Clint Eastwood plays a baseball scout in “Trouble With the Curve,” which filmed in Atlanta earlier this year.
But among his many film roles is the memorable title character in “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” a Missouri farmer who hooks up with a band of Confederate soldiers after the war in pursuit of Union soldiers who killed his family.
So it was fitting, then, that Eastwood stopped by the East Lake Golf Club, site of the upcoming Battle of Atlanta Gala, while he was in town. He also visited Meadow Nook, the antebellum home of Sylvia and Charlie Harrison, who are among the organizers of the unique annual community event.
The event’s honorary chairs are Teya Ryan, president and executive director of Georgia Public Broadcasting; Dr. Stan Deaton, host of GPB’s “Today in Georgia History” and senior historian at the Georgia Historical Society; and W. Todd Groce, CEO of the Georgia Historical Society.
The BATL gala, as it’s known, is planned for 7 p.m. July 20. Tickets are $50 each; tables of 10 are available for $450. The event will feature a Southern buffet dinner and an appearance by Dennis Boggs, a professional Abraham Lincoln impersonator, along with entertainment by big band artist Joe Gransden and tenor Sam Hagan.
Incidentally, Eastwood is among Gransden’s fans. The actor checked out his performance at Cafe 290 during his time in Atlanta. Here’s a great photo of the two of them during that visit.
The BATL gala’s silent auction, which always features unique items, will raise funds to erect and maintain historic markers across the Battle of Atlanta area. The new signs will feature graphics and maps to involve readers and provide a 365-day-a-year Battle of Atlanta experience for visitors and residents.
For tickets to the gala, contact Sylvia Harrison at 404-556-1942 or Marti Hagan at 404-3775824or by e-mail, at MartiHagan@aol.com. Or see the event web site.
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