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Within the sweeping panorama of the north Georgia foothills, just 40 minutes north of Atlanta but a world away from the bustling city is Château Élan. Here on 3,500 acres, French provincial and Southern hospitality combine to produce a superb leisure resort and conference destination. Château Élan is the national flagship property of Château Élan Hotels, a branded group of luxury properties in the United States and internationally.
Callanwolde, the magnificent Gothic-Tudor style home of the Charles Howard Candler family, was completed in 1920. Howard Candler, the oldest son of Asa Candler (founder of the Coca-Cola Company), was the President of Coca-Cola from 1916 to 1923.
The estate is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, which was planned by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York City. Of the estate's original 27 acres, approximately 12 remain intact. The grounds, which consist of sculptured lawns, formal gardens, nature trails and a rock garden, have been partially restored by the DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, and are maintained by DeKalb County.
Since its first concerts in 1945, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has grown from a local youth group to become one of America's major orchestras, noted for its impressive list of Grammy winning recordings as well as the excellence of its live performances. The foremost cultural organization in the southeastern United States, it serves as a cornerstone for artistic development in the region.
Atlanta Ballet was founded seven decades ago by dance visionary Dorothy Alexander (1904 - 1986). Miss Dorothy had a dream of bringing quality ballet to the Atlanta community. The result was the Dorothy Alexander Dance Concert Group - the first step in the regional ballet movement that swept the nation. Upon gaining professional status in 1967, the company was renamed Atlanta Ballet. Today, under the artistic leadership of John McFall, Atlanta Ballet is the oldest professional dance company in America, the largest self-supported arts organization in Georgia and official Ballet of Georgia.
The Alliance Theatre has achieved recognition as one of the country's leading theatres, having premiered such works as Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky, Elton John and Tim Rice's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida (in partnership with Disney Theatricals), Sandra Deer's So Long on Lonely Street and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Joining the list of last season's World Premieres is Frame 312 by Keith Reddin and The Bench by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee and this season's A Death in the House Next Door to Kathleen Turner's House on Long Island by William Ludel, The Subject Tonight is Love by Sandra Deer and LEAP, a company-created production by Atlanta's leading artists.