Past Tense

For the first time, three Dunwoody non-profit organizations and the city of Dunwoody have joined together to produce an event for the community-Legends and Lore. On November 10-12, Legends and Lore will take place at Dunwoody Nature Center. Stage Door Players, Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and the city of Dunwoody joined with Dunwoody Nature Center to bring this event to the community. Legends and Lore is sponsored by Country Gardens of Dunwoody.

Robert Egizio, producing artistic director of Stage Door Players commissioned local actor and playwright, Jacob York, to write three scripts based on true stories from Dunwoody history. Each story presented this weekend involves elements of mystery and conflict based on actual events in our community’s past.

Jacob searched for history in “The Story of Dunwoody,” by Elizabeth Davis, Ethel Spruill, Lynne Byrd, and Joyce Amacher. He also used historic newspaper articles collected in my research.

Jacob York has written several plays performed at venues such as Alliance Theater and Georgia Ensemble Theater. He serves as Artistic Associate at Stage Door Players, where he leads the search for new playwrights through the Works in Progress Wednesdays initiative.

Executive Director of Dunwoody Nature Center, Alan Mothner, summarizes the significance of this event, “We are thrilled to partner with Stage Door Players, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and the City of Dunwoody to be able to bring this free program to our park. It shares the strengths of our collective groups while bringing families in our community together to learn more about what life was like not too long ago in our city.”

Melanie Williams of Dunwoody Preservation Trust agrees, “Legends and Lore is an example of three Dunwoody non-profits collaborating together with the city to provide our community with an outstanding free public program, all while making history fun. DPT is proud to be a part of this exciting family event!”

Reservations for Legends and Lore can be made by visiting the city website or any of the three group’s websites and following the link. The websites are,,, and

Join Valerie Biggerstaff and Rebecca Chase Williams at Brookhaven’s Sugar Shack on Saturday, Nov. 11 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a book signing. Their new book, “Images of America: Brookhaven” features one hundred ninety-two historic photographs of Brookhaven and plenty of history to go with them. Contact Valerie at pasttensega@

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