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70 Shades of Greige 72 Designer Luxury at Bella Bags

people & places

76 Parties for a Cause 80 On the Horizon 81 Beastly Feast 82 White Coat Grady Gala 86 Southern Seasons Launch Party 89 Piedmont Ball 91 Phoenix Debs 96 Etcetera

14 Letter from the Editor 16 Letters to the Editor


20 Hollywood of the South 26 Behind-the-Scenes with Jeff Fisher 28 Atlanta Independent Schools 36 Laura Turner Seydel: Earth Day 39 Monica Pearson’s “Monica Matters” 40 Floral Finesse 42 Gallery Views: Gogo Jewelry at High 43 American Craft Council Show CALENDAR 44 Exhibitions Calendar 98 Performing Arts 46 The Educated Puppy in Alpharetta 48 Ask Dr. Karin: Saying Goodbye to a Pet 102 Fun Around Town 50 Faces of Beauty: Looking Younger travel 52 “Southern Tales” Book Reviews 108 Nashville Sounds 54 The Estate


64 Evening Elegance 66 Simply Black & White 68 Metallic Sands


116 Park 75 at Four Seasons Atlanta 120 Dining Guide: Best Bites in Town 128 Local Flavor


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EARLY SPRING cover: White Coat Grady Gala co-chairs Mary & John Brock and Barbarella & René Diaz. Make-up by Christian. SPRING cover: clint eastwood and amy adams in a scene from “trouble with the curve.” photography by Keith Bernstein courtesy of warner bros. LATE SPRING cover: shot on location at The Estate in Buckhead. photography by Denis Reggie. gown by Anne Barge. Model: Anna Sazillo.




20 CAMERA, ACTION Film industry brings billions to 20 LIGHTS, Georgia, attracting star power as Hollywood of the South.

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ESTATE REBORN 54 THE Tony Conway’s events venue in Buckhead captures the grandeur of the Old South.

GEORGIA’S GEM 82 GRADY: Atlanta’s Grady Hospital salutes medical excellence at White Coat Grady Gala.

CALLING 108 NASHVILLE Musical legacy dazzles and delights visitors in this

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Ginger Strejcek


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Joey McCraw

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Changing Lives One Smile at A Time – Another Success Story...

Making Dream Smiles a Reality


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

The Dream Smile Process When bringing a patient’s dream smile to life, the doctors first carefully analyze and match each patient’s specific needs with his or her desires. Patients often find it difficult to clearly explain how they want their smiles to look. Even if patients want their smile to resemble a specific celebrity’s “on camera” smile, many more aspects need to be considered in the process. Facial shape is an important component in creating a customized, integrated smile. Often, the shape of a celebrity’s face is different than the shape of a patient’s face, which means the star’s teeth will look quite different within that patient’s facial form. Facial shape, tooth color or shape and even hairstyle in some cases, will determine the type of smile that may look best for the patient. The team at GGS can develop a 3-D integrated perspective and then treatment plan to complete a comprehensive facial diagnosis. As an example, patients with longer faces tend to look better with smiles that accentuate the horizontal aspects of their teeth. Patients with rounder faces may look better with longer smiles to help balance out the width.

Believe it or not, a patient’s personality can play a role in determining his or her ideal smile. Tooth shape can denote a number of personality traits, including masculinity, femininity, agreeability and aggressiveness. Tooth color is also an important decision and personal preference – would they like to have a more natural look, or an artificial look? Many times, Hollywood or television personalities want or think they need “refrigerator white” teeth to be more effective under bright lights or in front of a camera. Many patients may ask for this same look, but really Ronald Goldstein, DDS Dr. Goldstein is the author of the best-selling book, Change Your Smile, which is now in its fourth edition and has been read by millions worldwide. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor at the Georgia Regents University School of Dentistry, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at both Boston University and the University of Texas. David Garber, DMD Dr. Garber has extensive experience with both periodontics and fixed prosthodontics, a rare and valuable combination for a dentist. Dr. Garber is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Periodontics at the Georgia Regents University School of Dentistry, and serves as a visiting Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Louisiana State University. Maurice Salama, DMD Dr. Salama has a wealth of experience and expertise in periodontics and orthodontics, including Invisalign, implants and periodontal surgery. In addition, Dr. Salama is on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgia Regents University School of Dentistry as Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics.

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want a color that appears more natural. Ensuring the shape and arrangement of teeth are natural, even though the color may be bright, is an essential part of creating that dazzling smile. Drs. Goldstein, Garber and Salama combine the art and science of esthetic dentistry and partner with an in-house dental laboratory for exquisite results.

Other Factors Patients Should Consider “Nothing lasts forever,” not even dental restorations. Different types of restorations have varying life expectancy and retain their appearance for a limited period of time. Porcelain tends to last longer than bonding if well cared for. A patient’s decision should be based, to some extent, on the life expectancy of the material suggested to them. The fee for a complete smile restoration can also play a role, as ideal treatments can be a larger investment than restoring one or two teeth. Patients should be up front when discussing their needs and limitations with their dentist or treatment coordinator. Any potential discomfort, time, longevity and finance should all be discussed within the individual’s framework. When it comes to ceramic restorations, there is a huge difference between the acceptable and the exceptional, which are typically created by master ceramists. It may be like comparing a discount jeweler with Tiffany’s jewelry. Tiffany’s products may be more expensive, but they’re also higher quality, original and last longer. Patients should be open and direct with their dentist or treatment coordinator, who can provide treatment recommendations to fit within most budgets. Poor oral health can be an obstacle for completing a successful smile design. Creating and maintaining a healthy foundation is always a priority. If a patient’s gum tissue is inflamed, it’s recommended that he or she has healthy tissue before any attempt to place veneers or crowns. Otherwise, the final restorations will not only be unhealthy, but the overall appearance of the smile will suffer. The most attractive porcelain veneer won’t look its best if it’s framed with diseased, red or bleeding gums.

Tips for Patients Seeking to Rejuvenate Their Smiles • Before their appointment, patients should make notes on what they would like to see in their smiles and then review them with their dental team. • Patients shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, especially whether or not the concept would be the right choice for their new smiles. • Patients should bring celebrity pictures or photos of themselves at younger ages that demonstrate smiles they desire. • Being open to all possibilities is important – experienced cosmetic dentists usually have several treatment alternatives to

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Southern Charm & Big Business The film & television industries bring billions to Georgia


ere in the South, we brand everything with that certain Southern charm and finesse that is uniquely ours! It’s seductive and powerful and has gained the attention of one of the most glamorous and profitable industries in

the country. Personally, I have always been very proud of the immense success of Ted Turner’s creation of CNN, and specifically the fact that this international news network was headquartered here in Atlanta! Each time our city and state have achieved a nationwide “best,” such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the biggest airport in the country, or a Georgia governor being elected president of the United States, I have enjoyed our Southern success. Having grown up in Atlanta, a small, sleepy Southern city, I never imagined the growth or international significance our fair little town would achieve. Before CNN, the Georgia Film Commission was formed, attracting major Hollywood stars to Georgia, beginning with the “Smokey and the Bandit” films. This was exciting news back in the late 1970s, but I never guessed that this was the beginning of a trend to film in Georgia, which would literally over the next few decades bring hundreds of billions of dollars into our state’s economy! We’re not a sleepy little Southern town any more! Grady Health Foundation proudly presents the third annual White Coat Grady Gala on March 16 at the Georgia Aquarium. Come out and show your support for this evening of celebration that honors some of Atlanta’s outstanding physicians and philanthropists. The legendary Tony Conway has transformed a 200-yearold antebellum home into a world-class events facility called The Estate. Sitting pretty in the heart of Buckhead, the mansion and grounds capture the grandeur of the Old South

and is a source of pride to the city! This is a stellar venue for social events, weddings and moments in between. The charm and melodic history of another iconic Southern city is featured as we visit Nashville, Tennessee. Known as the birthplace of country music, it is now a vacation-worthy venue, rich with entertaining history. On the subject of dogs, we cover the gamut – from training them with the guru of puppies, Uncle Mikey, to saying goodbye when we lose them. Dr. Karin Smithson offers comfort, compassion and wisdom on the loss of a furry loved one. Topping off this edition are Monica Pearson’s thoughts on spring fever, fabulous fashions and the most delectable dining guide in the South. So join us and enjoy the spring 2013 issue.

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Congrats on the success of Southern Seasons! I just read your Holiday issue cover to cover, and the magazine keeps getting better and better. Monica Pearson and Karin Smithson are a great addition! lucy crosswell, atlanta, kpk and company

Wow! What a great cover photo of Dr. Karin Smithson.

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a showcase for all good things in our community. Thank you for your support. I want to thank you for supporting NBAF. We will celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2013 because of the thousands of people like you who have supported us over the past two and a half decades. We appreciate everyone who has given their time, talent, money and encouragement. Thank you! Dr. Michael Simanga, Executive Director,


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I love all of the strong, talented women on the cover. Bravo! Continued success and best wishes!

Thank you Southern Seasons Magazine for featuring the “Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde...Life Stories About Food” in the winter issue!

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Southern Seasons Magazine is a showcase for all of the good things in our community. Thank you for your support. barbara guillaume, atlanta regional consultant, brunk auctions

Martha absolutely loves the cover and story – thank you so much for putting together such a lovely piece! We are all thrilled. JENNY Bernholz, SENIOR PR Manager, Martha

Thank you very much for sponsoring the Arthritis Foundation’s Crystal Ball. We cannot begin to express how much we cherish your support and generosity, which allows us to offer our programs and services to the more than 1.6 million Georgians, including 9,200 children, living with arthritis. MARGAUX ESPY, SR. DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, GA; ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION, SOUTHEAST REGION

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Southern Seasons is a visual and editorial delight. It can be a challenge these days to find time to relax and read, but it was easy for me to sit down with your beautiful spring issue and enjoy the luscious photos and stories on the Titanic auction and “London Calling,” and browse through the calendar items – several of which I have already marked. Congratulations to you and your staff for a great issue. Peggy J. Shaw, PR Director, HOLY INNOCENTS’ EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

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Thank you for your article on Ted Turner [in the Fall 2012 issue]. After reading the article on “My Beverly Hills Kitchen,” I bought the book and love it. You are doing a great job. SYLVIA MACDONALD, CHARLESTON, S.C.

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 EDITOR’S NOTE: tony conway hosted a SPECTACULAR holiday launch party for southern seasons magazine at the estate, his beautiful new buckhead events venue. Here are just a few of the party raves:

Beautiful, delicious, fabulous, festive and fun! We were very grateful to be included at your party. debbi k. scarborough, founding director, cumberland academy of georgia

Last evening’s event was fabulous! Job well done! dawn jackson, directoR OF MARKETING, imagix dentaL

We had such a fabulous evening seeing Tony’s magnificent Estate on Piedmont, visiting with your incredible guests and enjoying the great food and beverage! It was perfection. And very special that my long time treasured friend, Valery Voyles, was your cover story! You do such a great job with the magazine! MARTHA JO KATZ, marietta event site selection consultant


















From the moment we pulled up to the venue, I could feel the holiday spirit. The house looked like it had been lifted from the French Quarter of New Orleans from the turn of the last century. And things only got better from there. GAIL O’NEILL, SOUTHERN SEASONS COLUMNIST

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Film Industry

Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake came to Georgia to film “Trouble with the Curve.”


of the South

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$3.1 BILLION. Pretty staggering. This tidy little sum makes up the total economic impact of the 333 feature films, TV movies, TV series, commercials and music videos that filmed in Georgia in 2012.


speciaL contributor Susan G. Reid jobs for the people who live here. And that number doesn’t include all of the additional filming needs, from hair and makeup to catering, construction and security. There is no question that Georgia’s rise to the top five most filmed states is largely due to the amazing tax incentive program introduced in 2002, followed by the enticing Entertainment Industry Investment Act, signed into law in 2005 by then Gov. Sonny Perdue. However, the “Hollywood of the South” label has been in development over several decades. In fact, the entertainment infrastructure began its development more than 50 years ago as a number of production companies, casting directors and talent agencies got underway. One such agency is still in operation today: Atlanta Models & Talent, Inc. The strength of the agency, its reputation and success is largely due to the talents and forward thinking of

photo by Tom Fahey; make-Up: Jaye Pniewski.

he Georgia Department of Economic Development’s “Year in Review” reports that $879.8 million alone was invested in the state of Georgia by Hollywood studios, production companies and independent producers in 2012. This marks a 29 percent increase over fiscal year 2011. This number also represents the reason that you may run into Robert DeNiro at a local watering hole watching a Falcons football game or see Vince Vaughn at Sister Louisa’s Church playing a game of ping pong. No reason to head to L.A. for a celebrity sighting. Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman – it’s easy to rub elbows with the biggest names in Hollywood right here in Atlanta. Star power aside, the film and television industry in Georgia provides more than 25,000 production-related

Established in 1959, AMT Agency plays a leading role in booking actors from Georgia and around the Southeast in major motion pictures, as well as TV and cable shows. With new offices in Buckhead, the talent agency celebrates its success over lunch at Anis Café & Bistro. Pictured: Susan Fronsoe (co-owner), Ashton Williams, Haley Kask, Susan G. Reid, Sarah Carpenter (co-owner), and Keela Starr.


Justin Timberlake and Clint Eastwood in a scene from “Trouble with the curve.”

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a few remarkable women. Originally purchased in 1959 as a small modeling agency by Beverly Copen for $1, AMT Agency has developed into a full-scale talent agency representing the best and brightest talent in the Southeast. In 2011, Susan Fronsoe and Sarah Carpenter bought the agency from long-time owner Kathy Hardegree – the only agent in Georgia to date to receive the honor of SAG agent of the month (September 2010). The agency now includes five divisions: TV/film, modeling, voice over, commercial/industrial and conventions. It’s the primary reason that the most successful casting directors in town call Susan and Sarah when Clint Eastwood and Denzel Washington come into town.

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Filming locations for “Trouble with the Curve,” shot last year in Georgia, included Georgia Tech, Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland neighborhood, Turner Field, Luther Williams Field in Macon, Amicalola Lodge in Dawsonville, the baseball fields at Young Harris College and Dunwoody High School, College Avenue and Clayton Street in Athens, and Jasper.

Amicalola Lodge in Dawsonville was the backdrop for several scenes in “Trouble with the Curve,” including this one with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams. The production company spent thousands of dollars remodeling the 55-year-old motel with new fixtures, ceilings, carpet, a canopy and a patio, according to Pravin Patel, owner of the motel that’s located on Ga. 53 west of downtown. “They’ve spent a lot of money here. I’m so proud,” Patel told the Gainesville Times. “The directors and producers, they told me of all the places they’ve filmed, here in Dawsonville is their favorite.”

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Above: Cuba Gooding Jr. and AMT Agency talent Lynn Cole were in Atlanta for a Hallmark Hall of Fame project called “Firelight.” Scenes were filmed at Patterson Dairy Farm and a home in the Bear Creek subdivision in Douglas County. Below: AMT Agency talent Ralph Ruiz and Dwayne Johnson brought their fancy footwork to town for the final phase of filming of “Fast Five” in Atlanta, where a defunct train yard was transformed, over a period of several months, into an abandoned auto plant used by the protagonists as their headquarters. A car party in the movie was filmed near the Georgia Dome. Below right: Wanda Sykes and AMT Agency talent Jenna Kanell are among the celebrities who have made guest appearances on Lifetime’s popular series “Drop Dead Diva,” which films in Peachtree City and Senoia.


“We are thrilled by the growth of the film and movie industry, and continued tax incentives that draw big budget films to our area,” said Susan Fronsoe. “Our mission is to provide unparalleled talent, relying on our proven reputation and wide range of options. We are one of the few fully franchised agencies as members of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.” The agency’s featured talent in recent projects includes the major motion pictures “The Hunger Games,” “Trouble with the Curve,” “Parental Guidance” and “Flight,” as well as TV/cable shows “Homeland” (a four-time Emmy Award winner), “Revolution,” “Nashville,” “The Walking Dead” and “Army Wives.” Support of the industry in the state of Georgia is strong, and we need to keep those dollars here. Other states like North Carolina and Louisiana are on the move to offer tax packages that rival that of Georgia. As long as support continues, the talent and revenue will remain here, and Georgia can hold on to the coveted title as leader of “Hollywood of the South” – and all the notable perks that come with it.

More than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been produced in Georgia since 1972. Included among them are “Footloose” (2011), “The Walking Dead,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Fast Five,” “Drop Dead Diva,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “The Blind Side,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Forrest Gump,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Zombieland,” “Glory,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “We Are Marshall.”

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Above right: Sandra Bullock, pictured with Ryan Reynolds, took home an Academy Award for Best Actress for her starring role in “The Blind Side” in 2009. Filming for the school scenes took place at Atlanta International School and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, featuring many of their students as extras. Reynolds was in town a couple of years later, filming “The Change-Up,” which was both set and shot in Atlanta (from October 2010 to January 2011). Open castings were held at Turner Field and other city venues. Several of the bar scenes were shot on location at Joe’s on Juniper, in midtown Atlanta. Right: Grammy Award-winning music artist and actor Tim McGraw starred opposite Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side.” Below: Covington, Ga., doubles as the fictional small town of Mystic Falls, Va., in The CW’s hit TV series “The Vampire Diaries,” co-starring Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. The main vampire lair was originally the Candler Mansion “Glenridge Hall” in Sandy Springs. Because the location was used so often, the interior of the home was recreated on the show’s sound stages in Decatur.

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Below right: Reese Witherspoon headed to Georgia for her starring role in “Sweet Home Alabama,” which included scenes shot at the historic landmark Oak Hill at Berry College in Mount Berry (The Carmichael Plantation), the streets and storefronts of Crawfordville (the backdrop for the Catfish Festival and other downtown scenes), Starr’s Mill in Fayette County (the glassblowing shop), and Wynn’s Pond in Sharpsburg (where Jake lands his plane).

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Above: Tom Hanks, pictured with his wife Rita Wilson, filmed several scenes from “Forrest Gump” in Savannah in 1994, including the narration of his life’s story on a bus stop bench in Chippewa Square and a press interview on West Bay Street. Hanks won his second Best Actor Academy Award for his role in the movie, which scored five other Academy Awards as well.

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Behind the Scenes SHAYR GUTHRIE

Gearing up for his second movie, director Jeff Fisher talks about the perks of filming in Georgia JEFF FISHER


I moved to Los Angeles right after film school, where I worked at International Creative Management [a talent agency that represented Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere and Mel Gibson in the ’90s] and Columbia/Tri-Star pictures as an assistant while making short films. I eventually worked my way up to directing television and eventually my first feature, “Killer Movie,” which stars Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl,” Paul Wesley of “The Vampire Diaries” and Kaley Cuoco of “The Big Bang Theory.” It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. I moved to Atlanta in 2009 because of the excellent production incentives, and I am very excited to be shooting my second feature, “Cloud Nine,” in Atlanta this summer.

number. They understood that not only were they growing jobs for their state, but also that a crew would be spending money on and off the set. And, let’s face it, seeing a movie that’s shot in Atlanta doesn’t hurt tourism either. I just saw “Parental Guidance” and thought it did a fantastic job in showing some of the great locations. If I didn’t know Atlanta before, seeing it on the big screen in


“Cloud Nine” is a romantic comedy that’s based on a short musical film I made years ago. It’s kind of a cross between “The Proposal” and “Bewitched” with a little “Grease” in the mix, if you can imagine. It’s a big, fun romantic comedy.

Atlanta got on my radar around 2006. A friend of mine from high school happened to be working with the film division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, trying to attract shooting to Georgia. She set up a dinner with Lee Thomas and Greg Torre from the film office and I was so impressed with how organized they were and how aggressive they were about attracting production to the state. They had unions like IATSE on board and were actively courting producers in a way that seemed more effective than other states. Lee actually brought me and two friends down to Atlanta. My friends produced movies for Disney and their niche was shooting in heavily incentivized locations, which at the time included Louisiana, Canada and South Africa. They would shoot as many as five projects back-to-back in these places, building crew bases as they moved forward. I was so impressed with the questions Lee was asking – they were trying to find the “strike point” that would make a producer actually pull the trigger and shoot here and seemed willing to meet that 26

PICTURED AT THE “Killer Movie” premiere at THE Tribeca Film Festival ARE Jeff Fisher, Leighton Meester, Torrey Devitto AND Paul Wesley.



the movies that have rolled out over the past few years would definitely make me want to visit. The more sharp production people I met in Atlanta, the more I was convinced this was the perfect location for our film. WHAT MAKES GEORGIA DIFFERENT THAN OTHER STATES WITH TAX INCENTIVES?

Well, the first thing – and the thing I rarely hear people talk about – is the crew base that Atlanta has built over the past three years. If I go to a state that has incentives but I have to travel in my entire crew, the savings isn’t as substantial. But with all of the television shows and big budget features that have shot here since 2008, there’s a crew with impressive credits in every department from gaffer to grip to first assistant camera to costumer. If you have an AC that just shot Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz or Jennifer Aniston, chances are your director of photography will be happy to work with them. That’s a crew member you can hire locally, which is a big additional savings – that means local jobs. That starts translating to every department from wardrobe to locations to production design. The other thing is all that Atlanta has to offer – the restaurants, hotels, shopping. Film crews like to eat, drink and shop well in their limited time off. No offense to a city like Shreveport, where I’ve been sent to shoot because of their tax incentive, but it just doesn’t have as much to offer as Atlanta.



It’s a no-brainer: If you can put your crew up at the W – a place where they can walk to restaurants and shopping – and make it fit in your budget, you’ve got a much happier crew, which makes for, in my opinion, a happier set and better movie. I can only imagine this is what Vancouver was like 25 years ago – it’s a production boom town and I really credit Lee Thomas, Bill Thompson and Greg Torre with the GDEcD film office for helping to make it happen. They were really smart about it. I know they had partners in this from the local film community that had a huge impact as well. DO YOU SEE ATLANTA CONTINUING TO BE A MAJOR FORCE IN THE FILM INDUSTRY?

I absolutely see Atlanta continuing to be a major player. As long as the tax credits stay in effect, it just makes good sense for everyone. Producers get a production-friendly city with great locations, crew housing and access to cutting-edge equipment – not to mention a crew base that keeps growing. Georgia gets a huge revenue from shows that film in town – every business, from your neighborhood dry cleaners to cleaning crews to potential locations, reaps the reward. And don’t underestimate how much the cast and crew spend of their personal money when they’re off. Most crew members I know spend their per diem at restaurants and stores on location. It’s another boon to the economy. Georgia is smart to be getting that money!

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Ed Voyles Automotive Group rewards Cobb County and Marietta City Teachers of the Year with new vehicles

Teacher of the Year recipients pictured at the Cobb Galleria Centre with their cars and the Ed Voyles Automotive Group management team. FRONT ROW (L-R) Drew Tutton, Chrysler store GM; Beth Morgan, Lassiter High School teacher; David DuBose, Marietta High School teacher; Carolyn Davis, Riverside Intermediate teacher; Dr. Richard Kaht, Dickerson Middle School teacher. Back row: Pete Richards, Honda store GM; Jeff Elliott, Hyundai/Kia store GM; Valery VOYLES, voyles automotive CEO/CHAIR; bill Brantley, voyles automotive PRESIDENT/COO.


he prestige of wheeling around town in a brand new car is now an official job perk for four dedicated teachers in Cobb County and Marietta City schools, thanks to the generosity of Ed Voyles Automotive Group. As part of the Teacher of the Year program, this year’s award recipients Beth Morgan of Lassiter High School, David DuBose of Marietta High School, Carolyn Davis of Riverside Intermediate School, and Dr. Richard Kaht of Dickerson Middle School are driving to school in high style, with a free one-year lease on a new car of their choice from the Marietta-based company, which operates six dealerships in the metro area. “My father believed in giving back to the community, and education was always of the upmost importance to him,” said Valery Voyles, CEO/Chairman of the Ed Voyles Automotive Group. “We hope this gives the teachers an extra spark.”

Now in its 24th year, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher of the Year program honors the teachers who have won the admiration and respect of students, parents and their peers. Voyles Automotive Group teamed up with the Chamber in 2007 in a unique partnership that provides teachers with a very tangible reward for their commitment to excellence in education. Even more impressive, if any of these four local teachers win the title of “Georgia Teacher of The Year” in the state competition, that teacher will be given their automobile free of any charge after the one-year lease. “Our teachers should be rewarded for their excellence, that’s why Ed Voyles Automotive Group is proud to be a partner of this program,” said Bill Brantley, President/COO of Voyles Automotive. “The school systems we are working with are so incredible. We look forward to providing this incentive for years to come.” Southern Seasons Magazine


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School Profiles ATLANTA COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL Atlanta Country Day School provides a college preparatory program for those students with average to extremely above average abilities who seek a comfortable, individualized and small group environment in order to achieve success. Instructional programs include SAT prep, note taking skills, organizational skills as well as study skills to help students learn to use the textbook as a teaching tool. Grades 7-12 (group or individualized.)

BRANDON HALL Brandon Hall is a 53-year-old college preparatory school for boarding and day students. A national model in research-based education, the school offers small classes, tutoring and learning methodologies to fit every child – all within the framework of rigorous academic studies, an active sports program, and a caring, diverse and international campus community. Head of School: Dr. John L. Singleton Grades: 5-12. Enrollment: 160. SSPC Member.

COTTAGE SCHOOL Founded in 1985, The Cottage School provides excellence in education tailored to the needs of individual students. Located in North Fulton County, TCS serves students in grades 6th through 12th. Accredited by SAIS/SACS and GAC, the school offers individualized instruction for varying learning styles and skills. With a teacher-student ratio of 10-1, TCS stresses academic success by capitalizing on student strengths while improving weak areas. The school meets Georgia graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements.

CUMBERLAND ACADEMY Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of children with highfunctioning autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD. Fully accredited, Cumberland Academy is a private, non-profit, independent school for students in grades 4 -12 who have difficulty succeeding in a traditional school setting. The mission of the academy is to provide a safe, supportive, educational environment in partnership with faculty, staff, students and parents. The Cumberland family embraces the uniqueness of every child by challenging and inspiring them to reach their full potential. The academic and social curriculum encourages the development of life skills essential in becoming independent and self-sufficient adults.

RIVERSIDE military ACADEMY For over 105 years Riverside Military Academy has remained the preeminent military, college preparatory school in the nation, educating young men grades 7-12. At the heart of Riverside’s commitment to each cadet’s well-rounded personal growth is positive character development. Character development extends beyond building and exercising leadership skills. In educating and developing men of character, the school teaches time-honored values that promote social responsibility, good citizenship and personal integrity. Located in Gainesville, Riverside is accredited by SACS, SAIS, TABS, CASE and NAIS. Tuition: Boarding Students, $28,600; Day Students: $17,150. 30

ATLANTA independent SCHOOLS – ACADEMIC Alpharetta International Academy 4772 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770/475-0558. Arlington Christian School 4500 Ridge Road, Fairburn. 770/964-9871. Atlanta Academy (The) 85 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/252-9555. Atlanta Classical Christian Academy 3110 Sports Ave. SE, Smyrna. 770/874-8885. Atlanta Country Day School 8725 Dunwoody Place, Suite 2 Atlanta, GA 30350 770/998-0311. Atlanta International School 2890 North Fulton Dr., Atlanta. 404/841-3840. Atlanta School (The) 1015 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/688-9550. Blessed Trinity Catholic High School 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 678/277-9083. Brandon Hall School 1701 Brandon Hall Dr., Atlanta. 770/394-8177. Carmen Adventist School 1330 North Cobb Pkwy., Marietta. 770/424-0606. Cambridge Academy 2780 Flat Shoals Road, Decatur. 404/241-1321. Christ the King School 46 Peachtree Way, Atlanta. 404/233-0383. Cobb County Christian School 545 Lorene Dr., Marietta. 770/434-1320. Cottage School (The) 770 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/641-8688. Covenant Christian School 3130 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 770/435-1596. Covered Bridge Academy 488 Hurt Road, Smyrna. 770/801-8292. Cumberland Christian Academy 2356 Clay Road, Austell. 770/819-6443. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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All students are taught to treat each other with respect and to have self-respect.

The Ultimate Prep School Atlanta Country Day School offers a unique education with branch campuses in California.


uch like students, private schools come in all sizes and shapes. Since 1977, Atlanta Country Day School (ACDS) in Sandy Springs has been providing a unique college preparatory educational experience for students in grades seven through twelve. Small classes and a four-day school week (Monday-Thursday) are hallmarks of the day school, which also boasts a professional-level music program. No uniforms and great food add to the comfortable atmosphere. Enrollment in ACDS, which is accredited with quality by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is limited to 50 students, with the average class size being four to six students. While the school does not offer an athletic program, it has been home to a number of fine athletes over the years, participating in sports ranging from ice skating, golf and gymnastics to football, baseball and basketball. Meeting all NCAA requirements, many ACDS students have gone on to receive college scholarships. Janan Goodner Cohen, affectionately called “Ms. Jan” by the students, founded the school in the basement of her Sandy Springs home. Tutoring the neighborhood children in the afternoons quickly turned into a full-time school. “We let the students be who they are. We don’t try to change them. We don’t care if they want to wear a baseball cap in class. We concern ourselves with what is going on inside their heads, not what is on their heads,”


she said. “Faculty, students and staff are all on a first name basis. It is very much like a work place setting. As a result we don’t have a constant battle with our students over trivial issues. We make our issue education. Everything else seems to just fall into place. The students are happy, the faculty and staff are pleased, and the parents are thrilled.” Atlanta Country Day School offers a variety of services in addition to the Day School program on its Sandy Springs campus. The school provides afternoon, evening and weekend tutorial services to students who may attend other schools. Summer School and Extended Day Courses are available to students who may wish to make up a class, get ahead or take a subject not offered at their school. ACDS has no problem thinking outside the box. Creating interesting and custom programs is the norm, not the exception. ACDS’s Traveling Celebrity Program is perfectly tailored for students whose work or travel schedules and/or celebrity status precludes their regular attendance. The school provides a full-time teacher for each individual or group in this program, customizing the schedule and bringing the instruction to the student. With branch campuses in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills, California, ACDS literally sends its staff all over the world to provide quality educational opportunities to these individuals. At Atlanta Country Day School all students are taught to treat each other with respect and to have self-respect. No one receives special treatment, but everyone is special.

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“Today, there is a sparkle in his eye that didn’t come from performance on the soccer field, basketball court, or any of the outdoor activities that he loves. It comes from accomplishing something that just a few short years ago seemed impossible to achieve.” Grades 6-12 • Accredited by SACS, SAIS, GAC Information Session/Tour Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. RSVP: 770/641-8688

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Excellence in Education Tailored to the Needs of Individual Students Since 1985

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College prep and vocational programs are designed for grades 4th - 12th and postgraduate students with highfunctioning Autism, Asperger’s, LD, ADD and ADHD. • SACS & GAC Accredited • SB10 Approved • Open Enrollment • Social Skills • Robotics, Drama, Chess • Athletic Programs • Low Student-Teacher Ratio

Open House: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 2 p.m. Summer Camps begin June 17

650 Mt. Vernon Highway, NE Atlanta, GA 30328 • (404) 835-9000

They didn’t go for status quo!

Campus Open House April 19 For 105 years Riverside Military Academy has produced young men of purpose, integrity, and character who “seek something greater” than their current educational experience. We empower our cadets to unlock their potential through a program of academic excellence, character development, social skills, and leadership training within a structured environment.             800.462.2338              Gainesville, Georgia  Southern Seasons Magazine



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ATLANTA independent SCHOOLS – ACADEMIC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 Davis Academy (The) 8105 Roberts Dr., Atlanta. 770/671-0085.

First Montessori School of Atl. 5750 Long Island Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404/252-3910.

Lovett School (The) 4075 Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta. 404/262-3032.

Dominion Christian High School 4607 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta. 770/578-8150.

Galloway School (The) 215 West Wieuca Road NW, Atlanta. 404/252-8389.

Marist School 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770/457-7201.

Donnellan School (The) 4820 Long Island Dr., Atlanta. 404/255-0900.

Greenfield Hebrew Academy 5200 Northland Dr., Atlanta. 404/843-9900.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/971-0245.

East Cobb Christian School 4616 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. 770/565-0881.

Heiskell School (The) 3260 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404/262-2233.

Mt. Paran Christian School 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw. 770/578-0182.

Eastside Christian School 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/971-2332.

Heritage Prep. School of Georgia 1700 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta. 404/815-7711.

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/252-3448.

High Meadows School 1055 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/993-2940.

North Cobb Christian School 4500 Lakeview Dr., Kennesaw. 770/975-0252.

Epstein School (The) 335 Colewood Way NW, Atlanta. 404/250-5600. Faith Lutheran School 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 770/973-8921. Fellowship Christian School 10965 Woodstock Road, Roswell. 770/992-4975. First Baptist Christian School 2958 North Main St., Kennesaw. 770/422-3254.


Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School 805 Mount Vernon Hwy., Atlanta. 404/255-4026. Holy Spirit Preparatory School 4449 Northside Dr., Atlanta. 678/904-2811. Landmark Christian School 50 East Broad St., Fairburn. 770/306-0647.

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School 861 Hwy. 279, Fayetteville. 770/461-2202. Pace Academy 966 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-1345. Paideia School (The) 1509 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 404/377-3491.

Riverside Military Academy 2001 Riverside Dr., Gainesville. 770/538-2938. 800/GO-CADET. Roswell Street Baptist Christian School 774 Roswell St., Marietta. 770/424-9824. Shiloh Hills Christian School 260 Hawkins Store Road NE, Kennesaw. 770/926-7729. Shreiner Academy 1340 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta. 770/953-1340. St. Francis Schools 9375 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/641-8257. 13440 Cogburn Road, Alpharetta. 678/339-9989. St. John the Evangelist 240 Arnold St., Hapeville. 404/767-4312. St. Joseph School 81 Lacy St., Marietta. 770/428-3328. St. Martin’s Episcopal School 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 404/237-4260.

ATLANTA independent SCHOOLS – special needs Atlanta Speech School 3160 Northside Pkwy. NW, Atlanta. 404/233-5332.

Howard School (The) 1192 Foster St. NW, Atlanta. 404/377-7436.

Bedford School (The) 5665 Milam Road, Fairburn. 770/774-8001.

Jacob’s Ladder Center 407 Hardscrabble Road, Roswell. 770/998-1017.

Brookwood Christian School 4728 Wood St., Acworth. 678/401-5855.

Joseph Sams School 280 Brandywine Blvd., Fayetteville. 770/461-5894.

282 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta. 404/252-2591. Sophia Academy 1199 Mt. Vernon Road, Atlanta. 404/303-8722. Swift School (The) 300 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell. 678/205-4988.

Center Academy 3499 South Cobb Dr., Smyrna. 770/333-1616. Cumberland Academy of GA 650 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE, Atlanta. 404/835-9000. The Elaine Clark Center 5130 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee. 770/458-3251.

Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road, Alpharetta. 770/3601336. Porter Academy 200 Cox Road, Roswell. 770/594-1313. Schenck School (The)

Trinity School 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/231-8100. Walker School (The) 700 Cobb Pkwy. N, Marietta. 770/427-2689. Wesleyan School 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners. 770/448-7640.

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Westminster Schools (The) 1424 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/355-8673. Whitefield Academy 1 Whitefield Dr., Mableton. 678/305-3000. Woodward Academy 1662 Rugby Ave., College Park. 404/765-4000. Yeshiva Atlanta High School 3130 Raymond Dr., Atlanta. 770/451-5299. Youth Christian School 4967 Brownsville Road, Powder Springs. 770/943-1394.


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The Power is Yours

By Laura Turner Seydel

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Earth Day

Spring is here! On April 22 we’ll all get together to celebrate the 44th Earth Day.


arth Day started as a movement, a series of protests and demonstrations across the nation in 1970. The efforts of Earth Day organizers have helped bring the environment to the forefront of American life, and now the annual event keeps us talking about the lifesaving changes we need to make to keep ourselves and future generations healthy. The ancient Greeks celebrated spring as the return of the goddess Demeter’s daughter, and that image serves as a reminder of how integral protecting our environment is to protecting our children. Earth Day is a great opportunity not only to take a stand against the egregious chemicals we are exposing our children to, but also to teach kids about the environment, so they can become responsible stewards. According to a study by the Environmental Protection Laura Turner Seydel with kids and the world’s first eco-superhero Captain Planet at the Chattahoochee Nature Center for Earth Days Kids Fest.


Agency, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. And children spend 8-10 hours every day in front of some type of screen. In 2013, we should all try to get our kids outdoors more. Kids spend so much time indoors playing videos games, but research shows that interaction with the natural environment plays an important role in children’s development, including building problem solving and critical thinking skills, as well as fostering creativity. I call on all adults to take kids hiking and camping or just plain encourage them to spend unstructured time outdoors. Go! Explore! Several of the Earth Day events around Atlanta have kidfriendly activities, with many ways to get the kids out into nature. The Captain Planet Foundation and the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell have teamed up again for the 11th

Volunteers cleaned up over 3.21 tons of materials at last year’s Sweep The Hooch event.

annual Earth Day Kids Fest, scheduled for April 13 at the Nature Center. The event will have music, games, arts and crafts exhibits, and of course Captain Planet, the world’s only eco-superhero, will be hanging out. I always have a wonderful time at this event, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get the kids outside and interacting with animals and nature. The day will offer a fantastic array of “edutainment” to engage and entertain families. Laughing Pizza will bring its power-packed musical performance on stage. And things will get a little wild with live native animal presentations by CNC! You’ll always enjoy the face painting and canoe paddling on the pond, but don’t be surprised to see some new famous faces. A green Eco-Village marketplace will provide guests a place to peruse an array of earth-friendly household goods and ideas to green both homes and businesses. If you want to have a good time supporting a great cause, I recommend the 19th Annual Hoochie for the Nature Conservancy of Georgia on April 19 at the Tophat Fields in Buckhead. The Hoochie has raised more than $3 million for conservation in Georgia. The casual evening features gourmet cuisine, live music, nature-related exhibits and a silent auction. This organization works hard all across the state to preserve some 317,000 acres, care for our rivers, and protect our coast. There are other innovative ways to involve children and do a little honest work on your own, too. Trees Atlanta ( organizes neighborhood tree plantings all over the city. The organization is also working to build the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, a live, growing, free green museum that will run along all 22 miles of the BeltLine. If you’d rather spend a day splashing around, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is hosting the third annual Sweep the Hooch, a volunteer opportunity to clean up

tons of mostly plastic and other trash from inside the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, on April 13. At last year’s event, volunteers collected 3.21 tons of materials. And EarthShare of Georgia has several great events planned, including the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast on April 19 at the Georgia Aquarium. This event brings together business and environmental leaders to focus on ways to improve our community. But really, Earth Day is just one day out of the year. It’s important to recognize the importance of making Earth Day every day and protect and restore the ecosystems that are our life support – our water, air, land, food and biodiversity. Former Atlanta Falcon player Ovie Mughelli on stage during the Earth Day Kids Fest.

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Celebrate Earth Day in Georgia Here are my recommendations for Earth Day events around the state. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s third annual Sweep the Hooch event on April 13 places volunteers at 21 sites along a 48-mile stretch inside the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to help clean up the trash that collects in our life-giving river. sweep-the-hooch.php White clover provides bees with good sources of pollen and nectar.

I challenge you to grow a chemicalfree yard in 2013. Most of the time, if you’re following the elemental rules of gardening basics, you won’t need to expose yourself, your family, and the Earth to all the chemicals out there that claim the grass will be greener on their side. Paul Tukey, whose organization works to combat the use of synthetic chemicals in lawn and garden care, has some great recommendations for getting a green landscape without using the egregious chemicals and fertilizers that can have a negative impact on our aquatic systems and the critters that share our yards. Don’t forget that our children and pets play in those yards, too, and exposing them to these chemicals can have unintended long-term effects. One easy lawn saver is to leave the clippings behind after you mow, a process known as grasscycling. The clippings disappear into your lawn in

a day or two, and it provides half your lawn’s fertilizer needs for the season. Another idea is to leave the clover in your yard. Clover is the favorite flowers of bees. I actually seed my yard with two types of clover, because I keep a beehive and want to make sure they have enough pesticide-free food. Plus, my family and I love clover honey! One out of every three bites of food from your dinner plate was made possible by the pollination of honeybees. Some crops, such as almonds, are 100% dependent on honeybees to produce. These insects are an essential part of the systems that produce our food, but they’re threatened the world over. To learn more about this crisis, visit Help the Honey Bees (helpthehoneybees. com), The Pollinator Partnership (, or the Xerces Society ( Clover also puts vital nitrogen back into your soil, keeping your whole yard healthy, lush and green. And it softens the hard grass, making it more comfortable on bare feet. As the flowers blossom and birds sing, celebrate this beautiful planet by attending events, getting your children out into nature, and growing your own flowers and foods. And as you’re celebrating, join my family and me in making a promise to do all you can to protect our God-given Garden of Eden – and our children’s health. visit for more living well tips.

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Earth Day Kids Fest on April 13, sponsored by the Captain Planet Foundation and Chattahoochee Nature Center, is a kidscentered day of fun and service with music, food and games. EarthShare of Georgia has several events planned around Earth Day. This organization raises funds through employee giving for more than 60 environmental member organizations dedicated to conserving and protecting our air, land and water. The Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 6 provides volunteer opportunities for employees of Earth Day event sponsors at specially selected environmental improvement project sites across Metro Atlanta and beyond. The Earth Day Leadership Breakfast will be held April 19 at the Georgia Aquarium with keynote speaker Bea Perez, Corporate Sustainability Officer for The Coca-Cola Company. The Earth Day Party on April 25 is a celebration that includes food, music and an Eco-silent auction. This event will be held at the King Plow Arts Center, a renovated historic building, once home to the King Plow Company. The 19th Annual Hoochie on April 19 is a casual event with games, entertainment, and eco-friendly cuisine. regions/northamerica/ unitedstates/georgia/19th-annualhoochie.xml.

Monica Matters

by monica pearson

Spring into


about new young friends: don’t give advice unless you are asked. They don’t need another parent, and it takes the coolness factor out of the equation. You are as old as you feel and look, so be age appropriate in your clothing. I know you need a closet update, so get one as part of your spring resolution/revolution. Size doesn’t matter, fit does. Put a little diversity into your life. For example, take a Spanish language course, then learn to salsa and join a salsa club. Instead of outsinging the choir while in your church pew, join the choir. How about voice lessons? Audition for a community theatre role or plan a concert for friends only, with dinner at your home. Plant a garden and literally enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labor and share with friends and family. Reach out to grow up. Lastly, shake off negative thoughts about yourself. Just because somebody way back when told you that you weren’t pretty, or weren’t smart, or whatever, doesn’t mean it is true. Exorcise that demon. Write the negative thought on a piece of paper with the name of the person who said it. Burn the paper and bury it in the backyard. The thought is dead to you now. Shake off other people’s definition of who you are. Slip into who you know you really are but are afraid to be. When you wake up in the morning, pronounce that the day will be “glorious,” rather than predicting awful traffic and a rough day. Tell yourself, while looking in the mirror, “Whatever comes my way today I can handle it, because I am equipped, unique and a gift to the world. And I love myself.” You can even add a list of things you love about yourself from your smile to the badonkadonk (ample derriere). Somehow it is hard to say, “I love me.” But until you can say it loud and proud, fake it. If you tell yourself that enough, your brain finally will believe it. Plant that thought deep in your spirit and watch it grow, just like everything else in spring. Promise me, no falling back on old ways. Now is the time to spring into action! Angela Murray Morris/


t is amazing what we remember from our childhood. I can hear my mother’s voice, coaching me to “fall back and spring forward” when it was time to change the clocks for Daylight Saving Time. This is the time of year to “spring forward” one hour. It also signals the time to do spring housecleaning: washing and putting up winter clothes and bedding, letting the sunshine in with sparkling windows, airing out rooms and rugs, and waxing hardwood floors – to play homemade slip and slide in my socks. Everything inside should smell clean and fresh and inviting. Ahhhhhh. Outside seduces you to sneak out and lollygag in this new season: a kaleidoscope of purple crocus encroaching, under wispy white dogwoods and frothy cherry blossoms swaying, while dallying daffodils blanket a hillside, where rain-soaked fresh air cleanses everything and everybody. Take a deep breath. The late Chicago minister Virgil A. Kraft said it best, “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” Amen and thanks be to God! Spring then is a time for you to mirror what is happening in nature: change your colors, break out and grow. Spring has to be the reason and the season we celebrate graduations, weddings and Mother’s Day. All three are about new beginnings, giving birth to the next chapter of your life. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for Monica’s spring resolutions, resulting in a spring revolution. Let me plant some seeds in your life pot. All you have to do is expose yourself to sunshine (good people), fertilize (good thoughts), hydrate (good deeds), prune and weed when necessary, and I promise you will see a miracle grow in you. It is time to make new friends. I’m not saying get rid of the old ones (unless they are draining, but that is another column for another edition), just saying add some new younger ones. It will get you out of the rut you are in, especially when it comes to how you view the world. New ideas, new ways of thinking, just a different kind of conversation perk up the brain. One caveat

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floral finesse “Orchid Daze” at ABG

Special events are scheduled throughout the “Orchid Daze” exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Guided Exhibition Tours are at 1 PM Saturdays, through April 13. Orchid Market Weekends are March 9-10 and April 13-14, featuring live orchids from local growers, supplies, expert advice and orchid art. The Atlanta Orchid Society Show is from 9 AM-5 PM March 8-10, with hundreds of orchids on display and sale.

“Franke, Foltz & Friends,” on view April 25-May 10 at Huff Harrington Fine Art, features a scenic showcase of works by Atlanta artists Nancy Franke and Doug Foltz. Opening reception: 6-8 PM April 25. Pictured: Nancy Franke’s “Bright and Shiny,” 12 x 12, oil on canvas. 40

The prized posies at Atlanta Botanical Garden are taking an artistic turn at “Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty,” as the fanciful blooms are fantastically staged in a series of Daliesque vignettes for the annual show, on view now through April 14. The Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center, home to one of the country’s largest collection of species orchids, has been transformed into a funhouse gallery – complete with distorting mirrors, unexpected juxtapositions and eye-popping color. “Orchids are such intriguingly odd flowers, we want to celebrate their whimsical and playful personalities,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director. “What better way to showcase orchids than through the lens of surrealism?” Indeed, an orchid “rain” in pink and white descends from above. Umbrella clouds hover in mid-air, some pouring water droplets into splashing pools. Orchid-filled stilettos blossom from a “shoe tree” of faux fur-covered branches. Mirrored walls distort both flower and viewer, fusing the two into bizarre hybrid forms.

For a memorable dinner presentation, L’OBJET’s platinumplated orchid napkin jewels sparkle with Swarovski crystals. Set of 4, $150. Available at Kathryn Leach Home, Atlanta.

Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta Flower power will be in full bloom at the Southeastern Flower Show, presented by the Southeastern Horticultural Society on March 15-17 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Celebrating its 25th anniversary with the theme “What’s Old is New Again,” the show features fine antiques and magnificent gardens, a marketplace and bookstore, guest speakers, gardening and cooking demonstrations, flower arranging and children’s activities. Marvel at professionally designed Landscaped Gardens, along with spectacular entries in five judged divisions: Artistic Floral Design, Garden Design, Discovery, Horticulture and Photography.

Innovative Arrangements For 52 consecutive weeks, horticultural enthusiast Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a seasonal bouquet using only local ingredients. She gathered flowers, leaves, branches and seedpods from her own garden, from friends’ gardens, and from the meadows and fields of her favorite flower farms. The result: “Slow Flowers,” a beautifully photographed book celebrating each season’s unique character with fresh blooms, ornamental twigs, colorful foliage and other gifts from nature. “My goal is to inspire others to create personal bouquets with what’s at hand, if only they begin to see what’s around them with new eyes,” said Prinzing, who photographed each bouquet for the book, which offers step-bystep design instructions and an ingredient list.

n “slow flowers: four seasons of locally grown bouquets from the garden, meadoW and farm,” debra prinzing (st. lynn’s press). Southern Seasons Magazine




Raccoon Rib Necklace, ca. 1986‑1988. Gogo Ferguson, designer and maker. Raccoon ribs and black onyx, 9 x 10 x 1/2 inches. LEFT: Barnacle Ring, 2011, Sterling silver and lemon quartz, 11/16 x 15/16 x 3/8 inch. limpet shell ring, 2011, Sterling silver and London blue topaz, 3/4 x 1 x 11/8 inches. both rings Designed by Gogo Ferguson and Hannah Sayre-Thomas; Made by Vitor Toniolo, Abel Jacob and David Ciralsky. Photography by Peter Harholdt

Gogo jewelry at High Museum of Art


nspired by the natural beauty of Georgia’s Cumberland Island, where she makes her home as a fifth-generation resident, jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson has dazzled luminaries around the world with her eclectic creations. Her work can now be seen at the High Museum of Art, with the artist’s first museum exhibit, “Gogo: Nature Transformed,” on view through July 7. The captivating showcase features 63 pieces of jewelry and home wares, as well as a wall sculpture and ottoman created specifically for the High, and a commemorative scarf designed in collaboration with Nicole Miller. From the bones of animals to shells and seaweed washed ashore, nature provides the foundation for her wearable art. “For the most part you cannot improve on nature’s designs,” Gogo said. “My whole lifestyle is one of very simple living. I don’t need a lot. I think that’s what the island has taught me.”

Maine Sea Weed Cuff, 2008. Gogo Ferguson, designer; Julio Miguel Pérez Rodríguez, maker. Alpaca, 2 1/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 inches.


Small Spine Sea Urchin Cuff, 2009. Gogo Ferguson, designer; Julio Miguel Pérez Rodriguez, maker. Alpaca, 2 1/2 x 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 inches.

American Craft Council Atlanta Show A must-see gallery of creativity will be unleashed March 15-17 at the largest juried indoor craft show in the Southeast. The American Craft Council Atlanta Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre with a treasure trove of sparkling jewels and haute accessories, fantastic furnishings and home décor, and captivating objets d’art made by some of the country’s top craft artists. New to this year’s show, local interior designers will create stunning room settings inspired by individual craft pieces. Three more specialty categories – Holiday, The Great Outdoors, and Upscale (valued at $5k and up) – have been added to the line-up, which also includes Handmade Under $100, Greencraft, Local, Foodieware, Men’s Department and Bride-To-Be.

clockwise from top: glass butterfly bowl by Ann Alderson biba of Highland, Wis.; mixed media bird by James and Tori Mullan of Pompano Beach, Fla.; pottery bowl with guinea hens by elisabeth maurland of decorah, iowa; mixed media sheep by PJ Floyd of Atlanta.

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Alan avery art company

March 8-April 20 Sammy Peters, new work by the contemporary abstractionist who incorporates mixed media on his paintings. Opening: 7-10 PM March 8. 315 East Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-0370.


Through March 31 “Introductions:

New Artists,” featuring Jen Bradley, Paul Brigham, Sara Cole, Jules Cozine, Dorothy Goode, Bernd Haussmann, Melanie Parke and Margie Stewart. April 12-May 1 Barbara Flowers. Opening: 6-8:30 PM April 12 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/467-1200.

Art station galleries

Through March 2 “Branching Out Art,” Tom Chambers. “Quilting in the Heartland,” the Cotton Boll Quilters of Covington, GA. March 29-May 11 “Monsters Galore! by Sarah Kargol.” 5384 Manor Dr., St. Mtn. Tues.-Sat.

“THE SOUTH’S NEXT WAVE: DESIGN CHALLENGE” Museum of Design Atlanta – Through March 31 770/469-1105.

“Darkly Deeply Beautifully Blue” by Lisa Humphreys, Tim Brick, Chris Buxbaum, James Hoback, Milford Thomas, David Richardson, Tim Gotshall, Caryn Grossman.


Through April 14 “Orchid Daze:

Surreal Beauty” features an exotic showcase of blooms in the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center. Through April 15 “Flowers: Secrets Within,” featuring 35 works by Marietta artist Bayberry L. Shah. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Open daily.

features more than 280 objects and artifacts, from Jefferson’s chess set, books and spectacles to personal items of enslaved families. Through Jan. 1, 2014 “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia.” 130 West Paces Ferry Road. Open daily.




Through March 16 “Alix Pearlstein: The Dark Pavement” and “Tony Labat & Tad Savinar: Nice to Meet You.” April 19-June 22 “Shara Hughes: Don’t Tell Anyone But...” and “Jon Pack & Gary Hustwit: The Olympic City.” Opening: 7-10 PM April 19. 535 Means Street NW, Atlanta. Tues.-Sun. 404/688-1970.

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Through July 7 “Slavery at

Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down,” explores slavery through the lens of Jefferson’s plantation with a rare glimpse into the lives of six enslaved families and the stories of their descendants. Exhibit 44


Ongoing “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Step back in time to Titanic’s maiden voyage in April 1912, with more than 200 artifacts on view. 285 18th St., Atlanta.


Through March 30 “Thornton

Dial: Daybreak,” new work juxtaposed with earlier pieces. 1555 Peachtree St., Suite 100, Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/352-8114.

breman museum

Through May “Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity,” examines the significance of Jewish meals.

May-Oct. “Project Mah Jongg,” explores the traditions, history and meaning of the game in JewishAmerican life. 1440 Spring St., NW, Atlanta. 678/222-3700.


Overlooked,” mixed-media works by Jaynie Crimmins. Reception: 7-9 PM April 5. 980 Briarcliff Road NE. Mon.-Sat. 404/872-5338.


March “Body Language” by Holly Irwin. Opens March 1. April “April Showers Bring May Flowers” with Jenny Shultz and Charles Emery Ross. Opens April 4. May Joyce Howell. Opens May 3. April 5, May 3 First Friday Art Walk Marietta Square, 5-9 PM. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


March 2-Aug. 18 “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of

All Time,” special exhibit. 767 Clifton Road, Atl. 404/9296300.

georgia museum of art

Through April 14 “From Savanna

to Savannah: African Art from the Collection of Don Kole.” Through April 21 “Americans in Italy.” Through April 30 “Defiant Beauty: The Work of Chakaia Booker.” “Remixing History: Manolo Valdés.” Through May 12 “William H. Johnson: An American Modern,” features 20 expressionist and vernacular landscapes, still-life paintings and portraits. May 4-July 7 “Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Performing and Visual Arts Complex. 706/542-



Through March 16 “Suburbia,” a group exhibition of photographs by Martin Adolfsson, Jonathan Lewis, Sarah Malakoff, Brian Ulrich and Christina Price Washington.

raftermen photography


425 Peachtree Hills Ave. #25, Atl.



Through March 3 “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.” Through May 12 “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” features more than 75 works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Through June Aaron Curry, Pop sculpture. Through July 7 “Gogo: Nature Transformed,” featuring the work of Georgia designer Gogo Ferguson. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Tues.-Sun. high. org. 404/733-HIGH.


April 25-May 10 “Franke, Foltz & Friends,” featuring the works of Atlanta-based artists Nancy Franke and Doug Foltz, and paintings by selected gallery artists. 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/257-0511.


Through April 13 George Georgiou: Fault Lines/Turkey/ East/West. Michael Kenna: Works from 2011-2012. Andrew Moore: New Works from Cuba. 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.

MArietta/cobb museum of art

Through March 24 “Yarbrough: 53.9 Years & Still Unpredictable” and “Vignettes of America.” March 23-24 Plein Air Paint Out. April 13-June 30 AAEA Equestrian Exhibition and “In the Mind’s Eye,” the art of the Chattahoochee Hand Weavers Guild. 30 Atlanta St. 770/528-1444.


Through March 30 “The Gees Bend Experience: Quilts from Tinnie, Minnie, and Claudia Pettway.” Fiber artist Marquetta Johnson’s hand-dyed quilts. “Drawing on the Unexpected: Works from Asheville Artists.” 199 Armour Dr., Atlanta. 404/8791500.


Through March 10 “The Plains of Mars: Warfare and Peace in European War Prints, 1500-1825.” Through 2013 “Walking in the Footsteps of our Ancestors,” The Melion-Clum Collection of Modern Southwestern Pottery, includes seed pots, red-and-black ware, vessels inspired by basketry, and a large case of objects made by the famous Quezada family of potters from Mata Ortiz.

WILLIAM H. JOHNSON GA Museum of Art – Through May 12 William H. Johnson. “Aunt Alice,” ca. 1944. Oil on compressed board. 33 3/4 x 28 5/8 inches. Collection of Morgan State University

Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 404/727-4282.

r. alexander gallery


Through March 30 “Ruth Laxson: Hip Young Owl,” features more than 125 works by the 88-yearold artist, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and original artist books. Bookmaking Lecture/ Demonstration: 2 PM March 9. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. 404/367-8700.


New Wave: Design Challenge,” a series of 17 extraordinary vignettes created by a unique partnership of interior and object designers. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-


Damian Quezada (Mexican, Mata Ortiz), Olla, Late 20th Century, Ceramic with pigment, Collection of Walter Melion and John CluM

Ethiopian Jews and The Promised Land,” explores the mass migration of Ethiopian Jews into modern Israeli society and the integration difficulties they faced. 4484 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-8555.


Through March 2 “Elements: Mixed Materials.” 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 770/394-4019.


Through April 6 “The Price is April 18-June 1 “Emerging Artist Award: BORN.” Opening: 6-9 PM April 18. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Open Tues.-Sat. 404/266-2636.


Through March 22 Shannon

Nyimicz and Greg Gustafson. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.


SOUTHWESTERN POTTERY Carlos Museum – Through Dec. 2013



Through March 31 “The South’s

Through April 21 “Beta Israel:

March 6-29 “Aura of Elegance,” still life paintings of Spanish Realism artist Javier Mulio. 309 E. Paces Ferry Road, #105. 404/841-


March 8-April 11 “Rock Iconic,” exhibit of photographs by Martin Frias featuring four decades of rock’n’roll. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta.

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by eileen goRDON

Remember the days when “puppy training” was merely trial-anderror by the owner? This rarely produces a truly well-behaved dog, to anything near the degree that professional dog training does.

The Educated Puppy Alpharetta Dog Trainer offers Boutique Services


ichael Quattrochi is the ultimate go-to guru for generations of dog lovers. He’s an urban legend of sorts with a celebrity clientele who sings his praises. He’s a “happy dog” advocate and his services are based on common sense and psychology of the pooches and people who patronize him! While not everyone can afford the boutique services of “Uncle Mikey,” as he is affectionately known, he said cost should be the last consideration for those looking into dog training. “My clients initially react to how expensive it is to enroll in The Educated Puppy. At nearly $3,900, this is not an insignificant investment, but my repeat customers never question the cost! Without exception, afterwards, they feel like it was totally worth it. It’s a get-what-you-pay-for world and dog training is no different.” Mike points out that his profession is neither licensed nor degreed. Caution is advised when choosing a trainer, as it requires a great deal of instinct, expertise, compassion and understanding. He possesses a Svengali-like quality of communication with dogs based on positive affection for good behavior. “The training I do is centered around the spirit of the dog,” says Mike, who answered his life’s calling after completing an apprenticeship under one of New York’s top dog trainers. “It’s important that


“Well-behaved dogs are happy dogs,” says dog trainer Michael Quattrochi of The Educated Puppy. “I do this for the dogs.”

they are well behaved, because their good behavior ensures them a more secure and happy life with you.” So just how does The Educated Puppy operate? Mike works one-on-one with each pup, starting at age 9 weeks, with class size limited to four or five dogs at a time. As the pups live with “Uncle Mikey,” he gets to know each one intimately and he has unlimited access to them. Training typically takes about three

A cherished childhood photo of Mike with his buddy “Taffy.”

weeks and is never longer than 29 days. “As soon as puppies become mobile, the mother dog begins her training. I pick up where Mama leaves off,” he says.   His teaching method: positive affectionate attention. “Discipline is not just correction, but teaching the dog to follow you. The best way is to understand what positively motivates your dog.” He never uses choke chains or slip collars – “This is a no choke zone,” he proclaims – and he doesn’t use treats as rewards. “Dogs are easily motivated by food, so don’t make food the prize, but instead the reward should be affection. Dogs live in the present – if they’re physically and emotionally supported, they are very willing to listen knowing they will get enthusiastic physical and verbal praise. If they don’t listen they receive a verbal scolding followed by positive training. The key is repeating behaviors and praising them when they get it, and you end up with a very happy, educated puppy. Mike’s final phase of training is with the owners. The family attends an average of three lessons at the school. The next step is for “Uncle Mikey” to work with the dog and the family in their own home environment. “This part is critical. After my puppies graduate from boarding school, we go to their home together and I establish communication skills between the owner and puppy, teaching my clients how to utilize training at home.” He is on call and offers owner-attended lessons for the life of the dog, at no extra charge. Raves client Monica Pearson, “After Uncle Mikey trained our dogs, I just had one question for him: ‘Can you do this for kids?’ It would make him a billionaire overnight!”   For more information on The Educated Puppy, contact Mike at 770/475-3049, email him at or visit


Leaving a puppy loose in the house is a mistake. Trusting him alone is a mistake, primarily because he may get hurt! He could chew up a favorite piece of furniture or pee on the carpet. Crate training is ideal, but leaving them for long hours in a crate is not ideal. Leave the radio or TV on! If you’re going to be gone eight hours, hire a dog walker to play with the dog and take him out for 20 or 30 minutes midday. Within a week’s time, most dogs will go into their crate on their own to just relax, with the door open! Crate training for puppies is ideal for at least the first year of age. After that, it should be determined by the behavior of the individual dog. One of the most integral parts of house training is control of your dog’s attitude. Obedience training puts you in the authoritative position to say where and when he gets to use the bathroom. WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE “ACCIDENTS”?

You should verbally scold your dog for accidents in the house, even if you don’t catch him in the act. Do this by putting his nose near the accident, not in it! But then, immediately take him out and say, “Good boy!” Never just say, “No.” Instead, say “no” to going in the house, then immediately take him outside and say “yes” to the good behavior. Always give an alternative expected behavior whenever you scold your dog for improper behavior. Unlike with a child, every aspect of a dog’s existence is regulated by people. Your dog has no choice in who he spends his life with. They are stuck with you! Therefore, I am his champion. I train him, and then you to ensure that you provide him with a happy life! WHAT ABOUT “HYPER” DOGS?

Most dogs aren’t truly “hyper,” more often than not they are stressed out! Sometimes owners wait until a puppy is four to six months old to bring him to me. The dogs have been overloaded with negative reactions to their behavior, and they have no idea what you want them to do! Early training is critical. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CONCERN PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT “TRAINING”?  IS IT HOUSEBREAKING?

Yes, housebreaking, and for puppies who are teething, chewing up the furniture! The key to success is a combination of obedience training and using a crate while he’s still a puppy. After 10 weeks old, dogs need to be taken out twice in the morning, twice during midday, and before and after eating in the evening. That’s about every hour and a half. For an adult dog, about five times per day on average. All my dogs eat twice a day. Southern Seasons Magazine


ask dr. karin

by dr. karin smithson

Saying Goodbye to

Furry Friends Q: I have recently lost my dog, Greta, after 15 years, and I am heartbroken. I don’t have any children, and she was everything to me. Can you please give me some advice on figuring out how to move forward?

A: Dear Puppy Loved, First, I am truly sorry that you lost your cherished Greta. She was obviously a much loved, significant part of your life. All of us who have lost dear pets understand the pain of saying goodbye to an animal that is a part of your family. I do believe that our furry family members are gifts from God. The Creator of these animals knows exactly what we will need, and so we are given these four-legged spirits to live alongside us, helping us through whatever life brings to us during those years. Whether you need affection, protection, companionship, unconditional love, laughter, exercise, a reason to live, a reason to play, or all of the above, that animal is given to you for a purpose. And different than relationships with people, our pets never respond to us with judgment, condition or criticism. It is a rare bond of acceptance, playfulness and adoration that grants the dog owner the wonderful blessing of unconditional love. For so many reasons, the loss of a pet can be a significant life experience, with a void left behind that can feel empty and painful for some time. Research indeed shows that this grief reaction is very comparable to losing a family member and is felt on many levels. This might be very hard to explain to those who have never bonded with a pet, which can feel very isolating. The grieving may be dismissed by others, telling you to “Just get another one,” or carelessly suggesting, “It was just a dog.” Yes, it was a dog, but to you, she was family, and losing her can overwhelmingly feel like losing a part of yourself. Your grief is real, appropriate and exactly what you should be feeling. When we love deeply, we feel loss deeply. That is a very beautiful thing, and you are allowed to grieve the beauty of 48

“Savannah was a gift to me for 15 years; she helped me get through a season of my life.” said Karin Smithson of her late dog.

what you shared. So, grieve. Grieve in whatever way feels healing for you. Write a story about her, or start a tribute blog. Plant a symbolic flower where she used to play, or put an angel in your kitchen window. Keep her things out as long as you need to, and don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed because of a lack of understanding. As long as you need to see her bed in its familiar place, let it sit and be with you as you grieve. You will know when the time is right to put it away. This was your love, it is your loss, and you should find your way through it in your own time. Another factor that can complicate this loss is the importance of the pet in your life. Very often, people without children can feel a special attachment to their pets, along with those who are single, empty nesters, widows, divorcees or parents who

Tina Rowden

Puppy Loved, Atlanta, GA

“I was honored to be Duke’s person for the length of his life,” said Eileen Gordon of her pit bull that passed away this year.

“I was the lucky one because I was able to love them and care for them for 14 wonderful years,” said Tony Brewer of his two precious pups Okie D and Delph.

have lost a child. I believe that our innate maternal/paternal love can be given wholeheartedly to a pet, especially if the pet is being cared for as the main companion in your life. Your dog was put in your life for a reason, and your relationship was exactly what it was supposed to be. I imagine, you took care of

each other, and you have been better because of that. May you have blessings of hope, peace and gratitude in the days ahead. And don’t worry about those people who think you are a Crazy Dog Person – I am too, and they don’t know what they’re missing.

So, what to do from here? Take some deep breaths, hug yourself from within and go easy on yourself. This may have caught you by surprise, and a little input might help you find your way. Here are a few tips to get you through this time: • Wait for a couple of months before you get another pet. Let your grief have its place and then decide what type of pet would be the best fit for this next season of your life. It is recommended that you not search for a “look-alike” pet or use the same name, but rather start with a new animal with its own special place in your world. • Give yourself a break for feeling such intense emotions. It is normal to experience feelings of guilt, depression, anger, confusion and denial, as these are natural stages of the grieving process. Take care of yourself as you mourn by eating well, getting sleep, not isolating, doing gentle exercise, and turning to your spirituality for strength and hope. • Pay tribute to your pet in some way. Recognize her life and have a memorial service. Put a marker or a symbol somewhere to honor the relationship that you shared, or make a donation to a shelter in your pet’s name. • Reach out to others who have had similar experiences. This will keep you from feeling isolated and create feelings of validation and connection. • Go for a walk in a new place if your old path is too painful for now, and ask a friend to join you. When you are ready, you will be able to walk in her old paw-steps and feel okay about your memories – even if it means a few tears may fall. • If you had to put your dog to sleep, know that you made the most loving choice for your animal. Trust

that if the veterinarian advised it, there was nothing else that they could do to improve your pet’s life. You gave your pet a compassionate gift. Find comfort from others who have been there and ask loved ones for support over your decision. Avoiding grief does not make it go away; let yourself cry. Letting your emotions out is the most important piece of moving through the grieving process – cry, kick, scream and talk it out. Remind yourself to step back from the tears at times and feel joy and gratitude for the bond you shared. Recollect the playful times, and try to find a healing laugh over something comical she used to do. Your body will thank you, and your spirit will be blessed. Ask for what you need. Tell those who you trust what they can do to help, whether it be a “no judgment rule,” time to heal, a meal, a movie date, an ear to listen, help cleaning her things, a good laugh, or some time away. Be honest with those who love you and take a break from those who don’t understand for now. If you are not feeling somewhat better in a month or two, turn to a counselor who can help you with your grieving process – believe me, this is not uncommon and a very healing experience. Sometimes new grief can bring up old pain and keep us stuck, and getting some extra support is the best thing we can do to help ourselves move forward.

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by ronald E. goldstein, DDS

Looking Younger

Is it Worth it to You?


ooking at the huge number of women’s and men’s magazines you might think it’s an oxymoron to not try to look younger. Every issue is filled with beautifully illustrated articles on how celebrities do it and tips to help you do it, too. But what about other folks who say “embrace your age, embrace your looks, and embrace yourself.” Although no right or wrong, it does beg the question, “Is it worth it to continue trying to look as young as you feel?” Most of us like to think we have “maturity of mind,” but do we like “maturity of appearance?” The answer seems to depend on several key factors such as social desires and expectations, employment and self-image. Many people will do whatever it takes to appear younger, while others are perfectly content looking as old or even older than they are.

Investing in Yourself A recent column in the The New York Times called “Masking the Roots of Aging” spoke about one woman’s determination to fight the signs of aging and realizing that coloring her hair is a necessary evil. Although this article focused on hair color, reducing the appearance of older age may well include much more than the color of your hair. Facial wrinkles, age spots, an older smile line, plus a whole lot more can contribute to an older looking appearance. I recently read about a woman who spent $6,000 on a dermatology procedure to make her look younger and even she may not have seen any difference. But once you spend that kind of money on looking younger you tend to defend the cost by looking in the mirror with “rose colored glasses.” Not to say that there are not valid cosmetic procedures that estheticians, plastic surgeons and dermatologists do. 50

When it comes to surgical procedures to reduce an aging appearance, Buckhead plastic surgeon Dr. John Griffin states that his patients’ three most popular surgery procedures are eyelid surgery, facelifts and brow lifts. According to Dr. Griffin, his patients are very concerned that they look like themselves and not like they have been “done” following surgery. Dr. Griffin believes that looking younger also means achieving an attractive, more youthful, but especially natural appearance.

Social Factors Socially, the motivation to look younger may be as simple as “keeping up with the Joneses,” and fitting in with the social climate you choose to be in. For instance, on a recent trip to a private island, our affluent hostess, well into her 80s, had absolutely no interest in looking younger. She felt quite comfortable smiling and laughing with a set of teeth that most people would run to the nearest dentist to fix. But then there is another group of women I happen to know in their mid-70s to mid 80s and you can’t find a gray hair among them. Perhaps some have facials or other esthetic treatments to keep them looking and feeling younger, from seeing the dermatologist, plastic surgeon, hair stylist, or even a cosmetic dentist. And the results are amazing. They could all pass for at least 10-15 years younger! Men’s Health has found a cost-effective way to minimize wrinkles around the eyes. “Go for a brisk daily walk. Exercise flushes your skin with blood. The result is denser, thicker skin that springs back to its original shape after being stretched. This translates to fewer wrinkles and bags around the eyes,” says James White, an exercise physiologist in San Diego. Social environments vary from large to small cities, rural to city life, and different segments throughout. I recall a patient

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who wanted to have a smile makeover with younger looking and brighter appearing porcelain veneers. Although both she and her husband loved the result, she felt uncomfortable at first because her friends still had worn, discolored and chipped or fractured teeth. But she soon became the trendsetter, and eventually almost all her friends wanted to have their smile rejuvenated! Sometimes it just takes someone to set the example, and others will follow. Porcelain veneers are the No. 1 most requested cosmetic dental procedure because patients can have a new smile with a brighter, younger look in only a few weeks. Plus, the technique is the most conservative, reducing a minimum of enamel whenever possible. As Lily Dache put it in her 1956 Glamour Book, “Today, there is no excuse for a woman to grow old, unless she is ill… If you want to keep up with this modern, wonderful world, you must be young in thought, feeling, and appearance… and all you have to do is stretch out your hand to receive the magic bounty of glamour that modern science has prepared for you.” And 55 years later there are so many more options for looking younger.

Work Related It’s not just women who are noticing the effects that age has. As reported in the trade journal Chain Drug Review, Combe Inc., manufacturer of Just for Men hair coloring, surveyed professional career advisers to determine what personal qualities employers most valued. That survey, “Strategies for Job Success,” disclosed that looks are important to workplace advancement: An employee’s youthful appearance affects salary and is closely tied to promotions. Almost two-thirds of those surveyed reported that male clients had lost job opportunities because they looked too old. More than threefourths said that in the economic climate of the 21st century, looking younger gives men a distinct competitive advantage. And because job interviewers in many fields tend to be younger than the applicants they screen, they tend to pass over their elders and hire younger workers. These findings seem to have escaped a good portion of the male population since I constantly see husbands bringing their wives in for a smile makeover but not considering it for themselves. Although laws may prevent discrimination regarding looks, the trend to hire younger looking and more attractive individuals has been researched and proved time and time again. Studies show that young and more attractive looking females and males make more money, and if equal qualifications, you can guess who gets hired! So if it is a job

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you seek at any age, you may be well advised to look your best!

Self-Image In the final analysis it is your own self-image that may play the decisive decision to keep looking younger throughout your life, by healthier living, exercise, watching your diet, and not waiting until things get so bad that you may not get the cosmetic result you desire. However, not everyone relies on magazines and celebrity culture to dictate their lives. Annette Mathews, an executive editorial assistant in Atlanta, agrees. “I skip the fashion and beauty magazines because I don’t think they allow you to be yourself. I would never spend thousands of dollars on a dress or change my hair and makeup every season to keep up with the latest trend.” The bottom line seems to be that at some point you need to throw out the rules, trust your judgment and enjoy life the way you choose to look!

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

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TALES n “porch dogs,” nell dickerson (john f. blair).

Photographer Nell Dickerson has found a memorable way to pay homage to her Southern heritage. Her new book “Porch Dogs” captures a nostalgic piece of Americana with 60-plus portraits of man’s best friend on timeworn porches across the South. The candid collection of animals and architecture – eight years in the works – is sure to bring a smile, with a colorful assortment of canines ruling the roost, from South Carolina to Louisiana, Florida to Tennessee. The porches span three centuries, with the oldest dating back to 1730. “I love the South and have a lifelong commitment to preserve its culture,” said Dickerson, who grew up in the Mississippi Delta and now resides in Memphis with her Yorkshire terrier, Teeny Baby. “Both architecture and dogs manifest that rich, complex world that defines the South.” Available wherever books are sold on April 2; available for preorder from IndieBound, Amazon and



“Z” shares the story of the bold and enigmatic Zelda Fitzgerald, who defies her parents at the age of 17 to run off with a young Army lieutenant with ambitions of becoming the next great American writer – F. Scott Fitzgerald, of course. As Scott transcends into sudden literary stardom, Zelda becomes the vivid, scandalous, ultimately tragic belle of the flapper ball. This poignant tale, told through Zelda’s eyes, unveils the passion, glamour, indulgence and heartbreak that defined their relationship and the Jazz Age era in which they reveled. 52

This literary anthology offers a captivating new way to visit the Old South. Contributions from 34 local and internationally renowned writers – from Edgar Allen Poe and Henry James to James Dickey and Pat Conroy – animate the historic plantations, storied alleyways and beautiful beaches of South Carolina. Featuring short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the book paints a vibrant portrait of a place known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture and mannered charm.

n “southern VAPORS,” LYNN GARSON Atlanta attorney Lynn Garson grew up in the lap of Southern luxury, the daughter of a prominent Buckhead family who lived in a Tara-esque home at the end of West Paces Ferry Road. But despite her privileged childhood, she was plagued by anxiety and depression into adulthood, leading to three stays at mental institutions and a painful divorce. In her intimate and humorous memoir, Garson chronicles the ups and downs of her life – from school and work to marriage, children and divorce. She hopes that by sharing her personal story she can help others to take back control of their own lives.



The most Extraordinary Weddings in the South Grand Prize Palladium ‘Bowtie’ Atlanta designer and metalsmith Dawn Muscio of D. Muscio Fine Jewelry Studio took home the grand prize in the Palladium Alliance International Jewelry Design Contest. Her red-carpet inspired design was a leather-strapped palladium bowtie adorned with white and black diamonds (retail $22,880). “I was going for something that was unusual and beautiful,” Muscio said, “so I decided to take a modern twist on a classic accessory, the bowtie, not typically crafted in metal.” She designed the statement piece to be worn by a man or a woman – either to glam up the traditional tux or add a sexy contrast to a bare neck and gown. Muscio bested more than 3oo entries nationwide from custom jewelers, jewelry designers and retailers of in-house custom jewelry.

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his 200-year-old home has somehow survived for longer than most homes could. Tony Conway describes, “The great Southern lady had great bones. We restored her to her vibrant youth without erasing her history.” She sits on a rare three acres of prime central Buckhead real estate enveloped by trees. How could this remarkable home not be revived to thrive in the 21st century?



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“This is the superb restoration and preservation of one of the oldest homes in the South. Harmonious elements easily came together to create this venue which is anchored in time, not stuck in time,” said Bill Lowe. What’s surprising is that The Estate sat for nearly six decades, primarily known as Anthony’s restaurant and then the shortlived Atlanta Yacht Club. It was quietly decaying over time and ignored to a large part during the more robust economy of the late 20th century. Then, after 2008 in the worst economic climate (especially for real estate development), the right players came together under the vision and inspiration of Tony Conway, and this once grand home was lifted back through time to its late 18th century grandeur. Real estate developer Jim Cumming purchased property surrounding what was Anthony’s in the early ’80s. He attempted to purchase the home itself, but was told it was not for sale. Then in the mid ’90s he was approached to buy the property and did. He loved this island of green space with beautiful trees and the historic home in the midst of


Buckhead’s concrete business district. The 3-plus acre parcel lined up nicely with surrounding properties he owned. Turning this investment into a profitable one proved to be challenging. Jim contacted Tony Conway to bring the dream to life. “Tony is a gift to this city,” Jim says. “He has recreated this historic home into The Estate and has made it function as a service to the community. He assembled the most amazing team of facilitators to set the stage for the legendary events taking place within this unique venue.” These key players were under the direction of Tony’s project manager Steve Welsh, creative director of A Legendary Event. They included, of course, property owner Jim Cumming, interior designers Ben Collins with Mitchell Gold/Bob Williams, art dealer Bill Lowe, Ed Castro for

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Landscape designer Ed Castro found the property in disarray. His team focused on returning the landscape to the stunning venue it is today. “I appreciate Tony’s vision to continue to enhance the gardens ensuring they will always look their best.” Southern Seasons Magazine


landscaping and a slew of artisans and craftsmen who all simultaneously pursued this brilliant project as components in an orchestra might produce an amazing piece of music. The point was to bring this property back to its historic integrity and marry it to the 21st century to function as a simply great Southern venue for Tony’s Legendary Events! The goal was to restore the home’s 18th century architecture, preserving every original element that could be saved. Tony found the original balusters for the grand staircase out in a shed on the property. They were cleaned and repaired to retake their rightful place in the home. The brick and hardwood floors were cleaned and repaired. The original wavy glass hand-wrought windows were miraculously cleaned. And the landscape was refreshed, true to the period from whence the home came. The only elements of the home that were replaced were the bathrooms, kitchen and certain floors that could not be repaired. Here, Tony and his design team used the 18th and 19th century styles and elements of marble and granite tiles in neutral hues of black to white and in patterns of

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“From the moment I first walked into The Estate, I felt like I was in a gorgeous home, lifted through time, out of the French Quarter of New Orleans.” Gail O’Neill, Southern Seasons Style Editor

that period to simply upgrade and improve the function of these spaces. The result is so seamless that even the most discerning eyes would not be able to tell the new from the old, the renovated from the restored. Bravo, Tony!

THE FINISHING TOUCHES The interior design of this home brought contemporary elements to furnish and bring function to this exquisite venue. Lead designer Ben Collins of Mitchell/Gold was nothing


less than brilliant when he selected the furnishings for The Estate. He carefully stayed within a palette of whites, ivories and dove grays for the contemporary and somewhat decoinspired furnishings that fill the beautiful rooms, creating inviting spaces in a clean design theme. No Victorian red velvet sofas from that period are to be found! Rather, he married the home’s true structure to 21st century comfort and elegance. The result is that the interior design does not compete with the 200-year-old home, but rather showcases it.

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Tony’s vision became a reality: A charming and utterly Southern venue to host weddings, events, and all the moments in between. IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK! Bill Lowe called Tony as soon as he heard about Tony’s acquisition of the home. Lowe, a well-known Atlanta and California-based art dealer specializing in upscale contemporary art, thought it might be a long shot but offered his services to Tony to curate the art for The Estate. To his delight and surprise, Tony shared his vision. Dave Lishness, president of A Legendary Event, spent

weeks with Bill Lowe selecting the art. This remarkable showplace is accessorized with a magnificent collection of paintings, brilliantly contrasting and punctuating each space. “Any home that has survived for two centuries has seen all of those 200 years, from the late 18th century to the present,” Bill said. “Therefore the art reflects the contemporary more recent history of the southern culture in which she exists.”

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lack-and-white dressing gets an A+ this spring thanks to the three P’s: pleats, peplums and peek-aboo cuts. But if you’re better suited for fun and games, consider contrasting racing stripes to pump up the style quotient. Just add some bling, and you’re good to go!

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Black silk shantung zip vest with folded lapel and ivory silk georgette pencil skirt with black grosgrain tux stripe by Pamella Roland. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Black and ivory silk shantung jacket with folded lapel and matching slim pant with ivory tux stripe by Pamella Roland. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Sabrina frame clutches in geranium and light camel metallic pebble grain leather. Available at Tiffany and Co.

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Nancy Gonzalez taupe crocodile, taupe lizard, and white python tote. Aailable at Saks Fifth Avenue. Sandy Dollar Cynthia tote handbag in crocembossed leather with polished silver accents. Available at


ooking like a lady and showing some skin does not have to be a mutually exclusive proposition – if you choose wisely. Take down the sex appeal of leather, python and suede a notch by sticking to shades of gray, and rest assured that these nudes will keep you covered from day to night.

Stringapart high-heel sandal in straw twine. Available at Stuart Weitzman.

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Salvatore Ferragamo goes for harmonious monochrome ensembles featuring leather as well as reptile to match leather separates, belts and shoes. Stunning ensembles are offered in a color palette incorporating olive, taupe, brown, black and white, punctuated by gold, bronze and pewter mesh separates. Available at Salvatore Ferragamo boutiques.

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s founder and director of Bella Bag – an online source for pre-owned, vintage, rare and limited-edition designer handbags and accessories – Cassandra Connors acquired her taste for luxury the old-fashioned way. She inherited it. “Nana, my maternal grandmother, never left the house without being dressed and accessorized to perfection – frequently in Chanel,” recalls the native New Yorker. “And you know those women who stack their shoes in boxes, then attach a Polaroid to the front so they can find everything easily? Well, that was my mom.” With over 150 pairs of shoes to catalog, Connors’ mom had to be organized if she wanted to get in and out of her closet quickly. But while Mom valued speed, Casey, as Connors is known to friends and family, loved to linger in that sacred space. “I remember standing in a pair of beaded, paisley pumps when I was a little girl, and feeling so great!” Making clients feel great is what Connors does best today. Her concept for recycling luxury grew from a most run-of-the-mill exchange: on eBay. After selling three designer handbags through the virtual auctioneer in 2005, Connors indulged her other instinct and lingered on the website, where she noticed a stark trend. Regardless of the provenance or condition of pre-owned handbags, merchandise accompanied by pretty pictures seemed


to sell more quickly, and at a higher price point, than equivalent items photographed in a lackluster fashion. Connors eventually tested her theory by purchasing bags on eBay that she determined were under-priced and then reselling them at a markup with professional looking images. Four years later, she formalized the operation and Bella Bag was born. Ironically, Connors – who deferred admission to FIT’s graduate school of Global Fashion Management in 2009 in order to set up her own shop – says that being an entrepreneur has taught her one thing she never would have learned in a classroom: “Failure is inevitable.” But with estimated annual sales projected at $5 million in 2013, it’s obvious that Connors is as proficient at rebounding after business setbacks as she is at curating must-have accessories for the shopper-who-has-everything. Last summer, Bella Bag opened its first brick and mortar store in Atlanta, where visitors can save 30%-70% off retail prices. But the market for discontinued and limited-edition bags is so robust that 5%-10% of Connors’ inventory is actually priced higher than retail. “It all comes down to supply and demand,” explains consultant Brian Froehling. “The client who has been on a waiting list at Hermès for three years to purchase a black Birkin bag will happily pay above retail for the same bag at Bella, because if we have it in stock, she can go home with the coveted piece today.” A destination website

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for connoisseurs, Bella Bag typically receives its rarest handbags via express mail from places like Beverly Hills, New York, Dubai and Tokyo, with international shoppers generally spending the most. But the sense of community being fostered by local followers is what Connors considers priceless. “We have half a dozen customers who come in regularly not to browse or to shop but strictly to talk bags,” she says. “It’s a passion, and they just enjoy the camaraderie of talking to others who share their interest and see these bags as art.” The bags also serve as “aspirational symbols,” according to brand manager Chelsea Mack, “projecting not only how clients see themselves, but how they wish to be seen by others.” As for any practical considerations Connors came to appreciate after hanging out in her mother’s closet all those years ago, well, let’s just say that her clients don’t place as high a premium on being able to get in and out of their bags quickly. Or, as Mack concedes, “I carry an Alexander Wang ‘Rocco’ with silver hardware that’s a black hole, but I love it and am willing to forego function for the sake of fashion!” 650 Miami Circle NE, #1, Atlanta

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Gala

March 2 6 PM. One of Atlanta’s most prestigious social events, the black-tie evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a concert by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, dinner, auction and dancing. Gala Chairs Janin and Tad Hutcheson. Patron Chair Julie Baringer.

“Dare to Dream” gala March 2 6 PM. The enAble


March 4 The American Cancer Society Auxiliary will host its 22nd annual fashion show at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The event begins with a sumptuous luncheon followed by a professional runway show and the highlight of the show, the survivor model runway walk. Melody Saputo and

Jane Haro-LaMotte, co-chairs.


March 9 The SCA Guild presents

this fundraiser for the Spruill Center for the Arts at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Guests can enjoy a memorable evening of dining, dancing, entertainment and auction. For more information, contact Sandra Bennett at 770/394-3447,

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March 9 6-10 PM. SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center will host its 12th annual dinner at the Cobb

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annual benefit will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. The evening features dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit enAble of Georgia’s mission to serve people who struggle with disabilities. 770/664-4347.

Galleria. Judi and Bob Snelson, and Patsy and Reynold Jennings, chairs. Nickolas Smith, award recipient.


2013 Pink Affair

March 9 7 PM. Special dinner and auction benefiting TurningPoint Women’s Healthcare will take place at Country Club of the South. Tickets $85. For information on tickets or sponsorships, contact or call


ShamRockin’ For A Cure 2013

March 9 7 PM. 5th annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Guests can also enjoy food, beverages and a live auction. $85. For tickets, visit


March 13 15th annual fundraising dinner at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in support of Families First. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Timothy Hardy, Deborah Baker, and Tiffany and Michael Siegel, co-chairs. 404/853-



John Mitchener of JAMCO Properties, event co-chair; Georgia Schley Ritchie of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, event co-chair; Mark McDonald of The Georgia Trust; Camille Yow, honorary chair; and Heath Massey of JAMCO Properties, event co-chair.

Preservation gala at Ivy Hall – March 15


March 14 6-9 PM. Join the American Craft Council for a sneak peek at the crafts and a chance to mingle with the artists at the Cobb Galleria Center. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. $75. Proceeds jointly benefit The Hambidge Center and the American Craft Council. 678/613-3396.


OCAF silent auction & THRIFT SALE

March 15 7-9 PM. The Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation Silent Auction kicks off its 18th annual thrift sale (March 16) to raise funds

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Atlanta History Center President and CEO Sheffield Hale with Chair Barbara Joiner, Honorary Chairs Jackie and Tony Montag, and PNC Wealth Management Sr VP Cindy Widner Wall in the foyer of the Swan House.

for the organization’s events and educational programs. 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/769-4565.



fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium will recognize some of Atlanta’s healthcare heroes. Co-chairs Mary and John Brock, and Barbarella and René Diaz. Sponsorship co-chairs Julie Francis and Kerry Kohnen.

March 22 7-11 PM. Popular kick-off for the 16th annual Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens (March 23-24), incorporating gourmet food, signature drinks and an exclusive silent auction into one night of fun. $60. Mason Murer Fine Art. 678/916-3100.


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March16 6 PM. The Circle For Children presents “Havana Nights! A Caribbean Casino!” at the Marietta Conference Center, with music and dancing to the Latin beat of About Time for Jazz, a colorful casino and live and silent auctions. Kim Sherk, Ball Chair. $175. Proceeds benefit the youth at The Center for Children and Young Adults.



fundraising event for CADEF: The Childhood Autism Foundation at the InterContinental Hotel will feature a seated dinner, live and silent auction and entertainment.


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March 16 The 5th annual gala at the Atlanta History Center will feature a silent auction, dinner, cocktails, dancing and an awards ceremony. Childspring International is a children’s medical charity providing medical care

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and opportunities for a better life to children around the world.

March 15 7:30 PM. The 29th annual benefit for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, “A Vanity Affair,” will be held at Ivy Hall, with live entertainment, a full bar, and tasty offerings from Atlanta’s finest caterers. Heath Massey, John Mitchener and Georgia Schley Ritchie, chairs. Camille Yow, honoree. 404/885-7812.

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March 16 The Georgia Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation presents the 23rd annual Torch Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. The evening features dinner, live music, dancing, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit patients and their families. Tickets $300. Contact Karen Rittenbaum at 404/982-0616 or


March 16 7 PM. Signature fundraiser for the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University. For an invitation, call 404/727-2115.

March 16 The 3rd annual black-tie

March 20-23 Atlanta’s greatest food and wine party and the largest fundraiser for the High Museum of Art. “A New Vintage” features worldrenowned winemakers and chefs from across the country. For more information, call 404/733-4585.


March 24 5-8 PM. Annual celebration of culinary, artistic and entertainment talent at the famed oceanfront King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort features an evening of fine food as local professional chefs compete for People’s Choice Awards. 912/264-1348.

March 21 6-9 PM. Spectacular event features a pre-show cocktail reception, the “Art of Fashion” presentation by Neiman Marcus, and a post-show celebration. The event supports visual arts programs including a fine artist marketplace, juried exhibition, related public programs, and marketing and public relations support of exhibitions of visual artists of African descent. 404/730-6369.



March 27 11 AM. Georgia CASA (Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates) will honor First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal at this annual event held at the Piedmont Driving Club, featuring a seated luncheon, raffle and fashion show. Contact or call 404/874-2888.

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PARTIES FOR A CAUSE award presentations. For more information, call 770/916-2800.


April 19 6:30 PM. This year’s featured home, a grand chateauinspired Buckhead estate, will be the location of the opening night party. For reservations, visit


April 19 7-11 PM. The Atlanta Humane Society’s successful fundraiser will be a fun No Ball at the private estate of Suzanne Dansby-Bollman. The event is open to all donors who make a contribution of at least $350 per person. Contact Karla Slocumb at 404/974-2828 to make a donation.

Event chair Sally Dorsey with Atlanta History Center president and CEO Sheffield Hale.

AmuseUm 2013: Superheros Chattanooga, Tenn.

April 20 7-11 PM. Pow! Pow! Power up for a time of “super” fun at this annual fundraiser for the Creative Discovery Museum of Chattanooga. Guests can enjoy a spectacular silent auction and keep an eye out for wandering auction items. Dress is casual – bright capes and superpowers are optional. Call 423/648-6085.


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flavorful cuisine and delicious wines featuring chefs from more than 50 of Atlanta’s top restaurants at the Georgia Aquarium. 770/436-5151.

ATLANTA STEEPLECHASE April 13 The 48th annual top

competitive race in the country, held at Kingston Downs near Rome, Ga. Beneficiary is the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Gates open at 9 AM. 404/237-7436.


April 13 6:30 PM. Ninth annual dinner in honor of David C. Driskell at the High Museum of Art features a prize presentation to a scholar


whose work contributes to the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C. Driskell African-American Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds. 404/733-4403.

MOCA GALA art auction

April 20 The Atlanta International School community will join together to celebrate a “Passport to Thailand” at the school’s historic Buckhead location. The evening promises a unique Thai experience with a seated dinner, dancing, entertainment and live and silent auctions. Contact Maggie Dozier at 404/841-3895 or mdozier@

Flight of the Butterflies

April 13 This annual benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art kicks off with cocktails and the opportunity to view the works from both the live and silent auctions. The evening also features a full bar and hors d’oeuvres. 404/367-8700.

April 20 7-10:30 PM. Anniversarythemed celebration and fundraiser for the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children at Summerour Studio. This event promises to be a lovely evening of delicious fare, dancing and more.


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April 18 The Tony-Awards style

ceremony to honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The evening will feature numbers from the nominated shows and

April 24 Open Hand’s 21st annual fundraiser will be hosted at more than 100 metro Atlanta restaurants. 25% or more of the total check at participating restaurants will go toward the community nutrition programs of Open Hand. For more information, call 404/419-3333.

El Dia de Los Ninos

April 25 6:30-10 PM. Annual silent auction and celebration of the young child benefiting Quality Care for Children (QCC) will be held in the Carnegie Salon Ballroom at 200 Peachtree. Rogers and Erika King, chairs. Tickets are $125. 404/479-



April 27 Members of the Georgia Diplomatic Corps will be honored at an elegant black-tie dinner dance at the World of Coca-Cola. Hosted by the Georgia Council for International Visitors. 404/832-5560.


April 27 Tanner Medical Foundation presents this 23rd annual ball at the Richards Family Estate in Carrollton with dining, dancing and auction. Proceeds support the development of a Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Tanner Medical Center/ Carrollton. Cindy Denney and Jennifer Green, co-chairs.


April 27 Gala at the Cobb Galleria Centre includes dinner, entertainment, and a fashion show where the models are children who are cancer survivors or in remission. Winning the Battles In Your Mind Inc. has partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Aflac® Cancer Center for this fundraiser. For information, contact Aretha E. Cleveland at 770/3093655 or Aretha.cleveland@


April 27 One of Atlanta’s premier social events and the Atlanta History Center’s largest fundraiser celebrates its 28th year. Guests can enjoy champagne on the front lawn of the Swan House followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. The 2013 ball will honor the family of Jackie and Tony Montag. Barbara Joiner, chair. 404/814-4102.


April 27 6:30 PM. “The British Invasion” salutes the sounds of the ’60s with a seated dinner and wine pairings, silent and live auctions, and dancing. This blacktie optional benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Linda and Larry Freeland, chairs. 404/325-


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dancing stars of atlanta at the Loews Atlanta Hotel – June 15

Seated: Courtney Westmoreland Rider, Toni Moceri, Joanne Truffelman and Cathy Iannotti. Standing: Patti Dickey, Martha Hubbard Pritchard, Dr. Karen Joanson, Debbie Gross, Sher Reene, Jere Metcalf, Gary Gross, and Nancy Senner.

May MARCH OF DIMES 29th annual DINING OUT May 3 7 PM. A delicious excuse

to dine at one of Atlanta’s premier restaurants and help raise critical funds for Georgia’s babies. Enjoy a three-course meal with wine pairings, followed by a Stepping Out after-party with live entertainment, dessert and an auction. Carvel Grant Gould of Canoe is honorary chef. 404/720-5308.


May 4 The Shepherd Center Junior Committee’s annual fundraiser at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Guests can watch the live broadcast of the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs and enjoy music, southern food and fabulous silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the center’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.

seersucker suits are encouraged). The event will feature a seated dinner and fabulous live and silent auctions. 404/870-9600.

THE DOWN HOME DERBY May 4 5 PM. Celebrate the

Kentucky Derby at In Your Dreams Farm in Alpharetta with horses, bluegrass music, food and a blue ribbon hat parade, plus live and silent auctions. Benefits the Child Development Association. 770/992-

and gloATL at the W AtlantaMidtown. Co-chaired by Nancy Hooff and Todd Tautfest. For tickets, visit



May 11 The 18th elegant blacktie evening at the InterContinental Hotel features a cocktail party, seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. Jeff and Meg Arnold, and Robert and Pam Kaufmann, chairs.

May 16-18 A benefit weekend for the education programs of The Bascom, with private wine dinners, grand wine tastings, a gala dinner, live and silent auctions, a culinary sampling by local chefs and symposiums.

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benefit for the Chattahoochee Nature Center, with cocktails, fabulous food, entertainment and silent auction. For more information, call 770/992-2055.

A night in blue

May 4 Guests can meander through the grounds of Zoo Atlanta, enjoying delicacies from popular restaurants while being entertained by the exotic residents of the zoo. The evening features a catered dinner under the Ford Pavilion, an auction featuring sports tickets and memorabilia, fine art, jewelry and vacation packages, and dancing to live music. Tickets start at $450. 404/624-5836.



fundraiser for PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is themed Creative Black Tie (hats and

party with fabulous entertainment and a seated dinner of locally sourced seasonal food served in the farmyard of the Smith Family Farm.

May 4 6:30 PM. The 25th annual

Tickets $225; patron tickets start at $375. Sponsorships available up to $30,000. Sally Dorsey, chair. 404/933-4457 or sallydorsey@

May 10 An elegant but casual

May 11 7:30 PM. 10th annual

May 18 6:30-11 PM. The


May 11 6:30 PM-midnight. 13th annual black-tie gala at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis emphasizes the impressive work of TechBridge’s nonprofit clients. Co-chairs Lisa McVey and Ed Steinike.

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Atlanta Police Foundation hosts the 8th annual black-tie dinner, dance and auction at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Mayor Kasim Reed, honorary chair: Janin and Tad Hutcheson, chairs. 404/586-0180.


May 18 Fabulous fundraiser for

May 11 7-11 PM. A one-night experience benefiting WonderRoot

Atlanta’s own Tony® Award-winning Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center. Stephanie Blank, chair. Call Lindsey Hardegree 404/7334615 or email lindsey.hardegree@

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June 1 Cocktail party and silent auction at Mason Murer Fine Art to benefit homeless youth served by CHRIS Kids. Call 404/486-9034.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year Celebration

June 8 This amazing night at the Loews Atlanta Hotel begins with a silent auction and reception followed by a live auction and dinner. Tickets $150. To attend or donate, visit, beginning March 28.


June 8 8 PM-midnight. The Artemis Guild of Young

Professionals celebrates Fernbank’s 20th anniversary with a “Wild Safari” of live music, auction and food. Honoring Ryan Smith Dunlap and Sam Dunlap. Kirsten Travers-Uyham and John Uyham, and Reid and Kirk Willingham, chairs. 404/929-6404.


June 8 Enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, silent auction, dinner and dancing to Grapevine at the Country Club of Roswell. Proceeds fund the preservation of Bulloch Hall. Call Pam Billingsley at 770/992-1731.


June 8 The Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will recognize the best of the region’s 2012 TV productions at the 39th awards dinner. Contact Sarah Petermann at, or Kay

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June 13 5:30-8:30 PM. An evening

of high-energy spelling competition and Scrabble playing, plus great food, music and a silent auction at the Fox Theatre, to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta.



June 15 Gala dance competition at Loews Atlanta Hotel pairs 10 celebrity dancers with 10 professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes. Proceeds support the programs and services for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their families and caregivers. Toni Moceri, chair; Jenny Pruitt and Joanne Truffelman, co-chairs. dancingstarsofatlanta. com. 404/728-6046.


June 27 10 AM-1:30 PM. The

luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead features health exhibits, educational breakout sessions, silent auction and a heart-healthy lunch. Contact Sarah MacPhail at 678/224-2065 or sarah.macphail@

AUGUST Suits & Sneakers Gala

Aug. 17 This 4th annual gala at UGA’s Stegeman Coliseum raises money to help more than 10 million people affected by cancer today. $150.


Aug. 17 Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society features a reception and silent auction followed by dinner and dancing at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Tickets $125. 770/429-0089.


Aug. 18 An evening of gourmet food and fine wine at the Cherokee Town & Country Club to benefit Share Our Strength. An amazing five-course dinner will be prepared by five of Georgia’s top chefs with wine perfectly paired by five of Georgia’s best sommeliers. Each course will be accompanied by commentary from the chefs and sommeliers. or 770/436-5151.

september PARTY IN THE KITCHEN Sept. 19 Guests dressed in

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Event co-chairs Helen Carlos, Kevin Rathbun, Rebecca Bily and Gerry Klaskala.

all-white attire can enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and exquisite cuisine prepared by chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. Highlights of the evening at the King Plow Arts Center include silent and live auctions. Benefits Open Hand. 404/419-3333.

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Zoo Atlanta CEO and president Raymond King, Troutman Sanders chairman and gala co-chair Bob Webb, gala cochair Judy Webb, Zoo Atlanta board vice chair and presenting sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund’s local representative Mark Street.

Beastly Feast May 4 at Zoo Atlanta


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his year’s Beastly Feast, Swing Fling, celebrates Zoo Atlanta’s great apes in an elegantly fun evening. Held on the grounds of Zoo Atlanta, the animal residents will serve as the backdrop for an event that features appetizer stations hosted by local restaurants strategically placed throughout the grounds. A seated dinner served under an elaborately themed pavilion, an auction and dancing to live music will add to the festivities. Ford Motor Company Fund will once again be the Presenting Sponsor highlighting the company’s 28th year of partnership with Zoo Atlanta. The Beastly Feast proceeds benefit the zoo’s mission toward education and conservation. The 2013 co-chairs are Troutman Sanders’ Chairman Bob Webb and his wife Judy. 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 starting at $450.

For more information or to purchase tickets or tables, please visit feast or call 404-624-5836.

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The 2013 White is co-chaired by Brock & Barbarella Make-up by Christian


Georgia’s Gem

Coat Grady Gala Mary and John and René Diaz.

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One rarely thinks of a hospital as an archetypal institution – one that helps define a state and its people. Yet Grady Hospital has been on the vanguard of Georgia’s history and at the center of its legacy for more than 120 years. Grady is Georgia’s premier Level I Trauma Center.



ating from 1892 with 100 beds and 18 employees, this widely-lauded hospital has been available for the community as a refuge for the underserved and those facing life-altering moments. Today, the mission lives on in a more complex and competitive environment. The burning platform is access to quality healthcare for the entire state – ensuring that all of our fellow citizens are healthy, ready to work and able to support their families and drive our state’s economy. The institution is part of Georgia’s economic fabric, now employing more than 4,000 and offering the broadest array of services of any public hospital in the state. Proficiencies range from trauma, poison control, infectious disease and a Level III Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to cancer, stroke and burn. However, the greatest value is in the people – the health care heroes who treat the patients, and the philanthropists who enable the hospital. These folks are now honored annually for their tireless dedication and service at the White Coat Grady Gala, a black-tie fundraiser for Grady. This signature event will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Georgia Aquarium. Honorees include Dr. Walter Ingram as “Senior Sage,” Dr. Nadine Kaslow as “Inspiring Mentor” and Dr. L. “Joy” Baker as “Next Generation Healer.” The Metro Atlanta Chamber will receive the “Ada Lee & Pete Correll Healthcare Legacy” award. But why were these honorees selected?

the vast majority of pediatric burn care in Georgia. Under his leadership, the Unit received burn center verification from the American Burn Association (ABA), the highest recommendation a burn center can receive.

Senior Sage: Dr. Walter Ingram has treated thousands of patients during his 20-year tenure running the Burn Unit, including firefighters from across the state when they are injured in the line of duty. His dedication is legendary, highlighted by his tendency to stay in the hospital overnight, every night, when he has a critically-ill patient. Dr. Ingram has not only treated his patients; but he also regularly teaches residents as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Trauma/ Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital and in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. And he is the director at the Grady Burn Unit. Dr. Ingram presides over this program that has grown to admitting over 500 burn patients per year and providing

Inspiring Mentor: Dr. Nadine Kaslow holds several titles: professor with tenure, Emory University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System; vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. And we have only to read the headlines in the newspapers to see the relevance of her practice and field of study. She is always listening and teaching both her residents and her patients. Grady provides more mental health services to citizens than any other hospital in Georgia, second only to the state penal system.




Dr. Kaslow chose clinical psychology because she is dedicated to empowering children and adults alike to cope effectively with life’s challenges and to lead productive and meaningful lives. She believes every individual, particularly those with serious mental illness and who often have few material resources, deserves the highest quality mental health care possible. Her colleagues and fellow clinicians call on her often to calm “crisis” situations. Her work includes the treatment of intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior in African American women, evidence-based interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder, and a suicide prevention program. Next Generation Healer: As a LaGrange, Ga. native, Dr. L. “Joy” Baker is particularly aware of the need for access to quality healthcare in Georgia. Our state has the dubious distinction of having one of the nation’s highest morbidity and mortality rates for women and children, primarily due to inadequate numbers of providers outside the metro region. Dr. Baker is not only a physician, but also a humanitarian; she trained at the Morehouse School of Medicine where she was a Merit Scholar, graduating from medical school with honors and becoming the first medical student to win the United States President’s Award for Community Service in 2008 and the Arthur P. Gold Foundation award for Humanism in medicine in 2009. She is a fourth year resident today, leading her class along with a rigorous research schedule. Dr. Baker continues to lead by committing to positively impact the underserved and rural areas by practicing general Obstetrics and Gynecology in Columbus, Ga., upon graduation in 2013.

Ada Lee & Pete Correll Health Care Legacy: The Metro Atlanta Chamber is the primary advocate for the business community and quality of life issues in the metropolitan Atlanta region. The current strategy focuses on expanding the businesses and strengths of the region as well as supporting fresh, innovative entrepreneurs. In 1910, the Chamber successfully campaigned for a $3 million city bond which funded the expansion of the water and sewer systems, Grady Hospital and several new schools. The ties to Grady run deep and were substantially re-engaged nearly a century later, in 2007, when the threat of the hospital’s closure was on the horizon. Corporate heads were alerted, data was crunched and a full throated campaign for Grady’s survival was launched. Grady’s present day turnaround, in large measure, is credited to the Metro Chamber as well as to the leadership and support from its members. Georgia is fortunate to have both this extraordinary place and these exceptional people to care for its sick and traumatically injured. Additionally, there are preventive services to keep us healthy and strong. Most significantly, the Grady cross is always lit, serving as a beacon for all those in medical need, regardless of one’s city of origin, personal background or social station in life. For more information, visit www.gradyhealthfoundation. org/good-causes/white-coat-grady-gala/

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Jack Sawyer with EVENT co-host Eileen Gordon, Publisher and Editor of southern seasons.

Southern Seasons cover girls Valery Voyles and Karin Smithson with co-host Tony Conway, creator of the Estate.

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Holiday PARTY


he launch party for Southern Seasons holiday/winter issue was a wonderful evening of fabulous food, music and friends coming together to salute cover girls, Karin Smithson, Valery Voyles and the one and only Martha Stewart, who could not attend but sent her congratulations! Co-hosted by Tony Conway and Southern Seasons editor and publisher Eileen Gordon, the festive affair was held at Tony’s magnificent new events venue, The Estate, in Buckhead.

Amy Panos of PNC Bank with Ron and Kay Quigley.

Eileen DuBose, Bill and Cindy Voyles, and Robb and Fran Pitts.

Bill Brantley of Voyles Automotive with Lisa Fuller.



Cindy Wall of PNC Bank and James Wall.

Jack Sawyer, Elizabeth Allen, Rebecca Bily and Dr. Bill Torres.

Laura turner seydel, Jack sawyer, joel katz and lovette russell.

Dr. Dina Giesler with her lovely daughter Morgan, Morgan Collier and Dr. Marianna Kovitch. Michael Russell, Misty McLelland, Lovette Russell, Barbara Joiner and Sam Massell.

Millie and Steve Smith with Eileen Gordon.

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Frida & Diego René and Barbarella Diaz, and Lois and Rudy Besarra.

High Museum Board Chair Louise Sams.

Starfish Ball The annual Mardi Gras-themed ball at The St. Regis Atlanta drew 350 patrons into an imaginative scene of the Louisiana Bayous, presented by A Legendary Event. Renowned charity auctioneer CK Swett enabled the 2013 Starfish Ball to raise the highest ever proceeds – $130,000 in 10 minutes – for the nsoro Foundation’s benefit for young people emancipated from foster care.


Photography by Jim Fitts and Moses Robinson/LinxImages

Mateo Restrepo and Todd Tautfest.

Opening Party The High Museum of Art held an exclusive preview and reception to celebrate the opening of “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting,” on view through May 12. The High is the only U.S. venue for this exhibit, the largest ever mounted of the combined works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The evening was hosted by Louise Sams, chair of the High’s Board of Directors; Michael E. Shapiro; Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, junior director of the High; and the Friends of “Frida & Diego” co-chairs Lois and Rudy Beserra and Barbarella and René Diaz.

Left: Darrell Mays, “Student of the Year” Maranda Usry, Starfish Ball Royalty Queen Bonnie Terwilliger Leadbetter and King Dr. Bob Willis, with graduate nsoro scholar alumnus Mason McFall. Above: AT&T Foundation’s Regional Director Dennis Boyden (right) presented a check for $50,000 to nsoro Foundation founder Darrell Mays and director Cynthia Moreland. Right: Starfish Ball sponsor Patricia Terwilliger of the Terwilliger Family Foundation and her daughter Bonnie Terwilliger Leadbetter.

Mr. and Mrs. David M. Battle Sr. (Gail), Ball co-chair; Dr. and Mrs. W. Morris Brown III (Jan), Ball co-chair; Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Abreu (Carol), honorary chairs; and Dr. and Mrs. Charles L. Brown III (Kathryn), president of The Woman’s Auxiliary.

Piedmont Ball


he fifty-sixth Piedmont Ball sponsored by The Woman’s Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital was held on January 26 at the Piedmont Driving Club. Tony Brewer, the very talented ball designer, created an elegant evening for “A Night In Old New Orleans.” Proceeds from the Ball will enable the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease to purchase a 3-D image processing system which will help transform the way patients are cared for at Piedmont Hospital. photography by jim fitts

Mr. and Mrs. Shouky Shaheen (Doris).

Patrick M. Battey, M.D.; David G. Hanna; Gary T. Jones; and Thomas N. Lewis, M.D.

Mrs. James C. Edenfield (Norma), Mrs. Grady S. Clinckscales Jr. (Peggy), Seasons and Mrs. Thomas Southern Magazine Williams (Loraine).


Top Agent Awards Harry Norman, Realtors unveiled its 2012 Top Agent Awards at a breakfast awards program at The St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. Dan Parmer, president and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors, announced $2 billion in closed sales volume, a 22% increase and more than $363 million than the previous year. Above left: President and CEO Dan Parmer and Senior VP Betsy Franks of the Buckhead office, and one of the top two agents, Bonneau Ansley. Left: Senior VP Rob Owen with Margie Stockton and the Buckhead North office’s #1 Agent James Simons.

Elsie Thompson, the #1 Agent in the Buckhead Chastain office, with Senior VP John Barnes and Jenny Alms, recipient of the office’s Ms. Emmie Award.

French Heritage Society

Luncheon Program Helen McSwain, Meg Thrash, Alice Youmans and Bill Traylor, tour co-sponsor Harry Norman, Realtors.

Baccarat, the crystal of kings and emperors, from France’s Bourbon dynasty to Russian Czars and Ottoman Sultans, glistened at the elegant luncheon program of the French Heritage Society hosted by Larry Pritchard and Fio Pichardo at their newly opened West Paces Ferry Road boutique Owen Lawrence. The event was organized by French Heritage Society co-chairs Suzy Wasserman and Liz McDermott. 

Cathedral Antiques Show

Tour of Homes

The Cathedral Antiques Show Tour of Homes, presented by cosponsors Harry Norman, Realtors and Arrow Exterminators, drew home and design enthusiasts to visit five Buckhead homes, each significant from architectural, historic and interior aspects. From a circa 1920s Philip Shutze-designed estate to newer homes that evoke the traditional elegance of Buckhead, the tour offered a glimpse into gracious living. 90

Elizabeth Spiegel, Kathy Spetz, Mary Anne Quinn and Karen McRae.

Daniel Wesley Applebury and Alix Pryor, Amy Pleasance and Patrick Martin Christman, Kelsey Condon and Francis Bernard Condon IV.

The Phoenix Society

Debutante Ball

The Phoenix Society Debutante Ball was a celebration bringing together past debutantes, mother and daughter legacies and the presentation of the 2012 Class. The ceremony included a procession of past debutantes and the

introduction of the debutante escorts for the evening. The ball benefited the Shepherd Center. The volunteer hours and service from the young women making their debuts is community service extraordinaire.

Group of past debutantes from 1979-2009.

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Leisa and Steven Richman, event co-chair Avery Kastin, and Alison and Elliott Mendes.

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Brian Teeter, event cochair Cassandra Young and Chad Wood.

Guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment and art at the Carlos Museum’s 19th annual Bacchanal. With a theme inspired by the end of the Maya calendar and the museum’s fall exhibit “‘For I Am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art,” the End of the World party featured food from Atlanta’s best caterers, exclusive after-hour access to extraordinary works of art, gloATL dancers, a luxury raffle and music. The benefit supports the museum’s world-class exhibitions and programming.

Ga. Music Foundation


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Zac Brown.

“Just An Old Sweet Song,” a music industry dinner, was held at the Tabernacle to benefit the Georgia Music Foundation. Program highlights included a keynote speech by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and a rare acoustic set by country music superstar and Leesburg, Ga. native Luke Bryan. Gov. Deal was joined by Michele Caplinger, senior executive director of The Recording Academy® Atlanta Chapter, to recognize Georgia’s 2013 GRAMMY® Nominees.

Charlie Ackerman

Mac Powell, Brando Bush, and First Lady Sandra Deal.

Clemantine Wamariya

Kelly Morris, granddaughter of Bernie Marcus.

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum hosted the 2012 Atlanta Dinner to thank longtime supporters and educate and inspire guests about the museum’s work and the continuing relevance of the Holocaust. The keynote address was given by Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and the youngest person to be appointed as a member of U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

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around town with Jenny Pruitt

1. Holding puppies available for adoption, Bill Voyles with Cindy Voyles, chair of the “Haute Hounds and Couture Cats” Fashion Show Luncheon, hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue and benefiting the Atlanta Humane Society, met with AHS president William Shaheen and Karla Slocumb, who introduced her adopted Great Pyrenees, “Eli.” Photo by Smack Ad. 2. Jenny Pruitt of sponsor Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty introduced her Shih Tzus to “Haute Hounds and Couture Cats” fellow host committee members. Photo by Parish Kohanim. 3. “Haute Hounds and Couture Cats” committee members Lisa Fuller, Susan Tucker, Karen Spiegel and Barbara Joiner toured the “Cat Room” at the Atlanta Humane Society. Photo by Smack Ad. 4. Guest speaker Mary Frances Bowley, founder and CEO of Wellspring Living, with the 2013 Buckhead Girls Club “Woman of the Year” award recipient Susan Gordy, an animal advocate leader, and club founder Jenny Pruitt. Photo by Smack Ad.   


5. Enjoying the Buckhead Girls Club Fall Luncheon were Ann Hopkins, Anne Schwall and Glyn Weakley. Photo by Smack Ad. 6. Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty CEO Jenny Pruitt and firm president David Boehmig congratulate Nancy See (center) on her election as president of the Atlanta Board of Realtors. 7. Acclaimed interior designer and author of The Big Book of Chic, Miles Redd (3rd from left) was in town for a lecture and book signing at the Cathedral Antiques Show. He’s pictured with agents Wes Vawter, Sandra Carey and Ally May of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, which sponsored the lecture. Photo by Smack Ad. 8. Firm associates Neal Heery and Nancy Rizor, along with Jenny Pruitt (far right), welcomed New York designer and former Atlantan Miles Redd to the Cathedral Antiques Show. Photo by Smack Ad.




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Left: Colleen Strickland, Linda Mohan, Emily Sawyer, Danielle Rollins, Meg Harrington, Sam Jones, Sarah Sullivan and Alva Harper. Below: Danielle Rollins and Annette Joseph. photography by Ninh Chau

Book Signing & Reception Friends and fans turned out in full force at Huff Harrington Home to meet author Danielle Rollins, well-known in Atlanta as a preeminent tastemaker and party planner. “We were delighted to have Danielle here at the store,” said co-owner Meg Harrington. “Her new book, ‘Soirée,’ is full of wonderful and creative ideas, great style, elegant inspiration and gorgeous photography.”

Kelly Cannon of sponsor U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Valery Voyles, Dot Stoller, Wally Hills and U.S. Trust colleague Mike Stogner.

‘Noblesse Oblige’

The Atlanta History Center’s Members Guild drew a “standing-room only” attendance for the program presented by author Richard René Silvin on his new book, “Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her,” a revealing glimpse into the life of Wallis Warfield Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward VIII abdicated his throne. During the Champagne Breakfast preceding the program, René Silvin, who personally knew the Duchess of Windsor while he lived in Paris and escorted her frequently during her widowhood, signed copies of his book. 94

Karen Spiegel, Caroline Leake, Atlanta History Center Members Guild president Cecilia Wright, and Aimee Chubb. Author and guest speaker Richard René Silvin with guild members Valery Voyles and Ruth Anthony and program sponsor Stuart Pliner of Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead North office.



Guests celebrated Club Monaco’s grand re-opening at Lenox Square Mall with a private party at the fully renovated, 5,300-squarefoot space. Both sophisticated and eclectic, Club Monaco offers modern style for women and men in a boutique atmosphere.

Club Monaco Store Management Team: Ashley Shaeffer, Monique Ross, Tyler Galyon, Kelly White, Seth Hewatt, Krystal Carpenter.

Preview Party The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta hosted an exclusive preview party of the new residences. Guests were treated to an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and sophisticated entertainment and were given the opportunity to tour the model home designed by Johnna Barrett of Barrett Design and experience the luxurious Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Above right: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta GM Robert Lowe and Dan DeVito, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Right: Lauren Wells of Atlanta Fine Homes and Marisa Green of The Bayne Group. Left: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta GM Robert Lowe (center), with Atlanta Fine Homes CEO Jenny Pruitt and president David Boehmig.

John Geary and Danielle Rollins.

Greg Norman, Sally Bethea, and OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart.

OMEGA opening

Wendy Zoller, Peter Corry, Laura Turner Seydel and Rutherford Seydel.

Luxury Swiss watchmaker OMEGA celebrated the opening of its Atlanta boutique at Phipps Plaza, as well as its partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, at a cocktail party and dinner. Legendary golfer and OMEGA ambassador Greg Norman cut the grand opening ribbon along with other notables, including Sally Bethea, founding director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Southern Seasons Magazine



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1. The Atlanta Rotary Club hosted its annual Holiday Celebration at the Cherokee Town Club. Event chair Jenny Pruitt with Bob Pruitt and Steve Hennessy, Atlanta Rotary Club president, and his wife Regina, welcomed guests to the elegant party. Photo by Smack Ad. 2. French Heritage Society supporters experienced an unforgettable “Cocktail Culturel” when Lana and Dr. Michael Schlossberg hosted a private viewing of their collection of French drawings and sculpture at their Buckhead home. Pictured are FHS chairman Suzy Wasserman, James Simons of Harry Norman, Realtors, Lana and Dr. Michael Schlossberg and Rob Owen of Harry Norman, Realtors. Photo by Kim Link. 3. More than 450 of the city’s restaurant, hotel, business and civic leaders gathered at the Atlanta Hospitality Hall of Fame ceremony to celebrate inductees Patti Young (Chick-fil-A Bowl), Dante Stephensen (Dante’s Down The Hatch) and (far right) Mary Rose Taylor (Margaret Mitchell House), shown here with William Pate of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.


4. Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique hosted its second annual Angels of Life Hair & Fashion Show to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Three-13 managing partner Lester Crowell (center) presented a check to Pat Sortor Rotchford (left), executive director of the Georgia Transplant Foundation, and Dr. Andrew Smith, medical director of the Center for Heart Failure Therapy and Transplantation at Emory. 5. The Anti-Defamation League’s annual Community of Respect evening featured an awards program followed by a special performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terrezin.” ADL Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut and Regional Board Chairman Michael Merlin with honorees Linda Selig and Ben Johnson. 6. A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Marlow’s Tavern at Emory Point included a check presentation to Special Olympics Georgia for $5,280 that was raised during the restaurant’s pre-opening week fundraiser. Bianca Mallory, Kim Jensen-Pitts, Derek Van Cleve, Chris Hammers, Celestine Hankerson and Leonardo McClarty are shown at the check presentation. Photo by Tim Wilkerson.






8 7. Mayor Kasim Reed, co-hosts Boris Kodjoe and Erika Liles, Stevie Wonder, Tanya Rodriguez, Frank Ski, and co-host Kevin Liles at the Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting and Live Auction. Hosted by a tag team of Hollywood elite, the event honors those who are dedicated to helping shape the next generation, with proceeds supporting the Frank Ski Kids Foundation. 8. Singer, songwriter and producer AKON, boutique owner Kash, Grady Hospital Foundation president Lisa Borders and host Devyne Stephens, head of UM3G/Upfront/Konlive, on the red carpet at Devyne’s holiday gala, “All I Want for Christmas.” The benefit for the American Kidney Foundation was presented by his charity Devyne Intervention and RollsRoyce Motor Cars Atlanta. Photo by Kim Link. 9. Among guests at the Southern Seasons holiday launch party were Robert Ray and Rhett and Carolyn Tanner. Photo by Jim Fitts. 10. Southern Seasons style editor Gail O’Neill at the Southern Seasons launch party. Photo by Jim Fitts.



11. Restaurateur and TV personality Alex Hitz (right) hosted an exclusive presentation of his book, “My Beverly Hills Kitchen,” at a fundraising event for the Atlanta History Center. Tom and Aimee Chubb, who helped chair the benefit, were among the guests, who each received a signed copy of Alex’s book, featuring recipes and tips on entertaining. Photo by Jim Fitts. 12. The Voyles family proudly gathered to celebrate the accomplishment of Ben and Krist Voyles sons (seated) Ed and Jim Voyles, who both signed on to play baseball with Florida State University. Pictured: Kelly and Andy Kardian with their children Landon (standing) and Jamison; Ben and Krist Voyles, Brennan Voyles; and Cindy and Bill Voyles. 13. The Opening Night Gala for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre featured live music, a variety of delicious tastings, a silent auction and the first screening of the festival, “Hava Nagila.” Event chair Martha Jo Katz is pictured with husband Jerry Katz.




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arts performing


aaron’s amphitheatre at laKEWOOD CONCERTS May 2 The Black Keys May 12 Tim McGraw

2002 Lakewood Ave., Atlanta.



March 1-24 “Every Little Crook

and Nanny.” 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/751-0033.


April 11-13, 19-21, 26-27 “Jekyll & Hyde The Musical,” tells the story of good versus evil, as Dr. Jekyll uncovers his own dark side. Teens and up. May 4 ShowStoppers 2013, Youth Talent Show of ARTSSprings. Prizes awarded to top three participants in each age group.


an ambitious psychiatrist treats a troubled young boy who has blinded six horses. 8 PM Wed.Sat., 2 PM Sun. May 23-June 23 “Seminar,” four aspiring writers get the education of a lifetime in a class by a famous author. 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. actors- 404/607-7469.


Through March 10 “Charlotte’s

Web,” beloved children’s classic comes to life through acrobatics in a touching family spectacle. March 2 Family Fun Fair, 2-4 PM. March 8-April 7 “The Whipping Man,” drama. A wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home, greeted by his family’s former

“Mary Poppins” at the Fox Theatre – April 2-7 slaves for a Passover celebration. March 11-15, 23, 28-30 “A Child’s Garden of Verses” for young children. Journey through a magical garden in an interactive, multi-sensory performance. April 3-May 5 “Zorro,” fun extravaganza about the legend from the old American West. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., NE. 404/733-4650.

ART STATION THEATRE April 18-May 15 “Beer for

Breakfast,” comedy. A guys’ weekend at the cabin turns into a battle of the sexes. June 6-23 “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class.” 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. 770/469-1105.


March 1 Bhavana Raghunandan March 2 Dueling Pianists March 7 Emory University

“Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show” Cobb Energy Centre – March 14-17 98

Madeline Trumble and Con O’Shea-Creal

March 21-April 21 “Equus,”

Hackett Miller Company, Inc.

6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza shopping center.

Symphony Orchestra March 18 Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony March 22 Lawrence Brownlee March 24 Atlanta Sacred Chorale: Masterworks, 4 PM. April 2 Emory Jazz Combos April 5 Barenaked Voices, Emory Student A Cappella Celebration. April 12 Brooklyn Rider April 14 Emory Chamber Ensembles April 19-20 Emory University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus April 23 Emory Big Band April 25 Emory Concert Choir April 27 Emory Wind Ensemble May 8 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra Theater

April 4-14 “The Cherry Orchard”

moving comedy about letting go of what we love, staged at Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle NE. Dance Through March 2 Monica Bill Barnes & Company March 21-23 Versus: Man vs. Man, Nature, Self, Society, Destiny April 25-27 Emory Dance Company Spring Concert Unless noted, events at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. For a comprehensive list of events, visit 404/727-5050.


March 22-24 New Choreographic Voices.

April 12-14 “Carmina Burana,”

with Atlanta Ballet Orchestra & Live Choir, three seminarians question their faith. May 10-12 “Love Stories,” explores the theme of love through classic and innovative choreography, highlighting the dancers’ athleticism and passion. Performances at 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sat. & Sun. at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/892-3303.


May 5 “Spring in Spain,” Spanish

songs and dances, with guest artist Nell Snaidas, soprano. 4 PM. Roswell Presbyterian Church, 755 Mimosa Blvd.



May 17 “Ghosts & Films,” Louis

joan marcus


Ta ‘Rea Campbell, Alysha Deslorieux and Trisha Jefferey

“Brer Rabbit” at CPA – April 11-May 26 Spohr, Nino Rota, Ludwig van Beethoven. 3 PM Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow. 678/466-4200. May 7 “Adventurous & Noble,”

Bohaslav Martinu, Michael Kurth, Johannes Brahms. 7:30 PM at New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St., Atlanta. British Pub menu, 6:15 PM. 404/874-5299.


Through March 3 “Beehive – The

60’s Musical,” tracing the coming of age of women’s music. 2 & 8 PM Sat., 2 PM Sun. April 12-28 “Ragtime – The Musical,” weaves together three American tales of a suburban mother, Jewish immigrant, and Harlem musician, united by courage, compassion and hope. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun., 2 PM Sat. April 27. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 404/377-



March 2, 5, 8, 10 “La traviata,”

a beautiful and tragic love story about opera’s most beloved “fallen woman.” 8 PM Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 8 PM Fri., 3 PM Sun. at Cobb Energy Centre. March 23 Community performance of children’s opera “Stone Soup” at 11 AM at Southwest Arts Center. $7. April 27, 30, May 3, 5 “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” whimsical adventure about Isabella, who is imprisoned by an Algerian ruler and turns the tables to rescue the man of her dreams. 8 PM Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 8 PM Fri., 3 PM Sun. at Cobb

Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. 404/881-



March 1 Bach’s Mass, 8 PM. March 2 Steve Martin performs at Symphony Gala, 7:30 PM.

March 7, 9-10 Mendelssohn,

Schubert, Schubert/Berio, Rossini, 8 PM Thurs. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. March 14-16 Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart, 8 PM. March 17 Youth Orchestra, 3 PM. March 28-30 Shostakovich, Brydern, Tchaikovsky, 8 PM April 4-5 World Premiere II, Michael Kurth, Marcus Roberts, Bernstein, Theofanidis, 8 PM. April 11-13 Shostakovich, Dukas, Bartok, 8 PM. April 14 Mother Goose, 1:30 & 3:30 PM. April 19-20 Sixties Hits with The Midtown Men, 8 PM. April 25, 27-28 Vivaldi, Mahler, 8 PM Thurs. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. May 2, 4-5 Beethoven, 8 PM Thurs. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. May 9-11 Beethoven, Walton, 8 PM. May 12 Youth Orchestra, 3 PM. May 16, 18 Messiaen, Debussy, Duruflé, 8 PM. May 24-25 Michael Feinstein, piano, 8 PM. May 30, June 1-2 Mozart, James MacMillan, 8 PM Thurs. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/733-5000.


March 14-April 7 “The Drowsy

“Sister Act” at the Fox Theatre – April 23-28 Chaperone,” pays tribute to Jazz Age musicals. May 2-26 “Lark Eden,” humorous new play traces the lives of three life-long friends. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678/2266222.


April 6 Spring Show at Cobb County Civic Center Jennie Anderson Theater. 770/438-9752.


May 10-18 “Tokens of Affection,” new romantic comedy about the Garrett family. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sat. & Sun. The Art PlaceMountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. centerstagenorth. org. 770/516-3330.


March 2, 5, 8, 10 Atlanta Opera


May 5 The Airborne Toxic Event. May 14-19 “SPANK! The Fifty

“La traviata.”

March 14-17 Sandy Hackett’s Rat

Shades Parody,” comedy. 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/843-



March 15-17 “The Secret Agent.” Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 678/301-8013.


Through March 17 “The

Adventures of Mighty Bug.”

March 19-April 7 “Galapagos

from around the world. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404/873-3391.

George, the Little Tortoise that Could.” April 11-May 26 “Brer Rabbit & Friends.” New Direction Series Through March 3 “Tales of Edgar Allen Poe.” Ages 12+. April 26-28 “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer.” Ages 12+. May 16-19 Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT). Ages 18+. Ongoing “Puppets: The Power of Wonder,” a display of 350 puppets

Pack Show, Gas South Broadway Series. March 22-24 Atlanta Ballet’s New Choreographic Voices. March 28 America’s Got Talent Live All Stars Tour, 8 PM. March 29 Jim Henson’s Pajanimals Live: Pajama Playdate. April 1 One Night of Queen, 8 PM. April 2 Brit Floyd – Pulse World Tour, 8 PM. April 5-7 Zeola Gaye’s “My Brother Marvin,” stage play about musical icon Marvin Gaye. April 12-14 Atlanta Ballet “Carmina Burana.” April 27, 30, May 3, 5 Atlanta Opera “The Italian Girl in Algiers.” May 10-12 Atlanta Ballet “Love Stories.” 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.


CUMMING PLAYHOUSE Through March 24 “Steel

Magnolias,” comedy-drama about a close circle of Southern women. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. March 26 Cumming Playhouse

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PERFORMING ARTS pop & world music by British band.

Singers Spring Concert, 8 PM. March 28 North Ga. Barber Shop Singers Spring Concert, 8 PM. March 29 Sounds of Sawnee Spring Concert, 8 PM. April 4-21 “Footloose The Musical.” A city boy brings dance back to the heart of a small town. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2 PM Sun. May 2-19 “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a musical trip down memory lane with shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-

creator of public radio show “This American Life.” April 20 Ethel, postclassical string quartet. April 21 Georgia Tech Choirs & Symphony Orchestra, 3 PM May 24 Peachtree Dance Recital, 7 PM. Performances at 8 PM, unless noted. 349 Ferst Dr. NW Atlanta at GA. Tech. 404/894-9600.


14th street playhouse


Through March 3 “Odd Couple,” pits slovenly Oscar against fastidious Felix in roommate battle. May 10-12 “Charlotte’s Web,” classic story of friendship between a pig and a spider, performed by Young Artists in grades 1-5. 999 Brady Ave., Atlanta. 404/8769468.

FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS @ GA. TECH March 2 Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

March 10 New York Gilbert &


April 6 An Evening with Ira Glass,

March 2 “Ballabhpurer

Roopkatha,” Bengali comedy.

March 23 “WOMAN The Musical,”

based on the life of Mimi Johnson. 173 14th St. NE, Atlanta. 404/733-



Through March 3 Fela! The Musical

March 8 Jerry Seinfeld March 12-17 Million Dollar Quartet March 17 Stars of Tomorrow March 22 Leonard Cohen March 23 Rodney Carrington April 2-7 Mary Poppins April 12 NEEDTOBREATHE with

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors April 13 Third Day with Colton

Dixon & Josh Wilson April 19 George Jones April 20 Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth April 23-28 Sister Act April 30 Celtic Woman May 4 Larry the Cable Guy & Bill Engvall 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta.



Through March 17 “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” beguiling thriller. April 11-28 “Hello, Dolly!,” heartwarming musical about life’s second chances as maneuvered by the indomitable Dolly Levi. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/641-1260.

GEORGIA FESTIVAL CHORUS March 10 Smyrna First Baptist Church, 1275 Church St. SE. March 17 Marietta First

Baptist Church, 148 Church St. April 21 Clairmont Presbyterian

Church, 1994 Clairmont Road, Decatur. April 28 Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1438 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta. Ken Howard courtesy of The Santa Fe Opera

Sullivan Players “The Mikado,” comedy of a fictitious town full of colorful characters. 5 PM. March 16 Acoustic Alchemy, jazz,

March 23 Seán Curran Company,

May 5 Big Canoe Chapel, 226 Wolfscratch Dr., Jasper.

3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.



March 9 Bloch’s “Sacred Service” and Mahler’s Symphony #1 “Titan” at 8 PM at Bailey Center at KSU. May 4 GSO Chorus & Chamber Chorus. Details, TBA May 11-12 Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at 3 PM Sat. and 4 & 7:30 PM Sun. 770/4297016.


Through March 3 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: “Dragons” March 16 Harlem Globetrotters March 27 Eric Clapton April 20 Romeo Santos May 1-5 Disney On Ice “Worlds of Fantasy” Performing Arts Center March 1-3 Youth America Grand Prix’s Southeastern Semifinals March 15-17 “Swan Lake” presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet at 7:30 PM Fri.; 10 AM, 2 & 7:30 PM Sat.; 2 PM Sun. April 6-7 Rainbow Dance Competition. April 28 Masterworks III: “SHIMMER.” May 11 “The Shoemaker” presented by All Stars Performing Arts at 6:30 PM. May 17, 19 “Aladdin” presented by Northeast Atlanta Ballet at 7:30 PM Fri. & 3 PM Sun. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Through March 17 “The Waffle

Palace: Smothered, Covered, and Scattered 24/7/365,” comedy. John Picket and his multi-racial staff battle to keep their Midtown diner open against heavy odds. 1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta. 404/584-



March 7-17 “Grease: The School Version,” lively 50’s-style musical presented by Georgia’s only theatrical company featuring actors with developmental disabilities. Shows at 7:30 PM Thurs., 8:30 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Zaban Park, MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.


Atlanta Opera presents “The Italian Girl in Algiers” Cobb Energy Centre – April 27 & 30, May 3 & 5 100

April 2-7 Disney’s high-flying hit musical features unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. Presented by Theater of the Stars at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta. 404/881-2100.


March 10 The Killer Bs: Music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Britten and Bernstein, 3 PM April 14 Hear the Future! Music Festival, featuring MOS’s Kaleidoscope and the Berry Singers, 3 PM. May 17 A Tribute to the Beatles with guest band The Return, 8 PM. All performances at Roswell United Methodist Church. 770/594-7974.


by the true story of the famed recording session of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Staged at the Fox Theatre as part of the Broadway in Atlanta series. 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta. 404/881-2100.

northeast atlanta ballet

March 15-17 “Swan Lake” at 7:30 PM Fri.; 10 AM, 2 & 7:30 PM Sat.; 2 PM Sun. May 17, 19 “Aladdin” at 7:30 PM Fri. & 3 PM Sun. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

770/921-7277. 404/249-6400.


March 1 P!nk The Truth About

Love Tour

March 2-3 Nuclear Cowboyz March 11 Lady Gaga Born This

Way Ball World Tour March 16 Harlem Globetrotters ”You Write The Rules” World Tour March 27 Maroon 5 March 29 Alicia Keys April 18-19 Taylor Swift April 22 Rihanna April 28 Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood June 10 Fleetwood Mac June 21 One Direction 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.



Through March 2 “Let’s Make It,” romantic drama about modern day relationships. 1085 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/455-1313.

polk street players

May 3-18 “The Dining Room”

by A.R. Gurney, staged in the Stellar Cellar, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta. Shows at 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sun. 770/218-9669


March 2 Red Baraat , Bhangra Funk Dhol ‘n’ Brass March 9 La Compañia de Manuel Linan, Flamenco music and dance March 16 Dianne Reeves, jazz

Hasselblad H3d

March 12-17 Hit musical inspired

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers perform at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Gala – March 2 April 6 Hugh Masekela, jazz April 12 Eddie Daniels, GSU Jazz


April 13 Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain April 19-21 Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, GSU Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra April 27 Tiempo Libre, jazz 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-


ROSWELL CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Through March 17 “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club,” Georgia Ensemble Theatre. 770/641-1260. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770/594-6232.


March 14-17 Theatrical production celebrates 50 years of The Rat Pack with new arrangements of the classic songs. Presented by the Gas South Broadway Series at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta. 800/745-


SAVANNAH MUSIC FESTIVAL March 21-April 6 Showcasing renowned performers in jazz, classical, Americana and world music, Georgia’s largest musical arts event takes place at intimate venues throughout Savannah’s historic district.


April 23-28 Family friendly, overthe-top musical with nuns that

rock, playing at the Fox Theatre at 8 PM Tues.-Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. Part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season. 855/ATL-TIXX.

Performances Thurs., Fri. & Sat. nights and Sun. afternoons. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody.




March 29-April 21 “Petite Rouge,” a foot-stomping zydeco musical with a Cajun Red Riding Hood, big, bad gator, and a wild chase through Mardi Gras, staged at Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/484-8636.

March 9 Guitarist Ed Gerhard April 13 Acoustic Eidolon May 11 Frank Vignola, Vinny

Raniolo 8 PM at Roswell’s Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North, 11420 Crabapple Road.


March 27-April 21 “The Fabulous


April 25-May 19 “Lady Lay.”

Marianne sets off on a personal revolution through cold war fatigue in a joy ride through life’s rules and regulations. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl.


Lipitones,” a barbershop trio races to find a new member for their quartet to win a national competition. Performances Wed.Sun. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atlanta. 678/528-



April 28 “The King of Instruments



perform showcase at Fox Theatre at 4 PM.

x 3,” 4 PM at Roswell United Methodist Church.


March 22-April 14 “I Love You,

You’re Perfect, Now Change,” comic revue about relationships. March 26-27 “Red Letter Jesus,” Brad Sherrill performs the words of Jesus, with multimedia imagery from the Holy Land. May 17-June 6 “Dancing at Lughnasa,” drama about five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small Irish village.

March 17 Top 10 teen vocalists


April 26-27 Widespread Panic May 17 The Avett Brothers, Old

Crow Medicine Show Encore Park, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta.



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fun around town

“Flight of the Butterflies” at Fernbank’s IMAX


April 13-14 A celebration of the arts, with outdoor galleries filled with fine paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and more, plus live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine in historic downtown. 10 AM-6 PM. 2 South Main St. 678/297-6000.


March 23 Easter Egg Hunt for ages 3-10, 11 AM at North Park Softball Fields 1-4, plus games, inflatables and exhibitors at 10 AM. Free. 13450 Cogburn Road. 678/297-6140. Saturdays Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market offers farmfresh fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, local raw honey, homemade sauces and jellies and more. Open from 8 AM-12:30 PM, April 13 through mid October. 404/402-5389. April 27 15th Annual Touch-ATruck showcases fire engines, cars, trucks, military vehicles and more, plus entertainment, balloons, moonwalks and face painting. 10 AM-2 PM at Wills Park/Wacky World, 1825 Milton Ave. Free. 678/297-6130. April 27-28, May 25-26 Art In The Park artist market, presented by Gallery 35 at Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Ave. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-4 PM Sun.

Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn 102 


March 15-17 Over 200 of the

country’s leading craft artists will

present their handmade work at the largest juried, indoor craft show in the Southeast at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy. 10 AM-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $13 ($20 for 3-day pass, $5 after 5 PM Fri. only); 12 and under, free. Preview Party: 6-9 PM March 14. $75. 800/836-3470.

April 16-17 Royals April 29-May 2 Nationals May 3-5 Mets May 17-19 Dodgers May 20-22 Twins May 29-30 Blue Jays May 31-June 2 Nationals June 3-5 Pirates Games at Turner Field. 800/3264000.



March 22 Easter Egg Hunt & Visit

with Easter Bunny, ages 5 & under. 10 AM. $5. May 12 Mothers Day Open House, 1-3 PM. Free. May 28 Antique Appraisal, 11 AM. $10. RSVP. Limit of 2 items. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770/641-3978.

ATL. BOTANICAL GARDEN Through April 14 “Orchid

Daze: Surreal Beauty,” an exotic showcase of blooms in the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center. Tours: 1 PM Sat., through April 13. Orchid Market Weekends: March 9-10 & April 13-14. March 8-10 Atlanta Orchid Society Show. March-April Atlanta Blooms, extravaganza of spring-blooming bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and more. March 28 Blooms & Bubbly April 4 Garden Envy, auction of rare plants and garden treasures, 6:30 PM. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/876-5859.

ATLANTA BRAVES Home Games April 1, 3, 4 Phillies April 5-7 Cubs

April 19-21 77th annual festival at Midtown’s Piedmont Park, featuring a sprawling juried Artist Market, live music, cultural performances, festival food and gourmet tasting events, Kid’s Village, Eco Village, disc dog show and more. Free; some events/areas are ticketed. 404/817-6642.


May 30-June 2 A celebration of Southern food and beverage traditions with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Midtown Atlanta, 10th St. NE and Peachtree Walk. 877/725-8849.


Home Games March 6 Philadelphia March 9 Brooklyn March 13 L.A. Lakers March 15 Phoenix March 18 Dallas March 20 Milwaukee March 22 Portland March 30 Orlando April 1 Cleveland April 3 New York April 5 Philadelphia April 12 Milwaukee April 16 Toronto Philips Arena.

aTL. HISTORY CENTER Through July 7 “Slavery at

Disney on Ice at Gwinnett Arena, May 1-5 Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down,” exhibit. March 11 Egg Hunt, 10 AM-1 PM. March 16 Citizens and Soldiers: The American Civil War, with reenactments, weapon demonstrations and home front activities, 11 AM-4 PM.

March 16-17, April 20-21, May 18-19 Free Admission weekends. April 13 Sheep to Shawl festival,

10:30 AM-4:30 PM, with sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing and candle making at Tullie Smith Farm, plus stories, music, crafts, games and guided tours of the historic farmhouse and Quarry Garden. May 25 Military Timeline, 11 AM-4 PM. Hear veterans’ personal accounts and view their wartime memorabilia. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/814-4000.

Aaron Dr. SE, Atlanta. 770/452-


ATLANTA STEEPLECHASE April 13 48th annual running

will be held at Kingston Downs, between Rome and Cartersville. Festivities include terrier races, Disc Dog Southern Nationals, artist market, hay rides, pony rides, air show and parade. Gates open at 9 AM, first race at 1:30 PM. General admission $30 (12 and under, free).


May 11-12 Regional arts festival

with art, music, dance, children’s art, books, wine tasting and more at Duluth Town Green. barefoot 678/677-0172.



and owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Pinckneyville Park, Gwinnett.

March 22-24 Hundreds of home

improvement companies will exhibit the latest products and services at this 35th annual show at Cobb Galleria Centre, plus speakers, cooking demos, artists’ market and kids’ activities. 10 AM-6 PM Fri. & Sat., noon-6 PM Sun. Two Galleria Pkwy. $10 (65+ and ages 12 and under, free). 770/798-1997.

March 16 Pledge walk for dogs


May 12 Mother’s Day Open House. Free admission.

May 25-26 Civil War Living

May 25-27 36th annual festival

History Encampment, with military and civilian reenactors, 1860s dancing and music, best period costume contest, kids activities, food and fun. 10 AM-4 PM. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/640-

com. 404/853-4234.



features a jazz-packed Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park. 11 AM-11 PM. Free. atlantafestivals.


June 8 National Kidney Foundation’s community pledge walk at Turner Field, 755 Hank


April 20-21 Scenically set in

the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Dahlonega’s 17th annual music and arts fest features bluegrass and old-time music,

Quilts at Bulloch Hall, March 9-17 March 24 Callanwolde Concert

traditional art and craft, folk art, dance, storytelling, auction, kids’ activities, food and more on the city’s public square. Prefestival events on Friday include jammers on the square and a Live Country Auction. 706/348-1370.

Band concert, 3 PM. $10.

March 30 Easter Egg Hunt,

BUCKHEAD SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL May 11-12 Outdoor showcase of

original works by 175 artists and artisans at Atlanta’s Chastain Park, with live entertainment, food, and children’s area with inflatables and sand art. Hosted by AFFPS. Free. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun.


March 9-17 31st annual Great

American Cover-Up Quilt Show, themed “My Favorite Things,” presented by Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, with 200 quilts on display. 10 AM-4 PM Mon.-Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. $8 ($7 seniors, $6 ages 6-18). April 27 North Fulton Master Gardeners “A Garden Faire.” May 11 American Hydrangea Society Plant Sale. May 12 Mother’s Day, free admission. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.



“Eggstravaganza,” 10 AM-Noon. $14 kids. April 20 Callanwolde Dance Ensemble Spring Show, 2 & 7 PM. May 4-5 Spring Pottery Sale, featuring functional, decorative and sculptural ceramic works. 10 AM-5 PM. Preview reception: 7-9:30 PM May 3. 404/874-9351. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta.



March 21-24 Annual Plant Fair & Sale at Robin Lake Beach Dome. March 30-31 Easter Egg Hunt, 2-4 PM Sat., and Sunrise Service, 7:30 AM Sun. April 15-21 Plein Air Paint Out for 30 juried national artists culminates with a weekend Art Show & Sale. April 26 Symphony on the Sand with the Atl. Symphony Orchestra at Robin Lake Beach, 8-9:30 PM. May 12 Fitness Series – Duathlon (5K run, 30K bike, 5K run) and 5K. May 24-27 Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament at Robin Lake. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.


March 1, April 12 Tango Night. Dance lesson at 8 PM, followed by party at 9:15 PM. $15 ($10 party only). March 10 The Phoenix Flies, guided tour of the Callanwolde Estate, 1-2 PM. Free. March 13, April 10, May 8 Poetry Reading, 8 PM. March 15 Family Storytelling: Emerging Voices, 7 PM.

Weekends Trail Hikes, 1 PM Sat. & Sun., March-May. Sundays Animal Encounter, 4 PM. Ongoing Creature Feature, 2 PM Sat. & Sun, 4 PM Thurs. & Fri. March 2 Georgia Daffodil Society Show, noon-5 PM at Kingfisher Hall, features hundreds of daffodils. March 24 Farm Day with live

animals (including geese, goats, sheep, chicks and bunnies), plus crafts and stories, noon-4 PM.

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FUN AROUND TOWN April 5-6 Spring Native Plant Sale at CNC Greenhouse. 10 AM-5 PM. April 13 11th annual Earth Day Kids Fest, co-hosted with The Captain Planet Foundation, 10 AM-3 PM. Fun eco-event with hands-on activities, live native animal presentations, performance by Laughing Pizza, Captain Planet, face painting, canoe paddling on the pond, Eco-Village marketplace and more. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children (free for under 2). Shuttle bus from St. Francis School. May 11 Rockin on the River benefit, 6 PM. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



May 11-12 Celebrate the arts and springtime with fine arts, original crafts, children’s activities, music and performing arts, food vendors and more in Roswell’s Historic Town Square. 770/640-3253.


April 27-28 Stroll through public and private gardens, from stately and formal to artsy and whimsical, on this annual tour hosted by the Decatur Preservation Alliance and Oakhurst Community Garden Project. 10 AM-5 PM & 7-9 PM Sat.; noon-5 PM Sun. $25 ($20 adv.).


April 20-May 12 The Atlanta

10 AM-7:30 PM Thurs.; noon-4:30 PM Sun. $25 ($20 before April 20) Proceeds support the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Community Engagement programs. 404/733-4864.


May 1-5 Action-packed ice spectacular showcases characters from “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “Tinker Bell” and “The Little Mermaid” at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth. 7:30 PM Wed. & Thurs.; 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM Fri.; 11 AM, 3 & 7 PM Sat.; 1 & 5 PM Sun.


April 19-21 Visit elegant homes and gardens in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods in this benefit tour to preserve the area’s historical integrity. The tour also features a speaker series and

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Symphony Associate’s 43rd annual event will feature the Southeast’s finest interior and landscape designers at 3495 Old Plantation Road NE, Atlanta. Designers will showcase their talents by taking on a different room or area within the estate and transforming it into a dazzling piece of artistry. 10 AM-3:30 PM Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat.;

Atlanta Steeplechase at Kingston Downs, April 13 classic car show, sponsored by Lambda Car Club of Atlanta. 10 AM-5 PM Fri. & Sat., 1-5 PM Sun.



March 2-Aug. 18 “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time” exhibit with spectacular fossils, unusual specimens and vivid reconstructions, including a 16-foot-tall Indricotherium, the largest land mammal. Opening Day Celebration: 10 AM-2 PM March 2, with special activities. March 30 Dinosaur Egg Hunt, $5 per child, plus admission. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


May 11-12 A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, this 29th annual event to benefit the Atlanta Botanical Garden features 11 private gardens throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the garden at the Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators Showhouse. Tours from 10 AM-5 PM. $30 ($25 advance). 404/591-1597.

GA. RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL April 13-June 2 A 16th century

“Extreme Mammals” at Fernbank Museum 104

European country faire is grandly erected on the outskirts of Fairburn in a multi-acre kingdom brought to life by costumed characters, from jousting knights and juggling jesters to daring acrobats and strolling thespians, with ten stages of music and comedy shows, plus games & rides, artists market, birds of prey, royal petting zoo, and a smorgasbord of food and drink. 10:30 AM-6 PM weekends and Memorial Day. I-85 to exit 61-Peachtree City/Fairburn and follow the signs. 770/964-8575.


March 3 Backcountry Geology

Hike, 1-4 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs. $5, plus $5 parking. 770/732-5871. March 16 Candlelight Hike to the Mill, 7-9 PM, Sweetwater Creek State Park. $5, plus $5 parking.


HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS March 16 The world-famous

basketball stars bring their skills and athleticism to Philips Arena in Atlanta at 1 PM and Gwinnett Center in Duluth at 7:30 PM.


March 13-16 Showcase of products and ideas for indoor and outdoor living with more than 250 exhibitors at the Georgia World Congress Center.


March 20-23 Celebrate wine, art, food and friends at “A New Vintage,” the 21st annual charity wine auction for the High Museum of Art, featuring world-renowned winemakers and legendary chefs.


Ongoing “Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland” weekend guided tours, with full schedule resuming March 16 at 10 AM & 2, 4 and 6:30 PM. $10 ($5 students, seniors & children).

HUNGER WALK/RUN 2013 March 10 Join thousands of

participants at Turner Field for this annual walk to benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank and other nonprofit hunger relief programs. Noon-4 PM. Games, refreshments, live entertainment and more. $25

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fiddlers bob christmas, alex thomlinson and mark squires perform at last year’s festival.

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Dahlonega’s Bear on the Square Festival, April 20-21 race fee. 404/8929822 x 1246.

at Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road. Easter Bunny will be hopping in for photos.


Marietta Square Artists Market features juried fine arts in historic downtown on Mill Street, by Glover Park. Held 2nd & 4th Sat., AprilNov.

Through May 27 “Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You” exhibit explores the physical science of the human body. Open daily. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., NW. 404/659-KIDS.


Through March 14 “Alaska:

Spirit of the Wild.” Experience the ultimate story of survival in a land of exotic wildlife and beauty. Through May 9 “Flight of the Butterflies.” Soar a mile high, as half a billion Monarch butterflies go south on a 3,000-mile journey. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX®. Enjoy cocktails, films, live music or DJ, and cuisine, 6:30-11 PM Fridays. Tickets: 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


March 23-24 16th annual tour features 14 designer-decorated kitchens (7 each day) in Atlanta’s most esteemed neighborhoods, plus chef demonstrations. 10 AM-4 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $35 ($40 day of tour). “Toast of the Tour” party, 7-11 PM March 22 at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Dr. NE, Atlanta. $75.

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Weekends Marietta Square Farmer’s Market offers a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce and garden products from 10 AM-1 PM Sat. (year-round) and noon-3 PM Sun. (April-Nov). North Park Square. 770/499-9393. March 22 Easter Egg Scramble (for ages 10 & under) at 6:30 PM

April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25

Marietta Greek Festival May 17-19 Celebrate Greek

traditions, culture and food at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta. 3-11 PM Fri., 10 AM-11 PM Sat., 11 AM-7 PM Sun. $3 (12 & under, free). 770/924-8080.


May 4-5 37th annual arts & crafts festival with children’s activities and free entertainment in Glover Park in the Marietta Square. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.

ORIGINAL SEWING & QUILT EXPO March 7-9 Showcase of sewing,

quiltmaking, embroidery and more at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. 10 AM-6 PM Thurs.Fri., 10 AM-5:30 PM Sat. $10.


and crafts event with a 5K “Commissioner’s Run” at 7:30 AM Sat.


April 13 The Atlanta Humane Society’s 23rd annual pledge walk follows a 1.5-mile route through Atlantic Station’s Central Park, 1380 Atlantic Dr. Plus vendors, games, contests, training demos, rescue groups and adoptable animals. 9 AM-1 PM. Walk starts at 11 AM. Registration: $40 ($30, before April 1). 404/875-5331.

CNC’s Plant Sale, April 5-6



March 17 Marathon and half marathon, plus Cuties Luckie 5K at 7:30 AM. Course runs through downtown Atlanta with start and finish at Centennial Olympic Park.


Through March 3 The circus comes to town, with a “Dragons” themed show at Gwinnett Center.


March 8-9 NASA March 15-17 SCCA National April 19-20 GRAND-AM Road


April 25-28 HSR Mitty May 10-11 Drift Atlanta May 18-19 SCCA National May 31 Hall County Relay For Life June 6-9 WERA 300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.


Ongoing Learn about the unique history and stories of paranormal activity through experienced paranormal investigators on this walking tour. 8 PM. Reservations required. $15 ($10, 12 & under).

April 20-21 Outdoor festival features 150 arts & crafts participants, plus children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations and more. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun. Location: TBA. Held in partnership with Art Sandy Springs. Free.


March 7-10, April 11-14, May 9-12 The world’s largest series of indoor antique shows at the Atlanta Expo Center, 3650 Jonesboro Road, SE. 1-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. 404/361-



March 10 The Junior League of

Atlanta’s 9th annual Irish-themed race takes place at Atlantic Station with a family-friendly 5K and 10K, starting at 8:15 AM and 8:30 AM, respectively; and a Tot Trot for ages 5 and under at 8 AM. Post-race festivities include food, beverages and sponsor booths and activities. 5K/10K, $35 ($30 advance); Tot Trot, $8.


April 26-27 Fun weekend event


featuring a series of spring/summer fashion shows and interactive entertainment by Simon Property Group at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE. Free.

April 28 Recreational ride in

Roswell for all ages and abilities with 6-mile, 20-mile and 40-mile options. 8 AM.


April 26-28 A garden showcase


spectacular landscape gardens, unique plant exhibits and floral displays and a marketplace of nearly 100 merchants at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta.

with exhibits, experts, plants, a market and tours. Held at Historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., Augusta. 10 AM-5 PM Fri.-Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $25, 3-day pass. 706/826-4700.

March 15-17 Stroll through

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ASA’s Decorators’ Show House & Gardens, April 20-May 12 SPRING FESTIVAL ON PONCE

April 13-14 Artist’s Market of arts and handmade crafts, children’s area, food and live acoustic entertainment at historic Olmsted Linear Park in North Druid Hills. Free. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun.


March 30-April 13 Spring FUN

Break at Crossroads, with Sky Hike adventure ropes course, 4D Theater, Geyser Falls and more. 10:30 AM-7 PM. Lasershow Spectacular nightly. March 31 69th Annual Easter Sunrise Service, top of mountain and Memorial Lawn at 7 AM (park gates and skyride open at 4 AM). May 25-27 Memorial Day

Weekend celebration on Memorial Lawn. 10:30 AM-8 PM. Lasershow at 9:30 PM. 770/498-5690.



festival featuring Southern music and ”self taught” art, plus street jams, dancing and food in the historic Stone Mountain Village.

April 28 20th annual food fest from 11 AM-7 PM in the Historic Marietta Square, with samples from 80 restaurants and caterers, music stages, kids games, cooking stage, sunset concert. Free. “Tastes”: $1-$5. 770/429-1115.



this food fest features delectable fare from over 60 restaurants from 5-10 PM at Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. Sample appetizers, entrees and desserts; enjoy chef competitions, cooking

Center’s 10th annual “Celebration of Living Landmarks” features events at more than 60 sites, from walking tours, bike tours and guided tours to exhibitions and performances, celebrating Atlanta’s

ST. MTN. VILLAGE BLUE GRASSROOTS FEST March 23-24 Music and arts

May 9 Celebrating its 23rd year,


Old Village Tour

April 21 – Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Enjoy a quaint Sunday stroll through the historic district of Mount Pleasant, S.C., at the Old Village Home, Garden & Art Tour from 1-5 PM April 21. A wonderful event that has become a welcome springtime occasion for hundreds of participants, the self-guided tour features picturesque homes and gardens, as well as a showcase of works by local artists, food tastings prepared by area chefs and restaurants, and music. Tickets are $45 ($35 through March). Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross, Charleston, SC Region programs and services. PICTURED AT right: 2013 Home Tour Image by artist Shirley Kratz.


demonstrations and exhibits; and play at the Fun Zone. 678/297-

March 9-24 Atlanta Preservation

bargains on antiques, furniture, toys, designer clothes, garden accessories and more at the Sandy Springs Society’s annual upscale resale at 7200 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Free. 10 AM-6 PM. A Preview Party will be from 6-9 PM March 21 with early shopping, light catered dinner and wine; $25.


March 9 Check out dump trucks, fire trucks, tractors, police cars, motorcycles and more in Decatur at the Callaway Building parking lot, 120 W. Trinity Place. 10 AM-1 PM. Presented by Decatur Active Living.


May 2-4 “Celebrate the Arts” at this annual event, featuring a full spectrum of styles, subjects and media exhibited in the Yancey Gymnasium at Wesleyan School, 5405 Spalding Dr., Norcross. 770/448-7640 x 4103.


Spring Enjoy more than 1,000 of the world’s most amazing animals, plus daily activities, including keeper talks, training demonstrations, wildlife shows, and animal encounters. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404/6242809.


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TRAVEL Southern Seasons Magazine


by Vivian Holley


Sounds Nashville, they say, is where music hangs its hat and puts its feet up on the furniture. It’s an appealing sentiment that resonates throughout this Tennessee waltz of a town and beckons us back often.

taylor swift at The Grand Ole Opry.


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his is where we come to soak up pretty much every music genre from blues to jazz, rock to classical, served up at abundant venues across the landscape. But, of course, it’s country that wears the crown with its songs of life and love, happiness and heartache – songs celebrated by scores of shows, clubs, museums, record labels and recording studios. Not to mention TV’s currently hot “Nashville” drama featuring Connie Britton as reigning redheaded diva and Hayden Panettiere as blonde upstart, and the recent “Country Strong,” a movie starring, improbably enough, Gwyneth Paltrow. Travelers tend to kick off a visit by making the nightlife rounds, starting with the always-packed Bluebird Café, where the likes of Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift launched their careers and you just might witness the next star-is-born moment. Among others to hit: Exit/In, Mercy Lounge, Station Inn and Douglas Corner. Then there are the honky-tonks – live-music bars where Hank Williams once sang plaintive songs that made patrons want to weep in their beer. Today they wear names like Legends Corner, Robert’s Western World (where you can also score the perfect pair of boots and get a fried bologna sandwich fix), and the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, where half-century-old tales are told of the times when Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stalwarts crossed an alley behind the legendary Ryman Auditorium to wet their respective whistles between sets. Easy to navigate, many of the city’s well-known nightspots are in “The District,” a stretch that takes in Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer’s Alley. Wrapping up the subject with state-of-the-art skills is downtown’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a

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blake shelton and miranda lambert at the grand ole opry. nightlife in nashville.

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Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

$37 million facility with 40,000 square feet devoted to a story that begins with humble folk roots and evolves to celebrities in lacy dresses and sparkly suits. Here are changing exhibits, vintage posters and photos, walls of gold records, costumes grand and gaudy. Among artifacts of note: Elvis Presley’s highly customized gold Cadillac, circa 1960. Departing daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (tour tickets, including round-trip transportation, are sold in conjunction with museum admission) are jaunts to RCA Studio B on Music Row. One of Nashville’s oldest recording studios, it’s the birthplace of hits from Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Some 250 of these winners (clue: one of them is titled “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”) belong to Elvis. Also elevated to museum status are the hallowed halls of the Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” a National Historic Landmark. Porter Wagoner, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and many a fellow artist sang, strummed, picked, and fiddled from the old oak floors of this iconic stage.

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General Jackson Showboat.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Belle Meade Plantation.

Today’s fans head to Opryland, base since 1974 of the 88-year-old Opry. Now fully back in business, the building was restored to the tune of $20 million after the stage was left awash by the Cumberland River’s record flooding in 2010. Serene again, Cumberland waters will take you on a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, a paddlewheel riverboat, where performances take place in a re-created Victorian theater. At the city’s heart is a cultural tapestry no less rich-textured than its country scene. There’s the sophisticated, light-filled Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a neoclassical revivalist concert hall unveiled in 2006, where you can hear the Grammywinning Nashville Symphony. There’s also the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a knockout makeover of the former U.S. Post Office, an art deco treasury. Around town and beyond, look for a wealth of house museums to explore, from Belle Meade Plantation, renowned as a thoroughbred stud

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The Hermitage.


farm, to The Hermitage, home of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. For a place to lay your head – smack in the midst of fabled downtown lures and with a backstory to match – you can’t go wrong with The Hermitage Hotel. Built in 1910 and gorgeously restored, most notably its soaring, marble-columned lobby, the property lays claim to the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating. Some of Nashville’s finest dining is to be had at the hotel’s own Capitol Grille. In times past a private men’s club, the room shows off original terrazzo floors and art deco accents. While chefs these days routinely swear allegiance to all things fresh, chef-turnedfarmer Tyler Brown walks the walk, bringing produce to the restaurant straight from Glen Leven, a 66-acre urban farm owned by the Land Trust for Tennessee. Five miles from the hotel, the land encompasses a period garden cultivated by Brown with emphasis on preserving regional produce. Which turns up in tempting seasonal dishes on Capitol Grille’s menus. Pass the bourbon-braised collards. Ready for a country-style chowdown, sans elegant setting? Head to ever-popular Puckett’s Grocery, another enduring gem. At a rustic table you can sip a Moonshine Martini, feast on cherry-smoked baby back ribs and the house specialty, battered and crisp-fried green beans, while tapping your toes to live entertainment. Here, as at many a Nashville stronghold, music hangs its hat. Information:; (800) 657-6910; (888) 888-9414

fresh produce from glen leven is served at The Capitol Grille at the hermitage hotel.

The lobby at The Hermitage Hotel.

The state room at The Hermitage hotel.

view from the executive suite at the hermitage hotel.

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Dazzling affairs

Cobb Energy Centre puts the drama in Special Events

he Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has played host to some of the finest social events in Atlanta, and it’s easy to see why. There’s no other venue in Atlanta like it – a modern, state-of-the-art theater, an elegant ballroom and one of the most innovative chefs in Atlanta. Usher’s New Look Foundation, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the PGA Tour, World Changers International, the Trumpet Awards, the Atlanta Falcons, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary, the Dallas Austin Foundation – these are just some of the Cobb Energy Centre’s A-list clients. For information on booking a meeting or special event, call 770-916-2807, email or visit 114

The Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International hosted its annual Phoenix Awards ball at the Cobb Energy Centre in 2012.

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Executive Chef M.G. Farris excels with simple ingredients and presentations that create sophisticated and complex flavors and plate design.

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park 75’s Day Boat Scallops, served on Forbidden Rice with Preserved Lemon.

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Park By Jennifer Bradley Franklin

Delicious in Every Season

Sometimes the best secrets are hiding in plain sight, like decadent truffles buried just below the surface of the forest floor, waiting to be foraged. Discovering Park 75, tucked into the second level of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, feels like such a discovery: delicious and not altogether expected.

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alking up the stately grand staircase, beneath a glittering chandelier, one might expect for the meal ahead to be stuffy, pricey and boring. A visit to Park 75 couldn’t be further from that with Four Seasons veteran Robert Gerstenecker at the helm, the menu fresh and creative. And while it’s admittedly not a budget option for dining in the city, each dish is priced fairly and practically leaps off the plate with freshness and thoughtfulness. The entire Park 75 experience impresses, from the friendly hello at the discreet host desk to the complimentary order of still-steaming Holeman & Finch sourdough bread, served with Vidalia onion butter and crunchy Maldon sea salt. My guest and I chose to go all out, starting with the charcuterie plate of house-made citrus duck prosciutto, its gamey flavor delicious and unmistakable, accompanied by spiced blueberry compote and tart pickles. Starters here are special and run the gamut from light and airy to so hearty they just might spoil your main course. In one standout dish, giant pieces of lobster are layered with feather-light truffle gnocchi and braised leeks, and in another, barbecued pork is tucked inside al dente ravioli, served with a celery leaf salad, crisp fingerling potatoes and braised cabbage. For a signature dish of the South, the trio of deviled eggs is traditional, done really well with cornichons, house-cured bacon bits and smoked paprika. Though before I arrived I had no idea that Park 75 identifies itself as “a Southern steakhouse,” one look at the menu left no doubt, since it’s weighted heavily toward meats (there are some lovely fresh-from-the-sea options). However, to assume that Park 75 is just like any number of other steakhouses in

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New York State Duck. below: Tomato Soup with Grilled Bacon and Cheese. below left: Crab Mac n Cheese.

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Housemade Donuts. right: Burger Bar Milkshakes. below: Coca Cola Cake.

town would be to do it a great injustice. Meats, such as the 10-ounce Angus strip steak I enjoyed, are prepared using the sous-vide technique, which ensures that each piece is tender all the way through and will cook evenly on the pecan woodstoked stove. Through the restaurant’s Rare Cuts program, Chef Gerstenecker presents lesser-known varieties of meats. My guest and I were offered antelope and bison, the latter of which we gladly ordered. Past offerings include pheasant, wild Alabama boar, quail, a 32-ounce tomahawk bone-in ribeye and Japanese Kobe steak, always offered in very limited supply for those guests brave (read: smart) enough to take a chance and try something new. Most proteins here are served a la carte, so you’re free to choose from a hearty list of decadent sides. The pimented (yes, it’s a verb here) macaroni and cheese is gooey, mixed with coin-sized lumps of crabmeat and topped with gently browned jalapeno corn crust. Sautéed baby spinach may not spring from the pages of the menu, but it does excite the palate, still bright green and accented with caramelized shallots. Most of the produce comes from farms surrounding Atlanta, and some of the ingredients are hyper-local, like the honey sourced from the bee apiary on the hotel’s fifth floor (if you happen to meet the chef, ask him about his beekeeper’s costume). After spending an evening at Park 75, it’s clear that the restaurant is steeped in the traditions of luxury, without being a slave to them: service is refreshingly attentive, and the food has a tendency to surprise and delight as your meal progresses. It’s decidedly Southern, so it may come as a shock to learn that Chef Gerstenecker hails originally from Canada. “Cooking is based on relationship more than on a recipe, so the longer I am in the South, the more I feel a relationship with the people and the region which ends up reflecting in the food,” Gerstenecker says. “For me, cooking Southern-inspired food is not so much about putting the handful of typical Southern ingredients on a plate, but about using time-tested techniques and local product as much as possible to make tasty food.” Regardless of where he was born, Gerstenecker and his team have one intrinsically Southern quality down pat: hospitality, and there’s nothing secret about that.

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Tempura Tuna Roll

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The PARK 75 terrace is the link between the stately bar and the cozy dining room.

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“For me, cooking Southern-inspired food is not so much about putting the handful of typical Southern ingredients on a plate,” Chef Gerstenecker says, “but about using time-tested techniques and local product as much as possible to make tasty food.”

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The park 75 Kitchen Table allows guests to glimpse the magic that goes on behind the scenes.

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Dining Guide AMERICAN

ABATTOIR CHOPHOUSE 1170 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/892-3335. Offers fresh whole fowl, fish, beef, pork and other game served in a variety of ways. }

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Atlanta. 404/254-0219. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/837-3440. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings. 770/384-0012. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta. 404/233-7673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. p }}} ★★★ ATLANTA GRILL 181 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta (2nd floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta), 404/221-6550. Grilled steaks, chops, seafood and Southern-inspired cuisine are served in a warm, clubby atmosphere. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, NW, Atlanta. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous portions with a heavenly menu of 120

specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} ★★★★

BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slowroasted 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, Atlanta. 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. } ★★★

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., Atlanta. 404/541-1105. A community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, a la celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson, with authentic Southern dishes served in a meat-andthree format. p }} 4TH & SWIFT 621 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. 678/904-0160. Enjoy such specialties as crispy brussels sprout, North Georgia apple salad, “Three Little Piggies,” sticky toffee pudding and summer sweet corn soup, in a quaint setting, in the former engine room of the Southern Dairies Co. in the Old Fourth Ward. p }}

CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/432-2663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★

FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404/549-3298. A unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary, hip space. }

CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 East Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic


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Atlanta, 404/264-0253; 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and made-from-scratch food served up in a friendly, fun atmosphere. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Norcross. 678/421-1720. Changing menu of fresh seasonal ingredients in a casually elegant setting. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atlanta. 404/9690700. Casual neighborhood dining in historic Brookhaven, with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/9682288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a community-driven establishment in Ansley Park. p } HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 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, Atlanta, 404/351-2442; 3321 Lenox Road, Atlanta, 404/237-7534; 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta, 404/262-7130; 3050 Windy Hill Road SE, Atlanta, 770/563-1180. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from thick, hickorygrilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★ JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atlanta. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} ★★ LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St., Atl., @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/897-5000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO 361 Seventeenth St., Atlanta. 404/961-7370. Seasonal menu with a comfort food edge in a casual atmosphere. p }

TWO Urban Licks LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta. 404/968-2700. Fresh-from-thefarm seasonal fare, from Georgia Mountain Trout and Grilled Hanger Steak to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p } MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on such Southern specialties as sweet potato and shrimp fritters, fried chicken, pork loin and chef ’s veggie plate in the charming setting of a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }} MODERN RESTAURANT + BAR 3365 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta. 404/5541100. Innovative culinary style with a heavy emphasis on seafood, from butter-poached lobster to wild Scottish salmon, plus special chef tasting menus with wine pairings. Private dining and outdoor patio available. p }} MOSAIC 3097 Maple Drive, Atlanta. 404/846-5722. Neighborhood bistro features modern American cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. p }} MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. 404/872-0904. Inventive, fresh seasonal fare, excellent service and basement charm. p } ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta. 404/892-4111. Inventive

atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } ★★ PARK 75 75 Fourteenth St. NE, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. An elegant place to enjoy seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” shortrib with smoked Gouda grits and truffled potatoes. p }} ★★★ PAUL’S RESTAURANT 10 Kings Circle, Atlanta. 404/231-4113. Chef Paul Albrecht creates new American cuisine and sushi in an open kitchen, from herb crusted flounder filet and roasted lamb shank to batter fried lobster tail. p }}} ★★★ PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/885-7505. Gastropub cuisine, from small bites and salads to burgers and entrees, served in a fun atmosphere. p } RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atlanta. 404/524-8280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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770/435-0700. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, InterContinental Buckhead. 404/9469070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge area. Menu highlights: baked oysters with crispy pork belly, chicken and dumpling soup and Low Country seafood platter. p }} TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/3472220. A convivial place with innovative comfort food and an extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections. p } TERRACE 176 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farm-to-table dishes, from Georgia mountain trout to Amish chicken breast, served in a chic setting. p } THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/240-7035. Delightful menu, sunny ambiance and live piano music. Seasonal patio seating. p }}} ★★ THE SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atl., The Westin Peachtree Plaza, 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}}

Chops Lobster Bar RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}} RIVER ROOM Post Riverside Town Square, 4403 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta. 404/2335455. New American cuisine served in an elegant and modern European atmosphere. p }}}

setting, from soups, salads and appetizers to specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, fish and beef. } ★★★ SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052; Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta. 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 }}

SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/8048880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }}

SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel lobby. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p }

SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell. 770/998-4850. Neighborhood gastropub with exceptional food and drink served in a comfy

SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave., Atlanta, 404/873-7358; 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Suite 401, Vinings,


THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atlanta. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } ★★★ TRUFFLES CAFE 3345 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404/364-9050. Upscale gourmet café with a diverse menu of Low Country dishes, fresh fish, center-cut steaks, soups, salads and sandwiches. p } TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atlanta. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with wood-roasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse. 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, Atlanta. 404/809-3561.

Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} WOODFIRE GRILL 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. 404/347-9055. Menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy, with specialties like pan-roasted wild striped bass and wood-grilled quail. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Suite E. 404/496-4393. 1017 North Highland Ave., Virginia-Highland. 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly burger restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual, familyfriendly format. }


AJA 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta. 404/2310001. Modern Asian kitchen with sushi, dim sum and entrees served family-style. Red and black walls, dimmed lighting and a 10-foot Buddha statue add to the exotic atmosphere. p }} ★★★


FIRE OF BRAZIL 118 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, 770/551-4367. 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in the centuries-old Brazilian tradition. p }}} FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Buckhead. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} ★★★


CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Authentic Chinese cuisine in a spacious, open dining room with efficient, friendly service. } icantonhouse. com. ★★★★ CHOPSTIX 4279 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta. 404/255-4868. Upscale dining with lively piano bar. p } ★★★ P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 North Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070; 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atlanta, 770/352-0500; 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wokfried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }}

Ecco THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/255-5707. Upscale Asian dining with dishes ranging from chicken and beef to seafood and pork. } ★★


MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atlanta. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. p }}


FIG JAM KITCHEN & BAR 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/724-9100. Classic fare with a modern twist, from fried calamari and ravioli florentine to Mediterranean seafood stew and duck confit, plus flat breads, cheese and cured meats, an expansive wine list and handcrafted drinks. p }} SHOUT 14th and Peachtree Road at Colony Square, Atlanta. 404/846-2000. Dine on tapas or sip a martini on the rooftop lounge at this ultra-hip hotspot. p } TWIST 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/869-1191. Creative cuisine, from sushi and seafood to satays and wraps, served in a 300-seat dining room with a centerstage bar. Patio dining available. p }


BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW,

Atlanta. 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 }} ★★★★ FRENCH AMERICAN BRASSERIE 30 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd., Atlanta. 404/266-1440. Feast on French cuisine and American chops in the dining room or enjoy a cocktail on the canopied rooftop terrace overlooking the city skyline. p }} ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. French bistro, serving everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon, in a charming setting. } ★★ NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atlanta. 404/221-6362. Dine on fantastic fare in elegant surroundings with attentive service and spectacular skyline views. p }}} ★★★


AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Choose from sushi, seafood, steaks and chops in a soothing setting. p }} ★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/991-3666. Southern Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }}


FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 15, Atlanta. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404/222-0650. Flavorful food in a fun setting, with cozy dimensions, eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} localino. info. ★★★★ LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/231-1368; 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ LA PIETRA CUCINA 1545 Peachtree St. NE (Beverly Road), Atlanta, One Peachtree Pointe. 404/888-8709. Italian cooking with a contemporary twist, in a relaxed atmosphere. p }}

JOLI KOBE BAKERY & BISTRO 5600 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, 404/843-3257; 1545 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, 404/870-0643. A great neighborhood spot to enjoy coffee and dessert, Sunday brunch or a meal, with such offerings as almond chicken curry salad to potato crusted salmon. p } MARKET W Atlanta-Buckhead, Atlanta, 3377 Peachtree Road NE. 404/523-3600. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s multicultural menu reinvents classic dishes with an eclectic flair, from Maine lobster with crispy potatoes and spicy aioli to bacon wrapped shrimp with avocado and passion fruit mustard. p }} 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/705-8870. South African restaurant offers a cultural fusion of cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, in a lively setting. p }} QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+ 124 

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


ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }} BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian cuisine, from homemade pastas and pizzas to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta. 404/844-4810. Simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations and signature veal chop. p }}

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/816-9650; 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta, Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterranean-inspired Tuscan grill specializing in 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, Atlanta. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees. p }} PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} ★★★★

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No. 246 SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes served with a creative twist in a revived brick storefront. p }} SUGO 408 S. Atlanta St., Roswell, 770/6419131; 625 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, 770/817-4230; 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/817-8000. Authentic cuisine served with gracious hospitality, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza. p } ★★★ TAVERNA FIORENTINA 3324 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/272-9825. Tuscan bistro presents authentic Florentine dishes and contemporary classics in an intimate dining room. p }} VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atlanta. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }} VENI VIDI VICI 41 Fourteenth St., Atlanta. 404/875-8424. Heavenly cuisine, extensive wine list, attentive service and warm ambience. Specialties include veal lasagne and pappardelle with pulled rotisserie duck. p h }} ★★★


KOBE STEAKS 5600 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/256-0810. Hibachi cooking in a

fun atmosphere, where chefs prepare meals at the table. }} ★★ MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. } NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atlanta. 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, Atlanta. 770/956-9559. Dine on some of the freshest, most authentic sushi in the city in intimate booths. }


ECCO 40 Seventh St., Atlanta. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed lamb loin, all served in a warm, welcoming setting. p }} ★★★ MILAN MEDITERRANEAN BISTRO & GRILL 3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Crowne Plaza. 678/553-1900. Mediterranean dining in a casually elegant setting, from mahi mahi with port-glazed figs and grilled salmon romesco to filet of beef Monte Carlo. p }}


IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 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., Atlanta. 404/681-4434. A New Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market located in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }


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


ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atlanta. 404/262-3165. The Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood is offered in a comfortable neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish, blackened mahi mahi and parmesan-crusted salmon. p h }} ★★★★ Southern Seasons Magazine


NOCHE 1000 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. 404/815-9155. 705 Town Blvd., Atlanta. 404/364-9448. 2580 Paces Ferry Road Atlanta. 770/432-3277. Bold Southwestern cuisine with a hint of seafood and game, and a highenergy bar. p }


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

Another Broken Egg Cafe ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Contemporary atmosphere showcases modern American seafood flown in fresh daily. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atlanta. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} COAST SEAFOOD AND RAW BAR 111 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404/869-0777. Fresh seafood and island cocktails in a casual setting, with signature seafood boil, fresh catch entrees and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels. p } GOLDFISH 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Perimeter Mall. 770/671-0100. Seafood, sushi and steaks in a spectacular setting that features a 600-gallon saltwater aquarium and live music. p }} ★★★ LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404/881-1106. Contemporary fish house serving only the freshest ingredients delivered daily, from smoked seafood platter to fried oyster slider. p }} RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 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 }} 126

RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta. 770/955-1187. A palatepleasing menu, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} ★★★ THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, wellrounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}


ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche, braised goat huaraches and roasted chicken mole Oaxaca in a comfortably sophisticated venue with a spirited atmosphere. p } CANTINA TAQUERIA & TEQUILA BAR 3280 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Terminus 100. 404/892-9292. Mexican cuisine with housemade tortilla chips and salsa and specialties ranging from stewed pork with hominy to fish tacos and enchiladas. p } NAVA 3060 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404/2401984. An innovative menu of flavorful cuisine, from Tequila-cured salmon and key lime chicken to mojo-grilled pork tenderloin and serrano-roasted lamb rack. p }}} ★★★

BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404/237-2663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 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, Atlanta. 404/2610025. Award-winning steak prepared over an open flame grill, plus fresh seafood, pasta, veal, lamb and fish, served in an expansive bistrostyle venue with charming white tablecloth setting. p }} ★★★ KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atlanta. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} ★★★★ MCKENDRICK’S STEAK HOUSE 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. 770/5128888. 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., Atlanta, 404/577-4366; 3379 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404/816-6535. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment with tuxedoclad waiters. p }}} NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 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 }}} ★★★ PRIME 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Lenox Square. 404/812-0555. Superior primeaged beef, sushi bar and seafood offered in a casually chic setting. p } ★★★ RAY’S ON THE CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. North Fulton’s award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}} RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 5788 Roswell Road NW, Sandy Spring, 404/2550035; 267 Marietta St., Embassy Suites Hotel (Centennial Park), Atlanta, 404/223-6500; 3285 Peachtree Road NE, Embassy Suites Buckhead, Atlanta, 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs around the globe for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern corn-fed beef, extraordinary Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900; 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102; 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Enjoy premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} ★★★ STRIP 245 Eighteenth St., Atlanta. 404/3852005. Great steak and sushi with multi-level dining, lounge and patios in a super hip setting, with nightly DJ and open air rooftop deck. p }} THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Westin Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous faces. p }}} ★★★


HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atlanta. 404/303-8888.

Ray’s on the Creek Enjoy a variety of authentic Thai and Chinese cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } ★★ NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} ★★ RICE 1104 Canton St., Roswell, 770/6400788; 1155 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 770/817-9800. Grilled New Zealand lamb, Atlantic salmon, pad Thai and a variety of authentic Thai dishes. p }

TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Ste. 110, Atlanta. 404/873-4888. Savor authentic Thai, fresh curry and herb spices, meat, seafood and vegetables in an upscale setting, with specialties such as roasted duck breast, braised lamb tenderloin and Chilean sea bass. p }}}

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Local Flavor

Pink Pastry Parlor owner and founder Tiffany Young

Tickled Pink Down the Hatch After more than 40 years of delighting diners from Buckhead to far beyond, Dante’s Down the Hatch is closing the doors. Atlanta’s iconic restaurant – known for its fondue, live jazz and nautical décor (complete with live croc) – will serve its last meal on June 30. With a loyal patronage engendered by charismatic owner Dante Stephensen, the beloved hotspot will be replaced by something not quite so unique: a luxury apartment tower.

With a second location just opened at Phipps Plaza, the Pink Pastry Parlor promises sweets aplenty for girls of all ages, from fun baking classes to fabulous princess parties (complete with a romp through the Pink Pillow Fight Room, Spa Room, Runway Room and Tea and Cupcakes Room). The upscale bakery offers homemade cupcakes, brownies and cookies daily.

Dog Days No need to leave Fido at home on a beautiful spring day. Der Biergarten’s weekly “Barks and Beers” welcomes four-legged friends to the patio every Saturday from 4-8 PM, with a kickoff March 23 to benefit the Ga. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 300 Marietta St., Atlanta.


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Third cover of Spring 2013 issue for better newsstand coverage on sale May 2013.