Around Town 30

Batter Up, Bucks

The Brookhaven Bucks have returned to the diamond for a new season in the Sunbelt League. Head Coach Corey Patterson, who played Major League Baseball for 12 seasons, returns for his second season. Patterson is looking to improve upon last season’s Sunbelt East Division 3rd place finish. The Brookhaven Bucks are members of the Sunbelt League, a summer collegiate wooden-bat league with teams in Georgia (Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Carrollton, Marietta, Norcross, Lawrenceville) and Alabama. Bucks home games are played at Oglethorpe University. The Sunbelt League season ends with the league championship series July 30—August 3. Game schedule at Pictured is Pierce Ressmeyer, who returns to the Bucks this season after setting team records in RBI and doubles in 2015. Photo by Jay Kapp

Are You a Hostess With the Mostest?

Brookhaven Dines In is a series of exclusive dinner parties hosted in some of Historic Brookhaven’s most beautiful homes. Delicious cuisine is prepared by Atlanta-based chefs and homeowners invite friends to join them for a night of food and fellowship to support Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Dines In Series events will take place in September 2016. A typical dinner party includes 12-26 guests and tickets range from $150-$300, based on the homeowner’s and chef’s requests. Whether you are a homeowner hoping to get involved, or a local chef hoping to donate your time and talents, contact Special Event Manager Caroline Tate for additional information at or 678.704.8099. Pictured is Neil Johnson of Canonbury Homes, one of the event’s major sponsors.

Meet at Mandarin Oriental

Complementing Atlanta’s acclaim for being home to the ‘New South’s’ gourmet evolution, The Café & Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a sophisticated meeting place for power breakfasts, chic lunches and elegant dinners. Inspired by modern American cuisine, the menu offers a flavorful array of locally sourced ingredients of the highest quality. A cozy retreat for pre-or post-dinner drinks, The Bar serves stylish cocktails and vintage wines. The talented bar team has created a new menu of surprising and refreshing summer cocktails such as the Cucumber Heat combining jalapeno infused tequila, Cointreau, muddled cucumber, lime and agave nectar or the Back-Porch Iced Tea blending Bacardi limon rum, créme de pêche, lemon and peach iced tea served in a mason jar with a slice of fresh peach. A delicious bar bites menu accompanies the new cocktails with items such as PEI Mussels with lemon grass, ginger, garlic, white wine, basil and butter and a fragrant cheese board featuring a selection of three regional cheeses, fig jam and grilled crostini.

Welcome Renters

An increase in the number of apartments in Atlanta’s Buckhead community will change the area’s “population image,” former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell told the Buckhead Business Association (BBA) last month. Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, urged community members to make our new rental residents feel at home: “We will benefit from their contributions in many ways.” Massell’s remarks were part of his annual State of Buckhead address. Massell recalled his own apartment-dwelling days after moving to Buckhead in 1952. He rented an apartment on Adina Drive for $50 per month because he couldn’t afford to buy a house in Buckhead. Today, more and more millennials are moving to the area, opting to settle in an apartment.

Pharr Road is going to the dogs with the opening of Barking Hound Village Buckhead Daycare, located next to Sophie’s Uptown (Barking Hound Owner David York’s bakery that supports animal rescue groups). This 5,000-square-foot doggie daycare facility keeps hounds happy with grooming services, two indoor play yards and an outdoor yard for all-day free play. For more than 17 years, York has been caring for canines and supporting some of the city’s most worthwhile charities, such as Adopt a Golden, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Pet Rescue, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Meals on Wheels, Forward Arts Foundation and the Atlanta Humane Society. 50 Pharr Rd.

Are you looking for an in-town destination this fall? Polo in the Pines invites you to experience Southern hospitality, farm-to-table cuisine and equestrian lifestyle at this fourth annual charity polo event on October 8, produced with Sean Okeefe Events. Enjoy Divots, Dining & Dancing on the banks of the Chattahoochee located at the Atlanta Polo Club. This exclusive polo venue is quietly nestled inside the perimeter of the Vining’s community.  “Connecting with others to help the cause” is the inspiration. Founder Tina Fowler and Co-chair Jennifer Bonner share the passion to give back for this worthy cause near and dear to their hearts. The 2016 beneficiary is CURE Childhood Cancer. “It is a privilege to continue honoring the lives of others through the personal journeys we share,” says Tina. “We are proud to announce our 2016 honorees, Lacey Johnson and Matthew Willis. Please join us in celebrating life at this Pretty Woman-style polo event.”

Big Hearts in Destin

Congratulations to our friends at the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), celebrating the 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction, raising more than $2.65 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. The record breaking results are a $350,000 increase over the $2.3 million raised last year. The funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. The Auction was comprised of 55 unique Live Lots, 27 Super Silent offerings, and 120 Silent Lots. The sold out event was attended by 636 wine enthusiasts, making it the most successful Destin Charity Wine Auction to date. In addition, during the Wine Auction weekend, 14 Patron Dinners were held in notable restaurants and private homes in the area. As the top charity fundraising event in Northwest Florida, the Destin Charity Wine Auction has been ranked among the nation’s top ten highest-grossing charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator magazine for four consecutive years. Save the date for next year’s event, April 28 – 30.

TurningPoint Recognized

Jill Binkley, founder and executive director of the non-profit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, has been named recipient of the 2015 American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section Research Award.  The Research Award was established by the Oncology Section, APTA, to recognize members whose work has resulted in enduring and outstanding research pertaining to oncologic physical therapy.  Binkley launched TurningPoint in 2003 with a mission to improve quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. The Sandy Springs non-profit provides services such as physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, nutritional counseling and education programs.  The organization recently saw its 3,000th patient.

Buckhead Heritage

Heavy rains didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 100 people who participated in the Buckhead Heritage Society’s recent history-themed scavenger hunt. Teams competed aggressively against each other to solve the most clues as they raced to historic sites across Buckhead. Guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a rousing closing ceremony at the end of “A Hunt for Buckhead’s Hidden Secrets.” Proceeds from the event will benefit Buckhead Heritage Society and its mission to identify, preserve and promote Buckhead’s historic resources.