Ray’s on the River server Lynne Gomez celebrates 33rd work anniversary this month. The now iconic Chattahoochee River-based seafood and steak restaurant hired her after a local retailer turned her down for a visual merchandising job. The rest is history, which Gomez is happy to reminisce. If you ask her for favorite memories, the first one that comes to mind is meeting her husband (thanks to a co-worker) and getting married on a perfect blue-sky day along the river with her Ray’s family there to help celebrate. Congrats, Lynne!
Georgia State University vocal performance grad student Joanna Burrell won the 2018 Tommy Trotter Memorial Scholarship. When Atlanta lost renowned tenor Tommy Trotter in 2017 at the too-early age of 52, his husband, Dr. Cecil Benoit, decided to remember him with an annual scholarship. The Brookhaven-based Opera Guild for Atlanta offers the scholarship and announced that Dr. Benoit’s efforts raised $22,000+, creating a permanent endowment. The Opera Guild awards its scholarships based on the applicants’ skill demonstration at public concert held in April each year. OperaGuildATL.org/scholarship-competition/information/
NARI Atlanta (NariAtlanta.org), the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, presents its Ninth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Private homes transformed by NARI Atlanta members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to answer questions. The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets (through Sept. 14) are $20 and tickets purchased at the Tour are $25. Visit AtlantaRemodelingTour.com for tickets and information.
Coalition Coordinates Convenience
Thanks to Fulton County Tax Commissioner Dr. Arthur Ferdinand, an automated Auto Tag (annual) Renewal kiosk has been installed in the Kroger at 3330 Piedmont Road. This citizen convenience utility has been arranged at the appeal of the Buckhead Coalition. Although this is the only automated service for this purpose in Buckhead (open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days per week), visitors from throughout the state are able to benefit from its program.
West Elm in Buckhead
West Elm’s third Atlanta area store opened at Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Road, Space 219, offering local products alongside the brand’s home furnishings and decor, as well as Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s cross-brand design consultation program Design Crew, which pairs customers with experts who can provide design, installation and registry service. The 14 makers/artisans showcased include Britt Bass Turner, Carlbots, Chad Floyd Woodworks, Colbie & Co., Courtney Khail Watercolors, Farmwood Press, Homespun ATL, Lamon Luther, MDC Interiors, Nicobella Organics, Proof Syrup, Revive Bath + Body: Natural soap, THROW.
Polo in the Pines Oct 13
Polo in the Pines is Atlanta’s original premier polo social weekend benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Saturday’s guests enjoy an elegant, high-style afternoon, exciting polo matches, incredible culinary delights from the Capitol Grille Atlanta, handcrafted cocktails, live music, auctions, champagne sabering and the unforgettable “Stomping the Divots.” This 500-person, “sell out” event is not to be missed. BuckHaven Lifestyle has been a proud sponsor for four years. Our editor, publisher and staff look forward to seeing you there! PoloInThePines.com
Atlanta Polo Brunch Fest October 14
The fundraising excitement continues with polo, cocktails, and music, at the “Best Brunch Bite” contest. Gather your group of friends and enjoy an afternoon of cocktails and bites on the banks of the Chattahoochee. Sunday’s Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival is a unique culinary experience hosted by Polo in the Pines Ambassador, Lara Lyn Carter. The 2018 Polo in the Pines proceeds are dedicated specifically to pediatric brain cancer research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in honor of this year’s honoree, Caroline Brewer who is in treatment at Children’s. PoloInThePines.com
Harvest for a Cure
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its fifth annual Harvest for a Cure event on Wednesday, Oct. 10, and the organization is proud to announce this year’s team of co-chairs who are working diligently to gain support for research that will help treat and end multiple sclerosis globally. Elaine Carlos, Kari Carlos, Denise Dauphin, Julie Short and Gerry Klaskala are all personally committed to helming this gourmet food and wine extravaganza at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works that will fund critical research initiatives and improve the lives of those affected by MS. Harvest for a Cure attendees experience a unique showcase of gourmet food, vintage wines and a luxury silent auction and raffle in an effort to reach a goal of $500,000 to benefit the Society’s global MS research projects. All funds raised during Harvest for a Cure help improve the lives of people living with MS by sponsoring local programs and services and accelerating worldwide research projects to help put an end to the debilitating disease. For additional information and sponsorship details, visit MSWineEvent.org.