Pecha Kucha ATL Presentation

Click on the above image to hear an online version of our lecture…

On December 9, Pecha Kucha Atlanta held a really cool event called “Atlanta: Past, Present and Future.” Along with several other presenters, The Patch Works was selected to give one of Pecha Kucha’s signature “20 x 20” lectures: each speaker shows 20 slides and gets 20 seconds per slide to address the topic. We called our topic Cabbagetown: Changing Atlanta by Preserving History.

There was a big turnout at Brother Moto, which kindly hosted the event. (Thank you, Brother Moto!)

Georgia Oldtime Jam with Evan Kinney

On Saturday, December 8th, Evan Kinney recently led an intermediate Georgia Oldtime Jam at The Patch Works. Being our first time hosting a music workshop, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was AMAZINGLY FUN! Watch this VIDEO (and remember: this group was learning the song on-the-fly and by ear).


Programming was sponsored by the Jon Bekoff Project for the Advancement of Georgia Oldtime Music, administered by the UWG Center for Public History.

This is a free event that — if all goes well — will continue to be held at The Patch Works.

For additional information, please contact Moonshine. Space is limited!


IMPORTANT: Please also note that participants should have the ability to learn music “by ear.”

The Patch Works Humanities Lecture Series: Lessons of Cabbagetown, Past and Present

On Sunday, November 18th, join us as Rebecca Page, Ashley Cheyemi McNeil, and Brennan Collins from GSU’s Student Innovation Fellowship program speak about their mapping collaboration with The Patch Works on They have brought together historical maps of Cabbagetown and stacked them with present-day interviews of long-time residents to uncover the original water sources that sustained the livelihood of the community.

There is no cost to attend.

Re-Surfacing Cabbagetown: Mapping the Emergence of Waterways and Stories

Rebecca Page, Ashley Cheyemi McNeil, and Brennan Collins

Ronnie Edwards, Marshall Edwards, Sarah Knight, Margaret Long, and Leon Little.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018; 3:30PM-5:30PM

The Patch Works Art & History Center
593 Gaskill Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

For more information on Georgia Humanities-sponsored programs, please visit their events calendar.

This project is supported by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Awards Us With a Community Building Grant

The Patch Works is honored to have received another grant award: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s Neighborhood Fund grant! Winning the award puts us one (big) step closer to fulfilling our mission of maintaining Cabbagetown as a strong, cohesive community that is dedicated to preserving its history.

In 2019, the Cabbagetown neighborhood wishes to present R. Cary Bynum’s play Cabbagetown: 3 Women, which the playwright based on the 1976 publication Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food (a “cookbook” that documented the lives of mill-working families in the community). The neighborhood will mount the play in The Joyce Brookshire Amphitheatre, which, in March 2018, Councilmember Natalyn Archibong formally dedicated to the legendary, Cabbagetown musician Joyce Brookshire (who passed away in 2017). This production will use community-based elements: the amphitheatre (located in Cabbagetown Park), as well as local artists (musicians, actors, stage hands, etc.). In addition, the playwright has given the community his blessing to present the play, which he had previously removed from theatrical circulation. This event will promote community participation, as well as historical education. Three organizations — CICDC, CNIA, and The Patch Works — will be supporting the effort.

Tentative Dates:

4/26-4/28/19 Opening Weekend

5/3-5/5/19 Closing Weekend

Please Check Our Events Calendar for Exact Dates (TBD)

The Patch Works – Unplugged: Takiya Mason and Auction House Letters

Join us on Saturday, November 17th for our “Unplugged” concert series. The event will open with Takiya Mason, a solo Atlanta artist. She will perform from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Following her will be local band, Auction House Letters, playing from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Takiya’s artistic path begin in Jacksonville, NC at the age of 5 singing in her uncle’s church choir “The Sunshine Band”. Inspired by the greats before her from Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Etta James, Ray Charles, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder and so many more; Takiya Mason represents the next wave of artist inspired and motivated to push good music forward.

Auction House Letters play songs in the following keys: C, G, D, A, E, F, and Bb.

Band Members:

Jeff Holt– guitar and vocals
Susannah Wallace– violin and vocals
Chris Poma– bass guitar
Erik Kaszynski– drums
Michael Goldman– lap, steel, and mandolin

To close out the event, we’ll be having a “Hootenanny” jam session till 6 pm, so feel free to bring your own instruments!

For more information Follow our instagram @thepatchworkscabbagetown

Georgia Humanities Lecture Series

We just had our second lecture sponsored by Georgia Humanities. Dr. Erich Nunn (Auburn University) and Dr. Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University) spoke about how Cabbagetown’s musical roots relate to the evolving tastes and trends of modern day Atlanta. 

Georgia Humanities Lecture Series

We just had our first of three lectures sponsored by Georgia Humanities. Common Good Atlanta hostees, Bill Taft and Dr. Sarah Higinbotham, accompanied by program alumni Tariq Baiyina and Robert Roebuck, discussed the ways that higher education prepares incarcerated men and women to return to their hometowns and neighborhoods. Speaking to a packed house, Bill Taft and Dr. Sarah Higinbotham, accompanied by program alumni Tariq Baiyina and Robert Roebuck, discussed the ways that higher education prepares incarcerated men and women to return to their hometowns and neighborhoods.

The Patch Works – Unplugged: The Hills and The Holler plus Michael Bradley (Antic Clay)

On Saturday, September 15th, The Patch Works is proud to present its next, monthly “Unplugged” event. This time, we are honored to have two, brilliant, musical acts:

2:00pm-3:00pm Michael Bradley (aka Antic Clay)
3:00pm-4:00pm The Hills and the Holler

Michael has recently returned from Prague, where he played solo shows.

Monica Arrington and Stacey Cargal — the two performers with The Hills and the Holler — “…play the music of the south from the Appalachian Hills to the Mississippi Delta to everything in between.”

As always, admission is free.

At The Patch Works: 593 Gaskill Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

Beer and wine are available for a small donation.

Coffee Talk with The Patch Works!

Hey Everybody!

Before you head off to Dragoncon or up to the lake for Labor Day Weekend, c’mon by Home Grown and grab a bite to eat…

While you are waiting for your table, have a chat with The Patch Works and learn about Cabbagetown history, our events, and pick up some swag (for a donation).

It’ll be a fun time from 9:30am-12:30pm!

Saturday, September 1st

Home Grown GA Restaurant 968 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316

The Patch Works – Unplugged: Evan Stepp and Paul Shaw

August 25th, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm: The Patch Works – Unplugged!

For the first performance of the day, please welcome Evan Stepp to the “stage” for a tremendous solo performance. Evan is a phenomenal musician, so you will WANT to see him play!

Then, the spotlight will turn to singer-songwriter (and Cabbagetown resident) Paul Shaw, who will entertain us with a set of new songs! Paul and his wife Mel jammed at The Patch Works a few weeks ago; we are thrilled to have him back again.

Hootenanny Time!!! Bring an instrument!!!

Appalachian Food with Dr. Julia Skinner

What kinds of food did early Cabbagetown residents eat?

Join The Patch Works Art & History Center and food historian Dr. Julia Skinner of Root to learn about Appalachian food history, including the traditions that were brought down from the mountains by many of the residents of Cabbagetown, who moved to the neighborhood to find work.

Julia will also be doing a live demonstration of Appalachian food preservation techniques using recipes from the neighborhood. Come learn how to make chow chow, preserve peaches, and pickle beans! Each attendee will get a handout with recipes to take home and try themselves.

Saturday, August 18th
12noon to 2pm
The Patch Works Art & History Center
593 Gaskill Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316

Space is limited to 20 people, so make sure to get your tickets early!

Reserve your spot ASAP!

Tickets are a suggested donation of $12. Ticket donations can be in the form of cash, check or square. Please make checks out to The Patch Works Art & History Center.

**Parking is allowed at Agave Restaurant’s lot, right next door, but you must move your car by 4pm to allow for Agave’s dinner service – thank you!**