4FbRVx8-s-qqhd1r9OKq2gwmvT_e1dIp818HHI_WwS0By Martha Nodar

It is that time of the year again when some Atlantans look for activities to do al fresco and flock to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center to enjoy an evening of summer jazz. Now in its 15th season, the Jazz on the Lawn Concert Series runs from June to August.

Beginning last summer, the jazz events now take place in the mansion’s amphitheater on the side lawn of the campus instead of in the front lawn. Patrons may still bring their picnics and chairs just like they did before.

Kicking off this year’s series on June 12 is Karla Harris with the Ted Howe Trio. Following, on June 26, singer and trumpeter Joe Gransden returns to the mansion with his band.

“I love the atmosphere at Callanwolde,” Gransden said. “This is one of the most beautiful spots in Atlanta. I love performing outdoors and seeing the enthusiastic crowd.”

Gransden said he enjoys the Callanwolde’s amphitheater because it lends itself to a more concert-like setting. His singing style has been somewhat loosely compared to Frank Sinatra’s, but with a flavor of his own.

Rounding-up the rest of the jazz players are Richard Smith on July 10, Theresa Hightower on July 24, and Gwen Hughes closing the series on Aug. 7.

Running concurrently with the concert series is an art exhibit in the mansion’s art gallery by Morningside artist Tim Hunter. “Gold Leaf and Encaustic” is in display through July 10. Encaustic is a rich and ancient type of painting that involves hot wax and pigment and dates back to the 2nd century.

For more information, visit callanwolde.org.

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.