Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/2/19

Thursday, October 10th at 6 pm

Following its summer concert, historic neighborhood shopping district Vinings Jubilee is set to host another music-filled night this fall. On Thursday, October 10, internationally-known jazz artist Jabari Walker will bring his soulful sounds to Vinings. Taking place at the Tower Stage, this family-friendly event will be held place from 6pm-8pm.

Jabari Walker, originally from Oklahoma, is known among the jazz community for his relaxing, smooth sounds that effortlessly blend jazz with blues and soul. After touring internationally and performing at festivals across the country, Walker is excited to share his talents with the Vinings community.

For the first time at Vinings Jubilee, the event will also feature a wine stroll, allowing adult guests to peruse various retail stores after hours with wine in hand. Restaurant Paces & Vine will be offering a variety of delicious wines ranging from red, to white, to rosé and each 6oz. pour will be priced at $6 and include branded Vinings Jubilee cups.

Attendees are also invited to shop at the plethora of unique stores on-site including The Read Shop, Fab’rik, Etc. East, Talbots, Waiting on Martha Everyday, Waiting on Martha Home, and The Southern Baked Pie Co. which will remain open for guests to enjoy.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/24/19

Saturday, October 12th at 11 am

Castleberry Hill

Discount code for 10% off tickets is: atldisc19

The Castleberry Hill Loft Tour returns Saturday, October 12th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in historic Castleberry Hill, located just seconds from the CNN Center, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta.

The Loft Tour is an opportunity to explore one of Atlanta’s hippest neighborhoods including unique lofts, distinctive art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and businesses. Join us for this all-day event! Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and will continue throughout the day.

Visit for more information on check-in and parking. Be sure to like and friend us on Facebook and Instagram @Castleberryhill and Twitter @Castleberryhill411 for updates on the 2019 Castleberry Hill Loft Tour!

Tickets are $20 and can be found here.

*Please note this is a walking tour and some homes will include stairs. Proceeds from the Loft Tour go towards aesthetic improvements to the historic neighborhood.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/23/19


Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival returns to downtown Alpharetta for its seventh year on Friday and Saturday, October 11-12 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. The FREE admission festival will showcase more than twenty (20) top musicians performing their original hit songs and telling the stories that inspired them on seven (7) outdoor and indoor stages. This year’s festival will feature headliners G. Love & Special Sauce and Maggie Rose. In addition to music, fans will enjoy food from local restaurants and food trucks as well as interactive activities.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival brings together nationally and locally recognized musicians to perform their original hit songs, and tell the stories that inspired them. The 2019 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will feature multiple stages across the downtown landscape including main stages on Milton Ave and at The Green and a special intimate venue inside Alpharetta City Hall. Additional music stages are being sponsored and hosted by Ceviche, Citizen Soul and Central City Tavern which opens in late August.

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival will feature a special performance on Friday night from Maggie Rose performing songs such as “Change the Whole Thing,” “Love Me More,” “Pull You Through.” Rose’s affinity for finely-crafted melodies and intricate storytelling are melded together with Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Gospel. Rolling Stone named her recent album one of the “Best Albums of 2018” lauding her as a “soulful show stopper.”  Quickly being recognized as a formidable force in the pop-soul, jam-band arena, Rose performed aboard the Cayamo Cruise with performers including Jason Isbell, Harris and Dawes, and she opened tour dates as support for Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning Of Life Tour. Most recently, she made her National TV Debut on NBC’s ‘Today Show” and is currently touring with such acts as The Revivalists, Trampled By Turtles, Heart and Joan Jett.

Saturday night, the festival will showcase G. Love & Special Sauce performing their hit songs “Sunday Vibe,” “Baby’s Got Sauce,” and “Blues Music.” Garrett “G.Love” Dutton, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens, and Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott are celebrating their 25th year as touring and recording artists. With over 15 records released, this pioneering band has influenced artists such as Jack White, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Slightly Stoopid, and many more. With their signature blend of Delta Blues, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Roll, and Jazz, G. Love & Special Sauce have created their own funky stew of American music. Expect a high energy mashup of funky beats and songs written from the front porch to get the world smiling and dancing.

Additional artists confirmed to perform at Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival include Matt Mayes (of Jupiter Coyote), Great Peacock, Sam Burchfield, Channing Wilson, Banditos, The Josephines, Josh Roberts & The Hinges, Parker Gispert (of The Whigs, Mermaid Motor Lounge, Book Club, The Haraway Brothers, Bradley Cole Smith, Ben Chapman, Mike Killeen, Chris Canterbury, Wesley Cook, Baily Ingle, Cat Ridgeway, Greg Fortune, Josh & Leslie Roberts and more to be announced soon.

For complete details on the 2019 Wire & Wood Alpharetta Music Festival, please visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/16/19

Saturday, September 28th at 3 pm

Location: Coan Park: 1607 Hosea L Williams Dr SE

It’s FUN FUN FUN at Kicking It Sports milestone 10th Fun Day Event. If you enjoy a day filled with free fun, then you will want to sign up for the 10th Kicking It Sports event in the Historical Kirkwood area in Atlanta, GA. They offer a space for you to bring out your inner child and run around the fields like you did only a few years ago. You can share laughs, food, smiles, and your experiences with great vibes. No hassle with trying to get a team together, they use the ‘pick-up’ style so they pick players as they go. This event is free!

What you can expect:

Prizes: Atl United Jersey, Atlanta Falcons Tickets, & More.
Food: Grilled Chicken, Tacos, Fruit, Snacks, & Salad
Sports games include: Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, Flag Football
Activities Include: Capture The Flag, Yoga, Sack and 3 Legged Races, Egg Toss.
Other Games: UNO, Jenga, Dominoes, Spades, and Cornhole
Music: DJ Malik and special performances from some of your favorite local Atlanta artists.



Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/9/19

Saturday, October 5th at 10 am

Brooke Street Park

Stroll through the scarecrow village, dance on the great lawn to the sounds of a live DJ or sit back and relax as you listen to the storyteller at the 14th Annual Scarecrow Harvest Festival. Alpharetta’s popular fall tradition is returning to an all-new location in Brooke Street Park behind City Hall on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year’s event will offer more activities and entertainment, including the always popular Scarecrow Village, fall crafts, face painting, inflatables, storytelling, a live DJ and more.

Schools, families, neighborhoods, and local businesses will design and create more than 120 scarecrows, which will be on display throughout Downtown Alpharetta in October. Scarecrows will be eligible to win awards in various categories and the winners will be announced at the Scarecrow Harvest Festival at noon.

This year’s event will offer plenty of family friendly, interactive activities, including a bubble artist, mini pumpkin decorating, and other fall crafts. New this year, the Scrap Exchange invites patrons to create unique crafts from recyclable materials such as foam, paper, fabric, zippers, buttons, test tubes, and more. The festival is free to attend and designed to delight all ages. Food trucks and vendors, beverages and seasonal treats will be available for purchase.

The Alpharetta Farmer’s Market will be held the same day on the Town Green, just a short walk from Scarecrow Harvest Festival.

Parking is available in the City Hall Parking Deck or throughout the downtown area.



Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/9/19


Event Will Feature Free & Ticketed Panel Discussions, Classes, Styling Sessions & More Covering Conscious Consumerism, Slow Fashion & Sustainability

Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6; Standard & VIP Tickets Available Here

COCO + MISCHA, Atlanta’s vintage and slow fashion clothing, handmade accessories and home decor shop located at Ponce City Market, announces tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Slow Fashion Symposium. Held Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6 at Ponce City Market, the second annual, multi-day community gathering is designed to inspire, encourage and educate about the merits of slow fashion and sustainability advocacy. The symposium is being curated by Melissa Gallagher, an expert in slow fashion and owner of COCO + MISCHA.

Standard and VIP ticket options are now available online, including an early bird ticket option while supplies last. In an effort to make the symposium accessible to all, free events will also be featured throughout the weekend. Speakers will include the below, with more to come:

Elizabeth L. Cline, author The Conscious Closet
Adrienne Antonson, designer & founder of State The Label
Michelle Norris, owner Tropico Photo, artist
Rochelle Porter, owner & designer Rochelle Porter
Amanda Greeley, owner & designer Thelma
Duquette Johnston, founder & designer Club Duquette
Jordan Soderholm, Fashion Director Able
Madolyn Ropell, slow fashion advocate & influencer, @gentlewomanoftheroad
Olivia Hargrove, vintage style influencer & seller, @themetalromantic

Please visit for a full lineup of participating brands and events, including the following highlighted events and discussions (subject to change):

Where It Begins – For anyone who’s refining their path and defining their style, this discussion will cover how shoppers can begin building a wardrobe to withstand the test of time and passing of trends, no matter their budget, as well as how to navigate gaps in a wardrobe and when to splurge or save.

Progressive Pop-Up Party – This free event will invite attendees to meet sustainable designers popping up throughout Ponce City Market, shop sample sales and try on brands typically available online only.

Panel Discussion: Sustainability = Inclusivity – An engaging discussion about embracing all sizes, races and budgets to achieve a truly sustainable initiative.

In Good Company Market – Citizen Supply, the curated, artisan shop located inside Ponce City Market, will present a marketplace of handmade, vintage and local small businesses. The free event will be located at the Shed on the BeltLine with easy access for attendees to visit between panel discussions.

Q&A with author Elizabeth L. Cline – Attendees can join a ticketed discussion with author Elizabeth L. Cline about her new book The Conscious Closet and her journey to conscious consumerism, such as tackling a wardrobe overhaul in a sustainable way. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/2/19

Key Activities to Include:  Bluegrass and Gospel Brunches, Creature Comforts Taste of the South, Fire & Flavor Grill Experience, Garden to Glass Cocktail Workshop, Kayaking, South East Women Wrestlers, Tintype, Wrist Mala Workshop, Vendor Market, Yoga, and More

General Admission and VIP Tickets Options Still Available

Already setting the stage with a thoughtfully curated lineup announced earlier this Summer, Wildwood Revival is living up to its moniker as the “anti-festival” going beyond the music and announcing the schedule for the sixth annual event’s workshops and experiences. Ranging from a Gospel brunch where you can bring your instrument to a kayak river excursions, grilling demos, yoga, an artisan market and more. And while select experiences and workshops come free as a part of your ticket, there is limited space to certain activities, and Wildwood Revival ticket holders are encouraged to sign up in advance. A full list, with descriptions and sign up links, of workshops and experiences can be found at

The full Wildwood Revival Experience includes:
THE LINEUP: Lucinda Williams, Shovels & Rope, Mandolin Orange, Son Volt, Langhorne Slim and The Lost at Last Band, Rayland Baxter, Rebirth Brass Band, The Texas Gentlemen, Charley Crockett, Lilly Hiatt, T. Hardy Morris, Super Doppler, Cedric Burnside, Illiterate Light, Revel in Dimes, and Georgia Mountain String Band. Performers take the stage in the Pecan Grove as well as inside the farm’s open-air barn. Beyond the stage lights, there are late-night picking sessions around the campfire where the best stories are often sung.

THE EXPERIENCES: Camping via tent, trailer or RV, a dance party to wrap up the festival on night two, a selection of local food and craft beer, an artisan market meets cultural revival, featuring handcrafted leatherwood, unique jewelry, vintage clothing, herbal apothecary, kitchen wares, modern-folk pop art, magic performance, tintype antique photography, yoga, a spectacle of badassery with purpose known as South East Women Wrestlers, all our favorite B’s with the Bluegrass brunch- booze, biscuits and banjos courtesy of Georgia Mountain String Band, guided river expeditions and the Gospel Brunch for One and All, featuring a host of the weekend’s artists and even you (bring your instrument).

THE WORKSHOPS: ASW Distillery tasting, featuring Fiddler Bourbon, Resurgens Rye, Duality Double Malt, Tire Fire Single Malt, and Armour & Oak Apple Brandy (free),  Creature Comforts’ Taste of the South bottle collection tasting (free), Fire + Flavor Grill Experience, featuring Chef Patrick Fosgate (free), carry your positive affirmations on your wrist by making your own Mala bracelet ( $20), explore the world of herbal infusions with Cedarhill Homestead ($15), craft your own path to relaxation with an herbal bath bomb class ($15), learn about the healing properties of native plants and have a place to hang them on an herb drying mobile ($15) a portion of the proceeds will be donated to United Plant Savers, and take your mixology game from the Garden to the Glass when Cherokee Moon Mixology brings botanically-inspired cocktails, featuring Cathead Distillery and other spirits home ($15).

Celebrating what’s old is new again, Wildwood Revival embraces its history as a cultural revival; making it a true antithesis to what people have come to think of festivals. The intimate gathering is returning September 27th through 29th on historic Cloverleaf Farm just outside of Athens, Georgia. All ticket options to Wildwood Revival include three full days of music and are still available. VIP tickets include access to a 7,000- square foot Antebellum Mansion that includes gourmet catered meals, complimentary alcohol, private restrooms, and an outdoor courtyard. The farm opens Friday at 12 p.m. and music starts at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $92. To purchase tickets, visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/25/19

Read this Q&A with ADAC’s General Manager, Katie Miner, to Find out How to
Unlock Potential and Break Boundaries at This Year’s Fall Design Event

ATLANTA: ADAC is thrilled to invite the design community and enthusiasts from the Southeast and beyond to DISCOVER ADAC this September 24-26 for nearly 30 events featuring keynote presentations, salon-style talks, product launches, book signings, cocktail sip and strolls, and pop-up shops. Once a year, this fall design event connects a national audience of design authorities, allied professionals, and members of the media to explore new perspectives and the future of the creative world.

In the following Q&A, ADAC’s General Manager, Katie Miner, shares inspiration behind the 2019 theme, which of the industry’s biggest names will be in attendance, and more about what to expect at this year’s design celebration.

What was the inspiration behind the theme of this year’s market?
This year’s DISCOVER ADAC is built around the idea of unlocking your potential: to break through boundaries, explore new sources of inspiration, reveal unseen possibilities, and create a vision and style that is authentic to you. We want to create a space where designers and design enthusiasts of all levels can mingle with the industry’s biggest and brightest names while discovering new perspectives on design.

Who can we expect to see in this year’s lineup?
We are bringing together some of the industry’s most beloved names! Attendees can look forward to hearing from design tastemaker Timothy Corrigan, who has design firms in Los Angeles and Paris; Los Angeles-based designer and self-proclaimed style icon Madeline Stuart; Michigan-based designer Jean Stoffer; New York-based design duo Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller; James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Hastings from North Carolina; Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design in Wyoming; and many more.

What kind of topics will be covered during the panels and discussions?
Our team is thrilled with the lineup that has been curated for DISCOVER ADAC. Events will span a variety of themes including several female-led panel discussions, inspiration for creating an inviting home, international influence, and one of the best representations of the Southeast’s talent we have had at market.

Hear from female entrepreneurs in design at “Female, Fierce, and Fabulous Design” with Fawn Galli, Laura Kirar, Janie Molster, and moderator Katy Olson about lessons learned and their best advice for building a successful business. As MILIEU recognizes its first annual list of Seekers this fall, “The Seekers of New Design—Near and Far” brings together Lisa Fine, Carolina Irving, Penny Morrison and moderator Leslie Newsom Rascoe to discuss their passions, their secrets, and their visions for what they design and make. Take in the essential elements of Southern hospitality at “Hospitality at Home: The Inviting House” with Susan Sully, Susan Bozeman, Norman Askins, and moderator Kaitlin Petersen. Then find inspiration from across the pond at “Modern English” with Beata Heuman, Aldous Bertram, Stewart Manger, and moderator Ellen McGauley.
Aside from keynotes and panel discussions, what other fun events will attendees be able to enjoy?
DISCOVER ADAC is a fantastic time to explore the Center and see what all of our showrooms have to offer. Multiple showrooms at ADAC and ADAC West will welcome guests with beautiful tablescapes designed to inspire ideas for stylish entertaining. In the past, themes have ranged from lavish spreads to quiet tables for two, and even recreations of a favorite movie set, making this a crowd favorite.

Then, in celebration of ADAC and AmericasMart’s fall market collaboration, interior designer Steve McKenzie of McKenzie Design LLC will curate luxuriously livable vignettes at both venues. Steve will utilize trending products from a variety of showrooms at both locations to highlight how both venues are a one-stop shopping destination. A free shuttle will be provided on September 24-25 for easy transportation between both venues on days with concurrent programming.

The fun is then carried into the evening on Tuesday, September 24, with ADAC West Sip and Stroll, where you can connect with the people and products that make up one of the Southeast’s most unique design resources. Celebrate the finale of the first day of DISCOVER ADAC as you sip delicious cocktails and stroll with friends and colleagues, new and old. On Wednesday, September 25, ADAC’s fourth floor showrooms are throwing open their doors for ADAC: After Hours for a fun-filled floor party featuring music in the hallways and signature beverages and bites at every stop along the way. It’s the ideal way to visit your favorite showrooms or familiarize yourself with new resources in a relaxed setting where you can’t help but have fun. There will be fabulous giveaways too, so get ready to meet, to mingle, and to be inspired.

Are there any other unique aspects you would like to highlight?
This market is the perfect time to do some shopping at pop-up shops throughout the Center. On Tuesday, September 24, head to Schumacher to peruse a selection of Garland Bags by Lindsay Thomas, handmade clutch purses made from Schumacher fabrics and unique, often vintage, decorative pieces. Then, on Tuesday, September 24 through Thursday, September 26, shop bespoke dinnerware, tablecloths, placemats, napkins, and candlesticks at Travis & Company. Designed by Carolina Irving and her daughters, Ariadne and Olympia, and inspired by their travels and love for color and culture, each item is handmade and curated in Portugal and Spain.

When does registration open?
Registration opens Tuesday, August 13. The market is free to attend, but registration is required for all events.

Where can attendees find more information on this free event?
For more information on ADAC and this free event, visit our website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #DISCOVERADAC. For help with travel recommendations, view the Plan Your Visit page here. To see the full DISCOVER ADAC lineup, flip through the event guide here.

Here are 11 of over 20 events to expect at this fall’s market:

Tuesday, September 24
10:00 AM – THE NEW ELEGANCE | Timothy Corrigan with Jill Waage
Throughout his illustrious career, Timothy Corrigan has established a look that is layered and detailed, while being suitable for the way people live today. Join Timothy in conversation with Jill Waage, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home, as they take an insider’s tour of Timothy’s new book, The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today, which features eleven of his projects from around the world. Discover the building blocks of Timothy’s successful decoration, including scale and proportion, symmetry, architectural details, the power of color, drama lessons, art and mirrors, layering, comfort, and details. Following the presentation, Sutherland Perennials Studio and Traditional Home invite you to a book signing reception celebrating Timothy Corrigan’s stunning new tome, The New Elegance: Designing Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today.

1:00 PM – KEEP IT CHIC! FABULOUSLY STYLISH SPACES | Jesse Carrier, Mara Miller, Rush Jenkins, and Klaus Baer with Pamela Jaccarino
Join Luxe Interiors + Design Editor in Chief, Pamela Jaccarino, and designers Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company Interiors, and Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer of WRJ Design, for a lively discussion about designing refreshing homes with panache, style, and oomph! Discover the influences, ideas, and artistry that these design duos bring as they continue to beautify high-end interiors. Following the presentation, join Pamela Jaccarino, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller for a champagne toast to celebrate the Carriers’ new furniture collection for Century.  In addition, Jesse, Mara, Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer will be signing copies of their respective books, Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors and Natural Elegance: Luxurious Mountain Living.

3:00 PM – FEMALE, FIERCE, AND FABULOUS DESIGN | Fawn Galli, Laura Kirar, and Janie Molster with Katy Olson
AD PRO editor Katy Olson hosts an engaging discussion with women entrepreneurs Fawn Galli, Laura Kirar, and Janie Molster as they share lessons learned and their best advice for building a successful business in the largely male-dominated design world. Mix and mingle with these powerhouses of the design industry during a reception following the panel, as Fawn signs her debut book, Magical Rooms: Elements of Interior Design.

4:30 PM – CREATING HOMES WITH ENDURING IDENTITY | Eric Ross and Emily McCarthy with Lauren Finney
Lauren Finney, Editor in Chief of Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta and The Atlantan, sits down for a conversation with author and designer Eric Ross of Eric Ross Interiors in Nashville, Tennessee, and lifestyle expert Emily McCarthy from Savannah, Georgia, to explore how designers are creating the legacy homes of tomorrow through their personal branding. Using his own home, Boxwood Hill, as an example, discover how Eric, with Emily’s input, developed the story of his family’s home in an authentic way that is now an enduring symbol of Southern hospitality. After the presentation, Fabricut invites you to a reception as Eric Ross signs copies of his new book, Enduring Southern Homes.

Wednesday, September 25
10:00 AM – THE SEEKERS OF NEW DESIGN—NEAR AND FAR | Lisa Fine, Carolina Irving, Penny Morrison with Leslie Newsom Rascoe
The most creative designers today are what might best be referred to as Seekers—independent thinkers, who have the ability to make changes in the world of design. Three inspiring and noted design Seekers working now are Lisa Fine, author of the new book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love, Carolina Irving, and Penny Morrison. Like all true Seekers, they travel the world constantly, observe it, and incorporate what they see into their work and products. As MILIEU recognizes its first annual list of Seekers this fall, Leslie Newsom Rascoe, MILIEU’s Design Director, will host these visionary designers, exploring in Lisa’s new book, their passions, their secrets, and their visions for what they design and make. MILIEU and Travis & Company invite you to a reception following the presentation. While in the showroom, view the latest fabric collections from Penny Morrison, Lisa Fine, and Carolina Irving; and shop Carolina’s tabletop Pop-up Shop, as Lisa signs copies of her new book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love.

1:00 PM – RENOVATING MY KITCHEN | Joanna Saltz and Jean Stoffer
How long will it take? How much will it cost? And can you paint your cabinets a playful color or will that go out of style in five seconds? When House Beautiful Editorial Director Joanna Saltz decided to renovate her family kitchen, she had a LOT of questions—and found all the answers in Michigan-based designer Jean Stoffer. Join the two of them to learn all the things Joanna wished she knew before they embarked on this labor of love together. Following the afternoon panel discussion, please join Jean Stoffer and House Beautiful’s Joanna Saltz at the Made Goods showroom. While in the showroom, be sure to check out the latest Made Goods and Pigeon & Poodle collections.

3:00 PM – HOSPITALITY AT HOME: THE INVITING HOUSE | Susan Sully, Susan Bozeman, and Norman Askins with Kaitlin Petersen
Kaitlin Petersen, Editor in Chief of Business of Home, joins Susan Sully, author of Southern Hospitality at Home: The Art of Gracious Living and two of the remarkable talents featured in the book, designer Susan Bozeman of Susan B. Bozeman Design and architect, Norman Askins of Norman Davenport Askins Architect, to discuss what makes a house inviting. Inspired by Southern hospitality, the conversation delves into how to imbue each space in a home, from porch to powder room, with essential elements designed to pamper guests. Enjoy refreshments during a book signing with Susan Sully immediately following the presentation.

4:00 PM – SOUTHERN WOMEN TALK SIGNATURE STYLE | Betsy Berry, Phoebe Howard, and Fran Keenan with Haskell Harris and Andrea Moattar
Join Garden & Gun for an intimate discussion with three visionaries of Southern design, each known for their distinctive design point of view: Betsy Berry of Charleston’s B. Berry Interiors, Jacksonville’s Phoebe Howard, and Birmingham’s Fran Keenan of Fran Keenan Design. Moderated by Garden & Gun Style Director, Haskell Harris, and Andrea Moattar of Moattar, the panel will discuss the importance of personality, layers, history, and storytelling to create inviting rooms with style, substance, and soul.

Thursday, September 26
10:00 AM – MODERN ENGLISH | Beata Heuman, Aldous Bertram, and Stewart Manger with Ellen McGauley
Fresh, fearless, and wildly innovative: the UK’s design scene is heating up, and from the looks of it, the creative powerhouses across the pond are just getting started. The illuminating panel covers the rising influence of British design and explores its growing impact on everything from textiles to furniture. Join London-based designer Beata Heuman; artist, designer, and English expat Aldous Bertram; American designer Stewart Manger; and VERANDA deputy editor Ellen McGauley as they discuss modern interpretations of classic English decorating, and how they’re shaping the global design community. Please join Beata Heuman, Aldous Bertram, Stewart Manger, and VERANDA’s Ellen McGauley at the Cowtan & Tout showroom following the morning panel discussion. While in the showroom, be sure to check out their newest collections.

1:00 PM – SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND | Madeline Stewart with Elizabeth Ralls
Los Angeles-based designer and self-proclaimed style icon Madeline Stuart joins Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, to discuss the time-honored tradition of Hunting and Gathering. With her trademark humor and passion, Madeline will present imagery from her forthcoming book, No Place Like Home, and discuss the fine art—and highly rewarding challenge—of going hither and yon to ferret out unusual items, quirky elements, and extraordinary, one-of-a-kind pieces that can completely transform a space. Jerry Pair invites you to a reception following the presentation as Madeline Stuart signs copies of her book, No Place Like Home. While in the showroom, preview furniture from the Madeline Stuart Collection.

3:00 PM – ENTERTAINING: THE TOTAL PACKAGE | Chris Hastings, Tara Guérard, and Matthew Quinn with Margot Shaw
Explore every aspect of entertaining, including the most attractive and exciting new kitchen elements, easy and exotic dishes and techniques, do’s and don’ts for a successful soirée, and simple and impactful flowers. Margot Shaw, Editor in Chief of FLOWER magazine and author of Living Floral, is joined in conversation by James Beard Award-winning chef, Chris Hastings; tastemaker and event designer extraordinaire, Tara Guerard; and nationally renowned kitchen designer, Matthew Quinn for a 360 view of entertaining in inimitable Southern style. Following the discussion, celebrate the close of DISCOVER ADAC with a reception and book signing in Matthew Quinn’s showroom, Design Galleria Kitchen & Bath Studio. Stock your library as Margot Shaw signs copies of Living Floral: Entertaining and Decorating with Flowers; Chris Hastings signs Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Traditions; and Tara Guérard signs Weddings by Tara Guérard.



Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/15/19

Featuring Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and Many More

Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Grant Park Conservancy has revealed the live music lineup and schedule for the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019. Earning a reputation as a must-attend event to see some of the hottest up-and-coming bands, local talent and notable favorites, festival goers are invited to watch two days of nonstop high-energy performances. Featuring a diverse lineup for all tastes, 2019 artists include Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and many more.

Produced by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the 2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is open to all ages and free to attend. In addition to the impressive music lineup, this year’s festival will also have an expansive artist market, a Kids Zone presented by Grant Park Parents Network, the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, a diverse selection of local food trucks, wine, frosty beers, craft cocktails and more. Additionally, tickets are now available for the exclusive VIP Lounge. Attendees are invited to relax in a private tent and enjoy complimentary food from a local caterer, premium wines, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, and the Signature Summer Shade Cocktail served in a souvenir cup. Guests are also invited to enjoy private, air-conditioned restrooms, misting stations, lounge seating.  Both single day and weekend VIP tickets are available for purchase at

2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Music Performer Lineup:

Cherokee Stage:
Saturday, August 24th
10:30 a.m.         Yoga
12:00 p.m.         Pharr
1:00 p.m.           Yes Ma’am
1:55 p.m.           Jimmy Galloway
2:50 p.m.          COT Band
4:05 p.m.          R.A.H
5:00 p.m.          ASH
6:00 p.m.         Mafia do Samba
7:00 p.m.         Common Ground
8:30 p.m.         Stripped


Sunday, August 25th
12:00 p.m.         Brother Moon
1:15 p.m.           Captain Crimmins
2:25 p.m.           Old Ceremony
3:50 p.m.           Cicada Rhythm
5:10 p.m.           Blair Crimmins

For the most up to date information about the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival and additional details, visit


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/12/19

Thursday, August 29th to Monday, September 2nd


Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Gotham, Shazam!, The Orville, Doctor Who, and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con

George Takei, Lana Parrilla, and David Tennant lead a long list of celebrity guests headed to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, for Labor Day weekend.

Scottish actor David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who fame, makes a career of bringing fans’ favorite characters to life. Other noted roles of his include Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave, the voice of DuckTales’ Scrooge McDuck, and most recently the demonically charming Crowley of Good Omens.

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 – filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 –  filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Fans of Star Wars’ plucky soccer-ball droid BB-8 will have a chance to meet his puppeteers, Dave Chapman and Brian Herring. They will be joined by other puppetry guests this year at Dragon Con, including guests from Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Dragon Con is set to celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary with four actors from Fox’s hit series, Gotham, including Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin), Maggie Geha (Ivy) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne).

Star Trek fans can debate the various merits of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery versus Fox’s The Orville.  Anson Mount, Discovery’s Captain Pike, Shazad Latif, Emily Coutts, and Ethan Peck, as well as a crew of Orville cast members – Mark Jackson, Peter Macon, Chad Coleman, and J. Lee will be on hand to meet with fans, sign autographs, and lead panels about these space exploration fan favorites.

With no reason to wait for a reunion, Dragon Con will host seven cast members from CW’s Supernatural, which will end its incredible 15-year run in 2020. Mark Sheppard, Samantha Smith, Mark Pellegrino, Osric Chau, Ruth Connell, DJ Qualls, and Ty Olsson will all join Dragon Con fans for this year’s convention.

Farscape will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at Dragon Con, with Lani John Tupo, Anthony Simcoe, Rebecca Riggs, and fan favorite Gigi Edgley.

For fans of the MTV generation, Robert Englund, Freddy Kreuger from The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise will be joined by V castmates Jane Badler and Marc Singer, who also starred in 1982’s The Beastmaster.

This year’s convention will also feature main cast members from some of the most popular sci-fi, fantasy, and alternative historical fiction television shows including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, The Man in the High Castle, the Stargate franchise, Warehouse 13, and Wynonna Earp, plus the pop duo Aly & AJ.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (August 29 -September 2, 2019) in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,500 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over five days. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.