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New Listing: 2741 Vinings Orchard Circle SE

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Old-world details and timeless finishes provide an atmosphere of rustic elegance in this custom architect designed home. Beautiful stonework and a cool veranda make a gracious first impression.5681811-09-altArched doorways, beamed ceilings, and rich hardwoods continue the look of casual elegance into the open kitchen and living areas. The fireplace in the family room is framed by french doors leading to one of the home’s outdoor living areas.5681811-12-alt

No detail was overlooked in this airy eat-in kitchen complete with two-tone custom cabinetry, light stone countertops, a generous center island, and top of the line appliances. 5681811-08-altStep out into one of the home’s outdoor living areas to the beautifully landscaped pool and backyard, with a full outdoor kitchen and fireplace and two generous covered porches. fit=350-1

The easy flow outdoor from the home’s living areas and kitchen makes this work for a summer afternoon with the kids but transitions beautifully to an elegant evening setting for parties and entertaining. The beautiful landscaping provides privacy and creates a soothing outdoor oasis.5681811-22-alt

More intimate living areas center around the home’s second fireplace, creating a cosy spot to read or enjoy a quiet conversation. Crown moulding and millwork details continue throughout all of the living areas.5681811-06-alt

The master suite features 10 foot ceilings, thermal windows, and hardwood floors. His and hers bathrooms and huge closets complete the tranquil space.5681811-16-alt5681811-17-alt5681811-01-alt

Although this home is conveniently located in Vinings, it has the feel of a mountain retreat, your perfect getaway in the city.

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This is a really unique and lovely property in a quiet walkable neighborhood. Please see the full listing here for more details and photos. And as always, please contact me with any questions about this great home or to set up a time to view it. Open House Sunday 5/1 from 2-4 pm.

2741 Vinings Orchard Circle SE Atlanta, GA 30339
Overview: 4914 sq.ft.; 5 bedrooms; 5 bathrooms; 2 half bathrooms; 2 car garage; pool
Schools: Nickajack/Campbell/Campbell
Listing Price:$1,100,000

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Atlanta Birthday Parties for Kids

 

I’ve written about planning Chase’s birthday parties a few times over the years; it’s fun to stay on top of what’s available in Atlanta because not only do kids grow up fast, their interests and hobbies change as they get older. I’ve always tried to plan a theme or venue that really reflects who Chase is as a person so I’m always asking friends for recommendations or researching to see what’s new.

Last year, I wrote about Main Event on Cobb Parkway, a great indoor facility with games, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, and even a sports bar for adults. Main Event is still a favorite with Chase’s friends and I think it’s a good option to keep in mind for winter birthdays.

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Another place that seems to be popular no matter the age of your child is LEGOland Discovery Center  at Phipps Plaza. They have DUPLO for toddlers on up to rides for older children and all the LEGOs you could possible want to build with! They even have a LEGO box kids can jump into!

Zip lines, ropes courses, sky bridges for the gravity defying adventurer, Treetop Quest has 3 locations in Dunwoody, Buford, and a new location in Roswell. One of the cool things about this place is that the activities are self guided so once you are trained on the safety equipment, you can go through the course or zipline as many times as you want.

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Paintball is really popular with the older kids (and adults) and can be a really fun group activity. Most paintball facilities will reserve a field for groups of 10 or more on weekdays.

  • Dosser Works Paintball in Atlanta (near Turner Field) has a zombie themed course- perfect for kids who are in the “gory” Halloween costume stage. You can bring your own party food to their picnic area but they also offer concessions like hotdogs and snacks.
  • Classic Paintball in Lithia Springs has 5 fields and an urban course to choose from. They also have picnic areas and pavilions for your birthday party treats.
  •  Georgia Paintball has two fields in Acworth and Dallas Georgia. They have a castle, a western town (called Dodge City) and wooded courses and they offer packages and specials for groups at both locations.
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For the nature lover, Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell has birthday party plans that include hiking, animal interaction, and a nighttime planetarium theme. They tailor parties for different age groups and every party package includes a cookie cake. They host a lot of great programs and events including a butterfly festival and a summer camp so they’re a great local resource for nature-loving families.

Members at the Center for Puppetry Arts can book a birthday party with tickets to a show and a party room. You can add a build-you-own puppet workshop to the party package and each guest will have a puppet to take home with them.

I don’t have as much experience with planning parties for girls but my friends with daughters  tell me that their girls are really into their American Girl dolls so the American Girl Boutique & Bistro at North Pointe Mall in Alpharetta might be the perfect spot to celebrate. They even have a doll hair salon!

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Or if your little lady (or gentleman) enjoys a lovely cup of tea and a tower of delicious scones and cakes in elegant surroundings, several of Atlanta’s top hotels offer afternoon high teas:

For the budding artist, the Vinings School of Art right here in Vinings offers several different art class packages for birthday parties. Your child can choose the project they create and instructors will guide the guests through

I also ran across a great list of birthday party ideas for children in Atlanta including Fernbank, the Georgia Aquarium, Young Chef’s Academy and more. Just click on the highlighted words to get taken to their sites.

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New Listing: 4100 Paces Walk SE

This  bright condo is freshly painted and ready to be your new home! Top floor unit means high ceilings and wooded views; an elevator next to two dedicated parking spots means easy in-and-out with groceries. Lots of windows and an open floor plan make the kitchen and living areas feel spacious, while a gas fireplace creates a cozy ambiance. This community is close to all the shopping and dining in Vinings but with a peaceful atmosphere at home, a great place to relax at the end of the day.

Take a look at the full listing for a complete list of features and community amenities.

Overview: 1250 sq. ft.,  2 bedrooms/ 2 bathrooms

Schools: Teasley/ Campbell/  Campbell

List price: $210,000

4100 Paces Walk SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

4100 Paces Walk SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

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As always, please contact me if you have any questions about this home or to set up a time to view it.

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Atlanta Homeowners Speak: Ideas For Building Your Dream Home

I’ve been part of a really great discussion on Facebook about what people want in their dream home. Whether you are building your dream home from the ground up or renovating to enhance your existing home there are a lot of decisions to make. I decided to compile the advice and experience from the discussion because I think they have come up with a lot of great ideas. Real estate purchases are some of the biggest investments most of us will make in our lifetimes and great vision and planning will go a long way in making your house a home. I’m going do a series of posts with these ideas and I hope you’ll weigh in with comments, via email, or on my Facebook page with the things that make your home a dream.

I’m starting at the beginning with the big “whole home” items and I’ll be posting more over the next few weeks with advice for your dream kitchen, master suite, and outdoor living:

Let’s start with the big picture, the Whole House decisions:

  • One of the first things to choose are plumbing fixtures. The fixtures you select may have proprietary stems and valves in the wall and the plumbing rough-in happens early in the build. So the style and brand will need to be selected early.  Working with a great designer will guide you in making those decisions and getting the proper valves in the proper locations early.
  • Lighting:
    • A good electrician that can also provide lighting design advice really helps (especially in a large house you want great lighting!) Make sure you have a plan in hard copy.  It will help you down the road and if you ever sell the house as well if someone wants to make changes.
    • Skylight tubes are great for natural light.
  • Smart house technology:
    • System controls lights, AC, security, and surround sound from an iPad or tablet.
    • Centralized AV panel for the whole house including outdoor lighting, audio, and security.
    • Remote app access via tablet or smartphone to control security, HVAC, etc.  I’ve recently installed “Nest” systems in my house and love the fact that I can change the temperature in my home from my cell phone.
    • USB charging stations built into outlets.
    • USB outlets in bedrooms, kitchen and office
    • Pop up outlets in the kitchen that are hidden until you need them.
    • I’ve seent outlets so disguised in tile you can’t find them.  I’ve heard its costly, but it sure is beautiful. This one below is a bit raised, I’ve seen them totally flush, but can’t find the picture right now.  Houzz is a great resource for pictures of ideas.

      Can you spot the outlet? Seamless outlets for fireplace surrounds or built in buffets. photo credit: http://www.northwestlightingandaccents.com

      Can you spot the outlet? Seamless outlets for fireplace surrounds or built in buffets. photo credit: http://www.northwestlightingandaccents.com

  • Floors:
    • Everyone agrees – Heated floors throughout! They were said to be costly upfront but a total money saver over time by lowering heating costs and much healthier (especially for anyone with respiratory issues of any kind)
    • People love hardwood, bamboo and cork flooring not only for the look but for ease of cleaning and helping with people with any allergies.
    • Cork is forgiving on the knees, back, and feet and like hardwood, cork can be stripped and refinished. One commenter said she preferred a lighter finish on cork because her darker finish showed nicks, scratches from dogs and every bit of dust.  It’s the look currently, but will need refinished so much sooner.

      Beautiful cork flooring in a contemporary home. photo credit: european-web.org

      Beautiful cork flooring in a contemporary home. photo credit: european-web.org

  • Storage:
    • Adjustable closet shelving in utility closet and kids closets. ELFA shelving from The Container Store was mentioned as a great option. It is able to adjust in kids closets for when they grow and as their needs change. Beautiful adjustable shelving can be pricey but it makes a large closet glamorous too.

      Adjustable shelves keep storage organized and flexible to meet your family's changing needs. photo credit: organisemyhome.com

      Adjustable shelves keep storage organized and flexible to meet your family’s changing needs. photo credit: organisemyhome.com

    • Max out your main floor storage! Make the steps into drawers, built–ins around the fireplace, banquette storage, mud room closets. Think about how much stuff you use and like to have within reach on the floor you do the most living in.

      Great built-in drawers for using space under the stairs for storage. photo credit: midwestliving.com

      Great built-in drawers for using space under the stairs for storage. photo credit: midwestliving.com

    • Soft close drawers and cabinets.
    • Christmas tree closet – slide the tree inside fully decorated after Christmas and then brings it back out next year.
    • Shelving built in between the studs (rather than built ‘out’)
    • Outlets in the fireplace mantle for Christmas decorations
  • Elevator and handicap accessibility planning:
    • Retired but very active friends didn’t put an elevator in when they built their dream home but they designed the house to accommodate one later as needed. Can’t hurt to plan ahead!
    • All the doors were built wide enough to be handicapped accessible but were trimmed out to normal widths for resale. If they find they need it, they can take the trim down and voilà!
  • Stair treads that are wider than builder grade are important- architects will automatically plan on builder grade measurements but wider stairs are a huge safety and comfort issue.
  • Pocket baby gates around stairs. It’s like a pocket door but it’s a gate instead.  Also, helps with pets.

    Pocket gates keep babies safe around stairs and help contain pets in certain areas of the house. photo credit: atticmag.com

    Pocket gates keep babies safe around stairs and help contain pets in certain areas of the house. photo credit: atticmag.com

  • Green Design:
    • Geothermal HVAC is incredibly energy efficient and doesn’t dry the air out as much in the winter (in part because it’s electric heat), and utility bills are SO low. Add the option to condition the air to prevent itchy skin in the winter.
    • Solar panels
    • Tankless water heater- never run out of hot water again!  May need several in various areas in large houses or you’ll need a mini tank to give you instant hot water in all locations so you won’t be running the water and wasting that while you’re waiting for hot water!

      Multiple tankless (or instant) water heaters are great in larger homes. photo credit: solicits.com

      Multiple tankless (or instant) water heaters are great in larger homes. photo credit: solicits.com

    • Nontoxic paints
    • Dual flush toilets throughout the house – a great water saver
    • Closed loop or gravity plumbing
    • Whole house humidifier to keep winter air comfortable.
Take advantage of southern  sunshine to be green and help reduce energy bills.

Take advantage of southern sunshine to be green and help reduce energy bills.

  • Full house water filtration with carbon filter
  • Whole house generator: a must during the aftermath of ice storms or windstorms!
  • Central vac system
  • Redirect all gutter to a tank for irrigation.  There are systems out there that help you conserve water for outdoor use.
  • Laser air cleaner in HVAC system that makes air in the home super clean.
  • Mud room with hooks for storage and shoe bins and closets. Add a chalk board or magnetic message board to keep track of activities.
  • Drying racks in laundry that are fixed to wall for hang dry. Flat drying racks that pull out in laundry for sweater drying. Big laundry sink for messes.
  • I’ve written about solid wood garage doors here before and I still think they were a great choice for adding a lot of curb appeal and value to my home.

    Take a look at Real Carriage Doors' website and consider upgrading your doors if they are visible as I think it will add value next time you go to sell your home.

    Take a look at Real Carriage Doors’ website and consider upgrading your doors if they are visible as I think it will add value next time you go to sell your home.

  • Pets:
    • Built-in dog crates
    • A raised shower in the mudroom area – like the ones they have at dog washes – so you can bathe your dogs (without killing your back) on their way back inside if they are muddy, etc.
Fantastic! Built-in dog crates like these at TheEnglishRoom.biz

Fantastic! Built-in dog crates like these at TheEnglishRoom.biz

  • Pestban is a system installed in the walls they can be serviced from outside that keeps out bugs and pests
  • Recommended resources: ‘The Not So Big House’ that has less to do with size than how to use space that meets your family’s specific needs
  • Professional designer up front to help with your interior colors and fixtures.
  • Smart house systems installation.

Now it’s your turn; what advice do YOU have for building your dream home?  We’ll be bringing you more on specific rooms soon, but its been so much fun to get everyone’s ideas!  Head over to my Facebook page to join the discussion.

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Main Event, a New Atlanta Birthday Party Option

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Parents, there is a new indoor play venue that opened up near us on just a couple of months ago that I wanted to tell you about. Main Event Entertainment in Atlanta is right below the AMC theatre on Cobb Parkway inside the perimeter and has bowling, laser tag, rock climbing, gravity ropes, an arcade with lots of games for kids and a sports bar (with some happy hour specials) for adults where they can catch a game on TV or play pool while the kids go play. With the weather getting so cold, it’s a great spot for birthday parties or just an indoor play day. The first time we were there was for a birthday party and the boys could run wild and play laser tag several times.  You no longer need to be at a party to play, just sign up!  They are running a Winter Funpass special that starts at around $15 per session right now which gives you unlimited access to a lot of their activities.  I’ve had several friends who have been there at least five times in the last couple weeks and I’ve heard nothing but good things.  I actually got to sit at a counter and have snacks and watch a football game while the boys played.  Of course they were checking in quite often as they always wanted more money on their play cards!

I wrote a post  a while back about all the birthday parties I’ve planned for Chase over the years and I think I’m going to add this one to my list. His birthday is in October so while I usually have warm-weather outdoor options, I also need to keep an indoor option in mind in case it’s chilly and this place covers a pretty broad age range (it’s amazing how fast they grow up and won’t fit in a bouncy house anymore!). So if your kids have an upcoming birthday or just have a lot of energy to burn and not enough square footage in the house to corral them, Main Event is a fun close-by option.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re about to enter the whirlwind of the holiday season – in fact, it has already felt like Christmas time in Atlanta this week – Brrrrrr! I’m so glad that  Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season because it gives me a chance to pause and reflect on all of the things that I am deeply grateful for before all of the exciting business of the season begins. Here are a few of the things I’m thankful for:

IMG_0683Its Fall and we’re heading into Thanksgiving week, so I only thought it appropriate that I post what  I’m Thankful For:

1. Our health – after losing a few young friends this year to terrible diseases, I am ever so mindful that we need to be thankful for our health.

2. My son’s education – every time I am at my son’s school I am reminded how lucky and blessed I am that he is able to get the quality education that he receives and it reminds that I want to help those that aren’t as fortunate to allow their children to prosper.

3. Continued good business.  After so many terrible years in real estate, 2013 and 2014 have been a blessing and one I hope continues for not only my benefit but my clients who are able to make transitions in housing without a financial hardship.

4.  A supportive broker – this business can be tough and as an independent business person I’ve never realized the benefit of a great broker until this year.  For the first time since I’ve been in real estate I feel like I have a partner versus someone who just cares about taking a chunk of my money.  It is truly a win-win relationship.

5.  My friends, family, and neighbors – as a single mom I hear others talk about how hard it is when their husband works late hours or is on a business trip, but many of them don’t work.  I get by daily as the sole provider for my family with the help of my friends and neighbors. Even though I don’t have family nearby I have their support just a phone call away. I have friends and neighbors that are happy to swing by and pick up my child with just a text or phone call and a resilient son who doesn’t worry if Mom is later than planned, he knows she’s probably with a client.

6. My village – this is part of the friends and neighbors, but even more its familiarity and tradition.  I realize as the Holidays approach and my son is now 10 years old that the things we have done for years in Vinings such as the Halloween party, Vinings Tree Lighting etc are becoming part of his “story” and life and it brings him comfort and a sense of home.  Even though I am occasionally tempted by a great deal on a house somewhere else it comes down to whats best for my son and the comfort of the known outweighs the perks of another house or location.

7.  Flexible time – one of the reasons I went into real estate was to allow myself to have a “life”.  Little did I realize that life would require working every single day with no real time off EVER!  But the benefit of that is I can schedule around things at my son’s school and can participate in things that most Moms who don’t work can do and then I just end up on my computer til midnight making up for it, but I can do it all that way. Plus this career has allowed me to have flexibility and be the best Mom I can be for my sweet little boy.

8.  My dogs – as my parents lost their much-loved Boston Terrier  – Suzy this year I am reminded how much unconditional love comes from my 2 fellas.  The help me appreciate nature as they like to take walks and sniff everywhere they go.  My littlest one is truly my shadow and they are both at my feet while I work from home on many days.

9. Reliable service providers – this may not make sense to many, but I do feel blessed to have people who I can trust to help me with maintaining and enhancing my house.  My gardener, handyman, painters etc.  I own a rental property and have my house and without them I would be overwhelmed with tasks that could be difficult to manage.  I feel comfortable leaving them a key and I know the work will get done.  I haven’t always had this comfort, I am grateful to have it now.

10. Technology – again this may seem like an odd thing to be thankful for, but technology truly allows me to communicate with many more people than I could in years past.  Prior to the advent of everyone on email we’d have to spend hours a day calling people to arrange for appointments, follow up on showings etc.  Today things are pretty instantaneous and I can see when someone is entering a listing or text an agent to get feedback or email a client about a showing, allowing me to be much more productive than in years past.

 

And the most important of all, I am thankful for my son,  this coming week reminds me of my journey to Russia 9 years ago to bring him home.  Each day of the Thanksgiving week brings a different memory and I reflect on it each year.  My Mom travelled with me on both trips and she remembers each day as if it was yesterday as well.  We boarded the flight to Kemerovo on Sunday and arrived on Monday and by the following Saturday after Thanksgiving we were back in Atlanta with a new baby boy!  I know many agents remember that time as well as I think everyone in Buckhead and Vinings was following my journey.  We didn’t have WordPress back then, but I did an early version of a Blog on Google 360.  I’ll have to see if I can still find it, it was sporatic as it wasn’t always easy to find internet access back then in Siberia, but it still captured a lot of what was happening to us daily.  So reflect on what you’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving and I hope it will be a wonderful one for you and your family as well.

 

As a little Thanksgiving bonus I thought I’d add that I’m grateful for this season of hospitality too, a time to reconnect with friends and family over a special holiday meal. Here’s a recipe for a traditional Southern party favorite, cheese straws. These are great for guests to nibble with a glass of wine and they would also be a great way to show your gratitude to your holiday hosts!

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Southern Cheese Straws
Makes about 4 dozen pieces
Ingredients
  • 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
2. Sift together the flour, salt, dry mustard, and cayenne pepper. Put the butter and grated cheese in a mixing bowl, and mix for several minutes, until thoroughly blended. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter and cheese, and mix until completely incorporated. Add the water, and mix for one minute longer.
3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead five or six times. Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick, and cut into strips 1/4 inch wide and 4-6 inches in length. Place the strips on ungreased cookie sheets 1/2 inch apart, and bake in the preheated oven for 12-16 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Cool completely, and store in airtight containers.

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2858 Orchard Knob SE

Built in 2007, this Vinings Village home is classic Vinings style. At 6,779 sq. ft., it offers 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths and enough living space to meet all your needs. It has a charming front porch, 3 car garage, and exterior porches galore. The kitchen is complete with high-end, professional appliances and on the main level, you’ll be pleased with the study and formal living room or music room and a bedroom and full bath as well. The basement is finished with a second kitchen, another guest bedroom and a full bath. List price is $1,449,000, but they are looking for an offer!

You can view the full listing here on my site.

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This home is Cochise Club, swim team and tennis eligible. It is zoned for Teasley Elementary and Campbell Middle and High Schools. If you have any questions or would like to see this home, please let me know. I would love to show it to you!

Tina Hunsicker tinahunsicker.com (404) 931-3944

Tina Hunsicker
tinahunsicker.com
(404) 931-3944

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Vinings Historic Preservation Society Easter Egg Hunt 2012

Vinings Historic Preservation Society Easter Egg Hunt was held last Thursday and it was a beautiful day and fun was had by all. 

The Vinings Historic Preservation Society was beautifully decorated for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The Vinings Historic Preservation Society was beautifully decorated for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

The party started with Atlanta’s famous story teller Betty Ann Wylie who captivated the children with her Easter stories.  We got there early by mistake, so my son had a chance to chat with Aunt Betty Bunny before the event.

A special interlude with Betty Ann Wylie, Atlanta storyteller turned Easter Bunny and my son.

A special interlude with Betty Ann Wylie, Atlanta storyteller turned Easter Bunny and my son.

Everyone lining up to enter for story time with Betty Ann Wylie....AKA Easter Bunny!

Everyone lining up to enter for story time with Betty Ann Wylie....AKA Aunt Betty Bunny!

Story telling time - very exciting and also a great lead in to the Easter Egg Hunt.

Story telling time - very exciting and also a great lead in to the Easter Egg Hunt.

The hunt came next and after they were done they had treats of cookies and juice or water.

On the hunt for Easter Eggs!

On the hunt for Easter Eggs!

Oh wow, I just looked back at the photos and the one with Chase and Aunt Betty Bunny is a skyline picture with the Overlook building in the back ground. I think this is one of the things that makes Vinings so special, we are a gem in the middle of a big city.

This event has become so popular that it’s only open to members and people actually joined so their child wouldn’t have to sit on the waiting list.  It’s inexpensive to join and you’ll be on the mailing list for all events, childrens and adults alike.   Click here to find out more about joining the Vinings Historic Preservation Society.

Wow! My son was featured in the Northside Neighbor’s coverage of the event! Click here to see some additional photos in the Northside Neighbor of the Vinings Historic Preservation Society’s Easter Egg Hunt.

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