose loyalty to the former Soviet Union has festered into an intense hatred of the United States. Before escaping, Malone learns that Zorin and another ex-KGB officer are headed to Washington, D.C., with Inauguration Day only hours away. A flaw in the Constitution, and an even more flawed presidential succession act, have opened the door to political chaos, and Zorin intends to exploit both weaknesses to their fullest. In a race against the clock, Malone must battle Zorin and confront his deepest fear that jeopardizes everything.

Artistic Expression Alphabet, an exquisite photo art book by Debbie Fleming Caffery, reimagines that essential experience of every childhood – the ABCs – with cross-generational appeal. The case-bound edition features 26 luminous black and white photographs, each corresponding with a letter of the alphabet. A Guggenheim Fellow from Lafayette, La., Caffery is internationally renowned for her work in documentary photography and for her photos of the American South. The book is available at Fall Line Press of Atlanta and fine bookstores. $45.


Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted – both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek, and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor Bebe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day – and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry. Atlanta author Mary Kay Andrews brings back characters her fans adore (from her three previous Savannah novels: Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze and Blue Christmas) in a spirited celebration of love, the holidays and antiques.

Soaring Success

Jenny Pruitt’s new autobiography an inspiration for business leaders


eal estate executive Jenny Pruitt’s new memoir Beneath His Wings (Believers Press) shares the story of how she catapulted onto the Atlanta real estate scene and found early success but ultimately, a bare soul. She returned to her childhood faith and with newfound direction went on to launch two successful businesses. She discusses her views on servant leadership, the growth of her company Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, and how God has changed her life and her business. Hailing the book as “a must-read for anyone longing for inspiration and guidance,” Carol Tomé, CFO of The Home Depot, is one of numerous leaders who have endorsed the book, along with leadership expert John Maxwell, and Andy Stanley, founding pastor of North Point Ministries. Proceeds will be donated to the Samaritan’s Purse, which sponsors and trains teams to respond quickly to international crises, offers disaster relief, sends physicians and other volunteer medical personnel to needy nations, conducts feeding programs, and builds orphanages; as well as to Wellspring, a rescue mission for abused young women. “I think the style of servant leadership leads from the bottom up – what that means to me is that you care about others more than you do about yourself,” Pruitt said. “I have a saying, that if you care about others first, the bottom line will come. Two business leaders I watched were Franklin Skinner, former CEO of BellSouth Communications, and James Blanchard, former CEO of Synovus Corporation. I learned so much about Servant leadership from them, and they didn’t even know I was watching! “I think other companies don’t have this philosophy because they are pressured to produce results and that is the most important thing to them. I create an environment that people don’t just survive, they thrive!” Pruitt began her real estate career in 1968 and worked for two companies before establishing Jenny Pruitt & Associates in 1988. In 2001, she sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway’s subsidiary HomeServices of America.

In 2007, after fulfilling a five-year contract, she and her business partner David Boehmig opened Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Today, the company’s 370 agents are among the most accomplished real estate professionals in Metro Atlanta, selling almost $2 billion in 2015. She has been presented with numerous accolades throughout her career including the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® E.A. Isakson Award for upholding high standards of integrity and professionalism, the Georgia Small Business Person of the Year, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Luxury Real Estate and was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. Jenny is committed to helping Atlanta maintain its exceptional quality of life through her philanthropic service, humanitarian support and volunteer commitments. She is active with Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta History Center’s Board of Trustees, the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving as a director for the Buckhead Coalition. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Bundle up in Nicole Miller’s knit bunny fur wrap scarf. $295.


Reminiscent of the Metropolitan Opera’s iconic starburst chandeliers, the exclusive Cecilie Crystal Silver Clutch by Clara Kasavina is embellished with Swarovski Elements crystals on a hand-sculpted metal frame, with silk lining and a silver tuck-in chain. $1,600; made in New York.


LiaungChung Yen Designs 18kt yellow gold “Stone Pathway” ring, 12 mm wide, with 12 diamonds (0.48 cts. tw). $4,200.


Tiffany CT60™ three-hand automatic watch in stainless steel with black alligator strap and Tiffany CT60™ Chronograph automatic watch in stainless steel with stainless steel bracelet. $4,750, $7,250.

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Rich, refined and full-bodied, Prometheus is a 26-year-old single malt Highland whisky from Speyside, produced by the Glasgow Distillery Company. $950; first release.


Named “Single Malt Scotch Whisky Of The Year” by Jim Murray’s 2015 Whisky Bible, The Last Drop 1967 Glen Gairoch is a whisky aficionado’s dream. $7,000; limited to 118 bottles worldwide.


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Seasonal Splendor ’Tis the season to deck the

halls and light up the night

• Marvel at George Vanderbilt’s 250room home trimmed with over two dozen decorated trees at Christmas at Biltmore, through Jan. 10 at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.

• Enjoy a brisk winter walk around Centennial Olympic Park during Holiday in Lights, with festive light displays and an ice-skating rink, open through Jan. 10.

• Tour Atlanta’s magnificent GothicTudor mansion during Christmas at Callanwolde, decked for the season through Dec. 15, with live entertainment, workshops and holiday shopping to boot.

• Head to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton for the Holiday Light Spectacular through Dec. 30, with over three million lights, Santa’s Village, Christmas trees and carnival rides.

• Ring in the 24th year of Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, with a 5-mile spectacle of lights coloring the night sky through Jan. 2.

• Step inside a sprawling English estate at Home For the Holidays, a stunning designer showhouse and marketplace that spotlights Millwood Manor in Buckhead through Dec. 13.

• Stroll through Garden Lights, Holiday Nights through Jan. 9 at Atlanta Botanical Garden, with dazzling botanical-inspired displays and a Tunnel of Lights.

A 35-foot Fraser fir illuminates the Banquet Hall at the Biltmore House in Asheville, N.C.

• Family fun awaits at Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights with a drive-thru of twinkling lights, as well as a Holiday Village with carnival rides,

Santa visits and sweet treats, through Jan. 3. • Peek into six beautifully decorated historic homes, as well as eight public buildings on the 29th annual Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour, Dec. 5-6, with day and candlelight tours offered. • Venture into a winter wonderland at Stone Mountain Christmas through Jan. 3, with luminous lights, nightly parade and snowfall, sing-a-long train, theatrical performances and fireworks finale, plus tubing at the adjacent Snow Mountain. • Celebrate holidays around the world at Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum of Natural History through Jan. 10, with an enchanting exhibit of decorated trees and cultural displays.

Design FINDS n DESIGN: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY (DK PUBLISHING), PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION) A celebration of classic design across the centuries, this eye-popping volume lays out the evolution of design – from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design of today – covering every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created. Arranged chronologically, from the 1850s onward, it offers a curated look at each decade, with gorgeous catalogues of everything from glassware and chairs to furniture and fashion. Among the famous designers profiled are Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck. Stunning images of buildings and interiors are also presented.

n MODERN MIX: CURATING PERSONAL STYLE WITH CHIC & ACCESSIBLE FINDS, EDDIE ROSS (GIBBS SMITH) In this richly illustrated style guide from an unabashed hoarder of all things beautiful, design editor and entertaining expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds. Featuring exclusive photographs of Eddie’s eclectic New York apartment and Connecticut farm house, the book offers funny and insightful tips on navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets – including what to look for, where to find it, and how to restore it. Eddie details how to use color and pattern to infuse finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses unique personality. With more than 350 fullcolor photographs and real-life shortcuts on decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix is an inspiration about living colorfully and creatively each day.


Jennie Turner Garlington and daughter Hope with one of their custom handbags: a flat weave tapestry tote, handsewn with a kilim geometric pattern and accented with antique fringe and a silver belt buckle. $550.

Hope Unlimited Bags Environmental media champion Jennie Turner Garlington began creating one-of-a-kind satchels in early 2015 from eclectic collector’s items she spotted on her travels. The response was so tremendous, she launched Hope Unlimited Bags, distinctive totes designed with her 12-year-old daughter, Hope. “These bags are real works of art and very personal,” said Jennie, adding that each one is different and takes up to three months to make. Inspired by American Indian art and culture, the travel-worthy totes are accessorized with unique finds – from a silver concho belt buckle in Montana (while visiting “Dad” and “Granddad” Ted Turner) to a leather remnant at a farrier’s shop in Kentucky (their state of residence) to a fabulous kilim rug at an antique shop in Atlanta (Jennie’s hometown). “Hope’s input is incredibly valuable because she’s so creative and has that child’s pure eye. She sees things that adults can’t, gives me ideas and, together, we go with it.” Once the bags are designed, the mother-daughter-duo works with a local craftsman, who hand sews the bags on a vintage Singer machine. For current designs, availability and pricing, contact Jennie at or visit

HOME &Design An outdoor living room is defined by a “rug� bordered with weathered granite cobbles with a focal point of artwork. The bronze armillary at center stage is encased in quiet, colorful plantings.

Hardsca By Alera Quinn

The Art of Sculpting the

The walkway from the back door leads to other outdoor rooms, with smaller gardens to enjoy along the way. Shaped boxwoods, a staple in the South, buffer the scale of the house in relation to the young plants. Note the materials chosen for the quality of their patina as they age. 50


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A pathway of bluestone pavers leads from one outdoor space to another.


“I’ve always loved nature and been fascinated by the consistently positive effect it has on people. I have been so fortunate to work with beautiful materials to orchestrate a marriage of architecture, people and the lifestyle they so organically desire.”

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Tranquil water features move the eye from the cascading spa to the pool and further informs the pond. Stone coping visually carves out the spaces. The bluestone walk, leonine planters and lush lawn create a serene palette for the pool house, which is punctuated with bright white columns and trim.


mong his ten principles of landscape design, Frederick Law Olmsted observed that one must respect the genius of a space. The father of American landscape design wanted his work to stay true to the character of its natural surroundings. He believed that “the art is to conceal the art,” and that each tree, flower or stone chosen for a space is a thread in a larger tapestry and should not be considered things of beauty in themselves. Outdoor living spaces, once comprised of a grill and a wooden-slat picnic table, have evolved into elegant spaces reflecting that within a home. Landscape architects following in Olmsted’s footpaths make those spaces appear organic – a natural extension of the home itself. Indigenous plant life is a given for gardening success, and it is a delight to find creative hardscapes so artfully crafted. Thoughtfully chosen for durability and utility, hardscapes 52

should be of endemic material. Despite their critical role – to support and define the gardens and spaces within, to provide drainage and erosion control – viewers should be unaware of them, according to Olmsted. Certainly in the South, we have raised the bar on outdoor living, often unaware of the demarcation between inside and outside: Performance fabrics, seen for years in awnings and marine covers, are now drapes on a loggia. Fully outfitted kitchens, while weather resistant, are a far cry from the singular charcoal grill from days of yore. Rugs in seating vignettes are fashioned from stone, concrete and brick. Hallways made of pavers, pea stones and a multitude of groundcovers in myriad greens lead the stroller from room to room, and arched stone windows invite new vistas. Gathering spaces crafted of beautiful material find activity in pools, spas and fire-pits. Sweeping staircases and terraced lawns inform water features and special gardens to delight the promeneur. Take a walk and enjoy…

At home in manicured spaces or more natural settings, the irregular Tennessee Crab Orchard walkway in tan appears to have been birthed from the land upon which it sits. Ideal for interpreting this space due to its extremely dense composition, the stone is offered in many colors.

To some, this represents a challenging terrain. To Ed Castro, it’s the canvas for a landscaping masterpiece. The infinity pool may be the pièce de rĂŠsistance, but the surrounding pathways, plantings and materials create curiosity, promising a feast for the senses.

A cascading staircase is accented and rooms delineated by the arched “doorway.� Borrowing from materials ensconcing the house makes the outdoor accents seem holistic, naturally occurring.

The juxtaposition of strong materials and fanciful plantings anchor the Cape Cod home in an uncluttered, inviting entertaining space. Several sets of French doors offer an enticing view to exterior living.

Hardscapes can offer clever aesthetic solutions to drainage issues. Here, a small footbridge connects spaces and the bed of river rock naturally drains off excess water during rainfalls.

Taking the

Cake Candice Wu Couture’s Return to Extravagance Five-foot trains, multi-layer fabrics and thousands of crystals for brides who believe “More is more!”


ollowing her graduation from Boston’s School of Fashion Design in 2011, Candice Wu was certain of one thing. “I did not want to work for someone else in a corporate setting,” she recalls. Fortunately, that was not in the cards for the gifted Hong Kong native. Shortly after graduation, teachers and administrators encouraged Wu to enter a design competition. She won, and was subsequently invited to show her first collection of custom-made evening gowns during Boston’s 2012 Fashion Week. The exposure led to high-profile collaborations with emerging talents throughout the Northeast – including photographers, filmmakers and accessories designers – for editorial shoots, videos and special events. Seemingly overnight, Wu’s name was on everyone’s lips – from high school seniors in search of the perfect prom dress to mothers-of-the-bride in search of a once-in-a-lifetime dress. But the 26-year-old realized she would have to go bigger if she wanted to channel flat out drama. “The only occasion where people wear a big gown anymore is to their wedding,” she says. “I saw many classic simple [bridal gown] designs when I moved to America, but I think brides want more.” With the debut of her bridal collection, which coincides with the opening of a new Boston-based boutique called Candice Wu Couture, brides who dream of turning heads whether coming or going can now indulge in the yards of lace, chiffon, silk taffeta, silk charmeuse, organza, beading and crystal accents that define Wu’s design vocabulary.


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Tony Wong

Crystal beaded heart shape lace gown with cutout back and five-foot train.

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Candice Wu crystal beaded cap sleeve mermaid lace gown.


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Enchanting Garden Ceremony in Highlands, N.C.

ejoicing in the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a picture-perfect summer day, Eugenia “Gena” Ruth Bryant and John Matthew “Matt” Chalfa were united in marriage August 29, 2015, in an outdoor garden ceremony at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, N.C. They exchanged vows beneath a white arbor blanketed in lush greenery and adorned with pink roses, peach dahlias and blue hydrangeas. “We love the outdoors, and I’ve always wanted to get married in a garden filled with flowers. Once Matt and I saw this setting of rustic mountain elegance, we knew this was the place,” said Gena, whose family has

a home in the Highlands. Escorted by her brother and stepfather, the bride dazzled in an Oscar de la Renta gown and veil, wearing a vintage platinum and diamond necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother and a hair pin that was her grandmother’s. Her sister Leslie Bryant Jackson served as her matron of honor, while Matt’s brother David Chalfa was his best man. “It was a dream come true to have my high school crush waiting at the end of the aisle looking back at me,” Gena said. “We were blessed to have our family and many lifelong friends in attendance and were overwhelmed by all of the love and support.” During the ceremony, the Rev. Emily Wilmarth read excerpts from letters written by the bride and groom,

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telling why they loved each other. “It was truly a personal touch that was deeply meaningful to us both,” she said. “Our family and friends got a better understanding of just how much the two of us love one another.” A reception followed in the majestic Barn Pavilion, a soaring structure of wood and stone that was trimmed with thousands of twinkling lights, lovely floral arrangements and sequined periwinkle tablecloths for the enchanted evening. “The theme of our wedding was color and all things bright and happy,” said Gena, singing the praises of wedding planner Cortney Jackson of Asheville Event Company and florist Eatherley Schultz of Floressence Flowers in Brevard, N.C. “My mom and I spent the past year collecting antique colored vases to use on all of the tables.” Intricate flower balls in coordinating shades were suspended from jeweled ropes over the stage. The six-tiered cake, by Washington, D.C. cake designer Maggie Austin, was abloom in flowers and lifelike butterflies, with a coral peony topping the exquisite creation. “My grandmother Ruth Dobbs McDonald loved butterflies, so we included them on the cake as a way to remember her,” she said. Flavors included white velvet cake with coconut lime buttercream, vanilla cake with cherry almond buttercream and chocolate cake with bittersweet espresso buttercream. Guests dined on a Southern-themed menu of “absolutely scrumptious food” (the brown sugarcovered Applewood bacon and Kobe beef sliders were big hits), and then danced the night away with music by US Beat. With a sparkler send-off, the newlyweds departed in a vintage 1950 Riley convertible. The wedding favors were individually wrapped chocolate bundt cakes. Gena is the daughter of Ruth and Tom Anthony and the late Bruce Bryant. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she’s pursuing a master’s degree in School Counseling at Mercer University and interning in Atlanta. Matt is the executive assistant at the Mainstreet and Downtown Development Authority for the City of Forsyth. After graduating from St. Andrews College, he earned a master’s degree in Historic Preservation Studies from Boston University. He is the son of Sydney and John Chalfa. The couple met through mutual friends in high school in their hometown of Macon, and started dating in 2012. “Little did he know that I had a big crush on him back then, but I never divulged that information until we reconnected three years ago.” They now reside in Atlanta. 70

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Stadnick~Uhl Heavenly Atlanta Wedding

t’s a match made in heaven for Natalie Sieglinde Stadnick and John Richard Uhl, who wed June 7, 2015, at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta. Both bride and groom hold master’s degrees in theology. “Many of our initial conversations centered around the study of academic theology,” Natalie said, “but the more time we spent together, we realized how compatible we were in terms of real, everyday, lived faith.” The clergy celebrants at their traditional Orthodox Christian wedding ceremony included the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Atlanta, His Eminence Alexios; the groom’s father, the Rev. Fr. Luke Uhl, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver; and the Rev.

Fr. Michael Marcantoni, a former classmate of John’s who brought the pair together. “The same day that Father Mike introduced me to John, I told my best friend that I’d met the man I would marry,” said Natalie, who walked down the aisle in vintage style, wearing her mother’s pearlstudded gown of satin and Alençon lace with a cathedrallength train and Juliet cap veil. A classic reception followed in Evans Hall at Agnes Scott College, the bride’s alma mater, with the tables elegantly set in blue and white, a luminous scattering of candles and low, lush arrangements of hydrangeas, delphinium and parrot tulips. A golden box of Godiva chocolates was placed on each plate as a wedding favor. “My mom’s attention to detail combined with the hard

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work of Agnes Scott’s amazing reception planner, Scott Larimore, resulted in a reception even more beautiful than I could have imagined,” Natalie said. The four-tiered ivory wedding cake – vanilla genoise with lemon and raspberry mousse – featured a delicate vine lattice design, topped with peonies and ranunculus. The groom’s cake paid tribute to John’s surname: Uhl means “owl” in Old German. Both were made by The Frosted Pumpkin. They used a silver toasting cup from the wedding of Natalie’s parents, David and Angela Stadnick. Guests dined on Chilean sea bass with bacon and hazelnut butter, and filet mignon with a Cabernet and wild mushroom sauce, and then hit the dance floor with 74

music provided by The Moxie Band. Amidst a shower of rose petals, the couple waved a fond farewell and left in a 1961 silver Bentley sedan. Natalie works at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. After graduating from Agnes Scott with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, she earned her Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. John, the son of the Rev. Fr. Luke and Ruth Uhl, is employed by The Coca-Cola Company. He graduated from Mesa State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and Holy Cross with his Master of Divinity degree. The newlyweds honeymooned on Kiawah Island, S.C. They reside in Atlanta.

Natalie with her maternal grandparents, Sieglinde and John Gillfillan.

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Wood~Paige Dream Wedding for Southern Belle

hen Merry Katherine Wood and Matthew Chafin Paige set the date for their spring wedding, planning for the big day was long underway. Having an event designer in the family has its distinct advantages. “The wedding of my dreams was in the making 28 years ago, when my oldest brother Britt Wood found out he would be having a baby sister,” said Katie Marie, who tied the knot with Matt on March 21, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Marietta. “My experience throughout the entire wedding process was something out of a fairy tale. I was treated like a princess who had the privilege of showing up to her very own breathtaking ball. I am beyond grateful and blessed to have such a talented and loving brother who cared so much to make my wedding

day something I will cherish for the rest of my life.” Indeed, from the gorgeous Vera Wang ball gown and heirloom Alençon lace cathedral veil to the magnificent floral artistry and décor, Britt covered every last detail in Katie Marie’s vision for a traditional Southern wedding. With 250 guests in attendance, the chapel was elegantly trimmed for the evening ceremony with greenery and a stunning spray of white hydrangeas, Casa Blanca lilies and garden roses (numbering in the thousands) at the altar. Katie Marie’s beautiful bouquet of white Cattleya orchids and Eskimo roses was a replica of her mother’s. Her dress was embellished with 1920’s beaded lace to match her vintage tiara and kid leather gloves with pearl buttons. A high-spirited reception followed at the Marietta Educational Garden Center, an enchanting antebellum

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home with period furnishings and landscaped gardens. Soiree catered the event, while The Voltage Brothers band kept the party going outdoors in a clear tent with crystal chandeliers. The five-tiered cake, by Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes & Cakes, was adorned with white roses and lilies of the valley (a nod to Matt’s fraternity), with two pink Napoleon bee designs on the honeycombed top tier. “It was the most exquisite detailed piece of artwork I had ever seen,” she said. Silk and cashmere white pashminas were gifted as wedding favors. Katie Marie, the daughter of Denny and Patty Wood, is a real estate agent and an assistant at Britt Wood Designs. She’s a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she majored in dance and minored in design. 78

Matt, the son of Don and Lisa Paige, is a Senior Market Research & Analysis manager at Cricket Wireless. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia Southern University and is pursing a master’s degree in business from the University of Georgia. “Our story all started in Tuscaloosa, Ala.,” said Katie Marie, who met Matt five years ago in a college bar called Bear Trap when he was in town for a business trip and she was in her final semester at school. “He used a pick-up line that will forever stay dear to me: ‘Your eyes are almost as beautiful as mine.’” Their friendship blossomed into a committed relationship. “I was so lucky to meet the man of my dreams. I can’t imagine our lives without each other.” The newlyweds honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They reside in Atlanta.

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Fuller ~ Thacker New Year’s Nuptials in Sweet Home Alabama

As the owner of a hair and makeup salon in the deep South, Robin Fuller knows how to turn heads. So when it came to marrying the love of her life, you better bet she was going to do up the big day her way, dazzling family and friends with a downhome celebration in her sassy signature style – from crystal crown and sequin-trimmed bouquet to ivory suede Prada boots all the way from Paris. “I envisioned a wedding of Southern elegance, vintage charm and sparkle,” said Jennifer “Robin” Fuller, who married Orbie “Alvin” Thacker Jr. on Dec. 31, 2014, at Southwind Plantation in Wellington, Ala. The sunset ceremony was held inside a large, clear, heated tent, festooned with crystal chandeliers, draping moss and branches dusted with silver


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After a five-year courtship, Robin and Alvin planned their dream wedding in two months, with the help of Jody Long of The English Cottage in Ashland, Ala., who served as wedding coordinator/planner, and floral/decor designer.

The newlyweds departed in a red flatbed truck, in memory of the groom’s late son.


glitter. Tall white columns topped with hydrangeas and white roses completed the scene. Escorted down the aisle by her brother Keith, Robin was radiant in a Mori Lee ivory tulle gown with off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and a swirling mermaid skirt. She designed her own bouquet with calla lilies, white roses, fur accents, rhinestone brooches, strands of pearls, peacock feathers and sequined ribbons for a unique personalized look. The couple recited hand-written vows beneath an elegant winter wonderland arch, during the peak of a perfect sunset, with Jonathan Pate officiating and 300 guests in attendance. A festive reception followed with food and fireworks, music and dancing, and a sparkler send-off. “It was a beautiful night of enchantment and dreams come true,” Robin said. After a one-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, the newlyweds jetted off to Islamorada, Fla., and then on to Paradise Island, Bahamas, to enjoy a tropical honeymoon. Robin is the owner/operator of Exquisite You Hair & Makeup Studio in Anniston, Ala. She’s the daughter of Jacqueline Fuller and the late James R. Fuller. Alvin is the owner/president of Laser Fabrication & Machine Co., Inc. in Wellington, Ala. He’s the son of Ellie and Orbie Alvin Thacker Sr. They reside in Ohatchee, Ala., where they are building the home of their dreams.

For the reception, Robin changed into an Allure ball gown with organza ruffles. Below: The newlywed’s first dance to George Straight’s “I Cross My Heart.” The groom’s cake was covered with ganache truffles and accented with deer antlers to represent the couple’s love of hunting. Both of their wedding cakes were designed by Olexa’s in Birmingham.

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Parties for a



roaring twenties gala DINNER

honorary co-chairs.

2015 Red & Green Scene

Pilgrimage will present “The Marietta Pilgrimage Tour Gala,” a magical evening of dining, music, and dancing at the First Landmark Bank. The tour will be Dec. 5-7. Tickets are available for day tours, candlelight tours, or a combination ticket including both. 770/429-

Historical Society for the 3rd annual dinner at Muse & Co. Fine Art in Roswell. Period dress is encouraged. Proceeds benefit the Roswell Historical Society’s archives and educational programs. 770/992-1665.


Dec. 3 6-10 PM. Elegant festive

holiday event hosted by USGBC and AIA at 200 Peachtree will feature small plates, dessert and coffee and dancing. Benefits Toys for Tots and the annual community service project.

Dec. 4 7:30-11 PM. The Marietta


ajff opening night gala Jan. 26 at the Cobb Energy Centre

Dec. 5 6 PM. Join the Roswell


Dec. 7 11 AM. The Forward Arts Foundation, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, will feature Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2016 Collection in its 23rd annual fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. All proceeds benefit the visual arts in Atlanta through the programs of FAF. Clayton Howell, Felicia Huger and Georganna Weatherholtz, fashion show chairs. Honorary chair Fay Howell. For more information, call 404/261-9855.


Dec. 8 Annual luncheon at Cherokee Town and Country Club to benefit Senior Citizen Services of Metropolitan Atlanta. Bring a new, unwrapped gift for a senior to be given during holiday meal deliveries.

jperno@mealsonwheelsatlanta. org.

MAYOR’S MASKED BALL Dec. 19 One of Atlanta’s top

Martha Jo Katz, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Opening Night chair; and Kenny Blank, AJFF executive director.


events of the holiday season, the United Negro College Fund’s signature gala will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, with the Mayor’s VIP reception and silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, Parade of Stars and Dignitaries, dancing and live entertainment. Mayor Kasim Reed, Jack Sawyer and Shan Cooper,


Salute to greatness awards dinner

Jan. 16 The King Center’s annual awards dinner will be held at the Hyatt-Regency Atlanta to recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Honorees are Howard G. Buffett, Roger Ferguson, Jeff Steinberg and Maya Penn.


Jan. 22 8 PM-midnight. Southernthemed fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the American Spirit Works Distillery features southern cuisine, silent auction and live music. Melissa Howard and Kellam Mattie, co-chairs.


Jan. 23 Atlanta’s most festive Mardi Gras celebration at The St. Regis Atlanta features a formal dinner and silent auction. The nsoro Foundation annually celebrates the student of the year (the nsoro scholar with the highest overall GPA). Proceeds benefit nsoro’s high school graduation programs and the student scholarship fund. “King” Joel Katz and “Queen” Vicki Palmer. For reservations, visit 404/574-6763.

AJFF Opening Night Gala Jan. 26 The 16th annual Atlanta

Jewish Film Festival opening night will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. With a “Celebrate Sweet Sixteen” theme, the entertaining evening

Caselove Productions at The St. Regis Atlanta Buckhead Hotel

Mayor Kasim Reed; Carolyn Young; Shan Cooper, VP of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and GM of the company’s Marietta facility; and Jack Sawyer, president of the Southeastern Region of Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory group.

Masked Ball


inging in the holiday season with an elegant evening of entertainment to benefit UNCF, the Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball will be held Dec. 19 at the Marriott Marquis. Guests can enjoy a VIP reception, silent auction, Red Carpet parade, dining, procession of masks, dancing and live music, while raising money to support local students. Honorary co-chairs Shan Cooper of Lockheed Martin and Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust will join Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at this year’s gala, with a goal to raise $2 million to support UNCF’s 37 colleges and universities, including four in Atlanta. Marquis sponsors are The Coca Cola Co., Delta Air Lines and UPS.

“I am pleased that the annual Mayor’s Masked Ball will once again help fund the education of thousands of deserving students matriculating at the Atlanta University Center,” Mayor Reed stated. “The UNCF has helped millions of students achieve their educational goals for seven decades, and I can’t think of a better way to assist in that than with this truly memorable event.” Started 32 years ago by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young and Billye S. Aaron, the annual benefit is hosted by the city’s current mayor and attracts a diverse array of attendees, including local celebrities, dignitaries and civic and elected officials. Tickets may be purchased online at, or call 404/302-8623. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Jan. 23 at The St. Regis Atlanta

Starfish Mardi Gras Ball “King” Joel Katz and “Queen” Vicki Palmer.

will feature cuisine from an array of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, as well as specialty dishes by an Israeli chef. Many directors, producers and actors will speak about their experiences, in addition to some “real life” people who have inspired their own movie characters.


kevin rathbun’s celebrity poker tournament

Jan. 31 5-9 PM. Mingle with local celebrities at the 4th annual high “steaks” poker tournament at Kevin Rathbun Steak. This guys’ night out benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Feb. 5 7-10 PM. Kicking off the 45th anniversary of the Cathedral Antiques Show (Jan. 31-Feb. 7) at The Cathedral of St. Philip, this special evening features music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the first choice of fine period furniture, art, jewelry and accessories. Benefits Covenant House Georgia. For more information, visit


Feb. 6 6 PM. The 13th annual benefit for Children’s Healthcare of


Biding adieu to winter and celebrating the start of a new year, the Starfish Mardi Gras Ball will usher in 2016 with a glittering evening of cocktails, auctions, music, dinner and dancing on Saturday, Jan. 23, at The St. Regis Hotel, Atlanta. The nsoro Foundation’s signature fundraising gala reflects its mission to provide young people emancipated from foster care with new beginnings of college scholarships and life opportunities. Reigning “King” Joel Katz and “Queen” Vicki Palmer will be joined by a pair of extraordinary emcees: TV anchor Brenda Wood of WXIA11Alive News and celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince of NBC-TV’s “The Biggest Loser” (a former foster child himself ). The Host Committee includes past “Queens” Tish Inman, Su Longman and Millie Smith; past “Kings” Jack Sawyer and Tony Conway; and dedicated supporters Patrice Greer, Nina Cheney, Tara Mays and Steve Smith. Wilmington Trust will again be a lead sponsor. The nsoro Foundation was founded 10 years ago by Darrell Mays. For more information and reservations for the Starfish Ball, visit nsorostarfish/.

Atlanta will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, special guest speaker, live auction and dancing.

students to attend the life-changing Odyssey program for free. Molly Caine and Mary Ann Groton, co-chairs.

dare to dream 2016 trustees gala Savannah, Ga.


Feb. 6 The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia presents its signature fundraising gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead featuring gourmet dining, premium wine pairings, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing. 404/527-



Feb. 8 9:30 AM. Odyssey’s 7th annual fundraiser at The St. Regis Atlanta makes it possible for 300

Feb. 13 7 PM. Georgia Historical Society Trustees annual premiere event and culmination of the Georgia History Festival at the Hyatt Regency, Savannah. Muhtar Kent and James H. “Jimmy” Blanchard are the 2016 inductees to the Georgia Trustees. For tickets, call Torain White at 912/651-2125, ext. 120.


Feb. 13 Trinity School’s signature

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Honorary chairs Charles and Ginny Brewer, Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall and ball chair Barbara Joiner are joined by two Atlanta Ballet dancers.

atlanta ballet ball fundraiser will feature cocktails, seated dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment. The Artists Market is Feb. 1-6. Benefits Trinity School’s teacher education and scholarship funds. 404/231-


ATLANTA BALLET BALL 2016 Feb. 20 36th annual fundraiser

for the Atlanta Ballet, at The St. Regis Atlanta, will feature live music, live and silent auctions and performances by Atlanta Ballet company members and students from its Centre for Dance Education. Ginny and Charles Brewer, honorary chairs. Barbara Joiner, chair. Contact Jordan Flowers, 404/873-

5811, ext. 208 or jflowers@ atlantaballet. com/get-involved/ballet-ball/.

SSNF 25th anniversary gala Feb. 20 6-11:30 PM. Annual

fundraiser for Senior Services North Fulton at the Country Club of the South includes a champagne reception, seated wine dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.


Feb. 20 Celebrate Veneralia’s 25th anniversary with “Silver Moon over the Himalayas” at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The

– Feb. 20 – at The St. Regis Atlanta gala will feature a seated dinner, entertainment and auction. The evening will be themed around a traditional Tibetan lantern festival while supporting the museum’s upcoming exhibition. Gala chairs are Joni Winston, Jim Miller, Charles Ackerman, Lindsay Marshall, Eleanor Ridley and Jean Astrop. For more information, visit

Honorees are Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power; and Larry Gellerstedt, president and CEO of Cousins Properties. 404/231-

Feb. 27 The Southeast Chapter of

JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame

Feb. 27 Join Junior Achievement Atlanta for a night of fun and glitz celebrating the past, present and future leaders of Atlanta at the InterContinental Buckhead.

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the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art will present the 10th annual elegant celebratory evening at the Piedmont Driving Club. Honorary chair is James L. Strickland, senior principal of Historical Concepts. Judy Talley, chair.



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Awards Feb. 27 at the Piedmont Driving Club

Front Row: Co-chair Judy Talley, honorary chair James (Jim) Strickland, 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Jackye Lanham and co-chair Liza Mueller. Middle Row: Ginnie Killebrew (Matthew Quinn Collection), Margaret Kirkland (Margaret Kirkland Interiors), Daniel Duplenchien (Waterworks), Claire Smith (Historical Concepts) and Michelle McGuire (Pirch). Back Row: Madden Jones (Materials Marketing), Loren Taylor (Loren Taylor Interior Design), Teri Duffy (T Duffy & Associates), Rachel Baydar (Insidesign) and Barbara Shelton (Barbara Shelton Design).

NBAF Fine Art + Fashion March 17 Atlanta’s dazzling showcase of artistry and style, Fine Art + Fashion will bring together 450 top-tier arts patrons for the 10th annual benefit, set for March 17 at Neiman Marcus, the title sponsor. Guests can enjoy a preshow cocktail reception, awards and fashion presentation and a post-show celebration. Proceeds support NBAF’s multi-disciplinary arts programming in film, music, visual arts, theater and dance, in addition to its education and public programs.


Heather Holley, event co-chairs Arnika & Stephen Dawkins and Shay Strager Gilmartin.

Honorary co-chairs Louise Sams and Rebecca Jones with Mark Fillion.

Save the Date Georgia Aquarium ~ Saturday, March 19, 2016

Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313 Saturday, March 19, 2016 Formal Black Tie Attire 2016 GALA CO-CHAIRS Patrice and Ernest Greer Carol and Ramon TomĂŠ

For more information please contact 404-489-1551.

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of the Atlanta History Center will celebrate fashion history in collaboration with the High Museum at the luncheon, featuring a special presentation on the exhibition “Iris van Herpern: Transforming Fashion.” Georgia Schley Ritchie, chair. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@

March 5 Celebrating the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, this unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment at The St. Regis Atlanta features cocktails, a silent auction and a black-tie dinner.

American craft council SHOW PREVIEW PARTY

March 10 6-9 PM. The party kicks off the American Craft Council Atlanta Show (March 11-13) at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle with the nation’s top craft artists while enjoying live entertainment, cocktails, a scotch tasting room and other delectable offerings. 678/6133396.


March 11 Popular kick-off for the 19th annual Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens (March 19-20). Location TBA.


March 12 6 PM. The Circle For Children presents its annual benefit at the Cherokee Town Club featuring a multiple-course dinner with wine pairings, dancing and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults.


March 12 7 PM-midnight. 8th annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with live music, food and drinks, live and silent auctions, and giveaways. Location TBA.

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March 12 15th annual fundraiser for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will be held at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, with great food, wine, music and live and silent auctions. Supports programs and services for patients.

March 15 The Members Guild or 404/814-4102. membersguildluncheon.


March 17 6-9 PM. This 10th anniversary celebration features a cocktail reception, awards and fashion presentation and postshow, in partnership with Neiman Marcus. Distinguished student fashion designers of African descent will be recognized as Emerging Talent honorees. Funds raised support NBAF’s operations, art, education and public programs. Arnika and Stephen Dawkins, co-chairs.

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March 19 Annual scholarship fundraiser for the Cottage School.


March 19 Cumberland Academy of Georgia’s 8th annual benefit includes cocktails, dinner, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. 404/873-5811 ext. 203.


Aquarium with a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony honoring Atlanta’s healthcare heroes. Co-chairs: Patrice and Ernest Greer and Carol and Ramon Tome’.

Wings of Mercy Ball, A Mad Hatter’s Affair March 19 6:30 PM. The annual

fundraiser for Wings for Mercy Care and Mercy Care Foundation will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta. This elegant black-tie event includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, music and dancing. 678/843-5711.


March 30-April 2 Enjoy Atlanta’s greatest food and wine party at the High Museum of Art’s largest fundraising event, with exclusive auction items including food and wine trips and experiences. atlanta-

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April 16 7 PM. Signature fundraiser for Children’s Museum of Atlanta celebrates the power of play. Guests can eat, drink, dance, and enjoy all the museum has to offer. Proceeds support the museum’s outreach programs. 404/659-KIDS [5437].


April 16 The Atlanta History Center’s signature fundraiser celebrates its 31st year with the theme “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Honorees are Mary Ann and Lloyd Whitaker. Spring Asher and Victoria Palefsky, chairs. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at

March 19 7:30-11:30 PM. Emerging Leaders for Children’s will host this 3rd annual party at the United Distributors Warehouse, with live music, a silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and more. Benefits the Center for the Robotics and Advanced Technology at Scottish Rite.

404/814-4102 or KHoogerwerf@ swanhouseball.



celebrates its annual fundraising campaign at the Georgia

intriguing historic homes and buildings.

March 19 Grady Health Foundation

April 22-24 Tour Marietta’s most


April 23 Annual top competitive race in the country will be held at Kingston Downs near Rome. The beneficiary is Bert’s Big Adventure. Gates open at 9 AM. 404/2377436.


April 25 10 AM. The American Cancer Society Auxiliary will host its 25th annual fashion show at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, with the theme “Elegant Reflections.” The event includes a luncheon, fashion show, door prizes and live and silent auctions.


April 29 12th annual dinner at the High Museum of Art is held in honor of David C. Driskell. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C. Driskell African-American Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds.


May 7 6:30 PM. Zoo Atlanta magically transforms into a sultry soiree for an evening of black-tie glamour. Guests begin the evening with a sunset stroll through the grounds, while enjoying festive fare and cool cocktails. The celebration continues under a lavishly appointed pavilion, designed by Tony Brewer & Company, with a seated dinner and dancing, and a spectacular silent auction. Contact Amy Walton at 404/624-5826 or visit zooatlanta. org/beastly_feast.


May 7 2-8 PM. The Shepherd Center Junior Committee’s annual fundraiser features a live broadcast of the running of the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs, as well as music, food and silent and live auctions at Chastain Horse Park. Proceeds benefit the center’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.



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Zoo Atlanta CEO Raymond King with 2016 Beastly Feast Committee members: Hospitality Co-Chair Beth Kytle Chandler; Event Chair Gigi Rouland; Patron Chair Sandra Edwards; and Ford Motor Company representative Mark Street. Committee Members Not Pictured: Hospitality CoChair Matthew Simon and Décor Chair Tony Brewer.

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oo Atlanta will be magically transformed into a sultry soiree for the 2016 Beastly Feast, set for Saturday, May 7, promising an evening of black-tie glamour. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a sunset stroll through the grounds, where guests can enjoy festive fare and cool cocktails from some of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants. The celebration will continue under a lavishly appointed pavilion, designed by the creative talents of Tony Brewer & Company, with a seated dinner and dancing to the live music of Loose Chain. A spectacular silent auction will round out the night. Presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund, this spring’s benefit marks the successful 31-year partnership between Ford and Zoo Atlanta’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Zoo’s education and conservation programs. Gigi Rouland will serve as the 2016 event chair, with committee

Feast May 7 at Zoo Atlanta

members including Tony Brewer, décor chair; Beth Kytle Chandler and Matthew Simon, hospitality co-chairs; and Sandra Edwards, patron chair. Mark Street will represent the Ford Motor Company. The yet-to-be-unveiled theme will focus on elephants and the tremendous need for conservation of these magnificent creatures in the wild. Roughly 96 elephants are killed each day in Africa for their tusks. Zoo Atlanta supports efforts to secure a moratorium on the sale of ivory in the United States. Tickets for the 2016 event will sell quickly, so pledge your support today! Host tables for 10 are ideal for groups at $5,000, and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets start at $450. Adam Thompson


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Shepherd Center’s

“Legendary” Patron Party An elegant patron party for this year’s Legendary Party was held at the beautiful Buckhead home of Melody and Joe Thomas of benefactor Arrow Exterminators. Among the guests were Shepherd Center co-founders Alana Shepherd and her son James Shepherd; Legendary co-chairs Cindy and Bill Fowler, and Julie and Bo Heiner; and honorary chairman Larry Prince and his wife Sandra. The Legendary Party, held in November at Tony Conway’s new event venue Flourish, raised funds for Shepherd Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Joe & Melody Thomas and Sandra & Larry Prince

Bill Keith and Shellee Spanoletto of sponsor Fidelity Bank Trust Services, and John & Karen Spiegel

Photography by Jim Fitts

Fred Cooper and James Shepherd


The quartet of co-chairs: Bill & Cindy Fowler, their daughter Julie Heiner and her husband Bo Heiner

ArtsBridge Foundation Gala

Michael Taormina, Joanne Truffelman and Jimmy & Helen Carlos

James Wall & Cynthia Widner Wall of PNC Wealth Management and fine jeweler Jonathan Shapero


he ArtsBridge Foundation of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre presented a gala evening to raise funds for arts education and the annual Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, the Shuler Hensley Awards.

Michelle Swann of the MariettaCobb Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, Pam Hubby of Cobb Energy Centre, and Valery Voyles

Susan Aldworth, Travis Reed, Ellen Feinsand, Michael Kriethe and gallerist Alessandra Carter

Co-chaired by Valery Voyles and Joanne Truffelman, the benefit saluted Michael Taormina as honorary chair. Guests enjoyed cocktails and a formal dinner, featuring a performance by local students, and then headed to the John A. Williams Theatre for a show-stopping performance by Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.

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Photography by Ross Henderson

On the Homefront with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Jeffrey Arron and Laura Adams

Lori Lane, Dana Eisenberg and Laura Watkins

Fête Française

An elegant reception was recently hosted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices to preview the $9.1 million Château Estate on Paper Mill Road in North Atlanta. Exclusive agent Jeffrey Arron, president/CEO Dan Forsman and Luxury Collection director Lori Lane welcomed guests on a private tour of the property, which features a pool house with chef ’s kitchen and guest suite, lighted tennis

Karen Meagher, Dan Forsman, Toni McGowan and Annette Davis

court, gym with sauna, wine cellar, elevator, media room, in-law suite and seven bedrooms and baths. Old World artisanship is reflected in the gold leaf domes hung with Baccarat Crystal and Murano glass chandeliers and floor mosaics by Fantini and Rosoni, as well as a double horseshoe marble staircase, with hand-crafted wrought iron railings. The pastoral grounds include gardens and a courtyard with a sculpted fountain. Contact Jeffrey Arron at 917/868-1687.


Dan Forsman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, was honored for the second consecutive year as “Most Admired CEO in Residential Real Estate.” The prestigious award, presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, was based on votes by business and professional leaders.

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Toni McGowan, pictured with Dan Forsman, was honored at “Women of Power and Influence.” As executive VP of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, she was chosen for her leadership of the largest residential real estate firm in metro Atlanta.


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Southern SALUTE

Monica Pearson inducted into Georgia Music Hall of Fame photography courtesy OF GETTY IMAGES

Holding the well-deserved title of “Georgia Media Royalty,” Monica Pearson was among the illustrious line-up of celebrated luminaries and music VIPs inducted into the 2015 Georgia Music Hall of Fame at the 37th annual Awards Show this fall at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event showcased the state’s broad spectrum of talent in one magical evening, from the VIP Red Carpet to the seated Gala Dinner, exclusive performances, and presentation of the GEORGY™ Awards, telecast live on GPB. This year’s inductees also included Gregg Allman, John & Jane Barbe, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, John Huie and Sam Moore, as well as posthumous inductees Philip Walden Jr., Tim Wilson and Sonny Limbaugh. Monica was honored with the Chairman’s Award, presented by Senator Jeff Mullis, as a multi-award-winning television/radio personality, vocalist, advocate and spokesperson. “As a little girl growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, I dreamed of one day being in a music hall of fame as a blues or jazz singer but chose the safe route, abandoned my music dreams to get a stable job,” Monica said in her acceptance speech. “I had to, since I was the first in my family to graduate from college. And here I am tonight being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame as the Chairman’s Award recipient. “Thanks tonight to my WSB TV and KISS 104 family, also my 92-year-old mom who still sings whenever the spirit moves her, my 35-year-old daughter who played piano and saxophone before becoming an entrepreneur, and my husband John, who can’t carry a note in a bucket but literally is the wind beneath my wings,” she continued. “He makes my dreams a reality, loving me unconditionally and buying me a piano last Christmas...Can’t wait until I’m good enough to rent a little bar to perform and raise money for a charity.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award tonight, especially since I am the last person selected by the Chairman herself, Dr. Bobbie Bailey,” said Monica Pearson, thanking her late friend in her acceptance speech at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Photography by Scott Reeves

Above: Co-chairs Toni Moceri and Marilyn Krone with committee members Sandra Baldwin, Aida Flamm, Alison Womack Jowers and Kristen Gibbs.

Above right: Guy & Ginny Millner (center) with New York-based entertainers AndrewAndrew.


Fix Georgia Pets Benefit Artist Kathryn Arnett and Janet Kellett of FGP.

Guests enjoyed a Beatles-themed evening at The Estate in Buckhead, while raising over $250,000 to help Fix Georgia Pets reduce the state’s pet overpopulation. The 4th annual Auction Affair featured a live and silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and live entertainment by AndrewAndrew.

Christine Pullara Newton, Toni Moceri, and Carolyn O’Neil.

Left: Manish Shrivastava, Charlene CrusoeIngram and Earnest Ingram. Below: Arthur Richardson, High Museum director emeritus Michael Shapiro, High Museum CFO Rhonda Matheison and Terry Stent. CatMax Photography

A Night in


The High Museum of Art hosted A Night in Vienna Gala to celebrate the opening of “Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections.” The festive evening featured cocktails, dinner and entertainment, as well as the opportunity to view magnificent artworks from the exhibit. 98

EmPower Party A record-setting $1.14 million was raised for GCAPP at this year’s EmPower Party at The St. Regis Atlanta. The benefit celebrated the 20th anniversary of GCAPP and paid tribute to founder Jane Fonda. Since 1995, GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential) has succeeded in reducing the rate of teenage pregnancy by 60% and expanded its mission to include physical activity, nutrition and healthy relationships. Above: GCAPP board member Caroline Tucker with co-chair Kelly Rodts, founder Jane Fonda, co-chair Stacey Leebern and GCAPP board member Ginny Brewer. Right: Doug Duncan and Brittany Padgett were winners of a stay at Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch in Montana. Photography by Kim Link and Bill Rubin

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, Don Leebern III of sponsor Georgia Crown Distributing Co., Dr. Rusty Rodts and Dr. Vick Bhatia.

NBAF Gala 2015

Over 600 arts patrons congregated at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta for an evening of fun and philanthropy at the NBAF Gala For the Love of Dance, featuring spectacular music and performances, cocktails and dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing until midnight. The annual benefit supports NBAF’s operations, programs and cultural legacy.

Above: Judy Hanenkrat, event planner Tony Conway and Danita Knight. Left: NBAF executive director Grace Stanislaus, Dr. Alphonzo Overstreet Jr., Marci Bailey Overstreet, Todd Tautfest and incoming NBAF board chair Lolita Jackson. BEN ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Claude Guillaume and Stacey Weiss.

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Jenny Pruitt of sponsor Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty with Smith Family Farm goat “Richard.”

Back on the Farm

Atlanta History Center’s Back on the Farm benefit was hosted by Jackie and Jimmy Cushman this fall to support the care and historical interpretation of the animals of Smith Family Farm. Guests enjoyed a farm-to-table dinner provided by Tony Conway of Legendary Events.

Dr. Bill Torres, Jackie Cushman, Jack Sawyer of sponsor Wilmington Trust and Jimmy Cushman.

Celeste Perla, Dawson West, Elizabeth Jennings and Kayla Stewart.



Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead celebrated its five-year anniversary with a benefit bash that featured cocktail specials,

Dr. Jon Minter and Konni Minter with honorees Stephanie Covall and Dr. David Covall.

Steak Shapiro, Steve DiFillippo and Tony Jones of the Mandarin.

complimentary appetizers and music by DJ Willie T. With 200+ guests in attendance, the evening raised over $3,700 for Bert’s Big Adventure.

Crystal Ball Patron Party The 2015 Crystal Ball Patron Party for the Arthritis Foundation was held at the home of Drs. Mara and Tom Morrison to thank donors and corporate sponsors. This year’s “Southern Hospitality” theme describes the Foundation’s warm, loving support of children and adults with arthritis. Adam Davila / Davila Photography


Event chairs Jack & Jade Slover.

Right: Latin Fever Ball Chairs Laura & Rutherford Seydel. Below: Barbarella Diaz, Karla Arriola, Latin Fever Guild chair Patty Webb and Angelica Guevara Young.

27th Latin Fever Ball Celebrating the heritage and people of Venezuela, this year’s Latin Fever Ball at the InterContinental Buckhead was a huge success, raising $430,000 for the Latin American Association, the oldest and largest provider of social and immigration legal services to Atlanta’s Latino community. UPS was the presenting sponsor of the 27th annual gala.

Wine hosts Steve & Tami Gross.

Dr. Bill Torres, Joel Katz and Jack Sawyer.

Sponsors and co-chairs Steve & Millie Smith.

Best Cellars Dinner

Stars of entertainment, music and sports sparkled at the 7th annual Atlanta’s Best Cellars Dinner, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation’s funding of a research grant at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Held at the InterContinental Buckhead, the evening attracted more than 300 prominent Atlantans who joined in saluting Chairman Emeritus Joel Katz of presenting sponsor Greenberg Traurig for his unflagging support of the Foundation. Photography by Kim link and Samantha Shal

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Above: Corporate chair Ashley Preisinger, Brian Dally, Patron co-chair Ginny Brewer, Robin Delmer and Vanessa Tanner.

String Fling

This year’s String Fling Gala at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead raised over $219,000 to benefit the Center for Puppetry Arts. The evening, themed “Puppets for All!,” featured a cocktail hour, seated dinner, puppetry performance and live auction. The fundraiser enables the Center to provide children with free and reduced-price admissions. Above left: Andrew Nielsen of Nelson Mullins law firm, Lizzy Nielsen and Candice Munk. Above right: Dr. Jarrod Huey, Genise Huey, Marquetta Bryan and Creighton Bryan.

Fix Georgia Pets

PATRON PARTY Fix Georgia Pets hosted a patron party for top donors of the organization at 1065 Midtown, the luxury condos above the Loews Atlanta Hotel. The event drew over 70 high-profile philanthropists who contribute time and funds to make spaying and neutering services affordable in high pet overpopulation areas. Dennis Dean Catering’s delightful spread included Smoked Bourbon Turkey Breasts, Shrimp Remoulade Salad, Fresh Crudites and Heirloom Tomato Goat Cheese Pie. Left: Helen Loyless, Debra Berger and Ginny Millner. Right: Emily Madore, Aida Flamm and Tim Sheeham.


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An elegant cocktail buffet supper was held to honor patrons and sponsors of GCAPP’s EmPower Party. This year’s benefit marked the 20th anniversary of GCAPP and celebrated Jane Fonda, who founded the successful teen pregnancy prevention program. Right: (seated) EmPower cochair Stacey Leebern, GCAPP president/CEO Kim Nolte, (standing) co-chair Kelly Rodts and Patron co-chair and hostess Amy Brumfield.

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Timeless AFFAIR


Ben Rose Photography

Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s annual gala, A Timeless Affair 2015: Legend of the Queen of Sheba, was a great success, thanks to the dedicated Planning Committee, which included Christopher Swann, Natasha Swann, Mark Hanson, Burch Hanson, Kendrick Smith, Caryl Smith, Alison Jowers, Jaclyn Slagle, Wes Slagle, Jada Loveless, Tom Loveless, Elizabeth Yates and Scott Yates.


“Women of Vision”


Attending the exclusive preview of Fernbank Museum’s exhibition “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” were: (above left) Jim Breedlove, VP of Fernbank; Cynthia Widner Wall, director of sponsor PNC Wealth Management; National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb; and James Wall; and (above right) Elizabeth Krist, senior photo editor of National Geographic; Rob Rutz; and Mary Maddox of the Committee of 200 Women.

Atlanta Classic Cars


Atlanta Classic Cars celebrated its 40th anniversary this September with friends, vendors and loyal customers in the dealership’s state-of-the-art service facility. The Shops of Buckhead Atlanta presented a beautiful fall fashion show, with culinary treats from area restaurants. “We’re grateful for the support from the Atlanta community,” said owner Johanna Ellis, pictured at left with Tony Conway. Southern Seasons Magazine

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1 2 1. Italian women’s brand Les Copains debuted its first U.S. atelier in the Shops at Buckhead Atlanta, with a private grand opening celebration hosted by artist Zachary Crane (right), pictured with Joe Massey and Wanda Hopkins. 2. Vicki Palefsky, Donna Burchfield, Penn Nicholson, Jackie Montag and Monique Seefried attended a screening of the documentary “Filming the Camps” at the Atlanta History Center.

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3. Tim & Dawn Severt and Marcia & Charlie Weber were among the guests at Atlanta Contemporary’s ART PARTY. The annual fundraiser featured a concert, roller rink, 11 open studios, six restaurants and three bars. Photo by Kimberly Binns. 4. Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s Teal Trot 5K at Piedmont Park raised $150,000 for community outreach and educational programs, with the support of 1,000 participants, including Eddie Kelley, Kara Kelley, Chelsea Tanner and Andrew Michael. Highly Favored Photography. 5. Southern Seasons Magazine editor/publisher Eileen Gordon (right) enjoys a celebratory lunch at The Ritz-Carlton with PJ Lynch, Martha Sutton Todd and Samara Lynch, whose wedding to PJ was recently featured in the magazine. 6. The Atlanta Braves Foundation awarded $400,000 in donations and grants to 48 local nonprofit organizations in 2015. Photo by Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves.

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7. Enjoying a “Mom’s Night Out” to benefit the Atlanta Speech School’s 42nd annual Language & Literacy Gala are co-chairs Amy Kim, Carrie Sexton and Lys Paulhus, Patron Party chair Brooke Kendall and Woo Cosmetics owner Linda Silber, who hosted the event. Ross Henderson Photography. 8. Hostess Alessandra Astolfi Carter (center) of Astolfi Art, and Travis Reed and Michael Kriethe of sponsor Harry Norman, Realtors attended a benefit reception to aid victims of the Nepal earthquake. Photo by Kim Link. 9. Marking the 50th anniversary of Meals On Wheels Atlanta at its renovated headquarters are executive director Jeff Smythe, Dorsha Dawkins of the Fulton County Commission offices and Mark Massey. Photo by Ross Henderson. 10. Dr. Carl Kihm, Tatiana Jean-Louis and Dr. Bruce Ribner shared stories about humanitarian efforts following global disasters at MedShare’s Talk & Taste benefit. Photo by Kelly Gray. 11. Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power, was presented the Atlanta Jewish Committee’s 2015 National Human Relations Award by 2014 recipient Frank Blake of The Home Depot. 12. Sunshine On A Ranney Day’s Evening of Sunshine Gala raised $316,500. Among the attendees were (standing) Holly & Peter Ranney and (seated) honoree Rick Jackson of Jackson Healthcare, Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal.


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Springs Plaza shopping center.



Comes Christmas,” 15 holiday stories are crafted into an engaging evening of storytelling and song. Staged at 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta.

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” a wronged barber exacts revenge on the corrupt judge who unjustly imprisoned him and stole his family. Shows at 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2 & 7 PM Sun. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/607-7469. actors-

Through Dec. 20 “Uh-Oh, Here



Dec. 4-5, 11-13, 18-19 “The

Jan. 20-Feb. 28 “Sweeney Todd:


Through Dec. 19 “Merry %#!*ing

Christmas,” Scrooge teams up with a single dad to save Christmas in this epic holiday mash-up by Dad’s Garage. Ages 18+. Through Dec. 24 “A Christmas Carol,” heartwarming holiday tale with an all-Atlanta cast, live music and Broadway-scale production. Charlie McCullers

Last Night of Ballyhoo.” Set in December of 1939, Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are preoccupied with the social event of the season, until several unexpected turns. Feb. 5-6, 12-14, 19-20 “Dogfight,” hauntingly beautiful musical follows three Marines on the eve of their deployment to Southeast Asia. Shows at 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy

“MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS” Dec. 5-31 – Horizon Theatre Alliance Stage Series Jan. 27-Feb. 14 “Disgraced,” a provocative drama on religion and identity. Ages 17+. Hertz Stage Series Feb. 13-March 6 “Start Down,” a smart and funny look at work, love and get-rich-quick tech startups. Ages 13+. Family Series Feb. 27-March 20 “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” four siblings venture through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’ beloved story. Theatre for the Very Young Jan. 12-Feb. 14 “A Bucket of Blessings,” charming retelling of a classic Indian folktale. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Feb. 10-14 Modern dance

company returns to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre with this season’s hottest new works, plus returning repertory favorites including the beloved “Revelations,” with powerful storytelling and soul-stirring music.


Dec. 16-20 “A One-Man Christmas Carol,” featuring Bill Oberst Jr. in a faithful, frantic and funny telling of the 1843 novella. Jan. 13-17 “Tonight: Mark Twain!,” a slice of pure Americana, performed by Bill Oberst Jr. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain.

Dec. 11-27 “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” holiday classic enchants with a magical world of dancing dolls, mischievous mice and sparkling snowflakes. Staged at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre at 7:30 PM Thurs.-Sat. (no show Dec. 25), 7 PM Sun. (except Dec. 27), 2 PM Sat. & Sun., plus 2 & 7:30 PM Dec. 22 & 23, and 1 PM Dec. 24. Feb. 5-7, 11-13 “Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet.” Experience the explosive story of young love and rising stardom set against a glamorous, sizzling Parisian backdrop. Shows at 8 PM Feb. 5, 6, 11-13 and 2 PM Feb. 6-7 at Cobb Energy Centre. Feb. 13-14 “The Sleeping Beauty,” a world premiere retelling of the classic fairy tale for younger audience members. Shows at 2 PM at Cobb Energy Centre. 404/892-3303.


of unemployed steelworkers earn quick cash, camaraderie and courage as male strippers. Staged at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, Marietta.

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Dec. 12-13 Christmas with Atlanta

106 404/727-5050. 770/469-1105.

Dec. 1 Emory Jazz Ensembles Dec. 6 Emory Wind Ensemble Dec. 6 Fieldwork Showcase

“ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER” Dec. 11-27 – Fox Theatre

Feb. 17 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra Feb. 21 Elena Cholakova - William Ransom: Two Piano Concert Feb. 23 Faculty Composers Concert Feb. 27 Emory Wind Ensemble Candler Concert Series Feb. 6 Julian Bliss Septet: A Tribute to Benny Goodman Feb. 20 The Knights with Gil Shaham, violin March 18 Nathan Gunn, baritone Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atl.

Master Chorale Jan. 24 CelloMania! Jan. 30 Atlanta Master Chorale Feb. 5 Four Fast First Fridays Feb. 7 The Bach Bowl Feb. 12-13 Emory Jazz Fest 2016

Feb. 12-28 “Full Monty,” a group 404/377-9948.


March 5, 8, 11, 13 “The Pirates of Penzance,” a rollicking show of riotous events that pit Frederic

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against his pirate clan in this Gilbert & Sullivan classic, with Kevin Burdette singing the role of the Pirate King in his Atlanta debut. Staged at 8 PM Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 8 PM Fri. & 3 PM Sun. at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.



Dec. 3 Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Centennial Celebration with ASO Dec. 9 Vienna Boys’ Choir: Christmas In Vienna Dec. 14 Michael McDonald Dec. 20 Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas with ASO Dec. 30-31 Gregg Allman Feb. 19 Travis Tritt March 11 Il Volo April 15 Kathy Griffin Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.



Dec. 12-13 Christmas with the ASO, cast of over 400 musicians performs Greatest Story Ever Told. POPS! Dec. 4-6 Cirque de la Symphonie’s Holiday Spectacular, with acrobats, jugglers and clowns. Dec. 17 & 19 A Very Merry Holiday POPS!, with vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Morris Robinson & the All City High School Chorus. Jan. 2-3 Showing of “Home Alone” with live score by ASO. Feb. 12-14 Valentine’s Romance: John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey. March 18-19 Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook, with Liz Callaway. May 18-19 Broadway hits from the Golden Age, with ASO Chorus. May 27-29 Music of Elton John, with Michael Cavanaugh. Classical Jan. 7, 9 ASO’s Christopher Rex plays Korngold’s superb virtuoso work. Jan. 14, 16 ASO Artist-inResidence Solos, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Jan. 21, 23 Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Jan. 28, 30 López, Dvorák, Prokofiev. Feb. 4, 6 Brahms, Richard Strauss, new work from ASO’s Michael Kurth. Feb. 18, 20 Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Balakirev. Feb. 25, 27 Brahms, Mark Grey: Frankenstein Symphony. Special Presentations Dec. 3 Michael Feinstein’s Sinatra Centennial Celebration with ASO. Jan. 15 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert. Family Feb. 14 Be Mine: A Free Family Concert Feb. 27 Music for the Very Young: Stories in Sound. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Bldg., Woodruff Arts Center,

“ELF THE MUSICAL” – Dec. 2-6 at the Fox Theatre 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.



(770/817-8000), Zola Italian Bistro, Milton (770/360-5777 ). 678/301-8013.

Dec. 15 Holiday Concert, 7:30 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.



Dec. 29-Jan. 10 “Pinocchio” Jan. 13-24 “Brother Coyote and

Through Dec. 20 “Christmas Canteen,” nostalgic musical revue and variety show. Jan. 14-Feb. 7 “Wit,” Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Atlanta teacher Margaret Edson chronicles the life of a cancer patient. Shows at 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678/226-6222.


Dec. 12-13 “Have Yourself A

Merry-etta Christmas,” holiday show at 7:30 PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun. at Marietta High School’s Performing Arts Center. 770/530-



Dec. 31 The Revivalists Jan. 29 Art Garfunkel 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/8432825. CAPITOL CITY OPERA COmPANY

Dec. 15-16 Madrigal Singers

Boar’s Head Feast, Petite Auberge, Toco Hills. 404/634-6268. Ongoing Dinner and a Diva series: Restaurant partners: Petite Auberge, Toco Hills ( 404/6346268 ); Sugo, John’s Creek

Family Series

Through Dec. 27 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Sister Fox”

Jan. 28-March 10 “SPACE!” March 12 “The Sound of Music” New Directions Series

Feb. 23-28 “The Secret Garden.” Ages 10+ Open Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl. 404/873-3391.

Dec. 11-13, 17-19 “Miracle on

South Division Street,” a family’s faith is shaken to the core when a deathbed confession unravels the family legend. 8 PM Thurs.Sat., 2 PM Sun. The Art PlaceMountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. centerstagenorth.

org. 770/516-3330.

CIRQUE du Soleil’s “KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities”


world-famous ballet company features world premiere set to Metallica, work about unrequited love set to Bach, and the Icon Series debut, honoring Maya Angelou with a performance by Desmond Richardson. 7:30 PM at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

The Seeker’s fantastical curio cabinet of otherworldly characters in this contemporary circus of innovative artistry and daring acrobatic acts, set to live music. Staged under the blue-andyellow Big Top at Atlantic Station.

877/924-7783. cirquedusoleil. com/kurios.

Dec. 2 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas 2015 Dec. 4 Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas Dec. 5 Brian Setzer Orchestra 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour Dec. 6 The Forgotten Carols Dec. 12-13 Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Jan. 15-17 Shen Yun Jan. 29 Johnny Mathis: The 60th Anniversary Concert Tour Feb. 5-7, 11-13 Atlanta Ballet “Moulin Rouge” Feb. 13-14 Atlanta Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” Feb. 20 Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800/7453000.


Opening March 3 Venture into



Through Dec. 13 “CATS,” Andrew

Lloyd Webber’s musical tells the story of a tribe of cats. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. Dec. 15 Christmas Classics Holiday Variety, 8 PM. Dec. 16-17 North Georgia Barbershop Singers, 8 PM.

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Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Dec. 8 Carols at Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atl.



Dec. 5 GSO Holiday Pops!, with GSO Chorus and the Irrera Brothers. 3 & 8 PM at Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave. Feb. 20 Deuces Wild: Marquez, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, 8 PM at Marietta Performing Arts Center. Feb. 27 GSO Chorus: Sounds of Peace, 7:30 PM at Marietta First United Methodist Church, 56 Whitlock Ave SW. Feb. 28 Ga. Youth Symphony Orchestra Midseason Concert, 3 & 7:30 PM at Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University. March 12 GSO JAZZ! Ensemble, 8 PM, Earl Smith Strand Theatre. 770/4297016.


Through Dec. 31 “The Santaland

“THE BOOK OF MORMON” – Jan. 12-24 at the Fox Theatre Dec. 18 Cumming Playhouse Singers Holiday Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 20 Bob Russell Singers Family Christmas 2015, 3 PM. Dec. 21 Sounds of Sawnee Holiday Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 31 Sentimental Journey Orchestra, 3 & 8 PM. Jan. 16 Red Sails into the Sunset “All About Red Skelton,” 3 & 8 PM. Jan. 22-24 Mardi Gras 2016, 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/7819178.

sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers, staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Shows at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


Dec. 2-6 The hilarious tale of a

young orphan who thinks he’s one of Santa’s elves, staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Shows at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.



enchanting characters, lavish

Orleans funk Jan. 15-16 Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King Jan. 20-23 Mark Gindick: WingMan, one-clown show Feb. 6 PostSecret: The Show (mature content) Feb. 11 Blaze, dance sensation Feb. 20 Cyrille Aimée, jazz Feb. 25-27 Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic (mature content) March 5 Maya Beiser, cello 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atl. at Ga. Tech.

Feb. 2-7 Musical love story with

Dec. 12 Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz Dec. 18 The Soul Rebels, New



Dec. 2-6 “Elf The Musical” Dec. 11-27 “Atlanta Ballet’s

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Nutcracker” Dec. 21 Keith & Kristyn Getty: Joy – An Irish Christmas Dec. 29-31 Widespread Panic Jan. 2 Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia Jan. 10 The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s “Romeo & Juliet” Jan. 12-24 “The Book of Mormon”

Jan. 29 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Jan. 30 Star Trek: The Ultimate

Voyage concert with live symphony orchestra and film/TV footage on 40-foot wide screen. Feb. 2-7 “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” Feb. 9 2Cellos Feb. 10-14 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Feb. 20 Yanni March 1-6 “The Sound of Music” March 19 Legends of Southern Hip Hop: Scarface, Juvenile, Mystikal, Trick Daddy, 8Ball and MJG, and Pastor Troy. 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl.



Jan. 30 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, features top eight HBCU marching bands. One Ga. Dome Dr., Atl.


Dec. 14 Joe Gransden Big Band,

“This Christmas,” featuring guest Theresa Hightower. Jan. 7-24 “Charley’s Aunt,” outrageous romp filled with comic confusion and mistaken identities. Feb. 25-March 13 “Peter and the Starcatcher,” swashbuckling adventure in “Peter Pan” prequel. Feb. 29 Joe Gransden Big Band, “Sing, Sing, Sing!,” the music of Benny Goodman . Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.


GEORGIA FESTIVAL CHORUS Dec. 3 Carols by Candlelight,

Diaries,” comedy recounts the true tale of an out-of-work writer’s stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf. Mature content. Dec. 5-31 “Madeline’s Christmas,” a holiday adventure beyond the wildest dreams of 12 young girls. 1083 Austin Ave., Little Five Points, Atl. 404/584-7450.

Infinite Energy Center Arena

Dec. 3 TobyMac, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon

Dec. 13 Luis Miguel Dec. 16 Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour Dec. 18 Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Jan. 2-4 Passion 2016 Feb. 18-28 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME March 5 Harlem Globetrotters March 12-13 Pro Bull Riders Theater Dec. 4-20 “The Nutcracker,” by Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Dec. 17 Home By Dark Christmas Edition Dec. 30 Complexions Contemporary Ballet March 11-13 “Sleeping Beauty,” by Northeast Atlanta Ballet 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Christmas” holiday concert.

Feb. 6 The Blind Boys of Alabama,

legends of gospel music. 8 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/594-



Dec. 13-14 MJCCA Youth Ensemble: “The Music Man Jr.” Dec. 15-16 MJCCA Youth


Dec. 6 “And The Angels Sang,” 3

PM at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Dec. 20 10th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, 3 PM Roswell UMC. Feb. 7 “Once Upon a Time: Songs of Imagination,” Kaleidoscope, 3 PM, Alpharetta Presbyterian. 770/594-7974.


Dec. 15 The Weeknd Dec. 20 Cirque Musica Holiday

Spectacular Jan. 2-4 Passion 2016 Atlanta Jan. 20 Madonna Jan. 22-23 Women of Faith Feb. 10-15 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Xtreme March 3 Janet Jackson 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.


RIALTO CENTER @ GSU Dec. 5-6 GSU Gala Holiday

Concert, 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Dec. 19-20 Celtic Christmas Music, Dance and the Soul of the Season, 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Jan. 30 Ramsey Lewis

Photo: Martin Girard / Costumes: Philippe Guillotel © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

Ensemble JR.: “101 Dalmatians KIDS.” Jan. 2 COMEDY: Lenny Marcus, 8:30 PM. Ages 18+ only. Jan. 10 Andy Statman, jazz. Jan. 17 Alliance Theatre: “A Bucket of Blessings.” Jan. 24 Turtle Island String Quartet, jazz. Jan. 31 Lightwire Theater: “Moon Mouse.” MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

Feb. 6 Spanish Harlem Orchestra Feb. 13 Capitol Steps Feb. 20 Sacred Sounds featuring

The Jones Family Singers Feb. 26 Johnny Mercer Celebration 2016 featuring Joe Gransden and Kathleen Bertrand Feb. 27 Shemekia Copeland March 4-5 Off the EDGE, Biennial Contemporary Dance Festival Shows at 8 PM, unless otherwise stated. 80 Forsyth Street NW.



Dec. 4-23 “The Snow Queen,”

the Hans Christian Andersen tale soars to new heights, outdoors in The Natural Playground. 8 PM Wed.-Sun., 6 PM Sat. & Sun., plus shows at 6 & 8 PM Dec. 21-23. March 24-April 10 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.



Dec. 12 Home Brew Series:

Richard Garner and Lee Nowell’s The Commission, 2-4 PM. Dec. 17-19 “Krampus Xmas,” hard rocking, sexy comedy madness with The Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra and Syrens of the South, plus burlesque dancers, stiltwalkers, aerialists and performers. March 3-20 “The Revolutionists.” 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/523-


SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE Dec. 4-27 “A Year with Frog and

Toad,” Arnold Lobel’s beloved characters are brought to life in a whimsical tale about friendship.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL “KURIOS” Opening March 3 – Atlantic Station Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St., Atl.


March 1-6 Beloved story of Maria



Dec. 4-20 “Let Nothing You Dismay,” fast-paced holiday farce that celebrates families of all kinds. Jan. 29-Feb. 21 “I Hate Hamlet,” two actors engage in a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, TV and their N.Y. apartment. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770/396-1726.


Dec. 4-20 “A Christmas Tradition” Dec. 12-20 Christmas Royal Tea

and Grand Yuletide Ball Dec. 21 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Feb. 3-7 Nirenna Productions presents “Girls Night the Musical” Staged at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta.

Jan. 10 “Romeo & Juliet,” 3 PM at the Fox Theatre. Shakespeare’s timeless tale of tragic love is brought to life in a full-scale production featuring 55 of Russia’s top ballet stars.


Dec. 3-27 “The Little Princess,”

TRUE COLORS THEATRE CO. Feb. 9-March 6 “American

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



“MOULIN ROUGE® ” Atlanta Ballet Feb. 5-7, 11-13 – Cobb Energy Centre

spunky family musical. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. 678/528-1500.


Jan. 12-24 Musical comedy

and the Von Trapp Family with award-winning score, staged in a new production at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Shows at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.

Buffalo.” Three crooks plan to rob a man of his coin collection, but motivations change, loyalties shift and paranoia rises. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl.

877/725-8849. 404/532-1901.


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winter wonderland experience of skating in the beautiful outdoor 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza Hours: Noon-9 PM weekdays; 9 AM-9 PM weekends and Dec. 19-24; 11 AM-5 PM Christmas Day.

Dec. 5 Christmas Tree Lighting, 6-9 PM at Milton Square City Park, with Santa, activities, and 45-foot live spruce with 10,000 lights. 678/297-6078. Dec. 6 Alpharetta Christmas Farmers Market, 11 AM-4 PM. Dec. 12 Breakfast with Santa,

8:30-10:30 AM, Alpharetta Adult Activity Center. 678/297-6140. Dec. 12 Pet Photos with Santa, 12-2 PM, Waggy World Dog Park.

678/297-6132. Dec. 13 Alpharetta City Band

Holiday Concert, 3 PM, Adult Activity Center. 678/297-6140.

Through Jan. 3 Enjoy the hotel’s


Dec. 6, 13, 20 Enjoy tea time at

2 PM at Four Seasons Atlanta, with seasonal sandwiches and sweets, as dancers from “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” perform vignettes and the “Nutcracker” story is read aloud. Children will decorate holiday cookies with the chefs. 75 Fourteenth St., Atl. RSVP only. 404/253-3840.


original arts and crafts by over 100 of the Southeast’s finest artisans, plus homemade soups and goodies by St. Ann’s Women’s Guild, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat.


Dec. 4-5 Annual juried show of

Dec. 5 Part of the Atlanta BeltLine

Running Series, the run/walk winds through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland, and Virginia Highland. Starts at 10 AM at Stoveworks, 112 Krog

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS Through Jan. 9 – Atlanta Botanical Garden


Dec. 16 Philadelphia 76ers Dec. 21 Portland Trail Blazers Dec. 23 Detroit Pistons Dec. 26 New York Knicks Jan. 5 New York Knicks Jan. 9 Chicago Bulls Jan. 16 Brooklyn Nets Jan. 18 Orlando Magic Jan. 27 Los Angeles Clippers Feb. 1 Dallas Mavericks Feb. 5 Indiana Pacers Feb. 8 Orlando Magic Feb. 19 Miami Heat Feb. 20 Milwaukee Bucks Feb. 22 Golden State Warriors Feb. 26 Chicago Bulls Feb. 28 Charlotte Hornets Philips Arena.



St. NE, Atl. Includes College Alumni Tailgate Challenge and Neighborhood Challenge. run.


Jan. 14-17 Georgia’s largest

boating event features hundreds of the latest boat models for sale, plus gear and accessories, seminars, catch & release pond, Kid Zone and more at the Ga. World Congress Center, Hall C, 280 Northside Dr. NW, Atl. 11 AM-9 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-9 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. $14 (free, 15 & under, with paid adult). 404/222-

Through Jan. 9 Garden Lights,

Holiday Nights, brilliant botanicalinspired displays set the grounds ablaze, 5-10 PM (except. Dec. 24 & 31). New this year: the Tunnel of Light, a 100-foot-long immersive corridor of dazzling light. Dec. 5 Reindog Parade, 11 AM-1 PM, with costumed canines, Doggie Expo and Santa photos. Dec. 5, 12, 19 St. Nick, 10 AM-2 PM. Through Dec. 27 Ride-on-Train, Sat. & Sun., plus Dec. 21-24. Feb. 20-21 Camellia Show, by the N. Georgia Camellia Society. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/876-5859.

Gainesville location: Through Jan. 3 “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks,” larger-than-life sculptures made of LEGO bricks by Sean Kenney. 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. 404/888-4760.


Home Games Dec. 27 Carolina Panthers Jan. 3 New Orleans Saints Ga. Dome.


MACY’S PINK PIG – Through Jan. 3 at Lenox 110

Home Games Dec. 2 Toronto Raptors Dec. 4 Los Angeles Lakers Dec. 12 San Antonio Spurs Dec. 14 Miami Heat

Dec. 11 Candlelight Nights, take a candle-lit stroll to three historic houses, with celebrations set in pioneer days, the Civil War era and the 1930s. Cash bar and food available for purchase. 6-10 PM. Jan. 3 Three Kings Day, Dia del los Reyes, 1-5 PM, cultural celebration with storytelling, music, performances, and a visit from the three kings. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. atlantahistorycenter. com. 404/814-4000.

ATL. JEWISH FILM FEST Jan. 26-Feb. 17 View an

international collection of narrative and documentary films that explore Jewish life, culture and history, with screenings at several area venues. 404/806-9913.

Atl. Santa Speedo Run Dec. 12 Join this year’s 1.5

mile fun run to raise money for BlazeSports America at 2 PM at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave.


eco-friendly goods, from art to clothing, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, with free admission from 10 AM-4 PM. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055.


Dec. 5 Twisted Tinsel Holiday Spectacular, 11 AM. $5 entry.

Dec. 19-21 Cookies with Mrs.

Claus, 10 AM & Noon. $10. RSVP. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell.



Jan. 31 Browse themed wedding galleries, see a couture fashion show, sample appetizers and cake, meet the city’s best wedding experts and more at the Atlanta Convention Center, AmericasMart, Bldg. 2, 230 Spring St. 12-5 PM. $20 ($15 adv). 678/439-9334.


Through Dec. 30 “Christmas at

the Bullochs’ 1845.” Self-guided tours: 10 AM-4 PM Mon.-Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. $8 ($6 children). Dec. 5 Twisted Tinsel Holiday Spectacular, 11 AM. $5 entry. Dec. 6 Friends of Bulloch Party. Dec. 8, 10, 15, 17 Christmas High Tea, 4 PM. Ladies in period dress serve a two-course tea, plus a tour of the house. $45. RSVP only. Dec. 11-13, 16-20 “A Christmas Carol.” $15. RSVP only. Dec. 12 Christmas for Kids, 10 AM-Noon. $10. RSVP only. Dec. 21 Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment, 75-minute living history presentation. $15 ($10 children). RSVP only. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-1731.

cALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER Through Dec. 15 Christmas at Callanwolde. $20.

Jan. 23-24 Callanwolde Arts

Festival, indoor arts fest featuring works by painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more, plus artist demonstrations, live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Preview Party: 6-9 PM Jan. 22.

CHRISTMAS AT CALLANWOLDE – Through Dec. 15 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl.



Through Jan. 2 Fantasy in

Lights®, Christmas spectacular, with 8 million lights and over a dozen custom scenes in a dazzling outdoor display. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.


Feb. 5-6 Atlanta’s oldest and most

prestigious antiques show features exquisite 18th, 19th and early 20th century antiques (from rugs and furniture to art, porcelain and silver) from two dozen selected dealers at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atl. 10 AM-5 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sat. Feb. 7 Tour of Homes, self-guided tour of five beautifully designed private residences. 11 AM-5 PM.

Special Events Jan. 31 First Place Passion Tour, 1-4 PM, tour of five charming houses of young professionals. Feb. 3 Gala Preview Party. Feb. 4-6 Flower Festival, works of floral designers, flower guilds and garden clubs at Inspiration Avenue. Feb. 4-7 Inspiration Avenue, designer house featuring nine unique spaces, Cathedral of St. Philip. 10 AM-5 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Feb. 5 Drinks & Antiques.


Market and Festival, 10 AM-4 PM, featuring local, handmade items. Dec. 13 Reindeer Day, noon-4 PM. Meet live reindeer, plus crafts and campfire treats. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



Dec. 31 Two top-ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee play at the Georgia Dome.



Through Jan. 10 Stroll through a

winter wonderland lit by thousands of lights in downtown Atlanta (free). An ice skating rink is open daily ($12, 90-minute session). 265 Park Ave. West, NW Atl.

Dec. 5 35th annual parade in midtown Atlanta, 10:30 AM-noon. Starts at Peachtree St. near Baker St., turns right onto Marietta St., turns left and ends on Centennial Olympic Park Drive.



Re-opening Dec. 12 Explore a

whole new world filled with creative hands-on exhibits at the grand re-opening celebration of the revamped space, which includes two new permanent exhibits, a 3,000-square-foot mezzanine level, enhanced existing galleries and a permanent performance space for the Museum’s Imaginators. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.


Through Dec. 15 Tour the

magnificent Gothic-Tudor mansion decked for the season by Atlanta’s top designers, plus live entertainment, holiday shopping, seasonal workshops and family activities. 11 AM-7 PM weekdays, 9

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Dec. 12 Orlando Solar Bears Dec. 26 Greenville Road Warriors Dec. 29-30 Norfolk Admirals Jan. 6 Cincinnati Cyclones Jan. 8-12 Alaska Aces Jan. 15 South Carolina Stingrays Jan. 16-18 Greenville Road


Jan. 23 Evansville IceMen Jan. 29-31 Idaho Steelheads Feb. 5 Florida Everblades Feb. 6 Brampton Beast

Infinite Energy Center Arena, Duluth.


Dec. 5 Dress as a flapper or come as you are for this “Roaring 20s” themed dinner, presented by the Roswell Historical Society, from 6-10:30 PM at Muse & Co, 23 Oak St. Tickets required. 770/992-

ASTOR HOLIDAY ICE RINK Through Jan. 3 – St. Regis Atlanta


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Through Dec. 13 Designer

AM-4 PM Sat. & Sun. $20. Through Dec. 15 Callanwolde Artisan Market, Petite Hall Gallery. Dec. 3 VIP Party, 6-9 PM. Holiday cocktail attire. $100. RSVP only. Dec. 4 Holiday Flower Inspiration, workshop, 12-2:30 PM. $100. Dec. 5-6, 12-13 LEGOLAND Breakfast with Santa, 9-10 AM. $25. RSVP only. Dec. 6 & 13 Teddy Bear Tea, 2-3:30 PM. $25. RSVP only. 4+. Dec. 11 Atlanta Film Festival Family Movie Night, 5:30-9:30 PM. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl.



Through Dec. 25 Sea Island’s

Beach Club turns into a Who-ville wonderland, with family-friendly activities and special appearances by the Grinch, who will also serve as the Grinchy Marshal of Sea Island’s annual Reindog Parade on Dec. 21.


Dec. 31 New Year’s celebration at Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom with DJs, light show and open bar.


Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve bash at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with open bar, food, live bands, DJs and comedians. 8:30 PM-2 AM. 265 Peachtree St., Atl. $99 ($150 VIP).



Through Jan. 3 “Searching for the Queen of Sheba” exhibit.

Through Jan. 10 “Winter

Wonderland,” 30+ trees and displays showcase holiday celebrations around the world.


767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


Jan. 1 Guided hikes are held at

state parks, as part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors. 800/8647275.


Through Dec. 25 Holiday specials include a light show, live music, SCUBA Claus and Weeki Wachee Mermaids.


Jan. 3 & 31 Find everything needed to create a dream wedding, view photographers’ pictures, taste cake and food samples from caterers, watch a fashion show, plan a honeymoon and more, from noon-5 PM Jan. 3 at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atl.; and Jan. 31 at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. $15.

Dec. 12 Candlelight Hike to the

Mill, 6-8 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. Age and pet restriction. $5 plus $5 parking.

770/732-5871. Jan. 2 First Saturday Hike, 1.5-

mile leisure hike around Etowah Mounds, 9:30 AM-Noon. $2-6. Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, 813 Indian Mounds Road, Cartersville. 770/387-3747. For more, visit georgiastateparks.

org/events. 800/864-7275.


Dec. 13 Shop for unique handcrafted goods from around the world at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. 12:30-5 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Free parking on the top deck of the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center.


Home Games Dec. 11 South Carolina Stingrays

Showhouse & Marketplace with tours, workshops and seasonal activities at 1150 West Garmon Road NW, Atl. 10 AM-4 PM Thurs.Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. $30 ($25 adv).


Through Feb. 11 “Wonders of the

Arctic.” Journey across one of the most beautiful and severely cold places on Earth, exploring how humans and animals have adapted and thrived for thousands of years. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX®. Enjoy cocktails, films, live music or DJ, and cuisine, 7-11 PM Fridays. Tickets: 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.

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Feb. 18-28 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME March 5 Harlem Globetrotters March 12-13 Pro Bull Riders


Dec. 5 Christmas at the Cabin,

10 AM-4 PM, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site, Dallas. $3$5.50. 770/443-7850. Dec. 6 Backcountry Geology Hike, 1-4 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. $6 plus $5 parking. 770/732-5871. Dec. 12 Beginners Bird Walk, 10 AM-Noon, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge. $5 parking.

706/557-3001. Dec. 12 Wilderness Hike, 9:30

AM-3:30 PM, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge. Must RSVP. Ages 14+. $10 plus $5 parking. 770/389-7801. Dec. 12 Christmas at the Cabin, 10 AM-3 PM, Red Top Mountain State Park, Acworth. $5 parking.


CHILDREN’S MUSEUM of atlanta grand re-opening – Dec. 12


Dec. 5-6 Home for the Holiday Jan. 23 Ring of Honor Wrestling Feb. 19-21 North Atl. Home Show 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK® Dec. 12 Get in the spirit at the

Arthritis Foundation’s 5K run/ walk at Centennial Olympic Park. Holiday costumes encouraged. 678/237-4450.



Dec. 4-6, Jan. 15-17, Feb. 19-21

North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, re-claimed architectural, home & garden decor and more. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri. 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-3400.

“wonders of the artic” Through Feb. 11 IMAX at Fernbank Dec. 3 Holiday kick-off with musical performances at 5 PM, Santa’s arrival at 5:20 PM, and Christmas Tree lighting at 6 PM. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-24 Santa on the Square, Glover Park. Dec. 31 New Year’s Party with live music, ice sculpting, family festivities, Children’s Ball Drop at 7 PM, and Midnight Square Drop. winterwonderlandmarietta



Foundation presents a fun day of holiday festivities for kids, including a photo with Kringle, storytelling, crafts, puppet show and Peaceful Village at 34 School Street, Watkinsville. Sessions: 10 AM-Noon, 1-3 PM. $2 or one unwrapped toy (for Toys for Tots).

Through Jan. 3 Ride Priscilla

the Pink Pig through a lifesized storybook beneath the 1950s-themed Pink Pig Tent on the upper-level parking deck at Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atl. $3 per ride. Open daily (except Dec. 25). Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Dec. 5-6 Tour private residences lovingly restored and decorated for the season at this annual event organized by The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society. Day tour, $25; candlelight tour, $20; combo ticket, $30. 770/429-1115.


Saturdays Shop for seasonal produce and garden products at North Park Square. 9 AM-Noon. mariettasquarefarmersmarket. net. 770/499-9393.


Through Jan. 3 Enjoy open-air ice skating in Glover Park, filled with twinkling lights and holiday music (open daily, with extended holiday hours; $12), Santa’s Workshop, and a multi-story Christmas tree.

Dec. 12 Oconee Cultural Arts



Jan. 16 Celebrating Martin Luther

King Day with fellowship and fitness, this 5K walk/run takes place in Piedmont Park, with start/ finish at 10th near Park Tavern, and a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. 8 AM.


Jan. 9 Monster truck series comes to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gates open at 5 PM, show at 7 PM, Pit Party from 2-5 PM. $25-$80.

Jan. 8-10 GA. RV & Camper Show Jan. 16 Atlanta Model Train Show Jan. 29-31 Great American

Motorcycle Show 1700 Jeurgens Ct., Norcross. 770/279-9899.

piedmont park’s GREEN MARKET

Saturdays Farm-fresh food, baked goods, music and chef demos, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE park entrance. 9 AM-1 PM.



Foundation’s juried market features works by 70 regional artists, plus homemade treats and Greek pastries. 5-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-5 PM Sat. & Sun. $3 (under 16, free). Artists’ Shoppe, open through Dec. 19 (10 AM-4 PM Tues.-Sat). 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/7694565.

castle on Peachtree Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday entertainment, refreshments, music, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. Must RSVP. $40/family; benefits Ga. Trust for Historic Preservation. Dec. 10 Pet Night, 5-7 PM. $30. Must RSVP. 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atl.

Dec. 4-6 Oconee Cultural Arts


Dec. 31 The Southeast’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration features a day of family fun at Underground Atlanta, with musical performances, children’s entertainment, descending 800-pound peach, confetti and fireworks. Free.

Dec. 5-20 (weekends) The



Feb. 10-15 Philips Arena Feb. 18-28 Infinite Energy Center The circus comes to town with its “XTREME” show of amazing

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Through Jan. 3 When the sun sets, millions of twinkling lights illuminate the night, with a drive through of animated displays, live nativity, and Holiday Village with Santa visits, carnival rides, shopping, food and sweets. New this year: LanierWorld Sky-View Screen. Admission is per person, with price based on day of week.


Feb. 19-21 Experts in landscaping and home remodeling industries showcase the latest services and products at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. Noon-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., Noon-5 PM Sun. $8 (free: 65+, 12 & under).


Dec. 5-6 Atlanta’s Exotic Bird Fair Dec. 11-13 Mammoth Rock Gem,

Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show Dec. 12-13 Eastman’s Gun Show

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Sat., 12-5 PM Sun. Special events include: Family Day, 12-2 PM Dec. 5; Handmade Gift Bazaar, 11 AM-3 PM Dec. 12; and 20% off Sale, 10 AM-7 PM Dec. 23. 770/394-4019.


Through Jan. 3 (select dates)

Stone Mountain Park’s Crossroads is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, parade, live shows, Santa, the Snow Angel, Rudolph and Bumble, Ice Age 4D, sing-a-long train, snowfall and fireworks finale. Adventure pass, plus park entry fee.


“stories with santa”

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS Feb. 10-15 – Philips Arena Feb. 18-28 – Infinite Energy Center performers and mythical creatures.


5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.


SMITH PLANTATION HOME Dec. 5 Twisted Tinsel Holiday

Spectacular, 11 AM. $5 entry. Dec. 8 A Candlelight Christmas Event, 5-8 PM. $25. Dec. 12, 26 Open Hearth Cooking and Living History, 10 AM - 2 PM. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell.

Dec. 4 Night at the Polar Express, 678/639-7500.

Dec. 5 Holiday Celebration on


770/641-3950. Dec. 6 Breakfast with Santa, 10

A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement with five football fields of frosty joy, including tubing down a 400-foot hill (with family-size and singlerider tubes), plus SnowZone play area with snowman and igloo building, Little Angels area (for 3 & under), SnoDeck and Snow Fire Pointe. Ticketed event, plus park entry fee. 770/498-5690.

6 PM, East Roswell Rec Center.

the Square, 5 PM, with carolers, lighting of the Square and Santa. Dec. 5-6 Santa’s Secret Gift Shop (12 & under), shopping and crafts at Roswell Rec Center, 6-8:30 PM Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. AM-noon, The Public House, 605 Atlanta St. 770/640-5548. Dec. 6 Caroling on Canton Street, 5-7 PM. Dec. 12 Santa’s Magical Playhouse (ages 5-10), 9 AM-12:30 PM, Bill Johnson Community Activity Bldg., Roswell Area Park. Dec. 12 Candy Cane Hunt, 5:30-7 PM, East Roswell Rec Center. For more holiday events, visit

Through Feb. 28 (select dates)


Feb. 1-6 One of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales

in the Southeast, hosted by Trinity School for 35 years, with original works by 350 selected artists. 4301 Northside Pkwy. Free parking and admission. Hours: 6-9 PM Mon., 8 AM-4 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 AM-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat. “Meet the Artists”: Feb. 1 (Opening Night) & Feb. 5 (Cocktails & Canvases). Feb. 13 Spotlight on Art Gala Auction at InterContinental Hotel. Neiman Marcus Preview Gallery Dec. 3-Jan. 26 Special collection of artwork for sale at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square. Jan. 21 Neiman Marcus Night Out, meet the artists, 6-8 PM. 404/2318119.

SPRUILL GALLERY Holiday Artists Market

Through Dec. 23 Shop for unique, locally crafted gifts and décor by 90+ artists, crafters and makers at this 22nd annual event at Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The market is open daily, from 10 AM-7 PM Mon.- 770/641-3950.


Dec. 10-13, Jan. 7-10, Feb. 11-14

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. 12:45-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.-Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. 404/361-2000.


Dec. 4-6 Shop a curated

collection of innovative handmade products, in categories ranging from home & garden to fashion accessories and office/tech, at this artisan market at Cobb Galleria Centre, Atl.


GLOBAL GIFT MARKET – Dec. 13 Covenant Presbyterian Church

Dec. 19 Santa will entertain and visit with children from 11:30 AM-2 PM at the ART Station, 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain Village. $12 adults, $6 children (12 & under). 770/469-1105.


Dec. 3 Enjoy holiday music, treats, train rides, Santa pictures and family activities from 6-8 PM at Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atl.

Virginia-HIGHLAND tour of homes

Dec. 5-6 21st annual tour features beautiful homes in this charming Atlanta neighborhood, with food tastings from Fontaine’s Oyster House, Highland Tap and other local restaurants. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-4 PM Sun. $25.


Dec. 5-6 Cookies with Santa, festive fun with holiday characters. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/6242809.



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ot so long ago, this small swatch of Pacific turf was all about pineapples. For some 70 years, the Hawaiian island of Lanai – all 141 square miles of it – reigned as one of the world’s largest pineapple plantations, producing 75 percent of the global supply. But there came a time when business began to wane, and the island set about reinventing itself as a vacation destination with a difference. Today, in contrast to the bustle of its bigger siblings in the wave-washed archipelago, the place remains a peaceful outpost, evoking the spirit of old Hawaii with its breath-catching natural beauty and unhurried charm. No traffic lights or beeping horns, no


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fast-food eateries, no high-rise anything. In 2012, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison purchased much of Lanai, following up in 2013 with the addition of Island Air, an interisland carrier. Most notably for travelers in search of a soul-restoring getaway, the package serves up a pair of magical Four Seasons properties, both the current recipients of major makeovers. It should be said at the outset that whether you chose to split an island stay between the two resorts, or to sleep at one and shuttle to the other for visits, it’s a must to experience both for the full ying and yang experience. About the only aspects they share in common are Hawaii’s typically warm and easygoing hospitality, coupled with the Four Seasons brand of luxury and polished service.

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Take the seaside Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Spread above sun-sparkled Hulopoe Bay, where dolphins dance and humpback whales cavort in the winter, the layout seamlessly melds a traditional aesthetic with of-the-minute comfort and convenience. Its maze of walkways and waterways thread exotic gardens set with koi ponds, waterfalls, and artful treasures from Polynesia, Micronesia and, of course, Hawaii – leading to newly redesigned guest rooms, each a feast of handy technology with seemingly a button to push for any wish you may conjure. Step through an entryway of teak and stone and you’re in a soothing haven of handsome furnishings inspired by Polynesian culture. Plus a 75-inch TV.

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele

Daily activities range from sunning on the pearly sands of Hulopoe Beach and splashing in a glittering new pool to beachside lei-making classes and guided snorkel safaris. Golf, tennis, and an assortment of restaurants and retail therapies invite. Think Missoni and Pucci, Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch. Top treat? It has to be a tie between a post-flight lomi lomi massage in the spa or your room, and a balmy evening on a cliffside terrace, pulling up to the culinary wonders of Nobu Lanai. Then there’s the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele. Only nine miles from Manele Bay, it’s reached by way of an unrushed journey to the highlands along roads edged with the island’s signature Cook pines. In times past this portion of the island was paniolo (cowboy) country, and its rural roots echo today in The Lodge’s Great Hall – a welcoming expanse flanked by giant stone fireplaces (it’s cooler upcountry). Along the walls are vintage photos of the site’s storied ranching days, and from the veranda you can still spot horses grazing behind split-rail fences. Guest rooms and restaurants look out on a serenely 120

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flowering landscape where visitors sample croquet and lawn bowling, hike wooded trails, have a go at golf and the Lanai Pine Sporting Clays and Archery Range, and embark on explorations via horseback or rented fourwheeler. From both properties, off-road adventurers can opt for guided tours, such as those offered by Rabaca, to take in the likes of the mystical moonscape formations called Garden of the Gods, and the bamboo-and-koa forests of Munro Trail, with its stunning vistas of five neighbor islands. Near The Lodge, you’ll want to poke about Lanai City – a walkable, laid-back plantation town centered by Dole Park and dotted with confetti-colored shops and galleries. Among them is the Mike Carroll Gallery, spotlighting the works of several local artists; Carroll’s paintings and prints are also on display at The Lodge. To soak up pineapple history and island chat known locally as “talk story,” stop by the Lanai Cultural and Heritage Center. Refreshment? Make it the cozy, yellow-and-turquoise, not-your-usual

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deli dubbed Pele’s Other Garden. At Honolulu International Airport’s commuter terminal, guest pampering begins with a concierge escort from the main terminal to the Four Seasons Lounge, where you’ll be checked in to await your Island Air connection in comfort, armed with complimentary snacks, drinks, and WiFi. As legend has it, Lanai was fabled King Kamehameha’s fave escape from royal duties. And as a palpably romantic, one-ofa-kind wedding site, it’s idyllic. Just ask Bill and Melinda Gates. Information:; (808) 565-2000; (808) 565-4000

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Sisters by Choice

Mobile Breast Clinic Helping Georgia’s medically underserved with breast health services they need

The SBC Mobile Breast Clinic’s mammogram ROOM AND (TOP) exam room.

Sisters By Choice is on the move. The nonprofit breast cancer service organization just rolled out a state-ofthe-art Mobile Breast Clinic providing full-service breast care, from exams and digital mammograms to comprehensive diagnostic testing, prevention education and research. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the unit – the first of its kind in Georgia – was held in October in College Park, with local dignitaries including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and his wife Sarah-Elizabeth Reed. Sisters By Choice (SBC) founder Dr. Rogsbert F. Phillips-Reed, a preeminent Atlanta-based breast surgeon, discussed the impact the mobile clinic will have in Georgia, which ranks 10th in population among the 50 states but 40th in physician supply per 100,000 people. “It’s estimated 15 percent of Georgia’s population is medically underserved for primary care, and access to specialized services is far more difficult to obtain,” Dr. Phillips-Reed said. “The Sisters By Choice Mobile Clinic will really make a difference in saving lives.” The clinic unveiling coincided with SBC’s 25th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness weekend, with free mammogram screenings, survivors’ celebration, fundraising golf tournament and awards banquet.

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Sisters By Choice was founded in 1989 by Dr. Rogsbert F. PhillipsReed to increase the public’s knowledge and awareness of breast cancer as a means to decrease the mortality and morbidity of the disease. In addition, Dr. PhillipsReed wanted to improve the delivery of breast health services and support services for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Formed as a support group for women with breast cancer and their families, SBC has evolved into a multi-faceted organization serving women in the metro Atlanta area. SBC’s goal is to remain an innovative leader in breast cancer education, awareness and resources for women with breast cancer. This organization has specifically addressed the disparity issues surrounding breast cancer by providing many programs targeted to women who are uninsured and underserved. Unique Kreations Photography/Kristina Phillips

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T h e M a n y Fa c e s o f B e a u t y

Trends by ronald E. goldstein, DDS

21st Century Beauty

What will you try in 2016?


ost everyone wants to look and feel his or her best, but sometimes beauty routines start to feel just that…routine. 2016 will no doubt be a year filled with exciting new treatments and products to help anyone jumpstart his or her image. Consider a snail facial at the spa, opting for “no needle” fillings at the dentist, or taking a bath filled with red wine. The steps to a more refreshed feeling may only be a cryochamber away.

double chins. It is best for small localized fat deposits, but is not a replacement for liposuction which remains the ‘gold standard’ for removal of unwanted fat.” Dr. Harold J. Brody, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Emory University School of Medicine, explains, “The injections actually kill the fat cells under the neck and can be repeated from two to four times every four to eight


Say cheese! Social media is dominating the selfie craze and almost everyone wants to show off his or her best assets. In 2015 the FDA approved Kybella, a new drug that makes the fat under the chin disappear. For those self-conscious of their double chin is the answer now an injection or two away? According to Dr. Foad Nahai, Professor of Plastic Surgery Emory Aesthetic Center, “Kybella is an injection to ‘remove’ unwanted fat, it has proven safe and effective and is currently FDA approved for treatment of


Cosmetic dentist Dr. Ronald Goldstein (left), plastic surgeon Dr. Foad Nahai (right), plus Dr. Harold Brody (not shown) discuss the latest advances that avoid most scalpels and needles. These are mainly non-invasive treatments (both medical and holistic) to look and feel amazing.

weeks, depending on the presence of either moderate or severe fat under the chin. The injections take about 30 minutes and can be relatively painless. They gradually cause contouring of the neck fat and skin occurring several weeks after mild to moderate swelling.” Dr. Brody further adds, “Since the procedure is permanent, the satisfaction rate for the procedure is high with about 80% of very satisfied patients.” For those considering just the opposite, a collagen filler called Bellafill has lasting effects up to five years. According to NewBeauty, “Bellafill contains microspheres to instantly smooth nasolabial folds (smile lines) and then works to support the body’s natural collagen production long term, so the results last.” As of 2015, it’s “the only FDA-approved dermal filler with demonstrated safety and effectiveness through five years.” The perfect picture may now be just an appointment away. Are you up for a “no injection filling”? You may well be a candidate for having your dentist substitute the dental drill for a painless laser to do the job. The best thing is, this new Solea laser can numb your tooth so you may not need an injection. It is fast and precise but also can be quite conservative by just removing the decay and a small amount of tooth structure. Other good news coming for the dental profession is the overwhelming success with CAD/CAM. This technology has become so important in creating ceramic inlays/onlays and full crowns to match the shade of your own teeth. So now you could be a candidate to have your teeth scanned by a small camera and have your ceramic inlay, onlay, and even an all ceramic crown done while you wait. When it comes to beauty, Dr. Nahai sees an increased popularity and demand for services. “Given the options and advances for enhancing the lips and perioral area which act as a frame for the teeth, it is vital that the teeth appear aesthetically pleasing too. The picture has to be worthy of the frame.”

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We have all heard of getting massages, facials, wraps and scrubs at the spa, but some American spas have upped the ante in the name of beauty. A technique known as stretch therapy is on trend for those who like massages, but want to try something different. Stretch therapy is a treatment that is done with your clothes on. Imagine being pulled, stretched and rotated, while having your muscles loosened. And you might also consider getting a special daily massage by investing in your own personal massage chair. Companies like Inada have really perfected the art by creating up to 16 preprogrammed massages. It also uses Southern Seasons Magazine

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air compression to help keep your back in shape, plus stretches and kneads you almost as good as a real human. In fact, sometimes even better. Think again if you feel there are few benefits to the cold. The idea behind Cryo spas is to lower the skin’s

external temperature which takes place in a whole body cryochamber (minus the head and neck). Spa goers are exposed to 1½ to 3 minutes of ultra-low temperatures which result in releasing endorphins to treat insomnia and depression, reversing the signs of aging and cellulite, speeding up recovery time for injuries, and accelerating weight loss. For those of you partial to wine, consider bathing in it. Wine bath spa treatments (vinotherapy) are popping up all over the U.S., based on the theory that a 30-minute detoxifying treatment soak can increase circulation and smooth cellulite, wrinkles and fine lines. These treatments are sometimes followed by grapeseed oil skin exfoliating and wrapping to eliminate toxins and leave the skin feeling smooth. But don’t try bathing in red wine at home; the special ingredients spas use helps to make this a luxury treatment.


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If you’ve been curious about Botox but concerned about getting injections, then familiarize yourself with RT001. This product is essentially topical Botox, and trials are expected to be completed in early 2016. This serum will be left on the skin for 30 minutes while it penetrates the skin and gets to the nerve receptors, which will aid in stopping the release of the chemical that allows wrinkles to occur. The trials have shown promising results which provide the skin with a natural look, and treatments last for three to four months. This is not a do-ityourself at home treatment. Application of RT001 will be available as a procedure in doctors’ offices. RT001 also has the potential to open doors to many other topical-based anti-aging products, which will be a game changer for the beauty industry. Dr. Nahai is also a fan of the new product. “The option of applying a patch rather than having an injection to smooth out wrinkles is not only attractive but now a reality,” he said. “The patch will not eliminate the need for injections but has proven effective in relaxing superficial muscles of the face

such as those responsible for crow’s feet.” Allure Magazine’s 2015 Beauty Product Winner includes Cellfina, an FDA approved treatment to make cellulite disappear indefinitely. This small, automated device will treat dimples individually over a 90-minute office session. Only one treatment is necessary, patients can expect slight bruising but no bleeding. Patients treated seven years ago have not seen a return in cellulite.

Leave it to the French to find a benefit to being pinched. The treatment involves releasing fat deposits and cellulite smoothing by pinching and squeezing the skin along the stomach, buttocks, back and limbs. After several sessions, and bruising, the treatment starts to take effect. This technique, which seems to be inspired by 50 Shades of Grey, was actually invented by Martine de Richeville and is now in the United States, but only in New York City. Although most people are used to eating escargot, the trend of letting snails slime your face and upper body is a growing trend starting in Japan and making its way to other parts of Asia, Russia and the UK. It has become one of the hottest trends in Thailand. The idea is that the slime secreted from the snail will help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. When relaxing at the spa, sometimes a bath is involved. Imagine that bath being filled with sand. Sand therapy or psammotherapy has been a trending spa treatment in 2015. Spas in the Middle East, Europe and Asia have been offering sand massage tables that move the sand around the body underneath while a masseur massages the body above. The heat offers a detoxifying treatment: as the body sweats, the sand wicks it up. Because the sand absorbs the sweat, it then increases metabolism, blood and lymph circulation and overall blood supply. It also helps with swelling, aches and

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inflammation. Recently, the Spa Nalai at Park Hyatt New York integrated a sand table with quartz as part of its signature treatment. As science and technology continue to evolve at a rapid rate, the beauty industry continues to benefit. Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, CEO of uberesque business Glamsquad, brings beauty professionals to your home with the ease of a smartphone app. The accessibility and treatment versatility that is available today is just a fraction of what the future will hold. The coming year should be an exciting time to look your best.

With a lifelong interest in beauty, Dr. Ronald Goldstein conducts ongoing research on the physical attractiveness phenomenon and its role in the achievement of personal success. His dental practice was the first to move beyond the smile and focus on overall facial harmony. He writes extensively for both consumers and the dental profession on beauty, esthetic dentistry and related topics. Dr. Goldstein is the author of the 2-volume textbook, Esthetics In Dentistry and Change Your Smile (12 foreign translations), which now in its 4th edition is the top-selling consumer guide to cosmetic dentistry found in thousands of dentists’ reception rooms around the world. He is on the advisory board of New Beauty magazine and writes for it as well. He is the founder of Tomorrow’s Smiles, a national non-profit fund that helps deserving adolescents receive life-changing smiles through cosmetic dentistry. His multidisciplinary practice Goldstein, garber & salama is in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Mountain Jim’s

Tennessee Teacakes Spotlighting contemporary artists from coffeeproducing countries, this special edition set of espresso cups and saucers from the illy sustainArt Collection features the work of Felipe Arturo of Colombia, Ernesto Bautista of El Salvador, Wanja Kimani of Kenia and Marcelo Moscheta of Brazil. Set of four, $155; made in Italy.

For some festive fun in a snap, just pop the top of the Clos du Bois Fête in a Box, which literally turns into an acrylic serving tray for Jung Lee’s curated collection of party essentials, including a bottle of Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon, spiced nuts, peppermint gourmet candies, “Let’s Fête” party banner, thank-you note cards, wine glass badges, playing cards, small serving dishes, cocktail napkins, corkscrew and entertaining tips. $89. 128

As legend has it, those sweet little morsels known as teacakes date back to antebellum Tennessee, when a love-struck Southern belle so charmed a Confederate captain with her multi-layered party cakes that he returned after the war to marry her. Today, Nashville baker and businessman Jeff Stewart is buttering up the New South with Mountain Jim’s Tennessee Teacakes, which debuted to rave reviews at the 2013 Southern Women’s Show. Crunchy like a cookie, chewy like a brownie, the cupcake-shaped confections are handmade in small batches from natural ingredients with no preservatives. Stewart tweaked the vanilla-flavored recipe in his own kitchen, much to the delight of his three sons, who now help with the wrapping and packaging – earning a “per unit” commission. “Nobody else was making teacakes and I decided to give it a try,” said Stewart, who had been a fan of the Tennessee T-Cakes once made by the late Frances Ann Barkley. “There was a lot of trial and error. I learned that baking is chemistry, and I failed chemistry in high school. My sons started coming home from school asking, ‘Dad, did you make any rejects today?’ They got to eat the mistakes.” Available in four varieties – vanilla, lemon, Key lime and cocoa – the cakes come in boxes or decorative tins, complete with “Tennessee Tidbits” about the state’s heritage. Cotton candy, for instance, was invented in Nashville in 1897; it was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 as “fairy floss” and sold for 25 cents a box. “The response has been great,” Stewart said, noting that sales doubled in 2015, with increased demand for the Tennessee 2Pak, a totable treat for on-the-go snacking and a unique favor for wedding gift baskets. “Brides have given us a whole other division, with wedding planners and event coordinators now calling us for their clients.” Up next: a truffle teacake line, just in time for Valentine’s. Holiday, corporate and custom packaging is also offered. 615/485-9335.


atlas restaurant’s Bacon-wrapped rabbit loin, served with lacinato kale, pinenuts, roasted mushroom polenta, caramelized salsify, smoked onion ravioli and braised matsutake mushrooms. photo by patrick heagney

Artful Dining Atlas is a true masterpiece

Whoever said, “We eat first with our eyes,” must have had Atlas, the beautiful restaurant at The St. Regis, in mind. Indeed, while the exquisite food, superlative wine and impeccable service are what will keep discriminating guests coming back time and time again, it’s impossible not to be charmed – captivated, even – by the cozy, opulent design and the staggering collection of art adorning the walls. by jennifer bradley franklin PhotoGRAPHY BY BRIAN GaSSEL and patrick heagney 130

Tenderloin WITH Sweet Potato and Celery Root Gratin, Spinach Purée, Salt Baked Celery Root, Malabar Spinach, Cipollini and Shiitake Mushroom Jus

35-day, dryaged ribeye, Russet Potato Puree, Pommes Dauphine, Fingerling Chips, Herb Roasted Mushrooms, Wax Beans, Black Garlic Onion Purée

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arrived for dinner, with a (very lucky) guest on a quiet Wednesday, somewhat expecting to have a quick bite in research for a little article and be on my way. I quickly discovered, though, that Atlas is the kind of restaurant that turns any meal into a special occasion, an event of artful proportions. How can it not be when Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse and LÊger (curated by Carolyn Carter from a private collection) are your dining companions? The dining room, with bold accents of emerald green, feels like a very fine gallery. We started with a diminutive serving of the sprout salad, a signature (though the specifics change according to the chef ’s whims and the ingredients available seasonally). This night, the foundation of pea shoots, radish and sunflower sprouts sat atop housemade buttermilk ricotta scented with dill. Next came creamy tomato and squash soup, topped with toasted hazelnuts and crunchy puffed wild rice; crisp Aubry Champagne made the dish sing in its glorious simplicity. We diverged for the next course: an ever-so-slightly cured yellowtail hiramasa with sweet-tart pineapple consomme and paperthin serrano slivers for me and a beautifully constructed dish of buttery burrata, studded with meaty Maine lobster, charred cherry tomatoes and pickled chanterelle mushrooms for him. It was hard to pick a favorite, like standing in the Louvre, trying to decide if you prefer to gaze at the Venus de Milo or the Mona Lisa. Impossible.


Consulting Chef Gerry Klaskala AND Chef de Cuisine Christopher Grossman Morel Mushrooms Pappardelle Sorbet trio with house-made strawberryrhubarb, passion fruit and lemon

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Pan roasted sablefish, braised Lobster Mushroom, Roasted Mushroom Tapenade, Snow Peas, Wild Rice, Broccoli Tips


Next came a duo of seafood dishes. The sole picatta over lacy lemon spaetzle, artichokes and a sophisticated yellow pepper soubise was delicious, but the shining star – quite possibly of the entire meal – was the pan-roasted sablefish. The flaky, velvety fish arrived perched on braised lobster mushrooms, snow peas, mushroom tapenade, toothsome wild rice and broccoli tips. Paired with Illahe Pinot Noir, it was a triumph and one I’ve been dreaming about since. For our final savory bite of the night, the 35-day dry-aged ribeye ($65 for about six ounces, but really, who can put a price on excellence?) with pommes dauphine, herbroasted mushrooms and black garlic onion puree rivaled any steakhouse’s offerings in town. After the dizzying display of culinary mastery, dessert was mercifully petite, but packed a flavor punch. It was as if the artist, aware of his prowess, restrained himself with just a few final brushstrokes. Silver dollar-sized donuts, light as air and injected with tart huckleberry jam, were one-bite wonders, while a scoop of lemon sorbet made me remember a happy afternoon spent among the lemon groves in Sorrento. It was transportative. The menu changes often, which I take to mean that I ought – no, must – visit Atlas regularly, so as not to miss anything. If the six courses I sampled are an indication, anything that comes out of the kitchen, led by the masterful Chef de Cuisine Christopher Grossman (formerly of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Napa Valley) is sure to be balanced and nuanced, exciting and evocative. After all, isn’t that what great art is? Visit Atlas Restaurant at 88 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta. 404/600-6471.

grilled alabama pork chop, chanterelles, butternut squash grits, sweet potato, celery, green tomato, smoked blueberry, sunflower seeds

Crispy Wianno oysters with panko, pickled peppers, pepper jelly and an avocado bacon mousse

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Atl., 404/254-0219. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/837-3440. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings, 770/384-0012. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atl. 404/233-7673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. p }}} ★★★ ATLANTA GRILL 181 Peachtree St. NE @ The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 404/221-6550. Grilled steaks, chops, seafood and Southerninspired cuisine are served in a warm, clubby atmosphere. p }}} 136

ATLAS 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW @ St. Regis Atlanta, 404/600-6471. Farmfresh, seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous portions with a heavenly menu of specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} ★★★★ 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 hickorygrilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. 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. 770/432-2663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★ CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} ★★

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EMPIRE STATE SOUTH 999 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/541-1105. A community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, a la celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson, with authentic Southern dishes served in a meat-and-three format. p }} 4TH & SWIFT 621 North Ave. NE, Atl. 678/904-0160. Enjoy such specialties as North Georgia apple salad and sticky toffee pudding in a quaint setting, in the former engine room of the Southern Dairies Co. in the Old Fourth Ward. p }} FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atl., 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atl., 404/549-3298. 664 N. Highland Ave., Atl., 404/815-1127. Unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary, hip space. } GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/264-0253. 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and madefrom-scratch food served in a fun atmosphere. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Peachtree Corners. 678/421-1720. Creative, seasonal menu in a casually elegant setting. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-0700. Casual neighborhood dining with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/968-2288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a community-driven establishment in Ansley Park. p } HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/948-1175. Hailed as a British gastropub with a Southern accent, with savvy cocktails and a meaty menu. } HOUSTON’S 2166 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/351-2442. 3321 Lenox Road, Atl., 404/237-7534. 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atl., 404/262-7130. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★ JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atl. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried

FLIP chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } 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 }} ★★ LITTLE BACCH 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Intimate dining with ingredient-driven menu, abundant with fresh-grown produce and seasonal flavors, plus hand-crafted cocktails. Specialties include caviar service, oysters, cheese soufflé, whole roasted heritage chicken, dry-aged beef and chocolate soufflé and fruit tarts. p }} LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St. @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/897-5000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO 361 Seventeenth St., Atl. 404/961-7370. Seasonal menu with a comfort food edge in a casual atmosphere. p }

MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8720904. Inventive, fresh seasonal fare, excellent service and basement charm. 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 Fourteenth 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” short-rib with smoked Gouda grits, in an elegant setting. p }} ★★★ PAUL’S RESTAURANT 10 Kings Circle, Atl. 404/231-4113. Chef Paul Albrecht creates new American cuisine and sushi in an open kitchen, from herb crusted flounder filet and roasted lamb shank to batter fried lobster tail. p }}} ★★★ PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/885-7505. Great gastropub cuisine served in a fun place. p }

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

RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atl. 404/5248280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★

MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on such Southern specialties as sweet potato and shrimp fritters, fried chicken, pork loin and chef ’s veggie plate in the charming setting of a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }}

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THE 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 }}} THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } ★★★ TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with wood-roasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse, with live blues music. p }}

Bistro Niko RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} REVIVAL 129 Church St., Decatur. 470/2266770. Kevin Gillespie’s family-style dining experience with traditional Southern-inspired dishes with farm-fresh ingredients. p }} SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/8048880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} 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, with 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., 404/8461552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a bythe-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }} SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE @ Atlanta Marriott Buckhead. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football 138

coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p } SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave., Atl., 404/873-7358. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 401, Vinings, 770/435-0700. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE @ InterContinental Buckhead. 404/946-9070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge. Dine on baked oysters with crispy pork belly, chicken & dumpling soup and Low Country seafood. 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 farm-to-table dishes served in a chic setting. p }} THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/240-7035. Delightful menu, sunny ambiance and live piano music. Seasonal patio seating. p }}} ★★ THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/9399845. Southern-inspired 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 }}

VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }} WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, 404/496-4393. 1017 N. Highland Ave., Va.-Highland, 404/437-7845. Organic, ecofriendly restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual 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 }}


FIRE OF BRAZIL 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in Brazilian tradition. p }}} FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Buckhead. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} ★★★


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. 770/5092129. Exciting dishes with Asian flair, with great service and inviting setting. } P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070. 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atl., 770/352-0500. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wokfried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }} THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/255-5707. Upscale Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, with dishes ranging from Orange Beef and Sake Sea Bass to Peking Duck and Lettuce Wrap Chicken. } ★★


MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atl. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou, with intimate seating in the Dining Room or casual seating in the Grill Room. p }}


LAST WORD 701 Highland Ave., Ste. 5, Atl. 404/343-1274. Innovative cocktails and chef-driven fare in a communal, relaxed bar setting. Specialties: lamb belly shawarma and hand-rolled couscous with braised beef cheek. 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 }} ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. Charming French bistro, serving everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon. } ★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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Twenty-five years after opening his first restaurant in New Orleans, legendary chef Emeril Lagasse goes back to basics, presenting 100 of his essential recipes updated and refined for today’s home cook – from appetizers to desserts and everything in between, including his famous Barbecue Shrimp and Banana Cream Pie. Each recipe reflects a lifetime of lessons in technique and ingredients, showcasing the big flavors for which he’s known. Emeril also presents a list of basic cookware every kitchen should have and how to stock the pantry, fridge and freezer. n SOUL FOOD ODYSSEY, STEPHANIE L. TYSON (John F. Blair)

In her second cookbook, North Carolina chef Stephanie Tyson (of the award-winning restaurant Sweet Potatoes in Winston-Salem) shares eight chapters of downhome cooking, harkening back to the food that her grandmother called “sump’n-ta-eat.” Tyson more aptly describes it as “Southern food with a side of soul.” Among the fingerlicking recipes are Fried Chicken and Country Ham from the main dishes, Spicy Collard Greens and Crackling Cornbread from the sides, Potato Soup and Chicken and Sage Dumplings from the soups and stews, and Lemon Pound Cake and Fresh Peach Cobbler from the desserts. “Soul food,” she pens, “is part of the Southern tradition of making the most out of nothing.” n SOMETHING SWEET, MIRIAM PASCAL (ARTSCROLL/MESORAH PUBLICATIONS)

Sharing her passion for delectable desserts, food blogger Miriam Pascal’s debut cookbook is packed with recipes for every occasion and craving, from basic staples like Fudgy Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Cookies to such creative concoctions as Pomegranate Cupcakes and Neapolitan Trifles. Best of all, the book is user-friendly, with accessible ingredients, helpful substitutions (dairy-free to allergyconscious) and easy-to-follow instructions. And its beautifully illustrated with mouthwatering photos. For more from “the queen of kosher desserts,” visit Southern Seasons Magazine

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Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }} FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Ste. 15, Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. 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. 404/873-5430. 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, 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p }

LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Ste. A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Simple, classic French cooking brings a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. p }}}

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NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atl. 404/221-6362. Masterfully prepared cuisine, impeccable service and award-winning wine list, with spectacular skyline views from the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta. 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 }}

MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy. @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterraneaninspired Tuscan grill with herb-rubbed prime steaks, hand-crafted pastas and market-fresh seafood. p }}

BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 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 }}

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. }

CIBO E BEVE 4969 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/250-8988. Celebrates the vibrant food, wine and culture of Italy, with the best seasonal produce from local growers. p }}

PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees with an attentive staff. p }}

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/844-4810. Simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations and signature veal chop. p }}

PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} ★★★★

DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/991-3666. Southern

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AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Global cuisine, from fresh seafood and sushi to steaks and chops, plus classic cocktails and signature drinks, served in a welcoming neighborhood environment. p }} ★★ 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/705-8870. South African restaurant offers a cultural fusion of cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, in lively setting. p }}


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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. Dine on divine coastal European food in a sumptuous setting, with small plates, seasonal entrées like Maine sea scallops, and handmade pasta dishes. p }} SUGO 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. 770/817-8000. An inspiring blend of unique family style dishes, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza, served with gracious hospitality. p } ★★★ VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }}


MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. }

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, contemporary setting. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets; diverse beverages include exclusive craft sake, handmade cocktails and artisan roasted coffee. p }}


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


NUEVO LAREDO CANTINA 1495 Chattahoochee Ave., Atl. 404/352-9009. Fresh, authentic Mexican fare, with an attentive staff in a fun, casual environment. Specialties include chicken mole, pork tender briskets, lobster tacos and enchiladas. 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 Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market in the beautifully restored 1890s QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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combines traditional elements of a cozy French bistro with an American steakhouse. p }}} BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2372663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batterfried lobster tail and lump crab cake, are served on the upper level Chops steakhouse and lower-level Lobster Bar. p h }}} ★★★★

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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. A palatepleasing menu of fresh seafood and fine cut steaks, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} ★★★

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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. Contemporary atmosphere showcases modern American seafood flown in fresh daily. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8811106. Contemporary fish house serving only the freshest ingredients delivered daily, from smoked seafood platter to fried oyster slider. p }} 142

THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, wellrounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}


ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche and braised goat huaraches in a spirited venue. p } RAY’S RIO BRAVO 6450 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/612-2829. Tex-Mex cuisine made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients. p }


BLT STEAK 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. @ W Atlanta-Downtown. 404/577-7601. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Bistro Laurent Tourondel

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 }} ★★★ KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atl. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} ★★★★ 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 beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedoclad waiters. p }}} NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/846-0644. Dine on Midwestern USDA prime beef, live Maine lobsters or fresh fish, with classic sides ranging from creamed spinach to cheese mashed potatoes. p h }}} ★★★ OAK STEAKHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. A fresh take on

the classic steakhouse with inspired dishes served in a modern environment. p }}} RAY’S ON THE CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. North Fulton’s award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}} 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 around the globe for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, extraordinary Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900. 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102. 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Enjoy premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} ★★★ THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road @ 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 }}} ★★★

HARVEST DINNER Concentrics Restaurants 6 Chefs ONE Harvest Dinner highlighted the best of fall’s bounty with participating chefs Matt Weinstein and Chris Maher of ONE. midtown kitchen, Michael Bertozzi and Deborah Craig of TWO urban licks, David Connolly of TAP and Stuart Tracy of The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at Parish. The event benefitted The Giving Kitchen.

NATIONAL TAVERN The National Tavern at The National Golf Village is now open at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro. Executive Chef Derin Moore promises some “unique twists on the traditional pub menu,” with signature items including hand-crafted artisan pizzas, woodroasted wings and fennel glazed salmon.


HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atl. 404/303-8888. Authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } ★★ 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. Authentic street-style Thai. p } TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/873-4888. Savor authentic Thai, from roasted duck breast to braised lamb tenderloin, in an upscale setting. p }}} QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

SOUTHERN  SEASONS STARS ★ great ★★ excellent ★★★ superb ★★★★ the best

PALM PAK For a special holiday treat, enjoy The Palm dining experience at home with a Palm Pak – a prime selection, perfectly marbled, aged, packaged and shipped right to your door. Select New York strip steaks, filet mignon or rib eye steaks, or opt for a combination of the three. 800/795-7256.

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Doggie Divinity: A Life Well Lived Douglas Green never dreamed a dog would become his greatest teacher. But that was before Shirelle, his sweet Husky-Saluki mix who challenged him with her wayward antics, inspired him with everyday glee, and charmed him with a heart of gold. His new book, The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead, details his cherished bond with his late canine companion. “During my years with Shirelle, as our attachment grew, I realized the potential she had to not only help me through some of the toughest times in my life but to help others as well,” Green said. “Eventually, she even joined me in my psychotherapy practice, as a co-counselor, treating our clients’ needs in beautiful and mysterious ways.” 144

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