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18 KIA: Driven to Succeed 24 AHS honors Anne Cox Chambers 27 For the Love of Pets 28 Suited for Summer in Seersucker 29 Steve Harvey’s Online Dating Site 30 EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge 31 Cottage School’s Jacque Digieso 32 Dr. Ronald Goldstein’s Faces of Beauty 34 Anatomy of a Perfect Salad 36 Southern Tales: Beach Bound 37 Around the South: Surf’s Up 38 Laura Turner Seydel: Ban Plastic Bags 40 Gallery Views: Folk Fest & Coke Exhibit 42 Exhibitions Calendar 44 Bonham’s Lauren Bacall Auction


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Tony Conway Does it Again!

FLOURISH: : to grow well : to be healthy : to be very successful : to do very well : to hold up and show (something) in an excited or proud way


ith business savvy, astonishing stealth and impeccable style and confidence, Atlanta’s legendary event guru Tony Conway has acquired a property that he is masterfully renovating at the best address within the heart of this international city. Flourish will be a mega-event facility so far superior in chic style and gourmet cuisine that it will elevate his clientele’s expectations and set the bar even higher in this already glamorous city’s social landscape. In a bold and audacious move, Conway was instantly able to acquire financing for this sizable project and is forging ahead with the construction, design and creation of Flourish. For a project of this size, the speed with which this was accomplished is certainly impressive. With his already legendary success with The Estate on Piedmont, he envisioned and perceived the need for an even larger facility to host events for up to 650 guests (nearly three times the capacity of the historic Estate, which is right across Piedmont road from Flourish). Conway’s confidence in the plans for Flourish is undoubtedly based on his amazing success and steady growth that began when he founded A Legendary Event in 1997. He began to build an unbeatable formula and reputation for impeccable events. Conway humbly shares this success by crediting what he believes is his most valuable assets: his amazing team and staff. It is no surprise that events are already booked at Flourish beginning with its grand opening in November when Conway’s legendary team will host The Legendary Party benefitting the Shepherd Center Foundation.



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Southern Evolution

Just when you think that the heart of the South can’t get any more glamorous, just drive around Buckhead and you’ll see new, exciting and gorgeous venues and estate homes welcoming all to thrive in the lifestyle of our international city.

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he heart of the South is more than Atlanta, it’s the thousands of people who lead the philanthropic community which supports literally hundreds of charitable endeavors celebrating their causes each year with events so stunning that they take your breath away. I do believe that this is the most generous city in the world! This issue salutes legendary media mogul Mrs. Anne Cox Chambers, who has been benefactor to the non-profit foundations whose missions are the canine and feline divisions of the animal kingdom. Her amazing personal history of generosity toward the Atlanta Humane Society was celebrated this year as she was honored with the Humane Heroine Award. Tremendous thanks to Lisa Fuller and Nancy Jo McDaniel for the beautiful exclusive photo of Mrs. Chambers. Globally-renowned architect Bill Harrison of Harrison Design doesn’t need to show clients a portfolio of his firm’s southern homes, but simply drive them around the breathtaking Buckhead community where homes they’ve designed are scattered like diamonds across the landscape of these famous neighborhoods. Harrison’s homes are inspirational re-creations of the myriad of global architectural styles which is the signature of this iconic community – considered among the most beautiful in the country. We’ve selected a spectacular new “Harrison” residence to share with our readers which would make the most sophisticated British aristocrat feel right at home! Another new edifice on the Buckhead landscape that’s presently “under construction” is Flourish, a mega upscale event facility created by Tony Conway. It’s expected to become an Atlanta landmark by all who know this talented guru. Scheduled to open in November, this is where Cinderella

would surely schedule her next ball. The lovely southern weddings featured in this issue include the nuptials of a U.S. Ambassador’s daughter! Our style section is more fun than you can imagine, as the tropical pop of accessories will inspire you to shop ‘til you drop! Travel editor Vivian Holley takes you to Jamaica’s heavenly Half Moon resort, overlooking the impossibly crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea. And dyed-in-the-wool carnivores are sure to delight in our featured dining destination: Oak Steakhouse at Avalon in Alpharetta. This is the magazine to celebrate your southern summer, so place an umbrella in your poolside cocktail and enjoy!

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“Anne Cox Chambers has been a quiet force for animals over many decades. Her passion for animal welfare is visible at Atlanta Humane Society and at organizations all over the country. She is a tireless advocate who has been a leader with her philanthropy which has helped save countless animal lives. We are proud and grateful to be her ‘hometown’ humane society.”

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ot everyone wants an attractive, celebrity smile that radiates confidence and charm ... but most people do! However, making a patient’s dream smile a reality isn’t quite that simple. There are many factors that should be considered when creating that optimal smile, including the individual’s facial features, personality, oral health status and more. At their world-renowned esthetic dental practice, Drs. Ronald Goldstein, David Garber and Maurice Salama have the combined technical skills and technology to create dream smiles for their patients. Utilizing an in-house, cross-disciplinary approach, the doctors determine the treatment sequence needed to create not only beautiful, but healthy smiles designed to meet and exceed the desires and needs of each patient. Combining the skills of all the in-house specialists, a coordinated, interdisciplinary smile design can be completed within their office.

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Kia Motors presents K900 luxury sedan to Georgia Governor in show of business support and community commitment.

s a gesture of goodwill to the State of Georgia, Kia Motors gifted a sleek new luxury sedan to Gov. Nathan Deal this spring at the Governor’s Mansion. The presentation of the 2015 K900 Kia was made by Percy Vaughn on behalf of B.M. Ahn, Group Vice Chairman and CEO of Kia Motors America, Inc. and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (collectively, “Kia”). “Kia Motors Southern Region is appreciative of the assistance the Georgia State Governor’s Office has afforded us in the construction of the Kia Motors Manufacturing Plant in West Point, and in the support they have given us since we established our regional office in Atlanta,” said Percy Vaughn, VP of Eastern Sales Operations. “Kia is committed to supporting local communities and establishing solid partnerships with other Georgia businesses and with our many sponsorships with Georgia sports teams and entertainment venues.” The new car will remain in the fleet of vehicles titled to the Ga. Dept. of Public Safety for the official use of the Governor, who is driven everywhere by a Georgia State Patrol Driver. This is the second Kia donated to the Governor’s Office; a 2009 Kia Borrego SUV was presented to Gov. Sonny Purdue in 2008.

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Letters to the editor

Thank you for the sensitive coverage of the shock and madness of the terrorist attacks in Paris from the perspective of a Frenchman. We are Charlie. laura callaway, ROSWELL

cancer research. Atlanta participants raised approximately $145,000 at this year’s ride. I also loved reading about Monica Pearson and her “mama” in this issue of Southern Seasons Magazine! Mary Eva Tredway, St. Simons Island

I read your article on anti-Semitism in France. What struck me was his saying he feels safer in France than he would in Israel; of course, that’s logical because no one in France knows he’s Jewish! DR. HAROLD LEFKOFF, ATLANTA

Please accept our sincere thanks for your excellent coverage of Tanner Medical Foundation’s 25th Annual Magnolia Ball in the spring issue Southern Seasons Magazine. The positive exposure you gave our gala provided the community with a wonderful introduction to our goals and history. We see so much of the negative side of life in the media that it is refreshing to have a positive, upbeat reflection of the many good things that are happening in our community. We are truly grateful to be included in such uplifting coverage. Mary S. Busby, Tanner Medical Foundation

Thank you Southern Seasons Magazine for covering the success of the nsoro Starfish Ball in your spring issue. tony conway, legendary events

Thank you for promoting the Ovarian Cycle Ride to raise awareness for ovarian 20

On behalf of the Sandy Springs Society, we can’t thank you enough for your coverage in Southern Seasons Magazine. Thanks in part to your coverage, we had record attendance and record sales this year. I’ve worked events all my life, and I’m simply astonished at how far Atlantans will drive for a bargain. Thank you for sharing our bargain upscale resale event and the Sandy Spring Society’s good works with your readers. Rest assured that 100% of the Society’s proceeds will benefit a long list of worthy non-profits in Sandy Springs this year. Lucy Crosswell, Project PR

Thank you very much for your help with our Christmas at Callanwolde celebration for 2014. We had a record year and raised a lot of money to help our programs grow and our restoration projects continue. We appreciate the support we garner from you all for our events. Jessica Miller, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

You have a wonderful publication! Thank you so much for promoting the Renaissance Festival in your spring issue. Robin Moon, Georgia Renaissance Festival

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I just can not thank you enough for the beautiful coverage of the Bentley handbag event. I am flattered and honored. Thank you! su so-longman, ATLANTA

Thank you once again for the excellent coverage of Bear on the Square in the Spring edition of Southern Seasons. We’re looking forward to another great event in Dahlonega. JIMMY BOOTH, DAHLONEGA

Save the Manatee Club thanks you for making it possible to increase our conservation and education efforts and address the many threats to endangered manatees and their aquatic habitat. Janice Nearing, Maitland, FL.

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Haute Hounds & Couture Cats

Annual Fashion Show Benefiting Atlanta Humane Society Honors Philanthropist and Humane Heroine Anne Cox Chambers


he Saks Haute Hounds and Couture Cats Fashion Show and Luncheon this spring was once again a sellout, with net proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society. Staged at Saks Fifth Avenue, the entertaining event featured a bevy of Catwalk VIPs modeling the Badgley

Mischka Spring 2015 collection. Their “accessories” were adoptable animals from the AHS – several of whom found their forever home while strutting their stuff. The annual show was sponsored by Private Wealth Advisory Group, Inc. and Wilmington Trust. Co-chairs were Kay Quigley and Lisa Fuller. The inaugural Humane Heroine Award was presented to Anne Cox Chambers.

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Atlanta Humane Society President and CEO Cal Morgan with James Cox Chambers.

For decades, Mrs. Chambers has become a voice and advocate for those unable to speak for themselves. Beyond a lengthy and distinguished career with Cox Enterprises, Mrs. Chambers served on the Board of Directors of the Coca-Cola Company from 1981-1991, the Bank of the South from 1977 to 1982, represented the United States as Ambassador to Belgium from 1977 to 1981, and is currently an Atlanta Humane Society Honorary Board Member. James Cox Chambers, Mrs. Chambers’ son, accepted the award on his mother’s behalf. He highlighted her modesty, noting his mother often claims “she did nothing.” “If only we all could be like mother and just do nothing,” James remarked, “the world would be a better place.”

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Lisa Fuller said it was an honor to have Mrs. Chambers in attendance. “Mrs. Chambers has been a great friend of the Atlanta Humane Society and animal welfare organizations nationwide. Her support of the renovation and opening of our Mansell Campus and Anne Cox Chambers Adoption Center has helped countless homeless animals find their happy beginning.� The award will now be renamed the Anne Cox Chambers Humane Heroine Award and will honor Atlanta women who continue to step up when animals are in need here at home and across the Southeast. photography by Nancy Jo McDaniel

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Anne Cox Chambers for her generous support for our statewide spay and neuter programs and her lifetime of gracious generosity to animal welfare in Georgia and beyond! Our partners LifeLine Animal Project Planned Pethood of Georgia Atlanta Humane Society The Rescue Ranch PAWS Humane H.E.L.P.

Fix Georgia Pets 6300 Powers Ferry Rd. • Suite 600-205 • Atlanta, GA 30339 • • 404.835.4100 FIX GEORGIA PETS is a non-profit organization that HELPS PAY for the spaying and neutering of dogS and catS WHOSE owners cannot afford the high cost of veterinary care.


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Pet Rally

Each year, Red Bandanna Pet Food helps out local animal rescue groups and charitable giving programs around Atlanta – including an impressive 36,000 meals and $36,000 in donations and product in 2014. Pet lovers can show their support with Round Up for Rescues (customers round up their purchase total to the next dollar), Feed the Furries (a meal program in partnership with Phillips Pet Food and Supplies), the Red Bandanna Calendar, Angel Tree and other fundraising events at the company’s 12 area stores. Among the beneficiaries: Fix Georgia Pets, Angels Among Us, Daffy’s Kitchen, Good Mews and Atlanta Lab Rescue.


Hot Dog Meet Tuna the Chiweenie

Chew on this! THE BUZZY BUMBLE BEE ROPE TOY ($16) and SILLY SUCCULENT RUBBER TOY ($14) are READY FOR PUPPY playtime. available online at

Courtney Dasher with her dog Tuna

Tuna the Chiweenie has captured the hearts of millions through his Instagram account @TunaMeltsMyHeart. Now, this publicity hound has his very own book. Filled with over 100 photos of the fetching little fellow, famous for his toothy overbite and recessed jawline, Tuna Melts My Heart offers a behindthe-scenes look at his daily exploits, from sleeping to sunbathing, with witty commentary on his doggie ways. The book was lovingly penned by Tuna’s owner Courtney Dasher, who has nurtured him from rescue pup to top dog. Tuna was found abandoned by the side of the road in San Diego and was so traumatized that he crawled submissively on his belly, earning the nickname “Wormy.” Courtney adopted Tuna with the intention of fostering him until he found a home, but she fell in love instead. Talk about a lucky dog! Southern Seasons Magazine


Suited for Summer With clothing that juxtaposes the whimsical and flirty with the sexy and sophisticated, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet is all about personal style. The collection includes ready-to-wear, gowns, shoes, tech accessories and handbags – embraced by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift. Visit the new Atlanta boutique at 262 Buckhead Ave.

Celebrating Seersucker

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F&W Style’s luxury leather handbags are now available at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Gift Shop. YELLOW LENOX TOTE AND BLUE Chloe Tote.


Pucker up! National Seersucker Day is June 11. Don your best seersucker suit in salute to this lightweight cotton fabric that has heralded the arrival of summer for more than a century in American history. Holding a special place in the halls of the Capitol, seersucker was a stylish necessity to battle the D.C. heat in the days before air conditioning. Though the tradition waned, Mississippi Senator Trent Lott initiated National Seersucker Day in 1996 as an homage to the time when there was more charm and playfulness in Washington attire. Last year, Haspel clothing company worked with Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy to get this day back on the calendar in Congress. Joseph Haspel Sr. founded Haspel in 1909 with the goal of creating clothes that could stand up to the sultry summers of his native New Orleans. He knew that the Brits used this strangely puckered cloth called seersucker in India and thought it could translate well to a hot-weather-ready suit. He was right. Haspel became synonymous with jazzy Crescent City style. Yankee prepsters at Princeton snapped up the “it” suit, spreading it through the Ivy League as a signifier of a true gentlemen. Meanwhile, Joseph Sr. was keeping it real down south. In one famed story, he dove into the ocean with his clothes on just to show his friends how good his wash-andwear suit would still look at that evening’s cocktails. members of congress suited up for National Seersucker Day 2014.


Y Love Connection

Steve Harvey’s online dating site is a matchmaking delight


by leslie neland

teve Harvey’s online dating platform is everything the name suggests – 100% delightful! The great new website is simple to use and a breeze to navigate. For many, dating can be an intimidating and confusing experience, but this particular site offers a variety of ways of making the path to finding love seem less daunting. The definition of dating has evolved, and if you want to throw your hat into the ring, you must evolve with it. There is no “best” way to a mate, but online dating is another cool tool that is quickly becoming the go-to approach for busy singles and individuals who are simply looking for a new way to meet their perfect match. Just like with any new device, you have to know how to use it properly. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure the best experience with Harvey’s user-friendly dating site: • Be honest. Create an authentic profile. Upload your most recent and favorable photos. I’ve heard a million stories about people showing up for the date appearing 20 years older and 50 pounds heavier than their profile picture. Even if you feel that you still look attractive, the other person is going to be disappointed and may end the date abruptly. People are leery of being “catfished,” so it’s best to begin the relationship with truthfulness and trust. • Keep up. Interact with the online site daily. There’s nothing worse than someone who is slow to respond. • Invest in yourself. The cost for this site is very reasonable, with a monthly fee starting at $14. • Meet in person. There’s no other way to determine if you actually have chemistry with someone than to meet him

For naysayers who doubted the success of online dating sites, just look who has jumped on the bandwagon with his newest venture! Yes, it’s the love doctor himself – Steve Harvey.

or her face-to-face. Make sure you have a few telephone conversations first, and if you feel comfortable, set the date/ meeting at a public location. • Have fun! In true Steve Harvey style, laugh and enjoy the adventure. Most of the individuals won’t become your Mr. or Mrs. Forever, but keep in mind, you’re only looking for one awesome match. In the process, it’s okay to explore your options and find friendship. You never want to waste your time on someone who isn’t right for you, but forming new, positive “relationships” can always be interesting. Stay focused on your main goal: finding the love of your life. I asked a couple of girlfriends to give Harvey’s website a shot. Both Chloe and Ananda have used online dating services in the past, but didn’t have much luck. They felt some of the sites were complicated and the “waiting game” in contacting your selected matches directly was detrimental to their success rate. I am delighted to report that both of them gave it some pretty high marks! The optimism they expressed in turn gave me an even more positive outlook for all single women actively trying to connect with their lifelong partner. Using the tips, coupled with Steve Harvey’s, will improve your chances of finding love online and make the experience exciting and more interesting. If you’re feeling optimistic you should begin your Delightful. com membership today. One last tip: Be patient, consistent, and most of all, enjoy the experience! Leslie Neland is a writer, motivational speaker and relationship expert. Her debut book, Finding Mr. Forever, is the culmination of her experience mentoring thousands of women about relationships.

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Second place went to Tom Abrams (Bloomingdale’s GM) and his partner Autumn Morgenstern.

WINNER Meg Reggie (MR-PR Public Relations) and partner Erick Nathan.

Just Dance! 2015 EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge


elebrating self-esteem and positive body image through dance, the 2015 EDIN Celebrity Dance Challenge at the Buckhead Theatre swept guests off their feet, raising $50,000 for the Eating Disorders Information Network. The fun evening featured fabulous performances by dance pairs: Nikky Williams of On Air Personality and Dustin Lewis (Broadway), Andres Loaiza of Aria and Asiya Khasnutdinova (Salsa), Cassie Young of The Bert Show and Evari Pickett (Pop), Trey Humphries of Furbus and Desiree Nathanson (’80s Contemporary Jazz), Meg Reggie of MR-PR and Erick Nathan (Hip Hop), and Tom Abrams of Bloomingdales and Autumn Morgenstern (Irish Step). 30

Emcees Bert Weiss and Christi Paul introduced the dancers, while judges Ofelia de la Valette, Saunders Hulsey, Jonathan Doone and Dr. Anita Johnson voiced their feedback on stage following each performance. Audience members were able to text-to-vote for their favorite pair. Meg Reggie and Erick Nathan took home the winning trophy for their smooth moves, with Tom Abrams and Autumn Morgenstern placing second for their fancy footwork. The event was held the last week of February to coincide with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Proceeds will be used by EDIN, an Atlanta nonprofit organization, to give vital presentations in the community, update eating disorder prevention curriculums for area schools, and provide online resources for those seeking help.



In the 1980s, educators Jacque and Joe Digieso put their heads together to develop an innovative program for high school students who were challenged by the traditional school setting. They opened a one-room tutoring center, providing instruction in both academic and personal life skills. Their students blossomed and the school grew. Today, The Cottage School holds its own as one of the best private needs schools in the country. It serves both middle and high school students with mild learning differences on a scenic 23acre campus along the Chattahoochee River Corridor in Roswell. “When Joe and I envisioned opening a small school for struggling students, we had no idea what was in store,” said Jacque Digieso, PhD, who has announced her plans to retire this July as executive director of The Cottage School, following the school’s 30th anniversary in March. “Now, we look at this beautiful setting filled with happy and healthy teens who will make their way with confidence and pride. That growth is a direct result of the folks who came alongside of us and moved the school forward, bringing their own talent and resources to enhance each student’s experience,” she said. “It has been an amazing journey filled with deep commitments and heartfelt gifts!”

Though she’s retiring, she will continue to stay involved, serving on the school’s board of directors. “What I feel Joe and I are doing is much like what you have to do with your own children. We have nurtured and fed the hearts and minds on this campus for 30 years and it is time to turn the future growth and success of the school to others with renewed energy and resources.” The school’s newly named executive director is Steven Palmer, most recently the superintendent and principal at Pansophia Academy in Coldwater, MI. “Although it is difficult to say goodbye to such a veteran educator and community leader, we know the transition will be a smooth one,” said Bob Hagan, president of The Cottage School Board of Directors. “Jacque’s legacy of creating and sustaining community and putting the needs of students and their families above all else will be forever grounded in the TCS culture.” Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and the Georgia Accrediting Commission, The Cottage School provides a comprehensive academic college preparatory curriculum that meets Georgia high school graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements.

For this incredibly brilliant, energetic and inspiring woman, I’m sure retirement is just a technicality. Jacque Digieso has been part of my life as a friend and mentor for many years. If I know Jacque, her retirement will be as active and productive as her career as an educator always was. She has a natural affinity to help children and families and this is part of her character as she will undoubtedly continue to contribute to the community.” – Eileen Gordon, editor, Southern Seasons Magazine


The Cottage School’s Executive Director Jacque Digieso set to retire after three decades of educational excellence.

Jacque Digieso

In addition to building a successful educational environment for students with learning difficulties, Jacque Digieso has been as active out of the classroom, as she has been in the classroom. Jacque is past president of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools and past president of the Roswell East Rotary Club and Roswell Rotary Club. She is active in the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, The Learning Disabilities Association, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and a member of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities as well as several other professional associations. She was honored as a Woman of Distinction by the Atlanta Crohns & Colitis Foundation in 1998, was the recipient of the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship in 2002, and was Atlanta Woman magazine’s “Woman of the Year” nominee in 2007. Upon her retirement, Jacque will join The Cottage School Board of Directors to continue being involved with the mission of the school.

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

by ronald E. goldstein, DDS

Looks... Your Man’s

Are you Still Happy?


tudies show that one of the first things a woman notices in a man is his smile. She may see an attractive smile as a testament to how he maintains his body and perhaps even his life. And yet we constantly see men who don’t seem to care how their smile looks. I have changed thousands of women’s smiles over the past 50 years but when 75% of their husbands visited them in our office, our staff could not believe how such attractive men had let their smile deteriorate. But I could. For starters, at social events women routinely ask me how they can improve their smile, but rarely have I gotten a question from a male. In fact, many times it was a wife who asked specifically how she could motivate her husband to improve his smile. Could it be because he is just not concerned about his looks? Or could it be that media today supplies all the answers anyone could possibly ask? Various studies and research tell us that facial improvements are not high on a male’s list. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2013 statistics showed that only 10% of 133,000 facelifts were male patients. This seems to be in keeping with past studies. Therefore, could we assume men really feel more comfortable with an aging look? According to Gordon Patzer, PhD and author of LOOKS: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, “Men are substantially less comfortable with aging looks of their spouse/life partner compared to the comfort level of women regarding aging looks of their spouse/life partner. Beyond spousal relationships, people throughout history have placed greater importance on the look of women than the look of men; including appearances of age and physical attractiveness. Men experience life differently than women, and have not, to the same extent, been motivated or pressured to enhance or sustain their looks of younger ages, and their associated momentum due to established convention changes slowly.” Does this mean statistics will be changing in the future? Patzer feels cultures worldwide have historically given men


license for self-fascination directed toward attributes unrelated to their looks. He says, “Men have been permitted traditionally to hold no views of their own looks or unrealistically distorted positive views. But change for men began about a decade ago, continues today, and can be expected to accelerate in the future.” We know from a study in the March 2015 issue of The Psychological Bulletin, the journal of the American Psychological Association, that men are more narcissistic than women and this was based on a three-decade study that included almost a half million people. To back it up, the Australian Psychological Society found in its study that body image dissatisfaction has tripled in the past 25 years, from 15% to 45%, as reported by Dr. Helen Fawkner.


The statistics are also showing that younger men are becoming much more comfortable with improving their looks. So is there more resistance for the older man to do so? Possible reasons other than financial include a fear of procedures, concern that others will say he is “vain,” or insecurity because their social groups or peers have not done so. One other reason I have found with male patients who come for consultation is their lack of knowledge about how easy, simple, and pain-free options are today. Patzer agrees and states, “People particularly in the U.S. are placing increased importance on a man’s looks and are doing so at a much greater rate of increase (than the rate of increase for women’s looks). The result is growing awareness by men about the importance and thus value of their own looks, with rising motivation for improvements through esthetic dentistry and cosmetic surgery ranging from minimally invasive to extensive.” Thousands of studies have shown the advantages of looking one’s best. And women seem to “get it” – at least that’s what most of the published studies by both plastic surgery,

Ideal facial balance requires a smile that complements the face. Although this man’s smile is not perfect, it still is attractive and fits his face.

dermatologic and dental organizations continue to show. Many studies also prove that people judge others in the first few minutes of meeting them partly based on facial features. So that is why a good smile and attractive facial features can help increase overall social and business success. I was recently lecturing at a global dental conference and met two dentists. One was an attractive female who had a smile that matched her appearance, the other was her handsome male companion who had a smile that was really hard to look at – with crowded and terribly stained front teeth. Even so, he called himself a “cosmetic dentist!?” I find it hard to believe that his patients accept cosmetic treatment, especially after looking at his darkly stained teeth. And yet he was at a conference learning about cosmetic dentistry. So, how can you motivate your loved one to make a change? One time an attractive 65-yearold woman asked me how she could motivate her husband, whose smile she hated, to come see us for a consultation. Jokingly, I told her to tell her husband she would not kiss him until he made the appointment! To my amazement, he came to see me the next week for a consultation and we ended up changing his smile in one appointment with direct composite resin veneers. However, I am certainly not recommending withholding any sexual favors as a means of motivating your spouse or boyfriend to have facial cosmetic changes. So, should you withhold a kiss – or even more? Patzer offers this advice: “Tone and timing are serious matters when dealing with a person’s looks. Men (and women) tend to be overly

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sensitive about suggestions by significant others to improve their looks. Best for loved ones to begin with indirect hints and escalate the directness as necessary – men are notoriously blind concerning their own looks, with substantial overrating in their favor. Furthermore, a man’s spouse/loved one should never approach the topic in a context of sexual value.” No doubt, I will continue to be asked by my female patients how to get their loved ones to join them in looking their best. And, no doubt, the men who have such a positive self-image will continue to look just the way they want. The bottom line is…I fully understand.

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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by Angela Carlos

The Anatomy of a Perfect Salad


cringe at the sight of a plastic bottle on the kitchen sweet or savory. What it really comes down to are the ingredients. table. Carelessly spilling thick dressing suspended Quality is king when crafting the perfect salad, and summer is in a chemically induced emulsion is no way to treat the ideal time to get creative with ingredients while fruits and innocent greens. If you are the kind of person that vegetables are plentiful. slaps a bottle of Kraft dressing on the table at dinner Texture is almost as important as taste. It’s the reason why we time, keep reading. I promise there’s a better way. reject mealy apples and throw away wilted lettuce. Vary textures What is my real gripe with bottled dressings? It’s simple – so your salad isn’t all crunch or mush. Croutons, nuts and bacon bottled dressings are the one size fits all, which just leaves the can completely up your salad game. On the other hand, add lettuce sagging and your dinner guests bored. Dressing was avocados or goat cheese to add smooth, buttery and luxurious the first thing I learned to make in my mother’s kitchen. Safe texture. enough. It didn’t involve fire and it kept me endlessly occupied The biggest secret to preparing a perfect salad is ratios. If with the spice cabinet, while my mother you’ve ever taken a bite with too did the real cooking. much vinegar or laid eyes on a bowl of At the height of summer, the lettuce swimming in dressing then you humidity is at full peak, my hair is know exactly why proportions matter. frizzing out, and the artificial breeze Vinaigrettes are simple, light dressings blowing through the air conditioner that are easy to make, as long as you vents hardly makes a difference in the remember the classic vinaigrette ratio: temperature. The last thing anyone 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. But keep wants to do in the heat of the summer is in mind that ratios are guides, and taste stir pots over a hot stove top. Salads are is always the most important factor. the perfect entree to keep dinner light Finally, season everything. The and refreshing. greens, the dressing, just season Admittedly, salad can seem pretty everything. Nothing is worse than a boring. On the other hand, the flavor bland, tasteless salad. If you have ever profiles and combinations are endless. wondered why salads often taste better Understanding the anatomy of what at restaurants, it’s probably because makes a perfect salad takes your salad most professional cooks take the time bowl from average to extraordinary. to season and toss each ingredient in Get to know what’s in season near dressing before composing the salad. you. Walk through the grocery store, So, put down the bottled dressing use one of the many phone apps to keep and pick up a whisk! Because while the track of seasons or simply pick up what Atlanta native Angela Carlos is a New York- temperatures rise outside, keep cool looks and smells good! Fresh, seasonal based food writer and photographer who holds in the kitchen by turning off the oven ingredients mean peak flavor and a master’s degree in Food Studies from NYU and relying on fresh ingredients to keep and a Grand Diploma in Culinary and Pastry Arts texture. your family happy and full throughout from the French Culinary Institute. She’s spent Salads can be hearty or delicate, countless hours in some of NYC’s best kitchens. the summer months.


Arugula and Stone Fruit Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1 package (10 oz) arugula, washed & dried 1 plum/peach/nectarine, sliced thin 2-3 slices prosciutto, sliced into thinner strips

Vinaigrette: 1 cup fresh blueberries 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp honey 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 cup olive oil salt and pepper

In a small sauce pan, combine half the blueberries with the balsamic vinegar and honey on low heat. Cook the blueberries and balsamic until slightly reduced about 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, crisp the prosciutto on pan lined with foil at 350ยบ F for 6-8 minutes. Remove the blueberries and balsamic from the heat and cool. Once the blueberries are cool, whisk together the remaining vinaigrette ingredients and set aside. To plate, toss greens in a small amount of vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste. Then, top with fruit and the crisped prosciutto and drizzle more vinaigrette and blueberries as desired. Yields 4 servings

Mediterranean Vegetable Farro Salad with Simple Red Wine Vinaigrette Ingredients: 1 cup farro 2 1/2 cups water, salted 1/2 cup zucchini, medium dice 1/4 cup raisins, plumped in warm water 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped 1/2 cup arugula 3 sprigs mint 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin 1/2 cup small Marzano tomatoes, halved

Vinaigrette: 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1 tbsp walnut oil 1/2 cup olive oil 1 shallot, minced salt and pepper

Combine the farro and salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover with a lid. Cook the farro for 12 minutes. Then drain, cool and set aside. While the farro is cooking, prep all other ingredients. Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Once the farro is completely cool, combine all ingredients, toss with vinaigrette, garnish with herbs and serve! Yields 6 servings

Kale Greek Salad with Hummus Dressing Ingredients: 1/2 lb Lacinto kale (Dinosaur or Tuscan kale) or tender regular kale, stems and center ribs discarded. 6-8 baby heirloom tomatoes, sliced 1 medium cucumber, medium dice 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin 1/2-3/4 cup feta, crumbled or large chunks

Dressing: 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp honey 1/2 tbsp hummus 1 clove garlic, minced salt and pepper

Chiffonade or slice the kale into very thin ribbon-like slices. Toss the kale with the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and feta and season lightly with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together except the oil. Slowly stream the oil while whisking to form an emulsion. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss salad with dressing, divide onto plates and serve! Yields 4 servings

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southern tales

Beach Bound

n The sound of glass, karen white (New AMERICAN LIBRARY HARDCOVER)


wo years after the tragic death of her husband, Cal, Merritt Heyward is bequeathed his family home in Beaufort, S.C. Determined to forge a new start, Merritt abandons her life in Maine and heads south to the sultry Low Country, where the terrible secrets of Cal’s past are hidden in the ancestral home on the bluff. Joined by her young stepmother and half-brother, Merritt unravels buried history, as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs.

n beach town, mary kay andrews (St. Martin’s Press)


truggling movie location scout Greer Hennessy has been given one last chance to find the right spot for a big budget action movie. She’s ecstatic to discover a pristine patch of the Florida Gulf coast that would be perfect. But she soon finds a formidable obstacle in Mayor Eben Thinadeaux, an environmentalist who won’t let anybody harm his town. The only problem is that he finds Greer too attractive for his own good. Will true love find a foothold before it’s too late?

BOAT TOTES Handcrafted from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine, Sea Bags are both sturdy and stylish, with rope handles and fun-in-the-sun prints. Left: Geometric Rope Print Bullet Bag ($125). Right: Green Anchor Tote ($130-$190), Rainbow Tote ($165). 36

Winding plots, complex characters and stunning settings offer a breezy escape for summer beach reading.

n twice in a lifetime, dorothy garlock (grand central publishing hardcover)


t’s 1954 in Sunset, Missouri, and Clara Sinclair, a young widow whose husband died in World War II, has her hands full with teenage son, Tommy. Clara needs help keeping him in line, but little does she know it will come from a handsome stranger: racecar driver Drake McCoy. After making a pit stop in town, Drake meets Clara and is drawn to her. For the first time in his life, he’s thinking about putting down roots, if he can stop his past from destroying his future. (Release date: 7/07/2015)

AROUND the south



Southern Grown Festival June 19-21 – Sea Island, GA

Enjoy jazz music in a serene seaside setting with dazzling sunsets and cool breezes at the 30th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf,” hosted by The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in southwest Florida. The free concert series, held from 6:30-9:30 PM on the resort’s Watkins Lawn, will be June 27, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept. 19. Jekyll Island Authority

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Jekyll Island Authority

For a real taste of the South, head to the fivestar Sea Island Resort on Georgia’s coast for the Southern Grown Festival, June 19-21. The inaugural event features award-winning chefs (including Atlanta’s own Linton Hopkins), folk-rock band The Avett Brothers, a “Big Fish” fry, an oceanfront concert and an array of classes, including a “pole to plate” dockside experience, culinary gardening session, beekeeping tutorial and song writer studio. Tickets start at $65.

WILD GEORGIA SHRIMP Fest SEPT. 18-20 – jekyll Island, GA Celebrating the sweet flavor of Wild Georgia Shrimp and the coastal beauty of Jekyll Island, this annual “Shrimp & Grits” fest features a weekend of foodie fun for the family, Sept. 1820 in the Historic Landmark District. Seafood lovers can savor delicious dishes, sip craft beer, shop for arts & crafts, and sing along to live music. Entertainment also includes guest chef demonstrations and a fun zone for kids. Southern Seasons Magazine


Just say

By Laura Turner Seydel

Plastic pollution threatens Georgia’s waterways and coastlines.

no to plastic bags

Score – Georgia: 1, Plastic Bags: 0. On March 26, 2015, the Georgia House defeated Senate Bill 139, legislation prohibiting cities and towns from restricting plastic bags and other single-use items. Right up to the vote, this was a heated issue with both sides trying to garner support. I testified in opposition to the bill because I am passionate about instilling the values of reusing and recycling, as well as supporting legislation that makes good common sense. This bill did not. Take for instance the two Georgia communities where interest in these restrictions has been gaining the most steam: Athens-Clarke County and Tybee Island. Tybee Island citizens are combating the ruinous effect plastic waste has on their coastlines. Not only do they depend on tourism as a mainstay of their economy, but they are home to five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles. Sadly, turtles ingest the plastic bags, posing significant health risks and even death. In Athens-Clarke County, photo: Dominic Chavez GRAPHIC: © Inktear citizens are struggling to meet their wastediversion goals as landfills are filling up. These THE pose a problem not only in traditional POWER bags waste environments but recycling facilities as IS YOURS well. Plastic bags are more difficult to recycle and can damage expensive equipment. Let’s be real about plastic bags: they are non-biodegradable, cause huge build-ups of litter, endanger animals, increase our foreign dependence on oil, and poison our waters. We trade all of this for mere moments of convenience. Americans use and dispose of an unfathomable 100 billion 38

plastic bags annually and at least 12 million barrels of oil are used per year in their manufacture. Last year, Tybee Island taxpayers spent $600,000 on beach cleanups and related waste management without help from the state. Nationally, only an approximate three percent of plastic bags are recycled each year. These bags can take thousands of years to break down, but due to the nature of their materials they don’t really fully decompose. As such, there is a tremendous amount of one-use plastics that wash down our storm drains and into our rivers, lakes and ultimately, our oceans. Once exposed to the harsh conditions of saltwater and sun, the plastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces. This oceanic plastic pollution, driven by powerful circulating currents, accumulates into five giant garbage patches, the largest, estimated to be twice the size of Texas, is in the Northern Pacific. And this is only what we can see on the surface; the amounts that lie below are much, much greater. This plastic pollution doesn’t accumulate forever; rapidly fragmenting in the gyres, it is pushed outward across the planet, where it washes up on beaches or settles on the seafloor, much like smog does in the air. Fish and other sea-dwelling animals are ingesting this plastic pollution with serious consequences. Here in Georgia, the impact of plastic bags is plainly evident

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Tybee Island’s sea turtles ingest plastic bags thinking they are jelly fish which can lead to significant health risks.

Let’s be real about plastic bags: they are non-biodegradable, cause huge build-ups of litter, endanger animals, increase our foreign dependence on oil, and poison our waters. We trade all of this for mere moments of convenience.

Above : Jason Ulseth, Riverkeeper for Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, and One More Generation’s Jim Ries, as the Bag Man, at the Senate Bill 139 hearing. Photo courtesy of

on our beloved Chattahoochee River and the network of creeks and streams in the river basin. Carried by heavy rains, hundreds of these bags can be seen in tree and shrub branches – true eyesores, too high to be reached by volunteers who participate in regularly scheduled cleanups. The good news is we are slowly waking up to this man-made crisis, with localities passing their own legislation to reduce plastic bags across the country. Last September, California was the first to pass a statewide ban on plastic bags. However many of these important measures are in trouble. California’s landmark legislation is now officially on hold. Florida and Arizona have both already passed bills making the banning of plastic bags illegal. Powerful and large special interest lobbying groups are behind these “ban bans,” as well as litigation aimed at already existing bans. Outside interests are funding these efforts to dissuade and dismantle local level legislation. Primary among them is the Progressive Bag Affiliates, funded by the largest plastic bag manufacturers in the country and the American Chemistry Council. Home Rule is a long-established policy in Georgia, whereby local governments can decide how to best govern themselves. Coastal communities like Tybee Island have an interest in protecting marine life from entanglement in plastic bags and

preserving the beauty of their beaches from plastic debris. Our local communities should have the freedom to enact ordinances unique to their concerns without the state meddling unnecessarily in their affairs. The truth is, it will take a long time for a widespread transition from plastic bags, so it is important to support communities nationwide that are taking these first steps and to learn from their mistakes and achievements. Some companies are already taking steps on their own. Whole Foods will credit you for bringing your own bags, which you can then contribute back to the many causes of the Whole Planet Foundation – my favorite being microenterprise lending to poor women. At Costco, they do not offer bags at all, although you may reuse their cardboard packing containers. In Georgia, we have been victorious in deterring powerful outsider groups from interfering in our local politics and stopping important legislation. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. One of the best ways you can make a difference is by starting at home and implementing a family policy of the 4 R’s: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and Refuse! Just refuse plastic bags and other one-use throw-away items. You can also visit the Plastic Pollution Coalition ( and the 5 Gyres Institute ( websites to learn more on the threat of plastic waste. Southern Seasons Magazine




Left: Lanier Meaders (Georgia, Above: Howard Finster (Georgia, 1916- Below: Cornbread Anderson 1917-1998), Face Jug, pottery. 2001), Angel, paint on cut out board. (Georgia), paint on board.

Folk Art Festival Above: Jimmy Lee Sudduth (Alabama, 19102007), Self Portrait, paint and mud on board. what:

22nd annual Folk Art Festival Aug. 14-16 (5-10 PM Fri., 10 AM-7 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun.) where: North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross info: when:


Billed as the world’s greatest folk art show and sale, the 22nd annual Folk Art Festival returns to the North Atlanta Trade Center on Aug. 14-16, featuring a smorgasbord of works by self-taught artists. “Expect to be blown away,” said festival organizer Steve Slotin of Gainesville. “The show is 80,000 square feet of folk art representing everything under the umbrella of self-taught, from museum quality masterpieces to affordable gifts.” The event attracts 10,000-12,000 visitors, young and old, who are guaranteed to find something fun and unique each year. “Folk Art is so appealing to people because they just get it. It’s not complicated or metaphoric – it is art created by regular people showing what regular people do,” Slotin said. “It is often not even made for an audience, but for the artist him/herself, capturing a memory or a religious vision or simply decorating their environment.”

Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883-1976), Ansel Adams in a Truck, Yosemite Valley, 1953, gelatin silver print. Collection of Joyce Linker. © 1953, 2015 Imogen Cunningham Trust.

Alfred Eisenstaedt (American (b. Germany), 1898-1995), Little Boy Selling Coca-Cola at Roadside, Atlanta, Ga., 1936, gelatin silver print. Collection of The Coca-Cola Company.

Esther Bubley (American, 1921-1998), Coca-Cola Wall, Texas, 1945. Collection of Joyce Linker. Digital image courtesy Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Kentucky.

ICONIC Design Coca-Cola Bottle caps 100 years at High Museum

Above: Andy Warhol (American, 19281987), Three Coke Bottles, 1962, silkscreen, ink, and graphite on linen, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Inc., 1998.1.20. © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists. Right: 1915 Patent Coca-Cola Contour Bottle. Collection of and © The CocaCola Company.

On view through Oct. 4 at the High Museum of Art, “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100” offers a refreshing look at the legacy of the curvy, green-tinted glass container. Since its debut in 1915, the beloved bottle has become one of the world’s most recognized symbols – enticing billions, enthralling generations and inspiring countless works of art. The splashy centennial exhibit, heralded with hundreds of 3-D printed bottles suspended from the lobby ceiling, features over 100 objects of fine art and design. A Pop Art section spotlights pieces by Andy Warhol, whose breakthrough style was spurred by the Coke bottle; and a gallery of photographs by such notables as William Christenberry, Walker Evans and Helen Levitt documents the drink’s universal presence in the cultural landscape of 20th century America. Visitors can view a rare 1915 prototype, original drawings and patents, an early plastic version of the bottle from the late 1960s, and the first aluminum version from 2005, among other relics, in a display chronicling the design history of the bottle. The first Coca-Cola bottle was the result of a competition that challenged bottle manufacturers to develop a container recognizable even if broken on the ground or touched in the dark. The Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Ind., rose to the occasion, creating a distinct design for the already ubiquitous product launched in 1886. The captivating packaging has long since sealed Coke’s sweet success. Southern Seasons Magazine







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Through June 30 Sharon Weiner: July 10-Aug. 8 Michi Meko Aug. 21-Sept. 26 Larry Gray

315 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-0370.

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


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Art station galleries

Through July 18 Spring Juried Members Exhibit. Ongoing 3-D Invitational Exhibit. 5384 Manor Dr., St. Mtn. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.


Ongoing Unique temporary public

art installations along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.

ATL. BOTANICAL GARDEN Through Oct. 3 “Bruce Munro:

Light in the Garden,” imaginative, luminous works of art created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber, on view from 6-11 PM, Wed.-Sun. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Atl. Open daily. 404/876-5859.


A Look at Nexus Press,” explores the pioneering work of producing artists’ books from offset printing. July 20-24 Art Youth Summit. Aug. 29-Nov. 7 “Aleksandra Domanovi,” opening 7 PM Aug 29. 535 Means Street NW, Atl. Tues.Sat.


Through June 7 “The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office.” Through Aug. 16 Booth Artists’ Guild Annual Exhibition. Opening reception: 5 PM June 18. June 1-27 “Cowboy Artists Sketching the West.” June 26-Aug. 30 “Framing the Future,” CAA members. June 26-Oct. 26 “Blazing the Trail: The Cowboy Artists of America.” July 16, Aug. 20 Summer Entertainment Series. Aug. 18-Nov. 15 Booth Photography Guild Exhibition. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.-Sun. 770/387-1300.

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Through July 5 “Where The Wild

Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures,” showcasing Sendak’s most famous pieces through preliminary sketches, finished artwork and interactive displays. 1440 Spring St., NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri. 678/222-



Through July 10 Paintings by Tim


July 17-Sept. 11 Transformation:

Group Juried Exhibition 980 Briarcliff Road NE. Mon.-Sat.



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. deltamuseum.


org. 404/715-7886.

Arrived at Georgia: The von Reck Sketchbook, 1736.” Through Nov. 20 “Filming The Camps – John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg.” 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/814-4000.


Through Oct. 31 “We Had


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


June 5-30 “Oh The Places You’ll

Go!,” landscape and cityscape show featuring Steve Dininno, Ana Guzman, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Roos Schuring and Dirk Walker. Reception: 5-9 PM June 5. July 3-31 “Farm to Table,” landscape and still life show. Reception: 5-9 PM July 3. Aug. 7-31 “About Face,” show of portraiture. Reception: 5-9 PM Aug. 7. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.-

“Oh the Places You’ll Go!” June 5-30 – dk Gallery, Marietta Spring in the City, Dirk A. Walker, 24” x 24”

Sat. 770/427-5377.


June 6-Aug. 23 “Brain: The Inside Story,” high-energy exploration of the most complex and fascinating biological structure. 767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily.

and Ronnie Goodman: Speaking to the Issues.” “El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte.” July 11-Oct. 4 “Ralph Chessé.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun.

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Monthly Self-guided walking tour of the galleries of the Roswell Art District. 6-9 PM on the first Friday of the month. 770/594-9511.

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Through June 21 “Jay Robinson:

Quarks, Leptons and Peanuts.” Through June 28 “AiryLight: Visualizing the Invisible.” Through July 1 “Terra Verte.” Through Aug. 2 “Lines of Inquiry: Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Ceseri Collection.” June 13-Sept. 13 “Art Hazelwood

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Through Aug. 1 “The Civil War in Sandy Springs.” 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. Open by appointment only.


Through June 7 “Earl Pardon’s

Portable Art: Jewelry and Design.”

Through June 21 “Gordon Parks:

Segregation Story.” “Leonard Freed: Black in White America.” Through July 5 “A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden.” Through July 12 “Helen Levitt: In the Street.” Through Oct. 4 “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100.”

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Through Nov. 29 “Los Trompos.” Through Jan. 10, 2016 “Seriously

Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems.” June 21-Sept. 6 “Alex Katz, This Is Now.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun.



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Fernando Lopes, The Flag Book: Interaction Towards a Better World, 1996, repeated accordion-fold, slipcase, multi-color, published by Nexus Press for the 1996 Cultural Olympiad.

Through Aug. 1 Bruce Davidson:

“In Color” and “The Brooklyn Gang.” 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.

“Endless Road: A Look at Nexus Press” Through July 25 – Atlanta Contemporary Art Center


June 2-30 New Talent Feature July 7-Aug. 1 Annual “Christmas

in July” Show and Sale. 3235 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-8273.


Through June 26 “Mario DiGirolamo – Visione.” Galleries of Peachtree Hills, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 29B, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-6100.


Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

MArietta/cobb museum of art Through June 28 “Carl Holzman

and Sally Tharpe.” “Jere Allen: Ebb and Flow.”

July 11-Sept. 6

“Metro Montage XV: Annual Juried Exhibition of Artists.” 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun. 770/528-1444.


Through June 21 “African

Cosmos: Stellar Arts,” explores the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and African arts. Through July 26 “Two of Each: The Nippur Deluge Tablet and Noah’s Flood.” Through Jan. 3, 2016 “Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/727-



Through July 3 “Larry Jens

John James Audubon (1785-1851), Blue Jay, Corvus Cristatus, Handcolored engraving on paper, engraved and colored by R. Havell Jr., 26 ½” x 21 ½”, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Carson, Collection of OUMA.


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



Through July 10 OCAF’s Annual

Members Exhibition. “Finding Delight,” featuring photographs by Ginger Goejkian. Aug. 28-Sept. 16 “Perspectives,” 34 School St., Watkinsville. Tues.Sat. 706/769-4565.


Through June 28 “OUMA Collects: Recent Acquisitions.” Through Aug. 23 “John James Audubon: Swift Birds of Passage.” July 11-Aug. 23 Colored Pencil Society of America 23rd Annual International Exhibition. 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-8555.

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


Ongoing Spruill Gallery offers rotating professional artist exhibits and local artisan wares. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Tues.Sat. 770/394-4019. Ongoing Spruill Center showcases the works of instructors and students in The Education Center Hallway Gallery. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 770/394-3447.


June 4-Aug. 5 Summer Swan

Invitational: Southern Pottery and Handmade Objects, featuring the works of over 50 local artists. Opening: 6-9 PM June 4. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/266-


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

Anderson: A Retrospective,” The Atlanta Years (1979-2015). July 18-Sept. 12 Jonathan Bouknight, 2014/2015 Working Artist Project. Walthall Artist Fellowship 2014-15. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/367-

June 13 Art & Cocktails in the Garden, 5-7 PM. 5650 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners. Tues.-Sat. 770/609-8662.

MOCA GA/TULA Art Complex

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



paintings by Curt Butler and Christina Foard. 690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-


“John James Audubon” Through Aug. 23 Oglethorpe Museum

on human health. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St., Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-6455.

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


Through Aug. 9 “Design for

Healthy Living,” explores the impact of the built environment


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June 19-July 10 Group Landscape Show. July 24-Aug. 21 Group Figurative Show. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.


June 1-30 Wildlife Art Exhibit, featuring Larry K. Martin. Artist Reception: 5:30-8 PM June 16. 617 Atlanta St., Roswell. Open daily. 770/640-3253.

Through June 6 “Eight by Two,”




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Star Power

Just how much does celebrity provenance add to the value of an item? A lot, it seems, when the former owner happens to be late Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall. International bidders shelled out big bucks for her belongings at an estate auction at Bonhams.

After a two-day, 20-hour marathon auction at Bonhams New York this spring, all 740 lots of the Lauren Bacall Collection sold, totaling $3.64 million. More than 1,500 bidders from 34 countries took part in Bonhams’ highest profile auction of the season. “We have been humbled by the worldwide outpouring of enthusiasm for this sale,” said Jon King of Bonhams, who orchestrated the sale and was a friend of Lauren Bacall. “Bacall’s legacy will live on in the homes of her countless admirers.”

Top lots included Humphrey Bogart memorabilia, Henry Moore bronze sculptures, Audubon prints and Schlumberger jewelry. A pair of landscape paintings by American artist Albert York went for a world-record $161,000. Two other Moore sculptures sold at a prior auction brought the final Bacall tally to $5 million. The actress, who passed away in August 2014, lived in a spacious 4,000-square-foot apartment in New York’s Dakota Building, where almost every


Humphrey Bogart’s brass inset black granite and wrought iron games table, first half 20th century.


$47,500 $118,750 Three-Quarter Mother and Child on Round Base, Henry Moore O.M., C.H. height 7 in.

Humphrey Bogart’s Hartmann “Turn Table” steamer trunk.

item in the auction was on display. She wrote in her memoir, Now, “I filled my house with wonderful furniture and art to satisfy my aesthetic sense and as a way of building a solid life, subconsciously thinking that all would bring me stability, permanence.” Bacall’s eye for art was greatly appreciated at auction. John James Audubon’s hand-colored 1836 engraving, American white pelican, went for $173,000 – almost three times its high estimate of $60,000. Moore’s bronze sculpture Three-Quarter Mother and Child, sold for $118,750 – tripling its high estimate. Gabrielle, a sculpture by Robert Graham, soared to $57,500. Her fabulous jewelry and fashion pieces faired equally well. An 18-carat gold, diamond, amethyst and turquoise ring by Jean Schlumberger, Bacall’s favorite designer, reached $52,500, as did a 14K yellow gold long chain by Tiffany & Co. Believed to be a gift from director Ron Field for her starring role in “Applause,” the necklace features heartshaped pendants with inscribed letters spelling out: “To my own beautiful star from her proud director Ron.” Her Giorgio Armani black evening jacket embroidered with seed beads sold for $5,000. Fans around the world showed their love for the epic romance of Bogie & Bacall, with lots associated with Humphrey Bogart all trumping estimates. That included his Hartmann steamer trunk ($47,500), black granite and wrought iron games table ($26,250), and two American silver-plated table pieces from his friend Spencer Tracy ($16,250). A set of six yachting books set sail for $4,375. The books were in the library of Bogart’s yacht, the Santana. Bacall wrote in her autobiography, “The

boat was [Bogie’s] only luxury – expensive, but it meant his health and peace of mind.” Among Bacall’s eclectic collection of treasures, a lithograph by Henry Fonda and an oil by English playwright Sir Noël Coward each fetched $10,000. An assembled set of four pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage monogrammed with Bacall’s initials sold for $37,500. A pair of colorful English majolica garden seats from the 19th century went for $5,250, while a large majolica bear brought in $6,250· ““We are truly grateful to the Bogart and Robards families for entrusting us with their mother’s legacy,” said Patrick Meade, CEO of Bonhams US. “We were thrilled by the astonishing response to the auction. Every lot had bidding on all platforms – online, on the phones and in the room. It was the perfect storm.”

$161,000 Landscape with Trees; and A Country Fence, Albert Edward York, each 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.

$52,500 Amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring,Jean Schlumberger, French.

$173,000 American white pelican (PI. CCCXI), After John James Audubon.

$52,500 A 14K yellow gold long chain, Tiffany & Co.

$40,000 Maquette II Walking Woman, bronze sculpture of a woman by Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003).

images courtesy of Bonhams

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design finds


Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard and French glassmaker Daum created this stunning limited-edition Eden Chandelier, a pâte de cristal light fixture with apple and bronze snake. $79,020. DaumHaviland boutique, NY.

A magnificent Steinway piano encrusted with half a million Swarovski crystals was unveiled this spring, bringing a whole new meaning to the term “grand piano.” The custom-made Crystal Piano, which took six months to build with every crystal applied by hand, was created by British bespoke piano company Goldfinch for £420,000.

A modern tribute to the cool elegance of the Jazz Age, Tiffany’s sterling silver tray from the Ziegfeld Collection captures the style and sophistication of the 1920s. The collection is named for the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, an Art Deco landmark marked by bold geometry and lavish ornamentation. $20,000. 46

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Interpreting An E Harrison Design interprets the classic English country manor with stunning and surprising signature elements.

Inspired by the legendary British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, this English manor incorporates stately design of the late 19th and early 20th century into 21st century comfort and grandeur. 48

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Enhancing the classic architecture, Harrison created a random mosaic of stonework by sourcing stones from five Southeastern quarries.

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Award-winning architects William H. Harrison and Rick Hatch of Harrison Design collaborated in presenting their clients a home which is classic enough to stand the test of time while incorporating newer breathtaking features throughout. Resplendent with unique elements, this home resets the bar for traditional English architecture.


ne hundred years ago, the staircase in an English manor would be hidden from view from the entrance to the home. This home’s arched front entry celebrates the stairs by bringing you into the soaring grand stair hall with twin stone staircases cantilevered in perfect symmetry around the gentle curves of the rich Venetian plastered walls, making them appear as though they are somewhat suspended in air. These staircases were masterfully sculpted by François & Co., who are known for beautiful fireplaces and other exquisite feats of stonework. A rare and spectacular feature which transitions this timeless beauty into the 21st century is the diamond-patterned glass oculus skylight through which natural light pours into the home. Harrison described the exceptional lighting in this home, which allows the spaces to change personality from day to night, as one of his favorite aspects in the design.

EXTERIOR ELEVATION Patterned after one of Lutyens’ famous homes in Scotland, “Greywalls,” the front elevation of this home is a crescent which echoes the circular driveway. Complementing the architecture, the most stunning first impression of the home is the exterior stonework, accomplished by sourcing different natural stones from five quarries around the Southeastern region. This was a bold design initiative that Harrison is incredibly pleased with, as the contrast and texture of the random patterned and variegated stones gives the exterior the look of a rich mosaic in natural earth tones.



On entering the grand stair hall, one feels enveloped by the magnificent stone staircases gently curving amid venetian plastered walls, all beautifully illuminated by the diamond grid oculus skylight which fills the home with natural light. Southern Seasons Magazine


In Harrison’s magnificent design, the dining room is appointed with a lovely ceiling-to-floor fireplace in a cream-toned brick which also paves the gently arched ceiling.


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The property is further enhanced by the true-to-period landscaping, more manicured closer to the home but transitioning to the layered English gardens around the perimeter of the lawns. This very English landscape is attributed to Lutyens’ close colleague and collaborator Gertrude Jekyll, who redefined the traditional English manicured garden to her design of stonetiered layers of perennial natural foliage – almost always including lavender. Lutyens and Jekyll were historically described to be a “fusion of geniuses.”

FORMAL DINING ROOM Certain English period design elements including symmetry, arches and diamond-patterned glass are repeated throughout the home. In Harrison’s magnificent design, the dining room is appointed with a lovely ceiling-tofloor cream-toned brick fireplace and the gently arched ceiling is paved with the same. The cozy, inviting space is enhanced with diamond-patterned oak floors inlaid with travertine.

GREAT ROOM In the great room, Harrison updated the classic Lutyens’ design, adding arched upper windows to bring in more natural light. Often seen in period Tudor homes are vaulted or cathedral ceilings accented with old hammered timber beams. Harrison gave great thought to this feature, not wanting the ceiling beams to appear to close in the space; so with his own signature panache and to add more elegance to the space, he designed these beautifully curved and sculpted beams to unobtrusively complete the look.

ABOUT THE ARCHITECTS AT HARRISON DESIGN Founded by William H. Harrison, Harrison Design has offices all over the country and beyond including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, St. Simons, Santa Barbara, Shanghai and Washington D.C. The team has been recognized and honored with many of the most prestigious architectural achievement awards in the industry and are credited for their knowledge, talents and expertise in a multitude of design styles. Refusing to claim a favorite, Harrison believes any period of home can be beautifully interpreted when well designed.


High ceilings appointed with beautiful architectural features were enhanced by adding upper windows allowing natural light to illuminate these spaces. Southern Seasons Magazine


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o mad for color this summer with accessories that brighten the most basic wardrobes. Consider embracing a trend or two as botanical motifs, floral blooms and turquoise make a big comeback. Or tie one on in a sarong that can take you from seaside to sidewalk cafe with the flip of a wrist.

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in’t no half-steppin’ – shoe freaks, rejoice! Being footloose and fancy free will be a breeze this summer thanks to designers who have incorporated elements like palm fronds, laser cutouts, bandannas and tribal prints in their collections. As for accent pops of color – consider them accessories to the crime of being too hot for your own good!

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rom shades of celestial to seafoam, the color blue can read as cold or hot to the eye. But regardless of where your preference falls on the spectrum, plan on looking like a royal in summer dresses that feature embroidery and intricate beading, and accessories that are sure to brighten your blue mood.

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Suzanne Reinhard


ong recognized as a leader in couture event and wedding planning, Suzanne Reinhard launched her premier luxury event planning business, Suzanne Reinhard Events, with an elite soirée at The St. Regis Atlanta. Among the distinguished guests were international wedding dress designer Anne Barge, acclaimed photographer Denis Reggie, celebrity event designer Barbara Roos and St. Regis events director Julia McKelvey. Tony Conway, owner of Legendary Events, has long toasted her talents. “Suzanne has always provided extraordinary service to the most elite brides in our area. Now, she’ll be able to take her service to the next level as she carefully plans her schedule to accommodate the level of service those who hire her have come to expect.” Reinhard began her career in the Five Star culinary and hospitality world, creating memorable experiences through innovative culinary dishes, boutique wines and exciting environments. Almost a decade ago, she transitioned into making extraordinary wedding experiences possible for some of the Southeast’s most celebrated leaders in business, politics and entertainment. “While I’ve always been dedicated to providing the most personalized service to all of my clients and brides, the creation of Suzanne Reinhard Events will allow me to further enhance the service I can provide in the most exclusive and luxurious events,” Reinhard said.

Suzanne Reinhard and Julia McKelvey of The St. Regis.

International wedding gown designer Anne Barge and worldfamous photographer Denis Reggie.

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Fifth Group owner Kris Reinhard, Ginnie Temple and Jeff Terry, owner of Peachtree Tent and Events.

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Glamorous Wedding in Duluth


amara Joseph Ghougassian and PJ Lynch were united in marriage Oct. 4, 2014, in a lovely ceremony at their Duluth home in St. Marlo Country Club. Stunning in a classic fit and flare gown by Robert Bullock, the bride glided down the staircase, as “Fly Me to the Moon” was sung from the balcony by musician Joe Gransden. Samara was escorted by her father, U.S. Ambassador Joseph Ghougassian, into the formal living room, where the Rev. Barry McCarty of Peachtree Christian Church officiated the ceremony, with 50 guests in attendance. “We were blessed to be surrounded by the love of our family and friends,” said Samara, adding that the couple exchanged vows on a Persian rug that belonged to PJ’s late grandmother. “It was our way of having her here with us.” A posh poolside reception followed on the back patio, with

cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a seated candlelight dinner of lobster and filet mignon, and music and dancing into the night. In lieu of the traditional wedding cake, cupcakes were served in a variety of flavors, representing the dessert “favorites” of their children. “It was a fun idea and everyone loved it,” Samara said. A sparkler send-off capped the evening for the newlyweds, who enjoyed a jet-setting honeymoon to Greece and France. “In Mykonos, we enjoyed our own private pool looking at the Mediterranean Sea sipping champagne, and in Paris we connected a ‘love lock’ to a bridge near Notre Dame,” she reminisced. A GIA-certified Graduate Gemologist, Samara is a private jeweler, designer and gemologist at her company Samara Joseph Jewelry. She is the daughter of Joseph and Zena Ghougassian of San Diego, Calif.

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PJ is the principal at PJ Lynch LLC, helping businesses to improve performance. He graduated at the top of his class at the Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences and also earned a master’s degree from MIT and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School. He’s the son of Paul and Judy Lynch of Jacksonville, Fla. Samara and PJ met in a rotating door in Las Vegas, entering the Monte Carlo hotel at a jewelry tradeshow. “We were both in the industry and had an immediate spark. We had an amazing courtship, despite living on separate coasts in San Diego and Atlanta. “We got engaged at L’Auberge DelMar sitting outside watching the sun set and sipping champagne. I was shocked by an airplane banner that pledged PJ’s love and asked for my hand in marriage,” she said, noting that the magical day was followed by a formal proposal and a magnificent yellowdiamond engagement ring. Southern Seasons Magazine



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Nuptials amidst an Enchanted Forest

eather Melanie Yager and Jason Allen Etzen were united in marriage Oct. 4, 2014, in a charming ceremony at the English Chapel United Methodist Church, nestled in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. Bagpipers heralded the arrival of the bride, who was radiant in a strapless tulle gown with floral beaded satin bodice from Winnie Couture. A Gatsby-style reception followed at The Inn at Brevard, with a jazz band, appetizers and dinner buffet for the 150 guests in attendance. The gorgeous wedding cake, by Carrie Peters of Rum Sisters Bakery, featured tiers of fresh gardenias, roses and orchids. The décor and flowers were beautifully done by Heather’s mother. “It was the perfect wedding I dreamed of, and the location made it that more special,” said Heather, noting that the chapel, which dates back to 1860, is the only one in the country located in a National Forest. The inn, a stately Southern mansion built

in 1885, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has hosted such notables as Lady Astor and Stonewall Jackson’s troops. It is owned by her parents, Dr. Howard S. Yager and Faye Yager. Heather is a sales specialist at Hermès of Paris at Buckhead Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. Jason is the chief business officer of the American Junior Golf Association. The son of Barbara Etzen of Mason City, Iowa, and the late Keith Etzen, he is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in communications. After meeting online, the couple had their first official date at Chops. “We hit it off,” Heather said. “I didn’t want the date to end.” Jason popped the question a year later. The newlyweds honeymooned in Israel, exploring Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. They reside in Buckhead.

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and a seated dinner prepared by Atlanta’s top chefs and drawn from CFMs community of more than 100 local artisan farmers and foodmakers.


June 9 5:30-9 PM. The Women’s Business Network of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce will present the 3rd annual fashion show at UPS World Headquarters in Sandy Springs. Chamber members and other women’s business and community leaders will model clothing and accessories from the Drake Closet. Benefits the Drake House. sandyspringsperimeterchamber. com.

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at the Piedmont Driving Club – Aug. 16 Gil Kulers, Caleb Hopkins, Zeb Stevenson, Eric Wolitzky, Jay Yarbrough, Clarke Anderson, Silvio Garcia, Chad Anderson, Linton Hopkins, Perrine Prieur and Natasha Capper.

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June 13 This amazing night at the Loews Atlanta Hotel begins with a silent auction and reception followed by a live auction and dinner. Candidates compete in honor of local children who are blood cancer survivors; the competition is a culmination of innovative ways to raise money for blood cancer research. mwoy.

org/ga. 404/720-7802.



June 4 5:30-8:30 PM. An evening of high-energy spelling competition and Scrabble playing, plus great food, music and a silent auction at the Fox Theatre, to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta. 404/377READ.


June 6 6:30 PM. Guests will be welcomed into Day Hall at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for light


hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by dinner, dancing and a brief live auction, featuring an in-home wine dinner for 12 guests, cooked by Kevin Rathbun. The highlight of the evening will feature a performance by a small representative group of children who attend GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta.

best of the region’s TV productions at the 41st annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead, kicking off with a Champagne reception at 5 PM, followed by dinner at 6 PM and awards presentation at 7 PM.



June 6 The Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize the

June 6 Join friends for this fabulous event at Ponce City Market featuring top talent from Atlanta’s art community, specialty seasonal cocktails, interactive art installations, live and silent auction

June 13 8 PM-midnight. The Artemis Guild of Young Professionals celebrates Fernbank Museum’s 21st annual gala, a “Night of Illusions,” with live music, food and an auction. Ashley and Prescot Miller, honorees. Kristy and Matt Campbell, and Alyse and Eric Ramer, chairs. artemis@ 404/929-6404.


June 13 6:30 PM. Enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing the ever popular “Grapevine” at the

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Dunwoody Country Club. Proceeds fund the preservation of Bulloch Hall, the 1839 childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother. 770/992-1731.

Beer Garden Silent Auction and Fundraiser June 27 Enjoy a casual evening

outdoors at Oakhurst Garden with local brews, food and music at this popular fundraiser for the Wylde Center, an environmental education organization. 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. VIP Happy Hour 4:30 PM; main event 5:30-8:30 PM. Tickets $40 advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets $80.

June 27 6-11 PM. Presented by Winning The Battles in your Mind, this 3rd annual black-tie benefit at the Cobb Galleria Centre supports families with children stricken with sickle cell anemia. The event features a full-course dinner, fashion show, entertainment and silent auction. 770/309-3655.


July 11 7 PM. The premier event of the summer social season will be held at the InterContinental Atlanta. Guests can enjoy a cocktail reception, entertainment, elegant dinner and silent auction. Co-chairs are Keisha Lance Bottoms, Marci Overstreet and Todd Tautfest. Auction chair, Kimberlyn Daniel.



July 11 6-10 PM. Annual cocktail party and silent auction at Mason Fine Art gallery to benefit homeless youth served by CHRIS Kids. Guests are requested to wear white. 415 Plasters Avenue, Atlanta.


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Co-chairs Jeffrey McQuithy, Louise Sams and Lila Hertz with Jeffrey store manager Don Purcell (second from right).


July 25 6:30 PM. Capitol City Opera Company will be holding its annual fundraiser at the Church of the Atonement featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Attendees are invited to bring their own “indoor picnic” dinners, and experience beautiful music in the air-conditioned indoors. The event will also feature a silent auction.


Aug. 16 5 PM. An amazing fivecourse dinner will be prepared by five of Georgia’s top chefs with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers at this evening of gourmet food and fine wine at the Piedmont Driving Club to benefit Share Our Strength. Each course will be accompanied by

commentary from the chefs and sommeliers.


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Aug. 21 8 PM-midnight. This Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta benefit will take place at the chic Summerour Studios in Midtown. Guests can enjoy summer cocktails and a silent auction followed by music and dancing.


Chattanooga, Tenn. Aug. 29 Annual fundraiser for the Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga, with an evening of daring entertainment, spectacular food, silent and roaming auction packages. 423/648-6085.


Aug. 29 7 PM-midnight. A multi-media event offering a

night of premiere art exhibitions, entertainment and food and drink at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Tickets begin at $50 (members and artists receive discount). For sponsorship information, contact Veronica Kessenich at vkessenich@


Aug. 31 7 PM. Atlanta’s premier charitable fashion event, founded by renowned retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky, will feature a pre-show reception, fashion show and silent and live auctions in Monarch Court at Phipps Plaza. Proceeds benefit The Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. 404/4202997. ALL TIMES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL VENUE FOR CONFIRMATION.

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Dexter Daniel, Kimberlyn Daniel, Courtney Rhodes, Charmaine Ward and Todd Tautfest.



NBAF Gala For the Love of Dance

his summer’s NBAF Gala promises an unforgettable evening of entertainment with the spotlight on DANCE! Set for Saturday, July 11, at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, the party kicks off at 7 PM with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and fabulous live and silent auctions. Atlanta’s top dancers will perform a rousing


revue of African, tap, Lindy Hop and Charleston, as well as contemporary street dances. DJ gMan will keep the beat going through the night at the after party. Monica Pearson will host the event, along with celebrity auctioneer Tony Conway. The venue will be transformed with the dazzling décor of Tony Brewer and Company. This year’s gala co-chairs are Keisha Lance Bottoms, Marci Overstreet

Gala co-chairs Todd Tautfest, Marci Overstreet (standing) and Keisha Lance Bottoms. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN ROSE

and Todd Tautfest; and auction chair is Kimberlyn Daniel. Committee members also include Billye Aaron, Juanita P. Baranco, Tony Brewer, Lolita B. Jackson, Sabrina Shannon, Jack Sawyer, Rebecca Bily, Cynthia Widner Wall, Charmaine Ward, Kimberly Paige and Angie and Brannigan Thompson. Auction committee members are Keri Arroll, Myra Bierria, Kim Creaven, Alicia Felder, Toni Jackson, Catherine McGee, Courtney Rhodes, Bradford Sims, Leigh Sims, Robyn Sims, Karli Swift and Mishon Williams. Billed as the premier event of the summer social season, the NBAF Gala brings together hundreds of supporters and fun-loving patrons in a spectacular venue to celebrate and

sustain the National Black Arts Festival’s operation, programs and rich cultural legacy. The nonprofit organization boasts a 27-year legacy of providing stellar artistic and educational programs in music, dance, film, visual arts, theater and literary arts. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is recognized as the oldest multidisciplinary arts organization in the United States focused exclusively on the arts and on artists of African descent. The gala sells out quickly. Early reservations are encouraged. For more information or reservations, call 404/730-6369 or visit

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SEPTEMBER VIP Party for Party in the Kitchen

Sept. 3 7 PM. Party for supporters and sponsors at the home of Nancy and John Williams. Call Jean Goffaux at 404/419-3333 or


Sept. 12 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta presents its annual black-tie awards dinner at The St. Regis, with a reception, silent auction, dinner and awards presentation.


PARTY IN THE KITCHEN Sept. 17 7 PM. Enjoy an

evening of music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants at the American Spirit Works. Benefits Open Hand. 404/419-3333.

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Sept. 18 8 PM. Enjoy a fabulous

night of dinner, cocktails and dancing. Unique raffle, live auction and surprises will all be part of a fun evening to benefit the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine at The Buckhead Theater.


Arts’ fundraiser promises an entertaining evening at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. This black-tie optional seated dinner features a cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, and puppets. Event chair Mary Lynn Realff. 404/881-5118.


Sept. 12 The Center for Puppetry

dining event for the March of Dimes, Georgia Chapter will be held at The Ritz Carlton, Buckhead, featuring a four-course dinner prepared by local chefs using ingredients


at the American Spirit Works – Sept. 17 EMPOWER PARTY

from local farmers, plus live and silent auctions. 404/350-9800.

Sept. 24 6 PM. Celebrate the

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Sept. 19 6 PM. The premiere

Kim Klumok, Mary Williams and Stewart Little.

20th anniversary of GCAPP at The St. Regis Atlanta with a cocktail hour, entertainment, silent and live auctions, seated dinner and a performance by Grammy-Award winning artist Alison Krauss. The evening also includes a mini documentary featuring the work of GCAPP and its founder Jane Fonda, who will be the honored guest. Benefits GCAPP. Co-chairs Kelly Rodts and Stacey Leebern. gcapp.

org/empower. 404/475-6046.

Back on the Farm

Sept. 25 This casual party hosted by the Atlanta History Center features terrific entertainment and a delicious farm-to-table dinner of locally sourced seasonal food. Benefits the care and historical interpretation of the animals of Smith Family Farm. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@ or



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at the InterContinental Atlanta – Oct. 3


Sept. 26 6-10 PM. 15th annual gala at the Georgia Aquarium benefiting CHRIS Kids’ programs and services. Co-Chairs Enid and

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at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead Oct. 24 Jerry Draluck. 404/564-3411.


Sept. 26 6:30 PM. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s black-tie benefit, themed “Eden in Bloom,” features cocktails and a seated dinner in a tented ballroom on the Great Lawn. Chairs Audra Dial and Matthew Ford. Honorees Lou and Tom Glenn, and Louisa D’Antignac and Rand Hagen. Tickets: 404/591-1730. Sponsorship: 404/591-1584.

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Sept. 26 7:30 PM. An evening of fun at The Metropolitan Club to benefit Canine Assistants, with dinner and silent and live auctions. Preceded by golf and tennis tournaments on Sept. 22 at The Manor Golf and Country Club. 678/469-5588.


Oct. 3 6:30 PM. The Latin American Association presents Venezuela: Mágica y Exótica at the InterContinental Atlanta. The black-tie event features Latin cuisine, a live Latin orchestra and silent auction. Benefits the programs and services of LAA. Ball chairs are Laura and Rutherford Seydel. 404/471-1892 or


Oct. 5 The Atlanta Ballet kicks off its season at this 17th annual luncheon featuring a fashion show and runway performance from Atlanta Ballet dancers. Location TBA.

404/873-5811, ext. 213.

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Oct. 10 7 PM. Awards dinner at the Millennium Gate Museum commemorates the 240th anniversary of the American Revolution, the Franco-American Treaty of Alliance, and its significance to the Colony of

Susan Been, chair.

Georgia. Prince Jean Charles Pierre Marie, Dauphin of France, will be a guest. 404/446-4307.


Oct. 16 This black-tie evening celebrating and supporting ALS research will be held at the InterContinental Atlanta, with cocktails and music followed by a seated dinner with live entertainment and a live and silent auction.

Benefits of Laughter Oct. 21 Signature fundraising

event for Skyland Trail offers a fun and distinct experience and an opportunity to support recovery


for individuals with mental illness. Every year, a different comedic guest entertains friends, donors, staff, clients and their families. Andrea Montag and Beth Park, chairs.

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Oct. 24 Make-A-Wish® Georgia presents the 11th annual Wish Ball: Reaching Higher at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Celebrate the chapter’s 20th anniversary at this premier social event which features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. Susan Been, chair. Contact Celeste Pendarvis at 770/916-9474 ext 125 or cpendarvis@georgia.wish. org.

Nov. 7 7 PM. The Shepherd Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with a fabulous black-and-white masked ball “Party of the 21st Century,” at Flourish, the new special event venue created by Tony Conway. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and entertainment. Co-chairs Cindy and Bill Fowler. Honorary chairs Larry and Sandra Prince. 404/350-7302.


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On the Homefront

with Berkshire Hathaway

Bill Murray, VP Of the firm’s Buckhead office; architect Bill Harrison; Lori Lane, Senior Vp of Luxury Real Estate; and Dan Forsman, President /CEO.

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Amy Gant, Vp of the Fayetteville office, and DeAnn Golden, VP of the Vinings/Smyrna and Dunwoody offices.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently hosted an elegant luncheon at Ansley Golf Club to celebrate major gains in Atlanta’s luxury residential market. Lori Lane was named senior VP of Luxury Real Estate for the company. Guest speaker Bill Harrison, a renowned architect who heads the international firm Harrison Design, riveted agents with his compelling vision of vernacular architecture and his philosophy of “value, sustainability and beauty in successful design.”

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Dan Forsman congratulates Nestor Rivera, the #1 Buckhead Office Agent.

Berkshire Hathaway’s Top 50 agents celebrated with an awards luncheon at The St. Regis Atlanta. Dan Forsman welcomed these “Elite Agents of Atlanta,” including Jill and Dan Petersen (#1 Top Team), Susan Fitzgerald, Melissa Swayne, Stephanie Butler, Laura Falk, Stephen Walker and Brent Hoffman. The “20 Year Legend” award was presented to John Willnow of the Alpharetta-North Fulton office.

Susan Fitzgerald, #1 Agent from the Peachtree City office, and Toni McGowan, Executive VP.

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Jan Baker and Dana Bauguss, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services GA Properties leaders, were honored as this year’s two inductees into the Ga. Realtors Hall of Fame, which recognizes members of the Ga. Association of Realtors whose consistent support for at least 30 years has positively impacted the real estate profession. Above: Dana Bauguss of the Northeast Metro office, Dan Forsman, and Jan Baker of the 85 North office.

Ursula Henry, a Phoenix Award recipient and a 13-year veteran of Atlanta residential real estate, has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as a Broker Associate in the firm’s Buckhead office. Named a member of the firm’s Luxury Collection Council, Ursula is among the Atlanta Board of Realtors Top 5% Individual Agents and is a designated EcoBroker. Above: Bill Murray, Ursula


Henry and Dan Forsman.

Dr. Raul Nogueira, Rev. Frank Brown, Ada Lee Correll, Rev. Tim McDonald and Dr. Guillermo Umpierrez.

White Coat Grady Gala


ith more than 800 community leaders in attendance, the 5th annual White Coat Grady Gala raised over $1,555,000 for the Grady Health System through the Grady Health Foundation this spring. Donations raised will benefit the charity care mission of Grady Memorial Hospital, allowing it to remain one of the leading public academic healthcare systems in the nation. This marquee event also honored Grady’s Healthcare Heroes for their progressive and inspiring work with a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony held at the Georgia Aquarium. Video testimonials and standing ovations were given as the honorees accepted their awards. Juanita and Gregory Baranco.

Richard Hays, Lisa Borders, Monica Kaufman Pearson and John Pearson.

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NBAF executive director Grace Stanislaus and NEIMAN MARCUS ATLANTA GM Mark Fillion.


Tanjuria Willis WAS GREETED BY HONORARY CO-CHAIR jack sawyer.

NBAF Fine Art + Fashion


he National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) and Neiman Marcus recently hosted the 9th Annual Fine Art + Fashion at Neiman Marcus. Returning for its fifth year, Neiman Marcus was once again the title sponsor alongside signature sponsors Ed Voyles Automotive Group and Kia Motors. Honorary co-chairs were Jack Sawyer and Darrell Mays, and event co-chairs were Tara Mays and Cindy Voyles. This year’s event was hosted by WXIA TV’s Brenda Wood. NBAF also honored designer extraordinaire Azede Jean-Pierre, who was a two-time winner of the NBAF Emerging Talent Award, and visual artist, historian and educator Amalia Amaki. Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus’ fabulous fashion director, produced The Art of Fashion, an unparalleled runway show experience. Additionally, student designers Salimi Akill, Austin Nelson and Jessica Lache’ Fulks, all of Savannah College of Art + Design, were recognized as the 2015 NBAF Emerging Talent honorees, made possible through the generosity of PNC Bank. Notable attendees included the always fashionable Millie Smith, Lovette Russell, Brooke Edmond Jackson and Michel Boyd, to name a few. 84 Photo by Ben Rose/


brenda wood, STUNNING IN SILK.

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hostess Cynthia Widner Wall (center) with Sean Heckert and Dancer D’anne Cagle Heckert.

Celebrating the 6th annual Alzheimer’s Association Dancing Stars of Atlanta this spring, a beautiful cocktail buffet supper was hosted by event chair Cynthia Widner Wall to honor all of the hard-working dancers and thank the judges, benefactors and sponsors for their support of the annual dance competition. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROSS HENDERSON

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Betsy Franks, Managing Broker of the Buckhead office; Blake Young and his wife Carol Young, a top agent for the Buckhead office; Bonneau Ansley, #1 Large Team honoree company-wide; Studie Young, a top producer, and her husband Zach Young.

“An evening of success” for agents

dancer Jose Quintanilla and Lisa Fuller.

Betsy Franks and Tacha Costner, the Buckhead office’s top individual agent.

Harry Norman, Realtors honored its leading agents of 2014 at a festive dinner buffet and dance at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. President/CEO Dan Parmer congratulated the firm’s most outstanding agents, including Bonneau Ansley III of the Buckhead office, who was saluted as the #1 Agent Company-wide in sales and the #1 Agent in closed listing units and applauded for the leadership role of his Ansley Group. Betsey Banister looks on with pride as her husband ross henderson Toddphotography Banister by was honored as the buckhead north office’s agent of the year.

Katherine Hoogerwerf (Left) and Jessica Vanderluyt (right) of the Atlanta History Center with Rob Owen and James Simons of harry norman, realtors.

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The Buckhead North office of Harry Norman, Realtors held an awards breakfast and program at the Swan Coach House of the Atlanta History Center. Among the agents honored were Todd Banister, Margie Stockton, Jolynne Szymanski, Bob Glascock and James Simons. The “Miss Emmie Award of Excellence” was presented to Jane Freeman, while Jared Hyatt won the “Rookie of the Year” accolade.

Ball chairs Mary Katherine Greene and Maggie Staton.

Honorees Louise Staton Gunn and Pat Hartrampf with Sheffield Hale (center).

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Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes of Parties to Die For with James Farmer.

Fittingly themed “On the Grounds,” the 30th annual Swan House Ball for the Atlanta History Center honored Louise Staton Gunn and the Cherokee Garden Club, and Pat Hartrampf and the Peachtree Garden Club for their numerous contributions over the years. The benefit was beautifully staged, with cocktails on the lush lawn of the Swan House, followed by an elegant tented dinner. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM FITTS AND KIM LINK

Juanita and Jack Markwalter of Atlantic Trust.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, President/CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, and member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Southeast Regional Board Rebecca Gupta.

Swati Patel, Chef Kevin Rathbun, and Ginny Brewer.

Evening for Children First Co-chair Cara Isdell Lee, Senior VP of Development for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Barron Segar, and patron chair Laura Turner Seydel.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted its inaugural UNICEF’s Evening for Children First at Atlanta’s Summerour Studio this spring. The event honored supporters and philanthropists Rebecca and Sanjay Gupta with the 2015 Global Philanthropist Award. More than $630,000 was raised to support UNICEF’s life-saving work for children. Getty Images for UNICEF

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Auction co-chairs Karen Welanetz and Kim Klumok. EmPower Party co-chairs Stacey Leebern (left) and Kelly Rodts (right) with Monique Lhullier representative Kaley Montgomery.

“Tea and Bellinis” Reception Gearing up for the EmPower Party on Sept. 24 at The St. Regis Atlanta, a fabulous reception featuring evening gowns by Monique Lhuillier was hosted by Tootsies in Buckhead. This year’s benefit heralds the 20th anniversary of GCAPP (Georgia Committee for Adolescent Power and Potential) and will honor Jane Fonda, who has guided GCAPP over the past two decades and broadened its scope to include programs for healthy lifestyles and relationships.

Above: Kim Nolte, president and CEO of GCAPP, wearing Monique Lhuillier. Left: EmPower Party committee members Ashley Preisinger and Amy Brumfield. PHOTOGRAPHY BY kim link

John & Karen Spiegel, and Legendary Party co-chairs Bill & Cindy Fowler and Bo & Julie Heiner.

The Legendary Luncheon

Event designer extraordinaire Tony Conway and Cindy Fowler. 88

An elegant luncheon at The Estate in Buckhead kicked off planning for the 2015 Legendary Party, set for Nov. 7 at Flourish, Tony Conway’s new event venue. The principal fundraiser for Shepherd Center, the black-and-white masked ball promises the “Party of the 21st Century” with Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. Larry and Sandra Prince will be saluted as honorary chairs for their decades-long support of the center, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary.


Legendary Party honorary chairs Sandra & Larry Prince.

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



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Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty has opened an intown office at 1555 Peachtree Street in the Peachtree Pointe building. The expansive new space features beautifully decorated salon areas for guests and clients, spacious conferences rooms, high-tech offices for agents, and galleries of artwork by local artists. Pictured with Jenny Pruitt at the grand opening party are Jim Getzinger, #1 Large Team leader, and Kevin McBride, one of the exclusive agents for One Museum Place.

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A groundbreaking ceremony for the Seventh Midtown Condominiums on Peachtree Street was hosted by developer Robin Loudermilk and The Loudermilk Companies, followed by a festive Champagne breakfast. The 9-story, 20-unit building of luxury residences is scheduled for completion in early 2016. Celebrating the big day are Ashley Slater, David Boehmig and Anne Schwall of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, which is leading the sales and marketing of Seventh Midtown.



The spring luncheon of the Atlanta History Center’s Members Guild was a starstudded affair, with an “Atlanta Goes Hollywood” theme that dazzled guests with an insider’s look at the city’s emergence as Hollywood East. On the distinguished panel: actor and attorney Daryl Cohen, Georgia Screen Actors Guild President Ric Reitz, Lori Beth Sikes from “Resurrection” and Daniel Thomas May from “The Walking Dead.” Posing for the “paparazzi” are Jenny Alms, Ashley Battleson, Lee Massey and Jenny Pruitt.

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Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty honored the firm’s top performers at a formal dinner at the Cherokee Town Club. Jenny Pruitt, pictured with President David Boehmig, Senior VP Nancy See, VP Bill Rawlings and VP Lisa Johnson, congratulated award recipients Betsy Akers, Jim Getzinger, Andrea Cueny, Kevin McBride, Chase Mizell and Jim Glover.

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2 1. Showing off their spring style at Lenox Square’s LOOKBOOK Live are Mercedes Montalvo, Amanda Wheeless from the blog Strawberry Chic, and co-hostess Kiersten Geiger, Glamour’s Global Brand Strategist. Photo by Ben Rose.

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2. Shawn Welch, Jessica Esposito, Farzana Virani and John Eckel joined the weekend crowd for the 16th annual ART PAPERS Art Auction in Westside, featuring the works of 200 Atlanta artists. Proceeds support ART PAPERS magazine, lecture series, exhibitions program and more. Photo by Ben Rose. 3. Toasting a major milestone, Arrow Exterminators hosted a 50th Anniversary Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead to cap a year-long salute to the family-owned and operated company. Emily Thomas Kendrick, president/CEO of Arrow Exterminators, and her husband Hugh Kendrick welcomed over 200 guests to the elegant evening. Photography by Lahcen Boufedji and Samantha Shal. 4. Honorary event chair Jeannie Wright and Luke Kelley take a spin on the dance floor at The Nature Conservancy’s 21st annual Earth Day celebration, “Hoochie: Flight in the Forest,” which raised $4 million for conservation in Georgia. 5. Built in 1923 for the Andrew Calhoun family, the “Pink Palace” was one of five homes on the Cathedral Antiques Show Tour of Homes to benefit Covenant House. Co-sponsor Joe Thomas of Arrow Exterminators and his wife Melody Thomas; event co-chair Janet Hogan; current owner Melanie Turner (who has restored the house with her husband Stan Benecki); event co-chair Blair Robbins; and co-sponsor Rob Owen of Harry Norman, Realtors. Photo by Ross Henderson.

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6 6. On hand for the High Museum of Art’s fifth annual Collectors Evening at The St. Regis Atlanta are Clay & Jane Jackson, High director Michael E. Shapiro, and Christine & John Ragland. Art patrons secured four new acquisitions for the High, including Lyle Ashton Harris’ silver foil print “Untitled (Silver Handcuffs),” Alex Prager’s photograph “Simi Valley,” Vilhelm Kyhn’s painting “Girl at a Window,” and a Qur’an (ca. 16th-17th century) from Timbuktu, Mali. CatMax Photography. 7. Phipps Plaza recently unveiled its grand chandelier in Court of the South to spotlight the mall’s milestone renovation project with extensive ungrades inside and out. Mike Romstad, Regional VP of Simon, and Garth Peters joined company representatives and shoppers to mark the occasion. Sara Hanna Photography.

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8. The 2015 Odyssey Brunch celebrated a decade of educational success at The St. Regis Atlanta with 500 guests in attendance. The annual benefit supports Odyssey’s comprehensive academic summer program for Atlanta Public School students held in partnership with the Westminster Schools. Honorary co-chairs Ashley Miller and Swati Patel pictured with Jeff Cohen (center), executive director of Odyssey Atlanta. Photo by Kim Link. 9. The 12th annual Hope and Will Ball raised more than $962,000 for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, making it the most successful year in the event’s history. Pictured are Amanda Easterlin, Lisa McKay, Liz Shults, Stacey Kaufman, Amy Douglas, Stacey Ollinger, Melissa Spinner, Ashley Campbell, Cathy Iannotti, Lisa Stivers, Abigail Landt, Tracey Drake, Kimberly Lusink, Christy Campbell. Photo by Kim Link.


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1 2 1. Lori & Joe Lambert and Lisa & Chad Ledbetter at the “Shaken, Not Stirred” Gala, held at the Delta Flight Museum to benefit the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. The 5th annual event, “A Toast for Teal,” was presented by Northside Hospital. Photo by Michael Lombardi. 2. Guests had a blast at 12th annual Amuse’um 2015: Under Construction benefit for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Presented by Georgia Natural Gas, the event raised more than $227,000. Stephen LaMastra, Jane Turner (executive director), Caroline Smith, Carlton Hudson and Aimee Henderson. Jeff Roffman Photography. 3. Bill Bolling, founder and executive director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Shirley Franklin, former Atlanta mayor and CEO of Purpose Built Communities, were honored at the 2015 Heroes, Saints and Legends gala, presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods at The St. Regis Atlanta. Photo courtesy Wesley Woods.

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4. Kenneth Weber, CEO/president of Wesley Woods, congratulates Dr. Monica Parker, physician and professor at Emory University and Key to a Cure award winner, who was one of three remarkable Georgians honored at the Heroes, Saints and Legends gala. Photo courtesy Wesley Woods. 5. Atlanta-area Jersey Mike’s Subs locations raised a record-breaking $100,000 to donate to Bert’s Big Adventure during the “Month of Giving” campaign. Jersey Mike’s Josh Zimmer and Jeff Sponsler joined in the fun with Quincey Eastwood (center). Dash Photography.


6. The Edna Lewis Foundation hosted its 4th annual benefit at Asante to celebrate the birth of Edna Lewis. Participating chefs included Joe Randall, owner of Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School; Marvin Woods, owner of Asante; Kevin Mitchell, instructor at Culinary Institute of Charleston; Charlie Hatney, owner of Charlie Hatney & Co.; Duane Nutter of Lushlife Restaurant Group; Todd Richards, executive chef for The Pig & The Pearl; Heather L. Hurlbert, owner of HH Desserts; and Daryl Shular of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Photo by Seventh Division.



7 8 7. Liz Lapidus, Aida Flamm, Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram enjoy the offerings at the new diptyque boutique at Buckhead Atlanta at a shopping benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 8. Sam Moore, Tracy Dean, Jessica Dugger and Phil Kitchens at the 11th annual Taste of Love gala for the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. The black-tie benefit at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta featured gourmet dining with premium wine pairings, live entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Andria Lavine Photography. 9. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coca-Cola contour bottle, Coca Cola teamed up with the High Museum of Art to host a preview party for the opening of the museum’s exhibition, “The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100.” Several celebrities who were in town attended the event, including filmmaker Michael Polish, actress Kate Bosworth and actor Joe Manganiello. Photos by Paras Griffin/Getty Images.


10. Among the guests at the Swan House Ball Patron Party at the Swan House were Bill & Newbie Murray, and Toni McGowan and Dan Forsman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties. The event was catered by Lee Epting of Epting Events with stunning décor provided by Parties to Die For. 11. Marian Goldberg, Kristen Delaney and Brooke Edmond at the grand opening party for Etro boutique in Buckhead Atlanta. The event featured the luxe Italian brand’s spring collection and was a benefit for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 12. Designer Timothy Corrigan and architect Norman Askins were the featured guests at the Speaker Series of the Cathedral Antiques Show. Corrigan discussed his “comfortably elegant” décor philosophy, while Askins advised on classical design elements. The event was sponsored by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Tavia McCuean, Wes Vawter, Ally May, Sandra Carey, Norman Davenport Askins and Mary Bondurant. Photo by Kim Link.


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June 5 Train, The Fray, Matt Nathanson June 14 Lana Del Rey June 28 Def Leppard July 2 Vans Warped Tour July 17 Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa July 18 Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt July 19 Kid Rock July 25 The Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson July 26 Slipknot July 29 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival July 30 Toby Keith July 31-Aug. 1 Phish Aug. 2 Nicki Minaj

Aug. 4 Chicago; Earth, Wind & Fire Aug. 5 5 Seconds of Summer Aug. 8 KISS 104.1 20th Annual

Flashback Festival Aug. 12 Incubus, Deftones Aug. 15 J. Cole Aug. 29 Nickelback Sept. 10 Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix Oct. 17 Florida Georgia Line with Thomas Rhett & Frankie Ballard 2002 Lakewood Ave., Atl. 404/443-



July 17-Aug. 9 “Once Upon a

Mattress,” rollicking spin on fairy tale about royal courtship and comeuppance. Staged at 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/663-8989.

Rod Stewart July 15 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


Sept. 5-20 “Crimes of the Heart,”

touching comedy about Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center.

A Cautionary Musical,” based on the beloved book by Mo Willems. Recommended ages: 3-10. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-




Through June 14 “The Whale.” Powerful drama aimed at heart of modern America. July 10-Aug. 9 “Rent.” Pulsating rock musical set in the East Village, where life is full of possibilities for the young, idealistic and unafraid. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/6077469.


Through June 21 “Knuffle Bunny:

July 9-26 “The Dixie Swim Club,”

touching comedy about the lifelong friendship of five Southern women. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. 770/469-1105.


June 10 Charli XCX (after Braves vs. San Diego Padres game). June 20 Boyz II Men (after Braves vs. New York Mets game). Postgame concerts, presented by Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines, are free with paid game ticket. braves.

com/tickets. 800/745-3000.


“Motown The Musical” Aug. 18-23 – Fox Theatre

June 12-28 “Barnum,” exhilarating

musical about legendary showman Phineas T. Barnum, staged at Cobb Civic Center. July 17-19 “Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical about a tribe of cats, staged at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800/745-3000. Aug. 14-30 “Peter Pan,” family favorite based on J.M. Barrie’s adventurous tale, staged at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. 404/377-9948.


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June 4, 6 Atlanta Symphony


Orchestra Season Finale: Robert Spano conducts Saint-Saëns’ Samson Et Dalila with an all-star cast. 8 PM Thurs., 7:30 PM Sat. June 13 Morrissey Nov. 6 Milk Carton Kids Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.


ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY June 26, 28 Roswell Patriotic


July 23-Aug. 30 “Memphis,” a

pioneering DJ moves the iconic sound of rock’n’roll from radio to TV; co-produced with Theatrical Outfit. Staged at 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. Aurora Children’s Playhouse 10 & 11:30 AM Wed. & Thurs. June 3 BlackTop Playground June 10 Best of the Big Thinkers June 17 Magic Show June 24 Shakespeare 4 Kids: Dream Scheme, with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Weekends Lawrenceville, GA Ghost Tours: Hauntings, History and Horror!, 8:30 PM Fri. & Sat., through Sept. $12 ($9 children) 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678/2266222.


June 24 Michael Franti, Spearhead Aug. 7 Aquarium Rescue Unit Sept. 5 Jim Jefferies 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/8432825.


Dave & Iola Brubeck Songbook with the Ted Howe Trio June 26 Joe Gransden July 10 Richard Alan Smith July 24 Theresa Hightower Aug. 7 Gwen Hughes Bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy great music on the beautiful grounds of Callanwolde at this outdoor concert series. 7:30 PM. $25 ($20 adv.). Free on-site parking. 980 Briarcliff Road, NE.



Tix: $35 ($25 adv.). Gates open at 6:30 PM; show at 8 PM at Robin Lake Beach, Pine Mountain.


July 24-25 On the Light Side fundraiser at Church of the Atonement, 4945 High Point Road, Sandy Springs. Ongoing Dinner and a Diva series: Gilbert & Sullivan, June 16, 18 & 25. Porgy and Bess, July 21 & 23. La bohème, Aug. 18, 20 & 27. Restaurant partners: Petite Auberge, Toco Hills ( 404/6346268 ); Sugo, John’s Creek (770/817-8000), Zola Italian Bistro, Milton (770/360-5777 ). 678/301-8013.


Through June 7 “My Life as a Fairy Tale: The Ugly Ducking.”

Benoit Camirand

June 9-July 26 “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.” July 28-Aug. 9 “The Reluctant Dragon.” Aug. 11-Sept. 20 “The Tortoise, the Hare, & Other Aesop’s Fables.” Open Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl. 404/873-3391.


Aug. 7-9, 13-15 “Tradin’ Paint,” Darla goes on an adventure-filled quest to find her true destiny. Staged at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun., 2 PM Aug. 15. The Art PlaceMountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. centerstagenorth. org. 770/516-3330.


June 4 Third Eye Blind & Dashboard Confessional

June 6 Maze featuring Frankie

Beverly with Brian McKnight June 23 Move Tour Live: Derek Hough and Julianne Hough June 26 Indigo Girls July 10 Daryl Hall & John Oates July 21 Rob Thomas July 29 Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Aug. 9 Steely Dan, Elvis Costello & The Imposters Aug. 16 Jim Gaffigan Oct. 24 Mark Knopfler 4469 Stella Dr. at Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 404/733-5012.

Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai” July 29-Aug. 2 – Gwinnett Center

Chukkar Farm T.G.I.F. Concerts

Eric Piché

Celebration, with RUMC Sanctuary Choir, 7:30 PM Fri. & 4 PM Sun. at Roswell United Methodist Church.

June 14 The Reflections July 17 Capitol City Xpress Aug. 21 Pieces of Eight Sept. 18 “Divas of Swing” with the

Jazz Jones Legacy Oct. 16 Atlanta Dance Party Bring a picnic and dine at 8 PM at Chukkar Farm & Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. $10, lawn. $40-$145, tables.


July 29-Aug. 2 Cirque du Soleil’s

dazzling production at the Gwinnett Center Arena in Duluth ventures into a kaleidoscopic world of fantastical creatures in a magical forest. Shows at 7:30 PM Wed.Sat., 4 PM Fri. & Sat., 1:30 & 5 PM Sun.


June 9 Lee Seung Chul June 20 Anderson Cooper & Andy


June 26 Natalie Cole July 17-19 Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s “CATS”

July 20 Fifth Harmony’s

Reflection: The Summer Tour with Debby Ryan & The Never Ending, Natalie LaRose & Bea Miller July 24 Dave Koz, Rick Braun & Kenny Lattimore Sept. 12 Josh Groban Nov. 6 Wanda Sykes

2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800/7453000.


June 14 Drive Time Band, Top 40 July 12 The Tams, beach music Aug. 2 The Return, Beatles tribute Sept. 6 Banks and Shane

Free outdoor concert series, from 7-8:30 PM at Heritage Green, on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Road. Reserved tables available. 404/851-9111.

CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN ABG Midtown June 20 Josh Turner July 23 Smashmouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Tonic (7:30 PM)

July 24 The Beach Boys Aug. 7 Colbie Caillat Aug. 21 John Hiatt and The

Combo, The Taj Mahal Trio Aug. 22 Melissa Etheridge Aug. 28 The Mavericks, Los Lobos ABG Gainsville June 13 Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell July 11 The Temptations July 17 Scotty McCreery 13th annual outdoor series at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Unless noted, shows begin at 8 PM on Great Lawn (Midtown garden) and Ivester Amphitheater (1911 Sweetbay Dr. Gainesville). General admission seating; bring blankets or low-rise chairs. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404/876-


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Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s “Cats” July 17-19 Cobb Energy Centre

Sept. 12 Marcia Ramirez, Emily Shackelton 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Cayce Callaway

July 5-Aug. 9 34th season of

Fenner Eaddy and Jennifer Lynn Arnold


June 27 Sounds of Sawnee, 8 PM July 16-Aug. 9 “Annie Get Your

Gun,” musical about sharpshooter Annie Oakley. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. Aug. 15 Patsy Cline Tribute Show: Katie Deal. 3 & 8 PM. Aug. 16 Elvis Tribute Show: Mark Pitt. 3 & 8 PM. Aug. 22 Riders in the Sky, classic cowboy & Western music and comedy group, 3 & 8 PM. Aug. 29 “Branson on the Road,” high-energy traveling road show harkens back to Grand Ole Opry days. 3 & 8 PM. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-


times. “Lillian Likes It,” quirky comedy about the world of social media. Bare Essential Play Reading Series. West End Performing Arts Center, 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atl.



June 26 Brian Wilson, Rodriguez July 11 Anthony Bourdain Aug. 7-8 My Morning Jacket, Mini Mansions

Aug. 12 Culture Club Aug. 18-23 “Motown the Musical” Sept. 19-20 Sesame Street Live:

“Let’s Dance” 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl.




Foreigner with Orchestra June 12 Blackstreet, Tony Toni Tone, SWV, Next June 20 “Weird Al” Yankovic July 24 Idina Menzel July 25 Keith Sweat, After 7, Troop, Shai Aug. 8 The Piano Guys Aug. 14 Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo Aug. 15 Sunset Jazz: Brian Culbertson, Robert Glasper Experiment, The Rick & Russ Show Aug. 21 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Aug. 22 Air Supply Aug. 26 Under the Sun Tour: Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra Uncle Kracker, Eve 6 Aug. 28 Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe Aug. 29 Rick Springfield, Loverboy, The Romantics Sept. 19 Charlie Wilson 4469 Stella Dr. at Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 404/733-5012.

Oct. 24 Taylor Swift

June 5 Lou Gramm: The Voice of


July 24-Aug. 23 “The Old Ship of

Zion,” moving story about people searching for a spiritual life in trying


June 13 Kenny Chesney, Eric

chamber music in North Carolina’s beautiful mountain setting, with 27 concerts by internationallyknown musicians, and special events including Grand Opening Receptions, Feasts of the Festival, Final Gala Concert and Dinner. Concerts on Fri. (6 PM) & Sun. (5 PM) at Highlands Performing Arts Center; Sat. & Mon. (both 5 PM) at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers 828/526-9060.

home by dark CONCERTS

Concert series pairs performing songwriters with instrumentalists. Chukkar Farm June 5-6 Tony Arata, Marcia Ramirez July 3-4 Jessie Terry, Beth Wood July 31-Aug. 1 Tim Buppert, Michael Logan Sept. 4-5 Danny Mitchell, Kim Parent Oct. 2-3 Sabrina, Joe West, JP Williams 8 PM at Chukkar Farm & Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta. 678/665-0040.

Gwinnett Center June 13 JP Williams, James David Carter Sept. 12 Marcia Ramirez, Emily Shackelton Tix: $20-$50. 8 PM at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 770/626-2464.


One Georgia Dome Dr., Atl.



July 23-Aug. 8 “Almost Heaven,

John Denver’s America,” staged Thurs.-Sat. at Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Ben Brady Pavilion, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/641-1260.

Through June 28 “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” an unforgettable family reunion is filled with rivalry, regret and racket in this comedy for ages 14+.

June 3-7 “Avenue Q,” PG-13

edition, staged at 7:30 PM at Piedmont Park (Promenade Green Space). Grounds open at 6 PM for picnics. Ages 13+. June 12-July 12 “Avenue Q.” Sesame Street meets The Simpsons in an upbeat musical for grown-ups that’s smart, hilarious, risqué and full of heart. Staged at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Center. Not suitable for children. PG-13 edition: 3 PM June 20, 5 PM June 28, 8 PM July 8. July 17-Aug. 23 “Uprising,” a sweeping journey of freedom and romance, laced with bluesy tunes, danger and sweet touches of magical realism. 8 PM Wed.-Fri., 3 PM & 8:30 PM Sat., 5 PM Sun. 1083 Austin Ave., Little Five Points, Atl. 404/584-



June 13 Shawn Mullins Staged at 8 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. 770/594-6232.


June 13 Black Music Month Tribute Concert featuring Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, Mali Music, Robert Glasper, Tweet, DJ B Sharp and Avery Sunshine. 6-10:30 PM. $25 lawn, $50-60 terrace. June 20 South Cobb Arts Alliance Summer Candlelite Concert, 8-10 PM. (Gates open at 6:30 PM). General seating is free; tables for purchase (770/819-3285 ). Sept. 12 Atlanta Smooth Music Festival: Nick Colionne, Jeff Lorber, Tim Bowman, Paula Atherton, Ron Johnson. 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770/819-7765.


June 5 White Winged Dove Duo July 3 Pippy Thomas Aug. 7 TBA


June 26 The Neons, Motown July 31 Mike Veal Band, variety Aug. 28 Electric Avenue, ’80s hits Sept. 25 Grapevine, oldies/R&B 8 PM at Glover Park, 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770/794-5601.


June 2 Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band June 4 Barry Manilow, Dave Koz June 6 Third Day and Friends June 13 Cheech & Chong, War June 18 Romeo Santos July 29-Aug. 2 “Varekai: Tales of the Forest” by Cirque du Soleil Performing Arts Center June 13 JP Williams, James David Carter

Georgia Ensemble Theatre “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America” July 23-Aug. 8 – Chattahoochee Nature Center

Horizon Theatre’s “Avenue Q” June 3-7 – Piedmont Park June 12-July 12 – Conant Center Free outdoor concert from 6:308:30 PM at Hennessy Cadillac Village Stage, first Friday of each month through Nov. 6. Bring blankets and chairs. Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr., Buford.


June 14 Jazz at the JCC: Mace Hibbard, 7-9 PM.

Aug. 6, 9, 12, 13, 16 “Mary

Poppins,” musical adventure. 8 PM Wed. & Thurs., 2 & 7 PM Sun. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.


June 6 Breeze Kings June 13 Mudcat with the Atlanta


June 20 Mike Willis June 27 Gareth Asher July 18 Farewell Angelina Aug. 1 Fire and the Knife Aug. 15 Swami Gone Bananas

Live outdoor music, 8:30-10:30 PM. 377 S. Main St., Alpharetta. $15.


Performance: Essential Choral Classics, selections from some of history’s greatest choral masterworks, performed at 3 PM at Roswell United Methodist Church. 770/594-7974.


Aug. 18-23 The true American

dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more. Staged at the Fox Theatre, Atl.


June 6 New Kids On The Block,

TLC, Nelly

June 12-13 Kevin Hart June 20 Birthday Bash 20: Future,

Ludacris, Wale, Mike Will Presents, Migo’s, K Camp, DJ Drama & more June 27 Maná July 13 WWE Raw July 14 Imagine Dragons, Metric, Halsey Aug. 1 Shania Twain Aug. 21-22 Luke Bryan with Randy Houser & Dustin Lynch Aug. 30 Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper Sept. 2 Madonna Sept. 12 Ed Sheeran Sept. 27 Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives Oct. 15 Iggy Azalea Oct. 22 Ricky Martin 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.



Through June 20 “Water By The

Spoonful,” a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption. July 9-Aug. 1 “The Aliens,” two coffee shop hipsters help an awkward teen in a play about friendship, art, love and death. 195 Arizona Ave., Suite L/W1, Atl.


Rhythms on the River Concert Series

June 21 The Reflections July 19 Capital City Xpress Aug. 16 Pieces of Eight Sept. 20 “Divas of Swing” with the

Jazz Jones Legacy. Bring a picnic and dine at 6 PM at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Ben Brady Pavilion. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. $15, lawn. $40-$145, tables.


June 26, 28 The RUMC Sanctuary

Choir and Atlanta Wind Symphony perform an inspiring musical tribute at 7:30 PM Fri. and 4 PM Sun. at Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Free ticketed event. 770/594-0512.


Brotherhood July 11 River Whyless Aug. 1 Adron Sept. 5 Monty Montgomery Band Oct. 3 Get Right Band Free concerts produced by Roswell’s Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department from 7-9 PM at Riverside Park, 575 Riverside

Road. Food trucks on-site from 6-9 PM. 770/641-3705.

SummerStage youth participants. 7:30 PM Fri., 2:30 & 7:30 PM Sat. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. 678/528-1500.


Through Aug. 2 “The Secret

Garden.” Left alone in her uncle’s vast estate, young Mary Lennox discovers a hidden garden that changes her life. 11 AM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. at The English Garden. June 11-28 “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a dark spin on Tennessee Williams’ sultry tale of deception. 8:30 PM Wed.-Sun. on the Art Farm Stage. July 23-Aug. 16 “Evita,” lavish, beloved tale about the legendary political figure. 8:30 PM Wed.-Sun. in the Open Air Room. Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.


SIX STRING SOCIAL CLUB CONCERT SERIES June 14 Chris Proctor Aug. 8 Edgar Cruz Sept. 12 Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo

Oct. 10 John Knowles, CGP

Woodstock Community Church, 237 Rope Mill Road. 770/365-



Through June 7 “Sylvia,” modern

romantic comedy about love, marriage and a talking dog. July 10-Aug. 2 “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.



July 31-Aug. 1 “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.,” staged by


June 2-4 Spring Play Reading Series, 7 PM at Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. July 7-Aug. 2 “Chasin’ Dem Blues,” foot-stomping, multi-media musical about how a small Midwest town changed the landscape of American music. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849. 404/532-1901.


June 12 Summerland Tour 2015: Everclear, Fuel, Toadies and American Hi-Fi June 13 Boston, Kansas June 19 Crock Fest: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Travis Tritt, Blackberry Smoke, Paris Luna & Company June 24 David Gray, Amos Lee, Rachael Yamagata July 10 R5, Jacob Whitesides, Ryland July 12 Barenaked Ladies July 15 Rod Stewart, Richard Marx July 17 Tedeschi Trucks Band Aug. 1 Outcry Tour: Hillsong United, Crowder, Kari Jobe, Bethel Music, Lauren Daigle, Trip Lee, DJ Promote, Nick Hall. Aug. 22 YES, Toto Aug. 25 O.A.R., Allen Stone, Brynn Elliot 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta.



fun around town SUMMER


July 4 Patriotic supporters, rolling hills and live music await the 60,000 participants in this year’s 46th running of the country’s largest 10K road race, on a 6.2mile-stretch from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park, Atl. 404/231-



June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 Family-friendly street party

with music, shopping, dining and festive fun on Canton Street area of Roswell’s Historic District, 5-9 PM third Thursday, through Oct., along with “Alive at the Square.”

ALPHARETTA ART IN PARK June 27-28, July 25-26, Aug. 29-30, Sept. 26-27 Handcrafted

June 6 Brew Moon CountryFest

features beer, wine and food from Alpharetta restaurants. 6:30-11 PM, Milton Ave. June 14 Sacred Harp “June Singing” at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church. 10 AM-3 PM. July 4 Fireworks and Festivities, 6-9 PM with children’s activities, entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. Alpharetta Community Center Event Lawn, 175 Roswell St. Aug. 22 Touch a Truck, with a variety of vehicles on display, plus kids activities and food vendors. 10 AM-2 PM, Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Pkwy. Free. 678/297-6133. Thursdays Food Truck Alley: feast on the street with offerings from a variety of food trucks, plus music. 5-9 PM weekly, through October. Old Roswell Street. Saturdays Alpharetta Farmers Market: shop farm-fresh fruits & veggies, flowers & plants, edible home goods from local raw honey to homemade sauces and jellies. Downtown Alpharetta. 8:30 AM-1 PM, April-Oct. 404/402-5389. Ongoing HOWLpharetta Ghost

Jeff Roffman Photography

Artist Market at the corner of Main Street & Milton Avenue, through October. 9 AM-4 PM Sat., 11 AM-4 PM Sun. 678/762-1035.


“Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden” Through Oct. 3 – Atlanta Botanical Garden Tour: 2-hour narrated walking tour downtown.


June 7 15th annual fair and

pet adoptions, noon to 5 PM, at Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta. ARF is the largest pet adoption and educational family fun day in Georgia. Free; requested donation of a bag of Purina dog, cat or horse food. 770/886-5419.


Through Oct. 3 “Bruce Munro:


June 13 & 27, July 11 & 25, Aug. 8 & 22 Open Hearth Cooking and

Living History, 10 AM - 2 PM in the Cook House. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678/639-7500.

AREA 31.1/Terrestrail 5K Aug. 22 An alien-themed night

June 24-28 Music and arts festival


jazz, food and artists at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. 5-8 PM Fri. ($20); 11 AM-7 PM Sat. ($40).


June 27 Southwest 5K, run/walk through historic neighborhoods. Sept. 26 Southeast 8K, run/ walk connecting Boulevard Crossing Park, D.H. Stanton Park, Chosewood Park and Grant Park.

June 12-13 Enjoy fine wine,



Light in the Garden,” six diverse installations created from optic fiber by the British artist transform the grounds into an enchanting setting. 6-11 PM. Wed.-Sun. Weekends Garden Chef Demos, noon, 1 & 2 PM Sat. & Sun., through Sept. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl.


road race at 7 PM at Riverside Park in honor of Matthew E. Russell. 575 Riverside Park, Roswell. Proceeds help build libraries to advance literacy for children in great need.

“Once Upon A Time...” Exhibition Through July 26 – Children’s Museum of Atlanta

AthFest Educates. 706/548-1973.

in downtown Athens showcases local, regional and national musical talent on three outdoor stages, plus artist market, two-night Club Crawl in 10+ venues, and KidsFest celebration. Proceeds benefit 404/876-5859.

Home Games June 5-7 Pittsburgh Pirates June 8-11 San Diego Padres June 17-18 Boston Red Sox June 19-21 New York Mets June 30-July 2 Wash. Nationals July 3-5 Philadelphia Phillies July 17-19 Chicago Cubs July 20-22 Los Angeles Dodgers Aug. 3-5 San Francisco Giants Aug. 6-9 Miami Marlins Aug. 14-16 Arizona D-backs Aug. 24-26 Colorado Rockies Aug. 28-30 New York Yankees Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Miami Marlins Games at Turner Field, Atl. Friday Night Fireworks weekly. 800/745-



June 7 Uprising: The Music, an afternoon of African American jazz, blues and gospel featuring the cast from the musical “Uprising,” 3 PM. $10 ($8 seniors & ages 4-12). 800

Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/658-7625.


June 20-21 Juneteenth. Commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. explores the themes of freedom and family history with activities and crafts. 11 AM-4 PM Sat., noon-4 PM Sun. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/814-4000.

ATL. ICE CREAM FESTIVAL local ice cream shops, health & wellness vendors, food and family fun at Piedmont Park (10th St./ Charles Allen Dr.). 11 AM-6 PM.

ATL. MARGARITA FESTIVAL June 20 Inaugural event at

Atlantic Station features a street fair from 1-6 PM with food, drinks, music and shopping. Festival admission, $25. VIP Taste of Tequila, $90. Margarita Grand Championship, $60. Ages 21+ only. Benefits Camp Twin Lakes.


June 19 Hit the streets for a fun 6.5-mile night bike ride to benefit Bert’s Big Adventure. Open to all skill levels and ages; costumes encouraged. Starts and ends at Piedmont Park, with traffic-free route through Atlanta neighborhoods, chaperoned by Atlanta Police Dept. Kickoff party: 6 PM. Ride: 10 PM. $25 per rider, early registration.


June 20 Enjoy a selection of 200+ beers, plus live music and fun attractions, from 4-9 PM at Masquerade Music Park. Food

Crisp Photography

July 25 5th annual fest features

Atlanta Moon Ride June 19 – Piedmont Park

available for purchase. Ages 21+ only. $55 ($45 adv.). 695 North Ave. NE, Atl. 404/577-8178.


July 19 Sample innovative tomato dishes and cocktails and enjoy live music at this 7th annual event created by JCT. Kitchen & Bar’s owner/chef Ford Fry. Benefits The Giving Kitchen and Georgia Organics. 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl.

BACK TO THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER RACE & FESTIVAL June 13 Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s 13th annual race for recreational and competitive

paddlers, plus a free festival with live music, exhibits, vendors and kids’ activities at Roswell’s Riverside Park from 10 AM-3 PM. Race (8-mile course) begins at 9 AM at Garrard Landing Park, with online and on-site registration available.

His Own Words and Pictures,” showcasing Sendak’s most famous pieces through preliminary sketches, finished artwork and interactive displays. 1440 Spring St., NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri. 678/222-


June 13 Sample over 150 domestic, craft and imported beers, plus great food and live music. Apple Valley Road behind Brookhaven Marta station, 1224 Fernwood Cir NE. 3-8 PM. Ages 21+ only. $45 ($35 adv.)



June 13 5th Annual Roswell

Lavender Festival, with vendors, food, music, demonstrations and kids activities. 10 AM-5 PM. Free. July 18-19 Civil War Living History Weekend, 10 AM-4 PM, with encampment of Federal and Confederate soldiers on the front lawn; displays of period weapons, uniforms and clothing; and demonstrations of 1860s dancing, music and military life. Food and wares available for purchase. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell.




July 25-Aug. 2 An ATP World Tour 250 Event at Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atl. Tournament features men’s top world tennis players in singles and doubles competition. Highlights: match play with John Isner, exhibition match with Andy Roddick, free concert Wed. night and fireworks Fri. night. Tickets available for individual matches, weekend and weeklong packages.

Atlanta Margarita Festival June 20 Atlantic Station


June 7-13 Georgia’s largest family

oriented bicycling event features a loop ride that starts and ends in Newnan, cycling through Carrollton and LaGrange, with shorter loop options available. 770/498-5153.

breman museum

Through July 5 “Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in

Through June 30 “Dressed for Drama,” vintage clothing exhibit inspired by “Downton Abbey.” Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays 1-3 p.m. June 13 Magnolia Ball at Dunwoody Country Club. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-1731.


Aug. 15 Enjoy a day of fun at Dunwoody Park with a walkthrough tent filled with hundreds of butterflies, plus games, crafts, music and food. 5343 Roberts Dr. 10 AM-5 PM (member preview, 9 AM). $10, $5 ages 4-12, free 3 & under. 770/394-3322.

cALLANWOLDE FINE ARTS CENTER EVENTS June 10, July 8, Aug. 12 Open Mic Poetry Night, 8-9 PM. $5.

June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, Aug. 7 Jazz on the Lawn concert series,

7:30-9:30 PM. $25. July 23 “A Book Affair,” features presentations by local book authors, music and light faire. 6:30-8:30 PM. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl.


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Through July 31 Florida State

University “Flying High” Circus at Robin Lake Beach Dome. circus. June 21 Fitness Series: Sprint Triathlon & 5K. July 3-5 Star Spangled Beach Party at Robin Lake with live music and Fireworks Extravaganza. Sept. 4-6 17th annual Hot Air Balloon Fest with balloon glow at Robin Lake Beach, balloon flights, live music, classic car show, Kids Zone, beach activities and more. Sept. 6 Fitness Series: Triathlon & 5K Run. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK EVENTS 2013 & 2014 BB&T Atlanta Open Champ John Isner.

BB&T Atlanta Open July 25-Aug. 2 Atlantic Station 2014 Dogwood champ Trey Rule tees off.

Block Party, hosted by Hot 107.9, with vendors, interactive displays, vehicles, food and live performances. Free. Noon-5 PM. July 4 Fourth of July Celebration. Aug. 1 11th Annual Praise in the Park, largest free outdoor inspirational music concert in the country, 11 AM-8 PM, with arts & crafts vendors and food. 404/2227275.


Canoes, Animal Encounters, Creature Features and more. June 6-7 Flying Colors Butterfly Festival. June 8-July 31 Butterfly Encounter Live Butterfly Exhibit. 10 AM-4:30 PM Mon.-Sat., noon-4:30 PM Sun.

June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, Aug. 13 & 27, Sept. 10 & 24 Sunset Sips, 5:30-8:30 PM.

June 14 37th annual Possum Trot

10K & 1-Mile Fun Run. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



Through July 26 “Once Upon A

Time...Exploring the World of Fairy Tales.” An enchanting storybook kingdom unfolds with magical fun, from climbing Jack’s beanstalk to crawling through a mole’s hole from Thumbelina and even trying on Cinderella’s glass slipper. Open daily. *Starting Aug. 1, the museum will be temporarily closed for a major renovation with re-opening in late 2015. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.

Dogwood Invitational June 29-July 4 Druid Hills Golf Club 100 


July 25 Buy holiday decorations to help restore Hembree Farm at this sale hosted by the Roswell Historical Society from 9 AM-4 PM at Historic 1836 Hembree Family

Mountain Top Rodeo – June 19-20 R-Ranch in the Mountains, Dahlonega Home, 775 Hembree Road. To make donations, email societyrhs@ or call 770/992-1665.


June 4-Aug. 29 Film favorites presented on a 26’ x 56’ big screen at the Fox Theatre. Show time 7:30 PM, unless noted. Pre-show includes sing-along with vintage cartoon and Mighty Mo organ. $12 ($10 adv.); “Sound of Music,” $20 ($15 adv.). Special Tours available prior to the films, $35-$40. June 4 “The Goonies” June 6 “Back to the Future” June 18 “Beetlejuice” June 20 “The Princess Bride” July 16 “Jaws” July 18 “The Breakfast Club” July 30 “Ghostbusters” Aug. 2 “The Sound of Music” sing-along, 1 PM Aug. 15 Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 AM Aug. 15 “Braveheart” Aug. 16 Legends of Silent Film with The Mighty Mo and Ken Double, 4 PM Aug. 29 “Frozen” sing-along, 1 PM 855/285-8499.


Smoke Rise Country Club, 4900 Chedworth Dr., Stone Mountain, to support The Home Depot Marcus Hospitality Cottage. Registration and practice range, 9:30 AM. Shotgun start, 11 AM. Reception and prizes, 3:30 PM. 404/785-7373.


June 20 Sample craft beer from 100+ vendors in downtown Alpharetta with a huge street party and live music, starting at 6 PM. Food available for purchase from Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub. 5K Road Race starts at 8 PM at the Corner Deli. Race registration $35 ($30 before June 11). Milton Avenue.


June 15 4th annual tournament at The Manor Golf Club in Milton, from 9 AM-6 PM. Benefits NF clinical research initiatives.


June Georgia Wine Country Festival, Sat. & Sun. in June at Three Sisters Vineyards. Saturdays Dahlonega Appalachian Jam, downtown Square. June 19-20 Mountain Top Rodeo, world-class competitive action, 8 PM. Midway of vendors & exhibitors opens at 6 PM. $12 ($6 children); $5 parking. 706/864-6444. July 4 4th of July Family Day

Celebration, music, parade, 5k & 10k races, patriotic ceremony and fireworks, downtown Square and UNG Drill Field.


Aug. 15 Live music, scrumptious

BBQ (by Fox Brothers, Williamson Bros. and Sweet Auburn) and

Jack Anthony

June 20 Birthday Bash 20

Mall of Georgia’s Star Spangled Fourth July 4 – Buford

cold beer. 630 East Lake Dr. and Harmony Park in Oakhurst, Decatur. Noon-8 PM. Ticketed event.

Sat. & Sun. and Memorial Day. I-85 to exit 61-Peachtree City/Fairburn and follow the signs. 770/964-




June 19 Decatur Square is

June 6 Alligator Day at Florence

transformed into a beach at this annual bash, with 60 tons of sand, children’s boardwalk games, wading pools in the sand, live music, dancing and food court. 5-11 PM. 101 E. Court Square. $10 ($8 adv.); $5, ages 3-12 years; free for 2 & under. 678/553-6573.

Marina State Park.

July 2, 17, 18, 31 Night Kayak

Tour, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge. 8:30-10 PM. $15 plus $5 parking. 706/557-3001. July 11 Native American Games, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville. 10 AM-4 PM. $2-$6. 770/387-3747. July 18 Gators and the Galaxy, night pontoon ride at Reed Bingham State Park. Aug. 15 Summer’s for the Birds at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville. Sept. 19 Lovebug Festival at General Coffee State Park For a complete calendar, visit


June 29-July 4 90 elite amateur golfers from around the world compete at this 49th annual internationally-ranked tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta. 800/864-7275.



June 6-7 16th annual event at

Chattahoochee Nature Center with butterfly releases, arts & crafts, music, costume parade, plant sale and food, plus the Butterfly Encounter Exhibit with 200 freeflying butterflies. 10 AM-3 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. $12 (free, 2 & under). 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/9922055.


Aug. 14-16 The world’s largest folk art show & sale, featuring 100 galleries and dealers, takes place at North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700


June 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 Sip

Jeff McPhail

June 6-Aug. 23 “Brain: The Inside Story,” high-energy exploration of the most complex and fascinating biological structure. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.

Jeurgens Ct., Norcross. 5-10 PM Fri., Meet-the-Artists Party and opening ($15, includes t-shirt and readmission). 10 AM-7 PM Sat. & 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $7. 770/532-



June 7 Experience the magic

of Atlanta’s beloved Fox with two stages of live entertainment, special tours, food and drinks, activities and prizes at this free outdoor party from noon-6 PM at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Ponce de Leon Ave. (to be closed to vehicle traffic; main

entrance at Peachtree & 3rd St.), in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Save the Fox campaign.

Ongoing Take an hour-long guided tour of this remarkable movie palace, rich in performing arts and architectural history. 10 AM-1 PM Mon. & Tues.; 10 & 11 AM Sat. $18 ($5, 10 & under). 855/285-8499.

GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW June 14, Aug. 2 Bridal

extravaganza at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth (06/14 show), and Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. (08/02 show). Noon-5 PM. $15 ($10 online).


July 17-25 65th annual fair at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds with music performances, carnival rides, arts & crafts, Pioneer Village” and Old Ways” demonstrations. 1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee. georgiamountainfairgrounds. com. 706/896-4191.


“Humpback Whales” – Through June 18 IMAX Theatre at Fernbank Museum


Aug. 29-30 13th annual fest at Historic Grant Park with juried and non-juried Artist Markets, live music, Kids Zone , food and more. Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park: 8 AM Sat. (7 AM registration), walkers welcome. Farmers Market: 9:30 AM-1:30 PM Sun. Festival hours: 10 AM-10 PM Sat., 11 AM-7:30 PM Sun. Free admission. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. Benefits Grant Park Conservancy. 404/521-


Through June 7 A 16th century

Georgia wines and enjoy musical entertainment at this annual event at Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery in Dahlonega. Food available for purchase. 11 AM-5 PM Sat., 12-5 PM Sun. 706/865-9463.

European country faire is erected on the outskirts of Fairburn in a multi-acre kingdom brought to life by jousting knights and strolling thespians, with ten stages of music and comedy shows, games & rides, artists market, birds of prey, royal petting zoo, and a smorgasbord of food and drink. 10:30 AM-6 PM



Convention Center June 6 Generations Expo: 50+ Boomers & Seniors June 10 UGA Alumni Career Fair June 14 Georgia Bridal Show July 31-Aug. 2 International Film Festival 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Saturdays Local, naturally grown produce, pasture-raised meat, farm fresh eggs, specialty food items and more. 8:30 AM-noon. 235 Sandy Springs Circle.


June 13 Tunes from the Tombs music festival headlined by Matthew Sweet, 1-8 PM, featuring all genres of music, plus beer &

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Fri. 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-3400.

LENOX SQUARE LEGENDARY 4TH OF JULY July 4 56th annual celebration

of family, fun and fireworks with children’s games, musical entertainment starting at 6 PM, food concessions and the largest fireworks display in the Southeast at 9:40 PM at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. No pets.



Aug. 22 Enjoy a day of exercise,

Georgia Bridal Show June 14 & Aug. 2 – Gwinnett Center

fun and philanthropy at this 32nd annual event hosted by The Epilepsy Foundation of GA at Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. (in the North End Dillard’s Parking Lot). Registration: 7 AM. 5K run & 1-mile fun-run/walk: 8 AM. $35 (before Aug. 18: $30, $25 for 12 & under) . 404/527-7155.

MALL OF GEORGIA’S STAR SPANGLED FOURTH July 4 13th annual celebration

features patriotic fun for the family starting at 5 PM with children’s rides & inflatables, live music, food & drink concessions, fireworks display at 9:35 PM, and outdoor screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” 3333 Buford Dr., Buford.

MARIETTA FOURTH IN THE PARK July 4 The Marietta Freedom

Parade kicks off the day at 10 AM at Roswell Street Baptist Church, followed by festival fun through 9 PM, with concerts, arts & crafts, food, contests, carnival games and fireworks finale at dark.

wine and food trucks. $20; $100 “RIP” package. Weekends “Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland,” 90-minute walking tour at 10 AM, 2 & 4 PM Sat. & Sun. $12 ($6 students, seniors & children). 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atl.

HYDRANGEA GARDEN TOUR June 13 American Hydrangea

Society’s 21st annual tour features beautiful hydrangea-filled gardens throughout metro Atlanta. 9 AM-5 PM. $30 tour & membership.


Through June 18 “Humpback Whales.” Watch how these gentle giants communicate, sing, feed, play and care for their young. Through July 17 “Mysteries of the Unseen World.” See far beyond the naked eye with imaging technologies that awe and amaze. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX®. Enjoy 102 

cocktails, films, live music or DJ, and cuisine, 7-11 PM Fridays. Tickets: 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.

MARIETTA JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION June 19-21 The Cobb County branch of the NAACP hosts

this annual event on the historic Marietta Square to commemorate the date the last U.S. slaves were freed. 6-11 PM Fri., 9 AM-7 PM Sat., 3-7 PM Sun. Free. 50 Park Square, Marietta. 770/425-5757.


Saturdays Open-air showcase of juried fine arts with booths on Mill Street, by Glover Park, Marietta. 2nd & 4th Sat., through Nov.


Weekends Vendors offer a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce and garden products from 10 AM-1 PM Sat. (year-round) and noon-3 PM Sun. (May-Oct.). North Park Square. mariettasquarefarmersmarket. net. 770/499-9393.


Aug. 30 Sample 100+ flavors of homemade ice cream and enjoy live music and children’s activities at this old-fashioned social on Roswell Square to benefit The Drake House. 2-4 PM. $6 ($20 per family). 610 Atlanta St. 770/587-

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Aug. 13-16 Annual garden festival

in the mountain resort community of Highlands, N.C., featuring multiple events, including a flower show and horticulture exhibits on Fri. & Sat. (noon-5 PM); and a benefactor party on Sun. Proceeds support The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center. 828/526-4949.


Summer Free outdoor family entertainment on Saturday nights at Mall of Georgia in Buford, with movie screenings at 9 PM on the lawn at the Village Amphitheater,


Aug. 16-17 Play golf and socialize

with Braves alumni, former pro athletes and local celebrities at this benefit tournament at Atlanta National Golf Club, White Columns Country Club and Hawks Ridge Golf Club. Benefits Aflac Cancer Center & CHOA. 9 AM tournament, 2 PM awards banquet. 404/785-


LAKEWOOD 400 ANTIQUE MARKET June 19-21, July 17-19, Aug. 14-16 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

Hydrangea Garden Tour – June 13, Atlanta

exhibit booths at Atlanta Expo Centers, 3650 Jonesboro Road SE, I-285 Exit 55. 1-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.-Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. 404/361-2000.

performances by local bands from 6:30-8:30 PM, and bounce houses for the kids. Concessions available. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. June 6 “Into the Woods” June 13 “Maleficent” June 20 “X-Men Days of Future Past” June 27 “The Box Trolls” July 4 “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” following the Star Spangled Fourth celebration. July 11 “Big Eyes” July 18 “Dawn of the Planet Apes” July 25 “Big Hero 6”

Southern Cigar Fest

June 6 Cutters Cigar Emporium’s

3rd annual festival features live music and entertainment, special guests, food and drinks at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 1:308 PM (VIP entry at 12:30 PM).

Fair. 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $5 (free, 12 & under). Aug. 14-16 Folk Fest 2015 1700 Jeurgens Ct., Norcross.

Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival June 4-Aug. 29 – Fox Theatre 770/279-9899.


Year-round Visit galleries, shops,

studios and guilds in Habersham, White, Rabun and Town counties on a self-guided tour that features 100 artists in 35 locations, from the top of Hwy. 400 to Tallulah Falls.

OLD FOURTH WARD PARK ARTS FESTIVAL June 27-28 Artistic celebration

of the community with fine arts & crafts, street market, kids’ play area, live acoustic entertainment, food and beverages. 592 N. Angier Ave. NE, between North Ave. and Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun.

oldfourthwardparkartsfestival. com. 404/845-0793.

OLD SOLDIER’S DAY RACE & PARADE Aug. 1 Alpharetta’s 63rd annual

parade pays tribute to all war veterans, with floats, marching bands, military units, classic cars, clowns and candy. 9:15 AM-noon, Grand Stand at corner of Old Milton and Roswell Street. Post celebration at the American Legion, Post 201 with free hotdogs, soft drinks and children’s activities. 678/297-6048. 5K & 10K race, 7-9 AM at Wills Park. 678/297-6160.


June 20-26 Journey down coastal

Georgia’s Ogeechee River at the Georgia River Network’s canoe/ kayak camping adventure. Daily paddling trips average 14 miles. 706/409-0128.


skateboard or wagon, dress up in red, white and blue, and walk, ride, or skate in the parade through downtown Decatur at 6 PM, followed by a concert at 7 PM on the square, and a fireworks

June 5-6 Enjoy good food, great literature and bourbon on an inviting porch in Newnan, as well as Market Day on the square, bluegrass fiddlers, guest authors, live auction and more. Benefits the 1903 Newnan Carnegie Library.

spectacular at 9 PM. 101 E. Court Square. Free.


varieties, uses and folk remedies associated with this ancient plant at this free family event at historic Barrington Hall in Roswell, with art, antiques and craft vendors, beer and wine garden, demonstration booths, hands-on crafts, children’s area, musical performances and specialty items. 10 AM-5 PM. Limited parking on site. 535 Barrington Dr. 770/640-3855.

Summer Lasershow Spectacular, 9:30 PM nightly through Aug. 2; weekly shows at 9:30 PM Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29; 9 PM shows Sept. 4-6. Free with vehicle entry fee. June 13-Aug. 2 Summer at the Rock, with family-friendly activities and attractions at Crossroads, including Geyser Towers and SkyHike. Adventure Pass. June 21 Father’s Day Vintage Car Show, 10 AM-6 PM. July 2-5 Fantastic Fourth Celebration on Memorial Lawn. 10:30 AM-8 PM. Lasershow at 9:30 PM with fireworks finale. Free. Sept. 4-6 Labor Day Weekend: Lasershow & Fireworks. Sept. 10-13 Yellow Daisy Festival. Vehicle entry fee. 770/498-5690.



investigators, departs from the bandstand in Roswell square. Must RSVP. Fri.-Sun. $15 ($10, 12 & under).


piedmont park’s THE GREEN MARKET

Saturdays Fresh food from local farmers and bakers, plus live music and chef demonstrations. 9 AM-1 PM Sat., inside the 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE park entrance, Atl.


June 13 Discover the many


and family fun in Piedmont Park with 250 participating artists, acoustic music, street market, children’s play area, festival foods and beverages. 1215 Piedmont Park Ave. NE, Atl. VIP Preview Party: 7-10 PM Fri. (ticketed event). Festival: 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun.

June 11-14, July 9-12, Aug. 6-9

World’s largest series of indoor antique shows with 3,500


June 14 37th annual 10K Race & 1-Mile Fun Run at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell. A fun, flat and fast course along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Pre-registration required.

June 6 5K Run and 1-mile Fun Run at Piedmont Park to benefit the Children’s Healthcare

Virginia-Highland Summerfest June 6-7 – Atlanta 770/9922055 x 226.


June 5-7 NASA June 19-21 WERA Cycle Jam July 25-26 SCCA Double SARRC July 31-Aug. 2 NASA Sept. 11-13 WERA National Sept. 18-20 Atlanta Historic Races

Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Petit Le Mans 5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.

ROSWELL GHOST TOUR Ongoing Guided 2.5-hour,

1-mile walking tour by paranormal

Thomas Moore

July 18-19 Atlanta’s Exotic Bird


the fox theatre


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AM-5 PM. 50 N. Park Square.


Sept. 19-20 24th annual event at

Glover Park on the Marietta Square featuring arts & crafts, Kids Zone, Classic Car Cruise-In (10 AM-3 PM Sat.), Marietta Grassroots Music Festival (3-9 PM Sat.) and free admission to Marietta Museum of History. 9 AM-5 PM. 50 N. Park Square. 770/592-7180.


Flying Colors Butterfly Festival – June 6-7 Chattahoochee Nature Center of Atlanta’s campaign against childhood obesity. Registration: 7-9:30 AM. 5K at 8:30 AM, Fun Run at 9:30 AM, Costume Contest at 10:15 AM.


Aug. 21 Children’s Healthcare of

Atlanta’s summer send off party at Summerour Studio, 409 Bishop St., Atl. 8 PM-12 AM.


June 8 7th annual Golf and Tennis Tournament of North Fulton Community Charities at The Manor Golf & Country Club, 15951 Manor Club, Milton. Golf registration, 10 AM; shotgun start, noon. Tennis registration, 1 PM, round robin start, 2 PM. vmalbrough@ 678/387-4459.


June 1 Benefit tournament at

RiverPines Golf, 4775 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Registration: 7:30 AM. Shotgun Start: 9 AM. Lunch: 1:30 PM. 770/442-5960.


June 6-7 Shop for original art

and enjoy live music and great food in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood at this 32nd annual festival, with a juried artist market, music stage, 5K race & Tot Trot (Sat.), and KidsFest (10 AM-3 PM daily, John Howell Park). Virginia Ave., between N. Highland Ave. & Park Dr., Atl. 10 AM-11 PM Sat. (artist market through 6:30 PM), 10 AM-6 PM Sun. Free (donations to Virginia-Highland Civic Assoc.).


June 28 Annual fundraiser features local brews, food, music and silent auction at Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 5:30-8:30 PM (VIP: 4:30 104 

PM). Ages 21+ only. $45 ($35 adv.); $75 VIP.


June 1-5 Art Gone Wild Paint-

Out Week with 30 local artists painting the zoo’s inspiring animals, botanicals and scenery. June 11, July 9 Wild on the Rocks, summer cocktail series for adults, with a complimentary beverage. evening exhibit viewing, music and more. June 13 Art Gone Wild Art Show and Silent Auction. June 20 Asian Heritage Day, with live dance, music and more. June 21 Father’s Day at the Zoo. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/624-

performances, taiko drummers, martial arts demonstrations, workshops, a marketplace of goods, exhibits, kids activities and food at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $8 (6 & under, free). 404/842-0736.


Sept. 5-7 28th annual art festival at Glover Park in the Marietta Square with a juried artist market of original works by 175 artists, Children’s Art Alley, Chalk Spot street art, live music and more. Free admission & parking. 10

Sept. 21 17th annual tournament at Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Dr., followed by awards dinner and silent auction at Aqua blue. Benefits Special Olympics Georgia.

770/414-9390 x 111 or Susan. 770/475-7800.


Sept. 4-7 Family-friendly festival with arts & crafts, rides, games, dancers, musicians and fireworks at dusk on Mon. at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville. 4-11 PM Fri., noon-11 PM Sat. & Sun., noon10 PM Mon. $5 (under 12, free); $20 daily wristband for unlimited carnival rides. 770/974-9033.



UPCOMING AJC DECATUR BOOK FEST Sept. 4-6 Largest independent book festival in country, presented by DeKalb Medical on Decatur’s downtown square.

dazzlin’ dahlias festival

Highlands, N.C. Sept. 12 Celebrate the beauty of the dahlia at this annual show at the Highlands Recreation Center, from 1-5 PM. $5. Patron Party: Sept 10.


ironkids alpharetta triathlon

Sept. 20 The largest kids triathlon

in the country, with a swim/bike/ run competition promoting fitness fun for ages 6-15. 7 AM, Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. Race divisions: Junior (ages 6-8), Intermediate (ages 9-11), Senior (ages 12-15).


Sept. 19-20 Largest Japanese

cultural festival in the Southeast features music and dance

Summer at the Rock June 13Aug. 2 Stone Mountain Park

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Jamaica Magic by Vivian Holley

Having it All at Half Moon


am on the sun-splashed north coast of Jamaica, sleeping in Princess Margaret’s suite. It’s in a villa with several other suites that were once occupied by the staff and associates of Queen Elizabeth II’s now deceased younger sister. A lucky bunch, they came along to assist the Princess, not only in performing royal duties but in soaking up the seductive charms of Half Moon, a 400-acre resort spread along a stunning two-mile crescent of private beach. This suite shows off, among its attributes, Jamaican artwork, a baby grand piano, a carved and polished four-poster bed, and a stretch of a living room with a bar at one end. A trio of French doors open onto a similarly lengthy terrace, only a few steps from pearly sands and impossibly crystalline waters. Hello, Caribbean Sea. Clearly, it’s the perfect place for a party, and it’s said in these parts that the fun-loving Princess knew how to throw one. Half Moon, a 61-year-old icon of a property, has long been a favored escape for luxurylovers of all stripes, including celebrities, statesmen, and three generations of British royals. And, with so much on the premises, why not? There’s an inviting assortment of restaurants and bars, an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, an equestrian center, a dolphin lagoon for close encounters with its friendly residents, and water sports galore. A spa christened Fern Tree is a labyrinth of twisty paths that lead past splashing fountains, cool waterfalls, and eye-catching sculptures to secluded treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, and flowering courtyards for outdoor massages. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have sampled Half Moon’s myriad offerings, as have Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Prince Harry was here in 2012 during the massive celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Re-launched in 2011 as a member of the RockResort group, Half Moon is set near Montego Bay at Rose Hall, a landscape known for its plantations in the era of a bustling sugar trade. Along with 197 rooms and suites come 3l whitewashed villas housing four-to-seven bedrooms, making the property a popular choice not only for romance-minded twosomes but family gatherings. The impeccable villas, their white walls shot with fiery bougainvillea, come with their own cook, butler, and housekeeper. Among facilities with family appeal are a vividly-colored Children’s Village and a hangout for teens. Private swimming pools – more than 50 of them – glitter at every turn. Guests zip about via bicycles and golf carts.

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The original owners – a group of families that craved an island paradise to call their own – must have had images of Tara and Twelve Oaks dancing in their heads when they envisioned the exterior of the main building. Stately white columns define an entrance wrapped in tropical gardens. Pass a pair of regal lions and you’re in an airy lobby, a grand, marble-floored sweep with more snowy columns and a captivating view of the sea. Along the walls are photos of visiting notables, one of them George H. W. Bush. In one corner is a memento of another past guest. Kennedy family photos frame a copy of a one-page will 110

handwritten here and signed by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in blue ink on Caribbean-blue Half Moon stationery. Dated January 11, 1960, it spells out her wishes for the care of her young daughter Caroline in the event of the death of her parents. From the lobby, a shuttle embarks to events such as a weekly beach barbecue, the place to be for limbo contests and freeflowing rum punch. Along with the barbecue scene, culinary options range from the casual, Jamaican-influenced Pepper Pot and Robbie’s Kitchen, to the Italian specialties of Il Giardino and the contemporary Caribbean fare at the elegant Sugar Mill, home to an 18thcentury water wheel. But it’s hard to top a mealtime visit to the main building’s alfresco, aptly-named (lush seagrape greenery is a signature) Seagrape Terrace, which begins with a stroll on a palm-lined brick path that winds along the beach. Mornings, you can settle in at a table that’s a mere skip from the sands, sipping Blue Mountain coffee and kicking off breakfast with perfectly ripe mango and papaya and pineapple. It’s showtime for a parade of boats skimming the water, a mesmerizing show itself with its palette of multi-layered blues. Their passengers are out for a sail, for diving or snorkeling, or for trying their luck with deep-sea fishing. Come evening, return along the same beachside brick path to Seagrape Terrace and you get full-on sensuality – a killer Half Moon cocktail of moonlit sea, soft music, murmuring surf. Indeed, a place fit for a princess. Information:; (800) 626-0592.

scenic sites

“Reflections on Danube River” by Laurentiu Lordache/

"Near Galati, Romania, on the Danube river. The water in front of the trees is actually flooding from the Danube." “Feeding the Soil” by Lucas/

“Cultivating the land to get ready for winter and spring on a beautiful Tuscan vineyard in San Minato, Italy, between Pisa and Firenze. I volunteered on this vineyard for six weeks, helping the harvest product, extract, blend and produce wines in 2014. It was an incredible experience, and a great opportunity to document daily life on the vineyard.” “Path to Serenity” by Eva R. Lima/

“A bamboo forest near Kyoto in Japan. Being there early was key to the photo, because it gets really crowded at later hours in the day. All you heard at this time was the bamboos shaking in the wind. It’s beautiful.” These stunning images were selected from an international travel photography contest held this spring by and Alamy. The entries were judged by a global community of photographers, as well as Matt Kloskowski, VP of Photography for on1 Inc. For more details, visit photocrowd. com or

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The American Southwest is rarely mentioned as an ideal vacation destination during the summer months, and Arizona has an especially poor reputation with its high temperatures. However, there is a lovely place in the state that stays lively and much cooler than the rest – Sedona. Mountains surround Sedona, Arizona, protecting it from much of the heat that makes other areas of the state much warmer. With national parks, festivals and events throughout the summer months, Sedona is an excellent choice for a getaway spot. Here are seven things to see and do:


Sedona offers miles and miles of beautiful trails for hiking and biking that are suitable for explorers of all skill levels. There are flat trails that wind their way around the foot of hills, offering spectacular views of the landscape and rock formations that make up the Sedona desert – perfect for those with younger families. There are also more difficult treks that climb up from the bottoms of canyons or reach the tops of the rocks, where hikers can enjoy the sprawling vistas beneath their feet. Many of the trails are pet-friendly, as well. The Sedona Hummingbird Festival, taking place July 31Aug. 2, is truly a sight to behold. Held when the population of hummingbirds is the highest and most diverse, the event features a marketplace, exhibits, garden tours, sunrise breakfasts and birding trips to see these winged wonders. Be advised: tickets for special engagements go quickly. The artistic soul of Sedona thrives in galleries, shops and squares around town. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village offers special events, shows and celebrations throughout the year. The first Friday of each month, from 5-8 PM, the Sedona Gallery Association puts together a showcase to highlight artists and exhibits – a great way to experience three of Sedona’s biggest art locations: Tlaquepaque, Hillside Sedona and Uptown Sedona. First Fridays are free and include opening receptions. Ride the complimentary trolley between venues. Don’t leave the kids out! There are many state and national parks located close to Arizona, but the one with the biggest draw during the summer months is Slide Rock State Park – recently named one of the top ten state parks in the country. The smooth and slippery natural waterslide ends in a swimming hole for a fun way to spend the day. Red Rock State Park offers Ranger

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Classic Cathedral Rock reflected in Red Rock Crossing.

programs, guided nature walks and special presentations. For fishing, creek-wading and picnicking in scenic surrounds, visit the Crescent Moon Ranch Picnic Area at Red Rock Crossing. History buffs can learn about the legacy of the Southwest at the Heritage Museum, featuring art from across the region and educational exhibits about everyday life from the nineteenth century to present day. Sedona is also home to two Indian ruin sites: the Palatki and Honanki Heritage sites. Take time to see Montezuma Castle and Well, a national monument about 30 minutes from Sedona. The walks involved are minimal. Sedona is also known as a peaceful and rejuvenating place. Some visitors come for a life-changing experience, rejuvenation of the spirit, or an energy specific vortex visit. Sedona offers numerous spiritual retreats, healing experiences and psychic readings from which to choose. What kind of visit to the “Grand Canyon State” would be complete without a trip to the canyon itself? Sedona is located less than two hours away from one of the seven natural wonders of the world. There are many day tours offered that begin in Sedona, or visitors can drive themselves the short way up to the national park to enjoy the stunning views of the Grand Canyon and some of the walks around the rim.

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erched on a secluded mountaintop in western North Carolina, Snowbird Mountain Lodge in Robbinsville has delighted guests since 1941 with its mile-high vistas of the Cherohala Skyway above and the crystalclear waters of Lake Santeetlah below. Here, the sights and sounds of nature’s sanctuary refresh the spirit with outdoor adventure and soothe the soul with quiet reflection. Offering a fun-filled escape for family and friends in an elegant and comfortable setting (just three hours from Atlanta), the lodge takes full advantage of its scenic surrounds with a year-round calendar of special events – from painting, paddling and patriotic BBQs to yoga, wildflower walks and wine dinner weekends. Here are some of the summer highlights for Snowbird’s 74th season: June 1-4: Night Walking and Synchronous Fireflies. June 8-11: Paddle Sport Week with Chris Tilghman. July 3-5: July 4th weekend BBQ. July 12- 16: Painting with Nan Cunningham. July 18-23: Encaustics with Kat Fitzpatrick. Aug. 10-13: Photography with Mark Dauber. Aug. 15: Wine dinner with Nick Demos. Aug. 17-20: Yoga with Anne Kennedy. Sept. 4-6: Labor Day Weekend BBQ. Sept. 12: Wine Dinner with Brandy Davis. Sept. 19-25: Hiking with John and Nancy Rennie. Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Birding with Aaron Steed. Southern Seasons Magazine


Executive chef M.G. farris of the cobb energy centre.

Chef’s Table at Cobb Energy Centre Executive Chef M. G. Farris of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre presented an epicurean feast both dazzling and delicious at a Spring Chef’s Table. Heavenly highlights included Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Sweet Onion, Haricot Vert and Leek (perfectly paired with Merryvale Carneros Chardonnay), Spinach Salad Bundle with Balsamic Caviar, Blue Cheese Roulade and Candied Pecans (served with Cake Bread Sauvignon Blanc), and Petite Filet with Baby Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cippolini Onions and Sweet Pea Coulis (served with Clos du Val Napa Cabernet). The dessert was to die for: Hazelnut Praline Mousse with Chocolate Sponge. Chef Farris has been with the Centre since its opening in 2007, customizing menus and preparing specialty dishes to suit any occasion. “This is a performing arts venue – arts being the key word,” he said. “It is my job to make the food sing.” That he does, and then some.

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CAB Filet Mignon is the main menu attraction at oak steakhouse.

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by jennifer bradley franklin PHOTOs COURTESY of OAK STEAKHOUSE

Destination: Steak Oak Steakhouse at Avalon is worth the journey to Alpharetta I felt a bit like a pilgrim, making the trek to Avalon, a mecca for high-end shopping, food and entertainment offerings in Alpharetta. It gleams like a planned Celestial City; the sidewalks overflow with seasonal blooms and jazzy tunes are piped in on hidden speakers. A crown jewel in the neighborhood is Oak Steakhouse, the first Atlantaarea restaurant for the Indigo Road Restaurant Group, which made its mark in Charleston’s famed dining scene. For a city gal like me, it seemed like a journey to make it just 30 miles north, but in the quest for good food, I persevered.

A well-made Manhattan whets the appetite.


Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the dining room in light, but as the sun goes down, flickering candles take over. Reclaimed wood factors in heavily to the design and the room is anchored by oversized, stuffed leather banquettes, one of which my guest and I promptly took up residence. In the center of the room, gray pinstripe-clad chairs surround natural wooden tables. It’s stately, but not stuffy, contemporary, but classic. Since there are only 100 seats in the restaurant, the management takes the time to visit each table, ready to share a recommendation on a favorite dish or glass of wine. We started with fist-sized oysters Rockefeller, so large I had to cut mine into quarters. The addition of smoked bacon, hollandaise and Parmesan to highlight the briny salinity of the Blue Point oyster showed

The result of working with local farms, the Seasonal Vegetable Salad tastes just-picked.

While steak is the star, Chef Chad Anderson excels at seafood as well, exemplified by the tender George’s Bank Scallops.

Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras is the height of decadence.

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Executive Chef Chad Anderson is the mastermind behind the menu.

Sticky Bread Pudding is a sweet ending.

both restraint and decadence on the part of Executive Chef Chad Anderson; the theme played out in flawless harmony over the symphony of dishes to follow. I’m a sucker for a good lobster roll and the diminutive appetizer was melt-in-your-mouth delicious; a buttered H+F bun was stuffed with chilled poached Maine lobster and Meyer lemon mayo. If the description alone doesn’t have your mouth watering, you might need to check your pulse. Finally, the pièce de résistance of appetizers came in the form of toasted brioche topped with seared foie gras, strawberry gastrique, pink peppercorns and mint. I found myself trying to layer together the perfect bite – the brioche’s crunch the ideal foil for the creamy foie gras. Next came a little gem salad, simply dressed with mellow Banyuls vinegar and tart, grassy Humbolt Fog goat cheese; roughly torn, toasted croutons provided a delightful crisp counterpoint, along with compressed Granny Smith apples and spiced walnuts. Insider tip: the restaurant will kindly allow you to order a half salad portion, in an effort to preserve appetite for the main attraction. After all, the steak is the headliner. The menu is peppered with superior cuts – ribeyes, filet mignons and tenderloins. If you’re used to less premium cuts, you may have a moment of sticker shock, but Oak only presents Certified Angus Beef (CAB) signature steaks, a designation for which less than 1.5% of American beef qualifies. My guest and I shared a 12-ounce dry aged N.Y. strip, which had a depth of flavor so complex it defies explanation (sweet, savory, just a touch bitter in the best possible way). Of course, a gaggle of sides completed the spread. Traditional mac and cheese got a sophisticated upgrade in the form of cavatelli, smoked bacon and cheese. Bread pudding became wholly decadent with the introduction of buttery bone marrow. Flash-fried Brussels sprouts and cauliflower tasted just ultra-fresh, as though they were meant to be quickly bathed in oil to bring out their best flavors. The staff’s knowledge about the food and wine is staggering (our server attended culinary school) and they were available at every turn to recommend wines to complement each course. Oenophiles will be pleased to find a number of under-the-radar, boutique bottles which are rare to find by the glass at other restaurants. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such terrific service and, as a result, such a great time (unless you count a recent meal at sister restaurant, Colletta, just next door). On his journey in The Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian met Faithful, Hopeful and Good Will along the way. On my pilgrimage to steak nirvana, I met a little bit of traffic, yes, but also Creativity, Hospitality and Great Taste. It was a trip well worth taking. 950 THIRD St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333.


Slow Braised Pork Shoulder.

The Oak Burger is a non-steak beef standout, accented by crispy bacon.

Regulars sidle up to the Bar FOR A cocktail.

Bathed in soft light, the dining room invites, with comfy seating in a stately setting.

Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are flash fried as a side dish.

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ABATTOIR 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/892-3335. Fresh whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game served in a variety of ways. } 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, Atl. (2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta), 404/221-6550. Grilled steaks, chops, seafood and Southern-inspired cuisine are served in a warm, clubby atmosphere. p }}} ATLAS 88 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atl. (St. Regis Atlanta), 404/600-6471. Farmfresh, seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, 120

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 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slow-roasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickorygrilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} ★★★ 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 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features

a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} ★★

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 crispy brussels sprout, North Georgia apple salad and sticky toffee pudding in a quaint setting, in the former engine room of the Southern Dairies Co. in the Old Fourth Ward. p }} 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 }

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GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Norcross. 678/421-1720. Changing menu of fresh seasonal ingredients in a casually elegant setting. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/9690700. Casual neighborhood dining in historic Brookhaven, with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ 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; 3050 Windy Hill Road SE, Atl., 770/563-1180. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★


For the second year in a row, Umi was named one of the Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America (out of 20,000 entries) by OpenTable diners.

features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} ★★ LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St., Atl., @ 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 }

JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atl. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p }

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

JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atl. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse

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 }} MODERN RESTAURANT + BAR 3365 Piedmont Road NE, Atl. 404/5541100. Innovative culinary style with a heavy emphasis on seafood, from butter-poached lobster to wild Scottish salmon, plus special chef tasting menus with wine pairings. Private dining and outdoor patio available. p }} MOSAIC 3097 Maple Drive, Atl. 404/8465722. Neighborhood bistro features modern American cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. p }}

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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. An elegant place to enjoy seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortrib with smoked Gouda grits and truffled potatoes. 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, from small bites and salads to burgers and entrees, served in a fun atmosphere. 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 }} ★★★★ RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} RIVER ROOM Post Riverside Town Square, 4403 Northside Pkwy., Atl. 404/233-5455. New American cuisine served in an elegant and modern European atmosphere. p }}} 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. 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 }

Tomato Fest ~ July 19 Enjoy tomato-based treats from dozens of chefs and mixologists at Chef Ford Fry’s 7th annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, set for 1-5 PM July 19 at JCT. Kitchen & Bar at Westside Provisions District. The fundraiser for Georgia Organics and The Giving Kitchen also features music from Ill Communication and Five Bone Rack, Ford’s all-chef band. 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. Erik Meadows Photography

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, Atl., Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel lobby. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p } SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave., Atl., 404/873-7358; 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Suite 401, Vinings, 770/435-0700. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., InterContinental Buckhead. 404/9469070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+


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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 176 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farm-totable dishes, from Georgia mountain trout to Amish chicken breast, served in a chic setting. p } 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 }}} ★★

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THE SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}}

YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E. 404/496-4393. 1017 North Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland. 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly burger restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual, familyfriendly format. }

THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } ★★★

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 }}

TRUFFLES CAFE 3345 Lenox Road, Atl. 404/364-9050. Upscale gourmet café with a diverse menu of Low Country dishes, fresh fish, center-cut steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. p } 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 }} 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 }} WOODFIRE GRILL 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atl. 404/347-9055. Menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy, with specialties like pan-roasted wild striped bass and wood-grilled quail. p }}


AJA 3500 Lenox Road, Atl. 404/231-0001. Modern Asian kitchen with sushi, dim sum and entrees served family-style. Red and black walls and dimmed lighting add to the exotic atmosphere. p }} ★★★


FIRE OF BRAZIL 118 Perimeter Center West, Atl., 770/551-4367. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in the centuries-old Brazilian tradition. p }}} 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. Authentic cuisine in a spacious dining room with efficient, 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, served in an elegant and inviting setting since 1972. p }}


LAST WORD 701 Highland Ave., Suite 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 } TWIST 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. Southern Seasons Magazine


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setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} 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 }}

The St. Regis Atlanta Summer Tea brings citrus notes, fresh herbs, berries and melon to the traditional afternoon indulgence, with a classic menu of savory petite sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and petit fours, all accompanied by the impeccable service of the signature St. Regis Butlers. Hosted from 2:30-4:30 PM Fri. & Sat., June 19-Aug. 30, in the elegant Atlanta Tea Room. $40 per guest (includes complimentary valet parking). Reservations: 404/563-7799.

404/869-1191. Creative cuisine, from sushi and seafood to satays and wraps, served in a 300-seat dining room with a centerstage bar. Patio dining available. p }


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. } ★★ LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Suite A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Classic French bistro fare served in an elegant setting. 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 }} DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/991-3666. Southern Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }}

p }} ★★ MARKET W Atlanta-Buckhead, Atl., 3377 Peachtree Road NE. 404/523-3600. Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten reinvents classic dishes with an eclectic flair, from Maine lobster with crispy potatoes and spicy aioli to bacon wrapped shrimp with avocado and passion fruit mustard. p }} 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 }}


KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2620702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, oven-roasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} ★★★★

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 }}} ★★★



BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian cuisine, from homemade pastas and pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming

AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Choose from sushi, seafood, steaks and chops in a soothing setting. 124

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

FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 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. Flavorful food in a fun setting, with cozy dimensions, eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} ★★★★ LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road, Atl, 404/231-1368; 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650; 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy., Atl., Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterranean-inspired Tuscan grill with herb-rubbed prime steaks, hand-crafted pastas and market-fresh seafood. p }} NO. 246 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678/399-8246. Savor ricotta agnolotti, QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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n lighten up, y’all, virginia willis (ten speed press/BERKELEY)

Love all those classic Southern comfort foods like chicken and gravy, macaroni and cheese, and strawberry shortcake? Indulge guilt-free with a “healthy and wholesome” collection of easy-to-make recipes by Atlanta chef Virginia Willis, who found a way to lighten up her own diet without sacrificing any of the flavor or richness that makes Southern food taste so good. Indeed, deliciousness was the deciding factor in her new dishes, which utilize healthier ingredients and techniques. Among the mouthwatering offerings: Bourbon Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce, Buttermilk Potato Gratin, Vegetable Corn Bread, and Baked Apple Hand Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce. All of the recipes include nutritional information. One of the most respected authorities on Southern cooking, Willis is a French-trained chef and veteran cookbook author who teaches cooking classes around the country.

n pure pork awesomeness, kevin gillespie (ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING)

Atlanta chef, restaurateur and Top Chef alum Kevin Gillespie shares his passion for pork in his newest cookbook, extolling the amazing versatility of the food with a wealth of recipes from around the world. “There’s just no end to what you can do with pork,” Gillespie pens in the introduction. “I could eat a pork chop one day, pulled pork another, and bacon the next, and they’d all taste completely different...Pork can be the star of the show or a background flavor.” The recipes – developed for everyday home cooks with a few challenges tossed in for special occasions – include Sichuan Salt and Pepper Pork Chops, Slow Cooker Country-Style Ribs and Banoffee Trifle with Candied Bacon. There’s Serrano Ham Croquettes for Friday cocktail hour and Country Ham Breakfast Strata for Sunday brunch. A Georgia native, Gillespie opened his first restaurant, Gunshow, in 2013. His second restaurant, Revival, is set to open this June in Decatur.

n a southern gentleman’s kitchen, matt moore (TIME/Oxmoor House)

Want to become a better man? Spend more time in the kitchen. So says Matt Moore, whose first cookbook met with such success that he has compiled a new collection of 150 tasty Southern dishes, served up with savory photography and a spicy side of storytelling. The “no-fail” recipes range from Grandma Sitty’s Fried Chicken and Grandma Dorothy’s Caramel Cake (family favorites from his childhood) to Seafood Jambalaya by New Orleans Saints vet Jon Stinchcomb and Master’s Egg Salad by Lady Antebellum guitarist David Haywood (both buddies of his). Updated Southern classics include Pulled Pork BBQ Nachos and Pickled Okra Bloody Marys. Born and raised in Georgia, Moore is a chef, musician and entrepreneur who hangs his hat in Nashville, Tenn. His adventures in cooking include fly-fishing, wild boar hunting and oyster harvesting.

DISHES Crab and Celery Rémoulade Wraps

Recipe from Lighten Up, Y’all by Virginia Willis

2 Tbsp. plain 2% Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. light mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 2 stalks celery, sliced sharply on the diagonal into 1/8-inch thick pieces 1 Tbsp. freshly grated or prepared horseradish 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 small shallot, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 pound lump crab, picked over for shells and cartilage Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 to 3 heads butter leaf lettuce, for accompaniment

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, horseradish, parsley, shallot, garlic, lemon zest and juice, hot sauce, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Add the crab and fold together as gently as possible. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon a tablespoon or so of the rémoulade into the lettuce cups and serve immediately. Makes about 2 cups to make 16 wraps. (Calories 19, Fat .6 g, Carbs 2 g, Fiber .4 g, Protein 1 g).

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Davio’s Ramano pizza, charred octopus and other specialties in a 100-seat space with an open kitchen, backyard deck and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. } PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees. 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 }} ★★★★ SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atl. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes served with a creative twist in a revived brick storefront. p }} SUGO 408 S. Atlanta St., Roswell, 770/6419131; 625 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770/817-4230; 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/817-8000. Authentic cuisine served with gracious hospitality, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza. p } ★★★ TAVERNA FIORENTINA 3324 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-9825. Tuscan bistro presents authentic Florentine dishes and contemporary classics in an intimate dining room. 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 }} VENI VIDI VICI 41 Fourteenth St., Atl. 126

404/875-8424. Heavenly cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and warm ambience. Specialties include veal lasagne and pappardelle with pulled rotisserie duck. p h }} ★★★


KOBE STEAKS 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/256-0810. Hibachi cooking in a fun atmosphere, where chefs prepare meals at the table. }} ★★ 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 in intimate booths. } UMI 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/841-0040. Modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated, contemporary setting, with the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets. 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, all served in a warm, welcoming

setting. p }} ★★★ MILAN MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO & GRILL 3377 Peachtree Road, Atl., Crowne Plaza. 678/553-1900. Mediterranean dining in a casually elegant setting, from mahi mahi with port-glazed figs and grilled salmon romesco to filet of beef Monte Carlo. p }}


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 Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }


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


ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/262-3165. Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood offered in a neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish and blackened mahi mahi. p h }} ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. 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 }} COAST SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/869-0777. Fresh seafood and island cocktails in a casual setting, with signature seafood boil, fresh catch entrees and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels. p } GOLDFISH 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Perimeter Mall. 770/671-0100. Seafood, sushi and steaks in a spectacular setting that features a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium and live music. p }} ★★★ 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 }} 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 palate-pleasing menu, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} ★★★ SEABASS KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/705-8880. A Mediterraneanflavored menu of delicious dishes, with market-fresh seafood, from Red Snapper to Black Sea Bass, as well as certified prime beef and braised lamb shank, served in an upscale casual setting with exceptional service. p }}

Parish 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 sophisticated and spirited venue. p } CANTINA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR 3280 Peachtree Road, Atl., Terminus 100. 404/892-9292. Mexican cuisine with housemade tortilla chips and salsa and specialties ranging from stewed pork with hominy to fish tacos and enchiladas. p } NOCHE 1000 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8159155. 705 Town Blvd., Atl. 404/364-9448. 2580 Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 770/432-3277. 3719 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 770-

777-9555. Bold Southwestern cuisine with a hint of seafood and game, and a high-energy bar. p }


BLACKSTONE 4686 S. Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 404/794-6100. Top-quality steaks, fresh seafood, award-winning wine list and great service, with an ambience suited for upscale dining and after-dinner cocktails. p }} ★★★ BLT STEAK 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atl., W Atlanta-Downtown. 404/577-7601. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Bistro Laurent Tourondel combines traditional elements of a cozy French bistro with an American steakhouse. p }}} QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/777-1500; 267 Marietta St., Embassy Suites Hotel (Centennial Park), Atl., 404/2236500; 3285 Peachtree Road NE, Embassy Suites Buckhead, Atl., 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs around the globe for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, extraordinary Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ★★

Chops Lobster Bar 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 }}} ★★★★ 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 128

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 }} ★★★ STRIP 245 Eighteenth St., Atl. 404/385-2005. Great steak and sushi with multi-level dining, lounge and patios in a super hip setting with nightly DJ and open air rooftop deck. p }}

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 }} ★★★★

THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road, Atl., Westin Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous faces. p }}} ★★★

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atl., 404/577-4366; 3379 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-6535. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedoclad waiters. p }}}


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 STEAHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. A fresh take on the classic steakhouse with inspired dishes served in a modern environment. p }}} PRIME 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., Lenox Square. 404/812-0555. Superior primeaged beef, sushi bar and seafood offered in a casually chic setting. p } ★★★ 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 }}}

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 1104 Canton St., Roswell, 770/6400788; 1155 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 770/817-9800. Grilled New Zealand lamb, Atlantic salmon, pad Thai and a variety of authentic Thai dishes. p } TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 110, Atlanta. 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+

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