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Atlanta Songwriter Series Headed for Midtown

Midtown Alliance is excited to bring live music to Arts District Plaza again this fall. The Atlanta Songwriter Series will feature an eclectic mix of local musicians playing piano pop, funky jazz, and soul. The free concerts will run every other Tuesday from 5pm-7pm until October 11th.

Austin Miller | August 30th
Miller exerts a worldliness beyond his 28 years — not only in his confident croon, but also in his rambling rhythm and thoughtful guitar work.

The Family Recipe | September 13th
With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass to rock, this 4-piece instrumental fusion group focused on improvisation and innovation.

Ruby Velle | September 27th
Billboard charting artist, Ruby Velle has been making a name for herself as a cultural alchemist expressing matters of the soul.

The Four Fathers | October 11th
Don’t miss this funky Soul Organ Quartet from Athens.

Schedule your next visit with Dr. Schaefer in Midtown Atlanta so you can take advantage of
the Atlanta Songwriter Series and other cultural treasures that make our city unique.

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Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day on August 22nd

National Tooth Fairy Day reminds kids, young and old, to relive the excitement and wonder of baby teeth.

The tradition of receiving gifts for lost teeth can be traced back to the Eddas, a collection of medieval writings about Norse and Northern European traditions. Since teeth were a symbol of good luck and prosperity, some Viking warriors would wear a necklace of teeth into battle, and children would receive a small ‘tand fe’ (tooth fee) from their parents when they lost their first tooth.

The 18th-century French fairytale La Bonne Petite Souris (The Little Good Mouse) tells the story of an unjustly imprisoned queen who seeks the help of a trusted mouse. A fairy in disguise, the mouse knocks out the king’s teeth, hides them under a pillow, and proceeds to have the king assassinated. Released as an illustrated children’s book, the story spread throughout the English-speaking world after World War II.

The first American reference to the Tooth Fairy appeared in a 1908 Chicago Tribune article where author Lillian Brown suggested leaving 5 cents under the pillow to encourage children to have their loose milk teeth pulled. After Esther Watkins Arnold wrote a popular children’s play titled The Tooth Fairy in 1927, thoughts of a tooth fairy collecting teeth in exchange for money or gifts stirred imaginations around the country.

Rates have come a long way since the initial 5 cent per tooth recommendation. According to a recent survey by Dental Care Alliance, the average 2022 tooth fairy payment in the United States is $4.57 per tooth. Georgia takes 9th place in state rankings with parents paying an average of $5.81 per tooth!

Today the tooth fairy has become a global phenomenon, paying visits to children in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and beyond.


Commercial Row Commons Plaza Now Open

Next time you visit Dr. Schaefer at our office in Midtown Atlanta, make time to explore Commercial Row Commons on Peachtree Place between Peachtree Street and Crescent Ave.

The new plaza sits amidst street-level commercial businesses and the Atlanta History Center’s Midtown Campus. Designed to celebrate the unique historic and cultural identity of the landmark Commercial Row buildings, the plaza not only provides an unobstructed pathway for pedestrians but also a place to relax along this high traffic corridor. Colorful tables, chairs, and umbrellas will soon welcome visitors.

Nearly 200 plastic birds have traveled to Midtown Atlanta from Milan to hang over Commercial Row Commons. The swallows from international artist group Cracking Art are designed to inspire a community-wide conversation about the importance and the environmental impact of regeneration, while leaving a potent artistic trace in the communities where we live.

Celebrate the plaza enhancements on August 18, 2022 at the Midtown Alliance launch party.

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Outdoor Rooms Coming to Midtown Intersection

Construction has begun on a temporary park at the northeast corner of 10th and Peachtree. Plans call for installing three “outdoor rooms” including

  • a fenced dog park
  • an activity zone for lawn games such as ping-pong and cornhole
  • and a climbable structure.

Last November, the popular Autoeater sculpture was replaced by a rock-paper-scissors installation Conversation Peace by Kevin Box. Other artistic additions to the greenspace will include a mural by artist Jasmine Nicole Williams and sculptural seating with LED lighting designed by Fabio Novembre for Vondom, an international outdoor furniture and lighting company.

Taking advantage of the $1-per-year Midtown Alliance lease from landholder Dewberry Corporation, the Midtown Improvement District is funding the $350,000 project.

Be sure to stop by after your next visit to our Midtown Atlanta office!

Dr. John W. Schaefer Earns topDentists Award

We are pleased to announce that Dr. John W. Schaefer has been named one of Atlanta’s leading providers by topDentists.™ This honor is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout Atlanta cast “votes” on the abilities of other dentists and specialists. The organization has been compiling peer-review professional referral guides for over seventy years.

Dr. Schaefer and his staff are committed to excellence in periodontics by providing the finest, state-of-the-art treatment in a comfortable environment with compassionate care. Our professional team helps each patient realize their personal objective of good dental habits while working to improve the cosmetic appearance of his or her smile. We believe that a healthy smile ultimately leads to improved overall wellness and enhanced self confidence.

One satisfied patient shared this review: “Dr. John Schaefer provided excellent care during and after my oral surgery. The experience was positive from start to finish. He and his staff provided thoughtful and insightful counseling prior to the surgery. I was particularly impressed with his matter of fact advice and sense of humor, which breaks the ice prior to surgery.”

Make an appointment today to learn about the cutting-edge technologies and treatments that set Dr. Schaefer and Piedmont Periodontics apart from the rest.

Music Is in the Air

Our office is conveniently located in Midtown Atlanta, where music is in the air this summer. Next time you visit Dr. Schaefer, make time to explore the arts and cultural treasures unique to our city.

Summer wouldn’t be complete without live music from local artists. Enjoy the following FREE concerts in June.

Groovin’ On The Square | Every Friday from 6 – 8 pm
Unwind from a long work week with entertainment from a diverse lineup of talented, up-and-coming performers.

  • June 10: Bourbon Brothers
  • June 17: Chris Cauley
  • June 24: Lilac Wine

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra @Oak Hill
Bring a picnic and enjoy music under the stars as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra returns to Piedmont Park’s Oak Hill for two free concerts this summer.

From Paris to Piedmont | June 15 @7:30 pm
Associate Conductor Jerry Hou leads the ASO in an all-French program including selections from favorites such as Bizet’s Carmen, Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Debussy’s Nocturnes and more.

Hooray for Hollywood | June 22 @7:30 pm
Guest conductor Anthony Parnther and the ASO will perform a program of some of Hollywood’s greatest hits, including music from Back to the Future, King Richard, Call of the Wild, Out of Africa, E.T. and more.

Sunset Sessions | Sundays @7:00 pm
For the seventh year in a row this alternative music concert series powered by Park Tavern has brought buzz-worthy artists to the stage. Follow the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail to the Piedmont Park Meadow to take in the live music and a gorgeous sunset.

  • June 12: Wildermiss, Sarah Mootz, & Pinewood
  • June 19: Cody Bolden, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, & Sara Jean Kelley
  • June 26: Chelsea Shag, Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast, & Chole Kay



Origami in the Garden Now Open

In addition to being home to Piedmont Periodontics, Midtown is the cultural epicenter of Atlanta. This summer museum-quality metal sculptures of giant birds, fluttering butterflies, blooming flowers, and grazing deer take center stage among the floral landscape at Atlanta Botanical Garden. Inspired by the centuries-old Japanese art of folding paper, these monumental sculptures were each brought to life from a single sheet of folded paper.

The artists behind the masterly symbolic art installation are New Mexico residents Kevin and Jennifer Box who have focused their career on creating public art using casting and fabrication techniques. Explore 18 installations of nearly 70 sculptures throughout the garden from until October 16, 2022.

The highlight of the show is Master Peace, a 25-foot-tall sculpture composed of hundreds of stainless steel origami peace cranes towering over Howell Fountain.

Origami in the Garden features Kevin Box’s own compositions as well as collaborations with world-renowned origami artists Te Jui Fu, Beth Johnson, Michael G. LaFosse and Robert L. Lang.


New Installation: Conversation Peace

Have you seen the sculpture inspiring conversation at the corner of 10th and Peachtree?

Conversation Peace was installed in Midtown on November 12, 2021, in conjunction with National Origami Day in Japan. The work is a sculptural interpretation of Rock-Paper-Scissors, a game that — along with paper — dates back to approximately 200 BC. The game became popular in the United States during the early 20th century as interaction between Asia and the west increased.

While Rock-Paper-Scissors is often used to settle lighthearted conflicts, Artist Kevin Box used these objects to symbolize conflicting forces that have found balance. In the piece, “paper” wins the game by folding itself into a crane — an international symbol of peace.

Conversation Peace is the newest Heart of the Arts installation erected on property owned by the Dewberry Capital Corporation and leased to the Midtown Alliance for $1 per year. The initiative expresses Midtown’s uniquely creative atmosphere and culture. In addition to public art installations, Heart of the Arts colors empty storefronts, fills the streets with music, and sponsors the annual Parliament of Owls parade.

Be sure to drive by the sculpture next time you visit Peidmont Periodontics Midtown Atlanta office. The work also ties into Origami in the Garden, an exhibit that opens this week at Atlanta Botanical Garden.



Celebrate National Administrative Professionals’ Day

Central to any business, administrative professionals keep offices organized and efficient. At Piedmont Periodontics, we know that our practice runs smoothly thanks to the hard work of Tracey White at the front desk

Patient advocacy has always been a passion — and a worthwhile challenge — for Tracey. Born in Los Angeles, her career path was heavily influenced by her first summer job at a dental practice owned by the father of her childhood best friend.

Soon after graduation from Georgia State, Tracey accepted a job in Healthcare Administration with a local dentist. She has now worked in the field for 18 years and has experience in all administrative departments.

When away from the office, Tracey likes to travel, swim, shop, and explore the burgeoning Atlanta food scene with her family.


2022 Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week

Dental hygienists are an integral part of any dental team and spend a lot of time with patients. In addition to cleaning teeth, hygienists

  • perform initial screenings
  • take x-rays and impressions
  • do scaling and root planning
  • place sealants
  • administer local anesthetic
  • complete dental charts

Piedmont Periodontics patients are fortunate to have one of the very best hygienists in town — Van Le. Originally from Vietnam, Van has called Atlanta home since 1996. She graduated from Georgia Perimeter College in 2006 with an Associate’s Degree in Science and Dental Hygiene.

Van understands how important good oral hygiene is to periodontal patients and has been providing unsurpassed, uncompromised care to Piedmont Periodontics’ patients for more than six years. She works with each patient to ensure that they understand maintenance procedures and that they are well equipped to continue their home treatment and follow up care.

In her free time Van enjoys spending time with family, reading a good book and listening to music.