Dead Man’s Ball alive with excitement, energy and color
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Features Editor
November 04, 2012 12:52 AM | 2547 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Oct. 27, it was howls and cackles at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art when MCMA hosted its first Dead Man’s Ball. In addition to celebrating history’s most beloved artists, the evening included costume contest, art history trivia, palm reader, rockin’ music, photo booth station, full bar and horror d’oeuvres.

Leigh Ann and Ray Worden were fabulous as fat tourists. Cassandra Buckalew was proud as a peacock, winning first prize for her handmade costume.

Revelers included Vicki and Greg Aghajanian, Tracy and Jeff Atwater, Edith Boy, Ashley Brazeal, Cathy Brazeal, Cassandra and Brian Buckalew, Mandy Burton, Katie and Albert Bush, Jessica Cheaves, Debbie and Bill Farrer, Jennifer and Tim Fox, Jackie and Bill Garvin, Laura Greenwood, Lou Hilliard, Adriane Larson, Jo Alese and Joe Martini, Don Massarro, Monica Mathews, Mazi Mazloom, Shane McDonald, Ryan O’Meara, Grace Nelson, Debbie Ponder, Anna Rinaldi, Robby Parker, Emily and Jason Ryals, Johnny Sinclair, Alice Summerour, Laura Surace, Alison Tallman, and Leigh Ann and Ray Worden.


On Oct. 23, Garrett Hunter recently started her own custom paper business Cercies. Pronounced “sur-sees” and meaning a little happy gift, Cercies’ new line debuted at the Happy Holly Days Show at Lee’s Crossing Clubhouse in Marietta.

Garrett, who has always had a creative side, said her line is unique because everything she does is hand-drawn rather than produced graphically.

A Marietta native who graduated from MHS in 1995, Garrett is married to Frasure Hunter. She is the daughter of Ann and Joe Phillips. Frasure, the son of Nancy and David Hunter, is also a MHS graduate. The couple lives in Marietta with their two children. To learn, more visit


Polk Street Players is holding open, non-equity auditions for the madcap comedy “Let’s Murder Marsha” by Monk Ferris and directed by Tom Strong. Auditions are Nov. 10 (10 a.m. to noon) and Nov. 13 (7 to 9 p.m.). They are casting one woman (35 to 45), one woman (30 to 40), one woman (20ish), one woman (55 to 70), two men (40 to 55), and one man (20 to 30). Cold reading from the script.

A resume and photo helpful but not required. Performances are Jan. 25 to Feb. 9, 2013, at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 161 Church St. in Marietta. Parking is available off Polk St., west of the church. Enter through the courtyard facing the railroad crossing and follow signs.

For more information, contact the director at


Fashion spotlight of the week: Spotted at lunch in black pants, crisp white shirt and eye-popping pink cardigan — banker Julie Poole of Marietta — having a pink power lunch?

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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