November 15, 2014 

From the President...



November has been a whirlwind, with the threatened demolition of the Hooper-Turner House, the progress of the Neighborhood Watch program in Historic Mableton, and our Community Meeting last week.  At the same time, MIC is gearing up for our holiday projects - volunteering at Mable's Tea Room with the South Cobb Arts Alliance and our Secret Santa Program with the Boys & Girls Club.  There is more information about all this work in the articles below.


As you read through them, take a minute to consider how you can reach out to your community and make a difference - large or small.  Whether it's a conversation with a new neighbor or a call to a nonprofit in need of volunteers, actions like these create community.


I hope to see you over this holiday season.  In the meanwhile, please feel free to call or email.  I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!




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MIC President

(404) 550-0475   


Preservation Plan for River Line is Finished
Preservation Plan Available

MIC is proud to announce that the Preservation Plan for the Chattahoochee River Line is finished!  Click here to read the Plan!   CRL trench


For the first time, in one document, we have a road map for the development and use of the 127 acres of County park property along Nickajack Creek and the Chattahoochee River in the eastern part of Mableton. For this property and other parts of the battlefield in Smyrna and Vinings, the Plan has recommendations on property acquisition, interpretation and how the public can use and enjoy these historic and recreational assets.


With the passage of the 2016 SPLOST, $1 million will be available to begin work on the Discovery Tract.  MIC's Parks Committee will keep you posted on the progress.  If you are interested in being involved in this work, please contact Robin Meyer.


Hooper-Turner House Update
Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

A meeting was held, Monday, November 10 with the Cobb County Historic Preservation Commission regarding recommending preservation for the Hooper-Turner House. A concerned community group of over 40 were in attendance to show their support for preservation for the house. Many concerned residents of both Mableton and Smyrna spoke rallying for the house to be spared from planned demolition.


The Hooper-Turner House is located in Cobb County District 4 and Heather HT House Culligan, Commissioner Cupid's appointee, shared her research about the house and supported its preservation. The Commission Chair informed all in attendance that their comments would be forwarded to the City of Smyrna. The Commission's recommendation for preservation cannot supersede the City of Smyrna's authority to demolish the house, so the house is still in jeopardy of being torn down.


At this time, a private buyer seems the only viable solution for the house and land to stay in existence as a historical place in our community. If anyone has suggestions or recommendations regarding a private buyer for the home, please contact Meggan Delano at


Public Meeting - Historic Mableton Plan
Thursday, November 20th at 6:00PM

Cobb County is holding a public information meeting from 6:00PM to 7:00PM on Thursday, November 20th about changes to the Historic Mableton Preservation and Improvement Plan. This meeting will focus on updating the public on completed projects and initiatives from the past five years and projects that are currently in progress.

There will also be discussion and comment boards asking for your feedback on the implementation strategy for the next five years. The meeting will be held at the South Cobb Community Center, located in Lions Park at 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton.


Be a Secret Santa for the Boys & Girls Club
Annual MIC Holiday Project
Each year, MIC partners with the A.W. "Tony" Mathews Boys and Girls Club in Mableton to provide Christmas gifts for the children at our local club.  The Secret Santa program helps more than 50 children with their Christmas wishes each holiday season.

MIC members and friends who participate will receive the child's wish list, including favorite toys, clothing sizes and other needs. It is suggested that each sponsor spend approximately $50 per child. If you want to spend more, you can be a Secret Santa for more than one child.

If you would like to be a Secret Santa, please email Janis Stevenson.  We are grateful for the community support in years past and look forward to hearing from you again.

MIC Volunteers at Mable's Tea Room 
Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th
For the last several years, MIC volunteers have "adopted" Mable's Tea Room, providing Tea Room volunteers and homemade cakes and soups for this wonderful Mableton tradition.  In return, the South Cobb Arts Alliance, which sponsors the event, makes a donation to MIC.  The Tea Room has become an important fundraiser for MIC as well as a chance to serve our friends and neighbors.

Many of our volunteers from last year will be returning, but we do have some volunteer spaces left - and we can always use more cakes and soups, which count towards MIC's fundraising goals.  Email J.R. White to volunteer or for more information.  Volunteering is a lot of fun, so come join us!

The Mommy & Me Teas will be held on Sunday, December 7th at noon and 2:30pm. Children and their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and special friends enjoy a light lunch served by their favorite Princesses!  Tables seat 4, 6 or 8 and range from $40 to $80. Reservations are required; call 770 819-3265.

Holiday Shopping at the Mable House Arts Center
Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 14th

Some of the best holiday shopping is right here in Mableton - at the 30th annual Christmas House Arts & Crafts Show held at the Mable House Arts Center at 5239 Floyd Road. You can select from a wide variety of handmade gifts from 60+ exhibitors who have brought you jewelry, pottery, fiber and wood arts, glass, home d�cor, food and bath items, holiday decorations and fine art. If you are looking for something unique for someone very special or gifts for teachers and kids in the neighborhood - this should be the first place you look!


The Christmas House is open this year from Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 14th.  The hours are 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday and noon to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Christmas House is produced each year by the volunteers of the South Cobb Arts Alliance.  Support our local artists and the Arts Alliance with your holiday purchases. 


Silent Auction Items Needed for Historic Mable House Fundraiser
Drop Off Monday, November 24th through Wednesday, November 26th

Silent Auction items for this annual South Cobb Arts Alliance event are being collected MableHouse13 during the week of Thanksgiving, Monday, November 24th through Friday, November 26th at the Mable House Arts Center.  The Silent Auction, which benefits the Historic Mable House, its outbuildings and education programs, is held during the Christmas House House Arts and Craft Sale in early December.  (More about the Christmas House in the article above.) 


What can you donate?  Art, antiques, vintage jewelry and housewares, collectibles, gift cards, and gift certificates are all popular with bidders.  This is a great opportunity for local businesses - large and small-to make the community aware of their services and products. 


Donation receipts will be available upon request.  If you have any questions, please email Eleanor Wade.  Thanks for your support of the Historic Mable House!  


Mable House Candy Cane Hunt
Saturday, December 6th - 10:00AM to Noon

Bring the whole family for some outdoor holiday fun on thcolored-candy-canes.jpge grounds of the Historic Mable House. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, marshmallow roasting, photos with Santa and of course the Candy Cane Hunt complete with prizes. 


The Candy Cane hunt will begin at 10:00AM on Saturday December 6th and run through noon. For more details, click here.

Free Bus Passes for Seniors
Cobb Community Transit 

Cobb County residents 55 years or older who need assistance with transportation to medical appointments may be eligible for free bus passes for regular Cobb Community Transit or CCT ParaTransit Service.   


To learn more, call Cobb Senior Services information and referral line at 770-528-5364.


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If you'd like to become a MIC Sponsor, please contact Joel Cope.

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