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North Georgia Festivals

Have Some Fun!

at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival


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Contributing Writers: Anne Amerson

Steven Leibel

Dr. Mark Feinsilber

Dr. Joyce Nations

Nancy Forrest

Patrick Snider

Martha Hynson

John P. Vansant, MD

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Linda Merritt

Carole Lee

Beth Snider

Bob Merritt

Nancy Wright

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elcome to our 2010 Festival Guide. Things are starting to happen in North Georgia as the planning for the fall festivals has been completed. Once again you will find our fun map in the centerfold, with all the major festivals marked, and information about the festivals on the back of the map. Take this and plan your weekends from September through October. You will find venues from Blairsville to Cumming, and Ellijay to Dawsonville. Also within the pages of this issue you will find other exciting festivals, perhaps not as large, but lots of fun anyway. Lots of folks make our publication possible—our staff, the advertisers, and the folks who faithfully pick up our magazine every month. We urge you to pay a visit to our advertisers, purchase from them if it is something you need, and tell them you saw them in our magazine. This all completes a circle that benefits everyone. Hopefully our high-90s weather is over for this year. The rains have helped cool things down, but be careful during these waning months of summer and don’t get overheated. It is easy to do and happens before you are aware of what is going on. A friend from my schooldays is in a hospital in Arkansas recuperating from a serious

surgery. I had let too many weeks go by without calling her, and only happened to get an email from another classmate saying that my friend was ill. Needless to say, I have given my phone number to someone who will call me in case something like this happens again. Don’t make the mistake I made. Keep in close contact with your family and friends, because you never know when you will find out only by accident that something has happened to someone you care about, or when you will get that dreaded telephone call. Our lives should not get so busy that we neglect to take time for the really important things. Until next month…stay happy.

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oesn’t the cover picture make you want to get out and go to the fair? Well, get ready because on Thursday, October 7, the Cumming Fairgrounds will be ready and waiting for you. Dave Horton, Fairgrounds Manager, has pulled out all the stops to make sure you are entertained for almost two weeks. See the times and schedules in the Cover Story on page 10. The midway will have all the rides you could imagine, thanks to James H. Drew Exposition. Don’t miss the Seattle Wheel, the Cyclops, the Pirate Ship, and many more. The midway will also be filled with challenging games with prizes. At night, the midway comes alive with millions of computer-controlled neon lights that can be seen for miles. If the rides aren’t your thing, enjoy the Heritage Village, petting zoo, Bear Mountain Wildlife Show, and much more. Remember, your admission into the fair also gets you into the nightly concerts. This year you can enjoy entertainers like Tanya Tucker, Little Texas, Phil Stacey, and Chris Sligh, just to name a few. No matter what kind of music you like, there will be something you like this year. If you are looking for a way to save money, buy advance tickets beginning September 1. Ticket prices are $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 5 to 18, plus $1 postage and handling fee. They can be purchased at the Fairgrounds Office, or you can send a check or money order to Advance Tickets, Cumming Country Fair & Festival, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming, GA 30040. Orders must be received by September 30, so don’t wait; get your tickets now. So be a kid again and enjoy this annual fair. If you see Dave strolling around the grounds, tell him how much you appreciate what he has brought to Cumming for your entertainment. Don’t hold back; tell us how you really feel about 400 Edition. We love receiving feedback from our readers and advertisers. Call us at 706-867-6455, toll free at 866-867-7557, or send an email to


September 2010 Volume 7, Issue 4

Getting Lost in the Big Oranges, page 8



8 Cherry Log Fall Festival

12 Leibel On the Law

9 Heritage Village and Cherokee Indian Village

14 Health Matters


10 Cover Story – 16th Annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival

16 Reflections

18 Crabapple Antique and Art Festival

17 Your Vision Source

19 Fall Festivals Guide

26 Historic Forsyth

24 Fall Festival at the Folk School

29 Mind and Heart

25 More September 2010 Festivals

30 Fun by 400


37 Comma Momma 38 Knowing Wine

4 Through a Woman’s Eyes

38 Real Men Cook – Wild Mushroom & Venison Stroganoff

6 To Your Health

39 Good Eating – DuMond’s Patio Grill

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Through a Woman’s Eyes

by Martha Hynson

Unbalanced In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Proverbs 31:19-22


just want a balanced life.” How many times have I heard women utter these words? How many times have I said them myself? The Proverbs 31 woman certainly seems to have a balanced life. She works hard and glides gracefully along accomplishing all she sets out to do. Her children are well clothed, her home is well furnished, and she is fashionably dressed as she graciously extends her hands to those in need. In my journal a while back, after reading Proverbs 31: 20, I wrote a note reminding myself to “arrange my life so that I have time to reach out to those in need.” In my most idealistic moments, I can imagine being like this woman. Then reality hits. Last week is a perfect example. It was the first week of school. As a teacher, my first day back was Monday. The kids started on Thursday. As I planned for a new school year, I envisioned myself gliding along, working hard, but never getting ruffled, extending a hand to everyone in need. I’m smart enough to know that I could never do this on my own, so I planned to rise early every morning for a dedicated prayer time. On Monday evening, my daughter asked me to go to the mall with her. She owns scarlet clothes (see verse, above) and any other color you might want, but nothing suitable for the first day of school. She had her own money so, even though it was not in my plans, we went shopping. We got home late. Therefore, I got

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in bed late. Therefore, I did not get up for my dedicated prayer time on Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, our dog, a 170-pound mastiff, became nervous during a morning thunderstorm and chewed on the back door until the glass fell out. She then came inside and spent the remainder of the day alone in the house. Amazingly, she wasn’t hurt, but I can’t say the same for the house. Tuesday turned out to be another late night. On Wednesday I stayed up late trying to accomplish what I had planned to do on Monday and Tuesday. On Thursday, I woke up with a sinus headache and an upset stomach. Instead of praying peacefully for each child in my class before school began, I prayed that I would stop throwing up so I could make it to school. What happened to my plan? What would the Proverbs 31 woman do? I’m not sure, but another entry in my journal comes to mind. In John 5:30, Jesus says, “I do nothing without consulting the Father.” Next to this verse I wrote, “Wow, I do lots of things without consulting you, Lord!” Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love and The Forgotten God, says, “So many times, we ask God to “show up” in our lives in whatever we might be doing, forgetting that this is His party.” The more I think about it, the more I believe that what women truly long for is not a balanced September 2010 •

life but a peace-filled life. Ironically, Jesus taught that the only way to have a peace-filled life is to live a life that is radically unbalanced in our commitment to Him. So what about the virtuous wife described in Proverbs? Her life seems pretty balanced and not radical at all. She seems to have all her bases covered. For example, verse 21 says, “she has no fear for her household for they are all clothed in scarlet” and she’s dressed to the nines in “fine linen and purple.” She actually sounds like many of us today trusting in our “stuff.” If we relate this passage to Christ’s teaching, however, I believe we can see a deeper meaning. Could the scarlet clothes represent the blood of Christ— the only thing in which we should trust—and doesn’t purple represent royalty? Could this mean that, no matter what we have on, or what’s going on in our lives, we can be confident because we are daughters of the King? When I look at the scripture from that point of view, I can see why this woman had no fear. I’m going to stop searching for that elusive “balanced life” and pursue a peace-filled life, instead, by trusting Christ in a totally radical and unbalanced way. Martha Hynson is a wife, mom, teacher, and freelance writer from Watkinsville, Georgia. Check out her blog at marthahynson.blogspot. com.

Dixie Dock Dogs To Host Regional Competition Some of the top ranked dogs in the sport of dock diving will compete September 2426 at the Lake Lanier Pet Fest in Gainesville. Dixie Dock Dogs, a nonprofit organization benefitting various canine charities, is producing this thrilling event, which features dogs jumping great lengths to splash down into a pool of water. Covering the entire state of Georgia, Dixie Dock Dogs is affiliated with the national organization Dock Dogs. The competition will be held at Laurel Park on Old Cleveland Highway in Gainesville. Bill Akin of Watkinsville, president of Dixie Dock Dogs, is very excited about the club hosting the upcoming competition. “This is our first dock diving event here in the Lake Lanier area,” said Akin. “We’re sure it will be a fun time for everyone, people and dogs alike… something for the entire family. We know there are many people in the Lake Lanier area who have been wanting a Dock Dogs event here for a long time. Now, here we are!” According to Akin, a regulation 40’ dock and 40’ x 12’ pool of water will be brought onto the park property. Dogs from all over the country will come to compete in the three sporting disciplines of Dock Dogs: Big Air, which measures the length of their jump; Extreme Vertical, which measures the height; and Speed Retrieve, which measures how fast they run, jump, and swim. The Akins say they are expecting over 100 dogs to

compete in the three-day event. Dock diving is a sport for any breed or any size dog, and everyone in this area is encouraged to bring your dog out to give it a try. Dixie Dock Dogs will have Practice Coaches available to show interested attendees dock diving strategies, and give tips for getting started in the sport. If you would like to have your dog participate, you can register online at If you want to attend the festivities without having your dog participate, registration is not necessary. In addition to dock diving, the Pet Fest will also feature petfriendly games and related services. Children’s activities, music, and great food will line the shores of Lake Lanier. Vaccinated and trained pets on leashes will be allowed. Proceeds from the Pet Fest will go to the Hall County Animal Shelter. For more information about the Dixie Dock Dogs event at the Lake Lanier Pet Fest, visit or contact Nancy Akin (706-540-9395).

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NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL Debunking Myths about Breast Cancer by Susan Casella, RN, OCN, breast health

To Your Health

coordinator, Northside Hospital

Women are overwhelmed with information about breast cancer—and much of it is wrong. The problem is that some women tend to use this misinformation as an excuse not to have regular breast exams. Much research has been done about the causes of breast cancer, and many advances made in the detection and treatment of the disease. Although there is still plenty for us to learn, one thing we do know is that breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, striking anyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. Here’s the truth behind some common misconceptions about breast cancer:

Myth: I don’t have breast cancer in my family, so I won’t get it.

Fact: Most women (70-80%)

diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. Simply being a woman and having breast tissue puts you at risk for the disease. However, women who do have a family history are at an increased risk for developing the disease and should discuss with their doctor beginning screenings as early as age 25.

Myth: Finding a lump in my breast

means that I have breast cancer. Fact: Eight out of 10 breast lumps are not cancerous. However, you should still see your healthcare provider if you find one or notice any other changes in your breasts, because catching breast cancer early offers a 96% likelihood of it being cured.

Myth: The government just said that I don’t need to get a mammogram anymore.

Fact: Despite the announcement from

the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in 2009 that it was changing its mammography guidelines, the American Cancer Society (ACS) continues to recommend annual screening using mammography and clinical breast examination for all women beginning at age 40. According to the ACS, their recommendations are based on data that the USPSTF did not consider and, therefore, it is imperative that women continue these screenings.

Myth: Mammograms cause breast

cancer. Fact: While it’s true that radiation is used in mammography, the amount is so minute that any risk is overshadowed by the huge preventative benefits of having the procedure. Mammography is a woman’s best weapon against breast cancer. It is the only test proven to save lives and can find a cancer years before it can be felt, when it is smaller and more treatable.

Myth: I’m too young to worry about

breast cancer. Fact: While it’s true that your breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for developing the disease.

Georgia’s leader in the fight against breast cancer

More cases of breast cancer are diagnosed and treated at Northside Hospital than at any other community hospital in the state. To listen to local experts, learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, watch in-depth videos, and hear from patients, visit healthcast.

Northside Hospital Tennis Against Breast Cancer

Northside Hospital invites all women in North Georgia to join them in the fight against breast cancer this October by taking part in the hospital’s 8th annual Tennis Against Breast Cancer ladies days. Friday October 1 Windermere Tennis Center, Cumming Friday, October 15 Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek Friday, October 29 Capital City Club, Atlanta

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Each day will include 2 ½ hours of tennis drills taught by Atlanta professionals, followed by a gourmet lunch with special guest speaker, fashion show, sports chair massages, fabulous prizes, and much more. Fees are $75 a person or $675 for a team of 10. Proceeds benefit education, research and treatment for breast cancer patients at Northside. To register, call 404-851-6285 or e-mail

Groundbreaking for New Forsyth County Fire Station #7 Forsyth County officials and guests gathered on August 12 to break ground for the county’s new Fire Station #7, which will be located at 6320 Dahlonega Highway, approximately 0.75 miles north of the current station at 5775 Dahlonega Highway. That structure was constructed by volunteers

on leased land in 1974 and has far exceeded its life expectancy. The new two-bay, 7,333square-foot facility will replace current Fire Station #7 and will serve the Silver City area of north Forsyth County. The project is funded by SPLOST and Impact Fees, and is slated for completion in April 2011.

Cherry Log Fall Festival The annual Cherry Log Fall Festival, a Georgia mountains tradition since 1971, will be held the first two weekends in October: October 2-3 and October 9-10. There will be booths with handmade crafts of many types, and of course, food. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30am; lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Hamburgers, hot dogs, fried pies, and ice cream will also be

available. Home baked cakes, pies, cookies, and other baked goods will be for sale, as well as canned goods, jellies, jams, and Brunswick stew. Free entertainment will be provided in the afternoons and there’s plenty of free on-site parking. The festival is located across from the Cherry Log post office on Cherry Log Street (Old Highway 5), just off Highway 515 between Exits 18 and 19.

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an you imagine North Georgia without her magnificent display of fall colors? I can’t, and I would be lost as well without the orange pumpkins. We are at the time of year when Burt’s Farm rolls out their orange carpet of pumpkins. Soon visitors from all across this country will make their annual pilgrimage to see the acres and acres of big orange balls of all sizes, aligned neatly, row after row. For the young there are small pumpkins and ornamental gourds. For everyone else, carry off the big pumpkins to decorate your yard, window, or doorway. Even businesses seem to love decorating with huge pumpkins, corn stalks, and ornamental gourds of all shapes and sizes. Taking the little tykes for a hunt through the acres of pumpkins is what family memories are made of. Bring your digital camera or video and capture the sights and sounds. Reliving the moment is reliving the adventure. Visiting Burt’s Farm can be a family affair, or it can be a busload of tourists

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just having a good time, or a planned school or private organization field trip. The gates will open September 1 and be open every day until October 31, from 9:00am until 6:00pm. From November 1 to November 10, the gates will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The popular hayrides will start in September, from 12:00pm to 5:30pm on weekends. In October the hayrides will be offered on weekdays from 12:00pm to 5:30pm, and on weekends from 10:00am to 5:30pm. From November 1 to November 10, hayrides will be offered on weekends from 12pm to 5pm. Put your treasured pumpkins in your car, truck, or bus, then go on a hayride through creeks, across bridges, and in some of the prettiest woods in Georgia. Let

the fall colors embrace you and your friends as you make periodic stops to enjoy arranged seasonal settings and be entertained

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by Bob Merritt by the host of singing pumpkins. The trip will finally return you to the barn, where you can buy refreshments, jams, jellies, relishes, and something from the kitchen, like fresh pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin pies. Also enjoy apple cider and boiled peanuts. Now that you have your pumpkin picked out, what would a trip to Burt’s Farm be without one of their famous popcorn balls for the road? “You all come back again.” For more information, call 1-800-600-BURT or see the web site at www. For directions, print out a map from the web site, or key your GPS to 4801 Highway 52, Dawsonville, Georgia.

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nce again living history will be the focus of Heritage Village and Indian Village, two of the main attractions at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. Thousands are expected to visit the living history exhibits during the fair that runs from October 7 to October 17 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Since 1995, Heritage Village has been a living history exhibit that features working demonstrations of authentic farm machinery such as a cotton gin, corn mill, syrup mill, saw mill, grist mill, blacksmith shop, cider press, and chicken house. Even the forbidden moonshine still is on display, but no sampling please! While there, be sure to visit the steam engine display as well. This reproduction of a turn-of-thecentury town is complete with a oneroom schoolhouse, a working post office, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, Baptist and Methodist churches, and a quilting house. The general store, which has been relocated to the Exhibit Hall, will be stocked with homemade items to enjoy. Stop in there to catch up on local doings and pick up some homemade cider, a washboard, or homemade soap. Send a postcard from the working post office, or watch a grist mill at work. Much of the machinery was donated by local families, and many of the artifacts decorating the stores, churches, and school were bought at local estate auctions. Much of the labor is donated too. Many of the people who do the live demonstrations at Heritage Village have made performing at the fair a fall tradition. While in the Village, wander into the dentist’s office, complete with antique dental equipment and chairs. The doctor’s office sports a collection of old medicines, books, nurse’s and doctor’s kits, and wooden wheelchairs. Picture yourself catching up on local gossip while having a trim in the 1930s art-deco barbershop, where barbershop quartet music often plays softly and the mirrored shelf is stocked with a supply of hair tonics. Many of the furnishings came from a real barbershop in the Illinois neighborhood where Al Capone lived. An antique shoeshine stand came from downtown Atlanta. A stroll through Heritage Village at the Fairgrounds is akin to walking through a time portal that leads to the turn-of-the-century past. The sights and sounds of the county’s rural roots come alive through working demonstrations of a lifestyle unknown

to most of us today. As part of an effort by Cumming city leaders to preserve the heritage of the community and to better educate people about the rich history of Native Americans in Forsyth County, the Indian Village will once again be on display during the Cumming Country Fair & Festival. The Native American heritage pervades the area. Several Indian archaeological sites are located in Forsyth County. An Indian Mound and Village are located on Settendown Creek near the mouth of the Etowah River. Another Indian village is located near Sawnee Mountain on Big Creek. As at last year’s festival, the Cherokee Indian Village will consist of a tavern, two log cabin homes, a council house, a corncrib, and a smokehouse. The tavern, owned by Chief James Vann in the early 1800s, was moved to the fairgrounds from off old Federal Road on the Etowah River to be restored. Vann, known for bringing Moravian missionaries into the Cherokee territory to witness to and educate the children, was at one time one of the richest men in the United States. He opened these taverns along river corridors to give people a place to stop during their travels. President James Monroe actually slept in the tavern. Other facilities include an early 1800s log cabin that was donated to the city and restored, and a replica Cherokee log cabin, which was built to resemble what a Cherokee home would have looked like. A small log corncrib and a log smokehouse, both replicas of facilities that would have been found in the area in the early 1800s, can also be toured. Visitors to the Indian Village will be able to visit the Cherokee Council House, a sevensided building representing the seven clans of the Cherokee Indians. The exhibit will include some rocks from the area, etched with carvings that are some of the earliest signs of civilization in Forsyth County, according to University of Georgia archeologists. The carvings or “peckings” were made by a prehistoric tribe that occupied the county and the surrounding area 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. These rocks were found in the northwest section of the county on a hill a short distance from the Etowah River near the town of Matt. They are on loan to the city from the Garmon family. They were discovered on the property of L.M. Harris, Henry Garmon’s grandfather. The intertribal Native American Indians will interact with crowds all

day long in this living encampment that will feature teepees and other traditional items. In addition, they will perform three to four shows per day with dancing, drum and flute playing, and a display of warriors on horseback. Vendor tents will offer Native American jewelry, crafts, and artwork for sale. According to Dave Horton, fairground administrator, “The Cherokee Indian Village is important to the Fair because it showcases Native American culture to county newcomers, and it is such a rich part of Forsyth County’s and the state of Georgia’s history.” Regular ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for students ages 5 to 18, and free for children 4 and under. Parking is $3. To get to the Cumming Fairgrounds, take Georgia 400 north to Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) and turn left. Go straight through four traffic lights and bear left on Highway 20 East. At the first light, turn right on Castleberry Road. The Fairgrounds are on the right. For more information, call 770-781-3491 or visit www.

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Cover story—16th Annual Cumming Country T Thursday, October 7, through Sunday, October 17 Monday-Thursday: 4:00pm to 10:00pm Friday: 4:00pm to Midnight Saturday: 10:00am to Midnight Sunday: 12:30pm to 9:00pm

Tanya Tucker

he Cumming Country Fair & Festival has something for the whole family to enjoy, from amusement rides and games as part of the Drew Exposition, to Heritage Village, which features working demonstrations of a cotton gin, saw mill, corn mill, sorghum mill, cider press, blacksmith shop, and more. Reproductions of a schoolhouse, churches, dentist office, barbershop, and Indian village let visitors take a step back in time. Family shows can be seen at various times daily.

Special Days

Thursday, October 7 OPENING DAY! FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital Forsyth $18 Pay-One-Price Rides Forsyth Co. Extension Canning & Baking Competition Awards Ceremony 7:00pm Friday, October 8 Little Texas in concert 9:00pm

Craig Morgan

Saturday, October 9 FREE Admission & Rides 10:00am-11:00am KIDS DAY! FREE Admission for children 12 & under 10:00am-3:00pm 2 Ride for the Price of 1! All ages! 11:00am-3:00pm Miss Cumming Country Fair Pageant 10:00am-1:00pm Sunday, October 10 2 Ride for the Price of 1! All ages! 12:30pm-3:00pm SENIOR CITIZENS DAY! FREE Admission for 55 & over.

Little Texas

Monday, October 11 STUDENT NIGHT! FREE Admission 18 & under. $15 Pay-One-Price Rides Tuesday, October 12 Colt Ford in concert 8:00pm $18 Pay-One-Price Rides Wednesday, October 13 Phil Stacey in concert 7:00pm Chris Sligh in concert 8:30pm The Fish Family Fun Day! $18 Pay-One-Price Rides Thursday, October 14 Craig Morgan in concert 8:00pm Friday, October 15 Tanya Tucker in concert 8:30pm PRIOR TO CONCERT: Georgia Lottery Autographed Guitar Giveaway 8:15pm Saturday, October 16 FREE Admission & Rides

10:00am-11:00am 2 Ride for the Price of 1! 11:00am-3:00pm GEORGIA LOTTERY DAY! 11:00am-midnight get $1.00 Off Adult Admission with a nonwinning lottery ticket Chainsaw Carving Auction – 7:00pm Sunday, October 17 LAST DAY OF THE FAIR!

Get Your Tickets Advance Tickets: $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 5 to 18; $1 postage and handling fee. Buy tickets beginning September 1 at the Fairgrounds Office, or send a check or money order to Cumming Country Fair & Festival: Advance Tickets, Cumming Country Fair & Festival, 235 Castleberry Rd., Cumming, GA 30040. Orders must be received by September 30. Regular Admission: $7 for adults, $3 for students ages 5 to 18. Free for children ages 4 and younger. $3 parking.

Pick your Shows

Last year’s popular Cherokee Indian Village, Frisco Brothers Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Brian Ruth “Master of the Chainsaw,” and Oscar the Robot daily attractions are returning this year. New additions to the Attractions lineup include Bear Mountain Wildlife Show, a narrated performance of different species of bears dancing, performing gymnastics and sports moves; Wildlife Wendy’s Tropical Bird Show, a show that utilizes the traditional favorites of trick performing, mimicking, and freeflight combined with fascinating facts; and K-9s in Flight, a non-stop, action packed performance showcasing the top amazing K9 sport, including K9 dock diving, high jump, and Frisbee.

Find Your Concerts The covered concert arena features free concerts with the price of admission. Some of this year’s performers: Friday, October 8, Little Texas at 9:00pm. Tuesday, October 12, Colt Ford at 8:00pm. Wednesday, October 13, Phil Stacey at 7:00pm Chris Sligh at 8:30pm;

Thursday, October 14, Craig Morgan at 8:00pm. Friday, October 15, Tanya Tucker at 8:30pm.

Choose Your Rides Rides: Ride tickets are $1 each, $20 for 22 tickets, and $50 for 55 tickets. All rides require more than one ticket. Unlimited Ride Specials: $18 Pay-One-Price Ride Specials – unlimited rides on the following dates only: October 7, 12, and 13. $15 Pay-One-Price Ride Special on October 11. The Cumming Country Fair & Festival utilizes almost all the rides that Drew Exposition offers; here are some of the most popular rides: The Chair Lifts give riders a birds eye view of the midway! Drew Exposition currently owns three Chair Lifts at fairs across the country. The Scooter, manufactured by Majestic Manufacturing of Ohio, is a full size 90’ bumper cars. Riders love to drive the cars around and crash into their friends! The Seattle Wheel was created by the Velare brothers for the World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Wheel stands at over 90’ tall and is capable of accommodating two adults or three children in one of its 16 spacious tubs. To this day, Drew currently operates the only Seattle Wheel on the road. The Sizzler, manufactured by Wisdom Manufacturing, features 12 two to three passenger tubs that are attached to three spinning spindles. The sweeps rotate as do the spindles to create a twirling action that is sure to sizzle riders’ stomachs! The Tilt-A-Whirl, manufactured by Sellner Manufacturing, has remained a classic ride on the American midway since its creation in the late 1920’s. Riders choose to sit in one of the seven spacious tubs; as the ride rotates, the tubs whirl around as they travel throughout the hilly circular track.

Fair & Festival The Tornado, manufactured by Wisdom Industries of Colorado, is a 32passenger family ride that allows riders to participate in the ride! As the ride begins to spin, riders are capable of spinning each of the 8 tubs. When the ride reaches its full speed, it rises at a slight angle, causing the tubs to swing out as they spin! The Alpine Bobs, manufactured by Chance Rides of Kansas, features 18- two passenger free swinging tubs. The tubs are attached to sweeps which ride along a hilly circular track that swing out as they go through the hills and valleys. The Alpine Bobs is capable of running in reverse for added excitement! Age group: 10+ The Pirate, manufactured by Huss of Germany, is a ride that is slowly disappearing from many American midways of the 21st century. The Pirate is a full size swinging ship which requires a crane and three trailers for transport. Because of its massive size, many carnivals have discontinued use of this ride, replacing them with smaller one trailer versions. Age group: 10+ The Himalaya was manufactured by Reverchon of France and is one of only a handful of French Himalaya rides traveling throughout the country today. Riders enjoy riding in the spacious tubs as it whisks riders up and down hills and through the tunnel in the back of the ride. The Himalaya is transported on three semi trailers and takes approximately 8 hours to assemble. Age group: 12+ The Cyclops, manufactured by KMG of the Netherlands, is one of the most popular rides of the 21st century. Riders sit in one of the twenty-four suspended seats and are secured with over-the-shoulder harnesses. Soon, the ‘claw’ begins to spin and the giant pendulum begins to rock back and forth, eventually reaching full swing at over 75’ in the air! The Cyclops is transported on two semi trailers and takes approximately seven hours to assemble. Age group: Teen+ The Enterprise, manufactured by Huss of Germany, features 20 two-passenger vehicles. As the ride begins to spin, the free swinging vehicles swing out, and the ride rises at a 85 degree angle, twirling riders upside down! Age group:  Teen+

The Hammer, manufactured by Fabbri of Italy, features two 16 passenger vehicles that swing back and forth and eventually in a complete loop! Riders are safely secured using over-the-shoulder harnesses. Age group: Teen+ The ION was manufactured by Tivoli of England and to this day is one of the fastest rides on the American midway. The ION features 18 two-seat vehicles which spin at 26 revolutions per minute. The vehicles are connected to six sweeps connected to a hub that spins at 24 revolutions per minute. As the ride begins to rotate, the sweeps rise at a 45 degree angle! Age group: Teen+ The Moon Rocket, manufactured by Larson International of Texas, is a 60’ tall 360 degree roller coaster loop. 20 riders sit back to back in the open face train; securely fastened using over-the-shoulder restraints. Age group: Teen+

Kiddie Rides include: The Army Helicopters is a classic kiddie ride that was manufactured by the Allan Herschell Company of Buffalo, New York. Kids love to ride in these combat style helicopters; rising and lowering while the ride turns. The Carousel is a family tradition that has been around for centuries. Drew’s Carousel was manufactured by the Allan Herschell Company and features all original scenery, decking, and animals. The Caterpillar is a kid friendly roller coaster that kids can’t seem to get enough of! The Clown Fish is a popular historic ride that features whale shaped cars that rise up and down as they go around a circular track. The Combination ride was manufactured by Hampton Umbrella Company of Missouri and features six vehicles for children to ride on including a bus, jeep, sports car, and a fire engine! The flying elephants is a fun kid ride that spins and also rises in the air.

Cumming Fairgrounds 235 Castleberry Road Cumming, GA 30040

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The Granny Bug rotates while giving riders a wiggling motion. The Honey Bees is a popular attraction among young children. Children love to ride in the giant bumble bees, which rise in the air with the push of a button! The Kite Flyer, manufactured by Zamperla of Italy, is a unique kiddie attraction in which riders ride lying down, giving a unique hang gliding sensation! As the ride begins to rotate, it rises and spins on an angle. The Motorboats was manufactured by Hampton Umbrella Company of Missouri and features five speed boats which go along a wavy circular track.

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The Motorcycle Jump is a great ride for all those junior-bikers! The minimotorcycles pop wheelies and go over jumps. The Panda Bear rotates while giving riders a bouncing motion. The Peter Paul was manufactured by Zamperla of Italy and features six friendly dragons that seat two kids each. As the ride spins, the dragons rise in the air. The Rockin Tug is a unique kiddie ride with a tug boat theme. As the boat begins to rock back and forth, the boat begins to rotate; giving riders the sensation of riding the waves on a boat in the ocean! The Sky Fighter is a classic airplane ride that lifts riders in the air while rotating. The Super Slide has been a popular attraction on many American Midways for the past decade. Riders love to slide down this 90’ long slide! The Wild Jungle is an exciting fun house manufactured by Wisdom Industries of Sterling, Colorado. The Wild Jungle features climbing nets, slides, and two giant suspension bridges!

Go Have Some Fun! Directions: Take Georgia 400 North to Exit 15 (Bald Ridge Marina Road) and turn left. Continue straight through four traffic lights. Turn left at 5th light, Hwy. 20 East. At the first light, turn right on Castleberry Road. The Fairgrounds are on the right. For more information, call 770-781-3491 or visit

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Leibel on the Law Event Safety


uring the fall season people from everywhere come to enjoy the various festivals that abound in our North Georgia mountains. These festivals commemorate our heritage and showcase the many goods and foods that vendors provide. Many of these festivals draw thousands of visitors. Safety is of paramount concern. Unfortunately many people get hurt at large events. Injuries caused by the lack of crowd control, trip and falls, and even heart attacks happen at large revenues. There are different standards that govern the security provided at different events. Both legal and industry standards are looked to when there is a legal determination of responsibility when a person gets injured while attending a large event. Additionally, as large events often comprise various locations with different operators, or vendors, who control their own turf, legal responsibilities may also attach to those specific property owners and operators, depending upon the circumstances of how an injury may have occurred. Property owners often bear the brunt of negligence by virtue of their mere ownership of the place where an accident occurs. It is important that festival organizers provide proper security and emergency medical services to deal with various emergencies that may take place at an outdoor event. One common precaution is adequate security details. Oftentimes off-duty security personnel are hired for crowd control and parking details. Our office has handled negligent security cases where foreseeable violent situations could have been prevented. Sometimes security provided by a local sheriff’s office is simply inadequate to control events emanating from a large festival. Medical staffing is also a must for people who get hurt. Emergency ambulances should be coordinated to access injured people. Additionally, known risks of heat prostration, stroke, and heart attacks need to be addressed. An emergency plan, with adequate communication and a defined chain of command, is the responsibility of the organizers. As readers of my column know, I advocate for adequate insurance to provide for protections to the general public. Medical pay coverage, as

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well as adequate liability limits, are necessary to protect those who attend the festivals. Individual vendors should also be required to have their own policies to provide protections to the public. Most often, shop owners will have existing coverage to take care of those who become injured while on their property. One of the cutting-edge legal issues is whether there is a legal duty to have a defibrillator on the premises in case of an emergency. In the event that an ambulance is not quickly accessible, the importance of a defibrillator may be paramount for patron safety. Fortunately, the majority of festivals have been coordinated in a professional way, with a minimum of injury. In most cases, those injured are on the way to a festival in their automobiles. All people who ride in an automobile need to protect themselves with adequate insurance. We recommend good uninsured motorist coverage, and medical pay benefits. Uninsured motorist covers you and your family when another hits you and has limited coverage. Medical pay is vital where there is no other medical insurance to take care of an accident. Medical pay will cover deductibles if an individual has health insurance. This fall season will hopefully give us cool temperatures and a bountiful harvest. When you are in Dahlonega, come and visit us for your legal needs. We are located on the Dahlonega Square in our 1881 Victorian Office. Steven Leibel is a Georgia personal injury lawyer with offices in Dawson County and in Dahlonega. He currently serves as a member of the Georgia Bar Board of Governors for the Enotah Circuit. He is a Commission member of the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for his legal ability and ethical conduct. He can be reached at 706-867-7575 or 404-892-0700. Questions about his column can be sent to his email at Nothing in this column can be construed as the giving of legal advice. Legal advice can only be made through an attorney-client relationship. The statements made in this column are for general education purposes only.

Georgia’s Top 5 in September from Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September 2010

September 5-7. Marietta Art in the Park, Marietta. Call 770-592-7150 for more information. Handmade fine art from over 150 artists is featured in the Artist Market. The Interactive Art Gallery invites the public to bring art alive through various art stations such as puppet-making. September 17-19. Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits Festival: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival, Jekyll Island, GA. 1-877-4-JEKYLL. See jekyllisland. com for more information. The ultimate in southern food pairing is glorified in this two-day fest on the Georgia Coast. The Golden Isles have never tasted so good. September 18. 18th Annual Marietta Street Fest, Marietta. Call for additional information: 770-7945710. “Georgia Made, Georgia Grown, Georgia Places Close to Home” is the focus of this year’s

annual Antique Street Festival. Shop for a new family heirloom or have an old one appraised. September 18-19. JapanFest 2010, Duluth. Call 404-926-3020 for more information. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in Japanese culture by learning about the 10 regions of Japan. Unique foods, performing arts, language, and customs are showcased. September 18-19. Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, Macon. Call 478-752-8257 for more information. Dancers, storytellers, musicians, demonstrators, and artists come together to celebrate the Native Americans that inhabited the area before the city was founded. See for the complete list.

Hunting Seasons & Regulations Available


he 2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available both online and in print from the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, and much more, and is available to view, download, and print at hunting/regulations. Printed copies are available at Wildlife Resources Game Management and Law Enforcement offices and license vendors throughout Georgia. “The Hunting Seasons and Regulations publication is designed to better inform hunters on the laws and regulations for hunting in Georgia,” says John Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division Assistant Chief of Game Management. “We encourage all hunters to review the publication each year for any changes to their favorite hunting areas, seasons, or activities.” Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the division’s professional wildlife biologists and field personnel.

Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly. Changes for the upcoming season: • In an effort to encourage youth participation in hunting and enhance youth hunting opportunities, the Georgia General Assembly passed SB 474. This legislation included language that establishes a special youth hunting opportunity that allows youth under 16 years of age to hunt deer during the primitive weapons season with any firearm legal for hunting deer. This includes primitive weapons hunts on wildlife management areas. • Tugaloo State Park, near Lavonia on Lake Hartwell, hosts a quota archery deer hunt in December 2010. Apply online at • Mistletoe State Park, near Augusta on Clarks Hill Lake, hosts a quota firearms deer hunt in December 2010. Apply online at www. • Alligator quota hunt opportunities have expanded. The number of available permits has increased from 700 to 850. Quota opportunities were increased in each of the nine zones. Details and applications may be found at

For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit, contact a local Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Office, or call Hunter Services at 770-761-3045. September 2010 •

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Museum Presents Arie Meaders Exhibition


he Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia celebrates its fourth anniversary Saturday-Monday, September 4-6, opening a year-long visiting exhibition of Arie Meaders pottery. “Georgia is one of only two states with a 200-year unbroken tradition of folk pottery,” notes Museum Director Chris Brooks. “Arie Meaders in particular developed decorative themes in the 1950s-60s that helped this craft evolve from producing essential household items to creating a valued and collected folk art.” Since opening in September 2006, the museum has introduced more than 20,000 visitors to the lives, work, and legacy of remarkable pioneers. While touring the museum, visitors hear the voices of folk potters and see displays of their finest work. Those interested in seeing the craft thriving today can pick up a map showing the locations of dozens of potters in the area carrying on the traditions passed down through generations. The building has won three architecture awards for Robert M. Cain’s design of a structure in the style of a folk potter’s woodshed, featuring glass walls that bring the mountain setting into the pottery displays. Southern Living Magazine designated the museum a “Best Travel Tip” in 2008, and Fodor’s 2009-10 Guide to the Carolinas and Georgia lists the museum among its “Fodor’s Choice Attractions.” The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is located four miles southeast of Alpine Helen on Georgia Highway 255 in Sautee Nacoochee, a quarter mile north of the junction with Georgia Highway 17. The museum is open MondaySaturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children. For further information, contact or 706-878-3300.

Health Matters: Making the Diagnosis by John P. Vansant, MD, FACC


single disease entity that could present with such diversity of organ involvement and variety of symptoms that could potentially result in a patient seeking consultative medical advice and treatment from a Gastroenterologist, Endocrinologist, Rheumatologist, Cardiologist, and even an Oncologist? What one disease could possibly represent such complexity in its clinical presentation and disease manifestation? I had completed my first “tour” of training at Vanderbilt University, obtaining Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and serving as Chief of Internal Medicine for five years at a Family Practice Residency Program. I had made the professional decision to enter into private practice as a Consultant Rheumatologist. Shortly after beginning the new practice, my wife received an alarming and desperate call from her mother, stating that my wife’s father had become acutely ill and admitted to intensive care in a small South Georgia hospital and was not expected to live. The doctors stated he was bleeding profusely from enlarged vessel (varices) around his esophagus, all of which was caused by his severe liver cirrhosis. Cirrhosis, I asked? He had never mentioned to anyone a history of liver disease and was known to be a devout “teetotaler,” never partaking of alcohol. During what seemed to be a very long four-hour drive south to the hospital where he was being treated, I began to reflect upon what little I knew of his health and health care history. His having served a fully dedicated career of military assignments for thirty years failed to provide the desired continuity of health care, with his frequent re-assignments, transitioning physicians, and often scarcity of subspecialty consultative care. During some of our previous short discussions over coffee, he would occasionally speak of his diabetes, the increasing joint pain in his hands, and the constant feeling of fatigue and lack of energy, all the while taking his vitamins, maintaining an excellent dietary regime, getting ample sleep, and doing exactly as the doctor ordered. He had resigned himself to the fact that his increasingly poor health was due to “getting older,” along with his diabetic condition. Upon arrival at the hospital, it was evident that despite their heroic efforts to sustain his life, my father-in-law needed expanded resources and collaborative sub-specialty care that could not be provided at the current facility. Life-flight transfer was arranged and, following over sixty units of blood transfusions, he was stable enough to be transferred. My father-in-law was now my patient. To this day I can clearly visualize my initial examination when he arrived at the hospital where I practiced. I can recall my astonishment as I observed the dark (bronze-like) pigmentation of his chest and abdomen. It was then that the pieces of the puzzle—late adult-onset diabetes, arthritis of his hands, severe fatigue, cirrhosis of the liver, and now the obvious dark skin pigmentation— September 2010 •

began to provide a profound picture of his illness. What is the Diagnosis? Hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a disease resulting from an inherited genetic abnormality that causes excess absorption of iron from the digestive tract. It is the most common genetic disorder in the United States, affecting an estimated 1 in every 200 to 300 Americans. Its clinical manifestations are more common in men than in women, and mainly affect Caucasians. Approximately 5 in every 1,000 people who are white have the disease, although many are unaware of its presence. If not diagnosed and treated early, symptoms typically develop by age 40 in men and approximately age 50 in women. In a large series of patients studied, the following conditions were noted at presentation: • Liver function abnormalities 75% • Weakness and lethargy 74% • Skin hyper pigmentation 70% • Diabetes mellitus 48% • Arthralgia (joint pain) 44% • Impotence in males 45% • Electrocardiographic abnormalities 31% Relatively simple blood tests are essential in screening for early indications for disease presence, for making the diagnosis, and for following the effectiveness of treatment. One would typically obtain three tests that reflect the iron levels in the body: Serum Iron, Transferrin Saturation, and Ferritin levels. Treatment is focused on removing the excess iron stores from the body. This is mainly accomplished by periodically removing blood (phlebotomy) from the patient. The frequency of such phlebotomies depends on the severity (amount) of iron excess in the body. The earlier the diagnosis and the treatment, the better the prognosis. Once the diagnosis is made, a full evaluation and screening of all family members is critical. Even though the subsequent ten years were met with frequent phlebotomies and daily supportive care, my father-in-law and his family were able to share and experience some of life’s most rewarding times. Like so many who share his diagnosis, he died from complications of associated hepatocellular cancer. Physicians must always be aware of the many clinical faces of hemochromatosis. If diagnosed and treated early, before organ damage develops, one can expect a healthy and normal lifestyle. John P. Vansant, MD, FACC, is Board Certified in Nuclear Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Rheumatology. Dr. Vansant currently practices consultative Rheumatology as a member of the Chestatee Medical Group.

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n a few weeks, more than 2,500 bicycle riders will descend upon Dahlonega to voluntarily become vertically challenged. The 22nd Annual Six Gap Century & Three Gap Fifty, organized by the DahlonegaLumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, is accepting online registrations for three events in the bicycle tour of the North Georgia mountains. All rides take place on Sunday, September 26, 2010. Organizers have added 300 spots for a 35-mile Valley route. The Six Gap Century covers a total of 11,200 feet of climbing, over a distance of 104 miles. Last year a competition was introduced to recognize the fastest climbers on two of the steepest mountain passes. For 2010, a total of four winners (two age groups for males and females) will be designated as King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain winners (KOM), using a combined time for climbing Hog Pen Gap and Wolf Pen Gap on the Six Gap ride. Hog Pen Gap, on Georgia SR 348, rises to 3800 feet over a distance of 9.6 miles, and has a two-mile section with gradients of 12-14%. KOM winners will receive specially designed cycling kits: green polka-dot Hincapie Sportswear jerseys and matching bibs, compliments of Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega. Complete rules for the KOM competition can be found on the event web site. In addition to the popular Six Gap Century, the companion Three Gap Fifty offers a shorter loop in the mountains. The majority of participants are “Six Gappers,” with 86% being male and living in the Southeast. A total of 35 states (including California, Minnesota, and Texas) and countries were represented last year on all rides. Participation is expected to surpass 2,500 this year with the addition of the 35-mile Valley Route, which includes 2,900 feet of climbing in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Proceeds from the event help fund community initiatives for the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c) (6) not-for-profit organization. The Six Gap Century has become one of the largest events for the chamber. “Since 1988, the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty event has grown from a one-day ride of 50 people to a weekend of events that attracts thousands. These same climbs were used throughout the six years of the Tour de Georgia race, so it is even more special now to ride in the wake of Lance (Armstrong), Levi (Leipheimer), Chris (Horner), and other great pro cyclists,” said

Stefani Logsdon, ride director. “And it generates a significant economic impact for the local community. The Six Gap weekend is one of the Top 5 events on our annual calendar for Dahlonega and Lumpkin County.” From September 1-23, online registration will be $50 per person. Onsite registration will be $55 per person during the 2010 Bike Expo, which takes place on Saturday, September 25, at the Lumpkin County High School, two miles north of downtown Dahlonega. All participants are encouraged to attend the Bike Expo on Saturday between 9:00am and 6:00pm to pick up registration packets and visit sponsor exhibits. Sunday event registration will be in this same location from 6:00am to 8:30am only. Event t-shirts are guaranteed for all riders who register by September 9, 2010. Event jerseys will be available for purchase to all participants.


Six Gap Century. 7:30am start. This ultra-challenging route takes you up and down six of the steepest climbs in the North Georgia mountains, with more than 11,200 feet of vertical climbing over the 104-mile course. Elevations for the six gaps in this ride range from 2,949 feet to 3,490 feet.

to attend for early pick-up of registration packets, to avoid long lines on Sunday morning. The Bike Expo offers interactive exhibits and prizes from event sponsors. It is free and open to the public. Web Site: www.cyclenorthgeorgia. com

Six Gap Climbs and Elevations:

Neels Gap, 3139’/ 957 m (part of Three Gap) Jack’s Gap, 2960’/902 m Unicoi Gap, 2949’/899 m Hogpen Gap, 3480’/ 1061 m Wolf Pen Gap, 3345’/ 1019 m (part of Three Gap) Woody Gap, 3200’/ 975 m (part of Three Gap) 100 miles - 11,200 vertical feet 2,500 friends The Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty is owned and operated by Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include Dahlonega Wheelworks, Lynskey, Hammer Nutrition,, Free-Flite Bicycles, Road ID, Dawsonville Pearl Izumi Outlet Store, ASI Photo.

Three Gap Fifty. 8:30am start. Half

the gaps, for participants who want a shorter ride but just as much scenery and challenging climbs. This course is 58 miles, and elevations range from 3,109 feet to 3,280 feet.

Valley Ride. 8:30am start. This 35-mile ride option is a great introduction to the rolling terrain in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, featuring the scenic areas of the Yahoola Valley and DeSoto Falls near Turner’s Corner. KOM Competition. Two climbs will be timed for registered riders on the Six Gap route only. Timing will be computed using AMB ProChip System. There will be two age groups for males and females for a total of four winners: Male/Female (34 and under) and Male/Female (35 and over). Only two climbs (Hog Pen and Wolf Pen) will be timed; the event is a ride, not a race. There were two winners in 2009: Top Male, Eric Murphy (Athens, GA), total KOM time 0:44:38.558; Top Female, Debbie Milne (Belden, Miss), total KOM time 0:50:52:362. 2010 Bike Expo. Held Saturday, September 25, from 9:00am to 6:00pm. All cyclists are encouraged September 2010 •

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Life is a mirror. We look forward, that’s the future. We look back, remember and learn—that’s a reflection.

What Our Country Needs Now! by Bob Merritt


n a recent Tuesday morning my

nineteen-year-old grandson, Aaron Snider, spoke to our men’s prayer group from the Dawsonville First Baptist Church. Approximately twenty-five men heard him speak on “The Rearview Mirror.” This was his first time before a group like this, and for his content and effort he received a standing ovation. Others, including me, have delivered the program before and have never received such a show of appreciation. Aaron warned us against looking too long in our rearview mirror when we ought to be focusing on what is in front of us. His talk related to our personal lives and our country’s present situation. We came away with an inspiring message and a desire to rededicate and focus our attentions on a higher goal. All of us who are looking ahead with a realistic view admit our country is in trouble. We all have a right to work, but where are the jobs? We know these jobs are leaving our country and the only hope of recovery is with small businesses, and even they are under attack. I see businesses come on the scene every day, only to have many of them crash and burn before they get started. I feel for the slaughter of their dreams. These are the people and businesses our country so desperately needs. In truth, many of them have no idea what it takes to market their goods and services. Soon after they open, reality sets in, and what once seemed like a good idea loses its luster and charm. Maybe there is a study on “Going into business with the idea of staying in business.” If there isn’t, there should be. Maybe there is someone with enough business sense and experience that they could market that as a business. As an advertising salesman, I have been blessed—or cursed—with a gift. As I exit a business, I can tell you if that business will be there a year from now. I hate to say it, but I have never been wrong. The fear of spending money on something you hadn’t planned for can put fear in the heart and eyes of new business investors; but even more than that, the attitude projected from owner

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to customer does say a lot about the future of that business. As I drove down Hutchinson Road in Cumming I suddenly came face to face with one of the biggest flags I have ever seen, and instantly it had a thought, and even a story, for me. Just like many of those business owners who gave up or are just barely hanging on to their dream, the dangling, almost lifeless flag gives the appearance of having given up. In truth it is only waiting for a breeze. After snapping a few shots, I headed home, dissatisfied with the way our flag was displaying herself. Sometime later I was close to that neighborhood again, so I drove over, only to find the flag still hanging almost lifeless. As I took some more photos, the wind came up ever so slightly and the flag fluttered a little. The message I got was, “Never give up, you come back when the wind is really blowing and I’ll put on a show for all to see; but for now I’m resting, just waiting for the strong wind that I know is coming.” Dr. Jim Gaines, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dawsonville, preached what was probably his best sermon on a recent Sunday; he spoke of our country’s woes and what our responsibility is. For those of you who like “Amens,” he got them in loud unison. I am sure his message is on a disk and could be ordered. If every preacher in this great land delivered such a speech, we could expect a change for the good coming down the road. Jim encouraged us to stay focused and hit our knees regularly. As we as a country are besieged from without—and yes, from within—we have to make “In God We Trust “ echo from mountain to mountain and sea to shining sea. You and I know who is in control and I firmly believe that we are in for a political cleansing, starting with the media. One by one their bubbles will burst and the United States will be forgiven and given another chance to get it right, because God isn’t through with us yet and as a nation “we are still one nation under God and him alone.” Do I get an Amen on that?

Seniors Often Ignore Heat Warnings


his summer has been brutally hot across the greater Atlanta area, and while heat alerts warning of specific dangers to the local elderly population are being widely issued—they seem to be largely falling on deaf ears. A recent study out of Kent State University polling major U.S. cities found that nearly 90 percent of respondents over the age of 65 were aware that heat warnings had been issued in their area, but only half of those people did anything about it. The survey found that most seniors thought the messages were targeted toward “older Americans,” a group to which they did not think they belonged. According to local senior care experts from Senior Helpers, the fastest growing provider of in-home senior care across the nation, this disconnect can pose a significant problem when temperatures reach dangerous levels, especially for elderly loved ones living on their own. “It really is a matter of perceived vulnerability, which is a common issue that we all have to face as we get older,” said Linda Pirog, owner of Senior Helpers of Peachtree City. “Nobody wants to admit that they simply aren’t as physically capable of dealing with factors like extreme heat as they once were. This is why it’s so important to have a second set of eyes available to check in on older friends, family, and neighbors when temperatures are consistently as hot as they have been.” “Elderly individuals might not realize they are overexerting themselves by doing things they used to be able to do easily on their own, even in the middle of the day,” Pirog added. By taking some very basic precautions, seniors can decrease their potential for heat-related health issues,

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whether they decide to acknowledge official heat warnings or not.

Top 5 Ways for Local Seniors to Beat the Georgia Heat Stay well hydrated. Keep drinking water throughout the course of the day, even if you’re not thirsty. Stay out of the sun. Do chores in the morning and evening, and if you venture out for anything longer than a couple minutes, use plenty of sunscreen. Keep the shades pulled. Closing blinds and curtains can go a long way to keeping the house cool, even in triple digit temperatures. Hunker down in the afternoon. The hottest part of the day is from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and taking a nap or watching a good movie during this time is a great way to pass the most dangerous hours. Eat plenty, but eat light. Heavy foods like lots of meat and cheese tend to make your body work harder to digest them, which uses more water and generates more body heat. “Seniors are more at-risk than other age groups for most heat-related health problems, but taking these simple steps can reduce the risks dramatically,” says Pirog. “It’s important for seniors to be smart in these hot summer conditions. Having someone available to check on them, even for an hour per day, can make a huge difference.” For more information on Senior Helpers and to find out more about local inhome care services, visit www.

Your Vision Source! H

ave you noticed a gradual decrease in your vision over time? Are you having a harder time with night driving or glare? Do colors not appear as bright as they once were? You may be experiencing symptoms of cataract formation. The natural lens of the eye sits behind the iris (colored part of the eye) and the pupil. The lens is responsible for focusing objects at distance and near. Over time this lens can become cloudy or thicken; this is known as a cataract. Cataracts generally start out small but can grow over time. When the lens becomes cloudy it makes objects more difficult to see. The effect is similar to soap on a window; you can wipe it but it still remains hazy. Another symptom besides blurry vision is glare. In a clear lens, light enters and goes straight to the back of the eye; but with a cataract the light becomes scattered. Most people notice this with nighttime driving. People may also notice that colors are not as bright as they once were. There are three different types of cataracts. A subcapsular cataract develops on the back surface of the lens. Patients with diabetes or who take high doses of steroids typically develop this type of cataract. A nuclear cataract develops in the center of the lens. This type is most related to natural aging changes. A cortical cataract forms at the lens cortex. It appears like spokes extending from the edge to the center. This is often seen in diabetics. The exact cause of cataract formation is not known. But many believe that it may be related to UV exposure. This is one of the reasons why sunglass protection is so important. Patients with

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diabetes are also at risk for developing cataracts at a younger age. Patients who take steroids for long periods of time may be more likely to develop cataracts as well. Other risk factors include cigarette smoke, air pollution, and heavy alcohol consumption. When symptoms first start to appear, a change in prescription or increase in bifocal power or appropriate lighting may help for awhile. When vision becomes blurred such that it interferes with daily life, cataract surgery may be recommended. Initial examination will include checking visual acuity (how well you can see), a slit lamp exam (magnifier and light) to view the structures of the eye, as well as a dilation to check the eye’s health. Depending on the results of these tests, a diagnosis of cataracts can be made, as well as a recommendation for surgery if needed. Cataract surgery is successful at restoring vision and is a relatively painless procedure. Surgery is performed one eye at a time, with several weeks in between eyes. It is done as an outpatient procedure, which means no hospital stay is needed. During surgery a small incision is made in the cornea and then the lens is broken up and removed. A new clear lens implant is then placed inside the eye. The surgeon is able to do some measurements prior to surgery to ensure the proper lens implant for your eye. After surgery several eye drops will be used to prevent infection and inflammation. These drops are generally tapered over a month’s time for most patients. After surgery you will need to follow up with the doctor at one day, one week, and one

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month for check-ups. Generally after a month post-op period for both eyes, a new prescription for eyeglasses will be given if needed. Many times after surgery a small distance prescription is needed, as well as one for reading up close. There are different types of intraocular lenses that can be placed inside the eye. There are ones that correct distance vision, and then some to correct distance and near vision, or presbyopia. Many factors go into choosing the right lens for you, and your optometrist will be able to help you make the best decision. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, including blurred vision or difficulty with night vision or glare, be sure to schedule a complete eye examination with your optometrist to determine if you have cataracts and are a candidate for cataract surgery. Dr. Nations practices at Cherokee Eye Group at 591 East Main Street in Canton and at Dawson Eye Group at 5983 Hwy. 53 East, Suite 250, in Dawsonville. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree and her Masters of Public Health degree in 1993 from the University of Alabama. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Georgia Optometric Association, and Vision Source.

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Crabapple Antique & Art Festival T

he Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Art Festival makes for one of the most enjoyable days in October. This festival, always on the first Saturday in October, has been a tradition in Crabapple since the late 1960s. The oneday-only, rain-or-shine festival brings thousands of excited buyers to this historic community that still retains many of its turn-of-the-century buildings, the oldest building having been built in 1850. The

antique buildings and 200year-old oak trees are a perfect backdrop to over 50 antique dealers from six states, and 50 local juried artists. With free parking and admission, roaming musicians, food, and children activities, this is a festival not to be missed. The event begins at 9:00am on October 2 and runs until 5:00pm; but come early for the best buys in American country antiques or that unique piece of art or jewelry. Crabapple is just north of Roswell, and west of Alpharetta. On Mapquest, enter 790 Mayfield Rd., Milton, GA 30009 to locate the heart of Crabapple and the festival. For more information: or www., or call 770-448-3860.

Wild Facts Shabby Songbirds


he feathers on many songbirds look a bit ragged in late summer, with some birds having bare spots on their bodies, or balding heads. This loss of feathers is called molting, and it is completely normal. After the breeding season, birds gradually lose their worn-out feathers and get new ones by fall. Wing feathers are lost only one at a time on each wing, and new feathers grow in before more are dropped; that way the bird can still fly. All birds go through a late-summer molt, and some species will molt again in the spring to get brightly colored plumage for breeding season. Wild Facts is written by Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.

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We have hand-picked these 11 festivals as being some of the best ones to attend—great music, good food, the opportunity to learn more about our heritage, and support of a worthy cause. The number next to the festival description corresponds to one of the caricatures on the map. Find a few you’re interested in seeing, pack up the family, and follow our map to great fun and adventure! Please be sure to check for schedule changes before you hit the road. Special thanks to Sam Ashworth for creating our fabulous festival map.


Riverfest Canton, September 25-26

Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Featuring more than 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, entertainers, children’s area activities, and food. The juried show exhibitors include fine art and photography, pottery, wood carving, home and garden decor, jewelry, fabric arts (including clothing), natural beauty products, and a marketplace of culinary gifts and treats. Basket weavers, blacksmiths and crafters will be demonstrating their skills. Children will enjoy inflatables, rides (including a train), pony rides, games, crafts, and costumed characters. Proceeds used by the Service League of Cherokee County to help local children in need. A full schedule of entertainment includes bluegrass, country, pop, and rock ’n’ roll bands as well as cloggers, dancers, Civil War re-enactors who camp out at the festival, and other entertainers. Riverfest is held in Boling Park. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children. Parking is free. For more information, see or call 770-704-5991.


Sandy Springs Festival Sandy Springs, September 25-26

Sandy Springs Festival is the largest annual event in Sandy Springs. Now in its 25th year, it has grown from a small, picnic-style gathering to drawing over 20,000. This neighborhood event welcomes new families and friends. Celebrating community and tradition, there is something for everyone. Located in Sandy Springs’ Heritage Green and surrounding areas. See or telephone 404-851-9111.


Oktoberfest Helen, September 9-October 31

It’s the German word for fun! Well, that may not be the actual translation, but to the folks attending Helen’s Oktoberfest every year, it may as well be. Oktoberfest in Helen may have started out small in the ’70s, but over the years, it has grown into the biggest party in the Southeast. This celebration lasts two months! During the day, browse the shops, relax in a biergarten, or simply enjoy Helen’s perfect weather and beautiful scenery. At night, all paths lead to Helen’s massive Festhalle. Located within walking distance of most hotels, the Festhalle is the spot

for authentic German bands, food, beer, and fun. You can either spend the evening dancing the polka and the chicken dance, or you can relax in the adjacent biergarten and enjoy the crisp night air. Be sure to sample the fresh cooked wursts and large variety of German beers. For more information, see or call 706-878-1619.


Georgia Marble Festival Jasper, October 2 & 3

Adults $5.00; students 6 and up $3.00; children 5 and under free. Free parking with shuttle in several different locations. During the first full weekend in October, Jasper, Georgia, and the entire Marble Valley of Pickens County host the annual Georgia Marble Festival. Experience the rich heritage of the area and learn about the marble industry. After the parade, head over to Lee Newton Park where the entire family will enjoy over 100 arts and crafts booths, mouthwatering food, a juried Fine Arts Competition Exhibition, live music, clogging and dancing, a business expo, and a children’s area – and don’t forget the marble industry tour! For more information, see or call 706-692-5600.


Indian Summer Festival Suches, October 2 & 3

Adults $4.00; children under 6 free. Free parking. On the grounds of Woody Gap School, Georgia’s smallest public school, GA Hwy. 60 between Dahlonega and Blue Ridge. Enjoy country square dancing with a live band, crowning of King and Queen, clogging, auction, Mountain Rangers (hand-to-hand combat demo), mountain music, archery demo, Gaddistown Homemakers, beautiful quilts, lots of pies and cakes, local area history displays, old time turkey shoot, good things to eat, featuring pork BBQ plates and sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixins’! Many vendor snacks such as funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, fried apple pies, homemade preserves. Tons of great vendor booths: pottery, quilts, homemade goodies, leather crafts, needlework, folk art, jewelry, furniture, photographs, stained glass, whirligigs, and more. For more information, see or call 706-747-2401.

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Cumming Country Fair & Festival Cumming, October 7-17

Adults $7.00; students (5-18) $3.00; 4 and under free. Parking is $3.00. Daily Specials offer discounts on admissions and rides for children, students, and seniors. Concerts include Tanya Tucker, Little Texas, Phil Stacey, Chris Sligh, Colt Ford and Craig Morgan. Concerts are free with fair admission. Down home country fun at the Cumming Fairgrounds! Festival highlights: Midway Carnival Rides, Daily Ground Acts, Petting Zoo, Heritage Village and Indian Village, Living History exhibits featuring a 1900’s rural township reproduction, and much more. For more information, see or call 770-781-3491.

enjoy the 39th year of the Georgia Apple Festival. There are over 300 vendors with handmade, hand-crafted items, as well as many on-site demonstrations of how selected types of crafts are made. This year promises many new crafts, as well as favorites from past festivals. There is a parade and antique car show each year. The antique car show is held at the Civic Center on October 9. The parade is on the second Saturday, October 16, and begins at 10:00am. For more information, see or call 706-635-7400.


Gold Rush Days Dahlonega, October 16 & 17

Mountain Moonshine Festival Dawsonville, October 22-24


Georgia Mountain Fall Festival Hiawassee, October 8-16

Tickets are $9 with $2 parking; children under 10 free; music shows are included in ticket price. Music includes performers include Janie Fricke, John Conlee, T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, The Melody Boys Quartet, Isaacs, and many more. Each October, the 9-day event features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show, and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention, the Cloggers Convention, and the Miss Georgia Mountain Fair. For more information, including a complete entertainment schedule, see www.GeorgiaMountainFairgrounds. com or call 706-896-4191.

Gold Rush Days are held the third weekend in October, when thousands come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega’s 1828 discovery of gold. Over 300 art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square and Historic District in support of this annual event, and it is estimated that a crowd of over 200,000 visit over the weekend to join in the fun and excitement! Gold Rush Days has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Included in the two-day event are a parade, children’s activities, a fashion show, gold panning contest, wheelbarrow race, King and Queen Coronation, hog calling, buck dancing contest, gospel singing and other live entertainment, wrist wrestling, and delicious food! For more information, call 706-864-7247 or see


Sorghum Festival Blairsville, October 9-10 & 16-17



Georgia Apple Festival Ellijay, October 9-10 & 16-17

9:00am to 5:00pm each day. Celebrate the art of sorghum syrup making at Blairsville’s most famous event—Georgia’s official Sorghum Festival. Sponsored by the Blairsville Jaycees, it’s the time of year when you can congregate in town to celebrate this wonderful community and its rich heritage. Enjoy watching the parade (11:00am, first Saturday only) as bands, floats, marching units, and other crowd pleasers weave their way through town. See how sorghum is made, participate in the “Biskit Eatin” contest, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, and much more. Arts, crafts, and good food are plentiful. For more information, see

The Ellijay Lions Club, the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce, and the cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay invite everyone to come and

Explores Dawson County’s history during the prohibition era when liquor was illegal and the Great Depression of the 1930’s when running moonshine through the foothills of the Northeast Georgia Mountains was a way of life. Thousands of tourist flock to the birthplace of NASCAR racing to hear about storied legends, Junior Johnson, Raymond Parks, and Gober Sosebee. These men loved the thrill of being chased through the mountain ridges of Northeast Georgia. Bring the family and visit an old Moonshine still; listen to stories from both “Trippers” and Revenuers. Take a look under the hood of all the cars on display in the Dawsonville Square - you’re looking at history! Meet many legendary race car drivers. See Vintage Race Cars and more Authentic Moonshine-Hauling cars than you’ll ever see gathered in one place anywhere in the US! For more information call 706-216-5273 or see www.

Start An Adventure In September September will be filled with adventure programs and nature programs hosted by Forsyth County Park and Recreation’s Outdoor Division. Start an adventure in September by signing up to climb, hike, and more at Sawnee Mountain Preserve (SMP).

Adventure Programs Introduction to Tree Climbing 461520-A: Saturday, September

4; 2:00pm to 5:00pm; ages 8 and up. 461520-B: Saturday, September 18; 2:00pm to 5:00pm; ages 8 and up. $30 for county residents, $35 for non-county residents. Climbing a tree can provide fun and a great workout for the entire family. Climbers will be given instruction and guidance while climbing trees at the SMP Visitor Center. All equipment will be provided.

Tree Top Canopy Walk 465820-A: Saturday, September

4; 10:00am to noon; ages 10 and up. $30 for county residents, $35 for non-county residents. Using ropes and harnesses, participants will access the suspension bridge, trolley, and platforms of the canopy walk at the SMP Visitor Center.

Sawnee Mountain Rock Climbing 461109-A: Saturday, September

18; noon to 4:00pm; ages 12 and up. $45 for county residents, $54 for non-county residents. Registration deadline: four days prior to the class. Learn basic climbing, belaying, knot tying, and safety skills from experienced staff while climbing the outcrops on Sawnee Mountain. Climbing techniques will help climbers climb smarter and not harder. Meet at the Bettis-Tribble Gap Road entrance of SMP.

Beginner-Intermediate White Water Weekend 460214-A: September 25-26

(Saturday and Sunday); 10:00am to 4:00pm; ages 13 and up. $180 for county residents, $216 for non-county residents. Registration deadline September 20. If you have taken the Intro Kayaking class and the Kayak Roll clinic and are ready to take your skills further, then spend the day with a certified instructor on a white water river and satisfy your thirst for adventure. Equipment and transportation will be provided. Meet at SMP Visitor Center.

Intro Climbing – Anchor Clinic 466760-A:

Saturday, September 11; 9:30am to 4:00pm; ages 16 and up. $45 for county residents, $54 for non-county residents. The basics of setting anchor for ropes in a natural environment will be introduced to rock climbing and rappelling enthusiasts. The class will focus on utilizing fixed and natural anchor systems in a top-rope setting, and on securing safe anchor set-ups. Minimal amounts of rock climbing and rappelling will be conducted during this class. Participants need to have basic skills in knot tying relevant to rock climbing and rappelling. Previous participation in the beginner rock climbing clinic is encouraged. Meet at the BettisTribble Gap Road entrance of SMP. All gear will be provided, but participants may bring their own harness and helmet.

learning experience with stories, crafts, and exploring at the SMP Visitor Center. Each week will feature a new topic.

Home School Afternoon: Tree ID 468320-A: Thursday, September

9; 3:00pm to 4:30pm; ages 4 and up. $6 for county residents, $7.20 for non-county residents. Trained naturalists will teach area home school students during this class at the SMP Visitor Center. Portions of this class will be held outdoors; please dress accordingly.

Family Hikes 466920-A: Saturday, September

4; 1:00pm to 2:00pm; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. $6 for county residents, $7.20 for non-county residents. Join a naturalist on a guided hike along the trails of SMP. Meet at SMP Visitor Center.

Preschool Explorers 462320-A: September 8 - October

12 (Wednesdays); 10:00am to 11:00am; ages 3 to 5. $50 for county residents, $60 for non-county residents. Children, along with a parent or caregiver, will enjoy a unique sharing and

from the ground up.

Nature Night for Kids at SMP Visitor Center 464520-A: Saturday, September

11; 5:00pm to 10:00pm; ages 6 and up. $25 for county residents (additional siblings $20 each), $30 for non-county residents. Children will participate in an evening of nature and science activities, eat pizza, and watch a movie. Meet at SMP Visitor Center.

Nature Tales – Grandparents/Grandchild Nature Program: Honeybees 468220-A: Saturday, September

18; 1:00pm to 2:00pm; ages 3 to 5. $6 for county residents, $7.20 for non-county residents. This program will be a time for children and their grandparents to learn about nature together and will feature a story, nature craft activities, and a walk. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Meet at SMP Visitor Center.

Teacher Naturalist Training 460020-A: September 9

Nature Programs


- October 7 (Thursdays); 9:30am to noon; ages 18 and up. Participate in this free training to learn the skills for teaching environmental programs at SMP. Call Carrie Toth at 770-781-2217 for additional information. The Bettis-Tribble Gap entrance of SMP is located at 2500 BettisTribble Gap Road in Cumming. The SMP Visitor Center is located at 4075 Spot Road in Cumming. Pre-registration is required for all programs. An activity registration form can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department page at Online registration is also available. To receive additional program information, call the Outdoor Division at 770-781-2217.

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Fall Festival at the Folk School J

ohn C. Campbell Folk School will host its 37th annual Fall Festival the first weekend of October in Brasstown, NC, with over 200 craft vendors, 40 craft demonstrators, 30 performing music and dance groups, numerous kids’ activities, and 20 food booths. Fall Festival is one of the largest and most popular events of its type in the region and will be held on

Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. This year, the festival is also part of American Craft Week, a nationwide event during which people, organizations, and artists around the country promote craft in America. Folk School Director Jan Davidson said, “The Folk School Fall Festival is the biggest event in these mountains, and a chance

for us all to get together and have a weekend of fun. It’s a great tradition for many local people.” American Craft Week is a time to recognize the value of handmade objects, both functional and decorative. Juried and nonjuried craftspeople and artists will offer their handmade items for sale in booths dotting the scenic campus. A wide variety of media will be represented, including fiber, pottery, wood, metal, jewelry, paintings, and glass. The festival brings in many local artists and craftspeople, as well as people from all over the country. The entertainment lineup this year features over 30 talented acts on two stages for continuous live music and dance during the weekend festival. Individuals and groups will perform old-time, bluegrass, folk, gospel, and Celtic music. Dance performances scheduled will include clogging, morris, garland, and rapper sword. “There is an amazingly high quality of music and dance on the whole at Fall Festival. It’s a nice variety—a little bit of everything,” said Bob Dalsemer, Music and Dance Coordinator at the Folk School, and organizer of the entertainment at Fall Festival. Each year at the festival, the Folk School hosts demonstrators of traditional and contemporary styles of craft. Kisha Blount, Assistant Program Manager, said, “The folks in the Mountain Life Area will demonstrate the old mountain ways of getting along—from grinding corn or forging metal, to making music.” There will also be demonstrations of contemporary woodturning, pottery, spinning, and weaving, among others, throughout campus studios. A kid- and family-friendly event, the Folk School Fall Festival features several areas that are just for young people, and 20 local food vendors will serve meals, snacks, and drinks. Fall Festival is the primary fundraising event for many local non-profit


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groups that sponsor food booths. This year, there will be food for a variety of tastes, from kettle corn to the Folk School’s Famous Barbecue. Both the Folk School’s Craft Shop and History Center will be open during the festival. The festival will be held on the school’s campus on Brasstown Road in Brasstown, NC. Admission prices per day are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 12-17, and free for children under 12. Parking is free. For more information about Fall Festival or John C. Campbell Folk School, call 1-800-365-5724 or 828-837-2775 or visit www. For more information about other events happening during American Craft Week, visit their website: Photo captions: An interested shopper admires the large raku clay pots made by Brasstown potter Harry Hearne.



Over 200 craftspeople and artists will line the Folk School’s scenic paths and Festival Barn with their wares. Photo by Keather Weideman.

More September 2010 Festivals Atlanta International Music Festival

Atlanta September 4 - 6. Bringing together and celebrating Georgia’s great music legacy. Performers: National artists. Location: Sweet Auburn Historical District. Directions: Underground Atlanta in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. Times: 11:00am to 9:00pm. Admission and parking: $3 daily. See or call 404-246-2492.

Daily live entertainment, Children’s Corner activities, clogging, and crafter demonstrations throughout the event, as well as fabulous festival foods. Location: Stone Mountain Park. Directions: Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. Take exit 39B off I-285 and travel east on Highway 78 to exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. Admission and parking: Event is free. Parking is $8 per vehicle. See http://festivals.stonemountainpark. com or call 770-498-5633.

Atlanta Arts Festival

Taste of Kennesaw

Atlanta Saturday, September 18, 10:00am to 7:30pm, and Sunday, September 19, 10:00am to 6:30pm. The Atlanta Arts Festival is a multi-day, outdoor festival with an emphasis on the visual arts. Set in historic Piedmont Park, this festival fills the fall time art festival void in the City of Atlanta. Bringing outstanding artists from all over the country together with the large and enthusiastic art-buying community in the Atlanta area, the festival will feature 200 of the country’s finest painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers, and more. The festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands-on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages. See

U.S. 10K Classic Family Festival

Atlanta Saturday, September 4, 10:00am to 6:00pm, and Sunday, September 5, 10:00am to 5:00pm. The U.S. 10K Classic Family Festival is a two-day outdoor entertainment and arts celebration held Labor Day Weekend. Held annually, the Family Festival is free to the public and is the Official Race Expo for the U.S. 10K Classic held on Labor Day. In addition to serving as the one-stop shop for all of your race needs, the festival also features an Artists Market, huge interactive kids’ area, Kid’s Classic Races (on Saturday), plus many interactive displays, free samples and prizes, and great bargains on apparel and fitness gear. The Family Festival is also the last chance for registered runners to pick up their race packets and timing chips. Late registration is available for those who want to sign up at the last minute (there is no race-day registration or packet pick-up). Race staff will also be on hand to assist with Customer Service solutions. This diverse festival is part of a weekend-long celebration raising awareness and funds for children in need. The festival has grown each year and attracts more than 25,000 attendees over the two days. Local musicians will be performing within the festival grounds throughout the day. Location: Cobb Galleria Gardens. Directions: Galleria Gardens Galleria Parkway, Atlanta 30339 (directly across from the Renaissance Waverly Hotel). Admission and parking: No charge. See www.us10k. org or call 770-432-0100.

Yellow Daisy Festival

Stone Mountain September 9-12. Thursday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 7:30pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm. Voted the Nation’s #1 Arts & Crafts Show by Sunshine Artist Magazine the past four years, Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, and winner of multiple awards from the Georgia Festival and Events Association. More than 450 artists and crafters from 32 states and three countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase.

Downtown Kennesaw Saturday, September 11, 11:00am to 8:00pm. Downtown Kennesaw will be filled with the sweet smell of food and the sweet sounds of Rock ’n’ Roll. There will be over 40 food booths, all types of children’s activities and sponsor booths, and admission is free. The Taste attracts over 20,000 people from all around the Kennesaw area. There will be two entertainment stages, and the event will end with a concert. Call 770-423-1330 for more information.

Gwinnett County Fair

Lawrenceville September 16 through September 26. The annual Gwinnett County Fair is sure to attract fans and families to a wide array of rides, exhibits, food, and family entertainment to the fairgrounds. Location: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway. See for a complete listing of the events, times, and pricing, or call 770-063-6522.

Suwanee Day Festival

Suwanee Saturday, September 18, 10:00am to 10:00pm at the Town Center Park. The Suwanee Day Festival, held on the third Saturday of September each year, features arts and crafts exhibitors, children’s activities, parade, food vendors, and free entertainment. Rain, shine, or hurricanes, the Suwanee Day Festival offers a fun opportunity to shop … play … eat … and be entertained. For more information, call 770-355-8292.

Duluth Fall Festival

Duluth Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26. Duluth Town Green, West Lawrenceville Street and Main Street. More than 350 arts and crafts booths and food vendors highlight the Duluth Fall Festival. This family-friendly event, always held the last weekend in September, includes a parade, music, dancers, puppeteers, a 5K road race, and plenty of food and arts and crafts. Booths at the festival offer a wide variety of hand-crafted merchandise and freshly prepared food. The twoday celebration, held in historic downtown Duluth, is consistently voted one of the best festivals in the southeast. Call 770-476-0240 or see

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Tennis Against Breast Cancer Northside Hospital invites all North Georgia women to join them in the fight against breast cancer by taking part in the hospital’s eighth annual Tennis Against Breast Cancer ladies days in October. This year, Northside is returning to Windermere Tennis Center in Cumming on October 1 and Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek on October 15, and has added a third location at Capital City Club in Brookhaven on October 29. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Tennis Against Breast Cancer benefits Northside Hospital’s Breast Care Program and gives women an opportunity to enjoy a day with friends and enhance their tennis skills, all while supporting breast cancer patients,” said Susan Casella, breast care program coordinator, Northside Hospital. Each day begins with registration from 8:00am to 9:00am, followed by 2½ hours of tennis drills, taught by Atlanta professionals. Luncheons will begin at noon, when women will enjoy a gourmet meal, special guest speaker, fashion show (courtesy of Serious Tennis), sports chair massages, fabulous door prizes, a silent auction, team photos, and much more. Each participant will receive a free gift bag, and all events should conclude at 1:30pm. The Breast Care Program at Northside Hospital is the largest single hospital program in Georgia, diagnosing and treating more cases of breast cancer than any other community hospital in the state. The hospital offers a complete range of services for breast patients including education, genetic counseling, imaging, radiation oncology, surgery, support, rehabilitation, and more, covering every aspect of breast care. Proceeds from Tennis Against Breast Cancer go to providing more education, research, and treatment for breast cancer patients at Northside. Preregistration is required in order to participate in Tennis Against Breast Cancer. A non-refundable fee of $75 per person, per location, or $675 per team, is required. For participants interested in attending the luncheon only, the cost is $50 per person. Although this event is geared primarily toward women, men are welcome to participate. For more information about Tennis Against Breast Cancer, visit www.northside. com. To register, call 404-851-6285 or e-mail

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Historic Forsyth by Myra Reidy


hosts a resourceful webpage that is designed to aid people who are on a quest for more information about their families’ past and/or the county in general. Protection of significant locations and buildings is a part of the society’s commitment to historic preservation. Poole’s Mill Bridge has the honor of being the first structure in Forsyth County to be added to National Registry of Historic Places; this work was completed by members of the former Forsyth County Historical Society. Through the work of the late Annette Bramblett, past President of the Historical Society of Forsyth County, four more locations have been added to the national registry. Those sites were the City of Cumming Cemetery and Bandstand, the Cumming School, and the Fowler House. Ms. Bramblett lovingly called the City of Cumming Cemetery National Registry her crowning accomplishment, since very few cemeteries were ever given this honor. In keeping with the charge to educate the public, members of the Historical Society of Forsyth County have taught classes on local history to school, civic, and community organizations. Currently, the society has begun a heritage book campaign that will encompass the history of our county from its beginning in 1832 to modern times. More information on this exciting new publication can be found on the Historical Society of Forsyth County web site. Of course, knowledge about Forsyth County is continuously evolving through the work of the society and its membership. Presently, data is being collected on fifty church cemeteries and fifty abandoned family graveyards. The Sunday outing in July has enabled the society to further document a few sites in our local area, such Diana’s Chapel, Mount Moriah, Cool Springs, and Andrew’s Chapel church cemeteries, and abandoned photograph by Ron McAllister

few weeks ago on a hot evening in July, a small group went out graveyard stomping in the northern parts of Forsyth and Cherokee counties. When most folks hear of graveyard stomping, they most likely get all sorts of strange images in their heads about what this experience might entail. Yet, to those of us who are passionate about history, we know that it is a means of preserving the stories of people and events from the past. On this particular Sunday, Jim and Martha McConnell, Co-Presidents of the Historical Society of Forsyth County, Ron McAllister, Principal of Vickery Creek Elementary School, and I visited several historic cemeteries and one old school site in an effort to document them through a photo shoot. While some people may not get excited about the thoughts of stomping around in old graveyards, this is just one example of how the Historical Society of Forsyth County and volunteers work together to preserve the local history. The mission of the society is to educate the public, to encourage historical research, to protect historic buildings and sites, and to preserve the cultural heritage of Forsyth County and the surrounding counties. In keeping with this mission, volunteers maintain a headquarters at the Cumming School at 101 School Street, which is opened to the public for tours and family researchers. The society also

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graveyards such as the McGinley family’s, as well as the old Frogtown schoolhouse. Each location has its own interesting story, and through the retelling of these tales, a little bit of church and family histories continue to live on for present and future generations. For instance, the McGinley cemetery was the resting place for an Irish family that came to Forsyth County in the 1800s. Barney McGinley and his family were found in public records that document their lives in the county from 1843 to 1883. Mr. McGinley took the oath of allegiance to the United States in 1843 and operated a farm in the Hightower Community. During the Civil War, he served as a member of the Company “E” Cherokee Legion, Georgia State Guards, Forsyth County Cavalry. Mr. McGinley disappeared from the federal census after 1880. This hardworking Irishman most likely was buried in the abandoned cemetery in the northern part of Forsyth County. His memory lives on because of the work of the volunteers. His descendants now have a better chance of being able to locate their original immigrant ancestor through this documentation of the McGinley family. Mount Moriah and Cool Springs were located in the Coal Mountain Community. Garland Bagley documented the site of Mount Moriah Baptist Church as being on Land Lot 612-3-1. Some of the Pirkle family were buried in this cemetery, along with other members who have field stones for grave markers. This church was active on and off through the late 1800s and up to the 1930s. A few members of Mount Moriah helped to establish the presentday Coal Mountain Baptist Church. Cool Springs Methodist Episcopal Church was deeded land in the 1841. John Leach sold two and a half acres of Land Lot 603-3-1 for the use of the church on the northeast corner. The names of the Trustees were John W. McAfee, Dugal Monroe, F.A. Moore, James M. Black, and Almaren Shands. In 1871, a few members of Cool Springs, along with

Andrew’s Chapel membership, chartered Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church near the Friendship and Matt communities. Cool Springs disbanded in the 1880s. Members of Cool Springs migrated to other churches, such as Ebenezer Methodist near Shade Grove Road, and possibly Siloam. The Cool Springs Cemetery and public records serve to document the church’s existence. In July, the old schoolhouse was the last stop for our group for the day. According to Garland Bagley’s research, this school was established at

Frogtown because the people in that area could not cross Bruton Creek so much of the time during winter. It was most likely founded around 1896. The building was a two-story, wooden-sided structure. Early pictures of the site displayed a well-cared-for white schoolhouse with glass window panes. A picture of Ms. Obrie Moore with her class of pupils from so many years ago can be seen along with this article. If those walls could talk, what stories would they tell about the learning that occurred and the friendships that were formed? Real boys and girls attended

school in the old Frogtown schoolhouse. They grew up and became men and women. Some of them married, set up housekeeping, and raised their children here in Forsyth County. Today, the building stands alone in the woods as a testimony to what school must have been like a hundred years ago. Myra Reidy is a retired public school educator who still teaches part-time. She is a volunteer for the Historical Society of Forsyth County and the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears.

Frogtown School (About 1905)

Obrie Moore, Teacher First Row, left to right: Fourth Row, left to right: Oris Hawkins, Fonjo Clark, Ralph Sherrill, Chap Teacher Obrie Moore, Frank Heard, Bottoms, Clay Cox, Gordon Heard, Ira Bottoms, Ike Lester Harris, Harry Sherrill, Elbert Hawkins, Guy Staton, Eldon Pruitt, Aulden Ellis (not positive) Cox, Ezra Bottoms, Charlie Cannon, Linton Groover Second Row, left to right: Annie Phipps, Edie Pruitt, Neva Ellis, Beatrice Hawkins, Kizzie Mae Hawkins, Cora Staton, Mattie Staton, Byrd Harris, Ora Harris, Fleta Wallis, Dura Pruitt, Gertrude Cox

Fifth Row, left to right: Ernest Sherrill, Lee Pruitt, Doyal Clark, Cliff Sherrill, Caldwell Satterfield, Leila Wallis, Sarah Pruitt

Third Row, left to right: Louis Harris, Unknown, Ernest Hawkins, Otis Porter, Grace Cox, Ruth Hawkins, Lizzie Groover, Annie Wallis, Ethel Staton

Sixth Row, left to right: Grady Clark, Virgil Garrett, Rester Groover, Will Satterfield, Bertie Sherrill, Jessie Garrett, Grace Heard September 2010 •

America’s Amusement Park on Tour Drew Exposition, known as America’s Amusement Park on Tour, will be providing the midway for the 2010 Cumming Country Fair and Festival, October 7-17. Drew Exposition is capable of coordinating midway attractions for midways of all sizes, and is famous for providing state-of-the-art thrill rides, honest games of skill, and extraordinary midway food. Whether you visit during the day or night, your experience will be filled with joy, laughter, and fun times. Guests enjoy the smell of freshly popped popcorn and newly spun cotton candy, as well as the sights and sounds of the impressive rides. At night the midway comes to life with millions of computer-controlled lights that can be seen from miles away. Drew takes great pride in the condition of its equipment, both cosmetically and mechanically. The company maintains a strict safety policy, including daily safety checks and routine ride inspections conducted by government officials. Drew Exposition has been known for providing the best selection of modern-day amusement rides for over half a century. Their lineup of rides ranges from hi-tech thrill rides such as the Cyclops and ION, to family rides such as the Century Wheel and Tornado, to the one-of-a-kind Seattle Wheel, to kiddie rides such as the Rockin Tug and Carousel. They are one of the only remaining traveling carnivals of the 21st century to be operating a Huss Pirate, a multi-trailer swinging ship imported from Germany. The Seattle Wheel, a Ferris wheel design created by the Velare brothers for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle, stands over 90’ tall and is capable of accommodating two adults or three children in one of its sixteen spacious tubs. Drew Exposition currently operates the only Seattle Wheel on the road. The Cyclops, manufactured by KMG of the Netherlands, is one of the most popular rides of the 21st century. Riders sit in one of the twenty-four suspended seats and are secured with over-the-shoulder harnesses. Soon, the “claw” begins to spin and the giant pendulum begins to rock back and forth, eventually reaching full swing at over 75’ in the air. The Cyclops is transported on two semi trailers and takes approximately seven hours to assemble. The Tornado, manufactured by Wisdom Industries of Colorado, is a 32-passenger family ride that allows riders to participate in controlling the ride. As the ride begins to spin, riders are able to individually spin each of the eight tubs. When the ride reaches its full speed, it rises at a slight angle, causing the tubs to swing out as they spin. Enjoy the food, the state-of-the-art rides and much, much more; your experience on the Drew Exposition midway at the 2010 Cumming Country Fair and Festival will be one you will treasure for a lifetime. Drew Exposition P.O. Box 5589, Augusta, Georgia 30916 706-737-0650|

September Events at The Chattahoochee Nature Center


oin us at the Discovery Center Museum and Nature Exchange at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) in Roswell to enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland trails where native wildlife can be seen daily. Enjoy films and programs in the Cowie Weiss Theater. Relax, hike, canoe, picnic, and enjoy the beauty and tranquility that this picturesque location on the Chattahoochee River offers. Our easy woodland hiking trails and garden walkways allow for leisurely strolls through the shady forests and along the riverfront habitat where birds and wildlife can be observed. Check our daily program choices at General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and under and members. Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:00pm on Sunday.

Canoe Trips (sponsored by REI). Every Saturday in September, weather permitting, at 8:30am and 5:00pm, and every Sunday at 5:00pm. Special canoe trip on Labor Day, September 6. Each trip is led by a CNC naturalist and offers a unique introduction to the ecology of the Chattahoochee River. Ages 6-adult; $30 non-members/$25 members; preregistration required. Email scheduling@chattnaturecenter. org or call 770-992-2055, ext. 237. Wednesday, September 1. Story Time by the River, 10:00am to 11:00am. Join volunteers for a fun story time at CNC. Using books, puppets, and other props, they tell stories about the wonders of wetlands. Ages 3-5. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. Saturday, September 4. Night Hike, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Join CNC as we celebrate the Great Atlanta Play Day. We will journey outside and play some nighttime games, head out on a night hike, and wrap up with a campfire. Ages 5-adult, $10 nonmembers/$5 members. September 7, October 12, and November 9. Pee-Wee Naturalist Fall Series, 9:45am to 11:00am. Help your 3- and 4-year-olds learn about nature. They’ll see animal presentations, make art, investigate

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the natural world, walk the trails, and do interactive activities. Explore nature while focusing on Awesome Amphibians, Owls of All Sizes, and Signs of Winter. $50 non-members/ $35 members (adult helper required and admitted free). Preregistration required. Email or call 770-992-2055 ext. 237. Saturday, September 11, 18, and 25. Ask an Expert – Geology and Fossils, 11:00am to 1:00pm. Rock the school year. Join us in the Nature Exchange throughout September for a rock and mineral extravaganza. Here are just a few of the activities that await you: New mineral-testing station; discounts on rocks and minerals; new rock and mineral displays; ask a geology expert your geology- and fossil-related questions. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. Saturday, September 11, and Sunday, September 26. Family Canoe Day (sponsored by REI), 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Join us to discover the basics of canoeing. Learn along with your children about canoes, how to paddle them, and safety issues. Ages 5-adult; $15 non-members/$10 members. Preregistration required. Email or call 770-992-2055 ext. 237. Saturday, September 11. Family Bird Walk, 8:30am to 10:00am. Join Master Birder and Wildlife Volunteer Zelia Lebeau for a family morning bird walk. This is the perfect autumn walk for the beginning birder of any age. All ages. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. Saturday, September 11. AdoptA-Stream Biological Workshop, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Join us for this hands-on workshop to learn how to identify stream organisms (macroinvertebrates) to help determine the water and habitat quality of your creek. Bring a sack lunch, plenty of drinking water, and dress for both indoor and outdoor activities. Ages 10 and up; preregistration required. 404-612-8006 or Saturday, September 18. Pee-Wee Planters (ages 3 – 6), 12:45pm to 2:00pm. Get outside and get your hands in the dirt. Explore the plant world of CNC while you learn all about “Wetland Plants.” $15 non-members/$10 members; preregistration required. Email or call 770-992-2055 ext. 237. Sunday, September 12. Fall Film Series: “Blue Gold: World Water Wars,” 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Running time: 90 minutes. Join us for this film screening in the Cowie Weiss Theater. We view fresh water as a right; but in most of the world, water is a commodity that is quickly becoming scarce. Take a cold, hard look at the commodity of water and the stakes for the future of the human race in this award-winning documentary. Ages 10 and older. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. Sunday, September 12. Grandparents’ Ice Cream Social (sponsored by Brusters Ice Cream), 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Help us honor our grandparents on Grandparents’ Day as we enjoy a good ol’ fashioned ice cream social. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. $3 suggested donation for ice cream; grandparents free. Monday, September 13. Home School Mondays in the Nature Exchange Naturalist Picnic, 12:30pm to 1:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch and learn about a new nature topic. Included in general admission. Home School Afternoon, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. After the picnic, stay for special home school hours in the Nature Exchange. Nature Exchange Naturalists will help you with biology and geology questions, and homeschoolers receive special discounts on Nature Exchange items. Saturday-Sunday, September 1819. Backyard Campout, 5:00pm to 10:00am. Join us as we sleep out under the stars at CNC. We’ll provide space, water, bathrooms, campfire, and a night of fun; you bring the rest. $40 non-member families/$30

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member families; preregistration required. Email scheduling@ or call 770-9922055, ext. 237. Sunday, September 19. Scout Open House, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Come and explore the new and current scout programs the CNC offers. Scout leaders in uniform get in free, while scouts in uniform get $2 off admission. For more information: 770-992-2055, ext. 249. Monday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 22. BioBuggies, 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Come explore the Insect and Bird BioBuggies. Discover the fascinating world of insects and birds with handson experiments and tools. Ages 4-12. Included with general admission to CNC: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 3-12, and free for members and children 2 and under. Thursday, September 23. All About Nature Club, 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Topic: River Protection. Docents and Master Naturalist Graduates free; $5 members; $10 non-members. Join our monthly Dine & Discover potluck. Spend your evening socializing with like-minded folks and learning from an expert in the field. Monthly topics will be related to the ecology and mission of CNC. Bring a dish to share. Ages 16 and up. Preregistration is recommended but not required. Call 770-992-2055, ext. 222. Saturday, September 25. Rivers Alive at Riverside Park in Roswell, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Help clean up the Chattahoochee River during this annual event. Head down to Riverside Park in Roswell and join in on the clean-up. CNC members can join in by signing up to clean up using CNC’s canoes. Call 770-992-2055c x 236 to reserve a space. Ages 8-adult, free. Wednesday, September 29. Infant Walk, 10:00am to 11:00am. Join a CNC naturalist to discover ways you can connect your infant to the wonders of nature. Ages birth-2 years; $15 non-members/$10 members (price per family); preregistration required. Email scheduling@ or call 770-992-2055, ext. 237.

Parent-Child Respect: A Two-Way Street

Mind and heart mind & heart


n my work with children and families, the issue of respect (or lack thereof) is often raised in therapy by parents of children and teens. Many of these kids have been struggling with authority issues for some time, and in some cases these struggles have extended to places outside the home as well, particularly the school environment. My experiences in this area have shown me over the years that many of the parents of the kids I treat had been raised in traditional, fairly authoritarian parenting environments. As such, they were accustomed to being expected to follow parental rules without questioning them or being given a “reason” for them to comply, and disrespect on their part may have been met with stiff physical punishment. Furthermore, and most importantly for the purposes of this discussion, their parents may not have been concerned about treating them with respect, only with maintaining authority and compliance, particularly at times when consequences had to be administered. Parental frustrations over children’s mistakes and misbehaviors were often freely vented through yelling, angry facial expressions, spankings, and “over-consequating.” In essence, parental interventions in decades past were often mostly parent-centered; that is, focused on the (often emotional) reactions of the parents, while the offending child was cast in the role of the passive recipient of this “justice.” Unfortunately, this approach, while often reasonably effective, tended to elicit compliance by breeding fear and did not provide children with a good parental behavioral model of self-restraint, personal

respect, and anger management. Many of today’s parents are caught in a philosophical, disciplinary Neverland; caught between the ways they had been parented as children and how they believe they should parent their own children today. While most psychologists, myself included, believe that discipline and structure are critical elements of effective parenting, there is also a general consensus about the fact that mutual respect shown between parents and children tends to create more positive, cooperative, and collaborative relationships within a family. I have witnessed this connection firsthand in many of the families that I have worked with. As a general rule (there are always exceptions, of course), those parents who treat their children respectfully and with emotional restraint and fairness while administering discipline tend to have more cooperative, respectful, and helpful children. In effect, these children have been given a real template of respectful behavior to go on from their parents by being shown what respectful behavior looks like rather than simply being required to manufacture it from within and display it towards an angry, disrespectful parent “just because.” Most children intrinsically want to please their parents as long as they are treated fairly and decently and believe that their efforts are valued and appreciated by the parents. Practically speaking, why would a child want to cooperate much of the time with a parent who is careless about his or her own emotional behavior in their presence…where is the incentive here? Furthermore, the “maturity” that some parents bemoan as lacking in their September 2010 •

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child is not likely to be encouraged unless the child is treated in a more mature fashion by the parent. The lesson here is obvious: Maturity shown is maturity modeled. While the above discussion of mutual respect between parents and their children was framed largely around disciplinary issues, there are a myriad of other life situations in which parents can demonstrate respectful behavior around their children: respect of personal space; of privacy; of interests and preferences; of opinions and beliefs; and many other situations too numerous to mention. The overriding principle here is that respect breeds respect; that children value being respected as persons in their own right, and when shown this respect consistently, they are more prone to show it back. Mark P. Feinsilber, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience treating adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families; and is a founding member of the Behavioral Health Association of Forsyth (BHAF). His practice is located at 6030 Bethelview Road, Suite 401, in Cumming. Appointments or other consultations can be arranged by calling the administrative office at 770-205-5760, and more detailed information can be found at

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Fun 400 by

Courtesy of Answers on page 36.

Use the clues to reveal the com“pen”dium of “pen” words below.

“Pen” Play 1. Not closed

1. _ P E N

3. Builder of houses

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5. To make moist

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2. City in Colorado

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4. One cent

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6. Deal out in portions

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7. It _____ One Night

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9. Very hot chili pepper

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8. Not relying on others

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10. Punishment in sports

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12. To be sorry for sins

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11. Straps for holding up trousers 13. Graphite writing utensil

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14. Snake

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15. Costly

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16. Hog’s sty

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17. Increase depth

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18. Type of pasta

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Occupation Word Search How many words can you find? They can be horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards, or backwards. aide

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carpenter cook

detective doctor



homemaker lawyer

librarian maid

manager mayor



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Test your September IQ 1. September’s birthstone, sapphire, is known for its variety of colors except what? A. Blue B. Purple C. Orange D. Red 2. The aster is the traditional flower for September. The name comes from the Ancient Greek word astron. What does it mean? A. Star B. Feather C. Wind D. Daisy 3. September always begins on the same day of the week as what other month? A. January B. April C. August D. December 4. Which of the following is NOT celebrated in September? A. Sewing Month B. Square Dancing Month C. Stamp Collecting Month D. Sweater Month 5. All of the following Jewish holidays are celebrated in September this year except what? A. Yom Kippur B. Purim C. Sukkot D. Rosh Hashanah 6. Who said the following during a Labor Day speech in 1903? “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” A. George M. Cohan B. William McKinley C. Theodore Roosevelt D. Henry Ford 7. True or False? September in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to March in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

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8. How many years ago did a U.S. and French expedition locate the wreckage of the RMS Titanic on September 1? A. 20 B. 25 C. 30 D. 35 9. Ford Motor Company introduced the Edsel on September 4 of what year? A. 1955 B. 1956 C. 1957 D. 1958 10. Will Cobb and Gus Edwards published the song “School Days” in September of what year? A. 1907 B. 1917 C. 1927 D. 1937 11. What comic strip appeared for the first time on September 8, 1930? A. Li’l Abner B. Blondie C. Felix the Cat D. Marmaduke 12. Which famous person was NOT born in September? A. Rocky Marciano B. Greta Garbo C. Charlton Heston D. Agatha Christie 13. True or False? Oktoberfest begins in September. 14. September 16, 2010, marks how many years of Mexico’s independence from Spain? A. 150 years B. 200 years C. 250 years D. 300 years

Can High Cholesterol Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease?

by Allison Dupont, M.D.


holesterol is a fatty substance that can stick to the walls of your arteries. When your cholesterol level is high, you have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease (blockages in your heart arteries) that may lead to a heart attack. In addition, high cholesterol puts you at higher risk for strokes and for peripheral vascular disease (blockages in your legs that can cause pain when walking). When cholesterol accumulates on the wall of an artery, it is referred to as “atherosclerosis.” Although high cholesterol puts you at risk for heart disease, it is considered a modifiable risk factor. In other words, there are ways to decrease your cholesterol level that would decrease your risk of a heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, the whole cholesterol story is more complicated than just one number. There are various forms of cholesterol that are measured in your blood when you have your cholesterol level checked. LDL, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, is the form that must be lowered in order to reduce heart disease risk. HDL, or “good” cholesterol, should be high, as it provides protection against a heart attack. Approximately 20% of the cholesterol in your body comes from your diet. If your cholesterol is not extremely high, it may be possible to decrease the level by changing your lifestyle and eating habits. For example, foods containing saturated fats, trans fatty acids (trans fats), and animal-based fats, such as those contained in meat, cheeses, and egg yolks, should be eaten in moderation. Fried foods and other high-fat foods should also be eaten in moderation. If you are overweight, your “bad” cholesterol may be significantly lowered and your “good” cholesterol may be significantly raised if you lose weight. Diabetes can also increase your risk of high cholesterol. If you have developed diabetes as a result of being overweight, your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease will be even further reduced by weight loss. Finally, lack of exercise also contributes to the development of high “bad” cholesterol and low “good” cholesterol.

Eighty percent of the cholesterol in your body is formed by your liver and will not be affected by modifying your lifestyle. When your cholesterol is very high and/ or when lifestyle modification fails, you may need to be treated with medications in order to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. There are numerous medications available today to treat high cholesterol, and many years of research have gone into proving their effects on reducing the risk of these diseases. Cholesterol screening generally starts around the age of 35 in men and age 45 in women. Screening is sometimes recommended at a younger age for people with other risk factors for heart disease. These include smokers, people with diabetes, being overweight, high blood pressure, a family history of heart disease, or a family history of high cholesterol. Dr. Dupont received her bachelor’s and medical degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, and her fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition to interventional cardiology, she also has an interest in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Dr. Dupont is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and specialty trained to perform interventions via radial access (performed through the wrist). For these patients it is often more comfortable with significantly less bleeding and complications. Patients are able to stand up immediately after the procedure as opposed to a femoral access procedure. As an Interventional Cardiologist, she will be performing heart catheterizations, angioplasties and cardiac stenting. Dr. Dupont has hospital privileges at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Northside Hospital – Forsyth. She will be consulting patients at the Northeast Georgia Heart Center, Gainesville and Cumming locations.

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Events, Tip: Keep in mind that 400 Edition is now released on or about the 1st of each month. Your event needs to be submitted via our web site 30-45 days prior to your event date and no later than the 20th of the month. We have to have all the information requested on the submission form, so be sure your form is complete. Just go to and click “Submit an Event” on the home page. September 6, Labor Day September 11, Patriot Day September 12, Grandparents Day September 23, First Day of Autumn


more information, contact Evan Kellner at 404-581-4000 or

Atlanta Classic Car Show at The Georgia Aquarium

September 11-12, 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium is hosting the Atlanta Classic Car Show, where collectors and enthusiasts will display an array of museum-quality automobiles. For more information, contact Evan Kellner at 404-581-4000 or

Alpharetta Lazy Log Cabin Days

Pirate Days at Georgia Aquarium

September 24-26, 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium is calling all pirates to unite to celebrate Pirate Days with the world’s largest aquarium. For

September 12, 12:00pm, Milton Center, 8 School Drive. Relive the early days of old Milton County at this family event that keeps the pioneer spirit alive by teaching our children about the past. Tour Alpharetta’s historic Future Farmers of America Log Cabin, built in 1934 by local high school students. Experience historical demonstrations, old-time games, bluegrass music, storytelling, children’s crafts, and more. All free to the public. For more information: Kim Dodson, kdodson@alpharetta. or 678-297-6078.

Stars ’N’ Stitches Quilt Show

September 18 & 19 at Old Milton High School. Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday noon to 5:00pm. Presented by the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild, the show will exhibit about 200 quilts made using a wide variety of techniques, plus Star Wares craft items created by members, and the wares of 15 fabric vendors. Story times, when children’s books about quilts will be read for young people, are noon, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm on Saturday; 12:30pm and 2:30pm on Sunday. Storybook quilts will also be on display. Admission $5, children 11 and under get in free. For more information: Ben Hollingsworth, 770-475-5393, or, or see

Crabapple Antique and Art Festival

October 2, 9:00am to 5:00pm (rain or shine), Historic Community of Crabapple, 790 Mayfield Road,

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Milton (or Alpharetta). Free parking and admission. A tradition since 1969, this one-day-only outdoor festival features 50 American Country Antique dealers from six states, and 50 local juried artists. Antiques, accessories, and unique pieces of art in all mediums will sell quickly, so come early and stay all day for this old-fashioned festival. Roaming musicians, fantastic food, children’s activities from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Goddard School, and a trolley to the parking areas. For more information: or 770-448-3860.

Blairsville Friday Concert Series at the Old Courthouse

Every Friday night through October, 7:00pm. Local musicians sing and play gospel, country, bluegrass, and more in the downtown Historic Courthouse. For more information: Union County Historical Society, 706-745-5493.

Mountain Music and Arts & Crafts Festival

September 11, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Vogel State Park. Appalachian, bluegrass and gospel music; arts and crafts booths; demonstrations on spinning, blacksmithing , and bowl carving; food concessions provided by Vogel Volunteers. $2-$5 plus $5 parking. For more information: 706-745-2628.

Mountain Heritage Festival

September 4-5, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Local handicrafts, traditional foods, and garden produce along with “old ways” games and craft demonstrations, music, and live animals. Downtown Blairsville. For more information: Union County Historical Society, 706745-5493. Admission free.

Bluegrass Festival

September 17- 19. Jamming all around town. Stage performances at the Union County Historical Courthouse, City Hall, Union County Civic Center, and Mountain Life Museum. Workshops for instruments and sound and recording technology. Local arts & crafts and music-related vendors. Food by local organizations. Free admission, donations accepted. For more information: Union County Historical Society, 706-745-5493.

Events! Northeast Georgia Harvest Run

September 25, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Meeks Park, Highway 515 (1 mile west of Blairsville). Put on your running shoes and join others in the Northeast Georgia Harvest Run. Three events, with age divisions: Half-Marathon, 5K Race, and a Mile Walk. 1st and 2nd Place trophies in each age group for the HalfMarathon and 5K. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross, Special Olympics, Family Connection, Meals On Wheels, Shop With A Cop, Give-A-Gift. Registration available online at com, or print the form at www. T-shirts available on Race Day to runners preregistered by September 10; others pay $5 for mailing costs. For more information: 706-835-1217.

Cumming “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

September 9 through 25. 8:00pm Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 3:00pm Sunday matinee. (Saturday also at 1:00pm). The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School Street. Come join us as Snow White runs away into the forest and discovers the Seven Dwarfs, who fall in love with Snow White and help as best they can to protect her. This classic story is loved by children from 3 to 103. For more information: 770-781-9178 or

The Joy of Connecting

September 21, 7:00pm to 9:30pm at The Columns at Pilgrim. A relaxed dinner/networking gathering for women business owners, entrepreneurs, and other professionals who are seriously interested in strengthening and growing their business. All participants have the opportunity to present their business and receive an attendance roster. No membership requirements; reservations and prepayment required. Meeting is on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information: Annette Walden Mason, 770-887-6792 or Annette@PaintedLadyEnterprises. com, or

Yard Sale

September 24, 7:00am to 5:00pm; September 25, 7:00am to 3:00pm. Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1125 Bettis-Tribble Gap Road (corner of Sawnee Drive), will hold its annual yard sale in the church parking lot to benefit Habitat For Humanity.

Come Play At The Park

September 25, 10:00am to 4:00pm at Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road (Hwy. 306). Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department will host the eighth annual Play at the Park Family Fun Festival, featuring a variety of familyfriendly entertainment and activities including a petting zoo, magic show, carnival games, face painting, moonwalks, train rides, shopping market, business and non-profit expo, food, and more. Admission is free. For more information: 770-781-2215.

Dahlonega Bingo at St. Luke’s

Bingo every Tuesday night. Doors open at 5:30pm with warm-up at 6:00pm and games at 7:00pm. Cash prizes. Refreshments available. St. Luke Roman Catholic Church Parish Center, 91 North Grove Street, across from Hancock Park.

Artist Market Place in Hancock Park

Saturdays, 10:00am to 3:00pm. Juried original handcrafted artwork from local area artists, presented by the Dahlonega Arts Council. If you are an artist interesting in participating in the Artist Marketplace, email the Arts Council at

“Shorts in Dahlonega”

September 2-4, 8:00pm, Holly Theater. An evening of hilarious and poignant one-act plays including “Variations on the Death Of Trotsky” by David Ives, “Words, Words, Words” by David Ives, “The Hangover” by Keith Traywick, “Death Knocks” by Woody Allen, and “Sure Thing” by David Ives. Adults $12.00, students/seniors $10. To purchase tickets: 706-864-3759 or

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Appalachian Jam

Saturdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2:00pm to 5:00pm. North Georgia’s mountain music singers and pickers perform on the grounds of the historic Dahlonega Gold Museum. Enjoy acoustic and old-time strings as the sounds of yesterday fill the air. For more information: Convention & Visitors Bureau, 706-864-3513, or Joel Cordle, 706-864-6133.

“George Washington Slept Here”

September 9-12, 16-19, and 23– 26;Thursday-Saturday 8:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm. Holly Theater. The story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves—and gets— “a little place in the country to call his own.” Appropriate for all ages. Adults $18, seniors $17, students $12. To purchase tickets: 706-864-3759 or

Be Healthy, Be Active, Run/Walk! NOA 5K

October 2. Registration 8:00am, event 9:00am. Lake Zwerner Trail. Preregister before October 1. T-shirts and goody bags guaranteed for preregistered participants; limited number available the day of the event. Adult $20, student $15, day of $25. All proceeds benefit the NOA Domestic Violence Shelter and Programs. For event questions or paper copy of registration form: Nicole Alvarez, 706-864-1306, ext.6, or Online registration available at All participants park at Dahlonega

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Walmart off Morrison Moore Parkway (in area by mail box); shuttle service to and from event will be provided by Crown Mountain Limo at 15-minute intervals starting at 7:45am.

Ellijay Gilmer Arts and Heritage Attic Sale

September 24, 9:00am to 5:00pm; September 25, 9:00am to 1:00 pm. 207 Dalton Street. For more information: 706-635-5605.

Gilmer Arts and Heritage Picnic by the River

September 26, 6:00pm. 207 Legion Road. Live music: The Georgia Waybacks. Picnic tables $60/$70, lawn chairs $8/$10. For more information: 706-635-5605.

Gainesville Hall County Farmers Market

Tuesday mornings starting at 6:00am; Saturday mornings at 7:00am. Corner of East Crescent Drive and Jesse Jewel Parkway, near I-985 at Exit 24. Come early for best selection. Features many of the traditional vegetable favorites as well as a nice selection of potted plants, cut flowers, shrubs, locally produced honey, and jams and jellies. For more information: Extension office, 770-535-8293.

Northeast Georgia Senior Games

September 18. Indoor events: Wii Golf, Wii Bowling, Table Tennis, Basketball,

Rummikub, Volleyball. Outdoor events: Track and Field, Horseshoes, Softball Throw, Tennis. Participants and volunteers needed to work in these areas, and with registration, refreshments, breakdown, officiating, awards, setup, and first aid. For more information: 770-503-3331.

Helen Visiting Artist Series at Unicoi

Saturdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 11:00am to 7:00pm; Sundays, September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Unicoi State Park and Lodge. The program runs each weekend from Memorial Day through mid-November. Talented artists and craftspeople from Georgia and surrounding states will demonstrate and have samples of their work for sale. $5 parking. For more information: 800-573-9659, ext. 305.

Saturday Evening Concert Series

Saturdays, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, 8:00pm to 9:00pm. Unicoi State Park and Lodge. Every Saturday from Memorial Day through mid-November. Some of the best musicians in the area perform a variety of music, from Appalachian Mountain to bluegrass to Southern gospel. “Pass-the-hat” donations. $5 parking. For more information: 800-573-9659, ext. 305.

Mountain Herb Day

September 11, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Smithgall Woods Conservation Park. A medicinal plant hike and medicine-

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making demonstration, with a focus on stocking the winter medicine cabinet. Instructor: Interpretive Ranger and Herbalist Johnna Tuttle. Register by September 4; $25 plus $5 parking. For more information: 706-878-3087.

Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals

September 18, 8:30am to 4:00pm. Smithgall Woods Conservation Park. Children and their special “big person” can fish in a lake stocked with catfish, bass, and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring your own bait and rods (some rods are available for loan). $5 parking. For more information: 706-878-3087. Call for directions to Buck Shoals.

Outdoor Adventure Day

September 25, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Unicoi State Park and Lodge. Learn how to catch a trout, paddle a canoe, and shoot a shotgun. Try activities like fly tying and casting, bass fishing basics, trout fishing in the stocked stream, archery, BB gun and skeet shooting. There will also be wildlife shows with live snakes and hawks, and hayrides. For more information: 800573-9659, ext. 305.

Jasper “Beyond the Mountains: The Interior Life of Afghanistan”

September 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, and September 30-October 3 from noon to 4:00pm. Sharp Top Art Center. “Beyond the Mountains: The Interior Life of Afghanistan,” a photography

Events! show by Lisa Schnellinger, with public artist presentations on September 10 and 16 from 4:00 to 6:00pm and on October 3 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. An inside view of the country, with original art for sale. For more information: Sara Lindkrantz, 706-579-3109 or

Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike


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The Great Flea Fling

October 2, 8:00am to 5:00pm; October 3, noon to 5:00pm. Hembree Farm Historic Site, 775 Hembree Road. Parking and refreshments available on the grounds. Flea market featuring books, antiques, bric-abrac, and handmade items. “Good Morning” bake sale and coffee. Proceeds benefit the Hembree Farm Historic Site. Circa 1835 farmhouse, detached kitchen, and two corn cribs currently being restored by the Roswell Historical Society. For more information: Roswell Historical Society, 770-992-1665 or

Suwanee 14th Annual Tee It Up Fore Kids Charity

September 21 and September 25. Golf tournament at The River Club on September 21 with a shotgun start at 11:00am. Dinner, live/silent auction gala on September 25 at The River Club Lodge. Visit www. to register for the golf event. Don’t play golf? Make reservations to attend the evening event. Tee It Up Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with disabilities.

Tallulah Falls Holiday Gorge Floor Hike

September 4, 5, and 6, 10:30am to 2:30pm each day. Tallulah Gorge State Park. This guided hike will take you from rim to river while learning about the gorge’s unique environments. Wear proper footwear (no flip-flops or crocs); this hike is strenuous and will involve rock hopping and getting wet. Bring a lunch and lots of water. For ages 10 and older. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. For more information: 706- 754-7981.

September 23, 7:30pm to 9:30pm; September 24, 8:00pm to 10:00pm. Tallulah Gorge State Park. Join Tallulah Rangers on a moonlit hike down into the gorge. Register in advance. $5 plus $5 parking. For more information: 706-754-7981.

10th Annual “Puttin’ On The Dog”

October 3, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Wine Tasting, Raffle, Silent & Live Auctions. Crane Creek Vineyards. Tickets available for purchase at Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter, United Community Banks in Blairsville and Hiawassee, Crane Creek Vineyards, Towns County Chamber of Commerce, and Humane Society Thrift Stores. For more information: 706-896-1421.

Brasstown NC The Frogtown Four Concert

September 3, 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the John C. Campbell Folk School. The Frogtown Four have been playing fine bluegrass and mountain music in Western North Carolina since 2001. Based in Macon and Jackson counties, the band has expanded to five members: Will Putman, bass & vocals; Mark Queen, guitar & vocals; Peter Mosco, resonator guitar, banjo, & vocals; Barry Clinton, mandolin & vocals; Dan Andrews, fiddle & banjo. See for more information.

Murphy NC 20th Annual Two Hours from Anywhere Road Race

September 18, 9:00am to 2:00pm. Murphy Medical Center. 5K Run, 2-Mile Heart Walk, Kids’ Fun Run. Walkers, runners, joggers, and fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities are invited. Preregistration $15; $20 on race day. For more information: Kathi Osborne, 828-835-7506 or

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Courtesy of Answers to puzzle on page 30.

“Pen” Play Answers

1. Not closed 2. City in Colorado 3. Builder of houses 4. One cent 5. To make moist 6. Deal out in portions 7. It _____ One Night 8. Not relying on others 9. Very hot chili pepper 10. Punishment in sports 11. Straps for holding up trousers 12. To be sorry for sins 13. Graphite writing utensil 14. Snake 15. Costly 16. Hog’s sty 17. Increase depth 18. Type of pasta



Occupations Word Search Answers

September IQ answers 1. D – Red. A gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, it is called a ruby when it is red. 2. A – Star

3. D – December. Even in leap years, September and December always coincide. 4. C – Stamp Collecting Month is celebrated in October.

5. B – Purim began on Sunday, February 28, 2010, and continued for 2 days.

6. C – Theodore Roosevelt

7. True

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8. B – 25 years. The wreckage of the Titanic was found about 560 miles off Newfoundland, 73 years

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after the British luxury liner sank. 9. C – 1957

10. A – 1907

11. B – Blondie

12. C – Charlton Heston was born on October 4, 1923. Rocky Marciano (September 1, 1923), Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905), and Agatha Christie (September 15, 1890) all share September birthdays.

13. True. Oktoberfest (literally October festival) lasts for 16 days, beginning on a Saturday in September and ending on the first Sunday in October. 14. B – 200 years

Comma Momma I

n the ’80s, HBO’s satirical sketch comedy series Not Necessarily the News included a segment by Rich Hall featuring a creation of his called Sniglets. A sniglet was defined as “any word that doesn’t appear in the dictionary, but should.” Fans started sending in their own suggestions, and several sniglet books grew out of all this. I recall being scornful at the time of many of the submissions, because people were creating names for things that already had names. For example, someone suggested a cute name for the tip of a shoelace; but there was already a name for that: aglet. Someone suggested a name for the little vertical groove that runs between your nose and the center of your upper lip. There was already a name for that: philtrum. And the space behind your knee? Oh, come on, people, that’s the popliteal space. (OK, I guess that last one might be just the teensiest bit obscure). Back in the sniglet days, naming objects that had been around for generations was a chancy business, primarily because All The Knowledge Of The Universe was not yet available at our very fingertips on the Internet. Today you would just google “shoelace tip” or any other object to see if it already had a name.

Sniglets, Unwords, and Neologisms

The naming of actions, on the other hand, or of thoughts or sounds or unusual concepts— there was plenty of room for creativity there in the ’80s. One sniglet I still remember: Pupsqueak - the funny little noise a dog makes at the end of a yawn. I recall other sniglet definitions, but not the sniglets themselves. One definition was “what you do when you’re vacuuming, and there’s that ONE bit of lint that the vacuum won’t pick up, and you reach down and pick it up and look at it earnestly—and then put it back down on the carpet to give it ONE MORE CHANCE.” That’s ridiculous—except I’ve done that very thing. These days you can find collections of new coinages on several web sites. Are they clever? Perhaps. Funny? Sometimes. Dumb? Often. And few of them will ever find their way into the language as “real” words. Some new words do, however, eventually become acceptable. That’s how language changes over time. The term for newly coined words or usages is neologism (nee-AHL-uhjizum). Most neologisms generally lack the explicit playfulness of sniglets and their ilk. And neologisms frequently annoy purists, who contend that only established words are

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by Nancy Wright acceptable for our use. That’s a tough position to take these days, when objects and actions that literally never existed before come along every day and we have to call them something. Besides, if the purists carried the day, we’d all still sound like something from The Canterbury Tales. I have mixed emotions about neologisms. Sometimes I come down on the side of the “no new words allowed” crowd, as I did recently when the local paper’s caption of a photo of a victorious political candidate said the man was shaking hands with “a congratulator.” Excuse me? There’s no such word. On the other hand, I can really appreciate the term I came across on onosecond. That’s the tiny fraction of a second between the moment you click the Send button and when you realize you should NOT have sent that e-mail. Nancy Wright formats technical books for a specialty publishing house in New York. She and her husband live in White County; you can contact her at You can visit the forums at to read some earlier columns.

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400 Edition Wining & Dining

Knowing Wine

by Nancy Forrest

Decanting wine

Wine of the Month

2007 Saintsbury “Garnet” Carneros Pinot Noir


decanter is a vessel used to pour/serve from or to hold a liquid which may contain sediment. Decanting wine simply means transferring the contents of a wine bottle to a decanter before serving. Decanters vary in shape and design and are usually made of glass. Glass allows you to see the color of the wine. A decanter should never be washed with detergent as it can be difficult to get the soap out because of the shape of the vessel. Simply rinse it thoroughly with water. Decanting does two things.

• It separates the sediment from the wine in either an older or an unfiltered wine. One must pour the wine very slowly into

the decanter, allowing the sediment to separate from the wine. (Note: A funnel with a filter may also be used.) If sediment is left in with the wine, it may have a bitter flavor. • It allows the wine to mix with oxygen or “breathe,” which helps develop and release the aromas and flavors. When a wine breathes, the tannins are softened through oxidation, and molecules are set in motion so that aromas can be inhaled. Performing the process of aerating wine, even for a short period of time, can improve the flavors and smooth the wine. However, some may argue that exposure to air over a long

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period will dissipate delicate aromas. I recommend decanting almost all wines (particularly young ones) unless you know that they are very light and flavors could dissipate quickly. If the wine is very, very old, it’s a judgment call. Decanting should be used to enjoy wine at its best, and if you suspect the wine needs improvement for any reason (for example, if too high in alcohol content), aerating will round it out a bit. Most wines, both young and old, will improve aromas and flavors from spending time in a decanter. As a general rule, younger red wines should be decanted one to three hours and not more than

Drink young. Full bright cherry and raspberry fruit with oak. Reasonably priced, and goes well with a variety of foods. five hours. A cabernet sauvignon, syrah, or complex blends should certainly be decanted for a couple of hours. Older reds should be decanted just prior to serving. White wines can and should be decanted too.

by Patrick Snider

Wild Mushroom and Venison Stroganoff

Ingredients 11 ounces venison loin, fat and sinews removed, trimmed and sliced into fingersized pieces Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon paprika Egg noodles Extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely sliced 9 ounces mixed exciting, robust mushrooms, wiped clean, torn into bitesized pieces Small bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped, stalks finely chopped 1/4 stick butter 1/4 cup brandy 1 lemon, zested 2/3 cup sour cream

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1/2 cup gherkins, sliced

by Linda Merritt

Restaurant Reviews for the GA 400 Corridor DuMond’s Patio Grill 77A Memorial Drive Dahlonega, GA 30533 706-867-6991 |

Fare: Grilled Perfection | Price: Low | Atmosphere: Friendly and casual.


t is an unusual treat for me

to be able to have lunch with Bob and Aaron outside of our home; we are usually going in different directions. But we had a chance the other day and decided to go to DuMond’s. We have known Dave for a long time and have always loved his food, whether it is some of his BBQ or one of his tasty salads. We were greeted by Dave himself, who turned us over to Matthew to take our order. I’m on a diet so I ordered the Grilled Shrimp Salad with a vinaigrette dressing; Bob had a hot dog with chili and Aaron ordered the Hickory Burger with fries. Our food was served in no time and we enjoyed every bite. Our drinks were refreshed throughout our meal and we enjoyed the Big Band music while we ate. While we were there, some friends from church came in because we had told them how good the food was. He ordered the hot dog with chili and she got the Patty Melt. Matthew ask if we wanted dessert—homemade banana

pudding or Turtle Cheesecake—but everyone was too full so we had to pass on that. I’ve had the cheesecake before and it is delicious. There are so many things to choose from at DuMond’s. Try a Fire Roasted BBQ Sandwich or one of the full plates of Pulled Pork, Smoked Pork Loin, Roast Beef , or Grilled or Fried Shrimp, just to name a few. Some of the sides: baked beans, potato salad, onion rings, or Brunswick stew. There are always two daily specials. On Friday night Dave offers ribeye, and on Saturday night you can get prime rib. You can also have DuMond’s cater your next event. Just call 706265-9598 and let them do all the work while you take all the praise. The prices are good and you will have plenty of food. DuMond’s hours: Monday through Wednesday 11:00am to 4:00pm; Thursday through Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm; closed on Sunday. They are located at 77A Memorial Drive in

Dahlonega (just above J&J’s). This is a popular place, so the parking area looks full during lunch and dinner; but there is plenty of

parking across the street and it is marked for your convenience. So take your family and friends for a delicious lunch or dinner and tell Big Dave you saw him in 400 Edition. He will be glad to see you.

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eason the meat well with salt, pepper, and paprika, rubbing into the meat. Refrigerate for at least an hour before preparing. Cook egg noodles (4 ounces per serving) according to package directions. While the noodles are boiling, heat a large frying pan on medium heat and pour in 1/4 cup of extravirgin olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until softened and golden. Remove from heat and spoon the onions and garlic out of the pan onto a plate. Set aside. Place the frying pan back on medium heat and add about 3 tablespoons more olive oil. Add the

mushrooms and fry for a few minutes until they start to brown. Then add the meat and fry for a minute or two before adding the parsley stalks. Add the cooked onion and garlic. Toss and add the butter and brandy. After a couple of minutes of simmering, stir in the lemon zest and all but 1 tablespoon of the sour cream. When you add the sour cream, allow it to marble with the other sauce. Continue simmering for a few minutes only. Do not overcook. Place noodles and stroganoff in separate dishes for serving. Spoon remaining sour cream atop the stroganoff, sprinkle parsley liberally, and add gherkins to the top.

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