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  • HomeAid

    HomeAid Atlanta assists Wellspring Living

    HomeAid Atlanta partnered with the Atlanta Remodelers Council and Professional Women in Build-ing Atlanta for a HomeAid Care Day to assist Wellspring Living. Volunteers renovated a bathroom with new flooring, vanity and commode, as well as upgrading a cabinet unit, painting, a large amount of landscaping was completed, cleaning, adding new light fixtures, as well as many additional repairs throughout the facility.


    James MacDowell, Chairman of the Atlanta Remodelers Council remarked, “The Remodelers Council really enjoys participating in HomeAid Care Days because it gives us the chance to use our construction skills to help people in the community who have become homeless for any number of rea-sons. This care day we partnered with the Professional Women in Building. All the volunteers from both groups worked very hard to make a difference for the women at Wellspring Living and I’m proud to have been able to help make that happen.”


    HomeAid Atlanta, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization that builds new lives for home-less families and individuals through ho   Read more...

  • Suffragists

    Atlanta’s daring suffragists of 1915

    The women of Atlanta were a determined and energetic group in 1915 and it was a good thing they were. Despite almost solid opposition from the male politicians who ran the state, the various suffragist organizations planned and executed one of Georgia’s grandest suffrage marches on Tuesday, Novem-ber 16, 1915.


    Headed by Miss Eleanor Raoul on a prancing white horse, 500 local and state suffragists gathered at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and Ponce de Leon. The women [and some male supporters] marched on foot, rode horses, drove automobiles and posed in groups aboard decorated floats. One area observer commented, “There were all sorts of suffragists from the youngest and prettiest debu-tante to ladies who have passed their eightieth year.” One of the final parade features was a little boy symbolically driving a donkey cart with the banner, “Georgia Catching Up.”


    The parade route was straight down Peachtree to Five Points and the then Whitehall. The women suffragists and their supporters were then scheduled to hold a conference in the City Auditorium. Un   Read more...

  • Ballet

    Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall To Bid Adieu After 21 Years

    Atlanta Ballet board of trustees chair Allen W. Nelson announced Sept. 2 that artistic director John McFall will end his tenure with the organization after what will be 21 years at its helm. His last day as artistic director will be June 1, 2016.


    McFall, who joined Atlanta Ballet in 1994 as only the organization’s third artistic director, is credited with transforming the oldest ballet company in the nation from a respected regional troupe to one of the most inventive and boundary-pushing dance organizations in the industry, attracting talent and spectators from around the world.


    Under his leadership, Atlanta Ballet has experienced unprecedented growth on and off stage. His legacy with the institution will be marked by box-office blockbusters, international tours and his commitment to the commu-nity, exemplified by his founding of the Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education.


    Atlanta Ballet will honor McFall and his contributions throughout the 2015-16 season with a series of special events, beginning with a celebration around the 20th anniversary of “At   Read more...

  • UgaDawg

    A Dawg for the Generations

    The UGA live mascot Uga, an abbreviated name taken from the University of Georgia, is world famous. Top rated as a college mascot according to Sports Illustrated magazine, Uga means a title in an unbroken, related line of selected English Bulldogs (9 so far), starting in 1956 and owned as pets by UGA alumnus Sonny Seiler of Savan-nah. Uga I in the dynasty started during the coaching tenure of the legendary Wally Butts and had a 10-year career including 1959 SEC champs.


    For generations now Uga has appeared at all home football games where he leads the team on the field and watches on the sidelines, or on hot days, from ice bags with access to his air-conditioned doghouse. His uniform is a spiked collar and a red jersey—made from official team fabric—with a black G varsity letter. (Uga wears green on St. Patrick’s Day.)


    Some Ugas have retired with a ceremonial “passing of the collar” to the new Dawg and all the deceased mascots are interred with epitaphs in a mausoleum at Sanford Stadium. Most Ugas have tenures of about 100 games but that of Uga VIII (see abo   Read more...

  • SayCheese

    Say Cheese!

    Vegans may take a pass, but fromagiers will be flocking to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 9, as it once again hosts the Atlanta Cheese Festival. The event brings more than 100 local and global artisan cheese producers to our city for a night of tastings, seminars and sales. There will be live music too.


    The festival runs from 5:30 -10 p.m. General admission is $37.50 and includes one drink ticket. VIP admission is $75 and includes a gift bag, early admission to the event, two drink tickets and a cheese pairing seminar with the guest’s choice of bourbon, wine or beer. Advance tickets can be purchased at Kids 12 and under are admitted free.


    Cheese heads eagerly await the Meltdown, where local chefs compete for the best take on grilled cheese –and attendees get to sample the results! New this year is the Macdown –same deal with the comfort classic mac and cheese. Participating restaurants include Home Grown GA, Saltyard, Gunshow and High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet. One’s new favorite cheese awaits!


    The Atla  

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