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American Craft 
Council Show

The American Craft Council Show is the Southeast’s largest juried indoor craft show, bringing together over 225 of the country’s most talented contemporary craft makers under one roof. The three-day show draws thousands of fine craft lovers and collectors who enjoy finding one-of-a-kind, quality crafts in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor while meeting the artists behind the fabulous work. Among the master artisans selected through an extensive juried process are two Buckhead artists, Anne Vincent and Lynn Pollard, along with Kathleen Plate, Debra Kidd and Adrina Richard of Brookhaven. This year the show debuts Style Slam, where some of Atlanta’s most savvy stylists pair up with fashion wearable, accessory and jewelry artists to showcase cutting-edge fashion throughout the show floor. For the entire family, the Let’s Make program engages show-goers to touch, feel and experience the hands-on creative process of making a piece of artwork. A variety of artisans will provide interactive craft making demonstrations as well as tastings of handcrafted foods and beverages, including The Balvenie handcrafted Scotch whisky. The show returns for the 27th year to the Cobb Galleria Center, March 11-13.

Not Just An Irish Thing

Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day parade (March 12, 12 to 1:30 p.m) – started by the city’s Hibernian Benevolent Society – dates back to 1858, making it one of the country’s oldest. Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing.” The parade attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, bagpipe & drum corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.” Come enjoy as 2,000 dancers, musicians, and Irish enthusiasts, plus giant balloons, floats, and marching bands converge in Midtown and head south on Peachtree St. from 15th St. NE to 5th St. NE.

Easter Egg Hunts For The 
Whole Family

Easter egg hunt on the farm–March 14 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Kids search for colorful eggs, play games, and create springtime crafts during Magic Mondays: Egg Hunt on the Farm at the Atlanta History Center.

Easter at governor’s mansion–March 19 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Kids meet the Easter Bunny, decorate eggs, get faces painted, and do an Easter Egg Hunt at the governor’s mansion. Free with reservation.

Easter egg hunt in the garden–March 26 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.). Buy a ticket online and bring a basket to hunt for candy-filled eggs at Eggstravaganza. Meet the Easter Bunny, shop for baked goods, and enjoy kids’ activities at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Eggs from the sky–March 26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Expect crowds at North East Cobb Community Egg Drop, with helicopter egg drops up to age 10, bounce houses, face-painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny at Sprayberry High School. Free.

History Comes To Life For Pace Academy Students 
in Germany

In early January, eight Pace Academy Upper School students and three faculty advisors traveled through Germany on a study tour offered by the school’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership. The students kicked off their adventures in Munich and visited historic sites around the city as well as Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau concentration camp and the Munich State Ballet. The trip concluded in Berlin, with stops at the Sanssouci Palace, Alexanderplatz and the Berlin Philharmonic. Picture, from left to right are Pace Academy students Jibril Sadiq, Payton Gannon, Lali Zamora, Kassia Toure, Elise Bradshaw, Aaron Davis and Mitchell Zwecker.

Buckhead Coalition Celebrates

The nonprofit Buckhead Coalition, one of Atlanta’s smallest but most influential civic organizations, held the invitation-only Annual Luncheon recently.  President, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, welcomed the outstanding business, civic, political and media representatives with the recognition that unlike most such nonprofits, the meeting is more for fellowship than reciting the year’s achievements. Dave Stockert, chairman of the Coalition’s Nominating Committee, reported the recommendation of five members for three-year terms on the organization’s Executive Committee, all of whom were elected unanimously.  They are Russ Brockelbank, Regional Manager of DPR Hardin Construction; Jack Cay, President and Chief Executive Officer of Palmer & Cay, LLC; Sheffield Hale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Historical Society; Ray Padrón, Managing Partner of Brightworth, LLC, and Jonathan Rodbell, Partner and Co-Founder of Atlanta Property Group, LLC.  The Keynote Address was delivered by Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association from Washington, D.C.  Mayor Massell said Ms. Brown is “newsworthy by her very presence,” as America’s number one private practice attorney. She is a member of the 1,000-lawyer international firm of Locke Lord LLP.  She spoke on the value of diversification in the workforce, and complimented the diversification of the Coalition’s meeting invitation list. Attendees included the mayor and commission chairman, the entire Atlanta City Council, the majority of the Fulton Commission and Atlanta Board of Education, several legislative members, and a number of foreign consuls located in Buckhead. Our editor was proud to attend.


The Touchdown Club of Atlanta (TCA)  honored  Westminster Head Football Coach Gerry Romberg at its annual awards banquet. Romberg was recognized as Georgia High School Coach of the Year and honored for winning the 2015 AAA football state championship. Romberg has served as Westminster’s football coach for 24 seasons. In 2009, he became the winningest coach in Westminster’s history, and he has amassed 19 trips to the playoffs during his tenure at the school. Prior to leading the football program at Westminster, Romberg coached at public and private high schools, as well as at the college level at The Citadel and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The TCA event was held in conjunction with the Nike Coach of the Year Clinic.

Kicker Scores Award

Senior Samuel Sloman has long been an outstanding goalie for Pace Academy soccer teams, but in just his second season as the varsity football team’s placekicker and punter, Sloman and his right foot found their calling. During the Knights’ state-championship season, Sloman made 20 of 23 field-goal attempts; was 12 for 12 on field goals under 40 yards; hit 51 of 51 extra-point kicks; notched a 53-yard field goal and set the Georgia High School Association record for field goals. To cap off his tremendous season, Sloman received the 2015 Chris Sailer Award. The award is presented annually to the best national high-school placekicker regardless of state, division or age. Past and current NFL and NCAA kickers, previous Chris Sailer Award finalists and sports writers vote to determine the winner. In addition, Sloman received the following honors for the 2015 season: Kohl’s Kicking 2015 High School Season All-American First Team, USA Today High School Sports All-USA Georgia Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AA All-State First Team, Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-Metro First Team, Georgia Sports Writers Association First Team Offense, Region 6AA First Team Offense, Region 6AA Second Team Defense (punting) and Kohl’s Kicking National Player of the Week.