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Preservation group brings Vegas to Vinings
by Bobby Tedder
February 19, 2014 10:36 AM | 2885 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, auction co-chair Cheryl Spiva, Vinings Historic Preservation Society volunteer Sherrye Willett, event chair Juli Vaughn and auction co-chair Karen DeRuyter show off decorations for the event.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, auction co-chair Cheryl Spiva, Vinings Historic Preservation Society volunteer Sherrye Willett, event chair Juli Vaughn and auction co-chair Karen DeRuyter show off decorations for the event.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / The Vinings Historic Preservation Society will host Vegas in Vinings Saturday at The Vinings Club.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / The Vinings Historic Preservation Society will host Vegas in Vinings Saturday at The Vinings Club.
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To borrow from the popular marketing slogan, what happens in Vinings stays in Vinings.

In this case, the happening is the annual casino-style Vegas in Vinings affair, set for Saturday at the Vinings Club. What will stay here is much-needed funding generated for the Vinings Historic Preservation Society.

“People look forward to it,” said society Executive Director Gillian Greer. “I have people asking me all year about it. There’s something for everyone...it’s a very high energy event.”

In keeping with the theme, the couple hundred attendees expected to paint the town red within the confines of Vinings Club will be privy to a host of gaming options. In addition to the aforementioned game of chance, blackjack, craps and poker will also be available.

Tickets for admission will also afford their holders entrée into a neon world of fine cuisine, drinks and dancing. A silent auction and raffle will also highlight the night’s agenda.

Such a full plate of activity and bustle is by design. The host organization’s crack staff of volunteers and other behind-the-scene mainstays are the ones charged with bringing it all to fruition.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the upkeep/renovation projects targeting the three historic buildings owned by the society as part of its two-year Keeping Pace capital campaign: the Pace House, the Old Pavilion and the Yarbrough House. All are located in the center of Vinings Village.

A trip down memory lane reveals a measure of value of these crowning jewels.

The Old Pavilion was originally built as an open-air structure in 1874 by the Western & Atlantic Railroad to encourage Atlanta residents to venture out of the city for day trips. The Yarbrough House was constructed in 1880 by Samuel Yarbrough for wife Ella Pace Yarbrough, granddaughter of Hardy Pace, the town’s founder.

The Pace House, circa 1870, was built with the remains of Hardy Pace’s 17-room antebellum home. The structure served as Gen. William T. Sherman’s temporary headquarters where he planned the siege of Atlanta. Hardy’s son, Solomon Pace, rebuilt the home after returning from the Civil War to find it in ruins.

“We are stewards of those [properties],” said Greer. “I’d like for people to understand their historical significance. “People love to support us. Vinings is a unique community and [the society is] at the center of it. ... They’re very protective of us and [what we do.]”

IF YOU GO:

o What: Vegas in Vinings

o When: Saturday at 7 p.m.

o Where: The Vinings Club

o Tickets: $100 for VHPS members; $125 for non-members

o Information: (770) 432-3343 or vhps1874@bellsouth.net
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