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Ira David Wood III: 40 years as Scrooge

Ira David Wood III: 40 years as Scrooge

by Andrew Kenney photographs by Nick Pironio Ira David Wood III is just “David” in real life. But you might also know him by another name: Scrooge. Wood has been stomping and huffing and finding redemption for 40 Novembers and Decembers now as director and lead actor of A Christmas […]

Modern family Christmas

Modern family Christmas

by Felicia Gressette photographs by Lissa Gotwals Four generations are gathered this bright morning at Jason and Lauren Smith’s home near Hymettus Woods for a Smith family ritual – an informal Christmas brunch. Like the family itself, the celebration has evolved over the years, and now that Jason and Lauren have young […]

Coffee community

Coffee community

by Tina Haver Currin photographs by Travis Long A city growing as fast as ours is fueled by ideas, enthusiasm, and investment. A little caffeine doesn’t hurt, either. And now we’ve got it with a lot of local flavor, thanks to a new fleet of local coffee roasters and sellers. For many […]

What to my wondering eyes: Donna Preiss credits her sister-in-law Susan Pardue with masterminding the upside-down tree, which was inspired several years ago by one they'd heard Andy Griffith had at his home. "Now, you can buy trees like this," Preiss says, but hers took Pardue and six other people eight hours to construct. It has two plumbing pipes down the middle for support, and branches strung up individually by hand so they won't flop down. Its whimsy is reflected in its decorations: "This is a Mardi Gras tree, a party tree," Preiss says.

The 13 trees of Christmas

by Liza Roberts photographs by Carla and Kristopher Williams Christmas time at Donna and Kirk Preiss’s house is a fairy tale – an enchanting story with 1,500 characters. Each is an ornament on one of the Preiss’s 13 Christmas trees, and each has a story of its own. Collected in […]

Mothers of invention

Mothers of invention

by Samantha Thompson Hatem Functional style  When Kirsten Schambra Stevens had visions of creating a catch-all handbag, she wasn’t necessarily thinking of a diaper bag.  But as a mother of two small children, she knew just how essential a big, boxy, stuff-just-about-anything-in-it bag was to surviving daily life as a busy […]