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Column: Events to celebrate Battle of Jonesboro’s anniversary
by Sally F. White
September 03, 2014 11:06 AM | 3855 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
Atlanta and its environs are commemorating the sesquicentennial anniversary of the local battles of the Civil War this year with reenactment pageantry, lectures and recognition of historic building, areas, monuments and markers.

To mark the Battle of Jonesboro, nonprofit Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County Inc. volunteer historians will take a step back in time Saturday and Sunday to give visitors a special glimpse into what life was like 150 years ago in the heart of the historic city. Period-correct guides and realistic settings will bring history to life.

Stately Oaks Plantation will be open both days for a living history of the grounds. Activities will take place at the cook’s house, the tenant farm cabin, the well house, Juddy’s Country Store, the one-room school house and even the Creek Indian Village.

Special demonstrations will be given on period cooking, camp life and civilian life along with a medical display and interactive demonstrations of period children’s activities and period dance. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stately Oaks, there also will be special postal cancellations for both Stately Oaks and the Battle of Jonesboro.

The preserved Warren House located on Mimosa Drive, used as a hospital during the battle, will also be open Saturday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for special tours and a barbecue. The event will include dinner, a tour of the house and music and dancing.

Across the train tracks from the Warren House, at the corner of McDonough and Johnson streets, is the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery where more than 600 Confederate soldiers who fought and died in the 1864 battle are laid to rest. Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there will be tours of the cemetery.

The Road to Tara Museum in the old train depot on North Main Street gives credence to Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” novel. Containing memorabilia from the actual battles as well as a reproduction of one of Scarlett’s dresses from the iconic movie, the museum will have special significance during this celebration tour.

The museum’s Southern Belles & Whistles bus tours will be offered Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m. from the train depot.

Information and tickets: (770) 473-0197, or

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Following the successful return of the Art Party last year, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center on Means Street in west Midtown will host the multimedia event Sept. 13.

Set for 7 p.m. to midnight, this year’s party will include a viewing of the exhibit “Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program” which will continue through Oct. 11. Curator Joey Orr has taken the theme from a surrealist parlor game to showcase 21 artists from the last decade of the center’s studio artist program.

Adding excitement to the evening will be titillating entertainment, unique food and drinks and a tour of open working studios for a look at works by 14 participating studio artists.

Proceeds from the event will go to the center, a nonprofit, non-collecting institution dedicated to the creation, presentations and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists. It creates a diverse cultural landscape for artists, art professionals and the art-interested public through exhibitions, educational and public programming and the studio artist program.

Tickets and information: (404) 688-1970 or

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The seventh annual Polo for Parkinson’s day to benefit the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation will take place Sept. 14 at the picturesque Chukkar Farm and Polo Club on Liberty Grove Road in Alpharetta. Gates will open at 1 p.m. with hospitality in the clubhouse and the exhibition match beginning at 2 p.m.

In addition to the rousing polo match, there will be music, free barbecue, an open bar, a silent auction and a Champagne divot stomp to repair the riding turf, plus a ladies’ best hat contest. A new educational Ask the Expert area will feature some of Atlanta’s top Parkinson’s disease researchers who will answer questions from attendees.

Guests are invited to dust off their divot-stomping shoes and join the party for a good cause, polo-style.

Proceeds will benefit the Roswell-based foundation.

Parkinson’s disease has a very personal connection to foundation co-founders Bill Wilkins and his son Daniel Wilkins.

Bill Wilkins was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 and became active on a national basis with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He also got involved locally with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association’s Georgia chapter before founding the family nonprofit in 2010 dedicated to help overcome the debilitating disease.

Parkinson’s affects six million people worldwide and has no known cure. Available treatments temporarily mask symptoms while the disease continues to progress. The average age of onset is 60. However, more than 10 percent of patients are just 40 or younger.

Proceeds from the polo event will go to support Parkinson’s research, education and awareness programs.

Tickets and information: (770) 730-5840 or

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The Wine Women and Shoes charity event, partnering with the Northside Hospital Foundation, is set for Sept. 14 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead. It will raise funds for the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute and its Ovarian and Gyn Cancer Research Fund.

Taking place from 2 to 5 p.m., the affair will appeal to fashion-savvy guests as they sip, savor and shop for the cause. Attendees will enjoy wine tastings from some of the country’s top winemakers, shop for the latest trends in the multi-designer marketplace and bid on unique runway outfits and on a silent auction.

A stylish presentation will spotlight the latest trends in fashion, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Cynthia Good, founder of the Little PINK Book and former anchor of Atlanta’s Fox 5, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Since shoes are one of the focal point of fashion news this season, the audience will participate in a Best in Shoe contest with judges roaming the event seeking guests with standout shoes in different categories — sexy stiletto, wonderful wedge, fabulous flat and sensational sandal. Winners will show off their style on the runway.

A fashion finale Couture for the Cure is the brainchild of Atlanta designer Isaac Spry and Catwalk Productions CEO Randi Layne. They have recruited 10 designers to make special pieces for the Atlanta benefit from classic to avant-garde styles. All the pieces will be auctioned off during the event.

Wine Women and Shoes is a national nonprofit event organization partnering this year with the Northside Hospital Foundation to focus on metro Atlanta by connecting donors and volunteers to promote initiatives such as research, state-of-the-art medical technology, education and community wellness programs.

The 2014 fundraising effort is focused on the institute, one of the largest and most respected providers of comprehensive cancer services in the Southeast. It leads the way for groundbreaking procedures for treatment of ovarian and gynecological cancers.

Tickets and information: (770) 667-4047 or

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Volunteers for the Partnerships in Action Atlanta team will once again set an example for helping fight global poverty through a walk/run event Sept. 14 in Centennial Olympic Park downtown.

The Atlanta event is part of the nationwide initiative of the Aga Kahn Foundation USA to raise awareness and funds in the fight against worldwide poverty.

The day-long event will be fun for the whole family. In addition to the walk and run competitions, other fun entertainment and activities for all ages will spotlight the foundation’s practical solutions for alleviating poverty from Afghanistan to Zanzibar.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Partnership Walk events, an inspiring Village in Action area will invite participants to enjoy interactive exhibits at the park to celebrate a rich diversity of cultures and emphasize the worldwide scope of the foundation’s partnerships.

Atlanta is one of nine major U.S. cities hosting 2014 fundraising walk/run events.

Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary iman, is founder and chairman of the worldwide nonprofit foundation. Established as a partnerships network more than 50 years ago to create long-term, self-help solutions to lift the world’s poorest countries out of poverty, it now has 12 countries in Africa and Asia where the U.S. unit supports programs to reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health.

All funds raised will go directly to projects supported by the foundation.     

Information, tickets and registration: (770) 405-9255 or

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