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Over the Picket Fence Susansnaps debuts at the Emmys, some Shakespeare to spice up your summer

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Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:28 am | Updated: 1:34 pm, Thu Jun 21, 2012.

Snaps are in the Bag. Local entrepreneurs Susan Stachler Robbins and her mother Laura Stachler will be in Hollywood for the Emmys this week — or 1,000 of their party pack cookies will be, anyway.

“Susansnaps,” the duo’s gingersnap cookie brand that has garnered all kinds of national attention for its delicious taste and unique story, has been selected as one of the special gifts to be distributed via gift bags to guests of the 39th Annual Daytime Emmys on Saturday.

“The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences producer for the Emmy Award gift bags seeks out unique brands and was enthusiastic about learning about Susansnaps as we are truly one-of-a-kind,” said Robbins. “The producer said she is pleased to have us participating in this year’s event as not only are our cookies delicious and packaging fun, our story sets us apart.”

A graduate of St. Pius X and Auburn University, Susan was just 22 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, the same disease that had claimed the life of Laura’s sister and Susan’s namesake — her Aunt Sue Carver— at just 28.

Moreover, Susan’s dad had just completed a successful year of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin’s related lymphoma.

It was Laura who first started making the cookies with ginger, a natural stomach soother, as the two worked through chemotherapy treatments.

Today Susansnaps is a fulltime company that distributes product all over the world and has a retail outlet in Sandy Springs. A portion of proceeds on all cookie sales go to the Susan Carver Foundation for cancer patients and research.

No word if there will be any glimpse of the cookies in the cute black and white polka dotted packaging (or any television star munching on a gingersnap), but the ceremony will air on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Takes the Cake. An old-fashioned idea garnered more than $1,000 for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust at the “Preservation Celebration” held earlier this month.

A cake auction brought 16 donated cakes from individuals and Dunwoody bakeshops. Assisted by wife Meredy, Dunwoody City Councilor Denny Shortal served as auctioneer for a back-in-time style auction on the steps of the historic Donaldson Bannister home.

Led by a sweet tooth, or perhaps by the DPT mission to bring the home back to its glory, bidders vied for the cakes with their bids and cheers.

At the top for the first-ever DPT cake auction was a replica of the made from scratch layer cake by former DPT President Queenie Ross with assistance from her grandchildren. DPT’s Lemonade Days chair Tom McGurk purchased the cake for $150.

Bored? Bard will fix you right up. Here’s a way to add a little sultry and steamy to your summer: “Much Ado About Nothing” by the Georgia Shakespeare Theater at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven.

Infidelity, trickery and a faked death — plus sizzling costumes, a sexy setting, and red-hot romances on the hillsides of Sicily— are just some of the delightful plot twists in the beloved romantic comedy.

The show opens on Friday and runs through July 28. If you’ve never been to a Georgia Shakespeare summer production, the evening begins with picnicking on the outdoor terrace. Patrons are encouraged to bring their dinner and beverages and enjoy the shaded veranda prior to the show.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Times vary by date. Tickets range from $13 to $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gashakespear.org or call the Georgia Shakespeare box office at 404-504-1473.

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