Healing Garden at park will help beautify Smyrna
by Sally Litchfield
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In March, a dedication of the Charyn Darby Healing Garden was presented at Taylor-Brawner Park in Smyrna. The Charyn Darby Foundation converted an unused portion of land at Taylor-Brawner Park into the Charyn Darby Healing Garden to continue to help beautify Smyrna.

Darby was a prominent Smyrna businesswoman who owned North Georgia Trophy and Engraving. She was active in numerous civic and nonprofit organizations including Keep Smyrna Beautiful. Darby was also devoted to Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia serving as Board Chair for six years before her death. She was the organization’s largest donor and her foundation still supports the organization. Darby died in 2009 after a battle against cancer. Darby loved helping people, and she was a proud citizen of Smyrna.

Trustee of the Foundation Phil Benedict delivered remarks and was joined by trustees Joan M. Stuart and Jean B. Wilson. Assisting in making the project a reality were Gretchen Musser, RLA, Elements of Land Design, Stan Hula, Hula Landscaping, and Mayor Max Bacon, City Council members and staff.


Polk Street Players announced its cast for At First Sight by Anne Pie, directed by Lane Teilhaber that runs May 9 to 24. They are Barbara Rudy, Colleen Kilts, Drew Bennett, Shelley Barnett, Greg Fitzgerald, Pat Perera and Mary Nimsgern. The production will be on the Stellar Cellar stage at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St., Marietta. Learn more at polkstreetplayers.com.


CenterStage North will have open auditions for Squabbles by Marshall Karp on May 12 and 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

Casting roles for three females and four males are sought. This hilarious play pits a father-in-law against mother-in-law in a comedic succession of squabbles.

Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of advertising jingles married to an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is the not so happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry’s curmudgeon of a father-in-law. Abe is a funny guy to the audience, not to Jerry. The situation is exacerbated when Jerry’s mother, Mildred, loses her house in a fire and needs a place to stay. Abe and Mildred can’t stand each other. This play is one hilarious confrontation after another until the heartwarming finale in which the oldsters discover that, really, each is not so bad.

Samples of scenes used for cold readings can be found at centerstagernorth.com. Performances are Aug. 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Aug. 10 and 16 at 2 p.m.


On April 10 at 7 p.m., Ken Stanton Music presents a free book signing and up-close musical event titled “Dick Wagner- Live and In Person.” Wagner is the legendary lead guitarist and songwriter for Alice Cooper, Kiss, Lou Reed, Aerosmith and more. Ken Stanton Music is located at North 41 Plaza, 119 Cobb Parkway North, Suite A, Marietta.

For more information, call (770) 427-2491.

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 sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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