No variable specified
Column: Trees Atlanta supporters to Party by the Pond
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
May 01, 2013 12:43 PM | 3132 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Party by the Pond Friday will introduce a new social format for generating funds and interest in Trees Atlanta’s tree-planting and plant initiatives.

Staged at the beautiful Buckhead home of Elly and Ed Dobbs, new and old friends and green-loving Atlanta community activists will gather for a casual, al fresco evening with fabulous food, tempting libations, live entertainment and spirited art and silent auctions under the stars.

Since founding in 1985, interest has blossomed for the “city in a forest” concept of Atlanta and the energy of volunteers at Trees Atlanta has multiplied. The nonprofit has expanded programs in the last two years to encompass the new Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum along the Eastside Trail on the old rail corridor from Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward. The expansion is bringing more than 60 species of trees into beautiful groves along the way.

Other new projects include NeighborWoods plantings, daffodils in three neighborhoods and partnerships with native prairie grasses and wildflower projects. The social evening will help connect longtime supporters and newcomers to improve Atlanta’s urban forest by planting and conserving and educating the larger community.

Reservations and information: (404) 681-4890 or visit

o o o

The black-tie Hearts with Hope gala Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead will celebrate the Partnership Against Domestic Violence’s legacy of support, empowerment and love throughout metro Atlanta.

The event will include culinary styling by the Ritz-Carlton and a cocktail hour with US Beat music. Guests will mix and mingle as they partake of unusual auction items such as: the Ultimate Men’s Weekend with a Porsche Boxster, in-home dinners, a Delta flight simulator, a golf foursome and a ride-a-long at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This year’s 25th anniversary gala will also recognize 11 Legacy Society inductees who have graciously given their time, energy and resources to shape the partnership into a life-changing organization. It is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence agencies in Georgia, and helps transform the lives of about 18,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, violence prevention and long-term advocacy.

Tickets and information: (404) 870-9600 or

o o o

Seventy-five boys and 40 men will present the annual Spectacular Spring Concert showcasing the 2013 Atlanta Boy Choir repertoire Friday evening at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead.

This will mark the 55th annual Atlanta public concert for the Grammy Award-winning group. The all-male choir will sing many of the best-loved classics of the season accompanied by strings, flute, piano and organ.

The centerpiece of the concert will be “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” a composition based on poems written by young Jewish children held by the Nazis in Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia during World War II. Renowned Jewish actress Mira Hirsch will narrate the piece.

“The Atlanta Boy Choir sings and the world listens” has become a mantra for the organization that originated as an offshoot of Atlanta Public Schools in 1946 when it was organized to perform with local church choirs.

In 1953 Musical Director Fletcher Wolfe, with the encouragement of parents and the arts community, founded today’s organization that still inspires and develops the vocal talents of boys ages 6 to 13 and presents them in professional-quality public concerts worldwide.

Over the decades and generations, the choir has become renowned as a world-class chorus performing in prestigious venues before esteemed audiences from the White House to the Vatican, Russia’s Great Hall of the Philharmonic, grand theatres, cathedrals and historic landmarks.

Some of the 8,700 boys who have gone through the ranks over the years and excelled professionally on Broadway or other venues are: Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley, “American Idol” star Justin Guarnini, European conductor Mark Stringer, “Mad Men” producer Dwayne Shattuck and Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch.

Many alumni keep close ties with their musical beginnings as they enter the professional ranks and still perform in selected Atlanta Boy Choir concerts. Donations and ticket funds give financial aid to the choir and talented youngsters who might otherwise not participate.

Tickets and information: (404) 378-0064 or visit

o o o

The inaugural Home Owners Workshop Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s headquarters at Rhodes Hall on Peachtree Street in Midtown will offer potential homebuyers and current homeowners sources and ideas on all aspects of older homes.

A kickoff reception will be held at Rhodes Hall Friday at 6 p.m. The Saturday workshop and displays inside, on the porch and in the yard of the 1904 Rhodes Hall will include lectures and demonstrations featuring topics from interior and exterior improvements and gardening to historic home research to buying and preserving.

Experts in different fields scheduled for participation are: Elaine DeNiro of the Roswell Historical Society, “Researching Your Home’s History;” Michael Purser of Rosebud Flooring, “Caring for Your Historic Floors;” Randy Pimsler of Pimsler Hoss Architects, “Achieving Sustainable Goals with a Historic Home;” Altimese Dees of Real Estate Gallery, “Historic Home Buying 101;” Burke Sisco of Park Mason Brokers, “Location-efficient Living along the BeltLine;” and Habersham Gardens, “Good Landscaping Practices.”

There will be a bicycle tour of historic Atlanta neighborhoods Saturday afternoon. For just $10 for members and $15 for non-members, attendees can join experts, do-it-yourselfers and other old-house enthusiasts to learn how to improve their homes.

All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit trust and its commitment to preserving and enhancing Georgia communities and their diverse historic resources for the education and enjoyment of all.

Tickets and information: (404) 885-7812 or visit

o o o

Doggies on the Catwalk will pair stylish canines on the runway with Atlanta celebrity models Friday at the W hotel on Peachtree Road in Buckhead for the sixth annual fashion-oriented, Atlanta Humane Society benefit.

Fifteen human celebrities wearing designer fashions from Tootsies and Bloomingdale’s will be paired with canine companions for the fun-loving fashionable walk on the runway to generate support and funds for animals in need at the society’s facilities.

Among the notable fashion models are: Jovita Moore, Justin Farmer, Tracye Hutchins, Dafina and Ryan Smith, Christi Paul, Ginair McKerrow, David York, Top Dogg, Karyn Greer, Holly Firfer, Marylouise Fitzgibbon, Tom Abrams, Allison Entrekin and Richie Arpino.

E. Vincent Martinez
, the Fashionado blogger, founder and producer of the Doggies on the Catwalk event, will share co-host duties with members of the 1873 Society Club, an auxiliary of the society. The name of the junior board was taken from the year the society was founded. Heading the host committee for the society are Sam Henderson, Kitsy Rose and Marian Goldberg.

The 1873 Society Club is a nonprofit group of young professionals and philanthropists devoted to raising awareness and funds to support the mission of the society, one of the oldest pet welfare agencies in the U.S. Services include adoptions, a veterinary clinic, low-cost spay/neuter services, pet therapy, behavior training classes, a hotline, a pet food bank and canine play yards.

All services are made possible by contributions of funds and volunteer time.

Tickets and information: (404) 216-8722 or visit or

o o o

Zoo Atlanta’s Beastly Feast benefit Saturday has a new “Swing Fling” theme this year to pay homage to the zoo’s great ape collections.

Celebrating 28 years of Ford Motor Co.’s support, the annual fundraising event is staged on the 35-acre grounds of the zoo in the southeast Grant Park community off Cherokee Avenue.

Guests at the black-tie gala will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they stroll through the indoor and outdoor complex for an up-close-and-personal observance of more than 1,500 animals from around the world. A seated dinner, dancing and a silent auction will follow. Entertaining ape-themed décor is designed by Tony Brewer and Co.

Co-chairs for the 2013’s benefit are Judy and Bob Webb, supported by an executive committee including Mark Street of the Ford Motor Co. and Raymond King, the zoo’s president and CEO. Both are Buckhead residents.

Now, more than 120 years removed from its circus origins, Zoo Atlanta has evolved from a quaint picnic stop where people gawked at wild animals to a world-class conservation organization seeking to engage the public in the lives of its animal ambassadors and the preservation of their counterparts in the wild.

The long journey from Victorian curiosity to national leader has not been without challenges, but the mission, animals, programs and dedicated citizenry ensure progressive history will continue to be made.

Since 1984, when it became a nonprofit entity in partnership with the city of Atlanta, which owns the land, the zoo has earned accreditation as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun.

The campus is open daily (with the exceptions of holidays) for keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events. Because of limited space, advance reservations are required.

Tickets and information: (404) 624-5836 or visit

o o o

Members of the volunteer Junior Committee of Shepherd Center in Buckhead are hosting their annual Derby Day party Saturday on 1,400 acres of the picturesque Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, site of the 1996 Centennial Olympic equestrian competitions.

This will mark the 31st year for dedicated young professionals to host social watching of the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday of May to garner funds for Shepherd facilities. Catherine Skeen and Wesley Snapp are the event’s 2013 co-chairs.

Along with watching the fastest two minutes in sport on big-screen TVs, guests will enjoy great food and drinks, silent and live auctions and casino and race-day games. Part of the extended afternoon of fun will be fashionable hats and dancing to the sounds of The Breakfast Club, an ’80s tribute band.

Round-trip chauffeured transportation from the parking lot at Lenox and Piedmont roads via Cooper-Global to the Conyers site will be available from 1:30 to 9 p.m.

Shepherd is a private, nonprofit hospital devoted to the medical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries and diseases, acquired brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular problems. Each year it admits more than 750 patients and conducts thousands of outpatient clinic visits.

Tickets and information: (404) 350-7778 or visit

o o o

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is once again offering an exceptional “first” exhibit of horticultural wonder. “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life,” a collection of 19 living plant sculptures, known as mosiaculture, will debut in the garden on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown beginning Saturday.

The menagerie of magical, topiary-like creatures is the result of the creative genius of the nonprofit International Mosiaculture of Montreal, Canada, and has been successfully exhibited around the world. This installation in Atlanta is the first major exhibition in the U.S.

“Each sculpture is a giant living horticultural masterpiece — an artistic evolution of the traditional stuffed topiary technique,” garden President and CEO Mary Pat Matheson said. “Thousands of meticulously groomed annuals create a color composition unique to every piece. Each plant is a growing pixel within a structural metal armature. Complex irrigation systems beneath the surface allow the creatures to flourish in Atlanta’s summer heat.”

Visitors will discover a grazing unicorn, dodge a pair of gigantic cobras and meet face-to-face with a friendly ogre, among other spell-binding encounters. The largest piece is a 25-foot goddess emerging from the earth.

Starting in May, the garden will host weekly Cocktails in the Garden, “social irrigation” parties every Thursday evening for guests to enjoy specialty cocktails, DJ-provided music and chef cooking demonstrations as they stroll among the magical living sculptures at sunset.

The mission of the nonprofit garden is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

Tickets and information: (404) 876-5859 or visit

o o o

The inspiring Spring Fling Concert hosted by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta Sunday at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church on Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs is a free public celebration of classical music.

The event will present professional members of the society and friends in performances featuring both vocalists and instrumentalists. Light refreshments will be served, and donations to the Pro-Mozart scholarship fund will be encouraged.

The program will be varied with not only music by Mozart but selections from composers such as Debussy, Lehar, Lloyd-Webber, Donaudy, Rossini and Verdi. All the performers will join the finale for “Sunrise Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Vocalists in the program are lyric spinto soprano Mary Ann Hill-Meehan, a past society president and current Atlanta Opera board member, and tenor Steven L. Nanni, a friend of Pro-Mozart who is professionally based in New England.

Notable instrumentalists will include current society president Herbert Buffington, organist at Peachtree Christian Church in Midtown; pianist Jason Maynard, assistant organist at Peachtree Christian Church; and flutist Kristen Holritz, a friend of Pro-Mozart from North Carolina who is both a soloist and orchestra musician.

She is scheduled to team with her violinist husband, Josh Holritz, and friends from The Julliard School to perform and teach at the Community Arts Tokyo Program in Japan in the future.

Since its founding in the early 1960s by a dozen classical music supporters, the society has fostered the appreciation of classical music through free public concerts and an alliance with Salzburg, Austria. Its major project is the sponsorship of an annual competition for an aspiring Georgia musician to receive a scholarship to the prestigious International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

“Our free concerts are a gift to classic music lovers, and we welcome tax-free donations to help perpetuate our scholarship fund,” said Buffington, also its president. “The society looks to win new members from our performances.”

Information: (678) 488-3591 or visit

o o o

Fun-loving, good-hearted golfers are invited to tee up for the Jim Shafer Memorial Tournament of Angels May 9 at the picturesque Woodlands and Chateau courses at Chateau Élan Golf Resort in Braselton.

Whatever the scores, the competition will benefit Angel Flight, the volunteer pilots organization which provides free air transportation to those who need lifesaving medical care in Georgia. Patients must be medically stable and ambulatory and demonstrate a financial need or cannot utilize or access commercial transportation.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A, and the day will conclude with an awards banquet and dinner by Fat Matt’s BBQ in the Chateau Pavilion.

The nonprofit Angel Flight philosophy is the cost of travel should never stand in the way of anyone needing medical care that cannot be filled in their local area. Volunteer pilots are committed to the mission and, in addition to getting people to medical care on a daily basis, they also serve as “first-responders” in times of national crisis.

The free lifesaving flights operate throughout Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Participation in the golf competition will make a difference in the lives of families that are touched by Angel Flight volunteers.

Reservations and information: (770) 452-7958 or visit

o o o

The Heroes, Saints and Legends awards dinner to recognize remarkable seniors who continue to significantly enrich the Atlanta community is set for May 9 at the Atlanta History Center’s Overlook Ballroom on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

Hosted by the Foundation of Wesley Woods, the 2013 evening gala will honor retired University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley and retired WSB-TV anchor and television personality Monica Pearson for their visionary community involvement.

Dr. Allan Levey, chair of the Emory University Department of Neurology and director of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will receive the Key to a Cure award for his groundbreaking research in the field of neurodegenerative disease.

John Ethridge and Jeff Lesesne will serve as the event’s honorary co-chairs. Funds from the affair will benefit Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease care and research at Emory’s Wesley Woods Center.

For more than 50 years, Wesley Woods has served seniors from all religious denominations and income levels, offering a full range of geriatric services from continuing care retirement communities and independent living campuses across North Georgia to comprehensive medical care.

Through the nonprofit foundation, charitable care is extended to seniors with limited assets. The foundation also provides support for research initiatives in the geriatric health field.

Tickets and information: (404) 728-6204 or visit

*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides