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Column: Antiques show, home tour to support refugee charity
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
January 17, 2013 06:42 PM | 2776 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
The venerable Cathedral Antiques Show, sponsored annually by the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, is set for Jan. 26 through Feb. 3.

The event will bring together more than 30 local, regional and national exhibitors offering a variety of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century antiques plus paintings, rugs, textiles, porcelain, silver and jewelry. The show also includes special lectures and house tours showcasing gracious homes in the area, all to raise money for a local nonprofit.

The first event is a Jan. 26 grand opening of the Inspiration House on the grounds of the cathedral and includes Jan. 27 visits to the five other on-tour homes in Atlanta’s distinctive neighborhoods. The Inspiration House features the work of 30 interior designers.

A gala preview party the evening of Jan. 30 allows guests and sponsors to have a first look at the antiques and enjoy delectable food and fine wines.

The rest of the “run-of-the-show” tickets include many extras such as tea time Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and book signings, lectures and receptions with Atlanta native and interior designer Miles Redd, author of “The Big Book of Chic;” and Atlanta hostess-with-the-mostess author Danielle Rollins, who wrote “Soiree: Entertaining with Style,” Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, respectively. Tickets to the Redd event are $25 or $40 for both his event and the Inspiration House tour.

The schedule also includes a Feb. 2 tour of the cathedral’s stained glass windows led by parishioner Jean Morris; a Feb. 1 lecture by David Lindquist of Whitehall at the Villa Antiques in Chapel Hill, N.C.; an antiques treasure hunt Feb. 1 and 2 with six appraisers on hand to analyze personal treasures; and an evening of Drinks and Antiques for young collectors Feb. 1.

The final event is a Feb. 3 afternoon walking tour of seven homes in the Meadowbrook neighborhood reflecting the creativity and passion of first-time homeowners.

Honorary co-chairs for this year’s 42nd annual show are Caroline and Harry Gilham, Buckhead residents and longtime active members of the cathedral. Overall co-chairs are Mary Elrod and Marion Williams. Rick Anthony Bonner and Cindra Brown are co-chairs for the restored Inspiration House, the 1910 Lanier House on Andrews Drive. It will remain open for tours through Feb. 10.

The selected beneficiary of the 2013 overall show is Refugee Family Services, a Stone Mountain-based nonprofit that has grown and adapted to meet changing needs of the metro Atlanta refugee community for more than 25 years. It started as a local branch of the Save the Children Network, and now focuses on international refugee women and children by giving support through literacy, education, job training, parental engagement and economic self-sufficiency.

The trained multinational staff speaks 18 languages and is effective in addressing particular needs and helping refugee families succeed in the U.S.

Tickets are available at the cathedral bookstore, at Boxwoods Gardens and Gifts in Buckhead and online.

Tickets and information: (404) 365-1107 or visit

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Twin brothers will star as inspirational patriotic speakers for the World War II Round Table’s luncheon Thursday at the Petite Auberge restaurant in DeKalb County.

Howard and Hilbert Margol were inseparable growing up in Florida and participating in ROTC programs. They entered specialized military training together in 1944 at Fort Bragg, N.C. With their mother’s special request, they overcame the rules to separate them in active combat and were deployed together to Marseille, France, in 1945. The two will relate their experiences on the front lines followed by their participation in liberating the Dachau concentration camp.

The nonprofit round table hosts monthly, public luncheons from September through June. It pledges to encourage and demonstrate pride in our country and its armed forces and to pass on to posterity its knowledge of World War II and the price of human life that was paid by our nation to preserve liberty in the U.S. and the world.

The current commander is Randolph Goulding.

No reservations are needed. The luncheon costs only $15.

Information: (770) 436-4254 or visit

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Don your white-tie best and join the Woman’s Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital in Buckhead for the 56th annual Piedmont Ball, themed “A Night in Old New Orleans,” to benefit the exceptional medical facilities. Generous guests will dance the night away as Atlanta’s own Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters take the stage at the Piedmont Driving Club in Midtown Jan. 26. Designer Tony Brewer is setting the colorful New Orleans-style ballroom scene.

Earning the reputation of being the longest-running good deed social occasion in the metro area, the formal gala raises funds for the hospital as it honors past benefactors and the laudable auxiliary volunteer corps.

The 2013 honorary co-chairs, Carol and Peter M. Abreu have been supportive of Piedmont for many years. Carol is a life member of the auxiliary and has logged more than 3,500 hours of volunteer service. She chaired the 2005 ball, which celebrated the hospital’s 100th anniversary.

Co-chairs for this year ball are Gail Battle and Jan Brown. The patron chair is Norma Edenfield with co-chairs Peggy Clinkscales and Karen Wilmer. The men’s committee co-chairs are: Dr. Patrick M. Battey, David G. Hanna, Gary T. Jones and Dr. Thomas N. Lewis. Kathryn Brown is auxiliary’s current president.

Piedmont’s legacy of medical excellence began more than 100 years ago. Founded in 1905 by two private physicians as a 10-bed sanatorium located at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Crumley Street downtown, today’s private, nonprofit, acute-care, tertiary facility’s main campus is conveniently centered on 26 acres on Peachtree Road with 529 beds, 4,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 1,000 board-certified physicians. Piedmont also offers services at additional facilities across the metro area and is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation.

Proceeds from the 2013 ball will support the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease, specifically to purchase a 3-D image processing system to help transform the way patients are cared for at the hospital.

Information: (404) 605-3273.

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The Frosty Fun 5K race the morning of Jan. 26 at Capital City Country Club in Brookhaven will bring folks of all ages and physical abilities to run or walk the loop around the neighborhood for camaraderie to benefit Kindred Spirit, a residential home for pregnant teenagers.

Planned to attract serious runners, occasional runners and walkers, families are invited to participate with special activities for youngsters, music and tables for food, drink and sports gear for entertainment.

All entrants will receive a race packet filled with sponsor information and a T-shirt.

The mission of the privately funded Christian nonprofit Kindred Spirit residential home in the Vinings area is to care for body, mind and spirit in a family environment, offering a safe place to live during pregnancy and extending God’s unconditional love.

The program is structured to give each young woman individual counseling and help guide her to continue her education, learn about nutrition for herself and her baby, take birthing classes and attend parenting classes and/or adoption classes. In addition, residents attend worship, participate in cooking and exercise classes and learn a host of other essential life skills.

Information: (404) 642-2151 or visit

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The Pro-Mozart Society will celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 257th birthday Jan. 26 and recognize the society’s patrons and board members at a dinner and intimate concert in the Decatur home of Dr. Victor and Christina Polizos.

Christina is the music director at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Atlanta and Victor is a pediatrician.

Sherry and Kevin Pritchett will share in hosting the annual affair. Kevin is past president of the society and currently serving as vice president of programs.

The centerpiece of the candlelight evening reminiscent of late 18th-century social gatherings will be performances by pianist William Ransom, head of the piano department at Emory University in DeKalb County, and violinist Domenic Salerni, a member of the Vega String Quartet currently in residence at Emory.

Mozart, the prolific classical composer, was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1756 and died in 1791. He is recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. His taste, his command of form and his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all classical composers. He wrote in most every major musical genre, as well as symphony, opera, chamber music, string quintets and the keyboard sonata.

Mozart is also credited with single-handedly popularizing the piano concerto and wrote many religious compositions including masses and even created music for light entertainment such as dances and serenades.

Twelve Atlanta classical musical enthusiasts founded the nonprofit society in 1964. Three years later the group instituted an annual competition for aspiring Georgia musicians to receive a scholarship to the prestigious International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.

Today society members host events and public concerts to finance two annual $4,000 study scholarship programs. Competitions are held each March and winners spend several weeks studying at the Mozarteum during the summer. The winners are featured in a public Pro-Mozart concert in Atlanta in April.

Classical music aficionados are invited to become patrons of the society and join in plans for the 2013 scholarship competitions.

Invitations and information: (678) 488-3591 or visit

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The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead is marking Martin Luther King Day by partnering with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau to celebrate the bureau’s 100 years of Atlanta hospitality with free admission Monday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The all-inclusive access to the award-winning center will include exhibitions documenting the history of Atlanta, tours of the restored 1928 Swan House and the 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and 22 acres of gardens and trails.

The special January access to the thought-provoking museum is a prelude to the center’s annual February activities commemorating Black History Month. Beginning Feb. 1, an assortment of family and educational programming will allow visitors of all ages to discover and reflect upon the stories of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora with an emphasis on Atlanta and the Southeast.

The highlight of the month-long activities is a groundbreaking traveling exhibition, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down,” opening Feb. 1.

Organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the collections are considered the best documents and artifacts preserved in North America.

Another first in the February lineup is a Feb. 15 through 24 premiere museum theatre performance of History Matters: “Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906” by resident playwright Addae Moon. The challenging, provocative and inspiring theater experience is recommended for ages 16 and older because of the sensitive subject matter.

Fridays in February will also offer living history educational programming for youngsters with hands-on activities under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. The program will explore the African American Experience during the Civil War and leading to the Civil Rights Movement.

Founded in 1926, the center’s main campus also includes six historic gardens, the Kenan Research Center, the Grand Overlook event space; Chick-fil-A at the Coca Cola Café and a museum shop. In addition, the center operates the Margaret Mitchell House in Midtown.

Information: (404) 814-4000 or visit

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