December 2017 Around Town 2

Magical Mandarin

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, is pleased to offer an array of holiday happenings this festive season. Sample seasonal menus from the culinary team, enjoy time for self-care and holiday stress-relief at The Spa or get into the spirit of the season at the Hot Cocoa and Photos with Santa event or in their Southern Winter Wonderland. Beginning November 27, the hotel will be cheerfully decorated and a grand gingerbread house will be on display. From December 19 to 23, visit our winter village in the Garden from 5 to 10 p.m. when a chalet will serve festive snacks and bites, Veuve Clicquot Champagne and mulled wine or hot chocolate in Mandarin Oriental collector’s mugs. The Garden will be adorned with decorations, seating, blankets and fire pits where guests can roast s’mores. Entrance is complimentary and food and beverage will be priced à la carte. Holiday movies or live entertainment will be offered daily: 12/19 – Home Alone at 7 p.m., 12/20 Live Music from 6:30 to 9 p.m., 12/21, Love Actually at 7 p.m., 12/22- Live Music from 6:30 to 9 p.m., 12/23 – It’s a Wonderful Life at 7 p.m.

One for the Grown-ups

Aging is inevitable. Having fun while doing it? That’s a choice. This holiday season, be selfish. Have you been interested in starting on some type of skin care or anti-aging treatment program and just not sure where to start? Aesthetic Specialty Centre and their team of experts are here for you. From the most general of dermatology needs (allergy testing & treatment) to cosmetic injectable fillers (Botox), laser treatments (Ultherapy), body sculpting (with Coolsculpting),  to the exciting next steps towards facial plastic surgery, Marc Yune, MD, Raven Elosiebo-Walker, MD, and their team are available to explain all of the many non-surgical and surgical options available. This truly can be the best time of your life! Schedule a complimentary consultation to begin exploring what the next step on your journey to fighting the signs of aging should be. Aesthetic Specialty Centre 770.393.9000 ASC-psd.com.

Time to Go

If you’re like us, you’re always thinking of your next vacation. Our friends at  Newman-Dailey Resort Properties have an excellent idea for gift giving this season.  Give the gift of time together at the beach with a Destin Vacation Gift Card, good toward a beach vacation stay at any of Newman-Dailey’s premier Destin and South Walton beach vacation rentals, including Gulf-front condominiums and luxury beach homes. Gift card may be customized for any amount. From Newman-Dailey Resort Properties.  800.225.7652

Buckhead Living

Isakson Living, a nationally recognized, award-winning residential community developer, held its anticipated groundbreaking of Peachtree Hills Place in October. Guests heard from Andy Isakson, visionary and managing partner of Isakson Living, Mayor Sam Massell, president of Buckhead Coalition and others. Andy Isakson says, “We are excited to begin construction on this long-anticipated community which will be a transitional event in how we look at residential options and lifestyles for those 55+.” Located in the heart of Buckhead, Peachtree Hills Place offers members unprecedented access to the best restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Ideal for the active lifestyle, Peachtree Hills Place will boast walking trails, tournament-worthy croquet courts and future access to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. The luxury residential community will offer 12 homes and 204 condominiums for the 55+ homebuyer. With limited homes remaining in phase I, Peachtree Hills Place is thrilled to introduce new homes in phase II starting at $730,000.

A Little Bit Country

The Atlanta Opera will present “From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord” on Tuesday, December 5, at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. Now in its second year, the holiday concert, in collaboration with ADA Ovations, will feature renowned professional opera singers as well as the bluegrass and country stylings of Cletus McHatfield and the McHatfield Family Singers. The combination of the musical genres gets to the heart of the striking similarity between the themes and inspiration that drove both legendary opera composers and iconic country songwriters to write the music that speaks to us all. The evening’s first half includes performances of great opera arias, followed by a second half of country music similar to what you might hear at the Grand Ole Opry. The performing artists–Michael Mayes, Leah Partridge, Corey Crider and Jonathan Burton–are international opera singers who also share a lifelong passion for country music and the skills to play multiple instruments, namely guitar. These singers are as authentic in their operatic performances as they are in playing rousing renditions of classic country hits. The Atlanta Opera presents “From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord” on  December 5 at 7:30 p.m. at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. AtlantaOpera.org, 404.881.8885. $35

Home for the Holidays

After Thanksgiving, we’re in a full sprint to the holiday season. Before you know it family is arriving on your door step! Here are a few helpful hints to preparing your home for the holiday hustle: Run the self cleaner on your oven so that its ready for cookie baking and family dinners. Run your shower curtains and liners through the gentle cycle of your washing machine. If you don’t have time to have all of the carpets cleaned before the holidays, simply spot clean some of the more trafficked areas. Wipe down all of your appliances. Afterwards, a drop of baby oil on stainless steel appliances really makes them shine like new. If you use a cleaning service, don’t forget to call them early to schedule your holiday clean. Their schedules fill up quickly during the holiday season. These little tips will allow you to spend less time cleaning up and more time with your family and friends. MaidRight.com 770.676.3086.

Give a Book

Love Around the Table, a new short story anthology about second chances at love and second chances at life, is a perfect gift for the holidays. Six Southern authors—Rachel Jones, Linda Joyce, Constance Gillam, Marilyn Baron, Melissa Klein, and Ciara Knight—share six great short stories of friendship, family, and romance, and six special recipes of love. All 100% of eBook royalties go directly to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. When you purchase this book as a gift for someone or a gift for yourself, you’re keeping families close. What better way to show you care this holiday season or any season? To purchase the eBook, head to Amazon, Barnes & Noble/Nook, iTunes or wherever you pick up your digital reads.