While some local events are being postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, others are shifting to a virtual format and/or offering more virtual events to replace the in-person ones that were cancelled or postponed.
Here are the latest events making that change:
Buckhead Heritage Society
The Buckhead Heritage Society, a nonprofit that aims to preserve history in that community, normally hosts in-person events but has shifted all of them online due to the pandemic.
The organization will host free lectures in September and November as part of its speaker or book club series:
♦ Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.: Wayne Clough, a Buckhead resident, will discuss his new book, "Things New and Strange: A Southerner's Journey through the Smithsonian Collection." Clough is the former president of Georgia Tech and the ex-secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.
♦ Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.: James Dickey, author of "Deliverance," grew up in Buckhead and went to North Fulton High School. He is well known for his poetry, which included something about searching for the Buckhead Boys, and became the Poet Laureate of the United States. But his best known work was synonymous with Southern stereotypes and became defined by the hugely popular movie version of "Deliverance." While most have seen the movie, not all have read the book.
♦ Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.: Mason Lowance, a Buckhead resident and retired college professor, will speak about the history of racism in the Jim Crow Era. Lowance has written several books on slavery and taught early American literature, American Romanticism, and American Realism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He still teaches some at the college as a professor emeritus.
To register for each event, visit buckheadheritage.com/events.
Cars & ‘Q
Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, an annual fundraiser, car show and party hosted by Choate Construction in Sandy Springs in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Georgia chapter, originally was scheduled for April 18. It was moved to Oct. 17, with its VIP Happy Hour pushed back to Oct. 22. But with the pandemic continuing, the event’s organizers sent out a mass email Aug. 28 stating this year’s event has been cancelled.
“We have made the difficult decision to not host Cars & ‘Q or the VIP Party this year,” the email stated. “Protecting your safety, as well as our high-risk CF patient population, is our priority. While the pandemic has changed many things, what it hasn’t changed is those suffering from cystic fibrosis or Choate’s drive to cure it once and for all.
“In November, rather than revving our engines, a group of Choate fundraisers will be hiking in honor and commemoration of your support.”
Georgia Team Hope Walk
The Huntington's Disease Society of America's Georgia chapter’s Georgia Team Hope Walk, which is normally held at Mason Mill Park in Decatur, is shifting to a virtual format this year due to the pandemic.
It will take place Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
The walk is the society’s largest national grassroots fundraising event. Thousands of families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and communities walk together each year to support the organization’s fight to improve the lives of individuals affected by Huntington's disease and their families.
A virtual walk is a real walk, but on your terms: You get to choose your own course, you can walk in your driveway, neighborhood, in your house and even on a treadmill. Huntington’s disease a fatal genetic disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain, and more than 10,000 Georgians have it.
Registration for the walk is free, and there’s a suggested donation of $25 per participant. Participants who raise at least $100 will receive a walk T-shirt, and other prizes are available for those who donate $125 or more.
For more information or to register, visit https://bit.ly/3gTKAIY.