Couple hits a home-run wedding at Coolray Field
by Sally Litchfield
May 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 1714 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Wedding bells were substituted for baseballs recently as Michael Butts and his bride, Rachel Baker, were the first couple to marry at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves in Gwinnett County. The wedding party wore Braves blue and the groomsmen donned sneakers as the bride and groom wed at home plate.

The groom’s parents are Sally and Mike Butts. Sally was a longtime Marietta resident, attending East Valley Elementary, Brumby Elementary, East Cobb Junior High, and graduating from Wheeler High School. Since her marriage to Mike, they have been Gwinnett County residents.

Sally’s parents are Mary Jane and A.G. Strickland, who have lived in Marietta since 1964 along with Sally’s sister, Susan Strickland. The Stricklands all attend First United Methodist Church of Marietta. Susan attended East Valley, East Cobb Junior High and graduated from Wheeler. The grooms’ uncle is Aaron Strickland, also a longtime Marietta resident until he joined the Navy and now resides in Norfolk, Va.

The bride and groom make their home in Dahlonega.


On May 17, the Marietta Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, conducted their annual scholarship meeting with lunch at the Atlanta Hilton/Marietta Conference Center. Amy Cromer was the honored scholarship recipient. She is a Kennesaw University fourth-year student, and a previous recipient who deserves the award once again. Amy is not only a full-time student, but also works as a manager for the Ann Taylor Loft, located at the Avenue at West Cobb. Amy was presented the scholarship after enjoying lunch with the membership, as well as with her mother who was also in attendance.


This is last chance to register for the one-week 2013 Lady Hoya Basketball Camp for girls in grades first through ninth. The camp is June 17 to 20 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Harrison High School. Campers will work on fundamental skills and split into groups based on age and ability. Cost is $200 per camper and includes camp T-shirt and lunch. After June 1, the cost is $225.

Send check and completed registration form to: Harrison Basketball Booster Club, Return to: Coach Steve Lenahan, 4500 Due West Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152. The form is available at:—clinics/girls-summer-basketball.html


Fashion spotlight of the week: It was not a birden to find this week’s fashion spotlight. She was quite beautiful in a Robin’s egg blue suit that matched the color of her bright eyes — Carol Ney of Marietta.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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