Pistol Purples chow down at coach’s east Cobb home
by Sally Litchfield
March 26, 2014 12:41 AM | 2322 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Sunday after a two-hour practice, Coach Drew Ames and his wife, Lisa, hosted the eighth-grade Pistol Purple team of the Amateur Athletic Union Georgia Pistols for a cookout at his east Cobb home. The girls and their parents enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixins.

On the roster is Emily Ames, Kayla Blaise, Caroline Hobson, Winnie Litchfield, Hayden Robinson, Hunter Robinson, Catherine Sandridge, Collette Smith, Sarah White, and Mary Ashlee Whittemore. Coach Troy Robinson also attended.

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On March 27 at 8 p.m., celebrate New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, blues, gospel and the many forms of American popular music with multi-Grammy winner Aaron Neville and musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music Wycliffe Gordon. The concert is at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

With a 40-year career, Neville has moved seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

Gordon has an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.

For tickets and more information, visit cobbenergycentre.com.

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On March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., Jessica Handler, author of “Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir,” will lead a memoir-writing workshop titled, “Writing the Tough Stuff” at Book Exchange in Marietta.

Handler’s memoir, “Invisible Sisters,” was named the Best Memoir of 2009 by Atlanta Magazine and “one of eight great southern books” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Invisible Sisters is now listed as one of the 25 Books All Georgians Should Read by the Georgia Center for the Book.

Handler has served in faculty and guest instructor roles at a number of colleges and universities and has been invited to teach workshops all across the country, including the Oxford Nonfiction Conference, the Iowa Summer Writing Program and Grub Street Writers’ Conference. Handler teaches relaxed, friendly workshops focused on the craft of writing about grief and trauma.

Beginners are encouraged. To facilitate maximum personal interaction with the audience, attendance is limited to 20 and an RSVP is required. The workshop registration price is $60 and includes a copy of Handler’s book, “Braving the Fire,” which was recently named a finalist in the Georgia Author of the Year Awards for best inspirational book.

The Book Exchange is at 2932 Canton Road, Marietta

For more information or to RSVP, call Book Exchange at (770) 427-4848.

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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