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Can’t-Go-Wrong Wish Lists Holiday Cooking: Duck, Duck, Goose nsoro Foundation’s Starfish Ball Laura Turner Seydel: More Vitamin N Dr. Ronald Goldstein: Faces of Beauty Health & Beauty: Fragrant Notes Dr. Karin: Breakdown to Breakthrough Gallery Views O.M. Norling’s Epic Art Exhibitions Calendar Puppy Love Goats of Anarchy Animal Rescue Southern Tales: Books Sam Massell Biography Helping Puerto Rico


64 Sparkling Evening Wear 68 Bridal: Ultra Modern to Classic Vintage

14 Letter from the Editor 16 Letters to the Editor

48 The Art of Design 50 Majestic Estate in East Cobb 58 Design Finds: Silver & Gold


60 Trimmed in Fur 62 Chill Factor: Chic Winter Coats

72 Travis-Patterson Engagement 74 Katie Schwartz & Zach Rosen


82 Parties for a Cause 86 On the Horizon 90 Fix Georgia Pets Dinner with Bo Derek 95 Andee’s Army Evening of Hope 96 On the Homefront: Berkshire Hathaway 97 Legendary Party 98 Around Town with Jenny Pruitt 100 Travis Reed & Harry Norman, Realtors


106 Performing Arts 110 Fun Around Town


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HOLIDAY WISH LIST What are the most amazing gifts of the season? We’ve got the top three – plus more fantastic ideas.


NSORO’s STARFISH BALL Steve Smith and Elizabeth Allen champion nsoro’s educational mission Jan. 20 at the St. Regis.


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DESTINATION WEDDING Katie Schwartz and Zach Rosen tie the knot under the pristine blue skies of Utah.

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The Season of


Grassroots Heroism

his is not my typical letter where I talk about the stories in our newest issue – and an amazing issue it is! Instead, I just want to focus on my pride in this great country. In the past few months our country has been hit with so many natural disasters. From the hurricanes tearing through the Carribbean and the Gulf states to the wildfires in California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys, millions of Americans have been affected – many suffering tragic losses. While our government resources, including FEMA and the National Guard, have certainly done their best, they have really been stretched thin. My greatest inspiration has come from another source as I’ve watched these calamaties unfold – the mainstream American heroes who are not elected officials or professional disaster workers but our neighbors and friends whose selfless efforts have made a huge impact in saving lives. They call themselves the Cajun Navy or just the guys down the street. When they heard their neighbors in Houston or Florida were trapped in flooded homes, they did not hesitate to get in their cars or trucks and haul their boats to the disaster. They rescued people from their homes and got them to shelters. They loaded their vehicles with clean drinking water, blankets and food. They put themselves in harm’s way and never thought of being paid for their help. And millions of people who didn’t have the resources to physically be there wrote checks to contribute to the relief efforts. Hundreds of military reservists volunteered to load up airplanes and boats with all the supplies they could carry and went to Puerto Rico and other islands devastated by the hurricanes. People were suffering and these heroic folks got there as fast as they could to lend whatever they could do to help. As Americans, we are not defined by our government as much as by our compassion and humanity as exemplified by these true

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grassroots American heroes who define our communities and are symbols of our national conscience. Southern Seasons Magazine has the great privilege of shining spotlights on the philanthropists and volunteers who so selflessly support the greater good. I am inspired by all of you and so proud to know you and showcase your wonderful works.

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Words cannot describe the incredible happiness we all felt when James showed us the cover of Southern Seasons Magazine. It’s nothing less than remarkable what you have done for us; we are truly speechless. And Gail, your article is simply wonderful and gorgeously written – again you’ve left us speechless. Our reaction to the magazine has been one of pure unadulterated happiness. We have been working so hard, especially these past few weeks, and to see what you have done for us has made every inch of effort worth it. It has energized us to keep working hard and reach for our dreams! A thousand thank-yous from the heart, for we are truly indebted to you for your generosity. With great affection and admiration from all of us, John Welker, Co-Founder/Director, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre

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LifeLine is so honored to be featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Southern Seasons. We are thrilled to get this opportunity and exposure for the animals, and your coverage is fantastic! We can’t thank you enough! Rebecca Guinn, CEO, LifeLine Animal Project

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• Enjoy a weekend getaway to a unique retreat like General Coffee State Park in the diverse wiregrass region of South Georgia. By day, explore the agricultural history at Heritage Farm with storied outbuildings and friendly barnyard animals, scope out the Seventeen-Mile River with a boardwalk through the cypress swamp, and go horseback on the equestrian trails. Bunk in a cottage, rough it at a campsite or slumber in the 19th-century Burnham House cabin. • Pump up the adrenaline in the Park Paddlers Club, open to all skill levels, with 22 miles of paddling fun at six participating parks. The $10 membership includes a t-shirt upon course completion. • Soar to new heights with a guided tree climb up a 200-year-old Southern Red Oak at Panola Mountain State Park, offered year-round at $15 per person. gastateparks. org/panolamountain/excursions • Leash up the pup for the Tails on Trails dog walking club, challenging hikers and hounds to seven trails. The $15 membership includes a t-shirt and doggie bandana upon course completion.

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HOLIDAY GIFTING hat are the best, most amazing, always well-received holiday gifts? We asked a number of folks and came up with a short list, and then a longer list! Of course, depending on the ages and interests of your

loved ones (and budget considerations), the perfect gift is sometimes challenging. Try to avoid getting too taste specific, like bold patterns in bright colors. Consider what the recipient wears, collects and has an interest in. But if these things are still not helpful, then go for one of the classics.

THE SHORT LIST - top 3 foolproof gifts A new puppy (or kitty). While pet ownership is a lifetime commitment that should never be taken lightly, there’s no greater gift for a home with children of any age than a new puppy or kitten. Our city is filled with some wonderful animal rescue organizations, from the Atlanta Humane Society to Fix Georgia Pets and LifeLine Animal Project. So, by all means, save a life that’s already here. Car keys (to a new car). The small gift-wrapped box containing car keys – awesome! For a special person who desires a new car, this is the most spectacular gift on the planet. (The actual car can be hidden in the garage or just down the street.) Diamonds (and fine jewelry). Diamonds and any piece of truly fine jewelry is a romantic gift. If diamonds are wrong, I don’t want to be right! 20

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THE LONGER LIST Scented candles. Lovely scented candles are available at most upscale boutiques in a variety of decorative glass jars. Select a mild and aromatic scent. Scarves. Avoid loud prints and go for gorgeous silk or cashmere fabrics in neutral colors. Unless you know for certain that the person you’re buying for loves “hot pink,” stick to black, grey or camel. Art books. Coffee-table books or books on a particular subject of interest are great gift options.

Food gifts. My BMF sends me a scrumptious pecan pie every holiday season and it’s always a winner! Wine gifts. From a single bottle of fine champagne to a wine-of-themonth club subscription, there are countless ways to toast a cherished friendship with a vintage year. Timepiece. Although this is admittedly taste specific, a new wristwatch is a fabulous gift – just know the style and brand preferences of your person.

Handbags. Evening bags are a particularly coveted gift for the stylish gals in your life. For the couture collector, if you know her favorite designer, look for that label. Best of all: One size fits all. Charitable donation. Supporting a particular cause or a nonprofit foundation in honor of the recipient is a thoughtful gesture for the philanthropic recipient who deeply cares about a special cause. Electronics. Computers, iPads and iPhones are not sexy gifts, but for someone who loves I.T. it’s a sure thing!

MEET MOVER! “Mover” Williams is the most adorable beast to grace our holiday cover! He is the pup of Jody and Richard Williams, who adopted him during the great recession. His fun-loving family includes five siblings – four human and one canine. Known by all the well-heeled dogs around Habersham, Mover was oh-sothrilled to pose as our cover dog, hamming it up for photographer Ben Rose with his animal magnetism and stunning holiday attire.

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Duck, Duck, Goose We got Game!

Holiday goose by gourmet cooks and bicoastal best friends Jody Williams and Wendy Warren.

Let the games begin this holiday season as you showcase a decadent duck or a traditional golden goose roasted with honey lacquered glaze and served with a spiced sour cherry sauce. The bird will surely be the all-star centerpiece debuting your festive dinner table. Enjoy preparing this special feast for your family and friends. Game on! 24

Be sure to warm up your game with a salt solution brine before roasting. Brining is a home run for any water fowl, which locks in moisture during the cooking process. You can use your own brining solution or keep it simple and use a pre-mixed brining mixture. We used “turkey brining blend autumn fruit and spice” from Williams Sonoma. Now, to be the MVP hostess this holiday season, pair your all-star bird with cornbread oyster dressing, a simple salad and a dessert of your choice. Also, leftover duck or goose fat is great for roasting potatoes. INGREDIENTS GAME BIRD: 1 brined duck (6 lb) or goose (11 lb)* 1 apple (peeled and quartered) 1 onion (peeled and quartered) 1 orange (quartered) 1 lemon (quartered) Truffle salt Grass-fed ghee or butter * We purchased our game meat from D’Artagnan ( and had fabulous results. Honey lacquered glaze: 10-12 leaves sage 1 cup water 3 tablespoons honey 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons soy sauce Serves 4-6

2 cups frozen sour cherries (pitted) 2 shallots 2 tablespoons grass-fed ghee or butter 1 cinnamon stick 2 star anise 2 tablespoons honey

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1 (8-inch-square) baked and cooled cornbread, preferably on the sweet side 16 slices white or sourdough bread, toasted and cooled 1⁄2 large white onion, finely chopped 3 celery ribs, finely chopped 1⁄2 large green bell pepper, finely chopped 1⁄2 cup chicken broth, plus more as needed 2 dozen freshly shucked or jarred oysters, preferably Gulf oysters, drained and coarsely chopped (reserve the oyster liquid) 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon hot sauce 1⁄4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 2-3 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped 1 1⁄2 teaspoon truffle salt or sea salt 1⁄2 teaspoon ground white pepper

Roasted honey lacquered duck or goose • Put 10-12 sage leaves into a small saucepan with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil; simmer for 7 minutes and remove from heat; remove leaves and allow to cool. • Wash the duck or goose out thoroughly with water and pat dry with paper towels. Season generously with salt and put on a plate in the refrigerator to air-dry for 1 hour (2 hours is even better). • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, combine sage infusion, honey, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce and bring to a boil; boil at medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes until mixture becomes slightly syrupy and is reduced to 2/3 cup. Pour 1/3 cup into measuring cup to glaze the bird and set aside remainder glaze for the cherry sauce. • With a blunt butter knife, gently separate the skin of the breast from the meat. Since these are the holidays, generously spread ghee or butter between the skin and meat. • Prick the duck or goose skin with a fork, careful not to pierce the meat. Stuff the cavity with apple, onion, orange and lemon. Slather the whole bird generously with ghee or butter and season with truffle salt. Do not be shy with the butter. • Place on roasting rack, cover with foil and roast in oven until internal temperature reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degree Fahrenheit. Baste often with the honey glaze and fat from the bird. Remove foil during last 30 minutes. • Let rest before carving and serve with sour cherry sauce.

spiced sour cherry sauce • Heat ghee or butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots until they are well caramelized. Add the sour cherries and spices and reduce the heat to medium. • Once the cherries are heated through, add the honey and reserved glaze. Allow the sauce to simmer until slightly syrupy. (Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch for thicker sauce.)

Southern Cornbread Oyster Dressing • Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. • Crumble cornbread into a large bowl. Tear toasted bread into very small pieces, add to cornbread, and toss to combine. • Melt 8 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, celery and bell pepper; sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Cover pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are almost translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove cover, add broth, and cook, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan, for 2 to 3 minutes. Continue to cook mixture for 1 minute more, then remove from heat, add to bread mixture, and stir to combine. • In a medium bowl, stir together oysters, lemon juice, hot sauce, parsley, sage, salt and white pepper. Add to bread mixture and stir well to combine. If dressing seems too dry, add a little oyster liquid and up to 1⁄2 cup more chicken broth; mixture should be very moist. • Pour dressing into a greased baking dish. Cut remaining 4 tablespoons butter into small pieces and scatter over top of dressing. Bake until top and sides are browned, 4045 minutes. Southern Seasons Magazine



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Through Education

fter viewing the documentary Aging Out, about the plight of youth exiting the foster care system, Darrell Mays was compelled to act. He founded The nsoro Educational Foundation with a mission to provide access to postsecondary education for youth in foster care, wards of the state and youth who have aged out of the foster care system. The Starfish Ball was created to introduce a cause at the edge of awareness and raise the funding necessary to educate this vulnerable population.

THE EDUCATION GAP While 70% of youth in foster care plan to pursue postsecondary education, the instability inherent to the foster care experience creates significant barriers: 1 in 4 youth in foster care will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – twice the rate of U.S. veterans; 50% of former foster youth are homeless within two years of leaving the system; and 78% of the current death row population spent time in the foster care system. The national college enrollment rate of 65% and graduation rate of 59% stand in stark contrast to the 10% college enrollment and 3% graduation rates of youth in foster care. The nsoro Foundation sees this disparity as its clarion call.


with direct academic scholarships and the College Bound Program hosted on eight universities across four states. High school students in foster care are first introduced to nsoro through College Bound. This weeklong program features an enriching curriculum of S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) instruction, self-advocacy practice, financial literacy education, and health and wellness exposure. In six years, 623 students have graduated from the College Bound program. With 293 scholars at 192 universities in 37 states, Mays’ vision of leveling the educational landscape is becoming a reality. Since 2005, nsoro has awarded more than 700 scholarships for postsecondary education. The impressive statistics speak for themselves: 89% of nsoro scholars have graduated or are still enrolled in school, 65% are pursuing an advanced degree, and 40% of nsoro alumni are working in their field of study. Equally telling, 98% of nsoro alumni have not been incarcerated, 78% have not been homeless, and 96% have not abused drugs or alcohol. The name “nsoro” is derived from the Ghanan term nsoromma, meaning “children of the heavens.” Mays believes youth in foster care – with so few blood ties they can claim – are part of a more divine family. A lowercased “n” is always used in the spelling of nsoro as a constant reminder that what matters most is accountability to these children.

The nsoro Foundation works to combat educational inequality

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The nsoro Foundation will honor two of Atlanta’s most esteemed philanthropists at the Starfish Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the St. Regis Atlanta. Steve Smith and Elizabeth Allen will be crowned King and Queen at the 13th annual gala, reigning over the evening’s festivities, which include performers and surprise special guests, as well as a silent auction and live auction, punctuated with the success stories of nsoro Scholars. Guests are encouraged to bring their masks for an enchanting night.

Elizabeth Allen will be honored for her decade of support of The nsoro Foundation, and Steve Smith for his leadership as board vice-chairman since its inception, at the 2018 Starfish Ball.

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nsoro’s Scholars

Antoinette Rucker

Alexis Lenderman

Aging out – the anomaly

Driven to succeed


edefining the grim statistics of youth aging out of the foster care system, Antoinette Rucker is a trailblazer. In 2014, she was honored with the Youth Advocate of the Year Award, a Georgia state appointment for her humanitarian efforts rallying with state legislators on issues concerning children and families in foster care. This fall, she received a nsoro scholarship for graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in social work at Walden University. Here’s Antoinette’s story, in her own words: “Champions. According to the Webster’s dictionary, a champion is a person who fights for a cause. A supporter. In the spring of 2016, I was introduced to The nsoro Foundation at a graduation celebration for foster youth. At the event, Monica Pantoja shared that nsoro supported graduate students who’ve aged out of foster care. I could not believe my ears. As fate would have it, I was in the process of deciding if I wanted to go graduate school, but I knew that resources were limited. A few days later, I contacted nsoro to share my interest in furthering my education. I learned that I was eligible for academic funding and that nsoro would support me with an educational scholarship through age 26. Fast forward to July 2017. I never submitted my application to nsoro. I decided to take a year off. At this point, I had applied and was accepted to graduate school, but I was left with a tuition balance and I wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for it. I could not imagine forgoing graduate school because I didn’t have all of the funding needed to attend. Nervous and discouraged, I reached out to nsoro again, a year after my initial meeting. To my surprise, the nsoro team was so warm and welcoming, assuring me nothing had changed, and they would still support my academic pursuit. My heart was so full.” 28


ollowing a difficult childhood that culminated in a foster care placement while in high school, Alexis Lenderman is rewriting her future – determined to serve and driven to succeed. “Education is the one thing that can’t be taken away from me,” she said. “So, I push myself as hard as I can to see what I can do.” A senior majoring in entrepreneurship and global international studies at Western Michigan University, Alexis was honored with two highly prestigious awards this year for her commitment to public service and civic engagement. She was named a Newman Civic Fellow and received a scholarship from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s Leadership and the American Presidency program. “Alexis is one of the most motivated, focused and engaged students I have had the pleasure to know,” said Jane Baas, Associate Dean of WMU’s Lee Honors College. “I have no doubt that Alexis will lead the way wherever she lands after graduation.” Alexis is guided by two key principles: to learn as much as possible, and to do as much good as possible with what she learns. This past fall, she interned on Capitol Hill with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute while taking classes as a visiting student at George Mason University. Her move to Washington D.C. came after spending the summer in South Korea studying international humanitarianism – her fifth experience studying abroad. “As a first-generation college student who aged out of the foster care system, I have seen the power of advocacy on behalf of marginalized populations firsthand,” Alexis wrote in a personal statement for the fellowship. “I spent years feeling as if I did not have a voice, so I am determined to use my voice to address social issues affecting those that have also felt unheard.” Her ultimate aspiration is to work for the United Nations on humanitarian missions.

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by laura turner seydel

Why your children (and you) need more Vitamin N photo by Dominic Chavez GRAPHIC © Inktear/



Most of us born before the internet remember long days spent outside playing with friends or even just silently exploring the backyard. We remember turning over that rock outside for the first time and realizing we are not alone in this world, or the beautiful rustling sound of the leaves in the wind. How about the countless trees climbed, games of tag played and all the forts built?

here is something vitally essential about the connection between the human spirit and the natural world, with the systems that support all life, like water and soil. Spending time outdoors in nature connects us with the magnitude of the world we’ve been given and our place in it. We know this on a subconscious level, even as children. Anne Frank wrote during her short life, “the best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” Richard Louv, award-winning author of Last Child in the Woods and Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, is the leader of the movement to get our children back outdoors. In 2005, Richard published Last Child in the Woods, a bestselling guide to returning our kids to nature based on 20 groundbreaking studies. He coined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” which is not a medical condition, but a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families and communities. The removal of children from unstructured play in natural environments has serious consequences on the mental, social and physical health of our children, including lasting impacts on the developing brain. Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development – physical, emotional and spiritual. Research shows nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity and ADD. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point 32

averages and develops skills in problem-solving, critical-thinking and decision-making. Creativity is also stimulated by childhood experiences in nature. Research shows that when children play in nature, the leaders that emerge are most often the smartest children, whereas when they play on flat turf, like cement, the leaders that emerge tend to be based on physicality. After publishing Last Child in the Woods, Richard went on to cofound the Children and Nature Network (C&NN), a nonprofit organization leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. On their website, they host a huge database of curated and summarized peer-reviewed scientific literature to help build the evidence base for advancing the children and nature movement, including up to 650 medical health studies ( The evidence is overwhelming on the health benefits of time spent in nature, both preventative and applied. This is becoming increasingly important as urban populations grow and the access to outdoor space becomes ever more parceled off. Kids living in urban settings are far more likely to suffer the consequences of nature-deficit disorder. This is one reason why advocating for putting more nature back in our cities is critical, like parks, greenspaces and community gardens. In his most recent book, Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, Richard provides a complete prescription to nature-deficit disorder and how to connect with the power and joy of the natural world right now. Vitamin N has 500 activities for children and adults, dozens of inspiring and thought-provoking

Children who play and learn in nature are much more likely to become future stewards

5Laura Seydel and Richard Louv discuss Last Child in the Woods. Photo courtesy Laura Seydel. 4Spending time in nature enhances educational outcomes by improving children’s academic performance, focus, behavior and love of learning. Go to for more. Photo courtesy C&NN.

essays, scores of informational websites and down-to-earth advice. In tandem with his book, you can take the Vitamin N challenge on C&NN. There are no concrete rules to the challenge, you’re simply asked the question where can you insert more Vitamin N into your life, and how can you do it? The scale and design of your challenge is up to you, but the C&NN website offers inspiration, tips and support. From there you can share your Vitamin N challenge and inspire others to do the same! Here in Atlanta, Fernbank Forest and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens have great programs to get families and children outdoors! According to a recent study conducted by Melissa and Doug, a U.S. toy company, and survey company Gallup, 1,200 families with children from ages 2-10 from all 50 states were asked how they wish their kids spent their time. Playing outdoors was the number one result with a whooping 62%, but according to those same parents their children only spent 10.6 hours on outside play and a whooping 18.6 hours on screen-based play and 14.6 hours on indoor play.

There are many reasons this is happening, although Richard primarily blames modern parents’ perceived fear of natural and human threats. Although incidents of child abduction continue to decrease, news and entertainment industries stoke these fears. Modern life is busier than ever, and technological advances are more distracting than ever. But can we really afford to ignore the rising rates of obesity, attention disorders, cognitive decline and decreased socialization in our children? What’s more, studies show children who experience the deep wonder that is nature, by camping or hiking for example, are much more likely to grow up to be environmental stewards. Fortunately, Richard’s movement is growing! Their C&NN conference in Vancouver this year was attended by more than 1,000 people from 29 countries, including China. Join the movement! No matter how old you are, your career, or even whether you are a parent, I hope you’ll take the Vitamin N challenge and nourish your soul with this great gift we’ve been given. Southern Seasons Magazine


the many faces of beauty

by ronald E. goldstein, DDS

How Accessories can

complement your face

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hink about when you enter a store and start trying on earrings, sunglasses or hats. What determines the items you purchase? Without even knowing it, you may have selected the best item because of how it complements your facial shape. However, oftentimes when selecting a piece of jewelry or accessory for the facial area, facial shape does not enter into the decision. In fact, that choice is based on how the jewelry or even eyewear looks on a model in an ad. Therefore, having an understanding of your own facial shape will make it that much easier to find the best accessory for you on your next shopping trip. If you have not already done so, you may want to identify your own facial shape and then review the right accessories to accentuate your best features. One good source is Holly Hosterman of Holly Yashi (, who advises, “To determine the natural shape of your face, pull back your hair and in a mirror, trace your face’s outline using soap or lipstick.” I also look at the face when “at rest” and then when smiling to see how your cheekbones, chin and smile alters the shape. In addition, Steve Nuttall, owner of Lugene Opticians in Atlanta, believes that facial shape should be considered before choosing eyewear. Steve says, “Though proper frame selection can be complicated by the endless combinations of color, size and shape, it is not impossible. Today’s eyewear can complement, enhance, adorn and even mask, when necessary, an individual’s features.”

So let’s look at basic facial shapes:

temples. You may want to consider roundor square-shaped frames to create the illusion of width.”

Thanks to the $62 billion U.S. beauty and cosmetics market, Square: A square face has a width about the same as the length with an angular we are constantly bombarded shape. The jawline and forehead are often prominent. with all types of products and From Holly: “Earrings that are medium services to help us look our to long in length look amazing, and hoops will look wonderful, too. Earrings with very best throughoutangular life.or rounded edges are also great

Oval: An oval face will be long, but balanced, with no feature standing out. From Holly: “The best earring shapes for your face are pearls, teardrops and ovals which provide a soft complement to your face’s natural contour. Luckily, oval faces have incredible versatility in what they can wear, so have fun experimenting!” From Steve: “For the most balanced of the face shapes, choose a frame that is wider than the broadest part of the face while keeping the vertical size not too deep or too narrow.” Oblong: An oblong face will be even longer than an oval with strong jawlines and/or broad cheekbones. From Holly: “For you, earrings with lots of volume work well. For a different look, short dangles and pearls are also flattering as they help to draw the eye across your face horizontally.” From Steve: “For a face that is longer than it is wide, try a frame that has depth. It should not be wider than the face. Use color or design to draw attention to the


Round: A round face will have about the same width and length all over. From Holly: “Drop earrings and long dangles look stunning on you, as long earrings will help to elongate your face.” From Steve: “To slim down a round face, try a rectangular frame that is wider than the face and has a shallow depth. For those of you with round faces, think about styles that help elongate and narrow your face. Frames that are more rectangular will be the best bet.”

choices because they bring attention to your earrings and help soften your face’s natural angles.” From Steve: “The goal here is to make a broad face look longer and to soften the sharp features. Use a narrow style or an oval.” Diamond: A diamond face has wide cheekbones, however the forehead and

chin cut in like a diamond making them narrower. From Holly: “Earrings that balance your natural beauty, ones with more width than length, are a good choice. A combination of curves and straight lines are also flattering, as are earrings with delicate drops.” From Steve: “For broad at the cheeks while being narrow at both the eye line and jawline, look for a cat-eye shape to work well.” Heart: A heart-shaped face has a wide forehead and it narrows to the chin. From Holly: “To balance your natural triangle shape, try earrings that are wider at the bottom than at the top. Earrings with soft curves such as tear-drop styles also work well.” From Steve: “This face has a wide forehead with a narrow chin. Select a frame that is wider toward the bottom or possibly a rimless. If you have a heart-shaped face, then you may want to accentuate the eye area to move the focus away from the lower part of the face. A cat’s eye or metal frames with rimless bottoms will help achieve this.” When reviewing these tips, what stood out to me is the important factor of keeping a balance between your face, and the accessories that highlight it. Living in the South also means that we wear our sunglasses year-round. With so many styles to choose from, it’s important to focus on which ones will accentuate your best features. Although this article has focused on the effect of both jewelry and eyewear, don’t forget powerful other influences. Make-up, skin tone, plus a good smile are also major enhancers to your total facial esthetics.

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 Dr. Karin Luise


breakdown to


When things fall apart, the Universe is offering you a golden opportunity to put them back together in a new way. Things are happening for a reason. In the middle of the struggle, you are cued up to transform your breakdown into a breakthrough. It’s simply about how you decide to move forward. You have three major choices following a breakdown. You can: a) stay in the brokenness and call yourself a victim, b) try to force things to work again by doing things the same way, or c) transform your breakdown into a breakthrough by creating something new. One of those choices goes backwards, one stays stationary, and one moves you forward. I know which one feels better to me, but this is completely up to you. You are faced with the choice of holding onto what is causing you pain or creating something that is in more alignment with who you really are. You can release those things, people and experiences that no longer serve you and set a new intention for what you truly desire. Looking at the bigger picture can help to make sense of what has happened. Life brings you exactly what you need to awaken who you really are. There was a reason for the breakdown. Things were not working the way they used to. You have been asking for change, but you just did not think it would smack you

in the face like this. Perhaps you have been pushing harder, trying to get that square peg to cooperate with the round hole, despite what your gut was telling you. Why didn’t it fit? Maybe you changed. Perhaps your needs changed. Maybe something or someone needed to go and you just did not want to accept it … until the Universe took the wheel. Point is, you are here for a reason, and that is 100% for personal growth. This is all happening with divine timing, as you are sending prayers and energy out into the world, asking for what you want. The Universe responds by guiding you on a path that will ultimately bring you exactly what you desire. This is the time to take a long, deep breath, relax, and accept that you are going through precisely what you need to get you to a better place. Lord knows, I’ve been there. Heck, I am there right now. Over the years, I’ve had my share of smackdowns that made little sense in the moment. Life did not turn out the way I planned it at 22, 30 or 41. I mean, I would have jumped ship if anyone showed me the movie reel that was going to unfold over the decades of my life!

But as I have grown, I now see the experiences in a different way. I am grateful for every single thing that forced me to reconstruct my being and clarify my life’s course. I know exactly who I am. I know exactly what I am. I believe that all has happened in sacred process to bring me to the place of freedom and purpose I am in now. But I am not special in this process – the same renewal, reconstruction and discovery is available to you in this very moment. As Rumi put it, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” When you decide to step out of the darkness of a breakdown and into the light of a breakthrough, the wounds find their healing and the new you finds its way to the surface. Restored. Rebuilt. Reinvigorated. And ready to take on the world in a beautiful, new way.

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


gallery VIEWS “Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?” on view through March 18 at the High Museum Works by Al Taylor (American, 1948-1999): Left: Bondage Duck Study, 1998, pencil, ink, acrylic mica mortar, graphite, colored pencil, China marker grease pencil, and wax crayon on paper. Collection Debbie Taylor, New York. Right: No title, 1985, acrylic paint on newsprint. The Estate of Al Taylor, courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

In the first U.S. museum survey to explore the career of Al Taylor, this expansive exhibit features over 150 sculptures, drawings and prints by the American artist. Seen together the works reveal the crisscrossing avenues of Taylor’s artistic inquiry and his innovative interplay between unexpected media and materials, which include such commonplace objects as broomsticks, coffee cans and hula hoops. Taylor delighted in the deadpan materiality that gave his works form, graphically reproducing such ordinary subjects as kinks of twisted wire or the optical effects of transparent plastic. His art transcends straightforward observation to reveal the world in entirely new ways.

“Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology” on view through Dec. 31 at Georgia Museum of Art Right: Martha Odum (American, 1917–1995), Boat-Tailed Grackles, Jekyll Island, Georgia, ca. 1960-80, watercolor on paper, 17 7/8 x 24 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; gift of Dr. Eugene Odum.

Married to Eugene Odum, the founder of modern ecology, Martha Odum was attuned to the web of life in the landscapes she loved to paint. Many of her works focus on the coast, the water’s edge, swamps and streams – all cradles for evolution and life. Celebrating the 50th year of UGA’s Eugene P. Odum School of Ecology, the exhibit features a selection of Martha’s watercolors, as well as her silver work inspired by botanical and animal forms. 38

Pictured: Some of the striking offerings from the 2017 show. Emily Followill Photography

Cathedral Antiques Show Jan. 24-27 The Cathedral of St. Philip A treasure trove of authenticated antiques, fine period furniture, jewelry, art and accessories from the past four centuries will be unveiled at the Cathedral Antiques Show, running Jan. 25-27 at The Cathedral of St. Philip, with a preview party on Jan. 24. Recognized as one of the South’s premier antiques shows, this 47th annual event also features a speaker series, flower festival and home tour (Jan. 28) of beautiful private residences with distinguished architecture and timeless design. Since its founding in 1969 as an outreach project of the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the show has contributed over $5 million to Atlanta nonprofit organizations. This year’s beneficiary is A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. Southern Seasons Magazine


O.M. Norling’s



One spring day in the mid-1800s, young Swedish farmhand Olaf Magnus Norling mysteriously disappeared. His whereabouts were unknown around his home in Gothenburg. Years later, a letter addressed to his mother arrived from New Orleans. O.M. wrote that he missed his family dearly but that he had to see America with his own eyes and had stowed away on a trans-Atlantic steamer to make his ambition a reality. He worked his way up the Mississippi, changed his name to Alexander Wilson and settled in Effingham, Illinois – never to return to Sweden. Today, Olaf ’s epic adventure is a touchstone for greatgreat-grandson Jay Wilson, an Atlanta artist who has adopted the pen name O.M. Norling for his latest series, “A Curious Art Spectacle.” A pop-up art show featuring 20 of his paintings will be on view Jan. 26-Feb. 4, 2018, at The Solarium in Decatur’s Oakhurst community. “This story of mystery, audacity and reinvention His intriguing works continue to O.M. Norling: aligned with the spirit, style and subject matter that enthrall collectors. I began painting 10 years ago,” Wilson said of his “It’s hard to imagine building a “A Curious Art eccentric still lifes, created with oil on pressed linen over home around a piece of art, but I Spectacle” birchwood panel. “The animal imagery and whimsical did exactly that. I instantly fell in compositions combine to form allegories of beauty, love with the piece and knew it had Jan. 26-Feb. 4 humor and darkness cast in an early 20th century world.” to be the focal point of my home,” The Solarium The son of a career army father, Wilson spent six said Atlanta chef/restaurateur Kevin formative years attending school in Germany and South Gillespie. “The piece has such drama Decatur Korea. This exposure to European and Asian cultures and whimsy that seeing it everyday heavily influenced his painting style. fills me with the same joy it did the “For a while I’ve been very interested in what lies beyond the first time I laid eyes on it.” passing glance,” he said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the noise “I have one of O.M. Norling’s paintings at my winery so I and the pace of life that the quiet details of the in-between often can admire it daily,” said Jim Clendenen, California winemaker get overlooked. I think we’ve become satisfied with a Venetian- and owner of Au Bon Climat. “True, the bottle of my wine in blind view of people and our surroundings. But, what does the the artwork originally caught my eye, but the imagery, richness world look like when you slow down, look behind the glance and of paint, and attention to detail is captivating. It is classic. I find see through the blur?” myself constantly needing a closer look.” 40

There’s a form of beauty that prefers the concealment of shade.
One that nonetheless grows and blooms over time and achieves a fullness by way of the nicks, slights, burdens and scars...the unique
flaws and facets of a life lived. The toll is costly, but beauty in this form is ageless and it is owned in full. Truth, strength, humor and re-invention flourish within this space. It’s everywhere you look...if you care to see it with new eyes. – O.M. NORLING, “A Curious Art SPECTACLE” O.M. Norling paintings: (Above) Welcome Alterations To The Guest List, (Right) Unguarded Moment of Self-Evident Grandeur, (Opposite page) Burden, Ecstasy and Repetition. Photography by Frank Steele. For more information, visit Southern Seasons Magazine



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Art station ARTS CENTER

“Dark Povera Part I.” Artist collective Leo Gabin: “Awesome.” Long Road Projects: “Memo.” 535 Means St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. atlantacontemporary.

Show: Olivia Thomason “My Southern Memories.” 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.



and mixologists from around the Southeast by photographer Erik Tanner, running concurrently with a collaborative pop-up showcase of works from 10 local galleries, on the second floor of Ponce City Market. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atl. 404/900-

January “Kaleidoscope Explosion.”

Through Jan. 2 Fabiola Jean-Louis: “Rewriting History.” Feb. 23-April 6 Anatoly Tsiris, master woodturner. 656 Miami Circle NE, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/2370370.


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



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



Monthly Miami Circle Art Stroll, 11

AM-4 PM third Saturday of the month.

Through Jan. 6 Holiday Gallery

Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios

800 Miami Circle, #200, Atl. Tues.-Sat.



Ongoing Public art installations on the Atl. BeltLine corridor.

ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY Through Dec. 17 Anna Betbeze:

“Venus.” Matthew Angelo Harrison:

org. 404/688-1970.

Through Jan. 14 Portraits of chefs



Through Dec. 3 “Uncle Sam Wants You! – World War I and the Poster.” Through March 18 “More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War,” narratives from 650-plus oral histories, with photographs, documents and artifacts. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily.



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


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



Through Dec. 31 “Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line V.” “Kids Cowboy Up!” annual exhibit. Through Feb. 4 “The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post.” Through May 27 “Zoë Urness: Keeping the Traditions Alive.” Jan. 20-April 29 “Laura Wilson: That Day.” Reception: Jan. 20. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.Sun. 770/387-


breman museum

Ongoing “Absence of Humanity,” presents history of the Holocaust through artifacts and stories. 1440 Spring St. NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri. 678/222-3700.


Through Dec. 12 Bernie Taupin: “Ragged Glory | Art Americana.” 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. Open daily. 404/872-5338.

HOLLY IRWIN: “THE ART OF THE DANCE” Dec. 1-30 – dk Gallery Ballerina, Holly Irwin, mixed media on canvas



Monthly Self-guided walking tours of area galleries on the second Friday of the month.


Ongoing Jim Henson Collection and Global Collection. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl. 404/873-3391.

December Holly Irwin: “The Art of the Dance.” Reception: 6-8 PM Dec. 1. Opening reception: 6-8 PM Jan. 5. February “Romance of the Nude & Figure.” Reception: 6-8 PM Feb. 10. 25 West Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


Through Dec. 16 “40 over 40,” works by Atlanta-area artists ages 40 and over. 2382 Chamblee Tucker Road, Chamblee. 404/667-1902.


Through Jan. 7 “Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum.”

Through Feb. 11 “Wild Huts and Hollows,” woven sculptures made of plant material by artist J.D. Koth. 767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/



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

georgia museum of art

Through Dec. 10 “Louise Blair Daura: A Virginian in Paris.”

Through Dec. 31 “Martha Odum: Art Intersects Ecology.”

Through Jan. 7 “Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête.”

Dec. 2-Feb. 25 “Artful Instruments of Death,” early Georgia firearms. Feb. 1-April 29 “Crafting History: Textiles, Metals and Ceramics at UGA.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun. 706/542-4662.


Through Jan. 13 Khalilah Birdsong: “Siren’s Call.” 887 Howell Mill Road NW Suite 4, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 470/428-



Ongoing “Sandy Springs: Land and People.” Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. Open 11 AM-2 PM Wed.


Through Jan. 7 “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design.”

Through Jan. 21 “Painter and Poet:

The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan.” Through Feb. 17 “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.” Through March 4 “Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night.” Through March 18 “Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At?” Through May 27 “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography.” Feb. 17-May 13 “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/733-HIGH.

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


Through Dec. 23 Karen Knorr: “India Song & Metamorphoses.” Dennis Dinneen: “Small Town Portraits.” Susan Worsham: “In the Viewing Room.” 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.


690 Miami Circle NE., Atl. Tues.-Sat.



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


Through Dec. 30 Robert Sagerman: “ Totalizations.” 263 Walker St., Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/827-0030.

MARCUS JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Open daily.


MArietta/cobb museum of art Through Dec. 17 “Within: Looking

Beyond the Surface,” ​Martin Pate. Portrait Society of Atlanta juried show. Jan. 13-March 25 “Lost Parts and Found Narratives,” Dennis Campay and Steve Steinman. 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun. 770/528-1444.


Dec. 1-Jan. 28 “Luminary,” “Luminary II.” Openings: 6-9 PM Dec. 1 & Jan. 5. Feb. 2-25 “Go Figure.” Opening reception: 6-9 PM Feb. 2. 26 Winters St., Marietta. Open daily.



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


2300 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/458-


MICHAEL C. CARLOS MUSEUM Through Dec. 17 “Threads of Time:

Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles.” Through Jan. 7 “And Something Magical Happened: Baseball Photographs by Walter Iooss.” Through Feb. 18 “Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America.” Feb. 10-Nov. 11 “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/727-4282.


Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat.



Through Feb. 4 “Text Me: How We Live in Language,” an exploration of bold typographic expression featuring over 60 leading artists and designers. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/9796455.


“Text ME” – Through Feb. 4 at MODA Art work by Allison Bechdel Origins: The Research and Scholarship of Dard Hunter.” Ga. Tech campus, 500 10th St. NW, Atl. Mon.-Fri. ipst.gatech.

edu/amp. 404/894-7840.

Through Dec. 22 Juried Holiday Market (Dec. 1-3 only) and Artists’ Shoppe. 10 AM-4 PM, Tues.-Sat. 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/7694565.



Through March 4 “Guo Pei: Couture

Through Dec. 17 “Hispaniola: A

Celebration of Haiti and the Dominican Republic with Selections from the Dion Kohler Collection.” 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-



764 Miami Circle, #132, Atl. Mon.-Sat.

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



Feb. 15-April 28 “The Finnish Illusion,” Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. Reception: 6-9 PM Feb. 15. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/394-4019.


Through Dec. 30 “Little Things,” hundreds of small works by emerging and established local artists. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/2662636.

Beyond,” featuring more than 30 of the grandest gowns by the acclaimed designer. Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Fashion + Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/253-3132.



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


425 Peachtree Hills Ave., #24, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.

690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-1811. 404/352-8775.

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

Through Dec. 2 Beverly Buchanan: “Ruins and Rituals.” 350 Spelman Lane, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/270-5607.





Illusion & Text.” Spruill Arts Education Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/394-3447.

789 Miami Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

Through June 1 “In Search of

Through Jan. 5 “TEXTure – Feel,

Through Dec. 2 “Weathering Time,” Nancy Floyd. “In Fathomless Water,” Sara Morton. 814 Edgewood Ave NE, Atl. Wed.-Sat. 404/688-1892.



Love puppy

Diva Darling 6 Style your fur baby in a Champagne Cocktail Dog Dress by Hello Doggie! for special occasions. This glamour gown is handmade in the USA with a rose petal fabric adorned with a big bow and rhinestones. $173.97.

Ballpark Barks 3Get your hot dog – and your popcorn, too. These toys are hand-knit with 100% lambswool, with a hidden squeaker to delight pups. They’re also a fair-trade product, providing employment to craftswomen in Nepal. $25 each.

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5Overstuffed with hypoallergenic filling for ultimate comfort, the Loft Bolster by Messy Mutts is not only cushy, it’s also quite clever. The upholstery is treated with EVERFRESH® probiotics to help eliminate that stinky dog smell with natural, non-toxic odor control. $59.99-$99.99.

5Dog treats take on new meaning at Taj Ma-Hound in Decatur, where carob-drizzled s’mores and cannolis are among the “Poochie Pawstries.” All of the bakery’s canine confections are made with natural, restaurant quality ingredients. $14.99.

Mad for Plaid 5For the dapper dresser, the Max-Bone Ethan Dog Bow Tie Collar features a wool tie in a preppy plaid pattern, with a D-ring for leash attachment and sturdy plastic clip for easy on/off. $45.

GOA rescue goat Polly


In 2014 Leanne Lauricella fell in love with goats and her life was forever changed. She left a corporate career in New York City and built a goat sanctuary in rural New Jersey where goats with special needs could find a home. She began documenting the rescues on Instagram, amassing over half a million Leanne Lauricella followers on @GoatsOfAnarchy. Leanne now operates two farms, where goats and other animals receive individual care for their special needs. Prosthetics and carts are provided for goats with missing or deformed legs, with indoor care for new baby goats, goats requiring intensive medical care or terminal illness. The uplifting stories have created a passionate and loyal following that helps financially support the farm upkeep and vet bills.

“These goats have been through so much and they continue to amaze me with their sweetness and strength. Nearly every day, we receive messages about how the goats inspire and encourage people – they relate to different struggles and find hope in the goats’ successes.” – LEANNE LAURICELLA

3Polly and her Book Encouraging kids to be brave, try new things and be a good friend, Polly and Her Duck Costume tells the real-life story of a blind baby goat and how a duck costume helped her blossom into a happy, healthy goat. Community, overcoming anxiety and understanding disabilities are a few of the themes at the heart of the book.

A goat named Polly Leanne rescued Polly at just a few days old, when her mother rejected her due to her blindness. Polly was underweight from malnutrition, suffered separation anxiety, and didn’t interact with the other goats. She followed Leanne’s voice around the farmhouse, bleating to be held and cuddled. Wrapping Polly in blankets eased the anxiety, but the blankets wouldn’t stay on. That’s when Leanne came up with the brilliant idea of a duck costume. Polly loved it! These days, she can be found frolicking with her goat friends, thriving outside in the baby barn. She’s also the star of Polly and Her Duck Costume, the first title in GOA Kids new children’s picture book series. If that weren’t cute enough, the second tale, The Goat with Many Coats: The True Story of a Little Goat Who Found a New Home, is all about tiny goat Prospect. For more details, visit

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SOUTHERN TALES Blending historical fact with compelling fiction, Raleigh, N.C.-based writer Diane Chamberlain set her latest novel in the American South during World War II – when the people of Hickory, N.C., amid the devastation of the polio epidemic, built, outfitted and staffed a hospital in just 54 hours. Main character Tess DeMello, finding herself pregnant and alone in 1944, ends her engagement to the love of her life and agrees to marry the baby’s father. After relocating to a small rural town where she’s treated as an outsider, the 23-year-old soon realizes she’s trapped in a strange union as new husband Henry often stays out all night, hides money from her, and shows no affection. When the polio epidemic strikes, Tess, who holds a nursing degree, begins working at the hospital against Henry’s wishes. As she begins to find purpose and meaning in saving lives, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. Can she untangle the truth behind his behavior and find the love she was meant to have?


A story has long been brewing in the heart of Daren Wang, founding executive director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, who grew up in the hamlet of Town Line, N.Y. – the only place north of the Mason Dixon line to secede from the Union during the Civil War. Even more telling was the fact that he had lived in the house of Mary Willis, a staunch feminist who smuggled fugitive slaves from Town Line to the Canadian border, 15 miles away. Capturing a lost piece of American history, his debut novel follows the plight of outspoken abolitionist Mary, who risks her whole world to help runaways in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. When escaped slave Joe Bell collapses in her father’s barn, she finds herself drawn to the stranger in forbidden ways. She wards off Confederate guerrillas and spies, Joe’s owner and her own brother to help the fugitive cross to freedom. When rebels cross from Canada, they bring the destruction of the brutal war with them.


It’s life as usual in Mitford, the fictitious fan-favorite town created by Virginia author Jan Karon, whose fourteenth book in the series pairs the downhome charm of rural life with the stark realities of a changing world in a comical and compassionate tale. A beloved resident lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who’s still running for office? Muse editor J.C. Hogan desperately attempts to find a cure for his marital woes: will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinade? Over at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there’s still a lot to celebrate, as adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible rift in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game that breaks all the rules.

just for fun

Buckle up for a blast from the past. Charles Phoenix explores a world of mid-century marvels in his colorfully captivating new book – launching readers into the stratosphere of space-age style, roadside attractions, festive foods and more. From mermaids and dinosaurs to giant donuts and muffler men, each eyepopping page pays tribute to his lifelong love of Americana, fueled by his road-trip discoveries and vintage Kodachrome slides for a true coast-to-coast adventure.

Addicted to Americana: Celebrating Classic & Kitschy American Life & Style, CHARLES PHOENIX (prospect park books)



Take a trip through America’s wonderfully diverse cities (including Atlanta) with this uniquely illustrated A-to-Z guide for kids, annotated with key cultural icons – from famous people and inventions to fantastic events, food and monuments.

50 CITIES OF THE U.S.A., Gabrielle Balkan (Wide-Eyed Editions)

History in the Making

SAM MASSELL As a young boy, Sam Massell considered himself a “deadend kid,” searching for his identity between the mischief of his only two friends and the operation of his CocaCola stand. In the ensuing years, it’s safe to say he found himself. Massell, a lifelong Atlantan still going strong at the age of 90, continues to add to his legacy of innovative leadership, impassioned civil service and unquestionable business acumen – with a reach that extends far beyond city limits, state lines and even national borders. In a just-released 228-page biography by Charles McNair, Massell’s story unfolds, each chapter chonicling a separate part of his life – from a 20-year career in commercial real estate, through his 22 years in elected offices, 13 years in the tourism industry, and, now, 30th year of association management. In 1969, Sam Massell was elected the first Jewish mayor of Atlanta, serving from 1970-74. His administration is credited with establishing MARTA, the Omni (the city’s first enclosed arena) and Woodruff Park, all without higher ad valorem taxes. He also pioneered minority opportunities in city government, appointing the first female to the Atlanta City Council and the first African Americans as municipal department heads. Since leaving office, he has been inducted into numerous “Halls of Fame” for service in the fields of business, government, civil rights, hospitality and influence. A liberal Democrat, he is the founding president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic group of 100 (mostly) conservative Republican business leaders, which he still manages today. Politically, Massell changed the city’s elections to nonpartisan, created Atlanta’s Urban Design Commission and allowed Muhammad Ali to fight when 50 other cities would not. “Without Sam Massell there would not have been the growth of Atlanta that the city was fortunate to experience under his watch as mayor. And, as the ‘Mayor of Buckhead,’ he has taken that once-a-bedroom-community and made it into one of the world’s great business, leisure, financial, and residential areas of the city,” stated Bernie Marcus, chairman of The Marcus Foundation and co-founder of The Home Depot. “Sam has given of his time, his knowledge, his loyalty, his experience – and he continues to give. We are the lucky recipients of this exceptional man’s love and concern for Atlanta.” Praising Massell as “a man and a half,” Andrew Young said he was proud to pen the book’s foreword. “It’s obvious from this historical compilation of events in the life of the Sam Massell I’ve known that there’s much more to the man than meets the eye,” said Young, former ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. congressman and mayor of Atlanta. “Sam set a pace in his childhood, long before we met in the 1960s, that guided him toward opportunities, and that gave him the energy and creativity that always moved him forward.” “Sam Massell has been a wonderful friend to all of the people of Atlanta,” noted Dr. Gil Watson, senior pastor of Northside United Methodist Church. “In his work beyond his term as mayor of Atlanta, he has risen to heights of diplomacy and activism that make him a sterling example of political excellence.” PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: THE NOTABLE LIFE OF SAM MASSELL, CHARLES McNAIR (MERCER UNIVERSITY PRESS)

Sam Massell is one of Metro Atlanta’s number one ambassadors. His leadership in the public and private sectors has been pivotal in this region’s growth over the last several decades. But more than being an advocate, Sam is a role model who leads by example in every aspect of his life. His story is both a template for individual success and a handbook for community stewardship.” – Hala Moddelmog, president/CEO Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

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design The Art of

5 DOORWAYS OF PARIS, photographs by raquel Puig (PROSPECT PARK BOOKS) Explore the most beautiful city in the world in this portal to Parisian life, featuring over 300 photos of enchanting doorways by Raquel Puig. Organized by arrondissement so residents and visitors alike can seek out the doorways as they walk, the book celebrates the glories of the city’s architecture, from Napoleonic majesty to Art Nouveau whimsy, Haussmannian symmetry to Art Deco elegance. doorwaysofparis/ 48

3 SUCCULENTS, ROBIN STOCKWELL (SUNSET) Find inspiring new ways to use succulents in striking garden designs, containers, vertical walls and indoor arrangements in this handbook by garden expert Robin Stockwell, who shares cultivation tips and stepby-step projects (living bouquets to terrarium ornaments) for these gorgeous, versatile, easy-care plants.

3 ART COLLECTING TODAY, DOUG WOODHAM (allworth press) Learn about buying, collecting and selling art in this insider’s guide penned by Doug Woodham, former president of the Americas for Christie’s Auction House. He shares invaluable insight into the dayto-day workings at play in the fine art marketplace – a lightlyregulated industry with over $60 billion in annual sales.

5 CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling (Schiffer Publishing) From kitchen sinks to classical bronzes, discover everyday objects and artistic masterpieces all created using the 6,000-year-old technique of casting in a comprehensive coffee-table book, brimming with 800 exquisite images.


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This East Cobb Mansion


his simply spectacular estate home is located in the ohso-chic Atlanta Country Club corridor in East Cobb County. This spacious residence is a showplace with every luxurious amenity one could imagine. Ideal for hosting incredible soirees or family gatherings, this stunning abode was designed to impress! Beginning with breathtaking curb appeal, 50

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is the Epitome of Glamour

the exterior elevation of this Mediterranean mansion is dramatized by its symmetry and is truly regal from every point of view. Nestled on just over two acres, the property features a majestic gated entrance leading to a stone-paved driveway and circular motor court with four-car garages and ample space for additional parking. The grounds are meticulously landscaped throughout the property, enveloping the home in mature sculpted verdant surroundings. Southern Seasons Magazine


The banquet-sized dining room features an arched entry with limestone-washed accents and tumbled stone flooring. The Venetian plaster walls have nearly 100 inset backlit tortoise glass ambient lights. The round inlaid ceiling is graced with an Austrian crystal and iron chandelier.

Even James Beard would have been impressed and inspired to create sensational meals in this gourmet, chef-style kitchen, which is loaded with the finest top-end appliances built into the gorgeous custom European cabinetry. There is a spacious walkin pantry, a separate catering kitchen and many more beautifully conceived bells and whistles. 52

The spacious keeping area with glass front cabinetry features a fireplace and arched viewing niche. The oval tray ceiling accent defines this open yet cozy living space. Double French doors, leading to a covered veranda, make this space flow easily to the outdoor living areas. Enter through 20-foot custom iron and glass front doors into the grand foyer, accentuated with a unique smoked quartz/crystal beaded chandelier. From this vantage point you can view the dramatic grand room with 28-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a curved floating staircase with lavish, intricate custom iron railings leading to the second floor mezzanine that features several intimate living areas. Every room in this eight-bedroom, ten-bathroom mansion features superb detail and finishes, including 13inch baseboards, 12-inch crown molding and limestonewashed trim moldings throughout. There are three staircases

and a Thyssenkrupp elevator with mahogany interior and brass accents to access additional levels of the home.

THE MASTER SUITE The master bedroom features Corinthian columns framing the back wall, a curved ceiling, arched doorways and a large sitting area with a fireplace. The master bath is an oasis of luxurious appointments, including a large glass shower, a free-standing iron pedestal soaking tub, and dual vanities with exceptional moldings, all set into tumbled stone floors and walls. Separate his and hers walk-in closets are spacious with custom shelving, shoe shelves and built-in drawers. Southern Seasons Magazine


The grand room features honed travertine columns, stone floors and a two-story limestone fireplace. The floor-to-ceiling windows were designed to mirror the elegant front entry. The domed ceiling features an iron and crystal accent chandelier. Just off the side of the grand room is an antique bar imported from France with a brass foot rail, intricate inlay design, marble base and mirrored back bar.


The second-story mezzanine is a glamorous design element reminiscent of a grand hotel lobby. Dual, elevated, open salons greet you as you ascend the stairs from the first floor. They are perfect for entertaining with 5-inch oak flooring, custom iron work and an artisan dome ceiling in the center. One salon features a collaboration area ideal for songwriting; the other is a game area.

Additional fabulous areas of the 16,023square-foot home include a billiard/ game room, theater, tasting room and temperature-controlled wine cellar, professional level fitness center, lighted tennis court, outdoor entertainment pavilion with gourmet grilling area, handcrafted stone fireplace with bar and pergola and much more. As you might assume, this very glamorous home is owned by an equally glamorous national morning news anchor, who calls it her retreat. Southern Seasons Magazine


Berkshire Hathaway REA LTOR Glennda Baker LeBlanc (center) is delighted to offer this sensational home, listed for $5.5 million. She’s pictured here with her team: Evelyn Olson, Victoria Vasquez, Tiffany Schrader and Elizabeth Coats. 56

An outdoor oasis unfolds as you enter the veranda overlooking the backyard. The amenities include a luxurious PebbleTec salt water pool with Cabo sun-shelf entry, fountains, fire features within huge stone urns, an entertainment pavilion with gourmet grilling area, handcrafted stone fireplace with bar and pergola, a USTA regulation-size lighted tennis court, and a fire pit conversation area just beyond the tennis court. Southern Seasons Magazine




Silver Gold

3The Astaire mirror is handwelded and crafted by artisans with a gold leaf finish. badgleymischka

3The Caryatid wall sconce channels Louis XVI style in bronze and nitrated gold.

5The Spielberg table lamp dazzles in polished brass and transparent gold glass finishing.

3The Bayville leather chair and ottoman from Lexington’s Oyster Bay collection embodies laid-back sophistication.


5Topped with tempered glass and anchored by ebony metal legs, the luxurious Astaire credenza takes center stage with richly dimensional hand-gilded constructions, individually placed at three different depths. $9,000. badgley

3MacArthur Park’s Kinnard accent table is both unique and versatile, offering stability and mobility. The acrylic post sits on a polished stainless pedestal; the top surface is an inset mirror framed by a polished stainless rim.

6The silver Avignon chandelier embraces Old World glamour in a smaller scale design. It’s fantastically fabricated from mango wood and iron.

Part of the Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection for Frontgate, the Crowley bar cabinet is an icon of handmade beauty inside and out. Walnut burl wood veneer doors open to reveal four hanging wine racks and a storage shelf surrounded by reflective walls of gold eglomise. Doors smoothly tuck into the sides for open access. A pull-out shelf provides additional wine pouring space, with three soft closure drawers for bar accessories storage. $4,999.

4The Metro rectangular table lamp from Currey and Co. in wrought iron with a gold leaf finish has ultra-modern appeal. $900.

5The Qlocktwo Touch tabletop clock spells out the time in a matrix of letters, with the words illuminated by brilliant LEDs. It’s milled from an aluminum block with an acrylic front panel. $690.

Fabulous and functional, the walnut Brentwood writing desk from Sligh’s Bel Aire collection pairs clean contemporary lines with elegant gold leaf accents. The three full extension drawers include a drop-front keyboard drawer with ergonomic palm rest. Southern Seasons Magazine



trimmings ippolita

Designers are taking a less is more tack when it comes to furs this season – trimming cuffs and collars with a minimum of fox, mink and chinchilla pelts, while maximizing warmth in all the right places.
But even if your closet can’t accommodate the bulk of a new coat, you can still embrace the trend by incorporating fur-trimmed accessories, like bags and booties, into your winter wardrobe. armenta

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Bundling up needn’t be the antithesis of cool as the mercury drops. Look to bomber jackets, boleros and ankle-length coats getting the fur treatment to stay warm and current with the latest silhouettes. Then add flashes of precious metals and stones to turn up the heat.


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Whether you take a shine to the Swarovski crystals, sequins and sparkly beads cropping up on formal wear, or textiles spun from silver – prepare to make an entrance and light up any room when making the rounds at holiday parties this year. Cheers!

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Pola r O Ultra modern to classic vintage


t’s hard to get a rise out of the fashion editors, photographers and stylists who populate Bridal Fashion Week in New York City twice a year, but when Ines Di Santo sent one of her models down the runway dressed like a ’70s disco-queen-meets-capedcrusader, the response was complete shock and awe. Granted, toying with the sacred cow of appropriate wedding wear is not for any bride. But let’s hear it for the girl who’s inclined to leave any and all blushing to her groom!

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Sweetness and Light What is it about classics like diamonds and pearls that never go out of style? Though they signify the kind of purity that’s an anachronism in the 21st century, they also mirror the kind of hope that springs eternal in the heart of every bride when saying “I do...” for the very first time.


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Stephanie Lynne Travis & Robert Allen Patterson Stephanie Lynne Travis and Robert Allen Patterson have officially set the date. The newly-engaged couple is planning a beautiful summer wedding in Atlanta on June 30, 2018. Robert proposed to Stephanie this past July in Piedmont Park – the same place where his parents were engaged. “After taking a full loop around the park looking for a good spot, I can’t say I was surprised, but it was really sweet and perfect for us,” Stephanie said. “Robert proposed in the park at a spot we often stop at, and then we rushed off to dinner reservations at Empire State South, where they had two glasses of champagne waiting for us.” A graduate of Georgia Tech, where she is currently pursuing her MBA, Stephanie is a program manager at Jumpstart for Young Children, a national early education organization. She’s the daughter of David and Lynne Travis of Snellville. Robert, an Auburn University grad, is a senior industrial designer at Georgia Pacific. He’s the son of Allen and Susan Patterson of Auburn, Ala. The two met in January of 2015, shortly after Robert moved to Atlanta. “We bonded immediately over our shared love for the game of bocce,” said Stephanie, adding that they enjoy spending time at their families’ retreat homes on Lake Martin and in Rabun County. photography by kim link 72

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Nothing But Blue Skies Kaitlin Schwartz & Zachary Rosen


ustic cross-back chairs, planters brimming with wildflowers and a natural wood chuppah adorned with white flowers set the scene for the weekend destination wedding ceremony of Kaitlin (Katie) Ivy Schwartz and Zachary (Zach) Blake Rosen on August 12, 2017. The Changing Lanes string quartet played as Cathy and Steven Schwartz escorted their daughter down the aisle at Blue Sky Utah, a secluded luxury resort just outside Park City, Utah. Meanwhile, the loving gazes of 150 guests in attendance did as much to warm the trio as the sun that peeked through puffy white clouds overhead. But the most unforgettable moment for Katie was seeing her groom-to-be waiting for her at the ceremonial canopy with his parents, Robin and Douglas Rosen. As far as the eye could see, there was not a house, or car or person in sight – only a spectacular view of Wasatch Mountain. 74

It was a major I-told-you-so moment for the groom, who’d had to convince his fiancée that they should have a traditional wedding as opposed to simply eloping. “I’m a little more modest in my personality,” Katie says. “I was nervous about being the center of attention and having all eyes on me. I never pictured myself in the full, strapless wedding gown. I never wanted a veil. And even the idea of a traditional, tiered wedding cake gave me the heebie-jeebies.” In the end, husband and wife both got what they wanted. Katie wore a two-piece ensemble finished with a bow at her waist by Israeli couturier Lihi Hod. Tiny ornamental pins decorated her hair in lieu of a veil. “I didn’t want my head all covered up for pictures with this thing I wouldn’t normally wear,” she reasoned. The runaway top menu choice was fried chicken among guests. And even the dreaded cake was replaced by a large tiered cookie cake with vanilla buttercream icing, served alongside mini cookie sandwiches.

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Likewise, the indoor reception at Blue Sky Arena – an 8,000-square-foot horse arena that was converted into an event space – was a perfect reflection of the bride’s attraction to life’s simpler pleasures and the groom’s desire to celebrate in style. Slatted wood flooring, iron orb chandeliers decked with greens, a 16-foot boxwood wall, illuminated globes suspended over the dance floor, and garland centerpieces embellished with white flowers, hurricane lanterns and floating votive candles honored the humble setting while adding Pinterest-worthy touches of elegance. Dinner and speeches were followed by a night of dancing as Changing Lanes switched gears and raised the roof. The newlyweds toured Laguna, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, California, on their mini-moon, and plan to take an extended honeymoon in South Africa in the coming years. Back home in Atlanta, the mother-of-thebride (who, along with her son-in-law, dreamed of a white wedding all along) is still basking in what she calls the best compliment ever. “Weeks after the wedding, Katie called and said, ‘Mom, I had the best time and I did not want it to end. I wish I could do it all over again!’” Southern Seasons Magazine



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Cause Parties for a



Dec. 1 8-11:30 PM. Show off your festive attire and enjoy food, premium cocktails and music by a special guest DJ at this 13th annual fundraiser at The Stave Room to benefit Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Dec. 6 The Forward Arts Foundation, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, will hold its annual fundraiser at The St. Regis Atlanta. Duvall Fuqua and Aimee Chubb, chairs. Susan Tucker, honorary chair. Proceeds benefit the visual arts in Atlanta through the programs of FAF. 404/261-9855.


Dec. 6 6-10 PM. Join AIA Atlanta, ASHRAE Atlanta, ASID Georgia, CSI Atlanta, IIDA Georgia and USGBC Georgia for this annual holiday soirée at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Red & Green Scene promises an exciting evening of networking, delicious eats, a fully stocked bar and great music. Charity initiative supports Sustainable Design Collaborative Atlanta, and a toy drive for Toys for Tots.

Party co-chair Wendy Conrad; patron co-chair Ginny Brewer; Kim Nolte, GCAPP president and CEO; party co-chair Ashley Preisinger; and patron co-chair Caroline Tucker.

Captain Planet Foundation Gala

Dec. 8 6-9:30 PM. One of the Southeast’s largest eco-benefits, the Captain Planet Foundation’s annual gala will be held at the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. Actor Mark Ruffalo from “Avengers” will receive the Superhero for Earth award. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s programs, which promote and support handson environmental education projects in K-12 schools in all 50 states and 25 other countries. For tickets, visit benefitgala. 82


celebrating eight decades of jane

Dec. 9 6 PM. Join GCAPP, celebrity guests, friends and special musical guests James Taylor & Carol King to celebrate Jane Fonda’s 80th birthday at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Benefits

GCAPP. Co-chairs Wendy Conrad and Ashley Preisinger. For more information, contact Laine Olesen at laine@gcapp. org.


Dec. 16 6:30 PM. One of Atlanta’s top

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

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Jan. 19 8 PM-midnight. Southernthemed fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the Mason Fine Art Gallery features dinner, drinks and live music from Livin’ Large.


manna awards gala

Jan. 26 6-10 PM. Manna Fund benefit. Location TBA.

Bubbles & Bling

Jan. 27 7-11 PM. Susan G. Komen Atlanta’s annual fundraiser will be held at JW Marriott Buckhead. Guests can enjoy delicious foods, open bar, a silent auction and raffle.


Gras celebration at The St. Regis Atlanta features a formal dinner and silent auction and honors nsoro Foundation’s student of the year (the nsoro scholar with the highest overall GPA). Proceeds benefit nsoro’s high school graduation programs and student scholarship fund. “King” Steve Smith and “Queen” Elizabeth Allen. For tickets, visit

annual fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta, with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, special guest speaker, live auction and dancing.



2018 Cathedral Antiques Show (Jan. 25-27) at The Cathedral of St. Philip, this special evening features music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as




Jan. 20 6:30 PM. This festive Mardi

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Rodney Bullard, Ted Blum and Wendy Stewart, honorary co-chairs. Brannigan Thompson and Donta’ Wilson, honorees. Honorary celebrity co-chair Tyrese Gibson will perform. 404/302-

Jan. 27 6 PM-midnight. The 15th



celebration for the Spotlight on Art Artists Market on Jan. 29-Feb. 3. Visit 404/231-8119.


Jan. 29 Luncheon at The St. Regis Atlanta will feature fashions donated by local boutiques and modeled by

Bo Derek Pet Care

February 10

Award winners from the High Museum of Art’s inaugural Highball: Blake Carter (“People’s Choice” winner), Ben Yabrow (“Critic’s Choice” winner) and Jose Pereiro (“People’s Choice” runner-up). cancer survivors and others whose lives have been affected by cancer. Dell Rearden and Julie Levine are co-chairs. Benefits Winshape Cancer Institute. 404/7781769. support-winship/friends-of-winship/ winship-fashion-show.

School’s Spotlight on Art Artists Market. 404/231-8119.

Night at the Children’s Museum

Feb. 3 6:30-8:30 PM. Enjoy all that Children’s Museum of Atlanta has to offer at this benefit for Marcus Autism Center. Guests can enjoy dinner, kidfriendly entertainment and more. choa.


org. 404/785-GIVE.

Spotlight on Art Cocktails and Canvases Feb. 2 6-9 PM. Special night at Trinity

TORCH gala

Feb. 3 7-11 PM. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Georgia Chapter,


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PARTIES FOR A CAUSE will recognize an outstanding group of honorees at its 28th annual fundraiser at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. Guests can enjoy dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. microsite/.


Feb. 5 9:30-11:30 AM. Odyssey’s 8th annual fundraiser at The St. Regis Atlanta makes it possible for 300 students to attend the lifechanging Odyssey program for free. Catherine Flynn and Betsy Meacham, co-chairs. Amy Kim Gira and Lys Paulhus, honorary co-chairs. Visit

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Peachtree. For sponsorship and event information, contact Saskia Benjamin:

2018 trustees gala Savannah, Ga. 404/5881837 x 18.

Historical Society for the 10th anniversary gala and culmination of the Georgia History Festival in Savannah. Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, and Paul Bowers, CEO of Georgia Power, 2018 Georgia Trustees. To reserve a seat, call 877/424-4789.


Feb. 17 7 PM. Join the Georgia Feb. 9 6:30 PM. The nonprofit

Enduring Hearts will host its 3rd annual fundraiser featuring the exclusive line of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at the Stave Room. The event includes dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment.

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Feb. 10 6-11:30 PM. Annual fundraiser for Senior Services North Fulton at Country Club of the South includes a champagne reception, seated wine dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.


Feb. 10 6:30-11 PM. Local bartenders will compete in a head-to-head craft cocktail competition. Guests can sample original cocktail recipes by 16 of Atlanta’s top mixologists and vote for their favorites as they enjoy light bites and music in the beautiful setting of Wieland Plaza at the High Museum of Art.


Feb. 10 6:30 PM-1 AM. The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia presents its signature 14th annual fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead featuring gourmet dining, premium wine pairings, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing. 404/527-7155.

The Broadway Bash

Feb.10 6:30-10 PM. An elegant evening of dinner, dancing, silent auction and entertainment at the Dunwoody Country Club. Stage Door Players’ annual fundraising event. For more information, call 770/396-1726, or email stagedoorplayers@bellsouth. net.


Feb. 17 6-11 PM. 38th annual

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

Feb. 24 Join Junior Achievement Atlanta at this 29th annual event at the InterContinental Buckhead to celebrate the distinguished careers and philanthropic achievements of Frank Blake and Dan T. Cathy halloffame/.


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Feb. 24 6:30 PM-midnight. Celebrating

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Bourbon Gala and Auction

fundraiser for the Atlanta Ballet at The St. Regis Atlanta will feature live music, live and silent auctions and performances by Atlanta Ballet

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on the horizon MARCH Preservation Gala: Town and Country

March 3 7 PM. Celebrate Georgia

preservationists with an evening of fine food and cocktails at the historic Haverty-Davis House in Atlanta. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. 404/885-7812.

Wings of Mercy Ball

March 3 6 PM. 29th annual benefit ball for Mercy Cares will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta, featuring a cocktail hour and silent auction, dinner and live entertainment. 678/843-8676.

helping people and pets who are victims of domestic violence. Themed “Joining Hands & Paws,” the evening features silent and live auctions, a raffle, music and dinner at Monday Night Brewing.


March 15 6-9 PM. 12th annual celebration, hosted by Neiman Marcus, will honor Cindy and Bill Voyles, fashionistas making a difference, emerging talent student fashion designers, a visual artist and a fashion designer extraordinaire. Lovette Russell and Jack Sawyer, co-chairs. Benefitas NBAF’s operations, art, education and public programs.

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March 10 Celebrate 14 years of

March 17 Grady Health Foundation

preservation gala March 3

research being realized at Winship. This year’s honorees are Anne and Berny Gray. For more information, contact Friends of Winship at 404/7781769 or



celebrates its annual fundraising campaign at the Georgia Aquarium with a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony honoring Atlanta’s healthcare heroes.

March 21-24 Wine enthusiasts from around the world are invited to celebrate “The Art of Collecting,” the 26th year of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction.

CIRCLE FOR CHILDREN Golf Tournament & Vintage 2 Vogue Ball March 24 Chateau Élan Winery and

Resort in Braselton will host this ball and charity golf tournament. Guests will be able to play golf at the beautiful championship golf course and the evening will continue with a ball.


March 24 The Cottage School’s annual scholarship fundraiser will be themed “Casino Cruise.” Visit


March 24 7 PM. Annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with live music, food and drinks, and live and silent auctions at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.


THE Pink Affair

March 24 6-11 PM. TurningPoint’s 17th annual fundraising gala at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta features food, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. Supports the organization’s program and services for breast cancer patients. For more information, email or call 770/360-9271.

The Scrubs Party

March 24 7-11 PM. The 5th annual benefit at the Rooftop Terrace at Ponce City Market, hosted by Emerging Leaders for Children’s (ELC), is known for its unique venues, lively cocktail scene, silent auction and great music. Benefits the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


March 24 7-11 PM. This special

Event chairs David A. Smith and Peggy Shepard (not pictured: John Shepard). 86

evening will include cocktails, dinner and dancing, and a tribute to the remarkable advancements in cancer

March 28 Georgia CASA (Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates) 14th annual fundraiser features a seated luncheon, raffle and fashion show of women’s fashions at a private club in Buckhead. More details TBA. 404/874-2888.

APRIL THE UNICEF GALA: ATLANTA April 12 6:30 PM. 4th annual gala at

The Foundry at Puritan Mill will raise funds for UNICEF with a reception followed by dinner and program. Dikembe and Rose Mutombo will be honored with the Global Humanitarian Award, and Patrick and Michele Boushka with the Global Philanthropist Award. Chairs are Tasneem Bhatia, Z. Ileana Martinez, and Brannigan Thompson. Honorary chairs are Dan and Lisa Brutto, Ted Turner and Ambassador Andrew and Carolyn McClain Young. Cocktail attire.



April 15 This elegant fundraiser for the Atlanta Humane Society honors those who work on behalf of animal welfare in the community and raises funds to help end animal homelessness.

ATLANTA GO RED LUNCHEON April 20 10:30 AM-1:30 PM. Annual

wellness expo and luncheon raises money for the Go Red For Women campaign at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. For information, contact Hannah Clark at atlantagored@heart. org or 678/224-2012.

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause

April 21 Join Choate Construction for the 10th annual Cars and ‘Q for the Cause, featuring 100-plus stellar cars, tasty BBQ, continuous pours of favorite brews, silent auction, and live music, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit or email


April 21 5:30 PM. 9th annual benefit for the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter at Cobb Galleria Center. Local

N at i o N a l B l a c k a r t s F e s t i va l’ s

FashioNistas makiNg a diFFereNce NBaF is proud to honor these men and women who do so much in our community with a special honor Fashionistas making a difference, and to Neiman marcus for its generous support to so many worthwhile organizations.

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Fashionistas: [Front row] Rebecca Jones, Michelle Davis, Vicki Palmer, Steve and Millie Smith (John Palmer, not pictured) [Second row standing] Louise Sams, Todd Hoyles – Neiman Marcus, Title Sponsor, Lauren Amos, Ginny Brewer, Darrell and Tara Mays

If you love art and fashion then you won’t miss the 12th Annual Fine Art + Fashion benefit hosted by Title Sponsor, Neiman Marcus. NBAF will honor Cindy and Bill Voyles as Honorary Co-Chairs, fashionistas making a difference, Emerging Talent student fashion designers, a visual artist and a fashion designer extraordinaire. Celebrated within and outside of Atlanta, NBAF is the oldest multidisciplinary arts and cultural organization in the United States that focuses exclusively on the art and the artists of African descent. The event raises funds to support NBAF stellar programs for artists of all ages, our in-school arts education and youth development and Honorary Chairs: Bill and Cindy Voyles

Event Co-Chairs: Lovette Russell and Jack Sawyer

engagement programs for middle and high school students. Fine Art + Fashion is a spectacular evening of fun, fashion and art, but its impact extends far beyond the event and the evening. Come celebrate with us as NBAF turns 30! For reservations or sponsorship information, 404.730.6369 or 404.372.4572.


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celebrity dancers are paired with professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes. The dancers then compete in a one-night gala dance competition. 404/728-6057.

Swan House Ball

April 21 Guests can enjoy cocktails on the lawn of the Swan House followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Overlook Ballroom at the Atlanta History Center. Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer, chairs. Greenberg Traurig and Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, Presenting sponsors. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@ or 404/814-4102.


April 27 14th annual black-tie dinner at the High Museum of Art in honor of David C. Driskell. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C. Driskell African-American Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds. Spring Asher and Brenda Thompson, co-chairs. Curley Dossman, honorary chair. 404/733-3303.

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April 27-29 Go “Rollin’ on the River” with The Georgia Trust on a sightseeing tour of the beautiful historic homes, charming neighborhoods and vibrant downtown of Columbus, Ga.


April 28 6:30 PM. This elegant evening at the Atlanta Athletic Club begins with a champagne reception, followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings, an incredible live and silent auction, and fun entertainment with live music and dancing until midnight. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


April 29 Signature fundraiser for the Michael C. Carlos Museum will be held at Bacchanalia with a seated five-course dinner, entertainment and auction. Dirk Brown and Tim Burns, chairs. Gail and Michael Habif, honorary chairs. For more information, visit

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May 3 30th anniversary celebration at Cobb Galleria featuring more restaurants, more chefs and an intimate VIP Dinner Experience. Supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Pano Karatassos and George McKerrow, chairs.


May 5 6:30 PM. Zoo Atlanta transforms into a sultry soiree for its annual black-tie benefit, featuring a sunset stroll through the grounds with festive fare and cocktails, a seated dinner and dancing under a lavishly-appointed pavilion, designed by Tony Brewer & Company, and a spectacular silent auction. Contact Amy Walton at 404/624-5826 or visit feast.


The 2018 Beastly Feast committee: Auction co-chair Matthew Simon, Ford Motor Company Fund representative Benna Logan, Zoo Atlanta president and CEO Raymond B. King, event co-chairs Janin and Tad Hutcheson, auction co-chair Kristen Gibbs and Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors vice-chair Mark A. Street. Not pictured: Patron chair Tony Brewer and hospitality chair Keven Lake.

oo Atlanta will be transformed into a setting of wild adventure and glamour on May 5 for the 2018 Beastly Feast, presented by the Ford Motor Company Fund. This marks 33 years of Beastly Feast support by Ford. The theme, Under the Canopy, celebrates the western lowland gorilla and its rainforest habitat. Promising an unforgettable evening, the black-tie gala kicks off at 6:30 p.m., as guests are welcomed to mix and mingle with friends and colleagues while meandering through the lush grounds, enjoying the Zoo’s amazing animal residents, along with gourmet delights provided by some of the city’s favorites restaurants. A catered dinner will be served under the Ford Pavilion, beautifully decorated by Tony Brewer and Company. The entertainment also includes up close and personal animal encounters, a spectacular auction and dance-inspiring live music. The generous patron donations from the Beastly Feast support mission-critical conservation and education efforts, contributing

directly to Zoo Atlanta’s reputation as a national leader in animal care and preservation of endangered species. Event co-chairs are Janin and Tad Hutcheson. Additional committee members include patron chair Tony Brewer, auction co-chairs Kristen Gibbs and Matthew Simon, hospitality chair Keven Lake, local Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors vice-chair Mark A. Street, and Benna Logan of the Ford Motor Company Fund. Don’t miss this fun evening in one of Atlanta’s most unique settings! Pledge your support today. Host tables for 10 are ideal for groups at $5,000 and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets are available for $450. Adam Thompson

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To inquire about benefits of various tables and tickets, contact Amy Walton at 678-296-0282 or visit Southern Seasons Magazine


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Animal rights supporters “Come Together” for Fix Georgia Pets benefit

n one of the most intimate and glamorous fundraisers Atlanta has seen in recent years, two dozen major patrons of Fix Georgia Pets wined and dined with celebrated beauty Bo Derek at the magnificent Buckhead estate of Ginny and Guy Millner. Bo delighted guests with her down-toearth charm and extensive knowledge of animal rights causes around the world. Following a Champagne reception, a delectable dinner prepared by Mary Hathaway of Soiree Catering was served in the ballroom, with breathtaking decor by Tony Brewer of Tony Brewer & Co. The evening also featured a riveting program and spectacular live auction. “The 2017 event marked a couple milestones for Fix Georgia Pets, with the gala raising its largest amount ever and a greater number of patrons than in any prior year,” said Joanne Chesler Gross, who co-chaired the sixth annual “Come Together” benefit with Alison Womack Jowers. “We were honored that Bo joined us this year. Her presence as a prominent animal welfare advocate is a strong endorsement of the work of Fix Georgia Pets and an acknowledgement that this organization has the correct solutions to address the pet overpopulation crisis through funding spay and neuter programs with the goal of saving lives.”

Right: Ginny Millner, co-founder of Fix Georgia Pets; and Marilyn Krone, honoree, 2017 “Come Together to Fix Georgia Pets” gala.

Left: Joanne Chesler Gross and Alison Womack Jowers, co-chairs of the 2017 “Come Together to Fix Georgia Pets” gala. Right: Special guest Bo Derek, Dr. Ronald Goldstein and Judy Goldstein.


Above: Dr. Alex Gross, sponsor; Alison Womack Jowers; Kerry Perez; Bo Derek; and Jody and Richard Williams, sponsor. Left: Dinner table and menu prepared by Soiree Catering & Events. Below: Diane Cosey and event hosts Guy and Ginny Millner.

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Dr. Bill Torres, John & Karen Spiegel, Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust

Legendary Party

Legendary Party chair Jenny Pruitt & Bob Pruitt

Patron Party

The magnificent Buckhead estate of Meg and Jeff Arnold set the scene for the glamorous patron party of Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party this fall. The Blackland Road home famously hosted the “Gone With The Wind” premiere party in 1939, attended by Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland. Playing up the “Legends of the Silver Screen” theme, the evening featured poolside cocktails and a lavish buffet for 200 guests by Dennis Dean Catering, with large framed photographs of Hollywood stars Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe decorating the grounds. Long-time Shepherd Center benefactor and volunteer Jenny Pruitt, CEO and founder of Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International Realty, chaired this year’s gala, with honorary chairs Elaine and John Carlos. James Shepherd, Alana Shepherd, Dante Stephensen, Harold Shepherd

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Debbie Neese, Ruth Dobbs Anthony, Susan Tucker

Ronny Pepper and Joanne Truffelman

Jimmy & Helen S. Carlos

Heritage High School performers entertained guests at the 2017 ArtsBridge Overture Gala.

overture gala

ArtsBridge celebrates 10th anniversary ArtsBridge Foundation at Cobb Energy Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary at the 2017 Overture Gala with an electrifying evening of entertainment that included a performance of “Million Dollar Quartet� and a medley by Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards-Shuler Hensley Awards winner Heritage High School. Guests also enjoyed a sumptuous dinner, after the welcoming reception emceed by Paul Milliken of FOX 5 Atlanta. ArtsBridge is dedicated to providing quality arts education and community programs that engage, motivate, inspire and elevate the next generation of artists and arts supporters. photography by Chris Savas

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Jennifer Dobbs Hill, executive director of ArtsBridge Foundation; Michele Swan, CEO/GM of the CobbMarietta Coliseum & Exhibit Authority; and Teya Ryan, CEO/president of Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Above: Natalie de Guardiola, Kathryne de Guardiola, Lisa Fuller; Mary-Kerstin & Christopher Hassiotis, Erica Key; Tonya & Charles Hirsch

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Dee Raushcher, Yolanda Jones and Emily Ryan

The 11th annual Give Me Five Dinner for No Kid Hungry raised over $90,000 to help end childhood hunger in Georgia and across America. Helmed by a culinary team of top chefs and sommeliers, the event featured a cocktail reception, fivecourse dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions at the Atlanta Athletic Club with over 350 guests in attendance. All proceeds benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Nearly one in six children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 580,000 kids in Georgia.

Above left: Host Committee members Jill Berry and Jade Slover with Jamie Johnson, Arthritis Foundation senior executive director, Southeast. Above right: Susan & Bill Dawkins, Crystal Ball Patron Party hosts.

Crystal Ball Patron Party Crystal Ball chairs Shervin & Kerri Oskouei and Host Committee member Linda & Tom Morris 94

The Crystal Ball Patron Party for donors and corporate sponsors was hosted at the lovely home of Susan and Bill Dawkins. Event chairs Kerri and Shervin Oskouei announced the “Bienvenidos a Barcelona” theme for this year’s ball, which honored Dr. Kenneth and Molly Kress for their loyal support of the Arthritis Foundation. PhotographY BY Adam Davila / DAVILA PHOTOGRAPHY

Andee’s Army executive director Nina Cheney, gala co-chair Kari Carlos, board chairman John Carlos, gala co-chair Elaine Carlos and sponsor Helen Carlos.


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Jennifer Thompson, Laurie Coleman, Mara Holley

Nearly 500 guests attended the annual “Evening of Hope” gala to raise much needed funds for Andee’s Army, the youth brain and spinal cord foundation. Hosted by Tony Conway’s Flourish Atlanta, the elegant evening featured a cocktail reception with sips of Taittinger Brut La Francaise, followed by a delectable dinner and late-night dancing against a backdrop of twinkling white stars. Chaired by Elaine Carlos, daughter Kari Carlos, Cindy Fowler and Vicki Canakaris, the hugely successful benefit encompassed sponsorships, ticket sales, Fund-a-Need, silent and live auctions, and a rare bottle of Pappy Van Winkle valued at $50,000. To learn more, visit photography by ross henderson

Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust and Diane Ashkouti

Josh Berwald, Martha Shepherd, Elizabeth & Taylor Fairman

Lea & Ken Madren with son Chip Madren and canine Southern Seasons Magazine companion “Vera Wang.”


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On the Homefront


Holiday Showhouse Michelle Sanchez, Kristi Lynch, Michelle Wing, June Obundo; ANTONIO & KAREN RODRIGUEZ

Rosé Celebration BHHS and Group KORA hosted a “Rosé the Night Away” celebration party at the Mandarin Oriental Residences to honor Karen Rodriguez, recipient of the #1 National Best Website Award, presented by 2017 REAL Trends, a Colorado-based publishing and communications firm focused on the residential brokerage industry. photos by Ross Henderson Paul Wegener AND Newbie & Bill Murray

This year’s dazzling Home for the Holidays Showhouse, open for tours through Dec. 10, is a magnificent English manor estate, designed by Bill Harrison of Harrison Design and offered exclusively for sale by Debra Johnston, the #1 agent in the BHHS Buckhead office. The 2-acre property, located at 1800 Garraux Road, will be elegantly trimmed for the holidays, spotlighting the work of 20 of Atlanta’s top interior designers. Designer John Oetgen will be saluted as honorary chairman of the showhouse, which benefits Children’s Heathcare of Atlanta. The house was constructed by Sheehan Built Homes.

Karen Rodriguez takes helm of Opus Place Known as “Atlanta’s Condo Queen,” Karen Rodriguez will be spearheading the exclusive sales and marketing of the ultra-luxury No. 2 Opus Place in Midtown, in addition to continuing in her role as vice president of BHHS’ City Haus division. “Karen Rodriguez’s experience and success overseeing the sales and marketing for some of Atlanta’s most high profile projects, including most recently, the sellout of The Ritz-Carlton Residences and the Mandarin Oriental Residences, eminently qualify her to take No. 2 Opus to the next level,” said BHHS CEO Dan Forsman, who announced the news in conjunction with development firm Olympia Heights Management. “This will be the ultimate destination, offering a lifestyle beyond compare at a property unlike any other in Atlanta,” Rodriguez said. Construction of the $400 million condominium is slated to begin this winter, with anticipated completion by early 2020. Pricing for the 189 residences will start at $700,000 and go up to $12 million. For more information, contact 96

“Marilyn Monroe,” clad in the hot-pink satin dress worn in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was part of the Legends of the Silver Screen theme at the Legendary Party benefiting Shepherd Center. She’s pictured with honorary chairs John & Elaine Carlos, event chair Jenny Pruitt and her husband Bob Pruitt.

Jenny Pruitt thanked Dante Stephensen for his $1 million donation to Shepherd Center.

A Legendary Night

$5 million raised for Shepherd Center The 2017 Legendary Party was Shepherd Center’s “finest hour” – a triumph of great philanthropy showing the high esteem in which the treatment center is held. The applause was deafening when Jenny Pruitt, this year’s ball chair, announced that the Legendary Party had raised an epic $5 million for Shepherd Center, an unprecedented amount in Atlanta history. Jenny acknowledged three million-dollar donors, including legendary restaurateur Dante Stephensen; and she gave heartfelt thanks to Leslie Jackson and the Shepherd Center Foundation staff for making the night possible. Themed “Legends of the Silver Screen,” the party was held in Tony Conway’s Flourish, where he and his Legendary Events team created the glamorous décor and stellar cuisine. Klieg spotlights conjured Hollywood premiere nights, as guests were photographed by “paparazzi,” with celebrity sightings of Marilyn Monroe, Rhett Butler, Charlie Chaplin and Lucille Ball. Flourish’s sparkling ballroom featured mirrored tabletops and shimmering silver cloths, glorious towers of white roses and delphinium, silver vases of white feathers encircled by white roses, and brilliant candlelight from magnificent candelabras. Following a champagne reception with cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were seated for a gourmet feast of beef with Cabernet jus and seared black cod, poached pear salad and the classic American dessert Baked Alaska. When the fabulous Swinging Medallions came on stage, guests raced to the dance floor to “Hey, Hey Baby.” Legendary Late Night, a La La Land-themed after-party, topped off the evening with a karaoke band; a menu of beef, turkey and crab sliders, chicken and waffles, and mini-bites; and big-screen broadcasts of the football games. Photography by Ross Henderson and Ben Rose/

Legendary Party chair Jenny Pruitt with 2018 chairelects Leslie Bryant Jackson, her mother Ruth Dobbs Anthony and sister Gena Bryant Chalfa. Funds benefited Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative and the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute. Presenting sponsors were Elaine and John Carlos, Jenny and Bob Pruitt Family, Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Helen A. Carlos and Ron Hilliard, Peter A. Dames and Family, Lee and Sandy Sanford, Dante Stephensen and The Home Depot Foundation. Platinum sponsors were Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Cox Enterprises, Voyles Automotive and GPC. Southern Seasons Magazine



Photography by Kim Link


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

Neiman’s Fashion Luncheon

Bob & Jenny Pruitt and Cindy & Bill Voyles

Top CEO Honors

Photography by Kim Link

An elegant fashion luncheon to celebrate Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party was cohosted by Neiman Marcus and Jenny Pruitt, the 2017 gala chair.

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Honorees Jim Borders and Jenny Pruitt with Clyde Tuggle, Atlanta Rotary Club president.

Jenny Pruitt was honored as one of the city’s “Most Admired CEOs” in Residential Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle at a formal dinner and ceremony at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. Jim Borders of Novare Group and Kevin Palmer of PalmerHouse Properties were also recognized with top Residential CEOs awards.

5Cathy Davis Hall, Jenny Pruitt, Shepherd Center cofounder Alana Shepherd and Nancy See Quarles, Senior VP of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

5Knox Jolley, Robin Loudermilk, John Mears and Anne Schwall of Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International Realty. 5Ashley Morris, Caroline Davenport, Leigh Massey, Frances Chase and Beth Stedman.


6Ken Gearon, Joann Dunbar, Faye Donaldson, Alana Shepherd and Brenda Smith

6Robin Loudermilk, Anne Schwall, Brian Lu and Katherine Dunatov.

The Charles Luxury Condo A reception was held to mark the groundbreaking of The Charles, luxury condo residences developed by The Loudermilk Companies and designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The development is scheduled to open in Buckhead Village in the late spring of 2019, featuring 57 residential units with 30,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level.

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Katie Nalley, Jana Simmons, Jan Portman and Amy Kenny

Mary Hataway, Roya Irvani

swan coach house flea market Over 600 guests browsed treasures of all kinds at the 1950s-themed “Flea-Hop” Preview Party for The Forward Arts Foundation’s annual Swan Coach House Flea Market at the Atlanta History Center. Event co-chairs were Amy Kenny, Katie Nalley and Jana Simmons; Jan Portman served as honorary chair. All proceeds from the event benefit the visual arts in Atlanta through the programs of the Forward Arts Foundation.


The Council for Quality Growth honored Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal with the prestigious Four Pillar Award at its 28th annual tribute gala at the Georgia World Congress Center, with over 1,200 business, community and political leaders in attendance. Gov. Deal was recognized for his contributions to the state’s successful growth and development.

Jennifer Morgan, Pat Thomas

Pictured: Michael Paris, president/CEO, Council for Quality Growth; Paul Bowers, president/CEO, Georgia Power; Andy Macke, Council for Quality Growth chair and VP of Government & Communiy Affairs, Comcast Corp.; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal; David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives; Scott Slade, host of “Atlanta’s Morning News”; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Dr. Steve Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. Southern Seasons Magazine


On the Scene

WITH Travis Reed & Harry Norman, Realtors

Travis Reed with Vicki & Howard Palefsky at Back on the Farm

Mary Calhoun and Virginia Willis; Bobby Turner and Stefanie Garcia Katherine Hoogerwerf of the AHC and Karen Spiegel with Michael Kriethe, Travis Reed and their daughter Lilly.

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Travis Reed and Michael Kriethe and their 9-year-old daughter, Lilly, stepped back into the 19th century at the Atlanta History Center’s Smith Family Farm, where they enjoyed a private morning tour with an outdoor breakfast. Historic Farmer Brett Bannor chaperoned Lilly around the grounds, helping her gather chicken and turkey eggs at the coop, and introducing her to the resident animals, including 180-pound sheep Buster, twin baby Angora goats Dorothy and Claud, and turkeys Hiawassee and Tallulah. Photos by Laurie Coleman

Back on the Farm

at the Atlanta History Center Guests enjoyed cocktails and light bites at the Smith Family Farm followed by a delectable supper in the Grand Overlook at the 5th annual Back on the Farm at the Atlanta History Center. The all-female culinary team was helmed by James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef Virginia Willis, who served as executive chef. Mary Calhoun chaired the event, with sponsorship by Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors. Back on the Farm supports the unique educational programming at the AHC, as well as the maintenance and care of its farm animals. The Historic Farmer Brett Bannor was on hand to lead a barn tour and introduce the animals, including Buster and Ida Mae, stars of the sheep flock; and twin Angora baby goats Dorothy and Claud, who showed off their jumping skills on barrels. Angora goat Claud, Lilly Kriethe-Reed, Michael Kriethe and Travis Reed

Debbie Briggs, Jennifer Waddy and Sylvia Laz

Brittany Desmarais, Sarah Gregg, Summer Wilson and Kim Caitlin Photography by Ross Henderson


Erik Lingvall

The Young Patrons of Andee’s Army Youth Brain and Spinal Cord Foundation gathered at the inaugural “Craft for a Cause Cocktails” at Smokebelly Barbecue’s Blind Pig Parlour Bar in Buckhead – using a special password to enter the speakeasy-style pub in a throwback to the Prohibition era in the United States during the Roaring Twenties. The group enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, while discussing plans to increase membership and support for the nonprofit organization.

Jan Smith and Melinda Willis

Kelly McGill and Ann Tipton

Danita Florance, Madeleine Almering PHOTOGRAPHY BY Adam Davila


Propelled by Atlanta’s booming film and television industry, Catapult Acting Studios opened a state-of-the-art, 3,000-square-foot space in Brookhaven earlier this year, with a star-studded launch party of industry professionals. The facility boasts two sound-insulated audition taping rooms, a large classroom/creative space and an open floor plan for training workshops and other support services. With 300-plus working clients, Catapult is the brainchild of acting coach Erik Lingvall, who founded the business in 2014. Southern Seasons Magazine



W. Todd Groce, president/CEO of Georgia Historical Society, with Gulfstream’s Karen Blough, Al Wright, Thanh Le, Tiaras Polite, Mark Burns (president) and Dwayne Johnson.

The Georgia Historical Society added Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to the Georgia Business History Initiative with the unveiling of a historical marker at the corporate headquarters in Savannah. Each year, this GHS program recognizes iconic companies in the state to teach students, citizens, and tourists alike about the pivotal role of the state’s leading businesses in the economic, cultural and social development of Georgia and the U.S.

GEORGIA Lions Lighthouse Foundation Fundraiser

Vince Dooley, Warrick Dunn, Chuck Dowdle, Kevin Butler

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation teamed up with many notables in the sports community to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peach Bowl at its fall fundraiser. Held at the College Football Hall of Fame, the event featured a tour, dinner on the playing field, live auction and a stellar lineup of speakers. The Peach Bowl was founded by George Crumbley in 1967 to support the Lighthouse’s work, providing crucial healthcare services for local families in need. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Dylan York for Chuckyfoto

Lighthouse Board Chairman Marc Rice and Cheryl Crumbley Lee

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In the 7th season of Gas South’s Bring the Heat™ campaign, Atlanta Braves pitchers helped raise $30,000 for YMCA of Metro Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta. Each time a Braves pitcher struck out an opponent (1,000+ times this year), Gas South made a $25 contribution. 102

Kevin Greiner, president/CEO of Gas South, with Carley Stephens of Gas South, Lt. Jose Valentin of The Salvation Army, Keith Barsuhn of United Way and Russ Davis of YMCA.

22nd cheer for children BALL Hundreds of philanthropists, community leaders and socialites gathered for a spectacular evening of dinner and dancing at The Foundry at Puritan Mill at the 22nd annual Cheer for Children Ball, hosted by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. John and Leslie Tarbutton chaired this year’s “Champions for Children”-themed gala, supporting the center’s mission to help sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy and collaboration. Sheila Ryan, John & Leslie Tarbutton and Zobida Dat

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at phipps plaza

Randall & Candice Carlson

Guests celebrated the grand opening of Frontgate at Phipps Plaza this fall with a champagne sabrage, gourmet bites, signature cocktails and live music by OK Cello. The newly expanded store features 19,000 square feet of luxury goods, as well as a café and complimentary design services.

Michael Millonzi, Sherry Anderson, Tiffany Walton and Kim Levear


Jennie Garlington and Angela Beck

Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza hosted a private luncheon and fashion show to celebrate the launch of BECKEN, a lifestyle brand that takes style inspiration from the horse country of Lexington, Ken., where founder Angela Beck lives with her family on their award-winning thoroughbred farm. The event was co-hosted by Jennie Garlington and Laura Turner Seydel to benefit the Captain Planet Foundation.

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1. Paolo Mentonelli and Julian Reynolds at the BioRepublic Skincare launch party at Julian’s Cosmetics & Skincare in Brookhaven. 2. This year’s Party for Piedmont Park, co-chaired by Chris & Colleen McDaid and Sean & Mandy Mahoney, raised over $100,000 to benefit the Piedmont Park Conservancy, which seeks to preserve and enhance the park experience. 3. & 4. GCAPP (Georgia Committee for Adolescent Power & Potential) hosted an inaugural Power Society luncheon at the Buckhead Club with guest speaker Dr. Amy Hasinoff, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado in Denver, who addressed the risks and benefits of digital communications among young people. She’s pictured with GCAPP president/CEO Kim Nolte. Board member Ginny Brewer welcomed guests to the event. Photos by Kim Link 5. Ann Pinyan, Crystal Anderson and Grayson Anderson showed their support for the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance at the annual “Teal Trot” 5K at Chastain Park. This year’s event raised $132,000 for GOCA’s statewide education and awareness programs. Highly Favored Photography 6. The Atlanta History Center Members Guild Board recently met to plan a new year of programming. Pictured are (front row) Lisa Fuller and Kimberly Young, and (back row) Lisa Brown, Kim Scholes, Kathy Spetz, Wendy Foulke and Cecilia Wright.

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7 8 7. Nicci Gilbert, Michele Thornton, LaToyia Dennis, Dania Santana and Tiffany Aliche at the Atlanta stop of the Motivated Moms Tour, a national annual conference designed to empower women to access their dreams. Held at the Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Suites, the luncheon featured keynote sessions, networking opportunities and an inspirational panel of local influential women.


8. Allan Flamm, Lawton Hall and Aida Flamm at the opening of the EcoHome Atlanta store in Buckhead. The home furnishings and gift boutique offers organic and sustainable products with a focus on luxury, health and environmental stewardship. 9. Lori Lane, senior VP of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, accepted the “Best Print Marketing Campaign” Award from John Brian Losh, chairman/founder of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, at the 22nd annual conference, held at the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada. 10. Pictured at the groundbreaking of Peachtree Hills Place, a luxury residential community for ages 55+ developed by Isakson Living, are Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition; Pat Hickey Sr.; Bill Bugg; Ted Fleming, president of Peachtree Hills Civic Association; Harry Howard; Andy Isakson, managing partner of Isakson Living; Cissy Smith; Pat Hickey Jr., executive VP of Atlantic Capitol Bank; Larry Hailey; and Allison Dukes, head of commercial and business banking at SunTrust.


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Dec. 1-17 “Dickens Christmas Carol.” Mayhem ensues as a stuffy English theatrical troupe scrambles to keep the show going, despite the fact that everything possible goes wrong. Shows at 7 PM Fri. & Sat., 1 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/663-8989.


“MADELINE’S CHRISTMAS” Dec. 2-31 – Horizon Theatre

Feb. 9-18 “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” Shakespearean comedy set in the 1950s about two wives who receive anonymous love letters. Coproduction with North Fulton Drama Club. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza. 770/241-1905.

Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-4650.



Part One: Millennium Approaches.” Jan. 18-Feb. 17 “Angels in America: Part Two: Perestroika.” Sex, religion and politics collide with history in this sweeping epic, set at the onset of the AIDS epidemic. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/607-


Christmas.” A harried social worker has an eye-opening encounter with a homeless man she helped. Jan. 31-Feb. 11 “Clark Gable Slept Here.” A Hollywood agent must deal with a corpse in his client’s hotel room in this comedy thriller. *Adult content. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain Village. 770/469-1105.



Through Dec. 3 “Cardboard Piano.” Jan. 13-Feb. 17 “Angels in America:

Special Performances Dec. 8-24 “A Christmas Carol.” The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future teach Ebenezer Scrooge that it’s never too late to change in a Broadway-scale production of the Dickens classic, staged at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. Hertz Series Jan. 13-Feb. 4 “Native Guard,” staged at the Atlanta History Center. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey reclaims the voices of the black soldiers of the Civil War. *Ages 12+. Family Series Feb. 10-March 4 “The Jungle Book,” lively adaptation of the Kipling classic, staged at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur. Theatre for the Very Young Jan. 9-Feb. 18 “Dinosaur,” Black Box Theatre. Discover the wonders of the pre-historic world. *Children under 5. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 106

Dec. 6-17 “Another Night Before

Dec. 1-2 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Glenn Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road. Dec. 9-10 Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale Jan. 20 Piano Competition Jan. 27 Atl. Community Choral Fest Feb. 3 Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano Feb. 4 The Bach Bowl! Feb. 9 Jazz Fest: Warren Wolf, Peter Erskine, Darek Oles, Gary Motley Feb. 10 Jazz Fest: Big Band Night Feb. 11 Juilliard in Atlanta Feb. 14 Youth Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16 Alexandra Shatalov, oboe Feb. 23 Emory Wind Ensemble Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atl. 404/727-



Dec. 8-28 “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” an incredible adventure into a glittering world of wondrous delights, at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta. Feb. 2-4, 9-10 “Don Quixote,” classic

ballet story with exquisite dancing, dramatic live score and lavish staging at Cobb Energy Centre. 8 PM Fri.-Sat., 2 PM Sat.-Sun. Feb. 8, 10, 11 “Beauty & The Beast,” enchanting tale of adventure, friendship and true love staged by Atlanta Ballet 2 in a one-hour family production at Cobb Energy Centre. 7 PM Thurs., 2 PM Sat. & Sun. Ages 12 & under.



Feb. 23-24 J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Cathedral of St. Philip Schola and Cathedral Choir, 7:30 PM Fri. at The Cathedral of St. Philip and 4 PM Sat. at Roswell Presbyterian Church. 404/422-0515.


Dec. 5 Rick Springfield & Richard Marx: Acoustic Tour Dec. 6 The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour Dec. 8 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Dec. 20 Christmas with Jennifer Nettles & the ASO Dec. 23 Home Free: A Country Christmas Tour 2017 Jan. 26 The Music of Prince with ASO Jan. 28 Colleen Ballinger’s “Miranda Sings Live...You’re Welcome.” Feb. 9 Diana Krall Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 800/745-3000.

ATL. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Dec. 9-10 Christmas with the ASO Dec. 15-16 A Very Merry Holiday



high jinks and hilarity on the French Riviera with two con men vying for territorial rights to swindle rich women. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta. 404/377-9948.

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve with the ASO

Feb. 9-25 “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”


Feb. 24 & 27, March 2 & 4 “The Daughter of the Regiment.” A spirited woman raised by a French army regiment must decide whether to follow her place in society or follow her heart. Staged at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 PM Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 8 PM Fri., 3 PM Sun. 404/881-8885.

Dec. 21 Messiah concert at UGA Dec. 22 Messiah with the ASO and Chamber Chorus at UGA, Athens Jan. 11, 13 Leonard Bernstein and the Beethoven Seventh Jan. 19 Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad-A Spiritual Journey with ASO Jan. 25 Chamber Recital Jan. 25, 27 Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto Jan. 28 Beethoven concert at UGA Feb. 1, 3 Beethoven’s Second and Third Piano Concertos Feb. 8, 10, 11 The Exquisite Mozart Requiem Feb. 15, 17 Schubert’s Unfinished

and Unparalleled Eighth Symphony Feb. 18 Schubert concert at UGA Feb. 28 Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven Movies in Concert Dec. 1-2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone TM Jan. 20-21 Jurassic Park Family Dec. 3 The Snowman Movie, 3 PM Dec. 16-17, Jan. 13-14 Music for the Very Young: Music of Africa Feb. 24-25, March 10-11 Music for the Very Young: Music of Europe Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Bldg., Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-5000.


Dec. 9 A Happy Holiday with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, 7:30 PM, Centennial High School, Roswell. March 10 American Legacies, 7:30 PM, Lassiter High School, Marietta.

interests of a 9-year-old boy. *Mature content. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville.



Dec. 9-10 Christmas Shows by the Marietta, GA Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, 3 PM, with featured guest Vintage Mix. Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave.



Through Dec. 17 Powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an AfricanAmerican perspective with dance, spirituals, gospel music and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl.


Dec. 9 WellRED Comedy Tour Dec. 16 Rhett & Link’s Tour of Mythicality Dec. 20 Up and Vanished Live! Feb. 10 Chase Rice March 24 Mike & the Mechanics 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/843-


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Through Dec. 23 Christmas Canteen 2017, an original musical revue with songs of the season, sketch comedy, amazing theatrics and nostalgia. Through Dec. 23 “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens’ classic with solo performance by Anthony P. Rodriguez. “The 12 Dates of Christmas,” comedy about a woman looking for Mr. Right.

Dec. 29-30, Jan. 12-13 & 19-20 Aurora Comedy Nights.

Jan. 11-Feb. 11 “Maytag Virgin,” a recently widowed teacher in rural Alabama is drawn to her odd new neighbor. *Mature content. Feb. 9-March 4 “Ontario Was Here.” Tempers flare when a pair of social workers are at odds over the best

Dec. 3 Holiday POPS!, 3 PM,

Decatur First UMC, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404/872-5338.


Dec. 17 Madrigals Singers, music for the holiday season, Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, Sandy Springs. 7:30 PM. $10. Dec. 19-20 Boar’s Head Feast with CCO’s Madrigal Singers, Petite Violette. Jan. 26 Wine Dine & Win fundraiser at Petite Violette. Monthly Dinner and a Diva series, third Tuesday at Petite Violette, 2948 Clairmont Road NE. 404/634-6268. 678/301-8013.

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“RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER” Through Dec. 31 Center for Puppetry Arts

CHRISTMAS CANTEEN 2017 Through Dec. 23 – Aurora Theatre


Through Dec. 31 “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer.”

Jan. 2-7 “The Adventures of Gingerbread Man.” Jan. 23-March 4 “Rainforest Adventures.” March 6-18 “The Wizard of Oz.” New Direction Series (Adults & Teens) Feb. 9-11 “The Pigeoning,” epic tale about the illusion of safety and control. *Ages 13+ 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.



Dec. 8-10, 14-16 “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” fast-paced farce about a crafty slave who struggles to win the hand of a beautiful courtesan for his young master in exchange for freedom. The Art Place-Mountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770/516-3330.


Dec. 8-24 Alliance Theatre: “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens classic. Jan. 21 The Jason Bishop Show: Double Levitation, 3 PM. Jan. 27 “My Favorite Murder Live,” hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Feb. 2-4, 9-10 Atlanta Ballet: “Don Quixote,” classic ballet story with dramatic score and lavish staging. Feb. 8, 10, 11 Atlanta Ballet 2: “Beauty & The Beast,” one-hour family production. Feb. 14 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, a retro reimagining of contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits. Feb. 24 & 27, March 2 & 4 Atl. Opera: “The Daughter of the Regiment.”

2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800-



Dec. 30-31 Band of Horses Jan. 30 Walk The Moon March 17 Above & Beyond 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atl. livenation. com.


Through Dec. 10 “Sanders Family Christmas,” 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sat.-Sun. The Sanders Family sends Dennis off to WWII with touching stories and Southern Gospel favorites. Dec. 13 Forsyth Philharmonic Orchestra Dec. 15 Christmas Classics Dec. 16-17 North Georgia Barber Shop Singers “Christmas 2017” Dec. 19 Hope for Christmas, Cumming Playhouse Singers Dec. 22 Sounds of Sawnee Christmas Concert Dec. 31 Sentimental Journey Orchestra, Big Band music, 3 & 8 PM. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-9178.


Jan. 2 See the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live at the Fox Theatre, including “Dancing with the Stars” Season 25 dancers Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and more. 7:30 PM. foxtheatre. org. 855/285-8499.


Dec. 10 Jon McLaughlin Dec. 14 Dar Williams Southern Seasons Magazine


PERFORMING ARTS Orchestra Feb. 15 neoPhonia Feb. 20 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Feb. 21 Brass Area Recital Performances at Florence Kopleff Recital Hall, 15 Gilmer St SE, Atl.



Dec. 2 GSO Holiday POPS!, 3 & 8 PM, Marietta Performing Arts Center. Feb. 3 GSO Jazz and Chorus, 8 PM, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta. Feb. 10 Heartstrings, 8 PM, Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw. 770/429-2390. georgiasymphony. org.


Through Dec. 31 “The Santaland


Diaries,” red-hot, adults-only holiday comedy by satirist David Sedaris. Dec. 2-31 “Madeline’s Christmas,” magical family musical based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale, coproduction with Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company. 1083 Austin Ave., Little Five Points, Atlanta. 404/584-7450.

Infinite Energy Center Arena

Dec. 16 Robin Meade Dec. 22 Joe Gransden Christmas Special with Francine Reed Dec. 31 Michelle Malone Jan. 5-6 Pat McGee Jan. 15-16 Louden Swain Jan. 18 Willie Nile Jan. 31 Tom Rush Feb. 3 A Night with John Berry Feb. 10-11 Atlanta Rhythm Section 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur.

March 11 Power Rangers Live! 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl.


GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Dec. 18 Joe Gransden Big Band Jan. 11-28 “Tenderly: The Rosemary

Jan. 27 Miguel Zenon Quartet Feb. 12-13 “Nufonia Must Fall” live

Clooney Musical,” fresh, poignant picture of the Hollywood legend. March 1-18 “ A Comedy of Tenors” FamilyStage: Adventure Series Jan. 13, 20, 23, 27 “The Giver.” Twelve-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the memory-keeper of his community. March 3, 10, 17 “Miss Nelson is Missing!” Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770/641-1260.

silent film with music by Kid Koala Feb. 24 Rebirth Brass Band 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atl. at Ga. Tech.




Dec. 8-24 True Colors Theatre Company: “The First Noel”



Dec. 12 Concert at Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/2343581.

The Phantom Returns”


Through Dec. 3 “Love Never DiesDec. 8-28 “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker” Dec. 18 Keith and Kristyn Getty: Sing! An Irish Christmas

Dec. 29-31 Widespread Panic Jan. 2 “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night.” Jan. 10-28 “The Lion King” Feb. 3 Adam Trent, presented by The Illusionists Feb. 8-9 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with guest James McMurtry Feb. 11 RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles Feb. 20-28 “Rent” March 9 Celtic Woman-Homecoming March 10 Brain Candy Live! with Adam Savage and Michael Stevens 108

Dec. 9 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Dec. 17 A Glorious Christmas: Casting Crowns, For King & Country Jan. 20 Miranda Lambert Jan. 21 The Killers Feb. 15 Chris Young, Kane Brown, LANCO March 3 Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour, 2 & 7 PM April 14 Lorde, Run the Jewels, Mitski April 21 Little Big Town Theater Dec. 1-17 Gwinnett Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker” Dec. 14 Home By Dark: Nicole Witt, Danny Mitchell. Dec. 18 Gwinnett Symphony: Let There Be Peace On Earth March 9-11 Northeast Atlanta Ballet: “Peter Pan” 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


March 16-18 “The Wolf, The Swan, and The Princess,” three ballet stories are woven into a spellbinding performance at 7:30 PM Fri.-Sat. and 2 PM Sat.-Sun. at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, 548 S. Marietta Pkwy., Marietta. 678/287-

Dec. 17 Holiday Show at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta.




Dec. 4 RYJO Big Band Dec. 5, 6, 11 RYJO Combos Jan. 18 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Jan. 28 Portrait Concert: The Music of Charles Knox Jan. 30 Salon VIII Feb. 14 University Symphony


Feb. 4 Jane L. Powell, “The Goddess of Soul,” 8 PM, classic R&B, blues, jazz and gospel. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/594-

“LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns” Through Dec. 3 The ultimate

love story continues in Webber’s spellbinding sequel, as the Phantom seeks to win back Christine’s love.

Staged at the Fox Theatre at 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


Dec. 13-14, 17 The J Dance Company Presents: “The Ballet of Peter Pan,” a spectacle of pirates, fairies, mermaids and lost boys, all dancing to a lively music score at the Morris and Rae Frank Theater. Jan. 27-28 Koresh Dance Company Feb. 10 “That’s Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish,” Jewish standup comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen, Samson Koletkar. Feb. 17 Noa, Israel’s leading singersongwriter (Achinoam Nini). MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

MARIETTA’S NEW THEATRE IN THE SQUARE Through Dec. 3 “Gift of the Magi,” O. Henry’s classic, set in 1950s Atlanta.

Dec. 7-31 “Frosty! A Very Merry Musical,” holiday adventure. Shows Thurs.-Sun. 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 770/426-



Dec. 3 Christmas Light, 3 PM, Roswell UMC, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Dec. 17 12th Annual Messiah SingAlong, 3 PM, Roswell UMC. Jan. 27 Emory Community Choral Festival, 8 PM, Schwartz Center. Feb. 10-11 Alpha and Omega, Kaleidoscope in Concert, 7:30 PM Sat. at Lassiter Concert Hall and 3 PM Sun. at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. 770/594-7974.


Feb. 1-18 “The Mystery of Love and Sex,” unexpected love story about two souls meeting and the consequences of growing up, deep in the American South. 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atl. 404/448-2755.


Dec. 12 Katy Perry Dec. 15 Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball: Demi Lovato, Logic, Zedd, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We Dec. 16 V-103 Winterfest 2017: Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Yo Gotti Dec. 17 Janet Jackson Dec. 31 The Great XSCAPE Tour with guest Tamar Braxton Feb. 5 Lana Del Rey March 10 Harlem Globetrotters 2018 World Tour, shows at 2 & 7 PM. April 21 Pink 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.



Feb. 20-28 This re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of

“RENT”– Feb. 20-28 Fox Theatre COMPANY OF “RENT” 20th Anniversary Tour. Photo by Carol Rosegg

seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. *Ages 13+. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 7:30 PM Tues.Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.

to tell a timeless story about blind faith, abuse of power, and the tragic cycle of vengeance. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl.


a hometown celebration based on the writings of Celestine Sibley. Jan. 26-Feb. 18 “Picnic.” A mysterious young man upsets the family dynamics of two middle-aged widows in Kansas, underscoring the precious gift of youth. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.

Dec. 2-3 20th Annual Gala Holiday Concert, 8 PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun.

Dec. 16-17 Celtic Christmas, 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Jan. 20 Tango Fire, 8 PM. Jan. 21 Roomful of Teeth, 7 PM. Feb. 3 Juan de Marcos & The AfroCuban All Stars, 8 PM. Feb. 11 Johnny Mercer Tribute: Joe Gransden and Francine Reed, 3 PM. Feb. 17 Compagnie Hervé KOUBI Feb. 24 Eva Yerbabuena Company AY! Feb. 27 GSU Wind Orchestra and Concert Band March 3 Ladysmith Black Mambazo 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-9TIX.


Through Dec. 30 “The Snow Queen” lights up the wintry woods with the story of love’s power over evil. Traveling performance; chairs by request. Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. 770/463-1110.


Feb. 1-25 “The Followers; A Retelling of the Bacchae,” combines opera, dance, puppetry and physical theatre



Dec. 1-17 “Christmas at Sweet Apple,”



Dec. 1 “A Chris Mann Christmas.” Dec. 15-23 “A Christmas Tradition,” song and dance revue. Shows Fri.-Sun. Dec. 16, 21, 22 Christmas Royal Tea and Grand Yuletide Ball, $15. Dec. 21 “It’s a Wonderful Life” Marathon, with holiday preshow and sing along. Screenings: 12, 3, 6, 9 PM. Dec. 31 A NYE Tribute: Queen & Tom Petty, by Georgia Player’s Guild, 9 PM. Jan. 16-21 “Menopause The Musical,” musical parody set to classic tunes. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770/293-0080.

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Dec. 8 “The Sound of Christmas,” 8-10 PM, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Pkwy. SE, Marietta.

SYNCHRONICITY THEATRE Dec. 8-31 “Heidi,” new musical

retelling of the classic Victorian-era book about the power of love. Feb. 2-25 “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” A vain porcelain rabbit finds he has a lot to learn when he gets lost, bouncing from person to person. March 2-4 “Fancy Nancy The Musical!” Shows at 7 PM Fri., 1 & 4 PM Sat., 2 & 5 PM Sun. One Peachtree Pointe Complex, 1545 Peachtree St., Atl.



Jan. 10-28 Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap. A breathtaking spectacle of animals comes to life in this Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation, with a cast of 40+ actors and a musical score pulsating with the rhythms of the African Pridelands in a story of love and redemption. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


Through Dec. 24 “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” effervescent, comedic sequel to Jane Austen’s literary romance. Jan. 11-Feb. 4 “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” a riveting portrait of jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday, set in a seedy bar on Philly’s south side in 1959. *Mature content. Feb. 22-March 11 “Perfect

Arrangement.” Two gay couples living in a façade of domestic bliss in the 1950s face exposure. *Mature content. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. 678/528-1500.


Dec. 8-24 “First Noel,” staged at Ferst Center. Everyday people do extraordinary things to share the gift of love in this musical set in 1980s Harlem. Feb. 13-March 11 “King Hedley II.” An ex-con desperately tries to make a new life for himself in a haunting tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. *Ages 16+. Southwest Arts Center Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849. 404/532-1901.


Dec. 8 Kamasi Washington Dec. 9 Robert Earl Keen Dec. 14 Gin Blossoms Dec. 15 A John Waters Christmas Dec. 17 Dave Barnes: A Very Merry Dec. 29 Badfish: A Tribute To Sublime Jan. 7 Henry Rollins Feb. 3 Big Head Todd & The Monsters Feb. 9 Blues Traveler Feb. 16 Tommy Emmanuel 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atl. 404/5247354.



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holiday happenings ALPHARETTA EVENTS

Through Jan. 21 Avalon on Ice, ice skating rink, 2200 Avalon Blvd. Open daily. Dec. 2 Christmas Tree Lighting, 5-9 PM downtown, with live music, Santa, snow playground, children’s activities and Farmers Market. 678/297-6048.

APPLE ANNIE ARTS & CRAFT SHOW Dec. 1-2 37th annual juried show

of arts and crafts by Southeastern artisans, plus live music, raffles, homemade soups and goodies by St. Ann’s Women’s Guild, at Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat. $3 (free, 12 & under).

ASTOR HOLIDAY ICE RINK Through Jan. 5 Skate outdoors

beneath the beautifully tented 40,000-square-foot Pool Piazza at The St. Regis Atlanta, with festive white lights and holiday tunes. Open Thurs.-Sun. through Dec. 17; daily from Dec. 18-Jan. 5 (including 11 AM-5 PM Christmas Day). $18 kids, $30 adults, per hour.

BACK TO NATURE HOLIDAY MARKET Dec. 2 Shop for hand-made and

eco-friendly goods, from art to clothing, by 40+ local vendors at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, with free admission from 10 AM-5 PM. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055.


Through Dec. 30 Holiday tours with antique toys exhibit and Toys for Tots collection (through 12/18). Dec. 3 & 10 “The Bridesmaid of Barrington Hall,” dramatic recreation of interview between Margaret Mitchell and Eva Baker, 1 & 3 PM. $15. Dec. 10 Homes for the Holidays: A Family Christmas, 5:30-8:30 PM. $15. 110

Dec. 16 & 18 Cookies with Mrs. Claus, 10 AM & Noon. $10. Must RSVP for special events. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/6403855.


Through Dec. 30 Remarkable Women of the 19th Century at Bulloch Hall.

Dec. 5, 7, 12, 14 Christmas High Tea in the 1839 childhood home of Mittie Bulloch, 4 PM, with a two-course tea, glass of wine and tour of home. $50. Dec. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Kudzu Playhouse in the Osage Terrace Room, 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sat., plus Dec. 10. $18; $16 students/seniors. Dec. 9 Christmas for Kids (ages 5-11), 10 AM-noon. Games, crafts, stories, songs, snack, house tour and special characters. $15. Dec. 10 Homes for the Holidays: A Family Christmas, 5:30-8:30 PM. $15. Dec. 19 Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment, 75-minute sessions starting at 6 PM. $15; $10 children. Must RSVP for special events. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-1731.


Through Dec. 12 Designer Show House, noon to 8 PM daily. Tour the magnificent Gothic-Tudor mansion decked for the season and enjoy the outdoor holiday light displays, plus live entertainment, artists market and family activities. $25; $20 online. Dec. 2 & 9 Breakfast with Santa, 9 AM. Must RSVP. Dec. 3 & 10 Teddy Bear Tea, 2 PM. Must RSVP. Dec. 17-29 Extended Holiday Tour Hours, 12-8 PM Sun.-Fri. (closed Sat. and Dec. 24-25). 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-



past at the Atlanta History Center with a candlelit stroll through the grounds and three historic houses, plus an arts & crafts market, cash bar and food for purchase. 5:30-9:30 PM. $15 ($8 children). 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/814-4000.


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Dec. 9 Candlelit rooms decorated with fruit and live greens will transport visitors to Dec. 25, 1850, at the William Root House Museum and Garden, with cooking demonstrations, live music and more. 6 PM. $5. 145 Denmead St. NE, Marietta. 770/426-4982.

Dec. 2 Largest holiday parade in the


Southeast with a colorful procession of floats, giant helium-filled balloons, marching bands and more in midtown Atlanta. Steps off at 10:20 AM on Peachtree St., from 16th St. to 5th St. Live broadcast on WSB-TV Channel 2. Pre-parade events: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 AM, Four Seasons Atlanta; Smiles for the Season Breakfast, 8:30 AM, Colony Square.

Roswell Area Park. RSVP only. Dec. 2 Holiday Celebration on the Square, 5 PM, with carolers, lighting of the Square and Santa. Dec. 2-3 Santa’s Secret Gift Shop (12 & under), Roswell Rec Center, 6-8:30 PM Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. Dec. 3 Caroling on Canton, Mayor’s Corner, Canton Street, 5-7 PM.

Dec. 2 Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 AM,

770/594-6271. Dec. 9 Candy Cane Fun Run, 5 PM, E. Roswell Park. RSVP. 770/817-6670. Dec. 9 Candy Cane Hunt, 6-7:30 PM, E. Roswell Park Rec Center. RSVP. Dec. 9 & 17 Santa and Mrs. Claus at Town Square, 1-3 PM. Dec. 10 Homes for the Holidays: A Family Christmas, Southern Trilogy House Museums, 5:30-8:30 PM. Dec. 10 Tea with Santa, 3-5 PM, Gilbert House. 678/607-5231. Dec. 15 Pajama Party with Santa, 6:30-10:30 PM, E. Roswell Rec Center. Dec. 16 Wreaths Across America, noon, Old Roswell Cemetery. 770/992-

1665. Dec. 16-Jan. 6 Holiday Open House

Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, 10495 Woodstock Road. 770/640-3253. 770/641-3705.


Dec. 1-2, 5-9 The Wylde Center’s wreath-making at Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur. 7-9 PM. $65. RSVP required.


Through Jan. 6 One of the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound shows with 8 million lights and 15 dazzling scenes at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain.


Through Jan. 7 Botanical-inspired displays set the grounds ablaze at

GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS Through Jan. 7 Atlanta Botanical Garden



Dec. 2-3 Shop for unique handcrafted gifts, crafts and fair trade food products at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road. 12:30-5 PM. Supports Ten Thousand Villages and the LaGonave Haiti Partnership. Free parking on top deck of Peachtree Battle Shopping Center.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Through Dec. 10 Designer

Showhouse & Marketplace at 1800 Garraux Road NW, Atl. Top interior designers will transform this newly built Buckhead estate designed by architecture firm Harrison Design and built by Sheehan Built Homes. Hours: 10 AM-4 PM Thurs.-Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. $30 (free for 10 & under).


Atlanta Botanical Garden, Experience sunsets, rainforests, meteor showers and fireflies at “Nature’s Wonders” synchronized light show choreographed to music and sound, plus Orchestral Orbs, Tunnel of Light, holiday model trains, Glow Bar, s’mores and more. 5-10 PM. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/876-5859.

Through Dec. 31 Ride Priscilla the Pink Pig through a life-sized storybook beneath the 1950s-themed Pink Pig Tent on the upper-level parking deck at Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atl. $3 per ride. Open daily. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Through Jan. 3 When the sun sets, millions of twinkling lights illuminate the night at Lake Lanier, with a drive through of animated displays and a live nativity, plus Santa’s Holiday Village with shopping and photos. 5-10 PM.


Dec. 2-3 Tour six private residences lovingly restored and decorated for the season at this 31st annual event organized by The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society. Day tour, $30; candlelight tour, $25; combo ticket, $35. 770/429-1115.


Through Dec. 24 Santa’s Workshop on the Square, Glover Park. Fri.-Sun., with extended hours Dec. 21-24. 770/

794-5601. Through Jan. 3 Open-air ice skating in Glover Park, filled with twinkling lights and holiday music. Open daily, with extended holiday hours.


Dec. 1-3 Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s juried market features works by 70 regional artists, plus homemade treats and Greek pastries. 5-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-5 PM Sat. & Sun. $3 (under 16, free). Dec. 1-3, 5-22 Artists’ Shoppe. 10 AM-4 PM Tues.-Sat. 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/7694565.


Through Dec. 20 Big Nick’s Tree Lot & Holiday Village, South Lawn.

Through Dec. 23 The Grinch in

WINTER WONDERLAND Through Jan. 7 Fernbank Museum of Natural History Residence, second floor alcove.

Through Feb. 14 “Skate the Sky” ice rink, Rooftop Terrace. $15, 50-minute session. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atl. 404/


POWDER SPRINGS CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Dec. 1 Ring in the season from 5:30 to 9 PM with a parade, tree lighting, Santa, music and treats in the Town Square.


Dec. 10 Meet live reindeer, plus crafts, campfire treats, food truck, trail hikes and Creature Feature, noon-4 PM. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



Dec. 2 Dress up your dog for fun or to win an award at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual competition, plus a Doggie Expo and photos with Botanical St. Nick.


Dec. 2-17 (weekends) The “Castle on Peachtree Street” will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday entertainment, refreshments, music, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. $40 per family. Southern Seasons Magazine



MACY’S PINK PIG Through Dec. 31 Lenox Square Dec. 6 Sensory Santa Night. $40. Dec. 8 Pet Night, 5-7 PM. $30. Reservations required. Benefits Ga. Trust for Historic Preservation. 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/885-7812.


ENCHANTED WOODLAND TRAIL Dec. 1-Feb. 28 Chattahoochee Nature Center

children). Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.


Dec. 31 Ring in the New Year with snowfall and an early countdown at Stone Mountain Park, 8:15-9 PM.

Through Dec. 31 Christmas at Smith Plantation, with decorations by the Roswell Garden Club. Dec. 2 Gingerbread Christmas workshops, 10 AM-3 PM. RSVP. $5. Dec. 10 Homes for the Holidays: A Family Christmas, 5:30-8:30 PM. $15. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678/639-



Through Feb. 25 A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement, with single and family tubing, SnowZone play area and more at Stone Mountain Park. Ticketed event and park entry fee. 770/498-5690.

SPRUILL GALLERY Holiday Artists Market

Through Dec. 23 Shop for unique, locally crafted gifts and décor by 100+ artists, crafters and makers at this annual event at Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 10 AM-7 PM Mon.-Sat., 12-5 PM Sun. Special events: Cookies & Cocoa, 12-2 PM Dec. 2; Handmade Gift Bazaar, 11 AM-3 PM Dec. 16; and Final Day Sale with 20% discount, 10 AM-7 PM Dec. 23. 770/394-4019.

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Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 13-24 Elegant holiday tea experience with festive menu and



live harp music, plus Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. Seatings: 2-4 PM and 4:306:30 PM. $52 (ages 4-12), $78 adults.

Dec. 31 Live music on the

Bandstand in Glover Park, plus family fun and festivities. 6 PM-1 AM.



Through Jan. 3 (select dates) Step into a winter wonderland at Stone Mountain Park’s Crossroads, magically illuminated with two million lights, plus live shows, Skylights Spectacular, Singalong Train, nightly parade, meet & greets with Rudolph and Bumble, Rudolph 4D movie, Santa and the Snow Angel, holiday shopping and a snowfall finale. 770/498-5690.


Nov. 30 Entertainment, crafts and Santa at Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atl.

Virginia-HIGHLAND tour of homes

Dec. 2-3 23rd annual tour features

eight historic homes in this charming Atlanta neighborhood, plus food tastings (12-4 PM daily). 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-4 PM Sun. $30.


Through Jan. 7 Explore “Celebrations

Dec. 31 Skyline Park and Nine

& Traditions Around the World” at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, with trees and displays decorated by local cultural partners. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve bash for 21+ at Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree with open bar, food and live entertainment. 8:30 PM-2 AM.

Mile Station will toast the new year with a rooftop masked ball featuring sweeping skyline views at Ponce City Market, with VIP admission available. A family-friendly “Noon Year’s Eve” for kids will be at noon at Skyline Park. 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atl. 404/



March 3 Off-road motorcycles

race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners and obstacles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.


followed by festivities at Robin Lake Beach with two bands, football games, countdown and fireworks. Gates open at 6 PM. Adv. tickets: $28 ($14


Dec. 31 Enjoy Fantasy In Lights,

Jan. 18-21 The largest boating event in Georgia features hundreds of boat models, accessories and

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ST. REGIS TEA WITH SANTA Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 13-24 gear, seminars, bass tank, sailing simulator and Kid Zone at the Ga. World Congress Center, Hall C, 280 Northside Dr. NW, Atl. 11 AM-9 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-9 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. $14; $12 online (free, 12 & under with paid adult). 404/222-5200.


Feb. 23-25 An exquisite showcase of the finest displays of floral design, horticulture and landscape design. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8765859.


Jan. 26-28 Georgia’s largest indoor showcase of motorhomes, campers and RVs at the Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atl.


Jan. 24-Feb. 15 Watch films from around the world that explore Jewish life, culture and history, with screenings at several area venues. ajff. org. 404/806-9913.

ATLANTA MODEL TRAIN SHOW Jan. 20 53rd annual show, sponsored by Golden Spike Enterprises, features large working model train layouts, plus 300 vendors at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. gserr.



Jan. 28 Browse themed wedding galleries, see a couture fashion show, sample appetizers and cake, meet wedding experts and more at the


tour of five beautifully designed private residences, noon-5 PM. Special Events Jan. 24 Patron Preview Party. Jan. 25-27 Design in Bloom Flower Festival, floral design. ​ 404/3651107.


Feb. 22-25 “The Wonderful World of Disney,” at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 7:30 PM Thurs., 10:40 AM & 7:30 PM Fri., 1 & 5 PM Sat.-Sun.



Southern Exchange Ballrooms, 200 Peachtree, 150 Carnegie Way, Atl. 12-5 PM. $20 ($15 adv). 678/439-9334.

works by painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more, plus artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, gourmet food trucks and music and dance performances. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Preview Party: 6-9 PM Jan. 19. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-5338.

Jan. 7 & 28 Find everything needed to create a dream wedding, view photographers’ pictures, taste cake and food samples from caterers, watch a fashion show, plan a honeymoon and more, from noon-5 PM Jan. 7 at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atl.; and Jan. 28 at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. $15 ($12 online).



Jan. 20-21 Indoor arts fest featuring

Jan. 25-27 Atlanta’s oldest and most prestigious antiques show features authenticated period furniture, jewelry, art and accessories at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atl. Lunch available in the Gould Room; Coffee Café open daily until 3 PM. Special guests: Ellie Cullman, Lee Cavanaugh, Jennifer Boles, P. Gaye Tapp, Jan. 25; Holly Heider Chapple, Jan. 26; Keith Summerour, Jan. 27. 10 AM-6 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sat. Benefits A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab. Jan. 28 Tour of Homes, self-guided

Jan. 27-28 Georgia’s biggest indoor bike show features new cycles, parts and accessories at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 9 AM-8 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $12 ($7, ages 6-14). 770/279-9899.

Infinite Energy Center Arena

Feb. 22-25 Disney on Ice: The Wonderful World of Disney

March 3 Harlem Globetrotters Forum

Jan. 28 Georgia Bridal Show Feb. 2-3 The Fly Fishing Show Feb. 9-11 North Atl. Home Show 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Dec. 1-3, Jan. 19-21, Feb. 16-18 North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture and re-claimed architectural, home & garden decor. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri., 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-



Feb. 24-26 A historic doubleheader of stadium motorcycle racing with the Monster Energy Supercross and AMSOIL Arenacross at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.


Feb. 9-11 Experts in landscaping and home remodeling industries showcase the latest services and products at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 11 AM-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $8 (free: 65+, 12 & under).

SCOTT ANTIQUE MARKETS SHOWS Dec. 7-10, Jan. 11-14, Feb. 8-11

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


Jan. 29-Feb. 3 One of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales in the Southeast, hosted by Trinity

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FUN AROUND TOWN in the Southeast, hosted by Trinity School since 1982, with original works by 350 selected artists. 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atl. Free parking and admission. 6-9 PM Mon., 8 AM-4 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 AM-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat. Special Events Jan. 29 Opening Night Celebration with participating artists, 6-9 PM. Feb. 10 Spotlight on Art Gala. 404/231-8119.


Through Dec. 3 “Uncle Sam Wants You! WW I and the American Poster.” Through March 18 “More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War,” narratives from 650-plus oral histories, with photographs, documents and artifacts. 130 West Paces Ferry Road. 404/8144000.


FIRST DAY HIKES Jan. 1 – Ga. State Parks Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site in Cartersville


Dec. 2-3 Cookies with Santa Ongoing Enjoy more than 1,000 of the world’s most amazing animals, plus keeper talks, wildlife shows and more. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/624-

Dec. 1-Feb. 28 Enchanted Woodland


Trail, featuring over a dozen fairy houses and gnome homes made from tiny natural objects along Kingfisher Pond Trail, plus Play Area. Open daily. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-




Through Jan. 15 “Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!” 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.

FERNBANK MUSEUM of natural history

Through Jan. 7 “Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum.” From the seats of the world’s most iconic stage, discover the story behind one of Rome’s most brutal and celebrated traditions. Through Jan. 7 “Winter Wonderland.” Through Feb. 11 “Wild Huts and Hollows,” WildWoods Nature Gallery Exhibit, sculptures by J.D. Koth. Giant Screen Theater Dec. 8 “The Search for Life in Space.” Through Feb. 8 “Tiny Giants 2D,” the astonishing lives of small animals. “Incredible Predators 3D,” the remarkable strategies of predators. Ongoing Fernbank After Dark, handson science and activities for ages 21+ on the 2nd Friday of each month. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


Dec. 2 Victorian Holiday, noon-4 PM. Ongoing Weekend guided tours. $12 ($6 students & seniors). 248 Oakland Ave. SE, Atl. 404/688-



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ATL. BELTLINE EASTSIDE 10K Dec. 2 Run/walk winds through

Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland and Virginia Highland. Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. NE, Atl.


Home Games Dec. 3 Minnesota Vikings Dec. 7 New Orleans Saints Dec. 31 Carolina Panthers Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta.


Home Games Dec. 1-2 Florida Everblades Dec. 3 Orlando Solar Bears Dec. 6 Jacksonville IceMen Dec. 8 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Dec. 10 South Carolina Stingrays Dec. 27 Florida Everblades Dec. 29 South Carolina Stingrays Jan. 5 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Jan. 7 Florida Everblades Jan. 10 Norfolk Admirals Jan. 13 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Jan. 15 Florida Everblades Jan. 26-27 Norfolk Admirals Jan. 28 Orlando Solar Bears Feb. 3 Orlando Solar Bears Feb. 6 Allen Americans Feb. 16 & 18 Manchester Monarchs Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth.


Home Games Dec. 4 Brooklyn Nets Dec. 9 Orlando Magic

Dec. 14 Detroit Pistons Dec. 18 Miami Heat Dec. 20 Indiana Pacers Dec. 23 Dallas Mavericks Dec. 27 Washington Wizards Dec. 30 Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 12 Brooklyn Nets Jan. 15 San Antonio Spurs Jan. 17 New Orleans Pelicans Jan. 20 Chicago Bulls Jan. 22 Utah Jazz Jan. 24 Toronto Raptors Jan. 27 Washington Wizards Jan. 29 Minnesota Timberwolves Jan. 31 Charlotte Hornets Feb. 6 Memphis Grizzlies Feb. 9 Cleveland Cavaliers Feb. 11 Detroit Pistons Feb. 26 Los Angeles Lakers Feb. 28 Indiana Pacers Philips Arena, Atlanta.

AtlANTA Santa Speedo Run

Dec. 9 Fun, community run hosted by Manuel’s Tavern to benefit CHRIS Kids.

Dec. 16 Holiday Elf Hike, 2-4 PM, Panola Mountain State Park. For a comprehensive listings of events, visit 800/864-7275.


Feb. 4 Run for chocolate at the Ga. World Congress Center, Atl. Wave 1: 7:40 AM. Wave 2: 8:25 AM. Benefits Make-A-Wish.


Dec. 9 Get in the spirit at the Arthritis Foundation’s 5K run/walk at Grant Park/Zoo Atlanta. Holiday costumes encouraged. 678/237-4450.

Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run + WALK

Feb. 10 Family-friendly race on the Marietta Square with a 5K (Peachtree qualifier and USATF certified), 1K, Tot Trot, music, costume contest and more. Benefits Junior League of CobbMarietta. 8 AM.



Dec. 2 Santa Claus 10K Classic Jan. 27 Marathon/Half-Marathon & 5K Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.

Jan. 15 Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with fellowship and fitness at this 5K walk/run in Piedmont Park, with start/finish at 10th near Park Tavern and a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. 8 AM.



Jan. 1 Two top-ranked teams play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with FanFest at Ga. World Congress Center and Game Day Parade in downtown Atlanta.

Feb. 24 Brave plungers take a dip in the icy waters of Acworth Beach for charity. Festivities begin at 11 AM with live music, food and fire pits.



at state parks in a nationwide initiative by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors.



5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton.

Jan. 1 Dozens of guided treks are held

Dec. 2 Moonlight Mountain Hike, 5-7 PM, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge. Dec. 9, Jan. 13 Candlelight Hike to the Mill, 6-8 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs.

Jan. 1 5K & One Mile at Piedmont Park. Dec. 2-3 NASA 800/849-RACE.


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ruising along South Ocean Boulevard, visitors can’t catch much of a look at Mar-a-Lago. A tower and a few tiled rooftops. Which is too bad since the buzz about President Donald Trump’s 20-acre Palm Beach estate-turned-private-club – a.k.a. the Winter White House – may be what lured them to this elite isle in the first place. If you’re not a club member or invited guest, odds are you won’t be attending a soiree at the 128-room, Moorish-style fantasy built by cereal heiress 116

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Marjorie Merriweather Post in the Roaring Twenties and transformed into a private club in 1995 by the future 45th Chief Executive. Palatial Mara-Lago, with its opulent gold leaf and rivers of marble, may represent the grandest of the grand. But the average outlier can only surmise since the resident architectural wonders – cloistered beauties built by the likes of Fords, DuPonts, Pulitzers, Kennedys, and similarly bankable names – hide behind hedges towering 12 feet or more.

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None of which prevents a visitor from soaking up the very assets that attracted the super-rich in the first place – the same sun, same Atlantic-lapped sands, same tropical lushness that made Palm Beach an aristocratic oasis. You can even enjoy the same luxuries if you lay your head at a place like Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa (known in these parts as “the Eau”), where you’re greeted with champagne and given a guestroom with a balcony overlooking a private beach – each room and suite a charmer thanks to the hip, whimsical décor by Jonathan Adler. The resort’s Eau Spa is equally hip. Also sassy and irreverent. Not that they’re opposed to today’s relentless approach to wellness – it’s just not the style here. Picture indulgence, pure and simple, starting with champagne and cupcakes. Which you can relish while relaxing in an over-water chair swing, happily trailing your toes in the pool below. A handy wishing well instructs you to “pause and make a self-centered wish.” More indulgence? Ask the concierge to arrange a guided walking tour of Worth Avenue. It will introduce you to the story of the celebrated street with the signature red barrel-tile roofs of Addison Mizner-designed architecture – South Florida’s answer to Rodeo Drive – and the enchanting side alleyways known as vias. Along Worth and tucked inside the cool vias set with fountain-splashed courtyards are the famed names of luxury retail as well as independent boutiques, guaranteeing a fashionista orgy of major proportions. When feet fail, treat yourself to tea at The Chesterfield, a close-by hotel with a European B&B vibe and a sumptuous tea service. Eau Palm Beach


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Norton Museum of Art

Morikami Museum & Japanese Garden

Another island treasure to tour: Whitehall, the magnificent Gilded Age estate completed in 1902 for Henry Flagler, founder of the railroads and hotels that brought snowbirds to Florida’s Atlantic coast. Arrange to meet here with insider Leslie Diver for an Island Living Tour and you’ll be regaled with Flagler stories. You’ll then head out on a chatty driving tour, checking out gorgeous homes along palm-fringed side streets (the neighborhood’s average net worth, she says, is $23 million) and catching up on tales of Palm Beach’s high society, give or take a scandal or two. Old Money meets newsy newcomers. The landscape itself – a skinny 24 miles, half of which is the town – is the poshest portion of Palm Beach County and its collection of communities north and south. West Palm Beach, a skip across a bridge, beckons with Antique Row for shopping, and the Norton Museum of Art, slated to unveil a new additional venue for its masterpieces, complete with sculpture garden, in 2018. Among nearby communities to explore, Boca Raton is a manicured sophisticate centered by Mizner Park, post card-pretty with its fountain and gazebo, pink buildings and turquoise streetlamps. Fashionable Mizner Park is home to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, shops and restaurants – including bustling Max’s Grill, the power lunch place. In contrast, down the road, Delray Beach is a thriving beach town with the feel of Old Florida, its attractions ranging from the spirited Pineapple Grove Art District to the serene Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden. Atlantic Avenue is action central for happy hour fun and feasting, notably at City Oyster, where you can get your oyster fix from a rotating selection of fresh options. Delicious dining, in fact, is a given throughout. Among the musts in the grand variety: Okeechobee Steak House (West Palm Beach), family-owned for 70 years and carnivore heaven starting with the tray of handsome cuts that arrives at your table; The Regional Kitchen & Public House (West Palm Beach), with its seasonal, Southern-accented menu, the star of which is a cheddar-rich tomato pie; and PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar (Palm Beach), emphasis on freshly caught with Florida flavor. Whether you roll in during the glittery social season, November 30 through April 30 (when the First Family is most likely to make the scene), or in a more relaxed if less glamorous period, you’ll find that Palm Beach earns its gilded place in the national spotlight. Information:;

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5 With a mesmerizing spiral design reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period, the Thalia collection by Bishop House takes morning coffee or afternoon tea to a whole new level. Each piece features a handblown borosilicate glass bowl nested in a cantilevered stainless steel base plated in 24-karat gold or sterling silver. Set of two, $329.

5 An exuberant floral motif adorns this ceramic Blue Teziutlan pitcher, handcrafted in Puebla by Pedro Tecayehuatl. The distinctive Talavera art form was brought to Mexico by artisans from Talavera de la Reina, Spain, with each piece uniquely made. $134.99; 47 oz.

Marimekko adds a festive splash of color to white stoneware with its small rectangular Oiva plate ( right ) depicting the birds of the Kiiruna pattern, and the Oiva ceramic spoons (above ) decorated with a red and white Okko pattern. Both are dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer safe. $25, plate; $56, 4-spoon set.

3Just in time for the holidays, ExtravaGONZO offers a six-bottle gift set of premium infused culinary oils, including JalapeĂąo Lime, Roasted Garlic, Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange (all blends of 80/20 EVOO and grapeseed oil), plus Red and White Balsamic Vinegars. $39.99, 100mL each.


3Fresh from the family farm of Wood’s Vermont Syrup Co., which has been making pure maple syrup for five generations, comes a specialty line of unique flavors, including barrelaged bourbon maple syrup. Use it in sauces, for baking and grilling, over ice cream and even in cocktails. $15, 8 oz.


MOLLY B’S Mussels: Tecate, tomato, valentia, cilantro, lime, Chapa bread. PHOTO BY MIA YAKEL

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by jennifer bradley franklin Slow roasted bone-in prime rib

A Winning Team

Arthur Blank and Concentrics create a strong starting lineup in Molly B’s


can’t remember a time when “take me out to the ballgame” included excitement about stadium food. In the past, it’s usually down to sad options like crumpled burgers, wilted French fries, generic beer and rubbery hot dogs. Foodies and sports fans can rest easy, thanks to the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and its star culinary player, Molly B’s. Named for Falcons and Atlanta United owner and chairman Arthur Blank’s mother, Molly, the eatery is a tribute to her well-known hospitality. The restaurant and membership club located on the 100-level concourse offers a bird’s eye view of the expansive stadium with a friendly, eager-to-please staff. On game days, it’s open only to members for three hours before kick-off through the end of the first period, during which they enjoy exclusive access to the 3,000-square-foot restaurant and bar. The menus change based on the event – so, higher-end fare for football and more comfort food for soccer games – and switch to more shareable plates after the end of the first period when everyone’s welcome. I had the pleasure of visiting this season when Atlanta United FC played Minnesota. After fighting game day traffic and parking, 124

we were famished. My husband Will and I snagged a table right by the railing overlooking the pristine field and ordered just as the team ran out to play. We started with queso fundido, served in a skillet alongside tortilla chips. It did the job of curbing our hunger, but it lacked the appeal of the thick, fondue-style cheese I expected. In this contest – after all, everything’s a contest, especially in a stadium of this caliber – the clear winner was the piping hot pimento cheese hush puppies, sitting atop a shallow pool of spicy-sweet green chile jam. They hit the spot. The spirits list is a delight, curated by Concentrics’ Todd Rushing. You’ll find a robust selection of local and craft beers, interesting seasonal cocktails and a serious wine selection with glasses and bottles including Chanson Basion 1ER Cru, Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Elk Cove Pinot Blanc from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The list alone makes Molly B’s top my list, even if just to imbibe. For the mains, we opted to share the Southern fried chicken with still-bubbling macaroni and cheese and collard greens and a giant slab of smoked brisket with red wine jus. Both were tasty and huge upgrades over my previous limited impression of

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stadium fare. But here’s the thing: I had the privilege of tasting a preview menu with Executive Chef Michael Bertozzi (at his other kitchen, TWO.urban licks) before the Benz opened its doors. He blew my mind – and tastebuds – with the juiciest Southern fried chicken I’ve ever tasted, white cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, hamachi with compressed watermelon and heirloom tomatoes, and a two-pound aged ribeye that was the stuff of a steak lover’s dreams. Contrasting that exemplary dinner with this one makes me think that perhaps the team is trying to do too much, too fast, spreading themselves thin with so many menu variations. It can be a little confusing, quite honestly, since Molly B’s menu changes as often as a fair-weather fan changes his mind. If you haven’t sprung for one of the season-long memberships (they range from $1,300-$2,600, depending on whether you choose access for Atlanta United or Falcons games) or don’t want to wait until after the first period to access Molly B’s, there are plenty of first-rate dining options available, including The Iberian Pig, Gamechanger and Antico Pizza. There’s a lot to love at the Benz in general and at Molly B’s specifically, even if some of the kinks still need to be sorted. Will dining at a sporting event ever be the same experience as, say, having a steak at Bone’s or a seafood spread at The Optimist? Absolutely not. But then again, you won’t get a sweeping view of the stadium or of the downtown skyline at those fine establishments either.

Know Before You Go Parking : Parking around the Benz is tricky if you don’t have a plan. Download the Parkmobile app and pre-pay for parking. Then, pop the address of your chosen deck into the Waze app and scan your parking credentials right from your phone. Tickets : When dining on game days and during events or concerts, you must also have a ticket to the function. Bags : Due to heightened security, don’t plan to take anything more than a wallet and a mobile phone, unless you have a clear plastic bag or clear purse. Prepare to go through metal detectors and have your bag scanned.

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ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/254-0219. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/837-3440. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings, 770/384-0012. 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770/408-0110. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atl. 404/2337673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. Signature dishes include Niman Ranch Slow Roasted Pork and Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Rib. p }}} ★★★ ATLAS 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW @ St. Regis Atlanta, 404/600-6471. Farm-fresh, seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1460 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd., Atl. 404/365-0410. Light and creative plates with a seasonal menu that relies on organic ingredients for a fresh and unique experience. p h }}} ★★★★ BETTER HALF 349 14th St., Bldg. C, Atl., 128

404/695-4547. Seasonal menu reflects the best products the South has to offer in a casually refined spot. p }} BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slow-roasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickory-grilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} ★★★ BUCKHEAD DINER 3073 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/262-3336. Atlanta icon offers inventive menu, from sweet and spicy Thai chili calamari to veal and wild mushroom meatloaf, in an upscale, retro atmosphere. Call-ahead priority accepted. } ★★★ CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/4322663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★ CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features a sweeping view

of Buckhead. p }}} ★★ 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 Southern dishes served in a meat-andthree format. p }} 5CHURCH 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/4003669. Eclectic dishes, from smoked Pekin duck and lamb burger to Frogmore stew, served in a neoVictorian setting, with a 200-bottle wine list and specialty cocktails. p }} FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atl., 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atl., 404/549-3298. Unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary 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 made-fromscratch food served in a fun atmosphere. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Peachtree Corners. 678/421-1720. Creative,

seasonal menu presented in a comfortable, stylish atmosphere with gracious service. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-0700. Casual neighborhood dining with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/968-2288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a communitydriven 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., 404/2377534. 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atl., 404/262-7130. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★ JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atl. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffleparmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atl. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} ★★ JP ATLANTA 230 Peachtree St., Ste. 1150, Atl. 404/523-7600. The latest creation of John C. Portman Jr. combines refined cuisine and contemporary elegance, with innovative dishes made with fresh local ingredients. p h }}} LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St. @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/8975000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atl. 404/968-2700. Farm-fresh seasonal fare, from Ga. Mountain Trout to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p } MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast

10 Degrees South on Southern specialties, from sweet potato and shrimp fritters to fried chicken and pork loin, in the charming setting of a restored farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }}

ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atl. 404/892-4111. Inventive atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } ★★

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

PARK 75 75 14th St. NE @ Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. Seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortrib with smoked Gouda grits, in an elegant setting.

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

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p }} ★★★ PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/885-7505. Great gastropub cuisine served in a fun place. p } RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atl. 404/524-8280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★ RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} REVIVAL 129 Church St., Decatur. 470/226-6770. Kevin Gillespie’s family-style dining experience with traditional Southern-inspired dishes and farmfresh ingredients. p }}

More Taste, Less Waste Local chef Virginia Willis was named the winner of the More Taste, Less Waste James Beard Foundation and Quaker recipe contest with her Savory Oat Sausage and Kale Stack recipe. A Georgia native, Virginia found her culinary roots in her grandmother’s country kitchen. With an astonishing 130 billion pounds of food wasted each year – mostly fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains, Chef Willis’ recipe leverages Quaker Oats as a pantry staple to reimagine the foods in her kitchen and reduce food waste. As a result of Chef Willis’ winning recipe, Quaker is donating $5,000 to the food charity of her choice, the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Additionally, one lucky consumer who voted for a favorite recipe has won a trip for two to New York City to attend the culinary event of the season: the James Beard Foundation’s annual gala. To view the recipe submissions of the 2017 contest participants, visit moretastelesswaste-participants


ROSE + RYE 87 15th St. NE, Atl. 404/500-5980. Refined American fare with a global reach, served in Midtown’s iconic mansion, “The Castle,” with three levels of dining and drinking space, run by an all-female team. p }} SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/804-8880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell, 770/998-4850. 102 S. Main St., Alpharetta, 770/752-1888. Neighborhood gastropub with exceptional food and drink served in a comfy setting, from soups, salads and appetizers to specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, fish and beef. } ★★★ SALTYARD 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/382-8088. Diverse selection of seasonal dishes offered in family-style small plates, plus signature cocktails and craft beer in spirited setting. p } SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052. Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/846-1552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a by-the-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }} SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE @ Atlanta Marriott Buckhead. 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. NE, Atl., 404/873-7358. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Vinings, 770/435-0700. 3350 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/815-6677. The Old South meets the big city, with delicious contemporary Southern cuisine. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE @ InterContinental Buckhead. 404/946-9070. Southern-spun cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge. p }} SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW @ The Westin Peachtree Plaza. 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}} TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/347-2220. Gastropub with innovative comfort food, extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections, and convivial setting. p } TERRACE BISTRO 176 Peachtree St. NW @ The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farmto-table dishes served in a casual chic setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. p }} ellishotel. com/dining. THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/2407035. American cuisine splashed with the flavors of coastal Italy, France and Spain, plus premium wine selections, live piano music and seasonal patio seating. p }}} ★★ THE FEDERAL 1050 Crescent Ave., Atl. 404/343-3857. A bistro inspired by French cuisine and the traditional American steakhouse, with a curated menu of signature dishes in an intimate setting. p }} THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/939-9845. Gastropub offers a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients in a gorgeous top floor space in the Buckhead Atlanta Shops development. p h }} THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with craft cocktails, boutique liquors and a distinguished wine list, plus specialty small plates and musical entertainment. } ★★★ TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with woodroasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse, with live blues music. p }}

VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }} WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Southerninspired menu – from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy – in farmhouse-chic setting. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, 404/496-4393. 1017 N. Highland Ave., Va.Highland, 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fastcasual format. } ZEAL 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678/401-7142. Chic, farm-to-table modern eatery with chef-inspired menu, plus craft beers, boutique wines and spirits in a relaxed atmosphere. p }}


FIRE OF BRAZIL 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/525-5255. A host of Gauchos offer choice cuts of grilled Angus beef, chicken, lamb, pork and sausage, slow roasted over an open flame in the Brazilian tradition and seasoned to perfection. p

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

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. } ★★



CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Cantonese cuisine, specializing in dim sum, served in a spacious dining room with friendly service. } ★★★★ HONG KONG STAR 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste. 110, Marietta. 770/509-2129. Exciting dishes with Asian flair, from Broccolini Beef to Tandoori Shrimp, with great service in an inviting setting. } P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 N. Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070. 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atl., 770/352-0500. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. 1624 Cumberland Mall, Ste. LS108, Atl., 770/803-5800. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wok-fried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }} THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263

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


BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/261-6456. Regional comfort French cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Specialties include white Gulf shrimp, sautéed short smoked mountain trout and Maine cod. p }} buckheadrestaurants. com. ★★★★

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with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} IL GIALLO OSTERIA & BAR 5920 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/709-2148. Constantly evolving menu represents Italy’s Coastal regions, from fresh hand-made pastas to cured meats, cheeses and olive oils, served in an inviting atmosphere. p }} IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atl. 404/222-0650. Italian favorites served up in a fun setting, with eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} ★★★★ LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road NE, Atl, 404/231-1368. 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ LA TAVOLA 992 Virginia Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8735430. Cozy, authentic Italian trattoria serves classics like spaghetti and meatballs and more adventurous dishes. p }}

Pricci LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro offers everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon in a charming setting with plush seating, dim lighting and soft music. } ★★ LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Ste. A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Bistro and bar pairs simple, classic French fare with a vibrant atmosphere, bringing a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. p }}} NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atl. 404/221-6362. Superb cuisine, impeccable service and award-winning wine list, with skyline views from the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta. p }}} ★★★


AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Global cuisine, from seafood and sushi to steaks and chops, plus signature drinks, in a welcoming environment. p }} aquablueatl. com. ★★


KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/262-0702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, oven-roasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} buckheadrestaurants. com. ★★★★ 132


ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }} BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian, from homemade pastas and pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} CIBO E BEVE 4969 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/2508988. Celebrates the vibrant food, wine and culture of Italy, with the best seasonal produce from local growers. p }} DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Phipps Plaza, 500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/844-4810. Simple regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations, accompanied by an impressive wine list, with attentive service in an inviting space. p }}

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/804-3313. Delicious madefrom-scratch food served family-style in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy. @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterraneaninspired 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, Ramano pizza, charred octopus and other specialties in a 100-seat space with an open kitchen, backyard deck and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. } PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees with an attentive staff and colorful dining room with vaulted ceilings and captivating artwork. p }}

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 }}

PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/237-2941. Casual, classy dining with a creative menu of contemporary Italian dishes, from wood-fired pizza and tortelli pasta to beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass, in a stylish setting with friendly service. p h }} ★★★★

FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Ste. 15, Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created

SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atl. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes, from Carnaroli rice

risotto to a whole roasted fish, served in a cozy setting in a revived brick storefront. p }} ST. CECILIA 3455 Peachtree Road NE @ Buckhead’s Pinnacle Building. 404 /554-9995. Divine coastal European food in a sumptuous setting, with small plates, seasonal entrées and handmade pasta dishes. p }} SUGO 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. 770/817-8000. Unique family-style dishes, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza, served with gracious hospitality. p } ★★★ VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }}


MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/2613777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. } NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atl. 404/873-6582. Gracious servers dressed in kimonos pamper diners with delicious authentic Japanese cuisine in an aura of the grandeur of traditional Japan. p }} ★★★★ SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atl. 770/956-9559. Fresh, authentic sushi that’s creatively presented and highly praised, with attentive service, intimate seating and relaxed atmosphere. } UMI 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/841-0040. Modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated setting. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets. Beverages include craft sake, handmade cocktails and artisan roasted coffee. p }}


ECCO 40 7th St., Atl. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed lamb loin, served in a warm, welcoming setting, with award-

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Looking for a delicious dish for a potluck dinner or Sunday brunch? Elizabeth Heiskell, aka “The Debutante Farmer,” has it covered. Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, she was schooled in Southern etiquette. Her new book, based on her popular monthly feature in Southern Living, includes over 100 recipes, from Cocktail Hour Bites to Swoon-worthy Sweets, that cater to everything from a baby shower to a wake. For a weekend getaway, whip up Shrimp and Corn Dip, Chicken Enchiladas served with Goat Cheese, Black Beans and a Mixed Green Salad with Tequila Vinaigrette, plus a Fudge Cake for dessert. For a friend feeling under the weather, hand deliver a fresh-baked Chicken, Artichoke, Spinach and Wild Rice Casserole; White Bean and Kale Soup; and an Almond Tarte. n Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life, Lucy Buffett (Grand Central Life & Style)

From her childhood growing up in Mobile, Ala., to her adventures traveling the seas as a cook and working as a chef in New Orleans, Lucy Buffett pays homage to her coastal Southern roots with a robust book of treasured recipes (and stories) that capture the distinct flavors of the Gulf Coast. Feast on True Cajun Gumbo, Cuban-Style Shrimp Creole, Daddy’s Fried Chicken and Silver Queen Corn Salad. Indulge in Salted Butterscotch Blondies and Classic Southern Pound Cake. Kick back with a Mango Margarita. The dishes incorporate Caribbean, Cajun, Cuban, Mexican and Creole influences, with a focus on fresh ingredients and simple techniques. n FRUIT: A Savor the South Cookbook, Nancie McDermott (University of North Carolina Press)

Celebrate the natural bounty of the South in this compilation of 50-plus recipes by culinary whiz Nancie McDermott of Chapel Hill, N.C., who taps into the vine-ripe juiciness of a dozen fruits, from blackberries to muscadines. Among her featured treats are Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie, Okracoke Island Fig Cake with Buttermilk Glaze, Fresh Peach Fritters and Pawpaw Caramel Sauce. Meaty offerings range from Lamb Shanks with Damson Plum Sauce to Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork with Mayhaw Jelly Barbecue Sauce. Refresh with a Cantaloupe Agua Fresca or Thai-Inspired Watermelon-Pineapple Salad. Her sweet and savory ode to Southern fruits also includes sidebars on peeling, prepping and preserving. Southern Seasons Magazine


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


IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/351-0870. An oasis of good food and entertainment with traditional cuisine including fresh legumes, meats and fish. p }}}


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


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


ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/262-3165. Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood offered in a neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish and blackened mahi mahi. p h }} ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Fresh seafood flown in daily, with an award-winning menu of signature dishes, sashimi and sushi rolls, plus artisanal bourbon, infused liquors and wine. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl. 404/817-3650. Contemporary fish house with a sophisticated casual vibe serves fresh seafood delivered daily, from 134

salty fried calamari to steamed mussels, plus handcrafted cocktails. p }} RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/524-9224. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, made-to-order sushi and hand-cut steaks, in a casual yet elegant setting. p }}

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RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/955-1187. Fresh seafood and fine cut steaks, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} raysrestaurants. com. ★★★ THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM 1100 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/475-2277. Feast on fresh seafood, flown in daily, in a setting as sleek as a 1930s ocean liner, with exceptional service. p }}} THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, well-rounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}


CAPE DUTCH 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atl. 404/343-0313. Sophisticated South African “braai” grilled dishes, from prime grilled steaks to seafood and vegetables, plus global wines in a chic setting. p }} 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road NE, Atl. 404/705-8870. A cultural fusion of South African-inspired cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, served in a modern eatery and lounge. p }} Yebo Beach/Ski Haus 111 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atl. 404/869-19920. South African dishes and cocktails served in a renovated house with airy decor. p }}


ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche and braised goat huaraches in a spirited venue. p }


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

5Whether you’re entertaining or giftgiving, the signature Tommy Bahama Piña Colada Cake is an exceptional treat, featuring a multi-layer vanilla cake misted with rum, filled and frosted with an airy white chocolate mousse and fresh pineapple, then finished with lightly toasted coconut. $85, serves 8-12. n Chef Hugh Acheson is opening his eighth restaurant, Achie’s, at the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta, offering world-class, Southern-inspired fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. omnihotels. com/hotels/atlanta-battery/dining/achies n Kudos to Sterling Hospitality, the parent company of Marlow’s Tavern, which raised almost $130,000 for Special Olympics Georgia at its annual golf classic and silent auction dinner at Country Club of Roswell. n Chefs Michael Patria and Lasheeda Perry have been promoted to executive chef and executive pastry chef, respectively, at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. n The Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s is opening an Alpharetta location this winter at 2560 Old Milton Pkwy. n Wholesome Wave Georgia raised over $147,000 to put fresh, healthy and locally grown food on the tables of families in need at its 8th annual Southern Chefs Potluck fundraiser at Serenbe. n Muchacho is now open at Atlanta’s Reynoldstown at 904 Memorial Dr.


AG 181 Peachtree St. NE @ The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 404/221-6550. Modern steakhouse experience inspired by Southern hospitality with updated menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, refreshed interiors and a new cocktail program. p }}} BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2372663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} bonesrestaurant. com. ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batter-fried 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 }} hals. net. ★★★ KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atl. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} ★★★★ MARCEL 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/6654555. Specialties include Beef Wellington, Porterhouse, Cote de Boeuf and Sole Meuniere, served in an elegant, luxurious setting. p }}} MCKENDRICK’S STEAK HOUSE 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/512-8888. Feast on fabulous appetizers, enormous steaks, tender chops and succulent seafood in a clubby setting with oak walls and leather seats. p }} ★★★★ MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atl., 404/577-4366. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef,

Rays at Killer Creek as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedo-clad 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 }}} newyorkprime. com. ★★★ OAK STEAKHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. A fresh take on the classic steakhouse with inspired dishes served in a modern setting. p }}} 101 STEAK 3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atl. 770/8058855. Innovative, chef-driven steakhouse features à la carte meat and seafood favorites to pair with a variety of creative side dishes, plus a raw bar and 100+ wines by the glass. p h }}} ★★★ RAY’S AT KILLER CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. Award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines in a casual dining setting. p h }}} RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/777-1500. 267 Marietta St. @ Embassy Suites Centennial Park, 404/223-6500. 3285 Peachtree Road NE @ Embassy Suites Buckhead, 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, Northwestern salmon and live Maine lobster, with premium wines and cocktails. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell,

678/461-7900. 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102. 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/3059229. Enjoy premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} ★★★ THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road @ Westin Buckhead Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous faces. p }}} ★★★


HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atl. 404/303-8888. Authentic cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } ★★ NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atl. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} ★★ RICE THAI CUISINE 1104 Canton St., Roswell. 770/640-0788. Authentic street-style Thai. p } TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/873-4888. Authentic Thai, from roasted duck breast to braised lamb tenderloin, in an upscale setting. p }}}

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Helping Puerto Rico In a major network interview, a reporter asked a Puerto Rican man if he felt that his countrymen were being treated as Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He answered, “Why should that matter? We are all a part of humanity.” Puerto Rico has suffered a devastating natural disaster. The direct hit from category 4 Hurricane Maria is unprecedented. There is no amount of money that can expedite the reconstruction of their infrastructure much faster than it is happening. Their entire power grid, water lines, roads and bridges, sewers and communications have to be repaired or built from scratch, and the time it is going to take is substantial. The human needs, however, are urgent and immediate. As much as FEMA is doing, the entire population (nearly 3.5 million people) of Puerto Rico does not live in the port of San Juan – but all across the island territory. The logistics of getting aid to the citizens who so desperately need food and clean water (clothing, medicine, shelter, generators for airconditioning and refrigeration, etc.) is a nightmare. And they don’t need these lifesaving supplies just once

delivered by a convoy of trucks (who often can’t get through because of the destroyed roadways) or helicopter drops, but every day until the infrastructure is up and running.

GRASSROOTS AMERICAN HEROES Volunteers are coming from all over the U.S. to shore up the relief efforts in addition to the U.S. government efforts. National Guard troops and the Air National Guard from a number of southern states are all volunteering and arranging transportation to deliver critical supplies along with their human strength to help the people as fast as they can. It is like the Cajun Navy arriving in Houston after Hurricane Irma. These are inspirational heroes by anyone’s estimation. And, they are not coming to Puerto Rico because it is an American territory, but as human beings to help their fellow humans in this unprecedented crisis.

Consider supporting these grassroots initiatives to help Puerto Rico recover.


United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico. For details, visit


Elmer Passapera, the executive chef and owner of Buen Provecho Restaurant in Marietta, is doing yeoman’s work to collect and distribute donations for Puerto Rico relief. The effort is being documented at


The Naval Research Laboratory/ NOAA istock photo / dennisvdw / Dvdwphotography.Com U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Kris Grogan

The catastrophic damage of Hurricane Maria caused a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. While Governor Ricardo Rosselló hopes to have power restored to 95% of the island by mid-December – a full three months after the hurricane plunged the island into darkness – this may be tragically optimistic. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and most are living in a tropical climate without air-conditioning, clean water or communications. Beyond their human survival is the loss of their livelihoods, as businesses were decimated as well. As seen from a Black Hawk during a flyover of Puerto Rico on Sept. 23, 2017, the once beautiful tropical terrain has been transformed to this stormravaged state.




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