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BUZZ Events, exhibits, galas and more

BUZZ Events, exhibits, galas and more

BY: Alexa Lampasona

Necklace from artist Melissa Schmidt on display at the American Craft Council Show. Photo: American Craft Council
Necklace from artist Melissa Schmidt on display at the American Craft Council Show.
Photo: American Craft Council

March 13-15
2 Cobb Galleria Parkway S.E.
Atlanta 30339
More than 225 artisans gather at the Cobb Galleria for a three-day event showcasing fine handmade jewelry, home décor, clothing and furniture. The American Craft Council sponsors this show, touted as the largest juried craft show in the Southeast. Local Buckhead artisans include textile designer Anne Vincent, who creates scarves, coats, jackets and wearable art; and Alan Vaughn, who showcases his handcrafted floorcloths. This year’s home décor theme is “The 4 Elements,” which includes vignettes of rooms designed around earth, wind, water and fire. The show runs on Friday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Advance tickets are available online until March 15. A day pass is $12, or become a member of the American Craft Council and receive admission to all three show days for $29. Tickets are $13 at the door. Children 12 and under, as well as American Craft Council members, are free.

Celebrate Southern wine traditions at the High Museum wine auction.  Photo: CatMax Photography
Celebrate Southern wine traditions at the High Museum wine auction.
Photo: CatMax Photography

March 25-28
High Museum
1280 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta 30309
“Uncork a Southern Tradition” at this year’s High Museum Wine Auction. Featured wineries include D.R. Stephens Estate, R. Stuart & Co. and Reynolds Family Winery, stellar producers of both Napa Valley and Oregon wines. Explore new wines, paired with expert small plates from special guest chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, along with Buckhead gems, such as Canoe, Local Three and Restaurant Eugene. Winemakers’ dinners and tasting seminars occur from March 25 to 27, and the big wine auction takes place at 11 a.m. on March 28, at Atlantic Station. Tickets to the auction (Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction) come in four different benefactor packages, ranging from $2,500 to $23,000. A limited number of individual tickets ($500 per person) may be available; call Carole Ashworth at 404.733.4543 for information.

The dessert spread at 103 West’s Easter brunch.  Photo: Buckhead Life Restaurant Group
The dessert spread at 103 West’s Easter brunch.
Photo: Buckhead Life Restaurant Group

April 5
103 West
103 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta 30305
The private events venue by Buckhead Life’s Pano Karatassos goes public only three times a year, and Easter brunch is one of these special occasions. More than 30 different entrées appear on the buffet, fusing the restaurant group’s different menus (think KYMA, Pricci, and Bistro Niko) such as roasted duck breast, lemon braised artichokes, whole poached salmon and ricotta gnocchi. For the children, there will be plenty of kidfriendly fare and face painting, and the Easter Bunny will hop by for photos. Be sure to indulge in Pastry Chef Joseph Geonczy’s hand-decorated chocolate eggs and marzipan chicks and bunnies. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For reservations, call 404.233.5993 or reserve online. Children 6 and under are free; $24.50 per child ages 7 to 12; $62 per adult.

April 18-May 10
4701 Northside Drive
Atlanta 30327
The 2015 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens marks the 45th year for the event. One of Buckhead’s most beautiful properties, the grand “Château Soleil,” pays homage to European elegance with its French limestone, slate roof and zinc dormers. Inside the 14,000-square-foot home, you’ll find a domed marble entrance; outdoors the formal terraced garden surrounds a saline swimming pool. Celebrity designer and television host Vern Yip will serve as honorary chair and will also design a room. The show house is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, available at

April 24
The Barnette Home
3936 Club Drive
Atlanta 30319
As one of the largest Friends of Children’s fundraisers sponsored by the Friends groups in North Buckhead and Brookhaven, the Firefly Fete supports initiatives including patient family services and support services, specialized equipment, and research. Mingle with other Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta supporters as you enjoy specialty cocktails and upscale backyard fare. Bid on prizes at a live and silent auction. Many sponsorship opportunities are available, from the Platinum sponsor option that includes eight tickets and premium recognition during the event for $5,500, to the Family Friend sponsor for $500, which includes two event tickets. Purchase tickets online at giving.

Adopt a Golden Gala. Photo: Kristen Alexander Photography
Adopt a Golden Gala.
Photo: Kristen Alexander Photography

April 25
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta 30305
Adopt a Golden Atlanta is touted as the largest rescue organization on the East Coast dedicated solely to this dog breed. This year’s Adopt a Golden Gala features live piano from Danny Staggs, Lori Geary of WSB-TV as the emcee, four food stations from Legendary Events catering and and signature “Goldentini” cocktails. Guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with a few of the rescued goldens. A live and silent auction also contributes funds to the organization, and guests can bid on prizes, such as jewelry from Cartier; a week’s stay at luxury vacation homes in Hilton Head, Italy and Antigua; and golden retriever art and collectibles. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person through the website for advance purchase only.

April 26
Concourse Office Park
5 Concourse Parkway N.E. Suite 1200
Atlanta 30328
Two young girls named Lauren battled pediatric cancer and unfortunately lost the fight. In memory of both Laurens, every year Cure Childhood Cancer hosts Lauren’s Run to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The 2015 run includes a 2K run/ walk, a 5K run and now a 10K run in a loop course that runs along Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. The 5K and 10K runs begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 2K run/walk at 9:45 a.m. Following Lauren’s Run, the 21st annual Cure Picnic—catered by the local Joey D’s Oak Room and Folks Southern Kitchen—allows pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends to spend time outdoors. The event, from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free to all Lauren’s Run participants and Cure families.

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