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Column: Forward Arts Foundation hosting 59th flea market
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
September 04, 2013 03:12 PM | 3789 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Bargain hunters, collectors, interior designers and curious fashion shoppers need to mark their calendars for the Forward Arts Foundation’s 59th annual Flea Market. Themed “Disco Flea-ver,” the event will be open free to the public Sept. 20 and 21 in the lower level parking deck at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

Booths will be filled with previously owned designer fashions, children’s clothing, menswear, handbags, shoes, jewelry, beautiful antiques, home accessories and even books.

A festive ticketed preview party the evening of Sept.19 will offer a first chance at shopping and the $25 advance ticket price will support the foundation’s art programs. Tickets are $30 at the door.

Chairwomen of the main flea market event are Molly Beery, Jennifer Morgan and Leslie Morgan with Georgia Schley Ritchie and Georganna Watherholtz serving as chairwomen for the preview party. Emmy Knobloch and Laura Spearman are being recognized as honorary chairwomen.

The first flea market was held on the grounds of the High Museum of Art in Midtown back in 1954, making it the oldest continuously operating charity market in the country.

A group of distinguished art patrons established the nonprofit foundation in 1965. Their leadership was matched by their determination to transform the carriage house of the historic Swan House estate on the Atlanta History Center campus into a thriving restaurant, gift shop and art gallery. The three entities are administered by the foundation to support the visual arts community in Atlanta with cultural programming and individual grants.

Advance tickets are available only by phone or at the gift shop.

Preview party tickets and information: (404) 261-0224 or visit

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The music-appreciating public is invited to join the Atlanta Music Club for its 2013 free public musicale series. The first informal concert is set for Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. hosted at Lenbrook retirement community on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

A trio of talented pianists, Greg Matteson and brothers Ken and Shawn Wong, will present a musicale to showcase the ongoing efforts of the nonprofit club to identify and support musical talents and interests in greater Atlanta.

Beginning in 1915, the venerable community music organization has built an illustrious history of identifying and supporting music in the metro area. Achievements include: the founding of the All-Star Concert Series with music celebrities, establishing the Choral Guild of Atlanta, the Atlanta Youth Orchestra and music performance scholarship programs for high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and providing monthly morning musicales in public venues. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was a direct outgrowth of the Atlanta Youth Orchestra in 1944.

The nonprofit also sponsors scholarship competitions and Young Performers Sunday recitals along with Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra activities.

Next on the public calendar for this fall will be three monthly Saturday morning musicals in different hosting venues: Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec.14.

Again, the music loving public is invited free to enjoy hearing and meeting talented artists from all spectrums of instrumental and vocal music.

Information: (404) 872-9670 or visit

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In honor of International Literacy Month, a consortium of Atlanta nonprofits under the umbrella of Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta will host the third annual Fit 4 Lit 5K Run/Walk in Grant Park Sept. 14 beginning at 8 a.m.

The theme of this year’s event is “Running with the Story.” Race participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite storybook character (e.g. Dr. Seuss, the Wizard of Oz, Peter Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, etc.). Local theater groups have volunteered to costume-up and stand along the race route, sharing factoids about illiteracy in metro Atlanta while cheering on race participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed storybook character outfit and top race finishers.

The race event will include presentations by event sponsors, live performances from local poets and authors and award presentations to Fitness 4 Literacy champions.

The annual run/walk aims to raise awareness about the nearly 900,000 adults in the Atlanta area’s population with low literacy skills. The outdoor challenge is designed to engage community members as advocates for literacy and help the alliance increase literacy-supportive services and programming to nearly 450,000 people by the year 2040, thereby reaching more than half of the metro region’s low-literate population.

This practical and innovative coalition includes leaders from literacy and human service providers, educational and academic organizations and the business community increase public awareness about low literacy as one of the root causes of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, homelessness and poor health outcomes, while developing a viable model for expansion of literacy programming within the region. Fifty-one individuals from 32 organizations have joined together to expand and standardize community-based literacy services.

The run/walk is a profit-sharing fundraiser and each registration fee will benefit a nonprofit, standardized community-based literacy service — including refugee/immigrant services, human service providers, governmental agencies, county library systems, schools, colleges and universities, plus umbrella organizations such as the United Way.

Registration and information: (404) 333-9256 or visit

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Once again gastronomes and friends will gather Sept. 19 for the annual Party in the Kitchen evening of exquisite cuisine prepared by the best chefs from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. All the proceeds will support the generous Open Hand volunteers who deliver meals to the underserved in metro Atlanta.

Guests will don all-white attire at the King Plow Arts Center on West Marietta Street in west Midtown and enjoy a VIP reception, exceptional food and fabulous live and silent auctions featuring an array of travel and entertainment packages and fine dining experiences.

Co-chairs leading the 23-member host committee are: Helen Carlos, Chef Kevin Rathbun (Rathbun’s), Rebecca Bily and Chef Gerry Klaskala (Aria).

This year will celebrate an amazing 25 years for Open Hand. Founded by Michael Edwards-Pruitt and his neighbors who joined together in his home kitchen in 1988 to cook meals for 14 friends who were too sick to cook for themselves, the volunteer-powered nonprofit has grown to become the nation’s largest community-based provider of home-delivered meals and nutrition education — preparing, packing and delivering more than 5,000 meals daily across metro Atlanta and 17 Georgia counties.

Open Hand is the only community-based organization providing comprehensive nutrition care, which combines medically appropriate meals with nutrition education, therapy and coaching for homebound seniors and underserved individuals struggling with chronic, critical or terminal illness.

Tickets and information: (404) 419-3333 or visit

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